Indie Artist Spotlight: Laura Vall

Laura Vall grew up in Manresa, a small industrial city about an hour away from Barcelona. Like most kids, she spent her days doing homework, playing in the streets with her neighbors, and biking around town. But there was something different about Vall. Unlike most kids, she had a burning desire to make music that…

Sunday Grooves: 06/26/11 – Michael Jackson 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’ve been listening to the music of Michael Jackson to celebrate the anniversary of his death. Here are my favorite MJ songs (solo releases only): 1. Beat It 2. Lady…

Desert Island List: Muhammad Panji Prayoga, Guitarist

These are my 10 Tops favorite albums. These are the first albums that came to mind and are not ranked in order. 1. Surfing with The Alien, Joe Satriani – This is the best guitar instrumental record ever. It has motivated and inspired me over time. I think most of guitar players will agree. 2. Recipe for Hate,…

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