Album Review: ‘Revolving Door,’ Pseudonym

Pseudonym’s Revolving Door found its way into my inbox several months ago, where it gestated quietly before I got around to listening to it. What I found when I finally put my headphones on and pressed play was one of the biggest surprises of 2015 – a low-fi, extremely melodic release by a singer-songwriter who …

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Album Review: ‘Crayons & Angels,’ Brandon Schott

“Let’s get lost in the sound,” says Brandon Schott in his track “Verdugo Park” from Crayons & Angels, his fifth album. And it’s a wonderful wall of sound that Schott creates, a soundscape of instruments creating magnificent stories that hearken to an innocent, playful time. Schott’s day job is in the music business. A graduate …

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Brandon Schott: The Interview

Brandon Schott is one of those people you root for in Hollywood: Happily married with several kids, working in the music industry but trying to make it in the music despite the roadblocks indie artists face, and recovering from a stage 3 cancer diagnosis, he’s upbeat, friendly and makes beautiful melodic music that sounds as …

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R.I.P. Columbia House

Columbia House, the popular mail-order record club that boasted four, or eight, or 12, or even 13 albums for a paltry sum ranging from a penny to a dollar, is finally going belly up. I’m surprised it lasted this long; perhaps it’s just my lack of reading magazines and finding its multi-page spread of albums, …

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13 Truly Bad Lyrics

Picking bad lyrics from pop music is like shooting fish in a barrel. It’s too easy. Pop music, in and of itself, is supposed to be about the hook, the melody, the chord progressions – not the lyrics. We leave that to Bob Dylan and Springsteen. I’m sure I’ll get lots of additions to this list, but …

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Identical Suns: The Interview

Last week, I reviewed the debut album by Identical Suns. But I found their songwriting and recording process so fascinating that I had some follow-up questions. Below is an interview I had with Rene Rodriguez and Todd Stanton, the core members of the power-pop group. 1. How did the recording process work? Todd: For the …

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