Counting Skeletons – AG181

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Super Moon
Original music by Counting Skeletons is All Rights Reserved © Copyright – Counting Skeletons / Different Strings Productions

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Counting Skeletons is a Cincinnati and Dayton, Ohio band featuring five veteran musicians that play clubs throughout the area. Though they perform locally as a cover band, they also write and record their own music. Their latest album Super Moon features nine tracks and a variety of guest artists.

Be sure to check out their video series Tales from the Closet on YouTube or Facebook. Tales from the Closet is “behind the scenes” videos showing a different dimension of Counting Skeletons not normally seen in the clubs. The rhythm section often rehearses without the lead vocalist so that the band can tighten up music. Sometimes these videos are of the songs they like to learn to keep their “chops” up. Sometimes they are songs the group enjoys playing outside their normal set list.

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The Satellites from the album Super Moon

Why I Am from the video series Tales from the Closet


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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

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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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