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Police Dog Hogan – a mix of country-fried heartbreakers

Edwin Huxley - Tuesday 09.09.14, 22:06pm

With 8 members in the full line-up and instruments including guitar, accordion, banjo, mandolin, fiddle and trumpet, Police Dog Hogan draw their influences from many different wells. You could call it Americana, country-folk, folk-pop or even urban bluegrass, but it’s difficult to do justice to the sheer range of styles this band can bend to its will.

Police Dog Hogan’s exuberant mix of country-fried heartbreakers, belting anthems, foot-stomping sing-a-longs and souvenir tea towels made them a firm favourite on the festival circuit since forming in 2009.

“They’re one of my bands to watch,” says Radio 2 DJ Johnnie Walker. “Great songs, great musicians, and their live shows are really, really good fun.”

Police Dog Hogan’s second album, From the Land of Miracles, attracted praise from many quarters.

“No one in their right mind would imagine that the band that play on the opening track Better Go Now come from anywhere other than the heartland of America,” said Maverick magazine’s 5-star review. “But some of James Studholme’s intricate guitar playing comes straight out of the traditional English folk book and would make Richard Thompson proud.”

With an average age comfortably over 40 (23-year old trumpeter Emily Norris is something of an outlier), Police Dog Hogan offer more in the way of experience than innocence. While the members hold down a variety of what might be described as “day jobs” (their banjo player Tim Dowling is a writer and Guardian columnist; lead singer James Studholme runs an advertising production company), they take the music very seriously, and keep up a rigorous touring schedule, recently playing to sell-out crowds at Bush Hall, the Borderline and various venues across the UK, as well as festivals including Camp Bestival, Cornbury, Maverick and Kendal Calling.

This September the band are exporting their unique take on Americana to Nashville, playing two showcase gigs at the Americana Music Association awards. After that they return to the UK to play a string of dates in October, November and December.

Their third album Westward Ho! is due out on the influential Union Music Store label in the autumn. That title – part swashbuckling exhortation, part melancholy seaside postcard – goes some way toward encapsulating Police Dog Hogan’s sound: bold and infectious country-folk wedded to a wry, reflective and deeply English sensibility.

Westward Ho! is produced by the Oysterband’s Al Scott. “I loved Al’s production of the June Tabor & Oysterband’s Ragged Kingdom record, which I think is a classic,” says James Studholme. “He has a certain clarity and attack, going right back to the Levellers. When I found out he was producing a new CD for our label mates Hatful of Rain (The Morning Key), working with him suddenly sounded like a possibility. He was busy touring with Oysterband, but we were prepared to wait.”

Among its songs of hard won experience, Westward Ho! includes the track Home, a collaboration between Police Dog Hogan and the Music in Prisons charity. This version of Home came about as the result of a joint live gig with Platform 7 – a band made up of ex-prisoners under the wing of Music in Prisons – and was recorded with the aid of several members of the group.

“We’d seen Platform 7 perform,” says Tim Dowling, “and had long talked of doing a show together, but I don’t think any of us were prepared for the impact this song had on the audience. When it came to recording it, we knew that was the version we wanted.”



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Free Competition to win a copy of the debut album sampler from Jane Badler

Annie Payne - Wednesday 06.08.14, 18:07pm

Jane Badler to release new album, Opus

Jane Badler to release new album, Opus

Jane Badler is best known for her acting role in the Sci-Fi series ‘V’ where she played the evil Diana The Lizard Queen.  She also has a long & varied career in Hollywood B films and television soaps throughout the 1970s and 1980s, including Neighbours. But on 1st September she releases her debut UK album, Opus.

Opus is replete with stories of revenge, betrayal, redemption and power. The album expands Jane’s aura of musical styles further from her work in acclaimed Melbourne indie outfit ‘Sir’ with dark 1980s, cabaret-style, synth-pop, soul and jazz elements infused.

The album has been produced and mixed by Grammy-winning producer Jeff Bova, who has also worked with the likes of Katy Perry, Michael Jackson, Celine Dion, Luther Vandross, Eric Clapton, Robert Palmer, Billy Joel, The Bee Gees, Cher, Cyndi Lauper.  Of the writing experience Jane says “I had just finished two albums as the muse for a writer when I decided to write my own album. My record company at the time suggested I try a covers album, Being the rebel I Am started the long foolhardy journey of writing an album”.

Buzzin Pop Music have 5 copies of Jane Badler’s 11 track album sampler to giveaway in a free to enter competition.

To enter all you need to do is answer the following easy question:

Q: Which cult TV Sci-Fi series did Jane play Diana the Lizard Queen?

a. Space 1999

b. V

c. The X-Files

Submit your entries to comps@buzzinmedia.co.uk with the subject line: ‘jane badler comp’ (other subject lines will not be entered) with your full name, address & contact number.

This Buzzin Media Competition ends on 6th September, 2014.

The editor will randomly choose 5 winners from the correct answers. The editor’s choice is final.



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Descendents of tortured genius Edgar Allan Poe release debut album

Edwin Huxley - Tuesday 05.08.14, 21:37pm

Larkin Poe's sister duo Rebecca and Megan Lovell

Larkin Poe's sister duo Rebecca and Megan Lovell

They say madness runs in the family. They say the same about creativity and passion. That’s good news for Larkin Poe’s sister duo Rebecca and Megan Lovell, the descendants of tortured artist and creative genius Edgar Allen Poe.

They were named ‘Best New Discovery’ by The Observer, following their Glastonbury performance this summer, and have also supported Elvis Costello on a string of live dates. On Kin they explore influences like Fleetwood Mac, Pink Floyd, Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young, The Band as well as some of the music from their youth; roots and Americana.

“We have a very colorful family history,” explains lead singer/guitarist

Rebecca, 23, who also plays mandolin and violin. “There were a lot of creative, hotheaded, and intelligent branches that went against the grain in our family tree. Our paternal grandfather suffered from schizophrenia, while our great, great, great, great grandfather, Larkin Poe, was a Civil War wagon driver turned historian and a distant cousin to Edgar Allen Poe. Growing up with their crazy stories definitely shaded our perception of normal. As artists, I think some of those innate eccentricities, passed down from generation to generation, have been even further exaggerated in us!”

Megan, 25, who contributes lapsteel and dobro to the line-up, chimes in, “As sisters, we just wanted to pick a band name that had familial significance, so we decided to give a nod to our ancestors and take on the name Larkin Poe.”

The Atlanta-based sisters celebrate that unique genealogy and their own eccentricities with their debut full-length album, “Kin,” on Restoration Hardware’s label RH Music, produced by Chris Seefried (Fitz and the Tantrums, Lana Del Rey) in Los Angeles and Damien Lewis (Rihanna, Rita Ora) in Atlanta.

“I think our fans will be surprised by this album,” states Rebecca proudly. “In our previous projects, there was always this pervading polish of “politeness.” In this project, that polish isn’t present. ‘Kin’ is the first Larkin Poe album where we were able to bring a bit more of our stage show into the studio and capture some grittier, edgier stuff. We can rock-out on guitars like the boys… so why not go ahead and doit? We let our freak flag fly a little higher.”

“Musically,” Megan, adds, “we’ve been a bit schizophrenic in our choices over the years; we’ve dabbled in many musical styles. We grew up playing classical violin and piano as little kids, our mom would drive us to weekly lessons – while at the same time, our dad was playing his classic rock albums: Fleetwood Mac, Pink Floyd, Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young, The Band. In our early teens, we got turned on to roots music — blues, bluegrass, folk — we were a bit confused! But after a few years of searching and experimentation, we’ve finally found a way to piece the fragments of our artistic personalities and musical tastes together. We’ve found our voice.”

Larkin Poe release their debut album, Kin on RH Music on 25th August 2014.



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Beautiful Colors – the posters of Duran Duran

Annie Payne - Tuesday 29.07.14, 19:19pm

Beautiful Colors - the posters of Duran Duran by Andy Golub

Beautiful Colors - the posters of Duran Duran

Beautiful Colors is a book examining Duran Duran’s career as it has never been seen before… through their posters.

From 1978 up to the present day, the band’s evolution is chronicled with rare and vintage promotional posters from the largest Duran Duran archive in the world; tours, tribulations, and triumphs are charted as each album is released, viewed through an array of stunning art and photography.

Highlights in the book include posters from Duran Duran’s formative years, previously unseen posters that were never put into production, insights from artists and designers on their creations, and a foreword by Duran Duran co-founder, Nick Rhodes.

Andrew Golub has been a devoted fan of Duran Duran for over three decades. Known to Pacific Northwest radio stations as “Durandy,” Andrew has always strived to take his passion to a higher plane. His archive of band memorabilia houses an assortment of rare artifacts and paper ephemera that numbers in the thousands, including carefully restored posters and prints from every chapter of Duran Duran’s history. Selections from Andrew’s archive have been showcased in the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame and Museum, on A & E’s Biography television program, in two film documentaries, and in two public exhibitions.

Beautiful Colors by Andrew Golub is published by Durandy Productions LLC
as a limited edition (only 1000 printed) priced $75



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Jane Badler, the Lizard Queen from Sci-Fi series ‘V’ to release new album

Annie Payne - Friday 18.07.14, 16:00pm

Jane Badler to release new album, Opus

Jane Badler to release new album, Opus

Fans of the hit Sci-Fi series ‘V’ will be excited to see Jane Badler, Diana The Lizard Queen emerging from the world of cult TV and exploding onto the music scene with her debut UK album, “Opus”, released on 1st September on Me Jane Records via JTV Digital. The album follows AA side single “Losing You” and “Volcano Boy” which is released on 7th July.

Opus’ is replete with stories of revenge, betrayal, redemption and power. The album expands Jane Badler’s aura of musical styles further from her work in acclaimed Melbourne indie outfit ‘Sir’ with dark 80s, cabaret-style, synth-pop, soul and jazz elements infused.

The album has been produced and mixed by Grammy-winning producer Jeff Bova, who has also worked with the likes of Katy Perry, Michael Jackson, Celine Dion, Luther Vandross, Eric Clapton, Robert Palmer, Billy Joel, The Bee Gees, Cher, Cyndi Lauper.  Of the writing experience Jane says “I had just finished two albums as the muse for a writer when I decided to write my own album. My record company at the time suggested I try a covers album, Being the rebel I Am started the long foolhardy journey of writing an album”.

Jane Badler, who played the role of Diana in both the original series and the seminal re-imagined 2011 version of “V,” is also an accomplished songstress who has worked with some of the industry greats over the years including producers Mark Saunders (Cyndi Lauper, The Cure) and Ivor Guest (Grace Jones’ “Hurricane”). Her early years were spent in New York, competing in the Miss America Pageant as a beauty queen, later becoming a drama student, before embarking on a successful career as a professional actress on stage and screen in the US for many years. She eventually ended up in Melbourne where she became a stalwart on the Aussie show “Neighbours.”

In 2008 Jane released her debut CD outside of the UK “The Devil Has My Double” with the Melbourne band Sir, followed in 2011 with “Tears Again.” She has also worked with internationally acclaimed producer Paul Grabowsky to deliver a record that reflects Jane’s long and varied career in Hollywood B films and television soaps throughout the 70s and 80s. The al pays homage to the melodrama of the era and earned her a nomination for “Best Female Artist” at the AGE awards.

Jane Badler – Opus Track listing

01. Addicted
02. Opus
03. Volcano Boy
04. Diamond Crimson Blood
05. Return To Passion
06. Losing You
07. Lover
08. Stuck On You
09. Fame
10. Dead Eyes
11. Black Dove



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