SnC 210 – Wed 10 March 2010


I passed through London’s Paddington Station last week. The architecture of these Victorian stations is really quite stunning.
Serious Bedtime – The Balconies (Ottawa, Canada)
A lot of things can happen in university. You can walk away with a degree, a career path, and a place to start. Or sometimes you leave university with a killer rock and roll band. While training in classical music at Ottawa University, future couple Jacquie Neville and Liam Jaeger met in between concert etudes and ensemble practice. Though their passion for post-tonal theory and Brahms is a common thread, something else bound them together, and that something was their need to let loose on stage in the form of an incredibly high-energy pop band, taking their classically-trained backgrounds and throwing it all aside in exchange for soaked t-shirts, frantically dancing fans, and beer-stained van seats. 
Nordgarden in USA and Canada, in fact he’s on a Greyhound bus heading to Toronto for a couple of showcase gigs at Canadian Music Week. Tomorrow, Thursday at Free Times Cafe, 320 College St, Toronto, then Friday he’s  on the main stage at The Great Hall on Queen Street West. Check out the beautiful building at
I was just chatting with Terje and he tells me he is last act on stage so let’s hope that some useful people are there.
Duck Duck Goose – Elisabeth Blair (Chicago and London)
The 100% home-grown album Country of Origin — recorded/mixed/mastered by her throughout last year — features Michael Tracht on cello and a few guest appearances by musician Ryan Gunzel. It is a pay what you can release so, please be generous and let’s keep this music happening.
Blood inna Mi Eye – Peter Runks (Nassau, Bahamas)
In July of 2001, Peter Runks made a musical pilgrimage to the birthplace of reggae music – “Jamaica” to record the first set of singles for his Sophomore album entitled “Let Loose The Prophets”.While there he recorded at Anchor Recording Studio with producer Rudy Valentino and worked with noted producer and sax player Dean Frazier.
In July of 2008, Peter Runks recorded his second single titled “Badness Outta Style” on the “Promise” riddim also produced by Ray Armbrister for Buff Boo Records.This time,Peter Runks raised the bar and scored a major hit. In only two weeks,”Badness outta Style” was placed in rotation on all the major radio stations in the Bahamas and has been receiving rave reviews.It has somewhat become an anthem on the streets and has gained Peter Runks his overdue respect in the reggae music industry.
AMP – This week’s AMPed is presented by   Next week it’s Nick Treadwell from Homegrown Podcast hosting AMPed. I think `I might give him that Peter Runks track to play. 
Allende (feat. Matan Morag) – Triplexity (Belgium, Israel and France)
Triplexity is Nikila, SaReGaMa and Hamelin Bérengnier.
Allende means “beyond” in Spanish and indeed this track is beyond boundaries and definitions restricting the freedom of musical expression. This track is a result of collaboration between SaReGaMa and Nikila with a special guest – Matan Morag featuring his wonderful improvisation on Classic guitar. These musicians come from entirely different backgrounds but share the same love and passion for good music. This track is a perfect blend of organic and electronic sounds, different styles and influences bended together in a unique way. Sometimes nostalgic and relaxing, sometimes uplifting and dexterous this track carries influences from Argentina, Spain, India and beyond.
Panurge Akoustik2.0 – Eclectek (Lille, France)
From the 2009 album Komiks Musik on Jamendo.
“ECLECTEK is easily classifiable. One certainty they send heavy and good! An explosion of music and visual live live, a real show with humor when you see it happen action because it moves constantly reversals with their varied repertoire and surprises “because mine ECLECTEK nothing is above all a well-constructed music embellished with beautiful voices!” – Google translate.
Queen Kong – Last Man Standing (London, UK)
The story of “London’s best unsigned band” begins in an AA meeting. After throwing in his New York towel, Max Vanderwolf washed up on the shores of the UK. Somewhere between steps 1 and 12, Vanderwolf took a daytrip to Chelsea Flower Show, where he ran into guitar genius Chris Cordoba, probably the only person at the world’s most famous gardening event that knew who the hell Vanderwolf even was. No matter their relative obscurity among the sun hats and suits of England’s social season centerpiece, the pair would go on to enlist a cracked troupe of warped music nuts and wagon-jumping substance-lovers under the fitting name, Last Man Standing. The sound they’d go on to develop for their debut, False Starts & Broken Promises (out now on the Judy Collins-owned Wildflower Records), borrows from junkyard juggernauts like Tom Waits and glam Gods like Bowie in equal measure.
Ivases Lament – Dark Patrick (Kiev, Ukraine and UK)
Paul – Uilleann Bagpipes, Whistle, Harmonica, Keyboards; Eva – Vocals, Old World Bandura, Keyboards, Bodhran, Hurdy-Gurdy
International duo Dark Patrick (Britain – Ukraine) successfully combines a mixture of old and new, traditions with a modern sense in a moody and mysterious acoustic blend of voice and instruments. Much of the sound replicates the style of a drone with simple percussion and instrumentation. Nice clear sound quality and the acoustic base make their music easy to enjoy. The best feature is in the structure of the music, the rise and fall of the dynamics, how it increases in intensity with a real sense of purpose and emotion. The repetition works to establish a meditative trance but the feeling is one of attentive focus.

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Katakata Mai – Te Vaka (New Zealand and S Pacific region)
Te Vaka is a unique group of twelve musicians and dancers from Tokelau (just three atolls with a population at the most recent census of 1,504), Tuvalu, Samoa, Cook Islands, and New Zealand bought together under the inspired leadership of Opetaia Foa’i, “one of New Zealand’s finest song writers”.
Most of their songs are sung in Tokelauan, which makes sense really with the climate being tropical and moderated by southeast trade winds from April to November. The average temperature is 28 degrees Celsius, with July the coolest month and May the warmest. That’ll do.






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