We want to give a shout out to an important artist who’s been making incredible things happen through all levels of the New York music scene for a good number of years now.
Merter Yildirim, originally from Turkey, arrived in New York in 2008 and wasted no time finding his way onto some of the best stages and recording studios in the area, all the while helping countless musicians achieve higher levels of success with their music than they could have ever achieved without him.
Merter Yildirim, onstage at Tobacco Road, NYC (photo by Brian Lin)
What’s Merter’s secret? He’s a triple threat– a fully trained musician, composer AND engineer/producer, Merter has mastered all three disciplines and on top of that has a unique taste and singular creative vision that’s all his own.
For bands that have been lucky enough to feature his distinctive bass playing, Merter has catapulted them to fan acclaim and created signature sounds that keep audiences coming back. While he’s always been dedicated to one or two steady projects at a time, Merter believes in enriching the music scene itself, and so he’s usually happy to lend a hand to deserving artists that need a little extra boost, when he can find time in his busy schedule.
Merter started playing the bass in his junior high school years and almost immediately found himself performing professionally with multiple bands. He began his career as a professional audio engineer in 2004, and, always growing as an artist, moved to New York in 2008 to earn his master’s in music. Since arriving in the city, he’s played with original acts ‘Shooting Gallery NYC’, ‘Father of Sam’, and has perhaps achieved the most fame with ‘The Bliss Jockeys’ when his joining in 2013 converted the group from a struggling folk vocal ensemble to a dynamic rock band featuring his great instrumental skills.
Merter’s enriched the stages of the top venues in New York City, including: Mercury Lounge, The Cutting Room, Cafe Wha?, Merkin Concert Hall, and Triad Theater. He’s guested with a wide array of artists, including Alex Federici, Lesley Shannon, Ellen Weiss, Elena Giordano and the triumphant Brighter Than Today concert, with whom he’s also prepared studio recordings.
If you need an artist who understands all of the inter-connections between art, musical diversity and technical excellence, look no further than Merter Yildirim!
His playing will soon be featured as The Bliss Jockeys take over a coveted spot on stage at Babylon SoHo. The band’s debut album, The Birth of Bliss, is coming soon from Roomful of Sky Records.
HIJK are an Indie Rock band from Oakland, trafficking in “hyper late 90’s-style rock, full of addictive hooks and complex riffs”. Their art forward style hinges on angular guitar work that simultaneously references the Post-Punk sound, as well as, Alt-Rock staples like Superchunk. Check out the stop motion video for their brazen song “Paper Boat”.
The band is looking to “take your TV set” this Friday, February 28th, in a cool double bill with Autocomplete, at The Connecticut Yankee. Getting robbed never sounded so good…
Make sure to get your half price tickets in advance here!
Autocomplete are a group of “rudderless kids” based in San Francisco, grinding out a brash and punky brand of Garage Rock. Their sound has more in common with The Stooges and former SF band, Thee Oh Sees, than other California contemporaries like the Allah-Las, or The Fresh & Onlys. Check out their captivating video for the gritty song “Fish” below.
Autocomplete is performing this Friday, February 28th at The Connecticut Yankee in support of HIJK. Make sure to get your half price tickets in advance here.
Author : Mary Tsoules
BRBRCK, (pronounced Berberock) is Mike Berberich, the Scranton-born, Brooklyn-based MC with the kind of lyrical talent and ardent wordplay that’s hard to come by these days. Honest talent isn’t the only thing that sets BRBRCK apart from other hip hop artists. His genius is matched with a live band that definitely adds a jazzy bass line to his music. This “rapping white boy from Brooklyn” also writes and produces all of his own music. How rad.
He just released a music video for his new single, “Hood High”. This track has everything; Jazz, Blues, Rock ‘n Roll, and Hip-Hop, all in one song. It probably has the catchiest refrain that I’ve heard in quite some time: “We gettin’ hood high, we gettin’ hood high, we gettin’ hood high…”. It will have you cruising on another level. Just as the video portrays, it’s a tune that will perfectly accompany the activity of sitting on a stoop in Bedford Stuyvesant and *smoking*. It’s a song that will have you feeling supa fly, even if you’re totally not supa fly.
If you want to hear more from this underground revolutionary, don’t fret, he’s pretty much on every social media site in existence. SoundCloud, Twitter, Facebook, Official Website, Vimeo, iTunes.
BRBRCK has performed at numerous live music venues in New York City including Arlene’s Grocery, Tammany Hall, and The Delancey. He’s super passionate about his live performance. In a video interview, he says, “I wanna turn it into a party-I wanna push that energy to the back wall.” He doesn’t care if you’re a Hip-Hop fan or not, “if you like energy, if you want to feel something you haven’t felt before, check out BRBRCK.” I don’t know about you, but all that sounds pretty enticing. Who doesn’t like a concert-party?
For those of you who like to feel energy vibes from a live Hip-Hop performance, you’re in luck. BRBRCK will be performing at Tammany Hall on Friday, March 14th, with Midnight High, Justin Henry and B&X. You can buy half price tickets in advance HERE.
XOXO Frizzy Blonde
Jacob Jeffries is a young Singer/Songwriter hailing from Florida who has some notable accolades to his name already. Besides being signed to Warner/Chappell for a publishing deal, he has also won the Florida Grammy Showcase for Best New Artist, and has opened for Allen Stone, Eric Hutchinson, Sister Hazel, Sugar Ray, Gin Blossoms, and Dashboard Confessional. Following in the rich tradition of storytellers who have a knack for spinning their tales in the catchiest way possible, Jacob Jeffries is on the path to building a dedicated fan base founded on substance rather than hype.
Check out the video for “Highest Bidder” below, and see what Jacob is selling his soul for. Once you know, make sure you come see him perform live tomorrow night at The Connecticut Yankee, with support from local San Francisco bands, The Whiteboards and Hidden in the Sun. For more details and half price tickets click here.
Hidden in the Sun is a San Francisco band, that mines heartfelt songs, from the rich well of American storytelling and roots music. Lead singer Lizzie Clapper divulges personal experiences in poetic phrases, grounded by the beautiful folk, blues and rock piano stylings of Ciara McAllister. The style is steeped in tradition, which seems to be losing ground in today’s musical landscape, which is heavily over saturated by cut rate DJ’s remixing lowest common denominator pop hits. It is refreshing to see that some acts are holding on to what makes music so special to everyone, the ability for the sound, the voice and lyrics with substance to move the not only the body, but the mind and the soul as well.
This music was the basis for the style and sound that put San Francisco on the map back in the ’60s. Here is some press from music writer, John Wooley, who obviously felt that same energy.
“To my ears, Hidden in the Sun sounds a lot like the San Francisco psychedelia that came along in the late ’60s and really kind of started that whole album-rock/FM radio thing. All four songs from the EP Smoke Signals — and especially the first two — have the kind of vibe that first knocked me out back then, when radio started playing bands like Quicksilver Messenger Service, Jefferson Airplane, and, of course, Big Brother and the Holding Company. In fact, Lizzie’s phrasing and vocal approach reminds me at times of both Janis Joplin and Grace Slick in their primes.”
Watch the band perform “Three Flavors of Five” below, and make sure to come out this Saturday, February 15th to The Connecticut Yankee to see them perform! It is sure to be a bright spot in what’s been a foggy streak over the last week plus. Show up by 10pm to see Jacob Jeffries Band and The Whiteboards. You can purchase half price tickets, for $5, in advance of the show here.