Radio Phoenix Podcast: Editors Choice

radio phoenix podcast 5000Not only did we play tracks from Arizona bands and beyond this hour, we we’re joined by Amy Young who talked to us about her new podcast, Prizefighting Kangaroo, co-hosted with Ashley Naftule. Check it all out, including the complete playlist, right here.

Listen to The YabYum Hour every Wednesday at 7:00 PM, only on radiophoenix.org.

Playlist:

Gestures & Sounds “The last day”

The Wilt Family “I Found A Knife”

Sturdy Ladies “Secret Weapon”

Georgia June “Broke”

Lord Willing “You Got a Hold on Me”

The Psychedelephants “Photosynthetic”

Jeremy Tuplin “Astronaut”

The Accidentals “odyssey”

Tuvaband “Mess”

Luxxe “The Right Stuff”

The Plodes “Tight Tight Tight”

Night Drive “Trapeze Artist Regrets”

Oliver Tree & Whethan “enemy”

Originally aired on Radio Phoenix November 22, 2017. 

7 Hawt HipHop Videos

Eclectic Method
“Outta Sight”

Chuck D (who needs no other introduction) jumps on this new track from Eclectic Method; a video remix artist currently  based in Barcelona. The electronica instrumental offers listeners something a little different in the music pairing with traditional rap.

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GV
“Tunnelz”

Brooklyn’s GV has some serious lyrical prowess and you can hear him lay it out on his new single, “Tunnelz”. GV, if you’re wondering, stands for “God’s Voice” and, while that might feel a bit hyperbolic for some, there’s no denying the powerhouse here.

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Aaron Cohen
“See Red”

Seattle Rapper, Aaron Cohen, just completed a 50-city/7-country tour and he’s got a brand new LP about to drop on all those new fans he met on his travels. “See Red”, the title track from his forthcoming release, deals with some music-industry aggression and, well, we fucking get it.

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Shan Vincent de Paul
“Bitch Go”

Sri Lankan born rapper, Shan Vincent de Paul, calls Toronto home, but that doesn’t mean he can’t chime in on the current crisis in the United States: Trump. And, if that wasn’t already cool enough, Shan Vincent de Paul directed the slick music video for “Bitch Go” on his own. This is definitely an artist to look into. If you dig this track, I suggest sampling “Die Iconic” as well.

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Jack Harlow
“Dark Knight”

Jack Harlow seems pretty high-energy. Not just in his rhyme style, but if this music video is any indication, in every other aspect of his life as well. The emcee from Louisville, KY

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Eclypse
“Cop Cars”

Don’t confuse Eclypse with any other artists on this list. He is Pittsburgh born and brought out some of the city’s finest to contribute to Bird’s Eye View, his latest LP. “Cop Cars” comes to us from that album and the single features the talents of Shad Ali, Hubbs, and DJ Bamboo.

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Jamar Carr
“Nothing New”

This emcee from Queens dropped his debut album, Politically Incorrect: Wealth In The Ghetto, and offered up this slick new single in music video form. Jamar Carr might be new on the scene, but he’s an artist to keep watching.

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Lessons Learned: DIY Done Right

by Brandon Kellum

There’s no such thing as “punk time”

If the show is scheduled for 7 PM and the first band still hasn’t started by 9, you can guarantee that the crowd is getting restless. Especially if there isn’t a bar or at least some decent house music to distract them. Not only does this suck for the fans but it’s the worst thing you can do to the headliner who was originally billed for 10 and is now going on after midnight. So if you’re a promoter, don’t wait for the fabled crowd to show up and, if you’re the opening band, maybe you can cut the double encore.

It’s always been “punk” to promote

How often do you hear about a show the day after it happened? Or a fan says “play [insert city]” when you just recently did? There’s a stigma around self-promotion, but it can be done right and is absolutely necessary. It doesn’t mean one Facebook post the day of the show either. Just think of your favorite bands from the last few decades and how their show fliers would be plastered all over the cities. Now in between videos of cute cats, bridge that punk ethos with the infinite possibilities that the internet brings.

Guarantees Guaranteed

This may be the most unpopular opinion on the list. Bands, if you don’t have a following in a city and you’re not willing to hustle to bring people, you are not entitled a big guarantee. I get it, you put in your time practicing and spent money on expensive gear and drove 6 hours on little sleep to play the show… that was your choice.

Build your following first and, when you have proven your demand, you then have a value that you can negotiate. Until then, tour smart. Start regionally and band-work your way out. Most importantly, be grateful when someone in a new market is willing to take a chance on you. Fifty bucks and some drink tickets is a good place to start.

The Lackluster Release

Back to spending time and money on your art. You did everything so meticulously up to the point of release. Then, the big day comes and you’re graced with only a couple likes and a few more streams that may have just been you making sure you uploaded the right tracks.

Whether you say that you’re doing it for yourself or for your adoring fans, the truth is that the minute you put it online it shows that you have some sort of interest in others hearing it. The biggest mistake, in my opinion, is not making new material easy to listen.

If you’re unsigned, you NEED to be using a service like CDbaby or DistroKid to get your music everywhere that people listen to music. Both are cheap (under $50) and take little time to set up. Next, you should have the relevant links and branding on your website and socials. Finally, tell your story. It doesn’t have to be long, but in a few sentences say why should people care as much as you do. Otherwise, why would someone take time out of their day for a “sound that’s hard to describe”.

The web is free AND it’s worldwide

It’s hard to imagine a time where you didn’t have instant access to the answer of every question you could possibly ask. Or the ability to connect instantly to any venue, promoter, or magazine that you could find an email for. We use the internet for everything, but for some reason, we still make excuses for why we can’t book tours or get press. The truth is, you can pay someone to do it or you can do exactly what they’re doing for free if you’re willing to put in a little time on Google. You don’t have to reinvent the wheel either, find out what bands, publicists and booking agencies are doing that seem to work and put your spin on it. You’ll get there with a little trial and error.

At the end of the day, do it yourself is not truly done by yourself. It requires a community that’s willing to offer support as much as they ask for it, attend shows as much as they play them and listen as much as they talk. Never look at it as a competition. Lend a hand, share your experience and we’ll all build each other up together.

Brandon Kellum is the vocalist of the uncoolest noise-punks in Arizona: American Standards. Catch the band January 12th at Pub Rock in Scottsdale, AZ.

7 Rad Music Videos: The Indie Edition

Mattiel
“Count Your Blessings”

Mattiel’s s/t debut LP came out through Burger Records in September, but it’s already sold out. Just like the slick 7″ single that first featured “Count Your Blessings” sold out. Basically, you better just follow Mattiel so you don’t miss your window on those vinyl releases. Fear not, you can still score the digi-download.

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Joe Russell-Brown
“Post-Youth Depression” 

If you’re the jealous type, I’d just skip right over this track and move onto the next one because, frankly, this 19-year-old is about to show all you indie rockers up. Joe Russell-Brown isn’t old enough to drink, but he’s got a slick new album that’s all kinds of cool. Check out his new music video for “Post-Youth Depression” then head here for the EP of the same title that just dropped on Dec. 1st.

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Liza Anne
“Paranoia”

Nashville singer-songwriter Liza Anne is gearing up for her debut release through Arts & Crafts Records. Fine But Dying is set for release in March and Liza Anne will be following up with a headlining tour of the U.S. Alas, no Phoenix stops… this time. “Paranoia” is a mere sampling of what to expect from Liza Anne.

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Citrus Clouds
“Life Happens”

Shoegaze post-rockers Citrus Clouds show some #PHX love in their new video for “Life Happens”.  We (at YabYum) actually had the privilege of premiering this track many moons ago, prior to the release of the band’s EP, Ultra Sound. The visual accompaniment gives the song new life that as vibrantly #desertgaze as the band.

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This Pale Fire
“Curse”

The sweeping cinematic expression of “Curse” matches the subtle emotional power of the single from This Pale Fire. This video comes to us all the way from Auckland [New Zealand], but I’m pretty sure there are some otherworldly elements in the visual narrative. If not, I definitely need to make a trip to the southern hemisphere.

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Dom Youdan
“Tigerlily”

This London-born, Sydney-based artist creates gently moving indie-folk that shifts from stripped bare to orchestral and back again on “Tigerlily”. The single is an intimate exposition on young love and Dom Youdan’s lyrical delivery strikes the right emotional chords. “Tigerlily” is the title track from Youdan’s new EP which just recently dropped.

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The Ramona Flowers
“Strangers”

Indie-electro act, The Ramona Flowers, invited America’s Got Talent finalist KidtheWiz to provide the moves for their latest music video. Both the song and the choreography manage to capture that initial spark when two fated “Strangers” meet.

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Be Right Back…

Hey, we stepped away from our desks for a short break. We hope that you use this time wisely to maybe scope through some articles you might have missed or maybe work on some new music of your own to send our way when we get back to #YabYumHQ.

And, maybe, take a minute to throw a little support our way to let us know we were missed during this ever-so-short publishing reprieve.

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Don’t freak out. We’ll be back next week with new music for your ear holes.

7 Feisty Music Videos

Scorpion vs. Tarantula
“Female Agitator”

Scorpion vs. Tarantula has long offered me a cathartic release from some of those imposed societal norms with their high-energy, growl-inducing punk-rock and fierce live performances. The only thing more exciting than this music video is the fact that the single is just a mere sampling of what’s to come from the band next year. Keep watch for When the Girls Are Gone from Scorpion vs. Tarantula in 2018.

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The Darts
“Gonna Make You Love”

The Darts have only been playing together for a year, but they’re already making some big waves in this desert town. The band divvies their time between PHX & LAX but they’re signed to the UK-based Dirty Water Records which makes this an international undertaking. Check out the band’s trippy new track, “Gonna Make You Love” from their debut LP, Me.Ow

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Cuzins The Band
“Nine Pound Hammer” 

This 3-piece blues-rock band from NYC goes heavy on their new single, “Nine Pound Hammer”. Cuzins The Band definitely make my list of “Bands I need to see live” after I watched this video so let’s hope they expand that tour circuit west of the Mississippi sometime soon. This single comes to us from the band’s s/t debut EP (available here).

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Bat Boy
“Pinata Break”

This is the first music video from power pop/punk band Bat Boy. This track comes to us from the band’s debut 7″ (pre-order available through Asian Man Records), but you can preview the EP, Couldn’t Keep Up, over on Soundcloud.

L.A. Salami
“Generation L(ost)”

London-based musician, L.A. Salami, has a brand new album looming on the horizon, but fans can get an early taste with this fresh single. “Generation L(ost)” is a promising look at what’s to come from The City Of Bootmakers; the new album from L.A. Salami due out next April.

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Kill the moose
“Good Girl”

This alt-rock act from from Nice, France draws inspiration from 90s alt/Britpop scene so it’s no wonder this number has me feeling all kinds of nostalgic. “Good Girl” offers high-energy angst with the right amount of grit. Or should I say grunge?

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Twingiant
“Throttled”

Get ready for some fierce PHX sounds with Twingiant. This 4-piece goes hard from the metal-vocals to the driving force of the rhythm section. Even if “hard rock” isn’t really “your thing,” Twingiant might be the band to make you reconsider all that nonsense.

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For the Record: You Can’t Rap Forever by Dadadoh

rap forever 700by Mark Anderson

You Can’t Rap Forever, the latest album from local phenom Dadadoh is a punk rawk, hip hop, melodic rock mind-bender and currently presiding as my new favorite release from the Phoenix artist.

More radical then Radical (his last release and first full length) and, for this new album, Dadadoh went back to basics – writing, recording, and producing everything himself. The result I feel is something uniquely him.  It bears the stamp of an artist striking out on his own creatively.

In order to present the album to an audience, however, he needed to form a band. And, not just any band with refillable slots to be taken up by “Musician X”, but rather, one that functions as an actual statement to the music and message that Dadadoh represents. Thus, Dadadoh + The P.o.C. was born. But more on that later.

Jumping right out the gate with “Trouble”, the album sets a brand new tone for Dadadoh, one full of distorted guitars and crashing drums. With a quick gear change, “Give You The World” offers an ode to a now former love: “I wanna give you the world/I gotta let you go.” Featuring an upbeat rhythm and shuffling, jazz drumming; this is one that gets your head nodding for sure.

Proving that he’s just begun to break it down, Dadadoh goes full on acoustic guitar mode with “Just What You Like”. Another tale of romantic intrigue, Dadadoh’s story-telling ability shines as bright here as it does on the previous track.

“FOH!”, the first single from You Can’t Rap Forever and our first glimpse at the new Dadadoh sound just blew me away the first time I heard it and it still does now. Hearkening the sounds of early Beastie Boys and Run D.M.C. but with a modern sensibility and language Dadadoh breaks it down: “I know what it really does/And I does what it really did/I tried not cursing on this record homie/So i had to put it down just like this.”

Hand percussion, acoustic guitar and Dadadoh’s vocals are all that make up “The Reintroduction”. Now I’m not sure if that sounds appealing to you or not, but trust me, it works. The song contains my favorite line of the album, “I’m in the magazine/They callin’ me the feature/See me out with 20 Ft. address me as the deacon/Givin’ Erick Sermons/Paid in full like a preacher/If you wanna buy the music then I beseech you.”

Closing with “Not Yet”, the last time I had heard this song was acoustically for YabYum’s very own Songs From the Reading Room session so I’m completely excited to hear it in it’s full-on rocknroll glory here.

At only six songs in length, I have the cliché critique that I simply wish there was more tracks to this album. Needing to know more, I contacted Dadadoh and asked him some questions about the new album and band and he was kind enough to send back his response. Read the full interview below.

YabYum: You Can’t Rap Forever [YCRF] seems to be a play on words in that not only do you seem to be broadening your horizons by singing more and rapping less on this release, one can literally not rap forever due to death (I first heard this expressed by you at the YCRF release show). Is this the case?

Dadadoh: When I’m working on projects I always approach them as if it’d be the last thing I’d ever make and that’s kind of funny to me when I think about that being an ever present influence in my creative process. I couldn’t help but feel like that’d be the perfect title for something being so sonically different from my previous work.

It also answers the question of why I decided to go that route. All my solo albums are one word, three syllable titles and I wanted you to know based off the title alone that it would be unlike anything else I’ve released thus far.

Although not exactly expressed on your Bandcamp page, for the release show of YCRF, and subsequent live shows after that, you now seem to be performing as Dadadoh + The P.O.C. Is this the same band that recorded the album with you or did you play all the instruments for the release and have the band learn the songs afterword? (I know you play drums, bass, and guitar so I wouldn’t be surprised if that’s the case…)

 I recorded everything myself as a blueprint for the type of sound I wanted. At first I sent it to people to see what they thought. This album was never intended to be released at all but by the time I was finished with it came off as really cool. It’s a fun listen. The more I listened to it the more it grew on me. At times the music comes off as a sound collage and I really like that. It’s essentially what a band would sound like if a beat maker executive produced their album. It felt like something Rick Rubin would do and he’s easily one of my favorite producers.

What prompted you to form a band and release music that sounds like nothing else you’ve done before? I remember when you brought your acoustic guitar to the Songs from the Reading Room session; was this the beginning of you playing instruments or have you been playing them awhile?

I’ve been playing guitar in bands long before I moved to Phoenix and became a rapper. Becoming a rapper in a city I wasn’t from seemed very impossible at one time in my life and I think that’s what drew me to it. My idea of what’s impossible changes all the time because I repeatedly give myself these extravagant goals as a way to push myself into places I’ve never been. Putting together a band was the next impossible.

I told myself I’d never do it again but I eventually thought about it and the exact way I’d want to do it if I ever decided to. I knew I’d have to have demos of what I wanted or it wouldn’t work because I think representation is really important. You want to see yourself in the world you live in. Before I put the band together I knew it had to be unlike anything else out. People love options and they want an alternative and that’s exactly what had to happen with the band.

Growing up in a small town I was surrounded by ignorance and intolerance. There were people in my life who told me I couldn’t do things because of my race. It was important that the band reflected that part of myself. I’ve had this idea for this exact type of band ever since I was 15, so to see it come to fruition after all this time has been very rewarding. 

Who are the members of the P.o.C.? Did they help write any of the material on YCRF or will they help with writing credits going forward?

Once I wrapped the songs I sent them over to Jimmie Lewis, David Giron and Andy Warpigs because I respect their opinions and they were honestly my only choice for possible band members. Andy was the only person from the band who actually made it onto YCRF. During the mastering process he felt like “Give You the World” was lacking more depth so he laid down another guitar track and it really linked everything together.

I don’t want this to become a jam band and all our influences are so different that if I was to allow more influence in the song writing process the vision would get diluted. We are working on new music but the majority of it I’m still writing and arranging most of it.

My only complaint about this album is that most if not all the songs seem to be one sweet riff that you figured out and then play with different dynamics throughout the entire thing. It reminds me of hiphop however in that the beat and melody are established and don’t differ during the course of the song. Was this done on purpose for that or any reason? However, your lyrics completely carry each song so perhaps that was the focus anyway?

The lyrics have always been the most important thing to me when it comes to writing. The human voice can create a connection unlike any other instrument. If you really listened to what I’m saying you could really learn something and that’s important to me. I wanted the music to remind you of some of my favorite rock sub-genres without fully committing to the aesthetic of that sound.

It allows me to do what it is I do in another space, which has opened the doors for me to continue pushing myself creatively. I’m still working on making the music more intricate but the lyrics will always be at the forefront of what I’m doing.

Where does Dadadoh go from here? More releasees? More bands? Any touring in the works??

We’ve got a few more shows this month and then we’re going on a hiatus until next year. We’ll be recording music for a full length album that will include all new originals and re-recorded version of the songs from the EP as a full band. In my mind The P.o.C. will become its own entity but right now it’s clearly just me with a band. We’re currently booked until March of next year but we’re also working on booking a few gigs during the summer out of Phoenix.

I’m also working on the follow up to Radical and I’m taking my time with it to make sure it’s got that same vibe as before but elevated to that next level. I’ve got a few wild ideas for merch that I’d like to see happen too.

Is there anything about you or YCRF that I failed to ask that you would want folx to know?

DaDadoh + The P.o.C. has been really fun and I look forward to all the crazy things we’ve got coming. I’m a firm believer that you’ve got to do something different if you want different results and this band is a testament to that.

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The Tastemaker’s Ten: The Baskervilles

photo by Jessica Shaw

Megan and Shane Baskerville are two of the coolest rockers in the Valley Metro Area and, if you haven’t heard of them yet, chances are it’s because you’re just too old. This duo is helping shape the future of Arizona music through the School of Rock. The Baskervilles opened their first musical education center in AZ back in the summer of 2012 and have been shaping the wily rockers that are now making their way across stages both here and beyond.

And, they also happen to be super rad rockers in their own right. Yes, Shane and Megan Baskerville are founding members of the neo-soul force that is Aunt B, in addition to being educators and musical #tastemakers. As in both their professional and creative endeavors, the Baskervilles decided to tackle their Tastemaker’s Ten list as a team. Now, that’s real love.

Note from B: Our house is filled with music all of the time. When Megan cooks, we have the record player on or we have the guitar out writing songs. Here are a few of our favorites that inspire us and fills us with happiness.

Rihanna
“Stay”

The simplicity of the piano and voice is very moving.

Sam Cooke
“Nothing Can Change This Love”

We got married to this song at the Stax Museum of Soul in Memphis. This song always has and always will move us.

Tesla
“Little Suzi”

From the intro to the acoustic guitar chords when it kicks in…this is one of the best “Hair Band” songs ever! Throw your fists up and sing along!

The Band
“The Weight”

Megan says, “THIS SONG IS PERFECT!” also, with this version…you get Mavis and the Staple Singers! Perfect segue to the next song.

Mavis Staples
“You Are Not Alone”

This song is a warm embrace on a hard day.

Guns N’Roses
“Rocket Queen”

One of the songs that made me pick up the guitar and want to be in a band.

Durand Jones and the Indications
“Make a Change”

We found him when we started Aunt B. He just started and now he’s blowing up and a totally nice guy. He’ll be at the Valley Bar March 23rd. Don’t miss it! 

Sinead O’Connor
“Emperor’s New Clothes”

[Shane] I’ve always wanted to cover this since before I played guitar. We’ll get to it. But this song’s lyrics and melody are amazing and moving.

Roger Miller
“King of the Road”

MF’N SMOOTH!

The Clash
“This is Radio Clash”

This is the coolest band that has ever lived. We could have picked any song and it would have worked. This song though really embodies today’s style of music mixing EDM, electronic, punk and funk. This band really bridged all the styles together.

And, for good measure, let’s include one from Aunt B!

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