Intro: Happy - Jimmie Bratcher
Norwich again - quite a music scene up there. Went up to see My
Visor who I played a couple of weeks ago. They were playing an
acoustic set at The Music House for one of Simon Black's events.
Keith was playing a spontaneously 5-string guitar with Kat doing
her best to give him a chance by trying to sing full on songs
quietly. My heart went out to them and, to their credit, they stuck
Thanks to them for a very enjoyable evening - also to Tom who seems
to be a one-man campaign for barley wine - and a very successful
one too. In fact If I'd been on my bike I might have joined too. As
it was though, almost 2 hours getting home in the fog was bad
enough stone cold sober!
One day these legs won't dance - My
Kind of like chloroformity -
Hailing from Altamonte Springs, FL, the five-piece known as Rory
has been in some form of existence since 1998. With a combination
of melodic guitar-playing, dreamy vocals and lung-wrenching
screams, We're Up To No Good is sure to please fans of Taking Back
Sunday and Brand New.
I can remember the 60's and although I guess for me it will never
be the same, these young guys get pretty close to that sort of
Well done, Rob.
Yes, I recognise the buzz and the phenomena of some bands heads
being thus located - I suppose both must be timeless features of
I do feel as though the parallel is more between the punk era and
today. Pre-punk almost the whole music business edifice had been
built on BIG. Big stadium venues, big promotion, big labels, etc.
Then, the revolting kids revolted. Suddenly anyone could be in a
band. Instruments were cheap and trashed, talent was optional,
audiences were excited by the attitude as much as the music. To be
quite over the top about it, the people reclaimed the music.
Gradually the really good stuff surfaced and prospered, a new era
was born, matured and faded again.
Now, anyone with a home computer and a microphone can make an album
and distribute it on-line. Bands can burn their own CDs, anyone can
reach a global audience through MySpace and podcasts. Again there
is a buzz in the air and a lot of crap slopping around. Some good
stuff that sounds like crap and some crap stuff that actually
sounds quite good. Then there's the good stuff that doesn't
necessarily sound like all the other good stuff - and that dear
listener is what I'm hunting for.
Man of Stone - Marina Florance
(Norfolk, UK) FIRST PLAY
I find this a stunningly direct song. The core of it is so resonant
and comes across so clearly that the music, although beautiful,
becomes almost transparent.
Marina performs original songs and music written by both herself
and her co-writer Julie Allen. Marina also regularly performs
material written by her guitarist Mick Kennedy.
Also worth checking out is: http://www.norwichcore.co.uk
There are over 22,000 tunes on the Podsafe Music Network today a
fair proportion of which is crap that sounds like crap.
I jokingly complained to Adam Curry that I was struggling to listen
to them all.
Adam Curry audio
His suggestion of a rating list or look for the artists that get
lots of plays misses the point and leads us back to where we were,
self-restricted playlists a star system and an awful lot of talent
being ignored and eventually fading away in disillusionment.
No, we've got to keep alert to talent and strive to sustain the new
order by creating a fair-trade system for musicians that sees a
fair return on their investment of time, energy and youth. When you
see artists travelling 200 miles to play six songs at a showcase
gig, then get back in their car to drive four hours home again, in
return for what? An audience of 50 and some travel expenses? The
thing that comes over is that they care about the music. The least
that we as listeners and podcasters can do is to care too. That
starts with giving everyone a fair listen, even if it means a few
late nights for us too! I believe that there is more that I can do
as a podcaster. I don't necessarily know what all the things are
but Suffolk 'n' Cool is making a start. Keep an eye on your SnC
subscription over the next few weeks for something a bit different.
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Foolin around with girls -
(Denmark) FIRST PLAY
Nothing I can tell you I'm afraid. No web-link, no bio.
Djibi 90% - Mamadou (Massachusetts,
World Beat travels from West Africa to the Czech Republic to the
United States, meeting in Boston, MA for an eclectic blend of
exotic rhythms and powerful percussion jams that will set your feet
and spirit dancing! Weaving together diverse musical traditions
with the powerful rhythms of West Africa.
Miss Communication - Mia Silvas
Along with Jimmy Docherty - simply a great song. I've been trying
to get the MP3 from Mia for a couple of weeks. It's well worth the
Let all this be - Homer
One of the great French film directors said that it's not the
characters that matter. It's the spaces between them. This song
feels a bit like that. Again I can tell you no more but I will when
Have a good week,