5 Mellow New Singles

by Carly Schorman

Edwin

“I’m Only Gone”

“I’m Only Gone” is the sweeping closer to Edwin’s 4-track EP, You Have No Idea, Man. Clocking in at more than six minutes, Edwin will take you on an introspective journey through the ups and downs of relationships with an honesty that I think people of both genders should really take in because Edwin, intentionally or otherwise, hits upon the one of the biggest impediments to relationships in the modern era. Listen to “I’m Only Gone” to see if you can root it out for yourself before I send my essay to HuffPost.

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Kyle Cox

“Somewhere in Between”

Fans of the Avett Brothers should spend a little time with Kyle Cox and “Somewhere in Between”. The song’s narrative is poignantly listless and, once you listen to the lyrics, you’ll really get what I mean there. The gently moving Americana supporting the lyrics will warm you to new possibilities and leave you, dare I say, hopeful. “Somewhere in Between” marks the first single from Kyle Cox’s forthcoming LP (due out in May). I expect good things from this Nashville-based songwriter.

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Vern Matz

“Shelby Park”

Vern Matz is the undertaking of three Yale undergrads who somehow found the time to craft a 6-track s/t debut which just dropped in January. “Shelby Park” is a personal favorite from the new release. The band manages to capture that feeling of melancholy comfort one finds in overcast mornings while the pensive lyrics convey a coming-of-age sensibility that just about anyone can relate to. If you dig “Shelby Park” as much as I do, make sure to delve the complete EP from Vern Matz on Spotify.

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Georgee Landy

“Half the Ish”

UK songwriter Georgee Landy takes a look at love in the Post-Human era on this Hiphop-infused number. “Half the Ish” addresses young love from Landy’s 21st Century perspective. Bex Grant provides backing vocals on this track and adds to the kickback vibe that pervades the single. Rumor has it Georgee Landy has more singles on the horizon so jump on the fan-wagon before he breaks big.

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John Burnette

“Live and Let Me Love You from Here”

This singer-songwriter from Little Rock combines jazz and folk for this bourbon smooth single. “Live and Let Me Love You from Here” takes a stripped down approach on the instrumental end to give space to the pensive lyricism of John Burnette. If you like low-lit bars and slow-burning songs, check out “Live and Let Me Love You from Here”.

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7 Rad New Music Videos [From Alt to Indie]

Car Seat Headrest
“Nervous Young Inhumans”

Car Seat Headrest is seriously one of my favorite bands so I can’t even begin to express the personal excitement I feel sharing the video for “Nervous Young Inhumans” because it means a new album is on the horizon… sorta. Car Seat Headrest will be releasing the “re-recorded, re-imagined”  Twin Fantasy on February 16th. Get that pre-order in through Bandcamp now!

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Egyptian Blue
“Cut Me A Hole”

This British quartet comes to us from Brighton by way of Colchester. The band has a post-punk-tinged sound that will sit well with young punks and 90s grunge rockers alike.

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T.O.S.O.
“Hungover Forever”

T.O.S.O. is a super rad (and rowdy) Tempe band that everyone should know about (if you don’t already). “Hungover Forever” offers some quick shifts in temperament and style while holding to that T.O.S.O. sound: weird desert garage rock. Tune into Radio Phoenix next Wednesday at 7pm to catch the band live on the air with us for The YabYum Hour and I promise I’ll ask what their name means.

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Shadow of Whales
“Runaway”

The Austin indie pop act known as Shadow of Whales carries a message of rebellion to their generation on their new single, “Runaway”. I feel it’s important to mention that the song is more about being true to your ownself and pursuing your dreams rather than, you know, actually running away.

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Faces On TV
“The Image of Boy Wonder”

The Belgium band, Faces On TV, comes to us from the indie-electro side of the spectrum. The hills and valleys that shape the soundscape on “The Image of Boy Wonder” give the song wonderful movement as Faces On TV moves from minimal to orchestral and then back again.

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The Soft White Sixties
“Brick by Brick”

It’s often said that times of political unrest lead to a creative surge amongst artists. I don’t have any stats to support that statement, at present, but I will say that this is my favorite song from The Soft White Sixties thus far. “Brick by Brick” will be released on 7″ vinyl in both Spanish and English. Follow the band so you don’t miss out on that release!

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Gabe Lopez
“Lasso”

This new music video from Gabe Lopez has it all: muscle cars, dance sequences, and a little safe-for-work homoeroticism. What’s not to love? Lopez has earned some hefty songwriting credentials and now he’s ready to break out on his own in indie rock.

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5 Feisty New Singles to Amp Up Your Week

by Carly Schorman

Freaks of Nature

“Want Me!”

The Freaks of Nature are gearing up for a slick new 45 they’ll be releasing this year through Related Records. The Phoenix band crafts some serious 60s garage rock grit for you 21st Century listeners who want to harken back to an earlier era of music-making, the days of minidresses and wood-paneled sedans. Make sure you stick around for “Now You Say We’re Through”. Truth be told, I might prefer the B-Side track just a smidge.

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Sunday At Noon

“Honey”

Sunday At Noon reaches for arena-rock power on their latest single, “Honey”, and they don’t fall short. This new track definitely demonstrates that this band is ready for the stadium-size crowds. Fans who have caught Sunday At Noon can vouch that it’s not the studio punches that brings “Honey” to life but you can head out to Pub Rock on April 13th to catch the band live with Red Jumpsuit Apparatus and find out for yourself (tickets here).

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Bummerville

“Time it Takes”

Bummerville is gearing up for the release of their debut LP on Graveface Records later this month. Gritty garage punk and a devil-could-care vocal delivery pair up perfectly on “Time it Takes”. The single might clock in at under two minutes, but it was enough to secure my interest in diving into Bottom Feeder from Bummerville when it comes out on the 26th of this month.

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People’s Blues of Richmond

“Cocaine Powder”

Get ready for the prog-rock powerhouse that is the People’s Blues of Richmond. PBR might only count three players in its ranks, but you’ll swear they have a circus-tent full of musicians to get the amped up sound you’ll hear on “Cocaine Powder”. Or, maybe the song’s narrative topic is more than just a funny story…. Anyway, People’s Blues of Richmond originally released an acoustic version of this song on their album Good Time Suicide, but they decided to revisit with some electrifying folk-punk energy and I’m certainly glad they did.

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ParkBench

“GroovyLove”

“GroovyLove” is the opening song from ParkBench’s 3-track s/t debut which came out in December. Despite the hippie leanings suggested by the title, ParkBench has some suburban garage punk angst that comes through on the instrumental end of this song more than in the lyrics. If you like your punkrock lofi and rowdy, check out GroovyLove by ParkBench from Gilbert [AZ].

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Radio Phoenix Podcast: Our 100th Show Spectacular with JJCnV

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Pete and Dana (Not Pictured: Jeff)

Those wacky rascals of JJCnV came down to the studio to help celebrate our 100th episode with Radio Phoenix. With “Pete’s Pick” and Jeff “on the ball”, there’s plenty of punny innuendo to go around along with a playlist of tracks from the band and editors. Take a listen.

Check out The YabYum Hour LIVE every Wednesday at 7:00 PM Arizona time only on radiophoenix.org

Playlist

Jjcnv “Waves”

Andy Warpigs “Bowie Kids”

Battered Suitcases “Oblivion”

Flop “Julie Francavilla”

The Fontaines “Playboys”

The Fresh & Onlys “Wolf Lie Down”

Jjcnv “Flush It”

Show Me the Body “Vernon”

Jade Helm “Human Condition”

Unnatural Helpers “Operation Dry Pants”

Sam Coffey and the Iron Lungs “Pressure”

The Pooches “Wait and See”

Phantom Party “Holy Roller”

Lil Peep x Lil Tracy “White Wine”

Jjcnv “Gaze Upon the Yonder”

Aired live on Dec. 20, 2017

5 Eclectic Indie Singles You Have to Hear

by Carly Schorman

Sure Sure

Giants

That mild chill in the air has me thinking wistful springtime thoughts and this new single from Sure Sure isn’t helping matters in the least. The airy feel of this buoyant new track has me thinking about ditching the boots and sweaters for some popsicles and sunglasses decorated with plastic flamingos. “Giants” will bolster your energy level and zap those winter blues. Sure Sure released “Giants” in prelude to their s/t album which came out this month (available here). You can catch the band live at the Van Buren this week (1/27).

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Lauren Ruth Ward

“Sideways”

Lauren Ruth Ward is the sassy chanteuse who secured our eternal fandom last year with singles like “Well, Hell” and “Blue Collar Sex Kitten”. Next month marks the release of Ward’s much anticipated debut LP. The songwriter said “Sideways” is “an anthem for those who get lost while acclimating to a new life.” But, I consider it a rallying cry for all late-bloomers (like myself) and everyone else who decided to carve out their own goddamn path, even if it might look sideways to most folks.

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Foresteater

“Avalanche”

Forester is the brainchild of singer-songwriter Mikey Pro; a project sprung from his mind after dreaming of a “band playing on an island in outer space, surrounded by electric rainbows”. Once you hear the candy-coated grunge of Foresteater, that last sentence might be a bit easier to digest. There’s something playful and melodic to the song, no matter how serious the lyrical subject. That’s a counterbalance I definitely love.

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 s//p

“head on backwards”

This indie-electro act known as s//p (pronounced “slip”) just had their debut performance in November but they’re already generating quite a buzz around their sound. Just out the gate and s//p debuted “head on backwards” with buzzbands.la. S//p applies a postmodern industrial spin to the soundscape while the lyrics on “head on backwards” address dilemmas we’re all facing in this posthuman era.

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Haley Green

“Pretty Boy”

That local sultry songbird, Haley Green, is back with a new single. “Pretty Boy” came out last Fall but it somehow flew past our radar unnoticed… until now. This new track features the members of Scattered Melodies on the rhythm section and a few other Zonies including Laura Hamlin, KC Barras, and Jesse Morrison. If you haven’t spent time with the smooth but sizzling voice of Haley Green (who formerly performed under the moniker Ruca), you are missing out. Big time. Fix that with “Pretty Boy”.

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7 Stellar Live Videos

Walter Etc.
“April 41st”

Live at Little Elephant

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Noah Slee
“Told”

from Majestic Sessions 

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 Spooky Cool
“Black Wine”

from Good Day RVA

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Alhhla
“LoLove”

from The Trundle Sessions 

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 The HillBenders
“Pinball Wizard”

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Flight of Ryan
“Wonder Wizard”

from Sofar Sounds Phoenix

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Djinn City
“Flood & Thunder”

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5 Promising Songwriters You Should Know

by Carly Schorman

Justin Moody

“Cowgirl”

This single comes to us from Justin Moody’s forthcoming album, Bruiser, due out in a few short days. The Phoenix songwriter has made a name for himself for his slow and somber style. Moody’s songs approach the listener as if in a dream: hazy and lazy. “Cowgirl” offers Justin Moody fans a wee sampling of what’s to come from Bruiser later this week so stay tuned for that release.

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Micah McCaw

“Tearing Seams”

Micah McCaw shapes out his unique indie-folk sound amid the hills of Southern Oregon. On his latest single, “Tearing Seams”, McCaw combines vocal and instrumental layers to an orchestral effect and the result is powerful. But at the root of it all is the heart of a folk songwriter-songwriter and that really comes through on “Tearing Seams”.

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Monica Riskey

“Hot Cocoa”

What do you do if you’re visiting home over winter break from college and end up snowed in? Well, if you’re Monica Riskey, you pour yourself some hot cocoa and write a laidback winter tune. “Hot Cocoa” has an RnB flow that matches the mood: cold weather and the longing for some hawt company. There’s a lot of promise here. I can’t wait to see what Monica Riskey does when she’s no longer trapped by a snowstorm.

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Daniel Ruiz

“A Cup of Coffee with Two Sugar Cubes, Cream, and a Tiny Drop of Whiskey”

The lofi single from Daniel Ruiz has a bit of Leonard Cohen quality. That sense arises not only from Ruiz’s deep, slightly monotone voice, but from the casual storytelling aspect in the songwriting. Daniel Ruiz might be living in Barcelona but he definitely has a Village avant garde style that carries through in his Autumn single, “A Cup of Coffee with Two Sugar Cubes, Cream, and a Tiny Drop of Whiskey”.

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Harrison Hufman

2017 

Local experimental songwriter Harrison Hufman released this brief collection of new tracks to mark the close of 2017. If played together, the three songs slide in at under four minutes starting with the chill number, “when im with u”. The songs move into stranger waters from there with the instrumental “supersoaked brain” and the sludgy closer, “lost”. There’s a lot more than promising happening on 2017. There are some definite moves toward shaping out new sounds and that’s pretty rad. Here’s hoping Hufman keeps it pushing in 2018 too.

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7 Hawt HipHop Videos

The Stakes
“Prophecy”

The Stakes don’t pull their punches on “Prophecy” and their video for the single adds to the power of that message. And, if you’re part of the band’s Phoenix hometown, make sure you’re at The Stakes’ 5 Year Anniversary at the Crescent Ballroom on February 2nd (more info here).

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Ridgio
“I’m Better”

This rapper from Chicago is about to make all you “Just lookin’ for the right producer” emcees look foolish. Ridgio created this compelling a capella number about transcending one’s spiritual self from his girlfriend’s bedroom.  The music video for “I’m Better” feels equally innovative.

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TheKnuBlack
“You Belong With Us”

TheKnuBlack is a hiphop collective created by Kay Sade (KS) and KnuOrigen. The crew combines chill vibes, an inclusive message, and some super cool animation for their music video for “You Belong with Us”.

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Michael Fang + Chigo Ace
“Now”

The stripped down style of this new single from Michael Fang and Chigo Ace might start off feeling a bit basic, but it will be your jam by the third refrain. And then it will stay in your head for a week. Good luck.

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 My Son the Hurricane
“Birthday Cake”

A Canadian 14-piece brass band fronted by an emcee? Really, I don’t know what else needs to be said. My Son the Hurricane just completed a 7-month tour which is a bummer because it sounds like this band brings the party. If you missed the tour, like me, you can still score a copy of Is This What You Want? from the band through their website.

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Grand Wa Zoo
“Panacea” 

This UK group joined forces back in 2012 and, in the time since their inception, they’ve really been able to hone a fluid sound between the artists’ differing styles. “Panacea” from Grand Wa Zoo has a kickback beat and some weighty lyrics.

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DeeZystep
“Once in a While”

This Bay Area rapper released his latest album, SURREALITY, last week which includes this single. “Once in a While” is about the burden of remaining upright when the world is beating you down.

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YabYum Seven: Cody Rex Chamberlain

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Who are you and what do you do?

I’m Cody Rex Chamberlain. I’m a visual artist. I identify as a painter, first and foremost.

How did you get your start?

Some of my earliest memories of are of my parents painting and drawing. They were both creative people, though they didn’t consider it their vocation to be so. I started creating art myself very young. My mother made sure I had the tools to.

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What inspires you?

My inspiration is, in large part, the desert. Being there is a sort of beautiful reality check. The natural process of life and death are starkly exposed to the desert explorer. You’ll see a weathered skull nestled up against a living tree, or the new bloom of a yucca next to a withered juniper.

What do you like about AZ?

Arizona has been a favorite retreat of artists I admire. I remember seeing photographs of Max Ernst and Dorothea Tanning hamming it up in Sedona. Ernst said Paris and Sedona were the only places he wanted to live. Arizona lends itself well to surrealism, and I consider myself a surrealist.

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Where can we see you(r) work?

The quickest fix is my Instagram.  There you can see a visual chronicle of the various shows, collections, and articles I’m featured in at a given time.

What would you like to accomplish before you die?

I’d like to have created a body of work that bears witness to the beauty of the western landscape as I’ve experienced it. What I hope to accomplish is what I’m actively working towards accomplishing.

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What is your mantra?

The earth is forever.

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