Some of you may have remembered me mentioning my friend Korisa a while ago. Yesterday, she started a YouTube channel where she’s doing a project called The Significant List. It’s a really cool idea and I want you to hear it from her in this video. I’m stoked that this project is going to be a reality. Also, I did the ukulele music at the end of the video. Seriously, please check out Korisa Madayag’s work.
It’s Cold Outside – Time for a Blogwarming
Irina from Drunken Anime Blog did a great post about my friend Jeannette Jonic. I think it’s awesome that people are spreading the word about her blog. Please check it out.
Check out Jeannette Jonic at http://jeannettejonic.blogspot.com
I really miss this band. I wish they wouldn’t have broken up so soon.
This is Lifestory: Monologue. They hail from Guelph, ON, Canada, and they were such a great band. They mix elements of post-rock, ambient, spoken word lyrics, and a dash of some hardcore for good measure. I had the fortune to see one of their very few concerts here in America and they put on one heck of a show when I saw them at Cornerstone 2009. I put up a video with the original version of their song “The Coward” (better than the later version in my opinion).
RIP Lifestory: Monologue. Your music will not be forgotten.
Most of their discography is free or pay-what-you-want on https://lifestorymonologue.bandcamp.com/.
Meet Ben + Vesper.
They are a married couple from New Jersey that make some quirky experimental pop music. I saw them back at Cornerstone Festival 2011 where they played one heck of a show. They were discovered by Danielson Famile and were signed to Sounds Familyre Records. I own all their albums, by the way. 🙂
They haven’t been active that much in music lately, but Vesper does illustrations though.
This week’s edition of Friendship Friday involves George Hugo.
He’s a musician from South Africa. I was introduced to him through our mutual friend Dave from The Old-Timers, Their Throats Are Open Tombs, and the founder of ZAP Records. George is a really cool guy that makes some nice folk tunes. He also just told me about his photography on his Blogspot, so I’ll be promoting both links of his. George Hugo’s debut EP Rainwet Morning is available for free or pay-what-you-want on ZAP Records’ Bandcamp page.
My pick for this week’s Friendship Friday is Oceans & Oceans!
I’ve known them for years and they have an awesome live show. They are a humble bunch that make some fantastic genre-blending music. If you ever get the chance to see them play, then please go. You won’t be disappointed.
Check out their split with fellow Elginites Home Burial here (it’s free or pay-what-you-want) : https://oceansandoceans.bandcamp.com/releases
This Friendship Friday will be about Gareth Sitz this week!
She’s a playwright, actress, and a poet. Gareth has done a lot of great things in the community with the arts and outreach activities. I recently bought her chapbook of poems which was a great read, and the Adultery poem is featured in this video that I took back in January. Gareth has helped me become a better poet, lyricist, and even helped me to share the stuff I’ve been writing for years.
Check out her theatre troupe Femmeprov: https://www.facebook.com/femmeprov/
This Friendship Friday post is about a British buddy of mine by the name of James Silas.
He’s an experimental folk artist from Newcastle-via-Manchester, England. I’ve known him since he was in his previous band Watercolour and enjoyed his music since then. His first solo album The Man in the Snow White Cell is quite good and it was recorded with James in a makeshift sensory-depriving “prison” where he recorded all the instruments.
Check out his stuff at http://jamessilas.com.
Meet Connor Eck AKA Fafhrd.
He’s an experimental musician from my home state of Illinois. I’ve known him for years ever since he told me about his band Suzy LaRue & The Ruthless Ooze when they were starting out as a band. Fafhrd does a lot of synthesizer, dark ambient, and even some avant-pop based pieces across his discography. Most of his albums are free or pay-what-you-want on his Bandcamp page.
Welcome to another installment of Friendship Friday.
Meet Kevin Schlereth. He’s an acoustic artist from St. Louis, MO whom I’ve known for roughly 6 years now. We met at Cornerstone Festival back then and I’ve seen some of his shows. I like how he has an atypical appraoch to folk music with more technical playing and with meaningful lyrics.
You can get his music for free or pay-what-you-want at https://kevinschlereth.bandcamp.com/