Bonfire night in the UK and my ignorance was evident in the show.
At the last possible moment - just as I was finishing the shownotes
Our Graham (It's a Frog's Life Acoustic Podcast
) Holland sent a
note through to say that his new show is up … along with a bit of
"Here in the UK we celebrate the anniversary in 1605 when Guy
Fawkes and his co-conspiritors failed to blow up King James I
during the Stare Opening of the Houses of Parliament. Read more
about it at www.bonfirenight.net
" Thanks Graham!
Dark and dank here in Suffolk this week so here's a reminder
(right) of Ibiza a couple of months ago. We want our summer
Blame it on me - The New Duncan
(Chicago, IL, USA)
I know it's only a few weeks since I played High School Soul
by the New Duncam
Imperials who have been giving Chicago and all points elsewhere a
good time for the past 20 years. They have a new album in nearly
eight years titled End Of Phase
. Bristling with the kind of straight-ahead-yet-twisted
songs that characterize their best work, this album reveals a band
that is tough, vital, and still poking rock in the ribs. It's on
A relatively laid back and in places almost chilled SnC this week.
It is probably geared to what I feel I desperately need - chill,
relax and get away from the computers. Saturday looks the best bet
for that - meeting up with Nicky who I last saw when we were around
11 years old. Recognition could be a bit of a problem so we are
meeting on a huge windswept a beach in North Norfolk where we will
probably be the only two idiots foolhardy enough to brave the
Riley B. King - Robben Ford
Echos of James Taylor? From the album Truth
Robben Ford is one of the premiere electric guitarists today,
particularly known for his blues playing as well as his ability to
be comfortable in a variety of musical contexts. A four-time Grammy
nominee, he has played with artists as diverse as Joni Mitchell,
Miles Davis, Bonnie Raitt and more.
Robben Ford will present a master class on guitar and music theory
for beginning and intermediate level musicians on Saturday Jan
24th, 2009. The class will focus on the basic building blocks of
music theory, chord progressions, the use of voicings, listening
and improvisation. There will be an emphasis on the importance of
the blues in building a strong musical foundation.
Silver - Conductive Alliance
Conductive Alliance formed in 2007, when long time friends began
composing music on acoustic instruments that evolved into short,
powerful arrangements. Electronics, traditional ethnic instruments,
and even children's toys are used in inventive song-writing.
I saw School of Seven Bells
last week at The Social in London.
The sort of venue that I quite like - for sweaty rock. The beer was
OK, the floor sticky and probably the most vandal proof furniture
which was all built into the floors, being cast concrete blocks to
sit on and put glasses on. A small venue but that's fine for
showcasing a band. It did have probably the smallest stage I"ve
seen in a few years though. Indeed the first band up, Daniel Land and the Modern Painters
had their drummer and kit set off to the side of the stage.
So far so good but oh dear, the sound was just awful. It did no
justice at all to the School of Seven Bells whose singers Alejandra
and Claudia Deheza might have saved the air fair and had an early
night. I know they were there, they were only a few feet away from
me but I heard almost nothing of them. Their keyboard and guitar
work complemented Ben Curtis who was playing some very interesting
stuff and constructed some remarkable layered sound with half a
stage of pedals. There were real problems with the PA, although I
don't envy the guy on the desk which is behind the stage (perhaps
more of DJ booth) and mixing seems to be done through
headphones and occasional attempts to get in front of the stage to
take a listen.
I"m afraid I was so disappointed that my companion and I left after
four numbers. Not that the band were bad. Indeed it was evident
that they were as good and perhaps more interesting than I'd
expected the frustration of not being able to hear them was almost
worse than not hearing them at all. Not a good call by whoever
booked them in at that venue if it was for the purpose of
showcasing - although, come to think of it anyone with an ear would
have recognised the talent despite the sound.
Connjur - The School of Seven
From their excellent album Alpinisms
School of Seven Bells
Buy at Rhapsody
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Two for top cat - Cagey House
(Maryland, USA) PMN and Jamendo
Cagey House has been releasing free podsafe music since
2005--through Umor-rex, Nishi, and Jamendo.
"There's a new Cagey House album on Jamendo. [but I coundn"t find
it] It's called Earth Covered A-Frame. Most of the tracks have been
up here before. Lots of them have computer-generated vocals. It's
pretty nice, if I do say so myself.”
On the Day I Found My Hands - The
(Brooklyn, NY) Ariel
From their album Distant
The Brilliant Mistakes are a New York City-based band who
specialize in melodic roots rock brimming with smart songcraft,
vintage pop sounds and lush harmonies. Fronted by two songwriters,
Alan Walker and Erik Philbrook, they draw you in with infectious
melodies and seductive rock flourishes, then beguile with
unexpected sonic twists, insightful lyrics and provocative themes,
best exemplified by such envelope-pushing kindred spirits as Wilco,
My Morning Jacket and Spoon.
Album sales via the band's website:
How far can I push you? - Deni
(New York, USA)
Yes, I know I only played Deni's track Too much fun
a few weeks ago (actually
it was on 129 on 6 August) but I wanted you to hear another tune
from this very New York artist.
Both are on Last Girl On
, Deni's first, new, full-length album since the 2002
release of the critically-acclaimed CD, Bigger Is Always Better
, and it
features a collection of new originals, an unexpected re-working of
a classic 80"s song and two bonus tracks of alternate versions of
two of the songs on the album.
Codger's taking a break so, sadly no new PC Podcast
and no Dub Zone
for a few weeks. I do find
myself listi-ening to old Dub zones whilst I'm working the absence
of words is ideal. Thanks for them Pete.
Struttin' - Tryad
t r y ^ d is one of the world's first 'virtual bands'. formed
across the oceans and spawned by the combination of opsound and
creative commons, a growing international number of t r y ^ d
members collaborate online, building a body of 'open source music'
which can be freely shared, copied and remixed