I hosted River City Limits on WRIR on Saturday April 23rd. It’s two hours of RVA-area music every Saturday from 5-7pm at 97.3fm or listen online here. We’re in the middle of the Spring Fund Drive and your support of Richmond’s Independent Radio Station is greatly appreciated.
Thunderchief – King of the Pleistocene
-dedicated to Curtis Payne
Rik Surly, Erik Larson
“Synanthrope” is the latest THUNDERCHIEF album to be released straight to Digital on Friday, December 3, 2021 (The Last 2021 Bandcamp Friday!).
Physical media release is planned for early 2022.
The band took a different direction in writing “Synanthrope”, almost as a direct response to artists who feel they have to belong in a particular “box” when writing/releasing music. By no means does this mean it’s better, it’s just a more relaxed approach to staying in the now.
StudioB is starting to roll back into form after many months of spotty releases. The last year was hard on everyone, and the creative community was gut punched as venues closed and artists did whatever they could to remain productive and inspired. This episode features new music from these Richmond-area artists, all released in 2021, much of it worked on during lockdown in 2020.
Ink To Spill is what has been described as a “virtual band”, with songwriter Bob Sauer living in the Tidewater area of Virginia and the rest of the band spread out around the country including areas such as Seattle and Chicago. But they all come together to make music. And they work with the RVA-based Marketing Mixtape . Bob talks about getting the band together, dealing with the pandemic when they were already something of a virtual band separated by geography, inspiration and the creative process. Also hear Ink To Spill songs Hyd’n (latest single), Lenny and Chalk Lines
Cover image: “Cha Cha Palace” by Angelica Garcia. Designed by Angelica Garcia, Marissa Alper, Mariela Gavino. Photography by Marissa Alper.
Angelica Garcia is an artist from Richmond who is starting to light the world on fire. Originally from the L.A. area, her music is absolutely intoxicating, always with a heavy groove, thick beats, and musical elements from her Mexican and Salvadoran roots providing the foundation. The video for her single “Lucifer Waiting” was released a few months ago (April ’20) and like everything else she releases, it’s catchy, captivating and totally addictive. After hearing it once, you won’t find yourself wanting to hear it again so much as NEEDING to experience it again. There’s no real chorus, but her mischievous, sultry, trilling vocals return to the title refrain “Lucifer Waiting In The Corner” over and over and over again until, like the song itself, you eagerly await its return. The kick drum pounds reliably along underneath to a steady 4 that feels like it wants to be coaxed into something faster as the snare shuffles and sways and drags the listener along. I promise you, as you listen something in you or on you will start moving, if not both. There’s a darkness to the bass-driven melody which bubbles slowly in a mysterious, smoky E minor vamp, (it actually reminded me of Donna Summer’s “I Feel Love” which I love) but it also has a celebratory quality to it reminiscent of a street party, something often present in her music. Enough rambling breakdown. Watch the video and enjoy the song. And good luck getting it out of your head.
It should be noted that on this video her RVA-area label Spacebomb Records worked with RVA-area marketing agency and design firm Arts and Letters to create the animation and graphics.
Todd Feldman of The Rocket Factory, organizer of SparkJam 2020 talks about the upcoming event. SparkJam 2020 is a virtual online event being held Friday June 26 from 8am to 6pm to benefit the Virginia 30 Day Fund. It will feature speakers, music performances and will address challenges facing small businesses in 2020.
Performers include Saw Black and Landon Elliott with a panel of speakers including:
Andy McGraw – Moderator, University of Richmond/Rumput
Reggie Pace, No BS Brass /Hustle Season Podcast/Bon Iver
I’m excited to be working with Habitat For Humanity on the music portion of their “Reflections of Home” series. Habitat stands for what it means to value home and have a safe affordable place to live. They’re featuring what home means to their volunteers, supporters, homeowner and other members of the Richmond community in this series that will take submissions for the community and offer prizes in the fields of art and photography, poetry and short stories, music and cooking.
Local businesses interested in getting involved or offering prizes can email me at email@example.com