All entries from February 2010

Saturday February 27, 2010 (54 months ago)

Bad Veins: "Your Three Words"

Bad Veins’ “Gold and Warm” this morning on Good Morning America.

Friday February 26, 2010 (54 months ago)

Codeine Velvet Club Announce First US Shows

Codeine Velvet Club, the new musical project composed of The Fratellis’ Jon Lawler and singer/songwriter Lou Hickey, will play their first-ever US shows this March. They are slated for five performances at this year’s upcoming South By Southwest Music Conference in Austin, TX.

Directly following their appearances at SXSW, the band will embark on a west coast tour in support of Canadian indie-pop band Metric. The tour kicks off March 21st in Seattle, WA and continues through March 26th in Los Angeles, CA.

The collaboration began when Lawler, taking a break from whirlwind touring and recording with The Fratellis, teamed up with Hickey to work on a track – the jazzy, big-band duet titled “Vanity Kills” – for her record. The song inspired the duo to embark on a full-fledged project together. The resulting album features an elegant orchestral score written by Mick Cooke of Belle & Sebastian, backing vocals by the Gospel Truth Choir and strings parts recorded by renowned classical musicians, including legendary trumpeter Derek Watkins.

The group celebrates Lawler and Hickey’s shared love of ’60s boy-girl duets, dramatic orchestral pop and dark postwar Hollywood and Las Vegas romanticism. Lawler drew inspiration for the album’s dark energy and vampish edge from his time spent in Hollywood. He described his vision for Codeine Velvet Club’s album as sounding like ‘60s soundtrack composer (and James Bond theme-tune creator) John Barry “playing with a rock ‘n roll band.”

Head to the Codeine Velvet Club tours page for details.

Wednesday February 24, 2010 (54 months ago)

SSPU On Jimmy Fallon

Silversun Pickups will be performing on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon on Thursday, March 4th. If you’d like to check out the performance go to fallonbandbench.com for your chance to win a seat on the band bench (on stage) during the performance. You must include the following code in your entry form to be registered: SUN

Good luck!

Monday February 22, 2010 (54 months ago)

Minus the Bear's New LP OMNI Out May 4th

We are very excited to announce the May 4th release of the new Minus the Bear album, OMNI. Produced by Grammy Award-winning producer Joe Chiccarelli (The White Stripes, My Morning Jacket), OMNI showcases the Seattle quintet’s remarkable gift for crafting visionary and gripping compositions, as well as revealing new layers in their songwriting as they pursue the next level in their inimitable musical style. OMNI is a riveting new album of rich soundscapes illustrated by Minus the Bear’s trademark precision and tremendous growth as artistic lyricists and songwriters. Beginning April 21st, Minus the Bear will embark on a 6-week North American tour premiering these new tracks. Dates to be announced shortly. OMNI marks the first release for the band on Dangerbird.

With deep bass lines, mesmerizing syncopated guitar riffs, provocative lyrics and stimulating keyboards, OMNI explodes with a bursting energy and unpredictable experimentation. OMNI continues Minus the Bear’s shape-shifting evolution and is a culmination of their past influences and present inspirations. Over the years, Minus the Bear has won over legions of fans and critics with an exhilarating live show and a sound that is uniquely their own.

Tour dates, track listing and more news to be announced shortly.

Monday February 22, 2010 (54 months ago)

Minus the Bear: Hear to Help

American Eagle and Filter Magazine have put together an exclusive compilation CD to benefit relief and recovery efforts in Haiti, which includes the Minus the Bear song “Broken China.” The CD, entitled “Hear to Help,” is available beginning today through March 19 in all 938 stores across the U.S. and Canada, while supplies last. The CD will be available online at ae.com beginning February 24.

One hundred percent of the $10 retail price will go directly to Oxfam America, an international relief and development organization that creates lasting solutions to poverty, hunger, and injustice. In Haiti, Oxfam’s efforts include providing water, latrines, plastic sheeting, cash, and relief materials to those who have gathered in temporary camps both within the city and in hard-hit outlying areas.

“We are so grateful for the unbelievable generosity of the artists, labels, managers, and publishers to donate their works to this great cause,” said Alan Miller, co-owner of FILTER Creative Group and FILTER Magazine.

The CD includes tracks from Beck, Snow Patrol, Keane, Air, Charlotte Gainsbourg, Julian Casablancas, Black Rebel Motorcycle Club and others.

Thursday February 18, 2010 (54 months ago)

Pierce Brosnan: Man On Our Street

The scene directly out the window of Dangerbird HQ a few weeks ago (the blue building is our office). See more pics of Pierce in our neighborhood at GQ.com.

Wednesday February 17, 2010 (54 months ago)

Dangerbird Welcomes Minus the Bear

We are proud to announce the signing of Seattle-based rockers Minus the Bear to our burgeoning roster. Dangerbird will release the band’s fourth LP this spring. “As music fans, we’ve adored Minus the Bear for years, so we’re honored to be in business with them,” exclaims Jeff Castelaz, co-founder/CEO of Dangerbird Records. “They had many options, and chose to make Dangerbird their new home. Something we take quite seriously.”

“After months of looking under rocks and in dark caves, we’ve found a nice place to nest with Dangerbird Records,” explains bassist Cory Murchy. “They are a label of artists for artists and we are very excited to work with their creative minds to continue to bring you quality craftsmanship and the very best we can provide for our fans, both old and the newly educated.”

Throughout their career, the quintet has garnered critical praise from the likes of Pitchfork, Spin, URB, Paste and Alternative Press and amassed an ever-growing fanbase as the result of their exciting live show and singular sound which showcases their adroit technical abilities.

Friday February 12, 2010 (55 months ago)

Eulogies - Goodbye

Check out this hand-made video for the Eulogies song ‘Goodbye.’

Directed by Nick Childs. Thanks to LAIKA/house for their production support.

Wednesday February 10, 2010 (55 months ago)

Dangerbird Welcomes Codeine Velvet Club

Codeine Velvet Club, the new musical project from The Fratellis’ Jon Lawler and singer/songwriter Lou Hickey, will release their self-titled US debut April 6th on Dangerbird.

The collaboration began when Lawler, taking a break from whirlwind touring and recording with The Fratellis, teamed up with Hickey to work on a track – the jazz-noir, big-band duet titled “Vanity Kills” – for her record. The song inspired the duo to embark on a full-fledged project together. The resulting album features an elegant orchestral score written by Mick Cooke of Belle & Sebastian, backing vocals by the Gospel Truth Choir and strings parts recorded by renowned classical musicians, including legendary trumpeter Derek Watkins.

The group celebrates Lawler and Hickey’s shared love of ’60s boy-girl duets, dramatic orchestral pop and dark postwar Hollywood and Las Vegas romanticism. Lawler drew inspiration for the album’s dark energy and vampish edge from his time spent in Hollywood. He described his vision for Codeine Velvet Club’s album as sounding like ‘60s soundtrack composer (and James Bond theme-tune creator) John Barry “playing with a rock ‘n roll band.”

Look for US tour dates soon, and hear a few live tracks on the Codeine Velvet Club MySpace.

Monday February 8, 2010 (55 months ago)

Silversun Pickups On The Verge

Head to USAToday.com for an interview with Silversun Pickups. The band discuss everything from touring to Lady Gaga to expensive band t-shirts. And don’t forget to check out the SSPU tours page for the latest dates.

Monday February 1, 2010 (55 months ago)

New Music From The One AM Radio

A brand new song from the upcoming One Am Radio record is out in the world today for the first time, via KEXP’s “Music That Matters” podcast. You can get it through iTunes, or from this link. Enjoy!

Sunday January 31, 2010 (55 months ago)

Silversun Pickups At The Grammy Awards Tonight!

Make sure to watch the 52nd annual GRAMMY Awards tonight (JAN 31) on CBS at 8pm ET/PT. Silversun Pickups are nominated for Best New Artist along with Zac Brown Band, MGMT, The Ting Tings and Keri Hilson. For details on the Best New Artist category, check out this article on Billboard.com. Good luck guys!

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