Edwyn Collins’ Acclaimed Seventh Solo Album Gets US Release Date Losing Sleep Arrives Stateside March 22nd on Heavenly Recordings/Cooperative Music USA/Downtown Records

Edwyn Collins’ Acclaimed Seventh Solo Album Gets US Release Date Losing Sleep Arrives Stateside March 22nd on Heavenly Recordings/Cooperative Music USA/Downtown Records

Click HERE to Watch Video for “Do It Again” Feat. Alex Kapranos

Edwyn Collins – Do It Again video featuring Alex Kapranos and Nick McCarthy

and Nick McCarthy of Franz Ferdinand

“sheer brilliance. #4 best album of 2010”
-MOJO

“A triumph. 4 stars”
-Q

2010 was a phenomenal year for indie icon Edwyn Collins. The former frontman of Scottish post-punkers Orange Juice released his seventh solo album in the UK to massive acclaim. Heralded by the British press as one of the best releases of the year, Losing Sleep will arrive on US shores March 22nd via Heavenly Recordings/Cooperative Music USA/Downtown Records. The record features tracks co-written with Johnny Marr, Roddy Frame, Alex Kapranos & Nick McCarthy of Franz Ferdinand, Romeo Stodart of The Magic Numbers, Ryan Jarman of The Cribs and TheDrums and is the first album Edwyn’s written and recorded since his serious illness in 2005.

Edwyn has released a video for Losing Sleep track “Do It Again” (featuring Alex Kapranos and Nick McCarthy of Franz Ferdinand). If you didn’t catch the premiere on Pitchfork, click HERE to watch it and please feel free to post and share!

In 2005 Edwyn suffered a pair of life-threatening cerebral hemorrhages. Incredibly, by October 2007 he was back on stage and then in the middle of a November night in 2008, the urge to write songs, which had deserted Edwyn since his illness, made an abrupt return. It happened just that suddenly, to Edwyn’s joy. Nowadays, he’s back to thinking about songs all the time, just as he used to before 2005.

Losing Sleepwas recorded at Edwyn’s own West Heath Studios between November 2008 and May 2010 and produced by Edwyn and Sebastian Lewsley. The pair have worked together since 1993 and more recently stood shoulder to shoulder as Edwyn has regained his studio skills. The album also features Edwyn’s regular cast of band members – Paul Cook, Dave Ruffy, Carwyn Ellis, Sean Read, Barrie Cadogan, Andy Hackett, Luca Santucci and William Collins.

Edwyn is planning a US tour as well, with details to be announced shortly.

Losing Sleeptrack listing:

1. Losing Sleep
2. What Is My Role? (Co-written with Ryan Jarman)
3. Do It Again (Co-written with Alex Kapranos & Nick McCarthy)
4. Humble
5. Come Tomorrow, Come Today (Co-written with Johnny Marr)
6. Bored
7. In Your Eyes (Co-written with The Drums)
8. I Still Believe In You (Co-written with Ryan Jarman)
9. Over The Hill
10. It Dawns On Me (Co-written with Romeo Stodart)
11. All My Days (Co-written with Roddy Frame)
12. Searching For The Truth

HAWAII/SO-CAL ROCK BAND PEPPER SET TO DEBUT NEW 3-D LIVE MUSIC VIDEO FOR LATEST SINGLE “DRUNK GIRL” TUESDAY, DECEMBER 21, 2010

HAWAII/SO-CAL ROCK BAND PEPPER SET TO DEBUT NEW 3-D LIVE MUSIC VIDEO FOR LATEST SINGLE “DRUNK GIRL” TUESDAY, DECEMBER 21, 2010

PEPPER, the comical and funky clown princes of “aloha” inspired dub-rock, originally from Kailua-Kona, Hawaii will debut online their first 3-D music video for their new single, “Drunk Girl” on Tuesday, Dec. 21st, 2010. The video will premiere globally on Pepper’s official website www.pepperlive.com and be available for purchase on iTunes. This video is a first-of-its-kind “live-concert” debut into the 3-D marketplace for an independent band of this stature without a major label budget.

“Drunk Girl” will be viewable on ANY computer with PEPPER’s red and blue 3-D glasses (anaglyph format) and on 3-D laptops, desktops, and TVs that utilize the passive-polarized and electronic shutter-glasses technology. In addition to YouTube 3-D, the video will air on new 3-D mobile devices and elsewhere in a 2-D version. Fans can get their hands on 3-D glasses through PEPPER’s website www.pepperlive.com or use any classic paper, old school 3-D glasses.
PEPPER filmed “Drunk Girl” live on location at The Grove in Anaheim, CA on October, 15, 2010, the opening night of their current “Like A Surgeon” tour in support of their new EP Stitches featuring the track. The song has already landed rotation spins on San Francisco’s Live 105 FM, West Palm Beach’s Buzz 103 FM radio stations, and 99x in Atlanta; to name a few.

PEPPER enlisted Director Erik Spicard and Producer/Musician Lee Jaffe (Bob Marley, Barrington Levy) to create their 3-D video. Spicard, who shot and edited the video explains, “Since the band opted to use footage from one of their live shows, my crew and I created our own portable 3-D camera rigs from pairs of HD camcorders to shoot the concert guerilla-style. Our hand-held wireless rigs let us run around freely to capture the energy of the band’s performance at The Grove in Anaheim, California. ”

Spicard actually edited the video in 3-D while depth-balancing the 3-D images, displaying a seamless blend. Using new proprietary editing techniques, Spicard was able to quickly cut the video by creating high-impact 3-D looping effects between the interaction of the band and screaming fans.

PEPPER, comprised of guitarist/vocalist Kaleo Wassman, bassist/vocalist Bret Bollinger and drummer Yesod Williams, mix their Hawaiian rock “shock and awe” flare, along with their mellow island rhythms and funky sexual roots to create their own truly diverse sound. They have cultivated a relationship with die-hards around the world; fans that are all in on the inside joke of the band’s own vernacular, controversial antics and innuendos.

PEPPER has sold over half a million records independently and founded their own record label, LAW Records. Among PEPPER’s many singles, “Give it Up (Dirty Hot Sex)” has become one of KROQ’s most played and favorite re-currents, reaching #34 on the Billboard charts for 18 consecutive weeks, while the single “No Control” reached #19 off their album No Shame for four consecutive weeks. Their music has been featured in hit movies such as Forgetting Sarah Marshall and Good Luck Chuck and has also become a staple with MTV programming, including the hit show Living Lahaina. PEPPER’s non-stop touring has gained them a loyal following, achieving perennial faved alumni status on 311’s Unity Tour (2010, 2009), The Vans Warped Tour (2007, 2002, 2001), as well as sharing the stage recently with hip-hop legend Snoop Dogg, reggae innovators The Wailers and close friends Slightly Stoopid (Jager Music Tour 2006, Tailgate 2008); to name a few. In addition to Vans Warped Tour, PEPPER has performed at major festivals including Mile High Festival, West Beach Music Festival, Miami Sun Fest, Sunset Strip Music Fest and many others.

SAVING ABEL ADD TOUR DATES WITH HINDER

SAVING ABEL ADD TOUR DATES WITH HINDER

“Sex Is Good” Now #2 At Active Rock
New York City Performance On February 8th

New York, NY — Saving Abel have added new tour dates to their schedule continuing on with Hinder for one of the best touring packages this winter.

“All of us in Saving Abel are excited about continuing to tour with Hinder,” remarked lead singer Jared Weeks. “This whole tour is one hell of a package. So many great bands with great shows, we should make a habit outta this! Come to the show and get your faces melted off. It’s cold in January but this tour is Hot, Hot Hot!”

From the group that got everyone “Addicted” Saving Abel are riding high with another sexually charged hit with “Sex Is Good.” The song is currently sitting at #2 on the Rock charts and is continuing to climb.

The irony that the song, which is now a Top 10 hit at rock radio has become the band’s second stab at blunt sexual honestly isn’t lost on lead singer Jared Weeks.

“Every night playing live I always ask the crowd if they would be surprised if Saving Abel had wrote another song about sex, cause we all know that ‘addicted’ isn’t really a song for Sunday school. And the reaction is always a good one. ‘Sex Is Good’ is kinda of a story of a bad boy gone even worse! But the important message in the song is about the honesty. Seriously, think about how many times in our lives that we have all been those relationships where the bed room is the only ounce of excitement some of us have, thus out comes the truth! We have all said it at one point another….. That’s right, I’m not in Love but the SEX is good.”

Saving Abel’s latest album, MISS AMERICA, the quintet’s follow up to their gold-certified self-titled debut entered the Billboard album chart at #24 the week of it’s release this past summer. The lead single “Stupid Girl (Only In Hollywood)” became the band’s fourth hit at rock radio and the group performed on Jimmy Kimmel Live (ABC) on August 2nd.

The quintet continues their current world tour which has, over the past several months, touched down in India, Qatar, Kuwait, and Iraq (via a USO / Armed Forces Entertainment tour of the Persian Gulf), extensively across the U.S., and in the middle of the Pacific Ocean aboard the USS Carl Vinson as the vessel returned from Haiti. Saving Abel, will hit the road as direct support for Hinder beginning November 29th in Dallas, TX.

Saving Abel/Hinder Tour Dates 2011
1/14 – South Florida Fair & Palm Beach County Expo – West Palm Beach – (Saving Abel only)
1/25 – Hard Rock Live – Orlando, FL*
1/27 – Carolina Theatre – Greensboro, NC*
1/28 – Harrah’s Cherokee Event Center – Cherokee, NC*
1/29 – House Of Blues – North Myrtle Beach, SC*
1/30 – The NorVa – Norfolk, VA*
2/1 – Northern Lights – Clifton Park, NY*
2/2 – Royale Boston – Boston, MA*
2/4 – Lupo’s Heartbreak Hotel – Providence, RI*
2/5 – The Armory – Manchester, NH*
2/8 – New York, NY Best Buy Theater*
2/9 – State Theatre – Portland, ME*
2/10 – Sherman Theater – Stroudsburg, PA*
2/12 – Club Fever – South Bend, IN*
2/13 – Dow Event Center – Saginaw, MI*
2/15 – Verizon Wireless Center – Mankato, MN*
2/17 – Osage Million Dollar Elm Casino – Tulsa, OK*
2/18 – Choctaw Casino & Resort – Durant, OK*
2/19 – First Council Casino – Newkirk, OK*

* – With Hinder

Acrylics Sign to Friendly Fire Recordings, Full Length Debut Set for Release in Spring 2011

Acrylics Sign to Friendly Fire Recordings, Full Length Debut Set for Release in Spring 2011

“Teen heartache given pop form.”- NME

“It’s good. Real good…they’re all over the borough right now. Pretty soon they’ll be all over your brainspace.” – The Fader

“I mentioned this last week but I’m still not tired of hearing [Acrylics].” – USA Today

“a silky fusion of ’70s pop.” – NYLON Band Crush

Check out Pitchfork’s Rising feature on Acrylics and download their first single “Nightwatch

Brooklyn duo Acrylics have signed to Friendly Fire Recordings (Violens, The Concretes, Oh No Ono) for the co-release of their debut full-length, Lives and Treasure, now set for release on March 1st through Friendly Fire Recordings/Hot Sand Records.
After forming in 2008, Acrylics (Molly Shea and Jason Klauber) became the first artist to sign to Chris Taylor of Grizzly Bear and Ethan Silverman’s label, Terrible Records (Twin Shadow, Class Actress) with the release of their Taylor-produced debut EP, All of the Fire.

Between tours and performances with A Sunny Day In Glasgow, Das Racist, Morning Benders and The Smith Westerns through SXSW, CMJ and beyond, the band spent two years in and out of the studio to finish Lives and Treasure. With the help of producers Patrick Wimberly (of Chairlift), Matt Boynton (Gang Gang Dance, MGMT), Britt Myers (Yeasayer, Chairlift) and mastering engineer Chris Gehringer (Rihanna, Drake, Nas), the album is now complete and ready to be heard.

The band has added several new shows (dates below) and will be touring up to this year’s SXSW 2011.

Lives and Treasure Track listing:

1. Counting Sheep
2. Molly’s Vertigo
3. The Window
4. Sparrow Song
5. Nightwatch
6. Tortoise Shell Shades
7. It’s Cool Here
8. Asian Pear
9. Lives and Treasure
10. The Catacombs

Acrylics Upcoming Tour Dates:

12/22 Brooklyn, NY – The Knitting Factory w/Chairlift
1/08 Brooklyn, NY – The Rock Shop [A Heart Is A Spade]
1/22 New York, NY – Bowery Ballroom w/The Concretes
2/08 Brooklyn, NY – Union Pool w/Rewards (Aaron Pfenning of Chairlift)

Ólafur Arnalds Returns to North America For Limited Run of Performances

Ólafur Arnalds Returns to North America For Limited Run of Performances

Hosts Ticket Giveaway Competition For Each Upcoming Show

“This 23-year-old composer paints a unique fog of fragile melancholy using the tiniest of brushes.” – ****SPIN

“Keep an eye on Arnalds. He will only increase in importance.” – (86%) Filter

“mature, modern explorations of lie and its unexected joys, rendering Arnalds increasingly visible.” – Paste (Best New Solo Artists of 2010)

“Arnalds’ boldest and most ambitious take on the form he’s pursued so single-mindedly– the robust yet ethereal, mid-tempo tearjerker– ‘…and they have escaped the weight of darkness’ is a success for the composer.” – (7.0) Pitchfork

Download “Þú ert sólin” (You are the sun) + “Tunglið” (Moon)

Icelandic neo-classical artist Ólafur Arnalds has announced his return to North America for a series of tour dates in early 2011. This comes shortly after his international tour this past year in support of …and they have escaped the weight of darkness – Ólafur’s acclaimed second full-length album, available now on Erased Tapes (Peter Broderick, Nils Frahm).

The 23-year-old composer’s North American tour will feature Ólafur Arnalds’ beguiling electronic chamber pop and classical compositions, and a string section framed by a visually enchanting light show and visuals.

Between international shows, Ólafur also spent this year working on the OST’s of two films – Blinky TM starring Max Records (Where the Wild Things Are) and the Icelandic film Jitters (entitled (Órói in Icelandic).

To celebrate his return to the US, Ólafur has also set up a contest so that every fan that “shares” a show via his website can then enter to win a chance to win tickets to that particular show!

Get a glimpse of what’s in store for American audiences by watching Ólafur perform “Ljósið” as part of a special KEXP Session live from his apartment in Reykjavik during Iceland Airwaves 2010.

Ólafur Arnalds On Tour:

Jan 24 – The Modern Theatere at Suffolk University – Boston, MA
Jan 25 – Highline Ballroom – New York, NY
Jan 26 – St. Andrews Hall – Detroit, MI
Jan 27 – Southgate House Ballroom – Newport, KY (Cincinnati)
Jan 28 – Midtown Scholar Bookstore – Harrisburg, PA
Jan 29 – TBA – Indianapolis, IN
Jan 30 – Preston Bradley Hall @ Chicago Cultural Center – Chicago, IL (3pm)
Jan 30 – Museum of Contemporary Art – Chicago, IL (8:30pm)
Jan 31 – Covenant Fine Arts Center @ Calvin College – Grand Rapids, MI
Feb 1 – Cedar Cultural Center – Minneapolis, MN
Feb 3 – Great American Music Hall – San Francisco, CA
Feb 4 – Echoplex – Los Angeles, CA

THE MAINE ANNOUNCE THE RELEASE OF ‘IN DARKNESS AND IN LIGHT’ LP EXCLUSIVELY ON ITUNES DECEMBER 29, 2010

THE MAINE ANNOUNCE THE RELEASE OF ‘IN DARKNESS AND IN LIGHT’ LP EXCLUSIVELY ON ITUNES DECEMBER 29, 2010

PRE-ORDER CURRENTLY AVAILABLE ON ITUNES

MAJOR LABEL DEBUT ‘BLACK & WHITE’ OUT NOW

Burbank, CA – Sire/Action Theory Records artists The Maine will release an iTunes-exclusive LP entitled In Darkness and In Light on December 29th, 2010. The LP features the short film In Darkness and In Light, which was created and scored by The Maine. The LP also includes an 8-song EP with B-sides, acoustic tracks, and the score from the film, as well as 150 never before seen photos and a video documenting the making of the In Darkness And In Light film and score.

The 17-minute short film draws upon many of the same themes that are prevalent in The Maine’s full-length Black & White. “We wanted to express our creativity through a medium other than just music. This is a risk we wanted to take to see just how far we could take things without jeopardizing our integrity as musicians,” says frontman John O’Callaghan. “This phase in our bands’ career represents metamorphosis. We are striving to take every aspect of The Maine to the furthest boundary in hopes to solidify our vision. My hope is that you come along for the ride, and embark on the next chapter with us.”

The Phoenix five-piece released their major-label debut Black & White on July 13, 2010. The Howard Benson-produced Black & White is The Maine’s acclaimed follow-up to their 2008 Fearless Records release Can’t Stop, Won’t Stop. Rolling Stone named the band one of “Bamboozle’s Five Breakout Bands to Watch,” and Alternative Press featured them on the cover of their July issue and declared the band “the new face of American pop.”

The Maine has been writing, recording, and touring nonstop since they were barely out of high school. Their songs have garnered a collective 77 million plays on MySpace and they have sold 156k albums, 768k digital singles and racked up 2 million views on YouTube. They recently completed a nationwide tour with Never Shout Never, which followed their first headlining tour this summer, entitled An Evening With The Maine, presented by Alternative Press magazine.

The In Darkness And In Light LP Includes:

In Darkness and In Light short film

The Darkness and Light EP
1 Untangle Me (B-side)
2 Free (Home Recording)
3 Book of Me and You (Home Recording)
4 Whoever She Is (Home Recording)

Bonus acoustic songs:
5 Growing Up (Live Acoustic Song)
6 Washroom Color
7 Saving Grace (Take Two)

Score (music from the film)
8 In Darkness & In Light Score

LP Bonus Material:
– 150 photos (taken by Dirk Mai)
– Making Of: In Darkness and In Light The Film
– Making Of: In Darkness and In Light The Music Behind the Film

LEE ROCKER JOINS BROADWAY SMASH MUSICAL “MILLION DOLLAR QUARTET” ROCKER PLAYS BASSIST JAY PERKINS IN A LIMITED RUN JANUARY 21-31ST

LEE ROCKER JOINS BROADWAY SMASH MUSICAL “MILLION DOLLAR QUARTET” ROCKER PLAYS BASSIST JAY PERKINS IN A LIMITED RUN JANUARY 21-31ST

The Stray Cat Lee Rocker will join the cast of the smash Broadway hit “Million Dollar Quartet” as bassist Jay Perkins in a twelve-show run from January 21st through 31st, 2011.

The Broadway musical “Million Dollar Quartet” is inspired by the legendary recording sessions that took place Tuesday December 4, 1956 in the Sun Record Studios in Memphis, Tennessee. The session was an impromptu jam among Elvis Presley, Jerry Lee Lewis, Carl Perkins, Johnny Cash and additional session musicians. Rocker is set to play Carl Perkins’ brother and bass player Jay Perkins. “The story is especially close to my heart,” says Rocker, who was a close friend and musical collaborator of Carl Perkins up until his passing.

About Lee Rocker
Lee Rocker made his mark singing, playing, standing on, spinning and rocking his giant upright bass in the legendary music group The Stray Cats. Grammy-nominated, The Stray Cats have sold nearly 10 million albums and garnered an astounding 23 gold and platinum certified records worldwide. Founded by Rocker, Brian Setzer, and Slim Jim Phantom, The Stray Cats remain a radio staple, were music video pioneers at the infancy of MTV, and repeatedly brought rockabilly to the top of the charts.

About “Million Dollar Quartet”
Inspired by the actual event, “Million Dollar Quartet” features a treasure trove of the greatest rock and roll, gospel, R&B and country hits from these musicians, including such iconic songs as “Blue Suede Shoes,” “Fever,” “Sixteen Tons,” “Who Do You Love?,” “Great Balls of Fire,” “Riders in the Sky,” “I Walk the Line,” “Folsom Prison Blues,” and “Whole Lotta Shakin’ Goin’ On.” “Million Dollar Quartet”captures the infectious spirit, freewheeling excitement and thrilling sounds of a singular moment when four of the music industry’s most extraordinary talents, all in their creative prime, came together for one of the most memorable nights in music history.

On December 4, 1956, an auspicious twist of fate brought Johnny Cash, Jerry Lee Lewis, Carl Perkins, and Elvis Presley together. The place was Sun Records’ storefront studio in Memphis. The man who made it happen was Sam Phillips, the “Father of Rock and Roll,” who discovered them all. The four young musicians united for the only time in their careers for an impromptu recording that has come to be known as one of the greatest rock jam sessions of all time.

BOB SEGER RINGTONES DEBUT TODAY 15 CLASSIC HITS AVAILABLE FOR FIRST TIME Free Ringtone Available Exclusively from Myxer.com

BOB SEGER RINGTONES DEBUT TODAY 15 CLASSIC HITS AVAILABLE FOR FIRST TIME Free Ringtone Available Exclusively from Myxer.com

Today, Bob Seger will offer a free ringtone of “Katmandu” from his multi-platinum selling double album Live Bullet to kick off the first offering of his classic hits as ringtones. The free tone will be available exclusively on Myxer.com (www.myxer.com) until January 10, 2011. Fans can purchase the new Bob Seger ringtones at all mobile service providers.

“We are thrilled to be a part of legendary rocker Bob Seger’s mobile debut,” stated Myk Willis, Myxer CEO and Founder. “We are honored to be able to offer the growing Myxer community an exclusive free ‘Katmandu’ ringtone along with the rest of the new Bob Seger tones.”

Today’s new releases include the perennial classics “Against The Wind,” “Feel Like A Number,” “Hollywood Nights,” “Mainstreet,” “Old Time Rock & Roll,” “Turn The Page,” “We’ve Got Tonight,” “Like A Rock,” “Rock And Roll Never Forgets,” “Her Strut,” “The Fire Down Below,” “Still The Same,” “Night Moves,” and “Ramblin’ Gamblin’ Man.”

Throughout his career, Bob Seger has sold more than 50 million albums and has racked up 11 platinum and seven multi-platinum RIAA-certified album sales awards. Seger’s Greatest Hits, Against The Wind, Night Moves, Stranger In Town, Nine Tonight, and Live Bullet have been RIAA-certified for more than five million U.S. album sales each.

Seger’s 1994 Greatest Hits collection was the past decade’s #1 best-selling catalog album in the U.S., as reported by Billboard and Nielsen’s music sales tracking system, SoundScan. Since its debut, Greatest Hits has sold nine million copies, enjoying an unbroken 16-year streak on Billboard’s Top 200 Albums and Catalog Albums charts.

Kasey Anderson & The Honkies’ celebrate release of “Heart of a Dog”

SEATTLE AND PORTLAND-BASED, KASEY ANDERSON & THE HONKIES CELEBRATE RELEASE OF “HEART OF A DOG”; NATIONAL RELEASE FEBRUARY 15, 2011 ON PORTLAND, OREGON-BASED RED RIVER RECORDS

On February 15, 2011, Seattle and Portland-based Kasey Anderson & The Honkies will celebrate the release of their latest full-length, “Heart of a Dog” (Red River Records).

Comprised of Kasey Anderson (vocals, guitar, percussion), Andrew KcKeag (guitar, vocals), Eric Corson (bass), and Mike Musburger (drums), Kasey Anderson & The Honkies bring a wealth of a “who’s who” of Northwest rock to their latest offering. McKeag has spent time in Presidents of the United States of America and The Long Witers, Corson in The Long Winters and, of course, Musburger from The Fastbacks, Young Fresh Fellows, The Posies, The Supersuckers, and countless other cult Seattle power-pop and indie-rock bands.

“Heart of a Dog,” which was produced by Kasey Anderson and The Honkies and Jordan Richter features guest appearances by The Decemberists’ Jenny Conlee (accordion), Richmond Fontaine’s Dave Harding (bass), and several other friends and fellow NW musicians.

With all this going for it, it is no surprise that “Heart of a Dog” has allowed Anderson to move beyond the “roots-rock” or “alt. country” tags he’s previously been welcomed with, and make the rock record he’s envisioned for quite some time.

³I was tired of playing solo shows and I was even more tired of the words Œroots rock,¹² Anderson says by way of explanation. ³I just wanted to make a rock ‘n’ roll record.²

Comprised of ten tracks that cannot be mistaken for anything other than rock ‘n’ roll, from the sinister riff of the album¹s opening track, ³The Wrong Light,² to the barroom piano of the plaintive closer, ³For Anyone,² “Heart of a Dog” captures an energy that Anderson insists can come only when ³everybody¹s in the same room, at the same time.²

To further ensure that each song carried its own immediacy, Anderson ­ who made his first foray into the producer¹s chair on “Heart of a Dog” ­ refused to play guitar while tracking with his band. ³The natural tendency of any Œbacking band¹ is to follow the lead of the guy who wrote the songs, especially when he¹s got a guitar,² Anderson says. ³I wanted to let the band dictate the groves.”

McKeag, a veteran of the Seattle music scene for nearly two decades (with service in The Supersuckers, The Long Winters, and Presidents of the USA to his credit), handles the responsibility ably, filling “Heart of a Dog” with an impressive array of guitar work, from the Stonesy swagger of ³Mercy² to the bluesy, Waitsian stomp of ³Revisionist History Blues.² Even the album¹s more somber material ­ ³Your Side of Town² and ³My Blues, My Love² ­ feature sprawling, atmospheric guitar. “Heart of a Dog” bears the same beautifully literate lyricism that has become a hallmark of Anderson¹s work but, in allowing room for McKeag and The Honkies to shine, Anderson has opened up sonic possibilities left unexplored on his previous albums.

Once the band had finished tracking, Anderson invited friends by the studio to, as he says, ³play whatever they wanted so long as it was interesting.² Ralph Huntley (Richmond Fontaine), Jenny Conlee (The Decemberists), Garth Klippert (Old Light), Lewi Longmire (Blue Giant), and David Lipkind (I Can Lick Any SOB in the House) all dropped in, leaving Anderson with ³more good noise than [he] knew what to do with.²

As Anderson and co-producer/engineer Jordan Richter sorted through all of the ³good noise,² they found one very interesting common thread: laughter. ³There was somebody laughing at the end of every take, no matter how good or bad,² Anderson says. ³Not nervous or embarrassed laughter. Excited laughter; people having fun. We left some of it in. If people listen to this record as loud as I want them to, they¹ll hear it.²

Now, it’s time for the band to bring the show on the road. Anderson, relieved he won’t have to tour solo acoustic in support of this album, looks forward to rocking the stages of theaters and dive bars alike across the U.S. – and Europe.

A Holiday Gift from HolidayHoliday Smile inducing song Hanged

A Holiday Gift from HolidayHoliday Smile inducing song ‘Hanged’ free

Brooklyn’s merriest 3 piece, HolidayHoliday are set to release their debut 7″ cleverly titled AllOneWord early in the New Year. But in the spirit of the season they couldn’t resist giving you one present to open early.

‘Hanged’ which will appear on the upcoming 7″ is a bona-fide ray of sunshine, with cherry sweet vocals, bouncing keys and a smile inducing doo-wop doo-wop chorus line. This song is sure to warm the cockles on even the coldest winter nigh