Thursday, September 30, 2010

Pipoquinha Bass - Música Rei Arthur

Here's a kid who can really slap the old bass. But I have no idea who he is.

Show do Pipoquinha Bass no passeio público em fortaleza Ce,Músicos Davi(bateria),Tiago almeida(teclado),Amedício jr(sax)....

the best Google could come up with was

Show the popcorn on the promenade in Bass fortress Ce , Musicians David (drums ), Tiago Almeida ( keyboard), Amedício jr (sax )....

Anyway, here's another great tune from them.


Seal is one of those singers who I always liked, but never bought the albums because it was "not my type of music". But I guess I'm mellowing in my old age. His new album "6: Commitment" stands up well against his earlier stuff. True there is no "Prayer for the dying" or "Kiss from a rose" on there, but good solid tunes all around. And the voice is as good as ever.

Check out track eight.


You may recognize his female co-star.

Here is track nine, where he is joined by the marvelous voice of Anna Eriksson
You Get Me

Hungry Kids of Hungary

Hungry Kids of Hungary, now that's an interesting band from down under.
Although their name implies some other location.
They have a nice complete sound. Do you know what I mean? Not tinny, or spare, or punkish. Just an absolute full sound. And they have a new album out, so keep an eye open for it (or ear open). It's called "Escapades".
Here are the first two tracks from the album.

Coming Around

Music video by Hungry Kids of Hungary performing 'Coming Around' from their debut album Escapades.

Directed and Edited By Joel Devereux for Trema Pictures™ Australia
Co Produced By Joel Devereux & Ruwan DeSilva
Assistant Director = Mariko Smits
Director Of Photography = Ruwan DeSilva
Assistant camera = Romesh DeSilva
Make up = Billie Weston
Actors = Chelsea Graver & Daniel Walker
Key grip = Patrice Roblin


Hungry Kids of Hungary are an Australian four-piece indie pop band from Brisbane, Queensland. The band consists of Dean McGrath (lead vocals, guitar), Kane Mazlin (lead vocals, keys), Ben Dalton (bass guitar, backing vocals) and Ryan Strathie (drums, backing vocals).
Forming in mid 2007, the band appears to be the brainchild of drummer Ryan Strathie who had played in separate bands with both Kane Mazlin and childhood friend Ben Dalton. While Mazlin was living in London for a brief time, he kept in touch with Strathie sending him songs he'd recorded in his room. Dean McGrath, Strathie and Dalton went to different local high schools and the boys became friendly playing in competing bands. When Mazlin returned to Australia, Strathie assembled the four for their first rehearsal. Armed with a cannon of McGrath and Mazlin originals, the band began to jam and quickly recorded their debut, self-titled EP after playing only a couple of local shows. They launched their EP at seminal Brisbane venue The Zoo in mid-2008 and quickly set out to play as many shows as possible.
They quickly garnered attention from industry folk, most notably that of Triple J's Richard Kingsmill[2] who played the songs "Lenny", "All You Need To Know" and "Set It Right" which would later go on to be added to high rotation.
Their profile rose rapidly and a showcase at the 2008 Big Sound conference in Brisbane.

Hungry Kids Of Hungary – Escapades

01. Coming Around
02. Wristwatch
03. Closer Apart
04. Let You Down
05. You Ain’t Always There
06. Scattered Diamonds
07. No Returns
08. Eat You Heart Out
09. Set It Right
10. China Will Wait
11. The Vacationer
12. The Window Shopper


Alexia Rodriguez - aka Lexia is one of the founders of metalcore band "Eyes Set to Kill ", she started it with her sister Anissa. She has a new solo album to be released on October 12.
Sounds like fun, give her a listen. She has a beautiful voice.


"Eyes Set To Kill" vocalist Lexia introduces Basements the new single off Underground Sounds.

Still Here

New Acoustic song off Underground Sounds the new solo album from lead singer of Eyes Set To Kill -​ Alexia Rodriguez in stores October 12, 2010.

Eyes Set to Kill (also abbreviated ESTK) is an American Metalcore band from Tempe, Arizona. Sisters Alexia and Anissa Rodriguez started the band in 2004. Lindsey Vogt was the original vocalist, but left due to personal reasons, Alexia took over as lead vocalist and guitarist.
The World Outside received widespread critical acclaim and the group was featured on the cover of USA Today, as one of Alternative Press Magazine's "100 Bands You Need To Know", and hosted an episode of MTV's Headbangers Ball. [Wikipedia]

Glastonbury 2010

The annual Glastonbury Festival is over for 2010, it was back in June.
Time to start thinking of the 2011 festival.
Tickets go on sale Sunday October 3.
Meantime here's a few highlights.


Muse - featuring The Edge

Muse performs Where the Streets Have No Name, with special guest The Edge, live at Glastonbury 2010, on June 26th, 2010. They headlined the Pyramid Stage.


Editors perform Papillion at Glastonbury 2010

Ray Davies

Ray Davies dedicates the Kinks classic Waterloo Sunset to Pete Quaife.

Scissor Sisters feat Kylie Minogue

Any Which Way


Thom Yorke and Jonny Greenwood perform Karma Police and Street Spirit during a surprise appearance at Glastonbury 2010.

Mumford & Sons

Roll Away Your Stone

Marina and The Diamonds

Marina and the Diamonds perform "Oh No" at Glastonbury 2010

Sophie Hunger

Citylights Forever

Bombay Bicycle Club

Bombay Bicycle Club - Always Like This (Glastonbury 6-25-2010)

Prince Charles

In case you missed it Chuck was also there. As was Banksy? Who was that drug selling hippy?

Header photos from The Big Picture


Daybroke are a group from the Netherlands. They make great current rock/pop records and amazing videos.

In the Netherlands Daybroke’s founder Tom Sikkers is quite a household name. Since 1993 he has played every main stage in the country with national heroes Brotherhood Foundation and Wealthy Beggar. Besides performing with these bands he also worked as producer in his self-owned studio Larger than Live. In that studio he has been recording his new music written for his latest enterprise Daybroke. In seeking feedback from his peers on these recordings he got the following response from Clif Norrell (Nirvana, No Doubt and Jeff Buckley): “Sounds great! Really good work!”. These were not idle words; Clif has already produced a mix of the track Sabotage.

After an extensive quest, Tom has found the ultimate band to present his music to the world in Jaap van der Heijden (Rock Nation), Jesse Klaasse (Woost) and Kasper van der Voort (the 925’s). In its brief existence Daybroke has already proudly supported acts like Eagles of Death Metal, Lifehouse, Taylor Hawkins and Triggerfinger.

Although Daybroke’s music is strongly rooted in American rock tradition, European influences also are evident. Much heard comparisons are Foo Fighters, Queens of the Stone Age, Weezer, Muse et cetera. In short: solid, pounding, catchy and contagious Rock Music. Contagious not only applies to Daybroke’s music but also to their enthusiasm and work methods. Daybroke believes that the only way to accomplish anything is by working for it yourself, really really hard. This profound do-it-yourself attitude rubs off on everybody participating with the band. It is exactly how they managed to persuade quite famous folk like filmmaker Tim Smit and actress Maud Dolsma to collaborate with them unselfishly in the production of a spectacular video to their first single Hey Girl. This video has been added to the program of the International Film Festival Breda and has been viewed on various online channels over 70,000 times. The album What Nature Started was released through Rough Trade Distribution in March 2010. [Daybroke]

Case in point. Check out their new release.

Hey Girl

Erez Shaltiel

Put this guy down in my "I don't know what he is singing but I like the sound" book.
Erez Shaltiel hails from Yavne in Israel.
This track is apparently his new single. Actually it is a cover, he is working on his new single. If I find it I will surely publish it.

Maybe it translates to: Greeting blilus ?
Courtesy Google Translate, I'm guessing not too good of a translation.
The official translation, direct from Erez is " Crying at nights".

This is an earlier song about a drug addict.

I sang this song in thinking about Heli Sendler,
a drag addict that fighting for her life..
so i also made a clip from a tv show that i saw about Heli.
hope giving you some food for thought..

Maybe it is just the language, I'm not so used to Yiddish, but he reminds me a bit of David Broza, not that it is a bad thing.

Wednesday, September 29, 2010


Unwoman has a new EP on release called The City.
Unwoman's music is classified as being in the dark wave genre.   We like dark wave.
She has shot some video around San Francisco which makes for interesting viewing.

The City

This is my newest original song. For Play Somewhere Weird Every Day, on Tuesday I gave Mint Plaza a chance.
A man named Brian who had first seen me playing at Powell station a few weeks back came to watch the whole show and he recorded this video for me. unwoman

You can get the EP (or single) right here.
<a href="">The City Single by Unwoman</a>

Unwoman also does some really cool covers.
Check out her Tori Amos cover.

And finally today here she does a live version of Trouble at the DNA Lounge from an earlier EP.

Once again that EP is available here.
<a href="">Trouble by Unwoman</a>

Multi-instrumentalist Erica Mulkey, aka Unwoman, plays cello and sings simultaneously, accompanied by her laptop. She also performs acoustically on piano/voice and cello/voice. She is entirely self-produced and self-published. She recently released her fourth full-length album Casualties.

In April 2009 Erica toured with Voltaire as part of his Skeletal Orchestra. She performed in Rasputina at Convergence 12 in New Orleans and in part of their June 2006 US tour, in which she also opened solo. She currently plays cello with Stripmall Architecture (formerly Halou) Vernian Process, and Jill Tracy, and has also shared the stage with HUMANWINE, Attrition, Falling You, and improvised aural alchemy with Paul Mercer's The Ghosts Project. unwoman

Her full discography is available here.


Issa debut album "Sign Of Angels" will be available on September the 24th 2010 on Frontiers Records.
Issa is Isabell Øversveen singing up front backed by some killer musicians.
Issa is a 26 years old girl from Oslo. At 17 she started to work her way into the music business as a demo singer for different labels in studios all around Norway. At 19 she won a competition with almost 150. 000 votes singing the song “Fade Away” written by Stian Aarstad, who had been a member of Dimmu Borgir. The song was released on a record in co-operation with TV channel Fox Kids. Frontiers Records is excited to present the world the talents of Norwegian singer Issa (Isabell Øversveen) with the release of her debut album “Sign of Angels” on September 14th in Europe and October 10th in the USA.

Helped by producer Ronny Milianowicz (Saint Deamon) and some killer musicians such as Peter Huss on guitar, Uli Kusch (ex Masterplan, Helloween) on drums, Nobby Noberg on bass and Tim Larsson (Nick Lachey) on keyboards, Issa has managed to create a superb album which offers soaring and instantly likeable hook lines, solid guitar riffs and a crisp sound. Described as Brother Firetribe meets Treat with tons of melodies, class and attitude, “Sign of Angels” features song writing contributions from Joacim Cans (Hammerfall), Thomas Vikstrom (Candlemass), Daniel Flores (TMOMS), Soren Kronqvist (Crash the System) and many more.

Check it out, this girl can sing.

I'm Alive

Official Trailer

Produced by Ronny Milianowicz (Saint Deamon). Featuring Peter Huss on guitar, Uli Kusch (ex Masterplan, Helloween) on drums, Nobby Noberg on bass and Tim Larsson (Nick Lachey) on keyboards.

Dash Berlin

I really liked the sound of these guys, then I found out why.
I was always a big fan of Alice DJ.
Alice DeeJay is/was a Dutch electronic music group, who achieved success from 1999 to 2002.
The group consisted of record producers Pronti (born Sebastiaan Molijn), Kalmani (born Eelke Kalberg) and DJ Jurgen with Marc Lee-Smith remixing and the DJ's From Mars lead singer Judith Anna Pronk. They also had background dancers: Mila Levesque and Angelique Versnel.
After the successful years of Alice Deejay, Judith, Mila and Angelique called it quits. Now, Pronk works as a freelance hair and make-up artist around the world. She is represented by Touche Models in Amsterdam.

Pronti and Kalmani have now resurfaced as the driving force behind acclaimed trance vocal project Dash Berlin, already with a string of well received hits under their belt, notably Till The Sky Falls Down, You Never Said and Man On The Run (With Cerf, Mitiska and Jaren), Waiting with Emma Hewitt and 2010 releases Never Cry Again and a remake of Solid Sessions 2002 seminal trance classic Janeiro. Their album "The New Daylight" was released last year to critical acclaim.

There is now a new Special Edition double CD available.  Track list below.

The New Daylight

One of the most epic albums of 2009 and definitely one of the biggest worldwide debuts in trance is 'The New Daylight' by Dutch DJ Dash Berlin. Not surprising, given the massive number of unforgettable global anthems such as 'Waiting', 'Man On The Run', 'Janeiro', 'Never Cry Again', and of course the instant classic 'Till The Sky Falls Down'. The album cemented Dash Berlin's status as one of the fastest rising stars in the scene and is a stunning reminder that the beloved trance genre is still reinventing itself through the evolution of exciting new artists.

Now here are two versions of one of the tracks, the brilliant "Waiting" with the amazing voice of Emma Hewitt.
1st up the strings & vocal mix, followed by the acoustic version.

Waiting (Strings & Vocal Mix)

Original version did the usual disappearing act, this is the replacement added 8.1.2012 - Bear

Waiting (Acoustic Version)

Dash Berlin feat. Emma Hewitt

Fading of the day
as night takes over
and I can almost feel
you here

Your memory remains
I breath it closer
I swear that I still feel you near

The cool wind is taking over
its taking over

So far away
youre gone so long
ohh and Im waiting

Till that day
I take you home
know that Im waiting
know that Im waiting
know that Im waiting

Haunted by your grace
you know Im falling
so cool without you
always in my mind
I hear you calling

So far away
youre gone so long
ohh and Im waiting

So far away
youre gone so long
ohh and Im waiting

Till that day
I take you home
know that Im waiting
know that Im waiting

[some info from Wikipedia]

01. Till The Sky Falls Down (5:59)
02. Man On The Run (With Cerf, Mitiska & Jaren) (6:34)
03. Wierd (feat. Susana) (6:31)
04. Dwaiting (feat. Emma Hewitt) (7:18)
05. Never Cry Again (6:31)
06. To Be The One (feat. Idaho) (6:54)
07. End Of Silence (feat. Rowald Steyn & Nina Deli) (5:10)
08. The Night Time (6:11)
09. Renegade (feat. DJ Remy) (4:24)
10. Janeiro (feat. Solid Sessions) (6:53)
11. Feel U Here (6:36)
12. The New Daylight (5:42)
01. Dash Berlin – Till The Sky Falls Down (Arctic Remix) (5:26)
02. Dash Berlin with Cerf, Mitiska & Jaren – Man On The Run (Nic Chagall Remix) (6:16)
03. Dash Berlin – Wierd (Dash Berlin 4am Remix) (feat. Susana) (4:36)
04. Dash Berlin feat. Emma Hewitt – Waiting (First State Remix) (5:12)
05. Dash Berlin – Never Cry Again (Jorn Van Deynhoven Remix) (5:47)
06. Dash Berlin feat. Idaho – To Be The One (Cressida Remix) (5:51)
07. Dash Berlin feat. Rowald Steyn & Nina Deli – End Of Silence (Josh Gabriel Remix) (6:32)
08. Dash Berlin – The Night Time (Timo Juuti Remix) (6:31)
09. Dash Berlin feat. DJ Remy – Renegade (Sied Van Riel Remix) (6:19)
10. Dash Berlin feat. Solid Sessions – Janeiro (Signum Remix) (6:26)
11. Dash Berlin – Feel U Here (Paul Trainer Remix) (5:56)
12. Dash Berlin – The New Daylight (P.A.F.F. presents Casper Sky Remix) (5:47)

Airborne Toxic Event

Another really cool album currently available is from Airborne Toxic Event performing live at Walt Disney Concert Hall.

All I Ever Wanted

Here's a fan upload from the same concert. Thank you MrMouchess!

The more I see and hear of this band the more impressed I am.

Another fan upload from that concert. Thank you this time to tcell101!


"Originally a string quartet formed by four girls at the Reykjavík College of Music in the 1990s, amiina went on to cut its teeth as Sigur Rós' string section for the next decade. Now a sextet after a recent masculine infusion, Amiina has released its second full length album, Puzzle, in September 2010."

Pretty damn cool. Give a listen.

Live in concert at NASA

A brief clip only.
Amiina plays in concert at NASA in Reykjavík on September 22, 2010, to promote their new album puzzle. Video by Páll Stefánsson. Copyright:

Here's a piece from a few years ago.


My current favorite album is the new one from Midlake. The Courage of Others.
I get such a seventies British prog/folk/rock vibe from them I was suprised to find they were American.
Midlake was formed in 1999 by a group of jazz students at the University of North Texas. The original lineup consisted of Tim Smith (vocals, guitars, keyboards), McKenzie Smith (drums), Paul Alexander (bass), Eric Nichelson (guitar), and Evan Jacobs (keyboards). Their initial work – under the name "The Cornbread All-Stars" — consisted of funk/jazz explorations heavily influenced by Herbie Hancock.
Later the band began to lean more toward an indie-rock sound. Tim Smith quit playing saxophone and began writing songs that were heavily influenced by bands such as Jethro Tull, Radiohead, Björk, and Grandaddy, artists who experiment, while still remaining accessible.
Speaking about the band's influences, Smith commented:
"We don't want to get called a Radiohead rip-off band. I think Radiohead is a lot closer to my natural tendencies as a songwriter than a band like, um, Jethro Tull. I listen to way more Jethro Tull than I do Radiohead these days, but I could write 10 Radiohead songs before I could write one Jethro Tull song. I want to sound more like Jethro Tull, but I just can't. That's a big struggle."
—Tim Smith of Midlake
In an interview with Reverb Magazine's Nick Milligan, Smith said of the band's origins:
"We were jazz musicians, but right from the get go we'd never really play jazz music. We'd play some funk stuff and then jump right into playing Led Zeppelin. For jazz musicians, rock is sort of frowned upon for how easy it is. If we had friends that knew we were playing, the best thing we could play was Herbie Hancock or Stevie Wonder. A distortion pedal seemed like a no-no. It took us a while to get away from the jazz."
-Tim Smith

Track six is absolutely breath taking in its scope and feel for the seventies.
Rulers, Ruling All Things

Go deeper into the glen via this video for “Rulers, Ruling All Things.” It was shot and directed by Midlake leader Tim Smith on Super 8 while the band was on tour in Utrecht, Holland. From the Incredible String Band font to the hazy forest sing-a-long and pensive trek to a steeple, it finds the guys continuing their kaleidoscopic time travel with a few modern split-screen flourishes. [Stereogum]

And this is another beautiful song, enhanced by an awesome choice of video.
Acts of Man

The video is from Sunrise:
A Song of Two Humans, also known as Sunrise, is a 1927 American film directed by German film director F. W. Murnau. The story was adapted by Carl Mayer from the short story Die Reise nach Tilsit by Hermann Sudermann.
Sunrise won an Academy Award for Unique and Artistic Production at the first ever Academy Awards ceremony in 1929. In 1937, Sunrise's original negative was destroyed in a nitrate fire. A new negative was created from a surviving print. In 1989, this film was deemed "culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant" by the United States Library of Congress and selected for preservation in their National Film Registry. In a 2002 critics' poll for the British Film Institute, Sunrise was named the seventh-best film in the history of motion pictures.
In 2007, the film was chosen #82 on the 10th anniversary update of the American Film Institute's 100 Years... 100 Movies list of great films. Sunrise is one of the first with a soundtrack of music and sound effects recorded in the then-new Fox Movietone sound-on-film system. Much of the exterior shooting was done at Lake Arrowhead, California. [Wikipedia]

Just amazing! You have to listen to the album.

Tuesday, September 28, 2010

The other side of the sixties

Just so I don't get to nostalgic for the sixties, and like some people exclaim that all the best music was from the sixties, I have to come up with the antidote.

Some of the stuff from the sixties was crap.

The Migil 5 - Mockinbird Hill

Absolutely the ultimate in twee.

Chubby Checker - Pony Time

Chubby Checkers 17th version of the Twist, enough already.

Dave Clark Five - Over And Over "Live"

Actually you could practically select any song by the Dave Clark Five. Not very high in the talent stakes, in my opinion.

Mark Dinning - Teen angel

In my mind the worst of the "teen death" songs.

Bobby Goldsboro - Honey

Probably the most cloying song ever written.

Ready Steady Go!

OK, here we go. Or properly Ready Steady Go! RSG was a TV program that was "must TV" for young people in Britain in the 60's. Here then is a quick eight and half minute scamper though the fave pop stars in the 60's. See how many you can recognize.

Did you get them all?
Here they all are in order of appearance.

The Beatles
Dusty Springfield
The Animals
Cilla Black
Billy Fury
Them (Van Morrison)
Georgie Fame and the Blue Flames
The Beach Boys
Gerry and the Pacemakers
The Dave Clark Five
Peter Cook and Dudley Moore
The Rolling Stones

The High Numbers

Still stuck in the wayback machine.

Who remembers The High Numbers? That's all there is to say.

Ooh Poo Pah Doo - I Gotta Dance To Keep From Crying

The High Numbers at the Railway Hotel, 1964.

The Face

Zoot Suit

I'm the hippiest number in town and I'll tell you why,
I'm the snappiest dresser right down to my inch wide tie,
And to get you wise I'll explain it to you,
A few of the things that a face is supposed to do.

I wear zoot suit jacket with side vents five inches long,
I have two-tone brogues yeah you know this is wrong.
But the main thing is unless you're a fool,
Ah you know you gotta know, yeah you know, yeah you gotta be cool.

So all you tickets I just want you to dig me,
With my striped zoot jacket that the sods can plainly see,
So the action lies with all of you guys,
Is how you look in the other, the other, yeah, the other cat's eye.
Well don't you see, well don't you see, well don't you see now,
Well don't you see now, come on baby, 'cause don't you see now...

Plum Nellie (Maybe?)

The High Numbers EMI Audition tape, dated from October 22, 1964

The Steampacket

Climbing into the wayback machine again today. Thanks to a couple of Facebook friends for jogging my memory.  I recall seeing this group on Eel Pie Island, I think.  It was the sixties of course and sometimes the mind is a bit fuzzy about that era and some of the locations.
Where else will you see Long John Baldry as the lead with backup singers Rod Stewart and Julie Driscoll?
Was Rod ever really that young?
The Steampacket was a British blues band of the 1960s, notable mainly for the fact that so many of its members already were, or subsequently became, famous as individual musicians. It was, arguably, the UK's first "supergroup".
The group was formed by Long John Baldry after the break-up of his previous group the Hoochie Coochie Men. It included Hoochie Coochie Men vocalist Rod Stewart, female vocalist Julie Driscoll, organist Brian Auger and guitarist Vic Briggs. They were managed by Giorgio Gomelsky, who had previously been involved with The Rolling Stones and The Yardbirds.
Steampacket played at various clubs, theatres and student unions around the country, including supporting the Rolling Stones on their 1965 British tour. Because of contractual difficulties, however, they never formally recorded a studio or live album. Tracks from tapes made at a rehearsal in the Marquee Club in London were released after the band split as an album, The First Supergroup, and some were later released by Charley Records as The Steampacket - Featuring Rod Stewart.
Stewart left in 1966, and the group disbanded soon after. Long John Baldry pursued a solo career and had a Number 1 hit in the UK in 1967 with Let the Heartaches Begin. Julie Driscoll, Brian Auger and Vic Briggs formed Trinity, and had a UK hit in 1968 with This Wheel's on Fire. Rod Stewart later sang with the Jeff Beck Group, the Faces and as a solo artist. There is an urban legend that Peter Green and Mick Fleetwood, later of Fleetwood Mac, played with the Steampacket. In fact the Steampacket, with the exception of Rod Stewart's departure, had the same personnel from its inception to its disintegration. The group that Green and Fleetwood played with alongside Rod Stewart was Shotgun Express. [Wikipedia]

Richmond Jazz Festival, excerpts (1965)

Basically this one is just an instrumental, maybe even just an organ solo?
Back at the Chicken Shack

Attention to all Mods! The singers from the Steampacket take a break while the band goes off in a great speedy instrumental. The Guv'nor is soloing! Let's dance!
Brian Auger: organ
Vic Briggs: guitar
Richard Brown: bass
Micky Walker: drums


Monday, September 27, 2010

Hildur Guðnadóttir

Hildur Guðnadóttir is, as you would guess from the name, from Iceland. She is an amazing cellist.
She has played and recorded with the bands Pan Sonic, Throbbing Gristle and Múm, as well as her solo project Lost in Hildurness. She has also toured with Animal Collective.
When she is not playing the cello, she also sings and arranges choral music.

This beautiful piece, also has a really cool video.
Erupting Light

Filmed in Prague, at St. Vitus's Cathedral.

Blue Konzerthaus Dortmund August 24,2010

Hildur also does vocals here with Keiichiro Shibuya (Piano, Electronics) - Music to Derek Jarman's Blue. Konzerthaus Dortmund.

Here midnightcrow has added some beautiful scenic video of Iceland to an amazing piece by Hildur.

Paul Kalkbrenner

It's a funny old world ain't it. Here we have Paul Kalkbrenner a German DJ who I had never heard of, based on a suggestion from a friend in Tehran I found him. And he makes great music. Don't know why he hasn't made it to USA yet, after all Tiesto and Paul Oakenfold are not from the States but they are pretty big here.

So kick back and enjoy some cool sounds.

Sky And Sand


Finally today a feel for one of his live appearances.

As of 2010, Paul Kalkbrenner has tallied up more than 15 years of experience as a producer and live act. The early 90s after the Berlin Wall fell were formative years for Paul, and after spending many long and sleepless nights on the dancefloors of E-Werk, Planet and Whale, the dream was born to make music himself. A job as TV editor got him through the mid-90s and financed his first music gear. By this point Paul had already decided that he did not want to be a typical DJ playing other people's records, but rather to play only his own music, live in a club setting. His first tracks as Paul Kalkbrenner were released in 1999 on Berlin-based Bpitch Control (the newly founded label from Ellen Allien) as the Friedrichshain EP, titled after his home district in the city's east. A series of further singles and two full-lengths (Superimpose and Time) followed, plus continuous live performances.

Ingrid Gatin

Winnipeg's Ingrid Gatin is on the cross-Canada Trash Can Romance Tour, stopping in at Halifax's favourite venue The Company House, with rising folk sensation Jadea Kelly.

Ingrid Gatin makes eclectic beautiful. Reaching top 20 on Earshot Charts across Canada, Ingrid is getting ready to take Canada by storm. Touring by train, writing music in a cabin in the woods, and making art in the Exchange District of Winnipeg all are influences that can be heard in the sounds of Ingrid's music. With accordion, piano, vocals, handclaps, foot-stomps, and tambourine, Ingrid has crafted her own eclectic and beautiful sound in the indie/roots music genre.

First up a really cool video made about/for one of her songs.

How Did I Get So

Filmed in the streets of the Exchange District and Ragpickers Annex in Winnipeg-- filmmaker Ryan Klatt captures Ingrid Gatin's song "How Did I Get So."

Hotel Flamingo

From Ingrid's show at the Folk Exchange, Winnipeg, April 2010.
Her own composition.

The Moon

Ingrid's show at the Winnipeg Folk Exchange, Winnipeg, April 2010.

What some others have said about her.

"Ingrid Gatin's got a piano, an accordion, and a tear-jerkingly beautiful voice." - Stylus magazine

“Recalls the early days of Cat Power, with deep-cutting lyrics and stirring vocals to match.” - The Uniter

"An amalgamation of stirring lyrics, haunting harmonies and distinctive instrumentation. She will lure you in with her unassuming vocals, will hold you in with her mind-boggling musicality and will leave you with your own gypsy soul laid bare... one to watch in the landscape of Canadian music." - Beatroute

Sunday, September 26, 2010

Bear beer

I may not be the most unusual man in the world, but when I drink a beer I prefer Bear Beer.

I was drinking it at the time for $4 a six pack.

The original video did a runner, so here's another.
This time we make it two for one.

Video's updated 6-15-2013

Emir Kusturica

Emir Nemanja Kusturica (Serbian Cyrillic: Емир Немања Кустурица), (born 24 November 1954 in Sarajevo) is a Serbian filmmaker, actor and musician, recognized for several internationally acclaimed feature films.
He won the Palme d'Or at Cannes twice (for When Father Was Away on Business and Underground). He was awarded the French Ordre des Arts et des Lettres.
On 8 September 2007, Kusturica was appointed a UNICEF National Ambassador for Serbia, alongside Ana Ivanovic, Jelena Jankovic and Aleksandar ĐDordevic. Kusturica resides in Drvengrad, a village he had built for his film Life Is a Miracle.

One of his many achievements was this.
Le Temps des Gitans - punk opera

His film Promise Me This premeired at the 2007 Cannes Film Festival. During 2007, Kusturica prepared a punk opera, Times of the Gypsies. The premiere took place in June 2007, at the Opéra Bastille in Paris. The next month, Kusturica directed the music video to Manu Chao's single "Rainin In Paradize", from the latter's forthcoming album.

But what makes him interesting to this site is his work with The No Smoking Orchestra from Belgrade.
Duj Sandale

Back in the seventies when I visited what was then Yugoslavia I heard a lot of this kind of music in the clubs in Belgrade and Zagreb. I think that was what made me such a fan of Gogol Bordello, DeVotchKa and Rupa and The April Fishes. Thanks again Pendar for reminding me of this great style of music.

Unza Unza Time

Romeo and Juliet

Emir Kusturica & The No Smoking Orchestra
Festival des Vieilles Charrunes 2000


A friend turned me on to this band. Thanks Pendar.
Shantel are a band from Planet Paprika, if you believe the first song. They (or is it he) make a grand sound in the Balkan/Gipsy/Middle-Eastern genre.
I'm sure Gogol Bordello and Devotchka would love them to.
Listen to some true fun music on a sunny day.

Planet Paprika

First single of Shantel's album Planet Paprika feat. Yuriy Gurzhy of Rotfront.
Released on Essay, Crammed Discs & DoubleMoon.

Disko Boy

Shantel, real name Stefan Hantel (born in Frankfurt January 1, 1968), is a German DJ and producer of Romanian descent, known for his work with gypsy brass orchestras, DJing and remixing traditional Balkan music with electronic beats. His grandparents on the maternal side were from the Romanian part of Bukovina.
Shantel began his DJ career in Frankfurt, Germany, and was inspired by the audience reaction to gypsy brass bands such as Fanfare Ciocărlia and trumpeter Boban Marković to infuse electronically-tweaked Balkan gypsy music into his DJ set. Shantel released two compilations of his popular DJ night, Bucovina Club, on his own Essay label, which won the Club Global award in the 2006 BBC Radio 3 Awards for World Music. He was one of several DJs to remix recordings of Taraf de Haïdouks and Kočani Orkestar on the Electric Gypsyland compilations from Belgium's Crammed Discs label, and released his next album on that label. He gained popularity in Turkey after recording the clip of 'Disko Partizani' in Istanbul. Shantel's 2007 album Disko Partizani departed somewhat from the techno sound of Bucovina Club, concentrating more on the music's Balkan roots. On August 28th 2009 he released his new album with the name "Planet Paprika".

Saturday, September 25, 2010

Lelia Broussard

Here's a young lady with a heap of talent, when her new album comes out in November I predict big things for her.
Lelia Broussard is cute and she has talent, what can go wrong.
She even sounds a little like Jenny Lewis one of my big favorites, just a little.
The couple of tracks I've heard so far bode great things for young Lelia.
The is her third studio album 'Masquerade', produced by Dan Romer (Ingrid Michaelson, Jenny Owen Youngs) it will be released on November 3.

Lelia just kicked off her extensive US tour 2 weeks ago --- at NYC's singer-songwriter hot-spot, The Rockwood Music Hall. Over the next several months, she'll be hitting up all major US cities for music: Chicago, Nashville, LA, Philadelphia, Austin, Seattle, San Francisco, and she'll loop back around to NYC on December 1st.


You can listen to the released track here:
<a href="">Satellite by Lelia Broussard</a>

She's pretty funny at times, and definitely has a flair for songwriting as evidenced by this early track written some three years ago.  BTW: This will be included on the album.
Hipster Bitch

Lelia Broussard's "Hipster Bitch", performed live at Chaplins in Spring City, PA on 10/05/2007.

To come back up to date give a listen to another track from the forthcoming album.
<a href="">Masquerade by Lelia Broussard</a>

Here she is performing a couple of months ago.
I'm Not Waiting

Recorded at the Brick Wall Fresno CA on July 29, 2010

 Full Track listing for Masquerade
  1. Masquerade
  2. Satellite
  3. Shoot For The Moon
  4. Spiderwebs
  5. Armor On My Heart
  6. You’re Not Fooling Anyone
  7. Heart Collectors
  8. Rosey
  9. Something True
  10. Hipster Bitch

Some Interesting Tid-Bits about Lelia 

  • Lelia was just named The Deli Magazine's "Artist of the Month" for the LA poll!
  • Lelia was recently voted as one of the top 3 artists by music fans on to playLilith Fair in the very competitive California market. 
  • She's worked with A-list producers including Rob Fusari (Lady Gaga, Whitney Houston Destiny's Child)Dave Trumfio (Wilco, My Morning Jacket, Built to Spill)and Marshall Altman (Kate Voegle, Marc Broussard).
  • She released her debut album, 'Louisiana Soul' at age 15!
  • Her music has been featured on TV shows such as CBS' Joan of Arcadia and MTV's The Hills.
  • In 2008, Lelia signed a publishing deal with Rondor Universal Music Group.

If like me you are impatient to listen to her new album, you can at least catch up with last years album Waiting on the 9 right here.

<a href="">Waiting On The 9 by Lelia Broussard</a>

Thanks to The Musebox