Tag Archives: rock

Vinyl Junkie

I LOVE the feeling of purchasing new vinyl, opening it, devouring it cover-to-cover and painting my room with noise from Side A to finish, as intended. It’s like tapping into my personal portal of emotions, inspirations and beauty that can only be accessed when I listen to a record. It’s like a drug that heals me and gives me strength. Kind of like a super power. A super power to create art, grow and become my dream.

This is why I buy music. Real hold-in-your-hands music. Vinyl preferably, but a CD will do.

I originally started writing this post for one reason; The Sound Awake (my husbands) band is releasing their latest album on vinyl and CD! I am so excited for him and want to find any way possible to get the word out. Please help spread the word and if you want dibs on some free stuff like Original Artwork Vinyl (created by me and a few other artist), House Shows (that’s right, they will come and play your house show!),hand written lyrics and more. Click on the video to the right to watch as The Sound Awake explains their campaign and gives you a taste of their sound.

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BANDS: LOFTS & Sunday Vipers

I couldn’t wait to share with you this weekends show at The Chapter House on Saturday, September 15, 2012 at 10pm. Headlining is local/Brooklyn based duo, LOFTS. Guitarist and singer Bruce Hyde together with Johnny Zachman on synth, create a palette of fuzz drenched guitars, bluesy vocals and perfectly executed synth. Sample their soon-to-be-released self-titled LP here.

A little about  Hyde:

What are you listening to:  Lots of stuff, at the moment I’m playing Roxy Music’s first record.
Favorite piece of gear: 65 Fender Jazzmaster
Digital or Analog:  Analog!! We record all our stuff to tape

And opening the night with Steve Gollnick on guitar and vocals, Billy Cote on guitar and Walt Lorenzut on drums is the trio, Sunday Vipers. 

I asked Gollnick the same questions:

What are you listening to:   Various punk and post-punk, avant-jazz, electronic, along with lots of old-school reggae and soul music
Favorite piece of gear:    at the moment, my cheapo electric 12 string
Digital or Analog:   both… it’s all about how you use it….

 

STUDIO MUSIC: Helio Sequence // Negotiations

Perhaps inspired by their 2009 flood, forcing them to look else where for a new studio/practice space,  Helio Sequence of Portland, OR release their fifth full-length album Negotiations. Completely written, recorded and produced by the duo singer-guitarist Brandon Summers and drummer-keyboardist Benjamin Weikel.

I have been listening to this album loudly and repetitively since their release on September 11, 2012. I suggest you do the same.

LIKE: Sounds like Rogue Wave, The Walkmen, Tapes ‘n Tapes.

LISTEN: to it free here.

LOVE: more about them here.

LIVE: See them live here.

Images: Ron Henry & Candice Harbour

Dream Big: Band Identity, Marketing & Merchandise

MUSIC=ART is the idea that music inspires art. A simple equation.

As an artist inspired by music, I love to to create art to music and for music. I began expressing this passion, for music inspired art, when I began working with my husband’s band, The Sound Awake.

We sat down, spoke about his ideas, expectations, dreams and we created a vision, an identity. I have helped him/them create their website, merchandise, photography, promotional materials, marketing and more.

I’m an artist, entrepreneur, cook, wife and I’m easy to talk to. Say hello meredithtowsand@gmail.com

Digital Download Card design

Album Artwork Design and Printing

Posters, design and printing

Merchandise Suitcase, fully stocked

Custom Design Silk- Screen, hand-printed t-shirts

The Horde & The Harem

A few months ago, I received a lovely email from Jack, of The Horde and The Harem, asking if they could use my artwork for their new album, Light Rail Sessions. Flattered, I accepted in exchange for a copy of the album, and perhaps a future gig trade. After several emails and jpeg adjustments, here is what the Seattle, WA natives came up with.

“The Horde and the Harem are a ragged band of untrustables hailing from the Pacific Northwest. They boast four voices that combine in harmony over a solid rhythm section. Surrounded on all sides by sizzling and sputtering guitars, and anchored into place by the weight and grace of the piano. The results are thick layers of melody that infiltrate your senses, lodging themselves in your brain and cursing you with their inherent catchiness.”-[thehordeandtheharem.com]