Delighted to report that I'm back down off the roof. No, I wasn't
expecting to take the trip up their either but magpies have been
nesting in the main chimney stack and one of the fledglings fell
down the chimney a couple of weeks ago which entailed dismantling
the woodburner to release it. They've fledged now so it is a good
time to clamber up there, stand on tip-toes on the ridge and see
what needs to be done before they start on a second brood. I
couldn't resist the photo opportunity. Sorry about the camera shake
- you should have seen my knees.
Take you home - Final Thought
(Barrie, ON, Canada)
Barrie, Ontario melodic pop rock foursome Final Thought released
their new EP, Take This Home, (iTunes) in January and have been
steadily gigging around central Ontario ever since. Their jaw
dropping live incarnation has made many a fan for the young up and
coming outfit. This June they will bring their live sets to more
stages -including a special charity night the band will be hosting
in Barrie at the Royal Canadian Legion. June 20th, Spend an Evening
with Final Thought - will be an acoustic night and all profits will
be donated to Habitat for Humanity.
They are currently strolling through the Montreal and Trois
Rohypnol - Trolley
From the album Very
The album description reads:
So, this would be the 3rd of the 3
Trolley albums. This is the one where it all came together
quite nicely, and is still one I'm rather proud of. (Despite
it's rather sketchy opener "Affluenza" - Why do I never manage to
do satisfactory opening tracks? Too much enthusiasm to get
Levi Blues - Dala
My personal faves on "Very Plath" are "Holy Mother Hindlay" which
is built on a simple ominous loop which builds and builds
throughout the main body of the song, before switching tack and
coming to quite an anthemic close). "Song 7" which has a slightly
caribean feel to it but manages to take a trip through about
another 5 genres before it finishes, without sounding too forced or
pretentious, and "Sisters At The Wheel", an industrial dance affair
with a huge heart and sing song chorus.
"Very Plath" as a whole does what "Pedigree Joey" did in its finer
moments and manages to condense them into more manageable 4 minute
chunks - Without the schizophrenia, but with all the adventure left
intact. It took me a long time to do this one, but I enjoyed
Amanda Walther and Sheila Carabine of Dala (the duo's name was
formed by combining the two last letters of each artist's name)
have come a long way in a short time. The two best friends, who met
in their high school music class and wrote their first song
together in 2002, have since performed at Toronto's legendary
Massey Hall a total of six times. Darlings of the Canadian music
scene, Dala are now poised to bring their fresh brand of acoustic
pop music to the world.
Dala's last two albums , 2006's Angels and Thieves
Who Do You Think You Are
earned them a total of four Canadian Folk Music Award
Dala's new album Everyone Is
is slated for release yesterday on June 9th. It is a
wonderful journey for the listener, bringing together all the
elements that set this talented duo apart. The first single,
is a delightful
throwback to the songs of the 50's and early 60's.F rom the very
first line, "I've been waiting for a guy like you; you've been
waiting to be my guy too", fans will be hooked.
A mone Nyina - Abakuya
The musical project Abakuya was born with the meeting of two
musicians, Jimi Sofo (Australia) and François Essindi (Cameroon),
and too k place in 2006 thanks to an exchange travel organized by
the Akiba Association in Cameroon. Other musicians came in turn and
decided to travel together: thus, Abakuya is a journey….
In Knowing - Swimming in
(New York, USA)
Picked up on this via a tweet from Sarah Morrison (@SarahCM) this
morning. It being #faibw (Follow An Indie Band Wednesday).
From their ﬁrst meeting in October 2008, multi-instrumentalist
Chris Clarke and lead vocalist Meadow Eliz knew they wanted to
write music together. The snowy, subzero climate of Saranac Lake,
New York, lent itself well to winter days spent creating and
recording in Chris's home studio, where they crafted the
Swimming in Speakers
armed with a Casio, a laptop and a hodge-podge of analog equipment.
Jo Sorrell (cello) and Justin Grizzofﬁ (percussion and guitars) add
nuance to the tracks, and local NPR station NCPR granted access to
their brand new studio for additional recording and mixing.
Swimming in Speakers
eponymous E.P. is the pair's ﬁrst collection of demo recordings.
From the smoothly burbling synth pop of In Knowing
to the slippery delicacy of
Near My Ear
lilting twists and turns of Nevergreen
, Swimming In Speakers'
sound deﬁes easy categorization.
Mission Man - Schitzoid Club
Schizoid Club from the UK is really putting together some
interesting funk/hop-hop influences together with some
downtempo/breakbeat mixtures with their debut self-titled release.
Sophia Lolley on vocals and Jazz T producing some fine scratchy
noises ... Mission Man certainly has some strong echoes of early
James Bond and the like.
Matney - Guitar, bass, drums, keyboards, decks, vibes, programming,
engineering mixing and production. Joe Carballo, ears and tea and
interruptions for positive words.
from "Schizoid Club"
(Per Capita Records)
Buy at iTunes Music Store
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Minoushe - Vagabond Opera
(Portland, Oregon USA)
The curtain parts: steampunked Absinthe-era vestments, thirteen
languages, an operatic encounter that puts its green-backed silver
dollar where its mouth is—square in the center of a ringing high C
that beckons the zeitgeist in a juicy song. The words go like this:
Opera's no longer stuffy and elite; it"s for you and it brims and
burns with new life, a gypsy bouillabaisse brewed of Balkan, Jazz,
bohemian cabaret, Arabic maquam, vital and reinvigorating, marking
uncharted territory. It's a new world opera, a global one. The
curtain closes. Encores. Room keys thrown on to the stage. Opera
The band's line-up features trained operatic tenor and soprano
vocals, accordion, tenor saxophone, cello, violin, musical saw,
banjo-lele, stand-up bass and drums.
Do Wah Di Di (Youth remix) - The Dirty
The West London suburb, postcode West 12, begins where the M40
haunches and flies into the capital on an elevated stretch called
the Westway. From there it spreads south and east to its snootier
neighbours in Chiswick and Notting Hill. The borough is home to the
BBC, HMP Wormwood Scrubs, Queens Park Rangers FC, the Dark Compass
podcast and (as alleged by themselves) the greatest little
rock"n'roll band in the world.
The Dirty Strangers are:
Alan Clayton: Guitar & Vocals
John Proctor: Bass Guitar
George Butler: Drums
Scottie Mulvey: Piano Accordian
By one of those quirks of fate a bunch of guests have been jamming
with the core band for over 20 years. The new album W12 to
Wittering also features Keith Richards, Ronnie Wood and a fine
musician who I now recall I once did a UK tour with, Joe Brown.
Keith plays piano on 5 tracks and on All Away
is joined by the legendary
Joe Brown playing banjo. Ronnie Wood's slide guitar is on two
tracks, South Of The River
& Gold Cortina
Brown's son Pete produced the album except for Real Botticelli
(co-written by Keith
as was Bad Girls
was produced by former Damned founder member, Brian James.
As Kris Needs wrote in Record Collector, "Though the group have
some handy mates, it"s their unpretentious zest, veteran chops and
ability to plug into rock'n'roll's primal essence which makes them
so refreshingly uplifting in these clogged up times."
Take a listen to more tracks on the band's MySpace