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NYC Scene Report - herMajesty, baeb rxxth, & Shilpa Narayan
Wednesday, November 25, 2015

This week's NYC Scene Report is a little different. Three acts I've written about here have either recently released, or are scheduled to release, new EPs, so I decided it would be a great idea to share those projects in their entirety. That's right, three full EPs are right here for your listening pleasure, so kick back and enjoy the world premiere of the upcoming EP by herMajesty, along with just released efforts from baeb rxxth, and Shilpa Narayan.

* Last month I saw herMajesty perform an absolutely kick ass show at Webster Hall in NYC. On December 9th, having sufficiently rocked the faces off of audiences all over the city, the band will be releasing their debut EP, My Body Your Mind. Led by frontman John Pasagiannis, herMajesty have taken care to differentiate between their live experience, and their album experience, as their live shows are big, and bold, while their EP allows a listener to sit with the music, and really digest the lyrics. Featuring a sound that would fit in perfectly alongside the likes R.E.M., The Cure, and Radiohead, My Body Your Mind is an intelligent rock EP worthy of repeat listens. Check out the world premiere of the EP right here, and if you're in the NYC area, you can catch herMajesty at Pianos on January 6th.

* baeb rxxth is the awesome teaming of Nasimiyu Murumba, and Devon Craig Johnson, a duo who have created a unique brand of music they like to call trap-pop. After giving a listen to baeb rxxth’s debut EP, omw, I think you'll find trap-pop to be a highly enjoyable genre. The EP has a very intentional track sequencing, working its way from the high energy of "gutter" and "STRP," to the album’s chill finale of "groundhog day." The entire EP is a very cool ride that features great vocals, dope production, and excellent songwriting. Give it a spin.

* If you're looking to add some R&B to your life, you're going to want to give Shilpa Narayan's new EP, Through Haze, a listen. Narayan plays at the edges of the genre, sounding a bit like Rihanna, but with more power, and less whine, on songs like the opening "Whispers." She then switches things up with "Baby Go Home," which is more of a throwback, and fits in perfectly with the classic soul inspired pop that's found its way onto the airwaves (Meghan Trainor, Elle King). Closing everything out is the big pop ballad "Behind These Walls," which shows off Narayan’s impressive vocal prowess. Click play to hear it all.

For more of the best of NYC’s indie music scene, come back next Wednesday, and check out the archives for previous columns.


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It Happened to Me: The Record Label I Was Signed to Went Under
Tuesday, November 24, 2015

Signing a deal with a record label is often thought of as not just a major step in an artist's career, but a signifier that all the hard work that's been put in has paid off. To put it another way, it's a heck of a high. That high, however, can be short lived if the label you sign to folds. No one ever wants to think about the proverbial walls crashing down, but it's a very real possibility. And when it happens, it can leave an artist in an extremely difficult place.

I caught up with four artists who were on record labels that folded: Lacey-Lee Brass of Lillix (who were signed to Maverick); Ace Ha (2KSounds); Michael McKnight of Soulidium (Adrenaline Music Group); and Patrick Keenan of The Winter Sounds (Livewire Recordings) to find out about their experiences and how long it took them to get back on their feet.

Read the full story at Sonicbids.com.


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Pop Shots - Finding Love in a Hopeless Place
Monday, November 23, 2015

Welcome to your weekly dose of pop world musings. Covering all things pop culture, this week Pop Shots is hitting you with thoughts on everything from Adele verbally hugging it out with Beyonce, to Adam Levine showing his love of mythical creatures of the sea, to the way One Direction will be embracing the new year, and since it’s Pop Shots you know everything is seasoned with a little bit of attitude.

* There was a rumor floating around that Adele had turned down a collaboration with Beyonce, but the UK singer set the record straight during an interview with Beats 1, saying, “I’d never disrespect her like that.” Beyonce, meanwhile, would throw Adele out of a moving bus if it would help sell a few albums, and the Beyhive would spend the next 48 hours on social media shouting about how Adele was lucky their queen would even think about touching, let alone, throwing her. They would then demand Adele issue an apology because Beyonce should have never had to set foot on a bus.

* In more Adele news, the balladeer premiered a live performance of a new song, titled "When We Were Young," from her just released album 25. At only age 27, Adele either has no idea that she can't use "young" in the past tense yet, or she has a fairly morbid notion about her potential lifespan.

* Adam Levine has a new tattoo; a giant mermaid that takes up a large portion of his back. There’s no word on if he'll also be getting a singing lobster tattoo to go with it... or if he has one already.

* During an interview with the U.K.'s Capital FM, Selena Gomez was asked to reveal her favorite thing about her friend Taylor Swift. She did NOT reply, "Being asked questions about her instead of the projects I'm working on," although she should have.

* Carly Simon revealed the second verse of her 1972 hit "You're So Vain" was about Warren Beatty. This makes sense, since everyone knows Bulworth was totally about Carly Simon.

* Amy Heckerling is working on a musical adaptation of the 90s classic Clueless, and she has a wish list for who she'd like to see play the lead role of Cher. One of the names on that list is reportedly Katy Perry. Rather than an acting reel, Perry could simply submit a list of names of her ex-boyfriends to prove her cluelessness.

* One Direction will be returning to Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rockin’ Eve to ring in 2016. The boy band will be headlining the Billboard Hollywood Party in Los Angeles, while Ryan Seacrest will be in Times Square for the ball dropping ceremonies. Folks, I know how many "ball dropping" jokes can be made here, whether they're about 1D, or Seacrest, but instead I'm gonna focus on the fact that Dick Clark's been dead for three years, yet we all pretend he's alive every December 31st. At what point do we rename this show Tales from the Crypt's New Year's Rockin' Eve?

* In former One Direction member news, Zayn Malik revealed to Fader that he decided to go solo because he didn’t find his work with 1D creatively fulfilling anymore. Just wait until he finds out how often he’ll get to try out ideas at his future job as “Abercrombie & Fitch salesperson, nights and weekends.”

* Finally, on a personal note, my car has been to the mechanic twice in the past week. With that in mind, I feel like it's only right to spin this Devin The Dude classic.

And with that, my time is up for the week, but I'll be back next week with more shots on all things pop.


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Vid Pick: J Ross Parrelli - Underwater
Friday, November 20, 2015

If you've listened to J Ross Parrelli over the years you already know how well she mixes genres, having not just dipped her foot into hip-hop, reggae, and soul, but having dived in head first. Diving in is an apropos phrase, as Parrelli's latest is titled "Underwater."

With soul as the backbone of the song, "Underwater" also features elements of hip-hop, and downtempo, as Parrelli once again chooses to blaze her own path, with a unique sound and style.

Make sure there's a lifeguard on duty when you click play on this one, because J Ross Parrelli is going to take you "Underwater."


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Seven Reasons Why You Should Be Pitching Smaller Music Blogs
Thursday, November 19, 2015

Everyone wants to be noticed by major publications and websites. Bands have long dreamed of being on the cover of Rolling Stone, and currently many artists have hopes of being on the front page of the most heavily trafficked sites on the internet. While that kind of placement is great, unless you’re on the level of a Taylor Swift, there’s a chance it isn’t going to do as much for your career as a placement on a smaller music blog.

I know it sounds counterintuitive, but a great way to get big is by going small. Here’s why...

Read the full column at Hypebot.com.


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NYC Scene Report - The Motor Tom, Shinobi Ninja, & more
Wednesday, November 18, 2015

This week’s NYC Scene Report features an 80s influenced rock song from The Motor Tom, fresh party rock from Shinobi Ninja, ROMP’s punk rock ode to burritos, and a song from Ciphurphace that’s all about his love of hip-hop.

* This past Friday, NYC rockers The Motor Tom held a release party for their new single, "Left Out," and because I don't want you to feel left out, I'm having a party for the single here, as well.

"Left Out" is off of The Motor Tom’s upcoming album, Super Sexy Space Station, which they’ll be releasing in the spring of 2016. Musically, the song has a clear 80s influence while still being perfect for any modern indie rock playlist. Visually, the video includes numerous 90s flashbacks, and will have you reminiscing about the Skip-It, Doug, and the infamous Windows maze screensaver.

Give "Left Out" a spin, and if you want to know more about The Motor Tom, check out my interview with them from earlier this year.

* Keeping with the theme of having a good time, Brooklyn party rockers Shinobi Ninja are back with a brand new single titled "Bang Bang."

In an email from the band, Shinobi Ninja said of the song, "We've been on the road touring super hard, and in the studio cooking up that new new. That new new is ready today!!! Check out our new song 'Bang Bang,' the first of two new tracks on our forthcoming maxi-single FUNBANG, out November 21st!"

With the 21st almost upon us, give "Bang Bang" a listen. Oh, and FYI, if you're at work, this one may cause you to get so hyped you'll throw your computer out the window. It's technically the company's computer, though, right? So rock on!

* Sliding over to New Jersey we find the greatest punk rode ode to burritos ever written. OK, to be completely honest, I have no idea how many punk rock odes to burritos there are, but ROMP really nailed it with their new single, appropriately titled, "Burrito."

The story of ROMP is actually a really interesting one, as none of the members knew each other a year ago. Vocalist/keyboardist Madison Klarer and guitarist Lucas Dalakian met on Tinder, of all places, though according to Klarer everything is strictly professional now, as the band is on a quest to “play every New Brunswick basement.”

"Burrito" is a bonus track off of ROMP’s debut EP, Sorry, Not Sorry, which was just recently released via Bad Timing Records. Check it out.

* Speaking of odes, closing things out this week we have SpaceLAB Recordings emcee Ciphurphace's latest, which is an ode to hip-hop that will remind fans of one of the greatest odes to hip-hop of all-time.

Taking a cue from the Common classic, "I Used to Love H.E.R.," Ciphurphace takes things one step further with "I'll Always Love H.E.R."

Many feel hip-hop is in a terrible place right now, but Ciphurphace has hope, rapping, "She was a Black Sheep - she said ‘The Choice is Yours’ / The rhymes and fat beats - a voice so pure / She's played in mad jeeps - in the streets - she's Soundbombin' / a Resurrection would be nice - we would have things in Common."

"I'll Always Love H.E.R." will be on Ciphurphace's upcoming EP, In Phaced God We Trust, and you can check the single out right here.

For more of the best of NYC’s indie music scene, come back next Wednesday, and check out the archives for previous columns.


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