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Brenda David-Better Part Of Me

Artist: Brenda David
Title: Better Part Of Me
Genre: Pop-Rock-Jazz
Label: Cadillac Records
Website
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Brenda David’s music is like walking into a dimly lit upper class restaurant and reading a menu of choices. This is adult contemporary pop, rock, jazz, and all of the above mixed in to formulate a palette of color and sound that is satisfying and very relaxing. The lady has a nice approach, a smooth clear voice that assures you that what she is vocalizing means something. I know it sounds like a novelty in these times…there are actually some independent artists out there that make good music with lyrics you actually can understand and relate to. I find it rather refreshing.

“Call Your Name” and “I'll Be the One” are country-pop tunes that I can hear playing on the radio and “Better Part of Me,’ the lead off track with a jazz-pop feel to it, is one of the standouts. The artist gets some stellar musical support from a list of musicians that obviously have earned the respect they …

Amy Roberts Tells It Like It Is On New Indie Release

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Los Angeles, CA--January 29, 2007-- On her new independent pop-rock release It Is Amy Roberts utilizes her unique vocals with such sophistication that it makes her impassioned delivery seem surprisingly matter-of-fact.

It Is features lyrics that look inward and pull out the truth in everyday situations of love and loss. Although the subject matter may be commonplace, the singer’s approach and style make the age-old stories around the human condition all sound as if it was a new adventure in life, ripe and ready for the taking.

Besides the impressive debut album, It Is, Roberts’ voice has already reached worldwide audiences on NBC, HBO, Comedy Central, The WB, Lifetime and more. She can currently be heard singing the theme song for the new NBC Grease based reality show “Grease – You’re the One that I Want” (Sunday’s, 8pm). You can check out the music at www.nbc.com/Grease.

Amy Roberts is the true to form working mom with the indie spirit that drives her life and musi…

Legendary Rockers Electric Prunes Release New Album Feedback

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January 29, 2007--Los Angeles. CA-- When was the last time you heard music that was indefinable, a blast from the past yet modern at the same time? Ever play a CD you knew instantly was something out of the ordinary; something special you would insatiably crave forever more? Welcome to a day in the life of an Electric Prunes fan. Welcome to Feedback, lust in a long line.

The Electric Prunes have produced three new CDs since resuming recording and playing live a few years back-Artifact, California, and now, their latest, Feedback. The echoes of the past material reverberate through every innovative cut on this new offering. It is pure unadulterated PruneTwang (which coincidentally is their indie label name) from start to finish. This band has always dodged classification. They live and play outside the box. With Feedback they continue their legacy of playing what they want, how they want.

Feedback is a visceral connection from the past to the present. And, than…

Artist Michelle Bellici-When Art And The Fight With RSD Became One Cause

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Florence, Massachusetts--January 24, 2007-- Two Months ago artist Michelle Bellici came out of remis-sion from RSD: Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy. First diagnosed in November of 1997, Michelle’s right arm was paralyzed and atrophied for six months, which she eventually recovered from and resumed her career as an artist. This is devastating for a person that uses their hands and arms to create work to make a living.

This time when the disease reared its ugly head it started in Michelle’s right hand and traveled through her entire body, face, and internally including affecting the brain. Sometimes she can barely move her hands and then her legs stop working correctly, and it is difficult to do the simple everyday things like brushing teeth.

Michelle is undergoing costly Ketamine treatment to hold off the devastating effects as much as possible, to hopefully keep her out of a wheelchair, or bedridden. As you can imagine this is a terrifying experience for anyone to end…

Eye Talk-Sun And Moon

Artist: Eye Talk
Title: Sun And Moon
Genre: Pop-Rock-Jazz
Label: Miles High Productions
Website
CD Baby Link

Eye Talk is a band but also a figure of speech that translates into feelings without words. Anyone can talk with their eyes or use certain body language to suggest something; however, it is a different matter interpreting all of that emotion through music and words.

Alan and Bob Clark are the duo that makes all the magic happen on their new release Sun And Moon. The title track and “Yesterday” fondly reminded me of top-forty music on a hot summer’s eve in the 70’s. I cannot help reverting to the days of my teens when I hear music that instantly transports me back to a time that seems like a dream now. It is sweet and sad all at the same time. Music that holds this power is very special.

Alan and Bob are music veterans now, as this is their third studio release. The Clark’s always have a bevy of guest musicians on their recordings to compliment their many talents. Alan is the lead voca…

Shauna Burns-Desert Tune

Artist: Shauna Burns
Title: Desert Tune
Format:CD EP
Genre:Folk-Rock
Label: Red Rock Music LLC
Website
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Shauna Burns sounds similar to a female Dave Matthews with a distinct Celtic influence. This may sound like an odd description of an artist after you listen for yourself, however for my ears, the interpretation works. Burns’ vocals are very much her own, make no mistake about it. Even though I cringe as I write any comparison to another artist, and one that is so popular, I cannot help myself; it is something that needs to be expressed.

Although there are only five tracks that encompass Desert Tune, they are strong and create an impact for the artist. This EP is the extension of songs that did not make it onto Shauna's debut CD Every Thought. The music is mystical and ethereal-I found it very enchanting. Shauna’s vocals are the key element that completes the circle for each track.

Burns sings about squirrels dancing around in your head, fairytales, ghosts, and Celtic castles.…

Charles King & Laura Lockie-The Second Half

Artist: Charles King & Laura Lockie
Title: The Second Half
Genre: Blues-Rock
Label: EKM
Website
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There is a feeling and atmosphere on this recording that I am forever yearning for, and old-fashioned recording session with good music. This is blues and rock played by a man with passion and his heart in the right place along with a soulful woman churning out the lyrics as if it were the last show on earth.

Charles King & Laura Lockie bring us The Second Half, 10 tracks of the blues, interpreted, as it should be. Nine of the ten tracks are originals by the duo. Tracks one through ten offers you straight up gems to absorb, and I certainly took it all in. I cannot say anything negative about any of the tracks, each one is something that caught my ear and deserved additional listens.

The very first track “Guilty” has a somber atmosphere hanging over it courtesy of some great organ music that provides a layer for the forlorn songstress to lay her vocals down on. This is da the…

Punk Rockers Dead Smiling Pirates Release Debut CD

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Copenhagen, Denmark--January 22, 2007-- Dead Smiling Pirates began a life of music piracy together in the summer of 2005. This power packed trio plays catchy alternative rock filled with an eclectic mix of influences highlighted by lots of tight breaks, trashy guitar riffs, and punk influenced vocals. They back up their sound and attitude with deeply ironic lyrics about egoism, youth, work, and ethics. Kim Burmeister (vocals/guitars), Erik Aaberg (drums), and Lasse Hansen (bass) invite you to take a voyage on their private ship of musical delights with their new self-titled release.

This take on life is bound to appeal to young and old alike, with the prerequisite being your own punk like attitude and undying nonconformist view of life itself with dead aim at the modern day corporate establishment. If you feel this way join the club and give this indie band a good listen. If you do not share the same feelings, one listen to the Dead Smiling Pirates and you will be …

Sheila Swift Delivers The Goods On New Release The Shape of Things

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Houston, TX--January 22, 2007-- Sheila Swift lives her life to fullest every day and her music is a mirror image of that attitude. The young singer/songwriter has a new album out titled The Shape of Things. As with any title, there is a meaning behind what it conveys to the listener.

Shelia says “ I don't notice the shape of things, I just take in their weight." You can actually feel the weight of her soul and the intensity in her voice when she sings, every word counts.

As with any individual Sheila has had more than her share of trials and tribulations but nothing, she has not been to overcome. Sheila was diagnosed with a benign brain tumor at the tender age of 12 and has lived with it every since, taking one day at time and pushing forward her careers as a performer and artist. Examples of her colorful and thoughtful artwork is displayed on her website along with everything that is music related to give visitors a good overview of her talents and the sc…

John Wheeler-Big Orange

Artist: John Wheeler
Title: Big Orange
Genre: Instrumental Jazz-Rock-Fusion
Label: Independent
Website
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John Wheeler is a self-professed uncompromising artist. I believe him after hearing his story and listening to the new CD, Big Orange. The title refers to a saying one of his coworkers used to have when it was to time go get a drink. The fascinating and colorful cover is a picture taken at the Tate Modern Museum in England. The picture is actually upside down and cropped. The people you see littered about actually lay down on the floor to see their own reflection coming off the ceiling.

My first thoughts and impressions were that the sun had moved so close to the earth that everyone was dropping like flies. A nice concept for a sci-fi flick soundtrack I suppose. Anyway, I found it all very intriguing and asked for an explanation, which John was very willing to give me along with some thoughts about this project.

This was a very expensive venture, as any good recording is. Howe…

The Electric Prunes Give You Feedback

Artist: Electric Prunes
Title: Feedback
Genre: Rock-Psychedelic-Blues
Label: PruneTwang
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It is that time of year again; time to hunker down and getcha some PruneTwang or some Feedback. I know, you are thinking-what in the hell is this guy talking about anyway? Well it’s about one of the most influential and underrated bands in the history of recorded music, the Electric Prunes.

Their new CD, Feedback, is another classic slice of vintage EP PruneTwang, filled with enough psych, tremolo, and feedback to blow the dust off your sleepy under-worked cranium. They are serious and spiritual on a track like “Innerlight Transcendence”. They rock on “Hello Out There” and “Tulip Between The Eyes”. There is the intensity of “Itzomad” and “Flying Blind”. Then, as only they can, they come at you with something really outside like “African Bees” where they sing, “African bees, they look in your windows and pee in your trees.” Is this drug induced psychedelic imagery…

Amy Roberts-It Is

Artist: Amy Roberts
Title: It Is
Genre:Pop
Label: Indyla Records
Website
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Amy Roberts says It Is what it is on her new album. I mean that in a factual sense, as her lyrics are straightforward and get right down to business very quickly. Roberts has a sweet disposition and it comes through nicely in every track. Even though the subject matter can be rather serious and heartrending this lady knows how to wrap her pipes around the story and steal you away for the duration of the song. For this listener’s ears that is the litmus test, if you pass that, you have me hooked. I would have to say that the entire recording kept me interested, and enough to spin it a few more times after the first time around. Again, for the way I judge all recordings various aspects, I need to hear it more than once, and I really have to enjoy it to make that effort.

This music is pop rock with more of a lean towards the pop sensibilities of life when you look at the recording as a whole effort. The produc…

Piano Tricks Site Offers Online Video Piano Lessons

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Berkeley, CA--January 15, 2007-- PianoTricks.com is the collaboration of Jon Broderick, webmaster, and Christopher Schlegel, piano instructor. Jon and Christopher work in a successful partnership on the popular guitar instruction site guitartricks.com. They decided to expand their reach into cyberspace in 2006 by offering an innovative online piano lesson resource with modern video lessons. Because of the popularity of their sister site the team realized that the techniques they have learned teaching guitar online could translate to people motivated to learn piano online as well, while allowing the students to do it easily in the convenience and comfort of their own homes.

The instructor Christopher Schlegel has many credentials and he is an experienced musical performer and teacher. He has been playing music for 30 years, piano for 12 years, and has a Bachelor of Arts in Music from Bethel College in Tennessee. Christopher loves music of many different styles and…

Phoenix Based Pop Duo Eye Talk Release Sun and Moon

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Phoenix, AZ--January 15, 2007-- The sibling duo of Alan and Bob Clark, known as Eye Talk, have produced and recorded three albums with an eclectic range of guest musicians since 2002. Alan is the lead vocalist, songwriter, producer, and he performs various instruments in the studio, while Bob provides additional songwriting, bass guitar, and vocals, to their accessible contemporary pop sound.

Eye Talk is known for their shimmering pop oriented crafted tunes that bring you back to the 70s radio hits from bands like England Dan & John Ford Coley (“I'd Really Love to See You Tonight” & “Nights Are Forever Without You”), Poco, and many other favorite smooth rock hit makers of the day. The duos reputation for releasing quality recordings that feature a range of special guest artists contributing vocals, guitars, keyboards, samples, saxophone, and trumpet performances, have become one of their trademarks while in the studio. Even with a list of esteemed ind…

Dead Smiling Pirates Debut

Artist: Dead Smiling Pirates
Title: Dead Smiling Pirates
Genre: Rock-Punk
Label: Independent
Website
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Their dead pirates, but they are smiling…so what’s up with that? Ok what they really are is a rock-punk outfit from over the hills and far away, more specifically form Copenhagen Denmark. Dead Smiling Pirates are an authoritative trio consisting of Kim Burmeister (vocals/guitars), Erik Aaberg (drums), and Lasse Hansen (bass).

On their self-titled debut, they have a little more emphasis on the punk and attitude than the power trio aspect of it all and their CD speaks for itself through eleven tracks that hammer home their tongue in cheek lyrics.

This is high-energy music with more than suggestive lyrics, they just come right out and say it like with “Bite Your Chin,” “Kim Possible,” and “Get Hammered With You.” These lyrics really do not need any further explanation do they? I like this band, their sound, and the balls to just come right out and say what they feel in their lyrics…

Sheila Swift-The Shape of Things

Artist: Sheila Swift
Title: The Shape of Things
Genre: Rock-Pop
Label: Independent
Website
Myspace

She is young, beautiful, and an animated singer/songwriter/artist with the ultimate purpose of getting to the heart of the matter. Sheila Swift paints (by no coincidence she does paint) pictures in your mind’s eye on an upbeat rockin’ album titled The Shape of Things.

In eight tracks Sheila comes at you with everything she’s got, and that happens to be an arsenal of seasoned musicians and a voice that is in total control of how the lyrics are delivered, and she does it with passion and so much energy that you find it very hard to resist.

I liked this CD right from the start when I first heard the opening track “Feel Like I Do.” Every track that follows is bubbling over with enthusiasm and an appreciation for life itself. You can hear it and feel it every step of the way when this woman belts out a song. I liked every track without question and really have no criticism to offer. The production …

Shauna Burns Releases Powerful EP Desert Tune

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Los Angeles, CA--January 8, 2007--Shauna Burns developed her delicate vocals and striking piano while growing up in Miami, Florida. Shauna derived inspiration from her mother's love for the piano. Shauna’s songwriting skills prospered and when she went off to college, her music found fans that were enthusiastic and appreciative of the artistry they heard.

Every Thought was the Shauna Burns debut release in 2006. The recording received rave reviews followed by successful sales. Her 2007 follow-up EP release entitled Desert Tune is an engaging five song EP that captures the spirit and warmth of Shauna’s hypnotic vocals and temperate piano playing. The tracks are clever while playful, in accord with her nature of being personal and captivating. Shauna and her piano are once again joined by co-producer and drummer James Clark, Ryan Tilby on guitar and bass with Steve Lemmon on guitar. Shauna spent some time residing in the desert before recording the EP and the l…

Noteborn Music: TV Licensing for All Genres and New Online Store

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Ann Arbor, MI--January 8, 2007-- With over 20 years in the music industry, Noteborn Music Company is an international publishing company that hand picks quality artists and music for use in movies, TV shows, advertising campaigns, and for music producers. This groundbreaking company values independent and signed artists of all styles and genres. If selected your recordings are entered into a music catalog for submissions to television shows, advertising campaigns, movies and more. The company is now accepting submissions for all genres.

Recently Noteborn Music Company expanded its offerings to artists. The opportunity for every artist to enjoy increased and effortless exposure through his or her very own webpage is now available on the site. The Noteborn Music Store will allow artists to enter information about their style of music, upcoming events and most importantly, begin their own online music store. All you need to do is complete the online registration and …

Hiding In Public-What Lies Ahead

Artist: Hiding In Public
Title: What Lies Ahead
Genre: Rock
Label: Independent
Website
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Hiding in Public - my first thought was that it’s an interesting oxymoron. What Lies Ahead features the edgy throaty, yet warm vocals of Jamie Moses (Brian May Band, Queen, Paul Rodgers) and the driving guitars of Moses and David Holland. Kevin Poree plays bass and keys, and his partner in rhythm is John Tonks on drums. The four men form quite a team and the talent is undeniable in this London band.

This is good rock music and when you first hear it you like it. After the second or third spin, you love it! There are many catchy tunes on this CD. “Traffic In My Head” seems like the first choice for a rock radio ready hit. The beat and hooks are hard to ignore and the lyrics are very introspective and deep. The one line that really got me was “Driving through the traffic in my head.” Lord have mercy can I relate to that!

I like what this band has to offer; lyrics that make your synaptic pathwa…

Enigma's Love Sensuality Devotion - The Remix Collection Review

Artist: Enigma
Title: Love, Sensuality, and Devotion-The Remix Collection
Genre: New Age-Dance-Pop
Label:Virgin/EMI Records
Website
Amazon Link

The definition of Enigma (AKA Michael Crétu) in the dictionary is puzzle or mystery. I do not think there is any mystery at this point to the success of Enigma as a functioning musical entity that has been thriving since their inception in 1990.

Love, Sensuality, and Devotion-The Remix Collection is a rearranged version of the same album released in 2001, the first being Love, Sensuality, and Devotion, the Remix version was soon to follow. How many times can you rearrange the same song? Well, ask Crétu. Apparently, the nature of the music makes it less than difficult to come up with fresh versions using the same tracks, you just have to be a mixing genius to make it happen, which in reality is not an easy task to accomplish. It is apparent that the artist was successful on this venture and I am certain this CD will be flying off the shelves in stores…