SnC 204 – Wed 27 January 2010
Fine music for you again this week from London, San Francisco, New York, Hungary, Washington, New Jersey, Wales and Maryland.
I had misplaced the picture of the SnC 200 cake which was waiting over in the house after the show a couple of weeks ago. Ah well, better late then never.
Libsyn have introduced a new shownotes/blog system which seems, from the look of these notes, to have some very generous paragraph spacing. What do you think – too much scrolling or room to breathe?
Looking down the well – The Mustangs (London, UK)
With their current album Nothing Stays The Same featured in Blues In Britain magazine as one of its 20 recommended albums of the year, and now firmly established as one of the hardest-working and most charismatic bands in British blues, 2010 promises to be another productive and rewarding year for The Mustangs.
Since forming in 2001, the band immediately started gaining rave reviews in the Blues press and have gone on to headline stages all over the UK, from the Great British Rhythm & Blues Festival to the legendary Hackney Empire. As with every touring band, there has been a number of stories to write home about including sharing a hotel with a Goth Belly Dancing convention and having a show nearly sabotaged by a service station sausage roll….. Dates across the UK have recently been confirmed details of which can be found on the band’s website.
I Want What’s Bad For Me – CIty Light (San Francisco, USA)
Formed in 2006 by Seattle singer-songwriter Matt Shaw and Bay area producer Nick Andre (Gift of Gab, Lateef, Bicasso), City Light is a collaborative effort between artists from across the country with a variety of histories and influences. Musician and producer Denver Daley (Desaparecidos, Statistics, Intramural), Seattle’s Andy Fitts (Airport Cathedral Aqueduct) and Marc Bianchi (Her Space Holiday) joined the group in the years since the debut release, resulting in a project that sounds surprisingly rooted, but uniquely informed.
Mi Salsa Vocal – Jimmy Fontanez (Albany, NY, USA)
What do you get when you combine a mastery in composition, percussion, vocal manipulation and audio engineering? A one man a cappella experience, you’ll never forget! Multi-instrumentalist Jimmy Fontanez, an NYC native, is currently a member of Alex Torres y Su Orchestra. He has been playing percussion since the age of 5, and today plays congas, bongos, timbales, drums, keyboards and also does much vocal work. He has traveled to Russia and the Dominican Republic via Project Troubadour. He also had the honor of sharing the stage with the infamous Tito Puente and Andy Montañez, a well-known salsa vocalist who acclaimed Jimmy’s vocal prowess. Apart from Alex Torres’s Orchestra, Jimmy is often featured with NYC latin band, Los Ciegos Del Barrio, and pop/rock singer/songwriter Lachi.
Blessinger Bareness (soundtrack version) – Hollandris (Hungary)
All in Hungarian – I think. What we need is a friend of the show to check out what these eastern European bands are about! It came from the excellent Soundpilll net label. www.myspace.com/hollandris www.soundpill.org/?page=31&id=2〈=2
Black Raven – Cee Cee James (Langley, Washington, USA)
Cee Cee James has a voice made for the blues – deep, raspy and full of soulful emotion. Described on her MySpace site as “Whiskey-drenched roadhouse blues”. Her voice and feeling for the blues have brought her scores of fans through her intense live performances, and is now captured on CD for the first time. Featuring 11 original tracks, Low Down Where The Snakes Crawl brings together a tight, well-rehearsed band with a strong, solid voice that is sure to blow you away.
Cee Cee James
“Black Raven” (mp3) from “Low Down Where The Snakes Crawl” (Blue Skunk Music) Buy at iTunes Music Store More On This Album
Leaving you behind – Rambin Dawgs (New Brunswick, NJ, USA) MusicSubmit
Previously features on the show back on 160 and 169. The Ramblin Dawgs formed in late 2007, making waves throughout the music community with energetic rock driven modern blues performances. Currently driven by Carlos “C-Dawg” DC’s soulful vocals and guitar playing, Raul DC’s thunderous drumming, Charlie Saraeceno’s screaming Hammond organ, and Jonas Landau’s rock solid grooves on bass, the Ramblin Dawgs enjoyed great success with their debut EP, “Rockin Blues” released in January 2009. The Ramblin Dawgs new 11 song CD “Shoot Em Up” is now available through Dawg Pound Records. The CD features 10 originals and the band’s up beat rendition of BB King’s “The Thrill is Gone” that is sure to please traditional blues as well as modern rock and Album Oriented Rock fans.
The sea is a good place to think of the future – Los Campesinos! (Cardiff, UK)
The high energy adolescent explosion that is Los Campesinos! returns with their second full length album. The recording itself is masterfully put together to create a wild yet harmoniously arranged flare of color, energy and emotion. A more brooding introspective and almost poetic feel on this track although other offerings on the new album Romance is Boring are more typical of the high energy spittingly poppy Los Camps we know and love. The album was released just yesterday on Arts and Crafts.
On this coming Sunday, January 31st we will be playing a FREE instore at Rough Trade East, Brick Lane, to celebrate the release of Romance Is Boring.
HERE’S THE DEAL: Rough Trade will be selling CD and LP copies of the album on the day; the day before the album’s UK release. You can guarantee a wristband (and therefore entry to the show) by purchasing a copy of said record from the store earlier on in the day. We won’t start playing until the Manchester United v Arsenal match is finished, so you don’t need to worry about missing the end of that, incase you would have been.
“The Sea Is A Good Place To Think Of The Future” (mp3) from “Romance Is Boring” (Arts & Crafts) More On This Album http://loscampesinos.com/
Just for you – Can’t Hang (Baltimore, Maryland, USA)
Can’t Hang has “It”- the indescribable quality that draws people in. “It” could be the tight rhythm section, the booming bass, the unique punky-dub guitars, or the reggae infused songs, with their smooth vocals and catchy melodies. They can turn any crowd of boring sitters into dancing fans.
Show coming up next week Feb 6th at The Stone Pony – Bob’s Birthday, 918 Ocean Ave, Asbury Park, New Jersey
Join me next week for more great new music – blimey, Suffolk ‘n’ Cool will be four years old!