Tuesday, April 28, 2015

First Impressions: Ryan Adams, Blue Light (April 2015)

Ryan Adams has been running with this whole "I own a label and can release basically anything I want," thing and releasing a single a month on iTunes. You can also buy a 7" record of the song on his label's website, PaxAM. I really like the throwback to the single - as people have said in the past, the single has been kind of dead for a couple of years and it's a nice tradition to keep. Here's a first impression of his latest single, "Blue Light" which also features 2 other songs.

"Blue Light": This is very Love is Hell or Rock N Roll(if it had more electric guitar). It also reminds me of a single he released before this "Do You Laugh When You Lie?"

"All My Life": I actually think I like this song the better than "Blue Light". The guitar builds the finish very well along with Adams delivery of the lyrics. It sounds more Ryan to me than the other songs.

"I Lost My Fucking Mind": We're very blunt, aren't we, DRA (David Ryan Adams, fans call him this)?! People have said to me before they can hear The Cure's influence in this song and I can kind of see it but honestly, The Cure and Ryan Adams are like apples and oranges to me. Both really great but nothing alike. The way he says "I lost my mind" and "I lost my fucking mind" really lets you know he means it. And I would probably believe him even if he didn't sound genuine.

You can sign up for PaxAM's newsletter to get updates on the 7" singles every month on their website.

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

New Article on Occur

Check out my new article on Occur here! It's the top 10 pop punk songs of the early 2000's.

Natalie Prass

I've been listening to Natalie Prass a lot lately. I discovered her since Ryan Adams can't stop talking about her on Twitter (and yes, I know the rumor that they might be dating). She also has been touring with him and tonight they're in the Arizona. So let's learn a little bit more about Miss Prass because I'm intrigued...

A protege of Jenny Lewis, Prass started in Boston at the Berklee College of Music, where she was a student for one year and moved to Nashville after that. It wasn't until an iPhone recorded demo that Lewis heard in Nashville, that she got her big break, playing keyboards in Lewis' touring band during the Acid Tongue years.
Her debut self titled album came out in January of this year and it's a 1970's soulful country throwback. It reminds me a lot of Dolly Parton in the beginning of her career, mixed with Dionne Warwick (one of her biggest influences,) or Gladys Knight. It's a very distinct sound, especially with Prass' Disney princess-like tone, which I love.

She's signed to Spacebomb records, an independent label coming out of Richmond, Virginia (where she's from originally,) and also has a distribution deal with Columbia records. Apparently, this album was made two years ago and was distributed locally by Spacebomb before Columbia picked it up for a nationwide release.

Honestly, that's all I can find about Natalie Prass right now but I encourage to give her a listen. Her debut is available on iTunes and Spotify now!