May 21, 2014
Gypsy Jazz || Music Mapped Out
It's not always about discovering new artists. Sometimes it's about discovering artists you've somehow never heard of. Ladies and Gents, I give you: Django Reinhardt - I'll See You In My Dreams (1930s).
If that piqued your interest, you should try Django Reinhardt [FULL ALBUM]
Music Mapped Out: How Fans Interact With Music Across U.S. Regions [INFOGRAPHIC]
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May 14, 2014
A Video From Dia Frampton || Indie Label Advice
September 9, 2013 was the second night of Dia Frampton's residency at The Hotel Cafe (Los Angeles). This video captures what a typical show with Dia is like. See how enjoyable this is?
Indie Label Advice From The Great Escape 2014
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May 08, 2014
Music We’re Loving || Jazz Babies
Nostalgia is such a powerful thing, isn’t it? Don’t we all long for “how things used to be,” even if we weren’t alive to experience that thing the first time around? It seems to be one of those charmingly, deeply human qualities. I, for one, yearn for the days of champagne parties and jazz babies, when ladies were “dames” and a gentleman changed his shirt for dinner.
So, should you ever find yourself knee-deep in bootleg hooch with a wild-eyed fella who calls himself Bugsy, feel free to slap one of these records on the old phonograph and get a wiggle on. “Get hot baby, get HOT!"
The Blue Vipers of Brooklyn are an early jazz, swing, and blues band, composed of acoustic guitar/vocals, upright bass, homemade washboard percussion, trumpet, and saxophone. Their repertoire of witty songs from the 1920s and ‘30s is augmented by original tunes with moving – yet often bawdy – lyrics and catchy 4-part vocal harmonies. Feel-good, grab-your-gal-and-dance type songs.
Listen to: “Blue Drag,” from the Permanent Magic album
Davina & the Vagabonds are a quintet playing jazz, roots, Americana, and the blues in the Twin Cities of Minnesota. I was lucky enough to catch a performance in Atlanta this spring, and by golly, if that wasn’t one of the most energetic live shows I’ve ever been to. It’s exuberant, “rollicking New Orleans flavor” at its giddy best.
Listen to: “Pushpin,” from the Black Cloud album
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April 29, 2014
Boys, Girls, Booze, and Blues
Lately, the 90°+ temperatures in NYC have me thinking of sitting on Southern porches, swaying slowly in a rocking chair, a glass of whiskey quietly sweating into my hand. Should you be so lucky to be doing just that, here are a few musical suggestions to make sure your afternoon is a boozy, bluesy success:
Jessi Robertson, a Brooklyn-based singer and songwriter, makes magical alt-folk-Americana music with a voice and lyrics that are at once sweetly vulnerable and darkly gritty. Another reason to love her? Ten percent of the proceeds from her album “Small Town Girls” are donated to The Rape, Abuse, & Incest National Network, the nation’s largest anti-sexual assault organization.
Listen to: The title track, “Small Town Girls”
Danielle Bourjeaurd’s music has an undeniably country backbone with a touch of rock & roll swagger. With a voice full of gutsy confidence à la Patsy Cline, she sings of relationships gone sour with an “I didn’t need you anyway” attitude that we seriously dig.
Listen to: “Way Too Late,” her independently released single
Moon Palace, the recording and performance name of Philadelphia-based Christopher Bohn, makes the kind of atmospheric folk music that is hazy and dreamlike, yet commands your full attention in considering his poetic lyrics. If you love Bon Iver and Iron & Wine (which we totally do), you’ll love this guy (who we also totally do).
Listen to: “In Our House,” the second track of his self-titled album
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April 17, 2014
Joy Rides with The Brothers Rigney
Hi. Yes, you, hello there! No need to lurk behind the computer screen, we’re quite friendly here! Welcome to the very first blog post of Parachuting Buddha Records, where the beer and snacks flow as freely as our bad puns and worse metaphors.
Speaking of beer and snacks, I’d like to take a moment to introduce you to a band that has been rocking in the free world for nigh on 20 years: The Brothers Rigney. (Yep, that right there was the best transitional sentence ever . . . you drink beer and eat snacks in the living room, right? Whatever, just go with it.)
The Brothers Rigney is a hard rock trio based out of Austin, Texas. TBR was founded by brothers: Bryan is their lead vocalist and bassist, while Paul rips it on the guitar. Inspired by classic rockers like Jimi Hendrix and Bruce Springsteen, as well as more hard rock bands such as Great White and Montrose, this trio brings a real sincerity and energy to every performance.
Now, I don’t know about you guys, but I grew up the child of a disco queen and a flannel-sporting rocker dude. And though I can shake my “Hot Stuff” almost as well as any Donna Summer devotee, my musical tastes are aligned far more with the likes of your average Q104.3 radio rotation. From time to time, my dad would pack my sister and I into his Explorer, grab his favorite Stones or Who cassette, pump the radio as loud as the speakers could stand, and tear like an absolute madman around our neighborhood – whizzing through stop signs with total disregard for life or limb or New York City speed limits. He called these terrifying flights through the darkness “joy rides.” To my 12 year-old self this was, of course, the ultimate exhilaration, better than any rollercoaster.
I’m telling you this story because listening to The Brothers Rigney conjures up those memories, those feelings of panicked exultation: the deft guitar solos that come in during tracks like “Face the Day” and “Happy” are just right for rolling down the windows and letting the wind cut through your hair. But don’t mistake these fellows for the heedless type of hotel-trashing rocker: thoughtful lyrics like those of “Forever Blue,” and the clean, tight drumbeats in songs such as “Bastard” are powerful in their economy and the attending emotional clarity.
I’d say their brand of bluesy classic rock – the mix of Bryan Rigney’s gritty vocals with Paul Rigney’s skillful riffs – is the perfect addition to any late night joy ride.
To find out more about The Brothers Rigney, please visit their website at http://thebrothersrigney.com
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