May 24, 2007
Parts of this week's show are decidedly laid back. We've got
updates on quite a few independent artists that have been played
over recent months and news of gigs in Vancouver and much closer to
the barn here in Suffolk. Music progresses from Europe to
California with artists from Austria, London, Florida, Minnesota,
California, New York and Sweden.
What a week, long hours but so uplifting, doing creative stuff mostly developing a promotional DVD for a training provider here in the UK which a started as a little local job. Needed music to cut pictures to and the client suggested a couple of published bands. Contacted one of the major labels / publishing companies who (as I'd expected) wanted a huge amount of money and then suggested that it could take "some weeks" to negotiate because three separate deals would have to be done with each band member's publisher.
This was the moment to mention independent music and play a few suggestions. The immediate impact came from Podsafe band The Young Punx. A message to their promoter Nigel of Mad Bouncy Dogs and we were on a roll. The band were keen on the idea, their manager Joe was up for it and in no time we'd done a good deal.
So what"s a good deal?
The track we've used You've got to is released as a single on Monday (even though you heard it weeks ago on Suffolk 'n' Cool ).
There's a fair bit of music that's worth checking out and an on-line store
Happy - Jimmie Bratcher (Missouri, USA)
Too strong - Skeptic Eleptic (Austria)
From their album Get Addicted. Playing gigs with bands like Vice Squad, Exploited, Marky Ramone, UK. Subs, The Vibrators, The Horrorpops, The Fuzztones, the Epoxies made Skeptic Eleptic improving their eccentric Live-Shows, they never leave the audience with no pale faces.
The most perfect word - Carlina (London, UK)
I quit my consulting job in May 2006, learned how to play the guitar , wrote songs and started playing clubs. NO regrets!!!! Next gig June 2nd at Edwards of Hammersmith.
Kelly Brock will be celebrating the release of her fourth CD entitled Rebel Kind at the Media Club (695 Cambie Street) on Tuesday, June 19th. She will be joined on-stage with her six-piece band along with special guest Dustin Bentall.
Hydraulics - Smallfish (Florida, USA)
From the seminal Smallfish album Low Tide. Enjoy the quirky, piano-powered sounds of alt-rock songwriter Evan Lefloch, tinged with show tunes, jazz, and laughter.
Smallfish live has been described as "old-timey radio show on espresso" and "weird!"
Since 99, Evan has been Smallfish and fed his music addiction by entertaining.
Shackles and Chains - Al Lindsay (Suffolk, UK)
You can download this track from Al's Myspace. Al is based here in Suffolk and has let me know about a couple of gigs this coming weekend:
Friday 25th May Unplugged Sessions at High Barn, The Bardfield Centre, Great Bardield, Braintree, Essex, CM7 4SL
Entry is £6 and he'll be playing a 20 minute set in amongst sets from other performers. Joining on percussion for the night will be the intrepid Frank Slappa.
Saturday 26th May Acousticauscultation, Lloyds Tavern, Ipswich.
Entry is free and Ihe"s doing a full showcase set at this brand new acoustic night. Playing the same night are some other great acts so get down to the tavern and all will have a great time!! Doors open at 8pm.
I heard from Tony and Una of No Fixed Abode (interviewed last week) that they didn't get to bed until 3:30 in the morning after their gig in Cromer (they had come off stage at 2:45 - in the afternoon!)
She dances - Justin Roth (Minnesota, USA)
Blending intricate guitar work, smooth vocal melodies and a groove, Justin offers up a mix of new acoustic folk.
"Fans of Leo Kottke or Michael Hedges will find themselves right at home with the intricate guitar work... beautifully written lyrics."
- San Francisco Art Magazine
Breakable - Ingrid Michaelson (California)
Distinguished by her lilting voice and unique enunciation, classically trained pianist, Michaelson weaves unpredictable lyrics over uplifting melodies on her newest release Girls and Boys. A staple on Grey's Anatomy, she has been called "one of the best unsigned artists in America".
Boom Boom Beckett (Played Salsa di Soy last week) let me know that their entire album is available for free download from Jamendo at www.jamendo.com/it/album/4234/
Titofelix were in touch from Atlanta to say thanks. And to point out that their album All good things is available now for free download from their site:
Odd Bird - The Lacivious Biddies (New York, USA)
New York City's all-female cocktail pop quartet The Lascivious Biddies have earned a reputation for having an energetic and tightly woven live show that sparkles with four-part harmonies, expert musicianship, and magnetic wit.
I wonder if this represents a change of direction for the Biddies.
DId you spot it? I didn't play the track from Sweden - ah well, next week.