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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 02.12.12

Posted on February 17, 2012 by MouthOffTeam

Hi friends!

We are sorry that this week’s show isn’t available yet! Dave got to go to THE GRAMMYs this past weekend in LA, and Christopher is traveling all around the Northeast. The show was recorded, but we needed a few extra days to pull it together for you. We’ll get it out asap, we promise. Meantime, go and buy all of the CARA nominated albums you can afford!

Lots of aca-love,

C & D

Mouth Off 01.29.12

Posted on January 29, 2012 by MouthOffTeam

My New Girlfriend
Dave is crushing on the voice of Ilana Schwartz and her lead on Ingrid Michaelson’s “Die Alone” from Page 9 by the WashU Mosaic Whispers.

It’s a DISTURBIA FIGHT as Christopher pits the New York University N’Harmonics against Berklee College of Music Pitch Slapped in a battle for best cover of this ultra popular Rihanna song.

The Belmont University Beltones from Nashville, Tennessee, show great musical depth on their self-titled debut EP with a thoughtful arrangement of “Come, Thou Fount of Every Blessing.”

Album Review
The James Madison University BluesTones’ latest release Black and Blue is their best yet, and sparks some interesting opinions and discussion.

Mouth Off 01.22.12

Posted on January 24, 2012 by MouthOffTeam

It’s an EP-sode!

In Your Earbuds

Christopher is loving the latest EPs from USC Trojan Men, UNC Cadence, and NCSU Acappology.

Around the World
London-based French musician June Caravel recorded her first solo a cappella record before ever learning about the a cappella community.  Welcome June!

Listener Mailbag
Lots of chatter about LA/AF, the Bubs tour to Argentina, Vocal Forte’s new track list makes waves, Coldplay love for the Georgetown Phantoms, Postyr Project live streaming concert, m-pact bass man Trist Curless shares their new studio recording of the much-loved “My Funny Valentine,” and a fan from Philadelphia belts about the Broadway belt-off challenge.

Album Review
Mo5aic’s EP 5 is sonic bliss. Christopher and Dave both love it, and wonder what’s next for this superquintet.

Album Review
The self-titled debut EP from London-based all-female pro group the boxettes is promising, if surprisingly organic.

Mouth Off 01.15.12

Posted on January 17, 2012 by MouthOffTeam

Hello Mouth Off listeners!

Dave and Christopher are working on the next show and will have it to you ASAP! Thanks for your patience, and we’ll smell you lovely folks soon.


Mouth Off 01.08.12

Posted on January 8, 2012 by MouthOffTeam

Around the Horn
Soup2Nuts 2012 just wrapped up, London A Cappella Festival is next weekend, Nate Altimari and Rob Dietz have new websites and deep discounts, LAAF is selling out so get your tickets (!!!), Kickstarter was as big a success for Jim Diego as it was for Sonos, CARA nominating is almost over, Harmony Sweepstakes dates have been announced, Eric Whitacre is launching Virtual Choir 3, and BoyzIIMen are honored with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

Music From The Future
The brand new pro compilation Voices Only: Forte comes out next week, and Dave has got a scoop on the WHOLE compilation. Listen up and see if you can figure out who’s who!

5 Minutes With…Avi and Kevin from Pentatonix
Christopher spends some quality time with the ‘meat and potatoes’ of Pentatonix, Avi Kaplan and Kevin Olusola. They laugh, they cry, they sing. It’s a good time.

Album Review
Club For Five‘s newest, Ihmiset, is as gorgeous, surprising, challenging and  compelling as expected, but maybe isn’t for everyone.


Mouth Off 01.01.12 (Part 3)

Posted on January 6, 2012 by MouthOffTeam

Third Annual Mouth Off Awards!

The 2011 Mouthys conclude with Part 3.  Best What Is Happeniiinnggg Moment, Best Sign for a Bright New Year, and predictions for 2012 from community leaders Robert Dietz, Julia Hoffman, and Florian Städtler.

What an amazing year it was for a cappella.  Here’s to you in 2012.


Mouth Off 01.01.12 (Part 2)

Posted on January 3, 2012 by MouthOffTeam

Third Annual Mouth Off Awards!

The Mouthys continue.  In Part 2, we pass out awards for the biggest movers and shakers in the a cappella community, including best unsung hero of the community, best use of social media, best mainstream moment, and the coveted a cappella fan of the year. Part 3 coming soon…

Mouth Off 01.01.12 (Part 1)

Posted on January 2, 2012 by MouthOffTeam

Third Annual Mouth Off Awards!

It’s time for the Mouthys, friends.  In Part 1, we review our top picks for the Music created or featured in 2011, including Video of the Year, Coolest Chord, Best Track, and more.  Part 2 coming soon…

Mouth Off 12.25.11

Posted on December 27, 2011 by MouthOffTeam

Merry Christmas!

Arrangement Spotlight
Dave is keen on the Swingle Singers’ “The Christmas Song” from their 2006 holiday album Unwrapped.

Song Suggestion
Christopher has some holiday song suggestions.

Head2Head: Classical Corner Edition
Dave compares the King’s Singers, Cantus, and Aquabella and their takes on the french Christmas carol “Noel Nouvelet.”

Album Review
Cadence’s Cool Yule album is quite cool indeed.

Correction: On this week’s episode, we mistakenly identified the song “Cool Yule” as a Cadence original, when in fact it was written by Steve Allen.

Mouth Off 12.18.11

Posted on December 18, 2011 by MouthOffTeam

Around the Horn

  1. Christmas with Eclipse.
  2. Mo5aic is giving away golden eggs on Facebook.  Fan them.
  3. You should buy Catherine Papworth‘s new EP Merry Christmas, Dear.
  4. Rajaton has a new Christmas album out!
  5. Submissions forms are due Friday for the 2012 Contemporary A cappella Recording Awards.
  6. HOWARD. STERN.  Really?
  7. CASA.org’s home page has great articles right now (and always).
  8. Project Philly is happening January 21.
  9. Newest group in Philadelphia is the mixed, semi-pro KeyStone.
  10. The Blenders release Christmas Light.
  11. Jim Diego: The Whitney Project.
  12. Student proposes at Brown University arch sing.
  13. New album by Chapter 6, Color By Number, expected out any day now…
  14. Cluster on Italian TV this week.
  15. Tickets are going fast for the Los Angeles A cappella Festival.  Grab yours just very soonly.
Cool Chord of the Week
Back in 1987, First Call was doing some of the coolest chords around.

Music from the Future

The Rescues are rad, but Russell Kamp and Side Project are even radder on the forthcoming “Follow Me Back Into The Sun.”

Album Review
The Sing-Off: Songs of the Season is the only playlist you need this Christmas season.

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