Oct 28, 2013

THE VERVE


The Verve (originally Verve) is an English alternative rock band. The band was formed in 1989 at Winstanley College, Wigan, Greater Manchester, England, by vocalist Richard Ashcroft, guitarist Nick McCabe, bassist Simon Jones and drummer Peter Salisbury. Simon Tong later became a member. The band originally split in 1995, but reunited in 1996 to great commercial success. They split once more in April 1999. The band reunited once more in June of 2007, but this reunion was short lived and the band split again in August 2009.

Beginning with a psychedelic sound indebted to space rock and shoegazer music, by the mid-1990s the band had released several EPs and two acclaimed records. They also endured name and lineup changes, breakups, health problems, drug abuse and various lawsuits. The band’s commercial breakthrough was Urban Hymns and its single Bittersweet Symphony, which became a massive worldwide hit.

Soon after this commercial peak, the band quit amid creative struggles within, and Ashcroft went onto a successful solo career. Tong briefly joined Blur as a replacement for Graham Coxon. It is rumored that Simon Jones did a studio album with Ari Pap of the Floor Monks
 called ‘Aint Nothing To It’ and was never released because they both had bigger projects going on at the time. Close family and friends assure us its a fabulous indie/rock/alternate album and they really wish it would have been released.



The Verve were chosen to close the 2008 Glastonbury festival which they did with a set based on the classic 1997 album ‘Urban Hymns’.

Discography

A Storm in Heaven – (21 June 1993) #27 (UK)
A Northern Soul – (3 July 1995) #13 (UK)
Urban Hymns – (29 September 1997) #1 (UK) #23 (U.S.)
Forth – (25 August 2008)







Oct 25, 2013

MUMFORD AND SONS



Mumford & Sons are an indie folk/bluegrass group formed in London in September 2008. The band consists of Marcus Mumford (lead vocals, guitar, bass drum), Country Winston (banjo, slide guitar, vocals), Ted Dwayne (double bass, drums, vocals), and Ben Lovett (keyboards, accordion, vocals).

Having received critical acclaim from The Guardian on their “Band of the Day” online forum, and resounding praise from nearly everyone who has witnessed them supporting The Maccabees and Laura Marling, Mumford & Sons continue to turn heads in London’s growing folk scene.

Their debut EP, Lend Me Your Eyes, features four tracks, including lead single “Roll away Your Stone”. Chess Club released their second EP, “Love Your Ground”, on the 3rd November 2009 on 10inch vinyl. The third EP, “The Cave and the Open Sea” (which was limited to 500 vinyls) is available as a download from their official rawrip page. Their debut album Sigh No More was released on Gentlemen of the Road/Island Records on the 5th October 2009, and the first single “Little Lion Man” came out a week earlier.

Several months after the release of Little Lion Man, it was voted #1 by listeners in the Australian Youth Radio station Triple J’s Hottest 100 for 2009. They played live in the Triple J studio on the countdown day to celebrate the result. In the summer of 2010, “Little Lion Man” peaked at #1 on the Billboard Alternative Songs chart and #45 on the Billboard Hot 100 in the United States. “The Cave” peaked at #3 on the Billboard Alternative Songs chart and #27 on the Billboard Hot 100. Both singles have gone Platinum in the United States.

Currently, Mumford & Sons is ranked as one of VH1’s “You Oughta Know” artists of 2010.

For the 2011 Grammys, the group were nominated for Best New Artist and Best Rock Song (for “Little Lion Man”), losing both awards, although a performance of “The Cave” at the ceremony gave the group major publicity. For the 2012 Grammys, the group are nominated for Song of the Year, Record of the Year, Best Rock Song and Best Rock Performance for “The Cave”.













Oct 21, 2013

THE BLACK KEYS

The Black Keys are a two-man blues-rock group from Akron, Ohio, United States which formed in 2001, consisting of singer and guitarist Dan Auerbach and drummer Patrick Carney. The band name was inspired by a schizophrenic artist and friend in Akron, who used the term “black keys” to describe things he disliked or people he did not trust. The Black Keys have roots in traditional blues and psychedelic rock stylings.

They released their first album, The Big Come Up, in 2002, followed by Thickfreakness in 2003, and Rubber Factory in 2004. October 2005 saw the release of the DVD Live, recorded live at The Metro Theatre in Sydney, Australia March 18, 2005. In 2006 they released Magic Potion, as well as the lesser-known Chulahoma and a single version of Your Touch.

One of their trademarks is their preference for simple, lo-fi recording techniques. They refuse to use big-name studios, and do most recording, producing, and mixing themselves. Most of Thickfreakness was recorded in about 14 hours in Carney’s basement, using only an early 80’s Tascam 388 8-track recorder. Often, their recordings still have background noises (such as an owl hooting).

The Black Keys have achieved increasing critical acclaim and recognition since their debut album, which itself received praise from Rolling Stone magazine. Time magazine named them one of the “10 Best Acts of 2003” (behind OutKast and The White Stripes). They have supported a number of bands: they toured with Sleater-Kinney in 2003, had a short stint opening for Beck, have recently opened for Radiohead on the American leg of their brief 2006 tour, and performed at Lollapalooza in 2005 and 2007. In addition to this, they were also well-liked by influential British radio DJ John Peel and appeared on both Late Night with Conan O’Brien and The Late Show with David Letterman. Famous followers of the band include Led Zeppelin frontman Robert Plant, Billy Gibbons of ZZ TopThom Yorke and Jonny Greenwood of Radiohead, and Metallica guitarist Kirk Hammet. Matt Helders, drummer for the Arctic Monkeys, can be seen in a Black Keys T-Shirt in an interview on MTV’s RAW. 

Their song “When the Lights Go Out” was featured in the 2007 film Black Snake Moan, and also on the soundtrack for that movie. The Black Keys were included in the soundtrack of the 2003 movie School of Rock with their song, “Set You Free”. “Lies” was featured in the conclusion of the February 4, 2009 episode of Lie to Me. One of their songs, “Girl Is on My Mind”, was used in a 2006 Sony Ericsson advertisement, starring the tennis players Ana Ivanović and Daniela Hantuchová, gaining the band more commercial recognition. It was also used in a 2006 Victoria’s Secret commercial featuring Heidi Klum and could be heard in the movies Rest Stop and Cashback. Their song “10 am Automatic” was used in the video game MLB ‘06: The Show, The O.C., The Go-Getter, and was also used in a 2007 American Express commercial starring Shaun White. “Your Touch” was featured in a 2007 Lee’s jeans commercial, and can be heard both in an episode of NBC’s Friday Night Lights and in an episode of “Eastbound and Down”. Their cover “Grown So Ugly” can be heard in the background of the going away party in the 2007 film Cloverfield. “Strange Times” is used in Grand Th
eft Auto IV on the in-game radio station Radio Broker. “Strange Times” can also be heard during a preview for ABC’s The Mole, and the trailer for season three of the Showtime series Dexter, as well as a promo for Gossip Girl. Their song “Just Got To Be” is used on the soundtrack for the video game NHL 08, and “Hard Row” is featured in the premiere episode of the FX show Sons of Anarchy. Sons of Anarchy has gone on to use “Keep Me” in both Episodes 6 and 7, as well as “Busted” in episode 7. The song “Lies” is featured in the advertising campaign for the third season of HBO’s Big Love. “The Breaks” can be heard in Guy Ritchie’ film RocknRolla. “Your Touch” can also be heard in the HBO series “Entourage” in the episode “Manic Monday”, during the opening scenes. The song “Psychotic Girl” is featured the episode “Messin’ with the Kid” in season 6 of One Tree Hill. “I’ll Be Your Man” is the opening theme song for the HBO show Hungand was also featured in an episode of the FX Network show Rescue Me. “Your Touch” can also be heard in the film Zombieland and in an episode of “Eastbound and Down” on HBO. The song “I Got Mine” has been used in HBO’s sports reality series 24/7 Pacquiao-Hatton” [13] as well as background music for the 2009 American League Championship Series. The song “Next Girl” is featured in the in game radio of Saints Row the Third.


Their fourth record that Danger Mouse produced Attack & Release was out April 1st 2008. The duo’s fifth album is the first one recorded in a proper studio.

The Band’s fifth album, “Brothers” was released in spring 2010 and has seen increasing amounts of exposure to the “Dancing T-Rex” video for the song “Tighten Up” that went viral…until the band asked it to be removed because they felt it made light of their music. A proper video was released later in 2010, featuring Dan Auerbach and Pat Carney at a playground and was pushed on the band’s official YouTube channel, as well as through the iTunes and Zune marketplaces. The track “Tighten Up” was also used as the background music for a Subaru Legacy commercial and on the FIFA 2011 Soundtrack.

Their latest album, “El Camino,” was released on the 6th of December 2011.









Oct 18, 2013

CURTIS STIGERS



Boise, Idaho, USA (1991 – present)


Curtis Stigers is an American jazz vocalist / saxophonist / guitarist / songwriter born on 18 October 1965 in Boise, Idaho, USA. He achieved a number of hits in the early 1990s, most notably “I Wonder Why”, which reached #5 in the UK and #9 in the US in 1991.

He is signed with Concord Records. He had his début self titled album in 1991 which sold 1.5 milllion. In his solo career, his most famous songs are ‘I Wonder Why’ and ‘You’re All That Matters To Me’. He has also worked with Elton John, Eric Clapton, Prince, Bonnie Raitt, Rod Stewart, The Allman Brothers Band and Joe Cocker. 

Since then he has married and has a daughter, and recently participated in the BBC TV programme “Just the Two of Us”, where he partnered newsreader and TV presenter Penny Smith



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Oct 15, 2013

STIFF LITTLE FINGERS


BelfastIreland (1977 – 1983, 1987 – present)


Stiff Little Fingers are a punk band from Belfast, Northern Ireland, formed in 1977. They started out as a schoolboy band called Highway Star (named after the Deep Purple song), doing rock covers, until they discovered punk. In 1983 they split up after six years and four albums, although they reformed four years later, in 1987. Despite major personnel changes, they are still touring and recording as of 2011. Jake Burns, their lead singer, is the only member to have been with the band during all its incarnations, although in March 2006, original bass guitarist Ali McMordie rejoined them following the departure of The Jam bass player Bruce Foxton after fifteen years.


Early years

Prior to becoming Stiff Little Fingers, Jake Burns, vocals and guitar, Henry Cluney, guitar, Gordon Blair, bass, and Brian Faloon, drums, were playing in a rock music cover band, Highway Star, in Belfast. Upon the departure of Gordon Blair (who went on to play with another Belfast group, Rudi), Ali McMordie took over on bass. Cluney had by this time discovered punk, and introduced the rest of the band to it. They decided that Highway Star wasn’t a punk enough name, and after a brief flirtation with the name “The Fast”, decided to call themselves Stiff Little Fingers, after the Vibrators song of the same name.

Oct 10, 2013

STRETCH

Stretch is a rock band from the United Kingdom that grew from the collaboration between Elmer Gantry (real name Dave Terry) and Kirby (real name Graham Gregory) and was most popular in 1970s. Gantry was previously the frontman of Elmer Gantry’s Velvet Opera. Kirby was previously a member of CURVED AIR.

Stretch was a British outfit who recorded for the Anchor label. Their first LP was in fact “Elastique”, produced by Martin Rushent, and now re-issued by Repertoire, enabling whole new generations to rediscover the power of a band once hailed as one of the hottest new names of 1975.

The start of the band had been quite controversial. In 1974 Fleetwood Mac manager Clifford Davis saw that group falling apart in the middle of an American tour with the departure of Bob Welch. Davis considered himself legal owner of name Fleetwood Mac. He named one of the other bands under his management Fleetwood Mac and sent them out to play the remaining shows of the tour. The result was unhappy fans, who paid to see another band and a lawsuit with the original Fleetwood Mac members that would stretch out for years. The fake Fleetwood Mac was renamed to Stretch and remained under the management of Clifford Davis. Needless to say that the reformed Fleetwood Mac, now with Lindsey Buckingham and Stevie Nicks as new bandmembers did not.

Stretch featured the fine vocal talents of one Elmer Gantry (who named himself in honour of the character in the Burt Lancaster movie Elmer Gantry). Elmer had previously led an outfit calledElmer Gantry’s Velvet Opera, which released three singles in the late Sixties on the Direction label. They were “Flames”, (1967), “Mary Jane”, (1968), and “Volcano”, (1969), all now collector’s items. He also recorded a song called “Psychobabble”, featured on an Alan Parsons Project Album “Eye in the Sky”. They all helped establish Elmer’s reputation as a fine, expressive singer and imaginative composer. Stretch was a much more bluesy kind of band and featured a hot young guitarist, and songwriter simply known as “Kirby”. Elmer was the lead vocalist and also played some guitar. They made a strong team, ably backed by Steve Emery (bass guitar), and Jim Russell(drums), who also played with rock’n’roll revival band The Wild Angels. Stretch was augmented on the album by horn players Mike Bailey and Ron Carthy, saxophonists Mick Eve and Chris Mercer, and keyboard player John Cook.

The band had made a promising start and enjoyed the thrill of a hit single, when “Why Did You Do It” (written by Kirby and featured on this CD) got to Number 16 in the U.K. in November 1975. It spent nine weeks in the charts and seemed to signal the start of a hugely successful career.

The band followed up “Elastique” with “You Can’t Beat Your Brain for Entertainment” (1976), and “Life Blood” (1977), all on Anchor, by which time drummer Jeff Rich had joined the band. The blond-haired young sticksman was later to find job security with Status Quo. The final Stretch record, “Forget The Past” was released on the hot wax label in 1978. Alas, none of these last two quite matched up to the power of their debut album and they couldn’t manage to find the panacea of another hit single.

By the time they released “Forget The Past” the band had virtually disintegrated. One music expert described the last album, rather cruelly as ‘pure trash’. Only Kirby and Steve Emery remained, using session men like Nicko McBrain (drums), from the Pat Travers Band and Trust, who went on to fame with heavy metal gods Iron Maiden. The writing was on the wall for the kind of rock band Stretch typified. Soon they would be replaced by much heavier metal bands like Iron Maiden, or the combined forces of punk and New Wave. Soon, it would no longer be enough simply to get on the stage, yell ‘Rock on!’ and play the blues all night. Bands needed an image, lots of special effects, dry ice and rings through their noses (not always in that order of course!). At their peak critics rated Stretch as ‘the greatest British blues and boogie band of the era’, and many spoke in whispered reverence of the crazed night in 1976, ‘when they nearly blew Ritchie Blackmore’s Rainbow off stage’. With the miracle of the CD re-issue we can now once again enjoy the excitement of the band ‘at full stretch’, on their first album as they stomp through Elmer Gantry compositions like “Miss Jones”, “Miss Daisy”, “Snakes alive”, “Write me a note”, “Tomorrow’s Another Day”, and “Buzz Fly”. Most of the rest of the material was written or co-written by Kirby, including “Why Did You Do It?”, “Down Home”, and “Slip Away”. “Navy Blues” was contributed by another bass guitarist, Paul Martinez (later with Paice Ashton & Lord).

The band eventually split up in 1979, when manager Davis decided to withdraw his financial input.

Stretch reformed in 2007 to coincide with a “Greatest Hits” collection, and toured in support of the Jeff Healey Band.



Oct 6, 2013

DE PHAZZ

De Phazz is a downtempo jazz ensemble integrating modern turntablism and elements of soul,latintrip hop and drum and bass into a lounge music sound. De Phazz is led by Pit Baumgartner, a German producer who changes his crew for every new album. Some of the more permanent members are Karl Frierson and Pat Appleton. Since the release of Detunized Gravity and Godsdog, De Phazz have appeared on the radar of listeners of equally innovative and sample-driven jazz by the likes of Amon Tobin and The Cinematic OrchestraThe band has released records on Mole Listening Pearls and Universal Jazz Germany along with single releases on Edel Records and United Recordings, and also remixes existing material.















Oct 3, 2013

MO' HORIZONS


Mo’ Horizons are the producers, musicians and DJ’s Ralf Droesemeyer and Mark ‘Foh’ Wetzler. Their first album, Come Touch the Sun, which features Mo’s first two 12”s ‘Yes Baby Yes (Sally Said) and Foto Viva, melts together influences ranging from the soulful fifties, sixties & funky seventies straight to the nineties. Integrating modern production techniques and a handful of talented live-musicians and vocalists they create a sound that varies in mood and style but is still homogenous and therefore can easily be identified as Mo’ Horizons. Combining nujazzsoul,afrolatinfunkdownbeatdubtriphop and bigbeat with great skill, Mo’ Horizons create a style that is distinctly their own.

Ralf Droesemeyer and Mark Foh Wetzler hailing from downtown Hannover. Ralf is well renowned for his past work, which amongst others include Cunnie Williams and Randy Crawford. The other half of this dynamic duo is the ultra-active record collector & PC-musician Foh. 

In the course of wanting to add a new dimension to their dj-sets and a wider musical range, Ralf and Foh experimented and produced music of their own and from this the idea of Mo`Horizons was born. 

The first 2 singles to be released were ‘Yes Baby Yes’ & ‘Foto Viva’. Both are instant nu’club classics, … followed by their further releases … 
their singles saw a string of remixes from Nicola Conte, Swag, Skeewiff, Bobby Hughes, Only Child, Fort Knox Five, DJ-Day and many more … 

Within a short time Mo`Horizons had shot into the modern dance & listening music scene. Their diverse repertoire of sounds are also used for background music in TV documentries to innovative radio stations who played virtually every track from the albums. Diverse tracks also found their way onto tv - advertising for Ikea, Viva, Renault, Kia Motors, Surf On, D/VHS Video, some entertainment shows in America, Italy and many more … 
The songs by Mo’Horizons are appearing on more than 500 compilations worldwide. This is the fact why many people don’t know that they already know Mo’Horizons musik ;-) 

1999 their first album ‘Come Touch The Sun’ saw the light of day and set itself as an innovative standard for clubs, radios and dj`s alike. The album created styles, set moods and broke boundaries and tore down all musical barricades - the floodgates had been opened.




2001 the second album ‘Remember Tomorrow’ dawned on the world. Pushing the boundaries further and still holding to their musical horizons, Ralf and Foh so endear to. A fusion of Brazil, Latin, Jazz, Soul, Afro, Funk and Soul, integrated with the sound from the 50`s to the 90`s and under the participation of live - musicans from a wide ranging of multicultural origin. ‘Remember Tomorrow’ was the perfect follow up…

2002 saw Mo`Horizons appearing for the first time as a full live - band. they travelled around the world and played shows in Italy, Greece, Spain, Austria, Switzerland, South America, Australia and others…all the time collecting new sounds and new ideas…

2003 the 3rd album ‘The New Bohemian Freedom’ was released. Mo’Horizons are breaking further new ground and pushing the boundaries even further in the name of musical and artistic freedom. The first single ‘Gonna Be’ also hails first Mo`Horizons video. New styles, new sounds, new feelings - the new bohemian freedom is kind of being part of the Mo`Horizons.

2005 Mo’Horizons released their first long awaited compilation “Some More Horizons”, featuring unknown tracks by well known artists and well known songs by unkown artists from the 50`s to 70`s, mixed with some exlusive music of their own.

2006 they released „StereoDeluxe 150“ a compilation mixed & re-edited by Mo’Horizons. … the last work on their good ol´ stereo deluxe label
they performed remixes for : Fort Knox Five, DJ Mustafa from Brazil, The JuJu Orchestra. 
… but mainly MoHorizons are working for their own record label Agogo Records featuring the new groundbreaking project The Juju Orchestra and of course, themselves.

2007 out on june, the new CD „Sunshine Today“
… and of course, they are still touring as a dj - team and with their soundsystem featuring a various couple of guest musicans, to where the sun is calling them.