May 5, 2010
Music this week from Ontario, Holland, Shanghai, Paris and Vannes in France and Spain.
Spain is quite close to my heart this week as I had to turn down an invitation to the 2010 opening party at Savannah in Ibiza (see Jessie's rather fine deliberately pixelated picture) because flights from the UK are few and far between right now.
This afternoon, an invitation that I'd love to accept, to meet up with a bunch of musicians and media folks, do a few interviews and see friends … but it is in New York - on Tuesday
Needle in the Groove - Brett Caswell (Barrie, Ontario)
Straight from the heart of the suburban wasteland of southern Ontario comes Brett Caswell, an emerging singer songwriter who has set his sights set on breaking your heart, then making you smile. Armed with his backing band, The Marquee Rose, (which contains members of Fox Jaws and other Barrie staples) Caswell will release his first full length album, A New Balance, on May 18th. A New Balance was recorded in a secret location on the outskirts of the Bruce Trail with Mitch C.W. Hall and Marty Kinack (Feist, Broken Social Scene, Jason Collett). The album is the result of many late whiskey-fuelled nights with friends and alone in the studio. Title track A New Balance features lap-steel from Cuff the Duke's Dale Murray. Caswell has shared stages with the likes of Jeff Healy, The Trews, Bahamas, Zeus, and has a live show worthy of much praise.
For You - Peter Bradley Adams
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Can Man remix - Boo Boo Davis /Mixendorp (Apeldoorn, The Netherlands)
One of a very few remixes (so far) by Dutch blues guitarist, promoter and label proprietor Jan Mittendorp. It's certainly unusual to hear blues incorporated into remixes. I think it brings a fresh new twist to the genre and applaud Jan for trying this new approach to spreading the word about the blues which he does so well through Black and Tan Records.
DO B&T 910 / Remixes vol.1 / Boo Boo Davis
Remixes of three Boo Boo Davis originals. Here are the direct links to the tracks at
and Emusic: http://tinyurl.com/ybjcw9j
At the Black and Tan site you can find all this information plus lots of other and interesting stuff (pictures, links, opinions). The content is updated almost daily.
Song of Night - The Shanghai Restoration Project / Neocha (China)
From the album eXpo, released just yesterday and available on iTunes and Amazon MusicThe 1st collection of its kind, eXpo is masterminded by The Shanghai Restoration Project, a U.S. group known for fusion of Chinese instrumentation w/ hip-hop & electronica, and Neocha, the leading online community for indie Chinese musicians & artists. eXpo traverses a broad array of genres from house and techno to dubstep and hip-hop, all evidencing an internationally-engaged yet regionally distinctive independent music scene brewing in China.
Shuffle for KM - JPFM Band (Paris, France)
Fondé en 1996 par Jean-Pierre Venard et José Tagus. The Fox band est la continuité et l'aboutissement du JPFM Band. Formé de talents au parcours riches, The Fox Band se tourne sans concession vers la création dans l'univers du Jazz-Fusion.
Totalement acquis ? la cause de ce style The Fox Band distile avec bonheur un dialogue original entre solistes et "Samples" porté par des compositions "smooth'n cool" ou le blues flirt agréablement avec funk, électro, trip-hop et lounge.
The Fox Band c'est une alchimie entre plaisir et originalité. Musicalement
Preface - The Shanghi Restoration Project feat. Di Johnson (USA / China)
The Shanghai Restoration Project (TSRP) draws its creative inspiration from the old 1930s Shanghai jazz bands, an early combination of East and West that's become an international legend. Produced by Chinese-American Dave Liang, TSRP revives this exotic blend by introducing Eastern instruments and rhythms to the Western sounds of hip-hop and electronica.
Producer Dave Liang was born in Lawrence, Kansas and attended high school in upstate New York, where he was selected as the pianist for the NY All-State Jazz Ensemble.
Track is from the album Story of a City on Undercover Culture Music.
Washboard Wiggles - Jeffrey Lemon (Vannes, France)
From the excellent album Contra-utopia. Jeffrey Lemon does not fall anywhere: from hip hop, dub, drum and bass, the electronica and jazz, he experimented with various sound worlds and machines are a ticket of invitation to the doors of perception.
Often accompanied on stage by MC Nasty, posing texts with a flow of fluid disconcerting, and his drummer Crazy Drummer from the jazz, the electronic and the acoustic blend perfectly to give birth to a new genre: music "Electro-lemon"
Bonus - Jayme Gutierrez (Jaen, Spain)
From the solidly excellent album Wompychew. You can hear five other tracks at his MySpace.
Panic - La Olla Express (Sant Joan, Alicante, Spain)
LA OLLA EXPRESS nos presenta su primer larga duración: PANIC, una colección de canciones donde se entremezcla ROCK, PUNK, REGGAE, SKA... una fusión de colores enérgicos y letras comprometidas. Con el espíritu del "Do it yourself" el grupo nos regala su fusión de sonidos, jugueteando con la electrónica, el reggae, el punk... siendo en directo donde mejor se comprueba la herencia de grupos como The Clash o Mano Negra.
El disco, producido por el propio grupo junto a Carlos Suay y Dani Sáiz, se grabó a finales del 2008 en los Estudios Sacramento de Alicante y se está presentando en Directo a lo largo y ancho de España... el próximo objetivo: invadir Europa!!!!
Fieles a sus principios de libertad, el disco se edita con licencia Creative Commons, para que todo el mundo pueda disfrutar de este sonido fresco y embriagador.
Recommended by Lebosqui on Jamendo to whom sincere thanks.