March 2018


MUSIC&web20 Mar 2018 03:07 pm

First off, I’d be remiss if I didn’t mention the significant influence of this podcast. If you think it’s a coincidence that, within mere days of New Music Digest talking about pickle juice, Sonic has decided to offer a pickle juice slush drink, you are naive, my friends. Behold, the power of the StudioDNA bump.

That aside, we’ve got another selection of music for your digestive pleasure today. The new bi-weekly format gives us plenty of options (and makes it difficult to narrow down the most worthy candidates), but I think these are some good ones. This week, it’s a singer songwriter you may know without knowing, a band you know unless you are lying to yourself, and a trio you’ll probably want to get to know. To cap it off, we have a special Tune Du Jour, that fulfills a long standing promise and will satisfy a particular itch in several ways.Let’s get to it, shall we?

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Album 1: Moment of Bliss, by Katie Herzig (3/1/2018)
I first heard of Katie Herzig through a website called Grassroots Music when she was just getting started as a solo artist and making some waves as an independent singer songwriter. Since then, she’s managed to land several of her songs in the background of movies, TV shows, and more – most recently with Netflix’s The Mr. Peabody and Sherman Show. This is her first new release in about four years.

The opening strains of STRANGERS reminds me of Cyndi Lauper’s TRUE COLORS (and/or TIME AFTER TIME). It has a nostalgic feel to it and the music is completely peeled away, leaving nothing but a vocal track and subtle background touches. It’s great. BEAT OF YOUR OWN has a bit more energy to it, but still has those 80s-esque pop touches that complement a modern feel and make this a comfortable and enjoyable listen. I’m not going to lie, the first thought I had at the beginning of FEEL ALIVE was… “There, you see her. Sitting there across the way… “ Yeah, that’s right, a Little Mermaid reference. That’s just how the open hit me. The rest of the song doesn’t really follow the path of KISS THE GIRL but I may just like it more because of that.
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MUSIC&web06 Mar 2018 04:10 pm

We’ve got a nice batch of diverse selections today, including the first album of this year that I was anticipating with actual enthusiasm. We’ll kick things off with some hip hop from a couple of oddballs, continue with some driving modern rock, and then round things off with a singer/songwriter bleeding vocals over an acoustic guitar. Finally, there is a “tune du jour” featuring an actor that is at times out of this world. Creepy and exciting. Let’s get to it.

Album 1: Into the Night, by Social Club Misfits (2/9/2018)

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Fern and Marty, a.k.a. Social Club Misfits, are back with their second release on Capitol CMG in as many years. Last year’s “Misadventures” felt like a perfect extension of the duo’s independent material as they maintained their off-beat style and delivery, but showed off more polished production and a full slate of tracks.

Right off the bat, we can see this album is a little different. First off, the opener, NIGHTMARE, doesn’t feature a sermonette from Chris Durso, who has been on most of their previous releases. Second, this is much more of a straightforward rap track, the beats and rhythm is less distinctive, but it is good – that’s for sure. Track two, DIVE, features Beam, who was also on Andy Mineo’s latest endeavor. And if it seems familiar, we did preview this as a tune du jour about five months ago and it’s been a single.This features more of their trademark delivery with nontraditional cadences. I like it. Next up is WAR CRY, which features a vocal lock from Tauren Wells (Royal Tailor), fresh off his solo debut. I love how they appear to fall behind the beat as they deliver their verses, knowing that they are actually controlling the rhythm the entire time. The hook is really nice. Though, if you make it to the end, you might do a double take and wonder if Taylor Swift joined in.
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