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.
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: