Monday, July 18, 2011

ODD SOUL - In Pieces

If you are as big of a MUTEMATH fan as I am, then you are fully aware that their latest LP, "ODD SOUL" is scheduled to be released on October 4, 2011.

The word I've been hearing for the last few months is. . . this is going to be THE ALBUM that will make MM a household name!!
Although. . . they've been a household name in my house from the beginning!

I predicted back in 2005 they would be making the late night talk show circuit and not too long after. . . it all happened. . . from Craig Ferguson to Letterman!!

Mark my words, folks. . . SNL is just around the corner!!!!

If you are an Adam LaClave fan, then you'll recognize the coined term "odd soul," which Adam used to describe the combination of soul music and glam rock he created with friend, Jonathan Allen as "Club of the Sons."

And can I just interject that COTS' release of "Young Quanta" is pure genius??
I absolutely LOVE this album!!!! (alittle plug: if you're interested, you can download it from Adam's site.
. . . okay. . .okay. . . back to the title. . . per MM Bassist, Roy Mitchell-Cardenas when I asked him about the title, "We took that inspiration [of Odd Soul] and put our MM twist on it."

ODD SOUL - In Pieces

The guys have been posting videos of "Odd Soul," breaking all the parts down in pieces. If you go to MUTEMATH'S site, there is a interactive video mixer showing the videos in their respective parts and you can create your own mix of "ODD SOUL." Here it is below, full and all put together : )

I am so glad that these stems are posted. But knowing me, I'll never create my own mix. I suppose just for the sake of fun, I might. But for now, I'm going to enjoy them as they are. I mean, don't you find yourself wanting to just listen to one part of your favorite song? Like pre-stereo Beatles where you can turn the left or right balance, just so you could hear the song without the singing or just the guitar and bass playing. Or listening to the bass lines of Stevie Wonder's I Was Made To Love Her done by bassist extrodinaire, Carol Kaye. SO COOL!!

THAT'S what these stems remind me of. So. . .I'm gonna continue to enjoy listening to them individually. And then maybe someday soon, I'll play with the video stems.

I love ALL the breakdowns!!! But have to say, I am finding that I am favoring the guitar and bass stems most, which there are about 3 videos posted. And out of those 3, I've watched & listened to this one the most.

I love that brash, fuzzy "Foxy Lady" sound to Roy's guitar.

It is so FUNKY!!! Like Rare Earth's "Get Ready!"

And Roy's Poncho is bound to set a trend. I'm thinking that would be a cool merch buy with Roy's Guitar and Amp screen printed on the back.

In writing mi "primo", Roy,
I told him just that! That I love the style.

It seems very organic &

60's / Hendrix like.

He wrote back saying, "Glad you enjoyed the song/video.

This new album is very organic and soulful. I'm happy lots of people are reacting well to it."

So that confirms what I thought about to expect from this album. ; )

I asked him to tell me about his amp and guitar.

As they looked very retro and 60's like.

"Guitar: It's called a Galanti.

It's a 1960s Italian guitar.

Here's a link to a similar one: Galanti

Amp: it's a Guild Maverick, from the 60s also."

SO COOL!! Thanks Roy for the info. I totally love that my assumptions were correct. : )

Since I am old enough to remember 1960's free concerts in the parks of L.A., ODD SOUL is takin' me back, with it's feel and sound.

Once the album is out, I believe we will be taken back as I think this is the essence of ODD SOUL. . .organic and soulful.

Needless, to say, I am so looking forward to seeing them live, August 16th at The Troubadour. Which I am sure will produce a new blog on that show as well as a few surprises
; )


Check out MM's latest Youtube channel called "weareoddsouls" for all the stems as well as new postings!!







Saturday, July 9, 2011

AI 2011 Tour Rocks Seattle/Everett!

It was an amazing night for those who attended American Idol’s tour of the final 11!

Pia Toscano, Lauren Alaina, Jacob Lusk, Casey Abrams, Thia Megia, Paul McDonald, Haley Reinhart, James Durbin, Stefano Langone, Naima Adedapo and of course the winner of AI 2011; Scotty McCreery performed to a sold out crowd and did not disappoint!!

The 2nd stop on their tour here in Washington had a few kinks in it, but none that were too noticeable.

Staging is simple with backdrops changing with the songs.
Sound was GREAT!!

Everyone gave it their all and sound so much better live.
I was truly impressed!!

Thanks to "mjsbigblog" for posting the set list, you can check it out here

Favorite moments for me were, of course, Casey’s set singing “Smooth” by Rob Thomas and Santana, “Moanin” with Haley, and "Harder to Breath" by Maroon 5. I loved his rendition of “Smooth,” standing at the top of the stage with his bass, singing jazzy slow and smooth!!! It was very nice. Definitely can see Casey doing a gig at Seattle’s “Jazz Alley” or “The Triple Door.”

Another moment was James Durbin’s entrance for “Sweet Child o’ Mine.” He walked down the aisle next to my daughter and niece. . .they were like “WOW!!!” And then walked down past myself and my friend. Certainly made our night! HA!!

Can I just say that Jacob TORE IT UP on Luther’s “Never Too Much?!”

“Maggie May” is perfect for Paul McDonald!!
I can’t wait to hear his original tunes!!

I thought Pia, Thia, Haley & Naima did a great job singing “Tightrope” by Janelle Monae. Speaking of Naima. . . I am not crazy about JLo’s “On The Floor” but I have to admit, Naima had it goin on!!! She was amazing!!! I had to get up and MOVE!!!! Loved her interlude of African dancing!! She is also so beautiful in person!!

Both Pia & Lauren showcased their new songs: “This Time” and “Like My Mother Does”

Western Washington’s son, Stefano Langone truly was shown the love by all at the Comcast Arena at Everett. I’m pretty sure he got the biggest shouts, screams and claps out of everyone in the tour!

Least favorite moment: “Firework” by Katy Perry. Either it was a sound issue or not fitted for Lauren’s voice, but there was a measure of dead vocals. Didn’t really think this song was right for Lauren.

Background vocals are so important to a song. I think they make the song if done right. And so. . . I thought when everyone helped with backups, they did a great job!! Loved the vocals on “Gone” when Scotty sang it.

HAVE to do a shout out to the band!! They were tight!!!! Would love to know who they were. They were amazing and FLAWLESS!!!!! Thank you for doing a great job guys!!!

Mjsbigblog has posted videos of some of the performances. I'm sure they don't mind the plug. Thank you for posting these!! VIDEOS.

Overall, I'm not a huge AI fan, but this season really captivated me. I had to see it through by seeing the show live. And with a few exceptions, I was not disappointed. The diehard AI fans will definitely love the Live Tour!!