Patagonia Music launches March 1 with Pearl Jam, Bonnie Raitt, Philip Glass, Jack Johnson and more

PATAGONIA MUSIC LAUNCHES ON MARCH 1 WITH PEARL JAM, BONNIE RAITT, PHILIP GLASS, JACK JOHNSON AND MORE

Patagonia Music Collective Benefits Enviro Groups Through Sales of
Exclusive Tracks from Music’s Top Artists

Patagonia Inc., the environmentally minded apparel company, has teamed with some of today’s top artists, representing a range of genres, to form the Patagonia Music Collective. The Patagonia Music Collective will launch in the United States on Tuesday March 1, 2011 at www.patagonia.com/music.

Exclusive tracks will be sold at $.99 each, with net proceeds going directly to the environmental organizations of the artists’ preference. Musicians on board thus far include Pearl Jam, Jack Johnson, Bonnie Raitt and Jon Cleary, Maroon 5, Philip Glass, Zac Brown Band, moe., The Bad Plus, Blitzen Trapper, Mason Jennings, John Scofield, Piers Faccini, Switchfoot, Brett Dennen, Sun Kil Moon, Umphrey’s McGee, Ben Solee, RaRa Riot, Spoek Mathambo, Taj Mahal, Toad the Wet Sprocket, Drive By Truckers, Bobby Long, String Cheese Incident, Ki: Theory, Moondoggies, Vusi Mahlesela, Disco Biscuits, O.A.R., Ziggy Marley, Los Lobos, Dawes, Abigail Washburn, Big Head Todd & the Monsters, Brandi Carlile, Laura Jansen, Medeski Martin & Wood, Robert Randolph and the Family Band and many more.

“Musicians have been interested in partnering with Patagonia on our environmental work for years, but we didn’t have the right platform to work together effectively,” notes Rob BonDurant, Patagonia’s vice president of marketing, “The Music Collective provides us with a way to partner directly with enviro-minded artists and to engage their fans in environmental efforts. It’s truly a new model for green giving.”

The Patagonia Music Collective will launch with 22 tracks bundled into two volumes of 11 tracks each. It will continue as a long-term project, with one new benefit track and three emerging tracks to be released each subsequent week. Exclusive benefit compilation albums will be available at varying intervals at Patagonia stores worldwide.

The collective encompasses all genres of music from pop to roots, reggae to indie rock, jazz to alt-country, and supports a similarly diverse range of environmental action. By featuring previously unavailable material from both established and rising artists, the Patagonia Music Collective aims to engage a diversity of fans directly in environmental giving.

“My hope is that fans see their favorite artists supporting the environment and want to get involved themselves,” notes Patagonia founder and owner Yvon Chouinard, “The groups these musicians are supporting are the ones that are ultimately going to save the planet. Patagonia’s hopeful other musicians will see that by just donating a song they can easily provide their favorite enviro group with a new stream of financing.”
“Any endeavor that combines great music with fund raising for quality environmental organizations gets my attention,” said Bonnie Raitt. “When Patagonia approached us to be involved we were excited to team up. I’ve been a supporter of Earth Justice for almost a decade, because, as their slogan states, ‘the Earth needs a good lawyer.'”

As the latest in an extensive series of initiatives Patagonia has lead to further environmental action and awareness, the Patagonia Music Collective builds upon the success of such programs as 1% for the Planet (a coalition of 1400+ companies that pledge to give 1% of their annual sales to enviro organizations) and the Conservation Alliance (a coalition of business that grants 100% of its member dues to grassroots environmental groups). The Patagonia Music Collective is not a record label, nor is it simply a downloads-for-charity campaign. It is a perpetually evolving program that allows musicians to direct money to specific environmental causes while giving listeners rare access to previously unavailable music. Most importantly the program fosters an artistic and political exchange between the passionate communities of musicians, fans, environmental advocates, and Patagonia’s own loyal, socially-conscience customer base.

“I have been excited to work with Patagonia since I traveled down to Chile a couple years ago to work on music for the film 180° South,” explains Mason Jennings. “Hanging out with Yvon Chouinard (Patagonia founder/owner) and other environmentalists and hearing how they think about life and the work that Patagonia is doing to give back to the environment was truly inspiring.”

The tracks will be available at www.patagonia.com/music, through a dedicated iPhone app and a web widget at participating artists’ websites. Fulfillment will be handled by iTunes. The program will roll out internationally in Japan, the UK, Canada, and elsewhere this June.

About Patagonia
Patagonia, with sales last year of over $333M, is noted internationally for its commitment to product quality and environmental activism. Incorporating environmental responsibility into product development, the company has, since 1996, used only organically grown cotton in its clothing line. In Fall 2011, the company’s entire product line will be recyclable thorough its Common Threads Recycling Program. The company also advocates corporate transparency through its interactive website, The Footprint Chronicles, which outlines the environmental and social footprint of individual products. Patagonia was featured as The Coolest Company on the Planet on Fortune Magazine’s April 2007 cover.

Art Of Dying: “Vices And Virtues” Pre-Order * Avalanche Tour

PRE-ORDER FOR ART OF DYING’S MAJOR-LABEL DEBUT ALBUM, VICES AND VIRTUES, BEGINS TODAY ON ITUNES

First Single, “Die Trying,” Booming At Active Rock Radio

Band Hits The Road for First Annual Avalanche Tour with Stone Sour, Theory Of A Deadman & Skillet on March 24th

Signed to Disturbed’s Reprise Records imprint Intoxication Records, Vancouver’s Art of Dying will release their major-label debut album, Vices and Virtues, on March 22nd, 2011. An album pre-order, featuring both deluxe and standard editions, launches today on iTunes.

The first single, “Die Trying,” is blazing at Active Rock Radio (No. 17 at BDS and No. 22 at Mediabase) with new support from WTZR/Johnson City, KLAQ/El Paso, WIXO/Peoria, KQXR/Boise, and KDDX/Rapid City. Stream the lyric track of “Die Trying” HERE and download their new song “Whole World’s Crazy” in exchange for a “like” on their Facebook page: http://www.facebook.com/artofdying.

Produced by Howard Benson (Papa Roach, Three Doors Down), Vices and Virtues expresses Art of Dying’s energy and vitality with a blend of urgent, blaring guitar rhythms, atmospheric and transcendent counter melodies, and vocal harmonies that complement the heaviness of the music. Uptempo songs like “Die Trying” and “Straight Across my Mind” reverberate with the triumphant spirit of a raised fist, while tracks such as the acoustic-based “I Will Be There,” “Best I Can,” and “Raining” (which features guest vocals by Three Days Grace frontman Adam Gontier) are more reflective and vulnerable, revealing the pain of imperfect relationships and the redemption that lies within their repair.

Art of Dying, which is vocalist/lyricist Jonny Hetherington, guitarist Greg Bradley guitarist Tavis Stanley, bassist Cale Gontier, and drummer Jeff Brown, hit the road this month for the first annual Avalanche Tour with Stone Sour, Theory Of A Deadman, Skillet, and Halestorm. The tour kicks off Thursday, March 24th in Chicago. Please visit www.AvalancheTour.com for details.

The band has launched a contest enabling fans to win free tickets to see them on the Avalanche Tour by entering a name, email, and nearest tour stop city at http://artofdying.warnerreprise.com/artofdying. Winners (who are selected at random) will receive two free tickets to a show.

Poly Styrene Generation Indigo (Future Noise Music; April 26) “Virtual Boyfriend” (CREEP remix) Stream Premiered on FADER Today! Highly Anticipated New Album Out This Spring

Poly Styrene Generation Indigo (Future Noise Music; April 26) “Virtual Boyfriend” (CREEP remix) Stream
Premiered on FADER Today! Highly Anticipated New Album Out This Spring

“Poly, DayGlo heroine of playfully serious punk and icon to Beth Ditto among many others, makes an unexpected festive return”
– NME

“The fireball that is Ms. Poly Styrene has failed to disappoint.”
– BUST

“Generation Indigois not so much a comeback as it is a return, and a welcome return at that.”
– My Old Kentucky Blog

“’Generation Indigo’ is her most commercial record yet but remains spiritually, socially, and environmentally concerned”
– Mojo

X-ray Spex may have only been around for a couple of years but their star shone brightly. A true musical and fashion rebel, Poly Styrene has returned at her most thrilling. The forthcoming album Generation Indigo is due on April 26 through Future Noise Music and was produced by Youth (The Verve, Killing Joke, The Fireman, Edwyn Collins). Check out “Virtual Boyfriend” (CREEP remix) stream where it premiered on FADER or HERE. CREEP are Brooklyn based producers/ DJs Lauren Flax and Lauren Dillard. Lauren Flax is an internationally renowned house DJ and producer.

Poly Styrene’s return is highly anticipated as she remains a genuine icon and one of the premier influences on the Riot Grrrl and Britpop scenes. The forward looking Generation Indigoshowcases Poly’s humorous musings on pop culture, the internet and fashion whilst also tackling heavier subject matter (war and racism) with her politically aware and intelligent lyrics.

Generation Indigois a fantastic return to form for Poly and a welcome comeback for her fans. With her never-failing ability to connect with her audience regardless of the year and their age, Poly Styrene’s remarkable voice sounds as vibrant and innocent as ever.

Teletxtile new song “The Lark” video by In The Open – Tour dates and more

TELETEXTILE DEBUT NEW SONG “THE LARK” WITH VIDEO FROM IN THE OPEN

ANNOUNCE MARCH TOUR DATES AND SXSW

Teletextile are excited to unveil the new song “The Lark” as part of the In The Open video series.

The beautiful and light drenched session below was filmed in California this December, and features multi-instrumentalist (Harp, Piano, Violin, Guitar) and vocalist Pamela Martinez playing a brand new song “The Lark.” The harp being played was borrowed from the gracious multi-instrumentalist Pat Grossi of Active Child

In the fall of 2010 Teletextile released Reflector. The ep represented the latest step in Teletextile’s unfolding journey towards self-discovery. Martinez’ sites one of her main motivations of creating and playing music as finding a way to replicate the experience of dreaming. “You should want to close your eyes when listening to music,” she says, “it should be your own story, your own vision.” This March the band will take to the road to play gigs around the 2011 SXSW music festival. Tour dates below.

Reflector is available for free via Teletextile.com – Sample two tracks at the streaming links below.

What if I” – mp3 Link
I Don’t Know How To Act Here” – mp3 Link

UPCOMING TOUR DATES

MARCH
04 – Boston, MA – Oxfam at Tuft University
14 – Nashville, TN – The Basement 8pm w/ Reptar, High Dials and Walk the Moon
15 – Houston, TX – Fitzgerald’s 8pm w/ Small Black, Sun Airways, Eternal Summers
16 – Austin, TX – SXSW – Thai Fresh – 9pm Acoustic Set w/Agent Ribbons
17 – Austin, TX – SXSW – Lucky Lounge Berklee Show 3:30pm
19 – Austin, TX – SXSW – Shiner’s Saloon Backbeat Magazine Show 6pm
20 – San Antonio, TX – Jack’s Bar 8pm
21 – Dallas, TX – TBA
22 – New Orleans, LA – Prytania Music & Spirits 8pm
24 – Carrborro, NC – Jessee’s 8pm
29 – New York, NY – Pianos

Jail Weddings release second clip from video series for entire 13-song album, Love Is Lawless Second video, “What Did You Do With My Gun?” released

Jail Weddings release second clip from video series for entire 13-song album, Love Is Lawless Second video, “What Did You Do With My Gun?” released

Click image above to watch video

“One of the year’s most exhilarating and infectious records, and an assured statement of purpose by one of L.A.’s most compelling groups.” — NBC San Diego

“Hart’s obsessively Orbison-esque vocal pleas can send shivers down the spine and draw a tiny tear to the eye in songs that reek of moody doo-wop and do not skimp on the steamy, heaving punk rock & roll.” — LA Weekly

Los Angeles’ garage-punk revision of 60s chamber pop, Jail Weddings has released the second clip from their video endeavor as ambitious as the 10-piece band’s size. Starting with last month’s release of the video for “I Thought You Were Someone I Knew”, Jail Weddings will release new videos for each of the 13 songs on their recent album, Love Is Lawless.The second clip, “What Did You Do With My Gun?” has been released.

Watch “What Did You Do With My Gun?” above

Love Is Lawless takes the pleading, wide-eyed romance of 60’s pop-vocal idealist tantrums to subterranean levels never previously seen from this genre. A shadow has been cast over the fleeting Utopia of modern love, where we still wear such out of date traditions as marriage and monogamy like shackles on a chain gang. Who better to have cast this shadow then Jail Weddings – a soul-stricken modern day Wall Of Sound rock and roll behemoth, comprised of ten (yes, 10) grown men and women who at least have the guts to admit they have still have the emotional stability of an eternally wounded teenager.

Fronted by Gabriel Hart (explosive frontman and mastermind behind the now defunct LA noir punks The Starvations), Jail Weddings is often described as “Nick Cave fronting The Shangri-Las.” The band has carefully crafted these 13 songs over a three year period (since their actual inception in the summer of 2007), released October 2010 on the still skidding heels of two sold out singles and 2009’s critically acclaimed EP Inconvenient Dreams (White Noise/Tru-Vow).

Sure, they may siphon from the 60’s pool, but do not confuse Jail Weddings as any kind of mere throwback act. The sphere of influence is vast, from the grandiose Scott Walker-esque soundscape of the album’s existential opener “How Am I Alive?” to the E-Street Band gone to Hell epic “I Thought You Were Someone I Knew”, to the Sparks meets Meatloaf bombastic melodrama of “What Did You Do With My Gun?”, the band proves its sound is unique as it is limitless.

Artist: Jail Weddings
Album: Love Is Lawless
Label: White Noise
Release Date: October 26th, 2010

01. How Am I Alive?
02. When We’re Together (We Let Ourselves Go)
03. I Thought You Were Someone I Knew
04. Tough Love
05. You Will Surrender
06. One of These Days
07. What Did You Do With My Gun?
08. Somebody Lonely
09. Eavesdroppin’
10. Staring At The Stars
11. Mutual Fools
12. Blind Times
13. The Impossible

Introducing Lucas/Lukas – Made For You video

Introducing Lucas/Lukas

Check out Lucas/Lukas video for “Made For You” HERE

And HERE is a video clip with Lucas/Lukas talking a little about the project

Lukas Haas has been acting for over 20 years, starring alongside Harrison Ford in “Witness” when he was just 8 years old. Since then he has appeared dozens of films, including “Inception,” Woody Allen’s “Everyone Says I Love You” and Tim Burton’s “Mars Attacks!” and the upcoming “Red Riding Hood.” Lukas also plays drums and piano for a band called The Rogues, and has appeared in music videos for My Chemical Romance’s “Welcome to the Black Parade,” OutKast’s “Roses,” UGK’s “International Player’s Anthem (I Choose You),” Death Cab For Cutie’s “Cath…” and Jet’s “She’s a Genius.”

Isabel Lucas is an Australian actress who starred in “Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen”, HBO’s eight time Emmy winning series “The Pacific,” and “The Cove,” a film exposing brutal dolphin harvesting in Japan. In October 2007, Lucas was part of a group of thirty people from Surfers for Cetaceans took part in a protest against dolphin hunting in Taiji, Wakayama, Japan. The group paddled out on surfboards to the dolphins to attempt to stop the hunt, but they were forced to turn around after being intercepted by one of the fishing boats.

The Lucas/Lukas video clips were filmed and recorded in Lukas’ studio in LA, directed by Carleton Ranney, and filmed & edited by Real Sprague and Destin Douglas.

Class Actress Confirms SXSW 2011 Performances, Prepares For Headlining Tour with MillionYoung

Class Actress Confirms SXSW 2011 Performances, Prepares For Headlining Tour with MillionYoung

“an alluringly precise recapturing of the winning chill of early ’80s electro-pop, with some light hauteur keeping the mood severe, never optimistic.” – New York Times

“[Harper’s] passion proves to be the same kind of compelling counterweight
to frosty sonics that helped make the music of her influences so memorable.” – Pitchfork “Rising” Artist

Brooklyn synth-pop group Class Actress (Elizabeth Harper & co) is preparing for their headlining tour with MillionYoung in support of debut, Journal of Ardency EP, available now on Chris Taylor of Grizzly Bear and Ethan Silverman’s Terrible Records. This tour follows Class Actress’ successful North American tour this past fall with Small Black, Delorean, and Matthew Dear, among others, and the band has now confirmed their full set of SXSW 2011 performances.

Stay tuned for Class Actress’ full-length debut LP this summer and don’t miss them!

Careful What You Say” mp3

“Journal of Ardency” Video

CLASS ACTRESS ON TOUR
w/MillionYoung
[*newly added dates]

Mar 9 Atlanta, GA @ The Earl
Mar 10 Savannah, GA @ Savannah Stopover
Mar 11 Miami, FL @ The Vagabond
Mar 12 Tampa, FL @ The Orpheum
Mar 13 Orlando, FL @ Backbooth
Mar 14 New Orleans, LA @ Republic*
Mar 15 Pharr, TX @ Jagz w/Nite Jewel*
Mar 16 SXSW @ Lipstick 24 (Flavorpill Party) – 3:30pm*
Mar 17 SXSW @ Club 1808 (Piano’s Party w/Das Racist, Still Corners, etc.)*
Mar 18 SXSW @ East Side Drive In (Pitchfork Party) – 12:45pm*
Mar 18 SXSW @ Friends (Warp Magazine Showcase) – 11pm*
Mar 19 SXSW @ Space 12 (Parafora Party) – 7pm*
Mar 20 Dallas, TX @ Bro Fest 2011 @ Club Dada
Mar 21 Little Rock, AR @ Arkansas Community Arts Co-Op
Mar 22 Kansas City, MO @ Crosstown Station
Mar 23 Iowa City, IA @ Gabe’s
Mar 24 St. Louis, MO @ Old Rockhouse
Mar 25 Chicago, IL @ Lincoln Hall w/Miami Horror
Mar 29 New York, NY @ Mercury Lounge w/Miami Horror

Jessica 6 See The Light (Peacefrog Records; May 24, 2011) “White Horse” Video Premiered On PerezHilton Today! Catch J6 Live On The East Coast This Month

Video directed by Marco Ovando and Styled by Ava Sanjurjo. From the upcoming Jessica 6 debut album, “See The Light”, coming May 24, 2011 on Peacefrog Record

Jessica 6 See The Light (Peacefrog Records; May 24, 2011) “White Horse” Video Premiered On PerezHilton Today! Catch J6 Live On The East Coast This Month

Jessica 6 Tour Dates
3/1: NYC @ Mercury Lounge (8pm)
3/10: Chicago, IL @ Double Door
3/11: Washington, DC @ U Street Music Hall

“If you are liking Beth Ditto’s new musical direction for her solo project, then we really think you’re going to enjoy Jessica 6. Made up of some former member’s of Hercules & Love Affair, the band – like Ditto – is making pop music with a disco feel and a real soulful vibe as well. We love it!”
– PerezHilton

“… the perfect vehicle for Nomi Ruiz’s molasses thick vocals, the kind of thing that would have made Madonna in her Danceteria days swell with jealousy.”
– RCRD LBL

‘White Horse’ is the stunning debut single and anthem-in-waiting from NYC’s hugely talented and super stylish Jessica 6. With the track already causing ripples through the blogosphere, the video for “White Horse”, which follows Jessica 6 on a classically seductive adventure of their hometown, premiered on PerezHilton today!

Jessica 6 is fronted by the beguiling and beautiful chanteuse Nomi Ruiz. Equal parts high-fashion and street smart, her smoky, emotive vocals are matched by her spellbinding style. Her lyrics create a world full of enraptured lovers, endless nights, fame-seekers, and broken hearts. Bassist Andrew Raposo and keyboardist Morgan Wiley deftly meld disco, hip-hop, electro and classic house, commanding you to dance while simultaneously making your heart sink.

The trio, who met via their involvement with Hercules and Love Affair, create soul music in its purest form, no matter the tempo. See The Light is a raw portrait of life in the city and of all the highs and lows that come with it. Moving from pulsating electronic sheen to uncompromisingly rugged R&B and back again, the album takes you from your stoop to the dance floor, eventually landing you in the back of a cab as the day is breaking.

Jessica 6 will release their debut album, See The Light, May 24 on Peacefrog Records.