Another grey and cold day in the UK with frost hanging around all
day and the prospect of freezing fog overnight. At least the
weather can only get better.
The music will, I hope prove cheering with a slightly longer show
this week including a track from my "Find of the year 2008" -
Luthea Salom (right).
Hesitations and Cliches - Verona
(Chicago, IL, USA)
Chris, Mike, Tony, Taz
Date: 2 Jan 09
Address: 3855 North Lincoln, Chicago, IL, 60613, US
Details: Verona Red 9:30
Dirty Blue 10:30
Cobalt & The Hired Guns 11:30
Nightmares and appointments - Jenny
(Chicago, IL, USA)
Jenny: vocals, piano, guitar
Josh Stewart: cello and bass
Alan Ollendorff - pedal steel
John Knecht: drums
Jenny has worked as a waitress, a nanny, a hair model, a bed and
breakfast concierge, a poetry teacher, and currently, a children's
literature editor. But music has always remained her north star.
Born in central Illinois, she has lived in Virginia, Rhode Island,
Paris, and Austin, Texas, and currently calls Chicago home, where
she performs with her band and soaks up the seasons of a vibrant
In 2008 she recorded Light Year, her first full-length album,
funded mostly by donations by fans, at Steve Albini's Electrical
Audio with additional production by Darwin Smith at Austin's
Cacophony Recordings. Anticipate a West Coast tour in spring 2009.
The album which will be available tomorrow Jan. 1 on iTunes and
"Hi Peter. Thanks so much for featuring
Nightmares on your great show. Unfortunately the CD won't be
available for sale until January 15 due to some complications with
the art work (missing font files! ahhh!) If you want to note that
on your show notes, that would be great."
Consider it done Jenny! Those font files are elusive little chaps -
hope you manage to round them up. Perhaps if any anyone spots them
- probably looking a bit lost and hungry by now, they could just
let us know where they are and we'll get the font warden to bring
them in. ;)
Gorgeous Behaviour - Marching
Formerly known as Second Language, Erik Sunbring and Jacob Lind
realized their musical connection while attending college.
Together, they began to play around with an array of more eccentric
musical instruments such as xylophone, marimba, banjo, vibraphone
and unique vocal harmonies. The result of this experimentation is
found within their eclectic 12-track album.
Their critically acclaimed debut album Spark Large
features an assortment of
instrumentation that delivers atmospheric folk and Indie-Pop.
They have a gig at Luminaire
in The King's Head in
Kilburn, London on 8th Jan.
from "Spark Large"
(U & L Records, Inc.)
More On This Album
Utopie - San'jyla
From their first album Premier Pas, which is "le fruit d'un travail
commencé sur scène et dans les caf'conç du grand Ouest.”
Là où l'envie de partager des bonnes vibrations sont plus fortes
Le groupe est composé de :
- D'une section rythmique (batterie - basse - percussions -
guitares - claviers)
- D'une section de soufflants (flûte traversière - sax ténor - sax
- De chants (2 leads, 1 choeur).
Something's Wrong - Neal Fox
Something's Wrong, is a kind of primer for the song I'm not going
to play this week called "Fuck the Fed". Really you do have to see
the video. Follow the link to "stuff" and check out Neal's other
work while you're there. Such a talent.
Upon seeing Simone - Stewart
With hard work, great songwriting and soulful singing, Stewart
Francke has found true indie success in today's rough & tumble
music business. He's made ten highly praised CDs, the most recent
being Stewart Francke Alive And
Unplugged at The Ark
, to be released in on January 20, 2009
through Blue Boundary Records and Burnside Distribution. His
previous CD, Motor City Serenade, was recorded with the legendary
Motown session band the Funk Brothers. Stewart has sold 50,000
records-all without a major label and its promotional muscle.
Building his devoted audience one person at a time over the years,
Stewart is now known as one of the most exciting and beloved live
performers around, playing his own headlining shows as well as
support touring with the likes of Sheryl Crow, Warren Zevon, Steve
Earle, Chris Isaak, Robert Cray, Shawn Colvin, Hall & Oates,
Michael McDonald, Stevie Winwood, Eddie Money, Foreigner, Chicago,
& many others.
Now performing with his own Detroit Soul band, Francke"s show is
exciting, smart, humorous, and loaded with a warm, soulful vibe
that makes every night pure magic.
Murray's Wives - Ruth Theodore
Another track from Worm
, Ruth Theodore's fine debut album. 13 tracks of
beautifully twisted, political and personal mayhem. Her style of
delivery makes you really listen and the effort is well worthwhile.
You can get the album as MP3 from Jamendo but do yourself a favour
and go to her site and get it in gleaming CD quality for just
When I'm dead write me a song - Pie
(Queens, New York, USA)
From their album Uproot the
Pie Boys Flat hit the NYC music scene in 2003 with their unique
blend of Reggae, Blues, and Funk. Their writing shows influences
ranging from Bob Marley to Jack Johnson to Sublime to Paul Simon
and has melded into a form of ethnic Rhythm and Blues that sits
firmly in the pocket of a style all its own. Laced with soaring
three-part harmonies, their music is the manifestation of a many
year friendship and collective musical intuition. Patrick Hambrick
(Guitar/Vocals), Fitz Harris (Percussion/Vocals), and Jason Liles
(Bass/Vocals) met in the late 1990's at Shenandoah Conservatory in
Virginia, where the trio formed a bond that is now apparent in both
their writing and performing.
Accidents - Luthea Salom
York, NY, USA)
From Luthea Salom's fine new bittersweet album Sunbeam Surrounded By Winter
between NY and Skopje, (Macedonia) by Malcolm Burn and Luthea
I think that if pushed to make a choice I'd say that Luthea is my
find of the year 2008. Then the struggle is to narrow the choices
to a single track.
On the face of it, just another girl with a guitar, but there is
something else which I find utterly entrancing about the music from
Luthea who is part Spanish and part Canadian.
Thanks to all the artists, labels and enlightened managers who have
seen the benefit in making their music available for me to include
in the show over the past year. Your trust in the new way of
working is appreciated.