Month: April 2009

SAFETYSUIT NEW VIDEO FOR “STAY”

SafetySuit is back with a new video for their single “Stay.”   The Nashville-based, pop/rock outfit teamed up with director Zach Merck (Hinder, Blue October) for an intense video following a story of love, action and betrayal.  

UNFILTERED RECORDS MERGES WITH WARNER MUSIC ILG

New York indie label Unfiltered Records has specialized in unadulterated alternative pop since their first release by Brookville in 2003. Unfiltered was initially a label oriented around releasing musician/producer Andy Chase’s own circle of projects including the entire catalog of his critically acclaimed group, Ivy. The label has also released two albums by Chase’s other…

MTV LOVING THAT NEW TEAM BLACKOUT VIDEO

MTV.com’s Buzzworthy and Remote Control blogs are showin’ love to Team Blackout and their new video “Gotta Have Her” Buzzworthy: SKOPE IT HERE! Remote Control: SKOPE IT HERE! Be on the lookout for “Gotta Have Her” airing on MTV Jams & MTV Hits soon.

THE ORIGINAL BLOW MONKEYS REUNITE AFTER 18 YEARS

18 years after going their separate ways, the original four members of The Blow Monkeys; Dr Robert, Mick Anker, Tony Kiley and Neville Henry are reunited. Formed in 1981 the band made their recorded debut on the tiny independent imprint, Parasol, in January 1982 and supported its release with extensive gigging in London, eventually securing…

THE RAVEONETTES ANNOUNCE SELECT US FESTIVAL APPEARANCES

Danish duo The Raveonettes, are currently hard at work writing the tunes that will comprise their fourth LP, the follow up to last year’s acclaimed Lust Lust Lust.   Sune Rose Wagner and Sharin Foo will return to Denmark in May to record the album, slated for release early this fall on Vice Music.  …

WILLIAM ELLIOTT WHITMORE PERFORMS ON “LATER…WITH JOOLS HOLLAND”

Forget auto-tune, background singers and flashy stage production.   The real test of a true talent is to get in front of a live audience (not to mention hundreds of thousands of television viewers) with nothing but your own voice, an acoustic guitar and a boot heel for percussion, which is exactly what William Elliott…

Kat Edmonson, Take to the Sky

When Kat Edmonson sings her first note in “Summertime,” her voice could be mistaken for a mournful alto sax solo. Hers is the kind of voice that was created to seduce jazz melodies, reminiscent of the old jazz greats who first sang these songs and showed the world what a stage full of musicians could…

DAVY KNOWLES & BACK DOOR SLAM OFFER “COME HOME” MP3

21-year-old British guitar whiz DAVY KNOWLES & his band BACK DOOR SLAM have a busy 2009 ahead of them: their second studio album ‘COMING UP FOR AIR’ produced by singer-songwriter-guitarist Peter Frampton and mixed by legendary producer/mixer Bob Clearmountain (Bruce Sprinsteen, Paul McCartney, The Who) will be released digitally May 19 and in stores June…

LITTLE BOOTS EXCLUSIVE U.S. ONLY EP SET FOR JUNE 9TH

British dance-pop sensation Little Boots has announced the upcoming release of her much-anticipated EP, “ILLUMINATIONS.”   This exclusive U.S.-only EP will be released on Elektra Records June 9th. “ILLUMINATIONS” serves as an ideal introduction to Little Boots’ acclaimed brand of futuristic electro-pop.   The five-track EP features rare and exclusive tracks alongside the new single,…

DEL THE FUNKY HOMOSAPIEN OFFERS FREE ALBUM ONLINE

Less than a year after the release of his last album, Hieroglyphics member and co-founder Del the Funky Homosapien joins the ranks of Radiohead and Nine Inch Nails with the free release of his new album, Funk Man: The Stimulus Package via Funnyman Entertainment.

EMINEM TRACKLISTING LEAKS

Eminem’s Relapse album will be out before you know it and it seems the tracklisting for it was recently leaked by RapRadar.com.   MTV News reports that before the album drops, at least five tracks will be available on iTunes.   “Crack a Bottle,” “We Made You” and “3 A.M.” are already available for download;…

BLACK EYED PEAS EP

On Tuesday, the Black Eyed Peas will be releasing the Invasion of Boom Boom Pow — Megamix EP.   It includes six exclusive remixes of their number one song, “Boom Boom Pow,” by artists like Kid Cudi, 50 Cent and others.   It will be available at all digital retailers. Invasion of Boom Boom Pow…

DRAKE NEVER THOUGHT HE’D BE SO POPULAR

The buzz surrounding Drake’s latest So Far Gone mixtape has helped this Young Money rapper to become one of the most talked about emcees in the game right now.     Some feel Lil Wayne’s newest signée could be the next big thing, however Drizzy isn’t letting it get to his head.   During an…

PRINCE STRUGGLED WITH EPILEPSY

On Monday night, Prince revealed to PBS’s Tavis Smiley something that he had never spoken of before. It turns out the legendary singer actually suffered from epilepsy as a child.   During the interview, Prince admits he used to have seizures when he was younger and used to get teased at school for his disease.…

ASK MATT NATHANSON ANYTHING YOU WANT

Matt Nathanson is going to be answering some questions, and he wants you to submit yours!   E-mail AskMattNathanson@GMail.com by tomorrow to ask the singer-songwriter a question about anything and everything.   Then be sure to check MattNathanson.com to see if he chose to answer something you asked.

LIL WAYNE SUES OVER SAMPLING DISPUTE

The Associated Press reports Lil Wayne has filed a lawsuit against Rebel Rock Productions Inc. over of one of his songs, “I Feel Like Dying.” Weezy was recently sued for allegedly sampling another artist’s work without permission, but it looks like Rebel Rock Productions Inc. — who has not responded to the claim — was…

NEW PARAMORE ALBUM OUT IN SEPTEMBER

MTV News rock editor James Montgomery was invited to join Paramore in the studio this week where they are working on their new album. The band are holed up in producer Rob Cavallo’s home in California, and let the MTV writer hear six new songs.   We aren’t at liberty to discuss the new tunes…

BUCKSHOT & KARDINAL HOOK UP WITH SMIRNOFF

“I Got Cha Opin ’09 (Smirnoff Signature Mix)” by Buckshot + Kardinal Offishall, the third and final song released from this year’s Smirnoff Signature Mix Series, is now downloadable for FREE at http://www.SmirnoffSignatureMixSeries.com. “I Got Cha Opin ’09 (Smirnoff Signature Mix)” by Buckshot + Kardinal Offishall – STREAM: SKOPE IT HERE!

GREEN DAY ANNOUNCES VENUES FOR UPCOMING SUMMER TOUR

Reprise Records’ Green Day has announced the venues for their first proper tour of the United States and Canada in more than three years. The tour begins July 3rd at Seattle’s Key Arena and will cross North America through the summer, including a July 27th stop at New York City’s Madison Square Garden, before finishing…

CHRIS CORNELL & KIM THAYIL REUNION IN SEATTLE / JPEG

Last night Chris Cornell played a sold out show at Seattle’s Showbox. Good friend and former Soundgarden bandmate Kim Thayil was at the show with Chris as was Queensryche’s Chris DeGarmo. Attached photo Kim, Chris, and Chris. www.myspace.com/chriscornell

ROCKERS OUT ON DVD BLU RAY / TRAILER

MVD Visual and Blue Sun Film Company are pleased to announce the home viewing release of the ROCKERS for worldwide distribution on Blu-ray. Theatrically released in June of 1980, thisclassic reggae film has been transferred to HD from original 35mm negative and lovingly cleaned & restored. [youtube 1kjG_Ee_dmU nolink] www.mvdb2b.com

WILLY NORTHPOLE WALKS THE ROAD TO HIP HOP STARDOM / AUDIO / VIDEO

When one thinks of the western city of Phoenix, images of cacti might be the first thing that pops into your head, but that would be a mistake. “People don’t really know much about where I’m from,” says native rapper Willy Northpole, the first true Arizona rapper to break out of the confines of the…

SAVING ABEL TO DEBUT NASCAR-THEMED VIDEO FOR “DROWNING (FACE DOWN)”

NASCAR Media Group and Virgin Records rock quartet Saving Abel announced today that the music video for the band’s third single from their gold certified self-titled debut album will debut exclusively on Yahoo! on Thursday, April 30th.   The NASCAR-themed video for “Drowning (Face Down)” stars NASCAR Sprint Cup Series driver Jeremy Mayfield as an…

KAY SLAY HOSTS TIYE PHOENIX AT SIRIUS XM / VIDEO

The legendary New York DJ Kay Slay invited Babygrande’s own lyrical queen Tiye Phoenix (along with Eric B. and others) to the Shade 45 booth at Sirius XM’s NY studio to discuss everything from the Kemetic origins of her name to the influence of Nas on the title of her album.

MAE TO RELEASE ‘(M)ORNING,’ ‘(A)FTERNOON’ AND ‘(E)VENING’ EP COLLECTION

The American rock group MAE–DAVE ELKINS (lead vocals/guitars), JACOB MARSHALL (drums) and ZACH GEHRING (guitar)–have announced they’ll release (M) ORNING, (A)FTERNOON and (E)VENING, a collection of EP’s April through December 2009 on Cell Records. MAE has committed to offer 100% of the proceeds from the digital sales of (M)ORNING, (A)FTERNOON and (E)VENING to fund humanitarian…

RED LIGHT MANAGEMENT WELCOMES TIM MCGRAW

Coran Capshaw has signed megastar Tim McGraw to his Red Light Management artist roster. McGraw will be joining Dave Matthews Band and Phish as Capshaw’s primary focus.   “I am very impressed with the level of resources and creativity that Coran brings to the table,” says McGraw. “I have been blessed with an incredible career…

RYAN JACOBSON TO LEAVE WESTERN FIFTH

Western Fifth co-founder and guitarist Ryan Jacobson is parting ways with the band. Best of luck to Ryan who’s moving and getting married! He’s playing his last show with the band this Friday at The Fine Line.   Frontman Ryan Holweger writes:   “On Friday, May 1st we’ll be playing at the Fine Line in…

#1 REGGAE SONG IN JAMAICA FROM RAS PENCO / VIDEO

Ras Penco’s brand new video “THOUSAND MILES AWAY” on the Uprize label, shot on location in beautiful SOUTH BEACH and LA. Video was directed by Donsville. This is the #1 reggae single in Jamaica for the week of 4/24.   Ras Penco – Thousand Miles Away [youtube rmG5kp6Ov0o nolink]

NEW SINGLE “DOGTOWN” FROM AUSTRALIA’S INFUSION

There’s a crystalline method to Infusion’s madness, an m.o. you can trace back to the name the Australian trio picked to represent its music. A blind sampling of body-moving rock, dance and pop, their 2002 debut Phrases and Numbers blurred lines and commanded hips to shake so masterfully SonyBMG scooped the band up immediately.

BEST BUY BRINGING BACK VINYL

Vinyl is coming back and Best Buy has recognized the trend.   According to the New York Post, the chain, which happens to be the third-largest music seller (behind iTunes and Wal-Mart), plans to devote eight square feet of merchandising space in each one of its stores solely to vinyl.   That’s about two-hundred albums.…

SWIZZ BEATZ TEAMS UP WITH HENNESSY

According to Billboard.com, mega producer Swizz Beatz has signed on to create an original song to celebrate the release of Hennessy’s new, limited line called Hennessy Black.   Swizzy approached the cognac manufacturer and pitched the idea, adding that he’s a big fan of the brand.   On May 5th, the hitmaker will perform “When…

WIN TICKETS TO SEE GAVIN DEGRAW

Gavin DeGraw is performing in Atlanta as part of a special event called Wonderlust and he wants you to join him.   You can fill out an entry form online for a chance to win tickets to the show, an overnight in the hotel where it’s taking place and a bunch more cool stuff.  …

LINKIN PARK CREATE MUSIC FOR TRANSFORMERS 2

According to Mike Shinoda’s Web site, Linkin Park will record a new song for the Transformers 2: Revenge of the Fallen soundtrack. The band will help score the Michael Bay movie and are working with composer Hans Zimmer. Transformers 2 hits theaters on June 24th.

SNOOP GETS SUED

MTV News reports that Snoop Dogg is being sued by a fan who claims the rapper allegedly injured him with a “brass-knuckle microphone.” During a 2005 Seattle concert, Richard Monroe Jr. jumped on stage while Snoop was performing, which caused bodyguards to rush Monroe — to prevent any harm the fan might cause against the…

USHER INTRODUCES JUSTIN BIEBER

Usher introduced his teen protégé, Justin Bieber, during a sit-down lunch at the Sunset Tower Hotel in Los Angeles this week.   Bieber is currently recording his debut in Atlanta and according to Billboard.com, the 15-year-old is already getting some radio play with his single, “One Time.”   His album, titled My World, is expected…