POM79 Smokemaster 420 “Dispatch1″

• October 16th, 2019
Smokemaster 420 is what happens when experimental musicians get bored at work. Smokemaster 420 is what happens when listening to music on Youtube gets boring.
Smokemaster 420 is what happens when you combine a love of musique concrete and plunderphonics with a soft spot for toilet humor.
Smokemaster 420 is what we'd be doing anyway, but for your ears as well as ours. 
Smokemaster 420 is the name of our printer at work.
Smokemaster 420 is.

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POM78 Rebecca Kerwick “Breadcrumbs”

• October 14th, 2019

Rebecca Kerwick is a singer-songwriter, composer, and multi-instrumentalist currently based in Portland, ME. Rebecca has performed her original music in cafes, bars, backyards, and other intimate spaces across the Northeast since 2018. Her upcoming debut album explores themes of interiority, desire, and loss. In performing the relationship between vocality and instrument, she achieves ethereal sound.

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POM77 Mehuman “Ladybird” (+ “And So”)

• October 13th, 2019

Mehuman "May-mon" : An East Coast native singer/songwriter/guitarist cut her teeth on old time gospel  spirituals, straight ahead jazz, country blues, and classic rock and roll. Recently independent and re-connecting to her fanbase as a self distributed artist,  the former Arista Records recording artist, Mehuman established herself in the Detroit, Manhattan, Dublin Ireland, Canne France, Nashville, and Los Angeles music scenes as an gifted performer. Mehuman has toured in the U.S.,Europe, Eastern Europe, and West Africa, as an award winning songwriter and producer delivering a powerful and punchy mix of "funky pulse-poet potions she calls folk hop for hip folk."  Performing Songwriter Magazine dubbed Mehuman a sultry blend of Lenny Kravitz and Indie Arie, mixed in the passionate delivery of Sade and Bono. CNN Music, touted "Mehuman to be one of the top 10 burgeoning songwriters to watch." Most recently, thriving in Maine, Mehuman enjoys sharing and making music within the local artistic community as an independent songbird, songwriter, and educator.

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POM76 Rick Adam “What Money Won’t Buy”

• September 26th, 2019

RICK ADAM has been performing, teaching, and inspiring people of all ages for over 20 years. He has combined his extensive theatrical and musical experience and training with his own life experience to create original theatrical performances that both educate and entertain. Adam has toured widely, from elementary schools to colleges to maximum-security prisons, from Rhode Island to Russia. He has acted with the Trinity Square Repertory Company and has appeared in films and on television. He was featured on a PBS show about one-man bands, which is now in the permanent collection of the Smithsonian Institute.

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POM75 Thems That Wait “Nova”

• September 14th, 2019

Maine Metal/Stoner Rock band Thems That Wait was formed when longtime friends and songwriting partners Craig Garland and Mat Patterson met Texan Branden Clements through a Craigslist ad in early 2017.  The band’s sound has been compared to Black Sabbath, Clutch and Kyuss. 

Thems That Wait prides itself on being a solid live rock band that sounds as full as possible as a 3 piece with mammoth drumming by Branden Clements, true bass playing from Mat Patterson who tastefully weaves around guitarist Craig Garland’s heavy handed, memorable riffs and barbaric, guttural vocals.  Following the band’s live debut in January 2018 in Portland, Maine, the power trio continued to gig and make connections, and ultimately landed a chance to open for New England Hardcore legend Scissorfight in the fall of 2018.  In January 2019, Thems That Wait recorded their debut EP Fiction at The Maine Music Mill in Brunswick, Maine with Andy Porta(Blackcat Sounds). 

Andy and the band mixed the EP and Steve Austin(Today Is The Day, Austin Enterprise Recording & Mastering) mastered it.  In addition to the band’s arsenal of all original songs, Bass player Mat Patterson designs all of the artwork for the band, including the cover for the FictionEP.  The band plans to record the follow up to Fictionbefore the end of 2019 with a tentative 2020 release date but until then, we wait…

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POM74: Lovelore “Notice Me”

• September 12th, 2019
Hi, I go by the name Lovelore. You can find my music here: https://soundcloud.com/lovelore
 
    I am an artist with my hands in a few things: producing, singing, rapping, piano, videography, and more. I don't like to stick to one particular genre or style of music and I allow myself to be open-minded while creating. When recording or writing music I try to channel whatever energy or feeling I'm currently experiencing and translate it into the music or art. I feel that if I can help create a powerful feeling within myself and keep it there when recording then that is the first and most important step in the process of making a powerful song that creates a powerful feeling in myself and possibly others. Sometimes it is difficult to capture the feeling and it becomes a balancing act of sorts. 
 
    I need to know when to simply allow the music and ideas to flow through me and when to direct them and/or focus. Also I think improving technical ability where needed/wanted will help in the execution of the process and in other people being able to connect with or enjoy the expression. This is the way I currently view making music but any other way is valid as well and some people may like to think about it in a purely technical sense and that's totally okay too. In my eyes and how I currently create, being open-minded is most important and goes along with my general and music-related philosophies. 
 
Thanks for reading/listening and good luck in finding and following your path!
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POM73: Bill Dwyer Band “South Caroline”

• September 7th, 2019

Formed in Boston in 2010. Bill had been primarily playing drums in his friends' bands for years since his art school days (School of The Museum of Fine Art, Boston) but decided to start something brand new after writing a bunch of songs, learning to play the guitar and finding his voice.

He decided to perform as a solo act for a year at first to gauge the response to his material. After repeated warm and positive responses to his solo shows he kept hearing from people that he should "get a band together". So the decision was made. Bill Dwyer Band has been fortunate to have included many amazing people and musicians in it's ranks through the last several years.

Current members include Cullen Corley (Drums), Charles Murphy (Bass), Joe Diaz (fill-in Bass) and Attis Jerrell Clopton (fill-in Drums). BDB is a 3 piece band with heart as its main drive. The band released it's first full-length, 15-song album "Renaissance After Sundown" (iTunes, cdbaby, Amazon, Google) in the Summer of 2015. They completed their first tour of Europe in September 2016 with 10 shows in 14 days with stops in Germany, Lille and Paris France, Amsterdam and London. The band had a BLAST as the shows were ELECTRIC and they were warmly welcomed by audiences everywhere they performed.

BDB performs throughout New England, NYC/Brooklyn and the East Coast for now. Stay tuned! 

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POM72: Jane Clukey “Who’s Gonna Speak”

• September 5th, 2019

Jane Clukey, a native of Maine, has been a singer for as long as she can remember but began taking voice lessons at the age of 14. She earned her Bachelor's of Music from the University of Southern Maine, her Masters of Music from the University of North Texas, and is pursuing her Doctorate from Shenandoah Conservatory in Virginia. Jane moved back to Maine in 2018, and has since been busy teaching voice and piano lessons, classes, and workshops. In addition to singing and playing the piano, she is teaching herself the ukulele and guitar. Jane is passionate about songwriting, is looking for band members, and hopes to record a studio album in the near future. 

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POM71: Sister Kay Kay “Bitter Waters”

• August 29th, 2019

Sister Kay Kay, SSS, is a Servant of the Blessed Sacrament in Waterville,
Maine. Growing up in Florence, Arizona, she was influenced by country
Gospel (Roy Acuff), Spanish devotional hymns, Gregorian chant and
blues (Billie Holiday). Although country and blues were frowned upon in
the convent, she used them privately to express insights from St. John of
the Cross’ “Spiritual Canticle” and other writings. She recorded “To the
Edge of Ecstasy” and “On the Wings of Love” . Her latest effort was
“American Family Snapshots”, an EP based on Pope Francis’ Apostolic
Letter “Joy of the Family”. At age 81, she continues to compose songs
and to sing them in “my Gravel Gertie voice”, occasionally posting them
on her SongU website.

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POM70: From Listen Up! Kathleen Shevenell “New York” & David Vail “Stand Up”

• August 29th, 2019

Listen Up! Music is a Portland, ME-based nonprofit community support day program and music studio that supports adult musicians with intellectual uniqueness in making music. Established in 2012, Listen Up! provides opportunities for musicians to work on writing, arranging, recording, performing, and marketing their music to the local music community and beyond. Listen Up! works with musicians of all technical abilities and skills and seeks to promote a musical community based on creativity, excitement, joy, and inclusiveness. They are affiliated with Composition Studio, The Art Department, Publication Studio, and Creative Trails, and collaborate with other organizations and musicians to make their music heard.

Listen Up! Music is proud to celebrate the release of Portland singer/songwriter/bassist Kathleen Shevenell’s “Travel EP.” Kathleen and her fellow musicians at Listen Up have written and recorded a batch of songs chronicling some of Kathleen’s travels over the past six years, with music taking a wide-scale view of North America. The music ranges from country rockers to urban ballads and campfire sing-alongs, with Kathleen’s lyrics detailing the wonder and excitement of seeing new places in each song. 
From Kathleen: "At Listen Up I started writing songs that are travel-related. I have written about one each year so far. It gave me the idea of releasing a Travel EP Album. So far I have 5 songs on it which are the best ones from my over six years of being at Listen Up. I hope you enjoy it."

David Vail is a multi-discipline artist, musician, and filmmaker from Portland, ME. He has been writing and recording music in the rock/pop genre with Listen Up! Music since 2012, teaching himself drums and guitar in the process. He has released his solo album “Unvailed” in collaboration with musicians at Listen Up! and performs regularly around Southern Maine. He has more recently released two singles which can be found on Spotify, and feature his trademark soaring vocals and catchy melodies.

 

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