Top 10 Songs for January 31-February 6


1. STRESSED OUT – twenty one pilots (11th wk #1)
2. ADVENTURE OF A LIFETIME – Coldplay
3. MOUNTAIN AT MY GATES – Foals
4. TRIP SWITCH – Nothing But Thieves
5. SORRY – Justin Bieber
6. NIGHTLIGHT – Silversun Pickups
7. FIRE AND THE FLOOD – Vance Joy
8. MESS AROUND – Cage the Elephant
9. THANK GOD FOR GIRLS – Weezer
10. PRETTY PIMPIN – Kurt Vile

Top 10 Songs for January 24-30


1. STRESSED OUT – twenty one pilots (10th wk #1)
2. ADVENTURE OF A LIFETIME – Coldplay
3. MOUNTAIN AT MY GATES – Foals
4. SORRY – Justin Bieber
5. TRIP SWITCH – Nothing But Thieves
6. NIGHTLIGHT – Silversun Pickups
7. FIRE AND THE FLOOD – Vance Joy
8. HELLO – Adele
9. THANK GOD FOR GIRLS – Weezer
10. MESS AROUND – Cage the Elephant

Brett Vogel – “Never Giving Up”

Brett Vogel is a talented singer/songwriter from Illinois who now calls Los Angeles home.  His second album, Never Giving Up, is a collection of really lovely heartfelt songs about life and love, and not giving up on something or someone that’s really important.  In describing his passion for music, Brett has stated “Music is within every fiber of my being! I sincerely believe without music I’d be doomed. Music has kept me alive.  Music is love to me.  Music helps people heal. It’s what connects people, and for that I’m grateful!”

I feel the same way about music, so can totally identify with Brett’s feelings.

His music combines elements of pop, rock, country and folk into an infectious and pleasing style that delights the listener, not to mention the fact that Brett has a beautiful singing voice. His songs just make you feel happy!  Here are two of his songs I especially like.

Top 10 Songs for January 17-23


1. STRESSED OUT – twenty one pilots (9th wk #1)
2. ADVENTURE OF A LIFETIME – Coldplay
3. MOUNTAIN AT MY GATES – Foals
4. SORRY – Justin Bieber
5. HELLO – Adele
6. TRIP SWITCH – Nothing But Thieves
7. NIGHTLIGHT – Silversun Pickups
8. FIRE AND THE FLOOD – Vance Joy
9. NEARLY FORGOT MY BROKEN HEART – Chris Cornell
10. THANK GOD FOR GIRLS – Weezer

Top 10 Songs for January 10-16

1. STRESSED OUT – twenty one pilots (8th wk #1)
2. ADVENTURE OF A LIFETIME – Coldplay
3. HELLO – Adele
4. MOUNTAIN AT MY GATES – Foals
5. SORRY – Justin Bieber
6. NEARLY FORGOT MY BROKEN HEART – Chris Cornell
7. FIRE AND THE FLOOD – Vance Joy
8. NIGHTLIGHT – Silversun Pickups
9. TRIP SWITCH – Nothing But Thieves
10. COLD COLD MAN – Saint Motel

EP Review: Disciples of Babylon – “Welcome to Babylon”

One of my favorite indie bands is Disciples of Babylon, a self-described “international rock band” based in Hollywood, California.  Formed in 2012, the band includes Eric Knight (lead vocals and rhythm guitar) Ramon Blanco (lead guitar), Gui Bodi (bass guitar) and Chris Toeller (drums).

DOB Photo

Three of the band members attended the Musician’s Institute College of Contemporary Music in Hollywood. Eric and Ramon, who is originally from Spain, had previously played music independently or with other musicians, but the two joined forces in 2012 and wrote their first song “Arrived” during their first meeting together. Later, Gui, who is Brazilian, was added as bassist and the band recorded “Arrived” and two other songs – “KARMA” and “The Great Pretend” – for their EP Welcome to Babylon.  Shortly after completion of the EP, the band added Ray Rojo as drummer, who has since been replaced by Chris Toeller.

The Disciples of Babylon’s music is influenced by some of their favorite rock bands, including Muse, The Foo Fighters, Queen, The Who, Stone Temple Pilots, U2 & Led Zeppelin. The band states that their songs “echo a progressive message that is meant to elevate and inspire the audience while still paying homage to classically definitive Rock nuances.” The band’s growing popularity is due not only to their great music and talent, but also to their strong sense of loyalty and commitment to their fans, which makes us want to return that loyalty and support for them.

The three songs on Welcome to Babylon sound like the best songs that Bon Jovi never recorded.  These guys are good! “KARMA,” a perfect kiss-off song, is hard rock candy.  The bombastic barrage of furious guitar, pulsing drums, and Eric’s aggressive vocals will immediately grab hold, leaving you wishing the song would go on for another 10 minutes. The video, which was filmed at the Salton Sea in the California desert south of the Coachella Valley, perfectly fits the track

“Arrived” is a beautiful, uplifting rock ballad about staying true to yourself and your dreams, and letting go of past mistakes that can keep you from moving forward. The poetic, compelling lyrics are matched by some really fine guitar and Eric’s heartfelt vocals.

“Don’t go straying, and the fight draw you in/Intoxicated, so abused.
Contemplating, for the choice I have to choose/Obligated, It’s so damn cruel.
Well I’m no fool. I have arrived, the challenge I face in this, I’ll survive. Conquered this time, swallowed my pride/My ignorance humbles this life, I’m alive.”

The third track, “The Great Pretend” is a rousing rock anthem of hope and forgiveness. The driving beat, awesome guitar riffs and Eric’s passionate soaring vocals make this an arena-worthy song.

“Release inside what you feel/Faith, will guide you and lead the way for you/Embrace the change let love heal/The angels surround you protect and take the shame from you”

To learn more about Disciples of Babylon, check out their website. Support these guys by liking them on facebook and following them on Twitter. Stream their music on Spotify or Soundcloud, and purchase it on itunes or Amazon.

The Uneasy Truth: Financials of Local Bands

This is an excellent, insightful article by Nicholas Schneider, a writer and drummer for several San Francisco Bay Area bands, about the challenges of making a living in today’s music industry. Producing quality music people want to listen to is challenging enough, but actually earning enough money from one’s music in today’s complex and highly competitive music industry is incredibly difficult, to say the least.  The explosion of music streaming services in recent years, which make it easy to listen to literally millions of songs for free or, at most, a minuscule amount of money, have obviously resulted in reduced music sales, and thereby profits, for all but the most successful, big-name musicians.

To read the article, click on this link:
http://bit.ly/1VUotm8

Top 10 Songs for January 3-9, 2016

Stressed Out holds at #1 for a 7th week

1. STRESSED OUT – twenty one pilots
2. ADVENTURE OF A LIFETIME – Coldplay
3. HELLO – Adele
4. MOUNTAIN AT MY GATES – Foals
5. SORRY – Justin Bieber
6. NEARLY FORGOT MY BROKEN HEART – Chris Cornell
7. COLD COLD MAN – Saint Motel
8. HOTLINE BLING – Drake
9. FIRE AND THE FLOOD – Vance Joy
10. S.O.B. – Nathaniel Rateliff & the Night Sweats