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The Completely Sane World of Riq Chiznik

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A new digital album from Riq Chiznik on Bubblebrain Records, The Completely Sane World of Riq Chiznik is available from the following online stores

7digital · Amazon · Bandcamp · Clone D\G\T\L · eMusic · hmvDigital · iTunes · Juno Download · Napster · OpenLIVE · Qobuz · Spotify

Listen to Dogrubber Pickle Weasels (Single Version), a surrealistic lounge jazz song serving as introduction to the bizarre yet friendly sound of Riq Chiznik. This song is also available on an EP with remixes by Lux Flux and likeallstars.
 


 
Twelve songs of experimental comedy, avant-garde electronica and subversive songsmithery. The Bandcamp album package exclusively includes a 37-page e-book of original art and lyrics.
 

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This is my album. w4t24y4 0-e3 I hope you enjoy my album. lkj53nnqnet Walnuts hate me. 53hjl8h7 I had a lot of fun messing with the English language. o h4o2g 92 After years of having it shoved down my throat in school, I have the pleasure of using it how I see fit. m 3ijg49w5 Slippery Johnny Taco Elephants have a habit of building ziggurats in unsuccessful attempts for real estate in the ozone layer. I find spelling and grammar rules restricting in life, so why not break them for fun? i350yqpo h The Chicago Cubs won the World Series and the election. I’m “too senior” to work as a Tax Compliance Officer. I like making a bunch of musical sounds to go along with my profound tales of Western Civilization. Someone help me decide between sushi and nachos and 3-t 30g2 g02v 018 y91 g1v – Riq Chiznik
 
Riq Chiznik synthesizes hitherto unexplored fusions of American abstract expressionism, poetic experimental practice, and cranky cacophonies to celebrate a dynamic threshold between the deliberations of language and the spontaneity of jazz. – Chris Almond

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The Gaa Gaas – A Video Trilogy

The Gaa Gaas had a productive year releasing their single Close Your Eyes to critical acclaim, headlining the alternative stage at Jersey Live, and collaborating with Vagus on a split cassette release Condensed Tin. Bubblebrain Records’ video editor Chris Almond created impressionistic music videos for two remixes by Arythmol and a film capturing part of the band’s triumphal Jersey Live festival performance.
 

A future-nostalgic daydream of a song by The Gaa Gaas – Arrows (Arythmol Remix)
 


 

Arythmol deconstructs The Gaa Gaas’ Close Your Eyes acoustic version, with footwork-influenced beats, bit-crunched synth guitar, and a video that mashes Gavin Tate’s original performance with contemporary footage of Russian bombing missions over Syria.
 


 

The Gaa Gaas had top billing on the Saturday night of Jersey Live 2016. Their first show on Jersey in a few years drew a curious, enthusiastic crowd. It rained but the evening was pleasantly warm and the misty atmospheric conditions refracted the stage lights dramatically. Who knew what to expect? The Gaa Gaas are known for hardcore peformances with plenty of improvisation. They pulled it off with confidence and left the fans wanting more.
 

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Ronny B

Ronny B photograph by SongwriterRandy
Ronny B photograph by SongwriterRandy

I was born in Manila. My background is American-Mexican-Pacific Islander. The artists who influenced me are Madonna, The Bee Gees, Mariah Carey, and Filipino artists Sharon Cuneta, Martin Nievera and Gary Valenciano. When I came to the US my goal was to write my own songs of sadness, heartbreak and joy.

I like all kinds of music but prefer pop because it makes me dance. I loves to dance! At the first club I went to I heard music from Madonna and started dancing out there on the dance floor. Everybody backed up … The DJ played that music and I was just out there enjoying myself. I’m the kind of person who will enjoy dancing ’til my last breath. I put some move on that Madonna music. After I danced the DJ came up to me and said “You really can dance. Did you go to a dancing class?”

I replied “No. It’s natural. I love to dance. I watched some videos on MTV and that’s where I get my influence.”

The DJ said “You’re really good. You’ve got some little bit of Micheal Jackson in you, you have Bobby Brown, you got some Madonna, Mariah Carey, Britney Spears … How do you do that?”

“It’s all in my mind, and I just practice daily. That’s what I do.”

I started writing and recording songs in my High School days. At that time I was going through a lot of sorrows and pain, relationship-wise, and I didn’t know what to do. I just wanted to do something with my life. So, for the very first time, I started writing my feelings and then turned it into music by using a tape recorder and started writing bit-by-bit. My first songs were When I’m Close To You and Doesn’t Matter To Me. I have those early recordings put away because in the future I may use them. I kept it all because it has always been my dream to be a recording artist.

My working relationship with Morgan McRae and Chris Holloway is really fantastic. I would never have had my first single recorded if it wasn’t for them. In 2008, I walked into their Magnatron Studios for the first time. The producer that owns the business, Patrick, and Chris were there. They tested my vocal and from then on started recording my songs.

That was also the year when I successfully auditioned for America’s Got Talent. I went to Honolulu, Hawaii, and took my headset out there in the middle of the beach, dancing, and a couple of people, a husband and wife, saw me dancing and said “Hey, you’re really good at dancing. Is it okay if we film you?”

I said “Sure.” The film of me dancing was sent to America’s Got Talent. It was very raw footage.

I got a call. “Are you Ronny B?”

I said “Yes I am.”

“Why don’t you come to Los Angeles. We want you to audition.”

“You’re kidding!”

They said “No we’re not kidding. We’re serious. You sign a contract with us and we will make you famous.”

The judges were Piers Morgan, Sharon Osbourne, and David Hasselhoff. I did my audition and then went to Vegas for the second round.

I love the audience. Some people think I’m a shy person when they see me but they don’t know that on stage I will go out there and overcome that fear. I love being on stage. On America’s Got Talent, smacking the scenery – that was my idea. At first, yes, I admit, fear got into me when David Hasselhoff buzzed me but I said to myself no no no no no, I would not leave the stage until I get the audience in awe and that was my whole point of view. I remember Jerry Springer telling me before I got on stage, “Do your best out there Ronny B. Show your talent. This is your moment. Give it all you’ve got out there because whatever anyway happens Simon Cowell is watching this and you are talented so go out there, do your best and make it to Vegas.”

For my album I will include various kinds of pop music, dance, r ‘n’ b and slow jams. I also plan to record a P-pop record for my Filipino fans.

 

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Ronny B at Magnatron Studios
Ronny B at Magnatron Studios

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Lux Flux

Amanda Haywood in Barstow, Southern California
Amanda Haywood in Barstow, Southern California

Amanda Haywood aka Lux Flux is a musician whose innovative works of sci-fi influenced weird electronica range from interstellar dub to the subtlest of ambient convolutions. Amanda is from Chicago, Illinois. She began making music in 1996 starting with her first boombox making mix tapes and funny sound effects. In early 2000 she started making beats using FruityLoops. By 2006 she was composing with Reason music software. Amanda’s life in music is inspired by her father who was in the Northwest Indiana Symphony Chorus. Amanda’s other influences are her fans, Björk, Tool, Marilyn Manson, Pink Floyd, Rammstein, and new artists she meets.

Amanda has been prolifically expanding her song catalogue with high quality samples, patches, loops and grooves many of which she has published on SoundCloud.

Amanda was in a dark ambient duo called Morphe and Mandy, and produced new age soundscapes with electronic duo Portal. In 2011 she co-founded iox Audioware, a company dedicated to producing professional audio plugins for the music industry.

Later she moved on to new trails as Lux Flux continuing to explore the weird experimental music sound of the High Desert of Southern California. She follows her mood and dreams to invent new music genres.
 

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Riq Chiznik

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Riq Chiznik

Riq Chiznik’s Sea-Monkey food factory was raided by a bunch of cinnamon pirates. They came, they saw, they scratched the paint off his bathroom stall walls, and flipped him off all at once. Then they took all of his pajamas. So the Sea-Monkey food manufacturing career was in the garbage. Anyway, he was walking home from an owl pellet hockey game one night, when a cosmic voyager suddenly detained him in an alley and imparted musical profundities to him that had been lost for millennia. He told Riq that if he didn’t record music from now on, he would beat him with a toilet brush.

Riq’s mommy was a giant shamrock and his daddy was a slightly bigger red bird. They both liked flowers a lot. As a child, Riq ate many tasty canned goods. He attended twelve years of Martian Chipmunk school. During his seventh year of school, he discovered ancient devices known as cassettes with strange names and words on them. He found them buried in the ruins of FEMA Region 5, right next to Droopy Valley, on an interplanetary field trip. He came back on several more field trips and acquired many other devices known as compact discs. Hundreds. In between trips, he taught himself guitar. He spent his allowance on machines that played this music media. He also bought packs of notebook paper, scratch and sniff stickers that smelled like lunch meat, various varieties of Japanese tea, a real live leprechaun that practised cardiology (escaped after two months, even though Riq treated him with the utmost respect), and a large quantity of frozen Salisbury steak dinners that usually included small helpings of mashed potatoes and corn.

As school went on, he was intimidated into learning about lottery frequencies and deodorant dynamics, but his favourite subject was always English. Then one day during his twelfth year of education, a motley gang of marshmallow demons forced him at accusation point to choose a college or be resigned to a career as a cardboard slapper. He had only minutes to make up his mind, so under spiritual duress he chose the one place that offered him a scholarship: The Illinois Automotive Beehive Institute of Ticker Tape. He spent seven years there continuing his education while singing karaoke in his spare time.

After he graduated, Riq spent five years behind a desk, mostly designing tablecloths and writing credit card advertisements. Then after that, he quit, and started a sea monkey food factory. That business lasted for about two years, until the Cinnamon Pirate Incident. Shortly thereafter he was detained by a musical cosmic voyager in an alley, and immediately began making music.

Riq’s biggest musical influences are Frank Zappa, Captain Beefheart, The Residents, Brian Eno, and Wesley Willis.
 

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Riq Chiznik is completely sane and that’s a guarantee!

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One Poet Craig Smith

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Craig Smith aka One Poet is a singer-songwriter living in Jersey, Channel Islands, UK. He has played many venues and festival dates including T in the Park (2014), Sziget Festival (2014), and Jersey Live (2015).

Just a lad trying to get through life, living passionately and do what he loves, Craig refuses to be a zombie for the state. “I have one chance at life so I’ll live it my way. I won’t be a slave for someone else’s gain. Peace and die smiling. No regrets. Try everything once. Be that crazy that the world loves.”

Craig is an eccentric with an ecstatic stage presence drawing in a crowd wherever he plays. A joy to watch, he is a fantastic live performer.

He fell in love with music growing up with Oasis who influenced his decision to write his own songs, share his views and express them on stage. Craig covers various artists but mostly performs his original songs. His songs draw out emotion and are a direct expression of his life experiences. Feelings that can’t be conveyed through speech, anything that can’t or wouldn’t be said, flow through his songs. If you want to know about Craig, listen to his lyrics.
 

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Craig Smith performing at the Mechanics

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Condensed Tin

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The Condensed Tin cassette is now available to purchase. There is only a limited run of 100 priced at £5 + shipping. This includes unlimited streaming, high-quality download, and artwork PDF.
 

condensed-vagus-gaa-gaas-tin-cassette-234-square A musicassette limited to one hundred copies. Vagus contribute the abrasive and ear-mangling AK-47, a journey more than a song. The Gaa Gaas contribute two tracks, one being an alternative version of recently released Indian Giver and the other is a distinct instrumental version. This first physical release from Bubblebrain Records is destined to be a collector’s item.

 

 

 

 

SIDE A
Vagus – AK-47

Written by James Dolan and Gary Law
Produced by Gary Law

SIDE B
The Gaa Gaas – Indian Giver (split version)
The Gaa Gaas – Indian Giver (instrumental)

Written by The Gaa Gaas
Produced by Ali Gavan
Mastered by Robert Harder

Cover art by Lemmi-James Eaton

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Vagus – AK-47

On Sunday August 23 2015 the band members Gary Law. James Dolan, Jonny Hill and Steve Le Long, a two-man camera crew (Chris Almond and Lee De Louche) and friends Reinhard Gleisner, Katja Maibauer and Helen Rose got together for filming of session footage and some fooling around in the grounds of a studio. The resulting material was edited and synced to audio before being sent to Laura Grace Robles (Electro Looks) and Tom Hughes (AK-47). Both videos were kindly funded by Jersey Arts Trust.

The new music video created by director Tom Hughes is a witty, freaky action comic featuring a zombie band, interstellar travel by garden shed, and dance routines filmed in Gilbert O’Sullivan’s rehearsal room. The song is over eight minutes long and more like a progressive rock suite than a traditional pop song. Tom Hughes rose splendidly to the challenge by constructing a narrative of the real Vagus versus a band of undead doppelgängers converging in a goofy chase involving the aforementioned shed with an apparent nod to the Infinite Improbability Drive in The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy. The poignant appearance of a deceased starman hurtling into deep space signals the synchronicity of Tom Hughes’ editing work with the news of David Bowie’s death on January 10 2016. There are many other clever details throughout the film to generously reward repeated viewings.

 

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The audio production by Gary Law is a heftier development of the psychedelic electro of the previous single, charged with elements of glam rock and the kind of whip-lashing electronic indie sound popularised by DFA Records. AK-47 will be included on the split release by Vagus and The Gaa Gaas available as a download and limited edition cassette release on May 28 2016.

 

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AK-47 lyrics

Thinking for the whole day
When you are alive
What is it you will say
When we are alive
Casualties in our own way
We’re casualties in our own way

Winter is on the way
Nothing put aside
Winter is on the way
Morally disguised
As casualties in our own way
Casualties in our own way

Thinking for the whole day
When you are alive
What is it you will say
When we are alive

Check out all the exits
Seven ways to run
Out on you now
As my soul perplexes
Hands are bound
A shroud in doubt
For you now
Misplaced in your garden
A garden made of stone cold gold
I refuse to hold

I check out
You check in
I can feel you crawling upon my skin
I can sense you feel for thoughts inside
I feel you steal all of their minds

Check out all exits
Seven ways to run
Out on you

I was running on low
I was running on low
Violence coming in an empty vessel as I saw her caressing my soul
AK-47 at my side
Shot a man in cold blood down tonight
To practice my aim
One shot one kill
To practice my aim
One shot one kill
To practice my aim

Check out all exits
Seven ways to run
Out on you

Six six six
Seven

Check out all exits
Seven ways to run
Out on you

Song written by James Dolan and Gary Law
Produced by Gary Law

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The Gaa Gaas – Close Your Eyes (Movement-2 Records)

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Raucous, edgy garage rock/post-punk specialists The Gaa Gaas contribute two versions of their song Indian Giver to our forthcoming digital download and limited edition cassette release in May. Before that they release new single Close Your Eyes on their own label. The official music video by London-based filmmaker Boldizsár CR shows a studio session with perturbing glimpses of televised warfare threatening to crack and collapse the familiar frame of reference. The effect coheres with the lyrics by Gavin Tate sneering at mass-mediated propaganda and reminding those who watch that “They tell us lies instead of truth!”
 

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Press for Close Your Eyes:

“The single is a controversial message inspired by recent catastrophic happenings in Syria, and evidences a kind of hard hitting, old school punk sensibility whilst still retaining that trademark Gaa Gaas fuzzed-up distortion.” — Cee Tee Jackson for Loud Horizon

 

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“London/Brighton-based garage punks The Gaa Gaas have been treading the boards for a few years now, with their debut single Voltaire being released back in 2010. They now follow up two EPs and various songs released on a number of compilations with new single Close Your Eyes on Movement-2 Records. Produced by Ali Gavan (ex-The Electric Soft Parade), Close Your Eyes cuts a fierce blast of fuzzed-up art-rock punk right slap bang in your face.” — Sam Geary for Little Indie Blogs

 

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“The Gaa Gaas put more than enough fury into their frenetic song Close Your Eyes to take it safely across the border from indie rock territory into the evergreen pasture that is, and always will be, post punk. The art school crowd will love this one.” — Bluesbunny

 

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Close Your Eyes was featured on the Human Pleasure Radio show on March 14 2016.

Buy The Gaa Gaas – Close Your Eyes

 

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The Gaa Gaas

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Gavin Tate of The Gaa Gaas

The Gaa Gaas formed after attending a garage punk night called Bomp! hosted by The Cryptics at venues in St Helier, Jersey, Channel Islands. The club night made a huge impact on the island’s growing music scene in the same vein as the influential Dirty Water Club in London.

After two years of perfecting their live show by the end of 2005, the band relocated to Brighton and began touring persistently throughout the UK and Europe gaining a steady fan base in England, France, Italy, Germany, Poland, Lithuania and Sweden.

With two EPs under their belts and various songs released on a number of compilations, their second effort Repulsion Seminar received positive reviews and demonstrated a maturing sound and vision.

Debut single Voltaire was produced by James Aparicio and edited and mastered by Robert Harder. It was released on The Playground Records in November 2010. The Gaa Gaas recently released the single Close Your Eyes produced by Ali Gavan, former member of The Electric Soft Parade, on their own label Movement-2 Records. The band is currently based in London and Brighton working on their debut album planned for release in 2017.
 

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The Gaa Gaas photo by Daniella Jones
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