Sunday, July 5, 2015

Ultra Violent Rays

Check out Ultra Violent Rays who hail from Los Angeles, CA,

How does UVR describe themselves?
Our name is Ultra Violent Rays. We are an electronic duo specializing in spaced-out, shimmering, hypnotic sonic landscapes. Imagine Philip K. Dick howling at a pale and dangerous moon while Siouxsie Sioux does a rain dance around him, but instead of rain, rainbow colored fire falls from the sky consuming everything leaving only a net of blue, grey regret…that is kind of what our music sounds like. We don’t write songs to fit into a certain niche, we write songs that are alive; entities unto themselves. Though we live in the cosmic dark, our live show is a gigantic psychedelic wave of color, light and sound.
The dark and dreamy duo of Cooper Gillespie (vocals and bass) and Greg Gordon (drums and sequences) specialize in “spaced-out, shimmering, hypnotic soundscapes.” Ultra Violent Rays describe their sound in a way that is representative of the band’s creativity and ability to intrigue audiences.

My take?  Deeply darkly delicious decadent desirable vibes.  Love it.

Dark ambient pop, great voice, cool video, what more could one ask for. A great Roy Lichtenstein inspired pop art music video for Ultra Violent Rays "Wish" single.
I'm really diggin' it.  


Music video for "Wish" by Ultra Violent Rays.
Directed by: Patrick Flaherty
Make up by: Janica Polmanteer
Graphics by: Mike Flaherty
AD: Tony Hoff
Shot by: Patrick Flaherty
Edited by: Patrick Flaherty

Another cool video, and that awesome voice again.  A sad story of young folk gone astray.


"Vegas" by Ultra Violent Rays.
Directed by Patrick Flaherty.
Assistant direction by Tony Hoff and Janica Polmanteer.
Makeup and hair by Aubrie Davis.

Sunday, June 7, 2015

Taimane Gardner

I came across this video on FB, and was intrigued to hear more.

Such original talent.
I found out her name, Taimane Gardner, and had to hear more.

Taimane Gardner hails from Hawaii and she plays a mean ukulele.
She plays the ukulele in an Acoustic rock, Classical, Flamenco, Acoustic kind of style.

Enough of the background, let's get to the music.

This is an extended version of the video that started it all for me. Amazing sounds.  

Taimane Gardner unleashed in San Diego

Taimane tells her story way better than I could ever.
Plus she plays some more wicked ukulele.

The Phantom of the Opera is here as you have never heard it before.
Check it out as Taimane takes this classic American Broadway song and turns it into a ukulele solo extraordinaire.

The Phantom of the Opera

Here's an interesting medley. Where does Tico Tico come from?

Mission Impossible, James Bond, Tico Tico Medley

Coolest ukulele version of Led Zeppelin's song I have heard. Beautifully played,  

Stairway to Heaven

Finally today check out Taimane's variation on classical music with Bizet's Toreador song from Carmen and Bach's Toccata in D all spiced with flamenco feeling and other influences known only to Taimane.  

Taimane's Toccata

Monday, May 25, 2015

Josefin Öhrn + The Liberation

Josefin Öhrn. Photo by Anton Östlund 

As if we needed more proof, another great voice / band from Scandinavia.

Josefin Öhrn + The Liberation hail from Sweden.
Josefin grew up in Stockholm but has family in Belgium and France and she also lived in Paris for a while.
She was brought up on Pink Floyd, Neil Young and David Bowie.

Josefin Öhrn and the band describe their music as Stoner Pop, so let's get to the music, and what music it is.

First up, this one is gonna haunt you.
Amazing song, singer, backing, here it is the perfect storm.
Where everything comes together.  

Anything So Bright
Directed by David Nord.
Photo by Daniel Takacs.
Vinyl available here. 

This one is a bit heavier.
But also thoroughly enjoyable.
Love the percussion, the jangly guitars and that voice, ohh that voice.  

Sunny Afternoon

We'll end up today with another perfect gem.
Damn, this band is just so tight.
Awesome to the extremis.