Suddenly there's a great rush of really good new music on the PMN
and here's the best of it interspersed with a few independent gems
on Suffolk 'n' Cool.
I dashed up to Manchester after the show so here's a picture of a
very dull late afternoon looking over the Salford Quays from my 7th
floor hotel room.
Happy - Jimmie Bratcher
London Calling - Radio Nowhere
(California, USA) FIRST PLAY
Radio Nowhere is a rock/pop band from Oakland, California, in the
United States. A friend told them that they sound like Pete
Townsend produced by Prince, and that sums it up pretty well.
We're almost spoilt for choice this week with some old favourites
coming up with new tracks and some really quirky stuff from a
couple of artists. There's an alarming bunch of Suffolk 'n' Cool
first plays in the mix but that could just mean that nobody else
likes them. :-)
All that, on top of a particularly interesting live music week.
You'll remember - Patty Griffin
(Texas, USA) FIRST PLAY
Over the years, Patty Griffin has created an ever-widening circle
of fans with her distinctive voice. Rolling Stone called it "an
amazing instrument." Her recordings have been included in films and
television and most recently appeared on the soundtracks for
Cameron Crowe's film "Elizabethtown."
On my Way - Run, Run, Run
After developing their unique indie-rock sound and hypnotic lo-fi
light show, releasing two EPs and opening for bands like the
STROKES, IMA ROBOT, PSYCHEDELIC FURS and MY CHEMICAL ROMANCE, Los
Angeles quartet Run Run Run caught the attention of Billboard
Magazine. Billboard promptly organized a showcase for the band in
Fall of 2005. This performance and a residency at Silverlake's
renowned Club Spaceland landed them a deal for their first record,
Pocket Monkey - Dan Elson
"Monkey obsessed, beard loving, musical monster Dan Elson " -
Generation Live Magazine.
Dan Elson has a little too much time and too much access to
expensive musical equipment. He doesn't fancy writing gloomy
serious songs, so he writes cheery songs about llamas, beards,
monkeys & socks.
Saw Los Campesinos
You say Party, We say Die
at Colchester on Friday - both were really good but the quality of
the PA let everything down. Not sure if it was a touring PA or the
house system. The sound was trashy, painfully noisy and a bizarre
mix which put kick base and snare at the very front of the sound
with vocals in a poor second place and bass almost absent.
Nevertheless, a very enthusiastic crowd persisted although for any
lesser band, I would have been off for the early bath.
The silver lining to the rainbow was that the excellent drumming
from Devon Clifford in You Say Party's set which came through
pretty well. So tight and driving, excellent. What is it with these
Canadian Bands? I hope to have a track from them for next week
I've stumbled upon what I think is a fantastic talent with an
incredibly versatile voice singing some damned powerful songs.
singing as a child and studied classical voice and piano. In high
school she sang in alt rock garage bands and Motown funk bands and
in jazz, classical and church choirs. In high school she taught
herself guitar on an uncle's old acoustic, then cut her teeth in
college playing on the street corners of Harvard Square.
That Golden Room
- Mieka Pauley
(Massachusetts, USA) FIRST PLAY
Her immediate ability to captivate audiences quickly made her a
favourite of Boston's best clubs including the Paradise Lounge,
House of Blues, Club Passim, and Kendall Café - next at New York's
renowned Bitter End, Living Room, Makor, Knitting Factory and
Village Underground - and then at the best clubs and festivals
throughout the U.S.
When I get born - The Alrights
Toby Churchill's kick-ass and creative music and lyrics are the
creative soul of this Minnesota band. Danny Cosgrove plays a mean
bass and sings a sweet harmony. Drummer Chad "Chavo" Amborn knows
when to hold back and when to bring down the house.
As I mentioned last week I first saw Tricia McTeague
last year at The
Winelight Club in Norwich. She's travelled thousands of miles since
working with some huge names.
Beer stained coaster - Tricia
Thats most certainly not a Suffolk 'n' Cool first-play because I
heard Graham Holland play that track on the It's a frog's
Life Acoustic Podcast
a couple of weeks ago.
If you haven't checked out the video of Tricia's duet with Ronan
Keating (on her MySpace) now's a good time to do so. Then if
you fancy a treat get down to Grapevine in Norwich on 14th November
and see her live.
touch via the artists page of the Suffolk 'n' Cool MySpace presence
at to say that he's hooked up with Terje Nordgarden who had in turn
passed on information about the show, so thanks to both of them. If
you've not checked out the SnC MySpaces do take a look. The artists
page is a great resource if you've heard anything you like on the
show, I try to get links with all the artists that are played so
that it becomes a veritable cornucopia of great music. www.myspace.com/suffolkncool
There is also a special lounge for listeners where you can hook up
with your fellow listeners around the globe. That's at myspace.com/snc_lounge
OK there aren't many listeners
in there right now but we can fix that can"t we. You'll find links
to the various MySpaces om the main site at
Anyway, Than got in touch, pointed me to his MySpace and I liked
what I heard. The CD arrived in this morning's post and here it is
in your ears, wherever you are on the surface of this funny old
Heart Music Soul Music - Than
Just about got time to fit in a very short and quirky track.
Zebrahead - Plastic Fuzz
(Leeds, UK) FIRST PLAY
Plastic Fuzz make alternative pop music and come from Leeds,
England. "Dots" is the 100-song album and is available from:
Off to Manchester now where I'll upload the show and do these