Having spent countless hours on the road surrounded by tasteless, cheap lagers, The Rifles decided it was time to create a beer they really enjoyed and that their fans could drink along with them.
Following an extensive tasting and testing session at the brewery, the band were able to draw up detailed notes, from which the Master Brewer was able to put the brewing process in motion. Several weeks later, after approving the very first drops straight from the barrel, The Rifles had crafted their own signature beer. Served cold in 330ml bottles, ‘The General’ comprises a combination of Maris Otter Pale malt and fine wheat malt, to give this refreshing beer real zest.
“As massive fans of their music, we were excited to work with The Rifles, and I’m extremely pleased with the end product. The band got really involved in the process, which is represented in the quality of the beer and the brilliant label artwork they produced,” said Sam McGregor, Director at Signature Brew.
The beer will be available to buy at The Rifles webstore. More retail outlets TBA. For more information on Signature Brew and wholesaling, visit: www.signaturebrew.co.uk.
Old Crow Medicine Show’s “Wagon Wheel,” the break-out single from their 2004 debut album O.C.M.S., has been certified GOLD® by the RIAA®, with sales nearing 600,000 digital tracks. To celebrate, the band will release a “Wagon Wheel” Limited Edition 7” Vinyl on November 22, 2011.
Originally sketched by Bob Dylan and later finished by Old Crow Medicine Show’s Ketch Secor, "Wagon Wheel" remains the band's most revered and top-selling single. The 7" vinyl will be numbered and feature a previously unreleased b-side, "All Night Long" (Live). To pre-order the “Wagon Wheel” Limited Edition 7” Vinyl, visit: http://amzn.to/uv62qG.
Secor reflects on the history of “Wagon Wheel”:
“Wagon Wheel” is a gold record 75 years in the making. Back in 1995, I first heard Bob Dylan sing that striking chorus on his unfinished 1972 studio outtake of “Rock Me Mama”. Being an audacious, banjo-picking teenager, I quickly rattled off three verses and rushed it out to coffeehouses and street corners, singing it to anyone who would listen. In 2003, seeking a copyright to the song, I learned that Dylan had credited it to Memphis songster Arthur “Big Boy” Crudup, who recorded the 1950’s boogie-woogie number “Rock Me Mama.” From there, I learned that Crudup attributed the song to Mississippi-turned-Chicagoan Big Bill Broonzy, who recorded it way back in the late 1920’s. So, from Big Bill to Big Boy to Bob and on down to me, “Wagon Wheel” has become a true American folksong, borrowed, half-stolen, and sung out far and wide. The rest, as they say, is history.
“Sliding seamlessly between catchy pop, folky arrangements and soaring melodies the tunes are captivating and cinematic, yet manage to seamlessly straddle the line between comfortable commercialism and indi-edgy…deliciously original and creative.”
– NZ Musician
The first-ever US tour from Avalanche City will be held in intimate venues across the south and western US in November. It comes off the back of successful Los Angeles, New York and London shows last summer and the no.1 hit single, “Love, Love, Love;” which was also the fastest selling single for a New Zealand group since digital music was first recorded. As part of the tour, Avalanche City will be opening for two-time Latin Grammy-nominated Ximena Sariñana. See full dates below.
Although Avalanche City is Dave Baxter’s solo project, the live performances will feature members of his touring band on guitar and accordian. The trio has a surprisingly full and eclectic sound, easily evoking the the album and its magic...
Young Liars and Nettwerk co-founders snap a photo with the infamaous Spirit Bear in front of Nettwerk's Vancouve office. (From left to right: Andrew Beck, Jordan Raine, Angelo Ismirnioglou, Ty Badali, Wesley Nickel, Mark Jowett (Nettwerk), Ric Arboit (Nettwerk), Digory Smallz (Young Liars Managmeent)
Nettwerk Records is excited to announce the signing of Young Liars to its label roster. The Vancouver-based band, comprised of five multi-instrumentalists, is revered as an integral part of the ever-changing local soundscape, deftly experimenting with synth-pop, electronic and indie rock to create catchy indie pop hooks. Stay tuned for more news on Young Liars, including information on their upcoming debut full-length being released in 2012.
I don't know how he does it; I am just glad he does." - Paste Magazine
“A songwriter with vision…” - NPR
“Who knew that a sensitive folkie could be so foul and hilarious at the same time?"
- Dallas Observer (Live Review)
"…not only an artist worth catching, but worth following in the future."
- AV Club (Live Review)
Over the course of the past year, William Fitzsimmons toured 60+ cities in support of his critically acclaimed fourth full length, Gold In The Shadow. He’ll continue his North American trek early next year, starting February 9th in Ann Arbor, MI. Known for his onstage banter, Fitzsimmons will bring his unique voice and lyricism to 35 venues, including LA’s famed Troubadour. See below for full headlining dates.
Today marks the release of the latest Twilight soundtrack: The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 1. The highly-anticipated soundtrack features a brand new song from Nettwerk recording artist Angus & Julia Stone called "Love Will Take You There." Other artists on the soundtrack include Bruno Mars, Christina Perri, The Belle Brigade, The Joy Formidable, Theophilus London and many more.
The entire soundtrack is currently available for streaming on Spotify HERE.
For the latest music videos from Angus & Julia Stone, visit Nettwerk's YouTube channel HERE.
Aussie producers, Goodwill & Hook N Sling release a video for their latest hit, “Take You Higher.” The producer duo have sampled Australia's biggest hit of 2011 and Australian Recording Industry Association's (ARIA) Single of the Year, “Big Jet Plane” (Angus & Julia Stone), and turned it into a club cruiser for 2011. Directed by fellow countryman, Benn Jae, the video was filmed throughout the east coast of New South Wales.
fun. has announced the upcoming release of their eagerly awaited album: SOME NIGHTS arrives in stores and at all digital retailers on February 21st, 2012.
Having earned widespread acclaim with their 2009 debut album, Aim and Ignite, fun. decided to raise the stakes with this album, their first on Fueled By Ramen, by teaming with noted producer Jeff Bhasker (Kanye West, Jay-Z, Alicia Keys, Beyonce, Drake). A behind-the-scenes look at the making of SOME NIGHTS is streaming now at Complex.com HERE.
The first single from SOME NIGHTS, “We Are Young (Feat. Janelle Monáe),” is available now via all digital retailers. The single has already generated quite a buzz, hitting the top 3 on The Hype Machine music blog aggregator in its first week of release, not to mention the top 5 on iTunes’ “Top Alternative Songs” sales ranking. What’s more, “We Are Young” has received major airplay from KCRW’s influential Morning Becomes Eclectic, while USA Today applauded the “baroque indie-popsters” for “(making) a counterintuitive play for the big time, slowing down for the massive sing-along chorus.”
The band will launch a preorder for a limited edition 7” vinyl version of the single on November 28 through the Fueled By Ramen webstore, http://store.fueledbyramen.com/, which will also unveil the song “One Foot” from SOME NIGHTS as the b-side.
A companion video clip for “We Are Young” is currently in pre-production. A video of fun. performing an acoustic version of the song with Janelle Monáe is up on the band’s site, www.ournameisfun.com (and featured above).
Following the release of their debut album Fuh Yeah, Waterloo, ON sibling trio Kidstreet just unveiled a brand new video for the song "Never Coming Back," which was directed by the band's Cliff Snyder and premiered earlier today on Exclaim!.
Fellow bandmate Edna Snyder told Exclaim! about the video, "When we were writing 'Never Coming Back,' I didn't think much about what my ex was supposed to look like, or what sort of man he might have been. As the video took shape though, he became a creepy, sort of nonchalant man. Whether we had intended it initially or not, the video ends up implying that what I'm never coming back to, is an abusive relationship. My good friend Zoran was kind enough to play the part. Quite a juxtaposition for him to play that role in this video!"
Critical darling, William Fitzsimmons appears on the December 13th double-CD, titled Please, Please, Please: A Tribute To The Smiths (out on American Laundromat Records). Amongst a collection of indie-rock luminaries – The Wedding Present, Built To Spill’s Doug Martsch, Throwing Muses co-founder Tanya Donelly, Telekinesis and Stars — Fitzsimmons covers the title-borrowing classic from The Smiths, “Please, Please, Please Let Me Get What I Want.”
In the coming weeks, stay tuned for additional announcements, including previously unreleased recordings and a forthcoming North American tour.
For full track list and to pre-order Please, Please, Please: A Tribute To The Smiths, please visit: http://www.alr-music.com/