FarWest Entertainment announced the premiere of the global debut single by Blush yesterday, June 21, as part of Yahoo! Music Monday. The animated video for “Undivided” features Snoop Dogg and marks the first-ever music video created solely utilizing the Brushes App for iPad.
Blush is Victoria, Natsuko, Angeli, Ji Hae and Alisha, five gifted girls whose edgy and fun music is delivered with a unique spin. “Undivided” is an irresistible anthem of solidarity and devotion that heralds the arrival of a group that embodies the style and spirit of girls everywhere, all with a sound and attitude like no other international act today. Snoop Dogg guests on the song’s vocal track and revolutionary new animated clip, as well as a forthcoming performance video of the single.
The clip, created by acclaimed animator Shawn Harris, was inspired by early ’80s animation from The Electric Company and Sesame Street as well as wall graffiti by mysterious international artist Blu. The final “Undivided” video features about 7,000 painstaking finger brush strokes. “The best media for this technique wasn't print, but video,” explains Harris. “The Brushes application isn't designed specifically for animation, but if you can manage to be deliberate enough to record each brush-stroke as a separate frame, it lends itself to a very organic-feeling style of stop-motion finger-painting. The video is an exposed process--basically one painting, painted over and over and over itself.”
The accolades keep pouring in for Aussie bro/sis duo Angus & Julia Stone, who won two major awards at the Australasian Performing Right Association (APRA) Awards in Sydney on June 21. The pair took home the peer-voted Song Of The Year award for stand-out single "Big Jet Plane" and the coveted Songwriter Of The Year award, which is picked by the APRA board of directors.
This is the latest in a slew of honorable recognition that Angus & Julia have received around their sophomore album Down the Way. They took home Single and Album Of The Year at the 2010 ARIA Awards, and grabbed the #1 spot on triple J's Hottest 100 earlier this year.
“One of those superbly talented performers that seems to come from out of nowhere. Young Mr. Hyslop has a singer-songwriter maturity far beyond his years.”
Mark Rheaume – CBC Radio
Vancouver singer-songwriter Joshua Hyslop will release his debut EP "Cold Wind" across Canadian retail stores on July 19, 2011. The EP features tracks such as the melodic "Nowhere Left To Go", CBC Radio 2 favourite "If I Was A Better Man" and the title track single "Cold Wind", where Joshua reflects on his perseverance in the face of adversity. As a special exclusive, iTunes makes the “Cold Wind” EP available beginning June 21, four weeks before the physical release date.
Last month, Ladytron released lead single, “White Elephant,” from their upcoming studio album, Gravity The Seducer (September 13 in the US; September 12 in the UK). This month, the UK-based quartet (Daniel Hunt, Reuben Wu, Helen Marnie and Mira Aroyo) offers follow-up track, “Ambulances.”
Dispatch and State Radio member Chad "Chadwick" Stokes kicks off his fall tour on September 14 in support of his solo debut, Simmerkane II, set for release on June 28. Beginning in Los Angeles at the Bootleg Theater, the 12-city tour includes stops in San Francisco, Portland, Boulder, Nashville, Atlanta, among other U.S. cities. An in-store at Newbury Comics (1 Faneuil Hall Marketplace, Boston) is planned for June 28 at 6:00 P.M. Stokes is currently on a sold-out tour with Dispatch, their first in 10 years.
Inspired by Stokes’ freight train jumping adventures across the U.S. with his brother and cousin, Simmerkane II was produced by John Dragonetti (of The Submarines) with guest appearances from The Sierra Leone Refugee All Stars,Carly Simon, Matt Embree (Rx Bandits), The White Buffalo,and Blake Hazard (The Submarines).
The Sierra Leone Refugee All Stars, a band formed by Sierra Leone refugees displaced to Guinea during the Sierra Leone Civil War, are featured on the three-song bonus disc included in the CD and digital versions of the album.
“I am never ‘dark’ but always Luminescent.” - Peter Murphy
The Iconic Peter Murphy has just unveiled his first new video for stand-out track “I Spit Roses” from his recently released and critically acclaimed solo album Ninth. Directed by Justin Coloma, the video features intricate, hand-painted sets that are a modern take on the ornate, art-deco era aesthetic.
Ninth is Peter Murphy’s first solo album in seven years and since the permanent dissolution of Bauhaus in 2009. In celebration of the release, Murphy returned to the States for rare in-store appearances and special live club showcases earlier this month. These select appearances wrap up on June 29 in Los Angeles at the Troubadour.
Praise for Ninth:
“…a dynamic rock record…one of the strongest of his career.” – LA Times
“…badass new effort…” – Time Out New York
“…one taste of ‘Seesaw Sway’ or ‘I Spit Roses’ will remind you exactly who you’re dealing with: the man. It is punk, jaunt, goth, doom, ’80s gloom, everything is present and accounted for." – Consequence Of Sound.com
Nettwerk recording artists BT, Morgan Page, DJ Dan and Bad Boy Bill are among the 2011 nominees for America's Best DJ (ABDJ). Fans are able to vote from now until September 5, 2011. Visit www.americasbestdj.net to review the full list of nominees chosen by DJ Times Magazine and vote!
Belgium-based artist Styrofoam (aka Arne Van Petegem) releases the semi-animated video for “Carolyn,” a pop-fueled track from Disco Synthesizers & Daily Tranquilizers. Directed by Grand Carden and Dillon Magrann-Wells, the video premiered yesterday on American Eagle’s blog, “Made To Last”
As a notable remixer/producer, Arne has worked with Kele (Bloc Party), Of Montreal, The Notwist, Death Cab For Cutie, The Postal Service, Lali Puna and has just wrapped up production on the forthcoming Meiko album.
The Weepies recently announced a 2011 Acoustic Summer Tour of the US, which starts August 17 in Los Angeles at TheTroubadour. This is the follow up to their sold-out 2010 tour in support of their latest critically-acclaimed album, Be My Thrill. The folk duo--Deb Talan and Steve Tannen--will be joined by bassist Johnny Flower on a series of intimate shows across the country. Keep reading for full list of tour dates.
The Submarines have announced that they’ll join Eels on their US summer tour, starting with the Austin, TX show on Wednesday, July 20 at Stubb’s and wrapping in their home city of Los Angeles on Friday, August 12 at the El Rey. Additionally, the band just unveiled a brand new video for standout album track “Fire,” which was directed by Maximilla Lukacs and premiered yesterday on MTV’s Buzzworthy Blog (See original post here: http://bit.ly/lAhNzi).
The indie-pop duo have barely taken a break from the road since the release of their third studio album Love Notes/Letter Bombs in April. After a successful headline tour across North America, the band headed over to the UK as support for The Mountain Goats. Upon their return, The Submarines immediately headed to the Midwest to join Brett Dennen on a handful of June dates, of which they are currently in the midst.
Keep reading for more information and full list of tour dates....
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