“The Pinker Tones are conquering the world” –Rolling Stone
“Just brilliant...you don’t need to say any more than that” – KCRW, San Francisco
The official Catalan ambassadors for Cosmopolitan Cool, THE PINKER TONES, bring us the sound of one of the world’s hippest cities – Barcelona. Renowned for its style and eclecticism, the city has spawned a music culture which absorbs an abundance of influences and eras and turns them into something relevant, fresh and fun. Top of the playlist at the trendiest pop venues Razzmatazz and Mond Club, The Pinker Tones epitomize this scene, throwing everything they find (bar the kitchen sink) into the mix, yet somehow making it into a product which undeniably works. With no real intention of striving for cool status, The Pinker Tones somehow achieve it – in bucket loads!
After more than 15 years making music, it’s obvious Ohio duo Over The Rhine is in it for the long haul, and for keeps. Their commitment is underscored by their latest, The Trumpet Child, and its opening track, “I Don’t Wanna Waste Your Time,” a manifesto of sorts for the artists recently named to Paste magazine’s list of 100 Best Living Songwriters. Look no further than the lyrics to this track for what animates Linford Detweiler and Karin Bergquist, the married couple at the heart of Over The Rhine: “I hope this night puts down deep roots / I hope we plant a seed / ‘Cause I don’t wanna waste your time / With music you don’t need.”
Monica queen is - Monica - singer/writer& Johnny Smillie - guitarist/producer/writer. Monica was brought up on a diet of west coast of Scotland’s infatuation for Patsy Cline and her big brothers traditional Scottish small town mix of Bowie/Punk and Floyd she later found new influences in Dusty Springfield, Emmy Lou Harris, Mary Margaret O’Hara and Neil Young. Monica is best known presently as the singer of the 60s influenced footstomper by Belle and Sebastian - Lazy Line Painter Jane. Johnny’s first loves were Elvis and the Shadows. Out of step with his primary school buddies he was happy playing these old records on his parents old dansette. He later discovered Neil Young and Apple Macs, and is well known for his obsession for both. They met formed a gospel band doing Al Green covers and later became The Mighty Thrum - a ferocious fire of NY guitars and country/soul vocals which burned short and bright.
Patterning his persona and logo after the Marvel Comics super villain Dr. Doom, the man behind MF (Metal Face) Doom's iron mask is actually Daniel Dumile. The emcee now simply known as DOOM hasn't shown his face to the public in over a decade, choosing instead to hide behind a metal mask at all times. The subject of constant speculation by a rabid fan base, the man born Daniel Dumile is among hip-hop's most mythologized rappers.
Biography by Marisa Brown
Madvillain is yet another collaboration by Stones Throw big shot Madlib, this time with masked MC MF Doom. Madlib, who had been listening to Doom's Operation: Doomsday (1999), was impressed by the MC's lyrics and beats and contacted Doom to talk about the possibility of working together. Though Doom had never heard of Madlib at that point, as soon as he heard the DJ's work he agreed immediately. The two met up in 2002 at the Stones Throw headquarters in Los Angeles and instantly clicked. Madlib introduced Madvillain to the world in 2002 at the Red Bull Music Academy in Brazil, and in 2004 Madvillainy, the completed record, was released, and was one of the more critically acclaimed albums of the year.
What is western music? Is it the sound of the wide-open plains or a smoky saloon? Tales of taciturn men and long-suffering ladies who cry tears in their beer? Or has that tradition been replaced by something more complicated, where horses have become fast cars and saloons are now strip malls, but even in the most urban setting, there's the restless, rough-and-tumble feel of a frontier town, and everyone still yearns to get the hell out of Dodge sometimes?
Front Line Assembly was the best known of the various electronic music projects undertaken by the prolific Vancouver-based duo of Bill Leeb (vocals, synthesizers) and Rhys Fulber (synthesizers, samplers). After working in the mid-'80s under the pseudonym Wilhelm Schroeder with Skinny Puppy, the Austrian-born Leeb formed the industrial/techno-based Front Line Assembly in 1986 with Fulber -- who initially joined on as a studio assistant -- and synth player Michael Balch. After a handful of compilation appearances and cassette-only releases, Front Line Assembly issued its first three full-length efforts -- The Initial Command, State of Mind, and Corrosion -- on a monthly basis between December 1987 and February 1988. Later in 1988, Corrosion, a subsequent mini-album titled Disorder, and a number of exclusive bonus tracks were compiled and released as Convergence.
Northern Ireland would appear an unlikely location to give birth to a vaudeville-obsessed bohemian singer poet, but try telling that to Lisburn (near Belfast) native Peter Wilson, better known by his stage name Duke Special. The self-proclaimed creator of "hobo chic" -- a reference both to his distinctive dress style and his unusually refined spin on traditional music hall and vaudeville forms -- cuts a striking figure on-stage, often performing alone with only his piano and old, squeaky gramophone for accompaniment.