Archive for June, 2012
Nashville lost a beloved songwriter and visual artist this week. It happened on Monday, and he and his loved ones have been on my mind ever since. The wonderful thing about art is that it lives on after you are gone. I’ve been listening to songs that he wrote, looking at his art, and reading wonderful remembrances from the people who loved him. If you ever wonder about the effect you can have on people after you are gone, read this and this and this.
So, this week’s Five for Friday is for him. It’s not necessarily “our” music, but, it’s what fits. Music lifts you up, brings you solace, makes you think, turns you around and inside out…if you are lucky. And I, for one, am one lucky person.
Maybe it’s the whole song, or a few lines, or a feeling….this is what is rolling through my brain:
Shawn Colvin “This Must Be The Place”
I love this Talking Heads cover because it’s filled with random non sequiturs about love. When you put them all together with her delivery, it’s a fantastic love song. Unexpected, absurd, and amazing…after all, isn’t that love?
Talking Heads “Once in a Lifetime”
Time isn’t holding us, time isn’t after us. This is true. And how did we get here? How often have we asked that question? If you haven’t, you’re not thinking hard enough.
Gabe Dixon “I Can See You Shine”
Sometimes your light is so strong that it stays on long after you are gone…
Townes Van Zandt “High, Low and In Between”
We all have more in common than we think. Take time to sit down and listen to what someone has to say. It might change your life.
Elton John “Mona Lisas and Manhattans”
I thank the Lord that there’s people out there like YOU.
I’m not going to lie to you. The latest John Mayer album, Born and Raised, is on constant rotation here in the office. It’s truly his best work, and we can’t get enough of it.
So, wouldn’t it be complete kismet to come across one of our favorite Brite Revolution artists doing a killer cover of one of his new songs? I think it is.
Here is Phoenix Mendoza covering John Mayer’s “Something Like Olivia”:
You can listen to and download (for FREE!) more soulful musings from Phoenix Mendoza here on Brite.
Hi, Kids. This week, we’re going to talk about feelings. You know, those pesky little buggers that we try to swallow and keep deep inside? So, in honor of Kate Miller-Heidke’s new single “Ride This Feeling”, I am going to ride this feeling all the way to the end of this blog post.
Kate Miller-Heidke “Ride This Feeling”
Kate’s been a Brite artist for a while and we got our grubby little hands on this new single and included it in our sampler this week. EXCLUSIVE! Marketing people love that stuff, don’t you know.
“Ride This Feeling”- Sometimes you don’t know quite what is going on, but you gotta let it ride. I get it, Kate. (Also, I call her Kate “complicated last name” in the office.)
Tristen “Eager For Your Love”
Tristen is from Nashville, where we breed only the finest, organic, handmade, grass-fed musicians. Heck, I have probably driven past Tristen several hundred times on my way to the 5 Spot.
“Tame that nasty shrew!” Yes, let’s make someone so desperate and hungry that she goes insane. That’s love for ya.
David Gray “We Could Fall in Love Again”
I have loved David Gray’s music forever and a day. He writes the most fantastic love songs. I do have to admit that, up until today, I thought he was Irish. I guess I need to pay more attention.
A Silent Film “ You Will Leave A Mark”
This song make me dance in my chair at work. (Embarrassing!)
A Silent Film is a newer bright artist, and when I heard them I immediately thought “that is something I would name my band” since I went to film school. I then called my lawyers and they informed me that a random afterthought is, in fact, not considered viable intellectual property in order sue someone.
Brandi Carlile- “Bend Before It Breaks”
This is not only one of my favorite Brandi songs, it may be in my top 100 favorite songs of all time. It’s a testimony to growing up and not letting everyone break your heart. “Let it bend before it breaks.” We also happen to have an incredible interview with her that we just put up on the site. You should read it right now while listening to my mix!
As per usual, I have made a little Spotify playlist for you all to take you through the weekend: Five for Friday- I’m Gonna Ride That Feeling Too. You can check out all these artists right here on Brite Revolution. Heck, you can even download some of their songs for FREE. How cool is that?
Brite Revolution is currently seeking an Editorial Intern to assist our Music Editor and other staff members with day-to-day operations. Brite Revolution is a music-tech startup that shares hand-selected artists with our subscribers, in order to promote and support up-and-coming talent and music. The website places a major emphasis on editorial content to curate and spotlight our favorite selections. This content includes full-length features from interviews, album reviews and other relevant articles, in addition to other site content (such as exclusive releases and music downloads).
Fact-checking, transcription, proofreading, posting content to the website, corresponding with writers regarding scheduling, payment, etc., occasional assistance with social media efforts, and other office-related tasks as needed. You will also be given the opportunity to pitch and contribute articles.
-Must be currently enrolled in a college/university as a Journalism, English, Communications, or closely-related major
-Must be currently living in Nashville, TN
-Must be able to commit 15-20 hours per week in the office
-Strong working knowledge of APA style and guidelines with the ability to apply these, as well as have previous experience using them
-Strong interest and knowledge in current music and industry trends is preferred
-Plans to work in journalism or related industry are preferred
-Must have own transportation
-Must have own laptop
How to Apply:
Please email erin(AT)brite.me with subject “Editorial Intern,” and attach the following:
-2-3 relevant writing samples — (please do not send links to an entire website of published work to sift through — attach the documents or include links to the specific pieces)
-A brief explanation about who you are, what you want to do, and what kind of music you like to listen to, (elaborating on favorite artists — current and past favorites — and your sources for finding out about new music).
Here are my five picks for this week. These suckers have been brewing for some time, hence the title. As usual, I’ve got a few things to say about each:
Sucre “When We Were Young”
I am going to lay down the gauntlet concerning Sucre and say that are going to be the next big thing. Stacy King’s voice is incredible, and the powerhouse of an Eisley + MuteMath combo equals brilliance.
Pearl and the Beard “Sweetness”
I dig these guys because they are fun-loving, from Brooklyn, and they tweeted back at me. That’s really all I need. Just a tweet.
Butterfly Boucher “5678!”
Butterfly Boucher falls under the “something is wrong with the universe because she’s not wildly famous” category. (Not wildly famous YET.) Butterfly and Mindy Smith were they only non-country artists I heard before I moved to Nashville. And that was enough to convince me that there was something great going on in this fair city.
Washed Out “Eyes Be Closed”
I am pretty sure I wore this entire album out last summer. It has an ethereal M83 and Royksopp quality to it.
Mountain Man “Soft Skin”
I saw them open for Feist at the mother church and was floored. Standing ovation, and, dare I say, almost upstaged the main act. If delicious harmony is what suits you, then Mountain Man is for you.
As always, here is the complete set for your Spotify pleasure: Five for Friday- A Long Time Coming. If that’s not good enough for you (sheesh!) we also have a brand new 10 song mix for your listening pleasure.
(Although this blog title reminds me of “Five for Fighting”, I’m going to go ahead and stick with it.)
I am “the marketing girl” and, boy, do I have opinions on music. So, luckily for me, I can blog about my favorite music every week. NO ONE CAN STOP ME! These are truly my personal faves. In other words, a weekly completely biased selection of tunes from our Brite artists.
Here are my five for this week, and since my debut falls on the weekend of Bonnaroo, that is my theme. All of these cats are playing in the middle of a field in Tennessee in July. What a great idea!
Fitz and the Tantrums “MoneyGrabber”
Fitz and the Tantrums is just one of those bands that gives me hope in modern music. Maybe that’s because it doesn’t sound modern. I call it “throwback” music, throwing back to when we wore clothes that our mother sewed for us and could walk to school without worrying about being kidnapped and what not. They are also very much a killer working band with an amazing live show.
The Avett Brothers “The Perfect Space”
Whenever I clean my house, I always think of The Avett Brothers. I bought the album I and Love and You because they were on the road with a friend of mine and Amazon had it on special. God’s truth. Then I let it sit in my iTunes forever without a spin. One day, I embarked on my once a year house cleaning venture and decided to finally give them a listen. Boy, did I feel dumb. A buried treasure in my midst. I’ve been a fan ever since.
Katie Herzig “Free My Mind”
This is one my my favorite catchy pop tunes as of late. She’s also here in Nashville, where we are traditionally home to the most talented people on the planet. But, I may be a little biased. I remember her from the Ten Out of Tenn documentary where I do recall she was one of the less crazy ones. But I may need to rewatch the movie.
Delta Spirit “California”
Some dude tried to pull this crap on me once. Replace “California” with “New York.”
Big Freedia “Booty-Whop”
Let’s get one thing straight: I LOVE BIG FREEDIA. He/she is not a Brite Artist yet, but, mark my words, after this weekend…
However, there is this.
Here is the entire 5 playlist on Spotify: Five for Friday- Bonnaroo ’12 Be sure to stay tuned to our Twitter and Facebook for live updates from the festival, as well as summary features and interviews on our site all weekend. Happy Bonnaroo-ing to you all!
This week marks an incredible time for all Nashvillians; a juggernaut of music and of movement, if you will. While a great number of us natives will be fleeing the cityscape for the Manchester countryside, the rest of us will be navigating through the influx of country music fans downtown. It’s CMA Fest vs. Bonnaroo!
Guess where I will be?
While the rest of the team lugs their camping gear across fields and gravel roads to the south, I will be here at our HQ in Nashville lugging my car around while simultaneously trying to dodge wandering country music fanatics. Luckily, the team at Nashvillest have made it worth my while. Every year, Nashvillest puts together an awesome CMA Fest Bingo card and they just released the 2012 edition yesterday.
I’ll be using my texting hand to fill it in all week as I speed past lost tourists in my car. I can’t wait to roll down my window and scream out “BINGO” in the middle of our illustrious honky-tonk haven on Broadway. I’ll fit right in!
Our friends over at Nashville Cream put together an equally great Bonnaroo Bingo card ****last year which stands the test of time, especially since Aziz Ansari will be there again. I’ll be sneaking this into our editors’ backpack:
No matter where you are this weekend, be sure to listen to some good music! If you’re at a loss, we’ve got a mix just for you in honor of Bonnaroo. As always, it’s FREE. As we like to say, free music- what’s not to love?
****6/8/12 RANDOM UPDATE: There’s an updated Bonnaroo Bingo Card. Yay!
Hello, Brite Revolution friends! After a brief hiatus, the blog is back! What’s been going on the last few months? Well, lots of things, actually.
For those of you who live in Nashville, our last physical magazine issue was released in November of 2011. We’ve discontinued the physical magazine and moved everything online. One of the best things in the world is talking to a friend or random person on the street and hearing “I love that magazine,” and “I miss seeing Brite on the racks.” We loved creating the magazine, but the overwhelming majority of our readers are online. We want to give our full attention to bringing everyone the same amazing content that we featured in our physical magazine here, online.
We don’t take producing online lightly. Every day we are spotlighting new artists and music, as well as bring you weekly album reviews and, of course, FREE music from the best artists on the planet.
There are so many people in the last four years that have made Brite Revolution what it is today. We appreciate everyone who helped make this journey possible. It’s their skill, taste, and foresight that made things happen and have pushed us on to the next level.
If you’ve been keeping up with us on Facebook and Twitter, you’ve heard that we’ve been working hard to continue bringing you the best experience online. Our support service is up and running should you have any issues.
Our door is open. Please contact us if you have questions or suggestions, and stay tuned to this blog. Next week you will see the first in a series of very important announcements that you don’t want to miss. The revolution continues!