DJs Added to Siren Festival Line-Up

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

DJ SETS BY TED LEO AND DEADHEAT
join
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

New York, NY (July 9, 2008) The Village Voice, the nation’s largest alternative weekly newspaper, is excited to announce the DJs for the SIREN MUSIC FESTIVAL on Saturday, July 19, 2008 at Coney Island, NYC.

DJ sets by TED LEO and DEADHEAT throughout the day join performers 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 and THESE ARE POWERS on two outdoor stages at the free, all day Village Voice SIREN MUSIC FESTIVAL™ in Coney Island.

SIREN FESTIVAL AFTER-PARTY kicks off at 9:00pm at Music Hall of Williamsburg featuring
APES & ANDROIDS, A PLACE TO BURY STRANGERS and more. For ticket information go to BoweryPresents.com or call (212) 260-4700. Tickets on sale now.

“…hat tip to the Village Voice for a) bringing back Siren for another installment…and b) pulling together a spread much more worthy of a train ride to Coney this year away from the Freak Show and the Cyclone.” – STEREOGUM

“Slather on the suntan lotion, dust off your parasol, and we’ll see you on the boardwalk!” – SPIN.COM

“…this hipster sweatfest continues into its eighth year with another solid lineup.”- METROMIX

Marnie Stern to drop This Is It And I Am It And You Are It And So Is That And He Is It And She Is It And It Is It And That Is That on Kill Rock Stars October 7

ANTICIPATED MARNIE STERN ALBUM COMING THIS FALL

Marnie Stern to drop This Is It And I Am It And You Are It And So Is That And He Is It And She Is It And It Is It And That Is That on Kill Rock Stars October 7

Since shocking critics the world over with her barnstorming debut set In Advance of the Broken Arm last year, expectations have been riding high for Marnie Stern’s follow up, and This Is It… delivers on the promise. Seeking the next step of her musical evolution, Stern approaches her unique guitar playing as a part of a cohesive whole rather than the expressions of virtuosity that earmarked her prior work. The results eschew her former conceptual leanings to create a deeply personal set of songs that are anthemic and uplifting; a pop record for an alternate dimension.

Tracklisting:
1. Prime
2. Transformer
3. Shea Stadium
4. Ruler
5. The Crippled Jazzer
6. Steely
7. The Package Is Wrapped
8. Simon Says
9. Vault
10. Clone Cycle
11. Roads? Where We’re Going We Don’t Need Roads
12. The Devil’s in the Details

What the critics said of the last outing:

“Don’t imagine that this album is some sort of endurance test: it’s too joyful and too pretty to be considered difficult.” – THE NEW YORK TIMES

“Stern has it– a charisma and technique that already distinguishes her as pure Technicolor in a glutted, black-and-white scene.” – PITCHFORK MEDIA

JUANA MOLINA SET TO RELEASE UN DIA ON OCT 7, 2008 CURRENTLY ON TOUR WITH FEIST IN THE US

JUANA MOLINA SET TO RELEASE UN DIA ON OCT 7, 2008 CURRENTLY ON TOUR WITH FEIST IN THE US

Un Dia, the fourth release on Domino Records from Argentinean artist Juana Molina is set to be released on Oct 7, 2008. While the record is a brave departure from her previous work (with pronounced rhythms and bold low end) it is every bit a Juana record, as personal and intimate as always.

Un Dia was recorded entirely by Juana (with the sole addition of guitar by Gareth Dickson from Vashti Bunyon’s band) at her home outside Buenos Aires.

“i noticed the rhythm in the music on previous records was tacit. There, but concealed. Some people didn’t feel there was any kind of rhythm at all! On this album I decided to make what was pretty obvious for me, more obvious to others, to bring it to the front. All that was insinuated in the past is now more tangible, hearable” says Juana of Un Dia.


For the uninitiated, Juana Molina grew up in Argentina, and was exiled to Paris with her family at the age of 12. Her father is THE coolest of cool old school Tango singers and her mother an actress. Juana herself spent many years as a comedic TV star in South America but made a complete break with acting at the height of her career to return to music (a move that, which must be noted, was met with nothing short of hostility back home).

Since releasing her first album, Juana has won praise from all corners. She counts David Byrne, NPR and The New York Times among her many supporters. She is adored by a loyal fanbase drawn by a sound that is like no other.

“Un día voy a cantar las canciones sin letra y cada uno podrá imaginar si hablo de amor, de desilusión, banalidades o sobre platón” says Juana.

Or in English “One day i will sing the songs with no lyrics and everyone can imagine for themselves if it’s about love, disappointment, banalities or about Plato. Un Dìa (one day)”

Juana Molina is currently on tour with Feist.

Jul 6 The Green at Shelburne Museum Shelburne, Vermont
Jul 8 Bank of America Pavilion Boston, Massachusetts
Jul 9 Prospect Park Bandshell Brookyln, New York
Jul 11 Ravinia Festival Highland Park, Illinois
Jul 12 Memorial Park Festival Omaha, Nebraska
Jul 13 Starlight Theatre Kansa City, Missouri
Aug 14 Santa Monica Pier Santa Monica, CA

Track listing

1. Un Dia
2. Vive Solo
3. Lo Dejamos
4. Los Hongos De Marosa
5. Quien (Suite)
6. El Vestido
7. No Llama
8. Dar (Que Dificil)

BM LINX sign record deal, set to release Black Entertainment this Fall

It’s not everyday that an underground NYC band is branded with the stamp of approval by rock zealots such as Alan Moulder but BM LINX, with their infectious style of beat-driven electro rock, have managed to do just that and much more. The famed British alternative rock record producer discovered BM LINX while passing through NYC and immediately fell in love with the glittery and lacquered-up myriad of rhythmic sounds that drive audiences to sway their hips and tap their feet right up until the very last strum of frontman Tony Diodore’s guitar. Moulder, after working with a veritable who’s who of famed artists such as Nine Inch Nails, The Smashing Pumpkins, and Depeche Mode (just to name a few), decided to take on BM LINX as a mixing project in his London studio. The results are nothing short of stellar.

“BM LINX may have been around for only a year now (and barely a year at that), but you would never know that if you hadn’t been told…and, unlike most bands who have been around for such a short amount of time, their songs are very ‘together’” – Hate Something Beautiful

One thing for sure: [Calvin Harris] was quite a contrast to the gritty, new wave-flavored set played earlier by NYC trio BM LINX. – LA Times

So who on earth is BM LINX, you might ask? Technically speaking, a three-piece based in Manhattan; featuring songwriter/producer Tony Diodore on guitar and lead vocals, Andrew Griffiths on drums, and Jonathan Murray on bass. Originally formed in 2005 by Diodore and Murray, BM LINX was always meant to be a genre-transcending band with a message that goes well beyond the usual lap dance party tracks most DJ’s tend to drop. Not only do they infuse their tracks with the sounds of an eclectic collection of electronic instruments, they also spike their songs with the shimmer of hard-hitting guitar riffs and Diodore’s soaring vocals. Watch out, this is the kind of music that’ll seep through your skin and send you flying to the dance floor.

“Avoiding fancy hybrids of techno and indie rock, the group heads straight back to the driving beats and séance vocalism of Joy Division and Dépêche Mode.” – CNET

Their driving, impulsive electro-beats, backed by an exhilarating live show, has attracted club-heads and rock and roll enthusiasts alike. The band has been playing shows everywhere since renowned booking agency Vital Talent picked them up. They were showcased at the legendary SXSW in 2007, and went on to perform at Scion NextFest in Puerto Rico. In addition, their song, “Understanding Orange,” has received critical acclaim. The song was used in promos for the 2007 drama, “Hidden Palms” on the CW Network, which estimated a viewership in excess of 3 million. But what’s most fascinating most about “Understanding Orange”, like the rest of the band’s tunes, is the shimmer of guitar instrumentation that injects the perfect amount of “good ol’ rock and roll” into their contagiously dark, and sometimes sinister, electronic melodies. The result? A blend of original music unlike anything heard in years, a blend attracting the likes of super producer Alan Moulder. The band also drew the attention of numerous up-and-coming producers such as DJ/producer Samio, whose remix of “Understanding Orange” made its rounds in the sets of legendary DJ’s such as Deep Dish at the 2006 Winter Music Conference in Miami Beach.

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“This project is very different sonically” – Alan Moulder

“…breakout band from NYC, [BM LINX] offers new waves of new wave off their release… All the pre-qualifiers are there for the takeover, hints of the Cure, red wine, dark synth pop, angular minimalist dance club rhythms with computerized handclaps and shiny clean guitar lines. The group was on hand at this years SXSW and rumor has it that this record is just their warm up.” – Reax Magazine

Self-released debut “The Portable Genius” that put the band on the map.

Their first album, The Portable Genius, produced by Diodore, was self-released and immediately caught fire in the NYC underground scene. In February of 2008, BM LINX were the first act to be signed to Craze Factory Entertainment, and since then have been working on their anticipated sophomore release, Black Entertainment, which features a bigger, bolder rock and roll sound than their debut. Also produced by Diodore, Black Entertainment was mixed at Assault & Battery Studios in the UK by Alan Moulder. The tracks were recorded in NYC at Stratosphere Sound Studios, which is co-owned by the alt-rock god himself, James Iha of the Smashing Pumpkins. Black Entertainment will be available digitally on August 26th and in stores everywhere September 16th. But if you can’t wait that long, their new single, “Kids On Fire,” hits the radio on July 15th and will be available soon afterwards on iTunes, Rhapsody, and other Internet-based music services.

“Packed with fine musicianship, a good strong rhythm section, thoughtful lyrics and fabulous vocals. The mix is squeaky clean.” – Nights and Weekends

BLAMESHIFT TO PLAY VANS WARPED TOUR and NATIONAL DATES THIS SUMMER

BLAMESHIFT TO PLAY VANS WARPED TOUR & NATIONAL DATES THIS SUMMER!!!

Long Island’s Blameshift is preparing to hit the road this summer for their sophomore run on Vans Warped Tour. This year the band will be playing select dates in late July on the Shiragirl stage. The band just finished their 6th national tour on the Ready!Set!GO! with No One Goes Home and Nude.

A perfect blend of thrashing guitar riffs, melodic choruses, and high-intensity screams, this band’s live performance is unmatched. Blameshift released their first national record, The Test, May 1, 2007 with support through F.Y.E. stores. Produced by Michael Birnbaum and Chris Bittner (Coheed & Cambria, Straylight Run, The Sleeping), Blameshift’s refreshing sound quickly started getting the recognition it deserved.

Months before the release of their full-length album, Blameshift already landed dates on the Vans Warped Tour 06. The rockers have since shared the stage with Bullet for my Valentine, ZebraHead, Paramore, Senses Fail, and many others.

Within a month of releasing the record, Blameshift left it all behind and committed to non-stop touring from coast to coast. Their already established nation wide street team nearly tripled in size, creating the grass-roots fan base that will ensure the bands longevity. They also scored sponsorships from Crunk Energy Drink, Sullen Clothing, PRS Guitars, Bogner Amps, GHS Strings, and Paiste Cymbals.

The eco-friendly band recently renovated their touring machine into a vegetable oil running van. “As the summer approach we realized gas was really going to effect just how many dirty hotels we’d be staying in and how many 99 cent jr. cheese burgers we each could afford. Saving money is one thing, but also knowing that you’re doing something to give back to out planet is amazing. We support a lot of great causes, and after playing Los Angeles a few times, we realized going green the first small step in helping an enormous problem.” Explains Tim Barbour of Blameshift.

“D.I.Y. to the core! Blameshift, who appeared in issue #229, have booked and promoted their own U.S. tours, establishing an impressive fan base along the way.” – Alternative Press Magazine

Blameshift Tour Dates

Jul 7 2008 – Jiggers w/Shiragirl – San Antonio, Texas
Jul 8 2008 – Red 7 – w/ Shiragirl – Austin, Texas
Jul 10 2008 – Garys Spot w/Shiragirl – Tomball, Texas
Jul 11 2008 – The Warehouse w/Shiragirl – Shreveport, Louisiana
Jul 12 2008 – Clicks w/The Final Rise & Evangelina
Jul 14 2008 – The Pit – It All Goes in the Tank Tour – Jacksonville, Florida
Jul 17 2008 – The LunaBean – Wilson, North Carolina
Jul 18 2008 – The Rockshop – Fayetteville, North Carolina
Jul 26 2008 – WARPED TOUR – Nassau Coliseum (Shiragirl Stage) – Uniondale, New York
Jul 27 2008 – WARPED TOUR – Toyota Pavillion (Shiragirl Stage) – Scranton, Pennsylvania
Jul 28 2008 – WARPED TOUR – Raceway Park (Shiragirl Stage) – Englishtown, New Jersey
Aug 21 2008 – Bulldog Cafe – Fairdale, Kentucky
Sep 4 2008 – w/The Material & And Then There Was You – Anaheim, California
Oct 11 2008 – w/The Material & And Then There Was You – Pompton Lakes, New Jersey

This Is Ivy League takes you to summer school with its refreshing new album. Get educated by the “dreamy” duo compared to Simon & Garfunkel, Belle & Sebastian, and Peter, Bjorn & John.

This Is Ivy League takes you to summer school with its refreshing new album. Get educated by the “dreamy” duo compared to Simon & Garfunkel, Belle & Sebastian, and Peter, Bjorn & John.

“…the soundtrack to your summer.” – L Magazine

“…retro tinges of Simon & Garfunkel neatly laid between symphonic harmonies and melded with pop flair.” – Filter

“The Brooklyn-based duo fit neatly between recent cozy-pop faves The Whitest Boy Alive and Peter, Bjorn & John, working the same seam of homely beauty and prematurely autumnal sentimentality.” – Pitchfork

If you haven’t started your summer fixating on a new vice, it’s about time. This summer’s guilty pleasure? The infectiously good indie pop twosome known as This Is Ivy League.

If you haven’t heard of the band, you might recognize the duo behind it – Alex Suarez and Ryland Blackinton, of Cobra Starship fame. When they’re not busy touring the world and gracing the cover of Alternative Press with their side-project, they’re creating, well, really good music. So don’t be fooled by their super emo alter ego. Their blend of folky 60’s pop rock is a huge departure from the Snakes On A Plane” tunes.

This Is Ivy League’s catchy riffs have been gaining a lot of attention from various sites around the interweb including love from dot coms such as Pitchfork, Rolling Stone, Paste, Filter, CMJ, The Deli, Idolator, New York Noise, and USA Today. The duo was also recently featured as one of L Magazine’s “Eight Bands You Need to Hear”.

The uninitiated can now revel in the perfect-pop that is This Is Ivy League’s first long player which features the mega smash hit song “London Bridges” . The accompanying video for the tune has already been singled out by Pitchfork which said,”…the clip creates and sustains a soft-focus weirdness, borrowing all the elements you’d expect from a postmillennial Chad & Jeremy — blazers, bicycles, merry-go-rounds, a park in autumn– while adding a few new flourishes– women in animal costumes, gently evocative use of color and pattern. Alex Suarez and Ryan Blackinton croon their crisp harmonies, finishing each other’s sentences and riffs, nearly symmetrical as they perform atop their pedestals for the animal woman.”

Obscure Sound hits the nail on the head in it’s review of This Is Ivy League:

“The album lives up to the potential of the excellent single (‘London Bridges’) in several ways, the most prevalent being the engaging form of songwriting that the duo is able to craft using their pop-oriented mindset. The album’s tremendous opener, ‘The Richest Kids’ , was initially my favorite song on the album. It features a simplistically addicting melody that is complemented by the duo’s outstanding duet form, with flurries of guitars being a constant reminder of their shared musicianship. In fact, if ‘The Richest Kids’ does not become a radio favorite on several prominent indie radio stations by summer, I would be absolutely shocked. It just has that sort of radio-friendly appeal that coincides well with summery indie-pop, mainly attributed to the group’s stellar melodic comprehension.

As for my current favorite track, ‘Visions of Tokyo’ is an excellent throwback song that beckons ’60s pop. The comparisons to The Beach Boys are imminent and it adds a lot to the enjoyment factor, with the vocal comparison to Brian Wilson being very tantalizing. Both ‘The Richest Kids’ and ‘Visions of Tokyo’ are certainly a few of the most enjoyable tracks I have heard so far this year. And for those who prefer individuality to accessible hooks, there are certainly clear signs of innovation too; the spacey guitar riff at the end of ‘London Bridges’ and the impressive acoustical fingerpicking displayed on ‘Til the Day’ are just a few examples of how it would be ignorant to group This Is Ivy League with other conventional indie-pop bands. The latter sounds eerily similar to Simon & Garfunkel’s early work, and I mean that as an utmost complement. Be sure to take note that This Is Ivy League’s fantastic self-titled debut was released on Tuesday, as I recommend it wholeheartedly as one of the best debuts of the year so far.”

More Press For This Is Ivy League:

“This Is Ivy League offers crisp, pervasively hooky indie rock with a folky sense of melancholy. Dreamy is a word used too often to describe all kinds of music, but This Is Ivy League actually does whisk you instantly to a place of post-adolescent romantic longing.” – Time Out New York

“In a gritty borough known for it’s ‘artsy’ rock and ‘experimental’ music these two just take it back to where it all began, simplified pop music with infectious harmonies that echo in your head.” – URB

“Covert crew members on the Cobra Starship go undercover as twee-hugging indiepoppers.” – Rolling Stone

“This band is like the badass guy in high school that gets away with misbehaving all the time because he’s like totally hot.” – Vice Magazine

“This Is Ivy League sounds as though Belle and Sebastian had American accents, listened to a lot of Matinee Records, and figured that every song must be happy… if it were 1974 they would be giving the Carpenters a run for their money.” – First Coast News

“Beautiful, head-bopping, airy pop songs with gorgeous harmonies that echo Simon & Garfunkel and The Beach Boys.” – Tiny Mix Tapes

“…perhaps one day, we will be using Suarez and Blackinton as a benchmark for comparison, putting them in the same class as those aforementioned famous pop duos.” – Consequence of Sound

“Cherry songs pour from the guitars of this dapper duo, who wind harmonies around surf guitars for a light, pop-tacular springtime debut…” – CMJ

“It’s among our favorites this year…a perfect aural cocktail for summer” – Very Short List

“This will most likely be the sound of the summer in the upcoming months…” – Make Out Club

“Their voices are hushed and sweet, twining around each other in blissful harmony. The guitars are mainly acoustic and gentle, the drums and keys tasteful and carefully arranged.” – All Music Guide

This Is Ivy League Track Listing:

Stream The Album HERE

Release Date: April 1st, 2008

01. The Richest Kids (MP3)
02. Love Is Impossible
03. London Bridges (MP3)
04. Viola
05. Celebration
06. An Introduction
07. A Summer Chill
08. Modern World
09. Til The Day
10. Visions of Tokyo
11. Don’t Waste Your Love On Me
12. Bonus MP3 – Crown of Love (Arcade Fire Cover) (MP3)

More about This Is Ivy League:

In 1997, Ryland Blackinton moved from Wilmington, Massachusetts to Boca Raton, Florida with his parents and two brothers. An avid guitar player and trumpet player in his school band, Blackinton immediately found an acquaintance in Connecticut native, Alex Suarez. Suarez played in a local pop-punk band. Blackinton came to watch them play at an abandoned house where many of their high school’s bands would practice and perform. Suarez was a year older than Blackinton, which in those days seemed to be a big deal. Neither of them was particularly good at sports or academics but each was passionate about the guitar. Around this time Suarez got Blackinton a job at the local Jewish delicatessen. The two became close friends while discovering the joys of Jewish cuisine. Not cut out for the restaurant industry, Blackinton soon left the deli citing culinary differences and became involved in the theatre. Suarez continued to the culinary academy.

For seven years Suarez and Blackinton lost touch. Suarez had been playing guitar with the Florida-based Kite Flying Society while starting a series of short-lived private catering companies. Blackinton was finishing his BFA in Acting and playing guitar sporadically with Parliament/Funkadelic keyboard players Jerome Rodgers and Danny Bedrosian. Seeking success in their respective fields, they both moved north to New York City. Blackinton acted in a handful of classical plays at the Pearl Theatre Company and Suarez was working as a grocery delivery boy in Chelsea. Both struggled with low wages and creative stagnation. One day, the two were reunited on a certain unnamed internet networking service. Coincidentally, they lived just twelve blocks away from one another. After catching up for a few hours they traded music and agreed that they should form a band.

Blackinton had written a few songs which were heavily rooted in bossa nova and folk music. Suarez quickly learned the songs and brought a cohesive poppy edge to them. The culmination of the two styles produced a folky-pop sound that both were pleased with. In late 2006, the band were scouted by Gabe Saporta of Midtown to be in a side-project called Cobra Starship. Saporta wrote the hit song “Snakes On A Plane (Bring It)” for the b-movie wonder Snakes On A Plane. The success of this song lead him to bringing Cobra Starship into realization and asking Suarez and Blackinton to join the band. With a big push from MTV, the band has gone on to headline multiple world tours.

In early 2007, 60’s UK pop group Ivy League contacted Brooklyn’s Ivy League about its reunification. This lead to Ivy League changing its name to This Is Ivy League. Its self-titled debut full-length was released April 1, 2008.

THE SUBMARINES JOIN AIMEE MANN ON TOUR Sophomore Album, Honeysuckle Weeks, Out Now

THE SUBMARINES JOIN AIMEE MANN ON TOUR Sophomore Album, Honeysuckle Weeks, Out Now

“This might be the soundtrack of the summer.” – AM New York

LA-based indie-pop duo THE SUBMARINES will join Aimee Mann on six east coast dates of her current tour, including stops in Boston, New York, DC and Philadelphia. The band will also headline an evening at the Mercury Lounge in New York on July 29th.

In addition to favorites from their debut album Declare A New State!, The Submarines will perform songs from their newly released sophomore album, Honeysuckle Weeks, which has quickly become a favorite among critics:

“John Dragonetti and Blake Hazard jam a wealth of sonic textures – all designed with stunning clarity and obvious focus – into the album’s 10 songs.” – Paste

“From the fuzzy guitar pop of ‘The Wake Up Song’ to the electronica twinged ‘Sub Symphonika’, Honeysuckle Weeks is heartfelt and earnest… ” – Venus (4 stars)

“LA duo Submarines creates blissful pop gems…” – Time Out Chicago

“The duo deftly match Hazard’s sweet, airy vocals with Dragonetti’s infectiously bippy, boppy electro-pop arrangements. The disc is hypnotically enchanting…” – LA Citybeat

“Honeysuckle Weeks is a pristine assemblage of finely honed, upbeat pop that benefits from a diversity of arrangements and Hazard’s pearly white vocals…” – Chicago Reader

“A sparkling batch of tunes…” – Performing Songwriter

Tour dates are as follows:
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 – Washington, DC @ 9:30 Club
Mon, Aug 4 – Philadelphia, PA @ World Cafe Live
Tue, Aug 5 – Philadelphia, PA @ World Cafe Live

* The Submarines to headline.

ZZ TOP LIVE FROM TEXAS ENTERS CANADIAN MUSIC DVD CHARTS AT #1 AND IS GOLD IN CANADA

ZZ TOP LIVE FROM TEXAS ENTERS CANADIAN MUSIC DVD CHARTS AT #1 AND IS GOLD IN CANADA
~ Eagle Rock Entertainment Captures 27% Of Total Market Share On This Week’s SoundScan Top 50 DVD Music Chart ~

Toronto, ON — Following its Canadian debut at 53 Cineplex Entertainment theatres on June 19, ZZ Top’s first live concert DVD Live From Texas – released on June 24 via Eagle Rock Entertainment – enters the Canadian Music DVD charts at #1 and is now certified gold by the Canadian Recording Industry Association (CRIA), for sales in excess of 5,000 units.

“It gives us at Eagle Rock a tremendous feeling and a great deal of pleasure and pride to announce the number 1 chart position for ZZ Top on the U.S. and Canadian Music DVD charts,” says Mike Carden, President of Operations North America/Executive Vice President of Eagle Rock Entertainment. “Congratulations to everyone at Universal Music Canada and Fontana distribution.”

As evidenced by the recent success of ZZ Top – Live From Texas, Eagle Rock is enjoying continuous growth in the Canadian DVD market. According to Nielsen SoundScan, eight of the Top 50 Best-Selling music DVDs in Canada this week are Eagle Rock releases. And, the company has achieved 27% of the total DVD market share on this week’s chart.

“Even with the constant bad news we keep hearing about the decline of audio, our company continues to market visual music successfully in a very challenging climate. The success of this past week’s market share is evidenced by these numbers,” says Carden. “We are thrilled and honored to be in this position. This news tells us that were on the right track in giving the international marketplace what it wants to hear and see when it comes to the finest in Visual Music.”

The eight Eagle Rock releases charting on SoundScan’s Top 50 are:
Live From Texas ZZ TOP (#1)
Live In Paris Diana Krall (#20)
One Night Only The Bee Gees (#26)
Rock Montreal Queen (#27)
Live In Europe The Doors (#28)
Around The World Live Deep Purple (#37)
Jack In The Green: Live In Germany Jethro Tull (#47)
Sweden Rocks Ted Nugent (#50)

Eagle Rock Entertainment develops, acquires and produces music programming for a wide range of notable and high profile artists, which the company distributes on a worldwide basis. Eagle Rock Entertainment, Eagle Vision and Eagle Eye Media are wholly owned divisions of Eagle Rock Group, LTD.

MTV PRESS TO RELEASE RADIO SILENCE OCTOBER 7 A SELECT VISUAL HISTORY OF AMERICAN HARDCORE MUSIC

MTV PRESS TO RELEASE RADIO SILENCE OCTOBER 7 A SELECT VISUAL HISTORY OF AMERICAN HARDCORE MUSIC

Hardcore music existed in the dark ages. This was a pre-internet society, where community and do it yourself ethics thrived. American kids who loved the speed and attitude of the original punk rock but despised the fashion and faux nihilism made a brilliant revision: hardcore. Radio Silence A Selected Visual History of American Hardcore Music documents an era when musicians and fans booked shows, photographed bands, started record labels, designed album covers and published zines themselves. Authors Nathan Nedorostek and Anthony Pappalardo along with contributions from Sacha Jenkins, Dave Smalley, Jeff Nelson of Minor Threat and photographer Mark Owens offer 224 pages of over 500 images of rare records, t-shirts, fanzines, illustrations and photographs of Black Flag, Big Boys, Rites of Spring, Agnostic Front, the groundbreaking fanzine Ulysses Speaks and much more. MTV Press will release Radio Silence A Selected Visual History of American Hardcore Music on October 7 2008.

“I mean.. we get shit from the local idiots just because we’re putting out a record, can you believe that?” letter from Kevin Seconds to Ian Mackaye

“Hardcore was a reaction to punk…we made it faster, tougher, harder and better and changed it, morphed it made it unique and American…” Dave Smalley, DYS, Dag Nasty