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Chemicals - Megan Henwood

Taken from Megan Henwood's forthcoming album 'Head Heart Hand'. www.meganhenwood.com Written by Megan Henwood. 

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naked sessions

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To celebrate the success that AWAL’s singer-songwriters have enjoyed in recent years, we commissioned a special one-off recording opportunity, and invited a selection of our favourite artists to participate in the project.

The concept for the session began with one amazing microphone, the ‘Soundfield’, capable of producing incredibly high quality results, both in stereo and 5.1 surround sound. Recordings have the additional benefit of appearing to be three-dimensional (ambisonic) when played back through headphones.

Recording ran over two days at the legendary RAK studios in St John’s Wood, London. Twelve artists took part in the session, with each track produced by Grammy and Brit award winning production team, Bacon & Quarmby.

With time at a premium, there would be no overdubs, and artists were limited in the number of takes they could record. This immediacy helped the finished tracks feel extremely intimate, perfectly conveying the idea of ‘The Naked Sessions’.

The artists who took part were Jack Savoretti, Duke Special, Gemma Hayes, Emily Barker & The Red Clay Halo, David Ford, Jenny Lindfors, Frank Hamilton, Misty Miller, Megan Henwood, Alexander Wolfe, Foreign Slippers and Dawn Landes.

The result of all this is The Naked Sessions: Vol.1, which will be released exclusively through iTunes on August 20th.
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Do have a listen to this and share It if you like it.

MFLL feels it should be enjoyed by a much wider audience..

 

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Michele Stodart - "Take Your Loving Back" - The Crypt Sessions

www.thecryptsessions.com

'The Crypt Sessions delights in bringing you the best new music and emerging artists, only this fresh face has seen it all before.'

 

 

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Powerful Stuff.

 

From the archive

 

Michele toured the UK in September. with band mates The Magic Numbers.

Read a recent review of their recent show in Sweden https://aliasreviews.wordpress.com/2014/10/31/the-magic-numbers-wake-up/

 They are currently in Spain https://www.facebook.com/TheMagicNumbers

and will soon head to Ireland. Rock and Roll.

 

When the tour finishes ..and we're sure it will be on a high ... we hope we get to hear Michele solo in an intimate gig in London Town. Soon.

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Mark Harrison Band ~ Easy Does It

Mark Harrison Band Filmed by Benji Taylor and Adam Smith at The Green Note, Camden, London, 2011...

 

 

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Woke up this morning in the mood  for some Mark Harrison music. To ease myself into the urban day.  

 

http://www.markharrisonrootsmusic.com/index.php

upcoming gigs  http://www.markharrisonrootsmusic.com/shows.php

 

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Eagles - Witchy Woman - Live on BBC 1973

"Witchy Woman" (Leadon, Henley) Don Henley - Drums, Lead vocal. Bernie Leadon - Guitar, vocals. Randy Mesiner - Bass, vocals. Glenn Frey - Guitar, vocals.
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Halloween has been and gone.

No reason why the witchy woman can't fly all year long!

In the company of eagles. 

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From the MFLL archive: Cosmo Sheldrake 'The Fly Part 2' live on the trap

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January 2015

 

Still love this video! Wonder what the bees and the hedgehog made of it all? 

 

December 2014 means December 2013 revisited

 

Dec 25 2013

My Christmas Morning Discovery! Already feels like my music video choice of 2013!

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Wednesday Music : Tanya Lacey sings Mary J. Blige "No More Drama"

"Bristol, UK hailing R&B star on the rise Tanya Lacey invited us to her studio to deliver a powerful performance for SoulCulture TV's InspiredBy series.... "..

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Tanya was great @ Station Sessions / St Pancras International a few years back, 2012 to be precise. A charismatic performer.

 

Catch up with the latest from Tanya Lacey here

http://www.tanyalaceyofficial.com/

 

(This one's for Picto. Who thinks I'm a Drama Queen. Part of the time.)

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Sunday Afternoon Music Choice: The Epstein - I Held You Once

Official Video for "I Held You Once" by The Epstein. Please do watch in HD
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Sunday afternoon gig @ Union Chapel upstairs bar

Sunday November 23 


Good acoustic music on lazy weekend afternoons in atmospheric places? Given that this is an increasingly rare affair, even in London, especially in London? This is  the gig  of choice!

 

 https://www.facebook.com/events/1508262439448057/

 http://www.theepstein.com/

 

a What's Cookin event 

http://sco.lt/8fhOgD

http://www.whatscookin.co.uk/wchome.html

 

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Tuesday Music Choice: Natalie Duncan - Devil In Me

Find Natalie on Facebook here: http://on.fb.me/vfQXYlhttp://soundcloud.com/natalieduncanhttp://www.natalieduncan.com/...

 

October, two years ago

 

Natalie did a brilliant set @ Station Sessions/ King's Cross last Thursday. It must have been difficult for her to perform with such intensity, with the audience standing only a few feet awa, in a  busy train station by daylight, rather than a dedicated, atmospheric music venue ...but hey! We really appreciated your stunning performance! The travellers from Paris looked gobsmacked..what a great advert for London for those just arriving @ St Pancras International!  Cool. Very cool.

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This recording of Natalie still sounds phenomenal, two years on!

She's currently on tour and also available for  private functions.

 

November 2012', MFLL saw her live at Jazz Voice/ The Barbican , alongside Imelda May and some other rousing , unlikely performers of Jazz, including the wonderful Boy George!  Must catch her love again soon.

 

http://www.theguardian.com/music/2012/nov/12/london-festival-jazz-voice-review

 

To hear Natalie perform in an intimate setting would be so good.

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Monday Music For A London Life: Hang Massive - Once Again -

http://hangmusic.org :: music info and downloads http://facebook.com/hangmassive

 

"A short hang drum duo video filmed on an autumnal morning in the beautiful town of Bath Spa. Hang music by Danny Cudd ( hang playing hedge monkeys ). Played by Danny Cudd and Markus Johansson. Hang is a beautiful instrument handmade in Switzerland."

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It's Monday! Hang loose! Smile. A lot. It's sunny here in London Town and it's good to feel the earth under my feet.

 

Hang Loose want to make an album.

if you like their music, and want to support them in this, here's where you can find out more 

http://www.pledgemusic.com/projects/hangmassive

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A Song For A Winter Weekend: The Head and the Heart ~ Winter Song

" Josiah, Jon and Charity perform "Winter Song" on a Ferris wheel in Seattle .."

 

 

 

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Friday Song: Chris Yendell - Humble Man

Chris Yendell - Humble Man - Recorded live at Paper Dress Vintage, Shoreditch, London. http://www.chrisyendell.com

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Chris Yendell has a gig tomorrow night @ Heath Street church in Hampstead. It's evident from the video  of Chris performing live @ Paper Dress Vintage that he is well worth listening to , especially in a space that  allows acoustic performers to shine. The Paper Dress Vintage music nights are no more, sadly, but there are still good places to listen, in an appealing atmosphere and Heath St church is one such place that deserves our support. Go, if you can.

 

http://heathstreet.org/events/chris-yendell-25-october-2014/

 

update!

 

Chris will be playing with his new band. They're called Evering and updates will generally be though that site from now on. Here's a link: https://www.facebook.com/everingmusic

 

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King Size Slim - Milk Drunk

Music Promo for King Size Slim - Milk Drunk From the new album available on Tree House 44
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So want to boogie!

find out about King Size shows here https://www.facebook.com/kingsizeslimmusic

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Joseph Arthur covers Lou Reed : Walk On The Wild Side

Off of Joseph Arthur's forthcoming album "Lou" featuring the songs of the great Lou Reed out on Vanguard Records on May 13, 2014. Video shot/edited/directed ...
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Joseph Arthur has Lou Reed totally covered. We like.

http://www.josepharthur.com/

Lou Reed has been gone a year. Hard to believe.

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what's cookin ?

what's cookin ? | Music for a London Life | Scoop.it

 

"STEPHEN & ALI WELCOME YOU TO WHAT'S COOKIN'... 
ITS A LITTLE BIT COUNTRY, BUT MOSTLY ITS A BIG BIT ROCK'N'ROLL!


The wonderful, wierd and wacky merry go-round world of What's Cookin' is currently at...

 

LEYTONSTONE EX-SERVICEMENS CLUB. An old haunt of the rock'n'roll kitchen. Its a nice function room, it has its own bar, and does real ale. And its cheap bar prices! Shows are normally EVERY Wednesday and the 1st & 3rd Saturday of the month (and additionally the 5th Saturday if there is one). Doors open 8.30pm and we're normally done'n'dusted by 11.00pm-ish. As usual it'll be a free entry night with a collection to pay the musicians. PLEASE BE GENEROUS! Its the way we make the night work. Accompanied children aged 11+ allowed.

 

What's Cookin'... 
Upstairs @ Leytonstone Ex-Servicemens Club 
Harvey Road 
Leytonstone, London E11 
Leytonstone Underground (2 min) 
Leytonstone High Road BR Station (10 min)

 

What's Cookin' SUNDAY SESSIONS @ THE UNION CHAPEL. The Sunday dates will vary so check the On The Menu page for what's happening. Doors open 2.30pm and we're normally finished by 6.00pm. These will be ticketed/pay on the door shows and prices will vary. Accompanied children aged 14+ allowed.

 

What's Cookin' SUNDAY SESSIONS @ THE UNION CHAPEL 
Compton Terrace, Upper Street, Islington N1 2UN 
Info on the lovely chapel here: www.unionchapel.org.uk

 

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MFLL  has not been to a Leytonstone show. In fact we've never been to Leytonstone! Must put that right in the near future, as the line-up is reliably  good.  And it's FREE , donations welcomed.

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Saturday Music: Rachael Dadd (and Emma Gatrill) Let it Rise

Rachael Dadd (accompanied by Emma Gatrill on clarinet) performance of 'Let it Rise' was an exclusive C Music TV Session for the Award winning classical, cine...
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Rachael Dadd is performing @ Daylight Music @ Union Chapel this (Saturday) afternoon. It's a *free* gig, with a suggested donation of £3:50

http://store.unionchapel.org.uk/events/1-nov-14-daylight-music-union-chapel/

 

http://blog.rachaeldadd.com/post/95995569711/born-from-the-richness-of-rachael-dadd-s

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Thursday Duet : Sinead O'Connor & Shane MacGowan - Haunted

The purity of the young Sinead's voice sits so comfortably beside Shane's gravelly rasp..  I think they work beautifully together ..

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Tuesday Music: Nizlopi - JCB Song (live at TOTP)

this is the performance from the week BEFORE the JCB Song became #1 in the UK
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In common with a load of other people, MFLL really likes the JCB song!  Written in response to childhood bullying at school, it.became a number one hit, but hey! there's more to these guys! They're brilliant live, by all accounts. And they've got plenty of crowd pleasing material for this first tour in six years, including songs from their new live CD .. Nizlopi are @ Dingwalls on Thursday night. Expect a rousing mega singalong for fans old and new. Wear your party hat . And leave your inhibitions at the door.

 

http://www.nizlopi.com/

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MFLL GIG CHOICE `•.¸ *★ ♫ ¸。 ☆。¸ ¸*•. * `•. * ´.•´ From Finland to Hackney `•.¸ *★ ♫ ¸。 ☆。¸ ¸*•. * FRIGG

From Finland to Hackney: Frigg @ St. Mark's on Saturday 22 November.

 

Let the reviews speak for this Finnish super troop of fantastic fiddlers, about to take East London by storm. Listening to Frigg, they have the ability to spirit you away to an original, addictive, musical landscape and as you become absorbed entranced even, it is impossible to sit still, The London gig promises to be a very special night, not to be missed by Londoners who love the sound of dynamic Nordgrass (Nordic Folk meets American Bluegrass)

 

“This is Blazin’ Fiddles on steroids! Powerful stuff, sometimes an out and out rock band, sometimes subtle, mellow and melodic, sometimes old timey/bluegrassy, sometimes with a wild gypsy feel but always top notch musicianship” –
The Living Tradition

“The mighty Frigg - exquisite!” – Fiona Talkington, BBC Radio 3

“Alternately rousing and reflective - music to rope reindeer by!" –
World Music Charts Europe

 

“Their latest album is invigorating and exciting – listening is enough to entice you to travel some distance to see them perform live” – FATEA

“Their music is unwavering and accomplished – working instruments hard has never looked so easy” – Fiddle On Magazine

 

“Their superbly matched four fiddle frontline, buoyant string rhythm section and dynamic arrangements, complete with humorously choreographed movements, proved irresistible” Glasgow Herald

“They make one fantastic sound - I can’t help but throw up my arms in admiration” – Frank Hennessy, BBC Radio Wales

“The tunes are a non-stop whirlwind”- Phil Brown, The Drift, BBC Radio Lancashire

 

Catch them in full flight at their debut London gig on Sat 22 Nov @ St Mark’s Church Hall, Hackney E8 2NL where they will be performing their latest lively CD Polka V.

 

"There aren't many bands who can better a perfect album, but Frigg has done it with Polka V. Their playing is as exquisite as always and there’s a greater depth of invention, fun and beauty than ever. Frigg has done it again!" - Fiona Talkington,
BBC Radio 3’s Late Junction

 

This Frigg gig promises its audience "a hair-raising, voice-losing, heart-burstingly beautiful gig full of traditional Finnish tunes with Norwegian detours”

 

Frigg website : www.frigg.fi

At Shetland Festival http://youtu.be/1Xm1a35mJt4

 

And some final F words to describe Frigg? Fast, furious and fun, by all accounts! Sounds just the ticket for a winter warmer.

 

Tickets from www.thenestcollective.co.uk

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MFLL Jukebox: The Killers - Human

The Killers live at the MTV Europe Video Awards performing "Human" with some added lyrics at the end from "Bring on the Dancing Horses" by Echo & the Bunnymen.
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Feeling sluggish?

This one will get you up and dancing and punching the air!

 

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Sunday Choice ~ Jamaican Queens ~ Caitlin

Sunday Choice ~ Jamaican Queens ~ Caitlin | Music for a London Life | Scoop.it

Young Blood From The Motor City Premiere a Kaleidoscopic Video

                

"Detroit’s dystopian environs are transformed by a psychedelic explosion of color in Jamaican Queens’ new video for “Caitlin.” Local filmmaker Daniel DeMaggio spent the better part of a month adding the swirling, surreal animated visuals to footage shot in one of the city’s many empty spaces. “We created a green screen in a vacant warehouse,” says the group’s vocalist and co-producer Ryan Spencer. “Dan doesn’t have heat at his place, so he stays over at my place when it gets really cold. He’s my favorite artist in the city and when he expressed interest in doing something with us, we jumped on the opportunity.” Spencer wrote “Caitlin” as a ‘secret Santa’ present to comfort his eponymous friend—who also stars in today’s video—after her grandmother was tragically killed. “I think she really liked the gift,” he says. The trio, completed by drummer Ryan Clancy and guitarist, bassist, co-producer and back-up singer Adam Pressley, recently released their debut album Wormfood, which fuses playful indie and “Detroit trap pop,” a synthetic-voiced hybrid of hip-hop, dubstep and other sonic elements currently energizing the city’s fertile underground."

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Saturday Song: Ben Howard @Pinkpop 2013

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great music for the week's end

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MFLL Thursday Music: Wild Child

MFLL Thursday Music: Wild Child | Music for a London Life | Scoop.it
#IMAWILDCHILD
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October 22

Now  here's the good news!

 

Wild Child are in the UK shortly and  are in Hoxton on  November 11 

Check out the tour here 

 

http://wildchildsounds.com/shows/

 

June 17 2014:

 

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Afternoon All!
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Great New Discovery

All the way from Austin, for your listening pleasure.

They've certainly put a mad skip to my step on this early start to the city day.

Maybe  they'll come over sometime  and play live in London?

C'mon guys! You know you want to!

 

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June 17 2014:

 

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Afternoon All!
❤️

❤️

Great New Discovery

All the way from Austin, for your listening pleasure.

They've certainly put a mad skip to my step on this early start to the city day.

Maybe  they'll come over sometime  and play live in London?

C'mon guys! You know you want to!