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A Suffolk’n’Cool week of great highs and lows so far - a brilliant afternoon of Canadian music in London on Monday. The new Suffolk’n’Cool site went up yesterday and today an innocent update to a theme brought it crashing down again - and it’s only Wednesday.
Never mind. We’ve some really interesting music this week from the likes of Paper Beat Scissors, Pigeon Park, DubRaJah, Abandoned Pools, Mary Jane Lamond and Wendy MacIsaac, Bereto and 7Horse.
Meth Lab Zoso Sticker - 7Horse (LA and Seattle)
7Horse is what happens when you dump accelerant on the smoldering embers of creativity.
The fresh avenue for rock veterans Joie Calio and Phil Leavitt, 7Horse’s music burns where cosmic country meets dirty blues, where primal urges unfold into bawdy nights, and where two friends — and longtime bandmates — discover radically new sides of each other.
Calio and Leavitt were stuck in a seemingly interminable holding pattern with their longstanding project dada, the trio responsible for the hits “Dizz Knee Land” and “All I Am” but whose efforts to make a sixth studio album had stalled.
the notion of creating something new and sonically different took hold. The pair began trading ideas via iPhone, sometimes as little as just a riff and a phrase. “I’d get a sound file with a killer riff on it and the words ‘Meth Lab Zoso Sticker,’” Leavitt says of one exchange that would become a 7Horse song title.
Convening at the Woodland Hills, Calif., studio of Scott Gordon and using time originally booked for dada, the two began taking their song sketches and filling them in.
The sparks that flew during the making of “Let the 7Horse Run” are reflected in the feeling of immediacy on the album. “Let the 7Horse Run” recalls a long lineage of blues music from Robert Johnson and Son House to Keith Richards, Led Zeppelin and early ZZ Top and even to contemporary purveyors like the Black Keys.
Hopeless - Pigeon Park (Vancouver, Canada)
Pigeon Park was formed four years ago by founding members Nick Weber (Vocals) Kevin Okabe (Guitars) Logan Pacholok (Guitars and Vocals) Artur Leppert (Bass) and Hunter Elliott (Drums). Together the five of them began a musical journey embarking on two cross country tours and recording two albums. The band released their debut record “The Sun” in 2010.
2012 saw the band touring nationally, playing popular BC festivals and being chosen as a finalist for 99.3 FOX seeds, expanding their fan base across Canada. Upon returning from tour, they stepped into the studio and released their new self titled EP August 31st.
Bali Dub - DubRaJah (Russia)
DubRaJah is a project of Sergey Gabbasov. He is a social anthropologist, specialising in the peoples of the Himalayan region, director of several ethnographic films about different cultures of Asia and Africa, traveller, musician. Sergey collaborates with such artists as Eric Mouquet (“Deep Forest”) and Robert Rich. The album Terai is a dub dedication to authentic cultures of Southeast Asia.
In Shadows - Abandoned Pools (LA, CA, USA)
Abandoned Pools release their long-awaited third album, Sublime Currency on August 28, 2012 via Tooth & Nail Records.
Sublime Currency is the culmination of the eleven-year journey of Tommy Walter, the songwriter and musician who was bassist and co-founder of the critically acclaimed band eels, who sold well over a million copies of the debut album, Beautiful Freak.
Sublime Currency is the follow up to Abandoned Pools’ 2005 release Armed to the Teeth, a disc that revealed a songwriter grappling with confusion and darkness.
Now less confused and less dark. Probably deluded, but certainly less dark.
Matagalán - Bareto (Lima, Peru)
Bareto was born in 2003 as an instrumental group.
From Bareto’s latest (2012) LP: Ves lo que quieres ver (in english: “you see just what you want to see”.
Ten songs written by the group, in their first time working with a music producer (Miami based Manuel Garrido-Lecca), mixing cumbia, reggae, psychedelia and dub, among other latin generes. The lyrics talk about how Peruvians have to deal with their differences as society (in Perú, every city is like a little country) to keep the machine going.
The first single off the album is called “Camaleon” (“Cameleon”), a song about how politicians change every time because of their personal convenience, no matter what’s better for their community. In the music video, a clown try a “politician costume” and go for the election poll.
Other subjects in the record are racism, social differences and street insecurity, facts that coexists in Peru’s everyday reality, but that are not easy to talk about, because, as the title of the album suggest, “you see just what you want to see”.
The Argentinian singer and composer Kevin Johansen is the special guest in the album, singing in this track “Matagalán”.
If You Were Mine - Mary Jane Lamond & Wendy MacIsaac (Cape Breton, Nova Scotia)
On Cape Breton Island, Nova Scotia, the rich heritage of the region’s settlers from the Scottish Highlands is kept very much alive through music, songs and stories.
Seinn is a new release from long time friends Mary Jane Lamond and Wendy MacIsaac, two stalwarts of the traditional music scene in Cape Breton. While their friendship and a shared interest in Nova Scotia’s Gaelic heritage go back a long way and they’ve played together before, this is their first formal collaboration.
Wendy is an award-winning fiddler, piano player and step dancer from Creignish, Cape Breton. While visiting her grandparents throughout her youth, Mary Jane fell in love with Scottish Gaelic traditions and song and released her first album while enrolled in Saint Francis Xavier University’s Celtic Studies program.
Rest Your Bones - Paper Beat Scissors (Halifax, Nova Scotia)
Relocated Burnley boy Tim Crabtree began Paper Beat Scissors in 2008 following a move to Halifax, Nova Scotia eight years ago.
The Paper Beat Scissors live show is an intense and intimate experience – solo finger-picked laments are paired with live loops and a haunting voice that slips into the music, then darts back out to pull the listener in.
I met Tim at the Atlantic Canadian Music Industry Association showcase event in London on Monday.
His performance was remarkable and totally mesmerising. Really subtle and intelligent use of loop machine gave his work an etherial quality which was compounded by his haunting, passionate falsetto notes and delicate guitar style.
It must be difficult to get up and perform to an world weary music business audience, knowing that you only have 20 minutes to impress - but for me Paper Beat Scissors has it.
More music on his Bandcamp page at www.paperbeatscissors.bandcamp.com
His eponymous album is a remarkable piece of work.
Wed, 14 November 2012
We’ve got a rather acoustic, unplugged kind of feel to a lot of the tracks this week. There’s a great mix of raw, passionate songs with some superbly executed musicianship from London, New York, LA, New South Wales, Manchester, Margate and Gardabær, Iceland.
There's a cracking track from Funke and The Two Tone Baby (pic) to close the show out.
What Are You Waiting For - Dikta (Gardabær, Iceland)
"Dikta has been a creative outlet since high school, friends since kindergarten, music is a shared passion for all of us so it just made sense to do it together,” according to Haukur. Started in a garage in their hometown of Gardabær, Iceland, Dikta was inspired by bands like The Smashing Pumpkins and The Cure.
Playing together for as long as they have, the members of Dikta are able to "feel each other out" while creating new music, explains Haukur: “We’re communicating with each other through our instruments and our music." Their music-making process allows them to try new instruments and recording techniques, a freedom that carries over to their powerful live performances.
Now releasing a brand new captivating music video for their first single “What are you waiting for?” from the album Trust Me, recently released in Europe 24th of August and 4th September in the US. Dikta performed at CMJ Music Marathon in NYC, Iceland Airwaves in Reykjavík and will be touring Germany later this month.
11.23.12 Wil, Switzerland @ Gare de Lion
11.24.12 Leipzig, Germany @ Neues Schauspiel
11.27.12 Hamburg, Germany @ Prinzenbar
11.29.12 Hamburg, Germany @ Club Stereo
11.30.12 Munchen, Germany @ Backstage Club
12.1.12 Dresden, Germany @ Beatpol
12.2.12 Berlin, Germany @ Comet Club
12.3.12 Cologne, Germany @ Studio 672
Mariam's Cake - Robin Grey (London, UK)
Robin Grey has been impressing us with his thoughtful quietly spoken music for a while, now he has come up with a music video featuring the talents of legendary puppeteer Ronnie Le Drew on marionette (http://www.ronnieledrew.com/) and young blood Arran Glass on plants.
As I suppose we should expect the video is as thoughtfully and creatively produced as the music. A real treat.
The track is from his album The Nearest Door.
Four albums are available on Jamendo www.jamendo.co,/en/artist/341226/robin-grey
Get Up, Get Out - Rebecca Pidgeon (LA, CA, USA)
Known for her compelling live performances, Rebecca will be hitting the road this summer and fall on a unique tour in partnership with the first-of-its-kind all-women wine company, Women Of The Vine, kicking off in Paso Robles, CA on May 26th. Over the years, she has shared the stage with numerous artists, including Aimee Mann, Peter Himmelman, Madeleine Peyroux, and Luciana Souza.
Pidgeon recently drew rave reviews in the much-lauded movie Red, starring Bruce Willis and Morgan Freeman. She also had a recurring role on the hit CBS television series,The Unit.
Rebecca Pidgeon’s new album ‘Slingshot’ will hit stores and digital platforms in October. Produced by multiple Grammy winner Larry Klein.
A couple of dates supporting Marc Cohn this week:
11/13/12 Carolina Theatre, Durham, NC
11/15/12 Ram’s Head, Annapolis, MD
that tour continues into the new year.
Kingdom by The Sea - Enjuillet (LA, CA, USA)
Enjuillet was originally formed by Ela Kitapci and Taylor Morrow as a side project when the two musicians began writing together while fronting their own respective bands. Shortly after, the two bands dissolved and Enjuillet became the sole musical outlet for the two young musicians.
Enjuillet’s first project was the “Kingdom by the Sea EP” which was released in the summer of 2011. The six track EP was recorded at Loyola Marymount University as a thesis project for friend of the band Danny Parra, a recording arts major at the university. The goal then, as it is now, was to create moving, meaningful and entertaining music that would astound and delight audiences of many different musical backgrounds. This EP captures the essence of these two individuals and Enjuillet as a whole.
“Kingdom by the Sea” is inspired from a line written by poet and short story writer Edgar Allen Poe in his poem Annabel Lee. The song follows a suggested dialogue between Poe and Annabel Lee; what they might have said to each other during the final moments of her life. This song has a most glorious melody to it with the two characters playing thought for words, joining the force of love through melodic wonder. It is unique in every sense of the word.
These songs, beautifully arranged and choreographed, allow audiences to envelop themselves in the storylines that are so eloquently presented.
Enjuillet has performed in and around the Los Angeles area including but not limited to The Whisky, Roxy and Viper Room along with many smaller venues. Enjuillet are an amazing duo. These creative minds fused with exceptional talent bring sonic beauty in its most unique form.
“Kingdom by the Sea EP” is available in both digital and physical formats and can be purchased by logging onto
Footprints On The Moon - Will Knox (NYC)
London born Will Knox embodies all that is great about the troubadour tradition in England and translates it to New York where he plays with a talented group of UK and US musicians. Together they create something that is at once rootsy and yet intelligent and demanding of full attention. Indeed that is what he achieves every time I’ve seen him play, almost immediate silence and an enraptured audience.
The track is from his 2010 album The Matador and the Acrobat.
Will is playing a show in London next Wednesday 21 November at The Slaughtered Lamb, 35 Great Sutton St., London, EC1V ODX
Grab this opportunity to see the maestro at work.
Blinded By Love - Jack Ladder and The Dreamlanders (NSW, Australia)
Another track off the remarkably solid debut Hurtsville album from Jack Ladder and the Dreamlanders. Eight varied tracks that give you time to really get into them. Sung with a passion against a sometimes industrial backing that is somehow both sparse and lush.
Order the limited, 180 gram vinyl, complete with download card and hand-numbered photo/lyric book, via the Holloweyed webstore iTunes, Google Play, Bandcamp and eMusic.
As I think I said before I rather suspect that we’ll be coming back to this album for a while.
It is a huge regret that I didn’t get to see Jack Ladder perform at the Aussie Barbecue at CMJ2012. :-( Or any of the other three NYC shows they played that week.
Platt Fields - Franco and The Dreadnaught (Manchester, UK)
Franco's singing and playing exude confidence and while making no attempt at covering up his Mancunian inflections, his delivery is all the more real and raw.
Franco is no stranger to success and as a testament to the power of his musical ability, he was asked personally by Desmond Tutu to write a song celebrating the life of Nelson Mandela. The archbishop gave the song entitled "Inyaniso" (translation - "Truth") as a gift to Mr Mandela for his 90th birthday.
Previously Franco was the songwriter and front man for International One, who signed a record deal with a subsidiary of UNIVERSAL RECORDS. Shortly after the label went under in the recession causing Franco to partner up with his acoustic guitar and embark on a solo career.
Franco and the Dreadnought have released a 6 track EP of well recorded demos.
If you're in London, he's playing The Bedford in Balham on Thursday (tomorrow) and on Friday, he's playing Sanctuary in Cow Lane, Burnley.
Ceciles Song - Funke and the Two Tone Baby (Margate, Kent, UK)
Funke and the Two Tone Baby (Dan Turnbull) is off on his first UK tour in a week or so.
After slots at some of the country’s leading folk and blues festivals, including Smugglers Festival, Leigh Folk Festival and Broadstairs Folk Week, the one-man mechanical blues band is now taking his show further afield.
With a stage presence and his mix of the traditional combined with a love of electronic music he brings the blues into the 21st century.
Beginning on November 25 in his home county of Kent, Funke will play eleven venues from Coventry, Gloucester, Oxford and London:
November 25 – The Duke of Cumberland, Whitstable
November 27 – The Cherry Tree, Canterbury
November 28 – George & Dragon, Sudbury
November 29 – The Queen’s Head, Coventry
November 30 – Café Rene, Gloucester
December 1 – The Old Bookshop, Bristol,
December 3 – The Truck Store, Oxford
December 3 – The Red Lion, Oxford
December 4 – Bertie’s Bar, London
December 7 – The Stag, Hastings
December 8 – CJ’s, East Grinstead
The ‘Injustice & Queen’ EP is out now, available from shows, or digitally at iTunes and Bandcamp
Debut album scheduled for release in summer 2013 with larger UK tour to support.
Thu, 8 November 2012
Music from all corners of the everywhere this week with a diversity of tracks from locations as remote as Oregon, Sweden, The Yukon as well as the hotbeds of contemporary music making in Ontario, Brooklyn, Japan and southern France.
It never ceases to amaze me how much spectacularly individualistic music is being created today and how feasible it is to buy it from anywhere in the world. Not many years ago, the only viable way of finding music by talented artists like Volfonique (pic) would have been to travel to his home area and seek out local record stores. What a difference technical developments have made.
Speaking of which, the new Suffolk'n'Cool website is making what can only be called progress. The current sticking point is to develop a good audio player to replace the current Flash player that will work reliably on IOS devices (iPad, iPhione, etc.) as well as most browsers on Mac and Windows. For the technical, HTML5 seems to be the way to go, so that's where we are going.
Balkan Banghra - Volfoniq (Montpellier, France)
A track from his album Ernest which you can pick up through the wonderful LCL netlabel at www.lclweb.org/artists_volfoniq.htm
Founded in 2004, Volfoniq is a "one-man-dub" from the south of France. In a retro-futuristic mood, he uses his classical formation (clarinet) and a rich musical history to produce a dub that goes farther than tags, respecting the jamaican roots, but adventuring into new lands of experimentation. Based both on electronic and acoustic elements, his music is fundamentally opened and generous.
Recognized for his producer and remixer skills, Volfoniq stepped over the stages in France and Europe thru rare and osmotic livesets. Encounters and sharing are at the center of Volfoniq's approach, that led him to collaborate with numerous artists from different kinds and places.. On this pilgrimage, he's faithful to LibreCommeLair (LCL) label, and also made some releases on prestigious e-labels like Jahtari or A Quiet Bump.
Volfoniq shared the stage with the likes of : Alborosie (I), Brain Damage (F), Das Kraftfuttermischwerk (D), Disrupt (D), Dj Palotai (H), Dreadzone (UK), Dub4 & Mc Taiwxan (F), Jahcoozi (D), Junior Cony (F), Kaophonic Tribu (F), Rusko (Uk), Solo Banton (Uk), SoomT (Uk), Tribuman (F), Uppercut Band (Uk), Zion Train (Uk)...
Lay Me Down - Ali Bartlett (Hamilton, Ontario, Canada)
Alan Carr at Darkhorse Radio recommended that a few of us take a listen to Ali’s music - thank you Alan. Quite a find. Ali says,
“I love music. I'm so glad that i have had the opportunity to make it with good friends and its my sincere hope that if you stumble upon my music that you find something in it for yourself to enjoy or connect to.
I have no demands of music except that it continue to exist in my life which it does ...and for this I feel excessively fortunate.
Les Cooper has been an integral contributor to the songs. We made these songs together in the greatest spirit of music during afternoons where we killed a few hours in the company of one another, laughing, discussing life and strumming a few chords with generosity of spirit and mind. Les is an incredibly gifted, creator and you should search him out. He infuses all his projects with something incredibly special which I’ve been thrilled to hear and share with him all these years.”
Headshake feat. Julia Spada - Saturday, Monday (Sweden)
Scandinavian wunderkind Ludvig Parment is never one to sit still for too long. His new project Saturday, Monday combines the glitchy, glam attack of previous projects with a darker hued, although undeniably catchy pop aesthetic, destined to convert dub-steppers, party rockers, EDM purists and adventurous music seekers alike.
Beginning with a much buzzed-about remix of Lykke Li's "Love Out Of Lust," followed by a two song EP, Saturday, Monday's latest concoction is "Headshake." Featuring the sultry vocals of Julia Spada, "Headshake" is a deceptively sly dance track, minimal but instantly addictive. The "Headshake" Meltage remix is a trippy, dreamy affair, delving deeper into the Parment-described "darker" territory that he first introduced with the Lykke Li bootleg remix. In the accompanying video, a motley clutch of skaters, smokers and vagabonds spark to life and escape ennui, with "Headshake" providing the perfect soundtrack.
Saturday, Monday's upcoming full-length album The Road and the Ocean and the End is set to be released in early 2013 via Despotz Records.
Call Me The Writer - Lukeus Adams (Portland, Oregon, USA)
American singer-songwriter Lukeus Adams was born in Utah, but is now settled in Portland, Oregon where he’s been releasing his music since 2002, slowly but surely finding a substantial local following.
His songwriting style and presentation might best be described as alternative folk, as it’s very much song-centred, with just an acoustic or electric guitar providing primary backing. The musicianship is bright and clear, but it’s Lukeus’ voice that chiefly catches the ear. Its cracked, weathered tone seems to reflect a 100 years of hard living, and it drips a sad and soulful intent.
Pouring Rain - Old Time Machine (Whitehorse, Yukon, Canada)
The new album from Old Time Machine (Ryan McNally, Kyle Cashen) was released a couple of weeks ago via File Under: Music. The 9-track album comes on the heels of the bands’ critically-acclaimed debut EP, Old Time Machine/Old Cabin. Produced and engineered by Jordy Walker, the full-length has already received incredible reviews throughout Canada.
Forming in 2009, Ryan McNally and Kyle Cashen came together for an art exhibition. In a fort made of cardboard boxes, scrap lumber, thrift store sheets and chicken wire, the duo started as the art-show contribution of a bluesman and a bedroom-musician who were tasked to create works representing the long, dark Yukon winter nights. The duo work together to blend Ryan’s studies of finger style traditional blues, with Kyle’s experience crafting ethereal soundscapes to create familiar, but distinctly original music. Music that Uptown Magazine claims, “many will soon be familiar with.” Released in Canada this past April, the two have been touring relentlessly in support of their debut from which Pouring Rain is taken.
Rearview - Great Caesar (Brooklyn, NY, USA) EXPLICIT (naughty word) @ 1:20
Armed with horns, guitars, and everything in between, the six men of Great Caesar produce a brilliant and unmistakable brand of brass-fuelled rock. Their sound is at once organic and electrifying, combining jazz roots with hard rock sensibilities in a way that does justice to both.
Great Caesar began modestly as a jazz trio before gathering three more members, swapping instruments, and evolving steadily into the six-piece powerhouse they are today. Their studio offerings include a self-titled EP (2007) and a string of A-side singles (2010), which they continue to give away for free despite their growing popularity. First and foremost, however, Great Caesar is a live band, dazzling audiences with performances that are equal parts chaos and virtuosity. Fans have noticed, flocking in ever-growing numbers to shows across New England.
MON 19 NOVEMBER The Studio at Webster Hall, New York, NY, US
FRI 30 NOVEMBER The Rock Shop, Brooklyn, NY, US
FRI 7 DECEMBER Taco Hut Headquarters, New Haven, CT, US
SAT 8 DECEMBER The Middle East Downstairs, Cambridge, MA, US
Don't Call Me In The Morning - Otonana Trio (Japan)
Otonana Trio is a three-piece rock band formed by guitarist Kentaro Saito (formerly of Dynamite Club), Naoya Miyara (who performs with The Cavemans), and Goshi Miura, who is described as one of the most active and hardest working bassists in the local Japanese music scene. The name Otonana Trio roughly translates to "Three Grown-ups" or "Trio de Adults" in broken Japanese.
Kentaro Saito, 38, made a name for himself during his fifteen-year career as guitarist for NYC-based rock group Dynamite Club.
Dynamite Club performed at venues all over the world, playing shows at local clubs, in living rooms, and at big festivals, while spending most of their nights sleeping on the floors of lovely accepting people's homes, who had become their friends after only a couple of hours.
For Otonana Trio's debut album Stories at the Homerun Office, Saito gathered some of the best musicians in Japan to put together a work with a fresh new energy that displays his musical evolution.
Wed, 31 October 2012
With music ranging from the deliciously quirky pop to the downright “interesting”, you’re almost certain to find some point this week where our respective musical tastes coincide. Probably.
This week we’ve tracks from LA, London, Marseilles, Dublin, Regina and Winnipeg in Canada and the almost chewable Mönchengladbach in Germany as well as the inevitable track from New York.
A variation on the usual picture style this week with a screen grtab from my phone on Sunday. You have to admire the understatement in the Night forecast!
Bumblebee - Rachel Brown (NYC, USA)
Rachel Brown released her debut EP Building Castles on September 18th. The singer-songwriter, who was born and raised in New York City with Ethiopian, Bermudan and Southern roots, fuses pop, Caribbean, Hawaiian, country, hip-hop and world sounds into Building Castles' six self-penned songs.
The EP's first single, "Bumblebee," will be accompanied by a music video directed by Rex Arrow Productions founder Ian Wolfson (Mac Miller, Nelly).
With no formal musical training, Brown found her voice organically. "I would pick up my guitar and teach myself how to play by writing songs," says Brown. "I just played until it sounded right."
Peers and established veterans alike quickly recognized Brown's natural talent. She was the 2010 recipient of the prestigious ASCAP Foundation Robert Allen Award for songwriting as well as a 2011 recipient of the Songwriter's Hall of Fame Abe Olman Award for Excellence in Songwriting. She also received a very coveted showcase slot at the National Association for Campus Activities' national convention, leading to a 40-date college tour.
Brown's music also caught the ear of one of her favorite musical influences, Wyclef Jean. The week after she graduated college, the singer received a surprise when Jean brought her up on stage to perform an impromptu duet of Bob Marley's "Redemption Song" at a fundraiser held at New York's legendary Cipriani 42nd Street, and most recently Jean joined Brown onstage at her residency at NYC's famed supper club, The Darby on W 14th St.
Slow Crawl - Garrison Starr (LA, CA, USA)
“Slow Crawl” was co-written with Kevin Devine who also contributes some fine guitar to the track. It’s from Garrison Starr’s recent album Amateur
Her first full-length since 2007’s The Girl That Killed September, Amateur is co-produced with musician Justin Glasco (Dan Wilson, Cary Brothers, Matt Nathanson) and features contributions from Glen Phillips, Mary Chapin Carpenter, Kevin Devine, Gary Jules and many more.
What a long strange trek it’s been. During contractual stints with Geffen, Virgin and Vanguard Records, Starr released a wealth of critically acclaimed material that intimately connected with listeners. Now nearing her 20th Anniversary as a recording artist, and free from the confines of the agendas and politics of record labels, Garrison is confidently hitting her stride, both a seasoned songwriter and an accomplished entertainer.
Long gone are the “brand” names, but the passion remains the same and that's what comes over in the music.
Firmly embracing the new paradigm of the burgeoning era of DIY that allows for user-generated navigation, Garrison has self-released music via Direct-To-Consumer platforms such as Bandcamp and Topspin (her most recent fan-only “living room” EP entitled Not For Nothing contains a magnificent acoustic version of The Killers “When You Were Young”) and partnered up with publisher Brite Revolution to release a live EP called Relive that was recorded in front of a select group of fifty friends and fans in Nashville. Starr most recently utilized Pledge Music, (an online “pledge drive” similar to Kickstarter), to fund the Amateur recording.
You can get the album from both iTunes and Amazon under her own Radtown Music imprint.
Spitfire - Public Service Broadcasting (London, UK)
This track is taken from their excellent album The War Room which was released in May.
Their new offering comprises their own version of Everest along with three remixes. As ever, the tracks mix sound from old broadcasts with their own music, to great effect.
You can see / hear the original on the video page at publicservicebroadcasting.net there is also a glorious interpretation of the infamous radio description of the navy review at Spithead many years ago, in which the Lt Cmdr Thomas Woodroofe appears to be rather emotional about all the little fairy lights ;-)
They have live dates coming up in Chelmsford, Southampton, Brighton (sold out), York, Hull, Derby, Leicester, London, Bristol and Cardiff. Details on their site.
John Peel Centre benefit concert
As you’ll be aware, SnC is pretty keen on a local arts centre which is doing great things to provide a space for creative activities in Stowmarket, here in Suffolk. It takes the name of former local resident and proponent of independent music, John Peel.
The first ever John Peel Festival of New Music took place a couple of weeks ago as part of Norwich Sound + Vision.
Within that was a pretty impressive concert featuring The Fall, The Undertones, Bearsuit and Dingus Kahn who all volunteered their services to raise funds to continue the renovation of the former Corn exchange in Stowmarket to provide state of the art facilities and ultimately, a John Peel’s legendary record collection.
Fortunately, the gig was held at Epic Studios which just happens to be the woking base of our chum Charlie Gauvain and concert excerpts and interviews with The Fall’s Mark E Smith and Michael Bradley and Paul McLoone of The Undertones available have been compiled into a great video.
See it here: http://thespace.org/items/e00018ag?t=tzqr
Prairie Girl - Rah Rah (Regina, SK, Canada)
Fall 2012 sees the release of The Poet’s Dead, the third and most accomplished album to date by Regina, SK sextet Rah Rah. Building on the strong foundation of their last release, the critically acclaimed and iTunes Canada championed Breaking Hearts, this new ten song effort effectively captures a band at the peak of their abilities doing what they do best.
The Poet’s Dead, recorded in late 2011 under the production guidance of indie-rock recording geniuses Gus Van Go and Werner F (The Stills, Hollerado, Priestess), clearly displays that Rah Rah has truly fine-tuned the essence of the band and refined the maturity of their sound.
"Recording with Gus and Werner was one of the most rewarding challenges I've ever been a part of,” says band member Erin Passmore. “They understood how and when exactly to push us and I'm so proud of what we've been able to create with their help and guidance."
Rah Rah formed as a trio in 2007, originally created by Erin Passmore (vocals, drums, keys, guitar) and Marshall Burns (vocals, guitar). By 2008 they had been joined by Kristina Hedlund (violin, keys, accordion, vocals) and Erin’s brother Joel Passmore (formerly of Despistado and Sylvie) on bass. Later that year another former Despistado member Leif Thorseth (guitar) also joined the band. The band is rounded out by its newest member, Jeff Romanyk (drums, keys, guitar).
The members of Rah Rah share a collective mentality, taking turns taking the lead, both in songwriting and while on stage. The melodic male/female vocals and shared instrumentation traded off seamlessly (Erin Passmore and Jeff Romanyk both play drums, keyboards and guitar, while Kristina Hedlund plays violin, keyboards and accordion), plus a true level of fun throughout ensures that a Rah Rah show will not disappoint.
The Poet’s Dead was released digitally on October 2nd and physically on October 22nd through Hidden Pony Records. Check their site for show dates across Canada and to LA in the next 45 weekas plus the video for Prairie Girl.
Miss Chan - Chinese Man (Marseilles, France)
In his somewhat unseemly swag grab at The Great Escape 18 months ago Pete Cogle snagged a promo copy of Racing with the Sun by Marseilles-based collective Chinese Man.
It had a massive impact on Pete and, I'll confess that it hugely impressed me too.
In Pete's analysis this track, Miss Chang, "starts with a sample of an old Chinese song, on top of a lovely dubby beat, leading into some live vocals provided by Taïwan MC & Cyph4".
In 2005, Sly, Zé Mateo and High Ku committed their first phonographic havoc. "THE PANDI GROOVE EP", a mix of influences back from their parents: Reggae, Brazilian Baile Funk and Old School Hip Hop ...
Racing with the Sun was released last year (2011)
They have a few live dates planned during November and early December:
08/11/12 PARIS A l'occasion de la sortie de son CD-DVD Live, Chinese Man revient à Paris pour un ultime et unique concert à la Machine du Moulin Rouge à partir de 20h et jusqu'à 00H - SOLD OUT
04/12/12 Cologne (Germany) - StadtGarten.
05/12/12 Hamburg (Germany) - Uebel & Gefährlich.
06/12/12 Hannover (Germany) - Glocksee.
07/12/12 Dresden (Germany) - Scheune.
08/12/12 Berlin (Germany) - Bi Nuu.
09/12/12 Frankfurt (Germany) - Das Bett.
Pete loves this album as much as ever. I can hear why. You can get this and more of their music from iTunes, Amazon and, indeed, from their lovely label site. Check out this superbly crafted video too.
Show Me Your Eyes - Royal Canoe (Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada)
Royal Canoe is a group of musicians on a mission to construct ambitious, inventive music. The songs are thick with catchiness, rich in rhythm and are consistently pushing against the boundaries of pop music.
They spend almost every day in a shit-hole rehearsal space writing hooks, singing through effects pedals, scrawling lyrics on scraps of paper, and constructing heavy beats in odd time signatures. They create samples by running conventional sounds through unconventional pieces of gear, drumming on bathtubs and garbage cans, listening to Big Boi and manipulating bits of old records.
The band calls Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada home – the enigmatic prairie city, which has served artists as both an abundant, creative watering hole and a debilitating quagmire.
Coming Out To Play - Thomas Allan (Mönchengladbach, Germany)
We heard from Thomas Allan a few weeks ago in SnC 342. Since then, he's been in touch to say thanks, to resolve a couple of queries and to ask a favour.
“When it was broadcast you weren't sure if I was from Mönchengladbach or London. Here are the facts: I was brought up in Bury St. Edmunds and then moved to Germany, due to my fathers connection with the British Forces. He was also brought up in Bury St. Edmunds.
I am currently, as you guessed, in Mönchengladbach where I write, record, play and produce all my own music. My time is spent between Germany and England at the moment in an attempt to get my music noticed and also to settle in London to continue my studies.
I really appreciate you broadcasting my track, it makes it all the work worth it, when a man with your musical experience plays a track of mine and likes it.
Due to my music being far more British influenced and orientated, it is not as appreciated here in Germany as I hope it would be in the UK.
Do you have any addresses or contacts that could help me in my mission to "spread the word" in the UK?
Any help would be greatly appreciated!”
We Tried - Bouts (Dublin, Ireland)
This Dublin based guitar-shredding group of rockers, whose video of "Turn Away", off their latest release, piles a group of their closest friends inside four small walls of a Japanese Karaoke booth, cover those walls with the song's lyrics and pass around a bottle of Ireland's finest drink and a microphone. You probably guessed that this is one of their more sing-along songs so for a heavy dose of their guitar loudness, stream and get a free download of "We Tried" off their self titled EP Bouts, which was released Oct 2011. You’ll find it on Bandcamp at http://tinyurl.com/cp82ezu
Our track is from their Bouts EP 2011 which was recorded and mixed in 8 days last year. It’s available as a free download from their site. Pick it up, enjoy it and tell your mates; friend them on Facebook and spread the word. That’s the way it works.
By the end of 2012 the band, comprising Barry Bracken: Vocals and Guitar, Daniel Flynn: Drums and Percussion, Colin Boylan: Guitar and Vocals, Niall Jackson: Bass and Vocals, will have played nearly 50 shows including numerous Irish festivals and in support of bands like We Were Promised Jetpacks, Wintersleep and Presidents of The USA. They somehow found time to put out a limited edition double A-side 7 inch "Get Sick"//"Turn Away" in March. It's almost sold out but you may still be able to order a copy.
Wed, 24 October 2012
As quirky a selection of music as you’re likely to get in your ear all week with tasty audio treats from The Bloody Angle, Little People, Choir of Young Believers, Orfanij, Lola Dutronic and firstly, You Bred Raptors? who are a New York City based band as familiar with playing on the subway as any more conventional venues. The line-up comprises 8 string bass, drums and cello.
I’m actually pleased to be locked away in the barn this week, it was raining when we got back from Cornwall and it has been dark, dank and foggy ever since. In fact it has been so dark that photography without flash has been near impossible. So here's another pic from Cornwall. In fact if you are ever near Port Isaac this is a great little cafe serving superb coffee and is run my someone with great tastes in music - a real gem.
Orchids - You Bred Raptors? (Astoria, New York, USA)
"Born somewhere between the Neolithic Era and the Industrial Revolution, You Bred Raptors? minstrel through the NYC subways with the Music Under New York Program.
The trio of egghead rockers comprise Eplileptic Peat (real name Peter Rains/eight-string bass), Zach Schmidlein (drums) and Bryan Wilson on (cello), who named themselves after a line in Jurassic Park.
“Our name is a question? The band is an inquiry, not a declarative statement,” says Peat. “I want people to like us but not know why.”
They also aim to raise awareness about Dinosaur cloning research.
Their latest album "Hammond" came out in February 2012. Thanks for the support and hold on to your butt."
The Bloody Angle - The Bloody Angle (Charlottesville, VA, USA)
The Bloody Angle plays southern-fried swamp rock, with a touch of americana and a hint of country. Gritty guitars, lap-steel, and finger-picking support vocal harmonies and traditional keyboard tones. The sound conjures the southern countryside, civil war battlefields and backroad watering holes.
The eponymous debut album was released last week. The album was recorded entirely in the analog realm, at producer-songwriter Matt Singleton’s studio in the Central Virginia countryside. “We wanted to produce a record that was warm, immediate, and spontaneous.” quotes Singleton. “This album was a direct backlash against the modern style of making music... no edits, no grid, no auto-tune. We wrote and performed together in the studio, and captured the songs to tape as they came out, warts and all.” When the record was finished, the band had the vinyl masters cut directly from the analog tape. “As far as we can tell, there is only one guy around who even does this anymore. Carl Rowatti, at Trutone Mastering Labs in New York. We went up and watched him cut it. So cool.”
The songs toggle between personal stories and character driven studies. The common thread is the southern landscape, where the stories live among the soldiers, drunks, bible-thumpers and other characters that Singleton either encounters, inhabits, or pulls from the pages of history.
The sound has a surprising maturity, given that the band has only been together for a year.
Aldgate Patterns - Little People (London, UK)
Little People is the moniker of UK-based downtempo electronic musician Laurent Clerc.
He returns with his second full length album We Are But Hunks Of Wood on Youth & Progress Records. Along the lines of DJ Shadow, RJD2 and Four Tet, Little People plays downtempo, intelligent electronic music.
Part beats, bleeps and real live instrumentation, this new record falls in a place where Bonobo and Explosions in the Sky would hypothetically meet.
We are But Hunks of Wood is a sonic leap forward for Little People, which establishes him as a key proponent of the downtempo electronic music scene. Having initially come from the world of instrumental hip hop where tracks are often more akin to just sketches or interesting ideas, Laurent Clerc's pieces are fully fledged songs whose arrangements create a sense of mood and movement, effortlessly going from nuanced electronic patterns to soaring string arrangements over the course of the journey. This is no beat tape.
There are many reasons why it has taken time for Little People to release his follow up record. However, the primary reason is that he feels he has to reinvent his work methodology through writing and record his tracks from the ground up. He views sampling as tantamount to taking another man's 2 bars of inspiration and passing it off as your own. The story of the samplist making the jump to creating his own material is not new, but it isn't always a successful one. Laurent has taken the time to make sure that leap was taken with aplomb.
Paint New Horrors - Choir Of Young Believers (Copenhagen, Denmark)
When listening to Denmark’s Choir of Young Believers, it’s hard not to imagine an army of white-clad singers with arms outstretched, their voices raised in holy polyphon — in fact, the Danish group is the brainchild of Jannis Noya Makrigiannis. For years, Jannis moved in the underground circles of the Copenhagen indie scene. In 2006, he moved to the Greek island of Samos and began developing his own solo material. Jannis returned to Copenhagen and, gathering musicians and friends around him, formed Choir of Young Believers, an orchestral-pop project marked by magisterial melodies, dark lyrical concerns, and a healthy dose of cathedral-grade reverb.
Choir of Young Believers have garnered an imposing number of accolades in their Danish homeland and in Europe for their debut full-length, This Is for the White in Your Eyes. The band received praise from outlets such as Mojo, The Guardian, Uncut and more. This Is For The White In Your Eyes, signalled the arrival of a powerful new talent, possessed of a fully formed vision, arch compositional ingenuity and a tenor to die for. While White in Your Eyes racked up overwhelmingly positive press, it can practically be seen as a soft launch for Choir of Young Believers’ masterful Rhine Gold.
Now a proper band, the collaborative dynamic has imbued their sound with more authority and daring, as Choir inhabits a wholly unique space where intimate folk, classic Krautrock, big-sky Americana, avant-garde composition and bombastic theatricality seamlessly serve the same master. Like Choir’s music, Makrigiannis’ powerful voice unifies the ambitious scope of Rhine Gold by sounding at once dolorous and magisterial. The rich, enveloping production does wonders to corral such creative largess under a unified, sepia-toned song cycle.
Inertia - Orfanij (London, UK)
Orfanij are Jonny on vocals, acoustic and electric guitar and Alexei who contributes vocals, synth and samples.
The musical birth of Orfanij took place in East London's warehouse raves. This was followed by months in an attic studio where a Minimoog and a few guitars met digital synths and samples.
Inspired by the duos engagement with the global non-violent movements against tyranny, corruption and oppression, the lyrical story told by Orfanij comes from the individual's dark and beautiful experiences with contemporary culture defined by an age of connections and the increasingly easy sharing of information.
The result of their hard work is their soon to be released debut album which will be supported by a European tour beginning in November.
S.O.S. - Lola Dutronic (Toronto-Berlin-Dusseldorf)
The 4th album by Lola Dutronic, "Everyone's A Star", and their first full album for Red Star, comes hot on the heels of the well-received "New York Stories" EP - we heard a few tracks from that a while back.
Available as a digital download and as CD it’s already being hailed in some quarters as their best album yet, it contains the pensive electro ballad "On My Radio", the epic title track "Everyone's A Star" and the song that some people are already calling the Single Of The Year, "Everybody Loves You When You're Dead", featuring backing vocals from Chris Frantz & Tina Weymouth, Hugo Burnham, Mona Mur & En Esch, Jeremy Gluck, David Buckley, Eric Debris, Ian MacKay, Ray Coburn, Bill Wood, Billie Bucko Brock, Jaymz Bee, Teddy Fury and Project Heartbreak.