Wed, 27 August 2008
Harvest at last - been delayed by dreadful wet weather. The neighbours are out with their combines, tractors and trailers getting what they can from the fields around the farm. In fact, a track up to some fields passes right behind the barn, as you'll hear!
Love me when I leave - The Dares (Whittier, CA, USA)
When most bands tell you they've had to "grow up in public," they're talking about getting pushed into the spotlight before they've had a chance to find their voice. But for Whittier, California, trio The Dares, who started playing when twin brothers and co-founders Ben (guitar/lead vocals) and Matt (drums/vocals) Peterson were all of 8 years old, the idea was a bit more literal. These boys-to-men literally grew up in public, forming a band when their peers were still dabbling in youth-league sports and landing a major-label contract with Jive Records before they"d even finished high school. Today, as the trio's powerhouse spin on pop-punk tradition is making clear, The Dares are ready and able to grow even bigger.
Define yourself - Peter Greenstone (Austin, Texas, USA)
Peter Greenstone is one of the relatively small section of artists that I consider to be worthy of featuring on the show from time to time.
He is an independent musician, a singer/songwriter producing his own sound from his home studio in Austin, Texas. Freely stepping across and often defying genres, Peter mixes acoustic and synthetic sounds and tones to create an atmosphere in his music that is sometimes surreal, sometimes haunting, sometimes whimsical, but always personal. You can buy his album of the same name (Broken Symmetries) or any individual track through his site.
Thanks for letting a few other folks know about SnC - it is showing in the download stats. I'm not obsessed by numbers but it is gratifying to see the audience grow.
Leave the Borough - The Soor Plooms (Salisbury, UK) [Jamendo]
"Rural Rhesus Negative Electro Pop Punk Trash"
Named after a type of Scottish boiled sweet, the Soor Plooms are an electro pop-punk group based in Salisbury, UK. They are led by multi-instrumentalist Glenn Ploom and were established in January 2007.
The Soor Plooms" music features analogue synthesizer and drum machine
sounds from vintage models such as the ARP Odysey, ARP 2600 and Roland CR-78.
A debut double A-side single (Leave the Borough/Meet you at the Assizes) was released in January 2008 and is available from Jamendo at www.jamendo.com/en/artist/The_Soor_Plooms.
A follow up single (We are the lean Men/Escape) was released in May 2008 and they can be downloaded from their MySpace.
Recorded at X-26 studios, Salisbury UK.
Aftermath - Twilight Dementia (Washington DC, USA)
Twilight Dementia's music is a testament to the strength of partnership and that the whole is often much more than the sum of its parts. Their debut, self-titled album, Twilight Dementia, is a bold and daring statement of purpose that demonstrates the group's unwillingness to play anyone's game other than their own. The Washington D.C. based duo's engrossingly atmospheric and ethereal rock is the product of a duo that seemed destined to find each other.
"What if those heavy things cracked their little brittle bones to the marrow?" - Voodoo Economics (Philadelphia, USA)
From their album If::then::ininami
Alison Conard - vocals, keys, guitar, electroniques, production
Justin Gibbon - drums, electroniks, klang
Jeremy Prouty - bass, electronics, vocals
Justin and Alison were part of a now-defunct Portland band called Episodic.
"Uneasy listening. This is a good thing."
"It's like...Dr. Seuss mixed with metal."
Pete Cogle calls by to explain benefits of AMP (Association of Music Podcasting) for listeners.
Message from The Clerks
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ALL THE BEST FROM GERMANY!
AND MANY THX FOR SUPPORTING US ON YOUR SHOW!!!
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At the Movies - Blue Swerver (Hackney, London, UK)
We spend baffling lengths of time glueing sorrowful lyrics, shy trumpet, nimble jazz and glitchy electronica together in a refined but still slightly cut and paste manner to form a sort of Chet Baker meets Massive Attack by way of Paul Simon sound which strives forward fuelled by the honesty of our intentions and a small quota of smugness which acts as an adhesive…
I've been listening to the album all week and I promise the glue works, this is intelligent song-writing, artful arrangement, skillful performances and clean recording at its best. Although slightly retro in its jazzy approach, this is very much music of our time and could just catch on big-time. It deserves to.
Guitar and Vocals - Adam Green
Electronics - Contrawise
Bass - Robin Grey
Drums - Joe Allen
Keys - Ben Oliver
Produced by Marc Specter and blueswerver
Engineered by Marc Specter and Robin Grey @ Sandy Lodge Studios
Contacts networks, webs and memory
Some people from the increasingly distant past are clear in my mind but have no context others have rich context but there's a hole at the centre of the web, like a blind-spot, where I know there's a strong connection but I can't see it right now.
Tasky - Blue Swerver
Are these childhood references culture specific - let me know.
Leave The Blues Behind - Kelly Richey (Cincinnati, OH, USA)
As a teenager, Richey practiced guitar 12 hours a day. "I never set it down,” she remembers. "I took it to school, I took it to the kitchen table and if I took a walk it was strapped on." Now, when she picks up her guitar, anyone within earshot is compelled to listen. A working musician since her teens, she began her professional career as a member of the Arista Records group Stealin' Horses; in 1990 she formed The Kelly Richey Band, with whom she has become both a national and international touring artist.
Take a look at her videos on YouTube at http://tinyurl.com/5orlu3
Since establishing her own label, Sweet Lucy Records, Richey has released 10 albums and a live DVD, as both a solo artist and as The Kelly Richey Band. As an extension of Sweet Lucy Records, she built a studio where she records her own music and works with other artists.
Richey's involvement with music goes way beyond recording and performing. A longtime private guitar instructor, in 2003 Richey began developing a Guitar Workshop and a Blues History program to take into the schools.
Richey created Music for Change, a 501(c)(3) non-profit committed to music education in today's public schools; a variety of programs offering live performances, lectures, and interactive participation serve to facilitate learning opportunities for students while keeping the history of American music alive and prospering.
My thanks to all the musicians and labels for their kind comments on myspace and for making their music available.
Back next week probably from somewhere quite different. If you can't wait (bet you can!) Pete Cogle hosted PC Podcast from the Barn on Saturday and roped me in for a bit of conversation. You'll find it on PC Podcast at http://pcpodcast.blogsome.com
Wed, 20 August 2008
Another packed show. This week, with something of an acoustic tendency.
Summer still hasn't established but wrap up warm and it's still pretty good on the Suffolk coast. This week, looking across the mouth of the River Deben from Felixstowe Ferry.
Sig tune: Happy - Jimmie Bratcher (Missouri, USA)
Mind over Maria - Soundside (Long Island, NY, USA)
From their new album Seconds from Sunrise.
Soundside packs a set of full-bodied, full-flavored rock originality into their music. Their high energy tracks are laden with catchy vocal hooks, harmonies, staple guitars, and a rhythm section that put together has their audience reliving their songs in mind well after they are over.
"Soundside brings back the old school rock sound - hard but not metal, and with a touch of grunge, minus the tortured angst." Musicdish.net
Who we are - Jodi Martin (Sydney, Australia)
Jodi spent her formative years in the remote desert region of Australias Nullarbor Plain.
Jodi Martin started writing songs when she was five. Noticing this trend, her Mum loaned Jodi her tape recorder. At five, this was a momentous event and confirmed Jodi's obsession with songwriting forever.
Jodi has two major album releases in Australia, Water and Wood (2002) and 15 Minutes Out to Sea (2005) out on her own label Hot Bread Records, available through CD Baby, etc
Clip from Lady of the Sea - Seth Lakeman (UK)
Seth Lakeman's new album Poor Man's Heaven is out now and there's a 5-track live EP available for free download at: www.myspace.com/sethlakeman
You have to sign up to download and I do sometimes wonder abiout the privacy policies that these deals use. It seems as though they say that they'll not sell it on or anything but that they might change their mind later and because you've used the site now that's tough. Am I being paranoid or what? Views please.
Had enough of me - Darrin James Band (Brooklyn, NY, USA)
Since its independent release last winter, Thrones of Gold by the Darrin James Band has yielded glowing reviews on both sides of the Atlantic. Critics and bloggers are praising Darrin James not only as an intelligent songwriter, but also as a powerful singer and guitarist whose music has an authentic rawness and realism that speaks to audiences in a meaningful way.
European Podcast Awards
The Awards are apparently sponsored by Olympus and there are prizes for voters as well prestige for podcasts. You can vote for as many podcasts as you want. Four members of the Association of Music Podcasters have been nominated. To vote, select your preferred podcast(s) from these links, click Vote and rate it for content and design by clicking on the stars (The star shapes on the screen that is - rather than personally clicking Codger and I)! I think you need to sign up for the newsletter if you want to enter to win prizes.
Dark Horse Radio
Suffolk 'n' Cool
Don't know any more about it than that I'm afraid.
Better Place - Sweetbleeders (Phoenix, AZ, USA)
Sweetbleeders' first full-length album bzzzz. A lush space cabaret with dreamy folk songs, analog synth orchestras, and saloon stomps; colorful ruminations on eclectic American balladry.
Robin Vining--Primary singer and writer- makes sounds with guitars, keyboards, pianos, anything that can be blown into or struck soundly. Enjoys coffee and putting things in his eyes.
Mark Erickson-- sonic manipulations-makes electrons bleed honey and hot vinegar. Plays with cats. guitars and keyboards and voice.
David Marquez--Basso Profundo Guitaro. Casual smoker. Tears it up in the kitchen.
Steven Dueck--Bangs, Clicks, and Booms. Will eat anything or body.
Radiolied - The Clerks (Germany)
The Clerks sind eine Begegnung der dritten Art, stammen sie doch eigentlich vom Planet Orange, der Welt des Offbeat. Von feurigen Bläsersätzen getrieben swingt und groovt die achtköpfige SKA-Band - da dauern Konzerte gerne länger als zweieinhalb Stunden. Sixties Rock, Reggae und Rocksteady machen in den Atempausen das Tanzprogramm perfekt.
Winelight Club update - this Friday David Goo, Heather McVey, Normal for Norfolk, Caille Sims. (Clip from Heather McVey - www.myspace.com/heathermcvey
Waiting for the light to change - Jean Synodinos (Austin, TX, USA)
Jean is always out to push the envelope a little bit more with each song and each show. Energetically. Enthusiastically.
With songs that skate between genres, Jean jumps from rock to jazz to pop in order to find the right groove and tone for each song. Known for her dynamic performances, she lives to "read the room" and deliver shows that keep audiences returning for more.
Following up on her acclaimed debut CD Lucky, Jean has just released Breathe. Picking up where Lucky left off, Breathe's eleven tracks groove even harder musically and dig even deeper lyrically. The disc features thoroughbred performances by Charles Rieser on guitars (The Scabs, Boombox), Brad Houser on bass (Edie Brickell & The New Bohemians), and Rob Hooper on drums (Guy Forsythe, Colin Gilmore).
Everybody's looking for a meal - Blind Willies (San Francisco, USA)
"Imagine the White Stripes driven by the fevered folk of Leadbelly and Woody Guthrie, and you might get some idea of where the Blind Willies are coming from."
Title track from their album on Diggory Records.
Blind Willies is Annie Staninec, multi-genre fiddler, and Alexei Wajchman, guitarist/singer/songwriter. They met and began playing together in the halls of San Francisco School of the Arts. They're both recent graduates of University of California at Santa Cruz.
Annie has been playing bluegrass/old time fiddle for more than a decade. She's also a consummate gypsy jazz violinist. Alexei grew up in San Francisco's Mission District. After learning to play clarinet and sax, he taught himself to play guitar and began writing songs at 15.
Blind Willies made their professional debut at San Francisco's Hardly Strictly Bluegrass Festival in 2004.
Recorded, mixed, mastered by Lemon DeGeorge (Jolie Holland, film Genghis Blues) and Paul Carlsen (Nirvana's Nevermind, Neil Young, John Prine).
The Walls of Byzantium - Secret Archives of the Vatican (London, UK)
I previously played a SAotV track back in January last year so it is high time that they reappeared in the show.
Vince Millett: Production, oud, fretless guitar, other guitars
Louis Counter: Production, tablas, melodica, coffee
Pete Sharpe: Vocals, bass, a general air of coolness
Paul Midgley, Tom Gregory : Arabian percussion - frame drums, darabukas - that sort of thing!
We mix drum'n'bass, breakbeats, dub, and triphop with flavours of Indian, Persian, Turkish and Arabian traditional music and more, Recently we've been exploring some Moroccan influences and we did a couple of small gigs in Morocco this summer.
Wed, 13 August 2008
Serious clouds around the barn this afternoon. The summer seems to be a write-off. We had half an inch of rain in a single shower this morning. Still, so much great, great music for you - all in just one rather longer show.
Daisies - Sick of Sarah (California, USA)
Sick of Sarah began in Minneapolis, MN in April 2005 as an all-female band with catchy hooks, unique lyrics, and thoughtful, well-crafted music. The band displays talent, passion, and an ever-present sense of humor that shapes many of their songs.
New listener? You are very welcome indeed. The show is about giving your ears a taste of something a bit different. Most of which will be entirely new to you. It is also about challenging a few of the preconceptions that we all carry around with us.
Visions - Jack Jezzro (Memphis)
DIVERSITY best describes the artistry of guitarist, bassist, and producer Jack Jezzro. His numerous recordings and productions have sold well into the millions, all while continuing to be a highly regarded studio musician and performer with an extensive resume. However, even more than that, Jezzro has a style and taste that are all his own—qualities that are a breath of fresh air to the music of today and qualities that breathe new life into the music of yesterday.
His remarkable skill at simultaneously fingering melody and chord changes came naturally to him as a young listener. "I had a stack of Chet Atkins records, and that's how I learned to play," Jezzro reports. "As a kid, I"d want to play all the parts. I'd listen to a tune by James Taylor, The Doobie Brothers, Simon & Garfunkel, or whomever. I"d play the bass part, the piano, the vocal—and I'd want to do it all right there on the guitar."
Delighted to welcome Codger back to the land of the living after what sounds like a really refreshing cruise. Good to have you back on good form. Recordings with wind noise is nothing new is it?
Message from Colin Gazeley at the Ourobouros podcast: "As you may know, The Chiala L's is one of my all time favourite podsafe bands. They've just managed to record some new demos." Thanks Colin, a good one.
Supergroupie - The Chiara L's (Leeds, UK )
Chiara Lucchini - Lead Vocals & Guitar.
Jonny Lee Hart- Lead Guitar & Backng Vocals.
Tim Oldfield- Bass Guitar & Backing Vocals.
Dan Stretton-Drums & Backing Vocals.
Emma Quick - Synths & Extras.
After only a short stint on the Leeds scene playing tight and engaging sets at all of the city's top indie venues (Brudenell, Faversham, Cockpit et al), The L's have amassed a devout following. Recent dates have seen them venture to the country's capital to be once again brilliantly received at The Buffalo Bar, The Dublin Castle and The Old Blue Last. Their relentless touring schedule has not gone unnoticed and along with earning them significant column inches in the international Indie Press, covetable support slots with Shy Child, The Organ, The Whip,Operator Please, Ipso Facto and Vincent Vincent and the Villains.
The Longer I Run - Peter Bradley Adams (Nashville via Los Angeles via Alabama, USA)
Peter Bradley Adams was formerly one half of the duo "eastmountainsouth" signed by Robbie Robertson to Dreamworks Records in 2002. He has just released his second solo record, "Leavetaking", on Sarathan Records.
Peter Bradley Adams - piano
Les Price - tenor and acoustic guitars
James Digirolamp - accordion
Ian Fitchuck - drums
Jeff Irwin - bass
Katie Herzig - vocals
Recorded by Jason Lehning at Alex the Great, Nashville, TN
20 Aug Eddie"s Attic, Decatur, Georgia
21 Aug Workplay Theater, Birmingham, Alabama
23 Aug Evening Muse, Charlotte, North Carolina
25 Aug XM Radio - Live taping for The Loft, Washington, Washington DC
25 Aug Iota, Arlington, Virginia
26 Aug Gravity Lounge, Charlottesville, Virginia
27 Aug Coffee East Easton, Maryland
28 Aug Rockwood Music Hall, New York City, New York
29 Aug Lucky Star Lounge, Front Royal, Virginia
and thus to France for a few gigs in and around Paris details on Peter's MySpace.
SXSW - I'm planning to be in Austin, Texas (yeah, I know I said Atlanta on the show!) for the music festival in March and hoping to set up a few interviews and low key sessions. Don't know where to stay, any hints, tips and suggestions gratefully received. You can email me through the website www.suffolkandcool.com
J'ai bu mon café - Passe-Fil (Tannay - Switzerland)
Voice, Guitar, Sampler and Piano
Mes goûts: Génésis, Ange, Brassens, Brel, le rock symphonique et les chanteurs à texts
From the album Plages Folles (Jamendo) of which he says:
"It is full of songs recorded between 1980 and 1996, worked over again and mp3ized at the request of my daughters who found my old cassettes. Intended to be shared with my friends."
Now we are all friends
Pretty Part - North American Royalty (Tennessee, USA)
We play music because we love it not because it's cool to be in a band. We formed around our singer Elise Berkes and her unique writing style. The music is a collaborative effort from the groups members attempting to give our listeners an experience that is full of depth and beauty.
New feature on the SnC Site - an experiment really - there is a drop.io box for music submissions, audio comments and station IDs. Submit your music from the front page at www.suffolkandcool.com.
Roger - Smitt E Smitty (Massachusetts, USA)
Smitt E. Smitty is me. Born and raised in Detroit. Moved to Boston in 1985. I've been playing drums since grammar school. Never took a lesson, just knew what to do the first time I sat down behind a kit.
Off the center - Kati Mac (New York, USA) Ariel
NYC singer-songwriter, Kati Mac is a successful indie-artist and the best-kept secret you've never heard of! Her accomplishments are impressive beyond measure. She"s worked with legendary artists such as Meat Loaf, Nona Hendryx, Sting, Dr. John. She has produced 4 of her own successful CDs. She has achieved #1 and top 10 positions on various non-commercial radio stations across the U.S. Her music has been has been prominently featured on daytime television and has garnered several Daytime Emmy Award nominations. But at the heart of all that, is an artist courageous enough to tap into the depths of her emotions, both beautiful and difficult, in order to create music that resonates for herself and others. Her latest CD, Poseidon's Son, is the most fully realized expression of her talent to date - a collection of songs sure to impact all who hear it.
Turn off your radio - beNuts (Bavaria, Germany)
For many years this is Bavaria's best known Ska Band!
If you'd like to comment on the show - one way is to click on the Comments link just below here and slightly to the right! Yes, that's it. I'd really like to hear from you - tell me where you are too.
Wed, 6 August 2008
Music from Brighton here in the UK, California, Niort in France, Norway, Poland, Philadelphia and New York … I thought, then a very late change to the running order (during the show) made a complete mess of my predictions! Been prepping the show early this week knowing that today was going to be a high pressure day. Still finished after midnight because of a thunderstorm that screwed up internet connection. Never mind, I think the show is worth it.
Comfort Zone - Heels Catch Fire (Brighton, UK)
Furious new addition to the Brighton Post Hardcore Artrock scene. Forming in the latter part of 2006.
Elliot Richards - Vocals and Guitar
Laura O'Rourke - Guitar and Vocals
Mike Hornsby - Bass and Vocals
Dale Frost - Drums
9 Aug Freebutt w/Tellison+Tubelord , Brighton
24 Aug Beachdown Festival , Devils Dyke, Brighton
The Moon is Torn - The Simple Things (San Francisco, CA, USA)
Paying more attention to the space between the notes than the notes themselves, San Francisco-based trio The Simple Things pursues the art of musical simplicity, with well thought-out arrangements, minimalist instrumentation, and kite-string melodies. Dreamy and raw, ethereal and intense, The Simple Things' music represents the meeting place of understated virtuosity, sublime songwriting, and guts. Featuring the powerful vocals of Kaitlin McGaw, melodic bass by Raymond Ruiz, and virtuosity on the piano from Michael Gallant. The Simple Things invite you to close your eyes, visualize the images, and enjoy.
Strange overtones - Brian Eno and David Byrne
A departure from the usual policy of not playing established artists. These guys are interesting enough to deserve an exception. Their first collaboration since the pair's My Life in the Bush of Ghosts (1981). There's a free download track available now - just go to
www.everythingthathappens.com/ and follow the links and instructions.
From David's blog:
"Today, a free track is available from the upcoming record that I did with Brian Eno. I'm hoping that folks will be pleasantly surprised at the direction we've taken and the final result. Since it's only one song, it may give a skewed taste of the record, but many told me it's their favorite track — I guess we'll see.
I'm also wondering whether the web-curious will allow news of the album to spread more or less by itself. In the past, I might have undertaken all kinds of expensive marketing plans to prepare for a record release: there would be a teaser, live shows, posters, magazine ads, interviews, and advance CDs sent to writers and reviewers. We've done a few interviews, but that's about it. It will be interesting to see if audiences find out about this song — and the record — without all those marketing techniques, and solely through Internet word-of-mouth."
Dubbin'high - Oooh !!! (Niort, France)
Decidedly avant-garde dub. In existence since : 03.2003
From the gloriously titled first album Deep inside the hooka sleep free honeybees available on Jamendo as is the more recent eponymous Oooh !!!
Here is what I"ve found out about Oooh !!!:
un Ouf Out, Ose le Hasard !!! d'Ores et d'Orgeat Out Hélas !!! Ostinato d'Origine Opaque, Hue !!! Os d'Oisif On Hamac !!! Ô Oisif Obstiné, Hic !!! Onde Oblongue Onirique Homogène !!! Onde Onirique Orbitale Hallucinée !!! Oncle Ouille et Ostinati Hyperboliques !!! Oasis d'Orchidées, Orangeraie, Hot !!! s'Oindre l'Oeil d'Ocres, Holà !!! Ouïr Obus, Ondes et Hoquets !!! Orange O.K., Orgeat, Hoquets !!! On Ose Ouïr, Houra !!! s'Oindre l'Ogive d'Orties, Houlà !!! Olé Olé Ou Hurluberlu !!! Ouïe Oïl Oc Hou !!! Ouïe, Ouate, Onde, Hiatus !!! Odyssée Onirique, Osmose, Hasard !!! Orgeat Ouais, Opium Han !!! Olibrius Oued Ouate Humm !!! Ovni en Orbite, Oxydé et Hirsute !!! Opter pour Orgies et Or, Hop !!! Onde Ohm Ouï Hiatus OuillOuillOuille, Houra !!! Oho Ohé Ouou Hep !!! Obsession Onirique d'un Olibrius Hirsute !!!
Actually, it is FRANCK CADET : guitare ordi samplers synthé effets loopers
If you do nothing else please check out the website at:
Pijany dyrygent - Samplastik (Wrocław, Poland)
Samplastik jest sztuką walki stworzoną przez Mistrza Z. jako metoda obrony przed słabą muzyką bez użycia broni. Dawniej dla tej sztuki używano różnych nazw : rybne ciosy, bitne cymbały lub Okinawa-te. Co ważne jednak - nazwa Samplastik została zatwierdzona dopiero w 2006 roku - roku psa dodajmy.
In existence since : 01.2006
Come to this - Kelly's Lot (LA, CA, USA)
Kelly's Lot is a 4-7 piece Roadhouse Rock, Blues and Folk band that is based in Los Angeles, CA. They are known for their fun and energetic style at festivals and marathons. They tour a couple times a year and play for lots of charities. With a variety of styles it's hard to categorize this band.
Watch a Kelly's Lot video at their MySpace and an upcoming gig:
August 12 noon-2pm Pershing Square, Downtown Los Angeles, CA
Too much fun - Deni Bonet (New York)
There are a lot of ways you could describe an artist as talented and versatile as Deni Bonet. But the simplest way is best: Just imagine your favorite singer-songwriter - with a violin and a better sense of irony.
A classically-trained musician who"s performed or recorded with some of the classic names in rock and pop - R.E.M., Saran McLachlan, Daniel Lanois and the late Warren Zevon, to name just a few - and who recently toured the world with Cyndi Lauper, Bonet is now stepping into the solo spotlight with her second album, Last Girl On Earth. www.denibonet.com/