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Music for Olympians a smash success

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July 11, a good sized crowd supported a fantastic new annual event — the Olympic Athletes Musicfest outside the Geomatic Attic, July 11, which was hosted  by the Lethbridge Sports Hall of Fame and the Lethbridge Kinsmen Club. The event had a double benefit — not only raising money to support skeleton rider Carla Pavan and hammer thrower Jim Steacy’s quest for Olympic gold , but to support local musicians as well. Carla received a cheque for $500 , Steacy will receive another third of the proceeds, but was unable to attend. The other third of the proceeds is being put into a special fund for 
 Several fantastic performers took the stage beginning with Karen Romanchuk  and the Constant  Remnants (Darwin Romanchuk, James Oldenburg and David Popovitch)  who  played  an entertaining set of original country music including “Tired And True” the song Karen submitted to the South Country Fair  and Calgary folk festival songwriting competitions.
 The Shaela Miller Threesome were up next with a set of darker original country as well as  Hank Williams’ “Lonesome Blues” and Elvis  Presley’s “Blue Moon of Kentucky.”
Last Updated ( Tuesday, 14 July 2009 16:48 ) Read more...

Hot Blood Bomber mellows with the Lambta Das

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David Schneider is best known for being part of Regina rockers the Hot Blood Bombers, but shows his more introspective and mellow side with the Lambta Das who hit the GCBC  Lounge in Henotic, July 22.
“I’ve been recording (Lambta Das material) for 10-12 years with buddies. It is really laid back,” said Schneider from his home in Regina. In the live show, he and drummer/ percussionist Kate B, who has just been part of the Lambta Das for a few months, strip down the Lambta Das’ heavily orchestrated music into basic drums, guitar and percussion.
“I picked the songs I wanted to play and we worked them out as a two-piece,” he said.
“ We try to keep it simple. On the records some of the songs could have like 52 tracks. We can break them down to one guitar and a vocal melody. That’s how I write a song,” he continued, adding they are burning a limited run of a CD including between 12-13 new songs, called “ Snakes and Chutes” to bring along on this tour. He said he has recorded and home burned and released 10-12 CDs, though seven of them were lost.
“It’s definitely a departure from what I can do with the Hot Blood Bombers, but I like it,” he continued, adding the Lambta Das’ tour is pretty quick. It hits Regina, Lethbridge, Calgary and Saskatoon beginning July 16.
“It is just a brief tour. It will be a nice western escape,” Schneider said, adding he is enjoying working with Endangered Ape and Myelin Sheaths member Paul Lawton, who has organized this show. Schneider is returning the favour.
“We went on tour with Endangered Ape and I’m working on a show for the Myelin Sheaths in Regina. Paul is awesome,” he said. Parlovr from Montreal as well as the Square Waves are also performing.
— Richard Amery, L.A. Beat editor
Last Updated ( Tuesday, 14 July 2009 19:59 )

New band on the Job in Lethbridge

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Toronto punk band the Job visit the Slice, July 20.
 Toronto pop-punk band “The Job” are prepared to do the job right, if  bringing back the spirit of British  pop/ punk like the Clash, Buzzcocks and XTC is the job at hand. They’ll be working hard at the Slice with the Crosstown Rivals, Monday night at the Slice.
“We’ve only done for or five  day tours around Ontario and the eastern United States. This is our first Cross Canadian tours,” said guitarist /vocalist Nyles  Miszczyk, whose voice on record sounds like he is from London, England rather than London, Ontario.
 “That’s the way I learned to sing,”  he laughed.
“That’s where I got my chops — by listening to XTC, the Buzzcocks and  the Clash, it (the British singing accent) just comes naturally, ” he continued.
“When I sing in my natural Canadian accent, it just doesn’t sound right. It (British punk-pop) is definitely the stuff  we’re influenced by,” he said.
Last Updated ( Friday, 17 July 2009 14:29 ) Read more...

Fantastic fiddler tears it up with friends in high places

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Carrie Rodriguez a monster talent with friends in high placesCarrie Rodriguez is not only a monster talent on fiddle, four-string mandobird and tenor guitar, as anybody at her July 8 show at the Geomatic Attic will attest, but also has  some pretty high profile  names  pulling for her. The Austin born, Brooklyn based classically trained violinist found she had a calling for folk and country music and was discovered playing at the South by Southwest in 2001 by Chip Taylor, a renown songwriter best known for writing “Wild Thing” and “Angel of the Morning.”
 They subsequently recorded four albums together.
“He’s the reason I’m a singer,” Rodriguez said before her show, adding he pushed her into singing harmonies, then eventually singing solo.
“I just played fiddle for other artists, I never entertained the idea of singing,” she said adding she learned a lot just by watching Taylor perform and write.
Last Updated ( Tuesday, 14 July 2009 16:26 ) Read more...

Former Turncoat releases second solo CD

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Andrew Scott, who is known for playing in, and releasing two CDs with, country rock band  the Turncoats, returned from two years teaching English and music in Japan, to release his second CD “13 Birds of Prey.”  
“It tends to be a little bit of folk, a little bit of country, a little bit of blues and a little bit of rock,” Scott said of the CD  before his show at the Slice, July 12.
“In my opinion it’s a folk album, but I don’t like to call it that. Louis Armstrong said all music is folk music because ‘folk’ just means about people,” continued Scott who is getting married this weekend. He recorded much of the material while in Japan, and the rest in James Oldenburg’s studio in Lethbridge. Being in Japan also influenced Scott’s music to an extent.
“Music is very different in Japan because the Japanese  have very different musical tastes. What they consider to be cool isn’t necessarily what we consider to be cool. It’s very different  from Canada. I don’t really know how, ” he continued adding there is a strong musical community in Japan. The recording experience in Japan was also very different in an ineffable way.
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