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Making room for the positive: Tristan Prettyman on her new album ‘Cedar + Gold’

Wednesday, September 19th, 2012
Making room for the positive: Tristan Prettyman on her new album ‘Cedar + Gold’

Every song on Cedar + Gold is like a window into the soul of an artist who is learning how to deal with the worst, while still hoping for the best. “I don’t take a story and spin it. I didn’t do that with this record, didn’t do that with these songs. I didn’t take something and make it mean something else. I literally took it and this is it. There’s no metaphor or something else I’m trying to get at. Just, ‘here it is.’ It was honest.”

One Dazzling Duo: Madi Diaz and Kyle Ryan

Tuesday, August 17th, 2010
One Dazzling Duo: Madi Diaz and Kyle Ryan

If you’ve heard their latest EP, Ten Gun Salute, then you know exactly why I’m completely smitten with pop-folk singer Madi Diaz and her partner in melody Kyle Ryan.

And if you haven’t heard it, well…you’ve come to the right place!

Just two months ago I was lucky enough to see Madi and Kyle open for Landon Pigg at a number of venues on the west coast. I was awed and amazed by their ability to harmonize with each other on and off stage while they sang songs from their latest EP and more.

To follow the EP, Madi Diaz will be releasing a brand new album called Plastic Moon, which was produced by the incredible John Alagia (who has also worked with Jason Mraz, John Mayer and Rachael Yamagata). The album will feature a few re-recorded versions of songs on the Ten Gun Salute EP as well as some brand new songs.

Plastic Moon is the next step on a journey that began with a chance meeting through a mutual friend at Berklee’s School of Music in Boston a few years ago. Luckily, the timing was right for these two songwriters who are now on the journey of a lifetime!

Finding Wisdom in Words: Serena Ryder is Meant To Be Heard

Tuesday, July 6th, 2010
Finding Wisdom in Words: Serena Ryder is Meant To Be Heard

After a whole lot of hoping and a whole lot of rocking out to her album, I finally had the opportunity to have a conversation with Canadian singer-songwriter Serena Ryder. An avid disbeliever in solid truths, Serena is a very philosophical and honest artist who acknowledges and accepts change and difference along every step of her journey. My favorite thing about her is that she’s not afraid to sing it like it is. If you’ve listened to her latest album, Is It o.k, then you know exactly what I mean.

I caught up with Serena on a lovely June day on which both of our portions of the sky were overcasted even though we were in different countries and on opposite coasts. You probably don’t know this but, on gray days like this one, Serena loves to cook big breakfasts (she also home-makes tamari almonds!) and enjoy them with the company of a friend. For Serena, days like this don’t happen too often – especially now that she has been spending the majority of her days touring with artists like Howie Day and The Barenaked Ladies – but that’s okay with her because she’s learning how to feel at home while she’s on tour for several months out of the year. “I find that it’s a lot easier if you try and find your home inside of yourself,” she explains, “which has a lot to do with staying healthy.”

Just after she says this, she’s careful to explain that the idea of being healthy is one of those ever-changing liquid truths that she’s continuously recognizing. “It’s about definitions and what you define to be true for you. Sometimes drinking is good for certain people. Sometimes eating cheese pizza is really good for somebody. It just depends on what you think about it.”

At the end of July, Serena will be playing a few shows on the east coast with several other brilliant female artists for Lilith Fair before hitting the road with Ray LaMontagne and David Gray in August.

They Like The Beat: Indie Rock Band Two Hours Traffic

Thursday, June 17th, 2010
They Like The Beat: Indie Rock Band Two Hours Traffic

Named after a phrase from Shakespeare’s prologue in Romeo and Juliet, Two Hours Traffic is a Canadian band that was founded ten years ago by lead singer Liam Corcoran and guitarist Alec O’Hanley. Leading up to the recording of their first full-length record, Liam and Alec were joined by Andrew MacDonald (bass) and Derek Ellis (drums) in 2003.

Mikey Wax Makes Music For Your Everyday

Monday, June 7th, 2010
Mikey Wax Makes Music For Your Everyday

You know those wonderful days that you have every now and then? The days that you get to spend sipping on a fresh cup of coffee and relaxing with your favorite songs playing in the background? Well, I have one of those days every time that I turn on Mikey Wax’s music. His full-length debut, Change Again, is a beautiful mix of songs that capture Mikey’s talent for writing beautiful lyrics about the trials and tribulations that come along with love, change and then the eventual lightness that comes with finding hope at the end of it all.

Songs For a Great Summer: Angel Taylor’s Love Travels

Friday, June 4th, 2010
Songs For a Great Summer: Angel Taylor’s Love Travels

Talking to Angel Taylor is like talking to an old friend – she’s totally awesome and down-to-earth, so much so that one may not have a clue that she’s the up and coming singer-songwriter whose music is enchanting ears and capturing hearts across the country. You might’ve heard her single, “Like You Do,” on your favorite radio station or perhaps you’ve seen her video on a music channel that you fancy. If not, then today is bound to be a refreshing day for you! With smooth, thoughtful lyrics and beautiful guitar and piano driven melodies, Angel writes songs that are both insightful and delightful. Not too shabby for someone who has only been playing guitar for just over a year!

Just Some Good Ol’ Brown Eyed Soul: Justin Nozuka’s You I Wind Land and Sea

Friday, May 14th, 2010
Just Some Good Ol’ Brown Eyed Soul: Justin Nozuka’s You I Wind Land and Sea

The American/Canadian Nozuka started penning the songs that would appear on his debut album when he was just 15 years old. Now 21, he released his second full-length album, You I Wind Land and Sea, produced by Bill Bell (Jason Mraz, Tom Cochrane) on April 13th. The album features twelve great songs including the single “My Heart is Yours” and my favorite song, “Heartless,” which was written after Justin’s brother, Christian Bridges, brought him a melody that he described as “magical.”

Jason Reeves For The Waiting

Thursday, May 13th, 2010
Jason Reeves For The Waiting

It’s the craziest thing, falling in love… It’s like you’re in a little bubble and no one in the world exists except you and your love. For the last couple of weeks I’ve been in a little love bubble with my Jason Reeves records. Everytime I spin his CD I feel like all of my troubles melt away and I think I finally figured out why…

TYLER HILTON on His Album, ‘Ladies And Gentlemen’

Thursday, April 29th, 2010
TYLER HILTON on His Album, ‘Ladies And Gentlemen’

Just six days after the release of Ladies and Gentlemen, Tyler was on his way to Seattle to open for The Spill Canvas at El Corazon. He was kind enough to take some time for an interview on his way into the city. After our conversation, I can confirm that he is not only an incredibly talented musician but also a really genuine and down-to-earth guy. I can’t wait to see him get all of the credit and appreciation that he deserves! I hope you enjoy my conversation with Tyler Hilton. Be sure to give his EP a listen and keep an ear out for his full-length album this coming August!

They Were Made For This: Civil Twilight Talks Music, Lyrics and Life in South Africa

Friday, April 23rd, 2010
They Were Made For This: Civil Twilight Talks Music, Lyrics and Life in South Africa

I might just be one of the luckiest people on the planet! Why? Because I got to interview Steven, Andrew and Richard of the band Civil Twilight on April 23rd. The South African trio has been on tour supporting the April 13th release of their latest self-titled album. The album is better than great and features the single “Letters From The Sky,” which was penned in studio by frontman Steven McKellar.

Australia’s Hidden Talent: Detective Social

Sunday, August 9th, 2009
Australia’s Hidden Talent: Detective Social

Remember a few months ago when I talked vegemite with Dan Young of This Providence? Well, let me refresh your memory: I asked Dan whether or not he liked vegemite (he is Australian after all), and he said he loved it thanks to the wisdom of his cousin, Joel, who suggested that he put a thin layer on toast. Turns out, Joel is also the very talented lead singer of his own band, a brilliant Aussie group by the name of Detective Social.

Music Meets Earth: Missy Higgins Combines Her Talent for Music with Her Love for the Environment

Thursday, January 22nd, 2009
Music Meets Earth: Missy Higgins Combines Her Talent for Music with Her Love for the Environment

“Steer”, the third song on her latest album, On a Clear Night, not only showcases Missy’s musical prowess, it also reflects her respect for the environment. It was inspired by her visit to Broome, Australia while she was writing the album. The song definitely inspires listeners to take control of their lives and “step into the clear.”

Her environmental efforts span all the way back to her childhood in Australia. “As a kid, I was a Greenpeace follower and I was always conscious of saving water and electricity, so much so that I kind of drove my parents mad sometimes,” she says. Now, as an adult she has become one of the most environmentally friendly musicians in the music business – ranking number 9 on Billboard magazine’s ‘Green 10’ in 2008.