Friday, August 27, 2010



Touring in continued support of their breakout debut, Miike Snow are returning to America to regale stateside audiences with their dance-pop compositions and unparalleled live show. The group, comprised of Swedish producers Christian Karlsson and Pontus Winnberg and New York-dwelling vocalist/songwriter Andrew Wyatt, plan to further extend the tremendous momentum they have carried through their European and South American dates earlier this summer.

Since the release of their self-titled LP in late 2008, Miike Snow have ridden a wave of critical popularity to features on national television programs (including 2 performances on Jimmy Kimmel Live!) and sold-out shows the world over. This leg of performances will likely prove to do the same, ignited by an already sold-out performance at New York's Terminal 5 and punctuated by a headlining slot at the Treasure Island Festival.



Oct 6 Terminal 5 New York, NY (SOLD OUT)
Oct 7 Terminal 5 New York, NY
Oct 8 Austin City Limits Austin, TX
Oct 9 Kool Haus Toronto, ON
Oct 10 House of Blues Boston, MA
Oct 11 Riviera Theatre Chicago, IL
Oct 13 Showbox at the Market Seattle, WA
Oct 15 The Wiltern Los Angeles, CA
Oct 16 Treasure Island San Francisco, CA

Ursula 1000 to release “Fuzz EP” on Thievery Corporation’s ESL Music Featuring the track “Hey You!” with Fred Schneider

New York’s Ursula 1000 sets his time machine towards primitive garage punk for his new E.P., “FUZZ!”

Drenched in snarling fuzz guitars, savage drums and spooky organs, this new collection of tracks unleashes his technicolor take on this sound. A pinch of the old and a drop of the new, creating a brand new monster! Inspired by the classics like Count Five, The Sonics and the Nuggets and Back To The Grave collections to revivalists like The Gruesomes, Gravedigger V and The Dukes of Stratosphear, Ursula 1000 takes in this obsession and flips it for a new generation.

“FUZZ” features the inimitable Fred Schneider from The B-52s on the opening song, “Hey You!” Fred and his band paved the way of mixing b-movie surf trashiness and new

wave as does Ursula with his blending vintage grooves with modern electronica, thus making the pairing a no-brainer. This is not pastiche but a re-invention!

Ursula 1000 is the alter ego of Brooklyn, New York based producer/DJ Alex Gimeno. His albums (four artists albums and two DJ mixed CDs) and live/radio mix sessions have taken on a broad scope of retro tinged spy grooves, bumping latin disco funk, hints of post punk, electro, go go and sleazy glam rock. You can hear it in his remixes for the likes of Quincy Jones, Felix Da Housecat, The Faint, Fort Knox Five to a slew of television remodels for themes to Sesame Street, The Powerpuff Girls, The Incredibles and Yo Gabba Gabba. Scenes for Sex And The City, Grey’s Anatomy and How I Met Your Mother popped even more with a helping of a little Ursula as have campaigns for AT&T, Samsung, Adidas and Grand Marnier.

You can find him traveling the world dj-ing at places like Fabric, The Big Chill Festival, Shambhala or even at his home residencies at Trophy Bar and The Commodore. For a more obscure selection of songs that make him tick, check out his radio show, Guilty Pleasures on

October 5, 2010 (digital)
October 19, 2010 (physical)
Label: ESL Music

Track List
“Hey You!” (feat. Fred Schneider)
“Fuzz 1000”
“Graveyard Stomp”


Melbourne Australia's psychedelic indie-electronic adventurers Miami Horror are pleased to announce the release of their debut, Illumination, out August 24th. The release comes at the heels of two years of teeth-cutting live shows. In conjunction with the album release, they'll be bringing their live show to the states throughout September.

While Miami Horror began as just one synthesizer-obsessed producer huddled over a laptop, mastermind Ben Plant rewired Miami Horror's genetic makeup, depositing the talents of Josh Moriarty, Aaron Shanahan & Daniel Whitechurch to form a new live band persona.

And it worked. Since the switch, Miami Horror has played unmissable sets at Australia's biggest festivals, not to mention some A-list support slot call ups for everyone from Phoenix, Friendly Fires and La Roux to a hand-picked hook up from Lily Allen.

Hunkering down in Ben's home studio in Melbourne, Illumination's recording saw them call in a cast of guest stars, including Swedish singer MAI, Melbourne based chanteuse Kimbra, Dappled Cities' wordsmith Tim Derricourt for a lyrical assist and also Neon Indian & Vega prodigy Alan Palomo, who added his distinctive haze to multiple tunes.

Be sure to take a listen to the album, streaming at, and catch Miami Horror when they make their way stateside!

Miami Horror Tour Dates:
Fri. 9/3 - San Francisco, CA - Mezzanine
Sat. 9/4 - Costa Mesa, CA - Pacific Festival @ Triangle Square
Sun. 9/5 - Las Vegas, NV - Beauty Bar
Thu. 9/9 - Chicago, IL - Double Door
Fri. 9/10 - New York, NY - Webster Hall
Sat. 9/11 - Washington, DC - U Street Music Hall
Wed. 9/15 - Miami, FL - Liv
Thu. 9/16 - Dallas, TX - Granada Theatre
Thu. 9/16 - Dallas, TX - PM Lounge (DJ Set)
Fri. 9/17 - Austin, TX - The Phoenix
Sat. 9/18 - Santa Monica, CA - The Central

Multi-Platinum International Sensation Owl City Pens Theme Song to Zack Snyder’s Animation Debut Legend of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga’Hoole

New York, NY – Multi-platinum international sensation Owl City has penned a new song – “To the Sky” – to serve as the theme to Director Zack Snyder’s animation debut Legend of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga’Hoole (Warner Bros. Pictures/Village Roadshow Pictures). Based on Kathryn Lasky novels Guardians of G’Hoole, the film opens nationwide in theatres and IMAX on September 24th in both 3D and 2D and will be accompanied by an original motion picture soundtrack that will be released on September 21st by WaterTower Music.

“It is such an incredible honor to be part of this film. As a fan of both the children’s book series growing up, and Zack Snyder’s work as a director, having my music included is pretty surreal. I’ve been waiting for someone to make a movie like this for some time now. I’m endlessly grateful to be involved.” – Owl City’s Adam Young

Owl City’s “To the Sky” is featured prominently within the film and then plays again as it soars over the end title sequence. It’ll be released as the soundtrack’s first single and will be accompanied by a music video that incorporates themes and imagery from the film. In addition, “To the Sky” anchors the exciting soundtrack which includes the heroic musical landscapes of the Academy Award nominee and BAFTA award winning Davis Hirschfelder’s score.

This past year has been a whirlwind for Owl City, whose debut album, Ocean Eyes, was released in July 2009 and was certified platinum less than a year later on April 1st 2010. The first single, “Fireflies,” is now triple platinum and hit the #1 spot on the Hot 100 twice, as well as going #1 in 23 countries around the world. Over the past year, Owl City has amassed an impressive touring record and a slew of critical acclaim (New York Times, Rolling Stone, People, Entertainment Weekly, USA Today, etc.) and Adam Young is currently working on Owl City’s follow up to Ocean Eyes – due out early 2011.

“To the Sky” is the first new Owl City song to be released since Summer 2009’s Ocean Eyes. Check out the soundtrack to Legend of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga’Hoole on September 21st on WaterTower Music and be sure to catch the film in theatres nationwide and IMAX on September 24th.

Monsters! Zombies! Mad Doctors! Don't Worry, Unicycle Loves You!

Video Premiere for "Mirror, Mirror"
+ New Tour Dates Announced!

Don't be fooled by Unicycle Loves You's bright, surf-rocking title track, Mirror, Mirror, off their sophomore release on Highwheel Records (September 7th). Taking a dark and twisted (but delightful) turn in this new video directed by Anthony Dixon and Unicycle Loves You's Jim Carroll, it harkens on classic horror and sci-fi films offering tales of unusual love. Feel free to post and share their "candy-coated darkness", which premiered on PopMatters.

Catch the mesmerizing Unicycle Loves You, who Time Out Chicago describes as "just one high-profile review away from the adulation it deserves," as they find themselves on tour throughout the Midwest and East coast. The tour includes dates with Ha Ha Tonka, the Royal Bangs and Weezer- just in time for Weezer's Blue Album/Pinkerton tour. For the full schedule, please see below.

Unicycle Loves You Tourdates

9/03 FREE SHOW @ Grinnell College, Grinnell, IA
(w/ Ha Ha Tonka)

09/11 Record Release Show @ Schubas, Chicago, IL
(w/ Village & Nurse Novels)

09/15 Wilbert's, Cleveland, OH

09/17 Littlefield, Brooklyn, NY
(w/ Frances)

09/18 Bruar Falls, Brooklyn, NY
(w/ Wild Carnation)

09/21 North Star Bar, Philadelphia, PA

09/23 Garfield Arts, Pittsburgh, PA

09/24 MIDPOINT MUSIC FEST @ The Blue Wisp, Cincinnati, OH
(w/ Babe the Blue Ox & Royal Bangs)

09/25 Bradley University Arena, Peoria, IL

09/28 The Mill, Iowa City, IA
(w/ The Wheelers)

09/29 Sauce, Minneapolis, MN

10/01 Baba Louie's, De Pere, WI

10/02 Club Garibaldi's, Milwaukee, WI

10/05 Vollrath Tavern, Indianapolis, IN

10/06 The House Cafe, DeKalb, IL
(w/ Elephant Gun)

10/07 Mike & Molly's, DeKalb, IL

10/08 Record Bar, Kansas City, MO

10/09 Lemmon's, St. Louis, MO


Takes Their Monsters on Tour
Announce US Dates with Aesthetic Perfection, Ivardensphere
New Album Out 9/28

Atlanta, GA - With the release of their fifth studio album MAKING MONSTERS coming on September 28, 2010, Metropolis recording artists COMBICHRIST have announced dates for Monsters on Tour with support from Aesthetic Perfection and Ivardensphere. Tickets for the tour go on sale this weekend (tour dates below).

Kicking off on November 3rd in New Orleans and circling around the States, this is the band's first tour of the US after four months on the road supporting Rammstein in Europe. Combichrist's much lauded and respected live shows are, as Crypt Magazine describes, "known for tons of energy, blood, and a rock n' roll attitude." BlogCritics also warns it's "not for the faint of heart - you wouldn't bring your grandmother to this show."

COMBICHRIST w/ Aesthetic Perfection, Ivandensphere
Nov 03 Howlin' Wolf New Orleans, LA
Nov 04 Elysium Austin, TX
Nov 06 Venue of Scottsdale Scottsdale, AZ
Nov 07 Henry Fonda Theater Los Angeles, CA
Nov 08 Slim's San Francisco, CA
Nov 10 Wonder Ballroom Portland, OR
Nov 11 El Corazon Seattle, WA
Nov 13 Gothic Theatre Englewood, CA
Nov 15 The Cabooze Minneapolis, MN
Nov 16 The Bottom Lounge Chicago, IL
Nov 17 Phoenix Concert Theatre Toronto, ONT
Nov 19 Webster Theatre Hartford, CT
Nov 20 Gramercy Theatre New York, NY
Nov 21 Polaris Philadelphia, PA
Nov 22 Fur Nightclub Washington, DC
Nov 24 Masquerade Atlanta, GA


Fueled by expressions of lust, anger, pain and hate, Making Monsters is the sound of Combichrist mastermind Andy LaPlegua ripping out his heart and plugging its still-beating deathkicks into his music, rife with hook-heavy choruses, speaker-crushing beats, and dark aggressive vocals. The first single “Never Surrender” is bound to rule the dance floors along with other floor stompers “They” and “Throat Full of Glass”. The baretoothed aggression of “Follow the Trail of Blood” (featuring Brendan Schiepatti of Bleeding Through) will immediately become a crowd favorite while the brooding “Through These Eyes of Pain” takes a much subtler approach and shows us another side of Combichrist, that of the man inside the monster.

Recorded in Totprod Studios in Atlanta, GA and produced by LaPlegua, Making Monsters takes the band beyond the aggressive techno and electro rhythms and propels them into much more primal and raw territory. "It's beyond my personal demons, and extremely honest," says LaPlegua.

Making Monsters will be released via Metropolis Records physically on September 28, 2010 (digital release is slated for August 31, 2010). The live incarnation is comprised of LaPlegua, longtime live drummer Joe Letz (Amen, Genitorturers, Emigrate), keyboardist Z_Marr (Hell Trash), and Trevor Friedrich (Eighteen Visions, Imperative Reaction).

Wednesday, August 4, 2010

YELLOWCARD Signs To Hopeless Records

Band To Enter Studio In September With Neal Avron
To Record New Album, Due Out Spring 2011

After two-and-a-half years, the music that provided a soundtrack for rebellious-yet-sensitive, coastal-dreaming pop-punk kids of the early 00’s is back. YELLOWCARD have put the break to rest with the announcement of a brand new record on a new label and tearing into life on the road again.

Returning to their pre-major label indie beginnings, Yellowcard have recently signed with Hopeless Records for their seventh studio album, the first since 2007’s Paper Walls. For round seven (and after 3 million records sold), Ryan Key (vocals/guitar) and original members Sean Mackin (violin) and Longineu (“LP”) Parsons (drums) continuing with Ryan Mendez (guitar) will be joined by longtime friend of the band Sean O’Donnell (bass), whose addition has been described as a “natural fit” for the current mindset and progression of the group.

“Hopeless seemed to be the right place for us; they were really interested in working with the band, very proactive, and had a lot of great ideas for us,” says frontman/guitarist Ryan Key. “They’re giving us the opportunity to do exactly what we want with it, and we’re thankful to have an established fanbase that is already interested in what we have to put out.”

“We have all been big fans of Yellowcard since their early days” adds Hopeless Records President Louis Posen. “Our team is having a great time working with the band and we are thrilled that there is going to be a new Yellowcard album soon. We know the fans want new music and we are honored and humbled that we get to play a part in helping such a great band write the next chapter in their career.”

Key said the writing process has been like picking up just where they left off, that they “feel like kids again, having fun and driving around listening to the music we just created, no words yet, just the music over and over again.” They will soon begin recording with their tried-and-true producer Neal Avron - “the sixth member of our band” - and are aiming for a spring release, enough time to take new material and the classic benchmarks out for a refresher.

“We’re talking about a ton of different ideas, and we’re itching to start as soon as possible,” Key said. “Ultimately, we want to make something the fans will love. What we love to do most, is look out from the stage and see people exploding with energy, and I think we keep that in mind while we are writing. We miss being out on the road playing for Yellowcard fans all around the world, and without their support we wouldn’t have a career.”

VOTE for The Excavation of Mushroom Island

Voting begins today for the People's Choice Award in BLURB's Annual Photography Book competition. You've already shown your support by purchasing or blogging about my book The Excavation of Mushroom Island, and now you have one more opportunity to show how much you like my fictional archaeological exploration of the Super Mario World.

Simply visit my Blurb book page and click on the orange VOTE banner located in the middle of the page. By doing so you'll help my chances of not only winning the award but also supporting creative interpretations of your favorite video games.

Thank you for all your support!

Logan Zawacki
Author/artist of The Excavation of Mushroom Island

Scream NO!

Education Through Entertainment presents A Back To School Safety Song for Kids and Parents “Scream NO! (Don’t Go With Someone You Don’t Know)” by Scott Leigh

The song “Scream NO!” was written to draw attention to the serious issue of child abduction.

Please use this song to help your children remember how to prevent being an abduction victim.

To get tips, facts and a free download of the song go to:

To watch the hit music video go to:

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To educate, inspire and inform children and families through engaging, entertaining and relevant methods.

The youth of today are the future of tomorrow. We are dedicated to teaching them about hope, morals and values.



With their latest album Further, released earlier this summer, the much revered dance duo of Ed Simons and Tom Rowlands went back to basics, shaking free big name guest vocalists and instead releasing a studied, concise 8 song opus which wound together proved to be one of their most cohesive and compelling records yet.

Their new single “Another World”, to be released on August 17th via Astralwerks, shows just how this stripped down approach works so well; it’s a shimmering, pulsating, lolloping slice of electronica, one which builds, slowly and steadily, from a simple piano break, before growing to become an encompassing, dreamily propulsive epic. It’s simple yet devastatingly effective, particularly as it progresses towards its euphoric climax – and another potent reminder of just why The Chemical Brothers are still, after all these years, in a league of their own.

The single release boasts a couple of never before commercially released remixes of two more tracks from The Chemical Brothers’ Further album: the much in-demand Boys Noize and Lindstrom & Prin Thomas remixes of “Swoon” and the Popof remix of “Horsepower” – which will be available on 12" vinyl and digital downloads.


8/28 San Francisco CA, Fox Theater
8/29 LA CA, Hollywood Bowl
8/31 Denver CO, Fillmore
9/3 Chicago IL, North Coast Festival
9/4 New York NY, Electric Zoo Festival

Boy George new album

"Extraordinary Alien" Is the name of George's new album, which is a collection of work that he has done with friend and colleague Kinky Roland.The album will consist of 16 tracks including mixes of songs such as Turn 2 Dust, Yes we Can, Brand New, Go Your Own Way, Time Machine,Seconds, Sanitised, Kill the A & R, Look Pon U and many more!