Category: Features of the Month

January 31st, 2017

Unfinished Mail

NIna Simone
 
 
I write this the day after Martin Luther King Jr Day in the US. Yesterday I watched a brilliant documentary on Nina Simone. It included a song I consider iconic. It is “Strange Fruit” about lynching in the United States. I first heard the song as part of a musical history of the blues in a stage show called “Ain’t Nothing But the Blues.” It stuck like glue with me. 
 
Another song that stays with me is Leonard Cohen’s “Hallelujah.” Years ago I saw Meika Pauley in person. She dissected this iconic song verse by verse and forever changed it in my mind. 
 
This past year I saw Aldous Harding do Rob Orbison’s “Crying.” It was a slow dripping rendition that still clings to my heart. 
 
Songs are living creatures. When you as a songwriter make them they take a life of their own. They can be wild creatures. A single song can change your set and your life. I remember at one time hearing “The song stands out.” If it is meant to do great things it will. This stands true whether it is done as an individual songwriter, a songwriter for hire, or a member of a band. The song has a voice that will speak to the audience…if it’s the right song. Be aware of the voice you create and know that the song may not always be yours.  

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January 31st, 2017
Upcoming New Releases
Pieta Brown – Postcards – https://www.pietabrown.com/
Caroline Spence – Spades & Roses – http://www.carolinespencemusic.com/
Sleater Kinney – Live in Paris – http://www.sleater-kinney.com/
Nikki Lane – Highway Queen – https://www.nikkilane.com/
Molly Burch – Please Be Mine – http://www.mollyburchmusic.com/

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January 31st, 2017

Artist of the Month –  February 2017

Mr. Airplane Man

Mr. Airplane Man – This Boston 2 piece is nothing you would expect. They released a bunch of albums in the early 00’s including Moanin’, Shakin’ Around, C’mon DJ, and more. They recently got back together after a 10 year absence and did Geneva Station last year. Think of an old Mississippi blues man meeting Jack White with a touch of Reverend Horton Heat and you have the flavor of Mr. Airplane Man. http://www.mrairplaneman.com/

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January 30th, 2017

Website of the Month –   February 2017

The Internet Music Database – http://imuzdb.com/ 

The Internet Music Database

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January 30th, 2017

Film of the Month – February 2017

The Empowerment Project –   http://www.empowermentproject.com/
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January 29th, 2017

Download of the Month  – February 2017

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January 29th, 2017

Video of the Month –  February 2017

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January 29th, 2017

Song of the Month – February 2017

 

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January 1st, 2017

Unfinished Mail – January 2017

More Than About Music

Happy New Year!
 
Both the January & February issues of 2017 began as early as August & September. After the overwhelming response to our February 2016 issue on Women Tour Managers we were hungry to try for bigger issues. This month we present Women In Studio Production. We are already accumulating leads for other large features. I personally view it as part of my mission to shine a light on the music industry as a whole…not just musicians. 
 
2016 was one of FEMMUSIC’s biggest years. I think we did more than I ever thought possible. I now want to expand my thinking and redefine what can be done. That means aiming bigger. At the same time I don’t want to ignore our core of supporting emerging artists. I live for live shows and want to feed my music addiction as much as possible. I have always defined FEMMUSIC as an international magazine focusing on women in music. The international is more than a word. I seek out artists in different countries and with different experiences. 
 
It is near Christmas weekend as I write this. My deadline is breathing down my back like a hungry dragon. It is as thrilling as it is scary. Look for more to come. I have Spring planned but Summer is always a wild creature. Keep reading and tell your friends. FEMMUSIC is more than about music. 

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December 31st, 2016

Upcoming New Releases

Amy MacDonald – Under Stars – http://www.amymacdonald.co.uk/
Leslie Tom – Leslie Tom EP  – http://www.leslietommusic.com/
Natalie Hemby- Puxico – http://www.creativenationmusic.com/
Laura Marling – Semper Femina – https://live.lauramarling.com/
The Big Moon – Love In the 4th Dimension – http://thebigmoon.co.uk/

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December 31st, 2016

Artist of the Month –  January 2017

Elsa Carmona

Elsa Carmona – This electropop artists is blending R & B to pop with a delicious result. Her singles “Run Baby Run” & “Ritual” have been streaming on FEMMUSIC’s Soundcloud channel. Carmona is based in Sweden but comes from Barcelona. She is a great new story about to begin. https://www.facebook.com/elsacarmonamusic/

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December 30th, 2016

Festival of the Month – January 2017

Saint Jerome’s Laneway Festival
January 21-February 5, 2017
 http://lanewayfestival.com/

Saint Jerome's Laneway Festival

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