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17 March 13
The State Of Music
What do you get when a UK based blog publishes a blog series that took nearly a year to complete, becomes its own label to release The State Of Music featuring indie artists from 50 US States, donates the proceeds to a non-profit fighting for social change and ending homelessness through soccer? We are about to find out because last week my internet friend Dom Paczko announced that Choose My Music Records will donate all of the proceeds from The State Of Music to the non-profit I work for Street Soccer USA.
For the past year I have been in New York living the NY grind to pay rent with up to 4 jobs at one time but I have never been closer to finding true fulfillment in my life. Three nights a week I traveled from Brooklyn to Randall’s Island to a homeless shelter where I coach a soccer team of homeless and formerly homeless men and women. Soccer is what brings us together. Community, Family, Self-Esteem, Mental/Physical Health and Love is what binds us. Now our program is expanding to East NY to take soccer to the youth in the community. Buying one or all 5 of these volumes will support SSUSA as we continue to grow the game and the power to change!
My other dream job is working for Paper Garden Records where I met Dom and Choose My Music Records. He is always showing our bands and PR projects some love. His taste in music and passion for helping others is right in line with mine so here we are. Connecting my passions in soccer and music to make a positive impact is a dream come true.
Now to the music! (well just a taste because there is too much good music to handle at once)
Flashbulb Fires
<a href=”http://choosemymusicrecords.bandcamp.com/track/flashbulb-fires-colorado-dark-ghost-ive-got-arms” data-mce-href=”http://choosemymusicrecords.bandcamp.com/track/flashbulb-fires-colorado-dark-ghost-ive-got-arms”>Flashbulb Fires (Colorado) - Dark Ghost (I’ve Got Arms) by Choose My Music Records</a>
Cars & Trains
<a href=”http://choosemymusicrecords.bandcamp.com/track/intimidated-by-silence” data-mce-href=”http://choosemymusicrecords.bandcamp.com/track/intimidated-by-silence”>Intimidated By Silence by Cars & Trains (Oregon)</a>
DEERPEOPLE
<a href=”http://choosemymusicrecords.bandcamp.com/track/deerpeople-oklahoma-new-dance” data-mce-href=”http://choosemymusicrecords.bandcamp.com/track/deerpeople-oklahoma-new-dance”>DEERPEOPLE (Oklahoma) - New Dance by Choose My Music Records</a>
Ports Of Spain
<a href=”http://choosemymusicrecords.bandcamp.com/track/ports-of-spain-connecticut-winters-teeth” data-mce-href=”http://choosemymusicrecords.bandcamp.com/track/ports-of-spain-connecticut-winters-teeth”>Ports Of Spain (Connecticut) - Winters Teeth by Choose My Music Records</a>
Dog & Panther
<a href=”http://choosemymusicrecords.bandcamp.com/track/dog-panther-michigan-on-my-friends” data-mce-href=”http://choosemymusicrecords.bandcamp.com/track/dog-panther-michigan-on-my-friends”>Dog & Panther (Michigan) - On My Friends by Choose My Music Records</a>
The Duke Of Norfolk
<a href=”http://choosemymusicrecords.bandcamp.com/track/the-duke-of-norfolk-arkansas-a-mortal-ballad” data-mce-href=”http://choosemymusicrecords.bandcamp.com/track/the-duke-of-norfolk-arkansas-a-mortal-ballad”>The Duke Of Norfolk (Arkansas) - A Mortal Ballad by Various Artists</a>
Canon Blue
<a href=”http://choosemymusicrecords.bandcamp.com/track/canon-blue-tennessee-indian-summer-des-moines” data-mce-href=”http://choosemymusicrecords.bandcamp.com/track/canon-blue-tennessee-indian-summer-des-moines”>Canon Blue (Tennessee) - Indian Summer (Des Moines) by Choose My Music Records</a>

The State Of Music


What do you get when a UK based blog publishes a blog series that took nearly a year to complete, becomes its own label to release The State Of Music featuring indie artists from 50 US States, donates the proceeds to a non-profit fighting for social change and ending homelessness through soccer? We are about to find out because last week my internet friend Dom Paczko announced that Choose My Music Records will donate all of the proceeds from The State Of Music to the non-profit I work for Street Soccer USA.

For the past year I have been in New York living the NY grind to pay rent with up to 4 jobs at one time but I have never been closer to finding true fulfillment in my life. Three nights a week I traveled from Brooklyn to Randall’s Island to a homeless shelter where I coach a soccer team of homeless and formerly homeless men and women. Soccer is what brings us together. Community, Family, Self-Esteem, Mental/Physical Health and Love is what binds us. Now our program is expanding to East NY to take soccer to the youth in the community. Buying one or all 5 of these volumes will support SSUSA as we continue to grow the game and the power to change!

My other dream job is working for Paper Garden Records where I met Dom and Choose My Music Records. He is always showing our bands and PR projects some love. His taste in music and passion for helping others is right in line with mine so here we are. Connecting my passions in soccer and music to make a positive impact is a dream come true.

Now to the music! (well just a taste because there is too much good music to handle at once)

Flashbulb Fires

Cars & Trains

DEERPEOPLE

Ports Of Spain

Dog & Panther

The Duke Of Norfolk

Canon Blue

20 November 12
Visuals
I haven’t seen something so pleasing to the eyeballs since the Blood Orange show at 285 Kent several months ago. Luckily my friend Empress Of invited me to an art gallery opening show on Saturday at 7 Dunham. I was already excited to get to see her perform for the 3rd time (twice in one week) and she was amazing as usual. What really made the night special was hearing some great new music and meeting some cool people!
I took this dark photo above of Visuals - my new obsession. With only two tracks and very little information about this Brooklyn post-punk band online, I am just going to harass them until they give me more. According to their website “goodbye” & “levitation” is getting pressed on a 7”, so email them to pre-order. They have another show coming up at Cameo in Williamsburg Sunday, November 25. I’ll surely be there soaking up all the Joy Division vibes I can. Head to their bandcamp for a free download of “goodbye” or just stream it below.
<a href=”http://visuals.bandcamp.com/track/goodbye” data-mce-href=”http://visuals.bandcamp.com/track/goodbye”>goodbye by Visuals</a>

Visuals

I haven’t seen something so pleasing to the eyeballs since the Blood Orange show at 285 Kent several months ago. Luckily my friend Empress Of invited me to an art gallery opening show on Saturday at 7 Dunham. I was already excited to get to see her perform for the 3rd time (twice in one week) and she was amazing as usual. What really made the night special was hearing some great new music and meeting some cool people!

I took this dark photo above of Visuals - my new obsession. With only two tracks and very little information about this Brooklyn post-punk band online, I am just going to harass them until they give me more. According to their website “goodbye” & “levitation” is getting pressed on a 7”, so email them to pre-order. They have another show coming up at Cameo in Williamsburg Sunday, November 25. I’ll surely be there soaking up all the Joy Division vibes I can. Head to their bandcamp for a free download of “goodbye” or just stream it below.

20 September 12

ROYAL CANOE - FACEBOOK - TWITTER  

A few months ago I was mining for gold on one of my go-to music discover tools This Is My Jam (Exfm, I feel like I must mention both because of my undying love for the staff at each!) and I came across these “musical mad scientists” called Royal Canoe from Winnapeg. It was a track off their first EP Extended Play called Hold On To The Metal that initially won me over. Then I saw this video of Nightcrawlin’ posted above and it reminded me so much of Yeasayer that I knew these guys would be my next obsession. 

On August 1st, I got to meet Matt Schellenberg (keyboard, vocals) thanks to Caitlin White aka Bleecker Street Beat texting me about meeting this super nice dude at the Cold Specks show at Glasslands. He told me about their next EP Purple & Gold and how the music was taking a bit of a hip hop direction. This worried me but on Sept. 11 all my worries were squashed when the EP showed up on their Bandcamp. The first track Show Me Your Eyes has all the elements of their first EP that I loved so much and then they hit you with the Summersweat beat that makes you want to slow things down on the dance floor. 

Keep an eye out for these guys at CMJ! I honestly don’t know what to expect out of their live show and I like that very much. Somebody please go see them open up for Fierce Creatures in Fresno, CA Sept 21 and take a video for me! 

30 August 12
We Can’t Enjoy Ourselves
Two months ago this Brooklyn band played a show with Snowden at Glasslands. I was so excited about the night, not because I had a clue who We Can’t Enjoy Ourselves were, but because I have been a huge fan of Snowden since 2007 and highly anticipated the release of a new album. This show was promoted as an album release show on the poster so I went prepared to buy some vinyl. Showed up late. Missed the opener, We Can’t Enjoy Ourselves, but still had time to meet my band crush Sarah Barthel (Phantogram) and told her I loved her just before Snowden took the stage, both of these things were enough to make my night pretty awesome. After the show I went up to the merch booth to find out that it was not the Snowden record release show but WCEO’s record release show. A couple of minutes speaking with the lead singer, Giovanni Saldarriaga, about their debut record plus a few beers led me to blindly buy their 12 inch “Make A Mess Of Sacred Ground.”
I experienced no buyers remorse but quickly became pretty upset that I missed their set. Luckily I was able to catch their next show at The Knitting Factory a couple of weeks ago. Perfect timing too because Exfm had recently asked me to help out finding an opener for their showcase, which happens to be tonight! I asked if they wanted to play. They said yes. And that is how it came to be that I love WCEO and you can too, just show up at Pianos tomorrow night around 8pm. If you enjoy The Smiths or The Mystery Jets or just having a good time dancing then you should totally come hang out. The Cold Fronts, Thieving Irons and my dear friends il Abanico will be playing as well. Join the Facebook event.
Scroll down or click the little deal in the bottom left corner to stream the song they closed their Knitting Factory set with, “Devil in The Old Folks Home”, where they croon like birds with their heads cut off. Giovanni’s words. Not mine. They got jokes on stage so come prepared to laugh and dance or just head nod and do the ole knee spasm move.
<a href=”http://wecantenjoyourselves.bandcamp.com/track/devil-in-the-old-folks-home” data-mce-href=”http://wecantenjoyourselves.bandcamp.com/track/devil-in-the-old-folks-home”>Devil In The Old Folks Home by WE CAN’T ENJOY OURSELVES</a>

We Can’t Enjoy Ourselves

Two months ago this Brooklyn band played a show with Snowden at Glasslands. I was so excited about the night, not because I had a clue who We Can’t Enjoy Ourselves were, but because I have been a huge fan of Snowden since 2007 and highly anticipated the release of a new album. This show was promoted as an album release show on the poster so I went prepared to buy some vinyl. Showed up late. Missed the opener, We Can’t Enjoy Ourselves, but still had time to meet my band crush Sarah Barthel (Phantogram) and told her I loved her just before Snowden took the stage, both of these things were enough to make my night pretty awesome. After the show I went up to the merch booth to find out that it was not the Snowden record release show but WCEO’s record release show. A couple of minutes speaking with the lead singer, Giovanni Saldarriaga, about their debut record plus a few beers led me to blindly buy their 12 inch “Make A Mess Of Sacred Ground.”

I experienced no buyers remorse but quickly became pretty upset that I missed their set. Luckily I was able to catch their next show at The Knitting Factory a couple of weeks ago. Perfect timing too because Exfm had recently asked me to help out finding an opener for their showcase, which happens to be tonight! I asked if they wanted to play. They said yes. And that is how it came to be that I love WCEO and you can too, just show up at Pianos tomorrow night around 8pm. If you enjoy The Smiths or The Mystery Jets or just having a good time dancing then you should totally come hang out. The Cold Fronts, Thieving Irons and my dear friends il Abanico will be playing as well. Join the Facebook event.

Scroll down or click the little deal in the bottom left corner to stream the song they closed their Knitting Factory set with, “Devil in The Old Folks Home”, where they croon like birds with their heads cut off. Giovanni’s words. Not mine. They got jokes on stage so come prepared to laugh and dance or just head nod and do the ole knee spasm move.

9 August 12
Cineplexx
For those of you who don’t know me I moved to Brooklyn, NY about a year ago. I started as an intern at Paper Garden Records while getting settled in to a completely different speed of life than my hometown Little Rock, Arkansas. Since then I have started coaching a team of homeless soccer players at Street Soccer USA and I coach little kids starting from the very young age of 2 for one of my part time jobs. I also work at a restaurant two days a week. I say all of this to explain why I hardly get to share all of the good music I see and hear living in New York. Well now that I have added Paper Garden Records back to my work week Ill be able to repost to Epic Concoction all of the awesome new music we introduce via the Lovely Hearts Club. Last week we featured Cineplexx and I couldn’t have asked for a better way to jump back in to the wonderful world of sharing new music. 
To sum things up, Sebastian Litmanovich has been traveling the world making music under the moniker Cinplexx for over a decade now and his next album “Perfume” will be released in Mexico sometime in October. Here are three teaser videos that he created to get you started and we have a full stream of the intro track "Cosas de la Vida Normal".  Give it a listen and let me know what you think. Hope you spin this at your next retro disco party!

If you want to know more about Paper Garden Records and our Lovely Hearts Club campaigns just shoot me an email colson (at) papergardenrecords (dot) com. 
Follow Cineplexx on Twitter Facebook Soundcloud Website 

Cineplexx

For those of you who don’t know me I moved to Brooklyn, NY about a year ago. I started as an intern at Paper Garden Records while getting settled in to a completely different speed of life than my hometown Little Rock, Arkansas. Since then I have started coaching a team of homeless soccer players at Street Soccer USA and I coach little kids starting from the very young age of 2 for one of my part time jobs. I also work at a restaurant two days a week. I say all of this to explain why I hardly get to share all of the good music I see and hear living in New York. Well now that I have added Paper Garden Records back to my work week Ill be able to repost to Epic Concoction all of the awesome new music we introduce via the Lovely Hearts Club. Last week we featured Cineplexx and I couldn’t have asked for a better way to jump back in to the wonderful world of sharing new music. 

To sum things up, Sebastian Litmanovich has been traveling the world making music under the moniker Cinplexx for over a decade now and his next album “Perfume” will be released in Mexico sometime in October. Here are three teaser videos that he created to get you started and we have a full stream of the intro track "Cosas de la Vida Normal".  Give it a listen and let me know what you think. Hope you spin this at your next retro disco party!

If you want to know more about Paper Garden Records and our Lovely Hearts Club campaigns just shoot me an email colson (at) papergardenrecords (dot) com. 

Follow Cineplexx on Twitter Facebook Soundcloud Website 

20 April 12

Sean Nicholas Savage

I first fell in love with this music back in 2010 with the release of Original Feelings but had somehow lost this feeling in a sea of new music. Luckily, I was recently reminded of my love for Sean Nicholas Savages’ sound and the very reason I am blissfully living in Brooklyn instead of Little Rock, AR with all of my friends and family.

Last Sunday, I got off work from one of my three jobs a little early and a Facebook event update reminded me that Sean Nicholas Savage would be playing a last minute show with Thick Paint (Graham Ulincy of Reptar) and Quiet Hooves. Being newish around here I had no idea what or where the Brooklyn Fire Proof bar/art gallery/venue was but now it’s my new favorite spot. I’ve never had so much fun dancing around a small room full of strangers and it’s all thanks to Sean Nicholas Savage.  So if you are like me and forgot about SNS or have just never heard of the guy, then watch the video (above) of him being backed by Quiet Hooves as they perform Chin Chin. Check out some pictures from the night on Facebook and spend the rest of the day listening to the six releases on Bandcamp.

23 February 12

Spanish Prisoners

Watch the brand new video for “Know No Violence”” off of Spanish Prisoners debut album Gold Fools. You don’t need me to tell you how great the video is. Just watch it and I’m sure you will agree. Makes me want to throw this album on the headphones and roam around the city. In fact, I’m going to do that as soon as I hit publish on this post.

For those who don’t know about this 4-piece-dream-pop goodness, well you are missing out! They released their debut album in October which just happens to be the same month I moved to New York and saw them at perform during CMJ for the very first time. Since then I have seen them live several times and it never gets old. I am going to see them again this Friday at The Knitting Factory with il Abanico and couldn’t be more excited.

They recently released two alt versions of “Downtown Chicagoland" so check the guitar arp version below. Spanish Prisoners fans just made their Vantasy come true on Kickstarter this week so congrats on getting the van paid for and being able to drive to SXSW! Wish I was going to be there this year. It also kills me that I won’t be able to attend their post-SXSW show at Stickyz in Little Rock, Arkansas March 18. For all my hometown homies reading this please get off the couch and watch them play with fellow Brooklynites Snowmine and Little Rock’s very own Knox Hamilton. It is the first ever show curated by yours truly so consider it your birthday present to me since I won’t be there to blow out the candles on my bday three days later. Takes lots of pictures for me and hashtag it with #StickyzMarch18 so I can follow along!

21 February 12

il Abanico

I had the pleasure of seeing il Abanico put on one of the most impressive live performances I have seen in New York City since moving here 5 months ago. That’s a pretty bold statement but I’m sticking to it! Juliana Ronderos and Nicolas Losada are the two Colombian’s responsible for pulling together this 5-piece that is overflowing with talent.

Ever since they randomly followed me on Twitter I have been playing their EP “Crossing Colors” non-stop. That’s why I was shocked when Julio from I Can Chase Dragons! told me he was in town from Boston to see his friends play at Rockwood Music Hall this past Saturday. Clearly it was fate that my eyes and ears were so blessed. I got to hang out with the band some this weekend and they are the nicest group of guys you will ever meet. So go see them live either at The Knitting Facotry on Friday, Feb 24 with Spanish Prisoners or catch them at SXSW. Here is a video I took at the show of il Abanico’s brand new song that doesn’t even have a name yet! Below is another favorite of mine called The Light. Download the whole EP for free on Bandcamp!

19 January 12

Crozet

Jim Smith has been blessing us with great synth-drenched music for a while now as Teeel so he decided to start his own label Synthemesc. Can’t say enough good things about the guy and I’ve already posted Teeel on here so let’s move on to some friends of his making righteous tunes - Crozet.

The duo from Philly just released the album We’ll Be Gone By Then via Jim’s new label. Expect to hear heavy synth with bits of guitar and drums straight out of the 80’s. If you lay down and listen to this whole album from start to finish it’s like watching a movie inside your head. Get the whole thing here on iTunes and watch out for the last minute of “We Can See It”, it owns. Below is a stream of the closing, title track on the album and don’t miss out on their free EP “Alterations”, including covers of Memoryhouse, Teen Daze and Yo La Tengo.

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6 January 12
Conveyor

This post is long overdue since I first heard about Conveyor while interning at Paper Garden Records in October. We just posted this new song and video (click the photo to watch it on BreakThru Radio) of “Mukraker” to our Lovely Hearts Club blog. Since I wrote this LHC post there isn’t much more to add other than they are awesome live! I saw them for the first time last night with Snowmine, Illuminator and Teletextile and it reminded me why I moved to New York and why I spend every dime on going to shows and vinyl. Here are some pics that don’t even begin to capture the night’s splendor. You don’t want to miss out when Conveyor open for Bryan Scary January 28 at La Poisson Rouge. Get to their bandcamp and buy the “Sun Ray” EP on orange vinyl and keep an eye out for their release of “Mukraker” on a 7” split with Illuminator. Here is a download of the new song for free!

  FACEBOOK TWITTER BANDCAMP

Conveyor

This post is long overdue since I first heard about Conveyor while interning at Paper Garden Records in October. We just posted this new song and video (click the photo to watch it on BreakThru Radio) of “Mukraker” to our Lovely Hearts Club blog. Since I wrote this LHC post there isn’t much more to add other than they are awesome live! I saw them for the first time last night with Snowmine, Illuminator and Teletextile and it reminded me why I moved to New York and why I spend every dime on going to shows and vinyl. Here are some pics that don’t even begin to capture the night’s splendor. You don’t want to miss out when Conveyor open for Bryan Scary January 28 at La Poisson Rouge. Get to their bandcamp and buy the “Sun Ray” EP on orange vinyl and keep an eye out for their release of “Mukraker” on a 7” split with Illuminator. Here is a download of the new song for free!

  FACEBOOK TWITTER BANDCAMP

Themed by Hunson. Originally by Josh