ADAM GREEN: MINOR LOVE OUT IN THE U.S. FEBRUARY 16, 2010 ON FAT POSSUM

Newly signed to Fat Possum Records, Adam Green’s sixth studio album Minor Love will be released in the U.S. on February 16, 2010.

Minor Love reveals a more serious side of this prolific, truly original New York artist. Already recognized for his irreverent, idiosyncratic, charming, and sometimes-controversial songwriting (The New York Times called him “clever and ruthless” in reviewing his previous record, Sixes & Sevens), the new album spotlights Green’s talent with 14 folk-rock songs reminiscent of the ’60s and ’70s that redefine him as an artist. His warm baritone recalls Lou Reed or Leonard Cohen, and Green infuses the songs with a keen sense of tenderness and melancholic humor, making Minor Love his most personal, cohesive, and accomplished album. From the ruefully ruminative opener “Breaking Locks” to the grooving, velvety “Buddy Bradley,” the ’70s glam stomp of “What Makes Him Act So Bad” to the haunting “Cigarette Burns Forever” and “Boss Inside,” it’s clear why British magazine Artrocker recently described Minor Love as his “best work to date.”

Recorded in Los Angeles, CA, in late spring with producer and friend Noah Georgeson (Devendra Banhart, Joanna Newson, Little Joy), Green plays the majority of the instruments on Minor Love himself. Guest players include Rodrigo Amarante of Little Joy on guitar and Georgeson on bass.

Green has released five albums over the past seven years: Sixes & Sevens (Rough Trade, 2008), Jacket Full Of Danger (Rough Trade, 2006), Gemstones (Rough Trade, 2005), Friends Of Mine (Rough Trade, 2003), and Garfield (Rough Trade, 2002).

Track listing for Minor Love:

1. Breaking Locks
2. Give Them A Token
3. Buddy Bradley
4. Goblin
5. Bathing Birds
6. What Makes Him Act So Bad
7. Stadium Soul
8. Cigarette Burns Forever
9. Boss Inside
10. Castles and Tassels
11. Oh Shucks
12. Don’t Call Me Uncle
13. Lockout
14. You Blacken My Stay

Cover art is below.

Green is set to open for The Cribs on part of their January U.S. tour dates, and will also then travel to the UK and Europe on his own headlining tour. Full itinerary below.

Adam Green tour dates:

JAN. 31 LEEDS, GB COCKPIT
FEB. 1 MANCHESTER, GB CLUB ACADEMY
FEB. 3 CAMBRIDGE, GB JUNCTION
FEB. 4 LONDON, GB ELECTRIC BALLROOM
FEB. 5 BIRMINGHAM, GB ACADEMY 2
FEB. 6 BRIGHTON, GB CONCORDE 2
FEB. 8 LILLE, FR AERONEF
FEB. 9 BRUSSELS, BE AB BOX
FEB. 10 AMSTERDAM, NL PARADISO (Upstairs)
FEB. 11 AMSTERDAM, NL PARADISO (Upstairs)
FEB. 13 STOCKHOLM, SE STRAND
FEB. 14 OSLO, NO PARKEATREAT
FEB. 15 GOTHENBERG, SE PARKEN
FEB. 16 COPENHAGEN, DK LOPPEN
FEB. 18 HAMBURG, DE UEBEL & GEFANRLICH
FEB. 19 COLOGNE, DE GLORIA
FEB. 20 BERLIN, DE POSTBANHOF
FEB. 22 VIENNA, AT ARENA
FEB. 23 MUNICH, DE FREIHEIZ
FEB. 24 ZURICH, CH MASCOTTE
FEB. 25 LAUSANNE, CH DOCKS
FEB. 27 BOLOGNA, IT COVO
FEB. 28 MILAN, IT MAGNOLIA
MAR. 2 BARCELONA, ES RAZZMATAZZ
MAR. 3 MADRID, ES TBA
MAR. 4 LISBON, PT SANTIAGO ALQUIMISTA
MAR. 6 MARSEILLE, FR LE POSTE A GALENE
MAR. 8 PARIS, FR L’ALHAMBRA
* with The Cribs

Full Scale – Self/Titled (CD)

Um, okay… Full Scale is a mixture of Insane Clown Posse and Chevelle, more rap-rock than anything that has came out since Kid Rock. The guitar riffs that open up “Empty Texas” are iconic and deliberate; there is no room for finesse when the band lays down lines that will smash a listener over the head. Chances are that tracks like “Empty Texas” will be put on “annoying” rotation: you know, when they play the track once every hour until you throw your radio out the window. Ezekiel’s vocals are some of the only things that forces this disc into a position that keeps the disc from stagnation; eir’s spat-out vocals on “Feel It” really pull the track out from mediocrity that the Buckethead-esque guitars seem to try to create. The tracks gradually begin to morph into one another, with “Smile” taking a Three Doors Down vocal sneer and infuses the same type of rap that has been the crux of the disc up to that point .

To appeal to their younger fan, Ezekiel draws together a Scott Stapp set of vocals with an overblown sense of teenage angst in “16 Today”, which one knows will go will break it big as soon as some young dunce tries to look up sixteen-year old large lady porn and finds the track. The influence of Bob Marley (even if it is tempered through 311 and Sublime) is one that cannot be ignored; however clichéd the guitar lines on this self-titled albums may be, the political bent of the band is something to be lauded. Even if the messages are fairly blunt (Empty Texas, The Sickness), the fact is that Full Scale’s music is making their listeners think. The sheen that is placed on this disc by the production and mastering makes the music contained almost plastic; everything feels sequenced by a computer instead of being played by Crutey, Jimmy, and Robkaay.

One major amount of props have to go to Full Scale during “The Heimlich Maneuver”, where the chorus continually comes back to the line “I’ll fuck you with a strap-on”. Going back to the political aspect of the band, the fact that they are on a major label and were able to petition for the ability to have this song on their CD shows to me a type of backbone that is not shown amongst the fairly bland guitar lines that make their presence throughout the CD.

Top Tracks: The Sickness, Empty Texas

Rating: 5.3/10

Full Scale – Self/Titled / 2005 Atlantic / 12 Tracks / http://www.fullscale.co.au / http://www.columbiarecords.com / Reviewed 16 March 2005

Video: D.Black – “Yesterday”

Critical Praise for D.Black:

“Like any artist with a passion, Black embraces that passion and puts it on full display. For that reason alone, this record is worth hearing at least once. What will bring you back for more listens, though, will be the beats, which are worth drooling over.” – PopMatters.com

“Whether it be the strength in his vocals itself or the power behind the metaphorically constructed lyrics, D. Black harmonizes with the beat, rather than against it bringing his vivacity full-circle.” – KevinNottingham.com

“Where other rappers have attempted and failed with these types of records, D.Black succeeds because of his sincere delivery.” – HipHopDX.com

Ali’Yah featured as one of Amazon’s Outstanding 2009 Albums You Might Have Missed.

The Video:

D.Black’s sophomore album Ali’Yah is a highly conscious record, full of life lessons and perspective from the emcee’s own experiences. Once more rough around the edges, D.Black now prioritizes positivity as a result of his discovery of Messianic Judaism. On “Yesterday,” the album’s first video, his past, his future, and his faith are all on display.

Set underneath a freeway overpass (perhaps the road that separates heaven and hell?), the video depicts an epic chess game for D.Black’s soul. Light and dark versions of the emcee face off against each other, with supporters shrouding and encouraging each player. The video’s lesson is to allow yourself to leave things, especially negative things, in your past. He combines this message with smooth, flowing rhymes and a classic soul feel, set over warm production by B. Brown and D. Black himself.

As he frequently does, D. Black connected the “Yesterday’s” meaning to his faith when asked about it. “On a more spiritual level, it means to not look back, by which you’d be giving life again to the evil nature that works contrary to pure spirit.”

The chorus closes with the phrase, “We don’t know what tomorrow brings,” emphasizing the positive, heartfelt, and forward-looking message of the track. D. Black is clearly a man at peace with his past as well as his future, and the video for “Yesterday” is a concrete example of just how bright D. Black’s future is.

Video:http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uvvX_ruZjT4
MP3: http://media.audibletreats.com/D_Black_Yesterday_FINAL.mp3

Runaway Dream: Born to Run and Bruce Springsteen’s American Vision by Louis P. Masur (Book)

There are very few records that could illicit the almost academic like study of its origins, but Bruce Springsteen’s career defining Born to Run is one that can. Recorded nearly 35 years ago, the record was delayed in part due to Springsteen’s extreme perfectionism and intense pressure from the band’s record label desperate for a big seller after their first two efforts garnered critical praise, but failed to find an audience with the record-buying public.

Louis Masur, author of the Soiling of Old Glory, brings both a researcher’s mind and a fan’s sense of history in dissecting the story around the making this laborious album. Though clearly and admittedly a fan of Springsteen’s music, Masur still manages to remain objective blending not only the raves that followed the album’s eventual release, but also the negative reviews and expected backlash. Though Springsteen wasn’t interviewed for the book, Masur does manage to quote extensively from past interviews with the musician and includes plenty of The Boss’s almost legendary onstage banter.

“When I did Born to Run, I thought, I’m going to make the greatest rock ‘n’ roll record ever made.” Springsteen, 1987.

The book might be a bit tedious for anyone who’s not a real fan of the record, but come on, how many people out there really don’t consider Born to Run one a brilliant album?
Runaway Dream: Born to Run and Bruce Springsteen’s American Vision by Louis P. Masur/Bloomsbury Press/256 pages

Full Moon Revue – S’About Time (CD)

I was a little shy about wanting to review this disc when I first got it in, ad “Don’t Forget” does a lot to assuage any of the fears I might have had. The vocals on the track are immediately reminiscent of Warren Zevon, while the guitar work smacks of both Santana and Zevon’s studio guitars, making for a very-seventies sounding track to start out this disc. Full Moon Revue moves into country for their “When You’re Down”, only moving to a Jimmy Buffet-esque style of rock during “Ruminations’. One thing that is continuous throughout the disc is the present of intensely and immensely intricate guitar work during every track on “S’About Time”. Each of the tracks is masterfully produced, but the tracks themselves feel to be lacking something important. It feels almost as if Full Moon Revue has the form done but not necessarily the soul necessary to create proper emotional investment in the disc. Perhaps it is due to all the differing duties of the large band, but there is some disconnect between the impressive instrumentation and this lack.

Some of the tracks are beautiful, don’t get me wrong. For example, “What’s It All For?” is a track I could conceivably hear on the oldies station on the radio, but the Full Moon Revue has updated their sound for this track to such a degree that it could be also on the alternative radio station. The jumping through different genres makes for a divided focus to the disc. This divided focus is one of the major problems I can find with this disc, as each sojourn that Full Moon Revue makes into country (like the aforementioned “When You’re Down” or “Shattered Pieces) draws and momentum that the disc has to a close.

Full Moon Revue’s “S’About Time” is a slow, plodding disc that is not cutting-edge in the music attempted. Nor, do I believe that this was the point of the band, but the band does do well in creating their style of music. Some of the tracks do break out of the oldies-rock groove (“What’s It All For?”, “My Role Now”) and these are the most exciting fare to be found on this disc. Both of the tracks show a band that is not stagnant and actually desires to change their own status quo, and as such does nothing but increase their stock in my eyes.

Top Tracks: What’s It All For?, My Role Now

Rating: 5.8/10

Full Moon Revue – S’About Time / 2004 Self-Released / 12 Tracks / http://www.fullmoonrevue.com / http://www.crossroadsmusic.ws / Reviewed 10 March 2005

To Write Love On Her Arms Presents HEAVY AND LIGHT SATURDAY JANUARY 9, 2010

“A few years ago, we started imagining these nights that could be more than music, nights where you could fill a room with hope and honesty, nights where you could also point to community and treatment,” said Jamie Tworkowski, founder of TWLOHA.

“Heavy and Light is sort of a dream come true for us. We’re given the keys to this amazing venue, to basically put whatever and whoever we want on that stage. The goal is something truly unique. It’s not a “benefit show”. It’s an attempt to challenge and inspire and encourage. More than
anything, Heavy and Light is an attempt to move people, with songs and with stories and with a taste of community…” said Jamie.

Back in January 2009, the 2nd annual Heavy and Light saw over 1,600 people come out to the House of Blues in Orlando, from throughout the Southeast and beyond. This year’s Heavy and Light will host acoustic performances by Mat Kearney, Aaron Gillespie (Underoath/The Almost), Bryce Avary (The Rocket Summer), Stephen Christian (Anberlin), Aaron Marsh (Copeland), Zach Williams and Damion Suomi.

This year will also mark the Heavy and Light debut of spoken word poet Anis Mojgani (2007 National Individual and World Poetry Slam Champion).

Spin Magazine covered last year’s event. You can check out the amazing encore of the show, a cover of the Beatles’ “With a Little Help from My Friends” here: http://www.spin.com/articles/exclusive-all-star-rockers-cover-beatles

To purchase tickets: http://www.ticketmaster.com/event/22004378C30631F2?artistid=1387197&majorcatid=10001&minorcatid=1

WHEN: Saturday January 9th, 2010 | Doors 7:00 pm | Show 8:00 pm | Tickets $18

WHERE: House of Blues | 1490 E. Buena Vista Dr. | Orlando, FL

To Write Love on Her Arms is a non-profit movement dedicated to presenting hope and finding help for people struggling with depression, addiction, self-injury and suicide. TWLOHA exists to encourage, inform, inspire and also to invest directly into treatment and recovery and was founded by Jamie Tworkowski in 2006. For more info on To Write Love On Her Arms, please visit: www.twloha.com.

The Binary Code: New Tour

January 6 Brooklyn, NY Knitting Factory
January 7 Allentown, PA Crocodile Rock
January 8 Buffalo, NY Broadway Joe’s
January 9 Akron, OH Annabell’s Bar and Lounge – FREE
January 10 Mt. Clemons, MI Hayloft
January 11 Chicago, IL Empty Bottle – FREE
January 12 St. Louis, MO Fubar (w/ LYE BY MISTAKE)
January 13 Fayetteville, AR George’s Majestic Lounge
January 14 Oklahoma City, OK Conservatory
January 15 Dallas, TX The Lounge on Elm
January 16 an Antonio, TX Zombies
January 17 Austin, TX Red 7
January 18 Amarillo, TX War Legion
January 19 Gallup, NM Juggernaut
January 20 TBA
January 21 Los Angeles, CA Ultraviolet
January 22 Ramona, CA Ramona Mainstage
January 23 Santa Cruz, CA The Parish
January 24 Sparks, NV New Oasis
January 25 Portland, OR Ash Street Saloon
January 26 Seattle, WA Studio Seven
January 27 Spokane, WA The Cretin Hop
January 28 Boise, ID Gusto’s Bar
January 29 Salt Lake City, UT The Outer Rim
January 30 Denver, CO Old Curtis Street Bar
January 31 Lawrence, KS Replay Lounge
February 1 Des Moines, IA Vaudeville Mews
February 2 Kansas City, MO Riot Room
February 3 Nashville, TN The Muse
February 4 Cincinnati, OH Dirty Jacks
February 5 Baltimore, MD Sidebar
February 6 Trenton, NJ The Championship

Metal Blade Records signs Colorado’s Allegaeon!

Colorado’s ALLEGAEON (pronounced: uh-lee-juhn) has joined forces with Metal Blade Records! Formed in early-summer 2008, with the release of their self-titled EP immediately following, ALLEGAEON has quickly spread their brand extreme metal locally, nationally and internationally, with many accolades from fans. Their 2008 EP was produced by local studio magic man Dave Otero (Cephalic Carnage, Martriden, Cobalt). With only 4 songs, ALLEGAEON managed to captivate an entire new legion of dedicated supporters worldwide and with a live show that is as engaging as any, are sure to win over many more fans to come.

The band comments: “We all are super stoked to be a part of this legendary label. Metal Blade to us is the past, present and future of metal. With new tunes that will be equally crushing and catchy, we look forward to producing an album that will most definitely turn heads.”

With a genre stuffed to the brim with countless copy cats and pretenders, ALLEGAEON have come to the table with a dynamic, memorable and focused take on extreme melodic metal. You’ll find just as many slow grooves and hook-laden riffs as you will blast beats. This is a band that focuses on song writing and less on making music into an athletic speed competition. Their music is rounded with an intellectual edge that’s forged by the band’s collective musical prowess and polished by Ezra Hayne’s thought provoking lyrics. Once again, Denver’s own Dave Otero (Cephalic Carnage, Martriden, Cobalt) will be at the production helm for their Metal Blade debut, which is slated for sometime in the second quarter of 2010.

The band has recently released their video for Nex Of Terra from their 4 song EP, so make sure to check that out on the band’s youtube channel: http://www.youtube.com/user/ALLEGAEON

ALLEGAEON

01/09 Road 34 Fort Collins, CO
01/16 Andrew’s Denver, CO

ALLEGAEON is:
Ezra Haynes, Vocals
Ryan Glisan, Guitar
Greg Burgess, Guitar
Corey Archuleta, Bass
Jordon Belfast, Drums

http://www.allegaeon.com
http://www.myspace.com/allegaeon
http://www.twitter.com/allegaeon
http://www.facebook.com/pages/Allegaeon/148508903313
http://www.youtube.com/user/ALLEGAEON

REPRISE RECORDS SIGNS VANCOUVER HARD ROCK BAND ART OF DYING

In partnership with Disturbed’s label Intoxication Records, Reprise Records is pleased to announce that it has signed Vancouver hard-rock band Art of Dying to its roster. Intoxication Records was launched in 2004 by Disturbed singer David Draiman and guitarist Dan Donegan. Its first release was the band’s live CD/DVD Music as a Weapon II.

Art of Dying is a five-piece rock band fronted by Jonny Hetherington. The Vancouver-based group, which includes guitarist Greg Bradley, guitarist Tavis Stanley, bassist Cale Gontier, and drummer Jeff Brown, has built a dedicated international following since 2006 touring with Disturbed and Seether, as well as performing at such international festivals as Download and The Virgin Festival alongside Tool, Metallica, and The Deftones.

“We’ve been fortunate enough over the last two years to get to know Dan Donegan and David Draiman as friends, performers, and musicians,” says Hetherington. “We knew that if and when an opportunity ever presented itself with them we would be willing to take it in a heartbeat. When you make music your life and you decide to throw everything you have into it, it’s a huge commitment to yourself. Sometimes all you need is a break. For us the break was a phone call from Dan and getting our music into his hands. We are thankful to Disturbed in so many ways for letting us tour with them and attend their ‘school of rock’ while out on the road. We are so honored in every way, shape, and form to have their support.”

“I’d never seen a band with the same work ethic and hunger as Disturbed until I met Art of Dying,” says Donegan. “These guys live music 24/7. They are non-stop, 100 percent committed to their music and their fans. They have a way of connecting and interacting with a crowd not only onstage but off as well. They are regular down-to-earth guys who love what they do and it shows.”

Art of Dying released its self-titled debut in 2007 through iTunes. They are now hard at work on their debut for Intoxication/Reprise with producer Howard Benson in Los Angeles. “We are very excited to see how the songs will sound once they’ve been through the ‘Howard Machine,’” Hetherington says.

Disturbed, which Draiman, Donegan, and drummer Mike Wengren formed in Chicago in 1996, have sold nearly 11 million albums worldwide. Their most recent release, 2008’s self-produced platinum album Indestructible, debuted at No. 1 on Billboard’s Top 200 album chart and remained in the Top 10 for five weeks. It is the band’s third consecutive No. 1 album, following the platinum-sellers Believe (2002) and Ten Thousand Fists (2005), making Disturbed one of only six rock bands in history to score three consecutive No. 1 debuts with studio albums. Disturbed’s 2000 debut album, The Sickness, has been certified quadruple-platinum by the R.I.A.A.

www.disturbed1.com

www.artofdyingmusic.com