Well, I'm pleased to be with you this week - no, no, really, really
pleased to be with you.
As you'll see (right), it's been an interesting few days. Now I
have to sort out a replacement car. It is a real testimony to the
strength of the Smart Car that it withstood two fairly hefty
impacts (one on each side) which wrote it off but the passenger
area was completely intact (apart from broken glass). Psst. Don't
tell the insurance company but the wing mirror glass ended up in my
lap - unbroken!
Applesauce vs. Sour Cream - The
Name four great Hanukkah songs. OK, then how about two good
Chanukkah songs? Not easy, huh?
Adam Gardner (Guster) and Dave Schneider (the Zambonis) have taken
up the important task of writing a bunch of great, rockin’ Hanukah
songs. Yes, every song is about Chanuka. Some say such a concept is
a bit obsessive but Adam and Dave prefer the phrase "extremely
The new album is called "Hanukkah Rocks" - in stores now!
13 Dec 2006 Mo Pitkin's
New York, NY
16 Dec 2006 Congregation B'Nai Israel,
17 Dec 2006 Kinetic Playground / Chicago IL.
(Adam & Dave Acoustic)
21 Dec 2006 T.T The Bears, Boston,
23 Dec 2006 Southpaw / Jeweltide, Park
Slope, Brooklyn, New York
How Long - Paula Toledo
(Vancouver, BC, Canada)
I've plays quite a few songs by Paula.
Every one a gem. If you've not checked her website, do it now. Just
reading her most recent blog, it seems that there has been a lot of
snow in BC recently, enough to take three large limbs of a tree in
her yard. It can be quite unsettling but it's amazing what
resiliant organisms trees are.
3 plays - Red Cassette
I discovered Red Cassette through a sampler CD from The Tilting
who support young independent artists here in Suffolk adn
neighbouring Norfolk. The track I'd originally wanted to play is
not available because it is being released on a compilation CD in
the spring but Andrew has some others on his MySpace which are
every bit as good. This is one such. Take a look at his MySpace and
see if you can guess which other track I first wanted to play.
Dancing with Delores - Giles
GILES are a guitar-led trio based in the North West of England.
They have just released their 4th album and regularly tour the
whole of Europe. Founded in 2002, GILES are now an established
force, both in the UK and abroad.
Their mission: put blues back on the map!
Thu 21 Dec The Blues Bar, 4 Montpellier Parade, Harrogate,
Satisfy me - Glasshouse
(Brisbane, Queensland, Australia)
Dan James - Vocals, Guitars
Stew Riddle - Bass, Vocals
Raven D. Jones - Guitars
Matt Wedmaier - Drums, Vocals
Boasting an individual style that they have fought long and hard to
retain as their own – Glasshouse exudes an individuality and
imagination that comes from a long hard development and from
resisting any bandwagon. they are engaging, sometimes haunting, yet
always built around a melodic framework. You can buy music
direct from their website and MySpace.
Stew and Dan are flying to Los Angeles this month to finish the
album mixing with producer and friend, Roger Sommers. The album is
looking to be released later in 2006...so stay tuned for further
My eyes may wander - Chilli Cold
(Austin, Texas, USA) FIRST PLAY
Chili Cold Blood released their new record entitled 'Lips' on
November 30th at Beerland in Austin, TX. This latest record, their
5th to date, is their first true studio album. Making a deliberate
step away from their gut-bucket approach and sound, LIPS is by far
their heaviest and funkiest recording yet, making more apparent
their rock-n-roll influences, most notably, the HEAVY INFLUENCE OF
Black Sabbath, while also revealing a nasty new funk. All along the
evolution of the band, they have enjoyed and at times dreaded
having an utter sense of freedom to take the band any direction
they choose. After all, given the odd make-up of the band, there is
no precedent to offer guidance, yet that can be a beautiful thing.
For having experimented with an array of influences and ideas,
taking the band one direction, then another, they have managed to
boil it down to a sound that is singular in its blunt lyrics, funky
rhythms, and evil riffs. While there may be disputes, CCB stays
true to their origins on the new record, with no compromise in the
instrumental make-up of the band (i.e. NO BASS).
Ethan (CB) Shaw, steel guitar;
Doug (Chili D) Strahan, guitar;
Matt (Bagpiper) Puryear, drums.