Music mostly from the USA this week but with Iceland and Taiwan
represented as well.
Summer has settled into its familiar UK pattern of rain from
mid-July (when schools finish for the "summer"). So nothing special
by way of a pic this week. Just pointed the camera out of the barn
window and pressed the button!
Love is never wrong - Brian
O'Shea (Las Vegas, Nevada )
From the album Still alive and
Brian O'Shea is aka Brian Keith
Born in Port-Glasgow, Scotland. Brian began his musical career as a
trombonist while in high school performing in local Jazz bands, he
then immigrated to Canada and joined the Royal Canadian Guards as a
bandsman and ended his stint as a sergeant.
After returning to London he toured as an opening act for Junior
Walker & The All Stars, The Four Tops, The Temptations, Wilson
Picket, Rufus & Irma Thomas, and Stevie Wonder, just to name a
Brian began singing, writing and producing and got his first hit,
"Everything I Am”, as lead singer Brian "Keith", with the group,
Plastic Penny in 1968.
As Brian Keith he appeared on a rock cd by "Screaming Lord Sutch
& Heavy Friends" with Jimmy Page, John Bonham, Jeff Beck, Noel
Redding, Nicky Hopkins, Keith Moon, Ritchie Blackmore,, the British
Royalty of rock. Not to shabby eh?
The 1980s took Brian to Las Vegas where he has since made his
Brian recently produced a cd of R&B, Rock & Roll and Blues
songs, and a Disco//trance based cd "Bonetrance" as "Big Bad Bone
Daddy" to express his love of the trombone, all songs written,
performed & produced by Brian. He is currently starring in a
show at Mandalay Bay's World Famous "House of Blues" since 1999.
Brian continues to be one of the finest R&B singers to be heard
on the Las Vegas circuit today. www.oshea-keith.com/
Joel Tenenbaum is just like
Joel is a 25-year old graduate student at Boston University
pursuing a physics PhD. And he loves music.
In 2003, Joel received a notice accusing him of downloading music
through the P2P service, and told him that he could settle the case
for $3,500. He called the payment hotline, offered $500, and
sent a money order in that amount. That offer was denied.
In 2007, a complaint showed up on his doorstep after years of
silence requiring that Joel appear in court. Rather than backing
down, like the other 30,000 people, Joel chose to stand his ground
and elected to proceed pro se with the help of his mother.
Joel filed an answer with a counterclaim asserting abuse of federal
power and that the excessive damages were unconstitutional. Joel
appeared in court where the Judge ordered the parties into
settlement. In the settlement, Joel offered to settle
for $5,000. The opposing counsel denied and counter-offered a
settlement of $10,500 to be paid over 1 year. Joel
"For the past four years, they've
been threatening me, making demands for trial, deposing my parents,
sisters, friends, and myself twice - the first time for nine hours,
the second for seven. I face up to $4.5m in fines and the last case
like mine that went to trial had a jury verdict of $1.92m. When I
contemplate this, I have to remind myself what I'm being charged
with. Investment fraud? Robbing a casino? A cyber-attack against
the federal government? No. I shared music. And refused to
A small team of students under the guidance of Professor Charles
Nesson, have committed to helping Joel fight back against the RIAA
by legally and publicly representing him.
As they say, "It's not a vendetta. It's just that Joel chose to
stand his ground. It's about defending the average Davids against
the corporate Goliath." Because Joel Tenenbaum is just like us
Now as you know, I support copyright laws and despise piracy, but
this is surely counterproductive, to go for a little guy and
threaten punitive fines and costs is all about the law, and nothing
to do with justice.
More at http://joelfightsback.com
follow the case on Twitter. Follow @joelfightsback and use the
The Rain on 8th Avenue - Dudley
Saunders (LA, CA, USA)
From the album The Emergency
Over the course of three albums, "avant-folk" singer-songwriter
Dudley Saunders has populated a veritable township with his
strange, Flannery O'Connor-ish characters. And now he is literally
putting that "town" online, in a unique new website.
At DudleySaunders.com, web-surfers find a panoramic, 1920¹s-era
photo of the entire population of a small town. But as they scroll
through the sepia-toned crowd, they discover that the twisted
people in Dudley's songs are hidden there. Signs appear over them:
Whore. Killer. Masochist. A click brings you video of Dudley taking
you inside the fascinating background on the songs and the
characters' lives. www.DudleySaunders.com www.MySpace.com/DudleySaunders
The Master Thief - Pc Muñoz
(San Francisco, CA, USA)
From the album What
Happened? As I threatened, I have to play another track this
Free new album out now: What
Happened? pc muñoz's "mash-note to hip-hop" jam-packed with
remixes, Grab Bag bonus tracks, special guests, scrumptious beats,
and other treats is out and available for free. It really is an
interesting album. You can get it from: www.threcords.com/?product=3 www.myspace.com/pcmunoz http://pcmunoz.com/
Oh La La - Adriana Kaegi
From her the album TAG.
This is the original version and Adriana told me this afternoon
that there is a remix on the album by Charlie Lagond who was the
original sax player in Kid Creole and the Coconuts. There will be a
music video of that soon and those that sign up to Adriana's
mailing list will get to see it first as an exclusive. TAG has been announced
album of the month at Amazon
"TAG is upscale downtempo
music for the recently unemployed," laughs glamorous blond
renaissance woman and chanteuse, Adriana. Sultry and satirical,
Tag is the cool comeback
of the co-founder of the tropical funk mega-band, Kid Creole and
the Coconuts. It's a voice we've been waiting to hear - a grown
woman making intelligent witty chill-out songs with
Available on both Amazon and emusic http://adrianakaegi.com http://myspace.com/dearaddy
Two charts from Richard Florida's Music & The Entertainment
Economy Project at the University of Toronto's Rotman School Of
Management illustrate an interesting point. The first looks at the
size of various music scenes as measured by the number of artists
New York 34392
When looking at the number of fans that bands based in certain
cities have, the rankings shift.
1. LA 37793565
2. NY 20150903
6. Brooklyn 10397596
Those fan figures look unbelievable but I suppose if they are based
on the number of friendships rather than unique fans it may be
feasible. I'll have to check the sources.
from: www.hypebot.com http://tinyurl.com/na4x6q via Ariel
It ain't easy - Josh Charles
(Brooklyn, NY, USA)
I've played Josh Charles before - way back in December.
"I grew up in Kansas City and
started playing in blues clubs when I was a teenager. New York City
(Brooklyn) is my home right now even though I'm more of a
"wandering nomad" type and I feel a close kinship to New Orleans.
It's hard to put into words what that city means to me, but having
been there right up until Hurricane Katrina and spent a lot of time
there since, I can say that it's one of the most important and
influential places in my life as an artist."
Now he's doing something amazing to help the recovery of NOLA.
Proceeds from the sale of his song Healing Time go to The Preservation
Resource Center (PRC) of New Orleans to help rebuild, restore, and
preserve the architectural history and historic neighborhoods that
support the local culture and character of New Orleans.
Please download Healing
Time today http://tinyurl.com/healingtime and help rebuild New
Orleans. Even at just $.99 at a time, it will make a big difference
to real people's lives. See this CNN film.
Through August and September Josh is opening for Buckwheat
Aug 19th Pittsburgh, PA
Aug 20 Cleveland Heights, OH
Aug 23 Indianapolis, IN
Aug 25 Ferndale MI
Aug 27 Nashville TN
Aug 30 Evanston IL
Sep 1 Minneapolis MN
Sep 2 Kansas City, MO
Nineth Place - Buckwheat Zydeco
From Lay your burden down, recorded in Maurice, Louisiana.
The most adventurous release ever by an American music icon.
Buckwheat is famous for fusing zydeco's rhythmic energy to rock,
R&B and funk. With guest appearances by Sonny Landreth, Warren
Haynes, JJ Grey and Trombone Shorty.
Stanley "Buckwheat" Dural started his career as an R&B
organist, and then spent two years with accordionist Clifton
Chenier before forming Buckwheat Zydeco in 1979. Besides learning
zydeco from Chenier, its universally acknowledged king, Dural also
absorbed his mentor's maxim that music with real substance must be
based on real-life experience: "I like to hear something with
ideas," Chenier once told this writer. "See, a lot of young people
don't understand that, they cut a record but they don't tell a
story -- and you know why? They ain't got no story to tell, 'cause
they ain't been through nothin'."
SCRIPT 2 Buckwheat Zydeco "Ninth
from "Lay Your Burden Down" (Alligator Records) Buy atAmazon More On This Album
Getting colder by the year - JJ Soul
Band (Reykajavik, Iceland)
(INGVI THOR KORMÁKSSON and JJ SOUL)
The songwriters, Kormáksson and Soul, met in Iceland 1993 and soon
began writing music together. In 1994 they made their first CD,
HUNGRY FOR NEWS, with JJ
Soul Band and CITY LIFE in
1997. On both CDs the music is many-sided; blues, R&B, fusion,
rock, pop and latin, sometimes all in one (blues-confusion?).
Singer/songwriter JJ Soul is from Oxford, England but Ingvi is from
Iceland as the rest of the band.
Mr. Soul has been living and breathing music since he was eight
years old. He used to play drums with small jazz units and worked
both as a drummer and a singer with various rock and cabaret acts
in England for many years. Since he moved to Iceland, he has
focused on his writing skills and writes both songs and (mainly)
lyrics. J.J. Soul currently resides in Oxford, U.K. He works as a
painter, musician and art teacher. www.jjsoulband.com/ www.myspace.com/jjsoulband http://twitter.com/JJSoulBand
It seems we had our summer for a few days in June. The Met Office
here in the UK - who supply weather forecasts for the BBC and
others have admitted that their forecast of a "barbecue summer"
seems unlikely to happen. Apparently they had only forecast a 65%
of lower than average rainfall and above average temperatures. This
has now been revised down to 50% (doh!) and a more confident
prediction that August will continue like July. Wet.
As Jeremy G-Spot Gugenheim suggested this morning, the press team
at the Met Office stands accused of "sexing up" the weather
I've been catching up on podcast listening over the past few days
and it seems that the hot weather has a detrimental effect on some
of my AMP colleagues.
Rowley's beer tweets driving Codger and I crazy
P Cogle's oldest fan broke; yep, I've run out of money. Now
he's got a new 12" fan.
Grant Mason - Three from Leith 177 - pulled his zip down to get
more air in the front ... while riding home on his bike!
35 mm - Oliver Benjamin Thayer
Oliver Benjamin Thayer was born in Tulsa, Oklahoma and instantly
whisked away by a storm cloud of dust. He spent his youth traveling
the globe with his parents as they collected odd jobs, long playing
records and volumes of strange verse. The family bounced from
Turkey to Italy to Israel to Prague as if no boundaries existed and
time and space were a vague superstition. Briefly attending
vocational school in Vermont, Oliver began writing songs in earnest
out of frustration with his inability to repair corroborators and
pay bills simultaneously. Drawing upon his love of hip-hop, P-Funk,
Bob Dylan, Country/Western, and the weird and mercurial archival
collections of Harry Smith and Alan Lomax, Oliver set out on his
musical odyssey. He again took to the road, blowing through New
York City where he squatted in Bed Stuy, Brooklyn - chasing demons
through the projects and catching images for songs. He made it back
to Oklahoma to meet Arlo Guthrie, rambled through Colorado to
Minnesota, where he became a band leader, producer and studio
sorcerer. He and his bride whom he chased to Taiwan reside together
in peace and harmony awaiting the peak and inevitable meltdown of
the modern world. www.theoliverse.com www.myspace.com/oliverbenjaminthayer