WHEN IN AZ Vol 2 Update!!

when in az vol 2Hey all you music-makers in Arizona!

Have you picked out your cover song yet?? We know the summer sort of got away from a lot of us so When In AZ decided to extend the deadline for submissions to it’s latest compilation.

So, stop panicking. The When In AZ Vol. 2 compilation project will be accepting tracks through October. You still have time if you want to be a part of this momentous piece of Arizona music history. Yes, our senior editors ARE part of the organizational effort behind the project so I get that it’s a little weird for us to call it momentous, but it really is, like, a big deal.

Go to the official When In AZ Vol. 2 website for more information and/or to submit your track right now.

Radio Phoenix Podcast: Aunt B

aunt b 01Aunt B joined us at the Radio Phoenix studio and we talked all about their latest and greatest endeavors. Not only are they doing a a special stripped down set at Zia Records Mesa 1 Year Anniversary on Saturday July 22, they’re opening for George Clinton & Parliament Funkadelic on Monday August 7! They’re also putting out a new EP recorded at 513 Recording and even a new music video.. this Aunt stays Busy. They brought along a bevy of great tracks, and as always, the complete playlist can be found below.

Megan and Shane of Aunt B also run School of Rock here in the Valley of the Sun and are having the School of Rock 5 Year Rockiversary Celebration at Wasted Grain in Scottsdale on Sunday August 27 – it’s free and all ages!

Complete Playlist

Aunt B “Understand”

Durand Jones & the Indications “Is It Any Wonder?”

Playboy Manbaby “You Can Be A Fascist Too”

Stereotyperider “Closet Brother”

Shirley Brown “Stay With Me Baby”

Aunt B “Bloody Mary”

The Selecter “Three Minute Hero”

Houston “The Time Of The Fall Of Love”

David Bowie “Starman”

Snowball II “Anais & Me”

Bad Brains “With The Quickness”

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Recorded live on July 5, 2017

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5 Rad Singles: The Indie Edition

Callum Pitt

“Least He’s Happy”

This promising new artist from Newcastle Upon Tyne uses a breathtaking falsetto and vivifying instrumental energy to bring life to his latest single, “Least He’s Happy”. Drawing from influences like Bon Iver and Fleet Foxes, Callum Pitt is definitely set to shape out his own niche in the indie-folk world but he’s building from a solid base. The single starts with a dreamy atmosphere of Americana, but the energy mounts to inspiring heights. There’s a sense of freedom that accompanies “Least He’s Happy” that will add a little pep to your morning playlist. Check out the new single from Callum Pitt below or head here for that digi-download.

Arkivist

“Western Children”

The indie power trio from Portland (Oregon not Maine) known as Arkivist combines indie-folk vocal layers with indietronica for a sound that is very much NOW. Arkivist puts real emotive power into that sound for their new single, “Western Children”. The song was penned after one member of the band, Jonny (keys/vocals), came out publicly and didn’t quite gain the acceptance one might hope for in the GD 21st Century. His bandmate Ben (guitar/vocals) then wrote “Western Children” to show Arkivist’s united support. Sometimes our most difficult moments turn into our most beautiful creations and “Western Children” is full of beautiful moments beneath its poignant message. Check out the single below or score your own copy here.

Stone Irr

“What I Do Best”

This single comes to us from Stone Irr’s debut album, Sinner, which is due out on July 28th on Darling Records. Despite the sense of pervasive calm I experience when listening to “What I Do Best”, the single is actual the result of a paranoid freak-out session brought on by lover-separation-anxiety. Whatever Stone Irr was feeling when he crafted “What I Do Best”, the song floats along like a dream you don’t want to wake up from. Who knew such there was such lovely music coming out of Bloomington, IN? Give “What I Do Best” from Stone Irr a listen below and join us in the wait for the artist’s debut album next month! Or, of course, you can and should download the single here.

Mateo Katsu

“Out Here in the Sunshine”

Mateo Katsu comes from the angsty side of the indie-folk pool. Gene pool or swimming pool, IDC. Choose your own metaphor today.  “Out Here in the Sunshine” is the opening track to Nine Weeks; Katsu’s follow-up to his 2016 project, Fourteen Weeks. Despite holding residence in L.A., Katsu puts a folk-punk spin on his songs that gives it a real ramshackle feel I absolutely love. You know why? It’s not all about rainbows and hugs, even in the sunshine. Mateo Katsu’s sharp songwriting style pulls your attention to that inner discord you’re feeling, but he does so in a fun folk style. Check out the single below or head here to listen to the complete 9 Weeks project.

SURF

“Dandi Lions”

Tempe rockers SURF put a alt-grunge spin on their indie folk style. Take a moment to mix all those aural ingredients around in your mind before you hit play below. And you should. There’s an earthy, honest sound that resonates through SURF’s latest single, “Dandi Lions”. Husky vocals reminscent of the 90s show the listener you can be emotionally revealing in your music and still be a tough guy. If you want to dive further into that SURF sound (see what I did there?), I suggest checking out more of the band’s singles through their Bandcamp page, but start with “Dandi Lions” below…

Phantom Party: Hundred Skeletons

summer releases 02by Mark Anderson
Senior Editor

Now I’m not gonna’ beat around the bush here: we at YabYum love Phantom Party.

We named them our Best New Band of 2016 and with good reason: their on-point performance skills and totally unassuming air back up their qualified knack for crafting crisp, summery pop songs.

Hundred Skeletons is the culmination of two years worth of writing, the complete emotional breakdown and restructuring of lead vocalist/guitarist Joshua Capati, and five straight days of recording in early January 2017.

For you see, the music of Phantom Party may seem bright and uplifting — bassist and back-up vocalist Matthew Slusser and drummer Austin Cooper bringing the vision to full effect — but it’s Capati’s lyrics that remind us all that seasonal depression is, in fact, very real and it’s all about how you deal with your personal shit going forward. How to handle your scandal. And sometimes you fail, but it’s about getting up at least one more time than you fall, right?

After the fun instrumental opening of “Sedna”, “Catholic School” goes right for the gusto; high-tempo toms and losing your religion. Personal fav “Elvis” follows suit with one of the best depressing lyrics of all time: “Well I’m down to my last cigarette/Why couldn’t God make me look like Elvis?” And trust me, the entire song is that good.

By the time “Derby Daze” comes on I feel like I’m listening to a Phantom Party’s Greatest Hits record. At 13 tracks, there’s no room for filler here! And, I guess that’s kind of the point. As Joshua states on their Bandcamp page, “Essentially, this was going to be my last thing. I was going to release it, do rock and roll, then die… what would I say if this is the last thing I release?” Better make it good, I guess.

With songs like the Weezer-inspired “Tunnel of Love”, live favorite “Charlie”, and the bitchin’ title track on the last half of the album, Hundred Skeletons simply gets better as it plays along. Recorded by Phantom Party and mixed and mastered by Joshua Capati and Bryce Copple at Joshua’s house in Tempe, I sense the decade(s) long, over-all pattern of young people writing, recording, and releasing their own material isn’t going to go away anytime soon…

Epically closing with “Twenty” and the lines “I’ll get closure when my heart stops beating/I’ll live as if my life has meaning/I’ll drop dead before my demons kill me/I wasn’t planning on being twenty” and “ooo-ooo-ooo”ing with all your hearts content sure is one of my favorite ways to fight back the demons of depression. It seems like the members of Phantom Party think so too.

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For more Phantom Party, check out their website. With a gang of shows coming up for the band, make sure to catch them at your favorite venue soon!

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