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SnC 056 – Wed 14 Mar 2007

Independent music from Missouri, Italy, Sweden, Illinois,  New York, France and London.The frogs are into a bit of a major croak-fest here at the barn, hundreds are rushing headlong to the top pond here at the Barn. Some, like this handsome chap, (right) even think it a good idea to head into the house.Two highly contrasting live music events over the last week. Thursday evening was spent at The Brickmakers in Norwich. A real live music venue with two bars and (at least on Thursday last week) two bands. One free show in the main bar then B2 was the place to catch the Eric and Amy Show. The Cutting Crew are playing there on riday 23rd March.Friday was a Latin evening at Framlingham College here in Suffolk. What a contrast –  a school performance and with some astounding talent on display. Outstanding performances by dozens of students. Among the many talents were Laura Wright, already an established singer with "All Angels". Ollie Poole’s confident virtuosity was breathtaking, switching from instrument to instrument and with a great singing voice. A little more time and some street level experience will make him a name to seriously watch out for.Intro Happy – Jimmie Bratcher (Missouri, USA)www.jimmiebratcher.comAre you strong enough – Italians (Italy or France)ZEE O LORENZO : Lead Vocal, Bass, Guitars, Keyboards, Percussions, Dub TONTON DANIEL : Choirs, Guitars, Keyboards, Percussion, Magic Clavinet LORD FRAG: DubDetails of where to buy their music on their MySpacewww.myspace.com/theitaliansspaceOut of my reach – Froid (Stockholm, Sweden)Froid originally sprung out of Huddinge, a suburb of Stockholm, Sweden. Formed in the fall of 2001 it took us a few years to work out the directions of our beloved project. In fall of 2003 we hooked up with Brady Blade, which eventually led to Froid signing up with Bricktop.www.froid.se/Count to 10 – Laura Hughes (Illinois, USA)Laura Hughes’ debut album includes songs about "the gray areas in life- finding confidence in insecurity, wholeness in feeling broken, and a sense of wonder in confusion," and is due out in 2007.Laura lives in New York, where she sleeps on the couch in a small Upper East Side apartment that is overflowing with love and way too many roommates. (6 girls, 2 bedrooms.) She is spending the spring in LA studying with Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright David Mamet and Oscar-nominee William H. Macy, while incessantly writing and prepping for a spring/summer tour and EP release.www.myspace.com/laurahughes1Bum Rush The ChartsOn March 22nd, 2007 we are going to strike fear into the hearts of the music industry and make an independent music artist #1 on iTunes. Podcasting and in dependent music gets little respect from traditional media. To them we’re little more than a joke, than amateurs. What they don’t understand is that podcasting is more than just a delivery mechanism – it’s a social movement. People are sick of the watered-down, cookie-cutter content that networks and record companies expect us to enjoy. People are tired of watching friends and loved ones get sued by record labels who only care about profits and nothing else, not even the artists they supposedly represent.We want and deserve more. Now, we’re going to change that together. On March 22nd, we are going to take an indie podsafe music artist to number one on the iTunes singles charts as a demonstration of our reach.The track we’ve chosen is "Mine Again" by the band Black Lab. A band that was dropped from not just one, but two major record labels (Geffen and Sony/Epic) and in the process forced them to fight to get their own music back.If you believe in the power of new media, on March 22nd, 2007, take 99 cents and 2 minutes of your time to join the revolution and make iTunes "Mine Again".On a 99 cent purchase of an RIAA artist:- 19 cents goes to Apple- 75 cents goes to the label- 5 cents goes to the artist On a 99 cent purchase of Mine Again on March 22:- 14 cents goes to Apple- 5 cents goes to the scholarship fund directly- 40 cents goes to the band- 40 cents goes to the scholarship fund via Black Lab’s donationhttp://bumrushthecharts.blogspot.com/Shimdiggy – Romashka (New York)I played Romashka back in September and this is their new release to the Podsafe Music NetworkThis NY-based band was born in the fall of 2003. Roaming from cafes and all-night jams, to apartment parties and subway stops, the band quickly catapulted to pulsating clubs and underground parties, drawing a loyal following from downtown party revellers to outer-borough-dwelling ethnic communities.www.romashka.net/The trouble with Jeanie – Amy Rigby (France)Wreckless Eric and Amy Rigby have been delighting and confounding audiences from New York to Norwich. Combining several decades of critically acclaimed records and failed relationships, Eric and Amy join forces in "The Eric & Amy Show." With twice the jaded romanticism, two times the honest observation and double the musical enthusiasm, together and separately they perform their should-be, could-be and has-been hits, accompanying each other on harmonies, guitars, bass and keyboards.I caught up with them on the second UK leg of their current tour which ended last night at Spitz in Spitalfields Market, London.www.wrecklesseric.comwww.amyrigby.comRockall – The Young Punx (London, UK)Played "You’ve got toâ�¦" a couple of weeks ago now Rockall is getting lots of media attention. Based on samples taken from the BBC shipping forecast which is broadcast to mariners every night. Very clever editing of the forecast to get it to say something quite different. If you are not familiar with the names of sea areas around the eastern Atlantic ocean – take a look at a map and listen to the current shipping forecast at www.bbc.co.uk/weather/coast/shipping/ www.theyoungpunx.com/www.myspace.com/theyoungpunx

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