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Sunday, October 25, 2015

The Ladybugs Sneak Preview of Debut Album Release



The Ladybugs are a traditional jazz vocal group known for their intricate harmonies and experimental arrangements. Lead by Martina DaSilva, all members of the band sing while playing ukulele, guitar, trombone, bass, and drums. The Ladybugs’ repertoire includes favorites from the 1920s, ‘30s, and ‘40s, infused with old-school swing, country, and blues.

The band has received high praise for recent performances at Jazz At Lincoln Center’s Generations in Jazz Festival, the NY Hot Jazz Festival, and the NYC Winter Jazzfest. With a sound that attracts all audiences, The Ladybugs effortlessly keep listeners smiling and moving.

They have just released their self-titled debut album and you can preview the album on Yahoo Music HERE

See more on their official WEBSITE LadybugsJazz.com

Will Friedwald of The Wall Street Journal said "in all of contemporary music the Ladybugs are easily one of my favorite things." 

The first single from the album is the 1931 Fats Waller tune "I'm Crazy 'Bout My Baby".



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Thursday, October 15, 2015

Aussie Singer Songwriter Marta Pacek's Whimsical Video of "The Hunted"


A Siren’s Sad, Sweet Songs: Buzzing Neo-Folkster Mart Pacek Perfectly Mixes Complex Emotions on New Video for “The Hunted” Recalling Lucinda Williams and Patsy Cline.

Whimsical new video from striking Australian/Canadian singer songwriter Marta Pacek.  Showcasing her song “The Hunted”, it’s an irreverent visual accompaniment to a song brimming with themes of betrayal and revenge.  She’s continuing to promote her new album “Voodoo Dolls & False Alarms” which was released last year in Canada and Australia.  She’s making a U.S. push with the release of new videos.  Her album recently won “Best Alt Country Album” at the Independent Music Awards.

“Marta’s songs are beautifully crafted and subtly orchestrated folk compositions of the rarest quality.”(WhisperinandHollerin.com)

Pacek confesses that “it has taken me a while to accept that I like sad songs.” She adds that “I'm not a particularly sad person, but I do like to reflect. I find a certain comfort in melancholic songs.” According to Jessica Huddleston of Ottawa Life Magazine, Pacek offers the perfect blend of sad and sweet in her increasingly popular take on modern folk music.




According to Pacek, her new video takes an irreverent approach to relaying complex feelings of longing, lust, and pain: The video for "The Hunted" features a clear story-line. The story told in the video was purposefully playful in order to contrast the darkness of the song. In hindsight, when that song was written, there were feelings of revenge and anger about a certain situation, but by the time we shot the video, the dust had settled. The result was a new lighthearted perspective on past events.”




“The essence of folk music sounds just as Marta does. With her charming and ever-so-grateful disposition, every twang and forlorn confession has a sublime sound.”

For more info on Marta Pacek, visit her social media: OFFICIAL WEBSITEFACEBOOK YOUTUBE


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Tuesday, October 6, 2015

Folk/Blues rock solo act, Brave The Night, releases new single, "Lazy Moon"



NYC-based folk/blues rock solo act, Brave The Night, is excited to announce his second track, "Lazy Moon," from his debut EP, Mind On Fire. Accompanied by an all-star 14-piece band, the album was produced by three-time Grammy winner and eight-time nominee Andreas Meyer, alongside Kieran Kelly and Craig Levy. Meyer has notably worked alongside Spike Lee, while Kelly has produced records by Sufjan Stevens and Angus & Julia Stone. 

Brave The Night is the stage name of singer/songwriter and pianist, Matt Bravmann, who started writing and composing songs in college and has been performing with various music groups as a session pianist since. No Depression raves “as you find yourself drawn to the blissful harmonies of Brave the Night’s musicianship, Bravmann’s comforting lyrics will ignite a motivative spark in your heart.” “Lazy Moon” was recently premiered on GroundSounds, who said, Brave the Night “has blended his sonically smooth distinct sound of rock and blues with a touch of jazz into his latest airy track “Lazy Moon.”


LISTEN TO "LAZY MOON" HERE


"Brave The Night, has blended his sonically smooth distinct sound of rock and blues with a touch of jazz into his latest airy track "Lazy Moon."- Groundsounds


RECOMMENDED IF YOU LIKE: NORAH JONES, STING or CAT STEVENS





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Friday, October 2, 2015

Debut album and video release from The Dashboard Hula Girls "Mr Bluebird’s Travels"



The Dashboard Hula Girls is the project of Jeffrey Ashey, who conceives and writes the music for this accomplished collective of musicians that includes Bob Harris, Michael G. Ronstadt and singer Jackie Rudy. This month brings the new debut album Mr Bluebird's Travels, along with a cinematic video for the first single, Mr Bluebird. As songwriter, guitarist and lead singer for the Dashboard Hula Girls, Ashey wrote and recorded most of the album over a few months at the beginning of 2015 in New York City and Beacon NY using his signature finger-picking and love of country blues. The songs deal with themes of mystery, imagination and creativity in our lives. In this album Ashey cites influences as diverse as Pete Seeger, Susan Sontag, Gertrude Stein and Argentine writer Julio Cort├ízar.  

                                              
Mr Bluebird’s Travels is the first album for the Dashboard Hula Girls and was released on September 1, 2015. Accompanying the debut album is the video for Mr Bluebird.

See also previous post HERE on this blog



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