Co-Op Music Arrives in the US With New Releases from Yelle, Edwyn Collins, & Jamaica European Label Group Partners with Downtown Music and Fontana Distribution

Co-Op Music Arrives in the US With New Releases from Yelle, Edwyn Collins, & Jamaica European Label Group Partners with Downtown Music and Fontana Distribution

European label group Cooperative Music (“Co-Op”) will be launching in the US market in partnership with Downtown Music in New York, with distribution handled by Fontana. Cooperative Music USA, based in Downtown’s New York headquarters, will begin operations in January 2010 with releases from Edwyn Collins (Heavenly Recordings) and Yelle (V2) in March, followed by French indie rock duo Jamaica (V2) in April. Downtown, together with Girlie Action, will be handling marketing, label management and PR, and Cooperative Music will appoint a label manager shortly to coordinate the venture in North America together with the London head office.

Co-Op is a London, UK-based independent label group and an international network with dedicated staff in 14 territories around the world and access to distribution in every territory outside of North America. Co-Op has been operating since 2005 in Europe, initially as an independent label part of V2 Music Group, and since 2007 as a division of Universal Music Group International. The label group in Europe includes labels such as Downtown Music, Wichita Recordings, Bella Union, V2, Kitsune, Heavenly Recordings, DFA records, Lex Records, and Moshi Moshi and has released records in Europe by artists such as Phoenix, Bloc Party, Fleet Foxes, Mumford and Sons, Two Door Cinema Club, Interpol, The Knife and many more.

Vincent Clery-Melin, Cooperative Music MD said “I’m incredibly excited to be starting this new venture in the US, and to be able to offer US releases to our European artists and labels. We couldn’t have had a better team to do this than with Fontana Distribution, Downtown Music and Girlie Action. We’re also thrilled to lead the way with such great records as Edwyn’s, Yelle’s and Jamaica’s.”

Stayed tuned for further details on the individual album releases.

“Revenge of the Mekons” Documentary Reaches And Exceeds Kickstarter Campaign Goal Film Targeted For Release in 2011

“Revenge of the Mekons” Documentary Reaches And Exceeds Kickstarter Campaign Goal Film Targeted For Release in 2011!

Click HERE to Watch a Clip from the Film Featuring Author Jonathan Franzen Discuss Why The Mekons
Are “The Band For You”

After an outpouring of support from around the world, the Kickstarter campaign for the forthcoming documentary film “Revenge of the Mekons” has concluded. Not only did the project meet its initial goal of $20,000, but exceeded it by a staggering $15,000! The film will now be completed and see release in the near future thanks to the help of its 301 backers.

With funding now an overwhelming success, rewards for the film are now guaranteed. Rewards ranged from CDs from the Mekons extensive catalog to dinner with the band. Two fans even pledged $5,000 and will receive Executive Producer credits and tickets to the film’s world premiere. Some famous fans of the band have also supported the documentary, including SNL’s Fred Armison, Hugo Burnham of Gang of Four, former REM manager Jefferson Holt and author /comedian John Hodgman.

“Revenge of the Mekons” is directed by award-winning documentary filmmaker Joe Angio, who also directed “More than a Game,” and “How to Eat Your Watermelon in White Company (and Enjoy It).” According to Angio, the successful campaign would not have been possible without the great support from the Mekons themselves. Jon Langford said that the Kickstarter campaign “really energized” the band and reaffirmed why the Mekons should keep doing what they do so well.

“Revenge of the Mekons” is a documentary about the legendary, rabble-rousing punk band that, four decades into an unlikely career, continue to make unpredictable, critically acclaimed music. The film charts the band’s mid-’80s reincarnation as the unlikely progeny of Hank Williams (a development that inspired journalists to coin the term “alt country”) and captures the restless imagination that has led the Mekons to create — collectively, individually and in collaboration with others — paintings, sculptures, theater pieces, even a group novel. The film also reveals its subjects as passionate advocates for social justice, whose work, as journalist Greg Kot tells us, “functions almost without exception as a critique of power and the abuse of power.” A rich and illuminating account of a fascinating, criminally under-recognized band, Revenge of the Mekons will be a lively, inspiring, and entertaining film — with killer music, to boot!

Praxis to Release New Album on M.O.D. Technologies Bill Laswell (Bass)+ Buckethead (Guitar)+ Brain (Drums) Guests Include Iggy Pop, Serj Tankian, Mike Patton, Bernie Worrell, DJ Disk and More

Praxis to Release New Album on M.O.D. Technologies Bill Laswell (Bass)+ Buckethead (Guitar)+ Brain (Drums) Guests Include Iggy Pop, Serj Tankian, Mike Patton, Bernie Worrell, DJ Disk and More!

Click HERE to listen to “Furies” (Feat. Iggy Pop)

On January 25th, the eclectic, experimental hard rock project Praxis will release the latest creation, a bone-crunching new album titled Profanation: Preparation for a Coming Darkness. The new album finds the trio once again collaborating with various musicians, this time with the spotlight clearly on lead vocalists. Among them are Iggy Pop, System Of A Down’s Serj Tankian, Mike Patton, RAMM:?LL:Z??, Doctor Israel, Wu-Tang protégé Killah Priest and Jamaica-born toaster Hawk.

The US release of Profanation comes with two live bonus tracks not included in the rare, Japan-only import. The album is also one of the last recordings to feature the gothic futurist RAMM:?LL:Z??, an incredibly multi-talented visual artist, hip hop icon, performance artist, and one of the most unique humans to patrol this planet.

Click HERE to listen to the new track “Furies” (Feat. Iggy Pop) for a taste and please feel free to post and share the stream!

Since 1992, the core members of Praxis – Buckethead (guitars), Bill Laswell (bass), and Brain (drums) – has churned out an eclectic series of albums rooted in aggressive avant-rock improv with slabs of hip-hop, psychedelic, funk thrown in. On top of that, a constantly morphing army of innovators including John Zorn, Bootsy Collins, Bernie Worrell, Yamantaka Eye(Boredoms), Grandmixer DXT, and scores more have contributed to past Praxis live and studio projects – each one a unique musical experiment.

This record features what Laswell and M.O.D. Technologies describe as the sequence of doom…

RAMM:?LL:Z?? starts it off with a digital metal notice of things to come. He steps aside (for a few tracks) for Hawk to voice his opinion. Dr Israel enters the hardcore fray with advice for the weary. The leader Iggy offers a more mythical based solution. Killah Priest, as always, looks to the distance stars for answers. The mighty Serj Tanikan gives advice for the weak. Mike Patton jumps to attention with a vocal assault to the brain. The return of RAMM and the book of revelations follows. Tatsuya Yoshida (Ruins) makes small pieces of big rocks. RAMM:?LL appears again, but a new style. The project goes back to space courtesy of Yoshihide Otomo (Ground Zero) and wrapped up at the end of times Buckethead style. This completes your journey started 48 minutes ago.

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EMPRESS HOTEL To Release Debut EP Through Park the Van Prepare for Tour + SXSW 2011 “the two-hooks-a-minute songs… hint at something more radical for this region: : a lithe, aerodynamic pop vehicle following Phoenix’s vertical flight plan.” – Best of New Orleans

EMPRESS HOTEL To Release Debut EP Through Park the Van Prepare for Tour + SXSW 2011 “the two-hooks-a-minute songs… hint at something more radical for this region: : a lithe, aerodynamic pop vehicle following Phoenix’s vertical flight plan.” – Best of New Orleans

Download Empress Hotel’s “Bells Ring” mp3

New Orleans-based pop ensemble Empress Hotel have announced the release of their self-titled debut EP via Park the Van (Dr. Dog, The Spinto Band, The Generationals) on March 8. Inspired by both one hit wonders of the ’70s (Ace and The Dwight Twilley Band) and such legends as Prince, Sparks, and Roxy Music, the band is a by-product of a pair of brothers, some good friends and a stack of great ideas.

Guitarist and songwriter Ryan Rogers spent a lot of time over the last couple of years watching his brother Eric weave in and out of other local bands. As Eric toured and joined new musical projects, Ryan stayed home with his close friend Micah McKee and began writing and recording batches of feel-awesome pop gems that couldn’t remain just in their circle of friends. These recordings were shared to the point that the next logical step was to put a live band together, and that’s when Eric found his way into Empress Hotel.

With Ryan on guitar and Eric on drums, Empress Hotel is backed by Patrick Hodgkins on bass, Leo DeJesus on keys and percussion and, the lovely Julie Williams on keys with Micah McKee on lead vocals and guitar.

The band will kick off their tour on December 18th in their hometown of New Orleans. Below are confirmed dates with more to follow:

Empress Hotel On Tour:

Dec 18 – Park the Van Holiday Soirée at HiHo Lounge – New Orleans, LA
Dec 31 – OpenHouse Music Presents: NYE, The Throwdown (Studio 3 Warehouse) – New Orleans, LA
Jan 21 – The BottleTree – Birmingham, AL
Jan 27 – Lola’s Saloon – Fort Worth, TX
Jan 28 – Ghost Room – Austin, TX
Jan 29 – Artmosphere – Lafayette, LA
Feb 19 – Blue Nile (Krewe du Vieux) w/ Big History and Booty Trove – New Orleans, LA
Feb 22 – 5 Spot – Nashville, TN
Feb 23 – Tea Bazaar – Charlottesville, VA
Feb 25 – Rock Shop – Brooklyn, NY
Mar 2 – Iota Club and Cafe – Arlington, VA (DC Area)
Mar 5 – Alabama Music Box – Mobile, AL
Mar – SXSW 2011 – Austin, TX

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Be sure to check out and share these exclusive online clips with bonus content from Anthrax, Max Cavalera, In This Moment, Rob Blasko and more!

For more than twenty years, thrashers have tuned in to the “Headbangers Ball” and on December 18, MTV2 will once again honor the biggest tours, craziest stories and top metal releases of the year with the “Headbangers Ball: The Year in Metal.” The half-hour special, which kicks off at midnight, will be hosted by national radio personality and the loudest, most credible voice in heavy metal today, José Mangin.
The can’t-miss half-hour special presentation will feature some of the biggest names in metal, including Anthrax, Max Cavalera, In this Moment, Ozzy Osbourne bassist Rob Blasko and editors from Revolver and Decibel magazines, who will all be on hand to look back at 2010’s defining moments of metal. If that wasn’t enough, the show will also provide viewers with VIP access to an exclusive performance from Brooklyn’s own, Life of Agony.

José Mangin, one of the most passionate and knowledgeable metal heads on the planet, started his career in radio in Arizona as Metal Director for the University of Arizona’s college radio station in Tucson. While attending Pharmacy graduate school in Memphis, he landed a job in radio and ended up choosing a life of rock ‘n roll over medicine. In 2000 José moved to NYC and began his job as a national radio Program Director and on-air personality.

“It’s been a lifelong goal and dream to be a part of the holy ‘Headbangers Ball’ a show that gave me my metal wings when I was a little kid,” said Mangin. “I’m far beyond honored to be hosting 2010’s ‘Year in Metal’ special with a team that dominates and has the same goal I do—to infect the world with heavy metal music! As our godfather Ozzy Osbourne always says…‘let’s go f’in CRAZY!!!’”

Since 1987, “Headbangers Ball” has been the heshest and gnarliest horror show on air and online. There’s a ton different kinds of metal—from black metal and death metal to industrial metal and speed metal and everything in between—and they’re all on “Headbangers Ball.” On top of ripping through the most absurdly, obscenely raw and perverse videos in the history of darkness, “Headbangers Ball” also goes one-on-one with the bands, drawing out the secrets of their sinister worlds.

About MTV2
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R.E.M. ANNOUNCE STREET DATE FOR UPCOMING NEW ALBUM, COLLAPSE INTO NOW, IS MARCH 8TH, 2011 Fans Who Sign Up For Band’s Email List Receive Free Download of New Track “Discoverer”

R.E.M. ANNOUNCE STREET DATE FOR UPCOMING NEW ALBUM, COLLAPSE INTO NOW, IS MARCH 8TH, 2011 Fans Who Sign Up For Band’s Email List Receive Free Download of New Track “Discoverer”

Those Who Pre-Order Collapse Into Now on iTunes The Week of December 20th Will Receive an Instant Download of “It Happened Today”

R.E.M. have announced that Warner Bros. Records will release their upcoming new album, Collapse Into Now, on March 8th, 2011. The full-track-listing, which was revealed on R.E.M.’s official website on November 25th, is below. Yesterday, a free download of “Discoverer” was made available to fans that signed up for R.E.M.’s email list via Those who preorder Collapse Into Now on iTunes the week of December 20th will receive an instant download of “It Happened Today.”

For Collapse Into Now, R.E.M., which is singer Michael Stipe, guitarist Peter Buck, and bassist Mike Mills, re-teamed with Grammy Award-winning producer Jacknife Lee, who produced the band’s acclaimed previous album Accelerate. Lee is also noted for his work on albums by U2, Snow Patrol, The Hives, and indie stalwarts Kasabian, Editors, Aqualung, and Bloc Party. R.E.M. and Lee recorded the album in New Orleans at the Music Shed and in Berlin at the famed Hansa Studios, where several legendary albums, including David Bowie’s Heroes, U2’s Achtung Baby, and Iggy Pop’s Lust for Life, were made. Additional recording and mixing was done at the venerable Blackbird Studio in Nashville.

The band has also revealed that Collapse Into Now features some very special guests: Patti Smith, guitarist Lenny Kaye, Peaches, Eddie Vedder, and The Hidden Cameras frontman Joel Gibb.

Collapse Into Now is the follow-up to 2008’s Accelerate, which debuted at No. 2 on the Billboard Top 200 album chart, topped the Alternative, Rock, Digital, and Internet (physical goods) charts in the U.S., and debuted at No. 1 in Canada, the U.K., Ireland, Denmark, Norway, Switzerland, and the Czech Republic. It spawned three hit singles “Supernatural Superserious,” “Hollow Man,” and “Man-Sized Wreath.” The band also released a two-CD live set, entitled R.E.M. Live At The Olympia, last October.

The track-listing for Collapse Into Now is as follows:


All The Best


Oh My Heart

It Happened Today

Every Day Is Yours To Win

Mine Smell Like Honey

Walk It Back

Alligator Aviator Autopilot Antimatter

That Someone Is You

Me, Marlon Brando, Marlon Brando and I


Sin Fang Releases Limited Run 7-inch of Cover Songs Prepares for 2011 LP Summer Echoes

Sin Fang Releases Limited Run 7-inch of Cover Songs Prepares for 2011 LP Summer Echoes

“Icelandic artist Sindri Mår Sigfússon… drops his airy, elfin croon over vigorous acoustic guitar strums and spooky laptop glitches: the result is a psych pop game that’s as haunting as it is transfixing.” – Rolling Stone

“Sigfússon’s cut-and-paste folk manages effortlessly to evoke both the psychedelic rockers of yesteryear and more recent enchanters like Stuart Murdoch and Panda Bear.” – Pitchfork

Watch Sin Fang’s acoustic performance of Fleetwood Mac’s “Landslide” recorded in his Reykjavik studio

Sin Fang Bous covers Fleetwood Mac’s Landslide video

You may know Iceland’s Sindri Már Sigfusson best as part of his band Seabear, which spent most of 2010 touring around the world. Outside of touring though, Sindri spent his time off to develop and nurture his solo project – Sin Fang (formerly Sin Fang Bous). After many devoted months of writing and recording, Sin Fang’s next full-length LP, Summer Echoes, is finally set for release in March 2011.

In the meantime, Summer Echoes is preceded by this special 7-inch featuring two all-time-classic non-album cover versions: “Landslide” by Fleetwood Mac and Simon & Garfunkel’s “The Only Living Boy In New York”.

Sin Fang’s versions withdraw some of the glossy sweetness of the originals and replace it with an honest pinch of Weirdo-Folk, giving you a new listening experience while keeping the original song’s heart-breaking potential intact.

Watch Sin Fang’s acoustic performance of “Landslide” recorded in his Reykjavik studio, or click the cover art to stream “The Only Living Boy in New York”:

Track Listing
1. Landslide (Fleetwood Mac Cover)
2. The Only Living Boy in New York (Simon & Garfunkel Cover)

Rev Theory To Headline Monster Energy Outbreak Tour




Los Angeles — Rev Theory has announced that the band will be returning to the road February 16, 2011 as headliners on the Monster Energy OUTBREAK Tour, Rock on The Rise in 2011. Along for the ride will be Pop Evil, Hail The Villain, and Black Cloud Collective. Drummer Dave Agoglia shared, “We’ve been off the road for over a year now, and can not wait to start touring again. The band collectively worked hard on the Justice record, and now it is time to get out there and start playing the new songs live. We’re also looking forward to reconnecting with our amazing fans, which have always been so supportive. The line-up came together for this run, and sharing the stage with other up and coming rock bands at a low ticket price for the fans is going to make for a killer tour.”

The itinerary features performances in:

Wed-Feb-16 Phoenix AZ Club House
Fri-Feb-18 Salt Lake City UT Avalon
Sat-Feb-19 Colorado Springs CO The Black Sheep
Sun-Feb-20 Denver CO Bluebird
Tue-Feb-22 Des Moines IA People’s Court
Wed-Feb-23 Madison WI Majestic Theatre
Thu-Feb-24 Kansas City MO Midland
Fri-Feb-25 Tulsa OK Marquee
Sat-Feb-26 Little Rock AR Juanita’s Cantina
Wed-Mar-02 Huntsville AL Sammy T’s
Fri-Mar-04 Baltimore MD Rams Head Live
Sat-Mar-05 Hartford CT Webster Underground
Sun-Mar-06 Jermyn PA Eleanor Rigbys

JUSTICE, the third studio album from Rev Theory, will be released by Interscope / Geffen / A&M on February 15, 2011. The lead single, which is the title track “Justice,” is moving steadily up the rock charts. Guitarist Julien Jorgensen shared, “As a band we attacked this opportunity with the intent of capturing the energy of a great live show. JUSTICE is a realized vision, and reflects who we are as a band more accurately than any of its predecessors. It really is the record we are most proud of.”

Stockholm Syndrome Announce New Album


Response Records has announced the upcoming release of Apollo, the hugely anticipated new album from Stockholm Syndrome. The album – which follows the band’s 2004 debut, Holy Happy Hour – arrives everywhere on February 15, 2011.

Stockholm Syndrome is the collaborative brainchild of two gifted musicians, Widespread Panic bassist Dave Schools and singer/songwriter Jerry Joseph. Initially conceived as a side project, the alliance soon became a full-fledged band, with the able accompaniment of guitarist Eric McFadden (Keb Mo’, Les Claypool, Jackson Browne, George Clinton & The P-Funk All Stars), keyboardist Danny Louis (Gov’t Mule, Cheap Trick), and drummer Wally Ingram (Sheryl Crow, Crowded House, David Lindley & El Rayo-X).

Apollo sees Stockholm Syndrome building upon its initial outing by distilling a distinctive sound fueled by freewheeling creativity and incendiary rock power. Songs like “Finding” and the epic title track showcase the band’s virtuosic interplay and genre-blurring ingenuity, all centered by Joseph’s creative, cathartic lyricism. Produced by Schools in a converted chicken coop at Cotatai, California’s Prairie Sun Recording, with additional recording at the famed Compass Point Studios in Nassau, Bahamas – Apollo places Joseph’s soulful vocals and songwriting gifts at the forefront, all the while confirming Stockholm Syndrome’s remarkable ability to bridge sonic styles spanning pop, psychedelia, and full-on rock ‘n roll.

A celebrated solo artist and frontman of his own Jerry Joseph & The Jackmormons, the Portland, Oregon-based Joseph first teamed with Schools when the Widespread Panic founding member produced the Jackmormons’ 2002 LP Conscious Contact. Having bonded as both friends and artists, the two musicians decided to join forces and soon embarked on an acoustic European tour. A full line-up was assembled upon their return and Stockholm Syndrome was born.

Holy Happy Hour was released in 2004 and earned immediate critical acclaim. The album was quickly followed by a series of tours that saw Stockholm Syndrome morph from extracurricular studio project into a truly eclectic and electrifying live act. The following years found the band playing together whenever possible, with Schools and Joseph also remaining focused on both their own bands as well as various other collaborations.

In January, Stockholm Syndrome will herald the release of Apollo by taking to the open sea on Jam Cruise 9, the 2011 installment of the annual ocean-faring music festival – for full details, please see The band will will also tour in 2011 in support of Apollo.

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the church return to the USA for the “Future Past Perfect” Tour Performing Three Classic Albums: Untitled #23, Priest=Aura and Starfish In Their Entirety In One Night!

the church return to the USA for the “Future Past Perfect” Tour Performing Three Classic Albums: Untitled #23, Priest=Aura and Starfish In Their Entirety In One Night!

Back Catalog Albums Reissued Through Second Motion Records

“[the church] scrambles the real and the surreal with ease, rattling its stately guitarchitecture with howling north-wind echo and the troubled undertow of Kilbey’s enigmatic lyrics.” -David Fricke, Rolling Stone

“Among the longest-lived, prolific bands of the last three decades” – Pitchfork

“the church still serve up shows with fervor… [and] have the loose-limbed ferocity that has propelled them since their debut.” – Village Voice

“what is on offer [in Untitled #23] – aside from a masterpiece of dynamics and craft – is the irresistible sound of integrity.” – Classic Rock UK

“[the church] weave their spell seamlessly” – AllMusic

Following their successful “An Intimate Space” acoustic tour this past spring, the church return to the USA for their “Future Past Perfect” electric tour. This unprecedented touring event continues their 30th Anniversary celebrations by performing three classic albums in their entirety in one night: Untitled #23, Priest=Aura, and Starfish, three decades of the church in selected cities across the USA this coming February 2011.

Recently inducted into the Australian Rock and Roll Hall Of Fame, the band will begin the night in the present, covering the last decade with the critically acclaimed Untitled #23. Proceeding backwards into the ’90s, they will then perform perennial fan favorite, Priest=Aura (an album not supported by a tour when originally released in the USA). And then, what better way to conclude the evening than with a performance of the all-time classic album, Starfish. These three great albums will be played in succession, live and electric, by one of the most inventive rock bands of our time.

Constantly releasing new challenging material, embracing their past and reinventing themselves in the present, touring across the decades, performing their music in a host of different shapes and forms, the church continue to evolve into a unique musical entity. This event is an experience not to be missed!

“Future Past Perfect” Tour Dates

Feb 2 – Los Angeles, CA. – El Rey Theatre
Feb 4 – San Francisco, CA. – Great American Music Hall
Feb 7 – Seattle, WA. – Triple Door
Feb 8 – Seattle, WA. – Triple Door
Feb 11 – Chicago, IL. – Park West
Feb 13 – Alexandria, VA. – The Birchmere
Feb 15 – Philadelphia, PA. – The Trocadero
Feb 16 – New York, NY. – Highline Ballroom
Feb 17 – New York, NY. – B.B. King’s
Feb 18 – Foxboro, MA. – Showcase Live


Reissues of the band’s early albums will finally be available in the USA alongside contemporary releases, all on Second Motion Records. Fully remastered with bonus tracks, the reissues will come in luxurious digi-packs with rare photos and exhaustive sleeve notes written by Marty Willson-Piper. Of Skins and Heart,The Blurred Crusade, Seance, and Heyday are available now. Also available is the comprehensive double CD compilation Deep In the Shallows, featuring liner notes from David Fricke of Rolling Stone. Watch out for more reissues including Starfish, Priest=Aura, Gold Afternoon Fix and Sometime Anywhere in 2011.