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Pete Carma, I'm a totally nonprofit supporter of Indie Music!

My purpose in having this blog is to, yes, bring you all the music of the great Indie Artists in NYC....but...
My bigger mission is to help you get to know the personality of the artists, see them as I know them~~
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Friday

Great Book From, The Maestro, Cidinho Teixeira

The book: Brazilian Rhythm on the Keyboard is from Cidinho Teixeira

....if you are familiar with the Jazz scene in New York City, or if you are a musician this book is a must have for you.

...I met Cidinho through my friendship with Greta Panettieri, the one and only, 'Diva'.
...Just this last week in NYC, they were united for two sets at The Zinc Bar, where they were residence for years on Sunday, 'Brazilian Nights'

...at 72 Cidinho was brilliant as ever, a great show.

The book is an invaluable source of the genius and experience of a master, Cidinho.

link to,  BOOK


..here is a sample of their work at hand...Vocals Greta, Keys, of course, Cidinho Teixeira,
Itaiguara Brandao, bass, and Mauricio Zottrelli, drums.

 Here is a video of the maestro::  Cidinho

You can get the Book Here


                                                            

StreetcredMusic, Introducing, 'Fond Of Rudy'

I came across a band from the UK, this week, 'Fond of Rudy'.
I thought they would be a good fit with what I do here, support young independent artists.
So, here they are::

 'Fond Of Rudy'

Matt Ahwal: from the band...
  "Okay sooo 'Fond Of Rudy'…between the four of us, we mix together a blend of Rock, Indie-Pop and slightly Alternative music. We're a band of four members (Matt, Paul, Tom and Billy) and every individual draws different musical influences to the 'Creation Station' let's call it…haha.

Billy's drums and Tom's bass provide a solid cement for our music, which is layered with further live percussion and synthesized samples.   (All of our own work of course!)

Once described as "Wolf like" vocals with a hint of reverberated harmonies, breezy riffage and keys are placed on top of the rhythmic base, which creates a unique sound for our music. Although saying this... what genre our music can be best placed in, we leave down to listeners…we don't particularly know ourselves! 

Already in motion are plans for the release of our debut EP, with a campaign for the release 'TBA' and kicking off shortly…watch this space! 

A big old rethink to our outlook and performance has been ongoing over the past year with some exciting new sounds being produced as a result. We hope to portray these new sounds to new/old/live audiences with the release of the EP. ...One step at a time. For our next challenge…a campaign and the studio!"
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 That's the 411 so far, now enjoy their music, and as Matt said, you'll be seeing more of them here!
       
                                        Fond Of Rudy, video:: 'To Be Mine'

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Tuesday

Tessa Lena, On Rebellion?

 We gave them the idea that consuming is an act of defiance.” These words from The Target Shoots First are burning in my blood, making me desperate that I am here on this Earth, face to face with a million awful and lovable zombies. A couple of days ago a friend posted on his Facebook, “I am a Rock’n’Roll rebel”. When I read this I became angry, because rebellion has been sold to the rats. Please, honey. Shopping at Trash and Vaudeville is not rebellion

 'Tessa Makes Love'

 I grew up in the Soviet Union and I remember the slight feeling of danger associated with alternative clothing or non-government music. But here on the East Coast, a rocker outfit is not a risk factor. What rebellion? Co-branded liberation is an oxymoron. Those bastards set a profit margin on everything including love and punk rock! What do I do?

It feels like I’ve lived for a hundred years. I’ve seen this story so many times…shiny eyes, early college, do the band thing, cool friends, face reality, need money, get a job, realize that the band thing was just a fun thing to do, and be totally cool with it. I am all grown up, I don’t think there is anything wrong with this story because it only means that they can live without it for now but…

But zombies!
When I hear high school kids bring up fashion rebellion, I see a boring marketing room and cynical people talking about zombie strategies and a tasty bottom line.
No, honey, you are not a Rock’n 'Roll rebel. You are a sweet child who has been lied to.

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Wednesday

The Missing Links, Classic/Jazz and Rachmaninoff/Rap ~Cezara Lucia Vladescu, Jade Simmons

SheSaid/SheSaid..Two of the best at what they do...worlds apart, but music knows no borders.

Cezara Lucia Vladescu, from Romania, has called herself the 'missing link' between Classic and Jazz.
...and if you watch the way her compositions flow from one to the other, you have to agree.

 
Cezara Lucia Vladescu
I love watching her...
Here is my favorite composition of hers to illustrate, that 'Missing Link' Enjoy 'EPA'  

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...............if we move some 6,000 miles east, back in the US of A....One of America's best Ambassadors, Jade Simmons who's current project (and it's difficult to keep up with what all she does) is another wonderful 'bridge' she is building...'Rachmaninoff to Rap'.

Jade Simmons
...enjoy Jade with Rachmaninoff Prelude C- sharp minor

Jade has played at The White House, and if memory serves me she played Rachmaninoff's piano in Saint Petersburg, Russia, while she was there as a commentator for the Tchaikovsky Competition. 

Follow Jade Media: HERE                          Follow Cezara Lucia, HERE


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Tuesday

StreetcredMusic: Let Me Introduce, Bonnie Legion.

A new exciting artists from the Left Coast, Bonnie Legion.


Bonnie:: Hi Pete...
"My name is Shavon, I started out making music about seven years ago, under the name, sounds like Shavon, doing primarily original acoustic material, I won several online contest and hooked up with several groups and producers creating music in various genres.  Through a long struggle trying to find my sound and place I made a big jump, and switched to the Alter Ego Bonnie Legion.    Bonnie for me represents the rebel, fitting inside no box or single genre, Legion representing the army of emotions and voices in my head.   I work in genre's such as Deep House, progressive house, trip hop, Hip Hop, Grime, Contemporary Piano, Pop and more...Traveling around the world and working with artists and labels from all over such as MB Sak, Luca Grignaffini, Uedra, Chrisville, Qrittx, Paul Oakenfold, Musical Noize, Perfecto Records and more....I just recently signed a track with Sony Records Mexico, Ultra and Armada's sub label Starlight Records.   Music is an everyday thing for me, its my life, the way I choose to express my deep feelings and emotions toward just about everything.   I'm full of empathy, and wide ocean of emotion, like a sponge I soak up everything around me and music is my outlet for release. My songs are full of hope, love, fear, exploration and freedom, on a journey toward Liberation from a hard past.  
 
Bonnie's Video::UEDRA
Bonnie Legion
I think of myself as a musical chameleon able to hear a track and find something completely unique and perfectly fitting to that feel or production vibe. This ability has given me great success over the past years, a rapidly growing fan base, and so many projects collaboration requests I can hardly keep up anymore.   My goal is to reach a wide audience of people, inspire folks to never give up, believe in themselves, stand up and fight for who they are and there beliefs.  I want to make people feel, I want to make people think.  I want to make music for the rest of my life".   
 
 

Bonnie's...web page here                 Bonnie's FB... page here:
Latest releases::: HERE! 
Youtube:: Page Here!

My thanks to Bonnie for letting my readers get to know her, I'm sure there will be much more coming from this wonderful songstress...

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Monday

The History of New York City, by Me, Pete Carma

Summer 1944, I was born in Bronx Hospital. Fulton Avenue, 169th Street.


!955, 'Doo Wop' music was what life was all about for a kid in the South Bronx. Singin in hallways, hallways that were all marble, built turn of the 20th Century. Of course Tito Puente, and the Latin bands were still cool too. We knew nothing of white music, the Perry Como's, the Doris Day's.
We had access to WADO Radio out of Harlem, something the NBC's and CBS's of the world feared most, a break through of minority music. Their sponsors would not hear of that.
Our heroes in music were never heard on national radio, and TV, no chance.

The neighborhoods were all changing in the 50's...The Italians, the Jews, and the Irish were taking flight to Long Island, and Westchester County, and some to Florida....(and NYPD cops walked a beat, alone.) Me, we were not financially able to relocate in the 50's.

The Bronx, and Brooklyn where I spent lots of time were going through changes that did not sit well with a large majority of older folks. The exodus of the middle class also caused the city to go into a state of dysfunction. Schools, business, were starting to run down, because they would not respond to the integration, they resisted. You could still at this point in time, in some newspapers or Jet Magazine, yes in NYC 1950's read about lynchings in other states.

Frankie Lymon and the Teenagers.
Alan Freed came along and had a radio show on WINS, and guess what he played?.. music we could identify with, black groups, and a guy named Jackie Wilson.

Then came the 1960's. The decade aside from the 1860's when the Civil War was fought, that changes America more than any other. Young people had...had enough. We did everything we could to rebel.
Smoked weed, did acid, walked barefoot, the women went bra less, everyone had long unruly hair, and we campaigned for candidates that also wanted change. Bob Dylan lead that fight.

The words of Dylan

Bob Dylan

In the 60's New York City lost it's self esteem. Empty apartment buildings, vacant businesses, an administration that refused to clean the streets, police the parks and subways...this all lead to a crime ridden city of Wall Street, Fifth Avenue and a series of Ghettos.

Alphabet City, the area of Avenues A.B,C,D from Houston Street to 14th Street, had a patrol of Missionaries that went through each morning to pick up corpses that had OD'd or been shot the night before. It was a haven for the drug dealers from Columbia and Cuba.

Young people were to blame!! That's what the establishment position was. Well, the young took it to them. We occupied, Universities, police stations, parks and streets, in a peaceful attempt to get change. To the youngsters of today, nothing you can read, can ever explain the total changes that took place in the 1960's..it was truly a 'movement' lead by young people, a feeling, a calling.

Occupy Columbia U 1968
Ahhh, but then came the 1970's. The yuppie class who had moved to Yonkers, Long Island, Connecticut, now realized the after the gas purge of OPEC, and the price of gas tripling and over population causing massive traffic on their routes to and from the 'golden goose' of Manhattan, AND the railroads they might use as their alternate mode of commuting were so out dated and dilapidated
they were wasting 20 hours a week getting to work, and the cost of it was now making a difference. Hmmm they needed a solution. Soooooo...

In the 80's the money makers and the politically connected purchased whole blocks of the vast ghetto areas, and the city bent over backwards for them, to lock up the tax revenue they would bring.
This was the dirge for the neighborhoods that we knew in Manhattan. The candy store, the local grocer, the TV repair guy and all other 'Mom & Pops' could not pay the corporate rentals and carry the insurance they were compelled to carry:: They were forced out. The family of three or four being able to afford an apartment in Manhattan was gone. This was the start of a time you could live in a building and not know or ever speak to anyone else in the joint. I grew up knowing everyone for a two or three block area, this was a sad time for me...I moved back to Las Vegas.


For real, that's what the subway looked like.
...and the city you see now, is the product of all that...Whole Foods, Starbucks, you know the deal, just whip out that credit card and get in line.
When I was a kid, the grocer, Mr Feldman, had a black composition notebook, I would go in, buy groceries, he would add it up and put it in the book....and Friday my dad would go in and settle up for the week...
YEAH, in my lifetime...OK that's NYC History as I saw it.....Hey you better go put some money in the parking meter....1980.

Video:::NYC 4AM

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Sunday

StreetcredMusic..wants to tell you bout 'Livestream'

A friend of mine, a wonderful creator, artist, thinker, illustrator, and lovely person, Liz Emirzian asked me to help get the word out on something new in New York City.
Something that is right up my alley, helping young artists.

They will help you get you creations of music, art, sculpture or what ever else you are involved with..'out there'.

They call themselves Livestream Public .

Livestream, 195 Morgan St. Bklyn.


Liz Emirzian:
Hey there,
Here's a short description about the space:
Livestream Public is an event and educational space located in Bushwick, inside the Livestream NYC Headquartrs. We hold events, meetups, conferences, performances, shows, focusing in showcasing interesting events and people. We have a stage room equipped with livestream production equipment, as well as classrooms and a larger performance space. We offer food and beer through Fitzcarroldo our independently owned on site restaurant, complete with inside and outdoor seating. We are excited about collaborating with talented and innovative people to create unique experiences for our community! 
 
 
Livestream
     
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The adjoining restaurant:: Fitzcarroldo..
 
 
 
195 Morgan Street, Bklyn
 

 
So there you have it, people who 'get it'. Hold your event and have the option to 'Livestream'
 
 
 
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