Charming anti-folk duo The Terrordactyls to release new demos via MySpace, lands lucrative kazoo sponsorship, plans fall tour of the US and new album.

Charming anti-folk duo The Terrordactyls to release new demos via MySpace, lands lucrative kazoo sponsorship, plans fall tour of the US and new album.

“Everything The Terrordactyls do is wonderful.” – Megan Seling, The Stranger

“The earnest quality of their music is immediately endearing, and at the same time belies a deeper songwriting. Keep this band on your radar for 2008.” – Rock Sellout

“Amidst the extended and passionate kazoo solos, the toy piano melodies, and lo-fi guitar strums lives the conflicted story of youth. The I love you, but you broke my knee caps, the joy and sorrow, the humor and the tears, all packed into a charming 37 minutes.” – What To Wear During an Orange Alert

Michael Cadiz and Tyrel Stendahl – the duo behind The Terrordactyls – will be posting a new demo every two weeks starting May 26th on their MySpace page. Some demos will appear in finished form on the the duo’s next LP (tentatively scheduled for winter, 2008.) Some are older tracks that didn’t make the cut for previous releases.

Each demo will be accompanied by a poster, hand drawn by the boys themselves (in keeping with the group’s penchant for unbridled crafting.) Each demo track will be will be available for free with the purchase of a poster or you can get the poster for free with the purchase of the track. Pretty sweet, huh?

The band is also celebrating a recent score – a coveted kazoo sponsorship from Kazoobie (LINK). The company provided the duo with a supply of kazoos for its currently-in-the-works fall tour. Soon to be available – Terrordactyls branded kazoos – perfect for audience members that wish to kazoo along.

On their current self-titled album, The Terrordactyls’ quirky, lighthearted yet decidedly melancholic pop/anti-folk tunes are augmented by toy pianos, kazoos, and the voice of Kimya Dawson (The Moldy Peaches, Juno) on the song “Devices” — the stop-motion video for which has been viewed almost 200,000 times on YouTube and was recently AOL/Spinner’s “Video of The Day.”

Despite all these charming trappings, though, nothing really serves to take the edge off the band’s gutsy interpretation of the sad sweetness (or sweet sadness) of living. This is demonstrated by the contrast of their childlike music to the dark and serious subject matter explored by lyrics such as (from “Fall”):

“Shoot me in the face / I’ll shoot you in the face / We’ll see which one of us / Can shoot the other in the most accurate place / Stab me in the chest / I’ll stab you in the chest / We’ll see which one of us / Can stab the other in the chest the very best / Hang me from the rafters / And I’ll hang you from the lamp post / We will see which one of us / Wants to end everything the most.”

Despite being labeled a “lo-fi” band, The Terrordactyls say they “strive for the highest fidelity” while maintaining the whimsy you might expect in homemade recordings.

Originally a quartet, The Terrordactyls once featured Brendhan Bowers on drums and Scott Yoder on guitar. The two eventually left the band because, according to Cadiz and Stendahl, “they were no longer willing to participate in the rigorous daily regimens of weight lifting and jumping jacks required by the group’s image consultant, Extremeline.” Humor aside, Bowers and Yoder went on to form The Pharmacy – and Cadiz and Stendahl went on to create The Mike Bowers EP – a collection of Pharmacy covers dedicated to Brendhan Bowers father.

The Terrordactyls Tracklisting:

Stream The Album HERE

01. Facelift
02. Sabina
03. Zombie Girl
04. I Want To Cry
05. Decoration Daniel
06. Fall (MP3)
07. Devices (MP3)
08. Sandcastles
09. Shipping
10. Parking Lots
11. Nobody Knows
12. Swimming
13. Home
14. Baltimore

The Mike Bowers EP Tracklisting:

Stream The EP HERE

01. Overcast Summer (MP3)
02. Prince
03. Growing Old (MP3)
04. Two Small Armies
05. Andy

BOYS LIKE GIRLS & GOOD CHARLOTTE READY TO CO-HEADLINE THE SOUNDTRACK OF YOUR SUMMER TOUR

BOYS LIKE GIRLS & GOOD CHARLOTTE READY TO CO-HEADLINE THE SOUNDTRACK OF YOUR SUMMER TOUR

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The rapidly-rising Boston-based rock/pop band Boys Like Girls will join forces with the multi-platinum-selling American pop/punk ensemble Good Charlotte as co-headliners on the upcoming Soundtrack Of Your Summer tour (full itinerary follows). In what promises to be one of the year’s biggest blockbuster concert extravaganzas, the Soundtrack Of Your Summer tour will include sets from special guest artists Metro Station and The Maine.

News of the Boys Like Girls/Good Charlotte tour arrives shortly after “Thunder,” the third single from the eponymous Boys Like Girls debut album, impacts Top 40 radio. A remix of “Thunder” posted on the band’s MySpace page (www.myspace.com/boyslikegirls) has already accrued more than 850,000 plays since its initial posting in March 2008. Boys Like Girls recently ran a contest encouraging fans to create their own music videos for “Thunder” with the best entry scoring a trip for the winner to the band’s official video shoot for the track.

“Thunder” is the latest in an unbroken string of Boys Like Girls crossover hits, following the success of the RIAA platinum certified “The Great Escape” — which charted on the Billboard Hot 100 (#23) Top 10 on the Billboard Pop 100 (#9), Pop 100 Airplay (#7), and Top 40 Mainstream (#8) charts — and “Hero/Heroine” — which reached the Top 40 on the Pop 100 (#32), Pop 100 Airplay (#31), Top 40 Mainstream (#22) and Hot Digital Songs (#32) while peaking in the top half (#43) of the Billboard Hot 100.

Produced by Matt Squire (Panic! At The Disco, Northstar, Hit The Lights), the RIAA Gold-certified Boys Like Girls debut album spent more than forty weeks on the Billboard Heatseekers Top New Artist chart and the SoundScan Alternative New Artist Sales chart, reaching #1 on both charts for three weeks running in June 2007. The album hit #55 on the Billboard Top 200 that August, remaining on that chart well into 2008. Boys Like Girls has achieved total sales of well over a half million units.

Boys Like Girls, a veritable touring machine minting pure fandemonium at every show, headlined the SRO “Tourzilla” concert extravaganza after spending the summer of 2007 performing a series of highly-successful shows on the Vans Warped Tour. The group spent much of January 2008 touring Japan and the UK before returning stateside for a run of shows opening for Avril Lavigne from March through May 2008.

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Recently returning from a highly successful international tour Good Charlotte, made up of twin brothers JOEL MADDEN (vocals) and BENJI MADDEN (guitars/vocals), BILLY MARTIN (guitars), PAUL THOMAS (bass) and DEAN BUTTERWORTH (drums) continue to take the world by storm. Hailing from Waldorf, Maryland, Good Charlotte topped charts worldwide with the group’s 2002 break-out album, the hugely successful The Young and the Hopeless, which included the hit singles “Lifestyles of the Rich & Famous” and “Girls and Boys.”

Returning to work with producer Don Gilmore (Pearl Jam, Linkin Park, Avril Lavigne)–who helmed Good Charlotte’s eponymous 2000 breakthrough debut–was the decisive change that reinvigorated the band. After the triple platinum The Young and the Hopeless and 2004’s subsequent million-selling follow-up The Chronicles of Life and Death (which were realized with producer Eric Valentine), GC singer Joel Madden says its modus operandi on their recent album was simply to “make a record that we loved and that felt good.”

Good Charlotte’s latest release, Good Morning Revival (Epic/Daylight), is the best-selling group’s fourth full-length album and features the hit singles “The River” and “(I Don’t Wanna Be In Love) Dance Floor Anthem”– which the Associated Press called “An instantly infectious toe-tapper.” Good Charlotte’s newest single “Where Would We Be Now” will officially impact radio on May 20 and will be available everywhere digitally.

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The Hollywood-based Metro Station — Trace Cyrus (vocals, guitar), Mason Musso (vocals, guitar), Blake Healy (keyboards, synthesizer), and Anthony Improgo (percussion) — create a hook-filled danceable pop sound mirroring the yearning of their generation and the excitement of contemporary life. Masters of traditional song craft and modern technology, Metro Station released its eponymous debut album (Red Ink/Columbia Records) in September 2007. The group’s current single, “Shake It,” reached #36 on the Billboard Hot 100 and #22 on the Pop 100.

The press has been quick to respond to the fresh young sound and attitude of Metro Station. Alternative Press (July 2007) singled the group out as one of “22 Underground Bands (Who Likely Won’t Stay Underground For Long)” while Teen Vogue (April 2007) declared Metro Station a “Best New Unsigned Artist.” The group became part of Urb magazine’s “Music Revolution” in January 2007 while “Seventeen Forever,” Metro Station’s breakout youth culture anthem, was featured in The N Network’s Summer ’07 television promos. In addition to the band’s more than 7.3 million MySpace plays, Metro Station has enjoyed multiple spins on Indie 103 and KROQ specialty shows.

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In 2007, when The Maine formed in Phoenix, Arizona, many of the band’s members were still in high school. Signing with Fearless Records that same year, the group recorded the EP “The Way We Talk,” which hit #45 on the Billboard Top Independent Albums chart and #10 on the Heatseekers chart in 2008. The group’s debut album, produced by Matt Squire, is slated for release on July 8, 2008.

www.wearethemaine.com

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Boys Like Girls/Good Charlotte – Soundtrack Of Your Summer Itinerary

Tue 7/8 Chicago, IL Congress Theatre
Wed 7/9 Milwaukee, WA The Rave
Thur 7/10 Des Moines IA Val-Air Ballroom
Fri 7/11 Denver, CO The Fillmore Auditorium
Sat 7/12 Salt Lake City, UT Salt Air Theater
Mon 7/14 Seattle, WA Showbox SoDo
Tue 7/15 Portland, OR Roseland Ballroom
Thur 7/17 Berkeley CA Berkeley Community Theatre
Fri 7/18 Anaheim, CA The Grove
Sat 7/19 Los Angeles, CA The Wiltern
Sun 7/20 Alpine, CA Concerts in the Park
Mon 7/21 Mesa, AZ Mesa Amphitheater
Thur 7/24 Houston, TX Verizon Theater
Sat 7/26 Baton Rouge, LA Dixie Landin’ Theme Park
Tue 7/29 Clearwater, FL Ruth Eckerd Hall
Wed 7/30 Orlando, FL House of Blues
Thur 7/31 Boca Raton, FL Mizner Park Amphitheatre
Fri 8/1 St. Augustine FL St. Augustine Amphitheatre
Sat 8/2 Myrtle Beach, SC House of Blues
Sun 8/3 Richmond VA 18th Street – Shockoe Bottom
Wed 8/6 Indianapolis, IN The Lawn at White River
Thu 8/7 Detroit MI The Fillmore at State Theater
Fri 8/8 Cleveland OH Time Warner Cable Amp.
Sat 8/9 Cincinnati OH National City Pavilion
Sun 8/10 Charlotte NC Amos’ Southend
Wed 8/13 Toronto ON Kool Haus
Thu 8/14 Montreal QC Metropolis
Fri 8/15 Lowell MA Tsongas Arena
Sat 8/16 Uniondale NY Nassau Coliseum Parking Lot
Sun 8/17 Poughkeepsie NY Mid Hudson Civic Center
Wed 8/20 Philadelphia PA Festival Pier @ Penn’s Landing
Thu 8/21 Jackson NJ North Star Arena @ Six Flags NJ

DURAN DURAN launch video podcasts exclusively on Zune Marketplace Features behind-the-scenes footage from the making of Red Carpet Massacre + Justin Timberlake and Timbaland in the studio

DURAN DURAN launch video podcasts exclusively on Zune Marketplace Features behind-the-scenes footage from the making of Red Carpet Massacre + Justin Timberlake and Timbaland in the studio

Duran Duran has created an exclusive video podcast series that gives fans a behind-the-scenes look at the making of the band’s latest album Red Carpet Massacre, as well as a glimpse of the creative process surrounding the video “Falling Down.” In-studio footage with Justin Timberlake and Timbaland launches this week and will be featured on the front page of MSN Music. Additional podcasts are being released throughout the entire month of May with 4-5 new episodes featured each week. Exclusive backstage interview footage with Nick Rhodes captured by Zune prior to the band’s first U.S. tour date in Seattle will be rolling out in weekly installments as well.

Duran Duran fans can link to the band’s profile in the Zune online music community through http://www.zune.net/duranduran by creating their own Zune Card, a profile that automatically updates to reflect what they or their friends are listening to and provides a vibrant method of music discovery. Zune is the only digital entertainment brand that delivers an all-in-one experience featuring a portable media player, online store + music community, and DRM-free Mp3s. With Zune Pass, consumers can explore millions of tracks for the price of one CD ($14.99) per month.

Red Carpet Massacre Tour (U.S. 2008)
May 14 Chicago, IL Rosemont Theatre
May 15 Detroit, MI Masonic Temple Theatre
May 17 Atlanta, GA Chastain Park Amphitheatre
May 18 Orlando, FL UCF Arena
May 19 Boca Raton, FL Mizner Park Amphitheatre
May 21 Raleigh, NC Koka Booth Amphitheatre
May 22 Philadelphia, PA Mann Center for the Performing Arts
May 24 Paradise Island, Bahamas Atlantis
May 27 Columbia, MD Merriweather Post Pavilion
May 28 Boston, MA Agganis Arena
May 30 New York, NY Central Park Summerstage
May 31 New York, NY Central Park Summerstage

Eagle To Release Rare JOHNNY HALLYDAY LIVE AT MONTREUX 1988 ~ On CD May 20 and DVD June 24 ~French Legend Finally Gets Stateside Due With Solid Set Of Euro-Rockabilly

Eagle To Release Rare JOHNNY HALLYDAY LIVE AT MONTREUX 1988 ~ On CD May 20 and DVD June 24 ~French Legend Finally Gets Stateside Due With Solid Set Of Euro-Rockabilly

Elvis Presley. Jerry Lee Lewis. Carl Perkins. Roy Orbison. Buddy Holly. Billy Lee Riley. Gene Vincent. These are the names one thinks of as the architects of rockabilly: distinguished by those hiccupping vocals and that slapback bass. It sprouted up in the mid-1950s as the bastard child of country music and rhythm’n’blues. DJ Alan Freed called it rock’n’roll and the name stuck.

Not too many Americans noticed that overseas, in France, there was one more major rock’n’roll artist who took that original spark and made it uniquely French. Johnny Hallyday, after 100 million albums sold, 400 tours, hit movies and status as a national icon, is all but unknown in the States. When he retired from live performances last year at the age of 64, an era had ended.

On May 20, Eagle Records will release Johnny Hallyday Live At Montreux 1988 on CD, with the DVD companion following on June 24. The 10-song set is aural proof of Hallyday’s tremendous appeal and a solid reason why he is to be thought of as the French equivalent to the above-named pioneers.

Born Jean Philippe Smet on June 15, 1943 in Paris, he was an immediate sensation when his 1959 Hello Johnny debut had him rocking out in French (he would go on to have 18 platinum albums). Although he first came to the attention of stateside television audiences when he performed with Connie Francis on The Ed Sullivan Show in 1962, he never really took off in America. Yet his concerts abroad became major events and he seemed to get stronger onstage as the years rolled by. His peak came with the 2000 100% Johnny concert (the French Woodstock) with a live audience at The Eiffel Tower estimated at 500,000 and another 9.5 million watching on live television.

Track Listing

1) Mon Petit Loup
2) Laura
3) Que Je T’aime
4) Je Te Promets
5) Whole Lotta Shakin’ Goin’ On
6) L’Envie
7) Le Bon Temps Du Rock’n’Roll
8) Gabrielle
9) Toute La Musique Que J’aime
10) Quelque Chose De Tennessee

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On ne se lance pas dans la présentation d’un tel document sans un minimum de précautions, un petit résumé des épisodes précédents…D’autant que l’heure est grave: l’Idole n’a-t-elle pas annoncé qu’elle entamerait en mai 2009, sous la bannière “M’arrêter là”, une ultime tournée, qui durera un an, jusqu’en 2010 donc, c’est-à-dire 50 ans exactement après ses débuts?

Mais au lieu de nous lamenter, remontons plutôt au 6 juillet 1988, lorsque Johnny prit d’assaut la scène du Casino de Montreux. Un concert quasi intimiste (taille de la salle oblige) dans la lignée de son spectacle au Palais Omnisports de Paris-Bercy, quelques mois plus tôt. On se souvient que du 15 septembre au 4 octobre 1987, dans une mise en scène préparée par Michel Berger, Johnny s’était “donné” à Bercy: un spectacle en noir et blanc, nettement plus humain que le show dantesque du Zénith de Paris, à la charnière 1984-85, avec le fameux poing géant et ganté de cuir, imaginé par Hilton McConnico, qui déposait la star sur scène dans une débauche de lumières hallucinante pour l’époque…

C’est là qu’il faut faire une pause et replonger dans la chronologie des événements. On a

coutume de dire qu’on doit la renaissance de Johnny à Michel Berger et à l’album “Rock ‘n’Roll Attitude” paru en juin 1985, qu’il avait entièrement écrit, avec à la clé l’énorme tube Quelque chose de Tennessee. Personnellement, je penche plutôt pour la date du 10 mars 1984, lorsque fut diffusée dans le cadre des Enfants du Rock l’émission spéciale Johnny à Nashville réalisée par Don Kent et produite / présentée par Antoine de Caunes. On y voyait Johnny revenir à ses racines, au pays où est né le rock ‘n’ roll; on y voyait Johnny chanter avec Carl Perkins, Tony Joe White, Emmylou Harris, les Stray Cats…

Fin octobre de la même année, au Zénith de Paris récemment inauguré, Johnny s’était lancé dans une aventure démente: des concerts programmés trois mois durant, jusqu’au 2 février 1985. Une production mégalo, à sa démesure; les décors à eux seuls avaient coûté 30 millions de francs (4,6 millions d’euros). L’hiver 1985 était particulièrement rigoureux; la sale n’était pas pleine tous les soirs. Mais Johnny se donnait à fond, comme toujours: trop, sans doute – le 8 janvier, il s’écroule sur scène et termine à l’hosto, aux urgences! Pas terrible, pour le jeune père qu’il était à nouveau, depuis la naissance de Laura, âgée à l’époque de 18 mois à peine…

La stratégie de la reconquête dont parlent Jean-Francois Brieu et Éric Didi dans leur livre Johnny en concert passe par une remise à plat de sa carrière. Nathalie Baye, sa compagne, avec qui il joue dans Détective de Jean-Luc Godard (présenté au Festival de Cannes en mai 1985, Johnny jouait le rôle de Jim Fox Warner, ce qui ne manque pas de sel…), y est pour beaucoup. Ainsi, bien sûr, que l’album que lui écrit et produit Michel Berger, qui fait oublier certains disques erratiques du début de la décennie. Ce disque, qui paraît en juin 1985, est un pur triomphe; il réconcile l’Idole avec des fans qui s’étaient éloignés; mais c’est surtout le sang neuf d’une nouvelle génération qui le découvre et relance sa carrière. Le phénomène se répète dix-huit mois plus tard, à la parution de “Gang”, un album concocté cette fois par Jean-Jacques Goldman: dix titres, dix classiques, dont les hits Je te promets et Laura. Deux titres dont on retrouve des versions live sur ce “Montreux 1988”, avec une mention spéciale aux fans helvètes, qui chantent magnifiquement Je te promets!

La première de Johnny à Bercy a lieu le 15 septembre 1987. C’est l’événement de la rentrée. Dans Le Monde, Claude Fléouter est enthousiaste: Pour sa nouvelle célébration chantée, Johnny a fait appel à Jacques Rouveyrollis pour le traitement des lumières et à Michel Berger pour la mise en scène. Et ensemble ils ont, de manière exemplaire, réussi la combinaison du raffinement esthétique, de la technique habile et intelligente et de la dimension grand public. La vaste sale de l’Est parisien est archi-comble; au total, ce sont plus de 215,000 personnes qui l’applaudissent à Bercy jusqu’au 4 octobre. Johnny part ensuite en tournée: en janvier-fevrier d’abord, puis en juillet.

Entre-temps, un album live a bien sûr été tiré de cette série de concerts à Bercy, également réalisé par Berger; le programme favorise nettement les deux derniers albums par rapport au prodigieux catalogue de tubes à la disposition de l’artiste, qui se contente d’injecter quelques chansons d’avant Berger-Goldman. Ce sont celles qu’on retrouve ici: Mon p’tit loup, Que je t’aime (qui venait de sortir en single et redevenait tube de l’été une dizaine d’années après sa première parution!), Gabrielle et La Musique que j’aime. En tournée, dans la foulée de Bercy, Johnny se permet des variantes. Comme ce Whole Lotta Shakin’ Going On de Jerry Lee Lewis, en version brute de décoffrage, qu’il glisse après Je te promets et qui met en joie ses complices fidèles (dont Norbert “Nono” Krief à la guitare et Érick Bamy aux choeurs), ainsi que le public de Montreux, une ville où, dit-il, il n’avait plus chanté depuis 1964, soit 24 ans plus tôt!

Mais Johnny n’oublie pas pour autant le challenge lancé par Michel Berger: retrouver la simplicité et l’émotion; c’est flagrant à l’écoute de Quelque chose de Tennessee, la chanson avec laquelle, cette année-là, il concluait ses shows. Un titre tendre, atypique, certes merveilleux – mais carrément inattendu en tout cas à cet endroit-là du spectacle! Au lieu de terminer sur un feu d’artifice de fureur et de décibels, Johnny avait relevé le défi. Et c’est ainsi qu’il prenait congé de son public, avec une grâce qui n’appartient qu’à lui…

– Gilles Verlant

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The Pharmacy tours with Japanther in support of new album Choose Yr Own Adventure, is honored by new Terrordactyls EP covering five Pharmacy tunes.

The Pharmacy tours with Japanther in support of new album Choose Yr Own Adventure, is honored by new Terrordactyls EP covering five Pharmacy tunes.

“…art-punk tunes combined with earworm-worthy pop sensibilities and rhyming Seuss-like lyrics ready for blissful sing-alongs.” – Spin

“…a crazy, quirky blend of punk, synthesizer-driven pop and arty, retro rock” – Seattle Post-Intelligencer

“…dance hooks and dirty punk together in a delightful kaleidoscope of bandanas and pearl necklaces.” – Performer

The Pharmacy has played Bumbershoot, the Capitol Hill Block Party, every club in Seattle and every basement in the country. They have played with The Moldy Peaches and toured with Kimya Dawson (as her opening and backing band), Jeffrey Lewis and Matt & Kim. And now they’re on tour with Japanther. See below for current dates for this busy band supporting their new album Choose Yr Own Adventure.

The Pharmacy is currently planning a massive tour of Europe for the fall. Beyond that, who knows where you might end up seeing the trio. Check out the group’s MySpace page and you’ll see they’ll play just about anywhere upon request: “Email us and we’ll probably play for you at your homecoming party, Cliffside generator show, barn, BART station, children’s TV show, etc., etc.”

Choose Yr Own Adventure isn’t the only new Pharmacy related record out now. Life-long friends The Terrordactyls recently released the Mike Bowers EP, also on Don’t Stop Believin’ Records, covering five Pharmacy songs using their signature classical guitar, toy pianos, and kazoos to take the edge off The Pharmacy’s old school spazz punk stylings by transforming them into perfect campfire songs.

More about The Pharmacy:

Scott Yoder and Brendhan Bowers made plenty of noisy racket in the local garages and teen centers while growing up on Vashon Island, Washington. They moved across the Puget Sound to Seattle and booked their first tour as The Pharmacy (with then-member Joey Seward) in 2003 and have kept the show pretty much on the road ever since. In 2006 Joey left for more metal pursuits and classically trained pianist and fellow Vashon kid Stefan Rubicz joined on keyboards. Since then The Pharmacy have transformed from the synth-heavy overdrive of their 2005 debut album B.F.F. through the drizzly sunshine of the “Overcast Summer” 7-inch at last landing on the off-kilter psychedelic pop of Choose Yr Own Adventure. Replete with epic instrumentation – viola, violin, cello, harpsichord and horns all make an appearance – Choose Yr Own Adventure has been years in the making, re-vamped re-recorded and re-written over time.

The Pharmacy In The Press:

“…quirky, Beatles-informed tunes filled with quick tempo changes, fuzzy vocals, and cowbells. It’s cluttered like a scrapbook and yet catchy as hell.” – Brian J. Barr, Seattle Weekly

“…a drunk, less intellectual They Might Be Giants.” – threeimaginarygirls.com

“[The] wonderful new video for The Pharmacy’s “Little Toys [on a Shelf]” proves that the band is having much more fun than you are.” – Seattle Sound Magazine

“The Pharmacy is the band that won’t die. Thank Christ. Their new record, Choose Your Own Adventure, is finished… it’s the strongest stuff the band has done yet—weaving their less polished, basement sensibilities with playful keyboards and harmonies.” – Megan Seling, The Stranger

“I believe that, if the current path is any indication of the future, all pharmacies will have to be renamed because the term “great music” will unequivocally be associated with Seattle’s The Pharmacy. I mean, if The Pharmacy [the band] keeps giving us songs like “Mirror,” no longer will pharmacies be known as the place where you acquire prescription drugs and other useful necessities. A “pharmacy” will instead evoke strong, polished, tempo-wavering melodies, creeping up to catch you through hook-laden guitars and delightfully varied keys.” – A Limerick Ox

The Pharmacy Live:

* w/ Japanther

05/14 Tallahassee, FL @ Charles Mansion*
05/15 Pensacola, FL @ Sluggo’s *
05/16 New Orleans, Louisiana @ Big Top*
05/17 Austin, TX @ Red 7 *
05/19 Las Cruces, NM @ The Farm *
05/22 Flagstaff, AZ @ Stab Mountain *
05/23 Long Beach, CA @ Babe’s Warehouse*
05/24 Los Angeles, CA @ The Smell *
05/25 San Francisco, CA @ Thrillhouse Records *
05/25 San Francisco, CA @ Hemlock Tavern *
05/27 Eugene, OR Shady Pines *
05/28 Portland, OR @ Exit Only *
05/29 Olympia, WA @ Midnight Sun *
05/30 Seattle, WA @ Sonic Boom Records – Ballard
05/30 Seattle, WA @ Booty Cave *
05/31 Silverdale, WA Jackson Hall
06/27 Seattle, WA Bend-It Fest @ Cal Anderson Park

Choose Yr Own Adventure Tracklisting:

Stream The Album HERE

01. Choose Yr Own Adventure
02. Black Ice Cream
03. Mirror (MP3)
04. Tropical Yeti
05. Warm and Untorn
06. My Friends
07. Little Toys On A Shelf (MP3)
08. Try To Explain
09. Five Five Five
10. Turned Into Granite
11. Old Man And The Sea
12. Adieu, Adieu (MP3)

Robyn Releases Exclusive Track on Zune Marketplace Additional features launching as part of Zune Ignition program

Robyn Releases Exclusive Track on Zune Marketplace Additional features launching as part of Zune Ignition program

Swedish pop sensation Robyn is the latest artist to be featured in the Zune Ignition program, and has released the track “Konitchiwa Bitches (Menta Mix)” exclusively on Zune Marketplace as a companion feature to the full album download of her latest release Robyn. Throughout the month of May, Zune Marketplace will also be offering fans the free track “Be Mine (Wasted Youth Mix)”, an exclusive Guestlist featuring tracks hand-picked by Robyn herself, and a track-by-track Breakdown of the self-titled album. MSN is streaming an exclusive video piece titled “Eclipse (Goofy),” which is also available as a free download through Xbox Live. Windows Media will be highlighting these features throughout the month.

The Zune Ignition program gives recording artists with new releases a unique channel to potentially reach tens of millions of consumers. For the first time, Microsoft has packaged promotional opportunities across Zune, Xbox and MSN to help artists more efficiently reach consumers in all three audiences. Ignition provides a steady stream of new music through online access to exclusive content, free songs and video downloads, streaming videos, editorial features, and artist playlists. Participants in the Ignition program have included Hot Chip, Ryan Adams, Talib Kweli, Band of Horses, Kenna, Freeway, Rogue Wave, and The Black Dahlia Murder.

Zune is the only digital entertainment brand that delivers an all-in-one experience featuring a portable media player, online store + music community, and DRM-free Mp3s. With Zune Pass, consumers can explore millions of tracks for the price of one CD ($14.99) per month

THE WEDDING PRESENT RELEASE NEW ALBUM EL REY MAY 20 ON MANIFESTO RECORDS

THE WEDDING PRESENT RELEASE NEW ALBUM EL REY MAY 20 ON MANIFESTO RECORDS

Legendary UK act The Wedding Present will be releasing its first new full length in over three years on May 20. Titled El Rey, the album was recorded in early 2008 in Chicago by Steve Albini, marking the band’s first record with the noted producer since 1991’s renowned Seamonsters. Manifesto Records will be the U.S. record label.

Written while frontman David Gedge was living in Los Angeles, El Rey burns with West Coast sunlight; Hollywood seen through the eyes of a gritty British Northerner. Speaking about El Rey in MOJO Magazine recently, Gedge said: “I’ve been living in West Hollywood for the last year or so, and while I’m not going to claim that this is my ‘L.A.’ album, there are some references. I suppose the themes are lust, jealousy, betrayal, regret, obsession, super-heroes… the usual. We chose to record with Steve this time because the new songs were sounding very guitar-ry and quite dark. It’s been good. As you’d imagine, really; Albini knows his stuff.”

TWP returned from an eight-year hiatus in early 2005 with the release of Take Fountain. The long-awaited album brought them back into the spotlight with all the style and sophistication associated with a legendary group, but fans were also pleased to see the band had lost none of the growling angst with which they had burst onto the scene with the 1985 debut, George Best. The band was a favorite of the famed late UK DJ John Peel.

The Wedding Present will be touring North America in the Fall 2008 with the line-up of: David Gedge (guitar and vocals), Terry de Castro (bass), Graeme Ramsay (drums), and Chris McConville (guitar).

Check out the brand new video from Panic At The Disco – That Green Gentleman

Check out the brand new video from Panic At The Disco That Green Gentleman

From the album “Pretty.Odd.” in stores now!

Currently headlining the Honda Civic Tour with Motion City Soundtrack, Phantom Planet and The Hush Sound

HONDA CIVIC TOUR DATES

DATE VENUE CITY

May 16 Tower City Amphitheatre Cleveland, OH
May 17 PromoWest-Outdoor (LC Pavilion) Columbus, OH
May 18 Egyptian Room at Murat Centre Indianapolis, IN
May 20 The Fillmore Theatre Detroit, MI
May 23 Congress Theatre Chicago, IL
May 25 Eagles Ballroom Milwaukee, WI
May 27 Myth Minneapolis, MN
May 30 The Pageant St. Louis, MO
May 31 Westfair Amphitheatre Omaha, NE
June 1 Uptown Theatre Kansas City, MO
June 3 The Fillmore Auditorium Denver, CO
June 4 Salt Air Theatre Salt Lake City, UT
June 6 PNE Forum Vancouver, BC
June 7 Paramount Theatre Seattle, WA
June 8 Portland Exposition Center Portland, OR
June 13 The Pearl Las Vegas, NV
June 14 The Theater at the Honda Center Anaheim, CA