“Earlier this year, our Oakland-based Motown soul and funk band Trace Repeat took on the ambitious task of printing our new album “The Oaktown Sound” on CD and 12-inch vinyl. Two master revisions, countless artwork updates, three months of manufacturing time, and $4,000 worth of debt later, we finally had our record ready to sell on yet another form of extinct media. Because let’s face it. We all end up listening on Spotify anyway, right?”
Trace Repeat talks about floppy disks, CDs, vinyl, and our emotional connection to physical music media in their guest blog for Concert Crap. Read more here.
“The real secret is in knowing how to maximize the resources you have be they financial, personal or technical, and getting everyone involved pushing in the same direction to get something done in what may be an unconventional manner.”
Septacy’s Ricky Marasigan tells us how to craft a stunning music video w/ a small budget in guest blog on Musical Notes Global. Read more here.
Happy International Day of the Girl! What better way to celebrate the empowerment of girls worldwide than recognizing the musical accomplishments of two powerful female artists. Lindsay Katt and K-Bust interviewed one another in the latest installment of the Bands Interviewing Bands series for Cliche Magazine. Read more about how these two powerhouses have transformed their careers in the music industry here.
The Sometimes Island recently sat down with Indie Minded to talk about the music business, where he finds his inspiration, and more for their popular interview series “Six Questions With.” Check it out here.
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!
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.