December 2011

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Cover design: Piet Schreuders

Last month, Amsterdam-based, an American songwriter, arranger, and producer G.T. Thomas (Gwendolyn Thomas) has released her debut full-length album “The Luckless Pedestrian Years 2004-2010” via Smoking Ant Records. This album is dedicated to the memory of Chris Dedrick (1947–2010). Recorded in Caledon, ON, Canada; Seattle, WA, USA; & Amsterdam, Nederland.

Produced by G.T. Thomas and Chris Dedrick.

“she has composed and orchestrated films and tv ads with husband berend dubbe (ex-bettie serveert, bauer) as well as session work (most notably on the fleet foxes’ debut album). ‘the luckless pedestrian years’ collects the best of her songs from the six year period when she led jazz-pop orchestrette *the luckless pedestrian.”

*luckless pedestrian is from the line in a song called ‘Don’t Take Me Alive’ originally appeared on the Steely Dan’s fifth album “The Royal Scam” (ABC, 1976).

Composed, arranged, and produced by G.T. Thomas.

“G.T. Thomas served her professional apprenticeship in writing, arranging and producing with Chris Dedrick (of the Free Design), which complemented her work in recent years with such artists as Fleet Foxes, Berend Dubbe, TW Walsh (ex-Pedro the Lion), Josh Ottum and Benny Sings.”

G.T. Thomas – Song for a Walk (Official Video)
‘Song for a Walk’ is track #2 off the G.T. Thomas album “The Luckless Pedestrian Years.”

元ベティ・サーヴァート〜バウアーのベレンド・デュベと結婚後アムステルダムで活動を続けるG.T. トーマスのデビュー・アルバムは、2010年に他界したクリス・デドリック(フリー・デザイン)に捧げられたもの。そして一方、元サドゥンリィ・タミー!のベス・ソレンティーノはアーウィン・チュージッドのバックアップで、カート・ベッチャー(ミレニウム、サジタリアス)に捧げた『Would You Like To Go: A Curt Boettcher Songbook』を来年早々にはリリースする予定デス。

Jessie Baylin – I Couldn’t Say It To Your Face (Arthur Russell cover)

Jessie Baylin – Storms (Fleetwood Mac cover)

Born in Gillette, New Jersey, a Nashville based singer/songwriter, Jessie Baylin has released a free 5-track EP “Pleasure Center” last month, it was recorded at home in her living room with the help of Richard Swift. “Pleasure Center” collects her covers of Sonic Youth (‘Little Trouble Girl’), Arthur Russell (‘I Couldn’t Say It To Your Face’), Fleetwood Mac (‘Storms’), and Thin Lizzy (‘A Song For While I’m Away’), except her own composition ‘White Noise.’ Available via her soundcloud site, HERE.

“I drew a lot from people like Burt Bacharach and Dionne Warwick, the Brill Building writers. But I didn’t want to make a retro, throwback kind of album. Nostalgia is fine, I have a definite fondness for that, but I didn’t want people to listen and think I was trying to recapture something from the past.”

Jessie Baylin‘s forthcoming third full-length “Little Spark,” will be released on January 17th, 2012 via Blonde Rat. It was produced by Kevin Augunas (Cold War Kids, Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros) last fall at Fairfax Recordings, and features so many guest musicians like Waddy Wachtel, Jim Keltner, Greg Leisz, The Watson Twins and Jimmie Haskell….. and Richard Swift (who played most of the instruments) as the album’s chief arranger.

2007年にジェシー・ハリスとノラ・ジョーンズが揃ってプロデュースしたデビュー・アルバム『You』を出したナッシュヴィルのSSW、ジェシー・ベイリンが新年早々、4年振りにリリースする3作目のアルバム『Little Spark』では、ゲストに名だたるミュージシャンがクレジットされてますが、リチャード・スウィフトがチーフ・アレンジャーとして八面六臂の大活躍。

Hurry Hurry by jessiebaylin
from her upcoming full-length “Little Spark,” free download, HERE

STREAM >> first single ‘Holiday’ from “Little Spark” at MTV Hive.

Making Jessie Baylin’s Record Part 3
(thanks to ArAtAq)

A London-based Chamber Folk/Jazz five-piece, The Magic Lantern comprises of Jamie Doe – Songwriter/Vocals/Guitar, Fred Thomas – Arrangements/Percussion/Guitars, Phil Stevenson – Guitars/Cavaquinho/Vocals, Lucy Railton – Cello, Dave Schulman – Clarinets. Fred Thomas has been known as a member of London’s F-IRE collective and founder/curator of F-IRE Klang Codex. Their debut album of this year “A world in a grain of sand,” has been available on on Hectic Eclectic Records.

A World in a Grain of Sand – Album Preview by TheMagicLantern

News – Easy Street, from “Hot Off The Press” (music video)
1974′s music from Yale students and friends, available from Yoga Records, further Information, HERE.

News: Ooo La La by yogarecords

RIYL: Beach Boys, Byrds, Lovin’ Spoonful

Half-handed Cloud – The Cloud Became a Baby To Be With Us

Danielson – Visions of the Sugar Plum Fairy

Free download of Sounds Familyre‘s lovely Christmas compilation “A Familyre Christmas – Volume 4,” entirely, visit HERE.


Fantasia Faries – Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy
The Nutcracker Suite by Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Cut out from Walt Disney’s “Fantasia” (1940)

Amen Dunes – Ethio song by KRAAK_records

Taken from the fourth installment in Kraak label‘s split 7” series “God Damn I Hate the Blues,” featuring Amen Dunes, Marisa Anderson, Ignatz, Nathan Bowles, Warm Climate and Bridget Hayden.

Amen Dunes – Lower Mind from “Through Donkey Jaw”

Amen Dunes, the solo project of Damon McMahon, began with recordings made in the fall of 2006 in upstate New York. McMahon moved to China and he stayed in Beijing for the next few years, writing and recording only occasionally. With the release of DIA on Locust Music in 2009, however, he decided to move back to the States and form a band around Amen Dunes. In 2011 Amen Dunes’ latest album, McMahon’s first proper recordings in almost five years, “Through Donkey Jaw” was released from Sacred Bones Records, after the release of 2010′s “Murder Dull Mind” EP which was recorded at his apartment in Beijing.

With the new record comes a new line-up: Pigeons (Wednesday Knudsen and Clark Griffin) have expanded to a four-piece for performances, anchored by Jason Meagher on bass and Nathan Bowles on drums.

Pigeons – Chances

‘Chances’ is taken from Bronx, NY-based Pigeons‘ latest full-length LP “They Sweethearstammers,” available on Soft Abuse
Watch Pigeons’ new official video “The Welcome”, directed by Camilla Padgitt-Coles, the song is taken from their latest single for “They Sweetheartstammers” album. “Wednesday from Pigeons pointed out, it’s got a heavy Loie Fuller vibe.”

Pigeons – Live at Black Dirt Studios in late August 2011 by Soft Abuse

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