Oct 5, 2011
This week, lots of great music, of course, but on two themes.
The second half of the show illustrates some of the variety that can be found in showcase events at festivals.
First though, machine noises are increasingly finding their way into music as musicians with an attentive ear for sound discover how effectively they can flavour and subtly modify the vibe of a song.
To Southwold this morning for the Adnams Artist of the Month recording. What a morning! Blustery and bright with a dramatic sky and beten steel sea.
Nine Secrets - Mo Rooneh (Netherlands/Belgium)
Having played a couple of Mo Rooneh tracks on the show a long time ago (try shows 186 and 189 - both shows include free IODA download links). It is great to have received a copy of his first fully-fledged album ~ MaCHiNe
True to form he challenges us with industrial sounds.
The pneumatic pulsations from inside the metal casings and the noises that transform into soundscapes form the basis for the majority of tracks on the album.
Drones, arppegiated chords and sample loops give the album a truly mechanical-world sound structure.
You can get the album by download only from all the major digital retailers or go to:
Cog In The Machine - Will Knox (Williamsburg, New York)
Will Knox an English musician in New York writes and performs songs of breathtaking passion and apparent simplicity. His album The Matador and the Acrobat it a thing of great beauty in itself and the music speaks of the common man in a, sometimes, bewildering world.
Factory Nation - Jordan Reyne (Session at the Barn)
To conclude the mini theme of industrial sounds, for me, the most intelligent and nuanced use of found sounds in music today. Jordan Reyne with the (almost) title track of her current album Children of a Factory Nation. Jordan has been on Suffolk’n Cool a few times and has become a good friend and supporter of the show too.
Jordan is touring in the UK very soon to celebrate the new album which, as I record this is showing on her site as being launched in 18 days, 12 hours, 50 minutes and 23 seconds. Oh, make that 21, or 18 ...
Live dates are:
Sat 15th October – York, UK. House Concerts series.
Fri 21st October – Llandudno, UK. Cottage Loaf.
Sat 22nd October - Chester, UK. The Chester Hangman
Thus 3rd November – Guilford, UK. Backline
Fri 4th November – Brighton/ Hove, UK. The Brunswick.
Fri 11th November – Liverpool, UK. MelloMello.
Sat 12th November – Ewloe, UK. The Crown and Liver (is this for real?)
Sun 13th November – Norwich, UK. The Bicycle Shop.
Sun 20th November - London, UK. The Bowery - supporting Marina Celeste
Thurs 24th November – Bolton, UK. The Bolton Railway.
Fri 25th November – Llandudno, UK. Cross Keys
Adnams Artist of the Month
This month I met Victoria Savory - Head of Marketing at Adnams and heard a bit about her work and her taste in music.
There is an extended version of the interview in the Artist of the Month section of the main SnC site.
Author of Me - The Esoteric Gender (Reykjavik, Iceland)
The Esoteric Gender might be born in Reykjavik, the world's northernmost capital, but the band draws its roots from all over the world. Four members, four different countries: England, France, Denmark, Canada. This explains the vast scope of genres their music touches, from dance to triphop, from rock to electronica.
They have won the support of legendary producer/engineer Tony Platt (Bob Marley, AC/DC, Sparks) describing them as “a favorite of [his] for quite a long time now”, and adding “they deserve their music to be heard far and wide”, and of British magazine, who picked them as one of their favorite acts of the 2010 Iceland Airwaves music festival, as well as other newspapers and music industry figures from Iceland.
Last February, they released their first EP, “Prelude”, which remained among the top selling albums of fair-trade website gogoyoko.com for four weeks without any promotion.
Take a look a their videos on YouTube at: www.youtube.com/theesotericgender
One of the features of CMJ is the showcase events that are put on by various labels and music management companies - primarily aimed at industry people. That sounds pretty dull but actually they work really well. Everyone is thoroughly rehearsed and put on great shows.
One of the places that regularly send me music to check out is Audio Blood MEdia and their showcase (in conjunction with a few others) called Let’s Get Messy is being held at the legendary Arlene’s Grocery, NYC on the final day of CMJ, Saturday 22 featuring eight great and varied artists including Hey Marseilles, The Damn Choir, Son of the Sun, Sandman Viper Command, Paper Thick Walls, Sydney Wayser, Kellen and Me and Archie Powell and the Exports. Not bad for an afternoon's entertainment eh?
Rio - Hey Marseilles (Seattle, WA, USA)
“Built on the solid foundation of Matt Bishop’s songsmithery– [...] the band creates lush propulsion that is far less assuming and rowdy than the sheer mass of musicians on stage would have you believe.”
–Tyson Lynn, Seattle Post-Intelligencer
Space TIme Ride - Kellen and Me (Chicago, IL. USA)
Kellen & Me is currently on his first tour. Kellen is breaking new ground and turning heads with his unique group sound that emanates from this one-man ensemble. His live performances are exceptional manifestations of his debut album and are characterized by beautiful contrasts and comforting similarities with the record. His music is the vibration of Group, a band - a fully organized thought. All Performed by One man, Kellen.
La di da - Sydney Wayser (New York)
Multi-instrumentalist and stunning vocalist. Half-French and half-American, Wayser grew up in LA but spent a few months every year in Paris.
She gleaned much of French culture from her songwriter father, leading her to musical influences that include Edith Piaf, Charlotte Gainsbourg, and Jacques Brel, among many others. This European sensibility is evident on both albums The Silent Parade and The Colorful, each filled with tunes that could easily provide a soundtrack to a Godard film or a playful scene from Jeunet's Amélie. “I wrote mostly everything on piano and children's toys,” explains Wayser, while she was living in a tiny NY studio apartment.
CMJ on AMPed
I’ll be in New York for CMJ which runs from 18-22 October and hope to be spending at least some of Saturday afternoon at Arlene’s Grocery taking in the Let’s Get Messy showcase, among many other events, panel sessions, get togethers, parties and meetings. I’d love to take you with me but Mr Branson says the plane is nearly full. So, how about the next best thing. Each day I’ll be doing my very best to post a quick report on the day’s happenings in Brooklyn and the Lower East side to bring you a flavour of the music, the personalities and the general buzz that is CMJ.
Justin Wayne (yes, he of the Justin Wayne Show) will be anchoring in London while I’m doing all the hard graft in New York (come on, a bit of sympathy - please.) We’ll post the reports on the Association of Music Podcasting site, if you want to hear what’s happening check it out at musicpodcasting.org or better still, subscribe to AMPed and well include them in the feed so that you get them delivered automatically, as soon as they are released at http://feeds.feedburner.com/ampedmp3
Come join the buzz.
Rough Love - Sandman Viper Command (Burlington, Ontario, Canada)
“When most kids their age were riffling through college textbooks and figuring out the path of least resistance towards some sort of stable income, these small town boys were riffling through their parents record collections, studying the messy emotion-fuelled rock of Pavement and the fuzzy post-rock discography of Sonic Youth, dreaming of ways they could marry it all together. So far it hasn’t worn off, being the average age of 21, they still have their collective sights set on a future a little bit more shaky and unstable than the rest of their peers.”
A free mixtape featuring all the artists playing at Arlene’s (and a few more) can be yours by tweeting #letsgetmessy or liking it on Facebook, or you can just visit the event’s own site at: