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Demo Diaries A&R, 1999-2006, Part 8

In Canadian A&R, Demo Diaries, International A&R, U.S. A&R, UK A&R on November 5, 2006 at 7:47 pm

April 14, 2003

Mappari. Boston. For fans of Train, Counting Crows, Pete Yorn, Cracker. Seemingly they would appear on every kid’s mixed CD coast to coast. Brand new song below. 2500 career sales. Producers include Rob Stevens (Red Hot Chili Peppers, John Lennon, Joan Jett) and Tom Polce (Letters to Cleo). Have sold out Paradise (500), other shows 300, 80-150 in NYC. Specialty play on all Boston commercials. Showcase stats: RCA, Capitol, Atlantic. NYC show at Mercury Lounge April 17. Lawyer is Michael Selverne. Manager Alex Fredericks at

# Paul Brill. New York City. For fans of Ryan Adams, Elliot Smith. Surely a subtle, clean, charisma in the music. 12th most-added on CMJ charts a couple of weeks ago. 3500 career sales. Press includes Billboard, Mojo, Performing Songwriter, Acoustic Guitar, Paper Magazine. Players on new album include folks from the Duke Ellington Orchestra. Many industry folks on the tip. 150 local draw. NYC CD Release Party at Joe’s Pub April 17. No lawyer or manager yet. Chucky Slavidriva at
“Favorite Thing”

# The Pawn Rook Four. Gainesville, Florida. The Strokes meet The Kinks. Determined spunk missing in every day life. MCA, Curb (rock division) on the tip. 4500 career sales. 250+ local draw. The new “Faking a Living” was mastered by Brian “Big Bass” Gardner (Eels, Blink-182, Dr. Dre). Band featured in Rolling Stone recently. Other press includes Amplifier, Lollipop, The Big Takeover, The Miami Herald, Chicago Sun-Times. Singer/guitarist Jeremy Morgan plays solo acoustic NYC show at Acme Underground April 22 7PM. Lawyer is Jim Kozmor (Beyond Music, Motley Crue etc). Manager Brian Kurtz at
“Gimme Your Reasons”

# The Gift. Lisbon, Portugal area. For fans of Bjork, Morcheeba, Massive Attack. Eclectic and commercially viable? Yes indeed. 70,000 career sales. Distributed through BMG and Universal. Producers include Howie B. (U2, Tricky, Bjork). Up to 6000 draw at Europe shows. Have headlined festivals to 40,000. Booked by Evolution Talent (Vanessa Carlton, Joseph Arthur, Backstreet Boys). Several labels on the tip. Support from MTV Europe, MCM France and SONY TV Latin America. NYC Showcases at Knitting Factory April 24 9PM and Mercury Lounge April 29 7:30PM. Manager David Parnes
“Question of Love”

# iXia. San Francisco. Linkin Park, Garbage, EMF. Melodic rock with the hook that bounces. Produced by Sylvia Massy Shivy (Tool, System of a Down). Recently contacted by Warner, Arista, Elektra, UEG Management. 5000+ EPs sold. Recently played sellout shows at Slim’s (600 people) and The Great American Music Hall (500 people). Featured artist in MacAddict Magazine (250,000 Copies). LA show at Dragonfly May 13, 8PM. No manager or lawyer yet. Stephen Sims at
“Push You Away”

April 7, 2003

# Chronicles of a Hero. Elmont, New York. 19 year olds. A bit like Silverchair or Lifehouse but with a slight UK appeal. Evident pop sensibility. Approximately 5200 in career sales worldwide. 200+ local draw. Recent demos produced by Steve Meyer of ESR Studios (worked with members of Public Enemy). No lawyer or manager currently.

# Power 13. San Francisco. For fans of Tom Petty, Wilco. Easing their way into the No Depression community it’s a relief to know that guitar is still relevant. Album produced by Steve Fisk (Nirvana, Soundgarden, Low). Early believers include producer/writer Kim Fowley (The Runaways, Kiss). RODE Microphones is pursuing based on vocal performance. The track “Blind” got honorable mention in the Billboard Song Contest. 150 people seen at their shows. No manager or lawyer yet. Paul Manousos at

# Josh Dodes. New York City. Elvis Costello meets Ben Folds with a modern soul flare. 4000 in career sales, $7000+ in merchandise. Opened for Avril Lavigne, Alana Davis, Duncan Sheik, BBMak, The B-52’s, Maceo Parker, Indigo Girls. Several majors and big indies on the tip since new album release. Redeye Distribution offer. Has just begun looking for manager, booking agent, film/TV placement. April 11 show at the Bitter End 7:30 PM, two sets. Labels can get lawyer George Stein (Jeff Buckley etc.) at Others can email
“Without You”

# Alastor. Atlanta. For fans of early PJ Harvey. Furthering the explosive elements of seminal punk. Produced by Rusty Cobb (Butch Walker, Injected). Video directed by Kip Bissell (All-American Rejects, American Hi-Fi). Grand Prize Winner in rock category of John Lennon Songwriting Contest. 2500 in career sales. 125 people seen at recent show. No manager yet. Lawyer is David Prasse. Elizabeth Elkins at

# The Mint. Lancaster, Pennsylvania. For fans of Third Eye Blind, Oasis. Age 20 singer. 1500 CDs sold. New EP in the works. 250+ local draw. Showcasing at Cornerstone Festival, Creation Festival and Purple Door Festival. Have not signed on with manager or lawyer yet. Jonathan Decker at

May 21, 2003

Parklife. Raleigh, North Carolina. The Replacements and R.E.M. get a UK pinch. Produced by Grammy-nominated John Custer (Chris Whitley, COC, DAG). New to the scene but have a 100 draw, college radio and Creative Loafing support. Have begun talking to lawyers and managers but haven’t signed on yet. Supported Wilco and Better Than Ezra. Scott Bryant at
“San Jacinto”

Radiate. New York City. For fans of Jane’s Addiction, Filter, Stabbing Westward, System of a Down add sitar, digeridoo and tabla. Produced by John Agnello (Dinosaur Jr, Eve 6). Columbia, Velvet Hammer, Dark City Music, Pinnacle Entertainment Booking (Slayer, Rob Zombie, Oasis) on the tip. 3000 EPs in circulation. Press includes CMJ, Metal Edge (Top 15 of 2002) and Cover of East Coast Rocker (twice). Charted in CMJ and Album Network. June 6 show at LoveSexy@LeClub (673 8th Ave/42nd) sponsored by WSOU, The Aquarian, Cutty Whiskey, Disc Makers. No manager yet. Steve at
“Insect Herd”

George Zambra. Cancun, Mexico. For fans of U2, New Order, The Cure, Depeche Mode, The Church. Recorded on computer software in a small bedroom. Brilliant sense of melody throughout his material. Varies from guitar to beat based. No manager or lawyer yet. George at
“With the Sea”

The Underwater. York, Pennsylvania. For fans of Fuel, Incubus. New songs recorded. 3000 sold of January 28, 2003 release (pre-tour). 150-300 draw. Alternative Press mention. Some major labels on the tip. Have opened for Oleander, Revis, Senses Fail and Zao. Lawyer is Todd Cooper (Incubus, Audiovent), manager is Geoff Tarakjian at HK Management. Brandon Deroche at

Over in the UK:

Serial P.O.P.. London, England. For fans of New Order, Talking Heads, The Streets. BBC Radio 1 on the tip among others. Produced by Ted Hutt (The Flogging Mollys). Mixed By Steve Duda (NIN, Perfect Circle). “Jakey Moves”

Autopia. Birmingham, England. For fans of Elastica, Radiohead, Cowboy Junkies or late 1960s. “Beauty Queen”

Liner. Birmingham, England. The Who or Rolling Stones but with a modern clarity. Bob Lamb (UB40, Duran Duran, Ocean Colour Scene) said to have recorded them.

in.spite.of showcase at NYC’s Acme Underground May 28.

May 14, 2003

The Unknown Project. Los Angeles. For fans of The Cure, Coldplay, Kosheen add American guitars. Melodic and anthem like. Word is they showcased for one major label, 2 others on the tip. 2000 pressed copies almost sold out. 300+ local draw. LA show at The Derby May 18. Close to signing on with big lawyer. Contact is Michael Howe at
“Dream 55”

Diane Ward. Florida. For fans of Sheryl Crow, Shawn Colvin, Joan Armatrading. New CD “The Great Impossible”. A gorgeous melancholy sentiment. Produced by guitarist Jack Shawde (Bob Dylan, John Mayall, Dr. John) and Diane Ward. Mastered by Greg Calbi (Bruce Springsteen, Aimee Mann, Ani DiFranco etc). New tracks licensed by MTV. 2 previously released CDs received airplay on over 140 stations (AAA/Non-Commercial) and combine for 3500 in sales. Strong regional support. Email
“Perfect Kiss”

Elly K. Los Angeles. For fans of Edie Brickell, Suzanne Vega, Billy Joel. There isn’t anything like it on this site at present. New song produced by Sean Slade (Radiohead, Hole). “Just Like That”

Joe Condiracci. New York City. For fans of Evan and Jaron, The Posies. Producers include the late Tom Dowd (Rod Stewart, Eric Clapton, Aretha Franklin). Epic is on the tip as well as producer Victor Van Vugt (Beth Orton, Nick Cave, Orbital). Had a #15 position on FMQB charts. 1200 career sales. Local draw is 75-100. Lawyer is Jeff Greenberg at Beldock, Levine & Hoffman. NYC show at Fez May 28. Represented by Dana Dowd and manager Cindy da Silva Johansen at

Squint. Ruston, Louisiana. For fans of Sponge, Social Distortion. Produced by Ed Stasium (Ramones, Living Colour). 4 week stay in CMJ 200. Crystal Clear Distribution picks up record for June 11 street date. Jagermeister sponsored. 500 local draw plus success in surrounding markets. Warner Bros, Universal, Benchmark on the tip. Played with Goo Goo Dolls, Stroke 9, Will Hoge etc. Will be licensing to MTV Road Rules. NYC show at CBGB May 30. Lawyer is Edward M. Kelman (ZZ Top) No manager yet. Dane Adrian at
“Shadow Shadow”

Jonah. Portland, Oregon. For fans of Sigur Ros, Thom Yorke. Manager and lawyer in place. “Good Enough”

Minds Eye. Indianapolis, Indiana. For fans of Tool, Incubus, Chevelle. Contact is Gary at

Where Are They Now? Critically Acclaimed Records:

K-OS. Demo Diaries Unsigned August 2, 1999
Signs to the EMI family
Recently becomes MTV2 Darling
May 2003 plays on American network TV, ABC’s Jimmy Kimmel Live
Music heard in Manhattan Upper East Side coffee shop

May 7, 2003

Fifth Season. Edmonton, Alberta. Not unlike Our Lady Peace, Lit, Smashing Pumpkins. Recorded with Joey Moi (Nickelback, Theory of a Dead Man, Default) and Brian Howes (Closure). “As Good as it Gets”

Nicole McKenna. New York City. For fans of Patty Griffin, Aimee Mann. On the tip are writer/player/A&R type Jimmy Bralower (Madonna, Peter Gabriel, Celine Dion), Danny Kortchmar (Billy Joel, Don Henley), Dennis Lambert/Diane Petty. New CD produced by Saul Zonana (Blue Oyster Cult). Past press includes Performing Songwriter magazine/compilation. Almost 1400 career sales. 150 live draw. She has a big lawyer. No manager yet. Show at NYC’s Cutting Room May 16 at 9PM. Nicole at
“Take Me Over”

Angel 13. New York City. American rock with a Brit nucleus. Recorded with Jon Kaplan (Grandaddy, Jennifer Lopez). A few major labels on the tip. Local draw up to 150 and growing. Impressive for NYC. Showcase at NYC’s Mercury Lounge this Thursday May 8. Lawyer is Peter Lewit. No manager yet. Timothy Falzone at

Tamara Bedricky. Detroit, Michigan. Age 22. For fans of Tracy Chapman, Amanda Marshall, Sheryl Crow. Featured in Detroit News. Finalist in Pantene Pro-Voice Competition which earned her a spot on compilation CD alongside The Corrs, India.Arie and Michelle Branch. Interest from a few major labels and an indie label headed by Detroit entertainment lawyer Howard Hertz (Eminem, The Go). Played at Detroit Music Awards a couple of weeks ago. Local draw is 100-200, played on bill in NYC’s Central Park for up to 4,000 people (aired on MuchMusic USA). Almost 1000 career sales. No lawyer or manager yet. Tamara at
“A Million Miles”

Stereolife. New York City. For fans of Incubus, Linkin Park, Faith No More, NIN. New demos. Members include A.D. and Gareth Prosser of Fat and studio rat Dug (Stabbing Westward etc). In the know are Lava, EMI Publishing, Universal, Atlantic. Have big lawyer. No official manager yet. A.D. at
“More Than This”

Also Under Close Industry Watch Are These Artists Recorded/Mixed by Big Producers:

“Heaven”(sounds like Tantric, Soundgarden, Layne Staley) “Blue and White”(sounds like Paula Cole, Sarah McLachlan, Tori)

iXia showcases May 13 at the Dragonfly in Los Angeles 8PM, Warner Bros, Geffen, Elementree scheduled to attend.

April 30, 2003

Ricky Valente. Providence, Rhode Island. Age 21. Tonic, Howie Day, Edwin McCain with mad guitar skills. 2500 career sales. 300-400 local draw. 2002 Winner of Providence Phoenix “Best Music Poll”. New CD “Consolation”. No manager yet. Lawyer is Ron Bienstock at Bienstock & Michael (Simple Plan, Goo Goo Dolls, Billy Joel),

Smeer. Toronto, Canada. For fans of Staind, Godsmack. Coalition Management (Our Lady Peace, Simple Plan) hooked them up with Domenic Condo (Simple Plan, Joydrop, Nelly Furtado) whose studio work was instrumental in Atlantic Records signing Canadian newcomers Idle Sons. Almost 1000 career sales with their upcoming CD release party for “Loud and Clear” slated for Thursday, June 12 at Hard Rock Cafe in Toronto. Up to 750 draw in Canadian clubs and over 1000 at outdoor festivals in Eastern Canada. 4 small market commercial radio adds, #4 peak position. Presently no lawyer or manager. Niall Mellors at

El Guapo. Chicago. Power pop, both English and Spanish. New songs in the works with John Agnello (Dinosaur Jr, Eve 6). Offer from Bee-Sharp Records/Universal. Featured in The Chicago Reader and the Illinois Entertainer. Named #12 of the 20 unsigned rock en espanol acts in Mexico, Puerto Rico and the U.S. by Spanish Rock publication BOOM Magazine. Budweiser sponsorship in action. United Airlines wants to use them for in-flight programming. Sold out House of Blues show recently. No manager, lawyer is Timothy P. Donohue 312-332-3116. Mike Lopez at
“Pimped Out Limousine”

Caffeine. London, England. Driving power pop. 10,000 sales in UK. Toured UK with The Offspring twice. Toured UK with New Found Glory. Played with The Donnas, Blink-182. Toured Europe with The Dickies. Up to 400 draw around UK as headliner. Video shown on MTV Europe and Sky TV UK. Radio play on BBC Radio 1, XFM, 40+ UK regionals. Songs placed on Channel 5 TV, ITV. Current video being shown in-store in UK fashion chains including Top Shop, H&M and Selfridges-exposed to 4 million people a week. Lawyer is Paul Spraggon. Manager David Bury at
“Every Time”

in.spite.of. Marlboro, New Jersey. 4000 career sales, 7000 in circulation. Island, Wind-Up, Victory, Columbia in the know. Local draw up to 300. Talking to 3 big lawyers, one management company but haven’t signed on with anyone yet. Recording folks in their corner include Sal Villanueva (Thursday) who they have recently recorded a 3 song promo with, John Seymour (Santana, Dave Matthews), Tim Gilles (Tracy Bonham, Local H and owner of Big Blue Meenie Studios). Supported Incubus, Godsmack and others. Show at Hoboken’s Whiskey Bar May 8 and NYC showcase at Acme Underground May 28. Jeff Milstein at

April 23, 2003

Kritickill. Killeen, Texas. For fans of Drowning Pool, Slipknot. Mind the vicious conviction here. Top 5 phones at small commercial KLFX in only 4 days. Virgin, Columbia, Roadrunner, No Name on the tip. HITS mention coming. 3000 career sales. 1500 local draw. Supported American Headcharge, Kittie, Drowning Pool, Nonpoint, Hatebreed. Lawyer Kim Guggenheim at Manager Scott Frazier (Outspoken, Flaw) at

The Broadcast. Dallas, Texas. For fans of Third Eye Blind, Semisonic. Incessant hook from beginning to end. Ages 17-18. Warner Bros and Lava on the tip. Produced by Deep Blue Something’s Todd and Toby Pipes (Flickerstick, Drowning Pool), mixed by The Count (New Order, No Doubt, Run DMC) and Stuart Sikes (White Stripes). 1700 career sales. 200-400 live draw. Showcase at Dallas’ Curtain Club April 24. No lawyer or manager yet, J.R. Denson at
“First Amendment”

Tripwire. Corpus Christi, Texas. Not unlike the Goo Goo Dolls but add a real rock edge. 5000 career sales. Recorded with Tom Morris (7 Mary 3) and Kevin Beamish (REO Speedwagon, Kenny Chesney). Also Dave Dominguez (Staind, Adema) on the tip. Atlantic, Dreamworks, MCA, Elektra in the know. Draw 300+ in Southeast region, supported Saliva recently on Jagermeister Tour. New single “Wasted” goes for adds May 1. Had a #3 CMJ chart position. Lawyer is George Stein No manager currently. John Gomez at

Kopaz. Columbus, Ohio. Angular, tight, urgent riff rock like Sunny Day Real Estate. 2500 sales on first EP “Starboard Rail”. New CD soon to be released “Future Radiant Shine”. Have played with Cave-In, Aerogramme and The Toadies. Atlantic, Columbia, American on the tip. Producer/mixer Rich Costey (Audioslave, Fiona Apple, Cave-In) flew to see them and is impressed. Local draw is 200. No lawyer yet. Manager David Brown at
“Ever Present Threat”

Immune. Providence, Rhode Island. Breathy, melodic power pop. 1000 career sales. 100-200 live draw. Played on bill for 1500 recently. Have supported Lifehouse and Tantric. Newest song is “A Better Dream”. Material licensed to MTV. No lawyer or manager yet. Providence show at Lupo’s April 25. Rob Schulze at
“A Better Dream”

June 17, 2003

Simon Stinger. San Francisco. For fans of No Doubt, Garbage. Produced by Sylvia Massy Shivy. Featured in San Francisco Herald, SF Weekly and Miramax film “Diamonds”. Lawyer is the legendary Brian Rohan. LA show at Cat Club June 27. Manager Tim Morse at
“Presence of Love”

Paul Manousos. San Francisco. For fans of the Rolling Stones, Wallflowers, Counting Crows, Van Morrison, Elvis Costello. Solo CD being produced by Steve Fisk (Nirvana, Soundgarden, Low). Sponsored by RODE Microphones. No manager or lawyer yet. Paul at
“So New To Me”

Lovehammers. Chicago. For fans of Nirvana, Nickelback, Creed, Foo Fighters. Sold out Double Door venue (500) two nights in a row (April 25 & 26). Had 1700 people (paid) at House of Blues. 5000+ scanned of debut “Murder On My Mind”. Charted in Billboard. “Straight as an Arrow” recorded with Steve Albini. Commonwealth Edison regional television commercial. Support from WKQX and WZZN Chicago. Atlantic, Columbia, Warner Bros among others are on the tip. June 20 showcase at Double Door for MobFest. Los Angeles shows at Viper Room July 11 and Whisky July 12. No manager. Lawyer Scott Shapiro at
“The Tunnel”

Payola. Belfast, Northern Ireland. For fans of Foo Fighters, Squeeze, Manic Street Preachers. 4000+ career sales. Major radio play on Cool FM, N. Ireland’s biggest radio station as well as documentary made by BBC shown to over 5 million. 500 draw. Performed 7 times at N. Ireland’s largest venue, the Odyssey Arena, to over 5000 people each time–support to UK acts such as Embrace, Mansun. Recently asked to support Audioslave on their only Irish date June 18 at The Point, Dublin (7500 capacity). No manager or lawyer yet. Email at
“Rather Be Dreamin”

in.spite.of. Marlboro, New Jersey. In the vein of Red Hot Chili Peppers with some Soundgarden energy. Update: Mentioned in Demo Diaries April 30. Working with Leibowitz, Roberts & Ritholz law. In touch with Sanctuary Management, Union Entertainment Group and Big Hassle. Polyphonic Hit Song Science gives “Replaced by Rain” 6.48 out of 7. American, BMG, Artemis among others scheduled to attend showcase at NYC’s Acme Underground June 19. Jeff Milstein at
“Replaced by Rain”

The Black Maria. Toronto. Hard yet melodic. Compelling vocals. The bridge is Deftones like. Packed NXNE Rivoli show. Chris Taylor is lawyer.
The Killers. Las Vegas. ASCAP MobFest show. They’re everything 80s. Will do well in Europe if/when launched. EMI, Zomba and other UK were digging it. Mentioned in Diaries previously.
Deepfield. Charleston, South Carolina. Formerly Quench and mentioned in Demo Diaries a couple of years back. Candlebox meets Chevelle, Silverchair, Puddle of Mudd. Said to be signing with In De Goot (Echo 7) but on the lookout for joint venture. I think they played for Virgin and Epic earlier.
Negative Space. Lancaster, Pennsylvania. Third Eye Blind like. Sold 3000. Had add at radio. Managed by Media Five (Live, Fuel). Lava, Wind-Up, TVT, Columbia, Capitol were in touch some time ago.

June 10, 2003

Sara Lowes. Pendle, England. Age 20. For fans of Ryan Adams, Bonnie Raitt, Beth Orton, Beatles. Recorded with Gareth Cousins (Sting, Elvis Costello, Bond). Draw is 250 and up. Managed by Bruce Thomas and Simon Webbe (who’s in double platinum act Blue). Bruce at
“Fragile Tide”

The Scenes. Toronto, Canada. Recorded with Dom Condo (Joydrop, Idle Sons, Simple Plan). They took Duran Duran’s “Come Undone” and made it their own putting rock in the pop. Very well done. Using Coalition Management (Our Lady Peace).
“Come Undone”

The Brink. St. Albans, England. For fans of Oasis, The Buzzcocks. Working with UK new band development producer Julian Standen (Lemonheads, Crackout, Cay, The Holiday Plan). Legal is Searls & Co. Shows are June 10 (tonight) at Dublin Castle, London and Friday July 18 at Metro Club, London. Manager Sean Phillips at
“When I Do”

Neptune Crush comes to NYC June 14 at Arlene Grocery.

June 4, 2003

Aruna. Los Angeles. For fans of Michelle Branch, Jonatha Brooke, Alanis, Avril. Warner Bros, Maverick, Epic, Sire on the tip. New CD produced by Shahar Tabachnik and Helik Hadar (Joni Mitchell, Julia Fordham, Poe). Mastered by Eddy Schreyer (Sheryl Crow, Christina Aguilera, Vanessa Carlton). Press includes Boston Phoenix, Boston Globe. Local draw 100-150. No lawyer. Manager Sean Agnew at
“Not Your Mommy”

Twelve Hour Mary. Long Beach, California. For fans of Matthew Sweet, XTC. Recorded with Rich Mouser (Weezer, Vast, Oleander, Less Than Jake). 2000 career sales. No lawyer. Manager is Buddy Webster at
“Final Idiot”

Transparent. Providence, Rhode Island. A robust hook with elements of early Tool, Thursday and Quicksand. Produced by Don Fury (Orange 9mm, Snapcase, Civ). Featured on “Rye Airfield Noise, Version 1” compilation put out by New England’s largest BMX/skatepark. National Airplay on XM Radio Unsigned. No manager or lawyer yet. Rich Bocchini at

Goapele. Berkeley, California. Neo-soul with a reggae twist. 75 spins at San Francisco commercial KMEL last week. #2 on the playlist ahead of Busta Rhymes and 50 Cent. 20,000+ scanned. Press in Billboard, Vibe, The Source. Photo shoot for Interview magazine. On the sold out KMEL “House of Soul” bill (with Floetry, Heather Headley) June 25 at San Fran’s Ruby Skye club. Lawyer Elliot Cahn at

July 15, 2003

Toledo, Ohio’s Mindshift is drawing 400 to shows with their Godsmack, Disturbed like sounds. LA’s Diversion-X is working with Tommy Henriksen and has Atlantic, Arista, Universal, Island, Flawless and Warner on the tip. Calahan will reportedly play to Hollywood, Capitol, Dreamworks and Portrait at LA’s House of Blues 7/21.

July 9, 2003

Keane. Mercury Lounge NYC, 10PM July 8. The Fierce Panda label surely has cred. Sussex boy Tom Chaplin is a very good singer. The press dubs them a Beautiful South, A-ha, Pet Shop Boys? No, no, no….what about Smiths, Simply Red or Gene without the timeliness of Coldplay and Radiohead. A quick death upon any U.S. major label signing. Don’t spend advance, but rather put it in a good CD (not the plastic kind).

Owen Beverly. Charleston, South Carolina. For fans of Coldplay, Jeff Buckley, Bono. Oh shite, now this is fantastic. Much better than John Mayer, Howie Day and Gavin DeGraw were in their indie days. Recording with Rick Beato aka the southeast demo pimp. To add to the conspiracy, manager is Vance McNabb (tour managing for Howie Day, John Mayer). And what do you know, the lawyer is Reid Hunter. Vance may be reached at 843.327.4129 or

Peluka. San Francisco. For fans of Longwave or even Nick Drake on the pretty ballads-add violin. The SF Weekly loves them. 80 folks coming out to shows. ABC show might use one of their tracks. No manager or lawyer yet. Colin at

Boston’s Violet Nine are probably gonna pick up more fans soon. Pretty good stuff but short of singles.

July 1, 2003

Shadow Box. Minneapolis. For fans of U2, Remy Zero. Recorded with Jacques Wait (Semisonic, Kim Deal). Defined melodies and big vocals make for a beautiful accident. “The Distance”, “One Promise” and “Circumstances” are focus tracks. Although newcomers, they’re the Twin Cities great rock hope. No manager or lawyer yet. Contact
“The Distance”

June 24, 2003

Twin-A. New York City. For fans of The Replacements, Radiohead, Jeff Buckley, Coldplay. Beating out Joseph Arthur and future hope Graham Colton on the official WBER playlist in Rochester, NY. Opened for Vanessa Carlton and sold out merchandise, 250 CDs. No management and open to lawyer help. See them this Thursday at The Supper Club show 9PM set. Click the brown M at their website, an impressive list of songs.
“Like I Do”
Coral. New York City. Managed by Jerry Blair (head of Mariah Carey’s Monarc/Island label). She’ll be playing at The Supper Club show too.

Down in the Southeast…

Time. Gainesville, Florida. For fans of Matchbox Twenty, Tonic. 1100 draw at their CD release party. Home recording. No lawyer or manager yet. Steve Garrett at
“Breathing Slowly”

More Unsigned News:

Forty Percent might see an add at KDGE Dallas soon.
Stir left Capitol with Paul Ebersold produced CD. EMI Publishing championing them.
Seven Mary Three has no label and might see an add at WEDG Buffalo in coming weeks.
L.I.N.T. messing around with industry in LA a couple weeks ago.
Mappari on at NYC’s Arlene Grocery 6/24 9PM
Chesterwhite hits Eric Bazillion’s studio with Don Rodenbach (Echo & The Bunnymen, James Taylor, Iggy Pop)

July 23, 2003

Fallen From Grace. New York City area. For fans of Vertical Horizon, Dave Matthews add drum loops. They have manager and lawyer. Nip and tuck plus bring the chorus vocals up and this is very WPLJ-FM.
“Catch it if You Can”

Madrepore. Los Angeles. For fans of Deftones, Trust Company, Rage Against The Machine. They have manager and lawyer. I think Interscope, Island, Velvet Hammer were on the tip. “So Close”

Left Front Tire. Cornelia, Georgia. They got an official add at 96.7 The Buzz in Atlanta this week (market #9). Atlantis show July 31 at 10 High. Randy Sadd, promotion and marketing and Troy Aubrey, manager at


Cloud 10 has a new record. Reportedly showcased for Interscope, Elementree, Island. Sounds like Hoobastank meets Victory Records.

New York Hunches:

Kristin Mainhart. I’ve seen her sing 2 times in the last year. Some Nelly Furtado, Shakira, Sade, Portishead in there. Contact me at to get the scoop. Although this is not a single per se she has her moments. “Comfortable”
Essex. Finished those demos with the ubiquitous Rick Beato. Like Ian Astbury, Bono, Buckley. Saw him play in June, he had his moments as well live. “Coming Home”
Kat Auster. She fronts Blend Engine. Saw them for the third time in a year. There’s something about her in particular. The kind of charisma you would’ve seen in Jane’s Addiction as an indie group. Maybe some No Doubt, Souxsie, Blondie in there but all with self indulgence you can respect.
Val Emmich who I posted previously has this queer Pete Yorn meets Foo Fighters thing. What if he has The Calling in his CD collection too? What would his friends think? A bit lackluster on the lyrics.

UK Hunch:

Meeky Rosie out of Plymouth. Yes, I guess they do have some Pink Floyd, Nick Drake, Sparklehorse, Gomez vibes but add The Verve in there too on “Forever”.

July 28, 2003

E.J. Labb. Boston. Officially shopping demo now through lawyer Patti Jones, produced by Jimmy Landry. Try “Nomad” with its Moby meets Luscious Jackson meets Garbage hook. Jimmy at

Ellie Lawson. England. Reportedly showcased for Warner Bros last week. Has lawyer and manager. Worked with William Orbit. Of the clips available at her site “24 Hour Life Crisis” stands out. Kind of a Dido, Alanis, Nelly Furtado, Sinead thing.

Love 45. Denver, Colorado. Produced by Chris Henderson from 3 Doors Down and Geoff Ott (Nickelback, 3 Doors Down), mastered by Erick Labson (Aerosmith, Elton John). Lawyer is Randall H. Moke, manager Paul Trinidad at
“Don’t Ask”

Tyler Read. Shreveport, Louisiana. For fans of The Used.

Florida’s The Curve will get an official add at West Palm Beach commercial WPBZ (market 47), Matt Alvers manager, show 8/9 at Orlando’s Hard Rock Live. Try “Problem” with its Socialburn meets Good Charlotte meets Matchbox Twenty sound “Problem”
Tulsa, Oklahoma’s Tony Romanello Band now has 13 spins a week at modern rocker KMYZ (market 65) with “Where are You Tonight”. Looking for lawyer and manager. It’s a bit like Sugar, Foo Fighters, Goo Goo Dolls (
Boston area AAA artist Deb Talan seemingly joins the ranks of Shawn Colvin, Victoria Williams, Suzanne Vega and Patty Griffin with her new release; sample the track “Unraveling”
Australia’s Dead Day Sun showcase their Soundgarden, STP sounds at CBGB 7/31, Arlene Grocery 8/5, Sin-e 8/7.
Littleton, Colorado 16 year old Aubrey Collins now making a serious impact on the Nashville circuit-said to be working with one of Trace Adkins’ producers.

September 22, 2003

Kari Kimmel. Boca Raton, Florida. For fans of Michelle Branch, Sarah McLachlan. Age 22. I hear Capitol just flew her out to LA, Virgin is flying her out to NY plus meetings with Island, J, Universal. NYC showcase at Bitter End on 9/25 Thursday 7PM. Lawyer is Fred Goldring (Will Smith, No Doubt). Managed by David Schulhof at
“Notice Me”

September 15, 2003

Coping with Ignorance. Dayton, Ohio. For fans of Trust Company, Trapt, Korn. 17 year olds. Have played arenas with Godsmack and Disturbed. Island, Lava, Universal, Virgin, Columbia, Warner Bros on the tip. NYC showcase at Don Hills September 24 8PM. Management contact is Scott at
“Shattered Dreams”

September 8, 2003

Crushed. Phoenix. Notice the Linkin Park pianos and Deftones gloom. Recorded with Mike Clink (Guns N’ Roses) and Tommy Henriksen. Manager Chad Bowen at
“Everything’s Gone”

Miseryhead. Jacksonville, Florida. For fans of Tool, Chevelle, Puddle of Mudd.

The National. New York City. For fans of Beck, Tom Waits, Wilco, Nick Cave. Produced in part by Nick Lloyd and Peter Katis (Interpol).
“Slipping Husband”

Johnny Socko. Indianapolis, Indiana. 25,000 records sold. XM Radio, CMJ chart, Commercial Specialty chart. Atlantis Compilation pick. Preparing for NYC showcase September 16 at Lion’s Den. No lawyer or manager yet. Recorded with Ken Lewis (Wyclef, Mariah Carey, David Byrne). Ken at
“Mix Tape”

September 2, 2003

Wake. San Francisco. In the vein of U2, Remy Zero, James, The Verve. Produced by Karl Derfler (No Doubt, Dave Matthews) and Ren Klyce (Third Eye Blind, Mariah Carey). No lawyer yet. Manager Jason Oronzi at
“Mind is Yours”

Megan Slankard. Tracy, California. Age 20. For fans of Shelby Lynn, Patty Griffin, Heather Nova, Paula Cole. Career sales over 2300.
“Dirty Wings”

Leya. Belfast, Northern Ireland. For fans of Radiohead, U2, The Devlins, Pulp, Echo and The Bunnymen. BBC Radio 1 airplay, London showcase soon following their gigs with Interpol and Lifehouse. UK management is Terra Firma (Richard Ashcroft, Paul Oakenfold), U.S. management is 2 Generations/Doyle Kos. Aimee Berger and Pete Ajemian at
“Let’s Pretend”

Juniper Lane. Washington D.C. For fans of Evanescence. Produced by Ted Comerford (Virginia Coalition, Ebo), mixed by Joe Zook (Remy Zero), Paul David Hager (Hoobastank). Manager Alan Stewart

Spout. Nashville. Melodic mainstream rock. Co-produced by Jim Allison (LeAnn Rimes, Reba). Lawyer is Jeff Biederman at Bass, Berry & Sims.
“Dead or Dying”

Stripping the Pistol. Chicago. The Chi-town hard rockers return with a brand new demo which is decidedly more melodic. For fans of Foo Fighters, Queens of the Stone Age. 400 draw expected to small October 24 club date at The Note in Chicago. 10,000 website hits per month. Pete Tsiolis at
“Nothing to Believe In”

October 8, 2003

by Gilby N. (

A Mid-life Comparison, Madonna Ciccone vs. Love Michelle Harrison (aka Courtney Love)

So let’s see, you never really know the true ages of celebrities and even moreso female celebrities. They’re doubly protective. Madonna was 39 in or around 1997. Some of her known experiences back then include the following: The making of “Ray of Light”, the raising of her new daughter, the exploration into Kabbalah, practicing yoga, winning a Golden Globe and peforming in the miserable Guy Ritchie failure “Swept Away”.

Courtney Love is 39 at the moment. Her experiences at or around this age include: arrested for air rage on Virgin Atlantic, signing a lucrative deal with Virgin Records, apartment rage during NYC’s blackout leading to a police response and newspaper misprint, recent arrest for breaking the windows at Jim Barber’s house (apparently she owns the land), supposedly working on her next movie-the Luc Besson (Fifth Element) helmed “Miss June”. She’s also known for delving into Kabbalah (it would appear she’s falling a bit short of miracles, meditation and magic).

Lord of the Venues, Who Owns What in NYC

The live music venue circuit in NYC seems to be very tight. Following is a brief exploration into the daily players:

You have your 400-600 person venues namely Manhattan’s popular Bowery Ballroom (affiliated with the much smaller Mercury Lounge). Brooklyn’s got North Six and Warsaw to compete (these places usually get all the hip indie, emo acts as a large portion of young concert goers live in Williamsburg). As far as I know none of these venues are corporate subsidiaries. The next step in a band’s career might be the Clear Channel operated Irving Plaza (1100). Also under the Clear Channel umbrella are the Beacon Theatre (2800) and Roseland (3600). Doesn’t that pretty much give them dibs on any developing band’s career? Ah but wait…there is an alternative venue to play when you land a hit at radio. This would be Hammerstein Ballroom (3700 standing). Who owns it? That would be One-Up Enterprises which is a splinter of the Unification Church headed by Rev. Sun Myung Moon. Fascinating. Venues such as Webster Hall (1500) and The Supper Club (1000) can book big name acts but not on a regular basis these days (neither has ties to an uber corporation). I should also mention the Knitting Factory (up to 400), the troubled Bottom Line (400), world music haven S.O.B.’s (500) and B.B. King’s (1000 standing).

Once you become massive it’s time for Radio City Music Hall or even Madison Square Garden (the arena or theatre). You now Cablevision (owner of New York Knicks, New York Rangers, New York Liberty, Fuse TV) as parent to these operations. But hey, it always comes back to Clear Channel. CC promotes concerts at Central Park Summerstage, Carnegie Hall, Hammerstein and Madison Square Garden to name a few. Ticketmaster is the exclusive agent to all CC shows. CC owns the radio playlist monitoring service Mediabase. And of course Radio & Records uses Mediabase for its charts. Allow me to tangent yet again and say there is still another dubious triangle at work. The Dutch run VNU owns Billboard, BDS (the other radio playlist monitoring service) and Soundscan. To get to the point, one heavyweight publication is solely influenced by Clear Channel reports and the other uses its sister company exclusively. I didn’t know synergy could be so creepy.

I believe author William Gibson once noted that in modern times major societal institutions consume smaller bohemias even before they fully develop. Acquisitions, mergers, business development, maybe it’s all not to be taken so seriously. These are all characteristics of a capitalist system love it or hate it. On the flip side, history shows that these very same institutions over-consume, hit bankruptcy and are sold off in parts like scrap iron from a shipyard. In an interview with Entertainment Weekly Dave Matthews said “Clear Channel can’t last forever because it’s too fat to hold itself up. Things will start popping up around it that are more fun. It can’t last, I don’t care how big it is.” Earlier this year CC chairman Lowry Mays went before the Senate saying “Clear Channel’s 1,200 radio stations represent only 9 percent of all the stations in the country…live entertainment accounts for less than 7 percent of Clear Channel’s revenue.” What to make of all this? Well, it’s probably the biggest cities that are stacked in Clear Channel’s (and Infinity’s) favor and THAT’s what rubs folks the wrong way.

Most eloquent quote found on the internet: “Radio was crap before Clear Channel and it is still crap after Clear Channel. The only difference is that Clear Channel bought a whole lot of crap.”

Tacky News Item: Coldplay’s Chris Martin and Gwyneth Paltrow seen rendezvousing on the University of Chicago campus October 7. Paltrow is reportedly shooting her new film there.

Records coming out or on the shelves:

Dido “White Flag”–Don’t you just want her to go into the “Here With Me” chorus instead?
Sarah McLachlan “Fallen”–This is neither here nor there.
Blink 182 “Feeling This”–Again, it’s like McDonalds, you know what you’re getting. Do any of these acts really warrant a review?
The Fire Theft “Chain”–Wow, now here’s a good one. Made up of ex-Sunny Day Real Estate, fans of the former will notice a change in style.
Mandy Moore “Senses Working Over Time”–I imagine the conversation between Andy Partridge and manager, “Hey mate, Mandy Moore’s covering your tune”, Partridge: “Who?”
Default “My Life Away”–Oh the humanity.
Hoobastank “Out of Control”–No comment, just read the chorus: “Where should I go/What should I do/I don’t understand what you want from me/Cause I don’t know if I can trust you/I don’t understand what you want from me.
Distillers “Drain the Blood”-Yawn.
Living Colour “Sacred Ground”–God awful.
Queensryche “Losing Myself”–Oh hell, Living Colour, Queensryche and Morrissey all going through Sanctuary now? This could make a good live bill.
Travis “Re-offender”–The whole CD is a bit disappointing, I guess they’re not gonna break the 280,000 mark in the U.S.

October 6, 2003

by Gilby Nostrada

I’m supposed to say that my editorial doesn’t necessarily reflect the opinions of Demo Diaries. In addition Gary would like to add that I’m an arrogant, uninformed dickhead-at times. In answer to that, I feel I have the right to be because I got ye olde pink slip from me major label boss recently. Anyhow, I still like to read music news and critique it somewhat.

I’m a bit confused by some recent happenings: A 48 year old Dee Snider (Twisted Sister) sings “We’re Not Gonna Take It” at Schwarzenegger’s campaign rally 10/5. This made me want to read more about Arnold’s last minute doings. I got as far as his “turn around California in 100 days” 10 step program. Mind you Cali’s population is 35 million or so. At this point I flipped open the Village Voice paper. Low and behold it says Hanson is playing Carnegie Hall. Actually the press photo accompanying the ad makes them look pretty hip in an Osmonds kind of way. The Boston Symphony Orchestra also plays Carnegie soon. I should try to fit the word paradox in here somewhere but my blogger skills are lacking.

Anyhow how about some straight music talk. Records on the shelves or coming out:

Nelly Furtado single “Powerless”-well the title is testament to the song’s appeal (or rather what you feel when you see her breasts). Is that banjo in there? I swear Patty Griffin fans could get into this. Or rather why not just by Patty’s new DVD thingy that hits the market shortly. Furtado will revel in B.O.D. industry status (benefit of the doubt). In other words, coming off her successful debut she’ll get all the radio/video adds she needs to sell, sell, sell. Pregnant or not, with all the money, time, resources and label backing, you’re obligated to produce a better sophmore recording than this. Mediocre songwriting disguised by studio bells and whistles tends to be unremarkable. This applies to The Strokes too as they return with a seemlingly bland offshoot of a Car’s early B-side. Ryan Adams consumes Joy Division/U2 Hamburger Helper and writes his new single “So Alive”.

I’m supposed to say something about demos in here somewhere. Mr. Demo Diaries gave me some stuff to review. The Steven Haigler (Brand New, Fuel) produced Sarcasm is being shopped. It’s not very good. Isn’t there a way for pop punk/emo/radio-core bands to emulate their predecessors without literally duplicating effects. This band lives in WLIR-FM territory, the Long Island based adult rocker whose frequency 92.7 was just sold to Univision. I guess no more Smiths songs will be heard on Manhattan’s East side.

In fact, NYC will now only have one clear modern rock/alternative signal, WXRK 92.3 (Infinity). Blink 102.7 (Infinity) is basically becoming Hot AC WPLJ 95.5 (ABC). Having two Hot/Modern ACs doesn’t fly in NYC! Doesn’t Infinity remember the whole “105.1” WNSR to WMXV to WDBZ to WNSR to WBIX fiasco? It was like watching a dog chase its tail. It was always basically an AC format. Ultimately this all resulted in the Urban WWPR 105.1 (Clear Channel). Yes, there is room for WWPR to compliment WQHT 97.1 (Emmis). You got your pussy Lite-FM WLTW 106.7 (Clear Channel) that cleans up here because 25+ bridge and tunnel women sit in their cubicles and mini-vans tuned in all day. But hell, the immediate gratification behemoths won’t invest in a Triple A format for NYC. Conceivably it’s women AND men over 25 who’ll embrace this format. Just like the new Tracks magazine will be doing, it’ll be a way to introduce aging people to new artists. This is a transfusion much needed and a music format that’s not based on trends or elevator melodies. A loss will be taken at first, but the brand name will inevitably build especially in such a liberal market. Instead of playing Phil Collins and Rod Stewart, it will spin a Damien Rice. Someone should really buy a clue from small scale stations WFUV 90.7 NYC and WDST 100.1 Poughkeepsie–both have a loyal audience and attract new listeners consistently.

Let’s wrap it up here with Bests and Worsts:
Best Song Placement: The Cure’s “Pictures of You” (Disintegration LP 1989) in the new Hewlett-Packlard ad. I wish it spiked sales.
Worst Editorials: The blog format being adopted and hailed universally. Notice it in NYC arts weeklies namely the Voice and NY Press. If you qualify the umpteenth garage band playing the lower east side as hip and eventful, well, then yea, you should be a perky titted correspondent for the NME (what a tired rag it’s become).


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