Blake Colie is an experienced, in-demand drummer, percussionist, and producer, whose stage and session work have brought him from national tours to television appearances to some of the most legendary studios in Los Angeles. Originally coming to LA in 1996 to attend California Institute of the Arts for music, Blake received his Bachelor of Fine Arts (’98) and Master of Fine Arts (’00) degrees in Musical Performance and has remained active in the Los Angeles music scene ever since. His current music projects feature a wide array of styles, sounds, and genres. This includes the Reggae/Rare Groove/Soul group The Lions, vocalist/keyboard extraordinaire Salvador Santana (son of 8-time Grammy winner Carlos Santana), and the R&B/Reggae project The Decoders. As composer/producer, Blake’s solo material and works with his production group, Next Level Productions, have recently been featured in the movies “Sunken City”, “This Means War”, “Ruby Sparks”, “Young Adult”, and “Seeking A Friend For The End Of The World”, and on TV shows on AMC, Style, Bravo, MTV, VH1, Oxygen, Showtime, Logo, USA, Spike, and BBC networks.
It’s hard to imagine that Deafheaven’s success all spawned off the release of their 2010 demo. Even frontman George Clarke and guitarist Kerry McCoy are among the disbelievers, especially since they recorded the four-track effort out of boredom.
We fell head over heels for Johnny Booth when they put out their 2012 album Connections. You’ve heard their track “Ink And Sky” featuring Tommy Rogers of BTBAM, right? That album gave us so many chills that we put it as one of our favorite records of the year. The downside: it left us jonesin’ for more.
Have you ever wondered to yourself, "Self, what would a jazz infused classic Disney song with elements of pop music sound like?" Of course you've wondered this! The answer to your query is in the sounds of the pop-folk duo Rachel Lindley & Madison Johnson who play under the moniker Color Me Home. They are Republic of Pie's featured musicians who can be heard playing every Sunday at NOHO's hip coffee spot at 4:00 p.m.
Well folks, here we are at the closing of yet another year and with that I’d like to take the time to point out a few of my personal favorite albums and artists of the year. This list will include both newly released albums in 2013 as well as new re-releases that came out in 2013 as well. I collect a lot of vintage music from around the globe and there is no end to how deep one can dig especially with the wonderful amount of terrific re-release labels out there like Pressure Sounds Records, Numero Group Records, and Soul Jazz Records to name just a few. So, know my tastes are broad and eclectic, check these albums/artists out when you can, and here we go:
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