ISLANDS, RA RA RIOT join STEPHEN MALKMUS AND THE JICKS, BROKEN SOCIAL SCENE, THE HELIO SEQUENCE, BEACH HOUSE, TIMES NEW VIKING, JAGUAR LOVE, THE DODOS, ANNUALS, FILM SCHOOL,

The Village Voice Announces Additional Artists for the
8th Annual Village Voice SIREN MUSIC FESTIVAL™
at Coney Island
Saturday, July 19, 2008

ISLANDS, RA RA RIOT join STEPHEN MALKMUS AND THE JICKS, BROKEN SOCIAL SCENE, THE HELIO SEQUENCE, BEACH HOUSE, TIMES NEW VIKING, JAGUAR LOVE, THE DODOS, ANNUALS, FILM SCHOOL,
PARTS & LABOR, DRAGONS OF ZYNTH, THESE ARE POWERS

The Village Voice, the nation’s largest alternative weekly newspaper, is excited to announce the addition of ISLANDS and RA RA RIOT to the line-up for the 8th Annual Village Voice SIREN MUSIC FESTIVAL™ at Coney Island on Saturday, July 19, 2008 from 12:00 noon – 9pm. ISLANDS and RA RA RIOT join scheduled performers STEPHEN MALKMUS AND THE JICKS, BROKEN SOCIAL SCENE, THE HELIO SEQUENCE, BEACH HOUSE, TIMES NEW VIKING, JAGUAR LOVE, THE DODOS, ANNUALS, FILM SCHOOL, PARTS & LABOR, DRAGONS OF ZYNTH, THESE ARE POWERS and DJs spinning throughout the day.

This free, all day, all ages music festival will feature international, national and local bands and DJs performing on two outdoor stages in historic Coney Island. Now in its 8th year, the Village Voice
SIREN MUSIC FESTIVAL™ has solidified its status as a leading New York City outdoor music festival, drawing over 100,000 music fans by showcasing indie rock veterans and emerging artists.

Budweiser returns to the Village Voice SIREN MUSIC FESTIVAL™ as the exclusive beer sponsor for the 8th consecutive year. Other sponsors include iClips Network, Zig Zag Live, Virgin Megastore,
NY Bartending School, Hop Stop, Guitar Center and Astroland Amusement Park. Additional sponsorship opportunities are available.

Video: Dashboard Confessional on Live From Abbey Road

Video: Dashboard Confessional on Live From Abbey Road

Sundance Channel Presents:
Live From Abbey Road
Thursdays at 10:00pm EST

Episode 1 Premiers Thursday, June 19

To kick off the second season of the Sundance Channel’s acclaimed original music series Live From Abbey Road, Mary J Blige, the “Queen of Hip Hop Soul”, will discuss her extraordinary way of combining hip-hop and soul, and perform hit songs such as lead single “Just Fine” off her latest album Growing Pains.

In addition, interviews from alternative rock band Dashboard Confessional talk about their experience at the legendary Abbey Road studio, and perform “Hands Down” from album A Mark, A Mission, A Brand, A Scar.

Last, but certainly not least, English singer-song writer James Blunt shines through with his mix of pop, rock and folk with “1973”, first single off All the Lost Souls, which reached number one on the World Singles Top 40.

VIDEOS:

Dashboard Confessional Performance on ‘Live From Abbey Road’:
http://www.sundancechannel.com/videos/230323075

Dashboard Confessional Interview Clip:
http://www.sundancechannel.com/videos/230323087

Episode 1 Video Montage featuring Dashboard Confessional, James Blunt, and Mary J Blige:
http://www.sundancechannel.com/videos/230323084

Upcoming Line-ups:
Episode 2 – June 26
Rascal Flatts, Kate Nash & Herbie Handcock w/ Corinne Bailey Rae and Melody Gardot

Episode 3 – July 3
Panic at the Disco, David Gray & Susan Vega

Episode 4 – July 10
Stereophonics, Colbie Caillat & Joan Armatrading

Episode 5 – July 17
Sheryl Crow, Hard-Fi & Diana Krall

Episode 6 – July 24
The Hoosiers, The Black Keys, Manu Chao

Episode 7 – July 31
Matchbox Twenty, The Script, Def Leppard

Episode 8 – August 7
Elbow, MGMT, Alanis Morissette

Video: James Blunt on Live From Abbey Road

Video: James Blunt on Live From Abbey Road

Sundance Channel Presents:
Live From Abbey Road
Thursdays at 10:00pm EST

Episode 1 Premiers Thursday, June 19

To kick off the second season of the Sundance Channel’s acclaimed original music series Live From Abbey Road, Mary J Blige, the “Queen of Hip Hop Soul”, will discuss her extraordinary way of combining hip-hop and soul, and perform hit songs such as lead single “Just Fine” off her latest album Growing Pains.

In addition, interviews from alternative rock band Dashboard Confessional talk about their experience at the legendary Abbey Road studio, and perform “Hands Down” from album A Mark, A Mission, A Brand, A Scar.

Last, but certainly not least, English singer-song writer James Blunt shines through with his mix of pop, rock and folk with “1973”, first single off All the Lost Souls, which reached number one on the World Singles Top 40.

VIDEOS:

James Blunt Performance on ‘Live From Abbey Road’:
http://www.sundancechannel.com/videos/230323074

James Blunt Interview Clip:
http://www.sundancechannel.com/videos/230323086

Episode 1 Video Montage featuring James Blunt, Dashboard Confessional and Mary J Blige:
http://www.sundancechannel.com/videos/230323084

*Please see video players for embed codes

Upcoming Line-ups:
Episode 2 – June 26
Rascal Flatts, Kate Nash & Herbie Handcock w/ Corinne Bailey Rae and Melody Gardot

Episode 3 – July 3
Panic at the Disco, David Gray & Susan Vega

Episode 4 – July 10
Stereophonics, Colbie Caillat & Joan Armatrading

Episode 5 – July 17
Sheryl Crow, Hard-Fi & Diana Krall

Episode 6 – July 24
The Hoosiers, The Black Keys, Manu Chao

Episode 7 – July 31
Matchbox Twenty, The Script, Def Leppard

Episode 8 – August 7
Elbow, MGMT, Alanis Morissette

Cute Is What We Aim For – Practice Makes Perfect new video

Cute Is What We Aim For’s new video for “Practice Makes Perfect” which received an all day premiere on MTV2 yesterday. Their sophomore album, ROTATION, will hit stores Tuesday June 24th on Fueled By Ramen. The band is currently on a national headline tour.

Practice Make Perfect:

Behind The Scenes:

The Jet Age remixes new Wedding Present single; launches national summer tour to promote stark and dark protest album What Did You Do During the War, Daddy?

The Jet Age remixes new Wedding Present single; launches national summer tour to promote stark and dark protest album What Did You Do During the War, Daddy?

“Good songs played by a straightforward rock trio will always find their way into people’s playlists, regardless of what’s big at the moment. 8.0” – Pitchfork

“What Did You Do During the War, Daddy? deconstructs the helplessness and anguish associated with citizens forced to sit idly by as the country spins out of control. Not bad for a band that’s situated right in Bush’s backyard.” – SPIN.com

While preparing for an upcoming nationwide tour to promote the latest album by The Jet Age, band leader Eric Tischler was commissioned to remix the lead track for The Wedding Present’s first ever download-only single “The Thing I Like Best About Him Is His Girlfriend” from the band’s upcoming album El Rey. Four different versions of the song (three recorded by Steve Albini) including Tischler’s mix are now available via your favorite download stores.

A powerful album for any rock lover, The Jet Age’s What Did You Do During the War, Daddy? was conceived as the soundtrack to an imaginary musical in three acts that asks what our responsibility is, as citizens, when our government is out of control. The Jet Age is racking up the love with recent features as SPIN’s “Band of The Day”, an 8.0 rating on Pitchfork, and constant plays on KEXP, Seattle. And it’s no surprise: With the upcoming election, everyone’s attention is focused on politics. And how better to express oneself than in a three part rock musical about the dramatic failings of our political system???

See The Jet Age perform What Did You Do During the War, Daddy? in its entirety on the road this summer. See below for dates and for Tischler’s take on the album’s meaning.

The Jet Age Live:
06/25 Columbus, OH Carabar
06/27 Des Moines, IA Vaudeville Mews (All Ages)
06/28 Denver, CO Old Curtis St. Bar
06/30 Seattle, WA KEXP-FM Live On-Air
06/30 Seattle, WA The High Dive
07/01 Portland, OR The Towne Lounge
07/02 San Francisco, CA Hemlock Tavern
07/03 Los Angeles, CA The Troubadour (w/ The Constantines, Ladyhawk)
07/05 Austin, TX Mohawk
07/07 Atlanta, GA Lenny’s Bar

What Did You Do During the War, Daddy? Tracklisting:

Stream The Album HERE

Release Date: 02.05.08

01. Ladies, Don’t Cry Tonight
02. If I Had You Then, I’d Still Want You Now
03. Dance
04. O, Calendar (MP3)
05. Shake
06. Dumb
07. I Said, “Alright”
08. Now We Are Three
09. False Idols (MP3)
10. Maybe Love’s a Transmission
11. Ladies… (Reprise)

EDDY GRANT RETURNS WITH WITH BEST OF: THE ROAD TO REPARTION AND HITS THE ROAD IN AUGUST FOR FULL US TOUR

THE VERY BEST OF EDDY GRANT – THE ROAD TO REPARATION FEATURES SUCH CARIBBEAN CLASSICS AS “ELECTRIC AVENUE,” “ROMANCING THE STONE” AND “GIMME HOPE, JO’ANNA” US TOUR DATES ANNOUNCED FOR AUGUST 2008

A true great of Caribbean music, Eddy Grant may be the only major artist in the world who owns every song he has recorded in a 40-year plus career. Now Grant has entered into an exclusive licensing arrangement with Universal Music Enterprises for the distribution of that catalogue so fans may access those recordings as he returns to the stage. The Reparation World Tour reaches the U.S. August 1-28 and October 2-30. The first album to be issued under the deal is The Very Best Of Eddy Grant – The Road To Reparation (Mercury/UMe), released July 8, 2008.

Spanning his solo career from 1979 to 2005–from his second album, Walking On Sunshine, to his latest, Reparation–the collection includes 11 classic tracks selected by Grant himself. Notable among them are his two biggest hits in the U.S. (the #2 pop “Electric Avenue” and Top 30 pop “Romancing The Stone”) and three U.K. Top 10s (“Gimme Hope Jo’Anna,” “Do You Feel My Love” and #1 “I Don’t Wanna Dance).
Born in Guyana but raised in North London, Grant founded The Equals, in the mid-’60s the first multicultural pop-rock outfit to achieve global acclaim (“Baby Come Back”). While it was not fashionable at the time to be associated with Jamaican culture, he also experimented with reggae, creating records for other artists as a writer-producer. His solo breakthrough came with Walking On Sunshine, which boasted the title track as well as his first solo hit, the #11 U.K. “Living On The Frontline.” 1981’s Can’t Get Enough then yielded “Do You Feel My Love.”

But it was the next year’s Killer On The Rampage, recorded at his studio in his new home in Barbados, that made him an international star. His blend of social commentary lyrics with a complex yet pop friendly sound deftly mixing international influences was epitomized by “Electric Avenue,” which talked about tensions in the streets over a pulsating instrumental track of new-wave synthesizers and funky grooves. The Very Best Of Eddy Grant also adds the album’s “War Party.”
In 1984, he wrote the title song for the hit adventure film Romancing The Stone, showcasing Grant’s wailing, rock-style guitar solo. His Going For Broke album that year included “Romancing The Stone,” “Come On Let Me Love You” and “Boys In The Street.” He returned to the international pop scene in 1988 with “Gimme Hope, Jo’Anna,” an anti-apartheid message (Jo’Anna meaning Johannesburg) wrapped in a funky, catchy Caribbean-pop melody. The most recent track on The Very Best Of Eddy Grant is “Gotta Be Positive” from 2005’s Reparation.

Over the years, Grant’s classic works have been covered by artists as diverse as Prince Buster, Jaheim, UB40, Pato Banton, and The Clash. Now the original returns, both on stage and with The Very Best Of Eddy Grant – The Road To Reparation.
Eddy Grant has gained an enormous amount of press in the UK, including; the BBC’s, “Later, with Jools Holland,” an interview with Gary Crowley from BBC London radio, and featured interview in the Daily Telegraph, not to mention his participation in July’s O2 Wireless Festival and Nelson Mandela’s 46664 Concert in Hyde park later this month. “Electric Avenue” will also be featured in a new movie out this August, “Pineapple Express” starring Seth Rogan from “Knocked Up.”

Current tour dates for Eddy Grant:

8-1 Toronto Mod Club
8-3 Montreal Osheaga Festival
8-4 Boston Paradise
8-5 New York BB Kings
8-6 Philadelphia Trocadero
8-8 Washington DC Birchmere
8-9 Richmond Toads Place
8-10 Atlanta Variety
8-12 Chicago Martyrs
8-13 Minneapolis Fine Line
8-15 Denver Bluebird
8-16 Atlanta Variety
8-18 Seattle Neumos
8-19 Vancouver Richards
8-21 Portland Wonder
8-22 San Francisco Slims
8-23 San Diego House of Blues
8-24 Anaheim House of Blues
8-26 Los Angeles El Rey
8-28 Las Vegas House of Blues

Living With Lions – Make Your Mark | Black Box Recordings announce album release + national tour

Living With Lions – Make Your Mark | Black Box Recordings announce album release + national tour

Following the release of their EP ‘Dude Manor,’ Vancouver-based punk rockers Living With Lions are ready to officially make their mark with tomorrow’s release of the aptly-titled ‘Make Your Mark.’ The album boasts a solid string of fist pumping, floor punching good times – perfect for a sweaty summer filled with late night patio pints, cheap takeout, and marker moustaches.

Living With Lions have been busy the last few years winning over a solid fanbase across the country that promises to expand when they join A Wilhelm Scream on the ‘Famoose Friends & Fashion Pelts’ tour presented by Punkradiocast. See tour dates below.

July 18 – The Media Club – Vancouver, BC
July 19 – The Underground – Calgary, AB
July 20 – Alberta Avenue Hall – Edmonton, AB
July 21 – Reckless Bar – Fort McMurray, AB
July 24 – The Exchange – Regina, SK
July 25 – Pyramid Cabaret – Winnipeg, MB
July 26 – Kilroys – Thunder Bay, ON
July 29 – Salt Lounge – London, ON
July 30 – Kathedral – Toronto, ON
July 31 – Mavericks – Ottawa, ON
August 1 – Le Gymnase – Montreal, QC
August 2 – The Casbah – Quebec City, QC
August 9 – Rock The Mill Festival – Cambridge, ON * Festival Appearance

Go here for music and more info: http://www.myspace.com/livingwithlions

The Black Ghosts are bustin’ thru the US and haunting a hood near you this July with a ghostly celebration of their self-titled debut release. Beware of these dark knights

The Black Ghosts are bustin’ thru the US and haunting a hood near you this July with a ghostly celebration of their self-titled debut release. Beware of these dark knights!

“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

Those that made it out to their Vice “Tales of Colt 45” Tour were able to witness firsthand the bangin’ tracks off their forthcoming album brought to life and party all night to the incomparable dance-floor wrecking sets that take place only when The Black Ghosts are up on the decks. If you missed it, don’t worry, they are making their way back stateside (check the dates below!) amidst performing at some of this year’s hottest international festivals including Gatecrasher, Rock Ness and Glastonbury.

“While the set was anchored with tracks from their forthcoming eponymous full-length – replete with Simon Lord’s live vocals, mind you – Lord and partner Theo Keating dropped the best in the contemporary and future sounds of London’s disco circuit.” – Big Shot

“Touché’s UK-styled beats coupled with Simon Lord’s fervent vocals reminded me of when I first started going out to see deejays. Everything sounded fresh and I would come home drenched in sweat with my feet aching, looking forward to doing it all again.” – Brooklyn Vegan

JULY TOUR DATES

Sat 19 July : New York @ Fixed/Studio B
Wed 23 July : Toronto @ Wrong Bar
Thu 24 July : Chicago @ Smart Bar
Fri 25 July : San Francisco @ Mighty (w/ Holy Ghost!)
Sat 26 July : LA @ The Echo (w/ Does it Offend You, Yeah?)

** Sun 27 July : LA (US Album Release Party @ Turntable Lab)

The Black Ghosts’ have built for themselves 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. And now The Black Ghosts will tour the states in support of the release of their debut full-length “The Black Ghosts” on IAMSOUND July 8, 2008, which features the electro-pop groove and first single, ‘Repetition’ showcasing the vocal stylings of very special guest, Damon Albarn. Other gems include ghetto-gothic ‘Any Way You Chose To Give It’ and the lyrically dark, bassed-out ‘Some Way Through This’. This album will surely make many year end top critics polls and be your favorite summer long player.

“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

“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

Negativland to release new song-based album — its first in its 28-year history — and remain subversive as ever.

Negativland to release new song-based album — its first in its 28-year history — and remain subversive as ever.

Anyone familiar with the long-running culture-jamming subversive audio collage outfit Negativland would not be surprised to hear that the band has gone and challenged itself and listeners for yet another album. However, what’s truly remarkable about its forthcoming new album Thigmotactic is that it’s the first song-based release of its 28-year history.

The band’s entertaining and challenging cut-up motif remains intact, but these are songs to which you can sing along, ponder existential notions and/or wonder just what makes these guys so prolific and dead-on clever. Thigmotactic takes another path in Negativland’s many twists and turns throughout the musical wilderness, by going deep into song making territory with a project created mostly by one member of the group.

Moving in a very different direction than other recent Negativland releases, and with a decidedly surreal bent, these eccentric toe-tapping electronic folk-pop noise songs are strung together to forma continuous and cohesive listening experience, with themes emerging around meat, pants, milk, cows, trucks, Herb Alpert, Richard Nixon (MP3), and even love.

Thigmotactic continues in Negativland’s decades long collage and cut-up tradition, but while the trademark sound of found audio elements is sparingly collaged through-out, the cutting up here is also in the lyrics, created by combining dream journals, bits of advertisements, found poems, automatic writings, stream of consciousness, old National Geographic articles, and more. The fifteen songs and two instrumentals were written, composed and performed by Negativland’s Mark Hosler, with contributions from the rest of the group, and with well-known San Francisco noisemaker Thomas Dimuzio contributing lots of rather unexpectedly normal sounding instruments, arrangements and production. The found ethic continues with the artwork that accompanies each track, created from found materials to illustrate each song. Many of these have been shown as part of Negativland’s traveling art show “Negativlandland,” and, in a creative experiment in financing this release, each one-of-a-kind work is for sale via Negativland’s web site, www.negativland.com. Negativland has always existed as an umbrella under which the group releases collaborative work in many mediums – music, noise, collage, film, design, animation, fine art, books, lectures, essays, sculpture, performance, radio, web sites, etc. – with the term “Negativland Presents” sometimes being used as a way to release work that might be mostly the product of one member’s brain, or uses members outside of the immediate collective. To learn more about Negativland’s unusual history, read their bio below.

“Norris bangs one yucca stump after another to rout out an elusive night lizard, and gives me a running resume of the genus: its smallness, its lack of eyelids, how it sheds its skin as a snake does, that it is so incredibly sedentary that one may stay under the same bush or Joshua tree for much of its entire life and, being strongly thigmotactic – needing to keep in contact with world around it – will always try to keep its back against a solid protective roof…” – Ann Zwinger, The Mysterious Lands

Thigmotactic Tracklisting:

Release Date: July 15th, 2008

01. Richard Nixon Died Today (MP3)
02. Lying On The Grass
03. Extra Sharp Pencils
04. It’s Not A Critique
05. Basketball Plant
06. Two Light Bulbs Flickering
07. By Truck
08. Jack Pastrami/Flower Bum
09. Influential You
10. Virginia’s Trip
11. Steam On A Whim
12. Pork In The Store
13. Perfect Little Cookies
14. Kind of Grumpy
15. Your Skin Is Gelatin
16. Omnipotent Struggle
17. Rancho Pancho

We Are Scientists & Supergrass – playing near you

WE ARE SCIENTISTS & SUPERGRASS!

WE ARE SCIENTISTS – will be on a headlining tour supporting their latest release Brain Thrust Mastery – the album is a mesh of indie/rock/pop & dance a little something for everybody! Check em out at: www.myspace.com/wearescientists -DON’T BE SCARED TO CRANK THOSE SPEAKERS UP! (tour dates below).

SUPERGRASS – will be on tour with Foo Fighters jamming tunes from their sixth studio album Diamond Hoo Ha – which hit shelves on June 10th. These guys still amaze me – great hooks and rockin melodies – www.myspace.com/supergrass – don’t miss them w/ the FOO they are killer live (tour dates following We Are Scientists).

Tour Dates/We Are Scientist:

7/01 Los Angeles, CA El Rey Theatre

7/02 San Diego, CA The Casbah

7/03 Pomona, CA Glasshouse

7/05 Sacramento, CA The Blue Lamp

7/06 San Francisco, CA The Independent

7/08 Portland, OR Berbati’s Pan

7/09 Seattle, WA Neumos

7/29 Philadelphia, PA Johnny Brenda’s

7/30 Cambridge, MA The Middle East- Downstairs

7/31 Brooklyn, NY Music Hall of Williamsburg

8/01 New York, NY Bowery Ballroom

8/02 Washington, DC The Black Cat

8/03 Columbus, OH The Basement

8/04 Detroit, MI Magic Stick

8/05 Indianapolis, IN The Music Mill

8/06 Madison, WI The High Noon Saloon

8/07 Minneapolis, MN Varsity Theater

8/08 Chicago, IL The Abbey

8/09 Cleveland, OH Grog Shop

8/10 Newport, KY Southgate House

8/11 Pittsburgh, PA Diesel

Tour Dates/Supergrass:

7/9 Seattle, WA Key Arena @ Seattle Center

7/10 Portland, OR Rose Garden Arena

7/12 Los Angeles, CA Avalon (Supergass only)

7/14 Morrison, CO Red Rocks Amphitheater

7/15 Morrison CO Red Rocks Amphitheater

7/17 Oklahoma City Ford Center

7/19 Kansas City ,MO Kemper Arena

7/20 St.Louis, MO Scottrade Center

7/22 Grand Rapids, MI Van Andel Arena

7/23 Indianapolis, IN Conseco Fieldhouse

7/25 Cleveland, OH Quicken Loans Arena

7/26 Pittsburgh, PA Peterson Events Center @ Univ of Pittsburgh

7/29 E. Rutherford, NJ Izod Center

7/28 Albany, NY Blue Cross Arena

7/30 New York, NY Webster Hall (Supergrass only)