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Tune Into The Telewire

The Telewire - Stephen Thurman

A number of years ago, there was an Industrial project around called Self Contained Unit which was full of all the heavy beats, distorted vocals and loud, fast noise one would expect. This Industrial endeavor went on for about a year or two until it was time to morph into yet another sound. If you look hard enough, you may still find a cassette that was put out. Self Contained Unit was a one man powerhouse by the Austin native, Stephen Thurman.

As time progressed and interests changed, Stephen realized that his heart just wasn’t into such hyped up hard edged music anymore. There just wasn’t enough anger deep with inside of him and he found himself playing music that was softer instrumental and more Electronic based. Keeping the same name, Self Contained Unit, Stephen started playing a few live shows and released a couple CD-Rs.

Progressing along, one day Stephen decided to pick up that guitar he kept off on the side and discovered that he had a dearth of new music flowing from within. These songs were slower and spacier and seemed to take on a life of their own. The Telewire all started with the birth of a song called “Quiet Satellite”. Yet another side took hold to take Stephen into new musical dimensions of sound.

As with his previous projects, The Telewire is a one man, full bodied, band of sorts completely performed by Stephen Thurman. All parts, from guitar to drums to vocals and bass, are performed by Stephen.

Unfortunately, due to the one man does it all approach, we are unlikely to ever see The Telewire play live. Then again, maybe, just maybe, one day Stephen will figure out an acceptable way of using DATs to enhance his singing and guitar playing as a one man live act. Or, possibly, find another musician or so to help fill out his live sound. It can happen though no plans of such at the moment.

With all the talk of The Telewire being a solo project, you would never know it to listen to the album. It sounds quite full as though there was a roomful of musicians pumping out the sounds.

Stephen is a graphic artist by trade so expect more visual pairings down the line. There are plans to produce some music videos for The Telewire and Stephen has already printed up a few t-shirts for the band. Expect they will be available on the forthcoming website which is in the works.

Oh, while the wires are hot, so to speak, Stephen is already writing new music for the next release by The Telewire. The newer music, again, will be a solo project, and may be even more Electronic. Stephen aptly describes The Telewire’s current music as being Indie, Space Rock and Shoegaze; all of which I can agree with. Keep your eyes and ears open for The Telewire because there’s a lot of good stuff for you to enjoy.

The Telewire - The Telewire

You can grab The Telewire debut album for free at the following link:
The Telewire – The Telewire

Of course, you can also hear various cuts from The Telewire on Air Atlantic Underground Radio.

The Telewire

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Tom Lugo: The Man Whose Heart Sings Love

Many of you are already familiar with a very special man in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania named Tom Lugo. A man with the biggest heart in the world. Tom is the leading force behind the band Stellarscope and the owner of Patetico Recordings. He is also the man behind a number of music festivals, such as the Pop Noise Fest, in Philadelphia and Puerto Rico.

When times are tough, Tom is always the first to step up to the plate to contribute what he can in the ways that he does best.

As Japan continues to rumble, Tom has already devised a way to help collect a few funds to aid in the relief for the many victims of this tragedy. A series of compilations are underway to help aid the Japan Disaster Relief Fund. Though enough material has already been collected for a couple compilations, Tom is already considering a 3rd, and maybe even a 4th, to add to the collection.

There are three ways that you may be able to help.

1.) If you are a musician, you can submit a track for consideration for one of the later compilations. Make sure you select something good and not that piece of crap you can’t use because your singer smoked himself silly the night before and the guitar player had to resort to old worn out rusty strings because there weren’t any others left after breaking the last E and G strings anywhere near the studio. Besides, it was a crappy song anyway that really had no direction.

I’ve seen a few names of some who have already contributed a song and it promises to be a must for your collections. Some names that you will be proud to share some digital space with including a few rare tracks.

Remember, this will help to get you heard by an audience who may have never heard of you before. Also, if selected, you will be placed amongst others who have something worth hearing. Let the world hear you too are worth a listen.

You may submit your track to Tom Lugo at panophonic@yahoo.com as soon as possible.

2.) Once the compilations are released, buy yourself at least one copy of each compilation. By ‘buy a copy’, I mean actually spend a little money on a real copy, be it a hard copy issued CD or, if you prefer, a digital copy. I do not mean download a pirate copy that will give you the music but not do a thing to send aid to Japan. Remember people, that’s what this is all about. Helping our brothers and sisters in Japan. They need all that we can muster up, along with a few prayers or other loving vibes you might be able to send them.

Once these babies are ready, CDs and digital copies will be available from Amazon and through iTunes. While you are at it, don’t forget to maybe do a little early Christmas shopping or other gift purchasing while you’re there. It’s the kind of gift that gives to both your loved ones and to those greatly in need.

3.) Spread the word. Chat up these compilations and tell the rest of the world how great they are. Every little bit helps and Lord knows Japan needs every little bit that we can do for them right now and for a very long time to come.

Keep your eyes open on the Patetico Recordings website for the official release of these compiliations. Air Atlantic Underground Radio will also help to keep you up to date. Let’s help Tom spread the love.

Patetico Recordings
Patetico Recordings on MySpace
Stellarscope on MySpace

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-Addendum- (March 14, 2011):
From the man himself, here is a partial list of some of the bands who have already submitted tracks.

SPC ECO, Screen Vinyl Image, Ceremony, Stellarium, Dead Leaf Echo, Sway, The Hope Slide, The Sunshine Factory, Dirty Pulp Theatre, Insect Guide, Bliss.City.East, Un.Real, Ser.Es, and many more.

The artwork, mastering and final details are in the works. It will only be a matter of weeks before the first compilations will be released as a digital download. Shortly afterwards, the CDs will be sold through Amazon.

Keep checking back for more details.

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