The track continues K.Flay’s journey into a post-hip hop, alt rock fusion sound with her dark lyrics that are no less playful and frequently sarcastic. The video is suitably dark to match, and she sports dark eyeliner around her eyes to fit the mood.
She’s continuing her relentless touring schedule. Just finishing gigs in Germany in the UK, she’s kicking off a string of gigs across the USA (and one gig in Toronto, Canada) in October and November this year.
On an unrelated note, she wrote to us from Sweden to say that she’s really enjoying reading Harvard Psychedelic Club. It’s the story of Timothy Leary, Richard Alpert, Andrew Weil and Huston Smith’s exploration of psychedelics and the birth of the psychedelic movement in the USA.
Jesse Terry wrote in today with news about his upcoming tour and with a new video for his song “Landfall”. The video was shot live at a local venue in Massachussets with Abbie Gardner and Craig Akin. The song is very quiet and reflective, featuring rich harmonies and a backing cello.
The tour takes him around the east coast of the USA, then on to the UK and Ireland.
There’s an interesting new Boston-based hip hop artist I just learned about, Millyz. He’s got a classic sound, and sheds light on the side of Boston on the other side of Mass Ave that most people don’t see or talk about.
He’s kicking off tour with Sammy Adams (get it, Bostonians?) right now.
CATCH Millyz on TOUR WITH Sammy Adams:
9/8 – New Haven, CT @ Toad’s Place
9/9 – Philadelphia, PA @ Coda Nightclub Live Music Venue
So we learned about Mason Summit recently. He’s young — only 19 years old — but has already released 2 albums independently. He’s been playing music, singing and recording songs since he was 13.
Definitely a lot of folk and pop influences here.
Most importantly, he has strong songwriting skills coupled with simple, accessible production.
He has a new album coming out this month, Gunpowder Tracks, another collaboration with engineer/mixer John McDuffie (Rita Coolidge’s longtime guitarist/musical director). Summit takes the lead with vocals, acoustic and electric guitars, electric sitar, Mellotron, synthesizer, electric piano and adding a little rhythm with a rainstick. Forming the core of the group on the album: On drums and percussion is Shawn Nourse (I See Hawks in LA); the extraordinary Jeff Turmes (Mavis Staples) on electric and upright bass, clarinet; Carl Byron on keys, harmonium and accordion; McDuffie on guitars including slide. Adding to the production is Lynn Coulter on congas and tambourine, Matt Fish on cello, Chad Watson on trombone and Neil Rosengarden on trumpet.
I happened to find an early release copy on the YouTubes.
The new music follows their recent tour in the US this July with three shows in California as part of their “Deep Impact 1st US Tour.” The shows were a raging success, with new fans and old, chanting for encores with the Japanese band name, “Wagakki” enthusiastically at each show. The word ‘Wagakki’ is not just the band name but a Japanese word about ancient musical tradition, so for the band to hear it chanted marked an exciting and encouraging landmark moment in thier career.
WagakkiBand fuse Shigin, poetry recitation rooted in Japanese traditional performing arts, Wagakki, traditional Japanese musical instruments, and rock music to bring a fresh and yet authentically Japanese live show.
Front woman Yuko Suzuhana is the champion of a nationwide Shigin contest. Backing Suzuhana are 7 members playing traditional instruments including Shakuhachi (bamboo flute), Shamisen (3 string guitar like instrument), Koto (Japanese Harp), and Taiko (Japanese drum).
I was invited to the Los Angeles Japanese American Cultural & Community Center last night for their Little Tokyo Concert Series and I swear she has a voice of an angel mixed with Sade so I had to take a listen. Trying to figure out who she was, I was mesmerized by the way how vibrant and beautiful her music was.
Her name… is Sheila Govindarajan.
The warmth of the summer sky mixed with her soothing voice was the perfect mood to set the weekend for me. To top that off, Ms. Govindarajan sang different songs in different languages but still managed to sweep me off my feet.
She is truly a one of a kind artist that everyone should hear.