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June 7th, 2012 by admin

We’ve been remiss in proudly posting the results of the 2012 Whalie Awards.  Our own Daphne Lee Martin took home three awards including the People’s Choice for Best Folk/Bluegrass and Critic’s Awards for Americana Album of the Year for ‘Dig & Be Dug’ and Best Folk/Bluegrass Song for “Pull My Daisy”.  We’re also proud to have had a helping hand in introducing the region to Herff Jones who took home the coveted Breakthrough Artist of the Year.  Here’s a full listing of winners:


BEST FOLK / BLUEGRASS:  Daphne Lee Martin & Raise The Rent
BEST DJ: DJ Seaneho
BEST HIP HOP / R&B: Camacho
BEST INDIE / EXPERIMENTAL: Ferocious Fucking Teeth
BEST PUNK: Chasing Trinity
BEST REGGAE / SKA: The Hempsteadys
BEST ROCK: Catfish Phillips
BEST MUSIC SERIES: Bad Manners Bassment Thursday @ Oasis
BEST MUSIC VIDEO: Pocket Vinyl “A Little Joke”


ALBUM OF THE YEARThe Suicide Dolls Prayers In Parking Lots
POP / ROCK ALBUM OF THE YEAR: Pocket Vinyl Monsters Talking
DJ/ DANCE MIX OF THE YEAR: The Swagger Jackers The Life Aquatic
AMERICANA ALBUM OF THE YEAR: Daphne Lee Martin & Raise the Rent Dig & Be Dug
INDIE ALBUM OF THE YEAR: Ferocious Fucking Teeth Ferocious Fucking Teeth
RECORD OF THE YEAR: The Weird Beards Arreaka
SONG OF THE YEARPocket Vinyl “Quiet Epiphany”
BEST COLLABORATION OF THE YEAR: Camacho, Poe Swayzie & Jaszmine Viciousz “Duke Westlake Cypher”


BEST ALTERNATIVE SONG: Suicide Dolls “Smash”
BEST  FOLK / BLUEGRASS  SONG: Daphne Lee Martin & Raise The Rent “Pull My Daisy”
BEST BLUES / COUNTRY ROCK SONG: Franklin Brothers “Mike’s Backyard”
BEST HARDCORE / METAL SONG: Burning Beneath “Son Of The Apocalypse”
BEST HIPHOP / R&B SONG: Alumni “I Am Me”
BEST DANCE / ELECTRONIC SONG: Chumzilla “F*ck The Pain Away (Chum’s Horny Mix)”
BEST INDIE / EXPERIMENTAL SONG: Ferocious Fucking Teeth ”Hinkly”
BEST PUNK / SKA SONG: Dead City Riot “Break Down The Walls”
BEST ROCK SONG: Gone For Good “Calm Down, You’re Joking”
BEST SOLO SINGER / SONGWRITER SONG: Carl Franklin “Waiting For The Summer To Come”

May 11th, 2012 by admin

It’s that time of year again! The Whalies award season is upon us and once again our artists are well represented on this most essential local ballot initiative. This year features some thirty-five categories covering the whole gambit of what our insanely productive music scene has to offer whether it’s punk, rock, hip hop, blues or americana. In the end, it’s not only about the winners but the scene as a whole.  The Whalies is truly a celebration of the incredible musicians and artists that make the New London area such a fertile and fun place to experience live original music. You can preview the categories and make your votes over at wailingcity.com.  The big event will be held on Saturday, May 26 at the Hygienic Art Park in downtown New London.  Featured performers at this year’s ceremony include The Fly Ones, The Suicide Dolls, Daphne Lee Martin & Raise the Rent, Pocket Vinyl, The Weird Beards, Erik Lamb, Herff Jones and more.  The event is the main fundraiser for the annual I AM Festival which returns for its sixth iteration on September 8 this year.

May 11th, 2012 by admin

John Fries and the Heat are celebrating the release of a new ep called ‘U.S. 50′ with a party at the Rose Barn at the Eugene O’Neill Theater Center this Saturday, May 12 at 8pm. The new release features seven new tracks of blues and rock originals featuring Fries’ signature guitar leads backed by Ron Lewis on drums and vocals with Pat Perry on the bass guitar. Joining the band for the release party will be special guests Daphne Lee Martin and Jim Carpenter, Black Marmot, Nancy ParentKerry Pulaski, Doug Woolverton and Rich Lataille.

May 8th, 2012 by admin

The Day‘s Peter Huoppi and Rick Koster will be launching a new series this week that is well worth your interweb attention.  Modeled after National Public Radio’s Tiny Desk Concerts, the live video-fed series will be dubbed Live Lunch Break and feature, in the maestros’ own words, “stripped-down, intimate and abbreviated performances that are streamed live and then archived for eternal enjoyment”.  The initial offerings (debuted each Thursday) reveals a stellar list of some of the most noteworthy and notable artists from our region.  So mark your calendars now and bookmark TheDay.com and enjoy some incredible music live from the offices of the region’s main rag here in New London, Connecticut debuting each Thursday at Noon.

May 10: John Fries
May 17: Jon Young (Hind Legs, Straight to VHS)
May 24: Bobby Crash & Pete Barrera (Burnouts from Outer Space)
May 31: Jim Carpenter (The Hoolios)
June 7: The Rivergods
June 14: Daphne Lee Martin (Raise the Rent)
June 21: Steve Elci & Friends 

May 5th, 2012 by admin

March 1st, 2012 by admin

Daphne Lee Martin & Raise the Rent are playing a special gig at the Connecticut Science Center in Hartford, CT on Friday, March 9 from 6-10pm. Part of Liquid Lounge, the show is a happy hour on steroids with the entire Science Center open as a playland for the 21+ set.  DJs will spinning on multiple levels of the wonderland museum with appropriately stationed bars to keep everyone healthy with their libations of choice (the Green Lantern Cocktail and Kryptonite Shots or high on our list to sample).  Daphne Lee and her band will then follow-up with a late evening gig at the beautiful Arch Street Tavern venue just around the corner.

January 20th, 2012 by admin

The Telegraph Recording Company is proud to be partnering with Hygienic Art once again to present The Rock Fix at the beautiful Crocker House Ballroom (35 Union Street, New London) as part Hygienic XXXIII arts extravaganza.  The line-up is another stellar sampling of artists from throughout the region making good with their tunes in 2012.  We’re especially excited to host the Can Kickers in a rare reunion show (drummer Doug Schaefer now lives in Texas).  Also on the bill is the excellent sonic power trio Suicide Dolls who are celebrating the release of their driving new collection ‘Prayers in Parking Lots’ which is getting strong notice all over New England and New York.  Our own Daphne Lee Martin & Raise the Rent also join the fray as they celebrate the vinyl release of their debut ‘Dig & Be Dug’.  Also playing: Providence’s The ‘Mericans, Mystic newcomers Herff Jones, and New London faves Recur Occurrence & The Hempsteadys.

Here’s the full line-up:
7pm Herff Jones
7:40 Recur Occurrence
8:15 The ‘Mericans
8:50 Daphne Lee Martin & Raise the Rent
9:35 The Can Kickers
10:15 The Suicide Dolls
11pm The Hempsteadys

Doors open at 6:30 pm
Admission by donation (suggested $10)
All Ages | 21+ to drink (must present ID)

November 17th, 2011 by admin

Daphne Lee Martin & Raise the Rent are proud to release the first official video off their new ‘Dig & Be Dug’ collection. The vid is for lead track ‘Rosalita’ and was directed by New London video auteur Doc Proctor. The clip features local poet Tracey Hollins, Above Below drummer Jonas Sanchez, and Val Goergen along with Daphne. Check it out and share it with your friends!

November 16th, 2011 by admin

Daphne Lee Martin & Raise the Rent’s full-length debut, ‘Dig & Be Dug’ landed on November 1st and already it is being heralded as a break through album for the group.  Produced by Jim Carpenter at his Loco Dare Studios, ‘Dig’ is a celebration of the American songbook as seen through the discerning lens of songwriting chanteuse Daphne Lee Martin.  The title references Langston Hughe’s poem ‘My Motto’ which states triumphantly: ”My motto, as I live and learn, is: Dig and Be Dug In Return.” The record features a stellar line-up of musicians including Carpenter (The Hoolios), Brad Bensko, “Sandman” Sandy Allen, Bob Burt (Johnny & The East Coast Rockers), Matt Gouette, Danny Motta (Roomful of Blues), Craig Edwards, Gabriel Chandler (Above Below), and John “Wayno” Waynelovich (Barefoot Truth).

Track Listing:

1. Rosalita
2. Pull My Daisy
3 Old Guitar
4. In Lieu of Flowers
5. Me & My Boots
6. Some Fine Day
7. Depot
8. Saratoga Rain
9. Let’s Stay in Bed All Day
10. Nostradamus

A release celebration for ‘Dig & Be Dug’ was held on Saturday, October 29 at Hot Rod’s Cafe in downtown New London, Connecticut.  On a freaky night of snow in October, John Fries & The Heat (who will be playing with Robert Cray on December 3 at the Garde Arts Center) opened the night with a surging blues set.  Providence maniac Chris Hansen played a forceful and yet playful acoustic set that clearly stirred the crowd impressively. Daphne and the rest of Raise the Rent, which on this night included honorary members-for-life Craig Edwards & Matt Gouette, played with fun and aplomb to celebrate their new work despite the concurrent snowmagedon outside (and the wacky hallow’s eve parade of costumes throughout the night!).  The night closed out with a surprise performance featuring Daphne with Skobie One and Erik Lamb on a live take of  the Sexual Healing remix of ‘Nostradamus‘ that the crew recently leaked to the interwebs.