I've been travelling around England a bit over the last couple of
weeks mostly by train which is simply wonderful. Great chance to
catch up on podcasts.
Last week it was Newcastle upon Tyne (pictured is the Sage concert
hall in Gatehead, just over the river from Newcastle). Tomorrow
it's Leeds, both Newcastle and Leeds are generally considerred to
be in the north of England although the good folks of Newcastle
would doubtless contest that. I'm hoping to catch Cara Robinson at
the Wardrobe (Café Bar) in Leeds tomorrow night (Thurs Oct 12) come
along if you can, it's a free gig.
A change of intro "for one week only". I just couldn't resist it,
and there's something really wholesome about the lounge bar piano.
Less wholesome is the sound on the mic this week. One of the
components of the normal rig has failed so I've resorted to a USB
headset which I normally use for Skype. Hopefully we'll be up and
running properly again next week.
Such a lot of great new music for you again. Most of it from the
Podsafe Music Network.
Hello, hello, hello - Uncle
(New Jersey, USA)
Born in Paterson, N.J. October 19, 1951 Uncle Floyd began his
career in show business as a child performer, giving piano recitals
and appearing as a dancer with Sandra Lee and Jill Davison.
He danced at the 1964 World's Fair in New York and at the Steel
Pier in Atlantic City.
A surprising juxtaposition is to see Uncle Floyd's TV show on his
website featuring Dee Dee Ramone! Take a look; it's another
Alta Plaza - X Ray Dogs
The X-Ray Dogs are a virtual band on a mission to take over the
world through the medium of sound & vision. Join them in our
quest for world domination and help spread the word of The X-Ray
Jazz Monkey : Drums
Kitty : Guitar & Vocals
Rico : Bass Guitar
Supershine : Noises & Vox
Mukurarama - Nyasha Munangwa
(Zimbabwe and UK)
Born in Zimbabwe, Nyasha grew up listening to different Zimbabwean
musicians. After a long time of listening to the music of some of
the greatest musicians to grace the local music scene he was ready
to get into this competitive industry.
ln 1999 he formed his group The
Dispensation Of Grace
. He worked with some of the finest
guitarists of their time. These include Fanuel Kwesu and Issack
Muteswa the brother to the late Oliver Mtukudzi's lead
He released his debut album in 2003 under Gramma Records. The album
has got some heavy chimurenga beats. Nyasha is currently working
with Zimbabwe All Stars, the group that backs Leonard Zhakata.
His music is being marketed in Zimbabwe, South Africa, England,
Canada, Germany and America and is available on www.zimvibes.com
The Secret Life of Willard Scott - Mix
Female Beck in style and humor. Strong Vocals and Queen-esque
harmonies. Story telling lyrics similar to Ben Folds. (Very) unique
female artist in both personality and musical style and genre.
World at your feet - Alistair
Alastair was born in Birmingham, some time between Bev Bevan and
Duran Duran. Despite persistent rumours, he attended various
educational establishments and successfully qualified as an aimless
teenager, ending up in a Midlands studio, where he honed his
After a series of re-mix triumphs (Earl Grey and Tetley), he moved
to London and discovered a whole new world of coffee. Years of
cover gigs led him to managing a rehearsal studio, of which he
says: "years of cover gigs led me to managing a rehearsal
And thence to playing keyboards for 'THE FAT LADY SINGS' where he
perfected the art of sleeping in a van and dressing up. A tour of
the USA culminated in marriage and the breakup of the 'FATS'
though, despite his best efforts to concoct a rock and roll story,
there was no connection between the two events.
The need to put food in the cat bowl drew him back to his TM and
FOH engineering roles, and so began a new phase in his life,
pushing buttons and boxes for the likes of ASH, 18 WHEELER,THE
WANNADIES and JIMI TENOR.
The marriage ended after a disagreement over tour support, but led
to him getting his guitars back, and as a way of avoiding extensive
therapy, writing some songs. Enlisting help from the likes of TIM
BRADSHAW (The Fats, Dog's Eye View, David Gray) and HERBIE FLOWERS
(Bowie, Tom Jones, Marc Bolan, Sky, Lou Reed, Clive Dunn, and
everybody else) he set about recording what was to become 'Poet,
Servant, Clown or Queen'
The subsequent years saw Alastair back in the fray as engineer
culminating in 36 months of world travel and shoe buying with
KEANE. Meanwhile new songs were written on the road and recording
done during the breaks in the touring schedule. Slowly, the album,
FOUR LAWN HOPE, took shape and was completed in the summer of
A far more acoustic affair, reflecting his love of artists such as
ALISON KRAUSS and MINDY SMITH, it still retains it's essential
Englishness. Imagine Noel Coward playing Bluegrass and you'll still
be wide of the mark!
Album release is set for late autumn and live dates, with both the
Tea Dance Band and solo, are in the pipeline.
All out of everything - PC
pc munoz has been releasing innovative, genre-defying music since
1998. Known for breaking through stylistic boundaries and
addressing issues of race, multiculturalism, sexuality, and
spirituality, pcm has been profiled by NPR, The San Francisco
Chronicle, Electronic Musician, and more.
I'm currently busy in the studio, tracking the single series,
creating music for a unique new TV show, and producing other
artists. "I won't be touring this year as an artist, but check my
Myspace page for special performances and other events":
The Muse - Lienka
Lienka, the female voice behind the Afrikaans Band - ddisselblom -
and has now entered the arena of female solo artists in South
Africa with a bang! Her smooth voice and haunting lyrics have
elevated her to one of South Africa's foremost artists. Her debut
album - Lienka - is available now !
Leaving Day - Sigmon
Sigmon's premiere solo release "One Opens Up" addresses an
all-too-noticeable absence of intelligent, world-wise pop music.
This thirteen song collection is an engaging piece of work that
aspires to re-energize the genre for adults who grew up believing
that music needed substance as well as style to be great