fun. has announced a flurry of activity surrounding today’s release of their Fueled By Ramen debut, Some Nights. The album – which includes the hit single, “We Are Young (Feat. Janelle Monáe)” – is now available in stores and at all digital retailers.
fun. will celebrate the release with a live performance on tonight’s installment of TBS’Conan, to be followed on Friday, February 24th, by a visit to VH1’s Big Morning Buzz Live (check local listings).
A series of rare in-store events are slated for this week, paving the way for the start of the band’s much anticipated North American tour. The appearances kick off today at Long Beach, California’s Fingerprints Records, with other signing sessions slated for Chandler, Arizona’s Zia Records tomorrow, February 22nd, Philadelphia’s FYE on Thursday, February 23rd, Providence, Rhode Island’s FYE on Thursday, March 1st, and Denver’s Twist & Shout Records on Thursday, April 5th.
Earlier this year, critically-acclaimed Australian siblings Angus & Julia Stone announced plans to each release solo albums in 2012 before pairing back up for another Angus & Julia Stone full-length. Today, Julia Stone announces the release of her album By The Horns on May 29th, and celebrates by delivering her captivating first single “Let’s Forget All The Things That We Say.”
Watch The Video For “Let’s Forget All The Things That We Say,” directed by Jessie Hill and co-starring actor Shiloh Fernandez:
“The Spanglish Song,” the latest track to be revealed from Jay Brannan’s upcoming sophomore album Rob Me Blind (out March 27), recounts a failed transcontinental romance while being sung in both English and Spanish. A fitting track to share with his fans today, Valentine’s Day...perhaps Jay’s least favorite holiday of the year. "The Spanglish Song" is available for purchase on iTunes starting February 21st, but listen to it on SoundCloud below.
Jay took this opportunity to put together an anti-Valentine’s Day playlist of some of his favorite anti-love songs from his favorite decade of music, the 90s. Says Jay, “It's not all candy, flowers, & hearts for some of us (most of us, even?), and I'm pretty sure the last time I had a valentine was in high school (and it probably ended badly before the final bell even rang). So I put together a list of my favorite '90s anti-Valentine's Day songs that are not only still awesome for a lonely, single February day in 2012, but way beyond.”
Check out Jay’s playlist on Spotify (here) or Rdio (here)
On April 3, Grammy-nominated Producer/DJ Morgan Page releases his third full-length album, In The Air - a brilliant balance between kinetic house music and blissful, radio-ready pop. To sample tidbits from the album, click the above soundcloud.
For the album, Page assembled an all-star cast of guests to appear on the original tracks, including Tegan And Sara on "Body Work" and "Video," Jonathan Mendelsohn and AndyCaldwell on "Where Did You Go," GregLaswell on "Addicted,” and a powerhouse combination of BT, Sultan + Ned Shepard and AngelaMcCluskey on title track and lead single, "In the Air."
The above-mentioned mega-collaboration led to a #1 hit on Billboard’s Hot Dance Airplay chart and #11 on BPM’s ‘Top 51 of 2011.’ Adding to a long history of Top 10 successes -- "Longest Road," "Call My Name,” “Fight For You” and “Strange Condition” – “In The Air” is Page’s first #1 single. When asked by Billboard Magazine about his career achievement, Page humbly answers, “It just got an immediate genuine response from people that blew me away.” “In The Air” remained in the Top 10 for an incredible 25 weeks! In North America, early radio placement for follow-up single, “Body Work,” primes the track to exceed “In The Air;” with early adds at more stations across the US and already Top 20 at pop stations in Canada.
“...A surging EDM smash…as the track builds and builds, at last unleashing into an insane, hands-in-the-air explosion of alarm noises and booming beats."
– MTV BUZZWORTHY
" Pulse-pounding electro-tinged orgy of fun. Page outdoes himself...an unrelenting force of kinetic energy..." – ABOUT.COM “Song Of The Day”
February 8, 2012 (Los Angeles, CA) – For the first time, Grammy-nominated Morgan Page teams up with Canada’s Tegan And Sara, for a new, original tune – “Body Work.” “Body Work” is a stellar example of Page’s skills as a producer but also an artist. Having remixed numerous cuts for the indie stalwarts, the three wanted to write something together from scratch. The result is one of the most exciting tracks off the much-anticipated 2012 studio album. To Listen To “Body Work,” click below:
“Body Work” is the follow-up to lead single, “In The Air,” featuring Sultan + Ned Shepard, BT and Angela McCluskey on vocals. The mega-collaboration led to a #1 hit on Billboard’s Hot Dance Airplay chart and #11 on BPM’s ‘Top 51 of 2011.’ Adding to a long history of Billboard Top 10 successes – “Longest Road,” “Call My Name,” “Fight For You” and “Strange Condition” – “In The Air” is Page’s first #1 single. The track remained in the Top 10 for an incredible 25 weeks! In North America, early radio placement for “Body Work” primes the track to exceed “In The Air;” with early adds at more stations across the US and already Top 20 at pop stations in Canada.
Vancouver-based singer/songwriter Wanting has released a new song called “Drenched” from her forthcoming debut album, due out on Nettwerk this spring. The track, which is accompanied by a lyric video (above), is featured in the movie trailer to the upcoming Chinese feature film “Love In The Buff.” The single is out now in iTunes (here), along with B-side “You Exist In My Song,” which is sung in Wanting's native language of Mandarin and about old friends alive in one’s thoughts.
Stay tuned for news, including album details, on Wanting.
Admiral Fallow’s brand new track "Beetle In The Box" received its first radio play last night on Huw Stephens BBC Radio 1 evening show. The track is a taste of the band's forthcoming second album (May tba) and is now available for free download from the band's site: www.admiralfallow.com.
Produced by Paul Savage (Mogwai, King Creosote) at Glasgow's Chem 19 and mastered by Greg Calbi (Bon Iver, The National) in New York City, the album is the follow up to the Scottish indie band’s acclaimed 2011 debut, Boots Met My Face, which the BBC called “devastatingly downtrodden and wonderfully uplifting… surprising and enthralling… finely crafted material played superbly well.”
Having sold out a headlining show at Glasgow’s ABC this Friday, January 27th, playing support to Snow Patrol at the SECC on Saturday, January 28th, and selling out London’s Borderline as part of HMV’s Next Big Thing Concert supporting We Are Augustines on February 2nd, rest assured that 2012 will see Admiral Fallow taken to new and deserved heights.
Great Lake Swimmers have announced U.S. tour dates in support of the April 3 release date of New Wild Everywhere, their fifth studio album and follow up to 2009’s Juno and Polaris-nominated album Lost Channels. The tour kicks off Tuesday, May 1 in Chicago at Lincoln Hall; pre-sale packages are currently available on the band’s website (www.greatlakeswimmers.com), with the general on-sale beginning Friday, January 27. Support act Cold Specks will join the band on the North American leg of the tour. The band has also confirmed that they will be appearing in Austin, TX during SXSW, with show details to follow. See below for a full list of tour dates, including previously announced Canadian and European dates.
In other news, this week PasteMagazine.com premiered a new music video (here) for lead single “Easy Come Easy Go,” which was digitally released on January 17. The video was directed by Scott Cudmore (Rural Alberta Advantage, Timber Timbre), shot in one take and showcases the band performing in a studio in their hometown of Toronto as the set gets deconstructed around them. Watch the video above and keep reading for more information and full list of tour dates.
In case you missed it, Norwegian electro-rockers Datarock released a new video for their latest single "California." The video, which originally premiered on Stereogum, was co-directed by Andreas Trolf and music-video legend and Devo collaborator Gerald V. Casale.
New York-based singer/songwriter Jay Brannan returns with sophomore full-length album Rob Me Blind on March 27, 2012. Jay released his critically lauded debut album goddamned in 2008, but first gained attention with his role in John Cameron Mitchell’s 2006 indie film Shortbus, where he performed his original song, “Soda Shop.”
For his sophomore effort, Jay teams up with Grammy-winning producer David Kahne (Regina Spektor, Paul McCartney, The Bangles), who brings instrumental textures to Jay’s songwriting, hinting at a slightly new direction for the minimalist artist while maintaining the signature qualities of a Jay Brannan album: brutal honesty, sharp wit, and sparkling melodies. Lyrically, the album follows the singer through states of loneliness, anger, rejection, and yearning, while somehow offering a glimpse of hope and self-acceptance.
The first single from the 10-track album, “Beautifully” (out now in iTunes), showcases Jay’s talent for storytelling as he recounts the saga of someone falling for a close friend whose attraction lies only in the realm of the platonic. A new video for the track (directed by Grant Carden & Dillon Magrann-Wells) premiered yesterday on NYMag.com (here).
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Passenger's international hit single "Let Her Go"has gone Double Platinum in the US and Canada and Platinume in the UK. In the US, the track has cracked the top 10 of the Billboard Hot 100 and remains in the Top 5 of the iTunes Top Singles Chart, while the accompanying video (above) boasts more than 170 million views on YouTube and peaked at #2 on the VH1 Top 20 Video Countdown.