Nov 17, 2010
Quite a bit of news, comment and an interview with Jordan Reyne this week as well as fine music from Iran, New York, Chicago, Hamburg Essex squished into a sandwich between two slices of Canada.
We've had a couple of impressive sunsets this week. Still, cold air seems to do it.
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Mean What I Say - Clothes Make the Man (Toronto, Canada)
From their very new EP Control (2 Nov). Clothes Make the Man is like a group of loud mouthed kids yelling into microphones alongside cranked up amplifiers and pounding drums... except with beards and deeper voices. The band manages to maintain the same level of wide eyed enthusiasm with every set they play, so each audience member feels as they did the first time they ate sushi on a yacht made of diamonds.
Rest assured, CMTM are not a metal or hardcore band and lack the immature essence kids often bestow. CMTM are masterful songwriters, almost unbeknown to themselves.
The EP is out now and the forthcoming full album Distance should be available in the new year.
Marc Farre posted a new video: "Harry..."
The Beatles on iTunes - I wonder who's bothered.
Asiyeh - Salim Ghazi Saeedi (Tehran, Iran)
Rock music is of course not rooted in Iran, but the enticement within the genre has strikingly pierced Salim Ghazi Saeedi’s heart in his hometown.
Living in a country with domination of traditional culture, Salim has now globally released his 4th album, Iconophobic.
Iconophobic is an instrumental concept album on “fear of the world of imagery”, composed and performed for electric guitar, bass and synthesizers by Salim, hiring various elements of classical, electronic and progressive rock music to communicate artist's extreme feelings: Satire, bizarre phobias, ecstatic joy and embryonic love are themes of this daydream.
He has composed three albums "Abrahadabra" (2006), "Sovereign" (2007) and "Ustuqus-al-Uss" (2008) in the band Arashk. His fourth album, "Iconophobic" released in 2010 under his own title in which he played the roles of composer, guitarist, keyboard player, drums arranger, mixing engine er and producer.
This week Smile / nickydigital.com are making a great mix of Saadi indie world pop tracks. It is available for free download
Four Days Straight - Scattered Trees (Chicago, IL, USA)
Scattered Trees is a dapper, young group of artists who grew up together in the outskirts of Chicago, often playing music. Some of the members share last names, albeit for different reasons. They are the kind of friends who can separate and come back together at ease, entertained by a constellation of conversations and the familiarity of each other’s voices. As is the case with any ambitious set of individuals aspirations beyond their hometown, as they grew, Scattered Trees spent more and more time apart until it seemed the norm. Just when it appeared life had separated them for good, tragedy struck, a death, and Scattered Trees came back together, recording an album emblazed with the sincerity and beauty that only the most terrible of times can yield. This fall, the first singles from this record will be made available to purchase. In the coming months a short, multi-part documentary will be released telling Scattered Trees’ tale in a far more intimate way than a band bio ever could.
Jordan Reyne interview - A conversation with Jordan, over a slightly dodgy Skype line, about her music, her influences and about playing gigs almost every day to a world-wide audience from her kitchen!
If you want to know more about the technicalities of how Jordan does her on-line performances , take a look at: One Minute How To (George Smyth) Item #523 How To Perform Ur Music Internationally W/O Leaving Ur Couch by Jordan Reyne at http://lnkd.in/RmEreZ
The Brave - Jordan Reyne (New Zealand via Hamburg)
No Black Crayons - Mux Mool (Brooklyn, NY, USA)
“I know it's electronic music,” Brian Lindgren says, “but sometimes I feel like an old-timey traveling musician with an M-Audio Trigger Finger instead of a guitar.” As Mux Mool, Lindgren has been criss-crossing the USA by himself for years, collecting records, loops, and samples, and rocking parties in towns both large and boondock-small. Lindgren is a self-confessed nerd to the bone, an incurable doodler, a Star Trek: The Next Generation fan; he lives on energy drinks and barely sleeps, spending his days working on music and his nights absorbing Internet memes by the hard-drive load. Mux Mool’s homespun electro hip-hop is the product of an introverted mind, an extroverted imagination, and a bottomless cultural appetite.
“I think beat-making is really the study of every kind of music, anyone who makes beats should be experimenting in other genres.” On Skulltaste, Lindgren’s full-length debut on Ghostly International, the producer was determined to explore every corner of his beat-steeped psyche, and the resulting document is a masterpiece of eclectic cohesion: chunky instrumental hip-hop sits next to new-wave anthems and dubby dancefloor bangers, which abut skittery slices of D’nB and made-up video-game soundtracks. Skulltaste may cover a lot of ground, but Mux Mool pulls it off. He even makes it look easy.
Racing with the Sun - Annabelle Chvostek (Montreal, Canada)
Annabelle played a great show at The Winelight Club a little over a year ago now, where I picked up her then new album Resiliance - along with the OK to play you a few tracks. Recorded in New York and Montreal with Grammy-nominated Canadian record producer Roma Baran and her producing partner Vivian Stoll, Resilience has been described as, "a sublime, spare, and profoundly reflective album that Chvostek describes as "a big complicated hug."
One of those magical instrument players who seem to make virtually no movement and yet the most amazing complex sounds come out. Couple that with her beautiful strong and passionate voice and exceptionally well crafted songs and you have something pretty special.
Gold Panda (played last week)
A show this week, along with Banjo Or Freakout & Ghost Eyes. Saturday 20 November at the Norwich Arts Centre 8pm : £7.00 adv : £8.00 door
Norwich Arts Centre, St. Benedict's Street, Norwich (01603) 660352
Rudies Don't Care - Rude City Riot (Vancouver, BC, Canada)
Yes, they've been on the show a few times and deservedly so.
Rude City Riot is a hard hitting 7 piece “Power-Ska” band from the Pacific NorthWest, Vancouver BC, Canada to be exact.
What is Power-Ska you ask? The answer when applied to Rude City Riot is “start with Ska Music and add equal parts Reggae, Punk and Hard Rock and you get “Power-Ska”.
RCR released their debut self titled EP / CD in Nov. 2008 and has released 3 digital singles on Skaspot Records in 2010 and are currently working on their first full length LP for release in early 2011 on Stomp Records.
Dustin Lionhart, lead singer and primary songwriter for RCR has been writing Ska songs since age 14 and is now writing melodic anthems accessible to all those who love good music and well crafted songs.