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As the City Rumbles Underneath: On And On

Insomnia Radio Daily Dose - Wed, 07/30/2014 - 11:00

As the City Rumbles UnderneathFrom Toronto in Canada As the City Rumbles Underneath are Cat Forsley and Ashton Price. They hit the music scene in late 2012 with a unique blend of modern heavy beats and swirling, shoegaze like guitars and synths. Cat and Ashton started the project by releasing singles and videos throughout 2013, followed with an EP released early 2014.

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The Tallest Tree: Boat

Insomnia Radio Daily Dose - Tue, 07/29/2014 - 14:00

The Tallest TreeThe Tallest Tree is a new collaborative project by Dawn from Dundas, Ontario and Armando out of Mexico City. It was when Armando’s band The Oats was playing in Canada that the two met and fell in love, following which Dawn would head to visit in Mexico City and they would write a new song together each time she arrived.

They ended up getting married and have just now released their first single ‘Boat’ produced by Dan Weston up in Toronto where they are now based. In addition the duo has also put together a great video for this exceptional track that features guest vocals by Marra Koren, which we’ve embedded further below. Make sure to check out their Soundcloud page for a few more excellent tracks and several upcoming August tourdates at their website.


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The Belle Sounds: The Siren

Insomnia Radio Daily Dose - Mon, 07/28/2014 - 11:00

The Belle SoundsThe Belle Sounds out of Austin return with new EP Black Stone (Sept. 9), and have released their first single “The Siren” in which the band explores a collective and calming counterpoint to the chalkboard screeching noise of technology and the general overstimulation that seems to engulf us these days. [via Green Light Go]

The Belle Sounds is a project from Indie Singer/Songwriter Noëlle Hampton and her husband, André Moran.

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Idiosyncratic Transmissions Podcast – Episode 142

Idiosyncratic Transmissions - Mon, 07/28/2014 - 04:15

All music has been provided by the artists.  Theme song provided by Dan at

Idiosyncratic Transmissions is a proud member of the Association of Music Podcasting.  For more independent music podcasts check out

The Royal Blasphemy – No Future
Bhakti Masala – Liberation
Afterthem – Hesitate
Seven Story Fall – Sing To Me
Shmohawk – A Finer Line
Tyrone Schulace & His Pals – Shoe Shop

AMPed Show #450

AMPed Weekly Show - Mon, 07/28/2014 - 04:00

Hosted this week by Dave & Caroline Lee of The Bugcast

Show: DarkCompass
Song: Serpentine (The Sun Explodes)

Show: Edinburgh Man Podcast
Song: Cut Your Bangs (Radiator Hospital)

Show: Insomnia Radio
Song: Drunken Monkey (The Dream Logic)

Show: Suffolk 'n' Cool
Song: Mazano (Mateus Mapinhane Charles and Massimba Lanfa)

Show: The Bugcast
Song: My Little World (Other Noises)

Show: Insomnia Radio: UK
Song: Swing like a Monkey (The Len Price 3)

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Made in The UK Show 158

Made In The UK Show - Sun, 07/27/2014 - 11:00

Hosted by Colin Gazeley from the Ourobouros Podcast


Daisy Victoria: Secret Garden Path East Anglia

The zips: Expect The Worst London

Clockwork Radio: Fever Manchester

We Came From Wolves: Stallions, Foals, Foxes, Crows Perth, Scotland

MiXE1: Talking In Our Sleep Hertfordshire

Empathy Test: Losing Touch London


The Controversy: Two Voices

Insomnia Radio Daily Dose - Sun, 07/27/2014 - 11:00

ArtistBased in Los Angeles, The Controversy are an independent alt pop duo originally from Copenhagen and Barcelona. Their new album (their second release) Don’t Count On Me was released on June 25th.

Members Laura Vall (vocals and keys) and Thomas Hjorth (guitars and vocals) co-write and co-produce all the songs. When they play live they also count on Jesper Kristensen (drums) and Spencer Wright (bass).

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Roadhouse 491

The Roadhouse Podcast - Sat, 07/26/2014 - 19:02
We move from the single focus of the Johnny Winter tribute to the full spectrum of blues in this edition. The Mannish Boys, Rip Lee Pryor, Royal Southern Brotherhood, Walter Trout, and Janiva Magness represent some of the best blues out there and, I think, help build another focused hour of the finest blues you've never heard - the 491st Roadhouse.

Black Lady Soul: The Fall

Insomnia Radio Daily Dose - Sat, 07/26/2014 - 14:00

Black Lady SoulThe debut album from Toronto’s BLACK LADY SOUL is set to be released August 16th, 2014. Their first single, ‘The Fall’ is a well put together mixture of jazz, rock, and hip-hop with all styles intersecting quite excitingly throughout this fresh new effort.

The group describes this song as an experience of individuals rising from a chance-less suburbia to an unforgiving city; endeavoring to succeed in their ambitions. Their stories delve into the struggle of love, addiction, personal identity, and global issues. They’ve also finished up a video for the single, shot and edited by Alec McKay with Art Direction by Jp Spanbauer. Check it out further below.


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the bugcast 323 – Conspiratorially speaking

The Bugcast - Sat, 07/26/2014 - 02:00

thebugcast323This week on The Bugcast: We cover travel from a couple of different perspectives, and we play 8 cracking tracks of Creative Commons music!

Songs played

Intro: Chris Juergensen – Bug Lips
Outro: Mark Marshall – Man Walking


Passports and Travel Arrangements
Conspiracy stories
Shoutout to our supporters

Please leave us feedback on the music or any of the topics that we’ve discussed

Upcoming events

OggCamp ’14 – Saturday 4th and Sunday 5th October 2014 (more info)

Podcasts mentioned

Association of Music Podcasting
Made In The UK Show

Next week

The next live show will be episode 324, which will be broadcast live in the chatroom on Friday 1 August 2014 from 21:30 (ish) UK time (UTC+1/BST).

Special thanks go to

The artists for allowing us to play their music.
Everyone who joined us in the chat room for the live broadcast of this show.
Internet Archive for hosting the podcast files
Ubuntu UK Podcast for the use of their Icecast server
Euterpia Radio for the use of their Shoutcast server
World Wide Indie Radio for relaying the live stream on their own service
Love Leeds Radio for replaying the show on their station

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Away too long

Three From Leith - Fri, 07/25/2014 - 22:35

I’m aware that there’s been a TFL drought these past two months. The energy to produce a show has been lacking, and now I’m off on holiday for two weeks. Hopefully the break away will refresh the batteries & rekindle my desire to record.  In the meantime, thanks for bearing with me. Enjoy your summer!

The Woodlands: Gems And Bones

Insomnia Radio Daily Dose - Fri, 07/25/2014 - 11:00

The WoodlandsThe Woodlands are Hannah and Samuel, a wife and husband indie pop duo with singer-songwriter underpinnings, who create lush and emotive songs. They’re originally from Idaho, now in San Luis Obispo, CA.

“Gems And Bones” is the newest single from their upcoming full-length album.

Music videos and full album will be coming up later this summer.

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Phoebes Song by Della Lupa – Free Music Feature MP3

The Justin Wayne Show - Fri, 07/25/2014 - 07:01

This weeks free music feature, and treat for your senses is ‘Phoebes Song’ by Della Lupa. This is an eerry, beautiful track that shows what her voice is capable of. Della Lupa and I had the great fortune of meeting at Discovery 2′s Summer Sizzler where we had a very sweet, short and awfully silly interview – podcast of said interview coming soon to The Justin Wayne Show! Such an interesting track – you enjoy it now.

Della Lupa is a Brighton based act created by Steph Brown whose native origins combine Italian and Vietnamese. This mixed heritage has driven Della Lupa’s unique sound, which encompasses Latino based tempos, Jazz melodies influenced by Asiatic scales and a lyrical Folk structure. Della Lupa’s debut EP, ‘Of The She Wolf’ was produced by Mercury nominated producer, Jag Jago (The Maccabees, Ghost of A Thousand, Cave Painting) and was released in June 2013. Following the release Della Lupa has played many of “London’s legendary music venues” including The Troubador and Ronnie Scott’s. Recently shortlisted as finalists in the Dawsons/Yamaha 2013 competition with Jools Holland, Della Lupa saw the New Year in on tour, playing some of Ireland’s most reputed venues. The Ireland tour kicked off an exciting year ahead, with the release of their first video working in collaboration with Dominic Knight (Eighties Matchbox B-­‐Line Disaster, Bad For Lazarus), whose previous work has won the title of most viewed video on the NME website in 2012. Also on the cards are plans for a their first UK tour, confirmed dates abroad and a new single release.

Edinburgh Man #175

Edinburgh Man Podcasts - Thu, 07/24/2014 - 20:19

So Edinburgh Man Junior is doing this thing at the moment where he won’t stay in his bed if he’s awake. As you can imagine this is playing havoc with the live podcasting schedule. The early evening routine basically involves me reading Julia Donaldson books in a whispery voice until he falls asleep. By which time my voice is wrecked and I need to fortify my throat with red bush tea and copious amounts of water before I can record a podcast.

Anyway, this is the result. Chat today includes the normal rambling nonsense about slow toddlers on bikes without pedals, riding on hot sweaty trams, and the acoustic properties of large railway stations.

Music-wise. Och it’s brilliant. Just listen.

Edinburgh Man #175 by Edinburgh Man on Mixcloud

1. Sorrows – “Don’t Bring Me Down” (Played courtesy of Sorrows, Released under a Creative Commons licence)
2. Wet Wings – “Willow Peak” (Played courtesy of Wet Wings, Released under a Creative Commons licence)
3. Tape Waves – “All I Can See” (Played courtesy of Bleeding Gold Records)
4. Minisnap – “In My Pocket” (Played courtesy of Minisnap, Released under a Creative Commons licence)
5. Great Thunder – “Sorta Prima Donna” (Played courtesy of GREAT THUNDER)
6. Radiator Hospital – “Blue Gown” (Played courtesy of Radiator Hospital, Released under a Creative Commons licence)
7. Toby Goodshank – “Dick U Down” (Played courtesy of Toby Goodshank)
8. Tape Rec – “Death Friends” (Played courtesy of Transfusão Noise Records, Released under a Creative Commons licence)
9. Lowtide – “Still Time” (Played courtesy of Lowtide, Released under a Creative Commons licence)

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DC634 Summer Special

Dark Compass - Thu, 07/24/2014 - 19:00


Tricore: Xhibish (UK)

Vredehammer: We Are The Sacrifice (Norway, Indie Recordings)

Junius: A Day Dark with Night (USA, Prosthetic Records)

Tricore: Kings (UK)

Plini: Rupture (Australia)

Sithu Aye: Pulse (Part 1) (Scotland)

Idiom: Movement (UK)

Animals as Leaders: Tooth And Claw (USA, Prosthetic Records)

Comeback Kid: Should Know Better (Canada, Victory Records)

I Built the Sky: Perlucidus

For I am King: The Beast Within (USA)

The Final Chapter: Sins (UK, Stampede Press)

Kill The Silence: Get Out! Get Out! (UK)

Stitched Up Heart: Frankenstein (USA)

Revelus: Happy when She Comes (USA, Shadow Ent)

Nohm Island: The Veil of Secrets (France)

Lifejacket: Covers (UK)

Saints of Sin: Last Goodnight (UK)

Together we Fight: Brothers (UK)

Trails: Where we’re going, We don’t need Roads (UK)

English Dogs: Hate Song (UK, Candlelight)

Serdce: Unique Path (Belarus)

Undying Inc: Aggressive World Dynasty (India)

Repaid in Blood: Born in A Lazarus Pit (USA)

The Ghosts of Vegas: Dead Man (USA)

Serdce: Quasar (Belarus)

The Sun Explodes: Serpentine (UK)

Marmozets: Why do You Hate Me? (UK, Roadrunner Records)

Kvelertak: Kvelertak (Norway, Roadrunner Records)


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Gig Preview: Discovery 2 The Greasy Slicks, Hawk, K/A/M and Alex Hart

The Justin Wayne Show - Thu, 07/24/2014 - 18:53


July’s Discovery 2 showcase in west London features contemporary blues rock band The Greasy Slicks, alt-pop and dark folk from Hawk , fresh new singer with her band K/A/M, and country pop singer songwriter Alex Hart.

The gig particulars Buy Tickets More about the artists dis2-july14-posterThe Greasy Slicks

They formed in 2012 through a mutual appreciation of traditional and contemporary blues rock and strive to create the songs that don’t sound like anyone else; the results reflect just how unique they are as musicians and songwriters. Evidence of this can be heard on the track ‘Street Queen’ – all seven minutes of it received radio airplay on Tom Robinson’s 6Music Introducing Mix-tape. Their passionate live shows have been described as the soundtrack for “a bourbon-soaked bar brawl” and are where they strive to ensure audiences are captivated by the Slicks energy, commitment and musicianship.

Twitter @GreasySlicks


London-based HAWK have been described as everything from alt-pop to dark folk. Lead singer Julie Hawk as “a bit of the Bjork side of brilliant bonkers” (Artrocker). She began collaborating with Matt Harris, as a solo project in 2012. After a year of garnering plaudits on the acoustic scene, the band gained support from DJs such as Steve Lamacq and Tom Robinson (BBC6Music). The pair joined with Sam and Chris to form HAWK, adding new edge and expansion to their sound, while retaining the detail and delicacy of their acoustic roots. This July they release their 4th release, a new double A side single and video, Antidote // Hush on Veta Records.

“A fusion of ambience and power; fronted by a soaring, crackling vocal.” – Subba Culture


A young singer/songwriter hailing from North London. She has gone from the small intimate local open mic scene, to making a real impact on the London gigging scene, whilst writing and recording her debut EP! Watch this space! She will be performing at AAA with her band.

Alex Hart

Devon based country, pop, singer songwriter, Alex Hart has played at the Troubadour and Ronnie Scotts, supported Turin Brakes at Lyme Folk Weekend in Lyme Regis.
Last year she released a track with DJ team, Electronic Youth a cover of an Angie Stone track which went to no. 2 in the Music Week Club Charts and was played by Pete Tong (Radio 1). She’s a big fan of Doris Day.

“This young singer-songwriter from Devon looks all set to make a global impact. With her distinctive voice and classy, commercial brand of modern day country music.”
Maverick Magazine


Hyla: Sides

Insomnia Radio Daily Dose - Thu, 07/24/2014 - 14:00

HylaPulling influences from dream pop, garage and shoe-gaze, Hyla is a new project from long time friends Alex Board (vocals/guitar) and Rob Stephens (bass) who have been playing and touring in Perth bands over the last 10 years. Guitarist Michael Antonas and drummer Ethan Darnell have completed the lineup for an outfit reminiscent of shoe gaze classics My Bloody Valentine, Jesus and Mary Chain, with a taste of newer garage rock influences such as Ty Segall and Thee Oh Sees. The track ‘Sides’ is a perfect mixture of multi-layered guitars creating a thin gauze over the beautiful vocals that flow directly underneath, hypnotically driven by the ever-present drum-beat and into the twisted reverb. I’m also really digging the almost church-like organ bookends.

Hyla is planning to simultaneously release 2 EPs of self-recorded material by mid 2014 and are currently working on their debut album, expected release early 2015. Some Additional Influences: Slowdive, Byrds, Verve, Ride, Mogwai, Mazzy Star.


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Liverpool Acoustic Calling – Saturday 26th July 2014

Liverpool Acoustic Spotlight - Wed, 07/23/2014 - 22:25


LIVERPOOL ACOUSTIC CALLING SATURDAY 26th July 2014 at Sound Food and Drink

The double award-winning Liverpool Acoustic is joining forces with the one-day celebration of music know as Liverpool Calling to bring you Liverpool Acoustic Calling.

Liverpool Acoustic Calling is an afternoon chock full of fantastic acoustic, roots, singer-songwriter and folk music from some of the region’s most exciting performers.

This free event takes place from 1.00pm to 5.00pm on Saturday 26th July 2014 at the home of Liverpool Acoustic’s weekly open mic night, Sound Food and Drink.

Liverpool Acoustic co-organiser and open mic host Stuart Todd said “We’re really excited to be taking part in Liverpool Calling this year with a free event to kick-start the day’s proceedings. And we couldn’t think of a better place to hold it than the home of our weekly open mic night Sound Food and Drink.”

1.00pm – Matt Breen
1.30pm – Nadine McGhee
2.00pm – Rob Jones & Rob White
2.30pm – Matty H
3.00pm – RYVERS
3.30pm – Billy Kelly
4.00pm – Katy McGrath
4.30pm – Howlin’ Voodoo

Event: Liverpool Acoustic Calling

Artists: Matt Breen, Nadine McGhee, Rob Jones & Rob White, Matty H, RYVERS, Billy Kelly, Katy McGrath, Howlin’ Voodoo

Date: Saturday 26th July 2014

Times: 1.00pm to 5.00pm

Venue: Sound Food and Drink, Duke Street, Liverpool

Tickets: FREE entry


Liverpool Acoustic Spotlight

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To play click the player above or right click Spotlight 115 to download for free.

If you’re an acoustic musician from the Greater Merseyside area, or from further afield but play on the Liverpool scene, then feel free to send us your music for future shows. We can’t promise we’ll be able to play everything that’s sent to us, but we will listen to every track. Find out all about the show, how to submit your music, and the Terms of Use, at

1. Matt Breen – Looking For The Sun

2. Rob Jones & Rob White – Some Other Where

3. Matty H – Cause You

4. RYVERS – Someone To Hold

5. Billy Kelly – By The Time I Get To Bootle

6. Katy McGrath – Three




19 year old Matt Breen is a highly engaging live performer with an ever expanding repertoire of original songs. He has toured Australia, stared as George Harrison in the stage show Lennon, and has had his cover of Meybellene endorsed by Chuck Berry’s daughter Ingrid.

VIDEO PREVIEW – Here’s the unofficial video for Matt Breen’s song Looking For The Sun.


Nadine McGhee is a 16yr old singer/songwriter from Runcorn with a quirky style and haunting vocals.

VIDEO PREVIEW – Have a listen to Nadine McGhee performing an original song Breathless for the Ont’ Sofa Prime Studio Sessions.


Rob Jones (vocal/acoustic guitar) & Rob White (vocal) have been harmonising since meeting at school -well, with a few days off to watch football. Rob Jones’ songs attempt to deal with the ups and downs of life, public transport, heartbreak and the Mersey rain – sometimes all in the same song!

VIDEO PREVIEW – Here’s Rob Jones & Rob White performing crowd favourite Monday To Sunday with full band.


Matty H is a 16 year old musician and actor with a heart of gold. After leaving school he has pursued a career in music which has lead to him being signed and playing amazing events such as the Grand National, Southport’s Christmas lights switch on, and of course Liverpool Calling.

VIDEO PREVIEW – Prepare to be impressed by young Matty H playing live on the Vidzta Session.


RYVERS is a 4-piece ambient/alternative band lead by singer/songwriter Shannen Bamford, currently preparing for the imminent release of their debut single “Someone To Hold” on the 28th July. RYVERS combines dark, eerie guitar riffs with soothing, fragile vocals and soaring harmonies, layered with dreamy synths and haunting piano.

VIDEO PREVIEW – Here’s the official video for Someone To Hold by new Liverpool band RYVERS.


Billy Kelly, stories with songs.

VIDEO PREVIEW – Filmed live at The Zanzibar, here’s Billy Kelly performing Blue Skies, Blue Eyes.


Formerly of the folk/pop/punk band Ratty Little Fingers, Katy McGrath has taken to energetic solo acoustic performances taking influence from a range of artists such as Laura Marling, Mumford and sons and Gogol Bordello, as well as Greenday and The Pixies.

VIDEO PREVIEW – This is Katy McGrath performing Eagle Wings live at Ray Manor with her band Ratty Little Fingers.


Howlin’ Voodoo are a rootsy band, playing their own compositions of written music…

VIDEO PREVIEW - Recorded live at Studio 2 Parr Street last month, here’s Howlin’ Voodoo with Sweet Lies.



If you get the chance, please support your local artists by joining their mailing lists, liking their facebook pages, following them on twitter, leaving them comments, going to their gigs, and buying their music direct from them where possible. The Liverpool Acoustic Spotlight is produced and presented by Graham Holland on behalf of the Liverpool Acoustic website, and is a proud member of the Association of Music Podcasting. The theme music is King of the Faeries by Andrew Ellis from his CD Midnight On The Water.



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SnC 419 – Wired for sound

Suffolk And Cool - Wed, 07/23/2014 - 20:58

Fabulous sounds from Mozambique feature in this week’s show.

We’re well and truly wired for sound this week with news of a fascinating project based in South Africa which travels out to remote communities to record and promote local music.

It’s all very appropriate as the temperature keeps on rising here in Suffolk, that we have music from a Mozambique and a real desert in Mauritania.


Criminals – Groenland (Montreal, Canada)


The Chase is the debut album from Montreal’s orchestral indie pop band Groenland, led by Sabrina Halde and Jean-Vivier Lévesque, and was released on Aprll 16th, 2013, via Bonsound.

With 20K copies sold and counting since it’s release and 45K downloads of their single Immune as free Single of the week on iTunes Canada, the opus received several nominations such as Album of the Year – Anglophone and Album Design at L’Autre Gala de l’ADISQ.

In 2013, Groenland toured across Canada while giving unforgettable performances at Osheaga and at M for Montreal and were also invited to play at the Festival Off-Courts in Trouville-sur-mer (France), while their song Daydreaming was used as the closing track for the season premiere of The Good Wife (CBS) and the song The Chase was used for an online British Airways ad.



brooksThis Is The Place - Sam Brookes (London, UK)

“There is something of a Tim Buckley about Sam Brookes…a sense of powerful fragility…vast emotional reserves at work” The Independent

Sam Brookes has become part of the burgeoning acoustic music scene, gigging around the UK on his own and with his contempories.

His songs are, fundamentally, beautifully crafted stories about familiar subject matters that captivate the listener. Musically, his immaculate phrasing and beautifully modulated delivery create echoes of giants like John Martyn and Tim Buckley.

Speaking of echoes, for me there’s just too much reverb washed over this production. I know that with that much it has to be a conscious production decision but I find myself longing to hear the raw recording.

He self-released his album Kairos in March. Watch out for him. I think he’s quite a talent.

You’ll be able to catch him at a few upcoming UK dates:

Jul 23  Wet Fish Cafe, London

Jul 24  Field Sessions – The Bat and Ball, Wisborough Green

Jul 25  Secret Garden Party, w/ Hot Feet, Huntingdon

Jul 29  The Prince Albert, Stroud

Jul 30  Green Note Camden, London

Aug 01  Lusty Glaze Festival, Newquay

Aug 02  Kendal Calling FestivalKendal



hot pistol shrimpStiff – Hot Pistol Shrimp (London, UK)

Inspired by the Stray Cats` image and the growling sound of Seattle`s rock, the trio combines unique attributes to complete their stage sound and appearance, as the three band members line – up in the front of the stage as equal members with George`s electric double bass in the middle and a quirky drum kit on the left side of the stage (no drummers left behind)

George George – Electric Double Bass, Vocals

Andrea Samengo – Guitar

Emily Dolan-Davies or maybe Danny Gebeshev or perhaps Ben Wollacott – Drums


SirSultry.jacket.3Before It Gets Cold & Smile at Life – Sir Sultry (Los Angeles, CA, USA)

Led by guitarist and vocalist, Ethan Margolis, the Los Angeles-based Sir Sultry Quintet fuses elements of flamenco, jazz and blues and recently released its first full length album entitled “Soleángeles” (July 15th, 2014). The name, Soleángeles is derived from the combination of two words: Soleá (Flamenco’s mother song) and Angeles  (Los Angeles). The album was recorded in both Los Angeles and Seville, Spain.

After having lived 11 years in southern Spain performing with Gypsy artists and having lead sold-out international tours, the 36 year-old Margolis arrived in Los Angeles with a mission to further bridge the musical cultures of Spain and American Jazz and Blues.  “Soleángeles” is Margolis’s first album to be officially released with this purpose and is truly a remarkable work where he features some of the USA’s top jazz musicians as well as the collaborations of his Gypsy Flamenco artist friends from Spain.

There’s a show coming up at Alvas Showroom in LA on Saturday.


NouraMintSeymaliEguetmar – Noura Mint Seymali (Mautritania)

From the Saharan capital of Nouakchott, Mauritania, Noura Mint Seymali embarked on a successful debut tour of the United States in September 2013, bringing sounds from the desert tents and urban courtyards where Moorish music lives to the American concert hall. From one of Mauritania’s most prominent Moorish griot families.

Tzenni (the album title) in Hassaniya means to circulate, to spin, to turn. It’s the name for a whirling dance performed to the music of Moorish griots, often under khaima tents thrown up for street gatherings in the sandy quartiers of Nouakchott and out across the wide deserts of Mauritania.  Tzenni is an orbit, the movement of the earth around the sun, the daily progression of light and dark, lunar cycles, tides and winds.  Tzenni, the dance, comes forth as the cyclical trajectory of a Moorish musical gathering builds to a fervorous pitch.  It’s a word whose expansive valence reminds us how only the most basic reality can create such romantic metaphor.

Produced and recorded across an appropriately dizzying array of locations and social contexts (New York City, Dakar, Nouakchott) the album Tzenni is a contemporary articulation of Moorish griot music from Mauritania—an artform that has been evolving and gaining momentum for centuries—as voiced by Noura Mint Seymali, an artist profoundly steeped in its history and rigorously devoted to its global resonance.


Wired For SoundWired for Sound (S. Africa)

Wired for Sound is an innovative OSISA-funded mobile recording studio that aims to create opportunities for young artists to record and collaborate with more established musicians and explore local youth culture through musical expression. The appreciation of culture and stories of the everyday are unravelled through music and are documented through interviews, radio debates and radio documentaries.

The project is the brainchild of Simon Attwell, founding member of South African band Freshlyground, and radio producer Kim Winter in collaboration with Freshlyground guitarist Julio Sigauque.  Wired for Sound in association with the Open Society Initiative for Southern Africa (OSISA) assembled a mobile 4×4 recording studio, capable of exploring even the most isolated regions of the project’s 2013 destination, Mozambique. The mobile studio is configured to run off a solar panel and battery system, allowing the team unrestricted access to musicians who are not able to travel. Recording locations are then chosen according to acoustic quality, aesthetic appeal and cultural relevance.

Attwell explains, “Most of the tracks we recorded are the artist’s original material tweaked and worked on in collaboration with Wired For Sound or created from scratch for the Wired For Sound recording.” Artists receive copies of their tracks, which empower them to promote their profiles through community radio and Soundcloud accounts.


Million Isaac JuniorThikukulola – Million Isaac Junior (Furancungo, Mozambique)

Million Isaac Junior is a young gospel singer with an impressive vocal range. His wish is that Mozambique be blessed with peace and he wants his fellow citizens to feel love through his music. He spoke to us about the harsh reality of being an unemployed subsistence farmer in Furancungo, like most of the young men in the area.


Mateus Mapinhane CharlesMazano – Mateus Mapinhane Charles and Massimba Lanfa (Catandica, Mozambique)

Mateus Mapinhane Charles is a singer and teacher at the local school in Catandica, but his dream is to focus on music. He has set up a production studio at home where he records music for other local musicians and shoots music videos for them in his backyard, all done on his hand held digicam. Mapinhane’s music is influenced by the Chimurenga style music of neighbouring Zimbabwe.

There are a further 15 excellent tracks on the Wired for Sound album. We’ll be hearing a few more on the show but really, the best thing is to nip over to the project SoundCloud page where you can listen to most tracks and there are links to the iTunes and Google Play stores where you can download the whole thing.

Is This Thing On Podcast 231

Is This Thing On Podcast - Wed, 07/23/2014 - 19:15


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The pictures aren’t getting any better are they?

Never mind, the music is top notch with artists that I have met at various festivals plus a few folk that have sent me their tunes direct.

In no particular order I played Where Fires Are – Isabella, LB The EMCEE – Warfare, The Electric Swing Circus – The Penniless Optimist, Nick Tann – Don’t, The Cadbury Sisters – Fire, Adam Sweet - Santarosa Street.



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