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SnC 422 – A meeting place

Suffolk And Cool - 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.


JW Show 249: Shane Alexander and Planes on Paper

The Justin Wayne Show - Wed, 08/13/2014 - 21:33

Planes on Paper (Navid is in the middle) and Shane Alexander (on the right) finishing off their mini northwest tour.

In David Jordan’s words, from Beatnik Geek Records, “unmissable radio” today including a dual interview with Navid from Planes on Paper and Shane Alexander. Claire pulls out some great stuff from the submission box and I talk about my hair. Wait, what? Really? Yes, really.

Planes on Paper (Navid is in the middle) and Shane Alexander (on the right) finishing off their mini northwest tour.

Planes on Paper (Navid is in the middle) and Shane Alexander (on the right) finishing off their mini northwest tour.


The Playlist


Title Album Artist Isabella Where Fires Are Where Fires Are Old Man Yeti Love Yeti Love Kisses Three Kisses Yazzy My Young Love Was As Blind As Ray Charles And Half As Cold As Heat The Buddhist Kye Alfred Hillig Bloom Bloom The Morning Birds Tonight Electric Vibes EP The Supersonic Jets Week 52 Free Music Feature Frank Hamilton Goodbye My Lover Rise Up For Love Sister Speak Hold My Hand Natasha Davies Natasha Davies December Top Ten Song Wooden Arms Can’t Get Enough HELP ME! The Sweet Serenades Who Killed Smiley Culture? Emily Capell Interview with Shane Alexander and Navid from Planes On Paper Day Alone The East End Planes On Paper Skyway Drive-In Ladera Shane Alexander Let’s Pretend We’re Strangers Many Splendored Things James Dean Kindle & The Eastern Oregon Playboys Relentless Delight Cajsa Siik Cajsa Siik


See you next week with Barra Brown from the Barra Brown Quartet!

~JW and CR

Strange Ideas: Empty

Insomnia Radio Daily Dose - Wed, 08/13/2014 - 11:00

Strange IdeasToday’s Dose is from a three track demo by Oakland based Strange Ideas, the project of Matthew Hable. we recommend that you check it out at the BandCamp link below, its very interesting, and if this is a hint at his future work, he’s someone worth watching.

“It kicked off in the summer of 2013 like a rabid wildebeest: Primitive folk singer-songwriter Matthew Hable launched his latest musical vision, Strange Ideas, and hasn’t looked back. Though billed as a solo project, the Oakland-based performer usually enlists a drummer and bassist for his live shows.

“The Monterey native cites his influences in legit, record store-geek fashion: “psych folk (Kurt Vile, Syd Barrett), garage rock (The Velvet Underground, The Kinks, Thee Oh Sees), oldies soul (Otis Redding, Bill Withers, Fats Domino) and some traditional country influences (The Carter Family, Hank Williams).”

“For its first live performance on Jan. 25, 2014, at Pierce Ranch Vineyards in Monterey, Strange Ideas opened for Jake Bellows (Saddle Creek Records). The show sold out. The buzz was on.” [Bio]

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Interview: Brian Jackson of The Awareness Group with Kye Alfred Hillig and Daniel G. Harmann and Pete Jordan

The Justin Wayne Show - Wed, 08/13/2014 - 01:40


A few months ago, Brian Jackson of The Awareness Group decided to reach out to smaller communities, local concert rooms, and other unique venues and communities touring with some of his favorite artists.

Daniel G. Harmann, Kye Alfred Hillig and Pete Jordan of Cloud Person joined him on his quest. The tour was amazing and when they stopped at Main Street Studios we spoke to all of them about why they’re doing this, learned more about Pete Jordan (we’d done interviews with both Daniel and Kye previously) and spoke to Brian directly about his goals with The Awareness Group.


Daniel G Harmann, Kye Alfred Hillig and Pete Jordan on TJWS Live’s set before the performance in May. (Photo by Brian Jackson)

Mumblr: Philadelphia

Insomnia Radio Daily Dose - Tue, 08/12/2014 - 14:00

MumblrPhiladelphia band Mumblr are about to take you into a dark room and smack you around with their first full-length album, Full of Snakes, out on September 16th via Fleeting Youth Records.

Full of Snakes is apparently a phrase their drummer Scott Stitzer made up to describe how he felt after a night of hard drinking, but when you hear the subjects lead singer Nick Morrison tackles throughout the album, they say it could easily describe the struggles, inner demons, anxieties, fears, and confused emotions coiling through his mind while transitioning from youth to adulthood.

The first song from the album is “Philadelphia,” a portrait of the city they live in, and love. Also, for another excellent feature, check out the embedded video below for a more demonstrative example of what to expect from this promising release.


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Leptus: Voices of the Dead

Insomnia Radio Daily Dose - Mon, 08/11/2014 - 11:00

LeptusLeptus is a indie/alt-rock band from Worcester, Massachusetts. From My Kirkbride Cubicle is their latest full-length release, a horror themed collection of noisy alt-rock.

One review of the album says this track has a “Cure/Smiths/Pixies sound to it” – which is why we like it too.

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Idiosyncratic Transmissions Podcast – Episode 144

Idiosyncratic Transmissions - Mon, 08/11/2014 - 04:15

Music from the artists, the Fump, and Mevio.  Theme song from Dan at

Idiosyncratic Transmissions the podcast is a proud member of the Association of Music Podcasting.

Gypsy Dreams – Disco Funk
ALBEDO – Galileo
Avishkaar – Kabse Dil
Spring Clock Wonder – Farther From the World
String Theory - Feel Alive
Carla Ulbrich – Manburger in Bearadise


AMPed Show #452

AMPed Weekly Show - Mon, 08/11/2014 - 04:00

Hosted this week by Peter Clitheroe of Suffolk 'n' Cool

Show: The Justin Wayne Show
Song: Ugly We Were Born (Kye Alfred Hillig)

Show: Edinburgh Man Podcast
Song: Birds Don't Sing (TV Girl)

Show: The Bugcast
Song: Crossing The Line (Hillary Reynolds Band)

Show: Insomnia Radio
Song: Whoomp (The Gnar Wave Rangers)

Show: Suffolk 'n' Cool
Song: Comeocean (Two Bears North)

Show: Insomnia Radio: Canada
Song: Japetus (NORILSK )

Show: DarkCompass
Song: Pyramids on Mars (Pyramids on Mars)

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All India Radio: Four Three

Insomnia Radio Daily Dose - Sun, 08/10/2014 - 11:00

All India RadioTheir first live album, recorded in front of an audience for Australian radio station Triple R’s Thursday live-to-air sessions in 2011. This was the first time they had performed most of these songs live and was perhaps the best show of this incarnation of the band.

Martin Kennedy: Guitar, Mark Wendt: bass, Michael Evans-Barker: drums, Kaz Sieger: keyboards

The album has just been released, as a free download, from the BandCamp link below.

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Made in the UK Show 159

Made In The UK Show - Sun, 08/10/2014 - 11:00
Hosted by Justin Wayne from the The Justin Wayne Show


“The Pressure’s On” by Louise Golby East Anglia

“Home Sweet Home” by Sample Answer Dublin

“Spiders featuring Gabby Young” by Birdeatsbaby London

“Please Don’t Love Me” by Jazz Morley Dorset

“Too Much to Hold” by Charlotte Ward Devon

“Open Up the Sky” by Holly [...]

Roadhouse 493

The Roadhouse Podcast - Sat, 08/09/2014 - 19:31
This edition of The Roadhouse has the power and feel of a train rolling by a weight of blues you can feel from the soles of your feet on up. Lucky Peterson, Alexis P. Suter Band, Mikey Junior, Coco Montoya, and Eden Brent help fill the hour with a dynamism you'll definitely recognize as another hour of the finest blues you've never heard - the 493rd Roadhouse.

Is this Thing On Independent Music Podcast

Is This Thing On Podcast - Sat, 08/09/2014 - 15:05



Is This Thing On Podcast Would be nice if you could click this big ITUNES button and give the podcast a glowing review (or a rubbish one if you hate it) THANKS  Nick xx
Yes poppets, another fine collection of independent music from some of the best artists on the planet including

Alloise – Tell Me Of Fire, Smilex – Wasted Youth, David Garlitz - I Like The Way You Move, Jen Olive _ Death of Me, Josephine and The Artizans – Dies Irae, Avishkaar - Kabse Dil, NicK TaNn – Can’t Stop Missing You

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Blue Mtn Belle: Silent Film

Insomnia Radio Daily Dose - Sat, 08/09/2014 - 14:00

Blue Mtn BelleDetroit Michigan’s BLUE MTN BELLE have released their self-titled four song indie-folk flavored EP this past March, apparently inspired by Bukowski, antique furniture, and the wild west, with production work performed by John Katona of Dog & Panther.

The track Silent Film is a downtempo gem, one of the more powerful pieces I’ve heard thus far during the year, with a picture perfect narrative and voice that could easily frame the action for Swanson, Pickford, Garbo or Clara Bow in any number of the old silents. I could definitely see the video for this being a short section of old obscure public domain film from those expressive artful years of early cinema.

The group has toured all over the country but spends of time in Detroit, playing shows and arranging all different kinds of music opportunities to restore Detroit to it’s former glory.

Check out the rest of the EP below at Bandcamp, as well as a live video we’ve embedded below of another favorite, “Porcelain Girls.”


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the bugcast 325 – Buggamuffin

The Bugcast - Sat, 08/09/2014 - 02:00

thebugcast325This week on The Bugcast: We discuss some sad stuff and some crazy stuff, and we play 8 cracking tracks of Creative Commons music!

Songs played

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


BBC News: Mike Smith, former Radio 1 DJ, dies aged 59
BBC News: Borneo stab death students: Suspects ‘on crystal meth’
BBC News: Authors unite against Amazon
BBC News: Alternative cover for Roald Dahl book, say what?

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

Upcoming events

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

Podcasts mentioned

Association of Music Podcasting
Made In The UK Show

Next week

The next live show will be episode 326, which will be broadcast live in the chatroom on Friday 15 August 2014 from 21:30 (ish) UK time (UTC+1/BST).

Special thanks go to

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

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Young Ones: Over

Insomnia Radio Daily Dose - Fri, 08/08/2014 - 11:00

Young Ones“In an industry built on selling trends and big budgets, it can be hard to find music created with purpose and meaning rather than just a target demographic. Since 2012, Young Ones, of Tyler, Texas, have been crafting a unique mix of alt rock, indie rock and pop punk to produce a passionately catchy sound that has carried them from their first EP “So This Is Love” back in to the studio for 2014’s “A to B”. Built on the foundation of 5 B-side songs that were reworked and brought to a level that demanded releasing, “A to B” is reminiscent of the lost sounds of bands like Jimmy Eat World, Oasis, and Third Eye Blind. Armed with this new EP and a tightly executed live set, Young Ones will be pressing onward and upwards, striving to reach further than ever before.” [FB Bio]

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DC636 Hammerfest Pre Pre Pre Show

Dark Compass - Thu, 08/07/2014 - 19:00

With some announcements last month, I thought I’d put together a hours worth of music from bands scheduled to play at Hammerfest in March next year.


Orange Goblin: Vagrant Stomp (UK, Candlelight)

Sahg: Firechild (Norway, Indie Recordings)

Darkane: The Sinister Supremacy (Helsingborg, Sweden, Prosthetic)

Winterfylleth: A Memorial (UK, Candlelight)

RSJ: Nice Day Out (UK)

Hirax: LaBoca (USA)

October File: Reinvention (UK, Candlelight)

Waylander: Echoes of The Sidhe (N.Ireland, Listenable Records)

Evil Scarecrow: Vampyre Trousers (UK)

Devilment: Girl From Mystery Island (Ipswich, UK)


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Astronaut Husband: Lily

Insomnia Radio Daily Dose - Thu, 08/07/2014 - 14:00

Astronaut Husband Alec Grefe is a musician from Stevens Point, Wisconsin who has just released a fourth album as a solo project entitled “Then & Now”. We’ve been told its a two-part album, wherein the first half is a bit louder with the second half made up of ambient tracks “short moments of reflection” in which you can “reflect on how things are now compared to then.”

I took a listen and while tonight I may prefer the louder brash shoegaze sound of “Lily,” the more reflective moments also hit the sweet spot. Check out the entire album at the BC link below, as well as a well put together video embedded further down this page.


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SnC 421 – Get your sh*t together

Suffolk And Cool - 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



JW Show 248: Dakota Brown Band and New Mics

The Justin Wayne Show - Wed, 08/06/2014 - 13:38


Dakota Brown Band joined us in Studio C last week while they were on tour of eastern Washington/Oregon and laid down a great live session and interview which you’ll hear on this show. Also, Claire and I gush about our new microphones, learn about children’s bicycles and play some great real-indie music.


Dakota Brown Band’s new album should be out before the end of the year. What a great live session!

The Playlist Title Album Artist Shapeshifting Sam Joole Sam Joole Animals Conversationalist In-Flight Safety Romie Knows High Street Barton Blues Just Walden Skyway Drive-In Ladera Shane Alexander Sophomore The Mothers The Mothers Black Books One of the Same Kind – EP Alex Gregory Street Queen Free Music Feature The Greasy Slicks Run Away Run Away – single Keston Cobblers Club Green Light Green Light – unplugged single Alex Hart Moment Goes The Young Wild The Young Wild Dancin’ On My Knees DETROIT BLOCK PARTY The Infatuations Interview and Session with Dakota Brown Band Wolves The East End Session Planes On Paper Minnesotan Rag Now Serving… The Pornadoes Waiting For the Sun Wine Dark Sea Jolie Holland Love & Hate Reverb & Suction The Table of Contents After the Wall The Lost Weekend Sean Flinn and The Royal We Like God Session Two: Kye Alfred Hillig Kye Alfred Hillig My Young Love Was As Blind As Ray Charles And Half As Cold As Heat The Buddhist Kye Alfred Hillig


See you next week with interviews from Shane Alexander and Planes on Paper.


~JW and CR

The Gnar Wave Rangers: Whoomp

Insomnia Radio Daily Dose - Wed, 08/06/2014 - 11:00

The Gnar Wave RangersThey’re from Chicago, and this is from their recent album #GetNastyAndRich, The Gnar Wave Rangers
sent us this track. Check out the album via the BandCamp link below. Also the video they sent us. We don’t know much more. They say “Stay Gnarly”.

Facebook | BandCamp

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IR: DD on HypeMachine

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