If you have been following me on Twitter, you may have noticed quite a few posts lately about an online auction. If you haven’t checked it out yet, PLEASE DO IT! This is an amazing effort put together by Bloomington concert promotion company Spirit of ’68 Promotions, with the help and support of indie musicians and labels, to help raise funds for a dear friend of mine and his newborn son. Continue reading “Musical Delights & Rare Albums Up For Bids In Online Benefit Auction”
Local label Flannelgraph Records released a new music video yesterday for “Sunrise” by Mike Adams At His Honest Weight. From 2011’s Oscillate Wisely, “Sunrise” is a slow jam drenched with soft guitar, overdubbed vocals, and swirling electronic effects. Many may recognize the soothing voice of Mike Adams, who also doubles as a vocalist and guitarist in Bloomington band husband&wife.
You can also catch the video on YouTube.
Crossroads of America Records is a family label. By that, I ‘don’t mean that everyone on the label is a blood relative, actually only few of them are, but it’s a label of musicians and bands and friends who have shared stages, band members, resources, vehicles, maybe even a little saliva. It’s a great group of musical people who support one another, and all year I’ve been thinking, ‘they should make a holiday album. I’d love to hear some of my favorite bands rocking my favorite Christmas songs during my favorite time of year.’
Well, they didn’t. BUT another member of the family, brother-label Flannelgraph Records, DID, and so we have the holiday compilation, The Holidays Don’t Have To Be So Rotten. A great start toward my dream. (Note: Yes, I know most people relate these relationships as ‘sisters’ – sister label, sister ship, sister organization – but these labels are run by men, and so I’m calling it what it is)
Leave no doubt, I LOVE my Christmas tunes. It’s not at all uncommon to find me belting out a little “Jingle Bell Rock” in the middle of, say, April. But one thing I love even more than holiday music classics, is ORIGINAL holiday music. Hearing new songs to become staples in my favorite holiday is incredibly inspiring. It’s great to hear what elements get incorporated into new tunes and how they bring out more contemporary meanings it what this season means to people. And for that, this album is a must-have in any Holiday music enthusiasts’ collection. Continue reading “Local Holiday Music: “The Holidays Don’t Have To Be So Rotten””