Tuesday, October 6, 2015

Modern Baseball Issue Free Single & Announce Tour Dates With PUP

Modern Baseball issue free download for their single "Revenge Of The Nameless Ranger" and Announce Tour Dates With PUP

"Revenge of the Nameless Ranger" was recorded, mixed and mastered in Philadelphia and produced by Modern Baseball. I like this track which deals with personal growth, change, and the awkward nature of the end of a relationship. Download it from Bandcamp.

 Modern baseball recently announced reissues of their first EP The Nameless Ranger and "Couples Therapy" their 2012 split with Marietta. Remastered for vinyl by Ryan Schwabe, this is the first vinyl pressing for both records. Pre-orders for the 10" of The Nameless Ranger and the 7" of "Couples Therapy" are available via Lame-O Records.

The band has announced multiple tour dates, many with PUP. 

Tour Dates:
10/27 - Baltimore, MD - Ottobar#
10/28 - Virginia Beach, VA - Shakas#
10/29 - Greensboro, NC - Green Street#
10/30 - Gainesville, FL - FEST
10/31 - Gainesville, FL - FEST
11/01 - Gainesville, FL - FEST
11/03 - Tampa, FL - The Orpheium#
11/04 - Atlanta, GA - The Masquerade#
11/05 - Birmingham, AL - Saturn#
11/07 - Houston, TX - Walters#
11/08 - San Antonio, TX - Paper Tiger#
11/09 - Dallas, TX - Trees#
11/11 - Albuquerque, NM - The Works#
11/12 - Tuscon, AZ - Club Congress#
11/13 - Anaheim, CA - House Of Blues#
11/14 - San Deigo, CA - Quaryard#
11/15 - Oakland, CA - Oakland Metro#
11/17 - Portland, OR - The Analog Theater#
11/18 - Seattle, WA - Neumos#
11/20 - Salt Lake City, UT - The Complex#
11/21 - Denver, CO - The Marquis Theater^
11/22 - Omaha, NE - The Waiting Room#
11/24 - St. Louis, MO - Firebird#
11/25 - Iowa City, IA - Gabe's#
11/27 - Burnsville, MN - The Garage#
11/28 - Indianapolis, IN - The Deluxe#
11/29 - Palatine, IL - Durty Nellies#
12/01 - Columbus, OH - Skully's#
12/02 - Detroit, MI - St. Andrews Hall#
12/03 - Toronto, ON - Opera House#
12/04 - Ottawa, ON - Ritual#
12/05 - Montreal, QC - Les Foufounes Electriques#
12/06 - Albany, NY - Upstate Concert Hall#
12/08 - Providence, RI - The Met#
12/09 - New Haven, CT - Toad's Place#
12/10 - Amityville, NY - Revolution Bar & Music Hall#
12/11 - New York, NY - Webster Hall#
12/12 - Philadelphia, PA - Union Transfer
 # w/ PUP, Jeff Rosenstock, Tiny Moving Parts ^ w/ Jeff Rosenstock, Tiny Moving Parts

Tuesday, September 22, 2015

The Golden Hippie To Release Remix EP

The Golden Hippie To Release "Dancing Glorious" Remix EP September 25. Listen to "Dancing Glorious" (Bit Error Remix) Marissa Jack, aka The Golden Hippie, enlisted the help of Kenny Carkeet of AWOLNATION, DJ RIddler, DJ Marc Stout, and Bit Error for this project.

White Hills Announce Limited U.S. Tour Dates

White Hills have announced limited tour dates in support of their recent album Walks For Motorists:

Nov. 4 - Kansas City, MO - Riot Room
Nov. 5 - Chicago, IL - Red Line Tap Room
Nov. 6 - Cleveland, OH - The Happy Dog
Nov. 7 - Philadelphia, PA - Kung Fu Necktie

Here is their video for the single "Life Is Upon You" from the Thrill Jockey release Walks For Motorists. 

Patternist gains buzz with their video for "New Fashion"

Patternist is gaining momentum with their single "New Fashion." Patternist’s previous single “Gone” was recently added to Spotify’s “Fresh Finds” and garnered 50k + plays. Patternist has also licensed music to several television shows and companies, including Keeping Up with the Kardashians, MTV’s Real World, and Discovery Networks.

The band has been receiving some hype of late and comparisons to M83, which I don't find accurate. Their music, at least the promotional video for "New Fashion" leans a bit too heavily on the Pop side for me. That's not always a bad thing, but this isn't my cup of tea. What do YOU think?  
Here is what the important people are saying: “I'm struck by how distinct "New Fashion"'s aesthetic is. This song has hooks but it has genuine atmosphere. It has a sound that is rooted in the past, but it knows who it is today. And with music like this, Patternist has officially become an artist to watch.” Don Saas , Baeble Music “Loaded with the kind of sparking, massive hooks that will remind many of the more pop-oriented side of the new romantic scene 30 years ago, Patternist’s new single “New Fashion” is shamelessly wide-eyed. Irresistibly so…” Popmatters

Chris Cornell Covers Prince & Acoustic Live Dates

Watch Chris Cornell performing an acoustic version of the Prince song "Nothing Compares to You" for Sirius XM. I think it's lovely. Chris Cornell 2015 Solo-Acoustic Tour Dates: 9/23/15 Santa Barbara, Ca Granada Theatre 9/24/15 Santa Rosa, CA Wells Fargo Center for the Arts 9/26/15 Oakland, CA Paramount Theater 9/27/15 Modesto, CA Gallo Center for the Arts 9/29/15 Seattle, WA Benaroya Hall 9/30/15 Vancouver, BC Orpheum Theatre 10/2/15 Denver, CO Paramount Theatre 10/3/15 Salina, KS Stifel Theatre for the Performing Arts 10/5/15 Minneapolis, MN State Theatre 10/6/15 Chicago, IL Chicago Theatre 10/8/15 Lakewood, OH Lakewood Civic Auditorium 10/9/15 Toronto, ON Massey Hall 10/11/15 Buffalo, NY University at Buffalo Ctr for the Arts 10/12/15 New Brunswick, NJ State Theatre 10/14/15 N. Bethesda, MD Strathmore Music Theatre 10/15/15 Philadelphia, PA Merriam Theater 10/17/15 Wilkes Barre, PA Kirby Center for the Performing Arts 10/18/15 New York, NY Beacon Theatre 10/19/15 New York, NY Beacon Theatre 10/21/15 Boston, MA Shubert Theater 10/23/15 Wilmington, DE Grand Opera House 10/24/15 York, PA Strand Capitol Perf. Arts Ctr 10/26/15 Atlanta, GA Atlanta Symphony Hall 10/27/15 Nashville, TN Ryman Auditorium 10/29/15 Miami, FL The Knight Concert Hall 10/30/15 Saint Petersburg, FL Mahaffey Theater 11/1/15 Dallas, TX The Majestic Theatre 11/2/15 Austin, TX ACL Live @ The Moody Theater 11/4/15 Phoenix, AZ Orpheum Theatre

New band VIDEO to Release The Entertainers on Third Man Records

NO B.S. GREAT MUSIC ALERT: VIDEO This morning has brought me a shot of adrenaline via a fantastic album by VIDEO titled The Entertainers. Everything about this album has me stoked about new music this morning. It's perhaps influenced a tiny bit by 80s Hardcore, there's a bit of Goth on "I Will Wait," and it delivers a whole lot of Rock & Roll. Certain songs bring to mind Agent Orange, then post punk, and there's even some Stooges in the mix. Sometimes the music attacks and pummels and sometimes plods with doom, but it is always played by people who clearly have a grasp of songwriting and how to play their instruments with panache. It's angry and dark, but often looking towards better times. This is interesting and will survive many a spin, or click - whichever you prefer. I highly recommend you purchase it. Would I steer you wrong? VIDEO's album The Entertainers will be released by Third Man Records October 30. There was an earlier 7" single available titled "New Immortals."


Toadies Announce Tour Dates

The Toadies have announced tour dates in support of Heretics, including dates at historic Texas dance halls:
*Texas Dance Hall Dates*
Oct. 21 - Woodlands, TX - Dosey Doe
Oct. 22 - New Braunfels, TX - Gruene Hall (Semi-Seated)
Oct. 23 - Fredericksburg, TX - Luckenbach Dancehall
Oct 24 - Goliad, TX - Schroeder Dance Hall

*Heretics Headline Dates*

Nov. 6 - Nashville, TN - City Winery
Nov. 7 - Chattanooga, TN - Revelry Room
Nov. 8 - Atlanta, GA - Masquerade
Nov. 9 - Alexandria, VA - Birchmere
Nov. 10 - New York, NY - City Winery
Nov. 11 - Boston, MA - Brighton Music Hall
Nov. 12 - Asbury Park, NJ - Wonder Bar
Nov. 13 - Philadelphia, PA - Ardmore
Nov. 14 - Cleveland OH, Music Box
Nov. 15 - Chicago, IL - Double Door
Nov. 17 - Denver, CO - Soiled Dove
Nov. 19 - San Francisco, CA - Great Merican Music Hall
Nov. 20 - Los Angeles, CA - Hotel Café (2 shows)
Nov. 21 - San Juan Cap., CA - Coach House
Nov. 22 - Phoenix, AZ - Crescent Ballroom

Monday, September 21, 2015

Rose McGowan's new video & short film Dawn

File under: I LOVE THIS SONG & VIDEO! 

Rose McGowan has just released a beautiful artistic video for her song RM486 for which she teamed up with director Jonas Åkerlund and B. Åkerlund styled the video.

During my hiatus Rose McGowan directed a short film called Dawn and posted it on youtube for all to view free of charge. Here it is:

And here are McGowan's words about the film:

"Dear viewer, Dawn is a cautionary tale. We hurt girls with casual negligence. We change the course of lives with a stereotypical view shared thoughtlessly. We shape the minds of the innocent. Let's think different and be better. My inspirations were varied - I wanted the color palette of The Parent Trap (1961) the loneliness of an Edward Hopper painting, the driving tension of Night of the Hunter mixed with Hemingway's unsparing style of editing. These greats are my teachers. I layered a lot into Dawn and feel it's best watched twice. Please enjoy for free and pass it on. THOUGHT+ART = FREEDOM 
Peace, Rose McGowan

I am a huge fan of Night of the Hunter and am shocked and thrilled to see it mentioned as a main influence. Due to personal circumstances I have to take a pass on viewing this film at this point in my life, but will be certain to get back to it at a less "triggering" time.

But no seriously, Rose McGowan is kicking ass.

Friday, September 18, 2015

Brian Wilson Partners With Change Direction to Benefit Mental Health Awareness

  Brian Wilson Partners With Change Direction to Benefit Mental Health Awareness

So for all of the die hard Beach Boys and Brian Wilson fans I'm providing you the entire press release.

WASHINGTON, D.C., September 18, 2015 – The Campaign to Change Direction, a national initiative to
change the culture of mental health in America, today announced a new partnership with legendary
musician and co-founder of the Beach Boys Brian Wilson.

Launched in March of this year, the Campaign to Change Direction is a national initiative to broaden our
understanding of mental health by encouraging all Americans to take a pledge to learn the Five Signs of
emotional suffering and to care for their mental well-being just as they do their physical well-being.

“My wife, Melinda, and I are very excited to be a part of this important campaign, not only to bring
awareness to the mental health issues faced by millions of Americans, but also to encourage everyone
to learn the Five Signs of emotional suffering,” said Brian Wilson. “It’s time for us to bring the
conversation of mental health in America out of the shadows, and the Campaign to Change Direction is
leading the way.”

As part of this new partnership, Mr. Wilson will perform a concert on November 4 at the Hyatt
Regency Tysons Corner Center. Proceeds from the event will benefit Give an Hour, a national
nonprofit organization providing free mental health services to the military and veteran
community, and the lead organization behind the Change Direction campaign. Information about
the concert and where to purchase tickets can be found at                         www.ChangeDirection.org/Brian-

Change Direction is proud to work not only with Mr. and Mrs. Wilson but also with the producers and
cast members of Love & Mercy, a biographical film dramatizing Mr. Wilson's life and love story with his
wife. Together they hope to inspire even more Americans to take the pledge to learn the Five Signs of
emotional suffering.

“Give an Hour is thrilled to welcome Brian and Melinda as new partners and showcase Love & Mercy as
we work to change the direction of mental health in our nation,” said Dr. Barbara Van Dahlen, founder
and president of Give an Hour. “By creating a shared mission to educate Americans about the signs of
emotional suffering and using different tools and mediums to reach our audience, we can encourage
awareness, compassion, and action to change the national conversation about mental health.”

Joining Mr. Wilson at the announcement, made today at the National Press Club in Washington, D.C.,
was his wife, Melinda Wilson; actor Paul Dano, who portrays a young Brian Wilson in the film; and the

film's acclaimed director/producer Bill Pohlad – all of whom participated in a panel discussion on how
Hollywood can help change America’s attitude toward mental health. The panel was moderated by
former West Wing star Melissa Fitzgerald, now Senior Director of Justice for Vets.

About Change Direction
The Campaign to Change Direction, a national initiative to change the culture of mental health in
America, encourages Americans to care for their mental well-being just as they do their physical well-
being. Led by Give an Hour, a national nonprofit organization providing free mental health services to
the military and veteran community, Change Direction addresses common barriers to understanding
mental health and raises awareness about the Five Signs that may indicate someone is suffering
emotionally and needs help: change in personality, agitation, withdrawal, decline in personal care, and

More than 150 partner organizations across the United States are using their unique skills and
opportunities to spread awareness; this collective impact effort will reach more than 30 million
Americans in the next five years. Organizations and individuals who are interested in learning more or
making a pledge can visit www.changedirection.org.

About Brian Wilson
One of the world’s legendary musical figures, Brian Wilson was the primary composer for the Beach
Boys and was responsible for the release of a slew of hit singles during the early 1960s, creating music
that would come to epitomize a generation. The Beach Boys released three albums in 1963 alone: Surfin'
U.S.A., Surfer Girl, and Little Deuce Coupe, all of which cracked the Top 10. In 1966 they went on to
release the seminal album Pet Sounds, one of the most treasured albums of all time. After years of
seclusion and battling mental illness, Mr. Wilson revitalized his career with the release of several hugely
successful solo albums including Brian Wilson Presents SMiLE, his long-awaited masterpiece, and, most
recently, his album No Pier Pressure. He is currently the subject of a critically acclaimed biopic, Love &
Mercy, which is based on his contributions to the music industry as a musical genius as well as the
mental health struggles he has overcome. One of the most influential musicians and songwriters in Rock
and Roll history, Brian Wilson has earned numerous awards and honors including membership in the
Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Songwriters Hall of Fame, two Grammy’s, and the prestigious Kennedy
Center Honors for lifetime contribution to the performing arts.

About "Love & Mercy"
The critically acclaimed film Love & Mercy defies conventional storytelling with the dual story line of
Brian Wilson, the singer, songwriter, and leader of the Beach Boys. Set against two distinct eras in
Brian's lengthy musical career, the film intimately examines his personal voyage from the period during
which he shapes the early sounds of the Beach Boys to the time he meets his wife, Melinda. Golden
Globe® nominee John Cusack (Best Actor, High Fidelity, 2001), in “one of the best performances of his
career” (Hollywood Reporter), stars alongside Paul Dano (Little Miss Sunshine, Looper) as the troubled
musical genius Brian in two pivotal stages of his life—the 1960s, at the peak of the Beach Boys' fame,
and the 1980s, as Brian reclaims his life after a mental breakdown. They are joined by Elizabeth Banks
(The Hunger Games franchise) as Melinda Wilson and two-time Golden Globe® winner Paul Giamatti