Thursday, May 31, 2007

65daysofstatic CDs Sell Out, Band Prepares To Launch Tour.

“...they have done what they've always done -- thrown the rulebook out the window and grown organically. With such clinical conviction 65DOS are utterly peerless...” -- Razio Rauf, Kerrang Magazine.

“65daysofstatic have made their masterpiece... The Destruction of Small Ideas is a weight, a tower of babel, a journey, learnings, understandings, communication, evolution.” -- Stylus Magazine.

In the first week of its release, 65daysofstatic's new album The Destruction of Small Ideas sold out the entire 10,000 discs of the first pressing, forcing its label Monotreme Records to scramble to meet the overwhelming demand. The British post-rock quartet's exponentially growing popularity in the UK, Europe and Japan is poised to spread across the U.S. with its upcoming summer 2007 tour with Fear Before the March of Flames.

This is the first stateside jaunt for the group, which normally plays for crowds of thousands overseas. 65daysofstatic made its American live debut to an enthusiastic audience at the SXSW festival this past March. The summer tour supporting its third album The Destruction of Small Ideas begins July 18th, running throughout the U.S. until August 10th. See complete dates below.

The Destruction of Small Ideas is the highly-anticipated follow-up to 65daysofstatic’s massively popular sophomore album One Time For All Time which was released in the US for the first time last fall. The three-song single “Don't Go Down To Sorrow” (MP3 | VIDEO) preceded the album on April 9th, building upon the critical and commercial success of One Time For All Time in the UK, Europe and Japan, which catapulted the band to festival stages and the pages of the NME, The Wire, Rock Sound and others since its release there in 2005.

The futuristic tone of The Destruction of Small Ideas is a refreshing gene-splice of electronic glitch and guitar girth, making for what amounts to a seductive score for an unwritten sci-fi epic, melding cutting guitars with sampled beats, live drums and glitch. Where IDM culture cuts out in the low end however, 65daysofstatic delivers a thunderous wall of guitars that's reportedly still shaking UK festival grounds since last summer's performances. The American press has begun to pick up on the band too, with forthcoming coverage in Magnet, Paste and Harp magazines.

65daysofstatic Live:
07/18 Allston, MA ICC Performance Hall
07/19 Washington, DC The Rock and Roll Hotel
07/20 Brooklyn, NY Europa Club
07/21 Richmond, VA Alley Katz
07/22 Greensboro, NC Greene Street
07/23 Atlanta, GA The Masquerade
07/24 Orlando, FL The Social
07/26 Houston, TX Meridian Red Room
07/27 Corpus Christi, TX House of Rock
07/28 San Antonio, TX White Rabbit
07/29 Dallas, TX The Door
07/31 Tempe, AZ The Clubhouse Music Venue
08/01 West Hollywood, CA The Troubadour
08/02 San Diego, CA Soma
08/03 Fresno, CA The Exit
08/04 San Francisco, CA Bottom of the Hill
08/05 Portland, OR Satyricon
08/06 Seattle, WA El Corazon
08/07 Boise, ID The Venue
08/08 Salt Lake City, UT Avalon Theater
08/10 Denver, CO Marquis Theatre

The Destruction of Small Ideas Tracklisting:
Stream The Entire Album HERE
01. When We Were Younger & Better (MP3)
02. A Failsafe
03. Don’t Go Down To Sorrow (MP3 | VIDEO)
04. Wax Futures
05. These Things You Can’t Unlearn
06. Lyonesse
07. Music Is Music As Devices Are Kisses Is Everything
08. The Distant & Mechanised Glow Of European Dance Parties
09. Little Victories
10. Primer
11. White Peak/Dark Peak
12. The Conspiracy of Seeds

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Wednesday, May 30, 2007

Tooth & Nail releases unforgettable video for Neon Horse's “Cuckoo!"

For Immediate Release: Tooth & Nail releases unforgettable video for “Cuckoo!,” the first single from mystery supergroup Neon Horse’s debut album. New Starflyer59-related projects also now available from the label.

“Forgetting the fact that Neon Horse is a faceless entity at this point, the music of Neon Horse is able to be pegged. Entrenched in a nu-garage aesthetic, Neon Horse does an admirable job of mixing the macabre retro tones of Peter Murphy of Bauhaus or maybe Danzig...” – HM Magazine

Tooth & Nail Records has gone public with the video for “Cuckoo!,” from the debut album by mystery supergroup Neon Horse. In the tradition of the band's humble beginnings, the members of Neon Horse prefer to leave their identities a mystery. Now with the release of the “Cuckoo!” video, will the identities of these cloaked horses be revealed? Watch “Cuckoo!” HERE, and decide for yourself. And while you're guessing, check out two new Starflyer59-related Tooth and Nail releases from Joy Electric and The Brothers Martin.

Joy Electric’s latest Tooth & Nail release is The Otherly Opus. Says the band’s Ronnie Martin, “I’m trying to make an anti-dance electronic record. As soon as it’s an electronic thing, dance gets involved.” Aside from his work with Joy Electric, Martin has teamed up with brother, Jason, of the hit indie-guitar-pop band Starflyer59, to release The Brothers Martin. The fittingly named record contains ten flawless tracks – all potential hit singles. Unlike many collaborative albums, The Brothers Martin sound is not a hastily created amalgam of the Joy Electric and Starflyer59 aesthetics.

Says Ronnie Martin, “My main concern with the project was that I didn’t want it to be a B-sides thing.” Upon listening to The Brothers Martin, fans will concur that these two extraordinary songwriters have once again surpassed all expectations.

Neon Horse Track Listing:
01. Cuckoo! (MP3 | VIDEO)
02. Speed Killz
03. I Know (I Just Don't Care)
04. Crazy Daisy
05. Kick Yer Asking For It
06. Go. Stop.
07. The Bathroom Wall
08. Nice For You
09. Little Lamb
10. Pretty Face Divided
11. Horsey
12. Merciless Mother

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Kinetic Stereokids Make Kid Moves.

Kinetic Stereokids has completed recording its next full-length album, Kid Moves.

After testing out some of the new tracks at recent shows, "Have A Nice Day," and other tracks from the record have been going over absolutely fabulously. "Like Yanni in Greece," according to band front man Justin Ford.

Ford describes the record as "Big rock guitars... pants on fire... it's a tsunami of bashing drums, hitting, ducks calling, preachers screaming, sonic waves of violence... but then something hugs you so soft and pleasant that you barely notice the knife in your back... it's rich, vibrant psychosis."

Kid Moves is scheduled for a late fall release on Brooklyn-based label Overdraft Recordings. In the meantime, Kinetic Stereokids will be making summer tour stops across the U.S. in support of its debut LP Basement Kids.

The album, with its featured track "Explosions Were Heard" (MP3) is now available at Insound, iTunes and Emusic, and at retail establishments nationwide. The album also features the track "Donuts Are Here" which can be seen and heard in a live clip shot at Pete's Candy Store in Brooklyn (LINK). Keep an eye on the Kinetic Stereokids website (LINK) and MySpace (LINK) for updates.

J. DiMenna Exclusive Track - "A Lizard's Tongue."

"DiMenna's made a CD that's infectious. Its the kind of infectious music that took time to grab me, the kind of infectious music that I find myself singing and not realizing what it is or how it even crept into my subconscious." - Bob Boilen of NPR's "All Songs Considered"

Fanatic is proud to present an as-yet-unreleased track from J. DiMenna. "A Lizard's Tongue" (MP3) features J. along with other members of the Exotic label roster including bilingual, multi-instrumentalist jar-e and DiMenna's sister Meredith of Saint Bernadette on backing vocals. The track predates DiMenna's album Awkward Buildings, which recently spawned the digital-only live EP If He Could Speak Now (STREAM).

As Meredith DiMenna explains, "This is one of J’s oldest songs that he wrote when he and jar-e were in a band together in Asheville. J. had moved beyond it when he went in the studio to do Awkward Buildings. But I always really, really loved it and thought it was a classic song. I asked if they would record it so we could use it at some point in the future to promote both their albums. So jar-e and J. came into the Exotic studio with Keith Saunders, who produced jar-e’s record, and came up with this version. I think J. might feel like this is his version of “Cherry Pie” - like the song that’s not really like the rest of your music, but so catchy that no one will ever let you perform without asking for it!"

J. DiMenna's new six-track digital-only EP If He Could Speak Now has hit the blogosphere and the radio stations at America's institutions of higher learning. The EP features live versions of songs from DiMenna's critically acclaimed album Awkward Buildings. The video for one of Awkward Buildings' featured tracks, "Preacher," (MP3 | VIDEO), which appears in live form on If He Could Speak Now, was directed by Roland Becerra. Becerra recently won the Moving Pictures Magazine Short Film contest and screened his winning film Dear Beautiful at the recent Cannes Film Festival.

Read more about J. DiMenna at the Fanatic website (LINK), and visit him at MySpace too (LINK).

Taxi Taxi Live at The Mercury Lounge - May 30, 2007

Brooklyn-based upstart band Taxi Taxi will be performing Wednesday, May 30th at The Mercury Lounge (217 East Houston St.) in NYC. The band, which features members of Bar/None's White Mud Free Way recorded much of its debut album Maps & Legends at Kid Koala's Canadian studio.

The record is causing a stir on the internet, and debuts on the CMJ Top 200 this week, as well. Don't miss out on the live show if you're in the vicinity. If not, please follow these links to visit the band at MySpace (LINK), to listen to Maps & Legends in its entirety (LINK) and to download an MP3 of the featured track "Shoot The Dog, Chop The Tree."

For even more information, visit the band at Fanatic's website site (LINK) or at its own (LINK).

Monday, May 28, 2007

Austin’s Peel – “a bunch of jolly honkies,” according to Vice Magazine – lauches tour.

“You can’t go wrong with a bunch of jolly honkies from Austin who play tight pop songs smeared with fuzzed-out keyboards and caustic guitars. I bet they love coloring books, sharing strawberry milkshakes at the local soda fountain, and ‘being good.’ It's like Stephen Malkmus and Belle & Sebastian adopted a litter of wiry, freckle-faced redheads and, instead of receiving severe beatings for the rest of their lives, the kids were taught how to play slacker twee tunes that don't make you feel gay for listening to them.” – Vice

“Austin indie-rock revivalist act Peel is a throwback to the heady Post-Pavement days of the mid-90’s, when hundreds of small timers married affectless vocals to springy guitars and scattered sonic slop, creating a joyous din. The band’s debut album, Peel (Peek-a-Boo), would’ve been a standout then, with catchy oddities like “Oxford” and “1949” sounding simultaneously vintage and immediate. – The Onion

“Listening to Peel, a young five-piece hailing from Austin, Texas, is like taking part in a high-speed pursuit through garageland at the height of summer with the Velvet Underground and Apples In Stereo on your tail…This is exhilarating stuff which gravitates towards greatness the more you play it.” – Popmatters

Peel will set out in June on its first U.S. tour in support of its self-titled debut album. Drummer Alex Brown from the band Prom Night will be joining the band on drums for the tour. The record has had the press raving, and has been gaining the band comparisons to everyone from Pavement to the Yeah Yeah Yeahs. While flattering, these comparisons have left the members of Peel scratching their heads.

With classically trained pianist Allison Moore managing multiple keyboards, country music fan Dakota Smith giving Peel its twang, and lefty-ruling-right-handed-guitarist Josh Permenter in the mix, the members of the group like to think they’ve set themselves apart.

Moore muses, “It’s really weird when people do long winded comparisons to bands like Clap Your Hands Say Yeah, or The Islands, or most hysterically claim that my songwriting is ‘definitively influenced by Architecture in Helsinki,’“ says Moore. “I've never even listened to those bands. I have no idea what that article even means!” Moore isn’t totally out of the indie rock loop, however, as she shares a house with Jared Van Fleet from another Austin buzz band, Voxtrot. “You should see our house... it’s ridiculous,” she explains. “We're both keyboardists, and I think there's literally like 14 different organs, synthesizers, and types of keyboards and pianos in our house.”

Peel will make its way down south and back up the east coast, and will play three New York dates before returning back home to perform with The Liars and fellow Austin band The White Ghost Shivers.

Peel Live:
*w/ The Octopus Project
** w/ Page France
06/02 Austin, TX Emo’s *
06/08 Denton, TX Hailey’s
06/09 Shreveport, LA Jackrabbit Lounge
06/10 Mobile, AL Cell Block
06/11 Birmingham, AL The Nick (w/ Morning State)
06/12 Atlanta, GA Smith's Olde Bar
06/13 Wilmington, NC Bella Festa
06/14 Washington, DC The Black and the Red**
06/15 Brooklyn, NY The Battering Room
06/16 New York, NY Piano's
06/17 New York, NY Piano's
06/20 Fort Wayne, IN The Firehouse
06/21 Chicago, IL The Darkroom

Peel Tracklisting:
Stream The Album HERE
01. Oxford (MP3)
02. Bells
03. In The City (MP3)
04. Sliding Doors
05. Workers, Wake Up!
06. 1949
07. Moxy Blues
08. Love Soaked in Blood
09. Someone’s Cousin
10. Tejax
11. Navy Waves

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Sunday, May 27, 2007

Wooden Wand A.K.A. James Jackson Toth announces interview days preceding release of Ecstatic Peace debut album produced by Lee Ranaldo.

The prolific James Jackson Toth, working under the nom-de-tune Wooden Wand has released some 20-plus albums (even he has lost count, most of them cassettes and CD-Rs only) over a handful of years. However, Toth considers his forthcoming Ecstatic Peace debut James & The Quiet the third proper Wooden Wand full length. While each release has explored a psychedelic-folk wonderland, this album is far and away one of the most concisely focused and downright catchy recordings in the WW oeuvre. And, along with that, this may be the last record under the Wooden Wand moniker.

In anticipation of the album's June 12th release, Toth has announced interview days on May 29th and 30th. Members of the press are encouraged to sign up for interview time slots quickly. Thus far, press response to the album has been phenomenal, with early praise running in Spin, Alternative Press, CMJ, Uncut, Filter and many more.

Sonic Youth's spry, eternally-teenaged guitarist/vocalist Thurston Moore recently signed Wooden Wand to his Ecstatic Peace label (home of Be Your Own Pet), announcing the release date for James & The Quiet. The album was produced by SY guitarist Lee Ranaldo (who also plays some stringed things on the recording), and longtime SY drummer Steve Shelley provides his signature rhythmic strut.

When Toth told his band his plans for his new album, they all looked at him like he was crazy. Likewise, when Toth announced these peculiar ambitions to Ecstatic Peace label head Moore and label manager Andrew Kesin, they gave him a similar look – an unmistakable mix of disbelief, skepticism and fear.

“I want it to be an un-weird record,” was Toth’s plan. The road-weary songwriter had been spending a lot of time with old Kris Kristofferson and Waylon Jennings records, and wanted to transcend the ‘psychedelic’ connotations he’d been pegged with since his days fronting Wooden Wand & The Vanishing Voice. He wanted to do what Elvis Costello did on Imperial Bedroom or Leonard Cohen did on I’m Your Man – he wanted to not give the people what they wanted, necessarily, but instead endeavor to follow his muse and create something altogether different.

Sure, everyone was baffled by this proclamation. How could Toth – who is to a wah-wah pedal what George Bush is to bad foreign policy – tone it down enough to make a record without any of the experimental leanings and idiosyncratic eccentricities of his previous work?

He didn’t, exactly, but he tried damn hard. “It’s just that when you get someone as brilliant as Sonic Youth’s Lee Ranaldo to produce and co-arrange a record, it gets very hard to pass up the opportunity to see a song through to its logical end and explore every possibility,” Toth says. With the help of Jarvis Taveniere (Vanishing Voice, Meneguar), DM Seidel (Vanishing Voice), Jeremy Earl (Woods, Meneguar), Steve Shelley (Sonic Youth), and Ranaldo himself (who sings and plays guitar and piano on the album) Toth’s folk songs quickly became densely layered and meticulously arranged, and, soon enough, an album began to take shape.

Co-arranger and vocalist Jessica Toth may be the record’s secret weapon. While perhaps best known for her role as lead vocalist and occasional guitarist in Wooden Wand & The Vanishing Voice, on James & The Quiet she emerges as the perfect foil to Toth’s inimitable artistic voice. Together with Ranaldo, Jessica wrote and fine-tuned most of the album’s exquisite harmony vocals and piano lines while Toth himself sat in the studio lounge, drinking beer and reading old issues of Tape Op magazine.

Longtime fans will note that James & The Quiet is markedly darker than Toth’s previous album Second Attention, and features many songs that have become live staples in the Wooden Wand oeuvre over the past year. It is also significant in that it will likely be the last album under the Wooden Wand moniker (future releases will be released under Toth’s Christian name) and as such, simultaneously closes one chapter and introduces another. “I'm tired of answering questions about the Vanishing Voice stuff,” Toth succinctly explains.

Hoping to transcend genre tags, Toth, with more than a little help from his friends, has crafted a consistent and creative batch of songs that rewards repeat listens and continues to showcase his talent as a songwriter.

James & The Quiet Tracklisting:
Release Date: June 12, 2007
01. The Pushers
02. In A Bucket
03. Spitting At The Cameras
04. Delia (MP3)
05. We Must Also Love The Thieves
06. The Invisible Children
07. Blood
08. Blessed Damnation
09. Future Dream
10. James & The Quiet
11. Wired to the Sky

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Tuesday, May 22, 2007

Bryan Scary and The Shredding Tears To Embark On Filter-Sponsored Nationwide Tour.

“Bryan Scary's debut album rocks the candy shop, pillaging it for as many audio confections as possible. It's adventurous, fully fleshed, and catchy as hell.” –Pitchfork

Bryan Scary and his band, The Shredding Tears, will take its unique brand of kaleidoscopic, psychedelic pop out on the road this month for a nationwide tour sponsored by Filter throughout May and June. The band's debut album The Shredding Tears evokes the spirit of Tim Burton, Terry Gilliam, Roald Dahl and H.G. Wells, and also incorporates sinister elements of macabre and epic fantasticism throughout its 15 tracks. The record is already commanding the attention of fans of late-period Beatles, Electric Light Orchestra, Queen, XTC and The Kinks with its huge hooks, stories, dynamic arrangements and strangely infectious lyrics.

The folks at MySpace have taken note, and Bryan Scary and The Shredding Tears will be the site's featured artist from June 4th through June 10th. Not to be outdone, the celebrity blogger turned music tastemaker, Perez Hilton, also had some choice words about Mr. Scary (LINK).

Scary fans unable to catch one of the band's shows on this tour can find the group online. Tune in to GTFU Radio on June 11th for a live webcast and keep your eyes peeled to Daytrotter for an exclusive session to be recorded June 18th.

Bryan Scary and The Shredding Tears Live:
05/28 New York, NY Pianos
05/31 Cleveland, OH Grog Shop
06/01 Chicago, IL Elbo Room
06/04 Portland, OR Rotture
06/05 Seattle, WA High Dive
06/06 San Francisco, CA Elbo Room
06/08 Los Angeles, CA Safari Sam's
06/09 Los Angeles, CA Knitting Factory
06/10 Phoenix, AZ Hollywood Alley
06/13 Austin, TX Mohawk
06/14 Dallas, TX The Cavern
06/15 Lawrence, KS Eight Street Taproom
06/16 Indianapolis, IN Luna Music In-store
06/16 Indianapolis, IN Radio Radio
06/18 Rock Island, IL Daytrotter Session
06/19 Louisville, KY Ear-X Tacy In-Store
06/19 Louisville, KY Pour Haus
06/20 Nashville, TN 12th and Porter
06/21 Atlanta, GA Star Bar
06/23 Washington, DC Velvet Lounge
06/24 Philadelphia, PA Manhattan Room C
06/25 Richmond, VA Hyperkink Cafe
06/27 Boston, MA Middle East

The Shredding Tears Tracklisting:
Stream The Album HERE
01. A Stab At The Sun
02. The Lessons I Learned
03. Operaland
04. The Ceiling On The Wall
05. Macedonia Hotel
06. The Little Engine Who Couldn’t (Think Straight)
07. The Up And Over Stair Well
08. Shedding Tears (All Over The Place)
09. Mrs. Gracy’s Revenge!
10. The Blood Club
11. Misery Loves Company (MP3)
12. Bottom Of The Grave
13. Desdemona’s Leaving Town (MP3)
14. The Tumbling Of Marguerite / Hold On George
15. Riding The Shadow

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Monday, May 21, 2007

UK buzz band The Lodger to release debut album Grown-Ups stateside via classic California pop label Slumberland Records.

“They may be the perfect three-piece pop operation” – Artrocker

“...a clattering, Buzzcocks-like classic...” – NME

“When it comes to mastering the art of getting tunes stuck in heads, few in Leeds can rival The Lodger” – Leeds Guide

On the heels of the successes of bands like The Kaiser Chiefs and The Arctic Monkeys, the north of England is fairly bursting with exciting guitar pop bands, and The Lodger is amongst the brightest hopes. Taking its cues from fellow northerners The Smiths and The Wedding Present, The Lodger's music is classic melodic pop, fueled by sparkling hooks and plangent lyrics. The tunes are sharp and timeless, a thoroughly modern distillation of great Britpop from the 60s right up to today. Grown-Ups is a perfect introduction to the thrilling pop charms of The Lodger.

Oakland, California-based label Slumberland Records has always had an ear for the next big thing, and is best known for releasing records by Velocity Girl, The Aislers Set, Hood, Rocketship, and The Softies. Label head Mike Schulman has been fairly quiet over the past several years, waiting for the next Slumberland worthy act to strike his fancy. The band that did just that was The Lodger, a band that Schulman feels has made a timeless pop record in Grown-Ups. The label will release CD and vinyl versions of the album this summer.

The Lodger was born in Ben Siddall's Leeds flat in 2004. Encouraged by local label Dance To The Radio, Ben recruited friends for bass and drum duties, tuned-up with live shows around town and debuted in early 2005 with a track on a Dance To The Radio compilation. The band quickly followed-up with its excellent debut single “Many Thanks For Your Honest Opinion,” the “Watching” 7-inch on Double Dragon, and a track for the Wrath label's split 7-inch series.

Soon after, the UK press was raving, with the NME repeatedly mentioning The Lodger and featuring “Many Thanks for Your Honest Opinion” in the influential “What’s on the NME Stereo?” column. London-based indie label Angular Records picked up The Lodger's third single “Let Her Go” and in late 2006, the band entered a small Sheffield recording studio to being work on its debut album. The result is Grown-Ups.

The Lodger recently returned from a tour with Rough Trade buzz-band The Long Blondes and another extensive European tour in support of Grown-Ups is in the works. The Lodger plans to hit US soil later this year. For now, check out Grown-Ups and its stellar first single and video for the song “Kicking Sand.”

Grown-Ups Tracklisting:
Release Date: June 5th, 2007
01. Many Thanks For Your Honest Opinion
02. Kicking Sand (MP3) | (VIDEO)
03. Getting Special
04. You Got Me Wrong
05. A Free Period
06. Simply Left Behind
07. My Advice Is On Loan
08. Let Her Go
09. Watching
10. Unsatisfied
11. The Story's Over
12. Not So Fast
13. Bye Bye
14. Let's Make A Pact

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Thursday, May 17, 2007

Neurosis fans watch the making of its forthcoming album Given To The Rising.

Fans of the Bay Area's legendary masters of behemoth, psychedelic operatic guitar girth Neurosis have already shown their urgent anticipation for what is shaping up to be the band's biggest release to date. The album Given To The Rising is slated for release this June, but already lower-quality leaked versions have circulated online, while a short promotional video posted on the band's Neurot Recordings website and Fanatic Promotion's YouTube page received thousands of views days after going live.

The video features new live footage and in-depth interviews conducted during Neurosis' breakneck six-day recording session with engineer Steve Albini in December 2006. To give press a taste of the disc, the album is available to listen to (along with a video link, bio and additional info) online.

Also, the influential sextet has released an MP3 of the track “Water Is Not Enough” for free download.

Topping it all off, Neurot Recordings has announced plans for a series of “isolation listening events” for journalists leading up to the album's release. Members of the press are invited to partake in this special event geared to create the proper listening environment for the album in which writers experience the tracks in full isolation. More details will be announced soon.

Given To The Rising is like being submerged in an isolation tank -- it's enveloping, subverting the senses with surreal visions we'd swear were our own, cleverly jarring and disorienting consciousness beyond any footing in reality. As any diehard Neurosis fan will tell you, there's a moment with every new record and live show at which the band will stop as if the world has frozen in position, then suddenly kick into the primordial wail that we've all come to recognize as the “Neurosis note” that forces the listener's head and shoulders to lurch and sway almost uncontrollably. Given To The Rising is Neurosis at its most captivating and hypnotic.

Put simply, the album is some of the band's most raw and immediate material to date, but it is also more complexly orchestrated and richly thickened with psych-damaged overtones. Given To The Rising is more than a just a powerful collection of songs -- it's more like a religious experience. While personal epiphanies are repeatedly told by those who've been converted by Neurosis' sensory overloading live show as well as its recordings, there's a hypnotic quality to this album that takes hold from the opening guitar squall of the title track.

Once again recording with revered engineer and longtime friend Steve Albini (as the band has for five previous albums,The Eye of Every Storm in 2004, A Sun That Never Sets in 2001, Sovereign in 2000 and Times of Grace in 1999), Given To The Rising bears the band's signature crushing heft and cathartic force. However, it also finds Neurosis delving into increasingly psychedelic effects and twisted, inventive song structures. Much of the dramatic lull of recent works is forgone in favor of full-on attack. While it's reflective of the band's signature aggressive pummeling, Given To The Rising is not just an exercise in Wagnerian thunder. Neurosis instead takes an exploration into psychoactive prog-rock and eviscerating symphonic thud that moves well beyond anything that might fit snugly within a particular genre. It's as though the band has taken cues from such psych-noise predecessors as Hawkwind, Faust, Skullflower and Chrome, merged those elements with the sickening frequency assault of Throbbing Gristle and then submerged them within Neurosis' saturated sonic strata.

“We stand encircled by wing and fire” growls vocalist/guitarist Scott Kelly, opening the album and its title track, the band's heels already dug deep in the dirt, blasting forth in all directions at once. It's as though we join the battle already in progress, and by all means we have -- Neurosis has fought hard to maintain its sovereignty not just in the music business, but as a boundlessly creative entity consisting of Kelly, guitarist/vocalist Steve Von Till, bassist/vocalist Dave Edwardson, drummer Jason Roeder, keyboardist Noah Landis and visuals manipulator Josh Graham. The band brought keyboards to heavy punk. It brought experimental noise to metal. It merged antique droning folk with Black Flag's desperation. All the while, forging onward toward new means to explore the infinite realms of catharsis and self-transformation, while myriad bands simply follow in its wake. Consistent with this new, darker and evermore powerful sound is Graham's stunning album artwork depicting antique Eastern European statues and symbols interwoven to create a landscape of strength and survival.

The guitars grunt and groan like sinister beasts on “Fear and Sickness”, propelled by Roeder's clever rhythmic shifts delivered by thunderous, rollicking tom beats that lunge into half-time thumping kick drum and snare blasts. “To The Wind” opens with a deceptively delicate, albeit forlorn melody unlike anything we've come to expect of the band, which is abruptly choked off at the 2-minute mark by one of the most brutally sudden shifts of mood and tempo. A slight, barely audible growl hints at the change to come, but when a wall of chiming bent-notes and drop-tuned sludge guitars, paired with a stomping beat erupt over the melody, it's truly monolithic in impact. Edwardson slings heavy low-end distortion over the top with howling bent notes adding powerful harmonic overtones. But, perhaps the highlight of the song comes during a brief respite, when Kelly lets out an astounding 29-second-long throat-curdling scream at the song's climax. Von Till's rasping whisper sounds downright haunting over the rhythmic churn and Landis' syrupy tones on “Hidden Faces” prove ample evidence to the band's latest evolutionary step. “Through eyes of the wheel I will see you coming,” Von Till howls, the band erupting in consensus.

Given To The Rising Tracklisting:
Stream The Album HERE
01. Given To The Rising
02. Fear and Sickness
03. To the Wind
04. At the End of the Road
05. Shadow
06. Hidden Faces
07. Water is Not Enough (MP3)
08. Distill (Watching the Swarm)
09. Nine
10. Origin

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Wednesday, May 16, 2007

Lavender Diamond Hits The Road In Support of Matador Debut, Imagine Our Love.

“Remarkable vision…a genuinely beautiful, beguiling record, recalling the Carpenters and Kate Bush.” – Mojo

“Stark's is a lilting kind of folk-country music, slow but vivacious in its methodical voyage through a foreign land…This is not postmodernism. This is not irony. This is fringe-rocking, and she's a shawl.” – LA Weekly

Led by the shining, charismatic spirit Becky Stark, Lavender Diamond pulls together elements of folk, pop, country, performance art, children's music, and protest anthems to make one of the most original musical statements in years.

The new album Imagine Our Love is at radio now! Give a listen via the Matador Records website (LINK) and see the amazing video for “Open Your Heart” via YouTube (LINK).

Lavender Diamond will be bringing its much talked about live show to the masses throughout May and June. Becky and band would love to visit your radio station along the way to play a few tunes, chat, and record special station IDs as only they can!

Also, too! Be the guest of Lavender Diamond at your local venue! Radio stations can send requests in now to Interview Becky right after sound check - you'll love her – and mean time, go ahead and friend Becky Stark and Lavender Diamond at MySpace (LINK).

Lavender Diamond Live:
05/19 San Francisco, CA The Independent
05/21 Portland, OR Doug Fir Lounge
05/22 Seattle, WA The Triple Door
05/23 Vancouver, BC Richard’s on Richards
05/27 Minneapolis, MN Cedar Cultural Center
05/28 Chicago, IL Empty Bottle
05/30 Toronto, OR Lees Palace
05/31 Montreal, QC La Sala Rossa
06/01 Boston, MA Museum of Fine Arts
06/02 Hoboken, NJ Maxwell's
06/03 New York, NY Bowery Ballroom
06/05 Baltimore, MD Ottobar
06/06 Philadelphia, PA First Unitarian Church Sanctuary
06/08 Carrboro, NC Arts Center
06/09 Atlanta, GA The Earl
06/10 Birmingham, AL Bottletree
06/12 Austin, TX The Parish
06/13 Denton, TX Haileys
06/15 San Diego, CA Casbah
06/16 W. Hollywood, CA Troubadour

Imagine Our Love Tracklisting:
Stream The Album HERE
01. Oh No
02. The Garden Rose
03. Open Your Heart (VIDEO)
04. Side Of The Lord
05. I'll Never Lie Again
06. Dance Until Tomorrow
07. Like An Arrow
08. My Shadow Is A Monday
09. Bring Me A Song
10. Here Comes One
11. Findaway
12. When You Wake For Certain

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The Berg Sans Nipple announces U.S. tour with The Faint in support of Team Love release, Along The Quai.

“...The Berg Sans Nipple played an amazing set last night at the Bowery Ballroom in New York City. The half-French, half-Nebraskan duo had a setup that could have easily belonged to a pretentious noise band; each member sported drums, keyboards, and a host of other various electronics and instruments (a steel drum, a melodica, cornet, etc.). However, The Berg Sans Nipple use these elements to create beautiful, sweet melodies.” – CMJ

The Berg Sans Nipple (it means “the mountain without a top”) is comprised of the pseudonym-donning Lori Sean Berg -- a debonair Parisian who looks like he might come from Omaha -- and Shane Aspegren, a European looking fellow who is actually an Omaha native who lived in Paris for six years.

The band proves to be as entertaining live as it is on its newest release Along the Quai (Team Love.) At a March show at New York City’s Bowery Ballroom with friends and collaborators Do Make Say Think, The Berg Sans Nipple had everyone from dreadlocked hippies to backward-cap-wearing frat boys to generally stoic hipsters dancing along to its afro-beat inspired percussion, immaculately layered loops, and hypnotizing melodica laden set.

Fans of The Berg Sans Nipple’s live show can stop hoping and start rejoicing. Having toured extensively throughout Europe, the band is now prepared to give audiences a reason to show up to venues early by bowling them over on a 20-date U.S. tour with Omaha electro-rockers The Faint. After one album, three EPs (one of which was a soundtrack) and a handful of compilation tracks, Along the Quai is the band’s first “proper” North American release and is the most ambitious recording to date on Conor Oberst’s (Bright Eyes) Team Love label.

The Berg Sans Nipple holed up last year in a house in a remote Parisian suburb with producer Antoine Gaillet (NTM, Johnny Halliday, M83) to create Along The Quai. The end result somehow manages to effortlessly blend dreamy electronica, percussion-heavy afro-beats, layers of feedback, pop melodies and dub blankets, creating a cohesive collage of everything that's influenced the duo since birth. While the duo’s organic sound lends support to the rumor that they are actually Siamese twins separated at birth, the reality is that they are two kids both best known for their skills as drummers, trapped in a tangled mess of cables, keyboards, samplers, horns, bells and machines.

When not creating music as The Berg Sans Nipple, Aspegren and Berg are still creating music. Aspegren can be heard playing drums on the latest Bright Eyes record Cassadaga and Berg was most recently a member of the beloved and hyped French anti-folk group Herman Dune. The Berg Sans Nipple plans to return to Europe at the end of the summer to begin recording a new album.

The Berg Sans Nipple Live:
(* w/ The Faint)
05/21 Milwaukee, WI Pabst Theatre*
05/22 Chicago, IL Metro*
05/23 Toronto, ONT Opera House*
05/24 Buffalo, NY Town Ballroom*
05/26 Boston, MA The Avalon*
05/27 New York, NY Pianos
05/28 Washington, DC 9:30 Club*
05/30 Norfolk, VA Norva*
05/31 Asheville, NC Orange Peel*
06/01 Knoxville, TN Blue Cat's*
06/02 Columbia, MO BLue Note*
06/03 Tulsa, OK Cain's Ballroom*
06/04 Boulder, CO Fox Theatre*
06/05 Boulder, CO Fox Theatre*
06/06 Salt Lake City, UT In the Venue*
06/07 Las Vegas, NV House of Blues*
06/08 San Diego, CA SOMA*
06/09 Los Angeles, CA Fluff Club/Scene Bar
06/11 Boise, ID Big Easy*
06/14 Omaha, NE Sokol Auditorium*

Along The Quai Tracklisting:
Stream the Album HERE
01 Ghost
02 Mystic Song (MP3)
03 Aquarium Life
04 Of the Sung
05 Horseshoes and Hand Grenades
06 Along the Quai (MP3)
07 Carnival Days
08 Nonante-Trois

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Tuesday, May 15, 2007

Former Swervedriver frontman Adam Franklin aims Bolts of Melody at the U.S., collaborates with Interpol drummer in Setting Suns project.

Adam Franklin spent the 1990s as singer, guitarist and main songwriter for London-based Swervedriver, the genre-breaching Creation Records rock band. Was it dream pop? Was it shoegrunge? Listeners could always shuffle the words “dream”, “grunge”, “pop”, “shoe” and “melange” to their own tastes, but what remains consistent even to this day is the diehard dedication of Swervedriver fans. Certainly the group's heavy melodies incorporated traces of The Stooges, The Velvet Underground, Husker Du and Sonic Youth, but it never fit conveniently into a singular genre. Swervedriver's live shows were known for being loud and hypnotic with soaring, hook-laden tunes about UFOs and driving through the desert in the middle of the night.

Since Swervedriver went into orbit in 1999, Franklin has experimented with a number of stylings on six releases under the name Toshack Highway and one appearance on a compilation album under his own name. Franklin's forthcoming seventh post-Swervedriver solo album, Bolts of Melody is his first under his own name.

Franklin's newer work alternates between a full band sound with acoustic/electric guitars, electric keyboards and bubbly moogs played through guitar effects pedals -- someone described the first album as “Spacefolk.” Sometimes, it's a much more back-to-basics affair -- just Franklin on his own playing simple melodic pop songs accompanied by the warm glow of the compression of the tape machine. Bolts of Melody is occasionally a little electronic and sometimes a little bit psychedelic, a little bit country, a little bit rock'n'roll. You know, whatever... Just take a listen.

In addition to his Toshack Highway and forthcoming albums, Adam Franklin's collaboration with Interpol drummer Sam Fogarino, Setting Suns is in the works. The power duo has posted a few new tracks on its MySpace page.

Bolts of Melody features Franklin's recent “Syd's Eyes” single and “Birdsong (Moonshiner Version),” which were previously only available as Black Mountain seven-inch and Shifty Disco download-only releases respectively. Additionally, the singer/guitarist's cover of Wolf Parade's “Shine A Light” that was posted on the Toshack Highway MySpace page. The lead of track from Bolts of Melody, “Seize The Day” is also available for download (MP3).

Bolts of Melody Tracklisting:
Release Date: June 26th, 2007

01 Seize the Day (MP3)
02 Sundown
03 Morning Rain
04 Song of Solomon
05 Theme from LSD
06 Shining Somewhere
07 Birdsong (Moonshiner Version
08 Canvey Island Baby
09 Syd’s Eyes
10 Walking in Heaven’s Foothills
11 Birdsong
12 Morning Rain (Return)
13 Ramonesland

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Monday, May 14, 2007

The Basement Play First US Dates, Debut Album Illicit Hugs and Playground Thugs Available Now

“Their Irish barroom sing-a-long sound is done with impeccable precision” – The Tripwire

“…Ultimately impressive” – No Depression

“…will sail beyond all other pretenders” – NME

“Authentic blues swagger to delight fans.” – Uncut

“A whole record full of that kind of rich, organic rock that so few bands do these days (or at least do well).” – Dagger

With a unique blend of indie-rock, blues, country and Irish barroom folk songs, The Basement have become a household name in their native Northern Ireland. Produced by Mike Crossey (Arctic Monkeys) Illicit Hugs and Playground Thugs already feels like a living and breathing classic. The US version has been totally re-sequenced and features two early singles not included on the European version. The Basement will appeal to fans of M Ward (who they recently toured France with), Jenny Lewis, Bright Eyes, My Morning Jacket as well as older artists like Son Volt, Ryan Adams or The Old 97’s.

The Basement launched amid a mass of praise from the UK's leading music press and are currently in the midst of playing their first US shows. Early singles wetted a feverant appetite and the Irish four piece went into the studio to record their heavily anticipated debut. After literally years in the studio, The Basement officially announced their arrival in July of 2006 the release of Illicit Hugs and Playground Thugs. Now available in North America via Zealous Records, Americans can now get a taste of what NME predicted “will sail way beyond all other pretenders”. [MORE]

The Basement Live:
05/15 The Basement, Nashville
05/16 The Family Wash, Nashville

Illicit Hugs and Playground Thugs Tracklisting:
Stream The Album (LINK)
01. Do You Think You’re Movin’ On (MP3)
02. Summertimes
03. I Just Caught A Face (MP3)
04. When Tomorrow Comes
05. Medicine Day
06. It Won’t Be Long
07. Roadtrip
08. It’s A Kinda Love (MP3)
09. When The Nights Gone Blue
10. Ever Had A Feeling
11. Just A Dream
12. Cheapest Mistake

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Copperpot Spinning In NYC, WYLA? Out This Summer Featuring Guest Appearances By KRS One and Members of Tortoise.

“...easily stands up to other noted producer discs of late, like Prefuse 73's and RJD2's. – Time Out Chicago

“...the Roc's golden boy [Kanye West] has all the accolades, the Grammys, the sales and the buzz. But there's another beatsmith in the Windy City that hip hop fans should be looking out for...” – Elemental

“Rookie Chicago beatmaker Copperpot puts more bounce in the step of underground rap than it has seen in many a moon. [Four Stars].” – Remix

Chapter 7 will stand the test of time because of Copperpot's excellent production work.” –

“Four Stars” – Vapors

On Tuesday, May 15th, Copperpot continues his monthly residency at Shebeen, NYC, in the "Plays Well With Others" series. It is a stellar night with additional music provided by the Y party champion R.P. Freely and drinks provided by the always gracious Dalya and Taryn.

Copperpot has been producing hip hop since 2000 when he joined The Phonograph Scientists, a Chicago-based turntable crew. Pot went solo in 2005 with his album Chapter 7 and soon after things got hot when The Chicago Reader ran a feature spotlighting his appearances on local projects from artists like Qwaazar (Typical Cats), Iomos Marad (All Natural) and several acclaimed 12" singles featuring local Chicago emcees paired with lyricists from London.

Now, with his new album, WYLA?, Pot has strayed from the bedroom producer style. Enter Matthew Lux, a member of the experimental group Isotope 217. Lux called upon a slew of artists from all over Chicago to help create of WYLA?, most notably Jeff Parker and Dan Bitney, members of supergroup Tortoise. WYLA? also features many notable guests, including hip hop legend KRS One.

Copperpot will release his sophomore album WYLA? this summer on the EV Productions label. Check out the album's lead track "Come Back Home" featuring KRS One (MP3).

Shebeen is a great spot located in Soho (202 Mott St. btw Spring & Kenmare) so be sure to come out and have a drink or four with Copperpot and friends.


Thursday, May 10, 2007

Meowskers "Fake Orange EP" Record Release Show - May 11th at Pianos

“Wide-reaching, epic indie rock.” - The L Magazine

“Upbeat, fun and happy keyboard-driven pop, and frontman Matthew Rudnicki’s great vocals really carry the act. Definite potential here...” - Indie-licious

Brooklyn-based power trio Meowskers delivers hungry, ecstatic rock, touched with a heavenly glow. On their debut release, Fake Orange EP, the band combines the jagged darkness of early Black Sabbath with the holy drive of U2, smoothing it out with the sexy swagger of 80's synth pop. [MORE]

Check out just one of the catchy tunes from Fake Orange EP, "Colors That Lie!" (MP3).

Come celebrate the release of Meowskers' debut Fake Orange EP with a record release show at Pianos in NYC (158 Ludlow) on May 11th at Midnight. Also appearing: The Dead Trees, the comedy stylings of Extra Big Funny Laugh!, Quiztow, and Ursula Points. The guest list is filling up quickly. Please send your requests to Mark Davis at Fanatic Promotion.

The Myth is forming. Get in on the ground floor.

Wednesday, May 9, 2007

J. DiMenna News

"... His style tempts and entices, not unlike being mesmerized by the eyes of a cobra." - Amplifier

J. DiMenna played a show at Brooklyn's Luna Lounge last Friday (see photo at left. Credit: Johnny Leather) that the New York Press called "...quite impressive, especially the use of a drifting steel guitar."

The instrument mentioned is played by Joe Novelli on a custom guitar made by his uncle and it can be heard all over DiMenna's new digital-only EP If He Could Speak Now. Stream it HERE.

The EP is an accompaniment to DiMenna's Awkward Buildings album which recently caused Bob Boilen of NPR's All Songs Considered to say, "DiMenna's made a CD that's infectious. Its the kind of infectious music that took time to grab me, the kind of infectious music that I find myself singing and not realizing what it is or how it even crept into my subconscious."

The video for one of the songs from Awkward Buildings, ["Preacher," (MP3) which appears in live form on the EP] was directed by Roland Becerra. Becerra recently won the Moving Pictures Magazine Short Film contest and will be showing his winning film Dear Beautiful at the upcoming Cannes Film Festival.

The film (LINK) contains DiMenna’s song "To Meet You" and was created in Becerra’s signature animated style which is also featured in the "Preacher" video (LINK).

Taxi Taxi Live Tonight at Union Hall

Taxi Taxi will be performing tonight, Wednesday May 9th at Union Hall. The band will take the stage around 10pm. The club is located at 702 Union St on the corner of 5th Ave. in Brooklyn.

Take the: R train to Union Street. Walk 1 block East. F train to 4th Avenue. Walk north on 4th Ave and turn right on Union Street. 1 block up. Q, 2, 3, 4, 5 trains to Atlantic Avenue. Walk South on 5th Ave. Make a left on Union Street.

Joining 'em will be the usual round-up of rag-tag raggamuffins and a bevy of carnival folk. This venue also has a Bocce Ball court upstairs so after the show, relax with a little indoor lawn bowling.

Check out Maps & Legends, the debut album by Taxi Taxi streaming HERE and read about 'em HERE.

Sunday, May 6, 2007

Mingle With Singles

Hi – this is Josh Bloom, president of Fanatic Promotion writing. With the proliferation of the MP3 culture, the era of the album is giving way to the single again. While I love to linger with a singer, I also love to mingle with a single.

And thus, this post entitled MINGLE WITH SINGLES. With this, I intend to give you a peek into new bands on the Fanatic roster that are getting a lot of spin time on my personal iPod.

These include: ahead-of-time tunes (a track from a record that we’ll be talking about more extensively in the near future), exclusive tracks (remixes and hot-off-of-the-boards new songs), and otherwise unavailable cuts (like vinyl-only tunes and even MP3's of 7"s – the original single – bringing it all back home!)

There are many ways to listen: you can download individual tracks via the links below, download a fully mixed 30-minute MP3 version here, subscribe to the Fanatic podcast via iTunes or another podcast service via our newsfeed.

Any way you choose it, please MINGLE & ENJOY.

This edition of MINGLE WITH SINGLES includes tracks by:
01. People Noise (new band featuring Zeke Buck, formerly of VHS or Beta.)
02. The Lodger (catchy new UK band on the revitalized Slumberland label.)
03. Adam Franklin (Swervedriver frontman with a great new solo album.)
04. Chris Bathgate (Michigan singer-songwriter giving Sufjan a run for it.)
05. Meowskers (Kick-ass pop band from Brooklyn that I know you'll love.)
06. Black Moth Super Rainbow (A remix by The Octopus Project.)
07. Copperpot (Chicago hip-hop artist with collaborator KRS One.)
08. The Loose Salute (Straight outta 1968, a new band from members of Mojave 3.)
09. Herman Jolly (One of the Bedroom Trio of songwriters from Cali.)
10. Wooden Wand (Featuring members of Sonic Youth. A lyrical gem.)

Thanks for listening!

Josh Bloom
Fanatic Promotion, Inc.

Thursday, May 3, 2007

The Sammies + Morning State + People Noise + You

Fanatic Promotion invites you out on May 9th to the Knitting Factory Tap Bar (74 Leonard St., NYC) for an evening of music featuring The Sammies [MP3 | MySpace], Morning State [MP3 | MySpace], and People Noise [MP3 | MySpace]. Click to download some tunes now, check 'em out on MySpace later and make your way out to the Knit next week to party with us.

Tuesday, May 1, 2007

Neurosis - Given To The Rising - Promo Film

The epic new album from Neurosis, Given To The Rising, will be released on June 5th via the band's Neurot Recordings. Check out this promo film all about the record.

Click play to watch above, or head over to YouTube and check it out there. For those of you that would like to carry this flick around on your iPod, download an iPod compatible version HERE.

Win A Trip To Iceland Courtesy of Bang Gang!



THE LATEST: CLICK to See BANG GANG’s Bardi provide a live commentary for the “Find What You Get” video where he explains the alluring power of spitting. WATCH BANG GANG’s “Find What You Get” video on MTV2, and the “Stop In The Name of Love” video on MTVu, and LOGO!

THE CONTEST: The Republic of Iceland has birthed international successes in the musical realm with such acts as Sigur Rós, Múm, Björk, Amiina; and most importantly BANG GANG. It is time to brush up on your Icelandic for, “Where is the bathroom?” or “Please fluff my pillow” because you can enter to win a TRIP FOR TWO TO ICELAND COURTESY OF ICELANDAIR, BANG GANG & FROM NOWHERE RECORDS. BANG GANG is looking for the best fan remix of “It’s Alright” from the new BANG GANG album Something Wrong.

To create your remix and enter the contest, visit the links below to hear the original song and download isolated multi-tracks of “It’s Alright”. Then use them and whatever else you have up your sleeve (just no illegal samples), to create a kick-ass remix!

The entries will be judged by Bardi Johannsson of BANG GANG himself! As an example (and for fun), check out the SHOUT OUT OUT OUT OUT REMIX of BANG GANG’s “Find What You Get” HERE.


THE PRIZE: Two plane tickets from one of Iceland Air's US gateways (NYC, Boston, Orlando and Baltimore), Two nights in a Reykjavik hotel, Transportation to Keflavik airport to the hotel and back, A bunch of exposure.

THE RULES: Contestants must submit an MP3 OF YOUR REMIX, YOUR FULL NAME, AND E-MAIL ADDRESS to by Friday, May 18. Anyone can participate, and contestants can submit as many remixes as they wish. The winner will be notified on Monday, May 21.

THE FINE PRINT: Contest winner is responsible for their own transportation to and from one of Iceland Air's US gateways (NYC, Boston, Orlando and Baltimore). The prize can be used within one year of the issue date, except June, July, August and Christmas holiday period. By submitting your e-mail, you agree to receive information on low fares to Europe from IcelandAir. All contest entrants understand and agree that under no situation will Fanatic Promotion, Inc. be liable for any direct, indirect, consequential, incidental, special or exemplary damages resulting from your participation in this offer. By sending your MP3, you confirm that: All rights in and to the recordings remixed versions of the recordings are owned by FROM NOWHERE RECORDS and to the extent necessary you assign all rights in the remixed recordings to FROM NOWHERE RECORDS.

THE LINKS: MP3s: "Something Wrong," "It's Alright," E-Card with full album stream HERE, From Nowhere Records, Bang Gang, Bang Gang MySpace