Hey, whazzup, dogs? Thanks for tuning in to Episode #40 of INDIEcent Exposure. I’m your host, the mongrel, and this week’s show is absolutely bustin’ at the seams with great tunes. I love featuring interviews, but I also kinda love an episode that’s just front to back music. In fact, I’m going to save the opening monologue and get straight to a block of tunes I’ve been waiting forever to unpack.
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Singer songwriter, and rising Dark Pop phenom, Annelie Elina, splits her time between Los Angeles and her native county of Sweden. She brings us the track “Recover” from her latest EP Purity. Despite the name, and despite her tender young age of sixteen, do NOT be fooled. It’s a welcome relief from the cotton candy tracks being spun in other sectors of the pop world. Or rather, if her wispy trilling tricks you into thinking you’ll be tasting sweet fluff, a couple of earfuls quickly educate your soundbuds that the gossamer strains carry flavors of longing, disillusionment, fearlessness, uncertainty, self-assurance, and vulnerability. This release represents a very, very promising start to the career of a new artist.
Annelie Elina; photo by Hana Adams.
Next, we’ll hear from an artist whose work I also want to to see. The band is Carlos Frias & Círculo Social from Bloomfield New Jersey, and they perform some of the tightest, most smolderingly intimate Latin music I’ve heard in a while. In fact, I’ve vowed not to listen on any day they have a show, because that would almost guarantee an impromptu road trip to Jersey in search of the fire. If I did make the trip, though, I’d want to get there in time to find a gallery nearby that’s exhibiting any of his visual art. A painter and printmaker, his use of bold, super-saturated color make him my new go-to guy for a midday modern art fix, although I admire his restraint when it comes to subdued tones when the focus is on lines and movement. I provide the link in the shownotes, of course, and urge you to check it out. If I had a band, I would totally commission him to do my album art. All of it. I asked him what he thought of the song, “Tirra Va Temblar,” for this episode, but he suggested the title track, so “Aprendiz de Poeta,” so that’s whats you get.
Carlos Frias & Circulo Social; submitted photo.
Featured in the Episode
Right now though, opening up the show are Kelly & Kat, a sister act from New York, New York. They’re fairly new to the scene, but their honeyed voices blend like the harmonies were etched in their DNA — which they may well have been. Siblings can be like that sometimes, you know? Warming up this episode is their single, “Nobody Knows.”
Again, that was Frias & Círculo Social with “Aprendiz de Poeta,” which translates to “The Poet’s Apprentice. Before that we heard Annelie Elina, with “Recover,” and kicking off the show was Kelly and Kat with “Nobody Knows.”
Kelly & Kat; submitted photo.
So, I have to give a shout out to all of you keepin’ up with the show on the socials — Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest…nah, I’m just fuckin’ with you about the Pinterest thing. BUT never say never, right? But seriously, although where I want to be is right between you ears, I know that sometimes it helps to drop little reminders for you to tune in everywhere you’re likely to see them. So if you’re NOT following us on the platforms, you really must because this podcast really should be omnipresent in your life and thoughts.
Also, I want thank some brand new friends of the show who’ve joined our Discord server, many of them talented musicians themselves, for helping my navigate that strange new landscape and turning me on to some amazing new tunes. So, gracias a Kat Daniels, Moonshine, Pax Libertas, dbk, Trexjones, bug, Mr. Meatball, neon_m, and rainforest. Also if you see her in the Discord server, be sure blindly obey our very first moderator, Thunderbumble, who will serve both as your caring guide and merciless overlord depending on your behavior.
A’ight. Back to the tracks.
You know how sometimes start out kinda low-key and then ratchet it up for a few songs before I bring it all safely back down to something soothings and mellow. Yeah that’s not gonna happen today. From here on out, we’re just keep squirting more and more lighter fluid on the grill until your brain feels flame-broiled.
And we’re going to ease into that with a tune from John Otto Young off his album “Sunset Tour.” John Hails from Shelton, Conn. — the first town I really remember as home, though I didn’t know that when I selected the song for this episode. He’s a versatile musician who I think is at his most comfortable in classic rock mode, while he effortlessly incorporates jazz and hints of classical in his well honed craft. This track, “Anymore,” convinces me that I have to find a way to bring back more artists for repeat appearances, rather than just lovin’ ‘em and leavin’ ‘em, ya know?
John Otto Young; photo by Paul Gabriel.
That was “Sexual Harassment,” by Screamin’ Deal, off their album, Big Deal!, which we have featured before, back in Episode #36. And that album is so full of mad freakin’ genius, I promise we will hear from it again, even if that means the band becomes somewhat overrepresented on this podcast.
Screamin’ Deal; submitted photo.
Before that, we heard from The Warp/The Weft, who based in New York’s lovely Hudson Valley, are kinda/sorta almost neighbors of mine. They who brought us “A Sun-Filled Room” off 2019’s Dead Reckoning
The Warp and The Weft; photo-by-Melissa-Clark.
I’ve also been dying to share a track or two from another L.A. based act, Loser Company, who get their INDIEcent debut here on the show. This duo, comprised of Will Saunders and Mas Kihira, released their EP, Blueberry Skies, I think, just this past December.
Loser Company; submitted photo by Reena Antonishak.
And, of course, starting off that set was John Otto Young, with “Anymore.”
It’s a pretty wild ride from here on out, so if you need to press pause while you go find your smelling salts, I’d forgive you.
In this next chunky block of tunes, metalcore band, Echoes in Ashes, based out of Phoenix, Arizona brings their single, “Echoes.” They say, quote, “We have been living in Phoenix, AZ for too long, “ end quote. I’ve only stopped in Phoenix once, on my bike, and that was just long enough to sell plasma so I’d have gas money to make it to L.A., so my memory of the town is maybe a little tainted. The band also says they “bring a whole new meaning to metal,” and I’d have to say that’s absolutely correct.
Echoes in Ashes; submitted photo.
Speaking of whole new meanings, Vancouver-based act, Post Death Soundrack takes doom, trip-hop and ambient psychedelia are flings it violently at the industrial canvas. That’s how they describe their latest effort, It Will Come Out Of Nowhere, and that pretty well sums it up. Except I’m going to add that this album, of which there are a scarce number of double LP vinyl limited editions available, this album shows what’s possible when artists meticulously attend to every small detail.
Cover art for Post Death Soundtrack’s 2019 It Will Come Out of Nowhere; submitted image.
After that, I want you to pay close attention to the overall sound of John Cologon, who closes out the show. You’re likely to listen and say, “holy shit, this guy totally nails that 70’s over-the-top glam sound.” There’s a reason for that. John Cologon lived that glam life in bands like Midnight Rainbow and Dark Alley. Playing, I think, all instruments, as well as serving as his own engineer on his return effort, “Reality?” this Canberra-stationed artist recreates a musical aesthetic many have emulated, but few have simulated.
John Cologon; submitted photo.
Right now, though, we’re going to kick off this long block of rock with San Diego’s Mind Cell. I’ve got to tell ya’, I listened to the track “3 Worlds,” off 2019’s Absolute, intending to get back to the rest of the album later. Then I let album roll. And then I set it to repeat. Brilliant, thought-provoking lyrics, the blistering guitar of David Taub, Daniel Zapata’s hypnotic bass lines, and metronically precise percussion of Justin Bogh all set the stage for the savage, yet sophisticated, growling vocals of John Cappel. This album, which definitely has a narrative thread running through it, updates everything we love about Tool, Alice in Chains, Metallica, and other legendary acts, and gives us a progressive rock go-to release when we really need it. And right now, I really need it, so here is “3 Worlds” by Mind Cell. I’ll see you on the other side.
Mind Cell; submitted photo.
Ahhhh…Is there anything better than cranking a sweet set of killer tunes in the summertime with the windows down so you can piss off the neighbors? I don’t think so. Not when I’ve just enjoyed one, anyway. Did you enjoy that set? Did you enjoy that show? Fabulous. Glad to hear it. And if you’re sitting there, recovering from the sheer awesomeness of this show, wondering, “Shit! I wish there was something I could do to show my appreciation for an episode well podcast…” Podcasted? Whatever. Produced. You’re in luck. Because this show now has its very own Patreon page.
You know? Patreon? The crowdfunding site that lets audiences support creators a little at a time to keep the content coming, fresh and furious? Just go to patreon.com/indiecent and choose the level of support that matches your devotion to the mongrel. And remember, if you have to cut something out of your budget to afford your monthly contribution, that’s perfectly fine. I’d recommend vegetables — I don’t believe your body actually needs them. I’ve gone months without eating any. In fact, it sounds a lot like a conspiracy cooked up by that Jolly Green punk-ass. Yes, cut out vegetables out of your diet and give the money you would have spent on that worthless “food group” to me.
Anyway, that’s our show this week. If you’re listening via Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, or via some other service or podcatcher, please do check out the shownotes for links to the artists and more information about this show. Until next time, remember, live to rock another day.