Monday, June 24, 2013

Monteal's Francisco Cream Are Psyched To Continue As A Two Piece Band And Plan To Record A New Album


Canadian indie rock and folk band, Francisco Cream, drops down to a duo and reworks their sound in an effort to gain exposure and fans in the US. As they continue to promote their previous EP, the band will soon be hard at work on the follow-up.



Dateline: Montreal, Quebec, Canada, Friday, May 24, 2012. Francisco Cream might have been feeling like they were spreading themselves a little too thin when they slimmed down to a duo from a trio. That's OK, the band doesn't mind a little adversity. With the streamlined, two piece line-up, they immediately got busy incorporating the change into their existing sound and they're determined to gain more fans and exposure, especially in the US. They'd like their music to be exposed to more industry people. as well, as they make plans to record and release their next album.



Francisco Cream is Bea Keeler on guitar and vocals and Foster Marshall-Medeiros on percussion. Their music and playing styles are influenced by bands like White Denim, Laura Marling, Bombay Bicycle Club and The Static Jacks. They have been compared favorably to fellow Canadians, Tegan and Sara, although exact comparisons to other bands are hard to do with these two. Francisco Cream played Canadian Music Week in 2012 and have opened for well-known Canadian bands, In Medias Res, The Coppertone and Paper Lions. They've toured southwestern Ontario and won almost 30 hours of recording time by competing in battle of the bands.



Bea is the songwriter and lyricist of the group. She draws lyrical inspiration from her own life experiences of failed love and struggles with addiction and depression. "I sometimes find it challenging to write about things I don't know about because I want to make sure I don't sound like a phony," Bea says, "but it can be just as challenging writing about things you are very close to, because even if it's a common issue, a narrow point of view can impede the audience's understanding. It needs to be accessible for a wide range of listeners so they can relate to it."



The short-term goals of Francisco Cream, at least in the next three months, are to increase their fan base in the States and to start work on the next record. They plan to finish their next EP by the end of 2013. Their current EP, (simply and accurately titled "EP") is available for free on BandCamp and through MTV.com. Physical copies are available from the band for $5 at their live gigs.



You can check out YouTube for the band's videos "Summer Teaser" (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t_YPsFXwAwI) and "Intro/Brand Me" (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vdiFiSNT3Ew).



Their next show is tentatively scheduled for June 22 at the Skeleton Park Music Festival in Kingston, Ontario.



Francisco Cream has recently signed with (Wifi PR Group) as a client. Company Info: WiFi PR Group, Los Angeles, CA. http://www.wifiprgroup.com



About Francisco Cream Music:



EP Released: August 2012 (Independent)



Official Website: http://franciscocream.com/



Official Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/FranciscoCream



Official Twitter Page: https://twitter.com/franciscocream



Official YouTube Page: http://www.youtube.com/user/franciscocreammusic



Official MTV Artist Profile: http://www.mtv.com/artists/francisco-cream


Tony Adamo Radio Stations Airplay/ May/June 2013


Radio Stations that are hip to Tony Adamo's "Miles of Blu"

WHFC Desert Island Jazz on Pure Jazz Radio 91.1FM

MORNING JAZZ hosted by: Alan Rock

May 21, 2013 WUCF - FM



WNMC 90.7 FM/Tony Adamo's song Miles of Blu added



Tony Adamo's BBQ/MILES OF BLU CD/Written by Tony Adamo Mike Clark Playlists and musings from David Golden at WPKN 89.5 in Bridgeport, CT.



JAZZWORKS hosted by: Bob Studebaker and... Helen Wigger

May 27, 2013 WUCF - FM/Tony Adamo Miles of Blu Miles of Blu Random Act

KTRJ Rhythm & Jazz Radio/Plays Tony Adamo

cool jazz, r&b/urban, soft rock



MORNING JAZZ hosted by: Alan Rock/Tony Adamo Miles of Blu/WUCF 89.9



KCSM Jazz 91 the San Francisco Bay Area Jazz Station is now playing songs from Tony Adamo's Miles of Blu CD.



Jazz After Hours is a late night jazz radio show hosted by Jim Wilke/2:25:42 - Tony Adamo - Miles of Blu - Miles of Blu - Random Act

2:29:38 - Miles Davis - Miles - Cookin' at The Plugged Nickel - Columbia



Jazz from Gallery 41 Playlist - Monday, June 03, 2013 � 11 am - 2 pm Pacific



Streaming 24/7 � Live Broadcasts Monday through Friday



Tony Adamo / Don抰 Change Horses / Miles Of Blu (Random Act)



Tower Of Power / Don抰 Change Horses / Back To Oakland (WB)



Music that fits multiple formats at WWSP Jazz/Vocal/Spoken Word/6/1/13

3 Tony Adamo � Miles of Blu � Random Act Skeal-Records Funk



ESB RADIO/6/1/13

Top 3 Artists: Lee Ritenour (12), Tony Adamo (12) & Larry Carlton (11)

NEWJAZZFUNK RADIO/Tony Adamo/"JB"

http://randomactrecords.com/random-act-artists/

Emmy Wildwood Releases Debut Single and Video










Emmy Wildwood approaches synth pop from a punk perspective in her debut single "Chick Chick Boom (Tired Of Love)." The title of the single refers to the sound of loading and firing off a gun, and even though the lyrics suggest otherwise "it all expired/ i am so tired of love," Emmy抯 voice is strong and focused.



Stepping into a new realm sonically, Emmy's grunge punk past (fronting critically acclaimed rock trio VELTA) still lingers in this emotional pop outfit produced by Tomek Miernowski (Darren Criss, Mos Def, Outasight). Starting with "Chick Chick Boom", Wildwood and Miernowski have crafted an array of dream pop heavy hitters for Wildwood's first solo project - all built around a 70's Linn drum Machine and lo-fi electric guitar demos cut by Wildwood herself. Deep chord progressions played on vintage synths, seamlessly fill out the arrangements.



"Chick Chick Boom (Tired of Love)" fuses a pop sensibility akin to Robyn's "Dancing On My Own", with layers of Stevie Nicks and Dirty Minds era Prince. Vocally, Wildwood showcases her rich dynamics of warmth and vulnerability as often as her bright powerful belt. Stylistically, the lo-fi music video incorporates self-shot iPhone footage of Wildwood in her own apartment, mixed with director, Chris Carlone's own vintage footage from the 90s, resulting in footage very reminiscent of MTV's first season of The Real World.



Also the founder of Tiger Blanket Records, a small record label and vintage store based in Williamsburg Brooklyn, Wildwood has been revered for her music, fashion and business sense. Time Out New York named her one of New York's most fashionable of 2013, due to her unique style.She was also applauded for her work as a leader in the musical community, hosting label showcases for unsigned Brooklyn bands and printing limited runs of 7 inch vinyls. Emmy has been featured in September抯 music-themed issue of Vogue Italia in 2012 and her band VELTA was featured on NYLON Magazine抯 December mixtape along with the band Fun. VELTA has also worked with TV On The Radio抯 Kyp Malone for their single, "Let抯 Get Married".



http://emmywildwood.bandpage.com/

Sunday, June 23, 2013

Catching Up With Tony Adamo The Miles Of Blu Interview! Part 1&2 @CriticalJazz


If there is a hipper cat on the planet than Tony Adamo, I would love to meet him! A recent conversation with Tony follows:



Critics label artists because it's so much easier than having to actually "think" about the artist or where they or their music comes from. so who is tony Adamo?



T.A. "I am a man who leads his life with great respect for others and demands respect in return. I have lived my life with that idea as the forefront of my existence. I have lost the friendship of musicians and producers because they did not respect the direction my music was going in and wanted to consistently change it to their liking. Mike Clark believed in my music and respected its unique newness. In the music world many people say you have to earn your just dues to earn respect. This outdated way of thinking just does not lay right with me. No matter what profession you are hip to in life, if you come up with a new hip way to write something, (song, play, movie, novel, invention) on the first take, you have my respect. There are those who think that in order to earn your just dues one needs to take years to be successful. I just don't dig that concept. On the first take is what I am all about!"



Hip spoken word may be the most accurate description of your art. Tell us about the record and where you wanted to go. I sometimes use the term beatnik poetry as your words seem to embrace what's happening today be it music, politics etc...



T.A. "The thought and direction behind MILES OF BLU (MOB) took shape many years ago. I had no idea this would be a new genre of vocal/hipspokenword. Many of the lyrics I wrote from MOB were made up in studio as I was recording. My free form hipspokenword flow turned out to be better than the lyrics I had originally written. Dig this Brent, Mike Clark to this day has no idea that I started in music as drummer. While playing drums, congas, or other percussion instruments in various bands I belonged to, I would hear words in between the licks I was putting down. I was not hearing singing, but whole sentences of spoken words between my drumming notes. I never knew what beatnik poetry was until my early twenties. When I tried to dig Kerouac and all the heavy beat hipsters, their beatnik poetry was not jiving in my head. I had to come up with my own voice without being influenced by the great beat poets, Kerouac, Ginsburg and LaMantia. I stayed away from listening to Mark Murphy's spoken word and Gil Scott Heron's political sayings. About the only cat I really dug was not a musician at all. Lenny Bruce's comic delivery set me on my path. His timing and endless free thinking riff delivery on the spot, inspired me. An example from MILES OF BLUE would be "The Power of Funky Madness." Mike and his crew laid down the music tracks for "Funky Madness" without my vocal hipspokenword. That track collected dust for six months. Mike finally ended up adding horns and guitar in studio. Mike asked me if I had any lyrics yet. I said something like "Bro I have it covered" and told him to let the music roll. What you hear is a free form riff that came to me in the moment. I was being vibed across my creative mind by Mike's drumming. The Texas Shuffle he was laying down was my guide for the hip words that flowed from me. The recording of my vocal hipspoken word on "The Power of Funky Madness" was done in one take. I have no idea where the words came from. When I finished recording I had to listen to the playback in order to write down the words because I could not remember what I said. Oh yeah baby!"



Producer/drummer and all around nice guy Mike Clark carries some serious weight. What was the most important thing mike brought to the table and what did you learn as an artist from working with him?





T.A. "What Mike brought to the table was friendship, all encompassing friendship. Mike chants and I meditate daily. This bond of what we do different, but the same, brought enter peace and knowledge to the MOB project. Mike and I were digging the same groove consistently. I came up with a new way to say the same old thing and Mike wrapped his jazz, funk creativity and deep drum playing around my new concept. His leadership and dedication to this project brought it all together. I learned that Mike is a supreme producer in seamlessly managing the musicians and the music on MILES OF BLU."



Continuing my rap with Tony Adamo from part one : http://www.criticaljazz.com/2013/06/catching-up-with-tony-adamo-miles-of.html



I like to move past the traditional role of tossing out random opinions and promote artists that at least to me have something different to offer or may simply be a voice society needs to hear for a variety of reasons.So let me flip it, review the reviewers. what is your take on critics? are they simply bottom feeders caught up in the industry andr do you think in general most of us could step up our game a little?



T.A. - "Some of the critics of my music in the past I feel have used generic templates in writing reviews. I came across this way of reviewing while digging music reviews in music publications. One critic in particular wrote one review on my WHAT IS HIP CD and years later on my MILES OF BLU CD. Though both albums are so different from each other, both reviews sounded somewhat the same. It seems like some reviewers do star inflation reviews on a legendary jazz artists. For example the legendary artists CD may not be up to par but just recycled cuts from past albums and they get five stars. Those same critics can be mean spirited to a new jazz artist or musician whose work in not well known but may far outshine a legendary jazz artist. The new musician receives three stars. I see too many opinion reviews based upon a critics personal music tastes and not complying with the music genre they are reviewing. What I find to be the most troubling is being reviewed by a non musician with no working knowledge of recording or working on stage. In saying this, do music critics who have a background in music and play and instrument write better reviews? Man I don't know! It is all square to me man. Don't get me wrong Brent, there are as many great music critics as are there a bad ones."



Hip spoken word can trigger some preconceived ideas for a lot of people. if you can shatter any of these stereotypes what are they?



T.A. - "First off my vocal/hipspokenword in not purely spokenword. I intertwine vocal and hipspokenword into a new genre. My vocal/hipspokenword is more accessible to radio than just coming out with a CD of spokenword backed by a jazz trio. It encompasses jazz, funk, pop, acid jazz and adult listening all laced together by vocal/hipspokenword and the stellar musicians that Mike Clark put together for MOB. When the listening public and music directors and program directors hear spokenword they tend to stay away from it because it can sometimes be an uninteresting and mundane delivery from spoken word artists. In MILES OF BLU I captivate my audience by being a storyteller of jazz history, politics and life in general. My hope is to have the new generation of listeners get hip to our rich jazz history."



Finally, What artists do you listen to and perhaps draw from when considering your art?



T.A."I always like to say I am never influenced but inspired by Tower of Power, Herbie Hancock and the Headhunters with Mike Clark, Organ Jazz Funk Trios, Acid Jazz, Latin Jazz, James Brown, house music."



Brent,

I want to thank you for giving me this interview opportunity. Bro it has been a great experience getting to know you. You are by far the hippest music critic I have come across. I dig you to the most man!



Tony

Many thanks to Tony for his time and friendship during this process


http://www.criticaljazz.com

Not Tonight Josephine To Release New EP, COMMON GOLD, Tuesday July 9th

"I'm running out of things to believe in; that's why I keep dreaming," sings Danny Garry on "Don't Let Go," the collective deep breath Not Tonight Josephine take in the middle of their powerful new EP, COMMON GOLD. From within an industry built on dreams � and known for tearing them apart � it's maybe an obvious sentiment but one sure to inspire listeners to dream, and sing, right along with the band.



The new EP, out Tuesday July 9th, was recorded and produced by James Paul Wisner (Underoath, Paramore, Go Radio, Further Seems Forever) and is the first release featuring Garry and guitarist Scott Vallina. They join founding members Randy Ayers (drums) and Evan Foley (bass/guitar) in crafting quite a different Not Tonight Josephine sound � one tougher and edgier than ever before. As hopeful as it is angered, COMMON GOLD is sure to grab the band new listeners and will certainly make current fans take notice. They'll find there is now more brawn, more heart and more brains on display from the band. A few sneak preview videos can be found on the band's website at nottonightjosephine.com.



Says Ayers, "We definitely set out to not repeat ourselves and it turned out that that meant writing the heaviest things we've done while also writing the most mellow NTJ parts yet." That broader musical spectrum, combined with the emotive lyrics and delivery of Garry, mean this 18 minute EP plays more like a full-length as the band takes every opportunity to make sure you're really listening. From the A Day to Remember pop-core of first single "Common Gold" to the post-hardcore noise that ends "Alpha Dog," these five songs proclaim loud and clear that this band is not letting up any time soon.



"This EP is what happened when we decided to write the songs we wanted to write; not write the songs that would be expected," says Foley. Maybe taking a cue from Garry as he declares in "Messenger": "I'll never know my fate unless it finds me;" these songs are strong evidence Not Tonight Josephine isn't looking to follow a particular path anywhere.



COMMON GOLD releases Tuesday July 9th � "Common Gold" lyric video debuts Monday June 24th



Formed in Tampa, FL in 2008, Not Tonight Josephine has spent the last five years deftly navigating the rough terrain that comes with being an independent rock band today. They've written and recorded two EPs and a full-length while touring the Midwest, East Coast and Southeast. They've shared the stage with bands ranging from A Day To Remember, Silverstein, and Anberlin to Sick Puppies and Drowning Pool (among many more) and have worked with two acclaimed producers � Brett Hestla (Framing Hanley, Dark New Day) and most recently for the forthcoming EP, COMMON GOLD, James Paul Wisner, whose work with Underoath, Paramore and Go Radio attracted the band in search of defining a new sound.



For all press and media related inquiries - info@nottonightjosephine.com

For booking - Evan Michaels @ M7 Agency - info@m7agency.com - 941-444-9672



www.nottonightjosephine.com // www.facebook.com/nottonightjosephine

Saturday, June 22, 2013

Indie Singer And Songwriter Travels To Paris To Perform At Alhambra Concert Hall As Well As Montmartre


From the streets on Reunion Island to Paris, France, indie singer and songwriter, Emma Shaka, has grown in popularity over the past year and for good reason. Audiences have been stunned with the quality of music Shaka writes and sings as well as how energetic and captivating her live performances are, so it is not surprising that Emma Shaka has been asked to come to Paris, France to share her art via music.



On June 16, 2013, Emma Shaka will perform at the prestigious Alhambra Concert Hall in Paris. At Alhambra Concert Hall, Shaka will be participating in the Zic Me Up contest. As one of the most popular music competition for unsigned artists, Shaka will perform a small set for the national final. Zic Me Up is often referred to as a 搕alent booster� and includes a panel of judges made of notorious music industry professionals. The panel includes professionals such as Warner, French television network representatives, radio station hosts, as well as publishers and tour managers.



Emma Shaka had originally sent her submission just for fun without any hope of being selected, especially since she and her band is not from the area. Being selected for Zic Me Up is a wonderful and surprising honor for Shaka and is ecstatic to perform at Alhambra Concert Hall on June 16. Fans and supporters donated funds for the band to be able to travel to Paris, which covered 90 percent of the trip cost. Shaka and her band are truly grateful to have such wonderful support. Out of 8,000 bands, 30 were selected to perform at Zic Me Up, which is another huge honor for Shaka and her band. The event will take place from 3:00 p.m. to 10:00 pm on June 16 at Alhambra Concert Hall. To support Emma Shaka and her band, fans and supporters can go to www.zicmeup.com/artiste/emmashaka to vote for Shaka.



Following the Zic Me Up performance, Emma Shaka will perform on June 18, 2013 at Le Soleil de la Butte at Montmartre. This event takes place in the heart of Paris and is a wonderful opportunity to educate Parisians of Emma Shaka抯 unique music variety.



Shaka抯 musical style is unique and her live performance engagement with the audience is incredible. Providing hypnotic rhythms and dynamics unlike other artists, Shaka captures audiences with her lyrics, sound and voice. Emma Shaka has come a long way from the small island of Reunion Island and is now ready to storm the streets of Paris with her band, fans, and supporters.


http://www.emma-shaka.com

Wednesday, June 19, 2013

MusicDishTV Presents Zombies, Texting And Mayhem In Barry Keenan's "UUU Yeah U"



Capitalizing on the recent zombie craze, singer/songwriter Barry Keenan released a deliciously ridiculous music video poking fun at the zombie apocalypse trope for his single "UUU Yeah U". Released via his official Youtube account, the music video is a demented visual and aural delight.



The music video follows Keenan as he relentlessly texts to a girl of his affections, completely oblivious to the zombies and mayhem around him. Shots of zombies and news reports on the impending apocalypse are interpolated in between shots of Keenan tapping cluelessly on his phone. Amidst the chaos, the band performs while fighting off zombie hordes. The insanity climaxes at the song's break, with the zombies clapping and dancing to the music and the band fighting them off with their fire-spitting instruments. High-octave, crazy, and cheeky in the best way, Keenan's MV is great, hilarious fun.



"UUU Yeah U" is an adrenaline pumping rock song with strong riffs and pounding beats. Keenan sings energetically about his longing for texts from the girl and his screechy, powerful vocals fits perfectly with the melody.



Barry Keenan started started recording professionally at the age of 15 and already attracted his first major publishing deal when he turned 19. A multi-instrumentalist, Keenan has worked as a producer and a recording artist. As an artists, his songs have received commercial radio play on major radio stations like KROQ and KLOS.


http://www.barrykeenan.com

Monday, June 17, 2013

AIMP LA Chapter Presents A 6/20 Luncheon Panel With Special Guest Producer Ken Caillat, Author Of Making Rumours: The Inside Story Of The Classic Fleetwood Mac Album


The AIMP is proud to welcome Ken Caillat, the renowned engineer and producer of the Grammy-award winning, classic 1977 Fleetwood Mac album "Rumours," as the special guest of this month's LA Chapter luncheon panel, which will be moderated by Phil Gallo, senior correspondent of Billboard Magazine. Ken will be discussing the making of this album, sharing behind the scenes stories, accompanied with personal anecdotes and "outtakes" from the making of this album.



Ken will also be signing copies of his book, "Making Rumours: The Inside Story of the Classic Fleetwood Mac", which can be purchased after the panel. Each book sale will entitle the purchaser to a raffle ticket and a chance to win a Fleetwood Mac Rumours Deluxe Edition (4XCD, DVD, LP) Box set.



The non-member luncheon price is $53 and includes your choice of 4 entrees plus parking.



For more info, or to register online, please visit the website.

http://www.aimp.org

Hearts In Notes' Single "Dusk Song" Is Progressive Triumph



Hearts in Notes, led by veteran Michael Thomas who returns after 25 years of hiatus, releases their debut album, "Dusk Song". The lead single, also named "Dusk Song", can be streamed online.



A true progressive music delight, "Dusk Song", employs a wide variety of instruments that somehow blend in the most incredible way. Hearts in Notes have a knack for finding the perfect progression of chords that will bring a fuzzy feeling to anyone's chest. With a mix of classic instruments like piano and cello and contemporary instruments such as electric guitar, it is hard to understand how this unique mash-up works, but it absolutely does. The five minute composition is nothing short of a work of art filled with passion that is so rare in today's music scene.



Hearts in Notes marks the return of Michael Thomas, a veteran of Boston's progressive music scene, who departed from the scene 25 years ago to pursue a career in Information Technology. Filled with energy and excitement, he returns to music with this new project.


http://www.HeartsInNotes.com

Friday, June 14, 2013

Switchback's New Album "Kanoka" Just Released


It all started about 30 years ago after a long of day of painting. Brian FitzGerald went up to the attic of the house he was staying in, picked up his guitar, and came up with a riff.



After nearly three decades of floating around in his head, Kanoka emerges in June as the latest release from Switchback, comprised of FitzGerald and his longtime musical partner Marty McCormack.



The boys in Switchback think of themselves as a duo who play "Celtic Soul and American Roots." However, on Kanoka the pair have left their Irish roots behind and crafted an honest to goodness American album.



Augmented by the pedal steel work of Grammy Award-winning multi-instrumentalist and producer Lloyd Maines (whose daughter Natalie is the lead singer of the Dixie Chicks) and the big-sky country harmonica work of Howard Levy (a founding member of Bela Fleck and the Flecktones), Kanoka is a vagabond's journey aboard a boxcar across the heartland of the United States.



But Switchback are not your ordinary vagabonds. Rather, FitzGerald and McCormack craft tales of pensiveness, observation, and reaction, stopping along the way in such out of the way locales as Van Tassel, Wyoming ("Van Tassel"), somewhere north of Salina, Kansas ("Pour Me"), and Boonseboro, Kentucky ("Rope as I'm Riding").



And what of the title track "Kanoka"? Where is that? Because if you Google it, you won't find it on any map.



"The way I see it, it's like a state of being," McCormack said. "It's a way of attaining your bliss. There's an Irish word, tir na nog, which is sort of a place where everything gels.



"The album is about that, in the sense that it takes you through a mythical timeline in life," McCormack continued. "There are various aspects of emotion and a definite setting. We deliberately chose the high plains because there you have visions of miles."



Kanoka is Switchback's 13th release of a partnership that spans 27 years. FitzGerald and McCormack met in 1986 when they were chosen by Terrence "Cuz" Teahen to join his traditional Irish group. They later formed the Wailin' Banshees, but a mutual appreciation of such American artists as Joe Ely, Stevie Ray Vaughan, and Rodney Crowell eventually led the pair to leave the Banshees and form Switchback in 1993.



Turned out to be a good move. Their first album was a critical success, and Chevrolet used one of their songs in a commercial for its Blazer. Eventually they hooked up with Maines, who has produced several of their albums including The Fire That Burns, which was selected as one of Performing Songwriter Magazine's top choices for 2003.



The duo are known not only for their unique blend of Celtic and American roots, but for their heavy touring schedule. They've opened for The Moody Blues, Leon Russell, Lee Greenwood, John Hartford, and Beausoleil and make over 200 appearances a year.


http://www.waygoodmusic.com

http://www.jsinteractive.com/switchback/pour-me.mp3