Light Pollution Brighten the Streets In Support of Self-Titled Debut EP

Light Pollution Brighten the Streets In Support of Self-Titled Debut EP

Download mp3 for Firewood

Chicago fourpiece Light Pollution are on tour out East in support of their new self-titled debut EP, which can be downloaded here. Their full-length debut LP will follow in the new year.

Formed in a cold, quiet town on the outskirts of Chicago, Light Pollution is the product of singer/songwriter Jim Cicero. Jim, along with close friend Matt Evertt, started the band with one central theme in mind: progress. Never stagnant, and constantly expanding their musical horizons, Light Pollution’s music is a kaleidoscope of sound, encompassing everything from backward tapes to dissonant piano rolls to even crunching leaves. Jim writes new material almost every day and the band continues to work and re-work many of the songs from their catalogue. In recent interviews their music has been compared to a, “more stripped-down Arcade Fire,” Wilco, and Band of Horses.

With Jim backed by Matt on the drums, the pair soon found themeslves joining up with bassist Bojan Jovanovic. Shortly thereafter, Jim met viola/keys contributor Heather Rice and something unknowingly sparked between them. Heather soon came into the LP fold and made an immediate contribution, rounding out the group perfectly.

With the band now fully formed, Jim and Matt moved into an old warehouse to record their forthcoming full- length LP. Every musical talent that is displayed on their self-released 22 minute-EP will be elaborated upon on their forthcoming LP (set to come out in early 2009): ornate orchestral movements comprised of string and horn arrangements, experimentalism, folk-twinged rockers, harmonious vocals, deep, personal lyrics.

The lo-fi group’s unusual instrumentation can best be comprehended on the above single “Firewood.”

Tour Dates:
Jul 30 2008 – Pianos – New York City, New York
Jul Aug 1 2008 – Rachel Kohl Library – Glen Mills, Pennsylvania
Aug 1 2008 – House Show w/ The Extraordinaires – Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Aug 2 2008 – Union Hall w/ Happy Anarchy and Greenland – Brooklyn – New York, New York
Aug 4 2008 – Garfield Artworks w/ The Extraordinaires – Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
Aug 5 2008 – The Gypsy Hut – Cincinnati, Ohio
Aug 6 2008 – The House – Dekalb Rock City
Aug 7 2008 – Stonefly Brewery w/ Sleep Tight Co. – Milwaukee, Wisconsin
Aug 8 2008 – Bottom Lounge – Chicago, Illinois
Aug 30 2008 – New Bohemian Music Festival w/Murder by Death, HEALTH – Cedar Rapids, Iowa
Aug 31 2008 – Art In The Park 2008 – Freeport, Illinois

The 1st annual Pemberton Music Festival | Pemberton Festival 2008 Photos

The 1st annual Pemberton Music Festival

By Aaron “A*maze” Joseph

One of British Columbia’s biggest celebrations of music was nothing short of amazing with over 60 musical acts in three days. The Pemberton Music Festival was a huge success and is now one of the music festivals to rival. The three-day event brought in over 40,000 people to the small community of Pemberton, B.C. a visitor rate that has never been present even in the valley’s gold rush days.

The inaugural year of the music festival was better than gold for some, especially with a lineup which included: Nine Inch Nails, Metric, Jay-Z, Coldplay, Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers, The Tragically Hip, Buck 65, N.E.R.D. & more. Music fans finally got the chance to witness firsthand what a music festival is all about, and would agree it was worth the wait and the distance.

The Crowd Live at Pemberton Festival 2008, Pemberton, BC, Canada*

The crowd getting into it with all their wristbands Live at Pemberton Festival 2008, Pemberton, BC, Canada**

Buck 65 Live at Pemberton Festival 2008, Pemberton, BC, Canada**
Buck 65’s set on the Lillooet Stage

Chromeo Live at Pemberton Festival 2008, Pemberton, BC, Canada*
Chromeo mixed it up for the people who managed to get into the Bacardi B-Live tent. The line up to get into the tent extended deep into the festival grounds.

A drunk at the camp site Live at Pemberton Festival 2008, Pemberton, BC, Canada**
We think this guy may have had a little too much to drink.

The Flaming Lips Live at Pemberton Festival 2008, Pemberton, BC, Canada*
The Flaming Lips performing on the Mount Currie stage.

Houston Dunaway eating burgers Live at Pemberton Festival 2008, Pemberton, BC, Canada*
Though overpriced, some of the food was pretty good. Right Houston?

Jay-Z Live at Pemberton Festival 2008, Pemberton, BC, Canada*
Jay-Z live on the Mount Currie stage. The audience loved him.

JayZ Live at Pemberton Festival 2008, Pemberton, BC, Canada**

Jay Z Live at Pemberton Festival 2008, Pemberton, BC, Canada**

Kids at the supposed family event Live at Pemberton Festival 2008, Pemberton, BC, Canada*
Despite the profanity, drug use and highly sexual vibe, the Pemberton Festival was a family event?

Matisyahu Live at Pemberton Festival 2008, Pemberton, BC, Canada*
Matisyahu live on the Lillooet stage.

N.E.R.D. Live at Pemberton Festival 2008, Pemberton, BC, Canada*
They arrived late due to heavy Highway 99 traffic, but N.E.R.D.’s stage show made up for their lateness.

Live at Pemberton Festival 2008, Pemberton, BC, Canada*

Sam Roberts Band Live at Pemberton Festival 2008, Pemberton, BC, Canada*
Sam Roberts Band live on the Mount Currie stage.

Sam Roberts Band on the projection screen Live at Pemberton Festival 2008, Pemberton, BC, Canada**

Serj Tankian of System of a Down Live at Pemberton Festival 2008, Pemberton, BC, Canada**
Serj Tankian of System of a Down controlled the audience amazingly during his Mount Currie stage set.

The slip and slide Live at Pemberton Festival 2008, Pemberton, BC, Canada*
Slip and slide action for the campers!

Tom Petty and The Heartbreakers Live at Pemberton Festival 2008, Pemberton, BC, Canada*
Tom Petty and The Heartbreakers were the highlight for the older crowds.

The Main Stage in front of Mount Currie, Live at Pemberton Festival 2008, Pemberton, BC, Canada**

Gordon Brownie of The Tragically Hip Live at Pemberton Festival 2008, Pemberton, BC, Canada*
Gordon Brownie and the Tragically Hip put on a great show on the Mount Currie stage for their fellow Canadians.

Festival workers selling fruit Live at Pemberton Festival 2008, Pemberton, BC, Canada**

The Bacardi dancer in the Bacardi tent Live at Pemberton Festival 2008, Pemberton, BC, Canada*
The infamous Bacardi B-Live tent.

Coldplays audience Live at Pemberton Festival 2008, Pemberton, BC, Canada*
A glimpse at the audience for Coldplay as they rounded off the event.

* Photo taken by Aaron Joseph. ** Photo taken by Hugo Lunny

The 1st annual Pemberton Music Festival | Pemberton Festival 2008 Photos

School of Seven Bells Sign To Ghostly International, Release 7″ Exclusive Single w/ Full-Length Debut To Follow, Tour with M83

School of Seven Bells Sign To Ghostly International, Release 7″ Exclusive Single w/ Full-Length Debut To Follow, Tour with M83

NYC three-piece School of Seven Bells is very excited to announce they have signed with Ghostly International for the release of 7″/Digital single, Half Asleep/Caldo on Sept. 16 (cover art shown left), followed by their long-awaited full-length debut, Alpinisms, on Oct. 28. The band is also preparing for a North American tour with M83 this November.

Born as the result of a late-night revelation. Benjamin Curtis and twin sisters Alejandra and Claudia Deheza found themselves in a new and unique partnership while their bands–Secret Machines and On!Air!Library! respectively–were on tour together. From the outset, it was clear that the trio’s musical collaborations transcended the usual genre restrictions.

Formed in NYC in 2007, SVIIB released a very select and highly-celebrated handful of 7″s and compilation tracks through various labels such as Sonic Cathedral (with a remix by Cocteau Twins’ Robin Guthrie), Table of the Elements, and Suicide Squeeze. This caught the ears of Blonde Redhead and Prefuse 73, who then handpicked them to join their North American tours late last year.

Now, the band will prepare for the release of its forthcoming 7″ single and full-length, Alpinisms, via their new-found label home. See below for M83 tour dates.

“School of Seven Bells, founded by ex-Secret Machines guitarist Ben Curtis and featuring twin-sister singers Alejandra and Claudia Deheza, slipped easily between epochs — medieval polyphony, laptop sorcery, the rhythmic turmoil of Public Image Ltd.’s 1981 album, Flowers of Romance — with smart hooks and the Dehezas’ alluring vocals, liberally greased with reverb.” – David Fricke, Rolling Stone

“A promising blend of the psychedelic and the futuristic.” – Jon Pareles, The New York Times

“A reverberating march of twinkling effects, glitchy Bjorkian rhythms, and insistently echoed drones of womanly harmonies.” – Pitchfork Media
10/18 KALAMAZOO, MI – State Theater^
11/13 WASHINGTON, DC – Black Cat
11/14 NEW YORK, NY – Webster
11/15 PHILADELPHIA, PA – Starlite
11/16 NORTHAMPTON, MA – Pearl Street
11/18 BOSTON, MA – Middle East Downstairs
11/19 MONTREAL, QC – Studio
11/20 TORONTO, ON – Opera House
11/21 CHICAGO, IL – Bottom Lounge
11/22 MINNEAPOLIS, MN – Triple Rock
11/25 SEATTLE, WA – Neumo’s
11/26 VANCOUVER, BC – Richard’s on Richards
11/27 PORTLAND, OR – Doug Fir
11/28 SAN FRANCISCO, CA – The Fillmore
11/29 LOS ANGELES, CA – Fonda Theater



The Free Yr Radio campaign, created by Toyota Yaris and Urban Outfitters to generate awareness and support for partner independent radio stations, today announced three additional concert dates that will benefit independent radio stations in Philadelphia, Omaha, and Salt Lake City.

Hosted by each partner station, the upcoming Free Yr Radio concerts are free to the public and include:

Philadelphia – Princeton, New Jersey-based WPRB will feature DJ Dave P with The Secret Machines on Tuesday, August 12 at 7 p.m. in the Urban Outfitters store located at 110 S. 36th St., Philadelphia, PA.

Omaha – KIWR will feature Dan Deacon on Sunday, September 7 at 8 p.m. in Slowdown, a bar and club next door to the Urban Outfitters located at 745 N 14th St., Omaha, NE.

Salt Lake City – KRCL will feature Tokyo Police Club on Wednesday, September 24 in the Urban Outfitters located at 12 S. 400 W. St., Salt Lake City, UT. The time of the show is TBD.

Secret Machines, Dan Deacon and Tokyo Police Club join previously-announced Free Yr Radio 2008 artists White Williams, !!!, Mudhoney, No Age and Yeasayer.

Each aspect of the Free Yr Radio campaign is designed to give partner independent stations tools to build awareness and help raise additional funds from their listener communities. Partner stations co-host concerts as a means to increase exposure, introduce themselves to new listeners, and generate support.

The campaign also features a vehicle sweepstakes that enables stations to award a brand new Yaris to one listener during their fundraising or awareness-boosting activities. The final component of the Free Yr Radio campaign is the benefit compilation album. Slated for release in late summer, this year’s compilation will feature tracks donated by participating bands and other artists interested in the mission to support independent radio. All proceeds from the album are divided equally among the participating stations.

All Free Yr Radio concerts are free of charge, though show-goers must print and present an e-ticket (available from for entry. Guests will be admitted until the venue is full. This year’s Free Yr Radio concert series will run from May through October. Details about more of the upcoming concerts—including participating bands and cities—will be announced in the coming months.

“We are very excited to continue building buzz and awareness for independent radio stations across the country by providing fans with unique and memorable concert experiences,” said Keith Dahl, National Marketing Manager for Toyota. “Between the exceptional Free Yr Radio concert series and the Yaris giveaway sweepstakes, we’re hopeful that our partner independent stations around the country will generate excitement in their listener communities that will translate into new listeners and additional support.”

Another previously announced Free Yr Radio concert is set for Minneapolis on Wednesday, July 30 when independent station The Current hosts a performance by Yeasayer at 7 p.m. in the Urban Outfitters located at 3006 Hennepin Ave. S., Minneapolis, MN.


Now in its second year, the Free Yr Radio campaign helps generate awareness and funds for independent radio through a series of promotional activities including free station-sponsored in-store concerts by top indie artists, vehicle sweepstakes to augment station fund-raising drives and a benefit compilation. Yaris and Urban Outfitters joined forces to create Free Yr Radio in 2007 to start a conversation with their customers about the importance of independent radio and to encourage people to talk about, listen to and support their favorite stations. To learn more about the program, you can visit


Toyota established operations in the United States in 1957 and currently operates 10 manufacturing plants, including one under construction. There are more than 1,400 Toyota, Lexus and Scion dealerships in the U.S. which sell more than two million vehicles a year. Toyota directly employs more than 32,000 people in the U.S. and its investment here is currently valued at more than $13 billion, including sales and manufacturing operations, research and development, financial services and design.

Urban Outfitters, NASDAQ: URBN owns and operates three retail clothing brands: Urban Outfitters, Anthropologie, and Free People. The first store opened in 1970 in Philadelphia, focusing on an eclectic mix of fashion and household products. Today, the Urban Outfitters line has expanded from vintage, bohemian, retro, ironically humorous, kitschy designed apparel and furniture to include many luxury branded collaborations such as Lark & Wolff by Steven Alan, Play by Charlotte Ronson, and Hawks by Geren Ford. Headquartered in the Philadelphia Navy Yard, Urban Outfitters operates more than 140 stores in the United States, Canada, Ireland, and the United Kingdom.



OLD CROW MEDICINE SHOW is gearing up to go out on the road again in support of they’re NEW Album “Tennessee Pusher” – Produced by DON WAS and available everywhere Sep. 23rd!


Wed, Sept 3 Manchester, England @ Club Academy
Thur, Sept 4 Edinburgh, Scotland @ Liquid Room
Fri, Sept 5 Nottingham, UK @ Rescue Rooms
Sat, Sept 6 London, England @ Shepherd’s Bush Empire
Thur, Sept 18 Philadelphia, PA @ Electric Fatory
Fri, Sept 19 Washington, DC @ 9:30 Club
Sat, Sept 20 Washington, DC @ 9:30 Club
Wed, Sept 24 Boston, MA @ Berklee Performance Center
Fri, Sept 26 New York, NY @ Webster Hall
Sat, Sept 27 New York, NY @ Webster Hall
Sun, Sept 28 Norfolk, VA @ Town Point Park
Thur, Oct 9 Nashville, TN @ Ryman Auditorium
Fri, Oct 10 Nashville, TN @ Ryman Auditorium
Sat, Oct 11 Louisville, KY @ Palace Theatre
Sat, Oct 18 Chicago, IL @ Riviera Theatre
Thur, Nov 6 Los Angeles, CA @ Henry Fonda Theatre
Fri, Nov 7 San Francisco, CA @The Fillmore
Sat, Nov 8 San Francisco, CA @ The Fillmore
Wed, Nov 12 Portland, OR @ Crystal Ballroom
Thur, Nov 13 Seattle, WA @ Moore Theatre

For Immediate Release:

July 1, 2008 (Los Angeles, CA) – With combined sales totaling over 280,000 albums, an appearance on Austin City Limits, two performances on Late Night With Conan O’Brien, and multiple appearances on A Prairie Home Companion, various NPR programs and the Grand Ole Opry, OLD CROW MEDICINE SHOW prepares for the September 23rd release of TENNESSEE PUSHER, their third album for Nettwerk Music Group and their most personal album to date.

TENNESSEE PUSHER, produced by Don Was (Bob Dylan, The Rolling Stones, Bonnie Raitt), features 13 infectious tracks that offer a virtual American road trip, populated with characters that seem to span a century of the South. Down and outers, hustlers, freighthoppers – these are just a few of the archetypes we meet along the way. OCMS continues to create their special blend of American roots, rock, blues and country, but on TENNESSEE PUSHER, the band has truly found their own voice. With the exception of “Always Lift Him Up” by Blind Alfred Reed, all of the tracks on the album are OCMS originals. Also noteworthy are two distinguished session musicians that joined the band in the studio: Jim Keltner (John Lennon, Neil Young, Brian Wilson) on drums and Benmont Tench (Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers) on Hammond C-3 organ.

When asked why he chose to work with OCMS, Don Was explains: “People ask me what The Old Crow Medicine Show are all about. If I’m in a hurry, I just say that they’re The Clash of bluegrass music, but that doesn’t really do anyone any justice. I could tell ’em that they’re a rock ‘n roll band who use fiddles and acoustic guitars instead of Les Pauls and Marshal stacks, but that’s only one small part of the story. They’re an American Band – even more so than Grand Funk Railroad! In fact, it’s not hyperbolic to say that, as musicians, songwriters and singers, they are the smartest and finest purveyors of American music to come down the pike in decades.”

Fans can get an early taste of TENNESSEE PUSHER when Old Crow releases a digital EP titled Caroline on July 29th; both the title track and “Next Go ‘Round” are from the full-length album. The EP also includes an exclusive bonus track called “Back To New Orleans.”

OCMS will begin touring in support of TENNESSEE PUSHER on September 3rd in the UK, with stops in Manchester, Edinburgh and London before hitting the US on September 18th. With most of their time spent on the road, OCMS has made a name for themselves as energetic performers with an unbridled spirit. It’s a live show not to be missed (tour dates below; more dates coming soon).

Tennessee Pusher track listing:
1. Alabama High-Test
2. Highway Halo
3. The Greatest Hustler of All
4. Methamphetamine
5. Next Go ‘Round
6. Humdinger
7. Motel in Memphis
8. Evening Sun
9. Mary’s Kitchen
10. Crazy Eyes
11. Tennessee Pusher
12.Lift Him Up
13. Caroline

8th Annual Village Voice SIREN MUSIC FESTIVAL™ Draws Record Crowds to Coney Island

8th Annual Village Voice SIREN MUSIC FESTIVAL™ Draws Record Crowds to Coney Island


On Saturday, July 19, 2008 the SIREN MUSIC FESTIVAL at Coney Island, NYC drew 100,000 music fans throughout the day to the annual free event.

The Siren Festival 2008 line-up including STEPHEN MALKMUS AND THE JICKS, BROKEN SOCIAL SCENE, ISLANDS, RA RA RIOT, THE HELIO SEQUENCE, BEACH HOUSE, TIMES NEW VIKING, JAGUAR LOVE, THE DODOS, ANNUALS, FILM SCHOOL, PARTS & LABOR, DRAGONS OF ZYNTH, THESE ARE POWERS, with DJ sets by TED LEO and DEADHEAT drew fans to the two outdoor stages located on West 10th Street and Stillwell Avenue in historic Coney Island.

This year’s sponsors included Budweiser, iClips Network, Zig Zag Live, Virgin Megastore, NY Bartending School, Hop Stop, Guitar Center, Sobieski Vodka, DeVry College of New York, Astroland Amusement Park and promotional partner Filter Magazine.

Photo by David Atlas/Siren Music Festival

SIREN AFTER-PARTY immediately followed the festival at Music Hall of Williamsburg featuring performances by APES & ANDROIDS, A PLACE TO BURY STRANGERS and MARNIE STERN.

Siren Festival 2008 has been covered to date by The New York Times, The New York Post, The Daily News, Time Out New York, New York Magazine, The New Yorker, Billboard, Spin, Rolling Stone, MTV News, NME, Filter, CMJ, AOL, Flavorpill, Tripwire, The Onion, Pitchfork, amNY, Brooklyn Vegan,, CW11, WNYC and CBS Radio.

“If love had a sound, this would be it.” – Willamette Week on Super XX Man. Marking a dozen volumes, Scott Garred’s latest to be issued by Portland’s Tender Loving Empire label in October

“If love had a sound, this would be it.” – Willamette Week on Super XX Man. Marking a dozen volumes, Scott Garred’s latest to be issued by Portland’s Tender Loving Empire label in October.

After 13 years writing, recording, and producing, Scott Garred aka Super XX Man, has cultivated a mildly edgy modern rock sound in the new release Volume XII: There’ll Be Diamonds. Previous releases have garnered acclaim from the likes of Bob Boilen, host of All Songs Considered (“If we’re going to choose ten songs every week, let it be Super XX Man”) and Amy McCullough, music editor of Willamette Week (“If love had a sound, this would be it”).

Although there’s plenty of the familiar Super XX Man-style of music on his latest album, what will no doubt surprise many long time fans are the moody, foreboding tracks that lie at the heart of the album. Songs like “Medication” (MP3), “Little Leaf” and “Crazy People” help to comprise, as Garred says, “my most sonically ambitious album to date.”

Songs are marked by washes of feedback, dark atmospherics and pointillist lyrics that chronicle the lives of the people Garred works with at the Oregon State Hospital, the oldest psychiatric institution in his home state.

It’s a pronounced shift in focus for Garred who has used the other volumes in his ever-growing discography to sing about friends and family, love and loss. Garred is as much a storyteller on this album as he is an empathizer reiterating how people cope with life at the State Hospital. On Volume XII, Garred sings about a woman who plays guitar until her fingers bleed, a man so lonely he only wants to go to parties and meet girls, and the ‘guilty except for insanity’ person strolling down a corridor wearing his new state-issued sweats. The album’s closer, “Cautious Like A Panther,” has this same person strutting his stuff down any trendy thoroughfare in Portland.

Scott Garred started off his career as Super XX Man (pronounced “super double ex man”) in the mid-’90s while still a member of the Austin, TX indie pop trio Silver Scooter, putting out a pair of self-released cassettes. Garred has since relocated to Portland, OR, continuing a steady stream of releases that have moved from home recorded four-track material to full fledged studio productions. Along the way, he has also turned Super XX Man into a bona fide band, that these days features his wife Michelle Garred on accordion, singer Ali Wesley, Kelly Dachtler and Josh Woods (who trade off guitar and bass duties) and drummer Bob Ham. The band will be on tour this Fall in support of the new album.

Super XX Man has been through many changes since the beginning but none as dramatic and exciting as what can be heard on Volume XII: There’ll Be Diamonds. It is a difference that both long-time fans and new listeners will surely welcome with open arms, sharing a long embrace with Garred’s musical vision.

Super XX Man Discography
Volume I CASS (Self-Released, 1995)
Volume II CASS (Self-Released, 1996)
Volume III 7-inch EP (Peek-A-Boo Records, 1997)
Volume I & II CD (Self-Released, 1999)
Volume IV CD (Peek-A-Boo Records, 2000)
Home CD (Post Parlo, 2000)
Volume V CD (Post Parlo, 2001)
Volume VI: Collecting Rocks CD (Lelp Recordings, 2003)
Volume VII: My Usual Way CD (Lelp Recordings, 2004)
Volume IX CD EP (Self-Released, 2005)
Volume VIII: It’s a Super XX Man Pizza CD (Self-Released, 2005)
Volume X CD (Hush Records, 2006)
Volume XI: A Better Place CD (Hush Records, 2006)
Volume XII: There’ll Be Diamonds CD (Tender Loving Empire, 2006)
Volume XII: There’ll Be Diamonds Tracklisting:

Release Date: October 21st, 2008

01. Medication (MP3)
02. Psychotic Break
03. Crazy People
04. You Say
05. There’ll be Diamonds
06. Big Balloon
07. House/Home
08. Little Leaf
09. What Lies Beneath
10. 5A Problem
11. It’s Now
12. Downtown Chapel
13. Cautious Like a Panther

Raine Maida – Solo Album From Lead Singer Of Our Lady Peace


“Best described as a poetry slam backed by hip-hop beats and acoustic instruments, the set defies any hopes at categorization… Food for thought and a banquet for the ears, this set’s atmospheres linger long after the final notes sound.”
–Jo-Ann Greene, ALL MUSIC (7/24/08)

Raine recently worked with American Idol Winner David Cook on his upcoming record!

Raine Maida, best known for his gig fronting iconic Canadian rock band Our Lady Peace, has branched off on his own and created the record he was always meant to make. The Hunter’s Lullaby, set to hit on August 26th (Kingnoise Records) is a collection of 10 commanding songs that are poignant and lyrical, delivered in a style reminiscent of the 60’s beat poets with hip hop influenced beats of today. A courageous album by an artist who is reveling in the freedom of creative and commercial independence.

The Hunter’s Lullaby was created over the span of a year in Raine’s private studio. Recorded using purely acoustic instruments, Maida gathered many of his nearest and dearest musician friends to help shape the record. His talented wife Chantal Kreviazuk plays piano and lends her unique vocals to several of the albums tracks. Victor Indrizzo (Beck, Gnarls Barkley) started the drum sessions with Raine back in the summer of 2006. Joseph Karnes(John Cale, My Brightest Diamond) contributed the stand up bass while Randy Cooke (Dave Stewart) laid down the majority of the drums and percussion.

Album title The Hunter’s Lullaby speaks to the fact that every person must ultimately venture out on their own to determine the meaning of life. Evocative and haunting track “The Less I Know” confronts religion and Raine’s relationship with his own Catholic upbringing. The mesmerizing “China Doll” was inspired by Al Gore’s ‘An Inconvenient Truth.’ The lyric, “Sour like democracy,” laced into the poetry of this particular track became the sub theme to the album, a sub theme that lays out Raine’s love/hate relationship with politics. First single “Yellow Brick Road” is about mass consumerism and the changing priorities of society, the song sees him addressing a world that is beginning to prioritize material belongings before real change. Raine writes “I’m not exactly sure where my record fits in today’s musical landscape, but I take comfort in that. I have two very young children who will one day judge me by this work.”

Whereas Our Lady Peace found a home with Columbia, Raine has decided to forego the major label for this solo endeavor and will release The Hunter’s Lullaby through his own label, Kingnoise Records. Eschewing the usual big budget video as well, Raine, a long time supporter of War Child teamed up with the organization to create a low budget mini-documentary for “Yellow Brick Road” that had him hitting the streets of Toronto, busking to raise $30,000 to help rebuild a school in Congo.

Zebrahead – Phoenix – in stores 8/5/08

ZEBRAHEAD – “Mental Health

Many bands make an entrance into a particular scene, make a statement, and are suddenly yesterday’s has-beens after an album or two. But after a dozen years, half a dozen albums, scores of countries, countless miles, a Grammy nomination for Best Metal Performance for their blistering cover of Metallica’s “Enter Sandman and immeasurable faces rocked, it’s not entirely surprising that Orange County-based rock act Zebrahead have been able to not only maintain a distinct relevancy to the core fan base that grew up with the act, it’s also been able to consistently break new ground and appeal to newer generations of audiences.

So, what’s the big secret to such great fortune? Credit the quintet’s truly innovative and ingenious meld of punk, hip-hop and alternative rock, which crosses over musical bounds, not to mention songwriting that’s infallibly infectious.

After completing over a year-and-a-half of constant touring on its previous release, 2006’s Broadcast to the World, the act settled down in its Orange County rehearsal studio to begin writing sessions. Zebrahead eventually constructed Phoenix over the course of a few months, the latest and most focused example of Zebrahead’s genre-bending sound. It’s the band’s most comprehensive album to date, sporting 16 tracks, and, according to Zebrahead vocalist Ali Tabatabaee is also the band’s most well rounded collection and second release on Icon Music.

With the imminent release of Phoenix, Tabatabaee is able to reflect on the longevity of his band and its continued relevancy to audiences young and old. “Kids are appreciating the fact that we’re sticking to our roots and really just trying to make good music. We’d like to thank the fans for allowing us to have such a long career. If it wasn’t for them, we’d be flipping burgers somewhere. Fortunately, we get paid to do what we love, so we want to thank them a lot for that.”

And as for Phoenix, Tabatabaee adds, “We can’t wait for the rest of the world to listen to it and see what they think. It’ll have something for everyone. And hopefully people will have open minds and will be able to accept it and appreciate it for what it is. We just didn’t want to make the same album again, you know?”



Does It Offend You,Yeah? will not slow down. First there is the brief tour of North America with Bloc Party that starts in LA on July 26 at the Echo, includes a stop at Lollapalooza and wraps in NYC at Webster Hall on August 6. Next they head to some exotic land called “Japan” for shows before heading back to the US for support dates with Nine Inch Nails and more solo dates this fall. Fear public spaces and Japan? Problem solved. DIOYY? turned in a real showstopper with their zombie look on Jimmy Kimmel Live on ABC earlier this week check it out above.

Their debut is filled with both crucial freak-dancing groove bombs and fully devoloped tracks. More than music; its a manifesto. -ALTERNATIVE PRESS

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

08/27 East Rutherford, NJ @ Izod Center w/ NIN
08/29 Philadelphia, PA @ The Wachovia Center w/ NIN
08/30 NYC, NY @ Bowery
08/31 Boston, MA @ Great Scott
09/02 Montreal, CANADA @ Les Saints
09/03 Hoboken, NJ @ Maxwell’s
09/04 Brooklyn, NY @ Studio B
09/05 Washington D.C. @ DC9
09/06 Chapel Hill, NC @ Local 506
09/07 Atlanta, GA @ MJQ
09/08 Nashville, TN @ 12th & Porter
09/10 Chicago, IL @ Subterranean
09/11 Minneapolis, MN @ 7th Street Entry
09/13 Boston, MA @ Bank of America Pavilion
09/14 Morrison, Colorado @ Monolith Festival
09/16 Portland, OR @ Doug Fir
09/17 Seattle, WA @ Chop Suey
09/19 San Francisco, CA @ Bottom of the Hill
09/20 San Diego, CA @ Street Scene
09/22 Los Angeles, CA @ Troubadour
09/23 Orange County, CA @ Detroit Bar