Emmaus - in the studio

Shameless self-promotion, can we ever avoid it?  Well you certainly can't because I'm feeding it to you right now!  In all seriousness though, we had David Mares from Emmaus do an acoustic performance on KAMP right before the end of the semester.  Emmaus is a band I joined almost two years ago that just played for Wednesday night worship at the UofA Catholic Newman Center.  It wasn't ever intended to be anything more, but slowly original songs we're written, recorded, mixed, mastered, and all of a sudden we had a small tour booked!  Emmaus mixes smooth free-flowing

Crosscut Saw - in the studio

If music was heat, Crosscut Saw would have set KAMP on fire (yeah I know that was a super lame way to start this post).  They rolled in here with a lot of sweet vintage equipment and basically redefined blues for me.  Their tagline - "Blues with an edge" is a perfect descriptor of their ability shred rock and roll electric guitars over quick and dirty blues chord changes.  Crosscut Saw is the brainchild of Jeff Engelbert (guitar - right channel), and after surrounding himself with exceptional musicians he is joined by his son Clark Engelbert (guitar - left channel), an equall

The Grand Royale - in the studio

We were lucky enough to have The Grand Royale play on the same day as Kelley James (since they played a show together later that night at DV8) and man did they rock the house, or studio, or whatever.  The Grand Royale takes the standard reggae grooves and blends them with melodic qualities from 50's music, punk rock, and even some shoegaziness.  Not to mention their lead vocalist is an incredible singer (and hot). They were definitely a great group to have in the studio and I hope we can get them in again. 

http://www.myspace.com/thegrandroyale

Kelley James - in the studio

I'm back! And with more in-studios!  This one was definitely a favorite of mine.  Kelley James has a sweet & sour acoustic groove that you can jam to, accompanied by a decent set of freestyle skils.  Of course, when he's not playing acoustic in our studio, he blends well produced hip-hop beats with cutting edge alternative vocals.  Definitely check out these two tracks, especially Pusher, where he gave us a personal KAMP freestyle.  Good stuff.  More to come.

http://kelleyjames.com/

We're creating a buzz!

But not in the good way.  If you've tuned into KAMP in the last few days and heard a terrible low pitched buzz covering up all the deliciously good music underneath, we're sorry.  We're diagnosing the problem and hope to get it fixed next week!

 

K-Wil

Artist: 
Iron and Wine
Label: 
Sub Pop

This cd is amazongly good.  For those of you who may not be familiar with Iron and Wine, a brief overview for you: Sam Beam is a folk influenced singer/songwriter type who makes really intimate, sleepy, organically wonderful music.  His style of singing is subdued, whispery, smokey even, but not at all scratchy (a la Bob Dylan) or wavery (Conor Oberst).  His lyrics are fairly heartfelt, but not nearly as heavy handed as say, Bright Eyes.  Iron and Wine hasn't released a full length since 2004, but that doesn't mean they haven't been evolving.  Shepherd's Dog is a cl

Sounds Like: 
Nick Drake
Sounds Like: 
Neutral Milk Hotel
Sounds Like: 
Bright Eyes
Sounds Like: 
Willie Mason
Sounds Like: 
Calexico
Name: 
Maria Dorenbecher
Date Reviewed: 
09/26/2007
Artist: 
Iron & Wine
Label: 
Sub Pop

Iron + Wine is acoustic guitar wielding/crooning troubador Sam Beam who doesn't sound too far off from a nice mix of 16 Horsepower meets Neil Halstead (of Mojave 3).  If you like twangy rootsy folky compositions, look no further than this disc.  Sorrowful indie-folk that'll leave you asking yourself why every review of everyone who is an acoustic guitarist/singer gets a Nick Drake comparison.  Iron and Wine comes close, but no cigar.

Sounds Like: 
Nick Drake
Sounds Like: 
Neil Halstead
Sounds Like: 
16 Horsepower
Name: 
Blake B.
Date Reviewed: 
09/24/2002
Artist: 
Iron and Wine
Label: 
Sub Pop

Sam Beam (mastermind and soul member of Iron and Wine) does it again.  This time he brings his beaurifully whispered folk songs up to a level that alt. country rockers My Morning Jacket might be proud of.  Maybe it doesn't rock as hard, but this EP rocks as hard as I&W can rock.  Tracks 1 and 4 finds Mr.

Sounds Like: 
Smog
Sounds Like: 
Will Oldham
Sounds Like: 
Devendra Banhart
Name: 
Joel Arthur
Date Reviewed: 
02/07/2005
Artist: 
Iron and Wine
Label: 
Sub Pop Records

According to Carson, this is all bedroom music.  whatever.  basically, it's an EP of tracks that didn't make it onto the full-length album 'the creek and the cradle.'  More ballads + less blues (that is to say, mellower than some of the more folkey tracks in the full-length), but it's still the same guy sounding sad with his acoustic guitar.  Play #1,4,5.

Sounds Like: 
missing
Name: 
Nikki V.
Date Reviewed: 
09/08/2003

Trevor Lightfoot in the studio

A ha! I tricked you into thinking the rest of the in studios would be done in June but here we are on May 31st and I am posting another one.  Truth be told this the only one I had time for this weekend, so the remaining three will make it up on my next trip to Tucson.  Anyways, Trevor Lightfoot is an awesome acoustic/pop artist with the stylings of Jason Mraz and maybe even a little Damien Rice.  He was real fun to have in the studio and we'll probably be bringing him back soon.  Look out for his upcoming demo!

http://www.myspace.com/trevorlightfoot

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