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Hey all…welcome to my PledgeMusic campaign.
This will launch toward the end of April 2011!! We are fine-tuning the campaign as we speak but it will look roughly like this….
OCS has been mad with shows lately but over the last couple years, I’ve penned some personal material of my own. This doesn’t mean the end of the band at all, in fact we’ll be back with a full Ocean Colour Scene album very soon, however I just fancied releasing some music of mine own for a change to see what you all thought.
Your pledges for the items and experiences listed here will go towards making the album bigger and better, so in way, we will be making this album together. For your faith in me, I will be posting private updates, that only pledgers will have access to…. videos, mp3’s, photos, blogs… a private diary of the entire album process all for FREE to those who get involved!
The culmination of this process is the fulfillment of all tour pledges, and the release of the album….which you will receive before anyone else!
I will also be donating a portion of the proceeds from the campaign to Strummerville, the Joe Strummer Foundation for New Music for the amazing work they do helping the next generation of aspiring young musicians.
I’ve been blessed by your support over the years and hope this unusual approach rewards you in a much more appropriate way with exciting ideas and unique extra content.
Till then, enjoy the album and hopefully see you at a show very soon.
The Moons is the new project from Andy Crofts, better known as Paul Weller's keyboard player. Their album, a 14 tracker, was recorded over three weeks at Edwyn Collins’ West Heath Yard studio in London with Edwyn and Seb Lewsley producing and it is signature Moons, defined by strong songwriting, delicious harmonising and tight musicianship. Influences range from Joe Meek and Syd Barrett to The Zombies and the high points are many, including the startling Jennifer Sits Alone, the garage nugget Double Vision Love, a frenzied reworking of live favourite It's Taking Over and the duet Something Soon with Paul Weller. Their many fans include Rod Argent of the Zombies, Ian Brodie of the Lightning Seeds, Nick Power of The Coral, Dave Davies of the Kinks and of course the Modfather himself!
See more info at myspace.com/themoonsofficial
Richard Lange - Dead Boys
2010 saw the touring schedule worked to the max, with the band playing over 100 gigs and cutting their first disc at La Chunky Studios. Released in November 2010, the eponymous debut EP has all but sold out (physically speaking) and the launch night was so over subscribed that between 30 and 40 disappointed fans could not get in to the event.
Not the sort of band to rest on their laurels, Selective Service ended 2010 by re-entering the studio equipped with new cuts which had been road tested on the previous tour. This next effort, entitled You Best Believe will be released in April 2011. The band have just shot their 2nd music video and a host of promotional activities are planned, most notably an instore performance at Pretty Green's Glasgow boutique. Kasabian tour DJ Dan Martin is also booked to play at the EP launch night, with Serge Pizzorno having given his personal approval.
Vintage mod northern soul or pre-disco? Whatever! as long as we have good chorus, verse and bridge. Many titles are amazing! (Nicolas U.)
Thanx to MikeC, one of my coblogger. Thanx for support and friendship, mate. ;)
Nulle part ailleurs, Canal + (it means "Nowhere Else"). He also came a long time ago to play "Above the clouds" and the TV man gave him a huge collection of rythm and blues cds. He noded and was very grumpy about it!
Andy's mini-album 41 has been selling very well on download from iTunes, and is now available in the shops on CD and limited edition double 7" vinyl. Visit HMV search for Andy Lewis. There, you can also pre-order the next single A Good Soul In The Good Times (feat Jess Roberts) which will be released by Acid Jazz records as a 7" and Digital Download on June 20th.
Uncredited on the album sleeve, the picture is of a small bronze sculpture called The St John's Ambulance Bearers, cast by Benjamin Clemens in 1919. Although part of the permanent collection in London's Imperial War Museum, it has not been on public display for 12 years. In fact, since last autumn the piece has been moved into long-term storage because the museum's art store – where it was available to view by appointment only – is undergoing renovation work.
ReviewAs long as there’s been soul music there’s been Booker T. Jones. A session saxophonist on Stax Records while it was still Satellite Records at age 16 in 1960, then putting together The MGs, who went on to become Stax’s house band, defining the label’s almost syncopated sound. With this set, long-term devotees will be pleased to find him back sitting at the Hammond, after picking up the guitar for his Grammy Award-winning album of 2009, Potato Hole. Indeed, The Road From Memphis turns out to be something of a circular route as, following that LP’s southern blues/rock bent – Drive-By Truckers were the backing band – he’s returned to a classic Stax-style groove. Even the contemporary twists aren’t exactly forward-looking: the album’s produced by The Roots’ ?uestlove and Rob Schnapf (Beck), it’s backed by The Roots and features Sharon Jones and Matt Berninger (The National) on vocals.
The mainstay of The Road From Memphis is its simplicity. After 50-odd years Jones knows what’s required and builds uncomplicated rhythms that set a chopping guitar on chugging drums and bass to provide a solid platform for pretty much anything he wants to do. This works best with his Hammond striding confidently on top, stopping for the all the twiddles and flourishes you’d expect, while playing of a counterpoint to the guitar or drums. Crazy, Walking Papers, The Hive and Rent Party are such sweet examples of Booker T.’s craft – it’s as if mod never went away. Everything Is Everything, The Vamp and Harlem House are so supremely (70s) funky – Dennis Coffey features on guitar – you start checking the listings for the blaxploitation film they must have come from. The vocal tracks are, mostly, no less sure of themselves and cleverly arranged so the playing never really takes a back seat. Although Yim Yames (My Morning Jacket) never quite gets to grips with what he has to do, Sharon Jones’s big voice gives a storming city tour in Down In Memphis, Lou Reed an inspired choice for The Bronx, and Booker T. himself gives a sterling performance on Down In Memphis.
The Road From Memphis hasn’t got any of the surprise factor of Potato Hole; in fact, it’s more like reacquainting yourself with an old friend. But it’s a work of such high quality it doesn’t really matter it’s nothing new.
Let Us Have Our Way / Take Me Away.
The new double A side single out on May 16th 2011.
Taken from the LP Time For Change.
Also includes the previously unreleased track Fools Paradise.
After a few months off from the fanzine, we're busy working on issue 10 which will be off to the printer soon and on sale from early June.
***due to the increased postal charges for adding a cd in with a magazine to send outwith the UK, the CD will only be available to UK customers. However, should overseas readers wish the cd, the extra postage is 40p for Europe and £1.50 for Rest of the World.
Tickets are onsale priced £15 and you can buy them by contacting me here, visiting the Fiddlers Elbow (call first to make sure there's still some: 0207 485 3269) or online HERE. when you order, you're given a reference number which you quote when you arrive at the venue.
Coming up very soon is The Moons gigs taking place on: Thursday 9 June at Mondo, Scott Street Perth 8pm - 1am Tickets priced £9 from Concorde Music 01738 621818 and online Support is from Glasgow's Figure 5, plus Robbie Hill from Perth who is a cracking blues guitarist.
Friday 10 June at Ivory Blacks, Oswald Street Glasgow. 7pm - 3am Tickets priced £12 from Tickets Scotland 0141 204 5151 and online Support is Figure 5, plus DJs Colin Baillie and Scott Cardwell from Motherwell's Melting Pot are joined by special guest DJ Andy Crofts for the aftershow party which is continuing in Ivory Blacks. Admission to the aftershow is £5 from 11pm. Visit for more information on the band and to hear their amazing tunes.
The Laynes: The Laynes released their debut album It's For You on Two Cat Records back in November 2009 and they haven't sat still since. They've been gigging relentlessly throughout the UK, and you may remember they were the support to The Chords, Purple Hearts and Secret Affair when we promoted their gigs in Glasgow. Their debut '45 will be released on 4 July on Two Cat Records, two fantastic tunes which they've played live and we'll be announcing them very soon. In the meantime keep up to date with The Laynes here