Friday, January 9, 2009

MusicDish To Represent 12 The Band At MIDEM

MusicDish President Eric de Fontenay will be representing Trinidad-based 12 The Band at this year's MIDEM conference being held in Cannes, France. Mr. de Fontenay will be meeting particularly with Canadian-based music companies, seeking for licensing/distribution, booking and management opportunities. The band has been invited to showcase Canadian Music Week this March in Toronto and plan an active schedule in Canada in the subsequent months.

12 The Band completed their debut album "Streets and Avenues," which they performed live at the prestigious Caribbean Fashion Week in Jamaica, followed by a showcase at the 2008 London Calling Music Conference in London. They have toured Britain playing in some of the prominent night clubs on the Central London music scene like The Sin Club, The Bar Fly, Momo's Cargo and Canvas and has performed live on the BBC Radio Show "Outlook." 12 has also played at the Birmingham Carnival, Nottinghill Carnival and the Yaashantewaa Calypso Tent which is the first and only calypso tent in London. 12 has performed in the Alliance Francaise Fete de La Musique opening for international recording artists such as Chris Combette and Orange Sky.

12 The Band fuses Alternative Rock with indigenous Caribbean influences such Calypso and Reggae, as well as other popular forms such as Soul and Jazz... a unique sound they affectionately call Earth Force Music.


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Amy Speace To Debut "The Killer In Me" At Joe's Pub in NYC

Singer-songwriter Amy Speace will be debuting new songs from her upcoming album "The Killer In Me" at Joe's Pub on January 15th @ 7pm. The Wildflower Records release will be available in stores March 10, 2009.

Thursday, January 15th - 7:00 PM
425 Lafayette Street, NYC
Click here to purchase tickets

Named by WFUV to its "Top 16 To Watch" list last year, Amy Speace is an Americana-rock artist who draws comparisons to Roseanne Cash, Lucinda Williams and Neko Case. Her sophomore album "The Killer In Me", produced by James Mastro and engineered by Mitch Easter, features 12 new songs and 2 duets with Ian Hunter and "is a collection of alt-country gems, a little dark around the edges... As a singer, she's got a soulful voice that grabs your ears. Take note, Amy is one artist you won't want to miss." (John Platt, host of "The Sunday Breakfast " WFUV).


What they're saying about "The Killer In Me":

"If you're on to the newest trends in music country you must certainly knock at the door of Amy Speace. Those looking for honest and personal work have come to the right address." - Keys & Chords

"There's more than nerve and creativity noticeable on the meanwhile fourth album of this singer - songwriter, already the title track "the Killer In Me" and "This Love” feature vintage Lucinda Williams." -

"Speace knows how to make a beautifully varied CD that builds a coherent unit through a wonderful balance of pop, rock and blues, ballads and up-tempo numbers that never bore you for a minute. A truly excellent and grown-up album." - MOORS MAGAZINE

"Amy Speace is a remarkable artist, writer, singer and performer. Her song-writing is up there with some of the greatest song writers of the era. She reveals in poetry and song the naked truth. I am a total fan." - Judy Collins


Thursday, January 8, 2009

PayPal Zip Technology Released To Save The Music Industry

The Retail Zip Company has announced the release of the Retail Zip® Format-as-a-Service (FaaS)™ for Windows and Mac OS X computer systems.

Retail Zip is a turn-key ecommerce powered zip format that combines the familiar user interface of a zip program with built-in online storage from Amazon Web Services and a PayPal shopping cart. Unlike other zip formats that archive data on a hard drive inside a compressed container, Retail Zip archives uncompressed data onto secure online servers located in USA or Europe, reducing the zip file size to less than 1 kilobyte per package.

E-Commerce is embedded for 18 currencies with PayPal, allowing sellers to charge buyers for the privilege to extract digital goods. Extending the power of the payment system is a patented enhancement that can divide the sum of a payment to multiple partners and affiliates at the point-of-sale of a transaction.

Until now, setting up digital products on web servers designed to handle millions of downloads was an expensive and confusing task for sellers looking for a PayPal alternative to iTunes. By integrating the cloud infrastructure of Amazon Web Services, sellers can handle an unlimited amount of simultaneous sales with automatic scaling unlimited bandwidth.

To create a bridge between online content delivery and physical retail, the format utilizes the KodeKey Password System. KodeKeys are unique pin codes that can be generated and assigned to Retail Zip packages for digital distribution with Variable Data Print (VDP) media, such as paper inserts, flyers, and plastic gift cards.

* Get started with a PayPal account
* Password generator for download retail cards
* Split payments with band members
* Built-in affiliate system
* Secondary zip format included for professionals (without ecommerce)
* Partnership with trusted industry leaders PayPal and Amazon Web Services

More information about the Retail Zip system can be found at

Wednesday, January 7, 2009

MusicDishTV: Gospel Balladeer Desmond Pringle performs Promise

Desmond Pringle is shown here performing his inspirational song, "Promise", almost a cappella. He performs to an enraptured group of young and old followers. His light accompaniment on the piano is complimented half way through the video by the group of fans joining in to the song to celebrate "being a promise."

The presence of young kids in the group of fans is a heart-warming sight and shows how Pringle's music reaches to all age groups. He belts out his joyful words effortlessly, and his bright smile throughout the video shows what great pleasure he always takes in his music.

MusicDishTV is more than an online video channel; it is the place to find out what's happening in the music world and hear brilliant new talent before they hit the radio airwaves. Artists & bands can submit their videos at

Tuesday, January 6, 2009

Australian Tour Finalized For Molten Mike

Singer/Songwriter/Guitarist "Molten Mike" Desselle has finalized his 2nd tour of Australia. The following is his schedule:

Jan 16, 17, 18: Thredbo Blues Festival (3 venues).

Jan. 22: National Press Club, Canberra

Jan. 23: Ian's Place, Mt. Beauty, Vic.

Jan. 24: Commercial Hotel, Beechworth.

Jan. 25: Wandiligong Hotel, Vic.

Jan. 30 Iron Horse at Cardiff, NSW.

Jan 31: Tempus 2 at Pokolbin, NSW.

Feb. 6: Brass Monkey with Pugsley Buzzard

Feb 14: Bruthen Festival

Feb. 15: Dromendary Hotel, Central Tilba

"I am looking forward to my 2nd tour of Australia." said Molten Mike during a party on New Years Day. "The people are so friendly and they love my style of Roots Blues and especially my work on my 1932 National Steel Guitar. Some of my appearances will be solo and some will be accompanied by "Trapper", the drummer from the Pugsley Buzzard group" said Mike. "I want to thank my Agent Baiba James of BJ Star Entertainment and my record label Ranluron Music, BMI for making this tour possible" concluded Mike.

"Molten Mike toured Australia in 2004 and played 32 events. This tour is a month long and features several Festivals and some great venues. Baiba James with BJ Star entertainment handled all the details for the tour." said Randall Ierna, of Ranluron Music, BMI.

"Mike has a unique delivery and features many original songs and tunes in his show. He has 5 CD's in circulation and we have produced a special run of "All Blues" for the Australian tour through MAD CD's in Sydney.

His CD's have been voted #1 Albums in 5 categories on

Mike has appeared at many top venues including the Narooma Festival, the Basement, Johnnos Blues Club, The Fly and the Healer on his last tour. In the US he has played over 100 shows at the House of Blues at Disney World and also at the House of Blues in Myrtle Beach, S.C. Additionally he was the headliner at the 70,000 fan Super Bowl Party for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and has played in many top venues up and down the East Coast of the United States.

To find out more abou Molten Mike and to listen to MP3's and view videos, just go to the official website

To listen to music clips from all his CD's and download, just go to,,, and most other internet download sites.

MusicDishTV: St. Madness - The Anti-SuperHero

Advance from the ST. MADNESS album release "SAINTANIC". Filmed and produced for St. Madness by: Christian Satan, Evil Me Productions.

"In this video, St. Madness rock out while old black and white news footage is intertwined with their playing. Clips of war and violence complement the song's prophetic lyrics. The video's conclusion is one not to be missed - very fitting for this time period." - MusicDishTV

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Monday, January 5, 2009

Matt Brouwer Announces 2009 'Love Can Save A Life Tour' Plans

Black Shoe Records/Indie Extreme recording artist Matt Brouwer announces his 2009 "Love Can Save a Life Tour". Inspired by the response to the first single Beautiful Now from his new release Where's Our Revolution produced by Grammy award-winning producer, Michael Omartian, the tour will challenge and focus attention on the call to respond to the needs within our own communities in North America as well as those around the world. The tour will be sponsored by World Vision and offers practical ways to share love with people in desperate need.

Matt recently signed with literary agency, Credo Communications, out of Grand Rapids, MI. Matt will be staying close to home during the first couple of months of 2009, performing at several songwriter venues across Texas such as Dosey Doe Coffee House in The Woodlands and The Bugle Boy in La Grange, while he works on the basics for his first book.

The second single Come Back Around from the album Where's Our Revolution has been generating a lot of buzz and has been a favorite both during radio/TV interviews and at concerts this past year. The song is a loving invitation to a generation disillusioned and let down by their heroes to find hope and reconciliation in the shared experience and rediscovering faith. "The song 'Come Back Around' I think, speaks for a lot of people on the fringes who feel disillusioned by life, culture, and's a simple sentiment to acknowledge how a lot of us feel and an invitation to allow ones self to be re-embraced by God's love." stated Brouwer.

Brouwer logged over 25,000 touring miles throughout his Where's Our Revolution 2008 Tour. Matt performed for audiences totaling over 15,000 through Mississippi, North Carolina, Florida, Texas, Arizona, California, Oregon, Colorado, British Columbia, Alberta, Saskatchewan, Manitoba, Ontario, New Brunswick, Nova Scotia, New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania and Tennessee. He plans to revisit many of the same regions while expanding into new territory with dates already on the books in Austin, TX, Jacksonville, FL, Brevard, NC, Hume Lake, CA and Lincoln, NE.

Brouwer has previously landed hits on the Billboard CCM records chart (I Shall Believe); CCM CHR chart (Water, Sanity); and the New Music Weekly Hot 100, AC, Indie AC, and Top 40 charts (Surrender). Where's Our Revolution, marks a huge step forward for Brouwer, being hailed by critics as an artistic and production triumph. The success of Beautiful Now, #1 on CRW Global AC and CHR charts and #1 on CanCon AC chart, Top 60 CRW Signature CHR chart points to a very successful run as the album is overflowing with a bevy of radio friendly pop singles.

"It's an honor working with Matt and his independent label, Black Shoe Records," said Indie Extreme CEO Kathy Douglas. "The Where's Our Revolution CD has been a result of several years of hard work and growth in Matt, both as a writer and musician. He is a unique individual with a clear yet gently confrontational message to his generation, one of love, hope and authenticity."

Best Of The Batch: Rakell - Sweat

Artist: Rakell (
Track: Sweat
"Sweat" by Rakell SA features a unique blend of a variety of genres, including R&B, pop and funk. Latin and Brazilian influences also reign supreme to create a sultry song that will make you want to get up and dance. "Sweat" has been getting a lot of buzz worldwide - and rightly so.

Sunday, January 4, 2009

Mysterious Catman Cohen Urges America To DREAM Again

In honor of the upcoming presidential Inauguration, coinciding with Martin Luther King Day, Catman Cohen has unveiled his new song, I HAD A DREAM, the finale to his third CD....How I Want to Dream: the Catman Chronicles 3... scheduled for February release.

"I wrote 'I HAD A DREAM' at a time when I felt hopeful about the nation, although during these troubled times, it is difficult to maintain a sense of optimism, " Catman Cohen stated. "This has been a tough year for so many people and if this song serves to raise the collective spirit, then that would bring me tremendous satisfaction."

"I wish the incoming President much good luck in rectifying the rampant corruption, moral hazard, venality, cronyism, and cynicism that has spread through the highest echelons of the Establishment. America can be great again, but only through the rediscovery and revival of long abandoned priorities that formed the foundation of the nation's best virtues."

"Finally, I wish everybody a Happy New Year."

Produced and Arranged by James Lum, I HAD A DREAM features special vocal performances by Christopher Spinks, Annette Lum, Justin Lunsford, Jaclyn Beardsley, and anonymous Friends of The Catman Project.

The new song may be sampled at the MySpace site of Catman Cohen:

'I HAD A DREAM' will be made available for purchase on iTunes and a large variety of similar download sites in late February.



A great man had a dream
Ending in a murder scene
And I’m not such a man
Never been so brave or grand

But little one
I had a dream
About a nation that became....

A dazzling sky
The heroes of youth

A burning ache
Resurrecting Truth

My dreamy one
I had a dream
About a nation that became....

A guiding hand
Wipes the greed away

A whistle blown
Digs corruption’s grave

My dreamy one
I had a dream
About a nation that became....

A jasmine wind
Turns the air so sweet

A cleansing spring
Washes stained elites

Oh, little one
I had a dream
About a nation that became....

A brilliant star
‘Bove a poor man’s house

A treasure chest
Let the magic out

My dreamy one
I had a dream.......
Oh, dreamy one, Oh, dreamy one
I had a dream.......

This shadow of a man
Had a dream he can’t forget
A shadow with a dream
A nation changed, a nation blessed

And let us sing...

Lux et Veritas...Victoria
Let’s make our dreams come true...

Lux et Veritas...Victoria
And the dream begins with YOU.........

My dreamy one
I had a dream
A nation changed, a nation blessed...


Special Guest Vocalists:

Christopher Spinks Annette Lum Justin Lunsford Jaclyn Beardsley Anonymous Friends of The Catman Project


Electric and Acoustic Guitars by James Lum
Bass Guitar by Sid Johnson
Keyboards by Catman Cohen
Drums by Anthony Heller
Saxophone, Flutes, and Horns by Rastine Calhoune III
Violins by Kristen Kimiko
Cellos by Kwai Bun


Executive Producer in Heaven
Henry Iglesias

Produced and Arranged by James Lum
Music and Lyrics by Catman Cohen
(c) Keevay Music 2008


Catman Cohen is pleased to announce that a portion of proceeds received from ALL sales of HOW I WANT TO DREAM will be donated to the charities created by his two good friends, PATCH ADAMS and MARY LIGHTFINE.


The Gesundheit! Institute is a home-based hospital founded by Dr. Hunter "Patch" Adams in 1972, located outside of Hillsboro in rural West Virginia. The Institute states its vision as being dedicated to revolutionizing health care delivery by replacing what the Institute sees as greed and competition with generosity and compassion. Creation of Gesundheit! Institute was a topic of the 1998 movie Patch Adams starring Robin Williams. Since the 1970s, the Gesundheit Institute has treated over 15,000 patients without payment, medical insurance or formal facilities. One of the continued missions of the Gesundheit! Institute involves the concept of Humanitarian clowning. The project uses the theme of laughter as an integral element of effective doctoral care. In the past, the Gesundheit! Institute has taken clowns into the war zones in Bosnia, refugee camps in the Republic of Macedonia, as well as South African AIDS orphanages. In October 2007, Patch Adams and the Gesundheit Board unveiled its campaign to raise $1 million dollars towards building a Teaching Center and Clinic on its land in West Virginia. The Center and Clinic will enable Gesundheit to see patients and teach health care design. The Gesundheit! Institute was recently featured in an interview of Patch Adams, conducted by Greater Good Science Center. Adams has been raising money for the Institute for nearly three decades, and his goal is to open a 40-bed hospital in rural West Virginia that offers free, holistic health care to anyone who wants it.

After working as a registered nurse in emergency rooms throughout the United States, Mary Lightfine, a woman who thrives on challenges, decided to join an organization called Doctors Without Borders. That decision has changed her life. Since then she has lived and worked in more than a dozen countries, including some of the most hellish spots on earth. Mary was ambushed and shot at in Somalia and delivered babies in the jungles of Sri Lanka. Mary traveled through perilous Afghani Mountains infested with land mines by jeep, foot and Donkey to reach isolated inhabitants. She brought food to starving refugees by plane in south Sudan, after their villages and crops were destroyed by northern government alliances. She was also one of the first to provide medical aid to Kosovar refugees who had experienced unthinkable horrors. Mary, a seasoned veteran of the Nobel Prize winning organization Doctors Without Borders began sharing her moving stories with students across the United States in 2000. After hearing about her experiences numerous students wanted to spend their time helping others abroad but couldn't find organizations that would accept them into their programs. Most medical volunteer organizations accept only licensed professionals with a minimum of two years prior experience. In collaboration with medical professionals and communities south of the border Mary Lightfine is now able to provide the "opportunity of a lifetime" to others through the founding of Volunteers Without Boundaries Inc., a non profit charity organization.


Who is Catman Cohen?
Mysterious and controversial CATMAN COHEN is the strange, silhouette Canadian artist with the raw bullfrog voice.

Some critics call him the "musical Loch Ness Musician." Others refer to him as "the songwriting Sasquatch." No pictures, no standard biography, and an adamant refusal to perform live, despite various invitations to do so.

Described as "Rock Opera," his songs are based upon social action, notably a cry for the resurrection of neglected heroes (nurses, firemen, teachers, paramedics, soldiers, police, environmentalists, human rights activists, etc) and urgent warnings about the imminent fresh water crisis developing in the nation.

The Catman Chronicles feature a variety of guest vocalists, including goths, she-males, and breathy, sexy sirens. Various music critics have denounced his "out of the box" approach...yet the Catman perseveres down his chosen path, knowing that there is no turning back from doing what must be done, knowing that we must........



Sal Belloise Releases 'The South In Me' & 'Nothing But Love'

Sal Belloise has a compilation of 26 new songs found on his new albums titled "The South In Me" and "Nothing But Love." These acoustic guitar driven songs will please anyone who has an ear for Americana, folk rock, pop, jazz or country music. If you love tasty acoustic guitar jams with great lyrics these songs are for you.

Armed with an acoustic guitar and a head full of songs, Sal Belloise set out in a VW bus on his musical journey back in the hazy 60s. He's been traveling that road ever since, performing thousands of shows and meeting millions of faces. In the process, his music, like his rich, melodic guitar work and vocals, has deepened with life experiences along the way. Belloise's fans span the globe and are an intricate part of his creative process, as it is his audience who determines which songs get recorded.

"I let the people dictate which songs are keepers and which ones are sleepers by the initial response they receive from applause," Belloise says of the importance of his fans' participation and preferences. Although one tune might go over better in Ireland than another in New York City, his acoustically driven music finds its rhythmic groove somewhere between powerful folkish rock and trans-pop.

Belloise was weaned on vocal harmonies of the late psychedelic era - Crosby, Stills and Nash, Neil Young, James Taylor - and his guitar style is steeped in those sounds mixed with the spirit of Jimi Hendrix and flavored with the warm southern nights of living on a small island off the west coast of Florida - Clearwater Beach - where he came of musical age.

Belloise writes from the heart, with uplifting notes and stories most can relate to. He aspires to transform life's everyday mediocrity into experiences that elevate his listeners.

"I want everyone to walk away feeling good," he confesses - and believes, "There are pivotal songs in everyone's lives, songs that have special meaning and stay with you." And this is what he hopes to achieve through his art - to reach as many people as possible and through the universal language of song, perhaps find a way to unite people in peace through music.