Sunday, June 18, 2017

American Pancake Podcast # 6 - Sounds from Another Dimension

Hello boys and girls! It has been a while since I posted up a podcast / radio show, in fact I believe it has been about 2 weeks. Life got so busy and hectic but PODCAST number 6 is UP and it is a good one. I hope you check it out. I implore you to, pretty please ?!!?

It was such a pleasure shooting the breeze with CW Lott from Wall of Ears. We talked about a lot of trippy stuff and swapped thoughts on his new album 3 years in the making, "Hello Beautiful Nothing" that is so damn special. As always let me know what you think.
Robb Donker

Tuesday, June 6, 2017

Hear Pre-Mastered "No Matter What Planet" For A Limited Time

Dying Star, my project EP is coming out this month. For a limited time I am sharing the unlisted Semi-Mastered track for No Matter What Planet (Eclipsing Rays) through the bio link on my Instagram. See below. Enjoy-
Robb Donker

Saturday, June 3, 2017

Superet - Official Video for "Pay It Later"

Superet, they have just entered my musical consciousness. They are a rock outfit out of Los Angeles. They just wrapped up an East Coast / Midwest tour supporting DREAMCAR. They seemed to have coalesced from many past musical bands / happenings and as close friends came together last Valentine's day. They just released the video for Pay It Later. It is a dense juggernaut of amped up blendo rock with heavy glam influences and new wave infestations. As the song filtered through my brain I thought of T-Rex, Sweet, The Killers, and even Adam Ant (does anyone remember the Ant man?). I don't know more than that except that according to their press release they are coming. From this Adrenalin filled taste I look forward to more.
Robb Donker

Thursday, June 1, 2017

Mr. Byrd - Feel "I'll Never Let Go" From His Upcoming Steel Cold Train EP

Woke up this morning with a million thoughts in my head. Last night was full of airport people, No Mas, hugs, tears and hopes of rebirth. Then I found Mr. Byrd. Jeremy Byrd to be exact. His EP Steel Cold Train is dropping June 9th. The song I'll Never Let Go starts easy but quickly induces chills across your skin as the weight of the melody pushes you down to your knees. Like wistful, even painful memories invading your brain the song builds to a powerful moving conclusion. Byrd carries emotion firmly in his vocal tones in a deep way. I imagine he closes his eyes when he sings and I imagine he feels everything he sings it in a real way.

Feel this song below.
Robb Donker

Nashville-based Country/Folk artist Mr. Byrd
To release debut EP, Steel Cold Train, out June 9th

(Brooklyn, NY) The story of songwriter Jeremy Byrd is that of a classic Southern upbringing, major label disillusionment and, ultimately, finding one’s voice through it all. As a member of the Verve-signed The Bridges at a very young age, along with his sisters, Byrd jammed in a lifetime’s worth of highs, lows and in-betweens all by the age of 23.

Once the dust had finally settled on the big ticket promises of The Bridges, Byrd took a job cooking at a coffee shop while keeping his guitar and family close. Joined by his sisters on gorgeous harmonies, Jeremy is now readying to share his debut release as Mr. Byrd, the Steel Cold Train EP.

“I’m from Alabama, Cold Water to be exact,” shares Byrd. “Just about 5 miles away from the Talladega Speedway. I was plucked from Orlando and dropped in nowhere Alabama when I was eleven, when my dad decided to start a church with another pastor in 2001. I never really like that town. Never really liked the people who lived there. I did find joy in my family and songs and some close friends I made who, like me, also played guitar. This became very much my life. When i was seventeen I joined my sisters band, a vocal group writing and performing original songs and hailing some attention from nearby cities; Birmingham and Atlanta. I was the drummer. We wrote prolifically. I learned structure and melody from sitting in with them while they hammered out each bar of music. I had ideas of my own, and eventually my ideas would become the fresh sound we wanted to portray. Though it did take some years.”

It was after that time that Byrd would reconvene with his sisters and producer K.S. Rhoads where the fabric behind Steel Cold Train would fall into place.

“I guess it’s funny though, I used the band that drove me to and then away from music to bring me right back into it. I just can’t seem to get away from these girls. The songs themselves come from years of sitting in the background, patiently waiting, and/or processing heartbreak.”

Monday, May 22, 2017


PODCAST #4 is up and despite that I left the "s" off of cigarette and should of written "The Black Tambourines" so while I get things wrong I hope I get enough things right when I post these podcasts. It is super hard to get listeners and I know it will take months, even years to build up a sizable base of listeners if that is even possible but I hope anyone who listens get something out of the show.

This week the show felt somber and reflective at times. Of course this had to do with the untimely death of Chris Cornell. I think it also had to do with the current state in the world and the feeling that "idiocracy" is fully here in the White House.

I am trying hard to secure interviews with a whole bunch of people who for now will remain nameless because I think that eventually that will be the direction of the podcast. Like half interview, half music. Thanks to those of you who have been so kind to message or text me and give me love and support. AND special thanks to Jack Bacon of Tuckshop Community Radio. I love, really love contributing to his show each and every week.
Robb Donker

Wall of Ears - Video for Floating Off The Line and Their "Hello Beautiful Nothing" West Coast Tour

When I first heard the name Wall Of Ears I thought of Wall Of Vodoo (Mexican Radio) the late 70's / 80's L.A. band whose front man, Stan Ridgeway, had roots in the film scoring business. Sonically these two musical outfits have nothing in common except the fact that they possess the ability to make great music.

Wall of Ears are out of Seattle and the thick psychedelic pop stew is cooked up by CW Lott. The aesthetic is soundscapes that sway and move in a lush sort of way. An immersive sound with beautiful flourishes that can border on eerie and are abstract and are kind of mind bending and can flow into sultry flavors. It is a dance of sorts and Wall of Ears are not afraid to mix it up. CW Lott's voice is perfect as the provocateur and he slides nicely into full falsettos. It would be hard for me to put any past band or artist on them as a descriptor but when I heard that song Mind Moves I thought of Mac DeMarco mixed with Roxy Music mixed with Tame Impala mixed with the Beach Boys. Yeah, weird huh(?)

They are supporting their "Hello Beautiful Nothing" release that drops June 16th with a West Coast Tour (can't believe they are playing the Dollhouse in Anaheim, CA.) and if you are able you MUST go see them. You will not be disappointed.  Check out the video for Floating Off The Line -

Thursday, May 18, 2017

Why? Chris Cornell Dead at 52. He Will Be Missed

Chris Cornell dies at 52 while on tour. Amid the shock and sadness one wonders why and how (?) but it is too soon to know any details. He possessed a great voice and I loved his work with Soundgarden and Audioslave. From all accounts a truly lovely family man.

Brian Bumbery, Cornell's representative released this statement:

"Chris Cornell passed away late last night in Detroit, Michigan. His wife Vicky and family were shocked to learn of his sudden and unexpected passing and they will be working closely with the medical examiner to determine the cause of death. They would like to thank his fans for their continuous love and loyalty and ask that their privacy be respected at this time."

And we will...

RIP Chris Cornell-
Robb Donker

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

American Pancake Radioshow / Podcast #3 - Featuring an Interview with Thomas Marolda of "The Toms", Jack Bacon from Tuckshop and Cool Music

Podcast #3 features an extensive interview with Thomas Marolda and a great, great contribution by Jack Bacon of Tuckshop Community Radio. Love that guy and hope to get out to London soon enough and buy him a beer or ale or something(?)  Check it out below. If you enjoy it please be sure and share it around on Facebook and Tumblr and everywhere. The more listeners I get then the easier it will be to encourage other interesting people to come on board to be interviewed.

Thanks for all your support-
Robb Donker

Sunday, May 14, 2017

Gianna Gianna Brings Out the Straight Razor in "Carnal Jazz Cry", "Crown" and "Anvil Chorus / Orange"

Photo by Ryan Bussard

As one part of the sibling trio BLOK who since 2008 blended hip hop, underground rap and an avant-garde art punk aesthetic garnering OC Music Awards and spreads in Spin (USA) and Nylon (Japan) as well as sharing stages with Peaches, Major Lazer, Yelawolf, Reggie Watts, Andrew WK and more- Gianna Gianna has cut her own path as well as a poet and solo artist. 

The statuesque avant-garde provocateur is often an art piece herself and I don't just mean on stage where her ebb and flow of explosiveness and steely stare can make you freeze in your tracks. Even entering a room and not necessarily being the center of attention you might find your eyes just automatically drawing to her. Her anti-pastiche style of dress blends eras and her look feels like 1950's Italian glamour, meets 80's urban, meets Blade Runner. As with all avant-garde laced music / art I admit I don't always get it. Seeing and hearing Gianna Gianna pushing envelopes has, for me, it's share of WTF moments. 

I remember years ago when I first saw the 1929 short Un Chien Andalou directed by now surrealist darling Luis Bunuel with conceptual help from Salvador Dali. The short 16 minute film that opens with the infamous eye slicing scene and then is followed by a series of unrelated imagery. The result is total weirdness because each scene are out of context to something larger or maybe not. Some are shot with a sense of beauty but contain disturbing things. In short, Un Chien Andalou has plenty of WTF moments. Bunuel and Dali were trying really trying to skewer surrealism and challenge the French elitist avant-garde mindset of the day but in the end the class of people they were trying to give the artistic "fuck you" to embraced the film. To this day I still wonder whose hand that was the woman was poking with the stick (?). Surrealists always seem to have a penchant for the grotesque and I won't even begin to skim the surface of Alejandro Jodorowsky.

Gianna Gianna's video's and musical artwork does, to me, have many musical eye slicing moments and while she doesn't dabble that much in the grotesque there is a feral nature to her movements offset by her red blooded beauty and raw eroticism. The sounds and prose perplex me in that "mommy, we are not in Kansas anymore" and in many of her art / vision / sound pieces I do get the sense that there are feminist and anti-feminist themes and maybe even a challenging of the feminist bourgeoisie. Oh, and yes, plenty of WTF moments. What does it all mean?  Maybe it doesn't really matter because music and all art is more of a Rorschach test for our creative soul now isn't it?

In the end it is best not to talk about the avant-garde but just to show it.
Check it out below-
Robb Donker

Saturday, May 6, 2017

American Pancake Podcast / Radio Show #2 - Interview with Wyatt Blair (The Broken Hearts / Loli-Pop Records), Contribution from Jack Bacon from Tuckshop Community Radio and GREAT MUSIC

The American Pancake Podcast / Radioshow #2 is up early!! So while the podcast usually posts on Tuesday nights I am posting this Saturday because I will be traveling most of the week. On this podcast I interview co-founder of Loli-Pop Records and multi-talented musician Wyatt Blair and find out about his obsession with Thin Lizzy and his new incarnation The Broken Hearts. This podcast also features the first contribution from Jack Bacon of Tuckshop Community Radio out of London.

Enjoy and let me know what you think of the show.
Cotillon, Fidlar, Fruit Bats, The Broken Hearts, Interview with Wyatt Blair, The Toms, Magic Potion (contribution by Jack of Tuckshop Community Radio) and Radiohead