Entertainment News | Wife Swap Makes History!

ATL Couple Makes History As The First Gay Dads To Appear On Wife Swap!

“Millennial Gay-Dad of 2 Infants Swaps Lives With old-school Heterosexual mother of 8 kids”

[ATLANTA, GA] – The “Wife Swap” series is back with a Re-Boot on Paramount Network that has broken show history as it features the first African-American Gay Couple, swapping with a Caucasian heterosexual couple both out of Atlanta,Georgia. Terrell and Jarius Joseph are a social media/youtube famous married couple, caring for their two toddlers Ashton and Aria.

Terrell and Jarius Joseph, Wife Swap

On this episode Terrell Joseph will go from being a dad of 2 to a dad of 8, as he swaps with the mother of the Goss family.  Never in the history of Wife Swap hasthere been any representation of the LGBTQ community, until now starting with Terrell and Jarius.

’WifeSwap’ is an iconic international hit that’s more relevant now than ever,” said Keith Cox, President of Development for Paramount Network. “There are plenty of fireworks in each episode that audiences expect, but they’ll also be surprised as they watch these families learn about new lifestyles and choices to find a resolution.”

The Joseph family will appear on the show April 25, 2019, at 9 pm,  ET/PT.

More about Terrell and Jarius
Terrell and Jarius were blessed with Ashton and Aria during their second surrogacy attempt. While being successful at their first attempt with a surrogate, it sadly resulted in a miscarriage of their baby girl, Aubrey, at 5-months into the pregnancy. One of the best parts of Terrell and Jarius’ story is they are using their platform to inspire their followers to be authentic to themselves and to never stop reaching for their goals/dreams. They have truly created a family atmosphere through their socials where everyone feels they are heard, loved and most of all accepted.  For more information on Terrell and Jarius, visit: www.terrellandjarius.com

Terrell and Jarius have been featured on WSJ, Gay Parenting Magazine, Best in Baby Biz, CVS print ad, and more. We have over 159k followers on Instagram who are a mix of parents, people of all ages, bloggers, travelers, and the LGBTQ community.

Twitter: @terrell_jarius_
IG: terrell.and.jarius
YouTube.com/terrelljarius

Week22 |Tobi’s New Music Monster Picks

A totally random, whatever came to mind first, selection of the latest additions to our
New Music Monster

Music Reviews written by Tobi Davis

Tobi's new music monster

I Like Drinking by IndianaArtist: Indiana
Track: I Like Drinking
Self proclaimed narcissist and born again fiercely independent alt-pop-attitude artist Indiana drops the anthem for your Friday Night/Saturday Night/Every Night (delete as needed), with new EP I Like Drinking. Signed to Sony in 2014, with debut album, No Romeo released in 2015 and single, “Solo Dancing” racking up 10 million streams on Spotify, Loughborough born Indiana had apparently hit the music industry jackpot and surely everything a ‘small town girl’ could ever hope for; everything except what the talented young Artist needed above all else, creative freedom. With the record deal and 3 years behind her, Indiana released the ten track LP, Not Girlfriend Material earlier this year. Part musical expression/part life mantra/part testament to her Independence, Indiana describes the album as ‘representing me, not everyone else’s me’. Track three of the ten, I Like Drinking is a pulsating, heady mix of throbbing electro-funk bass line, tightly dabbed kick and scattershot stutter beat, with smartly placed instrumental and vocal hook. The 3 minute 53 second track shifts through a contrasting series of well blended musical scenes, each providing satisfy variations of dynamic, width and depth; well placed ear candy catches the ear, fizzing and bursting left to right/right to left; the track rising and falling in well worked overlapping layers that complement and / or counterpoint each other, in an defy finessed production that flows with an accomplished ease from beginning to end. Indiana’s voice teases and talks in breathless tones and hushes; the talented vocalist delivering the lyrics with a laid back, uber-cool nonchalance. Though instantly catchy/pub pop singalong, the lyrics successfully engage on a deeper level with intelligent use of language, quietly insightful observation and conflicting idea, juxtaposed to great effect. ‘I’m a narcissist, but I don’t see that as a negative thing – it’s part of who I am.’ A common theme runs throughout Not Girlfriend Material, that of accepting yourself and being okay with it. In learning to be okay with ‘not being girlfriend material’, Indiana has crafted a message for us all, it’s okay not to be okay.

Facebook.com/indianathegirl
Twitter: @indianathegirl
IG: indianathegirl

I Can't Help Myself by Liz Longley - BRASH! Magazine BlogArtist: Liz Longley
Track: I Can’t Help Myself
Pennsylvania born singer/songwriter Liz Longley makes a welcome return with quietly breathtaking, on the slow burn rendition of The Four Tops 1965 iconic hit, “I Can’t Help Myself”. Having scored a number one on GarageBand.com with song, “Naked Trees” while still at high school, completed her self released debut LP, Somewhere in the Middle while studying on a scholarship at Berklee Collage of Music, and won a slew of songwriting competitions (including the BMI John Lennon Songwriting Scholarship Competition); not to mention scoring a regular rotation on Sirius XM with her cover of Van Morrison’s “Moondance”, opened shows for major artists and landed songwriting cuts on hit TV shows  it is a testament to the uphill battle all Artists face in a ‘post download’ music industry, that despite her hard earned successes, this stand out, talented young singer/songwriter still had to seek ‘crowdfunding’ to finance her next album, self titled and follow up to the 2010 release, Hot Loose Wire; a fourth album, Weightless followed in the 2016, which included her most success single to date, with nearly 4 million streams on Spotify, the hauntingly beautiful, ‘Rescue my Heart’. Liz Longley’s latest release re-imagines The Four Tops uptempo, swing beat classic, as graceful, stripped down ode to fidelity. Much of the three minute twenty three second track is carried by vocal and electric guitar ; the six string grinding and grunging in spits, crunches and drives, it’s tone rendered blunted and distant, with well judged use of saturation, tape slap and reverb. Liz Longley’s works her voice with inspired variations of technique and tone ; hushed deliveries open up into gentle whispered lingers, only to drop back into perfectly placed under-sung phrases, that draw the ear closer; Longley’s voice taking flight, but breaking back, in a compelling series of vocal waves that build in rises and falls. At its finale, the track slow bursts into an eruption on the down low, of deep pounded drum thud, resonating feedback and metallic, distortion shift; oscillating in quiet ambient cacophony, that reverberates about the stereo field. Liz Longley’s voice, gently howling melodic, like a wolf serenading the distant moon, in testament to its lifelong love; her incredible vocal performance collapsing down upon itself, exhausted, and onto the words, ‘I can’t help myself. I can’t’.

Biographical information can be found on Liz Longley’s Spotify Artist Page and was written by Thom Jurek

Facebook.com/LizLongleyMusic
Twitter: @lizlongley
IG: lizlongley

Waiting for you by Katie & Lillias - BRASH! Magazine BlogArtist: Katie & Lillias
Track: Waiting for You”
Premiered on BBC Introducing and written/recorded in one day, whilst heavily hungover, singer/songwriters Katie and Lillias release a 3 minute slice of vocal delight, rhythm, blues and soul on the live side, with their debut single, “Waiting for You”. The talented young duo first met at University, where they become fast friends and developed an instant creative rapport. Despite Lillias returning home to Glasgow, the two were determined to continue working together; and so, Katie bordered a train to Scotland, along with her laptop, USB audio interface and microphone; Katie having invested in the equipment for her own second EP (to be released early 2019). “Waiting for You” shuffles along in syncopated stabs and starts; heavy slung bass line and raspy, low mid deep acoustic guitar play off each other, in an alternating blues standard; weighty stomp pumps and punches the track, in thick subby dabs; the instruments shifting about each other in lively jolts and loosely timed slews. Katie and Lillias’ vocals soar, dip and dive; playing across the width of the mix; their voices resonating in surging harmonies that compel and enthrall in equal successful measure. Additional backing vocals from Zara Holme (recorded post hangover, back at Katie’s home near Liverpool), linger and echo, deep in the room ambient; adding a beautiful, even poetic, sense of height and depth. Imaginative stereo placement, further enhances the listening experience, with Lillias’ lead and bass sat halfway off to the right, with Katie and acoustic, even further to the left; leaving the center to the stomp and Zara’s third vocal line. This odd arrangement creating both width and a sense of intimacy. The track carries a full spectrum feel, rich in bass and busts of treble lifting upwards. Already promising artists in their own right, Katie and Lillias bring a wealth of songwriting talent to their new collaboration ; and yet, it is the open, natural, uninhabited way in which ‘Waiting for You’ moves from section to section, that will really catch your ear; an ease in the creativeness, as though the two young women were born to make music together.

Twitter: @katieandlillias
IG: katieandlillias

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About Tobi Davis (BRASH! Magazine/Blog Writer)
​Good producing is like good plumbing. If you do your job right, no one notices. Mix, Remix + Master. Run @monsterthread w/ Singer Songwriter Jon Magnusson. Host Thursday’s @musichouruk. Music Reviews for BRASH! Magazine. Promote. Occasional Lyricist. Love my beagle Enzo + fav bands Little Empire and Moxi.
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The #MonsterThread is a community of Independent Musicians, Bands and Artists supporting each other in making and sharing Indie Music.

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Ready to Play A Game? | “Who Wants to Be A Chillionaire” Music Video by The Chillionaires

NYC Hip Hop Trio, The Chillionaires, Releases New Visual for “Who Wants to Be A Chillionaire”

Who Wants to Be A Chillionaire Music Vid - BRASH! Magazine Blog

New York Hip Hop trio, The Chillionaires is back with more dope rhymes and a new visual for the single, “Who Wants to Be A Chillionaire”. The music video was shot by Starr Mazi in Brooklyn, New York.

Members, Ruciano, Gucci Gray, and Sky Scraper adds their own style and segment throughout the track adding to the new wave of REAL rap!

 


Watch Music Video for “Who Wants to Be A Chillionaire”

About The Chillionaires
New York based rap group, The Chillionaires consist of members Ruciano, King Gray, & Sky Scaper. This trio’s debut release “The Formula” gained much recognition from rap music lovers and media outlets for this group out of Brooklyn, NY. Currently they are working on releasing new music and visuals showcasing their brand and creative rap styles.

Facebook.com/theChillionaires
Twitter: @_Chillionaires
Instagram: the_chillionaires

From Charlie with Love | “Find Someone Who Cares” by Charlie Hole

Singer/Songwriter, Charlie Hole, Releases “Find Someone Who Cares” from Forthcoming Album, Beautiful Decay

Find Someone Who Cares by Charlie Hole - BRASH! Magazine BlogCharlie Hole is one of the most exciting young singer-songwriters around nowadays. On “Find Someone Who Cares”, the fourth single from his upcoming album Beautiful Decay, his carefully crafted music combines Acoustic and Folk elements in such elegant manner. It is a splendid piano-ballad reminding us of Elton John glory days with modern Matt Simons, James Bay and John Mayer influences.

Charlie about his new single:
“I wrote Find Someone Who Cares for my Dad’s wedding after he asked me if I could sing a song during the ceremony. 

I was struggling to come up with anything because I wanted to get the moment just right and I had never written a pure love song before.

Eventually I found the melody from an old discarded song I had lying around, with the chorus essentially intact and I loved the sentiment of finding something and holding on to it. I rewrote the verses around some romantic imagery and phrased the lines as questions, more like traditional wedding vows couples get asked at ceremonies… like ‘will you take thee to be your lawful wedded wife etc…’ but made them more personal like ‘will you hold me in the silence of the moon as it’s dancing in your eyes?’… as soon as I had rephrased the lines as questions the song somehow worked, and I knew I had what I wanted.

I played it to my producer, Jim Cregan, to see what he thought. I played everything I ever wrote to him and I think this was the only time I ever made him cry with a song, so I knew I had a good one.

I played it during the wedding ceremony for my Dad and his wife, Sarah, and they both cried too, and to this day I still think it’s the best song on the album because I wasn’t trying to do anything clever or different with it, I just let it be what it is, a nice, honest love song.”

“Find Someone Who Cares” is Available Now on Music Streaming Outlets!

Charlie Hole - BRASH! Magazine BlogAbout Charlie Hole
Tackling relatable subject matters for all audiences, the Bournemouth-born-and-raised musician with a brave and honest voice has already been coined by Rod Stewart as an emerging talent with a gift for writing ‘beautiful songs’. After a chance meeting with well-respected guitarist and producer Jim Cregan (Rod Stewart, Katie Melua, Family), the pair began working closely together, with Jim mentoring Charlie and teaching him about the world of songwriting while always pushing him to develop his own style and sound.

www.CharlieHole.com
Facebook.com/CharlieHoleUK
Twitter: @CharlieHole
IG: CharlieHole
YouTube

Week19 |Tobi’s New Music Monster Picks

A totally random, whatever came to mind first, selection of the latest additions to our
New Music Monster

Music Reviews written by Tobi Davis

Tobi's new music monster

Amorie - For No One cover artArtist: Amorie
Track: “For No One”
Self described, ‘Electro Pop Enigma’ Amorie delivers a haunting re-imagining of The Beatles’ 1966 release “For No One”. Taken from The Fab Four’s seminal Revolver Album, the song’s strikingly open and creatively off balance stereo field is carefully and lovingly reflected and cast anew for the contemporary marketplace, by a deftly crafted arrangement and mix; Amorie’s rendition echoing the original, by favoring a right biased compositio; a mournful soft pad breathing in and out in graceful waves, sits slightly right; the inspired use of right to left panning to introduce the iconic French Horn of Sir George Martin’s production, is recreated here with modern day riser blended in, across the stereo field; a stripped down version of the guitar part, is tastefully delayed to add ear candy. Amorie’s voice floats at the phantom center of the track; her engaging interpretation, bringing a longing sense of nostalgia and melancholy to Paul McCartney penned lyrics; well finessed reverb, framing her voice almost ethereal and gaseous. Lush and gorgeous use of backing vocal, double, harmony and FX, produces a rich multi-layered ambient of shifting depth and width. Though born and raised in St Louis, at 18 years old, Amorie moved to Liverpool to study at the city’s Institute of Performing Arts. In the stand out young artist’s own words, “I idolised the character of this song – I wanted to be the kind of girl that cried for no one, whose words would haunt long after she’s gone. It’s been a really empowering experience to put it into my own voice and style.” The long term and heartfelt connected felt by Amorie for this song, speaks quiet volumes of the common value that sits at the core of all great music – passion. Built upon a bedrock of sincerity, Amorie’s “For No One” is an accomplished and stand out work of profound artistic integrity. Put simply, is has been performed, recorded and produced with love.

“For No One” is out now across all streaming media platforms. You can find out more about Amorie via her website.

Facebook.com/thatgirlamorie
IG: thatgirlamorie

On the Subject of Breathing Cover FinalArtist: Bryde
Track: “On the Subject of Breathing”
With raspy guitar on the grind and lashings of lyrics on the unwind, UK based singer/songwriter Bryde cooks up a fierce portion of glorious Independent noise, with new single “On the Subject of Breathing”. The Pembrokeshire born Artist’s ninth release of 2018, following up on a rapid fire series of indie-drops, from the brooding build and break of “To Be Brave” (opening track of 2018 release and debut album ‘Like an Island’), to the graceful, oblique and beauty in obscurity of “Euphoria”, “On the Subject of Breathing” marks Bryde’s fifth single release of original material this year, with remixes of “To Be Brave” and “Fast Awake” and an acoustic version of “Peace”, adding to that tally ; the artist smartly embracing the ‘search engine friendly’ practice of uploading new material on a regular basis. Bryde demonstrating the importance for even the most strikingly creative and independent artists to work the market, thereby freeing themselves to craft original and challenging work. “On the Subject of Breathing” is a pulsating 3 minutes 18 seconds of contrasting dynamics, depths and moods. Driving, raw guitars crack, crunch and grunge the track forward; supported by heavy weighted drums, punching deep into the stereo field. Additional distorted six strings wail and sing in resonating sirens of feedback and loop. Bryde’s voice rises and falls in a great emotional landscape of dark valley, building hillside and soaring cliff edge. Her lyrics whispered and whipped at you, in conflicting stanzas of honest phrase, question in frustration and exclamation in anguish and relief. The work of the talented guitarist and vocalist working in odd, shifting harmony and partnership, both at odds and to the same end; Very much the embodiment of the singer/songwriter, instrument and voice inseparable, as one and in single act of creation, Bryde is part of a new wave of female artists, like fellow UK based Annabel Allum (Monster Pick “Sofa Song”) and Canadian Jeen (Monster Pick “Bring Out Your Knives”) creating noisy, unapologetic music that stands in willful protest and rejection of, a hitherto male dominated industry; content to rehash the same old, lazy and generic, ‘user friendly’ pop nothingness; placing the presentation of ‘hyper sexualized’ young women/girls, at the center of a tired and entirely amoral marketing scam, designed to ply the public with overpriced merchandise, they probably can’t afford and certainly don’t need.

Bryde is touring the UK throughout November. To find out more, check out her website!

Facebook.com/brydeofficial
Twitter: @brydeofficial
IG: brydeofficial

eSensuals Cover Art - Fans of Jimmy CenturyArtist: Fans of Jimmy Century
Track: “Ghosts of Paradise – Acoustic Choirgang Remix”/ eSensuals Greatest Hits
Las Vegas based nu wave/indie pop/neo noir pro noisemakers Fans of Jimmy Century drop 12 track sonic odyssey, “eSensuals”, featuring acoustic rendition of their stand out hit, “Ghosts of Paradise”. Vocalist/Songwriter Alicia Perrone and Producer/Songwriter Victor James, aka Fans of Jimmy Century, began 2018 with an ambitious set of release targets; intended to test themselves, in terms of productivity, songwriting craft and musicianship. What followed is a roller coaster ride of month by month releases, that blended and bent musical style and influence, tasking the duo like never before. An aggressive and personally taxing promotion and networking strategy, supported the releases across social media, local radio and digital platform. Fans of Jimmy Century courting playlist curator, blogger and DJ; the seasoned campaigners, bringing the hustle to a new level of intensity. With the ever-necessary paying work in voice over, beat creation and video, also continuing on a day to day basis, Alicia and Victor had to walk the tightrope of burn out, stumbling on more than one occasion. In this regard, “eSensuals” is not only an astonishing and strikingly accomplished collection of musical style, idea and influence, it is testament to the dedication, passion and sacrifice required of the modern artist; working in a recovering, but nevertheless unforgiving market, that asks much of independent practitioners and gives little in return. Each track possessing it’s own distinct musical personality, each with it’s own unique value and intrigue; from the swaggering, theatrical and demented singalong, “All My Friends are Ice Queens”, to the hard-driving, mustang drag race, sonic rocket and attitude orgasm, “Best of My Generation (Johnny Rotten)” and pop rock, night at the opera and anthem on mars, “Ghosts of Paradise”; “eSensuals” draws its influences from the likes of Prince, Queen, Bowie and beyond, twisting and reworking each and re-imagining them as a sprawling, eclectic carnival of sound, melody, beat and harmony. Great bands not only create great music, they create their own worlds. Welcome to the singular, extraordinary, stand out and stand apart world of Fans of Jimmy Century.

Follow the day to day lunacy of Alicia and Victor via FOJCTV!

Facebook.com/fansofjimmycentury
Twitter: @jimmycentury
IG: fansofjimmycentury

Week19 Music Monster Picks

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About Tobi Davis (BRASH! Magazine/Blog Writer)
​Good producing is like good plumbing. If you do your job right, no one notices. Mix, Remix + Master. Run @monsterthread w/ Singer Songwriter Jon Magnusson. Host Thursday’s @musichouruk. Music Reviews for BRASH! Magazine. Promote. Occasional Lyricist. Love my beagle Enzo + fav bands Little Empire and Moxi.
Check out Tobi Sonics – Mixes + Remixes!

Showreel
Facebook.com/TobiProducer
Twitter: @producedbytobi
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About The Monster Thread
The #MonsterThread is a community of Independent Musicians, Bands and Artists supporting each other in making and sharing Indie Music.

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Ready For Another Hit? | “Let’s Go” by Thrust

Multi Platinum Recording Artist, Thrust, is Back with New Single “Let’s Go”. Available Now on All Platforms!

Lets Go by Thrust - BRASH! Magazine Blog

Toronto, ON – After a hiatus period, Multi-Platinum Recording Artist Thrust releases his new single “Let’s Go” Available now on all platforms. The sound of this highly experienced Hip Hop Artist will bring people back to the era of credible Hip Hop and cutting-edge music.

Thrust whose albums have gone gold & platinum has traveled far and wide in the Hip Hop world. He first appeared on the Maestro Fresh Wes track “Pass the Champagne,” was featured on the Juno award winning track “Northern Touch”, alongside other Canadian Hip Hop Icons. The track changed the face of Canadian Hip Hop and is now celebrating its 20th anniversary. Thrust released one of Toronto’s biggest underground classic Past Present Future EP. There is no doubt that Thrust has created his own lane in the music industry. He has performed and toured with the likes of Public Enemy, Destiny’s Child, and The Fugees and has received musical recognition worldwide. now, the multi-talented rapper confidently actualized his vision like never before in terms of style, sound, and spirit as he steps back into the spotlight.

“Let’s Go” is Available Now on iTunes & Spotify!

Facebook.com/thrustmuzik
Twitter: @thrustmuzik
IG: thrustpics
YouTube.com/thrustmuzik

New Wave 80s | “It’s All Yours” by Not.Your.Regular.Boy

New Release from Not.Your.Regular.Boy.,
“It’s All Yours” 

Its All Yours by Not.Your.Regular.Boy - BRASH! Magazine Blog

New single ‘It’s All Yours” is a great example of what’s to come: it shows a completely different side than his previous two singles. It’s a fragile synthpop track with ’80s New Wave influences. It reminds us of Japan/David Sylvian, Depeche Mode early days and a dash of Bowie, mixed with current day artists like Adam Lambert, Empire Of The Sun and Brandon Flowers.

I’m color, I’m black & white, I’m Everything. I’m Not.Your.Regular.Boy. I don’t wanna identify myself as a man or a woman but as a human, as Not.Your.Regular.Boy. I don’t try to be labeled.

“It’s All Yours” is Available Now on Spotify!

Not.Your.Regular.Boy. is Ferry de Ruiter from Amsterdam. When he was only 5 years old, his father started to dissect the arrangements of the music they were listening to and make him aware of all the instruments. His inspiration became older music from the 60s to the 90s. From The Beatles to Blondie and from Culture Club to Queen. Participating in The Voice Of Holland he found himself the first person worldwide ever in this show to appear in full drag.

After changing his name into his new moniker, Ferry started his follow-up journey. Together with Amsterdam producers collective Voice Calling Radio (Sweetwood, Rembrandtpark) he has recorded a multitude of songs of which It’s All Yours is the third single.

N.Y.R.B. just gave his first concert with full band in the Paradiso Concert Hall in Amsterdam this week and boy, was it a blast! He gave it all and treated the audience to a taste of the versatility of his talent, with styles varying from Art-pop to Rock to Dance. But then differently, because he is Not.Your.Regular.Boy. We cannot wait for this new material to be released!

www.NotYourRegularBoy.com
Facebook.com/NotYourRegularBoy
Twitter: @NYRBMusic
Instagram: NYRB.Music
YouTube.com/FerrydeRuiter

Week12 | Tobi’s New Music Monster Picks

A totally random, whatever came to mind first, selection of the latest additions to our
New Music Monster

Music Reviews written by Tobi Davis

Tobi's new music monster

Gave it All by Linney - BRASH! Magazine BlogArtist: Linney
Track: “Gave it All”
Piano notes, broken, brittle, fall in delicate cascades; paused on the rep, to linger in the ambient; and in resonance, slight definition given, left to right; 2nd rep, build on the reverse, a sharp intake of breath. LA based electro-nostalgic, dream-pop artist, Linney drops it, pure and simple, with graceful piano ballad, new single “Gave it All”. North Carolina born, singer songwriter Caitlin Linney, has been working the electronic-dance/pop-phonic sound hard, with a string of eight, indie-EDM-sonic, singles ; from the sweeping and sequenced, majesty of ‘w/o’, to the upbeat come melancholic, yet pop-tastic, ‘The Hurt’, right back to the pulsating, synth-rising, aspiration of ‘That Night (remixed by Michael Sinclare)’; in a stark turn, and with the samples kept very much in the background, “Gave it All” has a feeling of ‘coming home’, for the talented young Artist. In comparing her latest release, with the 2016, Anchor + Bell collaboration and piano piece, ‘Unsteady’, the development curve is as striking, as it is steep; the compelling honesty that made ‘Unsteady’ so engaging remains, but now expressed in tastefully crafted pop hooks, well finessed lyrical surges, contrasting drops and quietly anthemic, sing along chorus; Linney’s voice, ever beautiful, has matured into a carefully, composed performance, with the singer demonstrating accomplished judgement and vocal dexterity, in working the emotional and musical dynamics of the track to great effect; all of which is backed up by an intuitively, seemingly effortless piano arrangement; moving through the song, in a series of inspired musical patterns. The hands off, kept on the low down, mix and production design, further enhances and elevates the emotional experience of “Gave it All”, with stylish cinematic drops, providing depth and drama, tense reverses and well placed backing vocals, adding width and additional depth, sat deep and ambient in the reverb. With an eclectic collection of EDM features, indietronica and dance-pop releases, plus acoustic and piano pieces, Linney is taking a bold, ‘genre-counterpointed’, road to pop stardom; one that challenges the ‘search engine friendly’ convention of strict branding and sacrificing of artistic freedom, for the sake of the ‘all important’ hashtag. And yet one quality, above all others, stands out and stands tall, throughout Linney’s music; an ever present awareness and respect of, the silent and most vital, unspoken contract between artist and audience ; on which all value and creative integrity rest, honesty; that whatever else, at the very least, what the artist tells you, will be true. In Linney’s own words, ‘I gave you all, I gave you all of me’. #honesty

www.LinneyOfficial.com
Facebook.com/LinneyOfficial
Twitter: @LinneyOfficial
IG: LinneyOfficial

 

Buried Alive by Me Not You - BRASH! Magazine BlogArtist: Me Not You
Track: “Buried Alive”
Drawn up through the steam pipe vapor, the velvet slick of the asphalt, the clouded daze of the midnight headlight haze; New York built, self described ethereal garage pop duo come four piece, Me Not You, drop new single, “Buried Alive”. With five singles and a rapidfire 6 track, 20 minute EP, Reckoning 2 (follow up to 2017 released, Reckoning 1) and a slew of live shows to boot, the east coast outfit are grinding it out old school in 2018. Saturated vocals, delayed and reverb clung, open up the track with a perfect dose of pop-lyric calling-card; distant thunder drums land foreboding, synth sonics build ambient; the band working in shifting, overlapping layers; the track surges, six string rattles and synth pad glimmer textures; the experience, liquid, visceral; drowning in phonics, swallowed up by the East River tide. Well thought out instrumentation, encircles, reflects and enhances the accomplished pop vocal line; imagery and idea, arriving in a series of short percussive phrases; voice and word working together to create intoxicating effect. Throughout, the song compels and contrasts with an intriguing mismatch of neo synth pop elements set raw, against underground guitar blunts, trashy tasty drums and FX fused vox. Having already worked their way into the Hype Machine Top 10, with previous single, deliriously beautiful, ‘Imagine That’; and earned the favor of the Spotify Gods with places on their coveted playlists (‘Chill Vibes’, ‘Dream Pop’ and ‘Sad Indie’), Me Not You are a band on the move. And they are moving fast.

Facebook.com/MeNotYouBand
Twitter: @MeNotYouBand
IG: MeNotYouBand

 

Hearts and Scars by Steve Maggiora - BRASH! Magazine BlogArtist: Steve Maggiora
Track: “Hearts & Scars”
Orange County based pro music making animal, Steve ‘the Wreck’ Maggiora takes time out from playing keys with the ever-touring, Southern Rock, groov-i-fi-cation machine, Robert Jon and the Wreck , to bring us a healthy slice soul and good old fashioned musicianship, with new album and its title track, “Hearts & Scars”. With 300 live shows and counting for 2018, the singer songwriter, session musician and solo artist, Steve Maggiora is very much the embodiment of the modern day, hard working independent musician; working long hours, playing back to back shows and juggling multiple gigs, all to pay the bills in a post-download world; the optimistic projections for streaming revenues, skant comfort for the tens of thousands of professional musicians grinding it out 7 days a week, just to stay a float. With it’s real world instruments and live room feel, “Hearts & Scars” plays very much like an album from ‘back in the day’. A rich array of highly musical songs, each comprising of a series of intuitively crafted movements, framed by well judged arrangement and presented by a ‘band in the round’, group of accomplished musicians. One part of Robert Jon and the Wreck’s glorious three part harmonies, Steve’s vocals run the emotional gambit beautifully, as his voice surges and rises on the emotion highs, and lays back into heartfelt nostalgia and melancholy; drawing the ear and compelling the heartstrings. “Hearts & Scars” is every bit an album in the classic sense; every song being equal to the other and worthy of its place, that being said, ‘Right by You’ is a stand out, strikingly graceful piece of work. With the Industry struggling to get people back into the habit of paying for music, re-establishing the inherent value of the art form, in the mind of the consumer is paramount; rather than continuing the current strategy of hyping the already hyped to the max, strikingly average collection of dancers and models, produced by loop-schooled, well branded, midi-ocrity; the marketing departments of the major label’s corporate overlords, might want to use a fraction of their not inconsiderable talent and resources, to shine a light on young, hard working musicians like Steve Maggiora; who, in contrast to their chart topping contemporaries, are without doubt, the real deal.

Support Steve via his patreon site.

Robert Jon and the Wreck will be embarking on an European Tour in October. See their website for details.

Facebook.com/SteveMaggioraMusic
Twitter: @SteveTheWreck
IG: SteveTheWreck

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About Tobi Davis (BRASH! Magazine/Blog Writer)
​Good producing is like good plumbing. If you do your job right, no one notices. Mix, Remix + Master. Run @monsterthread w/ Singer Songwriter Jon Magnusson. Host Thursday’s @musichouruk. Music Reviews for BRASH! Magazine. Promote. Occasional Lyricist. Love my beagle Enzo + fav bands Little Empire and Moxi. Check out Tobi Sonics – Mixes + Remixes!

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Week9 | Tobi’s New Music Monster Picks

A totally random, whatever came to mind first, selection of the latest additions to our New Music Monster

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Drink 2 U by Kate Lomas - BRASH! Magazine BlogArtist: Kate Lomas
Track: “Drink 2 U”
All singing, all dancing, singer/songwriter/producer Kate Lomas, whips up a neo synth pop infused, beat bounced, electro-tastic slice of homemade dance-pop, with new single, “Drink 2 U”. Following up on the critically acclaimed, “Sweet Strange Days” (currently playing at an H&M near you), the UK based independent producer / artist has crafted an ‘ear catching’, playlist friendly, and yet, strikingly graceful, pop song. Huge, expansive synth pads open up the track in great waves of fizzing, ’80s evocative’ energy, and in melancholic contrast to the tight, electro piano dabs, well timed vox FXs and functional bit beat. Kate’s voice bubbles along with an accented edge of cynicism; lyric and tone modulating between ‘world weary’ and ‘world wonder’. The pleasingly straightforward economy of arrangement and instrumentation, deftly wrapped in well judged use of reverb, panning and stereo space, makes for an effortless and engaging listening experience. Having already attracted the support of BBC Radio 2’s Zoe Ball, and assorted Indie press, Kate Lomas is shaping up to be an impressive and inspirational standard-bearer for independent producers across the indie-sphere, hoping to make progress in this new, streaming media dominated market.

www.KateLomas.co.uk
Facebook.com/KateLomasMusic
Twitter: @KateLomas
IG: KateLomasMusic

Spun by Sextile - BRASH! Magazine BlogArtist: Sextile
Track: “Spun “
The second release taken from their upcoming EP, 3 (out September 14), LA based neo-punk/electro-corrupted awesome noise machine, Sextile drop their latest dash of sonic, genre-blended, homebrewed, albeit music, new single, “Spun “. A noisy, guitar grinded, distortion fest of clattering six strings and feedback crescendos. The west coast recorded track, sweats New York influence with Sonic Youth styled percussive stabs, atonal slews & slurs, gloriously blunted Velvet-Underground-esque guitar breaks, and uber-cool, Ramonal shouty shouty vocals. The roomy, trashy, orgy of garaged saturation is bound together, rhythmic and punchy by Linn Drum beat. With the band’s electronic toys sat quietly, and intentionally, on the back burner, “Spun “ stands and sounds, in stark contrast to 80s sequencer driven, synth-wave-tastic, first release, ‘Paradox’ ; the two singles demonstrating the great width and depth of Sextile’s loud, explosive, musical jamboree. It’s in your face, and in the best possible, bad taste. It’s waking up your neighbours and the sound of the police. Rocks broken in the hot sun and who gives a sh*t who won. It’s Sextile.

Sextile’s new EP, 3 is Available Now for Pre-Order! 

Facebook.com/SextileBand
Twitter: @SextileBand
IG: SextileBand
Sextile.BandCamp.com

Shelter by Joe Sims - BRASH! Magazine BlogArtist: Joe Sims
Track: “Shelter”
Independent singer songwriter Joe Sims adds to his impressive tally of releases this year, with his eighth single of 2018, the tender love song, “Shelter”. Tastefully ‘underdriven’ by an arpeggio acoustic guitar, paired well to Joe’s gently laid back vocals, the song has a dulcet, quietly engaging tone, that evokes a longing sense of nostalgia. The warm, ‘low mid’ and ‘hands off’ feel of the mix, without clever trick or FX, adds to the straightforward listening experience; creating the impression of an honest relationship between that of listener and performer. Additional instrumentation arrives as the song progresses, with bass, drums and percussion, swinging and swaying the song through chorus, into second verse and beyond; a well judged electric guitar solo adding a touch of ear candy and fizz. For fans of vinyl recordings, the good old ‘down the middle’ timbre of the track will feel like coming home. Very much a songwriter in the great American tradition, Joe Sims is crafting an impressive catalogue of well written, intuitively arranged material ; that demonstrates both creative integrity and good taste.

You can currently download three of Joe’s songs for free via his website! 

www.JoeSimsMusic.com
Facebook.com/JoeSimsMusic
Twitter: @JoeSimsMusic
IG: JoeSimsMusic

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About Tobi Davis (BRASH! Magazine/Blog Writer)
​Good producing is like good plumbing. If you do your job right, no one notices. Mix, Remix + Master. Run @monsterthread w/ Singer Songwriter Jon Magnusson. Host Thursday’s @musichouruk. Music Reviews for BRASH! Magazine. Promote. Occasional Lyricist. Love my beagle Enzo + fav bands Little Empire and Moxi.

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Facebook.com/TobiProducer
Twitter: @producedbytobi
Instagram: ProducedbyTobi

About The Monster Thread
The #MonsterThread is a community of Independent Musicians, Bands and Artists supporting each other in making and sharing Indie Music.

Facebook.com/TheMonsterThread
Twitter: @MonsterThread

Week7 | Tobi’s New Music Monster Picks

A totally random, whatever came to mind first, selection of the latest additions to our New Music Monster

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Waves by YonakaArtist: YONAKA
Track: “Waves”
With pride, stomp and vocal attitude, guitar spat riffs and punch-punk drums, UK based YONAKA let slip new slice of glorious noise, “Waves”; the second release taken from their upcoming EP, Teach Me to Fight, (having already released, opening track, pop rock punk epic “Fired Up”), an atomic strut and Jagger-swaggered, percussive assault rifle of short, contained awesome noise bursts; guitarist George Edwards stabs, slings and syncopates, an aural array of six string sonics, smartly FX-ed to echo electro; the machined tight precision of drummer Robert Mason and bassist Alex Crosby, setting the band contemporary, and very much belonging to their moment. Lead singer Theresa Jarvis mixing footed intentionally heavily rhythmic verse with roaring melodic chorus. “Waves” is a snarling, battled hardened, dog of war, built for the mosh pit and listening loud.

Teach Me to Fight EP is Available Now or Pre-Order! 

www.WeAreYonaka.com
Facebook.com/WeAreYonaka
Twitter: @WeAreYonaka
IG: WeAreYonaka

Show You by CXLOEArtist: CXLOE
Track: “Show You”
Electrosonics scattered percussive, low drone, thickened for the build, punctuated by burst-wave kicks ; alt-electronic / electro-alternative artist CXLOE drops her third single, pop-tronic tour-de-force, “Show You”. Following the attitude smacked debut, “Tough Love”, and synth-epic, “Monster”, the Australian singer songwriter delivers a confident dose of well crafted chart ‘not unfriendly’ pop, rich in the obligatory vocal FX and EDM inspired beat ; but whereas other aspiring ‘pop stars’ fall foul of tired cliché and the lazy generic of FX/beat bought by the packet, CXLOE and Co demonstrates good taste and original thinking in designing a soundscape bespoke to the track and that of, her larger creative world. Smart use of vox synths, gated rhythmic to double track vocals, and a keen attention to detail, in composing musical element and layer, produces an arrangement with depth and subtlety. In the heavily over saturated market of dance/electro/EDM pop, the vast majority of Artists struggle to stand out. With new single “Show You”, CXLOE doesn’t stand out. She stands tall.

www.CXLOE.com
Facebook.com/IAmCxloe
Twitter: @IAmCxloe
IG: IAmCxloe

eleanor rigby by pomplamooseArtist: Pomplamoose
Track: “Eleanor Rigby”
Pop-modernist duo Pomplemoose, add to their, already generously overflowing, 2018 sonic fruit basket with new single, “Eleanor Rigby”. The northern californian based two piece’s interpretation of the iconic Dorian scaled Beatles classic, a palette cleansing black currant of sparse piano arrangement, jazz inspired bassline, framed within intuitive use of sonic space; and stands in stark contrast to the sugar sweet goodness of previous 2018 offerings, such as Raspberry funk-sucrose delight, Hall & Oates 1982 released, “Maneater” and the lemon pop-groove-tastic, bittersweet, zest of, “Love me! Love me! Say that you love me!”, forever Leo + Juliet, 1996 Cardigans hit, “Lovefool”. Nataly Dawn’s voice creeps the verses, in softly engaging murmur, as the deftly played bass tiptoes beneath her; choruses follow in gentle swoops and swoons, delicately executed by the talented singer; piano chords kissed breathless and subdued by dexterous frequency sculpting, are allowed to break bright, and tumble in cascading shards. A rare, strange and beautiful fruit, Pomplemoose’s dark, yet dulcet reimagining of the Fab Four’s ode to the lonely, “Eleanor Rigby” is a quiet pop gem; not bound for the quick synthetic sugar fix of chart topping success, but to be savored and enjoyed, time and time again.

www.Pomplamoose.com
Facebook.com/MusicPomplamoose
Twitter: @Pomplamoose
IG: PomplamooseMusic

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About Tobi Davis (BRASH! Magazine/Blog Writer)
​Good producing is like good plumbing. If you do your job right, no one notices. Mix, Remix + Master. Run @monsterthread w/ Singer Songwriter Jon Magnusson. Host Thursday’s @musichouruk. Music Reviews for BRASH! Magazine. Promote. Occasional Lyricist. Love my beagle Enzo + fav bands Little Empire and Moxi.

Showreel 
Facebook.com/TobiProducer
Twitter: @producedbytobi
Instagram: ProducedbyTobi

About The Monster Thread
The #MonsterThread is a community of Independent Musicians, Bands and Artists supporting each other in making and sharing Indie Music.

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Twitter: @MonsterThread