A Camp Announce the Release of Their Long Awaited Sophomore Album and US Debut Colonia – Out April, 28th, 2009 on Nettwerk

A Camp Announce the Release of Their Long Awaited Sophomore Album and US Debut Colonia- Out April, 28th, 2009 on Nettwerk

New York, NY – A Camp announce the release of their long awaited sophomore album and US debut Colonia, out April, 28th 2009 on Nettwerk. Originally formed as a Swedish musical duo by The Cardigans front woman/lyricist Nina Persson and Atomic Swing musician Niclas Frisk, A Camp has since evolved into a trio with the addition of American film composer, Shudder to Think member, and Nina’s husband, Nathan Larson. As the title Colonia suggests, the new album is a journey through a myriad of themes, events and ideas which have been prevalent throughout history and remain true today.

Colonia is the follow-up to A Camp’s 2001 self-titled debut that was produced by indie superhero Mark Linkous of Sparklehorse and earned them 4 Swedish Grammies. Linkous returns to the A Camp fold for Colonia to add some slide guitar touches. The album, which features 12 new songs, was recorded in five different New York studios, including Stratosphere Sound, The Magic Shop, Mission Sound, LoHo and Nathan’s own studio Metal garage, as well as Tambourine Studios in Malmo, Sweden. It was here that they recorded the entrancing duet between Nina and fellow Swede, Nicolai Dunger on “Golden Teeth and Silver Medals.” The new album also features guest appearances by James Iha (Smashing Pumpkins) on guitar as well as Kevin March (Dambuilders, Guided By Voices) on drums and Joan Wasser (Joan as Policewoman) on viola and violin – who also appeared on A Camp’s debut. In addition, Colonia was mixed by Al Weatherhead (Sparklehorse, The Comas, Jennifer O’Connor) a! t Firehouse Studios in New Haven, CT.

A Camp’s journey began many years ago at a different time and place. Now, they are continuing on the journey with the release of Colonia. It is an album that features an intricate amalgamation of strings, lighthearted pop and delicate melodies that are seamlessly blended with the sounds and electricity that are at the very heart of the urban places which the members have grown up and developed within.

Watch A Camp’s Performance of “Stronger Than Jesus” (from the Swedish Grammis)

Black Math Horseman sign with Tee Pee Records set to release debut LP, Wyllt on April 21st

Black Math Horseman have signed with Tee Pee Records and are set to release their debut LP Wyllt on April 21st.

The record was recorded and produced by Scott Reeder (Kyuss, Unida).

PROMOTIONAL MP3: TYRANT

PROMOTIONAL MP3: DEERSLAYER

Call it ambient post-doom. Call it alchemic psych-rock, only without all those annoying freeform guitar freakouts. Call it “pure spirits by ritual dismemberment.” Either way, Black Math Horseman is Sera Timms (bass/vocals), Ian Barry (guitar) Bryan Tulao (guitar) and Sasha Popovic (drums). They are from Los Angeles. Their debut album, Wyllt, was recorded and produced by desert guru Scott Reeder (Kyuss, Unida). The rest is a discovery about to be made.

UPCOMING RELEASES:
2/17: WEIRD OWL – EVER THE SILVER CORD BE LOOSED
3/10: THE WEIGHT – ARE MEN
4/07: ASSEMBLE HEAD IN SUNBURST SOUND – WHEN SWEET SLEEP RETURNED
4/21: BLACK MATH HORSEMAN – WYLLT
5/05: HOPEWELL – TITLE TBA
5/19: THE WARLOCKS – TITLE TBA
6/03: QUEST FOR FIRE – S/T

Drink Up Buttercup Announce Shows including Tonight at Club NME at The Annex and their debut US single

Drink Up Buttercup Announce Shows including Tonight at Club NME at The Annex and their debut US single

“Farewell Captain/Sosey & Dosey”

Coming on Kanine Records April 7, 2009

“Philly quartet Drink Up Buttercup build you up with the post-Beatles harmonies of the La’s and the post-Beatles surrealism of Electric Light Orchestra or Super Furry Animals”
– PitchforkMedia.com

Farewell Captain / Sosey & Dosey
(Kanine Records)

Upcoming Shows:

Feb 5 – 9pm – Club NME @ The Annex, New York, NY

Feb 8 – 1pm – Kidrockers @ The Living Room – New York, NY

Feb 13 – 9pm – The Fire/Northern Liberties Fest – Philadelphia, PA

Mar 13 – 9pm – John and Peters – New Hope, PA

Born in a Buck’s County barn on a frigid winter night, Drink Up Buttercup has gained an international following in only one year’s time. After being kicked out of their practice space for disturbing the horses, Drink Up was soon besieged with praise in publications like Philadelphia Weekly, and in blogs such as Almack’s Dance Hall, Ear Farm, and The Music Slut. With residency offers in both Philadelphia and New York City, followed by a year’s worth of shows along the East Coast, Drink Up’s sound has attracted interest from across the pond when they released their UK first single, MR Pie Eyes / Gods & Gentlemen”.

While Drink Up Buttercup are working on the completion of their first full-length album, currently being recorded by Bill Moriarty (Dr. Dog, Man Man), they offer us their debut US single, “Farewell Captain / Sosey & Dosey” due out April 7 on Kanine records and will be playing various dates, leading up to SXSW.

Throughout most of Drink Up Buttercup’s reviews runs a common thread of excitement and appreciation for the band’s ability to put on a performance, rather than simply a musical showcase, with constant comparisons that parallel the spectacle of a circus, the buzz of a bar-room sing along, and the comfort of a nursery rhyme. Artifact of Obsession Collection said, “It is great to see a young band with so much promise and enthusiasm, who are eager and ready to make somebody’s day. They made mine.” The Music Slut called one show “more than just a breath of fresh air. It somehow managed to lift all jadedness from our respective souls (a truly difficult feat, indeed).”

Instrumentation:
Farzad Houshiarnejad; keys, wolf-howler, melodica, bass, vox, smashcan
Ben Money; bass, keys, melodica, mannequin head, percussion, vox, smashcan
Mike Cammarata; drums with water, lemon, and sugar packets
James Harvey; vox, guitar, sawed-off-seagull, walki, opera sounds

Pink Sunshine / Farewell Captain:

Sosey & Dosey:

Lovers Play Dead:

“Many musicians who strive to support themselves onstage are writing material that doesn’t strive for radio-style catchiness but mesmerizes and clobbers live audiences instead, like Ponytail’s joyfully consonant guitar blare and whooping vocals, or the way Drink Up Buttercup bashed out its bouncy, oompahing songs on a much-dented garbage can.” – New York Times

“They’ve got a herky-jerky, Tin Pan Alley quality to them that I really like — it’s Beatle-esque but in a kitchen sink kind of way.” – Brooklyn Vegan

“Imagine, if you will, if a Clockwork Orange’s Alex DeLarge had been the fifth member of The Beatles. Now think about what that music might have sounded like, if it actually existed. OH WAIT. IT DOES. Bucks County’s Drink Up Buttercup is what that band would have been…” – WQHS Blog

The Besties – What Would Tim Armstrong Do? MP3 download

The Besties. The band is giving away a free mp3 download of their song, “What Would Tim Armstrong Do?” to celebrate the release of their sophomore album, Home Free, out today on Hugpatch Records.

Catchy 60’s girl-group pop with a DIY-punk influence, the concept of being “Home Free” is a literal one, as the band gave up their apartments in order to be able to spend more time on the road doing what they love. They’ve done everything on their own, booking several tours around the US and Europe, and were asked to perform at the Emmaboda Festival in Sweden (w/Dinosaur Jr. and Of Montreal). The band will be touring up to SXSW behind Home Free.

“heavenly: [The Besties] music could whisk away the cynical and melt the hardest of hearts…pop bubblegum…Marisa and Kelly swap sugary vocals like class-Mates of State.” – Magnet “First Exposure”

“we’ve been smitten with [The Besties’] ridiculously catchy sound….while pop-punk doesn’t always shave the best connotations these days, for a group that evokes the Go-Go’s recording for Epitaph, it’s rather apt. – Time Out Chicago

“The romance of their brand of music is outstripped by some merited musicianship, all the cooing, girly elements sullied by some real-life issue lyrics and the occasional potty mouth.” – Dusted Magazine

BARENAKED LADIES NOMINATED for JUNO AWARD

BARENAKED LADIES NOMINATED for JUNO AWARD

“Children’s Album of the Year” For Their 2008 Original Kids’ Album Snacktime

Multi-platinum recording artist BARENAKED LADIES received great news today as they were sailing the high seas on their annual “Ships & Dip” cruise. The band, who released their debut original children’s album SNACKTIME early last year, was nominated for a 2009 Juno Award in the category of “Children’s Album of the Year.” The nomination is a fantastic way for BNL to kick off the new year, as they begin their celebration of 20 years together as a band.

Snacktime, which was produced and mixed by Michael Phillip Wojewoda (who also worked with the band on their debut Gordon), is composed of 24 tracks, including such titles as “Pollywog in Bog,” “Popcorn” and “Here Come The Geese.” With 11 children ranging from three months to 12 years old among them, the band was never at a lack of inspiration or imagination. Additionally, the title track includes guest appearances from celebrities/musicians like Geddy Lee, Lyle Lovett, Jason Priestly, Sarah McLachlan, Gordon Lightfoot and more.

BNL is currently in the midst of “Ships & Dip V” — the third time BNL has cruised with their beloved fans. The Norwegian Jewel left on February 1 and is sailing to Cozumel, Mexico and Norwegian Cruise Line’s private island Great Stirrup Cay, returning this Friday, February 6. Additional entertainment this year includes Kids In The Hall alumni Dave Foley and Kevin McDonald, Great Big Sea, The Weakerthans, Gaelic Storm, Butterfly Boucher, The New Odds, Brothers Creeggan, Luke Doucet, Mike Evin, Christine Fellows, Boothby Graffoe, Melissa McClelland, Sloan, The Mountain Goats and Vanity Project.

The 2009 JUNO Awards broadcast on CTV, Sunday March 29th at the General Motors Place, featuring award presentations and performances.

MANCHESTER ORCHESTRA Announce Release Date and MP3 Download

MANCHESTER ORCHESTRA is proud to announce their April 21, 2009 release date of Mean Everything To Nothing.

**Click here to download their single, “I’ve Got Friends” today on Spinner.com**

Mean Everything To Nothing

April 21, 2009

Favorite Gentlemen / Canvasback Music

www.themanchesterorchestra.com

www.myspace.com/manchesterorchestra

Andy Hull – vocals, guitar

Jonathan Corley – bass

Jeremiah Edmond – drums

Chris Freeman – keyboards, vocals

Robert McDowell – guitar

Mean Everything To Nothing Track Listing:

1. The Only One
2. Shake It Out
3. I’ve Got Friends
4. Pride
5. In My Teeth
6. 100 Dollars
7. I Can Feel A Hot One
8. My Friend Marcus
9. Tony The Tiger
10. Everything To Nothing
11. The River
12. Jimmy Whispers (hidden track)

Mean Everything To Nothing was produced by Joe Chiccarelli in conjunction with Dan Hannon and Manchester Orchestra.

NPR MUSIC PRESENTS SOUTH BY SOUTHWEST SHOWCASE WITH THE DECEMBERISTS, MARCH 18 AT STUBBS THE DECEMBERISTS TO GIVE FIRST LIVE PERFORMANCE OF ENTIRE NEW ALBUM THE HAZARDS OF LOVE

NPR MUSIC PRESENTS SOUTH BY SOUTHWEST SHOWCASE WITH THE DECEMBERISTS, MARCH 18 AT STUBBS THE DECEMBERISTS TO GIVE FIRST LIVE PERFORMANCE OF ENTIRE NEW ALBUM THE HAZARDS OF LOVE

NPR Music and Five NPR Member Stations To Live Broadcast, Webcast and Podcast Entire Show

NPR Music will present a South by Southwest showcase headlined by The Decemberists at Stubbs on Wednesday, March 18, kicking off the opening night of this year’s SXSW Music Conference and Festival in Austin, TX. The concert will mark the Portland-based band’s first live performance of its forthcoming album The Hazards of Love, which The Decemberists will debut in its entirety. Additional bands in the lineup, and NPR Music’s complete schedule of events at SXSW 2009, are to be announced.

Following the popularity of its concerts and on-air and online coverage at SXSW last year, NPR Music will live webcast and broadcast the entire concert. The concert will be streamed live, podcast and archived at www.NPR.org/music, and will be available for broadcast on NPR Member stations across the country. As in years past, NPR Music is partnering with five NPR Member stations – KUT Austin, WFUV New York, WXPN Philadelphia, KEXP Seattle and The Current from Minnesota Public Radio – to offer extensive coverage of the influential music festival on-air and online.

At SXSW, The Decemberists will perform all 17 songs from The Hazards of Love in sequence –how the band intends for the record to be heard. The Hazards of Love, out March 24 from Capitol Records, is the follow up to the quintet’s 2006 breakthrough The Crane Wife, and augments the band’s standing as one of the most creative forces in music. This album tells the tale of a woman named Margaret who is ravaged by a shape-shifting animal; her lover, William; a forest queen; and a cold-blooded, immoral rake. Joining The Decemberists members Colin Meloy, Chris Funk, Jenny Conlee, Nate Query and John Moen on stage at Stubbs will be Lavendar Diamond’s Becky Stark and My Brightest Diamond’s Shara Worden, who lend leading vocals to the album.

NPR Music’s broadcast and webcast of the concert will be anchored by Bob Boilen, host and creator of the popular show All Songs Considered and its Live in Concert series. Joining Bob will be NPR Music blogger Carrie Brownstein and David Brown, host of Austin Music Unlimited on KUT in Austin. “Usually, you go to a concert to hear your favorite band perform your favorite songs, but this 17 song journey will be a completely new to the audience,” says Bob Boilen. “It’s going to be so much fun to see everyone experience this absolutely epic and fun song cycle performed live for the first time.” Boilen announced the SXSW show on today’s episode of All Songs Considered, which features a track – “The Rake’s Song” – off The Hazards of Love. The All Songs episode is available at: www.NPR.org/allsongs

Last year, NPR Music and the five stations live webcast and broadcast 14 of the most anticipated concerts from SXSW, among them R.E.M., My Morning Jacket and Vampire Weekend. NPR Music’s daytime concert at The Parish was one of the festival’s must-hears, with headliners Vampire Weekend joined by Bon Iver, Yeasayer, The Shout Out Louds, Jens Lekman and A.A. Bondy. Those concerts, along with artist interviews and live audio and video performance sessions, are archived at: www.NPR.org/sxsw

NPR Music is a multimedia music site that features content from NPR and 12 NPR Member public radio stations, including live performances, studio sessions, exclusive first listens to new albums, interviews, reviews and blogs. The site’s continuously expanding sections are dedicated to rock/pop/folk, classical, jazz/blues, world and urban music. NPR Music culls from NPR’s and the stations’ extensive music archives to present thousands of features; more than 240 new features are added to the site every month. The site’s popular Concert section offers hundreds of streaming concerts in every genre.