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bryan Titus - anymore

Today I was fortunate enough to steal some time to sit down and listen to an album by bryan Titus titled, …anymore. bryan Titus was kind enough to send me a copy of his album to check out and I am glad that he did. Initially, it ended up taking me a few days to get to listen to the album since my roommate got hooked on it and it disappeared into his room for a bit. When I got the album back I was then a little apprehensive to listen to it since it was described to me as “really Country.” I was really shocked, and pleasantly surprised, that it was not so much Country but more of a mixture of genres.

…anymore. seemed more Rock oriented to me than anything, but it certainly had some other genres mixed into the pot. There was some added dashes of Country, Gospel, Blues, and more. The album is a wonderfully blended eclectic mix that seems to be likable across many demographics. In fact, one person who heard the album with me said that it would probably sell well in a Starbucks. I was able to play the album for several different people throughout the day and they all loved different aspects of it. Right away, the listener is greeted with sound from a band that seems like they are having a good time, and this feeling transfers onto the listener. Multiple people who heard the music moved their bodies and tried to sing along without knowing the lyrics or the actual melody first. The music seemed somewhat infectious. With emphatic vocals, bryan Titus certainly does not hide on the album. He is right out in front, commanding his band through a concerto of musical good times. Backed up by a dynamic band built up of Jonathan Weed (Acoustic, Electric & 12-String Guitars, Mandolin, Backing Vocals), Will Weissman (Bass) , and Jeremy Miller (Drums & Percussion); …anymore. at times seemed reminicent of some Dave Matthews or the Counting Crows. All of the guys with bryan Titus are professionals, they have been playing together for some time, and it shows. …anymore. is a tight album with a nice mix that could be liked by many. It’s good any time music.

bryan Titus is out playing live quite a bit and I encourage you to check him out if you can. He has been taking over the Los Angeles area for the past few years, but he does manage to get around. To find out what he is up to, check out his Facebook Page. His next show is at the Genghis Cohen on Friday April 13th at 8pm. Go check him out!

…anymore. can also be purchased online in a few places including the following:

Bandcamp

iTunes

Amazon

If you would like to check out a preview of his album beforehand, you can do that, here:

CREDITS:

Bryan Titus – Lead Vocals, Backing Vocals, Acoustic & Electric Guitars, Violin & Viola

Jonathan Weed – Acoustic, Electric & 12-String Guitars, Mandolin, Backing Vocals

Will Weissman – Bass

Jeremy Miller – Drums & Percussion

Additional Musicians:
Gerry Mattei – Keyboards & Piano
Skip Edwards – Pedal Steel (tracks 3, 7 & 11)
Charlie Superfly – Guest Vocal (track 1)
Tracy Nicole Chapman & Debbie Kee – Add. Vocals (tracks 2, 3 & 8)
Hanna Kondo Weed – Backing Vocals (track 7)
Ryan “Frogs” McCormack – Add. Percussion (track 9)

Recorded at Sonic Environments by Jeffery Weed. Vocals recorded at Eargasm Studios by Chris Wonzer and additional recording at Radar! Studios by Jonathan Weed.

© 2010 by Bryan Titus/Jonathan Weed
All rights reserved. Neon Zion/BMI Gasius Clay/ASCAP

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Well, it is finally here. Apple‘s online cloud music storage is here to compete with services from Amazon and Google. Now, for $24.99 per year, Apple will scan your computer and match as many tracks as they can to their iTunes Store library. Once a track is matched it becomes available to every device that is synced with your Apple iCloud account. iTunes Match also automatically upgrades all lower quality tracks you may have to 256-Kbps quality. A pretty nice upgrade for those of  you who have really old 128-Kbps tracks from the early days of Napster and other music sharing services.

The main advantage iTunes Match has over other music cloud services right now is probably the fact that when you sign up with the service you don’t have to upload your whole music library contents to their servers. This is due to the fact that Apple has been able to sign agreements with major music labels which permits them to simply match your tracks against their own extensive music library. This saves everyone a lot of time and bandwidth when setting up and maintaining the service.

To use iTunes Match, first download the latest version of iTunes. Then, open up the Store sidebar, where you’ll find the iTunes Match feature. After paying for the service, Match will index your music and match as many tracks as it can with Apple’s library. After everything is matched, you can enable the feature on all your other iOS devices by going to the “Music” tab in the devices Settings. Slide iTunes Match to “on,” and you should be good to go. Your iOS device will begin syncing your music and playlists; and songs will download to your device as you play them.

Elvis Costello

Costello performing at Glastonbury in 2005

Well, it’s the holiday season, and people are out purchasing gifts for themselves and others. It is the perfect time for CD box sets to come out, which is why Universal Music Enterprises has released Costello’s box set, “Return of the Spectacular Spinning Songbook.” The box set includes three CDs, a vinyl record, a concert DVD and a 40-page coffee table book; but it costs $225. Costello says that this amount of money is a “hoax” and recommends that if fans really want certain parts of the box set they should just wait until after the holidays when they might be able to purchase individual items separately. He also went on to explain that he tried to get the record label to lower the price, but they would not budge. So, he actually ended up recommending another artist’s works for the holiday season, releasing the following statements:

“Unfortunately, we at www.elviscostello.com find ourselves unable to recommend this lovely item to you as the price appears to be either a misprint or a satire…. If you should really want to buy something special for your loved one at this time of seasonal giving, we can whole-heartedly recommend, ‘Ambassador of Jazz‘ — a cute little imitation suitcase, covered in travel stickers and embossed with the name ‘Satchmo’ but more importantly containing TEN re-mastered albums by one of the most beautiful and loving revolutionaries who ever lived – Louis Armstrong. The box should be available for under one hundred and fifty American dollars and includes a number of other tricks and treats. Frankly, the music is vastly superior.”

Bravo, Elvis. Well done. However, if fans still wish to purchase the whole Costello box set, Music Sumo would like you all to know that you will be able to find it cheaper on Amazon. Starting December 6th, you should be able to find it for about $202, here. There’s a little gift of savings for you from Music Sumo!