“...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).
Toronto indie-folk/rock darlings Great Lake Swimmers return with New Wild Everywhere (April 3, 2012), their fifth studio album and follow up to 2009’s Juno and Polaris-nominated album Lost Channels. Lead single “Easy Come Easy Go,” the most upbeat and up-tempo song in the band’s history, is available January 17, 2012.
New Wild Everywhere captures all of the excitement and intuitive musicianship of a group at the peak of their creative powers, with 12 new tracks that reveal a depth and maturity only previously hinted at by lead singer and songwriter Tony Dekker. Produced by longtime Great Lake Swimmers’ collaborator Andy Magoffin, New Wild Everywhere marks the first time in the band’s history that an album was recorded in a real studio (Toronto’s Revolution Recording); past albums have been famously recorded in historic churches, castles, music venues and more.
“We wanted to try something new, expand our horizons, and flex a bit of the creative muscle we’ve built up through years of touring,” says Dekker. “It came as a bit of a surprise how well we functioned as a band in that [studio] environment. We were able to focus completely on the songs, rather than the logistical obstacles of waiting for the boat to dock, or the rain to stop.”
Keep reading for more information and Canadian/European tour dates.
Nettwerk-managed indie pop-folk artist Radical Face (aka Ben Cooper) -- who released his critically-acclaimed sophomore album The Family Tree: The Roots in North America in October on his own Bear Machine label -- has just inked a deal with Nettwerk's label side for the album's release in Europe, Australia and New Zealand. The Family Tree: The Roots will be out at the end of January/early February (release dates vary across each territory). Hauntingly beautiful, Radical Face’s new album glimmers with folk, pop and Ben’s wide-open vocals. His European tour kicks off January 23rd with back to back sold-out shows in London. See below for full list of dates.
After four years of honing the album concept, which depicts the life and tribulations of a family from the 1800’s, Ben recorded The Family Tree: The Roots alone in a tool shed and limited the songwriting to instruments that would have been accessible in the 1800’s. Incorporating piano, acoustic guitar, a floor tom, and voices, he only brought in additional instruments of the era during tracking when needed. From soaring tracks like “A Pound of Flesh” and “Severus and Stone,” to eerily dark pieces like “Black Eyes” and “Kin,” to warm, enlightening gems like “Always Gold” and “Mountains,” the songs flow together with mindful artistic clarity, allowing the listener to fully escape into the album as the stories unravel.
Mark Klasfeld (Jay-Z, Foo Fighters, Flo Rida, Kid Rock, Bon Jovi, Gnarls Barkley) directs the brand new video for fun.’s breakthrough single “We Are Young” feat. Janelle Monáe; a collaboration with hip-hop master, Jeff Bhasker (Jay-Z, Kanye West, Drake, Alicia Keys and Beyonce) the producer on the band’s anticipated Some Nights, out February 21st (Fueled by Ramen). Fans can experience fun. firsthand this winter when the band takes on a headline tour of North America to showcase new music along with fan favorites—see below for a full tour itinerary.
As part of the ongoing earthquake-relief efforts in Haiti, State Radio shares a new track with fans, “Roadway Broken.”
The song is about a mother searching for food for her children after the 2010 earthquake, and will be available as a free download on Tuesday, December 20. There are several ways for fans to get the song: 1) tweet about the song, 2) tweet about donating to Haiti, 3) share a message to Facebook about the song and Haiti and/or 4) buy it at Bandcamp for $1. Half of all proceeds will be donated to Stand With Haiti: a Partners In Health service organization to provide health care, clinical and social support and rebuild and reinforce the public health systems in Haiti.
State Radio will soon be announcing 2012 touring plans, including dates in Europe and the US. In the meantime, bandmember Chad Stokes is prepping for a handful of west coast solo dates and Dispatch’s first jaunt to Europe. See below.
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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.