Welsh Alt-Rocker Rhys Davis Presents Gritty Nostalgia in Nouveau Mode

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Sorry for the week-long, unannounced hiatus. This week was crazy busy as I worked seven days, studied for an exam, and then had practice for a play that I will be in.  I came home after work every night very tired and wanted to go to bed early, thus not being able to focus on this blog. Sorry for disappearing!

For today’s blog post, I had the pleasure of being introduced to Welsh alt-rock musician Rhy Davis’ latest release Nouveau Mode. This release brought many nostalgic feelings to mind when I listen to this four-track EP. How can something so brand new bring back this feeling?

Well, read on to find out!

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Blending Hip-Hop and Country Together Effectively: A Talk With Tim Chance (Part I)

Tim Chance is a genre-blending, songwriting, performing, producing freak of nature. One listen to any of his recordings and you realize you are experiencing something truly unique and special. One live show experience and you are a fan for life. He was the first “Country-Hip Hop” style performer from Nashville, he since helped develop numerous artists in the genre, and has been embraced from Music Row to the LA streets. USA Today even said that this Nashville phenomenon “Raps faster than Twista, but to dueling style banjos…”

I had the privilege to sit down with Tim Chance, an artist who has worked with various big name starts in the country and hip-hop industry. Blending together hip-hop and country, Chance has created something unique with his music.

The interview has been divided into two parts due to its length. You can read part one behind the cut.

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Sitting Down With Kuba Kluza to Find the Meaning of Ourselves In “This Time”

“Who am I?”

“What is the purpose of MY life?”

“Which direction should I lead my life in?”

If you are like me, you have asked these questions many times over the course of your lifetime. There is nothing wrong with them. Yet, sometimes these questions can cause certain feelings like uncertainty, fear, and doubt to creep into our hearts. But also, we have been told by others in the society we live in that we have to fulfill a specific role and follow a generic map of our lives. Even though our hearts don’t agree with these general roles and life maps, this is what society strongly advises us to do.

Polish singer-songwriter Kuba Kluza shares this dilemma in his new single “This Time”. I interviewed the singer-songwriter about his musical background, influences, and the meanings behind his new song.

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“I Gotta Get It”: Striving for Our Aspirations

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“Gotta Get It”

When you hear this phrase, what does it mean for you? Does it mean to get a newly released frappuccino at Starbucks after work? Or, working hard towards your dream so you can get what you desire? For me, I have a lot of thoughts and aspirations. My short-term goal is to study hard for the Japanese Business exam I have to take in November and passing that. And then, one of the long-term goals is figuring out what I want to do next year (and life). Do I want to be a teacher or do I want to change careers and go into a Japanese speaking environment? Or do I want to do something else in life?

Whether it is achieving short-term or long-term goals, we had those moments where we have to get it. But how about others? What do the others that surround us want?

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Foggy City Orphan’s “Vitamins” is Full of Well-Balanced Energy to Give You the Jolt to Start Your Day

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Happy September readers!

I want to thank those who have visited my blog so far! I had over 1,600 views in August, more than July, and I am thrilled. Sometimes, I feel guilty for having a music blog because I write content for only one genre. I don’t write about not multiple genres as I see with many other blogs. I could write about lifestyle and travel, but my real passion is music. I want to stick with music (and maybe other entertainment) for now. I will continue to work hard to provide new musical experiences for my viewers.

I write about past and forgotten releases on this blog. But, I also want to feature more about music that is new and upcoming. Especially from bands and artists that are indies or just starting. I am continuing that trend with a band from Scotland named Foggy City Orphan.

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J-R&B Goddesses SILVA, DOUBLE, and SUGARSOUL Come Together to Celebrate a Glorious Time

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The temps keep on soaring here in Japan, it was 104°F (around 32°C) on Friday! It feels even more horrible with this terrible cold I caught about a week ago. Thank goodness it’s the weekend where I can drink lots of Aquarius (a Japanese sports drink packed with electrolytes), medicine, and sleep under the air conditioner for long periods of time.

While I am laying in bed and trying to fend off this cold, my companion is Spotify. Song after song resonates from my iPhone as I lay down, closing my eyes to ward off the fatigue. When I am conscious, I check out the music sites I follow to see what got released recently. I jump out from bed in excited, ready to find their new song, when I see three names:

SILVA, Double, and Sugarsoul

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Incorporate The Itchyworm’s “‘Di Na Muli” Into Your Peaceful Weekend

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It’s the end of another busy week. This week, I had long work days, an extra work day, and a stressful examination. Now, I can sit back and enjoy the two days I have off with music. Different genres of music have been playing all day long, letting various melodies and notes freely flow around my apartment. As a Jem song once put it, music is magic: it stirs up multiple emotions, makes you dance or cry, and soothes you.

As I bask in the light of the hot sun setting under the horizon, I find peace by listening to “‘Di Na Muli” Never Again by The Itchyworms.

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