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Emo Side Project / Jacob Garver – Split

EmoSideProject split1

 

Heres The Album Art I illustrated for some awesome and talented people down in my hometown:) Go give the tunes a listen if you get the chance. Im very proud to be representing their music with my art.


Brave Bird and Trapper

So yesterday i went to yet another touring do-it-yourself band and some locals. Need i say more, im obviously to supportive of “non-pros”. Im telling you guys it is by far more talent and more friendly then the big dogs. Anyway the band that was touring was called Brave Bird and the locals i enjoyed the most were Trapper.

Brave Bird: Is an emo math rock band from Ann Arbor. They are beautifully executed, with precision plucking and collection of teamwork. If you get a chance to check out their lyrics you should as well, because i really enjoy them and their vocalist alone is phenomenal. Not really much else i can say, except worth buying their music and also very much made me want to dance.

Trapper: I got to the show a little late, but ended up talking to these guys outside before i heard their set. I had recently heard about them only through my friend Zoe, who has some art lined up for them. Anyway, they were super nice guys and when they started playing i wasnt sure what to expect. I had been told they were punk, and they definitely were in a sense. But they had more than one genre up their sleeve. These guys were super original with lots of nifty tricks and trades to keep a fellow to keep listening. They broke down into hardcore settings sometimes, but most often had a soft spoken mellow tone with groovy little get-ups leading into chorus singing and harmonic styles of lyics that hold some righteous meaning. They have a new addition with a keyboard player, but has not released him yet. Check them out for sure.

http://www.reverbnation.com/trapperkc?page_view_source=facebook_app

There was another band i missed called The Family Bed who are also really splendid from what ive heard on bandcamp.


Daily Sketch-006

Daily Sketch-006

Theres always one of my characters thats complex and drawn with immense proportion and detail, and then the other with a “bleck” attitude, just for fun:)


Slam Dancing Versus Moshing (Sucked Dry: LP Release Tour)

So its official folks. Ive decided to add interest in music for this blog. So if you want to follow different Music look at this and what I post please.

Sucked Dry is the very first diy(do-it-yourself) hardcore punk band i ever started listening to, thanks to my good friend Noah Hayes. They are currently on tour for their newest LP “Dog Children”. I highly encourage seeing their set if they visit your town. Even if you don’t move or get energy flowing to their live music they are still an incredible execution as far as hardcore punk goes. Always on point, with an insanely fast (or slow) played toms. They are an angsty aggressiveness that flows through my slam dance movements. Sunday was the first time i have seen them live, and they play a spectacular show. From Kansas City, I’m proud to say these guys are local.I haven’t yet attended very many punk shows yet, but let me tell you they are probably my favorite energy I’ve ever seen and experienced at a concert.

 Like I’ve said before, i enjoy all music, and all live music is even better. For a while my favorite shows to attend were metal shows for energy and performance, crowds, and craziness. Which still are really fun. But there is indeed a difference between push-pits and throw-downs versus slam dancing and skanking.

I tried looking up a decent Definition in the urban dictionary but none reflected the way i truly feel about it. Its hard to decipher the difference from a picture, so ill just explain it.

Slam Dancing: Originated from Punk music most likely in the 70-90’s era, slam dancing is a movement to enjoy music with an aggressive dance syncopated to the melody and beat of the song.  It usually consists of a circular motion or back and forth continuation. Slamming ones feet to the beat and hunching your back low to the ground swinging arms one after the other in the direction of which your going. When a slower “breakdown” or less fast paced punk riffs occur, its usually polite to kick your feet high in the air as if marching and try rotating or falling seemingly with little balance or interest in being stable. Sometimes there is a motion with ones feet that is specifically called skanking. The best way for me to explain this is a forward “jerk” dance. Moving one foot forward while the other is still then slightly readjusting the stationary foot beneath you, and quickly returning your foot in a forward motion back beneath your body to execute the same motion with your feet in the opposite positions.

Moshing: Originated from the likelihood of punk music and slam dancing, or skanking that has evolved into the more edgy metal music and less attended brain to the song. Moshing usually involves pushing and shoving within a pit, that does not usually fall into place with the rhythm of the song, but more just the fact that the song has commenced a breakdown. When someone knows the lyrics to a song, its usually fun to crowd surf your way to the vocalist, shouting back what you know. Sometimes there is no push pit or moshing that is visible, due to tiredness, or there are too many people throwing down in a pit. Throwing down usually is another form a slam dancing, but mostly stationary. It consists of constant arm swinging in circular or punching motions and stomping, syncopated to the song. It doesn’t always require a direction of motion besides standing in the same spot.


Trapsta: The Review Of Quality Dubstep

Do you like dub-step? If so then you should check out this man from Kansas City. If not then i encourage you to open your mind to a different art and teach your mind to try and enjoy any little thing about it.

Anyway, I myself did not use to enjoy dub-step, but it is an acquired taste like any other thing in existence which takes pursuit and time to acknowledge. I now love dub-step just as much as most other genres. I may not be the most knowledgeable on how it works, sounds, or how to make it, but this guy “Trapsta” does.

Trapsta is an underground exclusive, with wonky wubs that will keep you whipped. Formally known as Satchel Estep, he is only 17 years old! From my hometown Kansas City,  he is not signed to any label yet but definitley deserves some recognition. Hes been producing tracks for almost three years now, and mixing tracks starting in 2013. He has a melodic-ness to the chill beats exiting his mind through tunes. Settle bubble sounds and all your favorite wetness can fit really snug in your ears.  I actually have tried to produce music and dubstep sounds before this youngster before he shot me and some fellow friends out of the water with his techniques and straight thinking on how to master all his tunes to an ideal bassy dish.

If your looking for some good music, (dubstep or not) this guy can give it to you. Check him out on soundcloud! Give him some followers too, hes looking to release an EP at exactly 200 followers. Which i am doing an album cover for in case your interested in my art.

https://soundcloud.com/djtrapsta

Much Love Satch! – Jakeypoo;)


My Fourth Of July (A Compelling Story of Punks)

So at First I wasnt gonna blog about this event but i decided it really was influential enough on my minds development to explain to my followers and interest-ers.  But anyhoo, I had an awesome fourth of July this year. Started off the day grilling some nice big juicy pineapple bratwurst. http://instagram.com/p/bHTz9nCK_6/. For me and the family of course, along with the Famous Kc Royals baseball game. And to follow my first “Punk” concert. Which is going to be my focus point of this post.

The Royals Game:

Now in my experience of baseball games, they were always fun and something to do for the day but if my team was losing then it really started to drag on and i would become very anxious to leave the stadium. Todays game was different. I had high hopes for our Royals as they faced Cleveland and their Indians. It was real slow for the first five innings with the indians ahead 5 runs. We caught up with a grand slam and then a homerun with a single later. Up by two, they returned to our score of 7 and in the 8th inning we were up by three, Winning the game 10 to 7! A Great and Beautiful Game!

Now to non-sport fans i sound like im a fanboy hankering for a close game with all my favorite pros that i look up to and idolize. But honestly i never watch, listen, or keep up to date at all with baseball or sports in general unless im actually at the game itself. But this game inspired me again that there is a reason people do dream and follow the players. Its really fun and an interesting hobbie. I could easily get into it.

The “Punk” Concert:

Over the past few months i had somewhat respected the “punk” genre a little more and more. My friend Noah had always encouraged me and advocated all his favorite bands, mostly punk, and i had been “open minded” but not understanding. See before i said, “yea its good, just not for me. This is your kind of music, which is fine.” But now ive understood what the genre is about and the vibe of the people and feeling. I started listening to it on my own time a little more, but the 4th was the night i finally got to see it live. And if you didnt know, a musician or genre is never fully understood or appreciated until you’ve seen it live.

I have seen lots of different music tastes live before. Probably some subgenres im still missing out on, but ive been able to experience the people, envirenmont, music itself in that setting within various accounts. Personally I recommend everyone see and observe a live setting of the music of their choice to analyze the following:

1.How People Dress

2. How People Act

3.How People React

4.How the Music is Performed

I say to view these things simply because i find it interesting that its so different in almost every music scene, depending on how specific or broad the category of music is. So anyway heres some Pictures from that night taken by my friend i met there named Hudson Luce.

http://www.flickr.com/photos/streamfortyseven/sets/72157634606358410/

http://www.flickr.com/photos/streamfortyseven/sets/72157634612714323/

http://www.flickr.com/photos/streamfortyseven/sets/72157634613565395/

http://www.flickr.com/photos/streamfortyseven/sets/72157634643082521/

It was really a blast. The danger the Punks provide, yet goofy demeanor and gestures. There was lots of slam dancing and circling pits but no “moshing”. It was chill. We werent trying to push each other for violence or aggressive releases. But just mosh to our individual settings within a crowd, if that makes sense. Moshing= Having fun with pushing,shoving, swinging on others. Slam dancing= a dance with movement that sometimes requires running into one another indirectly. The really only differnce is how direct the pits were. Other than that though, the people were really fun. Dressed, miss matched, trashy, and patched to perfection, with all their favorite music attire, belts and studs. But personalitys were just normal people. Some that liked lots of drugs or alcohol. The show was at a house, and lots of these kids in the scene were blowing off fireworks IN the basement. It was pretty gnarly. As you can see in some of the pictures during the band Nuke Cult. The smoke was so immense they aired out the basement before returning back in there. I would definitley like to check out more of these shows in the future as well. Especially if there’s fireworks. I love Kansas City.


Local Music Is Better

Diving

The emo group plays great!

The emo group plays great!

Hey folks! I go to allot of shows and concerts, if you didn’t know. I have to say when i use to start out with music i saw local artists to kansas city and they inspired me to listen to that style and genre of music. After a while i started forgetting about the locals and moving on to the professionals that had a “knack” for this talent of music. Dont get me wrong the pros are great at what they do, but recently i have attended allot of local shows again and honestly…thats where it all starts. The roots and souls of every great musician is when they are a diy group or unsigned and living on the simple passion to play. I love my signed music too, but sometimes they sell out or just feel completely corporate about how they play. This is definitely not always the case but, id rather support people that i can talk to and relate to for a cheap price then spend big money on the big guys. There is also allot of great venues, great crowd energy, and it just feels great to be a part of the community. Thats my two cents anyway. Yesterday i saw this band “Diving”, (from Austin, Texas) in Kansas city at the art closet studios. They are beautiful and actually the first group and show ive seen within the scene of the “emo” genre! I love emo music by the way, and these guys definitley did me some good.

With this being said i encourage you to check out the locals in your area. It makes me feel nice:)


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Nicola Alessandrini works

The Primitive Entertainment Workshop

Fictional Occurrences --------------------------- by Richard F. Yates and Other Weirdies

Alex Robichaud Photoblog

See for yourself.

Creative Candyfloss Monster

A collection of work by Daniel Saunders

leahsmithson.wordpress.com/

Surrealistic Contemporary Art + Design Blog

Really Poor Decisions

Bad judgement and irresponsibility will be on my tombstone.

Jakob's Album Reviews

Words About Music

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Enter the vortex of FREE to D/L

canadianstonermetal

Take Drugs. Hail Satan

Natalia Maks

Travel. See. Shoot. Learn.

Cherry Blue Salt

Brian Filipowich's Art

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where I can display my art and cartoons