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Hey everybody. Very excited to announce that we have “graduated” from our WordPress domain to our own official website  www.musicsurvivalguide.org

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A lot of exciting stuff has been happening for M-S-G! It has grown quite a bit since the beginning of the year as we have expanded it too also be a Podcast.

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Shout-out to my partner, NOX CULT drummer, Monkey. We’ve been having a blast. Thanks to all for following, listening, sharing…it means everything. So, stick around as we continue the adventures. And please reach out if you would like to get on the Show, get your album reviewed, do an interview…

AND IN OTHER NEWS…

I have also been focusing a lot on my SODA’S CRAFTY CHAOS project in which I make candles, light switch covers, prints…etc. I wanted to announce that I have released my first run of enamel pins! I really wanted it to be very special SO…it is an ode, a bit of a tribute, to my favorite band, JELLYFISH. I figured, what better way to start this endeavor than to bring something awesome like this to the still existing Jellyfish community. I will be bringing more pins to life down the line but for now, head over to my store and grab your set, limited to ONLY 30 SETS!

Get the pins here!

MUSIC-SURVIVAL-GUIDE Episode 3

This episode is incredibly special to me…My last band, NOX CULT had not been in the same room together for almost 2 full years.

For this episode…

NOX CULT reunited, one more time

NOX CULT reunited, one more time

 

WE were NOX CULT one more time. We finally had the reunion, but not in traditional form. We talked, we laughed and cleared the air…we confessed and we nearly cried. Once again, in true NOX CULT fashion we present you with this very special episode. This was the best way after all this time for us to really end this wonderful adventure. Dig in!

 

 

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PURCHASE THE “FUCKING LIVE” EP HERE!

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Soda - Therapy Sessions (An Experiment In Sound and Word) COVER FINAL

Once in a while I’ll drop a shameless self promotion post here at MUSIC-SURVIVAL-GUIDE. This, is one of them. I just wanted to announce that my new release, Therapy Sessions:An Experiment In Sound and Word will be released this Friday, October 13th. It is not a traditional “record” by any stretch. It is somewhat stream on consciousness, storytelling, spoken work and a few songs. I’ve been explaining to people that, if an abstract painting had a voice, this might be it. I’m pretty excited about it and sharing it with all of you. It will be available physically only in a limited edition bundle in which the CD version will come with 4 other DIY components. ONLY 20, and the only way you can get it will be with the bundle. Other than that it will be available digitally through all the major sites.

Friday the 13th…seek Therapy.

Preorders are available now over at my website. Direct link is below:

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The Conflict, was a record (yes, a concept record) I had made with my band His Mighty Robot. 10 years ago this past Thanksgiving we released this piece of art, which revolved around a character called Sad Boy and lead me to a near nervous breakdown. As soon as it was done I hopped a plane to Chicago and disappeared for a week. I always wanted to do a track-by-track for a record that I had made and, be it that no one came knocking, I did one for myself. And, here it is. I wanted to honor this albums important birthday with something, anything. So…here it is.

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CONNECTION OF FINGERS

This song, I felt was a great introduction to the record. It leads you in with a calm fluidity before we get into any of the real chaos, it’s a song about being one with someone else, kind of like how fingers can intertwine, thusly the title was born. But it also goes beyond just connecting fingers, but full bodies as well. The last line in the song is “We have connection, with rocket lift off intensity,” an ultimate climax.

THE CLICHÉ

It’s not too long into our “Story” that our character Sad Boy decides that he has reached the end of his rope after little deliberation. This song is about experimentation with multiple partners and using them for one thing and one thing only with no concerns for repercussions. “It’s not you, it’s me is so cliché…” In this case that is very, very true. Not caring about anyone, not even one’s self. Absolute self-destruction.

STARLITE BROKEN

Being foreign in ones own body is something we all have felt at one point or another in our lives and then some of us feel that way forever. So, we create another world of our own to live in. I’ve always been a firm believer in the INDIVIDUAL. So many people want to be like something else. It’s harder to just be yourself, plainly. And here, in this twisted and chaotic structure as a band we fully experimented with that idea.

EMBRACE (Dream Sequence 1)

This song was meant to be a bouncy, fun, weird distraction from the first three tracks on the record. That’s ultimately why two dream sequences were created for the album while, at the same time, our Sad Boy is dreaming about being a child again. To embrace your inner child is truly to accept who you are as an adult. Don’t let anyone ever tell you that age should dictate anything that you are. That’s purely a load of malarkey, anyone who subscribes to that is just simply afraid to…Embrace. We also wanted to say, yea we’re alternative but we fuckin’ love jazz chords too, haha.

YOURSELF

One of my favorite songs on the record, if not my favorite. Vocally, lyrically…the composition, just everything. It’s about soul searching, it’s about realizing your own personal worth, it is about dying to survive. This song hurts my heart. We were real young when these songs were created. It captured us fully at the time, three Gemini’s to the absolute fullest. “It’s yourself you gotta know.” TRUTH.

THE CONFLICT

The centerpiece of our beautiful disaster. The light, the dark. Some of the most chilling sounds I have ever put down on a record. H-Rocker and I really knew how to communicate with sonic landscapes. I’ve never had that with anyone else. It was truly a gift. For our character this would be something like a David Lynch movie, what sense can we make of it all? Speaking of movies, this instrumental was used in the film 3-Day Weekend over a sex montage, so…I was pleased.

SNOW ANGEL GIRL & BLUE FLAME BOY (Dream Sequence 2)

Our second dream sequence. I really wanted H-Rocker to sing this one on her own, she never wanted to take lead on the tunes but I just had to have her take this one. I wanted it to be our nod to Smashing Pumpkins’ “Daydream” off of Gish where D’arcy sings lead. After we put this record out it was heavily praised as a throw back to that magical part of the 90’s with The Pumpkins, The Cure, The Pixies…when bands like that were all doing this special stuff overflowing with soul. We drew on our influences and completely embraced them for this album. It was beautiful.

THE CONDEMNED

Yikes. The dreaded spoken word piece. We spent the least amount of time on this one. It had to be visceral. The words were sharp. I wanted to spit and piss all over everything. I wanted to bring my imaginary Boy to life through me and make him feel what he had done to us and this record. A lot of noise, rushed words, screams, out of tune guitars, feet and hearts pounding. “Accepted. Finally. No Longer. Condemned.” No longer condemned to walk in your own skin, finally accepted by his God.

YOUR BODY AS A CRUCIFIX

And so we segue-way into religion again, which under lays a lot of this record. I even threw out the title REALIGION as a possibility for the album. This pushes more of the male/female vocal trade offs into our outer space. We walked into a room, picked up our guitars, cleared our throats and sat in front of a hot mic. I always like to hear a juicy mouth on a record. This song uses crucifixion as the beautiful imagery we wanted to put across. We search for repentance, we search to vomit all the guilt and lies before it’s too late, “You say, you will pray for me, and I will listen, undoubtably (which actually isn’t a proper word, but this is a fantasy anyway) almost a play on words for the Godless. The confession has come; it is almost time for judgment. One of my favorite guitar outros sits on the edge of this song.

PLAY PRETEND

Another one of my favorites hands down. It’s for the dreamer in us all. Don’t believe what the doctors tell you, don’t eat all those pills or you’ll become a zombie. So many young boys and girls die because they can’t cope with whom they choose to love or how they live their lives. It takes a Sad Boy to truly know this. Your dreams sometimes are only ever dreams. Again, this is a fantasy if you choose to believe in fiction. It’s all too real “Make believe, that you are free.”

SAD BOY

What you’ve been waiting for (Barrett finally got his chimes!) This is the final chapter in a diary of a lost soul that we love and that we wish could have lived to see another album. Let me be perfectly crystal clear about this song. I/we do not condone suicide because it fucking sucks. But sometimes you just don’t ever feel right enough to live. Here, another character enters, and briefly, a Dr. Kevorkian of sorts appears to help our Boy make his final decision. “Do me a favor, let me drown. Would you please help kill me?”

“I know it sounds so sick but what can you do to cure a Sad Boy?” I miss him…I miss her, heart achingly. I miss this mighty robot. It is not a sin. You are all angels.

CONNECTION OF FINGERS (REPRISE)

She sat down by the piano. We had no map for the end of this journey. I closed my eyes, pen to paper and listened to those painful fingers press those keys to hammer to cord/chord. We died all over again. Rewind. Repeat. It is infinity. The Conflict is a circle, heaven and hell for all the misunderstood beautiful souls.

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Please continue to share and discover this record.

Digital: https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/the-conflict/id212939651

Physical: http://www.officialsoda.com/apps/webstore/products/show/866281

Happy New Year from M-S-G!

Posted: December 30, 2015 by Soda in General, Happy New Year, Nox Cult, OfficialSoda

Hey everybody, so here we are again eh? Another year on the horizon and another about to be behind us. Time flies and it’s tricky to keep up. Hard to believe this Blog is just over a year old too. I had a lot of cool content within it’s short life to make it a good source for music above or way below ground. For me it’s a labor of love. It’s also tough to add pieces weekly like I had originally planned, which isn’t a bad thing, it just means I’m busy with other projects and the times that I do post make each installment that much more special. I looked back at some of the stats for this year and honestly can’t believe the amount of attention some of the installments received. So cool to see that, I’ve also gotten some really rad feedback. My intent is to keep it going and to add some more great content. I’m making a list of people I’m going to try to hit up for interviews, finally finish my TOP 100 albums list, review some more shows and just add some general rambling. Keeps my mind sharp! And finally, before I wish all of you a Happy New Year. My band, NOX CULT also had a pretty cool year and we are wrapping it up with the release of our Live EP, “Fucking Live” which just came out on Christmas. Please, if you are interested check us out and the EP. It’s a pretty bad ass recording and just a peek behind our sometimes mysterious curtain.

NOX CULT "Fucking Live" EP

NOX CULT “Fucking Live” EP

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https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/f*****g-live-ep/id1070288871

And so…HAPPY NEW YEAR, go forth and do good things and try to enjoy your life!

Cheap plug

Posted: January 7, 2015 by Soda in Nox Cult, NYC, OfficialSoda

Hey everybody. I’d like to thank you all again for reading MUSIC-SURVIVAL-GUIDE. It’s been a blast writing this stuff each week. It sounds silly, but prepping only one of these every week and publishing has been a true test. My schedule is crazy and putting the quality I want into each installation weekly can be tough.

So, with that said, scheduling and what not. My new band NOX CULT begins gigging this month so I wanted to make this weeks drop into M-S-G a cheap plug for me and my band! I’m very excited about this venture, once again putting everything I have into another band and making music I believe in that I want to share with the world. Our first cult gathering/show is on 1/25 at Blackthorn51 in Queens, we are sharing the stage with Wednesday 13 and a bunch of really awesome bands. We go on at 5:30pm sharp! It’s gonna be killer.

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Please keep up with us over at http://www.facebook.com/noxcult. We are also on Instagram and Twitter and intend on having our official website rolled out before we hit that stage on the 25th!

So, to all who dare to dream and give a crap about independent artists of any kind. I sincerely thank you. Here’s to the paths less traveled!

NOX CULT

NOX CULT

The…Introduction

Posted: October 15, 2014 by Soda in General, OfficialSoda

Greetings and Rockutations kids! The idea for a straight up Music Blog has been something I’ve toyed with for a VERY long time. Being a Listener, Performer, Supporter, Promoter and WORSHIPPER of Music ever since I was a little kid I wanted to finally put my words and rants and raves down “on paper” rather than just into the air. I’ve worked as a writer for a long time now also, and I wanted to finally take the time to really properly merge these two worlds and see if I can finally get a somewhat successful Blog off of the ground. This isn’t my first dip into the Blog pool. I’ve tried a handful, but never fully focused on ONE singular theme, which here I will be doing. I plan on posting often and plan on brining you some truly awesome content. I look forward to diving into this and hoping to take many of you on this rockin’ ride. So stay tuned to the MUSIC SURVIVAL GUIDE! New content every Wednesday (or close to it!) -Soda

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