Author Archives: Dan Harr

8 Demos That Ended Up in the Final Mix

Being King Shit ain’t all it’s cracked up to be. Sometimes you just hit it lucky. Like Tom from Myspace, he had an idea that was really good for about five years, and then it wasn’t. Same goes for music. For all those times decisions were made which were bad then and are still bad now here are a few times interesting choices were made that turned out to be very good ones.
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The Last Shadow Puppets – Everything You’ve Come To Expect

Hold on – is this calendar accurate? How is this possible? How could eight years have crawled by so fast? Were it not for the rigours of modern timekeeping, I would refuse to believe it. The ceaseless torrent of fear, noise and grim tidings has made these last hard eight feel like an endless death march, a torrid struggle from second to second that would not, cannot, shall not yield to the sweetest pleas for…
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Ocean Alley Talk Album Details, Touring the World and Fork Branding

The life of a touring band is a strange one. One day, you’re riding the ten-foot wave of ecstasy that is a great gig, the next you’re fending off drunken band mates and getting up to some strange antics at after parties. Having just finished up their new LP, Nic, Baden and tour manager Wolf from Ocean Alley sat down with us to give a rare insight into the most bizarre and exciting aspects…
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Pretty City – Colorize

Since their arrival in 2012, Pretty City have gained a reputation for offering up an ever-shifting hybrid of rock – ranging between shoegaze, indie, psychedelia and classic rock. The first full length release from the Melbourne outfit remains true to form; Colorize throws up an array of styles and influences. Pretty City shake up a mean cocktail on Colorize. Stadium appeal, personality…
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George A. Paul’s Coachella Festival II 2016 Wrap Up

Before concertgoers from around the world descended upon the California desert near Palm Springs for Coachella II on April 22-24, they received shocking news: Prince had died. Back in 2008, the music superstar co-headlined the festival and set the internet abuzz with a cover of Radiohead’s “Creep” during his late night set. Many Prince fans that attended Coachella II wore…
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Gabe Dixon – Turns to Gold

“You might a thought I’ve been runnin’ but I’ve always been comin’ back to you. .” Dixon sings on “These Wheels,” one of the standout tracks on his latest album. The deep human impulse to love and be loved is often at odds with our equally strong yearning to be free. And the songs on Turns To Gold try to find balance at this emotional nexus point. It’s part of Dixon’s considerable charm…
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Anni Piper – Does Australia’s First Lady of Blues Have More Guitars than Friends?

Award-winning Blues bassist-vocalist Anni Piper, recently released her long-awaited new album, More Guitars Than Friends. The ten-song disc is the first on Piper’s own Sugar Daddy Records imprint, and is a lively potpourri of sounds. “All the original songs on the album were written since I moved to the US about a year ago”, states the Australian expatriate now residing in Cocoa, Florida. More…
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Pretty City Talk Us Through Their Debut LP Colorize

Colorize, the new record from Pretty City needs no introduction, but it may need some explanation. Luckily, Drew, the band’s drummer has taken the time to go deep into the making of every track. Colorize is an expansive journey into the mind of Pretty City and enters deep creative depths. To navigate our way through, we’ll need a little help. Melt is a big expansive psych rock jam. The lyrics always…
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Robert Kinsler’s Highlights from Coachella

Coachella 2016 provided a number of special and memorable performances at the Empire Polo Club in Indio as it staged its final weekend, April 22-24. Those arriving at Coachella early Friday were treated to one of the fest’s most spirited performances. Congolese troupe Mbongwana Star brought their joyful and otherworldly African rhythm- and vocals-rooted sounds to the Gobi tent…
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Southern Halo – Rewind

One of the feel-good Country singles of 2016 is going to be “Rewind” by Southern Halo, the trio of teenage sisters whose remarkable harmonies put them in the company of Lady Antebellum and Little Big Town. Written by Catt Gravitt (Jana Kramer), Gerald O’Brien (Martina McBride), and rising country artist Chancie Neal, “Rewind” is a perfectly-crafted Country-Pop song that rivals anything…
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10 Records That Prove You Weren’t Born in the Wrong Generation

Our generation has been blessed with the ability for any artist now to incorporate everything from the past, fuse it together and produce fresh music that could never have been imagined into existence before. As a generation we have it all; there are musical innovations not to mention the records that lyrically speak so distinctly on our socio-political climate.
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To Hellendale And Back with The New Blues Revolution

Southern California-based group New Blues Revolution is a blues-inspired journey through the form of Robert Johnson meets Quentin Tarantino via Pink Floyd. NBR’s latest CD, To Hellendale And Back, is the result of yet another stop on the road to create the music they want us all to hear. Each song/story tries to inspire a hypnotic state via strong grooves and a variety of emotion, from…
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Interview with Roy Roberts

When Greensboro, North Carolina soul-bluesman Roy Roberts was just a kid he tried piano lessons for a while but just couldn’t suffer the indignity of it all: ‘I’d be sitting playing and it felt sort of ‘……a girls thing’ to me, If you know what I mean. I’d be able to hear my buddies outside in the yard playing and hollering, having a great time. So I gave that up,’ he explains.
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Jonathan Jackson Talks New EP, Grand Ole Opry and Enation

Jonathan Jackson chatted with Digital Journal about his forthcoming EP with his band Enation, as well as his upcoming show at The Theater at Madison Square Garden. Jackson and his band, Enation, have returned to the studio with Grammy-nominated producer Greg Archilla to record their new EP Blame-shifter, which will be released on May 13, on their own…
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Mt. Mountain – Cosmos Terros

It’s long been lamented that for practical and commercial purposes the album format is dead or at least in irreversible decline. But Cosmos Terros is a reminder of what a great album can be. It’s not just a compartmentalised commercial package, but a single artistic statement and an immersive sonic organism. Like the sprawling expanse of Sleep’s Jerusalem, Mt. Mountain’s debut album…
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Joe Bonamassa – Blues of Desperation

It is now hard to believe that as recently as five years ago, guitarist Joe Bonamassa was largely unknown. But with his albums hitting No. 1 with such regularity, the top chart position seems to be an afterthought now. Such is the case with his 17th release, “Blues Of Desperation.” The project is once again helmed by producer Kevin Shirley. While some tracks have a little sheen on them…
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Mark Harrison – On The Chicken Sandwich Train Live

Mark Harrison is an English acoustic guitarist with his heart and soul in the Deep South of Mississippi, The Delta and the blues in general. The title of this, his latest release, comes from the vittles many old black musicians and share-cropping migrants carried on the long rail journey North to the anticipated riches of Chicago and other northern cities where developing industry offered…
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Ten Foolproof Ways to Do Your Own Song Critiques

Early on in my songwriting career, I considered it a minor miracle that I could write a song in the first place. However, once I got a little more used to performing that particular magic trick, it became necessary to start to refine my process a bit further. In other words, it was no longer enough just to have created a song. Now I had to go back and tweak, edit, fix and otherwise polish my…
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Eric Bibb & North Country Far with Danny Thompson – The Happiest Man In The World

Eric Bibb may have good reason to be the Happiest Man in the World, with top quality music seemingly pouring from the guy on a regular basis. This is his second release inside twelve months, following hot on the heels of the highly acclaimed Lead Belly’s Gold which featured French harp-man Jean Jacques Milteau and was released on the same label (Stony Plain in USA).
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Glider Pilots – Some Where Out There

For many of us, the thought of writing music with a sibling, let alone spending copious amounts of time with one is about as unappealing as having no Wi-Fi for a week. But up in Far North Queensland brother / sister duo Ben, and Samantha Hope have been making the seemingly impossible work – writing, producing, and making subtle synthy waves as folky dream pop pair, Glider Pilots.
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