SnC 342 – No added NYC

SnC 342 - Active Child
Active Child – hauntingly beautiful vocals on a dark background. Our track was just covered by Ellie Goulding.

For the first time in a very long time, NO tracks from Brooklyn nor even anywhere else in New York. Eight cracking tracks though from Spain, London, Virginia, Australia, Canada, LA and Mexico.

You’ll get the tracks at a bit of a canter since I’m getting close to the upload limit on the servers at Libsyn and I’ve got another Session at the Barn to fit in this week, from The Argonauts.

Keep an eye on the SnC site, iTunes or your podcatcher of choice.

 – La Olla Express
 (Alicante, Spain)

A cracking fusion/rock/ska band from Spain.

They still have a MySpace page but haven’t logged in since may 2010 and their website goes nowhere. Sadly, it all points in one direction.

However, due to the wonders in the intertubes, their music is still as available and fresh as the day it was …

On Jamendo at:


Sensation – Thomas Allan (London, UK / Mönchengladbach, Germany)

Thomas Allan is a 20 year old, half British and half German singer-songwriter.

His album “Commercial B-Sides” was recorded in his cellar. Thomas had various sessions in many professional studios but the producers were not able to capture the rough energy of his songs. Therefore Thomas decided to record, produce and mix his songs himself in his cellar, which gave the tracks this raw and authentic feeling!

So look forward to some hand made music!

Thomas’ tracks have been broadcasted on BBC-Radio, where he was called “the new Billy Bragg”.

If you like what you hear, please give it a “like” on Facebook to stay updated with the latest news and releases!


I don’t fit in – Suburban Living (Norfolk, VA, USA)

On the heels of the Cooper’s Dream EP, Suburban Living unveil the Eyes Wide Shut inspired video for latest single, “I Don’t Fit In.” A dreamy, synth heavy jam drizzled in reverb and lauded by Consequence of Sound as a “summer anthem,” the video tackles the issue of isolation via the lens of scantily clad models in masks, cross dressing and pink lipstick.

The moniker of barely legal, Norfolk Virginia native, Wesley Bunch, Suburban Living has even drawn comparisons to the patron saint of pop despair, Moz, himself with yvynyl declaring he, “puts a cheery mod sound on a dire outsider’s lament that Morrissey could be proud of.”

The video premiered yesterday via Prefix Magazine and Suburban Living embark on a mini east coast run in October before CMJ with dates opening for Ra Ra Riot, Mac DeMarco and more.



Dumb Love – Jack Ladder and the Dreamlanders (New South Wales, Australia)

I think we’ve waited long enough for another superb Jack Ladder track.

This may not yet be the masterpiece from Jack Ladder but I think this album puts down a marker and may well be a future collectable quoted by artists as a key influence.

Order the limited, 180 gram vinyl, complete with download card and hand-numbered photo/lyric book, via the Holloweyed webstore iTunes, Google Play, Bandcamp and eMusic.



First Transmission – Jon Samuel (Halifax, NS, Canada)

Samuel was introduced to music at a young age. He discovered the merits of modern music through MTV/ MuchMusic and classic rock through his father. In his teens, artists like Nirvana taught him you didn’t have to be a rock star to write rock music. By 16 Samuel was playing all-ages shows, like Halifax’s Cafe Ole, where he spent almost every Friday and Saturday night for over a year, regardless of who was playing.

Samuel began his recording career in the Halifax band Slight Return (whose debut was released on Quebec’s Matlock Records). Over the years he crossed paths with the Juno Award-winning Wintersleep, and he first joined their side-project Contrived for their second full-length record Dead Air Verbatim and the subsequent Blank Blank Blank album before joined Wintersleep full time.

First Transmission was recorded in the spring and summer of 2011, along with fellow Winterlseep band mates Tim D’Eon and Loel Campbell (and a portion of the record was done in the band’s rehearsal space). Most of the record was recorded in an apartment in Montreal. Rah Rah’s Erin Passmore lends vocals to two tracks.

First Transmission is released on Hidden Pony Records.



Hanging On – Active Child (LA, CCCA, USA) Indiginous

For Pat Grossi of Active Child, the last two years have been nothing short of enriching. Musically, Pat has worked within and appropriated a number of styles into his sound, from his early days singing with that heavenly voice as a choir boy to his more recent forays into laptop-assisted indie-pop made in his bedroom, best exemplified on 2010’s acclaimed Curtis Lane EP.

This track has just been covered by Ellie Goulding. That won’t do his career any harm eh?



Tyrant – Lili Haydn (Los Angeles, CA, USA)

The accomplished and revered Lili Haydn is gearing up for her fourth studio album, I am a Man, due for release early 2013.  Already gaining the respect of industry heavy hitters & tastemakers including Linda Perry, and George Clinton, I Am a Man is guaranteed to not disappoint with it’s quirky pop hooks, raw grooves and honest incisive lyrics. “Tyrant”, the first single from the upcoming album highlights Lili’s soulful and melodic talent, in addition to her passion for social justice.

Both as a solo artist and in her legendary collaborations (Roger Waters, Herbie Hancock, Page and Plant), Lili has toured the world and her records have been celebrated by NPR, The Tonight Show with Jay Leno and audiences worldwide. In addition, she is the featured voice and violin on several films with Hans Zimmer (Pirates of the Caribbean 3 & 4), among many others.  Lili is also a film composer in her own right, with six feature films to her scoring credit.

A humanitarian and activist, Lili also performs regularly for various human rights organizations, including Amnesty International and Human Rights Watch, the Global Security Institute



Black Widow – Elan (Guadalajara, Mexico)

The word “elán” means “life force”. But the rock band “ELAN” (written in all caps “ELAN” as opposed to “Elán”, the lead singer) – a brother-and-sister led quintet from a small village near Guadalajara, Mexico – define themselves in different terms than other contemporary bands.

There is a staggering level of musical communication nearly hard-wired into the band members’ genes. ELAN has played together since they were children. Guitarist Mauricio “El Pato” López has collaborated with the DeFans since their early teens, while bassist Carlos “Charlie” Padilla Maqueo was in the first jam band with Jan Carlo at 11 years of age, and drummer Michel “Cheech” Bitar DeFan is a cousin. They have been best friends for nearly two decades and have played together for just as long. Jan Carlo shares,

“We’ve really hit the point we’re at because of the constant touring we’ve done together over the past 15 years. We’re really a live band, and we’ve developed our sound by playing anywhere we could.”





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