The transition from 2012 to 2013 has been so good to us with opportunities to meet so many new musicians, we wanted to let you know what we’re been up to!
Bringing 2012 to a close, we got the opportunity to have an interview with a musician that has been pushing the limits to create music unlike any you have heard before: G Love . We got to interview Suitcase Rodeo and learn about what brought their all-star members together. Contributing writer Mia Pye nearly missed an interview with Dirty Names , but enjoyed an epic mood boosting show after a long day on the road. Getting to chat with the family-like Fear Nuttin Band, we learned that Prowla isn’t a big fan of the northeast’s “cold as crap” weather, but that the band considers the northeast a hotspot for musical collaboration. Contributing writer Rose Vallasio brought us to STS9 as they start their festival circuit.
Add in meeting west coast’s Pacific Dub , and we’re connecting dots across musical miles. Meeting up with the Gang of Thieves and The Quick & Easy Boys was just as fun, learning about news tunes and new tours.
On a bit of a different note, we studied Rootfire Music, an organization that is in some ways quite similar to us. Rootfire Music’s mission is “To positively contribute and participate in the progressive roots community.” Developing a community to share goals, inspiration, tactics, tools, and tunes. It’s great to have wonderful brothers-in-arms.
Not to mention the many albums we’ve gotten to share with our readers:
Dubbest, Justin Levinson, Justin Ancheta Band, Blue James Band, John Brown’s body, Kobo Town, Bimini Rd., Sister City, Van Gordon Martin, Elsten Torres, Cas Haley, Vieux Farka Toure, Roots of Creation, Chris Faroe, Lord Mouse and The Kalypso Kats, and more!
Plus, Angelica’s new Twitter and blog on Tumblr has added a broader aspect to the way we do things and now people can stay even more updated on the northeast music scene!
We couldn’t have returned from our winter hiatus without the hard work and dedication of our many contributors and interns. Thank you all for your time and energy. It is greatly appreciated!
Make sure to take a look at the Angelica Music blog, and follow us on Twitter and Facebook to learn more about all of these wonderful musicians we’ve gotten to meet.
And always check back to angelica-music.com to learn about the awesome music in this world!
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We are super excited to announce the pre-order of our newest EP “My, How You’ve Grown” through Kickstarter. We spent five days recording 5 of our favorite new Big Tree songs at San Francisco’s Tiny Telephone Studios, and we are seriously pumped to get them into your hands and ears. Click the link above or the photo above to be taken to the project page.
You can wait until the September release date for this new material, OR you can be a part of our pre-order through Kickstarter and be the first to hear the new stuff, as well as receive some extra goodies. Ordering the EP now will help us out a ton. Your financial support sooner rather than later will help make this music come to life in CD and vinyl form, as well as aid in other production costs.
It’s boring to talk about money, but if you’re interested in seeing a breakdown of the finances and what goes into making a recording, you can find more information on the Kickstarter project page, along with a video and asneak peak of the new tunes.
Thank you for listening and sharing our excitement! We appreciate you more than you know, and feel so blessed to have such a strong Big Tree community full of friends, family, and fans we have yet to meet!
-Kaila, Anna, Danny, Luke, & Matt
9.27.13 Los Angeles, CA @ Bootleg Bar
10.12-10.20 East Coast Tour TBA
You have a choice of two wonderful global music concerts tonight and tomorrow, and many more coming up soon. If you are in a dancing mood, Sierra Leone’s Refugee All Stars are playing atHigher Ground in Burlington tonight and at the Haybarn Theater in Plainfield tomorrow night. If you are feeling more romantic, the lovely French-American singer Francesca Blanchard is atTourterelle in New Haven.
The phenomenal Garifuna Collective will be at the Haybarn Theater in Plainfield on July 5th and at Higher Ground on July 6th in a double bill with Malian guitarist Vieux Farka Toure.
Later in July, don’t miss the new-calypso Trinidadian wordsmith Kobo Town at Festival on the Green in Middlebury on July 11 and Club Metronome in Burlington on July 12.
Sadly (insert sarcastic tone here) I am in Rio de Janeiro this weekend, so I will miss the shows tonight and tomorrow, but I hope to see you at The Garifuna Collective and Kobo Town concerts. As always, your help spreading the word is greatly appreciated.
Links to all shows can be found at www.cumbancha.com/events.
KOBO TOWN @ Festival On The Green Thursday, July 11, 2013 Middlebury Green, at the junction of Routes 7, 125, and 30, Middlebury, VT 8:30pm/ FREE / All Ages
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Founded by emigré Trinidadian songwriter Drew Gonsalves, Kobo Town takes the intricate wordplay of classic Caribbean music and runs it through a 21st Century filter. In the world of Kobo Town calypso, roots reggae, and acoustic instrumentation meet innovative production techniques, social commentary and indie rock attitude. Stonetree and Cumbancha will release Kobo Town’s second album Jumbie in the Jukebox out now.
Gonsalves was raised in a middle class suburban town outside Port-of-Spain but his family relocated to Canada when he was 13 years old. Even though he was exposed to a lot of music growing up on the island, the local folklore tradition of calypso music wasn’t his main interest back then. Like most of his peers, he was mostly influenced by American and British rock music…and even admits to a passion for heavy metal in his early teens.
It wasn’t until he relocated to Canada that the prism of nostalgia and a deepening interest in his country’s history led him to explore the rich traditions of calypso music, mostly by digging through bins of old records in second-hand stores. “Calypso is the folk music of urban Trinidad,” explains Gonsalves, “it was the music that spoke, not only to us, but like us. It was full of gossip and innuendo and addressed every topic under the sun from every possible angle. And it delivered its ideas with wit and humor. Political song-writing can get so self-righteous and dour, and it was always refreshing to hear it done with a laugh and a smile.”
With that in mind, Gonsalves formed Kobo Town (the name references the neighborhood where calypso is said to have been born) who released an acclaimed debut album in 2007. Their 2013 release, Jumbie in the Jukebox, refers to the jumbie, a spirit in Trinidadian folklore. According to Gonsalves, “A jumbie fulfills many roles. Its used to frighten children, sort of like boogie man. It evokes a sense of mystery about the world and all of the strange forces that influence its course.”
For Jumbie in the Jukebox, Kobo Town teamed up with producer Ivan Duran who brought to the recording a new perspective and inspiration. “I brought the words and tunes, Ivan brought the dirt and the depth,” remembers Gonsalves, “and during our first session at his studio, he placed an old barely-playable electric guitar in my hands and it changed our sound completely. In the sessions, he was always pushing for us to find the right intent for the songs, to create the right mood and to veer off in unintended musical directions.” Ivan Duran is well known for his masterful work on the now classic album Wátina from Andy Palacio & the Garifuna Collective that earned a 2007 WOMEX Award and was selected by Amazon.com as “The Greatest World Music Album of All Time.” The result of his collaboration with Kobo Town is a striking recording that reflects their mutual commitment to “stick to the roots and do the unexpected at the same time.” The album was recorded between Montreal, Trinidad, Belize and the band’s home base in Toronto. (READ MORE)
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