“When you listen to this record, I won’t be as presumptuous to say that we’ve captured the “sound” of Oakland in our little nine-song record. The best that I can hope for is that it gives you a 31-minute glimpse into the Oakland music communities that we’ve found for ourselves, for Trace Repeat.” Experience Oakland through the eyes of 6-piece Oakland based funk and soul band Trace Repeat in their guest blog on Kill The Music here.
School may be back in session, but that doesn’t mean you have to retire your summer jams just yet. You still have time to discover your new favorite songs that you will be rocking out to all year long! With Muddy Paw’s newest Monthly Music Mashup up on Substream, we hope we can help you find your go-to artist for this school year. Every month, we curate a list of the best new artists and albums making waves in the music world. Our August playlist features bands from across New Jersey and Columbus, including The Cordial Sins, Hello Luna and The Vaughns. You can stream the full playlist on Substream here and find us on Spotify!
For the third single release from their forthcoming album, The Oaktown Sound, 6-piece Oakland based funk and soul band Trace Repeat have partnered with Alternative Press for the premiere of “Old School Funk”, a high-energy tune that brings reference to 50s and 60s R&B, along with a guest blog that highlights one of their most profound missions: tackling Asian American stereotypes in the music world. Check out the premiere + guest blog here.
“Upon first listen of LA’s The Sometimes Island a few images come to mind: summer, a secluded beach and the future of synthpop. The moniker of Austin-born musician, Matt Blankenship Jr, The Sometimes Island specializes in dreamy soundscapes with hard-hitting lyrical content meant to make you stop and think in the midst of a party. New EP, Bad People – released just last month – is a surefire hit and meant to be played at full volume during all of your summer soirees.”
Check out the full interview here.
Summer is upon us! Which means a few things: prepare to be hot and sweaty for the next few months, and now is the time to keep your eyes, and ears, open for the perfect summer anthem! With Muddy Paw’s Monthly Music Mashups on Substream, we always try to make finding new music for any season super easy. Our June playlist does just that, and features bands from all over, from the Bay Area to Chicago and New York. Jean Pool, Cinema Century, Great Highway (a Muddy Paw Alum!), and The Singing Limbs are just some of this month’s favorites. Stream the full playlist on Substream here and find us on Spotify!
We’re back with another installment of our Monthly Music Mashup, exclusively on Substream Magazine. Each month, we feature the best of the best new artists on the music circuit. This time around, we highlighted talent from Nashville, Chicago, Upstate New York, and elsewhere. You can find the playlist and Substream article here, and stream the playlist on Spotify! Don’t forget to save your favorite tracks to your music library.
The Sometimes Island is premiering a second track, “Can’t Move On” from their upcoming EP exclusively on Substream. The single is equipped with dreamy harmonies, synth tones, and a bass line perfect for summer nights. Lyrical content courtesy ofMatt Blankenship Jr., the man behind The Sometimes Island, really shines in this track that tackles the struggle of being between two feuding exes.
“Two very close friends of mine were dating, and when they broke up I was in the middle of it, hearing both sides and feeling very torn. Those sentiments channeled into this song, written from each of their perspectives. The inability to communicate – with battle lines drawn and pride on the line – made me feel a little like a cloud floating over a battlefield. This song was my way of dealing with it, using the music symbolically to put in little silences and finally an explosive, dramatic bridge.”
Keep an eye, and an ear, out for the full EP set to release July 28th. The Sometimes Island will also be heading out on a West Coast tour later this summer.
The Sometimes Island recently curated a playlist worthy of every poolside hangout and road trip you’ll take this summer. The playlist, exclusively on Musical Notes Global features some big name artists you love, like Spoon, Christine and the Queens, Kindness, and more! Matt Blankenship Jr., man behind the moniker The Sometimes Island, says the playlist is all about taking in all that summer has to offer. “This playlist celebrates slowing down, basking in the sun and letting that drop of condensation roll off your ice cold drink as you relax by the pool.” Sounds pretty perfect to us. Check out the playlist here.
In a world of music streaming and illegal downloading, it may seem impossible to make a buck off your craft. Our own Matt Blankenship Jr. of The Sometimes Island wants to change that mentality by giving you some insider knowledge on music, or sync, licensing. On Soundfly, Blankenship Jr. breaks down everything you need to know, from basics, to publishing, and pitching, with the help of music supervisor Ben Hochstein, Sr. Director of Creative at Spring Music Group Eric Hurt, and indie music industry guru Ari Herstand. You can read the article here!