We’re excited to report on the recent addition of Zenapolae to our catalog, a project the music team and myself have been working to bring you for a while now. Zenapolae (pronounced “zen-OP’-oh-LEE”) is a netlabel focusing on experimental and avant-garde music, with a catalog that dates back nearly 20 years. Their entire collection, 144 releases from all over the world, is now available to listen to on Earbits as one big Special Collection and in rotation with our Avant Garde and Electronic sections. You might have also caught a playlist or two of theirs popping up in the last month or so, and in the weeks to come, they’ll be heavily featured in our New On & Editor’s Eclectic lists, Albums of the Week, as well in a few more of their own dedicated label feature playlists.
If you’re a fan of Brazilian music, you’ll immediately recognize more than a few giants on Far Out Recordings’ incredible roster, and this week, we’re featuring one of them: Joyce Moreno. Her latest effort, Cool, is a much anticipated collection of standards from the classic American songbook, reimagined and reinvigorated with her singular style and voice. Cool is one of our Albums of the Week this week, and we’re is really stoked to welcome her and Far Out to Earbits.
Take a listen here. I’m really into her to her languid, beautifully restrained take on Monk’s classic “‘Round Midnight,” and her bubbly Samba rework of Cole Porter’s “Let’s Do It.”
We have a serious treat for you. Earbits has the premier of a brand new track by Future Wave powerhouse, Night Drive. And, it’s amazing.
For everyone out there patiently awaiting the upcoming Night Drive album, here’s a dark electro-pop re-imagination of Led Zeppelin’s “Whole Lotta Love” paired with LCD Soundsystem’s “Too Much Love”. This is what you might expect if Jimmy Page and James Murphy had a child in a dystopian NYC landscape, circa 2041.
It’s 1968. Psychedelic music is peaking, but the drugs themselves are starting to wear off. The Beatles visit India to study with the Maharishi, searching for a new source of enlightenment and, perhaps, escape. Fast forward to today and give the track, “Helter Skelter” a listen, and you might catch a bit of what they, and a lot of others in the counterculture, might have been feeling at the time: a tense mix of waning ecstasy and exhaustion.
We are lucky to be streaming Astronauts, etc. on Earbits, but if the man behind the music, Anthony Ferraro, was able to put his two decades of study to use, we’d be discussing a new classical arrangement. That’s right, Classical music was his chosen path at one time. An unfortunate situation forced him to re-evaluate his musical future, and here we are…
Astronauts, etc. was born.
A tight, laid-back, well-arranged groove always seems to find itself at the center of an Astronauts, etc. track. Intricate alternative R&B and Soul that you can dance to. Word of advice: get ready to click the ‘Favorite’ button when you listen on Earbits – you’re going to want to hear Astronauts, etc. again.
James Taylor, Steven Tyler, the Pixies…
Over the years, the city of Boston has given us some iconic figures in entertainment; today we have the pleasure of introducing you to yet another. If you can for a moment, imagine if Jamiroquai and Steely Dan had a musical love child – well in our minds, the results would be Harry Jay Smith and the Bling.
We’re extremely proud to bring you an exclusive interview with Harry Jay Smith, who fronts this band on the rise, as he gets ready to blast off on a summer tour through the Northeast. Their debut EP, Truth, reached #1 on the Bandcamp neo-soul chart, as well as #3 on the r&b & soul charts within 5 hours of its release!!
Songwriting is more than a melody. It’s more than a few chords and words. Songwriting is more than stories about losing and finding love, and it’s more than whatever gets you through the night. Songs are the catalyst that have brought people together across the globe for generations. Songs and those who craft them are meant to ignore, cross and obliterate barriers – bridging the gaps we’ve created over the centuries: race…religion…language…nationality…
A lot of you out there have heard of the very talented singer – songwriter Bret Levick whose songs have appeared in dozens of TV shows like, Sons Of Anarchy, Shameless and most recently FOX’s Lucifer. But for this week’s Earbits newsletter feature we really wanted to a more intimate exclusive view on this accomplished musician that is quickly becoming a household name around the country. Bret was nice enough to take the time to answer a few questions, and go into some serious personal depth about his early start in music, who he looks up to and is inspired by, his views on the music industry and lastly, what he is currently listening to at this very minute, and actually… a whole lot more!!
With Earbits releasing their new and improved Playlists on Android, I decided it was time to put together a list of my favorite tracks on the platform. After all, I’ve got 100+ Favorites, and having them organized into a Playlist would really make it easy to rock on-demand. I figured I’d spend ten minutes slapping together the songs I have marked over the years, and voila! 240 minutes of perfectly-curated music that will be my go-to soundtrack for months to come. Right?
Earbits just got a huge facelift, giving you a lot more options directly on the homepage. More importantly, we’ve made sharing your favorite songs with friends even easier. Previously, if you shared songs from web or mobile, your friends could click those links and listen to those tracks from our website, but not from a mobile device. The new iPhone and Android apps will now auto-play any tracks you share with friends or across Facebook.
Check it out! Here is a classic track from Grammy winning artist, Alabama Shakes. Give it a click! See what we mean, and if you like it, be sure to share it or anything else you discover.