Light of the Stereo

Light of the Stereo

Monday, September 30, 2013

Cure for the Mondays: Blood on the Dance Floor - "Bewitched"

Blood on the Dance Floor - "Bewitched"

W.T.F.



Arizona transplants Dahvie Vanity and Jayy Von Monroe make up the electronica duo of Blood On the Dance Floor. With a danceable pop sound and a look of a heyday of Mötley Crüe, this band is an oddly interesting mix of sensory input. I'm a little confused, but I kind of like it. With the release of their latest album Bad Blood earlier this month the duo is on the road in support with both North American and European dates. If everything goes accordingly the boys will swing through our neck of the woods for a show at the Hawthorne Theater on December 14th. Take a listen and a chance, you might be surprised.

Sunday, September 29, 2013

Living Room Performance: Lucius - "Go Home"

Lucius - "Go Home"

Sycamore Bar and Flowershop

Brooklyn, New York

2013


Hauntingly beautiful, the music of Lucius is ripe with rustic blues elements, demanding percusion and a two part vocal harmony that makes the heart ache. In preparation of the release of their debut album Wildewoman October 15th  on the Mom + Pop Label, the band is bringing their renowned live show to Portland next week. Here are the details and make sure you catch them this time around cause this bands sure to blow up in the next few months and you'll want to be ahead of the curve.

Details:
Wednesday, October 9th
Bunk Bar
1028 SE Water Ave #103
Doors: 8PM / Show:9PM
Cover: $12
21 & Over

Monday, September 23, 2013

Cure for the Mondays: The Get Togethers - "June (Oh My God)"

The Get Togethers - "June (Oh My God)"

Maybe it just takes the right person to activate our super powers.



The wildly energetic music of The Get Togethers is brimming with an infectious liveliness that carries over from their spring loaded stage performance. Their album Home As In Huston will see the light of day tomorrow September 24th. The records is an act of release. A concept album that documents the destruction and survival that lead singer Bethany Frazier faced in 2007, is filed with true emotions and bold music. Check them out.

Tuesday, September 17, 2013

Tuesday Double Feature: Gambles "So I Cry Out" & Until The Ribbon Breaks "Pressure"

This weeks Tuesday Double Feature presents two different kinds of love stories that are as diverse as the musical styles that accompany them.

Gambles - "So I Cry Out"



The hauntingly rustic voice of Matthew Daniel Siskin is the weighty presence of Gambles. Birthed in the summer of 2012 from a need to address those unspoken things that linger in the shadow of all our lives, Siskin began to write the songs that would eventually become his debut album TRUST. Pressed on the Secretly Canadian label, the album is set for a US release on October 1st. I eagerly await this release and the honest songs held with in.

Until The Ribbon Breaks - "Pressure"



Like the soundtrack of a David Lynch film, the music of UK artist and producer Until The Ribbon Breaks has a uniquely compelling nature. Having released his debut EP A Taste of Silver, on Republic Records just this last week. URB is gearing up for a short but sweet US tour. With a high profile supporting slot with New Zealand artist Lorde, the closest he'll be getting to us is a sold out September 28th show in Seattle; but with any luck we can hope to see him some time in the near future.Keep your fingers crossed.

Monday, September 16, 2013

Cure for the Mondays: They Might Be Giants - "You're On Fire"

They Might Be Giants - "You're On Fire"

What's the dating etiquette when your food starts singing?



Always a great source for humorous songs and videos They Might Be Giants have done it again. With the release of their latest album Nanaobot, the boys have put together a wonderful collection of fun and witty tunes. Touring in support of the new record the band will be finishing up a North American leg through October and then off to Europe in November.

Sunday, September 15, 2013

Living Room Performance: Jessica Hernandez & the Deltas - "Caught Up"

Jessica Hernandez & the Deltas - "Caught Up"

The Magic Bag

Ferndale, MI

July 20th, 2012




The soul-rocking sound of Detroit's Jessica Hernandez and the Deltas is a rich study of cultural and environmental influences. Led by the bold vocal presence of Jessica Hernandez, this band has a thickly wonderful sound that's executed with amazing energy. If you were lucky enough to catch their set as part of this year's Musicfest NW you're a first hand witness. If not, don't despair, the recent release of their Live at the Magic Bag EP might be the next best thing. Also, check out BLS's recent interview with the band.

Monday, September 2, 2013

10 Questions: Jessica Hernandez


Jessica Hernandez is the saucy lead singer of  her Detroit based band The Deltas.  She took some time and talked to BLS about her music, the road and a few other things.
Make sure you you catch her this week as she plays a show Friday night at the Doug Fir as part of Musicfest NW.



BLS: With the release of your latest EP Live at The Magic Bag you’ve been able to experience both live and studio recording. Are there elements that you both like and dislike about these two recording processes? Do you have a favorite?

JH: I recently discovered that my favorite recording process is a combination of both. We just recorded a couple new songs for a new 7'' and we recorded to tape. That's kind of the best of both worlds. It has the feel of a live show but its a little safer and more planned out. You get a live feel but if someone totally fucks it up you can just do it again.

BLS: As a first-generation American that was raised in a Mexican/Cuban household. How has your cultural up bring influenced your music?

JH: My parents listening to everything from Bowie to Buena Vista so they definitely had a big impact on my musical taste from a really young age. I still listen to all the music they got me into and I think its a big part of why my sound is all over the place. I was raised on so many genres that even though I go into writing trying to be original, i can sometimes hear where weird little things come from.

BLS: Having grown up in Detroit, the home of rocking soul and gritty rock n roll do you find your music influenced by environmental elements of the Motor City?

JH: I think everyones environment influences them, so yah for sure. Motown was one of those staples when I was growing up. My grandparents are really young and they tell me about how bands like the temptations, supremes and four tops used to come and play at their high school dances growing up. On a subconscious level I feel like the vibe of this whole album coming out is like Detroit. Its somehow really beautiful and really morbid at the same time.

BLS: You included, there are 7 members in your band The Deltas, all playing a broad arrangement of instruments. How do you incorporate all those elements into your songs with out having them feel crowded?

JH: I always write starting with a different instrument. Sometimes its a horn idea first or a piano part or even a drum beat. After I write a vocal melody that's when I figure out how much room there is for everything else. I like having a big band, but I also like simplicity and the contrast of the two. It's nice to play one song with 7 people and a brass section then play another with just a piano and vocals.

BLS: How dose the wide range of instruments effect the writing process?

JH: It basically just makes me feel like I have a lot of freedom to do anything with a song. It can stay bare bones or become this huge production and I know that either way I go I have some great guys that can pull it off. It's nice to go into writing without limitation.

BLS: Is it hard being the only women in the group, or do you like being the queen bee?

JH: I'd be lying if I said I didn't like it. It definitely isn't easy being the only women but it also some how ends up being really peaceful. The guys like to party and I like to be more of a recluse on tour. Since they have their bromance I don't feel bad hiding away to be alone. I could do with less farts and boogers in the van though.

BLS: As the female lead you seem to have been able to find a way to balance the aggression of the music with a feminine sensuality. Who are other female leads from which you’ve gained inspiration?

JH: Dolly Parton, Kate Bush, Wanda Jackson, Tammy Wynette, and basically all ladies of Motown. I feel like a lot of women back in the day really knew how to pull that off. They were all these gorgeous sensual women that were so badass.

BLS: You’re in the middle of a very extensive tour. How has the road been treating you?

JH Honestly for our first year of heavy touring I couldn't ask for anything better. Even if we have a dud playing for like 4 people in some small town, it still ends up being fun and gives you more bonding time with other bands on the road. No complaints.

BLS: What’s the one question you wished more music writers would ask you in interviews? How would you answer it?

JH: How many times has someone puked in the van after a show? 1 too many.

BLS: Name 5 bands you love but who few people have heard of?

JH:

The Growlers

Goran Bregovic

Fools Gold

Cha-chas

Grupo Fantasma Del Peru