In a not-so-distant past, Mother Nature stood as a gentle nurturer for our planet. However, recent years have witnessed a stark transformation. Nature now arrives at your doorstep with the scent of beer, doling out pills and sweets. While its intentions may be benevolent, can it be trusted not to wreak havoc on the entire family?
Enter the wicked uncle with a mischievous twinkle—UNKLE NATUR. We’ve all been a bit naughty, and Unkle Natur is here to make us play or pay, perhaps both. The clash of grinding hip-hop beats with garage rock anthems, entangled with electro-dub melodies and indie freak show absurdity, sets the stage for 9 o’clock Nasty’s bold new musical direction—a punchier sound that might still extend an apology afterward. After all, we’re not animals, but a punch remains a punch. Can forgiveness prevail? Ted Pepper of 9 o’clock Nasty reflects, “There is no environmental rallying call for the 2020s. Nobody has made a song to express the futility of burning our way to suffocation so someone can live in a bigger house. Well, not until now.” Pete Brock adds, “Denial is pointless. Acceptance is everything. Act now and kick to the beat.”
Scheduled for release on all streaming platforms and YouTube on Saturday, November 18th, 2023, the song promises a wild ride. Brace yourselves for the upcoming months as 9 o’clock Nasty unveils a new project titled “WELCOME TO CROWLAND.” This is music that lingers in the air, leaving behind a brooding silence. Leave your coat and step into the night—9 o’clock Nasty is out there, waiting for you.
“Pàppa D.” takes us on a captivating musical odyssey with the release of “Swing! The CalBal ’23 Session.” An impromptu masterpiece, the album seamlessly blends Pàppa D.’s love for piano and dance, echoing the enduring spirit of classic piano styles. Recorded live in Pasadena, CA, during a balboa dance convention at the historic Masonic Temple, the tunes unfold with little planning, allowing improvisation to take center stage—a nod to the great “Kind of Blue.”
The band, consisting solely of Pàppa D. on piano, draws inspiration from legends like James Booker, Tom Waits, and Dr. John. Having graced prestigious venues like the Whisky A Go-Go and Hotel Cafe, their music has left an indelible mark on the swing dance scene in the USA and Europe. The album, a labor of love, showcases Pàppa D.’s prowess not only as a musician but also as the recording engineer.
With over 1000 songs completed since the beginning of their musical journey, the eclectic mix traverses the timeline of the session, from the nostalgic “Reminischin'” to the infectious “Just Can’t Help It.”Recorded on a 1932 Baldwin grand piano in a cozy home studio, Pàppa D. reveals, “When it comes to creating music, we are the vessel. The clearer the path with the divine, the more honest the music will be. There’s no limit to how high this can reach.” “Swing! The CalBal ’23 Session” is not just an album; it’s a soul-stirring invitation to join the dance and relive the magic of another time and place.
“DaeMarcus,” the brainchild of New York City-born, LA-based songwriter and producer D. Green, unveils its sophomore album, “Corner Eye,” a musical journey with an organic essence. The sole band member, Adam Araujo, showcases his multi-instrumental talents, playing guitar, drums, keys, and handling vocals. Rooted in the vibrant city of New Bedford, Massachusetts, DaeMarcus draws influences from a diverse spectrum, ranging from Smashing Pumpkins and Coldplay to rap icons like Biggie Smalls and Kanye West. Despite not gracing the stage yet, the project has already made waves with a previous album, adding depth to the sophomore release.
The album, meticulously crafted in a small New Bedford studio, is a testament to Araujo’s production prowess. With a musical ethos designed to make listeners introspective, “Corner Eye” aims to prompt deep thoughts and reflections, urging the audience to take a profound journey with each track. Highlighted tracks like “Take It Back” and “Moving Out” capture the album’s essence, but every song unfolds with unique character and purpose. Thematically, the body of work revolves around moving forward in life, taking that crucial next step.
In the spirit of amusing anecdotes, Araujo confesses to stealthy recording sessions, attempting to keep the volume down and not disturb the neighbors. As the buzz surrounding “Corner Eye” grows, reviewers commend the album, with one stating, “I am confident that the songs will resonate among all listeners and that they will stay with them for a long time” (Sinosidal). DaeMarcus, through “Corner Eye,” promises a deep dive into a musical narrative, assuring listeners, “There is a lot of ‘There, There.’ I promise.” This album is a compelling invitation to explore the profound layers of life, skillfully woven into each note and lyric.