Bad News – The Gala

“Part garage-punk, part glam, part pitch-black rock’n’roll ferocity, The Gala is the party you’ve never been invited to but always dreamt of; a swirling kaleidoscope of debauchery and decadence that you probably wouldn’t survive.  But you can handle a song, at least.” – Sleazegrinder / Classic Rock Magazine

That was my introduction to The Gala following an introductory message from band member Chris Kenneally (guitar).  A little bit about The Gala – they’re a 5-piece garage punk group from Boston, MA, signed to record label Dead Beat Records..  Their latest release is Bad News, which has been out since March.  I’ve listened to the album, and as the quote describing them suggests they are a bit of everything to be sure – punk, glam, and rock.

Bad News by The Gala (US)

The lead female vocals from Emily Doran are super powerful and are fantastic.  I really liked the subtle touches throughout the album – like when the organ cuts through just a little bit to create a fuller sound.  This group really takes me back to some of the indie music we used to play on our college radio station almost 15 years ago. 

Another cool thing going for the band – they’ve released ‘Bad News’ on cassette!  I’m not sure why that’s a thing bands do these days, but that’s how I used to consume my albums growing up, so it’s awfully tempting to buy some more.  I wonder if tape players are becoming popular again – they’re definitely not in cars anymore.

I can’t say enough good things about this group – I’ll definitely play one or two of their tracks on an upcoming podcast episode.  In the meantime – you should check them out live!  Chris told me about a May 10th show at O’Brien’s Pub in Allston, MA.  Details at their website, or direct link here:
https://www.bandsintown.com/e/100831617?app_id=WIX&came_from=267&utm_medium=api&utm_source=public_api&utm_campaign=event

Weekly Airwave – My Sweet & Sour Room by Icicle

This is the last podcast episode for a little bit – Alternative Airwaves (in podcast form) will be going on a little hiatus for now.  Until then…enjoy this Weekly Airwave!

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Hi and welcome to Alternative Airwaves – I’m your host Steve, bringing you the best in Creative Commons music. This is the Weekly Airwave: one track with some information about the song or the artist.

This week’s track: My Sweet and Sour Room by Icicle. This is an instrumental track by Montreal artist Icicle; I found this by looking at similar artists to Lower Loveday from last week’s episode. I don’t normally pick out instrumental tracks, but I really liked the beat and instrument choice in this song. Icicle is actually Krassy Halatchev, and has Bulgarian origins. I think you can really hear some of his influences come through in this track. You can follow him on Jamendo or icicle.club.

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Weekly Airwaves – You Could’ve Been My Queen – Lower Loveday

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Hi and welcome to Alternative Airwaves – I’m your host Steve, bringing you the best in Creative Commons music.  This is the Weekly Airwave: one track with some information about the song or the artist.   
This week’s track: You Could’ve Been My Queen by Lower Loveday.  This great indie track brought me back to the early 2000’s indie scene with great British bands like Arctic Monkeys, or The Fratellis.  Lower Loveday is indeed a British group, and got their start in a school talent show.  They’ve been all around the UK and the world, and are making some great music.  Aside from this week’s track I also recommend Is It Right, currently one of their more popular tracks on Jamendo.  You can find them online at http://www.lowerloveday.com
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Weekly Airwave – Problems – The DLX

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Hi and welcome to Alternative Airwaves – I’m your host Steve, bringing you the best in Creative Commons music.  This is the Weekly Airwave: one track with some information about the song or the artist.

This week’s track: Problems by The DLX.  Problems is an R&B-leaning pop track from American artist The DLX, based in Hattiesburg, Mississippi.  No albums on Jamendo, but there are three singles you can check out.  I liked this one for its simple beat and lyrics.  Find out more about The DLX at the dlx dot net.

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Weekly Airwave – Wild by Rabbits

Sorry this post is a bit late for anyone hoping to check out the show notes here!  I forgot to schedule the post 🙂

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Hi and welcome to Alternative Airwaves – I’m your host Steve, bringing you the best in Creative Commons music.  This is the Weekly Airwave: one track with some information about the song or the artist. 

This week’s track: Wild by The Rabbits.  Wild is a quiet folk track from “Tall Pines and Tangled Vines”, a 2018 debut LP by The Rabbits.  The Rabbits hail from the UK, but are listed as Canadian on Jamendo – probably because they recorded their record at Orchid Studios in Vancouver, B-C – and they are also touring around Canada.  Apparently they’re doing this from a van they’ve been living in for almost a year.  That’s dedication to their music!  Follow them on Jamendo or at the rabbits dot com.

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#113 – Dime and Sea Lillies

Welcome back to another full length episode!  This time around there are two listener submissions, plus many cool tracks recently featured on Jamendo.com.  Full playlist is below!

  1. The Halt – Kind of Right
  2. Pure Mids – Don’t Quit
  3. Banana Cream – We’ll Shine
  4. DIME – White T-Shirt (Bandcamp)
  5. Kinematic – Let’s Go Out Tonight
  6. Plants – Misery Business
  7. Sadme – Mourning Day
  8. Final Round – Angel of Darkness
  9. Sea Lillies – Materials (Bandcamp)
  10. Above Envy – Steady as the Rain
  11. The Spin Wires – Girls Like You

Weekly Airwave – Don’t Wait by The Halt

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Hi and welcome to Alternative Airwaves – I’m your host Steve, bringing you the best in Creative Commons music. This is the Weekly Airwave: one track with some information about the song or the artist.

This week’s track: Don’t Wait by The Halt. What do you know – another track out of the US. This time, The Halt: a rock group that formed in 2017 featuring Neil Matharoo (from the band Soundstatues) and Andrew Schwartz, both from Brooklyn. They don’t have any albums on Jamendo, but they do have four singles at the time of recording. Don’t Wait is a good mix of alternative and grunge, leaning more on the alt rock spectrum. You can buy their music at the halt dot band camp dot com.

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Weekly Airwave – Semmuel – All I Need Is You


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Hi and welcome to Alternative Airwaves – I’m your host Steve, bringing you the best in Creative Commons music.  This is the Weekly Airwave: one track with some information about the song or the artist. 

This week’s track: All I need is You by Semmuel.  This track features some dark synth sounds and I think fits right alongside today’s Top 40 songs.  Semmuel is a hip hop / R&B artist based out of the U-S.  From Jamendo: his music career began in 2017 when he signed with Graphic Entertainment Music, and eventually released a solo song “Athena” in June of that year – it was featured as Jamendo’s artist of the month. 

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Weekly Airwave – Boomerang by Honeychrome

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Hi and welcome to Alternative Airwaves – I’m your host Steve, bringing you the best in Creative Commons music.  This is the Weekly Airwave: one track with some information about the song or the artist. 

This week’s track: Boomerang by HoneyChrome.  Boomerang is a great pop track, released in 2018 by an American artist, based on Brooklyn N-Y-C.  I find it really reminiscent of early 2000’s pop, with a bit of eighties flair mixed in.  It’s a fun, short track and well worth following to see what he comes out with for 2019!

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Weekly Airwave – Games by Tony Petersen

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Hi and welcome to Alternative Airwaves – I’m your host Steve, bringing you the best in Creative Commons music.  This is the Weekly Airwave: one track with some information about the song or the artist. 

This week’s track: Games by Tony Petersen.  This is a light folk track, from the album A Soft Place to Land (2018).  Petersen is an American artist, playing guitar from age 15 and has performed across America since high school.  This is a solo track but is a member of a band called The Social Animals.

Enjoy Games from Tony Petersen – and be sure to check out alternative airwaves dot com for podcasts and music reviews.  See you next time.