SnC 263 – Magpies, Marley and Myths
Lots of interesting music and the Adnams Artist of the Month in this week’s show.
I went over to Southwold to record the AOTM interview yesterday. I bleak, murky and cold day but very atmospheric over the marshes at Blythburgh. I’m sure that it is the absence of clutter that makes the landscape of east Suffolk so attractive. Minimalism writ large (but in subdued tones).
Time To Kill Time – The Elwins (Toronto, Canada)
Ontario independent pop act The Elwins are a part of a vital practice of D.I.Y. pop eccentrics whose ’60s swoon-worthy melodies unabashedly ignore current trends in indie music. A trio that sounds more like four or five reminds one of exactly what can be very good about rock and roll; simplicity and solid songwriting backed by some naturally talented young musicians makes The Elwins a true gem among other independent artists.
Their forthcoming album promises to take everything loved about the EP and live performances and turns things up to 10, taking it beyond anything we’ve heard from them thus far.
Magpie Eggs – Moddi (Sneja, Norway)
Raised on the blustery, remote island of Senja in northern Norway, the land of the midnight sun and eternally dark winters, the bipolar land’s influence is evident as Pål Moddi Knutsen describes his music “as a huge band session, with noise and loudness, [while also being] so fragile and discreet that you might want to sing along in order to help it continue.” The quietly intense acoustic guitar, smoldering strings, and the haunting Norwegian-accented voice of Moddi began with his mother’s accordion, a stolen mandolin, a worn acoustic guitar, and a passion.
After writing “Magpie Eggs” in 2006, he knew he was going to make an album he could be proud of. The expression ‘to be eating a magpie’s egg’ speaks to one’s ability to fight for something they do not believe. The song’s fluid melody, poetic lyrics, and erupting strings are definitive of Moddi’s music. His debut album, Floriography, released in 2010 in Norway on Propeller Recordings, has captivated audiences across his home country, prompting his “urge to share things with people who do not share [his] same passport color.” It is releasing elsewhere on April 11.
Out of the woodwork has emerged some early footage of Bob Marley, shot in Jamaica by Esther Anderson, in 1973.
The footage is, essentially, Super 8 format home movie material and the impression gained from the BBC video is that it has no sound.
Esther says that she was making a movie to be shown in US colleges, and that may well have been her intention. I have no idea whether that ever happened or not. I certainly never saw the film crew she refers to on tour.
She says she was instrumental in introducing Bob to Rastafarianism and was managing him on the 1973 tours. I remember seeing her around the Island studios in Basing Street but, as far as I can remember, generally not at gigs in the UK and certainly not on the US tours that I worked on. Chris Blackwell dealt with strategic management with Benjamin Foot taking main responsibility for tours. I worked closely with Ben, road managed and took care of the sound.
I very clearly recall being responsible for much of the day-to-day functioning on those tours and staying stone-cold sober was the only way of holding it together. Oh well, I suppose we all remember things differently.
If you’re in London on Saturday, Esther is showing the footage as “a film in progress” at the National Film Theatre 1 at 11am tickets are £3 or £4.50 depending on where you look!
Full story on the BBC site at: www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-latin-america-12748659
Dream-State Eternal – The City Music Project (Philadelphia, USA)
The City Music Project began as a pairing of the prodigious songwriting and lyrical abilities of Fank Cervantes and the rich musical and rhythmic sound-scapes of Adrian Palashevsky AKA Golden Spiral. The project, a well-balanced hybrid of electronic and traditional musical components, is meant to be danced to and experienced live. Comparable to sounds of Thievery Corporation, Gorillaz, Pretty Lights, and MGMT’s Oracular Spectacular, TCMP’s live performance integrates vocals, instruments and studio/performance-based production hardware and software. It also incorporates elements of video art, live dancing, and lighting, along with cameo appearances from a number of different guest musicians involved, “giving the audience a transcendent experience,” describes Palashevsky.
The City Music Project released their self-titled EP (including this track, Dream-State Eternal) in April 2010, followed by a successful run of shows in their hometown of Philadelphia which showed the duo’s potential together.
Their full-length album Visual-Audio is set to be released in April, one year after the release of their EP.
03.23.11 R Bar New York, NY
03.26.11 The M Room Philadelphia, PA
Making Myths – Team Genius (Brooklyn, NYC)
DREW HERMILLER : Vocals, Guitars, Keys, Harmonica
CHAD HERMILLER : Bass, Bells, Inspiration
SCOTTIE D : Percussion and Dreams
ERIN GRIFFITH : Keys
EMMA FIRTH : Vocals, Guitar, Mandolin
CHRIS HUDIK : Bass
REBEKAH ALLEN : Trumpet, Accordion
ELIZABETH ALLEN : Sax, Keys, Bass, Bells, Cello, Flute, etc.
Team Genius will be releasing a series of 4 albums (3 EPs and an LP) starting in April. Catch these clever Brooklyn kids at the Paper Garden Records SXSW showcase on Friday, March 18th at Uncorked (900 East 7th St) or one of their other SXSW or NYC shows.
Note from Daryl Ramage
We are … huge fans of the most amazing bluesman I’ve ever heard. Matt Andersen is from New Brunswick, Canada and has recently won the solo category at the 2010 International Blues Challenge in Memphis. He is a huge bear of a man, huge voice, huge talent and the nicest guy you’ll ever meet.
I write to you today because I see on Matt’s website that he is playing at the Crawdaddy Blues Club on March 24 in Billericay, not that far from you I believe.
I can not say enough good things about this man. Look up some videos on youtube (here’s a good one http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7lCHfnHb5Uw) and get on down to the Crawdaddy Club to see Matt.
PS: Say hi to Matt and have a pint for me too, would you.
Devil’s Bride – Matt Andersen (Bairdsville, New Brunswick, CA)
New Brunswick, Canada’s Matt Andersen has a larger than life showmanship that has been earning him a fervent and steadfast audience wherever he graces the stage. Matt’s sprawling blues, roots and rock musical hybrid with his sorrowing and soulful voice and astonishing guitar-playing has sparked a phenomenal buzz on Canada’s East Coast.
Matt Andersen is a very real, rare, raw talent and career artist — vital to our musical landscape. For more info on Matt and his music catalogue go to www.bustedflatrecords.com.
Boats but not the Ocean (Swept Away) – I am not Lefthanded (London, UK)
The instrumental version of the track that caught the attention of Martin Wilkinson to earn I am Not Lefthanded the title of Adnams Artist of the Month for Feb 2011 and I’m delighted.
We don’t play pop music, we don’t write music for art’s sake, we don’t represent any movements, we’re not hip, we’re not cutting edge, we don’t dress to be cool. We manage ourselves, we write our own songs, we do our own recordings, we shoot our own videos, we design our own covers, we run our own website. We’re not generally negative people. Oh yes, and we’re not lefthanded.
Fiercely independent, mostly-Irish but currently London-based, I Am Not Lefthanded are known for their homemade, quirky videos as much as their lyrical, evocative music. Described as sounding like ‘Natalie Merchant fronting Death Cab for Cutie’, they’ve toured around the UK and Ireland alone and with Duke Special, The Rumble Strips and The Answering Machine. In 2008, they released their debut mini-album, Yes Means No, on fast-rising UK indie Letterbox Records. Receiving airplay on London, Irish and Scottish Radio, as well the lead track Long Goodbyes, featuring on the soundtrack for ‘Cruelty’. They’re currently launching their follow-up EP, Time To Leave on an unsuspecting world…
Kathryn – Vocals/Guitar/Piano
Daniel – Vocals/Bass
Benji – Drums
The band are recording their new album live online. You can watch them write, rehearse and record at
A lot of their music is available on Jamendo at www.jamendo.com/en/artist/I_Am_Not_Lefthanded
Note from Dubamix
I’m Greg (aka Dubamix). Thanks a lot for your show, i’m glad that you like my music !
Here is an approximate translation of the french text you can find on my web site (in attachment, you’ll find a release of “Mix A Dub” album by dub-connection, if you want to understand better my project) :
Result of an anarchist revolt and visceral love for dub, DUBAMIX was born in 2003. It’s Dub reggae music inspired by roots music (Jacob Miller …), as well as the electro dub of today (High Tone, Kanka …). It’s inspired too by classical composers as Haydn, Bach and Dvorak.
The particularity of Dubamix is to incorporate extracts of politicians speeches (such as Sarkozy, the french president). Thus, Dubamix places them face their contradictions and oppose to them an anti-capitalist, anti-fascist message.
Acting Dub – Dubamix (France)