Singer/songwriter Jay Brannan has announced plans to release a new covers EP, aptly titled Around The World In 80 Jays, on September 3, 2013. The EP is an acoustic collection of nine cover songs performed in six different languages. The EP begins with Sinead O’Connor’s “Black Boys On Mopeds” in English, followed by Selena’s hit Spanish single “Bidi Bidi Bom Bom.” From there, the listener is taken on a world voyage through Germany, France, Brazil and Italy. The EP wraps in English with a cover of the Patty Griffin-written, Dixie Chicks-performed folk song “Top of the World.”
In conjunction with the EP’s release, Jay has also announced fall world tour plans, starting with two shows in his home of New York City at Joe’s Pub on Friday, September 6 and Saturday September 7. Though Jay has captivated fans with his special blend of sweet and sad folk songs peppered with a healthy dose of cynical humor, his live audiences have also come to anticipate witty musings on daily life and an array of potential cover songs, ranging from Joni Mitchell to Nicki Minaj.
LISTEN TO JAY BRANNAN COVER SELENA’S HIT “BIDI BIDI BOM BOM”:
The excitement surrounding LA-based Family Of The Year has been building steadily since the release of Loma Vista (Nettwerk Records) last summer, and there’s no sign of it slowing down this year. Today, Family Of The Year announce a Fall 2013 tour with Atlas Genius, beginning September 21st in Arizona.
In the past, the band has shared the stage with fun., Mumford & Sons, Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros, Walk The Moon, Good Old War and Milo Greene. With their first headline tour of 2013, the band sold out shows across the country, including New York, Chicago, Philadelphia, Minneapolis, Indianapolis, Nashville, Denver, Portland and more. This summer, the band does the festival circuit, including Lollapalooza (Chicago, IL) and Summerfest (Milwaukee, WI). See below for all upcoming tour dates.
With the impressive release of last year’s album and a stellar live show, Family Of The Year continues to garner fantastic media support. This year, the band performed “Hero” on The Tonight Show With Jay Leno (May 16), Jimmy Kimmel Live! (February 11) CONAN (February 21) and Last Call With Carson Daly (February 26 - which is their second episode in two months). Recently, MTV2 added Family Of The Year as an “Artist To Watch” and USA Today featured the band in their “On The Verge” column. All this follows other emerging artists features, including Entertainment Weekly, Billboard, Amazon, Interview Magazine and more. Watch the official music video for "Hero" above.
Since they saw their Billboard radio chart debut, Family of the Year's standout hit "Hero" reached #1 on the Triple A Top 30 Radio Chart, sitting Top 5 for a record-breaking four months. “Hero” also landed Top 15 at Alternative Radio.
Royal Canoe recently stopped by Sofar London for an intimate set in support of their latest EP, Extended Play, which is available now via Nettwerk Records in the UK and Europe. Watch their performance of "Blood Rush" above. Royal Canoe will be touring for the rest of the year, with a full length album coming this fall. For tour dates, click here.
A few months ago, Vancouver trio Hey Ocean! learned about a very special fan named Super Ben, a 2 year old boy battling cancer. Ben’s grandmother wrote to the band to say their music was keeping Ben and his family smiling and dancing through the tough times.
This wasn’t the first time the infectious Hey Ocean! had heard from fans about the impact of their music on their lives. "We've gotten a lot of marriage stories from fans," says bassist and vocalist Dave Vertesi. "One of our songs played while a couple walked down the aisle. Another woman recently told us that our music is the only thing that soothes her baby during crying fits. Our music encompasses these big moments for them, and that’s incredible."
Inspired by Super Ben and the rest of their fervent fanbase, Hey Ocean! teamed up with Switchcam, the social video creation platform, to invite fans to submit videos of themselves breaking out their hottest dance moves to album track “Make A New Dance Up.” Switchcam’s technology, which in the past had focused on collecting fan-sourced live concert videos, allowed Hey Ocean! to set up a video upload page to easily collect submissions from fans (here: http://bit.ly/WiGjlZ). The result was over 100 videos submitted by over 1000 people across the globe.
Brett Welch, CEO of Switchcam, was excited to push the platform in a novel direction. “We’ve worked with many artists on fan-sourced concert videos, as Switchcam makes it easy to collect videos from fans and then automatically sync and stitch them into one video.” Welch says. “Hey Ocean!’s idea to take the Switchcam platform global and use it to create an official music video by the fans, for the fans… we just got really excited. And the result is priceless; it’s so playful and fun. You can’t help but smile.”
“This year’s Gotye could be Passenger’s ‘Let Her Go.’” – USA Today,
from Shazam’s Top 10 Songs Of The Summer Predictions
“Passenger’s worldwide ride continues…” – Billboard “Bubbling Under”
Following Shazam’s Top 10 Songs of The Summer predictions last week, which placed Passenger’s “Let Her Go” at #2 between Daft Punk and Icona Pop, the single sees its strongest sales week to date with over 9,000 digital tracks sold. This brings total U.S. track sales for “Let Her Go” to over 120,000, with worldwide sales now exceeding 1.5 Million. The single has already reached #1 in 14 countries and #2 in the UK, where both the single and album are now certified Gold. The music video for “Let Her Go” has reached over 45 Million YouTube views, as album All The Little Lights enters its 42nd consecutive week on the Billboard Heatseekers Chart.
"Let Her Go" also saw its strongest sales week in Canada, with over 5,500 digital tracks sold, bringing the total Canadian single sales to more than 22,000. All The Little Lights enters its 13th consecutive week on the Canadian Top 200 Album Chart sitting at #64 this week.
Passenger (Mike Rosenberg) returns to North America this summer for his most extensive headline tour to date, starting July 10 in Vancouver. Shows in New York City, Boston, San Diego, Denver, Montreal, Vancouver and Toronto have already sold out, with the rest of the cities not far behind (full list of dates below). At U.S. radio, early Hot AC adds have already come in at Mix 96.5 in Houston, Alice@97.3 in San Francisco and SiriusXM The Pulse. In Canada, "Let Her Go" has been added to CHUMFM (Toronto), The Peak (Vancouver), The Beat (Montreal), CBC Radio 2 and more.
Brooklyn duo Savoir Adore are currently on tour with Sea Wolf in support of their new album Our Nature, released via Nettwerk last week. The band stopped by The Onion A.V. Club while in Chicago for an Undercover Session, where they covered the New Radicals "You Get What You Give." Check it out above, and for tour dates click HERE.
Nettwerk label artists Passenger and Morgan Page are among the established and rising stars named as the judge-determined Winners of The 12th Annual Independent Music Awards (The IMAs), the influential international awards program for independent bands and fans. Passenger won in the Folk/Singer-Songwriter Song of the Year category for "Let Her Go," while Morgan Page took the Dance/Elecrtonica Album of the Year category for his latest full-length, In The Air. The winners were determined by a panel of influential artists, including Tom Waits & Katheleen Brennan, Suzanne Vega, Pete Wentz and G. Love, as well as key industry executives like Kevin Lyman (Vans Warped Tour), Alan Light (Live From The Artists Den), Anthony DeCurtis (Rolling Stone) and Nettwerk CEO Terry McBride.
k-os sits down for his first interview with Vibe.com to discuss the recently released double album, BLack on BLonde, working with The Chemical Brothers, The original MC Bob Dylan and what he did for Kanye West.
Alongside the feature is a copy of the vinyl, signed by k-os and Black Thought (The Roots), who's featured on album track, "Try Again."
To listen to selections from the album, check out the following soundcloud.
Shazam announced today its Top 10 Songs of the Summer predictions, and at #2, sandwiched in between Daft Punk and Icona Pop, is Nettwerk recording artist Passenger and his international hit single "Let Her Go." USA Today reports, "This year's Gotye could be Passenger's 'Let Her Go,' which has been picking up steam with 3.8 million tags and is No. 1 on 13 international Shazam tag charts. It hasn't broken through in the USA yet, but Shazam predicts similar success." Read the full story USA Today exclusive HERE.
Passenger, who has sold over 1.5 million digital copies of "Let Her Go" worldwide with the music video boasting more than 40 million views on YouTube, will return to North America for his largest headline tour to date starting July 10 in Vancouver. Tour dates have already begun to sell out. Visit Passenger's Facebook Page for tour information.
In case you missed, BOY appeared as part of BaebleMusic's The Launch Pad at SXSW earlier this year. Click on the link image above to watch their live performance at Peckerheads in Austin. The ladies of BOY are currently taking time to write new material, but will return to North America for a tour later this yaer. Stay tuned for tour details.