The High Fidelics – Surf Instrumental – AG170

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The High Fidelics

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Be careful with that submission envelope. You might want to grab a towel. Today’s artist is “retro fresh” surf instrumental music by Birmingham, Alabama’s very own The High Fidelics.

According to the info tracked down at their ReverbNation profile:

This “retro fresh” all instrumental band has started the chattering-class chattering and the toe-tappers’ toes tapping. When you’re at a High Fidelics show, you’ll feel like you’re basking on a California beach, hanging out in a no-wave NYC club, and eating grits at a Memphis soul club — all at the same time. Based in Birmingham, Alabama, this group of men-of-a-certain-age burst into the public eye in October 2010 and has not slowed down yet.

Be sure to talk about the band on your social media profiles, such as Twitter and Facebook. It will raise their egos and also let them know that you’ve been to the office to dig through my files. You never know what your’e going to find in that ragged stack on my desk.

Songs Played

– Lil’ Curfew
– Black Dahlia
– Midnight Requisition

Band Links

The High Fidelics at Facebook
The High Fidelics at ReverbNation
The High Fidelics at Bandcamp

Associated Links

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

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Starfall – Shards – AG169

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Starfall – Shards

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We’ve found some rock and metal in the latest envelope slid under the door at the Audio Gumshoe offices. It made the package a bit heavy. And that’s good; there have been some lightweight submissions recently. This band, Starfall, has changed their identity, so it’s good that you found them. They used to be called Blood of the Fallen. It is known that they frequent the Mississauga and Toronto, Ontario communities. Not only have the changed their name, they have released a new tune, Shards, with a slightly different sound. I gave you some leads to find out more about them in the info below.

Oh, by the way, if you find any more information about this band, be sure to share it on your Twitter, Facebook, Google+ or other social media accounts. It will help them be found by others much more quickly.

Songs Played

– Under the Sky
– Underneath
– Shards

Band Links

Starfall at Facebook
Starfall at Twitter
Starfall at Instagram
Starfall at Bandcamp

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.

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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

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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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JP Corwyn – Audio Gumshoe 141

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Songs Played

– Dire
– Find Myself
– That Sensation
– Rain

“JP Corwyn isn’t quite “Stevie Wonder blind”, or “Ronnie Milsap blind”. But then, those icons would have made music regardless of what their eyes were capable of. Maybe they did it a little better than those who can see; maybe their intuition is stronger and their sense of the click-click-clicking of the world around them is more keen. JP Corwyn makes excellent music, of which you should really be aware, without his eyes, and with his hands, and with his mouth, and with his mind, and his hips, and his spine, and his legs and fingers and toes and nerves.”

JP Corwyn Profile PhotoLately I’ve found myself more discerning and much more critical of the submissions to Audio Gumshoe. I wasn’t sure why, but I think it was because I was looking for something with a bit more “edge”; maybe something with more grit or punch. I needed to kick it up a bit.

As I delved into the many songs that had arrived in my drop box I kept finding music that didn’t satisfy this quest. Then, as I looked at the many suggestions provided by Sara and Christine at Ariel Publicity, I found it. I found the music of JP Corwyn.

From his site:

“How could you be so blind? You haven’t heard of JP Corwyn? You haven’t seen him live? You haven’t heard his music? How embarrassing for you. Really, though. It’s ok. You’re in the right place. For JP, the rationale for the blind jokes is, well, reasonable. He is legally blind. Born with a degenerative condition, he has been legally blind since birth, with the shades pulling ever tighter throughout his as-yet-brief-but-potent life. This makes his genre tag of Blind Indie Rock make more sense. Otherwise, he’d just be sort of pretentious and snarky, but not in the fun depraved sit-com way. Corwyn’s vocal-driven indie rock style is infectious, reminiscent of Toad the Wet Sprocket’s Glen Phillips co-writing songs with Angie Aparo that get snatched by Adam Levine of Maroon 5, with occasional stomps into Creed and Pearl Jam-esque electric anthem territory.”

Album Cover Image for In Plain SightIt is apparent that JP has a great sense of humor — or at least acceptance of a life that could have taken him down other roads. Through it all, though, he has produced an EP and two full albums, including “In Plain Sight“. The latest, The White Cane Conspiracy” will be released in January 2011. Working with multi-platinum producer Michael Seifert, he has grounded his sound more firmly on the acoustic side of indie rock. It has, as mentioned on his profile, “affirmed the great maturity of [his] songwriting.”

I think you’ll dig the sounds of JP Corwyn. Give the show a listen, sample the four tracks featured, then find yourself at any of the links below to purchase more of his music. Show the love and I’m sure that JP will continue to give us more great tracks.

Get the Music

JP Corwyn: In Plain Sight

Artist Links

JP Corwyn Web Site
JP Corwyn at Facebook
JP Corwyn at Twitter
JP Corwyn at MySpace
JP Corwyn at iLike
JP Corwyn at Last.fm
JP Corwyn at ReverbNation
JP Corwyn at YouTube

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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