"Java With Javelyn Indie Music Volume 1"
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Suddenly Wonderful – MiGGS (Lyrics)
many bands can bewitch browers with an acoustic set at Border’s
Books and Music, bring 15,000 fans to their feet with an acappella
rendition of “The Star Spangled Banner” at a major league baseball
game… blow the roof off the arena while opening for Aerosmith or
Kid Rock – and also touch listeners more quietly, in the privacy
of their own homes. Actually, only one comes to mind, MiGGs, who
may even now be on their way to perform at a farmer’s market or
stadium near you. Singled out by the San Francisco Herald as “the
next big thing outta the San Francisco Bay Area,” this extraordinary
quartet sold 10,000 copies of the first album with no promotion,
won exposure through promoting episodes of Fox’s The O.C., secured
a Gibson endorsement,a dn earned plaudits in Billboard, Amplifier
Magazine and on popmatters.com, starpolish.com, and loudenergy.com
– all without a label backing them up. Their 2005 released second
album, insOmnia, ups the ante even more. Produced by Gavin MacKillop
(Goo Goo Dolls, Barenaked Ladies, Sugarcult) with 3 additional songs
produced by JC Convertino (Madonna, Good Goo Dolls) insOmnia is
a feast of intimate, honest lyrics, unforgettable solo and harmony
vocals, and music that can veer in a heartbeat from near silence
to peaks of sonic power.
2. Paramnesiac – Shima
is a 5-member band, formed in 2005. Located in Iceland, the band
is focusing on reaching out to an International audience. Shima
is working on completing their first EP record.
– Javelyn (Lyrics)
melodic, songstress Javelyn is an artist whose voice and music soothes
straight to the soul, while kickin’ the butt. New
recipient of a "Rockie" for 2005 Winner of Best Female
Solo Artist of the Year from Rock City News,
has done five music videos and is in the midst of production for
one more, as she loves to mix music with the film media. Her song
“Ugga Bugga” brought her to the FinalCut Pro Users group at the
Apple Convention in San Francisco to perform earlier this year.
Javelyn has two CDs under her belt, one of which charted on the
Gavin radio charts between Sarah MacLachlan and Janet Jackson on
the Hot A/C charts, airplay on over 200 radio stations nationwide,
and had rave reviews from press, DJ’s & online sources, as well
as two songs being picked up for films. Currently, her dance song
“Love For Eternity” is charting high in the indie music charts.
Javelyn hosts and performs with other acts at Java With Javelyn,
an indie music nite which occurs twice a month around Los Angeles,
featuring some of the hottest indie live & recorded music in
LA. Javelyn is a voting member of the Grammy’s.
4. 3100 Miles – Brandon Patton (Lyrics)
Brandon Patton was formerly in the band Three Against Four, based
in Boston. He has also played with Matt Nathanson, John Vanderslice,
Hummer and Solea. His album "Should Confusion," was an
Independent Music Awards finalist for “2004 Album of the Year.”
He currently lives in Brooklyn, NY. See www.brandonpatton.com for
free music downloads and contact information.
Riding With the Sun at Your Back – Nick Dastardly
found on the road, but grown out of Washington, DC, Nick Dastardly
is known for their unique sound, imaginative lyrics and storytelling.
You may have heard Nick Dastardly and been unaware, as they have
been featured in several motion pictures, television shows such
as MTV, Disney, FOX, and have made the rounds in Indie film festivals
nationwide, drawing comparisons to The Flaming Lips and The Shins,
By Heart – Sylvie Lewis (Lyrics)
similarities between herself and her postwar predecessors are not
lost on Lewis. Raised in London and educated in Switzerland and
Italy, she grew up listening to the songs of European cabaret legends
like Kurt Weill, Noel Coward, Lotte Lenya and Serge Gainsbourg.
She confesses a similar affection for the music of George Gershwin,
Cole Porter and Irving Berlin. When it’s noted that Gershwin, Porter
and Berlin were themselves European expatriates, Lewis responds
sympathetically. “They came over here to get a little American spice,
just like me,” she says, laughing. Her song “By Heart” was recently
heard on one of the latest episodes of the TV hit “Grey’s Anatomy”.
Strange Behavior – WadiRum (Lyrics)
of musicians who come from all over the US, WadiRum’s sound is at
turns both metropolitan and rural. With two guitars, bass, cello,
drums, and two vocalists that take turns leading and harmonizing,
the band’s sound is as diverse as its members. It is held together
by attention to melody, emotion, and message. The vision of the
band is to create textures that are lush, but without losing touch
with the message of the melody, or with the purpose of conveying
emotion. We want extremes: our highs to be incredibly high, voluminous,
and powerful; our lows to be whispers, incredibly personal, intimate.
You Are Home – Deborah Crooks (Lyrics)
Crooks is a San Francisco based singer-songwriter with a rebel soul.
Her first EP “5 Acres” has received radio airplay and inclusion
in several compilations. B.Z. Lewis is a musician, ASCAP member
writer and publisher, a voting member of the Grammy’s and has a
publishing deal with Creature Music. Her song "Hurt or Do the
Hurting" was recently used in a trailer for soon to be released
documentary "Doing Life."
Tonight – Love Joys Dream (Lyrics)
solo artist Zvi, also known as Love Joys Dream, is living proof
that gold and diamonds are not the only eclectic treasure to ever
hail from South
Africa. Zvi endeavors to charm the listener into feeling the lyrics
as if they wrote it with him. With influences such as Pink Floyd,
Pumpkins, and The Smiths, Zvi lives in Los Angeles where he enjoys
the company of loving girls, swimming laps in a 50 meter pool, and
I Do – Rob Costlow
doesn’t sing. He plays the piano. Music lovers of all ages will
be transported to a less complicated, more relaxed world with his
collection of original piano melodies that showcase the universal
reach of this contemporary solo pianist.
11. Growing Up In Public – 9 Red Sun (Lyrics)
Red Sun is known for their soaring melodies, catchy hooks, clever
lyrics, and energetic live show. Think Blondie, with Foo Fighters
guitars and Beatles harmonies. They have garnered awards from VH1
Song of the Year, John Lennon Song Contest and Billboard Song Contest,
among many others. Their songs have been featured in film and television,
including One Tree Hill and Smallville.
Field of Dreams – Orbit Monkey (Lyrics)
Monkey … Rock/Pop from Los Angeles with songs about life from the
heart of crazy Hollywood.
13. You Can’t Make Me – Vanessa Van Spall
Vanessa Van Spall explores spiritual and emotional
experiences through a melding of rock, blues, gospel and pop. Vocals
soar over heavy grooves, catchy keyboard hooks and driving viola riffs.
It’s like putting Annie Lennox, late-era Beatles, and Ben Folds in
a blender and mixing thoroughly.
Let You Go – David Blair
trained in piano for 12 years from the age of 3, this is only the
beginning of the musical experience David has acquired over the
years. Playing in his first band at the age of 16, he quickly picked
up the skills as a guitar and bass player to keep up with the writing
demands of the band. His band was a finalist for a local battle
of the bands competition and was featured on the radio stations’
CD release called Vancouver Seeds. Writing songs was never a problem
and over time continued to perfect his natural talent working with
various solo artists locally and writing with various songwriters
nationally. On piano he started writing his first songs as early
as 13, but didn’t find his “sound” until he learned to play acoustic
guitar. With influence from the Beachboys, Beatles, Coldplay and
John Mayer, David continues to write songs with high melodies, crossing
harmonies and held falsetto notes to take advantage of his more
delicate voice. Always playing local coffee houses and small intimate
clubs, over the years he’s developed his own unique style on stage
with quirky humour and good songs that touch the heart.
Amelia – Straw Dogs (Lyrics)
“Amelia” is on Straw Dogs’ new CD, Tell the Rising Sun.
in his review for Smother.net, J-Sin writes: “Roots-rockers Straw
Dogs tell it like it is to the ‘Rising Sun’ or anyone within listening
range. They recall the Jayhawks in their vocal department but also
make sure that their twang is up a billion notches more than anyone
else. Lyrically, it’s crafty and clever yet downright real. Their
music is top-notch and would be quire entertaining to see live since
the guitars just wail with tone and power.”
16. Daybreak – Javelyn (Lyrics)
bio above (# 3)... This is a song dedicated to the future of us
all... and hope for tomorrow...
Road Song – Neil Shah (Lyrics)
songwriter from the start, Neil Shah's earliest memory is singing
along with Willie Nelson's On the Road Again on the way to preschool
in the family station wagon. Raised in rural northeastern Pennsylvania,
Neil began writing 70's style piano pop songs at the age of twelve.
He formed his first band—Fuzzbox—a few years later, writing and
singing guitar-driven rock songs in the alternative and grunge styles
that were sweeping the country. Deciding to focus on the craftsmanship
of music, Neil moved to Philadelphia to study jazz piano and classical
voice. He later attended the acclaimed jazz program at the University
of North Texas. Performing nightly at area clubs, Neil made a living
as a pianist, but soon rediscovered his roots as a singer-songwriter.
Neil recently returned to the northeast, and now calls New York
City home. He's currently focused on writing songs in his own unique
style. On The Last Leaves, he combines thoughtful lyrics, floating
melodies, and subtle backdrops to create a timeless collection of
songs. Neil and his music have been featured on PBS, HDTV, and radio
stations across the country.