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/

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

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

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

Music Recommendation: Slut Magic — “Trauma Queen”

BRUCE’S RECOMMENDATION OF BANDCAMP MUSIC

Music: “Trauma Queen”

Album: TRAUMA QUEEN

Artist: Slut Magic

Artist Location: Brooklyn, New York

Info:

“All those pretty, bi-looking people back there must be the Slut Magic crew.” 
— overheard at Slut Magic show

“Slut Magic is an angsty, sonic make-out session from Brooklyn, New York. MIT, the World Health Organization, and your mom all agree that Slut Magic has the most attractive fans in the world.”

“Over the past three years, the band — composed of Emma Sky (vocals and violin), Hot Boyfriend (guitar), Shannon Zakarison (drums), and Marc Hall (bass) — has made dream-inspired indie punk and garage pop with Laruicci Records and Rock Hand Records.

“Slut Magic’s 2020 album, TRAUMA QUEEN was unleashed on toxic-green vinyl via Rock Hand Records. Due to the ongoing apocalypse, the release party was an Elvira-inspired Total Request Live—each track was accompanied by a music video.

“The group can be found rewatching their videos of scantily clad hotties in both Dark Purple and Rainbow Eyes (featuring Polaroid Purple and Gud Babu, respectively). By 2022 they expect to be on at least 83% of domestic and international government watchlists; the events leading to this are unrelated to any hate mail they may have received for IN MY MOUTH (2018).”

Price: $1 (USD) for track; $5 (USD) for nine-track album

Genre: Punk.

Links:

TRAUMA QUEEN

https://slutmagicmusic.bandcamp.com/album/trauma-queen

Slut Magic on Bandcamp

https://slutmagicmusic.bandcamp.com

Slut Magic on YouTube

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCtkU_K1i0kzYyiJO4Yrdfvw

Music Recommendation: Big Burger — “Chomp Romp”

BRUCE’S RECOMMENDATION OF BANDCAMP MUSIC

Music: “Chomp Romp”

Album: BELLY RUMBLES

Artist: Big Burger

Artist Location: Grafton, Australia

Info:

Pro Band Tip: When you choose a name for your band, album, and/or song, make it easy to find on social media and especially YouTube.

Big Burger’s other album, PERFECT MENU, is also excellent.

Price: $1 (AUS) for track; $7 (AUS) for 12-track album

Genre: Rock Instrumentals

Links:

BELLY RUMBLES

https://bigburger.bandcamp.com/album/belly-rumbles

Big Burger on Bandcamp

https://bigburger.bandcamp.com

Big Burger — Topic on YouTube

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCeC_hTbXEtr-Qhz0CGf4gfg

Music Recommendation: Tick Bryan Band — Juke Box Queen”

BRUCE’S RECOMMENDATION OF BANDCAMP MUSIC

Music: “Juke Box Queen”

Album: WILSON COUNTY

Artist: Tick Bryan Band

Artist Location: Lebanon, Tennessee

Info:

“‘Wilson County’ is the title track of the new album by the Tick Bryan Band. Containing ten original never before heard tracks about all things Wilson County.”

Price: $1 (USD) for track; $9.99 (USD) for 10-track album

Genre: Americana

Links:

WILSON COUNTY

https://tickbryanband.bandcamp.com/album/wilson-county

Tick Bryan Band

https://tickbryanband.bandcamp.com

Tick Bryan on YouTube

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCuDB12mwXtlI99H6c1Hl8RQ