The Junkie XL moniker began with 1997's Saturday Teenage Kick. Solo efforts that followed were 2000’s Big Sound Of The Drags and 2003’s Radio JXL: A Broadcast From The Computer Hell Cabin. Radio JXL included collaborations with Depeche Mode’s Dave Gahan, Gary Numan, The Cure’s Robert Smith and Public Enemy’s Chuck D. The U.S. release included the breakthrough remix of Elvis Presley’s 1968 single, “A Little Less Conversation,” marking the first time the Presley Estate ever granted permission to any producer to retouch any Elvis material. The track, originally created for a 2002 Nike World Cup Commercial, went on to be featured in several films, including Ocean’s Eleven. The song became a #1 hit in more than 20 countries worldwide.
Their story begins 10 years ago, when matt brown and anna-lynne williams were teenagers growing up in Southern California, met through mutual friends and began working together to create what would eventually become, with the help of ross simonini and drummer jamie williams, the distinct sound of trespassers william.
trespassers william became a presence in the North American music scene when their second studio album, different stars, was re-released by Nettwerk Music Group worldwide in 2004. Called "Gently mesmerizing...haunting" by NME, different stars hinted at influences of ambient, folk and shoegaze, and established the band as subtle nuanced songwriters.
The Tear Garden is a psychedelic/gothic/electronic band, formed by Edward Ka-Spel of The Legendary Pink Dots and cEvin Key of Skinny Puppy in 1985 after Key served Ka-Spel on tour in Canada as a sound engineer. The Tear Garden was released that same year, with Dave Ogilvie producing.
The group reconvened in 1987 to release Tired Eyes Slowly Burning with contributions from the other members of Skinny Puppy to a limited degree of success. Members of the Legendary Pink Dots would henceforth contribute to Tear Garden and in 1992 they released the full-length album Last Man to Fly. Another EP, Sheila Liked The Rodeo, much of which was live studio improvisation was accompanied by a video (directed by William Morrison) of the title track in 1993.
First impressions can be deceiving. A quick glance at the title of Vancouver's Rose Chronicles' new disc Happily Ever After might generate images of softness and safety. Add to that equation the sweet soprano created by vocalist Kristy Thirsk, surround her with the lushness of Richard Maranda's ethereal guitar wizardry and the textured allure is obvious. But the true beauty to Happily Ever After exists within the disc's many layers; from the driving rhythms of the opener, "Bruise" to its emotionally-charged closing track "Lovely Psycho", Happily Ever After overflows with trademark Chronicle touches: soaring melodies, lyrical catharsis and epic soundscapes.
The Format was an indie pop band formed by Arizona natives Nate Ruess and Sam Means. The band announced a hiatus on February 4, 2008. Their style can be considered a mixture of indie, alternative, punk and folk music, with elements of 1960s and 1970s pop music. Though Means and Ruess are the foremost members of the band, they have toured and recorded with Mike Schey, Mark Buzard, Don Raymond, and—for the DVD recording and summer 2007 tour—The Honorary Title's current drummer and The Format alumnus Adam Boyd. The Format chose their name to make fun of the music industry's inclination towards a cookie-cutter "format" for a hit.