Tripping Holes / Bucket Of Stars – Gary Stewart Band

Tripping Holes / Bucket Of StarsGary Stewart Band
“Tripping Holes” (mp3)
from “Tripping Holes / Bucket Of Stars”
(Littlest Mojo Recordings)

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Gary Stewart is a Scottish singer/songwriter from Perthshire now residing in Leeds, West Yorkshire, where he has been carving a strong fanbase on the music scene for the past two and a half years, playing both solo and with his band, which consist of Gary on acoustic guitar and vocals, Andy Hawkins on electric guitar and backing vocals, Matt Peel on Bass and Ruth Viqueira on drums.

Gary’s style is best described as Nu-Folk/Pop with influences ranging from singer/songwriters such as Paul Simon, James Taylor, John Martyn, Nick Drake and Joni Mitchell to more contemporary artists’ like KT Tunstall, Dave Matthews Band, King Creosote, Ray LaMontagne, The Smiths, The Shins and Damien Rice.

During his time as a songwriter, Gary has played various support gigs to artists’ including Laura Marling, Jacob Golden, Merz, John Power, David Kitt, Glenn Tilbrook and Emma Pollock. The Gary Stewart Band have also played at the Masham and Otley Folk Festivals and were one of the finalists in the Futuresound Unsigned Competition for Leeds Festival 2007, playing a well-received show at The Cockpit alongside fellow Leeds luminaries Micky P Kerr and Kid ID.

Count to Ten – Tina Dico

Count to TenTina Dico
“Count to Ten” (mp3)
from “Count to Ten”
(Defend Music Inc.)

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Tina Dico isn’t afraid to admit that a wildly successful career in music wasn’t something she’d planned. “I never imagined I was going to be a musician,” says the Danish born, British-based superstar. “It was way too personal. It was more like a secret sort of meditation.” Thankfully, Tina hasn’t kept her songwriting or vocal talents a secret – in fact, on her newest album Count toTen, Tina’s proving she’s got nothing to hide.

Already No.1 and Platinum in Denmark, Count to Ten features eleven sumptuous, rocking songs written and performed by Tina, who also co-produced the album with long-time sidekick Dennis Ahlgren. Mixed by George Tandero in London, this new album is a fine summation of what Tina is really all about.

Filled with an emotional intensity (and complexity) that’s both raw and moving, Tina Dico’s sensitive voice sounds more vibrant than ever on her latest release, as she delivers her introspective songs with shimmering power and grace. “Music has always been a very big and mysterious part of my life,” she explains. “It’s definitely my way to feel alive. It feels like you can take the whole world and bring it into your body. It’s fair to say that I found my calling.” And with her own label, four studio albums,
multi-platinum status in her native country and a Danish Music Award, and international success with Zero 7, it’s hard to disagree.

Music comes naturally for Tina Dico, who understands the importance of hard work and moxie. While studying at the Danish Royal College of Music, Tina assembled a band, and her song “Your Waste Of Time” became a hit. Record companies came knocking and Tina signed with a couple before growing mpatient and starting her own label, Finest Gramophone, to release her first album. Still only 23, she acquired a publishing deal and moved to England. While she continued working on her own music, Tina met new people, did some co-writing and became something of a songwriting pen for hire.

Back in Denmark, Tina released her second album of original songs, the stripped-back and paired-down Notes, which, as she explains, “exploded in my face.” Notes won the Danish Music Award for Best Songwriter and the highly coveted Danish Music Critics Award for Best Composer. “It wasn’t a mainstream album,” she says. “It was without promo, without radio airplay. It succeeded through people recommending it to each other.”

Meanwhile, in England, Tina had put down vocals on two tracks on Zero 7’s acclaimed second album When It Falls – “Home” and “The Space Between” – both hailed as modern reboots of Joni Mitchell’s sunshine folk. That done, she set off round the world with the electronic duo, playing the enormo-domes of the UK and the US. “What a dream,” she says. “To be able to tour for the first time at that level and play the biggest venues, sold out gigs everywhere… amazing.”

2005 saw Tina album Number Three – In The Red – get released in Denmark where it promptly shot to the top of the charts, whizzing past U2 and Coldplay as it did so. In The Red was released in the US and UK in 2006: a terrific record of emotional honesty, finely wrought tunes and stadium-sized choruses.

For the girl who never dreamed of being a musician, Tina Dico knows that her career is proof that dreams can come true. “I guess it is quite unusual to start your own label when you’re 23 and release your first album in the States when you’re 27,” she muses.

Count to Ten is proof that the “unusual” path Tina’s life has traveled isn’t something she takes for granted. With an ethereal voice, Tina’s songs celebrate life’s struggles and the challenges she faces as a musician with emotional depth and personal confessions. While the personal and private nature of her music might have been a secret when Tina Dico was younger, it’s exactly what makes her latest album a mesmerizing triumph. The graceful tenor of Tina’s voice perfectly showcases her contemplative lyrics, giving Count to Ten its distinctly honest sound and unforgettably true spirit.

Bostich & Fussible Present – Tijuana Sound Machine

Bostich & Fussible Present: Tijuana Sound MachineBostich, Fussible
“Tijuana Sound Machine” (mp3)
from “Bostich & Fussible Present: Tijuana Sound Machine”
(Nacional Records)

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The latest release by Tijuana’s double Latin Grammy-nominated electronica leaders, who can also be heard on HBO’s “Big Love,” the movies “Fast Food Nation” and “Babel,” as well as the video games “FIFA Soccer” and “FIFA Street 2.”

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Tijuana’s electronica leaders Nortec Collective have announced the release of ‘Bostich + Fussible: Tijuana Sound Machine’ (Nacional Records). Fans are already familiar with the stylings of Bostich and Fussible as they were the masterminds behind hit tracks “Tengo La Voz”, “Tijuana Bass”, and “Tijuana Makes Me Happy” off the double Latin Grammy-nominated album, ‘Tijuana Sessions, Vol. 3’. The new album will be available at digital outlets on April 29th, just in time for Cinco De Mayo, and the CD will be in stores on May 6th.

Nortec Collective scored two Latin Grammy nominations for ‘Tijuana Sessions, Vol. 3’ (2005), including “Best Alternative Music Album” and “Best Recording Package”. Latin America’s most important electronic act received glowing praise for the album from such prestigious outlets as Rolling Stone, LA Times, XLR8R, and the NY Times, and saw the release hit #1 on top digital retailers iTunes and eMusic in the first week of its release.

The group’s music has appeared in commercials for Volvo, Dell, Fidelity Mutual, Edwin Jeans (with Brad Pitt), Nissan, and many others. Tracks from ‘Tijuana Sessions, Vol. 3’ can also be heard in HBO’s “Big Love”, NBC’s “Friday Night Lights” and the movies “Fast Food Nation” and “Babel” as well as the video games, “FIFA Soccer” and “FIFA Street 2.” An interactive coffee table book entitled “Paso del Nortec- This Is Tijuana” dedicated to the Nortec phenomena was released in the US, Mexico and Europe. In addition, professor Alejandro Madrid, a musicologist and cultural theorist at University of Illinois – Chicago, recently released “Nortec-Rifa! Electronic Dance Music From Tijuana To The World”.

Happy Everywhere – The Pinker Tones

Wild Animals The Pinker Tones

The Pinker Tones
“Happy Everywhere” (mp3)
from “Wild Animals”
(Nacional Records)

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The official ambassadors of cosmopolitan cool, Barcelona’s electronic sensations The Pinker Tones are confirmed to play all 43 dates of the Vans Warped Tour 2008 this summer in support of their new release, “Wild Animals.”

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Barcelona’s electronic sensations The Pinker Tones are confirmed to play all 43 dates of the Vans Warped Tour 2008 this summer, headlining the Skull Candy stage in support of their second studio album “Wild Animals.” The group continues to make a name for themselves in the United States; in the past year, the group has been the subject of two NY Times features, had an A&E television special, performed twice on KCRW’s “Morning Becomes Eclectic”, had a song featured on the hit ABC sitcom “Ugly Betty,” four songs included in Pacifico Beer’s new advertising campaign, and saw heavy video play on networks like MTV U, MTV Tr3s, Mun2, and LATV.

The Whistling Song – The Pinker Tones

Wild AnimalsThe Pinker Tones
“The Whistling Song” (mp3)
from “Wild Animals”
(Nacional Records)

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The official ambassadors of cosmopolitan cool, Barcelona’s electronic sensations The Pinker Tones are confirmed to play all 43 dates of the Vans Warped Tour 2008 this summer in support of their new release, “Wild Animals.”

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Barcelona’s electronic sensations The Pinker Tones are confirmed to play all 43 dates of the Vans Warped Tour 2008 this summer, headlining the Skull Candy stage in support of their second studio album “Wild Animals.” The group continues to make a name for themselves in the United States; in the past year, the group has been the subject of two NY Times features, had an A&E television special, performed twice on KCRW’s “Morning Becomes Eclectic”, had a song featured on the hit ABC sitcom “Ugly Betty,” four songs included in Pacifico Beer’s new advertising campaign, and saw heavy video play on networks like MTV U, MTV Tr3s, Mun2, and LATV.