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SnC 209 – Wed 03 March 2010

An altogether worthwhile trip over to Southwold on Monday led to this week’s picture. The Sole Bay Inn is the closest of a handful of fine pubs to the Adnams brewery in the town. The bitter at The Nelson was excellent. 
 
Strawberry Quick – Sandman Viper Command (Burlington, Ontario, Canada)
In the beginning, the four best friends who make up the ambitiously named outfit (Rob Janson, Aaron Harvey, Dan Reardon, Matt Meyer) locked themselves up for days in their parents’ basements practicing and refining demos, only emerging when they had stumbled upon the most perfect blend of garage pop/guitar fuzz rock this side of the border has heard in a long time. It’s this obsessive compulsiveness in their music that pays off huge on their independently released debut, Everybody See This.
www.myspace.com/sandmanvipercommand
 
In the morning – Leif Vollebekk (Montreal, Canada)
The young artist has made a name for himself in Canada thanks to his organic and honest live performances.
Inland was recorded in Montreal’s Breakglass Studios (Wolf Parade, Patrick Watson, Stars, Unicorns). A true multi-instrumentalist, Vollebekk plays guitar, harmonica, piano and violin on the album.
Now signed to rising independent Toronto label, Nevado Records, alongside the countries best (Bahamas, Yukon Blonde, Fox Jaws, and The Paint Movement), the time has come for this modest musician to take a few steps away from humble small-town beginnings, and into the arms of national, and international respect and adoration. Just wait and watch as the subtle beauty of Vollebekk’s music embraces new listeners far and wide.
He has a date coming up at El Mocambo in Toronto on Thursday 18th as part of a whole series of shows that AudioBlood are putting on as part of Canada Music Week.
www.myspace.com/leifvollebekk
www.nevadorecords.com
 
Choice is Your Control – My Visor (Norwich)
The My Visor Duo of Keith Brown and Kathryn Mac have a new album If I Could Pass This Message On To You set for launching on Saturday at The Marquee, in Norwich where they’ll be joined by Follow your heart, Faster than Robots and The Chad Mason Songbook. The whole show costs just £3 which is crazy cheap.
The album will be available in the form of a special limited edition (30 only) hardback book with CD inside including full lyrics and drawings by local illustrator Fay Elizabeth Heffer. It will also be available as a standard CD. Both of these will be on sale at the launch gig for a very small fee, but you will also have the option of downloading the whole album (through bandcamp) completely and utterly free.
You can also get their first album Introducing… free from their site it includes the inspired song One day these legs won’t dance
www.myvisor.co.uk
www.myspace.com/myvisor
 
Tickets for Latitude Festival go on sale March 9… organisers have confirmed that this year’s event will take place from July 15 until July 18 at Henham Park Estate, near Southwold.
www.latitudefestival.co.uk

The Fool You Are – Kampion (London, UK)
Jonathan Nelson is the founder and main songwriter of Kampion. He decided, at the beginning of 2009, (after being in a couple of very average bands) to try and get something special together. He spent some time studying the art and craft of song writing, trying to figure out what separates a good song from a great song. After working hard and getting some strong material written, He scoured the London music scene, hunting for somebody whose musical talent was bigger than their ego. After several near misses (and lucky escapes), he got lucky and bumped into the sultry voiced Elisa. He was blown away by her soulful vocals. Jonathan also discovered (to his delight) that Elisa was a talented songwriter and thus, Kampion was born.
www.taxi.com/kampion
www.myspace.com/kampionmusic
 
Ten Thousand Times – Francis (Dalarna, Dalarnas län, Sweden)
Featured on last week’s show and I just love Petra’s voice more, every time I hear it!
Francis will be performing the Mike Galaxy BandPromote Showcase on 3/18, The MuseBox’s Showcase at Rusty Spurs on 3/18, the official SXSW showcase at Friends Bar on 3/19, and quite a few additional performances as well, so don’t miss them this SXSW season! Check last week’s note for details
www.myspace.com/francisishere
www.francisishere.com/
 
Bar Mami – Freestyle Percussio n Magik (Las Palmas, Spain)
AKA Dave Tinman whose broader range of music you’ll find on Reverbnation at www.reverbnation.com/davetinman
Sorry, that’s all I know.
www.jamendo.com/en/album/37204
 
Nevermore – Freak Fandango Orchestra (Barcelona, Spain)
The Freak Fandango Orchestra is a multi-ethnic band from Barcelona (Spain). Their music is a explosive mixture of folk, polka, gypsy music from the Balkans and punk-rock. The band is formed by six musicians (guitar, bass, drums, violin, saxophone and accordion). They are influenced by artists like “Emir Kusturica And The No Smoking Orchestra”, “Goran Bregović” and “Gogol Bordello”. The freak fandango orchestra has arrived to town, so move your ass, drink some beer, sing, dance, jump… and enjoy their punky-folky songs and crazy lyrics!!!
Current members: Jürgen – guitar and voice, 
Xavi – bass
, Alfonso – violin, 
Noe – accordion and voice, 
Vitto – saxophone, 
Alvaro – drums, 
David – Artwork
www.jamendo.com/en/artist/The_Freak_Fandango_Orchestra
 
Club, bar and music scene workers’ apartments available in Ibiza for the summer. Give me a shout and I’ll put you in touch with Jess.
 
Bad Religion – Jimmie Bratcher (Missouri, USA)
Jimmie Bratcher has posted a new video of Green Bananas on YouTube. Some great playing from the whole band. He comes over a bit preacher (as he has every right to) but absolutely agree with what he’s saying.

Bad Religion is from his album Red. 
www.jimmiebratcher.com
 

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