Indie Artist Spotlight: Disconnected

When you listen to the Indonesian band, Disconnected, one thing is immediately evident: these guys rock! What is not so evident is that their muse is a certain U.S. based pop princess. “We love Katy Perry,” said guitarist PJ Panji Muhammad with a laugh. Arie Ardiansyah (voc/guitar), Yuda Sarjana (bass) and Decil Christianto (drums) formed…

Remembering “The Big Man,” Clarence Clemons

by Mocha Dad I first saw Clarence Clemons in Bruce Springsteen’s Dancing in the Dark video. His melodious sax solo was the perfect dance partner for Springsteen’s yearning voice. I was enrapt by Clemons’ tone and hypnotized by the smooth notes that emanated from The Big Man’s sax. While everyone else was checking out, I…

Desert Island List: Ira Perez, Singer/Songwriter

These are not necessarily what I think are the best albums ever made. Rather, it’s a list of my personal favorite albums that have influenced me over the years. 1. Hybrid Theory, Linkin Park – I can still rap and sing this album like I did 10 years ago. A gift from my brother when I…

Brian Eno on the Importance of Listening

A non-musician is thrilled to be doing music and is quite happy to sit there and plunk one note all day. And is very alert to the effect of that. Non-musicians really listen sometimes, because that is the only thing available to them. – Brian Eno Peace & Blessings

Kaki King Rocks Out to “Pink Noise”

Kaki King, the first female on Rolling Stone’s “guitar god” list, rocks out to a full live set at TED2008, including her breakout single, “Playing with Pink Noise.” Jaw-dropping virtuosity meets a guitar technique that truly stands out. Peace & Blessings

Sunday Grooves – 06/12/11: Chicago Blues Edition

I’m constantly listening to music for inspiration and enjoyment. Each Sunday, I will share 10 songs that have influenced me during the week. This week, I’m in Chicago so this edition of Sunday Grooves is dedicated to Chicago blues legends: 1. “Going Down” by Freddie King 2. “Easy Baby” by Magic Sam 3. “Five Long…

Playable Google Doodle Honors Guitar Legend Les Paul

The web was abuzz on Thursday, June 9, 2011 after Google placed a playable doodle on it’s homepage. Users could use their mice to play chords or single notes. They could also record their compositions and share them with the rest of the world. Google posted the doodle in honor of Les Paul’s 96th birthday.…

Max Matthews: The First Computer Musician

by Mocha Dad It seems as if computer generated music has been around forever. Actually, the seeds of ProTools, GarageBand, and CakeWalk were planted in 1957 by a 30 year-old engineer named Max Mathews. Max’s work made it possible for musicians such as Moby, The Gorillaz, Daft Punk, and The Chemical Brothers to create compositions…

Indie Artist Spotlight: Ira Perez

I first discovered Ira Perez while I was eating a BLT at a Farmer’s Market. After listening for a few minutes, I was captivated by her voice and her music. Even bacon couldn’t pry my eyes away from this musical phenom. “If I could have it my way, I’d want everyone’s first impression of me…