Flexible Compressor /Limiter . by Joel Hamilton - Article
the perfect beast for kicks
The Good Giant Compressor. by Joel Hamilton - Article
the D.I. for a purrfect bass sound
Single-Channel High-Voltage Instrument DI Preamp. by Uri Djmail - Article
a simple tool for a simple task
But don't think you can make a record with it. by Tom Sean - MORE
it's not a communist plug in!
The musical equivalent of simultaneous. by LD Begthol - MORE
Walla Fest, January 6, 2013
If you're looking to start off 2013 with some awesome tunes - Make your way to Walla Fest in Norristown, PA at The Centre Theater! There is going to be a lot of good art and good music - tons of local Philly favorites! Line Up: Satellite Hearts, Cousin Brian, Boog, The Retinas, and Q Family Band. Doors open at 7, show starts at 8. $5 at the door. See You There and bring your friends! RSVP here http://www.facebook.com/events/224959084303738/
under the wire is philadelphia based indiepop project formed on december of 2013 comprised of Tom Lugo (ShiShi/Panophonic/Stellarscope/Drowning Dreams/SUPER TOYS/Patetico Recordings) on vocals & guitars and Jason Ellis on synth/drum machine/programming.Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/pages/Under-The-Wire/188387867971618More sounds at http://www.soundcloud.com/underthewireWe are infiniteLyrics by Tom LugoThe blinding lightBreaking through the nightAs shadows fadeIn their long good byesThe morning sunPeeking through the cloudsBurning your eyesSuch a sweet surpriseJust breathe in the airTake in the dayPut on a smileBe one with the wayLooking at the skiesDon't need to ask whyI have my answersNot a afraid to dieChorusAnd in the end we will transform, we will transcendWe'll fly away, we'll fly away, we'll fly awayTo the infinite, we are infiniteAnd when we die we will transform, we will transcendWe'll fly away, we'll fly away, we'll fly awayTo the infinite, we are infinitePost chorus endOpen you heartsLet your spirits shineSpread some loveAnd leave no one behindAnd if you tryThere's no mountain you can't climbHere for a momentSo why not live your life?
Goodnight Lights "Say Want You Want" - Recorded live at The Fire in Philly on 12.14.12. Complimentary outer-space video with galactic-psychedelia public domain footage. Enjoy! About the band - Formed in the summer of 2007, Goodnight Lights is a Philadelphia-based quintet who just recently put out their third album AS FAR AS THE MOON. A few shows coming up: Wednesday 01/30/13 at Kung Fu Necktie with TIGER WAVES (Austin TX) and YOU YOU DARK FOREST. Then on Friday 02/22/13 at Milkboy Philadelphia with LEAGUES (Nashville TN), Presented by WXPN. Finally Friday 03/15/13 at Kung Fu Necktie again opening for PILOT TO GUNNER on their reunion tour. All of their releases can be found at http://www.goodnight-lights.com.
Something about your band , anything! Earning comparisons to Wilco and Fleet Foxes, atmospheric, retro-influenced pop/rock band Broken Anchor evolved through a collaboration between singer/songwriter Austin Hartley-Leonard and producer Brad Gordon. After honing his craft as a solo artist with songs featured on TV shows such as âBurn Notice,â âHart of Dixie,â âJane By Designâ and âThe Ghost Whisperer,â Hartley-Leonard originally imagined Broken Anchor as a studio project. Yet, with time, Harley-Leonard and Gordon soon saw the songs take on a life of their own. By adding drummer/percussionist Mike Duffy to the mix, Broken Anchor is now a memorable, high-energy duo, and has released a series of EPs, titled Broken Anchor Vol. I, II, and III.Where : MilkBoy Philly /â¨1100 Chestnut Street /â¨ Philadephia / PA 19107When: 2/21 doors 8pm show 9pm
Starnes&Shah, featuring vocal duo Dania Abu-Shaheen (guitar/vocals) and Zilpha Starnes (keyboards/vocals), was formed in Astoria, NY in 2005. Bring a poet/songwriter from Lebanon together with a choirgirl from Dallas, Texas, and you get a unique musical counterpoint.â¨â¨The songs range from pared down acoustic ballads to rock anthems complete with choral arrangements and layered guitar effects. They are stories rendered with Daniaâs poetry and music. Zilphaâs harmonies play between exchange and tension to produce a signature sound.Where : Connieâs Ric Rac / 1132 S. 9th Streetâ¬ / Philadelphia / PA 19147 When : 02/23/2013 at 9:00 PMDetails: $ 10 / 21+
Christopher Davis-Shannon's music is the essence of honest simplicity. Steeped strongly in the piedmont and delta fingerstyle blues traditions, his performances bring you back to a time of juke joints and smoky blues clubs of the early 20th century south. A modern vagabond he has toured the country as a performer the past 3 years, performing from Las Vegas to New Orleans and throughout the South. Davis-Shannon performs a mix of blues and jazz standards, traditional spirituals and his own originals which are steeped in the age old styles he holds close to his heart. His intricate guitar work and plaintive vocals are infused with soulfulness which cannot be faked, and a respect for his predecessors which is rarely equaled. Christopher Davis-Shannonâs act has already caught the attention of several beloved music promoters in the greater Philadelphia area, and shows no signs of slowing anytime soon.
Live at The Legendary DobbsJanuary 25th @ 7:00 PMAcoustic Tour with Kelsey Warren Alex Kelly is an American singer/songwriter born in Queens New York. For her live shows, Kelly teamed with a guitarist and drummer to form an ultra modern electro-rock trio. The band honed their craft performing in underground art galleries, exclusive parties, and chic New York City night clubs including the legendary Webster Hall, Arelene's Grocery, and The Bowery Electric.This past summer, years of cultivation and hard work paid off when Alex Kelly released her first full-length album Orange Circle. Kelly collaborated with PILLOW THEORY front man Kelsey Warren and GCR Audio engineer Justin Rose, to create a sassy dance-rock album that is ready-made for the 21st Century.
Former South Street Performance Researcher/Scientist Wes Filer returns to Philadelphia this Saturday January 26th at Ortliebs Lounge in Northern Liberties. Playing songs of his latest Electro-Surf-Pop EP Automated Terrace. Mike Huff and Brad Elicker will be backing him up (the last time these 3 guys played together back in 2008 ended with Mike angrily walking off the stage while Wes and Brad earnestly covered 'the Safety Dance')Also on the bill is a real underground Philadelphia who's who 'Suss' making their live debut.and everyones favorite...Jaime Pannoneshow starts at 7pm$5 cover
Raised on 13th and Morris Sts. in South Philly, The TradeMark Experience has been described as "original," "like no other artist," and "a breath of fresh air." Indeed, TradeMark's unique combination of intelligence, creativity, and charisma has created a serious buzz in Philly and beyond! His outrageous, over-the-top live performances have set him apart from his peers, and his fun-loving, laid-back persona has endeared him to millions worldwide! He is truly one of a kind - too strange to live, too rare to die.
Philadelphia producer/MC has just released his third LP entitled "Redeemable Qualities". Executive produced by Citizen Xavier himself, Redeemable Qualities reflects a desire to restore integrity to a genre that has recently catered to the majority. Citx notes, âWhile the same level of consciousness and well-beneath-the-surface imagery is still there, you can also feel the frustration with the lack of redeemable qualities among MC's and music in general today.â Influenced by artists such as Mos Def, Talib Kweli, and MF Doom to name a mere few, CitizenXavier has been actively involved in the Hip-Hop scene since he began writing at 14 and producingin his studio at age 18. Since then, he has played numerous shows throughout Philadelphia as wellas venues out of state. In 2008, he won an international contest for remixing a song, theinstrumental for which was produced by DJ SoulClap. In the Summer of 2011, Citizen Xavier gracedthe bill with Boston Hip-Hop artist, Mr. Lif. Fast-forward to today and Citizen Xavier is ready tocreate his own buzz in the world of Underground Hip-Hop.
Philadelphia punk band Avenue Kings have released 'Break Free', the second track to their EP 'Burn This Town' for FREE! 'Burn This Town' will be their debut album and will be released in October. Produced by Vince Ratti (Circa Survive, The Wonder Years), Avenue Kings have managed to bring out a punk sound reminiscent of early Springsteen and groups like The Clash. Their debut single 'Burn This Town' is also available for free download. Check out Avenue Kings and check them out at the M Room on November 3rd!
Our debut album is in the works! It will feature a dozen-ish songs about trolls, folklore, feet, monsters, and little goblins. Musically... we're influenced by Paul Simon, Talking Heads, Genesis, and Vampire Weekend; plus you never know when two Mikeys will be coming!Thanks,MikeI have two musics out already if anyone is interested. They are both EPs; "British Phil" and "Michael & the Mooncussers". I have a facebook: Michael Doyle Music (Michael & the Mooncussers)I have a website too: michaeldoylemusic.com
Angel Ocana is an American singer-songwriter from Brooklyn, New York. He was a drummer for various Brooklyn and Philadelphia based bands before starting his career as a solo artist. Ocanaâs music is a mixture of softly strummed guitar and delicate enchanting vocals. His live acoustic performances have been described as intimate and captivating. Ocana was recently the winner of the World Cafe Live Philly Rising Standout this past July(2012). His upcoming music release White Roses is scheduled for November 20th 2012. He now resides in Philadelphia where he continues to practice fine arts and record music.
The Gazettes are a two piece muzz rock band from Fort Washington, PA. It consists of drummer Zach Hollingsworth, and guitarist/vocalist Bryne Hetznecker. Their booming drums combined with muzzed guitar create their unique sound. After basement jamming and house party gigging for three years, The Gazettes have surged onto the Philly local music scene. They treat every practice/party/gig as if it is their last and hold nothing back. If you like dogs and hate cats you should check them out.
eu.Reca, I think I got it!eu.RecaÂ is a hip hop collaboration that emerged from the streets of Philadelphia, born of the fateful meeting between the French producer and DJ,Â Red Richards and Philadelphia native MC,Â Calvin.Â The two artists are revealing an arsenal of unique compositions, inspired by various types of jazz, mixing modern beats with powerful lyrics that command attention. This unlikely, yet perfectly matched duo, Red'sÂ innovative style and colorful vision coupled with Calvin's flawless lyrical execution, is paving the way to a unique twist to hip hop.Â Â This fusion is indeed a fresh breath of creative madness -Â eu.Reca, we got it!
Emergining indie subrock quartet from Philly, Dot Square, just released a brand new music video for the single "How" off of the their new upcoming untitled EP. With swirling guitar textures, subtle driving melodies, and dramatic rhythms, Dot Square tackles the mind and aims straight for the mood.If you enjoy their melodrama, check them out at North Star Bar on September 21! Tickets Here: http://www.ticketfly.com/purchase/event/157531/tfly 9pm | 21+ | $8
Brooklyn Indie Pop/Rock duo, SoundsL!ke, is traveling to Philadelphia Wednesday September 26, to play The Grape Room at 9:30pm. The duo self released their debut EP, The SoundsL!ke EP, earlier this summer. They are following up their release party held last week at the Rock Shop in Brooklyn, with shows in Providence Rhode Island this weekend and Philadelphia next week. SoundsL!ke is guitarist Nani Ferreira-Mathews and drummer Ian Elkind, but they manage to encompass a range of sounds for only a two piece band. Their opening track off their EP, "Better Off Dead" has a 90's groove to it, with belting vocals and rich vocal harmonies. Their live show moves from slow and dreamy into hard hitting break beats, rock distorted guitar, a dash of angst filled vocals, and back to delayed guitar dreamscapes. This is a show that SoundsL!ke a good time. $5. Doors at 8pm.
Funtown and Psy-Fi Productions are presenting their second blacklight garden party in the Ellen Powell Tiberino Memorial Museum's famous garden courtyard on Saturday, August 18. The event will feature light installations by JK Concepts that will transform the Museum's sculptures, 3D murals, treehouse and exotic plant-life into an illuminated playground for both the performers and audience members.Psy-Fi Productions' producers Agent Zero, GoldenSpiral, DJ HA, Red Hat, Mr. Manic and Countervulture will provide the soundtrack for the evening while Funtown artists contribute hours of entertainment on both the garden's stone-paved stages and high up in the glowing canopy. The show will feature aerialists, glow hoopers, fan dancers, bubble and glitter ballerinas, fire performers and a whole crew of Funtown's Bodypaint.Me live painters. All audience members are encouraged to become part of the experience by getting bodypainted during the party.Glow Garden is open to those that are over 21 and will start at 8 p.m. and end at midnight.The Ellen Powell Tiberino Memorial Museum is located at 3819 Hamilton Street, Philadelphia, PA.
If you didn't make it to the last Walla Fest then now is your chance! Come on down to The Centre Theater in Downtown Norristown, Pa and experience the great art and music of young Philadelphia area artists and musicians. Art will be shown by Justin Mellon, Precious M. Evans and Vi Tran. Plus, this time around we are adding a third element to the Walla mix, there will also be an open mic in the art space between 6 and 6:40 - The first 7 musicians to come and sign up will get to play one song!Music will include performances by Carmel Liburdi, The Districts, Drew Mills, Idle Idols and Shorty Boy-boy. Walla Fest is a great time and it is run by a teenage trio called Wall-a-Flowers Productions. Go to our Facebook page for more information! Facebook.com/WallaFest. See you there.Doors open and the art show starts at 6pm and music starts at 7pm.
Costa started playing harmonica at the age of 10 and it is his melodies from the harp that prove this artist stands out in the industry. He has been compared to the likes of Bruce Springsteen, Neil Young and Bob Dylan with a bold acoustic/rockabilly sound. His honest and riveting guitar chords are accompanied by a cutting and genuine vocal delivery that will quickly have you infected by his aggressive energy and deep but yet optimistic lyrics. His first single âLoveâ from his debut album âOnwards and Upwardsâ was recognized by Billboard as one of the top released songs in 2009 and garnered radio play in the States as well as over seas. Origivation Magazine gave Costa its highest accolade giving âOnwards and Upwardsâ an âIconicâ rating. After a near 35 city tour in April 2010 Skope Magazine named him as one their âArtists to Watch in 2010â. Costa has just released his sophomore album entitled "This Dizzying Pace and the Aftermath" in January of 2012. This Sunday he takes the stage at Manny Brown's in Langhorne, Pa starting at 8pm, while Saturday night marks his 3rd year at Elephant Talk Music Festival in Atlantic City, NJ. This festival raises money to supply local autistic children with outstanding music education programs. Jared's set starts at 6:15 at The Boneyard's outdoor stage. $10 cover all proceeds go to Elephants with Autism charity.
Most bands that succeed beyond the local level eventually do so with the aid of a manager. What does this person do, aside from collect a healthy cut of the money? We interviewed 2 NYC managers and 1 publicist with different experiences in the local scene to help us understand. by Paolo De Gregorio - read the article.
Protect Your Band's Name!
the name is what you are selling
The reputation and recognition of an artist's music is built around the artist's professional name, which is what consumers use to identify the artists they enjoy. Therefore, an individual artist or group pursuing a career in the music industry should take the necessary steps to protect his, her or its professional name. by Christopher R. Chase, Esq. - read the article.
College Radios Promotion
what can they do for your band?
In this day and age, we should be thankful that college radio still exists. While commercial frequencies pump the same boring playlists into every city, college radio provides unique, local voices to the airwaves and internet. - read the article by Liz Schroeter here .
Career Survival Guide
it's not just about the music
A music carreer IS all about surviving - at least in the early stages. This survival guide will help you think of different ways to keep your focus on building your brand and creating a path for success. If you think of yourself as your own small business, then the following information can become your personal marketing plan. - read on. - courtesy of BMI.
1. Recording: Home vs Studio
the question is: can YOU do it?
Indie producer/musician Bruce Kaphan(R.E.M., David Byrne, Red House Painters, American Music Club) analyzes pros and cons of recording the DIY way - read the article.
2. Choosing a Recording Studio
pick carefully + things to consider
What do you need to look for in a recording studio? In this article you'll find all the advice you need about equipment, engineers, rooms, rates, and ways of approaching the recording experience. by Paolo De Gregorio - read the article.
3. Planning Recordings
be prepared, have a budget
Steven Alvarado, a NYC studio manager provides precious advice on how to approach the recording of your CD. "When you enter the studio, have a plan. Map out what you want to accomplish each day so that you have a realistic idea of how much time you will need to complete your project. It's best to be as prepared as possible."by pdg - rea d the article.
4. Do You Need a Producer?
and: don't waste studio time!
Making a recording is a tangle of pragmatism, technology, alchemy and faith. As is the case with any creative venture, you cannot know what you'll get for your efforts until you go through the process; it's always a gamble. Having a plan and a budget can be really useful.by B. Kaphan - read the article.
5. Drums in the Studio
performance and recording tips
Drummers shouldn't miss this article! 4 Top NYC producers answer our questions on how to perform, hit, and tune the drums in recording situation. And... is your drummer tight and can he/she play to the click? by Paolo De Gregorio - read the article.
6. Ten Tips For Recording Guitars
from the pick to the amp
Recording guitars, although easy at first can be a challenge when you really want to achieve a great sound. Here are some helpful tips to improve your guitar recording chops. - by Shane O'Connor - read the article.
7. Recording Vocals
not as easy as you might think
Recording vocals might not seem alike the most challenging task when producing a CD, but this delicate and crucial process often ends up being quite draining and taking longer than expected - by Paolo De Gregorio - read the article.
8. What does Mastering do?
what it is and why it is!
Mastering is a process that not many emerging musicians are fully familiar with. One of the most succesfull NYC mastering engineer tells us all about this "secret" art.- by Paolo De Gregorio - read the article.