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Songs From An Unreal City

by L.A. Song Alliance

Twelve brand new songs from L.A.'s finest songwriters.
Genre: Rock: Acoustic
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Record Playin'
3:52 album only
2. Two Birds
3:04 album only
3. Barroom Dances
5:09 album only
4. My Troubled Friend
3:09 album only
5. Sympatico
6:05 album only
6. Groovie Town
5:45 album only
7. Undefined
4:00 album only
8. Living In Van Gogh
3:52 album only
9. Fading Light
4:17 album only
10. Locked Away
3:12 album only
11. Like Heaven To Me
4:20 album only
12. If
3:57 album only


Album Notes
A compilation of twelve brand new songs from L.A.'s finest known and upcoming writers.

The CD is living proof that great and interesting songs are being written in The City Of Angels despite the fact that mainstream radio plays only a very short list of unadventurous and usually imitative material.

Live webcast:
April 24th (LA time) 8pm

The L.A. Song Alliance was formed in the spirit of the song writer scene of the late sixties/early seventies which is regarded as the Golden Era for singer/songwriters. Find twelve artists here of the same calibre and originality as Joni Mitchell, Neil Young etc. but with a 21st Century angle.

The Artists:
Heather Zir
Jim Bianco
Erik Christian
Jerry Wagers
Tom Freund
Marc Platt
Anne McCue
Regis McNicholas
Marcy Detroit
Daveen DiGiacomo
Tim O'Gara



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Songs From an Unreal City
Where else can you get an authentic compilations of twelve amazing songwriters who actually live and breath LA on a daily basis? Not through Time Life, I can tell you that.


A cultural snapshot in bit size pieces, tasty.
A cultural snapshot in bite size pieces, tasty. When we
interviewed the Australian wonder Anne McCue some months
back, she spoke of a movement afoot in L.A., a wave of
songwriting and sound that we'd be hearing more about soon.
Unreal City represents "the tip of the iceberg" of that
activity, and it's Anne who pops up as the executive producer
of this compilation. She's a get it done person, as she
continues to prove. In her first couple of years in the States, she got on tour with Lucinda Williams and opened for Richard Thompson, that's making a mark.

Many of these artists are flying under the radar, but several
have achieved critical or material success. Notably, Marcella
Detroit, whose song "If" closes the disc, was in a top British group in the 90s called Shakespeare's Sister, and she
co-wrote "Lay Down Sally" with Eric Clapton.
By the second and third tunes, Jim Bianco's "Two Birds" and
"Barroom Dances" by Daveen DiGiacomo, I was pulled right in.
Marc Platt's "My Troubled Friend" hits home, and Tom Freund's
"Sympatico" hits a home run, he's a real find. Each song tells a
completely different story, from a wholly different point of

This is much more interesting than most compilations. It's not
a label's pick of their roster or a tribute record to some famous
person's catalogue, but a view into a scene. It's an L.A. offbeat
pop sampler. You could easily find several artists who
resonate with you, so we encourage you to visit the website
(at radioplayers.com) to hear a sample of any or all of the
twelve tracks. We will feature clips of our four favorites, but
there's something for everyone.

Kudos to Anne McCue for producing the first compilation of the
L.A. Song Alliance. Like the Fast Folk CDs of Jack Hardy's
famous songwriter gatherings in NYC, or the CDs of The
Nashville Underground (see our review) these provocative
discs are excellent foils for artists and culture vultures alike.