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Indie News Beat


March 20, 2006 Edition

* MusicDish Sponsors Disc Makers' Independent Music World Series
* Andy Narell, David Rudder & Kobo Town - Jazz by Genre III
* Mariana Bell Debut Performance At World Cafe Live On April 22
* Rita Di Ghent & The Sprawl Project's first T.O. show in 2 years!
* Lareau Makes Good: Signs Label Deal; Showcase March 31
* WorkshopLive Launches Online Learning System
* Sound Sponsor For London Calling 2006
* Hypnogaja Unveils New Acoustic Album
* Rap Recording Artist Challenges Portrayal of Females in Hip-Hop

MusicDish Sponsors Disc Makers' Independent Music World Series

MusicDish LLC, a leading online music magazine publisher, has signed on as a media sponsor for Disc Makers' eleventh annual Independent Music World Series (IMWS), the nation's longest running and most successful indie music showcase series. MusicDish will provide prominent exposure for the four showcases through its online music portals and and associated newsletters. MusicDish will also promote them through the MusicDish Network, reaching hundreds of music-related websites.

"Industry and fans alike need to be made aware of the great music coming from independent artists," explained MusicDish founder Eric de Fontenay. "Disc Maker's IMWS has been doing just that and we're proud to help provide it a bigger audience."

In addition, Mi2N will serve as the official newswire for Disc Maker's IMWS. Mi2N will provide participating musicians and bands with a special webpage to submit showcase-related announcements for distribution to tens of thousands of music industry professionals worldwide through its newsletters, as well as syndicated across the web through its Indie News Beat column.

"The IMWS is committed to exposing and rewarding outstanding indie artists, and what better source than Mi2N to reach the musicians and the outlets that speak to this audience?" noted Andre Calilhanna, Director, Independent Music World Series. "Mi2N is a resource Disc Makers relies on for information and newsletter content, and we're very glad to expand our partnership to include the IMWS."


Andy Narell, David Rudder & Kobo Town - Jazz by Genre III @ The Mod Club, Toronto Apr. 2

Prepare to be electrified by the jazz stylings of world-renowned ANDY NARELL, his band and special guest DAVID RUDDER!! Also experience the talents of opening musical act Kobo Town, Toronto's hottest new Calypso-Reggae-Jazz ensemble along with the Spoken Word & Caribbean-based Beat-box stylings of - Al St. Louis, Anne-Marie Woods (a.k.a. Amani); Subliminal and Eddy Da Original One.

Date: Sunday, April 2nd
Doors Open: 7:30pm; Show Time: 8:00pm
Venue: The Mod Club Theatre (722 College St.)

Musical Headliners: Andy Narell & his band with guest performer David Rudder!!
Musical Openers: Kobo Town
Spoken Word: Al St. Louis & Anne-Marie Woods (aka Amani)
Caribbean-style Beat-boxers: Subliminal; Eddy Da Original One
Advance Tickets: $35 Members*; $45 Non-members

More Info:
Tickets available at Ticketmaster

Tickets also available at: Play de Record, Rotate This, Nicey's


Mariana Bell Debut Performance At World Cafe Live On April 22

Folk Pop singer/songwriter Mariana Bell will be making her debut performance at the renowned World Cafe Live in Philadelphia on April 26th. Mariana, who will be opening for Philly-based Treehouse's Frank Stagliano, will be unveiling her new four song self-titled EP at the show. Tickets can be purchased online at the following link -

"There's really no better venue to introduce my music to Philadelphia than World Cafe Live," remarked Mariana who has played most of the mainstay venues in New York City, including the Bitter End, Laila Lounge, The Living Room and Rockwood Music Hall.

Mariana was also selected to play the 1st Annual Texas Independent Musicians (T.I.M.) Showcase at the Troubadour Saloon during the 2006 South by Southwest (SXSW) music and film festival and conference in Austin.

Mariana will be following her SXSW gigs with her inaugural performance at Hollywood's Hotel Cafe (1623 1/2 N Cahuenga Blvd) on March 31, only to be invited to a private audition for hit CBS TV series ROCKSTAR the next day.

The Australian-born, Charlottesville-raised Mariana Bell has been a fixture at such popular New York venues as Caffe Vivaldi, Laila Lounge, The Bitter End, CBGB's and The Living Room. While her debut record, Dream of Italy, has been a consistently strong online seller through CD Baby, her more recent work branches out from her folksier roots, weaving elements of rock, jazz and country together with her trademark hook-filled melodies and evocative, passionate vocals. While critics have likened her music to that of a young Joni Mitchell, Mariana counts among her own influences Shawn Colvin, Bruce Cockburn, Dave Matthews, and Ani DiFranco.


A Sign of Spring Rita Di Ghent & The Sprawl Project's first T.O. show in 2 years!

MusicDish and ComPosition Live @ Lula The Accidental Festival Proudly Present Rita Di Ghent & THE SPRAWL PROJECT feat. Brownman with DJ Dalia / CHRY 105.5 'Best Kept Secret'

Rita Di Ghent's ( 1999 recording The Birth of Sprawl remains a landmark in Canadian music, and a classic sonic slice of Torontonia. No other Canadian female vocalist before or since has even attempted to bring together such premium jazz musicianship and cutting-edge urban/hiphop beats & lyrics. MusicDish and ComPosition is delighted to present, as a Sign of Spring, the first Toronto Sprawl show in almost two years and a preview of Rita's forthcoming and highly-anticipated Sprawl Indigo CD. Joining her at Lula will be an all-star lineup of Sprawlers including: NOW Magazine 2005 Jazz Artist of the Year Nick "Brownman" Ali ( on trumpet; National Jazz Award winner Dave Restivo on keys, Dane Wedderburn on e-bass; and drummer Rich Brisco.

Bringing the jazzy and estro-centric hiphop & soul behind the decks will be DJ Dalia (, host of 'Best Kept Secret' on CHRY 105.5 (Wednesdays 6-8 PM) and many popular parties around the city such as Never Forgive Action and the long-running In Divine Styles.

Tues. April 11 @ Lula Lounge
1585 Dundas St. West
Dinner @ 7 PM, Show @ 9 PM (dinner reservations guarantee seating)
$10 / $7 students w/valid ID

Acclaim for Rita Di Ghent & The Sprawl Project

"The Birth of Sprawl is intelligent without coming across like it's trying to be... Rita paints lyrical pictures with color and detachment, pulling you in and leaving you wondering about the hookers, drunks, homeless and di Ghent herself... Who knows < maybe one day they'll make one of those Canadian Heritage commercials about the invention of Sprawl." - Eye Weekly


Lareau Makes Good: Signs Label Deal; Showcase March 31

Hometown Rock'n'Roll heroes Lareau, from Jamestown, NY, will celebrate their debut Rust Records release Changes at a special showcase March 31 at Shawbuck's (212 West Second Street) at 9:30 p.m. in Jamestown, with Special Guests Brandy Lies. (Lareau will grace the stage at approximately 10:30 PM)

Multi-instrumentalist/percussionist Darrin Payne, guitarists Pete Gool, Chris Saxton, bassist Tim Reed, keyboardist Anthony Brown and singer/songwriter Larry Lareau are thrilled to be able to perform in front of the people who gave them their start.

Rust, distributed by Fontana/Universal, signed the band on the strength of their signature sophisticated sound of melodic material, filled with buoyant harmony and complex instrumental interaction. Compared to bands like Ben Folds Five, Three Doors, Ben Harper and Dave Matthews, Lareau is a breath of fresh air in an industry stagnating with repetition.


WorkshopLive Launches Online Learning System With 600 Internet-based Guitar and Keyboard Lessons

WorkshopLive, which produces the most dynamic and engaging music instruction content on the Web, launched the company's first 600 online lessons for guitar and keyboard. WorkshopLive is a unique online educational platform that delivers personalized music lessons through a broadband Internet connection.

Unique among e-learning systems, the company's patent-pending technology determines how each student learns best, then delivers the teachers, lessons and learning environment that best suits the student's needs.

"Because school systems are under increasing budget pressures, private instruction has become a welcome supplement to the overburdened public school teacher," commented Clem De Rosa, co-founder and past president of the International Association for Jazz Education. "And now, WorkshopLive represents a unique way to give personal attention, providing lessons and advice on-demand, anytime. In the spectrum of instruction book to human experience, Workshop Live is a most important innovative technology to assist both students and teachers."

Educator and author June Stride, EdD, commented, "Finally someone has brought together the elements that really get to the core of success...building on student passion and skill level while matching student learning styles with excellence of teaching. WorkshopLive's marriage of education and technology with music gives all of us the opportunity for customized learning in an exciting, affordable, manner that can't help but succeed."

David Smolover, founder of National Guitar Workshop, Workshop Arts, and DayJams has assembled a team of seasoned executives to assist him in taking WorkshopLive to national and international prominence. Today's launch brings that dream a major step closer to realization.

"Online education has been embraced by individuals, schools, leading universities and corporations across the country," said Smolover. "Broadband Internet access has experienced unprecedented growth." Greater home broadband use is driving entertainment and lifestyle purchases totaling $413.5 million in 2004, he added, almost double the $217.6 million total of 2003. "The need is there, the market is there, and now, WorkshopLive is there."

Subscriptions to WorkshopLive can be as inexpensive as $4 per week, for complete, unlimited, any-time access to hundreds of lessons. Students may practice and review lessons at their convenience, at home or wherever a high-speed Internet connection is available.


Sound Sponsor For London Calling 2006

Void Acoustics has announced its second year of sponsorship to the influential London Calling Show at Earls Court, London (29th, 30th June 2006). Providing sound for the two showcase stages, Void will present both the Air Motion and Stasys systems. The event provides an excellent opportunity to showcase these systems in different environments to a professional audience of club promoters, djs, venues, labels, producers, artists, retailers and industry gurus.

Paul Buck, Void's Marketing Manager said. "It is important that clients and their advisers get to see and hear the best sound systems available in the market and London Calling is an excellent opportunity for this." He added "The exciting and revolutionary Air Motion Series is taking the world by storm, heading to Void dealers in UK, Ireland, Miami, Las Vegas, Moscow and Norway. Void Acoustics has dared to break the mould and designed a speaker system which is both visually and acoustically mind blowing."

The London Calling exhibition and conference is a gathering of forward-thinking music businesses, cutting edge technology companies, consumer brands and some of the world's leading commentators on the future of the business. London Calling will explore a future where technology, consumer brands and new business models radically reshape the business of today, creating new business opportunities for tomorrow. To register to the show, please contact


Hypnogaja Unveils New Acoustic Album Produced By Wendy Waldman, New Video On MTV Overdrive

The Hollywood-based rock quintet Hypnogaja will release their new album, Acoustic Sunset Live At The Longhouse (Union State/Longhouse Records) on May 30, 2006, the follow-up to the 2005 album, Below Sunset, which Outburn Magazine hailed as "enthralling, first-rate modern rock."

The CD, recorded live in November 2005, features new acoustic arrangements of the band's songs and was produced by legendary singer/songwriter Wendy Waldman ("Fishin' In The Dark," "Save The Best For Last"), who also co-wrote the album's brand new bonus studio track, "I'm Not One Of You."

"I've watched this band on its path for years now -- I've seen them grow enormously," writes Waldman in the album's liner notes. "(Hypnogaja's) music caters to no trend -- it belongs to itself, which will make it enduring."

Hypnogaja's story has been steadily building in the last 12 months, as the band's become a full-fledged national touring act whose visibility's been bolstered through prominent film & TV placements (NBC's Las Vegas, UPN'S America's Next Top Model, Touchstone's Cold Creek Manor) and noted press interest (Apple recently ran a feature story on Hypnogaja on the front page of

In addition to launching Acoustic Sunset, the band is also releasing the video for "They Don't Care," directed by filmmaker Ron Najor. The piece has been picked up by MTV Networks, who will feature it on MTVU, and MTV Overdrive (the latter of which is the network's video on demand programming, available in 10 million homes across the U.S. through the Comcast and Charter cable systems).


Rap Recording Artist Challenges Portrayal of Females in Hip-Hop

Where have all of the female rappers gone? March is officially Women's History Month, which gives us all an opportunity to pay homage to our female heroes and look at their accomplishments in retrospect. In examining the landscape of the hip-hop genre and an apparent lack of adequate female representation, observing the past poses a puzzling question for the future. In a genre with a noticeable lack of female voices dominating the mainstream, performing songwriter and female hip-hop/rap recording artist SHEE credits her success as an independent artist to the recording industry shortcomings for her gender and plans to use her voice and popularity to reach out to future the generations of hip-hop females.

Celebrating the recent release of her "Vaginal Erections" album which boasts being a strong woman and accomplishing things irrespective of gender, SHEE welcomes the additional fans and attention stemming from the supply of female rappers in the industry not meeting the demand, however success has been bittersweet for this independent female rap artist. "Young women and girls do not have enough positive roles modelsSas an artist I acknowledge there are WAY more opportunities for aspiring video chicks than there will ever be for females on the mic that aren't singing." SHEE recalls the love she had for songs like "Self Destruction" by the East Coast Rap Allstars as a little girl. "I paid attention when Miss Melody and MC Lyte spit and knew that strong women could stand alongside these men that have something powerful to say. The following generation of young ladies don't have that because the images they see of fema! les in our culture portray Black women as merely a man's accessory - oversexed, materialistic and image obsessed."

As a guest panel speaker in the 2005 Brooklyn NY Youth Lab held by Best of Brooklyn, Inc and Brooklyn Borough President Marty Markowitz, SHEE spoke to a group of teens aged 15-19 on the subject of "Growing Up Creative." SHEE is currently planning an initiative to reach out to young ladies in the interest of helping them build a healthy a self-image. Self described as where street credibility meets business credentials; SHEE was born and raised in the Vanderveer Housing Projects in Brooklyn, NY to parents only 14 years her senior. Despite adolescent years overshadowed with trouble, drugs and crime SHEE went on to earn 3 collegiate degrees by her 22nd birthday and started her own company Sheer Badness Entertainment in April 2004. Experiencing life on both sides of the fence and boasting a solidified fan base as an independent female rap artist, SHEE feels adequately suited to reach out to urban youth and give back to the community. "Hip-Hop is filled with hoochies, eye-! candy freaks, baby mommas, gold diggers and so onSwomen that do not accurately reflect what it means to be a young Black woman in urban America. I'm here to fill a void and share a perspective that everyone can relate to but its currently unaddressed in music. To have a culture with so many negative portrayals of woman and no counteraction leaves young ladies in a vulnerable and damaging position"


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.


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