This week we’re in Austin, Texas. Well, almost. For all those of us who don’t yet have tickets and passes for SXSW this year, a bit of a curtain raiser this week comprised entirely of artists that will be there.
Being distinctly international, we’re tracking artists travelling into Austin from Kansas City, Copenhagen, Sydney and Brisbane, Australia Canada, California and Finland.
If you are there, this week’s show has a few suggestions for artists you might want to catch live.
If, when you’ve heard the show you simply have to head SXSW don’t forget your plastic. Walk up tickets just for the music festival are now on official sale at $795. A bargain. If you want to take in the music, film and interactive festivals over a very full 9 days, you’ll need your loose change too, to put together $1695 for the Platinum badge.
Ha! We’ve got the music, we’ve got films in the show notes and all the artist links are live and fully interactive – what a lot of money we saved!
Do You - Mime Game (Kansas City, MO)
Singer, guitarist and lyricist Dillon DeVoe created Mime Game as a side project in 2007 while still fronting the alt-rock act Josephine Collective.
In forming Mime Game, DeVoe assembled a group of musicians who like to say they are brothers from different mothers, independently and collectively committed to making music from the soul that also rocks every house they play. Home-grown in Kansas, the band spent much of 2012 in Atlanta where they picked up lead guitarist Dalton Gomez. Chris Bradley (bass) and Duncan Burnett (drums) came on board when the group returned to Kansas in 2013.
Fri. March 14th - 6pm – Music Saves Lives Showcase – Firehouse Lounge (605 Brazos St.)
Fri. March 14th – 7pm – Tapasitas (800 W 6th St.)
Rolling – CALLmeKAT (Copenhagen, Denmark)
Denmark’s CALLmeKAT showcased at Midem last month and will be down in Austin next week for SXSW. Last week CMK closed out a European tour in Russia and had photographer Naja Conrad-Hansen on hand to capture the trip through the lens. You can view the photos over at Baeble Music along with the premiere of the “Rolling” music video. More of CMK “Rolling” Through Russia can be found at the band’s Instagram and catch CALLmeKAT at their New York showcase at Rockwood Music Hall – Stage 2 on Mon, March 10 at 8:30pm.
Bullett Magazine recently premiered the single, “Rolling” saying, “The song has a future-retro feel, with 60s-handclap pop brushing up against contemporary electronic touches.” The track is from the Hidden Waters EP, out this summer.
CALLmeKAT has a naturally psychedelic approach to alt pop, with references to the treasures of the 60′s and 70′s in a contemporary expression by the way of Copenhagen via Woodstock. The dreamy yet feet-tapping worthy jams weave together a more beat-oriented version of CMK with memorable melodies and wavy vintage organs anchored and lifted by a voice that truly sets CALLmeKAT apart from the masses.
Mon, Mar 10 – New York, NY – Rockwood Music Hall Stage 2 – 8:30pm
Wed, Mar 12 – Austin, TX – Darwin’s Pub – L Rock, CEG, Mezzoforte Party – 3:30pm
Fri, Mar 14 – Austin, TX – Esther’s Follies – Official SXSW Showcase – 12:00 midnight
Falling Up The Stairs - Lime Cordiale (Sydney, Australia)
Fronted by brothers Oli and Louis Leimbach, Lime Cordiale’s new EP showcases the band’s uniquely Australian sound, featuring quirky lyrics, pop hooks and big brass licks. Recorded over four months with Sydney producer Daniel Denholm (Washington, The Whitlams, Billy Thorpe, Midnight Oil), the EP has already been applauded by fans and critics alike since its release.
The last 12 months have seen Lime Cordiale perform to receptive audiences throughout Australia, including sold-out headline shows in Sydney earlier this year, well received sets at Australia’s biggest music conference BIGSOUND, Homebake, Peats Ridge and Deni Blues festivals, and gigs alongside the likes of The Rubens, The Specials (UK), Ball Park Music and most recently, as main support on Cosmo Jarvis’ (UK) national tour throughout Australia.
Lime Cordiale tells us,
“We’re extremely pleased to present our new EP to North America. Quote a few lines to your girlfriend or boyfriend, and they’ll either love you forever or never speak to you again. Either way – we made a record to dance and sweat to, which captures the energy of our live show.”
Lime Cordiale will move to Los Angeles this month to support the release. They are also planning to tour in North America and Canada in March 2014, with performances already locked in at SXSW Music Festival in Austin, Texas. The band will perform at
Wed., March 12th – 1:10pm – Big Picture Media Showcase – The Thirsty Nickel (325 E 6th St.)
Thurs., March 13th – 5:20pm – Sound Gallery – B.D. Riley’s Pub (204 E 6th St.)
Thurs., March 13th – 9:00pm – Chugg Music Showcase – TenOak (409 Colorado St.)
Sat., March 15th – 12:15pm – The Aussie BBQ – Maggie Mae’s (323 E 6th St. – Downstairs)
Sat., March 15th – 9:00pm – Planetary Group Party – Maggie Mae’s (323 E 6th St. – Gibson Room)
Don’t Know What Else To Do - The Jungle Giants (Brisbane Australia)
Since joining forces in 2011, The Jungle Giants (Sam Hales, Cesira Aitken, Keelan Bijker and Andrew Dooris) have forged a strong name for themselves as an incredible live band with their frenetic shows, gracing the stage of Australia’s biggest festivals and touring extensively upon an ever- increasing fan base and undertaken countless national tours (including a series of plum supports, coveted festival spots and their own sell-out shows).
New EP She’s A Riot, is an energetic collection of songs that draw’s upon Hales’ own life experiences of love, live, adventure and loss. Reflecting on friendships and relationships, Don’t Know What Else To Do tells of the cat and mouse game at the beginning of every relationship
3.15.14 Austin, TX @ Magge Maes 5:35 pm (Aussie BBQ SXSW)
3.15.14 Austin, TX @ Maggie Maes, Gibson Room 1:00 am (Official SXSW Showcase)
My Friend – Paper Lions (Belfast, PEI, Canada)
Paper Lions are an indie rock band from Belfast, Prince Edward Island in the east coast of Canada whose music shines with sunny melodies and tales of lost youth. Equally influenced by the clear-voiced harmonies of the Beach Boys and the clanging guitars of modern rock, at the heart of the band are long-standing friendships and vibrant pop songs based on the sandy shores of their remote island province.
Formed from a creative partnership that began in their adolescence, the band really found its shape in 2007. Rob and John MacPhee are brothers, Colin Buchanan is their childhood neighbour, and David Cyrus MacDonald they met in high school, but it took time and effort, practicing in garages and playing in clubs across North America, to become the band they are now.
The new album, My Friends, is based on themes of adolescence and youth but marks maturation in the band’s writing. It is the beginning of a new chapter in the band’s career. For the release of the album, the band has established its own imprint, Fountain Pop Records (Outside Music)
Wednesday, March 12 Austin, TX @ Worlds Tiniest Bar – 3:00 PM (SXSW)
Friday, March 14 Austin, TX @ Friends Bar (MROC Party) – 2:15 PM (SXSW)
Friday, March 14 Austin, TX @ Peelaander Fest – 12:35PM (SXSW)
Saturday, March 15 Austin, TX @ Friends Bar – 9:00PM (SXSW)
Female Robbery – The Neighbourhood (Newbury Park, CA. USA)
We had the delights of The Neighbourhood on the show 18 months or so ago. They’ve been touring hard and spending some time in the UK.
They’re a Los Angeles quintet specialising in crossbreeding musical genres. The 2013 debut album swirls anthemic indie rock with smooth R&B and some icy electro-pop, all shot through a sun soaked West Coast filter. At the core of this oral amalgam is Jesse Rutherford’s androgynous voice.
At the time of the track’s first playing on SnC they were a remarkably well-kept secret. After releasing Female Robbery on Zane Lowe’s BBC Radio 1 show, in 2012 it quickly became apparent that The Neighbourhood would have no problem finding a home for their brand of infectious indie rock and hip hop expertly melded with youthful melodies and a soulful croon. Their I’m Sorry EP followed and now their first full-length, I Love You. Is now available through their site and from iTunes
Now the word is out and this year they’re playing the .html SXSW showcase show at Palm Door on 6th in Austin next Wednesday, March 12.
Well worth catching live I’d say.
Here’s a particularly dark movie of the track.
“Rationality” feat. Ballet School - LCMDF (Helsinki, Finland)
LCMDF: Formerly Le Corps Mince De Françoise (which cheekily translates to the body of the skinny girl named Francoise), the Helsinki-based, Finnish electro-pop duo LCMDF, consisting of sisters Mia (23) and Emma Kemppainen (25), have been successfully and independently writing & producing their own music since 2006.
Between touring, DJing, hosting their own radio show and popular Helsinki club night, the duo is on the brink of completing their second full-length LP, set to be released in Fall 2014. Their honest approach to quirky pop is inspired by modern R&B and electro-dance, mixed with a sentiment based in modern spirituality and online life.
LCMDF @ SXSW:
Friday, March 14 11:00PM – 11:40PM
412 Congress Ave (Alley Entrance) Age Policy: 21+
An SnC special this week which focuses on one artist with a few tracks and a chance to hear about what makes music tick for her as well as the delights and trials of being a working musician in the hot-bed of musical endeavour that is Brooklyn, New York.
Our guest is Ellia Bisker who writes and performs in her own right as Sweet Soubrette well as collaborating on any number of other interesting projects.
Live Wire – Sweet Soubrette
Going Out Tonight – Kotorino
Port in a Storm – Sweet Soubrette
Be My Man – Sweet Soubrette
There’s another video directed by Mark Simmons for What’s My Desire? by Sweet Soubrette in the show notes for SnC 396 where there’s more information about Sweet Soubrette.
More variety than you can shake a stick at this week with tracks from France, New York, The Maldives, Germany and Texas. We’ve news of a festival that punctures the “grandness” of South By South West, a couple of items of tour information and an appeal from a fabulous young band for opportunities to play in the UK.
April Showers – ProleteR (Toulouse, France)
A hugely popular track from ProleteR’s Curses From Past Times EP.
“Curses from past times” belongs to the tradition of Hip-Hop sample based music. It is a combination between heavy hip-hop beats and jazz/Charleston samples, spiced with guitar arrangements and smooth piece of synth.”
released 20 November 2011
All beats produced and mixed by ProleteR
Scratches by DJ Crabees
The Clues are in the Dialogue – Ian C Bouras (New York, NY)
Guitarist/producer Ian C. Bouras, best known for his work with NYC Rock/Reggae band AñaVañA, has his third solo CD entitled The Certainty Of Being Found on SDMP Records.
The Certainty Of Being Found is an instrumental CD that finds Ian experimenting further with the mix of dub reggae with spanish and classical guitars. There are also 6 guitar interludes, which clearly show the emotion that Ian puts into his music. It has Ian producing, playing guitar, keys, melodica, and mixing.
David Vincola on drums and percussion, and Mat Fieldes on Bass help round out the sound on “The Certainty Of Being Found”.
Ian is continuing work as an engineer on several projects and is in pre-production for his next solo offering.
Bakari – Ahmed (Maldives)
The Maldives. No more than a tiny scattering of islands tossed down in the Indian Ocean. A place for a honeymoon or the vacation of a lifetime, where the waves are warm and the sun warms the bones. But it hasn’t been a hotbed of music. At least, until now. But Ahmed Nasheed is set to put the Maldives on the musical map with his solo debut, Dhaalu Raa.
The log drums that give the islands their heartbeat provide the rhythms, a powerful, rooted base to Ahmed’s music, where the guitars of the West meld with the melodies of the East. The album Dhaalu Raa readily crosses the musical divide between East and West, where log drum and guitar, raga and rhythm all come together.
It addresses the issues of the people in the Maldives, and sung in Dhivehi, the language of the islands which means he’s still facing the old uphill battle to be heard at home. The government radio station won’t play his music, so he’s back to the days of his first band, Zero Degree Atoll, selling his CD in the tourist resorts and souvenir shops.
It readily crosses the musical divide between East and West, where log drum and guitar, raga and rhythm all come together.
Dhaalu Raa is on Asasi Records. www.asasirecords.com/
You can check it out on iTunes
The 7th Annual South By So What?! Music Festival is scheduled to take place on March 14th, 15th & 16th at QuikTrip Ballpark, just minutes from downtown Dallas! This year’s festival boasts over 100 bands from different genres including major artists such as, The Used, Taking Back Sunday, Bring Me The Horizon, Of Mice & Men, Asking Alexandria, The Devil Wears Prada, The Story So Far, Between The Buried & Me, August Burns Red, Motionless In White, We Came As Romans, and Mindless Self Indulgence. Tickets for South By So What?! start at $45 for single day and $120 for 3-Day Passes.
We don’t often hear well build duets these days. Here’s a great example from WATIC - a real conversation, beautifully projected by vocalists Tay Jardine and Jordan Eckes.
“Manners is a post breakup song,” says female lead Tay Jardine. “However, we played mine and Jordan’s vocal parts a bit differently than we usually do. The male vocal (Jordan) plays a strong supporting role with lines in the chorus, ‘I earned my wings teaching guys like you, to keep your mouth shut.” The bridge of the song is also one of my favorite parts – being able to leave a relationship in your past is always progress in moving forward, but leaving it in a song feels so good.”
The quintet – consisting of lead vocalist Tay Jardine, vocalist/guitarist Jordan Eckes, guitarist Cameron Hurley, bassist Mike Ferri and drummer Rob Chianelli – is back after four whirlwind years together with a determination and drive that has turned first-time listeners into diehard fans, with the aid of Jardine’s infectious attitude and spunky, quick-witted personality. She’s got the type of stage presence that drives guys crazy (in a good way) while making girls want to emulate her.
Manners is the fifth song to be released off We Are The In Crowd’s upcoming album, Weird Kids
We Are The In Crowd have been touring the UK with Neck Deep and Save Your Breath for the past couple of weeks and are back home briefly before heading out on their “Reunion Tour 2014″ with William Beckett, Set It off, State Champs and Candy Hearts.
Starting on Friday in Philadelphia, the tour takes them to New York – but via (amongst others) Toronto, Pittsburgh, Chicago, Milwaukee, Denver, Salt Lake City, Seattle, Portland, San Francisco and down through California, to Arizona, across to Texas and Florida before working their way up the east coast for their 33rd and final date in Clifton Park, New York at the beginning of April. Download a free tour sampler here.
Little Rock’n'Roller / Dead Love – The Backyard Band (Nideggen, Germany)
The band contacted SnC direct having been prompted to do so by the excellent Thomas Allan who we had on the show a bit back. What a breath of fresh air they are, remaining me of some of the very early R&B combos playing sweaty cellar bars way back.
Their list of influences include Muddy Waters, Dr. Feelgood, Elmore James, Howlin Wolf, Robert Johnson, Sonny Boy Williamson, B.B. King, John Lee Hooker, Little Walter, Chuck Berry, Canned Heat, The Yardbirds, The Doors, The Sonics , The Rolling Stones, The Who, The Beatles, Ten Years After, Paul Butterfield Blues Band, Cream, John Mayall and The Bluesbreakers.
The band is:
Sebastian Kleene (Rhythm Guitar // Background Vocals)
Moritz Zergiebel (Lead Guitar // Lead Vocals // Harp)
Maximilian Kleene (Drums)
I think their energy and passion deserves a wider audience and they would love to get over to play in the UK. If you have a venue that might work for them, contact the band through their Facebook page or just drop me a note through the SnC site. It would be great to make this happen.
Our good friend Jordan is playing a series of dates across Poland this week which might be of interest to the huge number of email addresses trying to post comments to the SnC site.
Tour dates are:
Wednesday, February 19 Łódź, Kaliska (Poland)
Thursday, February 20 WROCŁAW, Łykend (Poland)
Friday, February 21 WARSZAWA/ Warsaw, Znośna Lekkość Bytu (Poland)
Saturday, February 22 GDYNIA, Ucho (Poland)
Sunday, February 23 TORUN, Pub Pamela (Poland)
Her hectic schedule of Second Life shows will resume when she gets back.
She’s also playing live at the Whitby Gothic Weekend – Supporting New Model Army on Saturday, April 26
If you are in Poland and are genuinely trying to post a comment on the site, drop me a line direct.
Mark Stoney’s debut album in the UK was circulated amongst musicians until it gained intensive media attention from places such as NME the the Independent, leading to high profile tours with the Arctic Monkeys & Aqualung. Rick Rubin even flew Stoney out to LA for a private show.
Despite his growing success, Stoney, true to form, decided to relocate to Texas, following a performance at the SXSW festival. Citing a need for “sunshine and change” he set up home and studio with a small community of “quirky poet and painter friends” in an old creaky house in Austin to work on new material.
Now, Stoney is releasing “More Than Animals“, a full-length album every bit as fearlessly eclectic as his previous work, albeit more sophisticated and with an altogether darker tone.
The lead music video for “We Belonged”, directed by Jeremy Ward and James Parker, is visually stunning.
Find more tracks on Bandcamp stoney.bandcamp.com/album/more-than-animals
The ladies of New York make their significant presences felt this week with tracks from Peg Simone and Marla Mase – both artists in every sense of the word and both of whom have plans to cross the Atlantic this year. Brace yourself Europe.
Jospehina – Big Head Todd and The Monsters (Boulder, CO, USA)
Since their formation in the mid-’80s, Big Head Todd & the Monsters have continued to evolve and explore, moving beyond their Colorado club circuit roots to become one of the most adventurous, respected and durable bands in America. Through constant touring and a zeal to travel down new musical avenues in the studio, BHTM (as their dedicated fans call them) have honed their collective stew of influences into a trademark hybrid sound that’s immediately recognizable.
Now, 25 years on, with Black Beehive, their maiden release on Shout! Factory (February 4, 2014), the quartet has made its most personal and poignant album to date, a collection of new studio tracks that, says co-founder and figurehead Todd Park Mohr, “allows us to truly reach our audience through the language of the blues.”
The band approached the recording in an old-school organic fashion, playing together in the studio, which Mohr describes as “a big open space,” and sticking to the basics. “I played resonator guitar on almost every song and most of the album is kind of simple: guitar, slide guitar, drums and bass,” he says. “We only had two guests on the album. One was Eddie Shaw, who was Howlin’ Wolf’s harmonica player for many years, and Ronnie Baker Brooks, who played guitar. And Steve Jordan played on almost every track—various things, percussion, rhythm guitar.”
The band’s last release was 2011′s “100 Years Of Robert Johnson.” Joined by special guests including B. B. King, Charlie Musselwhite, Hubert Sumlin, David “Honeyboy” Edwards and more, BHTM paid tribute to the blues legend both in the studio and on the road.
Our track, Josephina” is a throwback at the rock roots sounds of BHTM’s early releases such as Midnight Radio and Sister Sweetly and the video picks up on that vibe. Check out the premiere of Big Head Todd And The Monsters’s “Josephina” video
Ghosts in the Snow – Peg Simone (NYC, USA)
Peg Simone is nothing if not a brave soul pursuing her musical imagination wherever it takes her.
Simone’s songs have the ability to lead your consciousness out of reality and into a world of memory and nostalgia.
Currently she is releasing a track each Sunday to her Soundcloud page. Always interesting and this week’s contemplative piece this rather appealed.
There is talk of Peg coming over to the UK this spring. I’ll let you know when I hear anything.
Peg has recorded three full length CD’s and three EP’s on her own Catdolls label. Prior to that, she played in various bands including Wormhole (Pgh, PA), and all-female glam band, The Glamour Pussies (S.F., CA).
2010 brought the release of Secrets From the Storm on Radium/Table of the Elements, a collaborative effort with musician Jonathan Kane (Swans, Jonathan Kane’s February) and writer Holly Anderson (Mission of Burma, Publication Studios). This release was a mash of dark blues and storytelling as best illustrated on the first track “1927/Levee”, an homage to Memphis Minnie, Kansas Joe McCoy and Peg’s own love of Led Zeppelin. Peg’s most recent full-length release, Witch Tree Road was written, recorded and engineered by Peg and mastered by Tony Maimone at Studio G in Brooklyn. Currently Peg is working on a narrative adaptation of a short story by author Mary Gaitskill, with plans to turn the piece into an animated short film, along with several tracks from Witch Tree Road.
Peg’s current album, Witch Tree Road, is downloadable at pegsimone.com.
In addition to her solo work, she also plays guitar in Jonathan Kane’s February.
The Heart Beats – Marla Mase (NYC, USA)
Marla Mase is a writer/performer/producer/singer/songwriter from New York City. She writes songs, plays, monologues, short stories, erotica, blogs, and poems. She is known for her gutsy, sexy, raw performance style and her intelligent lyrics and is regarded by her peers as being a true musical pioneer. Her songs, a mix of world beat, spoken word, funk, r&b, punk, soul, and classic rock-n-roll are infused with GLOBAL SOUL, the signature sound of Tomás Doncker, her guitarist, co-writer and producer . She is backed by his band, the Tomás Doncker Band.
She has a new release “Half-Life”On this track Bill Laswell is playing bass (he played a major part in the track from DiNMachine that closed last week’s show.
Marla’s recent blog post about the clean-up of New York poses an interesting question for city authorities:
First it was the homeless, the street addicts, the prostitutes, the trannies, the peep shows — cleaning up the city (some thought –’ah now we are safe’; and ‘I wonder where they went’) It did not stop there –the cleansing continued–buildings went up up up with little patches of green as compensation, and oh we have beautiful paths, waterways, piers, cafes, and designer stores — but what happened to the people, to the Middle Class who used to live here — they are disappearing without a trace, taken away in the middle of the night to, to..where?– soon NYC will be nothing but a place for tourists, wealthy transients, and curiosity seekers who will find nothing curious here except nostalgia for what was. (when is enough, enough?)
Canon Logic At Pianos
The new album WYLD is getting closer and to celebrate they are playing three shows at Pianos this month.
Next Monday they’ll be joined by Petrified Tourist and on 24th by Vensaire and Folding Legs.
Here I Go – Blu Acid (Netherlands)
BLU ACID is a new project !
Mischa den Haring and Jan Mittendorp; two Dutch musicians/producers joined forces in this production unit. Like moonshine, the music as slow brewed in seclusion during all-night-and-day marathons attended only by the two members and the ghosts of the past, who were eager to have their voices echo into the modern world. They call their music ODM (organic dance music).
This is one of two tracks you’ll be able to pick up via all the major download and stream platforms.
You can hear more on their Soundcloud page.
Via Con Me (Extra Medium’s Extra Wobbly Remix) - Swingrowers (Palermo, Italy)
From Palermo, Sicily, Codger saw this lot perform at Concorde2 in Brighton a couple of weeks. Supporting the ever awesome Chinese Man, their electroswing perfecly complemented their turtablism, hip-hop and dubsteppy performance.
They’re currently a trio with singer, Loredana Grimaudo, “Hot Club de Paris” style guitarist, Alessio Costagliola, and DJ/All-rounder, Roberto Costa. The DJ was particularly amazing, with some scat singing (that sounded like a trombone) and some clever piano licks played on one of those drum pads DJs use. Very inventive.
The track is on the excellent album “The Electro Vintage Sounds of the Speakeasy Vol. 2” which you can get free from:
CMJ February Mixtape
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Love and Hate – Red Mecca (Sundsvall, Sweden)
The Second Single from the album “You Were Never Here” by the post punk influenced electronica duo Red Mecca from Sundsvall, Sweden. Vocals: Frida Madeleine. Synthesizers and machines: Jan Strandqvist. Directed, filmed and edited by Emil Nordin who had to remake it after an unfortunate break-in to his studio. Everything gone, all files and equipment.
“Red Mecca rebooted. Frida Madeleine makes entrance as a permanent vocalist. She will lift and highlight the darkly massive and moody synthezised atmosphere with her brittle but yet powerful voice.
Jan Strandqvist, formerly keyboardist and percussionist of Brända Barn, is at the helm of the airship along with Frida Madeleine.”
DTW to DIA (the travels of Mr. B) – Griz (Detroit, MI, USA)
Following the release of his acclaimed sophomore album Rebel Era, artist and producer GRiZ (Grant Kwiecinski) is heading boldly into 2014 with a brand-new EP and single “Need This” set to his new visuals for the third installment in his Rebel Era Tour Video - Watch It HERE. More details on GRiZ’s forthcoming EP will be revealed soon.
After explosive sets on his national headlining fall Rebel Era Tour and massive winter music fests including HOLY SHIP!!! and Mardi Gras World, GRiZ just announced a nationwide tour kicking off in March – he’ll be igniting nonstop dance parties on a Canadian tour hitting Whistler, Vancouver, Victoria and more, then hitting the road once more for his North American Power In Numbers Tour with Pretty Lights Music producer Michal Menert. On this tour GRiZ is going harder than ever, featuring his own dazzling light production and new original music with his unique blend of electro-funk, old-school hip-hop, and of course, live sax.
Shades of blue this week with something for the purist and a couple of tracks that lead the blues off in interesting directions.
We’ve got news of CMJ – of particular interest to artists. So if you’re thinking you might try for an official spot this year, listen up and be ready to act to save a few dollars.
It was a delight to have Codger back with us last week. This week we’re back to what might pass, in a poor light, for normal. Just you, me and a bunch of interesting music from around the world.
Cumbia Gtiega – Jaro Milko and the Cubalkanics (Basel, Switzerland)
Jaro Milko & The Cubalkanics is the solo project by guitarist Jaro Milko. The band from Basel was founded in the end of 2010 and brings together renowned musicians from the Balkan-‐, Reggae-‐, Latin-‐ and Jazzscene in Switzerland. Eastern european Gypsy music meets Cumbia and Musica Cubana, Instrumentals interspersed with songs.
There’s a point where the rhythm of the cumbia, the sound of Cuba and Balkan music all come together. And it’s right in the heart of the Jaro Milko and the Cubalkanics. It’s a place without borders, wild and wonderful; it’s Milko’s creation, where surf guitar, Cuban son and the powerful hit of Gypsy brass dance side by side. The five-piece Swiss band fuse his vision into a unique, delicious whole on their debut Cigarros Explosivos! (released March 28th, 2014 on Ashpalt Tango).
Maddison – Sophie Reid (Brighton/London, UK) direct
Sophie came to my attention via a rather unusual route. Invited to the press night of the latest production by the ever-excellent Eastern Angles theatre company, I noticed a particular talent.
The show, The Brontes of Dunwich Heath (& Cliff), is the improbable tale of shenanigans and kerfuffles on the Suffolk coast entailing the cousins of the “other” Brontes, unscrupulous property developers, 19th century hang-gliding and bigamy. A very clever, romp of a show which shoes off the talents of the entire cast.
Meeting said cast after the show revealed that Sophie Reid who plays “Mad” Cath has a fledgling career in music. As you’d expect, I checked it out and was really impressed by what I heard and saw.
Sophie’s music is a delight. Her vocal range is astounding. So far so good but what tips her into the realms of really worth taking note of is her ability to communicate. Way too many singers simply don’t seem to recognise that whilst they may be singing the song, there is an audience to reach; they project their performance no further than the microphone thus leaving the audience merely watching as passive observers.
Take a look at the video for Walking Song. There is a performance that doesn’t just get to the camera, it passes straight through and into the head of the viewer. I don’t know if that is a skill, an attitude or a technique but whatever it is, it is hugely to Sophie’s benefit.
A pianist by training and a recent convert to the ukulele, Sophie is pulling some songs together for an album meantime, there are a few massively diverse offerings on her Soundcloud page from standards such as The Way You Look Tonight to A Freddie King blues recorded live in Brighton.
Most definitely an artist to keep an eye on. I’m sure we’ll be hearing more.
Torture Feat. Eric Krasno – Gramatik (NYC, USA)
Perhaps Gramatik’s most ambitious record to date, TAOR is an amalgamation of samples and live instrumentals so varied it’s like nothing heard ever before from himself, nor fellow producers alike. A master class through each individual track, he harmonises elements of soul and blues with rock and hip-hop, by way of dubstep and electro and all the way back.
Out now and free to download through file sharing forerunners BitTorrent comes Gramatik’s hotly anticipated LP, The Age Of Reason. After a year hiatus from a full-length release, the 15-track album is the delivery his cult and devoted fan base have been waiting for, and with BitTorrent by his side, it’s also the message he has been working to ingrain throughout his illustrious career. Not only a stunning and diverse journey through a range of unique sounds, The Age Of Reason seeks to create a dialogue of “freeing music by making music free” amongst the business and public alike so go ahead and grab it HERE as a free download via BitTorrent.
Alternatively you can pick it up on iTuners. http://bit.ly/1fg2GzF
The Age Of Reason marks an incredible start to the year for Gramatik and in characteristic style it’s not long till he takes the record on the road. To hold us over until then, the full lineup is revealed for Gramatik’s headlining performance at Red Rocks on May 17th, including ten-piece funk band, Lettuce, plus Lowtemp labelmates Exmag, Branx, and Gibbz. Fan club presale tickets will be available this Wednesday, January 29th at 2pm EST, and general admission tickets go on sale this Saturday, February 2nd, at 12pm EST HERE.
I Won’t Cry – Janiva Magness (CA, USA)
Janiva Magness, known primarily as a musical interpreter, co-wrote three remarkable, autobiographical songs for the Stronger For It album, including the poignant and melodic “Whistling In The Dark,” the riveting “I Won’t Cry” and the take-no-guff showstopper “There It Is.” Of her songwriting, Magness says, “Writing songs for me is laying out my experiences for everyone to see. It’s another level of vulnerability.”
In addition to her outstanding originals, Janiva tells the rest of her story through her inspired reinventions of songs by Tom Waits, Grace Potter, Shelby Lynne, Ray Wylie Hubbard, Matthew Sweet, Buddy and Julie Miller and others. According to Magness, the ultimate message of the album is clear: “You can get through just about anything and come out better because of it. The title says it all.”
Magness’ fame has been hard won. Born in Detroit, Magness was inspired by the blues and country she heard listening to her father’s record collection, and by the vibrant music of the city’s classic Motown sound. By her teenage years, though, her life was in chaos. She lost both parents to suicide by the age of 16 and lived on the streets, bouncing from one foster home to another. At 17, she became a teenage mother who had to give up her baby daughter for adoption.
One night in Minneapolis, an underage Magness sneaked into a club to see blues great Otis Rush, and it was there that she found her salvation and discovered that the blues were her calling. Magness recalls, “Otis played as if his life depended on it. There was a completely desperate, absolute intensity. I knew, whatever it was, I needed more of it.”
Here’s a video of another track on the album Tom Waites’ Make it Rain
CMJ 2014 Artist submissions are open
Over 1,400 musicians swarmed various New York City venues this past October. Fortunately, there were thousands of music fans and industry figures there too, so it made it all worthwhile! It’s happening all over again this year.
If you long to be one of those up on stage, your name in lights (or scrawled on a flyer), amps buzzing, your hair swaying freely in an imagined breeze, now’s your chance. Artist submissions for CMJ 2014 are now open! Submit (via SonicBids) to be considered for this year’s festival which runs October 21 – 25.
There is a submission fee of $25 until Thursday, then it goes up to $35 until April 10 when it’s $45 until the submission are closed on June 25. So best get it done asap.
Menina Da Sera, Pellectronica remix – Steinregen Dub System (Freiburg, Germany)
Steinregen Dubsystem is a mix of a band and a DJ-Soundsystem from the city of Freiburg in Germany. We combine digital techniques (arrangement with Ableton live) and instruments played live like trumpets, guitar, vocals, bass, percussion, accordion and many more. The Sound is a mix between steppers dub, electro, dub(step), reggae, jungle & balkan.
The concept behind our productions is to absorb many different styles from all over the world. Therefore we travel around to record other musicians and styles. In 2010 and 2011 we traveled to southern France, the Czech Republic, Austria, Hungary and Slovakia to record the basics of the last album “Roots and Leaves” and in 2012 we traveled to France and Spain to record elements for upcoming productions…
Since 2008 the band has produced three albums:
- Babylon Newspaper Mixtape (2009)
- One Drop Dialogs (2010)
- Roots and Leaves (2012)
The latest offering through the LCL net label is Recycled, a compilation of 17 remixes made of the audio material of their previous album “Roots and Leaves” by producers all around the globe. I spotted it via Pete Cogle who played it on PCP 455 last week.
Current musicians are:
Andre : Producing, digital stepstyle
Bene : Percussion
Flo : Guitar, synths
Goyo Naranja : Producing, digital dubwise
Jonathan : Producing, analog FX, Trumpet
Yannick : Trumpet, Melodica
Subsonic – Com Truise (Princeton, NJ, USA)
Wave 1 is the first new transmission the world has received from New Jersey producer Seth Haley since his gloriously futuristic debut album Galactic Melt. That album cataloged the genesis and evolution of Haley’s alter ego Com Truise.
Com Truise is one of the many personas of producer and designer Seth Haley, born and raised in upstate New York and operating out of a 12’-overrun apartment in Princeton, New Jersey. An admitted synth obsessive, Com Truise is the maker of an experimental and bottom heavy style he calls “mid-fi synth-wave, slow-motion funk”.
Wave 1 builds on Haley’s signature production style, one that’s rooted in classic sci-fi sounds and analogue textures but nevertheless manages to sound utterly contemporary.
“Subsonic” is full of dramatic grandeur, marking the moment at which the EP’s initial rush of energy subsides into dramatic, slow-building textures.
The track evolves through several movements, and is full of evocative electronic textures (along with one hell of a squelchy bass sound).
Tour dates are scheduled from Feb 11 (Le Belmont in Montreal) which take him on a grand (and very intense) anti-clockwise tour of the US including the west coast, back across the south and up to the final night at Bowery Ballroom in New York on March 15th with only four nights off in over a month of touring.
Haley’s been making music on the side for roughly a decade—going through pseudonyms like toothbrushes (Sarin Sunday, SYSTM, Airliner)—first as a DJ, and currently, as an excavator of softer, window-fogging synth-wave.
Having been around a few labels to date, he’s now comfortably situated amidst the Ghostly roster, and prepping his next warped pillage, and hopefully not changing that name again.
Lpse – DiNMachine (Brooklyn, New York)
Award-winning and critically acclaimed composer and sound artist Michael J. Schumacher is a Juilliard graduate who has made profound innovations in the realm of sound as art. He’s had installations placed internationally and, perhaps, is best known for his Diapason Sound Art gallery in New York City—which he founded and directed from 1996 to 2011.
But before uniquely exploring the boundaries between music and gallery art, Michael began his creative path as an unbridled rock guitarist, jamming with his friends and reveling in the primal pleasure of loud, aggressive music. It’s taken him years to connect those foundational euphoric moments with the bravely artful music of his life’s work. With the stunning debut from his diNMachine project, Dance to Reason (Yocto-Yotta), he has found the bridge between the music that made his body move as a kid and the soundscapes that challenge his mind as a composer.
Dance to Reason is a boldly creative album, spanning dense ambient layers, hypnotic grooves, shards of noise, a music as art/music as humor paradigm and gorgeous dance floor bliss. The whimsical “Lpse” addresses the man/woman thing with cleverly placed TV ad samples and an arrangement arc focused on moments of sensual tension and release.
The album’s signature sonics were greatly shaped by iconic iconoclast Bill Laswell (Mick Jagger, Ramones, Herbie Hancock, Yoko Ono). Bill mixed the record, lent the band his studio with full use of his in-house engineer, James Dellatocoma, and helped assemble the musicians who played on the record. “He really shaped the sound,” Michael affirms. “He was able to maintain the energy without compromising the complexity. Very few people have the ears to accomplish what he did.”
An interesting blend of blues and electro-swing, jazz and rock with a special guest and another guest joining us to mark to fact that two of your favourite music podcasts are each 8 years old this week.
The theme of the show could be based around the first track which was born at a particularly interesting crossroads where Balkan brass music met up with Gypsy Jazz.
Django – Adrian Raso & Fanfare Ciocarlia (Boston, MA, USA)
Legend has it that the Devil likes to frequent crossroads, cutting deals for souls and spinning his cunning yarns. Yet not all crossroad pacts are diabolical; some are just damned brilliant.
Take the crossroads encounter behind Devil’s Tale, where the eastern force field of Balkan brass meets Gypsy Jazz guitar, as Romania’s Fanfare Ciocarlia joins up with Canadian guitarist Adrian Raso. Fanfare Ciocarlia are a 24-legged brass beast whose eastern funk groove has torn up halls and festivals across the planet. Raso is a master guitarist, deeply versed in the French Manouche / Gypsy Jazz stylings of Django Reinhardt. Could a string musician find a way into Fanfare’s fierce Balkan brass blast? Could the legends of brass adapt their horns to the fluid eloquence of a jazz guitarist? The answer, as heard on this album, is one of brilliant defiance.
Adrian Raso has dreamt of this project for years. The gifted guitarist possesses a vast musical vocabulary rooted in Gypsy Jazz yet, in his fleet fingers, capable of referencing metal, Latin, funk and his family’s Italian tarantella roots. Raso built his virtuoso reputation playing Toronto’s toughest clubs as a teenager. More than two decades later he remains on a musical quest that demands he challenge himself. The quest lead to him reaching out to Fanfare Ciocarlia – the Romany Gypsy orchestra from the “invisible” village of Zece Prajini in north eastern Romania – who blast a fierce, very individual brand of Balkan brass. Both Raso and Fanfare share a love of Django and big band jazz but initial concerns surrounded whether their very different backgrounds would allow for a common musical dialogue to ensure.
“Meeting the band was a great experience,” says Raso. “We bonded instantly. We joked about being separated brothers as it really did feel like that. Musically we understood each other from the get go.”
Nilas – Tangled Eye (Netherlands)
TANGLED EYE is a unique line-up performing original songs. Raw and simple with a deep love for American Roots Music. These musicians have broad taste and an open mind, so a lot of musical influences come through. Despite the short existence of this trio (early 2013), they have already played in Holland, Belgium, Germany, Denmark, France, and Austria. The band comprises one stranded American from Dallas TX and two flying Dutchmen.
Dede Priest – vocals, violin
Jasper Mortier – drums, bass
Jan Mittendorp – guitars (aka miXendorp)
The band is NEW. The songs are ORIGINAL. All three of them have LEFT our COMFORT ZONE. Jasper is playing drums instead of bass. Jan is combining bass and guitar in one instrument. Dede is adding violin to her singing. They wrote all of these songs in early 2013. During the last six months, they have had the opportunity to fine-tune the arrangements while playing all over Europe.
These recordings are simple and direct, just as they sound live on stage. You can order hard copies of the record via the Black & Tan webshop: https://www.crossroads.nl/cgi-bin/blackandtan-shop/blackandtan-shop.cgi
Senza Ciatu – Swingrowers (Palermo, Italy)
From Palermo, Sicily, Codger saw this lot perform at Concorde2 in Brighton last week. Supporting the ever awesome Chinese Man, their electroswing perfecly complemented their turtablism, hip-hop and dubsteppy performance.
They’re currently a trio with singer, Loredana Grimaudo, “Hot Club de Paris” style guitarist, Alessio Costagliola, and DJ/All-rounder, Roberto Costa. The DJ was particularly amazing, with some scat singing (that sounded like a trombone) and some clever piano licks played on one of those drum pads DJs use. Very inventive.
I Need Swing – Don Johnston And Leo Wood
Another track from the same, Brighton based, label: Freshly Squeezed. Codger played tracks from this label years ago, when IODA Promonet was still around. Specifically the Voodoo Trombone Quartet! Codger has started a dialogue with Nick from the label, so more tracks will appear.
Although the tracks is “I Need Swing“, they have definitely got the blues, and the dubstep infused blues to boot!
IBOK – The Canon Logic (Brooklyn, NY)
Brooklyn-based Canon Logic’s second full-length album, WYLD, sees the band shrugging off the closeness of the city they’ve called home since 2010′s FM Arcade and tapping into a spirit of adventure and freedom with their first self-produced and recorded effort. Recorded in studios (Maverick, Rubber Tracks), lofts, and bedrooms from Manhattan to rural Pennsylvania, the songs themselves were conceived in a place of rhythm and heart, far from any city and immune to the march of time. That spirit is evoked by soaring guitars, galloping bass lines, and the passionate abandon in Tim Kiely’s vocals.
Tim Kiely: Lead Vocals, Keys
Mark Alu: Guitar, Keys, Aux Percussion, Vocals
Josh Greenfield: Guitar, Vocals
Sean Enright: Bass
Zach Jordan: Drums, Vocals
Escaping the confines of the city grind, and self-producing the album enabled the band to involve friends like Nick Stephan of GIVERS on saxophone, Marques Tolliver on violin, and Grammy Award-winning Fernando Lodeiro assisting with mixing and additional production. WYLD is a celebration of this collaboration and freedom.
WYLD will be available February 25th, 2014.
Aussie BBQ at Midem
Well, there’s a first. The Sounds Australia team will be setting up shop, stage and grill then chopping onions and cooking up the infamous Aussie BBQ at MIDEM, one of the music industry’s most prestigious conferences of the year.
This is the first time the Aussie BBQ has hit uber-sophisticated Cannes on the French Riviera. I note they’re referring to it as “BBQ cuisine” – very continental. I hope they’re ready!
Modest Ike and Polly Gibbons at Framlingham College
Sat 15 Feb
Polly Gibbons and Ike Robinson played in bands together at Thomas Mills High School (Class of 2000) and are looking forward to collaborating, as well as performing separate sets with their own bands.
Ike brings top-notch musicians Benedict Green and Tim Nugent to his own ‘modest’ brand of English pop (shades of Kinks and Beatles with a definite 21st century twist), and Polly will be singing her soulful jazzy numbers accompanied by Ronnie Scott’s Artistic Director James Pearson on piano. Not to be missed.
Any profits will be donated to local youth charity FAYAP.
Email Slice of Life for tickets at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 01728 723127
Lily – Modest Ike (London via Framlingham, UK)
In 2010, guitar-playing singer Ike Robinson went on a recruitment drive with a trio in mind, scouring London for a bass player and a drummer.
When bassist Benedict Green roped in regular rhythm section comrade – drummer Tim ‘Huge Nuge’ Nugent – to audition alongside him, the line-up was quickly finalised.
Writing began on a debut album in January 2011 in a Bethnal Green rehearsal studio and in November of the same year, the group – operating under the steeped-in-irony banner of ‘Modest Ike’ – recorded 15 songs in six days at Fish Factory studio in Neasden with producer Benedic Lamdin. Four days’ mixing later, the album was mastered by Lewis Hopkin of Stardelta.
The LP, entitled ‘I’m Modest Ike’, is available now in the iTunes store. There’s a link on the Modest Ike home page.
A good showing from Brooklyn this week along with Italy, Cambridge, here in the UK, Santa Fe, Argentina and Nashville gaining a decent toe hold.
We’ve got new about the UK’s most important festival of independent music and I’ll be pointing you to a mainstream radio programme I think you’ll find to be of interest.
Frequency – The CO (Nashville, TN, USA)
Nashville’s premier pop/rock outfit, The CO, brings honesty, passion, hope, and inspiration to a mainstream audience. In a landscape where popular music is largely marginalized to songs about love won and lost, or only appropriate in a dance club or Zumba class, The CO hits hard and cuts right to the heart with music that matters.
The core of the band consists of the soaring lead vocals of Collin Brace, the melodic keys and plaintive counter harmonies of writing partner Troy Akers, and the passionate programming and anthemic drumming of Nate Fleming. With an epic and powerful live show combining elements of programing, with lush, organic orchestrations, The CO is at the forefront of the “new Nashville” sound. Their mission as a band and as individuals is to uplift each other and themselves with music that speaks to authentic emotions in an upside down world.
Their fan-base, having affectionately dubbed themselves as “COhorts,” spreads out all over the world with strongholds in Europe, Australia, and beyond. With Youtube videos garnering views in the millions and dozens of songs featured in TV, film, and advertising, the band’s reach is growing exponentially day by day as fans connect with music that asks them to reach inside themselves while reaching out to the world around them, even in the most difficult times.
In short, the music of The CO isn’t what you listen to when you’re sipping champagne at the top of the Empire State building; it’s the music that gets you there.
Perejil – Honeybird & The Birdies (Los Angeles, Catania and Torino, Italy)
It’s said that music brings people together, and in the case of honeybird & the birdies this couldn’t more true. The Italian based psych-funk trio got their start in early 2007 when a friend of Paola “P-Birdie” Mirabella (drums) introduced her to Monique “honeybird” Mizrahi (lead vocals, charango). They knew instantly that there was an artistic connection and shortly after began making music together. The good vibes continued to flourish and the group found their third member Federico “walkietalkiebird” Camici (bass).
Their songwriting utilizes the verbalization of language as a tool and combines English, Japanese, Macedonian, Swedish, Arabic, Hebrew, Italian, Spanish, French, Portuguese,German,and a variety of different dialects throughout their music. The entire trio sings and creates wildly entertaining choreographies that accompany their music. Their music merges world music energies with the playfulness of indie-folk, the angst of punk,the tropicalia of Brazil,and the enthusiasm of psychedelic-rock
In early 2002 Monique moved from Los Angeles to Italy, began writing music and in the midst of her writing the nickname “honeybird” was born.
Monique “honeybird” Mizrahi: charango, guitar, lead vocal
Paola “P-birdie” Mirabella: drums, cajon, ukulele, vocal
Federico “walkitalkiebird” Camici: bass, U-bass (endorsed by Kala U-Bass), Eko Tiger, vocal
Together, they’ve played numerous European festivals such as Eurosonic Noorderslaag (Holland), Cherchez La Femme Festival (Slovakia), Primavera Sound(Spain) and MaMA Event (France).
The group’s latest album You Should Reproduce was released on October 24th 2012 on Trovarobato Records.
The first 100 artists confirmed for TGE 2014 which runs in Brighton on the south coast of England May 8 – 10.
For the 9th year running TGE will be opening the UK festival season, showcasing 400 of the best emerging international artists in Brighton.
The first 100 artists confirmed for the core programme includes; hypnotic beat making collective JUNGLE, self-titled “Steak and Kidney Pop” star CHLOE HOWL as well Brighton’s own home-grown rock’n’roll duo ROYAL BLOOD and new benchmark for Pop music CHARLI XCX. Also joining the line-up are atmospheric 3-piece BLAENAVON, gifted story spinning slacker COURTNEY BARNETT, new surf grunge kids on the block DUNE RATS as well as disillusioned outsiders FAT WHITE FAMILY who will bring total intoxicating aberrance to the seaside.
JAAKKO EINO KALEVI, SATELLITE STORIES, SIN COS TAN and THE SCENES will be playing as part of the lead International partnership with Music Finland, who will present a standalone showcase at this year’s festival.
Full line-up, so far:
Last chances to buy early bird tickets at £45 for the three days.
Journey – Sound Menagerie (Cambridge, UK)
Sound Menagerie is an ongoing band/project from Cambridge UK. The present line up is:
Abi Parker – Vocals
Stephen C Wilson – Guitars/Bass
Sound Menagerie are an Alternative/Dream Pop band from Cambridge, UK. They are Abi Parker (Vocals) and songwriter Stephen C Wilson (Bass/Guitars).
In 2011 they issued their ‘Far Or Through’ album.This was followed later in the year by ‘The Silver Tree’ single.
In 2012 Sound Menagerie contributed a music list for a book ‘Music for the End of the World’ by Michael Linford.
They are currently working on new material and have just completed two new songs ‘Stay With Me’ and ‘Watermark’. Both songs feature drums by Andy Ramsay (Stereolab/Europa 51) and keyboards and piano by Joe Watson (Stereolab/Junior Electronics). ‘Watermark’ also features a lead guitar solo by Rowan Robertson (Dio/DC4/Vast/AMRadio/Billy Ray Cyrus). Both songs were recorded at Press Play Studio in London.
Burning City – Sweet Soubrette (Brooklyn, New York)
This is the title track on Sweet Soubrette’s third full-length album, Burning City, which certainly delivers on the promise of the What’s My Desire EP, showing off the band’s lush, rich arrangements of strings, horns, bass, drums, piano, and harmonies.
We heard Rock, Paper Scissors, also from the album, a few weeks ago. Each of the album’s ten tracks were inspired by source material as varied as troubled love, works of literature, extreme weather events, and the promise of new romance, and they range from dark to transcendent, playful to spellbinding. Burning City’s strong songwriting and powerful execution make this album Sweet Soubrette’s best work to date.
There’s innovative touch to the stage performance of the song on the video.
Ellia Bisker: lead vocals & ukulele
Heather Cole: violin
Mike Dobson*: drums (Rock Paper Scissors, Just Your Heart, Be My Man, What’s My Desire)
Don Godwin*: drums (Charlatan, Live Wire, Sweet Time, Port in a Storm)
Stacy Rock*: backing vocals & piano
Erin Rogers: saxophone
Cecil Scheib: Trombone
Bob Smith: bass
John Waters: trumpet
*on recording only. Live drums are Darrell Smith, live backing vocals & piano are Juliet Strong
That Was Just The Sauce Talking – Jitterbug Vipers (Austin, Texas)
Another track from their excellent Phoebe’s Dream album.
They are well and truly back in Austin now with a steady stream of dates coming up in and around that proudly weird city.
Fun video for the track.
Vipers on NPR this week
The Vipers feature on NPR’s Song Travels with Michael Feinstein this week. It’s a 1 hour program about the band on NPR in the states! It will air all week at different times on each NPR station. Check your local NPR station’s schedule. It will be available on the Song Travels web page as well some time later this week at www.npr.org/series/150560513/song-travels
What is this thing – Kotorino (Brooklyn, NY, USA)
Jeff Morris left the loud rock bands he was in to make more sociable music, music influenced by the many cultures of his beloved New York City. After many Craigslist posts, and calls to friends and family, Kotorino began to take shape into one of the city’s premier “parlor-rock” outfits.
Jeff Morris: Guitar, Piano, Banjo
Jesse Selengut: Trumpet
Stefan Zeniuk: Tenor, Alto, Bass Sax, Bass Clarinet, Contra Alto Clarinet
Molly White: Vocals, Violin
Estelle Bajou: Vocals, Violin
Liz Prince: Tuba
Mike Brown: Bass
Jerome Morris: Drums, Percussion
Rob Garcia: Drums
Ellia Bisker: Vocals, Ukulele
Caroline Ritson: Musial Saw
Sin Contaminantes – Butumbaba (Santa Fe, Argentina)
Since their formation 20 years ago in the city of Santa Fe, Argentina, Butumbaba they’ve been on an experimental journey around the worlds of ska and reggae.
Over the years their line-up has changed as their music has evolved to it’s present state. These days they are presenting the likes of ska, reggae, rocksteady, 2 tone, punk, jazz , raggamuffin and dub alongside diverse Latin rhythms which lend them a fascinating personal flavour.
They wrote this week to say that they are recording a new album.
This week we’ve got a couple of remarkable tracks from men who are actually serious about their singing. This is about as far as male voices get from boy-bands; although frankly as far as I’m concerned, nowhere is far enough away.
With tracks from LA, New Jersey, North Carolina, Orange County, Colorado and Sydney, Australia and London we’re in for a packed 400th show.
Plastic – Emily Capell (London, UK)
Emily Capell tells blues inflected indie-pop tales of life’s ups and downs, frustrations and elations. On her latest EP she rails against indifference, gets a little frisky, invents a new dance craze and sees history repeating…
How utterly fab and delightful. Quirky songs (no pun intended) sung with gusto and a twinkle. It would never be described as an over-produced album and that indeed is part of its charm – the recording doesn’t get in the way of the music.
The official launch night is on Feb 3rd at Union Chapel, London which doubles as a World Cancer Day fundraiser for Cancer Research UK.
It’s funny, but I could have sworn the Union Chapel was in Islington last time I was there but Reverberation are reporting a relocation to Parliament Square, just on the traffic island outside the House of Commons!
Roving – Dudley Saunders (Los Angeles, CA, USA)
A quite remarkable interpretation of the poem by Byron. It’s been performed as a song before, perhaps best known is the version by Joan Baez.
This recording from his album Monsters lifts the song and imbues it with a passion that I’ve not heard before. Dudley is, in any case a fine singer and hugely talented songwriter in his own right.
He is engaged in a new project called In These Boxes, a performance piece based around pictures of objects that were once owned by people who have died and which we can’t bear to throw away.
Dudley is asking folks to take a photograph of such an object that means a lot to them and post it to Instagram with the hashtag #InTheseBoxes.
Why? Dudley explained in an email a few days ago:
In the fall of 1991, my two ex-lovers died within two months of each other. This was bad but something else was worse: I realized nobody who remembered us together was still alive. Our lives had suddenly become extinct.
The few objects I had from them resonated with a power I could not explain to anyone else – only I knew what they meant. But in time, I realized that most of us have objects like these, that can conjure our loved ones back to life for us in an instant. Which is why so many of us keep them hidden away.
Most of my songs have been about this, gathering together details and images that resurrect forgotten or ignored people. And I decided that I wanted to do that in a bigger way on stage.
Working with my collaborators, I began creating video art pieces that evoked the missing lives in my songs. In most of the videos, I projected myself into the role of these people, and then literally projected the video on a screen behind me as I performed.
But the thing was, I didn’t want this to be just about me and what I’d gone through. I wanted it to be about a common experience that we have all had. Owning these objects is usually a private experience, and I wanted to find a way for us to share it, and bring it out of the dark.
And this is when we came up with the idea of the social media cemetery, and the thought of inviting all your images into the piece as I perform it around the country. I wanted every community to have the chance to be part of this piece, to have their experiences included.
Photos will become part of a kind of social media cemetery at www.InTheseBoxes.com and will be incorporated into the video element of his new music and video art performance piece.
Ideas come cheap but I have huge respect for artists that take the brave step of fully implementing one of their ideas.
Malignant Flip + Baile de Claque – Tab & Anitek (Morristown, NJ, USA)
Following up from their relatively recent outing on show 391 back in November a couple of tracks from the, then brand new, quirky album Sights and Sounds which is available as a free and legal download on Jamendo.
Anitek is a trip hop producer from New Jersey. He has been playing piano for 15 years, along with cello, clarinet, guitar, bass, drums and is also a scratch DJ. His main influences are Rachmaninoff, DJ Krush, Bonobo, and Fat Jon.
He often incoporates genres such as Chillout, blues, jazz, funk, Electronica, Lounge, Soundtrack, Ambient, and oldschool Hip hop into his music, creating a lush, melodic Soundtrack for either Lyricists, Commercials or film.
He has loads of music on Jamendo.
AMP website issues
Oh boy it’s been a fun week since the musicpodcasting domain expired and the guy who originally acquired it failed to renew. However, I’m pleased to say that the association has negotiated for the name to be transferred top AMP’s care so from here on in we should be fine.
It has meant that we’ve been unable to access the site for a few days but Ro valiantly produced a short AMPed show yesterday with is now up on the Libsyn server so, if you’re desperate, you can hear it at http://amped.libsyn.com/am-ped-show-422
As soon as the domain transfer completes we’ll be back up and running and I’m really looking forward to presenting AMPed 423 on Monday.
Mind’s Eye – TURCHI (Asheville, NC, USA)
TURCHI is kudzu boogie, a blend of slide-guitar fuzz and Deep-South trance, growing new branches from the deep roots of American music.
The band’s first album, Road Ends in Water (March 2012, Devil Down Records), features Luther Dickinson (North Mississippi Allstars/Black Crowes).
TURCHI released their second album Live in Lafayette (March 2013, Devil Down Records, recorded live Nov. 2012 in Lafayette, LA) with featured guests John Troutman (The Mendoza Line/Little Band of Gold) on pedal steel and Brian Martin on Harmonica. The album captured the live energy and groove the band had built on the road, stretching out the songs to sink deeper into the night-train boogie, and received rave reviews in the US and abroad.
Their third release, My Time Ain’t Now (Nov. 2013, Devil Down Records), an EP capturing a more Americana, narrative-songwriting style, recorded at Ardent Studios in Memphis in December 2012.
The band is focusing on preparing for and touring in support of the release of their next LP, Can’t Bury Your Past is due out on 22 April 2014.
Release Me - Sam Page (Orange County, CA, USA)
Sam Page is an independent singer/songwriter who creates guitar-driven pop/rock. After releasing a couple EPs and doing 20 gigs around southern California with his band, Sam released his first full album Breach in 2013. As a result of Sam’s relentless promotion, Breach received 20 positive reviews on music blogs, airplay on 100 radio shows, and 85,000 streams on Spotify.
In a past life, Sam earned a PhD in Philosophy and for five years was a full-time college professor. But then he needed a break from being rational. So he decided to pursue a music career . . .
Release Me, the second single from Sam’s current album, released this month.
Awaiting – Confluence (Denver, CO, USA)
Confluence mixes angular, math-y arrangements with catchy melodies and subtle grooves to attain a sound that is both emotionally engaging and musically deft.
That’s a description could conjure up an impression of rather clever-clever prog rock self-indulgence but thankfully Confluence avoids that trap with this frankly joyously layered single.
Since January 2013, this Denver-based quartet has shared the stage with Maps and Atlases, Radiation City, Typhoon, AAN, And So I Watch You From Afar, The Tontons and This Town Needs Guns.
This winter, they will release a string of new singles as recorded by Tim Gerak of Mammoth Cave studios.
You can hear more of their music on their Holyunderground site or catch them live tonight in Denver:
1/15 – Denver, CO – 7th Circle Collective w/ The Speed of Sound in Seawater
Dumb Love - Jack Ladder and the Dreamlanders (Sydney, Australia)
It’s been a while since we had a track from Jack Ladder on the show.
Jack Ladder is a singer / songwriter / composer from Sydney, Australia (real name Tim Rogers).His music is characterised by his baritone voice and poignant observations on love and death, often featuring a decidedly gallows humour.
In 2011 Ladder released HURTSVILLE. Following its release he was nominated in The Melbourne Age EG Music Awards in multiple categories including Best Male Artist, Best Song and Best Album. The lead single Cold Feet was crowned “Song of the Year” by leading Australian music site Mess & Noise and HURTSVILLE again garnered Jack a shortlisted album for the Australian Music Prize.
This may not yet be the masterpiece from Jack Ladder but I think this album puts down a marker and may well be a future collectable quoted by artists as a key influence.
You may just still be able to order the limited, 180 gram vinyl, complete with download card and hand-numbered photo/lyric book, via the Holloweyed webstore iTunes, Google Play, Bandcamp and eMusic.