Brett Easton Ellis has a podcast. His first guest is Kanye West. The episode is an hour long, and it claims to be part one of two. These are the things that make commutes endurable.
The hook of the show is simple: two of pop culture’s most outspoken icons speaking out about pop culture. You’ve probably already predicted that Ellis’s first question meanders on for about five minutes and he mostly talks about himself. You’ve probably already heard that Kanye responds by quickly describing himself as a “Creative Genius,” the title he’d put for his occupation on his customs and immigrations forms if he knew how to spell the word “genius.”
Occasionally two minds meet somewhere in the middle, and as a result, beautiful music is made. Pink Thunder is just that.
Based out of Los Angeles, Pink Thunder consists of songwriting partners Diana Meyer & Kyle Puccia. They have already been featured on television – both Pretty Little Liars and Tori & Dean: Home Sweet Hollywood have used their music. Together as Pink Thunder, Kyle and Diana have just released an EP, “Love Letters”, that is doing very well – and we have it on Earbits! (Grab it on iTunes)
(Written by Eso Tre: one-half of Los Angeles Hip Hop duo, Substance Abuse. Check them out!)
If you are a true Hip Hop fan, chances are, you know of the legendary NY-based underground rapper, Percee P. Gaining notoriety in the underground scene thanks to years of success and perseverance, as well as legendary battles with Fat Joe, Eminem, and Lord Finesse (among many others), Percee P is one of the innovators and originators of today’s DIY Hip Hop scene. Read a fantastic interview by Substance Abuse’s Eso Tre, and learn a little about the origin of old-school Hip Hop: Underground style!
Running a marathon is a feat; pianist Ivan Ilić has decided to run an ultra-marathon. Chopin’s Etudes for piano are among the most demanding piano works in the classical repertoire; Leopold Godowsky’s reworking of the etudes requires an even more accomplished technique.
Ilić chose the most challenging of Godowsky’s work for his new CD: the twenty two Studies for the left hand alone. The rich and elaborate compositions by Godowsky along with Ilić’s virtuosic performance make the Studies sound as if played by two hands.
Henry Rollins is the man. Not only did he front Black Flag for an important period of the influential punk band’s career, but Rollins has also proved to be a sharp and compelling public speaker— the type of dude that can ramble about anything and sound convincing. He’s equal parts spoken word poet, motivational speaker, political revolutionary and stand up comedian (although he probably wouldn’t want to be called any of those things). He’s outspoken, angry (as evidenced in the video above), and occasionally controversial. Yet he’s definitely worth listening to, even if your views don’t mesh.
An easy play on words to describe NYC rock group The Shake is that the band inspires people to do just that: shake (as in, dance). Terrible puns that require too much explanation aside, The Shake is a group with a sharp ability at crafting danceable music without sacrificing their harder, rougher rock edge.
This skill is evident on Sweet n Sour: Vol 1, the group’s recently released two-track EP. Still an independent group, The Shake are in the process of releasing a trilogy of two-song EPs with the Sweet n Sour title in hopes of gaining more exposure and recording a full-length in 2012 (the band’s last release was in 2009: an eight song LP, entitled The Shake Go Crazy). The first in the series, aptly named Sweet n Sour: Vol 1, consists of two tracks falling under the 4 min mark, “Débutante” and “Hippo.”
Lubriphonic is a 7-piece musical juggernaut hailing from the bluesy underbelly of the Chicago nightlife. Seemlessly fusing Funk, Soul, and good ol’ Rock ‘n Roll, the boys from Lubriphonic aren’t all flash – they’re one of the hardest working bands in the business! Often touring the nation more than 220 days a year, Lubriphonic has one self-appointed duty for all of their shows: to whip the crowd into a funk-fueled frenzy that doesn’t stop until last call.
If you have never heard Jesse Thomas sing before, you are in for a real treat. Originally from Covington, Kentucky, Jesse moved west to Los Angeles without knowing a soul, and began playing her songs for the masses. Flash forward to 2011, she has been featured on iTunes “New and Noteworthy” as well as being chosen for the Starbuck’s “Pick of the Week”. Look for her new record, dropping soon, and enjoy a look into the mind of one of the area’s premier songwriters – and be sure not to miss an exclusive performance of a new track from her upcoming album – it is FANTASTIC. Have fun!
Laura Meyer is one of the busiest independent artists out there. With a sweet sounding Folk-Rock style, she has played both the Telluride Bluegrass and Rocky Mountain Folks Festivals, and just recently settled down in Venice, California after four years of touring. Yes. I said four years. Learn more about Laura Meyer, who recently got a chance to chat with Yotam Rosenbaum of Earbits. Enjoy!
Yotam Rosenbaum: Hello, this is Yotam Rosenbaum with Earbits. And today with me is Laura Meyer, singer/songwriter, who has just settled down in Venice, California, after, I believe, four years on the road, which is pretty amazing. How are you doing?