IR Orlando #23

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Hey gang, we’re back for the final episode of 2007. I hope you’ve enjoyed the great music coming out of Florida in the past year, and I hope you’re as excited as I am about more great music in 2008. Happy holidays!

1. Timothy Simpson | Oceans (Lakeland, FL)
2. Timothy Simpson | The New Year
This is a new song from IR Orlando favorite Timothy Simpson. He has a bunch of new Snocap tracks on his MySpace page, available for purchase! Some exciting developments in the works for Timothy: he’s been told by his management company that 3 labels are negotiating to sign him. He also recently mentioned in a MySpace bulletin that he will be “playing a music festival in Austin, Texas in a few months” so keep an eye out for more details on that!
For more info about Timothy Simpson, check out this recent article.

3. Signo Nata | Levantate (Orlando, FL)
Signo Nata on MySpace
Their band name was derived from Latin and means “Birth Sign.” Their sound is a melting pot of musical characteristics from the 70’s, 80’s and 90’s mixed with a dash of alternative rock in Spanish. Although they are bilingual (English/Spanish), most of their songs are in Spanish as a tribute to their cultural upbringing.

4. Rocket 88 | Supersonic Satellite (Orlando, FL)
Rocket 88 on MySpace
Catch Rocket 88 in Orlando at the Peacock Room on December 21 or at the Downtown Arts Center on December 28. If you can stand still at a Rocket 88 show, you can’t possibly have a pulse!

5. Christian Summer | Take Me Home (Deland, FL)
Christian has a solid following in the Central Florida area and recently played at the Anti-Pop Music Festival here in Orlando. You can download a bunch of his songs from his website. This one, “Take Me Home” is from his debut 2007 release “this is my music”
You can also buy his songs here for a mere 27ยข or the whole album for $3.

6. The OaKs | Masood (Orlando, FL)
The OaKs, another IR Orlando favorite, have spent the last few months in the studio, recording their 2nd album. This is the first single to emerge from those sessions. You can download it now at their MySpace page. The new album, “Songs For Waiting” will be released on March 4, 2008, but in the meantime, you can see them play on Saturday, January 5, 2008 at the Social (with S.K.I.P. and Kingsbury). They’ve also said that if you bring 3 friends to the show and introduce your friends to the band, you’ll receive a free copy of “Our Fathers and the Things They Left Behind” as a thank you from the band.
The band has also recently announced that they’ll be playing SXSW 2008, so look for them to play some tour dates on their way from Orlando to Austin.

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