Matthew Rozeik

I’m currently working on a remix for Matthew Rozeik. It’s the most electronicky source material I’ve ever had for a remix so it’ll be a challenge for me. Usually, I’m taking a rock/indie band and doing electronic things to them – this time, who knows?

Hmmm… maybe I’ll do a paper and comb version?

July 25, 2005. posted by Jyoti. News.

Plans And Apologies New Website

Plans And Apologies

I first saw Plans And Apologies when I moved back to Derby in 2002. They shambled onto stage, turned their backs to the audience and played a set of amazing pop songs. Even more amazing because they all appeared to be around 12 years old.

Three years later, their songs are even better, they’re less shy so they look at the audience and they’re even more gorgeous.

If you’re a fan of pop music, you’ll love P&A, they’ve got killer melodies coupled with remarkable twiddly bits. And Dave sings in a proper Derby accent! Yaaay!

Click here to visit their sparkly new website!

July 15, 2005. posted by Jyoti. News.

Tyler James Covers ‘Your Woman’

Tyler James

That’s Tyler James above – handsome bugger, eh?

Here’s what he has to say about his cover version of ‘Your Woman.’

Tell us about the single. It’s a cover, isn’t it?

T.J.: ‘Your Woman’ – originally by White Town. I just finished filming the video this week.

Why that song?

T.J.: I loved it when I was growing up. It was out when I was about eleven or twelve and it’s a song that’s always stayed with me. I’ve always loved the sample. I did try adapting the lyrics but decided in the end to stick with the original. It’s just got something about it.
(Source: Glastonbury Festival )

Click here to have a look at Tyler James’ website – I can’t see it because I’ve sworn off the evil known as Flash and there isn’t a non-Flash version :-(

I haven’t heard the cover yet but I’m immensely flattered that he’s chosen to cover one of my songs. I look forward to hearing him sing:

“so much for all your highbrow, Marxist ways…”

I guess this means I’ll get another slew of puzzled emails asking whether I’m gay / a woman / a commie / a gay, commie woman…

Just in case you’re wondering what the hell that song is about, have a look here.

June 29, 2005. posted by Jyoti. News.

Album…

Well, the album is coming along well, it’s 90% written, 70% recorded and 40% produced.

I was going to have a lot of guest musicians on this album, backing vocalists, guitarists etcetera.

But it’s become such a personal album, it doesn’t feel right. So, I think this album will be like ‘Socialism, Sexism & Sexuality,’ just me.

When I have finished tracks, I’ll post clips up for your perusal. All I can say is that I honestly think it’s some of the best, poppiest work I’ve ever done.

Keep watching the skies!

June 19, 2005. posted by Jyoti. News.

Site Update

Keyvan has just updated the White Town site to WordPress 1.5 so there may be a few teething problems while I keep fiddling with it and breaking it :-)

This theme you’re currently seeing is basically a tweaked version of Pool, have a look at the bottom of the page for a link to the author. I find it very calming…mmm…

May 28, 2005. posted by Jyoti. News.

White Town Downloads

iTunes

I’m currently in negotiations to put all of my songs online, available by paid download. At the moment, the only White Town music online is the EMI album which is available on iTunes UK.

I’ve had several Guestbook comments from people who are finding it very hard to buy White Town records anywhere. Well, hopefully my whole back catalogue will be online soon. So that’ll be:

Socialism, Sexism & Sexuality
Peek & Poke
Truffaut (was going to be the first WT album, replaced by SSS)
Any older stuff of mine, including all the Big Scientists / Ugly Pop songs I did between 1982 – 1989, pre-White Town

Altogether, that’ll probaby be around 150 songs. More than enough to wade through! :-)

If I can get this going, I’m going to re-start Bzangy Groink as a label. I put out ‘Peek & Poke’ on Bzangy Groink back in 2000 but the label’s been fallow since then. I hope to issue all future White Town songs via Bzangy Groink (at least in the UK) and maybe other artists too. There’s loads of brilliant music out there which isn’t getting signed or heard. I’d like to change that,
love and kisses,
Jyoti

April 22, 2005. posted by Jyoti. News.

UNHCR Benefit CD

The day has come. For all of you who will be performing or know people in
New york or on the East Coast who would like to attend the “Voyces United
For UNHCR” cd release send the infromation out to them.
Tickets will go on sale TOMORROW April 14th, 2005. The venue holds about
420-500 people. Tickets WILL sell out.
You can now purchase tickets online at The Knitting Factory Website

or to go directly to purchase tickets at TicketWeb

So make sure you post this on your websites, fanlistings, send it to you
mailing lists and such. This will be a great night.

joalby
joalby1@hotmail.com

“Voyces United For UNHCR” CD Release
The Knitting Factory New York
Sunday June 26th, 2005 @ 8:00pm
(Doors open at 7:00pm)
This event WILL SELL OUT.

Yep, I’m proud to have a track on this CD, it’s called ‘The PNAC Cabal’ and it’s a somewhat paranoid instrumental.

I’m not playing but if you can make it to the gig, please buy tickets and help support a very worthwhile cause.

The Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees was established on December 14, 1950 by the United Nations General Assembly. The agency is mandated to lead and co-ordinate international action to protect refugees and resolve refugee problems worldwide. Its primary purpose is to safeguard the rights and well-being of refugees. It strives to ensure that everyone can exercise the right to seek asylum and find safe refuge in another State, with the option to return home voluntarily, integrate locally or to resettle in a third country.

In more than five decades, the agency has helped an estimated 50 million people restart their lives. Today, a staff of more than 6,000 people in more than 116 countries continues to help some 17 million persons.
(Source: UNHCR)

April 13, 2005. posted by Jyoti. News.

More Remix Stuff

Totally Radd

I’ve 95% finished the remix I’m doing for Totally Radd!!. It’s quite extreme, still very musical but… well, you’d have to hear it to see what I mean. Put it this way: they’re either gonna love it or hate it! :-)

Let’s hope it’s the former!

UPDATE
They like it! Phew!

February 24, 2005. posted by Jyoti. News.

Happy Christmas From Jyoti!

Hello! Observant WT fans may know I’m not a big fan of Christmas generally. Let’s just say I have certain issues with the season of drunken thuggery and ill-will to random strangers.

However, this year I’m trying to be a little less Scroogey and humbuggy. So, as a little pressie from me, please accept, for a strictly limited time, a free mp3. It’s a track called ‘Merry Fucking Christmas’ and it was originally on the 2000 Parasol Records Christmas comp, Christmas Singles.

White Town – Merry Fucking Christmas (Too late! It’s gone!)

Right/cntrl-click above to download the track! (It’s only 1.7 meg so it shouldn’t take too long.) It works best played extremely loudly with your head between the speakers.

Hope you all have a great festive season and don’t eat too many sweeties!
love and kisses,
Jyoti

December 22, 2004. posted by Jyoti. Music, News.

25 AñOS DE FLOR DE PASIóN

25 Anos

I’m very, very proud to have one of my tracks, ‘The Taste Of A Girl,’ on the compilation 25 AñOS DE FLOR DE PASIóN. This comp is a celebration of and a tribute to Juan de Pablos, a Spanish radio DJ who’s being doing his show for 25 years now. I’m so flattered he chose one of my songs to go on this comp. I really can’t believe I’m rubbing shoulders with The Beach Boys, The Hollies, Serge Gainsbourg, Françoise Hardy, Gene Vincent and Eddie Cochran. There’s even a little bit on why he chose it:

The Taste of a Girl that I used to play monthly, every 23rd in honour of my girlfriend Maria José… as we met on July 23rd. I had lost it and I came across it two years ago…

Which is exactly the right reason to play it, of course! :)

Ahhh… it brings back happy memories of ’97 when I was taken round Barcelona and Madrid by the Spanish EMI people (who were all lovely, very friendly). Maybe I should go back and actually play some shows this time, eh?

Elefant Records
Subterfuge Records

December 21, 2004. posted by Jyoti. News.

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