The Octopus Project prepares to launch West Coast tour kicking off at Lollapalooza, video for “Truck” racks up nearly 400,000 YouTube plays as site explodes with fan video versions of this and other Hello, Avalanche tracks

The Octopus Project prepares to launch West Coast tour kicking off at Lollapalooza, video for “Truck” racks up nearly 400,000 YouTube plays as site explodes with fan video versions of this and other Hello, Avalanche tracks.

“From gentle vibes and heavenly Theremin choirs to jaunty basslines and electro-static glitch-grooves to a wailing din of dying guitars and break-neck percussion, Hello, Avalanche is indeed a welcome disaster, an enchanting sonic cataclysm.” – Rolling Stone

“The lovely Theremin lead… suggests that technology just might save us after all.” – Pitchfork

“The result is a combination of electronic and analog acoustic elements that, on paper, should go together as well as a Daft Punk/Godspeed You! Black Emperor cocktail. Sequenced beats stutter alongside pounding drums.” – Magnet

“…surprisingly irresistible.” – Nylon

The seemingly never ending tour in support of the 2007 release of Austin-based The Octopus Project’s third album Hello, Avalanche is about to kick into gear again. Starting this coming weekend with an appearance at Lollapalooza in Chicago, the band will embark on a month-long west coast tour before returning home for a date at the Austin City Limits festival. See below for complete dates.

Being named one of David Fricke’s picks in Rolling Stone, gracing the covers of others such as Resonance along with the band’s hit tune “Music Is Happiness” appearing over the climactic plot wrap-up scene in the Sony Pictures blackjack flick 21, it’s no wonder that The Octopus Project has amassed a loyal following of devoted fans. and YouTube both recently featured the band’s video for the Hello, Avalanche track “Truck” which has now amassed close to 400,000 YouTube plays. The group’s loyal fans have responded with nearly a dozen fan-created videos that have begun to populate the site. See some favorites via the links below:

More official videos for tracks from Hello, Avalanche are set to premiere during the band’s upcoming tour including one for fan favorite “An Evening with Rthrtha.” The music video will be the second collaboration between Brooklyn artist Phillip Niemeyer (Double Triple) and San Francisco-based media artist Ryan Junell following their hand-animated stop-motion video for Spoon’s “You Got Yr Cherry Bomb”.

Catching on to the ever growing Octopus Project phenomena is UK-based label Too Pure (Stereolab, Electrelane, Seefeel, Scout Niblett). The label recently released an Octopus Project 7-inch as part of the label’s new “Singles Club” featuring two new songs “Wet Gold” and “Moon Boil,” recorded by the band and mastered at Abbey Road in London. The band describes the A-side as “a lovely jaunt through an arpeggiated land of goodness,” and the B-side as “the most ‘total rock’ song we’ve ever done.” 500 copies were released via subscription to the “Too Pure Singles Club.” Non-subscribers, fret not. The songs will soon be available for download on iTunes.

With ragged, furious distorted guitars at one end of the spectrum and the pure, luminescent tones of the Theremin at the other, the members of The Octopus Project mine a staggering variety of sounds in between (via strings, synthesizers, drums, glockenspiel, trombones, etc.), filling their songs with brilliant contrasting colors and cascading waves of sonic bliss. Although Josh Lambert, Yvonne Lambert, Ryan Figg and Toto Miranda each have their instrumental specialties, they spread ideas out on as many instruments as possible, each writing for and performing on any sound-maker they can find.

Recent press for The Octopus Project includes coverage in: Black Book, Boston Globe, Boston Herald, Brooklyn Vegan, Chicago Sun Times, CMJ, Down Beat, Entertainment Weekly, Flagpole, Flavorpill, Fuel TV, Harp, Magnet, Mass Appeal, Modern Drummer, Music for Robots, New York Magazine, New York Times, Nylon, The Onion, Pitchfork, Pollstar, ReadyMade, Resonance, Rolling Stone, Skyscraper, Soundcheck, Spin, Stereogum, The Stranger, Under The Radar, URB, Venus, Village Voice, Wired, XLR8R and many more.

Hello, Avalanche Tracklisting:

Stream The Album HERE

Release Date: October 16th, 2007

01. Snow Tip Cap Mountain
02. Truck (MP3)
03. Bees Bein’ Strugglin’ (MP3)
04. An Evening With Rthrtha (MP3)
05. Black Blizzard/Red Umbrella
06. Upmann
07. Mmaj
08. I Saw The Bright Shinies (MP3)
09. Ghost Moves
10. Vanishing Lessons
11. Exploding Snowhorse
12. Loud Murmuring
13. Queen

The Octopus Project Live:
* w/ Diagonals
08/02 Chicago, IL @ Schuba’s
08/03 Chicago, IL @ Lollapalooza
08/04 Kansas City, MO @ Record Bar
08/05 Norman, OK @ Opolis
08/06 Lubbock, TX @ Tequila Station
08/11 Phoenix, AZ @ Rhythm Room*
08/12 Tucson, AZ @ Congress Theater*
08/13 San Diego, CA @ The Cashbash*
08/14 Los Angeles, CA @ Knitting Factory*
08/15 Visalia, CA @ Cellar Door*
08/16 San Francisco, CA @ Bottom Of The Hill*
08/18 Portland, OR @ Satyricon*
08/19 Seattle, WA @ Nectar Lounge*
08/20 Vancouver, BC @ Richard’s
08/22 Edmonton, AL @ Velvet Lounge
08/23 Calgary, AL @ Hi Fi
08/25 Salt Lake City, UT @ Urban Lounge
08/26 Denver, CO @ Hi Dive
08/28 Dallas, TX @ Lola’s*
08/29 Houston, TX @ Warehouse Live*
09/28 Austin, TX @ Austin City Limits Festival

Chairlift Debut Full-length Album, Does You Inspire You, On Kanine Records, Tour with Ariel Pink

Chairlift Debut Full-length Album, Does You Inspire You, On Kanine Records, Tour with Ariel Pink!

Free mp3 Download: Evident Utensil

Brooklyn’s unassuming 80’s-influenced three-piece, Chairlift, is excited to announce the release of its forthcoming debut full-length, Does You Inspire You on Kanine Records on Oct. 28th. The band is currently in the midst of a US tour with ever-endearing psych-weirdo, Ariel Pink in support of its new release-to-be. Tour dates are below.

Intent on making music for haunted houses, Caroline Polachek, Aaron Pfenning, and Patrick Wimberly formed Chairlift in the summer of 2006. Frequenting late-night jazz shows at the strange Broker Inn on the outskirts of Boulder, CO, Chairlift were mystified by its 1980’s faux-gothic architecture. The oak-cabinet aquariums, vacant dancefloors, fake trees, and muffled velveteen booths provided the ideal hypothetical setting for a new breed of pop music. With their backgrounds in fine arts, film and jazz, coupled with a move to Williamsburg, Brooklyn in 2007, the trio was in danger of succumbing to art-snobbery and pretension. Instead, they started playing shows with fun and thriving experimental pop magicians, like MGMT, Ponytail, Yeasayer and Mixel Pixel. Merging their Colorado roots with their new urban surroundings, Chairlift’s sound developed into a hypnotic, tongue-in-cheek yet uniquely compelling brand of synth-pop. After much trial and error of experimentation, their newest effort has resulted in something more akin to a John Hughes/80’s film soundtrack, though the band is surprisingly unfamiliar with several of the artists thought to be their very influences.

Their first official release, the “Evident Utensil” single – an ode to pencils – personified their quirkiness. NME called it,”a charming pop oddity,”Exclaim! gave it, “immediate cult status,”and RCRDLBL deemed it, “the best single from a Brooklyn band since, like, TV on the Radio or something.” Comparisons have been made to The Knife, Art of Noise, Of Montreal, and Yaz.

Chairlift Tour Dates:
July 29, 2008 TT The Bears [w/Ariel Pink] Boston, Massachusetts
July 30, 2008 Knitting Factory [w/Ariel Pink + Mixel Pixel] New York, New York
July 31, 2008 People’s Center [w/Ariel Pink] New Haven, Connecticut
August 1, 2008 M Room [w/Ariel Pink] Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
August 2, 2008 Sonar [w/Ariel Pink] Baltimore, Maryland
August 3, 2008 Nightlight [w/Ariel Pink] Chapel Hill, North Carolina
August 4, 2008 Eyedrum [w/Ariel Pink] Atlanta, Georgia
August 5, 2008 Ali Baba’s [w/Ariel Pink] Tallahassee, Florida
August 6, 2008 Spanish Moon [w/Ariel Pink] Baton Rouge, Louisiana
August 7, 2008 Walter’s On Washington [w/Ariel Pink] Houston, Texas
August 8, 2008 Hailey’s [w/Ariel Pink] Denton, Texas
August 9, 2008 Mohawk [w/Ariel Pink] Austin, Texas
August 11, 2008 Plush [w/Ariel Pink] Tucson, Arizona
August 12, 2008 The Echo [w/Ariel Pink] Los Angeles, California



THE SUBMARINES are excited to announce that the song “You, Me and The Bourgeoisie” off of their sophomore album HONEYSUCKLE WEEKS (Nettwerk; May 6) is featured in the new iPhone3G commercial currently airing worldwide. Check it out here: The band is currently on tour with Aimee Mann playing to sold-out crowds from Boston down to Philadelphia. Additionally, they are set to headline the Mercury Lounge in New York on Tuesday, July 29.

Honeysuckle Weeks, which Metro New York said “might be the album of the summer,” marks the first time that The Submarines – John Dragonetti and Blake Hazard – collaborated as a duo from start to finish (Their debut album Declare A New State! was written separately during a breakup and recorded upon their reunion.) The new album, which was recorded in the band’s East LA garage-turned-home-studio, draws together themes from their immediate surroundings and experience: the garden outside their home studio, and the push and pull of life and love inside.

The Submarines with Aimee Mann:
Sat, Jul 26 – Boston, MA @ Berklee Performance Center
Tues, Jul 29 – New York, NY @ Mercury Lounge*
Wed, Jul 30 – New York, NY @ The Highline Ballroom
Fri, Aug 1 – Brooklyn, NY @ Music Hall of Williamsburg
Sat, Aug 2 – Washington, DC @ 9:30 Club
Mon, Aug 4 – Philadelphia, PA @ World Cafe Live
Tue, Aug 5 – Philadelphia, PA @ World Cafe Live



CONFIRMED ARTISTS: Burt Bacharach, Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds, Hot Chip, Crystal Castles, Black Kids, You Say Party! We Say Die!, Beach House, The Persuasions, Silver Apples, Dan Deacon, Vetiver, Cori Bishop (aka Elyse Weinberg), Dark Meat, Socalled, Jason Collett, Julie Doiron United Steel Workers of Montreal, The Dodos, Liam Finn, Wintersleep, Headlights, Playdoe, Dabaaz, Kim, Eric Bélanger, The Veils, WIRE, St Catherines, Thomas Function, Chad Van Gaalen, Dominique Grange & Jacques Tardi, Great Lake Swimmers, Katie Moore, Woodhands, Sam Shalabi, Gatineau, Chocolat, Irma Thomas, Wedding Present, Evangelicals, Jana Hunter, Cex, Teeth Mountain, Teki Latex, D’Urbervilles, Michie Mee, and so much more!*

2008 will be a year like no other for *POP Montreal*. We have been inspired like never before. A rumbling from the underground has struck our souls and we are happy to offer you the first glimpse at our initial programming. To begin we have the insurmountable songwriting legend *Burt Bacharach*, perhaps the single most important figure in popular music of the 20^th. As far as legends go there may be no greater voice than that of the Grammy winning *Irma Thomas*, the undisputed Soul Queen of New Orleans who will make an exclusive appearance at the festival this year. If you’re getting excited, hold your breath; we will also have shows by the amazingly prolific and poetic-punk troubadour *Nick Cave*, the seminal and brilliant *WIRE*, and the godfathers of experimental electronic psych *Silver Apples.* In addition, there will be the single most important benchmark for a cappella music, Brooklyn’s *The Persuasions*. Added to this list are other stand-outs including Canadian rap legend, *Michie Mee*, upstarts like *Black Kids, Crystal Castles, Dan Deacon *and *The Dodos*, as well as *Hot Chip, Vetiver, T. Raumschmiere, Teki Latex, Dark Meat, Ste Catherines, Liam Finn, *and reclusive Neil Young collaborator *Elyse Weinberg* (go ahead! google her). We will also have a special commissioned composers series with, among others, original pieces by *Socalled*, performed at porn theatre *Cinéma L’Amour.* This is just the beginning, we have lots more to come including all of our fun segments + new things like: Kids POP, our very first gear exchange and record shop, and the enigmatic art of *Mingering Mike*. Stay tuned!


Introducing… *KIDS POP*
Pop Montreal is pleased to extend the fun to the kids! This year, kids and youth can explore Montreal’s innovative cultural scene at Kids Pop. A variety of shows, demonstrations and workshops will be offered that connect artists with young folks in order to share skills, encourage artistic expression and enjoy Montreal’s cultural offerings.

In its 4th year, Puces Pop is a DIY festival that celebrates independent creation. It features a marketplace of handmade goods, a record sale and gear swap, a series of free arts & crafts workshops and a mini-seminar on business skills for self-employed artists. It’s all kicked off by a fashion show with a $2000 prize!
The Visual Arts component of Pop Montreal, Art Pop’s purpose is to showcase fun and exciting artists that resonate with the youthful energy of its musical counterpart. Look out for some wild technologies, superheroes, Japanese copycats, French activists, teenage passion, digital vandalism and crazy good times in general. And cute cats too.
*SYMPOSIUM – Talk Music to Me!*
Pop Montreal’s Symposium is a music conference like no other: all programming is artist-driven, interdisciplinary, and reflective of our city’s diverse and lively culture. We will be bringing together a discerning and savvy force of thinkers and artists to present panel discussions, keynote interviews, listening sessions, as well as hands-on workshops and round-tables.
Film Pop gets schooled and goes back to its roots! More musically inclined than ever before, with Paris’ Vincent Moon’s views on /All Tomorrow’s Parties/, workshops on writing music for film, rockabilly the 514 way, NFB 3-D reveries, and some headlining surprises, you’ll definitely want to be watching more attentively during this 5th edition of Pop’s cinematic offspring.

*Passes on sale now!*
Early Bird special until August 31st : $175+tx
After August 31st : $225+tx
After September 30th : $275+tx
Pop Pass : $70+tx
*Tickets for individual shows also available!*
See for details.

Anthony Green – Dear Child (I’ve Been Dying To Reach You) video and bio

Anthony Green – Avalon (Photo Finish) in stores August 5th | Solo debut from the lead singer of Philadelphia based progressive punk band Circa Survive | Headlining tour with Good Old War and Person L

*Anthony Green graces the COVER of this month’s Alternative Press
*Video for Dear Child (I’ve Been Dying To Reach You) premieres today on

The video’s TV debut is set for Tuesday, July 29th on Stevens Untitled Rock Show on FUSE TV

*The Dear Child (I’ve Been Dying To Reach You) digital single is now available for download on itunes

Anthony Green on Tour
8/6 – Philadelphia, PA – Starlight Ballroom
8/7 – Cleveland Heights, OH – Grog Shop
8/8 – Detroit, MI – Shelter
8/9 – Chicago, IL – Reggie’s Rock Club
8/10 – Minneapolis, MN – Triple Rock Club
8/11 – Omaha, NE – The Waiting Room
8/13 – Denver, CO – Marquis Theater
8/14 – Salt Lake City, UT – Avalon Theatre
8/16 – Seattle, WA – El Corazon
8/17 – Portland, OR – Hawthorne Theatre
8/18 – Orangevale, CA – Boardwalk
8/19 – San Francisco, CA – Bottom of the Hill
8/20 – West Hollywod, CA – Troubadour
8/22 – Anaheim, CA – Chain Reaction
8/23 – Anaheim, CA – Chain Reaction
8/24 – San Diego, CA – Soma
8/26 – Phoenix, AZ – Modified Arts
8/27 – Albuquerque, NM – Launchpad
8/29 – Austin, TX – Stubbs BBQ
8/30 – Dallas, TX – House of Blues – Cambridge Room
8/31 – Houston, TX – Warehouse Live
9/2 – Tampa, FL – The Orpheum Theatre
9/3 – Fort Lauderdale, FL – Culture Room
9/4 – Orlando, FL – The Social
9/5 – Atlanta, GA – Masquerade
9/7 – Baltimore, MD – Ottobar
9/9 – New York, NY – Highline Ballroom
9/10 – Farmingdale, NY – The Crazy Donkey
9/11 – Boston, MA – Harper’s Ferry
9/13 – New Haven, CT – Toad’s Place
9/14 – South Hackensack, NJ – School of Rock

From Joyce’s Dublin to Springsteen’s Asbury Park, environments have always had a massive influence on writers and musicians’ creative output. Such is also the case with singer/songwriter Anthony Green’s debut solo release Avalon. Recorded last March over an eight-day period with Green and some friends at his fiancé’s parents’ house in the sleepy beach town of Avalon, New Jersey, the album spans Green’s adolescence and adulthood and shows him at both his most visceral and vulnerable. “We had a short timeline [to record this album] and that’s the way I used to work back in the day; you’d only have three days in the studio so you had to plan out everything and then just go for it,” Green explains. “I’ve been wanting to record these songs for the past two years and this was the perfect time and place to make it happen.”

Although the 26-year-old Green is best known as the lead singer for the Philadelphia-based progressive punk act Circa Survive, he’s also an accomplished instrumentalist in his own right and has been penning the songs that would eventually become Avalon consistently for the past decade. “Some of these songs are brand new, but most of them are really old,” Green explains. “For one of the versions of ‘Dear Child (I’ve Been Dying To Reach You)’ that’s on this record, I wrote the lyrics for it four or five years ago and the music even years before that,” he elaborates, adding that many of these songs were composed while he was still a junior in high school. Although Green initially intended many of these songs to be used in Circa Survive, ultimately he decided that in order to fully realize his artistic vision he would have to tackle these tracks on his own—a decision that was due to communicative issues as much as they were musical.

“I think at the time that I was writing a lot of these songs I wasn’t necessarily able to articulate to [Circa Survive] all the stuff musically I wanted to do with them,” Green explains. “I don’t know chords; I don’t know scales; I can’t talk to anybody about time signatures, so I couldn’t really explain how I wanted these to sound without doing something ridiculous like humming something out that doesn’t make sense to anyone except myself,” he adds. The logistics surrounding the writing and recording process of Avalon allowed Green to present his songs exactly the way he envisioned them, making this album the first true glimpse into the inner workings of Green’s psyche.

However despite the fact this is a “solo” album, that doesn’t mean that these songs are all composed of Green plaintively singing and strumming an acoustic guitar (although songs like “Drugdealer” are beautiful representations of just that). In fact, from the lush, Cure-inspired pop of “Babygirl” to the electronically driven ballad “Springtime Out The Van Window” and the harmonica and keyboard augmented “Slowing Down,” the inventive arrangements on these tracks perfectly complement Green’s distinctive vocal stylings. Then, there’s “Dear Child (I’ve Been Dying To Reach You),” which was the recorded on the West Coast with producer John Feldmann — and, although it has a completely different production value than the rest of the disc, effortlessly fits into the context of the album and is a perfect example of the artistic scope inherent on Avalon.

Although he prefers to allow his lyrics to be open to interpretation instead of laying out exactly what they’re about, Green will admit that every song on this album is related to something that he’s experienced personally over the past ten years, adding that instead of cloaking his message in metaphor and symbolism these songs contain some of the most direct lyrics he’s written to date. “‘She Loves Me So’ is about exactly what you think you feel about love and I wrote ‘Devil’s Song’ after a conversation I had with Saves The Day’s Chris Conley about how much of your soul you put into your music,” Green says about two of his favorite tracks. “I think everyone is always trying to look for what the meaning of everything is and what’s funny to me about these songs is that they’re all so obvious.”

While one might assume that after spending most of the year touring, he’d want to spend some time off relaxing, Green is adamant about constantly writing songs and making them available for his fans whether it’s in the form of Avalon or via demos he circulates on the Internet. “I’m always busy, I’ll be busy all my life; that’s just the way I like it,” he explains with a laugh. “I never liked working hard until I found something that didn’t make me feel like an alien to what I was doing; I think with music and art I belong there and I’m a native so I don’t mind doing it all the time. In fact, I embrace it.” Hopefully you’ll also embrace Avalon as a labor of love that Green has crafted as much for his fans as he has himself, because although it was recorded in scantly over a week on Seven Mile Island, Avalon truly took decades to unfold.



SANTA MONICA, CA – July 23, 2008 – Shangri-La Music is proud to announce the newest album by one of rock’s seminal bands with the release of The Pretenders’ Break Up The Concrete out September 23rd. The album, the ninth in the band’s illustrious career and its first in 6 years, has band leader Chrissie Hynde collaborating with a new group of musicians. Recorded in 10 days the result is a stripped down roots album, pure and raw, which highlights Hynde’s timeless vocal sound.

While the music for Break Up The Concrete may have its origins in rock’s beginnings, the marketing of the album has Shangri-La Music boldly embracing the present and future. Starting today, the label is launching a massive MP3 Countdown campaign where each week a new song will be available for free download through a different media partner. This week’s song, “Boots of Chinese Plastic,” will be available through AOL’s In subsequent weeks downloads will be available through Apple QuickTime’s site,,, iLike, iMeem,, MSN Windows Media, Vh1 Classic, Yahoo and CBS Radio Online. Fans will be able to find where the next free MP3 will be available by going to Says Shangri-La’s Jeff Ayeroff, “The oldest and most basic form of exposing music is through word of mouth and the newest way is through the internet. This campaign combines both word of mouth and the muscle of 11 major online media partners and will allow people to hear how truly great this album is. Anyone who hears any of the tracks on Break Up The Concrete is going to tell everybody about it.”

Backing up Hynde on the album is a band that has no problems conjuring the true spirit of rock’s earliest days. Classic leads by guitarist James Walbourne, the twang of pedal steel from Eric Heywood, and backed by a concrete foundation laid by the rhythm section of bassist Nick Wilkinson and legendary drummer Jim Keltner, this band allows Hynde to show off her best vocal work and songwriting since the early days of The Pretenders.



In celebration of the 15th year anniversary of the groundbreaking album Exile in Guyville and its reissue by ATO Records, Liz Phair will perform the entire album at three engagements: August 27 at Theater of the Living Arts in Philadelphia; August 28 at 9:30 Club in Washington DC; and August 29 at The Paradise in Boston. Tickets go on sale Wednesday, July 23 via Ticketmaster.

These three additional shows come on the heels of four hugely successful sold out June events – two in New York City and one in each San Francisco and Chicago. Said Jon Pareles of The New York Times in his recent review of one of Phair’s Exile in Guyville shows, “After 15 years of other people’s indie-rock idiosyncrasies, “Exile” still holds up in all its conflicting impulses: its determination to be ‘adamantly free’ and its longing for someone to trust, its swagger and its pain.” A modern classic, Pitchfork recently gave the album a 9.6 rating while both Rolling Stone and Blender gave Exile in Guyville a perfect score of five stars (“*****”).

Exile in Guyville, which was out of print, is again available on CD, vinyl and – for the first time ever – in digital format. The special reissue package includes three never-before-released songs from the original recording sessions: “Ant in Alaska,” with Phair simply accompanying herself on guitar, “Say You,” which features Phair and a full band, and an untitled instrumental with Liz on guitar. Phair has also just completed a new, 80-minute DVD, “Guyville Redux,” for the reissue.

In “Guyville Redux” – which features an introduction by Dave Matthews, founder/co-owner of ATO Records – Liz and the “guys” of Guyville take us back to the making of the album, the male-dominated, Chicago independent music scene of the early 1990’s (which included Urge Overkill, Material Issue, and Smashing Pumpkins), and the Wicker Park neighborhood where it all happened. Phair interviews Gerard Cosloy and Chris Lombardi of Matador Records, which originally released the record, famed indie producer Steve Albini, Ira Glass of NPR’s “This American Life,” John Henderson of the elusive indie label Feel Good All Over, Brad Wood (producer of Exile In Guyville), John Cusack (who founded the Chicago avant-garde theater group New Crime Productions), Urge Overkill, and more.

Conceived as a song-by-song response to the Rolling Stones’ Exile on Main Street, Exile in Guyville was released in 1993, and ranked #1 that year on both the Village Voice Pazz & Jop critics poll and Spin magazine’s year-end critics poll. Incredibly influential to this day, its place as a seminal rock album has been reaffirmed by its inclusion in countless historical “best of” lists over the past 15 years, including: “Rolling Stone’s “500 Greatest Albums of All Time,” Spin’s “100 Greatest Albums, 1985-2005,” Rolling Stone’s “Women in Rock (the 50 essential albums),” Blender’s “Best Indie Rock Albums of All Time,” Pitchfork’s “Top 100 Albums of the 1990’s,” and VH1’s “Greatest Albums Of All Time,” to name but a few. Exile in Guyville is, in the words of Pitchfork, “a certifiable indie roadtrip classic.”

Phair is currently working on new studio album for the fall.

CONGOTRONICS 3: KASAI ALLSTARS ANNOUNCE DEBUT (OUT 9/23/08) / LONGEST ALBUM-TITLE EVER: In the 7th moon, the chief turned into a swimming fish and ate the head of his enemy by magic

CONGOTRONICS 3: KASAI ALLSTARS ANNOUNCE DEBUT (OUT 9/23/08) / LONGEST ALBUM-TITLE EVER: “In the 7th moon, the chief turned into a swimming fish and ate the head of his enemy by magic”

“Somewhere, Brian Eno exhales in delight at something close to his 25-year old vision of a psychedelic Africa” Village Voice

“It’s a reviewer cliché to claim that you never heard anything like it. For once, it’s actually true” The Times, UK

The Crammed Discs! imprint is proud to announce the launch of the most exhilarating volume in the series of Congotronics releases. Controtronics 3 takes the dynasty to the next level and features the inimitable Kasaï Allstars, exclusively. With their debut album, “In the 7th moon, the chief turned into a swimming fish and ate the head of his enemy by magic”, the Kasai Allstars’ music is powerful and sophisticated, driving, and raw. Compared to Konono No 1 (whose minimal and effective sound has been massively adopted by the international electronica, world music and alternative rock scenes), Kasai Allstars (based in Kinshasa, DR Congo) use a broader array of instruments & textures, and wilder, more complex, polyrhythms. Not to mention they are a collective revolving around 25 musicians from five bands, all from the Kasai region, but originating from five different ethnic groups: the Luba, the Songye, the Lulua, the Tetela and the Luntu. Some of these groups have endured conflicting relationships over the centuries; they each have their own culture, their own language and their own musical traditions, which were always thought to be incompatible until these musicians decided to pool their resources to form a “superband”, creating harmony through sound and movement with one another. This will be their first full-length release, aside from being featured beautifully on Congotronics 2.

Using a spectacular mixture of acoustic instruments, electric guitars, distortion-laden thumb pianos and soulful vocals, Kasai Allstars often sound like some kind of retro-futurist primeval rock band. They draw their songs from festive and ritual music played in the bush before being banned by the Europeans, who considered the highly erotic dances and the pagan trance ceremonies as “satanic”. These traditional sounds were fought successively by the colonial authorities, by the missionaries and by the increasingly-influential Congolese evangelist sects: the highly erotic dances and the pagan trance ceremonies were considered “satanic” and unholy, and were gradually banned. Even the actual traditional instruments all but disappeared (as Kasai Allstars spokesman Mi-Amor ironically points out, “Nowadays it is far easier to find a variety of slit drums, thumb pianos and marimbas in the museums of the northern hemisphere than in the Congolese cities or countryside”).

Track list
1. Quick As White
2. Mukuba
3. Kafuulu Balu
4. Beyond The 7th Moon
5. Mbua-A-Matumba
6. Mpombo Yetu
7. Tshitua Fuila Mbuloba
8. Analengo
9. Drowning Goat (Mbuji-Mayi)

Zune Marketplace Launches Exclusive Joy Division Content

Zune Marketplace Launches Exclusive Joy Division Content

In follow up to the release of a custom Zune digital media player commemorating the ‘Joy Division’ documentary DVD, Zune Marketplace is now featuring exclusive Joy Division content including a 3-part video podcast that is available for free download. In an exclusive interview, the band’s former bassist Peter Hook talks about Joy Division’s tremendous influence on modern music and youth movements in addition to offering some very personal reflections about moving on without Ian Curtis.

As companion elements to the video podcasts, Zune Marketplace is also featuring the full Joy Division catalogue, as well as two unique Peter Hook curated Guestlist features. The Guestlists contain music handpicked by Peter himself, and reveal songs that inspired the original Joy Division recordings as well as modern music that inspires him today from bands like LCD Soundsystem, Perry Farrell’s Satellite Party, and Peter Bjorn and John.

Tracy Shedd to release hot new disc Cigarettes & Smoke Machines via Teenbeat Records this fall. Fans of Liz Phair and Bettie Serveert’s Palomine, listen up.

Tracy Shedd to release hot new disc Cigarettes & Smoke Machines via Teenbeat Records this fall. Fans of Liz Phair and Bettie Serveert’s Palomine, listen up.

“It’s never too late to fight for what you want” — Tracy Shedd.

Tracy Shedd’s helpful reminder on the opening track “Never Too Late” from Cigarettes & Smoke Machines, her latest album of smart, pointed pop is a direct and economic assertion backed by sharp musicianship and just the right amount of reverb. Cigarettes & Smoke Machines is Shedd’s most accomplished record in a career that has now spanned four full-lengths.

Raised in a music-friendly home — growing up with piano lessons and a public address system in the living room to practice Patsy Cline on — Shedd found punk rock as a teen and morphed into a singer-songwriter wrestling with a love of distortion. Also a fan of artists that drape their vocals in various shrouds (My Bloody Valentine, Cocteau Twins, The Jesus & Mary Chain), Shedd decided that she never really wanted her vocals up front, an edict that permeated her previous recordings. Now, with Cigarettes & Smoke Machines, Shedd lets go and we benefit from vocal performances that establish the arresting emotional core of her latest record.

The album comes at just the right time, too. Now that declarative female songwriters like Liz Phair and unheralded classics such as Bettie Serveert’s Palomine are finally being celebrated, Cigarettes & Smoke Machines appears just when its audience is ready to identify with it. “What ever it takes, don’t let them break you down,” Shedd sings on “Whatever It Takes”. What’s the hardest part of goodbye? Shedd makes you wait for the answer on that track. When we find out that it’s “why,” we nod our heads. “Remember The Time We Set The Highway On Fire” takes the record in a different direction where the guitars take over and Shedd’s connection to The Cure’s nine-minute moments are more evident. Shedd’s co-existing vulnerability and strength make for convincing, winning and relatable songs that you’ll need to hear again and again.

It’s been a long road to this level of compositional confidence for Shedd. Letting go of a lifetime of music theory made it easy to write a batch of songs within weeks of first picking up the guitar and Shedd’s first album Blue was quickly produced in her then-home of Boston. Counting the infamous DC band Unrest as an influence (the Sarah Records oeuvre and The Softies come to mind as well), Shedd had aspirations to be signed to Unrest leader Mark Robinson’s label Teenbeat Records though she knew that he only signed DC-based groups. She decided to give it a shot anyway.

Robinson was convinced and Shedd was signed to Teenbeat which released her debut in 2002. In 2003, Robinson went on to produce Shedd’s second album, Red and a third LP, Louder Than You Can Hear appeared on the Devil In The Woods label the next year. Shedd then “got domesticated,” and moved to Tucson where the heat “slowed her down” and provided the time needed to craft her most inspired album.

Cigarettes & Smoke Machines brings Shedd back home and is now her third album for Teenbeat. Shedd’s place on the Teenbeat roster has obviously grown stronger throughout the years and it’s an immense pleasure to see that at a time when the record industry is in a state of “huh?” a record as worthwhile as Cigarettes & Smoke Machines can appear on a label as true to itself as Teenbeat.

Teenbeat’s beautifully packaged releases are often as of note as the musician’s work that they house and Cigarettes & Smoke Machines’ jacket is yet another in the long line of meticulously crafted Teenbeat sleeves. The photo of a blindfolded girl in profile that graces the cover is that of one of Shedd’s best friends during her upbringing in Jacksonville. Shedd has had the photo since 1996 and held on to it thinking she would one day use it in relation to her music. It spoke to her twelve years later and is now the stark and stunning image that represents her latest and greatest.

This time around, it’s not about being the next best thing to Shedd. Cigarettes & Smoke Machines is her most definitive and easy to climb into statement to date. It truly isn’t too late to fight for what you want and this time Shedd really got it.


Cigarettes & Smoke Machines featuring guest appearances by John Girgus, Brian Espinosa, Richard Dudley, James Tritten, Craig Schumacher and Joey Burns and produced by Craig Schumacher will be released by Teenbeat Records on September, 23rd, 2008. Shedd is also available to chat about her involvement in organizing the Pot Luck Conference, a yearly gathering of engineers, producers and musicians passionate about signals, sounds, music, and recordings.

Cigarettes & Smoke Machines Tracklisting:

Release Date: Sept. 23rd, 2008

01. Never Too Late
02. Whatever It Takes (MP3)
03. Hardest Part of Good-Bye
04. Won Past Ten
05. Plastic World
06. Not Giving Up
07. Remember the Time We Set the Highway On Fire
08. Go On
09. Paris
10. Valentine
11. So Sick
12. Home