Angelspit – Krankhaus

Angelspit – Krankhaus / 2007 Dancing Ferret / 16 Tracks / http://www.angelspit.net / http://www.dancing-ferret.com /  

Hell, even if I don’t like this album, I can look at the art of the disc, which has a ton of interesting looking industrial kids and a very attractive Asian person in a bathtub (where’s the blood in said tub, though?). Regardless, “Krankhaus” starts off with a Lords of Acid song. At least, “100%” is a track that is VERY influenced by Lords of Acid, down to the funky industrial sounds played by Angelspit and the dominating, distinctive vocals of the female lead singer.  The same hyper-sexual approach to the vocals is present here, as well; in this field, Angelspit also calls forth the (very) underrated Lolita Storm. Continue reading “Angelspit – Krankhaus”

Strata, Wind-Up, and Machinima Create Contest

Machinima.com, the preeminent site serving the Machinima community, and Wind-up Records, one of the largest independent labels in the United States, have launched the “Game Over” contest with Strata. Players will be able to submit their “most memorable in-game death” displaying how their “virtual life ended.” Participants will submit a story, music video, montage, “kill,” or “raid” using their favorite video game, sharing why their “in-game death” is their most memorable one.

Players will select one of four songs from the band’s release STRATA PRESENTS THE END OF THE WORLD which hits stores on July 17, 2007. No other music may be used in the submission. Strata and Machinima.com will select ten machinima videos from all of the entries, which will then be posted for the worldwide community to vote on. Three winners will be selected from the ten finalists. The contest is open to any legal resident of the United States (and the District of Columbia) who is 18 years old and has Internet access. The four Strata songs available are “Cocaine (We’re All Going to Hell),” “Stay Young,” “Hot / Cold (Darling Don’t),” and “Night Falls.” For a look at the contest please visit: http://www.machinima.com/gameover

The first place winner will receive a gift card or cash prize in the amount of $1,000 (USD). Second prize is a gift card or cash prize in the amount of $350 (USD), and third prize will be awarded $150 (USD). The submission period has just begun, and will run until 11:59 p.m. on August 16, 2007. The selection of the ten finalists will then be posted on August 18, 2007. The Voting Period will begin at 12:00 a.m. Pacific on August 19, 2007, and run through 11:59 p.m. Pacific on September 2, 2007. Winners will be announced on September 5, 2007.

STRATA PRESENTS THE END OF THE WORLD, coming July 17 on Wind-up Records, has received praise from critics across the country. AP wrote, “When most bands switch genres, they crash and burn. Strata’s second album is proof a band can not only succeed with a new direction, but develop further then they had before.” Outburn Magazine offered, “After spending two years touring and wandering, Strata bucks the clichéd end times speculations of doom and chaos, and presents a new prophecy worth listening to.” Revolt (San Diego) exclaimed, “…End of the World” is a near-perfect offering from Strata, one that refused to be pigeonholed into a single genre – after all, energy like this just ain’t easy to classify.”

Anticipation for the album is strong, with STRATA PRESENTS THE END OF THE WORLD currently the top selling release on www.smartpunk.com. Additionally, at Pure Volume, the band is number eleven on the site’s Top 100 signed artist chart. Pure Volume hosted an album listening party in front of the release, which continues to receive massive streams.

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Wind-Up Entertainment, Inc. is a privately owned company that began operations under the Wind-Up name in February, 1997. The company’s recording label, Wind-up Records, LLC is currently the largest independently owned and operated label in the United States. The repertoire is distributed by Sony / BMG worldwide, excluding Canada where the company operates Wind-up Entertainment Canada, Inc., which is distributed by Warner Music. The roster features Evanescence, whose worldwide sales have surpassed eighteen million copies; Seether, who have released three consecutive gold-certified albums, Finger Eleven, Scott Stapp and the entire Creed repertoire, and approximately a dozen developing artists. Wind-Up Entertainment, Inc. also houses the publishing concerns Dwight Frye Music, Inc., Renfield Music Publishing, Inc., Wallachi Music Publishing, LLC, Jessop Music Publishing, Inc., and Viovodes Music Publishing, LLC in addition to Pronto Merch LLC, a full-scale retail, online and touring merchandising company. Wind-Up Artist Development Corporation, a touring and sponsorship concern, completes the multi-tiered relationship (i.e., recording, publishing, merchandising and live performances) that many of the label’s signings have forged with Wind-Up Entertainment, Inc.

Peter Searcy – Spark

Peter Searcy – Spark / 2007 Toucan Cove / 12 Tracks / http://www.petersearcy.com / http://www.toucancove.com /

For individuals that were into the Louisville scene, Peter Searcy was a member of seminal Louisville punk act Squirrel Bait. Later on, ey joined Big Wheel, Starbilly, and has been doing things in the solo scene since around 2000. This is ey fourth solo release, and the album starts off with Searcy coming forth in a very pop type of style. The backing instrumentation puts this first track into a realm that blends pop and pop-country. There is a current sound to the Searcy track, but eir vocals on the track are similar to those of a Stephen Curtis Chapman and Goo Goo Dolls. “I Believe” is the second track and the first single off of the disc, and it has a backing set of instrumentation that at time calls forth a Peter Gabriel and at other times brings back up forgotten acts like Live and Citizen King. Continue reading “Peter Searcy – Spark”

Maroon 5 Tours, Goes Green

In the wake of their first #1 debut album It Won’t Be Soon Before Long (A&M/Octone) and first #1 single on the Billboard Hot 100 with “Makes Me Wonder,” Grammy-winning pop quintet Maroon 5 has announced plans for their 2007 “It Won’t Be Soon Before Long” world tour, hitting 28 North American cities, with special guest The Hives, beginning September 29th in Detroit and concluding November 10th in Las Vegas (full schedule below). Tickets go on sale beginning Saturday, July 14th and are available through Live Nation (www.LiveNation.com) or Ticketmaster (www.ticketmaster.com).

The tour is in support of their recently released sophomore album, which debuted at #1 on the Billboard 200, the second highest selling debut of the year according to Soundscan. The “It Won’t Be Soon Before Long” tour will be presented by longtime partner Verizon and produced by Live Nation, who has partnered with the band to be their exclusive tour producer for future North American concert dates surrounding this album’s campaign. The band is also partnering with climate change organization Global Cool in order to make the massive production “carbon neutral.”

“We can’t wait to get out on the road and perform in arenas. This tour will have something for everyone, new and old fans alike, with our new music mixed with some of our earlier hits,” said frontman Adam Levine. “We’re also proud to be working with Global Cool to make the tour environmentally friendly. Our world is in a serious predicament right now, and we all need to play a role in reversing the catastrophic affects of global warming.”

Global Cool will work closely with Maroon 5’s production team, management and the boys themselves to reduce the carbon emissions produced by the world tour before offsetting the remaining emissions that cannot be reduced. For its part, Maroon 5 will donate $1.00 for each ticket purchased in North America to buy offsets that go towards making the tour “carbon neutral”.

Excitement for the tour announcement was generated by an online campaign devised by Live Nation in which fans submitted photos of themselves to be included on a limited edition tour poster. To date www.itwontbesoonbeforelong.com has received more than 2 million hits, an impressive number for a site that was launched a little over a week ago

It Won’t Be Soon Before Long is the follow-up to the band’s hugely successful debut Songs About Jane which sold 10 million albums world-wide. The new album has been breaking records since before its May 22nd release. It sold more pre-sale copies on iTunes than any other album in iTunes history. The single, video and album consecutively hit #1 on iTunes sales charts. The first single, “Makes Me Wonder” made the highest leap ever on the Billboard Hot 100 chart when it jumped from #64 to #1. The band will soon release the second single from the album, “Wake Up Call.”

Maroon 5 is Adam Levine (vocals, guitar), James Valentine (guitar), Jesse Carmichael (keyboard), Mickey Madden (bass) and Matt Flynn (drums). Their debut album Songs about Jane earned the 2005 Grammy Award for Best New Artist, has been certified quadruple platinum in the U.S. and has reached gold or platinum status in over 35 countries. The album has sold over ten million units worldwide. In 2006 the group earned another Grammy for Best Pop Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocal for a live recording of their international hit single “This Love.” Their second studio album, It Won’t Be Soon Before Long, was released on May 22nd on A&M/Octone Records. Known for their commitment to the environment, Maroon 5 was honored at the 2006 Environmental Media Awards. For more information on Maroon 5, please visit www.maroon5.com.

Recourse – Weakening The Structure

Recourse – Weakening The Structure / 2007 Skinlifter / 8 Tracks / http://www.recoursemetal.com / http://www.skinlifterrecords.com /

“Frail Existence” shows that Recourse is a new type of metal band, playing as fast as possible while using the conventions of metal and harder rock. The band goes through all of the tracks on this EP at a breakneck speed. The track length may be about three and a half minutes time in and out, but the songs feel as if they are only about a minute long. The one thing that I can immediately hear about Recourse is that there is not enough in the way of variation to the tracks on “Weakening The Structure”. I can understand the band wanting to imbue each and every track on the album with the same sort of style, but the metal that the band plays is not tempered differently enough on each track to keep individuals focused in. Continue reading “Recourse – Weakening The Structure”

Logan Lynn To Release New Album, “From Pillar to Post”

Emo artist Logan Lynn drops breakthrough album From Pillar To Post on October 30, 2007. Produced by Carlos Cortes of DJ Collective Assemble The Empire, the album’s driving electro-heavy beats combine with Logan’s self-deprecating lyrics to provide a sense of urgency that will keep you pressing the replay button. Think The Postal Service, only gayer. “Feed Me To The Wolves” is the first single off is upcoming release, and can be downloaded at: deviousplanet.com/downloads

Meanwhile, Logan’s video “Burning Your Glory” has maintained a comfortable stay on MTV LOGO’s Click List over the past thirteen weeks. With no signs of slowing down, the video has reached the #4 spot, topping the likes of Christina Aguilera’s “Candyman”.

White Rabbits – Fort Nightly

White Rabbits – Fort Nightly / 2007 Say Hey / 11 Tracks / http://www.whiterabbitsnyc.com / http://www.sayheyrecords.com /

White Rabbits probably take their name from that Jefferson Airplane classic. I have no clue if that is true, but it sounds good. “Kid On My Shoulders” starts out “Fort Nightly”, and it shows that White Rabbits absolutely LOVE the sixties, especially the lounge sound. The vocals come from a newer tradition, but the instrumentation sounds like the lavish sounds that graced many a restaurant and casino in that period. The vocals during tracks like on the aforementioned “Kid On My Shoulders” put the track in a different context, making White Rabbits sound like the retro rock pioneers, which include The Strokes and Jet, among others. Continue reading “White Rabbits – Fort Nightly”

The Rocket Summer Interview (JMcQ)

This interview was conducted by JMcQ with Bryce, the mastermind behind The Rocket Summer. Check TRS on the road this summer, and pick up their new album “Do You Feel” tomorrow.

What are your overall goals for The Rocket Summer? Do you feel that you have accomplished these goals?

– I want to create music that I love and that brings Hope and inspiration. As far as wondering If I have accomplished that, I have brief moments where I think I have but wanting to do more is something that will never end. Continue reading “The Rocket Summer Interview (JMcQ)”