SCI FI CONCEPT ALBUM ‘THE CUCKOO GENE’ OUT NOW!

Big City Productions is situated within the unceded territories of the xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam), Sḵwx̱wú7mesh (Squamish) and səl̓ilwətaɁɬ (Tsleil-Waututh) nations.

A BRAND NEW SCIENCE FICTION CONCEPT ALBUM

RELEASE DATE – JANUARY 31ST 2020         ARTIST – CHRONOLORD
ALBUM TITLE – THE CUCKOO GENE            LABEL – BIG CITY Catalogue # BC029

STREAM THE SONGS AT https://www.chronolord.space
– AND SEE PHOTOS, BIO, LYRICS, STORY LINE, LINKS AND THE REST.

CONTACT email – infoATchronolord.space

WHO?
Chronolord is a collaboration between Baltimore MD’s Andy Cooke (Dataloaf) and Vancouver BC’s Tim Readman (Fear of Drinking), both Englishmen exiled in North America.
Tim wrote the words, made up the vocal melodies and harmonies and sang the vocal parts. Andy wrote the music, played all the instruments, did all the programming and sequencing and took care of recording, engineering and editing duties.

WHAT?
The Cuckoo Gene delivers a speculative fiction narrative concerning an attempt to save the human species from extinction following the collapse of Planet Earth as a viable ecosystem for human survival. This 11-song album of guitar and synth driven Space Rock with a Prog Rock flavour takes the listener on a journey from Earth’s end through to the search for and location of a suitable exo-planet on which surviving humans, and their artificial intelligence-driven technology, can settle. What could possible go wrong? You’ll find out soon enough! 

HOW?
The album was conceived as a result of what could be described as a musical pen-pal relationship and eventually delivered at Tres Gatos studios in Towson, MD in the late summer and early fall of 2019.

TRACK LIST:
1. Annihilation 2. Construction 3. Anticipation 4. Activation 5. Infliction 6. Decision
7. Intervention 8. Contemplation 9. Solution 10. Continuation 11. Creation

SOCIALS:
Facebook: @chronolordband / https://www.facebook.com/chronolordband/
Twitter: @ChronolordBand / https://twitter.com/ChronolordBand

DOWNLOAD/STREAM: CD Baby, Bandcamp, iTunes, Apple Music, Spotify, Deezer, Amazon, Google Play etc.

CONTACT: email – infoATchronolord.space  

FEAR OF DRINKING LIVE SHOWS ON VANCOUVER ISLAND IN FEBRUARY

Well my friends, welcome back to the show that never ends. Tim, Thomas Neville and Gerard Kerr have rebuilt Fear of Drinking from some old spare parts we had lying around in the studio and hot on the heels of their fab retro-release, ‘Live in Zurich‘ the trio are coming to Vancouver Island in February to play a couple of shows. There is so much to look forward to. Hope to see you all out there music fans! It’s gonna be epic! The dates are:

Friday Feb. 21st in Port Alberni at Char’s Landing 

Saturday Feb. 22nd in Parksville at Ground Zero. 

Details are here http://timreadman.com/shows/ 

 

VIDEOS OLD AND NEW

A recent Facebook message re-connected us with film maker Deborah Angrave. There’s talk of her recording Fear of Drinking’s upcoming show in Port Alberni – see above. Deb recorded the two TV documentaries Tim made about occupational therapy back in the 90s. She also recorded and directed these two performances featuring Tim solo and Tim with Kate Reid.

The Free Lunch by Tim Readman 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=96bZHzRDbxA 

The Only Man by Tim Readman and Kate Reid 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=97CPeldGxPw

 

REMEMBERING WALTER BECKER

We continue to miss Steely Dan founder and all round good guy Walter Becker. Our fondest memory is when he gave Tim the chords to Any Major Dude in Logan International Airport, Boston MA back in the late 90s. We recently came across this photo captioned “The dwarf forest: a favorite winter walk on always-dramatic Vancouver Island” which pictures Walter in Tofino BC. This seemed like a good chance to remember him in one of our favourite places. If you are a fan and want to keep up to date here’s a few links:

Official Walter Becker Website:  walterbecker.com

Rarities, Discussion, and Downloads:  walterbeckermedia.com

Complete WeB Directory:   walter becker webworld dynasty

Past  Issues: walter becker newsletter archives 

TIM’S ATRICLE ON THE ROGUE FOLK CLUB

Tim just had a feature he wrote about Vancouver’s Rogue Folk Club published on the rootsmusic.ca website

Check the links below if you’d like to read it.

https://www.rootsmusic.ca/2019/12/27/another-happy-new-year-for-vancouver-rogues/

http://roguefolk.bc.ca/news 

 

ST. PATRICK’S DAY PHOTOS

We were just sent some photos from Tim’s St Patrick’s Day 2019 show at the Rogue Folk Club by ultra fan Lucy Polawski of Redmond WA. This turned out to be the last show with Shona Martin (formerly Le Mottée) before she moved to Glasgow, Scotland so they are particularly poignant!

WHICH IS THE BEST STEAMING SERVICE FOR SUPPORTING ARTISTS?

We liked this article in The Guardian. https://www.theguardian.com/technology/askjack/2019/oct/31/best-streaming-service-mp3-pays-artists 

 There’s a quick summary below.

 “Digital Music News has tried to establish how much various music services pay for streaming. According to its analysis, Napster pays the highest rate at $0.019 per stream, followed by Jay-Z’s Tidal at $0.0125 and Apple at $0.00735 per stream. YouTube pays the lowest rate of only $0.00069 per stream. Spotify is now, it seems, somewhere in the middle ground, paying about $0.00437 per stream. That isn’t a lot of money for most of the artists with music on Spotify, because 10,000 plays only pays $43.70.

The best way to support musicians you care about is to buy their albums on CD or digitally from Bandcamp, go to their concerts, buy their merchandise, join their fan clubs, follow them on Instagram, subscribe to their Patreons, and so on. That way, they will get far more of your cash than they would get from Spotify and similar services. Better than that, they will feel their work is appreciated, which is what most artists actually want.”