It's been an exciting week for fun. Having already received widespread acclaim for their new single "We Are Young (Feat. Janelle Monáe)," the track burst onto Billboard's Digital Songs Chart this week at #25 with nearly 50,000 tracks sold, bringing their total track sales to nearly 70,000. The breakthrough single is the first off the band's forthcoming sophomore album Some Nights (Fueled By Ramen), which hits stores and digital retailers on February 21, 2012. Additionally, sales of the band's debut album, 2009's Aim & Ignite (Nettwerk) nearly quadrupled this week with over 1,500 copies sold.
The sales numbers come off of a big week of national attention for the band. The December 6th episode of Fox's smash series Glee saw the cast perform their rendition of "We Are Young," followed by the band's own performance of the single on the December 8th installment of Last Call With Carson Daly. These two major hits only added fuel to the rapidly growing fire surrounding radio airplay. "We Are Young" is receiving enormous amounts of early airplay in major markets such as Philadelphia (WRFF), Los Angeles (98.7) and most recently Seattle (KNDD), with the single already reaching #25 on the Alternative Radio Chart this week.
With Some Nights, fun. decided to raise the stakes by teaming with noted producer Jeff Bhasker (Kanye West, Jay-Z, Alicia Keys, Beyonce, Drake). The band and Bhasker have worked to evolve the idiosyncratic fun. sound by marrying their robust melodies with elements of hip-hop.
The band recently announced a major North American tour in support of Some Nights that launches February 29th in South Burlington, Vermont's Higher Ground. See below for full list of dates and stay tuned for more exciting news from fun.
Los Angeles duo The Submarines—Blake Hazard and John Dragonetti—are celebrating the holidays with the release of a new 6-track EP. Out December 20th, the Shoelaces Ep features stripped-down versions of “Shoelaces” and “Fire” (from their latest critically-acclaimed album Love Notes/Letter Bombs), covers of New Order’s “Your Silent Face” and Jesus & Mary Chain’s “Just Like Honey,” and a re-worked and slowed-down version of the band’s most popular track to date, “You, Me And The Bourgeoisie,” recorded at Eagle Rock, CA studio The Ship. For this week only, the full EP is streaming exclusively at PasteMagazine.com.
Of the stripped versions of “Shoelaces” and “Fire,” Hazard says, “The original tracks seemed to hatch almost fully formed in the studio, with most of the instrumentation arranged and recorded before the lyrics. After months of touring and sometimes getting to play stripped-down versions of the songs, we really wanted to capture this simpler sound of two people playing in a room together. Going back and sort of reconstructing them felt more intimate and connected--just a very different feel from the big-beat versions.”
The Shoelaces EP is currently available for pre-order in iTunes, with a physical version being sold through the band’s webstore. Fans who purchase the EP through the band’s online store (here) also receive a free pair of Submarines-themed shoelaces (yes, real shoelaces!).
Singer/songwriter Jay Brannan returns to the UK in April for a set of dates in support of his anticipated sophomore full-length album, out early 2012. “Beautifully,” the first official single from the album, will be released Tuesday, January 17 (Monday, January 16 in UK). See below for a full list of tour dates.
“Beautifully” showcases Jay’s talent for storytelling as he shares the plight of a person falling for a close friend whose attraction lies only in the realm of the platonic. The track, along with the entire upcoming album, was produced by Grammy-winning producer David Kahne (Regina Spektor, Paul McCartney, The Bangles, Lana Del Rey, etc.), who adds instrumental textures to Jay’s songwriting, hinting at a slightly new direction for the minimalist artist.
State Radio 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. In honor of Human Rights Day on Saturday, December 10, Amnesty International will premiere Chimes of Freedom on Facebook (http://www.facebook.com/amnestyusa). The 4-disc collection – set for release on January 24, 2012, in North America and January 30 internationally – contains 76 newly recorded Bob Dylan songs by more than 80 artists.
Individuals who “Like” Amnesty International USA on Facebook will be able to stream the entire collection for a 24-hour period beginning Saturday at 11 a.m. EST/8 a.m. PST.
Pop-duo Ash Koley have released a new video for their latest single, "Apple Of My Eye," from their Canadian debut album Inventions, which is set for US release in 2012 on Nettwerk. The single is also available for purchase on iTunes now HERE.
Singer Ash Koley and producer/songwriter Phil Deschambault began their musical collaboration in 2004, when the two self-proclaimed nerds from Winnipeg were introduced by a mutual acquaintance. Phil was looking for a singer who could relate to his sound, and Ash's velvety voice did just that. Together, their sound is an amalgamation of diverse influences, from Abba to the Eurythmics, and from Peter Gabriel to Radiohead. The result is a band that is a full embodiment of what they each bring to the duo - quirky charm and upbeat classic pop music.
fun. has announced details of their upcoming North American tour. The headline trek begins February 29th at South Burlington, Vermont’s Higher Ground and then continues through early May (see itinerary below). Tickets go on sale on December 10th, with a pre-sale beginning today – for complete details, please visit www.ournameisfun.com.
The dates celebrate the upcoming release of the band’s eagerly awaited Fueled By Ramen debut, Some Nights. The album – which includes the breakthrough single, “We Are Young (feat. Janelle Monáe)” – arrives in stores and at all digital retailers on February 21st, 2012. A complete tracklisting for Some Nights has just been announced (see below).
Having earned widespread acclaim with their 2009 debut album, Aim and Ignite, fun. decided to raise the stakes with Some NIghts by teaming with noted producer Jeff Bhasker (Kanye West, Jay-Z, Alicia Keys, Beyonce, Drake). The band and Bhasker have worked to evolve the idiosyncratic fun. sound by marrying their robust melodies with elements of hip-hop.
“We Are Young (feat. Janelle Monáe),” which is available now via all major digital retailers, 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.”
(Keep reading for Some Nights tracklisting, tour dates and more information.)
Watch lyric Videos for new holiday songs from Jay Brannan, Liam Titcomb and Joshua Hyslop above.
Nettwerk celebrates the most wonderful time of the year with A Winter's Night 2011, a collection of 20 holiday songs from your favorite Nettwerk recording artists. Enjoy new and inspired interpretations of holiday standards, and be surprised by unexpected duets and original recordings. Artists featured on the compilation include fun., BarenakedLadies, Sarah McLachlan, Jay Brannan,Ash Koley, The Be Good Tanyas, The Format, Leigh Nash, and two of Nettwerk's latest signings: Liam Titcomb and Joshua Hyslop. See below for a full tracklisting, and happy holidays from everyone at Nettwerk!
Indie-pop duo The Submarines recently paid a visit to Daytrotter and recorded 4 tracks from their latest full-length album Love Notes/Letter Bombs. Daytrotter posted the special session today; check it out HEREand stay tuned for more news from The Submarines.
Nettwerk One Publishingartist Michael Hadres, akaPerfume Genius, will release his new album Put Your Back N 2 It on February 20, 2012 UK label Organs (Turnstile).His debut LP Learning, released in 2010, firmly established Seattle native Hadreas as one of the most singular new voices in music, winning plaudits across the pond, including Guardian, Dazed and Confused and Mojo in the UK, and Pitchfork, Spin Magazine, Interview and more in the US.
Where Learning was stark and confessional however, Put Your Back N 2 It is lush and universal. It sees an expansion of both his thematic and sonic palette, playing as a broad meditation on intimacy, power, family, secrecy and hope, not just through his impressionistic lyrics, but also through the music itself. Check out the taster track “All Waters” here. Perfume Genius will also be heading over to the UK for a clutch of highly anticipated live dates in the spring.
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.