Citizen Cope Signings & Performances Announced

Performances/signings scheduled for New York, Philadelphia, Seattle and hometown Washington D.C.

One Lovely Day scheduled for release on July 17th

Citizen Cope (songwriter and producer Clarence Greenwood) is getting ready to release his fifth album, One Lovely Day. The new album, which features the hit title track, will be released on July 17th through Rainwater Recordings / MRI / RED. Cope will be celebrating the release of One Lovely Day by performing and signing copies of the album at four retail stores across the country, including three Barnes & Noble locations.

Citizen Cope Signings/Performances:

7/16/2012 | Barnes & Noble New York (Union Square) | 33 E. 17th Street, NY, NY 10003 | 7 PM

7/17/2012 | Barnes & Noble Washington D.C. | 555 12th Street NW | Washington, D.C. 20004 | 6:30 PM

7/18/2012 | Barnes & Noble Philadelphia | 1805 Walnut Street | Philadelphia, PA 19103 | 7 PM

7/19/2012 | Easy Street Records | 20 Mercer Street | Seattle, WA | 6 PM

Recorded in Brooklyn and written / produced by Clarence, the sounds on One Lovely Day are Southern rural, big sky lonely, concrete urban, and painfully romantic. For over a decade, Citizen Cope has been building a profoundly dedicated following, tirelessly bringing his urban folk-with a band or simply his guitar- to far corners of the US and beyond.

“Rawness improbably balanced by a mixture of danger and delicacy is what gives Citizen Cope his edge,” writes Rolling Stone. “As a singer, songwriter and producer, he stands alone-an artist immune to corruption.” A child of the seventies, Citizen Cope is the radically mashed-up product of Greenville, Mississippi; Memphis, Tennessee; Vernon, Texas; Austin, Texas; Washington, DC; and Brooklyn, New York. These locations are felt everywhere in his stories. Folk tales-whether through William Faulkner or Big Bill Broonzy-shaped his sensitivity. In ’80s Austin, he took sound classes and found himself fooling with a primitive four-track setup. Turntables intrigued him, and he heard hip hop as an inspired invention. For years, he got lost in his self-designed lab, cooking up beats and motifs that only later would be shaped into songs, some recorded by Carlos Santana, Dido and Richie Havens.

Jaill – Traps album review

The greatest thing about being a music blogger is being able to discover that simple bands like Jaill still exist in our candy-coated, bubble wrapped, teen-pop infested society.

Jaill is an indie rock band from Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Band members, Vincent Kircher, Austin Dutmer, and Andrew Harris demonstrate a musical style that is very typical of the diverse characteristics of an indie rock band featuring basic rock structures, punk-rock influences, and fluctuations in their use of vocal counterpoints, harmony, and rhythm.

Some of their songs from the latest album Traps is a perfect example of an old school “emo” band. Songs like “Everyone’s a Bitch,” “Wasting a Lot of Things,” “Perfect Ten,” and “Horrible Things,” are characteristic of their punk music matched with dark lyrics.

On the flip side, this dual-pop group also exhibits songs with upbeat guitar strums matched with vocal fluctuations and counterpoints, which gives them a psychedelic pop sound. Songs like, “I’m Home,” “Madness,” and “Million Times,” still focus on the dark lyrics, but have a somewhat happy, plucky sound about them that differentiates them from the songs that were previously mentioned above.

The vocal counterpoints are characteristic of psychedelic sounds. It takes great practice to be able to allow the musical lines to flow freely from each other, but all the while, still occurring simultaneously with the vocal pitches and instrumental plucks. Who knows if this was just an accident or if they actually planned it, but whatever Jaill has going on seems to be working great for them.

And while this goes contrary to the happy-go-lucky, meaningless, superficiality of today’s music, it’s a refreshing slap-in-the-face from reality that not everything is a “Perfect Ten” and “Everyone [just might be] a Bitch.”

Senses Fail – Follow Your Bliss: The Best of Senses Fail album review

I remember listening to Senses Fail when I was in high school many years ago. I remember thinking that when they screamed their chorus during their melodic beats, that it was as if their passion was reaching out for people to feel what they had felt when they wrote the song. At that time, their passion burned the same way as mine did. When I had heard that they had released “Follow Your Bliss: The Best of Senses Fail” album, I was immediately set back to 2004 when their album “Let It Enfold You” came out. That album had so much heart and soul pouring out of it that you couldn’t help but have it on repeat. The “Follow Your Bliss” album is gold. It’s gold to everyone who knew and appreciated the genre of “Screamo” and “Hardcore Punk”. It’s also gold because it combines the best of what Senses Fail has created musically as a band in the past 10 years. How can you ever go wrong with a “best of” album from an abundant and dynamic band? Easy, you can’t!

Looking back on music from 2000-2010, it’s evident that Senses Fail is one of the bands that will go down in history for creating and building on a unique genre of music. It is hard for a band that starts off as young to be able to continue making music consistently for a decade. Especially during a decade that produced so many bands with such a variety of sounds.

They are currently touring with similar sounding bands through out this summer for Warped Tour 2012. Such as, Taking Back Sunday, The Used, Pierce The Veil, etc. If I could have changed anything about this album, I would of just added more of their songs that I esteem. Then again, that’s one of the beauties of appreciating musicians with an abundant amount of creative music. Everyone is truly different, and even though certain people may like the same songs, we also may have our own “favorites”.

Albeit the success they have had, what is to follow now that they have released a “best of” album? As Buddy Nielsen credibly screamed in one of the best of songs “Rum is for drinking, Not for burning”, “As we grow, emotion starts to die. We need to find a way, just to keep our desire alive.” Is this the beginning of Senses Fail’s death? Or will they find a way to keep their passion and desire to create music alive? Only the future will tell.

No Joy – Negaverse album review

Remember the 90s and how nonchalant the punk scene was? It was just a bunch of angsty musicians from small town suburbs sticking it to the man. The psych vibe of the late 80s is almost identical to this ideal of carefree, relaxed sounds, and both stayed away from each other in separate corners for the most part. However Montreal’s No Joy took these two genres, mashed them together and threw in some techno pizazz and created a follow up to their 2010 debut LP entitled Ghost Blonde.

Their new EP Negaverse (release June 19, 2012) holds true to the sound that No Joy has been described as many times before; alternative-punk-noise-shoegazing-psychedelic … rock. But whatever the kids are calling their music today is irrelevant because people make their own judgment and will surely find at least a dozen more subgenres to peg onto the list. In any case, Negaverse is really more like a collage of hazy retro sounds, painted over top with typical rock riffs. Eventually the tunes shift the gears of No Joy’s version of punk-rock, altering the archetypal sound of angst into art. But once you get past the opening tack “Junior” (and take the term “shoegazing” to a literal level) you can expect more even more of their effects-pedal sound and vocals to carry you off to a hazy place. And if you were a 90s kid or teen, you might even find yourself trapped in the Negaverse with Negaduck after playing the EP on repeat a few times (both terms used in the alternate universe arising out of Disney’s Darkwing Duck circa 1991 – 1992).

In short, the best way to listen to Negaverse (or rather experience it) is to create your own negaverse, either by reverting back to the mindset of the 90s (cartoons or punk scene) or have a few too many, lay on a flat surface, and stare into oblivion.

The Flaming Lips and Friends Rock Mississippi Delta and Smoke Jay-Z’s Guinness World Record During O Music Awards

iamamiwhoami, Tokio Hotel, Adam Lambert, 30 Seconds to Mars & Artist Growth Take Top Honors During Groundbreaking 24 Hour Livestream

Historic Road Trip Notches Viacom Music & Logo Group’s Largest Audience for Digital Driven Event To Date, Including Record Breaking 43 Million Votes

Viacom Music & Logo Group’s O Music Awards, and The Flaming Lips have successfully smashed the Guinness World Record previously held by Jay-Z for most concerts performed in multiple cities after a historic road trip through the Mississippi Delta region which now ranks as the most-viewed digitally driven event in Viacom Music & Logo Group history, including generating more than 43 million votes (nearly twice more than the previous record) and producing a US trending topic (#OMA).

“To be able to pick up this silly drinking book-after all, Guinness is a beer-this funny book that when I was growing up was a curiosity. To be published alongside the man who ate 22 pounds of his own boogers, beside the woman with the longest toenails or perhaps even to be published beside an individual who has had maybe 1000 cockroaches stuffed into their ears… that, to me, would be one of life’s absurd joys,” said The Flaming Lips front man Wayne Coyne.

Kicking off in Memphis on July 27,The Flaming Lips boarded a tricked tour bus, Endeavor, and played a series of shows throughout the Mississippi Delta region joined by a diverse lineup of artists including Jackson Browne, Grace Potter & The Nocturnals, Neon Trees, Gary Clark Jr., Karmin, Hunter Hayes, GIVERS, MNDR, Neon Indian and more, before officially setting the new world record tonight in New Orleans. The awards began with the Major of Memphis introducing The Flaming Lips, who played a stirring rendition of their song, “Do You Realize.” Along the way, Flaming Lips front man Wayne Coyne road tripped with Jackass’s Chris Pontius, laughed as Grace Potter sang “All Night Long” in a helium voice, and shot fireworks off into the dark Mississippi night. Other keys moments included Big Freedia winning “Too Much Ass for TV,” Neon Lips performing “Hex Girlfriend,” Hunter Hayes performing “Wanted,” and Jackson Brown talking songwriting at 16.

A slew of awards were doled out along the entire way, with the honors including Best Artist with a Camera Phone (Selena Gomez), Best Web-Born Artist (Karmin), Beyond the DJ – Most Innovative Solo Performer (MNDR), Fan Army FTW (Tokio Hotel) and Must Follow Artist on Twitter (Adam Lambert).

Throughout the entirety of the show, which was made available on all digital and mobile platforms, fans could interact and influence the activities on the bus via social media, toggle between three camera views on the bus, on the stage and the production truck and share show moments and performances with their social graph.

Preliminary numbers indicate that this was the most viewed Viacom Music & Logo Group digital driven event to date generating more than 43 million votes (more than double from O Music Awards 2 in October) and landing a US trending topic (#OMA) for most of Wednesday night and Thursday morning.

“Achieving this record-breaking musical journey has been exhausting and exhilarating at the same time,” said Van Toffler, President of the Music and Logo Group. “Wayne, the Lips, all the musicians and fans that greeted us along the Delta and a sweaty tired crew made for some choice moments on this trek. Now it’s time for all of us to take a long hot shower.”

Fans that missed any minute of the historic road trip can go to OMusicAwards.com to view in its entirety or select performances, award acceptances and other moments.

Confirmed sponsors for O Music Awards included Capital One, Honda, SK Energy, State Farm, and Starbucks® Frappuccino® blended beverages, Samsung, Virgin Mobile, Universal Pictures’ TED.

Executive Produced by Lee Rolontz, Dermot McCormack and Rick Krim for Viacom. Directed by Ivan Dudynsky for Live Animals.

In other Flaming Lips news, the band is currently putting the finishing touches on their new studio album due later this year. More details to be revealed shortly. In the meantime, don’t forget to pick up THE FLAMING LIPS AND HEADY FWENDS, which is now available on physical CD and through all digital retailers. Released on June 26th, THE FLAMING LIPS AND HEADY FWENDS just may be their most adventurous recorded experience to date. The album contains the band’s unique and experimental collaborations with a diverse cross-section of heavy friends from every corner of the musical cosmos, including vocal and musical assistance from such disparate playmates as Yoko Ono, Nick Cave, Bon Iver, Ke$ha and many more. A new track recorded with Aaron Behrens of Ghostland Observatory is exclusive to the CD and digital versions and was not included on the vinyl edition.

The track listing for THE FLAMING LIPS AND HEADY FWENDS is as follows:

1. “2012 (You Must Be Upgraded) “(w/ Ke$ha, Biz Markie & Hour Of The Time Majesty 12)

2. “Ashes In The Air” (Featuring Bon Iver)

3. “Helping The Retarded To Know God” (Featuring Edward Sharpe and The Magnetic Zeros)

4. “Supermoon Made Me Want To Pee” (Featuring Prefuse 73)

5. “Children Of The Moon” (Featuring Tame Impala)

6. “That Ain’t My Trip” (Featuring Jim James of My Morning Jacket)

7. “You, Man? Human???” (Featuring Nick Cave)

8. “I’m Working At NASA On Acid” (Featuring Lightning Bolt)

9. “Do It!” (Featuring Yoko Ono/Plastic Ono Band)

10. “Is David Bowie Dying?” (Featuring Neon Indian)

11. “The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face” (Featuring Erykah Badu)

12. “Girl, You’re So Weird” (Featuring New Fumes)

13. “Tasered And Maced” (Featuring Aaron Behrens of Ghostland Observatory)

Pickathon Announces 2012 Stage Schedule, Kid-Friendly Activities, And Collaboration With Portland Playhouse

SINGLE-DAY PASSES ON SALE THURSDAY, JUNE 28 AT NOON PDT

Pickathon, happening August 3rd through the 5th at Pendarvis Farm near Portland, Oregon, is a mere month and change away! As always, the schedule is fully loaded with the spirit and charm that help make Pickathon unique. With six different stages, four unique activity locations, 50+ performers, and three long days – at its core, Pickathon is a weekend of music that within a 72-hour period hosts 100+ hours of scheduled performances in a variety of unique, comfortable, and intimate settings.

Added to the schedule this year is the premiere of a first-time collaboration with Portland Playhouse to present a music-based reinterpretation of William Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night, featuring festival performers Laura Gibson, Casey MacGill, and Bruce Molsky. Actors and musicians will come together the day of the performances and deliver a unique performance each night, with the musicians playing the part of Feste, the play’s fool and minstrel.

In addition to the schedules for mom and dad, there are numerous performances, workshops, and activities to help entertain and engage the 13-and-under set. The usual Pickathon Saturday begins with the annual ‘Saturday Morning Kids Show’ with returning favorites Cardboard Songsters. Activity highlights include survival skill workshops and demonstrations with Trackers Earth, morning rhythm classes for the kiddos with Music Together, a Kids Showcase with Annalisa Tornfelt, Yoga from 7-9am each morning, and yes, of course, the widely popular weekend-long Pickathon Circus Camps with the return of guerilla circus troupe, Circus Cascadia.

Alongside the announcement of the daily schedules, Pickathon has released a limited quantity of SINGLE DAY PASSES for each day of the festival (Friday, Saturday, Sunday). Supplies are extremely limited, so if you are only able to attend for one day, act fast. Single-day, weekend, and parking passes are available here: http://www.pickathon.com/tickets/


FRIDAY, AUGUST 3RD

Mountain View Stage

Sierra Leone’s Refugee All Stars – 1:45-2:45pm

Laura Gibson – 3:30-4:30pm

AA Bondy – 5:15-6:15pm

Whitey Morgan & the 78’s – 7:00-8:00pm

Heartless Bastards – 8:45-10:00pm

Pickathon Squaredance with Foghorn Stringband – 10:15-11:30pm

Fir Meadows Stage

Southeast Engine – 1:00-1:45pm

Reverend KM Williams – 2:45-3:30pm

Todd Snider – 4:30-5:15pm

White Denim – 6:15-7:00pm

Typhoon – 8:00-8:45pm

The Galaxy Barn

The Cactus Blossoms- 2:30-3:30pm

Doug Paisley – 4:00-5:00pm

Abigail Washburn – 5:30-6:30pm

Lonnie Walker – 7:00-8:00pm

Cajun Country Revival – 8:30-9:30pm

Thee Oh Sees – 10:00-11:00pm

Langhorne Slim – 11:30-12:30am

The Cave Singers – 1:00-2:00am

The Woods Stage

Hot 8 Brass Band – 3:00-4:00pm

Danny Paisley & The Southern Grass – 4:30-5:30pm

Bowerbirds – 6:00-7:00pm

Blitzen Trapper – 7:30-8:30pm

The Starlight Stage

Los Cojolites – 11:30-12:30am

The Barr Brothers – 1:00-2:00am

The Workshop Barn

Todd Snider – 2:00-3:00pm

Foghorn Stringband – 3:30-4:30pm

Alele Diane – 5:00-6:00pm

Portland Playhouse presents Twelfth Night featuring Laura Gibson – 6:30-7:45pm

The Backyard Bowl

Rock Bugs – 4:30-5:30

Magic Insect Medallions – 6:00-7:00

Orchard West with Trackers Earth

Foam Arrow Game (Ages 9-13) – 1:00-2:00pm

Animal Tracking Nature Walk (Woods) & Foam Arrow Target Shooting (Booth) – 2:30-3:30pm

Wild Edible & Medicinal Plants Walk (Woods) & Foam Arrow Target Shooting (Booth) – 4:00-5:00pm

Foam Arrow Game (Ages 9-13) – 5:30-6:30pm

Fire By Friction Practice and Demo – 7:00-8:00pm

The Circus Court

Circus Camp – 1:00-2:00pm & 3:00-6:00pm


SATURDAY, AUGUST 4TH

Mountain View Stage

Danny Paisley & The Southern Grass – 11:00-12:00pm

Bowerbirds – 12:45-1:45pm

Thee Oh Sees – 2:30-3:30pm

Phosphorescent – 4:15-5:15pm

Hot 8 Brass Band – 6:00-7:00pm

Bombino – 8:00-9:00pm

Dr. Dog – 9:45-11:00pm

Fir Meadows Stage

Mynabirds – 12:00-12:45pm

The Two Man Gentlemen Band – 1:45-2:30pm

Abigail Washburn – 3:30-4:15pm

Langhorne Slim – 5:15-6:00pm

Kitty Daisy & Lewis – 7:00-8:00pm

THEESatisfaction – 9:00-9:45pm

The Galaxy Barn

Family Squaredance – 9:30-10:30am

Southeast Engine – 11:30-12:30pm

Reverend KM Williams – 1:00-2:00pm

Robert Ellis – 2:30-3:30pm

Y La Bamba – 4:00-5:00pm

Sonny & The Sunsets – 5:30-6:30pm

AA Bondy – 7:00-8:00pm

Whitey Morgan & The 78’s – 8:30-9:30pm

Lost Bayou Ramblers feat. Gordon Gano – 10:00-11:00pm

White Denim – 11:30-12:30am

Heartless Bastards – 1:00-2:00am

The Woods Stage

Saturday Morning Kids Show with Cardboard Songsters – 10:30-11:30am

Los Cojolites – 12:00-1:00pm

Ted Jones & The Tarheel Boys – 1:30-2:30pm

Typhoon – 3:00-4:00pm

The Cave Singers – 4:30-5:30pm

Cajun Country Revival – 6:00-7:00pm

The Wood Brothers – 7:30-8:30pm

Neko Case – 9:00-10:00pm

The Starlight Stage

Lake Street Dive – 11:00-12:00am

Cass McCombs 12:30-1:30am

The Workshop Barn

Hatha Yoga – 7:00-9:00am

Music Together – 9:30-10:30am

Midtown Dickens – 11:00-12:00pm

Petunia & The Vipers – 12:30-1:30pm

Laura Gibson – 2:00-3:00pm

Doug Paisley – 3:30-4:30pm

Genticorum – 5:00-6:00pm

Portland Playhouse presents Twelfth Night featuring Bruce Molsky – 6:30-7:45pm

The Backyard Bowl

Kid and Family Yoga – 8:00-9:00am

Rock Bugs – 9:30-10:30am

Clothespin Forest Folk – 12:00-1:00pm

Magic Insect Medallions – 1:30-2:30pm

Wire Sculpture – 3:00-4:00pm

Kite-Making & Flying – 4:30-5:30pm

Orchard West with Trackers Earth

Foam Arrow Game (Ages 9-13) – 11:00-12:00pm

Fibre Arts Demo & Foam Arrow Target Shooting – 12:30-1:30pm

Wild Edible Plants Nature Walk (Woods) & Foam Arrow Target Shooting (Booth) – 2:00-3:00pm

Foam Arrow Game (Ages 9-13) – 3:30-4:30pm

Wilderness Survival Intro – 5:00-6:00pm

The Circus Court

Circus Camp – 10:30-1:30pm

Circus Cascadia Clown Show & Circus Camp – 3:00-6:00pm


SUNDAY, AUGUST 5TH

Mountain View Stage

TBA – 10:00-11:00pm

Lost Bayou Ramblers feat. Gordon Gano – 11:45-12:45pm

The War On Drugs – 1:30-2:30pm

Sonny & The Sunsets – 3:15-4:15pm

The Wood Brothers – 5:00-6:00pm

Blitzen Trapper – 6:45-8:00pm

Neko Case – 8:45-10:00pm

Fir Meadows Stage

Kids Showcase with Annalisa Tornfelt – 9:00-10:00am

Casey MacGill – 11:00-11:45pm

Y La Bamba – 12:45-1:30pm

Shovels & Rope – 2:30-3:15pm

Genticorum – 4:15-5:00pm

Lake Street Dive – 6:00-6:45pm

Los Cojolites – 8:00-8:45pm

The Galaxy Barn

Bombino – 11:30-12:30pm

Petunia & The Vipers – 1:00-2:00pm

Cass McCombs – 2:30-3:30pm

THEESatisfaction – 4:00-5:00pm

Phosphorescent – 5:30-6:30pm

Bruce Molsky Band – 7:00-8:00pm

The War On Drugs – 8:30-9:30pm

Kitty Daisy & Lewis – 10:00-11:00pm

Hot 8 Brass Band – 11:30-12:30am

Dr. Dog – 1:00-2:00am

The Woods Stage

Genticorum – 12:00-1:00pm

Lonnie Walker – 1:30-2:30pm

Alela Diane – 3:00-4:00pm

Bruce Molsky Band – 4:30-5:30pm

Bombino – 6:00-7:00pm

The Barr Brothers – 7:30-8:30pm

The Starlight Stage

Mynabirds – 10:00-11:00pm

Robert Ellis – 11:30-12:30am

Midtown Dickens – 1:00-2:00am

The Workshop Barn

Hatha Yoga – 7:00-9:00am

Music Together – 9:30-10:30am

Ted Jones & The Tarheel Boys – 11:00-12:00pm

Lake Street Dive – 12:30-1:30pm

The Two Man Gentlemen Band – 2:00-3:00pm

The Cactus Blossoms – 3:30-4:30pm

Shovels & Rope – 5:00-6:00pm

Portland Playhouse presents Twelfth Night featuring Casey MacGill – 6:30-7:45pm

The Backyard Bowl

Kid and Family Yoga – 8:00-9:00am

Clothespin Forest Folk – 9:30-10:30am

Edible Sculpture: Fruit & Vegetable Critters – 12:00-1:00pm

Kite-Making & Flying – 1:30-2:30pm

Fortune-Teller Fun – 3:00-4:00pm

Wire Sculpture – 4:30-5:30pm

Orchard West with Trackers Earth

Fibre Arts Demo – 12:30-1:30pm

Wild Edible Plants Nature Walk (Woods) & Foam Arrow Target Shooting (Booth) – 2:00-3:00pm

Foam Arrow Game (Ages 9-13) – 3:30-4:30pm

Wilderness Survival Intro – 5:00-6:00pm

The Circus Court

Circus Camp – 10:30-1:30pm

Pickathon Kids Circus Show & Wind Down Workshop – 3:00-6:00pm

Pickathon is a three-day event held annually at Pendarvis Farm near Portland Oregon that continually breaks new ground in festival sustainability concepts and strives to accommodate attendees and performers as though they were invited individually. Carefully curated line-ups, culinary spreads, samplings from local brewers and vintners, space to spread out, and the nations only single-use cup, dishware and utensil system make Pickathon an experience unlike any other. Pickathon represents the nexus of music, art, food, sustainability, and community.

Little Dragon premiere new song tonight on TV + Summer festivals & Red Hot Chili Peppers dates

Tune into Comedy Central’s The Daily Show tonight to see the music video for Little Dragon’s “Sunshine”. The video will air at 11:22 PM. Then at midnight, head over to iTunes to grab the mp3 and watch the music video on Vimeo.

On June June 27th, ABSOLUT VODKA and Little Dragon release “Sunshine” – the second music track in a three-part series inspired by an ABSOLUT cocktail. This time, ABSOLUT PUNCH gets the royal treatment in a visually-stunning music video featuring Swedish-based electronic soul band Little Dragon. The band also recently pushed a behind the scenes video which provided a first look into the band’s studio where they recorded and self produced their first three albums. Watch that video via StyleCaster here.

Fans of the band can also participate in a Twitter competition to win a picnic with the band when they perform in Brooklyn, NY soon. Follow @ABSOLUTvodka_us to enter.

Further down the line with a digital remix application, it continues the successful collaboration of drinks and music that the brand kicked off in March with another powerhouse musical act – Swedish House Mafia and now continuing with Little Dragon. The goal is to bring consumers exclusive content and experiences with new music, custom cocktails, and digital applications aimed at enriching their nightlife.

From Andy Warhol to Jay-Z, ABSOLUT has always collaborated with artists and musicians on the cutting edge of contemporary culture.

Watch: The behind the scenes making of “Sunshine” –

Tour Dates

6/29 – Helsinki, Finlad – Garden Party
6/30 – Oslo, Norway – Holmkenkollen Sommerfest
7/5 – Sete, France – Gilles Peterson’s Worldwide Festival
7/7 – Sesimbra, Portugal – Super Bock Super Rock
7/13 – Costa Azahar, Spain – Benicassim Festival
7/14 – Dour, Belgium – Dour Festival
7/15 – Novi Sad, Serbia – Exit Festival
7/20 – Huntingdon, UK – Secret Garden Party
7/28 – Lulworth Castle, Dorset, UK – Camp Bestival
8/3 – Los Angeles, CA – Hard Festival
8/4 – Montreal, Canada – Osheaga Festival
8/5 – Chicago, IL – Lollapalooza
8/10 – Brooklyn, NY – Celebrate Brooklyn at Prospect Park
8/14 – Oakland, CA – Oracle Arena *
8/15 – Oakland, CA – Oracle Arena *
8/23 – Malmo, Sweden – Malmo Festival
8/24 – Stockholm, Sweden – Propaganda
8/26 – Paris, France – Rock en Seine
9/6 – Pula, Croatia – Dimensions Festival
9/7 – Berlin, Germany – Berlin Festival
9/9 – Isle of Wright, UK – Bestival

* With The Red Hot Chili Peppers

Red Hot Chili Peppers today announced they are premiering the video for their single “Brendan’s Death Song” on RollingStone.com

WATCH “BRENDAN’S DEATH SONG” MUSIC VIDEO

“Brendan’s Death Song” is the fourth single from the band’s album I’m With You, which was released by Warner Bros. Records on August 29, 2011. The video, directed by Marc Klasfeld (Foo Fighters, Jay-Z) was shot in New Orleans, Louisiana and is homage to the band’s long time friend Brendan Mullen.

Mullen is best known as the founder of the Hollywood punk rock club The Masque that he set up and ran from 1977 until it was shut down in 1978 due to the city’s refusal to issue the necessary permits to run it as a legal nightclub. After it’s closure, Mullen spent many years booking shows for Club Lingerie. It was during this time he met Anthony Kiedis and Flea and after hearing their demo, Mullen offered them an opening slot on a Bad Brains show. The Red Hot Chili Peppers credit him as one of their first major supports and giving them their start. Through his support and the many nightclubs he worked out the scene gave birth to not only the Red Hot Chili Peppers but bands like The Go-Go’s, X, The Weirdos and The Germs.

ABOUT RED HOT CHILI PEPPERS

One of the most successful acts in rock history, Red Hot Chili Peppers, which is singer Anthony Kiedis, bassist Flea, drummer, Chad Smith, and guitarist Josh Klinghoffer, have sold more than 60 million albums, including five multi-platinum LPs, and won six Grammy Awards, including “Best Rock Album” for Stadium Arcadium, “Best Rock Performance By a Duo or Group” for “Dani California,” “Best Rock Song” for “Scar Tissue,” and “Best Hard Rock Performance With Vocal” for “Give It Away.” The band was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in April 2012. The Red Hot Chili Peppers are currently on a world tour and selling out arenas around the global in support of I’m With You.

Canadian Country Music Association ® Announces New Charitable Endeavor

CCMA® Set to Partner with National Charitable Organization MusiCounts

Members of the Canadian Country Music Association (CCMA) have always been generous and supportive of countless charity endeavors. Over its past thirty-six years, the CCMA has taken the lead or participated in support of many worthy causes and its newly established relationship with Canada’s music education charity is no different. Announced today, the new partnership will see the CCMA work alongside MusiCounts to help keep music alive in schools across Canada, ensuring that children, regardless of socio-economic circumstances and cultural background have access to a music program through their school.

The CCMA is thrilled to be partnering with such a renowned charitable organization, which supports music in schools through initiatives such as Band Aid musical instrument grants, the MusiCounts Teacher of the Year Award, post-secondary scholarships, and other music education initiatives. Beginning this September at the 2012 PotashCorp Country Music Week in Saskatoon SK, the CCMA will introduce a number of fundraising and awareness programs to ensure these programs continue to thrive within Canada. More details pertaining to this partnership will be announced in advance of PotashCorp Country Music Week celebrations.

“The CCMA is proud to be announcing this partnership with MusiCounts as it is an established and well respected charity which encompasses a strong vision and goals,” said Don Green, Executive Director CCMA. “MusiCounts is a wonderful organization who work tirelessly to ensure that music is spread throughout Canada to children who do not have access to it.”

“MusiCounts is very grateful for this new partnership with the CCMA,” said Allan Reid, Director of MusiCounts. “The country music community have been loyal supporters of our charity and this new relationship with the CCMA will serve to strengthen our identity and provide us with an amazing opportunity to raiseadditional funds and awareness for MusiCounts and the many students that benefit from our programs.”

Earlier this year the CCMA also announced its support for the recently created Unison Benevolent Fund, an assistance and referral program, which was created for the music community, by the music community. The CCMA is proud to be involved with this charity. For more information please visit www.unisonfund.ca.

By developing a strong partnership with MusiCounts and the Unison Benevolent Fund the Canadian Country Music Association looks forward to supporting both of these charities, which will provide supplies and funds to those in need.

About the Canadian Country Music Association® (CCMA®)

Established in 1976, the CCMA® is committed to ensuring the growth of Canadian country music through education, communication, information, promotion and recognition. Core to the organization’s efforts is Country Music Week – an annual event that heightens awareness and increases exposure for Canada’s country artists. A culmination of Country Music Week, the Canadian Country Music Awards™ were inaugurated in 1982 and continue to celebrate the music and artists that represent Canada’s unique culture.

About MusiCounts

MusiCounts, Canada’s music education charity associated with The Canadian Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences (CARAS) is helping to keep music alive in schools across Canada. MusiCounts’ mission is to ensure that children in Canada, regardless of socio-economic circumstances, have access to music programs through their schools. MusiCounts includes Band Aid musical instrument grants, the MusiCounts Teacher of the Year Award, Scholarships and other music education initiatives. MusiCounts is funded by various initiatives such as the JUNO Awards nomineecompilation CDs; annual contributions by Bell Media; Astral Media; TD; SiriusXM Canada; the Slaight Family Foundation; Vista Radio, and supported since inception by EMI Music Canada Inc.; Sony Music Entertainment Canada Inc.; Universal Music Canada and Warner Music Canada Ltd.; as well as JUNO Songwriters’ Circle presented by CMPA and SOCAN; JUNO Cup presented by The Keg Steakhouse & Bar. To date, MusiCounts has awarded nearly $5 million dollars to help keep music alive, impacting 262 Post- Secondary graduates and an estimated 400,000 students, their schools and communities. For more information, please visit: www.musicounts.ca

About Unison Benevolent Fund

The Unison Benevolent Fund is an assistance and referral program – created and administered by the music community, for the music community. A registered charity established in 2010, the Unison Benevolent Fund was designed to provide discreet relief to musicindustry personnel in times of personal hardship and crisis. The Unison Benevolent Fund’s short–term objective is to provide emergency financial assistance and crisis management to those in need, as well as counseling services (personal, financial and bankruptcy, career and legal). The long-term objective is to provide low cost group insurance (health, life, home, auto,gear, etc).

Teen Daze – All of Us, Together album review

I wish I could just be BFF’s with every up-and-coming young artist on the scene, I really do. But at the end of the day, I’m just like you, or at least some of the poor bastards you know: I’ve got a job to do. I don’t earn my ridiculous canvas bags of money with dollar signs on them from being nice, I earn them from being honest (not to be confused with the money that gets tucked in my my man-thong at night– that money comes from being nice). So with honesty in mind, I guess I should probably just get to the sublimely “blah” album by Teen Daze that I’m supposed to review, huh? Alright then, here goes…

Teen Daze is a digitally composed electronic band based out of Vancouver that has been cultivating a young cult-crowd since 2010. I’m not sure whether we’re supposed to actually know this or not, but Teen Daze is composed solely of a young fellow by the name of Jameson. Jameson has been pushing his upbeat digital delights to the ears of listeners via viral media streams, and after a string of successful re-mixes, singles, and digital EP’s that fared quite well under a guerilla marketing formula, he has finally done his loyal corner of listeners the favor of acquiring a label and putting forth his first full length LP, All of Us, Together.

Teen Dazes’ self-proclaimed thesis is to evoke an auditory “Utopia” of sorts in the music, and if that doesn’t sound un-challenging or naive enough for you, wait till you hear about the loosely founded album concept. All of Us, Together is supposedly inspired by “Out of the Silent Planet,” a science fiction novel from C.S. Lewis’ famed Space Trilogy. As a fan of the trilogy, I was thrilled to find this out, but after actually listening to the album I quickly became convinced that Teen Daze has borrowed some tricks from his Teen Days, in not only skipping the cliff notes for Out of the Silent Planet, but basing an entire LP off of the utopian illustrations of the books cover. Did Jameson simply miss that the premise of the book is about a man being drugged and kidnapped by aliens for sacrifice? He must have skimmed past that minor thematic detail, along with the contradictions, intrigue, and excitement of the book that never translated into All of Us, Together’s infinitely droll, happy-go-lucky sound.

Jameson sophomorically claims that All of Us, Together is meant to be “…synthetic, yet inviting- this is futuristic music with a heart.” Replace the word ‘synthetic’ with electric, and ‘inviting’ with happy, and you’ll arrive at  All of Us, Together. Much of the albums style borrows from a somewhat dated sub-genre of electronic music known as “chillwave,” employing rudimentary sampling techniques, repetition, processed synthesizers, and a spacious ambient backdrop. Unlike some of the more compelling chillwave music though, you won’t find a single song on this album that is danceable. This supposed “futuristic music with a heart” is severely lacking a soul, and as an attempt toward anything meant to sound futuristic, I can’t help but wonder why I feel like I’m listening to slow-building ambient trance from the wake of electronica.

I’m generally inclined to turn lemons into lemonade when listening to music, but I didn’t even reach a head-bobbing moment until the 7th track on the album. At one point, I walked off to take a pee, and when I came back I couldn’t tell how many songs had passed. These are general symptoms of highly uninteresting electronica compositions, and given the short but accelerated history of this captivating genre thus forth, I don’t think there is room for artists to not be inventive. If you happen to have a hefty bag filled with hallucinogens at hand, All of Us, Together might hit the spot just right. If not, I’m hard pressed to find anything worthwhile going on while wandering through Jameson’s relatively monotonous soundscapes. I don’t need electronic compositions to be complex for me to enjoy them, but I need them to be compelling enough to keep me interested. All of Us, Together falls short of this mark, and I highly doubt I’m the only one that hopes Teen Daze works towards a utopian vision that is a little less sleepy in the future.