Roxanna to be featured in PBS special

Roxanna
Roxanna

Roxanna is someone to watch in the music world. Her upcoming PBS special will surely garner her many new fans, as they compare her to Sarah Brightman, Celine Dion and other songbirds who’ve come before her. Want to hear her singing “Close Your Eyes?” Check this out:

Roxanna used to be a nurse in Toronto. She discovered how music helped soothe suffering people’s hearts, souls and minds, and now she’s on the verge of an international career as a singer. –Mark Weber Music Blog

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Relaxing classical guitar from Thomas Merey

whiteonwhiteThe daily grind. Deadlines. Stress.

In today’s fast paced world there are few things that we can turn to, to truly relax us anymore. The classical guitar styling of Thomas Merey, on the other hand, can do just that. His masterful arpeggio — on full display on his International release White on White — will wash over you and deliver serenity and inspiration when you need it most. It’s perhaps the most beautiful music you’ll hear all week.

Take just a few moments out of your busy day, relax and have a listen.

http://www.thomasmerey.com

For more info, contact Matt Neundorf by sending an email to tmerey@look.ca.

–Mark Weber Music Blog

Rock opera with a sci-fi twist: Bando from Chancius

Chancius
Chancius

Here’s something different: Chancius, an innovative Brooklyn-based musician, has just released his new concept album, Bando. He describes it as “kind of like a rock opera, but with a sci-fi twist.”

Here’s the visually-interesting music video for “A Piece of You Wherever I Go,” the album’s first single:

Chancius’ album tells the story of Bando, a young man afflicted with a life-threatening disease. In an attempt to save himself, he volunteers for an untested procedure to meld his consciousness with cutting edge technology. As his story unfolds, the ramifications of blending humanity with machinery are brought to life in sound. Like I said earlier– something different! Learn more here. –Mark Weber Music Blog

Eric Lilavois presents The God in our Glass

In the fall of 2005, Eric Lilavois was on tour through the northwest on his way to Canada with his band, The Days In Between. The band was forced to cancel the second leg of the tour, and after deciding to take up residence in Seattle for a couple weeks, Lilavois slowly coaxed the band into to stopping by a famous studio he remembered from the liner notes of his youth, London Bridge Studio. The band recorded a 5 song EP there, with Geoff Ott behind the famous Neve. Now, roughly a decade later, Eric has become the third partner at London Bridge Studio, as well as London Tone Records.

“The God In Our Glass” is a tribute to Eric’s close friend of over 20 years, Ryan Hoherd.

“When you lose someone that suddenly, that close, you start thinking about all the missed calls, all the times you couldn’t make this thing or that. Suddenly it’s not what would I do for another 5 years with this person– it’s what would I do for just one more hour.”

“Ryan was a force, the life of the party, and an absolute prankster. We lived together for a number of years and we use to blast each other out of bed with fireworks in the morning. There was a hilarious moment while recording the organ for ‘God in Our Glass’ at London Bridge, with Ryan’s cousin Andrew DeWitt on keys, where suddenly in the middle of the take the Leslie just caught fire and filled the room with smoke. Right then and there I knew we had his approval!”

Eric assembled an all star cast of musicians that he has worked with over the years to contribute their talents to the track, including Ben Smith (drummer for Heart) Andrew Joslyn (strings for Macklemore and Ryan Lewis, Passenger String Quartet) Matt Herman (bass for The Days In Between) and a powerful horn section consisting of Danny Levin, David Moyer, and Ian Souter, who have independently appeared on records by Vampire Weekend, Regina Spektor, Mayer Hawthorne, and Snoop Dogg.

As a producer, Lilavois has worked with many notable artists such as Saint Motel, The Dustbowl Revival, Celeigh Chapman, The Smokey Brights, as well as countless others in various capacities, like Atlas Genius, My Chemical Romance, Surfer Blood.

When he’s not making music, Eric Lilavois is the curator of the Make Music Pasadena Festival, the largest free music festival on the West Coast, garnering an attendance of over 40,000 annually. Cool. –Mark Weber Music Blog

White Wisconsin gal named Alma doing neo-soul music well

Neo-soul singer Alma
Neo-soul singer Alma

Not many white girls from Wisconsin do neo-soul music. But Alma does. She’s good! Her first album, the jazzy Tactics, releases Oct. 17th, and I recommend it.

Topics like jealousy (“Blind Side”) and a sugar addiction (“Honey”) can be found on Tactics. Her openness endears her to fans, who donated over $5,000 to the project. Find out more at www.hearalma.com. –Mark Weber Music Blog

Allen Toussaint touring with the Preservation Hall Jazz Band

When I visited New Orleans, I peeked inside Preservation Hall one day to hear the jazz music coming from inside. It was glorious.

Now the Preservation Hall Jazz Band is touring America, with legendary songwriter/musician Allen Toussaint. It’s a match made in musical heaven, as they share the stage and make music Justin Bieber, Miley Cyrus and One Direction could learn so much from.

In concert, the coming together of Toussaint and the Jazz Band is simply marvelous. The party’s on the stage, and the people in the seats can’t help but feel the beat and want to stomp their feet to songs like “Working in the Coal Mine,” “Fortune Teller,” and “Southern Nights.” Toussaint may be in his 70s, but he’s timeless in action– playing the piano with styles ranging from classical to Dixieland, blues to R&B, and pop to jazz. His piano skills and his singing voice are in top form– a delight to hear.

Preservation Hall Jazz Band derives its name from the Preservation Hall venue located in New Orleans’ French Quarter. The band is known for performing traditional New Orleans-style jazz, and they do it with gusto. Heavy on the horns, you’ll hear the trombone, trumpet, tuba and more…along with funky bass lines, drums and sax solos.

You need to attend this show when it comes to your town; I saw them at Shea’s Buffalo and they were awesome! –Mark Weber Music Blog

The Simple Parade makes piano pop love songs

The Simple Parade
After getting more than 10,000 views on YouTube with the engaging song, “Confetti,” The Simple Parade’s piano pop continues with several music videos.

Starting Tuesday, Oct. 21st, The Simple Parade will be releasing live music videos from their full-length album– one video (aka “Chapter”) a week, every Tuesday, until the end of this year on Tuesday, Dec. 30th. These videos were recorded all over the Midwest (Grand Canyon, Zion, Las Vegas, Denver, etc.)

The Simple Parade’s Justin Hooper says, “Okay, so this whole story starts about 9 years ago when I first started writing love songs. At that time I had never been in a serious relationship, so my songs were primarily based off of a combination of movie plots and romantic notions. As time went on, I ended up marrying the love of my life and my best friend, and throughout the years I have seen many different sides of love. I have seen the joys, the heartbreaks, the lighthearted, the struggles, the romance, the losses, and above all the importance of this word in all of our lives.”

To find out more, visit The Simple Parade’s website here.

MadKap The Writer is Back on Track with new video

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MadKap The Writer is a Syracuse native who uses hip-hop to communicate his thoughts to “reach out to touch souls” and to “make his listeners think.”

MadKap The Writer’s new music video is “Back On Track,” and it features a groovy groove:

Hear more of MadKap The Writer’s music here:

Connect:
Twitter: @Therealmadkap
Facebook: Facebook.com/therealmadkap
Instagram: therealmadkap

Jesse Burke sings I Need You

Jesse Burke's cool new song is called "I Need You"
Jesse Burke’s cool new song is called “I Need You”

Jesse Burke’s new hip-hop pop song, “I Need You,” has great bass, some rappin’, some croonin’, and a beat that will get you movin.’ The Toronto recording artist is not only a performer, but also a writer, producer and sound engineer. Having been raised by a well known jazz musician, Burke grew up playing drums, piano, guitar and bass, followed by vocal lessons.  And now he’s doing his thing, and doing it well; check out “I Need You” here:

The Sounds of the Silents

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Remember old movies? They used to have “silent films” where there’d be music and pictures, but you wouldn’t hear any dialogue between characters. This goes way, way back to the early 1900s. The music score helped move the story along and set the mood/tone of the scenes.

Nine members of Gannon University’s Erie Chamber Orchestra (ECO) headed into the studio over the Memorial Day weekend, 2014, for a groundbreaking recording project featuring music from film legend J.S. Zamecnik. Now it’s available on iTunes as “The Sounds of the Silents.”

With titles such as “The Treacherous Knave,” “Evil Plotter,” “Waterfalls,” and “Defense of Honor,” Zamecnik’s music was used as the underscoring for thousands of cartoons, shorts and feature films in the early part of the 20th century. Listening to “The Sounds of the Silents” offers you a glimpse into a bygone era; see the documentary about the making of this unique album here to get proper perspective:

I Encourage You song will make you feel good

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Vin Deca’s “I Encourage You” is a song for all of us who need a song to get us through those times when haters gonna hate and try and discourage our dreams and aspirations.

With a gorgeous pop-dance sound, “I Encourage You” features Myra Maimoh and it’ll not only encourage you but get you dancing as well.

Find out more here: VinDeca.com. –Mark Weber Music Blog

Vinyl makes a comeback via Urban Outfitters

I am old enough to remember going to “record stores” to buy “records.” You know– vinyl ones that were black with a hole in the middle and got spun on record players?

Well, vinyl went out of vogue a while ago, in favor of cassettes, CDs and MP3s. But, interestingly, vinyl has made a comeback via a clothing store. Urban Outfitters, which caters to hipsters with overpriced t-shirts, knick-knacks and dresses (for the girls), is now THE place to shop for vinyl records from various artists of today.

In 2013, Soundscan reported that more than 6 million vinyl albums were purchased in the USA. I’ll bet the majority of those sales came from Urban Outfitters of all places. Not too shabby. –Mark Weber Music Blog

 

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