Percussionist en/of bassist gezocht
Siberian Oxygen (opgericht in 2010) is een band uit Utrecht/Amsterdam bestaande uit 3 personen: René (Zang / Akoestische gitaar), Marcel (Akoestische gitaar) en Riekje (Cello / Zang).
Onze muziek komt qua stijl in de buurt van singer-songwriters zoals Damien Rice, Eels en Kings of Convenience. Soms rustig en ingetogen, soms vrolijk, soms melancholisch. Na in vier jaar tijd een EP + een volledig album met eigen songs te hebben opgenomen denken we dat percussie en/of bas een nieuwe dimensie kan toevoegen aan onze muziek. Ben je een ervaren bassist of percussionist (of nog beter: allebei!) en kom je uit de omgeving Utrecht / Amsterdam, mail ons en kom een keer muziek met ons maken.
Gemiddeld treden wij 1x per maand op en repeteren wij 2 of 3x per maand.
Onze muziek kun je beluisteren via www.siberianoxygen.bandcamp.com
"an oddly pleasant and at times rather interesting disc"
Martin Charlebois – vocals; bass, guitars
Ben Smith – drums
Ted Norris – banjo
Nick Collins – clarinet
Nathaniel Schleiner – sax
Ellen Jeanne Kilcup – cello
Jonathan Obien – keyboards
Prolusion. The US based project SPEECH MACHINE is the creative vehicle of Canada-born composer and musician Martin Charlebois. The project was instigated in 2005, and in 2006 the first Speech Machine album appeared. Three more have been recorded and released since then, and "Speech Machine" from 2013 is the most recent of these.
Analysis. The music of Speech Machine as of 2013 is one that will make more people than me rapidly expand the loss of hair on the top of our collective heads, as this is a production that is pretty difficult to consign to one of those ready made genre boxes one will often prefer to use when attempting to place a band or a specific album into a context. If there is one thing I'm rather certain of however, it is that this isn't an album that can or should be described as progressive rock. There are certain art oriented approaches utilized that may make it an interesting production for a specific segment amongst people who listen to progressive rock as well as other genres of music, but those who only listen to progressive rock and metal won't find much here. I guess the alternative tag is one that can be used on this CD, at least that is the closest call I can make, but that's more on suspicion than on knowledge as such, as the alternative scene is one I don't have any deeper knowledge about. The initial tracks on this album are a curious bunch no matter what context you'd like to place them in. Acoustic guitar and piano are key ingredients beside the detached vocals of project leader Charlebois, his voice and vocal approach ones that do inspire the use of words such as detached, distanced and sleepy while not quite fitting any of them. The manner in which the guitar and piano are used on the first half or so of the disc makes for a curious experience, and alongside the vocals I get subtle associations towards country music and southern rock, besides the likely description of alternative something possibly fitting the circumstances. The songs that feature banjo obviously come with a natural country flavor to them due to that detail alone, while the associations that come to mind when sax and clarinet are employed are just a tad more difficult to define. Following the mournful ballad Song Three, the French-language Mensonges is another entry into material of a subtly Country flavored pop/rock style, whereas on the melancholic hard-to-define Adrenochrome, with its cello details and subtly psychedelic vibes, Speech Machine shifts towards more of a grunge-tinged style. Some tendencies in that department did appear on the earlier Way Too Slow as well, but are more defined features on Kisses for the Sun and Leave on Time. The former is more of an art oriented affair with cello, a chorus that reminds of Waltzing Matilda and with some dampened Nirvana-like guitar riffs as defining details, the latter a very nice example of what one might describe as acoustic grunge. Just about pure grunge in terms of approach, but with acoustic guitar as the key instrument. Concluding composition Pins ends this album on a more undefined note again, a pleasant song wiith room for both saxophone soloing and psych-dripping guitars, and possibly another one that it will be easy to place somewhere inside the alternative rock universe. A fitting conclusion to an oddly pleasant and at times rather interesting disc.
Conclusion. Speech Machine's fourth full-length production is one that should appeal to a mainstream oriented rock audience first and foremost. Subtle associations to Country music is a recurring feature, in compositions that will most likely be sorted somewhere inside the alternative rock segment. On some occasions we do hear that this is a project based out of Seattle too however, as there are some songs at hand that do feature slight echoes of bands like Pearl Jam and Nirvana, and while these songs aren't performed in a grunge style the approach and structure appear to borrow heavily from that kind of music. That there are a couple of tracks with slight psychedelic tendencies too is one of the many details that makes this album hard to categorize. An album that probably warrants an inspection by an alternative interested audience with a fairly liberal taste in music and a soft spot for compositions without any dramatic details of note.
OMB=Olav M Bjornsen: August 21, 2014
Cambridge Nights - Single (Remastered)
Cambridge Nights - Single (Remastered) digital only release, out Tuesday, August 5, 2014. Available on iTunes, Amazon, and all download and streaming outlets.
Serious Fun - Doug Osborne on Guitars and Vocals, Stephen Wild on Bass and Vocals, and Liz DeSessa on Drums, tore up the clubs in Boston in the early '80s. The Paradise, The Rat, The Channel, Jumpin' Jack Flash, Bunrattys...all of the clubs from that classic period in Boston Rock.
By saving all proceeds from playing live, Serious Fun saved their money for recording. They enlisted the aid of Andy Mendelson (Andy Pratt, etc.) and recorded seven songs at Baker Street Studios in Watertown, MA. Doug and Andy mixed three songs from the 8-Track 1" multitracks to 2-Track 1/4" - Pasted On Pout, Arrest My Heart, and this one, Cambridge Nights.
Pasted On Pout and Arrest My Heart were released on Varulven Records' Boston Rock and Roll Anthology #4, to great success. This mix of Cambridge Nights has never before been released or heard! Remastered versions of POP and AMH will be released as singles after this, and these three will only be available as download and streaming singles. This will be followed by the release of the full Serious Fun EP, songs finished, newly remixed and mastered.
Cambridge Nights - Words and Music by Douglas Osborne
Davy’s never known
and he doesn’t want to
that he’s never had it bad
like the ladies selling something so sweet
He’s rarely tasted
though more often he’d like to
the good that he’s never had
like the hot chocolate at the Cafe Pamplona
Some of these Cambridge Nights
could flash in his face
could see his disgrace
Even parking cars under downtown lights
might not pull him up from this place
Betty’s never done it
though she says she knows how to
She can drive a fellow mad
with all of her daddy’s presents and her nose job
Davy’s had it all before
he says it’s all because he had to
He says he’s really oh so sad…
Playing in The Hague this week!
I'm in The Hague almost the whole week and I'll play in a few places! Tonight, on Friday and Saturday I'll play at THISSFest, in three different venues. Tomorrow - on Wednesday 25 June - I'll play a special Secret Room concert in the centre of The Hague - this will be a full set, with both guitar and piano songs. Please have a look at my gigs on this site (or on my own website: http://www.catself.com/shows.php) and come if you can!
DESPERADOS BFDM - Live in Cabrio, Soest (NL) - Saturday 19 July - 20,15!
DESPERADOS BFDM - Live in Cabrio, Soest - Saturday 19 July - 20,15
On Saturday evening 19 July, Desperados BFDM will perform a long concert in the beautiful location of the Openluchttheater Cabrio in Soest (NL). At the moment the band is busy in studio with the recording of their third album, so this is actually one of the few occasions to see the band live in 2014! The concert will include all the most representative songs of the first two albums, plus several tracks of their new work: at least 4 songs will be played live for the first time!
A summer evening celebrating more than 11 years of activity of Desperados BFDM, dancing at the rhythm of an energetic cocktail of rock, pop and latino music mixed to folk atmospheres and delicate ballads.
Special guest of the evening will be the talented songwriter Susan Jane, beautiful voice from Amsterdam, good friend of the band and collaborating to new tracks included in the Desperados BFDM's new album.
A real feast in music: and the party will be complete only if you will come too!
Edwardo Angela (Dominican Republic): rap, lead vocal.
Daniel de Jong (The Netherlands): lead vocal, acoustic guitar.
Andrea Maddalena (Italy): acoustic and electric guitars, background vocal.
Nacho Nava Marquez (Mexico): percussions, lead vocal.
Bulu Viloria (Venezuela): percussions, lead vocal.
Radboud Visser (The Netherlands): bass guitar, background vocal.
Sven Hassing (The Netherlands): drums.
4SIM3TRICOS, our third Album has just been released!
4SIM3TRICOS, COSAQUITOS EN GLOBO's third album has just been released and is now available for digital sale at major online stores: iTunes / CD Baby / Amazon / Rhapsody / Spotify / Google Play / Facebook / Myspace and many more...