It’s the best of times to be a music fan. I love Spotify’s Discover Weekly playlist feature. Every week (usually) I fall in love with a new band. My latest discovery is a band out of New York called TAUK. If STS9 (Sound Tribe Sector Nine) and Porcupine Tree made funky love at a Phish concert, the baby would be named TAUK. I had the opportunity to shoot their 24 March 2017 performance at The State Room in Salt Lake City, with support by Yak Attack from Portland.
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Portland’s Yak Attack played Salt Lake City on 24 March 2017 in support of TAUK. Yak Attack is very RUSH-like in that they are a three piece that generates big sound – albeit more groovy and danceable than my dear, sweet, beloved RUSH. They describe themselves as “Live-looping meets House meets Breakbeat meets Electro-funK meets Drum&Bass meets Trip Hop” ….and I’d say, if the music thing ever falls through, they should consider getting into the description writing business.
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Singer / songwriter Peter Breinholt is a local legend. He seems to be as popular today as he ever was 20 years ago. When many musicians would relegate to “has been” status, Breinholt is anxiously chomping at the bit to create his greatest work yet, along with keeping up a busy performance schedule. This is how it’s done, kids.
“The artist has a critical role in the world. Who else is talking about the things the artist talks about: compassion, love, forgiveness… who else is doing that right now? You’re not getting that on the news. The artist is more important now than ever”
“If you’re an honest writer I think who you are is going to come through.”
Jarom Bischoff of Exigent Records, and founder of the CrucialFest hardcore music festival in Salt Lake City, Utah, gave a brilliant tour of heavy music for the uninitiated. Bischoff is an articulate fan of music – of all genres – and gave a compelling and nuanced explanation of what heavy music does for the soul.
Heavy / hardcore music may feel like a new phenomenon in the history of music… but its not. Humans have always sought ways to express the bigger, darker emotions. Take Gustav Holst, for instance, who was composing in the late 1800’s. Listen to this and imagine it performed by a metal band:
Here are some of the songs that Jarom provided during his musical tour:
Converge – Jane Doe https://youtu.be/zLRYREmJqho
Ides of Gemini: https://idesofgemini.bandcamp.com/album/old-world-new-wave
Author & Punisher “Terrorbird” https://youtu.be/jjlBOPLWZyw
Subrosa – No Help for the Mighty Ones https://youtu.be/Xjo-aE8PIGQ
Featured CrucialFest bands:
Goatsnake – Playing Saturday June 20th at Urban Lounge
“Elevated Man” from their new album, “Black Age Blues”
Dead Meadow – Playing Friday June 19th at Urban Lounge
“Sleepy Silver Door” from their Self Titled album
Royal Thunder – Playing Thursday June 18th at Area 51
“Time Machine” from the album, “Crooked Doors, (Deluxe Version)”
Ides of Gemini – Playing Friday June 19th at Area 51, Early Show
“Black Door” from the album, “Old World New Wave”
Kowloon Walled City – Playing Saturday June 20th at Area 51, Early Show
“The Pressure Keeps Me Alive” from the album, “Container Ships”
La Verkin – Playing Thursday June 18th at Area 51, Early Show, 21+ Stage
“Trickle Down” from the album, “Judge the Judger”
Maybe it’s that he was a bit of a child prodigy himself, performing professional music gigs by age 15… Caleb Chapman, of Caleb Chapman’s Sound House, has created an epicenter of music education that is without peers. The Sound House is an after school private music education / performance center geared toward giving serious high school age musicians real world experiences and high level performance opportunities. Their flagship band, The Crescent Super Band, has performed all around the world and at all of the classic jazz venues in the big cities, earning accolades at every stop.
Caleb joined me in the studio today to discuss how he coaxes such high levels of performance out of the 15 – 18 year old musicians, his view of music education, and he explains how Fall Out Boy songs may be the secret to saving music education in our schools.
Chris McIntosh and Ollie Gorman of Silent Sleep – hailing from Liverpool, England – joined me today to talk about the new album, “Stay The Night. Stay The Morning, Too”.
Purchase the new album at: http://www.silentsleepband.com/
Official music video for the new single, “I Wish It Could Be Different”
Appearance on ABC Good Morning Utah:
Listen to the interview ↓
How pop music might be ruining your creativity, what music sounds like when it’s made according to statistics, and the relationship between rap & prison industrial complex. But first… Some awesome films that I recommend checking out:
Pop music is ruining our brains: http://mic.com/articles/98310/scientists-prove-that-pop-music-is-literally-ruining-our-brains
Most unwanted song: http://youtu.be/-gPuH1yeZ08
Most wanted song: http://youtu.be/McIfIx29tSg
More experimental music from the composer of the most wanted and unwanted songs, Dave Soldier: http://davesoldier.com/experimental.html
The secret meeting that linked rap music and the prison industrial complex: http://worldtruth.tv/the-secret-meeting-that-changed-rap-music-and-destroyed-a-generation/
Musical comic Marcus Whisler joined me in the studio today. He even got out the guitar and played a few songs for us. You can check out Marcus at the following places online, and at the these upcoming shows:
This whole record is gorgeous… if you dig this track, the whole album will be a treat for you. This is from their 2014 release, “Time Travelers and Bonfires”.