Music Recommendation: Los Radiantes — “Señor Brujo”

BRUCE’S RECOMMENDATION OF BANDCAMP MUSIC

Music: “Señor Brujo”

Album: CUMBIAS PSICODELICAS: VOL. 1 Ayahuasca (70’s Peru Cumbia Psych / Funk / Latin Soul) KILLER MASTERPIECE !​!​!

Artist: Los Radiantes

Record Company: repsychled

Record Company Location: Lima, Peru

Info:

“Repsychled: Peruvian independent label. We manufacture high-quality reissues from Peruvian rock music of 60’s & 70’s. Most of them came from original master tape and were remastered very carefully to avoid any distortion who affects the original intention of the albums’ recording. All our releases are fully licensed from labels or artists. Some of our reissue include bonus and unreleased tracks.”

Pako Buelna, a fan, wrote, “Great album and collection of songs. they somehow feel fresh and are really easy to listen to even if you don’t know Spanish. Favorite track: ‘Conj. La Miel – Mulata.’”

Matthew Woodman, a fan, wrote, “I can’t wait for volume II. The opening of ‘Las Oleadas’ is sublime.”

Price: €1 (EURO) for track; €5 (EURO) for 14-track album

Genre: 70’s Peru Cumbia Psych / Funk / Latin Soul

Links:

CUMBIAS PSICODELICAS: VOL. 1

https://repsych.bandcamp.com/album/cumbias-psicodelicas-vol-1-ayahuasca-70s-peru-cumbia-psych-funk-latin-soul-killer-masterpiece

repsychled

https://repsych.bandcamp.com

Music Recommendation: Megan Bee — “Middle of the Morning”

BRUCE’S RECOMMENDATION OF BANDCAMP MUSIC

Music: “Middle of the Morning”

Album: WAITING

Artist: Megan Bee

Artist Location: Athens, Ohio

Info:

“Singer-songwriter Megan Bee writes with an unquenchable wanderlust and a raw love for the land.  In the summer of 2020 she released her third studio album, WAITING, which was named album of the year by THE ARK OF MUSIC.  The album follows her 2017 release LIKE A CANYON, which won The Ohio Music Awards Best Americana and Best Singer-Songwriter Album along with a finalist spot in the 2018 USA Songwriting Competition. 

“Her music is a blend of distinctly homespun vocals, acoustic simplicity, yearning soulfulness, and winsome storytelling. Megan’s background as an environmental educator, traveling farmhand, and vagabond once took her into a desert wilderness where she found her voice around a campfire.  She bases out of the rolling hills of Athens, Ohio and frequently roams the country playing festivals, coffeehouses, brewpubs, house concerts, and around campfires.   

“She seems to have nothing to prove and no agenda, just to write her heart and then sing it. […] The album is beautifully produced, and Megan’s voice cuts like a warbling bird through the music, like a line on a map.”  Hold the Note Magazine

“WAITING is wonderfully uncomplicated, genuinely soulful, and as storied as its creator — a true masterpiece that showcases stellar Bee’s songwriting skills phenomenally.” The Ark of Music 

“… warm and inviting … incredibly organic sounding. It sounds pure and human throughout.” Divide and Conquer

“In the summer of 2020 she released her third studio album, WAITING. Recorded on the brink of a global pandemic in a humble basement studio, intimate vocals and soulful lyrics are supported by a simple production that pulls you in to the closeness and warmth of these songs. “

Price: $1 (USD) for track; $10 (USD) for nine-track album

Genre: Americana.  Singer-Songwriter.

Links:

Megan Bee on Bandcamp

https://meganbeemusic.bandcamp.com

Megan Official Website

https://meganbeemusic.com

Megan Bee on YouTube

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCPXELJpspZd1nPUGtksxoHw

Megan Bee on Facebook

https://www.facebook.com/meganbeemusic/

Megan Bee: Live From Home

https://www.ohio.edu/performing-arts/live-home-megan-bee

Megan Bee at Ohio University’s Scripps Amphitheater: 16 September 2021

https://davidbrucemusic.wordpress.com/2021/09/17/megan-bee-at-ohio-universitys-scripps-amphitheater-16-september-2021/

Open Mic Night at Ohio University’s Baker Center: 17 September 2021

Riley James
Bernhard Debatin
Bruce Dalzell
David Bruce

David Bruce’s Stories (More or Less)

One of the goals I had for each of the students in each of my classes was for them to lead lives of wit and intelligence. Many of my students achieved that goal. Of course, Ohio University professors and staff are also witty and intelligent, as seen by the following stories. 

When Baz Luhrmann’s William Shakespeare’s Romeo + Juliet first came out, Shakespeare scholar Samuel Crowl saw it at his local cineplex, where the number of teenyboppers who had come to see Leonardo DiCaprio play Romeo surprised him. When Mr. DiCaprio’s Romeo and Claire Danes’ Juliet first met, a young DiCaprio fan sitting behind Professor Crowl whispered, “Don’t touch him, you bitch.” 

When English professor Calvin Thayer talked about Falstaff, the fat rogue living on his wits in Shakespeare’s Henry IV plays, he would recite a long list of Falstaff’s traits: Falstaff is an alcoholic, very fat, a spendthrift, white-bearded, etc. From when I attended Ohio University graduate school, I remember that when Dr. Thayer, who had a white beard, mentioned Falstaff’s white beard, he looked shocked, glanced up at his students, and protested, “There’s nothing wrong with that, of course.” 

English professor Frank Fieler knew and loved books. Frequently he would make wise acquisitions for OU’s Alden Library. Once, in England, he had almost succeeded in acquiring some important first editions at an auction when a bidder for another university — that was rich because of Texas oil money — spoke up and gave a bid that was twice as large as Dr. Fieler’s. The bidder was showing off his university’s wealth by waiting until the bidding was almost over, then jumping in with a big bid. Dr. Fieler was so angry that he bid the first editions up until the other fellow’s bid was way over the books’ true value, then Dr. Fieler stalked out — to the applause of the other people in the auction house. 

In the free-wheeling days of the 1960s, Edgar Whan and other English professors used to throw Frisbees in Ellis Hall. 

Some students and professors show the haters that they are wrong. Robert DeMott and Dave Smith became friends in the early 1970s. They had a number of things in common that facilitated their friendship: They were or would become editors, scholars, teachers, and writers, plus both had been told as undergraduates by professors that they were “not smart enough or able enough to amount to much in the ‘real’ world” — predictions that they ignored. Mr. DeMott (actually, Dr. DeMott) became a noted John Steinbeck scholar at Ohio University, and Mr. Smith became a noted poet. By the way, at times, learning excites students. During Spring Quarter of 1970, Dr. DeMott offered a course titled “Writers of the Beat Movement.” The course drew so many students that there was standing room only, with many students spilling out of the classroom and into the hallway. Later in 1970, he taught an Honors course on beat poet Gary Snyder — the class met in a teepee on property owned by an OU art professor. 

Robert Roe served in the tank corps in Africa during World War II. One day, while driving a tank he ran out of gas in the desert; an Arab saw him and tried to speak to him, but neither spoke the other’s language. The Arab shrugged, went to a nearby clump of trees where he had a cache of gasoline, then filled Mr. Roe’s tank with gas. Mr. Roe not only reads Old English, but he also reads Marcel Proust in French. As an undergraduate at a time when professors were more autocratic than they are today, he took a French class but had a hard time in it. He needed the professor’s permission to drop the class, but when he asked the professor for permission, the professor glowered at him. This so unnerved Mr. Roe that he left the professor’s office and learned French.

John Jones specialized in Milton and Swift as an English professor. One day, a freshman student came to Professor Jones’ office and asked him why he should take his course. Professor Jones pointed to one bookshelf, then another. “Milton! Swift! What more do you want?” 

When English professor Barry Roth first came to OU, he was asked to teach a course on mysteries. But instead of teaching mysteries by such people as Agatha Christie and Rex Stout, he taught such “mysteries” as William Shakespeare’s Hamlet and William Faulkner’s Sanctuary

Classics professor Steve Hays says that he doesn’t want his students to graduate only to write poetry to themselves in coffeehouses; humanity can be well served by engineers, journalists, nurses, physicians, dentists, and lawyers. Dr. Hays points out that building a better fuel injector is a wonderful way to serve humanity. When he was taking university classes, he would go through the Student Catalogue and circle the names of professors who had graduated from such schools as Harvard, Yale, and Princeton and then try to take classes from those professors. 

OU physiologist Fredrick Hagerman, who worked at NASA, vouches for the authenticity of this anecdote about the first man to walk on the moon: Ohio-born astronaut Neil Armstrong. The first words he spoke on the moon are famous — “One small step for man; one giant leap for mankind” — but he said other things on the moon, including, “Good luck, Mr. Gorsky.” At first, people assumed that Mr. Gorsky must be a Russian cosmonaut, but no Russian cosmonaut had that name. For a long time, Mr. Armstrong declined to reveal who Mr. Gorsky was, but after years had passed, he said that the Gorskys had died and so it was OK to reveal the story. It turned out that the Gorskys were next-door neighbors to the Armstrongs when Neil was growing up. One day, during a game, a ball was hit into the Gorskys’ yard, and young Neil went to get it. The ball had landed near an open window, and Neil heard the Gorskys arguing. In particular, he heard Mrs. Gorsky yelling, “Sex? You want sex? I’ll tell you when you’ll get sex! You’ll get sex when the kid next door walks on the moon!”

Bernhard Debatin’s son is in Velvet Green.

Formed in 2018, Velvet Green is a native Athens band made up of drummer Shea Benezra, bassist Mitch Spring, keyboardist Liam McSteen, guitarist duo Harper Reese and Sam Debatin [tall, light-colored hair], and vocalist Cora Fitch. Their musical style is an eclectic blend drawing from the funk and jazz of Steely Dan and Joni Mitchell, while remaining influenced by more current groups like Radiohead, Crumb, and Boy Jorts.

Music Recommendation: Heatwaves — “In My Teens”

BRUCE’S RECOMMENDATION OF BANDCAMP MUSIC

Music: “In My Teens”

Album: COMPLETE RECORDINGS (2017​-​2020)

Artist: Heatwaves

Artist Location: VC, Spain

Record Company: Rum Bar Records

Record Company Location: Boston, Massachusetts

Record Company: Family Spree Recordings

Record Company Location: Spain

Info:

“All the songs included in their 3 EPs, the 2 of the EP shared with Freddie Dilevi, the Vampire song not yet released on vinyl as well as their 2 Christmas songs (the last one, with the collaboration of Freddie Dilevi) and the version that they included of the Lestrade’s ‘Propos coquins’ on the double compilation Bigger Fuckin’ Family Party.”

Heatwaves Members: 

Ana Beltrán: Vocals

Jose Dolz: Bass & Backing Vocals

Luis Sánchez: Guitar & Backing Vocals

Fernando Cabalo: Guitar & Backing Vocals

Tomás Escoin: Drums

Price: $1.50 (USD) for Track; $10 (USD) for 18-track album from Rum Bar Records

€1 (EURO) for track; €7 (EURO) for 18-track album from Family Spree Recordings

Genre: Bubblegum, Pop. Girl Group Sound.

Links:

COMPLETE RECORDINGS (2017​-​2020) (Rum Bar Records, USA)

https://rumbarrecords.bandcamp.com/album/complete-recordings-2017-2020

COMPLETE RECORDINGS (2017​-​2020) (Family Spree Recordings, Spain)

https://heatwavesfsr.bandcamp.com/album/fsr077-heatwaves-complete-recordings-2017-2020-lp

Heatwaves on Bandcamp

https://heatwavesfsr.bandcamp.com

Heatwaves on YouTube

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCXw2yrC7cCbgCqfGnJnEP-Q

Rum Bar Records

https://rumbarrecords.bandcamp.com

Family Spree Recordings

https://familyspreerecordings.bandcamp.com

Megan Bee at Ohio University’s Scripps Amphitheater: 16 September 2021

Artist: Megan Bee

Artist Location: Athens, Ohio

Info: 

“Singer-songwriter Megan Bee writes with an unquenchable wanderlust and a raw love for the land.  In the summer of 2020 she released her third studio album, WAITING, which was named album of the year by THE ARK OF MUSIC.  The album follows her 2017 release LIKE A CANYON which won The Ohio Music Awards Best Americana and Best Singer-Songwriter Album along with a finalist spot in the 2018 USA Songwriting Competition. 

“Her music is a blend of distinctly homespun vocals, acoustic simplicity, yearning soulfulness, and winsome storytelling. Megan’s background as an environmental educator, traveling farmhand, and vagabond once took her into a desert wilderness where she found her voice around a campfire.  She bases out of the rolling hills of Athens, Ohio and frequently roams the country playing festivals, coffeehouses, brewpubs, house concerts, and around campfires.   

“She seems to have nothing to prove and no agenda, just to write her heart and then sing it. […] The album is beautifully produced, and Megan’s voice cuts like a warbling bird through the music, like a line on a map.”  Hold the Note Magazine

“WAITING is wonderfully uncomplicated, genuinely soulful, and as storied as its creator — a true masterpiece that showcases stellar Bee’s songwriting skills phenomenally.” The Ark of Music 

“… warm and inviting … incredibly organic sounding. It sounds pure and human throughout.” Divide and Conquer

“In the summer of 2020 she released her third studio album, WAITING. Recorded on the brink of a global pandemic in a humble basement studio, intimate vocals and soulful lyrics are supported by a simple production that pulls you in to the closeness and warmth of these songs. “

Bruce Dalzell Introduces Megan Bee

Genre: Americana.  Singer-Songwriter.

Links: 

Megan Bee on Bandcamp

https://meganbeemusic.bandcamp.com

Megan Official Website

https://meganbeemusic.com

Megan Bee on YouTube

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCPXELJpspZd1nPUGtksxoHw

Megan Bee on Facebook

https://www.facebook.com/meganbeemusic/

Megan Bee: Live From Home

https://www.ohio.edu/performing-arts/live-home-megan-bee

Price for WAITING album on Bandcamp: $1 (USD) for single track; $10 (USD) for nine-track album

Music Recommendation: Magnatone — “Drag City”

BRUCE’S RECOMMENDATION OF BANDCAMP MUSIC 

Music: “Drag City”

Album: IF IT AIN’T TASTY IT AIN’T MELTED​.​.​. THE MELTED RECORDS YEARS (1995​-​2001) (Free Bandcamp download) mixtape sampler

Artist: Magnatone

Record Company: Rum Bar Records

Record Company Location: Boston, Massachusetts

Info: 

“Rum Bar Records is turning into one of the absolute best labels for real rock and roll these days, if you haven’t gotten hip to that trip. It’s the boss sound from the Boss-town.” – Bill Kelly, Bill Kelly’s Teenage Wasteland WFMU

“Disclaimer: Including all the snaps, crackles, skips, hisses & pops of your favorite worn out record and high school mixed tape. This is not a proper retrospective, or full compilation into the label’s releases, it is just a glimpse into the awesome world and music that came out of Melted Records with a hope that we will be able to present more to you down the line, enjoy.”

Band Pro Tip: When you choose a band name, make sure people can find your band on social  media, including YouTube. (Of course, in 1995-1998, this wasn’t a consideration.”

“There was a time when rock & roll didn’t have to be heady, groundbreaking or poetic–just fun. While most musicians seem to have forgotten those early primal impulses, Magnatone hasn’t. Stealing from everyone, the trio puts together a collection of catchy garage-pop songs that generally clock in under three minutes. Guitarist/vocalist/songwriter Tom Rosenthal not only shamelessly robs Graham Parker of his chord progressions (which Graham himself shamelessly swiped from his late ’50s/early ’60s influences), but somehow he also manages to steal his voice. Johnny O’Halloran’s revived Mersey-beat drumming and Jacques Wait’s melodic bass lines round out a sound that is raw, fast, and furious. No, Magnatone’s debut is not earth shattering, but it is, beyond a doubt, irresistible. –Bill Snyder”

Brewzerr wrote this two-paragraph review on Amazon:

“Well I know this review comes about 6 years [now 23 years] after this severely underrated band’s untimely breakup, but I’ll sleep better knowing I put my 2 cents in on this overlooked treasure. I saw these guys play in Austin, TX back in ’97 and we became fast friends. A few months later I went on the road with them up the I-35 corridor and I could write a book about how much fun we had on that short trip… but back to the album (that’s why you’re reading this, right?). This is hard-edged power pop perfection. Very few people these days even know what power pop is. The frequently made misjudgment is that it is the same as “pop punk”. The fact of the matter is that the two genres are VERY different. Power pop is a genre that emerged in the early 70’s with bands like the Raspberries, Big Star, and the Flamin’ Groovies… bands who coupled the 60’s pop stylings of the Beatles and the Byrds with 70’s angst and distortion to give it a harder edge. The genre reached a zenith in the late 70’s and early 80’s with bands like (early) Elvis Costello & The Attractions, Paul Collins’ Beat, The Knack, The Records, and The Plimsouls.

“So enough with the history lesson. Like I said, this album is a perfect modern example of this genre. It doesn’t come off as retro and it is definitely pop… but with balls. Every song on this short but sweet disc has all the best ingredients of power pop. Had this album been picked up by a more ambitious label I have no doubt in my mind that it would have spawned more than one number-one hit. Just listen to the amazing “Up in Flames” and tell me that shouldn’t have been tearing up the airwaves! It’s a damn shame these guys broke up way before their time. Oh well… the CD is still here so by all means buy it and hear what most of the world missed out on.”

Magnotone’s “Boys Say” is also on this album.

Formed: November 1995, Minneapolis, MN, United States

Disbanded: 1998

Members: Tom Rosenthal (vocals, guitar), Jacques Wait (bass, vocals), Johnny O’Halloran (drums)

Price: Name Your Own Price (Includes FREE) for 33-track album

Genre: Rock

Links: 

IF IT AIN’T TASTY IT AIN’T MELTED

https://rumbarrecords.bandcamp.com/album/if-it-aint-tasty-it-aint-melted-the-melted-records-years-1995-2001-free-bandcamp-download-mixtape-sampler

Rum Bar Records

https://rumbarrecords.bandcamp.com

Music Recommendation: Caitlin Kraus — “On the Way Down”

BRUCE’S RECOMMENDATION OF BANDCAMP MUSIC

Music: “On the Way Down”

Album: WHAT RISES

Artist: Caitlin Kraus

Artist Location: Athens, Ohio

Info:

“Originally from Columbus, OH, Caitlin Kraus is a singer and songwriter living in Athens, OH. Kraus has performed her music solo and with a band over the past decade. Her music is melodic, largely lyric-based, and falls within indie-folk/alternative genres.”

tomriggs, a fan, wrote, “Caitlin Kraus with a full band was bound to be a treasure to behold. This is that. The production flourishes do exactly what they should: take Kraus’s music to wonderful heights. Favorite track: ‘On the Way Down.’”

First full-length album 

All lyrics & music © 2020 Caitlin Kraus

Price: $1 (USD) for track; $10 (USD) for 13-track album

Genre: Singer-Songwriter

Links:

WHAT RISES

https://caitlinkrausmusic.bandcamp.com/album/what-rises

Caitlin Kraus on Bandcamp

https://caitlinkrausmusic.bandcamp.com

Caitlin Kraus Music Official Site

https://caitlinkrausmusic.com

Caitlin Kraus YouTube Channel

Caitlin Kraus: Top Tracks

Caitlin Kraus: Ohio University Adjunct Professor of Music Therapy

Caitlin Kraus Music on Facebook

Caitlin Kraus Music on Instagram

Caitlin Kraus Music on Spotify

Caitlin Kraus on YouTube Music

Caitlin Kraus at Ohio University (Athens, Ohio) Scripps Amphitheater: 9 September 2021

https://davidbrucemusic.wordpress.com/2021/09/14/caitlyn-kraus-at-ohio-university-scrips-amphitheater-9-september-2021/

 

Music Recommendation: Os Mutantes — “Ave, Lucifer”

BRUCE’S RECOMMENDATION OF BANDCAMP MUSIC

Music: “Ave, Lucifer”

Album: LIVE AT THE BARBICAN THEATRE

Artist: Os Mutantes

Artist Location: Brazil

Record Company: Luaka Bob

Record Company Location: New York, New York

Info: “The late 60’s in Brasil produced an explosion of creativity that is still reverberating throughout the worid … and Os Mutantes (The Mutants) were the most outrageous band of that period. Their creative cannibalism produced psychedelic gems unlike anything else, and they sound as relevant today as anything happening anywhere. They were exactly what their name implies — a mutant genetic recombination of John Cage, The Beatles, and bossa nova. A creature that was too strange and beautiful to live for very long, but too strong to ever fade away. It lives again. Be prepared.” — David Byrne

“Luaka Bop is a record label established by David Byrne in 1989.”

“How did 60s Brazil produce the wildest, most psychedelic rock’n’roll group of them all? And why, three decades on, has the rest of the world gone crazy over them? As the DAILY TELEGRAPH put it ‘people talk about cult bands, but there should be a separate category for Os Mutantes, who have had a fanatical following among music lovers for years.’ Against all odds, in May 2006 the band reunited for the first time in over 30 years for a euphoric show at the Barbican’s Tropicalia Festival. This is the recording of this historic concert, with special guests Devendra Banhart and Noah Georgeson.”

“Os Mutantes are an influential Brazilian rock band that were linked with the Tropicália movement, a dissident musical movement during the Brazilian dictatorship of the late 1960s. They released their acclaimed self-titled debut album in 1968. Although the original line-up made the most notable breakthrough for the group, it has gone through numerous personnel changes throughout its existence. After a hiatus from the late 1970s to the early 2000s, the band reunited in 2006, touring and recording new material.”

Price: $1 (USD) for track; $10 (USD) for 21-track album

Genre: Rock.

Links:

LIVE AT THE BARBICAN THEATRE

https://osmutantes.bandcamp.com/album/live-at-the-barbican-theatre

Os Mutantes on Bandcamp

https://osmutantes.bandcamp.com

Os Mutantes – Topic

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCs2f3CbQaKctne90X5DUIkA

OsMutantesVEVO

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC8mpZohc-SNccNJlPxYxucQ

Luaka Bop

https://luakabop.bandcamp.com

Caitlin Kraus at Ohio University (Athens, Ohio) Scripps Amphitheater: 9 September 2021

At Scripps Amphitheater (Jenna Reitz: Photographer)
Self-Portrait

Above: “Pink Cloud”

Above: Interview and “Waiting for the World”

Caitlin Kraus YouTube Channel

Caitlin Kraus: Top Tracks

Caitlin Kraus Music Official Site

Caitlin Kraus: Ohio University Adjunct Professor of Music Therapy

Caitlin Kraus, MT-BC, LPC (she/her)

Music Therapist – Board Certified

Licensed Professional Counselor

Above: “Follow Me”

Caitlin Kraus Music on Facebook

Caitlin Kraus Music on Instagram

Caitlin Kraus Music on Spotify

Caitlin Kraus on YouTube Music

Caitlyn Kraus at Salvage Vanguard Theater (Full Show)
Caitlyn Kraus Band
Caitlyn Kraus Images from Google Search

Caitlin Kraus on Bandcamp

WHAT RISES

Music Recommendation: Late September Dogs — “Ain’t No Rest for the Wicked”

BRUCE’S RECOMMENDATION OF BANDCAMP MUSIC

Music: “Ain’t No Rest for the Wicked”

Album: LEARNING TO FALL

Artist: Late September Dogs

Artist Location: Seattle, Washington

Info: This album is a “rock record with an orchestra.”

Price: $7 (USD) for 10-track album; track cannot be purchased separately

Genre: Rock.

Links:

LEARNING TO FALL

https://lateseptemberdogs.bandcamp.com/album/learning-to-fall

Late September Dogs

https://lateseptemberdogs.bandcamp.com

Late September Dogs on YouTube

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCSYNS1rqpit5AUVYJacmh5g