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On my Heartbeat Radio!

Heartbeat Radio

Some days ago Sondre Lerche’s new song, “Heartbeat Radio” surfaced online.

This song, as a beautiful acoustic rendition, first appeared on his “Polaroid Pool Party EP” out last year that consisted of a homemade CD attached to a unique Polaroid picture signed by himself, making each copy unique.

The EP had 6 songs, all of them previously unreleased, that delivered the special feeling of having been recorded with just a mic and a computer. Just like in the good old days around the “Two Way Monologue” era when he released a few other EPs with this sort of demo-esque songs.

Here’s a short video for the EP, from Sondre’s YouTube channel:

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I guess now we can only wait for a new music video… Right, Sondre? ;)

Enjoy his new song, and make sure you buy the new album due this September.

Update!

06.07.09 – I uploaded two new songs thar Sondre posted to his Twitter account. Check out how big “Good Luck” gets as the song goes on and how beautifully the melody is delivered on “Easy to Persuade”, bringing a beat that makes you jump on your feet and dance.

Heartbeat Radio

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Good Luck

I wrote this song on the last day of 2007 after a complicated year that was to be followed by a slightly more complicated year. (Luckily most of the complications were of a practical nature). I’ve never felt in a position to complain but I did want to try and write a song of consolation for those who found themselves more seriously out of luck, and at the same time curse the idea that luck is related to some universal justice. Embarking on 2008 I drove my wife crazy recording the demo for this song in our old box-sized Manhattan studio apartment, repeating the same little guitar-solo part over and over for what must’ve felt like eternity. In order to get some feisty, unusual movements in the string arrangement we had jazz maestro Erik Halvorsen do all sorts of [piano] improvisations over the chorus chords, for us to cherry-pick the highlights and transcribe them to an arrangement for violin and cello that my co-producer Kato Ådland completed. — Sondre [source]

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Easy to Persuade

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The most awesome thing that ever happened to Windows Media Player

Is Blackbar.

Taken from its official website:

Blackbar is an ultra-compact, full-featured skin for Windows Media Player. It is designed to be placed in an unused spot in the title bar area at the top of your screen, where it fades into the background until you need it. Just mouse over it to access all of the major features of Media Player.


The file is only 20KiB. Go check it out. Now.

+ Blackbar

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Interview with Every Avenue

Every Avenue

Hey! Which member of the band are you and what do you do?
I’m Mike; I play drums for Every Avenue.

As you may already know, I’m a big fan of Every Avenue, a pop-punk band from Michigan. As simple (or non-complex) as they sound, they just change my mood. Here’s one of the few interviews I found with them.

I'm a fan of their music, not their looks

4th May 2008

Hey! Which member of the band are you and what do you do?
I’m Mike; I play drums for Every Avenue.

Is there a story behind the band name?
It’s band name that has been associated with our singer and myself since 2002. We honestly were too cheap to change our band name when the band changed up in 2004. Basically we didn’t want to pay for a new URL domain name for our website! “Every Avenue” originally came from my brother brainstorming countless band names when I quit my old band. I said something like “I’ve gone down ‘every avenue’ figuring out this band name.”

Please run through a little history of how Every Avenue came to be a band to what you are all about in 2008.
David and I are the only original members left in the band. We started in 2002 with a few other guys and everything fell apart. David played guitar, I played drums, and we had a different lead singer. We kicked our old singer out, who actually is our tour manager now, and asked David if he would try singing. He never sang before, so it was a lot of work. Since then we’ve added Josh, and due to member switch outs, added Jimmie (guitar) and Matt (bass). We’re finally feeling like a complete band.

You’re from a small town in Michigan – how hard did you find it to get noticed, especially bearing in mind the state is sandwiched between some pretty big states in terms of musical history…
Marysville/Port Huron, MI is really not a hotspot as far as the music scene goes. We had to rent halls to play shows. We learned a lot that way though. We had to DIY. We booked our own tours, started recording our own music in our homes. We left Michigan in December 2005 to record with John Naclerio at Nada Recording Studio. That when everything changed. We knew we wanted music to be our future.

How did you get picked up by Fearless? Did you have much label interest? What did you look for, as an unsigned band, in a label?
After we released our 2nd independent EP (‘This Is Why We Don’t Have Nice Things’), we got some of attention from major and indie labels. Fearless came around not too long after and they were exactly what we were looking for. They are really supportive of their artists. More than a few artists have taken off after signing with Fearless. They are more than we could have asked for. We meet so many artists who are unhappy with their label. It’s sad, because they are responsible for helping your music reach your audience.

You released the EP ‘Ah!’ and then just recently put out the album ‘Shh Just Go With It!’ – what did you learn from the two recording processes?
Be well rehearsed, but not too rehearsed, things change in the studio. That was the case for the full length. With a few songs, especially the b-sides, lots of parts will change. We practically wrote a song while we were recording; it’s just another way to create music.

What led you to re-record Where Were You and Think of You Later and how did the re-recording process work out?
Both of those songs are fan favorites, that made us think that maybe we still have a large audience who haven’t heard these songs yet. So we re-recorded them. These are songs we plan on playing live for a while.

Have you been surprised at the reaction from press/fans since the album came out? It’s had some pretty cool reviews…
There have been some great reviews, and some awful ones. The funny thing is, when you compare the reviews, they contradict each other’s. There is just difference of opinion. We don’t take the reviews seriously. Half the time people who shouldn’t pick up a pen write these reviews.

Did you have any expectations about how well the CD would do? As a band do you set yourself sales targets etc?
Not really, our job is to write and play music. Obviously, we want our CD to end up in the hands of fans. We want our live show to sell our CDs. We’ll hang out at our shows too, maybe with an iPod and introduce our band to kids; it’s a great way to make fans.

You’re obviously a band which has benefited from using the internet to spread the word but do you feel bands in the 21st Century put too much emphasis on working online rather than actually getting in the van and touring?
When we first started, the Internet and local shows were the only way to get our name our there. Bands must leave their hometown and home state if they plan on making it. In extreme cases, some bands make it without ever playing a show. Don’t count on it! There are too many bands that expect to get noticed by the industry just by making a myspace profile.

When will we see you touring the UK?
No official talk has occurred yet, but we hope soon!

If you could tour with any one band who would it be and why?
For me personally: The Police. I would just stand behind Stewart Copeland every night and wish I were as good a drummer as him!

If you could give three tips to anyone in a band from a small town what would they be?
Write great songs!! Songwriting is still important to fans and the industry. Promote yourself online, at your shows and other bands local shows; playing isn’t everything if you want to succeed. Touring is a must. It fuels fans that you meet online to become more into your music. And some labels won’t even bother with you if you’re not trying to do it yourself first.

From Punktastic

Lock the doors and slide behind the unlit shades

I’ve been listening to +44’s album since I woke up this morning and used it as background music while studying. It does a pretty good job keeping me focused, although I couldn’t resist and jumped to grab my guitar and play along 145 (acoustic version of 155) and Cliff Diving.

I can’t even remember the last time I played those songs, but they made me remember that I never learned their guitar solos. Damn.

Fre, my girlfriend, is coming in less than 20 minutes. Last Thursday she told me that she would be coming here: she lives 50 km (30 miles) away from here in a small city named La Plata. I have some of my best friends living there as well so I go almost every weekend and spend it with them.

But this is the first time she’s coming here! I’m so enthused that I even swept my bedroom’s floor, ordered all my books, and put all my dirty clothes in their place (the bag for laundry, of course).

I can’t believe that I only slept 4 hours last night. And just for your interest, mixing coffee with energy drinks will only get you an aching stomach and will not make you hyper-intelligent and get all your work done in 30 minutes.

+44’s CD keeps spinning and she’s at my door.

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Modlife is up and running: Tom pwned us all

This is from an interview conducted back in March, 2008:

You just released that whole Modlife thing online a little while ago. What’s the story behind that and how has it been going so far?

Modlife is amazing. It’s blown my mind. It’s an idea I had that took a lot to come to fruition, and we’re going to launch it to the world this summer. It’s an operating system to help kind of revolutionize the music industry at first, but at best it’s for anybody. Any kid, any band, any business or housewife to use a bunch of digital tools in any way, shape or form they choose to use them. For a band, they can do broadcasts, films and podcasts, deliver their records digitally – everything they want to do on a computer. For a housewife, maybe they just want to put up photos of their kids and they don’t have any records and maybe it’s free. I don’t know, but it’s probably the most futuristic, ingenious thing I’ve seen on the Internet since its inception, I think. I’m really excited about it.

The trend now is kind of leaning less towards labels and more towards other avenues.

Yeah, label’s are kind of a thing of the past.

Do you think this is going to team up with that?

Yeah, I think there’s a lot of things that are going to happen, but our goal is to be self-sufficient. To not need labels, not need other people, or be able to hire labels for specific duties, like marketing and promotion. But I think with Modlife, we’ll be able to do it all ourselves.

And now that project is coming true!

Go check modlife.com

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Oh what a weekend!

Maybe later I’ll relate what happened in the last two days… Let’s say it was a movie-like disaster, involving drug addicts, rumours, fake stories, sisters and sisters’ boyfriends, faints and a puddle of blood.

Anyway… I’ll be working along with my good friend Nic (TheresNoSolution.com’s co-owner) on a flyer for a band.
Their name is No Chances and they rock. I’ve seen them live once and they were amazing.

Check out their MySpace profile and their other pages here.

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Also, many great things will be coming along the TheresNoSolution.com road soon… Just hold on tight and prepare to be amazed. This time around, Nic should get most of the credit, he’s really proven to be the best co-worker ever. His continuous harassment is probably one of the main reasons why that site even exists, and I love how it was created.

It’s almost 3 in the morning here and I have to do my physics homework, which I’ll probably be doing in less than 5 hours. I’m a time wasting machine.

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[Music] Every Avenue – Shh. Just Go with It

1. Days Of The Old
2. This One’s A Cheap Shot
3. Where Were You?
4. Think Of You Later (Empty Room)
5. A Story To Tell Your Friends
6. Boys Will Be Boys
7. Take A Step Back
8. Trading Heartbeats
9. Freak Out!
10. Between You And I
11. Chasing The Night

There are also two bonus tracks included in some releases. I added them for download at the end of the post.

12. Fame And (Mis) Fortune
13. The Hell Back Home

One sunny day of november or december (it was summer on this side of the world) I downloaded a song from Mark’s blog called “Where Were You” by an unknown band called Every Avenue. He had uploaded it to his blog so all the subscribers would get it.

After a few listens it kept growing and I needed more. Luckily I stumbled upon their “AH! EP”

After years of almost getting to hate the direction the genre was taking with bands such as Simple Plan or Good Charlotte, finally I got to know a new band that’s actually pretty good at what they do, staying close to that sound that I always enjoyed from old school blink-182, Sum 41 and Green Day. Not that they will become the next best thing (although they do have the potential), but it’s just so pleasant to know that a certain type of music hasn’t died.

Excerpts from the review on Can you see the sunset from the southside?

This band should be huge. Seriously. Not with late-twentysomethings with a two year old kid like myself but (rather) with the teenage MTV crowd. Let me explain. First, Every Avenue sounds almost exactly like a cross between Fall Out Boy and Cartel. On their latest album Shh. Just Go With It, Every Avenue churns out catchy and mid-tempo peppy, poppy, punk-ish rock music that is safe and polished enough to have mainstream appeal. It is a little too vanilla for my tastes, but that is why it should be huge.

Therein lies the problem. Every Avenue is actually good. Despite the overstyled press photo you get when you open up the CD (which is evidently what kids look like these days), the band has talent. Maybe the studio has been kind to them, or maybe I’m a sucker for pseudo-pop-punk hooks, but the band is tight, on point, and ultra-melodic. The record’s thick and crystal-clear production make it sound like a million bucks; I mean, this is how big rock records are supposed to sound.

Every Avenue is better than so many other neo-pop-punk bands out there (see my review of The Frantic here).

Artist: Every Avenue
Album: Shh, Just Go with It
Label: Fearless Records
Playtime: 35:38 min
Genre: Pop-Punk
Released: February 19th, 2008
Quality: 224 kbps avg / VBR / 4410kHz / Joint Stereo
Buy: Fearless Records | Amazon
Download: MediaFire (56.79 MiB)
URL: MySpace | PureVolume | Official Website

Bonus Tracks

Download: MediaFire (9.19 MiB)
Quality: 198kbps avg / LAME v3.97 -V2 –vbr-new
Playtime: 6:28 min

Rating: 8.5/10

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Every Avenue – Where Were You?

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Every Avenue – Days of the Old

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Every Avenue – Take a Step Back

I’ve been listening to them for almost 4 months now and I absolutely love them. They made me go back to the pop-punk kind of music that I grew with (listening to some unknown band called blink-182)

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