CHROMEO GETTING LOVE FROM THE WORLD AT LARGE!

CHROMEO GETTING LOVE FROM THE WORLD AT LARGE!

-OPENING SELECT SEPTEMBER DATES FOR THE BEASTIE BOYS
-PERFORMING ON JIMMY KIMMEL LIVE IN OCTOBER
-COLLABORATING WITH HALL AND OATES ON THEIR NEW ALBUM
-HEADLINING UK TOUR THIS FALL

The newest Chromeo LP Fancy Footwork has brought our Montreal synth-funk duo to new heights. Not only has the album been hailed by the industry’s favorite publications, but Chromeo has again infiltrated the YouTube and MTV crowds with their latest video for “Tenderoni”.

The Beastie Boys have requested Chromeo to join them for a few key shows on their massive North American upcoming tour. Chromeo chose to open dates that are close to home, so look forward to seeing them on September 19 to 22, between Montreal and Toronto. Two of these are arena shows where the group will be performing to an upwards of 12,000 fans!
A few weeks later, in mid October, Chromeo will be gracing the stage of Jimmy Kimmel Live. This will be their first late-night national television performance.

The band will also be featured on MTV’s ’52/52′, which is a new, innovative way for the channel to give unprecedented exposure to indie artists. MTV picks one artist per week, and gives them a collective of 11 hours of on-air time during their chosen week. The footage is spread out between the myriad of MTV programs, and the artist is given creative freedom as to where and how their segments are shot.

And then came the call…in the form of an email from a once-mustachioed guy named John. Indeed, Chromeo’s idols Hall and Oates have asked them to collaborate with them on their upcoming record! Needless to say, the gentlemen are giddy like schoolchildren to be given this opportunity.

After a long July tour supporting Fancy Footwork with almost all dates sold out, Chromeo is ready for all that the world is handing them. With 1,200 fans at the New York show and 1,000 in Los Angeles (including Paris Hilton), the band is already planning spot dates for the fall in the U.S., Canada, Iceland and Russia, and most importantly a headlining tour of the United Kingdom! Once again, let the funk crusade begin.

PRESS ON CHROMEO:
“Footwork’s array of cheese-ball synths, vocoder distortions, and earnest lyrics shimmer with the nostalgic poppiness of Club Nouveau or Wham!, but the gentle wink gives Chromeo enough contemporary edge to escape the fate of, say, Zubaz pants.” – VIBE
“The album’s squiggly analog synth breaks, call-and-response vocoder hooks, and b-boy electro consistently sounds more fun than funny, more danceable than laughable. Footowork may wear its adoration for New Edition’s adolescent, skirt chasing romanticism on its sleeve, but it’s also a fantastic pop album on its own terms.” – XLR8R
“Gold-plated basslines and rhinestone-studded synths. The smoothest, most sincere funk since New Edition” -THE FADER

“Chromeo takes the cake here with a synth-happy exploration of the intersection of dancefloor sultriness, strip-club raunch, and a very pronounced wink.” – VILLAGE VOICE

NORTH AMERICAN DATES:
09.19 Montreal, Metropolis: WITH BEASTIE BOYS
09.20 Montreal, Bell Center: WITH BEASTIE BOYS
09.21 Toronto, Air Canada Center: WITH BEASTIE BOYS
09.22 Toronto, Hummingbird Center for the Performing
Arts: WITH BEASTIE BOYS
09.29 LA: Neighborhood Festival
10.4 Vancouver, TBC
10.5 Edmonton, Starlite Room
10.6 Calgary, The Legion
11.10: Miami: Bang Music Festival

FANCY FOOTWORK UK TOUR:
10.25 London, Scala
10.26 Brighton, Digital
10.27 Leeds, Stylus
11.22 Newcastle, Digital
11.23 Manchester, Warehouse Project
11.24 Bristol, Thekla
11.29 Glasgow, Sub Club
11.30 Liverpool, Korova
12.1 Birmingham, Rainbow Warehouse

INTERNATIONAL:
10.20 Rekjavik: Icelandic Airwaves Festival
11.16 Moscow, Pavillon Production
11.17 St. Petersburg, Ice Palace

Pittsburgh pop auteur Steve Goldberg heads out on tour with his elite squad of orchestral mercenaries, The Arch Enemies.

Pittsburgh pop auteur Steve Goldberg heads out on tour with his elite squad of orchestral mercenaries, The Arch Enemies.

Steve Goldberg‘s senior project is an orchestral-pop gem — this eponymous album with his band, The Arch Enemies, is possibly the most elaborate, orchestrated indie-pop effort Pittsburgh has ever produced.“ – Pittsburgh City Paper

Steve Goldberg and The Arch Enemies first spread the good news of its debut album to the eastern US this summer on the “Cheesy Western Tour ‘07”, and now the band has set its sights on the west coast this fall with a tour that commences in Las Vegas on October 10th.

The Arch Enemies first materialized as a rotating cast of live backing musicians for Pittsburgh pop auteur and music student Steve Goldberg who was studying music composition and creative writing at Carnegie Mellon University. It began innocently, as these stories often do, with a trumpet here or a violin there. But before he knew it, Goldberg was living on the outskirts of London and performing with a tuba player named King Wang. It wasn’t long before he got to experimenting with string quartets.

And it was there, under the influence of meat pies, ale, and low brass, that most of the songs that would become Steve Goldberg and The Arch Enemies were conceived. Soon after returning to his native shores, armed with a head full of ideas and a healthy moustache, Steve sequestered himself in a secret underground recording studio. Enlisting an elite squad of orchestral mercenaries, he built his pop fortress lovingly, brick by brick.

The band’s self-titled debut album, recorded over eight months during Goldberg’s final two semesters as his thesis project, contains parts for 22 different instruments. All of the musicians were recruited from the Carnegie Mellon University School of Music, and most of them hadn’t heard the music before showing up to record. The album was engineered by another CMU student and all vocals were recorded with a custom tube microphone built by an electrical engineering student. The album artwork and layout were created by CMU design students, as well. The record was mastered by Garrett Haines (Starlight Mints.)

By the time the final overdub was put to hard disk, The Arch Enemies‘ ranks had swelled to include harpsichords and trombones, vibraphones and glockenspiels, flutes and French horns. A powerful juggernaut to be sure, but such a behemoth was unfit for maneuvering in small spaces. A tour was devised — an away team was needed, one that would be powerful yet nimble and capable of performing surgical strikes and counter-intelligence operations anywhere in the globe. Goldberg put out the call.

J.J. Josephs (fiery fiddlist and renowned medicine man) and The Duke (lead bass guitarist extraordinaire and international poker champ) were retained from the studio crew. The new squad was completed by the inimitable Mink Shoals (martial arts expert, accomplished golfer) on the skins. Like some sort of rock and roll Planeteers, their powers combined to create a heroic force for combating bad vibes. Now, you can experience that force for yourself. Keep your friends close, and The Arch Enemies closer when they arrive in your town this October.

Steve Goldberg and The Arch Enemies Live:

10/10 Las Vegas, NV Art Bar
10/12 Phoenix, AZ, Casablanca Lounge
10/13 Tucson, AZ, Dry River
10/14 San Marcos, CA, The Jumping Turtle
10/16 Los Angeles, CA, Knitting Factory
10/17 San Luis Obispo, CA, Frog and Peach Pub
10/18 San Francisco, Edinburgh Castle
10/20 Redding, CA, Red White and Brew Pub
10/21 Eugene, OR, The Black Forest
10/23 Portland, OR, Kelly’s Olympian
10/25 Seattle, WA, The Mars Bar
10/26 Olympia, WA 4th Ave. Tavern
10/27 Bend, OR 541 Lounge

Steve Goldberg and The Arch Enemies Tracklisting:

Stream The Album HERE

01. The Road
02. February Third
03. Julia
04. The Spy (Part 1)
05. The Spy (Part 2)
06. 23rd Century Identity Crisis
07. The Battle of Agincourt
08. Artichokes
09. Hideaway
10. Summer’s Ending (MP3)

Boston post-punk quartet Junius completes new album with major alt-rock production team in L.A., tours home across the U.S. with stop at CMJ. Collection of sought-after early EPs coming in October.

Boston post-punk quartet Junius completes new album with major alt-rock production team in L.A., tours home across the U.S. with stop at CMJ. Collection of sought-after early EPs coming in October.

“The most engaging dark rock to come out since Joy Division last graced a stage.” – Disclosure Magazine

“Genius as far as contemporary new wave/cinematic art-rock goes… An epic audio masterpiece.” – The Big Takeover

“Ever since Junius started rocking our headphones, we’ve been in a good place.” – The Boston Globe

Boston post-punk / post-rock (let’s call it post-wave) quartet Junius is, as you read this, putting the finishing touches on its debut full length at Henson Recording with the help of production team Tom Syrowski and Kevin Mills (AFI, Weezer, The Bravery.) The band has holed up in the Hollywood studio for over a month, slaving over every detail of the album with the working title The Martyrdom of A Catastrophist. The forthcoming record is based on the life of controversial scholar Immanuel Velikovsky. Junius singer/guitarist Joseph E. Martinez, along with illustrator Matt Gauck, plans to release an accompanying graphic novel for the record.

Upon completing every last overdub and fader move, Junius takes to the road in its massive black albatross en route to its SAF Records/GSL showcase on October 18 in NYC during the CMJ Festival. See complete tour dates below.

Junius has slowly built up a strong following over the course of a pair of EPs and some very impressive live shows. Soon, the band’s epic, dark sound will spread even further with the October release of a self-titled disc compiling the two previous records on Radar / SAF Records.

Boston has long been known as a breeding ground for renowned political dissidents as well as mind-expanding sonic adventurists. A legacy of great progressive labels (like Hydra Head, Tortuga and Big Wheel Recreation) and a harbor full of Earl Grey attest to that. Carrying in that tradition is Junius – at once an enigmatic letter-writing historical footnote (and political critic from the 1700’s)as well as a rainy, Brit-inflected supernova of gigantic guitars, entrancing lights and erudite lyrics founded by Martinez, drummer Dana Filloon and guitarist Mike Repasch-Nieves.

The New England coast was first illuminated by Junius on Friday, February 13, 2004 at a sold out show at The Middle East in Cambridge, MA. Drawing upon influences as diverse as Failure, Hum, Sunny Day Real Estate and The Cure, Junius electrified the rapt audience with the spellbinding walls of dreamy guitars and alluring lights that have continued to define the band’s signature aesthetic. Together with fellow Bostonians Seneca and Constants, the band formed the core of the Radar Recordings collective — a community of self-funded progressive artists founded in 2002 — which filled a void left behind when the aforementioned labels uprooted and expanded to warmer climes.

Shortly after releasing its first EP, the post-wave pioneers began a relentless touring regimen of multiple headlining and co-headlining North American tours to fan the flames of an already relatively blazing press. Junius played over 200 shows in 2005 alone, and spent nearly nine months on the road that year.

The songs which make up Junius‘s self-titled album were recorded by Will Benoit (of Constants), and mastered by Nick Zampiello (Isis, Converge, Pelican, Cave In.) Hailed as “genius” by The Big Takeover, Junius‘ work is borne of experiments in isolation and ascetism, including month-long stints in remote places including a storage facility in Texas, a farmhouse in Vermont, a cabin in Pennsylvania and a small room in the swamps of Louisiana. It’s this austere approach that adds a weighty foundation of authenticity to the members of Junius as credible artists. Themes of forbidden knowledge, supernatural and extra-terrestrial phenomena, and religious mythology permeate Martinez’s esoteric lyrics, while the group’s music pushes sonic boundaries.

Junius‘ brutal itinerary extends well into 2008, with plans to hit Europe, Japan, as well as more North American dates to solidify their already solid fan base. Appearances on MTV’s “On the Rise” and scores of “Most Anticipated Album” nominations have all but catapulted Junius to the forefront of the world’s sight line. With this self-titled release, as well as the impending Martyrdom of A Catastrophist, the specter of the Junius enigma will loom heavier in the public’s mind than ever before.

“This fiery Boston quartet displays the potential to emerge as the bridge between post-grunge and the future of alternative rock.” – Amplifier Magazine

“With high energy emanating out of a pensive sound, Junius punctures each track with unshakable singularity until it turns into something addictive and encompassing.” – Exclaim!

Junius Live:
09/27 Tempe, AZ The Sets
09/28 Tucson, AZ The Gnarwhal House
09/29 Albuquerque, NM Winning Coffee
09/30 El Paso, TX Zeppelin’s
10/01 Abilene, TX Monk’s Coffee
10/02 San Antonio, TX Roadside Icehouse
10/03 Austin, TX Red 7
10/04 Shreveport, LA Mia’s Pub
10/05 Lafayette, LA Cafe Cottage
10/06 Mobile, AL The Blind Mule
10/09 Johnson City, TN The Hideaway
10/10 Greenville, NC The Spazzatorium Galleria
10/18 New York, NY Lit Lounge (SAF Records/GSL CMJ Showcase)
10/19 Boston, MA T.T. The Bear’s
10/30 New York, NY Don Pedro’s (W/ Circle Takes the Square)
10/31 Boston, MA Cambridge Elks Lodge

Junius Tracklisting:

Release Date: Oct. 9, 2007

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Voice behind MTV personality Chunky Pam and Jackie-of-All-Trades songstress Meredith DiMenna steps out from behind the curtain to reveal her personal side with Saint Bernadette.

Voice behind MTV personality Chunky Pam and “Jackie-of-All-Trades” songstress Meredith DiMenna steps out from behind the curtain to reveal her personal side with Saint Bernadette.

Debut album In The Ballroom recorded live during marathon recording sessions in the Bijou Theatre ballroom in Bridgeport, CT

Meredith DiMenna is a “Jackie-of-All-Trades,” running the Exotic Recordings record label and production company, working for the American Comedy Network creating song parodies and impressions of other musicians, and in what might be DiMenna’s most popular performance to date, finding time to provide the voice of MTV and You Tube sensation Chunky Pam. And now, DiMenna can be found making beautiful, loungey music that harkens back to Motown or early Atlantic releases with her band, Saint Bernadette. With a background like this, and a life spent in song, it is curious to note that the band’s debut In The Ballroom (October 2, 2007, Exotic Recordings) is the first band full-length that DiMenna has recorded. Basically, like the song says, DiMenna IS every woman.

Don’t believe it? How about this: DiMenna recently became friendly with R&B legends Ashford and Simpson when the Grammy-nominated duo — in what the Fanatic staff refers to as the coolest thing that ever happened, ever — performed their signature song “Solid” live at DiMenna’s wedding to Saint Bernadette guitarist Keith “Touch” Saunders. DiMenna later invited them to take part in a free concert series she was producing and during the set, Ashford and Simpson performed their hit “I’m Every Woman,” originally written for Chaka Khan. And who did they dedicate the tune to? That’s right. Meredith DiMenna. The lesson? When Ashford and Simpson say that you’re every woman — you ARE!

For a woman that has her hands and voice in so many different pots, having a creative outlet like Saint Bernadette is just plain necessary. It’s the music that DiMenna writes when she’s just being herself — personal and raw — it’s a far cry from her vocation as a professional voice. Though Saint Bernadette’s music seems born of ’40’s girl singers and epic ’70’s rock, the husband and wife songwriting team of DiMenna and Saunders — in another nod to their eclectic musical backgrounds — actually met through a hip hop band. One of their first shows together was an opening slot for rap legends, Run-DMC. While Saunders played bass, DiMenna was pushed off the stage when her cameo singing performance seemed to be upstaging his own. A partnership was solidified.

Soon after, Saunders and DiMenna began writing songs together and later built a recording studio. While performing regularly under the name The Saucers, the pair started an independent label, Exotic Recordings, and released albums for a variety of groups including Nervous System, Jascha Ephraim, Planeside, Dogs of Winter and DiMenna’s brother, J. DiMenna.

“We’ve always wanted to create something like Motown or early Atlantic Records,” says DiMenna. “Where everyone on the label collaborated and performed together.” Owing to this thinking, the burgeoning songwriting couple reached into their own talent pool of artists on Exotic’s roster to begin forming the band that would become Saint Bernadette. Solo artist and multi-instrumentalist, Jar-e took up the bass, Rhodes and trombone. Joe Novelli of J. DiMenna’s touring band came on with lap steel and trumpet, and finally, drummer Craig Sala was recruited from Planeside.

The new line-up went north to a small cabin in Vermont to learn and arrange the songs. Inspired and invigorated by the results, they began the search for the perfect recording location. “We knew we wanted to record it live. Because of the instrumentation, the dynamics depend on a real-time push and pull between the different elements and we felt we couldn’t achieve that in an overdubbing situation,” says Keith. “We really wanted the record to reflect the energy of a live show.”

Recent transplants to Bridgeport, CT, DiMenna and Saunders found that a local redevelopment project, the historic Bijou Theatre, was hiding a large and beautiful ballroom circa 1908 on the second floor. The developers gave the band permission to use the space for five days – one each to load in, load out and three to record. To prepare for the recording, the band played a series of live shows in New York and Connecticut with the express purpose of refining the arrangements and establishing the dynamics. At this point, they enlisted Chris Sanchez, founding member of NYC’s The Fever to produce the album, and Matt Lane, mobile recording engineer to record it.

The album was recorded completely live – with everyone in the same room at the same time. It was nearly non-stop recording, except on breaks to go to the bar next door and keep tabs on the World Cup. “It was exhausting because we had to be totally focused the whole time. We all knew that this was it, we either get it in these sessions or we don’t,” says Jar-e. “There wasn’t a lot of room for error.”

When recording was finished, the band took the record to Peter Katis of Bridgeport-based Tarquin Studio (Interpol, The National, Rainer Maria.) “Not only is he in Bridgeport, which was important to us – we really wanted it to be a hometown effort – but he’s also really talented. Working with him in his studio was a great experience,” says DiMenna. Saunders adds, “We had to wait a few months for him because he was busy working on The National, which was so hard since we were so excited about the recording, but it was well worth the wait.”

The result is a refreshing real-time view of Saint Bernadette. Stripped of modern studio conventions, the band’s musicianship, songwriting and musical chemistry is immediately apparent. The sonic stamp of the recording location gives the album a distinctive cohesiveness that suits the band’s genre-jumping style. Genre jumping indeed — you’ll hardly believe this sultry voice of DiMenna’s can possibly also be that of the aforementioned rapping Ms. Pam. It is, as she is: every woman. Saint Bernadette’s In The Ballroom will be released October 2, 2007.

Saint Bernadette Live

10/16 New York, NY 11th Street Bar

10/19 Bridgeport, CT Acoustic Cafe

10/23 New York, NY 11th Street Bar

10/30 New York, NY 11th Street Bar

In The Ballroom Tracklisting:

Release Date: October 2, 2007

01. I Own The City (MP3)
02. Bound To Do
03. She’s a Natural
04. Money In The Air
05. Pieces
06. Sidestep
07. Such Ease
08. Lay Me Down
09. Universe
10. No Dreams

L.A. underground favorites HEALTH hits the road this fall. Cold Sweat Records signs on to release LP version of forthcoming album.

L.A. underground favorites HEALTH hits the road this fall. Cold Sweat Records signs on to release LP version of forthcoming album.

The impressive word-of-mouth excitement about L.A. underground quartet HEALTH that has surged throughout that city like a series of rolling blackouts has quickly become an international phenomenon. The band recently ripped a swath across the U.K. — garnering praise from the NME, BBC radio and many more — and this week HEALTH announce tour dates throughout the US beginning on September 25th (see complete dates below.) The band’s live shows are sweaty, packed fits of beautiful noise that could perhaps be best compared to Liars, Animal Collective and latter-period Black Dice.

HEALTH‘s self-titled debut full length on the ultrahip Lovepump United label hits shelves on September 18th. Soon thereafter, L.A. based Cold Sweat Records (Battles, Phantom Family Halo, This Moment in Black History) will issue the vinyl version of the album. As if that weren’t enough HEALTH activity, the band has announced a slew of commissioned remixes to follow hot on the heels of the album. The impressive list of remix collaborators includes Pink Skull (Minneapolis), David Gilmore Girls (Amsterdam), Crystal Castles (Toronto), Curses! (NYC), Toxic Avenger (Paris), CFCF (Montreal), Juiceboxxx (Milwaukee), Narctrax (Tokyo), Lovely Chords (Buenos Aires), et al.

The group’s surging notoriety is also due in part to the magic of the Interwebs. “Crimewave” was the #2 most blogged about song according to Elbo.ws. Likewise, HEALTH was recently the #5 most blogged about band according to that blog aggregator, and #9 on Hypemachine.com. Anthem Magazine recently shot an amazing live performance of the song “Glitter Pills” at The Smell (where the HEALTH album was recorded) in downtown L.A., which can be seen HERE. Additionally, director Nik Mercer shot a collaboration between HEALTH and Aa (Big A Little a) reworking the band’s “Crimewave” that can be viewed HERE.

Regarding the remix onslaught, the band issued the following statement: “HEALTH likes to make scary noises, we like to chant until our faces go red, we like to beat on drums until there’s blood on the floor. But we also like to boogie, and sometimes we need help from people we admire. There is a great big world full of music and there is no excuse for standing in the corner with your eyes closed. You can always make friends with the other kids in class, even If your favorite band is Slayer and theirs is Bell Biv Devoe, so let’s hold hands.”

Instead of finding a room where the only thing one can hear is their heartbeat, HEALTH recorded its debut full length in one of the band’s favorite places. The Smell is an all ages music venue in downtown Los Angeles. It is open and brick and dirty and dark, but when you sing a church hymnal or hit a drum as hard as you can the sound is beautiful. They did both of these things on the record. They also went out and found equipment built the same time as The Smell, mostly ribbon microphones designed by the BBC for radio broadcasts in the 1930’s, things George Martin liked to use, and other things they didn’t know about. The record is 11 songs in less than thirty minutes – on it there is new music with old sounds.

HEALTH was six months old the first time they played for real people. Before that, there was more talk than music, mostly about art, food, sex, animals, records, drugs, politics and sleeping. After two more shows in Los Angeles, the group self released a 7” and went on tour. While they were traveling, people told them their music was weird. When they got back they played on a bill with Ex-Models and Death Sentence Panda. They felt like grown men. After that, people let them play shows more often, mostly at all ages art spaces like The Smell and Il Corral. They became friends with other L.A bands like No Age, The Mae Shi, Mika Miko, BARR, Captain Ahab, Anavan, and Abe Vigoda. Then they went on three more tours and a trip to SXSW.

HEALTH has also had a hand in 8-bit glitch duo Crystal Castles’ recent success. In addition to a Crystal Castles/HEALTH split 7” (to be released concurrently on Lovepump United with HEALTH‘s LP), Crystal Castles highly anticipated Crimewave EP is named for a HEALTH remix for which the two bands recently shot a video.

HEALTH Live:

* w/ Crime Novels
^ w/ Yip Yip
09/25 Phoenix, AZ The Modified*
09/27 Denver, CO Rhinoceropolis *
09/28 Lincoln, NE Pile of Kevins*
09/29 East Moline, IL Mixtapes*
10/01 Bloomington, IN Uncle Festers*
10/02 Madison, WI King Club*
10/04 Oberlin, OH Oberlin College*
10/06 Montreal, QC Pop Montreal^
10/07 Rochester, NY Bug Jar*^
10/08 Poughkeepsie, NY Vassar College*
10/09 Middletown, CT Wesleyan College*
10/11 Northampton, MA House Party*
10/12 Boston, MA Obrien’s Pub^
10/13 Providence, RI May N Kevin 4 Eva^
10/14 Pompton Lakes, NJ Mainstage Club^
10/16 Purchase, NY Suny Purchase*^
10/17 Annandale-on-Hudson, NY Bard College*
10/18 Philadelphia, PA Danger Danger Gallery*^
10/19 New York, NY Knitting Factory CMJ^
10/21 Baltimore, MD The Depot
10/22 Washington, DC Civilian Arts Project*^
10/23 Charlottesville, VA Bridge Progressive Arts Space*
10/24 Charleston, SC Cumberlands*
10/25 Savannah, GA Jojos Backyard*
10/26 Atlanta, GA Lenny’s Bar*
10/27 Birmingham, AL Bottletree*
10/29 Houston, TX Proletariat*
10/30 Austin, TX Emos*
10/31 Denton, TX Eighth Continent*
11/01 Lubbock, TX Bash Riprocks*
11/03 Los Angeles, CA The Smell*

HEALTH Tracklisting:

Stream The Album HERE

Release Date: Sept. 18, 2007

01. Heaven
02. Girl Attorney
03. Triceratops (MP3) | (CFCF Remix MP3)
04. Crimewave (MP3)
05. Courtship
06. Zoothorns
07. Tabloid Sores
08. //M\\
09. Glitter Pills
10. Perfect Skin (MP3)
11. Lost Time

The Real Tuesday Weld’s Stephen Coates coverage rolls in for charming new album, The London Book of The Dead.

The Real Tuesday Weld’s Stephen Coates coverage rolls in for charming new album, The London Book of The Dead.

“The superbly arranged, wickedly clever textures and beats will set your toes to tapping, but its bittersweet melodies will linger for days and weeks.” – LA Weekly

“Imagine an English-speaking Serge Gainsbourg rolling around Tin Pan Alley with synthesizer in hand.” – The New Yorker

“Pairing Portishead’s dark theatrics with Serge Gainsbourg’s dirty-old-man mirth, Coates’ melancholic take on love is devilishly good!” – Wired

Coates has been building an impeccable reputation with the press through the years with album after album of witty, charming, complex and dreamy pop music. His latest album for the Six Degrees label (Bebel Gilberto, DJ Spooky, Spearhead, Rob Swift), The London Book of The Dead continues in this tradition and is Coates’ most realized work to date. Perennial media favorites such as Pitchfork, All Songs Considered, CMJ, XLR8R and others have already discovered the record which speaks to the broad spectrum of Coates’ appeal.

In addition to the press, The Real Tuesday Weld continues to draw the attention of major advertisers — to date, Coates’ music has been licensed to accompany ads for Cherry Coke (you may have seen the commercial in which cherries fall from the sky onto a bewildered but eventually delighted urban crowd, while Coates’ “I Love the Rain” plays in the background) and for TV shows like Weeds (Showtime), Gilmore Girls (WB) and Nip/Tuck (FX).

The London Book of The Dead is just one more example of how a wildly open attitude and a slightly mystical bent can result in a distinctly personal and wonderfully warm musical personality – one that uses technology enthusiastically and happily turns it against itself to create something that sounds more deeply human than most of the music made by analog means elsewhere.

The first thing that strikes you about any album by The Real Tuesday Weld is the fact that every element in Coates’ compositions seems to be drawn from sources many decades old. The second thing that strikes you is that his music sounds completely new.

For Coates, the breakthrough in his professional journey came in the form of a pair of surreal dreams in which he was visited by the legendary English music hall singer Al Bowlly and the late actress Tuesday Weld. These experiences convinced him to focus on a career in music and eventually led to the recording of The Valentine EP, which would be followed shortly by the full-length When Cupid Meets Psyche.

His sophomore album and debut on Six Degrees is a deeply complex and lovely full-length CD titled I, Lucifer. The album is a conceived soundtrack to Glen Duncan’s (Coates’ friend and former flatmate) book of the same name about the Devil’s take on humanity.

Coates’s follow-up release on Six Degrees, The Return of The Clerkenwell Kid, continued to develop what Coates has come to call his “antique beat” sound, putting modern technology to the task of creating new music out of a kaleidoscopic array of old sound sources. The sound of The Return of The Clerkenwell Kid was somewhat different from that of its predecessor, but the modus operandi remained basically the same and no one would ever mistake it for anything other than an album by The Real Tuesday Weld.

This brings us back to his latest, and anxiously awaited, album for the Six Degrees label. The London Book of The Dead may sound at first like a startlingly morose title, but in fact it’s more whimsically humorous than morbid. It refers to the Bardo Thodol (or Tibetan Book of The Dead), which describes the passage of the soul from the end of one life to the beginning of another.

“I thought it would be funny if there were a book like that for the English,” says Coates. “The album felt like that to me – a way of moving from one state to another, and all set against the backdrop of this city.”

Amongst the whimsy and humor are lyrical concerns drifting between such weighty topics as death, religious faith, honesty, drugs, and disease. The songs are informed in part by Coates’s own recent passage through several significant events: “Last year I became a father, and then two weeks later my own father died,” he says. “So I was in this kind of psychic spin between birth and death, and this album came out of that in some way.”

The Real Tuesday Weld is a pop magician breathing new life into a world of vintage, dust-scratched music, inspired by old-time heroes like Cole Porter and raunchy baroque popster Serge Gainsbourg. Waving his wand over everything from dusty country and western to doo-wop, Coates gives this ancient warehouse of sounds a twenty-first century makeover, resplendent with the finest beats, breaks and samples.” – Time Out London

“By mixing flapper jazz with oddball computer instrumentation, Coates has… headed into uncharted territory… Where most down-tempo electronic music aims lazily at dinner parties or weed-addled folk lazing on sofas, The Real Tuesday Weld conjures an era when the chaise lounge was king and the smoking jacket mandatory.” – The London Telegraph

The London Book of The Dead Tracklisting:

Stream The Album HERE

01. Blood Sugar Love
02. The Decline and Fall of The Clerkenwell Kid
03. It’s A Wonderful Li(f)e
04. Cloud Cuckooland
05. Kix
06. Love Sugar Blood
07. I Loved London
08. I Believe
09. Song For William
10. Waltz For One
11. Ruth Roses and Revolvers
12. Dorothy Parker Blue
13. Last Words (MP3)
14. Into The Trees
15. Bringing The Body Back Home
16. Aparte

GUITAR CENTER INTRODUCES HI-TECH CUSTOM SHOP FEATURING UNIQUE ELECTRONIC MUSIC ITEMS ESPECIALLY DESIGNED FOR TODAY’S ARTISTS

Guitar Center INTRODUCES HI-TECH CUSTOM SHOP FEATURING UNIQUE ELECTRONIC MUSIC ITEMS ESPECIALLY DESIGNED FOR TODAY’S ARTISTS
Limited Edition Akai MPC 4000–Exclusively Designed By Master Customizer Bruce Forat–Is Premiere Offering

Westlake Village, CA: Guitar Center, the nation’s leading musical instrument retailer, announced today the introduction of its exclusive Hi-Tech Custom Shop. A new model for the retail chain, the Hi-Tech Custom Shop gives musicians unique access to rare and specialized items designed to break the homogeny of mass-market gear. The planned inventory for the Shop includes limited custom editions, exclusive product and artist-endorsed items. These will be conceived and designed by industry experts to celebrate the legacy of genre-defying pieces as well as appeal to musicians with a desire to own a piece of history.
These exclusive collaborations will be on display at select locations but can be special ordered at any Guitar Center nationwide.

To launch the Hi-Tech Custom Shop, Guitar Center purchased the last eleven Akai MPC 4000s ever made and partnered with Bruce Forat, who has been at the forefront of music electronics for the last 25 years. Forat, who has personally customized drum machines and keyboards for top musicians including Prince, Dr. Dre, Jermaine Dupree and Madonna, customized the eleven to create one-of-a-kind MPC 4000s, of which only six remain for sale exclusively through the Guitar Center Hi-Tech Custom Shop. The Akai MPC series, used by influential musicians and producers such as Kanye West, Just Blaze, and Pete Rock, has been instrumental in the development of hip-hop music and is widely regarded as the industry’s gold standard. Additional information can be found at www.guitarcenter.com/forat.

“For the launch of Guitar Center‘s Hi-Tech Custom Shop, we wanted to offer something incredibly special,” said Tony Baraz, assistant buyer for Guitar Center. “The Akai MPC is iconic in and of itself, but when customized by a monster talent like Bruce Forat it is a work of art.”

“To make each of the remaining Akai MPC 4000s truly unique we headed to the Caribbean for inspiration,” says Forat. “There’s something about the atmosphere and cool breeze that gets the creative juices going–I count these Hi-Tech Custom Shop MPCs among my best work.”

About Guitar Center
Guitar Center is the leading United States retailer of guitars, amplifiers, percussion instruments, keyboards and pro-audio and recording equipment. Our retail store subsidiary presently operates 214 Guitar Center stores across the U.S. In addition, our Music & Arts division operates more than 100 stores specializing in band instruments for sale and rental, serving teachers, band directors, college professors and students. We are also the largest direct response retailer of musical instruments in the United States through our wholly owned subsidiary, Musician’s Friend, Inc., and its catalog and Web site, www.musiciansfriend.com. More information on Guitar Center can be found by visiting the Company’s Web site at www.guitarcenter.com.

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OCTOBER 3-7th FEATURING PATRICK WOLF, GRIZZLY BEAR, BLACK MOUNTAIN, PATTI SMITH, FUJIYA & MIYAGI, TED LEO & THE PHARMACISTS, CHROMEO, MAGNOLIA ELECTRIC CO., CODY CHESNUTT, HOT HOT HEAT & MORE!

GET READY FOR POP MONTREAL 2007!

OCTOBER 3-7th FEATURING PATRICK WOLF, GRIZZLY BEAR, BLACK MOUNTAIN, PATTI SMITH, FUJIYA & MIYAGI, TED LEO & THE PHARMACISTS, CHROMEO, MAGNOLIA ELECTRIC CO., CODY CHESNUTT, HOT HOT HEAT & MORE!

POP MONTREAL is extremely proud to announce an initial peek at our 2007 line-up. Our festival dates this year run from Oct 3-7th. For our 6th edition we will be presenting a daring and exciting array of concerts and parties by iconic legends and rare savants in old theatres, churches, loft spaces, loading docks and traditional venues around Montreal. This will be the kind of festival to make you all giddy and goofy. It will make you believe, it will make you dance and cry and lose your shit. Some of the highlights this year include the Rock and Roll Hall of fame poet laureate Patti Smith; the grimy post punk dismantlers of blue-collar rock n’ roll Pere Ubu; the seminal purveyors of self taught unconventional avant garde Half Japanese; the neo soul misfit Cody ChesnuTT whose rare performances are almost as special as his silky smooth tenor; the west coast underground hyphy (hip hop) kings The Federation who bring their dance floor bangers to Canada for the first time; Mort Sahl the comedic legend who was born in Montreal over 80 years ago and has influenced everyone from Lenny Bruce to Woody Allen and JFK to Ronald Regan; 70’s rock icon Michel Pagliaro, or as we affectionately call him, Pag, who is going to show us all what it’s like to make music in Quebec and bridge cultural, linquistic and generational lines. Added to this list are amazing local talents like A-Trak, Chromeo, Sunset Rubdown and Megasoid, reggae crooner Junior Kelly, French club sensation Yelle, underground hip hop hypesters, Daedalus, DJ /Rupture, Kid Sister, The Cool Kids and Glitch Mob, plus all kinds of amazing genre-defying acts, such as Caribou, Qui, Final Fantasy, Ron Sexsmith, Fujiya and Miyagi, Chad Van Gaalen, Gary Lucas and Buck 65. Of course that’s just a taste. There will be over 300 artists performing this year: there will be art shows and a fashion show; an incredible conference in association with McGill University; as well as Film Pop and Puces Pop, the hippest craft fair known to indie-kind. So get your asses down to Pop, come and get your cherries popped, or just pop and pop until there is no more pop left in ya.

Confirmed Artists:
Patti Smith, Cody ChesnuTT, Pere Ubu, Hot Hot Heat, Grizzly Bear, Half Japanese, Final Fantasy, Mort Sahl, Ron Sexsmith, Man Man, Patrick Wolf, Michel Pagliaro, Black Mountain, Oakley Hall, Sunset Rubdown, The National, A-Trak, Kid Sister, Eric’s Trip, Caribou, Born Ruffians, Chromeo, Tiga, Buck 65, Yelle, DJ /Rupture, Tony Rebel, Jr Kelly, Starvin Hungry, Bionic, Trigger Effect, Lotusland, Magnolia Electric Co., Chad VanGaalen, The Watson Twins, DJ Mehdi, Jay Reatard, Qui, Megasoid, Glitch Mob, The Cool Kids, Gary Lucas, Earlimart, Ndidi Onukwulu, Miracle Fortress, Taqaq, Fujiya and Miyagi, Daedalus, Filastine, Fucked Up, Maga Bo, Georgie James, Tiombe Lockhart, Ted Leo & The Pharmacists, Basia Bulat, We’re Marching On and more!