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Saturday, 24 December 2011

Merry Christmas!

Merry Christmas to all my friends family and listeners -
and to all the artists who featured on my shows this year.


I will produce a list (more than 60 I think) of all the acts featured - doing everything yourself of course means  that I have little time to write a blog , but will do more next year  - and also contact some of the great bands that will feature next year.






Some of the fabulous christmas tunes by blueneck this month can be heard here
http://www.facebook.com/BlueneckUK

thanks for luke for producing and aron and pete 
hope to have more of the sessions that have featured on the somer valley website soon.

also thanks to all who came to the quiz at the wunderbar last wednesday night - great fun as
always!
have a great christmas
John x

Monday, 15 August 2011

recode/whistling/hip hop/art/battle of the bands

Blueneck were teriffic guests other week , if you can get to bristol to see them they do a
spellbinding show.
Blueneck’s Third album will be released by Denovali Records in September 2011, and will be named Repetitions.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vFv9oRHjNcs
next week the special guests are Recode-
Thier acoustic performance from last february you can hear again this week, and they'll be popping into
the studio next week for a listen to brand new tracks from thier forthcoming album.
Recode are an alternative powerpop / rock four piece who always deliver and never fail to impress. Quickly gaining an excellent reputation the band have gone from strength to strength, delivering their unique original music with an expertise that belies their relatively young age, and fueled with passion. After knowing each other for years James, Luke and dan asked steph to join them on there new project . After a few months of writing together, they got there first acoustic gig in Frome. Recode's first electric gig was at BoxRocks Festival. Recode are currently building there fan base and giging.

  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CG1dfW-XyDE


here's a tracklist for the whistling show i did recently!
lovin spoonful what a day for a daydream
goldfrapp lovely head
games without frontiers peter gabriel
wind of change scorpions
brother bones sweet georgia brown
give a little whistle pinnoccio
whistle stop roger miller
twisted nerve bernard hermann
happy mondays step on

robbie mr bonjales
disney heigh ho
singing the blues tommy steele
eliza doolittle skinny genes
roger whittikar
rammstein engel
david bowie golden years
let's go surfing the drums
centrefold the j geils band
xtc generals and majors
peter bjorn john old folks
always look on the bright side
walk like an egytian
sitting on the dock of the bay
muzzy marcelino heap big cheif


the hip hop favourites me and aron did  -
hip hop
g flash white lines
run dmc my addidas
nwa express yourself
mr b the gentleman rhymer straight outta surrey
sage francis best of times
salt n pepa push it
wu tang clan method man
lakim shabazz truth and living
guru time to play
sound providers time to play
adbominable breathe later

de la soul eye know
mr wendal arrested development
so fresh so clean outkast
blondie rapture
mc chris boba fett
funky cold medina
black stacey
beastie boys
paid in full
eminem lose yourself
public enemy fight the power
the message

on 1st september we'll welcome back Bath Grime MC Terraforma -
 Last time there was some quite incredible vocal talents coming from that young man - I got the feeling
he could have gone on for another half hour easily!


11 aug
here are some links of some interesting local bands i've found
http://termitesmusic.co.uk/about
http://www.myspace.com/wearearchimedes
 centrefolds came on my show last winter and are a great live band
http://www.myspace.com/centrefoldsmusic



http://www.myspace.com/forgerylit - look forward to hearing more of Forgery Lit
 Coruscate http://www.myspace.com/rememberus 
http://www.myspace.com/turboislandband
http://www.reverbnation.com/offthewalluk


also mr keep calm-
http://www.myspace.com/mrkeepcalm     -
A Glastonbury couple are looking for a musical act for a very special concert at the beginning of September. The Hawthorns Charity Art-Start Hoedown runs on Sunday the 4th September in the Hawthorns, Glastonbury and is to celebrate the opening day of an art exhibition by rising Glastonbury artist Sarah Stanislaus.



The music will run from 3pm – 10pm and while entry is free, donations taken on the day will got to a local charity, The Martha Care Trust. Further to this 15% of the money raised selling the artworks over the course of the exhibition will also go to Martha Care while a further 10% of the art commission will go to the Disasters Emergency Commission in aid of the Somlian Famine.



Acts confirmed so far on the day;

Mr Keep Calm – ex Keeps frontman and protest singer

Rich Maya – A mixture of delicately performed original and cover material

North & South – Lively covers duo

Leigh Wright – Intense, introspective singer-songwriter

Taterdemalion – Lively folk band

Robin Gray – All round entertainer



Gary Smith, co-organiser, explained more; “We still have at least one gap of around 30 – 45 minutes that we need to fill and we’re looking for an acoustic act of 1-3 people who can offer something different. So far we’ve got a good variety of excellent artists and it promises to be a great day of music for all tastes.

 Local artist Sarah Stanislaus has exhibited in various galleries around the county and this is her first large exhibition in Glastonbury. The Hawthorns exhibition runs from September the 4th until the 1st October. For more information see http://www.sarahstanislausart.co.uk/

 The Martha Care Trust (www.marthacare.co.uk) is a local charity that helps to look after families with children in hospital. This can involve benefits and housing advice where families live away from the hospitals.



If there are any solo artists, duo’s or trio’s who would like to play please email Gary at mrkeepcalm@yahoo.co.uk or contact the Facebook page for the event “The Hawthorns Charity Art-Start Hoedown” http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=223366451041548.

Please ensure you give contact phone number, name, brief bio and links to sound or, better still, video files. With this being a charity event please note it will be unpaid.

Organisers Gary Smith and Sarah Stanislaus have a record in setting up charity events in and around Glastonbury and are immersed in the local art and music scene.

Gary Smith plays as Mr Keep Calm and has recently completed an 8 weeks songwriting project, taking a Monday morning news story and having 10 hours to write and record a song with video posted onto youtube. MP3’s are being sold for Martha Care from http://mrkeepcalm.bandcamp.com

Sarah Stanislaus has recently completed a successful large solo exhibition and her bespoke commissioned artworks are in high demand.



tracklist - 11 august
bluetones - slight return
slow club - two cousins
centrefolds - fresh air
keep calm - red button 6
archimedes - ammo
brave brave bats - tent city
termites -ammo
off the wall - who took the jam out of our doughnut
lamb - gorecki
forgery lit - toffee
idles - thieves
red dust road - blue
stevie j rivers - rockin blues


also most importantly - there is a battle of the bands happening soon -
http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=200797109975821
Writhlington Pro Tools HD Recording Studio's Battle Of The Bands

WIN...a days recording and mixing in the top new studio.

Band applications are now welcome...
Bands and solo musicians of all genres and ages are invited to submit up to four of their songs to be judged.

For more information or to be considered for a slot on the live final, send an email to Martin Miles: 

mmiles@wsbe.org.uk
Include your band name, a mini bio and a link (if one exists) to your facebook/myspace etc, or an mp3 of a rough demo.

Successful applicants will be contacted and must be available to play live on Friday September 30th when judging will take place.

Please let other bands know about this event - and repost

The Final will be held at Mardons Social Club.




Tuesday, 26 July 2011

Hiphop/PaulBrimble/Blueneck/Whistling/grime/

In two weeks time, 4th August we have a special Preview of the new Blueneck album , Dunk from the band
will join us and tell us all about it. the new album sounds great!
here's a video from the last album

http://www.blueneck.com/



something a bit different last week, bit of grime last thursday , from Bath's Terraforma - there's alot of talent out there.


  • By Live Localshowcase· Sunday
    Dodgy - in a room
    arcade fire - culture war
    presuming ed - window
    phil king - war i cannot win
    friendly fires - hawaiiian air

    - Live Grime rap set from Bath's Terraforma
    http://www.facebook.com/pa​ges/Terraforma/20447917959​5782?sk=wall

    Blueneck - Lilitu
     
This Thursday we are joined by Paul Brimble - he's been drumming in bands for years and he's writing a book about his experiences in the local music scene - should be fascinating

PAUL BRIMBLE, DRUMMER FOR SIXTIES ROCK’N’ROLL BAND THE SNEAKERS IS RESEARCHING A BOOK THAT HE IS HOPING TO PUBLISH.THE BOOK IS TO COMMEMERATE HIS FIFTY YEARS OF PLAYING THE DRUMS.
PAUL HAS WRITTEN QUITE A FEW PAGES COMPLETE WITH PHOTOS AND ENTRANCE TICKETS ETC RELEVANT TO THE MANY GIGS THAT HE HAS PLAYED AT OVER THE YEARS AND IS CURRENTLY APPEALING FOR MUSICIANS AND BANDS FROM THE LATE FIFTIES UP TO NOW TO CONTRIBUTE INFORMATION TO COMPLETE HIS BOOK.
HE STARTED IN 1962 WHEN STILL AT SCHOOL AND OVER THE YEARS HAS PLAYED FOR MANY BANDS IE,ROCKING OLLY AND THE BOYS,THE CREATURES,THE HERMITS(NOT HERMANS)THE GERRY SHEPHERD BAND,THE DECIMAL.5,SPIRELAINE,THE SAMMY MILSOM JAZZ BAND,ROCKY TOPS,BERNARD EMM,RON LAMB AND THE MASQUARADERS,THE SULTANS,LOVE IN A HANKY,THE ECHOES,THE WORRIED MEN,HOT DOG JACKSON, CLOSE TO THE WIRE,WISHFULL THINKING AND THE PAT MALLON COUNTRY BAND TO NAME BUT A FEW.
WHAT PAUL WOULD LIKE IS FOR ANY BODY THAT HAS PLAYED IN BANDS OVER THE YEARS THAT HAVE ANY PHOTOS NAMES OF THE REST OF THE BAND AND ANY GIGS OF SIGNIFICANCE THAT THEY WOULD BE HAPPY TO SHARE.


PAUL HAS A LIST OF BANDS FROM HIS EARLY DAYS AND WOULD LIKE ANY INFORMATION ON THESE,BERNARD EMM AND THE RYTHMAIRS,DON WEBB,RON LAMB AND THE MASQUERAIDERS,THE SAXTONES,JOHNY MIKE AND THE SHADES,THE RAMRODS,THE FIREBRANDS,THE DECIMAL.5, AUBERGINE,THE STARLITES,THE SPOTLIGHTS,JUST USS, SCORPIO,SIRROCO,STING, LOT39,THE RIVERSIDE SHOWBAND,RAFFIA,PENTWORTH PEOPLE,SANDYS PEOPLE,THE CHEETAS,ROCKIN HORSE,KELLY,LADY BLUE,SUPER FLY,TRUTH,NEON RAINBEAUX HOWLIN DOGS,THE DECKCHAIRS, REAL LIFE AND THE ROBINS,OR ANY OTHER BANDS DUO’S AND SOLO ARTISTS PLUS BANDS UP TO TODAY. PAUL CAN BE CONTACTED BY PHONE 01761 410414. MOBILE 07736177989. OR BY E-MAIL spirelaine@yahoo.co.uk .PAUL IS ALSO ON FACEBOOK.

Remember if you're in a band or would like to appear on the show or would like to promote your local event then please contact the show - I'm on a voyage of discovery I am.

saturday show--
on 6th august the theme is songs with whistling! tell me what you like please on facebook or email etc. 

on saturday afternoon 2-4 I'm playing my and listeners fave Hip Hop tracks! 

Sunday, 10 July 2011

Really enjoyed Laws of motion last week - http://www.facebook.com/lawsofmotion
they were a good bunch who had a great sound - look forward to thier album when it comes out.
  • By Live Localshowcase· Thursday
    hard fi hard to beat
    avi buffalo  whats it in for
    shotgun shine  -hungover
    westfield mining disaster hank williams saved my life
    john shuttleworth up and down like a brides nightie

    Laws of Motion live-
    winter
    ghost written
    scanner (recording)
    you left a ghost
    out (recording)

    turin breaks sea change

this week on Live local showcase we have scout killers -
Scout Killers are a five piece alternative/rock/ indie band formed in late 2009 who write, perform and record their own music. The five members all met with a shared passion, performing, writing and recording original music. The band have been constantly writing and re-writing music since January 2010, bringing a vast array of influences and ideas to the musical table. Over the last year the band have been touring mainly in the South West of England, but horizons are now broadening and the music is reaching new audiences. In January 2011 Scout Killers entered the studio to record an EP with Producer Daniel Edney of Knit Music.link to textyou tube video

http://www.myspace.com/scoutkillers
http://www.facebook.com/scoutkillers
http://soundcloud.com/scout-killers
http://twitter.com/#!/scoutkillers

Monday, 20 June 2011

UFO DAY/Laws of motion/glastonbury

I'm not in this week,  I made a pre recorded highlights kind of thing - got glasto of course - can't wait.
most looking forward to qotsa , noah and the whale , lee scratch perry , the wombles amongst many.
such an insane line up every time, I feel quite lucky to be able to go , hit and miss this year.
I'll be back next week to tell you all about it- if you have any stories please contact us.
A week saturday it's UFO day , so I'm putting together a show for that, with of course connect 4, themed songs about aliens and space + that, please feel free to
suggest some good stuff, or even star trekkin'.
World_UFO_Day
I think my mate chris is doing a recording of some tune for it.
coming up on the live local showcase , Laws of motion  - July 7th
http://www.facebook.com/lawsofmotion
they're a nice sounding band, a bit cocteau twinsy. can't wait for that.
time to pack my waterproofs I spose!
toodleoo
John

Tuesday, 14 June 2011

Thursday 16th funkinsteins

How brill was Rita Lynch last saturday? great stuff, thanks to Luke Barnes for helping out. 

This week's live performance on the Live local showcase is the funkinsteins - should be a riot.
http://www.reverbnation.com/funkinsteins
http://www.myspace.com/funkinsteins
BIO
Women fronted kick ass funk band from Bristol,You will not of seen or heard anything like this before, they are something special. Amazing vocals breathtaking guitar and phat slap bass are provided by the girls Sal and Al, the drums come courtesy of the mighty JC.They have been touring the Uk for the last 2 years and have a new album The Escape on release this year produced by David Palmer. The music is original and instantly infectious and highly dancable.Here is their bio
And out of the darkness there came light. The almighty"Funkinsteins". Forged from the purest elements in music, this trio have crafted a truly original mastersound. Blending funky dance music with sprinkles of rock. this band delivers what can be described as a breathtaking and captivating product. The music is tight and melodic and will make the hairs on the back of your neck stand firmly to attention.
The band have been electrifying audiences across the country with their stage show, growing in popularity and presence.
Made up of 2 girls and 1 guy, delivering daunting phat bass, pro guitar, innovative drum breaks and an impressive arrangement of synths and production.
If you get a chance to see the Funks during their UK tour then do so. You will not be disappointed and will most likely discover your new favourite band!


coming up after my glasto break , Laws of motion  - July 7th
http://www.facebook.com/lawsofmotion

last week playlist -

LLSC playlist 090611

by Live Localshowcase on Thursday, 09 June 2011 at 22:59
newton faulkner dream catch me
cage the elephant - shake me down
mr keep calm - red button 3
rita lynch feels like the end of the world
sam and lily live set
it's your love
fast cars

dusty springfield son of a preacher man

sam and lily live
didn't see that coming
make you see my love

wombats anti d
wild beasts 2 dancers