Monday, February 28, 2011

Jack Wilson

Jack Wilson has shared stages with The Neville Brothers, Sera Cahoone, Patrice Pike, The Moondoggies, Damien Jurado, Elliott Brood, The Maldives, and The Weary Boys. It has been good times! good times!
Jack goes between Austin and Seattle. He likes to feed people tacos. He likes Jameson while he's on stage. He would like to drink Jameson on your stage.
The new self-titled record is a collection of songs written while riding a bicycle from Austin, Texas to Charleston, South Carolina.

Here is a folk rock singer unlike most other folk/rock/country singers. Also not to be confued with Jackie Wilson of "Reet Petite" fame. Check out some of his reviews here. He is a bit of a man of mystery, you can find out a little more about him at New Folk Revival.
But in the meantime, check out a trio of tracks he laid down at KEXP.

Moved My Bed

Fell Inside


And we absolutely know it is not this Jack Wilson.    ;0)

Lady Gaga

Finally the official video for the new Lady Gaga classic.

Born This Way


330 hits at this time, almost first!!!
25 HOURS LATER - 2,769,845

Keren Ann

Here is a beautiful young lady with a very impressive resume (see below the videos). Keren Ann has been mentioned before in passing a couple of times, but basically it was for her songwriting/producing for Stacey Kent and Emmanuelle Seigner. Her recently released album "101" has introduced me to her wonderful voice.
This first song is a bit ironic, seeing the angelic face of miss Keren Ann.

My Name is Trouble

Music video by Keren Ann performing My name is trouble. (P) 2011 EMI Music France

Strange Weather

This would be track nine from 101.

Finally today a song, performed live at Inrocks, from a couple of years ago.
Lay your head down

Keren Ann Zeidel (Hebrew: קרן אן זיידל‎ born March 10, 1974) is a singer-songwriter-composer-producer and engineer based largely in Paris, Tel Aviv and New York City. She plays guitar, piano and clarinet, engineers and writes choir and musical arrangements.
She lived in Israel and in the Netherlands until the age of 11, when her family moved to France. Though she lived and recorded mostly in France and New York, she retains her Dutch and Israeli citizenship.
Keren Ann has released five solo albums; she is also a member of the band Lady and Bird with Barði Jóhannsson. They released an eponymous album in 2003 and have worked on diverse composition projects, such as a show with the Icelandic Symphony Orchestra in Reykjavík (May 2008) with director Daniel Kawka. The live performance has been recorded and post-produced by the band and was released in September 2009. A second show for the Parisian hall "Salle Pleyel" was held in October 2009, this time with "L'Orchestre Lamoureux" directed by Christophe Mangou. Keren Ann and Bardi have also created the music for the TGV 2005-2006-2007 campaign.
In 2008 Keren Ann composed, with Tibo Javoy, the entire sound design for the European TV Channel "ARTE".
Keren Ann took part in many internationally acclaimed recordings such as "Chambre Avec Vue" written for Henri Salvador in 2000, and "The Isis Project" written with Guy Chambers in 2004.
Her music has been featured in many films and TV series - "Grey's Anatomy", "Six Feet Under", "Big Love" and "Deux Jours A Tuer". Her song "Beautiful Day" has been the sound of the "Skyteam" campaign, and in 2008 her song "Lay Your Head Down" was the synch for the international H&M Spring commercial.
Keren Ann co-wrote and co-produced with Doriand the second album of singer/actress Emmanuelle Seigner, released in February 2010.
She is currently finishing an original score for a French feature by director Benoit Petre, starring Jane Birkin. The film was to be released in March 2010.

Saturday, February 26, 2011

The Newcastle Song

In quite a few postings I have made reference to The Newcastle Song. This was from one of my favorites albums back in the late 70's. I was introduced to it by Owen (aka Bruce) who was a New Zealander who had moved to Australia some years back and was at that time doing the grand world tour. We met in London.

So first up here is Bob Hudson performing an abbreviated version on the Paul Hogan Show, notice a very young pre-Crocodile Dundee Paul Hogan making the introductions.

If you want to hear the complete version check out this one. Complete with video of the stylus cutting the grove.

One of the other great tracks on the album was this one, which may be lost on the young who are not familiar with Jonathon Livingstone Seagull.
Jonathon Livingstone Budgerigar

Israel Cannan

Some might call it a rite of passage or coming of age. Whatever it was, it was a musician's inspirational and personal journey that saw him cross a continent...
In 2010, singer/songwriter Israel Cannan left his home on the East Coast of New South Wales to travel around Australia, creating, inspiring and promoting as he went.
Completing his debut album "Walk" on which he wrote, engineered and played all the instruments, Israel strapped his guitar to his back and set off in an old van with a friend by his side to film the experience and share his journey with the world.
Driving through every state in Australia and visiting some of the most remote places on Earth, Cannan spent months playing for locals and handing out free singles from the album to people on street corners all over the country.
Israel said of his journey: "I have never wanted to wait around for some elusive big break that may or may not come. There is a whole world of people out there that will connect with what I do, I just have to find them..."
What ensued was an amazing journey, both physically and personally for Israel as his album "Walk" was given birth to in the hearts and minds of the people he met.

Enough of the borrowed prose, can this guy sing? You bet yer ass he can sing.
He should be the next big breaking voice. Currently touring Australia, then he heads up to the UK, and who knows maybe a shot at the USA.

Set Me Free

And here he is in concert last year.

This is a cut from the Israel Cannan Fair well show, Feb 4th 2010 at Lizotte's.

Letting Go

This track is taken from the up-coming release "Walk"...
The film clip was shot in Country Victoria, Australia by The Poets Corner.
(Myself & Bryce Hughes)

Friday, February 25, 2011

Sarah Jaffe

Wow! I really dig this young lady. Her name is Sarah Jaffe and she has such a warm and even sexy voice. She knows how to perform a song. Really really knows. Goose bumps time.
If there is one thing that Sarah Jaffe will never have to contend with it is the idea that she is a female singer for females. There was once a time when being a female singer meant you would undoubtedly be put into an all too snug box. Is she an angry singer? An activist singer? A singer for the victims or the singer your mom bonds with you over? To be honest, when Sarah's new cd Suburban Nature is released on May 18th she will insert herself into and destroy all those boxes simultaneously, because Sarah is a truth singer ...and no matter who or what we are, we all need, and want, our singers to be truth singers. Jaffe's words and voice seem like they are speaking to you, only to you, yet they contain a universal appeal evidenced by the fact that she's recently toured with Midlake and Norah Jones. Two completely different audiences whom Jaffe, equally endearing and confident, easily won over.
If you don't agree with me after listening to her, that's your problem.  But I don't think I believe you.



a live performance of her song "Vulnerable," from her show at Union Hall in Brooklyn, NY.

A Sucker For Your Marketing

Sarah Jaffe premiering a new unreleased song "A Sucker For Your Marketing" at the Living Room in New York City on August 9th 2010.

Dang! they got me again, by now everybody knows I'm a sucker for the song Creep.
And of course Sarah has to perform a beautiful version of it.

During her encore Sarah Jaffe covers radiohead in a special crowd singalong at the Granada Theatre 9-11-2010 (Dallas, Texas).

Just as I thought I was done I found another great song Sarah has covered.
And an amazing job she does with it. I place this in the top three versions, she joins Leonard and Rufus.
Chelsea Hotel No 2

Valerie June

I think her Bio just about sums up Valerie June:
Imagine the voice of feminine smoky silk, the face of an angel, with a Medusan tangle of locks as thick and strong as her family ties and her musical roots in the flatlands of West Tennessee…then you’ve manifested Valerie June, a true original - emerging star from the legendary and still vibrant Memphis music scene.
A ‘self-taught’ guitar player, composer and troubadour of heartbreak ballads, folk songs, spirituals, soul-stirring blues and what she calls “Organic Moonshine Roots Music”. Valerie is poised to reach a wide audience as one of the stars of the ballyhooed new MTV web series “$5 Cover” which is written and directed by Craig Brewer, creator of the Oscar-winning movie: Hustle & Flow.
Valerie’s alluringly haunting voice of distinction appeals to fans similar to those of Linda Thompson, Michelle Shocked, Jeff Tweedy, Sinead O’Connor, Jessie Mae Hemphill along with the music world’s most famous Bobs; Dylan and Marley. She pursued song-writing and performing at the age of 19, while a member of the husband-and-wife team, Bella Sun. Her relatively early marriage wasn’t a surprise, the oldest girl in a strict Christian family of five children, she was domestic as well as ambitious — she pretty much raised her siblings and, as Valerie says: “Granddad always feared for my hips because I always had a baby on ’em.” read more ......

All I know is this young lady can truly sing the blues, and other forms of Americana, the first and third songs here are pure blues, but the second could almost be blue-grass.
Bottom line, Valerie June is a pleasure on both the eye and the ear. Check her out.
Because her style is “Organic Moonshine Roots Music”.


Valerie June shows her unique voice and original rootsy folk blues music while taking part in the 2011 International Blues Challenge in Memphis, Tennessee.

The Drifter

No Draws Blues

Valerie June 2010 Blues and Heritage festival

Nick Cave

It's been a while since we featured Nick Cave. And he is never unwelcome here.
While I was searching for Thomas Dybdahl music, I bumped into this amazing (because it is full length) version of one of his great songs.

What can I give you in return

My thanks to Liar's Lair for loading this video.

And then truly wonder of wonders, the amazing Liar's Lair had this true gem.
Two amazing voices, one song.
Nick Cave, Marianne Faithful all is right with the world.
The Crane Wife

Wow, such gems. This is probably the most emotional version of a Peter, Paul and Mary song you will ever hear. This was recorded live in Brazil in 1989. Maybe reflecting on his early days when he was away from home in London.
Five Hundred Miles

Thomas Dybdahl

Thomas Dybdahl has been here once before, but at that time he shared the stage with the beautiful Bertine Zetlitz. Now it is time for Thomas to come into his own. I was reminded of how good Thomas was by another musician, this time from down-under. Thanks Tezza. Actually Tezza described him as "One of the best voices on the planet", and I'm inclined to go along with him.

A Lovestory

Live at Først og Sist

Here's Thomas having fun in Copenhagen (an easy thing to do, have fun in Copenhagen that is).
Party like it's 1929

This is one of his earlier songs, played live in London.
John Wayne

A snippet of Thomas' live concert with his band at The Borderline, London, from May 13th, 2009.

And finally today a song which many of his fans consider to be his best.
From Grace

What does Wikipedia have to say about him?
Thomas Dybdahl (born 12 April 1979 in Sandnes, Norway) is a Norwegian musician in the singer/songwriter tradition.
Thomas Dybdahl went out to become somewhat of a shooting-star in Norway. As a solo artist, the former guitarist of the band Quadraphonics released his first single EP Bird in 2000. His first release did not have much success, and his second EP from 2001, John Wayne, was also unsuccessful.
Beginning with the release of his first album entitled ... That Great October Sound in 2002, the first part of his gold and platinum selling October series, he received national and even international appreciation for his unique work. Since then, and especially after the European release in 2004, Thomas Dybdahl's notability has increased significantly. The mostly positive reviews tout Dybdahl as a new pop wonder comparable to Nick Cave, Jeff Buckley and other important solo artists. He received the Spellemannprisen and the Alarm Award for his outstanding work.
The release of his next two albums Stray Dogs (European release in 2005) and One Day You'll Dance for Me, New York City further increased his standing as a respected artist.
The album One Day You'll Dance for Me, New York City features the famous Norwegian philosopher Arne Næss speaking of quality of life, as a sort of interlude.
In 2004, he teamed up with artists from the bands Jaga Jazzist and BigBang on the project The National Bank, which immediately entered the Norwegian charts with the project's self-titled debut album. It was released outside Norway in 2009.
His single Damn Heart, written for the Danish movie En Soap, was released in 2006 on Copenhagen Records.
In 2007, he performed as an opening act in the USA for fellow Norwegian artist Sondre Lerche.
He features as the vocalist on several songs from Morcheeba's album Dive Deep.

Thursday, February 24, 2011


Another beautiful young song bird from down under, this time from New Zealand albeit living in Australia nowadays. I was really blown away with her talent.
Kimbra, born and bred in Hamilton, New Zealand has been writing a fusion of jazz and soul for over 5 years, known for her erratic but graceful voice inspired by the likes of Amy Winehouse, Bjork and Jeff Buckley.
Kimbra’s first success was in 2004, recieving Second place in the Smokefree Rockquest along with Best Vocals and Womens Musicianship (gaining $7000 in total from the competition raising artists like Brooke Fraser, Bic Runga and Anika Moa).
Having already released two singles in New Zealand - one with Welsh producer Greg Haver (who has worked with artists/ bands all over the world, including Manic Street Preachers, Lost Prophets, Carly Binding, 48 May, Falter and The Checks) and recent single, ‘Simply On My Lips’ hitting radio and music TV.
Kimbra now lives in Melbourne, Australia where she recently signed a contract with a music management company, and is in the process of recording her debut album. [Last.FM]

I see she is playing SXSW this year, don't miss her.

Settle Down

Two Way Street

Two Way Street from Kimbra's upcoming album Vows to be released in early 2011.
Recording live at Sing Sing Studios in Melbourne, Australia.

Cameo Lover

Another from the same album at the same venue.

Camille Jones

So let's get back to the Scandinavians, this is Camille Jones (born in Skanderborg, Denmark on 28 November 1973). She is a Danish pop singer, songwriter and record producer. She is known for her song "The Creeps" written by herself and remixed by Dutch DJ Fedde le Grand, which has become a worldwide club hit in the dance scene. She has a new album out that is worth a play.
These first two songs are from her latest release "Did I Say I love You".

The Truth

The Streets

And here we have her greatest hit, this is the famous re-mix.
Camille Jones Vs Fedde Le Grand - The Creeps

Maybe a little homage to Secretary?

Emily Wells

Wow! I am just blown away with the talent this young lady displays. She has to be a huge star soon, or there is no justice.

Emily Wells says in her own bio:
I love rap music and Vivaldi. Nina Simone and Biggie Smalls make my world go round. The first record i really, you know, heard, in headphones, was Simon and Garfunkel's "Sound of Silence". I play the violin and have since i was a little kid. Growing up, my home was filled with music. There was a lot of singing, french horn playing, and symphony listening, plus youth orchestras, church choirs and xylophones, I use to listen to the classic rock station in a three up front car with my two best friends, the windows cracked and the Indiana winter creeping in. I was born in Texas.
I love the studio, it could very well be my favorite place, (especially when it's raining). So I do a lot of live sampling and looping in an attempt to bring the studio to the stage. All the live looping is like a sporting event, or keeping the first take of every recording. I could fall off the balance beam... which makes it all so much more exciting.
As a dirty teen I would sneak into a tiny jazz hole in the wall almost every night and watch the band play. My favorite person there was an old upright bass player with a bushy smile. The women who worked there knew I wasn't of age... They served me coffee while I fell in love with jazz and live performance. ......more

So, let's get to the music, and I mean music. This is simply amazing, when I saw this first video I was thinking "another talented person who plays the violin", but that was only the beginning.
Freakin' amazing. Violin looping with vocals.
Symphony 1 In the Barrel of a Gun

Taped at a live performance at KRCL studios (90.9 FM) in Salt Lake City, UT, on 11/12/08.

Taken from the same appearance, expecting some more violin? Surprise! Ukulele.
Take it Easy, San Francisco

Symphony 9 & Sunshine

Symphony 6 Fair Thee well and the requiem

Emily Wells singing live in Los Angeles at Echoplex the song is from the album The symphonies: Dreams Memories and Parties" this is song#6 "Symphony 6 Fair Thee well and the requiem"

Emily Wells (born November 20) is a violinist whose style "merges ... hip-hop and classical". She also uses many other instruments in her work, including glockenspiels, analog synthesizers, and even toy pianos and other toy instruments. In live performances, she does not use any pre-recorded loops, rather she creates her loops while performing. Her first violin was a "plastic violin from Michael's.
Emily was born in Amarillo, Texas to a French horn teacher. In 1990 she moved with her family to Indianapolis, Indiana, where she lived until she began traveling in 2000. While traveling, she made her "home base" primarily in New York, where she now once again resides, after an 8-year residence in Los Angeles.
She began playing the violin at age 4 and began releasing albums on her own. In 2000, she "took up" with Epic Records but did not actually sign with them.
She has released numerous unofficial releases, starting at age 13 with a cassette tape (producing 100 copies), but her "official" releases are Symphonies, Sleepyhead, and Dirty.

Clare Maguire

Some time back I featured a couple of videos by Clare Maguire and I was truly impressed by her voice. Well I just found some live performance videos from a concert on Valentines day at O2 Academy 3 in Birmingham (UK).
And I am still impressed, maybe even more so.
Live is so much better than video.
You have to give a listen, she has a really powerful voice.

The Last Dance

Clare Maguire performs "The Last Dance" from her forthcoming 2011 album "Light After Dark", LIVE @ The O2 Academy 3, Birmingham, UK, on Monday, 14th February, 2011.
Clare Maguire is an English singer-songwriter who was signed to Universal Music Group Polydor Records in 2008. She was announced on the 3 January 2011 as 5th place in the BBC Sound of 2011 list of the top 15 most promising new artists. Maguire was also singled out as one of MTV's Brand New: For 2011 Acts. Her voice has been compared to Annie Lennox and Stevie Nicks.

Trouble in Mind

Clare Maguire performs a cover of a blues song called "Trouble in Mind", LIVE @ The O2 Academy 3, Birmingham, UK, on Monday, 14th February, 2011. Clare's forthcoming album "Light After Dark" will be released on 28th February 2011.

Big Love (Fleetwood Mac cover)

Ain't Nobody

photos: gigwise
videos: speed294

Wednesday, February 23, 2011


I know the other day everyone on the web all a gaga for the new Radiohead album that was released.
But I figured it would be sooooo covered I would avoid overkill.
I have heard it and it's pretty cool, don't know how the fans are responding after they got the previous one for free (or whatever they wanted to pay) and this one had a fixed price, time will tell on that I guess.
But suddenly, and it's been there for a couple of days, I found ROBOTANISTS does RADIOHEAD: The King of Limbs [In 24 Hours]. Apparently within 24 hours of the release this band had produced a cover album. And you can download it for free. They also have some of their other stuff you may want to purchase, they deserve some sort of reward for speed.


I just stumbled across this video, don't remember how I got to it. This young lady sounds an awful lot like Duffy, but different enough to be her own artist.
She has a really bluesy sound. I think she could break out in the rest of the world outside of Portugal.
Her record company say's this about Aurea: (Translated via Chrome)
In just four months, the debut album of Aurea has already reached the No. 1 TOP NATIONAL sales and platinum status in Portugal, already being considered the voice of revelation 2010.
After several showcases in FNAC and even a duet to the song "Love Me Tender" with Elvis Presley (approved by the Presley family and included on the album VIVA ELVIS, published in late 2010), Aurea soon began live performances on national stages with the claw and the unique voice that characterize it, accompanied by a great band of musicians respected and recognized in our music scene.
Aurea has a powerful voice and engaging personality, despite her 23 years, Aurea stormed the national airwaves with her debut single "Busy (For Me)" which is one of the tracks of her debut album, the self titled Aurea, which reached the stores on Sept. 27, 2010. Both "Busy (For Me)" and the album "Aurea" were repeatedly No. 1 iTunes (Portugal).

Busy for me

realizadores ricardo reis , carlos silva dir. foto rui afonso

Then again this second track is much more smoother pop, not so bluesy, but still cool.
Okay Alright

The Main Things About Me

Wikipedia has this to say about Aurea
Aurea (born 1987) is a Portuguese soul singer-songwriter from Santiago do Cacém, Alentejo. She debuted in 2008 with her single "Okay Alright", which was included on the soundtrack of the portuguese soap opera "Morangos com Açúcar". In the summer of 2008, she performed the song alive at the Morangomania Festival, a show created by the production team of "Morangos com Açúcar". Aurea released her debut album, "Aurea", in September 2010. The album entered at number 21# at the Portuguese Albums Chart, but came to reach number 1#. It features the hit single "Busy for Me", which was released as the album's lead single.
During the following months, Aurea made a few shows along the country to promote the album. On December 2010, Aurea made a special broadcast to promote some of her songs, including "Busy For Me". It which as transmitted by RTP2. Her single "Busy For Me", released in August 2010, became her first number one single, it topped the Portuguese iTunes chart and is credited with firmly establishing the singer's career and is now considered her signature song. Critical reviewers of "Busy for Me" noted similarities between the song to releases by Aretha Franklin, Dusty Springfield and The Supremes, as well as contemporaries such as British singer Amy Winehouse or Duffy.

Brooke Fraser

Brooke Fraser's confidence is rooted in a life-long history steeped in music. Her mom discovered her plinking out "Do-Re-Mi" from The Sound of Music on the piano when she was two, and made sure her daughter had access to instruments. Fraser grew up in New Zealand's capital city of Wellington, and her earliest musical memory is of watching her great-uncle Athol, "a one-armed trumpet player," practice circular breathing on his horn. At seven, she began piano lessons. At 12, she began writing songs after a music teacher asked her class to compose an original tune about Christmas. "I discovered that I felt at home in the process of creating words and melodies," she recalls. "And I've been writing ever since."

Fraser fell in love with the confessional lyrics and timeless melodies of James Taylor, Carole King, Joni Mitchell and Paula Cole, and eventually began to play the guitar. In 2002, when she was 18, Fraser signed with Sony Music and moved to Auckland where she played regularly at local venues while she wrote the songs that would appear on her debut album, What To Do With Daylight. That album, released in New Zealand in 2003, debuted at No. 1 and achieved gold status the same week. It eventually went eight times platinum, selling more than 120,000 copies in New Zealand alone, and remained in the Top 10 on the album charts for more than a year. The album spawned five Top 20 singles and made Fraser a star in her home country, leading to 2004 tours of Australia and New Zealand with John Mayer and David Bowie. SXSW

Something in the Water



6-4-2011 Currently, and for the last few weeks this is the most popular page on Bearly Rambling.


Auckland, New Zealand native Zoe Fleury (aka since 2010 Zowie's) tender years belie a formidable fascination for pop in all its varying forms.

Born into a musical family, she specialized in drums from age eleven, then studying a Diploma in Contemporary Music majoring in Drums in her hometown. Her passion for beats, along with her encyclopedic enthusiasm for all things pop has witnessed Zoe master vocals, guitar and programming along with her drumming skills.

Bite Back

Broken Machine

Love Demolition

Zowie performs 'Love Demolition' at the Fader Fort

Émilie Clepper

Émilie Clepper is a young songwriter and singer from Quebec, Canada. She has garnered high praise in both the Canadian music scene and the Kerrville Folk circuit (Emilie's father is acclaimed Texas songwriter Russell Clepper). its no wonder Emilie's varied surroundings have seeped into her sound: equal parts French bohemian and Hill Country troubadour, layered with Greyhound-bus-Americana and wisdom beyond her years.

Free She Will Go

Come to Me

Au Vieux-théatre de St-Fabien, en toute intimité.....Émilie Clipper et Andrea Lindsay...

Tuesday, February 22, 2011


Like I said before, why isn't she huge in the USA? This young lady has it all, an amazing voice and very pleasing to the eye.  And best of all she can really sing live, no funky videos, no production tweaks.  This is all amazing live stuff.

Nobody's Wife

Anouk from The Hague, Netherlands gave on March 28 and 29, 2008 an amazing live concert in a completely sold out Gelredome (Arnhem, NL) during the Who's Your Momma Tour. Over 60.000 people enjoyed a more than two hour fabulous performance.

The line up of Anouk's band is:
- Angelo de Rijke on guitar
- Memru Rénjaan on guitar
- Boaz Kroon on bass
- Oscar Kraal on drums
- Thijs Boontjes on keyboard

Same concert:
If I Go


Live @ Pinkpop 2009


again live @ Pinkpop 2009

Vika Yermolyeva

To say Vika Yermolyeva (aka vkgoeswild) is a pianist is to understate the obvious. But this young lady can play the piano unlike anybody else. She makes the piano come alive, and her style and uniqueness when translating songs to fit her instrument is truly brilliant.

First up check out her amazing take on Toxicity, the System of a Down creation.

Here is another amazing interpretation of Toxicity here.

Back to basics, the classical genre. Although there is nothing "basic" about this performance.
Chopin - Nocturne op. 9 no. 2

Now a Pink Floyd classic.
Wish You Were Here

Vika teamed up with Brian Viglione an amazing drummer for a tour of Iceland, check out the results.
Viggie & Vika: Live in Iceland - Nine Inch Nails

"We're in this together/ A warm place / March of the pigs"

Brian Viglione and Vika Yermolyeva live performance at Sódóma in Reykjavík, Iceland on January 29th, 2011.

Stefán Loftsson
Jónatli Guðjónsson
Einar Barkarson

Video Editing
Sigvaldi Loftsson
Jónatli Guðjónsson

Sound Recording
Skúli Helgi Sigurgíslason
Erling Bang

Monday, February 21, 2011

Thompson Square

Thompson Square isn’t a real place, exactly. It’s the musical territory staked out by the husband-and-wife duo of Keifer and Shawna Thompson, an exciting and unpredictable area where country meets rock, rough meets smooth and one vagabond heart finds a harmonious common ground with another. It’s the sweet destination where two journeys end and another one begins. “It’s the place where we create our thing, a little fantasyland where we live,” Keifer says. .....more

Check out their video for the cute new single and answer me this, is this the next Lady Antebellum?

Are You Gonna Kiss Me Or Not

Music video by Thompson Square performing Are You Gonna Kiss Me Or Not. (C) 2010 Stoney Creek Records

Let's Fight

Music video by Thompson Square performing Let's Fight. (C) 2010 Stoney Creek Records

The Vaccines

The Vaccines are a London, UK indie rock band, consisting of: Justin Young (vocals, guitar), Arni Hjorvar (bass), Freddie Cowan (guitar) & Pete Robertson (drums). After signing to Marshall Teller, they released their debut single, Wreckin’ Bar (Ra Ra Ra) / Blow It Up, as well as the If You Wanna demo.

The band recorded their first ever radio session for Marc Riley’s BBC 6 Music show in December 2010. The band also performed live on Later with Jools Holland. On 5 January 2011, they were placed third in the BBC’s ‘Sound of 2011’ poll. Having been signed to Columbia Records, the band released their second single Post Break-Up Sex on January 24, 2011. The song debuted at number 32 in the UK. The band are due to release their debut album What Did You Expect From The Vaccines? on March 14 through Columbia Records and it will be preceeded by the official release of the single If You Wanna on the same date.

The Vaccines were also nominated for an MTV Award for ‘Best New Band of 2011’.

All that and they have a new EP called "The Vaccines".

Post Break-Up Sex

Music video by The Vaccines performing Post Break-Up Sex. (C) 2010 Sony Music Entertainment UK Limited

Wreckin' Bar (Ra Ra Ra)

Music video by The Vaccines performing Wreckin' Bar (Ra Ra Ra). (C) 2010 Marshall Teller Records

Blow it up

The Vaccines performing Blow It Up Live on Later with Jools Holland


Play that funky music white boy!!
Achachay! (pronounced ah-chah-chai) is the brain- child of three hyperfunkadelicsuperbadslappin’ dudes from Austin, TX. They seek to bring the groove to you and yours’ booties on the dance floor. If Achachay! was pulled over, the cops would charge them with ‘possesion of funk and the intent to distribute’ yah heard? Every Achachay! concert is a scene and a party: their ruckus shows leave music lovers demanding more. Look out for them in your town soon.

The music speaks for itself, but apart from that we are fun, funny, and intelligent people. As a band, we realize that the music business has and continues to change all the time. We also care about many things such as raising people’s consciousness, lowering the drinking age, the environment (veggie-diesel), and changing what is considered “popular music”.

Wow! These guys are truly funkadelic. The funk is strong tonight.
Funk medley: James Brown, Chic, Stevie Wonder

How can't you feel the music in this Achachay! medley of three classic songs: "Get Up" by James Brown, "Good Times" by Chic, and "Superstitious" by Stevie Wonder. This performance is at the Ruby Room in San Diego, CA on Friday February 5th, 2010.

Tour Song

Balcony TV presents Achachay! Is the brain- child of three hyperfunkadelicsuperbadslappin' dudes from Austin, TX. They seek to bring the groove to you and yours' booties on the dance floor. If Achachay! was pulled over, the cops would charge them with 'possesion of funk and the intent to distribute' yah heard? Every Achachay! concert is a scene and a party—their ruckus shows leave music lovers demanding more. Look out for them in your town soon.

I drink Love

Achachay! the funk/rock band from Austin, TX performs their song "I Drink Love" at the Flamingo Cantina in Austin, TX June 2010.
Big thanks to Hunter for the tip.

Mami Kawada

For something different today I thought you might like a little taste of J-Pop. This album cover caught my eye, and so I had to see how she would sound. Even though it's all in Japanese it is still a cool song. See what you think. Some sort of black vs. white (good vs. evil) allegory?

Mami Kawada (川田まみ Kawada Mami) is a J-pop singer who is currently signed to Geneon Entertainment Inc. She is also a member of the I've Sound who performs soundtracks for some eroge. Mami was usually paired up with co-I've member Kotoko when making soundtracks for anime. Examples of these are Onegai Teacher, Onegai Twins, Starship Operators, Shakugan no Shana, Baldr Force EXE Resolution OVA, and Hayate no Gotoku wherein Kotoko would perform the opening theme while Mami would perform the ending theme or vice versa. Her debut single "Radiance", released on February 23, 2005, was used as an opening theme for the anime Starship Operators. Her most successful single was "Joint," released on October 31, 2007, and used as the first opening theme for the sequel of the anime series Shakugan no Shana, Shakugan no Shana II. .....more

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And finally today here's a live version of her biggest hit.

In case, like me, you didn't know what J-Pop was:
J-pop (ジェイポップ jeipoppu?), an abbreviation for Japanese pop, is a loosely-defined musical genre that entered the musical mainstream of Japan in the 1990s. Modern J-pop has its roots in 1960s music such as The Beatles, and replaced kayōkyoku ("Lyric Singing Music", a term for Japanese pop music from the 1920s to the 1980s) in the Japanese music scene. The term was coined by the Japanese media to distinguish Japanese music from foreign music, and now refers to most Japanese popular music. According to 2006 data from the International Federation of the Phonographic Industry, Japan has the second largest market for recorded music in the world, behind the United States.

The Answering Machine

The Answering Machine are an indie band from Manchester, England. They have a great sound, check out these two songs from their new album.
Then I'm guessing you'll probably be running out to get the album.

The Answering Machine are:
Martin Colclough: Vocals, Guitar
Pat Fogarty: Guitar, Backing Vocals
Gemma Evans: Bass, Backing Vocals
Ben Perry: Drums, Glockenspiel

The band formed in October 2005 at the University of Manchester. Martin and Pat wrote songs together in their final year at university, and Gemma joined on bass shortly afterwards. Their first gig was at Retro Bar in Manchester on the 1st March 2006.



Holly Throsby

Holly Throsby is a singer-songwriter from Sydney, Australia. Holly’s songs are mostly set at night, and are built around finger-picked guitar and her distinctive, fragile voice.
The arrangements, which incorporate double bass, piano accordion, melodian, clarinet and the barest of vocal recordings, are both delicate and painterly.
She has released three full length albums- On Night in 2004, Under The Town in 2006 and A Loud Call in 2008. She was nominated for an ARIA award in 2006 for Best Female. In 2007 she released an EP called One Of You For Me.
Holly has played shows with Joanna Newsom, Smog, David Pajo, Devendra Banhart and Architecture in Helsinki and has toured in Australia with Bonnie ‘Prince’ Billy, Mark Kozelek (Red House Painters, Sun Kil Moon), The Eels, Hayden, Micah P. Hinson, Art of Fighting and New Buffalo.

Holly has a new album out called "Team" and is embarking on a new tour. If you are lucky enough to live in Australia see if you can catch one of the dates.

What I Thought Of You

Holly Throsby released her first album back in 2004. She has received multiple ARIA nominations and toured in the US and the UK. Her fifth album, Team, is about to be released. Holly Throsby joins Fran Kelly live in the studio.

Here Is My Co-Pilot

Holly Throsby live at the Troubadour, Brisbane singing the first single from her new album "Team".

To Begin With

Holly Throsby filmed by Shoot The Player playing To Begin With in Centennial Park Sydney.

Sunday, February 20, 2011

Louise Hoffsten

Louise Hoffsten (born September 6, 1965) is a Swedish song writer, musician and singer spanning several genres, notably rock, blues and pop. Louise was born in Linköping. Her father, Gunnar Hoffsten, is also a musician and plays the trumpet in a jazz band.From her first recordings, Hoffsten's music and stage act have weaved together rock, folk and blues influences, while sometimes moving into r'n'b and jazz territory, unified by her earthy, slightly operatic singing style and driving, lean grooves. Like many blues singers she plays the harmonica as well, a recurrent element in her songs; she is arguably the most well-known and recognized female blues singer of contemporary Sweden. She has built a wide following in her native land, has won several awards and currently resides in Stockholm.In 1996, Louise was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis, but despite the complications and occasional depressions (mirrored in the book/record Blues), she continues to write, tour and perform music.

What a beautiful voice.

Warm And Tender Love

Dance On Your Grave

Never gonna be your lady


Nina Simone

Nina Simone has graced these pages many times, but always in a mix of various people singing the same song. And every time hers has been one of the classic versions. House of the Rising Sun, I put a spell on you, and of course Ne me quitte pas. But I figured today, the day before what would have been her 78th birthday it's time to feature the great lady in her own right. That way the post will be there for the complete day, and even partial day in some other countries.
Nina was of course a world wide phenomenon. And a great fighter for freedom, something that is also topical in the world today. So now I'll just shut up, kick back and let the music tell the story. Enjoy.

How it feels to be free

Nina Simone performing live at Montreux in 1976, How it feels to be free with piano improvisation. Video was cut by Tom Nguyen.

One of her greatest protest songs.
Mississippi Goddam

Don't smoke in bed

Ain't Got No...I've Got Life

What You Gonna Do?

From a German TV show in 1976

The Pusher

San Cisco

No that's not a typo of the local city. It's a new young band from Australia, must be an antipodean day today.
San Cisco are the latest indie act to emerge from Fremantle in sunny Western Australia. On the weekends they go skateboarding, play Nintendo 64 and make a bit of indie pop on the side. Scarlett bangs the drums, Nick plays bass and Jordi & Josh are the guys that play the guitars, write the songs and sing them.
San Cisco have spent the last year graduating high school, performing at some festivals and playing round town pretty much every weekend. But don’t let their youth fool you. They have also produced their first EP called Golden Revolver, which has just hit stores and already found a home on Triple J and community radio around Australia. Confident with stage presence & strong with vocals San Cisco continue to impress even the hardest indie critics with their brand of upbeat summer pop.

Funny to be thinking about summer pop in the winter, but remember it's summer down under.  So check out this video which will make you yearn for the lazy crazy days of summer and youth.

Golden Revolver

Here's another of their tracks.
San Cisco - Solitude Is Bliss by sgcmedia

The Waifs

Today we feature another great down under band. Maybe it's the Vegemite! Or just the great wide open spaces, but there is an awesome amount of talent coming from Australia in recent times.  They also have a new album to be released early next month, something to look forward to.

The Waifs' trip began in a van in 1992, with the three troubadours playing gigs anywhere in Australia that would have them and has led The Waifs to multiple ARIA awards, platinum albums and successful tours across the world. The hard yards in those early days paid off in terms of their career, but also bound the three of them together as friends.
Temptation is the follow-up to 2006's Sun, Dirt, Water, which the band recorded in Nashville and which reached No.2 in the Australian album charts. That album represented a natural progression for The Waifs, one on which they expanded and experimented with their sound.

Temptation sees them stripping back, returning to their roots and playing an assortment of acoustic and electric instruments, joined once again by the established rhythm section of drummer David Ross Macdonald and bassist Ben Franz.

There's also a re-shaping of songwriting input this time. While the bulk of the material for Sun, Dirt, Water came from Cunningham, on Temptation the songs are more equally spread.


The Waifs at The Metro Sydney 2009-02-11 Temptation (Josh lead vocals)


Laurence Graham; guitar. Chris Cox; 12 string guitar. Angela Wojcicki; vocals.

Bright Eyes

Bright eyes, by Mike Batt (originally sung by Art Garfunkel, from the film "Watership Down") Chris Cox, vocals, 12 string guitar. Angela Wojcicki, vocals. Laurence Graham, guitar.

Check out this great track from the album.
The Waifs - Falling by sgcmedia

Temptation Track Listing:
1.I Learn The Hard Way
3.Just Like Me
4.Beautiful Night
5.Moses and The Lamb
8.Drifting Dreaming
9.Day Dreamer

Friday, February 18, 2011

Henry & June

No, not that HenryJune. This is the band Henry & June.
The real kick ass band Henry & June.
The band is made up of:
Jimmy Danger - Vocals / Harp
Dr. Johnny Walker - Bass
Dooley Wilson - Guitar
Ben Swank - Drums
Not a Henry or June among 'em.
This is what Metro Times had to say about them:
Formed in Toledo, Ohio in the early ’90s, Henry & June never got very far under their own name. Comprised of Dooley Wilson on guitar, Johnny Walker on bass, Ben Swank on drums, and Jim Forshey assuming frontman duties, the band issued only one release a single featuring “Goin’ Back To Memphis” b/w “Lowdown Streamline” – in 1996 and then broke up. But their memory lived on – Walker went on to front the Soledad Brothers, while Henry & June’s sound became a significant influence on bands such as the White Stripes, who were known to bust out their own cover of “Goin’ Back To Memphis” from time to time (one such version was captured on the Under Blackpool Lights DVD). Swank has also remained a noted Jack White social cohort.
But make no mistake – the music they played was decidedly at odds with their attire. They are an absolutely filthy garage-blues band, propelled primarily by Dooley’s wicked slide work – few white boys play like he does. Takes on tunes like “That’s All Right,” the desert blues “Drunk,” the Stones chestnut “Turd On The Run” and their “greatest hit,” “Goin’ Back To Memphis,” which boasts all of about 10 words to its lyric but nonetheless manages to kick ass, impressed mightily. Sure, their sound is technically downright amateurish. Wilson pretty much stands there and peels off searing riffs like he’s back in his mom’s basement, and when Forshey sets down his guitar its usually just to shout lyrics incomprehensibly into his harmonica mic. It’s a sound that that has no business being fresh or interesting at all, but Henry & June somehow manage to turn it into something totally mesmerizing and undeniably awesome.
There's much more to this review so go read it

But before you go listen to this, then you'll know why you are going.

Danger Limited Sound Recording Company proudly announces their upcoming release of infamous Henry & June's cd, "Now and Then." The release is a double disc featuring all the classic original practice tapes as well as a live recording of the reunion show recorded at Frankie's in April 2010. Check our facebook, myspace and twitter for upcoming information about their February 2011 reunion tour. Also check out our website for more information, and be sure to check out our other bands!

Here's some kick ass blues.
Goin' Back To Memphis

Henry and June - "Goin' Back To Memphis"
Frankie's Inner City, Toledo, Ohio April 10, 2010

Lowdown Streamline

Thursday, February 17, 2011

My Lithium & Me

This is a totally amazing project. It is billed as a Valentine to David Bowie. I have to believe that David would love it. It is from My Lithium & Me and is called "You Can't Hide Beat". And it is just bloody marvelous. All I can find out is that My Lithium & Me is Leah Kardos from Bedford in Great Britain.
Leah Kardos says about herself:  "I'm a music lecturer & composer with a special interest in music technology. I operate Glorybox Studios from my spare room, where I produce music for media as well as other commissions, and classical music."


Breaking Glass

Criminal World

All three videos by Matt Greasley

You can download the mp3's here.

Ringo Deathstarr

Time for some Austin, Texas style shoegaze. Ringo Deathstarr is releasing a full-length album entitled "Colour Trip" on AC30 in UK, on Sonic Unyon in U.S. The band is doing European tour with Dean Wareham of Galaxie 500 in Feb, doing SXSW and have played with Black Angels, Dandy Warhols, And You Will Know us... and many more. They play melodic indie pop doused with tons of shimmering and hazy layers of noise like Jesus and Mary Chain meets royal trux. Pretty damn cool I think.

Imagine Hearts

"Imagine Hearts" by Ringo Deathstarr, taken from the forthcoming album "Colour Trip", out Feb 2011. Video by Ringo Deathstarr.


I helped out with filming during this little workshop. I shot all of this footage with my own camera and most of it didn't get used in the final product, so I decided to edit my own footage together to the song to have something to show people.

Some Kind of Sad

Video for a track taken from Ringo Deathstarr's debut EP released on SVC Records in October 2007.


After our jaunts to the west and the past, let's head east across the Atlantic. To Ireland, to be specific to Dublin. And here we meet up with Kopek, sounds Russian or Polish, but they are Irish.
And they almost could be in the heavier part of the sixties. Kopek has a new album out called White Collar Lies, and the first track on it is a killer.

Cocaine Chest Pains

Here's another track from the album, and this one is a real killer in more ways than one.
Love Is Dead

To call Kopek a return to rock & roll brilliance would be the minimum praise deserved of a band that has definitely put in their 10,000 hours. For Kopek, success is not only well deserved, but is virtually mathematically inevitable.

The Irish trio has a history that stretches back a decade. Drummer Shane Cooney and bassist Brad Kinsella grew up as next-door neighbors in Dublin, and through their shared love of classic and modern rock music, quickly decided that rock stardom was their ticket to bigger and better things. “We listened to all the old stuff, The Stones, Hendrix, The Doors, Zeppelin, amazing bands where you can hear the energy,” recalls Cooney.

The first singer who answered their ad in a local musician’s magazine turned out to be the golden voiced Daniel Jordan, and from there Kopek, average age 15, was born.

Early gigs in and around Dublin included many a battle of the bands contests, which the boys won with studied regularity. Contest spoils were often in the form of equipment, which gave the new band an even bigger leg up on the competition. “The first thing we won was a backline and we’ve never had to buy any gear since,” the lucky drummer adds. .....more

Hippie Dippie Summer(s) of Love

So here we are today in San Francisco and it's chuckin' it down with rain, so the mind wanders back to the beautiful summer(s) of love. I know that 1967 was the true "Summer of Love", but that whole period of the late sixties brought about an amazing amount of good, mellow, yet mindbending music. I also know I was still in England at that time, but my spirit was here.
So put a flower in your hair and drift back.

Scott McKenzie - San Francisco (1967)

Its a Beautiful Day - White Bird (1967)

Jefferson Airplane -White Rabbit (1967)

The Turtles - Elenore (1968)

Lemon Pipers - Green Tambourine (1969)

Post title with apologies to the original hippie-dippie weatherman George Carlin.