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Thursday, April 15, 2004
Had a chance to see Sixth Wave here in L.A. on Easter Sunday for the release of their new CD, It Will Come To You—phenomenal. These guys are so good, and have so much fun on stage. Gabriel Mann (the album producer, member of Spiralmouth and a cappella dude extraordinaire) joined them to do vocal percussion on a couple of songs, and Joe "Bob" Finetti was in the audience. All in all, a great show.

And if you couldn't make it, no worries, because I have four killer tracks from the disc for ya! Listen closely for "Fragile," "Dream On," "Strange Magic" (love me some a cappella ELO) and "You Are There."

Wednesday, April 07, 2004
New to A Cappella Always:

  • Stormy Weather brings us four great doo-wop songs: "Bread & Butter," "Speedo," "Ooh Child" and "Whispering Bells," all from their CD Doo-It-Doo-Wop! Then, for something a little different, they also cover the classics "Night Shift" and "Lean On Me"... from Voice Activated.

  • Old-timers Acoustix give us a great babershop-esque "Tonight, Tonight," from The New Science of Sound, as well as a sweet Simon & Garfunkel montage (off Jazz, Jazz, Jazz).

  • Remember The Coats of Washington state? They've been busy with their disc The Boys are Back, and I had a hard time picking which tracks to feature! Ultimately I settled on five tight songs: "Walk Away," "Shake Your Body," "She Blinded Me With Science," "Running After Time" and "Down on the Corner."

  • Listen for Debbie Fleming's "Oh Canada" in both French and English, courtesy her CD A Gift of Harmony.

  • Two awesome covers from The Western Wind Vocal Ensemble: "Leaving on a Jet Plane" and the haunting Beach Boys classic "In My Room." (The second verse, at about a 90 seconds into the track, has one of the most interesting chords I've ever heard...) Both tracks from their disc My Funny Valentine.

  • Speaking of the Beach Boys, Slovakia's Close Harmony Friends did a lovely cover of "God Only Knows," off their CD A'Cappella Light. Listen also for "Liecme svet peisnou" and "Tam Dam Bossa" from the same disc-- I don't know what the titles mean, but the harmony is unmistakable... (No surprise since they've been singing for *thirteen* years and I'm told they're quite well-known in Slovakia!) I also threw in their clever version of Flight of the Bumble-Bee, off Happy Day.

  • From No Strings Attached's debut CD One Night Stand comes "Silence of Time." Do these guys sound a lot like The Accidentals, or is it just me?

  • And for fantastic covers, listen for these six tracks-- "Drops of Jupiter" (off Maybe You Didn't Hear Us by Roanoke College's Looking For An Echo) and "Strong Enough," "Heaven's Highest Hill," "Lose Control," "I Can't Make You Love Me" and "Rebecca" —all by sharp college groups and found on sing, a very special CD from the Alliance for A Cappella Initiatives.

  • See, toldja I've been busy ;-) I'm seeing Sixth Wave live here in L.A. on Sunday and plan to get a copy of their new CD to put on the station... stay tuned!

    Tuesday, April 06, 2004
    New songs have been added, are being added, etc. Stay tuned for details but keep listening to hear 'em now. And thanks to everyone that has been tuning in: the traffic has jumped dramatically in the past couple of months, for no apparent reason. Keep telling your friends, I guess?! :-)