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Monday, May 30, 2011

The Webb Sisters


Finally the sublime Webb Sisters have released their album Savages.
All I can say is it was definitely worth the wait.
The Webb Sisters divine harmonies work as well for them as they did for backing up Leonard Cohen.
And they will work well for you

Blue and You

Blue and You, the gorgeous video from The Webb Sisters new album 'Savages' out now.

Burn

The Webb Sisters launch their latest album, Savages, to a full house at the Bloomsbury Theatre London on May 15th 2011.

If It Be Your Will

With a bit of a Leonard Cohen intro.

Grimes


For this Memorial Day I figured i would try something strange and unusual.
But totally enjoyable. A young lady with an amazing voice.
Meet Grimes.
Grimes is weird pop influenced by styles such as R&B, Industrial, goth, hip hop and Western medieval organum. She is noted for simple but strong percussion, vocal virtuosity, and addictive melodies. Despite having little acquaintance with music before the age of 18, Grimes (born 1988) has overcome this barrier and used it to her advantage, exploding onto the music scene with a sound that is that is far different from that of her peers, and extremely broad in it’s references (Mariah Carey, Salem, Cocteau Twins, Gang Gang Dance, The Smiths, Prince). And yet, while all Grimes songs are different and genre-bending, there is a strong sound that is fully her own, characterized primarily by her chameleon-like voice.
She cannot read music and has no understanding of theory or notation, so her attempts to imitate often fail. Rather, the result is particularly unique, strangely beautiful, sometimes scary, frequently melancholic and catchy as hell.

Vanessa

director: Grimes
director of photography: John Londono
stylist: Marilis Cardinal
music: Grimes
from the upcoming split 12" entitled ❦❦ Darkbloom ❦❦ by ✠✠ D'eon & Grimes ✠✠
released April 19th via ❧ Arbutus Records ❧ and ✦ Hippos in tanks ✦
©2011 Hippos In Tanks & Arbutus Records

Personally I really like this one, which I believe is their current single.
Crystal Ball

This is the official music video for "Crystal Ball" from Grimes' / d'Eon split 12" "Darkbloom" released on April 19th by Arbutus Records and Hippo in Tanks.
Director: Tim Kelly

Hercules

Produced by Newfoundland Tack
Set design by Hercules Taxidermy:
Alex Hercule
Caroline Bergoin
Dane Richards
Grimes / d'Eon - filmed live at their 'Darkbloom' album release:
22 April 2011, Sala Rosa, Montréal
Live audio courtesy of Arbutus Records

Sunday, May 29, 2011

Elizabeth Marvelly


Elizabeth Lillian Marvelly, born July 5, 1989, is a young soprano from Rotorua, New Zealand. Marvelly was a scholarship student at King's College, Auckland in 2007.
Her debut album was released on 3 December 2007 in New Zealand, and on 31 March 2008 in Australia. The self-titled pop-classical album was produced by Carl Doy. In its first week in the New Zealand charts the album went to number 8 after going gold in five days.
On the album Marvelly sings songs taken from a range of different genres and includes two original pieces. Her song 'When You Are Sad' was reportedly written after a recent case of child abuse in her hometown shocked the nation.
Marvelly's second album, Home, was recorded with Grammy-nominated producer Nick Patrick. Featuring the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra and a duet with Britain's Got Talent winner Paul Potts it went to Number Six on the Official New Zealand Music Charts and Number One on the New Zealand Marbecks Charts on debut. As it was released on February 21, 2011, one day before the deadly Christchurch Earthquake, Marvelly announced that she would be donating a portion of record sales to the Christchurch Earthquake Appeal from Tuesday February 22nd to Tuesday March 15th. [Wikipedia]

See if you can find a copy of her new album, Home. It is a beautiful album but sadly I could find no video of it. So you will just have to make do with some other classics by Elizabeth.

I dreamed a dream

Elizabeth Marvelly at her special Mother's Day concert, sings I Dreamed A Dream, from the musical Les Miserables. Live at the Rotorua Civic Theatre 2008.

Tarakihi


Pokare kare ana


A beautiful voice, from a beautiful person.

Elizabeth Marvelly called Paul a few days after the Christchurch earthquake and asked him if he was in the NZ or Pacific area on April 2nd, and if so would he be willing to perform in a benefit concert for Red Cross in New Zealand's appeal for the people of Chistchurch. Paul upped sticks paid for his own flight 10,000 miles the other side of the world and then almost missed the show being admitted to hospital with celulitis. He did make it though thanks to a nurse who lost his mother in the earthquake. A message from Paul: "Elizabeth did incredibly well putting this concert together in just 5 weeks. Over NZ$ 150,000 has been raised for Christchurch. Thankyou to all that attended and all fellow cast members including Dame Malvina Major." [PaulPottsTV]

Friday, May 27, 2011

Alaa Wardi


This is just amazing. Someone has a lot of time on their hands. Give it up for Alaa Wardi.

The Huffington Post says:
An Arabic singer's one-man a capella harmonies have gone viral in Egypt, Jordan and Saudi Arabia.
In his latest video, Alaa Wardi's covers "Fi Hagat," a tune made popular by Lebanese singer Nancy Ajram, using his mouth, body and even his beard. This style should be familiar to Western audiences. Previously, videos of artist Mike Tompkins' pop covers, performed similarly, became enormously popular in the U.S.and elsewhere.

Fi Hagat / نانسى عجرم - في حاجات


It is a cover of a song by Nancy Ajram. Check out the original here.


One more by Alaa Wardi.
Ma3gool علاء وردي - معقول

Heather Nova


It's been a year since Heather Nova graced these pages. But now she has this amazing new album on current release. Recorded using solar power, Heather Nova is truly taking care of the planet. Enjoy.
First up two tracks from the new album, then a collaboration with Bløf.

Higher Ground

This is the official music video for Heather Nova's latest single "Higher Ground". "Higher Ground" is the first single from the upcoming new album "300 Days At Sea" (out May 27th 2011). The album was recorded at home in Bermuda using only Solar power. A truly green artist.

Beautiful Ride

Heather Nova at the Ziggo Studio in Utrecht, Netherlands. 2metersessies. 22 May 2011

London Rain

Heather Nova with Bløf performing London Rain at Heren van Amstel Live

Thursday, May 26, 2011

Allie Moss


Allie Moss is a New Jersey singer, vocal coach and guitarist. She released her own EP Passerby in 2009. She regularly performs as lead guitarist for singer/songwriter and friend Ingrid Michaelson. While not performing on Ingrid's 2010 European tour, Allie returned to the fold during the summer of 2010 for a State-side tour.
Allie is probably best known in the UK for her song Corner which has been used for a television commercial for BT Infinity, its broadband internet service. The single reached number 70 in the UK. It was also featured on ABC's Brothers and Sisters.
Her song "Something to Hold Onto" was featured on the TV show, Bones, episode The Feet on the Beach.

It's all in the eyes. No it's really in the ears, listen to how great this young lady is. Then look again at the eyes. Beautiful. Allie Moss is a singer to be reckoned with.

Late Bloomer

Allie Moss performs Late Bloomer live at the Monto Water Rats in front of a greatly receptive crowd. Her new album of the same name, Late Bloomer, is available in all digital retailers, and physical copies are currently on sale at her tour dates.

Check out this Balcony TV interview. And of course a song from her.
Corner


King's Sessions on KCL Radio

Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Cults


Almost a fixture on the music player currently is the band called Cults.
Their music is very, very addictive. There is just something about it that once you are hooked, you stay hooked.  I foresee a huge future for Cults.


Abducted

Music video by Cults performing Abducted. (C) 2011 Sony Music Entertainment UK Limited

Cults live at Other Music and Dig For Fire's Lawn Party at SXSW

For a band that has worked hard to remain shrouded in mystery, Cults certainly know how to draw a crowd. Fans flocked to the Hill Stage at the French Legation Museum on Friday to hear tracks off the band's forthcoming debut album; they were signed to Columbia on the strength of a handful of tracks that exploded on the web last year, and SXSW was buzzing for a chance to see in person what all the fuss was about. With locks flowing and boots stomping, Cults brought their woozy psych-pop and East Village rock and roll style to Texas, and proved that they are more than just hype.

Oh My God

The further adventures of Cults at SXSW.

You can also check out their 7" right here.


Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Alex Winston


Alexandra Winston is an American singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist from Bloomfield Hills, Michigan. Winston was born and raised in Bloomfield Hills, Michigan. She has worked with the New York production duo The Knocks after moving to the city in 2010.
She has covered artists like Chuck Berry, Jack Peñate, The Rolling Stones, Mumford & Sons and others in some of her online releases.
Alex's 2010 single, "Choice Notes", is the background music to the European and UK advertisement for the Hyundai ix20 and TK Maxx. [Wikipedia]
First up an amazingly good new song from Alex Winston's latest album. The video is quirky, to say the least. But we like that in a video.
Sister Wife

The new video for Sister Wife -- directed by That Go!

And here is a great version of one of her best songs. There are multiple versions out there but this one really captures Alex's essence.
Locomotive


One last one for the day.
Choice Notes

Monday, May 23, 2011

Staff Benda Bilili


When I first saw Staff Benda Bilili I could not resist sharing them with the rest of you folk out there.
This is just amazing, stimulating, joyous, moving music. Enjoy.
Staff Benda Bilili are a group of street musicians in Congo-Kinshasa. They live around the grounds of the zoo in Kinshasa, and play music which is rooted in rumba, with elements of old-school rhythm 'n' blues and reggae. The core of the band consists of four senior singers/guitarist, who are all disabled (they suffered from poliomyelitis when they were young) and move around in spectacularly customized tricycles. They are backed by a younger rhythm section consisting of ex-sheges, abandoned street kids who were taken under the protection of the older members of the band. The soloist is an 18 year-old boy (2009) who plays guitar-like solos on an electrified one-stringed lute he designed and built himself out of a tin can.
Staff Benda Bilili have earned the 2009 Artist Award at Womex (World Music Expo).
Staff Benda Bilili have sought to raise awareness about crimes against humanity in Democratic Republic of the Congo, contributing to the Enough Project and Downtown Records' Raise Hope for Congo compilation. [Wikipedia]

Je t'aime

Staff Benda Bilili performing Je t'aime live on later with Jools Holland on May 17 2011

Sala Mosala

Same performance as above.

Polio

Staff Benda Bilili in a recording session at the zoological garden of Kinshasa.
Filmed by Belle Kinoise.

Martha Wainwright


I can't believe I haven't featured Martha since 2009. Wow, we have to remedy that.

First up Martha performs in a trio of collaborations with other artists.

We can work it out

Teddy Thompson & Martha Wainwright
Live from Abbey Road, Staffel 2, Folge 12

Set The Fire To The Third Bar

This time Martha joins Snow Patrol.

Slave to Love

And from the land down under Dan Kelly.

Tower Song

From BBC's Transatlantic Sessions. 05/11

Martha Wainwright takes a stroll with Montreal Ambassador, Daniel Baylis.

They chat about her album (Sans fusils, ni souliers, à Paris), with whom she might love to collaborate and some of her favorite Montreal things.

Sunday, May 22, 2011

Bottleneck John


Bottleneck John had a brief appearance on a Blues 101 post a while back. But the more I hear of him the more I'm convinced he needs his own post.
Obviously he has a thing about mechanical sound or percussion. And he does wonders with it.

First up check out his session with an old school tractor.

The Midwest Utilitor Blues

Tractor blues, folks!! I just HAD to play along with this one!! This is a rather unusual little tractor, rare in Sweden and elsewhere, built in the late 1910's and early 20's by the Midwest Engine Company of Indianapolis, USA.
It plows, harrows, cultivates, hauls a cart and is a 4-horsepower portable engine which can be used for various kinds of beltwork. AND it provides cool rhythm for ol'timey blues music, haha!! Awesome!

After seeing this in a Swedish tractor magazine and realizing it actually was to be found in my own hometown of all places, I felt I had to try to do a video clip. Contacted the owner Olle Arvidsson and we decided to make the film. Good friend Oskar Arhusiander does the driving here. Featuring my RESOLIAN from Republic Guitars, Texas.. Slide used is a TriboTone!
[Bottleneck John]

Spring Blues 2011 - Vårblues i Östersund

Played with the trio at the annual VÅRBLUES (meaning spring blues in Swedish) in Östersund. It was a great night with an awesome crowd that didn't mind singing along.
[Bottleneck John]

Live at Cookin' - feat. 1935 Dobro

The blues classic "Come on in my kitchen" featured with the '35 Dobro.
Bottleneck John's Delta Trio playing at the jazz & blues club COOKIN' in Borås, Sweden.

Curious about Bottleneck John? Here's part of his bio, follow the link at the end to read the rest of the story of this amazing man.

I was born and raised in a small town called Lit in the midst of Sweden(this area is also a junction for several rivers forming a true "delta".. Haha, so I can say I was born on the delta, folks!!). I still live here today..

Music has always been in my life!! My grandfather Erik made my first recordings on an old tape recorder when I was three years old. On the tape you can hear everything from stories of Bellman to ol'timey folk-tunes!! My grandmother Elna's relatives are(were) all awesome and well known musicians and she was the one who got me into singing.(thanks, grandma!). I used to sit in her lap when she played an old pump-organ and sang Swedish folk-tunes of old and spirituals like Swing low sweet chariot and Amazing Grace..

But it seems I'm always drawn back in time and place to the Mississippi Delta of the 1920's and 30's..
I guess this is THE music that touches my soul the most?! It must be, I haven't found any music yet that can compare to these old recordings in terms of soul, feeling and honesty.. more

Lady Linn and Her Magnificent Seven


It's Sunday afternoon, time for another session of Jazz on a Sunday Afternoon.
Lady Linn and her Magnificent Seven have a new album out entitled No Goodbye at All. Give it a turn, you'll be happy. Sometimes Lady Linn just has her Magnificent three. But whichever way it comes out her voice is always to the forefront.

An English-language jazz-pop group from Ghent, Belgium, Lady Linn and Her Magnificent Seven experienced Top Ten success with their first album of original songs, Here We Go Again back in 2008, after several years of performing classic jazz covers.

The band consists of:
Lady Linn (vocals), she also sings in the Belgian groups Bolchi and Skeemz
Marc de Maeseneer (baritone sax)
Frederick Heirman (trombone)
Tom Callens(tenor saxophone)
Yves Fernandez (trumpet)
Christian Mendoza (piano)
Koen Kimpe (double bass)
Matthias Standaert( (drums).

Cry baby

Lady Linn & Her Magnificent 3 playing 'Cry baby' live at Studio Lier - April 1, 2011.

Katy on a mission

Lady Linn covert 'Katy on a mission' van Katy B in One Night Stand, op Studio Brussel.

Good Old Sunday Blues

Lady Linn Live @ De Kreun in Kortrijk, Belgium

Thea Gilmore


Thea Gilmore was born in Oxford to Irish parents and lived in the village of North Aston, Oxfordshire. She became interested in music as a result of her father's record collection, which included work by Bob Dylan, Joni Mitchell, and The Beatles. Later, she listened to Elvis Costello, Tom Waits, and The Replacements, among others. She began writing poetry at the age of 15 to cope with the divorce of her parents

Gilmore released her first album as a teenager, entitled Burning Dorothy, in 1998 and over the course of the next four years, released increasingly well-received albums that earned her a reputation in the UK music press but no chart success. She finally made a breakthrough at 23 with the release of Avalanche in August 2003, which became her first album to break into the Official UK Album Chart, at #62, and spawned two minor hit singles, "Juliet (Keep That in Mind)" and "Mainstream", for which she garnered acclaim for producing a low-budget music video filmed in a local Virgin Megastore. The video received exposure on the BBC's flagship music show Top of the Pops 2.

Recently she had the concept of re-recording Bob Dylan's complete John Wesley Harding album.
What a great idea.  And what great renditions of these classics songs she has made.

I'll Be Your Baby Tonight

Copyright music and lyrics reproduced by kind permission of Special Rider -- for original, exclusive performances by Bob Dylan, check-out the official channel at youtube.com/bobdylan. The excellent Thea Gilmore, again from The Arches, Glasgow on 26/03/11, and a cover of the Bob Dylan classic from his John Wesley Harding album.

All Along The Watchtower (Removed)

So we'll replace with this great song, since there are no copies left of Watchtower. Why?
I Pity The Poor Immigrant

Thea Gilmore plays Bob Dylan's "John Wesley Harding" (well, all except "Frankie Lee") in the Acoustic Tent at Glastonbury Festival in the early evening of the 25th of June 2011. Complete with a beautiful guitar solo from Robbie McIntosh,



Previously to this Thea got to record at the pinnacle of recording studios.

Old Soul

Thea Gilmore performs "Old Soul" live in Sun Studio in Memphis, TN.

Friday, May 20, 2011

Anouk


Wow! Hard to believe it's been more than two years since Anouk graced these pages.
It's about time she was here again, so the release of her new album gives me just such an excuse.
But who needs an excuse with such a beautiful and talented young lady.

Kick back and enjoy.
Killer Bee


Down & Dirty


And just in case you want to know what makes Anouk tick, here's a "how the album was made" video.


Cerys Matthews


Such a sweet voice, reminds me of warm summers in the sixties. It's something about the water in Wales that brings out the singing. And Cerys Matthews must have been drinking a lot of it.
Cerys Matthews (pronounced /ˈkɛrɪs/; born 11 April 1969) is a Welsh singer and songwriter. She is known as the lead singer of the Welsh rock band Catatonia, her more recent bilingual solo career, and for a 1998 Christmas duet with Tom Jones .
Kick back and listen to some great music. Also if you get the chance check out her new album, Explorer. Cerys Matthews one beautiful voice.

This is track eleven from the album, very cool song.

Sweet Magnolia


Here's track three, not much of a video, but a great song.
Who Fears the Garden, Fears Life


An earlier single.
Into The Blue

Thursday, May 19, 2011

It's the end of the world as we know it


I figured I have to get this one in early, because it's already Friday in Australia and they don't have so long to last as we do here on the West Coast. Those lucky Hawaiians get an extra three hours on us.
So I figured what better tune for it than the classic R.E.M.
Of course I'm sure I'll see most of you at the Official Post Rapture Party.  And maybe even some at the Post Rapture Looting.
I wonder what the Mayans think about Camping stealing their thunder?

It's the end of the world as we know it - R.E.M.

Hmmmm, That's Great "It starts with an Earthquake".

I figured since Harold Camping doesn't sing I find another nutcase to cover the song.
Our fearless decider covers r.e.m.'s End of the World


And we even find a religous person who sppeaks intelligently about it.


I suppose we have to have some input from the looney tunes.

Seapony


It's shoegaze time again. Check out Seapony, I found some live cuts by them.
The music of Seapony is refreshing in its simplicity. Most songs on Go With Me use no more than three chords, with an average running time around two-and-a-half minutes. In lieu of a human drummer, the Seattle trio entrusts time-keeping to a vintage gizmo the size of a desktop calculator. The lyrics to "Dreaming," the track that catapulted them into the spotlight, are just six lines long. Like Young Marble Giants and Beat Happening before them, this young three-piece has generated excitement that belies their music's modest means. And their back story is just as no-nonsense. [HardlyArt]
A brief snippet from a review of their new album Go With Me. A worthwhile investment.
Check it out.

Always

Always...live at the Rendezvous, Seattle WA. 3/4/11.

Dreaming

also live at the Rendezvous, Seattle WA. 3/4/11.

Check out their EP here.

Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Thomas Dybdahl


His only previous appearance here was with Bertine Zetlitz doing an amazing version of Don't Give Up (The Kate Bush / Peter Gabriel song).
Thomas Dybdahl has a new album currently on release, very interesting it is, so I figured he should get his own post.
In case the name is not enough of a clue, Thomas is from Norway. Sandnes to be precise.
Something Real

Music video for Thomas Dybdahl - Something Real. Made by Snorre Seim and Johannes W. Berg

The Making Of 'Songs' (EPK)

Music video by Thomas Dybdahl performing EPK [Thomas Dybdahl / Songs]. (C) 2011 Dybdahl Artist AS

Here's a great live version at the Lexington, London last year.
Cecilia


And finally today, if you are going to cover an artist cover the best. And best of all do an amazingly brilliant version.
An American Trilogy

Thomas Dybdahl - An American Trilogy @ Quart Festival 2005 Lydverket Live NRK TV
I'm in total amazement at this, never heard any one else sing this that good. Brilliant.

Thanks JC for the initial tip.

NEeMA


I've featured NEeMA not once before, not twice, not three times but four times.
This is maybe the first time that we get to really meet the artist.
This is a short documentary by and about NEeMA and her new album.


a mini-documentary directed by J.S Carenza III about Montreal songstress NEeMA and her album Watching You Think
My thanks to one heck of a guy for alerting me to this video. Always a good read on his pages. A must if you are any kind of Leonard Cohen Fan. And who isn't?.

And here is an amzingly beautiful live rendition of one of her classic songs.
Masi

NEeMA performs Masi at a house concert in Los Angeles.

Some more live music from the beautiful NEeMA.
Emmenez-Moi

NEeMA performs Charles Aznavour's Emmenez Moi in Montreal

The Trouble With Templeton


Another great singer/songwriter from down under. A fresh sounding young man. A songwriter who is wise beyond his years. But be careful not to be confused with this The Trouble With Templeton and the Twilight Zone episode from December 9, 1960.

Thomas Calder, the man who is The Trouble With Templeton, has just released his debut single "Bleeders." To celebrate the release, The Trouble With Templeton have three shows lined up in Brisbane, beginning June 1st at The Zoo.

Check out the single from the new album.

A unique blend of Alternative Folk, The Trouble With Templeton’s music is about honest feelings and emotional experiences.
With a strong lyrical and melodic focus, each song commands attention with passionate and heartfelt sincerity.

Coming soon to a venue near you, if you live in Australia.

Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Paul Wassif


Paul Wassif is a troubadour in the mold of David Ford, Leonard Cohen and Bob Dylan with more than a touch of Robert Johnson and many other Delta Blues men..
He has this wonderful deep and raspy sound going for him, and gives amazingly great guitar.
Paul Wassif’s debut album, ‘Looking Up Feeling Down’ is out now on iTunes.. The album is a collection of self penned songs and reworked traditional classics, distinguished by Paul’s inspiring and versatile guitar work, be it finger picking, slide or electric.

First up an all too brief promo for the new album.  The CD will be available June 1


900 Miles

Paul Wassif performing "900 Miles" at the Queen's Hall, Edinburgh, on the 27th August 2010, in support of Bert Jansch.

Here's a gripping evocative version of a true blues classic. This concert up in Edinburgh has to have been one cool evening.
Motherless Child

Paul Wassif performing "Motherless Child" at the Queen's Hall, Edinburgh, on the 27th August 2010, in support of Bert Jansch.

And here the amazing Bert Jansch invited Paul to join him for a duet.
Black Cat Blues

Bert Jansch & Paul Wassif performing "Black Cat Blues" at the Queen's Hall, Edinburgh, on the 27th August 2010.

All videos uploaded by black brown & white records for which we give gratitude.

Heck! you know he must be good he gets a mention on the Eric Clapton Music News.

Monday, May 16, 2011

The Fierce And The Dead


The Fierce And The Dead have released their new album today.
The Fierce And The Dead are of course Matt Stevens, Kev Feazey and Stuart Marshall.
Matt Stevens currently has a successful career as a solo guitarist utilising live looping technology to create as big a noise as he can using as few instruments as possible. His critically acclaimed second solo album Ghost is available now with his third to follow later in 2011.
Kev Feazey has worked as an audio engineer, producer and musician for several years now. He has worked with artists ranging from the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra to Lydia Lunch and The Duke Spirit. He is currently also playing bass for The Murder Barn.
Stuart Marshall is a busy drummer performing in many projects from surf rock movers The Manta Wrays to his latest band The Watford Sunsets. He learnt his trade in hardcore bands such as Dereks Experiment and Freebase.   [more]

A little while back The 23rd Joker made a short movie and used the first track of the latest album from The Fierce and the Dead as it's soundtrack. Pretty cool.

Flint


And here's the last track from the album.
Andy Fox


The Fierce and The Dead have their new album out today. Give it a listen.
Others are listening, and writing about it.
I just love the name of the album, not sure how they cam up with it but I'm thinking it was a wise thing to do.
The album is called: If It Carries On Like This We Are Moving To Morecambe.


Kesang Marstrand


Kesang Marstrand is an American, Tibetan and Danish Folk music singer and songwriter.
Born in Woodstock, New York, to a Danish mother and Tibetan father, the young musician sought out inspiration that was as varied as her cultural background. With artists like David Bowie, Patsy Cline, Ani DiFranco, and classical artists, both Eastern and Western, to guide her, she began to write her own songs and to explore the possibilities her guitar and voice offered her.

Marstrand has been writing and performing for the past decade. In November of last year, she released her debut album, "Bodega Rose," a contemplative, acoustic work that includes accompaniment by renowned musician and composer, Karl Berger. The album, in addition to eleven original tracks, also includes a cover song, a sparse, down-tempo version of Paul McCartney and Michael Jackson's collaboration, "Say Say Say."

Now she has a new album out. You have to look out for it, Kesang has such a wonderful voice.
Here is the title track from the new album.
Our Myth


From her previous album, another title track.
Bodega Rose

Artist: Kesang Marstrand. Director/DP: J. Wyatt Wilson

A beautiful song, obviously inspired by her background. Maybe her best known single.
Tibet Will Be Free

Sunday, May 15, 2011

The Lonesome Drifter


It's Rockabilly Sunday. Why says you. Why not says me.
The Lonesome Drifter was born, on December 6, 1931 on a cotton farm in north Louisiana. As a youth, He worked as a water boy for the cotton pickers on a plantation and recalls hearing his first blues music while watching an old black man playing a slack string guitar out side of an old country General Store. Other musical influences included Jimmie Rodgers Bill Monroe, and Bluegrass Music was the foundation of his style.
His Recording of "Eager Boy" and "Tear Drop Valley" on Mira Smith's K record label is one of the most sought after records among Rockabilly Collectors. [Ace Records]
If you have never heard the Lonesome Drifter, you have missed out on life. This is true Rockabilly heaven.
Honey Do You Think Of Me


And here's one of his most "sought after" records. You can understand why after you hear it.
Eager Boy


Here's his other "sought after" record.
Teardrop Valley


And finally today, an unreleased track from the 50's. Until now that is.
Blues From A Broken Heart



Saturday, May 14, 2011

Russian Red


In case you don't know her Russian Red is the pseudonym of Lourdes Hernández, borni in Madrid, Spain in 1986, she is an indie and folk singer-songwriter.
So Spanish young lady, Russian sounding name singing in English, nothing unusual there.
Known by many as the Spanish Feist, in reference to the Canadian singer-songwriter who inspires her in many of her attitudes on the microphone, Hernández—who writes and sings all of her compositions in English—states that she sings in that language instinctively because she has always listened to music in English. Her voice and performing style are also reminiscent of the childlike and simple, poetic approach utilized by California singer-songwriter Joanna Newsom. [Wikipedia]

Give her a listen, and check out her new album Fuerteventura, you will be glad you did.

Nick Drake

Acoustic live version

Fuerteventura

Russian Red live in Palma (Mallorca) April 29, 2011

January 14th

Live @ Tito's, Palma (Mallorca). April 29, 2011

Sophie Barker


You may know Sophie Barker as one of the vocalists on Zero 7's Simple Things, that luscious, sweeping vocal at the forefront of the album's breakaway hit 'In The Waiting Line'. You may also know her for her work with Groove Armada, The Egg, Grooverider, Robin Guthrie (Cocteau Twins) and Muki, or maybe for her previous solo album Earthbound. She also worked on The Rainbow Collections, a series of children's music. It's been a packed 10 years, that's for sure - but with the release of new album Seagull comes the chance to get to know the real Sophie.
Sophie Barker's new solo album Seagull reintroduces her with a more plaintive sound than before. And she talks about the new album - released on indie label Ho Hum Records - with an incredible excitement: "It's like serendipity calling and coming together through the most natural of sources."

The EPK for Seagull


Let's go back a few years, almost ten to be exact. Just a superb voice.
In The Waiting Line

Zero 7 featuring Sophie Barker performing In The Waiting Line live at the BBC on Later October 2001

Breathe

Bliss - Breathe featuring Sophie Barker (Wonderful Chill Out Music)
Danish electronic quartet Bliss create ambient soundscapes riddled with cinematic textures and downbeat bravado. Often compared to artists like Massive Attack and Sade, the group was the brainchild of writer/producers Marc-George Anderson and Steffen Aaskoven. Vocalists Tchando and Alexandra Hamnede provide Bliss with soulful performances that reflect their alternately African-tinged and jazz-based foundations, resulting in an ethereal stew of pan-global atmosphere. The group has been a European fixture for years, debuting in North America in 2005 with Quiet Letters, a 12-track collection culled from both the first and second editions of the European release.


Here Sophie gets down with another favorite of mine Sia
Destiny

at Bush Hall

Friday, May 13, 2011

Cristina Branco


It's been a while since I featured any Fado music on here. And that is not right. As I have said before, although I do not know one word of Portuguese it is the pure sound and the raw emotion that makes Fado such a beautiful art form.
The I saw that Cristina Branco had made a new album "Fado Tango". And I had to sample it.
Picture the combination Fado and Tango, a marriage made in heaven.

And then I was lucky enough to find some live footage from the tour. These two performances were at Catania Jazz XXVIII - 7 March 2011
Fado Tango Tour - Part one


Fado Tango Tour - Part two


This is the EPK for the album Fado / Tango


Katie Kim


Katie Kim is from Dublin Ireland. Ahh Dublin, a wonderful city. I was there once designing a system for someone who still has to remain a secret. And what an enjoyable city Dublin is. It has to be the most laid back place in the world. If you ever get the chance, go.

Anyway back to Katie Kim. What a voice. And I'm not the only one who thinks so.
"She's a trafficker in dreamy space-rock: her songs sound forever in the brink of sinking into Cocteau Twins pastiche, but there's always a sublime melody or quirky hook to keep the whiff of recycled ideas at bay. Independently released, her album Twelve has already basked in ecstatic reviews. If there's any justice in pop, 2009 will see her break free of the local circuit."...
THE INDEPENDENT 2009
So give a warm welcome to Katie Kim, and just lay back and drown yourself in her lush voice.

Your Mountains, My Mountains + Day Is Coming

Katie Kim doesn't really like to talk about herself, but Cock and Bull managed to get her to spill the beans on her past, recording her own album and stage fright.

Little Squaw


And here's a great song from a couple of years ago.
Jennifer

All Super 8 and visuals by Donal Dineen. Filmed and Edited by Myles O'Reilly. Katie Kim performs 'Jennifer' live at the 'Daghdha Space' theatre in Limerick as part of the Donal Dineen Fresh Air Tour 2009.

Check out this sampler from Katie Kim


And if you don't think this is the sexiest 500 Miles you ever heard, I dunno.
500 Miles by KATIE KIM

Typhoon



Typhoon is a twelve piece band from Portland Oregon. And a mighty mighty band they be.
They have just come back from SXSW where I'm sure a good time was had by all.
It's not every day you get to see a band perform in a tour bus. A very small tour bus at that for a larger than average group.
Kitchen Tile + The Honest Truth

Cock and Bull were privileged and lucky(as there was no room) to fit into a cramped bus with the phenomenon that is Typhoon. What a a lovely and talented group!

The Sickness Unto Death + The Honest Truth

Typhoon performs at the Driskill Hotel, Austin, Texas on March 18, 2011.
Courtesy NPR.

Check out their album Hunger and Thirst

Teleprompter


Another day, another new band from the land down under.  And pretty cool they are too.  Check them out.
Brisbane based post-punk/dance outfit Teleprompter are to release their self-titled EP with a supporting national tour in June and July 2011.

The band has been busy this past year, touring with the Big Day Out festival, playing Parklife and Good Vibrations and receiving regular play on Triple J for their last release, Boxcutter. Teleprompter are as pumped as ever to share this next set of tracks with their building Australian fan base.

Teleprompter merges angular post-punk with indie rock elements, resulting in an enigmatic, no-holds-barred sound that is a departure from conventional classification. The first single from this EP is Banshee, produced by Yama Indra (G.L.O.V.E.S/Damn Arms). Banshee, as the name suggests, is a frenzied indie-punk tune with melodic vocals and catchy guitar work. This danceable and charismatic 5-track EP also includes a special dance-floor shaking remix by Shanghai DJ/Producer R3 of crowd pleaser, Boxcutter.

The tour will hit six cities across the country, kicking off in Melbourne at the Cherry Bar.

No video so far, but check out their track Boxcutter here:


And I did like this R3 remix of the above mentioned.


Chance & The Lucky Aces


Something new today, welcome to the wonderful wacky world of Chance & The Lucky Aces. The coolest band I have heard today, and for some many today's recently. Welcome to the unconventional world of newly spat-out Leeds rockers 'Chance & The Lucky Aces'.

The band's first single - 'I Shot A Frenchman At Agincourt' - is a joyous non-PC three minute slice of frenetic, old school punk, the bastard offspring of what happens when you lock three amateur musicians in a recording studio with a professional drummer and give them two hours to come up with a masterpiece.

The song is already being featured on the soundtrack to the film Killing Amy due for release later this year. Naturally a film about a modern day serial killer demands a song about a battle in the Hundred Years' War…

'I Shot A Frenchman...' is available from iTunes, Amazon, Emusic.com and. The video for the track is available on 5YLAC.com and YouTube.

All proceeds from the single will go towards buying alcohol for starving artists in West Yorkshire… namely:

Chance – the singing Svengali
Dave Maguire – strung out on six strings
Phil Faulks – bass(tard) guitar
Dave Jones – likes to sit at the back and hit things

An EP follows soon… you have been warned…
"As quick as a quiver the arrow was in his leather" - lovely lyrics.



This is an attempt to re-create a post lost by Blogger in their last two days of downage. Thanks Blogger.

Tuesday, May 10, 2011

KT Tunstall


One of the best voices to emerge in the last few years has to be the lovely miss KT Tunstall.
Well great news she has a brand new EP called The Scarlet Tulip.

I think KT explains it best (on her website).
“The Scarlet Tulip EP is a really special body of work for me.” says KT. “It’s the first time since I was very young that I’ve set about recording just my voice with finger-picked guitar. 6 of the 7 songs came into being during the year I spent writing for ‘Tiger Suit’. (‘Hidden Heart’ was a song written for Bruce Parry’s ‘Survival’ project, to try and gain land protection for indigenous people of the Amazon.)
So check it out here is the title track from the EP, performed live complete with finger picking.
Scarlet Tulip

KT Tunstall playing Scarlet Tulip all by her lonesome in the Olympia, Dublin, February 21st 2011.

The same concert, but not on the EP, since this a pretty cool cover of a Cure song.
Close to Me

KT Tunstall covering The Cure's 'Close to Me' in the Olympia in Dublin - Feb 21st 2011.
Featuring The Pictish Trail and kazoos!

And finally today singer/songwriter/malt whisky connoisseur KT Tunstall singing another song from her new EP.
Patience

A new acoustic song from her new EP "The Scarlet Tulip" performed live at The Venue in Vancouver!

Monday, May 9, 2011

Pascale Picard Band


The Pascale Picard Band is a Canadian rock group from Quebec City formed by Pascale Picard (vocal and guitar), Philippe Morissette (bass), Marc Chartrain(drums) and Mathieu Cantin (guitar).

So much great music pouring out of Canada, and this band is no exception.
I could listen to Pascale's voice forever. Such a delight.

This first video is an amazing medley of songs that showcases the versatility of the band.
Glory Box While My Guitar Gently Weeps Sweet Child O Mine


Here's the final track from the album, performed live.
And if I miss my shot

Pascale Picard Band And if I miss my shot Live @ Furia Sound Festival

Here's a video from a couple of years back, no other info available.

Sunday, May 8, 2011

Villa Delirium


Villa Delirium is a group who is combining eerie traditional folk songs of Germany, Ireland and the Balkans with murder ballads of the American South, along with their own startling compositions, Villa Delirium, is a four piece ensemble whose uniquely ethereal sound creates a new acoustic Gothic music.
Tine Kindermann: Voice, saw and violin. A German chanteuse/visual artist, Tine’s recent credits include performing in Berlin with Iggy Pop.
John Kruth: Voice, guitar, mandolin, banjo and flutes. Kruth has 9 solo albums, co-leads the world music ensemble TriBeCaStan and has worked with Allen Ginsberg and Violent Femmes.
Kenny Margolis: Accordion. A member of Cracker and TriBeCaStan, Kenny played in the late great Willy Deville’s band.
Doug Wieselman: Bass clarinet, clarinet, bass harmonica. Doug has worked with Antony and the Johnsons, Lou Reed, Tricky, Laurie Anderson, Syd Straw, Steven Bernstein and Kamikaze Ground Crew.
And they are just too, too amazing. Gotta go, gotta find me their album. You hang around and give them a listen. All of these songs were Performed at Le Poisson Rouge in NYC.
A big thank you for the videos to Anthony Pepitone.
If this band doesn't blow you away, check your pulse.

In The Middle Of The Night



Madame Tussaud


Poor Friedrich


Leaves

Sir Lattimore Brown


Sadly one of the unluckiest blues and soul singers of all time has passed away.
Lattimore Brown died on March 25. He had found a new home at Pensacola, Florida, only to be struck by a car while crossing a road nearby. He had moved to Pensacola after hurricane Katrina drove him out of Biloxi Mississippi.

A singer, songwriter and band leader active on the "chitlin' circuit" of the eastern and southern United States between the 1950s and 1970s, Brown shared a stage with the likes of Etta James, Jackie Wilson, Muddy Waters and Otis Redding.
His 17 singles on seven labels, made between 1960 and 1975, were minor hits. But wider recognition was not encouraged by the online All Music Guide's declaration that he had "retired from music in 1980 and passed away in Arkansas in the subsequent decade".
He left home aged 12, beginning an itinerant life. By 15 he had married and at 17 he enlisted (illegally) in the Army. The registration process obliged him to invent a full name, and he chose "Lattimore Vernon Brown".
[much more at The Telegraph]

Sir Lattimore Brown and Eli Paperboy Reed

In 2010 Sir Lattimore at 79 giving it all at an Eli Paperboy Reed show

Sir Lattimore Brown with Wiley and the Checkmates

Sir Lattimore Brown with Wiley and the Checkmates 29th april 2009 House of Blues, New Orleans LA

The Itch

Raw, unrehearsed footage of Sir Lattimore Brown in the recording studio dancing and performing to the first playback of his new recording: The Itch, in 2008, Memphis, Tennessee. This was the first recording by Lattimore Brown in over 30 years.

I'm not through [Trailer]

The brand new trailer for the upcoming Soul Detective production of the Chase Thompson documentary film "I'm Not Through - The Legend of Sir Lattimore Brown"

Shannon McNally


It's been a while since Shannon McNally graced these pages. But she has a new album out, Western Ballad, and is sounding better than ever. But we don't need an excuse to feature such a talented lady.
So sit a spell and enjoy the music of Shannon McNally.

High

Great new song off Western Ballad from the show at Ephrata, PA., Nov. 12, 2010.

Lovely

This song is from Shannon's performance in the concert special "Texas Burning: A Lone Star Salute to Our Troops" airing on Texas, Louisiana and Colorado PBS stations.

Holdin' On Holdin' Out

Shannon McNally performs her song "Holdin' On Holdin' Out" at the legendary Sun Studio in Memphis, TN. Check local listings and join the Sun Studio