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Press Release Roundup: July 29

posted July 30, 2013, 8:17 am by Brian Rutherford | Filed Under Editorial, Music News, Press Release Roundup | 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, I will weed through and compile a list of some of the most intriguing press releases to come across my virtual desk.

Eli Mardock

“I think the things that are good in us and the things that are dark are what makes us whole. Creating music that is always uplifting is boring in the same way that creating music that is always dark is boring. Life isn’t like that, it is more complicated,” explains Mid-western maverick singer/songwriter Eli Mardock. On his forthcoming full-length debut, Everything Happens For The First Time, Mardock’s sound balances the low orchestral dampness of Richard Ashcroft to the ethereal highs of Marc Bolan to even approaching gospel like swells of sound.

Taking its title from a poem by 20th Century Argentinian writer Jorge Luis Borges, Everything Happens For The First Time is the existential culmination of a life set to music. On the track “Everything Is Good,” Mardock declares himself as an anti-hero to the nihilist rock icons and proclaims… “I can kill myself or I can live, no more reason to die than to be alive.”

Initially establishing himself as vocalist of indie cult favorites Eagle Seagull (a band that Florence Welch championed and who toured with Tokyo Police Club and B-52’S), Eli Mardock’s penchant for dramatic and dream-like songs earned him a legion of followers over the past decade. Following on the heels of two highly regarded solo EP’s released in the past year (Feb 2013’s Hamburg and 2012’s NE Sorrow is Born), Everything Happens For The First Time is the denouement towards which the first acts have been working.

While the previously released EPs were the sole output of Mardock playing all instruments and producing (his effort to bring it back to basics after the “too many cooks” scenario of his former band), the new LP sees Mardock enlisting former Eagle Seagull drummer Andrew Tyler (on six of the tracks) and former Eagle Seagull keyboardist/violinist (as well as Mardock’s current wife) Carrie Butler. In addition to incorporating string arrangements, Butler adds a vocal assist to the almost Stereolab-esque “Algebra And The Moon.” The third outside contributor to the album is Justin Gerrish, who was entrusted with mixing duties and has worked with such notables as Vampire Weekend and The Strokes.

Speaking on the new LP, Mardock says “Most of the songs on this album were begun or written while Eagle Seagull was stuck in major label limbo. I wrote and recorded a lot of these songs while I was transient, including my living spaces in Omaha, Seattle and Boston. In some cases, the first demo take was the one I ended up using, such as on the song “King Of The Crickets.” In other cases, I stripped down and re-worked the songs more than ten times until I was satisfied with what I put out.”

Astralwerks

Astralwerks 20th Anniversary Playlists: Spotify

Founded in 1993 in New York City, Astralwerks Records began as an independent boutique label releasing visionary records that helped ignite two explosive waves of musical creativity: first with Electronica in the ’90s, and more recently with EDM in the new millennium. Over the past two decades, the New York City based label has become one of America’s pre-eminent homes for unique and forward-thinking artists, nurturing a roster of genre-bending musicians and bands.

On July 30, 1993 Astralwerks released its first album – Tales Of Ephidrina by Amorphous Androgynous – a pseudonym of the legendary Future Sound of London, and catalyst for the sub-genre known at the time as ‘ambient techno’. A landmark series of compilations called Excursions in Ambience followed, as did Big Beat, Breaks and the early progenitors of tech-house, subsequently spawning classics by some of the most groundbreaking electronic artists of the era – Future Sound Of London, Photek, Spacetime Continuum, and µ-Ziq, to name just a few.

As the new millennium dawned, the label added luminaries such as The Beta Band, Beth Orton, doves, Hot Chip, Kingsof Convenience, Phoenix and Placebo to its roster, as well as releasing Tour De France, the first new album in 12 years from legendary electronic pioneers Kraftwerk, as well as re-issuing their fabled catalogue.

Additional label milestones include Fatboy Slim’s You’ve Come A Long Way Baby, the first DJ album to go platinum in the USA and The Chemical Brothers’ “Block Rockin’ Beats,” the first track by an electronic artist to win a Grammy ® and crack the Alternative Top 40 Chart. Astralwerks established David Guetta as a major mainstream artist in America selling over 11 million singles from the smash album Nothing But The Beat and saw Swedish House Mafia become the first-ever DJ artists to sell out Madison Square Garden (in an incredible 10 minutes).

Today Astralwerks remains focused on the future. The label continues to usher in a new generation of talent including Gold Fields, Claire, Empire of the Sun, NERVO, Eric Prydz, and Mat Zo, among many others.

To celebrate the birthday Astralwerks dug deep into the archives, all the way back to that first release, Amorphous Androgynous’ (a.k.a. Future Sound of London’s) “Tales Of Ephidrina,” finding two never-before-heard alternative mixes from the album: “Liquid Insects” / “Mountain Goat” (now available for streaming).

Here’s to the next 20 years…

San Fermin

Brooklyn based San Fermin will release its much buzzed about debut self-titled album on September 17th via Downtown Records. Led by principal songwriter and composer Ellis Ludwig-Leone, San Fermin is a pastiche of post-rock, chamber-pop and contemporary classical composition.

The band will support the release with a national major market fall tour beginning on September 7th in Raleigh, NC at the Hopscotch Music Festival. Featuring an intricate live set-up as an eight-piece, San Fermin will be hitting New York, Chicago, Los Angeles and San Francisco before concluding the tour on October 27th in Providence, RI at the Columbus Theatre. Complete tour dates are below.

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  • San Fermin Tracklisting:
    1. Renaissance!
    2. Crueler Kind
    3. Lament for V.G.
    4. Casanova
    5. Sonsick
    6. Methuselah
    7. At Sea
    8. Torero
    9. At Night, True Love
    10. The Count
    11. Bar
    12. In Waiting
    13. True Love, Asleep
    14. Oh, Darling
    15. In The Morning
    16. Daedalus (What We Have)
    17. Altogether Changed

    San Fermin Fall Tour Dates:
    9/7 – Raleigh, NC Hopscotch Music Festival
    9/20 – New York, NY – Le Poisson Rouge
    9/25 – Montreal, QC – Pop Montreal Festival
    9/27 – Cincinnati, OH – MidPoint Music Festival
    9/28 – Champaign, IL – Pygmalion Music Festival
    9/30 – Chicago, IL – Hideout
    10/1 – Minneapolis, MN – Bryant Lake Bowl
    10/3 – Pittsburgh, PA – Brillobox
    10/4 – Toronto, CA – The Drake
    10/13 – San Diego, CA – Casbah
    10/15 – Los Angeles, CA – Echo
    10/16 – San Francisco, CA – Cafe Du Nord
    10/18 – Portland, OR – Bunk Bar
    10/19 – Seattle, WA – Barboza
    10/20 – Vancouver, BC – The Media Club
    10/24 – Washington, DC – DC9
    10/25 – Philadelphia, PA – Boot & Saddle
    10/27 – Providence, RI – Columbus Theatre

    From Indian Lakes

    Yosemite Valley, CA indie rockers From Indian Lakes have signed with Triple Crown Records. The label will reissue the band’s 2012 self-released, debut full length, Able Bodies, on vinyl in mid-October. The band will begin recording their Triple Crown debut in early 2014.

    From Indian Lakes have toured the country several times, including tours with Lydia, The Dangerous Summer and recently a co-headline run with Tallhart.

    Guitarist and lead vocalist, Joey Vannucchi says, “We are excited to announce that we have signed to Triple Crown Records. We have always been a DIY kind of band and that isn’t changing now. Releasing Able Bodies on our own was incredible, but there were some things that we felt could have been better for our fans, and partnering with Triple Crown is going to make the next release even more special. They are also a label that supports artistic freedom, which is what’s most important to us and hopefully everyone who supports us. Looking forward to what happens next.”

    From Indian Lakes released their debut full-length record, “The Man With Wooden Legs” in the winter of 2009. Since then, the band has been working endlessly, playing countless shows throughout the US. Able Bodies moves the band several steps forward in their maturity and depth, while still retaining the aggression, passion and darkness of their debut. Vannucchi’s (vocals, guitar) lyrics and musical abilities are well beyond his years and his artistic sensibilities showcase his unique approach to songwriting, undeniable talent, and the bands inevitable longevity.

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    Look for the band to be back on the road in the Fall.

    Los Lonely Boys

    Grammy-winning “Texican rock & roll” trio Los Lonely Boys, comprised of brothers Henry, JoJo and Ringo Garza, recently re-entered the studio to begin work on a brand new album. The first fruits of their labors can be found in their new single, “Blame It On Love.” Available digitally on Tuesday 7/30, the song recently premiered on Rolling Stone.com, while the lyric video, directed by Austin-based filmmaker Gary Dorsey, premiered on Metrolyrics.com.

    Rolling Stone says “The rockers combine their musical Tejano roots with bluesy rock, harmonizing on tales of difficult times and romantic interests. There’s plenty of time to jam out, too, and Los Lonely Boys pack in some slick guitar work between the storytelling.”

    Los Lonely Boys’ as yet untitled new album is the highly anticipated follow up to 2011’s Rockpango. The brothers are working with acclaimed producer Don Gehman (Mellencamp, R.E.M.) and Emmy award winning composer/producer Matthew Gerrard. The album, the second one to be released on the band’s own imprint – Lonely Tone/Playing In Traffic Records – also marks the first time the band has significantly embarked on co-writing. The first single, “Blame It On Love,” is an upbeat summer jam that embodies classic LLB elements, with an accordion fueled intro and Henry’s signature guitar licks. The band recently played a private show in Las Vegas with the legendary Santana, and is traveling across the US on a triple bill with Alejandro Escovedo and Los Lobos for the rest of this summer and fall. Work on completing the album will wrap up on their breaks from touring. As Jojo recently commented, “We are very excited to share these new songs with the world, and the opportunity to continue to spread the gospel of Texican rock and roll!”

    Tour Dates
    August 2 | Durango, CO – Fort Lewis College
    August 3 | Scottsdale, AZ – Talking Stick Resort
    August 4 | Tucson, AZ – Ava Casino
    August 7 | Modesto, CA – Gallo Center for the Arts
    August 8 | San Diego, CA – Humphrey’s
    August 9 | Paso Robles, CA – Vina Robles Amphitheatre
    August 10 | Indio, CA – Fantasy Spring Resort
    August 11 | Saratoga, CA – Mountain Winery
    August 13 | Folsom, CA – Three Stages PAC (acoustic)
    August 14 | Napa, CA – Uptown Theatre (acoustic)
    August 16 | Portland, OR – Zoo Series
    August 17 | Shelton, WA – Little Creek Casino
    August 18 | Crow Agency, MT – Crow Fair
    August 23 | Dallas, TX – Kessler (acoustic/two shows)
    August 30 | Syracuse, NY – NY State Fair
    Sept. 1 | Port Aransas, TX – Sharkey’s Beach Club (Music Fest)
    Sept. 4 | Carmel, CA – Sunset Center
    Sept. 5 | Madara, CA – District Fair w/Lobos
    Sept. 6 | Pomona, CA – LA Country Fair w/Lobos
    Sept. 7 | Bend, OR – Les Schwab Amphitheatre w/Lobos
    Sept. 11 | Flagstaff, AZ – Orpheum
    Sept. 12 | Taos, NM – Solar Center
    Sept. 13 | Santa Fe, NM – Boys & Girls Club Benefit
    Sept. 14 | Arvada, CO – Arvada Center
    Sept. 17 | Las Vegas, NV – Rio Allstar Suites Hotel
    Oct. 12 | New Braunfels, TX – Gruene Hall
    Oct. 20-24 | Miami, FL – Simple Man Cruise
    Nov. 5-6 | Miwaukee, WI – Potawatomi Bingo Casino w/Jonny Lang
    Nov. 7 | Champaign, IL – Virginia Theatre
    Nov. 8 | St. Charles, IL – Aradia Theatre
    Nov. 9 | Rochester, MN – Venue TBD

    Elliott Smith tribute

    In honor of what would have been his 44th birthday on Aug 6th, the Friends and Family of Elliott Smith are throwing No Name #1, four charity benefit concerts to remember Elliott Smith, taking place in Portland (8/4), LA (8/6), Austin (8/9), and NYC (8/10).

    Our very own Shon Sullivan of Goldenboy, a member of Elliott Smith’s band, will be paying tribute along with great artists such as Gus Van Sant, Jason Lytle of Granddady, Jon Brion and others at the Portland and LA shows. Sullivan will be playing some previously unreleased Elliott Smith songs.

    Warped Tour Sampler

    Infamous Empire Records has announced the release of their second compilation, An Infamous Summer Sampler, to be given away for free at select dates of the 2013 Vans Warped Tour (July 25-July 29th). The tracklist will include new bands from Infamous Empire as well as other independent artists. You will also be able to access the samplers website that contains many interactive options for both bands and fans such as live streams of the hashtag #Infamoussummer on instagram, twitter, and tumblr.

    Hiero Imperium Records

    Founded in 1997 in Oakland, California, Hiero Imperium Records was founded by artists Del The Funky Homosapien, Casual, Pep Love, Domino, and the group Souls of Mischief, consisting of members A-Plus, Opio, Phesto and Tajai. After releasing albums on several major labels, the collective established their own independent Hieroglyphics Imperium label, website, and merch company in 1997, and are credited as creating the blueprint for independent rap labels. Few other rap collectives have withstood the test of time and are still considered as vibrant, respected, and talented as when they first stepped on the scene 20+ years ago. They are also credited as being one of the first hip hop groups to work with skate, snow, and surf companies . Created by Del the Funky Homosapien, their “third eye logo” is considered the third most recognized music logo according to Rolling Stone Magazine, and has been seen tattooed on dozens of fans all over the world. 2013 marks the 20 year anniversary of Souls of Mischief’s seminal ’93 ‘Til Infinity album, which will be celebrated at the 2nd annual Hiero Day block party festival on September 2nd, 2013 in Oakland, California.

    Legendary independent artist collective Hieroglyphics Imperium are teaming up with Oakland-based Linden Street Brewery to present the Second Annual Hiero Day block party on Monday, September 2, 2013 (Labor Day) from 11:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. at the Linden Street Brewery, located at the Port of Oakland. Hiero Day is a free all day music festival that features live performances by the legendary Hieroglyphics and other special guests, local merchandise vendors, food trucks, and interactive activities for all ages. Hiero Day celebrates and showcases the Bay Area’s diverse, innovative, multicultural, and multigenerational music movement in the heart of Oakland.

    Hiero Day was created in 2012 with the purpose of celebrating Oakland, supporting local businesses, empowering communities, and highlighting the Bay Area’s internationally recognized independent Hip-Hop culture. Showcasing independent and emerging artists who live and work in the Bay Area, the festival will remain free and accessible to all, thanks to the generous support of sponsors. After the success of last year’s inaugural event, Oakland’s Mayor Jean Quan will declare September 3, 2013 as “Hiero Day” in the City of Oakland. This year’s festival holds particular significance to the local music community, as it lands on the 20th anniversary of the release of the highly influential and groundbreaking album, ’93 ‘Til Infinity by Bay Area underground legends, Souls of Mischief. At Hiero Day 2013, the Hieroglyphics will perform hits from previous albums, including the infamous ’93 ‘Til Infinity, Full Circle, and songs from their new album The Kitchen, released Tuesday, July 16, 2013.

    Visit Hiero for more information and updates on performances, sponsors, vendors, and activities.

    Watch footage of Hiero Day 2012 and hear Kanye, Sway Calloway, Davey D, and Radio Rahim wax poetic about Hiero’s legacy on music, culture, and fashion here: http://youtu.be/yuZ9NacZ-z4

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