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Coolest Dude In Sunday School Song #6 “P.H.I.L.T.H.Y”

In the latest edition for their fan appreciation leak series “Coolest Dude In Sunday School,” P.H.I.L.T.H.Y. eschews elaborate concepts to drop a solid display of verbal gymnastics over a dark banger by KuroiOto. Here are a few words that P.H.I.L.T.H.Y. had to say about the leak.

“While we are on this journey called life, sometimes we forget who we are or what we’re moving towards . This weeks leak covers a lot of the thoughts that run through my mind as I chase my dreams and try to fulfill my purpose. I hope you all enjoy this song, and I hope you all enjoy your Journey.”

Download Here or listen below

 
 

Lansing bands to keep tabs on in 2011

So, I’ve decided to post up a list of the bands I feel are currently making waves beyond Lansing and will be bands to look out for in the near future.

Cavalcade

Lansing’s self-proclaimed “weird metal” pioneers, Cavalcade, have been making a name for themselves with their psychedelic, sludgy, metal and avant garde stew they call music. The band recently completed a string of shows in Texas with Phil Anselmo’s sludge supergroup Down and plan to release their new album “Dear Entrails” on his HouseCore records. With the metal horns raised, things are looking up for this band of musical misfits (…I mean geniuses).

(Photo by Kim Nastal)

Elliot Street Lunatic

With new rock leanings and a tighter sound than ever before, Elliot Street Lunatic, are poised to bring their brand of spacey and epic rock to the masses. Having recently announced that Casey Crescenzo of The Dear Hunter will be producing their new album, the band has stepped up their live game. They will be going on a May tour that includes stops in Flagstaff, AZ and Denver, CO. After this trek, the band will head to California to record with Crescenzo. From there, the band’s future will be a bright one. (Photo by Christian Frarey)

The Plurals

The flagship band of Lansing’s Good Time Gang records, The Plurals, are releasing a new album in May and they are currently on a west coast tour. Exposing their brand of noisy and poppy cacophony to new audiences is a goal for this veteran Lansing band. Recent live shows at Mac’s Bar in Lansing and at Mulligan’s in Grand Rapids have shown that their new material is their strongest yet. Songs like “Conifer Oberst” and “Queensy” show their ability to ply hooks to distorted, crunchy goodness. Their noisy side is just as good, with songs like “I May Not Be a Smart Man” featuring the trademark wails of Nich Richard and the let-loose guitar of Tommy McCord. Hattie Danby is on top of her game as well behind the kit. Look for this gang of good timers to hit your ears soon.

Cheap Girls

Catchy hooks, driving guitars and a killer rhythm section are just a few of the things that make Cheap Girls a band to look out for. Recently coming off a month-long tour with punk heavyweights Against Me! and a trip to South By Southwest, their new songs they’ve been playing have ignited this band to near-superstardom. Songs like “Pacer”and “Pure Hate” draw on the influence of 90s poewrpop bands like Superchunk and Buffalo Tom but Cheap Girls are definitely not a rehash of these bands. Guitarist Adam Aymor adds a flare and flourish to his playing that is full of energy. Singer/bassist Ian Graham lays down the nearly stoicly emotional vocal overtop quiet basslines and brother Ben Graham plays the drums with a punk intensity and a pop swagger. The band will be going on tour with Lemuria in July and August to Europe, further solidifying their rising stars. (Photo by Ryan Russell)

The People’s Temple

The inaugural Lansingmusic.TV interviewees, these 60s-inspired garagey kids have been making strides, if not waves, as of late. The People’s Temple and their debut album, Sons of Stones, hits Lansing with a record release show on Saturday April 9th at Mac’s Bar. Swathing with reverb and old-school rock and roll vibes, this album is one not to be missed. The band recently completed a jaunt to Texas for South By Southwest, where they played the HoZac Records showcase. (Photo by Allie Dunn)

Jason Alarm

Coming out of Grand Ledge and bursting into Lansing, these epic and heavy synth-punks mean business. Currently writing their debut album, Jason Alarm are also constantly playing shows to hone their new sounds. Amidst a lineup change in February, the band soldiers on. Songs like “Your Radio” are epic, catchy and complex. Ever since I picked up their debut EP Engage, I knew that this band would have something to offer down the line. With plans to tour in the summer, the band hopes that new listeners will be attracted to their self-proclaimed “power new wave”.

Frank and Earnest

Their EP, “Old Francis”, was named the Lansingmusic.TV Album Of The Year. You might think the band has a lot to follow up on…and you’re right. Catchy-as-hell pop punk is a specialty of these Lansing, MI self-proclaimed “stupid guys”. Their new songs, like “Paul 4″ and “GTG Fest” are super catchy, the guitars are epic and the rhythm section is tight. It’s no secret that I love Frank and Earnest and with shows coming up with Mixtapes and The Smoking Popes, I hope new listeners will fall in love with the band like I did.

P.H.I.L.T.H.Y.

Currently in the midst of his “Coolest Dude in Sunday School” release series, the emcee is redefining and leading Lansing hip hop. Along with his crew, The Blat Pack, he has helped to push Lansing hip hop to new levels. With new songs from his “Coolest Dude..” series emphasizing experimentation with samples and a can-do attitude, these songs are something to check out. He also released a collaboration with The Amature back in August called “Whatupdoe From Blat!”. Keep P in mind when you think of Lansing hip hop. (Photo by Jake McGeorge).

Narc Out The Reds

If there’s one Lansing band on this list that can blow out your eardrums, it’s these guys. Along with the heavy and crushing guitars, the vocals (by singer/guitarist Chris Baratono) are crooner-esque and the rhythm section is killer. The band recently recorded with Detroit music legend Jim Diamond and are working on new songs for future release. I recently reviewed their “…Are On the Run EP” and I hope after reading my review, you go and check out this offering.

Frontier Ruckus

Michigan’s folk troubadours, Frontier Ruckus, are making huge strides across the world. Recently, the band played a coming-home show in Lansing. They will be touring Europe in May as well as the US later this year. Their 2nd album, Deadmalls and Nightfalls, was released last year to critical acclaim. They are working on new songs for later release and we here at Lansingmusic.TV can’t wait for them. I’m sure you can’t either.

Coolest Dude In Sunday School Song #5 “Red Light Boogie”

“Red Light Boogie ” is the fifth installment of P.H.I.L.T.H.Y. and KuroiOto’s “Coolest Kid In Sunday School” fan appreciation leak series. This weeks song Redlight Boogie is inspired by a fan named Valencia, P.H.I.L.T.H.Y covers the feelings you deal with while racing through life to where you want to be. These issues include many of the roadblocks we deal with in life , whether that be red lights or other drivers you have to stay on through this journey we call life.

Download it here or here or listen below

Coolest Dude In Sunday School Song #4 “Taxi”

P.H.I.L.T.H.Y. and KuroiOto missed this week’s Coolest Kid in Sunday School session while attending SxSW, but at least they’ll make it into Bible study. On “Taxi,” P.H.I.L.T.H.Y. covers the Ski Beatz song while encouraging listeners to appreciate the journey as much as the destination.

Download Links: http://www.usershare.net/16fjhiuueq5b/P.H.I.L.T.H.Y.-%20Taxi(Cover).MP3

http://limelinx.com/files/d2e15d7e5c95f44061645ee8b70e5daa

Year 200X “We Are Error” Review

Year 200X, who are playing Lansing anime convention Shuto Con this Saturday (see Shuto Con’s website for details), are one of the most unique bands to come around in a while. Formed in 2006, the band plays metal-style renditions of Nintendo Entertainment System (NES) video games tunes from games like Mega Man 3, Ghosts and Goblins, Zelda II and Contra. Year 200x is Tim Lydon (Guitar), Rance Tatroe (Guitar), Tony Oliver (Guitar), Ian Whiters (Bass) and Jake Bryan (Drums).

Onto the review…

I will first say that I have never heard any of the original video game tunes the band is covering. I will judge the music by its own merits. Now, that said, here are the my main points. I love the uniqueness of this concept. Covering some of the classic video game tunes in a metal style is a great and inventive way to not only show your love of metal but your love of video games. The band certainly does both very well. But sometimes concept and the concept’s execution don’t transition well.

The playing itself on the individual instruments is fantastic. The harmony guitars, the killer breakdown, blast beats and the overall epicness are things I really love about this album. There are countless examples of these techniques on this album. The guitar tones on the album are surprisingly diverse on some of the songs. Metal-ified wah a la Kirk Hammett is heard on “Ducktales (The Moon)” and a bluesy and jazzy introduction on “Ninja Gaiden II (Intro)” is excellent. It reminds me of “End Credits” by Opeth. Then there’s the classic, death metal riffage on “Life Force (Level 1 – Level 6 – Boss – Level 3)”. It beats you over the head; really intense. The drumming is also top notch here. Blast beats and lightning quick hits only add to the intensity of some of the takes. The bass, however, is hardly audible (at least to me).

Given that I praised the instrumental performances here, that leads me to my only complaint. I understand that this is a video game tunes cover album, which is why there are no vocals. But having listened to metal with vocals all of my life, I’ve become accustomed to that element always being there. This is not a huge complaint by any means. The instrumental music more than makes up for it. It just bugs me and it takes a little getting used to.

Overall, this album is a unique adventure of 8 bit nostalgia covered in a metallic layer of face-melting  goodness. Pieces like “Mega Man 3 (Title Theme)” and “Ninja Gaiden II (Intro)” are well played, musically creative and show sides of the band that are hard to come by given the content. If you are a video game fan and have played these games, you should definitely check this out. If you like metal, definitely check this out and if you like both metal and video games you must own this.

Coolest Dude In Sunday School Song #3 “Lose Control”

“Lose Control” is the third installment of P.H.I.L.T.H.Y. and KuroiOto’s “Coolest Kid In Sunday School” fan appreciation leak series. In this song, inspired by a fan named Chas, P.H.I.L.T.H.Y. empathizes with listeners who may feel helpless in any given situations.

“Sometimes Life will make us feel like we have no say so in what’s going on, and it’s like we have loss all control. But maybe we’re not even supposed to be the ones in control.” P.H.I.L.T.H.Y

Download here: http://tinyurl.com/4lq8fw2

OR http://tinyurl.com/5r5hefp

Coolest Dude in Sunday School: Song #2 “Church Fans”

Here is song 2 of P.H.I.L.T.H.Y’s Coolest Dude in Sunday School series: “Church Fans”.

A blurb about the song: Michigan emcee P.H.I.L.T.H.Y. and producer KuroiOto present the second installment of their fan appreciation leak series, “The Coolest Dude in Sunday School.” In this week’s song, “Church Fans,” KuroiOto flips a sample chosen by a fan named Venson, while P.H.I.L.T.H.Y. finds his life purpose and combats naysayers.

Want to submit ideas for samples or song concepts, and get name recognition? Contact P.H.I.L.T.H.Y. And KuroiOto on Twitter at @p2dahi and @KuroiOto, or email P.H.I.L.T.H.Y. at p2dahi@gmail.com.

Download the song here: http://limelinx.com/files/34af47fdb8a768b0a0b8e4aa8c40baea

Bicycle Sunday/Park Jefferson Split 7″ Review

Although I had only heard about this within the last hour, I am going to write up a quick review of this split 7″ from Lansing emo bands Bicycle Sunday (formerly Boleyn) and Park Jefferson. The bands are both working toward funding a physical release of the split. Find out more about that here and while you’re at it, download the tracks (for free, at the bands’ insistence) here: http://www.mediafire.com/?cnt9put8unww97p

Onto the review…

The first song here, Bicycle Sunday’s “Do you remember the time you gave me a spoon?”, starts out with some almost post-rock textured guitars that add an almost somber quality to the proceeding lyrics. Singer/guitarist Joe McAndrew sings with a bleak quality, “It started with a smile and ended with your head/On my chest”. I really like the slowed down cymbal crashes and overall drum beat because along with the guitars, they add a sonic embrace of the eerie and the honest when the lyrics are thrown on top of it all. The bass plays a minimalist role here; sneaking along quietly. “My heart/It beats for you” are the closing lines here and the buildup of the song only makes the lyrics all the more appropriate.

Bicycle Sunday’s second offering here, “Nothing was the matter, except me” draws on the same textural elements as the previous song but is a little bit different. Again, the guitars shine but for a different reason. Arpeggios and single note trills revolve like a carousel as McAndrew sings “History repeats/That’s what you taught me/In your bed those nights”. How fitting. The belting, aching vocal is also similar to the previous effort but it’s got a pull to it that makes you ache right along with him. The instrumental breakdown toward the end of the song showcases the band’s cohesiveness. A great effort here.

I have never heard of Park Jefferson, but after taking a couple of listens to their side of this split, it’s pretty obvious that they draw from the same musical gene pool as Bicycle Sunday. That said, their takes are very different from Bicycle Sunday. “One for the road” starts to feel like the multi-layered guitarism of Bicycle Sunday at first, but then morphs into something totally different. At about 45 seconds in, the song changes into a pop-core cocktail of quick and fast hardcore-esque drumming and shouted vocals. I actually think the shouted, gang vocals toward the middle of the song add a surprise element that is very welcome. Throughout these shouted sections, the guitar and bass play minimalist roles, letting the shouts envelope your ear canals.

The second Park Jefferson offering, “Dude, it’s a Saturday” amps up the hardcore intensity. The drums pound away as guitars (that should be overdriven but aren’t) give the song an almost revealing and stripped down quality. I also like the quick pull-off guitar licks; they add to the barrage created by the drums. Shouted vocals are shown here again in full force. The single guitar/voice interlude is a nice touch. Adds the aforementioned stripped down quality.

If there are two bands that deserve a helping hand from you, the caring fans, it’s Bicycle Sunday and Park Jefferson. Do yourself a favor and help them with much needed donations here: http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/282406512/put-out-the-bicycle-sunday-park-jefferson-split-7

And check out the songs on the split here: http://www.mediafire.com/?cnt9put8unww97p

The Coolest Dude in Sunday School

Brought to you by local emcee P.H.I.L.T.H.Y, here is his newest project: “The Coolest Dude in Sunday School”. Here is some info on this new and exciting project:

“The Coolest Dude in Sunday School” is an innovative new leak series and fan appreciation project by  Michigan  Emcee P.H.I.L.T.H.Y.. Each week, P.H.I.L.T.H.Y. and BLAT! Pack producer KurioOto will create a new song based on topics and sample ideas submitted by their thousands of loyal supporters. The kickoff song, “The Coolest,” featuring BLAT! Pack resident DJ, DJ Amir is a  track that covers the struggle to be popular and relevant without losing your effectiveness and yourself.

Download the song here: http://www.usershare.net/1g4rimjo1n64 or here: http://limelinx.com/files/e8fea521ed3246e25d4cf4655452210f

We will be following this project as more and more comes to fruition. Stay tuned!

Rants by Ryan Horky: So Adult “Rookie” Review

Ryan Horky is back. Here is a review of So Adult‘s “Rookie”, out of Bellingham, WA (via Cale Sauter’s consistent Lansing press and affiliation with this Washington band I will let this one slide..it’s like a friend-of a friend-of a friend scenario).

I might be stretching LMTV’s “gotta be locally connected” review rule a bit on this one. These dudes are from Bellingham, WA, which is about as far away as you can go from Lansing and still be in the contiguous US of A. However, Cale Sauter’s Raptor’s Delight PR company has taken it upon themselves to get these guys some press, and RDPR is local, so that’s good enough for me. Hopefully it will be for LMTV. (If not, you won’t be reading this anyway, so what do you care?) Anyway….So Adult has some serious Replacements-worship going on. The singer sounds very much like a young Paul Westerberg and the songs come across like a much less-talented songwriter’s attempt at apeing P. Westie’s style. (If you see the video for the song “Suburbia” you can see that the lead singer hopped in Doc Brown’s Delorean in about 1992, gunned it to 88 MPH, and ended up in the year 2011. Even his haircut looks like Johnny Reznik in the days before the Goo Goo Dolls left Metal Blade and got a stylist. I have no problem with this. If you’re gonna be in a tribute band, hell, look the part at least.)

Now, you might read these words and think that I didn’t like this tape, but you would be wrong. The songs are generally catchy and well-played. What words I can understand, though occasionally clichéd, are at least not annoying. (I’ll take what I can get these days. We have a real shortage of inspiring lyricists!) It’s a short release that whets my appetite for more instead of boring me with too much. When I say that the dude writing the songs is “much less talented” than Paul Westerberg I’m simply stating a fact that is true for 90% of songwriters ever. It’s not an insult, just a fact. While I would generally prefer bands be original, if someone is doing a good version of something I love I can at least hang with that. (I love those first couple Goo Goo Dolls records where they were basically Replacements Jr.) Worth tracking down for sure.

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