KINGS OF CONVENIENCE ADOPT ‘DECLARATION OF DEPENDENCE’

KINGS OF CONVENIENCE ADOPT ‘DECLARATION OF DEPENDENCE’

Norwegian duo Kings of Convenience are back after four years with their third studio album, Declaration of Dependence set for release on October 20, 2009.

Declaration of Dependence, is a wonderful record for a lot of reasons. For one, Eirik Bøe is equally comfortable talking about the record’s “serious ideas” and laughing about its’ “hi-brow Bossa Nova” moments while his partner Erlend Øye is clearly thrilled by making, “the most rhythmical pop record ever that features no percussion or drums.” For another, there is no one who makes records like they do. “When we started out we were afraid of sounding like other artists,” Erlend says. “But now we feel pretty much alone.” But the most striking thing about this album is how powerfully it reminds you that making music together is not a game, it’s not something to be undertaken lightly, this record is part of a much larger picture, a long and involved relationship that has had its good and bad times.
As beautiful as you would expect – and songs like “Second to Numb”, “Rule My World” and “24-25” are as perfectly realized as anything they’ve ever written – Declaration of Dependence also marks the beginning of a new era for the duo. The record began to take shape in February 2007 when they met up on the same beach in Mexico that is pictured on the album’s cover. The pair came together to play a concert in the city the following month, the first time they had appeared together in more than two years. They shared a feeling that there was another record to be made. “Really,” says Eirik “We had no choice.”
Declaration of Dependence
is the story of two people living two very different lives sensing that they are immensely more powerful together than apart. In that sense it is the most adult, the most mature record Kings of Convenience have ever made. That it is their most gripping, their most revealing is, if anything, just a by-product of that honesty and their endeavor.
The Tracklist is as follows:
1. 24-25
2. Mrs Cold
3. Me In You
4. Boat Behind
5. Rule My World
6. My Ship Isn’t Pretty
7. Renegade
8. Power Of Not Knowing
9. Peacetime Resistance
10. Freedom And Its Owner
11. Scars On Land
12. Second To Numb
13. Riot On An Empty Street

YEAH YEAH YEAHS PERFORM AT THE GREEK THEATRE IN LOS ANGELES ON SEPTEMBER 17TH BE SURE TO CATCH THEM THE NIGHT BEFORE WHEN THE BAND STOPS BY THE TONIGHT SHOW SEPTEMBER 16TH

YEAH YEAH YEAHS PERFORM AT THE GREEK THEATRE IN LOS ANGELES ON SEPTEMBER 17TH BE SURE TO CATCH THEM THE NIGHT BEFORE WHEN THE BAND STOPS BY THE TONIGHT SHOW SEPTEMBER 16TH

(New York, NY) New York power trio, Yeah Yeah Yeahs will be performing at the Greek on Thursday, September 17 at 8 PM. Tickets go on sale Saturday, July 25 at 10 AM.

Yeah Yeah Yeahs formed in Brooklyn in 2000 consisting of members Nick Zinner (guitar), Brian Chase (drums) and Karen O. (vocals). They released their first full-length album, Fever to Tell in 2003 and the buzz began for the band. Fever to Tell was simultaneously filthy, infectious, sloppy and brilliant. You could dance to it, and you could probably die to it. The single “Maps” was a smash hit and nominated for a Grammy.

It’s Blitz, the Yeah Yeah Yeah’s latest release, signals both a glance backward and a step forward for the Yeah Yeah Yeahs. Zinner’s vintage Arp–the same model used on records by The Cars, Joy Division, and Kraftwerk–contributes atmospheric washes (“Skeletons”), disco wiggles (“Dance till you’re dead!” Karen sings on “Heads Will Roll”), and New Wave melodrama (“Soft Shock”). The first single, “Zero,” combines all these elements to create a dance-floor anthem that sings directly to the listener.

On stage, this group of three works together as a single organism, but each member maintains their own personality and contributes their own strengths. Brian Chase’s drumming couldn’t be tighter or more precise. Nick Zinner’s guitar pushes back–hard–against Chase’s formalism, grounding the group in rock and roll at its ballsiest, dirtiest and maximum shredding. His soaring, sometimes grinding lines are wires connecting Chase’s drums to the psychologically kaleidoscopic vocals of Karen O, who, as the New Yorker has noted, would have been a success “…had she appeared with nothing more than a microphone and a pair of maracas.” Time Out New York said of a recent YYY’s show, “During the latter, O shoved the mic in her mouth and bent over backwards, shoulders hitting the floor, screaming her throat out. All that back-to-back with adorable synth-pop hits from It’s Blitz!”

Don’t miss the band perform on The Tonight Show w/ Conan O’Brien September 16th! Be sure to check out the wild antics of Karen O. when the Yeah Yeah Yeahs hit the Greek Theatre stage on September 17!

Motel Motel – Coffee video

MOTEL MOTEL REVEALS BRAND NEW VIDEO FOR “COFFEE”!

Brooklyn five-piece Motel Motel is excited to reveal their brand new video for single,”Coffee,” off their Rebel Group debut, the New Denver LP, out now! Mickey Theis in the band, told the Village Voice about the making of the video in a recent interview: “Matthew [Murphy, the director] had told us that we were going to shoot it on the property of his childhood home. What he didn’t tell us is that he hadn’t cleared it with the family that is currently residing there.”

Check out Motel Motel’s video for “Coffee,” directed by Matthew Murphy, here:

Motel Motel’s blend of alt-country and raspy folk rock caught on with writers and fans almost instantly, after the band’s self-released EP started circulating this past year. New York Press, The Huffington Post, New York Post, and The L Magazine designated them as a “must-hear-band,” SPIN declared the band’s single, “Coffee,” a “Song You Must Hear Now!” and BrooklynVegan proclaimed a “willingness to gamble it all on these five gifted musicians.” Wired also did a feature on the band’s DIY ethics.

After a set of Paste/WOXY-presented New England dates with Roman Candle, a performance at the Gothamist showcase at the Northside Festival, a sold-out Bowery Ballroom show with the Harlem Shakes and a recent Baeble Guest Apartment Session & interview, the band now prepares for an upcoming tour of Egypt, where they will do a cultural exchange, several performances, and youth music workshops. Stay tuned for more US and UK tour dates!

…and if you missed it the first time around, the mp3 DL for “Coffee.”

BOYS LIKE GIRLS Annouce Sept 8 Sophomore Release – LOVE DRUNK

BOYS LIKE GIRLS ANNOUNCE SEPT. 8 RELEASE OF SOPHOMORE ALBUM, LOVE DRUNK

Video for Lead Single “Love Drunk” Coming Early August

Toronto, ON – July 17, 2009 – Boys Like Girls have announced the September 8 release of Love Drunk, their highly anticipated sophomore release on Columbia Records. Produced by Brian Howes [Puddle of Mudd, Chris Cornell, Hinder] and S*A*M and Sluggo [ Metro Station, Cobra Starship Gym Class Heroes] in Vancouver and New York City, Love Drunk is the highly anticipated follow-up to Boys Like Girls’ self-titled debut.

The album’s title track and lead single, “Love Drunk,” premiered on MySpace June 26th and Top 40 radio early July.

Already on the road in support of Love Drunk, Boys Like Girls are headlining their current mtvU/MTV sponsored club tour with special guests Never Shout Never and The Ready Set, and were in Toronto to perform at the Phoenix on July 15th! They guys will be bringing their show to Six Flags amusement parks across America throughout July, and will co-headline the mtvU Sunblock Music Festival, July 22 – 31.

Voted Spin.com’s Artist of the Year by a landslide margin in 2007, the crossover success of radio hits “Hero/Heroine” and “The Great Escape” drove the band to more than four million combined digital sales as they toured with the likes of Good Charlotte, Avril Lavigne and the Vans Warped Tour in support of their 2006 debut.

Tracklisting:

Love Drunk
Just Waiting For You
Thunder (Re-release Feat. Travis Clark of We The Kings)
Two Is Better Than One
Missed Calls
Summerbreak
Trying
If You Could See Me Now
I Told You I Like Boobs
Separate
Party’s Not A Great Song
It’s Not Me, It’s You