2011 December | The Audio Perv - Part 3
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20 Dec

In 2009, Miike Snow released their self-titled debut album much to the acclaim of critics and fans around the world and went on to perform at sold-out shows and festivals across the world and on TV. Miike Snow’s ‘Animal’ found it’s way into movies, commercials, dance floors and hearts, to became the ode of a generation. On March 27th 2012, Miike Snow is set to release one of the most highly anticipated followups, Happy To You, on Downtown Records / Universal Republic.

On their sophomore effort, Andrew Wyatt, Christian Karlsson and Pontus Winnberg draw from some of the most influential moments in pop, rock and electronic music to create a grandiose and haunting sound, an opus extending into the deep, dark and magical crevices of a wild imagination. Alongside all the fine-tuning and familiar sounds, Miike Snow’s new album also features full orchestras, brass sections and marching bands. On making the new record and the evolution of Miike Snow’s sound, Pontus Winnberg states, “Before this album, we were an idea. This time we were a band. And this time, we had paid our dues – we’d toured in 27 countries for 18 months. When we came in to make Happy To You, we came in as a unit, and emotionally for us that makes a huge difference. And hopefully you can hear it.” Recorded in various studios throughout Sweden and self-produced by the band, Miike Snow’s follow up is a complete and cohesive response to their widely well-received debut album. Swedish artist and director Andreas Nilsson has signed on for the campaign to visually bring the idea of the Jackalope and Miike Snow’s vision for the future to fruition. The first preview track, ‘Devil’s Work’, from Happy To You, finds the band weaving their signature balladry with anthemic dance rhythms and triumphant horns and snares. The track goes on sale on iTunes on December 20th.







20 Dec

Anthony Hamilton performed “Woo” on the Late Show with David Letterman.

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20 Dec

Goo Goo Dolls performed “All That You Are” on the Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson.

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20 Dec

The Klezmatics performed “Hanuka Gelt” on Conan.

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19 Dec

Macy Gray has signed to 429 Records for the upcoming release of her new album “Covered.” The album features Gray’s taking on Metallica’s “Nothing Else Matters,” Arcade Fire’s “Wake Up,” Radiohead’s “Creep,” My Chemical Romance’s “Teenagers,” the Eurythmics’ “Here Comes The Rain Again” and more. “Covered” is due out on March 27th.

Watch Macy Gray’s cover of “Nothing Else Matters”

Watch Macy Gray’s cover of “Creep”

Macy Gray also has recorded a song for the holidays, “What I Want For Christmas” which will be available as a free download on Amazon.com as part of their “25 Days Of Free Holiday Music” campaign. You can download Macy’s song on Christmas Day, December 25th.

429 Records is a unit of The Savoy Label Group (SLG). SLG is the North American based division of Nippon Columbia, the oldest music company in Japan. The Savoy Label Group has evolved into a Grammy Award winning and chart topping independent music company consistently outperforming competitors in key music categories as monitored by Billboard Magazine. The Savoy Label Group is led by Steve Vining and is based in Los Angeles, CA.


19 Dec

Die Antwoord will release their sophomore album, TEN$ION, on February 7th, 2012. The follow-up to their 2010 debut, $0$, the zef rap-rave crew also plans to hit the States for a U.S. tour beginning February 9 in Philadelphia.

Die Antwoord came together in 2008 in South Africa and consists of Ninja, Yo-Landi Vi$$er, and DJ Hi-Tek. Their debut album, $O$, was first made available February 2010 as a free download on their official website, and the band launched their first music videos, “Enter the Ninja” and “Zefside” on DIEANTWOORD.COM. That month DIEANTWOORD.COM received over 41 million hits and the server broke.

TEN$ION was recorded and produced in South Africa by DJ Hi-Tek with additional production by Ninja. TEN$ION is presented by ZEF Records, in association with Good Smile, and distributed globally by Downtown Records and COOP Music, Die Antwoord se rympies sal jou fokken kop skop.

02.09.12 – Philadelphia, PA – Trocadero Theatre
02.10.12 – Boston, MA – Paradise Rock Club
02.11.12 – New York, NY – Irving Plaza

02.12.12 – Washington D.C. – 930 Club
02.14.12 – Toronto, ON – The Phoenix Concert Theatre

02.15.12 – Chicago, IL – Metro

02.18.12 – Portland, OR – Roseland Theater
02.19.12 – Vancouver, BC – Commodore Ballroom
02.22.12 – San Francisco, CA – The Regency Ballroom

02.20.12 – Seattle, WA – Showbox at the Market

02.22.12 – San Francisco, CA – Regency Ballroom
02.24.12 – Los Angeles, CA – Club Nokia
02.25.12 – Las Vegas, NV – House of Blues



19 Dec

By Kevin Seaman

Two weekends ago, the hippies of the Northeast flocked all the way uptown to the opulent United Palace Theater for the String Cheese Incident’s first New York performances since 2007.

The last few years for the band have been relatively quiet tour-wise, but by no means have they been lying dormant. Their last major U.S. Tour took place in 2006 with stops in 40 U.S. cities from June through December including two shows in Anchorage, Alaska as well as a stop mid way through the tour at the Fuji Rock Festival in Nigata, Japan. In July of 2008, all the band’s members converged with their respective side projects’ at the Rothbury Music Festival in Rothbury, Michigan. The following year, the band returned to Rothbury to make their second and final appearance of 2009, but it would certainly not be their last dance in the magical “Sherwood Forest of a Dream.” This past summer, String Cheese produced and headlined the first annual Electric Forest Festival at Double JJ Ranch (the old Rothbury site) along with a score of other acts ranging from Dubstep extraordinaire Excision to the likes of Greensky Bluegrass and Lettuce. Much smaller and more intimate than its predecessor, Electric Forest has given new purpose to the band which performed as SCI on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday nights, and throughout the weekend with their respective side projects (Emmit Nershi Band, Kyle Hollingsworth Band, EOTO, etc.)

Since the original Rothbury in ‘09, live “incidents” have been somewhat few and far between, and are coveted gatherings for Cheese enthusiasts everywhere. The first half of 2011’s “Roots Run Deep” tour has gotten an overwhelming reaction from the fans, and has left everyone along the way begging for more. Set lists have been incredibly diverse and perfectly packed with just the right type of action that the String Cheese crowd craves. The best part about watching String Cheese is that they’re energy is more powerful and positive than any band you could ever see. The band’s visible interconnectedness is unrivaled and unmatched. Although they are most often compared to Phish as being a similar type of cerebrally engaging jam band whose fans have notably high SAT scores, their specific bag of tricks is really quite different, and their songs far less cryptic. Do I dare go as far as to say that either is better than the other? I think not. They both are black belts in the dojo that is the Jam Band Community, and creating the guise of a rivalry would simply be in bad taste.

As usual….I digress. I always feel the need to give my readers something more than just a review of an album or a concert. If you know nothing about this band, I like giving you some context so that maybe my article will sway your interests. After all, sharing music is my biggest passion. Again…I DIGRESS.

The two New York shows were unbelievable. Saturday night more so than Friday, but not by such a margin that would in any way discredit Friday’s show. When fans first piled in to the incredibly ornate Palace Theater, the crowd energy was electric with excitement, and fans were stunned by the amazingly detailed architecture of the theater. The inside of the building looks like it belongs in the Vatican. This is the type of place that I would feel compelled to do push ups in if I spilled a glass of water. Now that I think about it, String Cheese literally “took us to church” considering that the Theater is most frequently used as a house of worship. If the shoe fits, right? The only problem with this was that alcohol was not permitted inside the auditorium, and only beer and wine were available outside. This however did not stop anyone from bringing they’re own, and apparently the management had no intention to since the security check was non-existent. I mean completely non-existent. You could probably have brought in a bong…or a bomb. But Cheese Heads aren’t in to that type of stuff. By stuff of course, I’m talking about Bombs, not Bongs. The latter I can’t necessarily speak to. Although the venue was all seats, the crowd didn’t seem affected at all as the isles had tons of room, as did the front of the orchestra section. Notable highlights from Friday night included “Way That It Goes>Song In My Head> It Is What It Is” to close the first set, and “Sirens” and “Round The Wheel” in the second set. Saturday night, the band really caught fire from the opening notes of one of their most beloved covers- the Talking Heads’ “Naïve Medloy (This Must Be The Place).” It’s difficult for me to decide what I feel were the “highlights” here because quite frankly, it reached a permanent plateau somewhere between life changing and cosmically delicious from the very start. Anyway, my personal favorites of the night were “Miss Brown’s Teahouse>Chameleon>Miss Brown’s Teahouse”, and “Colorado Bluebird Sky>Rollover>Colorado Blue Bird Sky” from the first set. From the second set, I’d have to go with…..the entire thing. Not a moment was spent any less peaked-ly than the one before it, and it was a truly wild ride straight through to the end. “Lets Go Outside>Restless Wind>On The Road>Betray the Dark>Drums>Joyful Sound>National Anthem>Bumpin’ Reel>Can’t Stop Now” is just about as good a set of music as I could ever ask for. Jason Hann’s 8-minute bongo-centered drum solo was one of the most impressive things I’ve seen in some time, and Radiohead’s “National Anthem” was certainly an entertaining curve ball. Not to mention- my favorite String Cheese tune of all time- Joyful Sound. To me, it’s the definition of a perfect song.

Although I promised not to compare Phish and Cheese, I have no doubt that String Cheese has the best fans of any band on the circuit. Of course you still have swarms of smelly hippies, but at least they aren’t violent, too young to feel comfortable partying around, or irresponsible on the whole. You get a much more mature feel at these shows which is a comforting feeling for us seasoned vets. Simply put, it just feels right. The Cheese Heads are a great gathering of likeminded folks respecting everything and everyone around them, and going out of there way to enhance the next fan’s experience. These guys made for one hell of a weekend, and I’m prouder than ever to call myself one of em’.

On the whole, this was an incredible weekend of music. String Cheese continues their “Roots Run Deep” tour in St. Louis followed by three nights at the Aragon Ballroom in Chicago. To pick up a digital or CD copy of these or any live “Incidents”, visit the bands website at www.StringCheeseIncident.com.

19 Dec

Today we’re happy to share a video for the previously unreleased track “No Spare Parts” from the Rolling Stones. The song appears on the Some Girls Super Deluxe Box Set. Last week, a live video for “Beast of Burden” was released. Watch both videos below

“Beast of Burden” (Live in Texas)

“No Spare Parts”

19 Dec

WHILE many a musician is often asked about the tunes that have influenced their songwriting, it is not a question Paul McCartney ordinarily gets to answer – until now. Paul is about to offer a glimpse into “the songs which inspired the songs” with the upcoming release of a brand new album of those standards he grew up listening to in his childhood-plus two brand new McCartney compositions: the album, which is currently untitled, will be released on Hear Music/Concord Records on February 7th 2012.

With the help of Grammy Award-winning producer Tommy LiPuma and Diana Krall and her band-as well as guest appearances from Eric Clapton and Stevie Wonder, McCartney’s new album is a deeply personal journey through classic American compositions that, in some cases, a young Paul first heard his father perform on piano at home. As authentic and daring a musical statement as he could make, this is the album Paul has been thinking about making for more than 20 years – and probably the last thing his fans are expecting. “In the end it was ‘Look, if I don’t do it now, I’ll never do it,” he says.

In short, Paul believes it is about time “the songs me and John based quite a few of our things on” received the recognition they deserve. Moreover, the record also features a couple of new original McCartney compositions in the spirit of those classics.

“When I kind of got into songwriting, I realized how well structured these songs were and I think I took a lot of my lessons from them,” Paul explains. “I always thought artists like Fred Astaire were very cool. Writers like Harold Arlen, Cole Porter, all of those guys – I just thought the songs were magical. And then, as I got to be a songwriter I thought it’s beautiful, the way they made those song’.”

Determined to approach the record in a new and unique manner, Paul enlisted the help of LiPuma and Krall and her band-who delivered ultra-high quality musicianship and were completely in tune with Paul’s restraint and feel for the music. In the studio, the recording of this album was also a new challenge for Paul who, for the first time ever, performed exclusively in the vocal booth without no instrument – no guitar, no bass, no piano – which led to a vocal performance like no other in his career.

He adds, “It was very spontaneous, kind of organic, which then reminded me of the way we’d work with The Beatles. We’d bring a song in, kick it around, when we found a way to do it we’d say ‘Okay, let’s do a take now’ and by the time everyone kind of had an idea of what they were doing, we’d learnt the song. So that’s what we did, we did the take live in the studio.”

“It was important for me to keep away from the more obvious song choices so, many of the classic standards will be unfamiliar to some people. I hope they are in for a pleasant surprise.”

The album was recorded at the legendary Capitol Studios in Los Angeles, New York and London throughout 2011. It also features guest musicians Eric Clapton and Stevie Wonder, respectively, on the original compositions ‘My Valentine’ and ‘Only Our Hearts’.

The track ‘My Valentine’ will be exclusively streamed on www.paulmccartney.com to premium members for 24 hours only, from 1400hrs (GMT) today (Monday 19th December).

Full tracklisting to be announced soon.


19 Dec

Lana Del Rey will make her U.S. TV debut on Saturday Night Live January 14 in advance of her new album ‘Born To Die’ (January 31 / Interscope). The album is now available for pre-order on Amazon: http://www.smarturl.it/BTDAmazon

The host of SNL that evening will be Daniel Radcliffe.

Last week, Lana released her new music video for the title track, “Born To Die,” and instantly became a Twitter trending topic worldwide. The video’s concept was created by Lana and directed by Yoann Lemoine (aka Woodkid). Watch it here (or below): http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Bag1gUxuU0g

A full U.S. tour is planned for Spring 2012.

The “Video Games” single is out now iTunes & Amazon

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