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ACCLAIMED INDIE ARTIST ALEXI MURDOCH SETS THE TONE FOR FOCUS FEATURES NEW MOVIE AWAY WE GO, DIRECTED BY OSCAR WINNER SAM MENDES SOUNDTRACK AVAILABLE DIGITALLY ON JUNE 2 AND IN STORES JUNE 23 ON ZERO SUMMER RECORDS

ACCLAIMED INDIE ARTIST ALEXI MURDOCH SETS THE TONE FOR FOCUS FEATURES
NEW MOVIE AWAY WE GO, DIRECTED BY OSCAR WINNER SAM MENDES SOUNDTRACK AVAILABLE DIGITALLY ON JUNE 2 AND IN STORES JUNE 23 ON ZERO SUMMER RECORDS

Exploring the comedic twists and emotional turns in one couple’s journey across contemporary America, Away We Go (which Focus Features releases June 5 in N.Y. and L.A., and in June in select cities) is the new movie from Academy Award-winning director Sam Mendes, from the first original screenplay by novelists Dave Eggers & Vendela Vida, and featuring the music of singer/songwriter Alexi Murdoch.

During the filming of Away We Go, Mendes began thinking about the music that would be the sound and soul of the film. When he first heard Murdoch’s acclaimed debut album, Time Without Consequence, he knew he had found what he was looking for.

Over the past 5 years, Alexi Murdoch’s music has been quietly engaging a fast-growing audience across the globe. After the unprecedented indie success of a first home-spun EP in 2003, which ultimately sold over 50,000 copies, Murdoch released the critically acclaimed debut album Time Without Consequence through his own label, Zero Summer Records, in 2006. Rolling Stone quickly named Murdoch one of that year’s “10 Artists to Watch,” while Interview lauded his “ability to directly communicate a wellspring of deep emotion,” Alternative Press awarded the album a 5 out of 5 rating, and similar raves came in from Entertainment Weekly, Paste, The Onion, and may more.

While his songs have been featured in such films as Gone Baby Gone and Garden State, as well as the trailer for Academy Award-nominated foreign film Paradise Now, his work on Away We Go represents the first instance where Murdoch is the primary musical voice of an entire film.

In addition to the tracks from Time Without Consequence that captivated Mendes, the Away We Go soundtrack album (available digitally June 2 and in stores June 23, from Zero Summer) features three previously unreleased Murdoch songs; “Towards The Sun,” “The Ragged Sea,” and the bonus track “Crinan Wood.” On the soundtrack, Murdoch finds himself in fine company with classics from Bob Dylan, The Velvet Underground, George Harrison, and The Stranglers.

A total of eight of Murdoch’s songs are featured in Away We Go which opens, fittingly, with “All My Days,” also the opening track from Time Without Consequence. The song has also been used in its entirety in the movie’s theatrical trailer, which is already creating a buzz about the film’s music.

The track listing is as follows:
1. All My Days
2. Blue Mind
3. What Is Life (George Harrison)
4. Song For You
5. Golden Brown (The Stranglers)
6. Towards The Sun
7. Meet Me In The Morning (Bob Dylan)
8. Breathe
9. Wait
10. The Ragged Sea
11. Oh! Sweet Nuthin’ (The Velvet Underground)
12. Orange Sky
13. Crinan Wood (bonus track)

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THE DECEMBERISTS: COLBERT REPORT, PASTE COVER, AND MORE

THE DECEMBERISTS: COLBERT REPORT, PASTE COVER, AND MORE!

Tune in tonight (4/27) to check out The Decemberists performing “The Wanting Comes In Waves / Repaid” on The Colbert Report (Comedy Central, 11:30/10:30c)! Colin Meloy and Chris Funk will also sit down for an interview with Stephen Colbert. This will be the band’s first appearance on the show since 2006’s ShredDown where Funk was dubiously defeated by last-minute Colbert fill-in Peter Frampton, and Eliot Spitzer had to recuse himself from the voting after an attempted Colbert bribe.

Check out The Decemberists featured on the cover of the May issue of PASTE magazine! PASTE writes “Hazards is both the most daring and logical leap of the band’s career. It’s an hour-long romp through traditional British folk motifs—ill-fated lovers, shape-shifters, infanticide—buoyed by sludged-out guitars, leering synths and an arsenal of talented guest stars, all pressed, as always, through the bizarre sieve of Meloy’s mind.” You can read the full story online here.

HITS magazine has put their money on The Hazards of Love as the dark-horse Grammy contender for Album of the Year. HITS writes “If there’s any 2009 release that deserves to be in consideration for an Album Grammy, it is The Decemberists and their ambitious The Hazards of Love, a bearer of the classic-rock mythos for the iPod generation.” You can read more here.

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My Favorite Highway – How To Call A Bluff album out May 5th

Have you heard My Favorite Highway yet?! My Favorite Highway is a 4-piece rock pop band and they are awesome! The band has had four placements on MTV Shows, Newport Harbor, 2 on the Hills, and The City trailer, all of which saw huge spikes in their single sales. They have sold 100,000 singles on iTunes all before ever getting signed. They also have 5.6 million plays on myspace and nearly 60,000 friends. They are the total dyi model that all new bands should follow today!

They were just featured in Alternative Press’ 100 Bands to Watch in 09 issue (clip below) and they’re ready to take the world by storm. Their songs are catchy, infectious, relatable and girls everywhere will soon be falling in love with the young men that make up My Favorite Highway, cousins David and Will Cook, Bobby Morgenthaler and Pat Jenkins.

This link is the trailer for the launch of The City which features My Favorite Highway’s song “What Are You Waiting For.”

The album How To Call A Bluff is out on May 5th. They play Bamboozle on May 3rd and will be touring all summer! Would love to have you work with this band, let me know if you are interested in setting up an interview or receiving advance music for review.

www.myspace.com/myfavoritehighway.

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STYX AND GARY MOORE ARE COMING TO BLU-RAY ON APRIL 21 ~Experience Two Rock Performances In High-Def Format, Courtesy of Eagle Rock!~

STYX AND GARY MOORE ARE COMING TO BLU-RAY ON APRIL 21 ~Experience Two Rock Performances In High-Def Format, Courtesy of Eagle Rock!~

Eagle Rock Entertainment is making 2009 the year of the Blu-Ray. February saw the release of The Cure Trilogy and The Who Live At The Isle Of Wight, while March blossomed with Jeff Beck Performing This Week…Live at Ronnie Scott’s, Asia Fantasia: Live in Tokyo, and Paul Rodgers Live in Glasgow. On April 21, Eagle will bring two more stunning concerts to the Blu-Ray format: Styx One With Everything and Gary Moore & Friends One Night In Dublin – A Tribute To Phil Lynott.

Joining forces on May 26, 2006 with the 115-piece Contemporary Youth Orchestra, conducted by Liza Grossman, prog-rock heroes Styx gave the Cleveland residents a night to remember. The music of Styx was embellished by the 60-member chorus backing them on such classics as “Renegade,” “Blue Collar Man,” and “Crystal Ball.” The DVD also includes two new Christmas songs, interview footage, and a “Quake Cam” (a hidden camera on Todd Sucherman for an up-close and personal look at the man at his drum-kit during the set.) Originally released on standard DVD in November 2006, One With Everything can now be enjoyed with even more fervor in the high-def format.

Former Thin Lizzy guitarist extraordinaire Gary Moore gathered his original band comrades to pay tribute to late bassist/frontman Phil Lynott on August 20, 2005. Joining Moore on One Night In Dublin – A Tribute To Phil Lynott, was drummer Brian Downey, guitarists Scott Gorham, Eric Bell and Brian Robertson, as well as Jethro Tull bassist Jonathan Noyce. On this day (which would have been Lynott’s 56th birthday), this group shook Dublin with a bevy of their worldwide hits-“The Boys Are Back In Town,” “Jailbreak,” and “Don’t Believe A Word.” This DVD was originally released in March 2006 in the standard format, and is now presented in high-def quality. A truly worthy tribute to the rock legend!

Track Listing:

Styx
1.) Blue Collar Man (Long Nights)
2.) Lorelei
3.) One With Everything
4.) It Don’t Make Sense (You Can’t Make Peace)
5.) I Am The Walrus
6.) Just Be
7.) Everything All The Time
8.) Crystal Ball
9.) Miss America
10.) Criminal Mind
11.) Too Much Time On My Hands
12.) Boat On The River
13.) I Don’t Need No Doctor
14.) The Styx/CYO Medley
15.) Fooling Yourself (The Angry Young Man)
16.) Renegade
Bonus Features:
Christmas songs:
1.) All I Want
2.) Ring The Bells

Gary Moore & Friends:
1.) Walking By Myself
2.) Jailbreak
3.) Don’t Believe A Word
4.) Emerald (with Brian Robertson)
5.) Still In Love With You (with Brian Robertson)
6.) Black Rose (with Scott Gorham)
7.) Cowboy Song (with Scott Gorham)
8.) The Boys Are Back In Town (with Scott Gorham)
9.) Whiskey In The Jar (with Eric Bell)
10.) Old Town/Parisienne Walkways

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Eagle Rock Entertainment To Release MILES DAVIS: That’s What Happened ~Experience Davis Live In Germany, On DVD April 28~

Eagle Rock Entertainment To Release MILES DAVIS: That’s What Happened ~Experience Davis Live In Germany, On DVD April 28~

It’s 1987, and Miles Davis, trumpet in hand, takes the stage in Munich. With another fresh Grammy under his belt (one of eight accumulated throughout his career), he positively captivated the German crowd. That’s What Happened: Live in Germany 1987 is the thrilling new DVD to capture this special night, and Eagle Rock Entertainment is proud to deliver this visual masterpiece on April 28.

Ninety-minutes of unmatched musical prowess, That’s What Happened showcases the master of innovation and improvisation taking music to magnificent new heights as only he can. Breaking into the wild medley of “One Phone Call / Street Scenes / That’s What Happened,” traversing a kaleidoscopic array of notes, Davis challenges his ensemble to match his expertise with their respective solos. The DVD showcases works from his Grammy Award-winning Tutu album, as well as Davis’ unique interpretations of Michael Jackson’s “Human Nature” and Cyndi Lauper’s “Time After Time.” A 30-minute interview with Davis, and a special feature called “Miles and his Art” are included as bonus material on That’s What Happened.

For five decades (until his death in the early nineties), Miles Davis changed the landscape of jazz. It was in the Sixties that Davis incorporated electric pianos and guitars to his ensembles, inspired by Jimi Hendrix’s music. Further adding rock and funk rhythms with jazz improvisations, this fusion resulted in masterpieces such as In A Silent Way and Bitches Brew – it also created controversy, as musicians, critics, and fans argued over the future of jazz. In addition to launching the careers of many jazz musicians, including Herbie Hancock, Wayne Shorter, Chick Corea, Billy Cobham, John McLaughlin and others, Davis has left an incredible catalogue of music.

Track Listing:
1.) Medley: One Phone Call / Street Scenes / That’s What Happened
2.) New Blues
3.) Human Nature
4.) Tutu
5.) Time After Time
6.) Portia

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EAGLE ROCK ENTERTAINMENT: APRIL/MAY RELEASES ~Black Label Society, Styx, Gary Moore, Miles Davis, Black Crowes, Charles Mingus, Return To Forever, Diana Krall, and Moody Blues~

EAGLE ROCK ENTERTAINMENT: APRIL/MAY RELEASES ~Black Label Society, Styx, Gary Moore, Miles Davis, Black Crowes, Charles Mingus, Return To Forever, Diana Krall, and Moody Blues~

Spring is right around the corner, and Eagle Rock is kicking out fresh jams for a lively season. Check out what’s in store:

APRIL 21

Black Label Society/Skullage/CD, DVD, and CD/DVD

This CD/DVD career retrospective is like a good mosh pit – brutal, satisfying, and full of unexpected events. Follow Zakk Wylde & Co. through live sets (featuring acoustic versions of “The Blessed Hellride,” “Spoke In The Wheel,” and “Stillborn”), their most innovative music videos, and some down time with the Wylde-man himself. The CD is chock-full of classic material from the band’s 10-year career. This is one set no metal fan should be without. The CD and DVD will also be available individually.

Styx/One With Everything/Blu-Ray

Originally released on standard DVD in November 2006, One With Everything is an incredible night featuring Styx backed by a 115-piece orchestra. Conducted by Liza Grossman, the Contemporary Youth Orchestra added full-scale embellishment to Styx’s already full-bodied sound on classics such as “Renegade,” “Blue Collar Man,” and “Crystal Ball.” This concert DVD is now available in the pristine Blu-Ray format.

Gary Moore & Friends/One Night In Dublin – A Tribute To Phil Lynott/Blu-Ray

Phil Lynott would have celebrated his 56th birthday on August 20, 2005. On this night, Thin Lizzy member Gary Moore rounded up drummer Brian Downey, guitarist Scott Gorham, and other musicians to play a set in the late bassist’s memory. Full of Thin Lizzy classics, such as “Jailbreak,” “Don’t Believe A Word,” and “The Boys Are Back In Town,”, this great night is now available in the Blu-Ray format. This was originally released on standard DVD March 2006.

APRIL 28

Miles Davis/That’s What Happened – Live in Germany 1987/DVD

Shortly after adding another Grammy to his collection, Miles Davis headed to Germany to play a live set in 1987. This night of awe-inspiring trumpet riddled innovative jazz, features tracks from his recently awarded Tutu album, as well as Davis’ interpretations of Michael Jackson’s “Human Nature” and Cyndi Lauper’s “Time After Time.” Completing the DVD is a 30-minute interview with the legendary musician in his absolute prime.

Charles Mingus/Epitaph/DVD

A decade after Maestro Mingus’s death in 1979, Gunther Schuller conducted a 30-piece orchestra at New York City’s Alice Tully Hall on June 3, 1989 for the World Premiere performance of the largest and longest piece for jazz orchestra ever composed (over two hours), “Epitaph.” Described by the New York Times as “one of the most memorable jazz events of the decade,” it had been discovered posthumously and painstakingly restored. Viewed through the lens of history, Mingus was a titan, a turbulent, difficult, complex man, andone of America’s greatest composers.

Black Crowes/Warpaint Live/2CD

2008 was a good year for The Black Crowes. Shortly after the release of their Warpaint album, they played a set of the entire album live. This 2CD set (an accompanying DVD will be released later this year) captures the Brothers Robinson and crew delivering their signature brand of cut-loose blues-infused rock ‘n’ roll.

MAY 12

Return To Forever/Live at Montreux 2008/DVD & Blu-Ray

Return To Forever fans enjoying the Returns CD (released March 17) will get a visual treat when their 2008 stop at the Montreux Jazz Festival is released on DVD and Blu-Ray May 12th. The rich-textured sounds which melded from the alignment of pianist Chick Corea, guitarist Al Di Meola, bassist Stanley Clarke, and drummer Lenny White kick-started the jazz-rock fusion scene of the ’70s. It was in 2008 that this line-up re-united for their first tour in 25 years, proving that they haven’t lost their chops, or their ability to mesmerize a crowd.

MAY 26

Diana Krall/Live in Rio/DVD & Blu-Ray

Grammy-winning Jazz Vocalist Diana Krall has made her mark in Rio. In November 2008, she graced the stage of the Vivo Rio club with a catalogue of her standards, from “The Boy From Ipanema” to “Quiet Nights” (from her forthcoming album of the same title). A special unplugged set is also featured, with Krall performing on the rooftop of her hotel with legendary Brazilian artist Carlos Lyra.

Moody Blues/Live at the Isle of Wight/DVD

Fans awaiting the DVD companion to the Live at the Isle of Wight CD (released August 26, 2008 on Eagle Rock) need wait no longer. When singer/songwriter/guitarist Justin Hayward, bassist John Lodge, keyboardist Michael Pinder, drummer Graeme Edge, and singer/songwriter/flautist Ray Thomas hit the stage in 1970 at this renowned rock festival, it was absolutely electric. Their fusion of hard rock and classical music made them stand out from the crowd, paving the way for an artistic new take on progressive rock.

Gary Moore/Essential Montreux/5CD

For those who can’t get enough Gary, Eagle has just the ticket. They delivered two new albums in the last few years (Close As You Get – May 2006 and Bad For You Baby – October 2008), as well as the live Gary Moore & Friends – One Night In Dublin – A Tribute To Phil Lynott DVD (originally released March 2006, coming to Blu-ray April 21). This May, look for an indulgence of Gary’s appearances at the legendary Montreux Jazz Festival when this gorgeous 5CD set hits stores.

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Aaron Barnhart – Missing Pieces album available May 26th

Bonded Records is proud to present Aaron Barnhart’s Missing Pieces album available on May 26th, produced by Stuart Brawley (Josh Groban, Michael Jackson, Don Henley).

Day In Day Out” (first single) audio stream

Bonded Records/Fontana/Universal Music Group, has officially announced the street date of the Aaron Barnhart debut album, MISSING PIECES, which will be released on May 26, 2009 and his single, DAY IN DAY OUT, which will be released nationwide USA, March 23rd, 2009.

The irresistible new single, DAY IN DAY OUT is released in the USA on March 23rd, 2009 through Bonded Records/Fontana/Universal Music Group. DAY IN DAY OUT is one of those rare pop songs that rounds-the-corner every once in a while and is instantly memorable. The debut album, MISSING PIECES, was as Aaron says, “a collection of songs that are a deep part of me and very close to my heart….”

In between shows and throughout the past twelve months, Aaron Barnhart set out to make an album that captured his sexy and powerful live sound. Being a purveyor of soulful music, he wrote MISSING PIECES to express his unique vision while maintaining a sound and feel that is universally appealing.

The album was recorded in Los Angeles over a 12-month period with renowned producer Stuart Brawley [who has over 32 million records sold worldwide, with such artists’ as Michael Jackson, Don Henley, Celine Dion, Josh Groban, Brandy, Avion, Lenka, and nominated for “Producer of the Year” at the Juno Awards]. The 10 tracks on the album showcase Aaron’s incredible musical range. Most of the songs on MISSING PIECES came to life with Aaron writing melodies and lyrics while performing for local Los Angeles crowds.

While recording MISSING PIECES, Brett Tuggle, Musician/Fleetwood Mac shared “I recently had the opportunity to hear a new artist named Aaron Barnhart. I was impressed by his talents as a singer/songwriter and musician. Aaron has that unique gift to be able to write a good song and deliver a vocal performance that is real and exciting to listen to. I believe Aaron has “the goods” to be a lasting force in music. Put on his new CD Missing Pieces, sit back and enjoy the ride…” Aaron recently helped Fleetwood Mac prepare for their upcoming tour and played auxiliary keyboards with the band.

With the announcement of the release date for Aaron Barnhart also comes confirmation of something that had been rumored in recent weeks: Aaron Barnhart is preparing for a series of live performances, coast to coast in the States, to accompany his new album.

Bonded Records CEO David McKenna in a recent interview, discussed MISSING PIECES, “This record is a true developing artist story. I am confident in its ability to stand out from the thousands of other new releases this year. From an incredible human being, we have an album here that has hits, and production unlike most independent label releases.”

MISSING PIECES TRACKLIST
Day In Day Out
Missing Pieces
Painkiller
One More Second Chance
The Water’s Edge
Another Day
Better Than Happiness
Whatever You Get
Million Miles
Slings & Arrows

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MIRANDA LEE RICHARDS LIGHT OF X AVAILABLE NOW KCRW’S “MORNING BECOMES ECLECTIC” IN-STUDIO PERFORMANCE AND INTERVIEW TODAY (THURSDAY, MARCH 12)

MIRANDA LEE RICHARDS LIGHT OF X AVAILABLE NOW KCRW’S “MORNING BECOMES ECLECTIC”
IN-STUDIO PERFORMANCE AND INTERVIEW TODAY (THURSDAY, MARCH 12)

SXSW SHOWS ON TRACK FOR MARCH 15-MARCH 20

CRITICAL ACCLAIM CONTINUES FOR
‘LIGHT OF X’
OUT NOW ON NETTWERK

“For an artist mentored by Metallica’s Kirk Hammett who has also worked with the Brian Jonestown Massacre, Miranda Lee Richards is one mellow musician. The follow-up to her 2001 debut evokes her Cali dream-pop heroes Mazzy Star, although Richards’ music is airier and poppier – think of it as freak folk with just a schmear of freak. ‘Life Boat’ is a big, warm hug with dub effects, pedal steel and hash-den tambourine; ‘Mirror at the End’ sports a chorus big enough for Sheryl Crow. Delivered in a pure, unblemished voice, even the sad songs are comforting…”

–Will Hermes, ROLLING STONE, February 19, 2009

Having just released her new album LIGHT OF X and wrapping a month-long Tuesday night residency at Spaceland in Los Angeles, singer/songwriter/musician MIRANDA LEE RICHARDS will be the featured guest on KCRW’s “MORNING BECOMES ECLECTIC” tomorrow, Thursday, March 12. The radio show airs daily (M-F) in Los Angeles on KCRW 89.9 FM and can also be heard online at: http://www.kcrw.com/music/programs/mb. MIRANDA and her band–KIRK HELLIE (bass), RICK PARKER (guitars) and KEVIN STEVENS (drums)–will perform and be interviewed LIVE at 11:15am PST tomorrow.

In touring news, MIRANDA is heading to Austin, TX this month for the SXSW Music Festival. She will perform in various showcases throughout the week (see her full schedule and complete list of shows and set times below).

MIRANDA continues to receive strong praise for her music. Check out what critics are saying about LIGHT OF X:

“California country has always been as much about evoking a magic-hour atmosphere as the genre’s traditional strum-and-twang. Richards’ new album, LIGHT OF X, is as beguiling and witchy as Joni Mitchell but also dripped in reverb, distant pedal steel and Richards’ tender alto.”
–LOS ANGELES TIMES –SUNDAY (Show preview), February 9, 2009

“…when some darkness descends, as on ‘Pictures of You,’ her perky nature adds a bittersweet twist to the added emotional weight.”
–Andy Fyfe, Q, March 2009

“The soft but assured vocals of Miranda Lee Richards cast a glow upon the delicate, 60’s inspired folk-pop on her new CD, LIGHT OF X (Nettwerk). The chiming guitars, strings and piano shine with a melancholy dreaminess, and so do Richards’s lyrics. (‘Finally, there’s something/I can hold onto that isn’t broken’).”
–Scott Frampton, O (THE OPRAH MAGAZINE), February 2009

“In 2001, Richards made a dreamy little pop record that hardly anyone heard, but it’ll be hard to ignore her when her sophomore release, LIGHT OF X (Nettwerk), arrives Feb. 10. The boho-chic California native really honed her sound in the interim, even if she rarely stays in one spot for long on the new album. One minute she sounds like a sun-kissed pop chanteuse, the next she’s channeling a dusky torch singer reminiscent of Cat Power. Miranda wrote all the songs on X, but her supporting cast brings a wealth of obvious influences: drummer Keith Mitchell (Mazzy Star), bassist Eva Gardner (Mars Volta), and guitarist Josh Schwartz (Beachwood Sparks).”
–James Reed, BOSTON GLOBE, “Nine to Watch in 2009,” Sunday, January 11, 2009

“Her long-awaited follow-up album, the new LIGHT OF X (Nettwerk), produced by Rick Parker, charms with delicate, carefully rendered balladry and gently laid-back pop tunes. There’s a hint of country music and wide-open spaces with Ben Peeler’s pedal-steel adornments on ‘Savorin’ Your Smile’ and ‘Olive Tree,’ and Richards’ radiant voice lights up the dusky guitar riffs of ‘Early November.’ She gives good jangle on the power-pop reverie ‘Pictures of You,’ while Parker frames her solemn piano chords with shimmering guitar plucking on the ballad ‘Here by the Window,’ which builds a haunting momentum with bluesy grandeur.”
–Falling James, LA WEEKLY, November 14-21 2008

Catch MIRANDA LEE RICHARDS at SXSW:
DATE CITY VENUE SET TIME
Sun 3/15 Austin, TX Radio Room 4:00 PM
Wed 3/18 Austin, TX The Saxon Pub 12:45 PM
Wed 3/18 Austin, TX The Rusty Spurs/Black & Tan 2:00 PM
Wed 3/19 Austin, TX One 2 One Bar 6:00 PM
Thu 3/19 Austin, TX Guero’s 12:00 PM
Fri 3/20 Austin, TX Jamie’s Spanish Village 8:00 PM

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BANG ON A CAN 2009 PEOPLE’S COMMISSIONING FUND CONCERT, APRIL 2ND With Special Guest Lee Ranaldo Dirty Projector’s David Longstreth To Premiere Work

BANG ON A CAN 2009 PEOPLE’S COMMISSIONING FUND CONCERT, APRIL 2ND With Special Guest Lee Ranaldo Dirty Projector’s David Longstreth To Premiere Work

On April 2nd, 2009, New York’s electric chamber ensemble Bang on a Can All-Stars return to New York’s Merkin Hall for their annual People’s Commissioning Fund Concert.

The All-Stars will perform three world premieres by international up-and-coming composers Kate Moore (Australia-Holland), Lok Yin Tang (Hong Kong), and New York’s David Longstreth, also known widely for his ground-breaking indie rock band Dirty Projectors. The second half of the concert is a terrific double-feature: a recently commissioned work by the legendary American composer Alvin Lucier, and the New York Premiere of a live collaboration composed for the group by Lee Ranaldo of Sonic Youth, for which Ranaldo will join the All-Stars on stage. The concert is a special edition of WNYC’s New Sounds Live, hosted by John Schaefer.

Composers Michael Gordon, David Lang, and Julia Wolfe started Bang on a Can in 1987 in New York City as a way to present concerts of music they loved; the enterprise has since grown into one of the most vital, enduring, and beloved forces in America’s new music scene. Dedicated to presenting the work of composers across a wide spectrum, Bang on a Can has carved a home for musical inventors, misfits, and pioneers. For more info: www.bangonacan.org

The People’s Commissioning Fund is a radical partnership between artists and audiences to commission works from adventurous composers. Established in 1998, it has become one of Bang on a Can’s most rewarding and unique programs. Each year, Bang on a Can pools together the contributions of hundreds of people, ranging from $5 to $5,000, to commission works from exciting new composers. Through the PCF, Bang on a Can has put the power to change musical culture in the hands of its audience.

Please inquire about interview availability with Bang on a Can’s Artistic Directors and the musicians and composers participating in this event.

The People’s Commissioning Fund Program:

Lok Yin Tang: Distorted Indulgence

Kate Moore: Ridgeway

David Longstreth: New Work

–intermission—

Alvin Lucier: Canon

Lee Ranaldo: How Deep are Rivers

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COMPOSERS

David Longstreth is an American musician, arranger, producer, and composer. Active since 2002 and frequently reinventing his music and image, Longstreth is widely regarded as an innovator. His recorded music under the Dirty Projectors moniker has ranged from auteur lo-fi production to scored chamber music, voice-and- acoustic-guitar plainsong to outre globalist rock. Longstreth is also known for his distinctive tenor voice, which he often employs as another instrument within the ensemble. He has written music for Alarm Will Sound, the Bang on a Can All-Stars, and his own Orchestral Society for the Preservation of the Orchestra.

Kate Moore has been living and composing in the Netherlands since August 2002. She completed her Master’s degree in music under Louis Andriessen after completing her honours degree in Canberra School of Music at the Australian National University under professor Larry Sitsky. Moore has written for a vast array of ensembles, including Ensemble Syntonia, The Song Company, Ensemble Klang and Orkest De Volharding. She has collaborated with visual artists, including Australian sculptor Jade Oakley, video artists Ronald Aveling and Dr Dennis Del Favero and installation artist Kathi Fries. In 2007 she participated in a residency on the deserted island Inishlacken off the west coast of Ireland, where she created her vocal work Uisce. The work has subsequently toured to Galway (Ireland), Syracuse NY, (America) and Sydney, (Australia). In 2008 she designed and built a giant percussion harp, played by Juan Martinez in the dance work PUUR, choreographed by Neel Verdoorn. Her works have been performed in high–profile festivals such as the International Congress on Women in Music in Beijing (2008), supported by The Australia China Council, Bang on a Can Summer Festival MASSMoCA (2007), the International Gaudeamus Festival (2003) and in venues including the National Gallery of Australia, Muziek Gebouw Aan ‘t Ij in Amsterdam and Theatre des Bouffes du Nord in Paris. For her work she has received a number of awards. In 2008 she was the recipient of the Doris Burnett Ford scholarship supporting her PhD at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music. In 2003, she was a prize–winner at the Apeldoorn Young Composer Meeting and, in 2001, a recipient of the Franco-Australian Composition Competition for her work entitled Sketches of Stars. For four years running (1999–2002), she received the Howard Allen Memorial Prize for composition. During her undergraduate studies she was awarded an honours scholarship and the University Medal. Her current projects include new commissions from the ASKO Ensemble and Orgelpark in the Netherlands.

Lok-Yin Tang, born in Hong Kong, is now a doctoral candidate in composition at the Chinese University of Hong Kong where she obtained the masters’ degree in composition. She has received numerous composition awards. In 2006, her Sheng Concerto “Volcanicity” won the Young Composer Award of the International Competition for Chinese Orchestral Composition in Singapore. The chamber ensemble piece “The Giving Tree II” was awarded first prize at the Asian Pacific Festival Young Composer Composition Competition 2007 in New Zealand. In the summer, “Convergence” brought her the Outstanding Prize of the “Palatino” piano composition competition in China. Tang also received the ACL Yoshiro IRINO Memorial Prize in December same year. Last year, Tang received the Fulbright Scholarship, to be a visiting scholar at Columbia University.

Alvin Lucier was born in 1931 in Nashua, New Hampshire. He was educated in Nashua public and parochial schools, the Portsmouth Abbey School, Yale, and Brandeis and spent two years in Rome on a Fulbright Scholarship. From 1962 to 1970 he taught at Brandeis, where he conducted the Brandeis University Chamber Chorus which devoted much of its time to the performance of new music. Since 1970 he has taught at Wesleyan University where he is John Spencer Camp Professor of Music. Lucier has pioneered in many areas of music composition and performance, including the notation of performers’ physical gestures, the use of brain waves in live performance, the generation of visual imagery by sound in vibrating media, and the evocation of room acoustics for musical purposes. His recent works include a series of sound installations and works for solo instruments, chamber ensembles, and orchestra in which, by means of close tunings with pure tones, sound waves are caused to spin through space. Mr. Lucier performs, lectures and exhibits his sound installations extensively in the United States, Europe and Asia. He has visited Japan twice: in 1988 he performed at the Abiko Festival, Tokyo, and installed MUSIC ON A LONG THIN WIRE in Kyoto; in 1992 he toured with pianist Aki Takahashi, performing in Kawasaki, Yamaguchi and Yokohama. In 1990-91 he was a guest of the DAAD Kunstler Program in Berlin. In January 1992, he performed in Delhi, Madras, and Bombay, and during the summer of that year was guest composer at the Time of Music Festival in Vitaasari, Finland. He regularly contributes articles to books and periodicals. His own book, Chambers, written in collaboration with Douglas Simon, was published by the Wesleyan University Press. In addition, several of his works are available on Cramps (Italy), Disques Montaigne, Source, Mainstream, CBS Odyssey, Nonesuch, and Lovely Music Records. In October, 1994, Wesleyan University honored Alvin Lucier with a five-day festival, ALVIN LUCIER: COLLABORATIONS, for which he composed twelve new works, including THEME, based on a poem by John Ashbery and SKIN, MEAT, BONE, a collaborative theater work with Robert Wilson. In April, 1997, Lucier presented a concert of his works on the MAKING MUSIC SERIES at Carnegie Hall and in October of the same year his most recent sound installation, EMPTY VESSELS, was exhibited at the Donaueschingen Music Festival in Germany. Recently, DIAMONDS for three orchestras was performed under the direction of Petr Kotik at the Prague Spring Festival, 1999. In March 1995, REFLECTIONS/REFLEXIONEN, a bi-lingual edition of Lucier’s scores, interviews and writings was published by MusikTexte, Koln.

Lee Ranaldo is a visual artist, writer, and founding member of the New York City group Sonic Youth, who continue to record new music and tour the world on a regular basis. Their most recent record is Rather Ripped [2006, Geffen Records]. An extensive touring museum exhibition, Sonic Youth, etc: Sensational Fix, opens in June 2008 at LIFE, St. Nazaire, France. His visual+sound works have been shown at galleries and museums in Paris, Toronto, New York, London, Sydney, and Vienna. In August 2007 he was artist-in-residence at Atelier cneai, Paris. His latest collection, Hello From The American Desert [2007, Silver Wonder Press], contains poems from 2004-2007 which enlist internet spam as a springboard for poetry. Recent solo recordings include The Celestial Answer (with William Hooker) [2005, Table of the Elements]; Metal Box, with Text of Light [2006, Dirter]; and the forthcoming Maelstrom from Drift. [2008, Three-Lobed].

The BANG ON A CAN ALL-STARS have gained an international reputation for extreme virtuosity and an utterly unique sound, powered by their unusual combination of clarinet, electric guitar, cello, bass keyboards, and percussion. Freely crossing the boundaries between classical, jazz, rock, world and experimental music, the 6-member ensemble is constantly exploring new and innovative ways to present music.

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the morning after girls set release date for alone, their highly anticipated debut full length and announce one very special performance at sxsw

the morning after girls set release date for ‘alone’, their highly anticipated debut full length and announce one very special performance at sxsw

saturday march 21st at pangea with perry farrell live, black acid (richard fearless/death in vegas), young love and opium symphony

“an onslaught of blissed-out psychedelic rock and leaden, secret machines and jesus and mary chain-esque reverb.” rcrd lbl

“gorgeous” village voice

if you weren’t lucky enough to witness the morning after girls debut their new material at january’s sold out mercury show or the viper room in los angeles, then now’s your chance to witness the morning after girls decadent live show in austin at their one and only performance at pangea on saturday march 21st at 11pm
409 colorado street

invited by perry farrell, who will also be performing, the morning after girls will unleash songs from the forthcoming debut full length player alone (mixed by alan moulder nin/killers).

alone is set for release in may, preceded by an ep release featuring the single “the general public”

alone

new album mixed by alan moulder coming in may

in an age where the speed of development is thought to bring people together, it seems that most of us may feel a greater sense of isolation than ever before. technology seeks to connect, but it seems any of us feel a lack of the reality which binds us all; meaningful connections.

this is not a new theory by any stretch of the imagination, but, simply, over this past year and a half, the morning after girls have managed to celebrate this very feeling of aloneness by creating an album that is simply an exploration of the very things which makes each one of us truly unique, truly apart from the next, purely, alone.

alone, due out in the spring of 2009 was recorded in various parts of melbourne, australia, and was mixed and produced by martin n.sleeman and sacha lucas, with alan moulder at the helm. as was always planned, martin and sacha relocated to new york city in 2008, and with the inclusion of ej (bass guitar), alex (keys, sounds, percussion), and anthony (percussion drums).

indeed, it is easy to say that life is a constant flow of beginnings and ends, inhaling and exhaling, rising and passing. well, the morning after girls’ voice remains steady and stronger than always, and as you join them on this journey, you will see that there is not a call, nor text, nor an email that you need to attend to. there is simply the true presentation of the bond between your heart, soul and mind.

all binded by the beauty of that which can never be broken – music.

they are here to stay,and are grateful to have you with them.

thank you for joining them.

there is no other way.
thank you.

photo credit: phillip graybill

“imagine taking all the majesty of the j&m chain, the mystery of my bloody valentine, the romance of the church, and the effortlessly subversive cool primal scream, and cranking it up to gorgeously thunderous levels in a trashy little lower east side club. now make it go one louder.” filter mag

“something that harnesses the blood/guts of a traditional rock band facing the monolith of technology with desire and trepidation, taking a wary step in and plunging headlong into a seemingly limitless black hole, is, well…that’s a sound that’s harder to get than might initially appear to be the case,and its valueable when found.” la weekly

“the morning after girls played the viper room on thursday night as if they were hellbent on being the next psych-rock contenders, and they might be. the new york-based quintet fashioned a glowing wall of sound and decorated it with colorful licks and cool harmonies; think primal scream, or a harder-edged verve, or the dandy warhols if they hadn’t drunk their own kool-aid.” kevin bronson, buzzbands

www.myspace.com/themorningaftergirls

to hear an advance of alone and for all print & other inquiries, guest list & interviews contact: siouxz@magnumpr.net / 917.328.1593

all online inquiries contact adam@magnumpr.net

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the morning after girls set release date for ‘alone’, their highly anticipated debut full length and announce
one very special performance at sxsw

saturday march 21st at pangea with perry farrell live, black acid (richard fearless/death in vegas), young love and opium symphony

“an onslaught of blissed-out psychedelic rock and leaden, secret machines and jesus and mary chain-esque reverb.” rcrd lbl

“gorgeous” village voice

if you weren’t lucky enough to witness the morning after girls debut their new material at january’s sold out mercury show or the viper room in los angeles, then now’s your chance to witness the morning after girls decadent live show in austin at their one and only performance at pangea on saturday march 21st at 11pm
409 colorado street

invited by perry farrell, who will also be performing, the morning after girls will unleash songs from the forthcoming debut full length player alone (mixed by alan moulder nin/killers).

alone is set for release in may, preceded by an ep release featuring the single “the general public”

listen to a preview of the general public here
www.magnumpr.net/media/themorningaftergirls/thegeneralpublic

to hear an advance of alone and for all print & other inquiries, guest list & interviews contact: siouxz@magnumpr.net / 917.328.1593

for all online inquiries contact: adam@magnumpr.net / 347.833.6240

alone

new album mixed by alan moulder coming in may

in an age where the speed of development is thought to bring people together, it seems that most of us may feel a greater sense of isolation than ever before. technology seeks to connect, but it seems any of us feel a lack of the reality which binds us all; meaningful connections.

this is not a new theory by any stretch of the imagination, but, simply, over this past year and a half, the morning after girls have managed to celebrate this very feeling of aloneness by creating an album that is simply an exploration of the very things which makes each one of us truly unique, truly apart from the next, purely, alone.

alone, due out in the spring of 2009 was recorded in various parts of melbourne, australia, and was mixed and produced by martin n.sleeman and sacha lucas, with alan moulder at the helm. as was always planned, martin and sacha relocated to new york city in 2008, and with the inclusion of ej (bass guitar), alex (keys, sounds, percussion), and anthony (percussion drums).

indeed, it is easy to say that life is a constant flow of beginnings and ends, inhaling and exhaling, rising and passing. well, the morning after girls’ voice remains steady and stronger than always, and as you join them on this journey, you will see that there is not a call, nor text, nor an email that you need to attend to. there is simply the true presentation of the bond between your heart, soul and mind.

all binded by the beauty of that which can never be broken – music.

they are here to stay,and are grateful to have you with them.

thank you for joining them.

there is no other way.
thank you.

photo credit: phillip graybill

“imagine taking all the majesty of the j&m chain, the mystery of my bloody valentine, the romance of the church, and the effortlessly subversive cool primal scream, and cranking it up to gorgeously thunderous levels in a trashy little lower east side club. now make it go one louder.” filter mag

“something that harnesses the blood/guts of a traditional rock band facing the monolith of technology with desire and trepidation, taking a wary step in and plunging headlong into a seemingly limitless black hole, is, well…that’s a sound that’s harder to get than might initially appear to be the case,and its valueable when found.” la weekly

“the morning after girls played the viper room on thursday night as if they were hellbent on being the next psych-rock contenders, and they might be. the new york-based quintet fashioned a glowing wall of sound and decorated it with colorful licks and cool harmonies; think primal scream, or a harder-edged verve, or the dandy warhols if they hadn’t drunk their own kool-aid.” kevin bronson, buzzbands

www.myspace.com/themorningaftergirls