#livinthesweetlife

For a couple of years, some of my friends and I have been sharing music with one another. We’re supposed to review/rate whatever’s shared with us, but that doesn’t always happen.

Osaka Punch – Stonk (2016)

From the name and cover art, I’m sure you’ve already guessed these guys are Australian heavy alt. experimental prog. funk pop rock or something. Yep. Me too.

This is just a single and you can only find it on bandcamp (for now). Continue reading

Canyons

Last Thursday, one of the teams I work on had a team-building party type thing.

When they set up the potential dates (before they even decided what we were doing), my boss said she couldn’t make one of the days because she was playing a free show in downtown Salt Lake City during the lunch hour. But that turned into “we’re going to see Heidi’s band play and the company is providing lunch!”

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So many of my co-workers and I sat awkwardly in folding chairs and listened to Canyons (not The Canyons, Canyons Band, Canyons SLC or Canyons 801). And they were pretty good. They’re a little funky and a little country. They call themselves “assertive folk.” They actually reminded me of Ani DiFranco. Continue reading

I Get the Funny Feeling That’s Alright

For a couple of years, some of my friends and I have been sharing music with one another. We’re supposed to review/rate whatever’s shared with us, but that doesn’t always happen.

Green Day – American Idiot (2004)

We’ve made it nearly two years without anyone sharing any Green Day. Not that they’re mind-blowing, but they are a big name in the pop punk scene, so it is a little surprising we’ve covered other punk artists before these guys. Continue reading

Sweetness Fill Me Up; Never Let Me Down

For a couple of years, some of my friends and I have been sharing music with one another. We’re supposed to review/rate whatever’s shared with us, but that doesn’t always happen.

The Sound Stylistics – Play Deep Funk (2002)

This instrumental album was recorded and released in 2002, but didn’t have widespread distribution on a major label until years later. Even then, unless you’re into funk (like Spencer), you probably never heard of it. Although if you’re really into funk, you probably heard about it back in 2002. The point is that while this sounds (and looks) like it’s almost 50 years old, it isn’t. Continue reading

The Aquabats! & My Man Friday & Mad Max and the Wild Ones

For a few years, Provo City has been putting on one free concert a month throughout the summer. They started out on the roof of some building, but have since expanded so much that they no longer fit on one roof. Or even in one intersection.

I’ve heard of a few of these concerts, but have never gone until this past Saturday.

I didn’t really get into ska until college when I started playing in a ska band. I had heard The Mighty Mighty BossToneS, No Doubt, Reel Big Fish and Sublime on the radio – and liked what I heard. I had even purchased an Aquabats cd. But nobody told me that was ska. I did have one friend in high school who introduced me to Five Iron Frenzy, but I only listened to snippets of songs during that week or so when he showed them to me.

But a couple of years later I really started getting into ska. I was writing and playing it. I was listening to it live and recorded in studio. And I was meeting a lot of other people in ska bands and trading recommendations with them. So I discovered even more bands. Some of them local legends.

One of those legends of Utah ska was My Man Friday. And they weren’t just well known locally. They played with The Skatalites and really helped put Utah on the international ska map.

I didn’t hear about them until after they broke up. They did play once a few years ago, but I wasn’t in Utah at the time. And they played again last Saturday night. So I had to go. Continue reading

Do You Think This Aching Could be Love?

For a couple of years, some of my friends and I have been sharing music with one another. We’re supposed to review/rate whatever’s shared with us, but that doesn’t always happen.

Genesis – Invisible Touch (1986)

I hadn’t really listened to any Genesis (or Phil Collins) aside from what I’ve heard on the radio (like Tonight, Tonight, Tonight), so I was kind of excited to listen to this. Continue reading

A Truth They’ll Never Know

For a couple of years, some of my friends and I have been sharing music with one another. We’re supposed to review/rate whatever’s shared with us, but that doesn’t always happen.

Josh Smith – Over Your Head (2015)

Spencer shared some more blues rock, which I’m okay with. I don’t really know much about this kid except that he started playing professionally when he was 13 (although he’s almost 40 now)(so I assume that if that’s him on the cover, it’s an old picture)(but maybe I’m totally off and that’s a girl on the cover) and each track off this album is (apparently) a single full take of three guys (plus occasional guests) in one room. Continue reading