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Yeah Yeah Yeahs – Is Is + Download US

Posted by Molli Fire on Thursday, 14June07

Straight from the mouths of hot babes:

Yeah Yeah Yeahs Is Is

We’ve got the garbage oh yeah we do, dumped into five songs to encourage bad listening habits. YYYs would love to heat up and bother you at a loud volume, so please help us help you and seek out our new tunes? Some of you may know a few of these songs, we’ve been terrorizing with them at our shows for years, Rockers to Swallow, Down Boy, 10X10, WE GUARANTEE YOU HAVE NEVER HEARD THEM LIKE THIS BEFORE, nor have you heard them ALL. We deliver them to you with a snarl this July accompanied with new videos all shot in the dark at a very intimate show we threw last month. We cannot tell you how EXCITED the three of us are to drop this music in your laps, our mouths water at thought of you listening to RTS (ep’s first track) in your car stereos. Summer nights are made for this shit. This shit IS IS made for summer nights.

xx,
YYY

yeah yeah YEAH!
I am actually WAY more excited about this than if it were new material, because, sadly, oh I hate to even say it – I didn’t like “Sealings.” The song that they contributed to the Spiderman 3 soundtrack. I find it too glossy, way too commercial. I fear where this trio is going musically. (And I hope to blame it on something done post-production so they can fire that guy and get back to sounding real) But old material? HELL YEAH!

More Info About Is Is:

From Yeah Yeah Yeahs mice bass-

THE EP
Songs for the EP were written in 2004 in between touring behind their first record Fever to Tell.
Written amidst one of the most turbulent and emotionally unstable periods in YYYs history, for whatever reason the angst that colored that point in time translates erotically into a sexually charged body of songs. On their choice of producer, Karen O intones; “Nick Launay was the natural choice having produced PIL Flowers of Romance, collectively a favorite between us. I put that record on and want to stuff my mouth with raw hamburger meat.”. Is Is is an expression of similar sordid energy, the rawness is unavoidable and good for you too!

THE FILM
YYYs have captured all this excitement in the EP recordings. In fact, they love playing them so much they’ve made a special live film to accompany the EP with co-directors KK Barrett (Sofia Coppola films) and Lance Bangs (video director – Sonic Youth, Nirvana and producer of Director’s Cut series of DVDs – Michel Gondry, Spike Jonze, Chris Cunningham). Recorded in night-vision at Glasslands Gallery in Brooklyn on 7th May, the band played 2 sets that night to just 100 lucky fans each time – the first for a mixed audience and the second for females only. There will be 2 filmed versions of lead track Down Boy – one live, and one to EP audio.

Is Is TRACKLIST:

1.Rockers to Swallow
2.Down Boy
3.Kiss Kiss
4.Isis
5.10×10

Some of these songs were previously available on the “Tell Me What Rockers To Swallow” live DVD. “Down Boy” is a demo version that appeared on a limited edition split 7” single with Liars in Japan and Australia.

The EP will be available on CD, double gatefold 7” vinyl, digital download, and a special USB stick. All formats will include all 5 tracks – “making this a special, non chart-eligible, release.”

U.S. DOWNLOAD FESTIVAL

The Yeah Yeah Yeahs have signed on to play the Download Festival on Saturday, August 18th.

DOWNLOAD FESTIVAL 2007
Tweeter Center for Performing Arts
885 South Main Street, Mansfield, MA 02048

More YYYs Tour Dates

Aug 4 LOLLAPALOOZA Chicago, Illinois
Aug 5 VIRGIN Festival Baltimore, Maryland
Aug 18 Download Festival 2007 Mansfield, Massachusetts

Yeah Yeah Yeahs Links

Yeah Yeah Yeahs site
Yeah Yeah Yeahs mice bass
Is Is CD on Amazon.com only $6.49!
Tell Me What Rockers To Swallow DVD on Amazon.com

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YYYs news on HearingTest

 

 

 

 

 


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Beastie Boys Add London Show

Posted by Molli Fire on Thursday, 14June07

The Beasties have added another London show to their huge tour:

9/6 London, UK Camden Roundhouse

Tickets go on sale to the public Friday, June 15th at 10:00am.

Click over to the Beastie Boys news page for info to get tix.

 


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White Stripes Secret NYC Info Revealed

Posted by Molli Fire on Thursday, 14June07

Well, NME came through as promised. The White Stripes’ secret NYC show is…………….

White Stripes Play Secret NYC Show

 

The Fillmore at Irving Plaza, Tuesday, June 19th. Tix go on sale tomorrow at 10 am and are available at the Fillmore box office. There are a bunch of rules and such, so read the NME post for all the info. I don’t want to accidentally steer someone wrong with info this important!
NME info on White Stripes Secret Show

 

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PassAlong + EMI = DRM-Free

Posted by Molli Fire on Thursday, 14June07

PassAlong, a digital media company based in Tennessee, has announced a deal with EMI to sell the music company’s entire digital catalog DRM-free.

DRM-Free EMI MP3s On PassAlong

The bonus of this agreement with PassAlong, is that its stores will offer the tunes as 320kbps mp3 format – a higher bitrate than the 128 and 192kbps bitrate that is currently offered by many online stores, including iChoons. This means that downloading a 320kbps mp3 that is free of the DRM restrictions will sound nearly as good as a cd and be even more versatile. You can play DRM-free tracks in any portable player, you can move it from one machine to another, regardless of platform, you can burn a cd of it and play it anywhere. Heck, at 320kbps you can even dj that shizzle to a slammin dancefloor and it will probably go over great! Of course, music of any format only sounds as good as the speakers its played on, so many may never hear the difference between a high quality mp3 and a cd or vinyl copy. The bigger/better the soundsystem, the more of a difference you will hear…

iChoons has plans to offer the premium quality downloads for 30 cents more, and Amazon will likely also offer the premium quality tracks when it launches its digital music store this summer. PassAlong passed the buck on how much it will charge for the higher quality tracks, stating that price is decided by the individual retailers.

LINKS

News from Reuters.
EMI
PassAlong music stores
for your entertainment stores – Trans World Entertainment’s audio/DVD/video game store. Part of the PassAlong media company.

More About DRM-Free Music:

All posts about DRM and DRM-free music On HearingTest

 

 


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Wiley – Godfather Of Grime – Makes “Mistakes”

Posted by Molli Fire on Monday, 11June07

Brrrup! Another sizzling Wiley video! Feel the beat drop in “Mistakes.” This tune is heartfelt and dare I say with conscious lyrics. Reminds me just a likkle bit of Dizzee’s “Brand New Day” from Boy In Da Corner, when he was still under Eski-boy’s wing.

Wiley - Eski-Boy - Mistakes

“Mistakes” video in high quality mov format

or watch it from youTube:

Wiley also released Tshirts today with his name sprayed in white across the chest. They would sure look hot on some fellas. Get one from the Ninja Tune Shop. And, yes, Wiley is even playing the Dour Festival in Belgium on July 13th. I still need a ticket to that if anyone has an extra! (I also need a plane ticket if anybody has a wad of bills they want to donate! Just email me.)

Also on the Big Dada horizon, they have a 10th Anniversary album coming out called Big Dada Best Bits. It’s scheduled for release in September and I will have more details on that over the summer. In the meantime, check out Big Dada’s download page. There are even some FREE mp3s on there. For you.

WILEY LINKS

Eski Space
Wicked likkle Wiley player that you can embed on your blog/myspace/MOG/ what have you. Plays Wiley videos and songs!
Big Dada website
Download Playtime Is Over From BLEEP.com
All things Wiley on HearingTest

 

 


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New Single “Guitar” From Prince

Posted by Molli Fire on Monday, 11June07

Today is the day! The day that “Guitar,” the first single off of Prince‘s new Planet Earth is released that is. The rest of the album will be available from Columbia Records on July 16th, except in North America, who won’t have access to the full length album until July 24th (heh, right). According to pitchf*#k, his band mates on Purple Rain Wendy and Lisa, have contributed to the new album as well!

Prince performs from 3121 at the Alma Awards:

Prince 3121Tour Dates

07-07 Minneapolis, MN – Macy’s
07-07 Minneapolis, MN – Target Center
08-01 London, England – O2 Arena
08-03 London, England – O2 Arena
08-04 London, England – O2 Arena
08-07 London, England – O2 Arena
08-10 London, England – O2 Arena
08-11 London, England – O2 Arena
08-14 London, England – O2 Arena
08-17 London, England – O2 Arena
08-18 London, England – O2 Arena
08-24 London, England – O2 Arena
08-25 London, England – O2 Arena
08-28 London, England – O2 Arena
08-31 London, England – O2 Arena
09-01 London, England – O2 Arena
09-06 London, England – O2 Arena
09-09 London, England – O2 Arena
09-12 London, England – O2 Arena
09-13 London, England – O2 Arena
09-16 London, England – O2 Arena
09-20 London, England – O2 Arena
09-21 London, England – O2 Arena

 

 


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HearingTest – Rewind! #1!

Posted by Molli Fire on Saturday, 9June07

Welcome to the premier edition of HT-Rewind! Issue 001!

The Greatest Hits from the first week of June:

Drones Of The Dour – Sunn O))), Wolf Eyes, Wolves In The Throneroom, Merzbow, Weedeater Shows

Sunn O))) announced a string of West Coast US shows with the incredibly talented Wolves In The Throneroom bringing furious black metal along and Southern Lord label mates Weedeater. Sunn O))) also announced that they will play the Super Sonic Fest in UK alongside Mogwai and Miasma, as well as the Dour Festival with previous tour mates Wolf Eyes plus Merzbow and Wilco.

Sunn O))) To Release Oracle On Vinyl

Sunn O))) also announced that they will be releasing Oracle on vinyl. Brainwashed got a hold of the cd and has reviewed it with samplage.

Digitized – Bob Marley’s Exodus Gets A Futuristic Release

Exodus turns 30 this year, and to celebrate Island will be reissuing the entire album on USB stick, Micro SD, deluxe cd, cd, and vinyl. The first 3 come with video footage of Bob Marley and the Wailers performing live in London in 1977. The vinyl will be reissued as an exact replica of its first release.

Dope New 50/50 Video From Wiley!

Eski Boy makes a smokin video for “50/50” from his upcoming Playtime Is Over and HearingTest has the links to a crystal clear mov format. It positively sparkles, and comes rumbling out of the subwoofers! In addition to the vid, the sweet fellas over at Big Dada have sent us a link to where you can get your own Wiley player. It’s sweet too, I wish I could show you here, but WordPress does not allow embedding of players other than a few like yT. But trust me, go check it out, it has the video for “50/50” plus audio for “Gangsters” and “Bow E3”. It’s a clever likkle device –
www.bigdada.com/wileyplayer/

December ATP – Portishead, Aphex Twin, Earth, Julian Cope And More

Yep, all those folks are on the lineup. What isn’t obvious from the beginning of this report is that the second part features an album review by Julian Cope for one of the most amazing dark ambient metal bands – Sacrificial Totem. The album that Cope reviewed is Hurqalya which can be found on Katabatik. All fans of ambient noise, ambient metal, and atmospheric sonic storytelling should definitely check this out. Katabatik releases albums and hosts concerts with bands who create unique sonic experimentations. Their catalogue ranges from experimental electronica to IDM to ambient, metal, ragtime, and glitch-core. Definitely a fine resource of music.

NME Offers Free White Stripes Record In Magazine This Week

A limited edition red vinyl picture disc of “Rag And Bone” from the White Stripes’ upcoming Icky Thump was included in this week’s issue of NME. More info and pictures in the report.

Download – Matt Shadetek Releases His BBC Mix

MO FIRE! MO BASS!! Bo! This mix is the shizzle! If you haven’t already, go get this mix NOW! Killer tunes, mostly original stuff and remixes from the likes of Matt Shadetek, Drop The Lime, Plastician etc. Originally mixed for BBC’s Mary Anne Hobbs show, this is the first time its been available for download, and it’s FREE! If you like what you hear, show your love and buy some vinyl and keep it spinning!

Glen E Friedman Releases Fugazi Photos

Another fantastic picture book from the super talented Friedman. This report has links to where you can find other books by Friedman on Burning Flags Press.

Blue Scholars Video For “Back Home” From Bayani

The song rules, the video rules. Go check it out. It’s about bringing our troops home to their families where they belong.

Dragons Exist And So Do Ninjas

Ninja Tunes found a rare master tape from 1970 of psychedelic surf rock by the Dragons. Dennis Dragon is known for his work composing soundtracks for 1970’s skate films, surf films, ski films, and more. This is such an epic story of the Dragon Brothers and how they were just too far ahead of the music business in the 70’s. If you read nothing else, read this. Okay, maybe just this, Shadetek, and Wiley.

Whew! What a week! And this is just the highlights! ENJOY!

This week’s news is brought to you by the letter D

 

 


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HearingTest Add-Ons

Posted by Molli Fire on Saturday, 9June07

It is my goal to make HearingTest the best damn site on the WWW for music news and culture. One way is by providing as many resources as possible for obtaining music in a Fair Trade style. Here you find links to DRM-free music, stores that are recommended by the artists themselves and, whenever possible, links to purchase directly from the artist who created the tunes. I am researching more ways to bring the music directly into this site for you to preview. It’s my nature to constantly analyze this site, looking for ways to improve upon it. Currently, my biggest concern is your interaction with the tools here. I want to make this site easy to navigate, with fun things to explore. You can find news from other sources in the sidebars to keep you up to date on more stories than I have time to write about. Every post includes video and streaming audio when available to listen to the music being discussed. There is also the boombox of tunes in the sidebar and the Listen page at the top. My latest satori was to create more regular weekly features in addition to the constant stream of news. To this end, I present –

Hearing Test -REWIND!

This will be a weekly roundup of all the best stories that were reported here during the last week. It seems that there are so many stories that get reported on HearingTest, that many of the best ones get buried quickly to the bottom of the page, then the next page, etc. So to highlight the best news of the week, I will be compiling headlines (with links) into a single post every weekend. This is a pretty common practice in blogging, but I am just starting to get to the place with HearingTest that I can offer this kind of cyclic feature. This will also provide a platform to let you know of any big changes or new toys to fiddle with on site that were implemented during the week.

Well, on that note, I will start compiling this week’s best stories for the first installment. And don’t expect the latest Paris Hilton gossip to make it into the weekly roundup. You can find that anywhere (and everywhere) on the web. Instead, you will find only quality news that maybe got buried underneath the big news. On days that have extra time, I will also try to supplement the week’s stories with additional info, updates, and/or more audio, video to complement what was already posted.

You Have A Voice Here

At the same time, I am thinking about other weekly features that I can start to include. Let me know if you have any ideas, or have thought of something you really wish this site offered. My next bright idea is something along the lines of offering a rotating Best Mix Of The Week which can get refreshed every weekend. I guess we’ll both see what comes next. Hit me up in the comments with any input you have. I LOVE feedback! If you don’t see your comment right away, I will try to wrestle it away from the hungry spam bots that manage the comments sectors. Non-spam comments should show up right away.

Thanks for reading! I hope you enjoy the new REWIND!

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Do Dragons And Ninjas Exist? On Master Tape & Vinyl They Do.

Posted by Molli Fire on Friday, 8June07

Fans of surf rock, Beach Boys instrumentals, and late 60’s psychedelic jazz, may I please have your exquisite attention for a moment. I have some big news for you…

“Here’s a little story, I got to tell, about 3 bad brothers, you know SO well. It started way back in history, with Doug, Daryl, Dennis, and Donn Landee….”

It begins with the story of the Dragon brothers, which reads like the Lords of Dogtown for psychedelic surf rockers. In the late 60’s, Doug, Daryl and Dennis Dragon lived, surfed, and rocked in Malibu California. Donn Landee, a high school friend of Dennis Dragon, was working as a recording engineer at Sunwest Recording Studios in Hollywood. The Dragons would sometimes go to the studio to record tracks in the wee hours of morning after finishing a gig in LA. This story is so good, I need to let the original author tell it:

They call the sessions “Blue Forces Intelligence,” find themselves layering their instruments in new ways, adding deep, bassy vocal lines and then ramming them up against falsetto harmonies, adding organs and space age sound effects, recording spirituals and pop and crazy rock opera. The effect is increasingly spacey and weird, but also funky – a missing link between new directions others are exploring in jazz and soul as well as rock music.

Unfortunately, the suits at the West Coast offices of the major labels aren’t ready, complaining that they don’t hear a hit. After shopping the record, now called just “BFI”, for a few months, the boys become disillusioned and focus instead on their session work. They all end up working in the Beach Boys’ backing band. Doug moves to Hawaii, tours Australia. Dennis becomes a successful record producer. Daryl hooks up with Toni Tennille and experiences international chart success as “The Captain”. The Dragons’ “BFI” is forgotten.

Dennis Dragon 2LP A Sea For Yourself - USDennis Dragon 2LP A Sea For Yourself - AUS

In addition to this surf album, Dennis Dragon also composed the soundtracks for skate movies and ski movies…

Jump on 37 years. Strictly Kev/DJ Food, influential mixologist and designer for Ninja Tune and obsessive record collector – picks up a new batch of vinyl from a record dealer he knows. In amongst them is a 500-run private pressing of the soundtrack to a surf movie called “A Sea For Yourself”. On it is a track called “Food For My Soul” by a band called the Dragons. Kev being a fan of all possible food-based puns and currently putting together the mix for his new “Solid Steel” mix cd for Ninja, drops the needle on the groove.

What he finds amazes him – a true psychedelic original from a band he’s never heard of. Using his extensive contacts in the world of vinyl mania, he manages to track Dennis Dragon down. He emails him, asks him if he can include “Food For My Soul” on the mix. Sure, says Dennis. There’s a whole album of the stuff if he’s interested. Dennis checks. Donn still has the master tapes. He converts them to mp3 and emails them to Kev. Kev is blown away. He forwards them to Ninja Tune. Ninja Tune think it’s a scam. But then they listen. And they listen again. And then, after nearly forty years sitting on a recording engineer’s shelf, Ninja Tune decide to release “BFI”.

I was so entranced by this story that appeared as a humble press release in my inbox today, that I had to just quote it directly. I rarely do this, but this was just too good.

Ninja Tune Releases New Dragons Album - BFI

“And moral of this story is: keep your master tapes. Whatever you do, keep your master tapes. ”
-James from Ninja Tune

Boy is that the truth! The question now, is ARE YOU READY?

BFI, recorded by The Dragons in 1970, will be released August 27th 2007 by the one and only Ninja Tune! “Food for my soul” was included on both the full length album, Solid Steel Presents DJ Food & DK: Now, Listen Again! and the limited edition Now, Listen Again! 7″ promo record which were both released in April of this year. Check the Ninja Tune Store for copies.

Ninja Tune And Dragons LINKS

Ninja Tune – ultra cool website that features all the Ninja’s allies: Big Dada, Solid Steel, Coldcut…
Ninja Tune music$pace
Dennis Dragon Page in the Composers Index of Soundtracks

 

Soundtracks by Dennis Dragon include:

Hal Jepsen: surf / skateboard films:
“Super Session”
“Go For It”
“A Sea For Yourself”
“We Got Surf”
“Skateboard Madness”
… etc.

Other films:
“Winter Equinox” (ski film)
“Spinnin’ Wheels” (skateboard film)

Warren Miller Productions, Hollywood, Ca / (ski film):
“Steep and Deep”

 


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Beastie Boys Win Webby Award For “I F***ing Shot That”

Posted by Molli Fire on Friday, 8June07

On Tuesday the Beastie Boys were honored with Artist of the Year at the 11th Annual Webby Awards. They received this award for their innovative idea in 2006 of incorporating user-generated content into their live concert film, notoriously known as Awesome, I F***ing Shot That. The Beastie Boys movie was compiled entirely of footage created by the audience with cameras that were distributed at the concert.

The Webby Award also chose them in part for their work and loud advocation of more flexible copyright laws and a share-alike attitude with their own music. David-Michel Davies, executive director of The Webby Awards, described the Beastie Boys’ audience interaction enthusiastically when he stated:

“From the Internet to video to music, Beastie Boys have created a totally unique, two-way relationship with their fans… They embody the kind of collaboration and exchange of ideas that the Web is all about.”

It’s true. Just check out their official website with its own page dedicated to making Beastie Boys vocal A Cappellas available for fans to create remixes. Their website also has a tour diary, a studio cam, and a blog where they post the kinds of things that they are getting kicks from, like the fantastic G.I. Joe PSA by Eric Fensler or clips from Sesame Street.

The Webby Awards have a strict 5-word acceptance speech rule, and this is how the Boys worked it:

Can anyone fix my computer?

Hint: go to the blog and watch the G.I. Joe PSA, for reals….

For more fab 1 liners, go to the Webby Awards speeches page. For more BBoys photos from the event, go to this Picture Page. Other Award winners included LonelyGirl15, Halcyon, Ask A Ninja, and many more!

LINKS

Webby Awards Main Page
More photos from 11th Annual Webby Awards Ceremony
Beastie Boys Main Page
Awesome, I F***ing Shot That

 


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English Beat Swing Back Into Ska

Posted by Molli Fire on Friday, 8June07

This news piece is dedicated to CrashPryor, one of my fave MOGgers. I remember you mentioned wishing you had been working in BeeB studios when the English Beat recorded there. This one’s for you Crash

The English Beat Have Returned In Full Swing! They are touring, playing shows with INXS and UB40, doing interviews and they are working on a new album to be released later this year!

Today, NPR’s World Cafe did an interview with the band, that is interspersed with audio from a live performance the recently reunited band did in the UK. It’s a beautiful show and you can listen to it right now on NPR’s World Cafe page – Dave Wakeling: Ska and The English Beat.

Set List From NPR World Cafe Show

“Whine and Grine/Stand Down Margaret”
“Tears of a Clown”
“I Confess”
“Mirror in the Bathroom”
“Save It for Later”

English Beat & Dave Wakeling Tour Dates

Dave Wakeling:
June 8 San Luis Obispo SLO Brewing Company
June 9 Santa Cruz Catalyst

The English Beat with INXS:
June 12 Glasgow, UK Clyde Auditorium
June 14 Manchester, UK Carling Apollo Manchester
June 15 Newcastle, UK Newcastle City Hall
June 17 Brighton, UK Brighton Dome
June 18 Birmingham Symphony Hall Birmingham
June 19 Bournemouth Bournemouth Opera House
June 21 London Carling Hammersmith Apollo
June 25 Sheffield, UK City Hall

The English Beat:
June 29 PA Sellersville Theatre
June 30 New York B.B. King Blues Club & Grill
July 1 East Hampton Stephen Talkhouse
July 3 Santa Fe Third Annual Santa Fe Community
July 5 Solana Beach Belly Up Tavern
July 6 Solana Beach Belly Up Tavern
July 7 Los Angeles Los Angeles Mem. Coliseum
July 12 San Jose Plaza de Cesar Chavez
July 14 Fairfax 19 Broadway
July 17 West Palm Beach Sound Advice Ampthitheatre
July 18 Tampa Ford Ampthitheatre
July 19 Atlanta Hi Fi Buys Ampthitheatre
July 21 Chicago Southside Arts & Music Festival
July 22 Virginia Beach GTE Virginia Beach Ampthitheatre
July 24 NH Meadowbrook Farm
July 25 Homdel PNC Bank Arts Center
July 26 Wantagh Jones Beach Amphitheatre
July 28 Philadelphia Penn’s Landing

Dave Wakeling:
July 29 Mansfield Tweeter Center
Aug 8 Cincinnati Riverbend Music Center

The English Beat:
Aug 9 Clarkston DTE Energy Music Theatre w/311

Dave Wakeling:
Aug 10 Hamilton Gage Park
Aug 12 Arlington Festival on the River
Aug 18 Chula Vista Coors Ampthitheatre
Aug 19 Murphys Ironstone Ampitheatre
Aug 24 Las Vegas The Beach Mandalay Bay

The English Beat:
Aug 26 Los Angeles Greek Theatre w/UB40
Sept 15 Cranford MusicFest

Dave Wakeling:
Sept 7 Temecula Long Shadow Ranch Winery
Sept 8 Las Vegas Clark County Amphitheatre

English Beat Links

Official Website – with the cutest flash intro I have seen in ages…
You can also download (FREE) mp3s of MANY songs directly from the SOUNDS page on their site.

NPR’s World Cafe

I hope the new English Beat album looks good next to the new Bad Brains album!! Perhaps a mashup will ensue?

 

 

 


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Ivy Queen, Elephant Man Add To Kat DeLuna’s Debut

Posted by Molli Fire on Friday, 8June07

Elephant Man has been making headlines lately with news of his upcoming album, Let’s Get Physical. I recently reported about the first single from that album being “Five-O” which features Wyclef Jean of Fugees fame. What I didn’t know then, but have learned today, is that Elephant Man recently recorded a song with the 2 illustrious ladies – Kat DeLuna and Ivy Queen, both originally hailing from the Dominican Republic. Kat DeLuna’s “Whine Up” debuted this week at #91 on the Billboard charts, but I have a feeling it is going to soar a lot closer to the top soon. The song is full of energy, makes you want to jump up and dance. It’s very electronic, very pop dancehall, the kind you will hear blasting from car windows in the heat of the summer. I’m a big fan of the reggaeton singer Ivy Queen. She has a sweet and smoldering voice that works so well with modern dancehall’s electrified sound. She is also talented at ruff and ragga sounds such that Lady Saw has made popular.

Ivy Queen is the voice of the Spanish version of “Whine Up,” while Kat DeLuna is the voice of the English version.

“Whine Up” is the first single off of Kat DeLuna’s debut album 9 Lives which will be released on Epic Records this August.

Here is the Spanish Version (audio only, video has not been filmed yet):

You can listen to the English version on Kat DeLuna’s website or murdo$pace.

LINKS

Kat DeLuna website
Kat DeLuna Music$pace
Kat DeLuna Wiki
Ivy Queen Wiki
Ivy Queen Music$pace

 
 
 
 

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New Album With BSS, DMST + DRM-Free Music

Posted by Molli Fire on Friday, 8June07

Canadian post-rock fans – I bring you reasons to rejoice! Broken Social Scensters/Do Make Say Thinkers/KC Accidentalists have been working on a new album. Kevin Drew (of BSS) wrote the songs and recorded them at his mate Ohad Benchetrit‘s studio. The music is played by Kevin, Ohad, and Charles Spearin, which leads one to wonder – Is this a BSS album, a KC Accidental album, or a DMST album? None of the above. It’s Kevin Drew’s solo album, despite calling it Broken Social Scene Presents Kevin Drew, “Spirit If…”

New Kevin Drew Album

A press release put out by Arts&Crafts (the record label for BSS, Feist, among others) states that the new album is all from Kevin’s musings and favorite activities. Specifically, the album is about “fucking, fighting, fearing and hope.” Broken Social Scene’s other core founding member, Brendan Canning is working on Broken Social Scene Presents… Volume 2 while a BSS Presents tour is in the works for this fall. Watch the Arts&Crafts website for updates, and of course HearingTest news. If all this musical crossbreeding has you completely confused, check the wiki pages in the links to sort it all out. Canadians are just more Social than most, eh?

LINKS

the pitchf*#k report
Broken Social Scene website
Do Make Say Think website
Arts&Crafts
Broken Social Scene Wiki
Do Make Say Think Wiki

One Tour Date Left For DMST

28 JULY 2007 Guelph, ON – Hillside Festival

HIGH QUALITY LIVE RECORDINGS

If you absolutely adore Do Make Say Think AND you’ve always wanted a killer quality digital audio file of one of their live shows, then today is a very lucky day for you!  Here is a link to a fantastic site that archives live show recordings for many bands and offers them FREE for download!  In addition to everything being DRM-FREE, you have your choice of formats: high bit-rate mp3s, plus high quality formats like FLAC, OGG, Vorbis, etc.  Every situation is different so go check it out!
The Live Archive

More News For Arts&Crafts Artists

Arts&Crafts News also has these events to announce:
Stars added to V-Fest in Toronto
On September 9 Stars will join The Smashing Pumpkins, The Killers, Metric, The Hives, Tokyo Police Club and many more at this years V-Fest in Toronto. Tickets are available at all Ticketmaster outlets, ticketmaster.ca, Rotate This, and Soundscapes.

Apostle Of Hustle to play New York and Chicago residencies
Apostle Of Hustle will play a 4-night residency at The Mercury Lounge in New York, and a 3-night residency at Schubas Tavern in Chicago. Visit the Ouija page for all the details.

    
   
   
   
  
  


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Klaxons, Kooks, DJ Shadow +More Play Oxjam To End Poverty

Posted by Molli Fire on Friday, 8June07

Oxjam, the Oxfam music festival, announced its preliminary lineup today. Oxjam is no ordinary show, it is an umbrella for 3,000 music events that take place in the UK in October. Oxjam is considered a movement – different musicians, artists, promoters and party people come together each year to try to raise money and awareness for Oxfam. Oxfam is a UK charity whose mission is to end poverty worldwide. So, you can see why it would take such a large event to accomplish such a HUGE goal.

The Klaxons are one of the headliners of this year’s event, and their very own James Righton describes Oxjam thus:

For us, Oxjam is the highlight of the festival season because everyone gets to make the noise themselves. The only thing more exciting than putting on your own event to help fight poverty is knowing that you’re part of a movement of thousands of gigs, club nights and events right across the country.

That’s right, Oxjam needs your help putting these events together! Each year they put out the call for musicians and promoters to organize events as part of the greater movement. And besides a feeling of accomplishment and the satisfaction that you are making the world a better place to live, you might also get featured on MTV. So, if you are in the UK or plan on being there in October, you might want to join the fun!

OXJAM Partial LINEUP 2007

Klaxons
The Kooks
DJ Shadow

Kasabian
Kaiser Chiefs
Merry Men
the Matadors
The Furze
Yer MoMMa
Lost Without Cause
The Clerks Band
The Bakery Girls
Mirno

That’s a lot of K in a lineup… 40,000 musicians total are expected to be involved, so don’t expect a full lineup from me! :) To find out more about any of these bands, and to see other bands that are involved in Oxjam 2007, go to the Mtv Oxjam page

LINKS

Mtv Oxjam page
NME report
Oxfam website

 


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Roll Deep, Klaxons, CSS, Prancehall Play In Brighton

Posted by Molli Fire on Friday, 8June07

Roll Deep Plays Live, DJ Set of Klaxons vs CSS, eLPATE + Prancehall, Team Pegah Mix
15th June Brighton

Click the image to go to the website where you can get all the details, plus enter to win a pair of free tix….

 


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