Music from The USA, Russia, Trinidad, Cardiff and Saarfen this week
as your genial host Peter Clitheroe scours the world's finest
sources to bring musical delights for your delectation. Ah, he's
News about the SnC MySpace and the social event of the year which
he missed out on by a cruel quirk of fate. It's all in Suffolk 'n'
Crazy When She Drinks - Lee
Lee Rocker, the man whose muscular slap bass playing fuell ed The
Stray Cats to the top of the charts, is making some of the
strongest music of his career. Rocker, with The Stray Cats, helped
reintroduce rockabilly to a mass audience. Now he's igniting the
roots music fire. Lee currently has a couple of albums on Alligator
Records. Most of whose catalogue seems to be on teh Podsafe Music
Network now. Perhaps the PMN is making a transition from artist
outlet to label shop-window.
Happy - Jimmie Bratcher
(Missouri, USA) - theme
I mentioned Wayne Perkins and Marley last week and was contacted by
film maker Phil Lowrey who was at Island too. We think it was very
shortly after I dropped out to the country … man … that Phil joined
what was, at that time, the best label in the world. Not the
biggest but the quality of artists was astounding.
It turns out Phil had arranged a grand reunion just a couple of
weeks ago of quite a few of the Island mob from the 1970s.
Including Richard Williams, formerly head of A&R, now chief
sports writer at The Guardian, Steve Smith who was in my
first band Smith, Perkins and Smith and went on to produce Bob
Marley came over from the States and someone whose iconic voice I
can hear (in my head) to this day, Jess Roden. Oh well, next time
Pictures on Phil's Flickr at:
Still - Kira Fontana
Diego, CA, USA)
On her debut album, The Inner Revolution, songstress Kira Fontana
triumphs in embracing an emotional rawness without fear. Like
Sinéad O'Connor and Tori Amos before her, the San Francisco Bay
Area-born artist approaches such a task with unshakable power.
After four years of intense instruction at the Eastman School of
Music in Rochester, NY, and writing purely instrumental music,
Fontana entered Yale for graduate studies in composition, but soon
began to feel that something was missing in her creative life. With
stints writing and recording in New Haven, Brooklyn, and Montreal,
she finessed her way back to songwriting and composed her first
song since age 13, a soothing, piano-driven ballad entitled
We are all accelerated readers - Los
Rapidly running out of LC tracks to play!
You can catch them live in August at:
2 August - Manchester, A Day At The Races (with Calvin Johnson,
Nina Natasia, Jeffrey Lewis and more)
3 August - Standon Calling, Hertfordshire
9 August - Japan, Summersonic Festival
10 August - Japan, Summersonic Festival
15 August - Belgium, Pukklepop
16 August - Holland, Lowlands
17 August - Brecon, Greenman
Bye Bye Blues - Erin Harpe
(Boston, MA, USA)
Growing up in the Washington DC area, Erin Harpe began playing the
guitar in her teens taught by her father, bluesman Neil Harpe.
In a genre that is often dominated by men, Erin Harpe is breaking
new ground as a very accomplished female guitar player with a
soulful voice and feel for the blues. Playing acoustic delta blues
in the vein of Memphis Minnie and early Bonnie Raitt, Erin plays
guitar and sings the blues like no other.
friends can now be
allocated to "categories" and we are making full use of that
I wanted a place for us all to get together but also to have
somewhere special, limited to artists that I've played (or want to
play) on the show. Quite a few people have commented that the SnC
friends section is like a musical playground that you can just dive
into and know that you're going to find loads of really interesting
music, everywhere you turn.
Now you'll find them all in the On the Show
category for the great artists who had proved their worth by being
featured on the show.
is the category for all the venues, studios,
promoters, labels, etc. who keep the indie music scene on the road.
If you are looking for a service - it would be a good place to
browse. For inclusion, please include "Business" in the message
panel when you make a friend request.
Then there is the competition (nah, not really). The Music Podcasters
whose hearts are in the music and who are committed to getting it
Of course, there is a category for Listeners
give the buzz that makes the show such a joy to produce. I'd love
to have you as a 'friend' so please click on the "Add" link and get
it moving. Please put "listener" in the message panel when you make
your request. You'll be very welcome.
Finally there is a category for Prospects
who would like to be on the show in the future (for inclusion put
"prospect” into the message box.)
To explore the categories:
1. go to the MySpace page at www.myspace.com/suffolkncool
2. Click "Show all of Suffolk 'n' Cool's Friends" and then the
TIP: The most recently played artists are in the top friends
Elvis - These New Puritans
Debut full-length from Southend's very own These New Puritans sees
the young art-punk quartet channeling their inner Mark E. Smith-
and Gang of Four-isms for a sound that's remarkably fresh. Produced
by Gareth Jones (Einsturzende Neubauten, Liars, Wire), taut rhythms
and Wire-y guitars carry their catchy, sinuous lyrics.
These New Puritans have done a lot in their brief time. Their debut
EP, Now Pluvial , came about as a result of one intense, 24-hour
session in October 2006 in the shed-cum-studio assembled by de
facto leader Jack Barnett and his band - twin brother George
(drums), Thomas Hein (bass, sampler), and Sophie Sleigh-Johnson
(synth, sampler). Recorded in harsh, digital audio onto Jack's
laptop, the EP was released on 7" vinyl in a limited edition of 500
copies by Angular Records, before being made available as a free
download for a single day, and then deleted.
Song taken from Beat Pyramid, their full-length debut, the next
phase in These New Puritans' hyperbolic progression. Recorded
alongside producer Gareth Jones, its songs are an ever-mutating
blur of brash chords, subtle details, and taut rhythms.
Cabin Near Paris - Sasha
From his album Kaleidescope which is the most downloaded netlabel
release on archive.org This link should take you straight to
and this will link to Jamendo www.blue.jamendo.com/en/album/15983
or go via his MySpace at:
Laura & Bren
(at last) on Saturday in Cumbria. So sorry I won't be with you but
I'm sure the reasons are understood. Have a great day followed by
lots and lots more. Now what was that pub in Notting Hill called
Love Dis Girl - Waltah PPK
(Trinidad and Minneapolis) (MS)
Born and raised on the island of Trinidad. (Walter Alan Shields)
aka Waltah PPK, vocalist/songwriter was involved in music from an
early age. Strongly influenced by his mother's passion for
music, he began giving performances as a pre-teen on the steel
drum, piano and singing in choirs.
Waltah migrated to the US as a young adult, where he completed his
college studies. During this time the island of his birth had
become infested with violence, corruption where many still fall
victim to an unjust political system. This turn of events
called him to return to the stage driven and compelled to be a
voice of awakening, inspiration and truth.
In 2004 Waltah was an original member of The Elementals; a local
MPLS band that infused reggae, funk, rock and soul to create a
sound that was new to the Minneapolis/St. Paul music scene.
Always delivering music with a positive message, the band gave
performances with international reggae superstars Lucky Dube
(R.I.P) and Yellowman as some of their most notable highlights.
Accompanying him are band members:
Ryan Ward (Fly Ry) - Guitar
Keith Raney (KMan) - Bass
Andy Deckard (Randy) - Drums
Together the band delivers passionate grooves that target the soul,
move the body and inspire the mind.