STS9 EMBARK ON COAST-TO-COAST TOUR IN SUPPORT OF NEW STUDIO ALBUM AD EXPLORATA

Dubbed “one of the country’s most intriguing, innovative outfits around” by XLR8R Magazine, STS9 announces the release of their brand new studio effort, Ad Explorata (December 8, 2009 /1320 Records).

Ad Explorata – the band’s third release of 2009 (following their iTunes LIVE Exclusive NYE.ATL.08 / May 2009 and Peaceblaster : The New Orleans Make It Right Remixes / June 2009) and tenth in their full discography – finds STS9 once again exploring new musical terrain never before heard.
As the band explains, “Ad Explorata was inspired by the idea that there is always more to be discovered, manifested by the belief that you can always push towards the unknown and unexplored, and created by the will and desire for constant artistic evolution, expression and change.”

Visit http://sts9.com/?p=2011 to read the full “Genesis of Ad Explorata”.

Ad Explorata Track List:

01. Phoneme
02. Heavy
03. Looking Back On Earth
04. Oil & Water
05. Crypto City
06. EHM
07. ATLAS
08. Ad Explorata
09. Re:Stereo
10. Central
11. Lion
12. Echoes

“Phoneme,” “ATLAS” AND “Oil and Water” were all released as singles earlier this fall; all charted at iTunes Electronic charts.

Live performance is the domain for which STS9 is well known for mastering. Consistently ranking in Pollstar’s Top 50 Pulse Chart for American touring acts, touring continues through 2009 and into the New Year. The current list of STS9 tour dates is as follows:

February 11 House of Blues San Diego CA
February 12 Wiltern Theatre Los Angeles CA
February 13 Fox Theatre Oakland CA
February 14 Grand Sierra Ballroom Reno NV
February 18-19 Crystal Ballroom Portland OR
February 20-21 Showbox (Market) Seattle WA
February 22 Wilma Theatre Missoula MT
February 25 The Depot Salt Lake City UT
February 26 House of Blues Las Vegas NV
February 27 Marquee Theater Tempe AZ
February 28 Rialto Theatre Tucson AZ
March 3 George’s Majestic Fayetteville AR
March 4 The Lyric Theatre Oxford MS
March 5 Cains Ballroom Tulsa OK
March 6 House of Blues Dallas TX
March 7 House of Blues New Orleans LA
March 10 The Music Farm Charleston SC
March 11 Amos’ Southend Charlotte NC
March 12 The Norva Norfolk VA
March 13-14 9:30 Club Washington DC
March 17 Mr. Small’s Theatre Pittsburgh PA
March 18 Madison Theatre Covington KY
March 19-20 The Pageant St. Louis MO

Giving back to the communities they visit has always been a priority for STS9. For over a decade the band has rallied their community of fans around important causes, and to date has donated nearly $250,000.00 to a variety of causes including Rock Against Cancer, Make It Right Foundation, Yellow Ribbon Fund, Conscious Alliance, Global Education Fund, New Orleans Area Habitat for Humanity, Mariposa’s Art, Headcount, Samaritan House, and others. For 2009, 100% of STS9’s charity work benefits the Make It Right Foundation, including the release of Peaceblaster: The New Orleans Make It Right Remixes in June of this year. The album – of which 100% of the profits go to benefit Make It Right – features 30 artists including Pretty Lights, The Glitch Mob, Count Bass D, Richard Devine, Eskmo, Alex B., Ronald Jenkees and many others remixing original material from STS9’s 2008 release Peaceblaster. The release is available at www.1320records.com and at iTunes. Along with the sale of this release, and per ticket fees to shows that happened since the beginning of 2009 the band is happy to report they are nearing the $100,000 mark by the end of 2009 after less than a year of intention on this project.

Callan: Set 2 (DVD Set)

Callan was one of the most popular television series on in Britain in the late sixties and early seventies. It deftly linked together the different spy realms of James Bond with the more mundane cop-lead shows like Dragnet, all while keeping a brisk momentum throughout. This ITV show lasted five series, and Callan Set 2 collects the twelve episodes of series four (the previous black & white episodes have not yet made it to DVD as of this point). Continue reading “Callan: Set 2 (DVD Set)”

Genghis Tron – Dead Mountain Mouth

Genghis Tron – Dead Mountain Mouth / 2006 Crucial Blast / 10 Tracks / http://www.genghistron.com / http://www.crucialblast.net / Reviewed 05 June 2006

To say that Genghis Tron is intense is to give them the short end of the stick. The band may take a few seconds to start off “Dead Mountain Mouth”, but after they do start, there is a blind fury that fuels all of the tracks on the CD. Tracks may be lead by the guitar work of Genghis Tron, but there are moments during “Dead Mountain Mouth” in which the band throws in a little synthesizer or other instrument to keep things interesting. Where each of the tracks preceding it were interesting on their own right, it is only during “From The Aisle” that Genghis Tron climbs up the mountain, to reach the pinnacle soon after. The progressively higher registers of Genghis Tron during the track draw in listeners by the barrelful; the band in this incarnation may only have been around a short period of time, but the individual members of the act are mature as all get out. The band can work a tremendous amount of repetition into their songs and create something beautiful. This is due to the fact that what Genghis Tron does is not just recreate the riff over and over again, but change it enough to keep individuals interested. Thus, the title track may work off a high amount of repetition and also contain enough tweaking with the original formula to make it into a noise meets thrash masterpiece.

The band is thus able to have a certain amount of structure in what is truly a very chaotic and tempestuous type of music. None of the tracks will ever be on pop radio, but there is a catchiness to each of the songs on “Dead Mountain Mouth” that will get individuals herkin’ and jerkin’ about like its’ no one’s business. The fact that the band can include different styles of music during “Dead Mountain Mouth” is the final straw; “White Walls” uses something much more calm and classically-based than anything else on the disc, and yet Genghis Tron can count this track as an unqualified success. The band amazed on their last album, and this full-length shows that the band is able to continue coming up with gold, no matter what the length of the CD. Here’s to hoping that Genghis Tron has much more up their sleeves in the years to come! The album may seem inaccessible to some, but just give it a shot; chances are good that individuals will find something they like in it.

Top Tracks: White Walls, From The Aisle

Rating: 7.1/10

[JMcQ]

Bonekickers (DVD)

Bonekickers was a single-series show that aired on the prime BBC station in 2008, and represents the next step in the evolution of Ashley Pharoah and Matthew Graham’s writing after Life on Mars and Ashes to Ashes. The show itself is filled out by actors both veteran (Adrian Lester (Hustle) and Hugh Bonneville (The Emperor’s New Clothes) and relatively new (Gugu Mbatha-Raw (Spooks)), using each actor’s unique skills to make a realistic interplay that never seems forced or unbelievable. Continue reading “Bonekickers (DVD)”

STRIKE ANYWHERE GEARS UP TO HIT THE ROAD

Strike Anywhere will meet up with Four Year Strong, This Time Next Year, and Title Fight in Las Vegas to embark on a two-week-long US tour, serving as the perfect kick off to 2010. After releasing “…the strongest record in the quintet’s career ” as hailed by the Washington Post-Express, the guys of Strike Anywhere toured the states as a headliner on the first ever Bridge Nine Records Tour (with label-mates Polar Bear Club, Crime In Stereo, and Ruiner), shared the stage with Propagandhi in the US and Europe, and supported Rise Against all over the continental US last year.

“A band that can turn a room full of strangers into a family”(Ink 19), Strike Anywhere’s incredibly solid career has spanned ten years all across the globe; releasing four critically acclaimed albums while remaining a staple in the underground music scene since their inception. Strike Anywhere’s latest effort is thirteen songs of their own brand of fast and melodic punk rock. While slightly heavier and noisier than their previous releases, Iron Front features accessible songs that address global and personal issues like human rights, war, politics, and police brutality.

Strike Anywhere On Tour W/ Four Year Strong:

Jan 31 San Francisco, CA @ Bottom Of The Hill
Feb 01 Reno, NV @ The Underground
Feb 02 Salt Lake City, UT @ Kilby Court
Feb 03 Denver, CO @ Marquis Theatre
Feb 05 Des Moines, IA @ House Of Bricks
Feb 06 Minneapolis, MN @ Triple Rock
Feb 07 Chicago, IL @ Reggie’s Rock Club
Feb 08 Detroit, MI @ Magic Stick
Feb 09 Covington, KY @ The Madhatter
Feb 10 Cleveland, OH @ Grog Shop

Strike Anywhere Headlining Shows:
Feb 11 Wilkes Barre, PA @ Cafe Metropolis
Feb 12 NYC, NY @ Gramercy Theatre
Feb 14 Baltimore, MD @ The Ottobar

NICO VEGA ANNOUNCES U.S. TOUR WITH THE SOUNDTRACK OF OUR LIVES!

Nico Vega has spent a better part of the last two years hitting the road with Manic Street Preachers, Semi Precious Weapons and the Von Bondies but come this winter the band are set to team up with and support The Soundtrack Of Our Lives.

Kicking off the tour on February 16th in New York, the band will be playing up until the 26th with TSOOL until their gig in San Francisco for the Noisepop Festival.

Here are the upcoming tour dates:

Feb 16 2010 The Fillmore At Irving New York, NY
Feb 17 2010 The Note Westchester, PA
Feb 18 2010 Black Cat Washington, DC
Feb 19 2010 The Studio @ Warehouse Houston, TX
Feb 20 2010 Emo’s Austin, TX
Feb 21 2010 Granada Theatre Dallas, TX
Feb 23 2010 Rialto Theatre Tucson, AZ
Feb 24 2010 The Casbah San Diego, CA
Feb 25 2010 The Glass House Pomona, CA
Feb 26 2010 The El Rey Theatre Los Angeles, CA
Feb 27 2010 The Independent – Noise Pop Festival San Francisco, CA

The band have also just filmed a video for their single Gravity that should be released VERY soon!

http://www.myspace.com/nicovega
http://www.twitter.com/nicovega
http://www.facebook.com/nicovega
http://www.flickr.com/photos/nicovegaofficial

The Fresh & Onlys announce Spring tour dates

When Tim Cohen told Shayde Sartin he was writing a song called “Be My Hooker,” the Fresh & Onlys bassist looked at the singer/guitarist and said… “‘There’s no way we’re gonna have a song with that title, dude,'” explains Sartin. “But sure enough, he laid a riff down and I was like, ‘Jesus Christ, I can’t believe you pulled something meaningful out of such a stupid line.'”

Welcome to the push/pull dynamic that’s fueled the Fresh & Onlys’ steady stream of releases over the past year, including last spring’s self-titled LP (Castle Face) and last fall’s Grey-Eyed Girls (Woodsist). And to think it all started the old-fashioned way-with Sartin and Cohen simply hanging out after work, playing their favorite punk (Buzzcocks, The Mekons) and classic rock (Country Joe and the Fish, cued up alongside slabs of psych from the group’s homebase, San Francisco) records alongside a growing collection of empty beer cans.

“I can’t really explain what happened or why,” says Sartin. “I guess we listened to records until we were on the same page, and from that point on, we never stopped recording.” As simple as all of that sounds, the duo first bought a tape machine five years ago. When that failed to produce any concrete cuts, Cohen focused on his previous avant-pop band, Black Fiction, and Sartin split his time between session and live work for such bands as the Skygreen Leopards, Papercuts and Citay. Not to mention his close friend Kelley Stoltz, who ended up releasing the first Fresh & Onlys 7″ (the limited Imaginary Friends EP) in early 2008.

With so much music hitting shops in such a short time (Sartin says the band already has boxes of backlogged tapes), you might think the Fresh & Onlys camp have a problem with quality control. Quite the contrary; Sartin and Cohen are very careful about what they release. And while the duo writes and records the band’s songs, the arrangements are usually fleshed out with guitarist Wymond Miles, drummer Kyle Gibson, and backup singer Heidi Alexander. “If we take a song into the studio or a live setting and it doesn’t have wings,” says Sartin, “Then we just ditch it and keep the charming demo version.” The final mix of Grey-Eyed Girls sounds like a natural bridge between the raucous garage rock of the group’s debut and the full-on studio record they plan on wrapping for In the Red later this year. That goes for the galloping grooves of “Happy To Be Living,” the shadowy post-punk of “Invisible Forces,” and the firework finale freak-outs that drive “The Delusion of Man.” Not to mention a stack of hook-slinging tracks that nix any ‘shitgaze’ assumptions you may have. “We’re not trying to hide melodies or do the blown-out thing,” says Sartin. “A lot of those bands are great, but I don’t want to ever cater to what’s popular. It’s not that I’m being reactionary; we’re just trying to make recordings that are as rich and ear-friendly as possible.”

It’s working.

THE FRESH & ONLYS

02/24 San Francisco, CA Rickshaw Stop (Noise Pop) *
03/12 Goleta, CA The Hard To Find Showspace #
03/13 Los Angeles, CA Spaceland #$
03/17 – 03/20 Austin, TX SXSW
03/23 Tallahassee, FL The Engine Room %
03/24 Orlando, FL Backbooth %
03/26 Tampa, FL Crowbar %
03/27 Atlanta, GA The Earl &
03/29 Carborro, NC Cat’s Cradle &
03/30 Asheville, NC Orange Peel &
03/31 Chattanooga, TN JJ’s Bohemia &
04/01 Nashville, TN Exit In &
04/02 Memphis, TN Hi-Tone Cafe &
04/03 Birmingham, AL Bottletree &
04/05 Austin, TX Emo’s Alternative Lounge Outside &
04/06 Dallas, TX Sons of Hermann Hall &
04/08 Denver, CO Bluebird &
04/09 Salt Lake City, UT Urban Lounge &
04/10 Boise, ID Neurolux &
04/11 Portland, OR Wonder Ballroom &
04/12 Vancouver, BC Venue &
04/13 Seattle, WA Neumos &
04/15 San Francisco, CA Bimbo’s 365 Club &

* = w/ Foreign Born, Free Energy
# = w/ Wounded Lion
$ = w/ Surf City
% = w/ Woven Bones
& = w/ King Khan & The Shrines

Fresh & Onlys

The Fresh & Onlys
Grey-Eyed Girls
(Woodsist)
Street Date: Sept. 15, 2009

1) Black Coffin
2) Grey-Eyed Girl
3) No Second Guessing
4) What’s His Shadow Still Doing Here
5) Invisible Forces
6) Dude’s Got a Tender Heart
7) D.Y.
8) Happy To Be Living
9) What Goes In Circles
10) I’m Gonna Be Your Elevator
11) Clowns (Took My Baby Away)
12) The Delusion Of Man

THE FRESH & ONLYS LINKS:
Label Page – http://woodsist.com/

MySpace – http://www.myspace.com/thefreshonlys

Jarrod Gorbel (of the Honorary Title) Tours

Gorbel has come full circle this year, stepping out from behind the Honorary Title name and recording two remarkable new discs. His solo sound mines classic soul, traditional folk and Americana, incorporating strings, horns and female backing vocals for a sound more lush and organic than any of his previous work.

The Honorary Title began several years ago as the moniker for Gorbel’s solo folk musings, and later evolved into a full-fledged quartet. The band released their debut, Anything Else But The Truth, in 2004; the album received praise from Rolling Stone and Spin. Their first major-label release, 2007’s Scream and Light Up the Sky, also garnered critical accolades, with Paste Magazine proclaiming that the album was the “under-realized power-pop supergroup”’s best to date.

With its deceptively simple melodies, warm arrangements and soulful, soaring vocals, Gorbel’s solo material brings the best qualities of The Honorary Title into crisp focus, making the details even more enchanting.

March 1 Mississippi Studios Portland, Or

March 2 Vera Project Seattle, Wa

March 5 Swedish American Hall San Francisco, Ca

March 6 Bootleg Theater Los Angeles, Ca

March 8 UCSD The Loft La Jolla, Ca

March 10 World Cafe Live Philadelphia, Pa

March 11 Jammin Java Vienna, Va

March 12 The Saint Asbury Park, NJ

March 13 Le Poisson Rouge New York, NY

March 18 The Middle East Boston, Ma

March 19 Iron Horse Music Hall Northampton, Ma

March 20 Valentine’s Albany, NY

March 27 Eddie’s Attic Atlanta, Ga

@jarrodtht

www.jarrodgorbelmusic.com

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Army Wives: The Complete Third Season (DVD Set)

It has been a few months since we reviewed the last volume of Army Wives, and we were very excited to get the latest volume released on DVD a few days back. This release covers the last aired season of Army Wives (Season 4 begins in the middle of April), with 18 episodes tied together with a tremendous amount of additional features. The season itself is incredibly nuanced, as Denise attempts to learn what happened to Frank, Roxy attempts to reopen the Hump bar, and viewers will see whether Finn has a learning disability. Continue reading “Army Wives: The Complete Third Season (DVD Set)”

THE SUB CITY TAKE ACTION TOUR SURGES ON

10% of the cost of each ticket sold is donated to further Patrick’s mission making each person attending the Take Action Tour an active participant in making the world a better place. In addition, Take Action is offering fans an opportunity to personally help save a life with onsite registration for the National Marrow Registry available at every tour stop. Registration is simple and only requires the donor to be between the ages of 18 and 61, have a desire to help save a life, and have time for a quick cheek swab and simple paperwork. Registering is much easier than most people think and information about the entire process can be found at BeTheMatch.org. Those that register will be given an exclusive Take Action Tour bracelet at the show! Those under 18 will have plenty of ways to support the cause as well, including buying a copy of the compilation or simply by texting! Fans can text “ACTION” to 85944 to donate directly to supporting this years cause! Those that text to give will also receive an exclusive Take Action bracelet, by visiting the Take Action merch booth at the show. Learn more about this years cause at each show or by visiting drivingfordonors.com.

The highly anticipated Take Action Volume 9 charity compilation is currently available via pre-sale at takeactiontour.com. For $6 fans can pre-order the 2CD set and for $12 they will also receive, in addition to the two disc set, a special Take Action shirt. The tour compilation will be available at shows and in stores February 9, and will include exclusive songs, acoustics, and remix tracks from We The Kings, Mayday Parade, 30H!3, Cobra Starship, Taking Back Sunday, There For Tomorrow, Frank Turner, The Friday Night Boys, Anarbor, and Hit The Lights, among others.

Take Action thanks, our many great sponsors of the tour. Presenting sponsor Hot Topic has worked with the Take Action Tour since the tour’s inception in 1999 and their commitment to helping make a positive impact continues to be as strong in 2010 as it has ever been. The music lifestyle mall retailer (hottopic.com) is a natural fit as a presenter, because they demonstrate a passion for music in everything they do. Expect to find the Take Action Compilation Volume 9 in your local Hot Topic store. Also generously supporting the 2010 tour is MySpace Music, Alternative Press Magazine, Absolutepunk.net, Touch Tunes, Go Merch, Hopeless Records, S-Curve Records, Atlantic Records, Fueled By Ramen Records, and MySpace Records.

To date, Sub City, a registered 501c3 organization, has raised nearly $2 million for various charitable organizations; much of that a result of Take Action, driving home the fact that we can all help bring forth change and that making a difference can be as fun and easy as buying a CD or concert ticket.

Take Action Tour dates:

[w/ We The Kings, Mayday Parade, A Rocket To The Moon, There For Tomorrow, Call The Cops]1/30/2010 Milwaukee, WI – The Rave II

1/31/2010 Pontiac, MI – The Crofoot

2/01/2010 Cleveland, OH – House of Blues

2/02/2010 Toronto, ON – Phoenix Concert Theatre

2/04/2010 Sayreville, NJ – Starland Ballroom

2/05/2010 Hartford, CT – Webster Theater

2/06/2010 Poughkeepsie, NY – The Chance

2/07/2010 Philadelphia, PA – Theatre of Living Arts

2/08/2010 New York, NY – Highline Ballroom

2/09/2010 Baltimore, MD – Bourbon Street Ballroom

2/11/2010 Lake Buena Vista, FL – House of Blues

[w/ We The Kings, Mayday Parade, A Rocket To The Moon, There For Tomorrow, Stereo Skyline]

2/12/2010 St. Petersburg, FL – State Theatre

2/13/2010 Tallahassee, FL – Floyds Music Store

2/15/2010 Houston, TX – House of Blues Houston

2/16/2010 McAllen, TX – Las Palmas Event Center

2/17/2010 Austin, TX – Emo’s

2/19/2010 Tucson, AZ – The Rock

2/20/2010 Anaheim, CA – House of Blues

2/21/2010 West Hollywood, CA House of Blues

2/22/2010 San Francisco, CA – The Regency Ballroom

2/23/2010 Portland, OR – Wonder Ballroom

2/24/2010 Seattle, WA – El Corazon

2/26/2010 Murray, UT – Murray Theater

2/27/2010 Englewood, CO – Gothic Theatre

2/28/2010 Albuquerque, NM – Sunshine Theater

3/01/2010 Oklahoma City, OK – Diamond Ballroom

3/02/2010 Dallas, TX – The Door

Hot Topic In-Store Signings

2/5 Farmington, CT – Westfarms Mall, 4pm

2/12 St. Petersburg, FL – Tyrone Square, 4pm

2/19 Tucson, AZ – Park Place Mall, 4pm

2/20 Brea, CA – Brea Mall, 4pm

2/28 Albuquerque, NM – Coronado Center, 4pm

3/1 Oklahoma City, OK – Quail Springs Mall, 4pm’