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SnC 032 – Wed 20 Sep 2006

Intro: Happy – Jimmie Bratcher (Missouri, USA)

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Norwich again – quite a music scene up there. Went up to see My Visor who I played a couple of weeks ago. They were playing an acoustic set at The Music House for one of Simon Black’s events. http://www.blackcatmusic.org.ukKeith was playing a spontaneously 5-string guitar with Kat doing her best to give him a chance by trying to sing full on songs These legs but very quietly. My heart went out to them and, to their credit, they stuck with it.Thanks to them for a very enjoyable evening – also to Tom who seems to be a one-man campaign for barley wine – and a very successful one too. In fact If I’d been on my bike I might have joined too. As it was though, almost 2 hours getting home in the fog was bad enough stone cold sober!One day these legs won’t dance – My Visor (Norfolk, UK)www.myspace/myvisor  Kind of like chloroformity – Rory (Florida)Hailing from Altamonte Springs, FL, the five-piece known as Rory has been in some form of existence since 1998. With a combination of melodic guitar-playing, dreamy vocals and lung-wrenching screams, We’re Up To No Good is sure to please fans of Taking Back Sunday and Brand New.www.roryrock.com  Rob wrote:I can remember the 60’s and although I guess for me it will never be the same, these young guys get pretty close to that sort of buzz. Well done, Rob.Yes, I recognise the buzz and the phenomena of some bands heads being thus located – I suppose both must be timeless features of some musicians.I do feel as though the parallel is more between the punk era and today. Pre-punk almost the whole music business edifice had been built on BIG. Big stadium venues, big promotion, big labels, etc. Then, the revolting kids revolted. Suddenly anyone could be in a band. Instruments were cheap and trashed, talent was optional, audiences were excited by the attitude as much as the music. To be quite over the top about it, the people reclaimed the music. Gradually the really good stuff surfaced and prospered, a new era was born, matured and faded again.Now, anyone with a home computer and a microphone can make an album and distribute it on-line. Bands can burn their own CDs, anyone can reach a global audience through MySpace and podcasts. Again there is a buzz in the air and a lot of crap slopping around. Some good stuff that sounds like crap and some crap stuff that actually sounds quite good. Then there’s the good stuff that doesn’t necessarily sound like all the other good stuff – and that dear listener is what I’m hunting for.Man of Stone – Marina Florance (Norfolk, UK) FIRST PLAYI find this a stunningly direct song. The core of it is so resonant and comes across so clearly that the music, although beautiful, becomes almost transparent.Marina performs original songs and music written by both herself and her co-writer Julie Allen. Marina also regularly performs material written by her guitarist Mick Kennedy.http://www.marinaflorance.com/Also worth checking out is: http://www.norwichcore.co.uk There are over 22,000 tunes on the Podsafe Music Network today a fair proportion of which is crap that sounds like crap. I jokingly complained to Adam Curry that I was struggling to listen to them all. Adam Curry audio comment.His suggestion of a rating list or look for the artists that get lots of plays misses the point and leads us back to where we were, self-restricted playlists a star system and an awful lot of talent being ignored and eventually fading away in disillusionment.No, we’ve got to keep alert to talent and strive to sustain the new order by creating a fair-trade system for musicians that sees a fair return on their investment of time, energy and youth. When you see artists travelling 200 miles to play six songs at a showcase gig, then get back in their car to drive four hours home again, in return for what? An audience of 50 and some travel expenses? The thing that comes over is that they care about the music. The least that we as listeners and podcasters can do is to care too. That starts with giving everyone a fair listen, even if it means a few late nights for us too! I believe that there is more that I can do as a podcaster. I don’t necessarily know what all the things are but Suffolk ‘n’ Cool is making a start. Keep an eye on your SnC subscription over the next few weeks for something a bit different. What! Not subscribed? follow the links on the website at www.suffolkandcool.comFoolin around with girls – Kiona (Denmark) FIRST PLAYNothing I can tell you I’m afraid. No web-link, no bio.Djibi 90% – Mamadou (Massachusetts, USA) FIRST PLAYWorld Beat travels from West Africa to the Czech Republic to the United States, meeting in Boston, MA for an eclectic blend of exotic rhythms and powerful percussion jams that will set your feet and spirit dancing! Weaving together diverse musical traditions with the powerful rhythms of West Africa.http://www.mamadou.com/ Miss Communication – Mia Silvas (Surrey, UK)Along with Jimmy Docherty – simply a great song. I’ve been trying to get the MP3 from Mia for a couple of weeks. It’s well worth the wait.http://www.myspace.com/miasilvasmusicandhttp://www.miasilvas.comLet all this be – Homer FIRST PLAYOne of the great French film directors said that it’s not the characters that matter. It’s the spaces between them. This song feels a bit like that. Again I can tell you no more but I will when I can!Have a good week,Peter

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