MARIONETTE Announce Vocalist Change, Special Show To Feature Departing and Incoming Vocalists

Gothenburg Sweden based extreme metal sextet MARIONETTE has announced a string of spring and summer appearances, including the final concert to be performed with departing vocalist Axel Widén (ZOMBIEKRIG). For this farewell concert at Sticky Fingers in Gothenburg on 22nd of May, incoming front man Alexander Andersson (ELDRIMNER) will join the band on stage during the set.

Departing vocalist Axel Widén had the following to say regarding the upcoming special show:

“After an amazing journey, the time has come for me to accept that my time as a part of MARIONETTE is over. The band needs things that life keeps me from being able to provide. Given the choice between either lowering the bands ambitions or stepping down as a frontman, my love for MARIONETTE, the guys, the fans, the music and the respect I feel for what we’ve accomplished means I have to step down. Let there be no confusion here; I leave so that MARIONETTE can live on. We part on good terms. Alexander, the next person to leave his mortal flesh behind and front MARIONETTE, will blow you away. And I will watch from the shadows, forever.”

Founding member and bassist Mikael Medin added the following:

“It is not easy to announce that Axel is leaving Marionette. It wasn’t something that anyone wanted but, as Axel explained, he had no other choice. We’ve been through good and bad times together and we have more awesome memories together than we will ever remember. He will truly be missed.

“But Axel sure as hell isn’t going out without a bang. On May 22nd we are having a farewell show for Axel at Sticky Fingers here in Gothenburg and you should all come out and say good bye to him, as well as giving your warmest welcoming and support to our new singer, Alexander Andersson, who is fucking awesome and who we hope you will love as much as we do.”

Upcoming Marionette Concerts:

22 May 2009 – Sticky Fingers (top floor), Gothenburg, Sweden*

8-10 July 2009 – Getaway Festival, Gävle, Sweden

*special concert featuring departing vocalist Axel Widén and new vocalist Alexander Andersson

Alien After All and Neko Entertainment Reveal New Screens for DodoGo! on Nintendo DSi

lien After All, the French digital entertainment designer and production company, in co-production with Neko Entertainment, reveals new screenshots for the upcoming Nintendo DSiWare™ title DodoGo!, exclusively available for download on the Nintendo DSi™ Shop beginning Monday, April 26, 2010. The screenshots depict ten different tools and contraptions players use to deliver the endangered Dodo eggs to safety and out of the clutches of extinction.

DodoGo! is an adventure / puzzle game that will require imagination and wit to save an endangered species from an impending demise. By applying a variety of in-game tools, players must guide the Dodo eggs across nearly 100 levels of inhospitable environments while avoiding obstacles, pitfalls and threatening predators. With the Nintendo DSi stylus in hand, players will need to interact with unique environmental challenges on each mission. Ten abilities will help players manipulate the eggs to stop, regroup, catapult, jump, complete U-turns, climb or cushion falls. Throughout every challenging level, the survival of the Dodo species resides in the hands of the player.

On the DodoGo! website (www.dodogohome.com), players can access the latest game news, exclusive downloadable content – including music from the game and concept art, and a chance to compete for the world’s top score.

DodoGo! Ability Toolbox:

* Decks: This tool creates a temporary bridge or wall and acts as a cushion protecting an egg’s fall, preventing damage to its fragile shell. Act quickly! Decks will crumble and can be destroyed easily.
* Stone blocks: Use blocks to fill a collapsed point in the game to guide eggs successfully in their journey. However, stone blocks are subject to gravity and can destroy objects in the game.
* Springs: Take advantage of embedded adjustable springs and use them to project your eggs across dangerous environments or to advance in levels.
* Shovel: Use the shovel to fill or remove holes, dig tunnels, and manipulate different elements of the ground for player advantage.
* Robo-Eggs: Similar in appearance to a Dodo egg, the Robo-egg is a destructive bomb that can be activated by attaching a rope to its shell, which can be handy in emergency situations.
* Brush: Use the stylus to create dust clouds or fire to help sneak by predators, and create traps or a distraction.
* Saw: The stylus can act as a saw and cut through decorative elements such as ropes or wooden floors to bring the Dodo eggs to safety.
* Axels: Activate axels with ropes to suspend blocks that can act as a pulley or anchor that can be used for environment manipulation.
* Switches: A switch acts as a mechanism to create doors and traps that can be activated by using different in-game properties such as rocks, soil and wood.
* Fans: Create air or water currents with fans when eggs are submerged to help shelter them from harm.

DodoGo! is a game of action and strategic thinking in which players must be imaginative and cunning to rescue lost Dodo eggs. DodoGo! offers an entertaining experience for players of all ages as they explore the nearly 100 levels of Domo Island.

DodoGo! is a registered trademark of Alien After All SAS. © 2010 Alien After All SAS all rights reserved. Trademarks are property of their respective owners. Nintendo DSi and Nintendo DSiWare are trademarks of Nintendo.

Jana Hunter – Blank Unstaring Heirs of Doom (CD)

Pretty much everything that Andy Cabic and Devendra Banhart get their hands into is going to have some larger implications for the music world. If it is not Vetiver or Devendra’s solo music, it is Jana Hunter. Where individuals throw fits about the fright that artists like Marilyn Mason and Alice Cooper instill in youth, my vote would have to with Jana Hunter’s music on “Blank Unstaring Heirs of Doom”. There is little in the way of instrumentation during tracks like “”The New Sane Scramble”. Essentially, the only instrumentation that one can find comes in the quite-often repetition of a simplistic set of guitar chords and the hauntingly brilliant vocals of Hunter on the track.

With these few pieces of instrumentation (a set of strings is also thrown into the mix at a certain point), a sense of fear and dread is cultivated in the heart of every listener. This is not fright rock, but does contain an atmosphere that is disconcerting to say the least. Furthermore, later tracks like “The Earth Has No Skin” does nothing to change this tempo, but actually exacerbates it throw the creation of an off-key choir that speaks to the darker parts of the old “good days” of society. Hidden in these seemingly-innocuous voices lies a world of deceit and romantic trysts; the world is not as it should be, despite the outwardly rose tone of the vocals.

An individual may not need the cutting-edge sound system to hear everything that Hunter commits to disc, but the utmost attention is need to not miss the subtext running throughout this album. None of these tracks will ever be on the rotation of a commercial radio station, and for good reason; to remove one of the tracks from “Blank Unstaring Heirs of Doom” would be to bastardize the context in which all songs on the disc reside. However petty a track like “Laughing & Crying” is in terms of track length and what would typically be expected of it in traditional music, it is a vital organ to the corpus that is this album. The smartness of Blank Unstaring Heirs of Doom is that Hunter does not add anything more to the tracks than what is absolutely essential; this is reflected in the sub 2:30 runtime of nearly half of the disc. Emotionally involved while beyond musically vacant, Blank Unstaring Heirs of Doom may be the best thing yet to be affiliated by the Vetiver/Banhart camp.

Top Tracks: Have You Got My Money, The Earth Has No Skin

Rating: 7.5/10

Jana Hunter – Blank Unstaring Heirs of Doom / 2005 Gnomonsong / 13 Tracks / http://www.myspace.com/janahunter / http://www.midheaven.com/labels/gnomonsong.html / Reviewed 27 December 2005

[JMcQ]

NeuFutur.com and Saving Abel Want To Get You To The NASCAR Heluva Good! Sour Cream Dips 400 at Michigan Speedway

Enter for a chance to win two VIP tickets to the NASCAR Sprint Cup race on Sunday June 13th, flight to Michigan, hotel accommodations and transportation from hotel to the track plus VIP tickets to see Saving Abel LIVE at the track! Continue reading “NeuFutur.com and Saving Abel Want To Get You To The NASCAR Heluva Good! Sour Cream Dips 400 at Michigan Speedway”

NeuFutur Magazine and Iggy and the Stooges Want To Give You a Guitar!

To commemorate the Legacy and Deluxe re-issue releases of the seminal album, Raw Power, Legacy Recordings and neufutur.com are giving you the chance to win a Gibson Les Paul Studio Raw Power guitar signed by guitarist James Williamson. Raw Power Legacy Edition hit in-stores 4/13, while the Deluxe edition hit stores 4/27. Continue reading “NeuFutur Magazine and Iggy and the Stooges Want To Give You a Guitar!”

Solid Gold Brings Slinky Neo-Disco To West Coast

Fresh from their SXSW blitzkrieg, which consisted of seven incredibly successful shows, Minneapolis-based electro-poppers Solid Gold are headed to the West Coast for a series of gigs including dates with UK soulster Jamie Lidell and San Francisco dance-punkers Lemonade.

Solid Gold’s latest release, the Synchronize EP, climbed the CMJ Top 200 chart and follows their debut LP, Bodies of Water. Both include EP title track, though their most recent includes a remix by White Sea, also known as Morgan Kibby of M83 (Kibby appears on Saturdays = Youth).
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MTV2’s “Subterranean” crowned Solid Gold Buzzworthy adding Green Label Sound-released single “Matter of Time” into rotation, and inviting the band to host an episode last month. They also declared their music: “A slinky, sexy, sophisticated mix of indie, electro and soul; like if the Purple One fronted Death Cab For Cutie.” The band has also made waves in the UK, inciting the notoriously snarky NME to exclaim: “This totally, totally addictive piece of laid-back, twinkling Minneapolis funkiness, has us mercilessly hooked.”

The trio’s hypnotic electro beats have been permeating the trendsetting populace, namely the W Hotel chain who added “Get Over It” into rotation at locations nationwide. Meanwhile, Keds commissioned the band to create a line of limited edition dance floor-ready shoes to match their dance floor-ready grooves.
SOLID GOLD ON TOUR

April 30 – San Francisco, Calif. @ Rickshaw Stop w/ Lemonade
May 2 – Los Angeles, Calif. @ Spaceland
May 3 – Costa Mesa, Calif. @ Detroit Bar
May 4 – San Diego, Calif. @ Soda Bar
May 6 – Salt Lake City, Utah @ Urban Lounge
May 7 – Denver, Colo. @ Larimer Lounge

THE ACACIA STRAIN Confirmed for “Cool Tour”

Western Massachusetts’ own THE ACACIA STRAIN have released their first studio update in a series of videos to document the entire recording process while at Planet Z Studios in Hadley, MA. The band recently entered the studio to record the follow up to 2008’s, “Continent.” The band was also just confirmed to take part in “Cool Tour,” alongside As I Lay Dying, Underoath, Between the Buried And Me, Blessthefall, Architects, Cancer Bats and War of Ages. THE ACACIA STRAIN join the tour July 13th in Atlanta, GA and the concludes on August 1st in San Francisco, CA. (The band was told they were unable to play the tour kick off on July 12 at House of Blues Orlando, which is on Disney property, due to objectionable lyrical content.)

Studio Update #1 features the band excitedly pulling up to the studio in their new ride, loading in their newly acquired gear for their first day of recording.

The Acacia Strain’s Studio Update #1 can be viewed at the band’s MYSPACE and at Prostheticrecords.com.

Vocalist Vincent Bennett had this to say, “We are so happy to be back at Planet Z with Zeuss and get this record rolling. We are going to do these updates often, so keep checking back to see what we are up to!”

Bennett also commented on their participation in “Cool Tour;” “We are going to have all new merch designs that you are only going to be able to buy on this tour. COOL TOUR EXCLUSIVES! We are also going to be debuting one or two new songs on the tour. This is the first time we are going to be playing these songs live and the first time they are going to be heard outside the studio. I feel like this tour has a different “personality” than the other summer tours… it’s just so… COOL.”

THE ACACIA STRAIN’sfirst DVD, “The Most Known Unknown,” released February 16, debuted at #10 on Billboard’s Top Music Video Sales Chart and 2008’s album, “Continent,” debuted at number 2 on Billboard’s “Heatseekers” Chart. The band won the “Myspace Readers’ Choice Award” at 2009’s GOLDEN GODS awards.

Updates, video blogs, and more can be found at: myspace.com/theacaciastrain

COOL TOUR DATES:
July 13 – Atlanta, GA @ The Tabernacle
July 14 – N. Myrtle Beach, SC @ House of Blues SC
July 15 – Charlotte, NC @ The Fillmore Charlotte
July 16 – Baltimore, MD @ Sonar
July 17 – Toronto, ON @ Sound Academy
July 18 – Royal Oak, MI @ Royal Oak Music Theatre**
July 20 – Boston, MA @ House of Blues Boston
July 21 – Sayreville, NJ @ Starland Ballroom
July 22 – Philadelphia, PA @ Electric Factory
July 23 – Columbus, OH @ The LC Pavilion
July 24 – Milwaukee, WI @ Eagles Complex
July 25 – St. Louis, MO @ The Pageant
July 27 – Houston, TX @ Verizon Wireless Theater
July 28 – Dallas, TX @ The Palladium Ballroom
July 30 – Mesa, AZ @ Mesa Amphitheatre**
July 31 – Los Angeles, CA @ Hollywood Palladium
Aug 1 – San Francisco, CA @ The Warfield

Hunter Brown – Raise Up!

Christian rappers can be good. For examples, Cross Examination and KJ-52 both are pretty solid rappers, even when one takes the Christian element out of their music. Hunter Brown is interesting, and to say that ey is good or bad is a little confusing. The backing beat that is present during the title track is something that is solid, a beat that takes on the instrumental style of a number of classic rap tracks, while having a hint of the seventies present in its sound. Some of the flow is a little weak (the mention of basketball stars is a little hackneyed, and the mention of Shaq during “Raise Up!” brings individuals back into remembering Aaron Carter), but the flow itself is fairly strong.

There are not any segments during “Raise Up!” where it seems like Hunter is struggling or trying to find the next line, which is something that even more established rappers tend to struggle with. For the finale of the title track, the repetition of the hook is almost to the point that individuals will get tired, but a smart Brown lays back and lets the instrumentation take a dominant role in the last minute. The down-home, country feel of “In The Church” links Hunter Brown to both The Roots and Bubba Sparxxx, while relying most heavily on a gospel framework. The style present on this track is solid, but is diminished slightly but the poor production of the vocals on this track. This means that the vocals are obnoxiously loud, and push out what is really an interesting backing beat.

A minor stress fracture occurs in Brown’s flow during “In The Church”, in that the flow that ey is attempting to do is just too fast for the rapper. Perhaps a few more tries with the line in the studio, and the final sound would have been much more professional. “One Love” continues that trend of having interesting backing beats in Brown tracks (this beat sounds almost like that backing up Kirk Franklin during “Stomp”, or eir later 1NC works), and the style of Brown’s flow during this track even approaches that put forth by an early Snoop Dogg. This EP is a good first effort by Hunter Brown, and with a similar devotion with the next few discs, there is little doubt that Brown will find a large audience, both in and outside of Christian music.

Top Track: One Love

Rating: 6.0/10

Hunter Brown – Raise Up! / 2006 M2 Productions / 4 Tracks / bustabrown@comcast.net / Reviewed 28 April 2006

[JMcQ]

Ane Brun Tour Dates

May 02- New York- Radio City w/ Peter Gabriel
May 03- New York- Radio City w/ Peter Gabriel
May 07- Los Angeles Hollywood Bowl w/ Peter Gabriel
May 8- Los Angeles- Largo- SOLO
May 10- NYC- Bowery Ballroom- SOLO

Spending Time with Morgan
Ane Brun recorded her debut album ‘Spending Time with Morgan’ while finishing her University studies in Stockholm. Soon there was no more time for studies. It didn’t take long before Ane and her small independent record label DetErMine were licensing the record all over the world through a licence/distribution deal with V2 Music. The album was released in 2003 and got fantastic reviews and soon she became a full-time touring- and recording artist. If someone had told her a few years ago that she was going to tour the world with her own music, she would laugh in your face and not even consider it a possibility.

Duets
In 2005 Ane Brun released a collection of 10 songs called”Duets”.
After enjoying the collaboration on the previous few duets she had recorded, Ane was inspired to ask some artists whom she adored to sing with her on a full album called, of course, ‘Duets’. This album was released in November 2005 and besides another recording with Ron Sexsmith it also included songs with artists such as Syd Matters and Teitur. The collaboration with the band Madrugada on the #1 single ‘Lift Me’ gained her another Norwegian Grammy for Hit of The Year.

Ane Brun Discography
2003 Spending Time with Morgan (#19 NO)
2005 A Temporary Dive (#1 NO) (#12 SWE) – Platinum
2005 Duets (#2 NO) – 2× Platinum
2007 Live in Scandinavia (#11 NO) (#12 SWE)
2008 Changing of the Seasons (#1 NO) (#2 SWE) – Gold
2008 Sketches
2009 Live at Stockholm Concert Hall (#2 NO) (#7 SWE)

Video: League510 – “To The Beat”

After releasing a slew of tracks off their compilation project, Invasion Vol. 1, and a successful Dope Winter Ball Tour, the Town Techno purveyors League510 are proud to release the title track and first single off their album, To The Beat. Playing off League510’s imaginative back-story, “To The Beat” depicts their exciting journey to planet Earth as TK, Mont, Mr. Knowitall, and DJ Blacksmith lead an alien invasion landing in the Bay Area.

Joining forces with their extraterrestrial sound waves and eccentric effects, “To The Beat” explodes with color, animation, and outlandish costumes, courtesy of Axiom Media Group and Tim Lillis. The video looks like a scene from a video game with League510’s laser guns and power meters ranging from “Normal” to “Town”. League510 explains, “With the help of a young Oakland native, we transformed ourselves to fit in, then realized the ills of this new planet and the mistake in adopting those new behaviors.” They continue, “Instead, we set out to right these wrongs with the help of our newfound friend. All is well until the villain, the embodiment of all ignorance and cause of Oakland’s turmoil, shows up and an epic battle ensues.” Rather than death rays, League510 shoots Town Techno rays, injecting their music into everyone around them. Spoken like the leaders they are, League510 proclaims, “We may be aliens and you may not understand us, but there is no need to fear us. Believe in the League!”

Look out for League510’s Earth invasion from Clear Label Records, To The Beat, in Spring 2010.

Watch League510’s “To The Beat” Here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nrobMlf3RBc

The Background:

Emcees TK, Mont, Mr. Knowitall and DJ Blacksmith better known as League510 are pioneers of a sound that is all their own, Town Techno. With a sound that is out of this world, League510’s musical journey began in a galaxy far away from ours. After traveling the universe for years, they entered our galaxy and our planet shortly thereafter. With sights on our world, the quartet chose to land in the hills east of Oakland, CA. After hiding their ship deep in the hills they approached this new town with great curiosity and were immediately amazed by the vibrant culture that they found. Adopting the Bay Area scene as their new home, League510 wasted no time in beginning their new musical journey here in our world. Using advanced abilities, the four emcees quickly mastered the art of sound and gave birth to Town Techo, a form of music that would unite the people in heightened awareness; to show them to take action, to appreciate the fun in life, to believe in themselves and to believe in The League.

Please contact Michelle or Dan if interested in talking with League510

About Clear Label Records:

Founded in Oakland, CA in 1999, Clear Label Records has established itself as one of the top independent labels in the Bay Area. The company is owned and operated by Tajai Massey, renowned recording artist with the group Souls of Mischief and the crew Hieroglyphics, who brings a unique perspective to the label utilizing his experiences as a major-label recording artist turned independent label owner & successful touring musician. Clear Label is home to recording artists of many genres such as Chris Marsol, Baby Jaymes, FamSyrk, Deep Rooted, League510, and more. Through a partnership with Pushing the Beat (PTB) called ClearBeat, the label is also home to Oakland’s hottest street artists including Beeda Weeda, Shady Nate, D-Lo, Sleepy D and others. Look for full-length releases from all of these artists in the near future. For more information, please visit http://www.clearlabelrecords.com

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