Some excellent new music again this week, mostly from the USA and
the UK with a timely intervention from Jamaica.
The show was recorded a few hours early this week as I'm off to
London to see Jessie before she heads off to Ibiza and we'll almost
certainly check out the Get Wanted night at Mother Bar in
Shoreditch, London this evening. I'll report back next week.
Despite this morning's grey sky it still feels good to look out
into the treetops from the barn window.
X-Offender - Liquor Box
(Encino, CA, USA)
What happens when a group of musically trained Southern California,
self-confessed brats, get together to blast out big guitar driven
rock? Hmmm… fun? Yes. Volume? Yes. Energy? Yes. Intensity? Yes.
Irreverence? You bet.
They sounded great and started playing parties to make extra money.
A girl named Mary saw many shows and it turned out she was a
classically trained pianist and sometime singer. She was
invited to play and has participated on and off ever since.
In 2008 they decided to make a record, scraped up the money
themselves, and went into Electropolis Studios in North Hollywood
California to knock it out. The result is Guilty Treasures
, which accurately
captures the whole point of the band and the record, that is: great
songs, pure fun to play and listen to, with style, wit, and power,
by musicians who can really play.
They"'re still playing clubs and shows whenever possible, still in
various bands, and who knows what will happen with Guilty Treasures
, but for now, they're
just playing hard and having fun.
Ty Webb: Lead Vocals, Guitars
Morgan Stanley: Lead Guitar, Backing Vocals
Mary Lynch: Keyboards, Vocals
Guy Gadois: Drums, Percussion, Backing Vocals
Dick Standen: Bass Guitar
Ballad of a boy racer - Catgut
Always good news when a new Catgut release becomes available.
Catgut is Owen Davey, a 22 year old Englishman. Described by
magazine as a
bedroom producer of "stunningly croaky low-fi tunes", he has
written and recorded seven albums over the past five years. I"ve
been playing him since the early days of Suffolk'n'Cool 3 years
Ballad of a boy racer
from his new EP Loop
. Catgut is currently working with musicians Martin
Ormand and Greg Snowdon in creating a live alternative to his
That should be really interesting.
Blind to You - Scott Brunger
"I'm trying to be a folk
songwriter, my lyrics are blunt and to the point and I try to
display as much emotion in my songs as possible. I write about my
Scott Brunger - Acoustic Guitar/Vocals
Jay Brunger - Bass and Backing Vocals
Paul Jobson - Drums
Tony Brunger - Lead Guitar and Backing Vocals.
3,000 Lines of Defense - Geri X
(St Petersburg, FL, USA)
Bulgarian-born Florida resident, Geri X, is classically trained on
piano & guitar. Her writing, equal parts pleasure and pain, is
as riveting & haunting as it is emotional & uplifting.
Timeless & contemporary, her eclectic American post-folk sounds
like it learned about love and heartbreak somewhere unfathomably
older than here. For fans of Jeff Buckley, Fiona Apple, KT
Tunstall, Leonard Cohen, Kate Bush, Brandi Carlile, Johnny Cash.
This is the first track is from her album Anthems of a Mended Heart
24 hour petrol station
A fantastic song that highlights everything that is so great about
her voice, music, song writing, and orchestration (2 guitars and a
drum). It is some sort of anti war song, but it may be about
relationships too. Hard to tell. But there is this vaguely Baltic
guitar rhythm that runs straight through and a mandolin-like sound
that flutters around in counterpoint to her alternating firm and
wandering voice. Beautifully evocative and powerful.
Geri X, Geri X
of Defense" (mp3)
from "Anthems of a Mended Heart - LIMITED"
(24 Hour Service
Stream from Rhapsody
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Don't call her baby - Kitten Cake
Kitten Cake formed in November 2008 when James Stone (Bass), James
Persaud (Lead Guitar) and Guy Cullen (Drums) decided that a
reinvention of their band, Bowling Green Heroes, was neeeded.
Candice Joyce (Vocals & Guitar) was drafted in, and Kitten Cake
was born (or placed in the oven at Gas Mark 5 for 25 minutes).
Kitten Cake have a distinctive bluesy indie sound: Stone and Joyce
write the recipes, Persaud adds more than just a dash of
deliciousness while Guy provides the banging great taste that is
Join the Kitten Cake Facebook Group for updates and notifications
of upcoming gigs.
Museum of Modern Art
great ad. Thake a look.
This is real - Bert Jerred
Based in New York State way up on the southern shore of Lake
This is real is taken from his newest album Ransom
. A quite remarkable album which
reminds me a little of Dudley Saunders' vocal tone and of some of
Springsteen's more authentic moments except that here we have 16
tracks of gut wrenching reality.
The album and a load more is available through Jamendo.
Galis Caliba - Cashbook Clique
From the album Ghetto Genesis Vol
from Street Dream records.
Street Dream Records was born on December 10th 2008. This record
label was the brainchild of Dwayne Valentine an avid lover of
reggae and hip Hop Music. Along with partners Andrew "Binlaw”
Suckragh and Ricardo "Scaf B.K.A. Scaffle” White the signature
sound for the label (a perfect blend of Hip Hop and Dancehall
Reggae) was created. It certainly is an interesting blend.
The first release for the label "Ghetto Genesis” which is being
distributed on CD Baby.com comprises songs relating to love,
heartbreak, social commentary and the signature track for the
album, which is viewed by the three as the "Anthem” aptly titled
"Dreaming" (The Street Dream Anthem.)
To hell with love - Di Anne Price
& her Boyfriends
(Memphis, TN, USA)
From her album The Best
on the Locobop label.
Memphis pianist-vocalist Di Anne Price channels the spirit of
classic blues divas Ida Cox, Alberta Hunter, Stippie Wallace, and
Memphis Minnie. Di Anne"s stride piano balances jazz with ragtime
and blues in a way that's so old-fashioned it's refreshingly new.
Close your eyes, and it's like stumbling into a 1940s barrelhouse.
Di Anne"s approach to music is shared with "Her Boyfriends" -
drummer Tom Lonardo, saxophonist Jim Spake, and bassist Tim
Goodwin. "Playing with them makes my back tingle. It's like making
love," Di Anne says.
Di Anne Price
"To Hell with
from "The Best Price"
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