Ryan Shupe – We Rode On

Ryan Shupe ‘s We Rode On is a tremendously hopeful effort that showcases the power of the American spirit with a rich set of vocals and a catchy vocal style that ties together Maroon 5 and Walk the Moon. The Sun Will Shine Again has an intense instrumental opening that gives ground to allow Shupe to marvel with his vocal output. The production of this track is amazing, as the emphatic drum beat provides a constant to the track that acts as a perfect counterpoint to the vocals and guitars.  Just Say Yes adds a little bit of soul and funky style to the track, while Feel the Same Way has a catchy melody that will buy itself deep into the psyche of anyone listening in. Ryan Shupe is able to make one of the most effecting albums we’ve heard this year. Check it out.Ryan Shupe - We Rode On

Rating: 8.8/10

Ryan Shupe – We Rode On / 2016 Self / 11 Tracks / http://www.shupe.net/ / https://www.facebook.com/ryanshupemusic/

Monica Lionheart – Missed Connections

A modern form of indie-pop that looks back to the electronic styles of the mid-eighties for influence, while still having enough chops to make for a musically interesting style during the EP’s first effort, Strangers. The challenging time signatures present during Taylor will have listeners sitting on the edges of their seats, while the raw power of Lionheart’s vocals link together artists as disparate as La Roux and Taylor Swift.Monica Lionheart - Missed Connections Continue reading “Monica Lionheart – Missed Connections”

Water District – Come Down

Come Down is the latest single from Water District, possessing an emotive sound and fuzzy guitars that unite to make a wall that washes over listeners. Tremendously interesting guitar lines and rich vocals are present in spades, giving the track a sound that would work as well in 1993 as it does in 2016. Water District - Come DownWater District make an effort that tie together equal parts emotive rock, punk, and alternative/indie rock. Spinning to a close before the four-minute mark, Come Down will stick with listeners long after he song’s last notes play; Water District has created a radio-friendly single that is deep, detailed, and tremendously complex.

Water District – Come Down  / 2015 Self / http://www.waterxdistrict.com/ /https://www.facebook.com/waterdistrictband / https://twitter.com/thewdistrict

 

Kate Brown – Bring Me Down Dixie

Kate Brown’s Bring Me Down Dixie is a tremendously affecting track that shows the sheer vocal range of this inimitable performer. The rich instrumentation of this single provides highlighting for Brown’s vocals in all of the right position, with a production that allows the timeless vocals, splashy drums and wistful strings to create something greater than their constituent parts. Kate Brown - Bring Me Down Dixie The narrative quality of Brown on Bring Me Down Dixie will have listeners falling off of each subsequent line; hints of 1960s, 1970s (Carole King), 1980s (Stevie Nicks) and the 1990s (Sheryl Crow, Dixie Chicks) can all be heard here. The single has tremendous replay value as fans hear everything that has been placed within.

Rating:8.6/10

Kate Brown – Bring Me Down Dixie  / 2016 Self / http://www.katebrownmusic.com/https://twitter.com/katebrownmusic / https://www.facebook.com/kateonstage

Russell Foisy Interview 

Today, we are speaking with Florida’s Russell Foisy. Can you give us a little background information about yourself? How has your style evolved and changed over the time since you first started playing?

Hi James, thank you for the opportunity. I am a singer songwriter from Tarpon Springs, Florida, about 30 minutes from Tampa Florida. I had a dream and a goal to create my own cd of original lyrics and music. This dream has come true and the people I have met in person and through social media in incredible. I am a story teller in lyrics and I want my listener to hear the emotion in my singing ability. My style has remained true and dedicated to who I am. Continue reading “Russell Foisy Interview “

Haze Dual V3 Vaporizer

The Haze Dual V3 Vaporizer is an intelligent device that allows individuals to key in exactly what temperature they would like their plant material, e-liquids or concentrates to be processed. The intuitiveness of this vaporizer is such that one should be able to open it straight from the box, briefly familiarize themselves with the various functions that are available to users, and then begin making use of the Haze Dual V3. The ability to go and have a different temperatures for a wide variety of materials makes this a must purchase as the sheer array of different plants and materials along with different levels of dryness make it actually absolutely essential that one find the sweet spot for whatever it is they decide to vaporize for the day.Haze Dual V3 Vaporizer Continue reading “Haze Dual V3 Vaporizer”

Baby ComfyNose (Nasal Aspirator)

One of the most difficult tasks that a parent has to do with a young child has to be the aspiration of their nose. The child or infant does not have the ability to go and blow their nose so a parent has to go and use one of many different sorts of devices to manually extricate material from the nose. The aspirator that we received from the Baby Comfy Care company is one that goes and decreases the difficulty of this process without increasing the grossness that may be present during the activity. The device is created with BPA and Phthalate-free materials, removing a considerable cause of concern for parents. The device can be put through the dishwasher to ensure that every nook and cranny is completely cleaned before being put back into service.Baby ComfyNose

The aspirator comes with standard and newborn size, and goes and creates suction without hurting a child. This device utilizes tubing that will even be appreciated by the youngest individuals as there is a tendency for some of the bulb aspirators to be a slightly larger gauge then a child’s nose. By utilizing a tissue, the device is able to remove detritus without gunking up the product. This device is cute, it works and when accompanied by a saline wash or similar aging product will be perfectly suited to any family that is looking to provide the greatest sort of care for their children. The Baby ComfyNose, a nasal aspirator by Baby Comfy Care can be located at Babies R Us and Walgreens and should be a must-purchase for anyone looking the make their child breathe clearly. Further information about the device and the rest of the Baby Comfy Care products is available at the company’s website or at their social media profiles.

Rating: 8.0/10

Baby ComfyNose (Nasal Aspirator) / Baby Comfy Care / $14.00 / https://babycomfycare.com/ / https://www.facebook.com/babycomfycare / https://twitter.com/BabyComfyCare /

Auld Acquaintance (Pike Brewing)

There is a tendency for breweries to come forth and create winter warmers or other spiced beers in the last quarter of the year to capitalize on the holiday season. As a result the shelves get stocked with a variety of beers that are roughly the same, meaning that they will be very strongly spiced, malt heavy and full of dark fruit flavors. Pike Brewing (Seattle, WA) has decided to buck this trend and create a wholly unique holiday ale with their Auld Acquaintance. Essentially what one will experience here is a linkage between India Pale Ales, white ale and smaller bits of the winter warmer style. To be absolutely honest the initial sip of Auld Acquaintance was a little on the confusing side with so many distinct flavors hitting my tongue. A strong hop presence as well as citrus elements and the broadness of malts all played for dominance after I cracked the bottle. The beer settles down nicely after a minute or two, creating an order to an incredibly complex beer.Auld Acquaintance (Pike Brewing) Continue reading “Auld Acquaintance (Pike Brewing)”

Dragon’s Milk Reserve Vanilla Chai (New Holland)

New Holland has just released a Vanilla Chai variant of their popular Dragon’s Milk Reserve, pouring with a dark brown to black coloration. There is  little if anything in the way of head, while the initial nose of the Dragon’s Milk Reserve Vanilla Chai is a little bit sweet and links together sugar with the titular elements. When one is able to take the first sip from the effort, what they will immediately discern is a rich array of flavors including chai, bourbon, vanilla and more than a fair share of spices with hints of cinnamon, nutmeg, and cayenne. The alcohol that would normally be intense and in your face in this beer is hidden masterfully making for something that is dangerously drinkable and absolutely delectable.Dragon's Milk Reserve Vanilla Chai (New Holland)

Dragon’s Milk Reserve Vanilla Chai does much to transform the base beer creating something special; the initial hot and boozy palette is dialed back a little bit as the beer is allowed to warm, granting  a toasted taste contributed by the malt and a bit of hop bitterness to come through at points. The beer remains tremendously consistent no matter where one may be at, meaning that the final pull off of a bottle of the Dragon’s Milk Reserve Vanilla Chai will be as fresh, with as tangled of twists and turns as they were when the effort was first opened. The New Holland website is a stellar repository for information about the brewery’s year-round and seasonal offerings while the social media profiles of the brewery are equally useful when it comes to the announcement of new beers and events. The DMR Vanilla Chai is an limited edition bottle so make sure to pick up a bottle before it finds its way off of shelves.

Rating 9.7 / 10

Dragon’s Milk Reserve Vanilla Chai (New Holland) / 10.5% ABV / http://newhollandbrew.com/ / https://www.facebook.com/newhollandbrewpub/ / https://twitter.com/newhollandbrew

Dr. Seuss Wet Bag (Bumkins)

We received a set of products from Bumkins that are licensed and showcase characters from Dr. Seuss books. One of these items that we received is a wet bag which is incredibly versatile when it comes to including with the never-ending list of supplies that one brings each time they ferry their children from point A to B. This means that breastfeeding implements can be placed inside of it such as cones and tubes after they have been used without staining up the diaper bag and everything else it touches while wet and dirty diapers can be included and zipped up so that they don’t contaminate the rest of the materials in the satchel.Dr. Seuss Wet Bag (Bumkins)The quality of Bumkins’ Dr. Seuss Wet Bag means that one will be able to use it on a pretty heavy rotation for quite a few years before the material or the zipper go south. The waterproof material which the bag is made is a brilliant addition to anyone that has a leaky, drippy or otherwise wet item in their possession. We even had some luck putting bottles into the wet bag, especially those which we have lost the cap further keep down what is a messy existence when one has a bottle-fed child. Bumkins has a number of different licenses for shows and companies like The Cat in the Hat, Disney, and DC Comics and a wide variety of different bags and containers available. We were similarly pleased with their laundry bag, which utilizes similar design and product material to the wet bag albeit in a larger size. For more information about the full range of products that Bumkins produces please visit their website for a full listing, new product announcements and product availability.

Rating: 8.5 / 10

Dr. Seuss Wet Bag / Bumkins / http://www.bumkins.com/ / https://www.facebook.com/bumkins/