A very different location for this week's show since I was on the
Mediterranean island of Ibiza getting an education about dance
music including an unforgettable visit to Pacha and the VIP area at
Absolutely stunning and a real ear opener. My thanks to Jessie and
her colleagues in Sant Antoni for arranging everything in a packed
flying visit from Monday to Wednesday. Picture shows the mobile
"studio" set up by the door to the apartment. Yes, that's the sea
right outside the door - beautiful, and right next door to
Savannah, nextdoor but one to Cafe del Mar and next door but two to
Mambo - how cool is that!
Tumbleweed Blues - Howlin'
Chicago Rhythm & Blues that sounds like 4 boys conceived, born,
and raised in a swamp on the Mississippi Tennessee Border.
For Centuries - Roger Eno/Plumbline
Remix - Dive Index
A collaboration featuring vocals by Natalie Walker, Merz, Cat
Martino, and Ian Masters (of Pale Saints). Produced and co-writtten
by Will Thomas (aka Plumbline) who releases albums on the Hydrogen
Drop my end of the bone - Jean
(Austin, TX, USA)
Jean is always out to push the envelope a little bit more with each
song and each show. Energetically. Enthusiastically.
With songs that skate between genres, Jean jumps from rock to jazz
to pop in order to find the right groove and tone for each song.
Known for her dynamic performances, she lives to "read the room"
and deliver shows that keep audiences returning for more.
Following up on her acclaimed debut CD Lucky, Jean has just
released Breathe. Picking up where Lucky left off, Breathe's eleven
tracks groove even harder musically and dig even deeper lyrically.
The disc features thoroughbred performances by Charles Rieser on
guitars (The Scabs, Boombox), Brad Houser on bass (Edie Brickell
& The New Bohemians), and Rob Hooper on drums (Guy Forsythe,
Si Si Bueno - Riboflavin
Diago, California, USA)
They would describe themselves as 'skhitzophreninc rockers' - not
because they suffer from any specific mental illness. Its simply
because they refuse to be boxed into a specific genre, in one song
they can be thoughtful and serious, both musically and lyrically -
in another they produce a rabble rousing row. "As good as a million
The River Song - Amelia Ray
From her album ON
Amelia Ray's music is at once rock, jazz, country, gospel, pop, and
blues. "Once you realise how closely connected different styles of
music are, you can start to play with the boundaries of those
styles, and create something new and invigorating. But at the root,
I'm always trying to make good, old finger-snapping music that
makes you perk up your ears, and move your feet."
California-born vocalist, composer, and multi-instrumentalist
Amelia Ray currently resides in Madrid where she performs original
soul rock music solo, and with her band, The Conjugal Experiment. A
young music scene veteran, Amelia has been performing in the United
States and in Europe for almost 20 years. She appeared on The Ellen
DeGeneres Show, was a featured artist for Radio Campus Lille in
France, and even performed in Iceland. She has shared the stage
with Chuck Rainey, Elliott Randall, Rob Bargad, Maia Sharp and
Kenny Aronoff, to name a few. Since her arrival in Spain, she has
graced such renowned stages as Sala Clamores and The Bourbon Cafe
in Madrid, and the Casa de las Conchas in Salamanca.
5-0 Blues - Corey Harris
A native of Denver, Colorado, Corey Harris fell in love with music
at an early age, and made his own music with a toy guitar he
received at the age of three. 5-0m Blues is from his 1997 album
Fish Ain"t Bitin'.
"After a debut that established his mastery of the Delta idiom,
[Harris] does something really hard - proves he's big enough to
fool around with it...His virtuosity springs to life."
_Robert Christgau, The Village Voice
Corey Harris is now half of Vu du Menz with Henry Butler, also on
It's just how it seemed -
Been played by all the usual suspects Dark Compass, Orobouros, PC
Podcast et al.
The independent alternative folk rock duo formed in 2004 by
singer-guitarist Ian Plunkett and ex A&R and producer Lara
The first album of this independent band is 14 Days, released in
2006. The overall feel here is acoustic, but with more
sophisticated arrangements and deeper musicianship than most work
in this genre. Warm, melodic, and artfully crafted songs are in the
best tradition of British Folk-Rock, a succesful cross between Nick
Drake, Mark Laneghan and the Beatles. Standout tracks include the
starry-eyed "Picture" as well as "The River", "Up A Hill" and
Ian and Lara Plunkett - a world-class singer-songwriter team
A highly poignant and engaging album. In 2008 the duo releases the
second album Folk Songs, music made and enjoyed in the interstices
of a working life, in fast lunch breaks and short evenings and
bone-weary weekends, music to lift up the spirit, open up emotions,
reconnect people to the profound undertow of feeling that labour in
the field or factory can dull and numb. Most of all, though, the
music offered to us here stirs the soul: the vocal blend of Ian's
warm East Anglian timbre with Lara"s dark, gently inflected Italian
accent, combined with a treasure trove of punchy tunes and soaring
harmonica and crunching guitar will set you up for the day.
Fait néant - Systylé
In existence since : 01.2003
Un cri explicite qui dénonce et malmène les travers d'une vie, un
appel à la conscience et à la responsabilité de chacun, une musique
piquante et saccadée.
Une caresse satirique qui stimule et éveille les sens d'un homme,
une invitation à la communication et au partage, une musique
relaxée et dynamique.
Neuf musiciens, amis, dont l'envie est de diffuser une musique
positive et festive, sans se voiler la face sur ce qui nous
tracasse. Frapper pour se détendre, danser et s'entendre, s'étendre
sur les choses qui nous touchent, toucher les durs comme les
auteur compositeur interprète
Groupe de neuf grenoblois mélangeant le ska, le rock, le reggae, la
funk, pour le plaisir des petites et des grandes oreilles =>
festif, coloré, pêchu, engage
(Group of nine resident of Grenoble mixing the ska, the
rock'n'roll, the reggae, the funk, for the pleasure of small and
the large ears = festive, coloured, pêchu, engaged.)
screen (Beat Pharmacy remix) - Dive Index
Second (and very different) track from Dive Index.
Thanks to Jessie, Sarah and Nik for the "studio" facilities in