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TW3 – Week 3

Tempus Fugit – Time Flies. That’s me showing off my CSE Latin! We’re now three weeks into 2015, so time for another review of my week in music, TW3 – Week 3

Firstly, we’ll take a trip down to New Orleans for Mardi Gras. A colleague of my wife’s hails from New Orleans and went back home to New Orleans. On returning to work, he brought Tara, my wife, and her colleagues, a “King of Carnival King Cake Package” from Haydels Bakery, which apparently is one of the top bakeries in New Orleans. Anyway, as well as containing a delicious King Cake and loads of other carnival goodies, there was also a Mardi Gras 2015 CD, featuring a band called Bag of Donuts! And it’s pretty damned good too!

On Saturday I downloaded a sampler from Mishara Music, which was excellent. You can find out more about it in my earlier post here.

My favorite track on the Mishara Music sampler was There’s a Rumor by The August Empire. So on Monday I downloaded their album Before the Hereafter and to say I like it would be an understatement. I love it! From start to finish there’s not a bad track on the album.  I’m so glad I took the plunge and bought this album. I must have listened to it seven or eight times already and I’m finding something new every time. The August Empire consist of Liz Constantine & Dante Marchi. Apparently the album was released back in August 2013, how did I miss it!?

The August Empire - Before the Hereafter






There are loads of great performances on the album, but their version of Pink Floyd‘s classic Comfortably Numb is superb. This is a cover that’s as good as, if not better than the original. Yes, it’s that good!



I’ve tweeted about this album a couple of times now and on both occasions, The August Empire and Liz Constantine, have re tweeted and favorited my tweet, which is cool. Even cooler was Liz Constantine replying to one of the tweets!

I still need to find out if the Trevor Rabin mentioned on their website is THE Trevor Rabin. So if you read this Liz Constantine, please let me know!

And sticking with Twitter, Ken Yates, another artist on the Mishara Music label also followed me. I also got a follower from Stone Mountain, Georgia, Kelley Swindall, who’s well worth a listen. Check this video out, and see what you think

Moving away from the States to Europe, in particular, Germany, I got an Alternative Progressive Rock band, Fire on Dawson following me on twitter. I’ve not listened to all their music on Soundcloud yet, but I did like this track:

While we’re talking Prog Rock, I forgot to mention last week, that Yes, one of the original Prog Rock bands, are now following me on twitter. How cool is that?

Revelry Magazine is my most recent follower, this is a weekly music and entertainment magazine, based in Lexington, Kentucky. I don’t think I’m too far away from Lexington, so hopefully I’ll find out about any decent gigs and festivals in Kentucky.

One more new Twitter follower I’ve got to mention is my wife’s cousin Tobie, who, with her husband Jerome, bought us the book, “All the Songs, The Story Behind Every Beatles Release“, as a Wedding present. That’s what I call a wicked Wedding present!











Talking of our wedding, we compiled a CD of tracks by our favorite acts who we’d seen live since we started courting. One of the tracks was by Ellen and the Escapades, and earlier this week, I came across this video of them performing their version of Fleetwood Mac‘s Dreams. It was done as part of Bob Harris‘s Under the Apple Tree Sessions. Check this out, it’s a brilliant version of a classic song…


Finally, I’ve got to show you this trailer from one of my favorite bands, Lord Huron.  Watch this, and I defy you not to be a least a little bit curious!

So, as far as my music is concerned, that was the week that was! TW3 Week 3

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Mishara Music – Artist Sampler 5

One of my favorite labels is Mishara Music I’ve been following them for a few years. Every now and again they release an Artist Sampler, featuring various artists on their label. Their latest Facebook post drew my attention to their latest sampler, Artist Sampler 5.
Mishara Music - Artist Sampler 5






I’ve listened to the album a couple of times now, and although there’s not a bad song amongst the 15 tracks, there are three that stand out for me.

Firstly, there’s the second song on the album, In the Middle of Heaven and Here by Ken Yates. This is one of the songs featured on his new album, Twenty Three. His album Twenty Three features a track called The One That Got Away, which won the Colleen Peterson Songwriting Award last year, awarded by the Ontario Arts Council. I’ve just done a quick Google search on Colleen Peterson and I think I need to check out her music too. The One That Got Away is also available as a free download on the Mishara Music site. Apparently John Mayer, one of my favorite artists, is a big fan. Not a bad endorsement!

The second stand out track is by Connor Garvey, entitled Old House, which I just love! His website describes him as “Acoustic Funky-Folk-Rock for the Good Hearted”, which pretty much sums it up! He reminds me of Jason Mraz, another favorite of mine,particularly on Backroads the other song of his on the sampler.

My third and final stand out track is There’s a Rumor by The August Empire. This is probably my favorite track on the album. There’s a great description on their website,from Pitchfork, which pretty much sums up their music “ryan adams meets bryan adams..kate bush meets anhauser busch” . Whilst browsing on their website, I noticed that one of the tracks on their album, Before the Hereafter, is Comfortably Numb. Not sure if this is a cover of the Pink Floyd classic, so I’ll be checking that out. Also Trevor Rabin gets a mention in the credits for the album, on the website. I have an old 7 inch single by Trevor Rabin from the late 70s or early 80s. Again not sure if it’s the same guy, so something else to check out.

Here’s a YouTube video of There’s a Rumor

I usually buy an album from one of the artists whenever I download from Mishara Music, and I think Before the Hereafter by The August Empire could well be my next purchase!

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