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Josh Johnstone – Debut Album – Call In Whispers

‘Call In Whispers’ – Available NOW

Find it here: 

iTunes – itunes.apple.com/call-in-whispers

CD Baby – cdbaby.com/callinwhispers

Spotify – open.spotify.com/callinwhispers

About Josh Johnstone:

For the past 12 months Josh has been busy in the studio writing and recording his debut album ‘Call in Whispers’ with Eskimo Joe’s Joel Quartermaine Producing . The now completed album was released in April 2016 and is by far Josh’s best work to date. The first two singles from the album, ‘Rain Dancer’ and ‘Front Light,’ have been servicing radio and were added to various station playlists, including National and Local ABC shows.

Taking cues from the sounds of Boy & Bear, The Temper Trap, Matt Corby, and Bob Evans, Josh marries them with the pop sensibilities of acts like Foster The People and Empire Of The Sun. His experience writing for a range of stylistically different projects – as well as co-writing with Joel Quartermain (Eskimo Joe), Davey Lane (You Am I), Steve Parkin (Basement Birds), and Jen Chloer – has given him the perfect education to meld rock and pop together in sublimely diverse and catchy ways. Make sure to pick up a copy of ‘Call In Whispers’ today!

Heres a recent Interview with Josh –

QnA with Foghorn Media

Foghorn Media: What inspired you to become a singer/writer? Who are your early influences?

Josh Johnstone: I guess like many songwriters, it all began when you were growing up and maybe in the car going on family vacation and changing the words of popular songs on the radio to be about your own silly personal jokes.  I come from a long line of musicians on my father’s side of the family. Making up silly songs around the lounge room fire was one of the most fun, interactive, bonding, and mentally stimulating things you can do with your family and friends. Early influences would be my parents record collection; Tom Petty, The Rolling Stones, Kinks, Lovin’ Spoonful, Led Zeppelin, Neil Young, Cream, Leadbelly, Taj Mahal, Traveling Wilburys, The Beatles, Bob Dylan, John Lennon.

FM: Tell us a little about how you write. How do the songs come? What gets you going creatively?

JJ: My writing comes in bursts. Often I’m on tour/playing five or more shows a week for most of the year. During this time you see so many other bands, amazing performances at festivals, you meet hundreds of interesting and inspiring people, you experience all these different cultures. So there is so much inspiration for song writing. However, with the hectic tour schedule, I don’t really feel like writing much. When I finish a long tour and have a week or two off, it all comes out then. I pretty much wrote the crux of my album in two separate week bursts. I guess its all about giving yourself a lot of great experiences and people to draw creativity from, and then allowing yourself the space and time to let those things come out.

FM: What is the first record you bought and why?

JJ: I was a 90’s kid; the first time I bought my own CDs was in my early teens. I got a five stacker CD player from Cash Converters and the nice guy there said “why don’t you pick five CDs from the rack to fill that new CD player of yours,” So I took ‘Blood Sugar Sex Magic’ by RHCP, ‘Nevermind’ by Nirvana, ‘The Real Thing’ by Faith no More, ‘Vs.’ by Pearl Jam, and ‘Gravediggers Union’ by Soul Asylum.

FM: What current OZ acts inspire you? International acts?

JJ: I really love Boy & Bear, The Temper Trap. But on an up and coming scale, The Elliott’s (Melbourne), Timothy Nelson (Perth), and Eli Schoen (Perth). We have a lot of talent out there. Go see a live a band, real music made by real musicians.

FM: Tell us a little about your music and what a crowd can expect at a live show.

JJ:  All I hope is that they enjoy themselves, the songs, the music, the band and the atmosphere.

FM: Favourite artists of all time?

JJ: Picking a favourite is too hard. It’s like asking a parent to pick a favourite child. I guess I would maybe say Tom Petty, John Lennon, or the collective works of the members of Traveling Wilburys

FM: Favourite film? Place? Animal or pet?

JJ: Films: ‘The Big Lebowski,’ I’ve seen it way too many times. As I have with ‘The Castle,’ I prefer comedy to drama. My favourite place to tour is Eastern Europe (Latvia, Estonia, Lithuania) and favourite pet is my parents’ dog, Millie.
FM: Where do you see Aussie music heading?

JJ: I think the general public needs to support local bands a lot more than they do. Xfactor, The Voice, and Idol are all continuing to destroy the music industry and creating short term throwaway gimmic songs and artists. Something needs to change if you ever want to see classic artists with 20 year careers and countless hit songs again.

FM: What are your future plans for 2016/2017?

JJ: I have just completed all of the launches around Western Australia for my album. The regional touring was a heap of fun and the city shows were more like massive parties with new and old friends than anything else! I am now in Melbourne about to play a launch here, and then I head off on a 2 and a half month tour of Europe, USA, and parts of Asia. It also looks like another tour is already being set up for the USA in March next year. Aside from that, I am planning to make a music video for every song on the new album: five down, five to go. I will be releasing them over the next few months so keep an eye out!

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Skipping on Daisies

Chris Boscole – QnA with Foghorn Media

Get Christopher Boscole’s new album Skipping On Daisies now available!

Find it here:

iTunes – itunes.apple.com/Skipping-on-daisies

CDbaby – cdbaby.com/SkippingOnDaisies

Spotify – open.spotify.com/SkippingOnDaisies

QnA with Foghorn Media

Foghorn Media: What inspired you to become a pianist? Who are your early influences?

Chris Boscole: I actually started as a violinist and then switched to viola. While I had played around in the meantime on the piano in the house, I didn’t start studying piano seriously until my teenage years. My mother, who was a classically trained pianist, was a big early influence. I was also influenced by jazz artists, such as Oscar Peterson, Bill Evans, and Keith Jarrett. I was lucky to be able to study at that time with the bassist/pianist Gary Peacock (of the Keith Jarrett trio). Later I found my own natural piano style was similar to David Lanz, Liz Story, and George Winston.  I met David Lanz and filled in occasionally at David’s piano bar gig in Seattle. I started doing my own shows around town, playing cover tunes, while working on my originals, and things progressed from there to my first album in 1986. Recently I performed at the Whisperings All Star Concert in Costa Mesa and got to meet Liz after all these years! Lately I listen to a lot of mellow classical piano and other contemporary pianists that come up on my Christopher Boscole Radio pandora channel.

FM: Tell us a little about how you write. How do the songs come? What gets you going creatively?

CB: While everything worth doing takes a measure of work and effort, I find that creativity comes when one stops trying and just relaxes into the music. This being said, one must set aside time everyday to practice, hone and refine their craft, and not rush the art, just let it be natural. The sound of an excellent piano is very important for me to be inspired, and I feel fortunate that life has rewarded me at this time with a 9’ Steinway model D Concert Grand to practice and record on at home.

FM: Your bio mentions a fun quiz, tell us about that.

CB: I took a “what musician are you in another life” quiz once and it came back as “rock guitarist -Jimi Hendrix,”

FM: What is the first record you bought and why?

CB: I was the last child of three and inherited most of the music in the house from my older siblings. I remember listening to a lot of heavy rock in the 70s and 80s with my friends, and going to big rock concerts. When I started buying music, it was every jazz pianist I could find for cheap at the used record store. We also had a great library and I listened to a lot of the music available there.

FM: What current Australian acts inspire you? International acts?

CB: I’m not familiar with much music in Australia, as I have never been there. Although I am aware of Fiona Joy’s music, which I really enjoy. As I live in Kauai, I follow most of music on the internet, and am inspired by good pianists like Rubinstein and music of impressionist composers, easily available on youtube.

FM: Tell us a little about your music and what a crowd can expect at a live show.

CB: Another of my loves is photography and recently video production, which I have combined with my music in some Youtube videos under my name.  When the venue has the facilities, I like to do my multimedia show combining my photography and music live.

FM: Favourite artists of all time?

CB: Keith Jarret, Bill Evans, Chick Corea, Herbie Hancock, George Winston, David Lanz, Michael Jones, Liz Story, David Nevue, Jim Brickman, David Benoit, Dave Grusin, Ralph Towner, John McLaughlin, Frederic Chopin, Claude Debussy, Erik Satie, J.S. Bach and Ludwig van Beethoven

FM: Favourite food or drink, and a story associated with it if there is one.

CB: Big salad for dinner! Not much into drinking at my age over 50…been there done that! After one beer I am a couch potato.

FM: What are your future plans for 2016/2017?

CB: I worked hard recently during the first part of the year to get out Skipping on Daisies. Now just got the piano tuned and currently working slowly on a new recording project, kind of a best of/favorites album for 2017.  Later this summer, traveling on the mainland, doing some hiking/camping and seeing some old friends. It’s good to find that balance. Some more sheet music is in the works for release this fall.

 

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Halfwait QnA with Foghorn Media

Halfwait QnA with Foghorn Media

Foghorn Media: What inspired you to become a band? Who were your early influences?

Halfwait: We all grew up in the 90s listening to bands such as Nirvana, Silverchair, Offspring and Blink 182 and always admired them. We looked up towards the thought of playing on the big stage and connecting with people through our music.

FM: Tell us a little about how you write, how do the songs come? What gets you going creatively?

HW: Depending on our moods and what is happening in our lives at the time can determine on the feel and direction of the song. Usually Chris and I have created a good balance of teamwork with structuring songs, but in most cases I write something on guitar along with a melody and bring that into the studio and we build a song around that. With the lyrics, I write about topics that mean something to me or are around me at the time. I’ve been writing poems from a young age so it makes it a lot easier for me to convert it into lyrics for a song.

FM: What is the first record you bought and why?

Jon: ‘Nevermind’ by Nirvana. My brother was into it at the time and that’s the only CD we had in the house. I grew to like the sound of the recording and held it highly in sound quality.

Chris: ‘Follow The Leader’ by Korn. I wasn’t a big fan of Nu-Metal but I always admired people with long hair or dreadlocks, which ultimately drew me to the band. I also liked The Offspring which was my favorite band at the time.

Nathan: ‘Frogstomp’ by Silverchair. I thought it was really well put together.

FM: What current Australian and international acts are inspiring you?

HW: The Deadlove and Violent Soho as they are bringing the 90s scene back to Australia and we dig and admire that. For international artists, we are inspired by and have respect for Mallory Knox for their journey and growth in the international music scene. But also  bands that have been around for a while such as Metallica, Blink 182, Offspring, and Green Day.

FM: Tell us a little about your music and what a crowd can expect at a live show.

HW: Because we have the 90s built into our style the crowd should expect hard hitting drums, strong bass lines, and scratchy guitars with clean vocals. There’s a lot of energy in our performance creating a really great atmosphere.

FM: Favorite films?

Jon: ‘Step Brothers’
Chris: ‘Pulp Fiction,’ because no matter how many times I watch it, I always find something new that I haven’t noticed before about the movie.
Nathan: ‘Django Unchained,’

FM: Where do you see Australian music heading?

HW: With bands like Violent Soho on the rise, I think we will see the youth growing up listening to music similar to what we did. And with people who grew up in the 90s, like us, wanting the music that they heard in their youths back will revive the grunge scene.

FM: What are your future plans for 2016/2017?

HW: We will be finishing off this EP, which we are currently recording, followed by touring Australia, and in between that time we will re release our first EP and an acoustic EP. Then we are planning to go back into the studio in 2017 to record our debut album whilst playing various shows and promotions for a national tour after the completion of the album.

 

 

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Alexi

Alexi Musnitsky – QnA with Foghorn Media

Alexi Musnitsky QnA with Foghorn Media

Foghorn Media: What inspired you to become a pianist? Who were your early influences?

 Alexi Musnitsky: I chose piano at an early age, four years old. After seeing my sister play, I wanted to try and I just stuck to it. I was raised with classical piano, but I was never one to adhere to the rigors of “solfege.” I was lucky that my teachers let me explore my own way to express the music and they were pleased with the results. I am also a fairly quiet person, as some people say “still waters run deep.” I don’t express my feelings or emotions in words. But I do have experiences, good and bad, happy and hurtful. These feelings come out in my playing. This is why I switched from playing others’ music such as classical and began composing my own pieces. To me this is not songwriting, but a form of communication – a way for me to express the feelings I have and to let out some of the memories I keep inside.

FM: Tell us a little about how you write, how do the songs come? What gets you going creatively?

 AM: This is a difficult question for me to answer because I do not have a method or process. There is no plan or template nor do I set aside any specific time to “sit and write.” Rather, I focus on my feelings. For example, a good friend was feeling a bit lost and going through something I went through myself. So, one rainy Paris morning I remembered my feelings at the time and sat down and played.

FM: Your bio mentions working with a French/Belgian project called Daybreak and then with Will Ackerman. Tell us about that.

AM: I was contacted by Will Ackerman and asked to go to his studio, Imaginary Road Studios, to record. This is a story I think other aspiring artists should hear because there is a real “dream come true” aspect to it. I simply started to compose at home on an upright piano with a digital system, an analog to digital converter, and a Mac with Garage Band. My father likened the style to his favorite Windham Hill artists. I posted some of the music on Soundcloud so my friends could hear it. Somehow the music caught peoples’ attention and this gave me the courage to write an e-mail to Will Ackerman. Will answered and, to me, that is the most amazing part. A cold call to world champion of my music style and he answers. It took the financial help of friends and family, crowd funding, borrowed money, frequent flyer mileage, and my Aunt and cousin in the US to get me to Vermont and the Imaginary Road Studios. I entered a studio with Platinum records on the wall and Grammy awards on the shelf and I sat down with Will Ackerman, Tom Eaton and Eugene Friesen and played.

FM: What is the first record you bought and why?

AM: My sister is 3 years older so I followed some her music, such as David Bowe. I had my own Classical piano training so I listened to Glenn Gould play Bach inventions and went to see Lang Lang and Krystian Zimmerman. And I am a big fan of ColdPlay.

FM: What current Australian acts inspire you? International acts?

AM: Well, I am still a fan of ColdPlay. However, since releasing ‘Zia’, I have gotten to know Fiona Joy from Australia – she won this year’s ZMR award for best piano solo album. When I listen to Ludovico Einaudi’s music, I sometimes think “I wish I wrote that.”

FM: Tell us a little about your music and what a crowd can expect at a live show?

AM: The crowd would not be what you would expect. When I was a young child I had played at some hotel resorts in Spain and even the Amstel Hotel in Amsterdam. As you could imagine, it was an older crowd and they seemed to appreciate the music from such a young person. But then I performed for a charity at a Paris university to a young crowd where other artists were definitely not my music style. The result was amazing. The place went silent and remained focused throughout my playing – and then wanted more.

FM: Favorite film? Book? Place?

AM: My favorite film is “The Green Mile,” Favorite place to be is on the ocean in a sailboat. I am certified as a French national sailing instructor and every summer I teach sailing on the Brittany Coast.

FM: Favorite food or drink and is there a story associated with that?

AM: Growing up in France really helped because I eat almost every kind of food. Right now I am thinking of Lasagna… Favorite drink comes from my American side and is Dr. Brown’s Black Cherry soda.

FM: You are backstage with Andrew Lloyd Weber –  what do you say?

AM: I would really like to write music to be used in film (or stage). I think that emotions being portrayed through imagery and music is special. I remember seeing Phantom of the Opera on Broadway and I went home and started playing that night.

FM: What are your future plans for 2016/2017?

AM: I honestly did not know what to expect from releasing an album nor anticipated the reaction of people listening to it. I can say that the positive feedback has been a huge motivator and I am now composing new music and planning to play concerts.

 

 

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New Releases this May

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The Mezcaltones – New EP

New self-titled EP from The Mezcaltones available May 20th

Sydney is a long way south of Mexico but The Mezcaltones still know a thing or two about sultry nights and dangerous days – not to mention sultry men and dangerous women.  Blend Tarantino vibes with a mix of sizzling Mexican nights, add some Mezcal tequila (the spirit of Mexico) and you have THE MEZCALTONES.

The Mezcaltones embody the style and attitude of those famous Tarantino flicks, with a little Robert Rodrigues Tex Mex, the 60’s surf rock guitar sounds of Dick Dale and Link Ray, the lavishness of Mexican dance, the sexiness of Salma Hayek From ‘Dusk Till Dawn’, and… you get the vibe.

Comprised of six experienced musicians who came together through their love of cool tones, The Mezcaltones create down and dirty Tex Mex sounds. Their unique style transports you on a journey of intoxicating nights.

Facebook – facebook.com/TheMezcaltones

Website – themezcaltones.com

 

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Halfwait – New Single

New single “Fly Away” is available May 20th

Based in Sydney, Halfwait is a three piece post grunge band composed of Jon Barca, Chris Tallon, and Nathan Stalenberg. ‘Fly Away’ is the first single off their forthcoming EP, which they are in the process of recording. The EP will showcase a new dynamic sound from the band, showing their growth from when they started in 2012.

Facebook – facebook.com/halfwait

Youtube – youtube.com/halfwait

Soundcloud – soundcloud.com/halfwait

Reverbnation – reverbnation.com/halfwait

Spotify – spotify.com/halfwait

Instagram – @Halfwaitofficial

 

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Lily Duval – New Single

New single titled ‘Weatherman’ available May 27th

Based in Sydney, Lily Duval has been performing in blues and folk clubs for many years and has now stepped out of the studio with two new original tunes. Taking her stage name from her Grandmother who was also a performer Lilly has developed a distinctive voice and style which has struck a chord with local community radio Blues Programs. Her writing comes from her own experiences and also long time influences such as Joan Baez, Joni Mitchell and Janis Joplin.

Her latest release, ‘Weatherman’ was recorded at Damien Gerard Studios with the talented Scott Bird playing electric and acoustic guitar and with Andrew Beck on Bass. The addition of an Indian drum gives the track a fuller earthier sound.

The song was written to express Lily’s concern for people who are homeless. The lyrics came from a conversation with a young homeless man who spoke of his disappointment and resignation with life and why he felt for him life was easier on the streets, provided the weather was good.

Facebook – facebook.com/lilyduval

iTunes – itunes.com/lilyduval

 

The Posies (USA)

The Posies New Album “Solid States”

The Posies NEW Album ‘Solid States’
‘Solid States’ will be released in Australia and New Zealand on British indie label Lojinx, via Planet, on 6 May

UPDATE:

The Posie’s new album “Solid States” was reviewed by Bernard Zuel in the Sydney Morning Herald and received four stars!

Find it here: http://bit.ly/1WB4PPG

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Make sure to head over to What’s My Scene and read their interview with Ken Stringfellow! whatsmyscene.com/star-scene-ken-stringfellow

First interview is done! Check out Ken from The Posies on PBS “Mixing Up The Medicine” with Crispi! Airing at 6pm on 26 April!

Australian Pre-Release Links
Click the links below

iTunes – www.itunes.apple.com/au/album/solid-states
CD – www.jbhifi.com.au
Vinyl – www.jbhifi.com.au/music/Whats-Hot/alternative-rock/solid-states-vinyl

Rock ‘n’ roll has rarely been as smart, soulful or satisfying than it has in the hands of The Posies. During an on/off career that’s stretched across four decades, the Seattle-rooted outfit, led by musical polymaths Jon Auer and Ken Stringfellow, have shaped and re-shaped their muse, creating one of the more compelling catalogues in modern pop.

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With SOLID STATES, their 8th album, The Posies mark dramatic changes in the lives, the music, the evolution of the band.

When the Posies long time drummer, Darius, died suddenly and unexpectedly last year, Posies founding members Jon Auer and Ken Stringfellow were devastated. Hard as it was to continue without such a close friend and great musician, the moment called for a reinvention. For now… the idea of the band getting into a room and banging out the music, garage band style, was over. The ideas coming from Jon and Ken were fragile and the moods contemplative. Death, divorce, loss. Even the joys of life are fleeting enough as to be treated with care and respect.

Of course, the Posies still retain their legendary melodic abilities, their trademark vocal harmonies and their lyrical agility. The band has always been exploring, growing. The multi­year gaps between albums are typically spent in countless other projects that bring new skills, sounds, experiences and people to the picture. The band will present the album live in a new format, incorporating laptop elements along with guitars, keyboards and drums. As artists, the band feels it’s their duty to take risks and explore.

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“…little has changed in the band’s bracing blend of big, crunching guitar chords, complex keyboard ornamentations and sumptuous, alternately smooth and tangy vocal harmonies,” Derk Richardson, San Francisco Gate

“…try as they might to control their destiny, Auer and Stringfellow were connected to The Posies in what soon started to seem like an unbreakable metaphysical bond … it should be a wonder why the duo didn’t give in to the inevitable sooner: There’s obviously a lot of life in The Posies’ camp,” - Matt Schild, Aversion.com

 

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Old Man Luedecke – Australian Tour

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Canadian Folk/Country Master Old Man Luedecke New Album ‘Domestic Eccentric’ and Australian Tour Commencing April 29

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You can hear the listening on Old Man Luedecke’s new album, Domestic Eccentric. You can hear the cabin in the snowy Nova Scotia woods where it was recorded, and you can hear the beautiful conversation between Old Man Luedecke and his fellow musician Tim O’Brien. Domestic Eccentric is a collaboration of two like-minded artists in love with folk and roots music, playing at the height of their powers.

The record is OUT NOW but is a new release to media for Australia to coincide with the Tour – see dates below –

Domestic Eccentric is a record so replete with home it seemed impossible to make anywhere else. So Old Man Luedecke fitted out his back woods cabin, a hand-hewn affair he’d built himself from rough-sawn lumber, and hired a backhoe to make a 500-yard road through the record amounts of snow so he could bring in top-level recording gear. He invited the multiple Grammy Award winning roots instrumentalist Tim O’Brien to stay at his home with his family for a week of snowbound collaboration in Chester, Nova Scotia. Luedecke and O’Brien had worked together before, and their increasing comfort in each other’s musical presence has yielded spectacular results. “Tim is my favorite musician,” Luedecke says. “And working with him in a duet environment in a cabin at home was a waking dream.”

 

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Old Man Luedecke is touring Australia this May and coming to a city near you!

April 29-May 1 — Woodford Planting Festival — Woodford, QLD
May 3 — Upwey/Belgrave RSL — Upwey, VIC
May 5 — Spotted Mallard — Melbourne, VIC
May 6 — Mountain Mumma Restaurant — Sheffield, TAS
May 7 — Brookfield Shed — Margate, TAS
May 10 — Sunset Studio — Newcastle, NSW
May 11 — Gaelic Club — Sydney, NSW
May 13 — Illawarra Folk Club — Wollongong, NSW
May 14 — White Eagle Polish Club — Canberra, ACT
May 15 — Hotel Blue (Live at the Attic) — Katoomba, NSW

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“One of the best country music albums of 2015” – The Telegraph

“…superb. .. thoughtful, spry and tuneful …well-turned phrases, specific references and upbeat introspection” – Globe and Mail

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The Jimmy C – The Adventures of Superseven and New EPs

The Adventures of Superseven

The music of The Jimmy C fits the ‘The Adventures Of Superseven’ like a glove, blending twangy surf guitar with smooth funk and spaghetti western themes.

Multi-instrumentalist Jamie Coghill (aka The Jimmy C) performs each part and channels his soundtrack composing heroes.  John Barry’s James Bond twang can be heard in ‘Black Suits On The Beach’ while the ‘Sandra West Theme’ conjures the more sultry tones of a Bruno Nicolai Giallo score (or a John Zorn and Mike Patton experiment).  A Fistful of Cyanide Pills smashes Ennio Morricone’s ‘Dollars’ trilogy into one neat five-and-a-half minute nugget and ‘Downtown Honkey’ is Lalo Schifrin’s Dirty Harry meets Goblin’s Profondo Rosso in a funky and heavy ‘Shaft on acid’ Blaxploitation trip. 

Jamie Coghill is a self-taught multi-instrumentalist who loves the music of the late 60’s and early 70’s.  Some know Jamie as the drummer from Luxedo, Fez Perez and The Devilrock Four (a few bands who almost got somewhere), others know him from his own music as The Jimmy C.

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New EPs

Stay tuned for the release of three new EPs from The Jimmy C! The first one will be available April 29!

Q&A with Jimmy C

Foghorn Media: What inspired you to become a singer/writer? Who are your early influences?

Jimmy C: From age 12 I just wanted to be an awesome rock drummer. I’d put on my dad’s big chunky headphones and play along to Creedence, Zeppelin, and Deep Purple tapes. I sort of picked the rest up by osmosis and through living with and having musicians as friends. You learn a lot from playing in bands if you have the enthusiasm and attention for it. And from the moment I first set foot in a recording studio, I realised there was so much more to music than just being the best at your instrument. I also learned what I was capable of from situations like; “Hey this song would sound great with a harmony”, “But I can’t sing like that”, “Ok, I’ll do it!”.

I think I owe a lot to the early bands I was in and the people I met through them. Luxedo (a name that is only vary rarely remembered these days) featured Tom Carlyon (The Devastations) and Dan Brodie. Through that band I had the opportunity to meet and work with people like Tony Cohen, Conway Savage, Maurice Frawley and Charlie Owen. I was also playing big international supports and festivals when I was 19.

FM: Tell us about the American webseries The Adventures of Superseven and how that all came together.

JC: Well, thanks to the internet I’ve been able to make friends all over the world and via one of these global musical friendships I was introduced to Scott Rhodes, who is an ex-stuntman known for his work on Buffy The Vampire Slayer and other cult hits. Scott has an acquired disability which affects his mobility and killed his career as a Hollywood stuntman. To keep himself sane he created The Adventures Of Superseven, a spy comedy web series which has really taken off and gathered a worldwide fan base with millions of hits on YouTube. I was introduced to Scott by Swedish music maker Magnus Sellergren (Videogram/Call Me Greenhorn) who has also contributed music to the series. I composed a full album for the third season and recently they landed a DVD distribution deal. The first 2 seasons have been cut into full length feature films and re-edited to include a bunch of my music.

FM: Favourite film? Book? Place? Animal/pet?  Story?

JC: Terry Gilliam’s Brazil is probably the best movie ever made. My favourite place is Hawaii’s “Big Island” and I love cats. So if I could watch Brazil at dusk on a cat beach in Hawaii, I would be very happy!

FM: What are your future plans for 2016/2017

JC: As I’m approaching 40 years old, I’m beginning to realise that my time is limited. My plans for the future, and well beyond 2017, are to record as much music as possible. It would be amazing to think that somehow somebody in 30 years time accidentally stumbles across one of my albums in a dusty and rarely visited nook of the internet. And if that person was touched and inspired by my music in the same way I was by The Pretty Things S.F. Sorrow or The Zombies Odessey and Oracle that would be the best justification of all. The music I cherish most has lived beyond the group that created it and I’d love to be thought of in that way one day. Until then I’ll just keep making my music, making music with friends, and playing any gigs that come my way.

Links

http://www.thejimmyc.com/

https://thejimmyc.bandcamp.com/

https://www.youtube.com/user/TheJimmyCGroup

https://itunes.apple.com/au/artist/the-jimmy-c/id418173349

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The Hollerin’ Sluggers Radio Interviews and Charts!

Tuesday June 14th The Hollerin’ Sluggers on Alive 90.5 with Ross Fear!

Listen to the interview anywhere in the world with the online link: www.alive905.com.au/ross-fear-australian-spectrum-show

Show starts at 9pm!

The Hollerin’ Sluggers’ album ‘The Promised Land’ is OUT NOW and has debuted at number 7 on the AMRAP Airplay charts.

iTunes: https://itunes.apple.com/au/album/the-promised-land/id1037212987

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Upcoming Shows:

March 24, Thursday — The Sands Hotel — Narrabeen, NSW

April 8, Friday — The Record Crate — Glebe, NSW

April 16, Saturday — Housefox Fest — Narrabeen, NSW

July 10, Sunday — Avalon Bowling Club — Avalon, NSW

August 27, Saturday — Nomad Brewery — Brookvale, NSW

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Check out our Q&A with the band below!

Foghorn Media: What inspired you to become a singer/writer and form a band?

Hollerin’ Sluggers: Love of music. The need to entertain and make people feel good for a few hours.

FM: Who are your early influences?

HS: Artists that improvise and explore different realms of rootsy music, like Hendrix, Zeppelin, Cream, The Doors, Aussie rock from early 70s onwards.

FM: Tell us a little about how you write, how do the songs come? What gets you going creatively?

HS: We come up with a riff or a groove and jam it out first up, then we mould it into a song and whatever it needs to make it work. We enjoy exploring different structures. The band has evolved from the first album, our new material explores new realms.

FM: What is the first record you bought and why?

HS: AC/DC – like most people did in the day, they brought gritty powerhouse blues/rock to Australia.

FM: What current OZ acts inspire you?

HS: Anyone playing hard and touring their butts off on their own back and living the dream. Playing from the heart and not conforming to formulas.

FM: What about international bands?

HS: Joe Bonamassa and Gary Clark Jr, Clutch, Sea Sick Steve, Jack White

FM: Tell us a little about your music and what a crowd can expect at a live show.

HS: We aim to get everyone up and dancing and going crazy by the end of the show. If there is a rafter to hang off or a speaker to jump off, Owen will find it. If you come to our gig and your feet don’t start moving and your hips don’t start swaying you’re probably dead.

FM: Favorites: film, book, place, pet? Story?

HS: Favorite film – ‘Song Remains The Same,’ Favorite book – ‘Sex, Thugs, and Rock n Roll’ by Billy Thorpe. Favorite place – Narrabeen. Favorite pet – dog/galah/fish. Favorite story – Andy used to judge and breed German Shepherds and left it behind when the Sluggers was formed to pursue his musical dream of one day playing in a packed stadium.

FM: Favorite food or drink?

HS: Nomad Beer – they gave us some kegs, a shirt, and a hat. We’re easily pleased.

FM: You’re backstage with one of your influences mentioned earlier, what do you say?

HS: Can we jam with you guys?

FM: Where do you see Aussie music heading?

HS: There has always been pop music for the commercial market and cover bands in  the pubs/clubs and will continue to be so. However, there is a real swing back to original bands playing modern venues not considered the traditional music houses, such as pizza/wine bars and retro records bars.

FM: What are your future plans for 2016/2017?

HS: Touring with some great artists and playing some kickass gigs, recording second album, and getting some national and international airplay would be nice.

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Fiona Joy New Album “Signature – Synchronicity” Available NOW

UPDATE: Fiona’s previous album “Signature – Solo” has won the ZMR Award for Best Solo Piano Album! To get a copy of the album click the link below: https://itunes.apple.com/signature-solo

 

Fiona Joy’s much anticipated new album “Signature – Synchronicity” is now available!

iTunes: https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/signature-synchronicity/id1074110022

Bandcamp: https://fionajoy.bandcamp.com

Signature – Synchronicity is the perfect bookend to Fiona Joy’s 2015 project ‘Signature-Solo’, which spent several months in the coveted #1 spot on the ZMR Airplay Charts and released in numerous formats via Blue Coast Records, a pioneering audiophile label. Along with the new album, Fiona presents several high-quality videos, visual memes, and pre-order perks all accessible via her website at www.FionaJoy.com.

Fiona originally imagined the project as a personal expression of how the deteriorating “signature” bone in her left hand was affecting her ability to share her life’s work.  This evolved into modern fairytales that feature magic, imagination and the world we escape into.

It’s interesting to grow up through your own music,” Fiona Joy says. “The early albums are about my own life, drawing on the past. Mostly this album is looking outside myself and exploring other subjects – in this case, fairy tale themes – and yet somehow they all come back to my own experience. It’s a circular thing…truly Synchronicity.”

This album was recorded and produced with the team at Imaginary Road Studios in Vermont and many of Fiona’s favorite instrumentalists; some recording was also done at Crash Symphony Productions in Sydney. One of the many highlights of the recording process for Fiona was the opportunity to record on an Australian-made Stuart & Sons piano. A few people Fiona found herself lucky enough to work with include producer Will Ackerman (Founder Windham Hill), Tom Eaton, and James Englund. Additionally, the album features artists such as Tony Levin (Peter Gabriel), Rebecca Daniel (Ex ACO), Marc Shulman (Suzanne Vega), Eugene Friesen (Paul Winter Consort), Jeff Haynes (Pat Metheny), Jeff Oster, Paul Jarmin, Premik Tubbs, Borbala Bodonyi, her son Nick Hawkins, and many others.

Looking forward to all the fresh possibilities, travels and creative adventures of the coming year, Fiona Joy – embodies the glorious cover art of Signature – Synchronicity – running wildly into the embrace of her second decade of recording and touring.
“One of the brightest lights in the contemporary instrumental genre,
Fiona Joy Hawkins is poised to move into stardom and we have only to watch to see it happen”

- Will Ackerman (Founder Windham Hill Records)
Check out the five NEW videos.

GRACE- Youtube Video 

CEREMONY – Youtube Video

ONCE UPON IMPOSSIBLE – Youtube Video

GRACE (Chill Version) – Youtube Video

CALLING EARTH – Youtube Video

And upcoming Launches to include – 
This April sees a unique concert and film viewing for the official album release of Signature – Synchronicity by Fiona Joy at Burwood Music Centre in Melbourne for both the public and media. BMC is a recording studio that also has a small state of the art film theatre. Meet members of the production team involved in the project, the film-makers, the piano maker, and the piano producer. Award winning Australian artist Fiona Joy will perform tracks from her new album Signature – Synchronicity.

Along with three performances across the action packed weekend, the album reveal also features videos of six of the songs made by four different filmmakers. Of the filmmakers is a retired NASA Senior Flight Engineer who used NASA footage to bring Fiona’s song ‘Calling Earth’ to life. The event also includes a meet and greet with Wayne Stuart of world renown Australian Stuart & Sons pianos – the inventors of a revolutionary new piano design used in classical concerts all over the world.

The Events:
1. Saturday April 30th - Early afternoon. Watch the video clips, chat with the piano maker (Wayne Stuart), the producer (James Englund), the film-makers (four companies) Including NASA and ISS Footage, and a private concert opportunity with Fiona Joy.

2.  Saturday April 30th - Evening cocktail event. Watch the videos, meet the filmmakers, the piano maker, and the piano producer.
3. Sunday May 1st – Mid-afternoon Matinee concert and video viewing. Additionally, there will be a fundraiser for Motor Neuron Disease.
Media are invited to all of the above but specifically to the Saturday afternoon
Please contact below if you would like to attend as seating is limited.

Each event has only 32 seats available-tickets here

 

“Fiona Joy is a TRUE artist, constantly growing, Signature – Synchronicity is the latest expression of her prodigious talent, I urge you to check it out.”
- Bob Ludwig, Gateway Mastering