Julian Lennon Picks

julian new1"If I was gonna write again I had to live again I had to look deep inside myself and start again." So says Julian Lennon of his decision to return to the music industry after an absence of seven years.  Music - Photography - Documentary

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Shawn SmithShawn Smith (28 October 1965) is a Seattle-based songwriter, vocalist and musician in several bands (Brad, Satchel, Pigeonhed) and also as a solo artist. He was born in Spokane, Washington. Smith has cited Freddie Mercury, Prince and KISS as early influences. Other influences he has noted are Steven Tyler, Bon Scott, Elton John, Stevie Wonder, Ice Cube, Snoop Dogg, Andy Wood and Chris Cornell.

In 2005, Smith unveiled a musical project called "The Diamond Hand" involving many musicians. He also has worked with Thaddeus Turner (formerly of Maktub and many other projects including Brad) under the name Forever Breakers.

"From the North" is Shawn's newest band with core members of Malfunkshun (Regan Hagar, Kevin Wood, Cory Kane) and the lyrics left by the late Andrew Wood. Since 2006, the band has also been billed as "Power of Wings" and "Von Nord" (allegedly meaning "From the North" in German; whereas this actually reads "vom Norden" or "aus dem Norden"). Hagar has since been replaced by Seattle drummer Mike Hommel. The band changed its name in July 2008 to All Hail the Crown and plans to release new music under this banner.

robertobroncoRoberto Bronco is back with his third album titled "Promise". After his debut "At The Broncolounge" on Lemongrassmusic in 2015 Roberto still follows the path of laid back chilled out beats, soulful vocals and natural elements like flute, guitar, organ, piano and wind instruments. The main motivation of Roberto's musical arrangements still is to transport that positive, special and unique "Bronco" vibe.   "Promise" touches different genres like Downbeat, HipHop, Chillout, Lo-Fi, Ambient and represents a mixture of all his favorite musical influences in the past years.

pienfeithPien Feith bridges the gap between an actual live band making pop music and the studio wizardry of exploratory electronics. Slow beats, playful percussion, dark romantic synthesizers, subtle guitar parts and an amazing voice.
Tough Love is the title of Pien Feith's second studio album which will be released on March 14, 2013 in the Benelux by V2 Records. The twelve songs on Tough Love, the successor to Dance On Time, form a kaleidoscopic landscape in which Pien Feith quirkily crosses connections between electronic music and indie pop. The lyrics are sometimes painfully honest, but more often comforting and encouraging. Tough Love is a reflection of Feith as daughter, sister and friend. Musically framed with subtle guitars, contrary rhythms and mystical synths. This makes the album not only more personal, but also more exciting than its predecessor.

Musically Pien Feith is again assisted by Melvin Wevers, Peter Akkerman, Pim Verlaek, Bow Evers and a new member in the live band Ben Schaipp. For the production Feith and Wevers traveled to Chicago to work with U.S. producer Chris Moore (Yeah Yeah Yeah's, Liars, TV on the Radio). The album title Tough Love can be best described by a quote from Cody Chesnutt: All songs are love songs, and if not romantic love, they are meant as 'tough love'.Something you write, because you want someone to do better, to be the best they can be.

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Carmen Rizzo's current album Looking Through Leaves (Electrofone 2010) is a dark minimal electronic landscape written in planes, trains & hotel rooms all over the world form Russia, Europe, Canada & America. Guest singers include Grant Lee Phillips, Shana Halligan (Formerly of Bittersweet) Kate Havnevik, Rosey & January Thompson.  With Carmen's new album, his production values are front and center, proving once again why he's such an in demand producer, remixer, and artist.

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(Bringing this classic back from the vault - originally played on Below Zero January 2009)

Lila's Medicine blends rich eklectronic modern production sound with fine masterful live musicianship. In it's formation and live performances, Lila's Medicine quickly built a buzz and began filling clubs because of it's lush tones and energy created by an all-star band of award winning musicians.

Created by vocalist / keyboardist Laura Scarborough with laptop-beat-savant Bill Sarver (OHN), this project formed from the idea of music as a medicine - to entice and feed the listener sound flavors and emotion.

The passionate vocal stylings of keyboardist / producer Laura Scarborough helps give Lila's Medicine it's distinctive flavor. Her voice atop the modern de-arranged samples, beats, and stacks of texture can remind one of artists like Bjork, Portishead, Goldfrapp, Moloko, Thievery Corporation, and others – where an original female voice mixed in progressive, rich sound has seduced many listeners.

Bill Sarver / Bildeaux has been programming, creating remixes and composing electronic music for the past 16 years. He has recorded and toured with artists from the Swans, Rob Zombie, 16 volt, and Soak, and is bandleader / producer for his band OHN which has been charting college & internet radio stations with their 2nd record "In the End All Things Begin.”

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