Back in the UK for this week's show having had a great time in the
heat of Ibiza visiting Jessie. The island seems a bit quieter this
year but the wall art is rather fine. This pic is just a very small
part of a large poster on a wall in the Old Town.
We "did" Pacha again and I still marvel a the price of drinks: a
vodka and tonic and an orange juice = 23 Euros (that's about $32 or
£20). Worth it though it is a great club, just sip slowly!
African Dream - Halo and
From Classic Dubs remixed by
. Thanks to Dave and the team at Mn2S for the OK to play
If you like the sound of that you could do a lot worse than get
over to www.mn2s.com
or even direct to the album
Hedonist - Sharon Lang
(Nashville, TN, USA)
Accompanied by friends and fellow musicians Lyndsay Pruett, John
Depriest, and Josh Minyard, Lovers and Thieves
is a simple,
no-frills portrayal of Lang's experiences both before and during
her time in Nashville. Inspired by the unique community of artists,
lovers, gypsies, dreamers, saints, and sinners that occupy this
fair city, it truly expresses a love of first-class effort and
sincere dedication to all things that are good.
from "Lovers and Thieves"
(Per Capita Records)
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Any Kind of Love - Del Marquis and
(Brooklyn, NY, USA)
A formally trained furniture designer, Marquis had no intention of
becoming a musician. "I practiced a trade and loved to build
things, that is one of the main reasons I started playing guitar,
it is such a beautiful object.
Things didn't go as planned and Del joined the fledgling nightclub
act, Scissor Sisters. "In NYC, September 11th left so many
people in a state of confusion; what you thought was your future
path, was very much uncertain. I think those events
allowed me to take a risk, and see what might happen with
Scissor Sisters began 2004 as a little-known act, and ended it as a
pop phenomenon. Their eponymous debut album was the biggest-selling
album in the UK that year. The album has since gone almost ten
times platinum here.
As lead guitarist in Scissor Sisters, Marquis has seen two world
tours culminating in three sold out shows at London's O2 arena.
Scissor Sisters have sold in excess of 4 million albums
Marquis felt it was necessary to make music of his own after so
much time touring and recording as a band. "I had an idea to
do a pop album, but paired with darker themes than what felt
comfortable on a SS album. I wanted the music to be melodic
and the production to be big, in that I referenced 80's production,
and the records that most successfully incorporated the dawn of
digital gear with analogue techniques."
Marquis settled on the concept of a multi-media project that would
roll out in smaller doses all leading toward a large, complete
vision. Working this way allows the project to evolve and take
spontaneous turns en route to the finish.
The releases aren't all retro synths and British homage; Embryoroom
multimedia group concepted another side to the project.
Together, Embryoroom and Marquis worked on the idea of the
'Shadow,' an ulterior personality of the work. "We wanted to
show a darker side to pop music, how the same song can be
reinterpreted to represent a different style and emotion."
These versions are called 'Shadow tracks" and are featured as
separate tracks in each installment.
The final element of the project is an episodic Science Fiction
video, entitled 'Hazmazk," this visual narrative (often starring
Marquis as Viz, a character subjected to examination and abduction)
is filled with striking motifs and dark content.
Says Marquis, "Its important to have strong visuals as an identity
beyond the sound, and although we didn't necessarily want to create
music videos as the sole representation for the project
People don't absorb things in two or three dimensions anymore, its
5.1 sound verses a stereo mix. I feel the project is unlike
anything that is currently available commercially, especially given
that it is DIY to the core.
Following the first two well-received installments - Hothouse,
released in December and March's Character Assassination, Del is
gearing up for the May 19th release of Litter To Society. The
9-track work continues his experimentation in blending emotional
themes and a forward-thinking vision with a classic synth-soul-pop
palette that recalls pioneers of the sound such as The Human League
and Tears for Fears merging with more experimental
"Litter To Society
most intense thematic release of the series," says Del. "It would
be impossible to divorce one element from the other, i.e. the
visuals, the songs, the interludes; each element works together to
tell a story."
"It is an account of depravity in modern life, told through songs
about urban and social decay. Within each moment, there is hope,
the 'child inside" and the possibility of redemption."
We got to meet death one day - Kelly
Kelly Joe Phelps has featured on the show before and it is great to
have him back on with such a fine display of subtle slide guitar
and heart-felt vocals.
The track is from the remastered and repackaged 15th year
anniversary edition of Kelly Joe Phelps' groundbreaking evergreen
release Lead me on
edition features two exclusive, unreleased bonus tracks 'Ever Be
Here Again" and this haunting and inspired interpretation of the
1935 song We Got To Meet Death
by Blind Willie McTell. On Burnside Records. You can
download that track free of charge through the link below.
"We Got to
Meet Death One Day"
from "Lead Me On (15 Year Anniversary Edition)"
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Why buys CDs?
What are the
pros and cons of buying downloads vs physical copies. Let me
know what influences your decision: peter
Tebje Pojem - EMAR
From the album Sacred
EMAR (pron. Ehm-Ahr) is an international world music artist. Born
in the Balkans and raised in Canada, EMAR's multicultural
influences inspire her to sing and record in several languages
including Serbian, Hindi, Persian, Arabic and Church Slavonic.
EMAR worked with three renowned producers to create her ethereal,
spiritual sound: Genie Award-nominated Sean Eyre, 2007 Canadian
Music Awards winner for Best World Music Group & 2009 JUNO
Awards Nominee - Andrew McPherson of Eccodek and noted film
composer Igor Vrabac. Playing on five of the album"s tracks is
World Music multi-instrumentalist Boris Sichon.
The album was released last September and is available at CDBaby,
iTunes and selected music stores in Canada and the US.
Stagger Home to my Baby - Charlie
(St Petersburg, FL, USA)
Roots rocker Charlie Morris hails from the swampy suburbs of St.
Petersburg, Florida, and "writes like a man who has been down the
road more than a few times" [music writer and DJ Norman Davis]. The
Charlie Morris Band mixes up a soulful stew of blues, funk,
Louisiana rhythms and jazzy jams behind Charlie's original songs
about wayward women, drinking,gambling and life on the road.
Charlie's ability to entertain an audience is legendary, and hot
solos on slippery slide guitar, organ and piano keep the action
Seasoned road warrior Charlie Morris tours regularly throughout the
Southeast US, as well as in Europe, where he has played at several
major festivals in Europe, including the Montreux Jazz Festival and
the Great British R&B Festival.
Ten Tall Tales will be Charlie's 5th CD, and contains 10 new
original songs recorded in Switzerland, with the same red-hot Swiss
band that's been touring with Charlie since 2004. Charlie's Strat
and Paul converse with Markus Baumer's piano, B-3 and Rhodes, David
Clarke lays down a bucket-of-beans bass, and Marco "Speedy"
Jeanrenaud snaps his snare like a young Turk, while building
rock-solid grooves like a mature road warrior.
with Lipservice Theatre is putting on a show Desperate to be Doris,
a musical based around the songs of Doris Day. They need to recruit
a choir leader and local singers to be in a community choir as part
of the show in October. rehearsals start at the end of August and
the choir will meet once a week for 3 hours. Deadline 14th July
call Laura Norman on 01473 295930.
Sala - Abuigail Washburn & The
Shanghai Restoration Project
(Chengdu, Sichuan, China)
A folk/electronic project remixing voices and sounds from the China
earthquake zone to raise awareness for victims still in need.
Presented by Abigail Washburn & The Shanghai Restoration
Project in cooperation with Sichuan Quake Relief.
Digital & Limited Edition EP CD Available since May 12th
In honor of the one-year anniversary of the Sichuan Earthquakes,
two pioneers in entirely different genres - folk and electronica -
have merged to increase knowledge and understanding of the
continuing aftermath of the earthquake.
More than 88,000 have died, with upwards of 5 million left homeless
or relocated. A portion of the proceeds from this EP will benefit
the Sichuan Quake Relief organization.
Afterquake is a collection of raw, remixed field recordings of
post-earthquake soundscapes as well as performances by relocated
children and their faraway parents captured and
produced by Abigail Washburn and Shanghai Restoration Project
creator Dave Liang, in cooperation with Sichuan Quake Relief.
The collaboration was inspired in 2008 through Abigail's volunteer
work for Sichuan Quake Relief where she performed in 'relocation
schools" with kids from pre-school to high school - most of whom
were relocated from mountain villages to schools in new locations
far from their families.
"The children and teachers expressed intense grief at the loss of
home and family,” says Washburn, a former Sichuan resident featured
in Newsweek for her "weirdly wonderful”
blend of Chinese culture and American-roots music. "I wanted to
return and record their stories and songs in their own voices."
A kindred spirit was found in collaborator Dave Liang, whose
Shanghai Restoration Project combines the sounds of traditional
Chinese instruments with hip-hop and electronica. His project has
been featured on NPR, KCRW, KEXP and the Beijing Olympics.
Despite the tragic nature of the events inspiring this record, the
sounds of the children captured by Liang and Washburn are
encouraging and uplifting: playground noises - ping-pong,
basketball, jacks, handclapping games - are melded into a danceable
rhythm; a 7th grade student performs a traditional Qiang minority
dance song for her classmates; Tibetan sisters recite a bedtime
prayer their mom used to sing to them; a relocated boy sings a
ballad about missing his mom over the sounds of his parents
rebuilding their house.
Afterquake is available as a digital EP and limited edition CD.
Washburn & The Shanghai Restoration Project
(Undercover Culture Music)
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