Vanessa Williams – Close To You video from her new album The Real Thing

In support of her new album Vanessa Williams has released her second video from The Real Thing. Click the link below to watch the video for “Close To You” or download it. Partially produced by Kenny “Babyface” Edmonds The Real Thing features songs be Stevie Wonder and Bebel Gilberto, among others

Vanessa Williams – Close To You video

Internationally-renowned singer and actress Vanessa Williams will release her thirteenth album and debut for Concord Records entitled THE REAL THING, on June 2nd, 2009. The collection marks a return to her love for the rhythms of jazz and Latin music, a key part of her musical roots. In addition, THE REAL THING delves into the sophisticated pop and R&B that have been the hallmark of her dynamic musical career.

THE REAL THING is a passionate song cycle about relationships, and Williams hand-picked each song on the record as it relates to a phase of the modern-day love affair seen from a woman’s perspective. From the two new songs penned for the CD by Babyface (“Loving You” and “Just Friends”) to “Hello Like Before” by Bill Withers (Williams’ late father’s favorite artist) to Stevie Wonder’s “The Real Thing” to Bebel Gilberto’s “Close To You,” THE REAL THING taps into the wide breadth of Williams’ musicality and artistry.

“After playing a power-hungry character like Wilhelmina Slater on “Ugly Betty” on a soundstage for three seasons, it was a pleasure to step back into the recording studio and be myself behind the microphone,” stated Ms. Williams. “The familiarity and comfort of making music is always a joy to come home to. It was especially a treat to sing Phil Galdston’s “I Fell In.” Our biggest hit together was “Save the Best for Last.”

“Vanessa Williams in an artist of rare talent, depth and creativity,” states Concord Music Group executive vice-president of A&R, John Burk. “In this album she explores her musical range and influences perhaps more so than ever before. We couldn’t be more proud to have her as a member of the Concord family.”

With a career spanning over 20 years, Williams is the consummate performer. From her chart-topping pop star music career, to her Emmy-nominated role on “Ugly Betty” and her upcoming co-starring performance in the feature film “Hannah Montana: The Movie,” Vanessa Williams remains one of the industry’s most, versatile and accomplished artists. She has appeared in numerous films including “Soul Food,” “Eraser,” “The Pick-Up Artist” and “Shaft,” and has numerous television credits to her name as well as critically-acclaimed performances on Broadway in “Kiss Of The Spider Woman” and “Into The Woods,” which garnered her a Tony nomination.

Since the release of her first studio album, 1988’s The Right Stuff, Williams has garnered a total of 16 Grammy nominations, released seven albums of original material, as well as four compilations and two holiday-themed albums, selling millions of albums world-wide. She was nominated for yet another Grammy for her hit single, “Colors of the Wind,” from Disney’s “Pocahontas,” which went on to win an Academy Award, Golden Globe and Grammy for “Best Song In A Motion Picture.” THE REAL THING is her first studio album since 2005’s Everlasting Love.

Vanessa Williams’ charitable contributions are many and varied, embracing and supporting such issues as education, homelessness, abuse, women’s issues and health concerns, AIDS and anything having to do with children. She is also well-known for her outspoken support of gay rights, having won the Human Rights Campaign “Ally for Equality” award in 2008. She is on the Board of Directors of Special Olympics, as well as the Board or Advisors for the Westchester Children’s Museum and supports numerous other charitable and humanitarian organizations.

DIESEL:U:MUSIC 2009: AND THE WINNERS ARE …

DIESEL:U:MUSIC 2009: AND THE WINNERS ARE …

The Dieselumusic.com website has been on the brink of crash for the past two months: millions of visitors, unsigned and breaking acts submitted their work hoping to be one of the two selected artists of this year’s Diesel:U:Music.

Diesel brought together an international jury composed of the likes of Sony Music Publishing Manager Atsushi Inoue, head of Universal Music Rock/Urban label in Germany Daniel Lieberberg, and Spin magazine senior editor Ellen Carpenter to name just a few. The deliberation took hours …the judges then selected five finalists from Norway, UK and US and among them the first winner of the Diesel:U:Music global tour, with the second tour winner selected by the Diesel team after months of virile debate.

And the winners are…The Terror Pigeon Dance Revolt! and HEARTSREVOLUTION.

The Terror Pigeon Dance Revolt! are a never ending romp of a dance party. Coming from the USA, their catchy, dancey pop songs make you feel something in your heart and in your feet, songs that you haven’t heard in almost a month, but for some reason woke up with stuck in your head this morning.

HEARTSREVOLUTION are a NYC band that have created a brand which represents their parallel universe that includes the Heartschallenger ice cream trucks, merchandise and vinyl discography that almost looks good enough to eat. Their motto is CYOA! Choose Your Own Adventure! sign us up!!

The D:U:M global tour is now ready to go!
Starting in July 12 concerts will sweep across the planet in an international six-month journey reaching major cities all over the world. First date Berlin on July 3rd, and then: New York, Tokyo, Helsinki, Oslo, Paris, Madrid, London, Beijing, Vienna, Sydney and Miami. Visit www.dieselumusic.com if you want tickets for the global tour as well as to attend the performances live from the comfort of your sofa.

Ancestors Announce New Album, “Of Sound Mind”, Out October 6th on Tee Pee Records

Ancestors have announced they will release the follow up their critically acclaimed debut album “Neptune With Fire” on October 6th. The brand new album will be titled “Of Sound Mind”.

Recorded, mixed and mastered at Infra Sonic Sound by Pete Lyman, known for his diverse work with Mars Volta, Qui and No Age. Ancestors, including contributions by notable Los Angeles artists David Scott Stone (Melvins, Unwound, Slug), Sera Timms (Black Math Horsemen) and cellist Ramiro Zapata have created an album truly Of Sound Mind; a refreshing and aptly named experience of incredible proportions.

“LA Quintet Ancestors are suitably lysergic, their debut consisting of two conceptual, organ-striated heavy rock odysseys” – MOJO

“Come to Neptune With Fire for the mammoth riffs, but stay for the stretches when Ancestors take ‘far out’ even further.” – PITCHFORK

In evolutionary theory, species that share an ancestor are said to be of common descent. There’s nothing common about the music of Los Angeles quintet ANCESTORS. To peg or try to pigeon hole the art they create would be missing the point. But for most, reference and understanding lays the foundation for common ground. What Ancestors ‘shares’ is a unique vision to create something passionate, vital and challenging. OF SOUND MIND is a journey through the past into the future; a signpost for a quickly emerging force of musical power and creativity. Where Ancestors showed signs of promise on their debut Neptune With Fire, they have trail blazed new pathways with the 8-part opus Of Sound Mind. They have channeled the freedom of progressive stalwarts King Crimson, the craft and insight of Pink Floyd, and the depth and brooding of Neurosis. The ‘common descent’ lies in the courage they share with these aforementioned groups to push the limit, cementing their foundation without rooting themselves in the general trappings of music journalism or pop culture. To put linear constrictions on their journey would be an insult to all that have strived to create something new, the true essence of art and expression. Ancestors weave an unorthodox mixture of sonic textures, down-tempo riffs and rhythms, accented with well-crafted melodies and at times full-throttle assaults. The combination delivers a cohesive journey akin to the ambitious undertakings of avant-garde musicians like Eric Dolphy, Peter Brotzmann or Miles Davis. Of Sound Mind is something to be returned to over and over, always offering a new reward.

Lyrically and thematically, Of Sound Mind contemplates the quandaries of human psychology and its effect on and within the development of modern society. Although essentially conceptual in nature, the record is a blatant transition from the allegorical and mythological framework of their debut Neptune With Fire. The 8 part, 1-hour plus album lends meaning, while actively seeking answers, much like the work of Camus or Thoreau. Without absolution or authority, Ancestors insight a thought crusade with meaningful intent.

ANCESTORS – OF SOUND MIND Tracklisting
1. From Nothing
2. Mother Animal
3. Not The Last Return
4. Bounty Of Age
5. Friend
6. The Trial
7. Challenging
8. The Ambrose Law

The Donnas Greatest Hits, Vol. 16 Previewing Now on AOL Spinner

The Donnas Greatest Hits, Vol. 16 Previewing Now on AOL Spinner!

One week before its release, The Donnas Greatest Hits, Vol. 16 (July 7th, Purple Feather Records), can be heard now exclusively on AOL Spinner. The eighth album from the unrivaled rockers The Donnas, “Greatest Hits” celebrates the band’s 16 impressive years together. The new album features two brand new songs, never-heard-before b-sides, live versions of hits “Take It Off” and “Fall Behind” and much, much more.

Hear the new album now here

Download single “Get Off” for free here

The Donnas will join Blondie and Pat Benatar on tour this summer in addition to their own headlining dates:

7/16/09 San Diego, CA @ Casbah*
7/17/09 Los Angeles, CA @ Troubadour*
7/18/09 Long Beach, CA @ Alex’s Bar*
7/21/09 Saratoga, CA @ The Mountain Winery
7/23/09 Petaluma, CA @ Mystic Theatre*
7/24/09 Sacramento, CA @ Marilyn’s on K*
7/25/09 Lemoore, CA @ Tachi Palace Hotel & Casino
7/26/09 Las Vegas, NV @ Wasted Space*
7/28/09 Phoenix, AZ @ Dodge Theater
7/29/09 Albuquerque, NM @ Isleta Casino Showroom
7/31/09 Oklahoma City, OK @ Diamond Ballroom
8/01/09 Memphis, TN @ Mud Island Amphitheater
8/02/09 Atlanta, GA @ Chastain Park Amphitheater
8/04/09 Vienna, VA (DC), The Filene Center
8/05/09 Gilford, NH @ Meadowbrook/US Cellular Pavilion
8/07/09 Bethlehem, PA @ Musikfest at Sands RiverPlace
8/08/09 Boston, MA @ Bank of America Pavilion
8/10/09 Pittsburgh, PA @ Rex Theater*
8/11/09 Canandaigua, NY @ Constellation Bands Marvin Sands PAC
8/13/09 Brooklyn, NY @ Asser Levy Park/Coney Island
8/14/09 Cleveland, OH @ Peabody’s*
8/15/09 Cincinnati, OH @ Riverbend Music Center
8/16/09 Detroit, MI @ Motor City Casino/Sound Board (Pat Benatar only)
8/17/09 Highland Park, IL @ Ravinia Pavilion
8/20/09 Austin, TX @ Austin Music Hall
8/21/09 New Orleans, LA @ One Eyed Jack’s*
8/22/09 Biloxi, MS @ Beau Rivage Resort
8/23/09 Houston, TX @ Arena Theatre

*The Donnas headlining

Psychostick – Sandwich album and Psychostick tour dates

ARTIST: Psychostick
ALBUM TITLE: Sandwich
LABEL: Rock Ridge Music
STREET DATE: 5/5/09
GENRE: Metal, Humorcore

STREAMING AUDIO: “Girl Directions

NOTEWORTHY:
Upcoming Tour Dates for Psychostick:

July 1, 2009: The Canopy Club / Urbana, IL
July 2, 2009: The Machine Shop / Flint, MI
July 3, 2009: The Hayloft / Mt. Clemens, MI
July 5, 2009: Motorheads / Michigan Center, MI
July 6, 2009: Amped Up / Dugger, IN
July 7, 2009: Miss Q’s / Ft. Wayne, IN
July 8, 2009: Krazy St. Grille / Indianapolis, IN
July 9, 2009: Pop’s / Sauget, IL
July 10, 2009: Phoenix Hill Tavern / Louisville, KY
July 11, 2009: The Sandusky Underground / Sandusky, OH
July 12, 2009: The Cove Nite Club / Geneva On The Lake, OH
July 24, 2009: The Outpost Concert Club / Kent, OH
July 25, 2009: Alrosa Villa / Columbus, OH
July 27, 2009: Mr. Smalls Fun House / Millvale, PA
July 28, 2009: The Lost Horizon / Syracuse, NY
July 30, 2009: Billy Baloney’s / Danbury, CT
August 3, 2009: Brick House / Dover, NH
August 7, 2009: The Silo / Reading, PA
August 8, 2009: KC’s Music Alley / Fredericksburg, VA
August 9, 2009: The Half Shell / Virginia Beach, VA
August 11, 2009: Zakks Coffee House / Murfreesburo, NC
August 12, 2009: Hooligan’s / Jackson, NC
August 13, 2009: The Rock Shop / Fayetteville, NC
August 14, 2009: The Dive / Charleston, SC
August 15, 2009: Club Catalyst / Knoxville, TN
August 25, 2009: Brewsters Pit / Jacksonville, FL
August 26, 2009: The Mojo Room / Port St. Lucie, FL
August 27, 2009: Doc’s Place / Lakeland, FL
August 29, 2009: The Haven / Winter Park, FL
August 30, 2009: Bourbon Street / New Port Richey, FL
September 18, 2009: Chic’s / El Paso, TX

Coldplay – Violet Hill Animated illustration video

Coldplay: Violet Hill Animated illustration

My step by step video of my illustration of Coldplay based on images from the Violet Hill Video and song. Hope you like it. Music: Coldplay – Violet Hill http://www.myspace.com/samroon http://www…
My step by step video of my illustration of Coldplay based on images from the Violet Hill Video and song. Hope you like it.

Music:
Coldplay – Violet Hill

http://www.myspace.com/samroon
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PATRICK BREALEY – MERCURY IN SONGBIRDS album

PATRICK BREALEY – MERCURY IN SONGBIRDS

Shining a modern light on the roots of North American popular music, Patrick Brealey blends elements of folk, country, cabaret and blues to deliver lyrically driven songs with a uniquely powerful voice. And on July 14th, in collaboration with Boompa Records, his release of Mercury in Songbirds provides the perfect pairing to this matchless mix.

An accomplished pianist, agile vocalist, and adept guitar picker, Patrick Brealey is a natural performer. His ability to engage an audience is a signature of his live shows. Captivating crowds and moving them to react is a true testament to his belief that art is nothing without an audience. And surely the fact that he offers his own homemade pickles and preserves at his shows doesn’t take away of his charm. (Visit The Dakota Tavern and Henhouse in Toronto to taste for yourself!)

Patrick’s latest album Mercury in Songbirds is a collection of songs born in a different era, raised today and fed by the influence of songwriters like Lyle Lovett, Tom Waits and Willie Nelson. From the early rock and roll swagger of “I Don’t Want to Hear Another Love Song” to the laid back dobro on “Castaway Heart” and the country heartache of “Please Don’t Love Me with that Love”, these songs reminisce of days gone by while carving a distinctive niche in today’s Canadian folk and roots scene.

Having shared stages with Serena Ryder, Justin Rutledge, and Luke Doucet, Patrick Brealey is supporting his release with a national tour that includes a coveted spot at Mariposa Festival:

July 3-5 – Mariposa Folk Festival – Orillia, ON – Tudhope Park
July 9 – Comox, BC – House Concert
July 10 – Ucluelet, BC – Wild Heather Books
July 12 – Duncan, BC – Duncan Garage Showroom w/ Archie Pateman
July 13 – Saltspring Island, BC – Treehouse Cafe
July 17 – Vancouver, BC – St. James Hall – CD Release Party
July 18 – Winlaw, BC – Cedar Creek Cafe
July 21 – Calgary, AB – House Concert
July 22 – Saskatoon, SK – The Hayloft
July 23 – Edmonton, AB – The Haven Social Club
July 24 – Saskatoon, SK – House Concert

the morning after girls announce summer tour and album release party

the morning after girls announce summer tour and album release party

join the morning after girls at the mercury lounge for a headline show to celebrate the release of their debut album ‘alone.’ on july 16, then they’ll cross the nation for this summer’s tour with the warlocks (dates below)

07/16 – new york, ny – mercury lounge

“the morning after girls recall prime-era shoegaze outfits like ride (whose mark gardener made a guest appearance one one of the group’s early eps). where many of their peers put emphasis on volume, the girls know the power of a good, woozy melody. their best moments top churning guitars with clean, aching vocals.” – rolling stone

the morning after girls national tour dates:

07/30 – san francisco, ca – bottom of the hill
08/01 – seattle, wa – chop suey
08/02 – portland, or – doug fir lounge
08/05 – minneapolis, mn – turf club
08/06 – chicago, il – empty bottle
08/08 – cleveland, oh – grog shop
08/11 – philadelphia, pa – kung fu necktie
08/12 – boston, ma – great scott
08/14 – new york, ny – bowery ballroom
08/15 – hoboken, nj – maxwell’s
08/17 – chapel hill, nc – local 506
08/18 – atlanta, ga – the earl
08/19 – birmingham, al – bottletree cafe
08/20 – new orleans, la – one eyed jacks
08/21 – austin, tx – the parish
08/22 – houston, tx – walter’s on washington
08/26 – tucson, az – club congress
08/27 – san diego, ca – casbah
08/28 – los angeles, ca – spaceland
08/29 – los angeles, ca – spaceland

alone.

the debut album from the morning after girls, released july 7

recorded in various parts of melbourne, australia, and was mixed and produced by martin b. sleeman and sacha lucashenko, with alan moulder at the helm. as was always planned, martin and sacha relocated to new york city in 2008, and with the inclusion of ej (bass guitar), alex (keys, sounds, percussion), and anthony (percussion drums).

indeed, it is easy to say that life is a constant flow of beginnings and ends, inhaling and exhaling, rising and passing. well, the morning after girls’ voice remains steady and stronger than always, and as you join them on this journey, you will see that there is not a call, nor text, nor an email that you need to attend to. there is simply the true presentation of the bond between your heart, soul and mind.

“the general public, which could serve as the group’s mission statement: big, sawing guitars, gauzy synths and searching vocals making for a song that’s hammering and hooky all at once.” – rolling stone

“the general public., is marked by hypnotically beautiful vocals encased in a rising and falling wall of powerfully insistent guitars.” – 9/10 prefix mag

“an onslaught of blissed-out psychedelic rock and leaden, secret machines and jesus and mary chain-esque reverb.” – rcrd lbl

“gorgeous” – village voice

“imagine taking all the majesty of the j&m chain, the mystery of my bloody valentine, the romance of the church, and the effortlessly subversive cool primal scream, and cranking it up to gorgeously thunderous levels in a trashy little lower east side club. now make it go one louder.” – filter mag

“something that harnesses the blood/guts of a traditional rock band facing the monolith of technology with desire and trepidation, taking a wary step in and plunging headlong into a seemingly limitless black hole, is, well…that’s a sound that’s harder to get than might initially appear to be the case,and its valuable when found.” – la weekly

“the morning after girls played the viper room on thursday night as if they were hellbent on being the next psych-rock contenders, and they might be. the new york-based quintet fashioned a glowing wall of sound and decorated it with colorful licks and cool harmonies; think primal scream, or a harder-edged verve, or the dandy warhols if they hadn’t drunk their own kool-aid.” – kevin bronson, buzzbands

STILLBORN RECORDS SIGNS ABOLISH

STILLBORN RECORDS SIGNS ABOLISH

Stillborn Records has signed South Florida’s up and coming Abolish to their roster. The metallic-hardcore band has entered Connecticut’s Dexter’s Lab Studios with engineer Nick Bellmore (Hatebreed, The World We Knew, Phantoms, Death Threat) to record their debut full length, “Beyond Redemption,” which is slated for a fall release.

The band commented: “We are very excited to be working with Stillborn, a label that is so well respected and has released some of the staple records in the hardcore and metal genres. With our new record, we wrote songs with the heavy groove we wanted to hear. We hope everyone enjoys the record as much as much as we do. See you on tour.”

Stillborn owner and Hatebreed/Kingdom of Sorrow frontman, Jamey Jasta added, “I’m excited to be working with Abolish. Their sound is as hard as their work ethic!”

Check the band out at www.myspace.com/abolishkills and catch them on tour this summer and fall!

Lily Allen – Fuck You video

Lily Allen – Fuck You video

Official HD Promo Video for Lily Allen’s fantastic new European single, Fuck You, taken from her 2nd album, ‘It’s Not Me, It’s You’.