Rock Biz

The Indie News Beat for September 25, 2006


September 18, 2006 Edition

* Colombian Singer Songwriter Wins Two International Awards

* The Mosaics Want You In Their Next Video

* A Brokeheart Pro Releases Her First Album, “The Kitten Next Door” On KittenCore Records

* City Canyons Releases HIGH SCHOOL, The Debut Album Of The Dynamic Minnesota Trio, The Alrights

* Mashed Buddha Full-Length Debut “Subdue Your Mind” Now Available

* WorkshopLive Reaches Online Music Lesson Milestone With Portfolio Of 1,000 Guitar, Bass And Keyboard Lessons

* Music Choice Announces A Nationwide Search To Find An Undiscovered Artist Or Band

* Pink Floyd Manager Calls For Widespread Blanket Licensing, Copyright Reform

Colombian Singer Songwriter Wins Two International Awards

In the town of Popayan Colombia known on one hand for its beautiful colonial architecture but on the other for ransom kidnappings and clashes between guerrillas and Colombian army lives the half Colombian half Australian singer/songwriter Melany Moloney. This tall blue eyed blond seems completely out of place in this town made up mostly of short stature native Indians, original descendants of the Incas.

This month Melany was on receiving end of some good news. Two of the songs in her soon to be released album won not one or two, but three prestigious international awards. Her song Rompecabezas won 1st place in both the John Lennon International song contest and the US West Coast contest Latin category. Another song El-Remedio won honors at the Canary Islands International Song Contest. Asked about the awards Melany said “I am both surprised and extremely thrilled at the recognition of my work by my peers and needless to say the several thousands of dollars in prizes will be very welcome”. The contest judges included international celebrities such as Fergie of the Black Eyed Peas and Robin Gibbs of the Bee Gees. Melany’s album is due within a couple of months and will include 13 Latin songs. Melany describes her music as Euro Latin with a touch of Colombian spice.


The Mosaics Want You In Their Next Video

The Mosaics will be shooting a video for the track ‘Runner’ sometime in late February/early March 2007, aaannnd we need a young couple to star in it!

Who could we ask, we thought… friends, family??? Perhaps a fan of the band?… Perhaps one of our MySpace friends? Thing is, MySpace spans the globe. So, if we ran a competition the winner could be from anywhere… literally! So, we thought for a moment and decided… our student grants/loans will be due… what the hell, lets open the competition to anyone and everyone!

So, how do you enter? Well, there’s two ways…

Firstly, between now and December 31, 2006, anyone that either is or becomes our MySpace friend and sends us a private message with their email address, full name and where they are in the world (city and country will do for now), will be entered into the competition draw.

Secondly, as an extra reward for the support, anyone that downloads our new single from our Popworld Promotes page and then forwards their receipt PIN Code to us, we’ll put their name in the hat 10 times to give them an extra 9 chances of winning.

The winner will receive free return travel to the UK and 1 week’s accommodation for two: the winner and their partner… boyfriend, girlfriend or just their best friend (of the opposite sex please… to play the GUY and GIRL in the video). And of course they get their starring role in the video!

A Brokeheart Pro Releases Her First Album, “The Kitten Next Door” On KittenCore Records

A Brokeheart Pro, (Jeannette of The Chubbies, Sympathy For The Record Industry) will release her debut album, “The Kitten Next Door” on KittenCore Records out of Inland Empire.

A Brokeheart Pro is Jeannette Kantzalis'(formerly of The Chubbies, Sympathy For The Record Industry) latest project. Think Mazzy Star backed by Chris Isaak’s Silvertone band. The album swings hauntingly between rockabilly and alt/country, sort of like Mazzy Star backed by Chris Isaak’s Silvertone band.

Once again Jeannette writes, plays, records and produces 12 haunting tracks all by herself on her 8 track in her bedroom. These “demos” have an intimate quality that have launched her myspace page into a strange and popular phenomenon. So much so, she had to start a second page to accomodate all the interest.

The album entitled “The Kitten Next Door” is a chronicle of her recent break up from longtime boyfriend, Matt Phuzz of Squirtgun and The Phuzz fame.The sound is as warm and dirty as a desert drive. Many have commented that it should be the soundtack to David Lynch’s next film, The Inland Empire, which by pure coincidence, Jeannette was born and raised.

With this vision, Jeannette has created an amazing album to be released January 2007 preceded by a video for the single, Dark Red and Loud, a “Lost Highway” homage and a Classic pinup calendar, think Vargas meets punk princess.


City Canyons Releases HIGH SCHOOL, The Debut Album Of The Dynamic Minnesota Trio, The Alrights

Appropriately enough, The Alrights‘ new album, HIGH SCHOOL is being released just in time as the kids head back to school. Manhattan-based City Canyons Records are releasing the album in September, with a wider, national release on Oct 17. The Alrights, based in Duluth, Minnesota will tour extensively in support of HIGH SCHOOL throughout the midwest and northeast with the support of a a national radio promotion throughout North America in association with college, independent and Triple A stations.

HIGH SCHOOL features catchy, memorable, original material with songs featuring a rich gumbo of musical influences — all melding into one tasty sonic treat. Whether music fans listen to HIGH SCHOOL in its recorded form or have the pleasure of seeing the band live on its current tour, they will inevitably hear true diversity. One song is rock, another is soul influenced. One sounds like a spiritual, another punk. One may be smooth and exact with complex vocal harmonies and thoughtful arrangements, the next might be raw, almost garage. Whatever form each song takes, the music comes together in a superb and seamless whole and marks the band as among the best young alternative rockers in North America.

The core of The Alrights is the musical wizardry of vocalist and guitarist/ivory tickler Toby Churchill. The other components that further refine the distinctive sound of the band are the rock solid presence of Chad “Chavo” Amborn on drums and the sweet harmonies and the steady yet fluid, funky and emotional bass playing of Danny Cosgrove



Mashed Buddha Full-Length Debut “Subdue Your Mind” Now Available

Mashed Buddha‘s creator John Corda decided to stop waiting for the band of his dreams and instead created his own album of original music. Attracted to the complex drum stylings of jungle and drum n bass, he used this as a rhythmic foundation for much of the music on ‘subdue your mind.’ Not content with creating just another drum n bass record, he added grooves that are at times hypnotic, dissonant, symphonic, emotional, or all of the above. The result is an organic approach to electronic music.

Subdue Your Mind (Mashed Buddha - Subdue Your Mind) was recorded in John’s Western Massachussetts home studio using warm analog synths, electric pianos, various percussion, and effects. Most of the mixing was done here as well, with additional mixing and final mastering completed by Myles Mangino at Planet of Sound Studios in Hartford, CT.

John has performed live with a diverse array of bands, encompassing such styles as funk, reggae, jazz, rock, blues, and jam band. In these bands he has opened up for Tower of Power and on the complete other end of the spectrum Great White. In college, he studied jazz composition and classical piano, where he received a BA in jazz studies. Before college he obsessively wrote music and improvised, fascinated with how chords, melodies, and rhythms could be combined endlessly, and that fascination continues to this day.

This summer, John was nominated for best keyboardist in the prestigious Valley Advocate newspaper. Writer Gary Carra of the Valley Advocate says of Mashed Buddha, “From the swirling, trance-inducing ‘Spikes’ to the Prince-ly overdrive of ‘Edge,’ it’s clear that this one-man effort … is as inspired as it is unconventional.


WorkshopLive Reaches Online Music Lesson Milestone With Portfolio Of 1,000 Guitar, Bass And Keyboard Lessons

Less than a year after launching its revolutionary online learning service, WorkshopLive announced completion of its 1,000th music lesson. Thousands of subscribers worldwide can now access online guitar, bass and keyboard lessons, any time of day or night, in the comfort of their own home.

WorkshopLive is a unique educational platform that delivers personalized and completely individualized music lessons through a broadband Internet connection. Its patent-pending technology determines how each student learns best, then delivers the teaching options, lessons and learning environment that best suits the student’s needs.

The one-thousandth lesson was “The Modes of the Harmonic Minor Scale” from Jody Fisher, a southern California jazz artist who has played virtually every style of music professionally. He has performed at many important venues such as the Hollywood Bowl and Universal Amphitheater, and has recently worked all over the United States, Canada, England and Germany.

Besides Fisher, who is author of The Complete Jazz Guitar Method and other instructional books, WorkshopLive’s faculty includes author Susan Mazer [Guitar for the Absolute Beginner]; guitarist/singer-songwriter Matt Smith [Matt Smith Chop Shop for Guitar]; keyboardist Amy Rosser [Max Keyboard], and guitarist/author Lou Manzi [Beginning Fingerstyle].

David Smolover, founder and CEO of WorkshopLive, said, “Our faculty has created a remarkable array of lessons, in every style and for every level, from the absolute beginner to the most advanced. Jody now has more than 80 guitar lessons available that have been utilized by more than 600 players from all over the world, and that’s just one teacher. We’re very proud of reaching this milestone, and even more proud of being associated with such an enthusiastic and talented group of music teachers.”


Music Choice Announces A Nationwide Search To Find An Undiscovered Artist Or Band To Showcase On Its Popular Music Show, Fresh Crops

Music Choice, the leading multi-platform music network that reaches millions of music fans through their TVs, PCs and cell phones, announces a nationwide search to find a breakout artist or band to feature on its popular music show, Fresh Crops, the music show only available on Music Choice On Demand which showcases today’s hottest emerging artists across multiple music genres. Unsigned artists and bands interested in participating in the contest will be asked to submit 60 seconds of an original music video with the artist or band performing their best original work. The search ends on October 20th. The winner, as determined by a team of judges, will be featured in the 2007 premiere edition of Fresh Crops, the exclusive music show that features emerging artists across multiple music genres. For more information on the Fresh Crops contest, including entry details and rules, go to

“By searching for, and showcasing, the talents of an undiscovered artist or band on Fresh Crops, Music Choice is once again demonstrating its commitment to supporting the next generation of music stars. We are also engaging with our audience to create user-generated content to compliment our unique programming,” says Damon Williams, Vice President of Programming and Production for Music Choice.” The winner of this promotion will get exposure to over 13 million homes nationwide through the most popular free music video-on-demand music service in the country, Music Choice On Demand.”


Pink Floyd Manager Calls For Widespread Blanket Licensing, Copyright Reform

“Beyond The Soundbytes” Takes Stock Of Three Years Of Music Industry Think Tanks. It marks the first real attempt from within the UK music industry to solve the ongoing and underlying challenges of new technology and new consumer attitudes in the digital age.

Peter Jenner, author of first MusicTank report “Beyond The Soundbytes”, is one of the music business’ great serial offenders, with a 40 year career which encompasses staging The Rolling Stones’ legendary free concert in Hyde Park, 1969, and managing artists from Pink Floyd to The Clash, Ian Dury and Billy Bragg. Peter is also Secretary General of the IMMF (International Music Managers Forum), and the Chairman of the ELMF (European Live Music Forum).

In composing this first ever review of MusicTank activity, Peter has summed up MusicTank’s regular of-the-moment Think Tank debates (from DRM to future radio) which bring hot topics into sharp focus and pinpoint the opportunities created by disruptive technologies. He has also taken this opportunity to look beneath the immediate issues to unearth the fundamental and seismic changes which new technology and new consumer attitudes continue to affect within all areas of the business.

The four main areas of contention are:

– How does the modern listener want to consume music? How can the industry devise better models of delivering music which meet these needs while ensuring creators get paid?

– How can the record industry license music to new models which better meet the digital music consumer’s expectations? What changes would this necessitate to collecting societies / licensing regimes?

– How should the artist / label relationship evolve (including copyright term and ownership) as music is delivered to consumers in different ways, with different expectations of use?

– What are the next steps to effect real change? What research is necessary? Who will take responsibility?


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