“Let ‘Em Eat Cake” Jam of the Day at SpeakersInCode.com

Can’t get enough of “Let ‘Em Eat Cake”? Neither can Speakers In Code who listed it as their Jam of the Day!

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Leave it be
I’m not yours and you don’t belong to me

Man, you have to let it go. You really, really have to let it go. Let it burn. Let the smoke fly. And be free.

Or, as Cheryl Strayed wrote in Tiny Beautiful Things:

“I’ll never know, and neither will you, of the life you don’t choose. We’ll only know that whatever that sister life was, it was important and beautiful and not ours. It was the ghost ship that didn’t carry us. There’s nothing to do but salute it from the shore.”

Or… “Let ‘em eat cake,” as Alexz Johnson would say.

Johnson is a singer-songwriter from Canada, and she put out one of our favorite albums in 2014. Have a listen to “Let ‘Em Eat Cake” below.

New “Let ‘Em Eat Cake” Music Video

Alexz posted a new video of “Let ‘Em Eat Cake” to her Youtube Channel today! You can watch it below:

Live Reviews – Alexz Johnson at the Bootleg Theater — MusicConnection.com

This is a great review of Alexz’s show at The Bootleg Theater. The author really breaks down the performance piece by piece and highlights different parts of it.

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The Players: Alexz Johnson, lead vocals, guitar; Patrick Droney, guitar, backup vocals; Maxwell Butler, keyboard, backup vocals; Kyle McCammon, bass, moog, backup vocals; Garrison Johnson, drums, backup vocals.

Material: Alexz Johnson has developed a cohesive sound comprising indie rock and neo-folk elements with a rich, soulful undertone. Reminiscent of the Kills or the Black Keys, Johnson’s music possesses individuality and can contend with her contemporaries.

“Let ‘Em Eat Cake,” the title track on her album, showcases Johnson’s experience as a songwriter with its healthy injection of wah-wah echoes and a gospel inspired organ riff. The dynamics in the music parallel the emotional tone of the lyrics, which are often a rollercoaster ride of love heartbreak. It is on her slower material, like “Nothin’ On Me,” that she unleashes her high-pitched, Rod Stewart-esque rasp.

Musicianship: Johnson’s vocal control is highly commendable. She never wavers on a note, from the lower register to raspy howls. The harmonies from the other band members richen the sound, especially during the choruses. Her rhythm guitar playing is solid, which makes room for Droney to add delayed, twangy chords. Butler injects that soulful component with his keys, while McCammon and Garrison Johnson, who has impeccable time, hold down the rhythms.

Performance: Heartache lingered in the intimate room at the Bootleg as Johnson seduced the audience, always leaving them desiring more. Johnson eased into the set with a few mellow songs, replete with enchanting chords and vibrato, before grooving into “Ruthless Love,” a neo-folk tune driven by a hammered out sixteenth-note beat. By that point, the band jived and established a charismatic chemistry, but Johnson remained in command.

“Nothin’ On Me” and “Thank You for Breaking My Heart” shined the spotlight on her soulful growl, all the while Butler jazzily grooved on his organ keys.

While the band was clearly well-rehearsed, Butler and Droney could incorporate solos to enhance songs like “I Will Fall In Love” or “Heart Turns Back” and to brighten the performance altogether.

Summary: Alexz Johnson is an accomplished singer and natural songwriter. Her music appeals to a large demographic and is very radio friendly. Her upbeat songs, like “Voodoo,” catch on quickly but lack the soulful edge that makes her slower material signature and vivacious. –Vincent Stevens

Alexz Booked For 5 Shows At The Hotel Cafe

Those that live in the Los Angeles area just got a huge treat as Alexz has been booked at the Hotel Cafe for 5 straight weeks every Thursday night starting February 12th. Here are the show dates:

Tickets: www.alexzjohnson.groundctrl.net/
Feb 12 / Los Angeles // The Hotel Cafe
Feb 19 / Los Angeles // The Hotel Cafe
Feb 26 / Los Angeles // The Hotel Cafe
Mar 5 / Los Angeles // The Hotel Cafe
Mar 12 / Los Angeles // The Hotel Cafe

You can also buy tickets through the Hotel Cafe’s official website.

Musician Portrait Project

Alexz is involved in something called the “Musician Portrait Project“. The information on her video is also the missions statement of the project which says this:

The concept of the Musician Portrait Project is to display a moving portrait of various musicians. Imagine a gallery with walls of video screens featuring two minute videos on a loop, in black and white, with no sound. Each musician portrayed on their own individual screen. As of right now Musician Portrait Project is in negotiations with several galleries in Brooklyn, NYC and Philadelphia, Pa Eventually the project is looking to be displayed in galleries around major cities in the U.S.

Alexz Johnson:

alexzjohnson.com/

Alexz Johnson with Patrick Droney, Maxwell Butler, Kyle McCammon and Garrison Johnson

(C) 2014 Musician Portrait Project, Derek Brad Photography

Here is her video: