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  • "Souling" Songs from Allison Crowe

    10 nov 2014, 08:15 av Adrian22

    Allison Crowe's gorgeous voice brings tidings of comfort and joy with “Souling” – her 11th full album release.

    The artist, one of our greatest living musicians, singer-songwriters and performers, has always created authentic music.

    With this newest song set her voice is heard wholly a cappella.

    The songs themselves have a purity of expression – a 21st century take on music of faith and spirit – sounds and themes aired by carollers and soulers of old.



    The genesis of “Souling” is found in the bond Allison Crowe’s formed with the creative family at Theatre Newfoundland and Labrador. Founded in 1979, this professional theatre company presents a dynamic and diverse repertoire of plays and maintains, as well, a strong commitment to youth theatre in the Atlantic Canada community.

    For these past three Summers TNL’s engaged Crowe as Musical Director of “Newfoundland Vinyl” - a perennial favourite at the annual Gros Morne Theatre Festival. Following another hit season at GMTF, in late August of this year TNL Artistic Associate SaraH McDonald invited the Corner Brook, NL-based musician to serve the same role with a vibrant production of “A Christmas Carol”.

    The Adaptation of this classic Charles Dickens story by playwright Jeff Pitcher, TNL’s Artistic Director, excited Crowe’s musical imagination – as did the desire of McDonald, the play’s Director, to incorporate songs in the style of Victorian Era carollers.

    So inspired, Allison Crowe immersed herself in curating the music for the abundantly-talented, multi-aged, choir of singers who’ll perform in “A Christmas Carol” at the Corner Brook Arts and Culture Centre from November 27th – 30th, 2014.

    This artistic process of selection and arrangement led to her recording solo versions of those songs that will receive another distinct breath of life from the TNL vocal ensemble.

    (In parallel fashion, the first season’s run of “Newfoundland Vinyl” brought forth Allison Crowe’s album of the same name – one of 2013’s top recordings. Culture blog Muruch praised it as a “lovely, vintage collection of traditional Irish and Canadian folk ballads, lively sea chanteys and drinking songs, parlour songs and country tunes” possessing “unique charm” and “the timeless beauty of a classic folk album”.)

    In 2003, (and expanded in 2004), Allison Crowe released Tidings – an album of singular interpretations - “River” (Joni Mitchell), “Hallelujah” (Leonard Cohen), “In My Life” (The Beatles) and more from the secular canon – alongside such favourite traditional carols as “Silent Night”, “The First Noel”, and “O Holy Night”. Tidings has proven to be a modern classic – “music for the season and all time”.

    This time out, as befits TNL’s telling of “A Christmas Carol”, Allison Crowe gives pure voice to the sacred songbook. “Souling” is:

    Soul Cake
    I Saw Three Ships
    That Night in Bethlehem (Don Oíche úd i mBeithil)
    God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen
    The Wexford Carol
    The Holly and the Ivy
    In the Bleak Midwinter (Cranham)
    Ding Dong Merrily on High
    Once in Royal David’s City
    Wassail Song

    “Souling” is available now via Allison Crowe’s own website @ http://music.allisoncrowe.com/album/souling as well as on iTunes @ https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/souling/id933188580 plus CD Baby @ http://www.cdbaby.com/cd/allisoncrowe10 and all major digital music outlets worldwide.
  • Unexpected Diversion Ahead

    11 okt 2014, 06:39 av Adrian22

    Stephen Fry, the wonderful English comedian, actor, writer, presenter, and activist, has open-sourced his newest memoir, “More Fool Me”.

    Fry and his publisher, Penguin Random House, cordially invite us all to “reinterpret it in any language or form, including text, data visualisation, app, audio and 3D modelling. Samples of text, metadata, imagery and audio from the new book and Fry’s previous memoir The Fry Chronicles, are available for download via a special WeTransfer Plus page. And Penguin Books is challenging people to turn them into their own innovative takes on Fry’s memoirs.”



    Allison Crowe’s mash-up brings together Stephen’s narration, with her music, and the filmic essence of Buster Keaton, from his silent era classic, “The General” – on the selected text’s theme of mental health.

    http://yourfry.com/interpretations/unexpected-diversion-ahead-4

    Learn more about the “YourFry” project @ http://yourfry.com/ and hear it explained by Stephen Fry himself



    And follow via Twitter hashtags #yourfry & #yourfry20mfm
  • Veruca Salt - Oct 4, 2014, Rosemount Hotel

    6 okt 2014, 05:47 av earthcrossing

    Sat 4 Oct – Veruca Salt (USA) with special guests

    This weekend just gone, I saw Veruca Salt at the Rosie. To put it quite frankly, it was the best gig of the year and maybe one of the best of my life, since this was the original line-up of the band that most people present wouldn't have ever seen in the past, not even back in 1997 when they had Stacey Jones on drums. Saturday night's line-up was the one from their 4-track EP *Blow It Out Your Ass It's Veruca Salt*, which features a moment where the band introduces itself:

    "Hi, I'm Louise ... I'm Nina ... I'm Jim ... and I'm Steve ... We're Veruca Salt ... and you're listening to 'Blow it Out Your Ass'."

    I don't see any setlists up yet from Saturday night, but going by the one from a Sydney show, I can sort of maybe guess at the Perth one:

    - One More Page of Insincerity Please (I know this was played first ... it was a b-side written by Nina back in the day. WOOOO! NINA'S BACK!)
    - Victrola
    - Stoneface
    - Straight
    - It's Holy (new song, AWESOME)
    - I'm Taking Europe With Me
    - Shimmer Like a Girl
    - The Museum of Broken Relationships (new song, AWESOME)
    - Forsythia
    - All Hail Me
    - Spiderman '79
    - With David Bowie
    - Wolf
    - Venus Man Trap
    - One Last Time (a capella by Louise, with the crowd singing along ;) )
    - Aurora
    - Seether
    - 25
    - Sundown
    - Shutterbug
    - Volcano Girls
    - Earthcrosser

    That is totally NOT in order, and I'm pretty sure I'm missing at least one, if not two, songs from the list. But if you know this band you will realise just how amazingly epic that setlist is. In fact, as I was typing it out just now I could almost hear myself reading it out loud and my voice getting more forceful and excited with each new song title uttered. :P

    For me, the absolute highlight was hearing "Sundown", another of my all-time fave b-sides by any band, ever. This song is about Kurt Cobain, and was written not long after he died. Same with "Aurora", which I didn't know until they told us the story on Saturday night. They had been playing a show when they learned about Kurt's death, and when they went outside after they saw the aurora borealis as they were that far north. So that's where the song's name came from. Apparently they hadn't played the song again since recording it, until coming on this 2014 tour. :)

    So yeah, on the way to the show I was already losing my voice from a) being slightly under the weather that week and b) singing too loud. Then during the concert I pretty much sang every word to every song, and that didn't help my poor voice. As Jenna (who I met up with before, during and after the show) said, "And the ringing in my ears ... from playing too loud ..." to which I responded, "I hear the ocean I hear the crowd." (lyrics from "Earthcrosser" ;))

    I also met up with Marina, and that was awesome too.

    So basically it was a mind-blowing night and I had happy tears on many occasions.
  • “16 Songs” Video Album from Allison Crowe = Music + Movie Magic

    24 sep 2014, 01:49 av Adrian22

    "Soulful. Alive. Joyous. Grievous. Real, true, music is what I want to make."

    That’s how Allison Crowe framed things near the start of this century before launching Rubenesque Records Ltd., one of the world’s truly independent music labels.

    Through legendary live performances, broadcasts, and a dynamic oeuvre of recordings, globally-acclaimed and loved, Crowe’s distinguished herself among today’s finest songwriters, recording and concert acts, and as a supreme interpreter of popular song.

    Combining versatility and virtuosity, the amazing Canadian musician transmits emotion into a visceral joy – sharing heart and soul with audiences.

    Timeless artistic expression has its own tradition in Canada, a land plentifully represented by: wordsmiths & tunesmiths, Joni Mitchell, Leonard Cohen, Gordon Lightfoot and Neil Young; by jazz pianist/composer Oscar Peterson; classical composer Marjan Mozetich; in theatre and opera – beautiful voices of Teresa Stratas, Richard Verreau, Léopold Simoneau; and other sublime standard-bearers.

    Allison Crowe’s singularity carries her across the globe and into such company as the Master of the Queen’s Music, Sir Peter Maxwell Davies, Britain’s Poet Laureate, Carol Ann Duffy, and dates with Canada's Royal Winnipeg Ballet. Thrilling, fun, and moving, the Nanaimo, BC-born musician traverses Europe and North America from home-base in Corner Brook, Newfoundland earning hoorays even from Hollywood where appreciative movie Director Zack Snyder invited her to cameo in the latest Superman blockbuster.

    This month Allison Crowe releases “16 Songs” a video album reimagining century-spanning film, three decades of songwriting, and a dozen albums of modern music. Renowned for gorgeous, often ground-breaking, interpretations of Mitchell, Cohen, The Beatles, Pearl Jam +, Crowe’s set-list here is radiantly international, mixing original tunes (Disease, Circular Reasoning, Double-Edged Swords +) with covers of: Annie Lennox & Eurythmics, Radiohead, Tori Amos, Elton John & Bernie Taupin, Matthew Good, Hunters and Collectors.



    We’ve recently witnessed novel approaches to twinning of music and video releases in the American mainstream. In December 2013, pop superstar Beyoncé paired a video with each of her album’s 14 new song tracks adding three bonus music videos all as part of the “Beyoncé” album physical release. Partial clips of the vids were posted online upon the album’s surprise launch.

    This Summer “Weird Al” Yankovic built upon the model of his 2011 “Alpocalypse” album. For his July 2014 release, “Mandatory Fun”, pop music’s über-parodist-satirist-accordionist amped awareness by production-partnering with an array of web portals to release eight videos online the same week his album’s 12 music tracks became available.

    Allison Crowe’s music videos for most of this millennium comprise, either, documentary, live-in-performance, films (eg. the hugely popular “Tidings” series from director Alex Postowoi’s cinéma vérité crew), or, audio recordings with ‘still’ images. The exceptions – a pair of music videos in narrative style - were both made in 2003: “Midnight” (also directed by Steadiman’s Postowoi), and “Scared” (from the transmission2media duo of Angela Kendall and Brian Dutkewich – known for their later work with the musical twins Tegan and Sara).

    Starting with 2011’s luminous “Arthur” – a song exploring love, memory and aging – Crowe’s videos also marry her song recordings with vintage footage from home-movies, silent films and classics of Georges Méliès, Dimitri Kirsanoff, Nadia Sibirskaia, Salvador Dali, Dominique Monfréy, Josef von Sternberg, D.W. Griffith plus other pioneers and visionaries of cinema (impressionists, surrealists, Dadaists, avant gardists, pop-artists+).

    “The strange thing about cinema, and this would go for television film, is that no one really knows why music is needed. I would say after a lifetime in it I could not tell you why. But it is not complete without it… As a matter-of-fact, I may be bold enough to say that with very few exceptions, a piece of film, or a film cannot come to life without the help of music of some kind,” reflected composer Bernard Herrmann, a frequent collaborator with film director Alfred Hitchcock.

    The “Master of Suspense”, Hitch himself, observed: “Art is emotion.”

    “16 Songs” is an artful collection of Allison Crowe musical works with visuals from great creators and innovators - film-makers, animators, painters, photographers: Fernand Léger, Jean Vigo, Buster Keaton, Dave Fleischer & Max Fleischer, Edwin S. Porter, Man Ray, Hans Richter, Marcel Duchamp, Alexander Calder, Winsor McCay, Augusto Genina, René Clair & Georg W. Pabst. Iconic images and figures - Louise Brooks, Lois Lane and Clark Kent/Superman, Michel Simon, Dita Parlo, Jean Dasté, and Kiki de Montparnasse - populate the video album playlist.

    “Oh, this is wonderful, it really is,” says Slovenia’s Milka of an advance screening, “I love it.” The art-aficionado from Izola comments: “It is marvelous amalgamation of Allison's voice and movie's poetry. Both benefit from each other and give a viewer another dimension for song's interpretation. While the movie, not known to me, suddenly takes me to place where one never ages. Love it.”

    Curtains rise on Allison Crowe’s “16 Songs” video album daily from the New Moon of September 23 to the Full Moon of October 8, 2014. Visit your favourite online video portal to know how it feels.
  • Woody's A Girl - Three new songs

    19 sep 2014, 02:14 av earthcrossing

    I finally uploaded 3 new songs to Last.fm - songs that I wrote and recorded last year (2013).

    The album (a mini-EP, really) is Two Thousand and Thirteen, and the songs are:

    1. Defy You (rough) 3:23
    2. Sun Went Down (rough) 3:44
    3. Thinks Too Much 1:16

    They're freely downloadable, so go and check them out!! :)
  • 20 Down: "Everyone is attached to singer Crowe (7)"

    16 aug 2014, 05:05 av Adrian22



    20 Down: “Everyone is attached to singer Crowe (7)”

    We’ve an head-start on The National Post’s Saturday Cryptic Crossword (August 9, 2014 edition) - the newest creation of a legendary partnership, one that’s central to these puzzles-within-a-puzzle becoming so loved in North America. (Cryptic crosswords originated in the United Kingdom where they’ve long been favourites.)

    “Hex” is the nom-de-plume of puzzle constructors Emily Cox and Henry Rathvon, explains aficionado Barry Haldiman, “though one might think it is the effect of their cryptics on solvers' minds. They are the quintessential, or as they would clue ‘Ideal crazy quilt seats nine (14)’, ambassadors of wordplay puzzledom.” http://home.everestkc.net/nytxword/hexplex.htm

    “Cryptic Royalty” they’ve been crowned by The Nation. Of Cox & Rathvon’s decades-long artistry in such publications as The Atlantic Monthly, The New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Boston Globe and Canada’s National Post, it’s said: “Their impact cannot be overestimated.” http://www.thenation.com/blog/176152/cryptic-royalty

    For a printable version of this sing-ular fun in pdf format – visit https://docs.google.com/file/d/0B4apux86ICY4OHBSRTNwc3BYMDg/edit - answers to this NP Cryptic Crossword will be published across this land in the newspaper on Saturday, August 16.

    Often in this puzzling world, it can seem we just don’t have a clue. Not this time!

    Enjoy :)


    p.s. We guessed it... Answers to the Saturday (August 9) National Post Cryptic Crossword are now revealed – see them in the bottom left of this image. The clue 20 Down: “Everyone is attached to singer Crowe (7)” answer is... Allison Crowe :)
  • Song of the Summer! "Circular Reasoning" + "Prix de beauté"

    16 aug 2014, 04:39 av Adrian22

    Song of the Summer - dive in!

    In advance of the upcoming full Allison Crowe video show – here’s “sneak peek” fun in the form of her song “Circular Reasoning” with visuals from a 1930s French silent film that also became a talkie.

    "Prix de beauté” (“Beauty Prize” aka “Miss Europe”) is directed by Augusto Genina, written by René Clair & Georg W. Pabst and stars a radiant Louise Brooks.

    Enjoy :)



    Allison Crowe has a 16-song-video-series that launches September 2, 2014. Pairing a spectrum of recordings from the Canadian musician with visuals from great artists and innovators of the 20th and 21st centuries - film-makers, animators, painters, photographers and more… - it’s a multi-media expression of Crowe’s mission to make "Soulful. Alive. Joyous. Grievous. Real, true, music." ( http://allisoncrowe.com/bio.html )

    And, this collection confirms the diagnosis of Dr. H Guy aka Allan Showalter, the world’s inimitable blogger “On Life, Love, Lust, & Leonard Cohen” – who notes: “Once you’ve heard one Allison Crowe song, You’ve heard one Allison Crowe song." ( http://1heckofaguy.com/2009/01/27/wedding-song-allison-crowes-small-masterwork )

    Much more on this all, naturally, to come – once we’ve celebrated Summer in this part of the world. Right now, it’s time for bathing suits, ice-cream, fresh berries, bicycle bells… any and all other of life’s simple joys and pleasures.

    Sláinte!
  • " Discover new music." Track your collection and wantlist

    3 aug 2014, 00:12 av music-offshore

    A really very good website for LP and music lovers " Discover new music. Track your collection and wantlist. Contribute to the database. http://www.discogs.com/
  • My own music

    28 jul 2014, 19:11 av metaphnora

  • Single Release : "A Word to Satisfy"

    6 jul 2014, 13:31 av kilkennyman

    We released our single "A Word to Satisfy" a couple of weeks ago. It will be up here soon but meanwhile you can buy it on iTunes, CDBaby, Google Play etc. Details on our website. When you go there you can get a free MP3 of our previous release "You light Up My Day" just by signing up to our mailing list.
    http://oneweekofdays.com

    Finally we made a few songs "Bad History", "You Light Up My Day" and "Shepherd King" available here as full length plays. If anyone has any other requests put them in the shoutbox we may consider them.


    Happy Listening, Please Share and Please Comment.
    Thanks
    Bob and Jan.

    Bad History
    You Light Up My Day
    Shepherd King