Julian Lennon Picks


Modern folk guitarist, vocalist, and song crafter John Shannon believes in the power of music to enlighten the mind. Having already toured the globe with some of the brightest rising stars in indie rock, folk, and jazz, including Sonya Kitchell, Haale and Hiromi, Shannon’s solo work has taken him on a journey into his own soul and beyond. Starting with an exploratory meditation trip in the southwestern desert some years ago, John Shannon discovered his unique, tender sound, rooted in nature and the earth, and translated it into his debut solo album, a subtle masterpiece called American Mystic. The album’s first single "Somewhere (remixes)," just released on ObliqSound, continues Shannon’s musical voyage, and includes two remixes by two-time Grammy winner Eric Kupper, plus a stunning video of the original version of the song.

“I believe in the awakening power of song,” says Shannon, whose musical vision came to the forefront a few years ago in the Arizona desert, after he spent four days and nights sitting in a circle without food, only drinking water. On this vision quest, communing with the elements according to Native American cultural traditions, Shannon found a sense of clarity. “There’s a point in the circle in those four days when you realize you have always been there, and there’s a point in the moment of the music - which is very much like being in a circle to me when it’s right - when you realize you have always been there. After the vision quest, my music and my life path became more clear to me. They’re one and the same, really.”

Shannon’s musical foundations began with guitar lessons at age six. After years of Led Zeppelin and Jimmy Page-inspired musical exploration, Shannon studied harmony and improvisation with a local pipe organist. His teacher brought him to a church for lessons around midnight, with lights dimmed except on the altar, so the pair could improvise on the organ and electric guitar. At the same time, Shannon studied straight-ahead and avant-garde jazz with renowned saxophonist Eric Kloss. The lessons left Shannon with a focus on performing with heart and spiritual awareness. Shannon later went on to graduate from the Berklee College of Music, where he began a series of organic musical explorations in the evolutionary instrumental trio Waking Vision together with friends Mitch Cohn (aka Catalyst, bassist for Lauryn Hill, Ashanti, Destiny’s Child) and Martin Valihora (drummer for Hiromi).

In addition to his solo work, Shannon has spent the past several years performing and touring with an eclectic group of artists. He’s recorded three albums as leader of Waking Vision, and toured as electric guitarist for psychedelic Sufi trance rocker Haale, jazz fusion piano phenomenon Hiromi, avant-jazz singer Pyeng Threadgill, and played guitar for Sonya Kitchell’s ground-breaking folk album Words Came Back to Me (Velour/Starbucks Hear Music) and her subsequent national tour. Shannon continues to play with Waking Vision, whose fourth album is slated for release on ObliqSound in 2010. He recently collaborated on British pop rocker Gary Go’s self-titled debut album on Decca/Universal. Shannon continues to tour with Hiromi’s Sonicbloom and with Sonya Kitchell.

Shannon has toured USA and Europe extensively in support of American Mystic, including a high-profile slot in January 2009 at MIDEM in Cannes, as a featured showcase performer at MIDEM Talent. 

loverspoets newLovers & Poets return, Shannon sent us over their new track "You + Me In The Summer'.  Check it out and pick up your copy!










loversandpoetsWe recently discovered this amazing duo who are from Nashville Tennessee and are bringing a nice fresh sound of downtempo influenced by the sounds of Zero 7, Olive and Goldfrapp.

Bryan Talbot and Shannon Hurley are Lovers & Poets and their track "Life Is Strange" is our break through pick this week!

amAM is an indie rock band formed in Los Angeles, California . The band was founded by AM (vocals, guitar), and consists of Corey Joseph (guitar), Mark Getten (bass), Jesse Nason (keys), Chris Lovejoy (percussion) and Derek Brown (drums).

New AM album “Future Sons & Daughters” plus two bonus tracks available now.

AM is an indie band from Echo Park, an artist community in Los Angeles, California. The lead singer is “AM” whose moniker is derived from his initials. The Wallstreet Journal contacted AM to discuss the fact that search engines could not find him and he was “un-googleable”.

He describes himself as, "California Dream Pop at its finest" and loves to collect music, brazillian 60's music, in fact anything 60's.  He loves movies and Italian soundtracks are his favorite.

yael warriorYael Meyer was born in Santiago de Chile in one of the southernmost southern countries of the world where deserts, waterfalls, glaciers and mountains coexist in a 4,000 km coastline. She began dancing and singing at a very young age. Always humming made up tunes, she took on formal piano training at age 5, song-writing at 8 and guitar playing at 13.

At 19, after receiving a scholarship to attend Berklee College of Music, she left Chile and settled in Boston where she met amazing people and her mind and heart opened wide to a new world of music and perception. Giving in to a much deeper appreciation for sound and the power it has to change every living and non living thing, she became convinced that music is indeed a powerful tool towards generating a much more loving, understanding, peaceful and respectful world. Praised as one of the top 50 albums of the year by Rolling Stone Chile, Yael's first full length album 'Common Ground' is a blend of indie folk and lounge electronica.

Yael currently resides in Los Angeles, where she continues to perform, write, produce, record and teach/guide. Her most recent collaborations include a series of webisodes (under development) starring Galooney the Clown (www.babonazo.com), as well as co-writes with Cathy Heller (www.cathyhellermusic.com) and Lindsey Ray, amongst other artists.

Her voice and music have been featured in numerous recordings and films including Chilean-Mexican production El Brindis for which she was commissioned to write and produce the song Aqui, the opening track to the film. Her music can also be heard on the documentaries: Al Final del Tunel, Holocaust: 3rd Generation and Ondinas. Yael plays various instruments both live and on her recordings including guitar, bass guitar, percussion, accordeon, glockenspiel, keyboards, piano, melodica, ukulele and ocarina. As of July 2009, Yael has just completed her EP with producer Bill Lefler. The EP features all new material written by Yael and is called "Heartbeat" pick up your copy today!


natural_calamityNatural Calamity - And That's Saying A Lot (ALT Remix)

Natural Calamity features Shunji Mori (guitar, bass & effects); Kuni Sugimoto (bass& keyboards); Stephane Heasley (vocals); Kyoichi Shiino (drums); K-U-D-O (electronics); Neville Marphie (percussion); Genichie Tamura (pedal steel guitar).  They have been remixed by Groove Armada but Julian chose the Alternative remix as his favorite.

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