Sam Harrison – AG176

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Sam Harrison

image of musician Sam Harrison
Can we talk about dynamics? Seriously, you need to investigate this. Something has happened in the music world over the past several decades. We’ve lost the dynamics. Every song being produced for commercial consumption seems to be pushed to its very sonic limits. Songs are compressed, pushed to a point where the frequencies are clipped and we’ve become conditioned to be okay with distorted recordings (I’m not talking about distortion as an effect with guitars and other instruments).

Sam Harrison is an artist that has released new songs that are mastered in the way we should hear them. Very little compression. Dynamics are intact. In fact, his entire EP “The Wish” is mastered for listening on vinyl recordings.

The most impressive information about Sam Harrison’s new release is that it was recorded on a 1969 Sully 8-Track 1 tape machine. He and his producer/engineer brother, Rob, discovered the machine and refurbished it for use in their studio at Long Haired Music in Spilsby, Lincolnshire. They wanted to experiment to see what type of sounds that they could produce. It soon became obvious that something special was forming; they released these sessions in the order that they were recorded as the EP “The Wish.”

Sam Harrison is quickly carving a name for himself. He has played at the 2012 Olympic Games, at Glastonbury 2013, and the Edinburgh Fringe. He also tours with his band “The Breakfast Club.”

When discussing his new EP, Sam says, “Working to tape was the best thing. I had to work less on building a texture, because whatever I put down just sounded right.” He continues, “When I heard myself back, I heard classic records in the tone and just went ‘OK – That’s how they did it. Mystery solved.'”

I leave it to you to follow the (very few) links in this page to find out more about this musician.

Enjoy the show — and don’t forget to talk up Sam Harrison on your social profiles. He’ll love knowing that you’re talking about him.

Songs Played

– Let’s Pretend
– Ketamine Kim
– Rockstar

Band Links

Long Haired Music
The Wish on Bandcamp
Sam Harrison at Facebook
Sam Harrison at Twitter
Sam Harrison at Google+
Sam Harrison at YouTube

Associated Links

Association of Music Podcasting
Blubrry Podcast Network
Audio Gumshoe on Twitter
Audio Gumshoe on Facebook

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Babirusa – AG175

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Babirusa

Babirusa album art for MMGS
From time to time a band or solo artist will submit music to Audio Gumshoe that is difficult to describe. This particular submission comes from an experimental group based in Louisville, Kentucky. They offered very little background info about themselves, so the gumshoe had to go to work.

Babirusa has several albums and single songs released at their account on Bandcamp. These include the recent collection “Mitch McConnell’s Grapefruit Stand.” I’ve played three songs from that collection, as well as a new release from December. And, if you are so inclined, I highly recommend that you visit the Bandcamp page to hear their rendition of the Disney tune “Grim Grinning Ghosts.”

What can I say about the band? First, I like them. Second, for some reason this album reminded me a bit of The Small Faces release from 1969 called “Ogden’s Nut Gone Flake.” I don’t need to tell you, but I will: I listened to that release over and over again until I broke the… 8-track. Yes. I said it.

Finally, one of the most unique things about this band is that they have foregone the typical pop-rock instrumentation that includes a bass player. Instead, they have a cellist. I like cellists. I am one. (But I’m also a bass player.)

I leave it to you to follow the (very few) links in this page to find out more about this band.

Enjoy the show — and don’t forget to talk up Babirusa on your social profiles. They’ll love knowing that you’re talking about them.

Songs Played

– Public Bath
– Snail
– Crem
– Abbo’s Alley

Band Links

Babirusa at Bandcamp
Babirusa at Facebook

Associated Links

Association of Music Podcasting
Blubrry Podcast Network
Audio Gumshoe on Twitter
Audio Gumshoe on Facebook

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Bliss Bomb – AG174

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Bliss Bomb

Bliss Bomb Album Art for Fever Dream
Whomever decided to deliver the file for this band to the Audio Gumshoe offices must have known that this would be a case that we couldn’t refuse. Bliss Bomb is a smoldering female-fronted ten-piece band playing a dynamic blend of original pop, funk and jazz, with a sexy-sophisticated vibe that harkens back to old Hollywood glamour and smoky film noir. What’s not to like?

And just when we thought that we’d figured them out — they switched direction on us. It wasn’t the classic double-back maneuver, though. They went into outer-space! You’ll want to take your gravity boots — and maybe your elephant gun — if you want to catch up to this group. They’ll have you so distracted with gravity-resistant dancing and full-on jungle boogie that you’ll forget what it was that you meant to do.

Bliss Bomb released an album called “Fever Dream.” It is available at CD Baby, iTunes and Amazon. Here’s some surveillance video that we found.

Somebody else seems to be watching them, too. You’ll want to play the show audio to hear full cuts of these songs, though.

I leave it to you to follow the links in this page to find out more about this band. Watch your back, though. They seem to know how to get into trouble.

Enjoy the show — and don’t forget to talk up Bliss Bomb on your social profiles. They’ll love knowing that you’re talking about them.

Songs Played

– Double Agent Man
– Interplanetary Groove
– Trouble

Band Links

Bliss Bomb
Bliss Bomb Facebook
Bliss Bomb Twitter
Bliss Bomb ReverbNation
Bliss Bomb CD Baby
Bliss Bomb Amazon
Bliss Bomb iTunes

Associated Links

Association of Music Podcasting
Blubrry Podcast Network
Audio Gumshoe on Twitter
Audio Gumshoe on Facebook

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Monks of Mellonwah – AG173

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Monks of Mellonwah

Monks of Mellonwah Ghost Stories EP album art

How this band showed up in the Audio Gumshoe file stack is a mystery to me. They are well known the world over. They have won awards (‘International Rock Artist Of The Year’ at the Los Angeles Music Awards, 2012 and ‘Best Indie RockBand’ at the Artists In Music Awards, 2012) and they have appeared on broadcasts, web sites and podcasts for quite some time.

Something must be hiding in this band’s existence that has caused to us to miss something significant. Is it that they recently worked with producer Keith Olson (Fleetwood Mac, Ozzy Osbourne, Foreigner, Heart, Joe Walsh)? No, that’s readily available information. Are we missing something about their diligence in working toward worldwide acceptance? No, they’ve recently signed with A&R Worldwide (Coldplay, Muse, Adele). That information is readily available, as well.

I leave it to you to follow the links in this page to find out more about this band. After listening, I believe that you’ll find that they create good, solid, well-produced music that will leave you to wanting to hear more. Be cautious, though. They may have a dark side. The song titles played in today’s episode hint to something a bit more sinister.

Enjoy the show — and don’t forget to talk up the Monks of Mellonwah on your social profiles. They’ll love knowing that you’re talking about them.

Songs Played

– Ghost Stories
– Afraid to Die
– Alive for a Minute

Band Links

Monks of Mellonwah
MOM at Facebook
MOM at Twitter

Associated Links

Association of Music Podcasting
Blubrry Podcast Network
Audio Gumshoe on Twitter
Audio Gumshoe on Facebook

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