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  • March 1, 2014
    Welcome to the month of March Music Madness! Put down your brackets and press play on this month's mix. Perfect music for a St. Patty's Day Cheers. Every month UnSpunHero will post a personal playlist. All new songs, any variety, no rules...Just a little something for making it through the month.   UnSpunHero Monthly Mix
  • February 3, 2014
    Open the blinds, look out over the snowy winter scene, turn up the space heater, and press play on February's monthly mix. Here's a music blanket to keep you warm. Every month UnSpunHero will post a personal playlist. All new songs, any variety, no rules...Just a little something for making it through the month.   UnSpunHero Monthly Mix
  • December 31, 2013
    It's been a long year filled with great new music. Follow-up albums from veteran artists and genius cuts from indie unknowns. Lets run through the best releases of the year and give praise to those who deserve it. Obviously we couldn't cover all the artists we thought deserved accolades for their 2013 accomplishments, but these are some highlights.   kodaline in a perfect worldBest New Artist   Dan CrollBest EP of The Year   Little CometsBest Indie Album   Bastille - Bad BloodBest Pop Album   The RubensBest Alternative Album   Childish Gambino - because the internetBest Hip Hop Album   Twenty One Pilots - VesselBest Rock Album   Vampire Weekend - Modern Vampires of the CityAlbum of The Year
  • December 30, 2013
    Cheer's to a new year of music! Let's start 2014 off with a bang. Every month UnSpunHero will post a personal playlist. All new songs, any variety, no rules...Just a little something for making it through the month.   UnSpunHero Monthly Mix
  • December 4, 2013
    It's the last month of 2013! Let's celebrate the year with a mix of new music. Every month UnSpunHero will post a personal playlist. All new songs, any variety, no rules...Just a little something for making it through the month.   UnSpunHero Monthly Mix
  • November 23, 2013
    As the first measure of Hotel Cinema’s bewitching lead vocals fill in with orchestral reinforcements and layers of distortedly distant harmonization, you’re locked in with hypnotic fascination. The Los Angeles based group was formed in 2012. Comprised of Mark Hadley & Keeley Bumford, the two released their self titled debut EP in January of 2013. Hotel Cinema has crafted a unique sound that weaves in and out of reality. https://soundcloud.com/hotel-cinema/sets/hotel-cinema
  • October 16, 2013
    All the greatest scary movies have a sequel, so why not give this month's playlist one. October Part 2, coming to a computer near you... Every month UnSpunHero will post a personal playlist. All new songs, any variety, no rules...Just a little something for making it through the month.   UnSpunHero Monthly Mix
  • October 1, 2013
    Although the month might be dark and spooky, let October's playlist help brighten your month. Every month UnSpunHero will post a personal playlist. All new songs, any variety, no rules...Just a little something for making it through the month.   UnSpunHero Monthly Mix
  • September 9, 2013
    We sat down with the Little Comets to discuss the release of their second album entitled Life is Elsewhere and talk about the recent completion of their first North American tour. Name Little Comets Location Tyne and Wear, England Record Label Dirty Hit Two congratulations are in order with the release of you second album and the completion of your first North American tour. I'm sure these past few months have been a whirlwind. Little Comets (Rob): Ah thanks, yep we’ve worked pretty hard. I think before we came over to the States we wanted to make sure we extended our energy as much as possible but also had enough left to take in the experience – enjoy visiting places, seeing the country and meeting new people. We had a great time. I don’t know, I suppose that when you are grafting and having fun time flies… How did the writing/recording process differ while working on your second album, Life is Elsewhere, when compared to your first release, In Search of Elusive Little Comets? Little Comets (Rob): Much of the first album was written in a rehearsal room with a drummer – rather than constantly disrupting the process to make alterations, the songs developed in a more linear way and were very much recorded separately as fully formed ideas. They were written and then we produced them. With “Life is Elsewhere” we no longer had the constraint of writing whilst rehearsing so could be more nuanced early on – production happened at the same time as writing and so the song could progress in very different ways. Some of your songs speak to strong subject matters, alluding to current issues. Your latest album's single, Violence Out Tonight, speaks to the prevalence of domestic abuse. What was your inspiration for this song? Little Comets (Rob): I read an article that 2 in 10 women are affected by domestic violence at some point in their lives, which is a pretty shocking statistic. I didn’t set out to write a song about this but I guess the thought had been lodged somewhere in my head so it unwittingly took on the subject matter almost before I realized it. As an issue, it really isn’t talked about much, but I guess it figures – we live in a pretty male dominated society and nobody likes to confront demons in such blunt ways… Sony Australia's recent decision to remove themselves from the release of your album is another example of major record labels making unfortunate decisions based on questionable perspectives. What have you learned about the music industry from this experience? Little Comets (Rob): (laughs...) I don’t know. Nothing much surprises us anymore. Those who try, do; those who don't, work for a major label… There’s just so much bullshit involved in the whole process, so much falsity and decay – really it should just be about a person listening to a song that has been written to express an honest and deep feeling. There are so many unnecessary fences that have been installed and ornately decorated that any meaning has largely disappeared from whole parts of contemporary culture. How has the transition been to indie label, Dirty Hit? Do you find they compliment your style better? Little Comets (Rob): Yep much better. We still have plenty of disagreements – we like structure and logic whereas sometimes people who run labels are very instinctive and self-confident. “Trust me” crops up a lot, which we don’t really have a lot of time for. The greatest thing about Dirty Hit is that they completely back us creatively – they have total belief in what we do musically and this gives us great solace. They release our music because they like it and have passion for it – it’s a healthy starting point. We really appreciate this. You recently completed your first tour of the US. What were some of your highlights? Little Comets (Rob): Man, that’s a tough question – being from the North East it was very special for us to just go and play in the USA. Not many musicians from our region have had the opportunity, so we really appreciated the enormity of getting to play our music in a different country – and a country from which such amazing music has emanated. Me, Mickey (guitarist) and Steve (tour manager) have known each other for about 14 years, so the first thing we did on arriving was go for a jog in Central Park together – that was lovely. Erm… every gig was a highlight (we played some fantastic venues), seeing the Lincoln Memorial, playing the same building that Purple Rain was filmed in, visiting Michael Jackson’s family house, people singing our songs back to us, driving through Idaho and Oregon, Seattle coffee, World Café in Philly… aaah the list is endless. What's your ideal setting/venue to perform in? Little Comets (Rob): We literally don’t mind – as long as there is an attentive audience we are sorted. It’s just lovely that people want us to play. Can you explain the hanging instruments you feature on your stage during live performances? How did this start? Little Comets (Rob): It started in such a basic way. We found that by picking up and dropping these flimsy percussion instruments constantly during a set really disrupted our playing and they kept breaking… so we came up with the idea of having them in stasis around us. We even had the idea of constructing a percussion quadrant for the audience to use at a gig but then decided it was a good way to have lots of percussion stolen. (laughs) Your vocal harmonies create deeply layered beautiful songs as your lyrics play and intertwine with the instrumentals. Have you found that some of your songs are too difficult/complicated to play live? If so, what song makes you the most nervous to perform live? Little Comets (Rob): Ah thanks, we’ve tried really hard since Mark (our old drummer) left. Mickey now sings a lot more and the harmonies sound a lot fuller for it. I think by all singing, it can make a song that bit more rounded – I think my voice often sounds a little thin so this counteracts it. The hardest song to play is “A Little Opus” – no one knows what the time signature is, so if one tiny thing goes wrong then the whole song collapses… (laughs) no pressure… A question for Matt. You look like you're having the most fun while on stage. It's almost as if you're just playing around up there the entire time. Do you enjoy performing as much as it seems? How much of this depends on the crowd's energy? Little Comets (Matt): I genuinely do enjoy performing on stage. All of my movements are very organic and come from the song/part I play/other members/how I feel. The audience does play a part in how energetic I feel but, I wouldn't say that it rules the performance. Sometimes when a crowd aren't jumping and going crazy it makes you focus on things musically a bit more. I just like to get into the music and do what feels comfortable and natural, I suppose. Website Facebook Page
  • September 1, 2013
    Earth tones, flannel, and pumpkin everything. It's fall and this month's playlist goes best with spiced lattes and fireplace heat. Every month UnSpunHero will post a personal playlist. All new songs, any variety, no rules...Just a little something for making it through the month.   UnSpunHero Monthly Mix
  • August 26, 2013
    The experimental NYC psych pop band Zula sat down with us to talk about their roots, New York's music scene, and what to expect from their upcoming album, Twin Loss. Name Zula Location New York, NY Record Label Inflated Records How did the band form? What's Zula's origins story? Zula: We (cousins Henry and Nate) have been informally playing music together our entire lives. Nate moved to NYC in 2010 - Zula started writing and recording in the Manhattan apartment where Henry grew up. Mike was an old friend of Nate’s from growing up in Ithaca, and Henry met Pablo when their separate improvisational musical projects shared a bill in Boston. Since Henry and Nate are cousins, does your family play a large role in supporting the band? Zula: We grew up playing music at our grandmother’s house - she was a church organist and piano teacher professionally and a huge source of inspiration for us as we developed our music. Our parents are also supportive of the band - but they don't play a large role in our daily music routines. I know family can be extremely critical. Have any relatives come out and openly criticized your music? Zula: Some of our parents and aunts and uncles don't really 'get' our music exactly, but are supportive regardless. Sometimes the repetition and electronic influence, particularly doesn't translate. Last thanksgiving I had a textural loop cycling over and over prompting my aunt to scold me - 'enough of that riff already!' But they're great sports about it all and our family shares love for roots and rock music. As natives of Brooklyn, your city has seen significant shifts in style and has become home for great music venues such as Brooklyn Bowl, Music Hall of Williamsburg, Knitting Factory, and Barclays. Has it helped watching your hometown become this amazing location for growing artists? Zula: Barclays Center doesn't help growing artists in the slightest. The arena is part of an influx of new development in Brooklyn that displaces local culture with a more generic passive luxury experience. But those other spots are great - Knitting Factory, BK Bowl and Music Hall of Williamsburg are well-run venues that put on awesome shows. They're a hugely important part of keeping Williamsburg a music destination. The thriving scene of artists here who are trying to push boundaries and experiment - you're likely to find those acts performing at independent venues like Silent Barn, Shea Stadium, and Death By Audio. While I think that New York is an amazing place to play music now, bands here live with the romance of the city's past - the sense of an explosion of cutting edge sound, and of intense artistic intimacy that this city had in the seventies and eighties. There's a dark and emotional tone lying on the surface of this album. What was your inspiration? Zula: Many of these songs are love songs, or at least they are songs that find meaning in love, especially when things seem uncertain. This album is also colored lyrically by an impending sense of doom that our world has in 2013 due to growing inequality, social collapse, and climate change. The album's single, Twin Loss, sounds like it may have some influence from Radiohead. Is this something you agree with? What are some other influences? Zula: Radiohead was formative to us as musicians, as the Beatles were. We are very interested melody lines, but we strive for the music to take on a spatial dimension as well - and that's what brings in the influence of dance music, funk, and generally repetitive hypnotic form. We have a special place in our hearts for shuffley 1990 Manchester acid-indie-dance as well as krautrock - musical movements or moments where a psychedelic hypnotic state was offered up to the listener in a novel way. Any last words? Zula: We are excited to be releasing this material after a long development period. We tracked ‘Twin Loss’ over a year ago, and we learned a lot in the process - mostly about playing to the energy we create before anything gets recorded. We’ve been working up and road-testing lots new tracks since then, which is often what you’ll hear at our live shows. We try to keep things fresh. The process of discovering a space for ourselves is ongoing. Website Facebook Page
  • March 3, 2010
    Acclaimed singer, songwriter, and musician, AM, sat down with us to discuss major achievements, past and present albums, and rugged acts of man violence. Name AM Location Los Angeles, CA Record Label Filter US Recordings You were born in Oklahoma, raised in New Orleans, and are currently residing in Los Angeles. Has each stop in your life affected your music? AM: Definitely. Tulsa was where I spent my innocent years. First learning how to play guitar. Seeing my first concert (Hall & Oats). When my family relocated to New Orleans I was exposed to a much more intense culture. I think everyone feels it when they go to New Orleans…it just has a vibe. I spent my “coming of age” years there and it couldn’t have been a better experience. My family actually lives right outside of New Orleans in a small town called Mandeville, but New Orleans proper is only 3O minutes away. It was this perfect blend of small town and big city, both culturally and musically. In Mandeville I got to be around acoustic and bluegrass players while in New Orleans I was exposed to all of this jazz, funk, soul and R&B. Later when I moved into New Orleans I just dove in to experiencing that city. My love of soul, jazz and groove definitely comes from New Orleans. Some of the best years of my life. Los Angeles is the third chapter. Adult life I guess. The pace is much different here, but still one of the most diverse cities both musically and culturally. Everything is here. There are so many amazing musicians, filmmakers, writers…it’s hard not to be humbled constantly. I also think picking your neighborhood is important in LA. It’s so big and overwhelming. When I moved out here from New Orleans I asked all of my musician friends that had ever been to LA where I should live. They all said Silverlake/Echo Park…I’ve never lived anywhere else in LA. In 2008, you released a duets album with friends and other Hotel Cafe artists. How is working as a collaborative effort different than your typical solo initiative? AM: The whole duets project actually rose out of me being kind of sick of myself. I had a bundle of songs, but at that time wasn’t feeling inspired to actually sing them. I figured I knew so many talented singers, both around the Hotel Café and elsewhere, that it was insane that I hadn’t collaborated with anyone and decided to put together an EP of duets. Everyone said yes and it was done so quickly. It was so exciting to hear someone else’s voice on my songs. It actually inspired me to start doing more writing for other artists and to do more collaborating. You covered While My Guitar Gently Weeps by George Harrison as a duet with Tina Dico. How did you come to choosing such a significant song? Was there any pressure associated with this choice? AM: I’ve always loved the song. The original has such a rock vibe I really wanted to expose the beauty of the song by making it more of a ballad. Of course after it was done I was like “what did I just do! Who do I think I am touching this song!” Eventually I just said screw it. Everyone covers songs…or should. I haven’t encountered any enraged Beatles fans yet, in fact quite the opposite. People seem to dig it, which I couldn’t be more happy about. Hopefully I did the song justice. Throughout your career you have been the recipient of many prestigious awards from major publications like LA Weekly and iTunes. Does any award stand out as your most significant achievement? AM: I think the LA Weekly award stands out because it was totally shocking. KCRW in Los Angeles had just started playing my record, I was still so new to everything. All of a sudden I was at the Henry Fonda Theatre and Brian Wilson was getting a Lifetime Achievement Award and I was picking up this Best Singer/Songwriter Award. I was like “what”? Happy, shocked, and of course felt undeserving. I mean c’mon, “the best singer/songwriter in Los Angeles?” In fact I remember walking up to a club shortly after the awards and this guy I knew said “hey, here comes the best singer/songwriter in Los Angeles”…we both started laughing. Your debut album, Troubled Times, had all 10 songs featured in films and television. What do you think the album’s connection was with the screen? AM: I’ve always been a big fan of the arranging side of producing and writing. My songs have never been the type that you could just “jam” too. They’re specific and arranged. I think that combined with a total resurgence of directors and filmmakers wanting more than just score in their projects probably led to many of my songs getting used. A little bit of right place right time, but also I think my music (even more so now) has cinematic leanings. Charles Newman (who has a long relationship with the Magnetic Fields including 69 Love Songs and the new album Realism) produced your latest album, Future Sons and Daughters. How did this relationship develop? AM: I knew I wanted my next record to have a more playful quality so I knew he was good at that type of stuff. I had always dug the productions he had done with The Magnetic Fields and had a feeling we could drum up something groovy. I started making Charles mix tapes of all the music I had been digging on the last few years…Brazlilan Bossa Nova, 60’s and 70’s Italian and French Soundtracks and Turkish Psychedelia. We sought out to combine my love for that music, but put it up against something modern. We wanted to hint at the influences, but not let them dominate the sound of the album. Your video for Self Preservation flashes images of rugged acts of man violence. Does this theme play into the inspiration for your song? AM: Absolutely, but not just “man violence.” Human violence and cruelty, which can manifest in many ways. The song is a commentary on the “survival of the fittest” mentality. The video uses a lot of Union Films which are of course full of men. We chose that footage because it has a playfulness…you can tell it’s fake. The subject matter deals with a much bigger and darker question. That as humans we’re programmed to survive, even if it means letting someone else die. I mean an act of self preservation happens every time you deny a homeless man money. Every time you keep something for yourself while someone else struggles. But how do you live in such a world as master or victim? Try to be compassionate when you’re in the dominant position and when you’re the servant you just gotta keep moving. You gotta stay alive. Any last words? AM: The band and I will be hitting the road with AIR on their North America and Canada tour in March. Check out www.amsounds.com to see if we’re coming your way.
  • September 7, 2009
    We sat down with New York's Indie rock star, Mike Del Rio, to discuss his work, the urban inspiration, and the band's future. Check out this exclusive interview below. Name Mike Del Rio Location Brooklyn, New York Do you have a record label? MDR: Hmm...Tricky question...I did start my own Label/Media group called Songbird Am I, but there are plenty of things in the works right now involving labels and distribution...so yea...tricky question. I’ve noticed you mention Brooklyn in a lot of your songs. Is New York a favorable environment for writing and is the area a heavy influence on your music’s style? MDR: Well, I've grown up in New York. Every phase of my life seemed to be in a different borough or neighborhood. A kid in Queens, teenager in Long Island, 20 something in Brooklyn. I'm quite the lucky fellow to be honest, to live in this bizarre bubble of colorful characters and foreverchanging scenes. The place has a pulse and will forever be inspiring as my home. Are you currently working on an album? MDR: Yesser... I am currently deep in the process of recording a full length album in a small recording studio in Park Slope, Brooklyn. Expected release is late fall of 2009. How has your music evolved since you first began playing? MDR: Relative to anything in life, you grow and evolve with experience. Meeting new people and friends, sharing ideas, philosophy, and music will change you in the process...its inevitable. Stylistically, like most people, one goes through phases as time goes on...but speaking for myself, I think learning different instruments has really shaped my writing and sound at this point. I've always dabbled in many instruments, but it was definitely the recent year I spent playing the keys that has brought on a lot of change..for the better I hope. What’s the ultimate direction for your band? Are you seeking fame and fortune? MDR: The Ultimate goal? To write the best songs ever written...which is highly impossible, but the process of trying to do that is what a career in music should be. I'd love to rule the world one day, and have millions of people connected to something I wrote in a basement somewhere in Queens...but if I can make something that inspires someone else and be proud of it for life...I'll be a happy man....a grammy wouldn't be a bad thing either...ha. What was the last great record you found? MDR: The last gem that I stumbled upon was a rare psychedelic record by Billy Nicholls called "Would You Believe". It was basically supposed to be the British response to "Pet Sounds". The album ended up being shelved with only 100 copies into pressing, due to some financial troubles with the label...anyway...its wonderful. How can fans-to-be gain access to your music? Do you have a website with sample songs or a demo CD? MDR: Well Im on Myspace, Twitter, Facebook, Reverb Nation, last fm, and any other social media phenomenon out there. Currently there are no tracks available for download, but as the album release date is finalized, we will be releasing a free 2 song sampler of some b-sides from the new disc. We're shooting a video in the beginning of October with Sunship Films. We've already started pre-production motion stuff and it is going to be insane. Then the album should be out by late fall... Any last words? MDR: Last words? I'd like to think they aren't going to be my last, hopefully. But in that case...Lets take over the world
  • September 3, 2009
    Check out an exclusive interview with Boston's own, Bad Rabbits. Salim and Sheel discuss working on their new record, playing with Slick Rick, and the albums they're listening to. Name Bad Rabbits Location Boston, MA Record Label Unsigned What are the individual names of your band members and their respective instrument? Salim Akram – Guitar Santi Araujo - Guitar Graham Masser - Bass Sheel Dave - Drums Dua Boakye - Vocals Word is you were the backing band for Slick Rick. What was that like? Salim: We still are his backing for the East Coast. We actually have a few dates with him coming up, one at BB kings and another one at Harpers Ferry in Boston. The shows with Rick are a trip because he is a Hip Hop legend, so to even be associated with something like that is a humbling experience. Sheel: It's an honor and a challenge. It's an honor because Slick Rick is a hip hop legend and we get to not only share the stage, but play his material with/alongside him. It is a challenge because every show is different. We never rehearse with Rick, so we get up on stage not knowing exactly what to expect. What are the biggest changes from the former Eclectic Collective? Salim: Aside from the roster changes, the style of music is more defined and focused. With EC we Od’ed on trying to mix too many different styles of music, whether it made sense or not. Which is what you would expect when you have such a big band, it ends up being a melting pot of everyones influences. These Bad Rabbits songs, we focused more on the pop element and tried to write songs that have basically catchy parts. Everything from the drum fills, to basslines to the guitars and hooks. Trying to bring back timeless hooks. Sheel: I would say more focus and smarter songwriting would sum up the change. We learned a lot from being in the EC and one thing that has not changed is our live show mentality and swagger. Where do you see the band 10 years from today? Sheel: A band full of good stories to tell. Are you currently working on an album? Salim: Tomorrow (Friday) will be the final mixing day for our record. We recorded the record at Treehouse Studios in Jersey City with Jayson Michael (Damiera, Cobra Starship). We worked really hard on it, took us about a year to narrow down the songs we wanted. We went with 7 songs. We are stoked on how it came out and we are excited for people to hear it. The songs range from MJ, Prince, Pfunk to Bobby Brown. We even got Travis from Gym Class Heroes on the album too. Ya’ll niggas better like this shit! What was the last great record you found? Salim: The new As Tall As Lions is dumb good. But the last GREAT record I found was prolly either D’angelo’s Voodoo or Erykah Badu’s Mama’s Gun. Sheel: Passion Pit's Manners. How can fans-to-be gain access to your music? Do you have a website with sample songs or a demo CD? Salim: We are releasing the EP in Ocotober so as of right now there are no songs or singles out. But you can check our myspace at www.myspace.com/badrabbitsband to see whats good with live shows so you can get a preview of the new songs live. We have 3 demo songs up right now on our myspace. You can also check out our official website at www.badrabbits.com. Any last words? Salim: Suck My Butt.
    Bad Rabbits are planning on releasing a single later this month or early October as well as a mixtape with Clinton Sparks, sponsored by www.Karmaloop.com. Artwork for STICK UP KIDS is being done by a collab between Vance Kelly (www.vancekelly.com) and Chuck Anderson (www.nopattern.com).
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