A thoroughly eclectic mix this week even though the music is from
the USA and the UK. This show produced by Artois (pictured).
Intro: Happy - Jimmie Bratcher
Close calls - Miranda Sound
Album: Western Reserve
(buy on band site)
Billy Peake and Dan Gerken do little to dismiss the notion that the
best art is made under conditions of duress. It's a cliche for a
reason, as countless musicians have found inspiration in the
physical and emotional threshing of their lives.
Miranda Sound's third album in four years benefits from its
straight-ahead songwriting and production, the latter courtesy of
post-punk icon and in-demand producer J. Robbins (Jawbox, Burning
Airlines). After road-testing the songs for months, the band went
into the studio and busted out "Western Reserve" in a week.
Sat Aug 05 - McMenamy's - All ages - $5 in Advance, $8 at door -
Fri Aug 11 - Oldfield's on High w/ Eric Metronome, Hero Pattern
& Barn Burning
Sat Aug 12 - Birdy's Midwest Music Summit w/ Lost Anthem, Other
Passengers, Peter Adams, Bel Auburn, Hero Pattern, Loretta &
Shadeland - We Play at 9:15pm sharp
Fri Aug 18 - Little Brothers w/ Aloha & Rahim
Sat Aug 26 - The Basement - The Whiles & The Receiver
Fri Sep 22 - The Poison Room - Toxic Festival $5/$7 - 18+
Who will you really become? -
(Brighton, UK )
ANEMO (which means "changing forms") was formed in summer 2001 in
Brighton, England. The ANEMO core is the songwriting partnership of
vocalist Hazelle Woodhurst (a former actress who appeared in such
major movies as "Shakespeare in Love" and "Eyes Wide Shut") and
keyboard player and producer Kingsley Sage (formerly of the UK band
Jumbo and sometime producer for Icelandic indie-hipsters
Bellatrix). This core is then supported by the remarkable Matt
Palmer on guitar.
New single releases on 4th September in the UK
Aug 3 2006 9:15 Hope and
Aug 9 2006 8:30 The
Aug 13 2006 7:30 "Strawberry Jam",
part of the Exmouth Festival Exmouth, Devon
Aug 14 2006 8:00 Three Fat
Aug 16 2006 10:00 The
Aug 18 2006 8:00 Jericho
Aug 29 2006 9:00 Joogleberry
Sep 7 2006 9:00
Sep 8 2006 8:00 The
Talking Heads Southampton
Yesterday, Sub Pop Records became the first record label in the
world to "go green" [see update below] by reducing its effective
CO2 output to zero. This would be technically impossible, even if
they went 100% digital in their sales, without an organization
called the Bonneville Environmental Foundation, which lets people
or companies buy "green tags," - vouchers that help subsidize the
use of renewable energy, which is generally more expensive to
produce than dirtier sources.
Purchasers of green tags still power everything in their homes or
businesses using the same old sources, but by purchasing these
green tags, they're able to offset their CO2 production by
introducing more renewable energy into the energy pool through
It's also worth pointing out that the first album featuring the
Green-e logo is Kelley Stoltz's Below the Branches
The memory collector - Kelley
San Francisco home-recording multi-instrumentalist Kelley Stoltz
spent the better part of the past three years promoting and
distributing his last album himself.
"I finished Antique Glow in 2001, but found myself without a label
when it was ready for release. So, being a vinyl nut, I decided to
press up a couple hundred and, to save some money, painted all the
covers myself. I sold them at shows and stores all around San
Francisco. After that the record took on a life of its own." And,
this life of its own involved an eventual domestic CD release on
San Francisco's Jackpine Social Club, as well as considerable UK
Antique Glow garnered a 4-star review and a "Mojo Rising" feature
in MOJO magazine, as well as critical praise in Ptolemaic
Terrascope, Uncut, Record Collector and on BBC6 radio. At year's
end Antique Glow was ranked #24 in MOJO's "40 Best Albums of 2004,"
described as, "a time capsule only recently discovered ... a
jamboree grab-bag of delights filled with everything from
psychedelic folk and cosmic troubadour pop to garage-rock and
lysergic r&b ... one of the year's major finds."
Kelley's new album, Below the Branches, picks up where Antique Glow
left off, combining psych rock, folk, blues and pop in its 13
tracks, exploring new, piano-driven directions as well. It's an
album of improvisational pop, alchemically blending influences with
results that are both timeless and new. Kelley and his band (Sean
Coleman, Kevin Ink, Shayde Sartin, and John Hofer) will tour
extensively with the release of Below the Branches.
The Band from County
Performing at at the Heckington Show, Lincolnshire
Julie McLelland & The Band From County Hell are one of the most
exciting Celtic rock bands on the circuit today. Set up twelve
years ago this band with Glasgow/Irish roots are writing and
performing the Celtic folk rock songs of today.
They have released five original albums, sold songs to football
teams and film makers, and play in theatres, arts centres and
festivals up and down the country.
Little bit of
and Happy Birthday
the most recent album Ghosts &
The band line-up varies from time to time but generally
Steve McLelland Vocals, guitars, banjo,
Julie McLelland Lead vocals, bodhran, song
Mad Dawg John Dowd Percussion.
Kenbar Furey Whistles.
Phil Harris Bass guitars, mandolin.
Bruce Brealey Brass section: Trumpet, trombone,
Ben McLelland Electric violin, whistles,
Maurice Mulligan Electric bass, double bass,
mandolin, acoustic guitar, 'Keef' guitar, flute, keyboards.
George Morton Trumpet, guitar, accordion.
The band really worked hard this weekend - take a look At Julie's
"report" on their website.
Aug 10-13 2006 Irish Tour
Aug 18-19 2006 Sommerfest
Aug 26 2006 The Apple Tree
Sep 16 2006 The Marquee Club
Sep 30 2006 Halfway Heroes Leathered In Lincoln
Bike Rally Lincoln
Sep 30 2006 Caistor Sports
Ground Caistor, UK
Oct 7 2006 The Blackfriars
Theatre Boston, UK
Oct 14-15 2006 SLEAFORD MUSIC FESTIVAL nr.
Occams Razor - Justice on a
Justice on a Budget began as an informal collection of musicians
who gathered to improvise over loose structures and soundscapes,
with all preconceptions left behind. The players developed a
relationship that allows them to express a shared sonic vision with
a wide-open approach to the creation of new music.
The web link looks interesting but no mention of Justice on a
Budget, that I could find.
See right through - Rasa 9
Rasa 9 is a rock/alt. band that touches all emotions, comprising
Joe Tamel (bass), Stefan Hajek (vocals), Christian Lundberg
(guitars), Clayton Powell (drums, piano). Their full-length CD "The
Breeding Ground" will be available in September.
Rasa 9 began as an idea between two musicians. The production team
of Swedish-born Christian Lundberg (guitar), and Chicago native Joe
Tamel (bass) honed their chops within the Los Angeles music scene
through their individual band projects and then somehow stumbled
upon a sound that truly fed their desires in music. After recording
a volume of instrumental tracks and auditioning multiple singers
that just did not mesh with the overall vision of the sound, fate
stepped in as vocalist Stefan Hajek arrived on the west coast from
the complete opposite end of the country. A child of the Southeast
band scene, Stefan stepped in with the voice and completed the
sound that Rasa 9 was longing to achieve.
The title of the album is going to be The Breeding Ground, and will
contain eleven tracks from the band. The mixing phase is
almost complete, and then the band will concentrate solely on the
development of the live show while the supporting powers that be
begin pushing it out onto the street. The release party and
live debut will be in mid-to-late September.
stefan sings : christian wails : joe thumps : clayton beats.
Sorry it was rather a long show this week, the OK to play The
Memory Collector came through just as I as completed the show - and
the temptation to be topical was just too much!
Your comments or suggestions would be gratefully received.