Speaking of truth…

Sorry for disappearing these last few days, they have been quite something!

Very interesting in deed… I will write up on them over the next couple of days. My head still hasn’t quite come around everything I’ve seen, experienced, lived, understood, totally misunderstood, don’t understand, feel and think.

Laleh

But, as it’s Friday and well, I’m emotional – in a good way… I decided to share this absolute BEAUTY with you.

I heard it a few months ago and loved it and thought about it today… And well… The name of the song is just perfect… SPEAKING OF TRUTH.

Have a listen to the lyrics, and the music is vibrating!

Laleh – Speaking of Truth

I didn’t think I could love Chris Martin more… And then I saw this!

I Love Chris Martin and thought I couldn’t love him much more…

But then I saw Carpool Karaoke with  James Corden and Chris Martin and phwoaaaaaaaaaaaar!!!

It was filmed a tad before the Super Bowl and both James and Chris sing my favourite Bowie tune, Heroes!

Not only that, but they pick up lemonade from some kids selling drinks on the street, sing Yellow, have a kip together and much more.

Have a look at the boys sing, laugh and talk about random stuff, here!

To a free world.

Diamond Rio are an American country and Christian country music band from Nashville, Tennessee.

The band began in 1982 and till this day are still growing and going.

They have 9 studio albums, 4 Greatest Hit Compilations and an album of Christmas music under their belt.

Diamond Rio performed a concert a few years ago and sang a very interesting song titled In God We Still Trust.

They received an immediate resounding standing ovation and continue to do so every time they perform the song.

Here is the but; the song isn’t played on radio stations and wasn’t released to the public as it’s considered politically incorrect.

I NEVER talk about about politics and religion, but… (I’m not very familiar with the Country Music world and don’t follow up on it as much as I’d love to) I think this song is beautiful.

To a free world.

#sabanudista – platicas sabatinas al desnudo con Ese Wey, Pablo Araiza y yo!

Hace algunos meses conocí a Ese Wey (si, así le dicen, si es que no lo conocen).

Ese Wey y yo!
Ese Wey y yo!

Nos conocimos afuera de un antro. El iba con un chavo (Pablo FUCKIN Araiza – así lo bautice) y yo con Pao Del Castillo. Pao y Pablo se conocen y por eso nos saludamos todos.

Desde que nos conocimos (Ese Wey y yo) nos llevamos increíble… Tan increíble que la segunda vez que nos vimos, se tardo unos minutos en recordar quien era yo. Hahahahahaha #StoryOfMyLife

El punto es que hace unas semanas me escribió Ese Wey preguntándome si quería hacer un programa para internet con el y Pablo (effin) Araiza, to which of course I said yes to!

Hablamos de TODO (música, películas, la vida, famosos, guapos, guapas, amigos, historias propias, política – yo no, pero los demás, si) y muchísimas cosas más!

Escuchen nuestro primer programa con nuestro primer invitado, Uili Damage, aquí!!!

Check out Sara Bareilles cover a Coldplay classic, here!

The majority of music websites, magazines and humans are all talking about the halftime act on the Super Bowl.

I am not.

I’d like to share this absolutely beautiful cover Sara Bareilles did of Coldplay’s Yellow.

Sara Bareilles

I’m a big fan of Coldplay and their music (not so much the new stuff, but they marked my life and I’m very grateful for their music and existence!).

Coldplay

Enjoy and as Homer said: “Love, Marge. Don’t Hate… Love.”

Primal Scream release first song off their upcoming album

Scottish rock band Primal Scream released a collaboration video and song with singer/model and actress; Sky Ferreira a few hours ago.

Primal Scream was formed back in 1982 and went through different genre phases, from psychedelic to garage rock, passing through a dance period. I wouldn’t even know how to sum up their genre… It’s all of the genres mentioned and many others!

I’m a big fan of the band and love their tunes Loaded, Rocks, It’s Alright, It’s OK, and my list goes on!

I love their sound, it’s pure and so British! I just LOVE IT!!!!!!!!!

The song is called Where The Light Gets In and is on Primal Screams upcoming album; Chaosmosis (to be released on March 18th).

On the Chaosmosis album, Primal Scream collaborates with the HAIM sisters and Rachel Zeffira too.

Where The Light Gets In

Interview with Marc from FIVES

Fives is a band from Baltimore, Maryland that got together in 2009. I discovered them a few days ago after posting something on Instagram and getting a message from Marc (vocalist of the band) on the picture I posted.

I had a listen to their stuff and well… LOVED IT!

I messaged Marc asking if I could interview him/the band, and well, here’s it goes!

FIVES
FIVES

1) Nicole: So, I came across you guys after you (Marc) wrote a comment on one of my Instagram pictures that was a photo with the following sentence:

“Give me one song, one song only that means a lot to you, I will listen to it, then I will know you much better” – which to you wrote back: “You Go On by.. Well us. ;)”

I listened to it and well, here I am, writing to you!

Can you tell me a bit about the band, FIVES?

Marc: Sure! First I just wanted to thank you talking with me and for giving us the chance to reach your audience.

Our music is quite eclectic actually, but we describe ourselves as an acoustic rock/indie pop band. Each member of the band has a pretty different background in music and I think it has really helped us come up with a sound that’s current, yet distinguishable from everyone else. We’re from Baltimore, Maryland and have been together in some form or another for six years now. We’re currently in the studio working on a new EP and so far it’s pretty exciting.

 

2) Nicole: I read that the band was formed back in 2009 by Marc (vocalist) and Matthew (keyboard), but now you’re a 5 piece band, how did that happen, or what did you think was missing and/or necessary for you guys now to be five?

Marc: It’s a bit of a winding, crazy path from when I first met Matt to now, but I’ll do my best to keep it short and sweet. I started a band in college and Matt actually came in and auditioned with us. That band eventually broke up but Matt and I were always on a similar page musically and found our way back together after a few years. We knew that we wanted to put a full band together and we ended up finding some really good musicians to play with.

 

3) Nicole: Talking about 5, if you were 2 back in 2009, what were you called?

Marc: I know it’s weird but it was actually never only the two of us. We went looking for the best musicians in our area and we were lucky enough to have many of them join our band. It wasn’t too long after Matt and I reconnected that we had a full band again and we’ve been FIVES from then on. As for the name, it really has nothing to do with the number of guys in the band. It was a very democratic process actually. We each put a few names in a hat, picked out one each, and then picked one from the remaining options. We got lucky with the name FIVES though. You could be doing an interview with a band called Mourning Would.

 

4) Nicole: How has your perception of music and what you want to express changed over the years?

Marc: That’s a really good question. Our goal has always been to get our music in front of as many people as possible. It’s important to keep up with how music is evolving but it’s just as important to remember where you came from and why you became a band in the first place. If you listen to some of our older recordings, those were songs I wrote back in 2003-2007. I think they’re great songs and we still play a lot of them live, but we had to be willing to grow musically and experiment with new ideas. It’s been both nerve-racking and rewarding at the same time. As for what we want to express, that hasn’t changed. We strive to write songs that make people think about their own experiences. I might write a song based on what happens in my life, but it’s really about relating to the listener and trying to say what they’re thinking…with a pretty melody of course.

 

5) Nicole: A Brief History is your first EP and it came out in 2010, how would you sum up that album, what’s it about? (I was listening to Spin and I couldn’t not think about one thing: DAVE MATTHEWS BAND! Huge fan, love their music and vibe.)

Marc: A Brief History was a lot of fun to make since we mainly recorded everything live and in one take. We were only together for a few months before we decided to record those songs. We didn’t have a lot of time or money so there are a lot of elements to that record that aren’t perfect, but it did the job we needed it to do which was help us book our first few gigs. A Brief History was what enabled us to stand out on our own and show people that we were different. In some ways it will always be my favorite because you never get a second chance to make your first record, but I think it perfectly captures that period in the band’s history.

A lot of our first songs were written in the early 2000’s. They had that acoustic rock vibe, heavy DMB influence to them. I personally am a big Dave Matthews Band fan and it’s obvious when you listen to some of those older songs. I wrote what became A Brief History before I met anyone in the band, so the early music was heavily influenced by who I was listening to. Matt helped to arrange the songs which added some different elements, but the foundation for the songs came from me and my CD collection. There are a lot more people involved in the songwriting process now which has opened our music to different influences and new ideas.

Marc Cashin (vocalist)
Marc Cashin

 

6) Nicole: How do you guys work? (Do you write the music first, lyrics, jam together etc?)

Marc: We have kind of tried everything to be honest. Initially, I would write the songs on my acoustic guitar and then play them for Matt. We would adjust a few things and then bring them to the band. We would play around with different ideas and parts until we found something that fit nicely. Lately we’ve been writing a lot more in the studio as a group. We have access to different sounds and equipment in a studio environment and it naturally draws ideas out of you.

With this new EP we’ve generally been writing the music first and putting the songs together in a rough arrangement, sort of getting an idea of how long the verses will be, where should the chorus come in, does it need a bridge, etc. Then I would go into the vocal booth and basically say anything that came into my mind, just trying to come up with a strong melody. Sometimes I got lucky and we actually kept some of my gibberish, but for the most part those initial vocal tracks made no sense. It was important though because having a vocal track, even if I’m literally singing random sounds, can add the appropriate energy to a song and you can hear where syllables feel rushed or if there is too much empty space. This really helps me when it comes time to writing the actual lyrics. I wouldn’t go back and finalize the lyrics until basically everything else was finished. Then I would make the guys wait nervously to see what I would come up with.

 

7) Nicole: I saw that you guys played at SXSW last year, how was that?

Marc: Ok, this was a crazy trip. First, playing at SXSW was a tremendous honor. There are so many great bands out there and for us to be included in such a prestigious event was amazing. Getting there however was a whole different thing. We left Maryland at 7pm Thursday night. We drove to Huston, TX straight through. It took us, I think 25 hours, but we made it to Texas around 8pm Friday night. We spent the night at our drummer’s aunt’s house in Houston and drove to Austin, TX Saturday afternoon. Our set was scheduled for 8:30pm Saturday night. Of course everything was pushed back a bit so we finished our set around 9:30 or 10pm, drove the two hours back to Houston, and got back on the road at 8am Sunday Morning. We made it back to Maryland at 11am Monday. It was a marathon event but spending that much time in a van with your band can say a lot about what you’re made of.

 

8) Nicole: I see you guys are working on your next EP, You Go On is actually on it, My Gravity, too! Tell me a bit about your upcoming EP.

Marc: This EP really represents the next step for FIVES. We’re trying different things musically and going about the writing process in a way that’s new as well. There has definitely been a learning curve and we’ve tested each other a bit more than I think we initially expected, but I think it’s good to get beat up a bit when you’re in the creative process. This is really the first time each member has had the chance to put their stamp on things. We’re writing more together, we’re bouncing ideas off of each other, and we’re branching out of what has always been comfortable to us musically. I think we really have some killer songs on this EP and it’s because we’re all willing to grow and develop our music.

 

9) Nicole: Who are your musical influences? – Annoying question, I know, but I love knowing who musicians influences are so I can point out the similarities. For eg. You guys reminded me a lot of DMB and The Temper Trap!

Marc: Ha, it’s not an annoying question. Look, I wouldn’t be who I am as a songwriter and guitar player if it weren’t for Dave Matthews. That being said, there are so many other great bands that I play on a loop: The Beach Boys (God Only Knows is my favorite song of all time) The Killers, Mumford and Sons, Modest Mouse, John Mayer, Thirty Seconds to Mars… What’s cool is that the other guys have completely different tastes in music. I mean, we overlap on some, but we draw from gospel, 80s pop, the British invasion, jazz standards, you name it. I think that’s what makes this band special. We didn’t set out to be this way, it just works.

FIVES – You Go On

 

Check out FIVES, and follow the band on their social media sites:

Website: www.fivesband.com
Soundcloud: www.soundcloud.com/fivesband
Facebook: www.facebook.com/fivesband
Twitter: www.twitter.com/fivesband
Instagram: www.instagram.com/fives_band

Zayn releases first song (and video) off upcoming album

A few days ago, Zayn Malik (ex One Direction) released his first song Pillowtalk off his upcoming solo album Mind of Mine.

Zayn left One Direction a few months ago, and whilst fans were sad, shocked, disappointed and so on, he went on with his life and recorded a solo album.

I listened to the song and watched the video – which by the way features Gigi Hadid – Zayn’s girlfriend – and think it’s great!

Totally different to the Malik we know, but it’s excellent! Mature, sexy and has a great vibe to it.

Have a listen and look at Pillowtalk, below!