Punk rock verteran Alice Bag has released her first solo album on the Don Giovanni label. She is a noted musician, author and feminist. The album offers up plenty of rock (”Little Hypocrite”), but there’s also some intelligent pop (”Suburban Home”) and Latin folk-rock (”Incorporeal Life”).
What a Festival! Taking place at the Paloma venue, in Nîmes this past weekend of June 3-5, 2016. Consisting of 3 days and nights of various international indie and rock groups, organic vendors, and great beers, this festival in the south of France truly is a great time. Compared to festivals in the United States, such as Coachella, Outside Lands, and Lollapalooza, TINALS can be ranked amongst them in terms of quality, music selection, and organization. I would say pricing was reasonably cheaper in comparison, but it is also a smaller event with bands performing in the later afternoon and nighttime. Saturday and Sunday had two groups play in the early afternoon inviting anyone to come listen, free of charge. The eco-friendly festival provided various activities such as flower headband crafts, games, Elvis ordaining weddings, even a ‘50s style hair cut for men. It was truly a unique experience. Below is a short recap of some of the bands that performed this weekend. Enjoy!
Friday, June 3
CHOCOLATE- Arriving a bit late due to traffic, Chocolate was the first band we got to enjoy on opening night! Not only did they really wail, with excellent guitar solos, Chocolate provides great energy, and the crowd was loving it.
FOALS- As one of the closing acts, Foals was probably one of the most popular bands that headlined the festival itself. With the crowd singing along, Foals really gave a great performance. With an excellent presence and production team, they put on a great show with the effects of color and light techniques.
Saturday, June 4
MY GREAT BLUE CADILLAC- One of the early afternoon acts, My Great Blue Cadillac was able to pull in festival goers with their intense sound. Arriving early, we enjoyed some beer awaiting the next group when My Great Blue Cadillac began with chants drawing in a crowd quickly. They really put out a lot of energy in their performance. Lead vocals alternating between the two members, Eddy and Louise, was energetic. Lyrical emotions were greatly executed in the performance. With alternating vocals, they also switched instruments (guitar and drums) effortlessly for each song, and their chemistry on stage allowed the dup to deliver a hauntingly kickass performance. Ending their act with Eddy smashing his drum sticks into the drum, while chanting their name he finished with destroying the guitar as well.
SHEER MAG- Another opening act, Sheer Mag really kept up the energy with the impending rain storm approaching and was able to keep the crowd. The early afternoon slot leaves for a guessing game of who’s who but they pulled a great crowd with their sound. Good vibes. Garage band feel with the energy of a closing group! Truly ‘party time, excellent’ as Wayne would say… Their ability to pull a crowd in the rain was remarkably reflective of their energy. Reminded me of summer rock shows in California. Positive energy all the way and great sound!
PALEHOUND- The band opened with a sultry whispering melodic and dramatic song. A huge crowd was awaiting prior and the American band killed it. Minor sound issues but the band was able to pull through. I would describe this band as a Rilo Kiley meets a garage heroin group. The band was truly thankful for the opportunity to be apart of the line up, and lead singer, Ellen Kempner even shared some debut creations, performing two songs solo.
LUSH-Raining in from the United Kingdom and performing on the main outdoor stage, Lush had great energy and even sang one song in French with the help of a translated lyric board.
DIRTY FENCES- This Brooklyn band is truly unique. With members who can really play their instruments, you can definitely hear the influences of the Ramones in their sound. Great energy!
PARCELS- Coming from England, Parcels truly is groovy-rock at its finest.
AIR- French electro-pop band was really a group that has created a sound that seduces your ears and forces you to sway to the beat. Featured on the soundtrack for “The Virgin Suicides”, they returned to touring and joined the TINALS lineup.
HER- One of my favorite performances of the weekend. Positive energy and a great dynamic between the two front mans. Alternating lead vocals, they could really hit some high notes. Engaged the crowd and got them dancing and singing along.
Sunday, June 5
STEVE GUNN BAND- As one of the openers for the festival was alive and soothing. Almost country rock and pulled in a great crowd with great the great weather
QUETZAL SNAKES- This band was psychedelic rock. French band who truly gave good vibes with their sound. With three guitars, one bass, and drums they started getting everyone’s head bobbing. Garage meets psychedelic they had an interesting sound…
METZ- Their performance had crowd surfers galore. This band really gave the crowd some energy!
PORCHES- With the use of synthesizers and folk guitar, Porches gave a soothing performance.
LUKE WINSLOW KING- This New Orleans blues band was a big hit in the early afternoon. The band really drew a crowd, getting everyone singing and dancing along. Bass guitarist was extremely engaging with the crowd and the band seemed to have just as much fun as the crowd.
PARQUET COURTS- A group from Texas, this group really pulls elements and the personality of iconic bands like Pavement with Some Strokes and Sonic Youth, you have Parquet Courts. Personally, I hear a similar sound to the band Cake, slow and mellow but they can rock out.
TORTOISE- A group of 6 individuals conquered the stage with their post-rock sound. Composed of two drums, two keyboards, and alternating guitars and various other instruments, void of vocals, they sure have an interesting sound.
BEACH HOUSE- Ending not only the night but the entire weekend with this dream pop, the electronic duo created magic. With amazing sound and lightening choreographed, Beach House suspended time.
Underlying greatness of this festival was its contributions to an eco-friendly cause. Each guest was given a coupon for a free goblet /day promoting the decrease in usage of cups per person (cost 1€ for cup) and its recycle bins located throughout the park. They had dry toilets which eliminated the usage of water and instead provided bags of hay to absorb the components and would later be used as manure. For food, they had various food trucks featuring vegetarian, vegan, and organic cuisines such as burgers, ‘Mexican’ food, falafel and more.
FOR MORE INFO ON THE LINEUP, CHECK OFFICIAL TINALS WEBSITE: https://thisisnotalovesong.fr/edition-2016/lineup/
Sally Morgan wrote the book on contemporary vocal technique – literally. Sing Like You Speak™: Simply and Naturally. SLYS™ is specifically designed to restore the effortless vocal production that is natural to the human instrument making your singing powerful, joyful and free. Sally has been successfully training singers for more than 30 years.
Sally has helped her clients heal vocal damage, expand vocal range, land a Broadway show, record their own music and tour internationally without vocal fatigue or strain.
Singing Is Praying Twice
Our spiritual director is always telling us that singing is praying twice. The vibrational level of singing calls out to the Universe on a higher wavelength. Our singing – your singing – is a great joy to Spirit.
There are those who would say to me – a voice trainer – that God would not find joy in their singing because it’s so bad. I respectfully disagree.
Everyone is born with the perfect musical instrument – your body. The human body is an amazing machine that functions automatically at a level that is difficult for the human brain to comprehend. When you ask your body to open up in a certain way, it will respond with, “Yea! You remembered! I can now support your voice.”
Last week I had a new-ish student who all of a sudden got the breathing and her voice completely opened up. She said, “Wow, I just had this flashback moment. It was like my body remembered breathing this way when I was a very small child.”
YES! That’s it! The breathing was taking her back to Source.
The absolute perfection of the human musical instrument is yours to claim. With a bit of help to use your voice naturally, you can sing. You can feel the joy of singing your song and singing your affirmations.
I am leading a Master Class titled, Sing Your Affirmations|Praying Twice™. Sing your affirmations for double the energy and possibly double the manifestation!
I am so excited about leading this Master Class! It brings together those things I care most about. I love to teach singing. I love how happy I feel when I’m singing my affirmations. I love the empowerment of prayers manifested.
Please join us for an empowering and joyful evening and discover for yourself the Singing is Praying Twice.
Sing Your Affirmations|Praying Twice™ Tuesday, June 14, 2016 6:15-7:45 225 West 99 St. NYC $10 suggested donation – no one turned away for lack of funds
A Lecturer in Popular Music at a British Higher Education institution, Denigrata Herself is undertaking her PhD in women in extreme metal. She is also the front woman/guitarist in Denigrata, an experimental black metal collective. Denigrata have coined the term noir concrête for their music, meaning the avant-garde dark noise initiated by Pierre Schaeffer and Karlheinz Stockhausen finds a different rhizomatic existence within their contemporary black metal performance space.
Denigrata Herself is a gender theorist whose research and publications to date focus on body performativity, reclamation of female space, tattooing, graphic novels, death metal and black metal. She is part of the International Society for the Study of Metal Music (ISMMS) and sits on various academic and equal rights boards in the UK.
For over a decade she was a lead guitarist in British death metal bands, she was signed to and worked for various independent record labels and now devotes her time to lecturing, researching and performing. She is choir master for her departmental chamber choir and presents annual post-modern renderings of canonical classical pieces with her choir, a string quartet, a contemporary band and Ableton performers.
Black Metal Moore and the Making of Kyrie Eleison
It was a freezing, rainy February morning. At 05.30am I am standing in my bathroom, putting on corpse paint and adjusting my antlers ready for the day’s video shoot; not your average Monday morning. I was tired, excited and anxious, all at the same time. I was told to bring towels, lunch and a good sense of humour. We all met at the location at 07.30am, a 16th century abbey, the grounds of which would serve as the setting for the shoot.
The clouds were thick overhead when we arrived, full of rain and sleet and a bitterly cold wind that whipped around us so our hands were instantly numb and any extremity that was uncovered was red raw with it; perfect weather for black metal, not so much for hanging around all day! The troops gathered, the producer, director of photography, the band and the production assistants. And then, after a few cups of coffee, we were off. We were met by early morning dog walkers, looking puzzled but smiling at us, as a troop of corpse-painted, antler wearing oddities tramped through the fields.
We were all wearing as many layers as humanly possible and as anyone who has experienced an English winter will tell you, the cold and damp seeps into your bones; it is not a dry cold like you get in Europe or Scandinavia, it feels more insidious. And so to filming the first scenes; the coats had to come off! I’m unsure whether it translated to the video, just how much we were all shivering, but trust me, we were! But the art comes first so we took our positions, under the direction and expert eye of Cavan McLaughlin, the director and producer, with smoke bombs being let off around us. I thought to myself, ‘this is pretty cool.’ I got to scream directly into the camera and although I got my antlers stuck in a branch, much to the hilarity of everyone else, so far so good!
The next shot was where the pain started! I had to walk through some knee deep water that had pooled between two trees; it was very beautiful but I knew it was bare feet time! Manea (keys and vocals) helped me down the bank into the water, sliding all over the place ready for the shot. It was excruciatingly cold and slimy underfoot (I didn’t really want to think too much about what I was wading through; needles, dog piss, and something crunchy that cracked between my toes!). I had to do two takes of this and by this point I basically had no feeling left from the knees down! After I managed to scramble out, I estimated that it took ¾ hour to get any feeling back, which mostly involved me jumping up and down shouting ‘fuck!’…
Still, the time was fast approaching to meet our cameo for the video. This was the reason most of us were a little anxious because, you know, meeting your heroes is a daunting business! At one pm we picked all the equipment up and moved back to the fields that frame the front of the abbey to meet him. A black cab pulls up, a very tall man with a skull-topped walking cane and black leather hat unfurls from the back seat. And there he stands, Alan Moore. ‘Hullo!’ he says in his gruff, Northamptonian gravelly voice, big smiles all round. I think we said hello back but it’s difficult to know, I think I might have waved maniacally at him (always a winner!). ‘Right, where do you want me?’ and Cavan explains what is required and within twenty minutes, being the consummate pro that he is, his part is done. And just to add to this, it is not very often you get to meet someone who is responsible for so much alternative culture, so many remarkable narratives that have helped shape you and how you think about the world, and he’s just there standing in front of you, like a normal human being! Alan Moore is larger than life and is also an extremely nice man, we all laughed together and discussed the occult history of Northampton, its murders and plots (the plot to murder the two princes supposedly by Richard the Third was hatched at Northampton castle), its witch burnings and secret vaults; the man is a veritable encyclopaedia of amazing information. And then with a swoosh of his long coat and a cheery wave, he disappeared into a cab and he was gone. We all just kind of stood there in his wake, questioning whether or not we imagined the whole thing!
So after our reality was fractured by this amazing encounter, we returned to getting the rest of the shots finished. Because the wettest of all of them needed to be left until last, and darkness fell about 4pm it didn’t leave us with much time. We shot the scenes with the black scrying mirror, the bones, the blood coming out of my mouth and the lake which meant the only thing left was to actually get in it! Our production assistants were amazing, all of them on stand-by with towels, coats and as many warm things they could drape us in. We all slid down the bank and eased ourselves into the thick water with about as much grace as a goth on a skateboard! Still, we were ready and when Cavan shouted ‘action!’ we got down on our hands and knees and squelched our way through the mud. You know when you’re in pain, your brain cuts out all other information and is just screaming, well this was quite a lot like that! I can just remember the word ‘cold’ rattling around my head and through my teeth on repeat as I crawled over muddy roots, the flesh on my knees and shins scraping against the sodden, hard ground. The point at which the scene cuts as I run towards the camera doesn’t show me wriggling like crazy, trying to get the frozen blood back into my body! I know we were all really feeling the extremes of the day by this point and would have been rather fond of a cup of tea and a pair of slippers (don’t knock it, they rule!).
We were all finally done by about 10pm, all packed up and ready for a long, hot bath! We knew we would have to wait a while before we got to see any footage and we were also lucky enough for it to be graded in Soho, London. We chose to film everything on black and white film using 40 year old lenses, which gives it all a much deeper, textual rendering. When we saw the final cut, we were blown away! Everyone worked so bloody hard and Cavan really knew exactly how to make this work. We owe him a great deal.
All in all it was an incredible experience and I would urge anyone, independent or otherwise, to make a video because you will never forget it!
English singer-songwriter, known for mixing elements of folk and electronica, has released a powerful, mercurial ten tracks of her own “folktronica”. Orton seizes technology with a refreshing passion delivering a truely unique sound. It just feels good!
Festival season is upon us! If you live or are planning to travel to Europe this summer, we have compiled a list of exception music events happening this summer! Below are a variety of events that will have groups from around the world performing rock, alternative, metal, folk, and more! You can visit the websites provided for each event to check out the artist roster and purchase tickets.
Helen Love is back with their eight album since their formation in 1992. This Ramones-loving band from Wales made up of members Helen, Sheena and Ricardo Autobahn offers up their combination of punk rock, pop and dance. This album is nothing short of great fun!
Kayla Flores has joined HorizonVU Music as Director, Artist Relations. Kayla is a vibrant graduate student from California. Raised with parents who were passionate about music, she has attended more than a hundred shows and has a real passion for discovering new talent. Previously working in the night club scene for marketing and promotions in San Diego as well as interning at a music agency, she has gained insight into the industry. Her passion for finding and sharing new music has brought her to HorizonVU Music.
Kayla will be working with artists to cultivate and develop their careers, both artistically and financially. She will be taking a lead role in strategically formalizing artist relations activities and enhancing current relationships with artists, agents, venues and other industry professionals. She will be involved building new relationships including artist selection. Further she will have a role in both internal and external activities such as negotiations and communications including social media and website support.