Category Archives: Audio Blog

Usually in the form of a NEW Music Preview… bits of audio for you to enjoy.

TPS Sessions: Jemima James

The music scene on Martha’s Vineyard sure does slow down in the offseason, but we find ways to keep busy! Over the winter, I asked some local musicians to record a bit of music and conversation with me at Phil daRosa‘s Oak Bluffs studio – The Print Shop. I also reached out to some local photographers to come by and capture these in-studio interviews. We’re calling the recordings “TPS Sessions” and I hope you enjoy them!

jemima smile

jemima singIt was a honor to have Jemima James join me in the studio to talk about her 40-year songwriting career and play a few tunes from her latest album, Nothing New. Scroll down a little further for clips from our conversation.

“It’s You”

“Nothing New”

“Golden Boy”

jess and jemima

jemima talkingOn Nothing New, Jemima has her sons Willy & Sam Mason playing bass and drums respectively. A slew of other island musicians joined in too, including Kate Taylor, Brad Tucker, Wes Nagy, Geordie Gude, Charlie Esposito, and Nina Violet.

INTERVIEW CLIPS:

Jemima tells me about her music roots:

A bit about the band she recorded her album with:

TONIGHT at Featherstone Center for the Arts, it’s the Jemima James Variety Show with MANY special guests performing outdoors from 6:30 – 8:30pm (kid and pet friendly!).

And be looking forward to a new release from Jemima in the near future…this fall she plans to record another album of some older songs she’s reworked and a few that are completely new.

Hear Nothing New on bandcamp
Jemima on Facebook

photos by Anthony Esposito
audio recorded by Phil daRosa
at The Print Shop, Oak Bluffs

 

group shotJemima James, Jess Phaneuf and Phil daRosa

More from TPS Sessions, coming soon!

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TPS Sessions: Jellybone Rivers

The music scene on Martha’s Vineyard sure does slow down in the offseason, but we find ways to keep busy! Over the winter, I asked some local musicians to record a bit of music and conversation with me at Phil daRosa‘s Oak Bluffs studio – The Print Shop. I also reached out to some local photographers to come by and capture these in-studio interviews. We’re calling the recordings “TPS Sessions” and I hope you enjoy them!

ROB_laughRob Myers, aka Jellybone Rivers, has spent many many years on Martha’s Vineyard as a fixture of the island music scene. You may have seen him behind a drum-set, for bands like Good Night Louise, The Hammerheads and Master Exploder. He also fronts the band Kahoots and has recently been honing in on some solo material that focuses on positivity. Below are some tunes that he played for me, and you can scroll down to hear a piece of our conversation.

“Chip Away”

“Thank  You”

“What To Do”

ROB_withJessAlthough Rob recently became a father (congrats!), he’s still heavily involved in the island’s music scene. Keep an eye out for him! And you can check out a recent Vineyard Gazette article he was featured in HERE. ROB_hands

INTERVIEW CLIPS:

Rob talks about an inspirational Positive Psychology course he took and how the song “Chip Away” came to be:

Kahoots
Good Night Louise

photos by Anthony Esposito
audio recorded by Phil daRosa
at The Print Shop, Oak Bluffs

ROB_groupPhil daRosa, Rob Myers and Jess Phaneuf
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ALBUM: Lord Huron

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Lonesome Dreams

Let me introduce you to one of my new favorite bands, Lord Huron, with a taste of their debut album…which I cannot stop listening to:

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Lord Huron

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NEW Music Preview

lissie James_Cotton Jason Isbell (C) 2010 Mark Prins Photography
The other day I revisited my NEW Music Preview posts and cursed myself for not keeping up with them. I think they’re a super efficient way for me to pass on new music – less than 3 minutes of audio introduces you to 4 new tracks from some VERY different artists. With a little nudge from my boss, I made one for you today…hopefully one of many more to come!

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Artists featured in this NEW Music Preview:
Lissie
James Cotton
Jason Isbell
The Boxer Rebellion

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PLAYLIST: Dinner Guests

It’s always fun for me to decide what music to play while entertaining guests…and it’s especially nice when someone compliments the choices. I felt like this particular list went over very well and created a perfect mood for dinner with friends.

(We listened to the full albums, but the playlist below is a song from each so you can get a taste!)

Paul Simon – Graceland
Norah Jones – Little Broken Hearts
Rodriguez – Searching for Sugar Man Soundtrack
Ryan Adams – Ashes and Fire
Sharon Jones & The Dap Kings – I Learned The Hard Way

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NEW Music Preview


It’s been way too long since I’ve done one of these… here are a few things that have caught my ear recently: Death Cab for Cutie is coming out with Codes and Keys at the end of May and I think the single sounds quite solid. Alexander Ebert of Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros has gone solo with a new album simply called, Alexander and the sound is surprisingly fresh. Three brothers from Texas – Los Lonely Boys – are out with a new album called Rockpango, and while we’ll have to wait until May 17th to hear the entire new album from Ben Harper, we’ve got a taste with the rocking single – “Rock ‘N Roll is Free.”

Artists featured in this NEW Music Preview:
Death Cab for Cutie
Alexander
Los Lonely Boys
Ben Harper

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NEW Music Preview

   
Bettye Lavette has been making records since 1962 and in the past 5 years she’s finally been getting the attention she deserves. Her new album of cover songs is simply stunning. Arcade Fire will soon release the long-awaited follow-up to Neon Bible (2007) and it sounds quite promising. Chris Thile (Nickel Creek) is onto something special with his ‘beyond bluegrass’ band, the Punch Brothers. And it sounds like The Weepies will put out more contagious, thought-provoking pop/folk later this summer. Listen to clips of all four artists:

Artists featured in this NEW Music Preview:
Bettye Lavette
Arcade Fire
Punch Brothers
The Weepies

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