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Saturday, September 15, 2007

I'll Be Seeing You

I may have finally found a way to blog about my activities in Second Life. It has a two-pronged approach: (a) spend a little less time in Second Life, and (b) skip an edition of the weekly music podcast. The second measure pains me a little bit but considering that there was no break in the weekly podcast production this summer there's no real harm done. I've produced a podcast for this week, so the break takes place next weekend.

The 83rd podcast in the Mużika Mod Ieħor series officially introduces the list of nominations from Maltese recording artists released so far in 2007. The list will continue to expand in the coming weeks and voting will commence about six weeks from now.

Deckchair Gurus' Summertime opens this week's podcast. It is one of two tracks they have released via their MySpace page. They have also produced a video for Summertime, which I find to be one of the most entertaining I've ever seen from a Maltese band. It's available on YouTube, so make sure to check it out if you haven't seen it yet.

Chasing Pandora released their album Mock the Mocking Bird earlier this year. They were also one of the MMI listeners' top picks from 2006. Naturally, their album is nominated for this year's listeners' picks so I'm playing the title track on this week's podcast just to make sure that people who may have missed Chasing Pandora album or one of their not-too-frequent performances can catch-up with these darlings of the Maltese music scene. Oddly enough, I have a feeling they'll do a Chris & Moira (remember 1993?) on us sooner or later. The Schlager Boys will not be happy.

Having followed the Maltese music scene closely most of my life, I clearly remember Stephanie and Maria Lewis starting out as the Starbrights in the late 1980s. Naturally they were just kids back then and they've grown-up considerably now, making West London their base in recent years. They've recorded a new song called You Ran Away From Me. I'm not surprised that the duo has retained some of the innocence from their early years but I'd love to hear what a mature Starbrights sounds like, if that's at all possible.

My weekly podcasting series is a great way for me to discover musicians and singers outside of Malta who have a Maltese connection of some sort or other. Capitol K appeared at the Poxx Bar on Friday. He is actually Kristian Robinson who was born in Malta to a Maltese mother and English father. He was raised in various disparate locales such as Brunei and Dubai before eventually settling in London. That's his official bio, released by to promoted his Poxx gig supported by Vinnie Vintage, Danjeli (featuring Jon IQ) and Ai. Capitol K's music is an interesting hybrid of basic rock and pop electronica. The Fly is a well-crafted track and you can hear it as the closing song on this week's podcast.

The Mużika Mod Ieħor series returns after next weekend. I'll blog some more about that in due time. Meanwhile, please have a look at the prelimary list of nominations for the 2007 listeners' pick of Maltese music releases and let me know if you think there's a recording that should be considered for nomination before voting begins.

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Anonymous Anonymous said...

can u plzplzplz tell olivia to write her blog i miss it lol pwees 

2:54 PM, September 17, 2007

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