- Satellite Pictures
February and there's not much happening, unless you count Valentine's
impeachment soap opera, and the crazy weather. What better a time than
introduce the IndepenDisc Label Spotlight
where every so often
we showcase an Independent Record Company that we feel deserves a
This month we've trained the Spotlight on C&D
Records of Providence R.I. in the USA.
Founded in 1996 by the members of the D.J. Lauria Band,
Records roster of Artists include: Black
(Rhythm & Blues Rock 'n' Roll), Q
Smoky Topaz (60's Soul), and D.J.
We held a cyberchat with the President of C&D
Records, Mr. D.J. Lauria, to find out a bit of what
Could you give us a Brief description of C&D
DJL: There is an overabundance of
talented musicians in Southeastern
(roughly, the triangle formed by Boston,
Most of the labels are concentrated in Boston;
it seemed natural to try to fill the void in Rhode
We do what every
indie does: try to help with tour support and publicity for bands that
enough of their business together to at least get their own CDs out.
corporate goal is to get one of our bands a guest shot on NBC's hot new
about a woman who, after deciding that her life in California
is shallow, learns you CAN go home: "Just Shoot Me."
DJL: No one had any interest in my
What's your motto?
DJL: The line must be drawn he-ah!
What was/is your favorite 8-Track/Cassette tape to make out in a car to?
DJL: Joni Mitchell's "Court and
You know the drill, You're on a desert island and can only have 3
your 3 desert island discs.
DJL: 1. Marshall Crenshaw, "Lifes
Too Short." Pop
songs with really loud guitars, and an even louder snare drum. What's
2. Elvis Costello, "Get Happy." Good thing he wasn't.
3. Dave Brubeck, "Take Five." Who else can groove in 13/8?
Who are the 2 people who influenced your musical being the most?
DJL: Mom/Dad for letting me go to
music school. My first real
guitar teacher, Paul Murphy, for showing me how you can be a
all have a guilty pleasure that we love to listen to, but hate to admit
anyone, What is one of your musical guilty pleasures?
DJL: The Monkees. Mike Nesmith was
the coolest guy ever in a
Finally, Anything of *REAL* importance that you would like to conclude
DJL: It is not impossible to strike
a match on a marshmallow.
Just very difficult.
you have it, a surprisingly candid interview that revealed many of the
why we here at IndepenDisc have been enjoying the music released on C&D
Records. Two of those releases are this month's Featured
We start with the D.J. Lauria Band CD Satellite
Pictures a solid disc of quintessential Modern Pop.
Seven tracks, that
upon first listen disclosed themselves to all have "single"
prominence. That is, of course, until we found out that this is a
the band's most recent singles.
Satellite Pictures opens with "Huddleston
beautifully constructed pop gem that takes you back to that lost love
a smile to your sadness. It sets the theme, for the most part, as we
on a familiar musical journey through failed relationships of the past,
subject that lends itself perfectly to the modern pop stylings expertly
here. Ache with the passion; musically, vocally, and lyrically of "Day Before
We Met" (“Please
come back/It was so long ago/and I have such fond regrets”).
enjoy the railroad metaphors and jaunty bounce of "Emergency
detailing a sudden break-up. Also included here is Billboards 1995 Song
winner "Time That I Forgot" a
song that captures the
essence of this disc; Rich in its simplicity, pure and uncomplicated,
with hooks that'll lodge in your brain and lyrics that you'll be
singing in the
Lauria (Guitar, Keys, Vocals), John Andrade, Jr. (Drums), and John
Sundstrom (Bass) are talented musicians that shine throughout this
Lauria Band - Satellite Pictures
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