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SnC 213 – Wed 31 March 2010

Local music from around the world. On this week’s show tracks from Paris, Helsinki, Torino, Suffolk, Seattle, NYC, Portland and this from our olds friend Manny in Luxembourg.
Spring seems to have been put on hold here in Suffolk this week – there must be a public holiday coming up 😉 
Pic from the barn shows what I mean. A shame for visitors but there are some great pubs to hunker down in and some wild stretches of coast that become even more wild on days like this. Fabulous.
 
All for show – Manny LU (Luxembourg) direct
Manny was in touch last week about Jamendo, saying that the Jamendo PRO system is working well for him.
One of Manny’s tracks (Stroll On) has been used on a quite remarkable promotional video. It is the top video at www.slackline-tools.de/en/picsvideos/videos/slack-videos/
You’ll find more of his music on Soundclick at www.soundclick.com/bands/page_music.cfm?bandID=641721
http://sideshowmanny.com
www.jamendo.com/en/artist/Manny
 
On My Shoulders – The Dø (Paris and Helsinki)
Already the first French act to score a #1 record in France with an album sung in English, The Dø are set to release A Mouthful in the US on April 6th via Six Degrees Records, complete with three bonus tracks.
Running the full musical gamut, A Mouthful deftly channels the melodic and vocal stylings of Nina Persson, the sharp and bouncy guitar jangle of contemporary indie rock, a touch of folk intimacy and even some wistful hints of summer Tropicalia. The Dø are French/Finnish vocalist and guitarist Olivia Merilahti and multi instrumentalist Dan Levy, along with Pierre Belleville on Drums & Percussion.
As NME states, The Dø have created “something genuinely captivating. [A Mouthful] tastes real good.” It does indeed. 
Video for “On My Shoulders” – www.vimeo.com/4475111
Free download at rcrdlbl: http://tinyurl.com/yekwa86
www.myspace.com/thedoband
www.sixdegreesrecords.com/
 
Journey to town – Cyberdread (Torino, Italy) 
From the “afro-house” album Hi-Fi African Drums.
Written, arranged, produced & mixed @ MostWired Mobile Studio (I-tal Village – Jamaica & Torino -Italy) by D.Suppo AKA Cyberdread way back in 2005
Lots of Cyberdread work is available on Jamendo 
www.jamendo.com/en/artist/cyberdread
www.cyberdread.it
 
Shackles and Chains – Al Lindsay (Suffolk, UK)
It is far too long since I played Al Lindsay on the show. I happened to catch two excellent sets at The Brewery Tap, in Ipswich last Friday. Quite unexpected but what a treat. 
His style has moved on and although there is still a strong John Martyn influence, we don’t end up with a John Martyn tribute sound. He attacks the songs with mush of the spirit and in the way that John did but what comes out is pure Al Lindsay – and all the better for it. His live version of May You Never was pretty true to the original and was played with similar gusto to JM on a good night, but it had the freshness and commitment of a newly self-penned song. 
Shackles and Chains is from his album Songs from under the kitchen table. His most recent album, Shingle Street, is sold out as CD but it is available for download.
Do take a listen to Fly Away on his MySpace.
www.myspace.com/allindsay
www.al-lindsay.co.uk
 
Bonjour Monsieur Jean – Bibi Tanga (Paris)
From the new album Dunya. 
Afro-funk bandleader Bibi Tanga and groove-heavy accompaniment The Selenites are excited to team up with Nat Geo Music in preparation for their American debut release of Dunya on June 1.
Joining forces once again with producer Professeur Inlassable, Bibi Tanga and The Selenites -comprised of Arthur Simonini on violin and keyboards, Rico Kerridge on guitar and Arnaud Biscay on drums- follow up after the acclaim of their 2003 release Yellow Gauze and 2009 It’s The Earth That Moves EP. Though they’ve already made a stir in France, the group now unites with Nat Geo Music to bring their fashion-forward funk vision to audiences worldwide.
“It was like magic,” states Bibi on working with Professeur Inlassable. “He knew exactly what we wanted and exactly what he wanted – and knew how to bring it out of us… but also how to get out of the way!”
Dunya takes listeners on a wild, eclectic tour through the history and pre-history of funk, layering Afrobeat rhythms over electro-tinged soul and cosmopolitan trans-Atlantic grooves. Together with The Selenites, the duo forges a stunningly original new sound, and creates a space where Afro-futurism meets steampunk, Fela Kuti jams with Sidney Bechet, and Marcel   Duchamp gets down to Chic. A seamlessly appropriate fit for the internationally focused National Geographic music label.
www.myspace.com/bibitanga
 
Reasons to be cheerful – Ian Dury and The Blockheads on BBC radio
Insightful and inspiring documentary from the BBC. 
Andy Serkis tells the extraordinary story of Ian Dury and the Blockheads – how a disabled art teacher in his mid-thirties fused punk, funk and incredible lyrics to create some of the most important music of the 70s. Friends and colleagues including Chas Jankell, The Blockheads, Suggs, Phill Jupitus and Ian’s son Baxter reflect on a career of “sex, drugs and rock and roll”, from the revolutionary “New Boots and Panties” through to Ian’s early death and the legacy of the Blockheads as the band continue to tour.
Only available for a few more days (expires on Saturday).
www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b00rptth
 
A reason to keep breathing – Mighty Tiger (Seattle, WA, USA)
Mighty Tiger.  With its members emerging from the Midwest and the Southwest, this particular collection of musicians found their counterparts in the dreary Pacific Northwestern Seattle, WA.  Drawing from a diverse set of influences ranging from Harry Nilsson to The Flaming Lips, Mighty Tiger applies vintage pop sensibility to indie rock innovation, creating a sound that is uniquely their own. Forming in November 2008, Mighty Tiger wrote and recorded their debut full length album, Western Theater within the next 5 months. 
While Mighty Tiger shows a refreshing willingness to wear its musical influences on its sleeve, the primary strength of the album is the way the band’s divergent points of reference coalesce around a sound that is truly distinct and often tastefully unpredictable; whimsical chamber pop eddies swirling in a turbulent sea of epic indie rock glory.
www.myspace.com/mightytigermusic
www.facebook.com/pages/Mighty-Tiger/49630716796
www.twitter.com/mightytigrrr
 
Rat Racer (feat. Noelle) – Streetlab (NYC, USA)
Streetlab is an electro-rock music duo from NYC formed in late 2001 by Mark ‘Cosmo’ Lamorg and Ryan Leary. Taking the role as in-studio producers and songwriters, the two began by remixing classic rock songs with the dance-floor in mind. Being raised on the music scenes of the early 90’s, the two attempt to erase boundaries – making music that appeals to both rockers and dancers.
After receiving much support from Radio 1’s Annie Nightingale for their remixes, Streetlab inspired indie-rock label Kanine Records, where they contributed remixes to their catalog for Mixel Pixel and Professor Murder. Astralwerks and Invisible Records were up next, receiving remixes for artists Prophet Omega and Rx. The two also landed a mix on The Limitless Potential, a compilation of Nine Inch Nails songs from the album Year Zero. 
www.streetlab.net/
www.myspace.com/streetlab
 
Adnams  
Check the “on-line” Adnams kegs at: http://bit.ly/bYFGQh hmm, nice site.
 
Ventarron – New York Tango Jam Session (Portland, OR, USA)
Sorry, I got the track and album names confused in the show. Here they are correct (I think).
Argentine Tangos interpreted by some of the greatest tango musicians, played in an improvised style for dancing. From the album “Berretineando” which features some of the best tango musicians in the US who have come together to record twenty danceable tracks of classic tangos in the “a la parilla” style.
CD Berretineando will be available to order on April 3rd, 2010 through iTunes and www.cdbaby.com
There is a special CD Release Party / Milonga on Saturday, April 3, 2010 – 8pm-2am at Tango Berretín, 6305 SE Foster Rd. Portland OR.
Releasing two albums with Conjunto Berretin, leader Alex Krebs disbanded the group and released a solo project under the name Orquesta Electronica Berretin, forging his way into the genre of “techno-tango.” Following the release of Orquesta Electronica Berretin he formed his Portland-based sextet, with Krebs on the bandoneon, 1st violin Erin Furbee (who is the assistant concert master of the Oregon Symphony), 2nd violin Shin Kwon (who also plays with the Oregon Symphony), bassist Allen Regnier, Nicole Portley on piano, and Andrew Ibert on 2nd bandoneon. This album combines the talent of five great tango artists.
Oh, and take a look at  the videos on the site.
www.newyorktangojamsession.com
 

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