Jul 8, 2015
Thanks to DFW.com for the review on our second record release, Video in My Stereo!
"Dallas-based singer-songwriter Adam Case showcases a little bit of everything on his debut album, Video in My Stereo.
The laid-back opener, Better Love, might conjure visions of a countrified John Mayer, but not long after, on Jack and Kate (Try), the Wichita, Kan., native Case spins 180 degrees and delivers a majestic, pop-rock anthem.
Later on, the aptly titled Sexy Lady goes for a sultry, bluesy feel, which makes for a compelling contrast with Case’s smooth, limber voice.
Such surprising dexterity continues throughout Stereo’s 10 songs, accumulated over the last few years and recorded with help from producer Levi Bradford.
Case’s record is also noteworthy for being the second release from Bradford’s Frisco-based label, Noise Umbrella (which handled the terrific and criminally overlooked Anna Robyn Thomas record, which Bradford also midwifed, earlier this year). Thus far, Noise Umbrella has displayed a discerning ear, coupled with a knack for cultivating unknown talents and a dedication to polished product.
Here’s hoping we hear more soon from Case, Thomas and their label home."
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Jun 16, 2015
We are thrilled to release our second full length as a label. Adam Case with Video in My Stereo. These 10 tunes were recorded over the span of 3 or 4 years.. Plugging away a little bit here and there when time allowed, or when players were in town. We tracked them at different times, with different gear, and at different studios. We chose to let each song go where it naturally wanted to go. This means the only tie point between the tunes is Adam's vocal and a few players. (Drums, Ricky Johnson. Guitar, Scott Fowler) There were many other various players that made the record possible. I guess what made the record most possible was the ambition to move forward, make a statement, and explore. For if it weren't for those thoughts, the music would not exist. We hope you'll take some time to listen, share, support, feel, jam, rock, ect...
Jun 15, 2015
May 29, 2015
Hey-oo everybody out there! We've got some very special news for you, easiest explained because we are trying to create music/write about/relate things to you and for you. (Not us, always)
Adam Case is releasing a full length recording via Noise Umbrella on June 16th, 2015. The 10 song collection has been named VIDEO IN MY STEREO.
This will only be the second major release from our music making company, followed by Anna Robyn Thomas and her effort, SYMPTOMS.
We are happy to be in a place to create music. We hope you can relate. We hope you can enjoy it.
See you on the 16th!!
Apr 28, 2015
If you're into internet radio, or downtempo tune selections, or the ease of not having to pick your next sonic adventure, we've got a present for you. As of late, Anna's record made it onto Pandora Radio. You can now enjoy the Anna Robyn Thomas station to hear what the algorithms say she sounds like. We have to say, so far SO GOOD!
Thank You to Brandon Lajoie for this stellar picture.
If you'd like to directly support Anna, Symptoms, and our indie music making company, you can purchase the full record here:
Apr 27, 2015
Perfect for a cloudy day in DFW. Perfect for a wandering day in your mind. Cory Henry's talent extends the beautiful backdrop of the instrumental fusion band, Snarky Puppy, and enters into a land of it's own with First Steps.
Sit back and set your mind free.
Apr 20, 2015
Here's an album that tells a story, literally. With The Ambassador, Kahane releases a very interesting concept album, and each song is based on a street in California. Using 10 addresses L.A., he writes songs from the perspectives of characters both real and imaginary. The story was adapted into a play and given luminous and mysterious physical life at the Harvey Theater of the Brooklyn Academy of Music.
Apr 13, 2015
Good Lord! Can't get enough of this washy, melodic, catchy indie pop. Believed to be inspired by the West coast, treehouses and the ocean, Garrett Borns releases four monstrous tracks reminiscent of easy 60s vibes, mixed with current soundscapes and memorable story telling. Staying mysterious in this day and age is a hard task, but Børns tends to take to it. We hope you'll enjoy this little EP.
Apr 6, 2015
British piano indie rock band, Amber Run, has consistently impressed me with their command of melody and atmosphere. This newest single, the title track from their upcoming debut full-length, is no exception. Although older releases contained a beautiful folk energy (see "Noah" and "Kites"), "5AM" follows the slow-burning ballad sound that saw their 2014 single "I Found" gain buzz around the web. One critique is that despite Joe Keogh's obvious vocal talent, the band will have to move to separate itself from Coldplay comparisons and mediocre reviews. I see potential here to tap into an emotional vein that related Indie bands so often miss. Their prior release's title track, "The Pilot," and the now-missing folk sound is what I'd like to hear more of on their upcoming full-length debut, available April 27th.
Mar 30, 2015
Madlib gets his hands on the catalogue of Blue Note Records, a New York Jazz Label established in 1939. Using made up versions of himself playing different instruments, he samples, creates and chops these old recordings into instrumental hip-hop art. It truly is a unique culture collision from decades apart. Check it!
Mar 23, 2015
Thanks to DFW.com for the kind words about our first record release through Noise Umbrella!
"Mere minutes into Denton singer-songwriter Anna Robyn Thomas’ debut, Symptoms, an astonishment takes hold: This artist is just 19 years old?! “Wise beyond her years” is a far-too-frequently deployed cliche when it comes to teenage musicians, but in the case of Thomas, where else to begin? These 10 amazingly assured tracks, produced by Thomas and Levi Bradford, are like boarding a sleek roller coaster, full of hairpin turns hurtling these alt-pop songs in vivid new directions. Thomas has clearly studied the St. Vincent/ Regina Spektorplaybook, but wisely tossed it aside in favor of forging her own path. From the harrowing ( Little Albert) to the happy ( Jamestown), Thomas needs just 31 minutes to leave a massive impression."
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If you'd like to support Symptoms, you can download it here:
French multi-instrumentalist Chris Joss takes us on a wild journey through Funk and Afrobeat with his 2009 Album, Sticks. Exploring new instruments like the sitar, flute, and upright bass, this instrumental album is sure to provide the grooves for the rest of your day... or week... We were caught first by the tune, Tune Down.
Thanks for chiming in! We hope you'll join us in listening.
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Mar 16, 2015
Want an absolute escape from modern reality? Put some headphones on, go walk around culture (drive, walk, run, work in an office and look around,) and play some of the beautifully arranged music by Syd Dale and his Orchestra. If you're not immediately transported into a time of yester-year, wait. Continue such tasks and surely you'll find an avenue of your imagination you didn't know was there, or haven't frequented in some time.
And if you get really bored, go YouTube 60s easy listening music. See you later.
Mar 9, 2015
"We didn't make any demos. To me rock and roll isn't really a genre but more of recklessness or a risk," Carlile told NPR. "The more something gets ironed out and sure of itself, the less it begins to rock somehow."
With The Firewatcher's Daughter, Brandi Carlile delivers an intimate collection of rock infused western songs. There's angst. Closeness. Bold Declarations. Hard Truths. Most of all there's a real person in there.
Mar 2, 2015
“We live in such a busy world—work, family, everything—and I wanted this project to emanate that same feeling I felt the night at the Ryman,” he said. “This feeling of peeling back to the roots and celebrating the beauty in simplicity.”
Feb 26, 2015
Hello everyone and thank you for stopping by Noise Umbrella. The painting above you symbolizes a good thing in the life of our community. One click will take you into a world full of ideas, ambition, and reality; all tucked away within the framework of 10 songs. We hope you'll enjoy and come back for more adventures.
Feb 25, 2015
For all of our Dallasites out there, we are happy to announce that Anna Robyn Thomas will be performing a version of her song called Pretty Girls live on Good Morning Texas this Friday | February 27th, 2015.
You can catch Anna on WFAA-TV Channel 8 from 9-10am.
In celebration of excitement, we've made Pretty Girls available for your ears below. Please tune in and share, as we have some exciting news to make available on air.
Feb 23, 2015
There is a simple life out there.. Or in the least, a simple frame of mind. In Home Again, Michael Kiwanuka delivers a break from the chaotic charm that wraps around our daily hustle and bustle.
As you can expect from Noise Umbrella, we're "Trying to find you something that won't fade away in time.." (Reference "Lasan" below)
Stream "Home Again" by clicking on this ultra long run-on sentence that will direct you to Spotify and let you listen to the great record from top to bottom which we highly recommend especially on a cold and snowy day
Feb 10, 2015
Feb 2, 2015
Welcome back to Music Monday | A weekly "Glimpse" of the music we've been listening to.
We were able to catch Vacationer's live set at DADA this past weekend. Dallas band VALISE opened for them. If you haven't been over to their camp to see what the've been working on, we'd encourage you to do that. http://www.valisemusic.com (right nowza)
Now, if you're into deep grooves and good vibes, click the picture above for the Spotify link to the Vacationer record called "RELIEF." Glimpse is where we're stuck right now.