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Mouth Off is the weekly podcast show that brings the world of contemporary a cappella right to your ears.  From news to reviews to personal views, Dave Brown and Christopher Diaz dish it out every week with characteristic sarcasm and wit.  Don’t miss a single episode!

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    Mouth Off 04.08.12

    New albums, a freakish beatboxer, a beautiful live looper, and the latest from Musix.

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    Want to make your group better?  Click on the “Articles” tab above to read some of our advizzle.

Mouth Off 04.08.12

Posted on April 15, 2012 by MouthOffTeam
Around the Horn
  1. A cappella Boot Camp is almost full!
  2. Six13 wishes you a “Good Shabbos.”
  3. The CU Buffoons have a new record out!
  4. On the Rocks sings on on Sing On re: The Sing-Off.
  5. VoCAL Nation launches website, lineup for event in July. Cluster, Afro Blue, and a horde of the smartest a cappella people you ever heard of. July 13-15 2012. Be there.
  6. The Cheezies of Miami University release Front and Center.
  7. Never Level seminar by Tat Tong, James Cannon and David Longo in lovely Rochester, NY.
  8. Afro Blue pays tribute to Trayvon Martin with their version of Sam Cooke’s “A Change Is Gonna Come.”
  9. Corey Slutsky is putting together a (not so secret) crowdsourced a cappella track to be released on Memorial Day, with 100 percent of net proceeds being donated to the Intrepid Fallen Heroes Fund.
  10. Great Deke blog: “Same as it ever was” — so damn true.
  11. Peter Hollens and Lindsey Sterling are taking off.
  12. The Seattle SoundBYTES have released their first single: “Desert Rose/Satrangi Re.”
  13. VG is the best.
Spit Loud
You really, really need to hear PASH, one half of Mad Twinz, a Russian beatboxing duo.  Watch this vid.
Album Review

Mouth Off 04.01.12

Posted on April 8, 2012 by MouthOffTeam

A Cappella Records Playlist

Our good friends at A Cappella Records have a mission to bring a cappella music to the digital mainstream.  Oh, and they do all the licensing.  And they have friends in high places.

Chris Crawford and the gang were kind enough to send us some of ACR‘s latest and greatest.  So kick back, relax, and enjoy some of today’s hottest a cappella tracks.

Shalamonti Fel7al”
Alaa Wardi
Shalamonti Fel7al – Single

“Jump For My Love”
Oxford Out of the Blue

Bathtub Dogs
Yao Lissen

“Live Your Life”
On The Rocks
Sing On – EP

“Shake It Out”
A Kick & A Wallop

“I’m Yours / Tere Bina”
Taal Tadka
I’m Yours / Tere Bina – Single

“Imma Be Rockin’ That Body”
Imma Be Rockin’ That Body – Single

“Little White Church”
I’ll Never Say

2 the Wire

“Somebody That I Used To Know”
Peter Hollens feat. Evynne Hollens
Somebody That I Used To Know – Single

“Safe & Sound”
Acquire A Cappella
Safe & Sound – Single

“The Clock”
Code Blue

“Waiting for the End”
The Cheezies
Front & Center

“All Night Long”

Young At Eight

Mouth Off 03.25.12

Posted on April 7, 2012 by MouthOffTeam

In the Studio with… Dhamakapella.

After a great weekend at the SingStrong a cappella festival, Dave shares some favorite memories, plus a personal interview with the members of Case Western University’s fusion group Dhamakapella, including a private performance for a very special 9-year-old guest, and clips from the group’s recent album Pehli Nazar.

Mouth Off 03.18.12

Posted on April 6, 2012 by MouthOffTeam

We are often asked what segments we most enjoy doing, or which ones are our favorites.  Since Dave is off preparing for SingStrong, and Christopher is rehearsing for an a cappella dream trip to Hong Kong, we figured this would be a good time to let our past selves do the talking.

From July 11, 2010:
Behind the Music
How the heck did Northwestern Purple Haze make those cool sounds on their version of “The Process”?  Christopher gets on the phone with producer Ben Lieberman, who explains The Process step by step by step.

From January 31, 2010:
Names You Should Know
Bobby McFerrin. The voice.
For a great peek inside McFerrin’s brain, click here to watch him at the World Science Festival.

From May 23, 2010:
Did You Know?
Catherine Lewis is back with another behind-the-scenes look at a famous song. Today’s story involves U2‘s “Still Haven’t Found What I’m Looking For,” Casey Casem, and sample band Negativland.  Christopher is intrigued by Negativland’s unique style, and Dave just wants to keep talking about copyright and trademark law.

From January 16, 2011:
Album Review
After becoming addicted to their latest album Tarinoita, Christopher declares that Finnish group Rajaton is the best group in the world.  Dave implores you to buy it today (in Euros).

Mouth Off 03.11.12

Posted on April 5, 2012 by MouthOffTeam

We’ve had a technical glitch with this episode.  We’ll post it shortly!

Mouth Off 03.04.12

Posted on April 4, 2012 by MouthOffTeam

Listener Episode

Music from the Future
Jim Diego’s The Whitney Project is in our earbuds.

Christopher shares some great videos from the interwebz, sent in by folks like YOU.
-NYU N’Harmonics: “Disturbia”
-Berklee Pitch Slapped: “Breakeven”
-Jared Allen: “It’s Hard to Be Humble”
-Postyr Project: “A Wave”

Loop D Loop
Dave is intrigued by former Swingle and current live looper Kineret Erez.
-”American Boy” video
-Watch the Swingles’ gorgeous video of Kineret’s brilliant arrangement of “Libertango”
-Buy “Libertango” on mp3

Album Review
The boys offer their thoughts on the boys of Wake Forest University’s Plead the Fifth, and their first major studio album Standing Room Only.
-Standing Room Only on iTunes
-A Cappella Records: About Plead the Fifth

Mouth Off 02.26.12

Posted on March 13, 2012 by MouthOffTeam

Around the Horn
ICCA Semifinals around the corner, ICHSA marches on, Harmony Sweeps season is underway, Euphonism has a new album Stuck In A Memory, Incredibox as a learning tool, Down 4 The Count new track, Who’s Your Daddy? has a new album Paternity Suit, World Choir Games coming up in Cincinnati, Danish jazz group Touché has a new EP out (with free downloads today!), Erato performs at Swedish Grammys, the AcaBelles Kickstarter, Centerville High School Forte Kickstarter, Eldred Key Elements Kickstarter, Memes and Pentatonix have collided, VoCAL Nation call for instructors, and Montreacappella.

Girl Power
The ladies of Maxx Factor are pioneering a public face for all-female singing ensembles.  They’re sure to be a hit at SingStrongDC in March!

Paul Peglar and Ben McLain will make you laugh as… Dakaboom.

Album Review
Chapter 6′s latest record Color By Number has Christopher smiling and Dave grinning ear to ear.

Mouth Off 02.19.12

Posted on March 3, 2012 by MouthOffTeam

Happy President’s Day!

Get your spring cleaning started with this awesome clean-your-closet playlist!

  1. “Listen To The Music”
    University of Oregon On the Rocks
    A Fifth
  2. “The Beat”
    Tufts University sQ!
    Windows Down
  3. “In The Waiting Line”
    University of Oregon Divisi
  4. “Sweet Georgia Brown”
    Take 6
    The Standard
  5. “Sweet Dreams (Are Made Of This)”
    Club For Five
    You’re The Voice
  1. “Hold On”
    Brigham Young University Noteworthy
  2. “I Don’t Feel Like Dancin’”
    The Magnets
  3. “RunRunRun”
    Postyr Project
    Postyr Project
  4. “Ganz Ganz Oben”
    The Musix
  5. “Hero”
    Riltons Vanner
  6. “Lost?”
    Wake Forest University Plead the Fifth
    Standing Room Only

Mouth Off 02.12.12

Posted on March 1, 2012 by MouthOffTeam

High School Focus
Christopher shares the story of a new high school group that is quickly making waves for its maturity, commitment, and originality.  Centerville High School’s Forte is worth watching.  Check out their Kickstarter for their new all-originals project.

5 Minutes With…
Calabasas High School Unstrumental, who recently took second place at the Los Angeles A cappella Festival scholastic competition.

Album Review
Stanford University’s Mixed Company’s new album, The Rush, has some great appeal, but at times feels a bit rushed.

Mouth Off 02.05.12

Posted on February 25, 2012 by MouthOffTeam

Around the Horn
You can still watch the UStream archive of the LA/AF concert, Boots and Cats video, Edge Effect definitely “Come Together,” nerdiest music tale ever, Varsity Vocals competition is in full swing (watch the results here), Deke Sharon dishes out some tough advice, some great original content from the ACappellaBlog, CARA nominations have been announced!

5 Minutes With…
CASA President and CARA Co-Director Julia Hoffman.

Christopher is feeling mighty fine about songs from the Cornell Chordials, Sonos, Postyr Project, and an unreleased collaborative track from SoJam.

Album Review
The Washington University Stereotypes entertain with their new release, Tongue Tied.

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