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SnC 424 – Mystery time

Wed, 08/27/2014 - 21:26

Lay Low with a live track this week [Pic. Oliver James]

Lay Low with a live track this week [Pic. Oliver James]

An interesting collection of artists again this week a few of which take us off into almost uncharted and mysterious territories.

Every once in a while it’s good to hit your ears with something a bit different eh?


heavyballBlack Eye Friday – Heavyball (London, UK)

Heavyball are a hard rocking indie/ska band based in London. They are a four piece whose sound fuses traditional British ska with contemporary indie. The music has distinct and uplifting melodies with a driving percussion heart and honest lyrics.

Formed in late 2011 when Nottingham brothers Bigface and Habs Salisbury and school friend Johnny Iball, began to play together. The band’s sound is indie fused with traditional UK ska. Influences include Viz, Shane Meadows and the story writing traditions of country and western.

Heavyball’s recordings have been championed by DJs such as 6 Music’s Tom Robinson and Chris Hawkins.

In 2013 Heavyball supported the Kaiser Chiefs on their UK and Holland tour, playing sell out venues such as the Manchester Apollo, Glasgow’s Barrowlands and Corso in Rotterdam.

2014 sees Heavyball embarking on a busy UK and Europe festival season, a European tour in October (Holland, Germany, Austria and Czechoslovakia) with a debut album scheduled for recording in winter 2014.

Small Town Hero – Heavyball

They have shows listed on their site – most of the upcoming ones are over on the mainland.



laylow conversationsOur Conversations - Lay Low (Ölfus, Iceland)

Lay Low is the easy name of Icelandic songwriter Lovisa who has been putting out some gorgeously intimate music for a few years now.

The name Lay Low came about in 2006, after Lovísa was contacted by a local label that picked up on a raw demo that she had uploaded onto MySpace. Not one to waste an opportunity, Lay Low’s debut album ‘Please Don’t Hate Me’ was released that same year. An intoxicating take on classic Americana sounds, the record topped the Icelandic charts and became the bestselling original album in the country, winning no less than 3 Icelandic Music Awards.

She’s been a great favourite of Codger Cogle and The Grumbler for most of those years since they first saw her at TGE. This year, they got to hang out with her for a while after the show which clearly pleased the dear old chaps.

Our Conversations is on her current album Talking About The Weather.

laylowTATWBy and By – Lay Low

The track is on her second album “Farewell Good Night’s Sleep” (2008) but Mr Cogle has the extreme presence of mind to record her performance at The Speigeltent at the Great Escape this year.

There’s not a lot of updating going on on her site but you can get hold of her music through the “Shop” tab in the menu bar on her site.


Hear more from Lay Low at TGE on PC Podcast 463


Brighton_RockThe Great Escape

I expect I’m the last person in the world to work out the significance of name of the festival.

Doh! It don’t occur to me until Sir Richard Attenborough died at the weekend that as well as having a big role in The Great Escape (1963), he also starred in the Boulting brothers’ 1947 production Brighton Rock which is, of course, exactly what we go to Brighton for – every year!

I just booked my ticket for next year. A pretty good deal at £43.45 for three days of interesting live music.

If you’re up for it, let me know and we’ll arrange a meet-up in Brighton.

silenceRéalité – Silence (Bruxelles, Belgium)

More mystery. This is an album called L’autre endroit that has had almost 2 million plays on Jamendo since its release in 2006. The artist has provided no information and, as you’ll see the given url leads to a 3D designer who may just be the artist. Who knows.

Interesting sounds though.


Cellule – Silence


Catalin_DinuShine – Catalin Dinu (Richmond, BC, Canada)

30 years old Catalin Dinu lives in Richmond, Canada. Although his favourite instrument is the bass guitar, which he took as a major in college, you’ll not hear much of it on this track.

This is from his second album, My Religion.

Born in a modest, middle class district of the city of Brasov, Romania he had dreams of becoming an actor, early before the age of 11. That’s when he moved to Canada. Years went by and he never really gave up on his bass. He took lots of lessons– bass, music theory, piano– and eventually landed himself a position as a bass major at one of the top colleges in Vancouver.



UnknownTare Too Te Rut Te Instrumenta – HooYooSay (unknown)

I really can tell you almost nothing about the artsit(s) here.

The birth of hooyoosay was an occasional recording jam, a couple of guys playing some cover songs just for the fun of it, but eventually leading to an online release.

As the founding artists each had their own reasons for remaining anonymous, this idea was maintained as a principle when things further developed into an organized project.

So hooyoosay became this peculiar music recording project, having a variety of constantly changing unnamed collaborators, inevitably displaying a wide diversity in styles with their releases.

Googly Goo – HooYooSay



SnC 423 – Smiley time

Wed, 08/20/2014 - 17:05
Kuenta i Tambú  put a smile on our collective faces this week.

Kuenta i Tambú put a smile on our collective faces this week.

A somewhat exotic show this week with a slight variation of approach. We’ve got five fascinating independent artists from Amsterdam (with their take on the music of Curaçao), Montreal (singing in Spanish), California but with a song in Serbian and, of course, a German Ska band.


Take My Hand – Dirty Primitives (Lille, France)

The band comprises Jean Bernard Hoste: singing, feet drumming and basic guitar along with David Bausseron: guitar, noise / Fuzz and More Fuzz! The minimalist duo’s music is described as “electric and noisy primitive”.

Located somewhere near the crossroads of stomp garage rock and blues folk noise. The line-up offers two electric guitars, a bass drum, a hi-hat, and a few touches of “random loop” electro. Dirty Primitives played their first concerts in 2011


Chilly Winds (Trad. Appalachia) - moira smiley & VOCO (CA, USA)

Moira Smiley & VOCO have created on their new album, Laughter Out of Tears (released September 15, 2014 on Whim Records), pulling together people from Australia, Europe, and all throughout North America.

Redefining harmony singing with the power & physicality of folksong, the avant-garde fearlessness of Béla Bartók and vaudevillian combo of cello, accordion & banjo.

Working with voices has always been Smiley’s joy.   A virtuosic singer, she works with artists as varied as Paul Hillier, Ladysmith Black Mambazo, KITKA, Tim O’Brien, Solas and tUnE-yArDs, and has sung everything from Stockhausen and Stravinsky to traditional folk music – which remains her deepest love, to the level that she’s spent time as a song collector in the Balkans. She’s recorded Irish sean-nós on her solo record Rua, been featured on radio, television and films, taught at the University of Birmingham in England and several American universities, and been the recipient of an enviable list of grants and awards.

In 2006 Smiley formed VOCO, a five-piece group of singers and players, with an improvisational – and uniquely vocal – approach to American and Eastern European folk music, and Smiley’s polyphonic originals.

“The band is made up of spare ingredients,” she says. “There’s usually cello, always body percussion, and everyone sings, of course. I write for three or four voices in harmony, and I play banjo and accordion.”

Laughter Out of Tears continues a journey Smiley has begun with VOCO’s three previous releases.

Oj Jabuko (trad. Serbia) – moira smiley & VOCO (CA, USA)

A second track from Moira Smiley.


Relojes – Alejandra Ribera (Montreal, Canada)

Alejandra Ribera has a small tattoo inside each wrist. On the right, in Spanish, is the word ‘Listen’: on the left, ‘Remember.’ They’re not for display, but reminders to herself, watchwords for living and art. And she does both without compromise on her long-awaited second album, La boca (release: June 10, 2014 on Pheremone Recordings), a disc that brings together all the separate strands of her life and creativity.

“My first album (Navigator, Navigather) came out in 2009, and people said I was crazy to wait to record the second,” she explains. “But I knew I wanted to work with producer Jean Massicotte (Lhasa de Sela, Patrick Watson). He was booked, so I waited for three years until he was available. And I was right; he was the person to find my thread, no matter whether I was singing in English, French or Spanish.”

In part, her approach to words comes from the fact that Spanish was her first language. Her father hails from Argentina, and the family spent a year there when Ribera was very young. Finally, when they returned to Canada, she announced that she was just going to speak English.

“But the sound of Spanish still feels very familiar,” she says. “It’s like something just out of reach, beyond a veil. So much of my writing is like a conversation with myself that’s very open-ended. And going outside my comfort zone, especially traveling where you don’t speak the language, stimulates me.”

But the Canadian-born singer-songwriter has always followed her convictions, no matter where they’ve taken her: to Glasgow when she was 19, to see her mother’s Scottish homeland, living in Paris and Malaga, or moving to Québec to work with Massicotte.


I Want – Alejandra Ribera (Montreal, Canada)

A second track from Alejandra Ribera which features on her album, a richly textured, multilingual album that reflects the artist’s roots as much as the journey she took to bring it to fruition. The artist, who cites amongst her greatest influences Rufus Wainwright, Chavela Vargas, and bagpipes, now divides her time between Montreal, Paris and Malaga where she continues to create..

August 20th, 2014 New York City, NY  Joe’s Pub

August 21st, 2014 Washington, DC  Bossa Bistro

October 3rd, 2014 Lavaltrie, QC  Café-culturel Chasse Galerie

October 4th, 2014 Eastman, QC  Cabaret Eastman

October 9th, 2014 Varennes, QC  Maison Saint-Louis

October 24th, 2014 Saint-Georges de Beauce, QC  Entrecours du Cegep Beauce-Appalaches

November 14th, 2014 Sherbrooke, QC  Théatre Centennial

November 15th, 2014 Baie-Du-Febvre, QC  Théatre Belcourt

November 20th, 2014 Charlottetown, PEI   The Mack

November 21st, 2014 Margaretsville, NS  Evergreen Theatre

November 23rd, 2014 Truro, NSMarigold Cultural Centre

November 26th, 2014 Saint John, NB  Imperial Theatre

December 6th, 2014 Ottawa, ON  National Arts Centre Studio


Purchase La boca on iTunes


Lightswitch – Kuenta i Tambú (Amsterdam, Netherlands)

When Roël Calister, a Curaçao-born percussionist who moved to the Netherlands, began his career, it was with the traditional music of his homeland, everything he’d learned as he grew up. The band he founded in 2005, Kuenta i Tambú, played and sang acoustically. It even infused the material he composed. But in 2010 a sea change happened, following a change in band membership.

“Like a lot of people, we were listening to hip-hop, to dance music,” Calister recalls. “We started experimenting with beats and electronics to give our music the feel that fascinated us in European electronic music, music we really loved. We released an EP and the style we call Tambutronic was born.”

Since then Kuenta i Tambú have evolved and refined their music. They’ve introduced Tambutronic music to several continents, including prestigious gigs at Kennedy Center and Lincoln Center, and added a new singer, Diamanta, to make them into a five-piece. And, Calister says, “We knew it was time to make a proper album.”

For all its contemporary sound, though, the music of KiT is very solidly based in tradition.


Bool – Kuenta i Tambú

Our second track from KIT

Here’s the About video:



No Ska Today - Skabrot (Hünfeld, Germany)

No Ska Today” continues with the philosphy of Skabrot’s previous release “Neotanzmusik” from 2012: music is diverse, colorful and true to life. The inspiration for this work comes from the expectations of society towards young people: Exciting, but back-breaking. Therefore the journey crosses Ska, Indie-Rock, Punk, Reggae, bliss and doubts.

Free album download from Jamendo.

… and here’s their “about” video

SnC 422 – A meeting place

Wed, 08/13/2014 - 22:45


A show of considerable contrast this week with more music than is probably good for you.  Like Benyoro (pic) it’s a bit of a meeting place.


Benyoro_AlbumCoverAn Sera – Benyoro (NYC, USA)

The band is, quite literally, a meeting place. Its name, taken from Mali’s Bamana language, means precisely that.

That the six-piece group would come together in NYC seems almost inevitable. The city is the polyglot home to a thousand different languages and dialects, where African music devotees can find their kindred spirits in recent émigrés from the continent. Where South African jit can nuzzle up next to merengue and the blues can sit next to Kenyan benga. And as the band shows on its debut album, Benyoro (July 8, 2014), it’s a place where the Mandé music of West Africa can thrive.

“What we really do is play praise music,” explains guitarist and ngoni lute player Sam Dickey. “We’ve just sped it up a little; it brings the music into a more dance-oriented context. Toumani Diabaté and his Symmetric Orchestra have been major innovators in this regard.”

The album is heavily weighted toward traditional Mandé songs, like the classic “Kulanjan,” but they sit with perfect ease next to three original compositions, and everything is given the Benyoro treatment.

“Listen to the first track, ‘An Sera,’” suggest Benyoro’s kora player, Yacouba Sissoko. “We make the connection with Congolese soukous there. That’s natural – soukous is hugely popular all over the continent, it’s informed every type of African music. But Africa is such a big continent, with so many different cultures, and we try to make music for all Africa, to put the different sounds together and create a new color.”

“We started out just playing traditional music, then we worked up some of our own material. A few of the arrangements pay tribute to Toumani in their style.



sugar plumMoment Of Fame (ft. Charlie Clark) – Sugar Plum Fairies (LA, CA, USA)

Sugarplum Fairies was originally founded by Ben Bohm (guitars, bg vocals) and Silvia Ryder (vocals). After the duo parted ways in 2013, Ryder assembled a rotating line-up of co-writers and guest musicians, culminating in the creation of ‘Godspeed & Silver Linings’, which was released June 10 on Starfish Records.

Somewhere between Hapsburg and Honkytonk, swaying palm trees and swirling dark espresso, airy minimalism and waltzing Americana, the Fairies play melancholic songs on sparkling instruments. Think of an evening gown captured in Kodachrome. Gustav Klimt on Route 66. This is music for when you’ve been up all night but are still in control. Reminiscent of Nico and Leonard Cohen singing duets on accordion and ’58 Les Paul out by the pool at the Beverly Hills Hotel.

On the album, ‘Godspeed & Silver Linings‘, SPF has crafted another expansive collection of austere Angeleno pop. The album was produced by Marlon Rabenreither (Gold Star, Lael Neale), mixed by Todd Burke (Belle & Sebastian, Ben Harper), mastered by Pete Lyman (St. Vincent, Black Rebel Motorcycle Club, The Dandy Warhols) and featuring guest performances by Charlie Clark (The Reindeer Section, Arab Strap, Snow Patrol) and RT Valine (RT n’ the 44s).


WryLadder – Wry Lion (UK)

As a dyspraxic asthmatic with Aspergers syndrome, it’s easy to see why Wry Lion has never tried to fit within the mould of a traditional emcee. Combining the technique and theatricality of Tech N9ne with the lyrical depth of Mos Def & Eminem, throw in a uniquely British quirkiness and a singing voice that is equal parts Mike Skinner, David Bowie & Ian Dury. Musically, he is one of the most dynamic artists working today, mixing his unmistakable vocal style with beats that mix rock, blues, funk, soul & jazz with a molten core of hip hop, combining these influences with a knack for pop songwriting that puts him light years ahead of most of his contemporaries on the UK Hip Hop scene.

Wry has just released his debut album Theatricks, an intimate look into the mind of an eccentric. Through a cast of colourful characters and esoteric storytelling mixed with a progressive political stance and emotionally charged perspective Wry Lion has created a work that deconstructs the tropes of Hip Hop while never losing sight of the need for a catchy beat.



Chromatisch Dee C'rellDays Like These – Dee C’rell (London)

From the new double A-side “Chromatisch” on Holm Records

Holm records present a new double A-side from Dee C’rell entitled, Chromatisch. A kaleidoscope of sound manipulation and vocals entwined with the trademark elements that define Dee C’rell’s understated music making, Chromatisch takes jazz and down-tempo lounge into new territory, gently implementing the audacious music making of contemporary electro-acoustic jazz.

Days Like These is a chill-out and down-tempo mixture of jazz, electronics and sound design, embracing the idiosyncratic characteristics of Dee C’rell’s sound. There is contemporary electro-acoustic jazz integrated throughout the compositions, with reshaped sound design and audio manipulation. With the interweaved sultry vocals of Alda Olafsdottir adding an air of suspense over a complex but sparse rhythm, Days Like These is a delightful track for those lazy summer days and beyond.

The recording is available on iTunes and other worldwide digital stores.


Beef Terminal - Canadian PatentCassettes – Beef Terminal (Toronto, Canada)

Named after a meat processing facility in the west end of Toronto, Canada, MD Matheson has been releasing albums under the Beef Terminal name since 2000. The latest, “Canadian Patent” is the first since 2011′s “Humidex” release.

“I wasn’t sure if I was going to bother to make another Beef Terminal album. After some bad experiences involving “Humidex” with labels, I contemplated just packing it in and making sounds on my own with no real intention to release it out in the world. I felt like I was just throwing more music on a massive pile of music that everyone else was making and just getting ignored, so why bother? But the point of this project has never been recognition or money, it has been about true fans of the music, who seem to somehow find it and get in touch, telling me how much it has meant to them.

Alex Chilton said: “Somewhere a long the line I figured out that if you only press up a hundred copies of a record, then eventually it will find it’s way to the hundred people in the world who want it most.” This has been my experience, and that’s the reason why I’m going to keep going and keep releasing music, no matter who is there to hear it. I’ve had times when what I was doing was popular and got some radio play, and times when I was completely ignored. But none of that matters.

I recorded the album starting in April of 2013 in Toronto and finished it up in Florida in early 2014. The name “Canadian Patent” comes from an old scaffolding company in Toronto, the name was painted on the side of a building (probably torn down now for condos) and I thought it might be a cool name for an album. It sounds kind of mysterious and weird to me, and as a proud Canadian I thought it might be cool to reference my country in the album name as well.”

–MD Matheson


ExtremelyThank You England – Bongo Mike and Extremely Frank Jeremy (London, UK) direct

Bongo Mike and Extremely Frank Jeremy are two, well-know (and loved) London buskers who spent years arguing with the authorities – in and out of court – about the right to perform on moving trains, have now recorded an album called, unexpectedly, “Away From The Tube Trains”.

I met them on a London Underground train, travelling from Earl’s Court to Kew Gardens six years ago. I bought their album and gave Jeremy my Suffolk’n’Cool card. Last month he got around to calling me with an apology for the delay! The result, two more deliciously quirky albums of songs with huge integrity and honesty.

This track evoke one aspect of English manners which may have been retreating for some years but remain as part of the nations expectations as ever, and it’s wonderful to hear this simple gratitude for a country and its culture, not for a politician, expressed like this.

The bulk of the material was recorded in far-away, sunny Macedonia, although the title track itself was created in more nearby and rainy, Surrey Docks.

Mainly ballads, with a folk/rock/country sort of feel, they feature Mike’s talents as street poet and vocalist and Jeremy’s finger-style work on banjo and guitar.

Bongo Mike and Extremely Frank Jeremy on iTunes


nealfox6Something’s Wrong – Neal Fox (Florida, USA)

An artist for whom I have huge respect. I played his track Swank-ay way back on Suffolk ‘n’ Cool 046 in December 2006 and a few others at improbable intervals since then.

At age 20 Neal had his first record deal. Three contracts, one music production company and 40 years later he is still producing great music. Only now, he’s doing it on his own terms and his own label. His sixth release Now it’s Personal came out in 2008.

Much of his work now is multi-media which creates even broader canvasses for his burgeoning creativity. Take a look at the video below.

Do pay a visit to his site if you have a few minutes, there’s loads to see and hear.


FreakGypsy Song – Freak Fandango Orchestra (Barcelona, Spain)

The Freak Fandango Orchestra is a multi-ethnic balkan-gypsy-punk band from Barcelona (Spain). The band exists since 2006 and is performing live since 2007. You can see them a lot around Barcelona but they also play at international venues, like for example at the New York Gypsy Festival 2011.

They are: Noe, Armin, Vitto, Jürgen, David, Xavi, Jordi, Alfonso (miembro de honor)

Their music is a explosive mixture of folk, polka, gypsy music from the Balkans and punk-rock. The band is composed by musicians with lots of different instruments (guitar, bass, drums, violin, saxophone, trumpet, accordion and percussion). They are influenced by artists like Emir Kusturica And The No Smoking Orchestra, Goran Bregović and Gogol Bordello.

In 2009 they published their first EP Love, Death And A Drunken Monkey

In 2009 they published their second EP Tales Of A Dead Fish with over 200.000 downloads (more than 120.000 downloads on Jamendo and 100.000 downloads on FMA).

The Freak Fandango Orchestra ( present their 3rd album “Wild Goats and Useless Heroes“.

Financed trough a crowd-funding campaign and finally released in May 2014 it’s again full of energetic songs with crazy lyrics.


SnC 421 – Get your sh*t together

Wed, 08/06/2014 - 22:09

The Wet Secrets live at The Great Escape playing the song featured in the show this week. Makes sense really.

We’re going somewhat pop this week. Not exclusively and no, not your standard bland radio pop but some really rather interesting examples of how in the hands of real musical craft people every genre of music has the potential to surprise and delight.

Tracks this week all come via our good friends Adam, Heather, Vickki and the gang at Planetary Music in LA. I just mention that because its true – for no other reason!


Two Bears NorthComeocean – Two Bears North (Edmonton, Canada)

Sophie Heppell and Melissa Walker spent the last six years perfecting the harmonies, grooves, calls and responses that became the Edmonton-based band Two Bears North. Heppell’s melodic sense, Walker’s incomparable groove and the addition of Nich Davies on drums have made the band unstoppable.

These two West Coast women finding each other in the prairies and bearing the North together; on a journey to figure out the complexities of the human psyche.

With upright and electric bass, vocal harmonies, electric guitar, synth, glockenspiel, violin, trumpet, drums and various percussion, Comeocean is bound to sound refreshing to music listeners anywhere. The entire album is an extended dialogue between the head and the heart. It is a constant yearning for comfort in our surroundings and relationships but realizing that becoming content and complacent may be the biggest fear of all.

They won the People’s Choice at the 2014 Edmonton Music Awards and their nine song debut album Comeocean was released December 2013.

Catch them in September at:

September 13, 2014 Kelowna, Canada @ Streaming Cafe

September 14, 2014 Vancouver, Canada @ Guilt and Co

September 19, 2014 Edmonton, Canada @ The Street Car

September 20, 2014 Edmonton, Canada @ Art in the Park

September 26, 2014 Calgary, Canada @ Broken City

September 27, 2014 Lethbridge, Canada @ The Owl

September 30, 2014 Saskatoon, Canada @ Vangelis



Eden MulhollandBody Fight Time – Eden Mulholland  (Melbourne/Townsville/Auckland, Australia/NZ)

Eden Mulholland’s take on the pop music of the future comes complete with strange voices, ripped apart rhythms, momentary flashes from ethereal orchestras, and all with a complete disregard for genre boundaries. It may well be that Eden’s less conventional path in music -­‐ he formerly was a contemporary dancer -­‐ has helped shape his experimental approach to composition.

Ricky Birmingham: Drums

Eden Mulholland: pretty much everything else



Scenic RouteParis – Scenic Route to Alaska (Edmonton, Canada)

Scenic Route to Alaska is the story of three best friends from Edmonton, Alberta. Growing up together, Trevor Mann (lead vocals and guitar), Murray Wood (bass) and Shea Connor (drums and vocals), have been friends for as long as they can remember.

When they were first introduced to music, it wasn’t long before they had formed a band and began practicing together. Initially, the band was playing rhythm and blues, and rock and roll covers for hall shows and weddings but it wasn’t long before they were gaining demand around town. Becoming a kind of session band, the trio began backing up countless local artists of varying genres and accumulated the valuable performance experience that made them stand out as a mature young group.

After several years of this and having performed at nearly every venue in Edmonton, the trio finally made their move to create Scenic Route to Alaska in the summer of 2010.

The enthusiastic trio released their second full-length album, Warrington, recorded by Brad Smith and produced by Jay Sparrow, in June of 2014.



stargrovesjpgWestfjords – Stargroves (NYC, NY, USA)

Stargroves’ story begins like those of many indie bands, but unlike most such starry-eyed hopefuls, this dynamic group of NYC dreamers are making their fantasy a reality. Stargroves was the brainchild of NYU student and lifelong musician Teddy Watson, who fronts the band, writes their songs, and recruited its eclectic and talented members.

Inspired by upbeat, unique visionaries like Stars and Sigur Ros, in 2012 Teddy took an exotic three month hiatus to Iceland to get away from the constant drone of NYC and focus specifically on music. In the solitude of Reykjavic, Teddy relearned how to listen, to embrace the beauty of silence, and loudly celebrate the victories. Teddy returned to NYC with the majority of the debut album written.

The album is built on a full rhythm section that includes Teddy Watson (lead vocals, acoustic guitar, banjo), Charlie Rauh (lead guitar, supporting vocals), Bryan Percivall (bass guitar, supporting vocals), Brad Whiteley (keyboard, synthesizer), and Max Maples (drums). Featured vocals are by Abigail Breslin.

The album Stargroves was recorded at Threshold Studios in New York City o ver the course of a year and produced by Teddy and some fine engineering by Jeremy Sklarsky.



4PAN1T_PromDate2Good Morning, Boyfriend – Prom Date (New Orleans, LA, USA)

Prom Date’s first full-length album is a testimony to the complex nature of relationships. The ten songs on Portraits highlight how love grows and fades as the distance between people changes.

The group originated as a friend-rock band with penchant for pop music. Experimentation with electronic instruments drew the group to danceable pop music. Prom Date was born from this synthesizer awakening.

After years of playing across Louisiana, the band settled in New Orleans to hone their sound. A self-titled EP in 2012 resulted in several regional adventures on the way to SXSW. Later that summer, sessions at Magic Ranch Studios in Austin, TX became the cornerstone for Portraits.

Their album Portraits dresses everyday issues in fabulous clothing. It was self-released yesterday, when they played an album release shows in New Orleans. They have another in Baton Rouge on Friday followed by a tour in September.

8.8.14 Baton Rouge @ The Spanish Moon

8.9.14 New Orleans, LA @ Gasa Gasa

9.6.14 New Orleans, LA @ The Beatnik

9.11.14 Beaumont, TX @ Texas Rose Saloon

9.12.14 Austin, TX @ Carson Creek

9.12.14 Austin, TX @ Spider House

9.15.14 Fort Worth, TX @ Lola’s

9.17.14 Denton, TX @ Hailey’s Club

9.18.14 Shreveport, LA @ TBA

9.19.14 Texarkana, TX @ Silver Dollar

9.20.14 Memphis, TN @ The Buccaneer Lounge



MoxiSave Me – Moxi (LA, CA, USA)

Moxi is an indie pop duo from Los Angeles, CA, built on the dreamy vocals of Anna Nelson and surrounded by the moody, atmospheric keyboards of Andy Toy. Drawing on elements from pop, classic cinema, and 80′s new wave, Moxi sets Nelson’s distinct vocals on a backdrop of big drums and electronic textures.

Through the Dark“, the follow up EP to 2013′s “In My Dreams” lives up to its name as darker, more beat-driven, and more of a wanderer than it’s predecessor.

Teaming up with Emmy award winning producer Bobby Hartry, Moxi plans to release “Through The Dark” in the fall of 2014 with CatBeach Music.



wet secretsGet Your Shit Together – The Wet Secrets (Edmonton< Alberta, Canada)

Swampy bass lines, primal drumming, dancing ladies with brassy horn stacks, keys, congas, & vocal harmonies galore.

Formed on a dare by Lyle Bell, Trevor Anderson and Kim Rackel, the bass and horn heavy quintet burst onto the scene with 2006′s A Whale of a Cow CD. Written and recorded within one week of the band’s formation, it was a clarion call to anyone within earshot that The Wet Secrets had arrived.

Their shows at The Great Escape were, frankly, unforgettable. In the very best of ways.

Lyle Bell: Bass Guitar, Lead Vocals

Trevor Anderson: Vocals, Drums

Kim Rackel: Vocals, Trumpets

Emma Frazier: Vocals, Trombone

Paul Arnusch: Vocals, Keys, Congas

You can still catch the interview I did with Kyle and Trevor at TGE on SnC416



SnC 420 – Gianna Lauren

Wed, 07/30/2014 - 16:46

Gianna Lauren takes time out to talk with Peter about her music and life in Nova Scotia.

Its a while since we devoted the entire show to just one artist. It’s something that I really like us to do because it gives a chance to dig a bit deeper into the music and background of some hugely talented independent artists – the very people who have the depth to make such exploration so thoroughly worthwhile


GiannaGianna Lauren (Halifax, NS, Canada)

Its a while since we devoted the entire show to just one artist. It’s something that I really like us to do because it gives a chance to dig a bit deeper into the music and background of some hugely talented independent artists – the very people who have the depth to make such exploration so thoroughly worthwhile.

This week we focus on Guianna Lauren whose almost wistful music was showcased at The Great Escape. It’s a while since we recorded our conversation, just before I went down with what I’m increasing convinced was Great Escape plague!

We found a corner of the green room at The Blind Tiger, one of my favourite Brighton venues and I started by asking Gianna how the practicalities of music works for independents in Canada.

Originally haling from Ontario in Canada, Gianna Lauren released her EP ‘On Personhood’ via Forward Music Group on 5th May 2014.

The single ‘Anchor Down’ is a beautifully crafted slice of lush indie atmospheric rock, overlaid with softly percussive drums and serene guitars. Stylishly quirky Lauren makes dreamy songs, with real depth.

GL at Blind Tiger

In this set you’ll have heard all six tracks from her excellent “On Personhood” album. If you’ve liked them even just a bit, please bear in mind that an mp3 podcast is fine to give you a flavour of the music but I’d seriously recommend shelling out the princely sum of just $5 to get the album in your choice of high quality format and listening to it full, glorious colour.

The very good news for UK listeners is that only four months after her first European tour, Gianna Lauren will be returning to England  in September.

She’ll be playing four shows in England, including a performance at London’s Hoxton Square Bar opening for Sweden’s Jennie Abrahamson. Showcases at The Great Escape festival in Brighton back in May introduced Gianna’s music to English audiences through the UK release of her On Personhood EP. She is currently mixing a new full-length that will be available in 2015.

September 25 – Southampton, UK: The Art House

September 26 – London, UK: Hoxton Square Bar & Kitchen // tickets

September 27 – Cardiff, UK: Four Bars

September 28 – Bristol, UK: The Canteen

GIANNA LAUREN – Anchor Down from Southern Souls on Vimeo

SnC 419 – Wired for sound

Wed, 07/23/2014 - 20:58

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

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

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


Criminals – Groenland (Montreal, Canada)


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

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

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



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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Jul 23  Wet Fish Cafe, London

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

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

Jul 29  The Prince Albert, Stroud

Jul 30  Green Note Camden, London

Aug 01  Lusty Glaze Festival, Newquay

Aug 02  Kendal Calling FestivalKendal



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

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

George George – Electric Double Bass, Vocals

Andrea Samengo – Guitar

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


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

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

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

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


NouraMintSeymaliEguetmar – Noura Mint Seymali (Mautritania)

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

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

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


Wired For SoundWired for Sound (S. Africa)

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

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

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


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

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


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

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

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

SnC 418 – Bouncing back

Wed, 07/16/2014 - 16:00

Bouncing back with Badala.

A selection of tracks from Europe this week as we delve through offerings from France, Luxembourg and the UK including a couple of artists that were at The Great Escape.

Thanks to Nick, Amy, captjc, Josh and Sarah amongst a frankly gratifying number who got in touch to say, variously “Are you OK?” to “What about another SnC then?” I really have been pleasantly surprised that folks got in touch. It doesn’t happen often and, in this case, the timing was perfect. Thank you.


Badala FolyBadala – Badala Foly (France)

A native of the village of Djoliba in Mali, just along the Niger River not far from Bamako. These days he’s based in France and has an excellent album “Kirina Kono” which is available on iTunes.

Given the variety of local iTunes stores, it’s probably best just to search to find the music on yours.


MonophonaGive Up – Monophona (Luxembourg)

Sound meets song: DJ and Producer Philippe “Chook” Schirrer and singer-songwriter Claudine Muno team up to create a music that’s both electronic and acoustic, equal parts analog and digital, where guitars and pianos meet samples and beats.

When Claudine and Chook first started discussing a common musical project in the winter of 2010, they came from completely different worlds. He had discovered DJ-ing as a teenager and soon made a name for himself not only as a turntable artist, but also as a drum&bass producer; she was a singer-songwriter touring with a folk-rock band and had an admiration for the likes of Tom Waits, Van Morrison and Joni Mitchell.

Neither one of them knew anything about the other one’s musical roots and influences. Yet, after having built successful careers in their respective fields, they were eager to take on a new musical challenge and search for common ground. The result of this collaboration is Monophona, a blend of two extremes, electronic and intimate, melodic and innovative.


dirty primitivesFarmer Song – Dirty Primitives (Lille, France)

The band comprises Jean Bernard Hoste: singing, feet drumming and basic guitar along with David Bausseron: guitar, noise / Fuzz and More Fuzz! The minimalist duo’s music is described as “electric and noisy primitive”.

Located somewhere near the crossroads of stomp garage rock and blues folk noise. The line-up offers two electric guitars, a bass drum, a hi-hat, and a few touches of “random loop” electro. Dirty Primitives played their first concerts in 2011


CookTiger Balm – Hollie Cook (UK)

From her latest album Twice which was funded via PledgeMusic and released while we were at The Great Escape in May.

She’s a ridiculously connected artist being the daughter of Sex Pistols drummer Paul Cook. Her mother Jeni was a backing singer for Culture Club and Boy George is her godfather. However, her music stands up on its own.

She joined the re-formed Slits and performed on the band’s 2006 EP Revenge of the Killer Slits. These days she’s playing what she describes as “Tropical Pop” and doing it very well indeed.

We saw two performances at TGE one in the Speigel Tent but previously at The deliciously dark and underground Bermuda Triangle where the set, for me, had more energy and a rawness that I may be in a minority in enjoying. The Spiegeltent show was smoother and the album is, again, to my mind, rather drenched in “strings” which don’t really add that much to some great tracks.



jaivulamour-frometzielJe Dois – From & Ziel (France)

From the most recent album J’ai vu l’amour by the French duo of Samuel Veyrat and Ian Zielinski who deceive their genre at Chanson Urbaine.

Their biography page simple states that “From Ziel read, write and sing. They also play the piano. And they saw love.”

Nuff said.

They’re played the Théâtre de Pierres in Fouzilhon, just north of Béziers in SW France on Monday – take a look at the site ( ) It looks an amazing little stone-built community venue.



CharletteThe Land You Belong – Charlotte (Luxembourg)

Charlotte’s Daylight EP is a cracker. The indie-electro band is named after singer and leader Charlotte Haesen who was born in Amsterdam but grew up in Belgium with a French-African mother and a Dutch father who are booth artists.

Since her first album Salomé was released in 2011, she’s hooked up with the Luxenbourgish musicians Jéromé Klein (keys and synth), Aloyse Weyler (dri-ums) and Pol Belardi (ebass and synths). Their collaborative album Da ylight was released last year and they have a new album scheduled for release soon. But don’t wait, you can pick up the Daylight album for as little a 4 euros on her Bandcamp page.



Shiko ShikoDu bist wunderbar mein kleines Schnabeltier & Firefox 330 000 – Shiko Shiko (Lille, France)

“Halfway between hedonistic Post Punk and Mutant Rock, Shiko Shiko creates epic compositions where furious rhythmic patterns are carelessly associated with wild guitar riffs and pop melodies. With a tremendous raw energy, their performances give to see a possessed band, expressing without any inhibition the emotion emitted from its music, as surprise as effective.
An intense whirlwind taking the audience as it goes though it, letting nobody cold.”

Their current album (and from which both tracks are taken is “Best New Bestiole” on Platinum Records on vinyl, CD and download.