Laura Gibson
Jan 2nd, 2012 by hachaduryan

LAURA GIBSON

 
 
Location: Portland, Oregon
 
Genre: Independent

 

 

 

Laura Gibson lives in Portland, Oregon, sings songs and plays a nylon-stringed guitar. She is 26 years-old…she grew up in a small isolated logging town in the south coast of oregon, the daughter of a forest ranger and the town’s kindergarten teacher. She was a state champion high-jumper, and went to college on a math scholarship and later studied counseling in graduate school…she couldn’t tell you what band put out what particular album in what year, but she could probably describe where she was, how she felt and what you talked about, when she first met you, or what the trees looked like the last time her heart was broken…she likes trees.

In November 2004, she self-released an ep called Amends, produced and engineered by Drew Grow, on a lap-top, in a house in Newberg, Oregon. She began playing shows around that time (unless you count playing shows at local nursing homes, which she has done for some time). since then, many have been endeared to her voice and her songs. she has performed at such fine establishments as the Doug Fir Lounge and the Triple Door, The Tractor Tavern and the Hotel Cafe. She has toured the west coast, and has shared the stage with both old folksters and indie kids. Her music has been featured by West Coast radio stations, and at show-and-tell in her nephews kindergarten class. she thanks her lucky stars for these opportunities…
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You can learn more about Laura Gibson here:

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MySpace

 

 

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James Vincent McMorrow
Dec 29th, 2011 by hachaduryan

JAMES VINCENT MCMORROW

 

Location: Ireland

Genre: Folk

 

 

 

A songwriter from Dublin, McMorrow’s vocal talent and songwriting has resulted in invites from some of the worlds’ most influential artists to play alongside them including the legendary Al Green, Tracy Chapman, Bon Iver, Mark Ronson, and Iron and Wine.

Citing Donny Hathaway, Otis Redding, Joan Baez, Neil Young, Band of Horses, The National and Sufjan Stevens among his influences, he is noted for his rich falsetto voice.

His debut album ‘Early In The Morning’ is out now. It was entirely self-recorded by McMorrow over a five month period in a cottage by the sea, with McMorrow playing each instrument. It was released to acclaim in Ireland and the UK in March of 2010, and worldwide in January, 2011.

Last.fm

 

James first started to venture into the world of music in college. “My first instrument was the drums: I used to listen to a lot of hardcore music, At The Drive In, Refused, Glassjaw,” James notes. As James’ musical tastes broadened, so did his instrumental skills. “I started listening to older music from the 50’s-70’s, and learning guitar, piano. Then I heard a Donny Hathaway song called I Love You More Than You Will Ever Know and it made me want to start singing.” The following years were spent in the front room of his parent’s house with the piano. James recalls, “I sat in front of that piano for about three years singing notes over and over again until I could get them right.” Because of the high soulful tone to his voice, James found particular encouragement from female singer/songwriters whose vocal ranges were similar to his own. “I’ve been a huge fan of female singers, probably because of the way I sing. I can understand the way they construct melody almost better than I can the way male singers write,” James notes. “But it wasn’t until about 4 years ago that I actually wrote my first song. I knew I needed to have things worth talking about before I put pen to paper.”

With finished songs under his belt, it came time to record. Intrigued by the notion of tracking himself, James became fascinated with various production methods, particularily a lot of the hip hop music being made at the time. “That’s how I started learning to record myself,” remembers James, “by listening to people like The Neptunes and Timbaland, and trying to figure out how they did what they did.” In January of 2009 James moved to an isolated house by the Irish Sea, with the intention to record some demos. Within a month James found he loved the sound he was getting, and decided to create an album. “It took six months. I recorded and played everything myself, using one microphone and a computer, and all the equipment and instruments I’d used to make my first demos. In June 2009 I played it for people for the first time and everyone seemed to really get it.”

Vigrant Records

 

Links:

James Vincent McMorrow (Home Page)

Vigrant Records

MySpace

 

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Ottilia Säll
Dec 27th, 2011 by hachaduryan

OTTILIA SALL

 

Location: Stockholm, Sweden

Genre: Indie Pop

 

 

Confusing – Ottilia Säll by Ottilia Säll

 

Ottilias passion for music ignited in her childhood in Västerbotten, far to the north playing the drums. She wrote her first songs at 14 and recorded some of them in upper secondary school. Since then her passion and talent has been matched by an equal amount of ambition.

This ambition took her to studies in drums and other instruments in different places. In 2008 she was admitted to the renowned Music Collage in Örebro. There, in the professional studio environment Ottilias passion for creating music grew deeper. She experimented with mixing unexpected materials to the drum kit. She wrote songs, performed them and created a following. Her music was described as “An electrified emotional outburst from deep within the forests of Norrland.”

Today Ottilia works hard to achieve her goals with music. She says she wants her music to reveal what everyday life can sometimes conceal. At it’s best music can reach deep within like few other things, maybe even touch your soul. Ottilia wants to touch your soul.

 

 

You can find more about the artist here:

http://www.ottiliasall.com/

http://www.facebook.com/ottiliasallmusic

http://www.myspace.com/pettyong

http://twitter.com/#!/ainaottilia

 

 

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The Wandering Bears
Dec 18th, 2011 by hachaduryan

THE WANDERING BEARS

 

Location: Iowa City, Iowa

Genre: Indie, Indie – Rock

 

 

The Wandering Bears project began in 2009 when singer/guitarist Mannix!, pianist David Earl [Caroline Smith and The Goodnight Sleeps], and bassist Mitch F began collaboration on a collection of musical scraps and pieces. They were joined by singer Samantha Blickhan, singer/guitarist Drew F, and drummer Paul K [The Diplomats of Solid Sound] to complete a project heavily based on collaboration.

Through the course of self-releasing a DIY album, a few East Coast tours and a jaunt through the West, The Wandering Bears have developed a healthy regional enthusiasm towards their recorded music and happiness-infused, musically-intricate live-show.

Recently, The Wandering Bears project, in collaboration with Plastic Horse Records, recently created and released the album “Michael Cougar May..” named for the famed nudist-revolutionist. The ten-track album is full of electro-folk, pop rock and roll songs. The Little Village wrote “Michael Cougar May…captures the positive energy and snarky outlook of Iowa City’s The Wandering Bears, and is a must-have album for lovers of indie-pop and local music.” [Gavin, Tim. Little Village, 21 Sept. 2011. Web. 18 April 2009.] The release was recorded and produced by project member and practicing wizard, David Earl.

While singer Samantha Blickhan currently works away on a Masters of Musicology Degree at Oxford University in England, the Bears have begun work on a covers project, recreating and recording modern R&B/Soul/Rock compositions.

www.thewanderingbears.com

hedonistaguidedtravels@gmail.com

 

The Wandering Bears – Take Care, Kiddo courtesy Hedonista Guided Travels

 

 

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Dad Rocks!
Nov 28th, 2011 by hachaduryan

DAD ROCKS!

 

Location: Denmark (Iceland)

Genre: Indie-Folk-Rock

 

Dad Rocks! – Weapons (featuring Charles Spearin of Broken Social Scene) courtesy of Paper Garden Records

 

Icelandic musician Snævar Njáll Albertsson is the mastermind behind Dad Rocks!, the solo project of the singer who initially rose to prominence with the Danish band Mimas. Dad Rocks!, however, is quite different: the guitar here is mostly acoustic and is accompanied by piano, trumpet, violin, viola, handclaps and much more. As Dad Rocks!, Albertsson is inspired by acts such as Bill Callahan, Owen, Why?, Akron/Family and Do Make Say Think. This has led to a sound that is a unique mix of folk, pop and lo-fi with complex guitar-work and anthem-like arrangements.

Snævar Njáll Albertsson’s primary sources of inspiration, however, are the relations closest to him. Most of all his little daughter who also inspired the name Dad Rocks!, naturally a pun on the ’dad rock’ genre. The use of pathos and irony is something that is explored throughout his work. Lyrically, this is also a central aspect with subjects both big and small. Sometimes delivered almost cynically but with words that are close to naïvism. Underneath this, the irony lurks at every corner, and even the title of the debut EP, “Digital Age”, explores this dynamic.

Whilst the EP was recorded in a lo-fi setting on an analogue tape recorder, Albertsson had another vision for the forthcoming debut full-length, Mount Modern, and went for a different aesthetic that allowed the instruments to stand out clearer to bring out every single melody carried out on the many instruments played on the album. For this task he enlisted Icelandic super producer Addi 800 (Blur, Björk) to mix the album and Tom Mcfall (REM, Stars, Regina Spektor, Bloc Party) to do the mastering.

 

Dad Rocks! – Nothing Keeps Up courtesy of Paper Garden Records

 

 

Facebook – http://www.facebook.com/pages/Dad-Rocks/323716390096
Twitter – Twitter.com/dadrocks1

Paper Garden Records – http://papergardenrecords.com/bands/records/dad-rocks/

 

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Sharon Van Etten
Nov 25th, 2011 by hachaduryan

SHARON VAN ETTEN

 

Location: Brooklyn, NY

Genre: Indie; Singer-Songwriter

 

Sharon Van Etten – Serpents courtesy of Pretty Much Amazing

Sharon Van Etten came to Brooklyn via Jersey via Tennessee via Jersey. Along the way, she sang in choirs, rejected her school’s music program, worked at an all-ages venue, trained as a sommelier, and got a full time job at a record label. She also had some bad experiences in relationships.

OK, more than some.

Epic, Van Etten’s second album, lays a romantic melancholy lining over the gravel and dirt of heartbreak, without one honest thought or feeling spared. She sings of betrayal, obsession, egotism and all the other emotions we hate in others and recognize in ourselves. Yet, Van Etten’s grounded and clenched vocals convey the sense of hope – the notion that beauty can come out of the worst of circumstances. Epic is indeed that beauty.

The album was recorded at Miner Street Studios in Philadelphia with Brian McTear. Where Van Etten’s first record, Because I Was In Love, explored her thoughts on love through minimalism and sparseness, Epic embellishes her music to grandiose luminosity. Guitar and singing are joined by drums, piano, lap steel, and a trio of backing vocalists: Meg Baird (Espers), Cat Martino and Jessica Larrabee (She Keeps Bees). The result is a fully realized album that astounds as it elucidates, disturbs as it soothes. The final track, “Love More,” has already been covered live in a collaborative effort between Sharon fans Bon Iver and The National.

A few things need to be made clear about SVE’s music. She’s not the type of “female singer/songwriter” who champions women-centric perspectives and denies personal accountability. Nor is she a strident provocateur. Rather, Van Etten is a performer who fully embraces her femininity while confidently expressing it through intelligent and mature perspectives on relationships. Those turned off by the provincialism of other performers will be pleased that you can identify with Van Etten’s incisive and universal observations about love and loss.

Since her last album, Sharon Van Etten has sung on The Antlers’ Hospice and performed with them at Radio City Music Hall, sung improv on the Mike Reed Trio’s upcoming album, recorded backup vocals for Swedish popstar Anna Ternheim, appeared on the compilation with the recent issue of Esopus, collaborated with Megafaun (check YouTube!), will be on a soundtrack for the film The Builder along with Bon Iver and Phosphorescent, and has a seven-inch coming out this summer on Polyvinyl. After years of playing repeatedly around the New York scene, Van Etten is preparing for a series of tours that will take her through Europe and the United States. A full band will be realizing Epic live.

Sharon Van Etten – Love More courtesy of WILD TONIC

 

You can learn more about Sharon Van Etten here:

http://sharonvanetten.com/

http://www.myspace.com/sharonvanetten

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Mike and Cody
Nov 19th, 2011 by hachaduryan

MIKE AND CODY

 

Genre: Grime/Pop

Location: Boston, MA

 

Mike and Cody Let's Go

 

 

We had the honor to speak directly to Cody Hochheiser and here is what he shared for www.thelazycocoon.com:

 

We are a quite new band -it is just me, Cody Hochheiser, and Mike Okusami. We met when we were in high school in a Washington D.C. jazz band – I played drums and he played bass.

He went off to Berklee College of Music and I went to Tufts University (where I am a senior now) and we started messing around on pop tunes — then this past summer we started getting serious and put together this EP. We did all of the recording, production, and mixing in Mike’s apartment in Boston, just the two of us. He is playing most of the instruments – bass, guitar, synths — I’ll play synth sometimes and we both sing (he is lead vocals on ‘headphones on’ and ‘devilish’, I am on the other five songs on the EP)

The EP has been out for about 3 weeks and we’ve gotten a really good response – it’s number 1 most popular on Bandcamp from D.C. bands (out of 12,000) and #31 out of 136,000 in the pop category.

 

Well, quite an impressive little start, that is for sure. The songs are great and they have been recorded and produced with some serious talent. Great job you guys, we’ll keep an eye out for you!

 

 

 

 

 

Here are a couple of really neat music videos, proudly performed by Mike & Cody!

 

 

 

 

You can find out more about Mike and Cody here:

 

http://mikeandcody.bandcamp.com/

http://www.myspace.com/mikeandcodyband

www.facebook.com/mikeandcody

Mike and Cody were also interviewed by The Tufts Daily, you can read the article at:

http://www.tuftsdaily.com/weekender-interview-cody-hochheiser-1.2664621

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You Can Be A Wesley
Oct 24th, 2011 by hachaduryan

YOU CAN BE A WESLEY

 

Location: Boston, MA

Genre: Indie-Rock/Alternative

 

 

You Can Be a Wesley – Giants courtesy of The Vinyl District

 

You Can Be A Wesley (YCBW) is Saara Untracht-Oakner, Winston Macdonald, Nick Curran and Dylan Ramsey.

Formed in the basement of a Boston University dorm room, YCBW made their first recordings on a broken laptop with a free mixing program. After recording their first demo in early 2008 and touring throughout New England and the Northeast, YCBW gathered an immediate fan base.

In 2008 the band took a brief hiatus when Saara and Nick finished their last semester of college in Sydney, Australia and Winston embarked on an adventure through Ecuador. Upon their return, the band regrouped to record the LP “Heard Like Us,” which they released in late 2009.

YCBW recently recorded and released a 7″ including the singles “Talking Science” and “Old In Florida.” They currently live in a big house together and are working on a full length due out in 2011.

You Can Be A Wesley – Talking Science courtesy of rslblog.com

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Mister Heavenly
Oct 19th, 2011 by hachaduryan

MISTER HEAVENLY

 

Location: ?

Genre: Indie Rock

 

 

Mister Heavenly – Pineapple Girl courtesy of All Tomorrows Parties

 

Mister Heavenly is an indie rock group consisting of Honus Honus of Man Man, Nicholas Thorburn of Islands and The Unicorns, and Joe Plummer of Modest Mouse and The Shins. They recorded their first album in late 2010, finishing the year with a string of tour dates supporting Passion Pit, joined by Michael Cera as their touring bassist. In January 2011, they released two songs, the eponymous “Mister Heavenly” and “Pineapple Girl”. Their first album, Out of Love, was released August 16, 2011.

 

Mister Heavenly – Bronx Sniper courtesy of All Tomorrows Parties

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Lupen Crook
Oct 18th, 2011 by hachaduryan

LUPEN CROOK

 

Location: United Kingdom

Genre: Indie/Singer-Songwriter

 

Lupen Crook – Chasing Dragons courtesy of Strummerville

 

Lupen Crook is an English singer-songwriter and visual artist. He has been prolific in his musical output since he emerged on the British underground music scene in 2005. Lupen Crook blends beauty and brutal truth in his own inimitable style.  Edgy and emotive, with a dark, observational wit, his imaginative song-writing continues to gather interest and acclaim from both underground and mainstream quarters.  Lupen Crook also produces a wide variety of raw and expressionistic artworks, including paintings, collage and illustrations.  He releases all musical output via his own label Beast Reality, more often than not featuring packaging that has been hand-crafted and personalised by Lupen Crook himself.

 


Lupen Crook –  “Chasing Dragons”

 

To learn more about Lupen Crook visit his homepage at www.lupencrook.com

 

 

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