Saturday, 20 September 2014

Daptone Records.

                                                        Daptone Records.
Daptone records was founded in 2001, by Neal Sugarman and Gabe Roth!
Converting an old 2-story town house in the working class area, Bushwick, Brooklyn, New York
into an analog recording mecca of soul and funk!
Head studio engineer Gabe Roth captures a cool 60s/70s sound. Daptone has a house band The Dap Kings, who are truly a class act, and provide the backing music for star soul singers
Sharon Jones and Charles Bradley,  To list just a couple!
Recordings from Daptone are available in many formats including: vinyl, cassette tape! CD, and mp3 download!
A truly amazing independent Record company full of soul and heart.
I have no affiliation with Daptone! It's a label i came across while browsing on uTube and was so impressed to find a cool old school Record company that record talented people!
I for one will be following this label with keen interest and as a lover of vinyl can't wait to organise my first order of 45s!
Daptones website link is here.

Wednesday, 17 September 2014

Music and Stuff

                                                                 Music and Stuff!
A lot has been said about today's music! To me there is some great stuff and some crap stuff out there.
And having said that, Personal taste is an  individual thing that everyone has and everyones personal taste differs! In most cases it comes down to cost! Record labels aren't making the money they once
made due to the massive amounts of illegal downloading that happens these days so they need to cut recording costs, And they also don't take as many risks on what they put out, So rather than support artists of talent and difference they go for things that sell, 
Now to say that labels didn't do that before the digital age would be wrong! Yes, they did! But and it's a big but! It is hard to see where the next truly lasting big thing is going to come from in the future.
The beatles were turned down by many labels for different reasons, The last reason is famous! Decca
records label heads said to them "guitar bands are on the way OUT! Laughable that in 1961/62 that
that was their attitude! George Martin for some reason could see that they had something! This was a guy that had never before recorded a rock/pop group! But he was prepared to take a risk! And when at  the meeting of EMI label heads he told them of his find and planned signing of them ( The Beatles ) 
They laughed at him! The rest of that great rags to riches story is history, 
These days its doubtful that will happen again! 2 reasons! reason 1, Finding a group or solo artist with 
that emence talent! Reason 2, Finding a real record label with a George Martin type person running it
who is prepared and can afford to take a risk!
Not someone who looks for the best looking girl or boy that can simply be auto tuned and who can dance! 
Now i'm not going to sit here and bag out different artists! There is no point! and all being said, This is
only my point of view, and their are always exceptions! eg: The Arctic Monkey's come to mind,
But not on the scale of yesteryear! 
And on another positive  note, It is fun scraping through the crap and finding some still great bands out there doing some great stuff. eg, Paul Weller, The Kooks, The Kaiser Chiefs  and of corse Windy and I
( The Oompah Roundabout ) we don't use Auto tuning or any music loops, Really we still record the way it was done years ago but we record onto a mac instead of tape.
We are lucky that we have our own studio! We never bothered to try for a contract for many reasons!
Our, age! Our looks! hahaha to name a couple! and the main reason being we want to put out what we want wether it sells or not! 

Wednesday, 10 September 2014

Mastering at Abbey Road Studio.

                                                    Mastering at Abbey Road Studio.

Mastering is the final stage in the production process and ensures that the music fits together seamlessly and that it is presented with the best possible sound. It involves editing and compiling the required mixes and tracks in production order, cleaning the audio to remove any unwanted blemishes or corruptions, polishing the mixed sound with equalisation, compression and other outboard processing and then producing the final master. The combination of our award-winning engineers, Abbey Road Studios acoustics and our unrivalled range of traditional and state-of-the-art equipment ensure that we are world leaders in the fields of audio mastering and sound restoration.

We can master to enhance both old and new recordings from any format: 78rpm or LP discs, analogue tape, digital master tape or audio file. We have a range of stereo and surround mastering suites for creating a finished audio master, from mastering for a CD or audio files, cutting lacquer or copper vinyl, through to 5.1 and 7.1 surround production for DVD or High Definition broadcast and Blu-ray disc.

We welcome clients to attend the mastering session and work on a one-to-one basis with our specialist mastering engineers. Alternatively, we offer a tailor-made virtual service for global clients through our Abbey Road Online Mastering service. 

Tuesday, 9 September 2014

Bruce Foxton.

                                                                     Bruce Foxton.
Bruce Foxton, bass player, song writer, singer! was born in working, Surrey England 1 september 1955.
He, Rick Buckler and Paul Weller made up that iconic band from the late 1970s early 1980s The Jam.
Unfortunately The Jam split in 1982! leaving millions of fans, me included! Disappointed!
Bruce went on with a short solo career releasing the album "Touch sensitive" (#68 uk) and had minor
uk hits in 1983-84 with "Freak" and "This is the way" "Makes me wonder" . He later joined "Stiff little fingers" and was in that band for 15 years! Stiff little fingers released 5 albums.
In 1995 he and Jam drummer Rick Buckler collaborated on "our story" a biogrophy on their years in The Jam.
And then in Febuary 2007 Bruce and Rick did what Jam fans around the world could only dream about! They announced that the 2 of them would be reforming along with members from 
"The Gift" a Jam Tribute band and go on tour! In march 2008 they toured Australia and New Zealand! I caught the Perth show ( Western Australia ) And although Paul Weller wasnt in the band they still sounded great and true! My older brother was with me, He being the one to turn me onto The Jam!
Knowing how i was feeling about seeing 2 of my 7 hero's, The others being, John ,Paul, George, Ringo, and Paul Weller, and seeing his face light up made my day! Bruce released a solo album in 2012 called "Back in the room". 
This link is to Bruce Foxton's official web site.

Sunday, 7 September 2014

The Oompah Roundabout shoot new video!

                                          The Oompah Roundabout shoot new video!
The Oompah Roundabout shot the video for their new single "Breed with you" last night. ( 06-09-14 )
Halfanacker film studio came alive with their crazy antics, jumping around like monkeys on heat!
Pre-Production work was carried out at Windy Wobbles studio last week and a recapping viewing had
the boy's in fits of laughter!
They assure me the video will be in good taste!
Some pics from last nights shoot are below this text.
The boy's other video's can be viewed on their uTube channel,
And this next link is to their website, 
You can find them on facebook as well.

Saturday, 6 September 2014

Thanks for checking out my music and stuff blog!

                                     Thanks for checking out my music and stuff blog!
You guy's rock! Thanks for checking out my music and stuff blog, I love doing it and im think of ways
to improve it to make it better for you as i move forward.
Im also going to be launching other blogs of different types in the near future as well as working on the Oompah blog on The Oompah Roundabouts website!
This is just a short post of thanks. 

my beautiful girlfriend Miss Squeak and i having fun as always! Thanks for all your help miss Squeak! you rock! XXX

Thursday, 4 September 2014

The Beatles at the Hollywood Bowl.

                                             The Beatles at The Hollywood Bowl! 
I love this record! It came out in 1977 when I was 12! After getting my copy of the album I played it over and over on my mum and dads HMV record player.
The set list is taken from the best played songs from the 1964 and 1965 concerts.
Side one
  1. "Twist and Shout" (Phil Medley and Bert Russell) (30 August 1965) – 1:32
  2. "She's a Woman" (30 August 1965) – 2:53
  3. "Dizzy, Miss Lizzy" (Larry Williams) (29/30 August 1965) – 3:37
  4. "Ticket to Ride" (29 August 1965) – 2:51
  5. "Can't Buy Me Love" (30 August 1965) – 2:16
  6. "Things We Said Today" (23 August 1964) – 2:20
  7. "Roll Over Beethoven" (Chuck Berry) (23 August 1964) – 2:28
Side two
  1. "Boys" (Luther Dixon and Wes Farrell) (23 August 1964) – 2:12
  2. "A Hard Day's Night" (30 August 1965) – 3:15
  3. "Help!" (29 August 1965) – 2:46
  4. "All My Loving" (23 August 1964) – 2:14
  5. "She Loves You" (23 August 1964) – 2:31
  6. "Long Tall Sally" (Enotris JohnsonRichard Penniman, and Robert Blackwell) (23 August 1964) – 2:53
Link to concert footage.
Link to The Oompah Roundabouts website.

Wednesday, 27 August 2014

The Oompah Roundabout's 4th single is out!

The Oompah Roundabout's 4th single is out and is currently available at with iTunes,Amizon,Google play and all other online stores to follow! 
The song is called "Breed with you"! A fast paced, rocker reminiscent of The Kinks, The Easybeats, The Knack, with a bit of The Jam and The Beatles thrown in as well! 
Recorded at their home studio ( Gap central recording studio ) and mixed / mastered at The Wave shop in the USA, This is the first recording since the studios upgrade a short time ago! and the boy's are pleased with the results! 
The layout and wall treatments have brightened the drum sound not to mention making more room for  microphone   placement allowing the boy's to try different mic setups!
In this song Hormone used his Rickenbacker for the rythum tracks and his mint coloured Fender stratocaster for the lead and over dubbed strums! adding texture and power to the guitar sound.
The video shoot is planned for early september and should be up on their uTube channel the end of that month!
Be sure to check out their uTube channel  like,subscribe and comment on their video's, As well as recording all their songs they also shoot and edit their video's at their home film studio they call ( Halfanacker film studio ) and are planning to not only add their music video's but also other video's, interviews,home studio vids, and what ever else their crazy minds can come up with! 
The Oompah Roundabout, Truly can call themselves an indie band and look like being around for some time! 
Oh, they asked me to say thanks for all the suport you have given them! they are blown away with it! and one last word! Oompah!  :):)

Saturday, 16 August 2014

The Four Tops.

                                                                  The Four Tops.

The Four Tops are an American vocal quartet from DetroitMichiganwho helped to define the city's Motown sound of the 1960s. The group's repertoire has included soul musicR&Bdiscoadult contemporarydoo-wopjazz, and showtunes.

Founded as The Four Aims, lead singer Levi Stubbs (born Levi Stubbles, a cousin of Jackie Wilson and brother of The Falcons' Joe Stubbs), and groupmates Abdul "Duke" FakirRenaldo "Obie" Benson and Lawrence Payton remained together for over four decades, having gone from 1953 until 1997 without a change in personnel.

The Four Tops were among a number of groups, including The MiraclesThe MarvelettesMartha and the VandellasThe Temptations, and The Supremes, who established the Motown Sound around the world during the 1960s. They were notable for having Stubbs, a baritone, as their lead singer, whereas most male/mixed vocal groups of the time were fronted by a tenor.

The group was the main male vocal group for the highly successfulsongwriting and production team of Holland–Dozier–Holland, who crafted a stream of hit singles on Motown. These included twoBillboard Hot 100 number-one hits for the Tops: "I Can't Help Myself (Sugar Pie Honey Bunch)" in 1965 and "Reach Out I'll Be There" in 1966. After Holland-Dozier-Holland left Motown in 1967, the Four Tops were assigned to a number of producers, primarily Frank Wilson, but generally with less success.