The NBT Review 18

Picture: Garry Tallent, Max Weinberg, Billy Ryan, Stormin’ Norman, Clarence Clemons. 1980 at Lock Stock and Barrell

Asbury Park, Then And Now – Stormin‘Norman and Friends (Ivory International)

The man calls this, ‘’ In the simplest of terms, …my life in musical form. ‘’  The Man is Stormin’ Norman Seldin and this double album is an Unique history lesson  of the music coming out of Asbury Park from the 60s onwards.

The show starts of in 1980, and weaves back and forth through the decades, incorporating doo wop, rock and soul and even the Brit Invasion, From Garage Band to Big Band Rock extravaganza this collection has it all.

For Collectors, the First 8 tracks are a goldmine, featuring, E Street Band members Garry Tallent, Clarence Clemons, Max Weinberg, the late Danny Federici, and Roy Bittan.

Kicking off with the full keyboard driven boogie of ‘ Misery Loves Company’ to `Monopoly Woman’ a track that wouldn’t be out of place on Springsteen’s own early albums this set is a thrilling look into a particular time and place.

Favourite track for me of this first 8 is, ‘Everything I Do’ which is a mighty ballad including a breathtaking seemingly effortless sax solo from the maestro Clemons.

Going further back into the past we listen to a band Seldin signed post 1965, The Motifs, a glorious stumble mix of Iggy and the Stones, taken from vinyl these recordings have a scratchy wonder and exuberant swagger.

This is Followed by a handful of tracks by the Seldin led The Soul Set, Stax and Atlantic influenced blue eyed soul. With the additionof Clemons the band changed its name to The Joyful Noyze and are represented by six tracks, standout tune in this section, the atmospheric ‘A Winter Night.’

On CD two we go back in time again and listen to the Acapella sounds of Barbaroso & The Historians discovered and produced by Seldin, these tracks capture a musical point in time where the heavenly vocal harmonies and melodic arrangements of this kind of pop was being replaced by the dirtier blues of the british invasion.

This is followed by bands The Uniques,(who are frantically sought after by vinyl collectors, one their recordings currently sells for over $600), The Valtairs, and The Jaywalkers, all bands Seldin recorded and had a hand in writing for. This section is pop perfection, songs from long ago that still sound vibrant and important to this day.

The Cd finishes with a set of Stormin’Norman and Steel Breeze and Solo piano from the music man himself, Cinematic, widescreen, dream tunes, a wonderful way to close this journey through a past.

All in all this is music that has touched so many lives, and changed in its own subtle generous way the sounds of the rock we listen to now.

Don’t be foolish go buy this album NOW

http://www.backstreets.com

http://www.normanseldin.com/

Postscript: In honour of Clarence Clemons many tracks that he was involved in from this album and the entire Born To Run album are playlisted over the 24 hr stream that is the NBTMusicRadio

http://nbtmusicradio.playtheradio.com/

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The NBT Review 17

Fathomless Tales From Leviathan’s Hole – Phyllis Sinclair (Independent Release)

 

This is a true story. Wanting these tales, these personal songs to sink deeper into my soul, so that I could write about them with hopefully more depth, I walked around my city with them unfurling endless, serene on my player.

And

I found myself seeking out the parks, the giant trees, the places where gold autumn colours would dance in the wind. I watched couples, old women, children play or merely sit thoughtful on benches and catch the fragile sunlight when they could.

Then

I was taken to places and situations this gentle protester wrote and sung about. I was taken to places and shown situations that this quiet storyteller had seen, captured and created.

Many of the songs are laced through with an aching feel of loss, of the kind of sadness that in lesser hands could wrap despair around the SoulBody and make us seek out only the destructive shadows. Sinclair knows the Sadness must be released, but she brings hope and the knowledge of history and enlightenment, letting the sadness become a healthy, necessary way of accepting all that is terrible.

Some of these tunes are personal snapshots, we feel honoured to share, some are painted on a broader canvas of the recent past, all tell of a life far removed from the city I listened to them in. and it is a mark of this collections power that I spent an afternoon finding out more about the towns and travels revealed so beautifully and subtle.

Find out more, read lyrics and buy the album here

http://www.phyllissinclair.com

 

…And Then Some – Luke Jackson (Popsicle Recordings)

Sweden, England, Canada. That these songs were created, caressed, seduced and orchestrated in  these countries  would matter very little if their pop beauty was flawed or, even worse, boring.

These songs will capture the fussy Wall Street fast talker, the jaded Berlin intellectual, the grinning fashion disaster swooning through London’s High Street.

These songs are timeless and belong everywhere, no boundaries or borders in this world.

Take opening track ‘Come Tomorrow’, (And many will, this is a song that will drive mothers crazy as their daughters sing it endlessly and husbands hum it every chance they get) a jangle confection of harmonies and guitar, like the Byrds just took happy pills or The Beach Boys discovering New Wave.

Take ballad, ‘A Little Voice’ recalling old Elektra Vinyl, the stop and listen orchestrations flowing around the fragile folk. Or ‘ Half A World away,’ a strange mix of the half cousin of a New order song and a long lost Americana Power Pop revolutionary.

The Whole album is like this, each play is a delightful surprise. A Brand New ‘Been There Forever’

Find out more and links to buy this album

http://www.myspace.com/luke_jackson

Catch tracks and words from both these artists on the NBT Podcast going out on the 31st Oct

http://nextbigthing.libsyn.com/

The CyberPR (Ariel Publicity)New Media Pioneer Interviews 5

New Media Pioneers: Jim and Dave of Boomer Buddies Blog Talk Radio Show 

http://www.blogtalkradio.com/Boomer-Buddies

 

Boomer Buddies Barbershop Banter With Indiana Dave and Jim Two Baby Boomer Practicing Pundits talking about the topics you want to hear about and solving problems our elected officials can’t seem to figure out.

Q: How long have you been broadcasting?

A: Dave and I started what is now Barbershop Banter with Indiana Dave and Jim on BlogTalkRadio in June of this year. We started with the idea that we wanted to support the troops somehow. Dave is a musician and writes and performs songs that are supportive of the troops. He has written several parodies that involve winning this war on terror and also several original songs like his song titled America is my home. We quickly saw that the Bloggers that were the most popular were the ones talking about politics. We fell into that for a short time and made many good friends. Our hearts just weren’t in it for all the mud slinging. For another thing Dave and I are probably complete opposites when it comes to our political views. So we have changed our format to talk about the great job our troops are doing and we also like to feature songs by Independent and unsigned artists. We prefer songs that support the Troops but we play a good variety.

Q: In your opinion, what does a good song need to consist of?

 

A: A good beat that compliments the sentiment of the song, meaningful lyrics and a hook that keeps the song in your head all day.

 

Q: What is your favorite band or favorite genre of music and why?

 

A: Prior to being introduced to Ariel Publicity I would have answered with something like Bob Seger/Classic Rock. Now While I still enjoy the Classic Rock I prefer Alternative, Indie Rock, Indie-Pop and Acoustic Rock, Funk,Folk and Jazz.

 

Q: What changes in content laws, broadcasting rights, etc. have affected you most?

 

A: We are still too new to have realized any changes in this area, we are still learning a lot of the do’s and don’ts

 

Q: A recent study found blogs to be more effective than MySpace in generating album sales; do you feel internet radio has the same power?

 

A: I absolutely do. I think if done properly a blogtalkradio show can create and increase the number of long lasting fans. In the short time Dave and I have been doing this show we have introduced several dozen artists to a group that would not have listened to them otherwise. Our listeners come out to hear Dave and I and as a side benefit they are treated to a variety of GOOD artists that are a breath of fresh air to what they get on the celestial radio. Blogtalkradio has all the benefits of a Blog and A radio show.

The NBT Review 16

Morning Toast – The Headie Berrie (Independent Release)

The Headie Berrie is like that cool guy at a wedding that is dressed in oh so comfortable jeans and black t shirt, who looks like he BELONGS, while all around in their stuffy hired suits sweat and scratch.

The Headie Berrie is rough fun, no frills but many thrills, is boogie soup and big chunks of pure rock’n ‘country to eat it with.

They are rockers who play the pop game as well as Mr. Fogerty used  to with Creedence,  creating rumble tumble sing along bursts, sweetened with a touching display of harmonica and close your eyes, get lost, vocals.

Stand out track for this writer is , ‘’Blank Tablature`’ the perfect antidote to those who get annoyed with Jack White’s Raconteurs, ‘look at me ma!’ fiddling about. It’s the blues that is of and from and ABOUT this time this year, this century.

It is the brand new Old Fashioned. It stomps Nostalgia though, cause this band is NOT looking back, they are dancing, sweating, playing timeless and true.

Go Listen to the band here

http://www.myspace.com/theheadieberrie

http://www.headiemusic.com/

 

I Can’t Drink With You – Michael Macri (Independent Release)

From Melbourne Australia comes this genre hopping collective lead vocally and with saxophone by Michael Macri.

The set starts off with the almost Stax feel swing and soul of ‘Analyse’, one can imagine this track being a genuine live show stopper with some of its more polished edges rubbed off onstage.

Shooting through reggae and rock tunes we slide into the title track, an old time gleefully dirty rock romp , full of  high tense guitar solos and pulsing keyboards topped by a captivating  passionate  vocal.

In the ballads the swing/smooth jazz inflections in Macri’s voice elevate the material from plain radio pop to something that demands a closer listen.

A wonderful surprise in the pop song ‘ Boys and Girls’ is the afro sax rhythms, suddenly we are listening to West meets Central  Africa meets the Soul South.

To me this track could become one of those classics that seem to have been there forever. Every pop station should play this tune.

Watch the title track of this release on You Tube

  http://youtube.com/results?search_query=Michael+macri&search_type=&aq=f

 

Catch tracks from both these releases on the NBT Show going out the 24th Oct 08

www.nextbigthing.libsyn.com

The CyberPR (Ariel Publicity)New Media Pioneer Interviews 4

New Media Pioneer Jeff Skonieczny of Imagine Echoes Blog

http://www.ImagineEchoes.com

 

Q: How long have you been broadcasting?

Ironically, I’ve been blogging for exactly three years today.

 

Q: In your opinion, what does a good song need to consist of?

I believe a good song needs to display some form of true emotion. It’s typically pretty easy to see when a band is truly pouring their heart and soul into what they are doing.Now the difference from a good song and a great song is, it needs to be fleshed out. It needs to be like a story, it needs a beginning, middle and end. The best songs are ones that have the ability to build up to a great climax, for instance songs like King Crimson’s “Starless” and Pink Floyd’s “Echoes”. Lengthier songs seem to accomplish this with more ease, but plenty of shorter songs do this as well. But in the end, the most important characteristic of a song is for it to be true to itself, the band/artist must have a personal connection with what they’re doing.

 

Q: What is your favorite band or favorite genre of music and why?

Pink Floyd would rank as my favorite band. They consistently threw new and creative things at their listeners and nearly every album turned out to be an amazing experience. Albums like Dark Side of the Moon and Wish You Were Here are practically flawless. David Gilmour’s guitar work is so iconic and soulful, every note seems to carry as much weight as the previous. The song writing from the band is absolutely unforgettable, they had the ability to take the listener on a journey which surpassed just listening to the music. They were one of the few bands that made progressive rock more accessible, and they certainly helped to propel the genre to new heights.

 

Q: What changes in content laws, broadcasting rights, etc. have effected you most?

Personally I haven’t run into any problems with the law when it comes to broadcasting my blog. Although I must say, I try to avoid posting samples of music in fear of infringing on the law.

 

Q: A recent study found blogs to be more effective than MySpace in generating album sales, do you feel that that is a true statement?

While I don’t participate in social networking sites such as MySpace, I do believe it is a great thing for music. It allows for lesser known bands to get their music heard, and nothing is more important than that. On the other hand however, I can easily see how blogging has generated more album sales than MySpace. By creating hype around an album, people will take notice. Every band can have a MySpace, but not every band is lucky enough to have their music actually heard and critiqued. The most important thing for a band, other than their music, is to create some buzz, and to have people talking about their music, blogging is the ultimate source for just that.

 http://www.imagineechoes.com/

 

The Manik Music Rant: Zorch Factory Records

So, anyway, trawling around my list of links, e-mails subscriptions and Blog reader whatsits I come across a lone line advertising a free download of a French band Camp Z’s 6 track ep. Whoaw…free, I gasp..”This last release mixes electronic

backgrounds along with dark feelings, raw guitars and post punk energy!” says the blurb…colour me interested – I’ve sort of rediscovered the whole French/Euro coldwave genre of the 80’s as of late and have subsequently kicked myself at being so damnably Anglo-centric in my musical gleanings in those bad old days – ok, there was no internet, and the genre was largely ignored by the (Brit/USA) press of the day any mention of which was probably quickly passed by by the likes of I (not being able to see anything in the flesh as it were, also didn’t help), I mean, I thought Plastic Bertrand was all there was!! So, consequently I devote the latest Bullets From the Belfry (and this blog) to Zorch!

 

 

 

 

 

Subsequent investigation led me to Zorch Factory Records and their eclectic stable of artistes from Europe (and other parts of the globe) in the dark indie/goth/deathrock/postpunk/coldwave/electronica field of things that i generally immerse myself in. Headed up by Manu, member of aforementioned CampZ, his dream to present a forum, a home, a promotional tool for some of the many truly independent artists forging out into the interwastes trying to elevate themselves to better things. All the material is published under Creative Common License free to download. His aim to create a fanbase for the bands so that interest is tweaked, demands made and the music industry swings their way, whether interest by some established label or enough interest is created to make music sales of future product viable. Manu’s dream is based on love, not profit, the artists free to move on to greener pastures whne their boat comes in!

 

 

 

 

After hastily glomming the CampZ goodies : a dark buzzsaw caterwaul of postpunk excess- with strong leanings back to coldwave, overlaid with Manu’s harsh, angry vocals – no fake Brit/Amerikan tones here….without meaning to sound condescending, the French accent is perfect for this music! I went for the rest with glee.

 

 

 

 

Joy Disaster, also from France have a recent live concert recorded in Italy up for grabs. I suppose any band described as postpunk and having ‘Joy’ in their name is going to be compared with, ah, Joy Division…well yes, the comparisons are there, perhaps an early JD, maybe even Warsaw rather, harsh, brash, angry (I entertain the notion that if Warsaw formed today and listened to Interpol a lot…) Cyclic, all music is cyclic but in doing so it does not have to immitate, re-invention is part of the game, re-interpretation, it does not have to cater to some fixed audience to ‘fill a dance floor’ ( She Wants Revenge….pheeggh!!!). I take emotion over polish any fucking day – I see big things for Joy Disaster.

 

 

 

Mmmmmm, Mexican goth/punk/deathrock, I love it, ever since I frightened folk off the dancefloor with the likes of Los Meurtes Vivientes and the Ultrasonicas! The Acid Bats have a couple of releases on Zorch Factory, an 8 track ep, ‘Exhumacion’ and a earlier demo recording…fabulous stuff, can’t wait to ever be invited back into a dj booth with this in my must play box!! (If I promise to play at least one She Whines Revenge track, can I ? Can I???)

 

 

 

The more eclectic Crimson Muddle do a wonderful cover of Joy Divisions ‘Means To an End’ on their ep, their sound veering into almost steampunk territory, but still with that endearing coldwave feel.Lamentations Psychotiques and Nuit d’Octobre round off the ep in a darkly whimsical manner.

 

On and on, it’s like stumbling into a sweet shop of delights, Les Modules Estranges evoke the spirit of Siouxsie Sioux on tracks like Crash, Cocteau twins on say Am I Blind. lovely vocals, fragile guitar, veering toeards but not drowning in shoegazer territory. More tracks including remixes are available here.

 

From Spain come the enigmatically titled Red Crayon Aristocratic Club, think Yeah Yeah Yeahs meets Ladytron whilst picking up The Cranes on the way… A splendid cover of The Clash’s ‘Stay Free’ is a gem on the cd.

 

Germany’s Monozid have 2 ep’s available on the Zorch Factory site, think postpunk, think Chameleons, early Psychedelic Furs, Wire here.

 

Rounding off the podcast this week- The Trespass, perhaps the most traditional goth/deathrock band on Zorch,’ traditional’ being a misnomer really in that their roots are solid postpunk, a bit of Echo and the Bunnymen lilting through their epical sweeping songs.

 

All in all, a valuable cause to support..and download, and hopefully, eventually, lay hard cash down for! Zorch Factory Records, Bullets From the Belfry salutes you!!

 

http://www.zorchfactoryrecords.com/

 

Listen to some of the amazing Zorch artists here on the BFB Zorch Factory Records Special Podcast

http://nbtdarkelectric.podomatic.com/

 

The CyberPR (Ariel Publicity)New Media Pioneer Interviews 3

New Media Pioneer: Jimmy Tucker of Indie Radio Chattanooga

 

http://www.indieradiochattanooga.com

http://www.myspace.com/indieradiochattanooga

 

Indie Radio Chattanooga s a weekly podcast and FM Radio Show dedicated to the Independent Artist. We try to feature new artists every week, and we interview a different artist every show. We host the live show Saturdays at 10:pm EST.

 

Preshow starts at 9:00 EST and can be seen here: http://www.ustream.tv/channel/indieradiochattanooga

 

Q: How long have you been broadcasting?

A: I have been Broadcasting since May of 2007,I got picked up on FM Radio in May of 2008

Q: In your opinion, what does a good song need to consist of?

 

A: A good song needs to consist of artist integrity, heart and determination. If the artist doesn’t believe in what he/she is doing, it will quickly be apparent…oh yeah and a kick ass guitar solo.I recently had the privilege of interviewing Last November. Their lyrics are smart and witty, all put together in a sea of innuendo and double entendre. Luke, the lead singer, said that he doesn’t go with the first draft, he like many others, work the songs to maturity before they are ready. I think this is what makes a band stand out and pushes them to that next level.

 

Q: What is your favorite band or favorite genre of music and why?

 

My favorite genre is metal, and I guess my favorite band/Artist is Ozzy Osbourne. Why? I guess it’s a combination of smart lyrics and wicked guitar solos.

 

Q: What changes in content laws, broadcasting rights, etc. have affected you most?

 

No law changes have affected me really, As long as I have the artist(s) permission. I have yet to be threatened by a band because I helped promote them.

 

Q: A recent study found blogs to be more effective than MySpace in generating album sales, do you feel podcasts has the same power?

 

A: Yes as a matter of fact, I do believe podcasts help spur album sales, significantly. Listeners are starving for new music to listen to, not crammed down their throats by the main stream. With the internet, more and more music is readily available, and podcasters are the vehicle that make all that music make sense. We put it into a “playlist” and put a little context to it so that the listener can digest it more effectively. If it is an artist I like, chances are the listener will like it too, since they listen to my show.