[Explosion Sound]'s recently released first album is an eruptive bombardment of musical precision and grandeur. They brought their exacting metal skills to our living room for a mariachi reimagining of one of their hits.
Snakefeast is a jazz metal band with incomprehensible lyrics that inspires an intense atmosphere of doom.
We asked them to put down their instruments, and perform their song "Blight" as if it were a script-reading on a radio show. Genius ensued.
Check out Snakefeast, and the studio version of "Blight at: https://snakefeast.bandcamp.com/
Kyowa found us online, and decided to stop through Baltimore in between gigs. They have a smooth sound, and a manicured aesthetic. Naturally, we went out and got them the dorkiest instruments we could find.
See Kyowa in their element at: www.listentokyowa.com.
Special thanks to Rex Anderson for providing a sharp ear, and Ted's Music for providing the instruments.
Community Center is normally a pretty wild show. They perform energetic, soul-filled romp-jams with impressive instrumental chops We asked them to put down their instruments, and strip one of their favorite songs down to its bare bones. They did us one better: they wrote us an entirely new one.
Enjoy "Baby Grand" by Community Center. Visit them online at: www.communitycentermusic.com
For this month's Living Room Session, we put Baltimore Cabaret rockers, Gunwife Gone to the task of playing one of their songs with nothing but homemade and found instruments. They had about a week to rehearse. By the end of it, drummer Ryan had managed to find 15 sounds you can make with a water cooler jug. So remember, the next time you are at the office and the water cooler is empty, pop that shit off and see what kind of music you can make. I'm sure your coworkers won't mind.
Special thanks to audio technician Rex Anderson for mixing and mastering the audio for us.
We got Josh Friedman from That One Eyed Kid in the living room for a little experiment. Josh is a very physical, percussive player who uses strong rhythms to anchor his live arrangements.
We paired him with a General Electric Youth Electronics chord organ from the early 70's. This instrument uses an electric fan to blow air through banks of metal reeds. It has no attack, just a loud honky sound that is pretty much on or off.
By blocking the intake fan, Josh created a soft, warm tone that could build and decay to match his dynamics. The song "Shaping" off his upcoming EP was a haunting compliment to this fragile yet powerful tone.
See Josh in his element at: http://www.thatoneeyedkid.com/