Author: Chad

Laura Arkana met Peter Broderick – “Lentemuziek”, To Drop Sept 13

Peter Broderick-produced debut from Dutch Singer-songwriter shows the promise of a new voice.

It was late March in Paris when Peter Broderick was standing by the stage selling his music after an afternoon performance at an arts center. This is when Laura Arkana met Peter Broderick for the first time.

They became fast friends, strolling through the streets of Paris sharing stories and later,  passing a guitar back and forth, sharing songs. Broderick recounted: ” I was blown away by her songs. She sings in Dutch, these beautifully crafted haunting melodies, over the most steady and gorgeously fingerpicked guitar. I was in love with the music, but she was so shy about it, saying she’d hardly played the songs for anyone and had never recorded anything before.”

A fortnight later, Arkana flew to Berlin. They rode bikes, ate and cooked amazing food, watched movies, and in a very casual way, recorded eight of Arkana’s songs, six with guitar and voice, two for solo piano. Later, Broderick added his touch: “Since she left i have fallen in love with the songs more and more, listening to them on repeat all day and working on different arrangements with instruments around the house.” This is when Laura Arkana met Peter Broderick for the second time. In music.


Hosannas: A Bigger Band, Tour, Video

Hosannas report: “We are putting together a bigger band! Over twice as big. Come see the new Hefty Hosannas of 2011 and the future.”

For what this bigger band might sound like, please refer to their newish video for “Be Careful”.

Hosannas – Be Careful from Emile Rosewater on Vimeo.

Tour dates:
7.10 Portland, OR @ Rontoms
7.11 Santa Rosa, CA @ The Arlene Francis
7.12 San Francisco, CA @ Bottom of the Hill
7.13 Santa Barbara, CA @ SOHO
7.14 Los Angeles, CA @ Bootleg Bar
7.15 Los Angeles, CA @ Lot 1
7.16 Davis, CA @ Sophia’s Thai Kitchen

The Free 500 Track Sound Of Picture Production Library

HUSH is pleased to announce a resource for creative work or entertainment: a 300 piece music collection dubbed The Sound Of Picture Production Library, from artist Podington Bear, also known as Chad Crouch.  The entire collection is free for NC-BY Creative Commons personal use and as a tool for producers, directors, game developers, etc.

Visit to search and audition individual tracks by mood or instrumentation category, and / or Download the entire 300 500 cue collection in four parts:


Sound of Picture Production Library Part 1 (700mb zip folder)

Sound of Picture Production Library Part 2 (700mb zip folder)

Sound of Picture Production Library Part 3 (800mb zip folder)


Carlos Forster “Family Trees” To Be Released 7/19

Former ‘for Stars’ front man releases album with M Ward as producer and collaborator, featuring Rachel Blumberg and Jonathan Richman as guests.

It started out as a way of simply getting together. Old college friends, Carlos Forster and Matt Ward began looking for opportunities to connect on weekends. Scattered over several years going all the way back to 2003, Forster spent a number of weekends in the Pacific Northwest with Ward, hiking and swimming in destinations like The Columbia Gorge and Sandy River, between leisurely recording Forster’s songs.


Hosannas – “Thug Life Nicole” Free EP Download


The Hosannas lads, back from the eighth leg of their everlasting tour are feeling generous again.  This time they are unleashing a complete, original studio recording.  Get it while it’s hot (and after you can’t get enough of listening to it, pick up a copy of Together and/or Then & Now & Then

Thug Life Nicole EP [download]

In their own words:

This e.p. has been a long time coming. Initial tracking for these songs was done at type foundry studios in Portland, Oregon in March of 2010. At that time Hosannas was Brandon and Richard Laws, Lane Barrington and Cristof Hendrickson. These basic structures were all recorded in about a day at the end of the “Together” sessions, with John Askew working the boards and keeping us all productive.
We knew at the time that these songs were not going to be part of “Together.” These songs all share a common thread embodied by the title of this e.p. “Thug Life Nicole” is an [plush] albino reindeer we found on the side of the road while on tour in Santa Barbara. She lived in Vanworld Africa USA for a couple years and became our tour mascot. These songs were all blown-out live versions of songs that we had written and had been released as part of the e.p.’s “Gold” and “With All Our Love for Francisco the Man” (both of which are now part of “Then & Now & Then”) as well as “Song Force Crystal.”

However, as the listener may well notice these songs are very different from their predecessors.

In the early summer of 2010 Cristof and Lane left Hosannas to pursue their own projects and Richard and Brandon returned to the studio, this time Scenic Burrows, to complete the e.p. This e.p. was finally completed in February of 2011. The songs have been re-written and re-recorded several times and consequently bear little semblance to what they used to sound like live. More so they are a snapshot of us working to find a new directions to take our songs.



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Laura Gibson Tours w/ Portland Cello Project, Tweets, Gets Published.

This Just in from Laura Gibson:

I am heading into the deep Northern winter country on tour with the Portland Cello Project (who have gotten a good bit of attention recently for a fantastic Kanye West cover). They are amazing! I will not be playing the cello (I am just a poser) but I will be joining their set for some songs, and doing a set of my own songs, accompanied by a few of the players. If you live in any of these places, please come out and say hello. We will do our best to warm your spirits.

3/1 – Minneapolis – Cedar Cultural Center
3/3 – River Falls, Wisconsin – University of Wisconson, River Falls
3/4 – Madison, Wisconson – High Noon Saloon
3/5 – Chicago – The Hide Out
3/5 – Clive, IA – The Bombay Bicycle Club
3/8 – Salt Lake City – The State Room


Follow Laura on Twitter @lgsingsthehits.


Lastly an essay Laura wrote is bing published in The Los Angeles Review! You can find the Los Angeles Review at fine Independent book stores, or online.