Thursday, August 27, 2009

Tenacious D Takes Maiden Voyage To Outside Lands Music & Arts Festival To Save The Day

The self-proclaimed "Greatest Band in the World," Tenacious D, is joining the world's greatest lineup of artists for the 2nd annual Outside Lands Music & Arts Festival, taking place August 28 - 30 in historic Golden Gate Park. The closing act on Sunday night, Tenacious D will share the day's bill with remarkable artists such as MIA, Ween, Modest Mouse and Band of Horses amongst others. This will mark the legendary band's first appearance in the Bay Area in three years and their United States Festival debut. The D promises to "unleash an earthquake of rock on the Bay Area!"

Tenacious D's unforgettable performances, groundbreaking videos and sheer charisma, energy and general all around rawkness will make this one of Outside Land's most memorable performances.

With five outdoor stages, two indoor venues, 94 diverse artists including Pearl Jam, Dave Matthews Band, Black Eyed Peas, Incubus, Thievery Corporation, Jason Mraz, The Mars Volta and Tom Jones along with food, wine, and on-site activities that honor the local culture, the three-day festival is expected to draw a broad range of music fans and certainly be on for the story books.

Further details on Outside Lands can be accessed on

Wednesday, August 26, 2009

RevCo Announce Fall Tour, New Remix Album Out This September

REVOLTING COCKS Gear up to take over North America this fall on their nationwide LubRiCaTouR and set to release Sex-O MiXXX-O, a collection of stellar remixes from their March Sex-O Olympic-O CD.

Featuring RevCo/Jim Rose of Jim Rose Circus/Blownload/Left Spine Down

“The Cocks are cummin’ to your town soon. Hide your daughters.” – Al Jourgensen/Ministry & RevCo Founder

In 2006, After a hiatus of nearly a decade, Al Jourgensen resurrected his delinquent side project The Revolting Cocks with the star-studded release Cocked & Loaded, which included appearances by members of ZZ Top, Cheap Trick, the Butthole Surfers, and Jello Biafra, and subsequently in March 2009, Jourgensen’s 13th Planet indie imprint released RevCo’s Sex-O Olympic-O, featuring the incarnation of RevCo’s live touring musicians from the hugely successful 2006 MasterBaTouR, for which The Revolting Cocks served as direct support to Ministry.

Now, for the first time in over 20 years, RevCo (p/k/a Revolting Cocks) hits the road this Fall 2009 on their first North American headline tour – the LuBriCaTouR.

LubricaTour Dates 2009
September 10 - El Paso, TX - Club 101
September 12 - Albuquerque, NM - Sunshine Theater
September 13 - Denver, CO - Gothic Theater
September 14 - Ft Collins, CO - Aggie Theater
September 15 - Salt Lake, UT - Club Vegas
September 17 - Coeur d'Alene, ID - The Grail
September 18 - Seattle, WA - Studio Seven
September 19 - Vancouver, BC - Rickshaw Theatre
September 20 - Portland, OR - Dante's
September 23 - San Francisco, CA - The Fillmore
September 24 - Orangevale, CA - The Boardwalk
September 25 - San Diego, CA - Brick By Brick
September 26 - Tempe, AZ - The Clubhouse
September 27 - Los Angeles, CA - House of Blues
October 1 - San Antonio, TX - White Rabbit
October 2 - Oklahoma City, OK - Diamond Ballroom
October 3 - Kansas City, MO - The Beaumont
October 4 - St. Louis, MO - The Firebird
October 6 - Chicago, IL - House of Blues
October 7 - Detroit, MI - Blondie's
October 8 - Cleveland, OH - Peabody's
October 9 - St. Thomas, ON - Coolz Warehouse
October 10 - Ottawa, ON - Babylon
October 11 - Montreal, QC - Foufounes Electriques
October 12 - Toronto, ON - Reverb
October 14 - Pittsburgh, PA - Rex Theater
October 15 - Allentown, PA - Croc Rock
October 16 - Worcester, MA - The Palladium
October 17 - New York, NY - Irving Plaza
October 18 - Baltimore, MD - Ram's Head Live
October 20 - Jacksonville, FL - Jackrabbits
October 21 - Orlando, FL - Firestone
October 22 - Fort Lauderdale, FL - Revolution
October 23 - St. Petersburg, FL - The State Theatre
October 24 - Charlotte, NC - Tremont Music Hall
October 25 - New Orleans, LA - House of Blues
October 27- Houston, TX – Warehouse Live
October 29 - Fort Worth, TX - Ridglea Theater
October 30 - Austin, TX - Emo's

And now, The Cocks are comin' to your town so grab some protection! RevCo is on tour throughout the US. “RevCo started with 3 core members which included myself, Luc Van Acker, and Richard 23 from Front 242. There were three of us, and now in true RevCo style the ever revolving cast of RevCo includes some fresh new young blood whom I think capture the true essence and spirit of being 'a Revolting Cock,' if you will.” And as evidenced by SEX-O OLYMPIC-O, the three lads that Jourgensen has chosen to be part of the RevCo line up include singer Josh Bradford, guitarist Sin Quirin, and keyboardist / electronic specialist Clayton Worbeck – all of whom are certainly qualified for their newly appointed promotions. They will be joined by musicians Aaron Rossi (Ministry, Prong, John5) on drums and Murv Douglas on bass (Opus Dai | Weapons X | Powerman 5000). And as in tyrpical RevCo style we can expect a selection of Industrial and Punk Rock Icons to join the circus for special last-minute appearances as it travels throughout North America.

Orchestrating and instigating the madness is the legendary master of the unceremonious Jim Rose with his caravan of amazing things you can't “unsee,” and official Ringmaster of each evening’s performances. Recently fully recovered from serious injuries to both his head and neck from which he suffered during this summer’s Jim Rose Circus vs. Jake The Snake Roberts Tour, Jim had this to say: “These might very well be the most shocking and theatrical events I’ve ever been on and that’s just RevCo. I’ve also got more than old track marks up my sleeve for this sojourn and I cant wait to show the world!”

So, gather up yourselves and your tattooed crazies, circus freaks, strippers, perverts and deviant friends who are looking for a good time, with some ear lashing tunes, and rejoice! Cummin’ to your town soon are your favorite ambassadors of sleaze, and they’ve put together an entourage of sick-os and set out to take North America by storm. Launching the tour from Jourgensen’s hometown of El Paso, TX, The Revolting Cocks embark upon a full-frontal-assault of the US and Canada with a fresh crop of “cocks and pussies” as part of their ever-changing live lineup. RevCo is out to prove once more that they are the top of the heap and/or man pile when it comes to good-old-down-home-dark-side-oversexed-fun!

Appropriately enough, RevCo has invited Blownload as their Special Guest, as well as the likes of Canadian cyberpunks, Left Spine Down, to kick off the event.

And in support of the tour, and release of Sex-O Olympic-O, the RevCo family is introducing your ears to its cousin release, the appropriately titled Sex-O MiXXX-O, a 10-track remix package featuring a star studded cast of remixers on board. This dark delightful treat has been touched by the hands of Marilyn Manson’s and Tweaker talent, Chris Vrenna, Skinny Puppy’s Dave “Rave” Olgilvie, Gravity Kills’ Doug Firley, Combichrist’s Andy LaPlegua as well as Revolting Cock and 13th Planet’s very own Clayton Worbeck. This is set for release on September 29, 2009 through Al Jourgensen’s 13th Planet Records/ Megaforce.

So get your full-body condoms ready, grab your hog-bitch girlfriend and/or boyfriend, and get ready to pull the ripcord on the wildest, hottest, sexiest, spooge-fest of the year. Let the LuBriCaTouR begin!

Websites (Official Website) (Official Myspace Website)

01. HookerBot3000 (tweaker mix) 3:47
02. Keys To The City (Invincible mix) 5:20
03. Red Parrot (Juarez Tunnel mix) 4:20
04. Robo Bandidos (A Chilling Effect mix) 3:59
05. Cousins (Sexy Problems = Sexy Solutions mix) 5:26
06. Touch Screen (Shower Strangulation mix) 4:01
07. I’m Not Gay (I'm So Gay Club mix) 4:40
08. Abundant Redundancy (Clockworks and Cold Steel mix) 5:30
09. Lewd Ferrigno (Club On mix) 5:55
10. Wizard of Sextown (Bisected Banshee mix) 4:27



(August 26th, 2009 -New York, NY) - Legendary trip-hop duo Massive Attack have announced the release of their first new material in three years - an EP of four new tracks due for release on October 6th from Virgin Records. The lead song "Splitting The Atom" features Robert Del Naja (3D), Grant Marshall (Daddy G) and Horace Andy, while TV On The Radio frontman Tunde Adebimpe guests on "Pray For Rain". The EP also has remixes of two new tracks; "Psyche" featuring Martina Topley-Bird is given the re-rub by Van Rivers & The Subliminal Kid who have recently remixed Bat For Lashes and The Big Pink, while the Guy Garvey fronted "Bulletproof Love" is stripped back to a minimalist reworking by Christoff Berg, who alongside Van Rivers & The Subliminal Kid produced the Fever Ray eponymous album.

Massive Attack will release their much anticipated fifth studio album In February, 2010. This time around sees collaborations with Damon Albarn, Hope Sandoval, Martina Topley-Bird, Guy Garvey and Tunde Adebimpe.

Over the last three years Robert Del Naja has written and produced soundtracks for a number of films and documentaries, including 'Trouble In The Water', '44 Inch Chest', 'In Prison My Whole Life' and 'Gamorra', the latter for which he won the David Di Donatello Award for Best Song. Earlier this year, Massive Attack won the Outstanding Contribution to British Music Award at the Ivor Novello Awards. Massive Attack will headline this year's Bestival on Friday, September 11th ahead of their first full UK tour in three years that begins on September 17th in London.

For more information on Massive Attack, visit

Tuesday, August 25, 2009

The Mary Onettes

Release Their Second Album ‘Islands’ November 3

The Mary Onettes’ critically acclaimed debut was described as the perfect mix between A-ha and The Jesus and Mary Chain. Now they are back with a grandiose new album. Imagine a Swedish equivalent of The National on a diet of speed, Planet Earth DVDs, and 80’s guitar pop singles and you’ll have a vague idea of how amazing this is.

The year 2008 was characterized by the deaths of close relatives and friends of Philip Ekström (singer and songwriter of the band) and on 'Islands' he’s put more focus on the lyrics. 'The disappearance of my youth' and 'Cry for love' were written in his girlfriend’s mother’s estate and most of the songs on the album are highly marked by his time in Stockholm after her death.

“The songs are almost too personal and I’ve had a hard time playing them for friends. It’s like all I want to do is keep them to myself.” (Philip). The lyrics are retrospective with themes of lost youth, transience and death.

The first single 'Dare' was no. 1 on, 'Pleasure Songs' from the debut was Single of the Week on iTunes with half a million downloads. The Mary Onettes have had two songs feature in the TV-series Grey’s Anatomy and their first single on Labrador was tagged Best New Music on Pitchfork… etc. Things have been going well since The Mary Onettes signed with Labrador, but the band has certainly had their ups and downs.

The band got their first record deal in 2004, but were dropped after only six months without the opportunity to release any recorded material. Shortly after that, they signed to SonyBmg and released thier debut 'Make Me Last' in May 2005. Following positive critical reception but muted commercial response, the band found themselves without a label shortly after the EP's release. The Mary Onettes intended to release their own material after that, but were signed to Labrador Records in 2006 where the 'Lost' EP was released in the fall of that year and the self-titled debut album followed in 2007. Even though things have been going well these past years, they’ve still had their share of misfortune. They started recording 'Islands' last year and had about 5-6 almost finished songs in the summer of 2008. By an unlikely series of events the computer on which they recorded the songs got stolen at the same time as the back-up drive was broken… which meant they had to start from the very beginning again. As unlucky as it seemed at the time, 'Islands' might not have turned out quite as amazing as it did if this hadn’t happened. The re-recordings are more lively, and they’ve used more organic instruments like strings, pianos, and children’s choirs than originally intended.

”The title ‘Islands’ came up because I see the tracks on the album as small islands in different shapes and forms where every song is like a record of it’s very own. Johan on Labrador Records suggested the same title without having heard me mentioning the idea, so that was a coincidence too good not to pursue.” (Philip)

Monday, August 17, 2009

MOVEMENT at Mini-MegaCon booth #603


August 22nd-23rd, 2009

Orange County Convention Center Hall E1
9899 International Drive
Orlando, FL 32819

Wednesday, August 5, 2009

The Pinx turn the Atlanta heat into Look What You Made Me Do, one of 2009’s best rock records.

Grab the MP3 of “Impatience” by The Pinx at:
Watch The Pinx perform “Impatience” at:

“…like your favorite garage band all grown up... You can hear it all: Led Zeppelin, Cheap Trick, Aerosmith, The Who and The Kinks.” (Rebecca Ledford,

“They actually sound like a cross between Brother Cane and the more frenzied moments of Big Star’s Radio City LP.” (Connect Savannah)

As The Pinx stand facing a sold-out crowd of 1800 at the Variety Playhouse, Atlanta’s hardest-working power trio have little time to dissect how they've reached this moment in one short year.

After proving themselves in dives and at festivals across the country and living on the road, The Pinx now find themselves collecting accolades from a certain Grammy-award winning band that chooses to remain anonymous (but is identified as any of several very large, extinct proboscidian mammals of the genus Mammut) and debuting an album that led Ben Harper to personally book them on his tour.

On stage, The Pinx are known for their violent performances, opening veins, pushing limits and reassuring the crowd that Rock and Roll at its best is sexy, snarky, dark and sweet. All of these philosophies are apparent in the grooves of the band’s debut album, Look What You Made Me Do. One listen and you’ll be glad they did what they did.

See The Pinx live in the deep south.

Sept 4 Atlanta, Georgia @ The Star Bar, Sept 17 Birmingham, Alabama @ The Nick, Sept 18 Tuscaloosa, Alabama @ Egan’s Bar

The Color Turning to tour in support of Good Hands Bad Blood, releasing August 4th!

Download -- The Color Turning - "Marionettes In Modern Times"

Forming within the growing Los Angeles Indie/Experimental scene, The Color Turning conceived a project that pulled from an eclectic pallet of modern and experimental rock. The band blended the power and emotion of Southern California’s indie scene while using European ambient rock instrumentation and arrangements to contextualize and broaden the scope of expression drawn from their creative manifestations. After solidifying their line up and a handful of songs, the band was ready for their live debut.

Curious as to how thirsty ears would receive their conceptualized blend, The Color Turning began playing local shows to only be encouraged by a strong reception and a dedicated following. The eclectic influences displayed in each song lent the band to perform with a wide variety of bands and musicians. Invited to support Plain White T’s, Dashboard Confessional, Hello Goodbye, The Spill Canvas, Thrice, Melee, and many others, the band began to see an overwhelming fan base with their captivating live performances.

Good Hands Bad Blood is an auditory adventure and introduction to modern indie/experimental rock. Displaying flagrant mastery of their instruments and genre, The Color Turning represents an expansion of Los Angeles’ indie psyche with dancing musicianship and detailed composition. Orchestrating their instruments in a fashion of a movie score or soundtrack, the band rarely begins any track at 11 but rather draws their listeners in with curious melody and progression. Providing an auditory blueprint of communication between vibrations and emotions, reacting to each other and growing to a common core and evocation. Structuring the album around the rising download culture in music, the band creates a visceral experience to be listened to in its whole as a story or broken into its chapters of tracks.

Tour Dates

07.30.09 - New York, NY - Cake Shop (early show)
07.30.09 - New York, NY - Fontana's (late show)
07.31.09 - New York, NY - Best Buy (23rd St & 6yh Ave)
08.06.09 - Costa Mesa, CA -- The Detroit Bar
08.13.09 - Aptos, CA - Verve Lounge
08.15.09 - Roseville, CA - Main Street Brewery
08.19.09 - Medford, OR - Johnny B's
08.20.09 - Eugene, OR - Black Forest
08.21.09 - Portland, OR- Kelly's Olympian
08.25.09 - Olympia, WA - Le Voyeur
08.27.09 - Port Townsend, WA - Studio Seven
08.28.09 - Vancouver, BC - Richard's on Richards
09.02.09 - Oakland, CA - The Stork Club
09.04.09 - San Francisco, CA - Red Devil Lounge

Download -- The Color Turning - "New Hooligan"


Just in time for back-to-school, DARKEST HOUR announces their upcoming tour with Trivium, Whitechapel, and Dirge Within. The tour kicks off on September 11 in Long Island, NY and will run through October. The band recently wrapped up a successful run on the Summer Slaughter tour and are anxiously awaiting the kick-off of the Trivium dates.

Guitarist Mike Schleibaum comments: “We are so thankful to all the bands, promoters, organizers, and of course fans who made this year’s Summer Slaughter so much fun. It was a metal onslaught that took over the whole US, and if you came out to any of the dates then you know just how much of a good time it was! We hope to BBQ and party with everyone involved again real soon. With that in mind, we can’t wait to hit the road this fall with Trivium! We’ll be hitting a ton of places we missed on this summer’s tour, and we can’t wait to bring the good times and good vibes to new cities. We will be playing some more new songs of our latest record, The Eternal Return, as well some classic DH. If you love metal, good times, dirty dudes, and sick-ass mosh pits, make sure not to miss these shows! You'll know where to find us, out back tail-gait-N!”

Drummer Ryan Parrish adds: “We are totally stoked to hit the road with metal titans, Trivium, and having this opportunity to blare our style of metal to the masses is awesome!! Ever since our return home from Summer Slaughter, we have been itching to introduce more metalheads to our new album, The Eternal Return, and this tour is the obvious solution! We want to thank all of the amazing bands we toured with on SS and thank everyone involved for a wicked summer! Now, we are gearing up and looking forward to sharing the road with our shredding friends in Trivium and Whitechapel, as well as making new friends with Dirge Within. So, break out the tab books and jean jackets, find the city closest to you, and bang your head and air guitar with all of us in September/October!”

DARKEST HOUR is touring to support their latest album, The Eternal Return, which hit streets on June 23 and debuted at #104 on the Billboard 200, #1 on the Heatseekers chart, and #16 on the Independent chart. The Eternal Return is the band’s sixth full-length album and first with producer Brian Mcternan (Thrice, Senses Fail). Full tour dates are below.

DARKEST HOUR w/Trivium, Whitechapel

September 11 – Crazy Donkey – Long Island, NY
September 13 – Town Ballroom – Buffalo, NY
September 15 – Bogarts – Cincinnati, OH
September 17 – Cowboys Bar – Guelph, ON
September 18 – Orbit Room – Grand Rapids, MI
September 19 – The Rave – Milwaukee, WI
September 20 - The Venue – Fargo, ND
September 21 – Electric Park Ballroom – Waterloo, IA
September 23 – Murray Theater – Salt Lake City, UT
September 24 – Wilma Theater – Missoula, MT
September 25 – Wonder Ballroom – Portland, OR
September 26 – Knitting Factory – Spokane, WA
September 28 – The Senator Theater – Chico, CA
September 29 – The Catalyst – Santa Cruz, CA
October 1 – Glasshouse – Pomona, CA
October 2 – Ventura Theater – Ventura, CA
October 3 – House of Blues – Las Vegas, NV
October 7 – Concrete Street Amphitheater - Corpus Christi, TX
October 9 – Music Farm – Charleston, SC
October 10 – Jesters Pub – Fayetteville, NC
October 11 – Orange Peel – Asheville, NC


Stephen Howard has, in recent years, cut his teeth as a team player, offering up his considerable talents playing bass with indie darlings Denali and Capitol Records' Ambulette, and baritone guitar as a member of the self-proclaimed slowest band in Chicago, Pinebender. With this, his first solo release, Howard steps out of the shadows with an effort that is as harrowing as it is beautiful. BLURT says:

"Beginning with the opening processional, "Passwords to a Fort Full of Pills," Howard chronicles in a dozen songs - usually at a narcotic-friendly pace - the cycle of injury/recovery/addiction that characterized his last dozen years (Howard says he wrote one song per year). On the aptly titled "Winter of Our Discontent," whose ringing guitars and rolling percussion sounds like a blend of East River Pipe and Pedro the Lion, Howard sings what must've amounted to a mission statement for much this era: "Drove my car right into the lake/to show that there are faster ways/to sink to the bottom/but I'd rather take my time." His hospital visits are evocatively adapted in tracks like "Night Nurse Calls" and "So This Is Dying," and elsewhere we hear Howard negotiating with his habits, as on "Goin' for the Gold" when he sings "Not giving in, just getting high, that's the way some of us get by.""

That's right---THE RECORD IS SUPER DEPRESSING. A total of twelve songs written over a period of 12 years, it focuses almost exclusively on his health battles and subsequent emotional fallout following the ebb-and-flow cycles of affection, addiction, and ailment. Howard's hopeful voice is one of defiance and faith.


SUSPERIA Working On New Video

Norwegian five-piece SUSPERIA are currently working on a new video for the song "Character Flaw" with up and coming director/producer Daniel William Bones. Filming took place in Oslo last month and the footage is now being edited. The performance video will continue the apocalyptic theme featured in the artwork of the band's latest album Attitude, which was released via Candlelight Records in May.

SUSPERIA's fifth studio album, Attitude was recorded in Norway and mixed at Studio Fredman in Sweden. It features guest appearances by Chuck Billy (Testament) and Shagrath (Dimmu Borgir). Band vocalist Athera made his return to the live arena in June at the Steinkjer Festival in Norway. The singer, who earlier this year suffered a heart attack which resulted in major open heart surgery, has made a rapid recovery and doctors gave him the go-ahead to make his comeback. Regional newspaper Trønder-Avisa posted performance footage and an interview with Athera from the festival. Watch the Norwegian-language report at:

Ragtime troubadour Aaron Beaumont takes his tunes on tour

With a piano-centered aesthetic and a cache of tunes that is a synthesis of 1920s ragtime pop,
Beatles-like melodies and nods to Tom Waits,

Aaron Beaumont
is ready to bring his cleverly daring songs to you live!

Starting with a pair of shows in the LA area next Monday,
Aaron has a series of dates to showcase the melodic songcraft from
his debut album Nothing's Forever (Not Even Goodbye).

July 31 - La Sierra University - Riverside, CA
July 31 - Secret Downtown Loft Show - Los Angeles, CA
Aug 14 - Zoey's - Ventura, CA
Aug 18 - The Clubhouse - San Luis Obispo, CA
Aug 20 - Sue's Coffee Roasting Company - Gilroy, CA
Aug 22 - The Starry Plough - Berkeley, CA
Aug 25 - Mr Spot's Chai House - Seattle, WA
Aug 27 - The Eastburn Theater - Portland, OR
Aug 28 - The Pink Door - Seattle, WA
Aug 29 - Langley Summer Music Series - Langley, WA
Sept 1 - Fitger's Brewhouse - Duluth, MN
Sept 2 - Vaudeville Mews - Des Moines, IA
Sept 5 - The Fine Line - Minneapolis, MN
Sept 7 - High Noon Saloon - Madison, WI
Sept 15 - The Basement - Nashville, TN
Sept 18 - The Meadowlark - Lincoln, NE
Sept 19 - Riverside Perk - Wichita, KS
Sept 21 - The Walnut Room - Denver, CO


Maybe, just maybe, a new Elton John might be just what the doctor ordered, someone who can bring a new life to the ancient music-hall/pop piano-man tradition, with clear-headed songs of genuinely witty lyrical oomph and, most of all, a historically informed musical depth…Your candidate for such a new contender might very well be one Aaron Beaumont. – John Payne, L.A. Weekly

Optimistic, heartfelt and slightly quirky, Beaumont stands out in the sea of singer-songwriters who descend upon dark bars in Manhattan. – New York Cool

I’m absolutely blown away by this man’s music right now. The man creates piano-based soul-tinged songs that ooze with a revivalism of older composing values while yet staying timeless. – The Lemur Blog

Music Go Music reveal details of debut album, Expressions, due this Oct. on Secretly Canadian, playing shows with Little Boots

MP3: "Warm In The Shadows"

The members of 'Music Go Music' met at a party in the home of a man who was, at that time, called "The Condor."[1] Over the rager's din we made a connection. It was mild at first, but fermented for a couple of weeks until Torg invited me and Gala Bell over to make a song together. We met several days later and, in the space of an hour, the first Music Go Music song was written. We recorded it over the next few days and went our separate ways, but reconvened enough times over the course of the following year-and-a-half to record eight more songs.

Initially, I thought that we'd play these recordings for our nearest and dearest and then lay them aside, but circumstances conspired against these plans, and now they're working their way out into the world. Though unexpected, this is a welcome turn of events. No happier thought passes through our minds than that of a bevy of middle-aged women dancing to our music,[2] and now it seems like our vision may be within reach.
Something must be said here about the music itself.[3] Music Go Music make pop music but, fortunately, the term means very little these days. What kind of pop music is it? Rock and Roll, Disco, Metal, Boogie, Trans-Hand, Psychedelic? How does it work? Perhaps this will mean something:

As we move through life, there is a "curtain of fantasy"[4] with which we cover a murky reality, a curtain on which we project a clear and comforting image of ourselves and the world. The slightest shifting of it fills us with dread. But imagine that the curtain is raised to reveal a more profoundly resonant version of what was on it in the first place; a "Technicolor" reality. So enchanted are we by this scene that we fail to notice the second, dark curtain in the background.[5]

Music Go Music's immediate plans are to continue to make music that's visual and funks. Hopefully we will meet you where you live.[6]

-Kamer Maza, Summer 2009

[1] What happened to this man? He disappeared from us, like some wayward angel
[2] This may change
[3] This kind of thing must be talked about in abstract terms - why describe music that can be so easily listened to? Just go to a site and listen. There is no reason for me to waste your time banging on cauldrons, when an mp3 can bring the stars to pity...YOU KNOW WHAT I MEAN
[4] Ortega y Gasset, The Revolt of the Masses (New York: Norton, 1957), pp. 156-157
[5] Even if we do catch a glimpse of its folds, we are too fixed on the foreground to give them much thought
[6] You know what I mean

What the press has already said about Music Go Music:

"When people talk about the rebirth of disco, this is how it should be, manic zombifications reanimated from the Abba songbook, wired withPhilip K Dick paranoia and Donna Summer euphoria." -NME

"They begin with a bright-eyed Scandinavian sashay and end with a ten-minute Mediterranean disco romp featuring programmed drums, making detours along the way into rainy day ballads and guitar infernos. The cumulative effect plays like the greatest hits of dance saviors that never existed...and indeed, they probably should only be performed from inside an aquadome at the bottom of the Caspian Sea, or at least during a summer-long residency in Ibiza." -The Fader

"Music Go Music could be the 21st century answer to ABBA. The LA trio's sharp articulation, flamboyancy and brilliant ability to create timeless disco-pop is totally irresistible." -The Fly

"There is a late seventies, post-'I Feel Love' disco feel to 'Warm in the Shadows,' and, whethter or not it was their ambition to find that sound, it's nonetheless a mightily refreshing dose of looseness and euphoria...One thing is for sure: the ambition for a long-lasting dynasty of overblown, slightly crackpot pop excess is there." -Stool Pigeon


09/18 Los Angeles, CA The Roxy w/ Little Boots
09/19 San Francisco, CA The Independent w/ Little Boots

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Trivium Announce 'Into the Mouth of Hell We Tour' Fall Dates

Florida metal veterans Trivium and tour presenter Hot Topic are pleased to announce the forthcoming ‘Into the Mouth of Hell We Tour,’ an extensive, 63-date trek which marks the band’s first solo headline tour since 2006. Whitechapel, Darkest Hour and Dirge Within serve as support for the first leg of the run. The tour kicks off in September and will run through October. More dates for the first leg will be announced in August, while additional dates and support for the second leg will be announced in September.

Trivium are currently headlining the Jagermeister stage of the second annual Rockstar Energy Drink Mayhem Fest. They are known for being voracious road dogs, having toured America relentlessly, separately supporting Slipknot and Lamb of God. They have also appeared as part of Korn’s Family Values package and have also supported Iron Maiden.

Trivium have also come up with a brilliant way to allow their live show be something that the fans are able to enjoy repeatedly. This tour will feature a special promotion, where at participating venues, each ticket buyer will be able to re-live their experience at the show, as they will have the option to use their ticket stub, via a unique code, to redeem a free, full digital soundboard recording of the Trivium show that they attended. Fans will be able to use the bar code number on their ticket as their unique code to redeem their music at

Trivium’s Matt Heafy commented on the upcoming tour, saying, “North American headline tour... we meet again. It's been far too long since we've toured North America as a headliner and we're back with a vengeance. It's our time to come in for the final waves of the Shogun touring and party with our friends in the USA and Canada. Our live show, without a doubt in my mind, is now the strongest it has ever been; our sets are more diverse, tighter than ever and we've got some of the sickest current metal bands out with us to bring you one hell of a tour. This very well could be the last one for a while, so let's do this in style... we'll see you soon."

The initial run of dates is as follows:

September 11 – Crazy Donkey – Long Island, NY
September 13 – Town Ballroom – Buffalo, NY
September 15 – Bogarts – Cincinnati, OH
September 17 – Cowboys Bar – Guelph, ON
September 18 – Orbit Room – Grand Rapids, MI
September 19 – The Rave – Milwaukee, WI
September 20 - The Venue – Fargo, ND
September 21 – Electric Park Ballroom – Waterloo, IA
September 23 – Murray Theater – Salt Lake City, UT
September 24 – Wilma Theater – Missoula, MT
September 25 – Wonder Ballroom – Portland, OR
September 26 – Knitting Factory – Spokane, WA
September 28 – The Senator Theater – Chico, CA
September 29 – The Catalyst – Santa Cruz, CA
October 1 – Glasshouse – Pomona, CA
October 2 – Ventura Theater – Ventura, CA
October 3 – House of Blues – Las Vegas, NV
October 7 – Concrete Street Amphitheater - Corpus Christi, TX
October 9 – Music Farm – Charleston, SC
October 10 – Jesters Pub – Fayetteville, NC
October 11 – Orange Peel – Asheville, NC

Ticketing info for all shows can be found at &

Trivium’s fourth album, Shogun, was released last Fall.


Rich Cunningham formed Happy Days Records in 1995, releasing debut records by Hot Water Music and Ink & Dagger, as well as titles by Endeavor, Times Up, and Human Remains. In 2000 he formed New Labor, an alternative model of worker organization that combines new and existing strategies to improve working conditions and provide a voice for low-wage, young, immigrant workers in central New Jersey. In 2005 Rich was diagnosed with cancer and recently his battle has taken a turn for the worse. Chunksaah Records and The Bouncing Souls will be auctioning off rare records, vinyl test pressing, limited poster prints, Bouncing Souls tickets, and anything else we think will help raise money for our friend.

Additionally, Chunksaah Records is an active sponsor of the Hub City Hardcore Fest (featuring Degenerics, Psyched To Die, The Measure, Static Radio NJ, Detournement, Torchbearer, and many many others) taking place in New Brunswick, NJ the weekend of August 14-16 with proceeds going to help Rich and the Cunningham family. Please visit for a list of Bouncing Souls / Chunksaah charity auctions, weekend passes for the Hub City Hardcore Fest, as well as more information about Rich Cunningham.

AUCTION ITEMS (more being added later)
• Bouncing Souls "What Doesn't Kill Us Makes Us Stronger" Demo Cassette
• Bouncing Souls "Ugly Bill" 7" w/ insert and original "master copy" handwritten lyrics/credits for promo pack with original press photo (Complex Records - 1991 - out of print)
• Bouncing Souls 20th Anniversary 7" Series Vol. 1, 2, 3 & 4 - TEST PRESSINGS (out of 5 each)
• Bouncing Souls 20th Anniversary 7" Series Vol. 3 - REJECTED TEST PRESSING (missing "locked groove" on side b - out of 5)
• Strike Anywhere "To Live In Discontent" LP - TEST PRESSING (out of 5) & 12" PICTURE DISC
• The Loved Ones 10" Set - TEST PRESS (out of 5), WHITE VERSION (out of 20), GREEN VERSIONS (1st press), PINK VERSIONS (2nd press), and BLUE VERSIONS (3rd press)
• World/Inferno F.S. "Addicted to Bad Ideas" - TEST PRESSING (out of 10) and LP
• Detournement "Screaming Response" - TEST PRESSING (out of 5) and BLACK VERSION (out of 100)
• Bouncing Souls / Weston split 7" (Glue Records - 1994 - out of print)
• The Ratchets - "Glory Bound" gatefold LP (out of 500) & Red Square 7" (out of 100)

Soul Rebel Records, in conjunction with Chunksaah Records, presents...

3 Days of New Brunswick Punk Rock Mayhem!
Weekend pass and FREE raffle ticket for $13 available at

Friday Aug 14 - Death Valley - 6pm
Psyched To Die (Record Release)
The Measure (SA)
Static Radio NJ
Staring Problem
Tinnitus (MA)
Antietem (MA)

Saturday Aug 15 - Death City - 6pm
The Match and The Moth (Reunion)
Mirror and Wires

Saturday Aug 15 - (A)merica - 7pm
The State (MI - early 80s hardcore legends)
Positive Noise (MI)
Crucial Call (CA)
Thrashington DC (France)
Killin It
Silent Way

Sunday Aug 16 - Camp Anawanna - 3pm
Ke Chw-Cha
Zhenia Golov
Stressed Out
The Degenerics
Kamikaze (Reunion)

Raffle/giveaway from HCHC sponsors. Complimentary HCHC Scene Report Zine.

Lend your support and come out, as proceeds from these shows will go towards helping out long time HCHC friend, Rich Cunningham, and his cancer foundation.

Sponsored by: Soul Rebel Records, Chunksaah Records, Psychic Volt Records, Devildance Records, Curmudgeon Record Store, Another Tattoo Shop, Don Giovanni Records, and Black & Red Eye

For more information, visit:

Cougar tour with Maximo Park, premiere video on, and get remixed by Mike Ladd.

NEW MP3: Stay Famous (Mike Ladd remix)

Still months away from releasing their upcoming anthemic beast of an LP "Patriot" on Counter/Ninjatune, Madison, Wisconsin based "emergency rockers" Cougar debut their video for "Stay Famous". Directed by Pauli & Streicher, the video is a cut from the upcoming short film "S.C.A.R.E. Plan R", an amusing homage to all of the old school monsters and their creators. In support of their upcoming LP, Cougar will hitting the road with pals Maximo Park. They will also officially release their second single from the album, "Stay Famous" w/ b-sides featuring contributions from Paul Smith (Maximo Park) and Mike Ladd.

9.16 Minneapolis, MN @ Fine Line Cafe
9.17 Chicago, IL @ The Metro
9.20 Boston, MA @ Paradise Rock Club
9.21 New York, NY @ Webster Hall
9.22 Brooklyn, NY @ Music Hall of Williamsburg
9.24 Philadelphia, PA @ World Cafe Live
9.25 Washington, DC @ Black Cat

out 9.15.2009
(note updated release date)
Cougar's second album, the forthcoming "Patriot" is an aggressive, narrative affair that sees the band reach even greater extremes than on their debut, "Law". The epic, sparkling counterpoint of the first record crops up, but Patriot firmly establishes itself as a different music shredding the lines between electronic, rock and modern, one that never forgets to pay allegiance to the hook.

"A bittersweet, innocent wash of trickling guitars that counter each other like diffident sea creatures in courtship...harnessing layers in icy, crystalline symmetry." Pitchfork Media

" Law is a nearly flawless example of intelligent musical design.' - XLR8R

White Rabbits co-headlining with Fiery Furnaces

US Tour Dates
8/16 - The National - Richmond, VA
8/17 - Cat's Cradle - Carrboro, NC
8/18 - Visulite Theatre - Charlotte, NC
8/19 - Mercy Lounge - Nashville, TN
8/20 - Variety Playhouse - Altanta, GA
8/21 - The Bottletree - Birmingham, AL
8/22 - Union Green - Tallahassee, FL*
8/23 - The Social - Orlando, FL
8/25 - Grey Eagle Tavern & Music Hall - Asheville, NC
8/26 - Fry's Spring Beach Club - Charlottesville, VA
*(with The Walkmen)

Monday, August 3, 2009

RENCH MIAMI Announce Summer / Fall Tour Dates

The band are heading out on the road for their most extensive tour yet, check out the tour dates below.

If you haven’t heard French Miami yet, enjoy your last few minutes of peace. Once their songs get inside your head, they start a permanent loop and you will wake up and go to bed singing along. The only way out of this musical addiction is sleep deprivation.

French Miami’s raucous live shows use rock music structures to hold together more technical musical ideas. Jagged guitars, pulsing synths, and precise stop-start rhythms launch seductive refrains that have forced the crowd’s feet off the floors in post-punk singalong deliriums from SXSW to CMJ. The first time you catch their live show you might be shocked to discover there’s no bassist as their ménage a guitar-synth takes the low end as far as it can go with the head-nodding precision of a mathematical equation.

How is this possible? It helps that they’re multi-taskers. Onstage, French Miami show off the technical cred behind their sound by moving non-stop and playing an average of two instruments apiece, usually at the same time. Singer Jason Heiselmann slides effortlessly between baritone guitar and keyboards while delivering vocal melodies in memorable strands too gritty to be called pop, too irresistibly catchy not to be. Multi-instrumentalist Roland Curtis is usually playing a guitar with one hand and a synth with the other with freakish proficiency. Meanwhile, drummer Chris Crawford does precisely what a drummer should do by anchoring their sound in a minimalist beat, knowing when to let loose and when not to.

This was no easy live show to wrangle onto a record, but French Miami knew the right man for the job. Phil Manley (Trans Am, Fucking Champs) committed their self-titled debut - a unique blend of prog, post-punk, and synth-art rock - to eternity. The album waxes nostalgic on anthemic 90s sounds from Archers of Loaf and Trans Am, tastes the angular grooves of Battles and Holy Fuck, and throws in the earnestness of the Boss and Fugazi to balance the sweet with the sour. The result is terse, jagged rhythms fueled by great hooks fulfilled in noisy abandon.

"San Fran psychopaths craft skull-collapsing post-punk, wiry (and Wire-y) guitars twitching over steady chugging rhythms." - Rolling Stone

"Having the traditional two arms doesn't restrict French Miami from showing off by pounding their heaving math-rock intricacy through two instruments at once. Each. Inevitably, the local musos cream themselves at such a sight, but this trio have the ability to get you throwing plenty of irregular shapes on the dancefloor too." - NME - UK

"Their electric kool-aid post-punk is stilted by Telecasters winding up the same kind of prickly riffs that bands like Battles and Fiasco usually turn into proggy freak outs, but instead of going all aggro, French Miami end up sounding like a Guy Picciotto band that wouldn't need SPF1000 at the beach." - RCRD LBL
Download 'God Damn Best' taken from their self-titled debut album: HERE

French Miami Tour Dates:
(more to be announced)

08/06 – Portland, OR @ Berbati’s Pan w/ Boy Eats Drum machine & Sharpening Markers
08/08 – Anacortes, WA @ The Brown lantern w/ By Sunlight
08/09 – Seattle, WA @ The Sunset Tavern w/ By Sunlight
08/10 – Spokane, WA @ The Empyrean w/ City We Live in & Pegasus Dream
08/11 – Salt Lake City, UT @ Burt’s Tiki Lounge w/ Seashell Radio
08/12 – Los Angeles, CA @ Silverlake Lounge w/ Tasso
08/13 – Modesto, CA @ Copper Rhino
08/14 – Boise, ID @ Visual Arts Collective
08/16 – Denver, CO @ The Hi Dive
08/17 – Lawrence, KS @ The Replay w/ Rooftop Vigilantes
08/18 – St. Louis, MP @ Cicero's
08/19 – Chicago, IL @ Ronny’s Bar
08/24 – Detroit, MI @ PJ’s Lagerhouse
08/25 – Newport, KY @ The Southgate House w/ Swear Jar & The Atriums
08/26 – Cleveland, OH @ The Happy Dog
08/27 – Akron, OH @ Annabells
08/28 – Brooklyn, NY @ Death By Audio
09/01 – Philadelphia, PA @ M Room
09/06 – New York, NY @ The Cake Shop
09/07 – Washington, DC @ The Red and Black
09/15 – Austin, TX @ The Mohawk
09/23 – Tucson, AZ @ Hotel Congress
09/29 – Monterey, CA @ Joses’s Underground w/ Boyz IV Men


David Sylvian is a man apart. In a thirty-year career that spans the New Romantic movement, ambient works and progressive rock, and mature and esoteric pop, Sylvian has tested popular styles and bent them to his own vision. But the '00s have seen a more extreme side of his work. While 2003's Blemish startled long-time fans with its emotional rigour, Sylvian has taken the next step with Manafon - a work of nuance and stern musicality, that is also intriguing, suspenseful, and horribly beautiful.

On Manafon, Sylvian pursues "a completely modern kind of chamber music. Intimate, dynamic, emotive, democratic, economical." In sessions in London, Vienna, and Tokyo, Sylvian assembled the world's leading improvisers and innovators, artists who explore free improvisation, space-specific performance, and live electronics. From Evan Parker and Keith Rowe, to Fennesz and members of Polwechsel, to Sachiko M and Otomo Yoshihide, the musicians provide both a backdrop and a counterweight to his own vocal performances - which, minus one instrumental, are nakedly the center of each piece.

Sylvian's voice has never been so dominant or so striking, and his resonant tenor and deliberate vibrato captivate the listener from the start of "Small Metal Gods." Its prominence would come off as egotistical - except that each performance is an exercise in self-exposure, and each character study is written in the third-person, to allow the maximum detachment.

"It's like a one-man monologue in which every change of light and backdrop is crucial to the carrying of the central performance. It's an ensemble work even though there is a central performance." Though the setlist is all ballads, romanticism is out, and no percussion provides a pulse. All the melody and rhythm rest in the voice. Aside from overdubs of acoustic guitar or John Tilbury's somber, Feldman-esque phrases on piano, Sylvian enhanced but did not reconfigure the improvisations, giving himself just the skeletons of songs to guide him.

When an instrument locks with the lyrics - as when Fennesz introduces a texture that clinches the disaster of "Snow White in Appalachia" - the moment is indescribable; when it dissolves, Sylvian doesn't pause. Neither a complement nor a Greek chorus, the instrumentalists maintain an ambiguous attitude to the singer, and what he's saying. When Sylvian's delivery implies sympathy or mockery on "The Greatest Living Englishman," the music is cantankerous but dry, and Otomo Yoshihide's abrupt snippets of classical vinyl may or may not share the joke.

The closing track, "Manafon," depicts the British poet R. S. Thomas. Sylvian explains that it is "a description of a man of faith, who struggles with that faith, who imposes an order on the external world in the hope of finding it internally. A man who embraces the morals and values of his faith and lives by them but who also struggles with the silence that burns inside his own heart and mind. God's silence. He's a man out of time who begins to look, on the surface, more like some tragicomic figure as time passes. While he seems to be an insufferable individual in many ways there's a quixotic element in his quest for knowledge, for upholding morals and values that even he struggles with when it comes to believing in their efficacy."

Manafon's contradictions lay at the heart of its excellence. It's driven not just by the tension between improvisation and composition, frontman and ensemble, or in Sylvian's words, "intimacy and solitude." Manafon captures the dilemma of a man who studies himself clincically, but cannot truly understand himself; who's disillusioned, but maybe laughably so. The most common sensation, which hangs in almost every note, is a feeling of suspense. The sole instrumental - to which Sylvian also contributes - sounds less like a performance, and more like a wellspring of possibilities.

The album ends simply on a phrase and a breath. But there's a happier ending in its other theme: Manafon also explores the creative process. Intuition drew Sylvian to these pieces and these players, and the surprises they bring: a cello visiting like a warm hand on a forehead, the unpredictable use of unadulterated sine waves, the brassy path of Evan Parker's soprano sax solo. Manafon has a forbidding core, but aesthetically, each piece is an engrossing discovery.

"Maybe I'm attracted to the stories of individuals who search for meaning on their own terms," says Sylvian. "But what I'm fascinated by is the devotion to a creative discipline. The meaning with which the work imbues the life regardless of its reception and, to a certain extent, its importance."

Sylvian's search is endless, and maybe quixotic. The fruits of the journey are unknowably rich.

Rainbow Arabia release the sunnier, dubbier "Kabukimono"

new mp3: Harlem Sunrise
new mp3: Holiday in Congo
(Mexican With Guns remix)

More varied in color and tone, Kabukimono finds the group expanding on the template laid down with their debut "The Basta" equally inspired by Sublime Frequencies comps, Factory/Waxtrax Records, Congotronics adding many new latin, african, and eastern flourishes to their latest material.

Rainbow Arabia will be on the road in the US this fall, where they will be sure to leave every space and concert hall dosed with their infectious dance beats. Dates coming soon.

In the meantime, check out their new Carribean-tinged single "Harlem Sunrise" and a tastefully crunked-out remix from Texas-based producer Mexicans With Guns (Friends of Friends/Exponential).


As previously announced, the World’s most lovable band, THE FLAMING LIPS, has released a trio of brand new songs from their forthcoming album. The “Songs From The Future Album Embryonic,” 3-track EP are available for sale via the band's newly redesigned web site. Go to: for complete details, concert updates, merchandise and general good vibes.


Due to popular demand, UK hardcore firm GALLOWS has released a special limited edition deluxe package of their new album, GREY BRITAIN via the band's web store. The new direct-to-consumer two-disc package contains the GREY BRITAIN CD along with a DVD of the controversial GREY BRITAIN film, which until now has been available only in the UK.

GALLOWS is currently chewing up and spitting out every city in their path on the nationwide Warped tour, leaving in their wake a new legion of converted hardcore fans awaiting news of the band's next US tour:

“Right now, Gallows is the only British band that matters.” – Aquarian Weekly

“'Grey Britain' is a kick in the nads. There’s really no other way to describe the second album by Gallows, a snarling punk quartet…Crushing and catchy.” – The Washington Post Express

The Deluxe CD+DVD Edition of GREY BRITAIN will also be available for sale on the Warped dates as well. The double disc set will sell for $13.99 and is expected to sell out fast, so fans might want to consider a dash to the GALLOWS merch tent on the remaining dates of the tour:

Tue July 28 Lakewood Amphit Atlanta, GA
Wed July 29 Riverbend Music Center Cincinnati, OH
Thur July 30 Marcus Amphit. Milwaukee, WI
Fri July 31 Comerica Park Detroit, MI
Sat Aug 1 First Midwest Bank Amp Chicago, IL
Sun Aug 2 Canterbury Park Minneapolis, MN
Mon Aug 3 Verizon Amphit. St. Louis, MO
Tue Aug 4 Verizon Amphit. Kansas City, MO
Fri Aug 7 Idaho Center Amphit. Boise, ID
Sat Aug 8 Utah State Fairgrounds Salt Lake City, UT
Sun Aug 9 Invesco Field Denver, CO
Wed Aug 12 Race City Speedway Calgary AB, CAN
Fri Aug 14 Thunderbird Stadium Vancouver, CAN
Sat Aug 15 Gorge Amphit. Seattle, WA
Sun Aug 16 Wash. County Fairgrounds Portland, OR
Wed Aug 19 Save Mart Center Fresno, CA
Thur Aug 20 Shoreline Amphit. San Francisco, CA
Fri Aug 21 Sleep Train Amphit. Sacramento, CA
Sat Aug 22 Cricket Amphit. San Diego, CA
Sun Aug 23 Home Depot Center Los Angeles, CA


Dates and on sale info for the Pixies US "Doolittle Tour" are as follows:

4 The Palladium, Los Angeles, CA - on sale TBA
8 Fox Theater, Oakland, CA - on sale August 16
9 Fox Theater, Oakland, CA - on sale August 16
12 Paramount Theatre, Seattle, WA - on sale August 1
13 Paramount Theatre, Seattle, WA - on sale August 1
14 Hult Center, Eugene, OR - on sale August 14
16 The Fillmore, Denver, CO - on sale September 12
20 Aragon Ballroom, Chicago, IL - on sale September 12
21 Aragon Ballroom, Chicago, IL - on sale September 12
23 Hammerstein Ballroom, New York, NY - on sale August 14
24 Hammerstein Ballroom, New York, NY - on sale August 14
25 Hammerstein Ballroom, New York, NY - on sale August 14
27 Wang Center, Boston, MA - on sale September 12
30 Constitution Hall, Washington, D.C. - on sale September 11

Pixies V Festival and UK/European "Doolittle Tour" dates are:

29 V Festival, Burl's Creek Park, Ontario, Canada

30 Olympia, Dublin, Ireland - SOLD OUT

1 Olympia, Dublin, Ireland SOLD OUT
2 Olympia, Dublin, Ireland SOLD OUT
4 SECC - Hall 4, Glasgow, Scotland
6 Brixton Academy, London, England SOLD OUT
7 Brixton Academy, London, England SOLD OUT
8 Brixton Academy, London, England SOLD OUT
9 Brixton Academy, London, England SOLD OUT
11 Jahrhunderhalle, Frankfurt, Germany
13 Heineken Music Hall, Amsterdam, Holland
14 Forest National, Brussels, Belgium SOLD OUT
15 Zenith, Paris, France
16 Zenith, Paris, France

JANUS: Set To Release Debut Album, ‘Red Light Return,’ September 22

JANUS--David Scotney (vocals), Johnny Salazar (percussion), Alan Quitman (bass), Mike Tyranski (guitar/programming)--will be releasing their debut album, RED RIGHT RETURN, September 22 on REALID Records (through Warner Music Group’s Independent Label Group).

The album’s first single, “Eyesore,” has already been added to Rock radio stations nationwide including Q101/Chicago, WJJO/Madison, WWBN/Flint, KXFX/Santa Rosa, and KISW/Seattle. A video for the track—directed by Noah Shulman (Sleepless City Productions)--will make its world premiere on AOL’s “Noisecreep” ( on Thursday, July 30.

JANUS’ music was previously featured on such TV shows as MTV’s “Road Rules,” “The Real World,” and “Bad Girls Club” and NBC’s “The Science of Love.”

RED RIGHT RETURN is a collection of ten seamlessly flowing tracks that showcase the band’s ability to bring the Rock world an intelligent fresh sound. JANUS’ debut harkens back to the days when albums were written as a total piece of work, as opposed to a group of single songs. The Chicago natives recorded, produced, created all the themes, digital presence, and artwork on their own. Lyrically, the songs have very strong universal underpinnings to real life experiences. While they tell a particular story, the end result is left open to interpretation and the listener is free to draw their own conclusions.

JANUS uses a broad range of dynamics and instruments not often used in the Rock world (violins, cellos, timpani drums, a full choir, air raid sirens and a glockenspiel) to produce a sound of melodic, ethereal backdrops grounded in aggressive, heavy, rhythms.

In an early review of RED RIGHT RETURN, raved: “There are a few bands, given the opportunity, could take the radio by storm. JANUS is a perfect example of this type of band. If they were given the chance, and played on some larger radio stations alongside all of our alternative ‘favorites’ (sound-alikes), they could earn themselves hordes of fans.” While hailed in a 9 out of 10 album review: “Brilliant on many levels and impeccably engineered and produced to perfection.”

JANUS will be on the road non-stop throughout the remainder of 2009, and well into 2010, to promote RED LIGHT RETURN. The first batch of dates includes shows with Sevendust and Chevelle, as well as various radio stations festival appearances. Check them out at any of the following shows:


Wed 8/12 Chicago, IL Angels and Kings

Thu 8/20 Libertyville, IL Austin’s Fuel Room (with Sevendust)

Sun 8/23 St. Louis, MO KPNT Pointfest

Thu 9/3 Chicago, IL House of Blues

Sun 9/6 Madison, WI Taste of Madison (WJJO show)

Sun 9/13 Flint, MI The Machine Shop (with Chevelle)

Fri 9/25 Detroit, MI Blondie’s

Sat 9/26 South Barrington, IL Penny Road Pub

Mazel Tov Mis Amigos Comes Alive Again For One Night Only At The Lincoln Center!!

Musicians Celebrate Remastering And Re-Release Of Historic Genre Bending 60's Latin-Jewish Album

In 1961, Latin and Jazz starAY BARRETTO, WILLIE RODRIGUEZ, CHARLIE PALMIERI, CLARK TERRY AND DOC CHEATHAM entered a New York City studio and recorded a legendary album, MAZELTOV MIS AMIGOS, under the fictitious band name, JUAN CALLE AND HIS LATIN LANZTMEN. The album magically resounded Jewish standards in Latin time, translating somber, traditional Yiddish and Hebrew melodies into the energy-laden Latin rumbas, cha-chas, and meringues the whole world was rocking to.

On August 23rd, at the LINCOLN CENTER the process will be repeated for one night only, as the Idelsohn Society for Musical preservation will celebrate its re-release of MAZELTOV MIS AMIGOS as a newly remastered album by recreating it in its entirety from start to finish under the musical direction of Grammy award winning Arturo O'Farrill and His Afro-Cuban Sextet. They will be joined by a star-studded line up of legends and newcomers including Fania recording giant Larry “El Judeo Maravilliso” Harlow, The Antibalas Horns, The Fort Apache Band's Andy Gonzalez, Sandra Valasquez of Pistolera, Jeremiah Lockwood of The Sway Machinery, Brave Old World's Michael Alpert, and 94 year old Bagels and Bongos pioneer, Irving Fields.

At the helm of Mazel Tov's re-animation is ARTURO O’FARRILL, an internationally acclaimed pianist, composer, jazz educator and creator of the Afro Latin Jazz Orchestra for Jazz at Lincoln Center. His debut album with the Orchestra “Una Noche Inolvidable” earned a GRAMMY award nomination in 2006. The son of Latin jazz legend Chico O'Farrill, Arturo has recorded eight albums as a leader and played with Carla Bley, Dizzy Gillespie, Steve Turre, Freddy Cole, The Fort Apache Band, Lester Bowie, Wynton Marsalis, and Harry Belafonte. O’Farrill is the man responsible for overseeing this 2009 reinterpretation of the 1961 album which was itself, a muscial reinvention, re-crafting each song for the Lincoln Center debut -- for instance working with Latin vocalist Sandra Valsquez to translate the classic Yiddish “Yossele, Yossele” into Spanish so it can be performed as “Jose, Jose.” In O’Farril’s words, "The relationship between the Latino and Jewish people is long and incredibly important as regards music. Mazel Tov Mis Amigos is a golden opportunity to highlight the mutual respect. The Borscht Belt was a source of much employment for many a Latin giant. My challenge is to bring the spirit of the original record without replicating it. To bring the vibrancy of the original masters and realize it through the hands of a new generation of master musicians is going to be tremendously fun and rewarding on so many levels!"

The MAZELTOV MIS AMIGOS album is being released to coincide with the concert and is the latest production from The Idelsohn Society, a team of 21st century music fiends turned musical archeologists, dedicated to digging up forgotten American Jewish pop. The album, which was generously licensed to The Idelsohn Society by The Concorde Music Group, features refashioned songs such as “O Momme” remade into a comparsa conga band parade, and “Papirossen,” Herman Yablokoff’s classic Yiddish Theater ode to an orphaned cigarette peddler, done here in pure dance floor frolic as a blazing, quick-step mambo. Digitally remastered for the first time by Fantasy Studio engineer Joe Tarintino, it opens a time capsule to one of New York musical history’s great lost stories, the story of the Jewish Latin craze. When the entire country caught Mambo-mania in 1948, Jews religiously became the genre’s earliest adopters. Humorist Harry Golden once said that the history of Jews in America is the history of “sha sha”(Yiddish for hush hush) becoming “cha cha.” And he was onto something. This album comes on the heels of comic Irving Kaufman unleashing “Moe the Schmo Takes a Rhumba Lesson,” Irving Fields attacking with his “Havana Nagila,” bawdy balladeer Ruth Wallis declaring “It’s A Scream How Levine Does The Rhumba,” and Tito Rodriguez and Tito Puente capturing the Jewish musical imagination at the Palladium, Grossingers and the Concord. Says co-founder Courtney Holt, “this concert is what our work is all about – bringing a lost classic back to life and proving that history really does sounds different when you know where to start listening.”

The Idelsohn Society for Musical Preservation ( the acclaimed non-profit organization committed to exhuming lost music from America's attics, is proud to announce it has acquired an extensive back catalog from Orrin Keepnews' legendary Riverside Label, which featured some of the greatest names in Jazz from the 50s and 60s. Their first Riverside re-issue, MAZELTOV MIS AMIGOS (to be released August 11th) interprets classics from the Yiddish theater through the leading Latin dance styles of the 50s and 60s.
Arturo O’Farrill is a world-renowned pianist and composer, born in Mexico, and raised in New York City where he was exposed to Afro-Latin music at an early age: He’s the son of Arturo “Chico” O’Farrill, who helped popularize the genre. The younger O’Farrill received formal training at the Manhattan School of Music, the Brooklyn College Conservatory and the Aaron Copland School of Music at Queens College, and has performed with greats like Wynton Marsalis, Harry Belafonte and Dizzy Gillespie. In 1995 he began directing Chico O’Farrill’s Afro-Latin Jazz Orchestra, a group dedicated to preserving the musical legacy of his father. The band had a residency at Birdland for more than a decade and has toured around the world; its recent release “Song for Chico” won the 2008 GRAMMY for Best Latin Jazz Album of the Year.

MAZELTOV MIS AMIGOS is set for release August 11th (distributed by Nail and Ioda) it features 11 tracks, accompanied by Josh Kun’s extensive liner notes and a gallery of images from archives across the country which have to be seen to be believed.


Musicfest NW
@ East End
Tender Loving Empire Showcase

The Crawlspace

House Show

The Badlander

The Empyrean

1912 Center

Record Exchange

Visual Arts Collective

Berbati’s Pan
w/ Jared Mees & GC + Worlds Greatest Ghosts

The Space

House Show


Band Site

The Scene Aesthetic's Summer Tour

The Scene Aesthetic are currently touring in support of their new album, A Type & A Shadow. Follow the band's every move on twitter, check out their 5 NEW tour dates in the Midwest in September and most importantly-COME OUT TO SEE THEIR SHOW!

The Scene Aesthetic's A Summer To Remember Tour Dates:
Aug 15 Xtreme Wheels - Buffalo, New York
Aug 16 Harpers Ferry - Allston, Massachusetts
Aug 18 Webster Underground - Hartfort, Connecticut
Aug 19 Blender Theatre at Gramercy - New York, New York
Aug 20 The Barbary - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Aug 21 School of Rock - S Hackensack, New Jersey
Aug 22 Sonar Club Stage - Baltimore, Maryland
Aug 23 Diesel - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
Aug 24 Jammin’ Java - Vienna, Virginia
Aug 26 Greene Street Grill - Greensboro, North Carolina
Aug 27 Visulite Theatre - Charlotte, North Carolina
Aug 28 Jack Rabbits - Jacksonville, Florida
Aug 29 Swampgrass Willys - West Palm Beach, Florida
Aug 30 BackBooth - Orlando, Florida
Sept 1 - Off The Wagon in Montgomery, AL
Sept 2 - Rocketown in Nashville, TN
Sept 4 - Mac's Bar in East Lansing, MI
Sept 5 - The New Loft in Madison, WI
Sept 6 - Mojoes Orland Park, IL
Oct 8 House of Bricks - Des Moines, Iowa*
Oct 9 The Waiting Room - Omaha, Nebraska*
Oct 10 Bluebird Theatre - Denver, Colorado*
Oct 12 The Venue - Boise, Idaho*
Oct 13 The Big Dipper - Spokane, Washington*
Oct 15 Biltmore - Vancouver, British Columbia*
Oct 16 Neumo’s - Seattle, Washington*
Oct 17 Hawthorne Theatre - Portland, Oregon*
Oct 19 Slim’s - San Francisco, California*
Oct 20 Troubadour - West Hollywood, California*
Oct 22 Chain Reaction - Anaheim, California*
Oct 23 Epicentre - San Diego, California*
Oct 24 Modified - Phoenix, Arizona*
Oct 25 2 Launchpad - Albuquerque, New Mexico*
Oct 27 The Marquee - Tulsa, Oklahoma*
Oct 29 House of Blues - Pontiac Room - Dallas, Texas*
Oct 30 Emo’s Alternative Lounge - Austin, Texas*
Oct 31 Java Jazz - Houston, Texas*
*Tour Dates with Owl City
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The Dynamites Featuring Charles Walker Announce Fall Tour Dates

Soul music is here to stay, and it's still evolving. The Dynamites Featuring Charles Walker are living proof. Nashville's white hot deep funk band releases their highly anticipated second studio album, titled Burn It Down, on September 15, 2009. Look for the band on tour this Fall in support the new album.

For their 2nd LP, The Dynamites and their soul-shouting frontman Charles Walker deliver a slate of tunes that arrives right on time. It's a new day, and Charles Walker and his band have something to say. It's the kind of story where you gotta tear it down to rebuild it, the greedy man ultimately gets his due, love rules the day and everybody gets down in the end. It's a timeless tale, as relevant as ever, and Burn It Down tells it in a righteously funky fashion. Strike a match, light the fuse and Burn It Down.

Don't miss The Dynamites on tour this fall. The current list of tour dates is as follows:

August 28th, Fort Wayne Botanical, Fort Wayne, IN
August 29th, Sweet Corn Festival, Urbana, IL
August 30th, Stokie's Backlot Bash, Stokie, IL
September 11th, Mercy Lounge, Nashville, TN
September 12th, The Masquerade, Atlanta, GA
September 17th, Middle East Upstairs, Cambridge, MA
September 18th, Pianos, New York, NY
September 19th, The Note, Westchester, PA
September 20th, Southpaw, Brooklyn, NY
September 22nd, Beachland Tavern, Cleveland, OH
September 23rd, Schuba's Tavern, Chicago, IL
September 24th, Radio Radio, Indianapolis, IN
September 25th, Southgate House, Newport, KY
September 26th, TBA, Cleveland, OH
October 2nd, Tipitina's Uptown, New Orleans, LA

Additional dates to be announced.

LAKE preps new album for Fall release on K Records

MP3: "Madagascar"

LAKE's new album Let's Build A Roof [KLP213], produced by Northwest legend Karl Blau, is sweet, funky and nostalgic - a paragon of psychedelic pop. Their previous album, Oh, the Places We'll Go, contained lighter, more upbeat numbers, but its theme of wonder and idealism foreshadowed the next album to come. Let's Build a Roof is like a travelogue of the places they went, the stories they encountered on the way, and the memories that were unearthed from those experiences, be they good or bad.

Eli Moore and Ashley Eriksson's radiating songwriting chemistry serves as the foundation of Let's Build a Roof. Their retro-jingly pop aesthetic is further fleshed out with thicker instrumentation (featuring a rotating cast of synths, keys, guitar, flutes and assorted percussions) and tempo shifts that fracture into kaleidoscopic sounds and harmonies.

Every track stands out as a unique gem. The album opens suddenly with the rolling, pulsating song "Breathing." A bell rings, a door opens, and an ominous chord is struck on the piano. The strong force of apop journey is about to begin. Like a storybook, each song unfolds new characters and different walks of life, or death, as is the case in the dubby, slow-groove track "Madagascar." Although there are many divergent styles on the record, the elements that tie the songs together are in the images and lyrical themes; like the image of the collapsing home, or of fear itself.

The second song, "Gravel," with its marimbas and chilling, punchy horns, is an African funk-infused portrait of a fragile figure caught up in a whirlwind of responsibilities. "Sing 99 and 90," a rendition of a medieval folk song, is a trip to the past with 70s rock influences and call and response harmonies. Similarly, "Loose Wind" is an excellent example of LAKE's history as a Fleetwood Mac cover band. An alternately bubbly, prog-ditty, "Winking Sign," juxtaposes an unlucky dining experience with a little girl afraid of murky water. And if the stories start to make you feel like life is hopeless, or you too have become overwhelmed with life's terrors, you will feel a change of heart with the motivational disco-soul song, "Don't Give Up."

Without sacrificing the wonder and childlike beauty that has been the face of LAKE for the past four years, Let's Build a Roof proves that wonder and beauty aren't just kids stuff. This is LAKE's most sophisticated record to date.



Athens, Greece-based Trip Hop/Blues Noir Sound Collective Night On Earth Release Sophomore CD "Second Hand" on October 27th

SonyMusic Independent Network is proud to announce the upcoming release from Athens, Greece-based sound collective Night On Earth. Night On Earth's sophomore release, "Second Hand" will be released on October 27th on Upstar/SIN/Greece. "Second Hand" is a collaboration with producer Thanassis Papakonstantinou and all of the record’s tracks are based on Papakonstantinou originals. Fronted by the lovely songstress Sophia, some of the great Greek musicians that contributed on the album include Lampis Kountouroyiannis and Dimitris Aronis (both Modrec forces), Fotis Siotas, Pantelis Stoikos, Digital Alkemist, Yiorgos Georgiades, Marily Milia and Sofia Eukleidou.

Night On Earth is a group comprised of eight Greek musicians of diverse musical backgrounds and influences that emerged from an improvisation that was performed live by Paracroussis, a devoted post-music sound collective. Their musical style can be portrayed as a puzzle of trip hop and blues noir and the band cites Portishead, Bjork, Billie Holliday, Kyuss, Tom Waits and Mazzy Star among their many influences; however, their sound is more influenced by the images of Jim Jarmusch and Wong Kar Wai than a specific musical movement. NOE creates a jazzy mood under an improvising spirit, and blends trippy and moody soundscapes that conjure up cinematic references and their live shows are accompanied by visuals, short films and performance.

Night On Earth released their debut self-titled double album in November 2006 on the independent Greek label Outlandish Recordings. In keeping with their soundtracks of “Roz” (Pink), a film by Alexandros Voulgaris, and “Kleftes” (Thieves), a film by Makis Papadimitratos.

Recently, Night On Earth finished recording and editing the film score for Thanassis Totsikas & Giorgos Pantazopoulos' short film, “Hoy No Vengo A Cenar.”

In addition to their full-band performances, Night On Earth also perform in additional configurations. Under the name Night On Earth “In a silent way”, they play as an acoustic trio, and as Night On Earth “impro”, members of the band improvise alongside with guest musicians.

The band describes their music as “a never-ending trip with thick soundwalls and melodic whirls” and you can download the track "Atman" from the band's new CD "Second Hand" here:

Butterfly Boucher Tour Dates.

Catch BUTTERFLY BOUCHER on tour in the following cities:

*with Mark Eitzel and Hotel Lights
Wed 7/29 Brooklyn, NY Bell House (8:30pm)
*Opening Erika Wennerstrom of Heartless Bastards
Thu 7/30 NYC Housing Works Bookstore Café (8:00pm)
*Solo date
Mon 8/3 NYC Living Room (9:30pm)
*Performing with Sarah McLachlan
Wed 8/5 Edmonton, ONT Edmonton Folk Festival
*Opening for The Wallflowers
Sat 8/29 Knoxville, TN Bijou Theatre
Sun 8/30 Nashville, TN Cannery Ballroom
Mon 8/31 Asheville, NC The Orange Peel
Tue 9/1 Charleston, SC The Veranda @ Family Circle
Thu 9/3 Washington, DC 9:30 Club


The OohLaLA Festival is bringing a bit of la France to L.A. this fall and no passport is required. The first edition of the three-day French music showcase will take over the Henry Fonda Theatre, September 23-25. This cultural import is the brainchild of French music industry veterans and will be presented/executive produced by Goldenvoice, the creators of the Coachella Music and Arts Festival and All Points West. Tickets will be available via Ticketmaster and go on sale Saturday, August 1st at 10 am.

Spanning three nights, the festival will bridge two continents, highlighting the current French music scene in the U.S. with a series of performances running the gamut from hard-hitting electro to more traditional fare. September 23 and 24 will be devoted exclusively to emerging talent from the indie pop/rock and folk scenes, including performances from dance-pop provocateur Sébastien Tellier, whose latest album, Sexuality, was produced by Daft Punk's Guy-Manuel de Homem-Christo; piano aficionado Gonzales, the multi-faceted virtuoso, who is equal parts powerful crooner and hip-hop singer, as well as Grammy-nominated arranger/producer for Feist; and Cocoon, a male/female folk duet from the Auvergne mountains, whose music echoes American folk greats such as Elliott Smith and Sufjan Stevens.

Night number two will belong to the radical, loungey reinterpretations of Nouvelle Vague, as the collective led by producer Marc Collin presents "Hollywood, Mon Amour," a tribute to 1980s film soundtracks. The band will put their spin on such classics as "Eye of the Tiger," "Flashdance... What A Feeling" and James Bond's "A View To A Kill." The Dø, a Finnish girl/French boy duo with panoramic cultures and 2008 sensation in France, will kick off the evening alongside electro-pop chanteuse Emilie Simon, a multi-French Music Award winner and composer of the "March of the Penguins" soundtrack, now based in New York.

The fest will close out Friday, September 25, with a serious collection of intercontinental, premiere party-starters manning the decks. This celebration of the French Touch electronic scene, fittingly dubbed "Electronic French Party," will showcase the hugely expanding French electro movement made popular recently by the likes of Daft Punk and Justice. The night will feature 'Champagne connexion' Yuksek fellows Brodinski and The Shoes who will show why their city of Reims is on the verge of becoming the new capital of French electro. Brodinski will bring his bass-heavy house and glitchy techno while The Shoes, known for their remixes around the globe (Late of The Pier, Santigold, Ladyhawke), will deliver a live set of electro computer rock. The Parisian duet Jamaica (formerly known as Poney Poney), produced by Xavier de Rosnay from Justice, will deliver a rousing set of electro power-pop with a health dose of heavy '80s guitars.

This event is sponsored by the Consulate General of France in Los Angeles and the Cultural Services of the French Embassy in the US. The other main sponsors are CulturesFrance, whose aim is to develop French cultural exchanges internationally, and France Los Angeles Exchange (FLAX), a Los Angeles-based 501(c)(3) foundation dedicated to fostering a better understanding of France through public and cultural art events that promote cross-cultural learning. Additional international partners include La Sacem, the French equivalent of ASCAP; the French Music Export Office, Le Bureau Export; and Trendsetting KCRW (89.9. FM and will be a presenting partner of the festival while TV5 Monde (US) and French opinion-leading cultural weekly Les Inrockuptibles will also be heavily involved.

Wednesday, September 23, 2009
Sébastien Tellier

Thursday, September 24, 2009
Nouvelle Vague presents "Hollywood, Mon Amour"
Emilie Simon
The Dø

Friday September 25, 2009
Electronic 'French Party'
The Shoes
Jamaica aka Poney Poney