Dec 29, 2011

POLLYN





Pollyn is Genevieve Artadi, Anthony Cava, and Adam Jay Weissman, three L.A. natives who create moody electronic pop music. 

Their first full-length album, This Little Night, was released Feb 10, 2009 on itunes, Amazon, and emusic.

Pulling influences from soul, prog-rock, jazz, and electronic music, Pollyn’s sound is hard to categorize, yet familiar.

Pollyn has done official remixes for:

Gorillaz (DARE Pollyn remix)
Buffalo Daughter (Socks, Drugs & Rock n’ Roll sample208 remix)
Liquid Liquid (Optimo sample208 remix) 

Featured on Urb’s Next 100 list for 2007

Band member Adam Jay Weissman also goes by the name Sample208.

Pollyn’s music has been featured in ABC’s Life As You Know It, the indie film This Girl’s Life, and in designer Jeremy Scott’s web series.










Dec 24, 2011

TRENT REZNOR





Michael Trent Reznor (born May 17, 1965) is an American musician. Reznor is the founder and main creative force behind the industrial rock band Nine Inch Nails. He is also the only official member of the band, as he composes and plays all the instruments himself; however, different producers, engineers and musicians are assembled to assist him in writing and performing new material, and a backing band accompanies him on live shows. Reznor writes all of the lyrics himself and is in sole control of the group. Michael Trent Reznor was born in Mercer, Pennsylvania halfway between Pittsburgh and Cleveland to Michael J. Reznor and Nancy Clark. Reznor was called by his middle name to avoid confusion with his father. After his parents divorced, Trent lived with his grandparents and his sister Tera lived with their mother.


Reznor began playing the piano at the age of five and showed an early aptitude for music. In a 1995 interview, his grandfather Bill Clark remarked, “Music was his life, from the time he was a wee boy. He was so gifted.” His former piano teacher Rita Beglin said Reznor “always reminded me of Harry Connick, Jr.” when he played.


Reznor has repeatedly acknowledged that his sheltered life in Pennsylvania left him feeling somewhat isolated from the outside world. In a 1994 interview with Rolling Stone, he makes reference to his choices in the music industry, “I don’t know why I want to do these things,” Reznor says, “other than my desire to escape from Small Town, U.S.A., to dismiss the boundaries, to explore. It isn’t a bad place where I grew up, but there was nothing going on but the cornfields. My life experience came from watching movies, watching TV and reading books and looking at magazines. And when your fucking culture comes from watching TV every day, you’re bombarded with images of things that seem cool, places that seem interesting, people who have jobs and careers and opportunities. None of that happened where I was. You’re almost taught to realize it’s not for you.” However, Reznor later confesses, “I don’t want to give the impression it was a miserable childhood.”


At the Mercer Area Junior and Senior High Schools, Reznor learned to play the saxophone and tuba. He was a member of both the jazz and marching bands. Former Mercer High School band director Dr. Hendley Hoge remembered Reznor as “very upbeat and friendly.” Reznor also became involved in theatre while in high school. He was voted Best in Drama by classmates for his roles as Judas in Jesus Christ Superstar and Professor Harold Hill in the Music Man.


Reznor graduated from high school in 1983 and enrolled at Allegheny College, where he studied computer engineering, joined a local band named Option 30 and played three shows per week with them. After a year in college, Reznor decided to drop out to pursue a full-time career in music.


Reznor moved to Cleveland, Ohio. In 1985, he joined a band named The Innocent as a keyboardist. They released one album, Livin’ in the Street, but Reznor quit after just three months. In 1986, Reznor appeared as a member of the fictional band The Problems in the film Light of Day. He also joined a local Cleveland band called The Exotic Birds.


He got a job at Right Track Studio (now known as Midtown Recording) as a handyman. Studio owner Bart Koster commented how Reznor “is so focused in everything he does. When that guy waxed the floor, it looked great.” Koster allowed Reznor to use the studio during off hours, which he used to record demos for songs that ended up on Nine Inch Nails’ first album, Pretty Hate Machine. These demos were later released as a bootleg under the name Purest Feeling.


Reznor was the credited producer for Marilyn Manson’s albums Portrait Of An American Family, Smells Like Children, and Antichrist Superstar, as well as the soundtrack for the films Natural Born Killers and Lost Highway. Reznor is credited for “Driver Down” and “Videodrones; Questions” on the soundtrack for Lost Highway. One other track, “The Perfect Drug” is credited to Nine Inch Nails instead.


Reznor likes video games, most notably Doom by id Software, which he has said he played on the Nine Inch Nails tour bus after doing shows. He also created the soundtrack for ID Software’s hit Quake. The NIN logo also appears on the nail gun ammo boxes in Quake and prior to this, embedded in both the floor and ceiling of a secret room in Ultimate Doom.


Trent returned to work with id Software in 2003 as the sound engineer for video game Doom 3. However, due to “time, money and bad management”, he had to abandon this project, and his audio work did not make it into the game’s release. The original audio files can be found on the Internet, although they are not officially endorsed by Reznor nor id Software. Chris Vrenna, former drummer for Nine Inch Nails, produced the music for Doom 3 with his partner Clint Walsh.


During the five years between his albums The Downward Spiral and The Fragile, Trent Reznor struggled with depression, social anxiety disorder, writer’s block, and the death of his grandmother. It has also been revealed by Reznor that he had been suffering from alcohol and drug addiction during the Fragile era. In a 2005 interview with Kerrang!, Reznor makes a note of his self-destructive past, “There was a persona that had run its course. I needed to get my priorities straight, my head screwed on. Instead of always working, I took a couple of years off, just to figure out who I was and working out if I wanted to keep doing this or not. I had become a terrible addict; I needed to get my shit together, figure out what had happened.” In contrast with his former suicidal tendencies, the song artist admitted in a 2005 interview with Revolver that, “I’m pretty happy right now.” But added, “Wait! Don’t print that! You’ll ruin my reputation. At least lie and say that I’ve got a dead body in my closet or something.”


Reznor was involved in a feud with the band Limp Bizkit (specifically their frontman Fred Durst) in the late 1990s, around the height of their popularity, calling Durst a “moron” and saying in a 1999 interview in Rolling Stone magazine, “Let Fred Durst surf a piece of plywood up my ass.” It is noted, however, that Reznor is credited as a writer of the song “Hot Dog” on Bizkit’s album, Chocolate Starfish And The Hot Dog Flavored Water. This is due to this song’s use of lyrics from the NIN song “Closer,” in particular the phrase “I want to fuck you like an animal.” Reznor was put in the difficult position of having to give permission for his own lyrics to be used in a song mocking him but interviews at the time suggested that he thought it was best to allow permission rather than drag the issue out.”


Tapeworm, a collaboration with Danny Lohner, Maynard James Keenan of Tool, and Atticus Ross of 12 Rounds, was in production for almost ten years, but an update on the official Nine Inch Nails website declared that the project had been terminated. The only known performance of any Tapeworm material was when Keenan’s other band A Perfect Circle performed the song “Vacant” on tour in 2001. “Vacant” appears on A Perfect Circle’s third album eMOTIVe, reworked and retitled “Passive”.


Reznor made a guest appearance on rapper El-P’s album, I’ll Sleep When You’re Dead, on the track “Flyentology”. El-P remixed the NIN track “Only”, released with the single Every Day Is Exactly The Same. Reznor has also worked as co-producer of the album The Inevitable Rise and Liberation Of Niggy Tardust by Saul Williams, who toured with NIN in 2005 and 2006.


Reznor finished work on a new Nine Inch Nails album, entitled Year Zero, released in 2007. A DVD taken from two “Live: With Teeth” tour dates on March 28 in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, and March 30 in El Paso, Texas entitled Beside You In Time was also released in 2007.


In 2006, Trent played his first “solo” show(s) at Neil Young’s annual Bridge School Concerts. Backed by a four-piece string section, Trent performed stripped-down versions of many Nine Inch Nails classics.




Reznor has made many remixes for other artists, including:
- 12 rounds: Pleasant smell (2 remixes)
- Butthole surfers: Who was in my room last night?
- Curve: Missing link
- David Bowie: I’m afraid of Americans (5 mixes !!)
- Killing joke: Democracy
- KMFDM: Light
- Marilyn Manson: Mother inferior got her gunn (remix of the track ‘Get your gunn’)
- Megadeth: Symphony of destruction
- N.E.R.D.: Lapdance
- Peter Gabriël: Growing up
- Puff Daddy & family: Victory (2 remixes)
- Queen: Stone cold crazy
- U2: Vertigo
- Machines of loving grace: Burnt like brilliant trash
- Machines of loving grace: Burnt offering


Trent also did (backing) vocals for:
- Josh Wink: Black bomb (jerry in the bag) *lead
- 1000 homo DJ’s: Supernaut (cover of Black sabbath) *lead vocals
- Tori amos: Past the mission *backing in the chorus
- Queens of the stone age: You know what you did *backing vocals at the end, not officially released!
- El-P: Flyentology *backing
- Peter Murphy: Warm leatherette *distorted backing vocals
- Saul Williams: Break + WTF *both backing vocals
- Prick: No fair fights + Animal *distorted backing vocals, although it’s not clear if Trent did backing vocals on these two tracks!







Dec 22, 2011

PREMIERE YEAR ZERO - HI ADVENTURE - FLORIANOPOLIS - SC

Photos of the launch party of the YEAR ZERObest surf movie of 2011, according to Surfer magazinehttp://bit.ly/rHJNYf

Photos of Pablo Vaz. 
Dj : D.A.V.I - Factory.































Dec 17, 2011

LAUTMUSIK






LAUTMUSIK (“loud music”, in German) was formed in the Fall of 2006 in Porto Alegre, Brazil. Mainly influenced by 80s post-punk and 90s guitar rock and shoegaze, its music does not fit, however, into either of these categories, as it ambitions solely to reflect band members’ diverse musical taste and life experiences.

Self-produced debut 6-track EP, Black Clouds with Silver Linings, was recorded independently in Porto Alegre and released in December, 2007 and The 4-track EP A Week Of Mondays was recorded independently in Porto Alegre in July, 2008. Produced by Lautmusik and Eduardo Suwa; cover art by Rodrigo Prati.
Lautmusik's first and second EPs, Black Clouds With Silver Linings (2007) and A Week of Mondays (2008)







Dec 14, 2011

BELLERUCHE





Belleruche is a band consisting of Kathrin DeBoer, Ricky Fabulous, and DJ Modest. Formed in the lesser bars and pubs of North London in 2005, the band now record for the Brighton based Tru Thoughts label. Influenced by vintage blues records, punk girl drummers, obscure 60’s cover bands and experimental west coast turntablists, they describe their sound as ‘Turntable Soul Music’. 

Belleruche released a series of three extremely limited 7” records on their own Hippoflex Recording Industries label before signing with Tru Thoughts. These individually numbered 45’s (with hand screen-printed sleeves) quickly sold out in the UK’s independent record stores and attracted a cult following in the UK and Europe, having been hand-distributed by the band at gigs. 

In 2007 Belleruche signed to Tru Thoughts and their debut album Turntable Soul Music was released in July of the same year, gaining admiring reviews both at home and abroad and becoming the fastest-selling debut album in the label’s history. 

The songs on ‘Turntable Soul Music’ were written in train carriages, dubious minicabs and pub backrooms around the UK whilst the trio gigged everywhere they could. The songs were then forged and reworked in the band’s electrifying live shows. From their initial sunday residency in the Salmon and Compass in Angel, London to gigs all over Europe, Australia and Asia. ‘Turntable Soul Music’ is like a weird trawl through a dusty basement full of the best records you’ve never heard of, whilst a voice you can’t quite pin down sings hooks you can’t forget.

Their live show marks them apart, using only a turntable, sampler, guitar and microphone, they combine to produce something markedly different. Sounding at once both weird and distinctive, but at the same time musical and compelling, they have played at venues as diverse as Montreux Jazz Festival, The Dance arena at Glastonbury, and many underground nightclubs. 

In October 2008 Tru Thoughts released The Express, the bands second album. Following on from the live songwriting and broken leads ethic of Belleruche’s debut, ‘The Express’ has maybe a tougher sound. 

Their latest album 270 Stories - including the singles Clockwatching, Fuzz Face and 3 Amp Fuse - was released in October 2010. The band will be playing festival dates this summer and touring the new album in autumn.

Kathrin DeBoer
Raised on a pirate boat sailing the South Pacific Ocean, with only Billie Holiday and Spanky Wilson records for company, Kathrins voice carries the soul of the wind off the cape mixed with the grit of illegal Polynesian rum bars. Lyrics written in bottles cast into the sea found their way into three continents; Kathrin jumped ship and found London.

Ricky Fabulous
Leo. Baby. Following an adolescence chasing girls and heavy rock bands, Fabulous found himself trapped working for a Maltese gangster in a frozen northern town. Whilst keeping warm locked in a damp basement, he found a stack of quarter inch tapes and discovered the work of Grant Green and Django Reinhardt, which gave him the energy to slip out of town, heading south on a freight car clutching a false identity and a forty-year-old guitar.

DJ Modest
Growing up in the deep south, in engine oil and mud, Modest discovered hiphop on a stolen radio, sneaking into clubs through broken windows to hear more. Building turntables and mixers from scavenged electronic gear and two stroke engines, he created a soundsystem and played unlawful hiphop parties in strange woodlands to farmers. He coaxes twisted Bluenote solos and broken drums from Shure m44-7s whilst drunk on moonshine.











PETER GABRIEL - 25TH ANNIVERSARY OF "SO"

Dec 9, 2011

SLIGHTLY STOOPID



The Slightly Stoopid story can be traced to Ocean Beach, California, when childhood chums Miles and Kyle formed the group in 1995, mixing reggae and punk sounds into one smooth stylistic cocktail. Soon after, Sublime frontman Bradley Nowell discovered the duo and asked them to perform a set at the Foot Hill Tavern in Long Beach, California. It was afterwards that Nowell immediately signed them to his label, Skunk Records, while the band was still in high school.[1]. A pair of releases soon followed—1996’s punk-tinged Slightly $toopid (featuring a guest appearance by Nowell on the song “Prophet” – later covered by Sublime and released on their box set, Everything Under the Sun) and 1998’s surf-inspired cult classic The Longest Barrel Ride.


The group self-released 2001’s Acoustic Roots: Live and Direct (a 40-minute acoustic set, captured live at San Diego ‘s Rock 105.3 radio station) – the first for their own label, Stoopid Records, before issuing 2003’s Everything You Need on Surfdog (a musical departure for the band, that sold more than 130,000 copies). After solidifying a new line-up with the additions of Ryan ‘RyMo’ Moran (drums), Oguer ‘OG’ Ocon (congas, percussion, harp, vocals) from the B Side Players, and C-Money (trumpet, keyboard) and Dela (saxophone) from John Brown’s Body, the band’s talent for mixing styles was never more apparent on 2005’s Closer to the Sun. The album featured collaborations with such renowned reggae names as Barrington Levy and Scientist. A year later, Slightly Stoopid issued their first-ever electric live album, Winter Tour ‘05-‘06 Live CD/DVD, as well as their first-ever DVD, ‘Live in San Diego,’ while 2007 saw the release of the group’s fifth studio effort, Chronchitis, which debuted at #55 on the Billboard 200, and #2 on the indie charts.


And through it all, Slightly Stoopid has logged some serious road miles – in addition to their incessant criss-crossing of the U.S., which includes appearances at prestigious festivals such as Coachella, Lollapalooza, Austin City Limits, and New Orleans Jazz Fest, among others, the group has played sold-out shows in Australia, Japan, Guam, Amsterdam, Portugal and Denmark, the U.K., Germany, Holland, and the Dominican Republic. “Without [the fans], we’d just be playing at the bar,” admits Kyle. “They make it worth our while – when we go out and people are having that good of a time, the energy goes back and forth. Just a good time – we rely on each other’s energy.” And all you have to do is look at the list of artists that Slightly Stoopid has played with, to get a feel for how much of a large and diverse audience they appeal to - the Dave Matthews Band, Damian “Jr. Gong” Marley and the Marley Brothers, Sublime, the Roots, G. Love & Special Sauce, Ozomatli, Toots and the Maytals, and Pennywise, among others, as well as their first-ever sole headlining tour of amphitheatres in 2008, joined by their friends Pepper and Sly & Robbie featuring Cherine Anderson.


“I think consistently touring is important,” explains Miles. “Most people take the route of trying to be successful without even getting out there for people to hear what your band is about. The most important thing is you can be playing in front of zero people or 20,000 people, and you’ve still got to rock the show. When we were first starting out, literally, we played in front of nobody. We’d show up at the club, and it would be bartenders and security guards, and ‘Yo, play your hour set – here you go!’ But after you play that show, they tell some of their friends and their friends tell some friends. I think the Internet has helped us a lot too, because people were able to spread the word about the music easier. The most important part is being out there 200 days a year. You’re going back to towns twice a year, so people get to come out, and that gave us a real loyal following. Wherever we go, you have these Stoopidheads going crazy. For us, it’s pretty much the greatest job in the world.”


2008 saw the band issuing their first-ever ‘odds and ends’ collection, SLIGHTLY NOT STONED ENOUGH TO EAT BREAKFAST YET STOOPID – the group’s newest release for their growing label, Stoopid Records (which will also feature releases by other groups, including the label’s first signees, The Expendables from Santa Cruz, California). Included on SLIGHTLY NOT STONED ENOUGH are outtakes from both the CLOSER TO THE SUN (including tracks that were previously issued as a limited edition bonus CD) and CHRONCHITIS sessions, as well as a bevy of new material recorded at the famed Circle House Studios in Miami, Florida, and such cover tunes as UB40’s “I Would Do For You” and the traditional “I Know You Rider” (most notably covered by The Grateful Dead). Also making their first appearance on a Slightly Stoopid studio album are newly recorded renditions of the long-time live standards “False Rhythms” and “Sensimilla.”


Seemingly always on the move, there appears to be no slowing down in sight for Slightly Stoopid, and according to Miles, that’s precisely what fuels the group’s creativity. “For us, the most important thing in the future, we just want to stay busy and always playing music – whether creating, touring, or just sitting on your couch and jamming. I think we’ll always be recording. And just have fun – without the fun part, it ain’t worth it.”









Dec 5, 2011

HOW TO DRESS WELL





How to Dress Well is the alias of Tom Krell, creator of narcotized, lo-fi R&B. In October 2009, Krell started posting batches of his clouded tunes to his blog. 


They’re marked by his high voice; piercing and fragile like the rest of his music. Late 2010, his debut album Love Remains was released via Lefse/Tri Angle Records. On July 12, he released an EP titled Just Once via Love Letters Ink comprised of 4 orchestral versions of 


One Thirty BPM just got back from a remarkable set from soulful R&B sensation How To Dress Well, aka Tom Krell, and got an interesting bit of information dropped at the show. Krell announced to the adoring Echo Park audience that the follow-up to last year’s Love Remains will be arriving sooner rather than later, with the album already underway and a release planned for the fall.

Krell noted that he has about “twenty songs already recorded” and plans on recording a number more. This was the first time he had been to L.A. since he was ten years old, and if things pan-out like we think they will, it won’t be his last. Look for a full review with photos next week, and get excited for yet another album to anticipate in 2011.HTDW tracks - a one-time-only approach to HTDW’s sound.










Dec 1, 2011

YELLE




Yelle (a feminised acronym of YEL, “You enjoy life”) is Julie Budet, a French singer from the town of Saint-Brieuc, France, who started performing in 2005. She rose to fame on MySpace when she posted a song titled “Short Dick Cuizi”, dissing Cuizinier, a member of the Parisian hip-hop group TTC.


With producer and close friend GrandMarnier, Yelle has recorded a debut album Pop-Up, after her hit single “Je Veux Te Voir” (a finalised version of “Short Dick Cuizi”). The song, which samples the bassline from 20 Fingers’ 1994 club hit Short Dick Man, received heavy airplay on MTV. She was also featured on Fatal Bazooka’s song “Parle à ma main” in 2007. In February 2008 she performed the track “À cause des Garçons” on the BBC Three series “Lily Allen and Friends”. The series claimed that this was her first appearance on UK television. She was MTV’s ‘Artist of the Week’ for the week of 24th March-30th March 2008, appearing during adverts.


Yelle’s second single “A Cause Des Garçons/ACDG” is a cover song from an homonym 80’s french band. A remixed version of the track by Riot in Belgium was featured on the soundtrack of Electronic Arts’ computer game; Need for Speed: ProStreet. The song was also used as the opening song for the Moschino Spring Summer 2008 runway show


As of 2008, it is also featured in an advert being broadcast in Quebec for Telus, a Canadian telecommucations company and the 24th March episode of ‘The Hills’. Her single “Je veux te voir” was featured on the series 4 final episode of Entourage, in the opening scene when the gang arrives in Cannes, and her single “Ce jeu” was played on Gap’s and H & M’s shop soundtrack in summer 2008.


The DJ Tepr has been touring with her and already remixed three Yelle’s songs “A cause des garçons/ACDG” , “Je veux te Voir/Short dick Cuiz” and “Ce Jeu”.


Official site : www.yelle.fr





Nov 29, 2011

DEVICS




Devics is a dream pop band from Los Angeles, California consisting of Sara Lov,Dustin O'Halloran, Ed Maxwell, Theodore Liscinski, and Evan Schnabel. Their music can be described as melancholic.

In 2008, Devics covered The Cure's "Catch" for the American Laundromat Recordsproduced compilation "Just Like Heaven - a tribute to The Cure". It was recorded by Pall Jenkins of the Black Heart Procession and included performances by Scott Mercado, Jimmy LaValle, Pall Jenkins as well as Dustin O'Halloran and Sara Lov.








Nov 25, 2011

VITALIC





Vitalic (born as Pascal Arbez in 1976) is an electronic music artist. He was born in France and is of Italian descent. His first singles were released in 1996 and 1997, but were confined to the underground electronic music scene. He decided to make music when he heard Daft Punk’s Rollin’ & Scratchin’ in a club in his hometown Dijon. He became good friends with Michel Amato, also known as The Hacker, whom he met in the Rex, the “techno temple” of Laurent Garnier. The Hacker suggested he send his new tracks to DJ Hell, head of Gigolo records in Munich. Pascal did so, and International DeeJay Gigolo Records, released the well known Poney EP in 2001, which was a huge success shortly after its release. With the track “La Rock 01”, Vitalic created a club anthem which was a hit in the summer of 2001. The track was also included on many compilation albums, even rock compilations.


In 2005, Vitalic’s debut album, OK Cowboy was released on Different/PIAS Recordings. Pascal states that all of the instruments used in the album are synthesized. His official website states that “the only thing he can’t fake is the emotion that galvanizes his music.”
His song “Trahison” from OK Cowboy was used in the trailer for the 2007 French film Naissance des Pieuvres. His song “Poney Part 1” was featured in the Pleix film Birds.[1] It was announced by Festival Republic that Vitalic would be playing both the Reading and Leeds Festivals in the UK in August 2009.


Vitalic’s second studio album Flashmob will be released in September 2009. The first single, “Your Disco Song” is available for streaming at Vitalic’s MySpace page.[2] He has spoken a great deal about the new disco influence on Flashmob.









Nov 21, 2011

METRIC



Metric is an indie rock band formed in 1998 at Toronto, Canada and based at various times in Montreal, London, New York City and Los Angeles. The band members are Emily Haines (vocals, synthesizers),James Shaw (guitars), Josh Winstead (bass) and Joules Scott-Key (drums). Initially Metric was a duo made up by Haines and Shaw, then in 2001 Winstead and Scott-Key joined the band. They took the name “Metric” in 1999 after a synthesizer beat that Shaw used on his sampler and as a reference to their musical precision. The group’s music encompasses elements of indie rock, new wave and dance music.

Besides Metric, Emily Haines and James Shaw also perform with Broken Social Scene. Joules Scott-Key and Joshua Winstead have their own side project, bang lime. Emily Haines released her debut albumCut In Half and Also Double in 1996 and two records under the moniker Emily Haines & the Soft Skeleton: the album Knives Don’t Have Your Back in 2006 and the 6-track EP What Is Free To A Good Home? in 2007. She also has been a guest on albums by Stars, The Crystal Method, kc accidental, Delerium, The Stills and Jason Collett.

Emily Haines was born in New Delhi, India and raised since the age of 3 in Peterborough, Ontario. The daughter of poet Paul Haines grew up as a dual citizen of Canada and India. Her father would often make cassettes of rare and eclectic music for his daughter to listen to and her early influences included Carla Bley and Robert Wyatt. By her teens she followed her parents’ footsteps by attending the Etobicoke School of the Arts. There she met Amy Millan and Kevin Drew, with whom she would later collaborate in hHead. Haines and Millan briefly formed their first band around 1990 while at ESA and with songs later written and recorded while at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver in 1992–1993, at Toronto in 1995 and at Concordia University in Montreal in 1995–1996, Haines distributed in 1996 an early effort called Cut In Half and Also Double with a limited number of copies.

James Shaw was born in the UK. He was a student at a Boston music school and was friends with Torquil Campbell, a vocalist who would later form Stars and Chris Seligman, the future synthesizer player of Stars. Torquil had plans to move to New York City and on his suggestion Shaw applied to Juilliard Music School and moved to New York with him. In 1998, Shaw and Torquil returned to Toronto, where Haines met Shaw through mutual friends in the local music scene. Shaw moved to Montreal where Haines was still living and the two worked on filling out each other’s projects. The first song made by Shaw and Haines was “Butcher” and eventually they had completed in 1998 several other tracks in their home studio, gathered on Mainstream EP, a collection of demos with an overall downtempo and electronic feel.

In the fall of 1998, Shaw moved back to New York City, this time accompanied by Haines, Campbell and Seligman. There they shared a loft in the Williamsburg section of Brooklyn. During their two-year stay at the loft, Haines and Shaw were erstwhile room mates with future members of the Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Liars and TV on the Radio.

Haines and Shaw set off to London in early 2000 and signed a publishing deal with Chrysalis Records. With the help of producer Stephen Hague, Metric worked on a new batch of New Wave/electropop drum-machine paced songs that would form the nucleus of their debut album. The effort dubbed Grow Up And Blow Away, revealed a more musically-layered and mature sound than the earlier Mainstream EP. Haines and Shaw completed the album in April 2001 and by this time had found a label for their release, Restless Records. The album was delayed for years by their record label.

The band performed in New York in early Spring and late Summer 2001, personally circulating handmade CD-R copies of their unreleased music to fans at shows and by mail, eventually giving the music away for free on the internet. Metric at the time was for the most part a studio band and live shows approximated the synthesizer-centered and drum-machine driven sound of the recordings. In the same year they issued a 5-track EP entitled Static Anonymity and two promo singles: “Grow Up and Blow Away” and “Raw Sugar”.

In the winter of 2001, Metric had gained two new bandmates: the drummer Joules Scott-Key (born in Flint, Michigan) and the bass player Joshua Winstead. Joules Scott-Key was attending college in Texas was in town with his friend Joshua Winstead performing in the local music scene. Scott-Key and Winstead had known each other for about a decade and they met Shaw and Haines at the Brooklyn loft and at local performances.

On 2 September 2003, Metric released their first official studio album Old World Underground, Where Are You Now? on Last Gang Records. The album was received with positive reviews and it has gone gold in Canada. They released 3 singles from the album: “Combat Baby” (6 December 2004), “Succexy” (2004) and “Dead Disco” (2004). The song “Combat Baby” appeared in the music game Rock Band 3.

On 27 September 2005, the band released their second studio album,Live It Out on Last Gang Records. The album was well received and has since gone twice platinum in Canada, selling over 200,000 units. They issued 4 singles: “Monster Hospital” (7 August 2006; #1 CAN, #55 UK), “Poster Of A Girl” (15 May 2006; #3 CAN), “Handshakes” (promo only; #17 CAN) and “Empty” (12 February 2007). During this time, Metric was approached by and agreed to open for The Rolling Stones whose tour coincided with theirs in New York City. The band has toured the world extensively for several years playing concerts in UK, France, Germany, Iceland, Brazil, Greece, Italy, Turkey, Holland, Finland, Belgium, Sweden, Norway, United States, Canada, Venezuela, Mexico and Japan.

On 26 June 2007, Last Gang Records released Metric’s 2001 albumGrow Up and Blow Away, after purchasing the rights to the album from band’s previous label. In 2007 they released a live EP entitled Live At Metropolis followed a year later by a DVD with the same name featuring a concert recorded from Montreal.

On 7 April 2009, Metric released their fourth album Fantasies on their own label, Metric Music International. In the US it debuted at #1 on Billboard’s Top Heatseekers and peaked at #76 on the Billboard 200, in Canada it debuted at #13 on the Canadian Albums Chart and peaked at #6 and in Australia, the album debuted at #48. The album received mostly positive reviews and it’s their most successful record to date. They released 5 singles: “Help I’m Alive” (23 December 2008 Canada, 1 January 2010 worldwide; #21 CAN, #17 US Alt. Songs, #29 US Rock Songs), “Front Row” (promo only, 12 March 2009; #65 CAN), “Gimme Sympathy” (radio promo, 12 March 2009; #52 CAN), “Sick Muse” (1 June 2009) and “Gold Guns Girls” (promo only, December 2009).

Amazon.com listed Fantasies in eleventh in its “Best Albums of 2009” list. This album was a shortlisted nominee for the 2009 Polaris Music Prize and also won two Casby Awards, the NXNE favourite new indie release award and favourite new album award. On 18 April 2010, the album won the Juno Award for Alternative Album of the Year at the 2010 Awards, as well as the band winning Group of the Year.

On 27 October 2009, Metric released a 5-track EP called Plug In Plug Out containing acoustic versions of five songs from Fantasies. During the 2010 Winter Olympics, Metric, along with several other Canadian music acts, came together in Vancouver to re-record K’Naan’s song “Wavin’ Flag” to benefit Haiti in a movement called Young Artists for Haiti.

In 2010, the band contributed to Twilight: Eclipse movie soundtrack with a song entitled “Eclipse (All Yours)”. In the same year, a previously unreleased song “Black Sheep” was used on the soundtrack of the movie Scott Pilgrim vs. the World. In 2011, Metric issued the live EP iTunes Session.

Official site: http://www.ilovemetric.com







Nov 17, 2011

PHANTOGRAM



Phantogram is a trip-hop/psych-pop duo which formed in 2007 in Saratoga Springs, New York, USA and consists of Sarah Barthel (vocals, keyboards) and Josh Carter(guitar, vocals). Their music can be described as a culmination of unique street beat rhythms, psychedelic melodies and organic textures. The band practices and writes music in an out-of-town farm called Harmony Lodge. The group name was inspired by the optical illusion called phantogram.

Barthel and Carter were friends since junior high school. Barthel pursued a visual arts degree while Carter formed the experimental band Grand Habit. In the summer of 2007 they reunited and worked on finishing some beat ideas Carter made earlier. The duo was originally called Charlie Everywhere when performing around the Saratoga Springs area on the local label Sub-Bombin Records. When they signed to BBE Records they changed the name to Phantogram, to avoid legal issues.

In March 2009, they self-released a five song EP, Phantogram EP, which featured four songs that ended up being on the full length. In the same year they released another EP, Running from the Cops on BBE Records.

The band’s debut album Eyelid Movies was released in September 2009, on BBE Records in Europe, and in February 2010, on Barsuk Records in the US. The album received generally favorable reviews. The singles “Mouthful of Diamonds”, “When I’m Small” and “As Fas As I Can See” supported the album.

Phantogram have supported acts such as Metric, The xx, J-Live, Brazilian Girls and have toured with The Slip, Zero 7 and Minus the Bear.

Sarah Barthel and Josh Carter were inspired by artists like J Dilla, Serge Gainsbourg, My Bloody Valentine, Madlib, Sonic Youth, The Beatles and David Bowie.

In 1 November 2011, the band issued the EP Nightlife. This EP includes the single “Don’t Move”.

Official site: http://www.phantogram.net










Nov 13, 2011

TROMBONE SHORTY



Troy “Trombone Shorty” Andrews (born January 2, 1986) is a trombone and trumpet player from New Orleans, Louisiana, United States.


Troy Andrews is the younger brother of trumpeter and bandleader James Andrews . Growing up in New Orleans’ Treme neighborhood, “Trombone Shorty” was participating in brass band parades as a child, carrying his trombone even before his arms were long enough to reach all the positions of the slide. Andrews was a bandleader by the age of 6. Originally attracting attention for his youth, by his teens he was attracting attention for his musical virtuosity as well.


He attended the prestigious New Orleans Center for the Creative Arts (NOCCA). And as a graduate he joined the ranks of others like Wynton Marsalis, Branford Marsalis, Harry Connick, Jr., Irvin Mayfield and Nicholas Payton.


In 2005, he was a featured member of Lenny Kravitz’s horn section for a world tour that shared billing with acts such as Aerosmith.


Six weeks after the levees failed in New Orleans on August 29, 2005, some of the city’s greatest musicians came to Austin, Texas, to record a benefit CD called Sing Me Back Home at Wire Studios with producers Leo Sacks and Ray Bardani. With their lives in storm-tossed transition, the all-star collective was christened The New Orleans Social Club. Andrews was the featured guest on “Hey Troy, Your Mama’s Calling You,” a tribute to “Hey Leroy, Your Mama’s Calling You” which was a Latin-jazz-soul hit for the Jimmy Castor Bunch on Smash Records in 1966. Andrews also performed on “Where Y’At” as part of The Sixth Ward All-Star Brass Band Revue featuring Charles Neville of the Neville Brothers.


In London, during the summer of 2006, Andrews began working with producer Bob Ezrin and U2 at Abbey Road Studios. This association led to Andrews performing with U2 and Green Day during the re-opening of the New Orleans Superdome for the NFL’s Monday Night Football pre-game show.


To wrap up 2006, Andrews appeared on the NBC television series Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip. Leading a group of New Orleans musicians, he performed the holiday classic “O Holy Night” which drew such an enthusiastic response from viewers that NBC released the single for free download on their web site.


Kicking off 2007, New Orleans’ premier music magazine, Offbeat, named Andrews their Performer of the Year. He also garnered honors as Best Contemporary Jazz Performer.


As of 2009, his current project is Orleans Avenue, a funk/pop/hip-hop mix including musicians Mike Ballard on bass, Dan Oestreicher on baritone sax, Clarence “Trixzéy” Slaughter on tenor sax, Pete Murano on guitar, Joey Peebles on drums, and Dwayne “Big D” Williams on percussion.







Nov 11, 2011

FRITZ KALKBRENNER



Fritz Kalkbrenner, brother of the Berlin-based Paul Kalkbrenner, grew up in the Berlin district of Lichtenberg, which is full of projects, sadness and desolation. It’s the nineties – nothing to do but lots to fuck up. And for most of the people from that time and that corner of the world there is nothing more important than first of all: hanging around, killing time and second: music, music, music.

Month by month Fritz spent all of his little pocket money on spray cans and dusty old hiphop vinyls, eg. Eric B. & Rakim, KRS-ONE and Wu-Tang Clan. And for having a soft spot for those old hiphop artists, his brother Paul and buddy Sascha Funke kept making fun of him… over and over again. Because Paul and Sascha were already infected by the techno virus, Fritz – the late bloomer in the crew – shall follow the lead some day.

From his brother Paul and Sascha’s point of view, ’97 was the time when they’ve decided to smuggle Fritz into the legendary Berlin club Suicide Circus. The result was that Fritz couldn’t let go from the tech house music, not that he wanted to anyway. The time has come for Fritz to party it up in clubs like WMF, Discount, Tresor and Matrix. He’s having a good time while sucking in all of the new impressions. It wasn’t too long after that when Fritz started his own productions with leftover equipment from his brother Paul. But every lifestyle and action has its price, and Fritz’s was failing his high school diploma and dropping out.

Having to choose at that point what his future in music might be, he decides to turn his second passion into a profession. As a cultural and music journalist, he worked since 2002 for various TV stations such as ARD, MTV and the Deutsche Welle. But the artist life kept haunting him and one year later he teamed up with Sascha Funke to perform a track as a vocalist on Sascha’s debut album “Bravo”. The first single from Sascha’s abum is the result and “Forms and Shapes” becomes one of the essential tracks that summer.

Fritz keeps building his reputation as a singer by collaborating with Zky, Alexander Kowalski and Monika Kruse. Besides that he was working on his own production skills, always looking for his very own sound. Then, in autumn 2008, “Sky and Sand” is released, a musical family reunion with his brother Paul, which raised the feeling from the first day on that this could be a big one. And it was. “Sky and Sand” didn’t just become an underground anthem, but also reached peak in many European chart positions.

It’s 2009 and the next chapter is ready to start. While Fritz is touring the clubs with his intense live act, Chopstick & Johnjon could convince him (it’s still unknown how they did it…) to sign on to their label SUOL, where he has released two EPs and numerous collaborations so far. His full length album “Here Today, Gone Tomorrow“ was released on SUOL in October 2010