The India Jazz Festival will see as many as 60 international acts and 60 Indian acts on 15 stages set up on the Palace Grounds during the three-day festival. Music lovers can expect to see the likes of Santana and Eric Clapton among the many huge acts that are currently being finalized. – DNA Bangalore’s C.Kavya reports about the biggest ever music festival in India, which will take place at the Palace grounds, Bengaluru in March 2010.
(and we hope it is true unlike that Gun’s n Roses India tour report on Deccan Chronicle
New Delhi Based Heavy/Thrash Metal Band ‘Artillerie‘ has released two brand new tracks from their upcoming album which is scheduled to release in mid-December. The songs are called ‘Temple of Zeus‘ and ‘Phalanx of Chaos‘. The album is mixed and Mastered by Anumpam Roy and Keshav Dhar of Grey&Saurian Records. Do listen to the tracks on Artillerie’s Myspace and Reverbnation page.
You can download Four Tracks from Artillerie’s EP “New Offensive” at this location.
Before I get started with the review i want to write something about my musical taste. I enjoymetal. I want it dirty, fast, brutal, dark, sick, perverted and straight forward. And I’d also like to add that I cannot spellblues when it comes to the genre. Having said that, there is something about this genre that made me like it. To an extent that I bought an album autographed by the band, heard it and sat down to review it. Well I can’t say whether its something only Soulmate could do.
My introduction to SOULMATE was in 2008 (late..? very). It was this song named The Price that made me think how simple a song can be and yet so appealing. It is a kind of song i would sing for my girlfriend, behind closed doors ofcourse. I went about finding more about the band and came across their first album Shillong. And that is exactly where they are from. The Soulmates in questions are Rudy Wallang(guitars/songwriter/vocals) and Tipriti ‘Tips’ Kharbangar (vocals) with session musicians Ferdy Dkhar (bass) and Sam Shullai (drums).
So it was almost 4 years before their second release Moving On. After hearing Shillong I wanted to see them live. And for me that happened when they played in Pune to promote Moving On. The wait was worth it.
Back to Moving On, the album opens and closes with tracks which justify the names given to them – Peace Prayer. Now as you cannot have 2 tracks with the same name, the closing one is a reprise. And between the 2 prayers there are 10 tracks which have been well experimented with to provide what is hard to find these days – good honest music.
The second track on the album is the title track ‘Moving On‘. What is prominent when this track is playing is the maturity in lyrics and better use of cymbals when i compare it with their debut. The words grow on you. This track is funky and this element reminds me of their song If You See My Baby. Other tracks with a similar kind of energy in them are Kool Kat Strut and Stay Away. Kool Kat Strut is an instrumental and both these tracks are faster than the others on the album. You’ll sway along.
I can go and on about Tipriti’s magical voice. Her vocals manage to capture the mood and depth of Rudy’s songwriting. It was mainly the voice that got me into Soulmate. Hear the tracks Set Me Free and Smile At Me to know exactly what I mean. Another instrumental on this album is Remembering Rory. It is one of those serene tracks that would help you doze off. For good.
Cup Of Tea is a very interesting track talking about how all the happenings of a day begin with a cup of tea. Ever wondered..? Be honest. This track along with Your Sweet Loving and She Is are easily my favourites. Your Sweet Loving carries that happy aura with it, dispelling any hint of sadness. The guitar work on this one stays with you. And if you thought Rudy was good at only his guitars and songwriting, you ought to hear him sing. Come Round My House and She Is are the 2 songs Rudy has lent his voice to. Not many in number but you know instantly that the tracks are the way they sound because Rudy sung them. Yeah, he is an all-rounder !
She Is is the longest track on the album and the most meaningful. It very rightly gives credit to a woman and the role she plays in our life. Men already know they can’t do without women, hear this track to reassure yourselves. Rudy’s voice and a solo to go with it makes it the most beautiful song here.
Moving On is way ahead of their debut release in terms of everything. Or almost everything. Be it the lyrical content, recording, production and package. If I felt some tracks were a bit monotonous on Shillong, that has been taken care of.
Blues or no-Blues, if you want something good for your ears pick up Moving On (via Bluefrog Records.) As Rudy sings you’d be screaming for more even before your feet touches the ground. Well, atleast I’m not complaining.
“For three days an oasis of music in the middle of a field comes alive. For three days a family-like following comes together to renew the bonds of music, all over again.“
Registration for Strawberry Fields 2009 is now open! This happens on a strictly ‘first come, first serve’ basis and there are only 50 slots available. The Prelims at Strawberry Fields 2009 will be held over two days – the 20th and the 21st of November. The top five bands will be selected to play at the Finals, which will be held on the 22nd of November.
You have an option of registering as either a Semi Pro band or a college band. These categories shall be judged together, with the only difference being that only college bands are eligible for the best college band prize…. READ MORE .
Strawberry Fields Committee ‘09
NATIONAL LAW SCHOOL OF INDIA UNIVERSITY, BANGALORE
1. Name of Band:
2. Category (College/Semi-pro):
4. Number of Members:
5. Contact Numbers:
7. Mode of Payment (Cash/DD only):
8. Transport Requirements:
9. Accommodation requirements:
10. Arrival Date:
11. Departure Date:
12. Would you like to send in a demo track for the Strawberry Fields 2009 Compilation CD?
Just copy and paste the above form on to a Word/NotePad document and fill it out. Mail in the same to email@example.com. Yes, it’s that simple!!!
Blind Image will be releasing their new album “More Than Human” on Nov 7th, 2009 at High On caffeine ( Adyar, Lb.Road, Mitsubishi Showroom Complex – Opposite to Adyar Globus . Venue Contact : Suresh:9791164444)
Cd’s will be available at the venue – Rs 150 only
Bands Playing :
Time – 6:00 PM
Download : BLIND IMAGE – DECIPHERED .
Eximious is a four piece New Age/Progressive band from the hills of Nagaland.
Formed in 2006, they happily refer to themselves as “three loafers and a govt. contractor”.
Having won several competitions in the North East, Eximious has now decided to focus on original material,
and play outside the North East.
The band recently represented Nagaland at “The Hand Shake Concert” in Mumbai, on World Music Day.
Eximious is currently in the studio, working on a demo/ep that is expected to be ready soon!!!
Tali Longkumer – Vocals
Anga – Guitar
Lezo – Bass
Kenny – Drums
Eximious Highlights :
*2nd Runners Up Music Safari ‘08
*2nd Runners Up Hornbill National Rock Contest ‘08
*Best Drummer, Guitarist and Bassists Hornbill National Rock Contest / Music Safari ’08
*Represented Nagaland at The Hand Shake Concert Mumbai ‘08
*Featured at Rock United ’06,’08
*Opening act for Lost Angels (USA) ‘09 feat.John Corabi, Eric Dover, Troy Patrick Farrell And Muddy Stardust
*Winners North East Band Competition ‘09
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Iconic rock star Remo Fernandes is giving out all of his music for FREE download . Remo has released 16 incredible albums (and many more bollywood tunes and ad jingles) in a career spanning of more than four decades. Remo is one of the pioneers of Indie music in India. A message from Remo on his facebook page read as,
As stated earlier, I’m starting to give out ALL my music for FREE listening/download on my website http://www.remomusic.com, starting November 2009. I’ve decided to begin with my last/latest album, and to go backwards untill my first one, tentatively at the rate of one album a month.
Here comes “Muchacha Latina”/2007 [i.e. the full album of 8 tracks, not just the single.
Hope you enjoy this album. If you do, pass it on.