Episode 10 – Mixtape

Mixtape

Mixtape

Death in Amber Episode 10 – Mixtape

B-Sides and Whatnot

For this week’s podcast, I’m going to give everyone a bit of a change.

While I still have bands ready for their own episodes, I want to hear from the people that listen to the show. This week’s episode includes some songs that were not featured from the bands on previous podcasts, as well as a new gem from someone I consider a great songwriter. Let me know what music you enjoyed!

So in celebration of Labor Day weekend, and of actually not working (as well as my return to more projects than I can probably handle) here is a selection of songs from the first shows  and a new one for your consideration.

The first song is by Kelvin (Episode 5) and is an instrumental called, appropriately, “Instrumental #1.”

The second song is by Captain Clyde (Episode 1), entitled “1933.”

The last song for this podcast is by someone new to the show, Lord Reagan aka Chris Weller, and is called “Geometry.”

Let me know what you think, and keep the submissions coming.

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Episode 9 – Bronze Fawn

Bronze Fawn

Bronze Fawn

Death in Amber – Episode 9

The Twilight of an Epoch

This week’s show is the second appearance for the bass player from this band.  When Kelvin (episode 5) broke up, most of the members migrated to the west coast.  The bass player, my friend Steve, moved to Seattle.  There he met a group of like-minded individuals and formed Bronze Fawn, an effects-heavy journey into psychedelia and musical landscapes.

With influences like MONO (check out this Japanese band) and Mogwai, Bronze Fawn wrote epic-length songs mixing electronic elements, cinematic rock, and shoe-gazing riffs to great effect.

While the selections for this show are only culled from their debut, “Lumber”, they also released a second album, entitled “Life Among Giants.”

Treat yourself to a nice half-hour, and close your eyes and journey into a lush sonic landscape of electronic effects mixed with droning guitars and tight fills.

The band called it quits November 18, 2010.

You can find out more about Bronze Fawn here.

Bronze Fawn

Bronze Fawn

Episode 8 – mE

mE - ABCDep

mE – ABCDep

Death in Amber – Episode 8

Not you, mE.

The band mE was formed around 2002-03 in Houston, Texas.  Shortly after forming, they recorded their only release, ABCDep, in the studio the drummer was building with another audio engineer.   These days I work and jam with the bass player, J. Pitts, on a regular basis and have known him from the music scene since the mid-1990s.

The members were:

J. Blount – drums

J. Pitts – bass

J. Cormier – vox/guitar

R. Williams – guitar

The blend of acoustic and electric, along with the layered vocals and experimental sounds reminds me of some of John Frusciante’s solo efforts.

You can find them in the graveyard that is Myspace, here.

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Episode 7 – Cactus Rash

Photo courtesy of Bill Oriani

Photo courtesy of Bill Oriani

Death in Amber – Episode 7

Hardcore Southern Metal

I know of the band Cactus Rash from their guitar/vocalist, Byron, who was the resident sound man at The Gray Horse Saloon in San Marcos. Byron was a cool guy, and always did his best to make my band sound good when we played there.  He also sold me a couple of snare drums one time.

Regardless.  Cactus Rash played Southern Hardcore Metal…  and loud.  I saw their show one night and I can honestly say, they were great and thank Odin for earplugs.

The band consisted of:

Jody – Vox

Rodrick – Bass

Byron – Guitar/Vox

Johnny – Guitar/Harmonica

Shea – Drums

They played their final show/CD release on May 22, 2010.

Here is a link to some of their tunes online, and also a link to their Facebook page.

Photo courtesy of Bill Oriani

Photo courtesy of Bill Oriani

Episode 6 – The Math

Artwork by batfish73

Artwork by batfish73

Death in Amber – Episode 6

The Ill Math

This week is going to be a bit of a departure from previous episodes, because this show is not about a band or group no longer making music together.  This podcast is a shout out and thank you to my ace, The Math, for all the help he has provided in making this show even possible.

I have known Math for going on 15 years now, and he is a talented individual when it comes to making music and art.  He created all the various logos I use for the podcast, and also supplies the bed music I use in between songs.

But when I use his music for the show, I try to stray away from some of his more complex compositions, especially those that are sample heavy.  For this week’s show, I don’t have to worry about that.

Math digs, cuts, loops, remixes, and builds his songs.  As a product of the old school and golden age of hip-hop, there is a definite boom bap style in his songs.  He takes individual drum sounds and build his own kits and beats, sampling everything from foreign movie soundtracks and library music to obscure funk cuts from the late 60’s and early 70’s… and movies and television… and radio… and books on tape… and…

He is also a talented comic book and portrait artist, just for good measure.

If you want to check out his music online, head over to Soundcloud.

You can also view his artwork at deviantART.

Artwork by batfish73

Artwork by batfish73

Episode 5 – Kelvin

Kelvin

Death in Amber – Episode 5

Angular Indie Rock

Well, I’m a little late with this episode, but I have been on the mend for the last week and am just now feeling mobile again. For this week’s podcast, I’m bringing some early-2000’s indie rock, the band Kelvin.

Hailing from Austin, Kelvin put out three recordings starting with their 3-song, self-titled demo in 1999. The line-up consisted of Yamal Said on drums, Steve Becker on bass, and Vince Hagedorn with the guitar/vocals.

In 2001, they released the 8-song album No One Else is Laughing. Said was replaced by Jason White on all but one of the tracks (the last instrumental track, recorded by Marty Mack, who incidentally can be heard playing drums in the live .::liquidstereoproject video featured in the show notes for episode 2). The album was produced, mixed, and mastered by Lars Goransson, whose engineering and mixing credits include the likes of The Cardigans, Ian Moore, What Made Milwaukee Famous, Kacy Crowley, and Alpha Rev among others.

They released their final effort with 2002’s Outsideagain. The album saw the return of Said on drums for most of the record, the addition of a second guitarist in Jessica Campbell, and a slew of guest musicians contributing everything from cello to toy piano. Several tracks were remixed from No One Else is Laughing and included on the album, which again featured Goransson at the helm.

The band broke up in 2003, with most of the members moving from Austin to the West Coast.

You can find their last album on Amazon.