The Hawaiian rock band Pepper debuted their new 3-D video “Drunk Girl” this week. It had a joint premiere on Soundspike.com and on Pepper’s website, www.pepperlive.com. In fact, if you head over to the band’s website, you can get a free pair of 3D glasses. Watch the video here
Vanguard Recording artist Daphne Willis is taking an unconventional approach to her upcoming release Because I Can. The new record will be part of an ongoing strategy to release more music more often throughout the course of a year. Because I Can, produced by Tim Lauer, will be rolled out over a four and a half-month campaign that will feature a series of three two-track digital 45s and will culminate with the physical release featuring nine additional tracks.
The program, entitled “Music Frequencies,” will kick off in January with the first two-track digital 45, featuring the lead single “I Will Be Waiting” and non-album b-side “This Song,” hitting all digital retail outlets on January 11th, 2011. Willis will follow the January digital 45 release with subsequent two-track digital single releases on February 8th and March 8th, 2011. Because I Can, the full-length album will be available on April 19th.
“‘I Will Be Waiting’ is a song about being patient and supportive with the special people in your life. Be the rock, not the hard place. To always stay positive and happy to have someone who appreciates who you are” explains Willis. This first single kicks off the overall positive theme of the record which deals directly with opening up to new experiences and realizing that challenges lead to personal growth.
Daphne Willis first burst into the music scene with her debut CD, What to Say which the Chicago Tribune hailed, “…a significantly soulful Jason Mraz-ish pop record that sounds as if a horn section wandered into a coffee shop and decided to funk things up a bit.”
For more on Daphne Willis, visit www.daphnewillis.com
Walnut Creek, CA’s This Time Next Year is happy to announce that they will enter the studio in early January with producer, and New Found Glory guitarist, Chad Gilbert [A Day To Remember, H20, Fireworks] to record the follow-up to their 2009 release, Road Maps and Heart Attacks.
The studio time will unfortunately conflict with the previously announced tour with Transit and Daytrader. All east coast tour dates for This Time Next Year have officially been cancelled. A message from the band can be seen below:
We’re bummed to have to cancel the upcoming tour with Transit and Daytrader. They are great friends of ours and helped us out a ton with setting up this tour. They will still be doing the tour and Into It. Over It. has been added to several of the dates. They will be really great shows and we hope that you can all still make it out and support our friends.
We hope you all know that we would never cancel a show or tour unless we had a great reason for it. We’ve been writing and demoing for a while now and have been anxious to get into the studio, so when the opportunity to record with Chad presented itself, we couldn’t pass it up. We start pre-production in early January and couldn’t be more excited to record our new music. Thank you so much to everyone who has expressed interest in our band and in the tour. We promise to make it up to those who planned on coming out to the East Coast shows and are looking forward to sharing our new album with everyone in the new year.
-This Time Next Year
Dec 23, 2010
The snow is deep in Toronto. We played our last show of the year a few weeks ago in Miami and since then we’ve been in righteous hibernation at Giant Studios. It feels good to be back in the neighbourhood. Today we break for the holidays, which means the band will scatter to parts unknown for a while. So far the sessions have been intense. We’ve got about 12 new songs bouncing off the walls in there and only another thousand hours to go. Which is alright by me. So much happened these past two years with Fantasies, there was no way for me to grasp it all in the moment and still enjoy it all the way. Maybe it’s time to brush up on my Buddhism? I don’t know. I’m really shit at posting regular blogs and updates because I don’t want to let anything interfere with the quality reality unfolding all around me. I guess I’m old fashioned, or maybe it’s just selfish, but I still romanticize the 1970s (gasp!) and I don’t want to be a reporter, I want to be a musician. The music speaks first. Tweets, blogs + interviews are reserved for my potentially scandalous late night observations, news of our latest accomplishments, psychoanalysis style chats with journos, talking up bands we love and highlighting world events that are way more important than anything we will ever do or say.
But now… we’re ready to remember.
For all those times we didn’t send vibrations through the online world, we’re proud to present a kind of advent calendar of our most resilient Fantasies-era memories, good + bad. We’re looking at December 2008-December 2010. We’re calling it Fantasies Flashbacks. Every day from now until New Years Eve, we’ll be posting something from that portion of the always-gone-forever past. We’re hoping you’ll join in on the retrospective by sending us photos of yourself + your friends at one of our concerts, stories describing adventures that happened with Fantasies as the soundtrack to your life, classic video clips and whatever you treasure from the last couple years we all spent together dancing in the dark. If you’ve got something to contribute, go here for further instructions. Deadline for submissions is December 31st, 2010. In early January, we’ll post a selection of the best! If you’re sending photos, don’t forget to include a few words describing the moment, and why it meant something to you. That’s the whole point. Just like that, another year gone and a brand new Metric record on the way. In the words of Jimmy Shaw, “time spent is time owned.” And we won’t say we haven’t lived.
So let’s all take a breath and let the Flashbacks begin. I know Bob Dylan said “don’t look back,” but that was before most of us were even born and way before the 24-hour news cycle. It’s all pretty full on and I could use a little perspective. I’m looking forward to checking out your submissions.
P.S Weirdly, this is the most effortless post I’ve written since the days when I was personally mailing out our music from Los Angeles with individual letters enclosed. Maybe it’s because I’m not about to walk on stage in 5 minutes. Maybe I’m getting my brain back. Who knows. Let’s see if it lasts or I end up opting for old school silence again. Your guess is as good as mine.
Looking forward to looking back.
As Chicago’s Castevet prepares for a short holiday tour across the Midwest and East Coast with Stay Ahead Of The Weather, the emo-punk quartet has announced that it will be changing its name to CSTVT.
While the transition will be gradual, the band’s upcoming full-length on new label home Run For Cover Records – as well as its 7″ label debut due out next month – will reflect the name change. On tour, CSTVT will actually have an extremely limited number of 50 test pressings of the 2-song 7″ for sale. Each will feature exclusive tour-only screen-printed jackets.
Previous releases such as Summer Fences and the outfit’s most recent LP on Tiny Engines, the critically acclaimed The Echo & The Light, will continue to reflect the old name. That is, until all existing copies have been sold and the records need to be repressed.
On that note, Tiny Engines has six copies of The Echo & The Light 12″ remaining. Grab one of these first pressings here before they’re gone!
TOUR w/ Stay Ahead Of The Weather
DEC 26 – Howell, MI @ Howell Opera House W/ Koji, The Felix Culpa
DEC 27 – Bethlehem, PA @ Fountain Hill American Legion w/ Street Smart Cyclist, My Heart To Joy
DEC 28 – Harrisburg, PA @ Midtown Scholar w/ Koji, Balance and Composure
DEC 29 – Brooklyn, NY @ Emerald City w/ Agent, Daytrader
DEC 30 – New Haven, CT @ Cookie Jar w/ Snowing, The World Is A Beautiful Place …
DEC 31 – Philadelphia, PA @ The Fire w/ Snowing, Everyone Everywhere
JAN 01 – Akron, OH @ It’s A Kling Thing
JAN 02 – Chicago, IL @ Subterranean w/ Bongripper, Coping