Check out the above trailer for Big Easy Express, which premiered at SXSW and won the Headliner Audience Award. The documentary, directed by Emmett Malloy, captures a musical journey. Harkening back to the days of jubilant railroad revivals, three bands set out in April 2011 to tour America by vintage train. Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros, Old Crow Medicine Show, and Mumford & Sons climbed aboard amid the rail yards of Oakland and set out for New Orleans on a “tour of dreams.” Big Easy Express documents the bands’ railway adventures; the high canyons, joyous crowds, blasted skies, late-night laughter, endless music…and a train that was bound for glory.
Big Easy Express will next play at the Hot Docs Festival in Toronto on April 28 and 29. Tickets are available for purchase here: http://bit.ly/GXPxfc.
Grammy-nominated producer/DJ Morgan Page is heating up the Canadian charts with his latest single “Body Work,” a collaboration with indie-darlings Tegan And Sara. The track has climbed to #23 at Top 40 Radio, with the accompanying video in heavy rotation at MuchMusic, now their “Recommended Video Of The Week.” Track sales nearly doubled over the past week with close to 3,000 tracks scanned, bringing total sales to nearly 10,000. “Body Work” is currently sitting at #61 on the SoundScan Overall Digital Track Chart, as well as #14 on the Digital Dance/Electronic Song Chart.
Page will release his third full-length album, In The Air, this Tuesday, April 3, and follow the album release with three special Canadian appearances. Page will stop in Montreal on April 5 at Club 1234 before joining Armin van Buuren for massive shows in Edmonton on April 6 at the ShawConventionCenter and Vancouver on April7 at the Vancouver Convention Center. These appearances follow Page’s 2011 tour dates, which included sold-out shows in Vancouver, Edmonton, Calgary and Victoria.
In The Air is currently streaming in its entirety on MuchMusic as a “First Listen” Here: http://bit.ly/GVrUDy
With his sophomore album Rob Me Blind out this week, NYC-based singer/songwriter Jay Brannan has announced a U.S. summer tour in support of the release. The 27-date trek starts in Boston at the Brighton Music Hall on July 18th and wraps in his home city of New York at the Highline Ballroom on August 25th.
Listen to Jay's cover of Nicki Minaj's "Super Bass" live from Eddie's Attic:
Jay’s rabid online following combined with his penchant for connecting with live audiences has allowed him to tour the world multiple times in the past few years, often playing to sold-out rooms across the globe. Usually performing alone with guitar, each show is peppered with a healthy amount of commentary, often expounding on the observations, adventures, and frustrations of his daily life. Jay has also been know to throw in a few covers of his favorite songs, ranging from Joni Mitchell and Bob Dylan to Adele and (as linked to above) Nicki Minaj.
For the follow-up to his 2008 critically acclaimed debut album goddamned, Jay teamed up with his dream producer, David Kahne (Regina Spektor, Paul McCartney, The Bangles, Lana Del Rey). Rob Me Blind maintains the signature qualities of a Jay Brannan album--brutal honesty, sharp wit and sparkling melodies--while showcasing Kahne's thoughtful production abilities.
Junkie XL (aka Tom Holkenborg) releases a new single EP for the track “Off The Dancefloor” featuring Isis Salam (Chinese Flash Mob, Thunderheist). “Off The Dancefloor” (OTDF) is from the Dutch-born musician, remixer and producer’s forthcoming studio album, set to drop in 2012. The EP features the album track, along with remixes from NT89, TRIPPPLENIPPPLES and DenizKoyu.
NT89 starts off the EP with his benchmark “future techno” stylings. Better known for their mindf*ck performance art (eggs, glitter, feather bombs, mud, liquid latex, spaghetti) Tokyo’s electropop band, TRIPPPLE NIPPPLES, renders OTDF anew with their stylized tweaks. MTV’s “EDM [Electronic Dance Music] Artist To Watch in 2012” Denis Koyu rounds out the EP with his signature progressive and electro house production.
In other news, Holkenborg collaborated with Hans Zimmer to remix the theme song to the The Academy Awards®. Holkenborg is the first Dutch recording producer involved in the awards. Titled “D_Generation,” the remix is one of six interpretations included on the collection, aptly named The 84th Academy Awards – Celebrate The Music. Other artists who contributed to the compilation are musician/producer/composer Pharrell Williams (The Neptunes), Grammy-winner Esperanza Spalding, percussionist/composer Sheila E., three-time Oscar winning Giorgio Moroder, and two-time Oscar winner A.R. Rahman.
This is not the first time Holkenborg and Zimmer have worked together. In 2010, Zimmer enlisted the talents of the Dutch-born producer/musician to remix the original score to the hit film, Inception.
Tony Dekker Talks To CBC About New Wild Everywhere, Out April 3
Great Lake Swimmers stopped by CBC Music last week to record an Up Close Session, a live, in-studio sneak peak of some songs from the band's fifth studio album New Wild Everywhere, out April 3. Listen to the session here: http://bit.ly/GTa8ha.
The band also unveiled their entire new album live last Tuesday, March 20 with a very special show from The Glenn Gould Studio at CBC Toronto hosted by Radio 3's Craig Norris. Video footage from the concert will be available on the newly launched cbcmusic.ca in the coming days, but check out CBC's interview with Tony Dekker from soundcheck at Glenn Gould above.
Chinese-born, Vancouver-based singer/songwriter Wanting has joined Nettwerk’s label, management and publishing rosters, and will release her debut full-length studio album Everything In The World on April 24, 2012. Whether penned in her native tongue of Chinese or English (which she only learned to speak at age 16), Wanting’s piano-swept music has already won a following because her compositions—pop musings that plumb emotion—resonate universally. Without a label behind her, Wanting’s tunes have already sound-tracked the upcoming Chinese film Love in the Buff, appeared on a Mercedes Benz sampler, and amassed combined views of millions on Chinese YouTube.
Listen to new single "Life Is Like A Song" and other selections from the album here:
NW 1/Revelry client and Nashville-based trio The Cadillac Black will release their self-titled debut album on Tuesday, April 17th via all major digital retailers; there will be a small run of physical album and vinyl available through he band’s website: www.thecadillacblack.com.
The band, who recently brought their infectious live show to SXSW in Austin for the ASCAP showcase, will celebrate the release of the album with a Nashville show on Friday, April 20th at The Basement. They’ll be hitting in the road in May as support for Lynyrd Skynyrd on select dates before spending the rest of the month out with Dierks Bentley & The Eli Young Band.
The Cadillac Black—Jaren Johnston (Lead Vocals & Guitars), Neil Mason (Drums, Percussion & Backgrounds) and Kelby Ray (Guitars, Lap Steel & Backgrounds)—describe their sounds as “a little bit country, a little bit rock & roll and a whole lot of whiskey soaked fun.” They’ve already had songs from the debut album featured in a number of television shows including three songs in both Vampire Diaries and Hart Of Dixie, as well as tracks in CSI Miami, Baseball Wives and House.
“One of those superbly talented performers that seems to come from out of nowhere. Young Mr. Hyslop has a singer-songwriter maturity far beyond his years.” – CBC Radio
In anticipation of his first full-length album, Vancouver-based singer-songwriter Joshua Hyslop released “What Have I Done?” (feat. Anna Scouten) via Nettwerk Records.
“What Have I Done?” features the vocal and musical talents of a young man with a mature and measured voice. Despite his youth, Hyslop’s music deftly explores the complicated conversation between the battle and brilliance of life.
“What Have I Done?” is the first new song since last year’s six-song EP, titled Cold Wind. EP received early support from CBC, Earshot Magazine, Penguin Eggs, Exclaim! and others.
Available today, Angus Stone – of critically acclaimed sibling duo, Angus & Julia Stone - shares lead single, “Bird On The Buffalo,” from his forthcoming summer solo release titled Broken Brights.
While on the road in Europe, Stone sat in a hotel room, musing on the symbiotic relationships between the bird and the buffalo, the co-operative behavior between two very different species, working together for mutual survival.
This is Stone. In order to challenge himself as both a musician and performer, Stone draws upon a variety of unexpected sources – instrumentation, vocal stylings, genres – to create his song, “to let the conversation of the energy unfold into a creation,” says Stone.