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Press Release Roundup: December 16

posted December 16, 2014, 10:30 am by Carlita | Filed Under Music News, Press Release Roundup, Releases | comment Leave a Comment

Music journalists get hit with a steady helping of press releases every day. For the music fan without that kind of sensory overload, a lot of music news can pass by without being seen. Every Monday, we will weed through and compile a list of some of the most intriguing press releases to come across our virtual desk.



In case you were under a rock this weekend and missed the collective worldwide rejoicing that took place, D’Angelo virtually rose from the dead to surprise drop ‘Black Messiah’, his long-awaited follow-up to 2000’s Grammy award-winning ‘Voodoo’. Forget Kim Kardashian’s butt pic; this release drew comments from fans and musicians far and wide who passionately welcomed the album with open arms, causing it to trend on Twitter and Facebook soon after it hit iTunes at midnight early Monday morning. Of course we copped the album at 12:01 so peep our review here and the teaser below.

September Girls


As the year draws to a close, September Girls reveal their new video for “Black Oil”, taken from their latest EP Veneer (out now on Kanine Records in the US and Fortuna POP! in Europe). The video premiered at Culture Collide who said, “the video for “Black Oil,” a monochromatic compilation of eerie scenes and the ghostly quintet that was birthed from a night of drinks and a dream.” Culture Collide adds, “Dublin’s noise-pop five piece are still keeping it fresh after releasing their debut album Cursing the Sea earlier this year. Instead of the expected harmonious vocals, the song begins with heavy strings and pulsing drums then spoken lyrics that become heavy screams at the climax.” Written by bassist Paula Cullen, “Black Oil” emerged from a jam session with drummer Sarah Grimes. Paula explains; “The imagery in the lyrics came from a couple of places, the first being a dream I had, the second being some crazy stuff I had written down on Christmas night last after a few drinks. The meaning of the lyrics “if I could swim, I’d be dead by now” is about acceptance of ones own limitations and the realisation that perhaps sometimes your perceived shortcomings can be the thing that saves you.” The perfect way to round off September Girls’ incredible year, the EP builds on the foundations of Cursing The Sea to offer a tantalizing glimpse into the band’s future as purveyors of the finest dark-hearted pop.

Lion In The Mane


Last month, the pop/rock band, Lion in The Mane took the time to remind us that we may not actually be living in a fairy tale with their lead single, “Bright Sunny Beautiful.” These Brooklyn New Yorkers took us to a darker place than the typical fairytale in which they remind us that love may not actually last. Today, they are back with a stripped down performance of their lead single off their upcoming release, “The Noise War,” due out February 24, 2015. When asked about the video, lead vocalist Jon Masters had a lot to say:

“We really stripped the song down to its basics performing bright sunny beautiful acoustically. It was a cool approach for it to be slowed down and really raw. It really is one of my favorite songs on the record.”

Jean Grae


Jean Grae provided the soundtrack “underneathu” for special time with a significant someone or special “alone time” on her latest project “#5” available here. and then .. she released the video ( directed ,starring and editing by Jean Grae ) with the body rolls. Set in an 80’s public access television show Jean Grae and Everybody’s Pregnant has Twitter unsure if they should be slithering across the floor or just wondering WTF?
“underneathu” starring:
Jean Grae and The Everybody’s Pregnant:
Jean Grae: Jean
Quelle Chris: Walt Chocolate
Donwill: The Mechanic
Sonnymoon: Leticia J and Ricky Diamond
Fernanda Meier: Kiki
host: Adam Mansbach

Nashville Indie Spotlight 2015


The Nashville Indie Spotlight (NIS) series released its third annual installment today, featuring twenty independent artists representing various genres. On NIS 2015, listeners will hear debut releases from brand new artists, and new material from some of Nashville’s music veterans. “It is all about community,” says Shawn Fowler, founder of Tone Tree Music which curates and releases each NIS album. “The first album in 2013 was inspired by all of the great artists I was fortunate enough to work with. I thought that bringing together the fan bases of several artists would help propel the Nashville music scene and inspire discovery. So far it has been very successful.” NIS 2015 was uniquely constructed, including inviting artists to suggest other musicians who they believed should be included on the project. This resulted in more new artists being showcased on this year’s release than on the previous two albums. Nashville Indie Spotlight is available for purchase at iTunes and Amazon and to stream at Spotify and Rdio.

Track List

Fleurie – There’s A Ghost
Angel Snow – Secret
EZA – Headlights
Young Brother – Kamikaze
Jill Andrews – Simmer Like Gold
Liza Anne – Room
Ruelle – Big Guns
Daniel Ellsworth & The Great Lakes – Fits & Starts
Tristen – New Punching Bag
Matthew Perryman Jones – I Don’t Have To Know
REMMI – Capable
Erin McCarley ft. Gabe Dixon – I’ll Never Go Away (Acoustic)
Gabe Dixon – One Thing
Aaron Krause – Jade
Inland Sky – I’ll Be Your Home
Kris Allen – Should I
Heather Bond – Secrets
Drew Holcomb & The Neighbors – It’s Gonna Be Alright
Humming House – Run With Me
All Them Witches – When God Comes Back

Busy Living

Busy Living just dropped a killer new song, which was produced by Jim Eno of Spoon called “Lie Better”



The Welcome To Jamrock Reggae Cruise has made announcements for 2015, and today tickets are available for sale to the general public on Due to the overwhelming demand, the state-of-the-art Norwegian Pearl ship will set sail twice next year. The first 5-night musical voyage departs November 30, 2015 from Miami, Florida with two stops in Montego Bay, Jamaica before its return on December 5, 2015. The second ship leaves Miami, Florida on December 5, 2015 with stops in Falmouth and Ocho Rios, Jamaica before its return on December 10, 2015. New performers were just added to the bill, including Jah Cure, Tarrus Riley and Busy Signal. They will join previously-announced artists – Damian “Jr. Gong” Marley, Julian “Juju Royal” Marley, Ky-Mani Marley, Bounty Killer, Capleton, Elephant Man, Barrington Levy, Third World, Morgan Heritage, Tanya Stephens, Cham T.O.K. and Christopher Ellis.

In addition to live concerts, there will be numerous sound systems and DJs on board. Stone Love, King Jammy’s, Saxon Sound featuring Tippa Irie, Papa Levi, Muslehead and Mickey Boops, Metro Media, Black Scorpio, Kingston 12 featuring Shinehead and Papalotl will be blazing vibes day and night throughout the cruise. For more information, please visit here or call 1.800.248.7471.


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