Thailand/Australia electronica act Wasabi Bytes has controversial video

February 23, 2014 in News by Indie Artist Radio

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WASABI BYTESWasabi Bytes’ controversial new video pulled by YouTube, collaboration with Afrika Islam  released

Thailand/Australia electronica act Wasabi Bytes is currently making waves with a controversial viral video hit pulled from Youtube and a new collaboration with hip-hop legend Afrika Islam set for release in days.
The act’s video for new single “Deep Inside” features a controversial turn by Thai-English actor Chris Wegoda, best known recently for playing Dr Frank’n’Furter in the first Bangkok stage production of Rocky Horror Picture Show. Wegoda plays a cross-dressing romantic who likes nothing more than to dress up in suspenders and go out on dates with his tomboy lover.
The video quickly went viral attracting tens of thousands of views but not all viewers were fans, with Youtube pulling the video on the basis that enough users had complained it violated its community guidelines focused on lewd or offensive content. As Wasabi Bytes’ auteur Grahame Wasabi notes “although the takedown was ludicrous in our opinion, we did note with some glee that the ban fell exactly thirty years to the day when the BBC banned Relax by Frankie Goes To Hollywood.” (January 14)
AFRIKA ISLAM ON TITLE TRACK: The single heralds a new album from Wasabi Bytes featuring hip-hop legend Afrika Islam rapping on the title track “Rage Of The Machine”. Afrika is best remembered as the producer of Ice-T’s seminal tracks including Colors and the first DJ to host a hip-hop show on radio, New York’s WHBI in 1981.
Grahame Wasabi says that Afrika became a fan of Wasabi Bytes when on vacation in Thailand in 2012 and has advised the group through the recording stages of its new album. According to Wasabi the album is loosely constructed around the concept of “what happens if the instruments we use such as synths and drum machines become sentient and make their own music when humans aren’t around.” The album seeks to capture the retro-futurist vibe that informs the act’s influences dating back to Fritz Lang’s Metropolis.
The album “Rage of the Machine” features 12 tracks: Spider, Creamy, Deep Inside, PushIt (Exorcism), Florid, Rage of The Machine (featuring Afrika Islam), What?, I Am The Beat, Beautiful, Indonesia Sparkle, Singularity. BONUS TRACK: Deep Dance (the extended mix of Deep Inside) It is released January 27 at all major worldwide music stores including Amazon and iTunes.
WASABI BYTES are Grahame Lynch (Loops, samples, keyboards, vox) and Ratchsak “Kob” Rueangchai (Percussion). Vocals on Rage of the Machine by Afrika Islam. Produced by Grahame Lynch. All tracks mixed by Grahame Lynch and mastered by Andy Miles except PushIt mastered by Simon Heyworth. Heyworth is best remembered as the producer of Mike Oldfield’s Tublular Bells.

Mod Fiction Alternative Rock Band

October 24, 2013 in News by Indie Artist Radio

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Mod FictionMod Fiction is an alternative rock band formed in upstate New York in 2011.Their music draws influence from early 90’s alternative rock, 60’s pop/garage rock, and 70’s punk rock, as well as some folk, blues, and jazz influences. Songs are made up of fuzzed and jangly guitar sounds, haunting bass lines, relentless drumming and groggy, catchy melodies. They released their debut LP “Come Back Down” in the summer of 2012. Followed by the EP “Hoax” in June 2013.
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As of June 2013, Both albums will be available on itunes, Amazon, Spotify, etc.

IMSTA FESTA New York 2013

September 11, 2013 in News by Indie Artist Radio

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imstaOn September 28th, the International Music Software Trade Association and SAE Institute New York will partner once again to host IMSTA FESTA, a celebration of music technology in the heart of New York City. Now in its 4th year, IMSTA FESTA brings a collection of the top music technology companies together in an environment where they can interact with music makers face-to-face. Anyone who makes music will benefit from this event.

IMSTA FESTA is infamous for packing heavyweight industry professionals under one roof. Furthermore, the Shocklee Innertainment Panel Series brings together an array of industry experts to discuss the state of the music business, technology and much more.
IMSTA FESTA is a FREE event open to anyone interested in the art of music making; professional and semi- professional musicians, songwriters, music producers, and audio engineers, as well as music students and educators will benefit from attending this event.

All visitors must register on-line at: www.imsta.org.

HIGHLIGHTS:

Network with New York’s heavy hitters in the music community.
Get hands-on with the latest music production products in the market.
Learn tips & tricks from knowledgeable product specialists.
Gain unique insight into the music industry by attending the Shocklee Innertainment Panel Series.
Win prizes in our hourly raffles
Receive a free gift just for visiting our exhibiting companies.
Exhibitors and Sponsors: Ableton, Air, Akai, Alesis, Arturia, ASCAP, Cakewalk, Celemony, D16, Electronic Musician Magazine, FXpansion, Guitar Center, IK Multimedia, Image Line, IndigiSounds, inMusic, Keyboard Magazine, M- Audio, McDSP, Native Instruments, Pianoteq, Playground Sessions, PreSonus, Propellerhead, Rob Papen, SAE Institute, SONiVOX, SSL, Sonnox, Steinberg, Sugar Bytes, Vocaloid Megpoid, Wave Arts, WaveDNA

WHEN:
Saturday September 28, 2013 | 11:00 am – 7:00 pm
FREE Breakfast between 10:30 AM and 11:30

WHERE:
218 West 18th Street – 4th floor
New York, NY 10011

ADMISSION:
FREE with Registration. Please visit: www.imsta.org.

About IMSTA: The International Music Software Trade Association (IMSTA) is a nonprofit association that represents the interests of the music software industry. The primary goal is to change end-user behavior in order to reduce the demand for pirated music software. IMSTA pursues this goal through education and not litigation

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NOISEY.COM LAUNCHES GUITAR MOVES

June 5, 2013 in News by TMC

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NoiseyNOISEY.COM LAUNCHES GUITAR MOVES, A NEW SERIES DEDICATED TO THE GUITAR AND THOSE WHO SHRED WITH IT

Hosted by Matt Sweeney in Partnership with D’Addario, “Guitar Moves” is a Weekly Show which Features Tutorials and Interviews with Acclaimed Guitarists like James Williamson from The Stooges, Blake Mills, Josh Homme from Queens of the Stone Age, Dan Auerbach from The Black Keys, and More

The Series will be Accompanied by “Noisey Gear,” a New Portal into the Vast and Ever-Evolving World of Music Gear and Instruments

NEW YORK, NY (May 29, 2013) – NOISEY announces the premiere of its new, weekly series, Guitar Moves. Hosted by Matt Sweeney, in partnership with XL Strings by D’Addario, Guitar Moves launches in May, and the weekly episodes will feature tutorials and in-depth interviews with some of the most legendary musicians in rock and roll – including James Williamson from The Stooges, Blake Mills, Josh Homme from Queens of the Stone Age, Dan Auerbach from the Black Keys and more. A new episode will air each Monday.

Check out the first episode of Guitar Moves, featuring James Williamson of The Stooges, on Noisey: noisey.com/guitarmoves

Accompanying the premiere of Guitar Moves is the launch of “Noisey Gear,” a new section dedicated to the gear, instruments, and know-how behind your favorite artists’ music. In partnership with D’Addario, the gear section will act as a portal into the vast and ever-evolving world of music gear and instruments—and you don’t have to live in a Guitar Center to understand the terms. From iconic classic axes to head-scratching homemade synths, if it makes noise, Noisey’s got you covered.

ABOUT NOISEY
Noisey.com is the music channel from the makers of VICE. So you know its going to be good. Noisey.com launched in March 2011 at SXSW and is dedicated to uncovering the best new bands and music scenes from around the world. The shows are about anything and everything concerning music—live jams, geeky record store clerks, smarmy critics, boob-flashing fans, destroyed hotel rooms, and roadies. The Noisey Youtube channel made its debut in February 2012 with M.I.A.’s “Bad Girls,” and VICE-produced and directed A$AP Rocky video, “Wassup.” Since, the channel has welcomed over 150K subscribers and recorded over 100 million video views from all around the globe. On YouTube, Noisey offers music fans the most extensive slate of original online music programming to date, covering not only the artists that matter most, but the trends and opinions that make up today’s music culture. See for yourself: youtube.com/noisey

ABOUT D’ADDARIO
D’Addario & Company, Inc. is the world’s largest manufacturer of musical instrument accessories marketed under seven proprietary brands: D’Addario strings; Evans drumheads; ProMark drumsticks; PureSound; Rico reeds; and Planet Waves cables and accessories. A family-owned and operated business with more than 1,100 employees worldwide, the Company manufactures 95% of its products in the U.S. employing Toyota’s Lean manufacturing principles. D’Addario has a distribution network in 120 countries and serves more than 3,000 U.S. retailers, all major e-commerce sites, and more than 5,000 endorsing artists.

XL Nickel Wound are D’Addario’s most popular electric guitar strings. XLs are precision-wound with nickelplated steel onto a carefully drawn, hexagonally shaped, high carbon steel core. The result: strings with long lasting, distinctive bright tone and excellent intonation, ideal for the widest variety of guitars and musical styles. XL strings are played by some of the top artists including James Williamson, Blake Mills, Josh Homme, and more.

Somebody’s Baby Lisa Matassa

April 11, 2013 in Music Reviews by Michele Wilson-Morris

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Lisa MatassaCountry artist Lisa Matassa’s latest release, “Somebody’s Baby” is a feel good, deeply moving album that makes it clear why Country music is “the new black.” With a voice that blends the soulfulness of Southern Gospel with a bit of “city polish” and a dose of Country Rock flair, Lisa is the real deal. The New York born singer and songwriter, co-wrote three of the tracks on this project, including “Girl With A Rock ‘n Roll Heart”, “Learning As You Grow”, and “Wouldn’t You Like To Know”, and performs 3 covers of songs made famous by superstars Dolly Parton, Bryan Adams and Nat King Cole. “Somebody’s Baby” is not her first foray into the music scene, as it is her third album, behind “Me Time” and Sunrise Highway”. The single “Me Time” catapulted to to the number one spot on CMT’s video charts, and the operatically trained artist recorded two Top-10 dance singles before the age of 20. Lisa’s an extraordinary artist, this is a great album, so let’s look at it song by song.

“You’re Somebody’s Baby” is a very positive and uplifting song that encourages listeners to Carpe Diem (seize the day and all of the great possibilities of life where everyone matters). The delivery is full on Classic American Rock. Powerful well placed electric guitars and big power drums make the song radio ready, and it should have mass appeal. “Wouldn’t You Like To Know (NY Remix)” has a loud, big rock country sound and once again features powerful guitars, a boogie style piano, and pounding drums. The vocals Lisa puts down are sassy and fit with the attitude of the lyrics. This is without a doubt a dance floor party song. On “Girl With A Rock ‘n Roll Heart,”The bass drives the tune with more rock piano, and a solid screeching guitar solo. The production is clever, and this is a well put together album.

“Learning As You Grow” is the perfect tempo love song to follow the previous songs. The slide guitar with delay is super smooth and catches your ear right off the bat, and the voice of Lisa Matassa displays another wonderful quality. She has a beautiful, passionate, heartfelt side, which she aptly communicates to fans through her music. “Heaven” is welcome as we return to the other side of Lisa Matassa, the charming country ballad singer. Her vibrato and tone are warm, and the band brings nothing less than professional grade backup guitar, bass, drums, and even live strings. The dedication to Whitney Houston was beautiful, and the a capella vocals really show the talent and artistry that Lisa does possess. You can’t fake it “live”. I salute Ms Matassa for choosing to honor Whitney, and the slide guitar solo was on the money. The roots of the great country song written by Dolly Parton are topped by Lisa hitting the big note square on the money with the sweet performance. Lisa’s country version of Mel Torme’s “The Christmas Song”, close out what you will find to be a very enjoyable CD from a vocalist that has the right production team and performers to take her on a long wonderful career. “Somebody’s Baby” should make it to your playlist. Job well done Lisa!!

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Jae Featured Artist

March 14, 2013 in Featured Artist, POP by TMC

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JaeBorn in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania Jordan Adelberger,

also known as “Jae” has been a gifted performer practically since she was born. Her soulful, sultry voice and beautifully unique look reminds one of a much older experienced Performer!

Jordan’s passion for dance first blossomed at the age of two when her parents enrolled her in dance classes. It was apparent from the audience reaction that she stood out in school recitals and competitions. By the age of 9, she began vocal training and soon gained popularity in her hometown performing in local talent competitions. In support of their daughter’s budding entertainment career, Jordan’s parents took her out to New York when she was 13 so she could further her training and perform in showcases within the city. Once again the audience accolades proved that Jae has what it takes to entertain an audience.

By 16, Jae co-wrote and co-produced her first demo along with producer, Terence Dover, who has worked with artists such as; Celine Dion and Avril Lavigne. Two years later, she decided to move to Los Angeles to pursue her dreams and attend college.

Jae graduated this summer from Loyola Marymount University where she received her BA degree in Dance. Since moving to L.A., her career is growing rapidly. Jae has shown off her developed talents consistently Dancing at events like the prestigious “Emmy’s as well as many other local venues as an Artist.

Now advancing to the next level in her career, Jae recently has been working with Bindelari Music, headed by an experienced all star production team including Binky
Womack, and Troy (Cash) Wimbley who have worked with an array or artist including Tupac, Snoop Dogg, Baby Bash, Usher, Chaka Khan just to name a few also nephew of R & B legend Bobby Womack, and Womack & Womack . Bindelari Music has partnered with The Zoo Entertainment , a multi-media production company, run by multimedia creator, Roy Beasley who handles Jae’s marketing, and multimedia also involved is 360 Transmedia who handles Jae’s Media outreach and Public Relations.

Film Review: Doubletime

November 30, 2012 in Indie Films by Michele Wilson-Morris

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Doubletime, from Producer/Director Stephanie Johnes, is a wonderful documentary about competitive jump roping. The energy, skill, and dedication of the athletes as they prepare and compete is breathtaking. Astounding acrobatics with amazing precision are all done while skipping rope. Let me clarify things a little. There are two kinds of competitive jump roping. Double dutch is done with two ropes turned in an egg beater fashion with one person jump roping at a time. With many different competitive categories like speed and fusion, a musical and dance oriented type of expression is done while jumping.

This very interesting documentary not only shows and teaches you about the history of the sport, but also tells of the diversity of the teams (The Bouncing Bulldogs of Chapel Hill, NC and The Double Dutch Forces of Columbia, South Carolina) and the two leagues that compete against each other and the world. The two teams are followed as they prepare for a invitational at The Apollo Theater in New York. One team is predominantly inner city blacks (The Double Dutch Forces) and the other is suburban whites (The Bouncing Bulldogs), but both are world and national champions.and viewers get to watch them go up against each other for the first time Meet them and their coaches, see the way they coach and their insightful philosophies about the sport and the world that divides them. This DVD is not only about competitive jump roping, it is also about taking a look at race and the role it plays in American culture.

Doubletime is an excellent production and every child and coach who appears in it is a big winner. These star athletes are not well known, but they are setting the foundation for a strong competitive productive activity that all children should partake in because it’s fun, competitive, and rivals any other sport or activity in intensity and physical fitness requirements. These youth have amazing strength and tenacity, and display it beautifully on this amazing DVD. Doubletime also features an excellent soundtrack from Keyshia Cole, Petey Pablo, MIA, Pete Miser, and The Caesars. Highly recommended!

 
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