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The Lovely Bad Things
Teenage Grown Ups
Burger Records

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The Lovely Bad Things have released their second album, “Teenage Grownups”, so brace yourself for exceptionally energetic rock-punk-garage. The Lovely Bad Things is brothers Camron (guitar, vocals) and Brayden Ward (drums, vocals), Lauren Curtius (guitar, vocals), Tim Hatch (guitar) and Wesley Baxter (bass). The album opens with a frantic “I’ll Listen” that’s sure to wake you up and keep you listening. The album’s title track “Teenage Grown Ups” is next up and if you’re young and anxious for the future or if you’ve already joined the masses of disillusioned adult office workers, this song has to resonate. But either way join the band in keeping your sense of humour (check out the video). You can slow down a bit with “Cartoon Food”. You gotta love the “woo-woos”! “I Just Want You To Go Away” shows that while the songs are often quite amusing and melodious, the band can also slap you…

“I’m not gonna hide
But honey, you better
Get on a bus go downtown
Get a life

And the boys that hear you sobbing– don’t give a shit
I don’t know what I’m searching for– but I know that you’re not it
Where have you been all my life?– so I know where you can stay
I don’t know what I want anymore– I just want you to go away”

Go ahead and download “Teenage Grown Ups” and enjoy. If it doesn’t make your day better, well sorry, “Get a life”!


Behind the Console: 10 Women Sound Engineers Changing The Game
Guest post by Leticia Trandifir of Landr

When it comes to technical jobs in audio, women often need to work twice as hard.

Not because they’re less capable. Rather, the boys’ club of audio production often doubts their talent to begin with.

Historically, girls have been denied or discouraged from pursuing technical jobs in STEM fields—science, technology, engineering and mathematics. When they do, they’re often held to a much higher standard and expected to continually prove their worth.

But the tables are now turning. How do we keep changing the imbalance—and give credit where credit is due?

Get to know the women who are doing exceptional work—they exist and they’re killing it across genres. Give credit to the work of women working both in front and behind the scenes in audio production. Treat your females colleagues in the audio industry with respect—create a collegial environment. This will inspire a new generation of girls to enroll in audio engineering programs and make tomorrow’s hits.

Meet the visionary women behind the sound of Jay-Z, Prince, Aphex Twin, Brian Eno, Jamie xx, Pearl Jam, Sia, Timbaland and more.

1. WondaGurl

WundaGirl showcasing her Roli sample pack for NOISE & BLOCKS


Ebony Oshunrinde a.k.a WondaGurl is a beatmaker and producer from Brampton, Ontario.

A video of Timbaland in the studio inspired nine year old Ebony to teach herself how to produce. After winning Battle of the Beat Makers at 16, she sent a beat to Travis Scott. Next thing she knew, the rapper was calling to let her know her production was going on Jay–Z’s record next record. WonderGurl became one of the youngest women to have production credits on a platinum hip-hop record— Jay-Z’s Magna Carta:Holy Grail.

Since then she hasn’t been resting on her laurels. She’s part of the crew who made Rihanna’s “Bitch Better Have My Money,” one of the Best Tracks of 2015. She produced two Travis Scott records: Rodeo and Birds in the Trap Sing McKnight. She also made SonReal’s “Money Money” and Jahkoy’s “Odd Future.”

2. Susan Rogers

Credit: Larry Crane for TapeOp


Susan Rogers’ first sound engineering gig was with none other than Prince in 1983. After he came back from tour, Rodgers repaired Prince’s tape machine and got his studio up and running. The rest is history. She went on to work on Purple Rain, Around the World in a Day, Sign’O’The Times, The Black Album and others.

Rodgers worked as an engineer, mixer and producer for other artists like the Jacksons, Barenaked Ladies, Laurie Anderson, David Byrne, Violent Femmes and many more.

Recently, she pursued her dream of becoming a scientist. Rodgers got her PhD in music cognition and psychoacoustics from McGill University, exploring the subject of auditory memory. She now teaches at Berklee College of Music, where she runs the Berklee Music Perception and Cognition Laboratory.

3. Mandy Parnell

Credit: Black Saloon Studios


Mandy Parnell is a British mastering engineer who gets visits from the Chemical Brothers, Max Richter and Brian Eno when they want to get that finishing touch on their records.

Parnell hasn’t had an easy time getting there. After running away from home at a young age, she lived on the streets for a while. One day, her friend took her to his workplace: Richard Branson’s Oxford studio The Manor. It clicked instantly, she wanted to be behind the console for the rest of her life.

Her credit list is nothing short of impressive: Syro by Aphex Twin, In Colour by Jamie xx, Vulnicura by Björk, Love Streams by Tim Hecker, Metals by Feist, Drums Between the Bells by Brian Eno, Coexist by The xx, and a whole lot more. Parnell runs her own mastering studio called Black Saloon Studios.

4. Shani Gandhi

Credit: Lacy Atkins for The Tennessean


Shani Gandhi was born in Singapore and raised in Australia. When she found out about sound engineering as a field, it all clicked. “I can take my hobby and my scientific background and put that together” she told The Tennessean. She graduated from the Performance and Sound Recording Technology from Ithaca College.

Look into engineering credits of current bluegrass and Americana artists, and you’ll likely find Shandi Gandhi. Those include artists such as Alison Krauss and Parker Millsap, along with several Sarah Jarosz records. She also mixed Kelsea Ballerini’s hit single “Peter Pan.”

Gandhi’s work was nominated for ‘Best Engineered Album’ at the 2017 Grammys for Sarah Jarosz’s album Undercurrent. David Bowie’s Blackstar and Prince’s Hit N Run Phase Two were also nominated in the same category.

5. Karrie Keyes

Credit: Jill Meniketti


Karrie Keyes has been Pearl Jam’s monitor engineer for two and a half decades. What’s a monitor engineer? The person who adjusts the sound in the band’s monitors for live performances.

Over the years, Keyes’ adapted the design of the monitoring system to make sure the band hears exactly what they want.

As a teenager, Keyes was a punk fan who went to lots of shows. It was at a Black Flag show that she met a sound engineer who hooked her up with a gig.

The constant travelling and her passion for sound is what keeps her going. Her takeaway? “Everyone’s had a mentor, a teacher, a guide” she told NPR. Keyes recently co-founded Sound Girls, an organization that helps train and support women in audio production.

6. Melbeatz

Credit: Franziska Sinn


German producer Melanie Wilhelm a.k.a. Melbeatz came of age in the Berlin graffiti scene of 80’s and 90’s. Her love for music grew out of listening to Grandmaster Flash mixtapes and crate digging on her trips to the United States. Upon meeting rapper Kool Savas, she started getting the hang of hardware samplers.

Her beats ended up on Shadow, Fuat and Kool Savas’ records—all German rap classics. In 2004, she made the album Rapper’s Delight. It featured a mix of German and American rappers like Mobb Deep, Ol’ Dirty Bastard, and Tha Liks. It also included the track “Oh Oh” where a young Kanye West raps on her beats.

Her advice? “All you can do is produce, produce, produce. If you really want to be part of the scene, then you’ll make it at some point.” she told Broadly.

7. Crystal Caines

Credit: Crystal Caines


Crystal Caines is the Harlem producer behind A$AP Ferg’s early hits. Both connected on a deep level, and reversed the usual female singer/male producer dynamic. She engineered “Work” from A$AP Mob’s Lords Never Worry mixtape and “Shabba” from Ferg’s Trap Lord.

Caines produced tracks for T.I, Wale, B.O.B, and Maino with her production trio The Understudy.

Crystal Caines is now working on her own tracks, putting out records and collaborating with colleagues like Trakgirl and WondaGurl.

Her vision? “I focus on creating the new and not creating the old… I want to move the culture forward by being who I am” she told HipHopDX.

8. Marcella Araica

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Marcella Araica is part of the select crew of producers, mixers and engineers that Timbaland works with on the regular.

She’s worked on Missy Elliott, The Notorious B.I.G., the Pussycat Dolls, Nelly Furtado, Britney Spears and so many more.

Acraica studied Audio Engineering in Florida, before interning at the Hit Factory in Miami and working her way up to Assistant Engineer. Meeting Missy Elliott and Timbaland was her big break. Engineer and mixer Demacio ‘Demo’ Castelleon took Araica under his wing and became her mentor.

Araica told Sound on Sound: “Recording is an art in its own right, but mixing is where it’s at for me. When I was an intern I would sneak into the studios when they weren’t used and I’d put up anything I could bring in, and I’d just practise and practise and practise. Then I’d go back to my car and listen and I’d learn from that.” Take note!

9. Trina Shoemaker

Credit: Kelly Davidson for Berklee College of Music


Trina Shoemaker is a sound engineer, record producer and mixing engineer with three Grammy Awards already on her resume.

After becoming Daniel Lanois’ apprentice (think U2 and Brian Eno), she got her first Grammy in 1998 for Best Engineered Album on Sheryl Crow’s The Globe Sessions.

From then on, Shoemaker worked very closely with Sheryl Crow, mixing and engineering practically all of her discography.

She also produced and engineered many Queens of the Stone Age records, as well as Shakira, Joe Cocker, Nanci Griffith and countless more.

10. Emily Lazar

Credit: Becky Yee / Around Digital Media


When it comes to Grammys, Lazar has been paving the way for women in mastering. She was the first female mastering engineer nominated for:

Album of the Year in 2012 for Foo Fighters’ Wasting Light
Record of Year in 2015 for Sia’s Chandelier
Best Engineered Album in 2016 for The Bird And The Bee’s Recreational Love
Lazar owns and runs a mastering studio in New York City called The Lodge. She’s worked on more than 2000 albums, with names such as David Bowie, Sonic Youth, Coldplay, Madonna, Lou Reed, Sia and many more.

When she’s not busy making top records sound amazing, she regularly speaks at colleges to inspire more young people, especially women, to pursue a career in the technical side of music.

The Tables Are Turning
It’s pretty obvious that there are tons of women in music who are crushing it on stage. But we hear less about the women doing the technical work behind the scenes.

Changing the male dominated world of audio production and sound engineering starts by highlighting the amazing work that women do in those fields everyday. These women gives examples to look up to for the next generation of girls. It shows them that this can also be you.

The message is clear: women have contributed to this field both in front of and behind the mixing consoles. We want to hear more of them!

Leticia Trandafir
Leticia is a DJ and music maker with a love for 303 basslines. Writer and Community Manager at LANDR.


The Accidentals
Odyssey
Masterworks

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The Michigan-based trio comprised of singer/songwriter/multi-intstrumentalists Savannah Buist and Katie Larson along with drummer Michael Dause, has released a strong folk-rock album. The songs certainly make for great listening, but it’s important to recognize the technical achievements of the group. Without advocating study of music theory, it’s enough to say that a lot of effort has gone into the construction and delivery of the songs perhaps most evident in “Memorial Day” and “Cut Me Down”. Yes, the end of summer is upon us, but you can extend your holidays at least one more day by downloading “Odyssey” and taking some time to enjoy this LP.


Amy O
Elastic
Winspear

Indiana-based Amy O’s (Amy Oelsner) “Elastic” is justly titled owing to the artist’s penchant for out of the ordinary song structures, changes in pace (moving from opening track “Lavender” to “Soft Skin” or “History Walking to “Sunday Meal”, for example) and melodies. The twelve track album is a quick listen with only two tracks (“Cherry Blossom” and “Spill”) running over three minutes. But, the briskness of the album along with the changes in tension and mobility moving track-to-track and the melodic relationships are what makes this debut album work. Oh, it’s a fair bet that there’s a hook or two that will stick in your head. “Elastic” is a worthy debut.

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Guantanamo Baywatch
Desert Center
Suicide Squeeze

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Hey dudes and dudettes…Yet another great act in the Suicide Squeeze portfolio, this Portland-based band , Guantanamo Baywatch, really knows how to dish out the surf punk. If you have any doubts just check out “Conquistador” the lead track on the band’s new release, “Desert Center”. ” Jason Powell continues to lead on guitar along with new member Jordan Owen. Yeah, can’t help but think Dick Dale and the Del-Tones and the The Barracudas gone punk. Guantanamo Baywatch does it all, and man, there’s no messing around. Want rhythm? You got it! Chris Scott is together on drums and there is no overlooking Chevelle Wiseman. Ride the wild surf on her bassline. Check out “Area 69”, for example. Go for it – “Cowabunga”!


Sally_newsfeedSally 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.

What Is Singing? Seriously. What Do You Think?
by Sally

Singers all hold ideas in mind about what singing is and what it isn’t. I was leading a MythBusters for Singers workshop for the NY Singing Teachers Association, a workshop dedicated to examining those untrue thoughts we all have about singing, when the following exchange happened. It was the perfect teachable moment!

The singer had skipped a few measures of the song while singing the first 16 bars or so and I asked him to start again. This is the conversation that followed.

He was upset and said:
“Darn, I didn’t even start singing yet.”

Sally:
“Really? What were you doing then?”

Student:
“I was just telling a story.”

Sally:
“So what’s singing then?”

Student:
“Well… it’s certainly more than telling a story!”

Sally:
“Is it? Were you telling a story with music?”

Student:
“Yes I was.”

Sally:
“So what is singing then if it’s not telling a story through song?”

I could not have had a better set up to demystify one of the myths of singing. Myth: singing is something extraordinary – outside the norm of communication.

Truth: Singing is the most natural form of communication and the more real and natural and normal it is, the more engaging and amazing it is.

Minutes after this conversation with a redirect from me on how sing the song this man brought the audience to tears with his emotional honesty by simply telling a story through his song.

As he continued to sing the song, his simple honesty allowed him up to really wail and it was thrilling to hear! The audience told me they got goose bumps from his performance. The singer felt empowered.

It is amazing how simple, honest communication through song communicates volumes to your audience.

Is it time for you to examine what you think singing is? Let me know! I’ll help you change your mind about singing. With Sing Like You Speak™ singing is as simple and natural as talking to your best friend.

Click here for the best voice lessons on the web!


Umm
Double Worshipper
Majestic Litter

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Seasoned musicians Stefanie Drootin and her husband, Chris Senseney, have released “Double Worshipper” offering up an irresistible eight-track indie rock journey. The album opens up with “Black Summer”; a driving rock guitar intro to the duo’s congruous vocals. Experientially, there’s a lulling psych thread that really works in the sense that it’s difficult not to feel contented. That’s not to say the album is in anyway gooey as it most certainly kicks with tracks such as the fuzzy “I’m In Love” and the fast, upbeat “Idiot Child”. In short, “Double Worshipper” stands up lyrically and compositionally making it an exceptional debut for Umm.


Sara Evans
Words
Born To Fly Records

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American country music singer-songwriter Sara Evans has released “Words” her eighth studio album and the first on her independent label Born To Fly Records. Clearly what distinguishes this album is that all of the fourteen songs are written by a female songwriter. That’s not to say that there are not any melodies worthy of special attention. There’s some ear-pleasing country pop tracks such as “Marquee Sign” written by Evans, Jimmy Robbins, and Heather Morgan and featuring vocals by Evans’ daughter, Olivia. “Letting You Go” written by Evans is good country folk. You probably won’t feel blown away by the album, but keeping in mind the emphasis on female songwriters and the pleasant feeling one is likely to take away, if you’re into contemporary country it should be added to your collection.


Sheer Mag
Need to Feel Your Love
Static Shock Records

Sheer Mag is Kyle and Hart Seely, Matt Palmer, Ian Dykstra and Tina Halladay. The band’s debut album, “Need to Feel Your Love”, offers up an amalgam of grizzly punk, classic rock and progresssive rock led by Haladay’s sizzling high-powered and commanding vocals. While there can be no ignoring Halladay’s awesome voice, her bandmates are exceptional in executing mature arrangements. Sure, there are white-hot tracks like “Meet Me In The Street”, “Turn It Up” and “Suffer Me” where there’s not much in the way of free headroom, but “Milk And Honey”and “(Say Goodbye To) Sophie Scholl are relatively easy-going. You’ll likely be compulsed by the total ass-kicking-ness of “Need to Feel Your Love”!

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HorizonVU Music and Belushi’s Paris Canal announce the launch of the HorizonVU Music – Belushi’s Acoustic Showcase For Women In Music. The object of the series is to make a positive statement on behalf of women in music by featuring the best nationally and internationally accomplished women performing music covering the spectrum from whimsical folk to alternative acoustic rock.

The venue is Belushi’s Paris Canal http://www.belushis.com/bars/paris/canal catering to the upscale university and young work crowd. Frequented by the after classes-after work segment, it sits on one of the canals running through Paris making it exceptionally attractive. The showcase is clearly an opportunity for female musicians to showcase their work for a generally young, vibrant audience.

Every effort possible is going into ensuring the series builds in popularity and has considerable longevity. We’ve currently booked for the fall and look forward to scheduling performances during the winter months!

For information concerning future concerts and participation contact decibels@horizonvumusic.com.

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