The Gin Pennies play pop songs enveloped in an oldschool sound that includes percussive guitars, upright bass, violin and trumpet. A close listen reveals intriguing non-period and genre specific surprises like chromatic harmonica, and lush chord sequences. There’s a unique slant to their tunes that sets them apart from the masses; it’s as if Lake Street Drive traveled back to the 1920’s Paris and made a record with Django Reinhardt. It’s an engaging mixture of era and vibe, where modern-day California indie-pop meets 1920s French juke joint.
The band is currently hard at work on the road and finishing up their first full-length record. Produced in partnership with Triangle-based producer Jason Merritt (Hot Hot Heat, Courtney Love) and LA-based producer Jamie Candiloro (REM, Ryan Adams), Facepaint will release on 8/25/17 on Schoolkids Records (formerly Second Motion Records) with distribution through Redeye Worldwide.
Janet Blair unleashes her epic debut today in the form of Songs for the Waiting. The New Mexico native takes us on a musical adventure with her yellow piano in tow for the ride. Her vibrant and heartfelt songs shine throughout the album, creating a cohesive piece that will stand the tests of time. Lead singles “Eternity Grows,” and “Creation’s Song,” show two different sides of Blair; fun and quirky, and spiritual and steady. No matter what music she is creating, each track is uniquely her own.
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Janet Blair is a captivating singer-songwriter from New Mexico, who built a bridge between her classical roots and pop-influenced songwriting with Songs for the Waiting, her forthcoming debut. Over the course of a three week recording session, Jars of Clay guitarist, Matthew Odmark, collaborated with Janet Blair to produce the album. Janet brought her yellow upright piano to the middle of White Sands, NM to capture her single and album art which I love, and hope you do too. Blending modern piano-pop and bright melodies “Eternity Grows,” channels artists such as Regina Spektor and Ingrid Michaelson.
Blair never fails to explore an array of emotions, which you can see in her new video for “Eternity Grows,” below.
At Modern Mystery we’ve been a long time fan of eclectic artists, especially those who dabble in Reggae and Ska. Today with a special treat with share the new single from Colorado-based Judge Roughneck, titled “The Girl.” From start to finish they bring classic Ska elements as they infuse them with an updated, yet true-to-form Reggae Sound. The group who have been taking the Ska world by storm the past few years, offer up an accessible and welcoming track into the world that gives outsiders to the genre a perfect first glimpse.
Judge Roughneck‘s blend of ska & reggae pays tribute to both the early ’80’s British 2-Tone movement and the original jazz-laced ska of Jamaica, infused with soul, has been electrifying audiences since 1995.They have headlined countless venues and opened for almost every ska and reggae legend who has passed through town, including UB40, Burning Spear, Rebelution, General Public, The Skatalites, The Specials,The English Beat, Fishbone, Damian Marley, Steel Pulse, and The Wailers. They have appeared at the prestigious Reggae on the Rocks Festival at Colorado’s Red Rocks Amphitheater 15 times.