Midnight Faces announces national tour dates supporting Electric Youth

Doty and his bandmate, vocalist Phil Stancil, will hit the road to play out tunes from both albums in November when Midnight Faces supports new Secretly Canadian – Last Gang signings Electric Youth on that band’s North American tour.  See below for complete itinerary. Continue reading “Midnight Faces announces national tour dates supporting Electric Youth”

Memoryy’s Young Oblivion EP Out Today

Memoryy is the alias of Brooklyn-based Shaun Hettinger. Seamlessly bringing together ‘80s-inspired synths with elements of modern production, his synth-pop lives in a distinct realm between the past & present. Memoryy has released his new EP, Young Oblivion, today! For a taste of what to expect from the record, you can check out the hilariously tongue-in-cheek “Feels Like The First Time” video. Continue reading “Memoryy’s Young Oblivion EP Out Today”

TV ON THE RADIO RELEASE VIDEO FOR “HAPPY IDIOT”

TV On the Radio release the video for “Happy Idiot” with an unexpected starring role by Paul Reubens as ‘Racer Steven.’ Like the best of Saturday morning and Saturday night rolled into one, TVONTHERADIOSCOPE presents a mind-bending visual to the first single from the bands upcoming album, Seeds, out November 18 on Harvest Records.

 

Keep up with the new video by watching “Happy Idiot” HERE.

Seeds is available for pre-order here, including an instant free download of “Happy Idiot.”

 

“I had this idea for the video that I thought would never happen, of Paul Reubens as a race car    driver who slowly loses his mind,” says singer Tunde Adebimpe. ” I took it to Funny or Die and they said, ‘That’s great, let’s go for that.'”

 

“I got to speak with him over the phone about doing it and, in between being blindingly nervous that I was actually talking to an actor who had shaped a LOT of my world view and trying not to freak him out by saying so, he mentioned that he’s been a fan of the band for awhile,” Adebimpe says. “He liked the idea, and, somehow, here we are with Paul as a race car driver losing his mind.”

 

Directed by Danny Jelinek and written by Jake Fogelnest, “Happy Idiot” features Reubens and Karen Sheila Gillan, a Scottish actress best known for her role as Amy Pond in the BBC series Doctor Who and Nebula in the current Marvel film Guardians of the Galaxy. Paul Reubens is best known for creating the genius and Emmy Award-winning Pee-Wee’s Playhouse, featuring himself as Pee-Wee Herman.

 

Karen Gillan was absolutely great. We were really psyched to work with her, because she’s basically sci-fi royalty, and a great person,” says Adebimpe. “Full on geek fest in the desert.”

Calling “Happy Idiot their best song in years, Slate raves the song is a  “high-energy track that has TV on the Radio sounding sharper than ever” while Billboard says “If the rest of Seeds follows suit, they’ll have one killer of an album.” NME named the single Track of the Week, and Zane Lowe at the BBC states they are “sounding as eclectic and hungry as ever! Just sounding brilliant.”

 

“It was really fun to do, love how it came out,” says Adebimpe. “I think our fans will like it. I hope so. The cool ones will anyway. The rest can suck it. I don’t exactly know what ‘it’ is. But they can find it. And they can suck it.”

 

Seeds was recorded at Federal Prism in Los Angeles and produced by guitarist David Andrew Sitek. Seeds will be TV on the Radio’s fifth studio album and first since Nine Types Of Light, which was released in 2011.

 

PRAISE FOR “HAPPY IDIOT”

 

“A skittery, new-wavey beat and nimbly clanging guitar line provide a soundtrack for lyrics about enjoying simplicity, but its theme is “ignorance is bliss.” Rolling Stone

 

“‘Happy Idiot’ is the poppiest, most direct thing they’ve ever done – a sublime start to a new chapter.” NME

 

“Through triumph and tragedy TV On The Radio remain one of the most influential and compelling American rock and roll stories of the modern age. TV On The Radio – Happy Idiot Sounding as electric and hungry as ever! Just sounding brilliant!” BBC

 

“After a decade-plus of being called an indie rock band without ever really sounding like one, avant-rockers TV on the Radio have released “Happy Idiot,” a track that emphasizes clean-toned guitar and accessible pop hooks over the atmosphere and electronic textures the rest of their discography’s been built on.” Entertainment Weekly

 

“‘Happy Idiot’ is a frenetic, fast-paced number that echoes the energetic moments of 2006’s “Return to Cookie Mountain.” Wall Street Journal

Idina Menzel Announces Track-Listing For Christmas Album, Holiday Wishes

Idina Menzel has announced the track-listing for her upcoming Christmas album, entitled Holiday Wishes, which will be released on October 14th by Warner Bros. Records. The album was produced by Grammy Award-winner Walter Afanasieff (Barbra Streisand, Celine Dion, Mariah Carey) and features such classic favorites as “All I Want For Christmas Is You” and “Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas,” as well as Joni Mitchell’s Christmas-themed “River,” one of Menzel’s favorites. Another highlight is a duet with international superstar Michael Bublé on “Baby It’s Cold Outside.” An exclusive Target edition of Holiday Wishes will feature two bonus tracks, including “Let It Snow! Let It Snow! Let It Snow!” Please see below for the full track-listing. Continue reading “Idina Menzel Announces Track-Listing For Christmas Album, Holiday Wishes”

Alvin Harrison, The 99 EP Review

Rough Times in America is a soulful track that resounds loudly even after the track ceases. A smart production allows each constituent element of the track to shine, meaning that the bass, drums, and multiple vocals are provided with ample opportunity to shine separately and as a contributing element. The track is a call to action, building off of the work of artists like Phil Ochs and USA For Africa. The track’s melodies and vocals will tattoo themselves deep into the minds and hearts of anyone listening in, a quality that is equally present in We Ain’t Buyin’ and Do You Wanna Go. Continue reading “Alvin Harrison, The 99 EP Review”

DEEP IN HATE Premiere “The Cattle Procession” Video

The lyrics video will plunge you into the concept behind the album: a dark future that sees our so-called civilization evolve into (even) more tyranny, more oppression. Not really a “concept album,” Chronicles of Oblivion has this main theme being explored on all songs, with a different aspect of it being the main theme of each track. So, after entering the “New Republic” and facing the “Altars of Lies,” enter “The Cattle Procession!” Continue reading “DEEP IN HATE Premiere “The Cattle Procession” Video”

STS9 To Kick Off ‘Autumn Tour 2014’ October 9 in Indianapolis

STS9–hailed as “one of the country’s most intriguing, innovative outfits around”–is pumped up and ready to hit the ground running this fall on their “Autumn Tour 2014.” This will mark the band’s first official headlining run in over a yearContinue reading “STS9 To Kick Off ‘Autumn Tour 2014’ October 9 in Indianapolis”

Lunchbox – Lunchbox Loves You (Vinyl)

After more than a decade off, the Berkley power pop band Lunchbox is back with what is easily their finest collection of songs. A little goofy, but immensely fun, Lunchbox Loves You is 10 indie pop songs brimming with jangly guitars, sing-along choruses and plenty of handclaps. Continue reading “Lunchbox – Lunchbox Loves You (Vinyl)”