A selection of tuneful ditties to delight again this week with
tracks from Brooklyn (no surprise there then), Brighton, London,
Detroit, Israel, Atlanta, Pennsylvania and The Netherlands.
Summer came back today after a month's break so the apples in the
orchard are almost ready for picking, before the wasps get them or
passers by stroll in to help themselves. I was thinking of
suggesting a "Pick-your-own" system this year, in which they do
indeed pick their own, not ours! Harrumph :)
Hello, hello - Selectah Zaragu, with
the B.i.m.b family
(Brooklyn, NY, USA)
Selectah Zaragu is a one of the top new producers from France. Born
in the Ivory coast, growing up in France and the uk Zaragu spent
all of his life indulging in the sounds of reggae music. Coming to
America he hooked up with his fellow B.i.m.b family members,
C-Tons, Dot Henny, Michael K, and Akini Blake. Air music group has
brought these guys together to create an album that is unique and
musically stimulating. The first single , HELLO HELLO
, is the introduction to
the core members of the B.i.m.b family. The album "enter the B.i.m.b
" is due in store
Outcome of the trial of Joel
who admitted sharing 30 songs on a variety of file
sharing sites: $675,000 in damages which works out to about $22,500
per song. Even iTunes isn't that expensive. Actually, the jury
decided on the $22,500 which was at the lower end of the range
available to them for "willful" file sharing under the DMCA act of
1999 which runs from a painful $7050 per song to an eye-watering
$150,000 per song.
What do you think about the verdict? Should it be OK to file-share,
given that it is against the law, what should the sanctions be.
Let me (and everyone else) know what you think on the SnC shownotes
page. Use the comments
link at the bottom of each show.
Everything's Good - Phoenix
Born in Blackpool, Lancs, Phoenix was born in to music inspired by
her grandfather, pianist and composer, Harry Williams who played
with various musicians on the Blackpool entertainment club circuit
in the 1940-60s.
At the age of 3, Phoenix was given her first guitar and by the age
of 10 was encouraged by the familys' organ teacher, Bill Pinnock,
to begin organ lessons as he said she "had a natural ear for sound"
By the age of 19, Phoenix took the guitar seriously and decided
that she would focus her life to learning everything she could
about songwriting and music composition.
Phoenix Williams' first solo acoustic gigs were in Blackpool at
West Coast Rock Cafe, The Broadwalk and The Galleon. To be closer
to the real music scene in London, Phoenix was drawn from one
seaside to another, Brighton. This proved to being a brave step
closer to her real uncovering and establishment of working with
music industry professionals.
From her album Wait and
on Arkade Records where you can download that track
While you're there take a listen to more of her music - it really
Ma Tipé - Amakonda
Described as rap hiphop guineen, this song is telling about people
gossiping on someone just because of his "gangster" appearance.
They are keen to attempt a destruction of his relationship with his
Recommended by Jose Konda whose own music (Kimbala) is on SNC 168
Parallelogram - Deastro
(Detroit, MI, USA)
When Randolph Chabot first began recording his own albums at age
12, he discovered a means of living out his fantasies. Using
whatever instrument he could find, Chabot began constructing
hyper-emotional dream worlds—teenage symphonies peopled by
superheroes, aliens, lost souls, and star-crossed lovers. He's been
zipping through the clouds ever since, streaking the skies as his
superhuman alter-ego, Deastro.
The 22-year-old pop prodigy records in the basement of his parents'
house. He's self-released more than three albums' worth of songs,
drawn all his own album covers, and played countless ecstatic,
synth-driven live shows in Detroit's network of DIY venues.
Chabot's demos eventually found their way to digital-download site
eMusic, which released Keeper's, an exclusive "greatest hits"
package that quickly became one of the site's best-sellers. After
Deastro's elegantly lurching instrumental Light Powered
appeared on Ghostly Swim
with Adult Swim), it was clear that Chabot had found a home for his
joyful electronic pop, and Ghostly had found a kindred spirit in
Deastro. The Moondragger
album adds a full band to the mix.
Buy at iTunes Music Store
Stream from Rhapsody
More On This Album
That's the way it is - Alex
Alex was born in Latvia, but moved to Israel at the age of two with
his family. Once his music career took off, he became immersed with
the country's top musicians. Undoubtedly, this exposure to master
musicians had a tremendous effect on Bershadsky's development as a
performer and composer.
Rocking the Daisies -
festival in Darling, S. Africa
Goodbye - Alexis Vear
In 2004 Alexis released her debut album, Never Give Up
, an acoustic record full
of heart and soul
Alexis was born and raised in Indianapolis, Indiana. After
relocating several times, In 2005 Alexis moved from Greensboro,
North Carolina…. to Atlanta, Georgia….. where she has enjoyed a
vibrant and supportive music scene. In late 2006 she began working
with local Producer Geoff Melkonian
Her newest release Let It
is a very strong album that you can get from CD Baby,
iTunes and elsewhere..
For all your metal
Kimi at www.themetaldeli.com
Rowley at www.darkcompass.com/metal
Orange Everwood - Jimmy Mancus
(Springbrook, Pennsylvania, USA)
Mancus's soon-to-be-released new album Move Down
, is a testament to his
mantra of doing things his own way. The album's 14 tracks
consist of a diverse blend of styles, including acoustic, indie,
funk, hip-hop, rock, and surf. In addition to Jimmy's own
unique acoustic style and guitar riffs, the album features
RasMG/"Field" Marshall Goodman, DJ for the multi-platinum selling
band SUBLIME and the Long Beach Dub All-Stars, on the
turntables...Clyde Rosencrance, the album's producer, on electric
guitar...Lenny Mecca on bass...Eli Hludzik on drums...and Matthew
Nakoa on keyboards.
I'll be meeting up with Codger
next week for a brewery tour at
Southwold - that'll piss Rowley right off. I'm sure there will be
some Twitter pictures emanating from Codger or me or both of us!
You can follow Codge @petecogle
and I'm on as @suffolkandcool
Look out for response tweets from
Heron - Cochon Bleu
Fifteen years of playing together, hundreds of gigs and five
well-received CDs have made Cochon Bleu into what it is today: one
of Holland's most sparkling bands. Accordion, guitars and mandolin
are cast in the leading roles, backed by a sturdily knocking rhythm
section. They started out playing pure cajun music, but in the
course of time lots of other influences crept in.
Two things remained, though: French lyrics and an overdose of