Ben’s Brother’s new fan-created “Stuttering” video on YouTube and free iTunes tracks – After hundreds of fan submissions, the final video for Ben’s Brother’s “Stuttering – (Kiss Me Again)” is now up on YouTube and can be seen here:
The UK’s Metro newspaper recently finished a competition in which fans could act out their inner rock star on camera for a chance to appear in the London-based band’s new video, now you can see who made the cut! Stateside, the song has been getting television exposure since September as the soundtrack to Dentyne Ice’s “Frog Kiss” commercial.
Following the massive response to the advertising campaign, Dentyne and Ben’s Brother decided to further develop their relationship through an online campaign focused on free downloads and a music quiz.
Just for hanging out on the site, Dentyne is offering up the tracks “Stuttering” and another fan favorite, “Let Me Out”, as free downloads via iTunes.
The quiz and free downloads are all part of a unique, multi-platform “widget,” which functions on Facebook, MySpace and other social networking pages, giving fans the opportunity to share it with friends and even grab it for their own homepages.
Growing up in London, singer Jamie Hartman was known as Ben’s brother – Ben being his cricket-star elder brother. But that all changed with the December 2007 release of Ben’s Brother’s full-length debut, Beta Male Fairytales. Jamie and his band mates — Kiris Houston (keyboards/guitar), Dan McKinna (bass), Dave Hattee (drums) and Tim Vanderkuil (guitar) — have received rave reviews for the album, which includes “Kiss Me Again” plus a dozen other equally irresistible compositions ranging from the old school soul of the anthemic “Rise” to gloriously vulnerable ballads such as “Let Me Out” (which was tapped for the Thanksgiving episode of the hit ABC series “Grey’s Anatomy”). “Hartman…knows his way around a beautiful chord progression and an emotive lyric,” said London’s Sunday Times, going on to describe the band’s songs as “immaculately rough-hewn.”
Friday, March 28, 2008 (Toronto, ON) – On the heels of stellar performances at Canadian Music Week 2008 and the 2008 East Coast Music Awards, along with the recent release of their heavily-anticipated debut record “You Will Land With a Thud” (produced by Gordon Gano, Violent Femmes), the 9-member folk rock n’ roll explosion known as The Tom Fun Orchestra now announces a slew of new tour dates!
Included in the upcoming run is a jaunt around the East Coast, a sweep through Ontario and a trip across the pond to Ireland for The Kilkenny Rhythm & Roots Festival.
Just one month out of the gate since the release of “You Will Land..”, the reviews have been pouring in, unanimously heralding the up-and-coming folk rockers from Cape Breton Island as ‘the next big thing’ to emerge from the burgeoning East Coast music scene. To boot, the band peaked at #7 on the national CBC Radio 3 Top 30 Charts last week!
After two hugely successful nights at CMW 2008 earlier this month – from a packed house and line-up down the street at the Dakota Tavern, to a wildly energetic 4am set at the Horseshoe Tavern – The Tom Fun Orchestra left quite an impression on music critics and fans alike, even garnering a nod from U.K. tastemaker Clash Magazine, who named TFO ‘One of The Top 10 Emerging Bands in Canada’ after catching the band’s Dakota Tavern CMW set.
THE TOM FUN ORCHESTRA ON TOUR
April 5 – Halifax, NS – The Marquee
April 9 – Antigonish, NS – Pat’s Place
April 10 – Sackville, NB – George’s Roadhouse
April 11 – Charlottetown, PEI – Hunter’s Ale House
April 12 – Saint John, NB – Elwoods
April 22 – Hamilton, ON – The Casbah
April 23 – London, ON – Call The Office
April 24 – Peterborough, ON – Red Dog Tavern
April 25 – Toronto, ON – Lee’s Palace
May 1 –Mullingar, Meath – The Stables
May 2-4 – Kilkenny Rhythm & Roots Festival
“Definitely one of the most interesting albums to come from the East Coast or anywhere else in Canada” – NOW Magazine
“One of the most anticipated albums of 2008”- CBC Radio 3
“Cape Breton’s Tom Fun Will Be Huge” – Times & Transcript
“While the Dakota Tavern was hardly accommodating…it didn’t stop Nova Scotia’s latest gem from beating, stomping, and wailing into the small at-capacity venue…Their twang-filled blend of folk Celtic country jazz, with front-man Johnny Turbo’s growl-y Tom Waits impression leading the pack, made everyone a believer – Exclaim! Magazine
“…poised to become the East Coast’s newest buzz band” – Daily Gleaner
“Tom Fun put on the best live show on the East Coast” – [here] New Brunswick
“I am amazed that they are not (yet) international sensations.” – NovaNewsNow.com
“Tom Fun’s recent album is being heralded as one to hear…immediately” – Toronto Unplugged
Steve Smith set to DJ with Paul Oakenfold tomorrow night at the Winter Music Conference in Miami. UK dates, collaborations with Jules Shear and Cornershop just around the bend.
“If you find yourself a fan of bands like Coldplay, Death Cab For Cutie, or even Travis, you should check out what Steve Smith has created. Underneath this DJ lies a musician who had a calling to record this CD, a dream about one of the songs, and the enthusiasm to go through with it. These are the types of musicians I respect.” – Brian McIrish, Blog Critics
Two-time Grammy award winning Dirty Vegas front man Steve Smith is a busy gentleman and a really nice one, too. Whether promoting his debut as a singer-songwriter, This Town, or spinning Dirty Vegas DJ sets around the globe, Smith always has an open ear and a kind word. It’s a refreshing attitude that contradicts what one might think of a platinum-selling entertainer and it permeates the heartfelt songs on Smith’s debut album as a singer-songwriter, This Town.
If you’re curious to check out what Smith’s all about and you’re enjoying the rays in Miami, then head out tomorrow night when Smith will DJ alongside the legendary turntable master Paul Oakenfold as part of the annual Winter Music Conference. The event will take place at Club Mokai (235 23rd St, Miami Beach).
Steve Smith’s many personas are the basis for his recent work. One a wild, house party DJ who rode the hit “Days Go By” to stardom; the other a gentle, down to earth family man (Smith is the new father of a baby girl) and singer-songwriter with a knack for melodies and words that come straight from, and cut straight to, the heart.
In addition to his ubiquitous appearances as a DJ, Smith recently performed songs from This Town at South By Southwest, taking the stage armed with nothing but his acoustic guitar and voice and also appeared earlier this year at the Sundance Film Festival where he launched the promotion of This Town.
The record is out now and includes collaborations with Claudia Gonson of The Magnetic Fields, Anthony Saffery of Cornershop, Rob Swift of X-ecutioners and actor John Savage, among others. Since This Town is a self-released record created on a limited budget, all of these fine performers appeared for free — another testament to Smith’s endearing ways. On a personal note, Smith even walked an hour in the Austin sun to see Fanatic’s Josh Bloom perform songs in a parking lot. What a sweetheart, eh?
Other upcoming activities for Smith include the UK release of a remix of the This Town album track “Restless” on which he collaborated with Brian Viglione from The Dresden Dolls and Anthony Saffery of Cornershop. Smith also is an in-demand Latin percussionist and will appear as such on new albums by Cornershop and Jules Shear. Stay tuned for an announcement of upcoming UK dates as well! Like we said — Smith’s a busy guy, but not too busy to share a smile and a song.
Steve Smith Live:
03/27 Miami, FL @ Club Mokai w/ Paul Oakenfold (DJ Set)
01. This Town 02. Hit Me Up (MP3) 03. Restless (Radio Edit MP3) 04. Universe 05. Morning Jane 06. Smile 07. Comedown Queen (MP3) 08. Sleep Like A Lover 09. Better Off That Way 10. That Town (MP3) 11. Bonus Track: Late Nights & Street Fights (Theme from the FOX-TV show Standoff)
12. Bonus Track: Days Go By (Steve Osbourne Acoustic Mix)
More about Steve Smith and Dirty Vegas:
14-year-old Steve Smith was waiting for his piano teacher to arrive when he spotted the school drums and jumped on the kit. He was lost in the moment when the door burst open and the horrified teacher asked, “wouldn’t you prefer to sign up for drum lessons instead?!” Cue a cheeky grin!
Born into a South London working class home in the early 70’s, Steve was the youngest of five. He grew up with his ear pressed to his elder siblings’ doors where he gleaned everything from Marvin Gaye to Pink Floyd. As his teenage devotion to percussion grew, so did his passion for Latin musicians, specifically Santana and Tito Puente.
In 1988, acid house exploded in the UK and Steve found himself swept up in a wild new era of electronic music. He began to experiment with sampling the classic tracks he loved his whole life. A well-known house DJ, Andy Nichols, started a band that aimed to blend house music with live musicians. Steve instantly had the perfect introduction to playing live shows in front of huge crowds.
In the late 80s, rabid dance fans flocked to the illegal South-East England rave scene despite frequent raids by police and scaremongering stories in the papers about the supposed “drug culture.” But that did not concern Steve, who devoted every weekend to playing with Andy Nichols’ band or as a live percussionist at house clubs. He began to receive invitations to recording sessions and playing on club tracks. He became increasingly fascinated with the world of samplers and 909 kick drums. Still, while completely immersed in electronic music, he always held tightly to his childhood love for the Bruce Springsteen songs that had come from his sisters’ bedroom, and the sweet tones of Stevie Nicks that had blared from his brothers’ old stereo.
Steve steadily built a reputation as an excellent Latin percussionist and held residencies at legendary clubs, including Ministry of Sound. He toured alongside DJ’s like Sasha and Paul Oakenfold, and was ultimately offered a residency at the world famous ‘Pacha’ on the clubbing mecca island of Ibiza.
It was the summer of 1999. Steve had just split with his long-term girlfriend. With nothing to lose he packed up and drove from London to Ibiza with everything he owned. Days were spent with an acoustic guitar on stunning beaches, and nights in the infamous ‘Manumission’ and ‘Space’ clubs. He played alongside the top DJ’s in the world – studying how certain tracks caused reactions in crowds unlike those at any rock concerts he’d ever attended.
Inspired by the island of Ibiza as creative artists David Bowie, Mike Oldfield, Mario Testino and Errol Flynn before him, Steve spent the summer composing songs. As 1999 drew to a close, Steve headed into the studio for a session with Paul Harris, a DJ friend, who had been playing around the London ‘Milk Bar’ scene since 1990. Paul had just started working with a young producer named Ben Harris (no relation). While they were recording, Steve picked up an acoustic guitar and played them a song he called, “Days go by.” Paul and Ben loved it, and started to play around with the tempo. They recorded the song, called themselves Dirty Vegas and pressed 1500 vinyl copies. The track spread like wildfire through clubland – suddenly Steve had an Ibiza dance anthem.
Steve, Paul and Ben found themselves swept up in a rock and roll dream world of major label signings and world tours. “Days Go By” climbed the charts, and was licensed to a television commercial for Mitsubishi, ultimately garnering the band three Grammy nominations, and the award for best electronic song, in 2003.
Throughout his years with Dirty Vegas, Steve continued to write songs on his acoustic guitar. He knew that one day he would record his own album. Personal, sweet and intimate, some of those songs finally make an appearance in the track-listing of his first solo effort, This Town.
Dirty Vegas disbanded and Steve reunited with his girlfriend. He felt it was time for a radical change. Boston always had a magnetic energy for him when he played there and he felt a need to encourage that feeling. A move to the USA in 2006 got his creativity flowing and just like Ibiza a few years before, Steve started to soak up the musical heritage of his surroundings.
Semi-biographical songs, such as “This Town,” are about his move from London, while “Smile” (dedicated to Steve’s late father) came to him in a dream. In an amazing coincidence, Steve saw violinist Jay Ungar play at a local church in the small town where he had recently taken residence. After the performance he asked Jay, who has appeared on many famous movie scores, if he would play on the song. He told Jay it would be an honor since his father’s favorite piece was James Horner’s score for the film Legends of The Fall, on which Jay had played violin.
Another coincidence brought him together with Anthony Saffery, the former sitar player from the UK band Cornershop, who had also relocated to the Boston area and had become a producer. Together they booked time in the legendary studio, Camp Street (formerly known as Fort Apache) and began long and intense recording sessions: the outcome of which are the tracks that are Steve’s first solo effort, meaningfully titled This Town.
On his album, Smith collaborates with an assortment of talents, including producer Anthony Saffery (Cornershop, The X-ecutioners), Claudia Gonson (The Magnetic Fields), Terry Barber (New York Symphony Orchestra), Jay Ungar (James Horner Orchestra), and Rob Swift (The X-ecutioners, Quincy Jones).
Steve can still be found spinning electro house sets at clubs around the country and around the world, but these days he might be just as likely to be strumming a guitar in a coffee shop, or playing percussion on a rock stage, in support of his new solo path. This Town is set for release on Smith’s own label, G.A.S. Records (named for his late father, George Albert Smith) on February 18, 2008.
DOES IT OFFEND YOU, YEAH? KICKING OFF FIRST AMERICAN TOUR WITH YO MAJESTY THIS SPRING!
Full major market tour including a Coachella appearance. Dates listed below. Brit indie-dance-rock sensation, Does It Offend You, Yeah? is kicking off their first American tour with Tampa, Florida club queens, Yo Majesty, in anticipation of their already acclaimed album, You Have No Idea What You’re Getting Yourself Into, set for release on April 15 on Almost Gold Recordings.
Riding a tsunami-sized press wave, DIOY,Y? is coasting through the likes of Spin, Rolling Stone, Pitchfork, Urb, Alternative Pres, Playboy, The New York Times, etc. Together, Yo Majesty and DIOY,Y are tag-teaming club crowds from New York to Los Angeles. Also, stay tuned for Yo Majesty’s highly anticipated album in summer 2008 worldwide on Domino.
Does It Offend You, Yeah? Is a four-piece indie-dance-rock brew-ha-ha. Think DFA 1979 and Justice growing up on Devo, Prodigy and Rage Against The Machine. They sound Dance. They act rock.
WHAT THE PRESS ARE SAYING AFTER THEIR LIVE DEBUT AT SXSW:
Their set wasn’t long, but it swiftly became an epic party Š Morgan Quaintance from buzzy British dance-punk quartet Does It Offend You, Yeah? also reached Hendrix levels of ecstasy playing his guitar behind his head (and later dragging it across the low-hanging rafters at Emo’s). -ROLLING STONE.COM
What’s it like to be British dudes wearing shorts and Ten Deep brass knuckle shirts in Texas with a bunch of people yelling your song lyrics? It’s probably awesome. – FADER on Does It Offend You, Yeah? At SXSW
One of the most rapped about acts so far is British quartet Does It Offend You, Yeah, whose single “Let’s Make Out” comes off like a pre-pubescent James Murphy fronting Klaxons. I mean that very, very affectionately, as I like both LCD Soundsystem and Klaxons quite a lot -SPIN.COM
A dance-rock band I liked better, Does It Offend You, Yeah?, slammed out the kind of early-1980s dance-rock beats that the Rapture also uses, but they traded yelping for filtered vocals (like Daft Punk) and artiness for rowdiness. -THE NEW YORK TIMES BLOG- JON PARELES ON DIOYY? AT SXSW 2008
Does the world need more ’80s-inspired dance-rock? The answer is yes, if judging by the attention surrounding Does It Offend You, Yeah? -LA TIMES.COM
LIVE AT BIZ 3 SXSW
DOES IT OFFEND YOU, YEAH? & YO MAJESTY DATES:
Friday, April 25th – Coachella – Indio, CA Wednesday, April 30th – Casbah – San Diego, CA Thursday, May 1st – El Rey Theatre – Los Angeles, CA Friday, May 2nd – Glass House – Pomona, CA Saturday, May 3rd – Slim’s – San Francisco, CA Monday, May 5th – Hippodrome – Portland, OR Tuesday, May 6th – Neumo’s Crystal Ball Reading Room – Seattle, WA Wednesday, May 7th – Richard’s on Richards – Vancouver, BC Friday, May 9th – Urban Lounge – Salt Lake City, UT Saturday, May 10th – Bluebird Theatre – Denver, CO Monday, May 12th – First Avenue – Minneapolis, MN Tuesday, May 13th – Mansion – Chicago, IL Wednesday, May 14th – Grog Shop – Cleveland Hts, OH Thursday, May 15th – Johnny Brenda’s – Philadelphia, PA Friday, May 16th – Highline Ballroom – New York, NY Saturday, May 17th – Southpaw – Brooklyn, NY
YO MAJESTY DATES SOLO: Sun, May 18 Washington DC9 Mon, May 19 Chapel Hill Local 506 Tue, May 20 Atlanta Masquerade Wed, May 21 Jacksonville Jack Rabbits Thu, May 22 Orlando Back Booth Fri, May 23 Miami Studio A Sat, May 24 Tampa Crowbar – Tampa
Eagle Rock Entertainment Announces The Release Of ~ THE DOORS THE DOORS ~ Apr.22 ~ JOHN LENNON’S PLASTIC ONO BAND ~ Apr.29 As Part Of Its Critically-Acclaimed “CLASSIC ALBUMS” DVD Series
Tuesday, March 25, 2008 – Eagle Rock Entertainment is proud to announce the next two instalments in its much-lauded “CLASSIC ALBUMS” DVD series, with the release of The Doors’ The Doors on April 22 and Plastic Ono Band by John Lennon on April 29.
THE DOORS/Classic Albums: The Doors DVD/April 22
There may have been no debut album in the history of rock’n’roll that changed the sound, the scope and future of pop culture more than the 1967 arrival of The Doors.
Controversial from the getgo due to singer/songwriter Jim Morrison’s dark lyrics and dangerous lifestyle, this Los Angeles band laid the groundwork for everything a band should—and shouldn’t—be right up to the present day.
The Doors features its three surviving members newly interviewed about that heady rush, that intoxicating thrill, accompanying the creation of a masterpiece. Original engineer Bruce Botnick adds his own remembrances. Testimonials from such Doors-influenced musicians as Henry Rollins and Perry Farrell are juxtaposed with actual instrumental demonstrations of the songs themselves to create an incredible behind-the-scenes look that rock fans will never forget.
Krieger fascinatingly demonstrates on slide and flamenco guitar just how certain songs were written. Manzarek recreates exclusively for this DVD how he chanced upon rock’s greatest organ solo (“Light My Fire”). Densmore shows off his highly idiosyncratic drum techniques. And even longtime Doors fans might not know that “Moonlight Drive” was deleted from the debut, only to show up on the next album, Strange Days, in a totally different arrangement [retail list price $11.69, length 90 minutes].
JOHN LENNON/Classic Albums: Plastic Ono Band DVD/April 29
The Beatles’ John Lennon was a tortured individual when he recorded his 1970 solo debut album, Plastic Ono Band. It was also this album that defined him as being his own man.
Lennon had been in therapy with Dr. Arthur Janov whose controversial “primal scream” psychiatric techniques were raising eyebrows within the medical establishment. Lennon took the black hole of his depression and poured it into his music via such personalized mantras as “Mother,” “Isolation,” “God,” “My Mummy’s Dead” and nine others.
Intense and shocking, Lennon spared no expense in skewering longheld beloved beliefs “(“I don’t believe in Beatles”) while openly seething over his own lost childhood (“Mother, you had me but I never had you”). There had never been—and there will never will be—a more stark portrayal of an artist in pain than this.
Eagle Rock Entertainment has explored the creation of this painful masterpiece via archival footage, detailed analysis and new interviews with Yoko Ono, Ringo Starr and bassist Klaus Voorman, a longtime Lennon friend and confidant [retail list price $11.69, length 90 minutes].
About The “CLASSIC ALBUMS” DVD Series
The Classic Albums series from Eagle Rock Entertainment is the exclusive source of the FULLY AUTHORIZED, true & remarkable stories behind the creation and making of the greatest albums in modern music history. Taking a comprehensive look into the making of landmark albums that were integral in music history, along with interspersed live footage, the DVDs feature in-depth interviews with band members, musical peers, relevant fixtures in the music scene and those who were simply a part of the party. Producers also elaborate on and break down studio tracks at the mixing board, further explaining the recording process. Every Classic Albums DVD not only tells the story; it binds the pages, paints the picture and ultimately provides the soundtrack to the making of a seminal album.
About Eagle Rock Entertainment
Eagle Rock Entertainment develops, acquires and produces music programming for a wide range of notable and high profile artists, which the company distributes on a worldwide basis. Eagle Rock Entertainment, Eagle Vision and Eagle Eye Media are wholly owned divisions of Eagle Rock Group, LTD.
MULTI-PLATINUM SELLING STEVE MILLER BAND SET TO RELEASE FIRST EVER DVD – ‘LIVE FROM CHICAGO’
2 DVD/1 CD Set Features Full Concert In High Definition, Revealing Documentary, Photo Gallery And 12-Song Greatest Hits Live CD
PBS Set To Air Live DVD As Part Of Their Spring/Summer Pledge Drive
HOLLYWOOD – Coming Home Media will release Live From Chicago, the first-ever DVD from multi-Platinum selling recording artist the Steve Miller Band on May 20th. The three-disc set will be comprised of two DVDs and a 12-song CD. One of rock ‘n’ roll’s true originators, the Steve Miller Band has sold over 25 million albums since its 1968 debut and is still a mainstay of the summer concert season, attracting sold-out, multi-generational crowds.
Directed and produced by Daniel E Catullo III (Godsmack, Rush, Dave Matthews Band) and produced by Jack Gulick (Bruce Springsteen, Metallica, Godsmack), the DVD, shot at Chicago’s prestigious Ravinia Festival in July 2007, captures the Steve Miller Band’s incredible sold-out, two-night stand. With 5.1 Surround Sound and state-of-the-art high definition from 17 cameras, disc one of Live From Chicago is packed with powerful performances of 20 of the band’s most beloved songs – including “Fly Like An Eagle,” “Living in the USA,” “Jet Airliner,” “Abracadabra,” “Rockin’ Me,” “The Joker,” “Take the Money and Run,” “Swingtown” and “Jungle Love.”
The second disc contains a revealing documentary of the band’s traditionally reclusive namesake. Miller takes fans on a trip into his past, visiting many of the clubs where he got his start. Beginning in the mid-‘60s when a young Miller moved to Chicago itching to become part of the city’s vibrant blues scene, the trip down memory lane includes recollections of his pre-Steve Miller Band gigs with Blues legends like Buddy Guy, Muddy Waters and Howlin’ Wolf. This remarkably intimate documentary and accompanying photo gallery features many exclusive images from Miller’s own collection. Both DVDs come packaged in a luxurious digipak with a 12 page, full-color booklet, and are accompanied by a 12-song live CD of all of the band’s favorites.
The concert portion of the DVD has become the basis for Steve Miller Band Live From Chicago, a television program airing on PBS as part of the June 2008 pledge drive. The program is available to PBS stations through the summer, in conjunction with the band’s major summer U.S. tour. Details to be announced soon!
Steve Miller Live From Chicago CD Track Listing
1. Rock’n Me 7. Jet Airliner
2. The Joker 8. Shu Ba Da Du Ma Ma Ma Ma
3. The Stake 9. Fly Like An Eagle
4. Jungle Love 10. Abracadabra
5. Serenade 11. Winter Time
6. Take The Money And Run 12. Wild Mountain Honey
Steve Miller Band – Live From Chicago DVD Track Listing
Fly Like An Eagle Living in the USA True Fine Love Abracadabra Mercury Blues Serenade Dance, Dance, Dance Wild Mountain Honey Winter Time Rock’n Me The Stake The Joker Texas Take the Money and Run Tore Down Swingtown All Your Lovin Jungle Love Crossroads Jet Airliner
HEARTSREVOLUTION TO RELEASE SWITCHBLADE EP ON JUNE 24 VIA IHEARTCOMIX RECORDS – DEBUT 12″ FOR “C.Y.O.A.” WITH FIVE REMIXES TO BE RELEASED ON APRIL 15
IHEARTCOMIX Records is set to release the electronic-thrash-pop-punk duo, Heartsrevolution’s Switchblade EP, June 24, 2008. Switchblade, a five track EP, packs piercing vocals by Lo and grabbing Tenori-on digital arrangements by Ben.
When they’re not creating music under the title HEARTSREVOLUTION, Lo and Ben travel the globe as the faces of HEARTSCHALLENGER, which has evolved into a 21st century lifestyle brand. Equipped with a fleet of vintage cotton candy pink ice cream trucks, anyone can pick up their choice of mixtapes, t-shirts, international candy, toys, and ice cream, of course!
Title track, “Switchblade,” leads where “C.Y.O.A.” ends – Immediately you can feel the quick synth lacerations across your body as you are forced out of your seat and dragged through a cinematic voyage of rich battle scenes and technicolor light dreams..
The lush texture and orchestral nature of “Digital Suicide” will confine you to an induced altered state of mind. . “Wolves and Libertines” is computer punk music.,”Lo’s vocals are a shredding guitar to Ben’s digital instrumentation, reminiscent to early `80s hardcore. “Ultraviolence” screams urgency of the unknown – be careful. Think Giorgio Moroder meets Huggy Bear. “Digital Suicide (Lullaby)” reworks its original sound into the final chapter of Switchblade EP, using an arrangement that promises dreams to come.
IHEARTCOMIX is set to release a debut 12″ for Heartsrevolution’s hit, “C.Y.O.A.” with remixes by Brodinski, Lazaro Casanova, CFCF, Lauren Flax and Dan Oh.
The April release of an IHEARTCOMIX and Scion compilation will have Flosstradamus and L.A. Riots remixes of Heartsrevolution songs “C.Y.O.A.” and “Switchblade,” plus one never before released Heartsrevolution track, “Dance Till Dawn.” Heartsrevolution will be appearing at WMC and are featured in URB Magazine’s Top 100.
To bring the HEARTSREVOLUTION live show to the next level for SXSW and WMC they have recruited Kate Moross (uk // katemoross.com ) to do live visuals and Terry Campbell (Prince Terrence) to play drums(Young Love/Spank Rock)
“They veer from vicious mainframe slaughter-punk… to blissful pop tracks about Sonic Youth and Suicidal Tendencies” -NME
“Š even a smidgen of Lo and Ben’s positively infectious high energy sound, and the idea that they might both exude and attract magical super powers doesn’t seem far-fetched in the slightest.” -NYLON
“Heartsrevolution is the sonic amazing-ness that they head up.” -MISSBEHAVE
WMC APPEARENCES DJ set/URB magazine/TS1 Kick-Off Party Mar 25, The Vagabond, 30 NE 14 St.
Bridges and Powerlines to release debut album Ghost Types helmed by Les Savy Fav, White Rabbits and Asobi Seksu producer Chris Zane.
Album includes a diverse collection of conflicted protagonists: a depression-era film director, a Bangladeshi cab driver, the captain of a doomed steam ship, and a host of others.
Inside every man dwells the ghost of a boy.
Writing the songs for their debut full-length, Bridges and Powerlines began to notice a recurring theme: the male struggle for maturity despite the persistence of boyhood impulses. The stories that populate Ghost Types elaborate this idea and include a diverse collection of conflicted protagonists: a depression-era film director, a Bangladeshi cab driver, the captain of a doomed steam ship, and a host of others.
The words came easily; shaping this lyrical bent around their own brand of slightly quirky indie-rock was more difficult. The resulting record is a collection of upbeat, literate, often dramatic, sometimes complex songs.
The members of Bridges and Powerlines met in New York City in late 2005. Geographically diverse in their upbringing, they had spent their formative years glued to nineties college radio. Drawing heavily from a set of musical heroes that included Guided by Voices and the wistful Elephant Six Collective, they worked to set themselves apart in the crowded NYC music scene.
A debut EP followed shortly, bearing many stylistic references to the post-punk resurgence that gripped New York. Meeting with critical acclaim, the energetic record was described as “an exhilarating racket,” (Six Eyes) and “a taught example of why [Bridges and Powerlines] should be added to your list of bands to watch.” (IGN.com).
The success of their EP attracted producer Chris Zane, who had helmed recent breakout records by Les Savy Fav, White Rabbits and Asobi Seksu. The band spent much of 2007 writing and recording while further developing their sound. The completed 11-song record is equal parts nineties-styled indie-rock, psych-influenced harmony and analog synth intricacy.
Their ideas committed to tape, the band closed 2007 with a successful East Coast tour, a sold-out show at NYC’s Mercury Lounge with Margot and the Nuclear So and So’s and a showcase at the CMJ Music Marathon. They will release Ghost Types on their own imprint Citybird Records in April of 2008.
01. Uncalibrated (MP3) 02. Floods and Fields 03. The Golden Age 04. The Thieves, They Are Everywhere 05. Half A Cent 06. Middle Child 07. The Ghost Types 08. New Mexico 09. The Great Fire 10. The Maine 11. This Last Equation
Band BOSTON Kicks Off Summer Tour on June 6, 2008 Remastered Greatest Hits CD Release from Sony Legacy
The legendary band BOSTON will headline the outdoor festival at Marina Parkon Friday, June 6 in Thunder Bay, Ontario, at one of the Canadian stops of the Great Race 2008. The ‘round-the-globe motor sports event will be making a pit stop in Thunder Bay as a part of its centennial anniversary. The show kicks off a summer of stadium, concert and festival dates that will span the United States and Canada.
BOSTON will be bringing two new recruits on tour this year. Singer/songwriter/guitarist Michael Sweet, veteran Stryper frontman will both sing and trade riffs with Gary and Tom on guitar. Unexpected phenomenon Tommy DeCarlo, the fan that posted his BOSTON covers on his myspace.com page and ended up on stage, will also be belting out the classics that skyrocketed the band to worldwide fame.
Many remember where they were when they first heard “More Than a Feeling” or “Hitch a Ride” on the airwaves back in 1976. BOSTON’s self-titled first album has sold over 17 million copies to date, and was the highest selling debut of all time. It remains a rock classic, and has seen a resurgence in sales after it was remastered by Scholz, along with their second album, “Don’t Look Back,” in 2006. “Amanda,” off 1986’s Third Stage, shot to the top of the charts and held a record-breaking stay at #1, in spite of being the only hit single that year not accompanied by a TV video.
With over 30 million albums sold worldwide, hits like “Peace of Mind,” “Smokin’,” and “Rock and Roll Band” are still as ubiquitous on rock and roll radio as they were when they were new. Coinciding with the summer tour is a fully re-mastered Greatest Hits CD (Sony Legacy.) Lead-off singles from all five BOSTON albums will be included, as well as new photos from throughout the years and liner notes written by Tom Scholz.
BOSTON will be performing many of their classics, including some fan favorites that have not been on the set lists for many years. For complete show itinerary updates, band bios and photos, visit bandboston.com
The Band BOSTON – Tour Summer 2008
June 6 Thunder Bay, ON CAN Marina Park * June 13 Hinckley, MN Grand Casino* July 2 Los Angeles, CA Gibson Amphitheater* July 17 Cadott, WI Rock Fest* July 18 Monticello, IA Great Jones Fair* July 26 West Bend, WI Aug 4 Bethlehem, PA Musikfest* Aug 6 Uncasville, CT Mohegan Sun Arena* Aug 15 Atlantic City, NJ Trump Taj Mahal, Etess Arena*