Ladytron joins Crosby & Nash, Devo, Jackson Brown, Yo La Tengo, Lucinda Williams and filmmaker and activist Michael Moore to contribute music to Occupy This Album: A Compilation of Music By, For and Inspired by the Occupy Wall Street Movement and the 99%, set for release Winter 2011-2012. Songs from big-names, as well as rising musicians, will provide an anthem for the protesters involved in the uprising.
As the protests gain momentum, the producers of Occupy This Album hope to provide a soundtrack to give the protesters a unified voice, as well as financial means to support the movement. All proceeds from the album will go directly to the growing Occupy Wall Street group.
Album cover art has been contributed by political cartoonist and illustrator, Robert Grossman. Check it out below.
Out Today, Chadwick Stokes (State Radio, Dispatch) & Friends release Live At The Armory on Ruff Shod/Nettwerk Records. Live At The Armory was recorded over two nights at the annual Calling All Crows’ benefit shows in December 2009. Featured tracks include State Radio classics - "Calling All Crows," "Keepsake," "Gang Of Thieves" - in addition to inspired covers of The Rolling Stones’ "Sweet Black Angel," Bob Dylan's "Girl From The North Country," Sam Cooke’s “Bring It On Home To Me," and others. To listen to the album and view full track list, see below.
Next year, State Radio (fronted by Stokes) is set to contribute their rendition of Bob Dylan’s “John Brown” to Chimes Of Freedom: The Songs Of Bob Dylan Honouring 50 Years Of Amnesty International. The four-disc collection includes 75 newly recorded Bob Dylan covers by over 80 artists, including Elvis Costello, Adele, Jackson Brown, Tom Morello, Queens Of The Stone Age, Miley Cyrus, Patti Smith, Diana Krall and others. Chimes Of Freedom is executive produced by Jeff Ayeroff and Julie Yanatta and scheduled for physical release on January 24th in the US and January 30th internationally.
In the meantime, be sure to catch Chadwick Stokes & The Pintos on tour. Dates below.
In advance of next year’s stateside tour & to promote his current European jaunt, William Fitzsimmons shares live footage with UK-blog This Is Fake DIY. The acoustic performance of “Wounded Head” from his 2011 album, Gold In The Shadow, was filmed at the Brillobox in his hometown of Pittsburgh, PA. Full tour dates below.
The acoustic track is also part of a collection of stripped down songs on the Gold In The Shadow (Deluxe) set for digital release on December 20th. With the purchase of the digital deluxe, fans will get an additional 14 bonus tracks featuring 3 previously unavailable recordings. For fans that already have a copy of the standard version, tracks from the deluxe edition will be made available as a separate set, Gold In The Shadow (Bonus Material). As an added treat, there’s an expanded digital booklet.
Partnering with Lacoste, UK–based The Rifles, premiere the official music video for “Sweetest Thing.” Directed by Ferry Gouw (Major Lazer, Roxy Music, Simian Mobile Disco, Bloc Party), the video is a collage of handpicked video and photo images mixed in with band footage.
Featuring Paul Weller on guitars, the anthemic “Sweetest Thing” is from the band’s third full-length album, Freedom Run (out now). Recorded at Paul Weller’s Black Barn studio and produced by the legendary Chris Potter (The Clash, The Rolling Stones, The Verve), Freedom Run is shaping up to be their most accomplished album to date, developing the band’s sound into something fresh and energized, while maintaining all the hallmarks of a classic. Critical responses, so far:
Ladytron & MTV IGGY filmed a private concert at Brooklyn's Victorian Grand Prospect Hall during the band's recent North American tour. The series includes a dazzling live performance of "White Gold" from Gravity The Seducer (out now) and the classic track, "Destroy Everything You Touch." Watch the full video playlist and included interview above.
To Listen To Selections From Gravity The Seducer, Click HERE
Directed by Justin Coloma, the official music video for "In The Air" was filmed in the Hollywood Hills and during last month's sold out performance at Avalon Hollywood. A collaboration with Sultan + Ned Shepard, BT and featuring Angela McCluskey on vocals, "In the Air" is the first single from Morgan Page’s upcoming studio album, set to drop early next year. Grammy-nominated remixer and producer Page has said that "In The Air" is a song about "the excitement of being in the moment," and the video sums it up perfectly.
Morgan Page is currently touring in support of “In the Air,” which has exploded since its debut, reaching #1 at Billboard Hot Dance Airplay Chart. On October 11th, Page released a six song EP of “In The Air." Check it out below:
Morgan Page appears in Billboard Magazine’s “Happening Now” section, the magazine’s spotlight for artists on the rise. The anthemic “In The Air,” a collaboration between Page, Sultan + Ned Shepard, BT and featuring Angela McCluskey on vocals, has exploded since its debut – reaching #1 at Billboard Hot Dance Airplay Chart.
“In The Air” is Page’s first #1 hit, despite a long history of Top 10 successes. Believe--Page’s 2010 follow up to Elevate, which featured break-out single "Longest Road" and fellow chart topper "Call My Name"-- continues to be a fixture on the iTunes Dance Albums chart with two former Billboard Hot Dance Airplay hits: “Fight For You” and “Strange Condition.”
Chadwick "Chad" Stokes (Dispatch, State Radio) partnered with Artist Direct to share a track fromLive At The Armory, out November 29 on Ruff Shod/Nettwerk Records. The soulful cover of Bob Dylan’s "Girl From North Country," features the powerful, unmistakable vocals of The White Buffalo.
Live At The Armory was recorded over two nights at the annual Calling All Crows’ benefit shows in December 2009. Featured tracks include State Radio classics - "Calling All Crows," "Keepsake," "Gang Of Thieves" - and additional covers like The Rolling Stones’ "Sweet Black Angel" and Sam Cooke’s “Bring It On Home To Me.”
Despite the recent solo debut, Simmerkane II (June 2011), Stokes remains actively involved in both State Radio and Dispatch, and has scanned a combined total of 875,000+ records. In his spare time, Chad can be found playing pond hockey and hopping trains with his dog Lefty.
In case you missed it, Great Lake Swimmer's recently performed on NPR's Mountain Stage at North House Folk School in Grand Marais, MN. Listen to the full performance on NPR's website here: http://n.pr/swdHe0.
Stay tuned for more news from Great Lake Swimmers, including information on their new album due out in 2012.
Ladytron has released a new music video for current single, “Mirage,” from the critically successful, Gravity The Seducer, out now. Co-directed by Michael Sherrington & Ladytron’s Daniel Hunt, the music video was filmed at the remote Standing Stones Of Callanish on the Isle Of Lewis.
In step with the overall cinematic vision of Gravity The Seducer, both directors were explicit in the intended aesthetic of the video and intentionally selected the megalithic monuments. Presumably older than Stonehenge, the monoliths’ enigmatic, magical quality and its surrounding landscape is the perfect visual accompaniment to “Mirage.”