Introducing the band, Grammar, from Boston

Grammar is the project of 24-year-old Barrie Lindsay. Lindsay grew up outside of Boston and studied music theory and composition at Wesleyan in Connecticut. She formed Grammar her senior year as part of her thesis, where it took the shape of a 15-piece orchestral chamber pop group.

grammar-bandAfter graduating, Lindsay worked as a studio assistant for the sculptor George Sherwood and continued to write music and score short films. She joined her older brother Jack’s band as a keyboardist. As the band changed members and changed directions, they started playing Barrie’s original songs and became Grammar. She started writing songs geared toward the instrumentation of the band, focusing on electric guitar. After a year, they started playing out in Boston. In June 2014, Lindsay started putting together an EP of new songs, slated for release October 14th.

Grammar’s sound moved towards a darker, dreamier, cerebral pop — always with an emphasis on melody. The texture is warm and full but intentionally sparse.

In live performance, Lindsay sings lead vocals and is backed by a group of four childhood friends, including her older brother Jack Lindsay on drums, Chris Hemberger on guitar and voice, Sammy Stewart on keyboard, and Ryan Boyer on bass and voice.

Artist –  Grammar
Album – Grammar
Release Date – October 14, 2014
Label – S/R
01. Summer Skin
02. Head Up
03. Cambridge
04. New World

05. Foxes

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There’s no ‘Transition’ you’ve just copied the music Jason Cerda

77507-Promo_Pic_4_Cerdafied-JasonJason Cerda…

I am not a Justin Bieber fan because he’s a donkey. Maybe when he grows up I’ll like him. I do like the lyrics to some of his songs, but that can’t make up for the fact that he is numero uno chump these days. He’s just making some bad choices. Either that or every media outlet in the world has a conspiracy to make him look bad.

Anyway. The reason I bring up Bieber when I’m writing about Jason Cerda is because his song “Living Twice” sounds like it is literally layered on top of his track “Beauty And A Beat.” How do I know that, because I love that song! It’s the one Justin Bieber song that I know the words to and have on occasion blared in my Jeep and sang very loudly to…yes, I’m confident enough in myself that I will openly admit that fact.

I was excited to hear from Jason Cerda because his press release claimed, “Jason Cerda’s “The Transition” is a hip hop/Latin extravaganza!” Hey that sounds fun! I was thinking PitBull or something, and while Cerda’s music is VERY catchy and I do like it, it’s just not his own. Sorry.

He does have this cool video:

But the cool part is the kids dancing, they are awesome!

Where can you find more on Jason Cerda? Not to be confused with Jason DeRulo (Because he refers to himself in his song “Regrets” in a very Jason DeRulo fashion). or Justin Bieber…? Even though he claims he is influenced by Justin Timberlake. @ JasonCerda
Instagram: @JCerdaMusic

Throwing around terms … Hip street folk, Irish immigrants and Mission hipsters

andrewstjames_5“Vision-like recollections are the core of my perception,” Andrew St. James says of the inspiration for “Visions,” the latest track from his debut album Doldrums, out now. “I wrote it at a party in the Mission late last year. I have a funny little recording of it on my phone from that night. You can hear the party wailing in the background and a terribly out of tune piano. I freestyled the lyrics, but most of them ended up on the album anyway.”

For “Visions” video, St. James and producer Jim Greer “decided to roll to downtown Oakland for some quality fooling around,” according to the singer. “We brought along a Wurlitzer for some photos and set it down at a picnic table in the park.” Fooling around turned into filming and the snippets of the lighthearted day became the basis for the piece.

Incorporating a beyond-his-years lyrical vision with a unique gift for melody-making on Doldrums, 18-year-old St. James is emerging from the fog-enshrouded misty hills of San Francisco’s Twin Peaks. His music lands firmly in the alternative folk world, but displays a real knack for timeless songwriting skills.

Produced by St. James himself along with veteran Bay Area producer Jim Greer (a platinum record recipient for his work with Foster The People), Doldrums is out now via the Island Jar/Fortune label. To date, Doldrums has received notice from USA Today, Interview Magazine, San Francisco Weekly, MTV Hive, Performer Magazine and Nylon Guys, among many others. St. James will makie his NYC club debut at Rockwood Music Hall on Fri., Nov. 22nd with an after-work set at 7:00PM sharp. Doldrums is currently streaming in full via American Songwriter.

See Andrew St. James making his NYC club debut at Rockwood Music Hall on Fri., Nov. 22nd with an after-work set at 7:00PM sharp!

Download the track here … [ Visions mp3 ]


Some music for those with Halloween – Samhain Spirit #nowplaying

My father-in-law sent an email of Halloween music the other day and it got me to thinking about what music I enjoy around Halloween.

Truth be told Halloween or Samhain is my favorite time of year, but this year I’m in a funk, I’m so busy and overwhelmed with life that I didn’t even decorate the house, my husband and the kids did it while I was at class one day. They never do the decorating! It is a very sad state of affairs.

This is why I want to put together my very own playlist of Halloween music for you.

night-castleStarting with..

People Are Strange” by The Doors (youtube video)

Thriller” by Michael Jackson (click the play button above the title to play)

Toccata – Carpimus Noctem” by Trans-Siberian Orchestra (mp3)

Monsters Holiday” by Lou Chaney, Jr. (mp3)

I Put A Spell on You” by Nina Simone (mp3)

Midnight Monsters Hop” by Jack and Jim (mp3)

Press play above the title to hear the LONG version of “Thriller” or click the links to download these tracks.

… stop by later for more!


Loving me some Smallpools music #dontwatchmedancinglikeafool

smallpoolsWhat is this I’m hearing? What are these noises? I’m freaking out. I like it but I can’t explain it. I have no idea what genre you would call this and I’m confused. It’s audible overload. I feel like they are kind of like Passion Pit or MGMT.

Smallpools track “Dreaming” is a perfect end of summer song. Seriously, download it, add it to your playlist, you’re going to thumbs up, like, share and sing it loudly!

Wait for the dust to settle down around us, around Annotateus
And stick to what we know
I think the air is finally safe to breathe again, to breathe again

Grab the track here:

Smallpools – “Dreaming” [mp3]


At the Hands of the Robber Barons #nowplaying

The Great American Robber BaronsI think I’ve said this before with other music and it’s a reflection on me and my life more than it is the music. However, the song “At the Hands of the Robber Barons” (which you can listen to now because it is embedded above the post title) reminds me of a track you would have, should have heard in one of the old Scooby Doo episodes from the 70s. I really can’t explain why I feel this way, but it probably has something to do with the fact that I love Scooby Doo and so do my kiddos. Sadly the new episodes are nowhere near as good as the oold ones, maybe that is because they’re not using music from The Great American Robber Barons.

It’s not insulting to say their music would rock out on Scooby Doo. I mean think about it. Cher had an episode, even The Monkees had a track in one of the chase scenes. There has been some supreme talent cheering on the mystery gang!

True fans of folk rock and guitar jangles will love the compositions. Fans of satire, politics and real-life will enjoy the lyrics. The Great American Robber Barons might not be what I would automatically tune into during my drive to work, but I’m really loving their music WHILE I’m working here in the office.

With Diana Mangano as lead and background vocals and Keith Dion as vocals, acoustic and electric guitar and bass, the duo offers a ton of energy and at times darkly cathartic lyrics. “I’ve been playing in bands for over 30 years,” Keith says pensively. “I’ve played with famous people, had record deals, but it took the death of my parents to start writing lyrics. It feels like some type of transcendental experience that made these songs come out. It’s been a wonderful revelation.”

Their new album “Reno Nevada… and Other Songs of Gambling, Vice and Betrayal” is available online at!music/c1x9v

Let me know what you think of their music!


Red Wanting Blue is all over the place this Fall

Red Wanting BlueRed Wanting Blue is now hard at work wrapping up the recording sessions for the follow-up to From The Vanishing Point.  Working once again with producer Jamie Candiloro (REM, Ryan Adams), singer-songwriter Scott Terry spent a week in Candiloro’s Los Angeles studio cutting demos before convening with the entire band in its Columbus, Ohio warehouse studio to begin the sessions.  The new album will once again be released by Fanatic Records, distributed by Caroline/Capitol Music Group. A release date for the as-yet-untitled record has yet to be announced.

In the meantime, Red Wanting Blue will be doing what the band does best.  The upcoming “Dime-Store Circus Tour 2013” will take Red Wanting Blue around the country again, on headlining dates and on shows with Will Hoge and Swear and Shake.

Tune in to Red Wanting Blue performing on NPR’s “Mountain Stage” program!  See here to find your local affiliate. Below you can stream their song “Walking Shoes” and above the title of this post you can stream their song “Audition.” I think you’ll love both!

The band also sailed on The Rock Boat cruise for the second time (in the company of Brandi Carlile, NEEDTOBREATHE, Good Old War, and others), made its network television debut on “The Late Show with David Letterman,” appeared on VH1’s “Big Morning Buzz Live,” taped a session for Daytrotter, and received press attention from Rolling Stone, MTV, Paste, and more.  Late last year, Red Wanting Blue recorded a set for NPR’s heralded “Mountain Stage” program which will now air this week.  See here for a list of local NPR affiliates that carry the program.  The set will also be available online starting next week at this link.

Red Wanting Blue “Dime-Store Circus Tour 2013”

Tickets for all dates: