Winter is suddenly here with its long cold fingers in your ears and
up your nose. Suddenly it's very damp and chilling cold with
freezing fog and very short days. In fact tomorrow (21st) is the
shorted day of the year. So, all being well, the sun will rise at
just after 8 in the morning and set again by a quarter to four.
Thre was a spectacular sunset yesterday (right) through the fog the
sky just seemed to glow orange red and the village, down in the
valley completely disappeared. Altitude makes it warmer.
Went to take a look at a friend's computer and iPod. She has some
MP3 CDs that she'd picked up in the far east (no, not Lowestoft) -
MP3s taken from the genuine article with no pretence of legitimacy.
Even gave the email address of the guy who had ripped the albums!
That almost seems honest!
Music this week from Texas, New York, Canada, London and a little
bit from Turkey. I really wasn't expecting there to be much good
music on the PMN this week but Lo - there is. Including three, (yes
, THREE) cracking tracks that get their first podcast
airing as Suffolk'n'Cool first plays.
Rotten sugar mound - Spivey
SPiVEY takes its name from singer/songwriter Ryan Spivey, whose
strong melodies, personal lyrics, and rich guitar provide the
muscle and soul for the beats and bass backbone laid down by
bandmate Josh Boucher.
Ryan Spivey - Guitar, Vocals... Josh Boucher - Bass, Digital
Drums, Didgeridoo, Congas, Backing Vocals
20 Dec Gas Light - LUBBOCK
22 Dec ROCKY LARUES - Lubbock,
23 Dec O'Jeda's - Plano,
27 Dec Gas Light - LUBBOCK
30 Dec Gas Light - LUBBOCK
31 Dec ROCKY LARUES
12 Jan ROCKY LARUES
20 Jan ROCKY LARUES
24 Jan ROCKY LARUES
27 Jan Gas Light
Do check out the band's MySpace, there are some particularly fine
pieces of artwork in the pics section.
Jealous girl - Sarah Dashew
(New York, USA) FIRST PLAY
Former Texan Sarah Dashew grew up sailing around the world,
listening to Janis Joplin and Bruce Springsteen...In 2006 she
debuted with Jealous Girl, a beautiful first album produced by
legendary producer Chuck Plotkin (Bruce Springsteen, Bob Dylan).
Sarah is being hailed as one of LA's "great new artists". May now
be based in New York but it's difficult to keep up with Sarah!
Mon, January 15th ROCKWOOD MUSIC HALL 196 Allen St. (btw. Houston
& Stanton). New York, NY
www.rockwoodmusichall.com for more info
Zurnai - Ozgur Bulbum
(Turkey) FIRST PLAY
A really short track. I could have coped with a bit more.
Born May 1976 in Istanbul. After graduation from Kadikoy Anatolian
High School he started studying composition at ITU Music
College.Having played the keyboard live for Turkish artists such as
Tarkan he's been composing, producing, remixing Turkish Pop Music
and commercial jingles as well since 1996.
I don't want to talk about love no
more - Amy Rigby
(New York, USA)
Born in Pittsburgh and a long-time resident of New York City, Amy
was songwriter, singer and rhythm guitarist for cow punk pioneers
Last Roundup and folk pop trio The Shams before her first solo
album got the attention of critics and music fans. Four widely
critically acclaimed albums later and now making her home in
Nashville, Rigby continues to write and sing from the trenches of
rock, romance and reality. Praised for her dazzling song craft and
brilliant humour and bite, Amy Rigby "gives you everything you
could want from rock music: anger, humour, lust, and wistfulness."
says the Knoxville Metro Pulse.
Amy's fifth album, Little Fugitive, finds the singer, who began her
solo career as the Mod Housewife, bringing it all back home. Hailed
for her keen eye and sharp wit in tracing the vagaries and
victories of modern romance, her new Signature Sounds release finds
Rigby promising "I Don't Want To
Talk About Love No More
". But, of course, she does - getting
to the heart of the matter and the heart of the punch line in due
Amy was in the UK earlier this month for a gig with Wreckless Eric
and they are doing a short German tour in the first half of
February as The Eric and Amy Show. Check Amy's site for
One Six Right
Today I was fortunate enough to come across the website for the
most beautiful documentary aviation film called One Six Right
after the name of the
famous runway at what has been variously known as LA Metropolitan
Airport, Van Nuys Army Airbase and San Fernando Valley Airport.
Shot in high definition video it is just totally jaw-droppingly
beautiful. Even if you're not interested in aircraft, take a look.
It really is something special.
You can see the intro sequence for free in HD at:
The movie site is at http://www.onesixright.com
Somewhere over Greenland - Peter
Peter Greenstone is an independent musician, a singer/songwriter
producing his own sound from his home studio in Austin, Texas.
Freely stepping across and often defying genres, Peter mixes
acoustic and synthetic sounds and tones to create an atmosphere in
his music that is sometimes surreal, sometimes haunting, sometimes
whimsical, but always personal.
I came across Peter on CC Chapman's excellent Accident Hash
podcast find him at http://www.accidenthash.com/
Lucky Day - Stavia
Stavia Blunt - singer-songwriter, musician, doctor, raised in
Kenya, lives in London. Turbulent life story. Great songs.
Stavia Blunt - piano, keyboards, all vocals.
Grant Jamieson - guitars.
Rob Fergus-Smith / Tony Kiley - drums.
Andy Coughlan/Rizwan Piracha - bass guitars.
Order signed CDs with option for your own personal message direct
from the website (PayPal payment)
Time of your life ('til you're dead) -
Matt Mays & El Torpedo
(Nova Scotia, Canada)
Matt Mays & El Torpedo is Matt Mays (guitar, vocals), Jarrett
Murphy (guitar, vocals), Andy Patil (bass, vocals), Rob Crowell
(keyboards) and Tim Baker (drums). MM&ET have spent the last
four year touring the country endlessly. In that time the band has
moved from opening shows for acts such as Blue Rodeo and Sam
Roberts to headlining their own sold-out shows. The group recently
took home four awards at the 2006 East Coast Music Awards. This is
certainly an artist and band to watch.
Matt also has some solo tracks on the PMN which I'll certainly be
playing in the very near future. In fact there was such a lot of
great music on the PMN this week that I may have to slip an extra
Wed. Dec 20 Jammin' Java
Thu. Dec 21 Southpaw
Thu. Dec 28 The Monte Carlo
Saint John, NB
Fri. Dec 29 Oxygen
Sun. Dec 31 Copps Coliseum
Then, from 17 January, gigs almost every night across Canada.