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Andrew Belle live on the Lennon Bus in Austin

At SXSW this year, Andrew Belle was invited aboard the Lennon Bus to perform the track that won the John Lennon Songwriting Award for excellence in their pop category. On the Lennon Bus, Andrew recorded an intimate, live version of "The Ladder," which premieres today on Paste.
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After his performances at SXSW and the South Beach Food & Wine FestivalAndrew Belle has returned to hometown Chicago to prepare the limited edition re-release of debut LP The Ladder featuring new music and new artwork and has planned a celebration around the release with his biggest Chicago show to date.
Andrew Belle is a new artist on the pop singer/songwriter scene. Residing in both Chicago and Nashville, he is currently touring clubs and universities across the country, and is also a member of the critically acclaimed national tour Ten Out Of Tenn. Andrew released his debut EP All Those Pretty Lights in 2008, containing songs featured in hit TV shows including “90210”, “The Real World”, “Ghost Whisperer” and “Keeping Up With The Kardashians”.
His debut full-length album The Ladder was released in February 2010 on 1L Music. The Ladder reached #1 on iTunes Singer/Songwriter charts, scored a spot in the Top 100 chart on iTunes and charted in the Top 25 on the Billboard Heatseakers Chart.  His songs have garnered nationwide airplay including Chicago’s WXRT, Nashville’s WRLT, and Los Angeles’ KCRW. Andrew recently was named “Best Breakout Artist, Chicago” by MTV. Recently, Andrew was awarded with the John Lennon Songwriting Award for excellence in their Pop category for the title song off The Ladder. Fans and critics often refer to his songs as “smart pop”—nuanced melodies and sophisticated, contemplative lyrics coupled with bold, infectious hooks.
2009 saw Nashville / Chicago resident Andrew Belle invited out on the second generation Ten out of Tenn Tour and after an overwhelming response on the road, invited out for the Ten out of Tenn Holiday Tour.  Ten Out of Tenn is a diverse and unique community of artists making organic pop music in the shadows of Nashville's slick commercial country music industry on the road supporting each other every night!  The original Ten out of Tenn debuted in 05 with ten musicians who were at the forefront of the vibrant Nashville pop music scene with over thirty albums released between them.

DJ YODA U.K. Turntablist 'DJ Yoda & Friends'

Audio-visual turntablist extraordinaire DJ YODA is set to release a brand new five-track EP entitled DJ YODA & FRIENDS out March 7, 2011 via A.Skillz’ Jam City label in North America. Taken from his exclusive album sessions, the EP follows DJ YODA’s groundbreaking Stop, Look & Listen Tour which saw him mashing audio and visual elements across the U.K., conquering various venues including the celebrated British Film Institute IMAX in London.

DJ YODA is no ordinary scratch DJ. His seminal How To Cut & Paste series showcased a tongue-in-cheek mixing style that prompted Q magazine in his native Britain to declare him “one of the ten DJs to see before you die,” while Hip Hop Connection voted him “one of the top three DJs in the world.” American gaming enthusiasts may be familiar with him as a contributor to ‘DJ Hero,’ for which he collaborated with its designers, contributing his expertise to the look of the game.  It also features two of his mixes and a DJ Yoda level.

From hip-hop beginnings, DJ YODA has evolved in the past ten years, using his turntable skills and diverse influences as varied as funk, b-more, kuduro, reggae, drum ‘n’ bass and even big band swing and country & western to make unashamed party music. On the DJ YODA & FRIENDS EP— the follow-up to his 2006 debut album The Amazing Adventures Of DJ Yoda, where he produced tracks with Biz Markie, 2005 MOBO-winner Sway, Princess Superstar, Jungle Brothers, MC Paul Barman and a host of other vocalists—the master producer teams with a unique cast of characters.  Rappers Izza Kizza, a vocalist from super-producer Timbaland's stable, and Gotty Boi Chris, a key figure in the very hot New Orleans Bounce scene, and DJ/producers A.Skillz, Hervé and Nick Thayer are DJ YODA’s cohorts on these five brand new tracks

A-Skillz has done it all from plying his turntable abilities at clubs and festivals across the world to producing his own tracks and helping mould others. Similarly, Joshua “Hervé” Harvey has created club smashes under various guises and collaborated with some of the most exciting players in the scene, including Fatboy Slim to create 2010’s “Machines will do the Work.”  Nick Thayer is an Australian DJ/Producer who has already won the support of Kissy Sell Out (Radio 1), the Stanton Warriors and Utah Saints amongst others, off the back of his debut album which he released in May, Just Let It Go.

On stage, DJ YODA can be found cutting the “Indiana Jones” theme with woofer-worrying dubstep or “The Muppet Show” theme with M.IA. His shows are peppered with film, TV and YouTube samples and visuals that lift his sets to new and stratospheric heights.  His live repertoire—which U.S. audiences will get to experience this spring when he comes over to tour—has him trail-blazing into the world of the audio-visual.  DJ YODA pioneered a new art form, using cutting-edge technology that he’s been instrumental in developing to scratch and mix visuals on top of his DJ sets in the clubs.

Starting out by re-scoring both “The Goonies” and “Ferris Bueller’s Day Off” on the festival circuit in 2003 and 2004, DJ YODA went on to transform the average night out into a fusion of clubbing and the movies. His recent audio/visual tours have included “DJ Yoda Goes To The Movies,” “Magic Cinema Show” and “National Video Vacation.” Elements of his most recent outing with his “Stop Look And Listen” show can be found here.

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Recent highlights for DJ Yoda include:

  • Selling out London’s Koko on his critically acclaimed ‘Magic Cinema Show’ tour.
  • Performing alongside the likes of Amy Winehouse, Mark Ronson and Fatboy Slim.
  • Being nominated for a Sony Radio Award in the ‘Music Special’ category for his "Cut & Paste" documentary for BBC Radio 1.
  • Winning the Contemporary Classical Album of 2009 at the Independent Music Awards for the Heritage Orchestra feat DJ Yoda's G. Prokofiev Concerto For Turntables & Orchestra.
  • Producing an hour-long music documentary for BBC Radio 1’s 40th birthday, mixing-up highlights of their history as part of their official anniversary celebrations.
  • Releasing the critically acclaimed Fabric Live 39 mix CD.
  • Working with Dame Evelyn Glennie on a genre-defying collaborative live show.
  • Mixing up the Champions League highlights for ITV’s Champions League Final.
  • Performing with Lily Allen providing exclusive visuals.
  • Creating a special Michael Jackson tribute Mini-Mix for Annie Mac’s Radio 1 show
  • DJ’ing to packed-out clubs everywhere from China to Brazil to Australia.
  • Playing on the same bill as Steve Martin, Dave Chappelle and Chris Rock at the HBO Comedy Festival in Las Vegas.

Showcasing a one-off AV mix at the DMC 25th Anniversary Championships, detailing the competition’s incredible highs from the past quarter of a century in his own inimitable style.

Pearl Jam Winter 2010/2011 News + EV Tour

Kicking off the Pearl Jam's twentieth anniversary year and ensuing celebrations in style, Pearl Jam will release a new live compilation album, ‘Live Live On Ten Legs’, on January 17th 2011.

‘Live on Ten Legs’ was recorded over the course of the band’s 2003-2010 world tours by recording engineer John Burton and newly remixed by longtime Pearl Jam engineer Brett Eliason and remastered.

The ‘Live on Ten Legs’ tracklisting (below) spans the entirety of Pearl Jam’s 20-year career catalog and also includes a couple of rare cover versions (Joe Strummer and The Mesceleros’ ‘Arms Aloft’ and Public Image Ltd.’s ‘Public Image’).

Both the CD and box set can be pre-ordered from liveontenlegs.com

A U.S.-based pre-sale of the CD and LP is also available at pearljam.com

Full Tracklisting:

1. Arms Aloft

2. World Wide Suicide

3. Animal

4. Got Some

5. State of Love And Trust

6. I Am Mine

7. Unthought Known

8. Rearview Mirror

9. The Fixer

10. Nothing As It Seems

11. In Hiding

12. Just Breathe

13. Jeremy

14. Public Image

15. Spin the Black Circle

16. Porch

17. Alive

18. Yellow Ledbetter


Pearl Jam Radio Now on XM/Sirius

Sirius/XM Radio celebrates Pearl Jam’s 20th Anniversary with the launch of Pearl Jam Radio.

Tune to XM 39 or Sirius 17 to hear a commercial-free music channel dedicated to Pearl Jam. Pearl Jam Radio features archival concerts from throughout the band's celebrated 20-year career, rarities, unreleased material from the band's personal music library and music from the band's side projects, including solo and pre-Pearl Jam music.

For those of you who don't have satellite radio, you can check out Pearl Jam Radio online at pearljam.com. The on-line programming is geared towards the hard-core PJ fan (yeah, you!) and features much more obscure and hard-to-find material.

BRAD Appear as Musical Guest on Jimmy Kimmel Live! on 12/7; Shows in Seattle and L.A.

BRAD will appear as the musical guest on ABC's Jimmy Kimmel Live! on Tuesday, December 7th (airing at 12:05am ET/PT). The following day, Wednesday, December 8th, the band is scheduled to play The Roxy Theatre in Los Angeles.

BRAD heads to L.A. on the heels of their two hometown shows, scheduled for Sunday and Monday, December 5th and 6th at The High Dive in Seattle.

Ticket information:

Tickets for BRAD's Seattle and Los Angeles shows are on sale now for $15 each. Tickets for the High Dive shows can be purchased at brownpapertickets.com. Tickets for The Roxy Theatre show are available through The Roxy Box Office Monday through Friday from 10:30am to 5:30pm (walk-up or by phone at 310-278-9457) or online anytime at ticketmaster.com. shows are 21+.

BRAD’s latest album "Best Friends?", is available on the Ten Club store here.

Check out their music video for “Believe In Yourself” here.

EV Australia Tour-

Eddie Vedder is heading down under for his first ever Australian solo tour kicking off on March 10th in Brisbane, QLD and ending on March 27 in Adelaide, SA. Evil J & Saint Cecilia will open these shows.

General Public tickets go on-sale at 9:00 local time on Friday, December 10th at ticketek.com.au except Brisbane (qtix.com.au) and Adelaide (venuetix.com.au)

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Date

Venue

City, State

10 March

QPAC Concert Hal

Brisbane, QLD

12 March

QPAC Concert Hal

Brisbane, QLD

15 March

Royal Theatre

Canberra, ACT

16 March

Civic Theatre

Newcastle, NSW

18 March

State Theatre

Sydney, NSW

24 March

Palais Theatre

Melbourne, VIC

25 March

Palais Theatre

Melbourne, VIC

27 March

Thebarton Theatre

Adelaide, SA


Pearl Jam Kick-Off Their 20th Anniversary Year with Release of New Live Compilation

Pearl Jam announce the release of "Live on Ten Legs," a new live compilation album that will be available through Pearl Jam's Ten Club and select digital and independent music retailers on January 18, 2011 (January 17, 2011 internationally).

Kicking off the band’s twentieth anniversary year, "Live on Ten Legs" features 18 Pearl Jam tracks recorded over the course of the band's 2003-2010 world tours by recording engineer, John Burton (full track listing below). All tracks have been newly remixed by longtime Pearl Jam engineer Brett Eliason and remastered.

"Live on Ten Legs" will be available internationally through Island Records as a digital version, CD version and a deluxe version. The deluxe version will include a CD, double LP package, four mini poster reprints, five live photos and a tour laminate. The album will be available in the United States as a digital version, CD version and vinyl version.

A Ten Club pre-sale of the CD and vinyl versions of "Live on Ten Legs" begins today at www.pearljam.com.



Pearl Jam's "Live on Ten Legs" is a follow up to their platinum 1998 live release, "Live on Two Legs," which consisted of performances recorded during the band's summer 1998 North American tour.

Also, be sure to check out some Pearl Jam reviews on The Grateful Web.

"Live on Ten Legs" Tracklisting:

1. Arms Aloft

2. World Wide Suicide

3. Animal

4. Got Some

5. State of Love And Trust

6. I Am Mine

7. Unthought Known

8. Rearview Mirror

9. The Fixer

10. Nothing As It Seems

11. In Hiding

12. Just Breathe

13. Jeremy

14. Public Image

15. Spin the Black Circle

16. Porch

17. Alive

18. Yellow Ledbetter

Frank Sinatra/Antonio Carlos Jobim reissue coming on Concord

In 1967, Frank Sinatra teamed up with Brazilian singer, pianist, guitarist, composer and songwriter Antonio Carlos Jobim to record an album that married the Chairman’s signature vocals with rhythms from the master of bossa nova. The resulting album, Francis Albert Sinatra/Antonio Carlos Jobim, reached #19, remaining on Billboard’s rock-dominated album chart for 28 weeks.

Forty-four years later, on May 4, 2010, Concord Music Group, on license from Frank Sinatra Enterprises (FSE), will release a deluxe reissue of the Sinatra/Jobim classic including all ten songs from the original album plus seven songs from a subsequent collaboration between the two, and three songs from that session that were not released until decades later, when they were included in a box set. Sinatra/Jobim: The Complete Reprise Recordings features digital remastering and expanded liner notes by Stan Cornyn, longtime head of creative services at Warner/Reprise and author of the book about the Warner Music Group, Exploding.

Sinatra and Jobim gathered at Hollywood’s Western Recorders for three nights, January 30 through February 1, 1967. Jobim brought the beat in the form of bossa nova percussionists and arrangers. Sinatra supplied the producer (Sonny Burke), the string arranger/conductor (Claus Ogerman) and the rest of the orchestra. The resulting session produced ten songs including the classic “The Girl From Impanema” plus “Dindi,” “How Insensitive [Insensatez],” “Quiet Nights of Quiet Stars” and six others. (After bidding até a vista to Jobim, Sinatra, on the high of making one of his finest albums ever, stayed at the studio to record a duet with daughter Nancy that would reach #1 on the charts, “Something Stupid.”)

Two years later, Sinatra and Jobim returned to Western Recorders to record ten more bossa novas for a shorter-titled follow-up: Sinatra-Jobim. Replacing Ogerman was a 26-year-old long-haired arranger named Eumir Deodato (later to be known for his 1973 jazz version of Richard Strauss’ “Also Sprach Zarathustra [2001]”). The songs were all written or co-written by Jobim, many with unusual melodic twists.  Producer Burke enlisted conductor Morris Stoloff to ensure a pop feel to the session.

After three nights, the album was wrapped, and was readied for release in the fall of 1969. The eight-track version of the album had shipped when the call was placed to Warner/Reprise’s Burbank, Calif. offices. It was Sinatra, demanding that the label “kill the album,” so Warner recalled most of the recordings. A 2005 Goldmine story reported that the rare eight-track would command $5000.

Sinatra later agreed to permit Reprise to release seven of the Sinatra-Jobim vocal tracks on the album Sinatra & Company. It reached #73 and remained on the album chart for 15 weeks in 1971.

More than 40 years later, the airport in Rio has been named Antonio Carlos Jobim International. And an American postage stamp honored Frank Sinatra. And the Francis Albert Sinatra & Antonio Carlos Jobim and Sinatra-Jobim albums have been combined to form Concord’s Sinatra/Jobim: The Complete Reprise Recordings set.

Is Jazz Dead? No!

Writer/Filmmaker Bret Primack's latest video offers his thoughts on a question, which like indigestion, seems to surface occasionally, Is Jazz Dead?  Not surprisingly, with his four hundred and forty posted videos garnering nearly ten million views on his Jazz Video Guy YouTube Channel, Mr. Primack is optimistic about the future of America’s home grown art form.

“This is the first video I’ve done where I offer commentary, not unlike what I did as the Pariah,” Primack reports.  “I know people have to write about something, but all this chit-chat about the demise of Jazz is preposterous. So I made this video in response to the tabloid mentality of some arts correspondents.”

The first Jazz blogger with his site Bird Lives, in 1997, Bret, aka the Pariah, was a crusader for truth and justice in the music industry.  He made a lot of friends and broke new ground on the web, but also alienated powerful people who resisted any change to the status quo.

“I’ve paid some dues because I spoke the truth, but it wasn’t as bad as Dalton Trumbo and the Hollywood 10,” Primack believes, referring to the screenwriters who were jailed during the 50s Blacklisting scare.  “In fact, I’d do it again in a heartbeat.  Given the response to my first video commentary, I suspect I’ll be doing more on my YouTube channel, which now has 10,000 subscribers.  But the Jazz business has changed dramatically in the past ten years.  Most of the old guard is largely gone, unable to make the transition to the new media landscape.”

Primack continues his work with Sonny Rollins, Billy Taylor and Joe Lovano, posting ten new videos a month that he produces himself, in addition to gems from Billy Taylor’s video archives.

His latest production, “Joe Lovano’s Surprise,” features an interview with the saxman discussing how he broke both arms in 2009, the recovery process, and his exciting new group, Us Five which includes Lovano on saxophones, James Weidman on piano, Esperanza Spalding on bass, Otis Brown III and Francisco Mela, on drums.  “Joe Lovano is one of the people keeping Jazz alive and healthy,” Primack explains, "so I’m happy to report that Joe himself is back on the road.  Nothing short of a nuclear attack is going to stop that Jazz Warrior.”

Bret is currently editing video he shot at a December trio session led by saxman Bob Mintzer, featuring organist Larry Goldings, and drummer Peter Erskine for the Japanese label, Pony Canyon.  “Some really amazing music from those cats,” Bret believes. 

View “Is Jazz Dead?  No!”

http://www.youtube.com/jazzvideoguy

View “Joe Lovano’s Surprise”

http://www.jazzvideoguy.tv

Visit Planet Bret

http://www.planetbret.com