“Happy Holidays” is the first all-original holiday song released by Lovespirals vocalist/lyricist, Anji Bee. Co-written with Lovespirals partner, Ryan Lum, “Happy Holidays” is a deceptively bittersweet pop nugget filled with heartugging disco-infused violins, funky bass and wah-wah guitar, with a relaxed house beat and a hint of cool wintry nights wafting through. Bee’s warm, enveloping vocals pleasantly recall Tracey Thorn (of Everything But The Girl) and Karen Carpenter with their laid back yet passionate delivery and personal holiday message.
Podcasters and Internet Radio DJs are free to include “Happy Holidays” in their shows. Check out Anji Bee on Mevio’s Music Alley (AKAPodsafe Music Network.)
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Anji and Ryan sit down together to share all of Lovespirals latest doings. They open the show chatting about the Junip and Sheryl Crow shows they attended last week, including their thoughts on Sheryl’s album, 100 Miles From Memphis, produced and co-written by their favorite guitarist/vocalist/songwriter, Doyle Bramhall II. The duo also give an update on production of the new Anji Bee album, and working on new song as Lovespirals, plus collaborations with The Grooveblaster and Bart of Audra. Anji discusses the new video for “Believe,” the behind-the-scenes Future Past photoshoot video, and Chillcast Video show. Ryan introduces the official launch of Anji’s Goodies, a food blog with Anji’s vegan recipes and tips, as well as an update to Ryan’s personal blog.The biggest news is Lovespirals’ Sony ACIDplanet remix contest for “Feel So Good” — the band closes out the show with a great remix by 7 Day Visa.
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Come enter Sony’s ACID Planet remix contest for Lovespirals! Remix the duo’s song, “Feel So Good,” from the 2010 album, Future Past. Download a zip file with a folder of official song stems including Anji Bee‘s main and backing vocals (both dry and with Leslie Rotary Speaker effect) and Ryan Lum‘s phased electric guitar, Fender P bassline, and Hammond organ line, plus a folder of 20 Sony bonus loops consisting of “Organ Donor” organ lines and “What Is It” basslines. Sony is also offering a free download of ACID Express which contestants can use to create a remix if they like. One grand prize winner will receive a copy of ACID Pro, 5 ACID loop libraries and all 4 Lovespirals albums on CD, plus the opportunity to be included on a new remix single for “Feel So Good.” Get started now, you’ve got until December 28th to enter!
Buy “Feel So Good” from Future Past on iTunes
Song featured: “Feel So Good” by Lovespirals from Future Past. Sony Acid Planet will be running a remix contest for this song starting November 16th so check for that at www.acidplanet.com.
Buy Lovespirals Future Past digipac CD directly from the band at www.lovespirals.com/webstore
After a 2 month hiatus, Ryan and Anji are back with a new episode detailing all the latest and greatest Lovespirals news. The duo chat about their rejuvenating Catalina Island camping trip and the sunset video for “Insignificant” that resulted from their getaway, getting excited about the Lakers’ new season starting, working on music for the upcoming debut Anji Bee album, Ryan’s discovery of the Airwindows audio plug-ins, musical collaborations with Karmacoda (and Beth Hirsch), a Sony Acid Planet remix contest, and more. Check out Anji Bee’s Catalina camping trip blog to view videos and photos from our trip. Read more about the Lomography Diana F+ Camera that the band brought camping. See our post about the sunset video set to “Insignificant” for more details on that. Read Anji Bee’s full questionaire for NPR’s Hey Ladies: Being a Woman Musician Today and see her quote in the NPR piece, Pop Star Pomp, Real World Circumstance. The show closes out with a clip of the brand new recording of “Perfect Boy”.
Show Links and Sponsors:
- GoDaddy Promo Code List – Help support the podcast & save money. Find even more Godaddy Promo Codes here
- Chillout Scene – blog featuring chillout, downtempo, and trip hop artists
- Vujachicks – Anji Bee’s fan site for Sasha Vujacic of the Lakers
- Lovespirals Love EP on Bandcamp
- Lovespirals Love EP on LastFM
- Lovespirals on Facebook
- Lovespirals on Twitter
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We finally made some time to get back to the special place that inspired our final recording and production sessions for Future Past. This is a video of a magnificent sunset … Continue Reading
National Public Radio is in the midst of a radio series called, “Hey Ladies: Being A Musician Today,” using research gathered from questionnaires answered by hundreds of women working as musicians and/or vocalists today. Additionally, they are publishing solid articles on their music blog, The Record: Music News from NPR. In the latest installment, “Pop Star Pomp, Real World Circumstance“, writer Frankie Kelly includes a quote by Anji:
But some say they’re annoyed by what they see as attention-grabbing antics. Do pop stars’ constructions (be they costumes or stage sets) put pressure on less well-funded women musicians to be outrageous, to get more naked or cross more lines just to get noticed?
Anji Bee, Lovespirals: From my perspective, the most important thing is to develop a strong internet presence that includes quality audio, video, and photos. The more professional you come across, the more likely people are to take you seriously. I personally wouldn’t rely on gimmicks to get attention, but that seems to be working out for Lady Gaga, so who am I to say anything against it?
For the record, the question she was answering was: “What advice would you give to a woman musician just starting out?” You can read all of Anji’s responses to the NPR Hey Ladies questionnaire.
This is a great series which includes many fantastic female artists so we highly recommend you check it out!
The first single from Lovespirals’ fourth album, Future Past, to get the full remix treatment is “Love” – an atmospheric drum ‘n’ bass tune that recalls some of the duo’s earliest work together. A half dozen producers from different musical schools of thought set Anji Bee‘s poppy yet ethereal vocals to completely new musical scores. From angular drum ‘n’ bass, to lush downtempo, to atmospheric ambient music, this moody collection covers a lot of sonic ground. And Anji’s Chillcast listeners should be familiar with most — if not all — of the contributing producers which includes: Chill Factor-5, 7 Day Visa, Divasonic, Soul Whirling Somewhere, Xurba and Falling You (who, btw, created the only mix which contains Ryan Lum‘s original guitar solo.)
Remixes by Chill Factor-5 and & Day Visa are available as a FREE DOWNLOAD from LastFM (mark you favorite remixes with “Love This Track”) and SoundCloud. Both sites have built-in social media tools that allow you to easily repost links to emails, Twitter, Facebook, and other services with the “Share” pull down menus, so be sure to tell a friend!
Podcasters, DJs, Internet DJs, and music bloggers are all encouraged to share these tunes with their audiences, as well. If you’re feeling the love, please write a review of the Love EP as Lovespirals would really appreciate you giving them a little love in return.
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