INDIE NEWS BEAT
August 16, 2005 Edition
* CBGB Wins Case Against Eviction
* GorillaPop Opens "World Wide Jukebox"
* Wallflowers’ Rami Jaffee On New Warren Zevon Tribute CD
* "Resting On The Rock" And "The Slow Club"
* Detroit Junior October 26, 1931 – August 9, 2005
* Girl Power Ring Tones For Your Cell Phone!
* New Music Industry Business Model Launches
* Females On Fire Compilation – 30 Artists – CD Launch Celebration
* ItsAboutMusic.com Releases 3 David Gilmour Produced Albums
* JLSC ‘Maxell Song Of The Year’ Goes To Jazz Songwriter For The First Time
A civil court judge ruled Wednesday that the landmark punk club CBGB’s can’t be evicted from its Bowery location, saying it shouldn’t be punished for not noticing it owed its landlord money.
The ruling was a victory for the club where groups like the Ramones and Blondie defined the punk scene in the 1970s, but CBGB’s future is still uncertain. Its lease with the Bowery Residents’ Committee expires on Aug. 31, and a renewal remains up in the air.
The executive director of the Bowery Residents’ Committee, Muzzy Rosenblatt, said he had not seen the ruling so he could not comment on it. "All we’re looking for is a responsible tenant," he said of his group, which provides shelter for homeless people in the building that houses the club.
The dispute involved about $100,000 in rent increases, interest and fees. The club says the increases went unpaid for four years because of a bookkeeping mix-up. CBGB’s said it wasn’t billed for the increases, but Rosenblatt said the increases were clearly stated in the lease. CBGB’s rent is $19,000 a month.
GorillaPop is an extraordinary site with a simple mission — to connect people around the world through music.
The latest feature to be added to the world of GorillPop is the ability for *anyone* to add links to their favorite songs (authorized only, of course). It’s a great way for people to support their favorite artists since GorillaPop is the only social network licensed by ASCAP and BMI.
Centered on its "World Wide Jukebox" GorillaPop can begin introducing new members to other people, artists, and even songs from the moment they hit the Play button. The Unique auto-matching algorithms of GorillaPop can match people based on their listening habits, ratings profiles, or just information they’ve entered by hand.
And of course, manual A/S/L searches are always available, but even here GorillaPop has raised the bar with:
Artist only searches
Music Matches only searches
Search for songs by artist location and genre(!) (such as – find all pop songs by artists within 100 miles of Nashville)
Playlist searching (e.g. "find all the people who have Prince’s ‘Purple Rain’ in their playlists)
And song searches can be sorted by most popular, most recent, highest rated overall, and highest rated by category.
Wallflowers organist Rami Jaffee, known for roots-rock stylings in the mold of Al Kooper and Benmont Tench, appears on the new Wampus Multimedia release, ‘Hurry Home Early: the Songs of Warren Zevon.’ Performing on the Phil Cody rendition of Zevon’s "Splendid Isolation," Jaffee contributes a crisp part on the Hammond B3.
Executive produced by Mark Doyon, ‘Hurry Home Early’ is the third artist retrospective from Wampus Multimedia, who released ‘If I Were a Richman: a Tribute to the Music of Jonathan Richman’ in 2001 and ‘After Hours: a Tribute to the Music of Lou Reed’ in 2003. The CD also includes a previously unheard Zevon song, "Warm Rain," discovered in Zevon’s personal tape collection and interpreted by his son, Jordan Zevon, with singer Simone Stevens.
Contributors besides Jaffee and Cody include: Matt Cartsonis (Zevon, Van Dyke Parks, Peter Himmelman), guitar on "Splendid Isolation"; Chris Butler (Waitresses), bass on "Reconsider Me"; Last Train Home, appearing in August on CBS-TV’s Late Late Show; Neil Luckett, now working with Nirvana producer Jack Endino; Gary Eaton (founding member, Continental Drifters), guitar on "Mr. Bad Example"; Robbie Rist (L.A. power-pop producer known in a past life as Cousin Oliver of The Brady Bunch); and Jordan Zevon, who just released a new EP.
Folk and jazz singer-songwriter Angela Carole Brown has released two unique albums of all original music, "Resting on the Rock" and "The Slow Club" on the independent label Rue de la Harpe Records.
Since its release "The Slow Club" has been heard on Paris radio, and reviewed by Swedish and U.K. magazines, and "Resting on the Rock" has been heard on Belgium and Mexico radio.
At present, Brown’s gifted ensembles (Ed Czach, Jonathan Pintoff, Craig Pilo and Ken Rosser, Ross Wright, and Paul Angers) are performing in clubs and festivals throughout the Los Angeles area
And watch out for Brown’s debut novel TRADING FOURS, a story of music and musicians, due to release in the fall of 2005 on Infinity Publishing.
Legendary and beloved blues pianist, vocalist and songwriter Emery "Detroit Junior" Williams, Jr., died at his Chicago home on August 9, 2005 of heart failure. He was 73. Over the course of his 50-plus year career, Detroit Junior led his own bands and appeared as a solo performer, in addition to playing in bands with Howlin’ Wolf and Eddie Shaw. He wrote hundreds of songs, had numerous local successful 45s, as well as writing hits recorded by Albert King and Koko Taylor.
He was a wildly entertaining performer in his own right as well, gigging constantly and recording on scores of other artists’ albums as well as four full albums under his own name. Two of his songs have become blues standards: "Call My Job," which was a hit for Albert King, and the perennial favorite, "Money Tree." Koko Taylor has recorded three of his tunes: "Tired Of That," "Thanks, But No Thanks," and "Never Trust A Man." His rambunctious personality, raspy voice and untamed stage antics (including playing the piano standing up, on his knees and from underneath the piano) earned him many fans and friends around the world.
Emery Williams, Jr. was already an experienced entertainer and piano player when he came to Chicago in 1956 from Detroit. He was originally from Haynes, Arkansas where he was born on October 26, 1931, and spent his childhood in southern Illinois. He had led his own band, the Blues Chaps, since he was 19, playing clubs in Pontiac and Flint, Michigan. For three years they were the house band at The Circle Club in Detroit, backing touring stars like Roscoe Gordon, Eddie Boyd, John Lee Hooker and Amos Milburn. Milburn was Junior’s idol, and his humorous blues about the evils of alcohol inspired some of Junior’s best songwriting.
Lynn ‘Julian’ is Cookie ‘Cutter’ Girl, a superhero for *our* times who packs her Girl Power Pop Music with with a PUNCH. Cutter is freeing women everywhere from the "mold" in which society holds them captive. Julian layers fun lyrics over power pop melodies that will be stuck in your head for hours. Now you can also add Girl Power to your cell phone with new Cookie Cutter Girl Ring Tones too. Read More: http://cookiecuttergirl.com/music.htm
Lynn Julian is a powerful songwriter, who has harnessed an aggressive Girl Power Pop sound with a nod to new wave. This is Guitar Rock with Girl Power delivered by a shy singer/songwriter turned fire breathing, Rock Priestess. Cookie ‘Cutter’ Girl is her SuperHero alter ego who is freeing women from the mold in which society has held them captive, asking, "Are *you* a ‘cookie cutter’ girl… or did you break the mold?"
The latest in her Girl Power offerings are Cookie Cutter Girl Ring Tones for your cell phone. Ringtones are the fastest growing segment of the music industry. According to M: Metrics in Seattle, WA (the leading authority on the tracking of Ringtones), 24.58 million U.S. mobile subscribers, or 13.6 percent, downloaded a ringtone in April 2005. Julian offers her Girl Power Ring Tones at: http://cookiecuttergirl.com/music.htm
In the battle for control in the shifting landscape of the music industry, one thing is missing… the aspiring artists. Where can music fans go for the independent artists of the world?
INDIEBURN.COM is an internet-based music store. The focus of the site is to create an online community for aspiring musicians of all genres. The mission is to create a one-stop warehouse allowing music fans to discover new music from across the country and around the world. For INDIEBURN.COM, it’s not about the concept of artists’ selling CD’s in clubs, or out of the back of a van to friends and family, it’s about international exposure. Music fans will finally be able to purchase digital music downloads (in MP3 format) of independent artists and labels.
Artists and independent labels sign a NON-EXCLUSIVE digital distribution agreement with INDIEBURN.COM in which they agree to license their music in exchange for a 50/50 split. No sign up fees. Artists’ retain ALL rights to the music. INDIEBURN.COM has NO ownership rights to the music, just digital distribution rights.
On Friday August 26 2005, Warrior Girl Music will be releasing the first "Females On Fire" CD compilation – part of a series of music compilation CDs igniting 30 talented female artists and their songs to the world. To mark the celebration, they will be launching the double CD at THE MINT, 6010 West Pico Blvd, Los Angeles CA.
Artists performing on the 26th include Gilli Moon, (who recently released her 4th CD "extraOrdinary life"), Dina Gathe, Holly Light, Little Sista, Kim Erin, Vertigo Road, Jamie Green, Alpha Cat, Celeste Lear, Hilde Sevens, Kris Miller, That Girl Laura, Kelen, Willow, Lizzie, Penelope Torribio, tch, and Cindy Alter. Spoken word guests J. Walker and Antoinette Valente will also perform. Check out all the performers at http://www.femalesonfire.com and click on artists or scroll down to the end of this email
Created by notable maverick artist Gilli Moon, the FEMALES ON FIRE CD celebrates 30 talented female artists from around the world, delivering songs in a tapestry of different genres & styles of music dedicated to messages empowering femininity, human equality, love, communication and vitality.
"Blue Pine Trees," "Too Many Crooks," and "One More Tomorrow" by the UK band Unicorn have been lovingly remastered by Pink Floyd sound engineer, Andy Jackson aboard David Gilmour’s (Pink Floyd) Astoria studio docked along the Thames. The overall clarity of all of these releases is superb. They were initially released in the mid-70’s in The UK on Harvest/Charisma and in America on Capitol Records and were produced by Pink Floyd’s David Gilmour who also lends his guitar work to each release.
In addition, each CD contains a bonus track (UK only B-sides that have been unavailable for over a quarter of a century). These are the definitive versions of these albums, repackaged by ItsAboutMusic.com with the original British Hipgnosis-designed artwork that was not available in the US when Capitol issued these albums originally. Each release features extensive liner notes detailing the band’s story written by Unicorn historian David DiSanzo.
Unicorn created their own unique take on rock and roll by applying a distinctly British flavor to their country and folk sound. They successfully combined their love of American bands The Byrds, The Band, The Beach Boys, and CSN+Y, a rhythm section weaned on Motown, and Ray Davies’ styled songwriting. Their music was sincere and original.
Brian Rothschild, Executive Director of the John Lennon Songwriting Contest, Sony recording artists and stars of their own BET unscripted drama series, Fatty Koo, and Cheryl Severini from JLSC founding sponsor Maxell Corporation, presented the $20,000 check for the 2004 Maxell Song of the Year to Scott Routenberg of Miami, Florida. His song, Bandwidth, is the first composition in the Jazz category of the Contest to be honored as the Maxell Song of the Year. The writer was noted as a runner-up in last year¹s JLSC in the Electronic category and has won numerous awards including the ASCAP Young Jazz Composer Awards (2003 & 2004).
Routenberg is a professional jazz pianist with a Master of Music degree in Jazz Piano Performance and a second MM in Media Writing and Production from the University of Miami. In addition, he teaches Jazz and Popular Music History at Miami-Dade College and is starting the Doctoral program this Fall at UM for his DMA (Doctor of Musical Arts). He has studied with Brazilian pianist Manfredo Fest and modern jazz composer Ron Miller, among others. He was also a composer participant in the 2004 Henry Mancini Institute in Los Angeles.
The Grand Prize Winners of all 12 musical categories become eligible for the Maxell Song of the Year, the winner of which is selected by a most impressive group of performers and songwriters including Elton John, Carlos Santana, Brooks & Dunn, Black Eyed Peas, Wyclef Jean, Enrique Iglesias, Dave Koz, Amy Grant, Carol Bayer Sager, to name a few.