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[GIG] imp present: Alela Diane + Simone White + The Kitchen Cynics @ The Tunnels

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interesting music promotions present:


Wednesday 8th August

The Tunnels Room 2, Carnegies Brae, Aberdeen, AB10 1BF. (01224) 211121

Doors 8pm Entry 5




Portland, Oregon singer songwriter Alela Diane hails from the deep woods and winding rivers of Northern California Gold Rush town Nevada City. Alela grew up singing songs with her parents (both musicians) and performing in the school choir and, during a stay in San Francisco in 2003, she began teaching herself guitar and writing her first songs, blending tense, trance-like arpeggios, with warm, thick vocals and meditative lyrics about family and nature. Her debut album The Pirates Gospel is a powerful document of personal re-evaluation and renewal set against the backdrop of generations past and future, mothers and fathers, life, death, and birth.

Alela Diane's dread-filled song The Rifle finds a powerful metaphor for feminine sexuality in a story of home invasion, effectively rewriting Neil Young's Powderfinger from the daughter's perspective. Over a precisely plucked guitar that sounds both solemn and skittish, her grave intonations and the ominous backing vocals imply violence occurring just beyond her words." [Pitchfork]

Accompanied mostly by her acoustic guitar, Alela Diane sings stark, ghostly folk. Shes already flaunting a large, lived-in growl flavoured by antediluvian blues and jazz inflections." [spin]





Born in Hawaii, grew up in California, played guitar in Seattle, photographed bands in London, learned to fingerpick in New York, followed her heart back out west. Straight outta Venice, LASimone White delicately lays her beautiful voice over rich layers of swirling rhythm and crafty guitar patterns.

Her debut album I am the man (Honest Jons / EMI) is quietly drawing comparisons to Joni Mitchell, Isobel Campbell and Cat Power - deep with emotion, rich with integrity and bubbles with bittersweet excitement that will soothe the soul and relax the nerves.

"For those bewitched by the posthumous small-hours voice of Karen Dalton, here is a living echo of that still, small, intensely concentrated spirit - an intimate prettiness concealing within the rosebud the thorns of subtly articulated political protest and the warped, eerie gaze on human weakness that has been The Velvet Underground's legacy to the modern folk idiom." [Mojo]





Local 'outsider folk' songwriter, the Kitchen Cynics fades gracelessly towards old age, but looks back happily on the few high points of his belated career...being played on the John Peel show, doing three radio sessions for New York's WFMU, and playing live with Tom Rapp of Pearl's Before Swine. See him soon, before his batteries go totally flat.



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here's what The Guardian said recenty about Alela...

Alela Diane has made your album of the year, you just haven't heard it yet. But you will! Born to musician (trans: hippy) parents in a rural idyll in northern California, she sang in the school choir, taught herself guitar and writes songs about family and nature and sweet lavender. Inhabiting a bucolic corner of Joanna Newsom's new folk paradise, Diane has this yearn in her voice that reaches back through Tim Buckley's sensual world to the ruined soul of Hank Williams. And she plays banjo. Is there a sexier image in the world than a young woman playing a banjo? No. The end.

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True dat.

I think the two lovely young ladies playing this gig won't know what's hit them...

Would it aid promotion of the event if I posted hot pictures of all artists? :up:

I didn't know I was supposed to hit them!?(o_O

That's an old photo....I'm even more decrepit now (but with a certain grizzled charm......it was given to me by an old traveller...kind of looks like a plug on a chain, but holds mystical powers, apparently)

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  • 3 weeks later...

i'm also hearing some Emiliani Torrini on the Beep Beep Song

This new talent is worth the entrance fee alone...........

"The songs drift dreamily between bittersweet romance, whimsy and the political while White's breathy, restful tones and Mark Nevers's muted production give everything a balmy unified feel of the rarest kind." -- **** Q Magazine--

"The Beep Beep Song" is brilliant whimsy...White sings something like Astrud Gilberto... The languor conceals a sharp, politicized observer of the American wasteland, and White's songs counter The Man's depredations with becalmed cool." --No Depression--

"Coming out of seemingly nowhere, is Simone White, with a chameleon of a voice that changes shades and colors so naturally as to send you scratching the back of your mind trying to figure out where to place it." --LUNAPARK6--

"Simone White's indie-folk quasi-protest song, "American War," is witty, provocative, and effective without being angry or disillusioned." --Billboard--

"A late-night melancholy gem." --Bucketfull of Brains--

"Simone White's debut album is a delightful treat. The moment that "America In '54" comes on your stereo, you'll think that Joni Mitchell has been re-incarnated...Sincere is the perfect word for this consistent first release. Appropriate for any season, this will appeal to fans of classic singer/songwriters, and also modern female artists such as Cat Power." --liepaper.com--

"sensitive, strangely soulful, bizarre..." --Boog City--

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