New Indie Music Gems From Jade Bird, Steady Holiday, Ryley Walker, Biig Piig, Gabriella Cohen, and Hospital.

Holding on to music that makes me smile with warm satisfaction. Now sharing Jade Bird, Steady Holiday, Ryley Walker, Biig Piig, Gabriella Cohen, and Hospital

So much happening in the music world, but honestly the start of fall and a new schedule has me tied up and lacking much time to post it all. Despite my schedule, I always listen to music. True confessions… I have been holding on to some music that makes me smile with warm satisfaction. These are the tunes that have lasted through multiple listens and I keep going back to them.  I hope you’ll give them a listen and add them to your own playlist.

Need a wake up dose of power packed vocals? This rising British star, Jade Bird, has what it takes. Wise beyond her young years, she tells it like it is. Jam worthy and sing-a-long ready, I hope I didn’t miss her in Atlanta….she makes it as close as Nashville and Charlotte and the rest of the US, before crossing the pond in November.

Jade Bird-Uh Huh

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“Does she wake up, put on make-up in the bathroom
And go to work, and stay real late and text you she’ll be back soon?
But her boss runs his fingers ’round her pretty blonde platinum ‘do
I bet you never thought about that, did you?

And it’s none of my business
And I don’t wanna get involved
If you’re thinking that she’s good
I think you should be told

She’s got you on your knees like a little boy
Everybody sees that you’re just a little toy
She’s got a boxful that her daddy likely bought
She asks you if you love her, and you nod and say “uh huh”

She wears short skirts so you don’t ask her if you can check her phone
Talk about the guys at work so you feel ego-central
Like fancy cars and football teams and she like continental
With a European accent does she speak, oh so gentle

And it’s none of my business
And I don’t wanna get involved
If you’re thinking that she’s good
God no, God no

She’s got you on your knees like a little boy
Everybody sees that you’re just a little toy
She’s got a boxful that her daddy likely bought
She asks you if you love her, and you nod and say “uh huh”

She’s got you where it hurts but you don’t seem to see
That while she’s out at work, she’s doing what you did to me
She’s got you where it hurts but you don’t seem to see
That while she’s out at work, she’s doing what you did to me

She’s got you on your knees like a little boy
Everybody sees that you’re just a little toy
She’s got a boxful that her daddy likely bought
She asks you if you love her, and you nod and say “uh huh”
She asks you if you love her, and you nod and say “uh huh”
She asks you if you love her, and you nod and say “uh huh””

 

Steady Holiday is Dre Babinski from LA. She harbors the most tender vocals, but there is a surprising bite to her lyrics that make you pay attention. Clever and imaginative, she gives interesting insight into humans in this tune from her most recent albume release by the same name. Enjoy….

Steady Holiday-Nobody’s Watching

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“Animals are wild, no matter the breed
You can see it in their eyes, they’re taking it in
Before you have the chance to know where you stand
You’re between a mom and lamb
She’s sinking her teeth in

Like nobody’s watching

People are the same, there’s hunters and prey
There’s rules to the game
You can win for a day
Now I’m old enough to know it all comes around
Cause the war is in between
We’re taking ourselves down

Like nobody’s watching

Never did I think that this could be me
But I’m stealing heavily from the powers that be
It’s not personal this time, I’m here to survive
So I smile and we shake, then I sharpen my blade

Like nobody’s watching

Nobody’s so
I’ll take a little off the top if no one’s paying attention

Like nobody’s watching

I made it to the top but don’t know when to stop
When I take, I take a lot”

 

When you have a need for soothing guitars and a soft voice that whispers confessing truths, Ryley Walker is your guy. He is a fingerstyle guitarist, singer, songwriter out of Chicago. He is touring extensively right now and hits Atlanta at The Drunken Unicorn on Dec. 19.

Ryley Walker-Spoil With The Rest

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“I woke up with intuition
I declare my own constitution
“Whenever I do my best, I spoil with the rest”
I spoil with the rest

Takes a half shit to give a full one
Every time I get it done
“Whenever I do my best, I spoil with the rest”
I spoil with the rest

I woke up with intuition
I declare my own constitution
“Whenever I do my best, I spoil with the rest”
I spoil with the rest

Passed out bad decision
Dreams look great with no vision
Whenever I feel blessed
Too much guilt to confess
Too much guilt to confess

Put my head through the glass
First look it’s a pass
Whoever I can’t impress
Yeah I wish you the best
Yeah I wish you the best”

 

And when the world and life is just a bit too much to digest, this song fills the emptiness with the simple idea we are not alone in our pain. Biig Piig has a bluesy romantic style which proves to be fresh and honest. She is Irish, but based out of London and her first EP, Big Fan Of The Sesh, Vol. 1, is out now.

Biig Piig-Perdida

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“I just wanna lay here, smoke my cig and drink my wine, and think I wanna lay here until my hurting is done

I just wanna lay here, smoke my cig and drink my wine, and think I wanna lay here until my hurting is done

Confío fácilmente en la gente Y por eso ya no tengo nada más pa verme fuerte Estoy cansada y Mis huesos se sienten viejos Créeme ya no tengo nada porque todo te lo dejo Y yo así pasando Y con mi dudas fumo más Sigo cantando Como que sé que otra vez el sol va a subir Pero No quiero ver mañana si es sin ti …

I just wanna lay here, smoke my cig and drink my wine, and think I wanna lay here until my hurting is done

I just wanna lay here, smoke my cig and drink my wine, and think I wanna lay here until my hurting is done

I should’ve never let you in Huh Cause Now I’m sitting here crying like a fool And all the world is seeing my pain U know i love you all the same I hope on time my heart will change Cause now i’m sitting here and crying like a…

I just wanna lay here, smoke my cig and drink my wine, and think I wanna lay here until my hurting is done

I just wanna lay here, smoke my cig and drink my wine, and think I wanna lay here until my hurting is done”

 

When bluesy psychedelia meets retro surf rock, the Australian artist Gabriella Cohen wins the crown. Her tunes unfold with originality and a joyous quirkiness that should be in everyone’s musical marvel arsenal.

Gabriella Cohen-Music Machine

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“We’re all looking for that small green
Or we’re looking for something in between
We’re wondering if we can park on your street
I took a left not a right but you didn’t see me. 

I think your garden needs a couple more trees
You think you drive but I have your keys

I said I love you and you know what I mean
I take it slow on the road while the traffic beeps
I’m playing gigs in the music machine, in the music machine

I like LA cos the people are mean
I like LA cos the people seem clean
I saw many homeless on concrete
While bikini girls strut down Venice Beach

I’m doing time in the industry
I go to parties but I’m not in your scene
My mama thinks I’m doing gigs for free
I’m playing gigs but I’m anti-machine

I said I love you and you know what I mean
I take it slow on the road while the traffic beeps
I’m playing gigs in the music machine, in the music machine”

 

The band, Hospital, from Russia does retro indie pop right! I have blogged their music before and they continue to crank out some great tunes. Their tune, “Nothing But Love”, is from their most recent album, Memory Waves, out only a couple of weeks. I wish there was more love in the world instead of anger, skepticism, and deception. We all need love. If you are in the mood to move and just enjoy a poppin’ tune, listen.

Hospital-Nothing But Love

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“I was so naive

in looking for relief

I felt like I lost the race

now I’ve found my place

and among this grace

I would like to know what love is

I wanna feel love

nothing but love

what I really need

is to feel your heartbeat

when you are sitting next to me

do you understand

every single day I spend

waiting for you to come here

I am a sleeper and I’d like to find you

I wanna feel love

nothing but love”

Gathered these gems for you, and I love how Spotify adds more to listen to at the playlist’s end. Check it out.

Your October Playlist

C’mon and listen to all 58 minutes of my alt-indie shares this month.

It is your lucky day because I have added some bonuses at the end of the playlist due to a couple of bands not being on Spotify (Whilk and Misky, and Gospels). The bonuses are songs that I have been listening to and loving, Perfume Genius, “Queen”, and Allo Darlin, “Bright Eyes”. I hope you’ll enjoy the blog songs of October as much as I have.

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Stream the October playlist on Spotify here

 

 

 

 

Hospital-Right On

Yesterday, I was driving to a meeting with my sun roof open, minding my own business, when lo and behold, I was hit in the head with an large object! I thought it was a wayward branch that miraculously fell through my open roof. I was steady, held the wheel, and kept on driving. Whoa, completely perplexed and kind of weirded out, the first thought in my head was “the sky is falling”! Do you remember that classic story?

After waiting to get to a safe stopping point, I looked in my backseat to determine the strange culprit. I expected to see a giant branch. I searched and searched and began to seriously question my sanity.  I found nothing so I drove on to my meeting.

When I arrived at my destination, I found the head knocking criminal to be this…

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Yep, an acorn. The embarrassing part of the story is that I answered a friend’s phone call after it happened, and I shared the story before I knew the cause. This is the story of my life….making mountains out of little mole hills. Call me the queen of exaggeration. Go figure. So a simple instant, suddenly became an embarrassing blip in need of explanation to an entire group of friends at the meeting. Aggh!

I decided on the way home, after my meeting, to consider that maybe the universe was trying to shout something important into my head. What are the chances of an object falling in my sun roof and actually hitting me on the head? It has to be one in a million, right?

Right on.

Today’s song, “Right On”, is one of those exciting stories. A song that I want to shout out to everyone. The band is Hospital and they are from Moscow, Russia. You would never believe that they aren’t already playing the likes of SXSW, Coachella, Govenor’s Ball or even Atlanta’s Shakey Knees. I have blogged about their music before, and they seem to really be making their mark, by continuing to write and play their music in their distinct style of indie-rock-pop. They are Yegor Berdnikov on lead vocals, guitar, Aleksey Shorin on bass, Andrey Tsvetkov on guitar, and Vladimir Balovnev on drums.

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This song, “Right On” is their latest release, as of October 14th, from the EP, Satellite Flare. It is full of great music. I love that they have kept up with my little blog and sent me their current music. They rock! From their joyous thoughtful English lyrics to the shimmery strum of their guitars and popping drum beats, I find them to be all out catchy and vibrant. So, listen and love.

“Feeling like the wind blowing in my face

Isn’t it enough to feel that grace?

Isn’t it, Isn’t it, isn’t it good?

Isn’t it, Isn’t it, isn’t it good?

Right on! (3)

Autumn leaves are falling, to the ground

I can see them falling with no sound

Isn’t it, Isn’t it, isn’t it good?

Isn’t it, Isn’t it, isn’t it good?”

Okay, so I know you are thinking, she just said she exaggerates. Don ‘t take my word for it, this is the review on their first EP from indieshuffle.com….

 “Filled with wholesome and dreamy guitar lines and enchanting electronic atmospherics, Hospital has created an incredible piece of work here that could easily rival many of the Scandinavian and Brit pop bands around Europe”.
I wonder if they have a song or two in their native language? I would really enjoy listening to one and I bet some of my followers would too. A video of Hospital playing live, maybe?
Perhaps the giant acorn that dropped on my head was a way of telling me to make the world a smaller place. I think the heavens were whispering for me to find a way to bring new music from around the world and therefore, bridge gaps and divides, oceans and continents, one song at a time.
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January Playlist

To all my music buds,

I recognize that sometimes putting together a playlist is more work than you might want to do. So I thought I might help you out and share the music I listened to in January.  At the end of every month, I think I will share a playlist of that month’s music. This will be all of the music that I have generated and listened to from my blog in that month. I know it makes me happy, so I hope you might enjoy it too.

February’s music will come next (in lickety split time) because there are only 3 days left in February. Stay tuned!

Hospital-Lust For You

*see my addition at the end.*

“…..It’s a small world after all, It’s a small world after all…..”

Good ol’ Disney songs tell it like it is.  But before you get this Disney tune stuck in your head, check out the band, Hospital.

I find it crazy amazing that a Russian band can find an obscure American indie music blog and send their music. I just had to open up the soundcloud page and listen out of curiosity. As I listened to their tune, I found myself totally intrigued. The band, Hospital, is originally from a remote town in eastern Russia. Thank goodness for Google search. I don’t even think my keyboard can type the Russian letters properly, but this is what the name of the city is, Komsomolsk-on-Amur, Russia (picture below).

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Who knew that indie music could be so tuned in and familiar from such a foreign and unfamiliar place?

I believe music really can erase thousands of miles and break down barriers and differences.

The band, Hospital, is now located in Moscow. Even before they moved further west, the west seemed to put a bit of inspiration and influence in their music.  The song “Lust For You” is clearly a case in point. They describe their music as shoe-gaze, post punk, brit-pop. I think you will be amazed at how terrific it is. There is a familiarity with their sound, while at the same time maintaining that which makes the band unique. Well done! This song makes me feel connected to a band and a place I will most likely never see or experience, and that is thrilling! They are on Facebook and bandcamp, go on the virtual global tour and click this to check them out. Listen and enjoy.

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Listen again and enjoy this clever you tube video. The ending is a crazy surprise…..just watch.

                                                                                                                                            

*As I wrote this, I wondered about the band’s name, Hospital, and how the band came up with it. I just had to share the answer I just received. I thought you might want to know.*

“Well it was really hard time for me and our bass player when our first band split up. it was in 2011 right after we released the band’s first album. so we did not play together for a few months. I was sitting at home listening to Nick Drake’s album Pink Moon on repeat and thought about what else i could do with my music, my songs or maybe it’s time to get a good job and all these things – domestic bliss. and then one day I just walked with my ipod and listened to the song “Belong” by The Pain Of Being Pure At Heart and there was this part:

 in hospitals
in shopping malls
with heavy heads
and locker walls
And I thought about the word Hospital and came to the conclusion that it would be perfect name for a band and then I was like “It should be my band!” So Here’s a story in our vision Hospital is the place where we use music as drugs as medicine for people with sick soul.”
Cool.