Regina Spektor-First Listen Track “All The Rowboats” Available

The much-anticipated new studio album from Regina Spektor, What We Saw From The Cheap Seats, is set for release on Sire/Warner Bros. Records in late spring 2012. The album reunites Spektor with production partner Mike Elizondo (Eminem, Fiona Apple, Dr. Dre) and is her first album of new material since 2009’s far. What We Saw From The Cheap Seats will launch with a first listen track “All The Rowboats” which will be made available digitally February 28. Spektor will also release an exclusive 7” of two Russian cover songs, “The Prayer Of François Villon (Molitva)” and “Old Jacket (Stariy Pedjak),” for Record Store Day on April 21. Spektor will tour with Tom Petty and The Heartbreakers this spring performing new material from the album; please see dates on back.

What We Saw From The Cheap Seats was recorded over an eight week period this past summer in Los Angeles. Spektor wrote each of the 11 tracks on the album. She arrived at the session with a collection of new compositions, but others were pulled from earlier periods. She and Elizondo fleshed out instrumentation and sought to make each of the songs stand alone sonically. Most of the songs were recorded live with Spektor on piano and vocals, while additional instrumentation was added to these original takes. Of working with Spektor, Elizondo says “Regina Spektor is that rare artist that continues to surprise. Just when you think you have her figured out, she knocks you out with something completely different. It’s that spirit that drives this record. Each song takes you on a journey that only Regina is capable of providing. She has truly outdone herself.”

Spektor studied classical piano and garnered a loyal live following in New York before self- releasing two albums. Her breakthrough album Soviet Kitsch was released by Sire Records in 2004 followed by Begin to Hope in 2006. The album included worldwide fan favorites “Fidelity,” “Samson,” “On The Radio” and “Better” and is certified gold in the U.S. Spektor followed up with far (2009) and Live from London (2010), which was recorded at the Hammersmith Apollo Theater during the far tour.

REGINA SPEKTOR TOUR

All dates with Tom Petty and The Heartbreakers

April 18/19 1 Bank Center Broomfield, CO

April 21 Verizon Arena Little Rock, AR

April 24 Tingley Coliseum Albuquerque, NM

April 26 Intrust Bank Arena Wichita, KS

April 29 Verizon Wireless Amphitheater at Encore Park Alpharetta, GA

May 1 Germain Arena Estero, FL

May 3 Amway Center Orlando, FL

May 5 Frank Erwin Center Austin, TX

Terry Malts premieres music video for “I Do”

After careful, weeklong consideration, Terry Malts (San Francisco, CA) have decided to go forth and record a debut LP as per the request of Slumberland Records. Displaying a slick, intelligent take on modern chainsaw pop, KILLING TIME certainly lives up to its name!

The wrong turns that led us here: a 6-song cassette (Log Lady; 2010, now in its second pressing), and two 7″ singles (both Slumberland; 2011).

Who is/are/was/will be Terry Malts? A yellow-pages private dick has gleaned the following: Corey Cunningham (guitar, backing vox), by way of Dickson, TN-cum-cardboard-box-in-Toronto, was asked to housesit in Fresno, CA. Duties fulfilled, he shot north on a graffiti trip to 924 Gilman St. and immediately bonded with fellow men’s room “artists” Phil Benson (bass guitar, lead vox) and the unfortunately-named Nathan Sweatt (drums, backing vox).

Hands shook, vibes exchanged; the trio felt compelled to distill their energy into a unified voice. Terry’s gospel is succinct, direct, sincere, and timed expertly with next year’s looming apocalypse: life is hopeless, enjoy!

With a live reputation that bleeds funky “Punk” attitude, I’ve been told this urgency has been crammed into the TM studio edition. Recorded by a machine, then expertly mixed by human being Monte Vallier (Weekend, Young Prisms), this music may compel you to type the following buzzwords into your blog (which, I LOVE, by the way!): catchy, husky, hunky, sharp, blue-collar, rocking, hockey-rock, working-class, perfect, near-perfect, not-half-bad, and/or not-bad.

It’s an album, it’s a lifestyle, it’s a 34-minute hour of pure, unadulterated Malts… alright?

– Matthew Kallman

TERRY MALTS

03/09 – San Francisco, CA @ Rickshaw Stop ^
04/06 – San Diego, CA @ Soda Bar
04/10 – Dallas, TX @ Club Dada
04/11 – Houston, TX @ Mango’s
04/12 – Austin, TX @ Mohawk (inside)
04/14 – Atlanta, GA @ Drunken Unicorn
04/15 – Chattanooga, TN @ JJ’s Bohemia
04/17 – Durham, NC @ The Pinhook
04/18 – Baltimore, MD @ Golden West Cafe
04/19 – Philadelphia, PA @ Kung Fu Necktie
04/20 – New York City, NY @ Mercury Lounge
04/21 – Brooklyn, NY @ Glasslands
04/24 – Chicago, IL @ Empty Bottle
04/26 – Des Moines, IA @ Vaudeville Mews
04/27 – Lawrence, KS @ Replay Lounge

^ = w/ Crocodiles and Bleeding Rainbow

Noctua NF-P12 PWM (Fan) Review

There is a lot of noise that is typically generated at the 120mm mark on fans. I believe that many individuals have the bottom of the barrel in their computer, which leads to a great amount of the noise that is typically heard. However, Noctua has a solution to this problem. Their NF-P12 PWM kit provides computer builders with strong air displacement and an incredibly small increase in noise from what is provided by the GPU or CPU. This is due to the vortex-control notches that were cut into the fan, which provides a wider array of aural frequencies. This allows for an overall quiet sound, something that dovetails nicely with the small amount of juice that the fan takes up.

The .6W mark of the NF-P12 PWM is about half of what similar fans use; Noctua reports that this
will translate into a 50% savings of the fan’s purchase price over the course of owning the product. We were able to mount the fan in our testing rig, and found that there was considerable cooling over both a no fan and a cheaper (BIN off of eBay, no branding) fan situation.

While not having anything to do with the overall performance of the NF-P12 PWM, I personally liked the sheer amount of cabling possibilities that were present. Essentially, Noctua has made it that anyone that has an open spot leading from their PSU will be able to get the fan up and running. Check out their website (linked above) for a more complete description of the NF-P12 PWM, as well as information about the rest of the products that the company currently offers. I know that I will be purchasing additional products from the company as my rig becomes obsolete in various ways.

Rating: 9.3/10

Noctua NF-P12 PWM (Fan) / http://www.noctua.at

SORRY FOR PARTY ROCKING TOUR FEATURING LMFAO AND THE PARTY ROCK CREW

They shared the stage with Madonna at the Bridgestone Super Bowl halftime show, now LMFAO is ready to take their party rock anthems on the road as Redfoo and Cherrytree Present: Sorry for Party Rocking Tour Featuring LMFAO and the Party Rock Crew and Special Guests Far East Movement, The Quest Crew, Sidney Samson, Eva Simons and Natalia Kills. The Live Nation promoted tour kicks off May 22nd in Columbus, OH at Nationwide Arena. Tickets go on sale beginning March 2nd at Ticketmaster.com and Livenation.com. A complete itinerary follows this release.

Beginning on Thursday, March 1st, fans that visit www.livenation.com/lmfao and RSVP to the presale will have early access to tickets. Citi cardmembers will have access to presale tickets beginning Wednesday, February 29th at 10am local time through Citi’s Private Pass Program. For complete presale details visit www.citiprivatepass.com. Citi is the official credit card of the Redfoo and Cherrytree Present: Sorry for Party Rocking Tour Featuring LMFAO and the Party Rock Crew and Special Guests.

Special guests, electro-hip hop quartet Far East Movement will be bringing their ‘Dirty Bass’ sound, performing their big hits “Like A G6,” “Rocketeer,” “Jello” and new club & radio anthem “Live My Life.” Before becoming MTV’s America’s Best Dance Crew, Season 3, Quest Crew’s energy and charisma captured the attention of audiences with their numerous crew and individual performances on American Idol and So You Think You Can Dance?. Members of Quest Crew have been featured in LMFAO’s videos and television performances. Sidney Samson started DJ-ing in 1995 when he was just 14. A remixer and producer Samson has been keeping dance floors packed ever since. Noted in Billboard’s May 2011 issue as “One To Watch”, Dutch born & bred Eva Simons is ready to take the electro-dance world by storm with a brand new album this year. Having previously collaborated with LMFAO, will.i.am & Chris Brown, Eva gained much acclaim recently with the massive hit she co-wrote and featured with DJ Afrojack called “Take Over Control”. The single topped iTunes dance charts globally, selling almost a million in the U.S alone so far, and becoming an anthem that has crossed over into mainstream radio worldwide. Born in Bradford to a Jamaican father and Uruguayan mother, Natalia creates razor-edged pop. Her debut album, Perfectionist, debuted #1 on the US Billboard Heatseekers Chart, and she has toured with Katy Perry, Black Eyed Peas, Ke$ha, Robyn, and Kelis. She is also featured on LMFAO’s hit track “Champagne Showers.”

LMFAO’s sophomore album Sorry For Party Rocking (Party Rock/will.i.am/ Cherrytree/Interscope) was recently certified gold and quickly approaching platinum. The album has produced two #1 singles, “Party Rock Anthem” and “Sexy And I Know It,” while the third single “Sorry For Party Rocking” is climbing the Top 40 radio charts. The video for “Sorry For Party Rocking” premiered on E! last week and already has over 9 million views on VEVO. The video features LMFAO and the party rock crew in full on house party mode.

LMFAO has performed on numerous television shows including Dancing with the Stars, So You Think You Can Dance, The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, Good Morning America, The American Music Awards and Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rockin’ Eve with Ryan Seacrest. The duo recently appeared in national commercials for Budweiser including a Bud Light commercial that aired right before the Bridgestone Super Bowl Halftime show with LMFAO in route to join Madonna on stage but instead ending up at Dale’s Halftime bar.

LMFAO’s ”Party Rock Anthem” has surpassed 10 million units in total sales worldwide! “Party Rock Anthem” was the #2 top selling song of 2011 on iTunes in the U.S. behind Adele’s “Rolling In The Deep” and it was the #1 selling song on iTunes in the UK, Canada, New Zealand, Australia, Denmark, Norway, Finland and Sweden. The video has seen over 360 million views on VEVO and was featured by KIA in their award winning KIA Hamster advertising campaign. LMFAO’s music has been licensed by movie and television shows, including 20th Century Fox’s holiday hit “Chipwrecked,” Fox’s TV hit “Glee” and the top charting game “Just Dance 3.”

Below is a complete list of dates for Redfoo and Cherrytree Present: Sorry for Party Rocking Tour Featuring LMFAO and the Party Rock Crew and Special Guests.

VIP Packages will also be available through VIP Nation, including premium seats, exclusive merchandise and more. For more information please visit: www.VIPNation.com

DATE CITY VENUE ON SALE DATE

May 22 Columbus, OH Nationwide Arena March 2

May 23 Detroit, MI The Palace of Auburn Hills March 2

May 25 Minneapolis, MN Target Center March 3

May 26 Chicago, IL Allstate Arena March 3

May 28 Denver, CO Red Rocks Amphitheatre March 3

May 30 Salt Lake City, UT Maverik Center March 3

June 1 Spokane, WA Spokane Arena March 3

June 2 Seattle, WA KeyArena March 3

June 5 Los Angeles, CA STAPLES Center March 3

June 6 Sacramento, CA Power Balance Pavilion March 2

June 8 Oakland, CA ORACLE Arena March 2

June 9 San Diego, CA Valley View Casino Center March 3

June 12 Houston, TX Toyota Center March 3

June 13 Tulsa, OK BOK Center March 3

June 15 Dallas, TX American Airlines Center March 3

June 19 Charlotte, NC Bojangles’ Coliseum March 2

June 20 Atlanta, GA Philips Arena March 2

June 22 Miami, FL AmericanAirlines Arena March 2

June 23 Orlando, FL Amway Center March 3

June 25 Washington, DC Patriot Center March 2

June 26 Uniondale, NY Nassau Coliseum March 3

June 28 Uncasville, CT Mohegan Sun Arena March 3

June 29 Newark, NJ Prudential Center March 3

June 30 Philadelphia, PA Wells Fargo Center March 2

July 1 Worcester, MA DCU Center March 3

July 4 Toronto, ON Molson Canadian Amphitheatre March 2

Kuru – Chicane Shoe Review

These are some comfy shoes. They are also incredibly versatile, and should be the next purchase when one gets their taxes back or a Spring disbursement. This is because Kuru is able to create a fashionable shoe that is comfortable while providing arch and back support. Taken all together, the Chicane is a shoe that performs admirably no matter what one throws at it. The tread will provide considerable traction on glossy tile just as well as it will allow individuals to dig in to dirt or loam. The give of the top of the shoe gives purchasers a closer feel, as tying the Chicane up will create a snug fit.

The rounded toe on the Chicane is easily overlooked, but provides wearers with a tremendous amount of comfort. By not forcing the toe to conform in any unnatural way, individuals will be able to wear the shoes longer and do more in them. While there is an axiom linking suffering to beauty, I believe that those that purchase a pair of the Kuru Chicanes will be able to receive both without breaking the bank.
At a hair under $100, the Chicane is a shoe that will last considerably longer than comparable shoes. The light-weight design, coupled with the dreamy fit and sharp fashion set, provides it with ample additional value. Check out the rest of their line, and see how Kuru’s efforts can fit in your wardrobe. Kuru is an ascendant brand, and I believe that it will only be a matter of time before the name hits a wide swath of all households. Kuru does offer Men’s shoes as well – pick up a second pair and you and yours will be able to look like a fashion plate no matter what activity one enters into .

Rating: 9.2/10

Kuru – Chicane Shoe Review / Black-Delirium / http://www.kurufootwear.com

SISTER CRAYON tour the US this spring

After wrapping a string of successful tour dates supporting Built To Spill on the West Coast, the Sacramento-based Sister Crayon have announced they will again be hitting the road. The West Coast portion of the tour will be in support of Memoryhouse and then the band will embark on lengthy national tour of headlining dates including an April residency in NYC at Piano’s presented by Pop Gun. With the release of their recent Disquiet EP and non-stop touring in the last year, Sister Crayon is making their mark. Last week, the band took part in MTV’s LGBT rights campaign “It Gets Better” in which Terra Lopez and Dani Fernandez talk about their struggle and give hope to kids going through the same thing that it does indeed get better.

TOUR DATES
Mar 9 – Sacramento, CA – Luigi’s
Mar 10 – Davis, CA – Luigi’s
Mar 13 – San Francisco, CA – Rickshaw Stop^
Mar 15 – Santa Barbara, CA – SoHo^
Mar 16 – Los Angeles, CA – Bootleg Theatre^
Mar 17 – San Diego, CA – Soda Bar^
Mar 20 – Seattle, WA – Sunset Tavern
Mar 21 – Bellingham, WA – The Shakedown
Mar 22 – Portland, OR – Mississippi Studios
Mar 23 – Boise, ID – Treefort Music Festival
Mar 29 – Denver, CO – Larimer Lounge
Mar 30 – Kansas City, MO – Record Bar
Apr 2 – Des Moines, IA – Vaudeville Mews
Apr 4 – Northfield, MN – The Cave
Apr 6 – Chicago, IL – Empty Bottle
Apr 7 – Canton, OH – The Auricle
Apr 11 – New York, NY – Pianos*
Apr 15 – Washington, DC – Black Cat Backstage
Apr 18 – New York, NY – Pianos*
Apr 21 – Boston, MA – Church
Apr 22 – Winooski, VT – Monkey House
Apr 23 – Hamden, CT – The Outer Space
Apr 25 – New York, NY – Pianos*
Apr 27 – Philadelphia, PA – Kung Fu Necktie
Apr 28 – Charlottesville, VA – Twisted Branch Tea Bazaar
Apr 29 – Atlanta, GA – 529
May 1 – Birmingham, AL – Bottletree
May 3 – Austin, TX – The Mohawk
May 4 – Houston, TX – Fitzgeralds

w/ Memoryhouse ^
PopGun Residency *

SISTER CRAYON
Something small and quiet at first, Sister Crayon began with vocalist Terra Lopez playing classical guitar and pre-programmed beats on a loop pedal to attentive house party crowds. Adding members Dani Fernandez and Jeffrey LaTour Sister Crayon emerged seamlessly melding haunting balladry, rich analog textures, and a rhythmic prowess informed by trip-hop and krautrock. Despite the music’s dark, melancholy nature, there’s a sweetness and charisma about Lopez that immediately strikes a chord with audiences.

Live, the four-piece uses a combination of samplers, guitar, synths, and live percussion to lay down a steady foundation as Lopez builds and breaks down the songs, alternating between a hip-hop inflected cadence and a spectral croon. Their debut full-length “Bellow” is full of juxtapositions that inexplicably work well together: woeful yet triumphant, expanse but also intimate. The inspiration for “Bellow” derives from a few places, namely the writer Fernando Pessoa who had a large influence on the record. His curiosity and writings on death, homosexuality, longing, and general despair was the muse for the mood and tone, a tension that is present throughout.

Dungeons and Dragons: Heroes of Elemental Chaos (Book)

I believe that the title of this Player’s Option paints a decidedly different picture than what is ultimately present. Heroes of Elemental Chaos just seems like a nebulous concept, but Baker and Schwalb are able to make a capsule universe that works perfectly using 4e rules. I believe that the different classes (Sha’ir, Elementalist) can work in a wide variety of campaign settings, while exhibiting a certain difference that makes them wholly different characters than what can normally be found in the Players’ Handbook.

For those that want to make a campaign using Heroes of Elemental Chaos, I believe that there are a considerable amount of monsters that are given life or are otherwise collected here. The descriptions of the elemental princes will provide much fodder for a DM attempting to give a particularly grand scale to their weekly meetings. For those that want to adopt bits and pieces of the Heroes of Elemental Chaos book to their higher-level characters, the title creates a number of different options. The prince of genies holds extreme power, but a character going down that path will not break the game or be overly powerful. I believe that it is the aforementioned completeness and rigorous playtesting of each of the powers, paragon paths, and rewards accruable to players that makes Heroes of Elemental Chaos such a must-have edition for DMs. Keep an eye out for Wizards of the Coast’s additions to the D&D line; I believe that players will be seriously excited whenever their DM can pick up a supplement such as this one.

Rating: 9.0/10

Dungeons and Dragons: Heroes of Elemental Chaos (Book) / 2012 Wizards of the Coast / 160 Minutes / http://www.wizards.com

Graffiti6 Take You Inside Their Tour Bus

Graffiti6 hooked up with Digital Tour Bus on the road for an inside look at their bus in Chicago. Lead singer Jamie Scott takes fans inside their tour transportation to showcase his DVD collection and “bad man glasses” as well as the one thing that he can’t live without on the road – Tobasco sauce.

Colours, the debut album from Graffiti6, is available now.

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Link to video: http://digtb.com/graffiti6bus

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Graffiti6 from Digital Tour Bus on Vimeo.

Colours on iTunes: http://itunes.com/graffiti6

ALTERNATIVE PRESS PREMIERE “CUT ME OUT” BY THE BEAUTIFUL ONES

6131 Records have teamed with Alternative Press to offer an exclusive premiere of “Cut Me Out” from Mesa, Arizona’s THE BEAUTIFUL ONES. The song will appear on the band’s forthcoming Birth Of Desire EP, being released by 6131 Records on April 16th and available for preorder now.

Birth Of Desire demonstrates just why THE BEAUTIFUL ONES have been causing such a stir lately, incorporating elements of both heavy, anthem-laden hardcore and more metallic influences. The effort was recorded, mixed, and mastered by Paul Miner (Terror, H2O, Trapped Under Ice) and is being released as a vinyl 7″ and digital EP.

STREAM “CUT ME OUT” ONLINE HERE:
http://www.altpress.com/features/entry/premiere_the_beautiful_ones_cut_me_out

PREORDER BIRTH OF DESIRE HERE:
http://www.6131records.com/store

I Melt With You (Blu-Ray) Review

I Melt With You is an interesting take on the party film. While a number of these titles would just focus on the debauchery present between the main characters, I Melt With You showcases the cathartic side of these type of social meetings. Jeremy Piven, Christian McKay, and Thomas Jane unite in what seems like a normal group tying one on. By the end of the weekend, they are able to figure out where their lives have went wrong. As the inhibitions melt away, the group of friends are able to provide emotional support and receive the breakthrough that they need to move on with their life. Energixzed from this get-together, one wonders exactly how the trio will be able to change their life based on what they discussed previously.

The sheer amount of featurettes that Magnolia has included on the I Melt With You release is stellar. There are two distinct commentaries that are able to provide a very different context for the events presented in the film. I feel that the director / Piven / Lowe documentary is more standalone and is slightly more humorous. What the directors and the promoting company attempted to sell in I Melt With You is presented through the inclusion of three different trailers. However, for the greatest expansion of the film, watch the deleted scenes gallery. Placed alongside the feature, they provide an easier way to understand the motivations and desires of each of the main characters.

Before watching the feature film, give the “A Look At” feature a spin. This feature, released by HDNet, provides a burst of momentum that will have viewers eagerly anticipating the opening minutes.

Rating: 8.6/10

I Melt With You (Blu-Ray) / 2012 Magnolia Home Entertainment / 122 Minutes / http://www.magpictures.com