Interview: Soulful Singer/Songwriter Jen Miller

This month, brilliant indie vocalist, ukulele master and all-around musical badass Jen Miller – representing Columbus, Ohio – tolerates my line of questioning for the second time around.

She covers the recording process, Kickstarter, her favorite bands, The Red Wedding, her quirky but beloved fans, how she’s grown as an artist and more. Read on, dinosaurs…

It’s been two years since you released your first EP on iTunes, what do you think the major difference between your new album, Overgrown, and Forget the Dirty Hearts is?

I think the major difference between the EP and the album is that I really got my hands dirty here. For the first EP, it was my first time in the studio. We did it all in one weekend and the songs didn’t really have a chance to ripen in the studio…we just recorded them as quickly and as well as we could in one 48 hour weekend.

This time around, I worked with a producer, Derek Snowden, who really helped me push my sound. Some days I would come in the studio and be like “Derek, I wrote a song last night! Let’s see what we can make of it!”, and that’s what we would do for the night. It would come in as vocals and a ukulele and get transposed to electric and banjo by the end of the night. That’s just how it goes. So the sound is definitely more developed and the songwriting more solid.

Kickstarter and YouTube seem to have been your friends over the years… What projects have you backed on Kickstarter? 

Kickstarter burnt an imaginary hole in my pocket for a second there. I actually found it thanks to Julia Nunes…I am a massive fan of hers and she and Israel Kamakawiwo’ole are the combined reason I started teaching myself uke. She crowdfunded her first 2 albums which I (of course) backed obsessively.

Who are you into of these days musically? Anyone you fangirl over who readers might not have heard of?

I AM FANGIRL CENTRAL. A little less crazy than the One Direction fans though. I riot less.

Huge fan of Ohio natives Twenty One Pilots…Allen Stone, Kate Nash (swoon), Ed Sheeran’s new album, Nina Nesbitt, Passenger and Stu Larsen.  Continue reading “Interview: Soulful Singer/Songwriter Jen Miller”

Beyonce Wants Jay-Z to ‘Turn Her Cherry Out’ and ‘Lick Her Skittles’ in New Song

Beyonce partition video still underwearBeyonce randomly released a new self-titled album on Thursday on iTunes without promoting it or mentioning the release date prior.

There are also 17, count ’em, SEVENTEEN new music videos and everyone’s talking about how only she and a handful of other mega famous artists could pull off such ballsy move, but what they’re failing to mention is that the CD is super raunchy.

In the absolutely filthy “Blow,” Bey sings “Can you lick my Skittles, that’s the sweetest in the middle, pink that’s the flavor,” “I can’t wait ’til I get home so you can turn that cherry out” and “give me that daddy long stroke.” Continue reading “Beyonce Wants Jay-Z to ‘Turn Her Cherry Out’ and ‘Lick Her Skittles’ in New Song”

Another Free Song From Garbage!

Not only can you listen to Garbage’s entire eleven-track album Not Your Kind Of People on Spin.com, you can download the song “Automatic Systematic Habit” for free on iTunes.

It’s actually better than “Blood For Poppies,” a track the band gave away in mid-March. “Automatic Systematic Habit” is something fans of their last four albums can easily get on board with, a hybrid of material from Version 2.0 and Bleed Like Me.

Manson, Butch and the boys will drop Not Your Kind Of People on May 15. If you’re sick of me talking about Garbage, I don’t CARE! Be prepared to hear all about Metric and Garbage and Tegan and Sara for the next hundred days.

B.o.B’s ‘Strange Clouds’ Passed Adele And Maroon 5 On iTunes

B.o.B’s new song “Strange Clouds” featuring Lil’ Wayne surpassed Maroon 5’s “Moves Like Jagger,” which spent weeks at the top spot, and Adele’s “Someone Like You” whose video was just released, on the iTunes top songs chart yesterday.

B.o.B aka Bobby Ray Simmons, 22, is of course famous for his songs “Nothin’ On You” featuring Bruno Mars and “Airplanes” featuring Haley Williams, two of the absolute biggest hits of 2010.

His sophomore album will also be titled “Strange Clouds” and the rapper promises to release another new song after he reaches 400,000 followers on Twitter. (He’s currently shy of 300,000, at 279,589)…

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iTunes ‘Match,’ Hit Or Miss?

iTunes match isn’t available to the public yet, but it’s slated to be one of the next big things for Apple…

It will allow users to store their iTunes music library (even songs NOT purchased through iTunes) in iCloud and sync them later with your iPod, iPhone, iPad or Mac/PC.

Here’s their little ad-hook from their website –

“If you want all the benefits of iTunes in the Cloud for music you haven’t purchased from iTunes, iTunes Match is the perfect solution. It lets you store your entire collection, including music you’ve ripped from CDs or purchased somewhere other than iTunes. For just $24.99 a year.”

The ridiculous thing about this service IS that it costs $24.99 a a year! I know twenty five bucks isn’t that terrible but it should be free for Mac users at least, as if we don’t already have to pay out the ass just to have pretty, virus-free computers. Continue reading “iTunes ‘Match,’ Hit Or Miss?”