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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Christina Custode – Audio Gumshoe 165

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Christina Custode

Image of singer/songwriter Christina Custode playing the piano

Songs Played

– Wasting My Time
– Nothing
– The La-La Song
– The Mistletoe Song
– Mirror
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About the Show

Custode was twice named “Buffalo’s Best Female Vocalist” (Artvoice “2010 Best of Buffalo” and “2011 Best of Buffalo”) and currently fronts a pop-rock trio. “Christina Custode and Rerun” were recognized as “Buffalo’s Best Original Music Act” (Artvoice “2011 Best of Buffalo”),

Audio Gumshoe is privileged to present the music of Christina Custode. Familiar to long-time listeners of the show, this episode returns to an earlier format with an interview of the featured artist. It was a pleasure to speak with Christina. Opportunities such as this are few and far between, but they give us all a very intimate look at the work and personality of our featured guest.

Christina Custode is a busy musician. She performs regularly in and around her home of Niagara Falls, New York. She performs with numerous jazz groups on piano and vibraphone, is a cocktail piano soloist, and is a member of numerous blues and commercial bands.

In the interview, you will hear what inspires Christina to write her music, a bit about her stage show, and where to get her music (see links below). She shares insight to her family’s background in music, as well as her career as a music teacher. You’ll also learn about a very special tune called “The Mistletoe Song.” Christina talks about her motivation to write this great tune.

Be sure to visit Christina’s web site — and most certainly pick up a copy of the album “I” so that you can continue to enjoy her well written, well produced, collection of music.

“A little Sara Bareilles at times, some Lisa Loeb at others, even a bit of Basia at one point. Christina Custode has a little of everything for you here. Nothing & Crush are the big power ballads surrounded by pop songs like The One Thing and The LaLa Song. There’s an excellent chance her first big hit will come from this album.”
John Anthony / Buffalo, NY Radio Personality

Get the Music

“I” is available at:
Direct Purchase Through PayPal (physical copies of the CD)
iTunes
CD Baby

Artist Links

Christina Custode Web Site
Christina Custode on Twitter
Christina Custode at Facebook

Associated Links

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

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Et Tu Brucé – Audio Gumshoe 157

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Et Tu Brucé

Suburban Sunshine album cover art

Songs Played

– This City
– Never Seen You Cry
– Stars Fall
– Dress Me Up in Bruises
– Never Say Trevor Again
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Hailing from Hanwell in sunny London ‘Suburban Sunshine’ is the incredible debut album release from Et Tu Brucé. Their first single ‘This City/Never Seen You Cry’ was championed by BBC 6 Music, BBC London & X-FM amongst many other tastemaker radio stations. ‘Stars Fall’ followed, and continued where the first release left off, with added coverage on a variety of commercial stations and by Frank Skinner on his Absolute Radio show.

Et Tu Brucé is one of those bands that became an easy favorite for me after my first listen. The music has the familiarity of most of the great classic bands that I’ve enjoyed through the years, while sounding clean, fresh, and well-produced. Though it has a retro sound, the album “Suburban Sunshine” benefits from the newest audio technology, good engineering and a thoughtful ear during the mastering process.

Never Say Trevor Again single artwork“Suburban Sunshine” almost didn’t make its way to my radar. I had been traveling quite a bit since this past May and found the email submissions for the show stacking up considerably. The email from Monty at Blah Blah Promotions arrived during this time. It would have been very easy for me to move forward through the messages while only giving this one a cursory glance. I’m glad I read it. I’m even more glad that I listened.

Be sure to visit the band’s YouTube page to see the video for the song “Never Say Trevor Again”. Quite fun.

Get the Music

iTunes
Amazon

Artist Links

Et Tu Brucé
Et Tu Brucé on Twitter
Et Tu Brucé at Facebook
Et Tu Brucé at YouTube

Associated Links

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

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Sissy Mena – Audio Gumshoe 153

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Songs Played

– Soon Speeding Gear
– Record Machine
– Eager Entertainer
– Planets
Verisimilitude //

Sissy Mena (mean-uh) is a three-piece sonic rock band from Chicago. They play loud and quiet and fast and slow, all with their hands

Album cover art for Record Machine by Sissy MenaIt was time for me to find another band that had a kick-butt, powerful, presence. I found this with the band Sissy Mena. This Chicago three-piece released the full-length LP Record Machine in November 2011. The band was gracious enough to provide a copy so that I could share some of the tunes with you. If you like what you hear in this episode, please visit the links below to purchase your own copy of Record Machine.

While listening to this band I was glad to hear familiar sounds that I might have heard in the 90s, but I found this fresh and new, as well. There’s a lot of energy here. The hooks are tight, the production is solid, the rhythm is danceable while maintaining a rock foundation. Nice.

Record Machine comes to us 14 months after the release of the band’s EP Young Girl. Here’s what Sissy Mena promotion material has to say:

Released in late 2009, the Young Girl EP drew positive reviews from The Onion’s AV Club, Illinois Entertainer, Loud Loop Press, Timeout Chicago, and many more. Sissy Mena’s combination of effected guitar and pounding rhythm section drew comparisons to 90’s heros such as Dinosaur Jr., My Bloody Valentine, and the Smashing Pumpkins.

Don’t forget to check out all of the band’s links; they are included below. If you are in the Chicago area, you can find them at the Beat Kitchen in February

Get the Music

Artist Links

Sissy Mena web site
Sissy Mena at Twitter
Sissy Mena at Facebook
Sissy Mena at YouTube
Sissy Mena at Vimeo

Associated Links

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

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Escape Directors – Audio Gumshoe 140

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Songs Played

– Car Crash
– Honest Man
– When You’re Gone
– Mrs. Davenport
– Fall Together

“The Escape Directors create a sound bound to appeal to a mass audience. With inspiration ranging from indie-greats Death Cab for Cutie and Damien Rice, to rock powerhouses Coldplay, the band creates a crisp and clear sound.”

-Alicia Fiorletta
Entertainment Editor – Pioneer Times

So Jersey Joe sends me an email that says that an awesome, young New Jersey band is giving away their CD for free. Tell me, who wouldn’t take a few moments to investigate the group to find out if it is “worth” getting the CD for free? Wait, how can a FREE CD have any worth? Truthfully, this one holds more value than can be realized by monetary gains.

Escape Directors on Rail Car photoIt is obvious that the band Escape Directors is learning from Ariel Hyatt’s (CyberPR) “Music Success in Nine Weeks” program. It is a good thing, too. Because of their efforts, they are building momentum, generating buzz, creating hype — whatever you want to call it. They are getting more listeners and earning more fans. Isn’t this one of the points in creating music? Of course there is the gratification of the creative process. But, overall, I think it is always the greatest gratification to know that you’ve created something that others truly want to hear.

I jumped in with both feet (ears?) and downloaded the CD “ Ladders“. I found a very radio friendly collection of tunes. As an evangelist for independent music, you might think me an enemy of all things radio friendly. Not so. I simply don’t like the same old commercialized, formulated, and often pop music factory assembled drivel that we seem to hear in rotation hour after hour. I can, however, appreciate that a band refines their craft, giving tedious attention to the production process, and building a product that is worth hearing, keeping, and even sharing.

Escape Directors market themselves to “appeal to a mass audience”. They cite their influences to be Death Cab For Cutie, Coldplay, Radiohead, The Beatles, Brand New, Local Natives, Sigur Ros, and Coffee. [Is that the band or the drink? Coffee influences me almost daily.] Regardless, they have created a very catchy album that I’ve not been shy to listen to over and again. The stand out tracks for me are those that I’ve played in this episode of Audio Gumshoe, but I found it very difficult to refrain from trying to play the whole album for you. I hope that you’ll take the time to listen to the entire show — and if you like what you hear, download the songs for your listening pleasure, as well. Be sure to tip the band if you feel so inclined — or pay for the album at iTunes or Amazon. The links are below. I know the guys would appreciate it.

Get the Music

Ladders at Amazon.com

UPDATE: I’ve been encouraged to share the FREE download link (but I still think you should buy it). 🙂

Artist Links

Escape Directors web site
Escape Directors at Facebook
Escape Directors on Twitter
Escape Directors at ReverbNation
Escape Directors on YouTube
Escape Directors at MySpace

Associated Links

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

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