A Suffolk ‘n’ Cool special this week featuring the sublime Paper Beat Scissors who I first came across at a Canadian music industry showcase event in London last year. From the very start, his set was obviously going to be something very different.
His vocal and dynamic range is impressive and gives each song a special poignancy, not is a maudlin way but rather in a way that almost makes you stop breathing.
We met up before the show at the The Bicycle Shop in Norwich (relatively “just up the road” here in the UK) for a chat, a pot of tea and an excellent mince pie, only the first of which I have preserved for you. I promise you would have enjoyed the others but frankly, until we have the technology – I’ll have to eat and drink them for you
The tracks are taken from his albums Live at St Matthew’s Church and the more recent Paper Beat Scissors. both of which are available from his site.
Season’s Rest - from Live at St Matthew’s Church
Watch Me Go – from Paper Beat Scissors
Tendrils - from Live at St Matthew’s Church
Tim recorded a session and interview at the BBC this week with “Whispering Bob” Harris for Radio 2 which is due to air in January. [I'll add a link in here when is it is available or when be have a broadcast date]
A couple of dates to mark this week and we do so with a bunch of rather interesting music from Germany, Paris, Croydon, Margate, New York, France and Montreal.
From the wistful to the just plain wicked we’ve loads of fresh music to treat your ears.
Gimme Good – Klitbeats feat. Layonne (Frankfurt, Germany)
Klitbeats alias Robert von Klitzing is a German producer from Frankfurt. This is the producer/dj’s debut release that contains: melodic instrumental hip hop (Talking To A Ghost, Hide Out, Stay), guitar-vocal downtempo (A Thing Or Two), instrumental funk (The Morning After), broken-funk with lovely vocal (Gimme Good) and reeeeal romantic lounge (Gemeinsam).
There are some gloriously loose tubes in action on here too.
Discover it, feel it!
Although I’m a Brit, I really like the concept of Thanksgiving. Taking a little time to think about where thanks is due can be a therapeutic process.
This year, Thanksgiving coincides with the first day of the Jewish festival of Hanukkah so the streets of Brooklyn will be resounding with cries of Happy Thanksgivukkah! At least according to our friend Jon at Cyber Pr on Park Slope who has a particularly vivid imagination but he’s excused and claims that it is a bit of a one-off, the two dates won’t coincide again for another 70,000 years. I don’t know whether to believe that either!
I’m content to mark the occasion with particular thanks to the artists, labels and others who make the music available and who go the extra mile to make sure that I get to hear it.
I’m thankful to Justin Wayne who did amazing work earlier this year on helping transform the SnC website to WordPress – the best move I’ve made in a long time.
Most of all, though, I’m grateful to you for listening and for turning others on to the show.
Too Long – Yael Naïm (Paris, France)
Yael’s song New Soul was used by Apple in an advertisement way back in 2007. On the back of that, she made it into the charts. Sionce then, it’s been pretty quiet.
Based in Paris she and her partner David Donatien are working on a new project – which I, for one, await with interest.
Nine Ships (Sinbad Al-Bahri Remix) – Thousand Yard Prayer / Secret Archives of the Vatican (Croydon, UK)
A track from an excellent Secret Archive of the Vatican album of remixes on Broken Drum snappily called Cultured Electronic Music: The Remixes Volume 1. The album features both old and new tracks, each remixed.
I’ve been having trouble deciding which track to play but Peter Draper in Qatar prompted me via the SnC twitter stream to give this one a spin.
You can download the album (pay what you like) or order the very limited edition CD from Broken Drum
Playing for Change
I’m astounded to find myself posting a Christmas track here on SnC but this is first and foremost a magnificent example of confident, talented and highly motivated musicians making music together. In fact it is so good that I can actually forget that it even mentions Christmas! – Bah humbug
They each take their solo with grace, generosity and great style. It’s not fair to pick out any individual contributions but Tula’s voice has been playing havoc with the hairs on the back of my neck since One Love – episode 3 of Playing for Change. www.playingforchange.com/episodes/one-love/
Mountains – Funke and the Two Tone Baby (Margate, Kent, UK)
Dan will be filming his new music video for Bella’s Kiss at The Man of Kent in Rochester on December 5th and you’re invited. In fact he’s like you to help film it. The audience will be the camera crew, or at least party of it. In a nutshell, the audeince will film the performance on smartphones and the like, then it will be spliced together with professional footage to create the finished product. Sounds like fun eh?
More info about the shoot at: www.funkeandthetwotonebaby.co.uk/bellas-kiss-live-video-shoot/
Mountains is from the Battles album.
If you’d like to hear more from Dan, check out his live Session at the Barn for SnC in show 374. There are a couple of our videos of his performance there, including one for Bella’s Kiss.
Spellbound – Peg Simone (New York City, New York)
Peg Simone is one of my favourite almost-under-the-radar artists working away at her craft on a shoestring budget in New York City.
She embodies all that is good about ploughing her own furrow, producing the music she wants to produce in place that allows her total creative freedom. In a world dominated by labels, artist manipulation and public image, Peg is an oasis of integrity.
I had the pleasure of visiting her studio/workspace in Long Island City a couple of years ago (after brunch at the iconic Court Square Diner WARNING music auto-starts. Nothing flash there, in fact more the feel of a workshop than a studio. But she’s certainly being productive – every Sunday she releases a track to her cognoscenti fans by email. It’s become a bit of a Sunday habit to look out for the email and check the tune. This week Peg was commenting on the high winds that had been howling around New York whilst she was recording. A quick look at the Statue of Liberty webcam confirmed the crackling flags and white horses across the water below Manhattan. The world felt a very much smaller place.
Last week she put out a track from some time ago, recorded with Dan Barnhill, Tony Maimone and James Murray.
Her current album release Witch Tree Road is available from her site. You can check her Twitter feed for quick links to her Sunday Songs or just go direct to her Soundcloud page.
Jamendo is celebrating a bit of a milestone this week. 400,000 tracks are now available for free download from the site at Jamendo.com
As part of the celebrations they have compiled a list of their favourite 40 tracks. OK, so it’s simply a staff pick but I’ve been very happy to go along with their list – even though it isn’t all the same as mine. Surprisingly, quite a few of the artists we’ve heard on SnC make the cut, including Triad, Davide TMX, Professor Kliq, Anitek, Fresh Body Shop and the whole of the top three, Drunksouls (3), Brad Sucks (2) and the wonderful Emerald Park who are number 1. That’s be because they travelled all the way from Malmö, Sweden to play at the AMP showcase at The Cavern Club in Liverpool a couple of years ago.
Piano of Hope – J.L.T. (Bayeux, France)
“J.L.T, compositeur de 24 ans à été très tôt attiré par la musique électronique. C’est alors qu’il commence à s’intéresser à la création musical quand il découvre le logiciel Ejay (très basique, mais efficace pour découvrir le monde de la MAO) et fait alors ses premiers pas dans le monde de la composition. Il est marqué par la sortie du fameux Traffic de Tiësto. Depuis, il développe sa culture musicale en se tenant au courant de l’évolution des artistes, des morceaux etc. . .Ses références sont “Deadmau5″, “Gartner”, “Pryda”, “Daft Punk”, mais également des artistes comme “Moby” . . .”
This track Piano of Hope is on his totally enthralling 2010 album Dreaming Together.
Where do people go when they go away – Little Suns (Montreal QC, Canada)
Little Suns draws influences from folk music from every corner of the world which is then filtered through each band member’s respective qualities and style giving listeners a western pop audio experience. Effortlessly laced with heavy eastern European influence after John Aaron Cockburn and Robin Meyer-MacLeod ventured off to Romania and Hungary it was there with instruments strapped to their backs that a new sound was created. This musical pilgrimage gave its authentic reverberation.
“Being immersed in the culture I was trying to emulate at the time, it gave more realism to and authenticity (to the sound) of what I was trying to create. In general, travel helped expand my worldview,” says John Aaron Cockburn on the musical journey that brought him back to his roots in turn giving life to the Eastern Europe influence that achieves a universal resonance.
Over the course of a year, producer Leon Taheny tweaked the fusion of sounds to make a cohesive arrangement of songs which are currently available as a free download on NoiseTrade.
Tom Caruana brings a maritime feel to the start of this week’s show with a magnificent tour of what used to be considered the finest broadcasting in the world – at least by those who produced it. They don’t make ‘em like that anymore.
We’ve got some enticing tracks from Lake Tahoe on the borders of California and Nevada, something quite moving from London, digital dub from Italy, glorious home-made electro pop from LA and some delicious and entertaining beats from southern Hungary.
Sailing The Sea Of Tea – Tom Caruana (UK)
From the masterly album, Welcome Aboard (Budabeats).
Tom Caruana is a music producer who has the ability to create an eclectic range of beats, most of which fall into a hip-hop style. His experience ranges from working with rappers, singers and musicians in studio and live environments, to reworking classic a cappellas in a series of renowned remix albums. He is not only a master of blending samples, he raps and is also a multi instrumentalist playing drums, bass, guitar and keyboards. His production has provided the perfect backing to artists such as Grand Agent, Count Bass D and Insight. His live band Son Of Sam have supported Raekwon and KRS One, and his remix work has caught the attention of The Chicagoist, The New York Times and The Guardian.
Night Walking – miXendorp (Netherlands)
The original written and released by Doug MacLeod (Gaslight Square Music) on Black and Tan Records in 2004. This, of course, is a brand new miXendorp remix.
At this point this track will only be released digitally which means it is only available as download on all major download platforms including iTunes.
Love Song For The People – Ben Fuller (N. Lake Tahoe, CA, USA)
Fuller’s 2010 EP, Aquarian Son, embodied the spirit of a transient wanderer on the road in a converted school bus, his second national release Little Siberia is a homage to the soul of 70′s Americana Rock. Little Siberia was inspired while hunkered down in an isolated wilderness of Lake Tahoe’s snow-laden West shore. Snow-bound with his pregnant wife and daughter in a secluded cabin during one of the wettest winter’s on record, Fuller crafted a mosaic of stories sung from a place of introspection and re-birth.
Fuller’s voice is the backbone of the album, with a wisdom and energy that moves from gritty to smooth in the width of a breath. The Dallas Morning news writes: “Fuller has an uncluttered, organic sound… he manages to keep an acoustic purity to his music even while backed by a full band.”
The recording of the album is a tribute to the old school days of record making. Much of it was tracked in the same room as Pet Sounds and on the same 70′s Gretch drum kit from Tom Petty’s Wildflowers and then mixed to 2″ analog tape giving it an authentic, vintage sound. Produced by two time Grammy award winner Jesus “Chuy” Flores and artist/producer Scott Fisher (founders of Mondial Music Group), Little Siberia is a mature artistic step forward while showcasing Fuller’s powerful singing and songwriting ability.
Your Ghost – Andrew M Pisanu (London, UK)
With a soft spot for Mozart and naughty words, Andrew M Pisanu has been creating quite a buzz on the music scene in preparation for the launch of his new album titled Collecting Diseases.
This remarkable album was produced by Andrew M Pisanua as well as him doing all of his own orchestrations and arrangements, and is his first recordings since losing his voice last year.
This is a seriously powerful artist, singing beautifully through very dark material. Almost operatic at times, especially in the new video of his song “Rufus Wainwright” (below)
this is the life ind a nu taùt feat. Ronni Ketamo – Voodoo Tapes (Italy)
Voodoo Tapes is the pseudonym of Giovanni Roma (aka Blob). It began in 2011 for an irresistible impulse to perform digital dub vibrations. There is no other reason why this project was born over the trance of bass, hihat and spring reverb.
Another track from their excellent 2013 album Mixed Rituals on the A Quiet Bump label. Download the album free at:
These Motions – Tic Tic Boom! (LA, CA, USA)
In the indie world, DIY is a term bandied about so often that the word has lost all meaning. LA-based electro-pop favorites Tic Tic Boom!, however, truly keep it DIY and all in the family.
On their fourth EP, It’s the Heart That’s a Fool, real-life couple Mike DeLay (instrumentation / engineeer) and Leilani Francisco (vocals / keys) have come of age with their most technically and lyrically accomplished work, but it’s the heart, pathos and playfulness that truly shines. “The EP is about dreamers,” explains Francisco. “It’s about the sacrifices we make, It’s about being an artist while having to pay the bills, and doing shitty jobs we hate. That’s what “These Motions” is about.”
DeLay and Francisco live together above their home studio in Los Angeles and pride themselves in independently handcrafting everything from start to finish—from recordings to screen-printed merch and DIY music videos. Tired of relying on outside engineers and producers for recording, in 2010 DeLay attended the audio engineering program at the Musician’s Institute in Hollywood, CA, and the band has kept it insular ever since.
“Since we are able to record our own music, we are constantly writing and constantly producing,” explains Francisco. “I may write a song on the piano and bring it to Mike and we’ll flesh it out together, recording and demoing it out in the process. Other times Mike will work something up in the studio and I’ll write to that. This EP is a mix of both those processes. Everything on the EP was recorded, mixed and mastered at our own studio.”
Funny – Suhoy (Szeged/Kecel, Hungary)
Not a particularly new album but it is interesting.
Suhov the newest Budabeats artist is a producer and dj from Szeged/Kecel. He spends his days with beat making in 24 hours, so not surprising he has huge and great music substance. Budabeats proudly presents his EP “Symphaty Modul” including “Exx Fuck” with Bollywood samples, stony instrumental hip hop “Different”, “Funny” with sweet beats, “Moonhill” with folk elements, the mambo song “Skunn”, and not to mention the other great tunes.
It’s available as a free download from Hungarian netlabel Buda Beats.
Something of a little extra dimension for you this week in the form of a sneek preview of a Canadian music showcase event in New York that’s coming up in a couple of weeks. We’ve got tracks from all four Manitoba-based bands that will be playing at Arlene’s Grocery in the Lower East Side and at a second show at The Rock Shop in Brooklyn the following night.
More music from London, Kiev and Los Angeles.
Love Will Keep Us Together – Yell for Help (Los Angeles, CA. USA)
Born on the same day on opposite ends of the country, Mike Pappas (Vocals, Guitar, Bass, Piano & Percussion) and Fann (Vocals, Drums, Guitar) are Yell for Help, an American alternative-pop duo recalling industrial and ambient influences of the past, while putting their own stamp on the future. Introduced by a mutual friend in the summer of 2012, the pair have hated each other ever since, but that hasn’t stopped them from making music.
With classic female/male vocal interplay, Fann’s vocals alternate between sweet purrs and party-starting empowerment, a perfect compliment to Mike’s laid-back, lounge delivery. The lead single “Love Will Keep Us Together” from their self-titled debut EP.
“It was one of those times where you have a vision for a song in your head and it comes to fruition,” Mike said, describing the development process. ”The drum patterns, the music, the attitude, the stops, the go’s, the build-ups, the pay offs. They were conceptualized one way or another before recording anything, and that’s pretty special.”
Based in Los Angeles, the EP was recorded in a little studio in Westwood, with additional recording at Fann’s Eagle Rock-home. Love Will Keep Us Together is available worldwide digitally
The Ballad of Love – Dee C’rell Featuring Richelle Claiborne (London, UK)
Dee C’rell returns with the double A-side recordings entitled, Tales from Love (on Holm Records). A subtle mixture of poetry, electronica, and jazz related music; both compositions are a beautiful contrasting tale of the emotions and complexity of love. The Ballad of Love and Transmission Music are further examples why Dee C’rell has become recognised by his peers as an established creative force within contemporary electronic music making.
The Ballad of Love is a combination of contemporary electronic jazz and poetry. Embracing perhaps life’s greatest desire, love, the minimalism of the composition develops continually, exploring both electronic music making and acoustic instrumentation.
There is a feeling of openness and continuity throughout, which is subtly introduced and maintained, enabling the listener to embrace the aesthetics of the composition.
The recordings are available now on iTunes.
MANITOBA MUSIC SHOWCASE
Manitoba Music returns to New York with an electrifying showcase of new music November 25 at Lower East Side venue Arlene’s Grocery. The bands will hit Brooklyn’s The Rock Shop the following night.
Featured buzz bands include post-punk indie band Les Jupes, glossy electro-pop act Lost Weekend, quirky manic pop outfit Boats, and the synth-streaked indie pop of Indicator Indicator.
This is Manitoba Music’s third trip to New York, building on the success of previous showcases at Arlene’s Grocery and The Living Room. The bands on this year’s show have been turning heads and generating a real buzz.
Hold me Down – Les Jupes (Winnipeg, Canada)
Les Jupes is hardworking, hard-touring, and devoted to this driving and deeply emotive music that has roots in British post-punk and American folk, anchored by frontman Mike P. Falk’s gritty baritone. The band’s debut album on Winnipeg label Head In the Sand, Modern Myths, garnered critical acclaim, charted on campus radio, and helped secure a deal with German label Instrument Village. Recorded with Imaginary Cities’ Rusty Matyas and The Weakerthans’ engineer Cam Loeppky, follow-up EP Negative Space is already turning heads. Les Jupes has criss-crossed North America and hit stages in Europe, including packed showcases at Reeperbahn, SXSW, NXNE, Sled Island, Pop Montreal, and more. Look for a new full-length with Montreal-based producer Marcus Paquin (The National, Stars, Little Scream, Local Natives), slated for 2014.
Cool Kids – Lost Weekend (Winnipeg, Canada)
Lost Weekend’s jaunty electro-pop was born on the unfinished 11th floor of their Commodities and Exchange Building in Winnipeg, where the band began writing and rehearsals in 2010. It was there that they honed their mélange of New Wave, 90s alt, and modern glossy production sensibilities into the feverishly joyful style of their self-titled debut EP, created with Grammy nominated producer Zach Heiligman (Foster the People). Recently signed to Universal/Rondor, in the past year the band has showcased for Billboard, made its SXSW debut, become regulars at mainstay L.A. venues the Viper Room and Satellite, and hit KCRW’s “It’s A School Night” show at Bardot.
Swarm – Indicator Indicator (Winnipeg, Canada)
Indicator Indicator is synth-streaked indie pop with a beating heart – colourful, enigmatic, and passionate. Released to critical acclaim in 2012 on Winnipeg’s Julius Records, the band’s self-titled debut EP, earned a Western Canadian Music Award nod for Pop Recording of the Year, a spot CBC’s bands to watch list, and put Indicator Indicator on college radio charts throughout North America. Fronted by Sandy Taronno (Quinzy), Indicator Indicator is following up with mini-EP Swarm/Love is Not Enough, and upcoming Canada and U.S. tour dates.
O Jumbotron – Boats (Winnipeg, Canada)
Indie pop outfit Boats makes impossibly hooky pop songs about death, being old, girls, glowing bears, and escaping the spectral plane of existence and reappearing at a football game. Released on U.S. indie label Kill Rock Stars, the band’s third album, A Fairway Full Of Miners, consists the band’s trademark manic, sloppy-on-purpose junk-store pop tunes, unified by frontman Mat Klachefsky’s helium-high yelp. A Fairway Full Of Miners has focus and maturity that comes with relentless touring, including eight North American tours and showcases at SXSW and beyond.
MANITOBA MUSIC SHOWCASE in NYC
Arlene’s Grocery, 95 Stanton Street
7:45PM Les Jupes
8:30PM Indicator Indicator
9:15PM Lost Weekend
TUESDAY NOVEMBER 26
The Rock Shop, 249 Fourth Avenue Brooklyn
8:00PM Lost Weekend
8:45PM Indicator Indicator
9:30PM Les Jupes
So Many Females – Times Neue Roman (Toronto, Canada)
Times Neue Roman, comprised of writer/vocalist Robert Bolton (Arowbe) and multi-instrumentalist/producer Alexander Punzalan Junior (Alexander The), is a new rap duo based in Toronto. Following the success of their past EPs, To Die, Zombies and Talking Sporty, Times Neue Roman released their debut album Vehicle last week.
TNR roused crowds in basement parties, on hotel rooftops, in glitzy clubs and dingy pubs, concert halls, several festivals including Nuit Blanche, NXNE, Rifflandia, Olio, CMW and Manifesto, and a couple notorious nights when the band rented and played out of the back of a U-Haul truck. The diversity of venues matches the eclecticism of the music. When critics called them “post-rap,” the band responded with a “rap deco” EP, making light of their own genre-violence.
The live performance force varies, from vocalist, synth and DJ to a 9-piece band, with one guy on stage not playing music but controlling the live projected visuals from a laptop. In the studio, Times Neue Roman is a duo, occasionally bringing in a rotating cast of guest players and vocalists.
Breathe In Breathe Out – Singleton (Kiev, Ukraine)
Singleton’s new album Uncovered was recorded in Kiev, Ukraine, it was mixed in London by Barny Barnicott (Kasabian, Arctic Monkeys, etc.) and mastered in New York by Greg Calbi (Bruce Springsteen, Norah Jones, etc.). To get these names on board became possible on the back of the critical acclaim of the debut “The High Seas” in 2010, a crowdfunding campaign on IndieGoGo, and the first prize at the Eurock Marathon in Berlin in 2012.
And with a single bound – well after three days without power or web last week – we’re back.
Nothing’s changed, just the same old quirky collection of new and interesting music to make up your blast of fresh musical air from a still drafty barn on the east coast of England.
the blast this week comes from Germany, New Zealand, Canada, Texas, Australia, Ohio and either New Jersey, Tennessee, Vermont, Indiana or Arizona (there’s a tale attached to that).
Irie Dub – Samadhi (Freiburg, Germany)
A Germany-based band although they are of Serbo-Croatian and French origin whose music brings together elements of traditional Irish folk, Jamaican reggae and a touch of the Orient.
As they put it themselves: “En bref: Batterie, Basse, Guitare, Violon + trois chants différents… Reggae, Dub, Ska, Irish Folk ou Punk? C’ est ça la question … ”
You’ll find their album Mondovojaĝo on Jamanedo but it appears that they are no longer operating and their site is gone.
Love Is – Ted Brown (LA, USA via New Zealand)
Acclaimed New Zealand-born singer, songwriter and guitar player Ted Brown had a promising career fronting his own band before he became firmly entrenched in a drug habit that sidelined him for 7 years. Though he’s now been sober for over a decade, the modest and private musician has kept his powerful story to himself. With his second album, An Unwide Road, he shares his journey with an elegantly spare and tenderly introspective record.
An Unwide Road is a confessional album looking back at a tumultuous past from a centered present. The pastoral folk of the standout “Love Is” looks at the void we all feel inside and try to fill with drugs, drinking, shopping, and other empty pursuits. This is the album’s first single.
Brown recorded the album at Roundhead studios in Auckland, New Zealand with producer Wayne Bell. The refined simplicity of the production aesthetic aptly reflects the intimacy and authenticity of this body of work. It was tracked studio live with minimal overdubs and artfully placed mics to vibrantly capture Brown’s stirring studio performances. Although the core is Brown singing and playing guitar, each track is delicately embellished with contributions from some old friends.
Still Living – BluRum13 (Montreal, Quebec, Canada)
Prodigious and prolific emcee James Sobers, known professionally as BluRum13, has had an iconic career as a solo artist and a collaborative artist. He’s released two solo albums.
BluRum13/James Sobers was born in New York, but grew up in Maryland where he established his distinct aesthetic, a mélange of acrobatic rhymes, poetic profundities, and silken, sensually sung melodies. His texts are empowering and enlightening, encompassing physics, metaphysics, astronomy, astrology, existentialism, social commentary, and uplifting introspection.
BluRum13’s music has been featured in Cirque du Soleil, CSI, The Family Biz (Canada), and Skins (UK).
Stuff It – Jitterbug Vipers (Austin, TX, USA)
A delight to have another Jitterbug Vipers track on the show. Even better, they’re coming to Europe later this month and I’m planning to catch up with them in London on 28th. Join me (and them) at the Green Note in London’s Camden. More dates on their site.
Bassist Francie Meaux Jeaux didn’t start playing bass until she met Slim, her husband of 25 years. “The day after Slim and I got married, I did a hit of acid and he put a big ugly ass bass in my hands. I started plunking around and was hooked immediately. He taught me basic music runs, he named them ‘George,’ ‘Fred, and ‘Charles.’ He’d say play two ‘George,’ one ‘Fred,’ and then ‘Charles’ twice,” she recalls, laughing heartily. Francie is also known for playing with her back to the audience, snuggled close to her acoustic bass, enveloped in a sonic stratosphere of groove. It’s a stage visage drummer Masumi Jones has called “Ass To The People.” That motto has become a rallying cry for the group and a popular bumper sticker around Austin.
Old L.A. – Louis London (Sydney, Australia)
Described as “Sprawling yet intimate” the five young Aussies of Louis London have released this, second single from their debut EP On Your Lips We Roared.
For the recording of , the band headed into the studio for the first time, and literally took over. “We recorded with a really talented young producer Tom Ugly in Sydney,” recalls the band. “Being a first recording together, everyone was pretty keen to get it to sound exactly how we thought it should. I’m not sure if we got there because we spent so bloody long doing it but it seems we have had a pretty good response so far so I guess that’s what matters!”
The EP is available worldwide right now.
The Dead Milkmen Song (Featuring The Dead Milkmen) – ShiSho (Kent, Ohio, USA)
Vivian & Midge Ramone are indie pop duo, ShiSho. The teen sisters have been performing for 9 years with a punk aesthetic that catches audiences off-guard.
We heard from them a few weeks ago but this stuff is just so good it has to be out there.
Their EP The Sisters is available through their Bandcamp page.
Billy Bragg’s a fan – and so am I.
Three Philosophers/Placebo/Duppy Riddim – Anitek (Morristown, USA)
It’s been a year or so since we heard from Anitek, and now three tracks come along at once. A medley of tracks off his very new album released last week called Sights & Sounds
I know virtually nothing about Anitek except that his base is Morristown, USA – although according to Google Maps that could be in New Jersey, Tennessee, Vermont, Indiana or Arizona.
He has loads of music on Jamendo though.
Based in Cape Breton, Canada, Matt Andersen (here at the barn with Peter) has a larger than life showmanship that has been earning him a fervent and steadfast audience wherever he graces the stage. Matt’s sprawling blues, roots and rock musical hybrid with his sorrowing and soulful voice and astonishing guitar-playing has sparked a phenomenal buzz on Canada’s East Coast.
He called by at The Barn on a Sunday morning and played a remarkable session. I swear that the skill in his guitar playing and passionate power of his superb voice is still reverberating around the building. My thanks to Matt for visiting and to Jeremy Gugenheim for the recording set-up. Such is the power of Matt’s voice that even when he threw his head back away from the vocal mic to sing particularly loud passages into the roof, he was peaking the guitar mic! Hmm. Get out of that one JG!
Thanks are due to Daryl and Buzz, listeners in Manitoba for putting me onto Matt in the first place – truly appreciated guys.
Matt Andersen is a very real, rare, raw talent and career artist — vital to our musical landscape.
For more info on Matt and his music catalogue go to:
Here’s a video of one of the songs that Matt played in the session. Yes, he was sitting in the tidy corner!
We go a bit dreamy in parts this week. With some gorgeous sounds pulled together into fabulous music from around the world, including Brighton, Berlin, Brooklyn and Brisbane, as well as Michigan and LA.
I have to confess to being put onto a great artist by my old buddy Pete Cogle at PC Podcast
We’ve now booked our tickets for The Great Escape, which, before we know it will be creeping up on us … at least I hope it does.
Roadshow – Wires in the Walls (Los Angeles, CA, USA)
Warren Sroka grew up in New York City, the birthplace of the underground punk and new wave scenes, but his musical centre has always been the often quiet, introspective work of storytellers like Gram Parsons and Neil Young. While pursuing a career in film, Sroka began writing the material that laid the groundwork for his musical identity and for Wires in the Walls’ post-Americana sound. In these early compositions Sroka drew from his experience as a film-maker and screenwriter to tell compelling, emotionally driven stories with stripped down, classic acoustic arrangements and lyrical themes reminiscent of the folk music that had been his life-long love. Songs such as “Big Bad Love,” “Twin Jet Engines,” and “Eulogy” trace these folk roots from Wires in the Walls’ first recordings through their most recent.
Their most recent EP, Leap, Timber, Leap is a four track epic in so much as every track has epic qualities that verge on the cinematic. You can get it in great quality from their Bandcamp page (linked from their home page) for a minimum of just $4.
The Clutterclan Folk – Gugjohr (Brighton and Bath, UK)
Acoustic/Ambient band based in Brighton and Bath. Written and Recorded by Kips Golden
Note from the Artist:
Hi, I heard Peter Clitheroe play a song of mine on an amped show podcast. He said he liked one of my influences Nick Drake. My previous EP was slightly more Nick Drake’ish so I thought I would send you a song from it. (name is pronounced like ‘Goodjaw’). Muchos thanks, Kips
This track is from the debut EP ‘Memories of Once Known‘ which you can download free at the Bandcamp page.
The new seven track collection, released 18 August 2013, is called “In Tandem” and priced at whatever you’d like to pay for it.
Written and Recorded by Kips Golden.
Here’s a video recorded at the Fountain Head in Brighton with much less reverb and thus a more immediate and intimate feel. Which version do you prefer?
Boro – Kiln (Michigan, USA)
KILN expands upon its aural concepts of fluid, neverwhere textures with meadow:watt, its third full-length with Ghostly International which is due November 12th. Building upon the sound they developed over 10 years ago with Sunbox, then expounded upon in 2007 with Dusker, the evocative spaces of meadow:watt bring the sonic art into even sharper focus.
Kevin Hayes – drums, sampling
Kirk Marrison – treated guitar, acoustic guitar, effect loops, keyboard
Clark Rehberg III – treated guitar, effect loops
The creative process of KILN is intuitive and synergistic; sounds may be sourced from guitars, drums, keys and field sampling, but their ability to filter up to 250 channels of discrete audio through a vintage Neve 8068 console and amalgamate the final product is the masterstroke. An analog array of outboard gear accentuates the organic warmth and low end of meadow:watt. The new album will be released ion the always-interesting Ghostly International label on November 11.
Mashkenka – Sonic Ahmed (Immenstadt, Germany)
Sonic Ahmed works straight out of his heart. As well as his solo work, he performs in bands including “A Glezele Vayn” (www.glezele.de). Recently he’s been playing more clarinet than anything else and dedicating himself to klezmer and balkan music.
The current album “Balkanbrääz” is a collection of ideas from the last 3 years, brought into songs that transport the feeling of eastern European music.
Yes, of course it’s on Jamendo
At a mere 23 years old, Detroit native Grant Kwiecinski (aka GRiZ) is an amalgam of talents that go beyond a simple description. A producer, DJ, and classically-trained saxophone player, GRiZ is bending and re-shaping electronic music with his funky, sax-infused sounds that find heart and soul within the beat of the dancefloor. In celebration of his sophomore album Rebel Era due out this month, GRiZ just unleashed the album lead single and accompanying video, ”Hard Times”
I’ve played a couple of tracks featuring Griz recently and have been struggling to adequately explain his live show.
Here’s the easy way – just watch the video.
Kakera – Grünemusik (Tokyo, Japan)
Grünemusik is the name of a unit owned by hikaru (nankado). He’s been publishing some experimental-pop tunes since around 2000 in Japan.
I heard another track by the same artist on PC Podcast 448 and checked them out on Jamendo – you can, and should, do the same.
Disaster Flower Bloom – The Oyster Murders (Brisbane, Australia)
The Oyster Murders’ name often raises curious looks from those hearing it for the first time, until they realize it derives from Lewis Carroll’s classic novella Through the Looking Glass. The band enjoys this esoteric approach to popular culture, sometimes weaving subtle references into their lyrics. The backdrop for this lyrical collage is a 90’s inspired sound punctuated by dreamy pop moments, reverbed guitars, inventive synths and, at times, densely layered instrumentation. After a busy 2012 with live performances in New York and the release of their debut album, The Oyster Murders have just finished recording a new EP, Mourning Birds.
The group have for some time now been recording and releasing their own unique style of alternative independent music. The majority of the band grew up in small towns and later met when they all moved to the city of Brisbane, Australia.
Founding member Grant Redgen (vocals, guitar) recalls his frustrations of growing up in a rural isolated town, where trying to get radio reception was difficult enough let alone actually seeing a band play live. After moving to Brisbane with aspirations of putting together a band he met Wendy (vocals, synth) who was also largely a self-taught musician. The two bonded over their shared passion, got married and started making music together. This organic formation of a band continued with good friends Shaun Edwards (drums), and Chris Macpherson (bass) joining the line-up.
The band have already played CMJ and will be returning to NYC early in 2014 to promote the Mourning Birds album and start work on the next.
Monarch – Manicanparty (Brooklyn, NYC, USA)
Brooklyn’s finest purveyors of tasteful tribal pop, MANICANPARTY, drop their highly anticipated debut EP TODAY! Advance singles “Rebels In The Light” and “Monarch” laid their schtick pretty bare: intoxicating rhythms, yelps straight out of Hounds of Love, and hooks much more viscerally pleasing and chart-courting than anything Ms. Bush ever committed to tape. Sure looks good on paper, and turns out it sounds damn good, too.
Friends since their high school days in Minnesota, Jessica Corazza and Patrick Morrissey of MANICANPARTY make expressive, uplifting tribal pop at the perfect midpoint between Top 40 and unrestrained self-expression. While they draw on the same aural palette as many electro-pop artists today, their classic sense of songcraft, soaring vocals, and infectious jungle rhythms set them apart.
They have a show coming up at Rockwood Music Hall, NYC on October 30 and the entire EP was released last night and is available to download free right now from their site.
The accordion and bandoneon make welcome appearances on at least two tracks this week as we sample the musical delights of Kansas City, Chicago, Germany, Tokyo, The Netherlands, Ohio and Toronto. We’ve also got a few hot tips for CMJ which is in full swing in New York until Saturday.
That’s Not Affection – The Grisley Hand (Kansas City, MO, USA)
The new album, Country Singles, started as an inside joke among the band members about a rural newsletter for lonely Middle Americans. The double meaning points to the band’s sense of humor, but this album is more than a collection of twangy hoedowns. Rather, it covers a wide breadth of dynamics and emotions, and speaks as a testament to the band’s grasp of American music, both traditional and modern. Nods to classic soul music, folk, punk rock and barrelhouse blues can be found here, wrapped within soulful harmonies, crisp musicianship and clever lyrical depth.
Jimmy Fitzner: lead vocals & guitar
Lauren Krum: lead vocals & percussion
Johnny Nichols: bass guitar, keyboards & vocals Matt Richey: drums & percussion
Mike Stover: steel guitar, bass guitar
Ben Summers: mandolin, guitar & vocals
Load – Zoe Leela (Germany)
ZOE.LEELA’s first full length album DIGITAL GUILT celebrates the digital age, yet simultaneously raises a questions about it, as is clear from the title. Do we have the present day information overload that we all face under control, or does it control us? Is the rift between reality and the digital society placing us in a position of moral responsibility, challenging us with a fight against an unremitting world that forgives and forgets nothing? “Actions are visible,” a line from ZOE.LEELA’s song Come On, addresses this dilemma.
As a whole, the album is more mature, elaborate, and presents itself in a new complexity. Pounding Drum & Bass meets drifting grooves, elements of jazz, dub, intoxicating melodies. Embellished by ZOE.LEELA’s personal and poignant voice, the music rouses a physical reaction. Her experimentation with various musical styles becomes evident; from swing to hip hop and jazz, the artist remains poised and certainly delivers. “I like to play with identities and am not trying to offer the presentation of something calculable or predictable.“
This is how an idiosyncratic mix of songs like Pop-Up, a brilliantly simple pop piece, or Violet, with it’s enrapturing sexiness, slowly unfolds and gives the album depth and originality. She Rides, Homicide and Jewell offer a mix of brutality, abrasiveness, charm and imaginativeness.
The album is available on Jamendo and at higher audio quality elsewhere. www.jamendo.com/en/artist/377055/zoe.leela
Here’s her EPK. Also some more innovative videos on her site.
The Ancient Drum – Kellen and Me (Chicago, IL, USA)
KEIIEN AND ME plays an electro loop, introspectrum rock n’ glow that invokes the spirits of both future and past. KEIIEN AND ME is a lo-fi musical experience; with high-fi, philharmonic results. The self-titled debut LP blends a multitude of elements with indie rock instrumentation and quirk, lush with evocative lyrics against a backdrop of folksy fingerpicking and textures. KEIIEN AND ME is in the final stages of pressing copies of the follow-up LP titled “In Gold Sunshine’
It’s available on Jamendo or at better quality on the Bandcamp page which is also his website.
Don’t ever leave myself I – Dee C’rell (London, UK)
A superb track from his imminent (tomorrow) release The Paris Session – Live
Dee C’rell was born in Hackney and grew up in Shoreditch, Central London.
Considered as one of the most exciting musicians within electronic jazz based music by a vast array of the most significant DJ’s in the world, Dee C’rell’s music is increasingly influential worldwide. His music readily appears on a variety of record labels and radio stations within electronic and acoustic music, and his name is synonymous within music genres; such as, down-tempo, lounge and nu-jazz. He currently owns the contemporary record label, Holm Records, which also releases many of Dee C’rell’s compositions and his collaborations with various artists.
You’ll find another track on SnC 377 back in June. Check him out as radio presenter on Samurai.fm samurai.fm/deecrell
CMJ Week – New York City
The Balconies are playing three showcase sets this week. Today they’re at The Rock Shop in Brooklyn, tomorrow at Vibe Lounge at Rockville Centre and on Thursday at Legion Bar details at www.thebalconies.ca
I caught sight of Toy Soldiers this week and they look to have an excellent live show – lots of guitars and swagger. They are playing at midnight tonight at the Outlaw Roadshow Showcase at Bowery Electric and on Friday at their Official CMJ showcase at Alphabet Lounge. Miss them there and the Philadelphia-based band have quite a few dates along the eastern seaboard in coming weeks.
Another Canadian artist not to miss tonight is Ben Caplan who is playing the Canadian Blast show at Arlene’s Grocery on Stanton Street in the LES On stage at 6:30 bencaplan.ca
Sadly we’ve already missed (or enjoyed) the Paper Garden Records showcase yesterday at The Living Room. City and Horses were among the excellent artists playing there.
Deli Mag are promoting three shows on Tuesday at the Delancy, Wednesday at the wonderful Rockwood Music Hall, on Thursday at Spike Hill and finally, on Friday evening at Pianos, right after the Planetary/Great Escape party at Pianos, Ludlow Street, LES, NYC.
Of course there’s a load more than that – if you’re there you probably have your week planned yeah? Ha! If not you could make a virtual plan here: http://www.cmj.com/schedule/
It’s quite a task though with over 1,400 live performances in more than 80 of New York’s finest clubs, bars and theatres for an audience in excess of 120,000, plus a full daytime schedule of panels featuring some of the finest brains in the music business.
In case, like me, you can’t be there this year, help yourself to a free CMJ mixtape here
Perdu – Cochon Bleu (Groningan, Netherlands)
The sixth album by Netherlands-based cajunband Cochon Bleu is a varied and intense affair. Varied as in funny, focused, sad, mad, romantic, down to earth. It’s all of those things, in an intense way. The recent reduction from fivesome to quartet has made the sound leaner.
Musically, the influences have broadened from Cajun and Folk to Americana, Latin, Dutch children’s songs, some slight Jamaican touches even. Sonically, the album is kept together by the wonderful recording and mixing of producer Herman Grimme.
Shrouded in Shadows – ShiSho (Kent, Ohio, US)
Vivian & Midge Ramone are indie pop duo, ShiSho. The teen sisters have been performing for 9 years with a punk aesthetic that catches audiences off-guard. The girls perform intelligent and quirky folk-punk on accordion, guitar and occasionally the ukulele.
Interruption – Otonana Trio (Tokyo, Japan)
When the Japanese Power Delight Music Fest 2012 took place in October 2012, OTONANA TRIO found such a positive support from the South East U.S. That they started thinking…”Maybe we can built something from here….”
By December 2012, OTONANA TRIO started to circuit around High School campuses in California.
The enthusiastic reaction from CA led to another U.S tour in Feb/March 2013. Mainly around Texas, withj the help of the Dead Foxx Family.
Now they’re out on the road again for a solid six weeks touring their new power bases in both the south and California.
10.16.13 OKC, OK @ Twisted Root Gallery
10.17.13 Tulsa, OK @ Sound Pony
10.18.13 Tecumseh, KS @ Farmesan
10.19.13 Omaha, NE @ Sweatshop Gallery
10.20.13 Minneapolis, MN @ Hexagon
10.21.13 Milwaukee, WI @ Quarter’s
10.22.13 Dekalb, IL @ House Café
10.13.13 Colombia, MO @ 602 Fay Street
10.25.13 Denton, TX @ Rubber Gloves
10.26.13 Galveston, TX @ Vanishing Point
10.27.13 College Station, TX @ Revolution
10.28.13 Beaumont, TX @ The GIG
10.29.13 Austin, TX @ Infest
10.31.13 Houston, TX @ Super Happy Funland
11.1.13 Lufkin, TX @ StandPipe Coffee
Colleen Harpe - Top Less Gay Love Tekno Party (Toronto, Canada)
Lush multi-layered synth arrangements, thick bass lines, and catchy guitars run Top Less through a gamut of electro, dance and glam pop hits. Hooky vocals elevate their songs to anthemic heights. The lyrics, often ironic and kitsch, strike at the heart of young relationships, partying and friendship. Forming as a band while living in Glasgow, Scotland, Top Less now calls Canada home. Their larger than life live shows are packed full of theatrical content including costume, dance performance, glitter, props and massive video projections. Top Less released their much anticipated debut album September 3, 2013.
“OK, in case you hadn’t got this from the album title, this is a fun album. This is big bouncy pop tunes, Scissor Sisters style lyrics and thumping beats that make your ear drums dance. But there is thought and care behind the fun, this isn’t just throw away stuff.” – Listen with Monger
They’re playing a CMJ showcase tomorrow at Left Field, on stage at 11:30