New Kids On The Block Cruise!!!

That’s right NKOTB have anounced a spring cruise! NKOTB have chartered their own boat so you and your favorite New Kid can have real face time. There will be live shows, photo ops, meet & greets, and much much more! Tickets go on sale today @ 11am EST. For more details go to www.NKOTB.com/cruise Pluse if you book BRFORE January 16th you will be automatically entered to win front row seats, meet/greets & memorabillia. The cruise will voyage on May 15-18, 2009 porting out of Ft. Lauderdale, Florida - Nassau, Bahamas – Ft. Lauderdale, Florida.

Slipknot’s Corey Taylor Goes Solo!

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While Slipknot gets ready to hit the road for tours celebrating their 10th anniversary of the masked Iowa group’s first album, frontman Corey Taylor wont be going back to his other band, Stone Sour, anytime soon. Instead he is making plans to record his first solo album.

“I know I have this album that I need to make,” “and I’m the kind of guy that if I can’t get that done then it’s going to hold me back from all this other stuff I want to do. I just know I’ve got to make it or I can’t branch out.”

He adds that there are “a lot of songs I’ve written that don’t fit with either band, really” and describes the material as “kind of a cross between the Foo Fighters and Social Distortion, with some Johnny Cash mixed in.” Country will be part of the mix, “Obviously there’s a country background that comes built-in with living in Iowa,” Taylor notes, but he also promises that “there’s a lot of upbeat, just flat-out hard rock tunes.”

“I’ve never let myself get painted into a corner,” Taylor explains. “I’ve refused to accept the fact that I can’t make any kind of music I want. I think it took people a minute to understand that, but now I’m at a point where I can do anything and people will take it seriously.”

But until September, when Slipknot is scheduled to finish touring, Taylor says he’s seriously committed to the group, which is continuing to tour in support of its fourth album “All Hope Is Gone.”
The nine-piece group plans to tour the U.S., Canada and the European festival circuit with a show Taylor says is “getting away from the pyro and way more visual, video-oriented this time.”

And, he acknowledges, it feels good to have a 10 year anniversary marker. “It’s funny because I’ve seen so many next-big-things come and go in the last 10 years, and I look around and go, ‘Wow, we’re still here.’ Every time we’ve put an album out people would write us off, but … we just kept getting bigger and bigger and bigger,” he says.

“It not only proves so many people were wrong but that we were right,”. “My dream wasn’t just to make it but it was to stay here and be able to do whatever we want to do, which is just how it’s worked out.”

Run Devil Run hit the Viper Room January 18th

Hollywood rock band formerly known as Poets and Pornstars, hits the Viper Room with a free show Sunday January 18th. We covered these rockers last year. Check out our coverage here.

Inaugural Concert

Inaugural Celebration

Bruce Springsteen, Beyonce, Bono and more than a dozen other music stars will kick off Barack Obama’s presidential inaugural festivities by performing at the opening celebration at Washington D.C.’s Lincoln Memorial on Jan. 18. The free event that is open to the public will broadcast on HBO.

Nineteen artists including Mary J. Blige, Garth Brooks, Herbie Hancock, Usher, Shakira, and Sheryl Crow, are scheduled to appear at We Are One: The Obama Inaugural Celebration at the Lincoln Memorial. Queen Latifah along with Jamie Foxx, Martin Luther King III and Denzel Washington will give historical readings at the event.

The We Are One opening celebration opens a four-day schedule of Inaugural events that will include 10 official Inaugural Balls as well as an Inauguration-Day-eve youth concert at the Verizon Center.

A number of other music events celebrating Obama’s Inauguration are being planned to take place around Washington D.C. including the Beastie Boys and Sheryl Crow headlining a “Hey, America Feels Kinda Cool Again” event on Jan. 19 at the 9:30 club; WAR and Marc Anthony appearing at the Latino Inaugural Gala at Union Station on Jan. 18; Jay-Z Jan. 19 at the Warner Theatre; and Bela Fleck and Wynton Marsalis performing at CNN’s Inaugural event on Jan. 19 at the Kennedy Center.

Here is the initial music lineup for “We Are One: The Obama Inaugural Celebration at the Lincoln Memorial”:

Beyonce
Mary J. Blige
Bono
Garth Brooks
Sheryl Crow
Renee Fleming
Josh Groban
Herbie Hancock
Heather Headley
John Legend
Jennifer Nettles
John Mellencamp
Usher Raymond IV
Shakira
Bruce Springsteen
James Taylor
will.i.am
Stevie Wonder

Motown’s 50th Anniversary Celebration

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Today marks the official 50th anniversary of Motown Records and members of some of the label’s greatest acts are in the Motor City to help kick off what will be a year-long celebration for the famed label. The Four Tops’ Abdul “Duke” Fakir and members of the Miracles, Martha & the Vandellas and Rare Earth will spend the week at the Motown Historical Museum, housed in the original Hitsville Headquarters. Plus, today was officially named Motown Day in the city of Detroit.

It was 50 years ago that Motown founder Berry Gordy first borrowed $800 with the hopes of starting his own label and founded Tamla Records, which would be incorporated as Motown in 1970 and produce its first hit a year later. Berry will not be on hand for the festivities, but said in a statement, “Motown music was for everybody, and it grew out of love. It has spread around the world and has become part of the culture and consciousness in all seven continents, and it all started right here.”

To honor the anniversary, the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame will house the exhibition “Motown: The Sound of Young America Turns 50,” plus Gordy has a documentary about his famed label in the works along with a Broadway musical and a Marvin Gaye exhibit. All in all it will be a busy year for Hitsville USA. Congratulations Mr. Gordy!

Aaliyah Movie 2010

Aaliyah Movie 2010

Update 7/10/2009: We have an update about the 2010 Aaliyah Movie here!!

Canadian singer Keisha Chante is to play Aaliyah in the upcoming biopic movie that will release sometime next year. A star in the R&B world before she was even out of her teens, Aaliyah’s promising career was tragically cut short by her shocking death in a plane crash at age 22. Aaliyah was on location in the Bahamas to film a video for “Rock the Boat.” On August 25, she and several members of the crew boarded a small twin-engine Cessna plane returning to the mainland. The plane crashed shortly after takeoff, exploding on impact. Aaliyah and seven other passengers were killed instantly, and the ninth later died at a Nassau hospital. Investigations into the crash showed that the plane had been loaded far past its weight capacity and that pilot Luis Morales had recently been arrested for crack cocaine possession (traces of which, along with alcohol, were found in his system). The charter company, Blackhawk International Airways, had not authorized him to pilot the craft in question. As details continued to emerge from the plane crash investigation, Aaliyah’s parents filed suit against Blackhawk Airways, Virgin Records, and several other companies.

While many fans are hatin’ on Keisha I think the casting director did a great job! I have been looking up various photos of Keisha & Aaliyah and it’s uncanny how similar they look alike. I love Aaliyah & remember exactly where I was & what I was doing when I heard about her untimely death. Personally I can’t wait to see this movie. Aaliyah was truly an inspiration & had much to offer the R&B scene & the big screen.

Miles Benjamin Anthony Robinson Plays Schubas Tavern Chicago Friday January 16th

Look out for the MBAR sophomore LP in 2009, Produced by Kyp Malone

Self Titled Debut Out Now On Say Hey Records
Recorded by Chris Taylor (Grizzly Bear) and Featuring Chris Bear & Daniel Rosen (Grizzly Bear) and Kyp Malone (TVOTR)

Click Here To Download & Share “Gangster Love” From RCRDLBL.COM


Click Here To View Debut Video For “Buriedfed”

Click Here To Listen To MBAR Talk To The New York Times’ Ben Sisario

Click Here To View NPR Second Stage Feature

The Fader.com (“Woodfriend” Freeload Of The Day ) : “Milesbenjaminanthonyrobinson. It’s a mouthful, but we’ve been getting used to it (calling him M-Bar or just Miles) ever since his eponymous debut arrived in our mailbox a couple weeks back. It’s full of moody stormers like the righteous “Woodfriend”, and his bio is biblical in wasted opportunity and dramatic recovery, which is one of our favorite rock archetypes.”  http://www.thefader.com/articles/2008/4/30/freeload-miles-benjamin-anthony-robinson-woodfriend

Pitchfork Media : ” The album’s first single, “Buriedfed”, lives up to those impressive connections, pouring a woodsy, deceptively upbeat folk song through the damp, woozy atmospherics of Horn of Plenty. The proper setting could be a rowdy  bar as easily as that record’s quiet bedroom.”
http://www.pitchforkmedia.com/page/forkcast/49599-miles-benjamin-anthony-robinson-buriedfed-mp3stream

Time Out New York : ” Local singer-songwriter Miles Benjamin Anthony Robinson, whose sidemen have included members of Grizzly Bear and TV on the Radio, plays garagey pop with winning psych-era melodies.”

Stereogum “Band To Watch”: http://stereogum.com/archives/band-to-watch/band-to-watch-miles-benjamin-anthony-robinson_008703.html

The Hype Machine Featured Artist : http://hypem.com/artist/miles benjamin anthony robinson

For Press Inquires Contact : Kip@TellAllYourFriendsPR.com

Lil Wayne: Best Selling Artist of 2008

Lil Wayne
WGCI Big Jam
United Center – Chicago, IL
December 27, 2008

Lil Wayne WGCI Big Jam United Center - Chicago, IL

Lil Wayne headlined the annual WGCI Big Jam at the United Center two days after Christmas. Not even the holidays or tropical vacations could keep fans away from seeing the most successful artist of the year perform live in concert. In the past, rappers and hip-hop stars did not tour much because those musical genres did not hold up well in live performances night after night around the country. I had my doubts about Lil Wayne’s performance; however, I had never seen him in concert before. I had no idea what to expect. After witnessing T-Pain’s opening set, my mind had formulated a typical stereotype that many people hold when it comes to rappers. T-Pain did not disappoint this stereotype, as he had the requisite baggy clothes, bling-bling jewelry, limited edition Bulls’ Adidas shoes, crazy patterned hoodie, and the omnipresent sunglasses (of course worn inside at all times).

However, Lil Wayne came out wearing a white T-shirt, khaki-colored capri pants, green baseball cap, green Chuck Taylor Converse sneakers, and no bling! I was immediately taken aback by his simple, laid-back appearance. I don’t know what happened, but I was so shocked by what this superstar looked like in person that I couldn’t take my eyes off of him. Don’t get me wrong, I don’t think the guy is physically attractive by any means. His face close up is nothing I want to stare at every day. By the time the third song “Got Money” (my favorite Lil Wayne song) came around, I found myself thoroughly enjoying the show. T-Pain came out to sing (on a Segway personal transporter!) with Wayne for “Got Money.” What did you expect? Of course T-Pain is featured on this track off of Tha Carter III, Wayne’s best-selling album of the year. I have to admit, that was pretty cool to watch. If you weren’t there to see it, I feel sorry for you. You missed a great show. More photos of Lil Wayne after the jump…

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Previously On Lost – Screening Of Season 5 PREMIERE And LIVE Performance At Bell House On 1.21! Sailor Jerry And Brooklyn Based Sponsors!

THAT’S RIGHT! It’s the night you have allll been waiting for! Don’t Watch the Season 5 Premiere ALONE!
Join other LOST junkies for an evening of LOST fun with….

WORLDS ONLY GENUINE RECAP ROCK BAND – PREVIOUSLY ON LOST
The Brooklyn based collective who have created hit songs for every episode of LOST’s previous season.

Previously On Lost will recap Season 4 with songs from their musical opus “The Tale of Season 4 and the Oceanic Six” just in time for the Season 5 premiere!

Events start at 7pm with Sailor Jerry Rum sponsoring an hour of $1 Rum Punches starting at 7:30pm.
Previously on Lost will perform at 8pm.
LOST Season 5 Premiere at 9pm

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THE SO SO GLOS add A LOT of CALIFORNIA dates!

The So So Glos add A LOT of CALIFORNIA shows…
Fri 1/16 @ KING MUSIC – Lemon Grove, CA
Sat 1/17 @ house show – El Centro, CA
Sun 1/18  @ ACROBATICS EVERYDAY @ UC IRVINE – Irvine, CA
Mon 1/19 @ HOMEWORK MONDAYS @ CRANE’S TAVERN – Los Angeles, CA
Tues 1/20 @ outdoor inauguration jam (stay tuned) – Los Angeles, CA
Wed 1/21 @ house show – Claremont, CA
Thur 1/22 @ THE SMELL – Los Angeles, CA

“Tourism / Terrorism” EP Debuts in CMJ Top 200 At 180

7″ Single “Throw Your Hands Up” Out Now On GreenOwl.com
RCRD LBL Releases Exclusive “99 Degrees” (Ninja Sonic Remix)
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Company of Thieves on Live From Daryl’s House – 1/15

NEW YORK, January 8, 2008-Live From Daryl’s House begins the new year much as it ended the old one, with Daryl Hall playing live alongside some of the industry’s top up-and-coming bands.  For the groundbreaking web destination’s 15th edition, Hall joins Wind-up Records recording artists Company of Thieves, a highly touted Chicago-based band whose label debut, Ordinary Riches, was released digitally Jan. 6 and will be in-stores Feb. 24.  After two days on-sale digitally, the debut is #19 on the iTunes Top Albums chart, and #7 at Alternative.

The band’s lead vocalist Genevieve Schatz and guitarist Marc Walloch will perform a seven-song set with Daryl, which can be seen exclusively on www.livefromdarylshouse.com, including four tracks from the band’s Ordinary Riches album (“Pressure,” “Around the Block,” “Past the Sleep” and “Even in the Dark”), the Hall and Oates song, “Starting All Over” (from the duo’s 1990 album Change of Seasons) as well as the Daryl-penned smash, “Everytime You Go Away,” a hit single for Paul Young.  Hall, Schatz and Walloch also tackle a pair of classic rock covers in the Zombies’ “Time of the Season” and “Piece of my Heart,” made famous by Janis Joplin.

Company of Thieves has been called “one of the city’s most Buzzworthy bands” by the Chicago Tribune, while Billboard dubbed them “one of the best unsigned acts out there” before they were inked to a record deal by Wind-up. Consisting of sultry vocalist Schatz and guitarist Walloch, along with drummer Mike Ortiz, the group earned First Place in the New York Songwriters’ Circle Contest for “Oscar Wilde,” a tune named after the famed Anglo-Irish writer whom the band cites as an important artistic inspiration.

“I am really impressed with what I’ve heard from Company of Thieves,” says Daryl. “They are truly one of the best new, young groups out there. I was really excited to play with them. The sky’s the limit in terms of their future.”

“Daryl and his team of thoroughly experienced and talented musicians provided a welcoming environment for us to work in. The whole day was a huge learning experience for us,” said Genevieve.

“It was so liberating to be able to play freely with no worries because of the caliber of musicians we were around. We loved collaborating with Daryl, T-Bone and everyone who is a part of this special program, and are honored to have been asked to appear,” added Marc.

Past episodes of Live from Daryl’s House have featured a mix of well-known performers like Nick Lowe, K.T. Tunstall, Gym Class Heroes’ Travis McCoy and Finger Eleven’s James Black and Rick Jackett, along with newcomers such as Austin, TX-based acoustic guitarist/songwriter Monte Montgomery, Philly soul singer Mutlu, Canadian techno-rockers Chromeo, MySpace pop-rock phenom Eric Hutchinson and Cash Money Records rocker Kevin Rudolf.

Live from Daryl’s House started with Daryl’s “light-bulb moment” idea of “playing music with my friends and putting it up on the Internet,” and the show has subsequently been praised by such varied publications as Rolling Stone, Daily Variety, Yahoo and the influential Lefsetz Letter.

Mahjongg Announce Winter 2009 US TOUR / Release Video For “Groove Rider” / 7″ Single Out Now On K Records

Click Here To View Video For “Groove Rider”

Originally formed in the great bounteous Midwest region of the United States “Mahjongg” began as a simple experiment between The Grid and The Sphere.  To attract the brood orientation of the young mind, Mahjongg knew the only way to spread Kontpab’s message was by forming a musiK band.  This ever-expanding Sect uses “irratainment” to teach the warnings and Revelations of the almighty god Kontpab. Kontpab basically warns the human race of the mass “funneling” of the populace minds into The Grid.

Once trapped in The Grid themselves, Kontpab instructed Mahjongg to make a pilgrimage to Chicago, IL., where they would form their first  “warning orbs,” at local art spaces and bars, and in turn be shown the light that is The Sphere.  It was during this time that the Machinegong EP was recorded, and their first attempt to leave Kontpab’s message sublimated in the patricians of the clubs was a success.  Kontpab showed Mahjongg that The Grid’s seemingly well-defined rules and laws could in fact be used against The Grid itself.

Many not briefed on the vast Kontpab religion will never fully understand Mahjongg during their “Warning Orbs,” so they cut another album to set into stone what Kontpab had clearly shown them: Raydoncong 2005 . Again using The Grid’s vast amalgam of mathematical tools against itself, The Sect were able to demonstrate to the brood, for instance with prime numbered polyrhythms, that not only was the path to The Sphere full of spectacle and self awakening, but pharmaceuticals, beer, and dancing as well.  It was here that Mahjongg became not only teacher, but student, and this is where The Chicago Sects association with the Water Babies began.

Born into the great Chicago winter of ’06 in the septic rivers of the Magikal Forest, the Water Babies used Kontpabs undivided and all seeing power to unlock The Sphere’s greatest secret: improvisation. With these new teachings from the almighty Kontpab, Mahjongg was able to create a new church and recording studio for the Chicago Sect.  Soon the tapestries of aural chaos were tempered and perfected.  Software was upgraded and drums tuned.  With nervous but relevant hair follicles and motley threads, Mahjongg hit the scene.  Many eons of “Warning Orbs” have since commenced, but the human race still chooses to “funnel” into The Grid.  It is because of this that Mahjongg is left with no choice but to invoke the name of our great God almighty itself.  And it is with this name we proudly present to you our new album, Kontpab.  For we are all Kontpab.

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ONO Named Billboard’s #4 Hot Dance Club Play Artist Of The Year / Closes 2008 With 2 Dance Singles In The Year’s Top 20 / Readies “Give Peace A Chance” (The International Remixes)

FEATURING REMIXES BY CSS, KARSH KALE, RICHARD FEARLESS (OF DEATH IN VEGAS), DJ MEME, BLOW UP, ALEX SANTER, KIMBAR, TSZPUN AND FINDO GASK FEBRUARY 18TH 2009 ON MINDTRAIN/TWISTED RECORDS AND WILL BE AVAILABLE AT ITUNES

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Project Jenny, Project Jan kick-off 2009 touring with Passion Pit, Fujiya & Miyagi, and Pop Levi

In 2008, PJPJ had a cameo in Nick and Norah’s Infinite Playlist, toured with Fujiya & Miyagi,
and worked on an upcoming collaboration record along with their own new PJPJ release.
Sammy and Jeremy have more PROJECTS for the new year! They recently contributed to the
Buffetlibre DJ’s Rewind 2 project, which debuted on January 1st, and they are hitting the
road again with dates all across the U.S.!

Due out in March 2009, the now named collaboration record, The Colors EP, will
feature songs with Fujiya & Miyagi, Mixel Pixel, So Percussion, Adam Matta and One Watt Sun.
All proceeds from sale of the record will go to the 826 Organization.

Buffetlibre DJs Rewind 2 project features reinterpretations from Au Revoir Simone, Little Boots, Amiina, Bonde do Role and others. Listen to PJPJ’s cover HERE!

http://www.buffetlibredjs.net/
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Noise Pop 2009 New Artist Confirmations: Bob Mould, Thao, The Ohsees, Sleepy Sun, Ra Ra Riot, Sholi and From Monument To Masses

NOISE POP 2009 FESTIVAL NEW ARTIST CONFIRMATIONS,
EXCLUSIVE TICKET PRESALE & INITIAL EVENT SCHEDULE ANNOUNCED

New Confirmations Include : Bob Mould, Thao, The Ohsees, Sleepy Sun,
Ra Ra Riot, Sholi and From Monument To Masses

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The So So Glos Announce US Tour Dates / “Tourism / Terrorism” EP Debuts in CMJ Top 200 At 180

7″ Single “Throw Your Hands Up” Out Now On GreenOwl.com
RCRD LBL Releases Exclusive “99 Degrees” (Ninja Sonic Remix)

Voted Best Local Rock Band In Best Of New York Press 2008 List

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Click Here To Listen To “Throw Your Hands Up”

Click Here To View So So Glos Live From The Market Hotel

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The Consumer Electronics Show in Vegas

Photo by LJ Rich
It’s that time of year again when I head to Vegas to the see the latest in consumer electronics.  I ultimately go to the latest in mobile gear and music. I skipped the Billboard Music Conference this year because last year was a waste of my time.  I hate to admit that I even spent money to go there. A blogger friend said she went to this year’s for the first half and said it was pretty boring and uneventful so she left.

It’s funny like most conferences I think people go just to go to the parties to either have fun or to network. Ok, occasionally it’s both. This year we were invited to a couple different parties and thank goodness none of them overlapped. Last night was Sony’s Online Party at Studio 54. They had life size chess and checker games as well as a huge race track set up for remote control racing.  Oh yes, there was a poker tournament going on, but I was the first one kicked out so I had the opportunity to explore the “Studio.”  I am really bad at Texas Hold ‘em. It was all good fun and good times, especially hanging out with my new BBC friends and Home and Gardens.

Tonight is the Monster Party with Diana Ross. I am very excited to see what kind of show she puts on. We are going to try and get some pictures and definitely a full report on the night’s festivities. Otherwise today is a day of R&R and trying to rid of the sniffles!

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


“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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Harlem Shakes To Release Debut LP Technicolor Health Out March 24th On Gigantic Music

Tracklisting Revealed/ US Tour To Come
Burning Birthdays EP Out Now

“Unlike so many up-and-coming New York bands, the Shakes avoid lingering in one narrow-minded framework. The harmonies may lend themselves to some throwback Spector-era comparisons, and some of the grander choruses may resemble a primordial New Pornographers or Walkmen, but thanks
to a frenetic clip of hooks, you can’t simply pigeonhole Burning Birthdays.” – Pitchfork EP review (7.3)

“…From Big Stary western, through a touch of swing, across rockabilly into R&B and storming out in rock mode, as ethereal harmonies sing out above. So nuanced are the genre changes, they’re virtually imperceptible, leaving listeners to ponder just how the sound got where it is.
There’s lots of garage bands out there, but few that so perfectly capture the sound of the time, whilst simultaneously pulling the rug out from the age of innocence with their all too cynical lyrics. Brilliant.” -All Music Guide (4 and a half stars)

“This Brooklyn band debuts with a remarkably well-crafted EP of expansive garage-pop combining ultra-catchy melodies with soaring harmonies. Their bright, effervescent sound incorporates some vintage pop-rock influences (doo wop, Phil Spector and ’60s girl groups) while also fitting in with New York contemporaries like the Strokes and the Walkmen.” – Don Yates , KEXP

“Every band from New York thinks it’s the Next Big Thing, but these guys might actually pull it off. Catchy garage rock, great harmonies and you can dance to it, too.”-The Washington Post

“Harlem Shakes are one of the hottest bands in Brooklyn right now. They apply a rough-and-ready New York aesthetic — deliciously sloppy guitars, speeding drum and bass lines — to the soaring sounds of the golden age of ’50s rock.” -Playboy
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Ron Asheton: Fellow Stooges Dies at 60

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Ron Asheton, guitarist and founding member of the Stooges, was reportedly found dead at his home in Ann Arbor, Michigan yesterday morning. Cause of death has not yet been announced but indications suggest Asheton had a heart attack. Police entered Asheton’s home and discovered his body on a couch after his personal assistant was unable to reach the rocker for days. Detective Bill Stanford told Michigan Live it appeared Asheton passed away several days ago.

The Stooges has released the following statement; “We are shocked and shaken by the news of Ron’s death. He was a great friend, brother, musician, trooper. Irreplaceable. He will be missed,” reads the statement from Iggy Pop, Scott Asheton, Mike Watt and the band’s management. “For all that knew him behind the facade of Mr. Cool & Quirky, he was a kind-hearted, genuine, warm person who always believed that people meant well even if they did not.”

“As a musician Ron was ‘The Guitar God’, idol to follow and inspire others. That is how he will be remembered by people who had a great pleasure to work with him, learn from him and share good and bad times with him,” the statement continues. Iggy Pop adds, “I am in shock. He was my best friend.”

 

NOTORIOUS: STORY OF THE NOTORIOUS B.I.G.

Biggie Smalls

The life and death story of The Notorious B.I.G. aka Christopher Wallace releases January 16th. Biggie smalls came straight out of Brooklyn who was a drug dealer turn rapper. Biggie drew on his experiences in his rapping. To many, Big Poppa is considered a powerful figure in the hip-hop world, his release “Life After Death” was a top seller and is considered one of the most influential hip-hop records of the modern era. Notorious is expected to examine his troubled life, his music, and his impact.

Starring Brooklyn rapper Gravy aka Jamal Woolard playing Biggie, Derek Luke as P. Diddy,  Angela Bassett as Voletta Wallace, and Anthony Mackie as Tupac it’s definitely worth checking out.

Like Biggie, Woolard was a drug dealer before he became a rapper. He had released a number of albums on indie labels in the 1990s before being signed by Warner Bros, but is known for carrying on with an interview after being shot before a radio appearance outside New York hip-hop station Hot 97 a couple years ago.

Voletta Wallace says “Jamal’s charming personality, warm spirit, wonderful sense of humor and beautiful smile” as reasons for the casting. “He is a talented and charismatic actor, and I am excited that he will bring Christopher’s character to life,” she said.

The Riders Play this Wednesday at The Bitter End!

The Southern California band is playing a show this Wednesday at The Bitter End. If you are in the area go check them out!

We reviewed their latest release 200 MIles from Everywhere here.

The Bitter End
Wednesday Jan 7th @ 9pm – no cover
770 Fifth Avenue
San Diego, Ca 92101
Tel: 619.338.9300

Other Tour Dates:
1/5/2009      Dublin’s  San Diego      554 4th Ave, San Diego, CA 92101
1/7/2009     The Bitter End  San Diego  770 5th Ave, San Diego, CA 92101
1/29/2009    Molly Malone’s   Los Angeles  575 South Fairfax Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90036

The Rider’s Official Website

Video: The Devil Makes Three’s “Old Number Seven”

I have been a bad girl and missed these guys (and girl) twice this year! Between car problems and bad timing the opportunity slipped through my fingers to catch The Devil Makes Three’s live performance. For all of us who missed their latest round of tour dates in Southern California, here is “Old Number Seven” live.

Current Tour Dates:

January 16    The Independent      San Fran, CA
January 17       The Independent        San Fran, CA
January 23         The Phoenix Theater    Petaluma, CA
January 24       The Blue Lamp       Sacramento, CA

The Devil Makes Three Myspace
The Devil Makes Three’s Official Site

T-Pain: The King of Ring-Tones and Auto-Tune

T-Pain
WGCI Big Jam
United Center – Chicago, IL
December 27, 2008

T-Pain WGCI Big Jam United Center - Chicago, IL

T-Pain doesn’t really have his own songs to perform. So while waiting for him to come out on stage at WGCI’s Big Jam 2008, I was wondering which songs he would chose to “sing” that night. Does he even have a song that does NOT feature another rapper or singer? Usually, he is featured on other artists songs, not the other way around. You can hear T-Pain “singing” on records by Mariah Carey, Rick Ross, Kanye West, Lil Wayne, and much more. I have to admit, I do not own any of his music, so I don’t even know the answer to that question. All I know is that this twentysomething guy has made well over $2 million dollars in ringtone sales alone. This is crazy seeing as how he is not even a real singer! With the help of a little vocal pitch correction technology device called Auto-Tune, T-Pain has made a name for himself in the music industry. I knew that T-Pain would start off his set opening for Lil Wayne with a song that he sings on, but that is not his song. Of course, I was right. He came out on stage and launched into singing his featured part of Kanye West’s hit “Good Life” from West’s Graduation album. That lasted about less than a minute, no doubt about it. Nevertheless, it was fun to sing along to all of T-Pain’s radio hits that you hear on everybody’s cell phones. More photos after the jump…

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A New Year’s with Billy Watson and His International Silver String Submarine Band

Billy Watson and His International Silver String Submarine Band
California Center for the Performing Arts – Escondido, CA
12/31/2008

Billy Watson and His International Silver String Submarine Band California Center for the Performing Arts - Escondido, CA 12/31/2008

For the second year in a row we hit up the local arts center in Escondido, California. It’s part of First Night Escondido, which is intended to be a dry (liquor-free) family event. We arrived just in time for the 9:00pm fireworks and to catch the second half of Billy Watson’s performance. This would also be the second time we’ve seen him perform. Last year he was amazing and the most entertaining performer of the night. He and the band showed off their talents again this year.

Billy Watson and His International Silver String Submarine Band California Center for the Performing Arts - Escondido, CA 12/31/2008Billy Watson and His International Silver String Submarine Band are from Oceanside, CA. These guys hit up the local Southern Cali scene quite a bit. Billy jokes onstage most of the time they are shoved in the corner of a packed restaurant and they have to use his wittiness and humor to get people to turn their heads and notice there is a five piece band playing. They are usually competing against the huge tvs in the restaurants. He might not be able to joke about that for long. It appears that their following has grown because this year like it was last year ended up being standing room only. They are set to play the Belly Up Tavern in Solana Beach and it’s looking like they are finally getting out of their corner and taking center stage.

Billy and the band are incredibly entertaining. Think Brian Setzer for the blues! Billy uses humor in the show and he also uses props such as masks and he brings is own old time mic. Billy is amazing because he is all over the stage in his mobster-like suite and the rest of the guys just laugh at him sometime for the things he does. The chemistry in the band is genuine.

Billy Watson and His International Silver String Submarine Band California Center for the Performing Arts - Escondido, CA 12/31/2008Billy also plays the harmonic and rocks out with the best of them. When I walked around after Billy’s set I was telling people that we saw Billy Watson. Their first reaction was, “The guy that plays the harmonica, right?” With all his stage antics he’s best known for his harmonica abilities. All I can say is if you are in the Southern California region a must is checking out these fabulous blues players.

For more information and Tour Dates check out:
http://www.billywatson.com/
http://www.myspace.com/billywatsonhisintlsilverstringsubmarineband
(now that’s a mouthful!)

Packed in the Back of a Van in Oxford, UK with Esoterica

Here is the interview from October of ’08 straight from Oxford, UK. A very special thanks goes out to LJ Rich at Perfect440.com for interviewing the guys.

Check out their latest album The Fool that is out now.

Also check out their latest music video for the song “Silence” or just pre-order it here.

http://www.myspace.com/esoterica

http://www.esoterica1.com

My Take on Madonna’s “4 Minutes”

Ok…I am going through the Dead Hub posts and re-categorizing every post. Yes, it painstaking and time consuming especially since we have nearly 800 posts. I realized, “Wow, we have lots of content!” Then I realize that there are posts in here that never got published. Ooops! This one was supposed to be posted back on May 17th. Again, not really sure why it didn’t appear on that day. You can think of this as me remembering 2008 since I didn’t do any of those “Best of” articles.

So onward…..or backwards..

May 17th 2008

Maybe I am a little too practical. I am trying to figure out Madonna’s song “4 Minutes.” I am watching the video on YouTube right now and I can’t figure out what the song is about. Apparently they only have four minutes to say something and I wish they would just say it to get to the point. Maybe the song wouldn’t have to be 4 minutes long if Madonna would just stop chasing after the insanely sexy Justin Timberlake. By the way Madonna is 50 years young (Go Madonna!). I really have been a fan of hers for a long time but she lost me completely after her Music album. The one thing I wish I could see is her wearing more than just a corset in videos. I know she’s buff and beautiful, she knows she’s buff and beautiful, but I think next time Justin Timberlake should be running around wear almost nothing. Just a suggestion. By the way, the length of the video is 4 Minutes and 7 Seconds. Hmmmm..

Hey! Hey! It’s the Love Willows! (At Last)

The Love Willows
Hey! Hey!
Decca Records
Tentative Release Date: 1/27/2009

Many artists consider getting signed by a major label a huge milestone that gets them set for life. Try having that glory taken away as the label goes through “management changes” and firings, as Virgin did, and as Hope Partlow of The Love Willows experienced first hand. By the age 16 she was signed by Virgin just to have it all taken away–she had to start back at square one.

Today she paired up with Ryan Wilson, who plays guitar and produced their debut album, “Hey! Hey!” which has a tentative release date of 1/27/09. When I say “paired up”, I mean it was an immediate chemistry between the two. Hope says about the new album, “It’s a product of what we’ve gone through as a couple, the battles and the glories; everything that’s happened in the past few years.”

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