Young Love recording artists Quitzow and Setting Sun to release new albums in June, launch co-headlining summer tour.

Young Love recording artists Quitzow and Setting Sun to release new albums in June, launch co-headlining summer tour.

Both multi-disciplinary acts merging classical, folk, pop and electronic rock evoke post-punk era Rough Trade bands like Young Marble Giants along with current era Merge artists.

Following a successful co-headlining U.S. tour in February, the upstate New York multi-instrumentalist artists Quitzow and Setting Sun are poised for release both bands’ forthcoming albums on Young Love Records on June 10th, 2008. The two groups share more than a label, release date and tour schedule, however. Quitzow, the namesake of songwriter/singer/multi-instrumentalist Erica Quitzow features Setting Sun songwriter/guitarist/vocalist Gary Levitt alternately adding bass, drums and vocals to its live shows. Likewise, the Levitt-led Setting Sun band includes Erica Quitzow on violin and backing vocals.

Along with this kinship, both groups share an open interest in cross-breeding musical forms, merging classical strings (violin and cello especially), folk, chamber pop and hints of early electronic rock. The results are truly refreshing. Setting Sun has been compared to Merge artists The Radar Brothers, Elliott Smith at his darkest and early Nick Drake. Quitzow invites nods like “Solex meets Liz Phair” and “combining the fun of Peaches with the intelligence of Lori Anderson.” Fans can catch the inseparable pair live on tour throughout June and July. Please see complete dates below.

More about Quitzow:

“Juggling mind-blowing moog/rhodes/bass while singing,” playing Tchaikovsky in The Woodstock Chamber Orchestra, and creating Fender Rhodes loops layered with MPC drums, moog bass, cellos, violins and vocals, Erica Quitzow brings a wide diversity to her records and live performances. With a self-titled debut album and an upcoming second release, Erica is involved in various musical projects exploring new influences for her inner child gone wild, neo-post electro-pop sound. The new record, Art College, out in spring 2008 on Young Love Records, is a collection of sing-along pop song collages with orchestral arrangement over hip hop, electro-clash, and downtempo beats decorated with adventurous harmonies. Instrumentation is performed primarily by Erica and includes MPC, Reason and live drums layered with Moogs and Korgs, Rhodes, Casios, classical and electric guitars, bass, cellos, violins, various percussion instruments with her alternately playful and woeful vocal style. The record was self-recorded in her upstate New York home with production and mixing assistance by band and label-mate, Gary Levitt.

Erica’s debut album, Quitzow, was self-recorded in her previous Los Angeles home and was built on the same acoustic/electronic collage elements as Art College. Again, she played most of the instruments, creating a high-drama palate, and always going for the extreme. While the use of strings in songs like “Drink-Up” sometimes conjures images of Rasputina with a similar Sabbath-style heaviness, often comparisons are elusive as in the cartoon-like playfulness of “R. Crumb.” Elsewhere, “Know Me” is complex and layered, evoking a Todd Rundgren soundscape with passionate screaming vocals reminiscent of Patti Smith.

The live performances include music from both records and ranges from solo cello/guitar and vocals to full band renditions. The upcoming national tour will be with a five piece band including cello, live and electronic drums, bass, backing vocals and percussion, with Erica on Moog, Korg, guitar and vocals.

Among the other projects Erica is involved in is playing violin, cello and singing back up for the Setting Sun live show, as well as playing drums and keyboards on the recordings. Gary Levitt, leader of Setting Sun, is her partner in running Young Love Records and plays bass and sings back up for Quitzow. The bands tour together, share various band members, and assist each other in recording. Erica sometimes plays violin for The Woodstock Chamber Orchestra, working to develop the orchestrations on her recordings by studying the compositions of Tchaikovsky and Copeland, among others. She records strings on an array of projects, recently working with Tony Levin, Garth Hudson, and Malcom Burns on Sarah Perotta’s record, The Well.

Past projects include singing and playing bass in the critically acclaimed Heavy Pebble, a New York/San Francisco based experimental band that toured the west coast. More recently she played Moog, Rhodes, and bass with Jennifer Turner (of Natalie Merchant’s band) in Los Angeles indie-pop band, Inner. The first record was recorded in Nellie Hooper’s London studio. (Bjork, Massive Attack) This band toured practically nonstop for its three-year incarnation to rapidly growing audience, a positive press response and national college radio play.

Quitzow will tour the full US in June/July, and plans to tour Europe in the near future.

More about Setting Sun:

“Levitt wails with toned-down tinges of Kurt Cobain’s emptiness and Elliott Smith’s pain.” – West Coast Performer

Lovers of great songs with inventive and honest sounds can take heart. Setting Sun’s third record, Children of The Wild really delivers. This new record has (so far) been best described as “an odd atmosphere, probed by twizzling sounds, and the feeling that this is the soundtrack for the aftermath of a crash landing.” With an intimate lyrical delivery, each word is slowly tasted before being spoken and is set against driving beats, lashing cellos, soothing instrumental interludes and a rich cortege of violins, synthesizers, and homemade sounds. Amidst the layers of edgy counterpoint melody, lifting harmonies and soundscapes, the song is still the focus.

Setting Sun began in 2001 in a San Francisco apartment as some good old fashioned soul-searching by Gary Levitt where he wrote and produced their aptly titled debut CD Holed Up. Having lived and created in New York, Los Angeles and San Francisco, Setting Sun’s sound bears the mark of them all. The grime and grit of New York, the quirky artiness of San Francisco and the lilting sunshine of LA… all are orchestrally present in the music. This third record was self-produced by Gary Levitt with many friends lending their playing skills. Most noticeably on the record are all the strings, expertly played by band and label-mate Erica Quitzow.

Recorded entirely in their 19th century Victorian house, Quitzow and Setting Sun share a home recording studio. Initially set up to record themselves, Gary soon began taking on outside clients. “I love helping other artists work on their music,” says Levitt. “If they come in with just bare-bones sketches of songs and want to expand on them, I’ll come up with ideas that add to the songs but don’t compete with them.”

Gary also plays bass and sings harmonies for Erica’s band Quitzow. A veteran of the indie music scene, Levitt started as a member of feverish NY band The Kung-Fu Grip. After four years of relentless touring, they made their way out to San Francisco where they paired down their members to a tightly focused three piece, all providing vocals for their cathartic, shock art sound. Levitt simultaneously formed Heavy Pebble with Erica Quitzow, becoming a hit in the music scene in San Francisco and touring the west coast, playing their quirky pop songs with post-modernist film collage projections to crowded houses and critical acclaim. After various line-up changes and key members leaving, both groups disbanded.

Upon having these long-term projects fall apart leaving Levitt with no material to perform, he decided his next project would be solely his own. Levitt sequestered himself in a friend’s San Francisco apartment with some borrowed gear and “two cheap microphones” to record what was to become Setting Sun’s debut, the appropriately titled holed up. Marked by a sense of palpable urgency, the album seamlessly fuses Levitt’s chief references—warm acoustic guitar, melodic counterpoint bent Beatles/Bowie pop, loud/quiet Pixies/Nirvana dynamics—into a catchy and inversely intimate lo-fi blend. As holed up was nearly finished, Levitt was invited to play guitar for Virgin recording artist Jennifer Turner. He flew to London and recorded in Producer Nellee Hooper’s (Bjork, Smashing Pumpkins) studio, putting holed up on the shelf. The band that formed was named Inner, and the record, containing two songs written by Gary, received critical acclaim and international airplay. After relocating to Los Angeles and touring to support the record, Levitt left the band to re-focus on his own music.

Back to Setting Sun. Young Love Records released Holed Up to many positive reviews coinciding with the group touring regularly, performing as a three piece. Gary also embarked on two separate month-long solo tours, playing every night, often paired with daytime radio and college shows, and sleeping where he could. He eventually settled home and began writing and recording his sophomore CD Math and Magic. Curious to hear Setting Sun’s potential with outside production assistance, Levitt embarked on the recording of his second album with producer Richard Chiu. With a different approach than the solo explorations of holed up, Math and Magic is more polished, produced, and collaborative than its lo-fi experimental predecessor. The intimacy of holed up is not lost, but perhaps served on a cleaner plate.

Released on Young Love Records in 2005, songs “The Only One” and “Found It By Midnite” can be heard in the short film Paper Jam, which won several awards in the festival circuit including “Best Music.” Setting Sun has been getting increasing attention from the film and television industries. As more people get exposed many find the music to be a natural fit with the moving image…

Quitzow – Art College Tracklisting:

Release Date: June 10th, 2008

01. Sponsor (It Didn’t Mean A Thing) (MP3)
02. On TV!
03. Peanut
04. Art College
05. Better Than Ever
06. Stay Away from John
07. Love
08. Slept In My car
09. Cats R People 2
10. Rhythm Machine
11. Unripened Fruit
12. Jackpot

Quitzow Live:
06/24 Philladelphia, PA Khyber Pass
06/25 Shepardstown, VA War Memorial
06/28 Greenville, NC Spazzatorium
07/02 Memphis, TN Murphy’s
07/07 Albuquerque, NM Atomic Cantina
07/08 Farmington, NM Tutah Theater
07/10 San Francisco, CA Amnesia
07/11 Santa Cruz, CA The Crepe Place
07/12 Arcata, CA Jambalaya
07/16 Boise, ID Neurolux
07/19 Omaha, NE Oleavers
07/20 Chicago, IL TBA
07/21 Landing, MI Mac’s Bar
07/22 Detroit, MI Von’s AKA The Vault
07/23 Pittsburg, PA Garfield Arts

Setting Sun – Children of The Wild Tracklisting:

Release Date: June 10th, 2008

01. What We Wanted
02. No Devil Me No More (MP3)
03. How Long
04. Carry Me Away
05. Overjoyed
06. Slob
07. Love My Love
08. Not Waste
09. Inside My Love
10. Morning Song
11. Happy Joy

Setting Sun Live:
06/24 Philladelphia, PA Khyber Pass
06/28 Greenville, NC Spazzatorium
07/02 Memphis, TN Murphy’s
07/06 Amarillo, TX The 806
07/07 Albuquerque, NM Atomic Cantina
07/12 Arcata, CA Jambalaya
07/16 Boise, ID Neurolux
07/21 Landing, MI Mac’s Bar
07/22 Detroit, MI Von’s AKA The Vault

Eagle Rock Entertainment To Release Live Jethro Tull DVD – May 20

Eagle To Release JETHRO TULL’S JACK IN THE GREEN: LIVE IN GERMANY ~On DVD May 20~

British Classic Rock Band Going Strong After 40 Years!

We’re going to skip the obvious question of why this great band isn’t in the Rock’n’Roll Hall Of Fame and get right to the particulars. After the commercially and artistically successful Live At Montreux 2003 DVD, Eagle Rock Entertainment, on May 20, will release Jethro Tull’s Jack In The Green: Live In Germany, an enticing DVD compendium of in-concert rarities [running time: 96 minutes] spanning the years 1970 to 1993.

The main bulk of the action here centers around 1982 and 1986. It’s amazing to think that this band, led by the redoubtable and enigmatic Ian Anderson, confronting its 40th Anniversary later this year, has never really took any extended time off. Constantly active, one of the most globally enduring and endearing bands of all time, Tull has the kind of international fan base that follows them around the globe. Like the Deadheads of old, Tullheads are no less passionate. Tull shows are like a family celebration of life and longevity. And these shows exhibit those good vibes in spades!

Anderson, of course, is the key. Whether on flute, guitar, mandolin or harmonica, this brilliant singer/songwriter/entertainer/salmon farmer holds sway over his audiences like “The Pied Piper Of Hamelin.” Black Sabbath’s Tony Iommi, who was in Jethro Tull for a brief time, always said that Ian knew how to run a band and make it work. That truth still exists today. Anderson is hands-on and pro-active. He, in fact, has fully approved all clips from this DVD, going so far as to add photographs from his personal collection in the packaging.

And Martin Barre has to be one of the most under-recognized and overlooked greatest Progressive Rock guitarists in history. The six notes he wrote as the riff of “Aqualung” alone stands as testament to his genius. Also an accomplished flute player and composer, he is the perfect foil for Anderson’s wily showmanship.

Track Listing

Rockpop In Concert 1982
1) Hard Times
2) Pussy Willow
3) Heavy Horses
4) Jack In The Green
5) Keyboard Solo
6) Sweet Dreams
7) Aqualung
8) Locomotive Breath
9) Cheerio
Rocksummer 1986
10) Hunting Girl
Out In The Green 1986
11) Thick As A Brick
12) Black Sunday
13) Improvisation 2
14) Too Old To Rock’n’Roll, Too Young To Die
Live In Germany 1993
15) My Sunday Feeling
16) So Much Trouble
Beat Club 1970/1971
17) With You There To Help Me
18) Nothing Is Easy

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.

“DON’T STOP, DON’T CHANGE, STAY BEAUTIFUL” THE LAST GOODNIGHT GAINING MOMENTUM WITH THEIR NEW SINGLE “STAY BEAUTIFUL” AND ITS INSPIRATIONAL MESSAGE

“DON’T STOP, DON’T CHANGE, STAY BEAUTIFUL” THE LAST GOODNIGHT GAINING MOMENTUM WITH THEIR NEW SINGLE “STAY BEAUTIFUL” AND ITS INSPIRATIONAL MESSAGE

“Stay Beautiful” Movement Has Begun With Campaigns On Several Online Platforms Including Buzznet.com, Fliptrack.com And Facebook.com

“Stay Beautiful” Gaining Speed At Top 40 And Hot AC Radio With The Video In Rotation At VH1 And MTV Hits

After A Stint With The Red Jumpsuit Apparatus And Ne-Yo At Disney’s Grad Nite 08’, The Band Will Hit The West Coast For A Headline Tour Beginning May 13th

Virgin Records breakthrough band The Last Goodnight has a message they want to share with their second single “Stay Beautiful” and believe it’s a message everyone should hear:

“’Stay Beautiful’ is a personal song for me because it talks about a beauty that exists within anything, whether it’s a woman, a situation, a dream or an idea,” lead singer Kurtis John explains. “But the beauty is anything but superficial; it’s real and genuine. It’s not forced, fabricated or contrived. Without the vanity, this world is a beautiful place.”

The group, who have spent much of the last eight months on the road, recently joined The Red Jumpsuit Apparatus and Ne-Yo as the musical talent at Disney’s Grad Nite 08’ in Orlando. They head to California to play a string of headline shows in May (full schedule below). “Stay Beautiful” is currently climbing the charts at Top 40 and Hot AC radio and in rotation on VH1 and MTV Hits.

“Stay Beautiful” is the follow up to the debut single “Pictures of You” off the band’s debut album Poison Kiss. “Pictures of You” has already seen massive success worldwide, reaching top 10 status in the U.S. and climbed all the way to the top of the charts in Australia, where it sat at #1 for four consecutive weeks. The band’s album Poison Kiss captures the vagaries of life and love through a kaleidoscope of rock, pop, jazz, folk and soul influences that coalesce in an exquisitely nuanced work that is, by turns, shimmering and shattering led by John’s soulful, melodic vocals.

The Last Goodnight is comprised of Kurtis John (lead vocals, piano), Michael Nadeau (lead guitar), Leif Christensen (bass), Anton Yurack (keyboards, harmonica, rhythm guitar), Larone “Skeeter” McMillian (drums) and Ely Rise (keyboards).

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West Coast Tour Dates

May 13 San Diego, CA House of Blues Delta Room
May 14 Los Angeles, CA Roxy
May 16 Reno, NV Club Undergound
May 17 Sacramento, CA Boardwalk
May 18 San Francisco, CA Golden Gate Park Footstock Fest
May 19 Modesto, CA Fat Cat
May 21 Fresno, CA Club Fred

A Soft Kill, the latest album by From Bubblegum To Sky ain’t no sunny pop affair – it just sounds like it. Lead single “Even The Sunbeams” available for download now.

A Soft Kill, the latest album by From Bubblegum To Sky ain’t no sunny pop affair – it just sounds like it. Lead single “Even The Sunbeams” available for download now.

“…a plateful of promise, a cool treat for the coming dog days of summer.” – San Francisco Weekly

“…what pop sounds like in my little fantasy world.” – There Stands The Glass

PiL, meds, disco, half Mexican, half Japanese, The SOS Band, monster guitar riffs, drinking, more drinking, The dB’s, divorce, death, arrests, cannibalism, no compromises, The Bee Gees, shimmering melodies and stalking. FROM BUBBLEGUM TO SKY ain’t no sunny pop affair – it just sounds like it.

By winter, A Soft Kill, the third full-length album by FROM BUBBLEGUM TO SKY is certain to be considered one of the greatest one-man albums of the year. Only the maturity that comes with brushing against and immersing oneself in the influences mentioned above could bring out an album that is at once ultimately catchy, realistically morose, and expertly played. In a word: fucking relatable.

The one man is Mario Hernandez and he’s been wrestling with a few demons. Hernandez’s previous records Me and Amy and the Two French Boys (Eenie Meenie, 2000) and Nothing Sadder Than Lonely Queen (Eenie Meenie, 2004) certainly hinted at genius – what with the confessional lyrics sung in a helium tinged voice that lights the drapes on fire meeting the hook laden crunch fest that cools ‘em down. With A Soft Kill, Hernandez has crafted a masterpiece. He demurs, stating, “This record is much more inspired – less obvious indie pop, more organic and drunk. It’s an outlet and easily my favorite record.” Ours, too.

A Soft Kill brings to mind the concept of the vices people use to kill themselves slowly. Not a murder, but a soft kill. Feelings we’ve all felt are wrapped in pristine pop melodies, sandpaper-y guitars and a vocal style dictated by the radio programs of second generation pop songs and high voiced singers that Hernandez listened to before departing Japan for America at the age of 12.

As a self-contained pop machine (occasionally joined by bassist Frank Jordan and Keyboardist Bill Evans) Hernandez does the control freak edict of Billy Corgan and Dave Grohl proud on A Soft Kill. No one should be playing drums on a FROM BUBBLEGUM TO SKY record but Hernandez — this kind of urgency demands the percussive touch of the author, after all! And is he ever keeping time – 11 songs, 30 minutes. It doesn’t get any better.

“I feel like it’s a band, even though it’s just me,” he says. “The things that people are doing to me, or I’m doing to them, or whatever experiences I’m having — that’s the band. I couldn’t write without those experiences and in a way that’s what a band member does.”

These are the words of the ONE man becoming THE man. When Mario Hernandez is letting it all hang out, you wanna hang out, too.

FROM BUBBLEGUM TO SKY’s A Soft Kill will be released by Eenie Meenie Records as a digital download and vinyl LP only. The vinyl configuration will come packaged with a FROM BUBBLEGUM TO SKY t-shirt designed exclusively by the Brown Sound Clothing Company, available online and in select lifestyle stores. Check out the company that created this exclusive offer HERE. A Soft Kill was recorded at CBS Studios in Oakland, CA on a Tascam one-inch reel-to-reel.

A Soft Kill Tracklisting:

Release Date: 06.03.08

01. The King Of Failed
02. The Flash
03. I Always Fall Apart
04. Guest Relations
05. Say Goodbye
06. My Je M’apelle
07. A Soft Kill
08. Even The Sunbeams (MP3)
09. Flies On A Jet Plane
10. Captain Tennille
11. Downtown Or Up?

BLACK LIPS HIT THE ROAD WITH THE RACONTEURS AND HEADLINE THE MOJAVE TENT AT COACHELLA! PLUS LOLLAPALOOZA, AND TWO NEW VIDEOS CELEBRATING NEW ORLEANS AND RIOTING IN THE STREETS!

BLACK LIPS HIT THE ROAD WITH THE RACONTEURS AND HEADLINE THE MOJAVE TENT AT COACHELLA!

PLUS LOLLAPALOOZA, AND TWO NEW VIDEOS CELEBRATING NEW ORLEANS AND RIOTING IN THE STREETS!

“The Black Lips are one of the best live bands in America” – ROLLING STONE

Last summer the Black Lips were touring Israel and Palestine (with a VBS.tv series to prove it) and came home to a whirlwind of praising press for their new album Good Bad Not Evil and a rabidly growing fanbase. After touring for almost a full year non-stop and selling out shows around the world, this summer the Black Lips will play the behemoth festivals known as Coachella (headlining the Mojave tent Friday night) and Lollapalooza and tour with The Ranconteurs (dates below). Kicking off all of this are new videos for O Katrina! and Bad Kids.

The O Katrina video was directed by Andrew Reuland and Robert Semmer and showcases New Orleans subculture and concert footage from around the globe. From the director: “From Ms. P to DJ Jubilee, the people of New Orleans have always done their own thing. So when it came time to make a video for Katrina, we decided instead of getting all “When the Levees Broke” we would show you the places and faces of our second favorite city in the south. All that mixed with live footage from shows in Mexico, Israel, California, and London. The only thing that would make this video better is a guest appearance by Rue Mcclanhan or a full frontal nudity”.

And then there’s this Bad Kids video that surfaced on YouTube over the weekend. We don’t know the origin of it, but we fucking love it. They’ve taken the rowdy Black Lips sing-along and turned it into karaoke (complete with a bouncing smiley-face) set to images of chaos and rioting on the streets of Britain.

THE BLACK LIPS SUPPORTING THE RANCONTEURS
May 27 Washington, DC @ 930 Club Sold Out
May 28 Washington, DC @ 930 Club Sold Out
May 30 New York, NY @ Terminal 5 Sold Out
May 31 New York, NY @ Terminal 5 Sold Out
June 1 New York, NY @ Terminal 5
June 3 Boston, MA @ Bank of America Pavilioin Sold Out
June 7 Detroit, MI @ The Fillmore Sold Out
June 8 Detroit, MI @ The Fillmore *Just Added
June 9 Columbus, OH @ LC Amphitheater 10 Cincinnati, OH @ National City

FESTIVALS
April 25 Indio, CA @ Coachella Music Festival (Mojave tent headliner, set time 11pm)
August 1, Chicago, IL @ Lollapolooza

In preparation of their self titled debut full length release this July The Black Ghosts Headline May “Tales of Colt 45” and Announce New Music Videos

In preparation of their self titled debut full length release this July The Black Ghosts Headline May “Tales of Colt 45” and Announce New Music Videos

For the second consecutive summer VICE and Colt 45 will unite to present Tales of Colt 45, a touring series of free shows traveling to LA, Atlanta, Chicago, Philadelphia and New York. From May through August, the tour will return once a month to the same venue, creating a Colt 45 summer residency in each market.

Darkly atmospheric but always aimed at the heart of the dance-floor, The Black Ghosts’ two-man Decks, FX and vocals set-up manoeuvres through Machiavellian grooves with disarming verve, unearthing a thunderous mix of infectious supernatural sounds.

Open by invitation only to partygoers 21+ with ID, the events will star headline acts curated by VICE music, including The Black Ghosts, Matt & Kim, Thunderheist, The Death Set and others. And best of all, the shows are absolutely free.

After unveiling their unstoppable EP “Any Way You Choose to Give It”, The Black Ghosts are preparing to release their highly-anticipated debut full-length “The Black Ghosts”on IAMSOUND July 8, 2008, which features the electro-pop groove and first single, “Repetition” and the ghetto-gothic ‘Anyway You Chose To Give It’. Advance music will be sent out shortly and in the meantime if you cannot wait to hear this ghostly beauty, please email us and we will expedite you a copy. This is definitely one not to miss for all those summer preview issues! We reckon that The Black Ghosts will surely make many year end top critics polls and be your favorite summer long player.

The past year has seen The Black Ghosts’ ethereal Electronic Soul building them a formidable reputation with the quiet confidence that befits the duo’s enigmatic style. With the cold, steely riffs and floor-smashing beats of the much admired Theo Keating AKA Touché, ably augmented by erstwhile Simian vocalist Simon Lord, The Black Ghosts’ have begun to reveal their unique, electro-noir spirit through a brace of limited addition white-labels and their strikingly original DJ sets, that see Simon unfettering his spine-chilling vocals and shadowy tales. Theo & Simon have compiled and mixed ‘The Black Ghosts Mixtape’ out on Southern Fried Records in the UK and recently honored in the UK with the titles of electro mix of the month by MixMag and mix of the month by DJ Mag. With their special touch these bangin’ tracks are brought to life and give a glimpse into the incomparable dance-floor wrecking sets that take place only when The Black Ghosts are up on the decks. *Limited copies are avail, hit us up for yours!

And for the real deal, do yourself a favor and check out The Black Ghosts at one of these fine establishments in your hood!

The Tales of Colt 45 and VICE Present: The Black Ghosts and Thunderheist

May 5 – LA – King King w/ DJ C-Town DJ Skeet Skeet (Eat Skeet.com)
May 7 – Atlanta – MJQ w/ Brian Parris and Skooter
May 8 – Chicago – Hideout w/ Willy Joy and Capcom and Lazer Crystals
May 9 – Philadelphia – The Barbary w/ Dave P (Making Time / FIXED)
May 10 – Brooklyn – Glasslands Gallery w/ dj’s Lauren Flax (iheartcomix) and Sweatshop Labor

“The Black Ghosts will get you moving without fail…. The result is dark, daring electro-synth songs with thoughtful lyrics taken from a cynical and strangely empowering perspective.” – Spin.com, artist of the day

“The Black Ghosts are uncommon pop geniuses with a knack for catchy songs that avoid cliches.” TBG Can rock the funky beats and sing. They have a knack for combining dance-punk indie-pop and electro-breaks, and somehow do it without sounding lame.” -XLR8R

“This 4 song boner that pokes back to the 80’s erotic pop era when West End Girls, some bigger than others, slithered into bathroom stalls like Karma Chameleons only to overdose on Candy and fall crashing down through a Heart of Glass” – Tripwire

“There’s the makings of the next electropop sensation”. – Pop Matters

“their upcoming debut album leaves absolutely nothing to be desired in the indie-dance-worhty-of-your-fanatism department. Their current single “Anyway You Choose To Give It” sounds like Megaman disco dancing with Crystal Castles, and the reigning Best Song of the Summer” -Sup

And never ones to to take the conventional route, The Black Ghosts have teamed up with CULT-GEIST, a global network of filmmakers, photographers, artists, curators, promoters and musicians, to create a video for every track on the album to be premiered each week alternating between Big Stereo and Missing Toof starting May 5th. For a little preview of things to come check out the video for “I Want Nothing” created by Tokyo-based illustrator and animation director Fantastista Utamaro who is part of the manga artist collection Mashcomix.

ISLANDS ANNOUNCE FULL 40 DATE NORTH AMERICAN TOUR TO SUPPORT THEIR UPCOMING ALBUM, ARM’S WAY

ISLANDS ANNOUNCE FULL 40 DATE NORTH AMERICAN TOUR TO SUPPORT THEIR UPCOMING ALBUM, ARM’S WAY

ALBUM OUT MAY 20 ON ANTI-RECORDS

ISLANDS MYSPACE.COM: Arm’s Way out on Anti-Records May 20th
http://www.myspace.com/islands

CREEPER” ON PITCHFORK

“It’s in the blogger code to toss out superlatives with reckless abandon, but really — we weren’t lying when called Islands set at Cedar St. the best of this fest.”
-STEREOGUM ON ISLANDS SXSW SET

04/17 – Cleveland, OH @ Grog Shop
04/18 – Champaign, IL @ IMC_0
04/21 – Denver, CO @ Bluebird
04/22 – Salt Lake City, UT @ In The Venue
04/24 – Los Angeles, CA @ UCLA (day show)
04/26 – Indio, CA (Coachella)

NEWLY ADDED DATES:
30-Apr Memphis, TN @ Hi-Tone
1-May Birmingham, AL @ Bottletree

22-May-Washington DC @ Black Cat
23-May-Philadelphia, PA @ First Unit.
24-May-New York, NY @ Webster Hall
25-May-Boston, MA @ Middle East
27-May-Ottawa, CA @ Babylon
28-May-Montreal @ Le National
29-May-Toronto @ Phoenix
30-May-London @ Call The Office
31-May-Waterloo @ Starlight
1-Jun Detroit, MI @ Crofoot
2-Jun Chicago, IL @ Logan Square Auditorium
3-Jun Minnepolis, MN @ First Ave
4-Jun Fargo @ The Aquarium
5-June-Winnipeg @ West End Cultural Centre
6-June-Saskatoon @ Amigo’s
7-June-Edmonton @ Starlite
8-June-Calgary @ Warehouse
10-June-Vancouver @ Plaza Club
12-Jun Seattle, WA @ Neumos
13-Jun Portland, OR @ Hawthorne
14-Jun Eugene, OR @ UofO Grad Fest
16-Jun San Francisco, CA @ Bimbo’s
17-Jun Los Angeles, CA @ Henry Fonda
19-Jun San Diego / CA @ Epicentre
20-Jun Tucson, AZ @ Club Congress
21-Jun Phoenix, AZ @ Club House
23-Jun Austin, TX @ Emo’s
24-Jun Dallas, TX @ Granada
25-Jun Houston, TX @ Walter’s
26-Jun Baton Rouge, LA@ Chelsea’s Café
27-Jun Atlanta, GA @ Masquerade
28-Jun Charlotte, NC @ Neighborhood Theatre

Arm’s Way out on May 20th on Anti-Records

HEALTH goes disco? Not exactly, L.A.’s “beautiful noise” group announces release of HEALTH//DISCO remix collection, EU/UK tour dates. Pitchfork.tv debuts featuring the band’s rooftop set.

HEALTH goes disco? Not exactly, L.A.’s “beautiful noise” group announces release of HEALTH//DISCO remix collection, EU/UK tour dates. Pitchfork.tv debuts featuring the band’s rooftop set.

“HEALTH make extremely pleasant noise music.” — Vice Magazine

“It’s a challenging, loud vision of rock yes, but it’s not nearly as tough as it at first seems.” — 8/10, NME

L.A.’s beautiful-noise quartet HEALTH has set a May 13th, 2008 release date for HEALTH//DISCO, the companion to the band’s phenomenally popular self-titled debut on the Lovepump United label. And, while fans in the U.S. can enjoy the latest release, converts across the pond can see the group’s intense live show on its extensive EU/UK tour beginning April 30th (see complete dates below). Furthermore, just like Buggles ushered in the MTV nation with “Video Killed the Radio Star”, HEALTH’s eruptive 5-song NYC rooftop performance kicks off the newly launched Pitchfork.tv web-video station.

In addition to evoking grand hyperboles from every blog under the sun, HEALTH’s album inspired several other musicians to match the band’s creativity. They reimagined, recut and remixed, and the result is the 11-song HEALTH//DISCO. Featuring remixes from Crystal Castles, Acid Girls, CFCF, Pink Skull, Thrust Lab, Narctrax, and more, these tracks take HEALTH’s ethereal chanting, screeching noise, and gauzy atmosphere and forcefully apply them to the dance floor. The CD also contains an enhanced DISCO+ portion with even more remixes from Toxic Avenger, Nastique, Lovely Chords, Captain Ahab and others.

“This is not your typical remix album,” the band states in an open letter to fans. “Every artist on the record was hand selected and contacted by us with the hope of combining our sounds and musical ideas with those of electronic artists we admire, several of them doing remixes for the first time. It is not about market saturation or crossover appeal. It is purely about the music, and we are proud of it. This is an album, and meant to be listened to as one. The goal of this record is not only to present all these songs at once, but also to ensure that they are not forgotten in the constantly updating, content hungry internet music world.”

HEALTH’s much-ballyhooed March 2008 tour with Toronto electro-punk duo Crystal Castles has been an incredible success, spilling over to the band’s current U.S. dates seeing packed houses and tremendous reviews.

The spry noisemakers have set up a separate MySpace page from its regular band site for all of its myriad remix/collaboration projects. Check it out HERE. The impressive word-of-mouth excitement about HEALTH has quickly become an international phenomenon. In late summer 2007, the band ripped a swath across the U.K. — garnering praise from the NME, BBC radio and many more — and healed cynical souls all across the U.S. throughout that fall and into winter 2008. 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 hit shelves on September 18th, 2007 while L.A. based Cold Sweat Records (Battles, Phantom Family Halo, This Moment in Black History) issued the vinyl version of the album in early December.

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’s debut was nominated for the illustrious 2008 Plug Awards in the “Avant Album of the Year” category. Also, Pitchfork picked the video clip for “Heaven” off of the band’s self-titled debut for its Top 50 Videos of 2007 feature.

HEALTH Live:
04/18 Phoenix, AZ @ Trunk Space
04/19 Claremont, CA @ Kohoutek Festival at Pitzer College
04/20 Los ngeles, CA @ The Smell
04/25 Troy, NY @ EMPAC
04/30 Oxford, UK @ Wheatsheaf
05/01 London, UK @ Luminaire
05/02 Vienna, AT @ Donau Festival
05/03 Manchester, UK @ Charlies Nightlcub
05/04 Leeds, UK @ Brudenell
05/05 Cambridge, UK @ The Portland Arms
05/06 Nottingham, UK @ Bodega
05/09 Dublin, IRL @ Whelans
05/10 Glasgow, UK @ Captain’s Rest
05/11 Newcastle, UK @ End Bar
05/12 Brighton, UK @ The Freebutt
05/13 Brussels, BE @ Nuit De Botanique Festival
05/14 Ghent, BE @ Vooruit
05/15 Amsterdam, NL @ Bitterzoet
05/16 Rotterdam, NL @ Worm
05/17 NL Utrecht @ Tivoli
05/18 Hamburg, DE @ Westwerk
05/19 Helsinki, FI @ Kuudes Linja
05/20 Turku, FI @ Dynamo
05/21 Oslo, NO @ Spasibar
05/22 Aarhus, DK @ Musikcafeen
05/23 Berlin, DE @ Westgermany
05/25 Leipzig, DE @ Zoro
05/26 Vienna, AT @ Arena
05/29 Barcelona, ES @ Primavera
06/03 Barcelos, P @ Zoom
06/04 Porto, P @ Maus Hábitos
06/05 Rennes, FR @ Ubu
06/06 Cherbourg, FR @ Terra Trema Festival
06/07 Paris, FR @ Vilette Sonique
06/09 Southhampton, UK @ The Joiners
06/11 Liverpool, UK @ Korova

HEALTH//DISCO Tracklisting:

Release Date: May 13, 2008

01. Triceratops (Acid Girls Rmx A)
02. Lost Time (Pictureplane Rmx)
03. Triceratops (Acid Girls Rmx B)
04. Crimewave (Crystal Castles vs. HEALTH)
05. Heaven (Narctrax Rmx)
06. Problem Is (Thrust Lab Rmx)
07. Triceratops (CFCF Rmx)
08. Lost Time (C.L.A.W.S. Rmx)
09. Tabloid Sores (Nosajthing Rmx)
10. Heaven (Pink Skull Rmx)
11. Perfect Skin (Curses! Rmx)

HEALTH Tracklisting:
Stream The Album HERE
Released: Sept. 18, 2007

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