It's rapidly approaching Suffolk 'n' Cool's first anniversary of
podcasting (on Feb 1st). By a quirk of fate and problems with
broadband it is also show number 50 on 31 Jan.
These seem to be times great shifts in the way music is created and
distributed. Stories seem to be emerging almost daily of big labels
having huge problems adjusting to the new world as we've created
it. Stuck in old models of signing very few artists and expecting
massive returns almost as a right, a "long tail" of musicians is
developing who may not sell out huge stadium gigs but who can make
a sound living through independent CD and download sales.
Podcasting is helping generate the buzz around new music and yet
the big labels are hell bent on getting rid of podcasts because
they are a distraction from their artists.
In fact, podcasters could be part of their solution if they could
but stop and think. The UK Podcasters Association
used this great
pastiche of the old "Home
recording is killing music - and it's illegal
" slogan on
T-shirts at the recent Podcastcon UK.
Happy - Jimmie Bratcher
Craig Hill from Tilting Sky
dropped a note a couple of days
ago: "you may be aware of the band KOOPA from Essex who have made
the top 40 on the strength of download sales only - the 1st
unsigned band to do so."
BBC News reported:
Essex [just south of Suffolk] rock
band Koopa have made chart history by becoming the first unsigned
band to land a UK top 40 hit.
Under new chart rules their download-only single Blag, Steal &
Borrow debuted at number 31.
Koopa have benefited from a change in chart rules introduce on the
1 January. Before that date an artist needed to release singles on
CD or another physical format - and therefore have a record deal -
to qualify for the chart.
Singer and bassist Joe Murphy told the BBC News website it was all
down to their manager and "awesome" fans.
"Without them we would not have done it," he said.
Murphy added that they had been contacted by a number of big record
labels, including one who recently turned them down.
At the end of last week BBC news also reported that:
Alain Levy, chief executive of EMI
Music, its recorded music business, is stepping down with immediate
effect. In afternoon trade, shares in EMI were down 6.5% at 247.25
Nitro Express - The Gremmies
EMI Group has issued a profit warning and will cut jobs, including
top posts, to try and boost its profitability.
The firm said weak sales of major acts would contribute to a fall
in revenues of as much as 10% this year.
Alain Levy, chief executive of EMI Music, its recorded music
business, is stepping down with immediate effect.
In afternoon trade, shares in EMI were down 6.5% at 247.25 pence,
after the firm also revealed its sales had fallen in the run up to
EMI said it was facing a "challenging" trading environment and
would cut "central overheads" but would not elaborate on how many
jobs would go at the business.
The music market struggled last year, with retailer HMV recently
reporting overall sales down by 13% in the run-up to Christmas. EMI
said market conditions continued to be "weak".
The Gremmies are a band of 3 non-surfers (Tony "Turnip" Leicht on
guitars, Rob Baker on Bass and Todd Dring on drums), who just plain
love Surf music.
They listen to it, learn it, play it, write it, and sometimes even
The Gremmies draw on influences as diverse as Johnny Cash and
Commander Cody and as traditional as Dick Dale and Los
Saturday, January 27th: Chick Hall's Surf Club, 4711
Kenilworth Ave, Bladensburg, MD
An Unsteady Freddie Production! Come shimmy & shake with The
Gremmies at their first show of 2007! Also appearing will be
rockin' Surf bands Reverb Galaxy and The Diamondheads. Tickets are
available at the door. Don't miss it!
Saturday, February 3rd: Otto's Shrunken Head, 538 14th St, New
Unsteady Freddie's Surf-Rock Shindig! Featuring 4 reverb-drenched
bands. Swing by, and CATCH A WAVE with UNSTEADY FREDDIE.......twang
it, and they will come. DJ JANUARY 1963 spins classic surf and
instrumental as well as today's great surf bands all night
From Tony Kavanagh at the Winelight
Just to let you know that our show at Norwich Arts Centre
on 6th February
will have a change of headline (Nell Bryden has had to cancel her
tour) and we have Foy Vance as a replacement, still supported by
Jamie Woon and Fiona Bevan, Foy comes very highly rated by Jamie
Homebird - Foy Vance
For the uninitiated, Foy Vance is a name to be reckoned with in
singer/songwriter circles these days, probably one of the hottest
properties around and we are extremely pleased he has agreed to
step into the breach.
"an unbelievable voice...the
premier league of British songwriters"
The Sunday Times
"As if the spirit of the Blue
Nile entered the body of Tom Waits"...
Leo Abrahams, Composer/Guitarist
Foy has supported some very big acts, Bonnie Rait being but one.
Tickets six pounds.
The following night they have the monthly Wine Press gig with
had to cancel the Jan gig), Theresa Gabriel
I am the one - Glorydive
Glorydive plays rock music with electric violin, hand drums,
acoustic guitar, and bass guitar. They put this instrument line-up
together in the Winter of 2002. Going by the name Taylor Roberts
Music and released a five song EP titled Show and Tell (2003) and a
full-length album titled This Weather (2004). Now, Taylor Roberts,
Brian Tavener and Mark Nippert have released the self-titled
Glorydive. Listening rooms, bars, clubs, universities, and
amphitheaters alike can only hope to contain the passion and
experience of their live performance.
Jan 26 The Pour House, Raleigh, NC
Salt - Deidre Rodman
Music composed & performed by pianist Deidre Rodman in all her
permutations. Her latest album, "Twin Falls" (Sunnyside), features
Steve Swallow on electric bass. "Cobblestone" (Simple Stories,
Sunnyside) features Luciana Souza on vox. Deidre's a Lascivious
Biddy, a jazz lover, a spirited songwriter.
The Lascivious Biddies
great favourites of mine. Check back to SnC number 003 and 007 to
Deidre doesn't seem to have a site operational yet but the Biddies
Note from Josh of SPIVEY
We've had several new friend
requests on MySpace from the UK and New York as a result of your
show, so thank you! I recently posted "I Bet", the first song
from our upcoming ep on our podshow site. The quality of this
track lays to waste everything we've previously recorded, and is
one of my personal favorites. Check it out, see what you
think, and keep an ear out for the rest of the ep around the end of
first single for the upcoming CD to radio.
On Monday January 15, 2007, Vancouver Singer/Songwriter Kelly Brock
released her first single, "Cowboy Boots and Levis
". Well done SnC
listeners we predicted the choice spot on!
Mistaken - Nick Cook
(UK) FIRST PLAY
Nick is a solo performer, gathering a good audience. Acoustic
guitar sometimes fiddle. Well crafted songs. Mistaken
was the last Album he made
and he's in the progress of making a new one. The working title for
this is, "Traveling Man
He hopes to finish it as soon as possible ...... but these things
Update from BBC:
Global digital music sales have
almost doubled to around $2bn (Ã�Â£1bn) in 2006, according to an
industry report published today.
Pod People - [Munk]
But the rise, which represents 10% of all sales, has not reached
the music companies' "holy grail" of offsetting the fall in CD
The International Federation of the Phonographic Industry (IFPI)
said digital sales could account for a quarter of all sales
worldwide by 2010. The IFPI's 2007 Digital Music Report said
consumers last year downloaded 795 million tracks, up 89% on
Despite this overall music sales were down 4% in the first half of
IFPI chairman John Kennedy said: "The pace of transformation in our
industry is breathtaking, but at the moment the holy grail is
Boston based singer/songwriter/producer/multi-instrumentalist
[Munk]'s music has been featured on TV shows such as The Sopranos,
Charmed, Navy NCIS, The Howard Stern Show and more.
[Munk] says: "Podcasters - Thanks for making PODPEOPLE
the anthem for the