Announce US Tour Dates With Tapes N Tapes And Wild Light New 7″ Single Out On Pretty Activity Records Now

Magnet Magazine: “…remarkably solid…”

Daytrotter: “The line I want to use to describe The Subjects is from the exasperated phone call scene in ‘Back to the Future,’where Marvin Berry – with his bloody, bandaged playing hand – punches in his cousin Chuck’s phone number and says, “You know that new sound you’ve been looking for? Well, listen to this…”

New York Press: “Now it’s just a matter of time before The Subjects, if they play by their own rules, can have all that the Rock Gods promise.”

Gothamist : “They play a unique brand of psych pop-rock, the perfect sonic outcome of a student-teacher collaboration. Thought-rock that you can dance to.”

XLR8R.com : Top 10 Album Picks of the Week – “these young bucks have combined the driving guitars of power pop and the mystique of ‘70s rock for one hell of a unique experience.”

The Onion : “The Subjects’ sound reflects its make-up, with exuberant power-pop full of shambling guitars balanced by slower thoughtfulness.”

Spin : “teenage kicks delivered by actual teenagers: Two recent high school grads bash out joyously hormonal power pop behind a frontman who was recently their teacher. Like School of Rock with more Kinks albums on the syllabus.”

Like many bands, The Subjects met in high school. They shared dreams of loud rooms, cracked amps, and raging, sweaty crowds. Who or what was to hold them back from grasping out, from “living the dream?”  Most importantly was that, unlike many bands, two of the members were students and two were teachers. And that the four hanging out in rock bars together was not exactly approved after-school development.Their debut full-length, with the ease grace precision and cleverness of human beings exhibits just the type of mature songcraft and naïve exuberance that a student-teacher pairing would suggest. “Hounds of War” showcases the band’s ability to combine strong melodies with shifting dynamics and undertones of longing and emotional depth. “Best of Us” shows the band going beyond guitar-bass-drum arrangements, with its dense combination of horns, organs and layered percussion. “Icicles” is built off of a powerful riff and finds the band in a more spontaneous mode, with call-and-response interplay between the instruments. What emerges is a record that moves from well-crafted, high-energy moments to quiet expressions of subtle eloquence. Reckless and insightful, with the ease grace precision and cleverness of human beings is a delicate combination of youth’s wide-eyed optimism and the experience of age.

US Tour Dates
1.24.09 – American University – Washington, DC
1.27.09 – Staples – Buffalo, NY
1.28.09 – BrilloBox – Pittsburgh, PA
1.29.09 – Cinemat – Bloomington, IN
1.30.09 – Cicero’s – St Louis, MO
1.31.09 – Heart of Gold – Chicago, IL
2.24.09 – The Paradise – Boston, MA *
2.25.09 – Bowery Ballroom – New York, NY *
2.26.09 – Music Hall of Williamsburg – Brooklyn, NY *
2.27.09 – Rock & Roll Hotel – Washington, DC *
2.28.09 – Johnny Brendas – Philadelphia, PA *
3.18.09 – SXSW (plus southern dates)
* With Tapes n Tapes and Wild Light


The Five Corners Quintet is a Helsinki-based jazz dancefloor outfit that updates the past with panache. Their sophomore release Hot Corner will be out on Milan Records on this Spring

“Top of the list for my hall pass from Drudgery would be Hot Corner, the latest from Finland’s finest, the Five Corners Quintet. ‘Hot Rod’ kicks things off with some fried chicken guitars, easy going handclaps and loosey goosey piano giving modal jazz a shuffling, entirely different flair. ‘Shake It’ is the stormer with the tight interplay of Jukka Eskola on trumpet and Timo Lassy on tenor sax riding roilling rhythms from Antti Lotjonen and Teppo Makynen. Tuomas Kallio of Nuspirit Helsinki fame does all the arrangements and he should be especially proud of this one”
XLR8R (USA)

LISTEN to HOT ROD here!

“About as hip as you can get without throwing your back out”
ALL ABOUT JAZZ
In 2005, The Five Corners Quintet from Helsinki took the international dancefloor jazz scene by a storm. “Chasin’ the Jazz Gone By”, their debut for Ricky-Tick Records, a label that was initially conceived of as a vehicle for releasing the very first TFCQ vinyl single, proved out to be both an artistic and a commercial success story. For once and for all, the album proved that it is possible to look back while moving forward. The touch of producer-composer Tuomas Kallio was true to the golden era of modern jazz, and his vision in updating form rather than feeling resulted in music that is truly “postmodern jazz”, if there ever was some.

Three years, some 50, 000 sold records, and 100+ international gigs later, The Five Corners Quintet are set to return with their sophomore effort. The album, out on Milan Records in April is entitled “Hot Corner”, and everything about it indicates that the scene-leading Finnish ensemble has upped the ante. Rather, theirs will be the task of taking 2000 Century dancefloor jazz into another level.

Some things remain, of course. The sports axiom about not changing a winning team reigns true here, with a guest appearance by jazz vocalist par excellance, Mr. Mark Murphy, who also lent his golden voice to three tracks on the debut. This time around, however, it should come as no big suprise that a bunch of Finns manage to lure a living jazz legend to take part in their production, for TFCQ face high expectations when it comes to their return in recorded form.

The enormously successful live band consisting of Teppo Mäkynen (drums/bandleader), Timo Lassy (sax), Jukka Eskola (trumpet), Mikael Jakobsson (piano), and Antti Lötjönen (double bass), also remains. On “Hot Corner”, however, the band takes a larger role in comparison to the first album. Tuomas Kallio is the “commander-in-chief” once again, but there’s a stronger sense of community also in the studio.

The new sound of TFCQ could be described as leaning towards the “Hot” of the album title more than the cool of their previously recorded work. Here, the impact of the live band is evident. Kallio’s compositions also move away from standard jazz into fresh new territories, where even the occasional flirt with genres such as rockabilly is to be expected. The EP preceding the album release already showed marks of the band “rocking” rather than “swinging”, and those directions are further explored on the upcoming album.

One thing is certain: The Five Corners Quintet have a knack at searching and finding new directions instead of following paths trampled by others. Of this, their new album “Hot Corner” is an ample piece of evidence.

Press Love for The Five Corners Quintet:
“Three Corners”-track was selected as one of the Gilles Peterson’s Worldwide All Winners Cuts of 2004 on BBC Radio One.
“Wonderful stuff, pure genius. This super fresh Helsinki based five piece once again show why Scandinavia seems to be leading the way when it comes to all things jazz”
- DJ MAGAZINE
“Doper than dope”
- STRAIGHT NO CHASER MAGAZINE
“Stunning”
- BLUES & SOUL MAGAZINE
“This is heavy, real jazz for the future. Search out!”
- BREAKIN POINT MAGAZINE
“Debut album “Chasin’ the Jazz Gone By” is out now. 12 tracks of dancefloor jazz for your hi-fi featuring the jazz singers jazz singer, Mr. Mark Murphy. On their new album, “Chasin’; the Jazz Gone By”, the band play stylish jazz tailored for the dancefloor using samplers and sequencers; live, they play dynamic, danceable acoustic jazz. Powered by drummer Teppo “Teddy Rok” Makynen and trumpet prodigy Jukka Eskola, they have the potential to become a major draw on the European Jazz Circuit.”
THE OBSERVER (UK)
“These 12 tracks could easily be a triumph of style over substance – but instead they update the past with panache.”
THE TIMES (UK)
“Oddly enough, Finland enjoys a remarkable affininty with the Golden Age of modern US jazz. [...] A crowd of 2,500 turned up when US crooner Mark Murphy joined the Five Corners for a concert in Helsinki last month, and he sounds in his element with them on his four guest tracks here. Trumpeter Jukka Eskola suggests a prime-period Donald Byrd, vibist Sereri Pyysalo recalls Bobby Hutcherson, tenorist Eero Koivistoinen comes over like a Yusef Lateef disciple, drummer Teppo Makynen grooves like a young Billy Higgins and the sweet-voiced Okou adds charm to the shimmering waltz, Blue Cycles, that opens the session. Catch them.”
- EVENING STANDARD (UK)
“While Finland’s current cultural associations extend no farther than moomins and reindeer, this small but influential Nordic country could potentially be credited with bringing jazz into the 21st century.”
- Sarah Marshall, UNDERCOVER MAGAZINE(UK)
“That fire burns in Helsinki’s Five Corners Quintet, who bop so hard you can almost hear starched white collars being popped and square-rimmed glasses fogging up behind the studio window.”
- XLR8R MAGAZINE (USA)
“By whatever standards they are judged, The Five Corners Quintet are a class act. Without dumbing down or selling out they have moved jazz out of the dark ages by delivering on Kallio’s original idea of grooving jazz played in the classic modernistic spirit and underpinned with contemporary club rhythms.”
Stuart Nicholson, The Observer
“Finland’s Five Corners Quintet are back with more verve than anyone has right to expect… Classy modern jazz sounds”
Update Magazine

MARILYN MANSON AND SLAYER TO TOP THE BILL ON ROCKSTAR ENERGY DRINK MAYHEM FESTIVAL ’09

LINEUP FOR RIOTOUS ROADSHOW INCLUDES
BULLET FOR MY VALENTINE, TRIVIUM, CANNIBAL CORPSE,
MANY MORE

MAYHEM ENSUES JULY 10 IN SACRAMENTO, CA

Rockstar Mayhem Festival logoThe festival will tear through 27 cities in the U.S. and Canada. Mayhem tickets will go on sale to the public on April 24-check www.mayhemfest.com and www.livenation.com for more info.

Like last year’s Godzillian-sized lineup, the second annual Rockstar Energy Drink Mayhem Festival will feature a gaggle of rock’s heaviest bands: the main stage will see Marilyn Manson and Slayer joined by BULLET FOR MY VALENTINE and a special guest that will be announced in the coming weeks; the Jägermeister stage will feature TRIVIUM, ALL THAT REMAINS, GOD FORBID and the Jägermeister Battle of the Bands winner; the Hot Topic stage will feature extreme metal bands CANNIBAL CORPSE, JOB FOR A COWBOY, BEHEMOTH, BLACK DAHLIA MURDER and WHITECHAPEL. The World’s Greatest Freestyle Motocross team METAL MULISHA will also be revving up the crowd with their unique style of death-defying motorcycle stunts on all dates.

“Given the great success of last year’s festival, we knew that we needed to put together a stellar group of talent for 2009-and we have,” says Mayhem producers John Reese and Kevin Lyman. “This will be a blockbuster event, one that blends thrilling live performances with special music-related events and a few yet-to-be-revealed surprises. The result is a concert experience like no other. We’re extremely excited to get the show on the road.”

“Last year’s inaugural Mayhem Festival tour was a definitive success, attracting nearly 340,000 incremental fans to our amphitheaters,” said Jason Garner, Chief Executive Officer of Global Music at Live Nation, the tour’s co-producer.  ”This year, the Mayhem team has delivered another great all-star lineup and we anticipate another huge success for Mayhem.”

“I have good news and I have bad news to announce,” declares Manson. “The good news is that I am completely aware now that our music and our Mayhem tour will have a negative, destructive influence on America.  The bad news is that I don’t give a fuck.”

Manson is currently in the studio working on his forthcoming album scheduled for release in May on Interscope Records. This highly anticipated record reunites Manson and Twiggy Ramirez for their first collaboration since Hollywood in 2001.

Summer 2009 will also see a brand new album from the mighty Slayer, who have already recorded three new songs and are slated to return to the studio in February to finish.  Late last fall, Slayer made one of the new tracks, “Psychopathy Red,” available as a free online stream to fans, and to date, the song has been posted online at more than one million sites.
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Nemesis Theory Announce New Show Dates!

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NEMESIS THEORY

Performing the very best of Hard Rock & Heavy Metal

Live this month and next:

HAPPY NEW YEAR!!!!Nemesis Theory is planning on playing new venues and revisiting old ones throughout 2009, so we hope to see all the familiar faces and hopefully some new ones. We understand the economy sucks and money can be tight for some, but we would appreciate the continued support that you all have shown us in the past especially when we play any new venues and we can show these club owners what a Nemesis Theory show is all about!!!! We are playing Penny Road Pub this Saturday and we are going to blow the roof off the place to make up for the show that we had to cancel. Everyone is healthy and we want to make this a great show. We look forward to seeing everyone again – hope you can all make it to a show soon – Rock on!

FEATURING:

Tom Wilson -Lead Vocals

Larry DeMumbrum -Drums

www.myspace.com/larrydemumbrum

Mike Streicher -Bass Guitar & Vocals

www.myspace.com/streicherbass

Joe Guevara -Lead & Rhythm Guitars, Vocals

www.myspace.com/joseguitara

Doug Ehrhardt -Lead & Rhythm Guitars, Vocals

Up coming shows:

Saturday January 31st

Penny Road Pub

28W705 Penny Road

Barrington, IL 60010

(847) 428-0562

www.pennyroadpub.com

Saturday February 28th

Bambino’s Pizza & Pub

1266 N. Green St.

McHenry, IL. 60050

(815) 344-4242

Saturday March 6th

Penny Road Pub

28W705 Penny Road

Barrington, IL. 60010

(847) 428-0562

www.pennyroadpub.com

Stay Tuned MORE SHOWS TO COME!!!!

Please stay tuned for further band news, and upcoming shows.

Rock on!

Check out our review of NT @ Penny Road or our interview @ Duke O’Briens.

NEMESIS THEORY IS ENDORSED BY:

BOTA Studio – bota studio

JC’s Guitars – www.jcguitars.com

www.nemesistheory.com

www.myspace.com/nemesis_theory

Russell Peter’s new DVD/CD Red, White And Brown hits stores on January 27th

Like to laugh? Of course you do! Russell Peter’s new DVD/CD Red, White And Brown hits stores on January 27th.

Renowned for his quick wit and piercing mimicry, Russell Peters has mastered the art of traversing between hilarious characters of all races and cultures, creating an immediate connection with his audiences. His riotous performances have established him as an artist with bona fide international acclaim.

Peters has been nominated for four of Canada’s prestigious Gemini Awards. He has been a featured comic at Montreal’s Just For Laughs Comedy Festival, the Winnipeg Comedy Festival, and the Edinburgh Comedy Festival. His television appearances include CBC-TV’s Comics!, Club Class on Channel 5 (UK) and two one-hour Comedy Now! specials on Canada’s Comedy Network. He has also hosted his own talk show on BBC-TV (UK) and performed on The David Frost Comedy Festival Special, broadcast on both the BBC and the CBC. In April 2005, Peters was the first South Asian to headline and sell-out the famous Apollo Theatre in New York City.

Tens of thousands of fans have turned out to see Peters live across the United States throughout 2004 and 2005. He has been playing to sold out crowds from New York to Los Angeles, and creating a major buzz of excitement on university campuses, comedy clubs and now Hollywood.

NEW YORK, January 14, 2009 — Russell Peters is back in the all-new stand-up special, “Red, White And Brown.”  With his perfect balance of sophisticated writing and physicality, it’s clear why Russell Peters is one of today’s most internationally respected comedians.  Released via COMEDY CENTRAL Home Entertainment and Paramount Home Entertainment, “Russell Peters: Red, White And Brown” DVD and CD arrives in stores nationwide on Tuesday, January 27 and will also be available at http://shop.comedycentral.com.

The “Russell Peters: Red, White And Brown” DVD is a new stand-up special that was taped at the WaMu Theatre at Madison Square Garden in New York City.  Bonus materials include Feature Commentary by Russell Peters, Clayton Peters and Director Jigar Talati, deleted scenes, “Support the Troops” Bonus Feature with commentary and a “White Jacket Bootleg” segment with commentary and includes an audio version of the special on CD.

Russell Peters is already a comedy superstar in much of the world.  During a recent tour of Dubai, Peters sold tickets at the rate of one ticket every two seconds – crashing all the online sales outlets as soon as the tickets went on sale. In April 2005, Peters was the first South Asian to headline and sell out the Apollo Theatre in New York City.

In June 2007, Peters became the first comedian to sell out Toronto’s Air Canada Centre – performing for over 30,000 fans over two nights. In addition to this first-time feat, in February 2008, Russell became one of only a handful of comedians ever to headline and sell out the world famous Madison Square Garden.

www.russellpeters.com 

www.myspace.com/therealrussellpeters

Sean Forbes & D-PAN

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Sean Forbes is a young musician who happens to be deaf. His parents are musical but Sean has always had his own talent and aspirations. Sean doesn’t let his ”handicap” hold him back in pursuing a career in music. Sean started a non-profit called D-PAN, Deaf Performing Artists’ Network. D-PAN is comprised of deaf performers and creators, music industry professionals, and members of the general public. Together they make the music industry and music culture more accessible to the hearing impaired by intertwining popular music videos & ASL (American Sign Language). “When you tell people who aren’t familiar with D-PAN that we create music videos for the deaf, they’re always taken back. I love the oxymoron of it which is why it’s so beautiful,” the 26-year-old says.

Whether it’s doing songs by Christina Aguilera, John Mayer or Eminem, Sean sees beauty in the way his deaf performers sign to music. Recording artists and songwriters gain the opportunity to reach a new, untapped marketplace, and the deaf/hard of hearing audiences worldwide reap the benefit of experiencing music and entertainment which speaks directly to them.

www.myspace.com/seanforbes

www.d-pan.com/index.html

Tim and Eric Awesome Show, Great Job @ The Vic Theater, January 24, 2009

I told my friends after the show that I probably wouldn’t wait by the White Stripes’ tour van in hopes to get in a few words with Jack or Meg. Not a lie, all three times I haven’t. However, the healthy rum buzz blended mostly with the long lasting high from the brilliant Tim and Eric show made it impossible not to wait in single-degree weather. Once twenty people had gathered we eventually left, but still, right?

Tim and Eric

By the time I entered, the sold out crowd was completely consumed in the circus of constant hilarity, and while the overall bizarreness quickly wore off, the amazement lasted throughout. I can let the YouTube collages do most of the talking, but here are some highlights.

Tim and Eric posterJohn C. Reilly’s entrance, unbeknownst to a crowd of screaming affection, was the ultimate. Ten-plus minutes in the Steve Brule character that climaxed when he awkwardly danced and played with a hot audience member’s titties says it all. On several instances Brule/Reilly used the D-word to refer to the audience: Dingbat, Dingus, and Ding-Turkey probably made the mix. Douggpound DJ’d the event and had a funny musical dialogue when Reilly explained how to fake like you know the lyrics to a song to impress the girl next to you. BIG NEWS: New York, LA, and Ft. Lauderdale will NOT get John C. Reilly, sorry.

Tim and Eric dr steve“I Sit Down When I Pee” was one of the classics from a handful of songs. The Beaver Boys’ have grown on me in some of the newer episodes, and with the aid of shrimp and white wine their bit went well. Spaghett got in a few spooks and provided a funny backdrop for Eric’s environmental advice.

The 4th season, beginning Feb 8th, god bless them, promises to be amazing. The clips shown introduced some of the best commercials; get ready for one involving slashing prices.

One thought came to mind. I didn’t see the Simpson movie in theaters with an audience, which was better than any shows from the last eight seasons or so, but I do remember that a slight complaint/interesting-note my brother made was the oddity in watching a Simpsons episode with a crowd. This, on the other hand, was stunning. The audience enhanced watching the show for sure, didn’t miss a beat, and brought a lot of joy to me knowing that such a strong following exists.

Tim and Eric 2I have still never seen a stand-up comedy show, and feel that it would be fairly weird. This was absolutely nuts and belongs in its on category. In terms of pure entertainment, this tops Superbad, and was definitely one of the best events I’ve ever been to. Afterwards David Liebe Hart (works with a puppet) went through the audience selling CDs and chatted with fans. He told me that before this he was affiliated with a religious public access television program; perhaps the best evidence I can give you to start/continue to watch the best show on television.

Awesome Show, Great Job (February 8th, don’t forget!)

Photos of Tim and Eric Awesome Show:


 

The Fray Previews New Album in Chicago

The Fray
Metro – Chicago, IL
January 9, 2009

The Fray Metro - Chicago, ILIsaac Slade (piano, vocals)

The Fray came through Chicago a couple of weeks ago to give fans a preview of what is to come on their new record out next month. The Denver band’s sophomore album is self-titled and features the new single “You Found Me.” The quartet’s hits, such as “Cable Car (Over My Head)” and “How To Save A Live,” were performed early on in the set in order to make room for the new material the band introduced the audience to that night at Chicago’s historic Metro. The Fray played to an overwhelmingly packed sold out crowd. To be honest, I have not attended a sold out show at the Metro in months! It was crazy to see the venue so packed and not be able to freely move around the main floor. I would have thought this band could have played the Chicago Theatre for more than one night. Lead singer Isaac Slade sang while taking turns on the piano and simply standing up in front of the crowd. I personally would prefer him to sing every song while simultaneously hitting the keys. But hey, that’s just me. Slade also told fans about his adventure to the LakeView YMCA (of which I am a member!) earlier that day. Apparently, all the dude wanted to do was swim in the Y’s pool. He ended up lost in the womens’ locker room (my locker room!) while attempting to take a shower. Ah, wish I could’ve been there to witness that scenario. Of course, that Friday was the one day I didn’t go work out. Check out more photos of the guys after the jump…

The Fray Metro - Chicago, ILJoe King (guitar, vocals)

The Fray Metro - Chicago, ILBen Wysocki (drums, percussion)

The Fray Metro - Chicago, ILDavid “Dave” Welsh (guitar)

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Phil and the Osophers perform laser eye surgery on their friend in new video for High Art!

Phil and the Osophers

Watch High Art Here.

“Modern art makes Phil & the Osophers want to get their eyes fixed… in this loose, ramshackle clip for this loose, ramshackle indie-pop tune… [Phil] sings in a slack voice about almost losing his creative touch, while the track’s bright, trebly tones and unassuming production recall kiwi-poppers like the Clean” – Pitchfork

Phil and the Osophers premiered the video for High Art yesterday at Pitchfork.  High Art is a song about artists creating their work for both dignified and superficial reasons. The Brooklyn three-piece’s video is the first from their fifth album “Toward Conquering The Invisible North” and features the gang taking over a doctor’s office, goofing around and performing laser eye surgery on their friend Vanessa.  Phil, tho unlicensed, swears he has read up on how to perform the surgery and we’ll know in a few weeks whether Vanessa will ever be able to see colors or focus her retina again.

INAUGURATION BONUS!  Right after it happened, Phil and the Osophers put together a humorous, direct-to-the-political-point little ditty about President Bush entitled “They Threw A Shoe At You”, in time for the big party on tuesday.   Share this kick-in-the-pants send off to Bush! http://www.philandtheosophers.com/theythrewashoeatyou.mp3

Phil and the Osophers also announced some upcoming shows including the BAM-curated SOUNDS LIKE BROOKLYN Fest and a trip to Austin in March for sxsw:

Jan 30    10:00P   fat baby     New York, New York

Feb 14   10:30P   BAM SOUNDS LIKE BROOKLYN Fest @ Southpaw  Brooklyn, New York

Mar 18-22     SXSW    Austin, Texas

 www.philandtheosophers.com

www.myspace.com/philandtheosophers

 

Drug Rug Announce Winter Tour With Dr. Dog

The FADER.com: “The band Drug Rug out of Cambridge, Massachusetts with a self-titled album coming in September on Black and Greene kind of sound like a dirty, shredded baja sweater, so we congratulate them on their self-awareness and funky jams and we present you with this song called “Day I Die.”

URB: Their 60s influenced, easy going sound contrasts well with rugged love ballad lyrics and keep listeners in head-bobbing, foot tapping heaven.

AMERICAN SONGWRITER: “Drug Rug plays a mightily banged-up mix of blues, rock and country that, in spite of itself, manages to be insanely catchy and full of perk….the Rug spits venom and sugar into their eponymous debut with gleeful disregard for convention.”

PRODUCT SHOP NYC.COM: Drug Rug sounds like a sunny AM radio folk revival but their lyrics are dark and sung with a modern blasé for love and youth.

Drug Rug formed in 2006 as an alternative rock/country project between couple Tommy Allen and Sarah Cronin.  Their eponymous debut garnered tremendous critical praise receiving 4 & 5 star reviews in Fader and Bust, and features in Spin, and The New Yorker. Since it’s release the band has toured with the likes of The Fiery Furnaces, Los Campesinos & The Long Blondes.

With their revolving door tendency for backing-band musicians; Drug Rug’s live shows and recordings often feature exciting guests from members of Tulsa, Apollo Sunshine, The Dead Trees and others.

2009 Will bring about an EP titled The Kitchen Tapes and full length sophomore album this Summer.

2009 WINTER TOUR

Feb 11 / Raleigh, North Carolina at The Pour House w/Dr. Dog
Feb 12 / Asheville!, North Carolina at Grey Eagle Tavern and Music Hall w/Dr.Dog
Feb 13 / Athens, Georgia at Tasty World w/Dr.Dog
Feb 14 / Nashville, Tennessee at Mercy Lounge w/ Dr.Dog
Feb 17 / New Orleans, Louisiana One Eyed Jacks w/Dr.Dog
Feb 18 / Tallahassee, Florida Florida State University w/Dr. Dog
Feb 19 / Ybor City, Florida at Crowbar w/Dr.Dog
Feb 20 / Ft. Lauderdale, Florida Culture Room w/Dr.Dog
Feb 21 / Orlando, Florida The Social w/Dr. Dog
Feb 22 / St. Augustine, Florida Cafe 11 w/Dr.Dog
Feb 22 / Charlottesville, Virginia Gravity Lounge w/ Dr.Dog
Feb 25 / Washington, DC at DC9
Feb 26 / New York, NY at The Mercury Lounge
Feb 27 / Boston, MA at The Paradise Rock Club

www.myspace.com/drugrugdude

 

Phoenix’s Miniature Tigers are gearing up to warm stages for Ben Folds during three weeks in February

The band will be announcing solo dates too!

Kicking off with Ben Folds in the band will join Ben Folds for nearly three weeks beginning February 11 in Princeton, NJ, and concluding March 1 in Charlotte, NC.  On March 2nd, Miniature Tigers will hook up for a March tour with Dear and the Headlights winding their way into SXSW.

Phoenix, Arizona’s Miniature Tigers release their debut album “Tell it to the Volcano” on Modern Art Records this Spring. The new album comes on the heels of their two EP’s and stellar nods from press at CMJ ’08.

The band is thrilled to announce the addition of Phantom Planet’s Darren Robinson to their touring band. Robinson’s mainstay gig has gone on an indefinite hiatus, allowing him time to work with some new collaborators. The band is currently working out their live show for their upcoming dates, including a hometown headliner at Modified Arts, a short run with Lenka and a tour with Dear & The Headlights leading into SXSW.

Spin:

The Nine Hottest New Bands Playing CMJ 2008

Recommended if you like….Fountains of Wayne (pre-”Stacy’s Mom”, the Shins and Weezer

Why it Rocks: Clever, intelligent pop songs come in bunches from this budding outfit, particularly the unshakable “Cannibal Queen””

 

KCRW:

Top 10 best bands of CMJ

 

Death and Taxes:

“Miniature Tigers couldn’t have have arrived at a better time. Tell It To The Volcano boasts a collection of well-crafted pop songs, free of pretention and often sun from the perspective of a quirky, lovelorn troubadour.”

 

Austin Town Hall:

“With a sound that’s poppy and pretty easy on the ears, these guys might just be the new Vampire Weekend you peoples are all looking for…”

Miniature Tigers’ sound was forged in the bedroom of frontman Charlie Brand, only to quickly outgrow the space, with the band soon finding  itself on stage, in the studio and signed to Phoenix’s Modern Art  Records in short order. Brand’s lyrics – a mix of deeply personal insights and playful references to the disparate cultural artifacts that  have informed his existence – and effortlessly constructed indie-pop arrangements have made fans in his native Phoenix and beyond. They stretch to Los Angeles, where he reconnected with drummer, collaborator and fellow charter member of the band Rick Schaier while living in Hollywood, and far beyond thanks to the Internet, which it seems people are into these days.

 

Miniature Tigers’ debut album “Tell it to the Volcano” runs the lyrical gamut, taking inspiration from and referencing TV’s Lost (which rates a Dharma Initiative sticker on Brand’s acoustic) as easily as it probes the joy and heartbreak of Charlie’s own life, while managing not to take itself too seriously. Brand wrote the album while on the lam – not from the law, but rather from a relationship he described as “brutal.” He left Phoenix to clear his head, landing in Los Angeles and collaborating with his friend Rick to complete the long-gestating album. It was his catharsis – with cannibals and volcanoes stepping in for the real-world problems that had both beset and inspired him. In the end the album represents Charlie’s effort to codify, examine, and ultimately move past a 2-year stretch of his life.

 

Charlie and Rick are joined in their live incarnation by friends and collaborators Lou Kummerer on bass and Lawrence Hearn on lead guitar and keyboards, for performances that seem to give equal time to playing songs and intra-band joking. They aim for a controlled chaos aesthetic that eschews “auto-pilot” at all costs.

 

In an effort to further confound the expectations of those around the band, they chose to have their video directed by someone who had never helmed one before…or at least never an authorized music video. The band tapped “Yacht Rock” creator JD Ryznar to direct their video for Cannibal Queen in the hopes he would recreate the magic of his wildly popular Internet video series. Ryznar quickly assimilated the band’s aesthetic

and turned in a video equal parts “Weird Science” and “Frankenstein,” to the band’s delight.

“Tell it to the Volcano” is currently available on iTunes, as well as a limited-edition letterpressed CD package and on vinyl at shows and via the band’s web site. They’ll be touring through the winter of 2009, when  the album will find its way to stores through an official retail release.

Tour Dates With Ben Folds

2/11/09 Wed Princeton NJ McCarter Theatre
2/12/09 Thu Baltimore MD Rams Head Live
2/14/09 Sat Philadelphia PA Electric Factory
2/16/09 Mon Pittsburgh PA Club Zoo
2/17/09 Tue Toronto ON Kool Haus
2/18/09 Wed Ann Arbor MI Michigan Theatre
2/19/09 Thu Cincinnati OH Xavier University
2/21/09 Sat Columbus OH LC Pavillion
2/22/09 Sun Knoxville TN Valarium
2/23/09 Mon Asheville NC Orange Peel
2/25/09 Wed Durham NC Durham PAC
2/26/09 Thu Charleston SC N Charleston PAC
2/27/09 Fri Atlanta GA Tabernacle
3/1/09 Sun Charlotte NC Ovens Aud

With Dear & The Headlights
3/2/09    Mon    Seattle    WA    El Corazon
3/4/09    Wed    Boise    ID    The Venue
3/5/09    Thu    Salt Lake City    UT    Avalon Theatre
3/7/09    Sat    Denver    CO    Marquis Theatre
3/8/09    Sun    Omaha    NE    Sokol Underground
3/10/09    Tue    Minneapolis    MN    Triple Rock
3/11/09    Wed    Iowa City    IA    Picador
3/12/09    Thu    Chicago    IL    Reggie’s Rock Club
3/13/09    Fri    Columbia    MO    Mojo’s
3/14/09    Sat    Tulsa    OK    The Marquee
3/15/09    Sun    Dallas    TX    The Door
3/17/09    Tue    San Antonio    TX    Rock Bottom Bar

SXSW
3/19/09    Thu    Austin    TX    Jackalope

Alaska in Winter’s sophomore release “Holiday” garners RAVES!

Don’t Miss Alaska in Winter LIVE in NYC!
2.2- Monkey Town- Brooklyn

If you have yet to listen to much loved sophomore release HOLIDAY, now is the time!

Pitchfork – 7.8

“Holiday would be a fine album at any moment, but it seems especially timely right now. Let’s take a quick inventory: The contours are stark and sleek, and it burns with a weirdly cold heat. The production is elaborate in a streamlined way, the melodies infectious. A sentimental digi-crooner is orbited by hums and blips, as if rendering your voice and music robotic gives you carte blanche to be messily human, even maudlin. Sound familiar? Suddenly, and just in time for the holidays, it’s as if indie pop fans immune to the charms of Kanye West have an 808′s and Heartbreak of their very own.

 

Spin – Artist of the Day

“Globetrotting, laptop-totting electro-nerd melds experiences on excellent new album…”

:What? Not only is Alaska in Winter more deserving of the title “maverick” than its eponymous state’s governor, the electronic project is also far more versed in foreign policy. Dance Party in the Balkans, the group’s 2007 debut, married robotic cadence with traditional Eastern European tones, fleshed out by dramatic strings and emotive vocals from frontman/Grand Poobah Brandon Bethancourt. This month’s follow-up, Holiday, takes a trip to Berlin — and in AIW’s Germany, life is a cabaret.”

 

All Music Guide:

“An artist who uses autotune, cheap-sounding rhythm machines, and multi-part song formats as profligately as {Brandon Bethancourt} does is just begging you to hate him. So it’s pleasantly frustrating, on the second {Alaska in Winter} album, to find it so utterly impossible to do so.”

Press loves Alaska In Winter

 

 

 

 

HOOBASTANK TOURS WITH 3 DOORS DOWN & HINDER BEGINNING JAN 28

HIGHLY ANTICIPATED NEW ALBUM FOR(N)EVER IN STORES JAN 27

Hoobastank Fornever cover

Los Angeles, CA (January 21, 2009) – More than two decades after the music video explosion of the early 1980s, triple Grammy nominees Hoobastank are taking the medium to the next level with their groundbreaking “My Turn” video. Helmed by Grammy nominated director P.R. Brown (Goo Goo Dolls, Matisyahu, Slipknot) and programmed by Daniel Kim from Deep Fried Productions—www.deepfriedproductions.com (Gwen Stefani, Nine Inch Nails, M.I.A.), the innovative “My Turn” music video is interactive, allowing viewers to control the on-screen action.

Designed to be viewed online the eye-popping video has the look and feel of a video game, complete with different characters and varying scenarios. Wearing different costumes and swapping instruments, each member of Hoobastank (lead vocalist/rhythm guitarist Doug Robb, guitarist Dan Estrin and drummer Chris Hesse) performed and was shot individually against a green screen. Together with a gaggle of guests (bikini models, senior citizens, Robb’s mother and father-in-law, among others), the band created a video that’s truly unique—one that offers fans a new experience with each viewing. The video can be seen at http://myturn.hoobastank.com/.

“This is a new direction for music videos,” says director P.R. Brown. “I think we’re witnessing only the beginning of what will surely be a new form of technology that brings fans closer to the music.”

A made-for-television version of the video premiered January 9th on AOL’s Music Page and quickly went into rotation on MTV2, MTVu and MTV Hits.

“You have the option to create any version of it that you want,” says Robb. “You can have Chris sing while I play guitar in drag with an old lady on drums. And you can keep switching it up as the video goes along. Create an all Dan band. An all dog band. Whatever you want. The options are endless. It’s very cool and I think that the fans are gonna have fun with it.”

“My Turn” appears on Hoobastank’s highly anticipated new album For(n)ever (Island Records), which arrives in stores on January 27th. The band will celebrate the album’s release with a January 27th performance on “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno.” On Monday, January 26th, the band will host KROQ’s “Loveline” with Dr. Drew and Stryker during a two-hour segment featuring and talking about the new album.

Produced by longtime collaborator Howard Benson, For(n)ever sees a rejuvenated Hoobastank (lead vocalist/rhythm guitarist Doug Robb, guitarist Dan Estrin and drummer Chris Hesse) returning to the amped rock roots of their first two releases—2001’s platinum-plus-selling self-titled debut and 2003’s double platinum-plus-selling follow-up, The Reason.

The band will be performing a mix of new songs and fan favorites during their upcoming tour with 3 Doors Down and Hinder, which launches January 28th at Hard Rock Live in Orlando , FL. Tour dates are listed below.

Hoobastank exploded on the scene in 2001 with their self-titled debut, an album that produced a pair of Top 40 Mainstream hits: “Crawling in the Dark” and “Running Away.” They followed in 2004 with The Reason, a double-platinum-seller that earned three Grammy nominations, including Best Rock Album, and Song of the Year and Best Pop Performance by a Duo or Group for the title track, an international smash which went to #1 at Modern Rock, Adult Top 40 and Top 40 Mainstream and #2 on the Hot 100. Fornever comes on the heels of 2006′s gold-certified Every Man for Himself, which featured the rock radio hit, “If I Were You.”

Tour dates are as follows:
1/28Hard Rock CaféOrlando , FL *
1/30Williams ParkTampa FL (WSUN radio Show)
1/31Freebird CaféJacksonville, FL (headline show)
2/2Captain Hiram’s Sand BarSebastian , FL (headline show)
2/3Soul KitchenMobile, AL (headline show)
2/4The City ClubHouma, LA (headline show)
2/6Ford ArenaBeaumont , TX *
2/7Concrete St. PavilionCorpus Christi , TX *
2/10Midland Horseshoe ArenaMidland , TX *
2/11Amarillo Civic CtrAmarillo , TX *
2/13Cajun DomeLafayette, LA *
2/14CenturyTel CenterBossier City , LA *
2/17Broadbent ArenaLouisville , KY *
2/18DeltaPlexGrand Rapids , MI *
2/20US Cellular ColiseumBloomington , IL *
2/21Horseshoe CasinoHammond , IN *
2/24Hammerstein BallroomNew York , NY *
2/27Mohegan Sun CasinoUncasville , CT *
3/1Wilcomino Civic CtrSalibury , MD *
3/4Civic ColiseumKnoxville , TN *
* = with 3 Doors Down, Hinder

www.hoobastank.com
www.myspace.com/hoobastank

The Subjects Announce US Tour Dates With Tapes N Tapes And Wild Light New 7″ Single Out On Pretty Activity Records Now

Magnet Magazine: “…remarkably solid…”

Daytrotter: “The line I want to use to describe The Subjects is from the exasperated phone call scene in ‘Back to the Future,’where Marvin Berry – with his bloody, bandaged playing hand – punches in his cousin Chuck’s phone number and says, “You know that new sound you’ve been looking for? Well, listen to this…”

New York Press: “Now it’s just a matter of time before The Subjects, if they play by their own rules, can have all that the Rock Gods promise.”

Gothamist : “They play a unique brand of psych pop-rock, the perfect sonic outcome of a student-teacher collaboration. Thought-rock that you can dance to.”

XLR8R.com : Top 10 Album Picks of the Week – “these young bucks have combined the driving guitars of power pop and the mystique of ‘70s rock for one hell of a unique experience.”

The Onion : “The Subjects’ sound reflects its make-up, with exuberant power-pop full of shambling guitars balanced by slower thoughtfulness.”

Spin : “teenage kicks delivered by actual teenagers: Two recent high school grads bash out joyously hormonal power pop behind a frontman who was recently their teacher. Like School of Rock with more Kinks albums on the syllabus.”

Like many bands, The Subjects met in high school. They shared dreams of loud rooms, cracked amps, and raging, sweaty crowds. Who or what was to hold them back from grasping out, from “living the dream?”Most importantly was that, unlike many bands, two of the members were students and two were teachers. And that the four hanging out in rock bars together was not exactly approved after-school development.

Their debut full-length, with the ease grace precision and cleverness of human beings exhibits just the type of mature songcraft and naïve exuberance that a student-teacher pairing would suggest. “Hounds of War” showcases the band’s ability to combine strong melodies with shifting dynamics and undertones of longing and emotional depth. “Best of Us” shows the band going beyond guitar-bass-drum arrangements, with its dense combination of horns, organs and layered percussion. “Icicles” is built off of a powerful riff and finds the band in a more spontaneous mode, with call-and-response interplay between the instruments. What emerges is a record that moves from well-crafted, high-energy moments to quiet expressions of subtle eloquence. Reckless and insightful, with the ease grace precision and cleverness of human beings is a delicate combination of youth’s wide-eyed optimism and the experience of age.

US Tour Dates
1.24.09 – American University – Washington, DC
1.27.09 – Staples – Buffalo, NY
1.28.09 – BrilloBox – Pittsburgh, PA
1.29.09 – Cinemat – Bloomington, IN
1.30.09 – Cicero’s – St Louis, MO
1.31.09 – Heart of Gold – Chicago, IL
2.24.09 – The Paradise – Boston, MA *
2.25.09 – Bowery Ballroom – New York, NY *
2.26.09 – Music Hall of Williamsburg – Brooklyn, NY *
2.27.09 – Rock & Roll Hotel – Washington, DC *
2.28.09 – Johnny Brendas – Philadelphia, PA *
3.18.09 – SXSW (plus southern dates)
* With Tapes n Tapes and Wild Light

HOOBASTANK’S NEW ALBUM FORNEVER IN STORES JANUARY 27 INCLUDES MUSIC VIDEO EXPERIENCE WITH GROUNDBREAKING “MY TURN” CLIP

Hoobastank Fornever cover

Hoobastank’s highly anticipated new album Fornever (Island Records),arrives in stores on January 27th. The band will celebrate the album’s release with a January 27th performance on “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno.” On Monday, January 26th, the band will host KROQ’s “Loveline” with Dr. Drew and Stryker during a two-hour segment featuring and talking about the new album.

Produced by longtime collaborator Howard Benson, Fornever sees a rejuvenated Hoobastank (lead vocalist/rhythm guitarist Doug Robb, guitarist Dan Estrin and drummer Chris Hesse) returning to the amped rock roots of their first two releases—2001’s platinum-plus-selling self-titled debut and 2003’s double platinum-plus-selling follow-up, The Reason.

Along with their record release, more than two decades after the music video explosion of the early 1980s, triple Grammy nominees Hoobastank are taking the medium to the next level with their groundbreaking “My Turn” video. Helmed by Grammy nominated director P.R. Brown (Goo Goo Dolls, Matisyahu, Slipknot) and programmed by Daniel Kim from Deep Fried Productions—www.deepfriedproductions.com (Gwen Stefani, Nine Inch Nails, M.I.A.), the innovative “My Turn” music video is interactive, allowing viewers to control the on-screen action.

Designed to be viewed online the eye-popping video has the look and feel of a video game, complete with different characters and varying scenarios. Wearing different costumes and swapping instruments, each member of Hoobastank (lead vocalist/rhythm guitarist Doug Robb, guitarist Dan Estrin and drummer Chris Hesse) performed and was shot individually against a green screen. Together with a gaggle of guests (bikini models, senior citizens, Robb’s mother and father-in-law, among others), the band created a video that’s truly unique—one that offers fans a new experience with each viewing. The video can be seen at www.myturn.hoobastank.com

“This is a new direction for music videos,” says director P.R. Brown. “I think we’re witnessing only the beginning of what will surely be a new form of technology that brings fans closer to the music.”

A made-for-television version of the video premiered January 9th on AOL’s Music Page and quickly went into rotation on MTV2, MTVu and MTV Hits.

“You’ll have the option to create any version of it that you want,” says Robb. “You can have Chris sing while I play guitar in drag with an old lady on drums. And you can keep switching it up as the video goes along. Create an all Dan band. An all dog band. Whatever you want. The options are endless. It’s very cool and I think that the fans are gonna have fun with it.”

The Subjects Announce US Tour Dates With Tapes N Tapes And Wild Light New 7″ Single Out On Pretty Activity Records Now

The Subjects Announce US Tour Dates With Tapes N Tapes And Wild Light
New 7″ Single Out On Pretty Activity Records Now

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Press

Magnet Magazine: “…remarkably solid…”

Daytrotter: “The line I want to use to describe The Subjects is from the exasperated phone call scene in ‘Back to the Future,’where Marvin Berry – with his bloody, bandaged playing hand – punches in his cousin Chuck’s phone number and says, “You know that new sound you’ve been looking for? Well, listen to this…”

New York Press: “Now it’s just a matter of time before The Subjects, if they play by their own rules, can have all that the Rock Gods promise.”

Gothamist : “They play a unique brand of psych pop-rock, the perfect sonic outcome of a student-teacher collaboration. Thought-rock that you can dance to.”

XLR8R.com : Top 10 Album Picks of the Week – “these young bucks have combined the driving guitars of power pop and the mystique of ‘70s rock for one hell of a unique experience.”

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The Walkmen Play Conan O’Brien

The Walkmen Play Conan O’Brien This Monday January 26th
Make 25 Top Year End Lists Including NPR & Pitchfork Media
On West Coast Tour Now / You and Me Out Now On Gigantic Music

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Click Here to View NPR World Café Top 10 List

Click Here To View The Walkmen on Juan’s Basement Top 10 Pitchfork Media Performance

Click Here To View “In The New Year” Video

Pitchfork Media (Best New Music/8.5) : “This is the sound they’ve reached for since the very beginning, and they’ve never played it as gracefully or confidently as they do here”
http://www.pitchforkmedia.com/article/record_review/142903-the-walkmen-you

NPR All Songs Considered Previews “If Only It Were True” : http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=9369

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Cut Off Your Hands Announce 2009 North American Spring Tour

Cut Off Your Hands Announce 2009 North American Spring Tour With Ra Ra Riot
Release First Single “Turn Cold” From Debut LP
You And I Out This Week On Frenchkiss Records

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Pitchfork Media Premieres “Turn Cold”:
http://www.pitchforkmedia.com/article/download/147919-new-music-cut-off-your-hands-turn-cold-mp3-stream

http://www.frenchkissrecords.com/coyh_ecard/

“Power-pop ooh-lahs, hip-rocking post-punk backbeats, and sleek guitar fingerings.” Spin Magazine

“Swirling, elegiac punk.” Dazed & Confused Magazine UK

“Honestly, what’s not to love? ” NME

“Swooooon” Vice Magazine

After debuting on Speak n Spell Records in 2006 with the bristling Shaky Hands EP, Cut Off Your Hands quickly set stages and airwaves on fire across Australia and beyond. And with steady attention to touring and the production of melodic, musical gems their avid fan base and the cavalcade of media hyperbole has only continued to grow.

With their nationwide billing on 2007’s Laneway Festival and jaunts to Los Angeles, SXSW and New York really getting the ball rolling, it was, tellingly, the band’s first visit to London that would prove their watershed moment.Having been bewitched by the band in Texas, the lovesick indie-maven Steve Lamacq (hosting John Peel’s old show on BBC6) wasted no time in pulling them into his Maida Vale studios for a live performance when he knew they were in town. All of a sudden the boys from the antipodes were a bright pin punched on the British musical ‘map’, and as a consequence, their remaining shows were rammed full of hungry industry folk.

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Announcement: Taylor Hicks

TAYLOR HICKS GOES “THE DISTANCE”

Highly Anticipated New Studio Album to be Released March 10
Following First Single, “What’s Right Is Right,” digitally on January 27

Los Angeles, CA (January 21, 2009) – Platinum-selling singer/songwriter Taylor Hicks will thrill longtime fans, and inspire new audiences, with the release of his anticipated new studio album, The Distance, on March 10. The album will be released on Hicks’ Modern Whomp Records label and distributed through a partnership with independent artist services company Artist To Market (A2M). Debuting January 27 digitally is the first single “What’s Right Is Right,” a mid-tempo song about love and commitment, driven by funky keyboards and sax work.

Produced by Simon Climie (Eric Clapton, Carlos Santana, Faith Hill), and tapping the talents of guitarist Doyle Bramhall II, bassist Nathan East and drummer Abe Laboriel Jr., The Distance includes eleven tracks, some co-written by Hicks: “Wedding Day Blues,” “Seven Mile Breakdown,” “What’s Right is Right,” “Woman’s Gotta Have It,” “New Found Freedom,” “The Distance,” “Nineteen,” “I Live on a Battlefield,” “Maybe You Should,” “Once Upon a Lover of Mine,” and “Keepin’ It Real.”

Since becoming Season 5 winner of “American Idol,” Taylor Hicks has seen his self-titled debut album certified platinum, performed with Willie Nelson, Widespread Panic, The Allman Brothers and Jackson Browne, toured through Asia, penned the Random House memoir Heart Full of Soul, and made his Broadway debut as Teen Angel in Grease. At the beginning of 2009 Taylor has embarked on a national US tour with Grease with stops in Chicago, Minneapolis, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Portland and Seattle.

For more information on Taylor Hicks please visit www.taylorhicks.com.

Asobi Seksu Announce US 2009 Spring Tour

Asobi Seksu Announce US 2009 Spring Tour
Release Debut Single “Familiar Light” From Upcoming Latest And Greatest LP
Hush Out Feb 17th On Polyvinyl Records

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 European & US 2009 Dates

Feb 08 Southampton, UK @ The Talking Heads
Feb 09 London, UK @ Islington Academy (NME Awards w/Howling Bells)
Feb 10 Manchester, UK @ Roadhouse
Feb 11 Dublin, IE @ Crawdaddy
Feb 13 Belfast, UK @ Speakeasy
Feb 14 Glasgow, UK @ ABC2
Feb 15 Newcastle, UK @ The Cluny
Feb 16 Leeds, UK @ Faversham
Feb 18 Birmingham, UK @ Barfly (Dragon)
Feb 19 London, UK @ ICA
Feb 20 Amsterdam, NL @ Paradiso
Feb 21 Paris, FR @ Fleche d’Or
Feb 22 Brussels, BE @ Rotonde
Feb 24 Muenster, DE @ Gleiss 22
Feb 25 Berlin, DE @ Magnet
Mar 02 Montreal, QC @ La Sala Rossa
Mar 03 Toronto, ON @ El Mocambo
Mar 04 Pontiac, MI @ The Pike Room at Crofoot Ballroom
Mar 05 Chicago, IL @ Empty Bottle
Mar 06 Bloomington, IL @ Illinois Wesleyan U.-Young
Mar 07 Minneapolis, MN @ 7th Street Entry
Mar 10 Seattle, WA @ Chop Suey
Mar 11 Portland, OR @ Doug Fir Lounge
Mar 13 San Francisco, CA @ The Independent
Mar 14 Los Angeles, CA @ Troubador
Mar 15 San Diego, CA @ The Casbah
Mar 19 Austin, TX @ SXSW
Mar 20 Austin, TX @ SXSW
Mar 21 Austin, TX @ SXSW
Mar 22 Denton, TX @ Rubber Gloves
Mar 23 Baton Rouge, LA @ Spanish Moon
Mar 24 Memphis, TN @ Young Avenue Deli
Mar 25 Atlanta, GA @ Eyedrum
Mar 26 Chapel HIll, NC @ Local 506
Mar 28 Washington, DC @ Rock and Roll Hotel
Mar 29 Philadelphia, PA @ Johnny Brenda’s
Apr 02 New York, NY @ Bowery Ballroom

While Asobi Seksu’s creative core explored music at an early age (lead vocalist/keyboardist Yuki Chikudate got standing ovations at child prodigy recitals when she was just 8; guitarist/vocalist James Hanna bounced between sludgy hardcore and Mogwai-schooled post-rock in his teens), their potential ‘career’ wasn’t put into perspective until a stint at the Manhattan School of Music. And by put into perspective, we mean finding out what they didn’t want to do.

“It was good to have something musical to do all day, since most of my bands were like, ‘Yeah, maybe we’ll practice on Saturday or something,’” explains Hanna. “Playing someone else’s music all the time seemed robotic after a while, though.”

“It was a miracle I graduated at all,” adds Yuki. “I love playing the piano, but three hours of it—breaking it down, measure by measure, note by note—makes my mind go numb.”

Soon after escaping the joyless world of sheet music and classical composition, Hanna began tackling dreamy-but-disorienting soundscapes for the first time. He quickly shifted his focus from singing to starry-eyed chords, however, with Yuki falling into the frontwoman position without missing a beat. The problem was trying to be an actual band, as in a fully functioning quartet that tours and records together. Asobi Seksu 1.0 lasted between 2004′s self-titled, learn-as-we-go-along debut and the spring of 2005. Hanna and Chikudate gave it a go with another bassist and drummer for their critically-acclaimed breakthrough, 2006′s Citrus LP, but it didn’t take long to realize that lineup was doomed as well.

Which leads us to the frustration that fueled the making of Hush, the group’s third LP and Polyvinyl debut. As Hanna admits, Asobi Seksu “was starting to get somewhere” post-Citrus, but they couldn’t ride a cresting wave of hype after a debilitating cycle of touring and personnel changes.

“Hush was written while we felt destroyed,” explains Hanna, quite simply. Which is funny, because the entire record has a phoenix rising vibe to it—a clear sense of shimmering, dew-draped riffs and spiral staircase melodies that are occasionally blurred by bits of guitar violence and sputtering drums (see the firework finale climax of “Me & Mary” and the liftoff portions of “Sing Tomorrows Praise” and “Glacially”).

“We knew we didn’t want to do 7,000 reverb guitars this time,” says Hanna, “So we stripped the sound down and built it back up from there.”

Another thing Asobi Seksu’s avoided is sheer shoegaze-pop revivalism. While they listen to a lot of into-the-ether music—hence their tickets to both of My Bloody Valentine’s reunion gigs—Hanna and Chikudate are too obsessed with the expansive possibilities of sound to explore one well-treaded path.

“Every shoegaze song is the same rhythmically,” says Hanna, explaining that he’d be terribly bored if he followed that template.

“Their parts don’t propel into other parts,” adds Chikudate. “Us, we meander a little more, so it’s not just one big wall of noise.”

Wall of noise? “Layers,” for one, is downright gorgeous, suggesting an afternoon spent in a gently-shaken snow globe. And then there are the clusters of ambient Eno effects that close Hush’s Technicolor curtain. That’s what happens when you learn how to use space and dynamics to your advantage, skirting what some might refer to as “Kevin Shields syndrome.”

“I’ve realized that while something might sound awesome in my head,” explains Hanna, “Adding 50 layers to it might make it sound like shit because you lose a lot of the details. Some parts have only one guitar this time.

He pauses and adds with a smile, “We agonized over that guitar, though.”

Cut Off Your Hands Announce 2009 North American Spring Tour

Cut Off Your Hands Announce 2009 North American Spring Tour With Ra Ra Riot
Release First Single “Turn Cold” From Debut LP
You And I Out This Week On Frenchkiss Records

cutoffyourhands

“Power-pop ooh-lahs, hip-rocking post-punk backbeats, and sleek guitar fingerings.” Spin Magazine

“Swirling, elegiac punk.” Dazed & Confused Magazine UK

“Honestly, what’s not to love? ” NME

“Swooooon”  Vice Magazine

After debuting on Speak n Spell Records in 2006 with the bristling Shaky Hands EP, Cut Off Your Hands quickly set stages and airwaves on fire across Australia and beyond. And with steady attention to touring and the production of melodic, musical gems their avid fan base and the cavalcade of media hyperbole has only continued to grow.

With their nationwide billing on 2007’s Laneway Festival and jaunts to Los Angeles, SXSW and New York really getting the ball rolling, it was, tellingly, the band’s first visit to London that would prove their watershed moment.Having been bewitched by the band in Texas, the lovesick indie-maven Steve Lamacq (hosting John Peel’s old show on BBC6) wasted no time in pulling them into his Maida Vale studios for a live performance when he knew they were in town. All of a sudden the boys from the antipodes were a bright pin punched on the British musical ‘map’, and as a consequence, their remaining shows were rammed full of hungry industry folk.

It was also while in London that the group, through various channels and the snowballing momentum, found themselves working with ex-Suede guitarist and Producer de jour, Bernard Butler, for the first time. Their second EP, Blue on Blue, being the fruit of their labours. While the recording’s lead tracks, ‘Still Fond’ and ‘Oh Girl’, settled quickly into the higher echelon of the radio charts at home, things continued to move for the band abroad. For the release of their debut English 7” – the double a-side Still Fond/Closed Eyes – through vinyl-ists Fandango was followed almost overnight by the inking of a deal with 679 Recordings (home to The Streets, Mystery Jets and Death From Above 1979).

Through the heady rush of record deals, single releases and the imminent debut LP however, the group’s dedication to their first love, the live arena, never waned. Incessantly in the van, Cut Off Your Hands forged solid friendships with fans and bands alike through UK tours with the whip-smart Foals, the legendary Edwyn Collins and Florida’s Black Kids – not to mention shows with The Duke Spirit and Les Savy Fav. All this while also treading the festival circuit, playing eight shows in just three days at last year’s CMJ festival in New York before winging their way to Iceland’s epic Airwaves festival and a return to Australia to play Falls Festival and the full Australasian tour of Big Day Out – alongside Bjork, Dizzee Rascal and LCD Soundsystem.

Now based in the dynamic environs of Hackney, London, the band have finished juggling life on the road with life in the studio, (for now) having put the final coat on their debut LP ‘You and I’, with Butler once again at the helm. With such an amazing album waiting in the wings, Cut Off Your Hands couldn’t be set in a better position to win over the World’s hearts.

Right. That’s about enough of the press spiel…let’s hear what Nick Johnston – Cut Off Your Hands’ Iggy-like, whirling dervish of a front-man – has to say about Bernard, recording and the record…

“For the album we all felt Bernard was the best for our band. He just seems to understand us as a group more than most. He’s very hands-on with the pre-production, with a clear vision for how each instrument has a part to play in bringing the best out of a song.

For the first time I’ve written songs with the studio in mind, as opposed to writing for our live show. Once again, this has been just treating each song in the way that best suits the song. Bernard’s really adamant in pushing to treat each song on its merits. Some songs worked straight away, whilst others came together slowly, only sounding amazing once we put all the vocals and overdubs on.

There’s a whole lot more instrumentation on the record this time as well. BB was really keen to make a record which had points of difference to separate us from the droves of British guitar bands around right now. And we’ve taken a few more risks than usual. Bernard has taken us (as players) out of our comfort zones, deconstructing the way we think. But it’s a good, healthy thing – risk taking- because when it works out you progress. I feel that the new songs are definitely an organic progression. In that the songs from the EP Blue On Blue were completely melody based, but all fairly similar. They were bouncy and energetic. Hopefully we’ve made a LP which listens in a far more dynamic sense than the two previous EP’s.

Our pop sensibility has come lately. (While writing the record) I was listening to a lot of doo-wop – in particular Phil Spector produced groups like the Ronnettes, and the Crystals – and I’ve been obsessed with how melodically centred those old songs are. It’s what makes them still relevant and exciting to someone like me, a 23 year old, 50 years later. I also began seriously taking an interest in 1950′s artists such as Roy Orbison, Ritchie Valens and Elvis. I found that I was no longer that interested in weird sounds, or noisy groups, all I wanted to hear and recreate were beautiful vocal melodies that are calculated but appear so effortless.

We feel we’ve really matured as songwriters quite a bit since the last release, and we think that maturity is demonstrated in the depth of this record. I’m happy that Bernard has been so eager to take risks with our music, and has aimed to make a record we’ll still be listening to in years to come.”

North American Dates

 

2/21 – Richard’s on Richards w/Ra Ra Riot & Telekinesis – Vancouver BC

2/22 – Lucky Bear w/Ra Ra Riot – Victoria BC

2/24 – Doug Fir Lounge w/Ra Ra Riot & Telekinesis – Portland OR

2/25 – Neumo’s Crystal  Ball Reading w/Ra Ra Riot & Telekinesis – Seattle WA

2/27 – The Independent w/Ra Ra Riot & Telekinesis – San Francisco CA

2/28 – El Rey Theatre w/Ra Ra Riot & Telekinesis – Los Angeles CA

3/1 – The Loft-UCSD w/Ra Ra Riot & Telekinesis – La Jolla CA

3/2 – Detroit Bar w/Ra Ra Riot & Telekinesis – Costa Mesa CA

3/7 – Kilby Court w/Future Cop & Theophilus – Salt Lake City UT

3/15 – Firebird w/Headlights, Pomegranates & Gentlemen Auction House – St Louis MO

3/16 – Conservatory w/El Paso Hot Button – Oklahoma City OK

3/24 – The Cinemat w/Passion Pit & Ra Ra Riot – Bloomington IN

3/25 – Musica w/Passion Pit & Ra Ra Riot – Akron OH

3/26 – Blind Pig w/Passion Pit & Ra Ra Riot – Ann Arbor MI

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cutoffyourhandsblog.blogspot.com
 www.frenchkissrecords.com

COMPANY OF THIEVES ORDINARY RICHES TO DEBUT AT NUMBER 5 ON BILLBOARD HEATSEEKERS CHART

COMPANY OF THIEVES ORDINARY RICHES TO DEBUT AT NUMBER 5 ON BILLBOARD HEATSEEKERS CHART VIA DIGITAL SALES – PHYSICAL RELEASE SET FOR FEBRUARY 24
BAND CONFIRMED TO TOUR U.S WITH LABELMATES THRIVING IVORY
APPEARANCE CONFIRMED ON LAST CALL WITH CARSON DALY JANUARY 21 (AIRING EARLY AM 1/22)
LIVE FROM DARYL’S HOUSE GOES LIVE TONIGHT

company of thieves ordinary riches cover

New York, NY — Company of Thieves will enjoy a Top 5 debut on Billboard’s Heatseekers chart via digital sales only, largely due to iTunes strong support in choosing the track “Oscar Wilde” as a Discovery Download.  The physical release of Ordinary Riches is due at retail on February 24, 2009.  The band will join label-mates Thriving Ivory on a national tour beginning on February 2 in Orlando , FL.  Confirmed dates are below.

 

Company of Thieves will appear on Last Call with Carson Daly the evening of January 21 (airing early a.m. January 22).  Additionally, Genevieve Schatz (vocals) and Marc Walloch (guitar) join Daryl Hall and his band on the critically acclaimed internet series “Live from Daryl’s House” premiering TONIGHT at 8:00 E.S.T..  This program will be live for one month and available for streaming via www.livefromdarylshouse.com.

 

The upcoming itinerary is as follows:

 

2/2/2009          Mon          Backbooth                                         Orlando, FL                      

 

2/3/2009          Tue           Common Grounds                              Gainesville, FL                   

 

2/5/2009          Thu           Soul Kitchen                                       Mobile, AL                        

 

2/6/2009          Fri            Jack Rabbits                                      Jacksonville, FL                 

 

2/9/2009          Mon          Vinyl    300                                        Atlanta, GA                      

 

2/11/2009         Wed          Mad Hatter                                      Covington,KY               

 

2/14/2009         Sat           The Majestic Theatre                       Madison, WI                      

 

2/16/2009         Mon          Varsity Theater – Minneapolis        Minneapolis, MN                 

 

2/17/2009         Tue           Revolutions Ballroom                      Neenah, WI                      

 

2/19/2009         Thu           Double Door                                    Chicago, IL                       

 

2/22/2009         Sun          Paradise Lounge                               Boston, MA                      

 

2/23/2009         Mon          Bowery Ballroom                             New York,  NY                  

 

2/25/2009         Wed          Tinks   800                                       Scranton, PA               

 

2/26/2009         Thu           Theatre of Living Arts                      Philadelphia, PA                 

 

2/27/2009         Fri            Chameleon                                        Lancaster,  PA                  

 

2/28/2009         Sat           IOTA Café                                         Arlington, VA                   

 

3/1/2009          Sun          Local 506                                           Chapel Hill, NC                    

 

3/3/2009          Tue           Neighborhood Theater                     Charlotte, NC                    

 

3/15/2009         Sun          Launchpad                                        Albuquerque, NM               

 

3/18/2009         Wed          Murray Theater                               Murray, UT                       

 

3/20/2009         Fri            Martini Ranch                                   Scottsdale, AZ             

 

MORE DATES TO BE ANNOUNCED SHORTLY

www.companyofthieves.net

 

www.myspace.com/companyofthieves

 

www.imeem.com/companyofthieves

 

 

 

 

Here We Go Magic Announce More Dates W/ Department Of Eagles Self-Titled Debut To Be Released On Western Vinyl February 24th

Click Here To Listen To “Tunnelvision”

US Tour Dates
01/16 New York, NY Le Poisson Rouge (LUKE TEMPLE SOLO)
01/17 Philadelphia, PA Johnny Brenda’s*
01/18 Cambridge, MA The Brattle Theatre*
01/19 New York, NY Bowery Ballroom*
02/15 Brooklyn, NY Southpaw
03/03 New York, NY Le Poisson Rouge w/ Callers and Cary Brothers
03/07 Washington, DC The Red and The Black**
03/09 Pittsburgh, PA garfield artworks**
03/10 Newport, KY southgate house**
03/11 Indianapolis, IN MOKB Laundromatinee Session
03/11 Bloomington, IN Cinemat**
03/12 St. Louis, MO  Off Broadway**
03/13 Chicago, IL Beat Kitchen**
03/14 Rock Island, IL Daytrotter Presents**
03/17 Dallas, TX Mountain House**
03/22 New Orleans, LA One Eyed Jacks
* w/ Department of Eagles
** w/ Callers

To date, Luke Temple has been unconfined by genre. His full-length debut Hold a Match for a Gasoline World presented heartfelt folk tunes and expansive pop numbers filtered through a unique outsider perspective. Last year’s follow-up Snowbeast was an avant statement full of interwoven light and dark imagery recorded entirely in his Brooklyn bedroom.

Developed over a two-month period of stream-of-consciousness recording in Greenpoint, Brooklyn, Luke’s self-titled debut under his new moniker Here We Go Magic is a remarkable departure from his signature singer-songwriter material.  Luke recorded the album at home using analog synths, a cassette 4-track, and his trusty SM-57 mic, coloring the sound with warmth and creating textures you want to wrap yourself in.

The album opens with the trance-inducing polyrhythms and gorgeous multi-layered vocals of “Only Pieces. “  What follows is an album oozing with sounds maternal and subconscious…like floating in amniotic fluid, ripe, hiccup-y and desperate to emerge. Many of the songs pulse with infectious afro-beat and kraut-rock influenced grooves, calling to mind classic albums like Remain in Light and Graceland.  In contrast, the instrumental tracks conjure mystical introspective landscapes reminiscent of Popol Vuh’s unforgettable ambiance.

Despite the album’s murky aquatic underpinnings it’s hard to resist shakin what you got to ebullient blissed-out tracks like “Fangala” and “Tunnelvision.” The album closes with “Everything’s Big”, a bleak commentary on weakness and fear birthed of opulence and gluttony.  Luke’s fragile tenor delivers this absurd carnival waltz with the fervor and abandon of a teetotaler under the influence, never breaking the spell of the album’s mood of rejuvenation and release.

Luke is joined by fellow Brooklynites Baptiste Ibar (bass) and Peter Hale (drums) for Here We Go Magic’s psychoactive live incarnation.

Tracklisting
Only Pieces
Fangala
Ahab
Tunnelvision
Ghost List
I Just Want To See You Underwater
Babyohbabyijustcantstanditanymore
Nat’s Alien
Everything’s Big

Kenneth Pattengale single “Freckles” from his forthcoming Milan Records release Storied Places

Don’t miss Kenneth on 1/31/2009 at El Cid in Los Angeles
More Shows to come!
Watch Freckles Here


Kenneth Pattengale works outside-or at least on the fringes-of what the music industry might traditionally call its own. Overthe last eight years, Pattengale has taken inspiration from the career paths of artists like Randy Newman, Elvis Costello and personal hero Joe Henry byexploring what it means to wear the differing hats of film composer, recordproducer and performing songwriter.

The music calledinto question is hard to classify.It runs the gamut from swamp musicto rhythm & blues, lullaby to country & western, folk song to pianoballad and beyond. The songs take direction from the stories they tell, notnecessarily held together by a clear musical style but by the authenticitywith which the stories are told.Along with the artists thatPattengale looks towards for career inspiration, he hopes to follow TomWaits, Gillian Welch, Chris Smither and Loudon Wainwright in their abilityto conjure a unique American voice by transforming emotional experience intonarrative.

Beginning with Downtown LA in 2001,Pattengale has independently released five full-length albums of original material.He has just finished recording a new collection of materialentitled Storied Places, the first to see a departure fromPattengale’s own label Four Six Productions.The record is tobe released on January 27, 2009 by Milan Records (Ryko/WEAdistributed).

Pattengale spent 12 weeks at the beginning of2007 writing and recording what would become the score for the Germananimated film Die Drei Rauber, which was produced by Tom Tykwer’sproduction company X-Filme.Shortly after, he started to perform hisown material for live audiences in Los Angeles. “I hadn’t played live foralmost four years.I was always scared of not having enough controlover the performance environment, or lacking the textures only available inthe studio.In many ways, working on the film-being collaborative innature-forced a re-evaluation.It made me yearn to make a connectionwith people beyond what the recordings alone have to offer.”Hecontinues to perform live sets of original material often in his native Los Angeles.

In addition to countless short films, two features and five albums, Pattengale has produced records for a varied group of artists,from hardcore sensation From First to Last for major labelInterscope to rootsy Americana newcomers Matt Taylor and his Laurels forPattengale’s own indie imprint.It’s the balance between the threearenas Pattengale works within that drives his career.He explains,”Upon seeking advice from a hero of mine, I was urged to simply do the workthat lay in front of me.I’ve found a tremendous personal and emotional success in following that advice-putting myself in situations thatreward a hard work ethic and a healthy imagination but, above all, acommitment to honesty in your work.”

Pattengale is, as he putsit, a “ripe but withered twenty-six years old,” holds a bachelor’s degree inhistory from the University of Southern California and “fights [himself] forelbow room among stacks of books, scraps, instruments & computers” inLos Angeles, California.

Tracklisting: Kenneth Pattengale – Storied Places
1. Charlie
2. Freckles
3. Dig ThisHole
4. On the Mend
5. Girls, Gather ‘Round
6. Memoirs of an OwnedDog
7. Sad, Sad, Story
8. July 24
9. Desert
10. Momma
11.Close Your Eyes
12. Last One to Know
13.Effie

www.milanrecords.com
www.kennethpattengale.com
www.foursix.net
www.myspace.com/kennethpattengale

Indie collective Terror Pigeon Dance Revolt Play Death By Audio on 1.28

If you have yet to see this never-ending romp of a dance party; looped pianos and saxes race on top of crappy synths and ill beats, and like twenty vocal takes are mixed in there somewhere, don’t miss out!

Who are Terror Pigeon Dance Revolt?

In the summer of 2005 Neil Fridd got caught in a deadly lightning storm. Looking up to the heavens, Neil pleaded with St. Anna for his life. If she were to spare him, he promised, he would make the best band ever. Three years later, Neil is a) alive and b) the best band ever. The Terror Pigeon Dance Revolt is a never ending romp of a dance party; looped pianos and saxes race on top of crappy synths and ill beats, and like twenty vocal takes (like seriously rivaling broken social scene status) are mixed in there somewhere. With the exception of the occasional dramatic detour, (fighting John Wilkes Booth, breaking Santa out of Jail) subject matter is all real life experience. This, aside from their uncanny ability to be “John Wilkes Booth proof,” is what makes TPDR so special: these are severely catchy, dancey pop songs that actually have lyrical content. These are songs about friends, romance and everything else that rules in life, presented in a comic, yet somehow deathly serious, way. These are songs that simultaneously make you feel something in your heart and in your feet, songs that you haven’t heard in almost a month, but for some reason woke up with stuck in your head this morning.

Live, TPDR becomes a whole new beast altogether. Neil is relentless, running through crowds, scaling things, doing acrobatics, all this while wearing a giant Ultimate Protection Suit, that is, 100   stuffed animals sewn to a jumpsuit, turning him into some kind of childhood head of the bed gone wrong. His instrument: lights. While singing and dancing Neil’s hard at work orchestrating an elaborate light show. Old lamps, giant inflatable storks and cats turn on and off. Strobes, disco balls and every other kitschy item any college student has ever had in their dorm ever that flash: think Daft Punk with a $16 budget. Meanwhile, the Grrrrl Police, an elite force of enthusiastic singers and dancers (the same blessed souls who lend their voices to TPDR recordings) parade around dressed as giant pizzas, Christmas trees, houses and every other thing that might make humans feel warm. Together, Neil, the Grrrrl Police and the audience create something rare and spectacular: a really, actually, genuinely fun concert. There is no such thing as not singing, there is no such thing as not dancing, those things exist in a world where there is such a thing as “cool” and “not cool.” This is the Terror Pigeon’s world: there is only “awesome.”

Jeremy Jay To Release Sophomore LP Slow Dance Out March 24th On K Records

Jeremy Jay is a mixture of a storyteller, artist and singer. Following a series of 7″ singles, he released his debut LP, A Place Where We Could Go on K in Spring 2008 to rave reviews. Currently, he splits his time between living in Paris and Los Angeles, the dream cities of the French New Wave and Hollywood. Similar to films, Jeremy identifies with the visual stories of life and love, and touches on everything human; he is always in the process of writing and recording, playing the guitar and taking long walks. Jeremy is getting acquainted to living in Paris, but still draws much of his inspiration from the films of iconic American teen auteur John Hughes.

With his new single “Love Everlasting” and full-length Slow Dance (both released by K), Jeremy has created his own brand of urgent pop music that fits perfect in the house parties and punk rock clubs that he prefers to play. In 2009 Jeremy will be touring Europe, the USA, Australia, New Zealand and the UK.

European Tour
2/14 – King George – Koln
2/15 – Cactus w/ Deerhunter – Bruges
2/16 – Botanique w/ Deerhunter – Brussels
2/17 – Rote Fabrick, Ziegel Oh Lac w/ Deerhunter – Zurich
2/19 – Point Ephemere – Paris
2/20 – Route Du Rock Festival – Saint Malo
2/21 – CCCB Museum – Barcelona
2/22 – Salon Teatro – Galacia
2/25 – Moby Dick – Madrid
2/26 – Malandar Club – Seville
2/28 – La Lata De Bombillas – Zaragoza
3/2 – Tago Mago – Marina Di Massa
3/5 – Arena – Vienna
3/6 – Club 007 Strahov w/ Botanica – Prague

Click Here To Listen To New 12″ “Love Everlasting”
www.myspace.com/jeremyjay
www.krecs.com

Update: Fan Found Dead Outside Paul Abdul’s LA Home

Paula Abdul

You all remember Paula Goodspeed who was found dead inside her car outside of Paula Abdul’s home in LA last November. Well the official cause of death is in. Cornor says Goodspeed commited suicide by ingesting perscription drugs. The specifics of what Goodspeed used has yet to be released.

The Devil’s Run at the Viper Room in Hollywood

Run Devil Run
The Viper Room – West Hollywood, CA
1/18/2009

Jeremy- Vocals
Domo- Guitar
Randy- Keyboard and Backing Vocals
Sally- Bass
Dave- Drums

Run Devil Run The Viper Room - West Hollywood, CA 1/18/2009

We have a few pictures up form Run Devil Run on Sunday at a very packed Viper Room. I was not there but the word was passed to me via Greg Lucker that the show was nothing but awesome.
Greg caught up with Jeremy after the show and talked about the upcoming EP RDR will be releasing in the near future. Keep your ears and eyes peeled for the EP. The release will most likely fall in conjunction with a show at the ever so loving Roxy in LA.

We will keep you posted!
Photos of Run Devil Run a the Viper Room:

My Morning Jacket releases exclusive iTunes “Live from Las Vegas at the Palms” EP

Rockers join releases by Gavin Rossdale, Death Cab for Cutie and The Bird and the Bee as a four-part series recorded inside Studio at the Palms

LAS VEGAS – January 14, 2009 – Fans regaled this week when indie rock band My Morning Jacket released (January 13), exclusively on iTunes, live tracks recorded last year inside Studio at the Palms – the Palms Casino Resort’s state-of-the-art recording studio. The release is part of the iTunes’ “Live from Las Vegas at the Palms” series which finds today’s most influential artists performing live throughout the celebrated resort.

“We’re excited to bring a piece of Studio at the Palms to fans across the world with these releases – not many people get to experience the studio on this level. It’s like eavesdropping on your favorite artist during their recording session,” said Palms Owner George Maloof.

Previous exclusive iTunes releases found artists such as John Legend, Hinder and Wolfmother performing live in The Pearl Concert Theater, The Lounge and other areas of the resort. The newest series finds rocker Gavin Rossdale, indie rockers Death Cab for Cutie and electro-pop indie duo The Bird and the Bee jamming live inside Studio at the Palms. These exclusive tracks are available at www.itunes.com.

Studio at the Palms is responsible for some of the biggest hits in the music industry since opening its doors to artists more than three years ago. Releases including Maroon 5′s It Won’t Be Soon Before Long, LL Cool J’s hit single “Baby,” Panic at the Disco’s Pretty. Odd., Britney Spears’ Blackout and Celine Dion’s Taking Chances have all been produced in some capacity at Studio at the Palms in the past year.

Additionally during this time, producer and writing duo Tricky Stewart and The Dream have spent countless hours calling the studio home while working on recordings for Mariah Carey (“Touch My Body”), Mary J. Blige (Growing Pains), The Dream’s own album Love/Hate, Usher (“Moving Mountains”), Gym Class Heroes (“Cookie Jar”) and countless others. By the close of the first quarter of 2009, more studio releases from the duo will include Ciara’s highly anticipated new release, singles from Beyonce, The Dream’s sophomore studio album and other recordings from Jamie Foxx, Lionel Richie and others.

For information on the recording studio, please visit www.palms.com.

Joaquin Phoenix Turn Rapper?

joaquin phoenix

Actor Joaquin Phoenix says bye bye to Hollywood with the phrase “Bye! Good” scribbled on his knuckles to pursue a music career. Phoenix hopes to make a name for himself in hip-hop. Yep you heard right! The man who brought Johnny Cash to life on the big screen will attempt to become the next Eminem. Phoenix performed his first hip-hop show at a club in Vegas which you can watch over here. The show was filmed by Phoenix’s To Die For co-star, actor Casey Affleck. Ben’s brother will turn Phoenix’s pursuit to become a hip-hop star into a feature-length documentary. AND supposedly none other than Diddy himself will be producing the album!

This has to be a big joke! Are we all being punk’d? Where’s Ashton! Joaquin is looking like a Jim Morrison wannabe lately & during the gig he was mumbling, grumbling, stumbleing his way through his act. Phoenix was so out of it he fell right off of the stage after his babble. And Puffy, really!? Mr. Mo’Money? Ha, I don’t think so! I guess we will just have to wait and see how far this goes.

The Cost of the Obama Inauguration: It Hurts!

The Fray had a pre-inauguration gig in Washington and finding a hotel wasn’t one of the problems. The problem was actually being able to afford it! Hotel rooms are going for $1,000 a night easily and they want to sell customer packages that could range from $10,000 a night. OUCH!

What did the Fray do? They decided they are going to sleep in their bus. Now that’s rock and roll!

Passion Pit play Schubas in CHICAGO on 1.27 / “Sleepyhead” Makes Pitchfork Media’s Top 40 Year End Video List

Passion Pit Announce 2009 Winter Tour
“Sleepyhead” Makes Pitchfork Media’s
Top 40 Year End Video List


Passion Pit play Schubas Tavern in CHICAGO on 1.27


Click Here To See Pitchfork Name “Sleepyhead” In The Top 40 Videos Of 2008

Chunk Of Change EP Out Now On Frenchkiss Records

Click Here To View Exclusive MTV CMJ Coverage

Click Here To View “Sleepyhead” Video

CMJ 2008 Wrap Up : New York Times :  http://www.nytimes.com/2008/10/27/arts/music/27cmj.html?ref=music

Pitchfork Media : http://www.pitchforkmedia.com/article/news/146702-cmj-tuesday-amy-phillips

New York Press :  http://ftl.nypress.com/blogx/display_blog.cfm?bid=63799475

NY Metromix : http://newyork.metromix.com/music/photogallery/cmj-2008-day-1/706289/content

Click Here To View AOL/Spinner Performance
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Guilt By Association 2 – Upcoming NYC LIVE Dates With Robbers On High Street, Takka Takka, Bloodsugars And Francis And The Lights, Release Celebration Party!

That’s Right! It’s Back!
Don’t miss Engine Rooms Guilt By Association

Pitchfork (11.19.08)
“For round two, the comp seems to have evolved from a collection of covers of guilty pleasures to an unabashed celebration of pop, probably since nobody should ever feel ashamed for liking something..”

UPCOMING NYC SHOWS
January 31st
Music Hall of Williamsburg – Guilt By Association Vol 2 Release Party
Performances by
Robbers On High Street
Jukebox The Ghost / Takka Takka / Lowry
Plus Special Guests
Gift Bags with Mast Brothers Chocolates AND more

AND
February 5nd
Bowery Ballroom
Performances by
Francis and the Lights
Savoir Adore / The Bloodsugars

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Jones Street Station play Friday in CHICAGO at Beat Kitchen on 1.16

Jones Street Station Announce Headline Midwest Tour In January
Northest Theater Shows Opening For Ben Kweller In February
Release Tour EP In Advance Of Sophomore Album

They play Friday in CHICAGO at Beat Kitchen on
January 16th


“Listening is like running down a mountain on a switchback trail, the sound of surprise generating its own momentum. There’s a punk glee inside the bluegrass craft-and a punk vehemence inside the bluegrass smile.”- Greil Marcus

“… charming, unusually graceful music” – The New York Times

“…like 1995 Wilco with the sensibility of 2007 Wilco.” -      The Onion AV Club, Milwaukee

“They play their catchy originals with virtuosic mandolin jams and honky-tonk piano fillers, and top them with off-kilter, good-time harmonies.”  – Time Out New York

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