Ron released three albums and various digital singles under the pseudonym Q*Ball from 2002-2012.
Ron is also the vocalist in progressive metal band Return To Earth. While running the label side of Bald Freak, Ron released albums from influential guitarist Ron “Bumblefoot” Thal, New Jersey pirate metal band Swashbuckle, Brooklyn experimental act Black Pig, and NYC modern rock outfit The Head Set.
In 2012, Ron’s house – including the studio, office and warehouse that comprised Bald Freak Music – was destroyed by Superstorm Sandy. In the years that followed, Ron reinvented himself as a solo artist, releasing The Last Q*Ball Album in 2014 and You Deserve The Best in 2015″ [bio]
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“Matt Reagan is a San Francisco based songwriter/singer/producer. He wrote and recorded his debut EP ‘Leavenworth’ in his home studio (located on Leavenworth street in San Francisco).
“Matt began playing the piano at the age of 7 and picked up the guitar at age 13. Throughout his teens he played in several bands, eventually landing a record deal with RCA/Sony as guitarist for a band called 2AM Club (wikipedia.org/wiki/2AM_Club). After 2 album releases and 5 years of touring Matt transitioned to his current self titled project. Rooted in his guitar and singing styles, ‘Leavenworth’ is an EP colored by layered synths and drum production.
For all those in the US, we hope you are starting off this morning getting prepped for a great Thanksgiving, and what better way to celebrate and give thanks than some Czech rock by Hissing Fauna, right? Seriously we love this album and thought it would be nice to bring these guys back for another feature so soon after the first, when we featured Bad Kisingen off the band’s self-titled album. The track title fit and is likely my favorite on the album, so here we are.
Late November is also a time for stunning sunsets that we look forward to each year, so in that vein and to jointly celebrate the creative commons spirit that brings us so much great artwork, we placed a stunning image up top from Derek Mindler featuring the New York Skyline a few short days ago on Nov 22nd, made available via a
CC BY 2.0 License. You can see the original and several other images at his site above.
They say of the EP: “We set out to make a punk rock record that we would’ve listened to as teenagers, and I’m happy with how close we got. It has some nostalgic Pixies vibes but also draws a lot of influences from the pop punk greats like Green Day.”
Head over to their Web Site everyonecoops.com because right now you can get a free download of the EP when you sign up to their mailing list.
Will Stratton, an American songwriter originally from northern California now lives in the Hudson Valley of New York. He’s released five albums, available at his Bandcamp page below, and is reportedly working on his sixth.
Today’s feature comes from Will’s 2014 release, Gray Lodge Wisdom, a very reflective and poignant track with beautiful harmonizing alongside guest artist Maia Friedman. Its the perfect song to put your head and hearts in the right state for the upcoming days ahead.
Be sure to check out his stunning live performance of “Long Live the Hudson River Valley” via the player further below.Yeah, I’ll Requite Your Love by Will Stratton is licensed under a Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs 3.0 Unported License. Yeah, I’ll Requite Your Love HypeMachine
‘Spanning the River’ has the orchestral and melodic sensibilities of what you’d expect from a Pacific Northwest band – with one distinct addition – the flute as the main attraction. [via GLG Pub]
French sample heavy post-rock four-piece Orléans came together in the city in 2006, adding a performer into the mix for their high energy and stimulating live shows. In 2011 they created their own label Gropied Records and self-produced the first album “Une Simple Théorie des Glaces en Terrasse“, which was published under free Creative Commons license.
This EP “Là où les idées vertes incolores dorment furieusement” roughly translating to “Where colorless green ideas sleep furiously” was issued in October of 2013 via Strandflat, a Net-label in Saint-Malo. It is also under Creative commons license, except for the track ‘Liberty Will Never Perish’, which samples The Great Dictator.
Check out the video embedded further below for “Une bouteille de lait” @ L’Astrolabe in Orléans for an example of the live show experience.Ten Years From the Second by Have the Moskovik is licensed under a Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs 3.0 Unported License. Ten Years From the Second HypeMachine
Le Rug is the ongoing project of Brooklyn-based singer/guitarist, Ray Weiss. After numerous trials and tribulations experienced in early adulthood and with one of his first bands, Ray found his way into a psych ward. This rough patch inspired him to funnel his pent up energy and emotions into a new musical project, which blossomed into Le Rug.
As a follow up to some of his earlier artistic works, Ray Weiss brings us Game Over, an outstanding new effort released via Fleeting Youth. “1779” is the second infectious song off this new collection of unreleased tracks (70+ songs), on cassette/digi formats starting yesterday, November 20th, via Fleeting Youth Records.
Tim Rusterholtz, featured here on cello, is an accomplished street and subway performer in New York originally via La Crosse, Wisconsin.1779 HypeMachine
“The Bay area trio’s brisk take on power pop arrives Jan. 29th via Randm Records.
“At just seven songs, the instant sing-along qualities of the EP fills the “leaves you wanting more” edict perfectly. The record’s lyrics, addressing alienation with less of a generic, transient fist-in-the-air, and more of an impression-leaving palm-to-the-forehead, make the band one to watch in 2016.” [via Fanatic]
Today’s feature comes from the self-titled debut EP from Oakland, CA based group Happy Diving, released two years ago in November of 2013. Band members are Matthew Berry (Guitar/Vocals), Matthew Yankovich (Guitar), Mikey Rivera (Bass) and Samuelito Cruz (Drums), all of whom came together after certain members left previous projects and decided to start something brand new. Within less than a month, they had recorded their self-titled EP with Jack Shirley at The Atomic Garden.
This same self-titled 2013 EP is being offered over at Father/Daughter Records on cassette as well beyond digital outlets. The band’s latest 2 track EP is also now available via Bandcamp, released in July of this year, including two excellent new tracks, “So Bunted” and “My Zone”.Sincere HypeMachine
Strange is the second single taken from the upcoming album by the Jersey City-based artist called Escape from Fat Kat City, recorded in the shadow of Rahway prison, which arrives Jan. 8th, 2016.
Elisa P(rilleux) is a classically trained French multi-instrumentalist and singer-songwriter currently living in London and signed to Flat50 management, part of a arts cooperative who organize and host live music and arts events across East London.
Her EP ‘This Town‘ was released March 27, 2014 and recorded at Crosstown Studios in Liverpool. The EP features viola, guitar and piano by Elisa P, with additional guitar, bass and keyboard by Jon Lawton and lyrical themes of transition, family and loss.
‘Up to the Sky‘ definitely fits this description and is a key part of this stunning debut effort with other solid tracks such as the viola laced, ‘Don’t Forget Me’, featuring a backdrop of animated faded public domain prints of Betty Boop amongst other somewhat obscured and b/w duped classics of yesteryear (vid embedded further below).Up to the Sky by Elisa P is licensed under a Attribution-ShareAlike 3.0 Unported License. Up to the Sky HypeMachine
They recently released a new album called Earth Rise, today’s Dose is from that.
Chainflower’s sound echoes the influences of Led Zeppelin, Queens of the Stone Age, and The Dead Weather.” [bio]
Doya’s Dose Lewd Blues is from their recently released EP The Broken & Lovely
It feels good to showcase a track from the newest 2015 EP released from one of Santa Barbara’s best bands who formed in 1986 right after yesterday’s featured artist who also originated from the same region in 1987. Both bands continue to issue solid releases after all this time, with a lot of great music that has held up quite strongly over the last twenty-five or so years.
Today’s track from Toad the Wet Sprocket is via their six-track EP of the same name, ‘The Architect of the Ruin’, released on June 16, 2015. Beyond the title track here, personal favorites of ours from this release include the song ‘So Long Sunny‘ and the album closer ‘Last to Fall‘, a beautiful effort co-written with Beth Thornley, a singer-songwriter out of LA who earlier released a pretty incredible version of this song on her album Septagon released in April. She had previously met Glen Phillips, the singer of Toad the Wet Sprocket through the Durango Songwriters Expo held in Santa Barbara and they co-wrote this striking track together, of which Toad recorded their own version for this EP.
You can pick up Toad’s new EP at Bandcamp below as well as through iTunes and Amazon.The Architect of the Ruin by Toad the Wet Sprocket is licensed under a Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 3.0 Unported License. Architect of the Ruin HypeMachine
“As it turns out, this retirement has lasted less than a year. Set for release on December 4th, Highs & Lows is the band’s 13th release in 27 years and is one of its best.
“An early review from the venerable magazine The Big Takeover calls the album “high art,” and notes that Fredrick “plies the refined, crafted spaces of post-Velvets pop like Go-Betweens/Orange Juice/Smiths/c86.” [via fanatic]
With a name taken from a character from the book The Savage Detectives, Madrid Spain based post-hardcore & emo band, Ulises Lima released a four song split in 2013 called the “Shonen Bat Split”, of which today’s track comes from. This short but powerful release which sits after a few full length releases in their collection, showcasing a bit of a different side of their distinctive sound with some more very solid and promising songs within.
To get their latest, you will be happy to hear that two newer songs were issued via their Bandcamp page in in June [Wage] and September [Memories], both excellent tracks we hope are being issued on a forthcoming LP or possibly EP.Shame by Ulises Lima is licensed under a Attribution-NonCommercial 3.0 Unported License. Shame HypeMachine
Episode number 141 of Insomnia Radio: UK
Stuart at the controls again. Eight tracks from UK Artists
Recording Date: Day 12 November 2015
Rating: Work Safe
- The Lonely Together – Congregation | Video
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- Field Studies – Fear on the Rise
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- Ex Libras – Drive | Download
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- Calling All Astronauts – Empire
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- Hats Off Gentlemen It’s Adequate – Head In A Jar
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- Frozen Houses – Birmingham Road Birthday Song featuring Lucy Hill | Download
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- Sad Blood – Spider Diagrams | Download
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- Lux Lisbon – Show Me The Money | Download EP
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- AMP – The Association of Music Podcasting
- Made in the UK Show
- Intro music by Blame Amy
- Music bed by Time in Antactica
They released their first single in January, Love/Dead is their second, accompanied by a video (below). We expect a third single in 2016.
In April of 2013 Strabourg France three-piece math rock group 100%chevalier released their five track EP, titled “EP-IC“, containing incredible tracks like Kevy King, Karmageddon and of course our favorite, and today’s excellent feature, La Mallette.
In addition, the band has just released a brand new six-track EP this past month titled “EP-ÉE“, that you can only grab through their Bandcamp site below.La Mallette by 100%chevalier is licensed under a Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 4.0 International . La Mallette HypeMachine