Posts byJer@SBS

Jake Dexter – Soundcloud Singles

Singles Review

Jake Dexter – Soundcloud Singles – Singles Review So…yeah…apparently, Mr. Jake Dexter is a man of a great-many talents… At least, that’s the conclusion I drew to over the course of listening to the stunning three new singles I’ve gotten ahold of.  No joke – these three songs shine like diamonds in the rough of
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Iaki Vallejo – Soundcloud Singles

Singles Review

Iaki Vallejo – Soundcloud Singles – Singles Review There is a pretty inspiring story that accompanies the uplifting world-music rhythms of Iaki Vallejo.  When you read about her at her homepage and social-media, you really get the sense that this fine woman has truly followed her dreams with all the passion and heart it takes
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Norine Braun – Gone To The Spirits

Singles Review

Norine Braun – Gone To The Spirits – Singles Review Norine Braun…based out of my own hometown, back in good ol’ Vancouver, British Columbia…I wonder if that’s why I feel like I recognize this name somehow.  For the record, I haven’t had the privilege of meeting this spirited artist…but I feel like her sound/style of
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Lost Cosmonauts – Lost Cosmonauts

EP Review

Lost Cosmonauts – Lost Cosmonauts – EP Review This one time, at Ladies Rock Camp… Gotta admit…it’s a short write-up on the social-media boards of the Lost Cosmonauts, but apparently that’s where it all started, right there at Ladies Rock Camp.  Okay…this is a pinch-me moment – that’s a thing?  I didn’t know that such
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Yooda – Hiroshima

Album Review

Yooda – Hiroshima – Album Review With explosive, in-your-face rhymes and gigantic beats, our homie Yooda is about to drop the bomb – welcome to Hiroshima.  The beginning of this record says it all, “Enola Gay” references the first plane to ever drop the atomic-bomb…so if that tells you anything about the ambitions of this
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Morgan Wilson – “Fine”

Single Review

Morgan Wilson – “Fine” – Single Review I think our new lady-friend Morgan Wilson is on to something potentially really special here.  I really dig the amount of pure-emotion she puts into the fragile & angelic qualities of her tone & sound throughout this single “Fine.”  Something about the real sincerity of her approach and
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Nick Tan – New Normal

EP Review

Nick Tan – New Normal – EP Review We’re in what you might call the aftermath period for Nick Tan’s New Normal EP.  The regulars out there that haunt the pages of what we cover here at sleepingbagstudios already know I tend to do a lot of reading while I’m listening to the music…checking out
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SBS Podcast EP 007

Debuts & Diving Into The Catalog

Excellent lineup of tunes from the independent music-scene!  We’ll talk about the unique qualities that drive the music…the whole conformity vs. non-conformity thing…bring back some excellent bands we’ve played on the show in the past as well as some brand-new tunes including a debut of a brand-new single from Outrun The Arrow!  Lots going on,
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Peak Arrival – Way Up

EP Review

Peak Arrival – Way Up – EP Review From the moment that “Life Goes On” started the Way Up EP from Peak Arrival I felt like I was in for something fun, something unique.  Immediately greeted by a playful piano melody and a beautiful set of vocals from both Meaghan Mader and Luigi Cararetto –
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Race Against Fate – “Fearlessly”

Single Review

Race Against Fate – “Fearlessly” – Single Review Some of our best moments creatively come from some of the most tragic events in our lives.  The strength of an emotional connection can lead an artist into some of their most sincere songs…even if they’re only initially written with self-therapy intended, as a way out of
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TrackSevenBand – The Try And The Fail

EP Review

TrackSevenBand – The Try And The Fail – EP Review I feel like I don’t get to hear music like this often enough…right now, TrackSevenBand is completely hitting the spot for me.  With a blend of solid instrumentation, real ideas in the writing and professional execution – the multilayered TrackSevenBand is kicking out the smooth-jams
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Marc Alba – “Hold Up”

Single Review

Marc Alba – “Hold Up” – Single Review For the lovers of all-things-electronic out there, you’re pretty much guaranteed to like the new-cut from March Alba, called “Hold Up.”  The rest of you people out there supporting other genres of all kinds…probably aren’t going to find themselves turning this off either…there are a ton of
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Morning Fame – “Time Of The Blackened Sun”

Single Review

Morning Fame – “Time Of The Blackened Sun” – Single Review Always enjoy hearing new stuff from Morning Fame…feels like it’s been a while since last we did!  I wonder if they’ve noticed we’ve moved in next door to them in good ol’ Ottawa, not too far away from where they’re based out of in
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Daddy T – “Money Long”

Single Review

Daddy T – “Money Long” – Single Review Doing my best here on this one…reggae-music and I have never really been in-sync with each other.  Daddy T is definitely bringing out the island-inspired beats & sounds of the genre on “Money Long” – and in parts of it…it makes sense to me enough to dig
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Georgina Revell – “Grounded”

Single Review

Georgina Revell – “Grounded” – Single Review Up until this point, Georgina Revell has been held back, or holding out on us.  She’s been solidly establishing herself in the music-scene over the past two-three years…but all through covers, remixes and as a featured artist on other songs by other people…but she’d yet to have given
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Da Challenger – “Loved & Lost”

Single Review

Da Challenger – “Loved & Lost” – Single Review A good lead single will make you want to listen to the rest of the music on the record.  I remember back in the day, sometimes you’d hear a single so good you’d tear the CD package open with your teeth if you had to, whatever
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RaKeem – Singles

Singles Review

RaKeem – Singles Reviewed RaKeem’s done pretty well with these new singles we’ve gotten ahold of.  For the most part, what I’ve heard is a solid mix in R&B/hip-hop music, well-written songs that showcase some of the real strengths that RaKeem has as a singer/songwriter.  As a set of four singles…with no additional information to
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0119 – Aztec Album II

SBS Photo Journal

Additional shots from one of our favorite bands in the indie-music scene, Aztec of Vancouver Island.  They made it over on their way through town on tour to crash for the night and let a couple sets rip in the studio.  Got B-sides and rarities on this incredible band for miles and miles!  They stayed
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Chords Of Truth – “Wonder”

Single Review

Chords Of Truth – “Wonder” – Single Review Sweet intentions, melody, harmonies and ambitions flare in the new single “Wonder” by Chords Of Truth.  A beautifully-mixed light-folk/acoustic tune – it’s been a very long time since we last heard from Jason Garriotte, the main musician driving the entire project…but it’s comforting to know that this
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The Grandfather – Tomb/Stone

EP Review

The Grandfather – Tomb/Stone – EP Review If your grandfather sounded anything like this while you were growing up as a kid, you would have shit your pants and running screaming in the other direction.  At least in like, 85% of cases or more, I guarantee it.  Some of you got lucky with youngsters that
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Jordan Copas – Un>Likely

Album Review

Jordan Copas – Un>Likely – Album Review Lightning-quick emcee & solo-artist Jordan Copas puts on an atmosphere of attitude & determination in the opening track “Small Town America” on his new album Un>Likely.  Even the album title itself is a reference to the idea that he’s gotta beat the odds to make it, coming from
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Lulu216 – “Critics”

Single Review

Lulu216 – “Critics” – Single Review From the moment the innovative & creative samples started the music of Lulu216’s new single “Critics” I was pretty much hooked already…the heading from that to the confident way she approaches the mic on the first verse, right into the empowering chorus and message and topped off with a
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Max Million – Monogramma

EP Review

Max Million – Monogramma – EP Review Hot off the press!  I’m serious – this is about as fresh as it gets…not just in the incredible sounds on this new EP from Max Million, but I’m talking about timeline itself – the Monogramma EP just came out today!  If you’re a fan of electronic-music, IDM,
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Bonesteel – Epitome Of Infamy

EP Review

Bonesteel – Epitome Of Infamy – EP Review Seriously explosive tunes from Bonesteel, a three-piece from Los Angeles, CA that sounds like they’re ready to torch the entire sunset-strip with their big & beefy, meaty-metal sound.  Mind you, there’s a lot more going on…but I’d definitely say metal is certainly straight at the forefront of
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Altamina – Tomorrow Morning Will Be Tonight

Album Review

Altamina – Tomorrow Morning Will Be Tonight – Album Review Canadian-based band Altamina has a sound & style that I can definitely identify with.  Very similar to the best songs from The National…the slow ones where each song has a magical part you just wish would go on for forever…Altamina seems to be built of
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HelloHeathen – Music To Die To

EP Review

HelloHeathen – Music To Die To – EP Review Considering the last time we heard from HelloHeathen, he dropped off some demo-tunes that had just been recorded over his phone and I STILL welcomed them with open arms & ears…well…I’m sure you can imagine just how happy I am to see this guy show up
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SBS Podcast EP 006

Collaborate & Grow

Awesome new music from Sonificade, A Truth Called Nothing, B. Notes, Da Butcher, The L.A.W., Roy Catlin & The Dudes, Undocument, Jack Of None, Scott SK Miller & A.Lane, Styop Quoons and your host Jer @ SBS – come get it!
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Ace, Scott SK Miller, A.Lane – Soundcloud Collection

Singles Review

Ace, Scott SK Miller, A.Lane – Soundcloud Collection – Singles Review Alright…we’ve got a collaboration of sorts…at least in the sense that we’re throwing three separate artists into the mix here in this morning’s review if nothing else!  But you’ll see…the five tracks I’ve got represent each of the three individuals, Ace, Scott SK Miller,
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Sonificade – Despite All The Noise

Album Review

Sonificade – Despite All The Noise – Album Review Despite All The Noise, there’s a complete celebration of all-things-rock on this new album from Sonificade.  With a full eleven tracks that range and roam through the vast terrain within the genre & sub-genres from alternative to post-punk, to impressive hooks that have pop-inspirations and tremendous
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In Lights – In Lights

EP Review

In Lights – In Lights – EP Review Feels like it’s been far too long since we’ve had some post-rock music on the pages here at sleepingbagstudios…I find it to be such an emotionally comforting kind of music, made by far too few of us out there.  There is such a high-place of respect for
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Graham Alexander – “Romeo Blue”

Music Video/Single Release

Fun new track from singer/songwriter Graham Alexander – you’ll dig the vibe of “Romeo Blue.”  Great light-funk/pop/soul inspired rhythm & hooks, and the video makes it all look like Graham & the players in the band had just as much fun making that as they did the song itself.  Definitely the kind of sound with
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The L.A.W. – “Love Crazy” Feat. Butter Wesley

Single Review

The L.A.W. – “Love Crazy” Feat. Butter Wesley – Single Review Alright…this completely works. The L.A.W. probably has more style in his pinky-finger right now than most emcees will grow to possess throughout their entire lifetime.  His new single, “Love Crazy” was a track I grew to dig quickly…The L.A.W. brings it to the mic
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B. Notes – This Is Not For Everybody

Singles Review

B. Notes – This Is Not For Everybody – Mixtape Review You’ll notice when you look into the music of B. Notes that this guy has a resume that speaks to that of a true entertainer.  Singer, rapper, songwriter, actor – B. Notes covers the map with all the right skills necessary to be captivating
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The Drama Dolls – Requiem

Album Review

The Drama Dolls – Requiem – Album Review Big credit to Mike Cambridge at the helm of the controls for The Drama Dolls…let me tell ya why.  I see a ton of bands in the independent scene going for EP’s over albums these days in effort to keep the music-flowing at a better rate; and
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A Truth Called Nothing – Sluggerhand

Album Review

A Truth Called Nothing – Sluggerhand – Album Review Put it to you this way…whether or not it’s an album-title, a band-name, those first opening-notes of a record, a little background info…the combination of these things somehow lead to a much tougher-time finding true surprise in music.  It takes a rare breed of musician to
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0118 – Lung Flower (Live @ Olympia 2015)

SBS Photo Journal

While we’re hard at work on the new video for Lung Flower’s song “Beyond Burnt Out” from their latest album Effigy, figured I’d post some more pictures of their earlier days from their first performance at Olympia in Surrey, B.C.  Check out some shots from the band and be ready for their new video shot
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Germaine D’Rosario – Soundcloud Singles

Singles Review

Germaine D’Rosario – Soundcloud Singles Reviewed Considering that just yesterday I jumped into a genre that wouldn’t have normally ended up on my playlist…I felt like continuing that streak today with another genre I’ve barely scratched the surface of – the world of Opera-music.  In a lot of ways, I’ve got fairly extensive experience with
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SBS Live This Week 051

Another Amazing All-Music Episode!

New all-music episode for ya! Music/Videos From:  Annie Becker,  Nixie,  Aztec,  Filthy Little Thieves,  Lyrical Assassin,  Lindstrom And The Limit,  ES The Music Sides,  hidingtobefound,  Davidson Calfee and a spotlight on the music of Curtis Lee Putman – come get it!!!
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Styop Quoons – Machine Gun Bacon

EP Review

Styop Quoons – Machine Gun Bacon – EP Review I’ll tell you this much…you don’t get a name/title like this outside of the electro-genre…ya just don’t.  It’s also fair to assume, that out of all the different styles & types of electro out there…that a name/title combination like this is also going to be quite
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Day Hacker – Zero One

EP Review

Day Hacker – Zero One – EP Review Coming to us from right next door…or, at least pretty close by in the same city we’re now based in, know & love – Day Hacker is a five piece band from Ottawa, Ontario that are electronically thumpin’ it up and raising a ruckus with their programs
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Erik Odsell – Searching For Lost Boys Island

Album Review

Erik Odsell – Searching For Lost Boys Island – Album Review It’s always interesting to see what other people hear in their music.  If there’s a gap in the independent music-scene, as far as I’m concerned, it’s quite often the disconnect between the songs we write and we truly love…and the songs that truly connect
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Hooyoosay – “Palm Tree In My Garden”

Single Review

Hooyoosay – “Palm Tree In My Garden” – Single Review Okay…this time someone is really setting me up right?  Is this real?  Am I being Punk’d? Let me explain… Hooyoosay…at least I figured at first, was writing about my own Aunt somehow!  Don’t get me wrong…I know how hard she’s worked in her life to
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Bredd – An End For All

EP Review

Bredd – An End For All – EP Review Gotta say…there are some very pleasant surprises here on the new EP from Bredd, based out of Italy.  A lot of those fantastic moments come from the writing & the atmospheres in the music of his An End For All EP – but definitely just as
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