Sunday, July 31, 2011

Lars Eriksson

Lars Eriksson is from Karlskoga, Sweden. But when you listen to this first track here he sounds like he comes from England. This first track has that quirky feel of the early seventies. But a very interesting song, and a great video to go with it.

All of the tracks on here are from his most recent album "Rust and Golden Dust", definitely an album worth seeking out.

Ink Well Dweller

Another track from his album, this time from Sweden's TV4.

Rejected Love

This clip I recorded with my phone in the dressing room at Södra Bar in Stockholm on the night of the release party for Lars Eriksson's debut album Rust & Golden Dust, February 10:th 2011. Tattooed Papa Bear
Guitar and vocals - Lars Eriksson
Vocals - Elin Ruth Sigvardsson
Cello - Anna Dager
Violin - Hanna Ekström

Little Green Cars

Little Green Cars is a Dublin-based band made up of: Dylan Lynch, Donagh Seaver O’Leary, Stevie Appleby, Aoife Kelly, Utsav Lal, Adam O’Regan, Faye O’Rourke.
And I have to thank Cock and Bull TV for turning me on to them. They always seem to have the right video at the right time.

Firts up check out this amazing acapella song.
My Love Took Me Down To The River (To Silence Me)


Little Green Cars performing the song 'Grow' live on Totally Irish 98FM!

Finally today a Balcony TV appearance.
The John Wayne

Check out some more great tracks from Little Green Cars.
Latest tracks by littlegreencars

Paid In Kind

"Over Steel rails" is Roberto Sánchez's new project and album, within the group Paid In Kind. Roberto Sanchez is Andalusian and is the songwriter and producer of the album Over Steel Rails. Recorded with a bunch of extemely talented musicians and meticulously detailed in its presentation, is brimming with great spounds.

At times sounding like Bob Dylan (the younger version) at other time echoes of Dire Straits but at all times pure musicality.

Here's a couple of videos to show behind the scenes of making this amazing album.
Part one

Part two

Break The Bank

You can download the album here.

One more to whet your appetite.
Fugas, Be Careful

Friday, July 29, 2011

Pharis and Jason Romero

Wanna hear some great old timey footstomping bluegrass banjo playing down home music? Well give a listen to Pharis and Jason Romero. Not only do they play the heck out of them instruments, they have fun doing it. You can just tell when the artist loves what they do. And on top of all that if you would like a custom built banjo, then it's one stop shopping. Not only do they play the banjo's they will ,make you one.

So kick back, and I defy you to keep your feet still. Great stuff.

Check out these tunes from the Portland Old-time Music Gathering in Portland, Oregon in January of this year.

Gambling Man

Cumberland Gap

Forsaken Love

And if you need any more, and who doesn't you can listen to, and even order, their great CD right here.

The Leadings

The Leadings, an electronic-pop band founded in 2008 in Murcia, Spain, focuses on transforming each song into a killer single, each lyrics into a meaningful message, and each concert into a real party.

My question to you, could this be the summer song of 2011?


Firefox AK

Firefox AK is Andrea Kellerman, married to Rasmus Kellerman, aka Tiger Lou. Together they play in the punk band Las Puertas. Andrea started her career as a singer in the London based trip-hop collective Anamorphic, but Andrea wanted to go solo and one day when she walked passed a fire hydrant she saw Firefox printed on it. That’s where it all got started. Back in Sweden she started playing her songs on a acoustic guitar, but something was missing. When she picked up the electric guitar instead and started working with Viktor Ginner, an old friend from school, everything seemed to fall into place. Together they started making melodic electronic pop. A mix of beats and keyboard with Andreas soft voice that makes you wanna dance all night long.

All I can say is, it's all good. Some great vibes for dancing or chilling.
Firefox AK will keep you moving.
About her new album Firefox AK says
"'Color The Trees' will be released in Germany, Austria and Switzerland on the 29th of July by Four Music/Sony, and in Australia and New Zeeland at around the same time via Inertia. Razzia Records will release my album here in Sweden on the 10th of August."
I say, "When will it be released in the USA?".

Color The Trees

@ Debaser Malmö 30/04/2011

Boom, Boom, Boom

Firefox AK Live Debaser Medis Stockholm Sverige 2011

Here's an earlier track from a couple of years ago.
Winter rose

Thursday, July 28, 2011

Zascha Moktan

Zascha Moktan is a young lady from Germany, via India and London, with a great voice. She currently has a new album called State of Mind and it is worth a listen. Here we have some accoustic versions of some of the tracks.
What is worth comparing is the accoustic version of Shame Shame Shame, and the album version which also features Cee Lo Green. He's everywhere nowadays.

OK so kick back and enjoy.

Shame Shame Shame

Live & Unplugged bei Radio Hamburg

You can call me Al

Out Of My Head

From a live concert a few years ago
Like U Do

On April, 29th 2008 Zascha Moktan was at the Stadtgarten, Cologne, singing the wonderful song "Like U do".

Zascha Moktan (born 1981 in New Delhi, India) is a soul singer, pianist and guitarist. Born to a Nepalese father and a German mother, Moktan moved to Germany at the age of six. She moved from India via London—where she had her first music performances in a gospel choir—to Frankfurt, Germany, then to Berlin. She started playing the piano when she was eight years old, and she later joined her school’s choir where she completed training in classical music. In the mid-1990s Moktan founded a band along with friends in Frankfurt, who initially played punk and rock music. In 2000 she participated in a song contest where she won the title of Best Hessian Newcomer Band. At another contest she was discovered by Nigel Kennedy, who invited her to join him at some of his performances.

In November 2003 Moktan performed as a supporting act for Craig David at the German leg of his tour. In 2005 she went on tour in the U.S. with Alicia Keys and John Legend. Because of that she interrupted her training as a hair stylist, which she had just started in Hamburg. After returning home she signed her first record deal in 2006 with Universal Music Group. Until then people complained that her music sounded too American for the German market. After her success in the U.S. she released her debut single “Ouch!” on 9 November 2007. In September 2007 she was named the Newcomer of the Month by Munich-based radio station Bayern 3. Additionally, she performed at the New Pop Festival in Baden-Baden, Germany.


Wanessa Godói Camargo Buaiz (born on December 28, 1982), known simply as Wanessa, is a Brazilian pop singer-songwriter. She is the daughter of Brazilian sertanejo singer Zezé Di Camargo from the duo Zezé Di Camargo & Luciano.

Currently, besides being a singer, Wanessa is also the ambassadress in the non-governamental organization SOS Mata Atlântica, which defends the preservation of the Atlantic Forest. Due to her hard work in promoting the NGO and its goals, and also working for the depollution of the Tietê river, in São Paulo, Wanessa was awarded in 2007 with the Pro-Social Award from Brazil's Nickelodeon channel, and later received the Personality of the Year title from the Cisesp.

The song 'Falling for U' was ranked in the 2nd position on the U.S. LGBT music international website Masterbeat. Wanessa has a great success with the LGBT people in Brazil, and she supports the same-sex marriage in the country.

Apart from all that Wanessa makes really good dance music. Kick back, as if you could relax, or rather put on your dancing shoes and give a listen to a few tracks from Wanessa's new album DNA.

Making Of - Sessão de Fotos para capa do DNA - Sticky Dough

Worth It (Mister Jam BoomBoxx Mix)

Para assistir em HD, selecione a opção 1080p. Todos os direitos reservados à Sony Music. Vídeo gravado por Elcio Miranda .Wanessa - Worth It (Mister Jam Boombox Remix) Ao Vivo em Itatiaia

Sticky Dough

em guarulhos

Stuck On Repeat

And finally today something from last year.
Worth It

Terra Naomi

Here is another amazingly talented young lady. Such a voice. I give you Terra Naomi.

Terra Naomi is an alternative, rock, and pop artist, who rose to fame through a performance of her song "Say It's Possible" on the video sharing site YouTube. Originally from New York State, but currently based in Los Angeles, she writes and performs her own songs, and plays the guitar and piano.

That's just the background, what you have to do is listen to Terra Naomi's new album, To Know I'm OK. It is superb. Here's a couple of songs from it, plus one from her next album. If this doesn't get you rushing to obtain the album then i suggest you get your ears checked.

Nothing To Hide

Wrote this June 15th.
It's called "Nothing To Hide" and will most definitely be on her next album!
And in the meantime....To Know I'm OK was released June 21st! It is available on iTunes and Amazon. Terra says "It's my best work by far, and I'm so proud of it, and all the hard work and love and intention that went into making this album, from everyone involved...especially you guys, who made the recording possible!!".

You For Me

Terra says "Huge thanks to director Alex Albrecht for his inspired vision and artistry, to Hipstamatic for making it all possible with such a cool f*cking app, to all of you who created the images seen in this's a group effort, as art should be. Thank you."

And here's an amazing live version of the title track from the new album.
To know I'm OK

live at circolo magnolia, Milano

Last one today, from the release show.
Say it's Possible

Terra Naomi "Say it's Possible" - To know I'm OK NYC release show at Rockwood Music Hall in NYC 07-05-11. Filmed by LiLi Roquelin.


Yesterday based on a friends recommendation I checked out Radio Javan, always on the lookout for another music source. And when I got there I did not know any of the artists, so I picked one at random. And by extreme luck I picked Mehrnoosh. I may have run across her name before but never had heard her. And I heard this first song.

This has to be one of the most beautiful and soulful pieces of music I have heard in a long, long time. I have no idea what Mehrnoosh is singing, my knowledge of Persian is non-existent. But just listen to the sound, let it fold over you like a warm summer evening. Simply amazing.

This one is a bit more upbeat, but Mehrnoosh's voice is as beautiful as ever.

For some reason the intro to this song had me expecting a Leonard Cohen song, it has that jazzy feel to it. Another beautiful song. And the middle eastern influence is very evocative in the middle part. Love it.
Kam Miyaaramet

Wednesday, July 27, 2011


Leatherbag are a great little band from Austin, Texas. For some reason The Modern Lovers comes to mind. Listen to No Future and tell me i'm crazy. It's just the vibe.

Leatherbag is an American rock band from Austin, Texas. After relocating to Austin from Houston in 2005 as a Hurricane Rita refugee, Leatherbag was formed by singer/songwriter, Randy Reynolds. Leatherbag has supported such acts as Robyn Hitchcock & The Venus 3, Chuck Prophet, David Dondero, The Radar Brothers, Little Joy, Brendan Benson, Richard Buckner, Alejandro Escovedo, Heartless Bastards and many others. The band performed at the 2009 Austin City Limits Music Festival and was an official artist at SXSW 2011.

Poor Misguided Boy

Leatherbag - Poor Misguided Boy from Dual Tape Deck on Vimeo.

No Future

Leatherbag - No Future from Dual Tape Deck on Vimeo.

Check out their album Patience

recorded to half inch tape in 2 days. mostly done live with guitar/tambourine/vocal overdubs.
released 26 July 2011
played by:
randy reynolds
drew emmons
daniel blanchard

Also check out Yellow Television
Yellow Television by Leatherbag

For an unsigned band they are certainly prolific.

Rodney Parker & 50 Peso Reward

So here's a cheap ass band, oops did I say that, I meant kick ass band. Must have been the 50 pesos that confused me.  Some great Alt-Country sounds.
Rodney Parker & 50 Peso Reward hail from Denton Texas, yet another great band from the great state of Texas.
The band consists of Rodney Parker (vocals, guitars), Danny Skinner (guitar, banjo), Zach Galindo (guitar), Brooks Kendall (bass), Tony Spiro (drums) and Hillary Early (dobro, vocals), the latter who is also currently a cast member on the CMT reality show, Texas Women.

You can download their new track, Skin and Bones, from right here.

Their opening number at the KVET Free Texas Music Series earlier this month.

Come Back To Me

performing during week 15 of the KVET Free Texas Music Series.

Here's something from last year.

live from Rowdy Float Trip 2010 (pre-party) Radio Free Texas

Rodney Parker & 50 Peso Reward are set to release the follow-up to last year's The Apology Part 1 EP with a new live album appropriately entitled Live in the Living Room (through Smith Music Group). On it, the Denton, TX-based sextet touch on material from not only that EP, but also their two previous full-length studio efforts, 2005's Blow Out The Soot and their highly-lauded 2008 release The Lonesome Dirge, as well as premiering two new songs, "Where the Bright Lights Glow Me" and "Skin and Bones."

The album was recorded live at the band's house with no amplification in front of an audience of about 30 friends, family and industry people. It was then later mixed on the premises, and has no post-production alterations, overdubs or studio-trickery affecting any of the performances... it's the show exactly as it was played and heard that night. While this intimate acoustic performance is decidedly different from their explosive 'plugged-in' live shows that they're renowned for, the Pesos' musical chemistry and dynamics are still undeniably intact on this recording, not to mention that these earthier takes only solidify how remarkable these songs and Parker's commanding voice are.

Wanna hear more? I'm sure you do.

Nick Tann

It's been a while since Nick Tann was featured here, but I stumbled across this appearance at The Candle Club two days ago.
He was of course indirectly featured with posts about Paul Liddell and Helen Austin who I ran across on Nick's brilliant Is this thing on? series of podcasts.

Love Lies

Nick playing at The Candle Club open mic session at The Talking Heads Pub in Southampton on the 25th July 2010.

And if we go back a few months, here is the ultimate Lesbian Magnet Nick again at the Talking Heads Pub.

Nick Tan is currently working on The Vinyl Project a truly interesting concept.
Although I got rid of my vinyl years ago, I do have to admit that the sound from vinyl is so much better than what people listen to today. I have to admit most of the music I listen to nowadays is on my computer (stuck in front of it 8 hours a day) or my car radio. I do see the occasional music video or concert on TV but none of the sound compares to the heady days when I used to crank my KEF speakers up with the latest Pink Floyd release. I just loved it, my next door neighbour used to come knocking on the door so he could hear the rest of it, not just the bass part that invaded his house.
Any how, enough of that back to Nick Tann, check out his Vinyl Project and make sure to listen to "How do you sleep" (towards the bottom of the page). Somehow this seemed more of a vibrant recording than most other computer music.

Hot Club of Hulaville

I'm a sucker for any band called "Hot Club .......".
In my collection I have albums from Hot Club D'allemagne, Hot Club De Norvege, Hot Club of Cowtown, Hot Club of Derbytown, Hot Club of Detroit, Hot Club of Kiev, Hot Club of San Francisco, Hot Club Quartette and Hot Club Roma.
All this in addition to a bunch by the original Quintette du Hot Club de France.
So when I stumbled across the Hot Club of Hulaville I was hooked, they take you back in time. In my case it takes me back to sitting on a Lanai in a bar in Honolulu sipping on drinks and listening to a Gypsy Jazz band, wonderful night.
So I had to get their new album Django Would Go!. I bet he would.

Sous le Ciel De Paris / Under Paris Skies

I'm Pau

This is a classic Hawaiian Jump-Swing piece written by the great steel-guitarist Dick McIntire. Everybody in the 30's was seemingly trying to "be like Django". Or Fats! This is a fun piece...
Hot Club of Hulaville personnel includes Duane Padilla on Violin, Emmett Mahoney on Guitar, David Chiorini on Bass, Sonny Silva on Guitar, and the beautiful Ginai on vocals..


And finally today a video introduction to The Hot Club of Hulaville's talented band members by Hawaiian Skies productions for Hawaiian Airlines.

Hot Club of Hu;aville are:
Duane Padilla - violin
Emmett Mahoney - Lead Guitar
Sonny Silva - Rhythm Guitar
Ricardo Diaz - Bass
Ginai - Vocals, Percussion, Ukulele

From the Symphony Hall to the dives of Chinatown, this band features the best of Honolulu's Symphonic players and Jazz Cats. Combine that with the magic of Django Reinhardt and the Gypsy Jazz sound.... and amazing things happen.
The Hot Club's set list features a myriad of intricate and familiar tunes that are just not heard anywhere else. [ReverbNation]

Tuesday, July 26, 2011

The Casualty Process

Here's a band that's kickin' butt and taking names. Originally from Tehran currently residents of Brooklyn, New York The Casualty Process deserve your attention.

The Casualty Process - An Iranian electronic band. An air filled with aggressive noises, meaty bass and guitars and industrial beats with electro and rock influences. Natch, songwriter, guitar/bass/keyboard player, and laptop and Cis, vocalist are the founders of the band. Shine, guitar/bassplayer is the third piece of TCP who is also a multi-project artist.
The Casualty Process' debut EP, entitled [UN]even, released in July 2011 and it is available for download on TCP website.

My Clothes On Other Bodies

Now here's two versions of track one from their EP.
First up from their home studio, maybe? In Tehran or New York?

But this next version is performed live at the R-Bar in New York.

And finally today an impressive performance from

Saeid "Natch" Nadjafi and Shayan Amini are former members of The Plastic Wave, an electronic rock band from Tehran, Iran that gained international notoriety in 2009 after being accepted to the prestigious SWSX music festival in Austin, Texas. The Plastic Wave, for whom performances in Iran were illegal because of their female lead singer, were featured in The Impossible Music Sessions in New York City in March 2010. Their story has been profiled by National Public Radio, Voice of America, The Wall Street Journal, The Guardian UK, and numerous other media. Natch and Shayan's new musical project is The Casualty Process.

The Casualty Process rocks the stage with their haunting voices and electronic loops. Afterwards, they answer questions about their quest to play music.

In the spirit of ideas worth spreading, TED has created a program called TEDx. TEDx is a program of local, self-organized events that bring people together to share a TED-like experience. Our event is called TEDxTampaBay, where x=independently organized TED event. At our TEDxTampaBay event, TEDTalks video and live speakers will combine to spark deep discussion and connection in a small group. The TED Conference provides general guidance for the TEDx program, but individual TEDx events, including ours, are self-organized. [TEDx]

You can also listen to the EP right here.
The Casualty Process - [UN]even by The Casualty Process

Monday, July 25, 2011

The Fibonacci Sequence

Wow! This is a beautiful little movie with a great musical background.

A movie inspired on numbers, geometry and nature, by Cristóbal Vila. Go to for more info: theory behind, stills, screenshots, tutorials...

Medieval mathematician and businessman Fibonacci (Leonardo Pisano) posed the following problem in his treatise Liber Abaci (pub. 1202):
How many pairs of rabbits will be produced in a year, beginning with a single pair, if in every month each pair bears a new pair which becomes productive from the second month on?
It is easy to see that 1 pair will be produced the first month, and 1 pair also in the second month (since the new pair produced in the first month is not yet mature), and in the third month 2 pairs will be produced, one by the original pair and one by the pair which was produced in the first month. In the fourth month 3 pairs will be produced, and in the fifth month 5 pairs. After this things expand rapidly, and we get the following sequence of numbers:

1, 1, 2, 3, 5, 8, 13, 21, 34, 55, 89, 144, 233, ...

This is an example of a recursive sequence, obeying the simple rule that to calculate the next term one simply sums the preceding two:

F(1) = 1
F(2) = 1
F(n) = F(n – 1) + F(n – 2)

Thus 1 and 1 are 2, 1 and 2 are 3, 2 and 3 are 5, and so on.

The Math Academy

The Mp3 Experiment - Eight

Improve Everywhere strikes again.
For their latest mission, over 3,500 people downloaded an MP3 file and pressed play simultaneously. The event began at sunset in two starting points by the Hudson River. The masses converged on Nelson Rockefeller Park as twilight ended and participated in a series of synchronized activities involving flashlights, camera flashes, glow sticks, and masks.

And a great time was had by all.

Tristes Tropiques

Tristes Tropiques, not to be confused with the memoir published by the anthropologist and structuralist Claude Lévi-Strauss, is Josh Widmann a local San Francisco musician.

Josh Widmann should be a household name in San Francisco. Over the past three years, he's been working a strange, inventive production style as Tristes Tropiques, making frequent radio appearances and hosting numerous club nights around town.
SF Weekly

I just stumbled on to his latest opus.
Tristes Tropiques - Diffusion by tristestropiques

So I checked out some of his other pieces, one that really grabbed me was this one.

In a world where the mind is digital, there is only one possibility of escape: Cryoscape. They can put your whole life on a disc. One man must enter the Cryoscape and find the disc-before time runs out. Music by Tristes Tropiques. Based upon a story by Josh Widmann, with David Enos, Mishell Stimson.

Here's the slightly longer version.
Cryoscape Theme
Tristes Tropiques - Cryoscape Theme by tristestropiques

And right here I say move over Dr Who.
High Pass
Tristes Tropiques - High Pass by tristestropiques

Saturday, July 23, 2011

Dionne Bromfield

Dionne Julia Bromfield (born February 1, 1996 in London) is a British Soul singer-songwriter. Bromfield's debut album, Introducing Dionne Bromfield was released in 2009 through Amy Winehouse's Lioness Records label. She is known for her unique style of music, for her age, but says that Motown is her style. She rose to fame after appearing on a well-known British TV show, Strictly Come Dancing.

Famous Godmother or not, Dionne Bromfield has just got tons of talent.

Ain't No Mountain High Enough

'Ain't No Mountain High Enough' is the fabulous second single from Dionne's debut album 'Introducing Dionne Bromfield'. She performs the classic duet with Zalon - one of Amy Winehouse's backing singers.

Yeah Right

Amy Winehouse presents Dionne Bromfield -- Yeah Right featuring Diggy Simmons.


On February 25th in London's Soho, the UK press gathered to hear Dionne Bromfield perform tracks from her upcoming album 'Good For The Soul'.

Forget You

Dionne Bromfield live at 1OAK Newcastle upon Tyne filmed by Tyne Media.
Cover of Cee Lo Green's 'Forget You'

Amy Winehouse RIP

A truly sad day.

Only 27, what a waste of talent. We'll miss you Amy.

Friday, July 22, 2011

Daisy Castro

Daisy Castro, started playing violin at the age of 6. The same year that she started playing, she took a trip to France , where she was first introduced to Gypsy Jazz. Intrigued as a listener from the start, over the years she has found this beautiful and passionate music to be a perfect fit for her playing style.
She recorded and released her first solo CD, "Gypsy Moth", at the age of 13, and fittingly, it bears a strong Gypsy Jazz influence. Daisy is also a member of the genre defying band, “The Infidel Castros”, who released their debut CD, “Strange Enchanted”, in 2010.

If you've been here before you know I'm a fan of Gypsy Swing, anything to do with Django and or Jazz manouche. So I came across Daisy Castro, who is just fourteen years of age right now. And to put it bluntly, she blew me away. Such an amazing talent. You have to give a listen.

Daisy Castro playing with members of Havana Swing in the square in Samois during Django Festival Samois-sur-Seine June 2010

Tchavolo Swing

Samson Schmitt & Daisy Castro 2010

All of me

Daisy Castro appears with the legendary Schmitt family (left to right- Amati, Dorado, & Samson) and Xavier Nikci on bass at Birdland Jazz Club in New York City November 2010.

Not content with being a great violinist, she can also play the cello and even sing.

Daisy and Eoin covering "Volcano" by Damien Rice @ Brown's Orchard July 2010

Souvenir de Villingen

Samois 2011 Antoine Boyer & Daisy Castro
"Souvenir de Villingen" written by Stephan Grappelli


Alvará is a band from Portugal. It is made up of André Gigante, Nuno Alves, Miguel Praça. Sérgio Albergaria and Rita Gigante. They make some great sounds.
Just because it is sung in Portuguese, and I don't speak a word, does not mean it is not moving. I am really digging Alvará.

Check out this very moving evocative piece.
Lista de espera (ensaios)

This is another amazing piece.
Sr Desdiz

And finally today.
Pau Mandado

If you, like me are looking for more. Then here we go, a playlist for your enjoyment.

Projecto portuense desenvolvido por André Gigante, Nuno Alves, Miguel Praça e Sérgio Albergaria, começou em 2009 e no seu primeiro album "Não é tarde Nem é certo" conta ainda com a participação de Pedro Silva, Duarte Gomes, Luís Gigante e Francisca Sobral.

A lutar pela igualdade e pelo direito a uma vida feita à nossa imagem e não à de um qualquer "deus menor", os Alvará falam do que nos custa digerir, da dúvida depois das certezas, de um mundo do avesso ou do avesso do mundo que ironicamente nos "consome" ao ritmo que nós o consumimos.

Actualmente encontram-se a gravar as primeiras faixas do próximo trabalho, um projecto que promete ser mais intimista.