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Illegal Art sampler of upcoming releases surfaces on Pitchfork — features tracks from Girl Talk, Steinski and the soon-to-be-released albums by Oh Astro and Realistic

Illegal Art sampler of upcoming releases surfaces on Pitchfork — features tracks from Girl Talk, Steinski and the soon-to-be-released albums by Oh Astro and Realistic.

Stefan Robinson a.k.a. Yea Big puts in three-song guest spot (Lionel Richie shows up too!) on Oh Astro’s forthcoming Champions of Wonder. Yea Big + Kid Static’s debut self-titled album on your desk now.

The Illegal Art record label continues to birth its Negativland-inspired, Deconstructing Beck credentialed and Girl Talk reinforced releases into a world where copyright laws are beginning to crumble. Case in point – the label will release new albums from two of its roster artists – Oh Astro and Realistic in the coming weeks.

Also on deck for Illegal Art is a career spanning collection from hip hop pioneer Steinski and an album of brand-new material from Girl Talk. A sampler featuring tracks from these upcoming records (save for Girl Talk – the track featured on the sampler is from a long out-of-print compilation) was recently made available for free download by Illegal Art in hi-resolution MP3 format. A post by Pitchfork linking users to the sampler download promptly crashed Illegal Art’s server.

Listeners should take note of the Oh Astro track “Hello Fuji Boy” (MP3) which features a sample from Lionel Richie’s infamous tune “Hello” immortalized in the wonderful video featuring a blind sculptress creating a model of Mr. Richie’s oversized noggin. The song appears on the band’s groundbreaking new album Champions of Wonder (on your desk now!) XLR8R recently chimed in with some early praise for the record, saying: “In true Illegal Art fashion, Jane Dowe and Hank Hofler’s first full-length as Oh Astro is comprised almost solely of sampled material, but this is far from a Girl Talk record. Champions of Wonder is an experimental conglomeration of glitchy techno, ambient, and broken-beat, all layered with distorted vocals that offset the album’s poppier moments with ghostly eeriness.” Also not to be missed is the album’s exquisite cover of Olivia Newton-John’s “Xanadu.”

The way-ahead-of-the-game publication also recently praised the upcoming Jib Door release of the retro-futuristic self-titled collaboration of comic book beats and rhymes between Chicago producer Yea Big and rapper Kid Static. Coincidentally, Big also appears on the upcoming Oh Astro record, lending his skills to three of the album’s tracks (one is a significant remix of a track from his debut release, The Wind That Blows The Robots Arms.) XLR8R says: “This LP is worth listening to just for Deejay Yea Big’s production. Stuttering, glitchy, and just plain jaw-dropping, Yea Big’s beats are up there with the big guns of Prefuse 73 and Daedelus. With Kid Static’s humorous, yet angst-filled rhyming filling it out, this duo have put excitement and innovation back into hip-hop.”

Also on tap from Illegal Art this October is Perpetual Memory Loss, the latest album from James Towning a.k.a. Realistic. With Realistic’s latest release, the Illegal Art label continues to challenge the restrictions of copyright as perceived by the larger music industry. The uniqueness of Realistic in comparison to other artists on the label further illustrates that sample-based music is strikingly some of the most original, innovative, and exciting music being made in the 21st century. Illegal Art claims Fair Use for all of its releases and has professional legal counsel nearby if needed.

More about Oh Astro:

Married duo Jane Dowe and Hank Hofler are both rooted firmly in experimental music, but with the Oh Astro project they continue their move towards odd interpretations of popular forms. Club music, children’s songs, and fragmented samples of pop/rock all intersect on their first full-length album, Champions of Wonder, under the Oh Astro banner.

Jane Dowe entered the international electronic music scene in 1998 on two critical CD releases, Institutional Collaborative on Mille Plateaux, and Deconstructing Beck on Illegal Art. On Institutional Collaborative, Dowe and Terre Thaemlitz created abstract music that was described as a “table-tennis mixing game with ‘lounge’ and ambient soundclips” (The Wire). Dowe resurfaced in 2005 on Illegal Art with the debut Oh Astro mini-album, Hello World, which was hailed as “funky and pretty, Hello World’s bite-sized samples concoct a weird pop universe” (CMJ New Music Monthly). While Hank Hofler peripherally contributed to the project, it wasn’t until after Hello World that he became significant collaborator in Oh Astro. Besides creating music Dowe has also done installations in galleries internationally and codes idiosyncratic software for her various projects.

Hank Hofler’s first performances were in Japan as part of the live electronic improvisation scene from 1998-2001, playing shows with Japanese artists such as Otomo Yoshihide, Merzbow, Ikue Mori, and Sawako. As Dowe was too shy for live events, Hank’s earliest shows were actually performing as “Jane Dowe” (further confusing the identity of the pseudononymous Dowe). As he developed his own reputation, Hofler began to be billed under his own name, began street performing in Tokyo, and later also took on the live shows for Oh Astro. As a tenure-track professor, Hofler currently teaches in an Arts Technology program at Illinois State University. Both Hofler and Dowe hold advanced degrees from prestigious institutions such as Dartmouth College and Keio Univeristy (Japan), but have strong reservations about the esoteric qualities of academic art/music.

The purposely-pixilated digipak artwork for Champions of Wonder was created by the internationally known producer/artist Terre Thaemlitz utilizing illustrations by Aiko Tsuji. The physical release also contains surround sound mixes of the first three tracks by Aaron Paolucci (who also mastered the stereo mixes) that can be played on a computer connected to a 5.1 sound system.

One of the common techniques on Champions of Wonder is the manipulation of vocals by spectral software that is coded by Dowe and long-time mentor Christopher Penrose. Even the more experimental or ambient tracks contain ghostly sounds of vocals that have been stripped from their original context and placed into the pulsating electronic world of Oh Astro. The other common practice on the album is that every sound, with the exception of some of the vocals, is sampled from pre-existing recordings. The types of music sampled range from top 40 songs to indie hipster music to the obscure. In the end, it’s more about what is done with the sample than what was originally sampled.

More about Yea Big + Kid Static:

“What Andy Kaufman did for comedy, Yea Big has done with their new album…” – Treblezine

Ever wonder what happened to the fun in hip-hop? What happened to the Digital Undergrounds, the Biz Markies and the De La Souls ? With all this serious rap, who fills in the gap for the people who just want to get their dance on? The answer: the dauntless duo of deejay Yea Big and emcee Kid Static.

Yea Big a.k.a. Stefen Robinson is a detail obsessed mad scientist of the mix reared on Ravi Shankar, bluegrass & Motown. He released his first full length CD, The Wind That Blows The Robot’s Arms, in 2006 on Chicago’s Jib Door label to much confusion and praise. One dude called The Wind “an ADD trip through instrumental spaz-hop”. Yea Big has done remixes for Minneapolis avant-hip hop outfit Kill The Vultures, the 12 Apostles label, Illegal Art, and continues to produce tour only mash-up and remix EP’s, the first two of which feature The Mae-Shi and Rapider Than Horsepower. In the fall of 2005, Yea Big took a beating on one of Chicago’s largest hip hop message boards for reasons no one really remembers too well these days. Kid Static watched as the crossfire obliterated this unheard of deejay and, after checking out some of his music online, invited Yea Big to collaborate with him. Drawn to Big’s atom splitting beats, Static says, “he’s doing the music I always heard in my head”. For his part, Yea Big, was mesmerized with Static’s presence. “His voice has an energy & grit. His phrasing, texture and flow did it for me.”

Over the last two years of collaborating together, Static and Big have played for Michigan meth farmers, cape cod yacht rockers, snacked on cheesesteaks behind the backs of Philly vegans and played grabass and smacked hi-fives with each and every one of them. Because in the world of high misadventure of Yea Big and Kid Static, the odd man out is always in.

More about Realistic:

“Following the aesthetic of Negativland and John Oswald, Realistic borrows material from every possible source: classic rock, disco, self-improvement records, soap operas [and more]. Towning demonstrates a knack for unconventional looping, sonic accumulation, and a good joke.” – All Music Guide

Realistic’s third album, Perpetual Memory Loss, features sixteen tracks of intricate sample-based compositions — a beautifully sophisticated celebration of found sound, recorded media, technology, and electronic composition. Slices of field recordings mesh with surreal electronic melodies, which creates enjoyably odd multi-layered musical fun. Realistic is the guise of sound collage artist James Towning, a musician and graphic designer originally from OhioIn 2003 he moved to Brooklyn, NY and currently works a full-time job as a motion-graphics designer in Manhattan.

Realistic has also appeared on releases with (or been remixed by) The Evolution Control Committee, Girl Talk, The Bran Flakes, Wobbly, Sawako, Pimmon, and Monochrome (Charles Noel).

A recurring source in Towning’s compositions is the nostalgic sounds of 70’s and 80’s techno-pop and rock artists that were personally influential over the years. As well as using computer-based waveform editing and sampling, Towning carries a portable digital recorder to capture various audio environments on a daily basis. Whether the source samples are found around the house, on TV, on a busy Chinatown street, or a crackly sound effects record, Realistic’s juxtaposition of head-spaces always creates something surreal and altogether new.

“There’s such a rich texture of sound and visuals in New York. I’m constantly entertained with the sounds that I record,” said Towning in a recent interview. An ever-increasing collection of thrift-store records and cassettes is another likely source of audio inspiration. “I love composing little sound pieces using whatever source material I choose. It’s a cathartic, fun, and essential part of my life,” said Towning.

With Perpetual Memory Loss, the Realistic sound has evolved into a tighter and more structured mesh of musical patterns and mangled beats. Tiny rhythmic patterns and subtle textural layers are revealed upon repeated listening. Sampled dialogue is used more sparingly than in previous Realistic releases allowing the musical voices to be heard more clearly. Each complex track is its own self-contained little world, with disjointed characters, funky grooves, and odd but familiar musical samples. Throughout the 45-minute album, expressionistic patterns of sound twist and fold into one another as the tracks evolve. At times the entire audio spectrum degrades and distorts in groovy syncopation. The tracks on Perpetual Memory Loss are more complex and refined, but what remains is the underlying sense of humor, rich production, and an offbeat composition style that is distinctively Realistic.

Regarding the album’s artwork, Towning explains, “The CD art was designed by me. It consists of many thumbnails of snapshots I’ve taken over the past three years or so. That timeframe coincides with the production of the audio tracks, too. The snapshots represent memories in a very literal way. They vary in subject matter from pictures of my cats, still-lifes, industrial landscapes, detailed textures, and random found art. The inside artwork reveals more snapshot thumbnails in varying degrees of clarity.” Towning further elaborates, “Beneath the CD, a collage of found images and photographs explodes and bleeds over into the snapshots. The technique of collaging with found and personal imagery reflects the style of the audio tracks too. The primary colors of red and green that I chose were inspired by and derived from a vintage Christmas card I received from a friend a few years ago. Again, a nostalgic reference.”

As for the title Perpetual Memory Loss Towning says it “speaks to the process of growing older and the mind’s ability to store, lose, and constantly distort memories. And how sometimes those memories are recalled in a random and overlapping order. As we get older, more and more memories are stored while others are buried deep or lost. The title also references the similarities between the ever expanding human mind and a computer’s finite hard drive and its ability to retrieve random and corrupt data.”

Oh Astro Live:
11/06 Normal, IL University Galleries
11/27 Normal, IL KRH
01/22 Joliet, IL Laura A. Sprague Gallery

Yea Big + Kid Static:
10/18 Jamaica Plain, MA The Milky Way
10/19 Brooklyn, NY Sound Fix (Fanatic CMJ Showcase)
10/21 Chicago, IL The Note
10/26 Kankakee, IL Myrtle House
10/31 Bloomington, IN Uncle Festers
11/09 Chicago, IL Darkroom
11/16 Chicago, IL Kinetic Playground

Oh Astro

Champions of Wonder Tracklisting:

Release Date: November 6, 2007

01. Snow Queen (MP3)
02. Hello Fuji Boy (MP3)
03. Lucy Sees the Moon
04. Candy Sun Smiles
05. Empty Air
06. Xanadu
07. Journey to the Center
08. Itch Box
09. Robot Love I Love You
10. Quiet Mouth
11. Pet Apples

Yea Big + Kid Static Tracklisting:

Release Date: October 23, 2007

01. The Screaming Starts At Sundown
02. We’ve Built A Time Machine That Runs On Beats. We Shall Only Use It For Good.
03. Static Leads The Coup
04. Transmission Ended
05. Joining Forces
06. Speak The Facts
07. Low Budget Battle Scene
08. The Basement / Enfant Terrible
09. On The Blink
10. Repairs Are Needed
11. Duck, Mother Fuckers! (MP3)
12. Revel In The Aftermath
13. The Life Here
14. Things Have To Change, Pete
15. Why The Fuck Does This Keep Happening
16. Back Into The Sleeve

Realistic

Perpetual Memory Loss Tracklisting:

Stream The Album HERE

Release Date: October 23, 2007

01. The Camera Track (MP3)
02. Music in the Round
03. Conversation Hearts
04. Post-Corporate Fantasy
05. Amazing Fall
06. Welcome to Heaven
07. Brand Name Sunday
08. Library Music
09. Wandering Aimlessly
10. Have a Nice Trip
11. April and August Sixth
12. There is Always More
13. In Loving Memory
14. Snowday Plaything (MP3)
15. The Numbers Test
16. Uneventful Fall

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HEALTH cares: blog-phenomenon L.A. underground quartet to play multiple CMJ parties, posts MySpace remix site, tours U.S. and tops U.K. charts. Yes, all at once!

HEALTH cares: blog-phenomenon L.A. underground quartet to play multiple CMJ parties, posts MySpace remix site, tours U.S. and tops U.K. charts. Yes, all at once!

HEALTH, the L.A. underground music quartet whose — ahem — infectious music is catching everywhere from online press (ranking a stunning #5 on the elbo.ws “most blogged about” list) to U.K. radio (its recent collaboration with Crystal Castles hitting #9 on the Indie Charts) is slated to play no less than SEVEN events during the CMJ Music Marathon in New York City this week, including a secret rooftop video shoot for a very popular website named after farm tools. See full performance schedule below. Not only do the members of HEALTH rock the rock, they also talk the talk.

HEALTH has also set up a separate MySpace page from its regular band site for all of its myriad remix/collaboration projects. Check it out HERE. The impressive word-of-mouth excitement about HEALTH has quickly become an international phenomenon. The band recently ripped a swath across the U.K. — garnering praise from the NME, BBC radio and many more — and HEALTH is currently healing cynical souls all across the U.S. (see complete dates below.) HEALTH’s live shows are sweaty, packed fits of beautiful noise that could perhaps be best compared to Liars, Animal Collective and latter-period Black Dice.

HEALTH’s self-titled debut full length on the ultrahip Lovepump United label hit shelves on September 18th. Soon, L.A. based Cold Sweat Records (Battles, Phantom Family Halo, This Moment in Black History) will issue the vinyl version of the album as well. As if that weren’t enough HEALTH activity, the band has announced a slew of commissioned remixes to follow hot on the heels of the album. The impressive list of remix collaborators includes Pink Skull (Minneapolis), David Gilmore Girls (Amsterdam), Crystal Castles (Toronto), Curses! (NYC), Toxic Avenger (Paris), CFCF (Montreal), Juiceboxxx (Milwaukee), Narctrax (Tokyo), Lovely Chords (Buenos Aires), et al.

The group’s surging notoriety is also due in part to the magic of the Interwebs. In addition to the blog attention described above, Anthem Magazine recently posted and amazing live performance of the HEALTH song “Glitter Pills” shot at The Smell in downtown L.A. Additionally, director Nik Mercer shot a collaboration between HEALTH and Aa (Big A Little a) reworking the former’s tune “Crimewave”.

Regarding the remix onslaught, HEALTH recent issued the following statement: “HEALTH likes to make scary noises, we like to chant until our faces go red, we like to beat on drums until there’s blood on the floor. But we also like to boogie, and sometimes we need help from people we admire. There is a great big world full of music and there is no excuse for standing in the corner with your eyes closed. You can always make friends with the other kids in class, even If your favorite band is Slayer and theirs is Bell Biv Devoe, so let’s hold hands.” An MP3 of the CFCF remix of”Triceratops” is already available. Click HERE.

More about HEALTH:

Instead of finding a room where the only thing one can hear is their heartbeat, HEALTH recorded its debut full length in one of the band’s favorite places. The Smell is an all ages music venue in downtown Los Angeles. It is open and brick and dirty and dark, but when you sing a church hymnal or hit a drum as hard as you can the sound is beautiful. They did both of these things on the record. They also went out and found equipment built the same time as The Smell, mostly ribbon microphones designed by the BBC for radio broadcasts in the 1930’s, things George Martin liked to use, and other things they didn’t know about. The record is 11 songs in less than thirty minutes – on it there is new music with old sounds.

HEALTH was six months old the first time they played for real people. Before that, there was more talk than music, mostly about art, food, sex, animals, records, drugs, politics and sleeping. After two more shows in Los Angeles, the group self released a 7-inch and went on tour. While they were traveling, people told them their music was weird. When they got back they played on a bill with Ex-Models and Death Sentence Panda. They felt like grown men. After that, people let them play shows more often, mostly at all ages art spaces like The Smell and Il Corral. They became friends with other L.A bands like No Age, The Mae Shi, Mika Miko, BARR, Captain Ahab, Anavan, and Abe Vigoda. Then they went on three more tours and a trip to SXSW.

HEALTH have also had a hand in 8-bit glitch duo Crystal Castles’ recent success. In addition to a Crystal Castles/HEALTH split 7” (released concurrently on Lovepump United with HEALTH’s LP), Crystal Castles highly anticipated Crimewave EP is named for a HEALTH remix for which the two bands recently shot a video.

HEALTH Live at CMJ, 2007:

Monday – 10/15
05:00PM – Secret Rooftop Shoot

Wednesday – 10/17
04:30PM – Fader Magazine Side Show
at 146 Orchard (btw Stanton and Rivington)

Friday – 10/19
02:30PM – Brooklyn Vegan Party at R Bar
10:15PM – CMJ Showcase at Knitting Factory
02:00AM – Vice Magazine Party at TBA

Saturday – 10/20
06:00PM – Soundfix Records In-Store
10:00PM – Death by Audio at 49 S. 2nd St (btw Wythe & Kent)

HEALTH On Tour:

*w/ Crime Novels
^ w/ Yip Yip
% w/ Aids Wolf

10/15-10/20 CMJ (See schedule above)
10/16 Purchase, NY Suny Purchase*^
10/17 Annandale-on-Hudson, NY Bard College*
10/18 Philadelphia, PA Danger Danger Gallery*^
10/19 New York, NY Knitting Factory CMJ^%
10/21 Baltimore, MD The Depot^
10/22 Washington, DC Civilian Arts Project*^
10/23 Charlottesville, VA Bridge Progressive Arts Space*
10/24 Charleston, SC Tin Roof*
10/25 Savannah, GA The Sentient Bean*
10/26 Atlanta, GA Lenny’s Bar*
10/27 Birmingham, AL Bottletree*
10/29 Houston, TX Proletariat*
10/30 Austin, TX Emos*
10/31 Denton, TX Eighth Continent*
11/01 Lubbock, TX Bash Riprocks*
11/02 Tucson, AZ The Living Room
11/03 Los Angeles, CA The Smell* (Dave Clifford Birthday Show)
11/15 San Diego, CA Che Cafe%
11/16 Los Angeles, CA The Smell%
11/17 San Francisco, CA Bottom of the the Hill%

HEALTH Tracklisting:

Stream The Album HERE

Released: Sept. 18, 2007

01. Heaven
02. Girl Attorney
03. Triceratops (MP3) | (CFCF Remix MP3)
04. Crimewave (MP3)
05. Courtship
06. Zoothorns
07. Tabloid Sores
08. //M\\
09. Glitter Pills
10. Perfect Skin (MP3)
11. Lost Time

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MANCHESTER ORCHESTRA and ANNUALS CONFIRM CO-HEADLINING TOUR

MANCHESTER ORCHESTRA and ANNUALS CONFIRM CO-HEADLINING TOUR

EXCLUSIVE 7” SPLIT COVER/COVER ALBUM FOR TOUR DATES ONLINE MP3s RELEASED

SAM ERICKSON DIRECTS AND FILMS MANCHESTER ORCHESTRA DOCUMENTARY,
“WHAT’S LEFT BEHIND”

Manchester Orchestra and Annuals are proud to announce a 20-date co-headlining tour beginning October 26th in Atlanta, GA. As a special exclusive to the upcoming touring partnership, Manchester Orchestra and Annuals have created an exclusive, limited edition 7-inch for fans attending the shows. Only available on the upcoming tour dates, this split vinyl 7” contains each band covering each other’s tracks: Annuals cover Manchester Orchestra’s “Where Have You Been”, and Manchester Orchestra cover Annuals “Brother”, the Mp3s of which are available below. For the artwork, each band re-interpreted the other’s album art, featured below.

Annuals covering “Where Have You Been?”

Manchester Orchestra covering “Brother”

Manchester Orchestra & Annuals Co-Headlining US Tour

October 26 Atlanta, GA Drunken Unicorn
October 27 Carrboro, NC Cat’s Cradle
October 28 Washington, DC Rock n Roll Hotel
October 30 Philadelphia, PA Northstar
October 31 New York, NY Bowery Ballroom
November 1 Boston, MA Great Scott
November 2 Montreal, QU Le Gymnase
November 3 Toronto, ON Mod Club
November 5 Detroit, MI Shelter
November 6 Chicago, IL Subterranean
November 7 Minneapolis, MN Varsity
November 10 Seattle, WA Crocodile Cafe
November 11 Vancouver, BC Plaza Club
November 12 Portland, OR Doug Fir Lounge
November 14 San Francisco, CA Bottom of the Hill
November 15 Los Angeles, CA Troubadour
November 16 San Diego, CA Epicentre
November 17 Phoenix, AZ Clubhouse
November 19 Denver, CO Hi-Dive
November 20 Lawrence, KS The Bottleneck

www.annuals.com
www.themanchesterorchestra.com

Additionally, Manchester Orchestra will also perform on “Late Night With Conan O’Brien” October 31st, in support of their critically acclaimed debut album I’M LIKE A VIRGIN LOSING A CHILD. Director Sam Erickson offers fans an intimate look into the personalities of Manchester Orchestra and more specifically, the mind of principle songwriter / lyricist Andy Hull, in his new documentary, WHAT’S LEFT BEHIND. Filmed and directed by Sam Erickson (My Morning Jacket’s “Okonokos” and Dave Matthews “Live at Radio City”), WHAT’S LEFT BEHIND, like the band’s album, explores themes of religion and death, but also highlights the close bond forged between band members and emphasizes the importance of family and friends. WHAT’S LEFT BEHIND follows the band for one week through Tennessee, Alabama, Georgia and the Carolinas while on tour, and plans for release of the film are still being determined.

Since the release of I’M LIKE A VIRGIN LOSING A CHILD, the band have appeared on the “Late Show With David Letterman,” and have performed at the Bonnaroo Music & Arts Festival, Austin City Limits, Reading and Leads Festival. The band is currently on a North American tour with the Kings of Leon & BRMC and will spend December in the UK on a Kings of Leon arena tour.

In addition to Rolling Stone, Spin, MTV News, Paste, Alternative Press and many others, The New York Times recently raved I’M LIKE A VIRGIN LOSING A CHILD “is one of this year’s best … in it you can hear the influence of R.E.M. and a generation of indie rockers … there’s something pleasantly inscrutable about Mr. Hull, whether he’s delivering a spiteful rant or serenading someone … This is a fundamentally immodest album: music to swoon to.” At the conclusion of the band’s performance on the “Late Show With David Letterman,” Letterman himself exclaimed, “That’s exactly what we’re looking for!”

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Biffy Clyro joins Queens of the Stone Age on Tour

Now these Celtic rock warriors are about to meet their match and embark on an October tour with Queens of the Stone Age, a pairing no credible and die hard rock fan can deny is genius and worth any tickets’ price.

“Now I’m Everyone” lays a (just as good, if not better) QOTSA worthy bittersweet melody over a backbeat sure to
inspire massive FIST-PUMPING” – ( Sup.)

“Debuting at No. 2 in the UK and marking the emergence of a proprietary sound. … sturdy songwriting and singer-
quitarist Simon Neil’s wounded tough-guy yearning keeps things appealingly unhistrionic. “The Conversation Is…”
chimes with endorphin rush guitars, “As Dust Dances” is a slow-burning neo-grunge ballad ideal for Zippo-waving,
and the whole manages to rock hard and spring surprises in equal measure.” – (Blender)

If you don’t want to take our word for it: Take theirs;

“Heads began bobbing and ripples of moshing emanating out from around the band…The band truly came into their
own on harmony-heavy songs like “Who’s Got a Match,” where all three members harmonize like a heavy metal
barbershop quartet – a quality that distinguishes them from other hard rock bands… They finished the set with
“Glitter and Trauma”…with its long disco beat and almost incongruously hard guitars, the track pitches the band
somewhere between alt. heroes Tool and 70’s rockers KISS” – Ewan Anderson, Filter Magazine
(show review- The Wittern, Los Angeles).

“Pursuing a bigger, more direct style… with such jumpy ravers as ‘A Whole Child Ago’ and ‘Now I’m Everyone,’
which pilot Gang of Four-style verses toward big, paunchy refrains. And ‘Love Has a Diameter’ demonstrates that,
much of the time, the band even does arena-rock well” – (The Washington Post)

“Biffy Clyro were arguably the most notable and somewhat notorious name on the ticket for many” says Pensatos.
“Both “Living is a Problem Because Everything Dies” and the spine tingling “Folding Stars” tore the stage up and
put the fire and balls into a room filled with your average Smiths/Morrissey fan waiting for The Editors. It may also
have well showed them up. Tonight they were nothing but rock geniuses on stage; parry and jousting along shake and
strike jangles larger then their parts.” – (Pensatos.com)

Indeed Biffy Clyro are an incredible live band, which is one of the reasons why they were hand selected by Josh Homme
to open up on the east coast leg of the QOTSA tour. They are a bands’ band — since the release of PUZZLE
their (thier 4th UK release debuted at #2 on the UK charts and this is their US Debut) , everyone from The Rolling Stones,
The Who, The Red Hot Chili Peppers, Bloc Party and The Editors have requested Biffy Clyro as their opening act.
There is a reason why these bands choose Biffy Clyro!

To get a more intimate look and to see just how genuine and powerful this Scottish trio is, check out this epk which
includes live footage/video clips and interviews with Simon Neil (vocals/lead guitar) and twins Ben (Drummer)
and James Johnson (bass/rhythm section): http://www.roadrunnerrecords.com/video/showVideo.aspx?fileID=2904

Along with the radio campaign kicking in this week for the single “Living is a Problem Because Everything Dies ”
(Highlights at radio include adds at WBCN – Boston,WROX – Norfolk, KMRJ – Palm Springs, WPBZ – West Palm Beach)
MTV has jumped on board , the video has been selected as an MTV2 DISCOVER AND DOWNLOAD video.
The video straight into an ELITE 8 Rotation (The highest rotation on the channel). The band will also be featured on all
platforms of MTV2 and MTV.com for 6 weeks after the start date. As a part of the “Discover and Download” program,
“Living is a Problem…” can be seen on MTVu starting at 35 spins per week.

Living Is A Problem Because Everything Dies

“As the opening symphony of “Living is a Problem..” gains momentum and starts to kick you in the head repeatedly
one thing becomes very clear. Whoever the fuck Biffy Clyro is they made one hell of an epic album. Arena rock is back,
straight outta Glasgow and serving up power chords like no tomorrow”. “Saturday Superhouse” wins as the eponymous
single, but Puzzle is not only for wall-to-wall headbanging” – (Sup Magazine)

“With irresistibly catchy vocals, and melodies set within spiky, squealing guitars, Scottish three-man post-punk group
Biffy Clyro creates an energized sound that’s poppy enough to appeal to Fall Out Boy fans while holding on to the
dirty sound that made the Pixies and Nirvana so appealing… Contagious sing-alongs are undercut by fuzz and feedback,
giving it the Pinkerton- era Weezer appeal – music made more believably emotive and ultimately enjoyable by the struggle
between its infectious nature and its raw, jagged sound” – (CMJ)

“One of the UK’s best kept secrets until now. “Puzzle” the trio’s 4th album is a testament to their inventive mastery of epic
chords, complex drumming and tugging melodies. Fans of Queens of The Stone Age and the post-emo dynamics of Sunny
Day Real Estate are sure to swoon over what critics are calling one of the best rock records this year.” – (Trace)

“Imagine the backroom of a dive bar in a bad neighborhood where the All American Rejects and Foo Fighters are
chain-smoking, throwing back shots and playing cards. Sound good? Check this Scottish trio out on Warped this year
and secure future bragging rights to your friends for later.” — (ALTERNATIVE PRESS’ 22 BEST
UNDERGROUND BANDS THAT LIKELY WON’T STAY UNDERGROUND FOR LONG)

“Slicker than grunge, grungier than new wave, less cocky than metal and more metal than your pub-crawling cadre.”
– (Rokovoko: Tune Head)

“FUGAZI influenced emo ramblings meet the epic rock of Muse with a little Mew thrown in. TEXAS SIZE GUITAR
SPECTACLE caveman hair more than just a little angst and a dash of sophistication!” – (CMJ)

“Biffy Clyro combine the melodic charge of the Foo Fighters with the rhythmic shifts and emotional resonance of Sunny
Day Real Estate.” – (Revolver)

“Daring in structure” – (Music Snobbery)

“Enthusiastic music fans feel a sense of pride when an underground band they’ve been championing finds success.
For me, that band is Biffy Clyro…” – The Boston Herald

On tour with Queens of the Stone Age
Oct 12 – Boston, MA @ Orpheum Theatre
Oct 13 – New York City, NY @ Theatre at Madison Square Garden
Oct 15 – Torono, ONT @ Hummingbird Centre For The Perf. Arts Toronto
Oct 16 – Montreal, Quebec @ Metropolis
Oct 17 – Clifton Park, NJ @ Northern Lights
Oct 20 – Columbus, OH @ The LC Pavilion
Oct 22 – Grand Rapids, MI @ Orbit Theatre
Oct 23 – Detroit, MI @ The Fillmore FKA State Theatre
Oct 24 – Milwaukee, WI @ The Rave
Oct 25 – Chicago, IL @ Riviera Theatre

* Biffy Clyro at CMJ – New York City
Oct 18 – Fader Party – Sideshow, 146 Orchard (b/w Stanton & Rivington) 6:00pm
Oct 18 – Blender Party – Blender Theatre at Gramercy 127 East 23rd Street (B/w Lexington & Park Ave South) 9:00pm

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KOTTONMOUTH KINGS ANNOUNCE CLOUD 9 TOUR FEATURING BIG B & THE DIRTBALL

KOTTONMOUTH KINGS ANNOUNCE “CLOUD 9” TOUR FEATURING BIG B & THE DIRTBALL
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KOTTONMOUTH KINGS PAKELIKA OFFICIALLY ENTERS 2008 PRESIDENTIAL ELECTION

California based hip-hop/punk rock hybrid the Kottonmouth Kings have announced the tour dates for their upcoming “Cloud 9” Tour featuring Big B and The Dirtball.

“We’ve totally revamped the set for this new upcoming Cloud 9 tour and we’re going to dig into some of the classic Kottonmouth tracks and new material. We’re looking forward to the music in front of the people and unifying the underground.”

The tour announcement comes on the heels of Kottonmouth Kings “Cloud 9” debuting on the Billboard 200 at #44 and on the Top Independent charts at #2. Kottonmouth Kings’ “Cloud 9” is also racking up impressive spins at radio with the debut single “City 2 City” featuring Tech N9ne. The song has become one of the most requested tracks at Sirius Satellite Radio, while the video has been viewed over 150,000 times within a month of its release. In a time where the music industry is desperately flailing in a downward spiral and album sales are down across the board, the Kottonmouth Kings popularity continues to thrive and defy odds,
making them a massive independent success story.

While the Kings continue to soar, Las Vegas heavyweight Big B is riding a wave of success with his new release “More To Hate”. The album debuted at #17 on the Billboard Heatseekers chart and outsold high profile releases labels like Vagrant Records, Equal Vision and Victory Records.

Big B’s “More To Hate,” which features guest appearances by Cypress Hill’s Sen Dog, Tech N9ne, Kottonmouth Kings, Blaze Ya Dead Homie, Danny Diablo, and Dirtball, is already poised to quickly become the rapper’s biggest release.

The Cloud 9 Tour will also become the campaign trail for Kottonmouth Kings visual assassin Pakelika, who recently announced his bid for the 2008 Presidential election.

“I’ve decided to declare my candidacy for president to make our country truly great again and to uphold the constitution. We the people can solve our issues, which in my opinion are global warming and finding alternative fuels, both of which could be solved by decriminalizing the plant marijuana and hemp,” says the masked member of the Kottonmouth Kings. “We need to establish healthcare that works for everyone and end homelessness and hunger here in America. We also need to end the war on drugs and bring our troops home because they don’t need to be fighting a war based on deception. We need to repair our relationship with the rest of the world and put the soul back in our country to make America a place the world looks up to once again.”

In preparation for Pakelika’s Presidential bid, Suburban Noize Records has partnered with Kadoink technology (www.kadoink.com) to send out messages from the campaign trail and tour directly to fans mobile phones and e-mail. By using the voice and texting features of your mobile phone, Kadoink will enable Pakelika to instantly record and post audio, and interact with the voting public as he blazes the campaign trail across the United States.

KOTTONMOUTH KINGS “CLOUD 9” TOUR FEATURING BIG B & DIRTBALL:

10.26.07 House of Blues Las Vegas Las Vegas, NV
10.27.07 Pozo Saloon Santa Margarita, CA
11.15.07 Northern Lights Clifton Park, NY
11.16.07 Lupo’s Heartbreak Hotel Providence, RI
11.17.07 Chameleon Club Lancaster, PA
11.18.07 The Fillmore at Theatre of Living Arts Philadelphia, PA
11.19.07 The Recher Theater Towson, MD
11.20.07 Toad’s Place New/Haven, CT
11.21.07 The Palladium Worcester, MA
11.23.07 Mr. Small’s Theatre Pittsburgh, PA
11.24.07 Mr. Small’s Theatre Pittsburgh, PA
11.25.07 Clutch Cargo Pontiac, MI
11.26.07 House of Blues Cleveland, OH
11.27.07 Bogart’s Cincinnati, OH
11.29.07 Sokol Auditorum Omaha, NE
11.30.07 Playmaker Fargo, ND
12.1.07 First Avenue Minneapolis, MN
12.2.07 The Eagles Club Milwaukee, WI
12.3.07 House of Blues Chicago, IL
12.4.07 Pop’s Sauget, IL
12.5.07 Beaumont Club Kansas City, MO
12.6.07 The Ogden Theater Denver, CO
12.7.07 The Ogden Theater Denver, CO
12.8.07 The Great Salt Air Magna, UT
12.14.07 Slim’s San Francisco, CA
12.15.07 Slim’s San Francisco, CA
12.22.07 House of Blues San Diego San Diego, CA

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Serj Tankian of System of a Down – Elect The Dead tour

SERJ TANKIAN
Elect The Dead
Serjical Strike/Reprise Records
October 23, 2007

In support of his debut solo album, Elect The Dead, which will be released on Serjical Strike/Reprise Records on October 23rd Serj has lined up a bunch of dates for a tour. Touring alongside of Serj will be Fair To Midland and Tom Morello. Check out the dates below:

SERJ TANKIAN US TOUR DATES:
10/12 – Chicago, IL – Vic Theatre
10/14 – Toronto, ONT – Guvernment
10/15 – Boston, MA – Paradise
10/17 – NYC – The Fillmore & Irving Plaza
10/18 – Philadelphia, PA – TLA
10/20 – Atlanta, GA – The Roxy
10/22 – Dallas, TX – Granada Theatre
10/25 – Las Vegas, NV – House of Blues
10/27 – Los Angeles, CA – Avalon
10/28 – San Francisco, CA – Slims

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Serj Tankian, the visionary frontman for multi-platinum rock band System Of A Down, has set a date to release his debut solo album, entitled Elect The Dead, which will be released on Serjical Strike/Reprise Records on October 23rd.

Known for his work with hard-rock agitators SOAD, Tankian says he had no clue he was about to make a rock record when he began to record at his home studio in Los Angeles last summer. “I was writing more traditional type songs on my piano and acoustic guitar, with a classical, almost operatic flavor; and lo and behold, it ended up being a rock record. Funny what happens when you add distorted guitars and drums,” he says. “There are political songs, funny songs, love songs, songs about painful experiences, vanity, and the environment. It has a deep melancholy that runs from the personal to the global, with a glimmer of hope in the solidarity of spirit.”

Tankian produced Elect The Dead himself and played most of the instruments, though the album does feature guest drummers John Dolmayan (SOAD) and Brian “Brain” Mantia (Guns n’ Roses, Primus). “The singularity of vision is strong when you work alone,” he says. “I was a bit skeptical about producing it myself, but I knew how I wanted it to sound. And as I kept going, I realized it was coming together really well so I just finished it on my own. But I had to be careful to push myself like an outside producer would until it was great. I had the same energy and enthusiasm making this album as I did making the first System record.”

Born in Beirut, Lebanon, to Armenian parents, Tankian is known as an outspoken political activist who puts his money where his mouth is. In 2006, he and Dolmayan met with members of Congress in Washington, D.C., to campaign for support for the Armenian Genocide Recognition Bill. Tankian is also the co-founder, along with Rage Against the Machine guitarist Tom Morello, of Axis Of Justice, a non-profit dedicated to uniting musicians, music fans, and grassroots political organizations to fight for social justice.

With System Of A Down, which has released five best-selling albums, including two Number One’s in 2005 — the critically acclaimed Mezmerize and Hypnotize — Tankian helped the band earn a reputation for musically innovative, politically uncompromising rock. Through it all, Tankian, who has also published a collection of his poetry, has written his own songs, amassing an archive of material from many different genres. “I write all the time for no reason but to write,” he says. “I’m just doing what I’m told to do by my heart and nothing more. I just follow my vision and end up where it takes me.”

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The Octopus Project continues to charm the press, prepares for the release of Hello, Avalanche, launches headlining tour, does a bunch of cool other stuff, too. MP3 of the band’s most awesome song ever Truck now available for download.

The Octopus Project continues to charm the press, prepares for the release of Hello, Avalanche, launches headlining tour, does a bunch of cool other stuff, too. MP3 of the band’s most awesome song ever Truck now available for download.

“…here’s a vote for The Octopus Project as the greatest band ever.” – Boston Globe

“…surprisingly irresistible.” – Nylon

“The lovely Theremin lead… suggests that technology just might save us after all.” – Pitchfork

All things considered, it’s no wonder that taste-making outlets like Rolling Stone, Resonance, Magnet, XLR8R, Harp, CMJ, Wired, ReadyMade, DIW, Pitchfork, Stereogum, Under The Radar and Spin have taken note of The Octopus Project’s remarkable talent and charm. After two albums, a split release with Black Moth Super Rainbow, a performance at last year’s Coachella festival, several high profile South By Southwest appearances, and a sold out headlining tour, the Austin-based band suddenly seems to be everywhere.

The group recently finished road stints with Stereo Total and Aesop Rock, and is now launching a nationwide headlining tour in support of its third album, Hello, Avalanche to be released by Peek-a-Boo Records on October 16th. The new album was recorded and co-produced by The Octopus Project and Ryan Hadlock (Blonde Redhead, The Gossip) at Bear Creek Studio in Seattle and was mixed by the band with Erik Wofford (Voxtrot, Explosions In The Sky) back home in Austin.

The Octopus Project live experience is an exciting one – check out some footage from the band’s recent McCarren Pool Party headlining gig as captured by New York Magazine HERE. Of the tour, drummer Toto Miranda says, “After all the detail-oriented work we put into the record, we’re really looking forward to taking the new batch of songs to the people – usually our tunes continue to evolve as we play them out and it’s exciting to start crossing them over from the perfectionist studio world into the somewhat more chaotic live show.”

Wow — this is a band that keeps itself busy! Owing to the age of multitasking, The Octopus Project is involved with appearances in video games, remixes, satirical side bands, crafting, and basically just being the cutest, most endearing group on the planet. “Music Is Happiness”, a track from The Octopus Project’s 2005 album One Ten Hundred Thousand Million currently appears on the soundtrack of the “Tony Hawk’s Proving Ground” videogame. Pitchfork recently unveiled The Octopus Project’s remix of the You Say Party! We Say Die! song “Like I Give a Care” (MP3).

And now for something completely different! A The Octopus Project fun fact about drummer Toto Miranda: In addition to time spent in the bands Woozyhelmet, The Fuck Off and Dies, Jracula, and WWJLD (a Jesus Lizard cover band), Miranda also used to play in Terry Gross, an instrumental metal band where all the songs are named after NPR commentators.

The Octopus Project is also collectively crafty. Along with making the adorable stuffed animals and wallets that are sold as band merchandise, Theremin goddess Yvonne Lambert sews dresses and belts, Miranda makes collage art and curates a T-shirt line, and Lambert’s husband, The Octopus Project guitarist Josh Lambert, is heavily involved with web design and animation which he contributes to the band’s videos and visuals.

One of Josh Lambert’s next projects is helping to finish the video for the next single from Hello, Avalanche. The song “Truck” has closed the band’s show for some time and is not only a crowd favorite, but considered by some to be the group’s most revelatory and rocking tune. Stereogum recently debuted the track and it can now be downloaded en masse, along with the album’s first single “I Saw The Bright Shinies” via the links below. See below for The Octopus Project’s complete tour itinerary as well and stay busy with the band it sets up shop in your town this fall!

Hello, Avalanche Tracklisting:

Stream Selected Tracks HERE

Release Date: October 16th, 2007

01. Snow Tip Cap Mountain
02. Truck (MP3)
03. Bees Bein’ Strugglin’
04. An Evening With Rthrtha
05. Black Blizzard/Red Umbrella
06. Upmann
07. Mmaj
08. I Saw The Bright Shinies (MP3)
09. Ghost Moves
10. Vanishing Lessons
11. Exploding Snowhorse
12. Loud Murmuring
13. Queen

The Octopus Project Live:

% = w/ Enon
10/04 Houston, TX Numbers w/ Bring Back The Guns
10/05 Baton Rouge, LA Spanish Moon
10/06 New Orleans, LA House Of Blues
10/07 Tallahassee, FL Beta Lounge
10/08 Orlando, FL Back Booth
10/09 West Palm Beach, FL City Limits
10/10 Jacksonville, FL Jack Rabbit’s %
10/11 Atlanta, GA Drunken Unicorn
10/12 Knoxville, TN Pilot Light
10/13 Charlotte, NC Milestone
10/14 Raleigh, NC Duke University
10/15 Baltimore, MD Ottobar
10/16 Washington, DC Rock and Roll Hotel
10/17 Philadelphia, PA John Brenda’s
10/18 New York, NY High Line Ballroom
10/19 Northampton, MA Iron Horse
10/20 Boston, MA Great Scott
10/21 Montreal, PQ La Sala Rosa
10/22 Toronto, ONT Sneaky Dee’s
10/23 Buffalo, NY Soundlab
10/24 Pittsburgh, PA Garfield
10/25 Cleveland, OH Grog Shop %
10/26 Chicago, IL Abbey Theater %
10/27 Chicago, IL Abbey Theater %
10/28 Milwaukee, WI Mad Planet
10/29 Minneapolis, MN Entry %
10/30 Omaha, NE Waiting Room
10/31 Oklahoma City, OK Opolis
11/01 Lawrence, KS Replay lounge
11/02 Denver, CO Larimer Lounge
11/03 Salt Lake City, UT Urban Lounge
11/05 Seattle, WA Chop Suey
11/06 Vancouver, BC Media Club
11/07 Portland, OR Holocene %
11/08 San Francisco, CA Bottom Of The Hill
11/08 Visalia, CA Howie’s
11/10 Los Angeles, CA The Roxy
11/11 San Diego, CA Casbah %
11/12 Tucson, AZ Plush
11/13 Phoenix, AZ Modified
11/14 Albuquerque, NM Launchpad
11/15 Lubbock, TX Jake’s
11/17 Austin, TX Emo’s

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Yip-Yip launches extensive tour with HEALTH, AIDS Wolf and The Locust, announces release date for upcoming album, Two Kings of The Same Kingdom.

Yip-Yip launches extensive tour with HEALTH, AIDS Wolf and The Locust, announces release date for upcoming album, Two Kings of The Same Kingdom.

Orlando based electronic (spaztronic?) duo, Yip-Yip launched an extensive nationwide tour this week that sees the pair on the road into December with fellow hellraisers HEALTH, AIDS Wolf and The Locust. The duo is touring in anticipation of the release of its latest record, Two Kings of The Same Kingdom, which will be released February 5th, 2008 by the California-based S.A.F. (Die!Die!Die!, Junius) label. Two Kings of The Same Kingdom is the follow-up to the critically praised Yip-Yip album In The Reptile House.

Yip-Yip is Brian Esser and Jason Temple, two 25 year-old “writhing costumed beanpoles” from Orlando, Florida. They have been making music together since they formed in 2001. They have also been roommates for much of this time, annoying neighbors in apartments until moving into “The Reptile House” in 2004. The house provides Yip-Yip with the space they need to continue making all of their music, recordings, art, videos, and costumes at home.

Yip-Yip started as a recording project and has, in its six years, resulted in two self-released full-length albums and an EP, two handmade art zine/CD singles, the CD-R-turned-international-release Pro-Twelve Thinker, and two more “real” releases, In The Reptile House and the upcoming Two Kings of The Same Kingdom. Two Kings of The Same Kingdom is Yip-Yip’s fourth full-length album and comes in at just under 25 minutes. Its twelve new tracks were recorded by Yip-Yip in their house in Orlando, Florida over the summer of 2007.

New additions to the Yip-Yip arsenal of musical instruments on Two Kings include an organ, cymbals, a gong, and a real saxophone, a noticeable departure from the digital horns heard on their previous album. Yip-Yip also experimented with video for the album (a DVD is included with the CD), making a music video for every song using newly acquired, cheap, used equipment. Esser and Temple try to push themselves to their musical limits with each new album, resulting in a sound that is increasingly complex, yet still fun to listen to. The same goes for their live show.

Esser and Temple started playing live shows in 2003 and since then have experimented with incorporating everything from videos and stobe lights to rollerskates and goodie bags. At the beginning, they played scattered shows around Florida with friends and soon after began opening shows for various touring acts. A year or so of this led to their first tour in 2004, after which they’ve done eight tours with two more planned before the end of 2007. During this time, Yip Yip has played nearly 300 shows, played with many of their favorite bands, made a lot of great friends, and seen most of the United States and parts of Canada — this after serving a one year ban from from the country in 2005 after trying to enter without work permits.

This year, Yip-Yip has stayed busy making new music, trying to push their sound into new musical territories. Their live show is a constantly growing, portable multimedia event, including costumes, video projections, and matching backdrops with every hand and foot being used to play the music on various analog synthesizers, an organ, a saxophone, cymbals, and effects. Yip-Yip will be doing a four-week tour around their showcases at Pop Montreal and CMJ in October, then leaving in November for another four weeks to tour with The Locust.

Yip Yip Live

* w/ HEALTH
^ w/ AIDS Wolf
$ w/ The Locust
10/02 Charlotte, NC Milestone
10/03 Burlington, VT Club Metronome
10/04 Buffalo, NY Soundlab
10/05 Toronto, ONT Sneaky Dee’s*
10/06 Montreal, PQ Pop Montreal*^
10/07 Rochester, NY Bug Jar*
10/09 Portlan, ME Geno’s
10/11 Winooski, VT Monkey House*
10/12 Boston, MA O’Briens*
10/13 Providence, RI May N Kevin 4 Eva*
10/14 Pompton Lakes, NJ Mainstage Club*
10/15 Annandale-on-Hudson, NY Bard College
10/16 Purchase, NY SUNY Purchase*
10/18 Philadelphia, PA Danger Danger House*
10/19 New York, NY The Knitting Factory (CMJ)*
10/20 Brooklyn, NY Death By Audio*^
10/21 Baltimore, MD The Depot*
10/22 Washington DC Civilian Arts Project*
10/23 Savannah, GA The Sentient Bean
10/24 Huntsville, AL Flying Monkey Arts
10/25 Hattiesburg, MS Thirsty Hippo
10/26 New Orleans, LA One Eyed Jacks
11/03 Tampa, FL Skatepark of Tampa^
11/04 Orlando, FL BackBooth^
11/13 Ahseville, NC Warren Wilson
11/14 Chapel Hill, NC Local 506
11/16 Oakdale, Ct Mystic German Club
11/17 Albany, NY Valentines$
11/18 Providence, RI Living Room$
11/19 Hoboken, NJ Maxwell’s$
11/20 New York, NY Knitting Factory$
11/21 Baltimore, MD The Otto Bar$
11/23 Birmingham, AL Bottletree$
11/24 Memphis, TN Hi-Tone Cafe$
11/25 St. Louis, MO Creepy Crawl$
11/26 Kansas City, MO Record Bar$
11/27 Oklahoma City, OK The Conservatory$
11/29 Albuquerque, NM Launchpad 300$
11/30 Tempe, AZ The Sets$
12/06 Phoenix, AZ The Modified
12/07 El Paso, TX The Brickhouse
12/08 Austin, TX Mohawk

Two Kings of The Same Kingdom Tracklisting:

Stream The Album HERE

Release Date: February 5th, 2008

01. Anarchist Clog
02. Sprinkle Council (MP3)
03. Genius Beast
04. Humanly Wanderers
05. Car Picnic
06. Jazz Rats
07. Gender Changers
08. Club Mummy
09. Audacity Beach
10. Outer Tomato
11. Heavies Go Odd
12. High Heel To Mammal

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Queer Femme and Feminist Nicky Click calls up with new album I’m On My Cell Phone, tours. Fans of Peaches, Miranda July, Le Tigre take note

Queer Femme and Feminist Nicky Click calls up with new album I’m On My Cell Phone, tours. Fans of Peaches, Miranda July, Le Tigre take note.

“Nicky Click Makes me want to pull up my knee socks, grab some friends, and dance the night away in my bedroom.“ – Plazm Magazine

“This just might be the most good-natured and straight-up spunky thing you’ll hear this summer.” – Pop Matters

“Silly, righteous, disarming and totally entertaining…” – Punk Planet

Nicky Click is a producer, beat maker, video artist, songwriter and performance artist. I’m On My Cell Phone is her sophomore album out on Olympia, WA label Crunks Not Dead Records. The album is a mix of original catchy electro-pop dance music that you can truly move your body to. The songs not only have memorable hooks, but tell a diary-like story of her life and experience as a queer femme and feminist. Having started out in the Olympia, WA queercore scene four years ago, Nicky Click now resides in New Hampshire where she grew up.

Nicky Click has been compared to Peaches, Miranda July, Le Tigre, and Sadie Benning. She has shared stages with Lady Sovereign, ScreamClub, ESG, Tender Forever, Yo Majesty, Deadlee, Team Dresch, Michelle Tea, The Blow, The Gossip, Anna Oxygen and many more. She was named 2006 “Emerging Artist of The Year” for her films and music by The Flaming Film Festival. She helps run the collective independent label Crunks Not Dead. She has played prestigious festivals such as Homo A Go Go, Lady fests nationwide, pride festivals nationwide, Estrojam, Mondo Homo in the dirty South, and Peace Out East. Her videos have played in theatres and festivals nationwide, such as The Berlin Queer Festival, Mania TV, and the GLBT Milan Film Festival.

I’m On My Cell Phone demonstrates Nicky Click’s ability to work in a variety of genres of music. She explores everything from hip hop to country folk music on this album. The album features Jenro, Katastrophe, Johnny Dangerous and Hornet Leg (of The Gossip.) Nicky Click brings a special guest on background vocals as well — Mr.Owl — Nicky Click’s father!

Stand out tracks include; “Crazy Shit“ for its thumping beats and breathy vocals, pop culture tribute song “I’m On My Cell Phone,“ “Fuck Machine,“ with a message of positive sexual empowerment for women, the relationship drama song “It’s Complicated, “ and the roots duo with Mr. Owl, “Dreams of A Dreamer.“

Nicky Click is made up of several characters and alter egos. She attributes her “cousin“ Petunia Pie with writing all her songs from her diary entries. The characters within Nicky Click are actually all the many sides and parts of her, the ones she wants to hide, the ones she is ashamed of, the sexy sides, the smart sides. In presenting these various faces to audiences and listeners (through song and performance), Nicky Click hopes that viewers will feel as though there is an opportunity to let go and break down walls of limitation. The intention is to create a space and dialogue where people (especially women and queers) can release societal standards of what the face and actions of a woman should be, and create their own.

Nicky Click had been described as a dance queen, a performance artist, quirky, weird, and so on. The point is: she is original and is creating a new movement of feminist DIY dance music out of her bedroom that will empower, make people think, question, laugh and feel good. This album will make you tap your toes at your desk and help you enter the special mind and creative world of Nicky Click.

What does the press say about Nicky Click?

“Nicky Click is my new favorite discovery! I will never forget the image of her in her stripey unitard, bouncing around on stage singing and reciting her feel-good, feminist retro-80s new wave pop. ‘I Wanna Excercise’ is my new favorite song!!” – Curve Magazine

“Nicky Click is an Olympia, Wash.-based electronic artist who spent the winter opening for U.K. grime sensation Lady Sovereign. With Sov’s name on the lips of music bloggers everywhere, Click’s success can’t be far behind.” – The Portland Tribune

“Think Gravy Train!!!! meets Peaches with added quirkiness and extra wit and you’ll get the picture of this super solo lady of ‘lektro hop!“ – The Daughters of The Kaos

“Nicky click is incredibly catchy“ – Boston’s Weekly Dig

“Click’s live performance, recordings and videos entertain with wit and confidence while riding a fine line of hard-edged self exposure. Combining video work reminiscent of Sadie Benning and the character performances of Miranda July, Click offers up a tight set of engaging music that entertains and invokes conversation and thought.“ – Lisa Ganser, The Flaming Film Festival

“Click pumps up the jam on elementary electro tracks about everything from lipstick-lesbian lust and queer visibility to attacking anti–gender bias catchphrases.” – Out Magazine

“Nicky Click is in the same steamy vein as Peaches and Princess Superstar and fuses sex-fuelled synths and beats with lyrics inspired by mixed emotions and queer politics” – The Montreal Mirror

Nicky Click Live:

10/06 New York, NY Bar 13
10/13 New Haven, CT Cafe Nine
10/15 Columbua, OH East Village
10/19 Boston, MA The Milky Way
10/24 Montreal, QUE Zoo Bizarre
10/26 Ottawa, ONT Babylon
10/27 Brattleboro, VT The Tinderbox
10/28 Philadelphia, PA Palindrome
10/29 New York, NY Cake Shop
11/01 Nashville, TN The Clamshack
11/03 Adelphi, MD Paint Branch Unitarian Church
11/04 Baltimore, MD The Depot
11/16 North Brunswick, NJ Pride Center
12/14 New York, NY Don Pedro’s
12/15 Philadelphia, PA The X Lounge
12/16 Providence, RI AS220

I’m On My Cell Phone Tracklisting:

Release Date: November 13th, 2007

01. I’m On My Cell Phone feat. Mr. Owl
02. Utter Despair and Chocolate Eclairs feat. Mr. Owl
03. Crazy Shit
04. Ice Cream Girl feat. Cathy Cathodic and Johnny Dangerous
05. Get On The Floor and Dance feat. Hornet Leg
06. Don’t Gotta Pay For Love feat. Mr. Owl (MP3)
07. Fuck Machine
08. It’s Complicated feat. Katastrophe
09. Anxiety
10. You’re The One feat. Jenro
11. Who’s Laughing Now feat. Danny Damage
12. Butterflies feat. Mr. Owl
13. Rhea
14. Petunia Pie
15. Dreams of A Dreamer feat. Jenro

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Vintage English songster, Stephen Coates a.k.a. The Real Tuesday Weld, shines on WNYCs Soundcheck, YouTube takes notice and features the inventive Elliot Kew directed Cloud Cuckoo video.

Vintage English songster, Stephen Coates a.k.a. The Real Tuesday Weld, shines on WNYC’s Soundcheck, YouTube takes notice and features the inventive Elliot Kew directed “Cloud Cuckoo” video.

“The London Book of The Dead gives yesterday’s music its due, and in the process brings an elegance and refinement to the sounds of today.” – Miami New Times

“The London Book of The Dead reverberates with echoes of everything from Tin Pan Alley to Tom Waits.” – Metromix

The Real Tuesday Weld a.k.a. Stephen Coates recently appeared on WNYC’s Soundcheck with John Schaefer. Coates discussed his album The London Book of The Dead, his inspirations, and life growing up in England. Schaefer described The Real Tuesday Weld as “Serge Gainsbourg and Cole Porter on Absinthe creating an old-fashioned radio play.” YouTube has also taken notice of Coates and is currently featuring The Real Tuesday Weld’s new video for the The London Book of The Dead track “Cloud Cuckoo.”

The first thing that strikes you about any album by The Real Tuesday Weld is the fact that every element in Coates’ compositions seems to be drawn from sources many decades old. The second thing that strikes you is that his music sounds completely new.

For Coates, the breakthrough in his professional journey came in the form of a pair of surreal dreams in which he was visited by the legendary English music hall singer Al Bowlly and the late actress Tuesday Weld. These experiences convinced him to focus on a career in music and eventually led to the recording of The Valentine EP, which would be followed shortly by the full-length When Cupid Meets Psyche.

His sophomore album and debut on Six Degrees is a deeply complex and lovely full-length CD titled I, Lucifer. The album is a conceived soundtrack to Glen Duncan’s (Coates’ friend and former flatmate) book of the same name about the Devil’s take on humanity.

Coates’s follow-up release on Six Degrees, The Return of The Clerkenwell Kid, continued to develop what Coates has come to call his “antique beat” sound, putting modern technology to the task of creating new music out of a kaleidoscopic array of old sound sources. The sound of The Return of The Clerkenwell Kid was somewhat different from that of its predecessor, but the modus operandi remained basically the same and no one would ever mistake it for anything other than an album by The Real Tuesday Weld.

This brings us back to his latest, and anxiously awaited, album for the Six Degrees label. The London Book of The Dead may sound at first like a startlingly morose title, but in fact it’s more whimsically humorous than morbid. It refers to the Bardo Thodol (or “Tibetan Book of The Dead”), which describes the passage of the soul from the end of one life to the beginning of another.

“I thought it would be funny if there were a book like that for the English,” says Coates. “The album felt like that to me – a way of moving from one state to another, and all set against the backdrop of this city.”

Amongst the whimsy and humor are lyrical concerns drifting between such weighty topics as death, religious faith, honesty, drugs, and disease. The songs are informed in part by Coates’s own recent passage through several significant events: “Last year I became a father, and then two weeks later my own father died,” he says. “So I was in this kind of psychic spin between birth and death, and this album came out of that in some way.”

“The Real Tuesday Weld is a pop magician breathing new life into a world of vintage, dust-scratched music, inspired by old-time heroes like Cole Porter and raunchy baroque popster Serge Gainsbourg. Waving his wand over everything from dusty country and western to doo-wop, Coates gives this ancient warehouse of sounds a twenty-first century makeover, resplendent with the finest beats, breaks and samples.” – Time Out London

“By mixing flapper jazz with oddball computer instrumentation, Coates has… headed into uncharted territory… Where most down-tempo electronic music aims lazily at dinner parties or weed-addled folk lazing on sofas, The Real Tuesday Weld conjures an era when the chaise lounge was king and the smoking jacket mandatory.” – The London Telegraph

“The superbly arranged, wickedly clever textures and beats will set your toes to tapping, but its bittersweet melodies will linger for days and weeks.” – LA Weekly

“Imagine an English-speaking Serge Gainsbourg rolling around Tin Pan Alley with synthesizer in hand.” – The New Yorker

“Pairing Portishead’s dark theatrics with Serge Gainsbourg’s dirty-old-man mirth, Coates’ melancholic take on love is devilishly good!” – Wired

The London Book of The Dead Tracklisting:

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01. Blood Sugar Love
02. The Decline and Fall of The Clerkenwell Kid
03. It’s A Wonderful Li(f)e
04. Cloud Cuckooland
05. Kix
06. Love Sugar Blood
07. I Loved London
08. I Believe
09. Song For William
10. Waltz For One
11. Ruth Roses and Revolvers
12. Dorothy Parker Blue
13. Last Words (MP3)
14. Into The Trees
15. Bringing The Body Back Home
16. Aparte