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SnC 236 – Wed 08 September 2010

Quite a bit of music from California this week along with tracks from Ontario, Glasgow, Coventry and Toulouse in France.
The sea wasn’t really this muddy yesterday but the movement in the water was awe-inspiring. The quick pint at The Lord Nelson wasn’t bad either!
Artist of the month for August is announced in this show.
 
Creep Me Out – Ruby Coast (Aurora, ON, Canada)
Ruby Coast consists of five small town friends whose brand of high energy, sparkling indie-pop has taken them far beyond the confines of suburban Aurora, Ontario in a relatively short span of time. 
Ruby Coast first picked up their instruments together in late 2006, and has wowed crowds across the continent ever since with their unique formula of contagious pop perfection and boisterous blend of mod-rock and spastic yelps. Since releasing their (now sold out) debut EP, Projectable Collections, produced by Dave Monks of Tokyo Police Club in fall 2008, they’ve taken their van across plenty of previously unmarked territory (at least unmarked to them). 
They’ve toured across Canada and the US with the likes of Passion Pit, Tokyo Police Club, and Ra Ra Riot, as well as shared stages with Canada’s finest talent: Stars, Born Ruffians, Plants and Animals, and Islands amongst others. 
After hiding away as songwriting machines for much of 2009, Ruby Coast have emerged from the studio in summer 2010 with their highly anticipated debut album, Whatever This Is, in tow, produced by dream-duo Howard Bilerman (Arcade Fire, Wolf Parade) and Brian Paulson (Dinosaur Jr, Slint, Wilco).
The video for that track on YouTube at: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ud_hMgIbYXY
09/09 North Bay – Nipissing University
09/11 Thunder Bay – Lakehead University
09/18 – Newmarket – Studio Five Salon
09/24 Toronto – Unit C
09/25 Guelph – Jimmy Jazz
10/01 Ottawa – Cafe Nostalgica
10/02 Montreal – Petit Campus (Pop Montreal)
10/08 London – Alex P Keaton
10/09 Sarnia – Trinity Lounge
10/11 Minneapolis – 7th Street Entry – (w/ Jukebox the Ghost)
10/12 Milwaukee – the Cactus Club (w/ Jukebox the Ghost)
10/13 Chicago – Schuba’s (w/ Jukebox the Ghost)
10/14 Indianapolis – Radio Radio (w/ Jukebox the Ghost)
10/15 Pittsburgh – The Brillobox (w/ Jukebox the Ghost
10/16 Washington, DC – the Black Cat (w/ Jukebox the Ghost)
10/17 New York – Piano’s
10/20-23 NYC – CMJ 
www.myspace.com/rubycoast

 
Burn – Jonneine Zapata (Highland Park, CA)
Infused with smoky, psychedelic instrumentation and slow-burning swells, Jonneine Zapata delivers a definitive grand-slam with her debut release, ‘CAST THE DEMONS OUT’, a record that luminously captures the musical essence and prowess of this one-woman army. Featuring the tantalizing, come-hither single “Good Looking”, each song on this ten-track collection is laced with dark overtones and an arresting magnetism reminiscent of PJ Harvey and Patti Smith.
“To see her live is to feel your heart and lungs filled with the smoky intensity of a performer whose passion knows no boundaries,” The Dumbing of America says of Jonneine’s electrifying live stage show.
7 Oct The Zoo Brisbane, Qld, AUSTRALIA
8 Oct The Annandale Sydney, NSW, AUSTRALIA
9 Oct The East Brunswick Melboutne, VIC, AUSTRALIA
10 Oct JONNEINE ZAPATA @ One Movement Music Festival Perth, WA, AUSTRALIA
There is another gorgeous track by Jonneine on SnC 223.
www.myspace.com/jonneinezapata
 
Glamorous – Leilujh (San Francisco, CA, USA)
From their album Dreamtime Escape Plan. Leilujh’s music is best described as “psychedelic pop.” Fronted by indie rock queens Marisa Chaves and Samara Violet, Leilujh blends vocal harmonies over dreamy slide guitars and hip-hop beats to create a unique retro modern sound.
www.myspace.com/leilujh
www.leilujh.com
www.cdbaby.com/Artist/Leilujh
 
Same Thing – Wily Bo Walker (Glasgow, Scotland)
From his early days in popular Glasgow band ‘The Heartbeats’, musicians have been keen to work with Wily Bo through all of his projects; from guitar based and indie-chart topping band ‘Wily Bo Walker & The Baddies’ through his session work on the London circuit.
Currently attracting top New York jazz and rock musicians, his style and vocals have matured to become sought after as a session vocalist as well as a respected recording artist in his own right.
For his forthcoming solo album ‘Moon Over Indigo’, Wily Bo has been working with New York’s demon song arranger Danny Flam.
They have enlisted the help of Patty Smyth’s backing band ‘Scandal’ as rhythm section, featuring Keith Mack – guitar, Tom Welsch – bass, Benjy King – hammond and keyboards, Eran Asias – drums.
Additional keyboards are by Ruslan Agababayev
Current single ‘Drive’ from solo album ‘Moon Over Indigo’  on Flaming Hearts Records (April 2010) – available on iTunes and all the usual online stores.
http://wilybo.com/
 
You don’t own beer – Hippie Uprising (Vallejo, CA, USA)
Hippie Uprising is a collection of the best musicians from the San Francisco Bay Area playing and singing an eclectic blend of original music in various musical styles including rock, jazz, country, blues and everything else in-between. Many old and new friends were assembled for the first and lat time to make this music and CD truly memorable in more ways than one. Featured performances by Norton Buffalo (harmonica/vocals), Ernest Boom Carter (drums/vocals), Greg Douglas (lead guitar), Naomi Ruth Eisenberg (vocals), Nick Gravenites (vocals), Kathi McDonald (vocals), George Michaelski (piano), Maria Muldaur (vocals), Ben Perkoff (sax), Si Perkoff (piano), Lorin Rowan (guitars/vocals), Bobby Riddell (drums), Jay Russio (vocals), Pete Sears (keys) Lonnie Showtime Walters (percussion) and Steven Webber (bass).
The list of bands that they have produced, performed in recorded or toured with is remarkable. 
www.hippieuprising.com
 
Ping: What chance for independent artists
Apple are admitting artists from major labels first and will get round to independents eventually. 
It seems simple enough for me to turn Ping on (I already had an iTunes account and fairly secure log-in) but surely artists with sales accounts in iTunes should also be able to just switch it on. Not so, and the frustration is building as Apple announce that they are bringing artists in initially via the big labels and agencies. The independent artists we love will, it seems just have to wait.
More in the show.
PS: an hour or so later I’ve just seen a letter from independent artist Natalie Brown to Steve Jobs, well put Natalie. http://tinyurl.com/34pytjx
 
Take and Take – Garfield Mayor (Coventry, UK)
Garfield Mayor is a UK based artist, writer and producer. First signed in 2007 by three-times Grammy award winner Rob Thomas to his RTEL (Sony BMG) label he has now returned to independence and is promoting the intelligent blend of pop, dance & rock found on his debut album.
Mayor’s debut album ‘Take and Take’ was made in between London, New York and his home facility in Coventry, UK.
www.garfieldmayor.com
www.myspace.com/garfieldmayor
 
Artist of the Month – chat with Francis Guildea at The Crown Hotel, Southwold
 
Return to sender – Lloyd’s Garage (Nappa, California)
A second track from Artists of the Month, Lloyd’s Garage. 
There’s a fundamental integrity in these passionately delivered songs. The energy is, fortunately, matched by songs that retain interest both lyrically and in their arrangements. This energetic two-piece band delivers more watts of energy per song than you’ll hear in many a larger setup. 
Lloyd’s Garage are Seth Heitzmann – Guitar, Vocals
Lloyd Llewelyn – Drums, Keys
lloydsgarage.com
www.myspace.com/lloydsgarage
 
Adictos – Trafiko (Toulouse, France)
Latino reggae from the album “Azuquita.
A small sugar?? Voila finally ” azuquita “, The 1st ALBUM of TRAFIKO, which irresistibly comes to delight our eardrums at this beginning of summer seasons. Sunny tones of South America and the Caribbean. Magic union of the saxophone and the flute traversière. Rhythmic vocal perfumed in the sauce ragga-hip-hop hup, this new musical nugget invites us naturally to breathe, to move, to sing, to dance! The members of the group, whose scenic talent is not to prove any more, calls back(reminds) us, through this album that the life is a music the rhythm of which improvises our steps. Then no panic the cd is available from now on, ideal at any time and inevitable in case of “rave-up”.
www.myspace.com/trafikoband 
www.jamendo.com/en/artist/Trafiko
 
 
 

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