Friday, December 31, 2010

Happy New Year - Welcome 2011

Should auld acquaintance be forgot,
and never brought to mind ?
Should auld acquaintance be forgot,
and days of auld lang syne ?

For auld lang syne, my jo,
for auld lang syne,
we’ll tak a cup o’ kindness yet,
for auld lang syne.

And surely ye’ll be your pint-stowp !
and surely I’ll be mine !
And we’ll tak a cup o’ kindness yet,
for auld lang syne.


We twa hae run about the braes,
and pu’d the gowans fine ;
But we’ve wander’d mony a weary fit,
sin auld lang syne.


We twa hae paidl’d i' the burn,
frae morning sun till dine ;
But seas between us braid hae roar’d
sin auld lang syne.


And there’s a hand, my trusty fiere !
and gie's a hand o’ thine !
And we’ll tak a right gude-willy waught,
for auld lang syne.


Microwave Dave and The Nukes

OK, Uncle Stevie made me do it. Not my Uncle, I don't have any left.
This was a recommendation from Stephen King in his last column for Entertainment Weekly 1-7-11.
He says "check out Microwave Dave & the Nukes blasting 'Highway 49' at St Stephen's Episcopal Church in Huntsville, Ala. That electric slide guitar will change your way of life."
Boy was he ever right. Listen to this amazing guitar work.
Microwave Dave and The Nukes is a name to put on your radar.
This band is just too awesome for words.

Highway 49

song performed on April 21, 2007 @ St. Stephen's Episcopal Church in Huntsville, AL at their annual Hog Heaven Barbeque benefit.

Road Runner

I guess Microwave Dave can bust out a few more instruments when he get's the feeling.

No other info regarding where or when this took place.

20% Alcohol

This was shot in Mussel Shoals, Alabama at The Benefit For Scott Boyer in April 2007.

Twenty years of performances in the U.S and Europe and six albums-with more on the way-have helped Microwave Dave & The Nukes establish a wide multinational audience. Venues vary from French soccer stadiums to Bike Week in Daytona Beach, from blues cruises on the Big Red Boat to neighborhood saloons, but the thousands of shows delivered by the band all reflect one core element: the heritage blues music enjoys as a lifter of spirits. As Microwave Dave puts it: "Blues is America's first-and still best-self-help program."

While major-label stars gauge success by sales figures and chart positions, the predominate barometer for traditional blues artists is simpler: repeat bookings. Microwave Dave & The Nukes' annual itinerary features music festivals and holiday engagements that have billed the act for fifteen consecutive years; motorcycle events for more than a dozen; and a considerable list of major hotels, international deep water fishing tournaments, schools and social organizations that re-acquire the group's services year after year. Indeed, it is such continuous work that led the Alabama Blues Society to present the band it's Blues Achievement Award in 2001, "for accomplishments in performing, writing and preserving blues music."

Formed in 1989, Microwave Dave & the Nukes' blues apprenticeship included a three-year stint as Jerry 'Boogie' McCain's back-up band, interspersed with shows backing Bo Diddley both of whose styles are integral flavors in the band's recipe. Microwave Dave produced Gotta Get A Cadillac as a cassette release in 1991; the album was re-released and promoted world-wide on compact disc by Australia's Full Moon Records in 1999. .....more

Jul i Folkton

Jul i Folkton is a Swedish band? Or is it a super-group? Even if you have no knowledge of the Swedish language this is just a beautiful sound. Sofia Karlsson has a voice as clear as a bell. This makes me think of the old Scottish folk songs. It has that Gaelic feel.
For those of you who want to hear some more of this wonderful concert you can listen to the whole thing here at Sverige Radio P2.

Tänd ett ljus [Light a candle]

Written by Lasse Lindbom & Niklas Strömstedt in the Swedish band Triad, who released the song as a disco christmas song in 1987. Sofia Karlsson with Jul i Folkton manages to make a beautiful ballad out of it. Esbjörn Hazelius on the other guitar (or maybe cittern).
Radio recording by Sveriges Radio from Berwaldhallen in Stockholm, Dec. 1, 2010.

Sibelius' julvisa (Kom, ge mig värme, ge mig ljus)

English translation: Sibelius Julvisa (Come on, give me heat, give me light)
New lyrics by Mikael Wiehe to an old melody by Jean Sibelius (1865-1957).
Radio recording by Sveriges Radio from Berwaldhallen in Stockholm, Dec. 1, 2010.

Here is Sofia Karlsson from a different concert, same time of year.
Frid på jord

Sofia Karlsson with Sofie Livebrant (piano and vocal), Peter Asplund (trumpet) and Dan Berglund (bass), on SVT on the morning of December 24, 2010.
Traditional Swedish Christmas carol lyrics, to a melody by Sofia Karlsson. The title means "Peace on Earth". The song is released on the album "Jul i Folkton" (various artists, 2005), and on "Folkjul" (various artists, 2007), and even on the bonus CD to the compilation "Det allra bästa 1999-2009", but the arrangements on the CD's are quite different from this one.

There is of course another side to this group. Check out the amazing instrumental tune.
It's a fan video, so it starts of a bit shaky but then Svartmerir nails it.

in Helsingborg December 17 2010

Julie Neumark

Julie Neumark is kickin' butt and taking names. Why do lady blues singers not get the credit they deserve. Let's hope that 2011 is kind to her. Just kick back and listen to some real talent.

Dimestore Halo

When I grow up

Drink Myself Pretty

Julie Neumark with Dave Carducci performing "Drink Myself Pretty"
live in Rotterdam @ Muziekcafé Le Vagabond - Jan 28 2009

Learn more about Julie Neumark in this video from a live visit to Treble Clef live.

TREBLE CLEF LIVE (unplugged and authentically indie) is a one hour radio show that features one indie artist live and unplugged with some Q & A. Hear and get to know the artists before they become mainstream.
I love her take on Bette Davis Eyes.

From Last.FM (listen to more there as always)
After earning her music degree at Indiana University, Julie took off to seek her fortune in Los Angeles.

She found work quickly, with a recurring role on the Lifetime series Oh, Baby, as a younger version of Cynthia Stevenson’s lead character in flashback scenes. Neumark was offered a part in a comedy, but there was a catch: She had to play guitar. Unfortunately, her experience with music had only been vocal, but typically she didn’t let that get in her way. With a straight face she assured the director that, yes, she knew her way around all six strings.

Within the next year her calendar filled with solo acoustic gigs, which expanded into band shows as she put her own group together. The more she wrote and performed, the harder she drove herself. She drew inspiration from Beth Hart, Dylan, the Stones, Janis Joplin, Lucinda Williams, Shelby Lynne, Marc Broussard – artists whose music reflected the kind of urgency and honesty that ignites Neumark’s creativity. Her following grew, yet something was still missing, an empty piece yet to be filled in the puzzle.

The picture was completed by a sobering rite of passage. When her father, Michael, began to succumb to the cancer he had battled for five years, Neumark dropped everything and flew back to his side. “Watching my father die was a wakeup call,” she says, quietly. “It made me understand that none of us knows how long we have. That opened me up, and I allowed myself to become more vulnerable than I’d ever been – enough to have my heart broken for the first time.”

Thursday, December 30, 2010


Another beautiful singer from Scandinavia.
Yohanna (real name Jóhanna Guðrún Jónsdóttir) was born on 16 October 1990 in Copenhagen Denmark, but was raised in Hafnarfjörður, Iceland. She was the runner-up in the 2009 Eurovision Song Contest.
At the age of eight, Yohanna was talent-spotted by singing teacher María Björk and offered a place at her performing arts school. The following year – 1999 – she recorded her first album (at the age of nine). It was released in 2000 and obtained great success in her adopted country, so much so it was followed by a second album in 2001 and a third, comprising popular Christmas carols, in 2003.
After a planned break to allow her voice to mature, her comeback album as an adult entitled Butterflies and Elvis was released in Iceland in early 2008 (a re-release across Europe is planned). It is a collaboration between Yohanna, British songwriter Lee Horrocks and sound engineer Thomas Yezzi.

Her voice is so clear and true, and as you watch her here notice no gimmicks, no extensive orchestration. Just the pure vocals.

Is It True?

Yohanna's final performance at the VG Lista series of concerts on 29th July 2009 in Bergen.

I Miss you

Yohanna performing "I Miss You" with the Icelandic Symphony Orchestra in a sell-out concert in Reykjavik in 2008. The song was written by Lee Horrocks.

Beautiful Silence

Yohanna performing "Beautiful Silence" with the Icelandic Symphony Orchestra in a sell-out concert in Reykjavik in 2008. The song was written by Lee Horrocks, Yohanna & K. D. Hughes.

Top 25 of 2010 all in one sitting

Is this deja vu? Nope, but we did have the same thing last year.
DJ Earworm presents a mashup of the Top 25 according to Billboard for 2010.
Get your MP3 download here.

He's done it again, as amazing as last years was this one could be even better.

The players are:
Ke$ha - Tik Tok
Lady Antebellum - Need You Now
Train - Hey, Soul Sister
Katy Perry Featuring Snoop Dogg - California Gurls
Usher Featuring - OMG
B.O.B. Featuring Hayley Williams - Airplanes
Eminem Featuring Rihanna - Love the Way You Lie
Lady Gaga - Bad Romance
Taio Cruz - Dynamite
Taio Cruz Featuring Ludacris - Break Your Heart
B.O.B. Featuring Bruno Mars - Nothin' On You
Enrique Iglesias Featuring Pitbull - I Like It
Young Money Featuring Lloyd - Bedrock
Jason Derulo - In My Head
Rihanna - Rude Boy
Lady Gaga Featuring Beyonce - Telephone
Katy Perry - Teenage Dream
Bruno Mars - Just the Way You Are
Mike Posner - Cooler Than Me
The Black Eyed Peas - Imma Be
Jay-Z + Alicia Keys - Empire State of Mind
Usher Featuring Pitbull - DJ Got Us Fallin' In Love
Travie McCoy Featuring Bruno Mars - Billionaire
Eminem - Not Afraid
Iyaz - Replay


Today we feature a Folksy- indie - rockish- pop group called ODi.
ODi is Claire Odlum and Dave Redfearn and they hail from Wexford, Ireland.
And somehow I missed their beautiful album that was released earlier this year.
But I'm enjoying it now.

Look out for the wonderful Maslow’s Songbook.

Something Beautiful

'Something Beautiful' is the first single taken from the debut album 'Maslow's Songbook' by Irish songstress ODi.   Video created by the talented David Cribbin

The Lonely Ballerina

Animation by Tutu Benson

One in a Million

A stunning track performed in the Live Cupboard, and another new instrument to add to the lucrative list of First Break firsts.

This one is not on the album.

ODi perform LIVE on Music 4 Life on WFM 97.2

01. Red Light
02. Something Beautiful
03. Real To Me
04. Make it Better
05. Leaving My Love in New York
06. One In A Million
07. I’m Done
08. You Can’t Have It All
09. You Win But You Lose
10. Mariposa
11. Lonely Ballerina
12. Maslow’s Songbook

We Miss Them All

Here is a tribute to our fallen musicians, the ones who passed in 2010.
This is a very nice sound collage from the New York Times.

Wednesday, December 29, 2010

Amanda Jenssen

Jenny Amanda Katarina Jenssen (born Bengtsson, 12 September 1988 in Lund, Sweden) is a Swedish singer and Idol 2007 runner-up. Jenssens first album released in 2008 became one of that year's most sold music albums in Sweden which saw it peak at number 1 on the Swedish album chart. She also had success with her music singles, with seven individual placements on the Swedish single chart for her songs. [Wikipedia]
So I was listening to Amanda Jenssen and I have to wonder why she is not as big a hit over here?
Do they not release the albums in the States?
She has a great voice, and she's cute.  What more is there?
Check her out and see what you think.

First up a bouncy happy tune, very enjoyable.

A truly beautiful song, impressive.
I Choose You

From what I can work out the Amarula tree could be like a "Baileys" tree!!
But this song rocks.
Amarula Tree

This one sounds like it could be the great singalong at the end of the night as you are falling out of the pub. Very cool.
We're All Friends Tonight

Anika Moa

Anika Moa gives us some sounds from down under today, this time from New Zealand.
I think she has a perfectly beautiful voice.

Anika Rose Moa (born 1980) is a New Zealand pop singer-songwriter raised in Christchurch, New Zealand. While attending highschool, Moa entered the 'Smokefree Rockquest'.
She is of Ngāpuhi and Te Aupōuri descent.
She received a record deal with Warner Music in New Zealand and Atlantic Records in New York. The record company had big commercialised plans for her – which conflicted with her brash down-to-earth personality. Overall Moa did not enjoy her time in America and returned to base herself in New Zealand. Her first album was released in 2001.
She released her second album on 1 August 2005. She has collaborated with many artists including New Zealand's SJD and Bic Runga. She has also joined the band Dimmer, in a backup and touring capacity. She appears on the Greenpeace single "Anchor Me", which commemorates the twentieth anniversary of the bombing of the Rainbow Warrior. She also DJs under the pseudonym DJ Unika.

Check out a sample of her music.

Love Me Again

Blame It On The Rain

Wise Man Say


It's been almost a year since I found jj. And now they have a new album, Kills, which you can download for free. It's kind of a Christmas present.

Joakim Benon and Elin Kastlander take on a barrage of samples and cover the works of some of hip-hop’s finest in Biggie, Dr. Dre, Jay-Z, Kanye West and M.I.A. (among others) on Kills.    [Roundtable]

This is the first track on the album.

I really dig this track. The last one on the album.
High End

Download the album

But I think this is my favorite track. It's dyn-o-mite. And also it's track two.
Die Tonight

And this one is track seven, rad.
Pressure is a privilege

Sadly not on the album, but a great cover non the less.
no more you [the-dream - right side of my brain cover]


Well I got turned on to this young lady this morning, Strobegirl. Very cool.
I found her via ReverbNation which is a great source of new artists.

Strobegirl is South London guitar playing singer/songwriter Heather-Jane. Heather worked with with NY and London based producer Roger Fife (Cyndi Lauper, Anthony and The Johnsons, The Orphans,) in London to produce her ep The Strawberry Sessions which comprises 6 tracks, 5 studio and one live track. Blending influences that include, rock, pop, indie, folk, electro and classical into diverse tracks that take you from dreamy pop to pure melancholia.

Heather has just been nominated for three artist of the year awards on internet radio and music site Somojo and is currently being played on nervecast radio and promoted extensively by the reputation label.

Heather has just finished completing her own studio set up and has started work on new tracks as well as working with Industrial band Illustrial on a new album.

This is the song that really turned me on to her. It is just too awesome.
Lonely Like Me

Thanks to strobegirl for the Video upload.

But this one is just as good, amazing.
Heaven Today

Here is a great evocative cover of the Mama and Papas classic with Illustrial.
California Dreaming

Marianne Faithfull

Happy Birthday Marianne! Today is the birthday of one beautiful lady. A great actress and singer. And so to celebrate here are some of her amazing tunes.

First up her amazing version of the John Lennon classic. This version is better than her album version, I feel. This live version from the sadly departed NYC Soundstage show "Sessions at West 54th", and first aired on late at night on American PBS stations (with naughty word and all) early in 2000.
Working Class Hero

Here Marianne sings a song she co-wrote with another musical genius, Nick Cave.
This is a live version from Jazz Open Stuttgart in July 2009.
Crazy Love

And we couldn't have a celebration without this song, originally credited to Jagger/Richards, but, after a legal battle, Marianne Faithfull has been credited as co-writer.
Again a live version, this time from Cité de la Musique Paris June 18th 2009.
Sister Morphine

Now a treat. The "Alabama Song" (also known as "Whisky Bar" or "Moon over Alabama" or "Moon of Alabama") was originally published in Bertolt Brecht's Hauspostille (1927). It was set to music by Kurt Weill for the 1927 "Songspiel" Mahagonny and used again in Weill's and Brecht's 1930 opera Rise and Fall of the City of Mahagonny. Here Marianne is in fine form at Spectrum de Montreal in 1997.
Alabama Song

It wouldn't be a birthday tribute if we didn't go back in time a bit.
Here from 1965 on French TV a rendition of one of her hits of the time.
Come And Stay With Me

Her other classic, As Tears Go By can be found here.

Tuesday, December 28, 2010

Patricia Vonne

If you have seen "Once Upon A Time In Mexico" or heard "Mexican Spaghetti Western", and who hasn't? Then you will know the sound of Patricia Vonne's voice. She was an awesome part of both the soundtracks.
She has a new album that is dynamite. You have to do yourself a favor and listen to it.

This is track one.

Worth It

And this is track two.
Cut From The Same Cloth

This is one of my favorites from her past catalog, it was featured in the movie "Once Upon a Time in Mexico". And appears on her album "Guitars and Castanets".
Traeme Paz

While we are on the subject of movies, here is Patricia singing Severina with the band Chingon. Chingon is Robert rodriguez's band he made for his "Mexican Spaghetti Western".

01 – Worth it
02 – Cut From the Same Cloth
03 – Fuente Vaqueros
04 – Truth Awakening
05 – Castle Walls
06 – El Marinero y La Sirena
07 – Cowskulls and Ghosttowns
08 – Love is a Bounty
09 – La Lomita de Santa Cruz
10 – Gin and Platonic

Patricia Vonne is an American singer and actress.
A native of San Antonio, Texas, Vonne moved to New York City in 1990-2001 pursuing her artistic ambitions. She worked extensively in Europe and America and was featured in national / international commercials, and film work. Formed her own musical band, performed the NY circuit from 98-2001 before relocating to her native Texas where she currently tours extensively in US, Mexico and Europe.
Toured as a member of Tito & Tarantula in 2002 (band featured in the film "From Dusk Till Dawn"). Her song, "Traeme Paz", was featured in the film "Once Upon a Time in Mexico". Vonne's song "Mudpies and Gasoline" is featured in Quentin Tarantino's film "Hellride" starring Dennis Hopper. She is the sister of Angela Lanza, Marcel Rodriguez and Robert Rodriguez. [Wikipedia]

Christian Escoudé

Christian Escoudé has this great new album out called Catalogne, and if you have even a slight feel for the Django Reinhard Manouche style or Gipsy jazz give it a listen. Totally amazing.

Moulin Rouge

Here is is joined by Florence Fourcade on the violin in a tribute to the great one.
Hommage a Django Reinhardt

avec Vittorio Silvestri (guitare) et Hubert Rousselet (contrebasse).
05 02 2010 Theatre Liger a Nimes

Here he is with the Nouveau Trio Gitan Marciac in 2008 playing some more classic Django.

And finally today he is joined, by the sadly missed, Babik Reinhardt to perform one of his father's classics.

Christian Escoudé (born 1947 in Angoulême, Charente) is a jazz guitarist from France. He grew up in Angoulême and is of Romani people descent on his father's side. His father was a guitarist too and influenced by Django Reinhardt. Christian became a musician at 15 and starting in 1972 he worked in a trio with Aldo Romano. By the 1980s he had success in a quartet with John Lewis. He also played with Philip Catherine for a time. In his forties he received a contract with the French division of Verve Records. [Wikipedia]

Look out for his new album Catalogne.

Track Listing
01 – Moulin Rouge
02 – Choti
03 – Made In France
04 – Delphine a Lancien
05 – Tango pour Christian
06 – Moonlight Serenade
07 – Catalogne
08 – Gypsy Talk
09 – The Mooche
10 – Chicago
11 – Quelquefois (Pour que ma vie demeure)
12 – Begin the Beguine
13 – Smoke Gets In Your Eyes

Hindi Zahra

Hindi Zahra is a young lady with a smoky, sultry sound. She combines soul, jazz and blues with a Berber vibe. And you know how I love these middle eastern rhythms.

Hindi Zahra is a singer-songwriter, based in Paris, France. Her song “Beautiful Tango” is a revelation—simple yet sophisticated, sparse yet emotive. It’s fresh even while it reverberates with history. This style continues in “Oursoul” and “Try.” A touch of hip-hop and soul influence, retaining the simple, downbeat understatement of her other songs while adding an almost ethereal quality. Somewhere between her Moroccan roots and her life in Paris, singer-songwriter Hindi Zahra lost track of her many musical influences: the result is a mesmerizing elemental folk, a desert blues with african/american music.

Beautiful Tango

Beautilful Tango, first single taken from the album 'Handmade'
Directed by Tony Gatlif

Hindi’s spontaneous yet long-honed debut, Handmade (Blue Note; February 22, 2011), bursts with maturity and vigor, rich in jazz, soul, and Arabic sounds but with a gritty, bluesy Berber pulse. “I wanted a space where I could break all the barriers, where I could put all the music I knew and loved together. Where I could mix it all,” Hindi explains. [Beehivecandy]

Kiss and Thrills

Set Me Free

Monday, December 27, 2010

Des Ark

Des Ark originally started with Aimee Argote and Tim Herzog. With the release of “Loose Lips Sink Ships,” Des Ark created itself a loyal fan base. When Tim left, Aimee decided to continue with Des Ark with a changing cast to fill in. In Early 2007 “Battle of the Beards” was released and Ashley Arnwine and Welch Canavan joined the band as permanent members. A little bit Southern Twang, a lot of punk, Des Ark continues to carry a unique sound.

Forget all that, just listen to her beautiful voice. What an amazing find, and I think I may have missed out on her except for the title of her new album which was so intriguing.
"Don’t Rock The Boat, Sink The Fucker", come on you have to admit a great name for an album.

Des Ark is currently on tour in Europe for the next couple of months and returns to the U.S. for a 5 week tour with Pygmy Lush. They also have a new album, "Don't rock the boat, sink the fucker" coming out in January on Lovitt Records.
Video: ifyoumakeit

Des Ark #1- Aimee Solo Show - Embassy Vinyl, Scranton, PA
Camera & Editing by Kevin Vogrin c.2010

And one more from the Scranton show.

Jena Lee

Jena Lee (born 29 July 1987 in Chile) is a French singer, Sylvia Garcia was adopted by a French family at the age of nine months. She grew up in Oloron-Sainte-Marie in the Pyrénées-Atlantiques and was passionate about music from the age of 4.
She recorded her first songs on a tape recorder. One of those pieces, Banalité (Banality), found its way to an editor in Paris.
Jena Lee defines her musical style as a combination of emo and R&B styles”, “having mixed the artists” whom she loves “by mixing the side saturated guitar, melody guitar of the emo with happy urban, synthé, piano”.

Eternise-Moi - ft. Eskemo

US Boy

here she is live on some European TV show.

Jena Lee M6 Music LIVE @ Zenith Dancers : Nathalie Lucas, Anthony Nicosia, Gaelle Lalanne, Martin Gavidia


It's been a while since we had any Muse on these pages, and that's a sin since they are one of the best bands around today. So I figured we would get some recent stuff from them.

First up a great version of a classic song. This time from the LCCG, Manchester, 4th Sept 2010.
Feeling Good

Then from a bit earlier this year the tune they did for a soundtrack.
Neutron Star Collision (Love Is Forever)

The official version was Embedding disabled by request. Beware of commercials. The movie of course was The Twilight Saga: Eclipse

And then they gave us a Christmas present of one of my favorite songs.

This was the 2010 Christmas Present from Muse, an interactive 360-video! You can check it out on their website (be warned, you need a pretty good broadband connection along with a good processor). But it allows you to customize how you want to watch it. Thanks to Museyfied for posting this version.

Saturday, December 25, 2010


TOYO TSUTSULI an intriguing multi-culture musician/artist.

He was born in Taiwan and part of blood mixed with Dutch. Because his past musical participation was in Japan his first name was used as artist name in Japanese pronunciation.

Across the nationality, He uses his unique world outlook to produce pop music in English and Japanese lyrics. He restarts his career in Europe and America market and put all his energy to do electropop music in English since 2010. His music has been played on many Radios in US, UK, France, Poland…ect.

He is not only a musician (lyrics/music/arrangement) but also an artist, video director. His artworks are very unique and catching, colorful and snazzy. Sometimes they are freak but aesthetically combined with his music. He speaks three languages, Chinese, English and Japanese.


Certain Night

Sleeping At Last

Sleeping at Last is an indie rock band that was originally formed in 1998 in Wheaton, Illinois. Members of the band are lead singer, guitarist, and pianist Ryan O'Neal and bassist and keys Dan Perdue. The group built a significant local following and opened for bands such as The Appleseed Cast and Switchfoot, attracting the attention of Billy Corgan, who got them signed to Interscope Records in 2002. Their major label debut, Ghosts, followed in 2003. National touring ensued, first opening for Zwan, then for Yellowcard, Something Corporate, The Format, and Bleu. They received airplay on Fuse TV and their song "Quicksand" was featured in the third season of Grey's Anatomy. Their third full-length, Keep No Score, was released independently. On November 29, 2008, it was announced that drummer Chad O'Neal would be moving on to pursue other interests.

On July 15 2010 the band announced via their website that starting on October 1 2010 until September 1 2011 they will be releasing three songs on the first day of each month for one year They have named this project 'Yearbook'. The songs will be released on their website in twelve separate EPs named after the month in which they are released (Eg. January, February, etc.)

A great song for Christmas night.


And one more for a continued peaceful evening.


Thursday, December 23, 2010

Piney Gir

I have to steal this phrase from music ruined my life. It just sums up this Piney Gir album so well.
"Jesus Wept: Spaghetti-country-punk-gospel-pop born in a thunderstorm."
And it all emanates from London. Amazing. Look out for the album.

I Was Born In A Thunderstorm

Updated 11-26-2011 original went the usual route.

Say I'm Sorry

One of last years singles.

40 Days & Nights

This is the video for The Piney Gir Country Roadshows first single from their second album 'Jesus Wept' which is out on CD/Digital on Damaged Goods Records.

Master Mistress

Straight from playing the Bob Harris Stage at Truck 13, Piney Gir and her Country Roadshow joined Clubhouse Records on the hay bales to play a fantastic version of 'Master Mistress'.
This video is brought to you by Truck, Angelic Digital and Clubhouse Records

Piney Gir taunts traditional country music with a big city edge… Jesus Wept is Piney's 4th album out on Damaged Goods and is a nod to Piney's strict religious upbringing and her urge to walk the line between naughty and nice. There comes a time when everyone should question their faith and Piney (with the help of her trusty Roadshow) has channelled that into a record. A record that's a little bit country, a little bit rock 'n' roll and a whole lot of attitude.

Jesus Wept is more than a froth of petticoats in a fresh summer field, it's Ingmar Bergman's 'Seventh Seal' twisted through the eyes of a local drunk at the truck stop honky tonk. It's fun but it's dark and you don't know if you should like it so much but you do, so have another whiskey.

Previously Piney has been compared to her heroes like Patsy Cline, Loretta Lynn, Tammy Wynette; she's been hailed an 'indie Dolly Parton." But this album is more Emmy Lou Harris in her Graham Parsons days, it's little girl lost… it's the devil in disguise and the devil looks good. This album sees Piney grow up and face hard facts; hard facts that can make many a country song that much better. "'A tear in my beer' ain't the half of it," says Piney.

Jesus Wept is Piney's book of revelations and she's taking you with her to heaven and back.

The Pogues and Kirsty MacColl

It's that time of the year and you have to remember the classics.
This is one of the true 80's classic holiday songs.

Fairytale of New York

"Fairytale of New York" is a song by Irish rock group The Pogues, released in 1987 and featuring the late British singer Kirsty MacColl. The song is an Irish folk style ballad, written by Jem Finer and Shane MacGowan, and featured on The Pogues' album If I Should Fall from Grace with God. The song features string arrangements by Fiachra Trench. It is frequently voted the Number One Best Christmas song of all time in various television, radio and magazine related polls in Ireland and the UK.

The song was originally planned as a duet by Shane MacGowan and Pogues bassist Cait O'Riordan, but O'Riordan left the band in 1986, before the song was completed. The Pogues were at the time being produced by Kirsty MacColl's then husband Steve Lillywhite, who asked his wife to provide a guide vocal of the female part for a demo version of the song. The Pogues liked MacColl's contribution so much that they asked her to sing the part on the actual recording.
The song takes the form of a drunken Irish immigrant man's Christmas Eve reverie about holidays past while sleeping off a binge in a New York City drunk tank. After an inebriated old man also incarcerated in the jail cell sings a passage from the Irish drinking ballad "The Rare Old Mountain Dew", the drunken man (MacGowan) begins to dream about the song's female character. The remainder of the song (which may be an internal monologue) takes the form of a call and response between the couple, their youthful hopes crushed by alcoholism and drug addiction, reminiscing and bickering on Christmas Eve in New York City.

MacColl's melodious singing contrasts with the harshness of MacGowan's voice, and the lyrics are sometimes bittersweet—sometimes purely bitter: "Happy Christmas your arse / I pray God it's our last". The lyrics "Sinatra was swinging" and "cars as big as bars" seem to place the song in the 1950s. However, it is possible that the song is actually set in the early 1980s, when one of Sinatra's last chart hits, his 1980 recording of John Kander and Fred Ebb's theme from the movie New York, New York, was a fixture of New York City airwaves and a standard singalong record in the city's many neighborhood bars. The title, taken from author J. P. Donleavy's novel A Fairy Tale of New York, was chosen after the song had been written and recorded.
Twice MacGowan and MacColl sing, "The boys of the NYPD choir still singing "Galway Bay". The New York Police Department (NYPD) does not have a choir, but it does have a Pipes and Drums unit that is featured in the video for the song. The NYPD Pipes and Drums did not know "Galway Bay" and so played a different song for the music video, and the editor put it in slow motion to fit the beat.

The video featured Matt Dillon as the NYPD patrolman who arrests the intoxicated MacGowan and Morgan Freeman as an extra .

Here's the original music video in all it's awesomeness.

Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Halie Loren

The first thing you notice is that voice: deep and rich and warm, gorgeous, graceful, and somehow earthy and ethereal at once. It is an instrument perfectly pitched and primed to each line, with each audible breath. Just as warm and familiar and frankly right as the needle hitting the groove on vinyl.

And so it goes. In describing the vocal talents of Eugene-based singer/songwriter Halie Loren, the adjectives just start piling up. Heartfelt is one. Confident yet vulnerable, strong but inviting. Authentic is another adjective that rushes to mind—emotionally authentic, which, really, is the key to great jazz and great art in general. Not the play-it-safe jazz of mall-bound Musak, but the real deal. Think Peggy Lee and Billie Holiday and Joni Mitchell, or, more recently, Diana Krall, Norah Jones. But such comparisons are only historic reference points, a means of entry. What’s important to understand is that when Halie Loren sings, you not only hear the music. You feel it. She’s right there, in the room with you, filling the space with intimate stories of love and heartbreak, memory and hope, experience and passion—in a word, life. .... more

This young lady has a unique style, and I just love the way she adds the jazz arangements to classic rock and pop songs. I guess I'm hunting for albums again.

Check out her take on the Procul Harum classic.
Whiter Shade of Pale

And on another favorite song of mine.
Perhaps Perhaps Perhaps

And an excellent version of a song previously covered by Norah Jones.
Turn Me On

Duet with John Shipe Recorded 4/2010 at Wildish Theatre in Springfield,OR for the release of Halie's album "Stages". Song written by John D. Loudermilk.

Tim Berg aka Avicii

Avicii, (born 8 September 1989) also known as Tim Berg, is a DJ, remixer, and record producer from Sweden. His single "Bromance" has charted in the top 20 on the national Belgium, Netherlands, and Sweden. A new version with lyrics called "Seek Bromance" has also charted on the UK charts and #1 on the international Beatport DJ charts. His most well-known singles include "Bromance" and "My Feelings for You".

I saw this video today and really enjoyed it. Great song, and a road trip with sex and drugs and rock n roll must be doing something right.

Seek Bromance (Director's Cut)

And here is the "final " version of his earlier hit.

My Feelings For You

The FINAL full length music video for "My Feelings For You" - Avicii & Sebastien Drums by Vicious Recordings!

Google Chrome Cr-48

So here we go with my first blog posting on my new Google Chrome Notebook.
Yes, they really are giving them away. I filled in the form day one, not really expecting to get one. Maybe I should buy a lottery ticket. Last night around 8:45 pm there was a ring on the doorbell and it is UPS with a package. I was expecting something, but the shipping address was not what I was expecting. So I opened it up and too my extreme surprise there was this sweet looking black stealth notebook. It fired up in next to no time. I'm thinking this baby is going to be real useful. Sadly I have other work to do, so it will be a while before I can give it a thorough workout. Meanwhile see what some of the "experts" have to say about it.
Also to keep you going there was a useful review at Wired.

Unboxing the beast

Hands on Preview

Tuesday, December 21, 2010

52 Commercial Road

52 Commercial Road, I used to conduct a bus past there regularly. But that was then, this is now.
Formed in late 2003 at the age of seventeen, 52 Commercial Road have been developing the post-rock sound far beyond the loud-quiet riffs we're used to. Emotive soundscapes built on fragile foundations become crescendous taking the listener to introspective worlds never explored.
The band have become most well known through being part of various projects in London aimed at the re-use of derelict and empty spaces from benefit nights, to art exhibitions to squat parties.

I would hesitate a guess that they are from the East End of London.

Check out this live excerpt from Reaching Sad, track one of their album.

..52 Commercial Road live at Bardens Boudoir,Stoke Newington High Street,London ...17th Jan 2010...

How about this video from another track on the album. Track three to be precise.
Leonard Talks To His Rifle

aka: Leonard Talks To Him Gun

You can listen to the complete album here.

Another thought on this is now.  It never looked like this when my bus went past. I'm pretty sure it was just before Aldgate by Gower's Walk.

Joe Croker

No that's not a typo. No mad dogs and Englishmen here today. This is Joe Croker who was born in Kansas City and spent part of his childhood in Washington, D.C. He began his musical career in the late 1980s, playing gigs across the Midwest and on the West Coast.
In 1997 Croker moved to Nashville. After CMJ deemed his demo "Four Track Sketches" an A&R pick, Croker released a formal debut ("All the Pretty Girls") produced by Bonnie Raitt sideman George Marinelli. "Shame Shame Shame" became available in the summer of 2004 and quickly jumped onto two British "Best of 2004" lists. Wing-Ding Records signed the songwriter to their label in 2005 and released the "Candy World" EP.

And to me he just smacks of the "outlaws", he certainly could hold the stage with Waylon and Willie based on what I've heard so far. He has a few CD's released.
You can also check out his Myspace page and listen to the song Rain. You'll be happy you do.

Check out this 2 minute clip from one of his songs.

Snake Handling Man

Two verse clip from Joe Croker's "Snake Handling Man." Photos by Life magazine photographers Margaret Bourke-White, Francis Miller, Russell Lee, Thomas Mcavoy, and Tony Linck.

Friday, December 17, 2010

Elvis Presley 50's

Back in the 50's when Rock n Roll hit the world there used to be many versions of the same song. Sometimes two or three releases of the same song by different artists would be in the top 10, in England at least. Elvis covered many songs, many of his early hits were originally blues songs. But he also covered some of the early rock n roll songs that are recognized as being hits by other artists. Again I'm talking England here. I know that many of the songs were recorded by white artists simply because the American right wing didn't want their kids listening to "black" music. What a crazy time that must have been.

Anyway this is just about four of those songs.

"Long Tall Sally" is a rock and roll 12-bar blues song written by Robert "Bumps" Blackwell, Enotris Johnson and Richard Penniman (known as "Little Richard").
The acknowledged "owner" of this hit was Little Richard, but in addition it was covered by Marty Robins, Pat Boone, and of course Elvis. This was just in 1956 the original year. At the time it was probably in every rock n rollers stage show. And has been recorded countless time since then by everybody from The Beatles to Heart.

Long Tall Sally

26 september 1956 Elvis in Tupelo. Wonderful footage.

"Tutti Frutti" (originally shown as "Tutti-Frutti") is a 1955 song by Little Richard, which became his first hit record. With its opening cry of "A-wop-bop-a-loo-bop-a-lop-bop-bop!" (supposedly intended to be an onomatopoetic parody of a drum intro) and its hard-driving sound and wild lyrics, it became not only a model for many future Little Richard songs, but also one of the models for Rock and Roll itself.
So again the big hit for Little Richard, covered by Elvis, and again Pat Boone. Was this a trend?

Tutti Frutti

Also from 1956, on an American TV show.

"Shake, Rattle and Roll" is a prototypical twelve bar blues-form rock and roll song written in 1954 by Jesse Stone under his assumed songwriting name Charles E. Calhoun. It was originally recorded by Big Joe Turner, and most successfully by Bill Haley & His Comets. The song as sung by Big Joe Turner is ranked #126 on the Rolling Stone magazine's list of The 500 Greatest Songs of All Time.
Other notable recordings of "Shake, Rattle and Roll" include a version by Arthur Conley which was a hit in 1968, as well as cover versions of Turner's and Haley's arrangements by The Beatles, Sam Cooke, Willy DeVille, Johnny Horton, The Swinging Blue Jeans, Fats Domino, Jerry Lee Lewis, NRBQ, Huey Lewis and the News, Doc Watson.

Shake Rattle and Roll

Elvis Presley's first ever TV appearance at the Stage Show on 28th January 1956 singing "Shake Rattle'n'Roll".

"Rip It Up" is a song written by Robert Blackwell and John Marascalco. It was first released by Bill Haley and his Comets and Little Richard in 1956. The Little Richard version hit number one on the R&B Best Sellers chart for two weeks and peaked at number seventeen on the pop chart.
In addition to Elvis it was covered by Chuck Berry, and later by The Everly Brothers, Billy "Crash" Craddock, John Lennon and The Tornados to name a few.

Rip it up

A very young Elvis rehearsing "Rip It Up."

Exit Calm

Exit Calm, an amazing band.
There is a great depth in their sound, somewhere between The Verve and U2.
But totally unique. I can see them going a long way.

Exit Calm are Scott Pemberton (drums), Simon Lindley (bass), Rob Marshall (guitars) and Nicky Smith (vocals). To call them a breath of fresh air would merely be understating their value; quite simply they are the most exciting, invigorating and dare we say it, unique, guitar-based band to emerge from these shores in quite some time.

Having initially formed in the South Yorkshire town of Barnsley back in late 2006, Exit Calm spent the next eighteen months writing and honing their sound. Spring 2008 saw them release their first limted release, live favourite ‘Higher Learning’ on clubAC30 Records while their euphoric live shows have attracted spates of attention culminating in them being invited as main support on The Music’s ‘Strength In Numbers’ UK tour in June 2008.

This video would be very good without sound. With their sound it is awesome.
Don't Look Down

The official video for Exit Calm's Don't Look Down, the second single taken from the self-titled debut album, released on Club AC30.

You've Got It All Wrong

live at FAC251 - June 11, 2010

Here's an exclusive performance by 'Exit Calm' for Roland & Boss TV.

Hearts And Minds

The official video for Exit Calm's Hearts And Minds, released on Club AC30 May 3rd, followed by self titled debut album May 17th.

'Tis the season

This time of year our family always goes elf surfin'.   So as a special treat for you all here is our family video.

Thursday, December 16, 2010


How about some trip hop?  Yeah!!  How about some Puscifer to round of the day?
Theres a recent new album called Sound Into Blood Into Wine that has some amazing tracks.

Puscifer (pronounced /ˈpʊsɨfər/]) is a side project of Maynard James Keenan from the bands Tool and A Perfect Circle. As Keenan is the only permanent member and he considers the project to be his "creative subconscious", Puscifer could also be considered a pseudonym for his solo work.
These are two of my favorites, the album track followed by the live version for both tracks.

The Mission

Now here's the live version.

Puscifer featuring Milla Jovovich April 4, 2009 at Club Nokia

The Humbling River (Duet Mix)

Again the live version

Puscifer live at the Apollo Theater in New York City March 13th, 2010.

The Crystal Ark

Wow! I just found this via 2solesmusica, and am I ever happy. This is just such wonderful music. The City Never Sleeps just blows me away.

After five weeks of performing and traveling around Brazil, long-term DFA stalwart Gavin Russom returned home with not only a love for the music he'd discovered there, but also a newfound source of inspiration for his own meticulously crafted recordings. The Brazilian music driving Russom's sonic explorations included forms as eclectic and varied as Carioca Funk, atabaque drumming, Tropicalia and South American style rave. At the very same time, Russom was working toward a sound in the image of seminal tracks from Praga Khan and Nikki Van Lierop, with special inspiration taken from their Phantasia "Inner Light" and "Violet Skies" 12"s. The material that grew out of these disparate inspirational points – and became The Crystal Ark, Russom's latest project – is a perfect distillation of those varied sounds into infectious, spellbinding dance floor music.
DFA Records

The City Never Sleeps

Executive Producer: Chocolatina Productions // Director: Viva Ruiz // Director of Photography: Jason Cacioppo // Costumes: Machine Dazzle // VFX: Todd Ruff

Here's a live performance by The Crystal Ark

@museo della permanente November 27, 2010