Magazine album – Optimist Mag http://optimistmag.org/ Sun, 28 Nov 2021 10:37:08 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.8.2 https://optimistmag.org/wp-content/uploads/2021/11/optimist-150x150.png Magazine album – Optimist Mag http://optimistmag.org/ 32 32 Neville Staple details his new solo album “From The Specials & Beyond” https://optimistmag.org/neville-staple-details-his-new-solo-album-from-the-specials-beyond/ Sun, 28 Nov 2021 03:46:26 +0000 https://optimistmag.org/neville-staple-details-his-new-solo-album-from-the-specials-beyond/ Neville Staple – best known as a historic member of The Staples, playing intermittently with the ska troupe from 1978 to 2012 – has announced his latest solo album, “From The Specials & Beyond”. As the title suggests, the 12-track record will delve deep into Staple’s tenure with The Specials, breathing new life into some […]]]>

Neville Staple – best known as a historic member of The Staples, playing intermittently with the ska troupe from 1978 to 2012 – has announced his latest solo album, “From The Specials & Beyond”.

As the title suggests, the 12-track record will delve deep into Staple’s tenure with The Specials, breathing new life into some of his most treasured efforts with the pioneers of Two-Tone (including the hits’ Ghost Town ‘and’ Monkey Man ‘).

The album will feature a suite of collaborators, including – alongside Staple’s wife and co-singer Sugary Staple – modern reggae icon Clint Eastwood, Gary Shail of Quadrophenia, Jamaican R&B legend Derrick Morgan and the founding member of Selector Neol Davies.

“It’s one of my favorite albums to work on,” Staple said in a press release. “Each song has a special and personal meaning for me. I wanted to celebrate the roots of my own musical journey, with Two-Tone at the forefront of every song, in the sound and in the lyrics.

“Stomping music, with sometimes serious comments, but all presented in a fun, dancing and singing spirit. This is the two-tone method. Our way. And the special guests were also great to work with, especially Derrick Morgan, one of my first inspirations.

“With superb contributions from Sugary and the band, as well as other guest stars, this album should be a truly ‘remarkable’ which makes me proud of my career to date.”

Take a look at the cover art and songlist for “From The Specials & Beyond” below:

1. From true to false
2. Celebrate with you
3. I can’t take it anymore
4. Don’t let it get away from you
5. Stay close to me
6. Something is wrong
7. Housewives Choice (with Derrick Morgan)
8. Please don’t leave me alone
9. What’s Really Going On (with Gary Shail)
10. Miss Dis N Dat (DJ Mix) (with Clint Eastwood)
11. Way of Life (Pandemic Mix) (with Neol Davies)
12. The world upside down

In September, The Specials – sans Staple – released a cover album titled “Protest Songs 1924-2012”. In a four-star review, NME Mark Beaumont called it “an album of thoughtful, thoughtful dissent rather than the righteous rage of yesteryear.”

The group’s most recent album of original works, ‘Encore’, was released in 2019. This too received a four-star review, with Beaumont writing, “These are tracks that go deep into the malignant tumors of society, to cure them by, frank exposure.

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Tony Iommi shares ‘Scent of Dark’ and talks about his work on Ozzy Osbourne’s album https://optimistmag.org/tony-iommi-shares-scent-of-dark-and-talks-about-his-work-on-ozzy-osbournes-album/ Sat, 27 Nov 2021 12:08:09 +0000 https://optimistmag.org/tony-iommi-shares-scent-of-dark-and-talks-about-his-work-on-ozzy-osbournes-album/ Tony Iommi is back with his first music in eight years with the single ‘Scent Of Dark’. The Black Sabbath guitarist also launched a fragrance of the same name as part of a collaboration with perfumer Sergio Momo, who is featured on the track. Along with a classic track he wrote for Birmingham Cathedral in […]]]>

Tony Iommi is back with his first music in eight years with the single ‘Scent Of Dark’.

The Black Sabbath guitarist also launched a fragrance of the same name as part of a collaboration with perfumer Sergio Momo, who is featured on the track.

Along with a classic track he wrote for Birmingham Cathedral in 2017, this is Iommi’s first new single since the song was released from Sabbath’s 2013 album “13”.

An accompanying video clip which shows the guitarist sampling his new scent inside Sudley Castle in Winchcombe, near Cheltenham in Gloucestershire, is now available.

In an interview with Rolling stone About the new collaboration, Iommi spoke about an upcoming feature film he has on Ozzy Osbourne’s upcoming solo album.

“I wrote the whole song and played it and played the solo on it,” he said. “It’s horrible, really… No. I’m kidding. No it’s OK. It’s really good. And I like what Ozzy sang on it. I think he did a very good job. And I think they had Chad [Smith, of Red Hot Chili Peppers] play drums on it. I left it in their hands now.

When Iommi was asked how often he kept in touch with Osbourne, he replied: “We are in contact a lot. We’re not really talking because we’re both useless on the phone. I think we stopped that when he called me at 2 am and I was like, “Oz, it’s 2 am.” ‘Oh, oh, sorry. OK. Bye.’

“He forgets what time it is in England, and of course when the phone rings at this time in the morning you think, ‘Oh, my God. What is that? Someone died or something happened. And of course he’s the one who says’ Oh, oh, oh, oh, sorry. I didn’t know it was then. So we tend to be content with text now, ”Iommi said.

Former Sabbath frontman Osbourne recently confirmed that 15 songs have been recorded for his follow-up to ‘Ordinary Man’ of 2020.

Last month Ozzy said Metal hammer that his new album will be “similar in tone to ‘Ordinary Man’ – but I can’t fully describe it”.

“I haven’t heard him in a while because he keeps moving on to the next person to add his parts – we’re screwing up all the time,” he said.

Producer Andrew Watt is working with Osbourne again on the “work in progress” effort, which sees further appearances from Metallica’s Jeff Beck, Eric Clapton and Robert Trujillo.

According to a recent financial report released by Sony, Osbourne’s next solo album is “due in the next six months.”

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Sparks confirms new album is on the way https://optimistmag.org/sparks-confirms-new-album-is-on-the-way/ Fri, 26 Nov 2021 09:30:47 +0000 https://optimistmag.org/sparks-confirms-new-album-is-on-the-way/ The Sparks brothers have been busy boys lately. Not only are they celebrating 50 years in the industry with Edgar Wright’s documentary, The Sparks Brothers, but they also released their first cinematic music, Annette. When we caught up with them about the musical making its way onto MUBI, they confirmed that there was a lot […]]]>

The Sparks brothers have been busy boys lately. Not only are they celebrating 50 years in the industry with Edgar Wright’s documentary, The Sparks Brothers, but they also released their first cinematic music, Annette.

When we caught up with them about the musical making its way onto MUBI, they confirmed that there was a lot more to their creative minds sui generis on the way.

Speaking of how Wright’s documentary broadened their horizons, Russell Mael said: a really good way.

Exploring how the internet can be a positive tool for older bands, he added, “With the value of the internet, you can be bombarded with 25 of our albums all at once if you want to research, so there There has been a change in the audience where a lot of young people are aware of what we have been doing and we are really touched by that.

When discussing the best place to start for new fans, Russell took the turn of Alan Partridge a bit, saying, “Stylistically, there have been so many changes that [for new fans] I always get a Best Of or something. So you can hear more different phases and then focus on the specific albums. ”

Adding: “There are those we really love but for different reasons, Kimono My House, N ° 1 in paradise was such a drastic change, the little Beethoven was another unique album that we really love so it’s really hard to point people in one direction. To betray my own opinion, as a huge Sparks fan, I would suggest Hippopotamus could be a crack entry point.

However, with all of that said, you may be able to start with a new roadmap as the brothers revealed new things are on the way. The good-looking added, “Something that we’re proud of and keep trying to do, and we’re doing it now.” we’re on the right track for a new Sparks album and to have an album that, if someone just hears the new album you’re doing as an entry into Sparks, then hopefully will represent and sum everything up. There’s something to hear and know about Sparks and it doesn’t sound like it’s from a band. has a 25 year history.

Unfortunately, however, while on track the registration process is not at the stage where they can disclose more details at this time, but expect more news in the coming weeks. .

The entire interview about their new film, Annette, will be available later today.

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Former Floyd Central Theater Director Releases Album | New https://optimistmag.org/former-floyd-central-theater-director-releases-album-new/ Wed, 24 Nov 2021 22:17:11 +0000 https://optimistmag.org/former-floyd-central-theater-director-releases-album-new/ SOUTHERN INDIANA – The former theater director of a local high school has released an album depicting his journey as he embarks on new opportunities. Robbie Steiner served for nearly a decade as the director of Floyd Central Theater Arts before leaving this year, and last Friday he released his debut album “Out of Character,” […]]]>

SOUTHERN INDIANA – The former theater director of a local high school has released an album depicting his journey as he embarks on new opportunities.

Robbie Steiner served for nearly a decade as the director of Floyd Central Theater Arts before leaving this year, and last Friday he released his debut album “Out of Character,” which is a cover album made up of tunes from Broadway shows.

For Steiner, this album is an important step as he leaves the field of theater education. He plans to pursue a career in the theater industry as a performer and set designer.

“This album has kind of been with me for a while – it’s something that I wanted to do but never had the time to do,” he said.

Steiner, who is a tenor, performs songs by Broadway composers such as Stephen Sondheim and Andrew Lloyd Webber.

He collaborated with Scott Bradley, the resident musical director of the Derby Dinner Playhouse in Clarksville, to create the album. Bradley arranged, mixed and produced the tracks. Steiner recorded the album at DSL Studios in Louisville.

“We ended up making a list of songs, and I don’t even think I realized back then how much they really reflected a transitional moment that I ended up being in,” Steiner said. “Most of them are focused on change and growth and exploring something new – that kind of thing. The inspiration, I think, was just a little deeper than I thought. “

Steiner grew up performing in local theater productions. He graduated from Our Lady of Providence High School in Clarksville and studied theater and education at Indiana University in Bloomington. He started working at Floyd Central in 2011.

“Really, most of my adult life has been spent in theater education and doing everything except acting,” he said. “I have directed, produced and / or designed more than 50 productions [at Floyd Central].

During the COVID-19 shutdown, Steiner began performing songs from his home, and he shared them on social media in a series he called “COVID Carols”. These songs served as motivation for him to share his talents.

“In that very dark time, a number of people who were really locked up were looking forward to them every day,” he said. “It was really emotional for me, and it helped me realize that this is a gift I should share.”

He took a sabbatical from his position at Floyd Central during the 2020-21 school year, and by the end of it, he realized he was ready to “move on. and explore new things “. He started working on the album during his period.

He officially stepped down as director this year, and Brooklyn Chalfant, who served as interim director while on sabbatical, was named the new program director this year.

During Steiner’s time as theater director, the program received numerous accolades. It was named “Best Drama School in the Midwest” by Stage Directions magazine in 2013 and was recognized by the Educational Theater Association as one of the nation’s top high school theater programs.

The program has also been invited to pilot a number of high school productions, including Disney’s “Newsies” and productions such as “Newsies” and “42nd Street” have been invited to perform on the main stage at the International Festival of theater.

“I absolutely loved my job at Floyd Central – it was truly a dream job,” Steiner said. “It got to the point where I had my own learning and my own growth that I really wanted to do. Personally, I felt the need to move away from teaching to be a student of life in a certain way and also to develop a lot of professional skills in myself that I was developing in others. So I decided it was the right time.

Steiner is currently the Deputy Program Director of Campo Rancho Framasa, a Catholic camp and retreat center in Brown County. He plans to move to New York in February.

“Unless something pushes me in another direction, I’m going to move to New York and start hammering the sidewalk,” Steiner said. “I’m going to audition, network, watch shows, meet people and explore opportunities. “

The first song on the album is “This Is the Moment” from the musical “Jekyll & Hyde,” which sets the tone for the whole album, Steiner said. The song was also released as a single prior to the release of “Out of Character”.

“The song is very thoughtful – it’s thoughtful, but it’s also extremely motivated and motivated,” he said. “That’s kind of where I am right now – I’m both thoughtful and motivated right now,” he said. “I look inward a lot and I’m really stepping into territory that’s a little bit scary but also really exciting,” he said.

The album contains a total of 12 tracks. The song “Pink Fish” is the only track from “Out of Character” that was not from a musical, but it was written by composer Alan Menken, known for his work on the Disney films. The song is about a man who moves to New York to become an actor.

“It’s kind of how he feels comfortable with the city and with himself and with people who have totally different worldviews and experiences from him,” Steiner said. “It’s a wacky song, but I really like it because it kind of reflects my attitude of wanting to meet all kinds of people and experience different cultures.”

The album is meant to be listened to in order and in its entirety, according to Bradley.

“I really hope everyone who listens to it will listen to it as a complete album,” he said. “That’s how Robbie designed it. You can rip a song and listen to it out of order, but the sequence of songs – we see it as kind of a guideline, and we hope everyone can enjoy it that way.

Bradley was instrumental in the development of the album, and brought “a ton of creativity and expertise to it,” Steiner said.

The studio sessions were designed by Mike Baker of DSL Studios, and a number of local instrumentalists performed on the recording, including Chris Bryant on violin, Jon Silpayamanant on cello, Stacy Simpson on trumpet, Chris Fortner on trombone , Miles Davis on saxophone and clarinet. and Michael Vettraino on guitar. Bradley also played keyboards.

“Recording something like that, creating something and working with a team of really creative people – it’s a very vulnerable experience, and I’m so hungry to learn right now. I absolutely loved it, ”Steiner said.

“You walk into the recording studio and start singing, and you immediately hear the playback. You realize all the flaws and you hear everything. What this offers is a great opportunity to grow. While it could have been very intimidating, I found it to be a lot of fun. I thought I could do better, let’s fix this. I really feel like I grew up as a singer because of that experience, so it was awesome. It meant a lot.

Bradley has worked with Steiner in the past to help with the musical direction of acting classes and productions at Floyd Central, and he got a call from Steiner after starting the COVID Carols project.

The project continued to grow throughout the process, Bradley said. They initially thought about creating the album from a home studio, but eventually expanded it to include original arrangements, a professional recording studio, studio instrumentalists, and a studio engineer.

Bradley said the album showcases Steiner’s “belief in what to do” and his “commitment to self-expression.”

“He made the decision to do it, and there is no going back,” Bradley said. It’s part of what a successful artist is. It’s like, ‘I’m going to do this, these are my choices, this is how I feel about it, this is my take on a particular song.’ “

Steiner notes that her album is dedicated to Debbie Kay Raque, a local performer and voice teacher who died in January 2020. He started taking voice lessons with her in elementary school.

“I really give him credit for being the person who gave me the tools at a young age to do theater and play,” he said. “She’s been on my mind and my heart throughout the project, and I hope she enjoys the music.”

Sharing this music has been a meaningful experience, said Steiner.

“When I sing, I am the happiest and I love life,” he said. “I know music does the same with other people, and I’ve shared songs that mean a lot to me with people who can find joy and meaning in them too.”

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Ridgefield’s ACT of CT cast album receives Grammy nomination https://optimistmag.org/ridgefields-act-of-ct-cast-album-receives-grammy-nomination/ Wed, 24 Nov 2021 15:53:42 +0000 https://optimistmag.org/ridgefields-act-of-ct-cast-album-receives-grammy-nomination/ It’s an honor to be nominated for an award, it’s recognition of being among the best of the best. The Grammy Award has been presented to the best artists and musicians of all genres in the US music industry since 1959. The nominees for the 64th annual Grammy Awards, to be held on January 31, […]]]>

It’s an honor to be nominated for an award, it’s recognition of being among the best of the best. The Grammy Award has been presented to the best artists and musicians of all genres in the US music industry since 1959. The nominees for the 64th annual Grammy Awards, to be held on January 31, 2022, have just been announced.

Congratulations to Ridgefield’s ACT of CT, their casting album of Snapshots by Stephen Schwartz is nominated for Best Musical Theater Album in the Musical Theater category. Snapshots: A Musical Snapshot by Stephen Schwartz is an original musical that aired by ACT of CT earlier this year in February. Snapshots is described as “a touching and authentic look at how we fall in love and the poignant power to trust our hearts and memories”. Incorporating over 2 dozen songs by Schwartz, the cast includes Ryan Bailer, John Cardoza, Michael McCorry Rose, Olivia Hernandez, Monica Ramirez and Mariad Torres.

The production team of ACT of CT Artistic Director Daniel C. Levine, Michael J. Moritz, Jr., Bryan Perri and Stephen Schwartz are nominated for the award, along with the world premiere cast. The ACT of CT team faces stiff competition, other Grammy nominees for Best Musical Theater Album include Cinderella by Andrew Lloyd Webber, Some Lovers by Burt Bacharach and Steven Sater, Girl From The North Country, The 2020 Live Recording of Les Misérables and The Unofficial Bridgerton Musical.

The Grammy-nominated recording of Snapshots: A Musical Scrapbook by Stephen Schwartz is available on all streaming platforms: iTunes, Amazon, Spotify, Apple Music and YouTube Music. You can also pre-order the CD, which will be released on December 10, 2021, by clicking on HERE.

Congratulations again to the cast, producers and ACT of CT, we wish you the best of luck in Los Angeles.

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Danbury area residents share stunning fall sunset photos for 2021

What could be easier than touring the Danbury area collecting sunset photos? Delegating this task is exactly what I did recently. I asked our listeners at Ethan and Lou Radio Show (I-95) to submit the best photo they’ve taken of a fall sunset in 2021. I made the request on our Facebook page and in an alert on the I-95 Rock Mobile app. These are just a few of the many submissions I have received and they are breathtaking views of the sunsets in the Grand Danbury area.

Danbury area residents show off their recent moon photos

I happened to be awake for the Friday morning partial lunar eclipse (11/19/21), still awake and left the house around 4am for work but almost missed it. I knew the heavenly event but forgot when I woke up. Then I was driving on Highway 7 towards Brookfield, CT towards Studio I-95 and the sight hit me in the face. I have seen one of the brightest and most vivid moon scenes in my life. What jumped out at me was how well I could see the shape of the moon. The eclipse itself turned the moon from a circle into a sphere for me, it made me feel small and insignificant in the best possible way. While the lunar eclipse was a sight to behold, it wasn’t the only day the moon worked magic on anyone who wanted to look up, there has been a spectacle in the sky in recent weeks. I took some pictures of the majesty of the moon last week (11/16/21), posted one and asked listeners to Ethan and Lou Radio Show (I-95) to share theirs is what they sent me.

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The classic rock album that inspired the sound of Tame Impala https://optimistmag.org/the-classic-rock-album-that-inspired-the-sound-of-tame-impala/ Tue, 23 Nov 2021 19:30:18 +0000 https://optimistmag.org/the-classic-rock-album-that-inspired-the-sound-of-tame-impala/ Tame Impala defined the sound of the 2010s. Created by music enthusiast Kevin Parker, the Australian psychedelic project rose to prominence in the summer of 2011 after appearing at the Coachella festival a year after the release of Interlocutor. After successfully integrating into the collective psyche of festival-goers through years of relentless touring, their appearance […]]]>

Tame Impala defined the sound of the 2010s. Created by music enthusiast Kevin Parker, the Australian psychedelic project rose to prominence in the summer of 2011 after appearing at the Coachella festival a year after the release of Interlocutor. After successfully integrating into the collective psyche of festival-goers through years of relentless touring, their appearance at Coachella has made them a mainstay, as has their upcoming album, lonerism, which saw Parker move beyond revivalism and celebrate the technological exploration that defined the heyday of the psychedelic genre in the late ’60s and early’ 70s.

While Tame Impala’s sound seems to be the product of someone who has listened to psych-rock since birth, Parker was surprisingly late in the game, only discovering the genre as a teenager. As he recalled in an interview in 2013: “After my grunge phase, I started to open up my horizons and listen to more electronic stuff. I entered Radiohead, in particular Amnesiac – my brother gave me this album. It wasn’t until I was 20 and met all the guys I’m friends with now – the rest of the guys in the band – that I started listening to psych-rock. I listened to The Doors, Color Haze, Black Sabbath and stuff like that, but the album that really got me into it was Disraeli gears. I loved that rumbling, scrambled sound. I bought it one day in a record store and it blew me away.

Unlike so many psychedelic revivalists that littered local music scenes around the world in the 2010s, Kevin Parker wasn’t necessarily interested in just recreating the sound of albums like Cream’s. Disraeli gears. Instead, Tame Impala’s sound was a byproduct of his brain’s infatuation with studio technology and the endless possibilities within it. Indeed, while Parker previously cited the influence of The Doors, Todd Rundgren and Cream, it was a much more recent group that formed the foundation for the dance-infused psyche style that would allow Tame Impala to transcend the genre and the likes and bring hordes of dedicated fans.

“I was starting university when [Air’s] Talkie Walkie came out and it became a moving soundtrack of what was going on in my life, ”he began. “Back then, I was studying engineering and was floundering around miserably, because I really didn’t care – as hard as I tried, I just couldn’t concentrate. I spent entire lectures thinking about the next song I was going to do. This album was such an enrichment ”.

Adding: “I was really inspired by the way they layered melodies and sounds to create a kind of electronic orchestra. It opened my eyes to new possibilities in the studio because there were only two guys but they made a world of sounds. It made me realize that it doesn’t have to sound like a band, it can sound like something totally different.

Maybe Tame Impala’s sound turned out to be so popular because it encompassed something like 30 years of music making. While songs like ‘Elephant’ from the 2012’s lonerism certainly contain the “fuzzy” atmosphere that made Parker fall in love with Disraeli gears, this track – and in fact the rest of lonerism and his successor, Currents – is conceived as an acid house track, where textures swell and curl, pulling the listener into a fascinating mix of distortion, tempo-locked phase and pulsating bass.

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MIRRORS // New album ‘The Ego’s Weight’ released https://optimistmag.org/mirrors-new-album-the-egos-weight-released/ Tue, 23 Nov 2021 01:12:41 +0000 https://optimistmag.org/mirrors-new-album-the-egos-weight-released/ The heavyweights of Gippsland Mirrors have released their latest album, The weight of the ego – now available through Resist Records. FOLLOWING: BULLET FOR MY VALENTINE: Build A Metal Legacy // DREAM THEATER: The Perfect Playlist for a Dream Theater Beginner COMMENTS: EVERY TIME I DIE: Radicals // DON BROCO: Amazing things // BULLET FOR […]]]>

The heavyweights of Gippsland Mirrors have released their latest album, The weight of the ego – now available through Resist Records.

FOLLOWING: BULLET FOR MY VALENTINE: Build A Metal Legacy // DREAM THEATER: The Perfect Playlist for a Dream Theater Beginner COMMENTS: EVERY TIME I DIE: Radicals // DON BROCO: Amazing things // BULLET FOR MY VALENTINE: bullet for My Valentine // MASTODON: Calm and sinister // BLACK CTE: Outside world

It was produced by Scott Simpson and Lance Prenc (Polaris, alpha wolf), with the start of work for the band in 2019. Now, two years later, they have triumphed with a ten-tracker that delivers more than their traditional metalcore. The group also teamed up with Third Eye Visuals to share the music video for their latest single, Static purple.



Mirrors joined forces in late 2016, with singer Patty Goodman and guitarist Tyson Taifer to kick off, before welcoming bassist Jack Mackin and drummer Rob Brens. They released their first EP, Crazy paradise, in 2017 and its follow-up, Cold Sanctuary, in 2019.

They toured with people like War War, Alpha Wolf, Thornhill and Crystal Lake and will add more notches to their touring belts in the coming months, with appearances at the Knight and Day Festival at Kyral Castle for the New Year and their own tour with Call of the Earth.

They will also support Polaris, next to make them suffer and Justice for the Damned, during their summer tour in February / March 2022.

The weight of the ego is available to stream or purchase now.

You can also see all the details of their upcoming shows here.


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Mura Masa announces new track ‘2gether’, teases her third album https://optimistmag.org/mura-masa-announces-new-track-2gether-teases-her-third-album/ Mon, 22 Nov 2021 20:14:49 +0000 https://optimistmag.org/mura-masa-announces-new-track-2gether-teases-her-third-album/ Mura Masa has announced the release of a new track coming this week titled ‘2gether’. READ MORE: The Big Read – Mura Masa: “If you’re smart right now, you’re making guitar music” The Guernsey-born producer (real name Alex Crossan) took to Instagram tonight (November 22) to let fans know he will be releasing new music […]]]>

Mura Masa has announced the release of a new track coming this week titled ‘2gether’.

  • READ MORE: The Big Read – Mura Masa: “If you’re smart right now, you’re making guitar music”

The Guernsey-born producer (real name Alex Crossan) took to Instagram tonight (November 22) to let fans know he will be releasing new music on Friday (November 26).

“new music on Friday ok?” he captioned a video of a pancake prepared in a frying pan with a pair of photos: a close-up of a cat and a photo of her boots.

Additionally, he said he will tease clips from his upcoming third album, the sequel to the 2020 “RYC (Raw Youth Collage)”, on his TikTok. “Follow my tik tok, this is where I post album clips and production videos,” he wrote.

In a five-star review of ‘RYC’, NME‘s Thomas Smith said, “’ RYC ‘is at its most provocative and memorable when its larger-than-life characters and productions become unbalanced and combustible with the thirst for life.

“Yet Mura Masa’s anxious contemplation of modern life – the ups, downs, lies we tell ourselves to make everything better – hits just as hard.”

Last year, the producer funded a new program to train black women for live musical roles.

Announcing the new 12-week program, Masa explained that the reasoning behind the program was that there was “a serious and serious lack of women of color” in roles in the music industry.

Meanwhile, Alice Longyu Gao brought in Mura Masa and Canadian-German singer Bülow for a track titled “She Abunai” earlier this year.

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Which Taylor Swift album will be re-recorded next? Fan theories https://optimistmag.org/which-taylor-swift-album-will-be-re-recorded-next-fan-theories/ Mon, 22 Nov 2021 14:05:06 +0000 https://optimistmag.org/which-taylor-swift-album-will-be-re-recorded-next-fan-theories/ Are you ready for it? Taylor Swift freshly published Red (Taylor version), but fans are already wondering which of her first albums she will re-record next. The “State of Grace” singer embarked on a mission to re-record her first six records in 2019 after losing control of her masters in a high-profile battle with the […]]]> ]]> A look back at The Jam’s most underrated album https://optimistmag.org/a-look-back-at-the-jams-most-underrated-album/ Sun, 21 Nov 2021 19:00:00 +0000 https://optimistmag.org/a-look-back-at-the-jams-most-underrated-album/ The Jam’s second album in 1977 was hastily assembled and received even more hastily. After the release of their debut, In the city, The Jam needed to keep the punk train going, so they shoveled as much coal as they could and closed the hatch. Three agreements and the truth, that would bring them to […]]]>

The Jam’s second album in 1977 was hastily assembled and received even more hastily. After the release of their debut, In the city, The Jam needed to keep the punk train going, so they shoveled as much coal as they could and closed the hatch. Three agreements and the truth, that would bring them to fruition. Except, at the exit, This is the modern world looked more like three chords and a picture of a cat scrawled on the package of a packet of cereal.

The problem, IMHO, is that the original reviews of The Jam’s follow-up disc aren’t trustworthy. There was too much pressure on the band to live up to the standard they supposedly set themselves with In the city, and I think even if they had replaced ‘London Traffic’ with ‘That’s Entertainment’, the record would still have been torn to shreds. So who does the album hold with a little distance between it and the early days of The Jam?

This is the modern world had a lot to live for. With their debut, The Jam had managed to galvanize followers of a booming mod revival in the midst of the punk era. Their follow-up, however, looked like a ramshackle collection of punk fakes, containing none of the songwriting prowess that had earned Paul Weller comparisons to The Kink’s Ray Davies. Instead, tracks like “London Girl” and “Standards” sounded too stereotypical, as if Weller had stumbled upon a man selling punk songs in the back of a van and decided to get a good deal.

Looking back, This is the modern world seems to exist firmly in the realms of the tired punk cliché, despite the fact that the genre was just starting to flourish. “We don’t need anyone to tell us what’s right and what’s wrong,” Weller shouts, though it is as if he’s reading a paperback titled Naughty things to say for today’s punks. But I think the real tragedy is that the songs aren’t that bad actually; they just got stuffed into an ill-fitting zoot suit. Songs such as “Life From A Window” are surprisingly melodic and harmonically complex, but have not been allowed to rest in their true form. Instead, they were forced to adhere to formulas created not in the studio but in cramped pubs.

But – and it’s a big but – I think This is the modern world, on the whole, has more advantages than In the city never done. In terms of variety, The Jam’s debut album suffers from a severe case of tunnel vision. Their second, however, contains undertones of soul, R&B, punk, and Byrds-era psychedelia. While the songs that make up In the city know exactly what they are, I think a large part of that is because they are the product of a style of writing that doesn’t belong to Weller but to The Who. At least This is the modern world sees The Jam attempting to formulate a style of their own.

Whatever you do with This is the modern world it was an essential springboard that led The Jam to some of their most beloved hits. The whole benefit of hindsight, I guess. These original reviews obviously didn’t know what was going on around the corner, but looking back, it seems obvious that without songs like “Tonight At Noon” and “Life From A Window” they wouldn’t have written “That’s Entertainment” or “Pretty Green” later down the line.

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