God, I love grunge. I love bands that revel in sounding like theyâ€™ve just had sex with their Corrosion of Conformity, Helmet, and Morbid Angel albums. â€œPurple Neon Dreamâ€ is the first track on â€œThe Resurrection of Whiskey Footeâ€, and it shows that the band loves crafting someÂ of the most intricate and most thought out sludge that has ever graced an oil byproduct. The tracks are oftentimes under four minutes long, and yet they feel like they are ten minute opuses. Continue reading “The Hidden Hand â€“ The Resurrection of Whiskey Foote”
Before receiving â€œHasta La Muerteâ€, I never had heard of Dead Town Revival. The band plays a brand of rock that is very influenced by punk music. The first track of the disc is â€œ
Every so often a musician comes along who uniquely captures the attention of the listener in a personal, heart-felt manner. Continue reading “One of the Justus League, Median, To Release Album”
Shshsh Shark Attack â€“ S/T /Â 2006 Self / 8 Tracks / http://www.shshshsharkattack.com /Â
I guess I should not be surprised, but Shshsh Shark Attack play a brand of surf music that is linked to the more chaotic sound of an act like Menâ€™s Recovery Project and to also the goth music of the late eighties and early nineties. Their first track on their self-titled album is â€œBurmuda Triangleâ€ (yes, misspelled), and it showcases this style. The band seems to struggle with a problem of repetition from the onset of this album, as the song is about three and a half minutes long while the band (if they are lucky) has two minutes of material present. The second track on the disc is â€œOh my God, oh my God, I Canâ€™t Believe Iâ€™m Aliveâ€, and this provides listeners with a second possible sound by Shshsh Shark Attack. Continue reading “Shshsh Shark Attack â€“ S/T”
DeVotchKa, has signed an exclusive deal with ANTI RECORDS for the European release of their much-praised album How It Ends.
DeVotchKa are four musicians who have quietly become one of the most celebrated bands making music today. They make a disparate, yet articulate union of Eastern European, Southwestern, South American, and American roots music, both punk and folk. Continue reading “DeVotchKa signs with Anti Records for Euro Release”
Hell, even if I donâ€™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 (whereâ€™s the blood in said tub, though?). Regardless, â€œKrankhausâ€ starts off with a Lords of Acid song. At least, â€œ100%â€ 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.Â 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 â€“ Krankhaus”
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 â€œGame Overâ€ contest with Strata. Players will be able to submit their â€œmost memorable in-game deathâ€ displaying how their â€œvirtual life ended.â€ Participants will submit a story, music video, montage, â€œkill,â€ or â€œraidâ€ using their favorite video game, sharing why their â€œin-game deathâ€ is their most memorable one.
Players will select one of four songs from the bandâ€™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 â€œCocaine (Weâ€™re All Going to Hell),â€ â€œStay Young,â€ â€œHot / Cold (Darling Donâ€™t),â€ and â€œNight Falls.â€ 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, â€œWhen most bands switch genres, they crash and burn. Strataâ€™s second album is proof a band can not only succeed with a new direction, but develop further then they had before.â€ Outburn Magazine offered, â€œAfter spending two years touring and wandering, Strata bucks the clichÃ©d end times speculations of doom and chaos, and presents a new prophecy worth listening to.â€ Revolt (San Diego) exclaimed, â€œâ€¦End of the Worldâ€ is a near-perfect offering from Strata, one that refused to be pigeonholed into a single genre â€“ after all, energy like this just ainâ€™t easy to classify.â€
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 siteâ€™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 companyâ€™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 labelâ€™s signings have forged with Wind-Up Entertainment, Inc.
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In the wake of their first #1 debut album It Wonâ€™t Be Soon Before Long (A&M/Octone) and first #1 single on the Billboard Hot 100 with â€œMakes Me Wonder,â€ Grammy-winning pop quintet Maroon 5 has announced plans for their 2007 â€œIt Wonâ€™t Be Soon Before Longâ€ 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 â€œIt Wonâ€™t Be Soon Before Longâ€ 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 albumâ€™s campaign. The band is also partnering with climate change organization Global Cool in order to make the massive production â€œcarbon neutral.â€
â€œWe canâ€™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,â€ said frontman Adam Levine. â€œWeâ€™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.â€
Global Cool will work closely with Maroon 5â€™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 â€œcarbon neutralâ€.
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 Wonâ€™t Be Soon Before Long is the follow-up to the bandâ€™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, â€œMakes Me Wonderâ€ 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, â€œWake Up Call.â€
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 â€œThis Love.â€ Their second studio album, It Wonâ€™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.
â€œFrail Existenceâ€ 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 â€œWeakening The Structureâ€. 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 â€“ Weakening The Structure”