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Indie News Beat for the week of January 16, 2007

January 16, 2006 Edition

* Shauna Burns Releases Powerful EP Desert Tune
* New Duo Hits Number One On Two Charts
* Eric Benson Article Appears On Neil Young Website
* A Fine Adjustment Of Time
* Inside the Music Business Announces National Seminar & Showcase
* 37 Records on the MOVE
* Allegro / Nail Distribution Plan To Re-Sign Label Agreements At MIDEM 2007

Shauna Burns Releases Powerful EP Desert Tune

Shauna Burns developed her delicate vocals and striking piano while growing up in Miami, Florida. Shauna derived inspiration from her mother’s love for the piano. Shauna’s songwriting skills prospered and when she went off to college, her music found fans that were enthusiastic and appreciative of the artistry they heard.

Every Thought was the Shauna Burns debut release in 2006. The recording received rave reviews followed by successful sales. Her 2007 follow-up EP release entitled Desert Tune is an engaging five song EP that captures the spirit and warmth of Shauna’s hypnotic vocals and temperate piano playing. The tracks are clever while playful, in accord with her nature of being personal and captivating. Shauna and her piano are once again joined by co-producer and drummer James Clark, Ryan Tilby on guitar and bass with Steve Lemmon on guitar. Shauna spent some time residing in the desert before recording the EP and the listener benefits from that journey while listening to the music.

Shauna explains her songwriting philosophy as, "It can start with just a feeling, that seed in your stomach that grows until you cannot ignore it anymore. I feel the need to cultivate and nurture these seeds because seeds can grow into big ideas if we take care. It makes me question: What’s next for all of us in this world? What is the universe trying to tell us? I’m listening." Finding inspiration in the world around her is what Shauna Burns is all about and it is no wonder her songs have such feeling and depth.


New Duo Hits Number One On Two Charts

In their first 30 days, Mimi and Teft landed four chart placements with two first place positions on PureVolume.

Their debut EP, Look Into the Mirror, took the Club and Electronica charts by storm holding number one spot this week on purevolume. They broke out with the number 10 spot on Pop, and 41 over all combined genres. They also received awards from Garageband this week including dance track of the day for January 4, 07.

The duo is hitting the internet streets fast, being one of seven artists chosen to represent MusicDish Network at the international music conference, MIDEM, in January at Cannes, France.

The songwriting team changed their focus last summer from writing for other artists to delivering their own upbeat version of electronic pop. With their first EP, they’ve definitely delivered.

Purevolume stats 12/27/06
#1 in both club and electronica genres of about
20,000 artists
#10 of 21,000 pop artists
#41 of all 362,122 artists

Garageband award – dance track of the day for Jan 4, 2007


Eric Benson Article Appears On Neil Young Website

Eric Benson can add yet another awesome accomplishment to his music career. Besides having one of the top songs on Neil Young’s Living With War website for nearly 3 months now, (Writings of Holy Men, currently at #37 of almost 1,200 songs), Young recently published an article by Benson, a Canadian musician who is fast becoming one of the most downloaded singer/songwriters on

The article, aptly titled Writings of Holy Men, is just below another editorial written by controversial Oscar winning documentarian Michael Moore (Bowling for Columbine, Farenheit 9/11). Benson says he was surprised to see the article he wrote in a letter to Young and his staff regarding the origins of his popular song on the anti-war website. "I’ve been receiving accolades from around the globe for ‘hitting the nail on the head’, as most have described the editorial, and the song." says Benson from his BC home. "It’s really just my own opinions, and what got me writing the song in the first place. I’m certainly not speaking for anyone else, although it is very gratifying to know that so many others feel the same way. Particularly some of the feedback I’ve received from my American fans."

To read the article, go to "" and check out the "Living With War" link. On the same page, there is a link to the "Top Songs of Today" to listen to Benson’s song. Each listen counts as a vote for the tune, pushing it ever closer to the top ten spot. "Writings of Holy Men" has also been chosen as the featured "Song of the Week" at


A Fine Adjustment Of Time

analoguemindfield.comBlending elements of Trip-Hop, Reggae, Drum and Bass and Ambient, Analogue Mindfields music was described by Cheshire Cat of Leftfield as a heavyweight mix of reggae, old school dub with vibrant brass driven trip skank like a mouthfull of liquorice allsorts

The bands second album ‘A Fine Adjustment of Time’ is all pressed up and is to be released on Malicious Damage Records on 26th February 2007. It will be available on cd and double gatefold transparent coloured vinyl!. Malicious damage will be taking pre-orders for the album on their webisite There’s a video in production and it should be ready by the end of the month – we’ll stick it up on youtube as soon as it’s done…

Analogue Mindfield worked on a number of collaborations for ‘A Fine Adjustment of Time’ which include Tim Bran (Subsonar, ex-Dreadzone), Dr Das (ex-Asian Dub Foundation), Eric Rico (producer/remixer Jurassic 5, Pharcyde, Tupac Shakur Tribute album), Belka & Strelka (The Orb, The Transit Kings) and Electric Forgiveness (Jon Dawson – Third of Never, John ‘Rabbit’ Bundrick – The Who, Bob Marley)

Their Mission Statement is simple – Create auditory sound-scapes of challenging yet accessible music, whilst retaining an inspired socially conscious theme to our tunes.- Gizzy D

Analogue Mindfields initial output, entitled Digital Brainwave was released in May 2006 and can be purchased online at the Analogue Mindfield shop . Some notable guests featured, including M.C. Ishu (Step13, Manaseh Soundsystem), Pete Balfe (Yolazy) and the crispy horns of The Love Grocer (Mad Professor, Morcheeba, Steel Pulse, The Bluetones, Horace Andy, Zion Train and Dreadzone).

Youve got to get Weatherall to listen to these tracks man, hell fookin love em- Mani (Primal Scream)

Snapper J and Gizzy D met through their former band The Subtonics and worked with such producers as Leo Pearson (produced U2, Elvis Costello), Trevor Hutchinson (Lunasa, The Waterboys) and Connor Brady (The Blades). It was during this time that they first started working together on the debut recordings of Analogue Mindfield


Inside the Music Business Announces National Seminar & Showcase

Eric Kline, CEO and founder of the multi-platform Inside the Music Business brand, has unveiled the names of thirty music power players who will be a part of ‘Strategies for Success,’ the company’s premiere national all-genre Seminar & Showcase, taking place April 28th in Ft. Lauderdale.

The ever-growing list of executives, artists, producers, attorneys, video directors, radio programmers & DJs – the POWER PLAYERS, as Kline calls them will include Latin Music impresario Emilio Estefan, former Creed front man Scott Stapp, Hip Hop mogul Steve Rifkind, Grammy nominated producer Steve Bogard, Justin Prager, Music Choice’s Director of Pop & Rock Programming; Music Choice and Music Dish Network’s Editor in Chief Eric de Fontenay to name a few.

‘Strategies for Success’ Seminar & Showcase is an all-encompassing music community event featuring more than 30 industry power players from the worlds of Rock, Urban, Country, Pop, Latin, Dance, Americana/Folk and Christian musicŠ all converging for an explosive one-day experience of education, networking, and showcasing.

Unsigned/indie artists of all genres who sign up for the seminar (early bird price is $125) are automatically put into consideration to perform at the VIP showcase by submitting their website or MySpace page during registration. From that pool of registrants, says Kline, ten performers will be picked by an independent panel of industry producers, executives, artists and managers.

Those chosen will perform at the invite-only showcase and will also appear on the syndicated Inside the Music Business radio special and national event DVD.

With interactive panel/audience discussions, the seminar will delve into the ‘new music business’ of 2007. Aspiring producers, labels, managers, directors, and attorneys are encouraged to attend as well. ‘On top of learning about the biz and the unsigned artist showcase,’ notes Kline ‘Strategies for Success’ is an event that is also about networking.

An online campaign kicks off this week, followed by a multi-pronged regional radio and TV blitz. Retail exposure in Sam Ash Music Stores in South Florida has started as well.

To learn more about the event, unique artist/label exposure opportunities and registration, log on to


37 Records on the MOVE 37 Records, founded by Steven McClintock, has continued the forward momentum with the release of 4 new CDS in 2006. The recent holiday release of Judy Akin’s Christmas CD entitled SEASONED really ended the year with a bang selling out of the first run within four weeks of delivery. The awarding winning Canadian Bluegrass band Tumbleweed, released its 21 song compilation encompassing 10 years of music in one CD and DVD package including one new song never before recorded.

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Opening to rave reviews, the Texas born troubadours, Fertitta and McClintock, have finally released the 14 song CD they planned 30 years ago while on Arista Records. Produced in lavish style by famed producer Fred Mollin (VP at Disney Records), the duo has taken their place as one of the best duos to every make music with the release of AFTER ALL THIS TIME. Finally after much demand, the 1983 release of Don McClintock’s CD CHRISTMAS NEEDS LOVE TO BE CHRISTMAS was released on CD.

The label will be at MIDEM conference in Cannes France in January looking for new artist for worldwide release. All CDS available on ITUNES, NAPSTER and other digital sources as well as, and


Allegro / Nail Distribution Plan To Re-Sign Label Agreements At MIDEM 2007 NAIL Distribution, the indie-rock division of the Portland, Oregon based entertainment distributor, Allegro Corporation, is proud to announce that the company plans to attend the 2007 MIDEM conference to further seal concrete relationships with labels such as Mint Records, who will be re-signing a two year distribution agreement with NAIL furthering a long and fruitful relationship.

Chris Scofield, label manager of NAIL Distribution notes: "MIDEM has always led the way in exploring fresh avenues of business for independent companies. The conference continues to pave the way for musical exploration, in a truly global sense. NAIL looks forward to the opportunity to renew relationships with our existing labels such as Mint, as well as shake the hands of potential labels and international distribution prospects at Midem 2007. Our company’s ability to introduce some of the most diverse musical landscapes into the marketplace through avenues such as MIDEM leaves an indelible mark on the music industry as a whole."

In past years, MIDEM has afforded NAIL the opportunity to forge many unique distribution partnerships, such as with Cornerstone/RAS and Park The Van records, which has fostered a critically acclaimed soundtrack for director Richard Linklater’s engaging motion picture, Fast Food Nation, which screened for the first time in France at the 2006 Festival de Cannes as an Official Selection, in competition for the coveted Palme d’Or. Other opportunities include the signing of the legendary and influential ESP-Disk’, who forged a distribution partnership with NAIL / Allegro after meetings conducted at MIDEM in 2005.

With these types of profitable networking threads made at MIDEM, Allegro / NAIL Distribution will continue their reign as one of the most successful and diverse North American industry leaders in music & entertainment distribution today.


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