Feb 24 2009 · 0 comments · Geen categorie · 0

Cry Baby Cry: The White Album Revisited for Revolver Magazine

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It’s been three months now, but I wanted you guys to know that I appeared on another compilation CD. This time not with one of my own songs, but with a cover of the Fabs..

‘Huh?’

Yeah.

When you buy Dutch monthly music magazine Revolver, you get a free CD with it. The December issue of 2008 was dedicated to the 40th birthday of the White Album. To celebrate it, Revolver invited ten Dutch bands/artists to record their own interpretation of a song from that glorious album. They asked me to do one and – being a HUGE Beatle fan – I shouted ‘FUCK YEAH!!’ from the top of my lungs.

I chose Lennon’s Cry Baby Cry. In the first place because it’s a beautiful song with a lovely melody and odd fairytale lyrics. Secondly, it’s not that well known. Especially in comparison with other songs from the album, like Back In The USSR, Ob-La-Di, While My Guitar Gently Weeps and Black Bird. And third, I always had the feeling the song wasn’t entirely finished when they recorded it. To me, it sounds more like a (fucking awesome) demo. So there was a little bit room for me to experiment with the structure and the instrumentation..

Off course, we recorded it at my buddy Maarten’s studio. Because of Maarten’s tight schedule, we had only one day to record it. And what a day it was.. I had been up until 5 the night before, working out the new structure and arrangements. We started recording at 9 in the morning (after a 1 hour train voyage) and finished recording at midnight. After that I fell into a coma on the wooden bench in the control room while Maarten was editing and mixing.

But it was cool! And I think the final result is too.. I like the twinkly bells alongside the mandolin and I love Maarten’s ‘Ringo-drum fills’. Other people liked it too, though. The CD got reviewed on the biggest Dutch Beatle fan site Beatlesfanclub.nl. The wrote:

“The price for originality goes to Tommy Ebben, because of his fresh take on Cry Baby Cry. He is actually the only one who chose a different way to approach a song than the Beatles did. A different instrumentation and some changes in the original arrangement revive the song.”Luc van Gaans

Curious? Check out the clip below. We shot the images in between the recordings. You can catch a few glimpses of Maarten’s Studio as well!

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Feb 24 2009 · 0 comments · Geen categorie · 0

Artist of the Week @ MusicFrom.NL!

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MusicFrom.NL
, one of Holland’s biggest music websites, have previously made me very happy with two very positive reviews (one of my album and one of our show at Eurosonic), but now they really got me blissful like a nun after communion..

From 23 February until 2 March I am their Artist of the Week. This means my profile on the site will be highlighted, I will be mentioned in their weekly newsletter, a couple of my songs will be in their virtual jukebox and new subscribers can win my album. Plus I’ve got an interview on the site called ‘Tommy Ebben paints songs like an old master‘, in which I tell something about every song that’s on my album. All in all pretty cool! So check it out !

Thanks MusicFrom.NL!!0

Feb 23 2009 · 0 comments · Geen categorie · 0

What’s been happening: a quick update

Well hi there again!

As promised, I’m gonna give you an update of what’s been happening around my music in the last couple of weeks. Like I said in my first post, since my debut album Old Masters Painted These Moments came out, things really seem to coming in motion. And because I know all you guys are on a tight schedule and you are (like me) so easily distracted, I’m gonna keep it nice ‘n quick!

Young Apprentices Finally Painted These Moments

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It’s been some time now since Maarten saw me play in Café De Spieghel in Groningen and asked me if I would like to record some of my song in his studio. We began recording in November 2007. A year and a few months later, January 2009, it was finished.

In a few days I’m gonna post a more detailed story about how the album came about. It will cover it all: the glory, the dirt, moments of exaltation, moments of frustration.. and no-one will be spared!

Since its release, the album has already been reviewed a couple of time in the Dutch media. I’m still waiting on a few more (so I’m keeping my fingers crossed on this one) but up until now the reviews have been really great! All are positive and some are even extremely flattering! Here are some excerpts:

“Rootsy with a twist of folk but, above all, very good.”
” A more than outstanding debut.”

– Musicmaker Magazine

“An astonishingly mature piece or work.”
“Ebben takes tradition and molds it into something of his own. “

altcountry.nl

“Ebben knows how to melt his influences into a own sound”
“Old Masters Painted These Moments is self released, but definitely deserves a much broader distribution”

– Dagblad van het Noorden

“Old Masters Painted These Moments is a exceptionally good product […] with which Ebben proves to be very talented.”
“His voice is a unique gift.”
MusicFrom.NL

“Tommy Ebben has got talent and the potential to stick out in the overcrowded land of singer-songwriters.”
FileUnder.nl

Eurosonic

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I was invited to play at Eurosonic, the prestigious showcase festival in Groningen, Holland. It’s like the SXSW of Continental Europe. For two days in January, bands from all over Europe play at clubs, theatres, bars & pubs and street corners all over the city.

Me and my band (to which I’m gonna dedicate another post soon) played in a cool pub called Cafe Koster. I thought it was a good opportunity for the release party of my album as well. It was great! The place was packed, it was a good show and we got great reactions from the crowd. We even got reviewed on MusicFrom.NL! They wrote:

“You can hear a piece of Bob Dylan, a hint of Tom Waits, an ounce of Woody Guthrie and a spoonful of Steve Earle in his songs, but at the same time he’s capable of putting a strong own stamp upon them. The show at Café Koster was pretty impressive. […] I’m sure we’re gonna hear a lot more from this young talent.” Read the full article (in Dutch) here

A couple of Dutch journalism students were at the gig too and they interviewed me in front of their camera for their website Pressit.nu. Off course, it gave me the opportunity to make a few smart-ass comments. Check it (in Dutch) below, along with images and sounds from the show!

The Battle of Groverpop

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Every year Groverpop, the indie music platform of Groningen, compile a sampler CD. It’s called De Slag van Groverpop (which means something as ‘The Battle of Groverpop’) and it contains music from upcoming acts from Groningen they consider promising. My song To The River is on there too!

Other acts featured on the CD I think you should definitely check out are Florian Wolff, We Swim You Jump, Le Titre, Kicks For Hot Lips and my favorite band from Groningen, Them Holy Rollers.

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