* Nick "Brownman" Ali Chosen Toronto's Best Jazz Artist Of 2005
* Kobo Town Brings Nick "Brownman" Ali to Town at The Speakeasy
* LOE Releases "Lady Reggaeton"
* SMP Announces New Music Video
* Musician's Can Now Connect On-Line - Easily
* Devin Carmicle's Hard Rocking Solo Debut Portrait Audio Emotion
* Statement By Prophet, Vocalist For U.S. Shock/Thrash Metal Band, 'St. Madness'
* Buzz Communications, LLC, Celebrates Five Successful Years
* The U.K's Top Internet Record Company Seeking The Most Killing Bands
* Club Connection Expands Reach To 200 Outlets Nationwide
* Fuse, Deep Focus & Myspace Team Up To Showcase Music
Nick "Brownman" Ali Chosen Toronto's Best Jazz Artist Of 2005 By NOW Magazine
The people, not the purists, have spoken. NOW Magazine, Toronto's favourite and most comprehensive source for information on the music that makes the city tick, has chosen Trinidadian-Canadian, NYC-schooled trumpet icon Nick "Brownman" Ali as Best Jazz Artist in the 2005 "Best of Toronto" Awards.
NOW MAGAZINE writes:
BEST JAZZ ARTIST: Nick "Brownman" Ali
"Nick "Brownman" Ali is a renegade, a tireless trumpeter whose outspokenness on his genre's scene - to the dismay of those he's pissed off - has only increased his profile as one of the city's most intrepid jazz figures. Of course, the Toronto-based Trinidadian would be nowhere without his tireless, multi-faceted approach (Ali leads six bands), broad cultural span and innovative sensibility. While snobby jazz purists may turn up their noses, Ali continues to embody the music's true spirit." ~ NOW Magazine, Oct.27, 2005
"Yeah I'm knocked out! To be recognized with this distinction means a huge amount to me given how many monstrously talented, visionary, gifted jazz musicians this city encapsulates," says Ali. "There's no compliment that means more to me than knowing that this thing I do is resonating with people in the city I live. Every night out, it's so gratifying to connect with new music fans who dig both original music, like what I do with CRUZAO yet still embrace it when I'm paying homage to the legends like with FIVE WEEKS FOR MILES." When asked about NOW's reference to him as a "renegade" Ali states, "I don't know if that's quite the word for me, but I definitely do like to try and challenge people's own perceptions of musical convention. And I think it shows that Toronto's perceptions of jazz are being influenced really positively by the deeply creative diversity you find here in the city. That's a great sign for the future of the art here in Canada and inspiring!
in terms of new possibilities as I walk this very long path in front of me."
Kobo Town Brings Nick "Brownman" Ali to Town at The Speakeasy
Toronto-based Kobo Town will be performing their unique blend of traditional calypso, roots reggae and West Indian folk music at The Speakeasy with special guest Nick "Brownman" Ali. One of Canada's most acclaimed jazz trumpet players, Brownman was recently voted Toronto's Best Jazz Artist of 2005 by the readers of NOW Magazine the city's most comprehensive and respected print media for music information.
"... performing with Kobo Town I couldn't help but be struck with the sparse and languid vibrations, yet layered in vocal poignancy with Drew's lyrics embodying the best in the Trinidadian spirit of storytelling," noted Brownman after appearing with the band's September 14th show at Clinton's.
Named after the historic neighborhood in Trinidad's Port-of-Spain where calypso was born amid the boastful, humourous and militant chants of the roaming stickfighters, Kobo Town has been sharing this tradition of rhythmic and melodic cross-pollination with audiences around Ontario, including Kaiso Breakfast Lime ( Scarborough), The Studio Theatre (Perth ), Clinton's Tavern (Toronto ), Mercury Lounge (Ottawa). Kobo Town will be headlining the University of Toronto "Hurricane Relief Concert" this December.
WHAT: Kobo Town, featuring Nick 'Brownman' Ali
WHERE: The Speakeasy, 120 Church Street, Toronto
WHEN: Thursday, November 10 - 9:00 PM
LOE Releases "Lady Reggaeton"
Loe is an artist who has it all, image, talent and an album filled with singles. Ready to bring a much-needed female perspective to the heavily male dominated world of reggaeton, her unique view as a Mexican female and a true diva is about to change your perception of reggaeton. Working with LOE on her debut album, titled "LADY REGGAETON", are some of the top Latin-American DJ's, including DJ Fist, DJ Manz, Joy Marquez, Erich Ensastigue and Ruben Molina and a guest appearance from popular rapper BROWN BOY.
She is already hard at work in support of the album and has appeared at Festivals for The Lakers, The Educational Project, the City of Hope, Club 95 FM (Phoenix-AZ). In addition she has been a feature on TV shows at channels 22, 52,54, 63 & KJLA (LA), and taped Caliente and Don Francisco (Univision).
Her first single, "Que no pare" is already getting airplay on several markets, and is already a hit all across the Mexican Club scene.
LOE is ready to take the US Latin and the Mexican music markets by storm !!!
SMP Announces New Music Video
Seattle industrial-rock act SMP (aka Sounds of Mass Production) releases its first video, "This Perfect Day" from its critically acclaimed album, "Crimes of the Future."
"This Perfect Day," based on a novel of the same title by Ira Levin, and a favorite read of SMP's Jason Bazinet, revisualizes the streets of Seattle as a dystopic and decaying metropolis where fear and conformity rule, and emotions are a forbidden luxury. The video was shot on high-quality DV by Seattle-based independent filmmakers Resonance Digital Arts, and was directed by Paul J. Furio, formerly of Static Engine and SMP.
The video is currently available for free download on the SMP Web site in both MP4 and MPG formats:
Musician's Can Now Connect On-Line - Easily
A solo performance may touch the heart and soul of an audience, but for the serious musician or singer, there's nothing more enjoyable than performing with other musicians.
Until recently, finding the right musician for a professional performance or a casual jam session meant posting a flyer in a music store or depending on word-of-mouth. Today however, through the use of an innovative Internet site, that missing bass player or singer is only a mouse click away.
Musician's Lair is a new website that provides an easy to use on-line environment where musicians, singers, and bands can locate and interact with other musicians. The site, located at www.musicianslair.net, enables musicians of all levels of abilty to connect with fellow artists, via a selective and comprehensive database. Through the use of usernames and on-site private messaging, all searches on Musician's Lair remain completely anonymous.
"The original idea for the site came from my own frustration," explains musician and site developer Mike Horton, "I became dissatisfied with the traditional way of finding people to play with. I usually posted a flyer in a music store and hoped the right people would happen to see it. There was no way to screen musicians and I ended up wasting a lot of time."
Devin Carmicle's Hard Rocking Solo Debut Portrait Audio Emotion Now Available
Musically, Portrait Audio Emotion sits somewhere between Velvet Revolver and Switchfoot, but it's not sitting still. The dynamically explosive "Kari Anovich" is a contemporary hard rock gem, with its breathy vocals and dreamlike guitar erupting into a pounding, double-time chorus thick with heavy guitars. "Divide" is an atmospheric, darkly compelling blend of crunchy riffs, Slash-y lead lines, and piano accents over Carmicle's raspy, expressive vocals. And "Walk in the Park," which instantly demands you sing along with it, brushes up against vintage pop-metal-ballad territory but avoids clich thanks to Carmicle's genuine delivery and his feel for creating a thoughtful, introspective tone.
The tracks "Kari Anovich" and "Divide" have already received airplay, both having appeared on the Jeffery Henderson show on Los Angeles station KLAS. On the Web, Broadjam, Garageband, and Purevolume are also hosting tracks from Portrait Audio Emotion. Carmicle is currently putting together a band and plans to tour in support of the album.
A true kid of the '70s, Carmicle's first loves were Zeppelin, Rush, and Frampton. He picked up the six-string at the age of nine, though he would spend nearly a decade playing bass in rock bands throughout his native Midwest. He landed in New York City during the height of the glam metal era and resumed his guitar playing with a band called CC Star, which made its debut at the hallowed CBGB's. After years on the club circuit, some touring, plenty of demos, and no luck landing a good label offer, "I wanted to take a stab at writing and producing everything from the ground up." He left New York to spend some time on the L.A. music scene, and eventually landed in Tampa Bay, Florida.
Statement By Prophet, Vocalist For U.S. Shock/Thrash Metal Band, 'St. Madness'
"I have been diagnosed with the same cancer as Lance Armstrong and Tom Green. Though this is a very difficult time for me, my family and St. Madness, together we are all standing tall. I must have one of my testicles removed and I have cancer in my lymph nodes in my back. This Sunday, October 23rd, a writer from The Phoenix (Arizona) New Times magazine is coming to my house to interview me. After the interview, I am going to shave my head for their cameras, and then I am going to give my hair to 'Locks of Love' (http://www.locksoflove.org)for children who need hair for wigs.
This is a disease that anyone can get at anytime. I don't feel that God is punishing me or anything like that. We all have sufferings to deal with in this life and it's just my turn. I plan to beat this and to be stronger than ever!!!
May the light of good Karma shine on you always!!!
Midwest Public Relations Firm, Buzz Communications, LLC, Celebrates Five Successful Years
Five years after opening, public relations firm Buzz Communications, LLC continues to flourish by providing creative and cutting-edge campaigns for musicians and other entertainment-related businesses throughout the country.
Since its first days in October 2000, Buzz Communications has been the creative force behind several established and up-and-coming bands such as The Boogie Men, singer/songwriter Ryan McIntyre (as well as his former band, EXIT), Sunspot, Crazy Man's Basement, OVADYA and many others. The staff has also landed repeat gigs locally as producers of the Wisconsin Area Music Industry (WAMI) Awards Show and nationally with the annually touring Go Girls Music Fest due to their extensive production team and knowledge of the ever-changing entertainment landscape.
Clients of the firm have not been the only ones to see the benefit of working with Buzz Communications. The independent music community on a national level has also taken notice. Through its offshoot Website, BuzzCommunicationsMusic.com, the firm reaches a world-wide audience with its CD reviews, artist interviews, music news, contest announcements and other features.
Evil Boy Records Is Here -- The U.K's Top Internet Record Company Seeking The Most Killing Bands In The Universe!
Evil Boy Records is a newly launched online record label which aims to represent talented UK bands by delivering their music to fans that want to hear it. We promote and sell our artists music via our worldwide digital distribution network offering new opportunities to unsigned bands.
We are Signing: We are looking for 10 quality, UK bands. From shit kickin' rock 'n roll to rockabilly ska and punk. From retro to new rock. From screaming indie to alternative metal. If it's loud we'll listen.
Evil Boy Records require 10 bands to form a premier artist roster. Our first signing shows our intent. We have captured the very wonderful Gypsy Pistoleros for Worldwide online release.
GYPSY PISTOLEROS have recorded their debut album 'Wild, Beautiful y los Damned' produced by guitarist Neil Phillips (Ex-Yo Yo's, The Wildhearts) and mastered by Terry Thomas (Bad Company, Tesla, 3 Colours Red). Worldwide online release of the double A-side 'Loco Loquito' and 'Bandido' is set for November 5th with the Album released February 2006 to coincide with a Spanish Tour including support slots with Thin Lizzy and Skid Row.
Club Connection Expands Reach To 200 Outlets Nationwide
Marco Club Connection, the club promotions division of The AristoMedia Group, continues to grow. In just over 18 months, Club Connection has increased its distribution network to include over 200 outlets nationwide.
Capitalizing on the resurgent popularity of country dance clubs, Club Connection provides services that allow artists to impact larger audiences and increase product awareness. A significant addition to Club Connection's primary services are the daily news briefs distributed to venues, patrons and industry executives.
"Over the past several months, we have seen a steady increase in the popularity of Country dance clubs," Jon Gunter, Coordinator of Club Connection said. "This, combined with the resurgence in Country music has been a catalyst for new outlets. Club Connection is proud to be a part of this ever-expanding market."
Club Connection has created successful promotion packages for artists including Trace Adkins, Dierks Bentley, Big & Rich, Montgomery Gentry, Toby Keith, and Gretchen Wilson. They increased consumer awareness for Keith Urban?s new concert DVD by distributing tickets and posters to clubs in large markets which were hosting premieres of the concert video.
Fuse, Deep Focus & Myspace Team Up To Offer Myspace Members A Dynamic Platform To Showcase Music And Become The Next Video Star On Fuse Video On-Demand
fuse, the nation's only all-music, viewer-influenced television network; Deep Focus, a leading interactive entertainment marketing agency; and MySpace.com, the pre-eminent domain where young bands and fans share and discover new music, announced the launch of an innovative promotion to find and launch the next big video star.
From now until November 4, young musicians will have the opportunity to go on to myspace.com/fuse and upload 1 - 3 minute videos for consideration to a dedicated fuse group page on MySpace. Judges from fuse and Deep Focus will select five finalist videos to be posted on the contest site beginning November 7. Site-goers will have a week to cast a vote for their favorite video. Beginning November 15, the number-one vote getter will receive extensive airplay and promotion on fuse's popular VOD service, fuse Video On-Demand, and MySpace making them the next big video star.
"Like everything we do, this promotion empowers music fans to help their favorite underground bands take the next step to gain vital exposure on the most edge-pushing and music-centric brand in music television - fuse," commented Joe Glennon, fuse's Senior Vice President of Distribution.
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