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Sonofdov – “A Low Hush Keel”

A Low Hush Keel artwork

This week Sonofdov released a new single titled “A Low Hush Keel”.  This song was written and recorded in the spring of this year and is the first song in a set of new recordings.  Being surprised with this new single made my day and listening to “A Low Hush Keel” makes my ears smile.

“A Low Hush Keel” opens with the crisp sole sound of a prominently strummed acoustic guitar.  Next, comes the lull of those beautifully harmonious oohs.  Then, the main attraction, the unassertive yet noticeably sincere timbre of Sonofdov’s (singer-songwriter Dennis King) voice. You might recognize the chorus from Sonofdov’s previously released single, “Night Vision”.  The familiarity of the chorus only adds to the musical cohesion.

Lyric-wise “A Low Hush Keel” adheres to Sonofdov standards—solid songwriting by way of bold imagery with a touch of mystery.  I mean, don’t the lyrics “but darkness is the devil and the devil was her friend” make you pause and think?  And the quiet plea “please don’t lose control” is repeated just enough times to make you believe in its importance.

While listening to this song you might feel like a spectator in someone else’s life, almost like a scene out of a movie, and you’ll be glad that you were there to witness it.  “A Low Hush Keel” is the embodiment of a peaceful timeless world and the kind of song that you might listen to if you needed an escape.

“A Low Hush Keel” is available now for download via Bandcamp.com.

Live Spotlight

Photo / Video Recap: Val Emmich & The Veeries at The Saint 07-01-17

Val Emmich & The Veeries 07-01-17 - The Saint

Last night I saw Val Emmich & The Veeries at The Saint (Asbury Park, NJ) and it was a fantastic performance. I hope these photos and videos capture some of that live experience. If not, it’s always best to witness these performances in person. See you at a show!

VIDEOS

Val Emmich & The Veeries “Leave The Past Behind” at The Saint 07-01-17

Val Emmich & The Veeries “Sidekick” at The Saint 07-01-17
Val Emmich & The Veeries “Lucky Ones” at The Saint 07-01-17
Val Emmich & The Veeries – “Ain’t Going Nowhere” at The Saint 07-01-17

PHOTOS
Val Emmich & The Veeries at The Saint - July 1, 2017

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Live Recap: Val Emmich ‘The Reminders’ Book Release Concert

Val Emmich 'The Reminders' Book Release Concert

Val Emmich’s ‘The Reminders’ Book Release Concert (presented by Little City Books) was last night (June 3, 2017) at Maxwell’s Tavern in Hoboken, NJ and it was a fantastic celebration. I hope these photos and videos give you an idea of what the event was like. Last night was so wonderful and was definitely one of those rare nights that you wish you could live over and over again. Wow!

Videos

More videos from the Book Release Concert: “Ain’t Going Nowhere” and “Unstable”

Photos
Val Emmich 'The Reminders' Book Release Concert

Misc

Val Emmich Releases Debut Novel, The Reminders, on May 30th

Preorder The Reminders by Val Emmich
On Tuesday, May 30th, The Reminders, the debut novel by Val Emmich will be released. “The Reminders is a hilarious and tender exploration of loss, memory, friendship and renewal.” Grief-stricken over his partner’s death, Gavin sets fire to every physical reminder in the couple’s home. A neighbor captures the ordeal on video, turning this unsung TV actor into a household name. Now, Gavin is fleeing the hysteria of Los Angeles for New Jersey, hoping to find peace with the family of an old friend. Instead, he finds Joan. What happens when a girl who can’t forget befriends a man who’s desperate to remember?

My interest in this novel as a music blogger goes far beyond the fact that preordering the novel gets you a special download of The Reminders EP (Music Inspired By The Novel)—featuring covers of a few The Beatles songs in true Emmich style. But in my unfaltering support of the immensely talented person that Val Emmich is. Honestly, I know that songwriting and novel writing are only distant relatives at best when it comes to the writing family but knowing the depth, emotion, and compassion that Val Emmich brings to his songwriting makes me absolutely believe in his novel writing ability. Also, I’m certain that this The Reminders (Sample) will undeniably pique your interest.

To celebrate the release of The Reminders Val Emmich has several upcoming events scheduled.
Val Emmich - The Reminders Tour
See you at a concert and or book reading!

Live Spotlight

Photos: Methyl Ethel, Blonder, Archawah at Boot & Saddle (04/21/17)

Archawah at Boot & Saddle

These are some of the photos I took at the Methyl Ethel / Blonder / Archawah show last night at Boot & Saddle. There is minimal post editing if any. Maybe my novice photography shills show but in this case I felt like editing these photos would not enhance them any. Well, photography is a form of art and my choice not to edit could be wrong. Anyways, I attended the show to see Archawah, an established favorite band of mine. However, I did stay to hear Blonder’s and Methyl Ethel’s sets. I enjoyed all the music I heard that night. And I might have found some new fave bands. YES!!!

Methyl Ethel / Blonder / Archawah @ Boot & Saddle

Have your own show thoughts? Please tell us in the comments.

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Album Review: Space Pizza – ‘Space Pizza’

Space Pizza self-titled

Album Review: Space Pizza – ‘Space Pizza’

The newest, self-titled, Space Pizza album is a fun and lively five track ride that travels from everyday matters to those deemed private or even taboo. This is rock and roll/indie rock that touches on psychedelic grooves and experimental elements. At some point, I thought I heard video game music samples. If not at other moments, the end of the second track clearly exemplifies a space rock sound. Anyways, whether you truly connect with the subject matter or not the catchy, infectious style of this music is hard to resist.

Space Pizza is a rock and roll quartet from the suburbs of Philadelphia, PA. Said to be, or simply self-proclaimed, “the ultimate party band outside of Philadelphia.” The band consists of members: Craig Labor (drums/vocals), Sean Lally (guitar/vocals), Adam Pluchino (bass/vocals), Mike Ritz (guitar/vocals). I’m not sure how many releases this band has thus far but their Bandcamp page has three other albums/eps. I gave a few of those albums a quick listen and the sound, vibe, and style seems to be consistent with this album.

This self-titled album by Space Pizza was brought to my attention and I’m not sure if I would have found it on my own, but it has been a fun listening experience. So, if you’re in need of some energetic tunes, that are sonically serious, yet bursting with fun then you owe it to yourself to give this album a listen. And just like a delicious pizza, Space Pizza’s self-titled album travels well.

Space Pizza: Bandcamp | Facebook | Instagram

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Lyric For Lyric: Archawah – “Let It Go By”

Lyric For Lyric - Archawah

“Let It Go By” – Archawah
I should do something about it
Like when I see it coming
I should roll out a red carpet
But I’m just not sure about it
She probably don’t even remember my name

Just let it go by

And the first time I saw you
I swear I started dancing in my head
And I don’t know your name yet
But that is a face no one will ever forget

Just let it go by

So when I see ya comin’
I’m gonna budge to the front of the line
And I don’t have a game plan
So what can I say that brings you into my life?

Just let it go by

Let it go by

Just let it go by

Former Belle, Archawah, DJ Kenneth Vasoli | Sat, April 15, 2017. Maxwell’s On Main. 10PM | Fb Event

Did I mishear any lyrics? Please comment with corrections.

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Hezekiah Jones releases new single, proceeds benefit Women’s Law Project

Hezekiah Jones album art

Today Hezekiah Jones releases the new single “If You Harden On The Inside” with 100% of the proceeds going to Women’s Law Project.

The Women’s Law Project is a leading voice in the fight for equal access to reproductive healthcare and abortion, improving institutional response to all forms of violence against women, challenging sex & gender discrimination, and advocating for workplace equality and economic justice. We’re proud to be a state-based organization with a significant track record of national influence, and an extensive track record of legal precedents and policy reforms that advance the rights of women and their families—particularly those with few resources and little political power.

“If You Harden On The Inside” blends beautiful layered harmonies of disinterest (“blah, blah, blah, blah”), a confident voice with a rich timbre, and songwriting with a clear message— “if you harden on the inside, you’ll be easy to break”. Even with a direct message the meaning is left up to the listener’s interpretation.  The way this song pairs a delicate production with an almost reserved delivery will leave a lasting impression.

You can purchase “If You Harden On The Inside” on Hezekiah Jones’ Bandcamp page.

Learn more about Women’s Law Project and donate directly at www.womenslawproject.org.

Live Spotlight

Live Recap: Hezekiah Jones / Black Horse Motel / Adrien Reju & Andy Stack at Underground Arts (02/18/17)

Hezekiah Jones 02-18-17 live shot
Yesterday I spent my Saturday night at Underground Arts listening to the wonderful live music provided by Hezekiah Jones, Black Horse Motel, Adrien Reju, and Andy Stack. Experiencing live music in person cannot be replicated but let the following photos and videos give you a hint of what the show was like. See you at a show!


[VIDEO] Hezekiah Jones “Sylvia NORTH” – LIVE @ Underground Arts 02/18/17 
[VIDEO] Black Horse Motel – “Bones” LIVE @ Underground Arts 02/18/17 

PHOTOS

Hezekiah Jones / Black Horse Motel / Adrien Reju 02-18-17

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Songful Sundays 02-12-17

Songful Sundays on Spotify

Songful Sundays 02-12-17

I kind of ditched the theme aspect of Songful Sundays. I’ll continue to post songs as they come to me. Some songs might be new finds while others will be past faves but all will be worth a listen. Enjoy!

In a Black Out – Hamilton Leithauser + Rostam
All You Ever Wanted – The Black Keys
I Knew You When – Ike
Love Always Remains – MGMT
Spineless – Jealousy Curve
Angel Down – Lady Gaga
What Can I Do For You? – Illinois
Wake Up – The Walkmen
Change Of Scenery – Val Emmich
Don’t Follow Me – Overlook, Billy Roach
Goshen ’97 – Strand of Oaks
Last Words – Quick Step John

More songs coming to Songful Sundays next week!