The Original Mark Edwards (aka OME) is back with his impressive sophomore release, The Doom Loop, on Princess Records. This time around, he replaces his computer-based beats with kitchen pots, electric kazoo, ukelele, clarinet, and everything else found on the path to his basement studio. Following up his ambitious 2004 debut, Rewind Tomorrow, Edwards returns with an album rich in songwriting skill. Similar to the Super Furry Animals or Yo La Tengo, experimentation with sound and musical style is the name of the game here. And like Brian Wilson or Jeff Lynne, there can never be enough harmony in OME's little corner of the world. Mark Edwards was a founding member of The Domo Sound, who gained national recognition when they appeared on Late Night with Conan O'Brien playing an Edwards original, "Motorboat, Accelerate."
Although it's not unusual for singer-songwriters to travel around the world, Nigel Parry has lived in some pretty strange and scattered parts of the world. Nigel lived from 1994 to 1998 in the Palestinian West Bank, and the intensity and beauty of the music that these places have squeezed out of this unsigned musician is rare. Haunting tunes, multi-layered lyrics, and boiling emotion are just part of this Scottish singer-songwriter's presentation.
Based in the United States, Nigel released his debut album, This Side Of Paradise, in February 2001. For more information about Nigel Parry, see nigelparry.com.
At the end of September, 2006, Jon released his latest album: SHORT CIRCUIT. This time Jon goes electric, and decidedly back to his rock roots. No saxophones, no upright bass or mandolin. "Short Circuit" features Jon on his primary instrument, guitar. This is not just any old electric guitar, though. Jon takes his acoustic, slaps on a magnetic pickup, feeds it through tubes, distortion, JangleBox compression, Lex 'verb, and then rides that wild little animal, bringing forth something distinct, alive and original.
Winning tracks from each contest are selected by panelists from within the music industry. Each week a three-song playlist from the winning submissions will be featured on the mnartists.org and Summit Brewery web sites. Quarterly listening parties at area venues will take place and a compilation CD of music from the yearlong contest will be produced.
Submission Specifications and Entry Process Any and all types of music accepted; only three tracks per musician will be reviewed for possible inclusion on the CD. Tracks can be uploaded to artist pages on mnartists.org, and a URL of the page can then be e-mailed to firstname.lastname@example.org. Submissions must come from mnartists.org members. To sign up for membership, visit www.mnartists.org/join.do?action=join. For assistance with registration or with uploading music tracks, please e-mail email@example.com or call 612.375.7611.