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Indie News Beat

March 13, 2006 Edition

* Didgeridoo Trance Dance 2
* Female Dance And Pop/Rock Singer K8 Releases Her Latest New Single 'Splash!'
* Lee Lindsey to Launch Second Record, Above The Madding Crowd, at New Music West
* Wavelength Releases CD "Masarap (Delicious)"
* Music Gorilla Live Label Showcases Coincides With SXSW in Austin, TX
* Disc Makers Kicks Off 2006 Independent Music World Series
* Indies Winners Announced At 6th Annual Canadian Music Week
* Scottish Label Gr8pop Ready To Rock The House...
* Jaci Rae Publishes The Indie Guide To Music, Marketing And Money

Didgeridoo Trance Dance 2
World-Beat Ethno-Fusion: Tribal Rhythms With Organic Groove And Modern Remixes - A New Compilation By Music Mosaic

Music Mosaic, the "World-Fusion Music" label, based in Australia, is being lauded with accolades for creating fresh new collections of World Beat and Tribal Groove music at an amazing rate. Since it's launch in September 2001, Music Mosaic has produced twenty significant albums.

Following the success of its previous compilation, Music Mosaic presents Didgeridoo Trance Dance 2, with uplifting high-energy music by grand didgeridoo players from around the world. Simply breathtaking! The dance-floor spiced with sensuality and raw power, musical stories of multicultural origins are arranged into modern sounds for the new generation of world music. These tracks blend cultural boundaries for an international 'feel good' album.

A Company With Vision:
Music Mosaic encourages all cultures and nations to live together respectfully on our planet Earth. You will hear multi-cultural musical expressions from diverse countries, yet the sounds flow together in a beautiful mosaic! Voices from the East blend with music from the West and shape the heartbeat of mankind into the pulse of global harmony!

What a critic says:
"I'm about to just create a label saying "It's from Music Mosaic, buy it". It's as if these people can do no wrong. Releasing hit after World-Beat hit, these people have been scouring the globe to find the very best and they've done it time after time." - Jive Magazine

Music Mosaic's compilation albums are distributed in the US, Canada, Germany, UK, South Africa, Australia and worldwide by their own online shops.

Didgeridoo Trance Dance 2 track list:
Resonate the Head by Charlie McMahon & Gondwana
Greg Didge by Hilight Tribe
Loggy by Si
Monga by Charlie Mc Mahon & Gondwana
Funk the Tribe by Ash Dargan
BigBamBoo by Yomano
D.j. Redo by Papi Moreno
Didgeridoo Girl by Ariel Kalma
Didgein by 1k Science
The Australian Purple by Bhakta
Totem by OKA
Didge Jam (1k Science remix) by Ariel Kalma
Freja by Andy Graham


Female Dance And Pop/Rock Singer K8 Releases Her Latest New Single 'Splash!'

Female dance and rock-pop artist K8 releases her latest new single 'Splash!'. A guitar driven mainstream pop/rock song with a memorable chorus and a different edge that is the sound of K8. A great song! Listen now!

K8 has been recording and performing dance and pop/rock for about 4 years now and 'I Know It's You' was her debut single.

'I really want to make it as a dance/mainstream artist and I give my all in performance. I have performed in various dance & rock/pop clubs in the UK and am now ready to hit the big time' says K8. Starting her career with the club anthem (I Know It's You) she has every chance of doing just that!. 'I have got it and, if you've heard the song, you will know that it could be big!' The same could well be said of her follow up singles as well. Listen to this unique talent that transcends the musical boundaries of dance and rock/pop. Listen to K8 and enjoy.

Previous releases:
December 2004 - debut single - I Know It's You (K8 - I Know It's You - EP) - released.
April 2005 - second single - Intense - released.
Also CD-EP 'I Know It's You' - both versions of I Know It's You & Intense released on Close-Up Records - available CD Baby and main online outlets.
November 2005 - Seduction - K8'S third single released.
February 2006 - new single - Splash! - K8's fourth and latest single release.


Lee Lindsey to Launch Second Record, Above The Madding Crowd, at New Music West

Lee Lindsey will officially release her second album, Above the Madding Crowd through her bi-continental indie upstart Tall Poppy Records at the New Music West Conference on April 26, 2006.

Above the Madding Crowd is an eclectic folk and roots rock expression produced by session wizard and musical director, Jingles (Gabrielle, BB Mak)

"I wanted to sing from my soul on this record," says Lee. "I wanted to make a record that was real - real music, real heart, really me."

From the opening Celtic flute of "Brave," to the up-tempo strings of "Wild Child" and on to the gritty electric cry of the title track and deference to the famous Hardy novel, Above The Madding Crowd tells the universal tale of a small-town girl with big dreams and a permanent will. Soulful, Celtic string arrangements provide the right amount intimacy and emotion to tell the story just right.

It is indeed Lee's story that's being told in many ways on this record. Her life begins on the Ottawa River in Canada. She's traveled, modeled and performed around the world since leaving home at fifteen with a guitar on her back. At the time it was to escape a contentious relationship with her father and, like many before her, Lee didn't look back - until now... Two kids and a failed marriage later, Above The Madding Crowd explores this diverse, emotional terrain. It searches for and discovers Lee's self-worth, her talents and her voice as a woman and an artist.


Wavelength Releases CD "Masarap (Delicious)"

The long awaited second CD for the group Wavelength has finally released (November 18, 2005). "Masarap (delicious)" has been almost 2 years in the making, new and old fans will be very surprised and delighted at the more focused sounds of the group in the Smooth Jazz, Latin Jazz and Adult Contemporary genres.

Wavelength's first release "Cruzin the Music Highway" (Wavelength - Cruzin' the Music Highway) produced 2 Internet radio hits in the Smooth Jazz genre as monitored by Radiowave Airplay Monitoring. "Sunday by Tumon Bay" was #1 for 7 weeks and "Sorry Sadness" was #2 for several weeks. This release has only been out for several weeks and it has already been picked as "Artist of the Month" (for December) by Echo Smooth Jazz, an online radio station based in the UK.

Numerous Internet stations are already airing all of 11 cuts and several land based radio stations are gearing up to air several cuts. Wavelength's CD "Masarap (delicious)" is available online at and


Music Gorilla Live Label Showcases Coincides With SXSW in Austin, TX

Following the March showcases,'s next Showcase will take place in NYC at Piano's at the end of May. Another show is being planned for the West Coast in the Fall. To be considered for these and any other showcases, artists can sign up for Music Gorilla's artist membership at

Music Gorilla will be doing 4 unofficial showcases during SXSW at Coyote Ugly (6th and Neches). To listen to these and other artists, check out the site at! You can preview the artists and schedule which you'd like to see.

Time Slots
Thursday, March 16th
Friday, March 17th

7 - 7:45
54 Seconds

8:15 - 9
Common Ground
2nd Day Crush

9:30 - 10:15

10:45 - 11:30
Wonderful Johnson

12a - 12:45a
Flux Minor
Lucid Fly

1:15a - 2a

Time Slots
Saturday, March 18th
Sunday, March 19th

12:30p - 1:15p
Peyton Ripley
John Egan

1:45p - 2:30p
Fred Thomas

3 - 3:45p
The Dammitheads
Libra's Rib

4:15p - 5p
Carmen Menza
Spooky Jones

5:30 - 6:15p
Mike Younger

6:45p - 7:30p
Fire Bug
8 - 8:45p


Disc Makers Kicks Off 2006 Independent Music World Series With Bigger Prizes, Exposure For Indie Bands

Disc Makers, the nation's leading independent CD manufacturer, is kicking off the eleventh annual Independent Music World Series (IMWS), the biggest installment yet of the nation's longest running and most successful indie music showcase series. Over 5,000 bands are expected to enter the 2006 IMWS, and Disc Makers has sweetened this year's pot by boosting the total prize package to over $250,000 in cash and prizes.

Four regional IMWS winners each will claim a package that includes $5,000 cash, world-class gear from leading manufacturers, guaranteed slots in premier music conferences, and 40 hours of recording time in select studios.

The IMWS consists of four showcase events in four major U.S cities (2006 cities include Los Angeles, Philadelphia, Atlanta and Chicago). Each regional event features six bands or performers selected as finalists by the editors of Billboard Magazine. The six finalists compete for the grand prize in front of music industry professionals at some of the hottest live music venues in America.

"The Independent Music World Series is all about helping artists make it on their own," commented Tony van Veen, executive vice president at Disc Makers. "We're looking for the best original artists in the U.S. Unlike other events that reward just a great voice or a good song, the IMWS is about the whole package: originality, great songwriting, and the artist's on-stage performance. Between the opportunity to network and be noticed by industry insiders and win enough gear to outfit their own home studio, the showcase slots at the IMWS offer independent artists' careers a shot in the arm like no other opportunity today."


Indies Winners Announced At 6th Annual Canadian Music Week

Canadian music was loud and proud at The Docks Concert Theatre. Presented by, Canadian Music Week would like to congratulate the winners of the 6th annual Independent Music Awards.

The Arcade Fire "Funeral"

Bedouin Soundclash "When The Night Feels My Song"

City and Colour feat. Dallas Green

Death From Above 1979

The Arcade Fire "Neighbourhood #3 (Power Out)"

Franz Ferdinand

Bloc Party "Silent Alarm"

Rumble In Rhodos

Neverending White Lights

Garrett Mason

Mike Whitla

James Ehnes

Brad Johner

The Hermit

Corb Lund

Annie Villeneuve

Sandro Dominelli




Boys Night Out

Divine Brown

Muna Mingole

Elliott Brood

The Parachute Club
The Pursuit Of Happiness

Canadian Music Week is Canada's largest annual entertainment event dedicated to the expression and growth of the country's music, media and entertainment industries. Combining two information-intensive conferences; a cutting-edge trade exposition; five awards shows and the Canadian Music Week Festival, CMW spans a four-day period from March 1 to March 4, 2006 at the Fairmont Royal York and various downtown Toronto venues, attracting participants from across the globe.


Scottish Label Gr8pop Ready To Rock The House...

For those of us who lather in the flavour of Scottish tradition and musical prowess with it's influence on Celtic undertones and pop/rock phenomenons like Wet Wet Wet, Franz Ferdinand and the likes, here's a quest to conquer.

Scottish label Gr8pop ltd plans to rock up the charts and launch Scottish acts in the UK and beyond. With the likes of our pride and joy world-renowed Ian Morrow (Wet Wet Wet, Seal, Lisa Stansfield, Cosmic Roughriders, Shane McGowan, All Saints, Rod Stewart, Emerson Lake & Palmer to name a few) has linked up with former Warner's director Phil Knox-Roberts and former top Warners sales exec Graham Marr to pave a route to launch Scottish artists and place them strategically on the map of success.

Amongst the team are key-note A-list record and TV pluggers and media experts in support of the label's achievements. To date, the label has gained the support of Scottish Enterprise as well as key-note high profile investors to launch the label into rock-n-roll/pop charts with flying colours. Among the labels first acts are Scottish based Indiana Gregg with a single to launch this spring and album to follow in the true spirit of singer/songwriter bites pop/rock/'soul and Susan Duffy's 48 week US dance chart single "Look Me Over" and not to exclude a major TV launch/based rock act reality TV show involving world renowned actor Ewan McGregor.

Gr8pop is currently seeking out established talent. Serious contenders are encouraged to contact with portfolio and music enquiries.


Jaci Rae Publishes The Indie Guide To Music, Marketing And Money

Jaci Rae is the epitome of the D.Y.I. spirit that makes independent artists so successful. Being an inspiration to women and men that need a lesson in self-empowerment is her calling card. She is singer/songwriter, musician, prolific author of several successful books including the #1 bestselling Winning Points with the Woman in Your Life One Touchdown at a Time, which was the first ever independent authored book to reach #1.

It is not a secret that making it in the music business is difficult, particularly in the fiercely competitive Indie market. There are so many options and services available for artists to choose. Which company or individual do you trust with your dream and what is the best way to approach getting your career on track without tripping over yourself and sabotaging your years of hard work? Well Jaci Rae has lived it from start to finish, the good and the bad, she made all the mistakes and learned from the lessons of those experiences. Now all she wants to do is save other aspiring artists from the pain and heartbreak of unnecessary mistakes.

The answers are laid out in black and white with a helpful book titled The Indie Guide To Music, Marketing and Money. Jaci covers everything from Everything Business 101- Podcasting and resources, Record Pools and to how to swim plus Guerilla Marketing, to name a few topics. Included in the book Jaci has some of her friends, heavyweights in the industry, giving you valuable insideršs secrets. People such asSPeter Visvardis, Thomas King, Cord Coslor, Miller Hogan, DJ Vargas, and more. What is more impressive about Jacišs process, which is continually evolving in her many careers, is the fact that she constantly improves and updates this valuable publication, so when you do purchase it the information that is inside the book is right on the cutting edge for the Indie artist to be successful.

Everyone needs the right information to pave the way to where you want to go and as the saying goes-Jaci Rae has been there and done that. A word to the wise is sufficient, if you are an Indie artist looking for ways to market your music, its all here in this book.


Provided by the MusicDish Network. Copyright © Tag It 2005 - Republished with Permission

Grand Stand

MusicDish Network Promotes 60's Love Child Astrella-Celeste

MusicDish, an Internet music magazine publisher and artist marketing/development firm, is proud to announce the addition of Pop/Jazz singer Astrella Celeste to the MusicDish Network roster. Combining a variety of online viral marketing strategies, the MusicDish Network will be coordinating a broad campaign in support of her debut album "Blue Star" (the Spanish translation of Astrella Celeste).


MusicDish At MIDEM: J-Music Distribution, France

J-Music Distribution describes itself as "the very first European distributor of Japanese music whose activities link Japanese artists and their management, Japanese record companies, and European distributors together to provide a stable framework of distribution from artists to music retail store."

Formed in December 2005, J-Music Distribution representatives brought their business vision to "MIDEM, The World Music Market's 40th Edition" conference in Cannes, France.


Toshi Reagon to Present Fanny with ROCKRGRL Women of Valor Award On April 20
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