Join me every Monday night, from
Midnight to 3:00am, for all the latest in local and independent music. We go where
corporate radio fears to tread, because tomorrows music is being made right in your
backyard today! All genres, no inhibitions!
Just because its not on a record label, doesnt mean it
isnt good. Being involved in the local music scene has introduced me to a diverse
world of music that I wouldnt or couldnt have experienced before. Now at my
new home here at WWUH, Ive got a real outlet to share with you some of the artists
that are making fresh, exciting, innovative music all around us. Herere some artists
that you should look out for:
Spellbinder, a recent guest in the studio, has rapidly become
the most requested group on my show. Their debut CD, independently release and due out
this fall, Something There Is
brings a decidedly mysterious Celtic feel to
folk-rock. Drawing on exotic rhythms, extended lyrical metaphors, and purposely-ambiguous
themes, Spellbinder creates a mystical aura absent in todays mainstream pop-music
scene. For more info visit them on the web at www.spellbinderrocks.com.
Im eagerly awaiting the release of the second CD from one of my
personal favorite bands, The Aloha Steamtrain. The Steamtrain, as far as I know, is
the only "psychedelic pop" band around. They capture a vintage mid-sixties sound
to a tee; yet avoid sounding like a mere rehashed product. Much of this is a credit to the
clever and witty songwriting of singer, guitarist, and nudist, Lord Russ whose incredible
range and sexually implicit word play is an Aloha Steamtrain trademark. The new CD will be
entitled Now You Know the Aloha Steamtrain and the band is currently in the midst
of an east coast tour to support it. Find out more at http://members.xoom.com/steamtrain.
Taking progressive rock to new heights of entertainment value is a
4-piece band from New Britain called Karma. A group that started out, (paraphrase)
"to create really complex compositions" has evolved into much more than just a
musicians band. Led by vocalist/lyricist and self-proclaimed professional silly man,
Nick Stargu, Karma has developed an outrageous comedic stage show. Complete with props and
well-timed vocal interplay by the musicians, the group executes near flawless skits while
performing some very difficult musical pieces. Stargus lyrics are always hilarious
and often socially biting (listen to "Fickle"). Fusing classical, jazz, and
classic rock influences with a desire to push musical boundaries makes Karma a band to
watch for. They currently have a live CD available called Deep Fried, Explosedified:
Live at the Husky Blues. Visit www.karmafied.com
for more info.
Heres a few CDs I recommend checking out:
Chair 13, Loose Stones, Wooden Fog Records (indie)
Released this summer, Loose Stones is Chair 13s first full length,
self-produced, self-recorded album. This band of 20-somethings has proven with their high
production values and high caliber songwriting that their musicianship is mature beyond
their years. Running just over 60 minutes, the CD is a complete listen, in every sense.
First of all theres not a bad song on it; even songs the band calls
"throw-aways" are engaging and fun to listen to. Second, the diversity of songs
is refreshing; each brings its own feel to the whole- from the up-tempo to the ballads.
The album finds main lyricist and vocalist Rob Friedland embarking on tales of
soul-searching ("Fall Down," "Lonely Streets") and personal triumph
("On My Own"). Over a landscape of diverse musical elements including classical,
jazz, classic rock, blues and the knack and timing for well-placed jams, Chair 13 brings
together an infectious rock sound with substance. I especially like the interplay of lead
guitar and piano throughout the disc, most evident on such tracks as "Horizon."
Look for Chair 13 at venues around New England or visit their website at www.chair13.com.
Gandalf Murphy and the Slambovian Circus of Dreams, A Good Thief
Tips His Hat, Slambovian Records (Indie) A mysterious name, and it fits.
Self-described "punk-classical-hillbilly-floyd," Gandalf Murphys debut CD
is bursting with dark, surreal overtones. Though very acoustic driven, many of the songs
bring in rather eccentric orchestration, including cello (which takes the place of a bass
guitar), accordion, electric/slide guitar, and harmonica. The deep yet folksy lead vocals
of Joziah Longo bring to life a host of elusive characters, such as the "Good
Thief," "Genius," and "Alice in Space." Other tunes have the keen
ability to summon seemingly universal nostalgia, through some sort of intangible musical
force give a listen to "Never Fit," "Radio," "Silent
Revolution" and see what mental images youll conjure! Would you expect anything
less from the Sleepy Hollow natives? Gandalf Murphy transforms the listener into a
participant, as it is easy to get pulled into Slambovia, hard to get out. But why would
you want to? See www.slambovia.com for more
information and tour dates.
Questions? Comments? Did you hear something you like and want to
learn more? Contact me at the email address below. If youre a local/independent
musician and would like to hear your music on my show, please contact me at Dr_Longhair@altavista.com.
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