April 2018

Scant Regard: Skipping Over Damaged Area

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Submitted by Eileen Shapiro
Photo Thomas Triton

An orgasmic display of futuristic industrial insanity audaciously encompasses Scant Regard's new release about to be unleashed on April 30th, to a world filled with vacant pride, screaming for musical salvation, only to encounter a brush with planetary doom. "Skipping Over Damaged Area", might just be that redemption, or that aspect of destruction. A powerful exhibit of sonic genius, mastermind of Scant Regard, Will Crewdson soulfully crafted this album with elements of emotional guitar riffs, frenzied funk, and electronic bliss.

Scant Regard is an extension of Will Crewdson, however, there is so much more to the unique lead guitarist. A part of cooler British bands than anyone on the planet, Will is the guitarist for the iconic Adam Ant, the globally popular ska band, The Selecter, pop/punk band, Rachel Stamp, Goth magistrates Sigue Sigue Sputnik, and two of his own projects, She Made Me Do It, and Scant Regard. He has also played with Bow Wow Wow, Cheap Trick, Iggy Pop, No Doubt, Bryan Ferry, Celine Dion, Tom Jones, and a host of others.

Becky Buller: Crêpe Paper Heart

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Submitted by Mike Tabor

St. James, Minnesota’s, Becky Buller came to prominence in the acoustic music world as a songwriter, with cuts by some of the industry’s finest, including Ricky Skaggs, Rhonda Vincent, Doyle Lawson & Quicksilver, Special Consensus, and The Infamous Stringdusters. It has also been published that Buller made bluegrass music history by becoming the first person to win in both instrumental and vocal categories at the International Bluegrass Music Association (IBMA) awards. Her skills prove most astounding on her great new release - Crêpe Paper Heart, a full-length set of remarkable bluegrass numbers.

Becky Buller Band are musicians of the finest order they come in any music genre today. Buller herself is a superior writer, player and vocalist, and all her players are world class at what they do. Even if you don’t like bluegrass you will still find them a musical force to reckon with, just as bluegrass lovers won’t deny, and when “Another Love Gone Wrong” blesses your ears, you can’t turn back for the rest of the disc. Buller describes this as a song she had worked on while attending University at Tennessee State, reminding her to never throw song ideas away.

Jiggley Jones Not Your Typical Day Out

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Submitted by James Olsen

Previously charting on the Roots music report, New Music Weekly Internet Country Charts, and many others with previous records, -Not Your Typical Day Out, by Jiggly Jones is destined to repeat that success and much more. Already spawning 70,000 streams on Spotify, the record is rapidly gaining major radio and music media interest day by day. Jiggley Jones epitomizes the spirit and talent of a true artist. And that’s just some of the press surrounding this fine album full of modern crossover and traditional folk and Americana songs.

“Danger Island” opens-up this recommended full-length album with a very hard to follow cut. This song is in the upper standings of the album for sure, with its jubilant delivery from Jones. The percussive intro reminds of hooves walking up a trail and you get the feeling wildlife is on the agenda. But you don’t get the full dose of the adventure until the third verse runs into the smooth vocals that fly over the words in just the right parts. The use of multi-instruments on this whole collection is worth noting, and they come on strong from the get-go and win you over before the second song even starts.

CMW & The Guild of Music Supervisors, Canada Present The 1st Annual Canadian Sync Awards

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Submitted by Cashbox Canada

Canadian Music Week began in 1981 and has grown to become one of Canada’s largest and most influential media and music conferences. It draws top industry professionals to participate in a four-day program of activities.

Designed to stimulate the exchange of market intelligence, increase dialogue and provide networking opportunities, Canadian Music Week continues to present the ideal platform for more than 3,000 national and international delegates.

2018 will mark CMW's 36th year, and is the single longest running multi-day Canadian music and media event. It manages to consistently bring together more than 3,000 music industry professionals for the week's events - combining conferences, award shows, & one of Canada’s biggest "New Music" festivals.

Always adding something new to the vast programme this year The Guild of Music Supervisors Canada Present The 1st Annual Canadian Sync Awards

Canadian Sync Awards 2018 Nominees

Best Sync - Promo
David Hayman: 'Ennio' by HUMANS, "Entanglement"
David Hayman: 'Walk Alone' by Time Copz, "Letterkenny" (Season 3)
Velma Barkwell: 'I'm On My Way' by The Proclaimers, "Mr. D, Season 7 Premiere"

Doug McCurry Doug McCurry & The Verticals II

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Submitted by Leeland Casper

If there’s one thing about North Carolina music, it’s quirky.

Exhibit A: Squirrel Nut Zippers

Exhibit B: Ben Folds Five

Exhibit C: Mipso

And, add to that list, Charlotte’s alt-rocker, Doug McCurry. His sophomore album, Doug McCurry & The Verticals II is a 10-track collection ripe with fun, weathered guitars and sing-a-long opportunities.

Kicking off the album is “She’s Running.” It’s a perfect choice for track one, as this Elvis Costello meets The Psychedelic Furs song holds your attention with sweet guitar riffs juxtaposed with earthy or even oaky sounding guitar riffs. The lyrics fall into place nicely. This track is ready for radio and the masses.

Pretty Eyes on Fire” has a different brightness to the guitar – McCurry’s channels some gunky guitar riffs, almost a bluesy-squelched sound. His steady-pace vocals sing “I wanna know who did it…who set your pretty eyes on fire.” His voice is easy to handle and as in “She’s Running” he has this Elvis Costello-esque thing going on. After the bridge, the guitar gets tinnier, where it nearly creates a whole different vibe. Strangely enough, the latter part of this song made me think of Wall of Voodoo’s “Mexican Radio.”