Friday, 22 February 2019

Stonerpop's "Apollo" Released December 20th, 2018 - February 22, 2019

Stonerpop's new album "Apollo" was released digitally on December 20, 2018
and will include a physical release in the first part of 2019.
Artwork and design by Maudie Michelle.

Stonerpop presents their latest group of songs, "Apollo", to coincide with the birth of their son of the same name.  "Apollo" follows their sophomore release "Physical Business" in November 2017 and their debut "Stonerpop EP" in 2016.

Following their debut, the indie-electro duo from Shreveport, Louisiana, came to be among five finalists nominated for Best Local Band in DeltaStyle Magazine's 2017 Best of the Delta.  In 2018, their music video for their track "Headglow" earned Stonerpop an Official Selection in the African Smartphone International Film Festival.  

Interview with Stonerpop by Vava Vol

1. Maudie M. can you tell us a little about growing up in Idaho?
I come from southwestern Idaho, which is made up of desert and farmland.  When I tell people about my life there I like to bring up the movie Napoleon Dynamite, because the scenic views of yellow land with mountains in the distance are what I grew up seeing.  Not to mention the similarities of living in a small town with a small school.

2. Jimmie, have you lived in Louisiana all your life?
I am a native of Louisiana, but I spent a little bit of time in Vegas before returning home.

3. How and when did you and Jimmie meet and form Stonerpop?
I met Jimmie in 2011, when we began seeing each other romantically.  He was already in a band and it wasn't long before I became responsible for creating artwork and other materials for the project.  I started to learn bass riffs to his songs and would occasionally sit in at shows.  However, it took awhile before we thought about forming our own project.  It wasn't until late 2014 that we decided that we should write and release songs together, which led to our first Stonerpop EP in November 2015.

4.  Were you working with other groups before or is Stonerpop your first musical venture?
Stonerpop is my first musical venture, however shortly after forming Stonerpop, both Jimmie and I played with Noise Artist Ian Quiet in a project called The Ian Quiet Review.  We released an EP named "Seance Fiction".  Jimmie has been in the music scene much longer than me, playing with both Prestor Jon and Voodoo Trees.

5.  Have either of you pursued musical studies or are you self-taught?
I was a band/choir/drama kid throughout middle and high school - so I had formal instruction during that time.  It was easy to participate in everything at the small school - there was no real competition, and people had to multitask to have enough bodies on stage.  I first learned to play the trumpet and dabbled on piano.  It wasn't until after I met Jimmie that I picked up strings, beginning with a ukulele to accommodate my small hands before moving on to bass guitar.  Jimmie did a similar stint as an orchestra/drama kid, but in a larger town, in a much larger school.  He is classically trained on the violin, but has learned to play anything with a string, and also has great rhythm behind the kit.  

6.  As the inspiration for "Apollo" was the birth of your son, do the songs on the album reflect your pregnancy and delivery?
"Apollo" consists of tracks that we conceived and created during the pregnancy - whether they were related to our son or not.  However, a number of the tracks are directly named and correlate to some instances.  It was a kick in the gut to find out Apollo was a footling breech and would have to be delivered via caesarian - hence "Breech" and its aggressive sound.  "Solstice" was named because he was scheduled to be taken out on the Winter Solstice but he came up with his own idea and arrived one day early.

7.  Bighead is featured on "Kickback".  What was his role on this song?
Bighead is our departed friend, Johnnie Hollis III.  We have a folder of unfinished and unreleased sketches and tracks, and we thought it would be fitting to mix something to include him on the release.  He had been waiting on us to have a child, and him being featured is a way to keep his spirit in the experience. 

8. Have you thought about publishing your lyrics on your website?
I have not thought about including them on my website before now - but I do mean to make sure they're in our Bandcamp and SoundCloud.

9. Maudie M, did you design the Stonerpop website?
I am completely responsible for the Stonerpop website design and artwork.  I try to update it for each release (but have sort of skipped the "Apollo" design, as we are planning ahead for our next release).

10. Will Stonerpop be performing live in support of "Apollo"'s February  physical CD release?
Because the baby is still so young, we haven't scheduled anything directly during the time of the physical release.  We do plan to begin scheduling and playing live shows again this year.  We will be in New Orleans at the end of August to play a showcase at the CE Music Conference.

11.  What can we expect from the upcoming "American Dreams"?
I am very excited about "American Dreams" - it is turning out so well!  You can expect atmospheric, spacey dreamscapes and dystopian lyrics.  We're looking to release it toward the end of this year.

12.  Will you be celebrating Mardi Gras in March?
Not necessarily in March - its widely misunderstood that Mardi Gras is celebrated in the weeks prior to Fat Tuesday (which is the final day of the Carnival Season).  There are parades happening throughout February all over Louisiana.  We don't have any specific Mardi Gras plans - but I do see a king cake in our near future!

Maudie Michelle and Apollo

"Apollo" Press Release


Web and Social Media Links

Saturday, 26 January 2019

Free Downloads on My Bandcamp Site - January 26, 2019

HEADS UP fans, followers, DJs, audiophiles, music lovers and collectors!  I have extra downloads available on my Bandcamp page so head on over today and load up your all-time favorite 2015 - 2018 free singles and albums to your playlists and digital music collections.

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Friday, 25 January 2019

Producer & Solo Musical Artist Friends of Mine - January 25, 2019

Since activating my G+ account in 2013, I've met many musical artists who have inspired and hypnotized me with their individual non-conformist personas and musical styles.  More importantly, together we have become a family of raw talent solo artists, supporting and encouraging each other as we succumb to a driving need to express ourselves through our music. Many of us connected on the now-defunct Midnight Radio Compilation project spearheaded by Glasklinge Zeitenlicht (aka Dr. Drone/Eisenlager) and continue to actively collaborate on each other's projects today.

Dear friends, we are linked by our desire to create music beyond traditional outmoded boundaries, using our fearless approach as a tool to experiment with our instruments, voices and soundscape techniques in our own unique ways.  We create music for ourselves and our fans and listeners, many of us offering you a free download/name your price option on our Bandcamp sites.

My creative spark is ignited by unexpected external influences ... Ω ... a visual, a sound, a thought, an emotion, a feeling, a word, a touch, a dream, a ghostly shadow, my deep intuition, astral travel, conversations with the Divine, or accessing the Akashic records on the etheric plane ...Ω ...  There is nothing more satisfying than working this way and answering only to the Higher Self. 

That said, have a listen to "Producer & Solo Musical Artist Friends of Mine" displayed below.  Enjoy the journey everyone and make listening to music a part of your daily ritual!


EISENLAGER - "E, You never cease to amaze me how you manage all your collaboration and solo projects. pumping out awesome soundscapes every week! You connected me to your hub a long time ago and I've learned so much from you.  You hold the key to my musical heart!" - Vava

Dr. Drone, Diaries of an Emo Outcast Junkie since 2000 and avantgarde
experimental soundmaker from Dortmund, Germany.

P'LIKE - "Dear Em, I discovered you on the Midnight Radio Compilation and have followed you ever since. You are a beautiful, strong soul and your exquisite angelic voice and other-worldly trip hop beats & soundscapes shall haunt me forever!" - Vava

Plike is the brainchild of Mad Madam Em,an electronic music producer & composer
hailing from Champaign, Illinois, USA

LUTZ THUNS - "Your musical compositions transport me far beyond the Milky Way, into another dimension, perhaps a past life, perhaps a future one, where I gaze into space as I float in my own surround sound space capsule of Lutz Thuns music." - Vava

From Berlin, Germany Lutz Thuns creates ambient/electronic music
 on digital & analog synthesizers and 
is also an accomplished photographer. 
Lutz also runs the show at Friends of Ambient.

OPEN STRUM - "I was immediately hooked when I first listened to "Lion's Drum" on your G+ profile page and am blown away with everything you produce.  You exude happiness and a positive vibe which shine brightly through your music!" - Vava

A bilingual musical artist from Moncton, New Brunswick, Open Strum
features Michel Goguen, a musician and founder of the 
"Music for Critters" fundraiser to help animal rescues,
shelters and environmental non-profits.

ORK WURZEL - "What first attracted my attention to you was your G+"eyeball" post and since then we have become fast and dear friends, sharing our passion for offbeat and obscure music." - Vava

In addition to his musical acumen with respect to all that is 
obscure, disturbing and verboten, 
Ork is an accomplished French musician and videographer.

MAX SCORDAMAGLIA - "I first became acquainted with your experimental music on "Midnight Radio Compilation" and I continue to listen to your new releases.  I love the way you master drones, repetition, static noises, field recordings and sound collages into a symphony that only you can create." - Vava 

From Modena, Italy, Massimiliano Scordamaglia is an audiodrone creator for aleatory songs, 
a noise investigator and electronic surfer.

experiMENTALien  "Your 40-minute longform compositions are unique in that each project has a specific intent and direction that draw me into a deep space sleepdream where cold forlorn sounds are the cold dark ambience." - Vava

l.v. Martinez aka experiMENTALien 
is an Experimental Music producer from Slovakia.

M.NOMIZED  "Michel, it's just incredulous to comprehend your life's body of work beginning in the early 80s and continuing into the 21st Century.  You are the guiding light of "dedication and the distribution of musical forms without distinction, including minimalist and electro accoustic".  It's an honor to know you!" - Vava

Born in Paris in 1958, M. Nomized is a musician, composer, author, poet 
& graphic artist who began sound research & contemporary music in 1972.
Michel is the founder of Fraction Studio Label.

ARTSAVA "You are such a talented soul and I so appreciate your strong music and eclectic images that get my heart pounding and my blood flowing.” - Vava

From Moscow, Russia, ARTSAVA creates an eclectic collage 
of rhythms, sounds and thought-provoking images
 using YouTube as his preferred media platform.

7SOUNDBOX “I discovered your music on G+ and love your sophisticated techno sound, minimal melodic melodies, smooth rhythms and subtle musical nuances.” - Vava

Minimal, Tech house and producer from Paris, France.
The only truth is  music.

PAT MASSON (SYLPHIDES) "Your creative energy and drive with the Sylphides, GodHatesGod Records, Sylphides Blog, YouTube Channel, your solo projects and so much more is astounding.  You certainly have your finger on the pulse!" - Vava

Belgian musical artists Pat Masson & Laurence Lemoine (Sylphides) create electronic, 
ambient, trip hop experimental music using synthesizers, programs, electronic treatments, guitar, bass, violin, voices, electronic & human percussions, guitar FX and noises.  
Pat is the founder of GodHatesGod Records Netlabel.

PLEASE NOTE:  It's official! The drop dead date for our beloved G+ is now April 2, 2019. Please feel free to contact me at if you're looking for track submissions to your collab project, any other interesting ideas you would like to share or to just catch up and "chew the fat".  Keep in touch!

Copyrights to all images and linked music remain vested with its respective owners.

Friday, 11 January 2019

Gaucher et Dorion 2018 - January 11, 2019


The October-November 2018 show of Yves Gaucher and Pierre Dorion 
exhibited their early works dating back to the late 1980s to the early 1990s at René Blouin Fine Art Gallery in Montréal, Québec, Canada.

Vue d’installation – 1989 – 1991 
Photo Guy L’Heureux

Vue d’installation – 1989 – 1991 
Photo Guy L’Heureux

Vue d’installation – 1989 – 1991 
Photo Guy L’Heureux

Sans Titre - Pierre Dorion - 1988
Photo Guy L’Heureux

Eurythmie –  Pierre Dorion -1989
Photo: Richard-Max Tremblay

Porte de Baroncelli-Javon  - Pierre Dorion - 1989
Photo: Richard-Max Tremblay

Vollaire-Briançon – Pierre Dorion - 1989
Photo: Richard-Max Tremblay
Menzel – Pierre Dorion – 1989
Photo: Richard-Max Tremblay