SnC 262 – Festival season is go
Suffolk’n’Cool 262 features previews from a few of the bands that will be playing Canadian Music Week in Toronto from today (9−13 March) and SXSW Music in Austin, Texas (March 15−20).
Sadly I’m not at either festival this year but I did get down to the dock in Ipswich last night (the local equivalent of St Tropez) in time for a spectacular sunset.
Deep Sea Diver – Heifervescent (Southport, UK)
Heifervescent is the never ending, ongoing, infinite, perpetual, and all those other words that mean a seemingly long time, music project of Andy Doran. Starting way back in the 90s, Andy was singer/guitarist with alternative rock band Monkeyland for about 6 years, followed by a spell of mixed media experiments, then the band called Cannula for about a year or two, and finally a solo project under the name of Heifervescent, from which there are currently four albums of material.The Heifervescent music is downloadable under the Creative Commons license.
CMJ discounted “ticket” reminder
You have just a few days left to save up to 50% on badges to this year’s CMJ Music Marathon & Film Festival, held October 18 to 22 throughout New York City. Thousands of bands to see, dozens of films to watch, and countless amounts of radness to be had.
You might well be busy later in the week, so get to it today.
Persian Blue – Bert Jerred (Oswego, NY, USA)
Bert Jerred writes and records original music in his home studio. This “studio” consists of one room, a Fostex MR-8 (CompactFlash version), an inexpensive Nady microphone, and a desktop PC.
In addition to writing and singing original lyrics, Jerred plays (or programs) all instruments and provides his own backup vocals. Since 2002, when he began experimenting with songwriting and home recording, Bert has released over 350 original songs for free under Creative Commons licenses, primarily through Jamendo.com. Bert’s music can also be licensed through Jamendo and JinglePunks.
The Dead – Jordan Reyne (New Zealand and Hamburg, Germany)
From her album “How the Dead Live”. If you heard Jordan Reyne featured on the show at the end of last year, you’ll remember. She’s just one of those artists. She is also artist of the month for October 10.
As some of you may have heard, my co-investor pulled out of the album project half way through, and we are somewhat stranded. Any help you can offer is hugely appreciated. Even if you are broke too, just putting the word out by sharing the link on your social networking pages would be fantastic.
Hole – The Big I Am (Liverpool, UK)
Taking their name from what Liverpool mothers say to their kids when they get a bit above themselves as in ‘don’t you come the big I am with me lad’ and not a reference to God as some people have believed, The Big I Am have not looked back since forming in October 2008.
Quoted as being ‘subtle, melodic and mysterious and sounding like Peter Gabriel and Steve Reich having an acoustic jam somewhere’
Soundwaves Amplify the Coast – it’s a Suffolk thing
The Soundwaves Ultimate Bands Contest has been launched for 2011 and project organisers are hoping to secure a wealth of new talent.
Entrants will take part in heats before a grand final in September. The finalists will benefit from industry masterclasses and have the chance to record their songs in a studio.
Past winners of the Soundwaves contest include Framlingham singer-songwriter Ed Sheeran – who is currently riding high in the iTunes charts with his latest EP – and Felixstowe-based rock band Stratosfire, who were the 2010 winners.
Sophie Hargraves, Soundwaves project manager, said: “We are passionate about music and local talent and do everything we can to make it happen for aspiring youngsters.
“We are always on the look out for the stars of tomorrow. We know we can play a part in providing valuable experience, contacts and exposure – all the ingredients to achieve your dreams.”
She said Soundwaves was also keen to establish links with the county’s music festivals to give young talent a bigger stage.
One of the heats has already happened but there are two more on Saturday, March 19, at Martlesham Community Centre, and Saturday, April 2, at Leiston Film Theatre.
The final will take place in September and will be headlined by rock band Brigade, fronted by former Framlingham schoolboys Will Simpson and James Plant.
The competition, supported by Suffolk Coastal District Council, is open to any artist living in the area, aged between 13 and 26, or bands with at least one member living in the district. All entrants must be unsigned and have three original songs they have written.
To enter the competition, or to find out more about the Soundwaves project and masterclasses, bands and artists can email firstname.lastname@example.org or contact Soundwaves on 07903 017838.
Heart Attack – Lovett (NY, USA)
The diverse nature and production of Lovett’s two latest music videos display their artistic range and creative momentum. Whereas Lovett’s first music video for “Eye Of The Storm” was epic with a cgi-laden narrative that took approximately one year to produce, “Heart attack” was made in one week with the straightforward theme of party, fun, and action.
“Heartattack” is the second single off this debut album Highway Collection set for release on March 15th. The album includes contributions from bands as diverse as The Avett Brothers, The Mars Volta, and Cursive to Spiritualized and The Sonos Quartet. Keep on eye on Lovett and his all-star carnival band this year at SXSW as they are sure to spice up the festival with memorable shows and a parade of surprises. The circus is coming.
Hummingbird – Imaginary Cities (Manitoba, Canada)
It is Canadian Music Week as the spring splurge of big showcase festivals gets underway in Toronto tonight.
Manitoba band Imaginary Cities are going to be supporting The Pixies for the entire North American leg of their Doolittle Tour 2011. This will be their first tour in support of the album, Temporary Resident released a couple of weeks ago. They’re also playing at at CMW in Toronto with shows tomorrow and on Friday. Then they head down to SXSW in Austin, TX for shows at the Canada Blast BBQ on 16th and on 17th at Parish Underground then they’re out on the Pixies tour.
There’s been a lot of ink spilled about Manitoba’s frozen soil producing hot music. We don’t think it’s really that cold here, but there is a long history of great acts coming from this Canadian prairie province,
The 2011 Manitoba Music compilation features 20 diverse songs from some of most innovative and exciting artists the province of Manitoba has to offer: world class music fro‘m the centre of Canada. Diverse iscertainly what this album is featuring tracks from the likes of singer/songwriter Ruth Moody (The Wailin’ Jennys), rock poet Greg MacPherson, roots troubadour Scott Nolan, hip-hop trailblazer Wab Kinew, award-winning folk act Don Amero, and folk/pop maverick JP Hoe; alongside up-and-coming indie rockers Les Jupes, The Details, Royal Canoe, and Hope Atlantic, and songsmiths James Struthers and Del Barber.
Manitoba Music has a state-of-the art resource centre, a dynamic website, a comprehensive series of industry workshops, a far-reaching market development program, and the only Aboriginal music program of its kind in the world.
Can’t Remember That – Lou-is (Brooklyn, New York, USA)
`Described as “New York’s most endearing and quirky troubadour.”
Great to have Ro Cutler presenting the AMPed show this week.
I’ll be there from Monday with show 274
Welcome to the Circus – Skittish (Minneapolis, MN, USA)
Conceived as the third full length album in 2008, band-leader Jeff Noller worked overnight shifts in a factory to buy studio gear and a house in which to build his dream studio. Close to completing work on this more rock-based album, the recession hit hard; taking the job, the house, and current girlfriend from the already struggling artist.
Timelines, street dates, and master plans shifted and these lifestyle tectonics led to the creation of a second, more folky, dark, and experimental side to “The Perfect Shade of Green.’
This year Skittish will be playing at SXSW and touring nationally in the fall. We’ve got plenty of feathers in our respective caps from the 5 years that we’ve been together:
With our unwavering DIY ethic, we built a home studio, self-recorded a professional quality double-album, built a website, made videos, got press, toured nationally, and scored licensing deals all in a matter of a couple years.