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The Disco Biscuits’ Planet Anthem
March 16th (Diamond Riggs Records)
After plowing through four sold-out dates in Boulder, CO’s Fox Theatre, The Disco Biscuits are getting ready to release their long-awaited new album, Planet Anthem, which will be available March 16th. The album marks the beginning of a new chapter for the band. Since they formed in 1995, the guys created their own movement by fusing the jam band and electronic music scenes. However, their forthcoming release prominently features elements of pop, indie dance, hip hop, and straight up rock music. The Biscuits also collaborated for the first time with multiple producers, songwriters, and outside musicians, including Don Cheegro and Dirty Harry (Ludacris, Chris Brown, Beanie Sigel).
The result is an album filled with sing along melodies and infectious beats.
Don’t miss your chance to see the band perform their new material when they hit the road again starting in February, including a headlining performance at Ultra Music Festival. The band has also just announced details for the annual music festival they put together, Camp Bisco, which is now in in 9th year. Past performers have included Snoop Dogg, James Murphy of LCD Soundsystem, The Roots, MSTRKRFT, Nas and Damien Marley, Girl Talk, and Kid Cudi. This year, the event will take place July 15 – 17 in Mariaville, New York. Tickets go on sale January 29th at 10am.
Lastly, the Biscuits will be hosting their even Bisco Inferno at Red Rocks on May 29th. This year's lineup will feature Aeroplane, Pnuma Trio, The Crystal Method (DJ Set), Booka Shade, The Glitch Mob and of course 2 sets of the Biscuits.
VIDEO: "The Longer U Wait"
WITH THE RELEASE OF UNARMED - BEST OF 25TH ANNIVERSARY
The End Records, under exclusive license from Sony Music Entertainment Germany, is pleased to announce the North American release of Helloween's long awaited album UNARMED - Best Of 25th Anniversary, out March 30th.
Helloween, one of the most eminent melodic metal bands worldwide and - along with the Scorpions and Accept - Germany’s ultimate metal export, got their start exactly 25 years ago. A total of eleven headlining world tours took the band all over the globe, and their sensational show at the Monsters Of Rock in Castle Donington in front of more than 100,000 metalheads. Spectacular tours alongside Iron Maiden, Dio and Ozzy Osbourne, as well as their MTV Headbangers Ball US tour with Anthrax and Exodus remain unforgotten. Helloween have sold more than five million record! s and garnered 14 gold and 6 platinum awards globally, receiving two gold records in Germany. Now Andi Deris (vocals), Michael Weikath (guitar), Sascha Gerstner (guitar), Markus Großkopf (bass) and Daniel Löble (drums) have set out to prove that their great anthems ooze that special Helloween flair even with totally new arrangements.
New York pop rockers, PaperDoll will play a special show on February 19th at the Mercury Lounge (8:30 PM). The band will play songs from their debut album Ballad Nerd Pop, produced by Nic Hard (The Bravery, Aberdeen City). This past year PaperDoll played dates on the Warped Tour as well as Indie Week Ireland (only American band selected) and an overseas run where they opened for Irish rockers, Director.
PaperDoll is female-fronted four piece from Brooklyn/Manhattan, described as 'Pat Benatar meets the Killers.' Featuring a opera-trained piano prodigy and a traditional Irish musician the band's incendiary live shows and nerdy rock pop are gathering them friends on both sides of the Atlantic
But on Altogether Now, the US debut from these post-modern vaudevillians, that’s kind of the point. Patrick & Eugene specialize in music that mines a bottomless pit of playfulness, returning even the most jaded listener to their childhood’s more fanciful moments. Currently soundtracking national Payless Shoes and Laughing Cow ad campaigns, the latest set of songs from P&E exemplify the duo’s madcap aesthetic with zest, while somehow managing to tastefully hock soles and curds.
Few others could pull off a similar stunt.
So it should come as little surprise that Showtime’s Weeds and ABC’s Grey’s Anatomy also snagged some P&E to accompany credit rolls. Plus – with Volkswagen and the Coen Brothers beefing up the resume, the precious music of Patrick & Eugene is finding its rightful audience (i.e. everyone) with each passing plug. And while this email might not hold the same sway as, say, a spot on Burn After Reading, or one of those nifty VW Jetta commercials, we hope it persuades you to at least give this track a shot. Of course, that’s all it’ll take.
MP3: "Don't Stop"
Video: "Don't Stop"
Patrick & Eugene Official Website
Download "Heaven's on Fire" HEAVEN'S ON FIRE DOWNLOAD HERE
It’d be enough if Dallas’s Smile Smile just created beautiful melodies with a splash of bittersweet tonic. The pair behind the music – Ryan Hamilton and Jencey Hirunrusme – certainly manages to deliver that much in a seemingly effortless display with their sophomore LP, Truth on Tape. But what makes Smile Smile special is its rocky, romantic genesis. You’ve heard the story before. Self-taught guitarist, classically trained pianist meet. Fall in love. Fall into the studio. And then things go south. Fast. But here’s where the narrative veers surprisingly. A lesser pair would have packed in their musical collaboration under this weight, but somehow, some way Hamilton and Hirunrusme worked through the tumult. Trading songs via email, initially as a way to express the emotional bottoming out they were experiencing, the duo would soon realize that their music meant too much to lose. Gritty, raw, honest, the album that emerged through the pain teems with striking break up bandages like “Beg You To Stay,” a salvo that does exactly what it says it will. Of course, begging never sounded this beautiful…
VIDEO: “Beg You To Stay”
MP3: “Beg You To Stay”
Since the band's late 2007 inception in Baldwin's basement, The Dig has embraced an unflagging DIY ethic. The band has relentlessly played shows throughout the city (including three month-long residencies at Piano's in New York, NY) and across the northeast and southeast, all the while hitting the streets with an endless stream of posters, flyers, and free music. Their unwavering dedication and hard work has earned them a loyal, robust local fanbase (local blog Music Snobbery has written of their live show, "I have no witty observations or creative writing pull quotes to give you. They are just a damn good band"); tours with The Walkmen, White Rabbits, and Here We Go Magic; and opening slots for bands that include Mission of Burma, The Soft Pack, Rural Alberta Advantage, and The Rakes at premier NYC venues the Bowery Ballroom and Music Hall of Williamsburg. Continuously writing, The Dig honed their songs and performances onstage. Electric Toys is the culmination of the band's past two and a half years of hard work.
The Dig is currently on the road with Editors and The Antlers, in addition to playing their own first shows in at The Casbah in San Diego, CA, and at Spaceland in Los Angeles, CA, last week. Beginning in late February, the band will tour in support of Portugal. The Man and Port O'Brien through March.
THE HOURS MAKES OFFICIAL US DEBUT
WITH 4-SONG "ALI IN THE JUNGLE" EP
Acclaimed UK band The Hours made its avidly awaited stateside debut on January 26 with the release of "Ali In The Jungle," a four-song digital EP available now on iTunes.
Inspired by the historic 1974 world heavyweight bout between then-reigning champion George Foreman and former title-holder Muhammad Ali, "Ali In The Jungle" is a hard-hitting and hook-packed paean to the human spirit with an unforgettable litany of powerhouse triumph in the chorus.
The Hours came together when singer-songwriter-producer Antony Genn, whose resume includes stints with Elastica and Pulp, was inspired to write songs "that are honest blood and guts on the floor" after seeing a Patti Smith performance. Genn rang up keyboardist Martin Slattery, his previous bandmate in The Mescaleros, Joe Strummer's post-Clash band, and The Hours formed shortly thereafter. After experiencing The Hours' music, Genn's good friend Damien Hirst, the controversial post-modern UK artist, threw his support behind the band, developing a clock's-eyed skull "logo" for The Hours' records and on-stage set.
The Morning Pages’ Debut Album, Rising Rain, Out This May
Click HERE to download their first single “My Name is Lion”
Rising Rain was born out of a chance meeting between The Morning Pages’ lead singer Grant Maxwell and Russell Simins (The Jon Spencer Blues Explosion) at a Manhattan New Year’s Eve Party in 2008. Simins had heard The Morning Pages’ The Company You Keep EP earlier and impressed with their music, struck up a conversation with Maxwell. After a few cocktails, Simins signed on to produce the band’s debut full-length. Shortly thereafter, they hunkered down in Brooklyn’s Cowboy Technical Services Studio to record Rising Rain.
The results were pretty spectacular. Bringing musicians like The Pierces for the harmonies, as well as recruiting piano work from Alec Higgins (Alberta Cross) and fiddle accompaniments from Gillian Rivers (Nicole Atkins), Rising Rain is a classic country- folk record that’s as much Beale Street as it is Bleecker Street. The album’s standouts include the heart-wrenching folk ballad and first single “My Name is Lion,” joyous foot-stompers like “With The Lord” and “This City Keeps Me Down” — tracks that are half folksy soul, half rooftop jam sessions. The record also has a number of plaintive, big-city laments like “Move to the Country” and “Makes Me Cry.”
Above all, the album fuses Nashville twang with New York sensibilities as few bands have done before.
Kyle Gass of Tenacious D fame is running off the rails with his new project Trainwreck.
Look for the new album "The Wreckoning" soon