New year, new music. The January edition of our Monthly Music Mashup is here! We’ve once again partnered with Substream Magazine to deliver you a Muddy Paw Team curated playlist of our favorite songs.
Check out January’s playlist here !
Just shy of two weeks from Christmas Day, Boston singer songwriter Jeff Michaels is spreading holiday cheer through the endearing new song “Green ‘N Red,” along with the accompanying animated video. The video features an array of characters, including partying penguins, a bass-playing snowman, and of course the Big Man in Red himself, and his loyal herd of reindeer.
Speaking about the track Michaels says, “One of the things I’ve learned time and time again is that music has the ability to heal, and this year it seems our little country needs a lot of healing. No matter what side of the political spectrum you are on, November was tough for all of us. Facebook and Twitter turned into a war zone, with strangers yelling at each other and a lot of people forgot that we’re all in this together… it’s time we get the Green n’ Red out and put those memories behind us, and look for a brighter 2017!”
“Green ‘n Red” is exactly the kind of song you’d expect to hear in a feel-good holiday movie, with beautiful lyrics covered in Christmas glow, and a sound that’s filled with holiday merriment. You can grab a free download of the song right here and spread a bit of cheer yourself this holiday season.
“Green ‘n Red” follows as Michaels’ annual Christmas release, succeeding tracks such as “Hey Santa (Bring Me Some Lovin’),” “Ain’t No Snow Like Christmas Snow,” as well as the satirical tracks “Fiscal Cliff,” and “If Donald Trump Were President,” under the moniker Johnny Fiscal. Each video features the same brilliant creativity as “Green ‘n Red,” proving Michaels to be not only handy with spreading holiday cheer—but a remarkable musician that’s here to stay.
Michaels is also the artist behind last year’s album, ‘Townie Paradise’, and has seen song placements in episodes of “The Real World” and “Teen Mom” (MTV) and the “T.O. Show” (VH1).
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The four part alt rock band hailing from Minneapolis, Minnesota released their debut full-length album today. Online publication, That Mag, took special interest in the up and coming bands release, rating it “bad-ass”.
“If you want to try something completely different, listen to “Blue Skies.” Everything about this song just says artistry. It starts out with killer guitar riffs and catchy synths, but then changes tempo. In fact, this song changes tempo a lot, but it’s still a very cohesive song. It’s a little bit Two Door Cinema Club, a little bit Keane, and 100 percent Guytano. It has some really sick guitar grooves, some tropical and reggae-inspired elements, and arrangement is unique and unexpected.”
Click here for the full review.
For some people, music is just in their blood. That’s no exception for indie performer and singer-songwriter, Frank Moyo. Recently he sat down to talk about his passion for music and his debut solo EP, “Waves of Emotion”.
“Since I can remember I have always wanted music to be my primary focus in life. I remember singing and playing Elvis with an imaginary guitar at family functions as a kid. My first memory that sits in my mind is buying my first guitar. I had passed by the window of a music shop that was run by my grandmother’s neighbor and immediately fell in love with it. After I bought it, the owner of the shop gave me some lessons and quickly after that I began writing my own songs. Using simple chords, I began to write nearly a song a day, rushing home from elementary school just to play my guitar until I had to go to bed.”
Click here for the full interview.
Ships Have Sailed have left the comfort of the West Coast to head out on an East Coast Tour hitting both Somerville and Cambridge. Vanyaland got the inside scoop on what it’s like to break down each show to cater to the audience.
“We are able to cater to a wider variety of venues and really tailor our set to the show we’re playing. We’ve been playing full-scale sets, but here and there we’ve been stripping down to ‘almost acoustic’ and playing all the tracks off Whispers as well as some of the softer stuff off ‘Someday’… it’s really gratifying to see people respond to the range we can offer, and it helps keep the sets fresh for us as well!”
Click here for the full article.
Our favorite NYC synth driven pop-rockers, Shiffley, have just released a brand new Spotify playlist titled “Sleep…Who Needs It?”
“Sleep… Who Needs It?” has some of our favorite nighttime anthems.” explains the band, “It follows the arch of your standard night out–it starts off optimistic, picks up with some alt night club grooves, then slows down toward the end. The next single off our upcoming album will fit perfectly on this playlist. Keep an eye out because it’s coming your way soon!”
The playlist features The Naked and Famous, Bear Hands, Fitz and the Tantrums, Fickle Friends, and more.
“The summit itself, which is currently wrapping up (September 13-30), was a free digital conference which brought 40+ professionals right to the homes of those attending. Each masterclass focused on both advice and actionable items, designed to help those like myself, who are maybe struggling with their next steps.”
Shuffle Beat Music recently featured Steve Palfreyman of the Music Launch Summit on their blog. The interview discusses the summit itself as well as Palfreyman’s thoughts on the industry. Click here to check it out!
Indie/folk songstress Jess Chizuk‘s long-awaited debut album Lehigh Valley Line has been released to rave reviews, not least from Buffalo-based Joe Tell’s Music Blog who says Jess’ voice “has a mature quality that defies her young age” and that she is “sure to go far in the music industry.” Enjoy the full review right here!