The NBTMusicRadio Fantastic Themed Hours TWO:The MirrorBall Sessions

The MirrorBall Sessions

10 PM Berlin Time (9 PM UK / 4 PM New York)

From the 50′s RnB, to the 60′s Psychedelic soul, thru to hip hop, techno. electronica. From Progressive House to Dubstep, with huge shots of the best new Rap artists as well.

Featuring:

Kimicoh Kimico, Aloe Blacc, The O Jays, Freda Payne, Speech Debelle, Gift Of Gab, Roots Manuva, Jamie T, Matisyahu, Mr Fix DJ, Dragan Pejic, The Black Science Orchestra, Spanky Wilson, Paul Kalkbrenner, Goldie, Machinedrum, A Guy Called Gerald, James Curd, Louie Vega, Body Language, Sonar Pilot, Team Brooklyn, Dave Gahan, Bobby Collas, nina Simone, Esther Phillips, De la Soul, War, Aceyalone and RJD2, Louis Batey, Blow Flyy, Alice Russell, Godspeed,Dukes Go Up, Ify, Shabazz Palaces, James Brown, Bobby Womack, Last Poets, Apollo’s Sun, Chaptabois, Sly and the Family Stone, Harvey Mason, The Staple Singers, Eddie Floys, Dizzee Rascal,Jr Tha 4th, Skilf, LK, Soul Children, Mel and Tim, Johnny taylor, Chairman Of The Board, THEESatisfaction,Tardishead,Lo Fidelity All Stars, Plan B, Orbital, Scuba, Tove Stryke, Kay 2 and the Strange Days, Schiller, Renegade Soundwave,Eoin Hayes, Suuns, Domino Grey, Bassnectar, Edward, Visions Of Trees, Simian Mobile Disco, Cassius, Fresh Heir, MDNR, Anti-Crew, Copyright, Jazzie B, Levon Vincent, Mantronix,Elaine, Skream, Electritribe 101, Kid 606, Anonym, Aphrodisiac, Sleep Archive, Crystal Castles, Kele,Spiller, Alea Karin, Yana Rizhova,Ganesh, Carolyn Baron and BosBeats, Mos Def, Bennie King, Clayton Savage and Jay Quan, PLXDABOSS, Jam and Spoon, Maya Jane Coles, Drums Of Death, The Knife, Jamie Principle, Frankie Knuckles, LadyHawke, High Luxe, Jamie Sparks, Kimbro, Melogain

and MUCH Much More

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The NBT Wonderful Ones 2010 Part One Of Three

another hectic year another huge collection of new acts discovered. When i say new acts, well new to me, and to new to some listeners, a lot of the bands and artists have been playing, creating for ages, making music that seduces and provokes and revigorates.

What was amazing for me , was the the sheer diversity of the tunes on offer, from ghostly industrial landscaping to tender folk ballads, from exuberant indie pop, to things full of complicated time changes and sneaky shifts.And what amazed me even MORE, was that even the most glittery pop concoction, or most basic lo fi rock out, all had  these things in common: passion, care and love.

These were NOT songs made by committee with one eye on sales and the other on offending no one. this was music made for the joy of it, sure the bands want to ‚‘make it‘ want to have that illusive hit, but its the song first, the hustle later. something the majors could learn from, (if they only stopped being so damn SCARED of the independents that is).

So ok.. here are the bands, singers, performers,labels, promoters that made this year even better than the last. ladies and gentle beings here in no particular order are this years Wonderful Ones.

Parts Two and Three to followThe NBT Visual Page can be seen HERE

Marco Mahler

And what a way to open proceedings: the prince of the subtle complicated, seeming low key but deeply textured and incredibly moving Mr. Mahler kept doing what he does best and created his finest work to date.

Marco in his own words:”I released a new album (“Laptop Campfire Speed”) this past summer, for which I received a good number of great reviews (including one of my all-time favorite reviews of my music from NBT), but it didn’t sell as well as I was hoping, which I think is partly due to the changes in the music industry over the past decade, partly because of a very limited marketing budget, and partly because I didn’t tour in support of the album, for which I just couldn’t find the time to get it all organized (I try to do too much myself I think).

I recorded some new ideas this past fall which might turn into something this next year, and maybe that tour will happen after all.

Thank you to NBT for the support, and everybody else who spread the word, bought a copy, or helped out in other ways. Happy holidays and an amazing new year!

“http://www.marcomahler.com/


DarkLily

In ‚’Illusia‘ Vyolette Johnson created a world  that seemed almost magical victorian tragic romantic and wistful, the NBT review said..”Her creations are measured and classical almost aloof, yet never too detached, they engage us, bombard us with thoughts and regret and deliverance.

http://www.darklily.co.uk/

Tokyo Rosenthal

in my review of his 3rd album i compared Tokyo to Elvis when he was a country rocker, but of course there is more to it than that,  in a mix of protest, love ballad and intimate rock workouts, ‘Ghosts‘ was just a pleasure.

Tokyo in his own words:

‘2010 was perhaps my most amazing year ever and the busiest too. It began with the release of “Ghosts” which hit #5 on The Euro Americana Chart, got about 50 rave reviews and the airplay world wide was my best ever. Not to mention that “Mister Tell Me ‘Bout The Great Depression” was #2 on the NBT Chart and “And Then You Sang” also reached #2 on The Hot Disc Chart in Australia and Europe.

Touring was major for me this year as I hit the UK for the fourth time, played The Bitter End in NYC twice, made my Nashville debut, and played about 100 dates finishing up the year in Canada in Montreal and Ottawa.

2011 plans include a new album coming out in May, a West Coast Tour in February, Texas in March, and back to the other side of the pond in the Fall.

http://www.tokyorosenthal.com

Apollo‘s Sun

what we said when nominating him for Artist for October on the NBTMusic website, ‘Something fresh blows in the darkness, invades the smoke filled room full of jabbering idiots and fragile egos making sounds to just fill in the vaccum of their existence. Suddenly here is a hip hop artist that deals in the subtle, that creates deeply moving sometimes disturbing tunes for the thoughtful and the restless.

Mr Billy Krouse aka Apollo’s Sun makes albums that you want to set time aside to listen to, that you want to hold your finger over the ‘play’ button for tiny seconds until you are quite ready, that you almost want to keep just to yourself like that exotic chocolate, or that new Scorsese movie, but find yourself trying to send it to those (whose taste you value) as often as possible.‘

Pollyanna
Folk was really only the starting point for the France based Pollyanna, there were hints of jazz and even old time country swing within it‘s (deceptively) quiet grooves.

Isabelle Casier in her own words:

‘A word to label 2010? Easy : GERMANY.I spent several weeks touring here in various wheather conditions. Thanks toSongs&Whispers, my mental booker and label in Bremen. It’s true, what they say :you have great audiences here, and it helps you get better on stage. I feeltotally like the Beatles, now.

At the beginning of 2010, I had an agonizing band, and I was just recovering fora long writer’s block. At the end of 2010, I have 20 new songs, I met greatmusicians to play with, including a violinist from Hannover, Guido Eva. And, inFrance, two jazzmen, a drummer from Brittany, string and wind players… Ihave a lot of plans with them.All in all, I played some 70 shows this year, which is a lot for someone who still has a dayjob.

My plans for 2011 : come back here to support my album “On Concrete”, that’s just been released on this side of the Rhine, and work on new stuff. I shouldrecord not one but probably two albums! I’ll also play in the UK in january, and go back to New York in spring.

My funniest experience this year? My first rootsy folk event : FestivalMaritim in Bremen, where I made friends twice my age wearing wool hats, French people from the coast, and where I played with Guido for the first time, after only one rehearsal of 20 mn. Things went fast : we’ve just played together a very special show with a quartet at Sendesaal in Bremen on Dec. 11. Playing witha chamber orchestra was simply not thinkable a few months ago… I was sooooo 2010, back then!‘

http://www.pollyanna.org/

Aaron English

we called him a Piano Man, and indeed he seemed to bridge that difficult gap ‘tween the  alt pop of a Peter Gabriel and the songwriting finesse of early Billy Joel.

Aaron in his own words:

‘Thanks to the release of my third album, 2010 was a breakthrough year for me: I had my first Top 20 radio hit, and released my first music video. As the music industry shifts and evolves, it appears that we still love to discover our music in two very old and time-tested ways: by listening to the radio and watching videos. Both successes were very exciting for me, and I look forward to hitting the radio charts and getting more videos up on the new Mtv – better known as YouTube.

It’s exciting to be living through this time of transition – in the global music industry, in our global society, and certainly (ahem) in our global economy. As the world gets smaller and smaller, thanks to the Internet, there’s an ever-increasing sense of “we’re all in this together”.

The times we’re living can be a terrifying roller-coaster ride, sure. But the uncertainty and instability also means that these are also times of seemingly limitless horizons. I look forward to 2011, and beyond, simply because I am _dying_to_know_what_happens_next._

Me, I’ll be touring the States, solo, which I’ve never done before (I’ve always toured with a supporting band). It’ll be just me, my piano, a board full of loop pedals and a variety of traditional folk instruments from around the world. Again, I’m terrified by the uncertainty, but excited for the possibilities….’

http://www.aaronenglish.com

Count To Fire
If any band i heard this year could give Calexico a run for their money it would be this one. As i put this together i notice they have just got a pretty cool review in the dec edition of Uncut. way to go guys.
http://www.myspace.com/counttofire

The Adventure Spirit

another band to sneak in a jazzy old time feel into their pop playfullness was Melbourne‘s Adventure Spirit. their track Golden Spells made it into the NBT trax of the year as well!

The Band in their own words:

‘For us, 2010 was a year of branching out. We launched our new album Grand Standard in September and took the chance to tour a bit more and saw a lot more of our country- it’s never looked greener. We shot our first video clip, Whiskey & Wine and enjoyed watching it on ‘Rage,’ Australia’s most famous music video show. Grand Standard got a fair bit of radio airplay in Europe, more than at home which helped shape our plans for 2011.

Next year we plan to tour a lot more of Australia but also to make a brief tour of Europe. This is quite a challenge, as we live so far away, but we’re determined to make it. Thanks to the web, it’s a lot easier to share our music with people who like it. We want to get to as many clubs, bars and cafes as possible, so we can play for them all.’‘
http://www.theadventurespirit.com/

BirdEatsBaby

Making the list for the third time in a row!, and releasing their second EP Bigger Teeth, it was a busy year for the Birds, as their sound grew into something quite epic.
the Band in their own words:
‘2010 was the year we the conquered the Secret Garden Party festival, toured Europe with none other than Bitter Ruin and recorded our second EP, ‘Bigger Teeth’. We also created another music video for ‘I Always Hang Myself With The Same Rope’, and were interviewed on BBC 6 music. It has definitely been our most productive year so far… and we’re only just getting started!

2011 is Birdeatsbaby’s first time in America – we cannot wait to play to our US fans! We’re starting off with a four date tour down the East Coast and then we head to Jason Rubal’s studio in Pennsylvania to record our second album, ‘Feast of Hammers’. This is due for release late next year, and we will probably be hitting the festivals again next summer too…‘
http://www.birdeatsbaby.co.uk/

19 Mirrors

a giddy mix of new wave and disco, with heavenly femme vox layered on top. it could only be indie cool from Tokyo, with only an EP and a handful of digital trax out, 2011 seems bursting with promise for this young band.

http://www.facebook.com/pages/19-Mirrors/97860389218

Sean Derrick Cooper Marquardt

A late arrival to the halls of NBT, Sean brought his huge soundscapes to our world, a Berlin based American, there was something incredibly other-worldly about his compositions.

http://www.avachorda.de/

Richard Kapp and the Gowns
Another artist to make it up here for the 3rd time Richard formed a big(ish)band, broadened his horizons without losing an iota of his charm, and sent out his second truly great album into the world. his country ballad ‘Another Town’ (with Ina Simone) became a dominant presence on the NBT office playlist.

Richard in his own words:

I am happy to say that 2010 was a really great year for me and my band “The Gowns”. First of all we shared stage with the wonderful BirdEatsBaby two times this year. In Summer we met in UK and played two gigs with them in Brighton and London (which was our first UK Mini-Tour and we were really excited!) and then they came to Vienna again in October along with a fantastic act called “Bitter Ruin”.

We had a really great time. Mishkin, Keely (of BirdEatsBaby) and I even performed a song that we wrote together one day before our gig. We decided the song should be about me being a kind of weird cheese addict, so we called it “The Cheesy Freak”. I think the audience really liked it …although I think that I could have performed better if we had more time for rehearsal, hehe. :)

Another Highlight was meeting up with Cassis and Matt Keating, who were on tour and asked me if they could play a gig with me in Vienna which was very exciting for me. Both are excellent musicians. It worked out and we had lots of fun including a enthusiastic audience on that evening.

It was a wonderful experience to connect with such talented musicians and work things out together in such a smooth, friendly and supportive way. None of this would have happened without NBT by the way as Martin was so kind to connect me to Cassis. Same goes for the fantastic gang of BirdEatsBaby to which I listened on a NBT podcast last year for the first time and then decided to get in contact with them on myspace (after I was totally thrilled by their music). So, thank you so much NBT for all the support regarding indie musicians.

Another highlight of 2010 for me was that I got the opportunity to write a jingle for a short TV show on an austrian channel called “Austria 9″ (anyone who reads this and needs someone to write a jingle or something else for TV or a movie: I am available.;) and that a guy from Germany, after listening to my song “Sweet Melody” on the web asked me if they were allowed to perform it on his wedding. This was really a big honour for me. And last-but-not-least our album “Lunchbox” finally got a distribution here in Austria and is now available in all the big stores here which is wonderful.

Meanwhile, me and “The Gowns” are currently working on our next album, which is going to be released in May, 2011 and will be called “Uniform Pose”. I am looking forward to this a lot. Also, I am currently in talks with some musicians regarding another UK tour and if all goes well, I might play my first gig in New York with Cassis and Matt Keating. So, things look bright here and I hope that they do for you aswell. There are so many talented musicians that can be heard on NBT and I wish everyone of you great success and joy in 2011 with everything you do! Have an awesome 2011!!!

http://www.richardkapp.com/

Farrad

We didnt get too much pop soul funk sent into NBT this year, huge pity by the way, but Farrad‘s release ‚‘The Time Is Now‘ more than made up for it. a very now take on Prince Cheekiness and dancefloor polish, the album of remixes was divine too

http://farrad.com/

Lonnie Kjer and Stefan Mork

not content with releasing the haunting 13 songs, the band vid-blogged about it‘s creation, catch that here:

http://www.youtube.com/KjerMork#p/f/5/HTGTxo79F4s

Richie Lawrence
want to get transported from chilly Europe to a the home of Sultry Americana? then spin Melancholy Waltz and its totally possible.

Richie in his own Words:

In January of 2010, after 40 years of playing and performing, I was able to release my first solo record, Melancholy Waltz.

Cary Baker (Conqueroo), a highly respected publicist from Los Angeles, upon hearing the CD said, “Yours is a very deep and unique album”, and then he passed on it.  As it turns out, his statement was very indicative of what was to come. // “ Brilliant songs..” said Peter Holmstedt (Hemifran) //   “.. a wonderful recording. Your ability to capture your emotion, while one of the most difficult things to do in recording, was done with ease.” Billy Fields (Warner/Elektra/Atlantic) //   “When there is regret it is gentle and when there is love it is profound and utterly moving.” NBT //  “First there is the uncommonly handsome artwork…then there is the music of a rare beauty and simplicity revolving around the impressive piano playing of Richie Lawrence” Rootsville, Dani //  “Excellent pianist with passion” Hollandsposten.se, Gert-Ove Fridlund//  “Melancholy Waltz….is a particularly truthful album”. From the Balcony by Dr. Teeth //  “there’s something powerful and joyful about his piano compositions that’s hard to explain” Blogcritics.org, Brian Fitzpatrick.   I am thrilled by comments describing passion, impressive playing, great songwriting, emotion, and above all, Truth and Honesty in performance.  Cary Baker and many others admired and passed on the record, and I have sold very few.  And it doesn’t matter.  I’m writing more songs and I can’t wait to start recording a second Richie Lawrence CD.  2011 here I come.Thank you NBT and Martin for including me in all that you’ve done.

http://www.richielawrence.com/


Million Dollar Mouth

from the NBT Review:
‚’In some reviews they are called tasteful, and while that’s well meant, I think it does them a disservice, because it implies that the band play it safe with their songs. This is so not the case, sure these are creations aimed straight to the heart of the chart, but they are also pulsing real things tensed up with pop steel.‘

http://www.milliondollarmouth.com/

Ripple Music
The dedicated guys at Ripple sent me so much good music this year. all very much left of centre, all slightly freaky, some lo fi, lots progressive, all operating purposfully in that strange wasteland where deviants and poets and boogie practioners party hard. They were a kool aid acid antidote to the mundane and the ordinary. Not only did they give new bands a chance but resurrected cult heroes from the not too distant past. Working with them wasnt work it was simply playtime! :)

Ripple co-founder John Rancik in his own words:

When Ripple Music debuted on The NBT Network in August of 2010, the business of pedaling records was fast and furious, and things hadn’t really even begun to happen yet!

Since June, the month that saw the very first Ripple Music release, the label has produced ten pieces of physical product (5 CD’s, 2 double LP’s, 1 single LP, and 2 7” singles), landed U.S., Europe, and Japan distribution deals, sold out of the first vinyl pressing of Poobah’s Let me In, and garnered excellent press and radio airplay for all of its acts.

2010 has undoubtedly been a year of growth and great success, and all of the hard work that’s been put into making this label successful is all a precursor to an even bigger and better year in 2011!

2011 will kick off with a bang as Ripple Music is preparing a deluxe re-issue of the debut Stone Axe album as a CD/DVD package, followed closely by the Heavy Ripples double 7” project that will include the burly sounds of Stone Axe, as well as Sun God In Exile, Mighty High, and Grifter.

Further releases in the year will include vinyl releases of Venomin James’ first album, Left Hand Man, the ten year anniversary re-issue of the first Mos Generator album, a newly recorded Poobah album, Santa Barbara’s melodic modern rockers Tripdavon and a deluxe re-issue of their album Sketches From Silence, Grifter’s new full length album, a brand new Iron Claw album, and even more that hasn’t been finalized yet.

On top of all that, Stone Axe was recently added to the Roadburn Festival, which takes place in Tilburg, Holland in April, and Ripple Music will be working in a sponsorship role with The Soda Shop.com on their annual Fuzzapalooza Festival.
. . . and don’t even get us started talking about 2012!!!

http://www.ripple-music.com/

Tori Sparks

With her album the ‘Scorpion In The Story’ Tori took us on a journey across America, easing us musically into the lives of ordinary and extraordinary souls and their day to day battles. it was her skill in capturing the tiny details that got us hooked.

Tori in her own words:

2010 was sheer madness in the best possible way. I was on the road more than ever before, in a total of eleven countries, and made some amazing new friends all over the world. I was touring in support of our 2009 release “The Scorpion in the Story,” which reach the Top 20 in theEuropean Americana Charts and the Top 5 in Sweden.

Thank you so much to everyone – audience, press and radio folks, promoters – who helped make itsuch a whirlwind-but-fantastic-year.

In spite of the world-wife economic downswing, music fans seem to be going strong. Viva a revolution. (I also taught myself Spanish, learned to make a proper omelette, and finallyrealized that I will never learn how to play the banjo.)

2011 is bound to bring some new adventures – I’ve found that one can never predict the roller coaster ride of the days to come, but I expect thisyear to be particularly fun and crazy.

I’ll be touring out west in theU.S. in the early part of the year, topped off by an appearance at Southby Southwest. Almost immediately following the tour, I’ll be pulling uproots and moving to Barcelona, Spain. Mucho tapas will be consumed, Ican’t wait!

I will be touring in the UK and Europe through 2011, so I hope to see each of your lovely faces while I’m out there on the road. Our fourth album “Come Out of the Dark,” featuring guest vocalists ShawnMullins, Mike Farris, David Mead, and Paris Delane will be released onGlass Mountain Records in the summertime. All info will of course be onToriSparks.com, please stay tuned for details! …Somewhere in there, Iwill get some sleep…http://www.torisparks.com/


 

The NBT Review 97

Froghill Legend – Memphis Reigns
(DownWrite Records)

It’s been a fair time coming,the quiet anticipation for more of this mood jive building up as the months passed. Now that it is finally here, the presence is so strong that the tunes, the feel, the art seem to have been around, well for pretty much always.

Starting strafing in a shuffle hurry, this is their most undulating soulful thing, a sure swing; the slyest of grooves is ‘Errrrry’! Then we are back on familiar Reigns territory, half melancholy, half restrained anger but full of that fighting hopeful spirit,
songs to make your heart beat just that little bit faster, stronger.

There are touches of widescreen eastern cinema, a thud and shudder from wry romantic spirits, not afraid to let the songs sometimes float on the most delicate beautiful melodies, and other times drift hard on rough and tumble. This set is Oceanic,
full of calm and storm, both catching us by wonderful surprise.

‘We got to get these cats to start thinking outside of the box’ the fourth track, ‘Cloud Kingdom’ starts and
this is exactly why this music WORKS so damn well, I have said before and will say it again, what sets this collective apart is the willingness to skip the cliché, the easy formula that runs like a virus through much hip hop. Memphis Reigns
starts outside of the box, and seduces its way in. No pose no imagined chip on weak shoulders here.

Imagine Jay Z if he didn’t have to keep record executives happy while being chained to a idiotic Kanye West,
imagine Eminem before he lost the plot and with a far broader love of the many tribes of music and you are only half way to catching on to this set’s charm.

I am rather glad this got here at last; because, again I will be featuring Memphis Reigns in my ‘Best Of’ lists of the year.

www.myspace.com/mmechanics

Romelo Delossantos IS Memphis Reigns IS part of MindMechanics.

Read his column on the NBTportal website

http://nbtmusic.de/page4.php

The NBT Review 86

Face The Fact – Opus 1 (Westbound Media)

Insightful, refreshing, Opus 1 pulls no punches, as the finger clicking jazz guitar leads him into ‘Failure’, we realize this will be no empty brag festival, no false bravado, no self pity for his hard luck adventures. This is something different, pretty damn unique, brave even, because running the risk at being taken at face value, some may miss that this is a message of hope. That if you are AWARE of the Hell you may be stuck in, (some of that hell made by your own perceptions and faults) you can and MUST escape from it.

Mashadena squelches forward on the back of 80’s sounding synth and vocoder morphing slowly into a tense jive apocalyptic ice cool soundtrack, with shivering of dread. And yet so very danceable!

In Abstract Jazz, Opus 1 raps that his,’’ perspective is reflective of reality’’ and it this way he has of viewing then writing and singing about the world around him, the thoughts surrounding him, that elevate the tunes above so much that pours out these days in the modern pop universe.

Stand out track, No Love deserves to be a hit not only in hip hop clubs, but could easily find a home in alternative and adventurous rock clubs across the nations, it has that bold crossover appeal, embracing the intellect and the soul.

All in all each track here offers layers of thought provoking lyrics sown into a subtly produced bed of melody and instrumentation. The hooks creep up on you and the mood takes hold for ages after the last bass howl and strut has faded.

I for one certainly look forward to much more from this artist.

Listen for yourself here

http://www.westbound-media.com

http://opus-1.bandcamp.com/album/face-the-fact

Opus 1 will be featured on the NBT podcast going out on the 17th August 2010

http://nextbigthing.libsyn.com/

If you use Internet Explorer you can stream snippets of a couple of the Tunes here

                               http://www.nextbigthing.co.za

  (After the intro Click on the ‘#Just want to look around# text it will take u thru to next page)

   A chart made up from browsers rating and listening to the song streams can be found here:

                                      http://nbttopten.podbean.com/

The NBT Review 84

The Electric Mist – Metaform (Just Records)

Imagine if you will, an intimate adventure, where we try to capture the electronic soul from the ghost of a disco dancer. The ambiguous tale of the doomed and the sensual, told with a songwriter’s detachment, and a sound creator’s charm.

What is kinda thrilling about this collection is the way even languid slinky Soul, is seductively corrupted by an Indie Kid with a love  of noise and movement, and rock song hooks that prowl the spaces. And for once, the use of production tricks on the vocal add to the suspense, even the humanity in the songs, somehow the technician reveals a heart.

The Track OCD is a playful ambient miniature, Coldcut meets Lynch back at his place, for drinks and a sway around the statues. Like a lot here it hints at the hedonistic, the full on rave ruckus, but prefers the instability of the outsider.Elsewhere it’s pretty cool hearing an American take on the challenge of the Brit dance indie bands such as Bloc Party and get it totally right, this is indeed the Future Frolic.

Kele hire this guy for some remix work right now.

Metaform even finds a place for giddy theatrics crafting a piece in, ‘’It’s Gotta Be’’ that is all camp Soft Cell, totally free of the retro 80s prison though,  with slivers of Flying Lotus and other such innovators.

And in, ‘’Introversion’’ there is even a droll take on the sort of Instrumental dream pop that the Love Unlimited Orchestra would attempt, The Isley Brothers 3007. Smooth but not smooth, it goes down a treat.

This is not for the purists (of any genre) but then again what fun cool music really is? And will make as many enemies as life long fans.

Which one will YOU turn out to be I wonder.

Find out here: http://metaformonline.com/fr_store.cfm

Metaform will be featured on both NBT podcasts during August and September

http://nextbigthing.libsyn.com/

http://nbtdarkelectric.podbean.com/

If you use Internet Explorer you can stream snippets of a couple of the Tunes here

                               http://www.nextbigthing.co.za

  (After the intro Click on the ‘#Just want to look around# text it will take u thru to next page)

   A chart made up from browsers rating and listening to the song streams can be found here:

                                      http://nbttopten.podbean.com/

The NBT Review 70

The Happy Masochist

Rust – Apollo’s Sun (STLP)

Various New tracks from forthcoming new album: Falling Becomes Great

As the random begins we see the composer staring out at a shuffling past, the mood is ambiguous, seems lazy languid except, the pictures invoked are so well sketched, defined, so haunting, that when he says the word Fragile, we can only murmur, ‘oh yes, and continue watching, listening.

This is an album about an artist looking back, looking around, to push gently forward as he takes notes, sets those notes into jazz and soul beds, sometimes adds heartbreaking melodies, this is an album creating those heavy sunset thoughts, driving slowly towards that redeeming sunrise epiphany.

As the piano in the tune, ‘Life Cant be’ slides a benign tension across the room, the crackle and fizz of a master story teller sinks into the way we lean into this music, the harmony and seduction is total, and we know that when the silence comes, the only answer will to be to scrabble for a new set or replay, replay and find the different secrets embedded there.

Then on to Rust.

When the sun sneaks into a cold room, we can see the tattered posters on the wall, see the wounded proud dust collection of cardboard and plastic greatness, timeless artifacts, a record collection made for Saturday night hedonism and Sunday morning review. This music is at once removed from the laughter and chaos of the gathering and street night and, also as a detached memory , perhaps, very much part of it.

The Writers chosen name is apt indeed, when I hear his music I see the colour gold, sometimes, or fire low orange, or yes, the scary defeat and strangeness of Rust.

For music that sadness is a coiled snake within the machine, there is no angst here, or fuzziness, or strident complaining for better things deserved, but rather sonic snapshots of bits of a life not often glanced at in this preening sometimes nervously insecure genre.

I believe this music.

Then right up to date, done as recently as June if the details on the mp3 are to be taken as gospel, I’m Doing Fine, is a wry yet uplifting groove, an optimistic feel pulses through. For this artist, it seems he has decided that the BATTLE of being independent, be creative, being this storyteller is a delight in itself, not a giddy scream oh yeah delight, but something deeper, stronger.

Rewarding.

All these tracks , these EPs deserve exposure,  discovery is essential.

http://apollossun.com

You can hear tracks from the EPs on the next NBT Podcast this 23rd June 2010

http://nextbigthing.libsyn.com/

                              If you use Internet Explorer you can stream snippets of a couple of Apollo’s Sun’s Tunes here

                               http://www.nextbigthing.co.za

                           (After the intro Click on the ‘#Just want to look around# text it will take u thru to next page)

                             A chart made up from browsers rating and listening to the song streams can be found here:

                                      http://nbttopten.podbean.com/

The NBT Wonderful Ones 2009 Part 2

Part Two

Part One Can Be Found Here:

https://nbtmusic.wordpress.com/2009/12/18/the-nbt-wonderful-ones-2009-part-1/

 You can see pictures of Most of the artists mentioned year on our special visual page

http://nbtmusic.jalbum.net/NBTWonderfulOnes2009/

And of course HEAR them on the NBT Podcast, talking and singing rare tracks, cool festive ditties and songs not yet released. That goes out on the 21st Dec09.

http://nextbigthing.libsyn.com

Richard Kapp

The Austrian piano man, the song and dance magician, the elegant performer of those wicked sly fragile pop things. Richard conjured up a sublime David Sylvian like tune to my raggedy words and a new theme for NBT was born

Richard Kapp in his own words:

2009 was a wonderful year for me and my band. Not only did I finally find a band name for my band (It’s “Richard Kapp & The Gowns”), we also finished our second album “Lunchbox” just in time. I think that this is my best album yet and I am very excited. Also, magical things have happened through NBT. Last year when I was listening to the show “The Wonderful Ones” on NBT I stumbled upon the fantastic UK band BirdEatsBaby and sent them a message that I really enjoyed their music. The lead singer, Mishkin Mullaly replied and told me that she also liked my stuff. So we send a message here and there and finally thought that it might be a cool idea to share stage in Vienna. They were about to start their european tour at that time and as they already had a gig in Germany it was not that a long way to travel to Austria. First I was not really sure if this will work out, but it did. We had two gigs here together and especially one show was so great (what a frenetic audience!) that BirdEatsBaby told me after the show that this was their best gig of the whole tour. I felt reliefed and very proud on that night. They stayed at my place for five days and we had such a good time. There also was Joe Black, a superb musician, a real master of bizarre art. We enjoyed sharing stage so much that we decided to do it again in 2010, this time in UK. We are all looking forward to this a lot. This would not have happened without NBT and that’s why I want to thank Martin for all his hard work and support. I think that great things are ahead in 2010 and I hope that my new album “Lunchbox” will reach lots of people. Also, we produced a very cool musicvideo which will be released in January, 2010.  For more info have a look at my homepage http://www.richardkapp.com…; you will be able to wach it there first. Another highlight for me was that BBC 6 music played a song of my album “Asterisk”. So, I can really say t hat 2009 was a successful year for me and my band and I hope it was the same for you. I wish everyone at NBT and all the wonderful artists that have been featured on the show a nonchalant christmas time and lots of success with their art in 2010!

http://www.richardkapp.com/                                             

 Trey Green

In these oh so serious times a bit of comic relief goes down a treat, backed with a genuine grasp of what works in a rock n roll song, Trey Green serves up the perfect antidote to the credit crunch angst.

 Trey Green in his own words:

2009 was a huge year – videos, recording with Tenacious D, recording a whole second album, some great live shows – but only after a very rough start.  Exactly one year ago today, I broke my hand very, very badly.  A Dutch girl kicked me at the party – we were all drunk as hell.  My fingers broke in half, all the way onto the back of my hand.  How was I to know that she was a competitive kick-boxer?  I literally couldn’t hold a guitar for six months.  At the time, I was getting spins on college radio all over the US, and some in Germany and England. DJ’s were asking for shows, asking about tour dates…everything for which a musician would hope, but I couldn’t even hold my guitar.  So the first half of 2009 was pretty frustrating.

We made two huge music videos in New York City in the summer with Cynthia Kirchner, the Revlon/Guess?/Victoria’s Secret supermodel.   One for Mad Crush, which is filmed in a single shot, and one for Smooth Breakdancin’ Guy, which has been playing on TV in the US, or so I’m told.  Even Cynthia dances in the video – she even did the splits…on concrete. 

In September, I met the guys from Bad Religion backstage at a Pearl Jam concert in Chicago and ended up working with their drummer, Brooks Wackerman, who is also the drummer for Tenacious D, one of my favorite bands.  Brooks plays on my new album, which we recorded in Tenacious D’s private studio in LA, North Hollywood (porn capital of the world), with John Spiker of Filter and Tenacious D on bass.  Got to hang out with John Koneski, aka Kones, Tenacious D’s lead guitarist, and Kyle Gass, who, of course, is Jack Black’s partner in the band.  What a great, hilarious guy!  Finished the vocals and guitar in New York this month – the new album should be out this winter.  Great year, fired up for 2010: new album, more videos, more shows.

Ka-blamo,

http://www.treygreenmusic.com/

Barbara Gilles

In 2009 Barbara gave birth to a soulful EP of heavenly  yet gritty jazz, and then just a week or so ago a baby boy named Juan Martin. AND still found time to send NBT a beautiful lullabye for the end of year show!!!  In may we called her EP with the Favoriti Quartet ..‘‘ An escape. A rescue, a sometimes sly often sensual deliverance, almost 22 minutes of beauty.’’  Seven months later it sounds and feels even more so.

http://www.barbaragilles.com.ar/

Lisa Bianco

In the year of the manufactured pop starlet, when all was artifice and sexploitation thank the bubblegum goddess for Lisa’s take on new wave and perky punk pop with true heart

 Lisa Bianco in her own words:

2009.  Released my album “Post Data”.  CMJ showcase.  New fans. OId fans. Rocked the stages of NYC/NJ/CT/PA including a haunted brewery twice (!).  Busted my van into a parking lot beam 12 AM.  3 Parking tickets.  Writing new songs.   Gave into getting a Facebook account. Finally got T-shirts. Finally got a Mac. Life experience priceless.

 2010.  The bubble finally bursts and music is real again (in the mass media psyche).  More and more touring.  Hit the studio for a new album.  Positive thinking. Enlighten the world.

http://www.lisabianco.net/

 BirdEatsBaby

 Bringing a delightfully skewed take on the dark heart and bright grin of theatre , glam and rolling rock, this most visual of the artists played on NBT are also one of the very few to make it onto the wonderful ones two years in a row!

 BirdEatsBaby in their own words:

Looking back on 2009, it was a big year for us. We released our first full album, Here She Comes A-Tumblin’, at the start of the summer. Then came our first tour, through the U.K. and Europe, playing to some very enthusiastic crowds. We organized the whole thing ourselves, it was a lot of hard work, and we loved every minute. We also released music videos for two of our songs on the album, The Trouble… and I Always Hang Myself With The Same Rope. Not forgetting playing with some great bands in the U.K., like the World Inferno Friendship Society and Belladonna.

                Next year will be bigger and better. We have another video scheduled for release in January, then we get started recording album no. 2. It will be called Feast Of Hammers, and we can’t wait for people to hear it. And hopefully another tour a little later on in the year. Meanwhile, we will continue to perform all over the U.K. throughout the year. We want more of everything next year, more shows, more music, more fun…bring on 2010!

http://www.birdeatsbaby.co.uk     

 Dune Tran

 The delicate sound of the internal, perfectly judged not too sweet pop sighs. Her music makes me think of the ocean and lonely beaches at the very heart of 3 am.

 Dune Tran in her own words:

I’d like to report that 2009 has been a Tran-tastic year filled with plenty of learning experiences and adventures!  I made my debut into the music community this year with my first album, “Heart Anchors”, a huge accomplishment for me and a dream come true.  This past year I focused on developing myself as a live performer because apart from a handful of open mic performances, I had never played any solo shows to showcase my own music.  I pushed myself to play as many gigs around the bay area as possible.  I’ve overcome obstacles such as finding band members, rehearsal spaces, learning about how to set up a PA, booking gigs, juggling schedules and last but not least, I worked on battling that old stage fright that has haunted me for some time.  The most adventure filled night was when I showed up to a wine bar with all my equipment and found that I had no microphone. The opening act and I raced to the nearest Guitar Center which fortunately was only 2 blocks away.  It turned out to be a fun night regardless.  I performed a total of 15 gigs this past year at venues which varied from dive bar to wine bar and coffee shop to fine restaurant. It’s been an amazing year for me!  I’m grateful to have the opportunity to pursue my dream to share my music and hopefully touch and inspire the lives of others through music.
 
I’ve also invested a lot of time into researching outlets for exposing my music.  I’ve learned a lot about the music business aspects of the industry, such as promotion, licensing, copyrighting, publishing, and distribution.  I know that there’s plenty more to learn.  Several huge successes in my books are making it into the Top 30 chart at CIUT, a radio station at the University of Toronto and getting asked to do an interview for a piece in a local paper, The Daily News, which was published just in time to promote my last gig of the year.  This has been a thrilling year!  I’m so honored to be included among NBT’s best of the year.  Yet another success!  Thank you Martin!
 
For 2010, I plan to focus on writing and evolving and hopefully becoming a better musician and songwriter.   I also want to venture into less familiar territories, whether it is touring outside of the bay area or making a music video or finding a place for my music in TV or movies.  Although there are plenty of obstacles ahead, I’m still ready to face my fears and pursue my dream of making music.

 http://www.dunetran.com/

 Doug Folkins

 Skillful writing and a rock heart swagger, and a keen eye for detail made Folkins the pub folkie of choice this year.

 Doug Folkins in his own words:

 2009 Challenges and Triumphs:

What a year!  In March I released my 5th Indie CD titled “Another Last Call” which was supported by an intense publicity campaign with Cyber PR (Ariel Hyatt) from New York.  I learned all kinds of new words like; podcast, blog, twitter, tweet, friend, social media, etc…  It has been intense, often frustrating but immensely rewarding.  The CD has garnered critical review all from Europe and North America and my songs are more widely played than I could have imagined.  Podcast and internet radio play has exposed my tunes to many people and I have meet some new great fans through these mediums.  Also my single “Calico Girl” charted 5 straight weeks on the Top 100 European Country Music Association charts peaking at #71.  I am still not sure “Calico Girl” is a country song.

 Looking into 2010:

For the year ahead, I am continuing to support my CD with live shows and festival bookings.  I will also continue pursing music publishing deals for my catalogue of over 55 recorded songs.  While I don’t have a new release scheduled for 2010, I hope to record a few tracks for singles and publishing as well as reworking instrumental versions of my previous releases.

http://www.dougfolkins.com/      

 Citizen K

2009 was the year we were welcomed into the dreamlike state of Citizen K. A Personal Favourite for NBT where songs gave up their secrets reluctantly then stuck around to chat and seduce.

Citizen K in his own words:

2009 according to Citizen K

 Well, it’s been a great year. After some hard work, we managed to get the album out in September and the response that followed has been overwhelming. Since I had no expectations what so ever as far as sales were concerned, every unit sold is a maracle. :-)…

 Challenges? Well, some minor health problems I don’t want to get into here, especially since I’m fully recovered now. And, optimistic by nature as I’ve always been, the good events always seem to overshadow the bad ones, by far.

2010 around the corner

 I don’t know what to expect. I’m a bore when it comes to revealing future plans. I know I’ll do some studio work next year, though. I have tuns of ideas for songs and I prefer to just go on and on and on.

http://www.paraplyrecords.se/

 Elika

 Constantly surprising, constantly thoughtful, we called Elika: Madonna fronted by the Pixies, and that was really only a third of the story!

Elika in their own words:

 To be honest, 2009 has been very difficult for us personally, so let’s just forget that one happened. :)

We are looking forward to releasing a lot of new material in 2010. Our new ep, “There Was No Summer” will be released this January by Chat Blanc records. It has 5 new songs and is the perfect companion to cold weather. Also, our next full length will be released in 2010. We’ve been working really hard on it and are putting the finishing touches on the mixes. Hopefully, it will be out by Spring/Summer. We think it is by far our best work yet!

http://www.elikamusic.com/ 

 Beth Wimmer

Mixing country earthy with folk sensitive, Ms Wimmer found her way back to the chaos of the NBT fold with a lovely collection of uncluttered honest songs.

Beth Wimmer in her own words:

 Thanks to this wonderful blog and podcast from NBT and to a few other terrific, online outlets for indie-musicians, my “2009: Year of Adaptation” has flowed with a bit more ease. The ‘adaptation’ has been my adjustment to the most monumental change in my life to date: from a busy, energetic life working three part-time jobs to make ends meet and support my music career in warm, sunny Southern California, USA to… living in the crisp, snow-kissed Alps of Europe, working solely as a musician, singing late into the smoky nights, sleeping away the mornings… and learning another language – German!

And if that weren’t enough of a huge change, well, my relationship status went from single (however creatively inspired by the elusive LOVE) to involved; in a deep, growing and soul-satisfying love relationship with a wonderful man. The only challenge that this has presented is that in my present, contented and peaceful state of heart and mind, I am not writing as many songs… seems the fire and feelings of love in turmoil had presented more muse for my songwriting. 

But I’m working on this. ;-) I’m letting the beauty and humor of this new, fulfilling love, along with the more-crucial-than-ever news of the world provide inspiration and depth for my new songs. This past year I’ve enjoyed lots of positive play and attention for my ‘Miracle Girl’ CD, and so in 2010 watch for a new Beth Wimmer CD! i plan to record in summer with a charismatic and highly talented group of musicians from Italy that I had the delight and privilege of playing with in 2009!

Thanks for reading… I wish you all Love, Creativity, Balance and Sweet Music in your hearts,

http://www.bethwimmer.com/    

 Broken Keys

 This mood and sound artist really clicked into the idea of NBT being music tourism. With tracks from his collection ‘’the sounds of the 504’’ he created movies in the mind of all the places he knows and cherishes.

 Broken Keys in his own words:

 Despite all challenges that I’ve experienced this year, 2009 has been a very productive year for me as an Independent composer/producer/artist. In hindsight, I’m always down for a challenge anyway. I have accomplished more this year than any other year that I’ve been involved with making music.  I have been granted the opportunity to sign with popular music licensing company’s such as PUMP AUDIO, MUSICDEALERS.COM, MATCHLESS MUSIC, MUSICSUPERVISOR.COM, GAMECUES, and more. I have also upgraded my equipment and sounds and am looking forward to putting these to use to come up with even more creative different styles of music.

 

In 2010, my focus will be to literally make a living doing what I love to and am addicted to the most…music. I have the making the music part down packed. Now it’s time to do more on the business end and make money. Make money without compromising my art that is. My main goal is to break out of my comfort zone and be more of people person and network. I’m sort of an introvert so this will be a task but, it’s necessary. In conclusion, I will continue to make music for the love of it. I feel like I have definitely paid my dues and look forward to big things happening. And one more thing, I will be putting out a Hip Hop album next year. It’s going to be something very special. Look out!!

http://amiestreet.com/music/broken-keys/sounds-of-the-504/

The Hit and Mrs

The off shoot turned ON, “Ashes Of Bridges‘‘  was the ever Multi-tasking Heise Brothers‘ most focused release so far. Showcasing a darkness and a melodic vulnerabilty the collection of outsider observations aimed straight for the listener’s heart.

The Hit and Mrs in their own words:

We, The Hit & Mrs., had a nice 2009. We released the album “Ashes of Bridges” and Nelly ventured out into the solo star arena with his alter-ego Jebediah Goodthrust and released the self-titled album. Other than that the year was rather uneventful. Nelly and Bubba played a handful of acoustic shows and were showered with mixed reviews (some people have no taste). V. Stak’s graphic design empire Starch continues to grow and just revealed the new Hit & Mrs.’s website (www.thehitandmrs.com). As usual, 2010 will probably bring a new album from the members of The Hit & Mrs. in one form or another. Thanks for the support and have some happy holidays.

- Nelly, Bubba and V. Stak.

http://www.cdbaby.com/cd/hitmrs2

Stacie Rose

Flying, darting from the tension of the real, into the stillness of the dream, she draws it in, rocks it out.

Stacie Rose in her own words:

Had an incredible 2009 working hard on my upcoming release “The Alter-Ego EP’s.” They will be like sweet & savory, ying & yang, vanilla & chocolate, thunder & lightning…You get the point!

Been fixin to do something like this for awhile. I’m not leaving my singer-songwriter roots behind…ooh no! Just doing some much needed artistic dabbling. My adventures in genre-bending have been well received (thank you, people!) and my fun-loving lust for collaboration has led me to this place.

I raised over $5,500 to help create “The Alter-Ego EP’s” this year with the help of Pledge Music, Skope Magazine and all my fans!
I won an honorable mention for my song HOPE in the 2009 New York Songwriters Circle Contest.

I also have a song placement in two films on the 2009 festival circuit: Dead End Falls and Pornography: A Thriller.

My newest music video for Love Saves was released this year. It was extremely well-received! Please view here: http://www.youtube.com/stacierose
“The Alter-Ego EP’s” will be released in early 2010! Thank you to Next Big Thing and all my supporters that help me to keep creating my beautiful music

The NBT Wonderful Ones 2009 Part 1

Part One

Part Two can be found here:

https://nbtmusic.wordpress.com/2009/12/18/the-nbt-wonderful-ones-2009-part-2/

You can see pictures of Most of the artists mentioned here on our special visual page

http://nbtmusic.jalbum.net/NBTWonderfulOnes2009/

And of course HEAR them on the NBT Podcast, talking and singing rare tracks, cool festive ditties and songs not yet released. That goes out on the 21st Dec 09.

http://nextbigthing.libsyn.com

2009 was a funny old year. Full of doom and gloom and displays of sadness, some heartfelt, some purely for the camera. Reality music shows increased in viewership and the cynical sad little man that is Mr Cowell even went online  to complain about people daring to vote for Rage Against The Machine to top the Uk charts over Christmas. It would spoil his no talent ‚product‘ hopes and dreams he said..The major music companies kept up their moans and groans and attempts to muzzle independent musicians and websites. They tried to make You Tube take away most of their content hoping to entice browsers back to watching/listening to the 10 artists that they could be bothered to promote, and for every artist they turned ‚‘invisible‘ on the site another Three new exciting acts popped up ! And weirdly after years and years of saying that a big reason for music being so expensive was the artwork and packaging etc.. the price of buying the major label stuff online wasnt really that much cheaper. It was the year of the comeback.. Eminem,  Jennifer Lopez and Robbie Williams, all of whom, thankfully didnt do nearly as well as their owners had hoped. The biggest comeback of course was Michael jackson who had to take the radical step of dying to achieve his years success. His record company took the opportunity to flood the stores with everything he ever made, grinning and slobbering their way to the bank happy in the knowledge they wouldn’t have to waste time promoting or helping any new talent.

But… you know what?

Outside the mainstream, away from the rumble and mumbles, the music just got BETTER.

Braver

Cooler.

It stayed honest and it took chances and it captured hearts and minds and souls by the millions.

And NBT remained part of that.

Here, in no particular order, are the Wonderful Ones of 2009.

Darren Gaines and the Key Party 

 The Bar-room Balladeer, the RocknRoll Poet this was the howl heard 20 seconds before closing time and the whispers FELT in bedrooms hours later.

The Key Party in their own words:

      2009 was a year. The Key Party was called “menacing” and “tuneful.” My Blacks Don’t Match was called “a perfect rainy day record for those times when you feel like something a little soulful and sad on your stereo” (Jersey Beat) and the full-length made some top records lists of the year including, of course, Next Big Thing’s. We played some wonderful shows as artist-in-residence for The Gershwin Hotel, Manhattan and had a stripped down version of The Key Party short listed as one of the top live shows of 2009. Our subversive lounge music was dubbed “noir rock”. Lastly we graced our first glossy magazine cover (well our name if not our faces) in a wonderful interview in the Spanish Mag, Ruta 66 (December 2009).Some of my favorite quotes from the year were:

“a poker game between Jim Carroll and Lou Reed, the shock sweetened by jiving horns and vocalist/violinist Sara Syms adding grace to the battle… There is a true sense of urban epic in these songs.” – Next Big Thing

“The band may play in a very stylized genre  - think every noir style ever invented, from Tom Waits to Lou Reed – yet so much of their material is out-of-the-box imaginative.” – Lucid Culture

“a musical mud sluice leading to a bluesy underworld that is as endearing as it is frightening… you get the sense that Darren Gaines was raised in a world where you’d be happy to keep a family of sewer rats as pets, or even friends. Despite the dark and dingy analogies that I’ve been overusing in this opening paragraph, the fact is that, simply put, I love this album.” – itsnothebandihateitstheirfans

“… eleven swaying, jazzy and devilish sounding tracks, which by conclusion you are ready to attend the party again!” – The Fire Note

2010 will be another year. The Monsters! are coming… The primary focus of TKP will be Billboards! (our next PROJECT). We’ve completed two songs including Monsters! which is available as a teaser track on Next Big Thing. Billboards!, intends to be an out of the ordinary release…  

      http://www.thekeypartynyc.com

HuDost

Mixing elements of Prog, Folk, Ambient and  even Electronica and Dance, HuDost raged hard, gleefully, against the dying of the light. Making the world glow just a little bit more wherever their music was performed.

HuDost in their own words:

      Oh, to summarize a year…what a strange process. Years are the selection of segments of time that blend into the whole. They, and time for that matter, are the strange encapsulation of human perception of the life process…the measurements of moments of birth, growth and disintegration of form before that which is being observed becomes the material and conceptual basis for newly generated life. With the daily and yearly enshroudments of “time” we lose sight of the whole…an expansive, unidentifiable universe in which time is irrelevant. With that said, 2009 has been a phenomenal year.

 

We toured for eight months out of the year, performing at a good number of wonderful performing arts centers and festivals (Including headlining NPR’s World Fusion Festival, FloydFest, the Levitt Pavilions, Tim Robbins’ WTF Fest, and many others). In May we released our new album ‘Trapeze’ which was produced by Grammy winner Malcolm Burn (Emmylou Harris, Peter Gabriel, Bob Dylan) that was recorded right after I (Moksha Sommer) was diagnosed with a brain tumor and prior to surgery. I have gone through an astounding healing process using music as the primary tool to regain language abilities. Every year is a strangely intriguing mixed brew in a bucket…the question, of course, is whether it is half empty or half full. I have done a census and the members of HuDost think it is definitely half full and getting fuller. After all, we will be touring Germany in 2010!!!

http://www.hudost.com/

Yang May Ooi

Is a writer and blogger, specialising in cross-cultural issues and social media.

Promotes, discusses, hypes and BELIEVES in the Net. The Blogs the apps, the fads and the innovations, she knows its a brave cool new world and everything she writes spreads the message.

Yang May in her own words:

 The high point of 2009 for me was the publication of my book International Communications Strategy, co-authored with cross-cultural communications expert, Silvia Cambie. The book explores the rise of emerging economies such as India and China, and also the rise of emerging technologies like social media and their impact on global business communications. We spent much of the summer promoting the book with interviews and articles in mainstream media as well as on blogs and podcasts. Writers like musicians have to do the rounds of promotions and publicity, too, and we’ve been finding that making connections through blogs and Twitter has been just as relevant at reaching our target audiences as being profiled in journals and so on.

The lows of the year? I started running earlier in the year and it was frustrating not having enough time to build upon a promising start. I’d got myself fairly fit and then let things slide so I’ve had to huff and puff and claw my way back from flabbiness this autumn! Here’s hoping that I can keep the running up through the winter into a fit and fabulous new year…!

www.fusionview.co.uk

Amchitka 1970

The archive release of the year.

 NBT got to interview Barbara Stowe, the daughter of Greenpeace Founder Irving Stowe and discovered a woman that still believes that through Action  and Belief wrongs can be righted and that the spirits shown all those years ago still exists to this day.

From the Greenpeace Canada website:  ‘’The two-disc CD takes you back to October 16th 1970, when 10,000 people gathered in the Pacific Coliseum in Vancouver to hear Joni Mitchell, James Taylor and Phil Ochs and support the very first Greenpeace action ever taken – the legendary voyage to Amchitka to protest nuclear bomb testing.’’  

Read the interview here:

 https://nbtmusic.wordpress.com/2009/12/01/the-amchitka-concert-1970/

Dizzy Gotheca  

   Electronica that dares to dance dirty and dance seductive, sometimes playing at being angels, sometimes hi-lighting the devils within themselves this Brisbane group made some truly beautiful music this year.

Dizzy Gotheca in their own words:

  In September we released our second EP ‘A Little Closer To The Truth’ which we are really proud of. Scene Magazine describes the EP as ‘a journey of love, hope and evocative electronica bliss’. This avante pop electronica exploration features tracks we worked on with esteemed local producers Lawrence English, Joe Panetta and Wernher Pramschufer. It features the QSong nominated track ‘Little Beat’, the infectious and gritty dance/pop of 313 and the ethereal hymn Sky Over Israel.

I (Heidi) also organised a fashion show which we played at. It featured the amazing avante garde designer ‘Athan Jon’ collaborating with visual artist Anthony Jigalin and body painters, as well as beautiful summer dresses from my sister’s label ‘Mariposa’, and some other great bands and DJs. Our Anthony (Smith) organised ‘Holes and Poles’, a Brisbane queer band fest… Anth also made our first hand made home made video clip which we filmed (with a camcorder) on beautiful Bribie Island (see http://www.myspace.com/dizzygotheca). We got to play some great shows, including at the Hangar which is an awesome underground venue here in Brissie as well as Brisbane’s second Fete de la Musique.

in 2010:
We are doing a little DIY tour down the east coast of Australia early in March. We might make it to Japan and Europe at the end of 2010. We will be writing lots of new songs for sure – we held off writing much new stuff until our EP  came out. You can also expect more hand made videos and podcasts ! :) We will be putting our first LP album together…hopefully! Hopefully the muses and gods of inspiration will be helping us.

http://www.dizzygotheca.com/

Thromboes

And so we boogie back to the garage, raw poprock nuggets for the 1st decade of the new century, looking back jumping forward.

The Thromboes in their own words:

Well, here it is the closing of another year. The Tromboes CD, “She’s Like A British Car” came out this spring and for that reason 2009 was a productive year. The Thromboes are: Dave Powers , bass guitar; Bongo LaHair on drums, and Larry Levy on vocals and guitars. The CD was my first attempt at vocals so in a sense it was my coming out. I have to say that singing was the most fun I’ve had musically in years since I had no idea what the end result would be. I winged it! My lyrics were the driving force.

As always, Dave Powers, who I have had the honor and pleasure of working with on three Swiv-o-matic CD’s and three Histrioniks cd’s was keeping up the bottom end with his superb bass playing and musical ideas. Cat Levy put down harmonies on three of the songs. She was the lead singer on all three Histrionik CD’s as well and along with Dave are the most creative artists I’ve ever worked with. So again, 2009 was a productive year for me.I am planning another CD due out next year that will either be another Histrioniks CD or another Thromboes CD. Perhaps, you the NBT audience, can weigh in. Write to me at either myspace with any ideas or suggestions.

Until then, a happy and healthy holiday season to all and best of luck with your musical endeavors. A special thanks to Martin for all his efforts and support. Without you my friend, none of this would ever be possible. You rock!

http://www/myspace.com/thehistrioniks  

http://www/myspace.com/thethromboes

 Izzie Voodoo  

    Spiky glam slightly gothic flirty industrial very dance floor.. the ingredients never stop sliding into this Popfantastic audio concoction.

Izzie Voodoo in her own words:

       ‘2009 has been an up -the- scales affair beginning with the welcome addition of Sarah Bird’s second vocals to iZZiE Voodoo’s  live outfit. Sarah has brought yet another superb dimension to the Voodoo stage performance with her exotic (towering!) lively stage presence which adds to the verve, determination and excellence of our trio. With careful rehearsal this has now become tight and vibrant, enhanced even further by our new permanent backdrop of projected visuals, directed by bass player, Lawrence. This has bought us a well earned live reputation- the kind that generates requests for several last minute gigs in a  week  at different venues , in between our schedule.

February brought a surprise when the organisers of ‘Song of the Year 2009′ demanded ‘Control Freak’, a song which was still in the studio, should be  nominated into the final rounds.

Deuce Management have been helping promote my studio material and ‘Control Freak is now finished with preparations  being made for it’s release in early 2010, backed by ‘some weird video or other’. The rest of the year will follow, with a  string of new singles rather than an album and many more  gigs which are to be confirmed including an appearance at the Electronica venue at the Whitby Goth Festival. We are very excited- and so should you be!’

http://www.izzievoodoo.com/

All Day Sucker

Harmonies and sun drenched power pop, glossy cinematic tall tales, with shiny wry coating this was an all day, all night party for the intelligent.

All Day Sucker in their own words:

 2009 started off predictably with New Years Day and never really took off from there. The characters were two dimensional and never transcended their roles to make for any long lasting or meaningful impression. Although the plot took many unexpected twists and turns there was no real pay off. The story was ripe for high drama, true human emotion and true spiritual poignancy, however it became too self aware and settled for cliches and mundanity. Still, it did set itself up beautifully for a triumphant sequel in 2010 that could potentially make sense of the entire opus and exalt the entire story into a masterpiece to be reveled for all time.

http://www.alldaysucker.net/

Detroit Rebellion

This complicated simple stuff…This sparse set of minimal tunes took on the big subjects, love , hate and work and quietly became one of NBT’s most loved recordings of the year.

 Detroit Rebellion in his own words:

 “2009 was a year of reinvention for me.

I returned to playing music while reinventing my relationship to it… as well as the way I play
it. I went back to my earliest memories to begin again. It was the hardest thing I’ve ever done
musically.

I am looking forward to 2010.

By returning to the past, I’ve got a new outlook on the future. I am excited about the idea of
writing new songs that incorporate a bit more ofwhere I’m going than where I’ve been i.e. future
blues.”

 http://detroitrebellion.com/

 D-Mitch and Spoonfull

It was always a pleasure to get good rap music sent my way, and ‘’Keep The Change’’ was a collection of the very best, using hip hop as a mere starting point and venturing into folk and soul and late night trip hop.

 D-Mitch and Spoonfull in their own words:

2009 was a huge year for us.  We started working on our debut full length, “Keep the Change,” in March and focused all of our efforts on its release throughout the summer.  After putting out the record on October 31st, we took some time to promote individual songs online and perform a handful of local shows.  In 2010 we plan to promote the new record, play some local gigs, and release several individual tracks online for free.  We are also looking to tour Europe for roughly a week sometime in late spring if possible.  All in all, it was a great year and we look forward to what 2010 has to offer.  Thanks to Martin and NBT for allowing us to be a part of this fantastic podcast!

 

http://www.cdbaby.com/cd/Spoonfull2

 Memphis Reigns and Hypoetical                                                                                                               

 Staying in the hip hop genre for now, another collective who transcended borders and barriers, the Mind Mechanics of the Skeleton Crew Diaries arrived full of unforgettable hooks and shiver inducing urban pop tunes. An instant classic.

 In their own words:

Very successful year for myself as an individual and the Mind Mechanics Crew. 2009 re-sparked my love for music. It resulted in the recording of the Skeleton Crew Diaries with D-Mitch and the Allied Forces EP with MC Piloophaz from France and long time partner in rhymes, hypoetical.

After such a long hiatus, it felt good to get back into studio.

2010 should bring many good things. My solo, The Frog Hill Legend is near completion and work onthe Mind Mechanics 2 album has begun.

Thank you to all the fans who kept our music alive.  Happy holidays to all!

~Memphis Reigns

 

Been a great year for me in all aspects of life, especially creatively. Despite getting a pink slip,

I was able to re-route my path to music and focus on the arts again. I was glad to put out some

new works and collaborate with others who share the same passion for music. 2010 should be an even better year for me and especially the Mind Mechanics crew as we chip away at finishing a second full length LP. Nonetheless, I can’t thank all the fans/listeners enough for their continued support because when it comes down to it, we wouldn’t exist if there weren’t folks out there who listened to the music.  Happy new year to everyone!

-hypoetical

http://www.myspace.com/mmechanics

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Secrecy and Sex – Readers Wives (360degree Music)

You have to love the slow build pop song, the one that curls Out and stretches cat-like steady, ready soon for the leap, sure and controlled and fierce, straight into our fickle hearts. Add  deadpan humour carefully calibrated to be not TOO clever (which would snap us from our trance) or TOO self-aware (which would merely itch and irritate) and BOOM, a sly BOOM at that, we are sexually attracted to this music.

As the bar man once said, it’s the kind of collection that make the boys smile and the girls dance.

Then ok, this is Costello for the new century, NewWavePub-Rock sharp bitter Bubblegum, hey forget the fast twist away, this has hooks that are shiny sharp and lets face it, we ALL want to see a song called ‘Advertising Heroin’ knock the latest X factor off the top of the charts.

It’s a rare pleasure indeed to hear hints of the Last Shadow Puppets socializing with bits of Randy Newman all within one EP.

Then walking out of the chaos of the gig, we discover the poet bum outside suddenly insightful, minimal Jamie T, we stop and listen, feeling weirdly touched, caught out in a very good way.

There is tenderness when needed and ice cold detachment when desired. It’s a collection that rewards with every new listen.

Cant wait for the album.

http://readerswives.360degreemusic.com/

Hear a track or two from this EP on the NBT Podcast going out on the 28th October 09

 And then more in depth on the show going out on the 10th November 09

http://nextbigthing.libsyn.com/

Sounds Of The 504 – Broken Keys (Independent Release)

Intuitions

Feelings.

Images conquered up by the music, hazy for a while, jelly-dreamlike then slowly solidifying, Polaroid snapshots, the picture shimmies across the surface.

The Beats the thing.

Swing  with him, there is water in the air, summer perhaps, sticky bright, the ballroom hints of sadness, ‘We Miss You’ indeed.

Time travel down the banks of the great river, we glide past great trees and old houses, the drummStutter is our uneasy machine, the song the very fadeout even full of a quiet longing.

Rise up fallen soldiers,  reach out for the hands of the grieving and shy ladies,  elegant but jerky ballets for the almost forgotten, these things are more than mood, more than beats laid down for some future sonic adventure. (Though listen hard and listen long and in some song played  weeks, months years from now there they will be)

They are sonic captures of what twists and crawls and dances in the heart of the music-maker.

Find out more

http://amiestreet.com/music/broken-keys/sounds-of-the-504/

hear tracks from this collection of beats and sounds on the NBT podcast going out on the 3rd November 09

http://nextbigthing.libsyn.com/

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Keep The Change – Spoonfull and D-Mitch (Downwrite Records)

Right from the opening title track we are aware that we will be taken for a strangely reticent ride on the dark thoughts highway. The music doesn’t so much pump out but slithers Pixie snake bass crawl from the player. Indie blues knocked up to story telling, each song a novella, cracked insights into volatile souls.

These are songs cut to the bone, minimal barely pausing for breath, not resting, letting the sometime alt folk clatterNstrum fight along/against the turbulence.

Brooklyn Heartbreak veers from high romantic Portishead ballad, to 3am world weary resignation, only the music perhaps will save the story teller from this damning self knowledge.

Unlike some strong ego damaged boys that became international whiners, this collective is in love with the dirt and vulnerability of the acoustic, the electric lo-fi, ironic dancers and tortured torch singers. It’s a sound a mood that slinks in, makes itself at home struggling out of a mini van stranded in the desert or a neon club situated in deepest coldest Berlin.

What attracts and astounds with this album is how brilliantly observed the situations and characters are.  Take ‘Guilty Pleasure’ for example and the opening description of the women in the environmentally friendly car, note the humor gentle yet still sharp. No need for the video here, the song, the music tells it all.

Its these wry portraits, these sly vignettes coupled with an instinctively apt sonic design, that elevates this release head and shoulders above so much that has come out this year.

Find out for yourself

http://www.myspace.com/spoonfullhiphop

http://www.cdbaby.com/cd/Spoonfull2

http://www.myspace.com/dmitch330

Tracks from this cool album will be played on the NBT Podcast this upcoming 3rd Nov

http://nextbigthing.libsyn.com/

Also catch them on the special NBT show hosted by Hypoetical and Memphis Reigns

http://nextbigthing.libsyn.com/index.php?post_id=532104