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  • Music Manumit Music Only Podcast - 120727

    17 Aug 2012, 06:21 by MarcHollenbach

    Doug's Picks - Wayne Myers! (and his inspiration)

    "Chez Tina" by Fast Freddie Fourier and the Transforms (jazz) - CC BY-NC-SA - Website
    "Drinking On My Own Again" by Fit and the Conniptions (folk-rock) - CC BY-NC-SA - Website
    "You Can't Lose" by Fit and the Conniptions (folk-rock) - CC BY-NC-SA - Website
    "Improv with Luca Formentini, Gianni Sabbioni & Frank Moreno, from 2003" by Steve Lawson (instrumental) - CC BY - Website
    "Boden gewinnen" by Von Korf(instrumental) - CC BY-NC-SA - Website
    During our interview with Wayne, I was reminded to check our SoundCloud Dropbox. We had a track! This one!

    Susan Joseph's picks
    This time my picks are from Susan Joseph from CCMixter.org who we asked to share some of her favorites from around the site. Listen for our upcoming interview with her in the next couple of days.

    "Revolve" by hisboyelroy (electronic) - CC-BY-NC-Sampling+ - Website
  • 30K

    10 Aug 2009, 16:00 by steevc

    My 30,000th track was by Terence Trent D'Arby. I'll also pass 100k miles for my car in about the same time (5+ years).

    Not bought too much music lately apart from some bargain downloads from Steve Lawson. I rarely get to a record shop, but will scan the bargain bins when I do for various stuff on my wish list.
  • One more addition...

    21 May 2009, 07:31 by CoreyMwamba

    Hello again,

    I thought I added this ages ago, but it seems not. This is from 2007: and the music was taken to London Jazz Festival that year with
    Steve Lawson on bass. But this is the original, with fab performances from Deborah Jordan, Robert Mitchell, Robin Mullarkey and Cheryl Alleyne.

    Argentum

    Hope you like!

    Corey Mwamba
  • Top things of the year

    30 Dec 2008, 13:14 by steevc

    Looking at my stats for the year I see that I have been listening to lots of Eels, Björk and Radiohead, as usual. My Glenn Gould Bach CD has had lots of plays.

    On the album chart those artists don't make the top 10, but I obviously enjoyed Camille's latest and Jeff Schmidt's instrumental work has been passing the time at work.

    Camille also does well on individual tracks, but Steve Lawson also makes a strong showing there. I'm surprised that I've not listened to anything more than 8 times. A few songs by Mansun and others are only there due to cropping up often on my neighbour radio.

    Most of this listening has been at work. I choose based on my mood. Sometimes I need instrumental music to block out background noise without distracting too much. Other times a conversation or the radio will inspire me to listen to something in particular.

    Next year I may be acquiring more music from less well known artists who I have heard about on-line and will try to by their music direct from them. …
  • Musicians I have known

    28 Aug 2008, 12:18 by steevc

    I don't know many professional musicians. I've met a few recently via various on-line communities such as Steve Lawson and Simon Little, but they are probably well below the general public radar.

    I recently found out that Max Richter, who I knew when I was about 12, is a successful composer and performer. I remember him trying to build a synth from a kit with help from his dad, but didn't get to see it finished. I wonder if anyone else I knew has made it big.

    If I included friends of friends then I could draw connections to some big names, but I don't think that means too much.
  • greenbelt festival 2008/ my last three months listening

    27 Aug 2008, 10:16 by stevethack

    Fri 22 Aug – Greenbelt Festival 2008

    having listened to many of the bands playing this years greenbelt fest the plan is to post my last three month chart here (given when i was away this actually covers the full 11 weeks from me returning from the greenbelt iona retreat to my arrival at the festival) then slowly edit it with comments about the bands that did play the fest. prob a big job so count this journal entry as a work in progress.



    1 Levellers 119(no link to greenbelt, well Seth lakeman's brother Sean produced their new album and i can find half a dozen other tenuous links)

    2 Michael Franti & Spearhead 82
    headlined friday night, wow. maybe not as impressive as when he played two years back and so far i do think i prefer Yell fire to his new album.

    2 Duke Special 82
    ok joint second for the duke, not at the festival this year but has been most years (once we get out of my top ten i'll delete the bands who weren't on the gb08 line up)
    4 Rachel Taylor-Beales 77
  • Spreading The Word: My Social Networking Dabblings...

    15 Jul 2008, 19:18 by simonlittlebass

    As regular readers will know I recently started up a Solo Bass Podcast. With a view to producing an album of solo bass material later on this year, I wanted an outlet to post new ideas and hopefully gain some feedback. The second and possibly more important reason behind starting the podcast was to begin to build some semblance of a fanbase to whom I could promote the album on it's eventual release.
    I am a session musician by definition. ie: I make a living playing other people's music in other people's bands. As a musician in my own right, very few people know who I am or what I do. As a result, making myself known to a few people has become quite important. I've trawled the internet to find the most appropriate spots for me to have some kind of presence, and have started up profiles on a few key sites. As you wil all know, my MySpace page has been up and running for several years now, but I'm finding the lack of interactivity and endless friend requests from obscure housewives-turned-jazz singers quite frustrating.
  • New videos up on YouTube

    13 Feb 2008, 15:43 by SoloBassSteve

    I've had a Youtube uploading frenzy in the last couple of days - here they are -

    This one is a Pat Benatar song, with a twist. :o)
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-v8zq6HRRhQ

    This one is a track that's featured on the Steve Lawson and Lobelia Live in Nebraska EP, though this was recorded at a house concert in California - it's called I'm Lost -
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gvZo3TU7WZI

    And this one is a The Police Song...
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9L1HdyKqvtM

    Enjoy, and check out the Steve Lawson and Lobelia pages for more on what we do solo...

    And if you like the vids, please rate or favourite them - we're currently climbing the UK music 'most rated' and 'most favourited' and 'most viewed' charts on youtube, which is nice, so if you want to help us out, that'd be lovely...

    Sx
  • The three hundreds club

    25 Apr 2007, 22:02 by SoloBassSteve

    Well, a year and a half on from my 'two hundreds club' post, we're onto the three hundreds club...

    As a comparison, here's the previous list...

    Jonatha Brooke - 312
    Michael Manring - 261
    Kris Delmhorst - 243
    Julie Lee - 206
    Bill Frisell - 205
    Eric Roche - 205
    Rise Kagona - 202

    That was from Oct 2005.

    Here's the current list of artists with over 300 plays -

    Jonatha Brooke - 497
    Bruce Cockburn - 469
    Lobelia - 439
    Steve Lawson - 430
    Bill Frisell - 384
    Michael Manring - 380
    Kris Delmhorst - 368
    Prefab Sprout -346
    Juliet Turner - 311
    Eric Roche - 310

    Whos' new? Lobelia - fantastic singer/songwriter from the States that I toured with in Europe this March - we'll be recording together soon, and doing some dates in the US in May/June. She's fab.

    Prefab Sprout - a favourite of mine for many years, I tend to go through stages of listening to LOADS of them. Wonderful stuffs.

    Juliet Turner - amazing singer/songeriter from Northern Ireland, huge in Ireland, not as huge as she should be elsewhere. …
  • Albums Of The Year 2006

    31 Dec 2006, 23:51 by JyotiMishra

    Hello groinkers!

    It's time for my traditional round up of the best albums of 2006. This year I've chosen 32 albums, one for every tooth in my mad, mad head! The shortlist was around 70 so every album below is a winner, no matter where it is on the chart. Buy them all!

    32. Spinform - Bryter Tystnaden

    http://www.bzangygroink.co.uk/images/2006/best/spinform.jpg

    It’s very hard with instrumental electronic music to communicate what it sounds like. I could try and describe the sounds of this album (bit guitarry, bit glitchy) but I think it’s better to say it sounds like a forlorn mouse in a rusty metal box playing a tiny guitar. Yep.

    31. These Arms Are Snakes – Easter

    http://www.bzangygroink.co.uk/images/2006/best/snakes.jpg

    ‘Easter’ didn’t grab me instantly like ‘Oxeneers’ did but it’s a grower! Loud, proggy and defiantly idiosyncratic, it’s a sprawling, ambitious album. From the mantrarock opener ‘Mescaline Eyes’ through the worryingly-titled ‘Perpetual Bris’ to the flailing…