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SnC 057 – Wed 21 Mar 2007

Today was officially the first day of spring in the UK, so what happened – woke up to 2 inches of snow! Also the spring equinox and a new moon so some very high tides. North winds actually pile the sea up at the southern end of the North Sea – fortunately no serious flooding – so far.Travel week, most of it spent around docks in Manchester (right) and London. Trains very good – sympathy to my mate Rob who was stuck for four hours on a train yesterday.Going to meetings seems a bit daft though when we have the Space Telephone project on the go. You’ll remember that Dave and Mike were trying to indirectly contact a guy called JP Rangaswami CIO of BT Global Services. Nigel, who listens to the show, heard the little 2 minute extra that I posted the week before last and sent it as an MP3 to the Podfather Adam Curry who in turn played it on the Daily Source Code. The latest news I’ve heard on the Extraordinary Everyday Lives podcast (http://extraordinary.thepodcastnetwork.com/) is that JP Rangaswami has heard about the shout and has made contact with Dave and Mike. It works!No live music all week. Boo hoo.Make up for it with a cracking selection of podsafe tunes from St. John’s, Newfoundland, Huddersfield in the UK, Hamburg, California, Manitoba and Luxemburg. Not forgetting the regular intro, Happy by Jimmie Bratcher from Missouri.Intro Happy – Jimmie Bratcher (Missouri, USA)www.jimmiebratcher.comYarmouth Town – Great Big Sea (Newfoundland and Labrador, Canada)Great Big Sea are from St. John’s Newfoundland.The Hard and The Easy is the eighth release from Great Big Sea, the St. John’s-based, Juno-nominated band that fuses Newfoundland traditional music with modern pop in a crowd-pleasing formula both heartfelt and vital. A pure force of nature, much like the ocean surge they take their name from, Great Big Sea’s blend of instruments like mandolin, bodhran, fiddle, and concertina, along with their vocal harmonies, revels in the melodies they create and the Newfoundland tunes they love. Their sound bellows joy.Yarmouth Town is taken from their 2002 album Sea of no cares.Wed. Mar 21   Touhill Performing Arts Centre     St. Louis, MOThu. Mar 22    Barrymore Theatre     Madison, WIFri. Mar 23      Southern Theatre     Columbus, OHSat. Mar 24     The Music Mill     Indianapolis, IN     Then from April 11 they are playing pretty much every night all around the NE USA – Boston MA, Collingswood NJ, New York NY, Norfolk VA, Ashville and Charlotte in NC, Pittsburg PA and ending in Washigton DC on 20th.http://greatbigsea.com/www.myspace.com/greatbigseaofficialWhen you – The Moot (Huddersfield, UK)The Moot are a 2 piece female reggae-pop band from Huddersfield in the UK and have been gigging, writing and recording their reggae-pop blend since August 2005. The band members are Clare Dowling (vocals and guitar) and Eryl Whiteley (drums and percussion).I first heard them on Pete Cogle’s PC Podcast when he played Wired.www.mootmusic.co.uk/www.myspace.com/themootNot been able to get up to the Winelight Club in Norwich just recently but Tony tells me that the lineup for 4th April is Charlotte Eve (who is choosing to use this event to launch her new album and with mentors like Coldplay’s Chris Martin and The Kinks’ Ray Davies, Charlotte seems destined for great things), Jono McLeery, Nathalie Nahia and Jenny Lynn-Smith.Then on April 19th they have TINA DICO (supported by Jimmy Golding and Al Lindsay) at the Norwich Arts Centre Thursday 19th April – £8 adv / £9 door from 01603 660352.www.myspace.com/thewinelightclubCongratulations to DJ Matt Masters on his first Freerange release contributing to Brett Johnson’s Life in the Emerald City EP. Find out more via: www.domeasqueeze.co.ukOne other thing, Andy Bedford (aka Ydnab Beerbaum in Second Life) has been in touch:Hi. Firstly, thanks for the mention in your last podcast.  I was so surprised I almost forgot that I was driving a 38 ton lorry up the M6!!  I first discovered podcasts just before Christmas. They help keep me sane when I am at work driving my lorry from Northampton to Bolton and then Warrington during the wee small hours of the night.  I particularly enjoy following up what I’ve heard via the links on your shownotes when I get home in the morning, you have opened my ears to lots of stuff I would probably never have heard via the conventional channels.  More power to podcasting, you are the future of the music industry I believe.Andy has his Second Life T-shirt as you’ll see from his MySpace picture! You’ll find him in the Suffolk ‘n’ Cool Listeners’ Lounge at www.myspace.com/snc_lounge why not put in a friend request and get yourself in there too?Schlaflos – Kitchen Cowboys (Hamburg, Germany) Buy through the PMN Heart Beat from Hamburg. The Kitchen Cowboys sing songs of love and pain wherever there is a power outlet. Songwriters Philip Bethge (music) and Marianne Wellershoff (lyrics) write melodious songs that deal with the drama of the everyday life. Combining a variety of instruments, the band creates an idiosyncratic, mostly melancholy musical universe filled with energy and passion. New CD-Release (2006): "Glaubst du, dass es Liebe ist?"Thomas Adler: guitars; Philip Bethge: vocals, piano, accordion; Rudiger Hirt: saxophon; Tom Ungemach: drums; Marianne Wellershoff: bass; Sandra Wierer: violin, back voc; Klaus Markus: trumpetwww.kitchencowboys.de/The Ale Mail from the Three Horseshoes in Charsfield here in Suffolk tells us that the resident ale I now Victoria Bitter (3.6%) from The Earl Soham Brewery, Earl Soham. described as a light, fruity, amber session beer with a clean taste and a long, lingering hoppy aftertaste.Guest Ale is  303 AD (4.0%) from Hook Norton, OxfordshireA pale brown best bitter, predominantly hoppy but balanced with moderate malt and banana fruit. The fruit and malt decline to a relatively short, hoppy finish.Next guest ale expected is Barfly Special (3.9%) from the Nethergate Brewery, Suffolk.This is an elegant and fruity Best Bitter with a sturdy bitterness in perfect equipoise with a floral aroma of the late French hop. (is this a beer or a move in Olympic gymnastics?)Currently – Keaton Simons (California, USA)"An old soul in a young man’s voice" is the headline on the Calendar section of the Los Angeles Times. The article is about 28 year old Keaton Simons, whose voice is described as having a "lived-in quality that will echo in our minds and hearts for years to come".www.keatonsimons.com/www.myspace.com/keatonsimonsJohn Ward & Mario Price who I featured on the show some months ago have a gig coming up at the Victoria Hotel Lowestoft on March 25th in aid of the fund to re-open the Seagull Theatre, Lowestoft.www.johnward.org.uk Crocodiles – Cat Jahnke (Manitoba, Canada)With her album None Of Those Things sitting tight in her pocket, accolades from the LA 168-Hour Film Fest (best original score) tucked safely beneath her cap and nothing less than an Honorable Mention from the International Song-writing Competition stowed up her sleeve, Cat Jahnke is on the scene.www.catjahnke.com/www.myspace.com/catjahnkeBum Rush The ChartsOn 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 On a 99 cent purchase of Mine Again from iTunes 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/Dignity – Manny (Luxembourg)Manny used to sniff glue but then one of his friends told him you could get high smoking banana skins, so he stopped sniffing glue and switched to smoking banana skins. He didn’t get high but it made him start talking about himself in the third person.He lists his musical influences on the PMN as: "Banana skins, not glue. Manny doesn’t sniff glue any more."www.myspace.com/gordongluesnifferPsst pass it on CDs available from Peter, T-shirts in Second Life from Albert Slade … and probably Ydnab Beerbaum !

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