A rather quirky show with some great tunes from around the
Having said, in the show, that spring had arrived in Suffolk, I'm
now frantically trying to get the show uploaded before the current
thunderstorm knocks the power out completely. UPS has been working
every few minutes so I've not lost everything … yet.
This week's picture is one of the very few bits of Marley
memorabilia I have, a very used plectrum. How do I know it was his?
Because I bought it, a few more and a couple of Fender Twin Reverbs
for the band - at Manny's Music Store in NYC!
Rolling Higher - Lucy Bonilla
(Bellerose Manor, New York, USA)
Lucy has expanded her tour grounds from Canada down the U.S East
She recently completed her third release at The Clubhouse in
Rhinebeck, NY, under the expert guidance of producer Jim Weider
(The Band, Bob Dylan, Mavis Staples, Los Lobos). She also welcomed
the creative writing talents of Dean Batstone, Jerry Lynn Williams
(Eric Clapton) and Jim Weider (www.jimweider.com) to pen various
tracks. The title track, Rolling
, combines Lucy's feisty vocals with slick guitar
licks that hearken to blues greats of yesteryear. The album also
includes a re-recording of the first and only song Lucy ever wrote
on piano, "Lonely Goes".
Tomorrow - Kiran Hungin
Originally from the north east of England, Kiran Hungin has been
playing solo on the London acoustic circuit for a few years. I had
the good fortune to see and interview her in Norwich for SnC 040
back in November 2006. (The interview starts at about 15 mins).
"i have had the good fortune to
work with some amazing musicians, but i had just always craved that
feeling of having a musical family; a little crew to join me in the
the ups, downs and everything in between. and to be honest, i just
want a band behind my tunes.. to add that much needed element of
'kick-ass ness that i want!”
A little over a year ago she took the step of creating a band.
"i'm so happy with the band. it is
honestly the first time i just feel like the music is totally how i
envisaged it from the early demos, when i was playing only a piano
part, but hearing much more in my head.”
You and me - Kiran and the Nght
From the EP The Worry
The production is top notch. Without too much fancy arrangement the
integrity of the songs is retained totally intact. The band
underpin the songs which, with a less accomplished singer, might be
described as a sparse touch. On this album it is as though the band
is filling the sound out a little whilst taking a step backwards to
allow Kiran's voice find its full expression without straining. The
result is magic - a dreamy quality is there but the songs are
direct and heart-felt.
Sorry. Yes, there were some gig dates here but it transpires that
they were for last year - and all my efforts in trying to pronounce
the unpronounceable were in vain! I'll update with current dates as
soon as I hear.
The EP will be in the iTunes store in a few weeks but it is much
better to buy physical CDs direct from Kiran - besides which, the
band gets all the money which helps support the music; good for
everyone. Contact Kiran through MySpace or at
How many miles - Sarah Bear
When I asked Sarah for this track she replied:
"Wow, how many miles is very old..
i think that was my first bit of production! Josh (AKA Everyday
Junglist) has done a blinding new version in Yoda Room. Indeed i
showed up and put a vocal on the end."
coming up next month for the once indie label. Film director Phil
Low who also worked at Island was in touch this week to remind me
that founder Chris
received a special honour at the Music Week
magazine awards in London a couple of weeks ago being named as "the
most influential figure in the last 50 years of the British music
He was picked from a shortlist of 20 including Sir George Martin,
who signed and produced The Beatles.
CB set up Island Records, with £1,000 in 1959. By co-incidence
Music Week is also marking its 50th anniversary this year.
The label signed pioneering artists including Jimmy Cliff, Traffic,
Nick Drake and Roxy Music in the 1960s and '70s, and, of course, CB
discovered future reggae legend Bob Marley in Jamaica in 1972.
Bang Bang - Nadine Loren
Swiss-born singer/songwriter, Nadine Loren attributes her unique
style to her upbringing in both Germany and New Zealand. A true
artist, Loren combines musical genres, fusing various styles with
an obvious European influence. Her highly anticipated debut album,
Living in Wonderland
launched Thursday, November 13th, 2008.
Loren's songs combine folk, electronic, pop and rock music elements
and feature English, French and Italian lyrics that utilize
operatic influences to add a quirky theatricality to her
melodies. Two of her songs, Wonderland
and Look Me in the Diamonds
, were recently
picked up for a European compilation entitled 'Bad Girls Don't Cry'
Duffy, Ayo, and Amy Winehouse.
Angels - J.S. Marti
Recommended by Organic Despair ... again. It is on Jamendo so get
over there and get it for yourself.
"This collection of songs was
composed at a time that dictated that my music should be direct,
without many devices, so I decided to only record it with acoustic
guitars and voice there isn't even any reverb."
Chris Blackwell on signing with
Je t'aime je t'aime - Lola
(Berlin, Germany and Toronto, Canada)
A French Pop/Electronica duo, who sing really interesting material
in both French & English.
Je t'aime je t'aime
from the new 3rd album, LOLA
DUTRONIC IN BERLIN
recorded over a 3 week period in an
abandoned Berlin apartment, and mixed in Toronto. it also features
the legendary Mike Garson (of David Bowie's Aladdin Sane
fame) on piano.
"We divide our time between Berlin
and Toronto. We've put out three albums so far: "THE WORLD OF LOLA
DUTRONIC", the Grammy Award nominated* "THE LOVE PARADE" and our
newest album, "LOLA DUTRONIC IN BERLIN". We've also appeared on
several compilation albums and repackages in Asia and
Available on iTunes and on CDBaby.com at http://cdbaby.com/cd/ldutronic
There is also a wonderful track Brigitte Bardot
on their MySpace.
spotted in an
Aldeburgh hotel window on Monday:
Locally caught fish served daily on our menus
Chimer (alternative version) -
(Halifax, United Kingdom)
From the Jamendo album A
Companion For Joey : PedigREMIXED
Please note : This is NOT a new
Trolley album. (A new Trolley album is underway, however.)
La Capsula - Los Hnos. Prado
Rather, it is a collection of Remixes, Outtakes and Alternative
versions of tracks recorded around the period of "Pedigree Joey"
(The 2nd Trolley album). As its title suggests, it acts as a
companion to that album - rather than just being the bits that
weren't good enough to be included in the first place.
Whilst this is a fairly madcap and lunatic sounding bunch of tunes,
it's hopefully a blast of high-octane fun to listen to. I do still
think it holds together as a surprisingly cohesive whole, despite
its unhinged and chaotic sound. The aural equivalent of
dropping acid, then going to an all-night funfair.
From the album Las Majores
Download it free using the IODA link below.
from "Las Mejores Polkas"
More On This Album
My Happy - Lindsay Katt
She is a new name in the landscape that welcomes female
singer-songwriters. Her style however, is entirely her own.
Self-taught, in the mountains of Montana, she developed her own
unique process, taking chances with her sound and lyrics. The
resulting melodies are haunting, uplifting, poignant and
Filling Venues in NYC like "The Cutting Room” and "The Knitting
Lindsay held her CD release party for her debut record Picking Out Boxes
at "The Living Room"
in NYC in February.
(Mastered by Legendary music engineer Greg Calbi)
She is so excited to be able to finally share the product of her