Remembering Ray Sawyer

The singer of the iconic song, “The Cover Of The Rolling Stone” passed away on December 31, 2018 at the age of 81.  Usually a back up singer for Dr Hook and the Medicine Show, he sang lead for this song and will always be remembered for it.

 

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Gena Perala – “Good Girl” – A Review

  • Received the following press release for a new single by Gena Perala.  A good tune, reminiscent of a more electronic Lana Del Rey.  And Canadian out of Vancouver.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

New Visual Single Release: Good Girl FEB 20th, by Vancouver based Singer Songwriter Gena Perala (pronounced Jenna).

Gena Perala releases a haunting new single Good Girl on the 20th of February. Reuniting with long-time producer Chris Gestrin, the two have a powerful connection, moving seamlessly through genres and sounds, creating dark melodies enhanced by Perala’s sultry vocals and intensely honest lyrics.

Good Girl opens with beautiful yet ominous “ooohs” and “ahhhs” setting the tone before getting straight to the point: “She’s too good for you and you know it’s true. I think it’s killing you, instead you’re killing her, murderer, murderer, murderer.”

With a voice that is both warm and chilling, Perala creates a style all her own – soft yet strong. “The song is about an abusive relationship and ultimately how every day my friend stayed in this relationship, it was killing her,” Perala explains. “But it’s important to understand how complicated and wrapped up in our past these situations are, so the song is also about the enabling that went on with the abuse and then my own helplessness and anger around men fucking with women, especially when those women are my best friends.”

The visual single premier is an eerie depiction of the artist floating in water surrounded by darkness and at times drowning. Dancers writhing underneath fabric represent the relationship eliciting visuals as unnerving as they are interesting. “Sometimes we know something isn’t good for us and we know we need to get away but we just can’t. Like there’s a force outside ourselves, the fabric drawing us together or the water drowning us and no matter how hard we try, we just can’t get out, Perala says, shedding light on some of the unsettling yet stunning imagery in the video.

Good Girl is the first of a string of releases Perala plans for 2018. It is bit of a departure from her last album (Exactly Nowhere, 2014): Perala trades in her piano for a synthesizer and her drummer for a drum machine. Good Girl is a minimal down-tempo electronic synth song that flirts with pop elements.

Perala’s upcoming releases will feature more of this electronic sound: “Going into the studio I had very specific ideas of what I wanted and co-produced the songs with Chris Gestrin. I love working with Chris anyway but he was the perfect person for this project since his studio is literally packed with synths and drum machines, a lot of them from the 80’s, he loves that stuff so a great fit for the poppy sounds I was going for. He’s also just really good at making my ideas a reality.” Good Girl leans more towards avant-garde pop but then again, Gena Perala is pretty avant-garde herself.

Taken From My Shazam – Funky President

Listened and shazamed this tune in September 2015.  Great funk from the Godfather Of Soul himself, Mr. James Brown.  Funky President (People It’s Bad) was released as a single in 1974 and appeared on his 1974 album Reality.  Apparently this track is one of his most sampled and the wah wah guitar has been used on dozens of hip hop tracks.  Enjoy!!!

 

Remembering David Peel

April 6, 2017 saw the passing of David Peel, founder of David Peel and the Lower East Side.  He and the band were early proponents of “street rock” and embraced the hippie/marijuana culture of the 60’s and 70’s.  One could also say that he was an early punk pioneer as well.  His recording career spanned 6 decades, and his last album was released in 2015.  The clip below is notable as it has some special guests, John Lennon and Yoko Ono, and is a live performance on the David Frost Show in 1971.