Interview: Buster Shuffle

Buster Shuffle recently released I’ll Take What I Want. Jet Baker (piano, vocals) took some time to answer a few questions about the album, their latest music video, and more. Check it out below.

With the band being around for a decade now, how do you continue to develop and come up with new ideas for the music?

We write all the time, on the road, in hotels, wherever we can and so that helps keep pushing it forward and keeping it fresh. That helps.

What was the process like when you were working on I’ll Take What I Want?

We took a good while writing it about 2 years off  and on as we were touring so much. The recording part we did fast. We cut the album in two days, vocals we did in a week and we mixed in just two days. We did it all fast so we captured the energy and rawness of the songs.

With a sounds that can’t be defined by one genre, which artists would you say have influenced the band the most?

The Clash, The Specials Ian Dury and the Blockheads are our home influences and also the likes of Little Richard and Fats Domino

Is there anywhere you’d like to tour that you haven’t made your way to just yet?

Yeah. Japan, South America and Australia.

Who do you work with on the music video for “I Don’t Trust A Word You Say”?

A friend of the band who offered to help out. We cut it fast one Sunday morning.

What can we expect to see from the band in 2018?

Lots of touring… we ‘ve just been announced for Punk Rock Bowling 2018 and we cant wait! See you there. Oi!

Thanks for your time. Where can our readers keep up with Buster Shuffle?

Website: www.bustershufflemusic.com
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/bustershuffleofficial

 

Monday Musings: Spider-Man and Jessica Jones

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I just have a couple things for today. I posted both of the trailers on the site’s socials over the weekend, but I wanted to get a few thoughts down on each. Check out the trailers for Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse and Jessica Jones season two.

Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse trailer

Even though it’s just an animated film, I’m excited about Miles Morales being the lead. Sure, they imply there are other Spidey friends in the world, but I’m fine with that since it opens the door for us to see some other great characters like Spider-Gwen. We still have about a year before it’s out, but I think it’ll be worth the wait.

Jessica Jones season two trailer

What is there to say about Jessica Jones? She’s wonderful. One thing I really love about this trailer is that it doesn’t give away who the villain is at all. It’s all about Jessica and what she’s capable of. She also quotes Spider-Man’s “with great power comes great responsibility,” but isn’t a huge fan of the saying. I’m ready for this, so is it March 2018 yet?

You can find all previous editions of Monday Musings here.

Video Premiere: Darling Waste – “Hurt Before” (featuring Stef Huschka)

Darling Waste got their start in Cleveland, OH. From there they took their music to New York City and overseas to England. Their new album, The Skeleton Key, came out via Imminence Records. Today, we’re premiering their lyric video for “Hurt Before,” which features Stef Huschka of City of the Weak.

“Hurt Before” is a song that tells the tale of two people who know what it’s like to be hurt. Huschka’s voice provides a great contrast. Check out the video and a quote about the song from singer Lance Waste below.

The song was written instantly. I had just left my house and was driving down the freeway singing it without realizing it. I thought it must have been a pop song I had heard on the radio without registering it. When I realized it wasnt already a song, I turned around, drove home, ran to the piano and worked it. Both verses and the chorus were complete before I could even finish writting them.

I recorded the song a couple of times. Once with just my voice and piano and once with a full pop arrangement. I ended up settling for something in between, but the song still felt lifeless until I decided to make it a duet and bring a female voice into it. My friend Jesea Lee from High Road PR suggested Stef from City of the Weak and reached out to her for me. She has a really unique voice that adds a great dynamic to the song.

SoCal Spotlight: RIVALS

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SoCal Spotlight returns with a look at RIVALS. They have a lot going on right now and we think that you should certainly keep your eyes on them. Learn more about RIVALS below.

Hometown: Los Angeles, CA
When the band formed: 2014
Members:
Kalie Wolfe – Vocals
Micket Woodle – Guitar
Sebastian Chamberlain – Bass

When did you first know you wanted to be in a band?

KW: Weirdly enough, I didnʼt really ever want to be in a band per say but I know the moment I wanted to do music. I was shooting photos back when I was like 17 and I was on side stage shooting a friends band. I remember stopping and I looked out to a sold out show. I have this distinct memory of me thinking, “wow, I need to do this,” and a year later I joined RIVALS.

SB: At a very young age my mom dated somebody who is in a big band and took me to one of their shows and when I saw them play I knew that’s what I wanted to do.

MW: I was 11 and I was watching a Lorne video in my living room and playing air guitar haha.

How did the current lineup come to be?

KW: Back in like 2013, Micket and approached me about starting a band, I have known Micket since I was like 13 years old just through mutual friends but we were never really that close. I went on tour with his band as a photographer when I was 17 and he heard me sing. Like a year later or so, that band he was in broke up and he was looking to start another project. I know he mentioned doing something less metal and wanted to see what I could do to this track he had. It just ended up sounding really good and we kinda went with it. Seb came a bit later, like maybe two or three months after we released H/H back in 2015. We met him through just playing shows in our local scene. Its actually funny cause we had met one time and I posted on Facebook saying “looking for a bass player” and all he commented was that girl emoji with her hand up and here we are two years later constantly touring together haha.

With all the little pockets of music scenes in SoCal, how do you go about checking out the local scene and finding new bands to listen to or even perform with?

KW: Honestly Facebook/Instagram/Twitter are such powerful tools to find other bands in your area, Its kinda how weʼve even found some bands to tour with even. But also just constantly seeing flyers from friends/etc and being like “oh Iʼve never heard of them before” and I tend to go and check it out just to see whats going on in music.

Whatʼs your favorite thing about the SoCal scene? Whatʼs one thing you wish you could change about it?

SC: One thing I love about the scene is how much everyone supports each other in their music. The people who believe in you, really go out of their way to make sure youʼre treated amazingly. SoCal has some of the best people weʼve ever met and who show us so much support. And if I can change one thing it would probably be the also the lack of support as well. I wish more people would go and support the local shows, and I guess this is less of the local scene and more of normal people who enjoy music in general. Music can only thrive if people support.

Thereʼs no doubt that this is a crowded place. So do you ever find it difficult to build up even just a solid local following? How does the band go about doing that?

MW: Definitely, Los Angeles has such a big local scene of great musicians and itʼs hard to really stand out but as long as you stay true to your music and really put your heart into it (and make your live show really interesting haha) then nothing can stop you

How does you handle the band’s social media presence? Where can the readers follow you?

KW: I run all of our socials, kinda constantly on my phone looking for new marketing methods or new ways to make us stand out. Always been my thing to be honest haha.

wearervls.com

twitter.com/wearervls

instagram.com/wearervls

facebook.com/wearervls

Also, be sure to check out the new single “Low.”

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yuJkNgR6tFM

Do you have a favorite SoCal spot to play? What makes it your favorite?

We love playing at Malones but we also like Chain as well. Theyʼre both super solid venues, good vibe and solid sound.

What is the band working on right now?

KW: We are currently in the process of releasing our new record which will be out 2/2 via Smartpunk Records titled Damned Soul. Keep your eye out for new videos/and tour announcements! Tons of really awesome things coming up quickly!

Monday Musings: Recent Comic Book Reads

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Monday Musings returns and this week I’m going to tell you a little about the recent comics I’ve read. I made a reading order list because it felt like the only way I’d stop hemming and hawing over what to read next every time I finished something. These are just a select few out of what I’ve read recently.

Batman: Arkham Asylum by Grant Morrison

This was unlike any other Batman comic I have ever read. Morrison takes thing to a whole other level with getting into Batman’s head in this. The art accurately portrays the tone the story is setting and while it might not be my favorite Batman story, it’s certainly one worth checking out.

Bizarro by Heath Corson

Heath Corson put together a fun Jimmy/Bizarro road trip in this trade. The art makes it a bit more fun, too, with Bizarro’s facial expressions and Jimmy’s somewhat ridiculous look. There’s very little of Superman in this, though, so it’s by no means a typical Bizarro story either.

Descender Vol. 1 by Jeff Lemire

Jeff Lemire and Dustin Nguyen make a great team. I remember meeting Dustin at WonderCon earlier this year and he asked me if I had read this. I told him I hadn’t, but I had bought it. I’m so glad I finally got around to it because it’s a gem of a comic. If you’re looking for a good space read, look no further.

Kill or Be Killed Vol. 1 by Ed Brubaker

This comic certainly won’t be for everyone. It’s pretty brutal. Ed Brubaker and Sean Phillips continue to team up on some intriguing crime comics. If you aren’t one who wants to see a little bit of gore, though, you may want to pass on this one.

Holiday Gift Guide

Photo by Kimberly Farmer on Unsplash

I put together a holiday gift guide for anyone who might need some help finding some nerdy gifts for family or friends. Some of these are personal recommendations, but some are also just things I’d have on my own wish list.

Books

Any of the books by Alan Sepinwall

I’ve only read Breaking Bad 101 so far, but I own his other two books. It’s just a matter of me getting around to watching Mad Men and maybe a couple other shows before reading them. He’s a writer I follow frequently now and he always has some great takes on TV.

Basketball (And Other Things) by Shea Serrano

Shea Serrano released this book a couple months ago and it’s a fun read. Arturo Torres returned to add some wonderful images. If you’re looking for something fun for a basketball fan, this should be on your list. However, it’s certainly not for kids.

Meet Me in the Bathroom by Lizzy Goodman

As someone who has never been part of the NY music scene, I found this to be quite the interesting read. A lot of time and effort clearly went into piecing this book together with some great interviews.

Artemis by Andy Weir

Andy Weir has done it again. This book is a must-read for the sci-fi fan in your life. If you’ve ever wondered what life on the moon could potentially look like, now is your chance to read about what actually sounds like a plausible way that could happen. Not to mention there’s an entire great story on top of the wonderful world building.

Comics

Batman by Tom King

Tom King has taken Batman and run with the character in a compelling way. Only the first volume is linked here, but I highly recommend all of the trades so far.

Super Sons by Peter J. Tomasi

Damian Wayne and Jonathan Kent go on super adventures together. Need I say more?

Descender by Jeff Lemire

This comic isn’t from this year, but I just recently read it and it’s a great story. I only had the chance to read the first volumes, but I plan to read the others as soon as I can grab copies of them.

Music

Apple Music 

At this very moment, Apple Music is offering 3 months of the service for free. It’s my music streaming service of choice and I highly recommend checking it out. Even if this may be more of a gift to yourself than it would be for others, it still counts, right?

Chris Stapleton – From A Room 

Chris Stapleton released two albums this year and both are great listens. If you know a country music fan, consider grabbing them both volumes of From A Room. 

Paramore – After Laughter

After Laughter is certainly making my AOTY list. Paramore just sounds like they had a ton of fun with this album and it’s solid start to finish.

Tech

Anker SoundBuds Slim+

I just bought these for myself because my earbuds broke on me and I wasn’t a huge fan of the replacement ones I started using that were just around the house. These are my first pair of Bluetooth earbuds and I’m loving them so far. Yes, it’s another thing to charge, but I don’t mind that.

Blue Yeti Microphone

For anyone who may be looking to start a podcast, this is a decent starter microphone. It will run you around $90 give or take. I still have one as a backup mic after upgrading my set up.

Misc.

Baron Fig Notebooks

I have a Baron Fig Confidant that I love using. I also have some of their Vanguard pocket notebooks that are great for jotting down your daily to-do list.

Writer Emergency Pack

This is one of the items on the list that I don’t own. I’ve been seeing it around quite a bit lately and it looks like a great tool for any writer to have.

Star Wars Legos

With The Last Jedi coming up soon, of course there was going to be at least one Star Wars recommendation in here. I’ve been contemplating buying a few of the smaller sets, but I honestly have no idea where I’d even have room to display any of them.

I hope you find at least something on here useful when buying gifts!