New Music: Pageantry “Vicious Wishes”

Check out this groovy new track from Denton’s Pageantry. It’s called “Vicious Wishes” and it’s like Flaming Lips meet New Wave. Pretty freaking cool. It’s the lead track off of their upcoming EP, set for release on July 11 on Southern Heaven Records. The official release show will be at Dan’s Silver Leaf on July 16.

 

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DFWd Hype Project: Vodeo “Pillow Talking”

So, if you’re not from Fort Worth, there’s a good chance you’ve never heard of our favorite yacht rock sons, Vodeo. If you are from Fort Worth, you know them as the guys that racked up pretty much all of the Fort Worth Weekly Music Award nominations. Now that we’re officially into summer, I figure their summery goodness is the perfect sound to start off this series. Down below, you can take a listen to the smooth grooving sounds of Vodeo’s “Pillow Talking”, complete with new music video. You can jam it on repeat this summer and go check out more of that good good here.

You can read my Better Know an Artist interview with the boys from Vodeo here.

About the DFWd Hype Project series: Now that AsasRecords is a Hype Machine featured blog, I feel the need to drive some attention to some of the great artists in the metroplex that might be overlooked in the global scene. I decided to start the daily Hype Project series to feature those artists and help me fight the urge to just post a long stream of posts in one day. If you’re not a DFWd local and you dig the track, like it, share it, reblog it, get the word out. We’ve got some great talent here in our area and would love to get them out to your area.

Better Know an Artist (Vol 25): Ronnie Heart

Ronnie Heart has been a fixture in the scene for several years now, having spent some time in the very successful Denton project, Neon Indian, before branching out on his own in 2011 to finish school and pursue a solo career. His passion for danceable grooves is obvious in his music and just lend a general feel-good attitude to the output. Check out his new EP You(r) Mine at the end of the article, and catch him around when you get a chance.

Me: For starters, tell us a little about yourself. How did you first get into music? And when did you know this is what you want to do for a living (money be damned)?

RH: I started playing music in 2002, when I was close to turning 17. My family had moved to Pueblo, Colorado from Houston. I danced in Houston and imagined that I would continue dancing once I moved to CO, but that wasn’t the case. There was no dance program in that town (ed: like Footloose or something) I became friends with a kid at my high school who would bring his guitar to school almost every day. I asked him to teach me a riff on it and he taught me the opening line to “Come As You Are” by Nirvana. I was hooked after that! A few years after all that, and living back in Texas, I began heavily emerging myself around music and musicians, deeply seeking and consuming all sorts of music. I’ve always wanted to make money from doing something I love. It isn’t so easy making money at being an active musician but I am still pushing forward to do so and succeed at it.

Me: How would you describe your music to someone who hasn’t heard it before?

RH: To quote the Kindness’ instagram handle… “too damn funky”

Me: Who are some of your biggest musical influences, and why?

RH: Jimmy Page, the Beatles, Michael Jackson, Stevie Wonder, Prince, David Bowie, ELO, Claude Debussy, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Quincy Jones, Timbaland, Pharrell, DJ Premier, Dr Dre, Erik Satie, Kendrick Lamar, Can-I-Bus, Antonio Carlos Jobim, Astrud Gilberto, Herbie Hancock, Ryuichi Sakamoto, and many, many more. I love all these musicians because they put passion into their music. They are extremely daring, sensitive, and thoughtful. I celebrate and try to employ those traits whilst creating music or performing it.

Me: Which of your songs means the most ot you, and if you don’t mind me asking, why?

RH: “Tasty Destination” immediately comes to mind. It was the first song I started writing for this project. I was writing “Tasty Destination” and learning how to use the program that I was writing it on, at the same time. That program is Ableton, by the way. Although, all the songs on You(r) Mine are close to my heart, it’s hard to beat a first experience.

Me: If you could open for any act, dead or alive, who would it be, and why?

RH: If I could open for any artist, it would have to be a tie between Michael Jackson or Prince. I’d love to be part of a high level production like theirs.

Me: Any favorite new musical acts, local or otherwise?

RH: Locally, I’m really into Squanto, iill, Sam Lao, -topic, Bobby Sessions. Not so locally: Anderson Paak, Vulfpek, the Stepkids, Shafiq Husayn

Me: What’s your “stranded on an island” record?

RH: I’d take the Astrud Gilberto album. It features compositions by Antonio Carlos Jobim sung by Astrud.

Me: Moving onto the home front, what are your favorite (and least favorite) things about the DFW music scene?

RH: I’m having a hard time writing a response to this because I am happy with the people I interact with so I feel nothing negative is going on around me. I fight hard to only allow good things to happen in my life.

Me: Favorite DFW venue to play (or see a show). Why?

RH: I love the Bomb Factory. I’m a huge fan of huge stages and big crowds. The staff is sweet and professional.

Me: Any favorite local acts people should be looking out for?

RH: See above

Me: And for shits and giggle, what’s a fun fact that most people don’t know about you?

RH: I probably spend as much time listening to podcasts as I listen to music.

Thanks so much to Ronnie Heart for taking the time to sit down with us. Be sure to check out his fire new ep, You(r) Mine, and keep an eye out for tour dates coming soon.

Update: Ronnie will be playing a set at KXT’s annual Summer Cut event at Southside Ballroom on June 3, along with Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeroes, the Relatives, the Wild Feathers, San Fermin, Bib Bourelly, BKA Alum Claire Morales and Siamese.

Ronnie Heart – You(r) Mine

 

BKA #TBT: Vodeo

TBT Update: Vodeo will be performing Saturday at the 35 Denton festival. You can also catch them later this month: 3/19 at Magnolia Motor Lounge and 3/25 at the Aardvark. They also finally have that stellar self-titled EP in hard copy form now, so grab that up too, while you’re there. Peace.

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A recent discovery of mine, Vodeo, a Fort Worth quartet formerly known as Shake the Moon, have a sound that hearkens back to the Yacht rock sounds of Kenny Loggins and Hall and Oates. Their self-titled EP, produced by Taylor Tatsch, just dropped back in October, and it’s full of radio-ready goodness. It’s probably my favorite local EP of the year. The boys (frontman Jonathan Gehringer, bassist/vocalist Jacob Pullig, keyboardist/vocalist Drew Harakal, and drummer Jason Whorton) sat down to answer a few questions for us about whether or not they’ve invested in that first yacht yet (or maybe just the same old questions I ask everyone).

Author’s Note: Just caught these guys live, and they’re pretty much a must see, if only to hear the sick grooves that Jacob Pullig is laying down while watching the pure satisfaction that Jacob Pullig is feeling at the sick grooves he’s laying down. Pretty entertaining. High five, Jacob!

Me: For starters, tell us a little about yourself. How did you first get into music? And when did you know this is what you want to do for a living (money be damned)?

JP: We had been in several different bands over the years. Jon, Jason and I all went to the same school, but didn’t play together until later on. We joined as a band a couple years ago. We started off as just Jon, myself, and a drummer. We wrote a couple songs and played out a bit. We eventually picked up a keys/synth player along the way to smooth shit out, Drew Harakal, and my good friend of 10 years Jason Whorton when our Craigslist drummer bailed…good ole Craigslist.

JG: Second part of that question is a little tough. It’s just what we do. I personally love it because it’s a great way to express yourself. If you can connect to one person, that’s all that really matters. From the too-drunk 50-something at the club, to the shy kid in the corner, punkers, frat kids, skeezers… you’ve got to entertain. You’ve got to connect by any means necessary. (Short answer: Hanson “Mmbop”)

Me: How would you describe your music to someone who hasn’t heard it before?

JP: Boz Skaggs, Ambrosia, Alan Parsons, Kenny Loggins, Darrell Hall and John Oates all boned and had a P-Funk baby, LOL, another thing that’s really hard to explain/describe. The term Yacht Rock keeps on being thrown around town. We don’t quite understand it. We don’t even own dinghies.

Me: Who are some of your biggest musical influences, and why?

JW: Todd Rundgren, Curtis Mayfield, Hall and Oates, George Clinton and the P-Funk, to Harry Nilsson, Glen Campbell, Paul McCartney & Wings, could go on for about 2 days on this, really anything that comes across sincere and honest.

Me: Which of your songs means the most ot you, and if you don’t mind me asking, why?

JP: Tough one, probably “Pillow Talking”. It’s a song I demoed out before conception of the band. It’s kinda one of those “Ugh, I’m fed up with growing up” songs when you look at it. “Trading pens and pencils for bayonets”, dropping out of a rat race and playing war games and being a dirt bag Lord of the Flies style, with a touch of (aye girl, eyebrow raise and wink wink) lust.

Me: If you could open for any act, dead or alive, who would it be, and why?

JW: Foreigner, summer of 1978. Duh…

Me: Any favorite new musical acts, local or otherwise?

JP: Unknown Mortal Orchestra

JG: Portugal. the Man

DH: Snarky Puppy

JW: Tame Impala

Me: What’s your “stranded on an island” record?

JG: Led Zeppelin’s Physical Graffiti

JP: Ned Doheny’s Hard Candy

DH: Todd Rundgren’s Something/Anything

JW: the Beatles’ White Album

Me: Moving onto the home front, what are your favorite (and least favorite) things about the DFW music scene?

DH: Ha! I really don’t want to answer because I don’t want to make people hate me. My favorite part of the scene is how much support and response we’ve gotten from our peers on how we stand out a bit from the rest of the scene, musically. The least favorite is that the biggest market in DFW still seems to be for cover bands locally, or larger regional/national acts.

Me: Favorite DFW venue to play (or see a show). Why?

DH: I’m a huge fan of Magnolia Motor Lounge. They have a bit of a built in crowd, but they are constantly trying new things with different genres other than what they’ve been known for (Americana and Country). I have to give a shout out to Wayside Ballroom as well. It’s definitely one of my new favorites.

Me: Any favorite local acts people should be looking out for?

DH: Criminal Birds from Denton, TX. I know they’re gearing up to go record again, but they’ve got 2 EP’s already out that are some of the best from the DFW scene that I’ve seen in the past few years.

JP: the Hendersons from Fort Worth, TX. Nolan Robertson’s song smithing and voice are something that kinda blew me back first time I heard it. I hear (shh shh) they are working up some stuff with a prominent producer/artist out of state. You’ll def be hearing some stuff from them in the future.

JW: Leon Bridges….duh.

JG: Trái Bơ from Fort Worth, TX. They are truly one of the most interesting and melodic bands in the hometown. Their first album is full of earworms.

Me: And for shits and giggle, what’s a fun fact that most people don’t know about you?

JG: I clock in about 30 hrs on average a week in Madden.

DH: I’m an ordained minister, and have officiated weddings before.

JW: I’ve recently started a podcast for fun with a buddy, called the “Primal Vision Podcast”. We talk mostly around music and entertainment.

JP: I binge watched all 11 seasons of Cheers

A big thanks to Vodeo for taking time out to give us the first full band interview in this feature. Check them out at a gig near you when you get the chance, and I guess if you’re getting married and need an officiant, give Drew a call. Check out Vodeo’s new self-titled EP below.

Better Know an Artist (Vol 7): Vodeo

A recent discovery of mine, Vodeo, a Fort Worth quartet formerly known as Shake the Moon, have a sound that hearkens back to the Yacht rock sounds of Kenny Loggins and Hall and Oates. Their self-titled EP, produced by Taylor Tatsch, just dropped back in October, and it’s full of radio-ready goodness. It’s probably my favorite local EP of the year. The boys (frontman Jonathan Gehringer, bassist/vocalist Jacob Pullig, keyboardist/vocalist Drew Harakal, and drummer Jason Whorton) sat down to answer a few questions for us about whether or not they’ve invested in that first yacht yet (or maybe just the same old questions I ask everyone).

Author’s Note: Just caught these guys live, and they’re pretty much a must see, if only to hear the sick grooves that Jacob Pullig is laying down while watching the pure satisfaction that Jacob Pullig is feeling at the sick grooves he’s laying down. Pretty entertaining. High five, Jacob!

Me: For starters, tell us a little about yourself. How did you first get into music? And when did you know this is what you want to do for a living (money be damned)?

JP: We had been in several different bands over the years. Jon, Jason and I all went to the same school, but didn’t play together until later on. We joined as a band a couple years ago. We started off as just Jon, myself, and a drummer. We wrote a couple songs and played out a bit. We eventually picked up a keys/synth player along the way to smooth shit out, Drew Harakal, and my good friend of 10 years Jason Whorton when our Craigslist drummer bailed…good ole Craigslist.

JG: Second part of that question is a little tough. It’s just what we do. I personally love it because it’s a great way to express yourself. If you can connect to one person, that’s all that really matters. From the too-drunk 50-something at the club, to the shy kid in the corner, punkers, frat kids, skeezers… you’ve got to entertain. You’ve got to connect by any means necessary. (Short answer: Hanson “Mmbop”)

Me: How would you describe your music to someone who hasn’t heard it before?

JP: Boz Skaggs, Ambrosia, Alan Parsons, Kenny Loggins, Darrell Hall and John Oates all boned and had a P-Funk baby, LOL, another thing that’s really hard to explain/describe. The term Yacht Rock keeps on being thrown around town. We don’t quite understand it. We don’t even own dinghies.

Me: Who are some of your biggest musical influences, and why?

JW: Todd Rundgren, Curtis Mayfield, Hall and Oates, George Clinton and the P-Funk, to Harry Nilsson, Glen Campbell, Paul McCartney & Wings, could go on for about 2 days on this, really anything that comes across sincere and honest.

Me: Which of your songs means the most ot you, and if you don’t mind me asking, why?

JP: Tough one, probably “Pillow Talking”. It’s a song I demoed out before conception of the band. It’s kinda one of those “Ugh, I’m fed up with growing up” songs when you look at it. “Trading pens and pencils for bayonets”, dropping out of a rat race and playing war games and being a dirt bag Lord of the Flies style, with a touch of (aye girl, eyebrow raise and wink wink) lust.

Me: If you could open for any act, dead or alive, who would it be, and why?

JW: Foreigner, summer of 1978. Duh…

Me: Any favorite new musical acts, local or otherwise?

JP: Unknown Mortal Orchestra

JG: Portugal. the Man

DH: Snarky Puppy

JW: Tame Impala

Me: What’s your “stranded on an island” record?

JG: Led Zeppelin’s Physical Graffiti

JP: Ned Doheny’s Hard Candy

DH: Todd Rundgren’s Something/Anything

JW: the Beatles’ White Album

Me: Moving onto the home front, what are your favorite (and least favorite) things about the DFW music scene?

DH: Ha! I really don’t want to answer because I don’t want to make people hate me. My favorite part of the scene is how much support and response we’ve gotten from our peers on how we stand out a bit from the rest of the scene, musically. The least favorite is that the biggest market in DFW still seems to be for cover bands locally, or larger regional/national acts.

Me: Favorite DFW venue to play (or see a show). Why?

DH: I’m a huge fan of Magnolia Motor Lounge. They have a bit of a built in crowd, but they are constantly trying new things with different genres other than what they’ve been known for (Americana and Country). I have to give a shout out to Wayside Ballroom as well. It’s definitely one of my new favorites.

Me: Any favorite local acts people should be looking out for?

DH: Criminal Birds from Denton, TX. I know they’re gearing up to go record again, but they’ve got 2 EP’s already out that are some of the best from the DFW scene that I’ve seen in the past few years.

JP: the Hendersons from Fort Worth, TX. Nolan Robertson’s song smithing and voice are something that kinda blew me back first time I heard it. I hear (shh shh) they are working up some stuff with a prominent producer/artist out of state. You’ll def be hearing some stuff from them in the future.

JW: Leon Bridges….duh.

JG: Trái Bơ from Fort Worth, TX. They are truly one of the most interesting and melodic bands in the hometown. Their first album is full of earworms.

Me: And for shits and giggle, what’s a fun fact that most people don’t know about you?

JG: I clock in about 30 hrs on average a week in Madden.

DH: I’m an ordained minister, and have officiated weddings before.

JW: I’ve recently started a podcast for fun with a buddy, called the “Primal Vision Podcast”. We talk mostly around music and entertainment.

JP: I binge watched all 11 seasons of Cheers

A big thanks to Vodeo for taking time out to give us the first full band interview in this feature. Check them out at a gig near you when you get the chance, and I guess if you’re getting married and need an officiant, give Drew a call. Check out Vodeo’s new self-titled EP below.

Music Discovery of the Day for 5/18/15

Today’s Discovery for Monday, May 18 comes out of New Zealand. the Kiwi producer, who goes by the name of Havvks, has kept a pretty low profile so far, but the music he’s put up on his SoundCloud page is pretty intriguing. While he is a producer, the songs aren’t overly electronic, and have some old school hip hop and R&B elements as long as a nice touch of the soul. The song I picked today, “Revival”, is pretty exceptional. I look forward to hearing more (and learning more) from this emerging artist.

Listen: Havvks “Revival”

Enjoy and Keep Exploring!

Top Records for April 2015

My rankings and scores for my top 20 records I listened to in April 2015
1 Alabama Shakes “Sound & Colour 8.5
2 Bop English “Constant Bop” 8.5
3 Waxahatchee “Ivy Tripp” 8.3
4 Speedy Ortiz “Foil Deer” 8.3
5 the Very Best “Makes a King” 8.3
6 East India Youth “Culture of Volume” 8.3
7 Drenge “Undertow” 8.2
8 Mountain Goats “Beat the Champ” 8.1
9 Blur “the Magic Whip” 8.0
10 the Wombats “Glitterbug” 7.8
11 Dwight Yoakum “Second Hand Heart” 7.8
12 Built to Spill “Untethered Moon” 7.8
13 Greg Holden “Chase the Sun” 7.7
14 Passion Pit “Kindred” 7.7
15 the Mowgli’s “Kids in Love” 7.7
16 Turbo Fruits “No Control” 7.6
17 Calexico “Edge of the Sun” 7.6
18 Villagers “Darling Arithmetic” 7.6
19 the Lilac Time “No Sad Songs” 7.6
20 Ava Luna “Infinite House” 7.5

Happy Listening!