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SnC 231 – Wed 04 August 2010

A hot summer mix on Suffolk’n’Cool this week with tracks from far and wide. There is also the Artist of the Month Feature and Sarah Morrison from IR New York popped in to say hello. It’s nice when folks do that!
I was in Southwold (right) yesterday – all this and a brewery too! No wonder it is described as “beer from the coast”.
 
Start it Off – Hot Fiction (London, UK)
Hot Fiction is a rock band from England, comprising a singing drummer (Andy Yeoh) and a guitarist (Simon Miller).Their music creates the same blood-in-the-guts feeling that the best blues music does, but has a charm and atmosphere all of its own. Debut album is called ‘Dark Room’. You can find them on Jamendo.
Definite shades of White Stripes but non the worse for that.
www.hotfiction.co.uk
 
Looking at the stars tonight – Marc Farr (New York, USA)
It has been ages since I played a track from Marc.
Indie artist Marc Farre delivers cinematic pop/rock songs shot through with a raw, poetic energy. His voice is deep, intimate, intense. (Critics have called it “mesmerizing.”) Equal parts open-hearted and hallucinatory, his music pulls you in like an art-house film.
Though he is based in New York, Marc Farre’s French background imbues his music with a European, art-house feel — a seductive ambiance perfectly paired with his driving rhythms, otherworldly lyrics and magnetic melodies. 
Do check him out, he’s an interesting man and thoroughly nice guy. He deserves his success in building an audience that actually what to listen to his songs. I commend you to join them.
Marc’s His Facebook Fan Page is at http://tinyurl.com/yfb9s9b 
http://marcfarre.com
www.myspace.com/marcfarre
 
Baby Bones – Laura Stephenson and The Cans (Brooklyn, NY, USA) IODA
Originally released in the fall of 2008, this 8 song album has turned heads from all over the world garnering over 20,000 downloads via QUOTE UNQUOTE RECORDS (digital download only label) Laura Stevenson: A Record with her trusty Cans by her side, Laura mixes textures, arrangements and harmonies to create a warm and inviting album that will make you smile or crush your soul depending on your current level of sadness. An additional 3 brand new unreleased tracks were recorded in Jan. 2010 to complete the debut physical release of “A RECORD”.
Laura is on the road with a vengeance in August with dates in:
08/04/10 – Sugar City, Buffalo, NY
08/05/10 – Blind Pig, Ann Arbor, MI
08/06/10 – Grog Shop, Cleveland, OH
08/07/10 – Horeshoe Tavern, Toronto, ON
08/08/10 – Il Motore, Montral, QC
08/09/10 – Club Metronome, Burlington, VT
08/10/10 – Space Gallery, Portland, ME
08/11/10 – Middle East Upstairs, Boston, MA
08/12/10 – Mercury Lounge, New York, NY
08/13/10 – Knitting Factory, Brooklyn, NY
08/14/10 – Kung Fu Necktie, Philadelphia, PA
08/15/10 – Black Cat, Washington, DC
08/17/10 – Brillobox, Pittsburgh, PA
08/18/10 – Southgate House, Newport, KY
08/19/10 – Meattown USA, New Brunswick, NJ
 
Laura Stevenson and the Cans, Laura Stevenson, The Cans “Baby Bones” (mp3) from “A Record” (Asian Man Records) Buy at Amazon MP3 Buy at iTunes Music Store Buy at Napster More On This Album
www.myspace.com/laurastevenson
www.laurastevensonandthecans.com
 
Istanbul – Emerald Park (Malmö, Sweden)
They have been around since their first release in 2004 and brought a touch of Swedeish class to The Cavern in Liverpool for the IPO festival in May.
Signed to the 23 Seconds net-label in Gothenburg, from where you can download the 2010 edition of their album For Tomorrow. Take a look around 23 Seconds they have interesting artists.
www.emeraldmusic.net
www.myspace.com/emeraldpark
www.23seconds.org/042.htm
 
I have a thing for you – Tendawema (London, UK)
I played a track Wish on SnC 219 and I’ve at last managed to secure another track for you. 
While Wish was a dead sexy minimalist ballad, I have a thing for you takes it to a very different level with almost industrial (but homemade) sounds and some really interesting timings that bring to mind some of Robert Palmer’s most interesting material. What a duet that would have been.
Described as being low to mid tempo, deep and emotional songs being a reflection on her inner self, you can find out more information on Tendawema including more material on her website. 
www.myspace.com/tendawema
 
My Girl Dances – Hot Fiction (London, UK) Jamendo
A second track from Hot Fiction. Get the album and tell your friends. You can download it free from:
www.jamendo.com/en/album/71656
 
Historia de un amor – Los Campusinos (Villalcampo, Spain)
From their EP el microtonalismo de los campusinos.
Villalcampo is right over on the west of Spain only a hundred miles or so from the Portuguese city of Porto.
That’s about all I know but I’d love to know more about the instruments used, they seem to have a seriously Arabic pedigree. Do let me know if you know.
www.jamendo.com/en/album/72184
 
Adnams Artist of the Month
Chosen for us by Al Marshall – keen festival goer and senior wine buyer at the Southwold based brewery. You can hear an extended version of that interview on the SnC site Artist of the month and then July 2010.
La cécité – Kapadnoms
Congratulations to Kapadnoms.
From the 20 track album Un Point C’est Tout. You can download that and a whole load of their excellent material from Jamendo.
www.jamendo.com/en/artist/kapadnoms
 
Colour Code – Lauren O’Brien (Astoria, NY, USA)
“I love rock ’n’ roll, the passion and rebelliousness of it,” says Lauren. “But I want to be part of it in my own way—I want to take poetry and rock it out.”
Which is exactly what Lauren does—and then some—on Inconsequential Dream, her astonishing debut album. Take “color code,” a menacing, tension-rich rumination on love’s blurred lines of communication
Much like Lauren’s riveting live performances, inconsequential dream is a cathartic, emotionally cleansing experience that keeps the listener on the edge of their seat throughout—only to find them back in line when the last track stops, eager to sign up for another wild ride.
She has a live acoustic show coming up on Aug 27 at Cornelia Street Cafe, just off Bleecker Street in Greenwich Village, New York. Show starts at 6pm, Lauren is doing an acoustic set at 7pm. Info on 212-989-9319 
http://laurenobrienmusic.com/
http://myspace.com/laurenobrienmusic
http://www.twitter.com/laurenobrien1
 
 
 
 

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