Video of the Day: Jamar Carr “American Way (Prod. AZ Beats)”

Alright guys, time to broaden your perspective a little bit. First, go watch that video, you don’t need my background first, you need to see it. Go. Now….

….okay. Are you back? Cool. I can’t even begin to get into all of the allusions that are going on in this video. I would suggest if you are interested in some of it, a great place to start is with the Netflix documentary: 13th. Which goes into a lot more detail about the history of mass incarceration of African-American’s in this country, and really hammers home how much of the issue centers around government policy, much of which is referenced in Jamar Carr’s music video.

 

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He also goes on to reference Colin Kaepernick, which I’m sure my conservative readers won’t find any issue with ;). Just kidding, we all know those people stopped reading/listening to us months ago. If you’re really excited to hear more from Jamar Carr, we are going to have him on a podcast episode soon, and will always be adding a Facebook Live interview with him in the near future hopefully.

In the meantime, go listen to his song on our Spotify playlist. 

Go watch 13th on Netflix and report back your findings.

And go listen to previous podcast episodes.

Mid Day Music Blast: Welshly Arms “Down to the River”

Are you a big fans of bands like The Black Keys, Rival Sons, or Kaleo? Who isn’t right? Well I found another band to add to your collection: Welshly Arms. The song uses gospel a gospel choir song with some great blues riffs and grungy lead vocals to create a sound that mixes nostalgic rock and roll and blues with modern synth and bass backgrounds. It seems that a lot of this album was written in the past couple of years with all the turmoil that we’ve seen in this country, and I’ve often said that if nothing else, Trump’s America will have great protest art. I think the past year or so we’ve seen that come to fruition, and Welshly Arms is fitting quite nicely into that niche.

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Having been ensconced in the studio working on their debut album ‘No Place Is Home’ due this June, Cleveland based six-piece blues and gospel influenced alternative band Welshly Arms preempt the release with a brand new track ‘Sanctaury’ that follows on from the much lauded ‘Legendary’ released last year. The band are also due to perform at this year’s Reading and Leeds Festival.

Of ‘Sanctuary’, frontman Sam Getz says, “We wrote ‘Sanctuary’ in a time where everything on the news and in politics seemed so dark and out of control. Nothing felt safe, nowhere felt like home and there wasn’t a lot of positive news to find hope in. ‘Sanctuary’ is a reminder that hope is always there in the people you keep close. Even as the world seems to be breaking down around us, my family, friends and the people I love are where I always find my security and my home.”

This summer, Welshly Arms will support Thirty Seconds To Mars on the last leg of their upcoming US tour, before crossing the Atlantic for an exclusive performance at 2018’s Reading and Leeds Festival.

 

Catch Welshly Arms alongside every other song we’ve featured in June on this Spotify playlist. 

 

Don’t forget to check out our podcast, I’d say it’s the best thing we do. 

 

-Caleb

 

Video of the Day: The Rebels of Tijuana “Et le blizzard s’estompe”

Sunday Scaries in full effect for you yet? I have just the thing to chill you out. Take a 8 minute journey into the past with this amazing video from The Rebels of Tijuana. It is everything I love about music. It has these excellent visuals of a recording studio that is using all analog production techniques. It has great instrumentation that gives each musician his space to jam out. It has just enough lyrics (that I don’t understand, though I did hear the word cigarette), to keep you engaged in the sultry Jim Morrison style voice. It has drinking, and bandmates chumming about. It has interspersed nature shots. You’re really missing out if you don’t take the time to watch the whole thing. I guarantee you’ll find yourself tapping your foot.

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Don’t forget to check out more from them, as this just a single off an upcoming September album, “Aisle”, a double album recorded on analog tape. If you’re like me and you often miss the grainy sound that we used to get out of old 60s and 70s records, this is the band for you.

 

Don’t forget to check them, and everyone we’ve featured this month out on our spotify playlist (updated daily.) 

Also, don’t forget to listen to the thing we do best, the podcast. We just released a new episode last week on Bad Luck.

-Caleb

Morning Commute Double Feature: Jim Audet

Get ready for a music filled day from B-Side Guys! New music Friday means tons and tons of new music just for you guys!

“Mojave Rain” is about the procrastination of the government to do anything about mass shootings, and how it becomes too late for those who are unfortunate enough to be involved in these events.

“Sex & Money” is track 1 off “The Lookout EP” set to release June 1st on Spotify. “The Lookout EP” is an “off the wall” concept record dealing with a spectrum of socio-political problems, mainly issues surrounding our culture’s obsession with sex, money, and violence in the media.

 

Alright. Now that you’ve listened to both, let’s explore them:

 

“Mojave Rain

First of all, how great is this guy’s voice? I told him he sounds like a slightly higher pitched Jim Morrison, especially on the “Sex and Money” track. The song itself is very topical, unfortunately it’s topical about every two weeks or so, because it’s about mass shootings and the governmental response to them.

The song starts with really strong, jarring lyrics:

“They no need no control
Gonna bet a dime, little Suzie, gonna bet your soul”

Referring to the seeming willingness for our government to sacrifice children for a quick buck, or more specifically the willingness of those who lobby the government to do so. Obviously gun control is a hot button layered issue, but I think it’s art’s job to help us think about these things that effect us, and the song really makes it clear what’s at stake in this debate.

“Good God, it’s too late,
Got caught up in a downpour, in the Mojave Rain

Say son, did you make the grade?
Save a brother down with a barricade, when there was rain in the Mojave?
Was it oh, so D.F.A, with a window wide on 32? ”

 

I love the dissonance between making the grade and saving someone. These two things shouldn’t be happening side by side, and you could argue if they are happening side by side, the learning environment is going to be effected. My biggest question in the song is why the title and repetition of Mojave rain? I know the Mojave is a desert, so it doesn’t get much rain. In fact it is the driest desert in all of North America. Maybe he’s using that as a metaphor for how unlikely it is to see any change on this issue soon? What do you guys think?

 

 

“Sex and Money”

I’m not going to talk about this one too at length because (hint hint) you’re going to be seeing this one again on the podcast. But like I mentioned before, how much does this song sound like a modernized The Doors song? I also love the throwback visuals of the video. There is a lot to explore here regarding our societies relationship to sex, money, and violence, and we will be following up that discussion on our podcast in the coming weeks, so stay tuned for that. In the meantime, check out all of Jim Audet’s new EP right here, and support this dude so we can see what else he comes up with.

 

-Caleb

Video of the Day: Woolbright – “Symbiotic Harmony”

 

It’s full blown summer here, and I can’t think of a better way to celebrate than this super fun video from Woolbright! The song itself is so good, but the video just makes me feel nostalgic and want to go play with nerf guns right now. During that round, don’t miss the major twist, it’s almost like Game of Thrones or something.

That’s before we even get to them settling loose on an arcade. Any bands out there trying to shoot a music video on a budget? Take notes from this one. It’s cheap, it’s fun, it looks good, and it doesn’t take itself too seriously. What a great video on this sunny Thursday afternoon.

Want to support them further? Go check them out on bandcamp. 

 

-Caleb

 

Track of the Day: Room Six Eleven – “Bad Times”

I don’t know what the weather is like where you are today, but it’s almost 8 PM here in Providence and the weather is superb. I was bouncing around on which track to post today and this song just fits the mood of this beautiful scene I have in front of me. What I guess I’m saying is this song is sitting on the front porch at sunset, with a beer in hand and my dog to my right.

The beautiful horns in this song, the 70s feel that sounds like it could’ve been created in Muscle Shoals, Alabama right after Aretha Franklin’s recording session was done; there’s really so much to like about this song. Pro-Tip: Listen to the horn solo starting at 1:40 5 times in a row before moving on.

“Bad times, hard times,

all I do is sing.

Bad times, hard times,

tell me what you think.”

I think we can all use a little bit more of that attitude. So here I am after a stressful day, relaxing, and singing along. Tell me what you think. (yeah, I’m that smooth).

Prefer Spotify? Click here.

And don’t forget to check out our playlists here.

Want even more Room Six Eleven? Check out this YouTube teaser for the whole EP.

-Caleb

Video of the Day: Johnny Raincloud “White Noize”

Johnny Raincloud’s new video, White Noize, is one of those videos that you really want to watch, but then feel guilty for watching it. The song is all about how we are too dependent as a society on our phones, the internet, the white noise in our lives, and we don’t foster relationships like we used to. We have become addicted (foreshadowing, if you’re paying attention) to our devices, and Mike Stortz, the brain behind Johnny Raincloud, wants us to know that it is having detrimental effects on our society and our psyche.

Glued to their screens
Everybody drowns,
And they can’t see
Because they’re looking down

Now, the lyrics may be off by a word or two (or ten, let me know JR, and I can fix them) because I couldn’t find them written out anywhere, but the point is abundantly clear. As someone who just had to change the way that I work on the computer because of neck problems, I can absolutely relate to this. I know it isn’t quite what they’re talking about here, but that’s the beauty of music. It belongs to everyone once it’s put into circulation… ya know… except for the actual song itself and the copyrights and whatnot, but you know what I mean.

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Disclaimer: This part is where I compare Johnny Raincloud to another band.
I noticed on the band’s Bandcamp page that they make take offense to me saying they sound like anyone, but I’m going to go ahead and make a comparison. This Portland, Oregon trio sounds like another PNW band that everyone is familiar with: Modest Mouse. Now hear me out. I’m not talking about “We Were Dead Before the Ship Even Sank,” hell, I’m not even talking about “Good News for People Who Love Bad News” (Although I wouldn’t say you’re wrong if you made a case for how Good News has similarities). I’m thinking they are an updated version of “The Lonesome Crowded West.” I mean, at that time Modest Mouse was a three piece set as well. Stortz and Isaac Brock have a similar off beat cadence when they sing, and can easily find themselves talking to you or yelling at you in the same measure. The guitar slides around the whammy bar before hitting you with staccato punches, and the bass and drum act as the glue to keep the vocals and lead grounded in something that isn’t too outlandish. I’m sorry if you guys don’t think people’s comparisons are accurate, but when I hear this song, it makes me want to listen to Convenient Parking. They have the cleaner production value like when Modest Mouse broke out, but they still keep that raw power alive that I loved from the earlier stuff. Take the compliment, guys. I really dig your stuff.

Fun fact about the video: They only used one 50 foot roll of film for their Super 8 to make the entire video, and the full project cost $40 to make.

 

-Seth

Mid-Day Music Blast: Glass Lungs “Casting Stones”

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GLASS LUNGS is a band from Brooklyn that blends indie and post-rock with celestial guitar sounds to create an atmospheric brand of “space wizardry.” What results is an attention to haunting vocal melodies, specialized guitar tones, and lush, ambient soundscapes.

This song immediately makes me think of Anthony Green and TTNG, maybe mixed with a little Dance Gavin Dance. While my teenage self listened to this genre exclusively, I have branched out to various other places in the last 10 years, but honestly, first loves die hard, and Glass Lungs wears the same perfume. If you are going to be in New York this summer, you have to check them out. They are playing the Knitting Factory July 8th and The Kingsland July 20th. I know if I’m in town I’ll be dropping by.

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“All you want to know is,

what are we destined for,

if this town is treason,

as the walls converge?”

 

I can’t help but feel like these lyrics are very appropriate for our times. One thing I remember about the Bush era of America was how good punk, post-punk, post-rock, etc. music got at capturing our frustrations. I think Glass Lungs have continued that tradition, whether or not they are talking about anything political at all. They’ve spoken words and harmonies to that feeling of angst that comes with being aware of the world burning around you, and wishing you had a bigger hose to try to put out the flames.

 

-Caleb