3 Rad Punk Releases

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by Carly Schorman
Senior Editor

Sad Kid

Dys​(​FUN​)​ctional

As the name of their album implies, Sad Kid wants to put the FUN back in dysfunctional. Sex, drugs, and gas station burritos might not be able to combat the malaise of a generation, but that doesn’t mean that Sad Kid isn’t going to try to fill that fucking soul hole with debauchery. This four-track follow-up to the band’s 2016 debut reveals maturation (gasp) on the instrumental end but no less of the riotous angst that first defined the Sad Kid sound. Dys(FUN)ctional dropped on the Slope Records label and was produced by local legend Cris Kirkwood… how cool is that?! Check out Dys(FUN)ctional from Sad Kid and make sure you get out to see this band live – just don’t drink the Kool-Aid because it’s probably 95% Everclear.

TYPICAL GIRLS

Typical Girls Vol. 2 [compilation]

This kickass compilation from Flagstaff’s Emotional Release Records gathers grrrl rockers from around the globe for one feisty collection that will fuel your summer. Bands like BENT and Naked Lights veer toward more post-punk permutations with their sound while others, like Neighborhood Brats, definitely sound like they could fuck you up in a parking lot. Personally, I’m all about the rowdy and retro style of MIDNITE SNAXXX and the shout-it-out style of Suss Cunts. I found so much new-band love on Typical Girls Vol. 2. From Juanita y Los Feos and Black Abba to Soft Tug and Sex Stains… really there are just too many stellar bands to name them all. But, thanks to Emotional Release Records, I don’t have to. They’ve already been gathered in this convenient compilation for your musical exploration. Oh, and you’re definitely going to want to get your own copy here.

Skull Drug

Sinful Life

If the doldrums of daily life has got you down, maybe you just need a little more Skull Drug in your day-to-day. Just throw on Sinful Life on your drive into work and see if your perspective doesn’t shift. Of course, you might overload on thrash punk and set fire to the entire building before your lunch break so consider yourself warned. Skull Drug brings you to back to those punk rock roots with their raw energy and driving sound. Most of the ten songs featured on Sinful Life clock in at under two minutes so you can knock out the entire LP in one cathartic fit of unleashed rage. Or, if you’re my age, maybe hit play when you hit the gym and see if that fire doesn’t propel you through even the most hated activities with fist-pumping fury. Check out Sinful Life from Skull Drug below…

9 PR Mistakes Your Band Might Be Making

Building a solid Public Relations [PR] platform for your band or brand can be tricky. You might be stepping on toes without even realizing they were ever underfoot, but there are easy things to avoid in this age of self-promotion that can help you expand your brand (or band) without pissing people off…

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(1) Don’t Skip the Press Photos

Okay, I know it might feel a little corny, but you really should do the band photo shoot. Even if you’ve never had a press inquiry and you’re just starting to gig around town, a few tasteful and professional-looking photographs can help you through those early stages of being a band. They’ll help you look more pro when show promoters or venues check up on your band’s online presence, but they can also help to land you press.

And, don’t forget that this is a time for Music Bloggers so don’t expect them to fly in a photographer to your next gig to snap a picture. If you want coverage, you might need to provide an image.

Hiring a professional photographer is really the best way to go and there’s a host of local talent available for a reasonable price, but you can try to a wrangle a friend in a pinch. You may do some Instagram research to see which of your friends has the best visual sense and plead your case.

(2) Over-Saturating Fans

So it is the age of shameless self-promotion but you want to be careful that you’re not over-saturating the market. A few interactions through your preferred platforms is totally appropriate, smart even, but there is a dark path that ends in a cycle of constant posts until you’ve been blocked from the visual stream of your fans to the point of online obscurity.

Maybe don’t have all your Instagram photos immediately repost to Twitter AND Facebook AND then on your band’s website so that an email goes out to your whole list announcing, “Hey, we added a new photo!” Just a suggestion. Or maybe cap the number of direct posts through your band’s Facebook page to a few announcements a day.

No one’s trying to limit your personal social media time but maybe don’t swamp your friends with constant requests on behalf of your band. Sure, it’s good to put yourself out there if you want your art out there. We all get it. But maybe take a moment to consider how much a little fine-tuning that social media attention might do by reducing some of the fodder.

(3) No Social Media Engagement

Of course, the converse to over-saturating the online world with all things Your Band is not engaging through social media at all. Just as you’re trying to grow your fan base, media outlets (like blogs and radio stations and so on) are trying to do the same. If they offer you a little time and attention, it’s considered polite to share the love. Like, Comment, Share, Re-Post, whatever. It’s a way of showing the writer/DJ that you appreciate them tossing a little support your way.

And, if we follow this line of reasoning, this also means that your band has some sort online outlet for connecting with their fans be it through Facebook, Twitter, G+, Instagram, Tumblr, or the myriad of additional offerings the internet has to offer.

We have noticed a trend among some bands to skip the whole Social Media / Internet thing entirely. Oftentimes, these bands have label support or representatives who send out appropriate support on the band’s behalf, but sometimes it’s a smaller band who just doesn’t want to buy into the self-promotion.

That’s cool, yo. I’d just not expect the people of that mind to be delving into an article called “9 PR Mistakes Your Band Might Be Making”.

(4) Don’t Piss Off the Press

Okay, maybe you’re going for an early Dylan thing. Or maybe you really do resent the people who put their time and effort into writing about music because the act is, in and of itself, an absurdity. Or maybe you just think it’s super cool to act super disinterested in absolutely every thing. Whatever. You do you.

But this is a time in music history of total and complete inundation. Now everyone with a computer and a microphone is a recording artist. A few quick minutes on the internet and that person can find a plethora of places to send their recordings. Some of them suck, but some don’t. And when you run the numbers on that you end up with critics swimming in a sea of music.

Until you get to that superstar status that simply “can’t be ignored” critics might just ignore you if you rush out the gate with a too-cool-for-school attitude. Sometimes cheeky can be amusing, but you don’t want to come off as all bluster and bravado. Your track might get the delete before the chorus because there are forty other singles waiting in line.

So think twice before hitting the send button on an angry email or posting a Twitter rant because writers hold grudges. We’ve seen it in chat groups for music journalists. Any angry tweet about a bad review gets passed around from writer to writer until you’re “that guy” and I don’t mean to get gender-specific, but come on, dudes, it’s like always dudes.

(5) Don’t Facebook Your Pain

In that same vein of don’t piss of the press, I suggest you learn to handle your scandal before you decide to sit at the helm of your band’s social system interface. Maybe pick the calmest, least-likely-to-embark-on-drunken-tirade member of the band to manage the day to day posts on your social media accounts. Most bands (but certainly not all) should just probably pick the bassist.

Maybe you had a really bad turn out at a gig or maybe the other band “accidentally” jacked your drink tickets or maybe your lead singer slept with, well, everyone. Or maybe you just had a real shit day. Who knows? More importantly, who should know?

Those are important questions before taking to the interwebs where the Department of Hurt Feelings is always open for business and will to listen to your lamentations. Before you launch into your next internet tirade or publicly indulge a woe-is-me moment, ask yourself: How would you feel if everyone you ever knew or will ever know might have access to this very personal moment in you life? Because that’s how the internet works, kids.

(6) Bad Response Time

A really fast way to piss off the press is to not have a decent response time when contacted, but waiting too long to replies to inquiries is just generally a bad idea if you’re trying to push your band to the next level.

Now, in all fairness, you should be clear about how you would like to be contacted. Maybe your Facebook page or band website or your Bandcamp page includes a little snippet that says, “For press and all other inquiries, contact My Band Here,” and then include an email.

And, here’s the important part, make sure someone checks for inquiries every few days if not every day. Ideally, one member of the band (at least) should have an alert on their phone when a new email pops into the band account. It might be a booking request or a press inquiry or an Argentinian financier whose life was changed by your song “Change” who now wants to bankroll your next album. You never know.

(7) Not Seeing a Difference Between “Persistent” and “Annoying”

Just as you don’t want to over-inundate your fans with a barrage of social media updates, it’s a wise idea to learn to draw a line between persistent and annoying when dealing in band emails.

Sure, you’ve got a tour to book so you need to hear back about that August show date or you sent out that track to a blog two weeks ago and they haven’t acknowledged that they received it. Reach out. Touch base. Politely inquire if the party in question had a chance to review your request or material, but repeatedly prodding in hopes of being that stubborn bastard that the press covers just to get off their backs is not the right approach.

Two follow-ups on an initial email seems appropriate in most cases. If you don’t hear back, move on. There are lots of other opportunities waiting out there. Don’t waste your time mulling over the one blog or label or radio station that doesn’t give you the attention you warrant.

Keep trying. Others might.

(8) Thinking Too Small Scale

Okay, so maybe an Argentinian financier is not lurking around every corner to foot the band’s bill, but there are lost of opportunities for independent artists in the world today. You have to keep yourself open to the possibilities.

Maybe you think that you’re happy just gigging around town and opening for a few notable names that might pass through. That’s cool. Maybe you don’t need to knock yourself out emailing every label and publication from here to Dubai. But it’s still not a bad idea to put a little effort into the back end of the band life to see that you aren’t always playing to that same sparse room of friends at every single show.

Maybe you don’t want to tour the world and throw chairs out of hotel windows (do people even do that anymore?), but if you’re in a band that actually plays outside of your living room/basement/garage, I assume you want people to hear you. A little PR effort can go a long well at helping you establish and maintain connections to fans, new and old.

(9) Don’t Be a Dick

This one isn’t about social media or press relations; it’s about personal relations. A lot of your fan base is going to be cultivated through your live performances (and your personal interactions at these events) so try not to be an asshole.

I always remember that one guy in a band who started getting drunk before shows and calling his band-mates the “supporting cast”. That didn’t go over well. Or that one drummer that tried to fight the bouncer in the parking lot after the show.

Think about it, the music scene is made up of relative strangers who hang out together in a special set of circumstances and no one really wants to talk about their day jobs. What’s left? Politics? Ugh. It’s no wonder musicians and artists are all a bunch of gossip-mongers.

It only takes a couple choice moments to forever scar your public image so try to be cool. And, if you do find yourself in a social snafu, the best option is to take responsibility for your faux pas. We live in a time of social sensitivity. You might not have intended offense, but being respectful means acknowledging past errors as errors.

You vomit on a bouncer, you apologize the next day… profusely… with cookies and promises of redeemed behavior.

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7 Super Fun Summer Music Videos

Paper Foxes
“Indica Feels”

Maïa Vidal
“Mama (Told Me So Again)”

Wyves
“PUPPYCAT”

Scattered Melodies
“Trying to Find Me”

Drop Legs
“Lizzy”

The Sink or Swim
“Arizona”

Jawni Doo Dat
“Joleene”

5 Rad Rock Singles: From Alt to Indie

rad rock singles 000by Carly Schorman
Senior Editor

Genre

“A Change is Gonna Come”

Two Phoenix favorites – Genre and Snailmate – released a split EP back in April with this angsty number thrown into the mix. “A Change is Gonna Come” is a dynamic alt-rock hit in the making and the four feisty tracks on the Snailmate & Genre Split offer up some stiff competition on the stand-out-single front. On the one hand, you have the frantic nerdcore hiphop of Snailmate. And, on the other, the dynamic angst-ridden alt-rock of Genre. Thankfully, you don’t have to make the choice. Head in for Genre and stick around for Snailmate… or vice versa. It’s all good and will serve your spirits well. Check out “A Change is Gonna Come” below or head here to score the complete EP.

Wildera

“The Only”

The musical duo behind Wildera recount a great tale of predestination. Rusty Redden and Loren Moore both grew up in the same Dallas suburb, but it wasn’t until they sat next to each other on the flight that would take them cross-country to attend the Berklee College of Music. They became bunkmates and, eventually, collaborators. Now reunited in Los Angeles, Redden and Moore release their catchy brand of alt-rock as Wildera. Driving guitars and disinterested vocals give “The Only” a hip feel that could really take hold with modern listeners everywhere. Give the new single from Wildera a spin below or get that digi-download here.

Lenina Crowne

“Know”

This new single from Lenina Crowne has easygoing indie-rock sound that pairs perfectly with summer. This five-piece from State College [PA] creates a nostalgic atmosphere with the crisp musicianship reminiscent of early indie rockers of the pre-grunge fuzz-free era. “Know” makes me think of pool parties and Otter Pops and creekside hikes that end at a familiar swimming hole. That’s an indie rock sound we could all stand to hear a little more of. Give “Know” from Lenina Crowne a listen below or get the three-track EP from whence it came here.

Spencer Anthony 

“Happy Pills”

Spencer Anthony has a bit some pop-punk festiveness thrown into the alt-rock sound that keeps the energy (and the angst) turned up for “Happy Pills”. One might even go so far to say that Anthony has some emo leanings that come through in his vocals – both in the lyrics and their delivery. “Happy Pills” comes to us from Spencer Anthony’s debut EP, Words To Hide Behind, which dropped in April. Give the single a listen below and then move on to the complete EP here.

Vero

“Hello”

How to describe the sound of Vero? Industrial funk? Alt-pop? Whatever it is, the funky get-down sound of Vero has a gritty edge to it that we really dig here. The Swedish 3-piece released their debut single, “Hello”, earlier this month and you’ll be able to hear some 90s-reminiscent permutations in the soundscape on this track that make it particularly catchy. Let Vero say “Hello” to you with their single below…

7 Rad Music Videos to Turn Your Living Room into a Dance Club

Shy FX
“We Just Don’t Care”

Oceana
“Can’t Stop Thinking About You”

MisterWives
“Machine”

Osvaldorio
“Spend the Whole Night”

Le Galaxie
“Pleasure”

Doctor
“Only You”

Velvet Winter
“Crystal Heart”

Radio Phoenix Podcast: Jerusafunk

jerusafunk 001Those klezmer crusaders known as Jerusafunk dropped by the Radio Phoenix studios and now the podcast is available in all its deliciousness. We talk all sorts on the new record The Hierophant, the upcoming J-Funk tour, and try to find out all we can about band member side projects. Not only that, they brought in some fantastic tracks from some fantastic local bands and, as always, the complete playlist can be found below.

Now then, make sure to catch Jerusafunk perform as the in-house band for Pan Productions’ The Goblin Kings City, a live stage musical adaptation of the 1986 film Labyrinth. Only a few show dates left for that so click here for more info on how to score tickets. You should also check out The Hierophant Album Release Party with Nick Perkins Band, Zach Alwin & Duck Funk, and DJ Mitch Freedom at the Crescent Ballroom on June 15 because you KNOW that’s gonna’ be a funkysweet time.

Tune in every first and third Wednesday at 7 PM for The YabYum Hour, only on Radio Phoenix.

Complete Playlist

Jerusafunk “Gateway Movement”

Qais Essar “Maste Mange Bar”

The Stakes “Master Blaster (Jammin’)”

Sun Ra “Song No.1”

Sun City Girls “The Shining Path”

Lucas Pino “The Fox”

Marty Robbins “Big Iron”

Man-Cat “Chemicals”

Sunn Trio “Songe Too”

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Recorded live on May 17, 2017

Top 5 Shows of the Week: May 26 – June 1

Lots of rad shows happening this week in addition to what we got here. You can check out more shows happening in the Phoenix Metro Area on our Upcoming Shows page here! You can also click on the show flyers below for more information about those events!

Music Video Premiere: “Lonesome” by Dadadoh [premiere + interview]

We’re super stoked to be the first to share this sweet new music video from local hip hop legend Dadadoh. We even got a chance to chat with the man behind the music (and music video) about all the shizz coming from his camp this year.

But, first, we want to give you inside eye on the music video for “Lonesome”. The track itself feels more atmospheric than your usual hip hop jam and that’s part of the reason we dig it. “Lonesome” is where Dadadoh gets into one of his more meditative moods and that musing quality echoes the emotional implications of the track’s title.

Check out the music video and the continue on below to read our Q&A with Dadadoh about the making of “Lonesome”, the fact behind the fiction, and what’s next for PHX’s favorite musical hustler. Oh, btw, make sure you have Radicalhere – the album from whence this track came – in your own personal collection (available ).

YabYum: So, first of all, I’d like to know more about the making of the video. Who directed it? And did you have additional help from any key players to bring the new video to life?

The ideas behind my videos are so specific that I really couldn’t imagine anyone else directing them other than myself. My ideas are never set in stone. They’re really just rough blueprints of what-ifs that I’m always expecting to evolve into something else later down the line.

I’m over performance shots in hip hop videos. I mean how many ways can you shoot a video looking into a camera and mouthing the lyrics. The concept has been beat to death in my opinion so when it came to making my next video I wanted something that was more of a film than a commercial for my song.

Andy Warpigs had just released his video for “Everybody Likes You Now” and I loved the feel of that video. I found out it was shot by this really cool cat named Indy Prince. I reached out to them and tried to explain this crazy idea I had and, fortunately, for me they were totally down to help me make it happen.

It looks like the new music video might be continuing the tale that we first got a glimpse of in your last music video. So, I have to ask, is this narrative entirely fictional?

This video is definitely another chapter in the same universe as my last video. Hip Hop has so many unspoken rules and I’ve always felt that those limitations have hindered the art form at times. I try to play with those sensitive areas in my visuals. I can’t really confirm at this time what’s real and what isn’t but I can assure you that the truth will come out in the end of the narrative.

The single featured in this video came from your last album, Radical. Where did you record the songs for that collection?

I’ve been producing music for myself and other TVLiFE Entertainment artists at my home studio that I’ve coined “Jamarvin’s Room” in Tempe, AZ since 2012. The entire thing took thirteen months before it got wrapped in cellophane and I finally had the release party on my birthday last year.

You perform as Dadadoh but you’re also involved in other musical projects. Mind enlightening all who might not have the full Dadadoh-music-hustle picture just what you’re up to these days?

I wrote and recorded a song for the evangelistic rap group 20 Ft. Neon Jesus awhile back that should be on their next album. I just shot a concert film for Red Tank! that I’m really excited for the people to see. We’re in pre-production on the next two MC/DC projects. I engineered and played percussion on Andy Warpigs next two albums. I’m working on an EP with Indy Prince (who you can hear wailing like an old black lady on Andy’s “Dog Ate My Dope” single).

Ricky Smash and I just spent two months recording and releasing a new project called They Don’t Think It Be Like It Is But It Do by our band Exxxtra Crispy that I’m really excited about. I also DJ for this super cool femcee called Bert who’s ill! I put on a women’s event four times a year called Women Only that gives new female artists a platform to perform and connect. I started a podcast called “Before The Show” that is currently recording its third season and that will be released soon.

What’s next on your itinerary? You’ve already been in a feature film, directed your own music video, and put out some killer music. I want to know what else Dadadoh has on his bucket list?

I’ve been working on my stand up movie for awhile now and I think it’ll be done by the end of the year. I’m also working on booking a summer tour for 2018 where I want to get overseas and I plan to release my next album right before that tour.

I’m playing with the idea of re-recording some songs I’ve already released as a full band where I play all the instruments as well.

I’m mixing a cover I recorded that I’ll send to the When In AZ Vol. 2 compilation when it’s done.

We start production on the next Exxxtra Crispy album next week and I’m hyped on where we’re going to take that sound next.

I’m looking for more radio, television and movie placements in my future too. Hell, if I haven’t done it and it seems borderline impossible, then consider me all in.

 

5 Stellar Indie Singles

by Carly Schorman
Senior Editor

The Fuzzy Crystals

“The King is Dead”

Are you ready for the transcendental expierence that is The Fuzzy Crystals? These spaced-out pysch rockers from California (where else?) create a dynamic sound that will have you wandering through the acidic flower fields of our hippie parents’ memory mindspace with their new single, “The King is Dead”. If you feel like you might have missed out on Woodstock, I suggest delving into The Fuzzy Crystals right away.

Swellshark

“Numb + Insensible”

How should we describe the music of the musical duo known as Swellshark? Sweet and somber? Lonely but playful? Sad and happy? It seems like all the words apply when listening to “Numb + Insensible”. Shélan O’Keefe and Henry Kellam (aka Swellshark) fuse together a buoyant indie folk sound with pensive lyrics that seek to root out all those insecurities you sought to subjugate. The pair are heading out on tour this coming June so check with Swellshark to see if they have a stop in your neck of the woods. For us in Phoenix that means The Trunk Space on June 3rd so mark your calendar!

Joy Downer

“Stranger Places”

The husband and wife team behind Joy Downer [Jeffrey Downer and Joy Bishop] are originally from San Diego but they recently made the jump to Hollywood. “Stranger Places” takes that casual Pacific air and adds some L.A. production for a super fun summer single. This track comes to us from the duo’s EP, Radio Dreamer, which was recorded and produced by Rob Kolar at his Echo Park studio. Check out the single from Joy Downer below &/or head here for the complete Radio Dreamer EP.

Loyal Wife

“We Notice Homes When They Break”

There’s something nostalgic about that early indie sound “popularized” in the 90s by alt-rock bands that had too much buoyancy in their sound for grunge. It definitely feels like Loyal Wife has continued the tradition on their new single, “We Notice Homes When They Break”. Loyal Wife has that bright bummer rock thing down and I’m totally digging it. Check out the single, available through Sunset Alliance Records, below…

Shadowgraphs

“Eastern Holiday”

This psych-rock act from North Carolina is passing through Phoenix in June and all you locals are not going to want to miss out on the vintage sound of Shadowgraphs. “Eastern Holiday” starts off with a bit of Western amble before giving way to a mellow and nostalgic rocknroll that is quite enchanting. Give “Eastern Holiday” a spin below and then be sure to check in with the Shadowgraphs’ complete tour schedule (through Facebook).*

*This sentence was modified from its originally published content because some writer got a show date wrong. The jury is out on whether to blame the band or the staffer. Trial to begin at noon.**

**That was a joke. There’s no “trial” other than trial by combat and that always starts promptly as dusk.

7 Rad Music Videos: The Folk & Alt-Country Edition

Tall Tall Trees
“SeagullxEagle”

KaiL Baxley
“Killin’ Floor”

Slings & Arrows
“That Was Me Then”

Joe Marson
“Gotta Be Good”

Tally Spear
“Wrong  Side of the Road”

Mason
“Rockstar Paperboy”

Alice Wallace
“I Just Don’t Care Anymore”