MusicLoad fave, Gaby Moreno, signs label deal with Metamorfosis

Happy to report that Gaby Moreno (featured on MusicLoad.Com dozens of times since 2006) just signed a record contract with the independent label of Guatemalan recording artist Ricardo Arjona. The label is known as Metamorfosis. Ricardo Arjona is one of Latin America's top selling acts and he broke from the major labels to pave his own international path.

Gaby became one of my most favorite indie artists out there, since the moment I noticed her in 2006. Have come to admire her greatly since then. She has the right attitude in how she has worked to get her music out there, play lots of shows... she has a consistent vibe, very relaxed, kind and sweet. She has integrity. Always making something, working on new songs, playing with new people, traveling to far away places to perform and tour.

Have always thought she was destined for superstardom on this path she is on, but superstardom isn't her trip. She lives in the moment like few others. She is a lover of blues/jazz/rock music and maintains a tranquility style life with a solid work to live rather than a live to work ethic. Such observations are not always what they appear to be, but that's the feeling I get from Gaby Moreno. Her Peace of Mind radiates. That's the most important thing one can have, in my humble opinion. That's why I think Gaby Moreno is destined for so much more success than she has already achieved in creating a self-sustaining working band and music career as a recording artist, songwriter other artists, with several film & TV on the music side, collaborator with many and touring artist. No doubt, Moreno will be Metamorfosis most valuable asset in due time. Keep your eyes and ears on Gaby Moreno via Gaby-Moreno.Com

Here is a recent collaboration of Gaby with Metamorfosis founder Ricardo Arjona.

Gaby Moreno with Ricardo Arjona performing Fuiste tú

Hear songs from Gaby's recent live performances in Paris:

Hear Gaby perform three of her originals from her album titled Illustrated Songs, stripped raw (acoustic):

Hear a live version of Gaby performing Little Sorrow:

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"Whole Lotta Helter Skelter"

MusicLoad presents Whole Lotta Helter Skelter

This pretty darned cool mashup below is via guitar guru Brian Ray, well known as Paul McCartney's guitarist. Brian posted this clip below to his Facebook page this morning (March 28, 2012). Brian wrote: "BEST mashup track I've ever heard! "Whole Lotta Helter Skelter".. [And I don't even like mashups]".

The mashup was put together by a guy out of North Wales who goes by the moniker "soundhog" who writes he is in "musical composition, reappropriation and reproduction." I like how he uses the word "reappropriation" to describe his craft. Always thinking of Henry Rollin's rant about DJ's when listening to DJ's and mashups. With so many DJ's and mix masters who often sound the same vying for star status, it's cool to hear a DJ use "reappropriation" to describe their work. Kudos to Soundhog!

Led Zeppelin vs The Beatles - Whole Lotta Helter Skelter - (Remix by Soundhog)

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Whole Lotta Love - Led Zeppelin

The Beatles - Helter Skelter

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Fly My Pretties

Back in January 2012, I first consciously heard the music of Fly My Pretties and featured several earlier live music video performances from this fantastic musical collaboration of musicians from Wellington, New Zealand that only records live albums, in various locations around New Zealand. The different musical backgrounds of the members make for an eclectic mix of songs on their releases. Fly My Pretties was the brainchild of Barnaby Weir, front man of the Black Seeds and Mikee Tucker of Loop Recordings.

The latest Fly My Pretties IV CD/DVD set came out March 19, 2012. The 16 new songs on this 4th CD and DVD effort represent the best takes from the collective's November 2011 tour. These new songs were performed, filmed and recorded live across nine sold out shows. The tour also marked the collective's first international gig, playing an impressive sell out Melbourne date.

Via a unique collaboration, renowned visual/street artist Flox found inspiration in each song to create 16 original and dedicated pieces of art. A unifying thread throughout the show, the artworks were brought to life through projection, animation and visual trickery. Following the tour, these visuals were expertly mixed with the live video footage to create a seamless visual representation of the performances on DVD.

Here are 8 of the 16 tracks from Fly My Pretties IV CD/DVD set.
Enjoy! GC

Fly My Pretties - Doorstep Blues

Fly My Pretties - You Know Now

Fly My Pretties - Apple Heart

Fly My Pretties - Fallen From You

Fly My Pretties - Underneath The Stars

Fly My Pretties - Hit The Hay

Fly My Pretties - Am I Gonna Make It

Fly My Pretties - Turnaround

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Visit Loop Records at Loop.CO.NZ

Sending MusicLoad Love to Bobby Womack

MusicLoad and each of our friends sends our love, positive vibrations and prayers to Bobby Womack, wishing him a speedy elimination and full recovery from all of his health issues.

Hours ago, Bootsy Collins posted a message to his Facebook page that soul legend Bobby Womack has been diagnosed with some serious health issues and has been hospitalized for pneumonia. Later after Bootsy spoke with Bobby, Bootsy posted again and wrote: "I JUST SPOKE TO OUR FRIEND BOBBY WOMACK. He Wanted You All to Know That He Loves You & Thxs for the Prayers. Docs Says He Is In 1st Stage of Colon Cancer, He is Very Up Beat About His Future, we laughed & joked before we hung up. Thxs Funkateers, we will get him Back on the One! — with Michael Howard."

Bobby has has a new album coming out in June 2012 to be titled The Bravest Man in the Universe. A sound snippets is available on his website.

I love this first recording below and his preambling words that sums up the treatment that some true artists have gotten and hopefully avoided... Enjoy! - Peace Love Groove, GC

Bobby Womack - Close To You

He's done so many great collaborations on other artists projects. Here is a classic video of Bobby Womack with Todd Rundgren in the studio, first saw this via bassist Les July who had posted this to his Facebook page.

Bobby Womack - "(If You Don't Want My Love) Give It Back" - Bobby wrote and released this in 1971. This take below was performed on Later with Jools Holland with Jools Holland accompanying on piano

And... click here to listen to a fun track:
Bootsy Collins featuring Bobby Womack & Catfish Collins - Don't Take My Funk Away

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Elle King

First wrote about the tight grooved rapper known as Epick back in 2008. Still dig his track entitled Hey. Not long ago I noticed a creative video he made to a song he wrote entitled I Don't Mind. It features a interesting artist named Elle King. Below is the Epick and Elle King collaboration on I Don't Mind, followed by Elle King, solo, and her track titled Home Free. Enjoy! GC

Epick featuring Elle King - I Don't Mind

Elle King - Home Free (from the indie film, Legends of La La)

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Can't help but love the music from the band UK based band known as Gomez. Here are some tracks that date back from 14 years ago until the present. Enjoy! Peace Love Grove, GC

Gomez - Airstream Driver (from KUT radio studios)

Gomez - Blind

Gomez - Get Miles (Opening track of Gomez' debut album "Bring It On" - 1998)

Gomez - (Title Track from 2006 Gomez album How We Operate)

Gomez - Shot Shot live on "Later with Jools Holland" (2007)

Gomez - (Title Track from Whatever's On Your Mind - 2011)

Gomez - Options (from album titled Whatever's On Your Mind - 2011)

Gomez - Ping One Down - (live on Later with Jools Holland - 2002)

Connect direct with Gomez at GomezTheBand.Com

Happy Birthday to Jova Radevska

The music of Jova Radevska from the Republic of Macedonia in the Balkins was featured here on the front page of MusicLoad before the blog was moved here. Totally fell in love with her sweet voice upon first listen of her track titled Se Raduvam i Taguvam, and had a phone conversation with her from London, where she presently resides. She was a delight to speak with. Wondered what language she was singing and eventually learned it was Macedonian, of course. Much of her music she is working on, however, is in English. She is a sweetheart. I love her spirit. - Peace Love Groove, GC

Jova Radevska - Se Raduvam i Taguvam (lyrics in Macedonian)

Jova Radevska - Growing Pains (lyrics in English)

Jova Radevska - Here And Gone (lyrics in English)

Jova Radevska - Litlle Bird (lyrics in English)

Jova Radevska - Se se menuva (lyrics in Macedonian)

Connect direct with Jova Radevska at JovaRadevska.Com
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Something Green for St. Paddy's Day

Happy St. Patrick's Day! Classic footage of Al Green performing live, not a lip sync.

Al Green - Take Me To The River (Live on Soul Train in 1975)

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Indo Soul - Sandhy Sondoro - Live at the Java Jazz Festival

Several years back, caught up with Indonesian artist, Sandy Sondoro and immediately connected with his brand of soulful crooning and songwriting. Hope you enjoy these handpicked videos. Peace Love Groove - GC

Sandhy Sondoro - Anak Jalanan (Live at Java Jazz Festival, Jakarta Indonesia - March 4, 2012)
This song is in the Indonesian language, but the groove and feel is universal.

Sandhy Sondoro - You And I (English Lyrics)

Sandy Sondoro - Superstar (Live on Indonesian TV) (ENGLISH LYRICS)
This is a great song written by Sandhy and the way he performs it, raw and unplugged, shows how he can deliver the goods without any pomp or circumstance. A true soul cat.

Sandhy Sondoro - Why Don't We (Official Music Video)
Great song written Sandoro and a great video concept.

Sandhy Sondoro - Forever My Queen (Live on Indonesian TV)
This performance shows a side of Sondoro that reminds me of John Mellencamp a bit.

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The New Zealand recording artist, Kimbra, sold out her upcoming April 17th Troubador show in something like 3 seconds. She has really got something big going on, yet it is surprising at how many people have not yet heard of her. Unfortunately, we were amongst those who tried buying tickets to that Troubadore show in Hollywood, but missed out by a split second.

Just below are seven handpicked music videos of Kimbra. Enjoy!

Kimbra - Plain Gold Ring (Nina Simone) - Live at Sing Sing Studios in Melbourne AU

Kimbra - Settle Down=

Kimbra - Good Intent

Kimbra - "Cameo Lover" (Live at Sing Sing Studios)

Kimbra - A Mashup of "Two Weeks - Head Over Heels"

and next is a great well known collaboration between Gotye and Kimbra.

Gotye featuring Kimbra - Somebody That I Used To Know

Kimbra - "Two Way Street" (Live at Sing Sing Studios)

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Gentlemen Hall - Close To Me

Came across this great group and this cool video via the Facebook page of a hot new music/concert venue in Austin Texas known as The Belmont. Gentlemen Hall will perform at The Belmont soon. Enjoy! GC


Connect direct with Gentlemen Hall at GentlementHall.Com

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RIP Ronnie Montrose - A KING OF HARD ROCK - 1947-2012

As a kid who grew up in the early 1970's, I learned to LOVE real Rock & Roll. Ronnie Montrose and his band known as Montrose, was one of those real rocking bands that those who were there will never forget. Sammy Hagar was the lead singer in Montrose years before Van Halen was born. Enough said.... just listen and ROCK OUT! GC

Montrose - Rock Candy

Montrose - Bad Motor Scooter

Montrose - Rock The Nation

Connect direct with the official page for the Estate of Ronnie Montrose at RonnieMontrose.Com

Talk Talk

In the 1980's there was a band known as Talk Talk. Here is their song entitled Life's What You Make It (1985)

Here is the song entitled Talk Talk by the 60's group, The Music Machine.

Train - Drive By

I hate cronyism and nepotism, unless we are talking about my friends :) lol

Back in the late 80's, I worked with a super great rock band known as the Apostles. I booked and promoted some important shows and was their manager, briefly. Years later, three members of the Apostles went on to form Train. My friend Jimmy Stafford who is still Train's lead guitarist just posted on Facebook that their latest song "Drive By" is #1 on the radio in Lebanon and in the top 10 in China, India, and Indonesia. Kudos to Train.
Peace Love Groove - GC

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