4/17 - The Press Club
Trans Destiny Tape Release - "Public Life"
Gabe Merriman has lived in a few different cities in his 24 years and I suppose there is a little color from the cities he previously called home in his music. Gabe Merriman's debut release as Trans Destiny, "Public Life," does not sound like any other record produced this decade and yet it feels familiar. The music transcends a few different genres from the meditative tranquility of Harold Budd to Art of Noise to the avant jazz-funk record created by Richard Hell and Voivoids' Robert Quine and drummer Fred Maher. This record is a something that can be put on at a party, when doing some studying or on a long drive. It is blissful, but also sincere and at times sentimental. Enjoy!
4/20 - The Blue Lamp
The Ex-Rippers Release - "Ex-tra Natural"
"Try as we might, there are always bound to be moments in life when wish to be anyone but ourselves. On those bad days or just the seconds we wish to avoid and escape, we can find ourselves dreaming of the perfect life that's so seemingly out of reach. The Ex-Rippers put those feelings to song on the forlorn, but moving first single of their Ex-Tra Natural EP. The entire release is worth your time, but the opening single, with its brooding vocals, poetic visuals of mindless hopefulness during television watching and engrossing instrumentals sets the tone for the rest of the release and leaves an unshakeable impact. Honest and sincere, "In This Life" is the exact song you need to soundtrack your hopes and dreams. "- The Grey Estates