Two years ago Carly Jamison sent us her first album for review. You can see the review here. It was a corker (imho) and one of the tracks actually made it into my Festive picks for the year.
Well, she got in touch the other day to let me know that her second album, Ungrounded, is out on 28th October and asked if I’d like to hear it and offer a pre-release taster for my friends on the ‘Spill. She has, in her own words, moved up in the world since last time out: a proper distribution deal with Sony/RED and a much fuller sound, production and instrumentation. Gulp! I thought reading all that. What I liked most about the first album was the roughness around the edges, the “as-live” feel of the production and the balls it took to get it recorded and distributed in the first place. First listen was undertaken with a certain foreboding, there’s horns on this one FFS!
I needn’t have worried. Carly has come up with the goods again. If her first album was eclectic and slightly unruly in its romp through the canon of American Rock, revealing – perhaps – an artist still in search of her own style but not afraid to experiment, this is far more solid and focussed. Here’s an artist who knows what she wants to sing, knows what she’s doing and is obviously having a good time doing it.
The album kicks off strongly with Superman Fantasy, a riff heavy, horn driven number which has already seen a fair bit of youtube action in animations and in Man of Steel Fan Trailers. It’s good enough and will no doubt help Carly reach a wider audience than before, but for me the album really starts after this.
Maki Junior calls it NASA HQ. Mario calls it Pop’s den. It’s the place MrsM and I post from. Note the second screen alongside my Mac for i-tunes searching in TOFF (among other slightly more profitable uses).
Anyone else up for sharing a photo of the place they do their RRing or ‘Spilling from?
Two weeks without a new topic, there seems to be some low intensity RR jonesing going on over on the mothership. We have never had songs about withdrawal. Maybe those that can’t fight the urge to nom till next week can take advantage of this thread to calm the craving.
Mrs Maki and I made a short visit to the north east last week to see the family and were lucky enough to meet up with two RR friends during the time we were there.
Conchita and I will be in the UK next week. We’ll be in Saltburn from 10th to 16th August and will probably be in Liverpool or Chester the night of the 17th. If anyone fancies meeting up that would be cool. York is pretty do-able from Saltburn, for example.
In Spain a Rodríguez is a husband who is on his own in the big city in the summer months while the wife and kids are away on holiday. According to popular lore they get up to all sorts of shenanigans while the cat’s away. Well, I’m a Rodríguez this week and am having fun listening to music much louder than I usually would and very little more. I’ll be going to Buika’s concert on Thursday and then it’s down to the coast to spend the weekend with the family.
one of my favourite groups from the nineties took their name from this local curiosity. Andrés Calamaro and Ariel Rot, the Argentinian members of the group, found the concept so amusing that they decided to use the name for their group. It was short lived but a lot of fun. Good time rock and roll from a group that got together after seeing the Stones play the Vicente Calderón stadium in 1990 something. Good time music with very few pretensions.
Buika has a new album out. I’m going to see her live next week. Happy Maki.
Guille Milkyway is La Casa Azul, or at least the producer and the only member of the band who actually performs live. The videos feature the “androids” David, Virginia, Oscar, Clara and Sergio. Milli Vanilli? Or not?
From the seemingly inexhaustible Subterfuge records I give you Bravo Fisher. Unashamedly at the pop end of the spectrum but none the worse for that.
Borja Laudo from Zaragoza is Bigott. Disturbingly weird.
Was a time when ‘Spillers would celebrate certain milestones regarding the A listers they’d achieved. I remember the odd twenty celebration and even DsD’s fifty not out. Maybe we’ve got less enthusiastic about the lists, or maybe as the game progresses and the dynamic changes, the lists just mean less. When I started playing I remember thinking that ten A listers would be cool. Then I thought that maybe twenty would be a good time to call it a day. I didn’t want to get caught up in a game that would drag me (and keep me) away from real life and take up too much of my time. And then, of course, you get hooked.
I’ve had a few A listers since I started. More than many far more knowledgeable people and fewer than a few fast finger types, but I’ve reached my goal. I always wanted to get songs into the Marconium by artists that had never been there before I started. I set my target at twenty. It seemed reachable. And recently it was reached. Here they are:
1 Julee Cruze – Falling (RRSA Falling)
2 Fruko y Sus Tesos – No Tiene Billete (RRSA Sound Effects)
3 Yves Montand – A Bicyclette (RRSA Bicycles)
4 Seasick Steve – Thunderbird (RRSA Wine)
5 Duane Eddie – Shazam (RRSA Superheroes)
6 Nadadora – Septiembre No Está Tan Lejos (RRSA September)
7 Alan Vega, Alex Chilton, Ben Vaughn- Fly Away (RRSA Escape)
8 The Jayhawks – The Baltimore Sun (RRSA Newspapers)
9 Molly Hatchet – Flirtin’ With Disaster (RRSA Speed)
10 Gustavo Pascual Falcó – Paquito El Chocolatero (RRSA Chocolate)
11 Enrique Morente – Generalife (RRSA Parks)
12 Manuel de Falla – El Círculo Mágico (RRSA Circles)
13 José Mercé – Vivo Cielo (RRSA Sky)
14 Estrella Morente – Tangos del Cerro (RRSA Forgiveness)
15 Arcángel – Humeaban Las Chozas (RRSA Homelessness)
16 Arcángel – Dame Limones (RRSA Fruit)
17 Jools Holland and Suggs – Oranges and Lemons (RRSA Fruit)
18 Eilen Jewell – Too Hot To Sleep (RRSA Heat 2)
19 José Mercé – Pueblecito Mío (RRSA Villages)
20 Swamp Cabbage – Jesus Tone (RRSA Jesus)
It’s a pretty odd list. Just like any that may show up on RR, week after week.
Playlist after the jump.
Blacanova are the next up. I like their music. I like their videos.
Luis Brea is from Alcorcón just down the road from Maki Towers. He describes himself as Post-Indie, whatever that may mean.
Hey ho the witch is dead. No, she isn’t she’s back. Last time out she went a little too far along the groove line for my tastes and forgot the beats. This is far more lke it.
DJ time. Buffet Libre are the Catalán DJ’s Miguel Sánchez and Marc Constantí and here are a couple of tracks from their new CD Songs for Elaine and a Toxic Avenger remix from a few years back.
Yesterday the Spanish Independent Music Awards were announced. Here’s a run through the main winners, who will be featuring later in the series.
Best Album (and video) of the Year: Los Niños Mutatntes for “Naufragos”
Alondra Bentley was born in Lancaster – her mum is English and her dad is Spanish – but was brought up in Murcia. Along with Anni B Sweet and Russian Red she makes up the “Holy Trinity” of folk-tinged independent female singers currently leading the scene over here.
The Bright are from Zaragoza. They are also wonderful.
Not all Spanish Indie groups sing in English (all the time), thankfully. Some even sing in Catalan. Anímic are from Esparreguera and are definitely from the folk end of the spectrum.
I like Spanish Indie. It doesn’t get a wide audience even here. I’ll try to do a post every week or so, with a few clips from artists that have caught my attention. Some good, some awful (no doubt) – but all worth a listen. Here’s Anni B Sweet. She’s from Malaga and I think she’s great. I’ll run through in vaguely alphabetical order, if that’s OK. (Note: record racks over here have traditionally been done by first name rather than surname). Some letters will no doubt be better represented than others.
Not had a lot to say recently. Been a bit fed up with what’s going on here in Spain where things just seem to go from bad to worse. We work hard at making it work but the pricks who run the place don’t seem to have the same interest in actually sorting things out, preferring to pay lip service to Merkel and her ilk and then wink back at their corrupt bedfellows. We seem to be stuck between the vultures who will swoop down to pick our bones clean and the ineffectual doorkeepers who will do no more than claim their commission as they let them in. Thank god, therefore, for angry music. ¡Viva Ska-P!
Angry with the kill-joys. Who isn’t? More chance of going to prison for possession of an eighth than for embezzling eight million €uros.
Ramón Emilio Valdés Amaro, the Cuban jazz pianist, better known as Bebo Valdés, died yesterday at the age of 94. Here is a selection of reasons why he will be missed.
As Director of Studies at the school I work for I’m quite used to interviewing people who include phrases such as “Play bass in a blues band at the weekends” or “Have released a couple of self-produced songs via the internet” and will admit to having a predisposition to listen to these candidates because I think the “front” it takes to do this sort of thing marries well with the type of work we do and is an indicator of the sort of confident and outgoing character I am looking for in potential colleagues. So when I met with Aaron Thomas a few weeks ago and invited him to work with us his “Professional musician: about to release my third album” on is CV was a pretty good clue as to how the interview would end. My colleague, Javier, who handles pay roll and contracts and was a concert promoter (still is part time) mentioned that Aaron’s name rang a bell but we didn’t investigate further.
Turns out that Aaron was being just a tad modest. He’s just released his third album and spends most weekends out of town on tour. He’s well known and well respected on a live music scene that unfortunately I just never seem to find time to investigate these days. He’s from Australia but has been living here in Madrid for a number of years now. He’d like his music to reach an English speaking audience and that’s why I’m posting this here. Let him know what you think in the comments. I hope he’ll have the chance to get back to you.
Another from the maki files. This is from last year, maki faves Reina Republicana vs Is on a neat coloured vinyl 7″. 3 tracks from Reina Republicana and 4 from Is. Here’s two from each.
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A little more 90′s Spanish female fronted indie from the maki archives. This week we’re with the rebellious strawberries or Los Fresones Rebeldes. The girliest and probably most fun of the bands I’ve posted recently. This is pop music. Nothing more or less than that. I love them to bits. It’s the sort of messy, we’re having fun and you can have it with us too attitude that I like most about this group.
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