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Sunday’s Best: The Jesus And Mary Chain

posted February 26, 2012, 7:46 pm by Ben Oliver | Filed Under Editorial, General Interest, Sunday's Best | comment 3 Comments

Tags: The Jesus And Mary Chain, Jesus And Mary Chain

Back in the day, when this place was crawling with forums and chats about random acts of music, we used to poll ourselves. Which album not only set the artist atop of the industry, but stapled them in as musical gods.

This week we focus on the one and only Jesus And Mary Chain. Like the Velvet Underground, their most obvious influence, the chart success of the Jesus and Mary Chain was virtually nonexistent, but their artistic impact was incalculable; quite simply, the British group made the world safe for white noise, orchestrating a sound dense in squalling feedback which served as an inspiration to everyone from My Bloody Valentine to Dinosaur Jr. Though the supporting players drifted in and out of focus, the heart of the Mary Chain remained vocalists and guitarists William and Jim Reid, Scottish-born brothers heavily influenced not only by underground legends like the Velvets and the Stooges but also by the sonic grandeur and pop savvy of Phil Spector and Brian Wilson.

They reunited in 2007, and will be playing the 35 Denton fest in March.

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Artist Update: Rebelution

posted February 25, 2012, 7:38 pm by Ben Oliver | Filed Under Editorial, General Interest, Music News, Tour, Video | comment Leave a Comment

Tags: Peace Of Mind, Rebelution

The Santa Barbara reggae clan Rebelution released their newest album, Peace Of Mind, this past January. The guys are currently in the midst of touring, and decided it was a good time to deliver a brand new music video.  The video for “Sky is the Limit”, from their new chart topping record.  “Sky is the Limit” premiered on AOL and gives fans a glimpse in the studio as well as their energetic and memorable live show. Peace of Mind is the band’s third studio album, released as a multi-length triple album (Peace of Mind: Acoustic and Peace of Mind: Dub) through their own label 87 Music in partnership with Controlled Substance Sound Labs. This marks the bands highest debut chart position at #13 on Billboard’s Top 200, #1 Reggae and #1 Independent.

“After seven years of touring and releasing albums, we are excited for our first official music video. The clip is a collection of footage shot around several locations in our home town of Santa Barbara, as well as the in-studio sessions during the recording of Peace of Mind, in addition to various live Rebelution shows over the past few years. We hope our fans enjoy watching it as much as we did making it,” says the band.

Rebelution is currently half way through their “Peace of Mind Tour” which stops in 42 cities across the country, continuing to sell out shows at venues such at Hard Rock Cafe, Orlando, Hollywood Palladium and Stubbs in Austin. Tickets are on sale now and can be purchased through the band’s website.

For news, ticket information and to listen to music please head to

You can read what Rebelution are currently listening to here, and read our interview with them from last year here.

And here is our review of their album Peace Of Mind.

Video Of The Week: Thee Oh Sees “Meat Step Lively”

posted February 24, 2012, 12:15 pm by Ben Oliver | Filed Under Editorial, Festivals, General Interest, Music News, Video | comment 1 Comment

We are so lucky, getting a chance to share great new music with people all over the world. We are working with 35 Denton for the first time, a music fest in it’s 4th year.  Since 2009, the fest has been growing, and also sharing great new music with people. The first year had 124 bands and over 4,000 fans. Past artists have included The Flaming Lips, Big Boi, Neon Indian, Portugal.The Man, Health, Jessica Lea Mayfield, Dr. Dog, Sarah Jaffe, The Walkmen, and The Black Angels. This year, once again, they have a great line-up planned the week before SXSW. Highlights include Best Coast, The Jesus And Mary Chain, Bun B, Peaking Lights, Danny Brown, Devin The Dude, Mountain Goats, Built To Spill, Dum Dum Girls, Gardens & Villas, Atlas Sound, and tons more!

One of the bands that I am most excited about seeing are Thee Oh Sees from San Francisco.  They play brand new, psychedelic throwback music. They have a reputation for putting out a ton of material, and for staging incredible, lively performances. This is my favorite video by them. It’s co-directed by Ada Bligaard Soby and Brian Lee Hughes, with cinematography by Ada Bligaard Soby, produced by Brian Lee Hughes of Public Production LLC, and edited by Jacinto Astiazaran.



Artist Update: The Used

posted February 23, 2012, 1:50 pm by Ben Oliver | Filed Under Editorial, General Interest, Music News, Releases | comment 1 Comment

Tags: The Used, Vulnerable

The Used have released a new song from their upcoming full length Vulnerable out March 27th. The song was released February 21, with the band holding a live twitter chat discussing the new song with fans.  Fans can stream the song exclusively on

“Hands And Faces” is now available for purchase only on iTunes! Grab it here:

Vulnerable is now available for pre order! Deluxe CD’s and Vinyl available, all with expanded artwork!

Another song has also already leaked. You can also find the first single, “I Come Alive”, below.

On The Verge: Cymbals Eat Guitars

posted February 23, 2012, 1:36 pm by Ben Oliver | Filed Under Editorial, General Interest, Music News, On The Verge, Releases, Tour | comment Leave a Comment

Tags: Cymbals Eat Guitars, Lenses Alien

Very exciting news people…Cymbals Eat Guitars are back!  Following a successful tour after the release of their highly praised sophomore album, Lenses Alien, the band is back on the road again, making a stop at the Bowery Ballroom on 04.03 AND 04.04 with Cursive. This is a tour you do not want to miss!

With genuine enthusiasm and explosive energy, these guys draw on all the indie greats of the 90′s to create a sound that is forward-looking and fresh. With each chord struck and note sang, you can picture them as young music fans listening to their favorite records and imagining one day that they’ll do the same. They create a sound that is developed from being both talented and innovative musicians as well as honest-to-goodness music lovers. They will also be at SXSW.  Tour dates can be found below, along with the latest music video.  This first single,  “Keep You Waiting”, is directed by Adam Kurland. Read more

A2IM To Produce First Ever Independent Music Awards

posted February 23, 2012, 8:31 am by Ben Oliver | Filed Under Editorial, General Interest, Music News | comment Leave a Comment

Tags: Independent Music Awards

The American Association of Independent Music (A2IM) annonuced that the launch of the first-ever American Association of Independent Music Libera Awards, or the “Libbies,” this June 21. The award show will be the first of its kind to honor independent labels and musicians as voted on by independent labels and musicians.

The show will be the crown jewel of A2IM’s Indie Week 2012, which will be celebrating the organization’s seventh anniversary with a conference and a series of events the weekend of June 19-21. The invite-only event will be held at Le Poisson Rouge in New York City.

“This is our chance to celebrate the risk-takers of the music industry — the independent labels — and the amazing people we all work with every day, from music supervisors to designers,” said Portia Sabin, President of label Kill Rock Stars and A2IM board member, in a statement. “We want to honor the people who do great work with independent artists, as well as our artists themselves. This is an exciting time for the independent community and we look forward to marking it with the A2IM Libera Awards ceremony.”

Led by Bon Iver’s two Grammy wins, the American Association of Independent Music (A2IM) recently said that independent labels won 34 trophies, including the categories Best New Artist, Best Country Song, and Best Album awards in ten categories at this weekend’s 54th annual Grammy awards.  The independent label organization said the percentage of indie labels increased over last year with wins by Big Machine (Taylor Swift’s label), Concord Music Group (Chick Corea) and Rounder Records (Alison Krauss).

The Grammys big winner, Adele, who won six awards was excluded from the indie tally as she is licensed to and marketed by Columbia in the U.S. though she is signed to indie Beggars/XL in the U.K.  A2IM also said 2011 is the second year in a row independent labels and artists led industry nominations with over 50% for a total of 194 of the 387 possible nominations.

A2IM points out that this marks the fourth consecutive year  an artist signed to an indie label has won Album of the Year, following  2011′s winner Arcade Fire’s ‘The Suburbs’, 2010′s winner Taylor Swift’s ‘Fearless’ (Big Machine), and 2009′s winner Robert Plant and Alison Krauss’ ‘Raising Sand’ (Rounder).

The Libbies will decorate indies in a number of categories geared towards celebrating the innovative and entrepreneurial spirit that is required to be successful in the industry, including Road Warrior of the Year for the artist who worked hardest on the touring circuit; the Indie Light Bulb Award for the most innovative marketing campaign; and Indie Label of the Year. Nominees will be selected by a secret industry panel, and each member of A2IM will be allowed to vote on a winner.

Previously, the National Association of Independent Music Distributors (NAIRD) produced the NAIRD Awards, which became the Indie Awards after the organization was renamed the Association For Independent Music. AFIM disbanded in 2004, and A2IM opened its doors the following year.

Artist Update: Wiz Khalifa

posted February 22, 2012, 7:00 pm by Ben Oliver | Filed Under Editorial, General Interest, Music News, Releases | comment Leave a Comment

Tags: Taylor Allderdice, Wiz Khalifa

Rapper and Taylor Gang leader Wiz Khalifa, @RealWizKhalifa, is getting ready to release his new mixtape soon. Taylor Allderdice (named after his high school) doesn’t yet have a scheduled release date, at least not one that is publicly known. About a week ago, the inter webs were abuzz over a new leaked track from that upcoming record, “My Favorite Song”. Last night another song was released, this one called “Morocco”.  It’s a bit of a stretch for the young artist, but he pulls it off anyway. It finds him singing as much, if not more, then actually rhyming. Listen and decide for yourself. We are including the former song for you also:

Update: As I was writing this post last night, Wiz released another track!  This one is called “Mary 3x”.  There is also another track that has supposedly been leaked.  We are unable to confirm if this is legit and official or not.  It’s  called “Cup”, and features both Juicy J and Chevy Woods.

Update 2: Another new Wiz song! This one is called “Mt. Money”, features Fashawn, and was producted by Sledgren. It won’t, however, make it onto the Taylor Allderdice mixtape, now due out next week! Check it out below.

Update 3: The mix tape was released on Tuesday night, and so many tried to download it that the site crashed! You can get yours now free here.

Artist Update: Metric

posted February 22, 2012, 3:40 pm by Ben Oliver | Filed Under Editorial, General Interest, Music News, Releases | comment Leave a Comment

Tags: Metric, Synthetica

The ever popular band Metric took to the inter webs today to announce their new record: Synthetica. And instead of a press release, the band decided to speak for themselves:

What is the release date?

June 12th in Canada and the US. It will vary by up to a few days in the rest of the world.
What does it sound like?

It sounds like the culmination of everything we have done. We’ve always had a sound in our heads that we hoped to realize and we finally heard it coming back out of the speakers this time.
Where was it recorded?

At our own studio, Giant, in Toronto. And at Electric Lady Studios in NYC. The album was produced by Jimmy Shaw and mixed by John O’Mahony. This is our favorite combination of spaces.
What is SYNTHETICA about?

FANTASIES was all about pushing ourselves out into the world, going to unknown places and shaking off everything familiar.  SYNTHETICA is about staying home and wanting to crawl out of your skin from the lack of external stimulation.  SYNTHETICA is about forcing yourself to confront what you see in the mirror when you finally stand still long enough to catch a reflection.  SYNTHETICA is about being able to identify the original in a long line of reproductions.  It’s about what is real vs what is artificial.

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Artist Update: Katatonia

posted February 22, 2012, 2:15 pm by Ben Oliver | Filed Under Editorial, General Interest, Music News, Releases | comment Leave a Comment

Tags: Katatonia

Sweden’s ultimate progressive heavy metal act, Katatonia, has posted a studio update on their Facebook page. They wanted to fill fans in on the recording process of the band’s forthcoming full-length record.  Katatonia is currently tracking the follow-up to 2009’s, Night Is The New Day, at Ghost Ward Studios in Stockholm, Sweden with producer, David Castillo. The release is due out later this year on Peaceville Records. Stay tuned for more information.


On The Verge: Reptar

posted February 22, 2012, 12:31 pm by Ben Oliver | Filed Under Editorial, General Interest, Music News, On The Verge, Releases | comment Leave a Comment

Tags: Reptar, Body Faucet, Oblangle Fizz Y’all

Reptar has just announced that their debut full-length album, Body Faucet, will be released May 1st via Vagrant. Produced by Ben Allen (Animal Collective, Gnarls Barkley, Washed Out), the new record is the follow up to the group’s debut EP Oblangle Fizz Y’all.  The Georgia natives had a great year in 2011, going on tour as opening support for both Foster The People and Phantogram.  They also played both Lollapalooza and ACL festivals.

To celebrate the announcement, they are giving away a free mp3.  It is also the first single from the record, “Sebastian”. To learn more about the new record, click on more to continue reading.  The band also unleashed a live performance trailer for the album with the song “New House” as the music bed, which we are also including below. If the soundcloud doesn’t work on your mobile device, the mp3 is listed down at the very bottom of this post.

We were able to interview them before the holidays last fall, you can listen here!

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