SpunJ Album and Single Release -('Sanity')- Short Review
I have been following up and coming Pacific Northwestern band SpunJ or Spun Jelly for a few years now but when I first pulled up their single "Sanity" I had no idea what I was getting myself into. This band has an explosive and impressive sound. The crisp quality of the recording only adds to the impressive musicianship. And this was in the first few seconds.
"Sanity" takes the listener on a funky-danceable journey back from the reaches of insanity. The easy transitions and vocal melodies shine through the mix, which is filled with: amazing keys, guitar, and blasting drums. I was willed by some unearthly musical power to pull up their entire SpunJ catalog and give all the songs a listen. I wish I had time to write a full review on this album but I promise we will come back to Spun Jelly soon. Until then much more to come!
Dopapod Releases Single "Grow"
Dopapod has released a new song “Grow” and it immediately gives me those “Mucho” vibes. The songwriting is strong and the band is always tight. The lyrics are poignant and I would love to review this new album once it is released.
I have been seeing Dopapod for 8 years now and they never disappoint. While some bands in the jam scene cannot make an album to save their life, Dopapod is one of the few that can release a track like “Grow” and sound like their live performances. It’s always a pleasure to review and share their music with you here at www.jambandpurist.com
You can check out “Grow” and more from Dopapod on all platforms and check out my VLOG Episode #10 featuring Dopapod! Below...
Here are a few things I've written in the past:
"Dopapod is on the cutting edge of Jam/Prog Rock mastery. Encompassing sounds from Disco Biscuits, moe. Pink Floyd and even the Grateful Dead, they are the perfect blend of light and dark, soft and heavy. Just when you think they can't go any deeper, they go in again and add another layer of musical intensity.
"Dopapod has the lightness of YES and the dark intensity of moe. The build-up and crescendo work is sparkling with raw unattainable energy that every band wishes they could have. You can hear the classically trained elements within the songwriting techniques themselves. "
"I took some friends with me and I think they were impressed remarking, “Once they get going, they are actually really good."
FloydFest 2022- The Heart Beat Of Virginia
What can I say about Floydfest that my readers haven't heard yet? That its one of the best festivals in Virginia if not the country? Or that the spirit of Floyd Virginia and its musical roots are alive and well at Floydfest? How about Floydfest is the heartbeat of the Virginia musical community!? I cannot wait to get back on the mountain again this year. It was a privilege to record my very first VLOG episode of Out Of My Mind and I am now on #11! In the past few years, Floydfest has become Jam Band Purist festival home and I am looking forward to 2022. Readers let me know if you want some interviews with some of the artists. See you back on the mountain!
Introducing Crap Artist- The Real JR Williams Story (A Music Mockumentary)
As a music fan and movie lover, I love it when these two worlds combine. Some of my favorite movies are, in fact, music mockumentaries: Spinal Tap, Electric Apricot, and Walk Hard come to mind. I can recite almost the entire script of the latter forward and backward.
"It's still not finished yet, I'm hearing more aboriginal percussionists and I want an army of didgeridoos fifty thousand didgeridoos." Dewey Cox
Music mockumentaries have become a great source of relief and I think the world needs more of them. It's my pleasure to introduce to my readers "Crap Artist" featuring the one and only Oteil Burbridge and starring J. R. Williams. The film is about a struggling musician who is sued for not finishing a song live. "Crap Artist" is meant to honor the jam band tradition and features prominent members of the musical community. I have always wanted to do movie/TV reviews, now Is my chance. As a writer and video content creator, it has always been my dream to work on films and movies. I think “Crap Artist” is a great place to start.
More as the mockumentary is released.
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Editor: Robert (R.A.) Fadley
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