Recommended if you like: Psychedelic rock, punk, grunge
Recommended tracks: “Wandering”
Written as high school sophomores, and recorded while juniors, Voices of Vendetta by Kearns Utah-based band, The Reprints, is an exciting first release from a young band, filled with potential. The songs range from youth-energy fueled punk and grunge to psychedelic era Beatles, from ’70s rock to early ’60s ballads, in addition to one particular track that I believe shows what it to come (more on that in just a bit). Despite four decades of influence all being very apparent in the songs, the album is congealed in fun, upbeat listening.
The Reprints center around lead guitar/vocalist Zakk Burdick and bass/guitar/vocalist Cameron Singer. The album Voices Of Vendetta was mostly recorded by Zakk and Cameron, with the help of musician friends, though they have since added Jake Conover on drums, and Scott Sandberg on rhythm guitar. The album features both Burdick and Singer as lead vocalists, and is heavy with back up vocals and harmonies. It also features extremely capable guitar and bass playing, and VERY solid lead guitar playing by Burdick, who clearly knows his way around the fretboard. Continue reading “The Reprints – Voices of Vendetta review”
When I was in Pittsburgh going to Library School I had this great home teacher named Ben Keller. We became friends and visited back and forth in each other’s houses, doing things like helping with moves and making peanut butter sandwiches. We even got together and jammed a little bit, which we should have done more of. Since moving away, I found out that Ben and his brother Chris started a band called Argyll’s Revenge and had to repeat Alma 29:14 to myself several times. Their music is solid rock, ranging from tributes to fallen officers to catchy refrains that get you bouncing in the kitchen. Their sound won them the 2009 Battle of the Bands at Carnegie Mellon University and they have produced two recordings to date, one titled Train Chasers. They have a Facebook page at http://www.facebook.com/#!/pages/Argylls-Revenge/61152629310?.
Ben graciously agreed to answer some interview questions, wherein he reveals the inner workings of the band, talks about upcoming releases, and reflects on outsiders’ perceptions of Pittsburgh. Continue reading “Argyll’s Revenge”
In this latest installment on my series on music production and sound quality, we’ll dive into a discussion on drums. If you are a drummer, please feel free to join this discussion by making comments. While I can bang out a basic pattern or two, I don’t consider myself a drummer. I have, however, worked with a lot of drummers, and have recorded a lot of drum kits covering a pretty wide range of styles and quality. Continue reading “Music Production and Sound Quality: Drums”
I just got a message from Adam Kaiser, who said that The Neighbors have just shot their first music video. This one’s a live performance of their song “I Wanna Know” and it’s a ton of fun. Directed by Brent Geisler, shot and cut by Alan Lucchetti, produced by Marcie Gibboney & Kelly King. I really want to see these guys live one day.
Fans of Low might be surprised to hear that two Low songs, “Silver Rider” and “Monkey”, have appeared on Robert Plant’s newest solo album Band of Joy. “Monkey” happens to be one of my favorites actually. I haven’t heard the covers but it is definitely exciting. Who knew that Robert Plant was a Low fan?
I am sure you’re all wondering how the Led Zeppelin singer interpreted such a signature Sparhawk/Parker song, here’s a fan video of the song being performed on Plant’s recent tour: Continue reading “Robert Plant covers Low on newest album”
Not too long ago, we here at Linescratchers welcomed a tight brother-sister duo into the fold: The Neighbors. Adam and Rachel Kaiser are well-known for their great live shows and fun and accessible alternative pop. But fans of the band might have recently been surprised to see Rachel Kaiser, keyboardist, songwriter, and singer, on the Jay Leno show singing backup for Brandon Flowers. She will be singing for him at live shows until January. Here is their Jay Leno performance:
Linescratcher Jennifer Thomas has been working all Summer on a film score for an independent short film called Minuet. Fans and readers will be happy to see that Jennifer has released the unmastered tracks from the film on her blog. Awesome chance to hear them before you see the film.
As far as the film goes, it has been filmed and is intended to be entered into film festivals soon. Jennifer has given a synopsis of the film on her website: Continue reading “Jennifer Thomas reveals Minuet score”
Brandon Flowers’ new solo album, entitled Flamingo, is now available for purchase on iTunes and other media outlets. You may have heard clips of the single, “Crossfire”, on the radio (and it was on NPR this morning too).
I haven’t purchased this album yet and probably won’t for a while. I’m on a student/musician budget. However, Linescratchers is now taking submissions for a guest review. If anyone is planning on purchasing the album, feel free to write up a review of it and send it to email@example.com and we’ll publish it!
P.S. Brandon Flowers is LDS by the way. Pretty sure you already knew that though.
In my first article of this series I presented contrasting arguments on the importance of production quality, and the appropriateness of various levels/types of productions. From that article, I hope we all came to agreement that many levels of production quality are appropriate, and that ultimately, knowing your audience and reacting to their needs is crucial.
As one of the stated goals of the Linescratchers site is to “raise the bar” of quality for our musical community, I will devote much of my articles in this series to improving the quality of our productions. However, I will also continue to explore ideas related to all levels of production quality. Please keep in mind that these articles are written to appeal to a broad audience and I can’t possibly write specifically to every genre, audience, and situation. I’m just trying to give you some basic principles to consider. Continue reading “Music Production and Sound Quality: Start at the Source!”
The first album from our favorite Latin musicians, Rumbo Rumba, is now available on iTunes. It’s called “De Sol A Sol” and we’ll have a review of it soon, but it’s worth the effort to at least check it out. Enjoy!
The album is also available on CD Baby.