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!
Nettwerk's Spring Music Sampler 2012 is available now on Amazon, and it's free! The sampler features tracks from some of Nettwerk's most anticipated 2012 releases from artists like Great Lake Swimmers, Morgan Page, Admiral Fallow, Jay Brannan, Family of the Year, JoshuaHyslop and more. Check it out here: http://amzn.to/zLS0AR.
With SXSW just around the corner, Nettwerk Records is excited to share details on its label artists who will be appearing in Austin: Great Lake Swimmers, Family Of The Year and Kidstreet. Keep reading for information on each artist and their schedules.
Great Lake Swimmers
Toronto’s indie folk/rock darlings Great Lake Swimmers (GLS) will release their fifth studio album, New Wild Everywhere, on April 3rd. The album captures all of the excitement and intuitive musicianship of a group at the peak of their creative powers, with 12 new tracks that reveal a depth and maturity only previously hinted at by lead singer and songwriter Tony Dekker. The first single (and the band’s most upbeat song to date), “Easy Come Easy Go,” just grabbed the #1 spot on Canada’s CBC Radio 3’s R3-30, signaling one of the fastest rises of any single to the top of that chart. New Wild Everywhere is the follow up to 2009’s Lost Channels, which debuted at #10 on the Billboard Heatseekers Chart, was a favorite among influential bloggers and NPR staff, and received public endorsements by the likes of Feist, Robert Plant, NBC Nightly News anchor Brian Williams and cyclist Lance Armstrong. Watch the video for “Easy Come Easy Go” above or here: http://bit.ly/z4CX4v.
Family Of The Year
(Keep readin for more information and schedules...)
It's an exciting day for Nettwerk Management client fun.Their sophomore album and Fueled By Ramen debut Some Nights has proven a major breakthrough for the band, debuting at #2 on Billboard’s “Top Current Albums” chart and at #3 on the Billboard 200, with nearly 70,000 copies sold in its first week. Some Nights also topped Billboard’s “Vinyl Albums” chart, beating out Sleigh Bells and Lana Del Ray for the #1 spot. Furthermore, “We Are Young (Feat. Janelle Monáe)” has claimed #1 on Billboard’s “Digital Songs” chart, #6 on Billboard’s “Hot 100” chart, and is #3 at Alternative Rock radio with over 1 million single sales to date. Produced by Jeff Bhasker (Kanye West, Jay-Z, Alicia Keys, Beyonce, Drake), Some Nights sees the band marrying their robust melodies with elements of hip-hop.
Also, the band's acclaimed debut album Aim & Ignite (2009; Nettwerk) is back on the charts with nearly 5,000 copies sold in the past week alone. Nettwerk is celebrating fun.'s success by making the Aim & Ignite deluxe vinyl available once again at Amazon and indie retailers.
“…Her most powerful set in two decades.” –The Telegraph
“It’s a work of subtle beauty – a cavalcade of warm strings and textured, intricate song structures that intertwine with the singer’s unmistakable vocals.” –GQ (UK)
In case you missed it, Nettwerk One publishing client and acclaimed Irish singer-songwriter Sinead O’Connor released a brand new video for “The Wolf Is Getting Married,” off her new album How About I Be Me (And You Be You)? . Watch it above.
Her ninth studio album, and the latest release in a career spanning 25 years and millions of record sales worldwide, How About I Be Me (And You Be You)? is as show stopping a performance as her silver jubilee deserves, and ranks as one of her best and most confident pieces of work so far.
Produced by long-term collaborator John Reynolds, its ten tracks play like an encyclopedic definition of O’Connor’s oeuvre: songs about love and loss, hope and regret, pain and redemption, anger and justice. This is an album of consistently moving, exciting, brilliant and beautiful songs built around Sinead’s voice at its very best – raw and passionate.
fun.’s current hit "We Are Young (feat. Janelle Monáe)” transforms into an adventure anthem in Chevy’s new Sonic campaign, which kicks off with the broadcast debut of the above spot this Sunday during Super Bowl XLVI.
The commercial features professional skateboarder Rob Dyrdek participating in 100% real stunts (skydiving, bungee jumping, kick flipping acts) all to the soundtrack of fun.’s “We Are Young.” Watch the band's official video for the track HERE.
Catch fun. on tour next month – see itinerary below.