Monthly Archives: November 2013

NEW VIDEO: July – “What We Signed Up For”

JULY has released their video for “What We Signed Up For,” the title track from the band’s debut LP What We Signed Up For, out now on TDR Records.

July recently wrapped up a successful Canadian tour with VEARA.  You can also read their exclusive PropertyOfZack Track-By-Track and were recently a part of The Gunz Show. The band will also be taking part in an upcoming station takeover on idobi Radio.

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Diffuser.FM Premiers Paper States’ Cover of The Get Up Kid’s “Overdue”

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Diffuser.fm has premiered PAPER STATES‘ cover of “Overdue,” which comes from A Tribute To The Get Up Kids, out Dec. 10th on Pacific Ridge Records. Paper States is also giving away their debut EP, Be Alone, for “Pay What You Want” on Bandcamp.

For the cover, Paper State kept the stripped-down, raw nature of the original song. “Covering a legendary band like The Get Up Kids, we wanted to make sure we kept the integrity of the song but still played it our own way,” vocalist Ryan Stack explains.

You can listen to Paper States’ cover of “Overdue” over at Diffuser.fm: http://diffuser.fm/paper-states-get-up-kids/.

You can download the band’s debut EP Be Alone for “Pay What You Want” on Bandcamp: http://paperstates.bandcamp.com/.

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NEW VIDEO: Laura Bell Bundy – “Kentucky Dirty”

Laura Bell Bundy is known for many things; performing on Broadway, being a country artist, and even co-starring on Charlie Sheen’s Anger Management on FX (“WINNING!”).

As a country star, LBB has debuted her “Kentucky Dirty” video for a song that was featured in the Kentucky Wildcat Basketball documentary, The Sixth Man, much to LBB’s delight, as she is a HUGE fan of Kentucky sports!

Check out the video below:

 

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GUEST BLOG: Eat Like a Rockstar – The Tale of a Touring Vegan

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by Jenny Mann
 
 
When you think of a what a touring band eats on the road you almost always think of pizza, fast food & ramen noodles… and understandably so. Almost every single venue on any given night of the week gets us pizza because it’s simple and cheap. During the day we make quick stops at gas stations and fast food restaurants because of the convenience and price. When you tour for any extended period of time like we do (over 250 shows a year) this quickly becomes boring and extremely unhealthy.  When I decided to become a vegan over 3 years ago, no one believed I could do it while traveling.  Most people still are amazed that I am able to eat healthy on the road. Here are some of the tricks I have learned in order to eat healthy on a touring band budget. 
 
1. Supermarket Runs: The first few years I spent touring, I don’t think we ever stopped at a super market. Although they are in every town, we always would choose something fast food instead. But, the supermarket can often be cheaper and is almost always a healthier option. I usually stock up on almond butter, whole wheat bread, fruit, vegetables, hummus & canned soup. Sometimes I’ll even splurge and get vegetables to make guacamole or a potato that I can put in the microwave with a can of black beans on top. 
 
2. Chinese Buffets: It doesn’t sound like a cheap or healthy option but it’s one of the best I’ve found. Most chinese buffets let you weigh by the pound and is usually around 4.29/lb. Besides having fried foods and some fishy looking sushi they will almost always have sauteed vegetables, rice and noodles. If you’re lucky you will even find a select few that have tofu. 
 
3. Mini fridge: We invested in a mini fridge that plugs into a cigarette lighter in order to be able to travel with more fresh food. This is huge for a touring band and anyone who wants to stay somewhat healthy on the road. If all else fails, a cooler works. Most venues will fill it for you and you can keep vegetables, fruits, salads, veggie burgers, etc in a plastic bag and just tie it to the outside of the cooler so it never actually touches the ice.  
 
4. Supplement with a nutritional shake: There are many out on market that are healthy and relatively inexpensive when you use them as a meal replacement. My favorite is a whole food vegan shake called Rockin’ Wellness. I add a scoop to a bottle of water and it’s a lifesaver.
 
5. Fast Food Exceptions: I have discovered some decently healthy and very affordable options to get when I’m forced to go the fast food route. For example, Burger King has a veggie burger, Wendy’s has a baked potato, Taco Bell has a black bean and rice burrito, Panda Express has tofu and vegetables, Subway has a veggie sandwich & Jack in the Box has a veggie and rice bowl.
 
Check out more on Blameshift and their brand new album, Secrets, HERE.
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SPOTLIGHT: Printz Board’s Tribute to a Loved One

 Songwriter/producer, Printz Board (Black Eyed Peas), has taken on a matter very close to his heart.  His dear friend, Sam Lien, recently passed in her fight against Breast Cancer.  It had always been Sam’s dream to record music, and Printz was honored to be able to make her dreams come true. The experience was documented and can be seen below, as well Printz’s statement on the video and on Sam.

“Sam is finally at peace. And I would like to think of this video as a tribute to her and all who are struggling with breast cancer.   I want people to know how precious life is, and how the little things don’t REALLY matter. Love is what matters. Happiness is what matters. Appreciate the people around you because you never know how long either of you will be around.” – Printz Board
 

 

 

For more information about this cause or how to contribute to the fight against breast cancer check out Susan G. Komen

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REVIEW: Reggie And The Full Effect – No Country For Old Musicians

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The “Introduction” to Reggie And The Full Effect’s No Country For Old Musicians sounds very stereotypical country, like Disney’s Country Bear Jamboree…although that could be the banjo-usage, which is cut short by the sounds of a car wreck.

“Super Croc Vs. Mega Doosh” brings forth the punk edge of the band, which is expected. The chorus is ridiculous catchy, and in association with the brilliant melodic sounds, makes it a great track. There is a melancholy tone to the lyrics, but it’s not the kind of sad song you would typically avoid. The bridge towards the end of the song may be the part that takes you by surprise, if not stuns you into silence.

In comparison to the pop-punk style of its predecessor, “37” is reminiscent of old Smash Mouth tracks from childhood. It’s loud, boisterous, fun, and has a chorus that is simple to sing along to, “La la la la la la…” The lyrics are something you can imagine being written in a drunken moment, which would only be possible if the drunk just happened to be a poet with an odd sense of humor. Live, I can imagine this would go over incredibly well when attempting to create an atmosphere of high energy and fun.

There are a few short tracks, and “Fowlin’ Around” is one track I just didn’t know what to think of, if you can really call it a song. It’s a filler, and to be entirely truthful, would have been best to leave out…unless you’re really into chickens. “Robo Fonzie Meets Frank” is very similar, although it’s more of a comedy track, like a shorter version of “Sundae, Booty Sundae (ft. Fluxuation)” ( I cannot believe I just typed that…).

Thankfully, “Revenge Is a Dish Best Served At Park Chan-Wook’s” seems to swoop in to save the day. Between the melody and the beats, it’s difficult not to imagine jumping around to this at a concert. The layering of vocals also makes the song more interesting, which is never a bad thing! “Kanji Tattoos Still In Style” creates a similar energy, instantly bringing a smile to your face.

“Guerra” was like a Native American chant from Pocahontas, especially when added in with the sounds of the eagle sqwuaking in the background. The steady beat of the drum makes the song oddly calming, in comparison to the rest of the song’s style. This could either be the most bold, daring thing I’ve heard in a long time, or slightly disconcerting. It may be both, like “Who Needs Another Drank (ft. Floppy Disc),” which would be impossible to explain. To listen to it is to learn to like it for its weirdness. Weirdly, I’d also like to try and master this rap. If you can master Niki Minaj, this is doable.

To say I’m surprised by the variance of Reggie And The Full Effect would be an understatement, which is something I respect them for. When a band can surprise you, they can pull you in, and make you want to listen. “Gimme Back My Leg” was one of those many quirky moments on the album that add to the overall appeal, much like “A Funny Thing Happened On The Way To Ralph’s,” which may be my favorite track on the album. My mind is desperate to create the music video for this song, because the imagery is fantastic. Suburban kids who are annoyed will be playing this song in their garage with their band for years to come. Competing for the title is “Disregard,” which is the longest song on the album, and maybe the one I love lyrically. More songs need to be written with this kind of perspective and philosophical approach.

There is a certain charm to No Country For Old Musicians. It’s kind of like the Class Clown. In many ways, he’s weird and kind of an ass…but you can’t help but giggle at him or want to chat with him.

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George Barnett: “Reflection”

George Barnett is a talented new artist, who just released his EP, Animal Keeper. Prior to releasing the EP, Barnett began streaming his single “Reflection,” which you can check out on Soundcloud!

Following its debut, the track hit 1000 plays in under an hour! 

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VIDEO: Beartooth – “Go Be The Voice”

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Having read the title above, you may think this is the new theme song for NBC’s hit reality-competition show, The Voice. However, it’s a song by the wonderful Beartooth, who have released a video for their song “Go Be The Voice,” which you can see exclusively on AlternativePress.com.

The group is currently on tour with August Burns Red, and the tour dates can be seen below:

Nov 14 – Santa Ana, CA @ The Observatory
Nov 15 – Los Angeles, CA @ Club Nokia LA Live
Nov 16 – San Francisco, CA @ Regency Ballroom
Nov 18 – Salt Lake City, UT @ Murray Theater
Nov 19 – Denver, CO @ Summit Music Hall
Nov 20 – Des Moines, IA @Wooly’s
Nov 21 – Minneapolis, MN @ Mill City Nights
Nov 22 – Chicago, IL @ House of Blues
Nov 23 – Chicago, IL @ House of Blues
Nov 24 – Cincinnati, OH @ Bogart’s
Nov 26 – Cleveland, OH @ House of Blues
Nov 27 – Pontiac, MI @ The Crofoot Ballroom
Nov 28 – Toronto, ONT @ Sound Academy
Nov 29 – Montreal, QC @ Metropolis
Nov 30 – Worcester, MA @ The Palladium (Downstairs)
Dec 1 – New York, NY @ Best Buy Theatre
Dec 3 – Asheville, NC @ The Orange Peel
Dec 4 – Atlanta, GA @ The Masquerade
Dec 5 – Jacksonville, FL @ Roc Bar
Dec 6 – Orlando, FL @ The Plaza Live
Dec 7 – Tampa, FL @ The Ritz Ybor
Dec 8 – Ft. Lauderdale, FL @ Revolution
Dec 10 – Knoxville, TN @ NV
Dec 11 – Charlotte, NC @ Amos’ Southend

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Definitely Different: Jodi Good – A Bold New Star

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Most people can recall the first time they heard an artist. The exact moment in time that a song hit their ears and they were hooked. The only way that happens though, is when the artist is bold, like the first cup of coffee on a cold, early morning. The first time Jodi Good’s “definitely different” sound hits ears, it’s like a jolt of caffeine. With a daring, authentic air of confidence, Jodi drives her artistry with a soulful voice and empathetic lyrics.

On July 30th, Jodi released her debut EP, Definitely Different, an outstanding showcase of her eclectic style. “I felt like a huge weight was lifted from my shoulders,” she says. “I had wanted to say so many of the things I said on my EP for so long. I wasn’t sure how I wanted to communicate them, but I am very happy with the outcome.”

Having overcome a paralyzing shyness, Jodi didn’t want to hide at all in her lyrics. “Honesty is the theme I strive to stick to; I believe everything has many facets, which is why I don’t like contrived concepts.” It’s that honesty and the relatable way its conveyed that makes the EP so striking.

Every aspect of Definitely Different illustrates an intuitive connection with human emotion. “In my opinion creativity is fueled by passion, and I was going through a very passionate time, albeit not the good kind (e.g. a break-up). However, I believe an experience like that makes you see the world differently. There were moments when I felt overwhelmed creatively and I just needed to get everything out. I would write without censoring myself, which is a big deal for me. Anything you are feeling holds weight. Don’t disregard anything because it doesn’t seem ‘poetic,'” she jokes.

Many people would turn away from the emotions that follow in a break-up, unless your name is Taylor Swift. Channeling those feelings through music can often be cathartic. “Stranger to me is the most personal track for me, and it was the hardest to write, which is why it’s my favorite. It was therapeutic,” Jodi admits.

Along with being inspired by life in general, Jodi’s music is fueled by a desire to express realistic ideas and feelings, in turn spreading a message of acceptance, especially of yourself. In the video for the title track of the EP, Jodi is placed in a beauty pageant, alongside typical beauty queens, to be judged by people who aren’t sure what to make of her colorful personality (and dance moves). “It was very real for me. I’ve always wanted to be in a beauty pageant, but there would be no shot of me winning, because I’m not 5’10” and 120 pounds. I’m normal–I love karaoke, playing with my dog, getting piercings, and shopping. I wanted the video to be realistic, and not have it end with me “winning” the competition, but being recognized for who I was. That’s what winning is to me.”

 

“I wish I could tell my younger self that everyone else is not so much ‘better than you,’ but that they are just better at keeping their insecurities hidden. Stop being so intimidated; you’re good enough,” she expresses, and one can’t help but notice that the meaning behind “Definitely Different,” is not to be shy about what you have in comparison to someone else.

Those who have heard Jodi’s soulful voice would be the first to say they are glad the singer overcame her own shyness, because her music has a place on every iPod, and in every stereo, including the ones at JCPenney stores. A bold, refreshing new talent, and one to watch for sure. The expectations for Jodi go above and beyond, and it’s only the beginning.

 
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VIDEO: “Ms. Sally Jones” + New Tour Info.!

Yesterday morning, Eric Dash released his video for “Ms. Sally Jones” on VEVO, which you can check out below!

“Mrs. Sally Jones” is Dash’s second single. His first single, “One More Love Song,” hit the Billboard Top 40 charts last month.
 
Eric will be hitting the road this month with Heffron Drive, and Kendall Schmidt of Big Time Rush, on their November/Decemeber tour! You can see all of the tour dates HERE.
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