Thursday, November 26, 2009

RONNIE JAMES DIO Diagnosed With Stomach Cancer - Nov. 25, 2009

Wendy Dio, the wife and manager of legendary heavy metal vocalist Ronnie James Dio (DIO, HEAVEN & HELL, BLACK SABBATH, RAINBOW), has released the following statement to BLABBERMOUTH.NET:

"Ronnie has been diagnosed with the early stages of stomach cancer. We are starting treatment immediately at the Mayo Clinic. After he kills this dragon, Ronnie will be back on stage, where he belongs, doing what he loves best, performing for his fans.

"Long live rock and roll, long live Ronnie James Dio.

"Thanks to all the friends and fans from all over the world that have sent well wishes. This has really helped to keep his spirit up."

Ronnie James Dio, 67, has performed with ELF, RAINBOW, BLACK SABBATH, and his own band DIO. Other musical projects include the collective fundraiser "Hear 'n Aid". He is widely hailed as one of the most powerful singers in heavy metal, renowned for his consistently powerful voice and for popularizing the "devil's horns" hand gesture in metal culture. He is currently involved with HEAVEN & HELL, a project which also includes former BLACK SABBATH bandmates Tony Iommi, Geezer Butler and Vinny Appice. Their first studio album, "The Devil You Know", was released on April 28, 2009.

DIO cancelled its European tour last week after Ronnie was taken ill. The band's lineup for the trek was supposed to include WHITESNAKE/ex-DIO axeman Doug Aldrich due to the fact that the group's regular guitarist, Craig Goldy, had prior touring commitments with BUDGIE in Australia.

DIO's last release was the "Holy Diver Live" CD, featuring a performance of the classic "Holy Diver" album in its entirety, from start to finish, recorded live for the very first time in 2005 in front of a sold-out London crowd.

Tuesday, November 24, 2009

A note from Dr. Dog about The Brooklyn Bowl show...

Hey Folks,

We've been getting a ton of emails about the Brooklyn Bowl show being
sold out. Sorry to hear that a lot of you did not get tickets in time.
While we can't add another show due to scheduling, we have arranged
another NYC show in the Spring that we'll be announcing soon. If you
can't wait, we'll be at Toad's Place in New Haven, CT on December 10.
Details below:

December 10, 2009
Doors at 8:00 PM
Toad's Place
300 York St.
New Haven, CT


PIXIES "DOOLITTLE" - Hammerstein Ballroom, New York, NY

In celebration of the 20th anniversary of the release of their classic 1989 album Doolittle, the band - Black Francis, Kim Deal, Joey Santiago and David Lovering - will kick off the very special US "Doolittle Tour" at the Palladium in Los Angeles on Wednesday, November 4. The U.S. tour will hit a total of nine cities, including four shows in New York City. Ticket prices and on-sale dates will vary city to city, but some tickets go on sale as early as this Saturday, August 1 and can be purchased at the venues' box offices or online at See below for full itinerary and on-sale information.

On this tour, the Pixies will perform all of the songs from Doolittle and its related B-sides, "Weird at My School," "Dancing the Manta Ray," and "Bailey's Walk" among them. Doolittle, the band's third album and the first to chart on Billboard's album charts, includes classics such as "Debaser," "Wave of Mutilation," "Here Comes Your Man," "Hey," and "Gouge Away."

"We wanted to do something special for Doolittle's 20th anniversary," said Black Francis, "and we thought his was a good opportunity to play all of the songs from that album, something we don't normally do at a regular gig."

With the first date in the UK still three months away, the band is brainstorming on Doolittle-related surprises that will also comprise the nights' entertainment.

The US dates will follow the seven-city/12-date "Doolittle" trek of the UK and Europe. Kicking off on September 30 in Dublin, most dates have already sold out, including a four-night stand at London's Brixton Academy, where some 20,000 tickets vanished in about an hour. In addition, on August 29, the band will perform a straight-ahead Pixies set of their classic songs spanning their entire career at the Virgin Festival at Burl's Creek Park outside of Toronto.

The Boston-formed Pixies have been acclaimed as the most influential pioneering band of the late 80s alt/rock movement. Their five studio releases and six years together effectively blazed the path for groups like Nirvana, Radiohead and Pearl Jam to rise to superstardom. They disbanded in 1993 and launched their reunion tour in April, 2004 when virtually every, single date sold out within minutes and fans traveled hundred of miles to attend a show. In post-Pixies years, Black Francis has enjoyed a successful solo career as Frank Black, Kim Deal went on to form the Platinum-selling band the Breeders, Joey Santiago started the band The Martinis and has carved a career as a music composer for film and TV, and David Lovering performs as a magician and continues to drum. The US "Doolittle Tour" will be the band's first American trek since 2005.

The "Doolittle Tour" will coincide with the release of the ultimate Pixies Collector's Set, Minotaur, which ships to purchasers in early November and will hit stores around the same time. To find out more about Minotaur and to order a set, log onto

Dates for the Pixies US "Doolittle Tour" are as follows:

23 Hammerstein Ballroom, New York, NY

24 Hammerstein Ballroom, New York, NY

25 Hammerstein Ballroom, New York, NY (early show and late show

27 Wang Center, Boston, MA

28 Wang Center, Boston, MA

30 Constitution Hall, Washington, D.C.


1 Constitution Hall, Washington, D.C.

Monday, November 23, 2009

36.2M Americans are hungry. How musicians help, and how you can

Just in time for Thanksgiving, the U.S. Department of Agriculture reports that hunger in the US is at an all-time high. This story explains the data, which shows that 36.2 million Americans go hungry every day:

As they have since 1975, musicians are helping by supporting World Hunger Year. WHY is a leader in the global fight against hunger and poverty. Their ultimate goal is not just to mitigate hunger, but wipe it out. Learn more at

WHY's annual Hungerthon on a wide range of New York radio stations raises funds by auctioning off special items donated by musicians. The 2009 auction, which starts Saturday November 21 and goes through Tuesday November 24, includes donations from Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band, James Taylor, ZZ Top, Eric Clapton, Randy Travis and Sting as well as these generous contributions:
*A signed photograph from Henry Diltz, courtesy of the Morrison Hotel Gallery.
* A signed guitar from Sarah McLachlan, courtesy of Nettwerk Management.
* A signed deluxe box set from The Dave Matthews Band, courtesy of Red Light Management.
* A signed guitar from The Counting Crows, courtesy of The Artists Organization.
* An autographed photo and signed copy of the new album 'Battle Studies' from John Mayer, courtesy of Mick Management.
* A signed special edition of "21st Century Breakdown," courtesy of Green Day.

So how can you help?
* Contact me if you'd like to do a story about WHY.
* Donate to Hungerthon directly, and receive an Imagine There's No Hunger gift, at
* Become a fan of WHY on Facebook:
* Follow WHY on Twitter:
* Tweet or post this: Hunger affects 36.2M Americans daily. Imagine There's No Hunger. Follow @Hungerthon to help or visit


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THIS TIME NEXT YEAR To Support Four Year Strong "Enemy Of The World" Tour In January/February 2010

NOV 23 - California's This Time Next Year will kick off 2010 alongside Four Year Strong, The Bled, Strike Anywhere, and Title Fight for a four week tour in January and February. The pop-punk outfit come armed with an incredible new album, Road Maps And Heart Attacks, and several US tours under their belt, having shared the stage with many of the scene's current heavyweights including Cartel, Set Your Goals, and Hit The Lights.

Produced by Brian McTernan (Hot Water Music, Circa Survive, Senses Fail), Road Maps And Heart Attacks was released in October 2009 through a unique "choose your own price" model for fans. Channelingsuch genre staples as New Found Glory, Saves the Day, and Blink182, This Time Next Year have also delivered two solid EPs since forming in 2006.

w/Four Year Strong
1/14 Philadelphia, PA @ First Unitarian Church
1/15 Washington, DC @ The Rock And Roll Hotel
1/16 Richmond, VA @ Canal Club Downstairs
1/18 Ft. Lauderdale, FL @ Culture Room
1/19 Orlando, FL @ The Social
1/20 Atlanta, GA @ The Masquerade
1/21 Pensacola, FL @ Sluggo's
1/22 Houston, TX @ Meridian
1/23 Dallas, TX @ The Door
1/24 San Antonio, TX @ White Rabbit
1/26 Tempe, AZ @ The Clubhouse Music Venue1/27 Las Vegas, NV @ The Farm
1/28 W. Hollywood, CA @ The Troubadour
1/29 San Diego, CA @ Soma Sidestage
1/30 Anaheim, CA @ Chain Reaction
1/31 San Francisco, CA @ Bottom Of The Hill
2/02 Salt Lake City, UT @ Kilby Court
2/03 Denver, CO @ Marquis Theatre
2/05 Des Moines, IA @ House of Bricks
2/06 Minneapolis, MN @ Triple Rock
2/07 Chicago, IL @ Reggie's Rock Club
2/08 Detroit, MI @ Magic Stick
2/09 Covington, KY @ The Madhatter2/10 Cleveland Heights, OH @ Grog Shop
2/12 New York, NY @ Gramercy Theatre

Jessie Murphy in the Woods Debut Album Eight Belles: March 9, 2010

"The Woods' new album, Eight Belles... sweeps the listener in its wake ... ethereal, mystical, spiritual and haunting, the New York City based trio plays with a sense of wonder and discovery that makes them one of 2009's singular new acts to watch." Vent Vox

A lonely little girl is riding a big brown horse on a crisp autumn day. She doesn't know it yet but the rest of her life will be spent trying to recapture that one perfect moment. Jessie Murphy In The Woods sing the songs that sustain her journey. The group is a New York City based all female "chamber pop" trio comprise of three music teachers. Their sound is Neko Case meets Vampire Weekend meets The Carter Family at a salon hosted jointly by Stevie Nicks and Emily Dickinson.


"Their sound is so unique that it has to generate notice and when it does, they are going to beheard everywhere...Listen to them now, don't wait another minute." Mossip

Eight Belles - the band's debut release - which features 9 tracks as unique as the women themselves, will be released in March 9, 2010. The songs are laced with hauntingly beautiful vocals and dreamlike imagery. Ranging from the gorgeous "New York City Lights" to "When I Am A Horse Again" - a eulogy to a filly who died on the racetrack during 2008's Kentucky Derby, to "God Save Owen Wilson (he's a lot like me)," Jessie Murphy in the Woods are evocative storytellers.

"Creating magic each time they step on stage." Wildy's World

At the helm of this band is singer/guitarist /songwriter Jessie Murphy- a critically acclaimed musician who got her start on the NYC anti-folk scene. The New Yorker once described her as,
"A winning singer-songwriter who wields a bluesy guitar." And, the Village Voice says, "Jessie Murphy has a voice like rippling silk and plays the notes on her guitar bluer than her eyes. "

"Young, talented and creating music with a sound all their own, Jessie Murphy In the Woods soon might be the tallest tree in the alt-folk forest. Triple Dead Heat

In 2008, while working on her Masters Degree in Music at Columbia University, she met and befriended Marcia Wood (Wurlitzer, flute, clarinet, harmonica, pan pipes and vocals) and Amy Wood(horn, cajon/percussion, flute, melodica, autoharp and vocals). Jessie, Marcia, and Amy are all NYC public school music teachers (just in case the plethora of musical instruments didn't tip you off.)

Jessie Murphy In The Woods has become a world unto themselves. Jessie enthuses, "The more time we spend and sing together, the more unified we become, and the more we have to give in our performances. We're discovering the realm of our music as it happens." Marcia says, "There's a chamber like quality to our shows, a shared sense of intimacy." On Eight Belles, you hear the sounds and magic of a band coming together. If their music sounds like a fairy tale, it's fitting, for it's in its own glorious place and time. Now saddle up and ride along, it's a long way to forever.

Preview tracks:


‘Funeral Singers,’ the single from Califone’s critically acclaimed album All My Friends Are Funeral Singers

‘Funeral Singers,’ the single from Califone’s critically acclaimed album All My Friends Are Funeral Singers (Dead Oceans). The album acts as a companion to Califone frontman Tim Rutili’s first feature film that he wrote and directed, also called All My Friends Are Funeral Singers. The highly anticipated film (starring cult indie actress Angela Bettis of Girl, Interrupted fame) is expected to screen at several film festivals early next year.

The music video for ‘Funeral Singers’ features footage from the film.

califone - funeral singers from Califone on Vimeo.

Thursday, November 19, 2009

Jason Segel made a surprise appearance at the Swell Season show in LA last night, and premiered a new song!

Check this out! Jason Segel made a surprise appearance at the Swell Season show in LA last night, and premiered a new song!

Jason consulted the Swell Season's Marketa Irglova for songwriting tips and she told him to "include as much personal information as you can."

As you can tell from this new tune - which includes Jason's full acting CV, phone #, and some other (very) personal details - he took the advice to heart.

Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Orba Squara Sat., Nov 21 at Knitting Factory with Jad Fair

Orba Squara’s second release The Trouble With Flying is out now. Bigger in sound and scope to his debut sunshyness, but the new songs are still based Mitch Davis’ folk-pop that has been compared to Simon & Garfunkel, Iron and Wine, and Cat Stevens. A surprise on the album are performances from Billy Squier on the title track and “Tell Me.”

Video for The Trouble With Flying:
(taken from thousands of still shots from the bands ten day cross-country trip from NYC to Portland, OR, also featured on the band’s site

Brett Dennen Fri., Nov. 20 at Terminal 5 with Grace Potter and the Nocturnals

Brett Dennen's is touring behind his brand new EP recorded NYC-based ex-pats Forro in the Dark, who previously recorded with Steve Earle, David Byrne, The Brazilian Girls, and recently Thom Yorke. Brett and Forro recorded Brazilian flavored versions of song from his 2007 Hope for the Hopeless, as well as the original "Joan of Arc." Also on the EP is Brett's duet Long Road to Forgiveness" with Jason Mraz.

Tuesday, November 17, 2009

Aaliyah, "Try Again" (Belief RMX).. pt 1 of Belief's Aaliyah remix project

installment 1 of Belief's Aaliyah remix project... installment two next week!


Daily Dose Pick: Them Crooked Vultures
5:14 pm Tuesday Nov 17, 2009 by Doug Levy

Combining Foo Fighter Dave Grohl, Queens of the Stone Age’s Josh Homme, and Led Zeppelin legend John Paul Jones, Them Crooked Vultures are as super as supergroups come.

While the trio’s collaboration has been rumored since 2005, it was only in the last few months that it surfaced fully formed — first through a series of teaser videos, then with live shows, and now with the release of its self-titled debut album, featuring the groove-heavy lead single “New Fang.”

Visit Them Crooked Vultures on MySpace, check out their official site, become a fan on Facebook, and buy the album.


with distribution by Burnside & Ioda
Check out the Giorgio Moroder meets Modern Lovers groove of The Prairie Cartel’s “Cracktown” revisited by Hey Champ! On this mighty slick digitized visual delight.

Every so often a debut comes your way, and it's possible to let it pass you by. Don't let this one be one of those mistakes.

"Let it be said that I came dangerously close to not even playing this album. Somehow it made it into my car stereo – and I got into this album in a big way over the past few weeks.
Where Did All My People Go, has elements of The Prodigy (the good shit – the back half of Music For The Jilted Generation), LCD Soundsystem and moments of Kasabian and other recent UK Britpop acts. The Prairie Cartel have found a way to marry sublime vocals over interesting loops and beats in a way nobody else I’ve heard in the past few years has been able to." -Fazer Magazine

"A mix between CSS and the Prodigy with the ubiquitous New Order influence present. From the get-go the band lets the listener know that its party time. "Keep Everybody Warm" has a bit of a Chemical Brothers vibe to it. The mood continues with "Homicide" which has all the panache LCD Soundsystem's "Daft Punk is Playing at My House" and "Jump Like Chemicals" which sounds like a techno remix of Black Sabbath's "Crazy Train". -Surviving The Golden Age
“A Dirty freakout that bounces grimy guitar, throbbing beats and distant screeches off each other until your body can barely stand it.” -Chicago Tribune

Since today is record release day, this Chicago outfit are offering you some tasty disco biscuits from their sonically diverse, and slow-burning addictive debut Where Did All My People Go. First up, is our free mp3 download that truly captures the anarchy and spirit of a mid-western band giddy to wrap their electronics with the necks of their guitars.

Rearranged, and tweaked into near perfection this remix is courtesy of Chicago newcommers Bright Lights. Cheeky and fun crank this one up, grab it here and feel free to post!

Another sizzling offering comes from the highly sought after Chicago duo Santiago and Bushido’s who’s tech house remix of Beautiful Shadow has been slammed in the local clubs and already a favorite from those who discovered it on the blogs. While Sensory overload says “For us they sound like the lead singer of The National fronting The Klaxons." We think it’s David Gahan’s Personal Jesus roped in with some mighty fine tech-tinged house beats and laced with acid synths. There's an undeniably organic sonic quality to their remix which pays tribute to the original version when the elements expand into spacier regions, but its core always remains punchy and solid.

What the Press Have been saying about The Prairie Cartel:

"Booming guitars freak out! A project both surprisingly accessible and disarmingly melodic. It’s about time!" -The Onion
"Raw, buzzsaw guitars grind against digital squeals and shouted choruses on "Suitcase Pimp" while tension builds in the hyper-local "Cracktown," as it name-checks the grimy streets of Uptown. Elsewhere, the band flirts with melody over fuzz-laden riffs on "No Light Escapes Here" while pseudo-Primal Scream cover "Fuck Yeah That Wide" builds into a spastic, psychedelic freakout." -Illinois Entertainer

“What sets The Prairie Cartel apart is an infusion of what we can only describe as the Midwestern work ethic into their tunes. The songs are solid, burly, and imposing in their approach. The members of The Prairie Cartel already have a long history crafting incredible rock and/or roll guitar hooks, so they meld that with their honest appreciation and manipulation of the dance genre to create a sonically monstrous hybrid. This flexibility, and intensity, mixed with the confident delivery of men certain of their pursuits, that makes Where Did All My People Go hold our attention for its duration, and it's those things that send up to the turntable as the needle scratches towards the label, turn the record over, and play it all over again." -Chicagoist
“The Prairie Cartel invokes what was great about the late 90s—industrial dance rock could top the charts, video games were gods, and we’d go anywhere as long as it meant we were out on Friday night. Gritty, tongue-in-cheek dancescapes. Sounds like: early NIN, The Faint, LCD Soundsystem.” -RCRD LBL

"An intelligent (and frankly quite talented) blend of high-energy electronic, dirty rock and unapologetic funk helps to create the soul of "Suitcase Pimp." Lyrically, Chicago's The Prairie Cartel seem to enjoy a lot of the same subject matter as fellow North-westerners, Electric Six. The music, however, is more pulse quickening. And while they're not afraid to wear their dj roots on their sleeves; The Prairie Cartel uses it's collective rock band past to create a danceable rock band future.” -The Daily Thread
The Prairie Cartel started as an excuse for Scott Lucas (Local H), Blake Smith and Mike Willison (both ex-Caviar) to do this in Mike's basement while playing their favorite records. Albums on DFA, Matador, Wax Trax, Modular andCreation were all in heavy rotation during those dark months except when the whisky came out and it went all Ummagumma on them.

Where Did All My People Go is set for release on November 17th


November 17, 2009 -- It was announced today that William Morris Endeavor Entertainment has inked an international representation agreement with ex-KoRn guitarist BRIAN “HEAD” WELCH. The initial term of the agreement is for three years. Ember Rigsby Tanksley of WMEE will be principally responsible for spearheading representation duties from WMEE’s Nashville, TN office.
The addition of HEAD to its existing powerhouse music division continues to fulfill WMEE’s post-merger goal (with Endeavor) of adding marquee names to its roster. Although based out of Nashville, Tanksley will also work with and take advantage of WMEE’s offices and agents in its Los Angeles, New York, and London offices. Tanksley also handles duties for such top Christian acts as Flyleaf, Emery, and Switchfoot. WMEE’s traditional recording artist roster includes Foo Fighters, Nine Inch Nails, Ozzy Osbourne, Tool, Shinedown, Puddle of Mudd and the Goo Goo Dolls, to name a few.
Tanksley’s reaction to the signing was filled with excitement and optimism: "We are very excited to be part of HEAD's team. He has an authenticity in his ministry that will speak to people in a different way. We are looking forward to sharing in his accomplishments and great success!”
Earlier this year, HEAD announced that he had chosen his bandmates—Michael Valentine (bass); Scott Von Heldt (guitars); Ralph Patlan (guitars); Brian Ruedy (keyboards, programming) and Dan Johnson (drums). The band toured lightly in 2009; but is ready to hit the road full time in 2010.
Currently, HEAD and his band are in Nashville recording HEAD’s next album with Grammy®-nominated producer Rob Graves (RED, Pillar). The album is targeted for completion February 2010, with a release shortly thereafter on his Driven Music Group label (with distribution through Ryko/Warner Music Group).
Reached at the Nashville recording studio, HEAD commented about the WMEE deal: "I’m really excited about my deal with William Morris Endeavor, and I’m honored to be on the roster of one of the largest and most storied agencies in existence. I would like to publicly thank Ember Rigsby Tanksley and her entire team at WMEE for their belief in what I am trying to do. I feel like this is the final piece in the puzzle that we have been working on to take us to the next level.”
“The production on our new record is going awesome with Rob Graves,” he continues. “Our goal is to get the record completely mixed and mastered by the first part of February, and released immediately thereafter. My band is together, helping with the recording, and we will be ready for a full U.S. tour beginning early next year.”
HEAD helped found the nu-metal band Korn. While with KoRn, HEAD received six Grammy® Award nominations, winning two, while selling over 30 million records worldwide. In early 2005, HEAD rocked the music world by announcing his resignation from KoRn. At the time, HEAD was committed to moving away from the crazy KoRn life to continue to care for his daughter, Jennea, as a single father. Additionally, HEAD committed his life to Christ with the goal of touching people’s lives and giving back to those most desperately in need.
In 2007, HEAD penned a New York Times best-selling (non-fiction) autobiography, “Save Me From Myself” (Harper Collins). HEAD’s debut album, also entitledSAVE ME FROM MYSELF, was released on September 9, 2008 with Driven Music Group, through Ryko Distribution/Warner Music Group, Word Entertainment (Christian market), and Warner Music International (ADA Global—Canada). The album debuted at #13 on Billboard’s “Top Hard Rock Albums” chart, and continues to impact the market. The album has been described as a “heavy metal epic, with a positive message.”

Monday, November 16, 2009


Vagrant Records will release EELS’ eighth studio album End Times on January 19. EELS is the ever-changing project of singer/songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Mark Oliver Everett (aka E). End Times follows on the heels of EELS’ critically acclaimed 2009 release Hombre Lobo, hailed by Vanity Fair as “anti-anthems that get your dopamine pumping instead of your fist” and praised by Rolling Stone for its “muddy roadhouse rockers.” Largely self-recorded on an old four track tape machine in the basement of Everettt’s Los Angeles home, the “end times” he writes about isn’t “Mayan calendar conspiracy theory bullshit,” says Everett, but, “the state of the desperate times we live in. The bottom line-ness of it all.”

While Hombre Lobo was written from the point of view of a fictional character (namely, the Dog Faced Boy of EELS’ 2001 album Souljacker), End Times is purely real life as Everett sees it: a “divorce album” with a modern twist. He equates his personal loss with the world he lives in losing its integrity. This isn’t Everett’s first break-up record. His 1993 solo effort, Broken Toy Shop, chronicled the broken heart of a young man in his twenties. End Times focuses on the loss of a middle-aged man growing as an artist. The loss has more weight.

As for the timing of the release, “I felt guilty about the long gap between the last two albums so I’m making up for lost time,” Everett says. The longest gap between EELS albums (four years between the 2005 release Blinking Lights and Other Revelations and the 2009 Hombre Lobo) is being followed by the shortest (six months between Hombre Lobo and End Times).

During the four years prior to Hombre Lobo Everett embarked on a number of projects including his acclaimed book Things the Grandchildren Should Know and the BBC produced multiple-award winning Parallel Worlds, Parallel Lives documentary film about Everett and his quantum physicist father, Hugh Everett III, which was broadcast on PBS’ Nova series in the fall of 2008. Everett says he’s now “back to my real job: making music full time.”

EELS are offering a FREE download of the track "Little Bird" from their new record, "End Times," in anticipation of the album's release on January 19 via Vagrant Records.


The UK’S Most Sought After Producer, Coveted DJ and Rising Pop Star: KISSY SELL OUT COMES TO STUDIO AT WEBSTER HALL!
FRIDAY, 11/20

$1 Drinks + $1 Admission from 10 to 12 with RSVP


"The Electro album of the year" - Sunday Times Culture

"Kissy knows how to put a thumping sequence of beats a
bizarre cross between The Streets and Lady Sovereign, this album is
nothing if not 11 tracks of pure unashamed fun" -ARTROCKER

"Kissy is a composer who’s managed to massage his well-rounded club
noises into ideal pop ditties. Think Friendly Fires, The Whip, Black Ghosts;
jaunty, bouncy with vocals so apt soundtrack for
many kids" - IDJ
Kissy Sell Out is an electro-pop musical prodigy. Initially the new DJ kid on the block, he has earned his reputation by becoming the remixer-du-jour for a smattering of celebrated artists ranging from Mark Ronson, Calvin Harris,Datarock, Chromeo and Dragonette, to Groove Armada and Gwen Stefani and the recent number 1 in the UK and Europe from the Noisettes. After supporting The Prodigy on their mammoth UK arena tour, Kissy Sell Out completed his own sell out British tour and a successfull round of Festival dates with his band -including Glastonbury, The Great Escape, Rockness, Ibiza Rocks and Bestival, -supporting his debut album release "Youth". They made a splash at 2009's SXSW debuting their raucuous live show where everyone from the NY Times to URB and Big Shot came around to take witness.

Now Kissy Sell Out sets his sights on America, but before we get more live performances, Kissy Sell Out has aFriday night party planned for all NY'ers ahead as he takes the decks at Webster Hall on Friday, November 20th! You can be sure he will drop off some of your favorite tunes, tracks you've never heard before and debuting original material from his Youth album!

Big news indeed for this talented maestro and BBC Radio 1’s most coveted DJ, whose unique brand of electro-grunge was initially introduced in 2006 with his debut single “Her” (released on the London-based independent label Lavolta, having been championed by Rough Trade). For Kissy Sell Out, this was the first, most exemplary reflection of how he pulls inspiration from a myriad of musical influences including Nirvana and DJ Hype, to Felix Da Housecat andSWANS, one of Kissy Sell Out’s personal favorites…

Kissy is a man of fervent obsessions of which music is the greatest, and his band will undoubtedly be the most innovate and exciting act to explode out of the UK this year. In the meantime, come catch him on decks at Webster Hall.

"Youth is really personal and I'm so proud of it." - Kissy Sell Out

"...80's influenced synth-pop and Lilly-Allen style observational lyrics...
The driving, distorted riff on Harriet hits specially hard" - Q

"Easygoing stuff that feels like Lilly Allen's debut crossed with FrankMusik" - DJ

Thursday, November 12, 2009


'Hustler's Son' Produced By Jason Boesel and Jonathan Wilson (Elvis Costello / Jenny Lewis) With All-Star Guests

Jason Boesel

For the last 15 years, LA-based drummer Jason Boesel has been planted firmly behind the kit, keeping time for the likes of Rilo Kiley, Bright Eyes, The Elected, and more recently, Conor Oberst and The Mystic Valley Band. Boesel was inspired to pick up the guitar and write his own record after his friends raved about the first song he ever wrote: 'Hustler's Son.' Now, a few studio sessions later, Jason Boesel announces his solo debut for Team Love Records: 'Hustler's Son,' out January 12, 2010.

Boesel headed into the studio in March of 2009 with a core group of collaborators: Mystic Valley Band member Nik Freitas, Blake Mills (Band of Horses, Julian Casablancas), and producer Jonathan Wilson (Elvis Costello 'Momofuku' and Jenny Lewis 'Acid Tongue'). He eventually sought out the additional talents of Benmont Tench (Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers), Orenda Fink (O + S, Azure Ray), David Rawlings (Gillian Welch, Old Crow Medicine Show), Taylor Goldsmith (Dawes), and fellow Rilo Kiley member Blake Sennett.

The result is an 11-song Americana album filled with powerful imagery and a sound that brings new colors to the sonic palette of country-folk greats like Townes Van Zandt, mid-'70s California rock, and the alt-country scene of today.

Listen to the first single- "Hand Of God" - available for download here:

While "Hand of God" is nearest to Boesel's breezy alt-country leanings, the entirety of 'Hustler's Son' is a road trip of an aural and emotional experience. Boesel isn't shy to admit his soft spot for the Southern California sound, but his sonic inspirations are as diverse as the places he's visited on the road. The music proves it: Dark "Black Waves" rolls in with West Palm Beach's "hurricane sand" and psychotropic guitars, "French Kissing" rocks to allusions of Santa Barbara's shores, "Burned Out And Busted" finds Boesel stranded in the desert, and the insatiable jam "I Got The Reason #1" - a fan favorite played by Conor Oberst and the Mystic Valley Band on tour- leaves Jason in the lobby of a hotel, waiting for the next surprise.

Sure, Boesel owes a lot to the road that inspired a moving album with many startling turns, but he'll return the favor in February on a national tour in support of 'Hustler's Son.'

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Jason Boesel

'Hustler's Son'
Team Love Records
U.S. Street date: January 12, 2010

1. Black Waves
2. Hand of God
3. French Kissing
4. Burned Out and Busted
5. New World Mama
6. Miracles
7. Hustler's Son
8. Getting Healthy (Good Luck)
9. I Got the Reason #1
10. Was It, Man?
11. Winking Eyes