Tuesday, September 30, 2008

The Safes lay down five new frantic fits of extreme melodic energy on new EP, national tour launches next week.

“Hometown heroes: The Safes freight-train delivery and thoughtful arrangements - all delivered with a sneer - will remind you why garage rock is indeed an art form.” – Chicago Tribune

“Taking their cues from The Kinks and The Who, they bash their way across ten short power pop anthems that clock in right at the thirty minute mark, just like ten great radio-ready singles should.” – Andy Whitman, Paste Magazine

Rolling Stone’s David Fricke aptly described The Safes music as “atomic pop.” That’s what’s in store on The Safes new Sight of All Light EP! Five, frantic fits of extreme melodic energy thrown down hot and live, real and raw! With tunes that will slap you in the face and make you shake your ass while you sing! The Safes’ style is pure rock’ n’ roll fire with lyrics that cut. Time and time again, The Safes’ songs deliver first-listen hooks, smart lyrics, and clever arrangements. The Safes’ sound is sizzling pop and rock that’s sugar sweet on the outside and snarling conviction on the inside-they’re pop tunesmiths who play with punk rock intensity. Simply, the songwriting, singing, multi-instrument playing, record producing, rock ’n’ roll band The Safes are a music-making machine.

When the boys aren’t busy winning over new fans one town at a time with their vibrant live set, brothers Frankie, Michael and Patrick O’Malley can be found in their Chicago recording studio writing, rehearsing, and recording countless songs! They spend nearly every waking minute working as they live their dream! Stockpiling songs for future records (the next LP is already recorded), at a prolific rate which has The Safes scheduled to be rocking for your children when they go to college, whenever that may be.

Since forming in 2003, The Safes have released their debut LP Family Jewels, a follow-up EP Boogie Woogie Rumble, and 2007’s LP Well Well Well to great success. The Safes first three releases have earned widespread critical acclaim. These features and glowing reviews in such notable publications as Washington Post, Boston Globe, Chicago Tribune, San Francisco Chronicle, Pitchfork, Paste, and Popmatters (to name a few) lead to packed shows in major cities all over the USA. Tracks from Well Well Well received considerable airplay on such powerhouse commercial radio stations such as KROQ (LA), WFNX (Boston), WTCL (Denver), WTKS (Orlando), WXRT, Q101 and were licensed on MTV, ESPN, and Fuel TV greatly increasing The Safes international recognition. It’s their frantic live show that is moving merchandise and earning the band its reputation as a “must see live band!” Touring coast-to-coast, The Safes have established loyal fan bases across the country on the strength of their live show which is a sweaty explosion of energy and melody.

Halleluiah! Long live rock n roll!

The Safes On Tour:
10/09 Champaign, IL @ The Courtyard
10/10 Carbondale, IL @ PKs
10/11 Saint Louis, MO @ Lemmons
10/12 Kansas City, MO @ Fred P. Otts
10/13 Wichita, KS @ The Anchor
10/15 Austin, TX @ Club 1808
10/16 Denton, TX @ J&J's
10/17 Albuquerque, NM @ Atomic Cantina
10/18 Phoenix, AZ @ Rubyroom
10/19 San Diego, CA @ Brick By Brick
10/20 Los Angeles, CA @ The Cat Club
10/21 Oakland, CA @ The Stork Club
10/22 San Francisco, CA @ The Hemlock Tavern
10/23 Salt Lake City, UT @ Burt's Tiki Lounge
10/24 Denver, CO @ Bender's
10/25 Omaha, NE @ Universe
11/01 Pittsburgh, PA @ Garfield Artworks
11/02 Long Branch, NJ @ The Brighton Bar
11/03 Arlington, VA @ Galaxy Hut
11/04 Richmond, VA @ Rumors Boutique
11/05 Baltimore, MD @ Joe Squared
11/06 New York, NY @ Pianos
11/07 Boston, MA @ O'Briens
11/08 Philadelphia, PA @ Mojo 13
11/09 Danbury, CT @ Larry's
11/10 Sheffield, MA @ Off The Beat N' Track
11/11 New Haven, CT @ Cafe Nine
11/12 State College, PA @ Bar Bleu
11/26 Chicago, IL @ Beat Kitchen

Sight of All Light Tracklisting:
Stream The EP HERE
Release Date: September 23rd , 2008

01. Sight of All Light (MP3)
02. Troublemaker
03. The Sky Is Falling
04. Greed
05. Unlock The Mystery

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The Safes In The Press:

“Atomic pop.” – 'David Fricke, Rolling Stone

“A riotous, tuneful, pre-punk/post-garage noise that sounds at once like the middle of the British invasion and the advent of The Clash.” – ‘Tim Finn, Kansas City Star

“The O’Malley brothers, out of Chicago, crank out bad boy riffs and good time tunes. They’ve got one foot in the garage, the other in sweetly addictive power pop.” – ‘Jennifer Kelly, Popmatters

“Great straight-ahead rock’n’roll.” – ‘PunkPlanet

“No list of America’s best current rock n’ roll band is complete with mention of Chicago’s Safes. The brothers O’Malley tear it up live and put out fabulous records to boot.” – ‘NowWave Magazine

“‘Phone Book Full of Phonies’ takes glam-stomp’s boogie and strips out all the excess weight to make it run faster, ‘Deception’ condenses the limber debauchery of early 70s Rolling Stones into 1:47, and ‘Bliss This Instance’ takes the aforementioned Kinks-circa-’66 vibe to a raucous, horn-filled conclusion.” – ‘Nate Patrin, Pitchfork

“One of the best records of the year.” – Razorcake

“...garage-kissed powerpop...” – ‘San Francisco Chronicle

“A Chicago band that employs lots of power chords, and would probably appeal to fans of similarly Idolator-beloved bands like the Exploding Hearts.” – ‘Idolator

The Safes make sugary pop-rock that seems like it would fit right in on mainstream radio.” – ‘Time Out New York

Boogie Woogie Rumble is a trebly hybrid of sleazy basement punk rock and what fanzines used to call “hardcore” in the 80s. It’s fast without losing melody, the songs boast those sped-up Johnny Thunders twisted-string leads, and the group exude sarcasm like a fetid cloud of dimestore cologne.” – ‘Maximum RocknRoll

“A gem of natty garage rock, calls to mind such retrofitted Motor City hip shakers as the Dirtbombs and the Detroit Cobras.” – ‘The Pitch

“Chicago’s The Safes isn’t all power chords, hooks, and harmonies (though it’s got all that nailed down). The trio jams bright melodies, bluesy stomps, and every mood from silly to bitter into tight-and-fast power pop songs on Well, Well, Well.” – The Onion

Friday, September 26, 2008

Team Genius constructs debut album specifically for the iPod generation, manages to channel both Prince and Magnetic Fields along the way.

“I have been trying to go with my whims… fuck it, let’s make an iPod album.”

“Basically it’s a reaction to the modern way music is consumed and listened to,” Drew says of the disc. “The idea of an album with a focused sound and a complete statement kind of gets lost now-a-days. Everyone shuffles around, so I thought ‘why not write an album that does the same thing?’ Luckily, the band did an awesome job of keeping up with it.”

The result is a single album that contains a multitude of sounds from funky falsettos (“Take Me Home”) (MP3), to Celtic intonations (“Sing Song”), epic anthems (“ABC”), weird pep rallies (“The Wise Ones All Give Up”), two chord experimentation (“Meanderings and Musings”), ukulele folk (“Speak Softly”), and even a campfire sing-along (“While We’re Asleep).

“Hopefully there is still a strong enough sense of our personalities and my quirky style of writing that ties the songs together,” Drew muses.

Those personalities are quirky, indeed. It was a boring winter when Drew enlisted his brother Chad Hermiller and their friend and drummer Scott Dyer (a 150-pound wonder - sometimes shirtless, sometimes suited) to form the trio that ultimately became Team Genius. The boys later welcomed Chris Hudik on bass and then added a much needed feminine element to the team when Erin Griffith and Emma Firth both joined in 2007. Team Genius released the Hooray EP to critical acclaim in early 2008.

Furthering the familial elements of Team Genius, both biological and psychological, was the introduction of another pair of siblings in the form of trumpet player Rebecca Allen and her sister Elizabeth on a multitude of axes. As the unique personalities that comprise Team Genius emerge throughout the Team Genius album, you may find yourself curious about a history that mentions eight band members, photos that depict six or seven, and a stage show that can go from intimate affair to free-for-all. Truly, it’s all in keeping with the Team Genius ‘no rules, just rock’ take on what a band can be.

This attitude has brought about an anti-scene in the band’s
Brooklyn base -- one contrary to the hipster-ism that has permeated the borough. You see, the members of Team Genius are the nail-biting, hand-standing kids you sat next to in Algebra class, only now they’re doing pop culture battle with idiot-proof lyrics and an ear full of sound. The band’s poppy, earnest resonance smacks of the Ohio heartland, while its stark lyrics, juxtaposed with infectious beats, make both your noggin and your ticker move.

Essentially, the Team Genius brand of geeky bravado conjures the kind of music you would have listened to in your high school ride (as long as you were in band or orchestra) and is the perfect soundtrack to an awkward first date. This is not to say that Team Genius tunes are in any way childish. As it is hinted at above, the band takes the statements it makes seriously

Drew comments, “Lyrically, it’s about trying to operate by one’s own internal compass rather than what we’re suppose to think and follow about morals, rules, laws, and ethics. I think that dropping the traditional way of thinking and looking around for yourself is an incredibly positive thing and to a large degree I kind of consider that to be true intelligence. If you want a thesis statement for the album I’d say that ‘ABC’ is the best example. And ‘While We’re Asleep’ is kind of a redemption song. It’s basically about anyone who follows this kind of ‘live by your own rules’ logic and the possibility of them giving a hand to the rest of us sinners.”

Self-exploration via iPod has never sounded as good as it does via the debut album by Team Genius. Just make sure to check out the display once in a while to remind yourself that the bands rocking a Prince-ly groove and a Magnetic Fields folk fest are actually one and the same.

Team Genius Live:

10/11 Brooklyn, NY @ Galapagos
10/21 New York, NY @ Original Sessions Art House
10/23 New York, NY @ Knitting Factory Fanatic CMJ Day Party
10/25 Brooklyn, NY @ The Charleston CMJ Music Marathon
11/05 Brooklyn, NY @ Glasslands
11/13 Brooklyn, NY @ Monkeytown

Team Genius
Release Date:
October 7th, 2008
01. Take Me Home (MP3)
02. Surely The Sun Will Explode
03. Sing Song
04. Run Gun Sun
05. ABC
06. The Wise Ones All Give Up
07. Meanderings and Musings
08. Speak Softly
09. Take What You Can’t Make
10. While We’re Asleep

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Thursday, September 18, 2008

Electroclash icon Matt Sims to release Happily Ever After, a departure from dance music that brims with great songs. Download “The Bitten Bite Back”.

Prince first dreamed up the blueprint for this kind of thing back in 1980 with the release of his galaxy-smashing Dirty Mind album. Glaring defiantly from the stark black-and-white cover clad in a pair of panties and a trench coat, the music inside was just as startling. Combing the swinging power pop of The Cars with gender-bending sexuality and a punk rock attitude, Dirty Mind can still warp a mind. Mt. Sims, from his blurry ethnicity to the studded neon girls at his flanks, has obviously learned a thing or three from the purple pioneer. But where Prince was always channeling heroes like James Brown and Little Richard, Sims’ sounds like he ultimately wants to grow up to become Soft Cell. Really, that’s all just shorthand for ‘ Mt. Sims has got it going on.’ – URB Magazine

Matt Sims began startling audiences since 2000 with his unusually provocative performances that mix equal amounts political satire , surreal imagery and sensual debauch. With three dancers (à la The Fall), this performance group explored the contemporary connections between media, consumerism, sex, and entertainment. Gaining comparisons from artist Paul McCarthy’s food work to James Brown’s hip work, this show caused enough of a stir to get the attention of DJ Hell who quickly signed them to his International DJ Gigolo Records label alongside the likes of Tuxedo Moon, Terence Fixmer, CROSSOVER, Vitalic and Linda Lamb. The release of Mt. Sims’s first album Ultrasex on Emperor Norton Records, now a cult classic electro-pop album, put Sims on the map internationally with the hit song “Hate Fuck.”

After releasing a second album Wild Light and touring extensively throughout Europe as a three-piece band (as opposed to a performance art piece as was the case with Ultrasex) Sims decided on breaking the band up and relocating to Berlin, Germany. It is here that Sims began working on the new incarnation of the band with Randy Twigg on bass, Andre Lange on drums, and Thomas Stern of Crime and The City Solution at the behind the sound and production. A long-distance friendship between Sims and Hungry Eye Records (New York City/ Montreal, home of The Bellmer Dolls, Sixteens, The Holy Kiss) led to a collaboration and the release of a limited 12”, the A Grave EP, and now the third full length, Happily Ever After. This new album is an even further departure from electronic dance music and is creepier and more aggressive in its content than any other Mt. Sims album, featuring guest musicians Jessie Evans (Vanishing, Autonervous, Subtonix) and Toby Damit (Swans, Iggy Pop). Happily Ever After is set for release on Hungry Eye Records this fall.

Quotes From The Press:
“Somewhere on the musical map between beauty and chaos.” – ReGen Magazine

“Most of the tracks burn along for a few minutes gradually building in strength and mood, and eventually blistering into a grand finale that might be dissonantly similar to watching a tragic automobile accident in slow motion.” – about.com

“Teaming up with legendary Bauhaus/Love and Rockets player and Los Angeles fixture David J. assures that Sims’ credibility, as well as gothic-tinged-electro-sound is compelling, while his work with Air/Beck producer on lead single ‘Restless’ is a darkwave epic ripe for 2005 dancefloors” – All Music Guide

“It’s a post-punk, new-wave, rock-tinged effort that’s bathed in doom n’ gloom.” – Ink 19

Happily Ever After Tracklisting:
Release Date: October 21st, 2008

01. Happily Ever After
02. Grave
03. Playing For Keeps
04. Dig It In
05. Love's Revenge
06. Continuations
07. What’s The Big Deal?
08. Andy or Jenny
09. The Bitten Bite Back (MP3)
10. Hot Water Cold Blood
11. Window Window
12. Tight Rope

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Tuesday, September 16, 2008

Salme Dahlstrom’s latest single gets remixed by Madonna, Mariah, Diddy treatment team Klubjumpers.

Salme Dahlstrom’s The Acid Cowgirl Audio Trade is a “no excuses”, in-your-face pop-electronica album that is waist deep in potential singles, the latest being the infectious “C’mon Y’all.” As Dahlstrom’s album continues to draw media attention, “C’mon Y’all” has drawn the attention and labor of some of the hottest remix teams and DJs in the world.

Just one of the notable contributors is Klubjumpers which has worked with such superstars as Madonna, Mariah Carey, Diddy, Black Eyed Peas, Britney Spears, Lil Wayne and many others. The Klubjumpers mix opens the new remix disc with a strobe-light inspired take on “C’mon Y’all,” (MP3) and is followed by a slew of re-imagined versions by Brad Smith, Tribal Injection, Dephunk, Mike Ternero, and Bashar.

Dahlstrom’s album and this latest group of remixes have both been self released on Dahlstrom’s own KonTainer Music label, a practice that is quickly becoming the norm as major labels face their self-created end times. Echoing the recent stories of Katy Perry’s (“I Kissed A Girl”) experiences with persevering as an artist and performer after being courted, groomed and dropped by major labels, Dahlstrom has had struggles of her own.

Dahlstrom elaborates saying, “When it came time to put out my album I felt I had to do it independently. My last encounter with the major labels ended badly and I was left in limbo for six months while my label tried to get their shit together. They kept telling me that they really wanted me to stay on and that they would find a new home and I would be their number one priority. After six months of the same song and dance, I told them I was walking. During that half a year, I didn’t write a song, not a single note. I was totally paralyzed by the situation... I felt lost. I never wanted to be in that spot again and decided that it was time to take charge. As I produced some new songs and was talking to major labels about record deals, I was also starting to formulate a plan on how I could do this without them.”

Like Moby did with Play before her, Dahlstrom was able to license every track from The Acid Cowgirl Audio Trade. She explains, “I started getting licensing requests to use the new songs in commercials, movies etc. Pretty quickly I had a little business going. A couple of years earlier this would have constituted selling out, but times had changed and licensing was the future. I never wrote songs with product placement in mind, but it was gratifying to see how well my songs were received by licensing agents and ad agencies, and the fact that they were willing to pay good money to license gave me confidence in that I could write and produce ‘hits.’ By the time I put the album out all songs on the album had been licensed for something.”

Dahlstrom’s tunes have been heard on The Hills, One Tree Hill, Veronica Mars, Brooke Knows Best, in the upcoming movie Spring Breakdown, and as part of various campaigns for Miller Lite, Subaru, Vodafone, Virgin Mobile and others. Be sure to look out for Salme Dahlstrom’s The Acid Cowgirl Audio Trade with its latest single and slew of remixes… Listen today! C’mon y’all!

C’mon Y’all – The Remixes Tracklisting:

01. Klubjumpers Extended Mix (MP3)
02. Tribal Injection Low End Mix
03. Dephunk Afterhours Mix
04. DJ Brad Smith Electro Mix (MP3)
05. Mike T Euroboy Mix
06. Bashar Payback Dub
07. Klubjumpers Radio Mix
08. Re-Zone Electro Radio Mix

The Acid Cowgirl Audio Trade Tracklisting:
Release Date: August 19th, 2008
Stream The Album HERE

01. Intro
02. Bombastic
03. Superstar Car Crash (MP3 VIDEO)
04. C’mon Y’All (MP3)
05. G.L.S. (‘08 Remix)
06. Hello California (MP3)
07. Reality Check
08. Thinking About It... Baby (‘08 Remix)
09. Wearing The Peace
10. Little Helper
11. Popwreck

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More about Salme Dahlstrom:
“I take music very seriously, but I try not to take myself too seriously. I am here to have a good time. To me music is about entertainment, nothing else.” – Salme Dahlstrom

Self-written and self-produced, Dahlstrom recorded The Acid Cowgirl Audio Trade in her personal studio in New York City where she handled her own programming, editing, mixing and almost all playing on the record. A fan of Fatboy Slim and The Crystal Method, Dahlstrom maintains a similar style while having created entirely her own samples by recording a slew guitar riffs, bass lines, live drums, and vocals, and then cutting them up, re-sampling, filtering and tweaking them to use as the foundation for production.

Born in the countryside of Sweden, Dahlstrom began studying classical music at the age of four. She spent her teenage years writing songs and performing with local bands. Dahlstrom’s professional career began when she signed a publishing deal with EMI. She spent countless hours in the EMI studio learning the craft of producing and experimenting with different genres of music.

Dahlstrom traveled to the US in 1999 where she soon sparked a buzz in the music scene leading the NYC underground band aboyandagirl. With Dahlstrom center stage, an aboyandagirl delivered live music with such passion and energy that within a year of its creation, it was signed to RuffLife/Warner Bros. Records.

Following a fallout with the major label system, Dahlstrom took matters into her own hands with her full-length release of The Acid Cowgirl Audio Trade including the single “Superstar Car Crash” which was featured on the latest season of Big Brother Australia during which an entire episode was dedicated to the cast making a music video for it.

Quotes From The Press:
“The album is a pure adrenaline shot of pumped up beats as vibrant as a high definition rainbow after an electrical storm. It’s a hi-nrg voyage from the shores of Madonna to the temples of Fatboy Slim via the electroclash of Felix Da Housecat.” – The Devil Has The Best Tuna

Salme Dahlstrom is into electronic pop goodness. Over the top, but never losing her footing, her album The Acid Cowgirl Audio Trade is a good time party album that should be played really fucking loud…” – Here Comes The Flood

Salme Dahlstrom's ‘Hello California’ is crystalline, guilty-pleasure pop” – Jon Sobe, blogcritics.org

“The album is slickly stylized, with catchy hooks being the focal point. The music seems to be built up around the hooks as a way to compliment them, rather than stealing the spotlight...” – Snob’s Music

Louisiana darling Brass Bed seizes the hearts of fans of The Beach Boys, The Flaming Lips and Wilco with its effervescent debut Midnight Matinee.

Midnight Matinee is bursting with sunshiny California-style pop. Part Byrds, part Brian Wilson and part Flaming Lips, Brass Bed’s skillfully produced strata of psychedelia, Laurel Canyon country, doo-wop harmonies and light prog-rock brushstrokes seem almost too complex to be so effervescent.” – Gambit Weekly

Driven by a wide spectrum of influences from country ballads and progressive rock hooks, to sticky-sweet lyrics, and dissonant experimental freak-outs, it’s a unique mix of intelligently designed compositions that comprise the sounds of Midnight Matinee, the debut album by Louisiana’s Brass Bed.

Brass Bed is Christiaan Mader (vocals, guitar), Jonny Campos (guitar, pedal steel, vocals, bull horn), Peter Dehart (drums, vocals), Jacques Doucet (bass, banjo), and Andrew Toups (synths, keys, percussion).

Anchored by some amazing press notices for its locally released EP and live show, Brass Bed has cast its spell on every prominent city in the South, performing with national acts like Colour Revolt, Oakley Hall, and Elf Power, and playing sets at Voodoo Music Experience, the Florida Music Festival, and the Festival International de Louisiane.

Brass Bed will be touring throughout the rest of the year in support of Midnight Matinee, bringing their potent live show to the rest of the country. See dates below.

Brass Bed Live:
09/17 Austin, TX @ Mohawk
09/18 Dallas, TX @ Double Wide
09/19 Hattiesburg, MS @ Thirsty Hippo
09/26 Atlanta, GA @ Wonderroot Performance Space
10/08 Hammond, LA @ Cate St.
10/10 Ybor City, FL @ New World Brewery
10/13 Charleston, SC @ Tin Roof
10/17 Winston-Salem, NC @ Elliott’s Revue
10/23 New York, NY @ Knitting Factory Fanatic CMJ Day Party
10/28 Nashville, TN @ The Basement

Brass Bed In The Press:
Midnight Matinee is a breath of fresh air—a rock album that is intriguing from beginning to end.” - Anti-Gravity

“...a compellingly distinctive assembly of instrumentation that dutifully serves each song.” – Creative Loafing

“A winning confluence of effervescent indie rock, quirky psych-pop, country and even a couple of moments of noise...” – Orlando Weekly

“...Midnight Matinee is a kaleidoscope of orchestral flourishes, psych-pop contagiousness, fuzzed-out rock, wilting country winks, and even the occasional detour into noise. It’s an ADHD modus operandi that probably shouldn’t work, but thanks to watertight songwriting, is miraculously cohesive.” – Flagpole

Midnight Matinee Tracklisting:
Release Date: Sept. 16th, 2008

01. BBC Midnight Broadcast (MP3)
02. On The Road
03. Intro To Tony
04. Olivia
05. Split Decision
06. So I Shrugged My Shoulders
07. It Smarts
08. Postcard: Paris
09. James Fellows Jr.
10. Make Me Cry
11. Polar Bird
12. Killer Bees

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Friday, September 12, 2008

Shunda K of Yo! Majesty to launch weekly club night in NYC. Spiritual MC says “This is just the beginning.”

On the eve of the release of Tampa rap duo Yo! Majesty’s debut album for Domino Records, the group’s outspoken MC Shunda K (tinyurl.com/yomajesty-SPIN) has announced that she will host and present a series of club nights at the Original Sessions Art House on John Street in the Wall Street district of lower Manhattan.

The night, dubbed La Di Da Di Rock Da Party will commence on September 20th and continues every Saturday thereafter. Shunda K will also present shows at the room during every evening of the upcoming 2008 CMJ Music Marathon running October 21st through the 25th.

In keeping with the philosophies that permeate Shunda K’s work as an artist, La Di Da Di Rock Da Party is meant to act as a venue for artists of different genres to come together and rock the people with the common cause of breaking down preconceived notions and ideas about ourselves and our world around us. And, of course, to get down on the floor while doing it!

Shunda K has big plans and doesn’t consider the night anything short of the first step towards a worldwide ministry. “I have such a long ways to go,” she says. “That’s what keeps me humble -- knowing what I have to go through. This is my ministry and ain’t nobody gonna hold me back from building the people up. I’m going to establish ministries across the world and this is just the beginning.”

Some of the artists set to appear in addition to Shunda K herself include Bunny Rabbit and Black Cracker, The Loom, Elizabeth Willis, Gangi, Miles Benjamin Anthony Robinson, Festival, Josh Bloom, Black Peter Group, The Terrordactyls, James Jackson Toth, Hey Willpower, Tha Pumpsta, Starfucker, Shy Child, Rosetta Stoned, Quitzow and many more. A listening event for the upcoming Yo! Majesty album Futuristically Speaking… Never Be Afraid is also in the works.

About the Original Sessions Art House: Original Sessions showcases film screenings, indie film theatrical releases, live original music, painting, sculpture, photography, performance art, burlesque, stage readings and theatrical productions. Its goal is to provide an outlet and fair environment for the brightest emerging talent -- an outlet for them to take their careers into their own hands and to provide warm welcoming venues where they can showcase their talents.

About La Di Da Di Rock Da Party (at the Original Sessions Art House, 17 John Street NYC btw Broadway and Nassau):

September 20th, 2008, 21+, $10, featuring: Josh Bloom (myspace.com/joshbloomsongs), Rosetta Stoned (myspace.com/rosettas), Supahero GoGo Star (myspace.com/freamonbvchavous), ILLMaculate Conception (myspace.com/asabuchanonmusic), Shunda K of Yo! Majesty (myspace.com/shundak).

September 27th, 2008, 21+ $10, featuring: Mark McLaughlin (myspace.com/markmclaughlin), Mahasin (myspace.com/mahasin), Poe Picasso (myspace.com/poepicasso), Planet Ubiquity (myspace.com/theplanetu), Shunda K of Yo! Majesty (myspace.com/shundak), Josh Bloom (myspace.com/joshbloomsongs).

Subsequent events will take place on October 4th, 11th, 18th, 21st, 22nd, 23rd, 24th and 25th and continuing every Saturday into the future.

From Uptown Manhattan - take the A,C,E or 4,5 or 2,3 downtown. For the E, get off at the last stop: World Trade Center station. Walk East of Dey St. for one block. Pass over Broadway and continue East on John St. For the 4 & 5, get off at the Fulton St. station, head South one block on Broadway, turn East onto John St. For the A, C, 2 & 3 trains, get off at the Broadway/Nassau Station, head South on Nassau St. one block, turn west onto John St.

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Tuesday, September 9, 2008

Legendary songwriter Vic Chesnutt teams with Elephant 6 psychsters Elf Power for a daunting sum of a record

A tuneful collision of Athens institutions finds fruition this fall when Orange Twin releases Vic Chesnutt’s collaboration with Elephant 6 psychsters Elf Power, Dark Developments. As intriguing as this combination may seem for hardcore fans of either act, the final sonic results reveal a daunting sum much greater than even the involvement of such esteemed parts would imply. The Elves’ lived-in dexterity as a live band goads Vic’s vocal delivery to a menacing new muscularity, imbuing this batch of songs with a sinister vibe not dissimilar to John Cale’s black classic Fear, the harsh, articulate sleaze of Lou Reed’s Street Hassle or the defeated low key soul-music of Nick Lowe’s last few records. As useful as these benchmark-records are in identifying Dark Developments’ own unique spirit, this record truly stands on its own as a brilliant statement, a classic addition to Athens’ legendary pantheon, and, most importantly, as an organic meeting of two separately-evolved and vital musical entities that never feels forced, flashy or false. This is an important album endemic of a natural partnership, and a great way to spend an afternoon.

Vic Chesnutt’s songwriting retains its trademark literary bent, as a tune like “Stop The Horse,” or the withered gallows-stroll of “The Mad Passion of The Stoic” flash the narrative weight, sturdy construction and lexical mystery of a long lost Raymond Carver story. And Chesnutt can still woo you with the odd, beautiful chord-change, the compelling melody and the strange sonic turn in the road. Album opener “Mystery,” moves from a desperately wordless lullaby into a torchy, fragile folk-waltz and back again in about three minutes time, all the while supporting an intuitive rumination on loss and the passage of time. There’s a reggae stutter buried in the bridges and verses of “Teddy Bear,” an oddball keyboard vamp suturing them all together, and a chorus of strange beheaded whispers orbiting just outside the elemental and poignant refrain: “He ain’t never comin’ back.” Again, this all transpires within the pop-sanctioned three-minute borderline, and the song stands as a totem for just how action-packed this record is on all levels.

Recorded over the course of a winter by Vic and Derek Almstead in Chesnutt’s own attic studio, Dark Developments revels in the intimate, home-recorded atmosphere you’d expect from an Athenian union like his. And Elf Power sounds characteristically powerful in this setting: there’s the crack rhythm section of Almstead and Josh Lott (making his final appearance as an Elf) to anchor the affair, the subtle and tremulous interplay of guitarists Andrew Reiger and Jimmy Hughes, and the esoteric whimsy supplied by Laura Carter’s improvisational Moog and accordion. Indeed, the band’s famously-honed instincts and Day-Glo pop-smarts provide the contradictory musical notions that never allow the album to sway too far in one bleak direction or another: it’s that friction extant between Chesnutt’s shadowy worldview and the inventive bounce and bray of Elf Power’s euphonious intra-band chemistry that buoys Dark Developments, provides its freshness, and makes for rewarding repeated listening.

If you are in Europe this month, be sure to see Vic Chesnutt and Elf Power performing together live on their nine-day tour of Spain. An announcement of US dates is forthcoming.

Vic Chesnutt, Elf Power, and The Amorphous Strums
Dark Developments Tracklisting:
Release Date: October 28th, 2008

01. Mystery
02. Little Fucker
03. And How (MP3)
04. Teddy Bear
05. We Are Mean
06. Stop The Horse
07. Bilocating Dog
08. The Mad Passion of The Stoic
09. Phil The Fiddler

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Wednesday, September 3, 2008

pH10 offers a nasty, noisy sound (and a marriage proposal) reminiscent of The Beastie Boys growing up on Slayer rather than Afrika Bambaataa.

“The best live Jungle in New York City, period.” – Pop Smear Magazine

“To understand pH10, start by imagining The Beastie Boys growing up on Slayer rather than Afrika Bambaataa. Then, you’ll need to figure out how records created with no electric guitars in site manage to be this damn heavy. Finally, a lesson or two in overdriven analog circuits at the community college is in order. - Alternatively you could just pop in one of their disks, start shaking your ass and it’ll all come to you naturally” – Time Out London

Brooklyn-based pH10 has been making records and playing shows for ten years. Concerts are hyped up parties with intense visual projections, a massive wall of sound and strange occurrences including strobe light helmets and dancers wrapped in vacuum hoses. Having played all over the US, Canada and Europe, pH10 has developed strong performance skills to back up their studio recordings. This is a finely tuned stage show that leaves audience members danced-out and smiling. Although the pH10 crew insists on light-hearted antics in their performances, they take their productions seriously. This is apparent by the 2005 first place finish in the Dance/Electronica Category of the International Songwriting Competition and being awarded the ‘Indie Award’ by the Independent Artist Registry 2006.

And just because they take their productions seriously, doesn’t mean pH10 is comprised of heads-down studio geeks, either. Band leader Recone Helmut states, “We are tough. We’ve played the nastiest venues and rocked the sketchiest sound systems. We’ve played in areas of the world where the electricity shows off to its friends by killing expensive samplers. We have taken airplanes to play warehouse parties that were shut down before our gear cleared airport security. We’ve recorded entire records in unfamiliar studios with no engineer and the ‘tight deadline.’ Be assured, pH10 can take it. However, there is one thing that strikes fear in our jaded hearts - wait for it - day jobs.”

So, in trying to keep Recone and crew out of ‘business casual’ for 2008, we bring you the nastiest, noisiest, scariest, loudest and by far the heaviest pH10 release to date. Well Connected will hurt feelings. Highlights include appearances by Brian Bell-Fortune, Pete Miser, Jamalski, KCutz and I-45 plus a new level of crushing production thanks to the sinister Virus Ti and a deal with the Devil they call Sherman Filter Bank.

And just because pH10 is tough doesn’t mean Recone doesn’t have a romantic side. He explains, “SyBO T, my partner in pH10 is also my girlfriend of seven years. I proposed a couple of months ago via the artwork of this new disk. If you look through the case on the back side of the spine, you will see ‘Marry Me SyBO T?’. Well, she said yes and we’re getting hitched next year.”

pH10 tracks can be found on Dr. Israel’s Inna City Pressure, Soothsayer’s Zen Turtle, the Iron Feather Journal Choonz & Warez compilation, the Systems Evolution compilation, the 12-inch single on Terraformat Records, Deffender, their full length Sci-Fidelity on Freedomzone Records, their full length Quarks and Gluons on Terraformat Records, the “Needless To Say” single on Helmutplex Records, their Helmutvision full length on Helmutplex Records, national “Truth” television ads, the XBOX game “Amped”, the Reef Surfboards movie Planet Reef, the DerDer movies Natural Selection and 2005 Tournament Roundup, the BigUp Productions movie Dosage Volume 3, the 2007 Adidas Football new media campaign, and soon to come, Well Connected on Helmutplex Records.

Quotes From The Press:
pH10 churns out some of the chunkiest, most amusing New York drum ‘n’ bass since Ming + FS debuted their Junkyard style many moons ago” – Thomas Manalo, Lotus Magazine, USA

“Fearless, free and freaky.... They had their set and sound down to an exact science, making each and every beat count.” – Paul Gangadeen, Chartattack, Canada

“How do you describe pH10 in two words? Fuckin’ ill! ...the best thing to happen to jungle music since Jane!” – Get Underground Magazine, USA

“Without any exaggeration, this album may well be among the most brilliant examples of ‘100% chemistry’ between MC and producer.” – 4elemente Magazine, Romania

“Producer Recone Helmut takes us with his mad band of genius DJs on an electronic odyssey that displays diversity, wit and an exciting sound that is all their own.” – Fly Magazine, England

Recone Helmut, the twisted mastermind behind the behemoth known as pH10, finds himself once again surrounded by talented, jittery souls who wanna show you how it’s done… One standout track, ‘4PM’ crashes down like a spacepod on an alien planet, grows big knobby wheels and rides that rocky terrain like it ain’t no thang.” – Technocracy Magazine, USA

“Not a lot of buzz out there for the drum’n’bass these days, I know; but if buzz is all you’re after, then go take a good hard look in the mirror and ask yourself how things got so bad. While you do that, I’ll be out here dancing to this disc, and probably stealing your girlfriend and/or boyfriend. Because this is some funky stuff, and no matter what kind of notions of cool you subscribe to, you need some funk in your life.” – Stylus Magazine, USA

Well Connected Tracklisting:
Release Date: October 21st, 2008
01. Bulldozin (feat. I-45)
02. Straight From the US (feat. Brian Bell-Fortune)
03. Enter The Underground (feat. Pete Miser and Jamalski) (MP3)
04. Serious Delirium
05. 79MC
06. A Dwarf among Midgets (feat. Drop Logik)
07. BK United (Album Version – feat. Pete Miser)
08. Mr Seasoning (feat. KCutz)
09. Prospering in obscurity
10. Schedule 1
11. Space Baby
12. Yiggplant (Live at the Frying Pan, NYC)
13. Bulldozin (Radio Edit)
14. BK United (Radio Edit)

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Tuesday, September 2, 2008

Boo and Boo Too puts Lawrence, Kansas on the map of guitar geniuses. Listen for the proof on the band’s much anticipated full-length debut, No Tempo.

“Sludgy, dreamy, new wave influenced wall of sound pop...” – Todd P., NYC

Noise-obsessed, dark and unmistakably poppy, Lawrence, Kansas-based band Boo and Boo Too buries its indie rock beneath shimmering layers of post-punk squall and shoegaze abandon. With the imminent release of its full-length debut No Tempo (following a much adored EP), Boo And Boo Too sets its sights on extensive touring (see the band at CMJ, 2008!), determined to spread its own brand of noise and punk and whatever everywhere. Expect busted guitars and blown-out eardrums as No Tempo stands to firmly establish Boo and Boo Too as uncompromising purveyors of charismatic and chaotic pop music.

More Quotes From The Press:
Boo and Boo Too plays an impassioned, timeless sort of emo-punk. The Lawrence, KS, band’s yearning vocals and wistful guitars make us nostalgic for those indie-rock mix-tapes we used to put together in high school.” – Time Out New York
“Easily the most exciting EP release I heard this year, [we] haven’t stopped talking about Boo and Boo Too since we heard this. It’s really addictive loud and noisy rock, in the vein of your favorite feedback filled Sonic Youth songs.” – Omahype

Boo And Boo Too have nailed down that manic brand of New York claustrophobia last achieved in The Walkmen’s debut—except they’re from Lawrence, Kansas.” – Paper Thin Walls

“[Boo and Boo Too] rock like they’ve spent the last five years trapped in a van on tour with Pavement, My Bloody Valentine and Sonic Youth. They squelch and squall guitar feedback like it was a fourth, unnamed member whose sole purpose was to remind everyone what indie rock used to be like, and on that count they deliver.” – Stranded in Stereo

“Like a perky bastard child of The Walkmen and Sonic Youth on Red Bull, the band batter their instruments into submission. Noise and feedback have rarely been played with such poppy purpose.” – The Devil Has the Best Tuna

Boo and Boo Too is a thrift store for sound, for sure. Yeah, yeah: punk-pop squawk uneasily buttressed by f(r)actious guitar noise, chaos contained by a thin membrane of control and a tiny salute to no wave. But also that elusive, near-impossible to articulate quality - charisma.” – Shake Your Fist

“Unwitting anglophiles, this Kansas band take all the best bits of early Wire and Wedding Present, and wrap them up in a neat little bundle of more modern references like Liars and Broken Social Scene.” – Subba Cultcha

No Tempo Tracklisting:
Release Date: October 14th, 2008

01. I Know Nothing’s All Right
02. I’ll Be Your Whore (MP3)
03. Obviously
04. Bottom Of The Lake
05. No Tempo
06. Black Buggy
07. Sometimes At Night
08. KGB
09. White Light, Dark Sheets
10. Alleys In Whitechapel

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