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Friday, February 26, 2010

The Coral Sea's frontman Rey Villalobos releases beautiful whispery folk EP

Rey Villalobos has stepped away from his indie rock band, The Coral Sea, and recorded an intimate solo EP in Portland, Oregon of stripped down, soft, whispery folk tunes. The six song EP is entitled Roses in the Nordic Countries and has a very limited-edition CD release with beautiful packaging, while he shops for a label. He's been performing some great shows in the east and west coasts including opening slots for Sharon Van Etten, Mirah, Natureboy, Fanfarlo and Little Joy.

Check Out Rey Villalobos Follow Me.MP3

Shane MacGowan, Johnny Depp, Nick Cave & Chrissie Hynde cover Screamin Jay Hawkins

Shane MacGowan, Johnny Depp, Nick Cave, Chrissie Hynde & Friends cover a Screamin Jay Hawkins classic “I Put A Spell On You” for Haiti.

So moved by the plight of the people of Haiti, Shane and his long term girlfriend, writer Victoria Clarke made calls to friends and associates from which began the process of recording a track from which ALL proceeds go to Concern, a charity who have provided assistance to some of the poorest countries in the world including Haiti, even before the earthquake struck. Some of the stars on the record include - Nick Cave / Bobby Gillespie / Glen Matlock / Johnny Depp / Chrissie Hynde / Paloma Faith / Eliza Doolittle.

Please pre-order the single by clicking here or you can text SPELL (all in capitals) to 78789 (the text costs £1.50).

Thursday, February 25, 2010

The Shins frontman & Danger Mouse team up with new project Broken Bells

James Mercer of The Shins and Brian Burton a/k/a Danger Mouse release the self-titled first album by their new band Broken Bells on Columbia Records March 9, 2010. The band will make its first ever television appearance that same day on The Late Show with David Letterman.

The record's release will be previewed by full length streaming previews and beginning March 1, marking the first time the two sites have shared such a debut event.

In addition to standard CD, LP and digital versions, Broken Bells will also be released in a limited edition one-of-a-kind music box configuration available at finer music retailers. The record will also be available at Starbucks locations.

Broken Bells' release week will continue apace with another TV appearance and two special intimate live performances: The band will make its New York live debut March 10 at Brooklyn's Music Hall of Williamsburg, followed by a March 11 appearance on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon, and a March 14 one-off at the Troubadour in Los Angeles. The following week the band will play NPR's SXSW opening night gala at Stubbs in Austin TX alongside Spoon, Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings, The Walkmen and more.

Broken Bells' release has been preceded by overwhelmingly positive critical response, with Rolling Stone awarding the album a 4-star lead review and and previously running a Hot List lead on the single "The High Road," while Wired called it "crazy good stuff," remarked of the band's recent live debut "Try to imagine what (Broken Bells) might sound like and your expectations would be met and likely exceeded."

Broken Bells features Mercer on vocals, guitars and bass while Burton plays organ, drums, piano, synths and bass. The pair play all the instruments on the album with the exception of a full string section arranged by Daniele Luppi. Broken Bells was recorded by Todd Monfalcone and Kennie Takahashi at Mondo Studio in Los Angeles and produced by Danger Mouse.

Each a long-time fan of the other's work, Burton and Mercer first met face-to-face backstage at the 2004 Roskilde Festival in Copenhagen. The pair immediately hit it off and kept in touch over the prevailing half decade and in May 2008 seized the opportunity to finally collaborate on original music together. Broken Bells was pared down from more than 20 pieces of new music written and recorded to the 10 songs that coalesced together the most seamlessly.

Live Shows On Sale Now in New York, Los Angeles, Austin
NPR Music First Listen and MySpace Listening Previews Commence March 1

ShadowBox release free MP3 Blue Brain

Download first ever released ShadowBox track entitled "Blue Brain" for free via Soundcloud (click on the down load arrow). Bonnie Baxter AKA ShadowBox is performing a live show this Friday February 26 at Bar Matchless at 930 Sharp.

Bar Matchless
557 Manhattan Ave Brooklyn NY

Beach House Debut LP is back in print!

Heartbreakbeat Records announced the re-release of Beach House's first LP. It has been remastered and is now back in print! The remaster was done at Salt Mastering (Brooklyn) by the talented Paul Gold. The LP is on black vinyl and features the same deluxe packaging as the first white vinyl pressing. So in lieu of white vinyl new customers get improved sound quality, and those who got the first press get to keep their record collector cred intact. Beach House is currently on tour all over the EU, but will have copies of the LP when they tour the US later this year. The LP is available right now on Heartbreakbeat Records website and from other fine online and physical retailers right now.

Wednesday, February 24, 2010

Public Image LTD aka PiL Tour Dates

Since returning in December 2009 for seven monumental concerts in the United Kingdom–their first shows in 17 years–PUBLIC IMAGE LTD (PiL) now continue into 2010 with a headlining North American tour starting Saturday, April 17 in San Francisco.

After fronting the Sex Pistols, John Lydon formed Public Image Ltd in 1978. With their experimental sound fusing Rock, Dance, Folk, Ballet, Pop and Dub, PiL are regarded as producing some of the most diverse music of the 70s and 80s. As a band, the music and vision constantly evolved like no other, culminating in an incredible live experience.

The North American tour will be preceded by a special performance at the COACHELLA VALLEY MUSIC & ARTS FESTIVAL on Friday, April 16 (opening day of the three-day event) in Indio, CA. It marks their first show in the United States in 18 years.

Cited as one of the most innovative and influential bands in music history, PiL return to a country where they enjoyed a special relationship throughout their career for what are set to be stunning shows. The North American dates will be followed by a series of high-profile summer European Festival appearances.

John Lydon (vocals), Lu Edmonds (guitar), Bruce Smith (drums) and Scott Firth (bass) earned critical and public acclaim for their concerts in December 2009, with many British media outlets championing them as the shows of the year.

John Lydon: “I sound like a bag of kittens thrown down the staircase.”

2010 sees the 30th anniversary of the band’s first U.S. tour and also their U.S TV debut on “American Bandstand,” where singer John Lydon invited the audience onstage to dance with the band! Host Dick Clark famously introduced their appearance as "a memorable moment in rock n roll, something special and interesting.”

The preliminary North American tour dates are as follows, with more shows to be added:

Tour Dates:
Fri 4/16 Indio, CA Empire Polo Field/Coachella
Sat 4/17 San Francisco, CA Grand Ballroom @ Regency Center
Tue 4/20 Seattle, WA Showbox at The Market
Wed 4/21 Portland, OR Crystal Ballroom
Fri 4/23 Salt Lake City, UT The Depot
Sat 4/24 Denver, CO Ogden Theatre
Mon 4/26 Kansas City, MO Midland Theatre
Sun 5/2 Chicago, IL House of Blues
Tue 5/4 Boston, MA Royale Boston
Wed 5/5 Boston, MA Royale Boston
Fri 5/7 Toronto, ON Kool Haus
Sat 5/8 Montreal, QC Theatre L'Olympia de Montreal
Tue 5/11 Baltimore, MD Rams Head Live
Wed 5/12 Washington, DC 9:30 Club
Fri 5/14 Pittsburgh, PA Club Zoo
Sat 5/15 Atlantic City, NJ The Borgata Music Box
Tue 5/18 New York, NY Terminal 5

For further PiL information, see:

Friday, February 19, 2010

Wednesday, February 17, 2010

MGMT new album cover brings back memories of Sonic the Hedgehog?

MGMT have teamed up with artist Anthony Ausgang for the cover art for their sophomore release, Congratulations, out April 13th on Columbia Records.

Thursday, February 11, 2010

Holly Miranda at Happy Ending Music & Reading Series

Holly Miranda performed at the Happy Ending Music & Reading Series at Joe's Pub last night with authors Joshua Ferris, Ron Carlson and Padgett Powell. She opened with the beautiful and haunting tune "Joints," off her upcoming album entitled The Magician's Private Library (Out Feb 23rd on XL) and played one other tune. Her voice is absolutely breathtaking. The writers then came up to read their stories and each had to do something they haven't done before. Joshua Ferris brought up his high school photo in which he had a mullet and a paisley shirt buttoned all the way up. The senior portrait graces the wall at his parents' house and haunts his dreams. Ron Carlson gave a rough draft of an unpublished story to an audience member to read. The hilarious Padgett Powell cut some locks of hair with some scissors then read from his hilarious novel The Interrogative Mood: A Novel?. Holly came back on stage and did two more songs then also had to do something she had never done before. She was required to perform a cover song and get the audience to sing along. She taught the crowd the chorus then started her amazing cover of Lauryn Hill's "Ex-Factor." She was brought up for an encore and did a short piano piece to finish the evening.

Joshua Ferris reading

Ron Carlson reading

Padgett Powell trimming his hair!

Thursday, February 04, 2010

Victoria of Taken By Trees NYC & Brooklyn DJ Sets & Tour Info

I just had the honor of meeting Victoria Bergsman of Sweden's Taken By Trees today. She recently moved from Sweden to Manhattan to get a feel for the city. She has an upcoming tour with her friend El Perro Del Mar. The dates below. We did an interview with her which will be posted shortly on the main site and she informed me she will be spinning a few sets in New York and Brooklyn I starting tonight which I thought I would pass along.

DJ Sets:
Thursday, February 4th | Stanton Public | 9:00PM- 1AM | 17 Stanton Street in the LES
Friday, February 5th | American Apparel | 12noon till ? | 314 Flatbush Ave in Park Slope
Thursday, February 11th | Stanton Public | 9:00PM- 1AM | 17 Stanton Street in the LES

Tour Dates:
13 feb Union Hall BROOKLYN
14 feb World Café with El Perro Del Mar PHILADELPHIA
16 feb Le Poisson Rouge with El Perro Del Mar NEW YORK
17 feb The Knitting Factory with El Perro Del Mar BROOKLYN
19 feb Cambridge YMCA Theatre with El Perro Del Mar CAMBRIDGE
26 feb Triple Door with El Perro Del Mar SEATTLE
20 feb Il Motore with El Perro Del Mar MONTREAL
21 feb Mod Club with El Perro Del Mar TORONTO
22 feb Schubas with El Perro Del Mar CHICAGO
23 feb Cedar Cultural Center with El Perro Del Mar MINNEAPOLIS
27 feb Biltmore with El Perro Del Mar VANCOUVER
28 feb Doug Fir with El Perro Del Mar PORTLAND
02 mar Cafe Du Nord with El Perro Del Mar SAN FRANCISCO
03 mar Troubadour with El Perro Del Mar LOS ANGELES

Tuesday, February 02, 2010

The Magnetic Fields' 69 Love Songs vinyl box set to be released April 20th!

As an early Valentine’s Day treat, we are announcing the long-awaited release of The Magnetic Fields’ 69 Love Songs box set on limited-edition 10” vinyl (with MP3 download coupon) to be released in stores on April 20! We are accepting pre-orders now in the Merge store at a special price and all orders before Valentine's Day will receive a printable e-valentine for their special friend or loved one in time for the holiday. Orders will ship to arrive on or around the April 20 release date.

The story has it that Stephin Merritt came up with the idea for 69 Love Songs while sitting in an elegant midtown Manhattan gay piano bar. He originally planned for it to be a live musical revue, performed with a rotating cast of singers in the plush hotel bars and cabarets of New York City.

69 Love Songs was released in September of 1999. Fans and critics were ecstatic, and 69 Love Songs became one of the most talked-about records of 1999. It remains one of the most beloved albums in our catalog. As Spin magazine said, “Like the best cabaret, Stephin Merritt’s triple-CD monsterpiece charms on contact, and like the best indie-pop, you’ll want to unravel it endlessly.”

The limited-edition box set includes all 69 love songs re-mastered for vinyl on six 10” records and housed in a super-sized 69 Love Songs box, along with a 10” version of the original booklet featuring liner notes written by Lemony Snicket author Daniel Handler.

Free MP3 download of The Magnetic Fields "Book of Love