Kraak & Smaak

From the town of Leiden in the Netherlands, Oscar de Jong, Mark Kneppers and Wim Plug make up a music production trio known as Kraak & Smaak.

The first song below features the vocals of Ben Westbeech.

Kraak & Smaak - Squeeze me

Kraak & Smaak - Let's Go Back (feat Romanthony)

Kraak & Smaak - No Sun In The Sky (Henrik Schwarz Remix)

Kraak & Smaak - Say Yeah

Connect direct with Kraak & Smaak at KraakSmaak.Com, on and on Twitter.Com/KraakSmaak

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Dezarie is a roots reggae artist from St. Croix, Virgin Islands. Particularly love this track. Enjoy! GC

Strenghten Your Mind

Connect direct with Dezarie at the record label, Rastafaria Recordings, via Dezarie.Com

The Dunwells and SHEL - Follow the Road (LIVE)

My most favorite emerging band of all sisters known as SHEL (see one of SHEL's videos here) hooked up with the band of brothers known The Dunwells in Memphis at the Folk Alliance International conference. The video/lighting sucks, but the music is a delight.
Enjoy! GC

The Dunwells and SHEL - Follow the Road (LIVE)

Connect direct with SHEL at SHELmusic.Com, Facebook.Com/ILoveSHELMusic, and

Connect direct with The Dunwells at TheDunwells.Com

Bridgette Mcwilliams - Fire (Remix)

A very tasty soul song that I heard via Gavin Christopher, mentioned in the post below this one. Trying to figure out what Gavin did on this track. Can hear his voice in the background. He may have played a songwriting and production roll too. GC


Came across Zana.M from a old friend, Gavin Christopher. Gavin is one of those gifted cats who is one of the most serious soul singers you'll ever see live. He is also a great songwriter whose reputation goes back to the days of writing and co-writing songs for great groups like Rufus & Chaka Khan. I got to know Gavin when I shot the China Club Pro Jams back in the 1990's and he was lead vocalist in the group, Jack Mack and the Heart Attack. Gavin never stops working and writing. Here is one of his current collaborations with ZANA.M of Tokyo.

Peace Love Groove,


Gaby Moreno - One of the Greatest Indies in the World

Here is one of the most prolific international indie artists on the scene. The videos below are from her most recent European tour when she performed in Paris on February 17, 2012.

Gaby Moreno performs No Regrets and then performs Daydream (Live at Théatre 13 Jardin - Paris)

Gaby Moreno - Mess a Good Thing (Live at Théatre 13 Jardin - Paris)

Gaby Moreno performs Fever - (Live at Théatre 13 Jardin - Paris)

Gaby Moreno performs Laisse tomber les filles - (Live at Théatre 13 Jardin - Paris)

Connect direct with Gaby Moreno at Gaby-Moreno.Com,,, and on

***Gaby Moreno update: Since this post was originally posted in February of 2012, Gaby has transcended beyond "indie" status when she was signed to Metamorfosis‎ Records in March of 2012. In November, 2013, Gaby won the Latin Grammy in the category for Best New Artist, something MusicLoad had proclaimed several times prior to that as far back as 2006 :)

See the video to a song from Gaby's latest 2014 Christmas Album:

Enjoy these additional Gaby Moreno performances, filmed live with excellence:

Gaby Moreno performs on Treble Clef Live :)

Gaby Moreno performs a live take of Quizás, Quizás, Quizás

Gaby Moreno plays songs from her Illustrated Songs album, live.

Billy Preston

Billy Preston wrote this song with two other writers, and he was the first to record it and release it, just before Joe Cocker covered and released it slightly later in the same year and was credited for making the song famous. This recording by Billy Preston is such a beautiful heartfelt authentic recording. It was the 6th track on Billy's 11th record, The Kids & I, released in 1974.

It was such a cool thing to film Billy Preston live, performing at the China Club pro jams in the 1990's, where I was the exclusive videographer. I have some dope ass footage. The dude was full of rare energy that always brought the room to higher life. Will post at some point. Stay tuned.

Peace Love Groove,

There is some great information about Billy Preston on a Wikipedia page devoted to his life. See

Sara Bareilles - Gonna Get Over You

I hate nepotism, unless of course, we are talking about one of my friends. Ha Ha.... Sara Bareilles is not just a friend of mine, she is one of my customers too.... And, I love her and all of her music. AND..... She has a great sense of humor and is super duper humble and cool, as is evident in the video.

Sara Bareilles - Gonna Get Over You

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Peace Love Groove,

Marc Collis - Angel Eyes

One of the greatest loves of all time: Rest In Peace Whitney Houston

First TV performance by Whitney Houston - "Home" - as derived from The Wiz.
1985 - Merv Griffin Show

The man who put Whitney on Merv Griffin's show, and guided her as she rose to great success, consistently delivering her remarkable music, was the incredible music business guru, Clive Davis.

Clive Davis speaks about Whitney Houston at her funeral.

Connect direct with Whitney Houston, for her legacy lives on, at WhitneyHouston.Com

Peace Love Groove

Salt Petal - an indie living room recoding in the raw

Came across indie music video producer Elliot Glass on YouTube a while back and immediately loved his films of LA indie bands shot in what seems to be various living rooms. He has amassed numerous of great recordings. His crew at Little Videos records the sound beautifully and the photography/video work is pretty darned good and always fits.

Salt Petal - Young Love

Connect direct with Salt Petal at SaltPetal.Com

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Steely Dan

MusicLoad presents Steely Dan - Countdown to Ecstasy

When I was a 10 years old, I asked for this record for a birthday or Christmas and my great grandmother went to the store to buy it and changed her mind. She told my mother that the album cover contained pornography. When I heard that I wasn't getting that record and nobody would tell me what pornography was, I really wanted to have that record even more. I collected enough pop bottles to trade in to buy that record, and became addicted to this obscure form of pornography known as Steely Dan. This song is just one of my favorites on the record. In fact I love them all and could scat every riff, as a kid, and still can. This record went a long way toward shaping my love for music. gc

Steely Dan - Your Gold Teeth

Connect direct with Steely Dan at SteelyDan.Com

This song was the track #3 on Steely Dan's "Countdown To Ecstasy" album released in 1973. Personnel on the entire album: Walter Becker (vocals, guitar, harmonica, bass guitar); Donald Fagen (vocals, piano, electric piano, keyboards, synthesizer, percussion); David Palmer (vocals, keyboards, background vocals); Jim Hodder (vocals, drums, percussion); Sherlie Matthews, Patricia Hall, Royce Jones, Michael Fennelly, James Rolleston, Myrna Matthews (vocals, background vocals); Ben Benay (guitar, acoustic guitar); Rick Derringer (guitar, slide guitar); Jeff Baxter (guitar, steel guitar); Denny Diaz, Denny Dias (guitar); Ernie Watts, John Rotella, Lanny Morgan, Bill Perkins (saxophone); Victor Feldman (keyboards, vibraphone, marimba, percussion); David Palmer , Sherlie Mathews, Pam Hall (background vocals).

Hear More Steely Dan Tracks off Countdown to Ecstasy and buy some MP3 downloads :)

Happy 18th Birthday To Nikki Yanofsky

Been following this young lady for a while. She is a real artist who can handle some very serious music. Nikki Yanofsky is gifted. She has that "it" thing. She covers multiple genres of music and especially love that she is helping keep real jazz music alive.

Best wishes to Miss Yanofsky for a fantastic birthday and wonderful year ahead.

Nikki Yanofsky Sings "You've Changed" (a few years ago when she was about 14 or 15 years old)

Nikki Yanofsky - Don't Know Why (RAWsession)

Nikki Yanofsky - Try Try Try (RAWsession)

Nikki Yanofsky - Cool My Heals (RAWsession)

Nikki Yanofsky - God Bless the Child (Live TV performance at age 14 in 2008)

Connect direct with Nikki Yanofsky at

This post was created on February 7, 2012 with subsequent edits and updates by Mariana L. Villanueva for The Indies Network.

Habib Koité

Music From Mali

Habib Koité - Batoumambé

Five Great Guitars - African Blues

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Director: Jordan Bahat
Cinematographer: Kris Carrillo
Production Designer: Vera Neykov
Wardrobe: Hannah Hooper
Editor: Jordan Bahat
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Executive Producer: Jordan Bahat
Producers: Chevy Chen / Sloane Hayes-Skala
Production Co: Toy Human

City and Colour

City and Colour is name of a ongoing music project by Canadian recording artist/songwriter, Dallas Green, who was also in the band Alexisonfire as their guitarist and vocalist.

City and Colour - Comin' Home

City and Colour - What Makes A Man?

City and Colour - "Grand Optimist" (Live on WFUV FM's Studio A - www.WFUV.Org - 7/13/11)

Connect direct with City and Colour at CityAndColour.CA

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Oumou Sangaré'

Oumou Sangaré' of the Republic of Mali in Africa takes me to another dimension when I turn it up, close my eyes and lay back. The music is authentic, resonating something deeply soulful and might just provide psychic restoration if that's what you need.

Oumou Sangaré' - Iyo Djeli

Oumou Sangaré'- Diya Gneba

Oumou Sangaré' - Djama Kaissoumou

I can say the exact thing about another member of the Sangare family.

Connect direct with Oumou Sangaré' at

Hear other fantastic music put out by World Circuit Records at