Just last month, Phoenix-based artist Brandon Adamson released a mid-century modern inspired NFT series on the Proton blockchain. The initial 12 pieces sold within the first 24 hours. Titled “Mod Commodities,” these NFT works are being made in the same style as the abstract, retro-futurist and modernist paintings the artist has been painting for 20 years.
On a recent episode of The Stark Truth podcast, Brandon explained that due to his minimalist living situation, he decided to create the series because he no longer had room to store large physical paintings. He also found the cumbersome shipping process involved in selling large abstract paintings online to be impractical.
As of this current writing, there are 28 NFTs in the collection, and 13 have sold. According to Brandon, “Most NFTs that people are making right now are pixelated characters or cartoon animals, which is fine. I love pixel art, but I wanted to put together a collection that was something distinctive and which was in line with my own artistic style. I didn’t want to just opportunistically mimic whichever style was currently selling big. Also a lot of people buy NFTs specifically designed to be profile pics. I’ve had a buyer who told me that Mod Commodities NFTs would be ideal to be used as banners or header images for profiles. Indeed they are, He purchased one for that reason, despite my never having marketed them as such. Perhaps I should.”
The Mod Commodities is currently available on ProtonMarket. In an article on CoinSlot, the artist mentioned that one of the main reasons he chose Proton was that it had the most user friendly wallet and NFT minting interface out of several blockchains he tested prior to launching the collection.
Moonlight is a new single from artist, Raféu. Born in Berlin (yet of South Asian , Middle Eastern and Oriental descent, Raféu holds nothing back with this latest sensual and fun-filled track, which is already getting some action on Spotify. The colorful and laid back club beat sets the mood for Raféu’s vocals. The song is actually quite catchy and the lyrics are brazenly and perhaps refreshingly honest. Incorporating elements of romance and intimacy, Rafeu’s casual, direct and propositional delivery style gets right to the point, making this a true party jam. Moonlight is quite memorable, and there is definitely an audience for it, for those who are in the right frame of mind.
I Say No is a new single from Canadian artist, Garcia Douglas. Backed by a soulful and elegant, synth driven beat, Garcia Douglas sings with a heartfelt sincerity that’s guaranteed to make listeners feel something. Her voice has a certain beautiful innocence to it that lends an emotional purity to the music. It’s expressive and conveys real emotion, while also being soothing. Though the lyrics don’t shy away from revealing emotional vulnerability, I Say No has an underlying inspirational and ultimately empowering vibe. You can tell that Garcia Douglas loves performing and the deep, creative process of songwriting. That gives the song an added layer of charm.
When New York Is Drowning is a new album from Brooklyn-based rock band, Carrier. Peppy, emotive and melodic, this is classic indie rock. I honestly didn’t even know there still were bands out there making this style of indie music, which was so coveted and loved in the early to mid 2000s, when I was just a budding young scenester, and everyone I knew listened to groups like Franz Ferdinand, James, The Make Up and The Dandy Warhols,.
It all makes sense though when you learn that When New York Is Drowning apparently was a ten year album project. The band cites influences like Japandroids, The Strokes, Jets to Brazil and Green Day, but they’ve essentially carved out their own sound. Lively guitars provide much of the backbone of the songs, while passionately delivered vocals with deep reverberation give the music its evocative soul. The recordings are excellent and pure, without any of the senseless overprocessing or auto-tune effects that taint most contemporary releases. The album’s opening track, Bitter Child is an instant hit and perfectly encapsulates what Carrier’s music is all about.
What’s It Gonna Be is a new single from artist, Rebecca Jade. Backing by sparkling, colorful and sophisticated melodies, Rebecca’s powerful voice takes center stage. Her vocals are dynamic and professional. She’s truly an exceptional singer, and manages to convey sensitivity and emotional realism in her delivery. With its catchy hooks, What’s It Gonna Be is high class lounge music with 21st century pop/R&B sensibility. The song builds and gets better and better, incorporating crystal clear vocal harmonies and a full, sonically rich that will give you goosebumps. Rebecca Jade has an impressive list of singing credits, having performed in some capacity or another with many iconic artists. What’s It Gonna Be shows that she’s a musical giant in her own right.
The Habit is a new album from Acid City Nuns. Coming in with crystal clear audio and stereophonic vibes, these jams sound so smooth. Blending elements of jazz, synthwave, and hip hop, the songs have a sophisticated feel. The vocals often oscillate between dreamlike serenades and casual rapping. There’s a lot of variety, with some tracks featuring laser-like synths and aerobic workout tape pacing, while other songs are ambient, mysterious and ethereal. Still other songs incorporate pristine, classic jazz instrumentals, reminiscent of what you’d hear at a late 1970s cocktail party in New York. The music is professional, fun and occasionally romantic, with lyrics that subtly hint at underlying themes of social consciousness. Containing nearly 20 polished tracks, The Habit is an ambitious and impressively satisfying production.
Cataracts is a new single from Sacramento-born vocalist and rapper, Eddy P. He cites a lot of golden age hip hop legends like Tupac, Nas, and Bone Thugs as influences, and his performance actually measures up to those standards. This guy has an excellent flow and can really rap. Capable of lightning delivery and precision timing, the Bone Thugs’N’Harmony influence is readily apparent in the first few seconds of the recording. Other times he keeps the vibe cool and casual as he goads his adversaries.
Throughout the song, he makes effective use of layering to create a fully stacked, action packed mix. Cataracts with its catchy chorus, unique metaphor and musically colorful backbeat, is itself a kind of instant classic. A lot of rappers have rhyming skills, but Eddy P demonstrates that he is a genuinely talented songwriter, capable of putting together enduring hits. There’s definitely some magic there. Eddy P also offers a link where people can go and download his songs for free, here.
Flying Under The Radar Of Chaos is a new album from Minneapolis-based band, The Orange Goodness. Artistic, slick and stylish, this release is like an aesthetic throwback to back when indie rock bands were still cool (and good). Minneapolis has always produced excellent bands (The Siren Six being one of my personal favorites), and this group has really perfected their grooving rock’n’roll sound.
Rhythmic guitars and creative structural arrangements keep the action lively, and the vocalist is truly a gifted singer. His delivery has its own distinctive flavor and personality, which is essential for a band like this to stand out and cultivate a memorable identity. Flying Under The Radar Of Chaos also features a plethora of genuinely killer guitar solos and riffs. There’s terrific musicianship all around on display here. Be sure and check out the video for the track, Love Life Lies, which captures precisely the aesthetic I envisioned while listening to this album.
Relativity is a new album from band, Fires of Denmark. Scheduled to for an official release date of November 15, 2021, the album was recorded during a week-long stay in a house that was designed by Frank Lloyd Wright in Wisconsin. Ambient, intellectual and retro-futuristic, the songs on here feature some of the best analog synth sounds you’ll ever hear. These recordings are so crisp and clear, they’re like a stereophile’s dream. One of the standout tracks is It Goes On, with its ethereal melodies and dreamlike vocals. Dripping with suspense, it almost feels like it belongs in a club scene of an 80s horror movie soundtrack. My other favorite song is Start Living Outside Of Time which has well-constructed hooks, a catchy chorus and probably has the most potential to be a “hit.” The album has to be taken as a whole though to be appreciated. It offers a complex, meditative and enchanting listening experience that may even propel your mind to reach higher levels of consciousness.
Frost is a new single from Austin-based band, Undermine. This song is from their just released album, As Above (which features some remarkably killer covert art by the way). A raw, organic blend of punk rock, country, and folk, Frost could best be characterized as “cowpunk.” Clocking in at less than 2 minutes, the song is short and sweet but still manages to hit you with everything its got. Unlike most contemporary punk releases, this really has a genuine punk sound. It’s noisy, boisterous and messy in all the best ways. The recording makes you feel like you’re right there in the action, at some kind of life affirming basement show that’s packed with people. These guys hold nothing back when they’re performing, and the guitars and vocals on Frost will knock your socks off.