Category: Opinions and Editorials

Eso Tre, one-half of the hip hop collective Substance Abuse (hear them on Earbits), reviewed the recent release from A Tribe Called Quest, called ‘We Got It From Here…Thank You for Your Service’. It’s a unique look into what is proving to be a huge album – from an artist’s perspective. Check out the review, and grab the album!

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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.

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…

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?

It’s easy to hear that there is a film about Hendrix with no original music from the man himself and scoff…there’s no way that kind of story could be interesting, purposeful, or even remotely compelling. But in an oddball, aloof, alluring way (maybe much like Jimi himself), “Jimi: All Is By My Side” is one of the most compelling music related biopics I’ve ever seen. But it’s not without damning flaws that are impossible to dismiss.

Today’s article is written by Daniel Faris. Daniel Faris is a freelance writer and a graduate of Susquehanna University’s Writers Institute. When he’s not blogging here, you can join him over at New Music Friday for conversations about progressive music.

As far as I’m concerned, the concept album represents a pinnacle of human creativity. It’s one thing to write an album’s worth of captivating music, but it’s another thing entirely to then tie each song together with a common story or lyrical theme.

Today’s article is written by Daniel Faris.  Daniel Faris is a freelance writer and a graduate of Susquehanna University’s Writers Institute. When he’s not blogging here, you can join him over at New Music Friday for conversations about progressive music.

If you’ve ever had a bad day and felt better after listening to a favorite song, you’ve already experienced firsthand the therapeutic power of music. It’s something we’ve all experience at one time or another, but what’s the science behind this phenomenon?

Music therapy is still in the early days in terms of becoming an officially recognized science, but it’s definitely gaining ground. Read on for a brief look at what music therapy is, as well as some of the surprising ways it’s helping people live and feel better.

Barons of Hiddenhausen, is a mysterious and hidden secret, with it’s origins in Vienna.  Although the project sounds like a full-fledged band, the mastermind behind the project is one person: Moritz Kofler.  Kofler is no stranger to the genre – after he recorded “World Withdrawal,”  he collaborated with Digital Noise Academy in L.A., a project by Ken Andrews (Failure, Beck, A.P.C. NIN), Jordon Zadorozny (Blinker The Star, Courtney Love, Melissa Auf Der Maur) and others. That experience shows in this record.

Listen to Barons of Hiddenhausen on Earbits