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SnC 151 – Wed 07 Jan 2009

It’s still really unusually cold here in eastern England. It means that the caffeine intake has been moderated because the water supply pipe to the Barn is frozen solid.However, the novelty is wearing off now and I am resolved to get a proper hearting system into the house before next winter – this is rather a recurring new year resolution!Mister Highway Man – The Aces (California)The Aces have attitude and a different idea of how to play Blues. They reduce the Blues to pounding riffs and a distorted wall of sound topped by wailing harp. They were among the first to absorb and recast the drone riff-based Hill Country Blues style, and The Aces do that their own way.They have their own slicked back greased hair in a wind-tunnel look attached to a permanent sneer and a pushy stage presence.www.acesfan.com/A message from Jez, percussionist and more with the Dana Wylie Band.Bow and Arrow – e.p. hall (Indiana, USA)e.p. hall is a songwriting project based in bloomington, indiana known for its sentimental vocals, bookish lyrics, growley synth lines, and fingerstyle guitar. The project’s influences include various diy, new weird america, and freak-folk mini-movements.www.ephall.com/www.myspace.com/ephallmusicFuck the Fed – Neal Fox (Florida, USA)Following on from his excellent Something’s Wrong last week. The track that I implored you to look at on his site. Even if you’ve herd it now, do it anyway. Follow the link to "stuff" and check out Neal’s other work while you’re there.www.wireduck.comAfrican Dream – Halo and Kemal MN2S Classic Dubs is a stunning collection of Milk n 2 Sugars (MN2S) masterpieces edited by Halo, featuring some of house music’s most momentous moments and encompassing nearly a decade of classic MN2S Dubs available from (amongst others) Beatport – search by label: MN2S Recordings, then by Artist Halo and it’ll pop up.Thanks to Dave at Milk ‘n’ 2 Sugars for making that clip available.www.mn2s.com/www.beatport.comHow it ends – DeVotchKa (?)It wasn’t too long ago that a weary band hauling a violin, a tuba, an accordion, and trumpets into rock club were told they must be in the wrong place; when a band fusing musical elements from across the globe needed to fight to be considered a rock band instead of being marked by the dubious ‘world music" tag.A decade ago, DeVotchKa drove an overstuffed tour van onto a very different musical landscape. Ten years later, it seems the world has caught up with them.How it ends is the title track of this seminal release from DeVotchKa currently scores the trailer for Gears of War 2, one of the most anticipated video games in history (for more information, please visit www.gearsofwar.xbox.com). Much of the album is also featured in the indie-hit movie, "Little Miss Sunshine.”01/30/09 – San Francisco, CA – The Fillmore01/31/09 – San Francisco, CA – The Fillmore02/02/09 – West Hollywood, CA – Viper Room02/04/09 – San Diego, CA – The Belly Up02/05/09 – Tempe, AZ – The Clubhouse02/06/09 – Tucson, AZ – Rialto Theatre02/07/09 – Lubbock, TX – Jake’s Place Sports Café02/08/09 – Austin, TX – La Zona Rosa02/13/09 – Denver, CO – Paramount Theatrehttp://devotchka.netThe Unruly Ones – Dana Wylie Band (England, Canada, Taiwan)I played a couple of tracks a few weeks ago on SnC148. You’ll find more about the band on the shownotes for 148. High time for a bit more from this excellent band of highly skilled musicians who I think are still in Taiwan – wise move!www.danawylie.net/www.myspace.com/danawyliebandIf you are in London next week and fancy a night out you could do a lot worse than shuffling along to 333 Mothers Bar in Shoreditch where Get Wanted has outgrown Mondays and moved to Thursday nights. On the bill are: Leters from London, The Super Nashwan Kids, Bright Young Sons and The World on Firewww.myspace.com/getwantedGood thing – Robben Ford (California, USA)Robben Ford is one of the premiere electric guitarists today, particularly known for his blues playing as well as his ability to be comfortable in a variety of musical contexts. A four-time Grammy nominee, he has played with artists as diverse as Joni Mitchell, Miles Davis, Bonnie Raitt and more.www.robbenford.com/The G Spot Jeremy Gugenheim’s blues podcast is available. In iTunes, just click Advanced > Subscribe to podcast and type or copy in the feed address: http://sse.myzen.co.uk/thegspot/?feed=rss2Sig tune: Happy – Jimmie Bratcherwww.jimmiebratcher.com

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