The warm, dry air of the Los Angeles basin continues its constant temperature, inviting art and progress for those who can stare through the plastic debauchery of its passing inhabitants. Just underneath the surface, buried in a submarine-like state of creative metamorphosis, the four original members of electronic rock outfit Shiny Toy Guns shape-shift in circles; building, cutting, carving and finishing an album they have spent the last three years of their lives in violent labor with. III, which marks the elated return of vocalist Carah Faye Charnow and the first new material by the original line-up in six years, will be released October 23 on Five Seven Music. The lead single “Waiting Alone” made its debut yesterday on Alternative Press’ website (here) and is available now at iTunes and all other digital retailers.
III, the band’s third album features Carah Faye Charnow, the original vocalist who, along with band mates Chad Petree (vocals/guitars), Jeremy Dawson (keyboards) and Mikey Martin (drums), propelled Shiny Toy GUns into the spotlight with their first hits “Le Disko” and “You Are The One” from their debut 2006 release We Are Pilots. Production on III, courtesy of Mirror Machines (the band’s Petree and Dawson), is lush and dramatic, ranging from driving tracks like “Somewhere To Hide,” “Mercy” and “The Sun” to sublime like “Wait For Me” and “Fading Listening.” The album is mixed by the legendary Tony Maserati (Lady Gaga, Beyonce, Jason Mraz).
Nettwerk Records was the featured record label on eMusic'sDot 17 Blog earlier this week, as part of the "Office Ambiance" series. Check out the story here to learn what various Nettwerkers are listening too around the office: http://bit.ly/LioVFA.
"Rosenberg’s voice shimmers…” –- Rolling Stone Australia
UK-born, adopted Australian son Passenger (Mike Rosenberg) has signed to Nettwerk Records and will release his latest, already critically-lauded album, All The Little Lights, in North America on August 28, 2012. Additionally, the album’s lead single, “The Wrong Direction,” is available today in iTunes; the single comes bundled as a 4-track EP, and includes two acoustic songs (“Life’s for the Living” and “Feather On the Clyde”) as well as a live performance of fan favorite “I Hate” (Live from The Borderline London).
Recorded at Linear Studios in Sydney (Empire of the Sun and Josh Pyke), All The Little Lights is the most accomplished Passenger record to date. “It’s very different to [the last album] Flight Of The Crow,” says Rosenberg. “This one is a bigger production and a bit more modern sounding.” Sydney’s Sunday Herald Sun agrees, calling the album “a revelation” and adding, “Passenger has impressively travelled in a bolder direction to achieve a mature new album. (4/5 stars)”
Passenger just wrapped up the UK leg of his headline tour in support of All The Little Lights, which included sold-out dates in London, Brighton, Manchester, Cambridge, Southampton and Glasgow. From June 13 – July 15, he’ll be touring Europe for the first time in his career, and has already sold-out shows in Amsterdam and Copenhagen. This fall, Passenger support Ed Sheeran on his North American and UK tour dates, starting September 17th in Toronto. (Full list of North American dates below.)
Grammy®-winning Writer/Producer Matt Serletic is shooting up the charts once again with the new single “(Kissed You) Good Night” from Gloriana. “(Kissed You) Good Night” peaked at #1 on the iTunes Country chart, and is heading for the Top 10 at Country Radio. Serletic signed, developed, wrote and produced the band’s breakthrough debut album for his own Emblem Records, including the #1 hit “Wild At Heart”, in 2009. "(Kissed You) Good Night" is the first single from the band’s follow up album, A Thousand Miles Left Behind, due out July 31st.
Nettwerk Records has signed Dispatch to a label deal for Europe, and will release their upcoming album Circles Around The Sun in mid-August. This is the band's first studio album in 12 years, and first ever label-supported release in the Europen territory.
Earlier this year, Dispatch made their way over to Europe for the fist time in their careers. Despite having never released an album or toured there previously, Dispatch sold out the majority of their tour dates, and were forced to move their London show to a bigger venue due to popular demand. The sold-out show in Cologne, Germany was streamed live by German music television show Rockpalast and can still be viewed HERE.
Circles Around The Sun is an eclectic all-American rock and roll record that delivers the gutsy storytelling, compelling songwriting and radiant harmonies that has earned the band fans throughout countless countries.
LA-based indie pop duo The Submarines are once again causing TV watchers to hum along to commercials. The band's song "Fire," from their latest album Love Notes/Letter Bombs,is featured in the new Amazon television ad campaign for the Kindle Fire (above).
It is with much sadness and regret that we have learned of the passing of Todd Simko, a close member of the Nettwerk family. Todd was a loving husband and father, a caring friend and a talented member of our music community. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family.
Todd, from all of us at Nettwerk, you will be greatly missed. We will love you forever and may you rest in peace.
From left to right: Morgan Jahnig (OCMS), Norm Parenteau (OCMS Manager), Ketch Secor (OCMS), Mark Jowett (Nettwerk VP International A&R/Publishing), Kevin Hayes (OCMS), Terry McBride (Nettwerk CEO); Photo Credit: Crystal Jahnig
At the end of 2011, Nettwerk Record and Old Crow Medicine Show learned that "Wagon Wheel," the break-out single from their 2004 debut album O.C.M.S., had been certified GOLD® by the RIAA®, surpassing 500,000 in track sales. Two of Nettwerk's co-founders, CEO Terry McBride and VP Internaional A&R/Publishing Mark Jowett, caught up with a few members of Old Crow Medicine Show while they were in Nashville this week to present the band with their Gold Plaques (photo above).
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, now with over 715,000 in track sales.
Upon receiving the news initially, Secor reflected on the history of the track:
“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.
With the first weekend of Coachella completed, Billboard caught up with Morgan Page and the Nettwerk team to discuss the festival and other happenings at the label. To read the full article, please visit: http://bit.ly/J3oLjx
For a complete list of Page's upcoming tour dates, see below.
Artists from across the Nettwerk Music Group family are in Austin for SXSW this week. Check out which artists from our label, management and publishing rosters will be attending and their schedules below. We also put together special SXSW playlists on Spotify and Rdio featuring tracks from some of these artists. Check them out!