RIP Dusty Hill of ZZ Top, the Texas Band that Reinvented Blues-Rock and Led the MTV Era

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July 29, 2021
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By DONNA BALANCIA

Dusty Hill, bassist and a founder of ZZ Top has died at the age of 72. Tributes poured in from around the world mourning the loss of the beloved musician.

Hill whose name is Joe Michael Hill, was born in in Dallas and was one-third of the blues-rock band long considered the pride of Texas.

Hill, Billy Gibbons and Frank Beard formed ZZ Top in 1969 in Houston. The first album for the group was, appropriately, called ZZ Top’s First Album, released in 1970. The bluesy “La Grange” was the band’s breakthrough hit. 

But it was the MTV video era when ZZ Top and Hill took center stage. It was then that audiences around the world finally got a visual of the sunglass-sporting Texas blues-rockers, with their long beards, spinning guitars and cool cars. 

ZZ Top had its ups and downs in popularity over the years, but the band catapulted to fame with the video “Legs,” off their Eliminator album. The classic video won the MTV Video Music Award for Best Group Video in 1984.

Joe ‘Dusty’ Hill – Photo Courtesy Blain Clausen

Prior to his passing, Hill took a off from the current ZZ Top tour following a hip injury and his guitar tech Elwood Francis has been filling in on bass. 

Hill was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame as a member of ZZ Top in 2004. 

 

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California Rocker Music Picks: Rival Karma, Charlie Marie Lyons, Kid Kapichi

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July 28, 2021
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Rival Karma Release Strong Message with ‘Honey!’

Despite it’s upbeat and bold instrumentals, “Honey!” by Rival Karma is somber in subject matter. 

“The whole E.P. was born through the idea of manifesting the band’s different emotions through music.’Honey’ is the opening track of the E.P, so while it is musically upbeat,  it is about the particular regret of not speaking up about the way you truly feel about someone…a lover, a soulmate, a friend, a relative,” the duo said.

The song showcases irresistibly gritty guitar strumming and wistful, distant vocals throughout that mourn the absence of someone special. 

The pair have toured across Europe (Italy, Spain, France Germany, UK), West Coast US,  they released their first EP to high acclaim and opened for guitar-driven group Reignwolf on select European dates.

The duo’s main influences include Queens of the Stone Age, Black Pumas, and Dave Matthews Band and have worked with producer Sam Miller, who has worked with artists such as Paloma Faith and Razorlight, among others.

Emily Rose Martin’s Voice Resonates with ‘In This Moment’

Emily Rose Martin will release a beautiful album called In This Moment that captures the most personal times of her life.

Martin is a director, actor and artist who relays her most personal experiences. The album drops on August 6. Check out her Facebook page.

“This album was created over the last two years when I was in college,” Martin said. “In that time, I turned 21, lived in another country for five months, and went through a pandemic, so needless to say there were many moments and many memories that inspired these songs.”

Martin will be moving to New York City in the fall to pursue a career in the Theatre industry with her eyes on Broadway. The Broadway stage is a reasonable goal for Martin as her voice throughout the new album projects a dramatic and heartfelt appeal.

In This Moment was produced by super Producer/Engineer Chuck Alkazian (Pop Evil, Soundgarden, Tantric) at legendary Pearl Sound Studios (Asking Alexandria, Eminem, Filter).

Her single Someday is available.

NBA Player Inspires ‘Change’ by Charlie Marie Lyons

The philanthropic work of NBA Global Ambassador Dikembe Mutombo is the inspiration for Los Angeles-based singer-songwriter Charlie Marie Lyons’ new single “Change”, and she will donate all streaming revenue from the single to support the Dikembe Mutombo Foundation’s work to build a new school in his home country, the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC).

“Not only did I literally look up to Dikembe Mutombo, but I also saw his heart and what he wants to achieve in this world,” said Lyons, whose compositions and performances share unfiltered stories of pain and hope and intimacy. “He inspired me to use my voice as a tool for change.”

She Nova to Debut the Album ‘Mental’

The captivating and quirky musician She Nova has a serious message in her music, covering a range of topics from relationships to mental health. But it’s done in a manner that cuts through the BS and hits to the heart.

“Over the last six months, I have poured my heart and soul into creating something that truly represents the paradox that is my brain,” She Nova said.  “This album is written, produced and recorded 100 percent by me … speaking my truth and spilling my guts in ways you won’t be expecting. It’s unapologetic, high energy and dives deep into my mental health issues and how I see the world.”

James The Fifth Releases Dreamy ‘Pure Imagination’

It takes a wonderful sense of reality to create a great sound and amusingly bizarre video for this synthy and innovative dream-jazz number “Pure Imagination.”

Putting on and then taking off the Mozart garb, James The Fifth illustrates that even a tribute to classical music can take on a new and compelling form.

While it may seem to be all fun and games as Mozart in the sand, James The Fifth has some serious music chops. He performed an interesting guitar-synth loop performance that left people speechless at UC Berkeley Young Composer’s Concert. Stay tuned for more from this talented musician who is breaking sonic boundaries and enthralling listeners.

Red River Hymn to Drop ‘L’Anguille,’ off Upcomer ‘Oakview’

Self-proclaimed “Sad Southern Rock” group Red River Hymn announce their latest single and video for  “L’Anguille,” ahead of their upcoming EP, Oakview, due out this September.  

“This song came to life after writing the hook ‘It just can’t always be c’est la vie,’” the band said.

“This idea weaves its way through the song’s narrative about watching someone you care for making, what you think are, bad life decisions. Trying to empathize, these worries become more of a mirror to your own insecurities and shortcomings. When we decided to do a lyric video for it, we wanted it to have this pensive/reflecting feel to it, reflecting on the song’s message and feel, and put a twist on the typical lyric video.”

Drawing inspiration from The Replacements’ “The Ledge” or “Bastards of Young” music videos, we decided to give it an anti-music video style. Typically, lyric videos tend to be repeating graphics. 

SD17 Rides Again with ‘Last Chance’ 

New Mexico-based, Metal-Hard-Rock project SD17 announces a new single, “Last Chance,” which proves you never really can say goodbye. 

According to guitarist and central songwriter Tim Haverman, the song was born out of an extensive hiatus from the music scene after his first band separated in the mid-90s. After resuming writing music in 2017, Haverman decided it was time to gather new talent to release new material when COVID hit.

Not letting a pandemic get in the way of his ambitious plans, Haverman chose to see the lockdown as an opportunity to reach out to gifted musicians via the Internet after watching rock band Sammy Hagar and the Circle’s quarantine videos. He came up with “Last Chance.” 

His inspiration comes from 1950s rock and modern metal influences including Elvis and AC/DC. He decided to form his first band in the early ’90s after spending seven years in the military. SD17’s sound is anything but a “throwback to the early 80s or 90s”, it’s “new music with new talented people,” Haverman said. 

Kid Kapichi Innovates Industrial Punk with ‘This Time Next Year’

OK so Kid Kapichi’s fantastic album This Time Next Year was released in February, but we felt it necessary to point out what we’ve been missing: Truly excellent industrial punk rock. With catchy names like leadoff fuzzy scraper track “First World Goblins,” and the riffy rocker “Working Man’s Town,” this bold collection is an amazing find from a relatively new UK up and comer.

The distinct Kid Kapichi sound is reminiscent of equal parts The Clash and The Beatles infused with modern sounds of American bands like Flaming Lips, Cage The Elephant and The Strokes. Only better.

“Dotted Line” is one of the most memorable tracks we’ve heard in many years, not only for its hauntingly and deeply echoing resilience, but for its lyrics that taunt and then tear the listener apart. “Thugs” lays it on the line, calling out society’s judgmental and lockstep groupthink mentality. Kid Kapichi delivers a punch to the gut of a frustratingly complacent culture, and that’s what music is supposed to do.

Kid Kapichi’s previous recordings include the 2019 EP Sugar Tax, and the 2018 EP Lucozade Dreams. It’s refreshing to hear the gravelly, important message-driven music from Kid Kapichi. If you want to believe that rebellious rock still exists, This Time Next Year is all the proof you need. 

– Compiled by California Rocker Staff

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By JOHN DALY

The widow of Gang of Four leader Andy Gill said putting together the compilation record The Problem of Leisure was a labor of Love.

“After Andy died, a small team of us dedicated ourselves to finishing and launching The Problem of Leisure: A Celebration of Andy Gill and Gang of Four,” Catherine Mayer said. “Now that the album is beautifully launched, we’ve set up a new Facebook page to celebrate Andy’s work, across all four decades of Gang of Four, as a guitarist and as a music producer, and to share some of the huge and wonderful trove of photographs, paintings, writings and unpublished music that he left behind. And stories. There are so many stories.”

The Problem of Leisure features all newly reinterpreted and recorded tracks from across Gang of Four’s 40-plus year career, each individually chosen by the artists’ who covered them. Musicians on the recording are Serj Tankian with Tom Morello, Gary Numan, La Roux, the Dandy Warhols, The Sounds, 3D (a.k.a. Robert Del Naja of Massive Attack) featuring the Nova Twins, Warpaint, Helmet, IDLES, Flea with John Frusciante, and many more.

Distributed by Ingrooves and released through the Gill Music label, The Problem of Leisure is available to download and stream and is also presented in a variety of physical formats.

The artwork was created by Damien Hirst. There are three gatefold double vinyl formats: The “dogluxe,” available only from The Gang of Four store (www.gangoffour.uk), is heavyweight red vinyl with a red sleeve and contains a six-sheet poster and a special googly eye on the front; The yellow vinyl and matching sleeve is only available from independent music retailers worldwide; and the black vinyl with the green sleeve is on sale everywhere. 

There are two CD formats – a limited edition case-bound book with a googly eye and a gatefold digipak version. There is also a limited edition C90 cassette, with a pink body.

Go to the new website www.theproblemofleisure.com for more information about the project.


















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By AVA LIVERSIDGE
Photos by CAMERON ACOSTA

Moments before the show was set to start, half of The Paranoyds were parked outside the Echo in a red vintage car. They were listening to music and watching their soon-to-be audience being corralled into the intimate venue. Whatever nerves stirred over a reintroduction to live performance via their largest headlining gig yet were shrouded in blasé.– a cool ostensibly warranted by hometown familiarity.

Los Angeles quartet, The Paranoyds, cite two major influences on their musical prowess: garage rock and horror films. After seeing the group perform a reincarnate show at their native Echo, these influences proved themselves foundational. With their keyboardist, Laila Hashemi, missing, leaving the outfit to take on an unseen trio structure, the Paranoyds were set up for an even further stripped-down sound– the bare-bones composition bonafide their punk-ish posture.

The Paranoyds at The Echo – Photo © 2021 Cameron Acosta

Once actually onstage, the audience and band share a skittish energy. For many, this is their first live show in over a year and the Paranoyds’s spare, but never abrasive, ensemble is exactly the reinvigoration many were seeking. The ennui the band once emanated is immediately overpowered by their aural vigor (which is anything but laid-back). You would never guess, just by listening with closed eyes, that only up to three instruments and two voices were sounding at any given time; the Paranoyds are working hard. One moment, they’ll speak candidly with the audience or ask someone from the tech crew to turn down the bass, the next moment will be wholly dedicated to the ear-shattering vengeance that marks much of their sound (with screaming as a conduit, of course).

The Paranoyds – Photo © 2021 Cameron Acosta

Feedback is proudly bouncing off the walls from the moment the set starts– the audience and band begin to share a pulse. All is in sync, all is palpitating, and when drummer Joey Ruiz changes the tempo, the audience and their head-banging respectively follow suit. There’s something about the horror movie soundtrack quality that has the mob hypnotized. The Paranoyds are neither ostentatious nor decadent. They toggle between nervous admissions to their audience, further endearing the crowd, and gritty garage rock with minimalism at the forefront; any soloing is sparse. It felt like a bright hour for punkish disenchantment as their screeching was always followed by thanks or a crack of a smile. It felt truthful.

Paranoyds rock the Echo – Photo © 2021 Cameron Acosta

With much of the D.I.Y. artists of today relying heavily on the synth-driven sonics that dominate the bedroom pop arena, the Paranoyds analogous sound approaches rebellion; notably, there was not a synth in sight at the show. Formed in 2015, the four (Staz Lindes (bass, vocals), Lexi Funston (guitar, vocals), David Ruiz (drums), Laila Hashemi (keyboard)) already constitute a sound that reaches toward the next wave of gritty, tangible rock music.

The Paranoyds make music in celebration of a wilting city with a sardonic approach to the surveillance and influencership Los Angeles is enmeshed with. Their post-punk revival creates a dutiful vessel to deliver everything from base dissatisfaction to wistful nostalgia. Even in name, the group echo sentiments so reverent to this contemporary scope– feelings of being watched or exposed– that it’s hard to imagine this brand of social discontent wouldn’t resonate.

The Paranoyds – Photo © 2021 Cameron Acosta

With only one full-length record, Carnage Brain (2019) and a handful of EPs, the outfit are gearing up for a few West coast dates followed by, hopefully, more music. They’re still very much in their nascent phase, experimentation onstage and ambition abound. Unfettered by too much mainstream attention, but grounded by the desire for what lies beyond, the Paranoyds sit at the crux of their musical career and are positioned for much, much more.


















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Rockin’ The Record Collection: The 10 Best Rock Albums to Own on Vinyl

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July 23, 2021
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By JOHN DALY

Listening to music has long been one of the top forms of entertainment for almost every person on this planet. For many of us, that entertainment is twice as enjoyable when it comes from a vinyl record, spinning on a turntable with the stylus brushing through the grooves.

Vinyl lovers are “old souls” they say, and it’s mainly because of the Rock ‘N’ Roll genre that vinyl is having a remarkable resurgence. 

Having a collection of classics from bands like The Rolling Stones and Led Zeppelin on vinyl is one of the best ways to own custom vinyl records of rock music bands. Pretty darn cool in our opinion.

If you want to enhance your collection of old-school discs, let us introduce to you 10 of the best rock albums that you should own on vinyl.

 

#1 THE WALL by Pink Floyd

The Wall by Pink Floyd

Pink Floyd’s The Dark Side of the Moon album is not the only album that has become recognizable and famous in music history. The English rock band’s eleventh studio album, The Wall, is one of the greatest concept albums of all time.

All 26 tracks of the album tells the story of Pink, a young man who was raised by an overprotective mother. It shows his struggle to break down the walls built by the authoritative people in his life. What made this even better, aside from its relatableness, is the fact that it is based on a real person’s story, Roger Waters, the band’s lead singer and bassist.

Unlike the overall dark colors of The Dark Side of the Moon’s jacket artwork, The Wall’s in a white brick wall. When you open that gatefold jacket, you see pieces of bricks missing and images replacing them. Its two inner sleeves, which hold the black vinyl records, are also printed with white brick walls.

 

#2 A NIGHT AT THE OPERA by Queen

A Night at the Opera Queen

Queen’s fourth studio album, A Night at the Opera, was the band’s one-way ticket to fame. It cemented Queen’s place as a music royalty. The album is also the most expensive album to ever be recorded at the time of its release, especially since it includes the expensive single “Bohemian Rhapsody.”

The album is full of experimental songs from the band as it included a wide range of instrumentations like music hall, hard rock, and ballad styles. The greatly intricate and colorful artwork of the album was printed in a clean white background. The artwork is composed of a lion king and lioness queen, a red crab with fire on top, a white swan, and two fairies all surrounding a blue ribbon forming the letter “Q”, for Queen.

There have been many repressings and reissues of the 1975 album and above are two of them. The white vinyl record was a repressing in 1978 while the galaxy colored one was a reissue in 2018. What’s cool is that there has been no change in the album’s artwork.

 

#3 LED ZEPPELIN IV by Led Zeppelin

Led Zeppelin IV

Led Zeppelin IV also known as “Zoso” was a product of Jimmy Page’s disappointment towards the laid back Led Zeppelin III album. It is one of the hardest rock albums ever recorded showcasing different genres including progressive-rock, medieval folk, psychedelic balladry, and their signature, electric blues.

The vinyl album is a gatefold type jacket with a photograph of a housing project on the backside and a drawing of an old man carrying wheat in a bushel on the front. It houses a plain lilac colored vinyl record.

What awes me aside from the music is the jacket’s artwork. The transition from the back to the front is just too cool especially since it looks very realistic from here.

 

#4 THE JOSHUA TREE by U2

Joshua Tree U2

The Joshua Tree is the Irish rock band’s most celebrated studio album. Four of its singles even had a special vinyl release containing 4 picture discs that each holds a remastered single on one side and their live performance on the other side.

Last 2017, there was a vinyl re-release. The standard edition was pressed in the usual black records while the limited edition was pressed in gold records. The gatefold jacket also comes with a 12”x12” booklet of lyrics, photos and credits.

The subtle addition of the Joshua tree design on both the vinyl record and the inner photograph of the jacket is astonishing. If you don’t observe it really up close, I’m pretty sure you’ll miss it.

 

#5 STICKY FINGERS by The Rolling Stones

Sticky Fingers Rolling Stones

The Rolling Stones’ subject matter for Sticky Fingers is innovative and timeless which got them to receive not so favorable reviews from critics at its initial release. But as time passed by, their tracks from the album, and the message within them became accepted and understood. It talked of drugs, and honesty about sex, race, and violence which are very much relevant in our generation today.

The vinyl album has a single sleeve jacket printed with Mick Jagger’s limbs with his pants on. It houses an inner sleeve printed with red lady lips sticking out its tongue and a black vinyl record. Apparently, it was the debut of that logo and to this day, the logo is miraculously still connected to the band.

 

#6 AJA by Steely Dan

Aja Steely Dan

After 40 years since its release, Aja by Steely Dan still has that audiophile quality according to audiophiles. It apparently has a near-perfect sound on vinyl too, which makes it a perfect candidate for this list.

It’s audiophile quality came from the meticulous recording of the ten hired engineers and the two perfectionist members of the band. Above are two editions of the vinyl album, one is on plain red and the other on yellow-gold record.

The vinyl jacket’s artwork looks very mysterious with its black background and minimal design. When you carefully look at the artwork, you will see a man’s face hidden by what seems like a black hood.

 

#7 THRILLER by Michael Jackson

Thriller Michael Jackson

Michael Jackson, though the King of Pop, has one of the best rock albums in music history with Thriller. The album is an infusion of the genres pop, fusion, and punk. The album has nine tracks that are impossibly unskippable.

The initial release of the vinyl format of the album had an edition where the tracks were pressed on picture disc as seen above. Moreover, a reissue of the album for its 25th Anniversary was released in 2008 with another picture disc. In this one we have MJ in red surrounded by undeads.

 

#8 A TRICK OF THE TAIL by Genesis

Genesis

Genesis had to say goodbye to their guitarist Peter Gabriel before they could make and release the album A Trick of the Tail. And contrary to popular Genesis-fan opinion, there is no bad song from this album.

The vinyl record is enclosed in a butter cream colored gatefold jacket where different characters are drawn. These characters are apparently the ones representing each character being sung for each track of the album. So while you listen to this album, you can look at the jacket to have some kind of visualization of it.

Another thing to look forward to when listening to this album is the calligraphy-written lyrics on the pages of the album.

 

#9 TALES OF MYSTERY AND IMAGINATION by Alan Parsons Project

Alan Parsons Project

The album Tales of Mystery and Imagination is a collection of tracks that will take the listener through the journey of the disturbed mind of the eponym of the album. Edgar Allan Poe is one of the greatest authors of the horror genre and with this collection, listeners are drawn into his mind.

The jade green-colored vinyl jacket with a strip of colorful artwork looks great from afar. But when you look closer, you will be shocked to see that there actually is something you can make out of it. It looks very intriguing too and somewhat creepy.

 

#10 REMAIN IN LIGHT by Talking Heads

Talking Heads

Also making the cut is Talking Heads’ Remain in Light, which is a very experimental album. The album infuses rock with African polyrhythms and funk. Electronics, sampled and looped grooves, as well as foot-tapping is included in their tracks.

The weird album cover is something to definitely talk about here. It’s unique, very original and creepy, because who’d think of covering their faces with red Paint-pen with only the eyes, nose and lips showing? Moreover, the negative cover printed on the inner sleeve of the album looks much more sinister.

If you’re into rock and roll music, and especially if you’re also a vinyl addict, I’m sure you’re already holding on to your purse (or credit card). Don’t blame us for it, blame the artists who are releasing really awesome vinyl!


















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Edited by JOHN DALY

The Rolling Stones will play Los Angeles on October 17 at SoFi Stadium, a new show added to makeup dates from last year’s No Filter tour, postponed to this fall.

In addition to Los Angeles, the Stones added new dates in Las Vegas (November 6) and New Orleans (November 13) to compliment the No Filter tour makeup dates.

The pre-sale for the Stones mailing list for New Orleans, Los Angeles and Las Vegas shows will begin on Wednesday July 28 at noon to Thursday 29 July at 10 pm local time. General sale commences Friday, July 30 at 10 am local time.

All previously purchased tickets will be honored at the rescheduled dates, but there are a few dates that the band was unable to reschedule. The band said Ticketmaster will communicate directly with all purchasers of these tickets with more information. Where feasible, a priority offer for ticketholders will be available for nearby shows.

SEPTEMBER 2021:
9-26 – The Dome – ST. LOUIS, MO
9-30 – Bank of America Stadium – CHARLOTTE, NC

OCTOBER 2021
10-04 – Heinz Field – PITTSBURGH, PA
10-09 – Nissan Stadium – NASHVILLE, TN
10-13 – New Orleans Jazz Fest – NEW ORLEANS, LA – NEW
10-17 – SoFi Stadium – LOS ANGELES, CA – NEW
10-24 – U.S. Bank Stadium – MINNEAPOLIS, MN
10-29 – Raymond James Stadium – TAMPA, FL

NOVEMBER 2021
11-02 – Cotton Bowl – DALLAS, TX
11-06 – Allegiant Stadium – LAS VEGAS, NV – NEW
11-11 – Mercedes-Benz Stadium ATLANTA, GA
11-15 – Ford Field DETROIT, MI
11-20 – Circuit of the Americas AUSTIN, TX
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SURFBORT, the New York-based punkers who have captured the hearts of the LA underground scene, will be releasing a new video to accompany the track “Whiteclaw Enema Bong Hit” a visual response to the state of the nation today.

“It’s a metaphor for a party goer coming up with the most insane combination to escape their crazy current reality,” said Dani Miller, the band’s engaging lead singer. “We still party hard ourselves but it looks different now, we chug bubbly water and look out for each other. In the video, we poke fun at versions of our old, wasted selves or jocks partying in the first month of the pandemic, maskless and searching for pleasure. I think it’s important to have a balance of self-care and being of service to people in need.”

The video depicts Miller as a skateboarder in a typically satirical setup in which the SURFBORT gang collaborate with ZackAss from the upcoming Jackass Forever movie. Miller, who sets her own style parameters, has been a featured player in Gucci ad campaigns.

“Whiteclaw Enema Bong Hit” is set for a July 29 release and it’s the first single to be released off SURFBORT’s upcoming album, set for release September 24 via Linda Perry’s partnership with SoundCloud.

While Surfbort is a New York-based band, there’s a love affair with LA and the group brings its wild show to the Lodge Room in Highland Park in LA on Aug. 27.

“Whiteclaw Enema Bong Hit” is the band’s satiric answer to how partyers responded to the pandemic.

“This song is about clowning on the dangerous, ignorant, toxic, abusive, death trip that is mass blackout drinking,” said guitarist Matt Picola. “Party culture is rad, but it’s also literally destroying tons of random lives for the most cynical corporate interests on earth.”

“When society and the government sets everything up for an apocalyptic hellscape, we need to continue to come together and support each other,” Miller said.

SURFBORT plays the Lodge Room on Aug. 27.

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Photos by Luis Moreno and Donna Balancia

The Brouwerij West in San Pedro is open for business and keeps on truckin’ as bands, brews and fun times rolled with Popfuji, a free event that brought local music lovers together last Saturday.

The family-friendly night of music, food and brews last weekend saw explosions of fun from headliner Fast Times band, cool jazzy guitar from Jessica Kaczmarek and new music from up-and-comers Minor Strut.

But even more than the great music, it was the attendees who took the spotlight, with families, couples and groups of friends getting together once again to enjoy a night out with a selection of delicacies from food trucks and some great home-brewed beer varieties.

In addition to people, a variety of pets were also on hand to enjoy a night out. After all, four-legged and two-legged music fans who have been cooped up for the last year are looking to cut loose a little.

Like San Pedro, the music for the late afternoon-into-evening event was diverse. Minor Strut performed some catchy original tunes, Kaczmarek and stand up bass partner, Lucky, played familiar bluesy numbers and the energetic Fast Times Band lit up the night with famous covers from the 1980s.

People came together at Brouwerij West to party and enjoy great music – Photo by Luis Moreno

 

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Feels, Mike Watt and the Secondmen, Support John and Exene of X in Pedro

November 6, 2017
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X the Band, Mike Watt, Celebrate Brouwerij West Second Anniversary

March 5, 2018
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SAN PEDRO – Punk favorites X the band, helped the Brouwerij West in San Pedro celebrate its second anniversary Saturday night. The punkers got an assist from San Pedro royalty Mike Watt and the Missingmen.  […]

Joe Sumner Takes Center Stage and Brings ‘Hope’ to Enthusiastic Crowd at Hotel Cafe

Joe Sumner Takes Center Stage and Brings ‘Hope’ to Enthusiastic Crowd at Hotel Cafe
July 20, 2021
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Photos and Words by HARRIET KAPLAN

Singer, songwriter and guitarist Joe Sumner performed an intimate and unadorned set of music at Hotel Cafe for an enthusiastic crowd of fans.

Sumner, the former Fiction Plane vocalist, premiered new, original material and performed his Record Store Day vinyl single “Hope,” at the Hollywood venue Saturday night in one of the first shows since pandemic restrictions lifted.

The music brought back tones of Fiction Plane, his band which opened for The Police on the reunion tour in 2007. Sumner is the son of the former Police lead singer and prolific solo artist and bassist Sting.

Joe Sumner at Hotel Cafe – All photos © Harriet Kaplan

The songs Sumner selected for his Cafe performance leaned towards sentimental, tender, and had a yearning quality to them. They were also quirky and offbeat. The new numbers struck a universal chord that anyone can relate to. He also did a few cover songs including David Bowie’s “Life on Mars,” a classic holdover from his front man gig at a number of high-profile Mike Garson-led David Bowie band shows.

The brief yet engaging set was marked by Sumner’s gregarious personality. He was warm, funny and made a few casual random asides during the show. One was about David Chapelle who performed there the night before.

Joe Sumner gave a jovial and passionate performance – Harriet Kaplan photo

Sumner mentioned there were a lot of cigarette butts around stage floor. He also said he was happy to be performing before an audience again. While garbed smartly, his attire was outshone as he also wore a big beaming smile while entertaining and playing passionately.

Sumner’s positive and upbeat energy was really contagious. It seemed to bounce off the crowd of fans gathered inside the Main Stage. Everyone was having a great time enjoying the experience of seeing live music and being back in the scene.


















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Musicians Get Organized: 5 Effective Ways to Make Your To-Do List Work for You

Musicians Get Organized: 5 Effective Ways to Make Your To-Do List Work for You
July 18, 2021
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By ROLAND MERCY

To-do lists may not be for everyone, but, what we can say with certainty is that they help with time management. As you can imagine, being able to manage your time in an effective manner will do wonders for your quality of life.

To-do lists are essential because it allows you to focus on a single task at hand. No longer will you be aimlessly jumping from task to task, which is a complete waste of time. This will also increase the quality of work as you can focus on one goal at a time. We talk with our expert Conrad Brennan (check his profile) about the best ways to make your to-do list.

Form a Solid List

Your first order of business when designing a to-do list is to choose the right format for you. Obviously, there will be two different ways you can achieve this. These days, there are loads of apps online which will allow you to streamline your lists.

There are many advantages to using an app. For instance, they will have an automatic reminder system you will never forget or run over time. When it comes to editing your list, the online app is far simpler to adjust, therefore saving you even more time.

The apps will also allow you to assign a priority task, or you can lay them out in order of importance. Another feature that makes an app favoured over a written list is certainly the design aspect.

There are so many apps available online; your only task will be to decide which one works best for you.

Decide on the Number of Tasks

It’s always a great idea to decide on how many tasks you’ll be laying out for yourself per day. When starting with your lists, this may take a couple of days to determine how many will be the right number.

Ensure that you don’t give yourself too much to do in the beginning. This will actually hinder your progress if you’ve bitten off too much. Revising your list is always a fantastic way to ensure you are getting as much done as possible. Whenever you think of something new, add it to your list.

Another great way to separate your tasks is by creating specified lists. This will allow you to differentiate between tasks as well as show priority. For example: shopping lists, work lists, chore lists and any other list you think will help segment your work into defining categories.

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Assign a Completion Timeline

Due dates are there for a reason and this is exactly why you need to assign them. It goes without saying that not all tasks will have a hard date or time for them to be completed. This is why creating and prioritizing items on your list is essential to achieve good time management.

If you’ve chosen to make a to-do list using an app, most will automatically remind you when tasks are due. It will also give you constant reminders regarding what should be completed next or which task is a priority.

Lists Are For Tasks Not Goals

Even though you may feel like you want to put your goals on your to-do lists, it’s advisable that you don’t. Rather, create a separate goal chart or dream board which is in a highly visible area. This way, you will be constantly reminded of what you would like to achieve in the short and long term.

Keep in mind that there is actually a difference between goals and tasks, they may seem the same but they differ in one small way. Lists determine what needs to be done in order to manage your time at home or at work. Goals need to be reached for personal growth, hence why you’ll need separate lists.

Why Create To-Do Lists

One of the main reasons for to-do lists is to ensure you're leaving yourself with enough free time to enjoy your life. Achieving your timeline will give you time to play your favourite games at an online casino real money, go for a hike, attend a market or just while away your free time by reading your favourite book.

Being organized may seem like a bit of a waste of time, or it may just feel like you’re trying to control every little aspect of your life. For some people, this is just the way they deal with the stresses of life. For others, this may seem like being a tad controlling.

What we can say is this, there is absolutely no reason for you not to create a to-do list. Even though you may not be completely convinced that a to-do list will work for you, we recommend giving it a try before snubbing.

It is guaranteed to improve your quality of life by relieving stress, giving your life some order and ensuring you will have enough free time to enjoy the little things in life.


















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By AVA LIVERSIDGE

Jack White is and always has been a man possessed. The acesiticsm with which he approaches his craft has left him essentially peerless, unmatched, and navigating a dominion of his own creation. It’s this earnest obsession that often sets White at odds with fame and the music industry at large. To trace the roots of this antagonism, one must look to the White Stripes’s third album, White Blood Cells (2001) — their mainstream breakout and first taste of notoriety.

In honor of the record’s 20th anniversary, White’s own label, Third Man Records, put out an unreleased Stripes live performance that debuted the record just before it came out in June 2001: Live at the Gold Dollar, a venue of seminal importance in the duo’s hometown of Detroit. The release includes live takes of all 16 tracks on the record — live recordings being portents of genius whenever the Stripes are involved.

Motor City is for cynics and the Stripes’ rise to fame was met with frosty disdain from other members of their garage rock ilk. The calamity, severity, and potency the performance yields all testify to this tension and of much to prove. The duo is ever-unpolished, in true decrepit DIY fashion, and the recording, taken straight from the venue’s soundboard, remains virgin and untouched by audio purifiers. Jack’s signature airstream squeaks loudly. Meg’s snare/symbol rotation clangs proudly. When playing live, the Stripes famously and uniquely stand up to their studio recordings and while the shows certainly don’t sound polished, they’re not struggling to pull off multi-layered studio takes. They make records to perform records.

Without a setlist, Jack maneuvers the two in and out of their latest tracks with bulky, but quintessentially Stripe-y transitions. With fuzz tones dominating and a Whammy at the ready for spontaneous soloing, it’s clear the Stripes were beginning to hit the stride that would take them through their next several years of a heyday. Authenticity floods the recording and a certain brand of nostalgia rises amidst the blunders: “Now Mary” undergoes a false start, Meg’s thumping is woefully out of time on their electric rendition of “Hotel Yorba,” and the keys accompagnement on “I’m Finding It Harder to Be a Gentleman” is seemingly being made up on the spot.

These idiosyncrasies, these pockets of humanness, work parallel with the veritable genius that is the White Stripes. It is playing live when Jack White practices the foundational importance of creative stress and limitations that he preaches, and he truly is preaching. As the duo balances on the precipice of stardom, these missteps and the turbulence they spawn is what reminds us of why it’s easy to believe the White Stripes, why it’s so plain that they’re telling the truth. To honor the Stripes’  come-up via White Blood Cells 20th anniversary is to honor the establishment of a new aim for musical veracity.


















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Britney Spears One Step Closer to ‘Freedom’ with New Attorney

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July 15, 2021
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By JOHN DALY

Britney Spears, who has been fighting to remove her father from his conservatorship role may have gained a foothold in her fight for freedom. A Los Angeles judge ruled on Tuesday that the pop singer may select her own personal attorney to enable her fight against remaining in an “abusive” financial arrangement that controls her life. 

Spears’ former attorneys stepped down and her new attorney, ex-prosecutor Matthew Rosengart of Greenberg Traurig LLP stepped up and told a Los Angeles courtroom that his client was “capable” of selecting her own lawyer based on her testimony. Spears, who has been subjected to the court-ruled conservatorship since 2008, attended the hearing remotely.

The opposing side, James Spears, through his attorney Vivian Lee Thoreen of Holland and Knight, LLP, would not oppose the judge’s decision to allow Spears to select her own counsel. 

Superior Court Judge Brenda J. Perry said the 39-year-old Spears has a constitutional right to pick her own lawyer in the conservatorship she has been in since 2008. She accepted the resignation of Spears’ two former attorneys, David C. Nelson of Loeb and Loeb LLP and Samuel D. Ingham III, her court-appointed attorney.

Spears gave testimony that was often times forceful and angry, as the pop star described the daily limitations on her life over everything from the specific self-care she is required to have to threats over her ability to be available for work. She called her father’s reign over her life beyond abuse and called it “cruelty,” according to sources at the packed courthouse.

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Opposing counsel said Spears’ accounts are simply incorrect, including the part about her not being allowed to see her boyfriend and children and that the singer is not prevented from arranging her own self-care. Thoreen called for an investigation into the accusations.

An attorney for Spears’ liscensed conservator, Jodi Montgomery said it would be better to “work as a team” rather than conduct an investigation that could potentially endanger the singer’s privacy.  Spears attorney Rosengart agreed adding that James Spears should not be a part of that team and he should “step aside.”

The court set September 29 as the next hearing date.

The case of Spears and the conservatorship has been playing out in the public eye and has gained momentum since a documentary was produced on her situation. 

Spears, who has been active on social media posted: “Coming along, folks … coming along!!! New with real representation today … I feel GRATITUDE and BLESSED !!!! Thank you to my fans who are supporting me …” She included images of herself riding a horse and doing cartwheels in the post.


















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Master Nate and the Reprobates Rouse and Rock with ‘Wake Up’

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Master Nate and the Reprobates Rouse and Rock with ‘Wake Up’
July 14, 2021
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By JOHN DALY
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Just when we were starting to wonder why it’s so quiet out there, Canadian outfit Master Nate and the Reprobates have released the rousing new single, “Wake Up,” off the band’s upcoming debut record The Dawn.

“Wake Up” is a driving, punk rock rager off MNR’s debut record, The Dawn, which is the first in an eight-record “Diem” series. The Diem eight-record series is an artistic mural when put together, following concepts that reflect the darkest and brightest emotions.

With each record, a new guest collaboration takes place. The Dawn features Roger Lima of Less Than Jake, joining in on the track “Long Life in a Small Town.”

Wake Up is an energetic tune that blends a great unique riff with cool vocals and excellent beat. Master Nate and The Reprobates prove you can blend different styles with a cohesive result, in this case as if Rancid teamed with Midnight Oil.

The Dawn was recorded at The Tragically Hip-owned Bathouse Recording Studio in Bath, Ontario, Canada, with engineer Nyles Spencer.

The Dawn is set to release Friday, July 23rd on the band’s Bare Bones Records.

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March 8, 2017
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With ‘Trouble Maker,’ Rancid Tells Us Where They’re Going With Hot Album: To The Top of the Charts

June 11, 2017
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SUUNS Envision a World Beyond with Dreamy Track + Optical Video ‘C-Thru’

SUUNS Envision a World Beyond with Dreamy Track + Optical Video ‘C-Thru’
July 13, 2021
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By JOHN DALY

SUUNS has released the track and accompanying video for “C-Thru” from their upcoming album, The Witness.

The Witness is set for a September 3 release on Joyful Noise.

“C-Thru” is a dreamily quirky track that transports the listener to a new place past what’s here on Earth. The “Magic Eye” video for the music takes it one step further and reinforces the need to look closer into a move to a new dimension. With “C-Thru,” SUUNS has extracted the beautiful essence of the world beyond.

The band says “C-Thru” was one of the last songs recorded for the album, The Witness, and came together quickly without much reflection, but the depth and quality of the track belie that.

SUUNS is Ben Shemie, Joe Yarmush, and Liam O’Neill. The video was directed by Jared Raab and Luca Tarantini (AOK), the custom plugin was developed by Charles Bordenave at Motion Boutique. The Kinect Auto-Stereogram workflow was first engineered by Tomasz Dysinski. Scripting help came from Zack Ryan and additional textures and models were produced by Thunk3d.scanner, Thomas Flynn, Veromcclean and 3DHaupt with special thanks to Cosette Schulz.

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July 12, 2021
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By DONNA BALANCIA

The Los Angeles music community turned out en masse over the weekend for the opening of Record Safari Los Angeles, the newest retail offering from Alex Rodriguez.

Rodriguez, the beloved record collector and music curator who travels high and low to find albums to bring to the people, was deluged opening weekend with hundreds of customers who came to shop at the new store, located in Atwater Village.

Alex Rodriguez opens Record Safari LA – Courtesy image

Rodriguez is a well-known personality in the vinyl biz. He established The Glass House Record Store, located next door to the Glass House music venue in Pomona.

“The turnout was way crazier than I expected and it was so wonderful to see everyone that came out,” Rodriguez said. “Thank you all for constantly inspiring me to keep digging up records!!”

The new store came together as a team effort, Rodriguez said. It was a labor of love converting the building from a former recording studio into a retail outlet.

Cassandra created the record racks for Record Safari – Alex Rodriguez photo

Rodriguez has made it his life’s passion to seek out great albums. As curator for Coachella’s on-site record store, he has become a famed fixture in the SoCal music scene.

He is so established in fact, there was a documentary film “Record Safari” made about him, and it’s been a hit on the indie scene. The film depicts Rodriguez doing what he loves to do: Travelling the nation to find the finest in vinyl recordings. And his efforts as one of the country’s top “vinyl-ologists” help others to check off albums on their wish list.

Mark Atherlay met Robert standing in line at Record Safari LA at 6:50 AM on Saturday – Courtesy LAVinyl77

“Alex is the man!” said record enthusiast Mark Atherlay, who got in line at 6:50 AM on Saturday to support friend Rodriguez and the new store.

“In fact I’m just one of many who sold him nearly three quarters of my vinyl collection,” he said. “It was a stellar and smooth day all due to the sheer amount prep that went into the Grand Opening.”

Neon art by @dani_bonnet at Record Safari – Rodriguez photo

As the story goes, the owner of the Glass House Concert Hall in Pomona opened a record store beside the venue and met Alex at a swap — of course — buying records. Alex eventually worked his way up to general manager of the Glass House. 

Goldenvoice and Coachella called on Alex to build a record store for the festival, a job that led to his first of many cross country purchasing trips.

But over the weekend Rodriguez did not have to travel for his latest success. The community came together to support him, with musicians, artists and crafts people — as well as record fans — gathering in Atwater Village on one of the hottest weekends of the year. 

Adam Bones of The Two Tens buys vinyl at Record Safari LA – Courtesy

There were lines outside the store over the weekend as record collectors queued up in anticipation of the opening of Record Safari LA, affording vinyl buyers a new, more centrally located retail resource.

“It was pretty cool,” said Adam Bones of the LA Bands The Two Tens and FriendlyBear. “I went with my brother and we both picked up a handful of records. They had a lot of rare original print stuff. We found some nice gems in there.”

For those who love to spin the vinyl and have a true appreciation for tunes, the new Record Safari LA is a destination that should not be missed. It’s located at 3222 Los Feliz Blvd. LA, CA 90039.

For more information check out the Record Safari LA Instagram.

Donna Balancia is the publisher of California Rocker, EastCoastRocker.com and the new U.S. Rocker. Contact her at sales@californiarocker or follow California Rocker on Instagram.


















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Livingmore Interview: New Album ‘Take Me’ Gives an Inside Look at LA Band’s Outlook on Life

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July 9, 2021
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By HANNAH MEANS-SHANNON

LA-based indie band Livingmore overcame real-life challenges to release their album Take Me, out on Nomad Eel Records.

The band’s previous full-length, It’s All Happening, landed in 2019, and they were just about to get into seriously recording Take Me when the pandemic hit. Like many artists, they kept busy and found a way to bring the recording process to completion. The result is a very interesting development on their previously praised synthy vibe that still captures a lot of the dreamy aspect of classic Rock and Pop, but a tuned-up rhythm section takes these new songs into edgier zones.

So far, they’ve released videos for “Sharp” and “Got Me Feelin’ Like”, and along with recent photos and their photo-based album cover, we’re getting a strong sense of how visuals play into their band identity and music right now.  Talking with founding members Alex Moore and Spencer Livingston, I was surprised to find that they’d weathered a major studio fire during the always-unpredictable year of 2020, but that the album came out unscathed. We also spoke in-depth about the making of their recent videos and why Nurtle, their pet Tortoise, actually makes a great mascot for the band. 

Hannah Means-Shannon: I know that this album has been a fairly long process in terms of recording and release, because last summer you were right in the middle of it.

Spencer Livingston: Yes, last summer in June or July, that was the middle part of it. We started recording around February and March 2020, right around the time everything fell apart in the world. But we kept working as much as we could to keep our sanity through the madness.

HMS: And yet you made this very full album! It would have been understandable to do an EP or something more stripped down. Do you think you did more because you were intent on keeping busy?

Alex Moore: We just love doing this, so it does come naturally to us to whatever we have into it no matter what life throws at us. We definitely had a lot of time to be creative so that probably adds to all the things we were able to accomplish. Because of what was going on, we were able to be more present in our art, because we didn’t know what the future would hold.

HMS: I can definitely see doing things while you could in case circumstances changed. How accessible were your work spaces?

Spencer: Luckily, we had recorded most of the drums already in February at Studio City Sound near where we live in the valley. The rest of it was done at our studio, or rather, our drummer Mike [Schadel’s] studio, which he’s had for 20 years. We’ve been using is for 6 or 7 years for recording everything that is Livingmore. We don’t really have time constraints there. We’re very thankful to have that place at our disposal. We also record and rehearse a little bit at our house, and we’re roommates with Mike. 

Alex: It is pretty crazy because not too long after working on the album, the studio caught on fire, which was nuts! It almost burned down.

Spencer:We’re the only studio in the building, with garages, and an auto body shop and a paint-related shop. Something caught on fire in the paint shop and the entire place burned down except for our studio. It burned right up to the wall, and the fire department got there in time. They are fixing one of the walls and part of the roof. We had some smoke damage, but it’s salvageable.

HMS: That’s what we were just joking about! “Do it while you can!” And then that happened. You really never know what the next day is going to be. That is motivating.

Spencer: It was the cherry on top of the wonderful year we’d had in 2020.

HMS: Any significant loss of equipment?

Spencer:No, thankfully. Just some couches had to be thrown out due to the terrible smoke smell. It’s now aired out a lot.

HMS: I can see some significant differences between Take Me and your previous album, It’s All Happening. The previous release was this amazing synth celebration with a certain mood throughout. This one’s has more classic Rock underneath and I love a lot of the guitar parts as well as the vocals. It’s a bright and shiny album but it has some edges to it, which brings an interesting attitude out. 

Spencer: We’re definitely going for a bigger sound with this album. It definitely was more collaborative. With the first album, Alex and I wrote the songs acoustically, by ourselves. With this one, we still did that, though with electric guitars rather than acoustic, but we collaborated a lot more with arrangements and the band came into it a lot sooner in the writing process. That’s definitely part of how it sounds. 

HMS: Maybe that’s why I’m saying it’s more Rock, because the rhythm section is more pronounced and integrated.

Spencer: Rodrigo [Moreno], our bass player, actually didn’t play on the first album, so that may add to things. He’s now been in the band longer than our previous bass player, Brian Dobbs, who joined another band in Ireland. Mike and Rodrigo gel really well and the rhythm section has really become a cohesive thing. 

HMS: That may be part of the danceable aspect of this album, too. The rhythm has a strong accent to it.

Alex: We can’t wait to play these live! We haven’t gotten to play them in-person yet.

HMS: There’s really a strong aspect to the media that you’ve developed to go with the album and convey its attitude. I love the new photographs and the album cover. 

Alex: We’re working with this really awesome photographer called Joseph Cultice. He’s worked with a lot of bands that we look up to. One of the cool things that came out of the pandemic has been us collaborating on visuals for the band. I was hoping there was a way to work in a safe way during the pandemic, and there was. He also shot the live video we did for “Sharp”. We hope to collaborate with him on future shows.

Photos by Joseph Cultice

Spencer: He’s really a very interesting visual artist in many ways.

Alex: An interesting thing about him is that he does everything by hand. If you see a color behind us, that’s not photoshop, it’s a piece of paper that he hung up. I like when things are hands-on and it reminds me of how we do things also. Like the picture that we have with polka dots is actually cut-out polka dots.

HMS: That’s actually the one photo I would have assumed was digital because it seemed too difficult! That’s really. I like the textures he comes up with, too, like the photo with the plastic over the couches and chairs. Also, there’s a great use of outdoor space on the album cover. 

Spencer: We shot that at his house, actually. 

Alex: We took a lot of different photos that day, but that one really stood out to us. We didn’t know that would be the album cover. I liked how the green bushes reminded me of Edward Scissorhands! I definitely enjoyed putting all the outfits together, too. With the album cover, I always enjoy boots and t-shirts, and Joseph suggested putting tape on, so we collaborated on ideas. I’m very certain about what I like and what I don’t like with outfits. 

I did picture a lot of purples and blues for the scene TVs on my outfit and the plastic couches. It’s almost a celebratory but moody vibe. I like to add a little bit of moodiness or edginess to any lighthearted thing. It’s just more fun that way. 

Spencer: We also work with Alex’s brother. He did the “Sharp” video. But Joseph definitely really gets things effortlessly. From the moment we met him, he has understood the sound of the band and has had a vision for the band that really aligns with what we visualize. 

HMS: How do you feel about terminology, like “Power Pop” for some of your more vocally harmonic songs?

Alex: I never really know what to call our music. It’s not because I don’t know what it is, but because it’s a lot of different things.

Spencer: Power Pop is acceptable. It’s alright. 

HMS: In the process of writing and recording the album, when did you start thinking about which songs would get videos?

Alex: I think we knew right away that “Sharp” would get a video. It’s the most unique song on the album to grab people. It just had that feeling. 

Spencer: Maybe it’s because we grew up in the 90s and early 2000s when videos were super-important, but we really do have fun making music videos and it’s something that’s always been a part of what we do. When we record something, it naturally feels like we’ll do a video. It’s something that we like to do, to put visuals with the music. 

Alex: With “Sharp”, it was a simple idea, but it popped. Dylan, my brother, was the one who had the idea for that. He knew we needed to find a car with a sun roof. It turned out really cool. Some people think it’s green-screened, which is funny to me. Spencer was driving the car and I was sticking my head out.

HMS: It’s a really fun video. I did not think it was green-screened because of how many changing environments there are. Of course, you had to deal with traffic and your hair blowing around constantly.

Alex: Luckily, we did it on a Sunday, but towards evening there was more traffic. And some people didn’t like it.

Spencer: We were breaking all kinds of traffic rules. [Laughs] There was a suction cup camera mounted on the back of the car and Alex was facing backwards. We tried it on the front and it looked cooler the other way. It looked cooler with the wind blowing Alex’s hair from behind rather than blowing it back. It also looks almost like she’s floating that way. 

HMS: An interesting reaction I had was, “Oh my god, it’s the outside world!” It made me feel like I was rediscovering that as the world opens back up. What were some of your goals for the live video version of “Sharp”?

Spencer: I think we wanted it to look cool and capture us playing live. It sounds almost the same as the album version, which is funny. We’ve really been doing a lot of live stream things this year, but we wanted to put a version of one of our songs out that looked cool and had higher than streaming quality, where we’d mixed everything properly. 

HMS: With high tea! 

Alex: Yes, with the tea. It also shows listeners what they can look forward to in a live show from us.

HMS: There’s a lot of live energy there. It’s an interesting mid-way point between a polished music video and a live performance experience. 

Spencer: We wanted it to be kind of a hybrid.

HMS: You did another big video for “Got Me Feelin’ Like”. I will not give away the ending, I’ll make people watch it. How did that develop as an idea and how that get shot?

Alex: Honestly, I’ve had that idea in my head for a very long time, of a guy walking into a liquor store dressed as a cowboy and interacting with customers. Right when I started coming up with the lyrics, I actually imagined the actor in the role who ended up playing him in the video, so that was surreal. We definitely put a lot of work into figuring out the costumes and the actors. We both produced it and I directed the storyline part. I was very excited and wrote the script out in bullet points of all the scenes. I don’t want to talk like it’s a Martin Scorsese film but it turned out really cool. 

Spencer: The whole thing only took about three hours to shoot.

Alex: We’re so lucky that we found a liquor store that was willing to let us do that. They were just like, “Here’s the keys, bye!”

HMS: That’s very trusting. 

Spencer: Thanks to an irresponsible store clerk, we got our video.

HMS: The big question is, why are you so weird, Alex, that you had this vision of this Rhinestone Cowboy video in your head?

Alex: I’ve been asking myself the same question. I can’t totally explain it. I was inspired by Beck videos from the 90s, and also, by Jane’s Addiction. There’s grunge mixed with a fun humor in those videos, and that has always stuck with me. I wanted the video to not be totally goofy, but have some coolness to it, like when those bands put out videos. I wanted to show some sarcasm to the song, though, and show why it is what it is. 

Spencer: I think Alex’s sense of humor shines through on that one.

HMS: There are some slightly heavier songs on the album in terms of theme, like “Memory Hill” and “Energy Taken”. I do want to commend you for creating a song with a heavier idea that’s just such an ear worm. It’s got a looping feeling and it’s stuck in my head now.

Spencer: That’s my favorite song on the album.

HMS: It’s so universal. We have so little control over what our minds do and what they go back to.

Alex: I actually wrote that when we were recording our first album. It has a lot of different meanings to it, but there are people in everyone’s lives who you used to be close to. Now when you see them, sometimes they bring up bad memories, but there’s usually something there that’s still relatable. For me, that’s always been a sense of humor that takes away any awkwardness. It’s definitely a sentimental song. It’s funny that it turned out sounding like such a happy song. 

HMS: I’ll ask you one silly question. Do you really have a pet tortoise?

Alex: Yes, we do. Nurtle is our pet tortoise. We’ve had him for seven years and he’s still little.

Spencer: Apparently, they can get up to 200 pounds. He’s a kind of African tortoise and they can get gigantic. When we got him, he was so tiny that he could fit into the palm of your hand. 

HMS: Right now, he’s a lap tortoise. Do you have any thoughts about how having Nurtle around contributes to your life?

Spencer: We definitely love him. He’s a simple little guy. He doesn’t need that much and likes to do his own thing. He’s like our son. We try to treat him well. He’s been the star of one of our music videos, actually, “Never Slow Down”. 

Alex: He’s kind of our mascot now. 

Spencer: He’s a good mascot for Livingmore because we kind of move at a slow and steady pace, as a band. Also, the music we make isn’t meant to be digested quickly. I think it should sit with people longer. I’ve thought about this before. [Laughs] I stare at Nurtle sometimes and think, “He really is the symbol of Livingmore, isn’t he?” 

Alex: I used to be called a turtle when I was younger, not in an offensive way. Some kids move fast, like the tortoise and the hare story. It sometimes took me longer to accomplish things, so it was always, “The tortoise wins the race!”

Spencer: I guess what we’re trying to say is that some people are dog people, some people are cat people, and we’re tortoise people.

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Alice Cooper and Geezer Butler are among the rockers set to perform at Stand Up and Shout For Ronnie James Dio’s Birthday, a virtual event on Saturday, July 10 from Rolling Live Studios.

The event, hosted on rollinglivestudios.com, begins at 2 p.m. Pacific time, benefiting The Ronnie James Dio Stand Up and Shout Cancer Fund (www.diocancerfund.org). The fund was founded in memory of Ronnie James Dio, the late heavy metal icon who was the voice of Elf, Rainbow, Black Sabbath and DIO before losing his battle with gastric cancer in 2010.

Tickets are now available for the VIP After Party the next day, Sunday, July 11, also at 2 p.m. Pacific time.

The global fundraiser is bringing together celebrities and fans all over the world to honor Dio’s impact on and off the stage. Rounding out the already enviable lineup are Butler, known for Black Sabbath and Heaven & Hell and Cooper, one of rock’s best-known musicians.

Additional musicians taking part in the event include: Carmine Appice (Vanilla Fudge, Beck; Bogert & Appice); Vinny Appice (DIO, Black Sabbath); Michael Angelo Batio (Nitro, Holland, Shout); Kenny Aronoff (John Mellencamp, Jon Bon Jovi), Sebastian Bach, Joey Belladonna (Anthrax); Chuck Billy (Testament); John Bush (Armored Saint); Gilby Clarke (Guns N’ Roses, Slash’s Snakepit); Mikkey Dee (Scorpions, Motörhead); the DIO band–Oni Logan and Tim “Ripper” Owens, vocals; Simon Wright, drums; Scott Warren, keyboards; Rowan Robertson, guitar; and Bjorn Englen, bass—Aynsley Dunbar (Journey, Frank Zappa); keyboard player Steve Ferlazzo, Frank Ferrer (Guns N’ Roses); Lita Ford; Chuck Garric (Alice Cooper); Sammy Hagar (Van Halen, Chickenfoot, Montrose); Lzzy Hale (Halestorm); Rob Halford (Judas Priest); singer Lena Hall (“Hedwig and the Angry Inch”); Glenn Hughes (Deep Purple, Black Country Communion); Terry Ilous (Great White, XYZ); Tony Iommi (Black Sabbath, Heaven & Hell); Richie Kotzen (Poison, Smith/Kotzen); LA metal band Liliac; James LoMenzo (White Lion, Slash’s Snakepit) Duff McKagan (Guns N’ Roses); Sean McNabb (Quiet Riot, Dokken); Jeff Pilson (Foreigner, DIO); Rudy Sarzo (Quiet Riot, Ozzy Osbourne); Paul Shortino (Rough Cutt, “Raiding the Rock Vault”); Glen Sobel (Alice Cooper, Hollywood Vampires); guitarist Jasmine Star; Derek St. Holmes (Vanilla Fudge, Michael Schenker Group); Tenacious D’s Jack Black and Kyle Gass; Brian Tichy (Whitesnake, Ozzy Osbourne); Scott Travis (Judas Priest, Thin Lizzy); Mexican rock band The Warning; Ricky Warwick (Black Star Riders) and Lajon Witherspoon (Sevendust).

Ronnie James Dio Stand

Radio and television personalities Eddie Trunk and Matt Pinfield will co-host the event, conducting interviews with artists as well as with Dio record producer Wyn Davis; concert promoter Danny Zelisko and Ronnie’s widow and longtime manager Wendy Dio, among others.

Tickets are on sale now at https://rollinglivestudios.com/dio beginning at $20 for General Admission tickets to view the show. Tickets are also available for the VIP After Party the next day, Sunday, July 11, also beginning at 2PM Pacific time (PDT). The VIP After Party will feature exclusive performances by Joey Tempest (Europe), Paul Shortino and Richie Kotzen, among others, and artist interviews conducted by host Matt Pinfield, all of which will only be accessible to VIP After Party ticketholders.

In addition to viewing tickets, Rolling Live Studios is offering special merchandise packages and virtual VIP experiences for fans to participate in this unique worldwide event. Bidding is open for the “Dio Ultimate Bundle Auction,” comprising rare Dio-themed items hand-picked from the vault by Wendy Dio, and for a one-of-kind Dio-themed leather jacket that will be custom made for the winning bidder by celebrated artist Carin Hazmat.

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Beck celebrates his July 8 birthday with a late night motorcycle ride through the streets of Los Angeles in the new video for “Chemical (Chloé Caillet Remix).”

Directed by Mikai Karl and starring Stella Maxwell, the video reflects a re-imagined visual featuring downtown LA as the backdrop to “Chemical” a track off Beck’s Hyperspace album.

Check out Beck’s version of “Find My Way” on Paul McCartney’s III Imagined and his remix of Remi Wolf’s “Sauce”.

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Sk8 – Don’t Wanna Go Back Lyrics

[Intro]
I don't wanna go back, back, back
Look at where I'm at, at ,at
Stop living in the past
Stop living in the past
Stop living in the past

[Verse 1]
I don't wanna go back to the life that I was living (nah)
Focused on the future in my brain I had a vision
Ever since my circumcision I was made for television
Mighta ended up in prison if I wasn't a musician
K-k-keep it 100
I roll the el and I'm bluntin'
For all the haters that fronted I got 'em now
When they wanted (they really wanted)
They wanted all
Yeah they wanted all
If your boyfriend lame girl you know who to call
Hit me on twitter @skatemaloley (yup)
I-I be gettin' cheese ass no ravioli
Everyday I wake up to a pre-rolled stogie (damn)
L-Light it up and watch the room get real smokey

[Chorus]
I don't wanna go back, back, back
Look at where I'm at, at, at
Stop livin' in the past (stop livin' in the past)
Stop livin' in the past (stop livin' in the past)
I don't wanna go back, back, back
Look at where I'm at, at, at
Stop livin' in the past (stop livin' in the past)
Stop livin' in the past (stop livin' in the past)

I don't wanna go back, back, back
Look at where I'm at, at, at
Stop livin' in the past (stop livin' in the past)

Stop livin' in the past (stop livin' in the past)

[Verse 2]
Get your money up, get your money up though
I be reppin' Taylor gang by my chucks low (by my chucks low)
Ex-girl left didn't take her stuff though
Now I do my own thang I don't ever cuff hoe
Old life and we keepin' it there
It's the past so forget it, yeah we leavin' it there
Playin' ball on the courts I was 19 years
But now I'm something that your girlfriend likely hear
He ain't goin' no where if he ain't a little bit cocky
Killer mentality ain't nobody that can stop me
If you startin' trends thet everybody tryna to copy
You gone be the next makin' bills more than cosby

[Chorus]
I don't wanna go back, back, back
Look at where I'm at, at, at
Stop livin' in the past (stop livin' in the past)
Stop livin' in the past (stop livin' in the past)
I don't wanna go back, back, back
Look at where I'm at, at, at
Stop livin' in the past (stop livin' in the past)
Stop livin' in the past (stop livin' in the past)

I don't wanna go back, back, back
Look at where I'm at, at, at
Stop livin' in the past (stop livin' in the past)
Stop livin' in the past (stop livin' in the past)

Giusy Ferreri – L’amore Tante Volte Lyrics

Mi sono fermata al chiaro di luna
Ho preso fiato da te
Le stelle che al buio si urtano contro
Da quello che pensi di me
Ma questa sera ti vedo per caso
Raccontami tutto: che cosa è cambiato
Dal nostro passato

Ci siamo detti amore tante volte
Tanto da dimenticarci l'amore cos'era per noi
Ci siamo persi dentro questo universo
Delle parole che lasciano il segno
E fermano il tempo
E che fermano il cuore
E che fermano il cuore

Mi sono guardata specchiandomi in acqua
Con il riflesso di te
E non mi diverte: facciamola breve
Che cosa volevi da me?
Ma questa sera, lo sai, non è un caso
Parliamo di tutto, anche del tempo
Del freddo che ho dentro

Ci siamo detti amore tante volte
Tanto da dimenticarci l'amore cos'era per noi

Ci siamo persi dentro questo universo
Delle parole che lasciano il segno
E fermano il tempo
E che fermano il cuore
E che fermano il cuore
Ogni tua parola
Corrisponde a una tempesta
Che mi complica la vita
Adesso sei soltanto tu

Ci siamo detti amore tante volte
Tanto da dimenticarci l'amore cos'era per noi
Ci siamo persi dentro questo universo
Delle parole che lasciano il segno
E fermano il tempo
Ci siamo detti amore tante volte
Tanto da dimenticarci l'amore cos'era per noi
Ci siamo persi dentro questo universo
Delle parole che lasciano il segno
E fermano il tempo
E che fermano il cuore, oh oh
E che fermano il cuore, oh oh
E che fermano il cuore, oh oh
E che fermano il cuore, oh oh
E che fermano il cuore

Foushee – Sing About Love Lyrics

[Intro]
Oh

[Chorus]
I, I can finally sing about love again
I, I could see in color, I’m in love again
It’s been since forever, swore I would never
I’ll probably regret this, but now
I, I can finally sing about love again, ooh

[Verse]
It’s what I been waiting for
Everything I want
You shouldn’t make homes of people
What is this leading me to
Even worse, I follow
When you step, I’m five toes
Even my darkest days
I keep a spot for you
I keep it all bottled
You show me how not to

I like you honesty
I sing about a lot things, now I

[Chorus]
I, I can finally sing about love again
I, I could see in color, I’m in love again
It’s been since forever, swore I would never
I’ll probably regret this, but now
I, I can finally sing about love again

[Outro]
So good, so good
And it feels organic
I’m very into that
I might miss your call
But I always hit you back
But I always hit you
I can finally sing about lovе again
I can finally sing about love again

Epik High – Fan Lyrics

[Chorus: Tablo & Mithra Jin]
가질 수가 없어도 (내 머릿속에서라도)
만질 수가 없어도 (그저 헛된 꿈이라도)
말할 수가 없어도 (멀리서 숨어서라도)
You know I do (널 사랑한다고)
내가 누군지는 몰라도

[Verse 1: Tablo]
Oh baby, don’t you know, 내 이름도 모르죠
오늘도 밤새도록 맘 졸이고 그대 바라보고 있죠
Oh so beautiful, 손에 쥔 당신의 독사진
세상의 환호성에 파묻힌 내 미친 사랑의 속삭임
듣고 있지도 않겠죠, 난 죽어도 안 되겠죠
그러겠죠, 다음 세상에도 내가 누군지도 모르고 살겠죠
너무나도 그댈 가지고 싶어 난 돌이킬 수가 없죠
오늘 밤도 입을 맞추고 싶어 베개를 꽉 붙잡겠죠

[Verse 2: Mithra Jin]
오늘이 우리의 첫 만남이 맞는 거겠죠?
그런 문답은 언제나 당신만 하는 거겠죠?
나는 그대 뒷모습에 오늘도 말을 걸겠죠
항상 같은 건데도 떨림에 인사를 건네죠
이 세상이 모든 귀를 막아도 그대만은 내 말을 들어줘
멀어지는 그대 뒷모습에 굳어가는 날 흔들어줘
멀리서 저 멀리서 점이 되어가
어디에서 그댈 볼 수 있을까 (말해줘)

[Chorus: Tablo & Mithra Jin]
가질 수가 없어도 (내 머릿속에서라도)
만질 수가 없어도 (그저 헛된 꿈이라도)
말할 수가 없어도 (멀리서 숨어서라도)
You know I do (널 사랑한다고)
내가 누군지는 몰라도 (내 머릿속에서라도)
만질 수가 없어도 (그저 헛된 꿈이라도)
말할 수가 없어도 (멀리서 숨어서라도)
You know I do (널 사랑한다고)
내가 누군지는 몰라도

[Verse 3: Mithra Jin]
오늘은 왜 웃지 않고 있을까 그대?
무슨 일인지, 별 일 아니었음 좋겠는데
시름이 가득한 그대 얼굴 난 볼 수가 없는데
차라리 내가 아픈 게 낫겠어, 그럴 수가 없는 게
너무나도 안타까워, 오늘 하루만은 날 반가워
‘잘 있었죠?’ 물어본다면 대답할 수 있는 날 안아줘
갖지도 만질 수도 안을 수도 없는 그대여
오늘밤도 난 그대를 만나러 가요 내 꿈속에서

[Verse 4: Tablo]
꿈속에서라도 모두가 말리고 내 사랑 비웃더라도
미쳤다고 모두가 말하고 온 세상 지우더라도
당신은 내 건데, 보잘 것 없는 시선들에게 뺏겨, 왜?
No, 난 절대 못 해, 나만 바라보게 해줄게
모든 걸 다 줄게, 입맞출 때 세상을 다 가져다 줄게
절대 날 떠나가지 못하게 불이 꺼져버린 가슴에 가둘게
You are my star, I’m your No.1 fan
Baby please, take my hand

[Chorus: Tablo & Mithra Jin]
가질 수가 없어도 (내 머릿속에서라도)
만질 수가 없어도 (그저 헛된 꿈이라도)
말할 수가 없어도 (멀리서 숨어서라도)
You know I do (널 사랑한다고)
내가 누군지는 몰라도 (내 머릿속에서라도)
만질 수가 없어도 (그저 헛된 꿈이라도)
말할 수가 없어도 (멀리서 숨어서라도)
You know I do (널 사랑한다고)
내가 누군지는 몰라도

[Interlude]

[Chorus: Tablo & Mithra Jin]
가질 수가 없어도 (내 머릿속에서라도)
만질 수가 없어도 (그저 헛된 꿈이라도)
말할 수가 없어도 (멀리서 숨어서라도)
You know I do (널 사랑한다고)
내가 누군지는 몰라도 (내 머릿속에서라도)
만질 수가 없어도 (그저 헛된 꿈이라도)
말할 수가 없어도 (멀리서 숨어서라도)
You know I do (널 사랑한다고)
내가 누군지는 몰라도

[Bridge: Tablo]
미친 사랑에 빠진 boys say girls say oh! oh! oh!

바보 같은 사랑에 빠진 boys say girls say oh! oh! oh!
헛된 사랑에 빠진 boys say girls say oh! oh! oh!
나 같은 사랑에 빠진 boys say girls say oh! oh! oh!

[Outro: Tablo]
내가 누군지는 몰라도

Swishahouse – My Life Lyrics (feat. Slim Thug)

Drum roll, ideals mada no fake ideas
Trinity again oo, eh, life life Bra jelilu I'm done make we go
If I do something which you don't like you
Have to look into my face and tell me don't be shy
Because in this world nobody is under anybody it is God who provides
When you do they will talk and if you don't they will still talk
So focus on your life and be a nice guy
It is appointed for man to die once and after there is judgement
So you have to know where to land and where to spy
It not easy but we will survive
It's God who blesses my life so I will be on top
Nobody can wrack my spin
I live on cross
Me I live on God
I want the money and the power
They will try to walk me away but if I dag but life
But I get the money
Almighty always bless my life so I prosper everyday and day
What does a man have, do what I can to get to the top of my life
It not easy but still we go survive
What does a man have, do what I can to get to the top of my life
It not easy but still we go survive
My life
My life
I say this our life
This our life
Ebe God I will account to na God oo
My life
My life
I say this our life
This my life
Ebe God I will account to na God oo
My life
My life
I say this na ma my life
This na ma my life

Ebe God I will account to na God oo
My life
My life
I say this na ma life
This na ma life
Ebe God I will account to na God oo
Dem dey walk with us but envy us
Talk about us but we no see dem
Everything we dey do dem pray make e
Fall but we dey rise higher we no see dem
Esi ye guy na ye se pompombi nu
If dem dey doubt me then I be osununu
Everyday dem dey wonder sey me I no dey surrender
But me I be element of survival
Wo sore anapa na u dey see the day
Light u for no sey eno be u ebe the favor
Everyday I dey pray to the man that is sitting on the sofa
Also pray for the paper
As we dey fight for you, you dey fight against us
Real hustlers no dey envy e brother
Life no be like supabet so you for work harder
Everyday I dey pray for the money
Everyday I dey pray for the money
My life
My life
I say this na wa life
This na wa life
Ebe God I will account to na God oo
My life
My life
I say na wa life
This na ma life
Ebe God I will account to na God oo
My life
My life
I say this na ma life
This na ma life
Ebe God I will account to na God oo
My life
My life
I say this na ma life
This na ma life
Ebe God I will account to na God oo

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Thalia Falcon – Proud Lyrics

[Verse 1]
Other women try and try
To kill the vibe between you & I
Not the first to second guess
Show ‘em, teach ‘em
When they test your loyalty to me
Are you loyal to me? ‘Cause

[Reprise]
You been through it
Lord knew it, I know you
Deserve more than just mediocrity
Disappointment, what you used to
If you choose to, I’ll give you all of me
I hope you see it, all I’m asking you is

[Hook]
Do I make you proud?
Do I make you proud of me?
With the love I’m giving you
Do I make you, make you
Do I make you proud?
Brag to your friends about me
With the love I’m giving you
Do I make you, make you
[Verse 2]
Confident that you profiting
From the way I put it down
I won’t quit, ain’t no stopping it
Now you see what I’m about
Praising my name aloud
Got you losing it, you found out
Won’t ever doubt that
I am the best you ever had now

[Reprise]
I hope that you know
My love’s so deep that

You gon’ tell your bros
‘Bout this lovin’, lovin’, lovin’
They can’t ever hold candles to me, no
What I got is fire, can’t put it out
Know the answer when I ask

[Hook]
Do I make you proud?
Do I make you proud of me?
With the love I’m giving you
Do I make you, make you
Do I make you proud?
Brag to your friends about me
With the love I’m giving you
Do I make you, make you you
Do I make you proud?
'Bridge]
Need to give me credit, reassurance
There is evidence of my love, what about yours?
Come convince me that you'll me
More and more and more
And you'll see what I'm about
You'll see that
Got you askin' me

[Hook]
Do I make you proud?
Do I make you proud of me?
With the love I’m giving you
Do I make you, make you
Do I make you proud?
Brag to your friends about me
With the love I’m giving you
Do I make you, make you you
Do I make you proud?

Nina Hynes – Looking For You Lyrics

I thought it was you and me
Against the world, how wrong I was
It’s you and her and her and you now
I don’t claim to be original
In any way we’re all the same
Go say the same things now

I read your mails
It came as some relief
To know you could feel good again
Still I know we’ve been losing you and me
For years I was looking for you

I was looking for you
Looking for you
Looking for you

And I know that you’re not one
For looking back and all of that
But take my word, there’ll come a time you will
And you’ll remember then, the cogs in wheels
Where they come from and what went wrong

And where your heart belongs

I saw your face
It hit me like a blow
To know you could feel good again
Still I knew we’ve been losing you and me
For years I was looking for you

I was looking for you
Looking for you
Looking for you

And you won’t find that thing inside you gave to me
You won’t find that thing inside you gave to me

I was looking for you
Looking for you
Looking for you

I was looking for you
Looking for you
Looking for you

I was looking for you
Looking for you
Looking for you

Thouxanbanfauni – DOW JONES Lyrics

Part 1: Produced by IsaacIndigo, Embasin, & Kayoh

[Intro]
Indigo
Okay Embasin
Kayoh cook it up!

[Chorus]
Double up, triple up
Big bank, money up
Who down, who up
We is, what's up
Pick it up, go ahead go get that
Counting guap not shit, this Wall Street
Brand new duffle to catch a bag
No Z's, cash don't sleep
Go hard or go home
In the deep end no shark loan
Dollar bills, make clones
Doraville to Flat Shoals
Pull up, trap home
Throwaways only, no iPhone
Ain't dropping no pin on my stash home
Run it up then get gone

[Verse]
Big guap, what we on
Stock up, that Dow Jones
Stepped out [?] on
Turn good girls into freak hoes
Drip down like leak clothes
Mix Palm Angel with the Needles
Let 'em hate first then copy
See the opps still moving sloppy
Ball hard no backboard rebound
On the rebound, she with mе now
Got a fs fs, shoot no sound
Won't even see it coming, can't get down
Pink rock, brown tan
Molly world, [?] down
Manifеst, keep balance
Nig gon' sow what they reap now
Big bands, Tom Hanks
Groundhog's day, repeat now
All you could eat buffet
Go ahead get a plate, young nigga gon' eat now
I don't even like the club
Just go they pay me, guess I'm senile
Doing my thing
Doing, doing my thing, don't worry about me now
[Chorus]
Double up, triple up
Big bank, money up
Who down, who up
We is, what's up
Pick it up, go ahead go get that
Counting guap not shit, this Wall Street
Brand new duffle to catch a bag
No Z's, cash don't sleep
Go hard or go home
In the deep end no shark loan
Dollar bills, make clones
Doraville to Flat Shoals
Pull up, trap home
Throwaways only, no iPhone
Ain't dropping no pin on my stash home
Run it up then get gone

Part 2: Produced by DJ Flippp

[Intro]
Outta that mud
Mud
Mud, mud, mud
Mud, mud, mud
DJ Flippp, make the money flip
Straight outta that mud, mud
Straight outta that mud, mud

Straight outta that mud
Outta that mud
Straight outta that mud
Outta that
[Chorus]
Y'all niggas be lowkey
These niggas don't know me
He a rat, he the police
Uh, uh
If anything y'all owe me
On go like a goalie
Big fye, like on me
Uh, uh
A lot of them drugs, that's in my codeine
Blue thirty up lonely
More bands getting on me
Uh, uh, uh
Uh, uh

[Verse 1]
Flats for resting
Big blocks that Tetris
Supernova nexus
Switched out Dlo with Alexis
My adolescents, on antidepressants
Ineffective, my moon crescent
Star of David a blessing
Salad a bitch like dressing
Been about that smoke, it's a mess, get a message
Niggas gon' choke, talking about they finesse
Leave them broke, holiday presents
Stack it up, stack it up, stack
Stack, stack up, stack it up
Stack it up that blue, my green is neon
Who the hell is you, p*ssy boy just a peon
Gimme that loot, diamonds on crayon
Bitch get a boot, f*ck y'all be on
Fury Road, vroomin' on that concrete
Groupie hoes, pull up on me
Dirty that juice, got a pint in my suite
Letting it go, hell nah not even for a feat
Dirty me up, dirty me up
Dirty me up, dirty me up
[Bridge]
Straight outta that mud
Mud, mud
Straight outta that mud, mud
Mud
Straight outta that mud, mud
Straight outta that mud, mud
Straight outta that mud

[Chorus]
Y'all niggas be lowkey
These niggas don't know me
He a rat, he the police
Uh, uh
If anything y'all owe me
On go like a goalie
Big fye, like on me
Uh, uh
A lot of them drugs, that's in my codeine
Blue thirty up lonely
More bands getting on me
Uh, uh, uh
Uh, uh

[Verse 2]
Hold up, check it out
34 no pump
Move around with a gun
24 with the dunks
Space Ghost with the funk
Rat boy from the slums
Six gauge with a pump
Wanted a challenge
Shawty head go dumb
Yeah, check it out
Yeah, hold up, check it out
Hold up, check it out
Yeah, yeah

Pasabordo – Venus Lyrics

[Letra de “Venus”]

[Intro]
Ja, ja, ja
Baby

[Verso 1]
Lo último que se pierde es la fe (La fe)
Perdóname si yo te fallé (Te fallé)
Entiendo tu dolor, todo será mejor
Escucha, por favor, te amo (Te amo)

[Coro]
No quiero que te vayas, deseo que te quedes
Tú eres la que amo entre todas las mujeres
No quiero que te vayas, deseo que te quedes
Tú eres la que amo entre todas las mujeres (Yeah)

[Verso 2]
El amor verdadero nunca va a desaparecer
Entiende que mi plan era contigo envejecer
A tu lado, deja todo en el pasado
Lo nuestro aún no ha fracasado

[Pre-Coro]
Vale la pena volver a intentarlo
Perdona, mi nena, quiero repararlo
Vale la pena volver a intentarlo
Perdona, mi nena, quiero repararlo

[Coro]
No quiero que te vayas, deseo que te quedes
Tú eres la que amo entre todas las mujeres

No quiero que te vayas, deseo que te quedes
Tú eres la que amo entre todas las mujeres (Yeah)

[Verso 3]
No le hagas caso a tus amigas, por favor
A ti te quieren ver soltera
Haciendo lo que ellas quieran

[Pre-Coro]
Vale la pena volver a intentarlo
Perdona, mi nena, quiero repararlo
Vale la pena volver a intentarlo
Perdona, mi nena, quiero repararlo (Baby)

[Puente]
Lo último que se pierde es la fe
Perdóname si yo te fallé

[Coro]
No quiero que te vayas, deseo que te quedes
Tú eres la que amo entre todas las mujeres
No quiero que te vayas, deseo que te quedes
Tú eres la que amo entre todas las mujeres (Yeah)

[Outro]
Pa-Pa-Pa-Pasabordo
Báilalo, mamacita (Yeah)
Jonathan y Gabo
Gangsta
El ritmo que te provoca
Sherman
Baila, baila, baila, mamacita (Yeah)