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Subsynthesis.com Releases Second Compilation Disc to Aid Japan

Subsynthesis.com has announced the second edition of their highly anticipated fundraising compilation CD, Bass From Above: Volume 2.

Jake's 2011 North American Tour + Patagonia CD

Jake's new original song, "Less Cowbell, More Ukulele," will be featured on "Patagonia Music Collective Vol 3," a compilation recording project that supports organizations dedicated to protecting the environment. Available exclusively on iTunes now. Proceeds from Jake's track will go to the Kokua Hawaii Foundation.

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7. 12 Santa Cruz, CA : Rio Theatre (SOLD OUT)
7. 13 Napa, CA : Napa Valley Opera House
7. 14 San Diego, CA : Ukulele Festival
7. 15 Grass Valley, CA : California WorldFest
7. 17 Honolulu, HI: Ukulele Festival
7. 23 - 7. 30 Japan Tour
8. 08 Honolulu, HI : 10th Anniversary Concert @ DFS Galleria Waikiki
8. 13 Yonse University Centennial Memorial in Korea
8. 20 - 8. 21 Japan Tour
8. 26 - 9. 02 Dave Koz & Friends at Sea 2011 Alaskan Cruise

Deerhoof "Congotronics Vs. Rockers" Tour

Last year, Deerhoof provided the lead track to Tradi-Mods Vs. Rockers: Alternative Takes on Congotronics, a compilation that brought together independent Western artists with Congolese street musicians, which was released on Crammed Discs as part of their Congotronics series. This summer, that album will come to life when Deerhoof join Congotronics strongholds Kasai Allstars and Konono N°1 plus Congotronics producer Vincent Kenisas, as well as Wildbirds & Peacedrums, Juana Molina, and Skeletons member Matt Mehlan for a tour that will take them throughout Europe and Japan.
Listen to Deerhoof cover Kasai Allstars, “Travel Broaden the Mind
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Congotronics Vs. Rockers Tour
05-12 Brussels, Belgium - Nuits Botanique Festival at Cirque Royal
05-14 Madrid, Spain - TBA w/ Lonely Drifter Kare
06-26 Brussels, Belgium - Couleur Café Festival
06-30 Utrecht, Netherlands - Le Guess Who at Tivoli
07-02 Roskilde, Denmark - Roskilde Festival
07-03 Berlin, Germany - HKW
07-06 Metz, France - Place de la Republique
07-09 Paris, France - Bataclan
07-12 London, England - The Barbican
07-14 Benicassim, Spain - Benicassim Festival
07-17 Carhaix, France - Vieilles Charrues Festival
07-21 Nyon, Switzerland - Paleo Festival
07-23 Sines, Portugal - FMM Festival
07-30 Niigata, Japan - Fuji Rock Festival

Halie Loren Releases "In Time (Hope for Healing)" to Benefit Japan Relief Fund

In many countries, the name Halie Loren is not well known.  However, in Japan, the talented Jazz/Pop singer's name is as well known and her CDs and concert tickets sell as well as Norah Jones and other popular singers in similar genres.

The events in Japan over the last few weeks have affected everyone around the world, including Loren. She has turned energies and her talent and popularity in Japan to raise money with an original song called ‘In Time (Hope for Healing)’, that in just a few days has become a major hit.  When asked about the song, Loren said, "I wrote 'In Time (Hope for Healing)' about rising above hardship and sadness, rebuilding our lives, and being even better for all we come through.  I dedicate it to Japan's people, in solidarity with them during their healing process, and in belief that they can once again feel safe and whole."

‘In Time (Hope for Healing)’, which is currently only available on Amazon.JP as a download, donates all money directly to Red Cross Japan and is already the most popular download on the site after only a few days.  Northwest-based Loren has visited Japan three times in the last seven months, most recently playing in support of her latest CD release ‘After Dark’ to sold-out audiences at the Cotton Club and the Blue Note.  She records in Japan for JVC/Victor and in the United States for White Moon Productions distributed by Burnside Distribution.  More information on Halie Loren, including an update on additional websites carrying the song, can be found at www.halieloren.com or by following her on Facebook or Twitter.

Sharon Van Etten Announces U.S. Tour

If your New Year’s Resolution is to finally see one of 2010’s most-loved singer/songwriters perform live, then you might be in luck! After touring Japan next month, Sharon Van Etten will embark on a six-city tour in January, followed by a string of highly-coveted international dates opening for The National.  She’ll bring along songs from her recently-released sophomore album epic (Ba Da Bing), as well as a few new gems that will steal your heart (though just to warn you, her songs might break your heart as well).  Don’t miss her this time around!

Just before Sharon launched her current tour opening for Junip, she visited the NPR offices to film a Tiny Desk Concert, which is now available online.  In this video, one witnesses a charming woman who grins humbly after each song before plunging into the next set of emotionally-charged lyrics.  And if she wasn’t busy enough, this week marks the release of I’m Giving Up On You (Polyvinyl), a 7” featuring two exclusive songs (which is sold out, but available on iTunes), plus you can find Sharon’s distinctive vocals on the forthcoming album from Brooklyn-based band Airwaves.

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Sharon Van Etten Tour Dates:

Dec. 3, 2010              Nara, Japan – Nara Café Sample

Dec. 4, 2010              Kyoto, Japan – Kyoto Urbanguild

Dec. 5, 2010               Fukui, Japan – Turuga Pinon-Pinon

Dec. 7, 2010               Aichi, Japan – Nagoya JD Japon

Dec. 8, 2010              Kanagowa, Japan – Kamakura Café Goatee

Dec. 9, 2010              Tokyo, Japan – Shibuya, 7th Floor

Dec. 11, 2010             Nagano, Japan – Matsumoto Cafe

Dec. 12, 2010             Tokyo, Japan - FoundLand

Jan. 8, 2011               New York, NY - Bowery Ballroom

Jan. 19, 2011              New Haven, CT - BAR

Jan. 20, 2011             Philadelphia, PA - Johnny Brenda's

Jan. 21, 2011              Columbus, OH - Wexner Performance Space at OSU

Jan. 22, 2011             Nashville, TN - The 5 Spot

Jan. 23, 2011             Asheville, NC – TBD

Feb. 15, 2011             Belgium, Brussels - Forest National w/The National

Feb. 22, 2011             Poland, Krakow – Studio w/The National

Feb. 24, 2011             Poland, Warsaw – Stodola w/The National

Feb. 25, 2011             Germany, Berlin - C-Halle w/The National

Feb. 26, 2011             Denmark, Aarhus – SCC w/The National

Feb. 28, 2011             Sweden, Lund - Färs & Frosta w/The National

Mar. 1, 2011               Sweden, Stockholm – Cirkus w/The National

Mar. 3, 2011              Finland, Helsinki - The House of Culture w/The National

Mar. 4, 2011              Finland, Helsinki - The House of Culture w/The National

Watch Sharon Van Etten’s Tiny Desk Concert here.

Download the audio from Sharon Van Etten’s Tiny Desk Concert here.

Download Sharon Van Etten’s 7” I’m Giving Up On You here.

Listen to/download “Don’t Do It” off of epic here.

Method of Defiance Play Rare NYC Show

The all-star crew that makes up Method of Defiance are some of the busiest and most accomplished musicians working today, but six of the seven group members have managed to join forces for a rare live performance on November 6th at Santos Party House.  Filling in for drummer Guy Licata is Hideo Yamaki, a living legend in the drumming world, also the most sought after drummer in Japan. Yamaki has played with countless Japanese musicians from j-pop sensations to traditional / classical artist, as well as western musicians like Cream’s Ginger Baker and avant-garde legend John Zorn.

Method of Defiance was formed by Grammy-winning electric bassist, producer, and re-mixer Bill Laswell.  Laswell has worked with many of music’s biggest names on the planet, including Herbie Hancock, Laurie Anderson,  George ClintonBrian EnoTony Williams, Mick Jagger, Williams Burroughs, Afrika Bambaataa, Motörhead, John Lydon, Bootsy Collins, Carlos Santana, Matisyahu, Anthony Braxton, Sting, Zakir Hussein, John Zorn, Sonny Sharrock and hundreds more from the Americas, Africa The Caribbean, Europe, The Middle East, China, and Japan.  Laswell has built a reputation on consistently working with a diverse array of artists, and rejecting the restrictions of genre, tradition, and commerce in favor or taking risks and uniting seemingly disparate voices.

Method of Defiance has released the first of their three albums scheduled on M.O.D. TechnologiesJahbulon features vocalists Dr. Israel and Hawk, keyboardist / Funkadelic icon Bernie Worrell, legendary bassist/producer Bill Laswell, and post modern/futurist drummer, Guy Licata.  It’s a song driven release built on the foundations of reggae, hip hop, dancehall, dub, electronica, rock, roots reggae, drum & bass and the future.

The second album Incunabula (out November 6th), is a spontaneous improvisation of musical interaction. The album’s lineup includes Bill Laswell on bass and dub efx, Bernie Worrell on keyboards,turntable master DJ Krush and on electric trumpet Japan’s own, sound and fury - Toshinori Kondo, Guy Licata ondrums, Dr. Israel on dub efx,  with a special appearance by keyboard legend Herbie Hancock.

In April 2011, the guys will put out the remix project Dub Arcanum Arcandrum, a mix of both Jahbulon (the voice) and Incunabula (the music) re-imagined  by Bill Laswell, Lee "Scratch" Perry, The Scientist, Mad Professor, Dr. Israel, DJ Krush, and others.

Jake Shimabukuro October Newsletter

Aloha! Jake finished his annual tour of Japan last month and is now getting ready for shows on the east coast of the United States and his first visit to GERMANY!!

Jake's proud to announce his new album "Peace Love Ukulele" will be released in January 2011! The album includes Jake's original songs "143" (the numeric pager code for "I love you") and his tribute to World War II veterans, "Go For Broke". On the album's only two solo ukulele arrangements, Jake brings his unique style to Leonard Cohen's "Hallelujah", and Queen's epic rock and roll classic "Bohemian Rhapsody".

Watch Jake perform "Bohemian Rhapsody" filmed by Tad Nakamura in Hiroshim, Japan.

Jake recently released a new album "I Love Ukulele" in Japan. To promote this new album, Jake went on a month long tour (August 14 - September 14) around Japan, which consisted of 16 shows in 14 cities.  While in Japan, Jake even had time to visit some elderly homes and spread the joy of music that we are all familiar with.

Upcoming Tour Dates:

10.16.2010 - 2nd Annual Asian American Music Festival - Los Angeles, CA

10.17.2010 - Balboa Theatre - San Diego, CA

10.20.2010 - Sellersville Theatre 1894 - Sellersville, PA

10.21.2010 - Infinity Hall - Norfolk, CT

10.22.2010 - The Berlind Theare - Princeton, NJ

10.23.2010 - Rams Head On Stage

10.24.2010 - Gagnon Auditorium at the Morgan School - Clinton, CT

10.25.2010 - Highline Ballroom - New York, NY

10.26.2010 - Regattabar - Cambridge, MA

10.30.2010 - German Jazz Festival Frankfurt - Frankfurt, GERMANY

11.02.2010 - The Ceder - Minneapolis, MN

11.03.2010 - Stoughton Opera House - Stoughton, WI

11.04.2010 - The Ark - Ann Arbor, MI

11.06.2010 - Old Town School of Folk Music - Chicago, IL

11.19.2010 - Raymon F. Kravis Center for the Arts - West Palm Beach, FL

01.28.2011 - The Kentucky Center for the Performing Arts - Louisville, KY

02.03.2011 - 41st Annual Jazz Festival Fundraiser - Penfield, NY

02.07.2011 - The Grand Opera House - Wilmington, DE

02.08.2011 - Birchmere - Alexandria, VA

02.10.2011 - Lipinsky Auditorium University North Carolina at Asheville - Asheville, NC

02.11.2011 - Kenan Auditorium University North Carolina Wilmington - Wilmington, NC

02.12.2011 - Progress Energy Center For the Performing Arts - Raleigh, NC

02.18.2011 - Kahilu Theatre - Kamuela, HI

03.24.2011 - Orange Couty PAC Segerstrom Concert - Costa Mesa, CA

03.26.2011 - San Francisco Jazz Festival - San Francisco, CA

03.31.2011 - Campbell Hall - Santa Barbara, CA

04.01.2011 - Target Artbeat Series-Henderson Events - Henderson, NV

08.26.2011 - Dave Koz & Friends at Sea - 2011 - Seattle, WA