I’d like to introduce you to South African artist Willem Samuel AKA Skree Alleen. He just dropped a new EP earlier this week called “Artefak” and it’s quite good. It’s certainly no sophomore slump from this artist. Much like Metode en Tegniek, the lyrics are actually in Afrikaans of all things.
Fee free to check it out. It’s only $2 to buy!
Here’s some more love shown from other musicians who are on ZAP Records, the same label I’m affiliated with.
This is a South African one-man band called Metode en Tegniek.
Their (his?) music is some quirky and incredibly fast folk punk here. All the songs are actually in Afrikaans of all things which is something I’ve never heard in this genre before. I believe fans of Gogol Bordello, AJJ, and Self Proclaimed Narcissist would definitely dig their urgent acoustic music.
What’s up, everyone?
ZAP Records has released their third compilation in their Friends Series. There are all kinds of bands including some of my own labelmates from all over the world releasing current and brand new exclusive tunes including this guy! I debuted a new song called “Emancipating Spark” which will be only on the compilation and nowhere else.
What are you waiting for? It’s a free download with 15 songs on it with numerous genres represented.
Also, check out ZAP Records at http://facebook.com/zaprecords.
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.
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/
Meet Pete Kruse!
He’s a good musician friend of mine who’s been in a good deal of bands. We first met at a basement show 8 years ago at a mutual friend’s place where he sang, played guitar, and even the hammered dulcimer which I thought was awesome.
Feel free to check out his stuff at https://peterkruse.bandcamp.com/.
It’s been a long time since I’ve posted on this blog. My apologies. I really need to increase my discipline on posting things more often.
Anyways, I wanted to let you all know that ZAP Records just released a new compilation on their Bandcamp page that’s free or pay-what-you-want. It features Incomplete Specters from my debut EP which you can also find through ZAP Records or my own Bandcamp page. This compilation features my labelmates such as Willem Samuel, The Festal Shout, The Straight Suits, George Hugo, To Live As Sons, The Jim Achen Band, Captive Portal, and The Old-Timers! There are even non-ZAP artists like Anti-World System [Grrr Records], The Hoax [Thumper Punk Records], Praiser, Blast From Oblivion [SkyBurnsBlack Records], and False Idle [Thumper Punk Records]. There are some album cuts mixed in with exclusive songs you can’t find anywhere else.
Download it and listen to the mix of punk, experimental, hardcore, and folk tracks.