Shows in The Netherlands
I am in The Netherlands again for some autumn weeks! Two days ago I played a beautiful concert at Pekelpop - in a tent under a huge sky full of stars. Next one is in Blanko in Emmen, where I played last June, but this time also my friends Chabliz www.chabliz.com will perform. It will be a special Halloween-mood show. There will be also a performance of local singer-songwriter Erik Vinke.
After that I will perform at Flat Out Friday in Zaandam on November 7th!
Pasted On Pout - Single (Remastered)
Serious Fun is releasing its first new material since the release of the
Boston Rock & Roll Anthology, Vol 4 on VAR International. Following up
on the success of Pasted on Pout and Arrest My Heart from that LP, the
band has released Cambridge Nights and Arrest My Heart as digital only
singles. They are followed by this remastered digital single release, and
an EP of previously unreleased mixes of seven high-energy songs will be
released November 4, 2014.
Pasted on pout is the day-glo ‘80s story about seeing the girl of your
dreams, but realizing she’s just on a screen. With Doug Osborne on
guitar and vocals, Stephen Wild on bass, and Liz DiSessa on drums, Serious
Fun blazed a trail through the clubs of Boston such as The Paradise,
The Rat, and Bunrattys. Their music was played on WBCN, WFNX and
WERS, and was high on the CMJ charts. They recorded the basic tracks
for these songs at Baker Street Studios in Watertown with Andy Mendelson.
Doug Osborne is releasing these in time for his live solo dates in the Los
Angeles area. Doug plans to tour to support the release next year of his
solo album, tentatively titled Love Takes a Long Time. The Serious Fun
releases will fit on modern Rock radio formats with its unique blend of
high energy music, blazing guitar, and heartfelt lyrics.
Brandnew album 'Seqs & Drums & Rockin' Synths OUT IN MARCH 2015
After the poppy album 'Natt' the ambient soundscapes of 'Positronic Perception' and 'Internal Bug' Butsenzeller returns to his first love: the acoustic drumset in combination with his passion for all things bleeping, buzzing and rustling.
No more guestappearances, but total d.i.y from compositions, performing, recordings, producing and artwork.
Digital release of Consolamentum
Valkyre's EP Consolamentum will be released worldwide digital on November, 7th, 2014. You can get it at Amazon, iTunes, Google play music and many more stores. For more information visit: https://www.facebook.com/EP.Consolamentum
September has been a busy month for us. We've been spending a lot of time in the studio mixing and mastering, and have a couple very exciting announcements.
First of all, longtime JJAHBG contributor The Firegod will be releasing his latest EP, A Light, on October 2nd. This is a huge milestone for him, as it marks the continued evolution of his sound. His first songs were very simple affairs, just him and a guitar weaving gentle love songs out of a lifetime of experience. Over time, his songs have grown more complex, including ever improving skill in song arrangement and recording techniques. For those of you familiar with his work, this is probably his most rock oriented album to date. It is a very enjoyable listen, filled with influences from his favorite bands of the 70's and 90's. Fear not rock fans – as long as The Firegod has a guitar, rock will live on!
Speaking of rock (nice segue), that leads us to our second announcement. After completing the mastering of A Light, we've turned our attention to remastering our classic punk album Jesse, Sophia, and the Broken Bottle. Our goal is to go through our back catalog and dramatically improve the production and quality of our work while retaining the original recordings themselves. Early returns on Jesse, Sophia, and the Broken Bottle are sounding very good, and with any luck we'll have something concrete for our fans to listen to within a month or two.
Until then, keep on jamming, and we'll see you soon.
Live in Baarn 21/9 - Dance for Fight Cancer!
Live in Baarn 21/9 - Dance for Fight Cancer!
Aanstaande zondag 21 september spelen we in het Baarnsch Lyceum in het teken van "Dance for Fight Cancer".
De meeste mensen die dit lezen kennen wel iemand in hun omgeving die direct of indirect geconfronteerd is met kanker. Zo ook bij ons…
Ook wij willen bijdragen aan deze strijd die vooral uit onderzoek naar kanker bestaat.
Want door middel van onderzoek zijn er al vele slagen gewonnen in de strijd tegen kanker, maar er zijn nog vele slagen te strijden. De resultaten zijn echter veelbelovend en daarom willen wij blijven strijden en zorgen dat onderzoek financieel mogelijk blijft.
Dance for Fight Cancer wilden niet gewoon geld werven op de ‘traditionele’ manier, maar met behulp van hun passie iets doen. En zo kwam het idee om met Zumba iets te organiseren. Een fitness work-out op swingende, latin muziek, geschikt voor jong en oud, man en vrouw. Zumba staat namelijk voor fun, party, dansen, fitness en dus leuk gezond bezig zijn.
Fight cancer is een initiatief wat voortgekomen is uit KWF Kankerbestrijding en daarmee fondsen werft voor het KWF. Fight cancer wil mensen bewust maken van de noodzaak van kankeronderzoek, en hen betrekken bij de strijd tegen kanker. Maar vooral: aansporen tot actie!
En zo ontstond Dance for Fight cancer!
Wij steunen dit fantastische initiatief en zullen zondag een concert geven. Tevens zijn er tijdens deze dag mooie prijzen te winnen!
Kom ook aanstaande zondag of doneer via:
NL46 RABO 0153 8286 17 tnv Dance for Fight cancer 2014 in Baarn.
Vermeld daarbij "Donatie" met je naam of de naam van je bedrijf
Love life. Fight cancer. Fight cancer raising funds for KWF kankerbestrijding
Dance for Fight Cancer - Zondag 21/9 vanaf 12 uur, bij Het Baarnsch Lyceum in Baarn,
3742 CS Baarn
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