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Grace Jones' Hurricane, first US release in 22 years

Acclaimed singer, songwriter and actress, Grace Jones is preparing to release Hurricane, a new album of original material, in the U.S. on September 6 via [PIAS] America. Produced by Jones and Ivor Guest, Hurricane has received widespread praise in the U.K. and Europe where it was released in 2009. The tracks “Williams’ Blood” and “Corporate Cannibal” have emerged as hits as has the video for “Corporate Cannibal” directed by Nick Hooker. The release will also include a brand new bonus disc dub version of the entire album.

Check out the William’s Blood (Aeroplane remix) radio edit MP3 where it premiered on RCRD LBL today or HERE!

In July 2009, Jones performed in a new show at The Hollywood Bowl in Los Angeles and the Hammerstein Ballroom in New York City. Collaborating with acclaimed Academy Award-winning costume and production designer Eiko Ishioka, Jones debuted songs from the new album for U.S. audiences.

The shows received overwhelming praise from audiences and critics alike.  Daily Variety wrote “...a commanding Grace Jones provided a finely tuned display of humanity” and “...the return of Jones was warm and uplifting”. The LA Times ran the headline “Grace Jones bowls over the Bowl” and the New York Times reported that Jones was “lithe, fierce and solid”. Rolling Stone wrote “So many performers are said to be larger than life, but the show biz cliché has never been truer than it is for Grace Jones…the crowd roared as if they’d seen the second coming”.

Born in Jamaica before relocating to Syracuse, New York with her family, Grace Jones embarked on a successful career as a model in New York City and Paris. In 1977 Jones secured her first record deal resulting in a string of dance-club hits including “I Need A Man” and her acclaimed reinvention of Edith Piaf’s classic “La Vie En Rose”. The three disco albums she recorded, “Portfolio” (1977), “Fame” (1978) and “Muse” (1979), generated considerable success in the market and established her as a major recording artist.

During this period Jones became a fixture on the international club scene and was often seen at New York City’s famed nightclub Studio 54. Jones also became a muse to Andy Warhol who photographed her extensively and created a series of iconic portraits of her.

Towards the end of the 1970’s Jones adapted the emerging New Wave music to create a different style for herself. Working with Island Records producers Chris Blackwell, Alex Sadkin and Compass Point All Stars, she recorded the critically acclaimed albums “Warm Leatherette” (1980) and “Nightclubbing” (1981). These included reimagining’s of songs by Sting (“Demolition Man”), Iggy Pop and David Bowie (“Nightclubbing”), Roxy Music (“Love is the Drug”), Astor Piazzolla (“I’ve Seen That Face Before (Libertango)”) and Tom Petty (“Breakdown”).

Both albums included tracks co-written by Jones herself including “A Rolling Stone”, “Feel Up” and most notably, the post-disco dance track “Pull Up to the Bumper” which spent seven weeks as #2 on the U.S. Billboard Hot Dance Club play chart and became a Top 5 single on the U.S. R&B chart.

Parallel to her musical shift was an equally dramatic visual makeover, created in partnership with artist Jean-Paul Goode, with whom she had a son. Jones adapted a severe, androgynous look with square-cut hair and angular, padded clothes. The cover photographs of “Nightclubbing” and “Warm Leatherette” as well as her subsequent albums exemplified this new identity.

Jones’ next release was the dub reggae-influenced “Living My Life” (1982) which featured the self-penned hit “My Jamaican Guy”. In 1985 she worked with Trevor Horn for the conceptual music collage “Slave to the Rhythm” and in 1986 she collaborated with Nile Rogers for “Inside Story” which produced the Billboard 100 Hit, “I’m Not Perfect (But I’m Perfect For You”), one of several songs she co-wrote with Bruce Wooley. “Bulletproof Heart” (1989) spawned the Number 1 U.S. Hot Dance Club Play hit “Love on Top of Love (Killer Kiss)” produced by C&C Music Factory’s David Cole and Robert Clivilles.

Jones is equally famous for her motion picture roles in such features as “Conan the Destroyer” (1984) co-starring Arnold Schwarzenegger, “A View to a Kill” (1985) co-starring Roger Moore as James Bond, the vampire thriller “Vamp” (in which Keith Haring famously painted her body for her role as an undead exotic dancer) and “Boomerang” (1992) co-starring Eddie Murphy (for which she recorded the song “7 Day Weekend”). Her television work includes appearances on “Pee-Wee’s Playhouse Christmas Special” (1988), “Beastmaster” (1999) and “Shaka Zulu: The Citadel” (2001).

DEERHOOF - New 7”s, Reissues, Congotronic Vs. Rockers News & More!

Deerhoof’s Milk Man is being reissued on vinyl in celebration of the band’s upcoming All Tomorrow’s Parties performance of the album this July in London (alongside The Flaming Lips and Dinosaur Jr.).
A 180-gram strawberry vinyl version will be available in stores on July 5th and limited to 1000 copies.
The starting point for Milk Man was a cartoon character created by Japanese artist Ken Kagami, a longtime friend of Deerhoof vocalist Satomi Matsuzaki.
In contrast to the earnest guitar rock that predominated on their previous album Apple O', Milk Man featured a broad palette of orchestral colors, echoes of music theater and camp, polished and gaudy arrangements, Stravinskian harmonies, and a more stylized, anonymous playing style resulting partly from recording most of the instruments at separate times rather than playing together as a band, and partly from many of the arrangements being created in a computer.

Critical praise for Milk Man came notably from NME and Spin, and the song "Milk Man" was chosen in 2009 as one of Pitchfork's top tracks of the decade.
Polyvinyl has a special pre-order package deal on these releases. Visit PolyvinylRecords.com for more information.
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Deerhoof Tour Dates

jun 26 - Brussels, Belgium - Couleur Cafe Festival (Congotronics Vs. Rockers tour)
jun 30 - Utrecht, Netherlands - Le Guess Who at Tivoli (Congotronics Vs. Rockers tour)
jul 01 - London, UK - Performing Milk Man at Alexandra Palace (w/ The Flaming Lips performing The Soft Bulletin and Dinosaur Jr performing Bug)
jul 02 - Roskilde, Denmark - Roskilde Festival (Congotronics Vs. Rockers tour)
jul 03 - Berlin, Germany - HKW (Congotronics Vs. Rockers tour)
jul 06 - Metz, France - Place de la Republique (Congotronics Vs. Rockers tour)
jul 09 - Paris, France - Bataclan (Congotronics Vs. Rockers tour)
jul 12 - London, England - The Barbican (Congotronics Vs. Rockers tour)
jul 14 - Benicassim, Spain - Benicassim Festival (Congotronics Vs. Rockers tour)
jul 17 - Carhaix, France - Vielles Charrues Festival (Congotronics Vs. Rockers tour)
jul 21 - Nyon, Switzerland - Paleo Festival (Congotronics Vs. Rockers tour)
jul 23 - Sines, Portugal - FMM Festival (Congotronics Vs. Rockers tour)
jul 30 - Niigata, Japan - Fuji Rock Festival (Congotronics Vs. Rockers tour)
oct 02 - Asbury Park, NJ - ATP - Asbury Park Convention Hall & Paramount Theatre (w/ Portishead, Mogwai, Battles, Earth, and more

Phish Super Ball IX Tickets Up for Auction!

The WaterWheel Foundation and the Mimi Fishman Foundation have teamed together for the 2nd time in two months with an on-line charity auction featuring ticket packages. While the past auction was for the first portion of the Phish 2011 Summer tour, the new auction features tickets packages for the second portion of the Phish 2011 Summer tour, including Phish’s own festival, Super Ball IX.

Super Ball IX will take place before the second leg of the tour begins on July 4 weekend in Watkins Glenn, NY.  Phish then kicks off the 2011 Summer Tour’s second leg August 5th with a return visit back to the amazing Gorge Amphitheatre.  The tour continues with shows at the Hollywood Bowl, Lake Tahoe, Chicago, and Denver.

All proceeds raised will benefit Phish’s WaterWheel Foundation.  The WaterWheel Foundation was created by Phish in 1997 to oversee the band’s various charitable activities.  The Mimi Fishman Foundation was established in 1999 by Miriam "Mimi" Fishman (the late mother of Phish drummer Jon Fishman) and David Shulman – and was created as a vehicle to raise funds for various charities important to Mimi.

The on-line auction is currently live with the bidding coming to close on Wednesday, June 22.

To view and/or bid on the auction, as well as read about the charities the auction supports, please visit the Mimi Fishman Foundation Auction Page.

Phish’s WaterWheel Foundation Joins Forces With The MFF

The WaterWheel Foundation and the Mimi Fishman Foundation have teamed together once again with an on-line charity auction featuring ticket packages for the first portion of the Phish 2011 Summer tour.

Phish kicks off their 2011 Summer Tour on Memorial Day weekend, with three consecutive nights (May 27, 28 & 29) at Bethel Woods Center for the Arts in Bethel, NY. Stops along the way include Cleveland, Cincinnati, Mansfield, Darien Lake and more, as well as 2-night runs in Holmdel, Columbia and Alpharetta.   These shows as well as others are represented on the auction.

All proceeds raised will benefit Phish’s WaterWheel Foundation.  The WaterWheel Foundation was created by Phish in 1997 to oversee the band’s various charitable activities.  The Mimi Fishman Foundation was established in1999 by Miriam "Mimi" Fishman (the late mother of Phish drummer Jon Fishman) and David Shulman – and was created as a vehicle to raise funds for various charities important to Mimi.

The on-line auction is currently live with the bidding coming to close on Wednesday, April 27.

To view and/or bid on the auction, as well as read about the charities the auction supports, please visit the Mimi Fishman Foundation Auction Page.

Cat’s Eyes Announce US Tour Dates

As the frontman for British psychedelic-rockers the Horrors, Faris Badwan and his bandmates took a major stylistic leap between the band’s first and second albums, essentially reinventing themselves in the process.  In the same spirit, Badwan has transformed himself creatively once again with his new duo, Cat’s Eyes.  The project is a partnership between him and Rachel Zeffira, a Canadian opera soprano and classical multi-instrumentalist based in London.

The group’s first ever live appearance took place in December, amid some secrecy, at St Peter’s in the Vatican, where they performed a reworked version of their song “I Knew It Was Over” during an afternoon mass attended by several high-ranking cardinals. Footage from this can be viewed at www.catseyesmusic.com. Continuing to make each of their live shows a truly special experience, Cat’s Eyes have decided to do only three US dates – so don’t miss them if you’re in the area!

In the collision of the two very separate worlds of Badwan and Zeffira, something magical has come into being. Cat’s Eyes eponymous debut album (May 3rd; Cooperative Music USA/Downtown Records) is a romantic pop masterpiece fit to dine at the same table as mid-’60s productions by Phil Spector, Joe Meek or Shadow Morton, but with a fiercely modern, experimental premise, which constantly leaves you wondering just what you’re listening to, and how on earth it was created.

The duo’s album was recorded at RealWorld studios near Bath with producer Steve Osborne. All Cat’s Eyes artwork is designed and photographed by Chris Cunningham, director of iconic videos for Aphex Twin (“Windowlicker”; “Come to Daddy”) and Bjork (“All is Full of Love.”)

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Cat’s Eyes Tour Dates:

05/03:  New York, NY @ Bowery Ballroom
05/06:  Los Angeles, CA @ Natural History Museum
05/07:  San Francisco, CA @ The Independent

Former Thieves Announce Debut Album

Former Thieves have been a band characterized by their hard work and grueling tour regimens in their seemingly short life span. But, that's about to change with their debut full length on No Sleep Records.

Coming from the barren and simple fields of Iowa, Former Thieves have created a pummeling new record that personifies the feelings and emotions of coming from nothing and fighting the entire way to what they have created. "The Language That We Speak" takes the listener through a thorough commentary on the frustration of Midwestern life. Articulate, sharp, and sincerely pissed.

Recorded December 1st through 10th 2010 at The Red Room in Seattle, WA with Chris Common (Mastodon, The Sword) at the helm, No Sleep Records looks to release "The Language That We Speak" on Tuesday April 19th 2011. The record will be released on CD, vinyl, and digital formats and recalls the sounds made famous by the likes of Converge, Botch, Coalesce, and Modern Life Is War while maintaining its own unique formula.

Watch the first short video feat. studio footage of the band here!

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Former Thieves Live!

03/16/11 - Kansas City, MO @ Salt Walter Taffy House
03/18/11 - Austin, TX @ The Mellow Mushroom
03/19/11 - Austin, TX (SXSW)
03/20/11 - Austin, TX (SXSW)
03/23/11 - Hattiesburg, MS @ 1126 House
03/26/11 - Columbia, SC @ House of Hardcore
03/28/11 - Greensboro, NC @ Legitimate Business
03/29/11 - Richmond, VA @ The Barn
03/30/11 - State College, PA @ La Casa Blanca
04/01/11 - Louisville, KY @ Ear X-Tacy
04/02/11 - St. Louis, MO @ Lemp Arts

The Devil Makes Three share new video

The Devil Makes Three have had an amazing 2010 bringing their electric live performances from coast to coast, wowing audiences at Bonnaroo and the Outside Lands Music & Art Festival, appearing on the first season of the successful IFC series Dinner With the Band and releasing four songs on the always great Daytrotter.
To celebrate the phenomenal year, the band has created a video from still photographs for the track "Aces and Twos" - check out the lovely black & white video!  Looking ahead to 2011, The Devil Makes Three will be announcing even more national tour dates and new recording surprises!
Until then, take a peak at the live audio and video from this past year below!
Watch the live, woodland videos for "All Hail" and "The Johnson Family."
Check them out performing "Do Wrong Right" LIVE on KEXP and live again on Oregon Public Radio performing "Help Yourself."

'GYPSY JAZZ FAMILY TRIBUTE' at The Django Reinhardt NY Festival

"Gypsy Jazz" is a family tradition passed on from one generation to another and so it was with the SCHMITT family coming from the Strasbourg area of  France, near Germany.  George, father of legendary gypsy guitarist Dorado Schmitt, while virtually unknown for his talent as guitarist and violinist outside the area he lived, taught his son Dorado who taught his sons Samson and now young Amati only 14 years old...keeping the tradition of hot gypsy jazz alive.  To all of them, Django Reinhardt was a God of music in whose footsteps all gypsy musicians walked.

To see Dorado, Samson and Amati (who will debuted in the US at the Festival ) is to see how it all works, side by side.   It is in the family blood, a part of the customs and culture, a sharing and passing down from one member to another....very much a part of gypsy life.  George Schmitt passed away this year and so the Django Reinhardt NY Festival celebrates his influence on his family thru music. Birdland will host the Schmitt Family Tribute, performing in memory of of the elder George Schmitt. The Festival is Produced by Pat Philips and Ettore Stratta and going into its 11th year and has taken the US by storm thru tours connected to the Festival each year which has taken stars of the Festival to the Kennedy Center, Disney Hall in LA, The San Franciso Festival, Montreal Jazz Festival, Chicago Symphony Hall, Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts and much more.  It has caused a resurgence of 'gypsy jazz' in America with other festivals and concerts springing up all over, greatly due to the enormous talent of lead gypsy guitarist, legendary Dorado Schmitt who has been a part of the presentations for over 9 years and will be here again this November.

The Schmitts will be joined by bassist Xavier Nikq and violinist Pierre Blanchard from France and master jazz pianist Peter Beets from Holland.  As always there will be a Special Guest each night starting with renowned Russian cellist Borislav Strulev opening night Nov. 2 who will perform "Nuages", Django's most important composition, with an arrangement by top musician Roger Kellaway.  On Nov. 3rd will be swinging saxist Anat Cohen, Nov. 4th beautiful young talent Miguel Zenon also on sax , Nov. 5th Colombian jazz harpist Edmar Castaneda returning by special demand, Nov. 6th David Langlois on washboard percussion, and the fabulous Joel Frahm on sax Nov. 7th.  The beautiful and wonderful vocalist Hilary Kole will step in as well as a surprise on some nights.

George Schmitt may not be a 'star', but his family will shine on him brightly this year at the Django Reinhardt NY Festival at Birdland.  HOT GYPSY JAZZ dating back to the 20's and 30's in Europe when great gypsy guitarist DJANGO REINHARDT met and performed with virtuoso violinist STEPHANE GRAPPELLI changed music forever and created the one of the most memorable musical partnerships in musical history.  This will all be re-created at Birdland Nov. 2-7 and remains music that is ever exciting, creative, original in style and very cutting edge while it still incorporates beautiful melody and romance through the brilliant virtuosity of the players.

On sale at the Festival will be the new CD, Dorado Schmitt and The Django Reinhardt NY Festival Allstars "Live at the Kennedy Center". 

Birdland:  315 West 44th Street (bet 8th and 9th Avenues)
Reservations:  212 581 - 3080
Shows 8:30 and 11:00 pm (tues. thru sunday)

Introducing YELLOWBIRDS from Sam Cohen of Apollo Sunshine

Yellowbirds is the moniker for the latest musical exploits of Sam Cohen--songwriter, guitarist and vocalist in the psychedelic collective Apollo Sunshine.  Next Tuesday, October 12, Yellowbirds will release its debut track "The Rest Of My Life." The song is the first of three to be made available in the coming months, hinting at what's to come as Cohen puts the finishing touches on The Color, a full-length studio recording due in early 2011.

Sam Cohen grew up in Houston, Texas, and while the Texas of his teens may have been home to Big Oil, Enron, the Bush family, and the drab gray Astros jerseys of the 90's, he prefers to think of it as the Texas of yore, home to Roy Orbison, Buddy Holly, the Space Program, and rainbow orange Astros jerseys.  It stands to reason, then, that his current home of New York City must be the mythical Empire City: Rocky Mountains of architecture, epicenter of modern art, home to Charles Mingus and The Velvet Underground.

It was with these timeless inspirations in mind that Cohen created The Color by Yellowbirds, his "solo" debut.  Double-speed auto-harp glissandos, glowing backwards pedal-steel, bubbling echo and fuzz guitars coalesce into a warm wall of sound.  As existential lyrical themes emerge, delivered nonchalantly over psyched-out aural landscapes, the picture emerges of a dust-blown, 4th dimensional Future West.  This is Cohen's quixotic world where "only the purist tones can be heard."

Listen to Yellowbirds'

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Legendary Reggae Band The Wailers Contribute Exclusive Studio Track

Oniric Records is proud to announce that legendary reggae band The Wailers, have contributed an exclusive new track titled “A Step for Mankind” to Solution for Dreamers: Season 3, a compilation CD to be released this month. This compilation CD is the third in the “Solutions for Dreamers” series, with this disc created to support the United Nations’ World Food Programme (WFP).  This is the first studio track from the Wailers in 16 years.
The Wailers “A Step for Mankind” track is exclusively recorded for Solutions for Dreamers: Season 3, written by the remarkable singer/songwriter Duane Stephenson and features hip-hop artist Bishop Lamont.  A songwriter renowned for his portrayal of love, culture and spirituality, Stephenson is well-known for many incredible reggae songs, most notably for his work on Jah Cure’s reggae anthem “True Reflections.” Lamont, an up-and-coming rapper and Dr. Dre protégé known for his hit radio single “Grow Up,” contributes an unforgettable flow in the track’s breakdown. Like many of the Wailers’ best known international hits, the song is a call for world unity and peace with an undeniably distinctive groove. You can check out the song here:
The World Food Programme is the world’s largest organization fighting hunger globally.  WFP is committed to getting food to where it is needed, and saving the lives of victims of war, civil conflict and natural disasters.  Each year, on average, WFP feeds more than 90 million people in more than 70 countries. WFP is a United Nations institution and is voluntarily funded.  In honor of WFP’s noble cause, Oniric Records’ Solutions for Dreamers: Season 3 directs all proceeds to benefit the World Food Programme while the CD is printed on 100% recycled materials.
Oniric Records, founded in 2005 in Santa Barbara, is an independent label dedicated to the promotion of artists who advocate social and environmental change through their music. Unlike many record labels, Oniric Records has taken a different approach than its peers in the music industry. The driving force behind the label is a passion for the well-being of the planet and its inhabitants. The "Solutions for Dreamers" series was created to raise awareness and funds for non-profit partners of Oniric Records, such as environmental group Heal The Ocean.  This collective has now provided a perfect opportunity for the world’s most well-known reggae band, The Wailers, to show their support for a cause both they and the label support, alongside Oniric Records artists such as Matthew McAvene, Marc B and Danny Riley.
The Wailers have an unprecedented global fan-base and, together with Bob Marley, have sold an excess of 250 million albums worldwide, and played shows to over 24 million people throughout their 40-year long career. Known for such anthems as “Jammin’,” “One Love,” “No Woman No Cry” and “Exodus,” the band continues to thrill audiences of all kinds with a relentless tour schedule and an unparalleled stage show. Continuing the legacy, the band has recently been in the studio in Jamaica to begin work on an album of all-new material. With Duane Stephenson, they have created a powerful, moving addition to the Solutions for Dreamers: Season 3 – a small taste of music to come from the world’s most famous reggae group of all time, all in support of alleviating the ongoing tragedy of worldwide hunger.
The compilation features 13 international artists including Uru, Marc B, Matthew McAvene, Danny Riley, Bryon Friedman, Matt Jennings, The Aluminum Ponies, Tad Wagner, Reed Thomas Lawrence, J-Radio, Natty Nation,  Chase McBride and The Wailers. All proceeds benefit the United Nations’ World Food Programme.
Check out an earlier Wailers write-up on the Grarteful Web.
Wailers Tour Dates:
Friday, September 17              Easton, MD – Avalon Theatre
Saturday, September 18         Hampton Beach, NH – Hampton Beach Casino Ballroom
Sunday, September 19            Portland, ME – Port City Music Hall
Monday, September 20           New York, NY – B.B. King’s Blues Club
Wednesday, September 22    Lexington, Kentucky – Buster’s Billiards & Backroom
Thursday, September 23         Nashville, Tennessee – Live On The Green
Friday, September 24              Carrboro, North Carolina – Cat’s Cradle
Saturday, September 25         Franklin, Ohio – J.D. Legends
Monday, September 27           Jacksonville, Florida – Freebird Live
Wednesday, September 29    Fort Lauderdale, Florida – Revolution
Thursday, September 30         Gainesville, Florida – The Venue
Friday, October 1                       New Orleans, Louisana – House of Blues
Thursday, November 11           Lima, Peru – Maria Angola