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AntiMusic Review: Birdseed “Not Out Of Time”

23 Aug

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“It is said that ingesting birdseed makes those of the avian sort so happy that they can’t help but sing. For those of us without wings and beaks, the band Birdseed and their bright pop melodies on Not Out of Time will do the same. The band’s lead singer Kerry Landreth has a voice that’s easy to get comfortable with and songs like the perky “We Can Do It” make singing along effortless. It doesn’t hurt either that Landreth’s voice carries a familiarity, often reminding of the more upbeat side of singers like Natalie Merchant and Edie Brickell. The band avoids getting overly showy behind Landreth, but her brother Peter stands out here and there with cool sax fills. Learn more here.”

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Order NOT OUT OF TIME on iTunes:

 http://smarturl.it/notoutoftime

BIRDSEED will be touring in the Fall of 2017 in support of their NOT OUT OF TIME 10” Vinyl EP, which is available worldwide online and in stores August 4, 2017.

For more information about BIRDSEED and the NOT OUT OF TIME EP, or upcoming tour dates, please visit the band’s website and social media pages via www.birdseedband.com

For more information about Bird School of Music please visit http://bird-sf.com/

To order the NOT OUT OF TIME EP, please visit the Bird Records Bandcamp page at https://birdrecordingfoundation.bandcamp.com/

For Press and Interview inquiries, please contact Billy James at Glass Onyon PR at (828) 350-8158 or glassonyonpr@gmail.com

For Digital Marketing, please contact Jerome Forney at Independent Distribution Collective at jerome@independentdistro.com

Amanda Abizaid Sings in Support of Schoolchildren a World Away, With Some Help From Stephen Stills

23 Aug

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“Musicians have an especially powerful way to use their skills to raise awareness of causes. Singer/songwriter Amanda Abizaid has released an EP in support of HelpPhilippineSchools.org, a non-profit organization that helps children get the best education possible through the betterment of existing schools, working “from the inside out.” Walking In Twos, featuring the legendary Stephen Stills, is a 7-track EP including two diverse mixes of the titular song, which was inspired by Amanda’s experiences with the Aeta Filipino children.

I spoke with Amanda, and she described how the project was two years in the works. But the history goes back even further.

Robert T Wagner is a former US Marine and director of HelpPhilippineSchools.org Foundation (HPSF). His great uncle, father and uncles engaged in a casual charitable “tradition” that benefited schools in the Philippines beginning in 1901. Robert then formalized the efforts into HPSF in 2006. Amanda met Robert when she was around 7 years old, when he began dating her sister in Beirut. He has stayed in touch with the family over the years, following Amanda’s music career.

Amanda eventually visited the Philippines and came away with a strong conviction to meet, teach and inspire the kids, especially the girls. She wanted to inspire them through songwriting and help them think for themselves. “They know the American songs. They are more into copying, but I wanted to open their minds via songwriting.” She visited a few schools and discovered that basic needs like water and electricity are still barely being met. Amanda is hoping through her music the needs will get exposure, and she aims to get the water pump fixed, provide school supplies and increase the opportunities for kids to enter school.

Their overall mission of the organization (for which she is Cultural Ambassador) is to supply rural government elementary schools throughout the Philippines, beginning on Mindanao, with modern educational equipment, food and clothing.

I asked how Stephen Stills entered the equation.

“I have known him through his daughter Jennifer, and I am so happy that he wanted to play on the song. It is incredibly inspiring to have him on board. The EP evolved around that song.”

Growing up in Lebanon with four older sisters opened Amanda’s ears to many American artists, so Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young was in solid rotation. Stills has become a mentor to Amanda, and she is “very blessed to learn music and songwriting with him.”

Amanda describes her music as “neo-soul meets world.” Indeed, the tracks on the EP work well across reggae, trip-hop and electronica.

As we celebrate the 48th anniversary of Woodstock this week (where Stills and his mates had their second gig) and contemplate the political landscape, it is gratifying that the spirit of community is still present in the music scene.”

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To purchase Amanda Abizaid’s Walking In Twos EP visit: http://smarturl.it/walkingintwos

For more information about Amanda or this release, please visit:http://www.AmandaAbizaid.com

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Keys and Chords Review: Indubious “From Zero” (translated)

17 Aug
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“Indubious is already on their fourth album. The brothers, ‘Skipwicked’ Spencer and ‘Evton B’ Evan Burton have furthered their musical composition skills and solidified their own reggae path. One might ask, how can two brothers with cystic fibrosis still deliver such high-quality sound? But, Indubious proves that one can also accomplish beautiful things regardless of a difficult background.
If you listen to ‘See Sharp,’ you will only hear the pure sounds. You will not hear irritated lungs, on the contrary,  you will hear pure music and vocals. Yes, this album can be labeled as reggae, but it’s more than just a Jamaican rhythm. It is beautiful in how it applies several modern layers to a classic reggae rhythm.
Indubious gets help from singers Sizzla Kalonji on ‘Golden Ones’ and Vaughn Benjamin in an immersive ‘Do not Lose Sleep’. Or Zahira’s contribution to the ingenious ‘Root Down’. These American gentlemen have played West Coast Reggae and various other festivals. With some good listening you will be able to immerse yourself in the music psychedelically and spiritually. With Indubious’ reggae-layers, one can see ‘From Zero’ as a starting point in a renewed genre.”

To purchase or previous “From Zero,” please visit: http://smarturl.it/fromzero

For more information about FROM ZERO or upcoming tour dates, please visit the INDUBIOUS website and social media pages via http://www.indubiousmusic.com/

For Booking inquiries please email booking@indubiousmusic.com

For Press and Interview inquiries please contact Billy James at Glass Onyon PR:  (828) 350-8158 or glassonyonpr@gmail.com 

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For Digital Marketing please contact Jerome Forney at Independent Distribution Collective: jerome@independentdistro.com

That Devil Music Review: Birdseed “Not Out Of Time”

14 Aug

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“Creating music that is too good, and too authentic for major label release, Birdseed’s Not Out of Time EP is one of those rare treasures that will take 20 years or so for rock music’s critical cognoscenti to catch up with. Grade: A

“Even for a jaded old rock critic like the Reverend, every now and then the blue-clad U.S. postman delivers a gem whose sparkle and gleam catches one’s eye. One such recording that muscled itself to the top of the slush pile amidst faceless modern rock clones and carbon-copy pop divas was Birdseed’s Not Out of Time. While promotional copies of vinyl records arrive more frequent these days (jeez, there was a time in the early ‘00s where wax was nearly extinct!), the diminutive younger sibling of the LP – the oddball 10” EP – is still a rarity though, to be honest, I have bought in EPs by Jimi Hendrix and Marshall Crenshaw in this 10” vinyl format recently.

Birdseed’s Not Out of Time
Birdseed is an honest-to-Chuck-Berry American rock band formed in 2012 in San Francisco. Comprised of singer Kerry Landreth, guitarists Jamie Goodyear (who also sings) and Mason Morfit, bassist Lane Murchison, keyboardist Brian Hetherington, saxophonist Peter Landreth, and drummer Scott Bell, Birdseed’s Not Out of Time EP collects five of the band’s songs that had previously been released as singles. Although the band’s sound has been described as “Fleetwood Mac meets Wilco,” there’s really a lot more than these convenient labels going on here.

The EP’s title track, for instances, offers Landreth’s throaty, slightly-twangy vocals which remind more of the Textones’ Carla Olsen than of Stevie Nicks. Roaring above country-flavored soundtrack that follows a jangly Byrdsian blueprint, the song’s accompanying harmony vocals, stinging guitars, and rumbling percussion provide an encouraging introduction to the band. “Next Trip Around the Sun” is unexpectedly stunning, Landreth’s voice channeling no little emotional turmoil above a low-slung rhythmic groove, her brother Peter’s mournful sax offering a masterful counterpoint to Landreth’s dark-to-light lyrics.

The newest song on the EP, “I Want You To Know” is a mid-tempo ballad with Landreth’s lovely voice complimented by elegant fretwork and subtle instrumentation. Lyrically a poignant letter from a parent to their child, it’s a well-crafted tearjerker. The inspirational “We Can Do It” was co-written by Landreth and her nine-year-old daughter Bebe, the song’s hopeful message bolstered by strong-though-subdued instrumentation that rightfully places the spotlight on the lyrics. Peter Landreth’s soul-flavored sax and some impressive Steve Cropper-style guitar provide additional texture to the performance. “More Than I Needed the Truth” addresses personal relationships from a mature perspective, Landreth’s twangy vocals partially-buried in a gorgeous, multi-faceted soundtrack with a too-brief guitar solo and melodic harmonies.

The Reverend’s Bottom Line
This ain’t your kid’s music, Birdseed delivering grown-up rock ‘n’ roll from an adult’s perspective, with lyrics forged in the crucible of life. Birdseed’s members were older than most bands when they got together, and most – if not all of ‘em – are parents, with all the headaches and heartaches parenthood entails. Birdseed’s lyrics are informed by Kerry Landreth’s struggle with incurable breast cancer, but are hopeful rather than dire, while the band’s instrumental talents provide a suitable backdrop for her skilled vocals. Creating music that is too good, and too authentic for major label release, Birdseed’s Not Out of Time EP is one of those rare treasures that will take 20 years or so for rock music’s critical cognoscenti to catch up with. Grade: A (Bird Records, released August 4th, 2017)

Buy the EP from Bandcamp: Birdseed’s Not Out of Time EP

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Order NOT OUT OF TIME on iTunes:

 http://smarturl.it/notoutoftime

BIRDSEED will be touring in the Fall of 2017 in support of their NOT OUT OF TIME 10” Vinyl EP, which is available worldwide online and in stores August 4, 2017.

For more information about BIRDSEED and the NOT OUT OF TIME EP, or upcoming tour dates, please visit the band’s website and social media pages via www.birdseedband.com

For more information about Bird School of Music please visit http://bird-sf.com/

To order the NOT OUT OF TIME EP, please visit the Bird Records Bandcamp page at https://birdrecordingfoundation.bandcamp.com/

For Press and Interview inquiries, please contact Billy James at Glass Onyon PR at (828) 350-8158 or glassonyonpr@gmail.com

For Digital Marketing, please contact Jerome Forney at Independent Distribution Collective at jerome@independentdistro.com

Eventireggae.it Review: Indubious “From Zero” (translated)

9 Aug

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“From America comes a new album from Indubious, a US collective born from the idea of ​​the brothers Evton and Skip, who have been active for several years now. It is called “From Zero” and is an important step for the Oregon group. In addition to being their fourth album, which comes a few years after “Wake The Lion,” is also the first entirely self-produced album.

A record that also recounts the particular story of these two men, born of a serious illness to whom they had little hopes of life, but miraculously led them to be one of the most important bands on the northwestern coast of the USA.

The album begins with “He Who Has Ears,” a passage from biblical texts and with a slow sound that crosses EDM and caresses the reggae, certainly more audible in “Rocketship,” a second-in-one piece dedicated to life and the vital importance it has for each of us. “Golden Ones” is the first featuring track in “From Zero” that sees the combination with Sizzla Kalonji, in a song that mixes steppes sound to electronic ones, similar to those contained in “Free Up,” inviting them to free themselves from the chains of the system.

“Do not Lose Sleep” and “Root Down” are accompanied by Vaugh Bejamin, frontman of the Akae Beka and Zahira, characterized by hypnotic choruses which give the two melodies a strong mysticism. The tones are lenses with “See Sharp,” “If You Follow” and “Perfect,” lovers tune that reflect the more soulful souls of the band while “We Got Vibes” and “Sky High” praise the carefree, always seasoned with a combination of reggae and psychedelic sounds.

From Zero is an album with a lot of different sounds, making it possible to rip the nose to the lovers of the classic roots reggae, but best representing the artistic ability and versatility of the US band.”

Track List – From Zero

01. He Who Has Ears
02. Rocketship
03. Golden Ones feat. Sizzla Kalonji
04. Free Up
05. Do not Lose Sleep feat. Vaughn Benjamin
06. See Sharp
07. If You Follow
08. Sheep of Conformity
09. Wednesday
10. Perfect
11. School Again
12. Root Down feat. Zahira
13. We Got Vibes
14. Sky High

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To purchase or previous “From Zero,” please visit: http://smarturl.it/fromzero

For more information about FROM ZERO or upcoming tour dates, please visit the INDUBIOUS website and social media pages via http://www.indubiousmusic.com/

For Booking inquiries please email booking@indubiousmusic.com

For Press and Interview inquiries please contact Billy James at Glass Onyon PR:  (828) 350-8158 or glassonyonpr@gmail.com 

For Reggae Marketing or Radio please contact King I-Vier at Independent Distribution Collective: kingivier@gmail.com

For Digital Marketing please contact Jerome Forney at Independent Distribution Collective: jerome@independentdistro.com

JP’s Music Blog Review: Birdseed “Not Out Of Time”

8 Aug

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“The American rock band Birdseed recently released a new 10” vinyl EP titled “Not Out Of Time.” The band will be touring this fall and they wanted to get more music out to their fans. This new 5-song EP begins with the up-tempo title song as lead singer Kerry Landreth leads the band on this mainstream gem. They continue with the smooth, horn-infused melody of “Trip Around The Sun,” which sounds like it came from the 10,000 Maniacs catalog. Their new short release wraps up with the fun, youthful positiveness of “We Can Do It,” which features Kerry’s daughter on vocals and southern blues-rock groove of “More Than I Needed To Know.” To find out more about Birdseed and their latest vinyl-only release “Not Out Of Time,” please visit birdseedband.com.”

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Order NOT OUT OF TIME on iTunes:

 http://smarturl.it/notoutoftime

BIRDSEED will be touring in the Fall of 2017 in support of their NOT OUT OF TIME 10” Vinyl EP, which is available worldwide online and in stores August 4, 2017.

For more information about BIRDSEED and the NOT OUT OF TIME EP, or upcoming tour dates, please visit the band’s website and social media pages via www.birdseedband.com

For more information about Bird School of Music please visit http://bird-sf.com/

To order the NOT OUT OF TIME EP, please visit the Bird Records Bandcamp page at https://birdrecordingfoundation.bandcamp.com/

For Press and Interview inquiries, please contact Billy James at Glass Onyon PR at (828) 350-8158 or glassonyonpr@gmail.com

For Digital Marketing, please contact Jerome Forney at Independent Distribution Collective at jerome@independentdistro.com

Sights And Sounds Of Note Review: Indubious “From Zero”

7 Aug

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“The duo have emerged as a powerful force and voices for change as they carve out a strong following with their conscious music.”

“From the somewhere out of left field category comes Indubious (www.indubiousmusic.com) who return with their much anticipated From Zero album. Drop the figurative needle on the grooves and what emerges is a form of traditional island reggae – but surprise – the duo are Caucasians from Ashland, Oregon. Even more surprising is the pair of brothers Evton and Skip Burton were both born with Cystic Fibrosis and presented with a grim diagnoses of a life expectancy that wouldn’t exceed 18 years. However, they have persevered – and, now 30 and 32 respectively – when they sing about mercy and spiritual matters you know it’s coming from an authentic place. In these hard times the duo have emerged as a powerful force and voices for change as they carve out a strong following with their conscious music. Together with their base of loyal fans, affectionately called “Indubians”, they have achieved worldwide acclaim as the originators and ambassadors of the Rootstronica genre (a high energy blend of Reggae, Rock and EDM). The album opens with a memorable one-two punch of “He Who Has Ears” and “Rocketship” that is sure to gain Indubious many more listeners as they soar to new heights that are set to take them – as the album closer says with horns and a sultry groove – “Sky High”.

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To purchase or previous “From Zero,” please visit: http://smarturl.it/fromzero

For more information about FROM ZERO or upcoming tour dates, please visit the INDUBIOUS website and social media pages via http://www.indubiousmusic.com/

For Booking inquiries please email booking@indubiousmusic.com

For Press and Interview inquiries please contact Billy James at Glass Onyon PR:  (828) 350-8158 or glassonyonpr@gmail.com 

For Reggae Marketing or Radio please contact King I-Vier at Independent Distribution Collective: kingivier@gmail.com

For Digital Marketing please contact Jerome Forney at Independent Distribution Collective: jerome@independentdistro.com

 

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