Wed, 30 January 2008
Happy - Jimmie Bratcher (Missouri, USA)
Jane - The Loved Ones (California, USA)
To be memorable a band must live the fight, believing that their record—front to back, first song to last—could be it, their one chance to truly move people and make a connection.
Enter THE LOVED ONES.
A few minutes of relative sanity and certainly a seriously effective distraction from all the stuff of life.
Like a speeding car - Breanna Paletta (Oregon, USA)
With poignant, piercing honesty and bittersweet reflection, Paletta's lyrics speak to the joys and pain of every day life that can't be captured in every day expression.
Breanna is a native of Portland whose planned EP grew into a full-length album with a backing band made up of a group of friends and some quirky instrumentation.
Tomorrow she's playing Imbibe in Portland with her birthday show a week later on 7th Feb. An acoustic tour kicks off on 15th Feb and blasts around most of the NW of the USA including states of Washington, Oregon, Montana and Idaho and even over the border into Canada with a date to Vancouver with a date at Lugz Coffee. Details and some great tunes on her website.
Winelight club update
From among the ranks of artistes from all over the world coming to play for us we are delighted to announce that on Friday 7th March we will be staging no less than one of Australia's finest singer/songwriters - MELANIE HORSNELL. Melanie will be dropping into The Winelight Club as a part of her UK tour and we are delighted (if not astonished) to have attracted an artiste of her calibre to our humble club. This really is a show not to miss as also appearing that night will be ANDREA GLASS (just back from Nashville having recorded her latest album there) and HEATHER McVEY. Bookings now being taken at The Wine Press on 01603 622134. £5
That's OK - GK and The Renegades (Liverpool, UK)
ren·e·gade [ren-i-geyd] - adjective
1. an energetic, good-humoured, fun-filled experience. (i.e. "Last night was so renegade!")
A charismatic, melody-driven band, Liverpool-based GK & The Renegades continue to impress fans and critics alike with their energy and ambition.
The band is looking to extend their range outside NW England so if you have a venue and can offer them a gig or even if you are a band and fancy a swap, get in touch with the lads via their site or give me a shout and I'll pass on the word.
They have another track on the PMN which has some less than complimentary things to say about Girls from Birkenhead. I may just dare to play in it in a future show.
Note from Terje Nordgarden (session in show 85a) who is just back into Norway from a series of dates in Italy, to say that he's over in the UK in March. He has a few dates set up and may be able to fit a few more in. Workaholic.
If you have any suggestions or even a venue of your own, get in touch. We are hoping to set up another Session at the Barn with Terje and I'd be happy to publicise any gigs we can set up.
Marietta - Two Loons for Tea (Seattle,USA)
Jonathan Kochmer (Guitars, Bass, Effects, Composition, Production) and Sarah Scott (Vocals, Lyrics, Composition) are Two Loons for Tea.
Sarah, besides having an extra rib, was raised by a free-spirited single mom in such exotic locales as the Haight-Ashbury neighbourhood of San Francisco, near a nudist colony in the Mountains of Santa Cruz, and in metropolitan New York City. She has integrated the bohemian lifestyle into her own personal take on life, channelling it into her soulful singing.
Jonathan came to music from a different scene: although a life-long musician, he's been academician working in evolutionary biology, climatology, human genetics, Internet development and biostatistics, where he nurtured his attention for detail and a passion for invention.
They make organic, lush, rich, and innovative music that defies genres and expectations. They break free from the norm while being a pleasure to simply listen to.
When are you guys going to come over to the UK? It would be great to do a Session at the Barn!
Blue Plastic Bags - Malcolm Middleton (Glasgow, Scotland)
Formerly one-half of Glaswegian indie band Arab Strap, Malcolm Middleton has been a solo artist well before said band split in Dec 2006. Malcolm has produced three darkly beautiful albums: '5:14 fluoxytine seagull alcohol john nicotine' , 'Into The Woods' and 2007's 'A Brighter Beat'.
It is with the most sincere respect that I acknowledge the fact that Pete (The Codger) Cogle had Malcolm's track We're all going to die as a Codgercast Firstplay way back in December last year.
I've been leant on by Codger to join AMP so applied 2 weeks ago just to see what it is all about.. I think, I applied - no acknowledgement or quick note to say thanks we're checking you out. Oh well, we'll see.
Postcard - Pär Hagström & Cirkus Transmopol (Sweden) FIRST PLAY
PÄR HAGSTRÖM - piano, vocals KARL PERSSON - bass guitar, vocals OLA JOHANSSON - electric guitars, mandolin, vocals JENNY ROOS - vocals, percussions GUSTAV HORNEMAN - drums/percussions JONATHAN LARSSON - accordion KARIN WIBERG - violin KARIN KRANTZ - trombone
Not a lot more I can tell you but I get the impression from their site that they have a new album December Rose in Strawberry Records coming out in March - at least I think that"s what "Nytt album ute 5 mars! "December rose" släpps på Strawberry records.? Might mean!
Bed playing between tracks this week is from Nick and Gerald who's track Clear Air Turbulence I played in SnC 055 last March. The bed track is called Fracture and there"s a particular reason for listening to it.
Fracture - Nick and Gerald (London and New York)
Nick+Gerald are Nick Gaiger and Gerald Berliner. They originally hail from West London, first meeting at school in Ealing (Ealing Green) and have remained friends ever since. In 1993 Gerald left London to take up residence in New York where he now lives. Nick remained in London. Not letting a mere 3000 miles get in the way, they forged a transatlantic collaboration to continue their shared passion for making music, only this time from either side of the Atlantic.
Nick+Gerald specialize in soundtrack composition for Film, TV, Documentary, Web and Electronic/Video Gaming.
Message from Dan Tharp
Sorry to pester you but I thought I'd let you know that I've completed my first album, "Face Down in a Pool of Dreams" (available on iTunes and various other places) and have started working on my next album, "Second Thought".
I haven't actually written in a while ('been recording old pieces) but I just wrote a new piece today (last last night) and posted it to my website and thought you might like it.
It's called "Delays Delays" A piece called "Fracture" by Nick and Gerald inspired me to write this piece. Believe it or not, there's only a single classical guitar on this track. Using a heavy "delays" effect, it sounds like there are two or more layers, but in fact there's just one. I could even play this "live" and it would sound just like this...(assuming I ever muster the courage to play live!)
If you have a second, take a listen and let me know what you think. Take care! Dan
A week of extremes - almost in balance! Monday working up a new website. Tuesday in London. Wednesday in Norfolk to be with parents and talk with the doctors looking after my mum. Thursday looks likely to be home-based and maybe back into London on Friday for a lunch meeting. However, it is anybody's call at the moment as my mum"s life is expected be come to a close in hours/days rather than weeks. We'll see.
You bring me down - Blood Red Shoes (Brighton, UK)
Hotly tipped Brighton two-piece Blood Red Shoes are Laura-Mary Carter and Steven ANsell. They release their debut album Box of Secrets in April 2008. They don't like being called an indie band.
The band are on the road pretty solidly tonight they"re in Edinburgh, tomorrow Sheffield, then London, Cardiff, Wolverhampton, Southampton, Aldershot and London before going over to the mainland for gigs in Belgium, Germany, Austria and France then a couple of nights in Japan later in March. You bring me down released next Monday (4th). Busy then!
A two-piece band!
Wed, 23 January 2008
Sorry, a short and rather different show because of my mum's serious ill-health.
I'm expecting to be going up to Norfolk after I call the hospital this morning. I've just selected a few tracks that I'm damn sure Pat would have enjoyed.
Thanks for your tolerance. Hopefully SnC will be back to normal next week. Meanwhile thanks for listening.
Sign o' the time - Maido Project (Paris, France)
Mix of electronic music (electronic sounds, loops, samples), vocal and acoustic instruments (Rhodes, saxophone, lute, flutes, percussions,...) Music is lively, positive and colorful.
Vaux Hall Straw - George Hrab (Pennsylvania, USA)
George Hrab is a multi-instrumentalist philosopher skeptic who writes, produces & performs original material. He also has a besutifully crafted podcast at www.geologicpodcast.com/
Restless for the sun - Jimmie Bratcher (Missouri, USA)
Jimmie plays SnC theme (Happy).
Wed, 16 January 2008
Recovering from a day of eight solid hours of intensive music and new media networking in London yesterday with some of the stuff that floats on the top of the cream of music podcasting. You've heard of Podcamp and PodcastCon well now we have Podcrawl 08 which in an unprecedented gesture of defiance was held in direct competition with Steve Job's MacWorld keynote presentation.
OK, so it was (L-R) Rowley Cutler from Dark Compass, Colin Gazeley from Ourobouros Podcast, Pete Cogle from PC Podcast and I along with Paul Snelling the barb-tongued blogger of Blighty (behind the camera flash).
The picture was taken after only the first of three protracted visits to public houses in central London. You really don't want to see any of the later pictures but inevitably, you may. Indeed just as I'd finished recording this show up pop's Paul's much anticipated blog - a brilliant read and it captures the essence of the day perfectly. Have a chuckle at: http://grumbling-dragon.blogspot.com/2008/01/wail-of-time.html
This morning was spent counting the cost in terms of lost brain cells and the sensation (as Blackadder described a hang-over) "akin to the sensation of having a Frenchman inside your head."
Despite all this it was a great get-together, even without the silly hats.
All the talk of independent music taking over the world was briefly interrupted when we saw, on a TV screen, the news that at a staff conference no more than 3 miles away, EMI was announcing that a third of it's workforce are to lose their jobs. This is not to gloat, clearly it is a personal disaster when anyone loses their job but it is perhaps indicative of an industry structure which seems to be in terminal decline.
Intro: Happy - Jimmie Bratcher (Missouri, USA)
Audio and murder - The Frantic (Illinois, USA)
Title track from The Frantic's new album.
Kyle Dee: Lead Vocals/Guitars
Chris Farnesi: Bass/Vocals
Ian Farnesi: Guitars
Brett Hartwell: Drums/Vocals
"As the entire music industry scrambles to redefine what it means to be a band in the 21st century when its not as much about record labels throwing money around and radio spinning a tune to a mass audience who will in turn run out and buy the albums, as it is about finding an audience the old DIY way of playing."
Quite a few shows coming up including on on Saturday at The Klinic Bar in Madison, Wisconsin and a whole load in the second half of February, right up to the 28th. Why not 29th, it's a leap year!
Album available from Best Buy, Virgin and f.y.e and online from Interpunk, Smartpunk, amazon, iTunes and SisterMuse. Links to all those from the band's MySpace
Sugarite - Abra Moore (Austin, Texas, USA)
Although born in California, Abra Moore's family soon moved to Hawaii where she remembers growing up immersed in creativity and surrounded by music. Her older brother was an accomplished jazz musician and her father was a painter. The house was always filled with music.
Sex in the morning - Soul of the River (Riverside, California)
Making listeners slap themselves black and blue out of pure eargasmic joy since your momma was born.
They seem to be giving their music away as a prodigious rate, both from their MySpace and their main site.
Message from Steve Zvonek (O Sweet Static - SnC098)
"Hey, just wanted to say thanks for playing our tune! Very cool. Especially loved the Keith Moon singing analogy. I'd say it's more like Bowie on crack, but either works…! Great podcast you got … rock on."
Morning - Sasha Ponkratov (Moscow, Russia)
From his album Kaleidescope which is the most downloaded netlabel release on archive.org This link should take you straight to it.
www.archive.org/compress/puls02 and this will link to janendo www.blue.jamendo.com/en/album/15983 or go via his MySpace at:
Wrecking Ball - Katie Schutt (Ontario, Canada)
Kate’s first guitar teacher made her play jazz standards when she was eleven years old, even though what she liked to listen to was Tina Turner and Rickie Lee Jones. Kate’s newest album, No Love Lost, reflects these early days. She has written new jazz standards that flirt with pop gestures and attitudes.
Kate plays a Novax 8-string, the instrument made legit by Charlie Hunter. The Novax has five guitar and three bass strings. She is a shy child of Pennsylvania, a Harvard graduate and Berklee alum, and since 2005 a resident of the Guelph, Ontario, outside of Toronto.
Great how instant it can be. I got a MySpace friend request from a band this morning. Took a look, which isn't something that I always do, by any means. Liked what I heard and sent a message to ask for a track to play. Gio was on the case immediately and sent me this MP3 which goes straight to air.
Got to speak up for you - Rocky Horror Fuckin' Shit (Foggia, Italy)
"From nu-metal the more classic, not scorning to experimentations and new musical solutions"
Giovanni Placido - voce
Antonio Racioppa - chitarre
Antonio D'Antuono - basso
Paolo Damato - batteria
Andy Fidler in Derby, UK emailed me via email@example.com to let me know that he was recently catching up on shows and came across mention of "talking into the future" Thanks for taking the trouble Andy.
It's always good to hear from folks. By email or by posting a comment onto the show notes as insisevus did as well as saying that he's enjoying the show he has some interesting background on South African music. Just click on the "Comments" link at the bottom of each show's shownotes.
This is just how I'd hope that the comments section would be used. If anyone else has any information or opinions to add, particularly about the music, it would be great to see them posted here. Links would be good too so that we can perhaps hear music which I'm not allowed to play on the show e.g. on other artists' sites.
Pier - Reggae Far East (Japan)
The pier was deserted. The souvenir shops were opening. But, there was no guest. I went outside. And, I walked in a long passage. The sea was seen. Workers were working at the quay. Forklifts were moving about. The sea was a blackish color. I walked toward the edge. The wind was strong.
My name is H. Kobayashi. I was born in 1958. I am a worker. In my house, Yokohama, Japan. I like reggae. I make it. My music is Orient-like and danceable. It is very individual. Listen to my music.
Also had a message from Kimo saying thanks for another great show – Kimo, you are always most welcome.
Phone message from Pete "Codger" Cogle
Sound Scientist - Bill (California, USA)
The first track I played on Suffolk 'n' Cool in show 001.
Formed in the fall of 2003 when band members and long time friends Curtis Hartling (guitar, vocals, drums), Jonathan Coyle (drums, vocals, keys, guitars) and Dave Marciano (bass, sax, vocals) wanted to do something new in San Diego.
From their album Birthday Suit which it seems that you can still get from their site for $5 although all else looks to have gone ominously quiet.
Thanks for being with me. If you’re enjoying the show and you’d like to post a review of Suffolk 'n' Cool on iTunes it would be greatly appreciated.
Wed, 9 January 2008
Another hand-picked if not to say improbable selection, largely culled this week from the Podsafe Music Network and Jamendo bringing you the finest new music that you've never heard. Music also, that you'll be unlikely to catch on mainstream radio.
This wonderful old cigarette vending machine (right) is in Ruislip station. 2 x 10p coins for a pack. I don't think it has been working for a while!
Don't say - SubCity Dwellers (Winnepeg, Manitoba) - via PMN
Winnipeg's own SubCity Dwellers first formed in 2002 and have climbed out of the back alleys, maturing to the cutting edge sound we now hear. They truly are a well-rounded, high energy dance band with a party in their back pocket.
You find me arriving back from a session on the London oil-rig (I got back a couple of hours ago). It's been a really heavy few days since Sunday in London with a load of tasks that demanded huge amounts of concentration and stamina. I was staying at a deliciously quirky hotel in Ruislip (north-west London). Every modern convenience, mini-bar, sumptuous furnishing, TV in the shower, more and dimmer switches than you can imagine … but no reading light by the bed. As my friend Eddy pointed out it"s the sort of hotel that footballers wives would love.
I wonder how he knows and if he's mentioned it to Anna yet!
Freedom - Dazibao (Auxerre, France) Jamendo
A Reggae-ska music band from Auxerre that deserves to be famous. On their site, you will hear their two-track CD "Dazibao". The two tracks "Dazibao" & "Freedom" can be downloaded from the site, "in order for us to be discovered widely. Feel free to contact us or to leave your input about our songs and site, any feedback is good to know. & if you loved it, feel free to share it out..."
Not an enjoyable drive home - about three hours in the rush hour. Such a relief to get back here to the house, grab a bite to eat then walk over to the Barn in the fresh air and dark with such a sky-full of stars.
Lifeline - Nick Cook (UK) via PMN
Note from Nick Cook - "Hi Peter, I've just finished a new album and was thinking about getting it up onto a podcast." This must be pretty much Nick's annual release! I played his excellent track Mistaken on SnC back in January last year.
Nick is a solo performer gathering a good audience. Singer/songwriter based around the guitar and sometimes piano. Well crafted songs. The new album 'Nick Cook - Uncooked' is out very soon with a new collection of songs, recorded live over xmas 2007
Stivali di Gomma e Proiettili d'Argento - Insula Dulcamara (Napoli, Italy) via Jamendo
L'Insula Dulcamara fa musica. Lo fa continuamente e lo fa da tempo.
L'Insula Dulcamara se' la scrive e se' la canta.
L'Insula Dulcamara utilizza vecchi suoni con nuove attitudini e vecchie attitudini con nuovi suoni.
L'Insula Dulcamara crede nelle autoproduzioni e nelle autorganizzazioni.
L'Insula Dulcamara crede nella libera circolazione della musica e dei saperi.
Chi avesse intenzione di avvicinarvisi, e' pregato di farlo come lo farebbe con un collage: divertito ma non troppo.
Poi il resto non va spiegato...se abbiamo orecchie per ascoltare, questo basta.
In ultimo, il perche' di questo nome:
"non deve spaventare il fatto che non si inserisca solo cio'che e'semplice, noi vogliamo sempre sperare che il difficile rimanga in equilibrio con le altre forze. In tal modo la vita e' sicuramente piu' avvincente..[...].
E ognuno prenda da entrambi i piatti, a suo piacimento, il dolce e l'amaro: con attenzione e saggezza non si subiranno grandi delusioni." Paul Klee spiega cosi' il proprio quadro
Noi sottoscriviamo ed omaggiamo
The week was lightened considerably by an evening off yesterday with Angie in a pretty real pub down right by the River Thames at the deliciously named Strand on the Green.
Libertad pa ti - Santiago Louvet (Buenos Aires, Argentina) via Jamendo
Ambiances chaude et sexy, fusions des différents styles de musiques latines. He seems to be in Italy right now but catch more music at
www.santiagolouvet.info or download his full-length album Manos Unidas from Jamendo at www.jamendo.com
Sonate#1 - Prelude part 3 - Yvalain (Blagnac, France) via Jamendo
From The Baroc Works - Orchestral versions on Jamendo
Something a bit unusual for SnC.
Bayakhuluma - Khumbula (South Africa) via PMN
Gauteng group Khumbula broke into the South African music scene with their smash debut album Bayakhuluma (this is the title track) & followed it up with their equally successful second album, Kheta. The group is Skipper Shabalala, Andile Nqubezelo, Msizi "Chunky" Mashiyane & Bheki Masina.
Oops, I forgot to mention the information from Insisevus which he left as a comment to last week's show.
Please feel very welcome to comment yourself or get in touch by email to firstname.lastname@example.org
Wed, 2 January 2008
Some refreshingly quirky sounds from Canada, Italy, UK, South Africa, Taiwan, USA and France.
My smugness about it not being so cold has come back to bite me on the bum and we are forecast a sprinkling of snow overnight and tomorrow. This may make my journey to west London interesting tomorrow, especially since the mainline station that I travel in through has been closed all day due to over-running engineering works.
Viva la Vinyl - Twilight Hotel (Winnepeg, Canada)
Hailing from the fertile music scene of Winnipeg, MB, Brandy Zdan & Dave Quanbury met in 2002 at the Trout Forest Music Festival in Ontario. The sparks flew in a fever, and they realized the power of combining their talents.
www.blubrry.com - connecting podcasters, musicians and listeners.
Il rasoio di Ockham - Sandro G Masoni (Italy)
I work with various musicians, some of them classically trained, others deeply rooted in Jazz or Rock.
I have also written soundtracks for TV and theatre shows, but really love to give live performances...
Hi Jack - Insisevus (UK)
Insisevus was born somewhere between venus and mars, on the outstretched plains of the free state, in a village next to arseaboutface, halfway to the moon. This is where his epic journey began, searching for everything in life that could possibly fullfil it to such an extent that when he ceases to exist, he can say I HAVE LIVED!!!!! So far he has managed to achieve less than half his goals and is currently trying desperately to catch up before the final whistle blows.
Debut album Junkie van my soul 2007 may be available now.
Happy birthday Pete Cogle over at PC Podcast and The Dub Zone
Keep your hard hat on - Kazoo Funk Orchestra (UK)
From their Jamendo album Midnight Finger Painter.
The Kazoo Funk Orchestra are a 9 piece party extravaganza loaded up on fictional characters and miniature membranes. Rumored to be lost in space, although they have been spotted inside bottles of mescal tied to helium balloons floating over the border of Mexico. At first glance you may mistake them for clothed monkeys, or robotic boxes of boxes, but fear not, they all enjoy the fruits.
Their musical nonsense includes a collaboration of kazoo, pedal steel guitar, turntables, guitar, bass, vocoder, vocals, cow bell, drums, synth, maracas, accordion, banana shakers, melodica, the frog, ukulele, banjo, jaw harp, flute, glockenspiel, megaphone and spoken word.
It's not just music though, it's an invisible fashion, you have to wear it in your ears.
Voices Apart - Pete Lockett's Network of Sparks (South Africa) FIRST PLAY
From the African Drum Masters album: Produced by renowned musical artist Wendy Oldfield. The variety of tracks range from solo pieces played on djembe and huge drumming synergies to still, quiet pieces and finally, flamboyant wild expression. Guaranteed to transport you to another world of sensations.
Civil Revolt Part 1 (Feat. Chang Jui-Chuan) - Kou Chou Ching (Taiwan)
Hi, we're a HipHop band from Taiwan. Our music is inspired by Taiwan traditional music elements. We bring samples of Taiwanese folk songs and traditional music elements and mix them in HipHop to create a very unique sound. Through our music, you can hear the voices of Taiwan.
Note from Dan Tharp whose Guitar Suite 1 Movement 2 I played a couple of weeks ago - he's kindly put a link to Suffolk 'n' Cool on the sightings page of his site at www.dantharpmusic.com/sightings.aspx That's how it can all work. Just a bit of collaboration, a note here, a recommendation there and we all get to hear more and better independent music.
Summer Fun - O Sweet Static (Ohio, USA)
We're an alternative rock band based out of Columbus, Ohio. The songs on this album have a pretty broad range, so if you don't like the first one you hear, skip around--we're sure there are others you will dislike just as much but for different reasons.
L'iut de Dijon - Les Culs Ivres (Chalon-sur-Saône, France)
Les Culs Ivres c'est :
Sylvain (Batterie et Chœurs)
Boq (Guitare et Chant)
Elvis ( Guitare )
Dess (Sax Alto)
Romain (Trompette, Tuba et Chœurs)
Les Culs Ivres cultivent les bons mots comme le métissage musical… Les 6 de Chalon-sur-Saône se la jouent tantôt punks, tantôt funkies, teintent leur son de reggae ou de jazz, s"accordant bien évidemment des escapades toutes rock'n'rolliennes pour un mix "simplement" efficace sur scène. L'énergie est là et se veut communicative, au service de la fête.