Saturday, October 30, 2010

Julie Christmas

Critically acclaimed emerging vocalist Julie Christmas has been recognized as one of the most unique new figures in the contemporary underground music scene. During 2008, Christmas will build on her metal and rock repertoire, releasing two full-length albums and a special limited edition split with bands: Made Out of Babies, Battle of Mice and Spylacopa, as well as making several exciting guest appearances. At the same time, Christmas signals her exploration of new territory by scoring a controversial independent French film and creating her first body of collaborations and solo work for an album she intends to call “The Bad Wife”.

Her new album sounds to be spectacular from what I have heard so far.
What an amazing voice, can't wait to hear it all.
If You Go Away

And this one is totally different.

Julie Christmas Video for Bow from her solo debut release 'The Bad Wife' on Rising Pulse Records. Directed by James O'Brian and CO.

Sleeping Cat

Sleeping Cat (aka Jerry Noia) has a couple of new videos on YouTube.
I was really surprised to find him singing in English. Way to go Sleeping Cat.
I like his take on the old Simon and Garfunkel classic. Check it out.

Mrs Robinson

The fool on the hill again

Friday, October 29, 2010

Anneke van Giersbergen and Agua de Annique

Agua de Annique is a band from Netherlands formed by Anneke van Giersbergen after she announced her departure from The Gathering in June 2007. They released their first album, Air, in October of that year.
In addition to her lead vocals, Anneke also provides piano on the album. The rest of the band currently consists of Joris Dirks (guitars/vocals), Jacques de Haard (bass, Celestial Season, John Garcia) and Rob Snijders (drums, Celestial Season, Kong, John Garcia).

Great sounds.


Official music video for Wonder. This track is taken from Anneke van Giersbergen & Agua de Annique's In Your Room (2009 Jammm / Agua Recordings).
Directed by Erwin Arkema, IQ-Media


Live in Barcelona

@ Beirut Rock Festival 2009

On the 11th of November 2009 Anneke and her band played the Beirut Rock Festival at the Forum de Beyrouth, Lebanon.


Anneke van Giersbergen & Agua de Annique - Physical
Live @ Poppodium Romein (Leeuwarden, Netherlands)
Januari 2010


Some months ago I had a piece on Lissie, that was about a month before her album Catching a Tiger was released. At the time I was totally impressed with her.
Now I ran into this. There is not too many singers who can take on a Led Zepplin classic, let alone female singers.  This is just awesome.

Stairway to Heaven

Lissie's cover of the track "Stairway to Heaven" from the 1971 album LED ZEPPLIN IV

Talking about the album, here is a live version one of the great tracks from it.
In Sleep

Finally today a really cool cover of a Bob Dylan song, this one is from back last year when she was an "unknown". Truly amazing.

Eden Brent

Eden Brent is one of those great jazzy blues piano playing singers who you just love to listen to.
Shes a singer songwriter with a rockin' boogie woogie soul.

Eden Brent is an award-winning American musician on the independent Yellow Dog Records label. A blues pianist and vocalist, she combines boogie-woogie with elements of blues, jazz, soul, gospel and pop. Her vocal style has been compared to Bessie Smith, Memphis Minnie and Aretha Franklin.
Along with other awards, Brent garnered two 2009 Blues Music Awards - one for Acoustic Artist of the Year, the other for Acoustic Album of the Year (Mississippi Number One). In 2006, she won the Blues Foundation's International Blues Challenge.
Brent has appeared around the country at recognized venues and events including the Kennedy Center, the 2000 Republican National Convention, the 2005 presidential inauguration (sharing the bill with B.B. King), the Waldorf-Astoria Hotel, the British Embassy, Portland’s Waterfront Blues Festival, the Edmonton Blues Festival, the annual B.B. King Homecoming, and aboard the Legendary Rhythm & Blues Cruise. .......more

Leave Me Alone


Eden Brent at festival international jazz de montréal 2009.

In case you don't know who Boogaloo Ames is, check this wonderful video.
I Can't Seem To Lose This Memory

Eden Brent sings "I Can't Seem To Lose This Memory" to Boogaloo Ames. From the television documentary, Boogaloo & Eden: Sustaining the Sound. Produced by Cypress Bend Productions and Missisippi Educational Television, 1999. Producers: Robbie Fisher, Anne Rayner, Ron Rodenmeyer; Camera: Scooter Whatley; Sound: Knight Bruce.

Mississippi Blues

Eden Brent at the Blues Music Awards

Lindsey Ray

The never ending search for new talent goes through La La land today. Originally from Belfast, Maine (she was born there) Lindsey Ray is a bright ray of sunshine on todays music scene. Lindsey is a singer songwriter of exceptional talent. You can check out the stream of her new album here.
When one is so obviously talented and beautiful how can she not be a star?

Weight of the World

Lindseys debut EP Picture Perfect, produced by Bill Lefler (Ingrid Michaelson, Dashboard Confessional, Gym Class Heroes), was released November 12th, 2009. The title track was featured in the opening credits of Lifetime networks original TV movie Sorority Wars.

Considering the camera person never got to the front of the performance this is a great live performance of the new single which is the title track from the album.
Goodbye from California

Lindsey Ray performs her song Goodbye From California at the Hotel Cafe!!!

Monkey and the Tree

Lindsey Ray and her ukulele live at the Hotel Cafe on Feb 27th 2009.

Lindsey also teamed up with Swedish producer K-One to write and record the dance song, "Spinning Me Out", which is featured on Facebook's hottest new game "Nightclub City", with over 5 million users and growing rapidly. (As good as this song is this is another game I will not be playing, Facebook games are time consuming)

Spinning Me Out

Here's a recent press release courtesy Musebox.

New York, NY – Fresh off the heals of an impressive album release show at Los Angeles famed Hotel Café, accomplished chanteuse Lindsey Ray has just unveiled ‘GOODBYE FROM CALIFORNIA’ (Out Now, LRay Records / Redeye Distribution), an upbeat and empowering full-length debut that is sure to place her at the forefront of the current crop of singer-songwriter talent. Mastered by veteran producers Bill Lefler (Ingrid Michaelson, Dashboard Confessional) and Curt Schneider (Five For Fighting, Mitchell Musso), the album showcases an artful pairing of crisp, catchy melodies with pensive narratives, all beautifully sung with warm, endearing vocals comparable to Ingrid Michaelson or Sara Barielles. Featured tracks on ‘GOODBYE FROM CALIFORNIA’ include “Brand New Day”featuring Tim Myers (formerly of OneRepublic), “You Make Me Happy” and the infectious title track.

In November 2009, Ray released her debut effort ‘Picture Perfect’, a 6-track EP also produced by Lefler (Ingrid Michaelson, Dashboard Confessional, Gym Class Heroes). Over the course of her career, she has collaborated with leading songwriters such as Justin Gray (Joss Stone, Emma Bunton)Lindy Robbins (Nick Lachey, Backstreet Boys), and Shep Solomon (Kelly Clarkson, David Cook).  Standing as a tangible validation to Ms. Ray’s compelling talents,her music has been featured in numerous primetime television shows and national TV campaigns, including: CBS’ The Ghost Whisperer, NBC’s Chuck and Mercy, MTV’s The Real World: Hollywood, and Lifetime’s original movie Sorority Wars, and a national Target TV ad campaign, prominently featuring the song “Brand New Day”.  Recently, Lindsey teamed up with Swedish producer K-One on the side project “Spinning Me Out”, a pop/dance track featured in Facebook’s Nightclub City game, a license which has netted her nearly 36,000 fans within the first three weeks of the song’s debut in this game.

Currently, Lindsey is heavily promoting ‘GOODBYE FROM CALIFORNIA’ with select performances scheduled along the West Coast.  On September 22nd, she will return to The Hotel Café, sharing the bill with Bleu and Mike ViolaRay plans to announce dates for her upcoming fall tour shortly.

Though she is a DIY unsigned artist, Lindsey's music has been receiving a great deal of placement in prime-time television shows and advertisement campaigns. Check out everything she's accomplished already!
  • Currently, Abercrombie and Fitch is featuring Lindsey's music as part of their in-store playlist. On September 8th, her cover of "Daydream", The Lovin' Spoonful's classic song, began playing in their Hollister stores nationwide (over 900 locations).
  • Lindsey composed and recorded the "Google Fiber jingle" which was featured on CNN, AOL, ABC News, Yahoo, andNational Public Radio's "All Things Considered".
  • Also, she teamed up with Swedish producer K-One to write and record the dance song, "Spinning Me Out", which is featured on Facebook's hottest new game "Nightclub City", with over 5 million users and growing rapidly.
  • One of the featured tracks on Lindsey's new album, "Brand New Day" (featuring Tim Myers, formerly of OneRepublic),was featured as part of Target's national campaign, which powered 7 commercials.
  • Lindsey’s songs have been placed in numerous primetime television shows and national TV campaigns, including: CBS’The Ghost WhispererNBC’s Chuck and MercyMTV’s The Real World: Hollywood, and Lifetime’s original movieSorority Wars.

Thursday, October 28, 2010


Rumer, not to be confused with Demi and Bruce's daughter.
Here's a new voice to me. An amazingly beautiful new voice.
I'm sure we are going to hear so much more about this young lady.

Sarah Joyce – stage name Rumer – has come a long way since winning the school’s talent show back in 1994. In 2010 She released her debut single Slow and saw it named single of the week on Radio 2.

According to the Slow Songfacts, Sarah spent the early years of her life in Pakistan, where her father was the chief-engineer of the enormous Tarbela Dam, 30 miles to the northwest of Islamabad. The youngest of seven children, living in an expat colony without TV or newspapers, Rumer and her family would often sing and write songs together. Her brother Rob gave Rumer her first guitar; which she taught herself to play, and on which, years later, she wrote all the songs on her debut album, Seasons of My Soul.

The singer/songwriter spent her teenage years in Carlisle at Newman School before leaving at 16 to pursue her ambition. It has been a hard slog but years later she is finally hitting the big time and gradually becoming a household name. She now hopes her success will inspire other young people to follow their dreams.

Having had her single listed ahead of its release on both Radio 2 and Magic FM, she is also preparing to support Jools Holland on his UK tour this autumn – the finale being a show at the Albert Hall.

She also has a celebrity fan in the form of easy listening legend Burt Bacharach, who invited her to sing for him when she visited California. [Last.FM]

Let's kick of with her new single.


This is an earlier single.

A cover of the theme tune to the movie 'The Sterile Cuckoo'.
Come Saturday Morning

Listen to Rumer's arresting cover of 'Come Saturday Morning'. The song is Rumer's interpretation of the theme tune to the movie 'The Sterile Cuckoo' released in 1969 and starring Liza Minnelli, Wendell Burton, and Tim McIntire.

And finally a wonderful live performance on British TV.
Am I Forgiven + Aretha

Live on Later With Jools Holland September 2010

Girl in a Coma

So you hear in the rumor mill that a girl band called Girl In A Coma have recorded the Patsy Cline classic Walkin' After Midnight and your heart drops. But then you hear it and your heart soars.
Girl in a Coma hails from San Antonio, Texas. They formed in Junior High School when Jenn Alva and Phanie Diaz met in art class and then they added Nina Diaz, Phanie’s then 12-year old little sister as their singer.

Girl In a Coma is a rock band from San Antonio, Texas on Joan Jett's Blackheart Records' label. The band is made up of Mexican-American sisters Nina (vocals/guitar) and Phanie Diaz (drums) and long-time friend, Jenn Alva (bass). The name is a reference to The Smiths' song Girlfriend in a Coma. Before they were called Girl In A Coma, they were Sylvia's Radio and Girls In A Coma.     .......... more

Walkin After Midnight

And just in case you think it's all slick video work. Check out this live performance.
Yo Oigo

Live in Mission Tx 10/21/10

Si Una Vez

Girl in a Coma performed on Sunday July 11th at the Tejano Music Awards at the Municipal Auditorium paying tribute to the late Selena Quintanilla performing the song "Si Una Vez"

And finally today an earlier video from last year
El Monte

Girl in a Coma video for "El Monte" from the album Trio B.C. Filmed on location in San Antonio, Texas. Directed by Jim Mendiola.

Sara Petite

Sara Petite is an Americana / Bluegrass / Folk / Rock singer/songwriter with so much talent I cannot understand why she is not a mega star. She's just as happy at the House of Blues or at the Adams Avenue Street Fair. And she has the chops to play either of them with the same acceptance.

She has a band called the Sugar Daddies and the personnel is as follows:
Sara Petite and the Sugar Daddies:
Sara Petite - Lead Vocals and Acoustic Guitar
Rick Wilkins - Electic Guitar, vocals
Wade Maurer - Bass
John Kuhlken - Drums and Cowbell
John Mailander - Fiddle
Steve Peavey - Banjo, Mandolin, Lap Steel, Electric Guitar, Acoustic Guitar, Vocals

Give a listen to a selection of her music, no slick videos, all live performances.
The good type of music.


Sara Petite makes her Music Fog debut with, "Bootleggers." Recorded in Nashvile during the 2010 Americana Music Festival. (9/11/2010)


Here's Magnolia by Sara Petite from the Doghouse Rose album, performed by Sara Petite and the Sugardaddies at the 2010 Adams Avenue Street Fair in San Diego
Sara Petite: vocals, guitar
John Kuhlken: Drums
Wade Maurer: Bass
Rick Wilkins: Lead Guitar, vocals
Steve Peavey: Electric Guitar

AMA Renegades in Nashville

Shouldn't be Doing This

Live on the Billy Block Show

The Promised Land

The Promised Land performed by Sara Petite and the Sugar Daddies at the Prince Albert, Brighton, July 2010

So explain to me again, why is Taylor Swift so popular?

Red Molly

Today some acoustic Americana. Meet Red Molly. They are a wonderful New York based female trio, with tremendous voices.

Short Bio:
The dynamic female trio that began as a happy accident around a campsite (at the 2004 Falcon Ridge Folk Festival) is now drawing invitations from renowned historic national events like Merlefest, and is winning over audiences around the country. Spurred onward by an ever-growing and devoted fanbase, and the desire to commit themselves to touring farther from home, Red Molly is at the start of a new and exciting musical chapter. After six years of touring, the band announced that guitarist/bassist Carolann Solebello will leave the group in August 2010 to spend more time with family and pursue solo opportunities. Remaining founding members Laurie MacAllister (bass, banjo) and Abbie Gardner (Dobro, guitar) welcome the newest "Molly", Austin-based singer/songwriter Molly Venter, to fill out their lush, distinctive three-part harmonies. Over the last month of rehearsals and impromptu live performances in Hamilton Park, near their rehearsal space in Jersey City, the three women quickly nailed the essence of the Red Molly sound, while hinting at inspiring new musical possibilities in the months of touring that lie ahead. "We are busily reinventing fan favorites from our current recordings, while adding new material and collaborating on songwriting for the first time," says Gardner. "This is an exciting time for the band; we're so thrilled that Molly has joined us," adds MacAllister.
.... for a longer look

Now let's give a listen to some of their great musical harmonies.


Red Molly rocks the Music Fog loft in Okemah with "Jezebel."
Recorded during WoodyFest in Oklahoma, on 7/17/2010.

A gracious farewell to a former member of the band ...........

Red Molly is a class act, and the trio handled the departure of original member Carolann Solebello with grace. Carolann officially bowed out this summer at the Falcon Ridge Folk Festival--where she first sang with Laurie MacAllister and Abbie Gardner six years earlier. In this video, Carolann explains why she quit the group just as it's taking off. There also are reactions from fans, and a flavor of the festival, held in the Berkshires. Video by Kevin Coughlin for, July 24, 2010

And hello to the new Molly.
Happier Now

The follow up video to introduce the band's new member, Molly Venter. The song is an original of hers, called "Happier Now." Red Molly is Laurie MacAllister, Abbie Gardner & Molly Venter.

Disco Rapido

And now for something sorta different. Do you play the pipe?
UK based production/DJ duo DISCO RAPIDO are taking the internet and disco dancefloors by storm with their brilliant PUNTER POP sound!
It is a very cool sound, and the video will bring a smile.

We Play The Pipe

Video to the debut single by DJ/production duo DISCO RAPIDO. Watch out for the cameo appearance of the X-Factors very own Cheryl Cole, who is a personal friend of the duo. Blink and you miss her.

I think I blinked.
But allegedly Stephen Fry is a fan.

Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Abbe May

Abbe May, and so may I.
Here's a real cute young lady with a cool set of pipes.
The lady can sing the blues. A real change from the typical pop tarts.
She is a bona fide blues singer and guitar player from Perth, Australia.
Seriously keep an eye open for this one.

Australian journalists have flagged her as a pioneering and important presence in the future of rock and roll and upon hearing Abbe May’s new single, New York reviews have sited MAMMALIAN LOCOMOTION as ‘some kind of hallelujah inducing revelation. A seduction song from a siren who is in possession of the voice of both god and the devil!’

After months in the studio with a new band, Abbe May has emerged with a whole lot of material sporting an even darker rock sound. The first single from her forthcoming album, MAMMALIAN LOCOMOTION begins to chart new musical territory for Abbe through an emotive exploration of human desire at its most fundamental level.

Mammalian Locomotion

First single from new album - due out May 2011.
Directed by Zena Loxton.
Edited by: Matt Kitchin
Styling and Casting by Jillian King.
Dancers - Ciarah Hayes, Tanya Vale, Tiffanie Salisbury.

Here she is a couple of years ago on Aussie TV.

Howl and Moan

Abbe May and The Rockin' Pneumonia at the Annandale Hotel (Sydney, 19/07/2009)

Abbe May is a rock singer-songwriter from Perth, Australia. Known for her an extraordinary voice - a stirring howl borne on the melancholic balladry of a grieving heart. As confrontational as it is vulnerable, her characteristically anguished howl and moan conceals an undercurrent of hot-blooded intensity within the poetry and grunge-fuelled candour of her music and band The Rockin’ Pneumonia (consisting of: Abbe May (Vocals, Guitar, Ukelele), K.T Rumble (Lead Guitar), Rodeo Stone (Bass), Pickett (Drums, Vocals)).

Her debut album “Howl and Moan” was recorded over the summer of 2007 and mixed in the autumn of 2008. The album covers the themes of immense love and loss, and unleashed passion.

Supporting The Drones, CW Stoneking, Tim Rogers,The Waifs, Billy Bragg, The Cops, and Mia Dyson among others, the band’s festival record includes the West Coast Blues and Roots Festival, WAMi Festival, Wave Rock Weekender, In the Pines and Southbound.

Oh Wow!! Last minute find. Abbe covers Nick Cave!!! Can life get any better?
Dig Lazarus Dig

Abbe May performing at the 2009 APRA Music Awards. Original song "Dig Lazarus Dig" by Nick Cave.

Two Hours Traffic

Here's some Canadians going down under.  Two Hours Traffic are embarking on an Australian tour, in the meantime we can keep an eye open for their new album Territory.

From an SGC Media Press release:
Polaris Prize (Canada's version of the AMP) finalists, internationally acclaimed, and hailed in their homeland as one of the most successful independent acts in recent years, Canadian four piece Two Hours Traffic return to Australian to support The Jezabels on their highly anticipated Dark Storm Tour.

Earlier in the year the band signed with ABC Music and co-headlined a national tour with Sydney's Dead Letter Chorus. With their second voyage to our shores, the band bring with them a new video and double a-side single, produced by long-term producer and good mate Joel Plaskett.

And I'm betting a good time will be had by all.
Meanwhile just so's we don't miss them back here, how about a couple of tunes.

Happiness Burns


Premonition or Coincidence? Two years ago they wrote/recorded a song Jezebel now they are touring with The Jezabels.

Territory is the follow up to the Charlottetown band’s Polaris Prize nominated
and internationally acclaimed sophomore album, "Little Jabs". Once again
produced by Joel Plaskett, Territory builds on the promise of Little Jabs as the
band continues to write and record sunny pop gems for the heart and head.
Territory, however also finds Two Hours Traffic discovering the shadows at
the side of the road. Right from the get go this becomes apparent as the gold
into lead alchemy of the rousing opener Noisemaker kicks in and by the time
the title track tells its tale of disillusionment and betrayal you know you are
settling in for a drive on the darker side. Indeed, songs such as Weightless
One, Drop Alcohol, Wicked Side, and Lost Boys all explore the approaching
dusk but just like the more hopeful tracks on the album (Happiness Burns,
Sing A Little Hymn) they all lock into the close your eyes, sing along choruses
and instantly memorable lyrics that have put Two Hours Traffic on the
melodic map.
Initially conceived as a two-piece, lead singer Liam Corcoran and guitarist
Alec O'Hanley recruited bassist Andrew MacDonald and drummer Derek Ellis
while attending university in their hometown of Charlottetown, Prince
Edward Island. After releasing their "April Storm" EP in 2003 a friendship was
struck up with Halifax hero Joel Plaskett who offered to produce the band's
first proper album. They've been working together ever since. While their
eponymous debut and their follow up "Isolator" EP were received warmly by
critics, it wasn't until 2007's breakthrough "Little Jabs" that the world really
took notice. Appearing on dozens of year-end best of lists, Little Jabs also
garnered an ECMA for Best Pop Recording and was a finalist for the coveted
Polaris Music Prize. Add to this, three coast to coast tours, appearances at
festivals such as Hillside, CMJ and SXSW and shows across the Atlantic and
you have one of the most visible and successful Canadian independent acts of
the last two years.
The road is indeed calling once again and with the strength of song on their
side, Two Hours Traffic will continue to drive through both the brightening
dawn and the darkening dusk. Bringing their Territory to yours.


Cocoon is a two-piece French band formed in 2006 by Mark Daumail (born 1984, composition, lead vocals, acoustic guitar, ukelele, banjo, beatbox, etc.) and Morgane Imbeaud (born 1987, vocal harmonies, keyboards, arrangements).

“I wanted it to be a male-female duet. A duo like the White Stripes are in rock — we wanted to be the equivalent in folk music,” Daumail says. Their songs are entirely sung in English. “French artists singing in English isn’t something new. It goes back to groups like Les Thugs and Syd Matters,” he remarks.

Daumail says he’s always been interested in folk music: “Basically, Cocoon’s musical inspiration goes all the way from groups like The Pentangle and Fairport Convention right through to the ‘new folk’ movement that surfaced around the beginning of 2000 with artists like CocoRosie, Devendra Banhart and Sufjan Stevens.”

In 2006, the pop / folk duet released its first EP, entitled I hate birds, and won the 2006 edition of the Big Jama regional contest. The following year, Cocoon was signed onto the French indie label Sober & Gentle. The band released a second EP, From Panda Mountains, followed by their first album, entitled My Friends All Died In A Plane Crash. The group won the CQFD music contest organized by the French magazine Les Inrockuptibles and performed in the new talent section of the rock music festivals Le Printemps de Bourges and Les Eurockéennes de Belfort.

And suddenly they appear on my horizon, thanks JC, and I am enchanted. A kind of Gallic stripped down Mama's and Papa's or Loving Spoonful but sung in English not French.
I like listening to Cocoon.
Flying hairy whales and a pretty girl, I'm hooked.

Découvrez le clip de Cocoon "Comets"

I guess whimsical videos are their style, this is from 2007.
On My Way

And this is a great cover of an Outkast song.
Hey Ya


Suuns have no doubt ingested a lot of art rock, the Montreal group’s minimalist rhythms are equally informed by Joy Division, Suicide and Can, often wrapped in a noisy squall of droning guitars and pulsing synths. Add to this Ben Shemie’s breathy, paranoid sing/speak, and there are times that it seems like Suuns are about to drive over a sonic cliff. But there’s actually a great sense of restraint at play. We were enveloped in Sunns’ dark and thrilling post-punk from the first listen, never to return.

This is a haunting little number, I like it. It's from their new album Zeroes QC.
Up Past The Nursery

M For Montreal Festival, Old Port

Recorded with my photo camera Panasonic FZ100 in High Definition 720P at 30 frames per second in LPCM stereo. Proacguy1 ---- thanks

Thanks to JC for leading me here.

Alessandra Amoroso

Today a beautiful singer from Italy, Alessandra Amoroso.
She has that Taylor Dane vibe going for her, vocally.  See what you think.

Alessandra Amoroso is an Italian pop singer who rose to fame on the reality television show Amici di Maria de Filippi before embarking on a chart-topping solo career in 2009. Born on August 12, 1986, in Galatina, Lecce, Italy, she made her television debut in 2008 during the eighth season of Amici di Maria de Filippi. She proceeded to win the televised singing competition, finishing ahead of second-place runner-up Valerio Scanu in 2009. One of her most memorable performances was “If I Ain’t Got You” as originally sung by Alicia Keys. Like Keys, Amoroso proved herself capable of singing pop as well as soul music. Around the time of her Amici di Maria de Filippi win, she released a pair of Top Five hit singles, “Immobile” and “Find a Way,” the former of which was especially popular, charting for 12 weeks and peaking at number one. Amoroso subsequently made her full-length album debut with Stupida (2009) on Sony BMG. Both the album and its title track were chart-topping hits, while the single “Splendida Follia” was also a hit, albeit a lesser one. [Last.FM.]


Music video by Alessandra Amoroso performing Stupida.

Il Mondo In Un Secondo

Sometime she sings in English, this from her new album "Il Mondo In Un Secondo ".
I'm a Woman

Happy Halloween

I know this is early. It's not until Sunday.

But I figured I could help out this year by posting some great tips from my friend Mark on carving your pumpkins.

That's why it couldn't wait until Sunday since you will have already messed up your pumpkins by then.

So with no more ado here's Mark!

Alternative pumpkin carving from my favorite redneck.
Way up in the distant unpopulated north country (yes there are rednecks up there)
lives my buddy Mark. He carved his pumpkin this year, as he has every year since he was knee high to a hornswoggled toad, with a 45 caliber long colt and 45 caliber ACP.

Tuesday, October 26, 2010

I'm Kingfisher

My first reaction, OK this is weird. Then the music starts and the music is good, but it's still weird.
But strangely likable. So it's weird in a good way.
So I'm Kingfisher has a new album out called Arctic. And it's pretty damn good, look out for it.

I'm still thinking about this. Is this an I'm Spartacus thing?

Willing Night Plants

I'm Kingfisher a.k.a. Thomas Denver Jonsson
What was your inspiration around the video?
My idea about the video was to not make it look like concert footage and not to lipsync, cause for me that would feel embarrasing. Obviously, dressing up in a bird suit in public and trying to hatch an egg is not.
I've become very fond of birds lately, which was one of several reasons I chosed to change my stage name. I thought it could be a good idea to use that affection of mine into a video and to try do something that's both quirky and beautiful. playgroundmusic
Director/Camera: Nicholas Wakeham
Additional camera: Daniel Andersson
Costume/Make up: Jonna Wakeham Ölund
Editing: Nicholas Wakeham
Handy man: Joe Popinsky

Feline Funeral

the dinkytown coffee house tour, aug 2010. "feline funeral" (feat. helena sundström aka mine to keep).

Here is an interview with Thomas Jonnson (I'm Kingfisher) which maybe explains what makes him tick.

Stephen Menzie takes a trip to Falsterbo, and meets Thomas Jonnson.

For today's Geography link Falsterbo is a town located at the south-western tip of Sweden in Vellinge Municipality in Skåne County. Falsterbo is situated in the southern part of the Falsterbo peninsula. It is part of Skanör-Falsterbo and one of Sweden's historical cities.  [Wikipedia]
And the closest I ever got to it was probably driving by when en-route from Malmö to Ystad, and back again. The road probably came within 30 km of it.

The Ghost of a Saber Tooth Tiger

I first saw this first video on impactus and while I was really enjoying the song I kept thinking that the guy looked vaguely familiar. Really?
And I just love the name The Ghost of a Saber Tooth Tiger. I'm guessing Sean has his father's sense of humor.

Lavender Road

The Ghost of a Saber Tooth Tiger makes songs that are ornate, fanciful, tuneful, and unusual. It's a collaborative duo featuring Sean Lennon and his partner in life and music, Charlotte Kemp Muhl.

When it comes to both love and writing songs, its hard to find the perfect partner. So you might say the musician Sean Lennon got doubly lucky when he met Charlotte Kemp Muhl.
As the duo The Ghost of a Saber Tooth Tiger, Lennon and Muhl play multiple instruments and sing in harmony about elegant gardens, dystopian futures, striving scientists and much more.
"We're sort of a superorganism," Lennon says. "Between us we have four arms and four legs and and we try to play off the best of each other's talents." NPR

This next song takes me back to my childhood. I remember always being fascinated by "petrol rainbows", that's the UK version. They always appeared after the rain, and we got plenty of rain in London.
Rainbows In Gasoline

Joey Ess

I stumbled across Joey Ess when a friend sent me a link to his brilliant video called Dirty F@#*ing Hippies Were Right! If you haven't seen it follow the link. It was so good that I had to feature it on Facebook and find out who was behind the video.
So I went of looking for Joey Ess. Turns out he's a singer / songwriter, just the sort of talent we are always seeking out here.
Check out this first piece, I believe that Mr Lennon himself would have a approved.

Sorry Mr Lennon

"A wistful song of loss in memory of a voice sorely needed in these trying times." Joey Ess

When I listen to this track I can only say "Move over Ozzie, here comes Joey Ess".
You Always Return With The Rain

Here's a brilliant song about the religious nuts.
Religious Nuts: "Twisted Sermons"

A song of social commentary regarding Prosperity Christianity.
I believe that Prosperity Christianity is a perversion of everything that religion is supposed to stand for.
Prosperity Christianity is a disgusting doctrine designed to make it's pitch-men/women rich.
Lending the stamp of righteousness to greed and avarice.

To quote John Kenneth Galbraith:
"The modern conservative is engaged in one of man's oldest exercises in moral philosophy; that is, the search for a superior moral justification for selfishness."
Yep. Joey Ess

Ahh what the heck, I can't be bothered to fire up the political blog today, so here just because it is so good.......................

Dirty F@#*ing Hippies Were Right!

Monday, October 25, 2010

Eilen Jewell

Eilen Jewell is a provider of awesome music. They say she is country, but I hear jazz and blues and rock 'n' roll.  Actually all I really hear is talent.  This young lady is amazing.

From her web bio:
“I’m already bracing myself,” Eilen Jewell reasons, matter-of-factly, “for a little controversy.”

Boise-born and Boston-based, Jewell has quickly distinguished herself as one of the rising stars of a new generation of roots musicians. Her first two albums, Boundary County (self-released, 2006) and Letters from Sinners and Strangers (Signature Sounds, 2007) were astonishingly assured efforts, which matched Jewell’s understated yet insightful songs with a rugged blend of Americana styles. They were met with a great deal of acclaim, with No Depression raving that “Jewell is showing she can wander with the best of them, and write riveting song-stories about her adventures along the way.” Indicative of Jewell’s strong following in Europe, The Word in the UK described her as “A voice of real distinction [that] manages to transcend some powerful influences and pierce the fog long enough for her own point of view to emerge.”

“On those albums,” she reflects, “people told me they heard folk, country, western swing, rockabilly, and even jazz…but a part of my roots has been left out up until now.”

Sweet Rose

Eilen Jewell recently stopped by the studios to talk about her new album "sea of tears", and while she was here, she gave us a great performance of "sweet rose".
courtesy of your friends at 89.7 WNKU

Blue Highway

Eilen Jewell and her band performing live at the newly relocated Club Helsinki in Hudson, NY on July 24, 2010.

Shakin' all over

Eilen takes the audience back to the sixties with a great rendition of Johnny Kidd and the Pirates "Shakin' All Over". And you go who and the who? If you never heard Johnny Kidd, then you must be a kid. Really good version here by the way.

Fine & Mellow

Eilen Jewell performs a Billie Holiday cover live @ Toogenblik, Haren (Brussels) on Friday September 25th 2009.

Terry Springford

Terry Springford is a singer-songwriter from Melbourne, Australia, known for his insightful, melancholic songs and distinctive vocals.
After 6 months writing and recording in his mountain forest home studio outside Melbourne, Australia, Terry Springford has released his album "Pretty Girls".
And it was worth waiting for. Check it out here. You can stream or buy.

Mary Epworth and the Jubilee Band

Think Metal meets a Brass Band in a folk club. Something you may have never heard the like of before is Mary Epworth and the Jubilee Band. Uniquely talented they have introduced a new genre of music, it just doesn't have a name yet.
Wikipedia says
Mary Epworth is a singer and songwriter who makes music influenced by traditional English song, 60s west coast Psychedelia, and Greek Progressive Rock.
I can't argue with that, but I'm sure there will be many other descriptions.

The Saddle Song

Black Doe

Then I found this amazing piece of Mary Epworth with The Outdoor Types performing Black Doe live at the Hand of Glory this Saturday past (October 23). And then amazingly they covered the Aphrodite's Child song Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse from the album 666. I thought I was the only person in the world who bought that album.

Mary Epworth and the Jubilee Band are:
Mary Epworth on Vocals, Oscar Schmidt OS45CE Electric Autoharp, Rhythm guitar, and wooden spoons.
Will Twynham synths/vox/keys/guitar/twinklies live, and almost everything else in the studio.

Horse on Guitar, Banjo and Vox.

The Gord (on loan from The Outdoor Types) on Bass and vox.

The mighty Rich Norris on Drums.
The Suessmilch horns join us whenever we're all in the same country.

Many many thanks to Deaconblues1103cw for a rhetorical question.

Sunday, October 24, 2010

Louis Armstrong

Louis "Satchmo" Armstrong has to have been one of the greatest proponents of Jazz.
He was also a lot of fun. So one has to have fun on one's birthday right?

Louis Daniel Armstrong (August 4, 1901 – July 6, 1971), nicknamed Satchmo or Pops, was an American jazz trumpeter and singer from New Orleans, Louisiana.
Coming to prominence in the 1920s as an "inventive" cornet and trumpet player, Armstrong was a foundational influence on jazz, shifting the music's focus from collective improvisation to solo performers. With his distinctive gravelly voice, Armstrong was also an influential singer, demonstrating great dexterity as an improviser, bending the lyrics and melody of a song for expressive purposes. He was also greatly skilled at scat singing, or vocalizing using syllables instead of actual lyrics.
Renowned for his charismatic stage presence and deep, instantly recognizable voice almost as much as for his trumpet-playing, Armstrong's influence extends well beyond jazz music, and by the end of his career in the 1960s, he was widely regarded as a profound influence on popular music in general. [Wikipedia]

He found more commercial success later in life, and of course that would be the period we would have video of. And he did join up with a couple of well known singers of that time.

One of my movie favorites back then was High Society.

Now You Has Jazz

From the movie "High Society" (1956).

Birth of the Blues

1957, The Edsel Show

Mac The Knife

1956 in London.

When The Saints Go Marching In

Louis Armstrong's set at 1958 Newport Jazz Festival

Up a Lazy River
Tiger Rag
Rockin' Chair--Louis Armstrong & Jack Teagarden
When The Saints Go Marchin' In
Taken from movie of the 1958 Newport Jazz Festival, filmed by Bert Stern.
The All-Stars include Trummy Young on Trombone; Billy Kyle on Piano and Danny Barcelona on Drums.