Big Med Playlist for The Big One | The Cellophane Flowers – Freeze Me

Pssst. Wanna hear an original sounding band out of the UK fronted by a female Italian vocalist with a set of wicked pipes? Check out this add to the Big Med Playlist for The Big One – The Cellophane Flowers ‘Freeze Me’.  The song is power pop with something darker simmering just below the surface.

I can’t put my finger on it but it kinda feels like Kip Krady has willed himself a new contender for the crown of 80s quirk pop. Never mind, that one’s going to be difficult to explain.

The band is currently working with producer Dave Allen (The Cure / Depeche Mode / Human League / The Charlatans) on their forthcoming album, ‘Staring At The World’. This builds on the critical success of last year’s ‘If I Was A Girl’ EP, which generated appearances on BBC Radio 1 and 6, local radio and numerous radio stations in the US.

Francesca Corradini
Nick Guy
Luca Napolitano
Ian Sumner

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Big Med Playlist for The Big One | Brave Chandeliers – Madmen

Brave Chandeliers ‘Madmen’ is a great sounding add to the Big Med Playlist for The Big One. It’s a very cool tune that fits nicely if you’re working your way through a shift on a bus – or trying to unwind at home after too many hours on shift.

Brave Chandeliers are a bit crazed. The two founding members of this band – Nick Drum and Jon McNeill quit their respective jobs (attorney, ethnographer), started the band and hit the road. Brave Chandeliers was born out of a single jam session and was a power-pop and soul-fueled middle finger salute to the nine-to-five grind.

What began as a couple of fast friends playing cover songs—”Tempted” by Squeeze and “I Get Lifted” by George McCrae—quickly evolved into the piano-driven, hook-laden Brave Chandeliers of today: Nick on vocals and keys and Jon on guitar, plus bassist Cary Samsel and drummer Nathan Powell (tour-tested players for bluesman Terry Evans).

It seemed significant that their first practice took place on the day of the TARP bailout. While the nation set out to fix itself, so did the men of Brave Chandeliers with a new outlook attested to by the poignant words of “Madmen,” an early standout: “I can read the headlines / I know all the hard times / I’d rather take a slow night / Where you and me can get out of here / out from under the fear / and follow our lives.” That romanticism couched in reality colored the band’s self-released debut EP, Put Away the Camera, and helped secure them a seven-week tour around the U.S.

Brave Chandeliers’ brand new album, 11 Escapes, finds the fresh-faced group already coming into their own. After locking themselves into rehearsal for two weeks, they repaired to KBC Studios, situated in a gorgeous old remodel in northeast Portland. With producer Jeremy Sherrer (Hockey, Dandy Warhols, the Gossip) at the helm, they recorded live to two-inch tape, everyone playing at once. In the parlor was a grand piano you can nearly picture as the rich notes ring out. Songs like “Sinking Ship” deliver propulsive pop à la Maroon 5, while the fuzzy raucousness of “Escape” evokes Arctic Monkeys and the upbeat jaunt of “Deep End” Ben Folds—others who put songwriting above all else.

As its title would suggest, 11 Escapes offers as many angles on the concept of breaking away. Each song acts as a window into one room, or one life, in contemporary America. “Say It’s Alright” is told from the view of a repentant cheater. “Bumpy Ride” is about overcoming of a rut. “Life In Motion” takes stock of those things we simply cannot avoid: entropy, aging, time. “Viral” is about falling head over heels in love. And of course, it’s deeply personal too. After all, 11 Escapes is the very document that proves that Brave Chandeliers, happily, are the ones who got away.

Nick Drum – keys, Lead Vocals
Jon McNeill – Guitar/Vocals
Nate Powell – Drums
Cary Samsel – Bass

Brave Chandeliers’ debut EP, Put Away the Camera, was released in July 2010 through digital, physical CD, and hand-crafted Deluxe Edition.

11 Escapes, the group’s debut full-length, dropped on March 20 on their own label, in a deluxe Arigato Pak edition from local Portland Stumptown Printers. Single Love Is (What You Only Get From Me) is currently getting airplay on Portland alternative and AAA stations.

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Prince Edward Island | Grass fires endanger people, property and the environment

Charlottetown PEI | 20120407

As warmer spring weather and the long weekend approaches, Environment, Labour and Justice Minister Janice Sherry and Agriculture and Forestry Minister George Webster are reminding Islanders that grass fires can spread out of control, endangering people and property, and displacing animals that use grasslands and trees as their habitat.

“Grass fires can also tie up valuable resources,” said Ms. Sherry. “When firefighters are responding to an out-of-control grass fire, they are not available to respond to other serious or life-threatening calls.”

With minimal snow this winter, lack of snow currently in many areas, and anticipated sunny and warm weather, Islanders should use extreme care if burning grass, tree parts or any vegetation. Islanders are reminded that they need the appropriate burning permit for a controlled fire and they must conform to the conditions on the permit.

“Dry and windy conditions can quickly turn controlled burns into a dangerous situation,” said Agriculture and Forestry Minister George Webster. “Grass fires can quickly destroy valuable property and wildlife habitat.”

It is against the law to burn grass, brush, tree parts or any other vegetation without a burning permit. Burning permits set the wind speed and the fire weather index conditions under which burning can be conducted. As well, the landowner is responsible to notify the local fire department of the time and place for the proposed fire, and to have enough people and equipment to control the fire. These regulations apply to burning sites outside towns and cities. Residents of towns and cities should contact their municipal office to ensure they follow their local bylaws on burning.

“On behalf of government, I would like to recognize and thank all the volunteer firefighters and forestry firefighters who are responsible for responding to wildfires,” said Minister Webster.

A valid Burning Permit is required for all outdoor fires. Under the Fire Prevention Act, setting grass fires without a permit can result in a fine between $200 and $1,000.

Burning permits must be obtained directly from a Forest Service Officer in Wellington (854-7260), Charlottetown (Beach Grove Road 368-4800 and Upton Road 368-4700), or Southampton (961- 7296).

A special permit must also be obtained, from the Fire Marshal’s Office, before burning an old building or parts of an old building. For more information, call 368-4869 or go to www.peipublicsafety.ca.

Burning household waste or hazardous waste is prohibited by the PEI Air Quality Regulations.

Washington | Whooping cough cases reach epidemic levels in much of state

Olympia WA | 20120403

Today Secretary of Health Mary Selecky announced that whooping cough disease has reached epidemic levels in Washington. So far in 2012, 640 cases have been reported in 23 counties as of March 31. This compares to 94 cases during this same time period last year, putting Washington on-pace to have the highest number of reported cases in decades.

“We’re very concerned about the continued rapid increase in reported cases,” said Secretary of Health Mary Selecky. “This disease can be very serious for young babies, who often get whooping cough from adults and other family members. We want all teens and adults who haven’t had Tdap to be vaccinated to help protect babies that are too young for the vaccine.”

Whooping cough vaccines are recommended for all children and adults. The shots children get wear off over time. Everyone age 11 and older should get a whooping cough booster, called Tdap. It’s especially important for anyone who has close contact with babies younger than 12 months to get a dose of Tdap to help protect the baby from whooping cough. This includes parents, siblings, grandparents, health care providers, and child care providers.

“Many adults don’t realize they need to be vaccinated, or they assume they have been,” said State Health Officer Dr. Maxine Hayes. “We’re asking everyone to verify with their health care provider that they’re up-to-date on vaccines. We’re also asking everyone to use good health manners — like cover your cough and stay home when you’re sick — that will also help prevent spreading whooping cough.”

Whooping cough (www.doh.wa.gov/cfh/Immunize/diseases/pertussis), also known as pertussis, is a highly contagious respiratory illness spread by coughing and sneezing. It affects people of all ages — but is most serious in infants, especially those too young to get vaccinated or who aren’t fully protected. It causes cold-like symptoms followed by a long, severe cough (www.pkids.org/diseases/pertussis.html) that can last for weeks. Adolescents and adults often get a much milder case of whooping cough, but they can still spread it.

The Department of Health is introducing a new public service radio announcement this week reminding people how serious whooping cough can be and to get vaccinated. The spot features Secretary Selecky along with a Snohomish County Mom who talks about losing her newborn daughter to whooping cough. The radio announcement is on the agency’s website (www.doh.wa.gov/Newsroom/sound/DOH_WA_WhoopingCough_30_329.asx) and will be shared with radio stations across the state.

We’re working to raise awareness among health care providers about the epidemic, and providing advice on testing, who should be vaccinated, and treatment guidelines. We’re also working closely with local health partners on disease tracking and monitoring to make sure we continue to have current information about the amount of disease in Washington. Weekly updates of case counts in counties throughout the state are posted online on Tuesday afternoons around three o’clock.

All recommended vaccines are offered at no cost to all kids under 19 through health care provider offices participating in the state’s Childhood Vaccine Program. Health care providers may charge an office visit fee and a fee to give the vaccine, called an administration fee. People who cannot afford the administration fee can ask their regular health care provider if they’ll waive that cost. Most health insurance carriers will cover the whooping cough vaccine; adults should double-check with their health plan.

New Mexico | DOH confirms rabid skunk in Mora County – Several work dogs exposed

Santa Fe NM | 20120405

The New Mexico Department of Health and the New Mexico Department of Game and Fish are urging pet and livestock owners in Mora County and the rest of northeastern New Mexico to vaccinate their animals against rabies after a skunk located 20 miles west of Wagon Mound tested positive for rabies this week. Several unvaccinated work dogs were potentially exposed and may need to be euthanized to prevent them from developing rabies and exposing people or livestock to this fatal disease.

A rancher called a Game Department officer about a strange acting skunk on his property. The officer picked up the skunk and sent it into the New Mexico Department of Health’s Scientific Laboratory Division where it tested positive for rabies this week. This is the first skunk that has tested positive for rabies in Mora County based on records that go back to 1966. A bat tested positive for rabies in Mora County in 2011.

“This recent positive rabies test and exposures to several work dogs shows the importance of keeping pets up-to-date on rabies vaccinations,” said Department of Health Cabinet Secretary, Dr. Catherine Torres. “It is very easy for domestic animals to come in contact with rabid wild animals and then transmit the disease to humans.”

Rabies is a deadly viral disease that affects all mammals and can be prevented, but not cured. The vast majority of rabies cases reported to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention each year occur in wild animals like raccoons, skunks, bats, and foxes. Rabies vaccination of dogs and cats is mandated by state law.

“A skunk that tests positive for rabies is an indication that there may be other wildlife in the areas with the disease,” said Dr. Paul Ettestad, state public health veterinarian at the Department of Health. “People need to avoid contact with all wild animals as several species are known to carry rabies. If you are bitten by a wild animal, seek medical attention immediately.”

The Department of Health recommends the following to keep you and your family safe from rabies:
• Keep pets on a leash at all times. Pets should be up-to-date on rabies vaccinations and wearing current license tags on their collar. If your cat or dog has been bitten or scratched, call your pet’s veterinarian, even if the wound is superficial.
• Horses and other valuable livestock should be considered for rabies vaccination also to protect them from wild rabid animals that may attack them.
• Stay away from wild or unfamiliar animals. Do not attempt to feed, approach, or touch wild animals (alive or dead). Teach this important message to your children and keep a close eye on your kids at all times.
• If you or a loved one are bitten by an animal, or come into contact with an animal’s saliva, wash the exposed site immediately with soap and water. Be sure to report the bite to local animal control and seek medical care as soon as possible.
• If your cat or dog has been bitten or scratched, call your pet’s veterinarian, even if the wound is superficial.
• If you see a sick or dead wild animal, or a wild animal acting abnormally, report it to your local animal control authorities or the New Mexico Department of Game and Fish at (505) 827-9376. Rabid animals may show no fear of people and may even seem friendly or become aggressive.

For more information about rabies call the Department of Health at (505) 827-0006 or visit the Department of Health’s website at http://nmhealth.org/ERD/HealthData/rabies.shtml

Big Med Playlist for The Big One | Fathom Blue – Flashes of Light

Tough to feign anything other than pure enthusiasm for ‘Flashes of Light’ by Chicago-based band Fathom Blue. It’s a great song by a band that has their collective soul together in ways other bands can only dream about and it’s a perfect add to the Big Med Playlist for The Big One. Their debut EP ‘Guides’ was released in June 2011 and they have toured relentlessly in support of their music.

Michael Signorelli – Guitar; Vocals
Luke Tipton – Synth, Programming/Sequencing, Percussion.
Nate Ramsey – (Bass)
Matty Marco – (Guitar)
Christian Alexander – (drums)

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Big Med Playlist for The Big One | Vices I Admire – Hero

A hard rocking add to the Big Med Playlist for The Big One from Denver-based alternative rockers Vices I Admire. ‘Hero’ is a stone-cold in-your-face tightly-wound rock assault on your headspace from the moment you click ‘play’ to the second the song ends and the ‘phones are suddenly quiet enough to hear the rest of the world again. It’s an intense ride.

Dave Curtis, Mickey Dollar and Mark Towne met in 2002 while studying at Colorado State University in Fort Collins, Colorado. During that time they balanced college-life with rehearsals, performances, a few DIY regional tours and the release of their first album, Plan B. (recorded at The Blasting Room, 2005).

In 2007 Vices I Admire relocated to Denver and parted ways with original bassist, Robert Marston. The band continued to write new material and develop as musicians while they searched for Rob’s replacement.

8 months and 21 candidates later, Vices I Admire welcomed Daniel Battenhouse (formerly of the Fray) onto the team. The addition of Battenhouse revitalized the group and together they worked around the clock to produce the material that would engender their new album, The Politics of Apathy.

The Politics of Apathy was recorded at Colorado Sound Studios in May/June of 2009. JP Manza (engineer) and Ian Pinder (producer) provided the necessary direction and perspective to best capture the particular mood and style of each song: from the dance-pop inspired, “Sweetest Girl”, to the anthemic head-banger, “Kiss Kiss”, The Politics of Apathy showcases the musical maturation and diverse talent of Vices I Admire.

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Big Med Playlist for The Big One | Bryan Cole – Pride And The Passion

Starting this Saturday morning off on a country note with Bryan Cole’s ‘Pride And The Passion’ add to the Big Med Playlist for The Big One. It’s a feel-good song with a great shout-it-out-loud chorus and was featured as the theme song for the NBL’s Pittsburgh Pirates.

Bryan says his biggest influence of all “has to be Steve Perry from Journey. His vocal styling, smooth vocal and approach to a melody has been a major influence. I also grew up listening to Classic Country, R&B, Blues and Rock, so honestly I can say that I am influenced by great Artists both past and current. I have to say that Garth Brooks and George Strait have been major influences on my live performances, but again I like to take bits and pieces from all genres of music and give my approach to it. Kinda like a good pot of Gumbo.”

Bryan Cole may not have been “born in the backwoods” as his breakout hit single, “I’m Comin’ Home” suggests, but that doesn’t mean that this amazing new country artist from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania is a city-slicker by any means. Passed down by three generations of family before him, you might say that “country” runs long and deep in Bryan’s veins; just as the three rivers of his beloved hometown run into the waters of the Mississippi

“For years growing up, I cut my teeth in Rock and Roll bands, but always had a great repect for Country music and the lifestyle. As a child, I can remember my Grandfather playing George Jones, Alabama, Patsy Cline and Loretta Lynn. My uncle played drums for Tammy Wynette and would share stories about touring and playing Country music. I guess I always had it in my blood, but it wasn’t until a got a bit older and actually travelled to Nashville, did I truly realize that was the path the Good Lord wanted me to travel.

I asked Bryan about what it’s like being a country artist in a city with a deep rich heritage of turning out rock bands. I can remember rocking out to the Michael Stanley Band  (they were out of Cleveland but spent a big chunk of time roaming PA,  OH and WV] and the Iron City Rockers on ‘DVE…but  country music seemed to radiate to Wheeling and the Jamboree. What are  some of the challenges for a country music artist in a blue-collar rock  city like Pittsburgh – or are the target demographics similar?

“Thanks for recognizing the music that has come out of this town! There are some of the best musicians from the Western PA, Ohio and WV areas. Funny thing is that many of the hardcore Rock N Rollers have gravitated to contemporary Country music. Country music is about real people..Especially hard-working blue collar workers that you find all over the tri-state region. It’s no different than any other city in that way. The challenges we face here in Pittsburgh however, are lack of entertainment venues. The economy hasn’t helped, but let’s face it..People NEED music to make them feel better. I’m very proud of my hometown of Pittsburgh and truly love living here.

How did the connection with the Pirates happen?

“The Pirates organization approached us with the idea of writing a theme song. I was truly honored! As the song developed, we realized that the song crossed many demographics and is truly about the Pride and the Passion of your hometown, no matter where you live. The song really seemed to fit and the Pirates had the best season they had in many years! Call it vibe, call it fate, but either way, I am proud and honored to have been a part of that! It was truly an excited season for our bucs!

Clearly, you’ve embraced social media as a means of extending your  reach and interaction with your fanbase. Can you tell me how you keep the  connection solid and up-to-date?

“Well thank you. I have great management and marketing wizards in my camp! Sites like Facebook, Twitter, etc are a great way to connect with your fans and keep things interactive. And my management makes sure that I stay connected with everyone.  Plus, I just love to share updates and exciting news AS IT HAPPENS.  My fans are why I strive to make the best possible music that I can, and I love for them to be involved as much as possible.  It’s a great time to be making music, especially with the technology that is available.

With the release of his debut CD, Wide Open Road (Perfect Vision), Bryan showcased his signature sound to the world. Featuring soaring vocal landscapes and skillful, melody-laden guitar licks, this Chuck Ainlay (Sugarland, George Strait) produced disc garnered critical praise since its February 2010 release. Wide Open Road includes the top-notch skills of such stalwart session players as Mark Greenwood (Garth Brooks,) Jimmy Mattingly (Garth, Reba McEntire,) Steve Hinson (Randy Travis,) Michael Rojas (Lady Antebellum,) and Jimmy Nichols (Faith Hill.) Wide Open Road, which remained in the top 10 on the Roots Report Pop Country Chart for over 4 months, is a timeless collection of twelve compositions by Bryan and his longtime collaborator and manager, Michael Stover of MTS Management, as well as such heavyweight tunesmiths as Kent Blazy and Tom Paden, writers of Bryan’s second single, “It All Comes Back to Me.”

Following up the astonishing international success of “I’m Comin’ Home,” (#1 US Indie World, #8 NMW, #11 Italy, #17 Switzerland, #23 Norway, #27 Austria) Bryan rose to the top of the charts once again with “It All Comes Back to Me,” (#14 Cashbox, #9 MySpace Videos, #10 Y’allWire.) “If Only,”(#4 Cashbox, US, Top 10 in Sweden, Belgium, Italy and the Netherlands) and his biggest US single to date, “Pride And the Passion,” (#1 NMW, #83 Music Row, #85 Mediaplay, #5 Indie World, #35 Spain) which was used by the Pittsburgh Pirates in their television ads during the summer of 2011.

Now, Bryan is returning with “Love Doesn’t Live Here,” the second single from his forthcoming “Pride And Passion” CD. The single was recorded, mixed and produced by Bryan, along with songwriter/manager Michael Stover and keyboard player Hermie Granati. The song is already receiving critical praise as “A power ballad at it’s best…goosebumps” and “Great vocals and a GREAT song…two thumbs up!” Released in January, “Love Doesn’t Live Here” looks to be Bryan’s most-successful release yet. It’s currently #38 NMW and #130 Music Row.

While chart success has been extremely gratifying for him, Bryan finds his true rewards through the lending of his time and talents to charitable causes. Whether it’s by performing at fundraising events, being a part of the Armed Forces Entertainment roster, donating tracks to charity CDs like the upcoming Joey’s Song (Epilepsy Foundation,) or by sharing proceeds from his music (proceeds from “I’m Comin’ Home” were donated to the Animal Rescue League of Western PA) Bryan has found that success can be measured not only by his position on the charts, but also by his ability to use his gifts to help worthy causes.

In addition to his involvement with charitable enterprises, Bryan also endorses products that he PERSONALLY uses—made by companies with integrity. Among these products are Hughwear clothing, Austin hats, Bailey hats,, GHS strings, Geezer cabinets, Voodoo Labs and Rocktron effects, and Dunlop and In-Tune guitar picks, who are currently manufacturing the Bryan Cole signature pick. Using these brands, Bryan has opened shows for some incredible artists, including Charlie Daniels, Colt Ford, Brad Paisley, Jimmy Wayne, and many others.

Timeless family tradition, tremendous God-given talent, a strong faith and commitment to charity—these are the things that have endeared Bryan Cole to his devoted fans. And, at the end of the day, he is grateful for each and every one. Bryan’s gratitude was rewarded by receiving 3 nominations (most of any artist) at the 2010 Pittsburgh Music Awards, a coveted NMW Magazine Award nomination for Best New Country Artist, and a nomination for Best Country Album at the 10th Annual Independent Music Awards. “My fans are my lifeblood. Their love and support inspire me to be the best man I can be—on and off the stage.”

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