Feature: Maya Angelou, Caged Bird Songs

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Caged Bird Songs, a spoken word album featuring the words of late writer and poet Maya Angelou, has been put against funk, surf rock, and hip hop music and was released on November 4th. The vocals are taken from recordings that Maya had previously recorded. Angelou, who passed away in May at the age of eight-six, released four spoken word albums and five recordings over the course of her career. While this album has been put together by her estate, Caged Bird Songs provides an interesting backdrop to her words. While some fans have criticized the new release as diminishing Maya and her talent, as the choice of music was thought to be cheesy, it actually fits her words quiet well, as we get to hear her speak through different genres of music, as her voice flows with each one beautifully. On tracks such as “On Aging” we get to hear Angelou speak through heavy auto tune, which adds a modern twist to Maya’s writing, as her poems and writings can appeal to a new generation, while still being enjoyed by the fans that have been there since the beginning.

If you would like to hear Caged Bird Songs in its entirety, you can head over to Soundcloud. If you would like to purchase the album, you can buy it on Amazon.

Happy Thanksgiving!

To all of my US readers,

I want to wish you all a very happy Thanksgiving! This year has been amazing for Listen Here Reviews. I’ve listened some amazing bands, seen my traffic go up, and I’ve gotten some great people e-mailing me asking if I would feature their bands or write a review. From the bottom of my heart, thank you all for taking the time to check out the website. It means the world to me. Before I go and eat my turkey, I wanted to post a video of one of my favorite comedians, John Pinette, who’s entire routine was almost entirely focused on food. While he unfortunately passed away earlier this year, this video is guaranteed to have you busting a rib afterwards.

In this particular interview on The View, he discusses how his sister ruined Thanksgiving, why he gets lost in health food stores, and his experience trying gluten free bread.

I hope everyone has a wonderful and safe holiday celebrating with friends and family. For everyone else, I hope your day/night is going well!

Lauren

 

Kelly Clarkson releases video for Wrapped In Red

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Kelly Clarkson has released the video for her song “Wrapped In Red” off of her Christmas album of the same name that was released back in October. You can watch the video here. If you haven’t picked up Wrapped In Red yet, you can get it just in time for the holidays at Amazon.

Bjork to release book next year, have art exhibit at New York City Museum of Modern Art

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Next spring, New York City’s Museum of Modern Art will put on a full scale retrospective honoring Iceland singer Bjork and her 20 year career. In addition to the exhibit, Bjork will also be releasing a book full of artwork spanning her seven albums, along with poetry, academic analysis, philosophical texts, and other visuals. The book will be titled Bjork: Archives. 

The Summer Set announce release of Legendary deluxe album

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The Summer Set have announced that they will be releasing a deluxe edition of their latest studio album Legendary on December 2nd. The deluxe album will include various b-sides, and a new version of “Lightning In A Bottle” produced by band members John and Stephen Gomez. You can see the tracklisting below.

1. Maybe Tonight
2. Jukebox (Life Goes On)
3. Boomerang
4. Lightning In A Bottle
5. Heart On The Floor (Feat. Dia Frampton)
6. F**k You Over
7. Happy For You
8. The Way We Were
9. 7 Days
10. Someday
11. Rescue
12. Legendary
13. One Night
14. Welcome To The World
15. Slip Away
16. Accidental Billionaires
17. Lightning In A Bottle (Alternate Version)

From Autumn To Ashes to play Amnesia Rockfest

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From Autumn To Ashes have announced on their newly created Facebook page that they will be performing at Amnesia Rockfest in Montebello, Canada in June of 2015. They posted the following announcement on Facebook.

Here you go. a LITTLE bit early. We’ll be playing at Amnesia Rockfest this June in Montebello Canada. Us and Refused are the only two bands announced so far but we hear it’s a pretty stellar line up. We’ll play some more shows as well.

Sarah Marie Young: Little Candy Heart

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As the days become colder and shorter, sometimes we need music that gets us into a certain mood, or a certain vibe. Little Candy Heart by up and coming jazz singer Sarah Marie Young does just that, as her music allows us to get away and forget our troubles, just like a great musician should do. Sarah’s career kicked off in 2011 when she participated in the Shure Montreux Vocal Competition judged by music industry veteran Quincy Jones. After winning the competition, Sarah spent a week in the Swiss mountains at Balik Farm Studios to record an album of original material. Young’s latest offering opens with “Brighter Days” a soft mix of jazz and pop, and as Sarah sings over a subtle beat and quiet bass line, we quickly realize that Sarah is a talented vocalist who is original and a pleasure to listen to. Sounding similar in many ways to another up and coming jazz musician Spencer Day, Young’s music has an inviting nature that pulls us into her songs and has us engrossed until the last notes of the record. By the time “Brighter Days” ends we wonder why she was not discovered sooner.

Next up is the album’s title track and it has very much the same vibe as its predecessor. Using a subtle accompaniment of guitar, drums, and piano, Young does not need to have a lot of instruments backing her up to make her voice sound appealing. The most notable aspect of this particular track is that we get a taste of Sarah’s vocal range, as she uses her voice to the fullest extent to demonstrate to listeners that her talent is truly authentic. “What’s That Love” is a relaxing and peaceful tune that will be a hit with smooth jazz fans as the track allows us to wrap ourselves up in Young’s voice and really focus on the intricacies of the album. “Work It Out” is a simple track that has a very minimalist sound, most likely to showcase Sarah and her voice. Little Candy Heart ends with “Be With You”, a beautiful tune that features other vocalists in addition to Sarah to round out the song’s sound. Sounding like a choir, the inclusion of other vocalists adds a pretty quality to the song and gives it multiple layers of sound.

Little Candy Heart is an album that is the perfect addition to your music collection, even if you are only a casual jazz fan.

Alice Sungurov: Broke My Heart (single)

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For sixteen year old musician Alice Sungurov, her latest song “Broke My Heart” is the first of many future hits for the young singer-songwriter who hails from New York City. While Alice has recently started to become noticed for her musical abilities, her love of music and performing started at a very young age, as she picked up a variety of instruments such as guitar and violin, while also participating in talent shows and a number of plays. Diagnosed with a learning disability at the age of four, communication was difficult for Sungurov, but her passion for music and singing would help Alice immensely with communication as it helps her form her thought process. “Broke My Heart” begins with an acoustic guitar and drums, taking on much the same format as Los Angeles indie band Best Coast, as Alice’s vocal style is reminiscent of Bethany Cosentino. Taking cues from hit maker Taylor Swift to create a story around her lyrics, Sungurov pulls listeners into the song as she allows us to visualize what’s going on in the tune since it tells a story, while also allowing us to connect with the track in our own way.

Alice Sungurov is a singer and songwriter who is not to be missed and if she keeps using the same songwriting style, she will find success very quickly.

Scott Stapp post bizarre video about being broke, homeless, and “under attack”

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Creed frontman Scott Stapp has posted a bizarre 15 minute video on Creed’s Facebook page saying that he is broke, homeless, and living in a Holiday Inn. He claims that is he under “vicious attack” for going public with his financial issues. He also claims that the IRS froze his bank accounts and that his bank wouldn’t even give him $5 to eat.

How not to spend $150,000 on a 28 day tour-op-ed with The Artery Foundation’s Will Stevenson

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Yesterday, Pomplamoose member Jack Conte wrote an article detailing the bands expenses and revenue from their recent 28 day, 24 show tour, resulting in the band making $136,000 but leaving them with only $12,000. If you missed the article you can go here to read it. Alternative Press reached out to the manager of Dance Gavin Dance and This Wild Life to get his thoughts on Conte’s article. You can find out what he had to say here.

Bonnaroo hosting Thanksgiving TV special and special 2015 pre-sale

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Bonnaroo is hosting two Thanksgiving events this weekend, first with A Very Bonnaroo Thanksgiving, a one hour special on vH1 documenting the history of the festival and will begin at 9pm ET, on Thanksgiving. Then on the 28th (Black Friday), the festival will hold a special pre-sale for the 2015 festival. A limited number of general admission tickets will be available for $274.50 while VIP tickets will be sold at $1,474.50. You can visit Bonnaroo’s website for more information as well as layaway plans.

One Direction go number 1 for the fourth time

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According to Billboard, One Direction have gone number 1 for the fourth time with their latest album Four with 387,000 copies sold. The album had the second largest sales week after Taylor Swift’s 1989, which sold 1.287 million copies in its first week on sale. One Direction is the only group in history to see all four of their albums reach number 1.

Rolling Stone posts Nick Jonas documentary

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Rolling Stone has posted a documentary on Nick Jonas, the youngest of the Jonas Brothers. He looks back on his career starting with his discovery at a hair salon, his start on Broadway, his time with the Jonas Brothers, and up to his latest self-titled album. You can watch the documentary here.

Chance The Rapper and The Social Experiment release Sunday Candy

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Chance The Rapper and the Social Experiment have released the song “Sunday Candy” off of their upcoming album Surf which you can listen to here. This album is officially credited to The Social Experiment and trumpet play Donnie Trumpet (Nico Segal.) There is no official release date for Surf. 

Kurt Cobain documentary coming to HBO in 2015

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A new documentary on the late Nirvana frontman Kurt Cobain will air on HBO in 2015. It will be called Montage of Heck, and will have full participation of his family members, including his daughter Francis Bean, who is the film’s executive producer. The film’s team were given access to Cobain’s personal archives, and the film will feature Nirvana performance footage, unreleased songs and home movies, photography, journals, song books, and demos. The movie does not have a release date.