About Me: King of Wishful Thinking, glorifying minor pursuits, consistently ignoring the elephants in the room!

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I hope to spread great music from new/relatively unknown artistes far and wide.

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26 thoughts on “Unfiltered

  1. Hi,

    My name is Dan Brown and I am a 20 year old ‘upbeat acoustic’ musician based in Bristol, UK. My performance name is Macatier.

    I was wondering if there was a possibility I would be able to be featured in your blog? I would happy to give away free downloads.

    I have supported bands and artists such as The Xcerts, Tellison, Tony Haven, and These Reigning Days.

    A few weeks ago I recorded a session at the London Red Bull Studios and have been invited to record another session at the end of the summer.

    I perform live very often, having performed at the UK’s most famous venues in the south west, including The Croft, The Fleece, The Louisiana and Mr. Wolfs. Earlier this year I was offered a headline set at The Fleece.

    My SoundCloud is http://soundcloud.com/macatier

    My Facebook page is https://www.facebook.com/macatier

    My YouTube is http://www.youtube.com/user/macatiertv/videos

    My Tumblr blog is http://macatier.tumblr.com/

    My Twitter is https://twitter.com/Macatier

    I am attempting to increase the size of my fan base, and I would very much appreciate any help you would be able to offer me?

    Thank you for your time,


    1. Hey Dan,

      I’d be happy to help. Just heard some of your work and I really like it. I can see that you already have free downloads available via your soundcloud, so in some time, I shall share your work via your soundcloud.

      Cheers and all the very best :)!

  2. Hi! i let u something u may dig, let me know if you share it please, best wishes!


    We released our first singles collection and wanna share it with you, we also send you a video of our 1st Anniversary Party. Feel free to share and download!


    Watertonic – Different
    Bike Warrior – Flying Birds Under The Rain
    Franh – Glowing
    The Crystal Ship – Under The Sun
    Los Árboles – Your Eyes(Are They Still Looking At The Sky?)


    SINGLES COLLECTION: http://soundcloud.com/blckshprecords/sets/singlescollection
    1st ANNIVERSARY PARTY VIDEO: https://vimeo.com/51253293

    # # #

    About Blckshp Records:

    Blckshp Records is a young record label and cultural producer from Buenos Aires. Our goal is to achieve the release of the most elegant and modern dance music.
    Founded by Gabriel Conti a.k.a Bike Warrior, who is also the founder of ”In Party We Trust” one of the most popular festivals of EDM in Argentina.

    ”Our critique began as all critiques begin: with doubt. Doubt became our narrative. Ours was a quest for a new story, our own. And we grasped toward this new history driven by the suspicion that ordinary language couldn’t tell it. Our past appeared frozen in the distance, and our every gesture and accent signified the negation of the old world and the reach for a new one. The way we lived created a new situation, one of exuberance and friendship, that of a subversive microsociety, in the heart of a society which ignored it.

    Art was not the goal but the occasion and the method for locating our specific rhythm and buried possibilities of our time. The discovery of a true communication was what it was about, or at least the quest for such a communication. The adventure of finding it and losing it. We the unappeased, the unaccepting continued looking, filling in the silences with our own wishes, fears and fantasies. Driven forward by the fact that no matter how empty the world seemed, no matter how degraded and used up the world appeared to us, we knew that anything was still possible. And, given the right circumstances, a new world was just as likely as an old one.”

    The manifesto text is called NOISE AND SILENCE and is part of the movie WAKING LIFE.

    BLCKSHP RECORDS’S FANPAGE: http://www.facebook.com/BlckshpRecords

    IN PARTY WE TRUST’S FANPAGE: http://www.facebook.com/inpartywetrustbsas

    Other Releases by Blckshp Records on Hype Machine: http://hypem.com/track/1n12r/Bike+Warrior+-+Whatever+Nevermind

    For more info about Blckshp Records, In Party We Trust or any of the label’s artist send an email to: blckshprecords@gmail.com

    1. Impressive work guys and have now supported it on the blog! Apologies for the delay, but have been unusually occupied the last few days! Keep up the great work and keep putting your faith on the party scene! Cheers!

  3. Hey Karan,
    I’m in a musical project based in Allston/Boston, Ma, called This Much, and we just released our first two song EP. The songs are a mix of rock and folk/acoustic, and could be described as similar to Bon Iver, Fiona Apple, and the Fleet Foxes… similarly mellow and melodic as some of the stuff you have posted. We’d very much like to be included on your blog, and we appreciate any consideration. Heres a link to the EP:

    We hope you get a chance to listen, and look forward to hearing what you think if you do!


  4. Howdy Asian Dan,
    Here is the teaser track “Dubster’s lab feat. Dubjavu” to my debut EP “A Sudden and Drastic Change.” (Dropping Jan.10th.) I’ve included my artist bio, a 320 kbps mp3 Mediafire link, Soundcloud and Facebook links. Thanks for listening, and if you need anything else, let me know.





    Artist Bio:
    SoDown is the brainchild of Colorado native Ehren River Wright. Music has been stamped in his heart and burned in his brain, playing instruments ranging from the djimbe to the piano. However, it wasn’t until a spontaneous beat boxing session with friends that Ehren realized his true calling for creating art. He is inspired by adrenaline, love, spirituality, nature, cityscapes, flow and art of all kinds. He creates music that combines elements of dubstep, hip-hop, reggae, funk, and groovyness. Ehren’s passionate nature drives his desires for constantly trying new things and experiencing the abundance of life.Through his music he conveys these inspirations and expresses his creativity. Ehren believes strongly in himself and in the people around him. He encourages people to find their passion and follow their dreams. Producing music from many genres of bass, while incorporating new unique ideas and sounds, Ehren works tirelessly to create something that no one has heard before. He wants all people to know and believe that they can accomplish their dreams. In an effort to unite all of us, and help him spread the love, like his page and follow SoDown on his journey!!

  5. Hi Karan, I’d love to send some music submissions for your consideration, and also do a link exchange to cross promote if you’re up for it. I work with music with depth only. If interested, I’d love to hear from you at james at independentmusicpromotions.com. Thanks! James

  6. Hey there! I’m Jasper from Alias Punch, an indefinable power trio from Orlando, FL. We’d like to present our new single/video called “Halloween ’93” to you in hopes that you’ll consider it for review.

    soundcloud: https://soundcloud.com/aliaspunch/halloween-93

    bandcamp: http://aliaspunch.bandcamp.com/album/halloween-93

    video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2NvEwPNQk3o

    photos: http://www.flickr.com/photos/94923810@N06/8642925121/
    Alias Punch

    Feel free to post and share as you like!

    Thank you very much,


  7. Whats up?
    I’m David and I sing for a new project called Honey Bones. Were releasing our first self-entitled EP on July 20th. Here is our single for it called “dragg” which you can download for free.


    Honey Bones is my buddy Ivan, guitarists/bassist and I. We went to high school in Idaho together and always loved making music. However he moved to California, I stayed in Idaho. We started messing around sending ideas back and forth till we decided to do this project. He records guitar and bass and sends it my way then I sing and produce the rest of the track. Here is a link to our facebook and a pic.



  8. Hi,

    I represent the Seattle-based experimental ambient rock band, Piano Piano. Our debut full-length album, ‘When I was not in myself, no one alarmed me’, was just released on August 18th! We are contacting media organizations and reviewers who regularly cover artists we enjoy and respect with a digital download and some more information surrounding the album.

    Our album is self-funded and self-released in conjunction with our startup label imprint, Chalk Aphelion Record House. We are handling publicity and promotion ourselves as well. We regularly perform in Seattle WA and will be pusuing regional touring once it becomes logistically feasible.

    The album was recorded and mixed at Bear Creek Studio in Woodenville, WA by Jerry Streeter (Blonde Redhead, The Lumineers). Mastering was performed at Sterling Sound in NYC by Greg Calbi (Mogwai, Grizzly Bear, Shearwater, Blonde Redhead, Sonic Youth, Low, Sunny Day Real Estate).

    Here is our one-page and album art:

    Click to access PIANO%20PIANO%20one-page.pdf

    The album is available through CD Baby (physical order and download), Bandcamp, iTunes, and Amazon. It is also available at local shops in the Pacific Northwest (Sliver Platters, Easy Street, Sonic Boom, and Everyday Music), and we will be expanding physical distribution to other regions over the next year. Vinyl is tentatively planned mid-2014.

    If you send us an email at pianopianoband@gmail.com, we can get you a digital download of the full album. Four public tracks can be posted via Soundcloud however (Corah, Vivid Dream, Christopher Pt.1 & Pt. 2). Hope you enjoy the album!

    Here are the four sharable tracks:

    Just for fun, in case you’re wondering how we generate the ‘solo’ in Vivid Dream 😉

    Also, here is a live performance of Talisman:

    Lastly, here’s a recent article we were featured for in SPREAD:

    Currently, we have an upcoming live 1hr KEXP radio/video broadcast scheduled for this Fall and are continuing to performing in support of the record.

    Let us know if you’d like more information, and we would be happy to correspond via email. If you end up writing about the album (good or bad), please send us a link, as we would like to direct traffic to your site via our social media channels (Facebook, Twitter, et cetera)

    Thanks for your help,

    – Kevin / Piano Piano


  9. Hi Instantfilter,

    We are Showroom Dummies, a new power trio from London, UK.

    We have been writing, recording and gigging for a few months now and everyone seems to love our music. We think it is now time to be heard by a bigger audience, build up a genuine fan base and we would really appreciate if you could help us and support us.

    We are working on our EP and we will be uploading new tracks within the next couple of weeks, for now we only have 2 tracks ready (all recorded in my bedroom):


    Please, let us know what do you think, every feedback is important for us.

    Thanks in advance for your time.




    SHOWROOM DUMMIES is a London based power trio. Gigi (pronounced ‘gee-gee’ and he is not a girl!), Pharoah (now, that’s a name! he LOOOOVES tennis!) and Kevin (he speaks “Brezhoneg”) met at a warehouse party somewhere in East London. They were making some serious noise playing unconventional instruments (you know…those “never seen” instruments you’d find in the neighbour’s rubbish bin) until some drunken pointy shoes dude from Dalston said: ”hey guys, what’s your band called?”. Whether he was fooling around or not, they took it as a sign.
    Since that day, they got better even though Gigi had to learn how to play keyboards with his feet (he is still learning btw!). They’ve been creating imaginative, yet essentially simple tracks. Their lyrics are witty, truthful, declamatory, fun, profound, honest, light (yeah, I know!). Their sound is characterful, bold and confident. Not to be missed!


    Live @ Underbelly, Hoxton [London]: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UBRiKF71TYQ

    Live @ Agile Rabbit, Brixton [London]: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sttEMYdzvxo

  10. Alright there!
    Love the blog- both stylistically and music wise. Sweet photos u got at the top there!
    was wondering if you could check out my band, we’re unsigned and based in East London:

    Here’s an introduction wirtten about us on hotvox.co.uk:

    “Flora Tropics are four lads based in East London who hope to achieve a sound between the rays of a distant 60’s California and their own small town anxiety in urban drudgery. Somewhere between current bands like DIIV, Wild Nothing and past artists from Leonard Cohen to Dire Straits with their love for Grunge and trip-hip as a backdrop.”

    FT x

  11. Hi!
    We are a Boston MA. based Indie/Alt rock band called ‘Mister Vertigo’. If you get the chance please check out our music and let us know what you think! 🙂
    “Mister Vertigo is a Emotional, melodic, eclectic, Indie/Alternative Rock band from Boston with a strong emphasis on vocals and lyrics. The band incorporates elements of Power Pop, Folk, Progressive Rock, Punk, Shoegaze, and Americana to create a fresh sound all their own.”
    -The Boston Phoenix



  12. HI Karan,

    Hope you’re good… We’re BhangLassi – a band from Sydney but all originally from England, hence the accents.

    ‘First Things’ First’ is our debut LP – a labour love that’s taken us four years to record independently and it’s now available on SoundCloud for streaming and embeds here: ,a href=”https://soundcloud.com/bhanglassi/sets/first-things-first”>https://soundcloud.com/bhanglassi/sets/first-things-first

    If you dig it, drop me an email and I’ll send you the track details, lyrics and a press-release and any MP3s if required. We’re looking for some exposure and/or a review to help us promote it as we are as I say unsigned.

    We’ve also just released a video for the first single which is available here: http://bhanglassi.com/sos

    Thanks for your time and all the best!


  13. Hey Karan,

    My name is Chris. I find your blog great. We share the interests of music and photography/editing. I dig the pictures you post with the music. I play drums for a band called Lucky Is The Lion. We released our debut EP, Elevator Speech, on all major music platforms in late July. I was curious if you would be interested in reviewing the music. Any feedback would be greatly appreciated.The music has been described as, “Alt-pop that shares its themes with the city that raised it: a blend of Cleveland’s unwavering hope and poetic desperation.” Lucky Is The Lion is a trio consisting of brothers, Jeff and Chris Bukovec, and Justin Chambers. Here are a list of a few links where the music can be found:



    Thanks for reading.

    All the best,

  14. Hi,

    My name is Tim, and I play guitar in a band called Sunbathers. We are a 5-piece indie rock group based out of the DC/Baltimore area.

    I’m reaching out to pass along some of Sunbathers’ music, and to see if you would consider sharing it on Instant Filter. You can listen to our new release, “Glory,” and the rest of our music on SoundCloud:

    We really enjoy your blog, appreciate what you do for up & coming artists, and would be thrilled to have you share our music.



  15. Hi Karan,

    How is it going? I enjoy reading and discovering new music in Instant Filter. Earlier this year I started an LA based Indie Latin Rock project under the name of Mik Current and I’d like to show you my second single “Lies”, in hopes that you may listen, enjoy and share the music 🙂 Mik Current’s take on rock is to infuse it with his latin american roots, by adding rhythms that are used in salsa, merengue, and other latin styles in his music.

    Thanks for considering and please let me know your thoughts:

    Soundcloud: https://soundcloud.com/mik-current/lies/s-jKdBE
    EPK: http://www.mikcurrent.com/epk


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