An Eponymous Release and a Bad Dining Experience with Jay Pray

Photo Credit: Ryan Jay
Photo Credit: Ryan Jay

With a love for music spanning back as long as he can remember, there was no doubt in anyone’s mind that Justin P. Romanos would try and construct his existence around sound. With that he headed off to college to endure the Music Industry Program and after some moves, some tunes and so forth and so on – he transformed into Jay Pray, an artist living that synth life. With that he’ll drop his self-titled debut October 21, and if his lead single, “I’d Go Anywhere,” is an example of what’s to come – we’re in for a treat.

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Peaer: Peaer


A chicken nugget in one hand and my other on the keyboard, I’m listening to Peaer’s self-titled album. The whole time felt like when you’re hanging out with that one friend who is a constant Debbie Downer, but has like one funny thing to say. Not a record I could find myself listening to on a daily basis, but definitely for those who find themselves looking for the vinyl pleasures of Tigers Jaw, and going to catch Seahaven live.

Know those coming of age films set in the Middle of Nowhere, USA? The soundtracks to those live for songs like “Pink Spit.” Or at least that’s what I envisioned when it started to play. The sad spirits continued to rise as that trippy alternative rock came through in a new, modern way via “Cliff Song” and “Third Law.” “Karma Police” anyone? As things continued to progress, I was not feeling it on a personal level until “Sick” came into play. On some level, we can all relate to the simple line, “Sick of being tired of myself.” We all get down on ourselves at some point in our lives and after awhile, it can get not only frustrating but down right embarrassing. So of course you’d get tired of feeling low about who you are. Another song for the downtrodden, but a more universal appeal.

As the last nugget is consumed, so ends my time with Peaer. Not a record I’d place in my heart, but one I’m glad to share because there are people out there who’d find this sorrow sounding album a delight. If you’re a fan of Pedro The Lion and again, Seahaven – make sure to check out Peaer, out September 30 on Tiny Engines.

#FBF: Ashlee in an Alley

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Listening to Ashlee Simpson today, I’m not sure why I ever paid to see her perform. She’s not the greatest singer but at the time I L-O-L-O-Loved this girl. So when she was going to be on Jimmy Kimmel Live! as just a guest – me and a friend thought it wise to brave the cold to stand in the wind tunnel that is the alley behind the talk show’s studio to try and meet her. Thankfully the cold made is so no one else was there and it was like our own personal meet and greet. The year escapes me but it was when she was with the guy from Fall Out Boy but before he knocked her up and they got married. Time aside, unlike Billy from Good Charlotte – this girl was a doll.

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