August 2018

Ry Cooder The Return of the Prodigal Son

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Submitted by Iain Patience

When one of the world’s most accomplished, admired and revered guitarists tells you that how he plays is: “………nothing special. It’s just music. All music’s the same, all that folk stuff. You just play what you know. You listen to the other guys and try to compliment them,” you know you’re dealing with a master of understatement. And with Ry Cooder, the humility continues in a similar vein as he looks back over half a century at the absolute peak of musical genius.

From his sideman work with the Rolling Stones – Cooder’s the stinging slide-picker on ‘Sister Morphine’ on the ‘Sticky Fingers’ album – in the 1960s to his remarkable emergence as a movie music score writer twenty years later, Cooder has always been a guy with a passion for music, performance and unexpected twists and turns. Always ready to play out his socio-political beliefs and hopes in musical form, Cooder never shuns controversy when he feels the time is right, or there’s a need to push back against convention or authority.

Take his work with the Buena Vista Social Club, for example, an album and a band that he championed at a considerable personal expense in the late 1980s when the USA operated an absolute embargo on all things Cuban. Cooder, in typically resourceful, committed mode, hooked up with a bunch of aging Cuban musicians and brought their sheer, shining brilliance to the global stage, picking up a Grammy in the process and a personal $25,000 fine for breaching the trade embargo back home Stateside.

Lost Cousins Release Soaring New Single ‘City Escape’

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Psych-rock outfit Lost Cousins are no strangers to places of deep unfamiliarity. The group's journey to pursue music thus far has re-directed their inspirations, allowing them to examine grappling life transitions and the domino effects of choice. You can stream and share the band's new single "City Escape" below - officially out on all DSPs this Friday, August 31.

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Growing up, moving on, and pushing forward into change isn't always as easy as it looks - but consistently reaps big rewards. This is none more apparent than on the track "City Escape" with a steady, pulsing riff before the drums kick in and you feel swept away before the vocals cue up.

"City Escape is about a relationship that spans two different cities," the band explained. "It speaks to feeling trapped within a certain space and routine, and finding solace in another person's day-to-day. The lyrics reminisce on time spent in unfamiliar new places, and how this experience can feel like an escape from reality."

Lost Cousins - Cam Duffin (drums), Lloyd McArton (guitar, saxophone), and Thomas Dashney (keyboards) - are influenced by contemporary indie rock outfits like Tame Impala, Bombay Bicycle Club, Neutral Milk Hotel, and Local Natives, but pull, too, from the foundations of rock music, and pop sensibilities to create anthems to sing-along to.

Live at Heart Ready to Showcase over 200 Acts in Sweden

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It all began in 2010 when Live at Heart’s founders Anders Damberg and Johannes Nilsson wanted to create a space for local, unsigned bands to play for larger audiences. In its first year, Live at Heart featured 102 different acts and hosted gigs on 10 different venues around Örebro.

Over the years, Live at Heart has evolved into a creative industry conference and showcase festival – attended by hundreds of artists, filmmakers and creative professionals from all over the world. The event has grown into one of the biggest of its kind in all of Scandinavia and is considered one of the best festivals in the world.

Live at Heart is a showcase festival, meaning that we are showcasing the stars of tomorrow and giving promising creative talents the opportunity to get discovered and boost their careers. More than 200 music acts and independent film screenings in the heart of Örebro.

Peter AstedtPeter AstedtThe talent is not just from Sweden, the artists are from all over the world, including Canada, a lineup that Peter Astedt has garnered from his many trips to CMW, MIDEM and SXSW over the years.

Meet The New Swedish POP/Indie/Folk Maestro Simon Alexander!

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Last single “Slide” was added to Spotify New Music Friday lists in Germany, Switzerland,Norway, Denmark & Iceland as well as native Spotify-playlisting on lists as "Hangover Friendly" and "New Talent" Slide was also featured in various blogs as museek.de - altitude - dansendeberen - popmuzik.se and more.

Simon Alexander is announced for Sweden’s biggest Showcase Festival LIVE AT HEART in September 2018. http://liveatheart.se. Then in October, it is on to the Oxjam Camden Festival - London UK - German Tour spring 2019.

With a sound influenced by greats like Jeff Buckley and Neil Young to more modern songwriters like Hozier and Matt Corby, Simon Alexander is taking on the Singer/Songwriter - Folk/Indie scene bringing his profound lyrics and heartfelt melodies.

Simon Alexander was born and raised on the west coast of Sweden. From early years the interest for music was immense, and Simon spends the majority of his time as a drummer in various constellations while writing on his own material behind closed doors.

Jill Jackson Are We There Yet?

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This is hardly a blues release but, that said, it’s a truly wonderful album from a young(ish) Scottish singer-songwriter, who can sure put together a fine lyrical flourish with some equally fine melodies. All ten tracks are self-written and the package was produced by musician, Boo Hewardine, in Glasgow, at Rab Noakes’ Kyoti Recording studios. The result is a truly exceptional release, an irresistible offering that is both hauntingly aching and delightful in pretty much equal measure.

Jackson has delivered an album that takes you back to an era of naivety and undiluted beauty, simpering schooldays and the birth of rock-n-roll, with edges of Buddy Holly and a nostalgic nod to a time when life was just so much simpler. Her writing is purposeful and prose-like, with a strong sense of imagery and an impact that pulls the entire package together with an unexpected power and purpose. Anyone of a certain age, especially those who recall Holly, Haley, Elvis and the birth of modern pop music with the Beatles and the like, will recognise the themes Jackson presents and the warmth of her vocal delivery, coupled with very fine support from a range of diverse UK musical talents, ensure that this offering is never boring, trite or easily forgotten.