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Date: Monday, 08 Oct 2012 23:13

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A Look at the Xray

Music Xray logo imageToday’s show features a variety of artists that have submitted their songs using the service Music Xray. This is an interesting site that helps musicians connect with opportunities. Visitors/listeners can also benefit by finding many new artists that you’ve never heard. If you like what you hear — or perhaps don’t — please leave me your thoughts/feedback by clicking the “Send Voicemail” tab on the right hand side of the page — or by visiting the voicemail page. You can also submit your comments using the form on the contact page.

Artists and Songs Played

Artist: Win The Day
Song: Walk This World

Artist: Road to Nowhere
Song: Mental Exercise

Artist: The Ground Above
Song: Compliments

Artist: Lillian Todd-Jones
Song: Butter Soul

Artist: David Tribble
Song: I Don’t Mind

Artist: Michael T. Hannan
Song: The John Lee Hooker Train

Artist: Alex Hirsch
Song: Buffalo Bill Tragedy

Artist: Evan Egerer
Song: Live My Life

Artist: MaHa Rocks
Song: In Mind

Artist: The Spins
Song: Never Let It Go
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Date: Sunday, 30 Sep 2012 22:22

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An Americana Sampler

Today’s show features a variety of artists that have submitted Americana or folk/rock style songs. If you like what you hear — or perhaps don’t — please leave me your thoughts/feedback by clicking the “Send Voicemail” tab on the right hand side of the page — or by visiting the voicemail page. You can also submit your comments using the form on the contact page.

Songs and Artists Played

- Mississippi Moon (Sandyman Flynn)
- Time Flies Away (David Rice)
- Rusty Kind of Soul (OLGWI) [Birds Will Sing for You Music]
- Alright By Me (Reprise) (Ali Bartlett)
- Thousand Winds (Cory Brown)
- Feel (Eric Erdman) [Ariel Publicity]
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Date: Monday, 03 Sep 2012 21:16

Six Gun Jury

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Songs Played

- Climb the Scene
- All Alone in Rock and Roll
- Anthem
- Chancellor Pink
- My Baby Cries
- Everything You Are
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About the Show

“Six Gun Jury deserves a shot at the majors.”
~ John Hayes, Rockflash, August 1989

One of the things that I most like about producing Audio Gumshoe is the opportunity to bring fresh, new music to my listeners. In this case, I found music that I know would likely be “fresh and new,” but coincidentally is twenty-three years old.

Six Gun Jury is a group that existed in Pittsburgh in the late 1980s. The band was a popular option for many in the area. Local radio stations liked them. They received high praises from local music publications. They even competed against the likes of the Pixies, 10,000 Maniacs, and the Lemonheads for the top of the Pittsburgh alternative record charts. But, unless you lived in the area, you’ve likely not heard them.

The music of this band has now become available to download after all these years. It’s a great flashback opportunity to a time when alternative guitar bands rose to the top of the listening charts. Consider REM‘s “Stand” from the album Green in 1989. Or The Cure with their “Lovesong” and the track “Pictures of You” from the album Disintegration. And what about The Church with their song “Under the Milky Way” from the album Starfish? If the critics in Pittsburgh would have had their way, Six Gun Jury would have been found keeping company with these same acts at the top of the charts in 1989. John Young, of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette said, “This guitar-based four-piece has quietly become a very tight and powerful group-to-be-reckoned-with.”

Image of members of Six Gun Jury while on stageThe band offers all of their original songs from the album Res Ipsa Loquitur as free downloads. These are mp3s in 320 kbps format. The collection includes the 1988 WXXP regular rotation commercial radio hit “Climb the Scene”, and the songs “All Alone in Rock ‘n Roll” and “Chancellor Pink.” Both finished in WPTS radio’s Top 50 songs of 1987. In addition, 5 bonus songs, recorded by the band in 1987, have also been added to the download package.

Get the Music

Res Ipsa Loquitur

Artist Links

Six Gun Jury Archive Page
Six Gun Jury on YouTube

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Date: Monday, 13 Aug 2012 02:54

Audio Gumshoe Pinched Tracks

Pinch [pinch] -verb Slang
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Specifically as seen in film noir featuring gumshoe detectives.

Audio Gumshoe Pinched Tracks are songs that have been submitted to the show by artists hoping for play to potential new fans. Often, these artists don’t submit enough material to be featured artists. Their songs are still good, though, and worthy of playing at Audio Gumshoe. If you like these, please visit the artist links to find out more — and to purchase their music if it is available.

Tubie and the Touchtones

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This is the Blues, Texas Style, very much in the vein Stevie Ray Vaughan, ZZ Top, and Johnny Winter. The band has become a fixture in their hometown of Navasota, which has been officially proclaimed as the Blues Capital of Texas by the state legislature. In fact, the band has twice played in the Texas State Capitol rotunda during legislative sessions to commemorate the heritage of Texas Blues.

Song Played

- When the Rubber Meets the Road

Artist Links

Tubie and the Touchtones at:
Official Site

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Date: Sunday, 05 Aug 2012 21:45

The Commuters

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Songs Played

- As I Make My Way
- Rescue
- Take a Step Back
- Bombs Away
- We Are Breathing

//

About the Show

The first single off the album, “As I Make My Way,” has been making big waves since its debut in September. It received extensive college radio play and the video was added by mtvU to the channel’s rotation.

As I mention in the show, it is a great day when I can open my email to check show submissions and I find a band as tight as this. The songs are well-written, well-produced, and the performances are well-executed. Solid acts like this are sometimes hard to find.

The Commuters do a great job presenting stories about life — perhaps from the view of living in NYC? — to which people world-wide might relate. Their use of dynamics throughout this album shows that they understand music is a direct portrayal of our own lives. None of us lives it loud, full bore, one hundred percent of the time, with much success. We have times when we get quiet, reflect, and even listen to ourselves. I appreciate a band that shares dynamics in their songs.

image of the Commuters album cover, RaceI mention in this episode that there must, indeed, be something wrong with the music industry when bands like this are not better known. I encourage everyone to give this band a listen, either through this episode, or by downloading their tracks (link below) for FREE! Spread the word and get these guys known by as many people as possible.

We’re really excited and grateful for the strong positive reception the album has been getting,” said Zeeshan Zaidi, lead singer and guitarist for The Commuters. “And I’m equally excited about giving the album away for free on our site – I want as many people to hear it as possible.

Get the Music

Bandcamp
Rescue – on Amazon.com

Artist Links

The Commuters Web Site
The Commuters on Twitter
The Commuters on Facebook
The Commuters on YouTube

Associated Links

Association of Music Podcasting
Blubrry Podcast Network
Audio Gumshoe on Twitter
Audio Gumshoe on Facebook

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Date: Sunday, 15 Jul 2012 16:05

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Kim Edwards

Kim Edwards album art for Wanderlust

Songs Played

- Wanderlust
- The Show
- It Was Me
- Oceans
- No Other (Acoustic Version)
//

About the Show

Each of the songs I’ve written for Wanderlust has been a reflection of a different place of travel—the album is a collection of songs from my journeys.

Kim Edwards is one of the artists that I featured on my recent “The File Box – Part 2” episode of Audio Gumshoe. Her songs are smooth, soulful pictures of her experiences. She shares talent that comes from a lifetime of deep musical exploration. She explains:

As a kid I studied Alan Menken’s Disney Scores for The Little Mermaid, Beauty and the Beast, and Aladdin. I remember being 14 and doing some online research and I found the company in charge of the scores and I wrote them said ‘I’m a student of orchestration, could you send me some scores?’ and they did!

The music on this episode of Audio Gumshoe is from the album “Wanderlust.” The songs are described as “chamber pop.” Kim’s early study of classical piano has obviously contributed to the lush arrangements and appreciation for the classical styles. She starting training at age four and was a piano performance major in college for a short while. It is obvious that she has a firm grasp of music theory, orchestration, and arrangement, all of which can be heard on Wanderlust.

From her press package:

Kim’s uniquely playful musicality has garnered favorable comparisons to Regina Spektor and Ingrid Michaelson. Wanderlust debuted at #25 in the iTunes Top 200 Singer-Songwriter charts, an impressive feat for a totally D.I.Y. artist who used standard networking platforms like Kickstarter and Facebook for exposure.

Photo of Kim Edwards smilingShe explains that she simply put out a Facebook message asking friends and fans to support her digital release. On the day of her Facebook message she noted that she had been scanning the bottom of the Top 200 Singer-Songwriter list on iTunes. It wasn’t until she moved up to #92 that she realized that Wanderlust had debuted that well. By day’s end the album had reached #25. She said, “[it] was remarkable considering there wasn’t any marketing or publicity.”

Get the Music

iTunes
Amazon

Artist Links

Kim Edwards
Kim Edwards on Twitter
Kim Edwards at Facebook
Kim Edwards at YouTube
Kim Edwards at ReverbNation

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Date: Monday, 02 Jul 2012 01:39

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Et Tu Brucé

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Songs Played

- This City
- Never Seen You Cry
- Stars Fall
- Dress Me Up in Bruises
- Never Say Trevor Again
//

Hailing from Hanwell in sunny London ‘Suburban Sunshine’ is the incredible debut album release from Et Tu Brucé. Their first single ‘This City/Never Seen You Cry’ was championed by BBC 6 Music, BBC London & X-FM amongst many other tastemaker radio stations. ‘Stars Fall’ followed, and continued where the first release left off, with added coverage on a variety of commercial stations and by Frank Skinner on his Absolute Radio show.

Et Tu Brucé is one of those bands that became an easy favorite for me after my first listen. The music has the familiarity of most of the great classic bands that I’ve enjoyed through the years, while sounding clean, fresh, and well-produced. Though it has a retro sound, the album “Suburban Sunshine” benefits from the newest audio technology, good engineering and a thoughtful ear during the mastering process.

Never Say Trevor Again single artwork“Suburban Sunshine” almost didn’t make its way to my radar. I had been traveling quite a bit since this past May and found the email submissions for the show stacking up considerably. The email from Monty at Blah Blah Promotions arrived during this time. It would have been very easy for me to move forward through the messages while only giving this one a cursory glance. I’m glad I read it. I’m even more glad that I listened.

Be sure to visit the band’s YouTube page to see the video for the song “Never Say Trevor Again”. Quite fun.

Get the Music

iTunes
Amazon

Artist Links

Et Tu Brucé
Et Tu Brucé on Twitter
Et Tu Brucé at Facebook
Et Tu Brucé at YouTube

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Date: Tuesday, 12 Jun 2012 15:17

Audio Gumshoe Pinched Tracks

Pinch [pinch] -verb Slang
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Specifically as seen in film noir featuring gumshoe detectives.

Audio Gumshoe Pinched Tracks are songs that have been submitted to the show by artists hoping for play to potential new fans. Often, these artists don’t submit enough material to be featured artists. Their songs are still good, though, and worthy of playing at Audio Gumshoe. If you like these, please visit the artist links to find out more — and to purchase their music if it is available.

Mahoney

song art for Mahoney's We're on Our Way
Mahoney, a passionate singer/songwriter from Dublin, Ireland, has declared that all proceeds from the sale of this song will benefit the LauraLynn Children’s Hospice in Dublin. The song had more than 250,000 hits the first week it was released on YouTube.

Mahoney co-wrote the song with Rob Malone, who also produced the track. Malone is David Gray’s bassist.

Song Played

- We’re On Our Way [on iTunes]

Artist Links

Mahoney at:
Official Site

Associated Links

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Date: Sunday, 13 May 2012 01:59

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The File Box – Part 2

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Today’s show features a variety of artists from the submission files. If you like what you hear — or perhaps don’t — please leave me your thoughts (vis a vis feedback) by clicking the tab on the right hand side of the page — or by visiting the voicemail page.

Songs and Artists Played

- Alright (Janus 4-14)
- Played Along (DZ)
- Black Shoe (BalloonMan)
- Call to Arms (BalloonMan)
- The Show (Kim Edwards)
- Lottery (Sam Page)
- Corner of My Eye (Jack Davis and Crossbite)
- Hangin’ Out at Brown’s (Stone Pony)
- Amusement Park (Brother Octopus)
- Wrong Direction (Edgar Allan Poets)
- Six Feet Under (The Centerfolds)
//
Many thanks to the crew at Ariel Publicity for helping us find Kim Edwards, one of the artists on this episode. Their support is always greatly appreciated.

Also, thanks to “mcfarlandmo” for the use of the file cabinet photo on this post. Follow on Flickr. The image is Creative Commons licensed (some rights reserved).

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Date: Sunday, 25 Mar 2012 20:15

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The File Box

Image by Junior Henry
As I mentioned in the last episode of Audio Gumshoe, today’s show features a variety of artists from the submission files. Episode 156 will also feature a variety of artists, rather than the usual feature artist format. If you like what you hear — or perhaps don’t — please leave me your thoughts (vis a vis feedback) by clicking the tab on the right hand side of the page — or by visiting the voicemail page.

Songs and Artists Played

- Neurogenesis (Monks of Mellonwah)
- Million Pieces (Patchy)
- If I Could Fly (Charity Chapman)
- Get Dirty (Alec Berlin)
- Henry at Home (Alec Berlin)
- Backbone (Lay Low)
- Safe to Say (Russell Howard)
- Comfortably (Leaving Venus)
- Jump (DimWisdom)
- Doin’ Nothin’ (Tom Fuller Band)
//
Many thanks to the crew at Ariel Publicity for helping us find several of the artists on this episode, including Lay Low, Charity Chapman, and Tom Fuller Band. Their support is always greatly appreciated.

Also, thanks to Junior Henry for his use of the photo “Bi-axial Spin” on this post. Find him on Flickr. The image is Creative Commons licensed (some rights reserved). You can request to license his images at Getty Images.

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Date: Monday, 20 Feb 2012 19:22

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Songs Played

- Ghost Maps
- Please Don’t Throw My Love Away
- Secret Codes
//

…this new album continues the streak with ten songs of bittersweet rust-pop about North College Hill, lead singer Ben Walpole’s crumbling Midwestern hometown. The band paints a baroque portrait of the neighborhood-as-history, detailing childhood memories in a faded palette of strings, bells, and guitar jangle.

The Minor Leagues have been on Audio Gumshoe twice as feature artists [Shows 57 and 119] and twice on review shows [85 - Two Year Anniversary and 120 - 2009 Review]. Why do I continue to add them? Obviously, I like the band. I enjoy the sound that they create and they continue to create more music. I have often mentioned that I play music on the show that I like. That is no mystery. The music I share with listeners comes from all around the globe. For me, it is refreshing that some of these sounds come from less than 30 miles south of my home.

According to Michael Bond at Datawaslost.net, North College Hill is the latest release from The Minor Leagues. It was recorded at The Butcher Shoppe in Nashville, Tennessee. The band recorded the bulk of the tracks during a week in Summer, 2010 with producer Sean Sullivan. In my opinion, the effort has yielded a solid production, full of the gangly Brit-pop that I’ve so enjoyed from previous TML releases. Vocals are smooth, harmonies are tight and the retro-feel draws me in every time I listen.

Mike Breen, of Cincinnati-area CityBeat said,

The Minor Leagues have not only become known for their amazingly melodic Pop tunes, but also for their dedication to the “concept album” concept.

So true. What amazes me is the way that the band can build a concept album with themes that are often dark or melancholy and make me feel happy listening. The combination of strings, trumpet, and pop harmonies seem to give it a luster that one wouldn’t expect from such a theme. I’m not sure why, but it works.

Get the Music

Artist Links

The Minor Leagues Web Site
The Minor Leagues on Twitter
The Minor Leagues at Facebook
The Minor Leagues at YouTube
Sissy Mena at Last.fm

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Date: Saturday, 28 Jan 2012 21:11

Songs Played

- Soon Speeding Gear
- Record Machine
- Eager Entertainer
- Planets
- Verisimilitude //

Sissy Mena (mean-uh) is a three-piece sonic rock band from Chicago. They play loud and quiet and fast and slow, all with their hands

Album cover art for Record Machine by Sissy MenaIt was time for me to find another band that had a kick-butt, powerful, presence. I found this with the band Sissy Mena. This Chicago three-piece released the full-length LP Record Machine in November 2011. The band was gracious enough to provide a copy so that I could share some of the tunes with you. If you like what you hear in this episode, please visit the links below to purchase your own copy of Record Machine.

While listening to this band I was glad to hear familiar sounds that I might have heard in the 90s, but I found this fresh and new, as well. There’s a lot of energy here. The hooks are tight, the production is solid, the rhythm is danceable while maintaining a rock foundation. Nice.

Record Machine comes to us 14 months after the release of the band’s EP Young Girl. Here’s what Sissy Mena promotion material has to say:

Released in late 2009, the Young Girl EP drew positive reviews from The Onion’s AV Club, Illinois Entertainer, Loud Loop Press, Timeout Chicago, and many more. Sissy Mena’s combination of effected guitar and pounding rhythm section drew comparisons to 90′s heros such as Dinosaur Jr., My Bloody Valentine, and the Smashing Pumpkins.

Don’t forget to check out all of the band’s links; they are included below. If you are in the Chicago area, you can find them at the Beat Kitchen in February

Get the Music

Artist Links

Sissy Mena web site
Sissy Mena at Twitter
Sissy Mena at Facebook
Sissy Mena at YouTube
Sissy Mena at Vimeo

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Date: Monday, 26 Dec 2011 20:33

Songs Played

- Tall Cactus
- Cell Phone
- Oh Mother
- Whiskey Before Breakfast
- Hamlet Chicken Plant Disaster //

Equally at home at a beer joint or concert hall, the Bandits meld old-time, bluegrass, western swing and country with the sounds of string band instruments to create the “North Texas Skunkgrass” sound.

It seemed time to offer something out-of-the-ordinary on Audio Gumshoe. Though this statement itself may a bit ironic. There’s not a typical — or usual — sound for this show. I’ve offered big rock, pop, Americana, trance, metal, blues, outlaw country, rockabilly, latin, world-music, looped acoustic, and even “industrial-tinged alternative folk“. So, why not a bit of “skunkgrass?”

Boxcar Bandits on StageSo, I get a submission from Brooks Kendall, Jr. of Flight Music Group telling me about this band out of Denton, Texas called Boxcar Bandits. I don’t listen to bluegrass music, typically, but as soon as I previewed these tracks I was hooked. This is just feel-good music. The fact that these are live tracks gives these selections even more vitality. The ambience of the club, the audience, and the stage conversation lends a feeling of “being there” that makes this a great listen.

Boxcar Bandits - stage imageEach of the songs on this episode is from the new album “Live from Dan’s Silverleaf” released in November by Boxcar Bandits. When you listen to the full album, you’ll hear the crowd enjoying the music, you’ll hear the band talking to each other, you’ll hear warts-and-all. And that’s what makes this a fun collection. Get a copy. If you’re in the Denton, Texas area — or near any of the venues listed on their show calendar — go hear them live. They play at Dan’s Silverleaf almost every Monday.

Here’s what Pegasus News recently had to say about the band:

…Denton band Boxcar Bandits played their own brand of music they like to call “skungrass.” The band is a revolving door of Denton musicians – including Paul Slavens – and the current lineup is guaranteed to get your boots stomping and your hands clapping. The band features a single snare drum and washboard played by RTB2’s Grady Don Sandlin, plus an upright bass, mandolin, fiddle, banjo, guitar, and some of the best vocal harmonies this side of the Red River.

Boxcar Bandits would be comfortable playing on a stage, a street corner, or a front porch. Their mixture of gospel, country, and bluegrass – or “fastgrass” as they call it – is exactly what was needed to get fans to the dance floor at the Boiler Room.

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Artist Links

Boxcar Bandits
Boxcar Bandits EPK
Boxcar Bandits on Twitter
Boxcar Bandits at Facebook
Boxcar Bandits at MySpace
Boxcar Bandits at Reverbation

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Date: Sunday, 27 Nov 2011 23:33

Songs Played

- They’ll Strike You Out
- Hypnotizer
- On Your Way
- Right On
- Wily, Tricky, Foxy, Sharp //

Swedish rock act Stone Antica was first described as a local funk/rock band. Over the years their sound has developed into something more unique with rougher riffs and louder songs, though their funky roots can still be heard in their music even today.

Logo image for the band Stone AnticaIt doesn’t seem that there’s ever been a Swedish band on Audio Gumshoe, but I might have to search back through the archives to be sure. The closest that I may have come is when I featured Robert Rolfe Feddersen, but that can’t be right, either. He’s from Crown Pointe, Indiana. Regardless, I’d say it’s about time.

If you are into driving rock and roll, tinged with some funk undertones, and a bit of raw blues tone for good measure, this is probably a good fit for you. Stone Antica presented their material to me back in the summer of 2011. They were then working on the final touches of their self-titled debut album. They had released the track, “They’ll Strike You Out,” on iTunes and Spotify. I submitted it for play on AMPed New Music Weekly Show #293; it is the first song you will hear on this episode of Audio Gumshoe.

With the exception of a laid-back, smooth intro on “On Your Way” each of these tracks drives forward with high-energy rhythm, solid guitar work and well sung vocals. The solid production helps take Stone Antica away from their self-proclaimed “struggling basement band” status. It is quality rock and roll — deserving of world-wide audiences.Image for Stone Antica album

The band describes the steps taken to help them achieve final release of the album “Stone Antica”:

[It was] was recorded at three different locations in 2010. Drum sessions were made in a wooden cabin to get that authentic and warm sound they were looking for. Both bass and guitar were later recorded in a borrowed studio an hour drive away. It was a fine place, but unfortunately very time consuming, and it was exhausting to get there. Therefore the band moved to the third and last location, in a studio right next to our rehearsal place, where they laid down the vocals and added the finishing touches.

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They’re on iTunes.

Artist Links

Stone Antica
Stone Antica on Twitter
Stone Antica at Facebook
Stone Antica on YouTube
Stone Antica at Spotify

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Date: Tuesday, 25 Oct 2011 18:17

Songs Played

- Just a Game
- Two Lovers
- Hypnotized
- Hitman Blues
- Stay Gone for Good //

I love The Blue News…Sultry, sexy, dirty and organic…Rich and warm songs, genuine vocals, true musicians doing what they love. I’m a fan. – Sylvia Massy (Producer – RadioStar)

Image of the members of The Blue NewsIt’s been awhile since we’ve heard the blues on Audio Gumshoe. But this isn’t just any blues, it’s tight, rockin’, blues built to last. I was pleased to get the email asking me to consider the group for the show. I’m a closet blues fan (perhaps someone will remember my old show “Blogs, Views and Blues”?) and always enjoy tracks that dig in, rock the beat a bit, yet maintain the feel and passion of the genre. The Blue News does that.

The band has some great news and credit to their name, too. Recently, they were notified that their song “Two Lovers” is featured on the “Fresh Cuts” CD Compilation released by Guitar Center. This volume is not yet released, but we’re told that upcoming Volume 7 will also feature Sublime With Rome (formerly Sublime). Past volumes have included Weezer, Billy Corgan of Smashing Pumpkins, KRS-One, and New Found Glory.

Album cover image for Wartime Songs by The Blue News

Songs heard on this episode of Audio Gumshoe are from the EP Wartime Songs.

The album consists of 6 new songs recorded by legendary studio “guru” Jim Devito at Retrophonics Recording Studios in St. Augustine, FL. The album was mixed at RadioStar Studios in Weed, CA by Fernando Flores with famed producer Sylvia Massy! Sylvia worked with Rick Rubin in the 90s and has worked in the studio with Tool, The Red Hot Chili Peppers, Johnny Cash and many more multi-platinum artists.

Another great credit for the band: The songs “Hitman Blues” and “Just a Game” can be found on Rock Band 3. Previous releases “So Easy” and “You’ve Got Someone” are found on Rock Band 2. Not bad, eh?

Oh, and if you want to be a triva buff, The Blues News are connected to Kevin Bacon through the legendary six steps of separation:

Yes, The Blues News has reached the status of being connected to Kevin Bacon through six degrees of separation.

Six Degrees of Kevin Bacon
1. The Blue News recorded with Jim Devito
2. Jim Devito recorded Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers
3. Tom Petty’s video for Into The Great Wide Open starred Johnny Depp
4. Johnny Depp starred with actor Benicio Del Toro in Fear & Loathing In Las Vegas
5. Benicio Del Toro starred in 21 Grams with Sean Penn
6. Sean Penn starred in Mystic River, also starring Kevin Bacon

Be sure to check out the band’s schedule on their site at thebluenews.net. They play throughout the midwest, including Louisville, Indianapolis, and of course, Chicago.

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The Blue News: Wartime Songs

Artist Links

The Blue News
The Blue News on Twitter
The Blue News at Facebook

Associated Links

Association of Music Podcasting
Blubrry Podcast Network
Audio Gumshoe on Twitter
Audio Gumshoe on Facebook

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Date: Wednesday, 28 Sep 2011 22:38

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The FMC Mission

Future of Music Coalition is a national nonprofit organization that works to ensure a diverse musical culture where artists flourish, are compensated fairly for their work, and where fans can find the music they want.

About the Future of Music Coalition

FMC’s work is rooted in the real-world experiences and ambitions of working musicians, whose perspectives are often overlooked in policy debates. Over the years, FMC has provided an important forum for discussion about issues at the intersection of music, technology, policy and law. Guided by a firm conviction that public policy has real impact on the lives of both musicians and fans, FMC advocates for a balanced approach to music in the digital age — one that reflects the interests of all stakeholders, and not just the powerful few. By documenting historic and emerging trends in the music industry, FMC has become a trusted voice in the ongoing dialog about the challenges and opportunities facing today’s musicians. In fighting for a legitimate digital music marketplace and a broadcast media that values local and independent culture, FMC helps establish a healthier music ecosystem.

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Date: Monday, 26 Sep 2011 01:08

Songs Played

- Jeez Louise
- Fragile
- Where Are You Now? (sample)
- Dream Believer (sample)
- Blow It Away //

In late 2009, a recording engineer (Sheldon Gomberg) and a friend of his drove by a garage sale, in Tarzana, CA; and noticed a stack of 2 inch tape boxes. After a brief discussion with the homeowner, he found out that the tapes had apparently been left in a closet, under the stairs of her home, and were there when she moved in. She found the tapes when the wood floors of the house were being refinished. She was the fourth owner of the home, which was built (according to her) in 1972. There were 23 boxes of tape; which Sheldon bought for the forty-seven bucks that he had in his wallet, at the time.

Sheldon took the tapes back to his recording studio The Carriage House in Silverlake, and cracked them open. The only information in the boxes were song lists with the name “Sloan Kramer” written by hand, beside each title. A quick count of the titles totaled slightly over one hundred songs!

Sheldon had the tapes baked (to avoid delamination) and digitized, for playback in Pro Tools.

Sheldon Gomberg at the mixing consoleAnd if you want to know more about what happened to these songs — and the entire back story behind Secret Skwirl (and Sheldon Gomberg) you should listen to the podcast. If you just want to read about it — and, of course, pick up a copy of the album for yourself — you should go here. Obviously, you can also click any of the links about Secret Skwirl in the section below.

Though I’m the eternal skeptic about the story behind this music, I dig the tunes. Go get a copy of this album.

Get the Music

On iTunes

Artist Links

Secret Skwirl
Secret Skwirl on Twitter
Secret Skwirl at Facebook
Secret Skwirl at ReverbNation
Secret Skwirl at MySpace
Sheldon Gomberg

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Association of Music Podcasting
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Date: Sunday, 21 Aug 2011 20:56

Songs Played

- How Do You Sleep
- Don’t Make Me Wait (TVP)
- How Can It Be Wrong (TVP)
- 3am (TVP) //

I’ve been likened to Dallas Green, John Martin, Nick Drake and Elvis Costello, but I like to think that I’ve developed my own distinctive sound.

Singer, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Nick Tann is reaching toward a goal. You can help. I’ve decided to keep my comments to a minimum on this post (please listen to the audio). Instead, I’ve let Nick do the talking as seen at his own site:

In 2009 myself and Matt Stevens came up with the idea of me recording an album funded by fans and supporters. To give it a bit of an edge I decided that I wanted to record it live (hence keeping down costs) AND to produce a vinyl copy hence The Vinyl Project was born.

In March 2011 I went into Livingston Studios and recorded eight live tracks in-front of a specially invited audience.

I am still collecting the money still need to produce the final shiny black disc version but now have something real I can give when people contribute to The Vinyl Project.

Immediately you will get a finished mixed and master cd copy. This has been lovingly mixed and master by the might Kevin Feavey. This I will post to any address on the planet. I have already posted copies to America, Iceland and even Kent!

In time, when I’ve edited it, you will also get a short film shot on the day of recording by Matt Stevens. This will include material not on the cd or the finished vinyl.

You will get your name on the credits of the finished vinyl plus a small picture of you if you wish.

I still need quite a few more donations to make this happen so I really need your help.

To pre-order/contribute to the Vinyl project simply click the links below.

Get the Music

Nick Tann’s “The Vinyl Project” – CLICK HERE

Artist Links

Nick Tann
Nick Tann on Twitter
Nick Tann at Facebook
Nick Tann at ReverbNation

Associated Links

Association of Music Podcasting
Blubrry Podcast Network
Audio Gumshoe on Twitter
Audio Gumshoe on Facebook

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Date: Monday, 04 Jul 2011 21:19

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Songs Played

- This Is It
- Topsy Turvy
- In a Coffee Shop, When
- Talk About the Love
- Welcome to Your Love

Imagine a dinner party hosted by the Beatles, with a guest list that includes XTC, Squeeze, the Zombies and Kinks, Aimee Mann and Elvis Costello. Melodic, hook-driven songs with narrative lyrics. Retro and fresh. Drenched in harmony.

I first played Andy Stone’s music on Audio Gumshoe way back in March 2007. I had found a number of musicians that sounded to me to be “Beatle-esque.” The song “In a Coffee Shop, When” stuck in my head; I found myself humming and repeating the hooks and catchy melody time and again.

Fast-forward to Spring 2011. Andy contacted me to let me know of his new EP “This is It”. I listened to the tracks he submitted to the show and again found myself humming and singing the songs. His tunes are catchy. They nod toward a retro-pop sound, yet sound fresh and new. The production is solid and the lyrics will stick in your head better than most new releases today.

Andy Stone playing guitar in the studioAndy has employed some solid vocalists for his projects. “In a Coffee Shop, When” exhibited the talents of Epic recording artist Danny Malone. I felt, at the time, that there was a true George Harrison quality to his delivery on the EP. Some people might remember Malone from his days as vocalist for Diving for Pearls — or for his work with Elliot Easton (from the Cars).

On the 2010 full-length album “You Don’t See Many of These Nowadays” Stone brought in the talents of some of Chicago’s finest vocalists: Phil Angotti, Mike Przygoda, and Tom Godsman, lead singer/songwriter for the Bethesda, MD based group Accidental Charm. I played the song “Talk About the Love” from this album.

“We don’t have the Beatles, but we have Andy Stone.”
-Adam Curry, host of The Daily Source Code, original MTV VJ

You’ll hear all three of the songs from Andy’s latest EP “This is It” on the show. Be sure to pick up a copy of the EP — and his other releases. You’ll find all of the links below.

I should mention, also, that Andy Stone is an author. He has two books to his credit. You can find information about both at his book page at AndyStoneOnline.

Get the Music

Andy Stone: You Don

Andy’s Online Store

Artist Links

Andy Stone
Andy Stone at Facebook (He says this is the official site, now.)
Andy Stone at ReverbNation
Andy Stone at MySpace

Associated Links

Association of Music Podcasting
Blubrry Podcast Network
Audio Gumshoe on Twitter
Audio Gumshoe on Facebook

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Date: Sunday, 22 May 2011 18:30

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Songs Played

- Time Will Heal
- Blood Eyes Sunrise
- U Without Me
- Set You Free
- More Than This

“I really enjoyed your music. You have a great voice and the chord structure of the chorus (Run Away) is very unique… Thank you for letting me listen.” – Jack Douglas – Producer (John Lennon, Aerosmith, New York Dolls, Miles Davis)

Kristian Jackson submitted his music to me after reaching out to Erk at ErkFM and Insomnia Radio: Australia. I couldn’t have been happier. Jackson’s album “Blood Eyes Sunrise” is one of the finest independent productions I’ve heard this year. As a multi-instrumentalist, he brings a wealth of talent to the album, not only as the singer-songwriter, but as a performing artist. Production by Sean Carey (Thirsty Merc) is top notch.

Kristian talks about his music on his site bio:

“There’s no reason why popular music can’t be both interesting and accessible. I’m trying to make music with enough depth to sustain the interest of the most discerning listener while simultaneously capturing the heart of a mass audience.”

If you live in Sydney, Australia, you’ve like already heard him perform. If not, you must find out when he will be on stage. He’s a regular participant on the local music scene; you can find his show schedule at his ReverbNation profile. Be sure to also follow him at all the regular social haunts. The links are included in this post. You can also follow his latest news on his blog.

This would typically be the point where I would wax on about the performer’s skills, their style, or my thoughts on the music. I can’t really do much more than to recommend that you listen to this show — and purchase Kristian Jackson’s album “Blood Eyes Sunrise” using one of the links below. If you enjoy it as much as I, you’ll be glad that you did.

Get the Music

Blood Eyes Sunrise on Amazon.com

Artist Links

Kristian Jackson
Kristian Jackson at Twitter
Kristian Jackson at Facebook
Kristian Jackson at MySpace

Associated Links

Association of Music Podcasting
Blubrry Podcast Network
Audio Gumshoe on Twitter
Audio Gumshoe on Facebook

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Before you go: Let me tell you about a cool site for both musicians and listeners alike. TheStage.tv is the “world’s open mic”. I’ve been visiting the site from time to time, to listen and to play. Musicians from all around the world get together in an open mic format to share their talent, try new tunes, get critique, and to just have a great time.

Here’s some info direct from the site:

TheStage.tv is a one-of-a-kind live video open mic format where audience feedback determines how long a performer takes control of TheStage.

TheStage.tv was developed by entrepreneurs who love the arts and entertainment and want to give web audiences the power to share real-time feedback with performers. As well, we did our best to replicate the experience of a contemporary venue where performers can hear the audience cheer, as if they were really performing. And just like in Vaudeville, the audience can still throw them a gold coin! :) The patent-pending queuing process of TheStage.tv allows an audience to interact with performers like never before!

Creators and staff of TheStage.tv are wonderfully appreciative of EVERYONE who has performed (and will perform) on TheStage.tv, and hope we contribute positively to your performance enjoyment. For audiences, we hope you enjoy our merging of entertainment and the “real-time web” to create a fun and addicting form of entertainment.

They are trying to reach more than 100 viewers/listeners at a time before the year ends. Give it a try!

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