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CCR Lends A Helping Hand

November 28, 2009

Doug “Cosmo” Clifford and Stu Cook of the legendary American musical group Creedence Clearwater Revival are pleased to be a part of the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation’s charity CD Hope For The Holidays – Rockin’ Christmas for a Cure. The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame rhythm section (drums and bass respectively) with their latest project Creedence Clearwater Revisited contributed a version of the Christmas classic “Run Rudolph Run” for inclusion on the compilation CD which serves to benefit the JDRF. The 27 track collection also includes holiday recordings from Weezer, Collective Soul, The Beach Boys, Jon Anderson of Yes, and others. “Run Rudolph Run,” written by Johnny Marks and Marvin Brodie, was first recorded by Chuck Berry in 1958. Creedence Clearwater Revisited’s fresh take on “Run Rudolph Run” is one that gives the holidays a rousing, classic rock, swampy flair. The track can be heard in its entirety here.

Juvenile diabetes (Type 1) is a devastating auto immune disease which can strike children and adults suddenly, but lasts a lifetime. Approximately 24 million Americans have diabetes and this number is on the rise. Evidence suggests that 1 in 3 Americans born in 2000 may develop some form of diabetes in their lifetime and, to date, there is no cure.
Hope for the Holidays is currently available at national retail outlets including Best Buy and can also be found on www.Amazon.com and is available for download on iTunes. All profits will benefit the JDRF.
About Creedence Clearwater Revisited:
Stu Cook and Doug “Cosmo” Clifford may not have initially intended it, but their band Creedence Clearwater Revisited has taken on a startling life of its own. The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame rhythm section (bass and drums respectively) from the legendary group Creedence Clearwater Revival launched the Creedence Clearwater Revisited project in 1995 to once again perform live Creedence Clearwater Revival hits touchstones of a generation. Creedence Clearwater Revisited has since performed up to 100 shows a year and released the RIAA certified CD Recollection.

About JDRF:
JDRF is the leader in research leading to a cure for type 1 diabetes in the world. It sets the global agenda for diabetes research, and is the largest charitable funder and advocate of diabetes science worldwide. The mission of JDRF is to find a cure for diabetes and its complications through the support of research. Type 1 diabetes is an autoimmune disease that strikes children and adults suddenly, and can be fatal. Until a cure is found, people with type 1 diabetes must test their blood sugar and receive insulin injections multiple times each day, every day of their lives. Even with intensive care, insulin is not a cure for diabetes, nor does it prevent its eventual and devastating complications, which may include kidney failure, blindness, heart disease, stroke, and amputation.

Since its founding in 1970 by parents of children with type 1 diabetes, JDRF has awarded more than $1.3 billion to diabetes research, including more than $156 million in FY2008. In FY2008, the Foundation funded more than 1,000 centers, grants in laboratories, hospitals, industry and fellowships in 22 countries.

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MXPX To Release Christmas Album

November 28, 2009

First Single, “Punk Rawk Christmas” Will Premiere On Band’s MySpace Page on Friday, November 27

MxPx, the notorious punk rockers out of the great Northwest are digitally releasing a 14-track Christmas album titled Punk Rawk Christmas through their label, Rock City Recording Company on December 1. This special holiday offering has been over 10 years in the making; one punk-carol classic released each year (sometimes two) to their PxPx Fan Club for over a decade has now been packaged along with one new original track, “Punk Rawk Christmas” and the soon-to-be-classic punk cover of “Auld Lang Syne.”

This year marks the band’s 17-year anniversary and in celebration they have already released an album of covers, On The Cover II in addition to an EP, Left Coast Punk, their first original release in more than two years. Lead singer/bassist Mike Herrera explains the bands decision on now adding in a full-length Christmas album, “This year there was just enough songs to make for a nice, robust holiday album. Any more would be too much, any less would be…well, you get the idea.” Longtime fan favorites such as “Christmas Day,” “You’re The One I Miss” and “It’s Christmas and I’m Sick” are wrapped up alongside the previously unreleased “Punk Rawk Christmas”. About the title track, Herrera says, “I was sitting at the studio writing and thinking of how bad the economy was. Then I came up with the idea of Christmas itself being broke and ‘on a budget’ hence, Punk Rawk Christmas was born.” Adding to the Christmas list of hits, MxPx has added their version of, “Auld Lang Syne”, because, “we wanted to do at least one cover, but didn’t want it to be too weird and cheesy. ALS seemed perfect. It was fun and we did it in one afternoon; what I call the punk rock 101-style of recording.”

As a bonus, MxPx will be releasing a RED version of the album available only through Amazon on Demand, which features a physical copy of all 14 tracks, but alternative artwork from the version sold on the bands website. The RED version will be available on December 1. Also available on the same day the band will be releasing a collector’s dream, a limited edition marble-colored 7” vinyl featuring the bands first Christmas track ever written, “Christmas Day” and their most recent track, “Punk Rawk Christmas” in their original form on side A, and acoustic versions on side B. The 7” vinyl is a limited run of 500 and is only available through the bands website: http://www.mxpx.com. Also only available through the website is the ‘Limited Edition’ version, known as the GREEN version. This edition includes all 14 tracks, plus two bonus tracks, a previously unreleased original song called “Coal” and an unreleased original demo track, “Questions” in addition to an expanded photo pull-out cover and will be available one week after the digital release on December 8.

Pre-sales are available for the ‘Limited Edition’ only, for fan club members first on December 1 with a public pre-sale launching on December 3, both through http://www.mxpx.com.

MxPx is Mike Herrera (bass/vocals), Tom Wisniewski (guitars) and Yuri Ruley (drums). In the span of 17 years, the band has sold over 2.5 million records world-wide and is ready to continue that success as they release this special Christmas album.

MXPX – PUNK RAWK CHRISTMAS CD (Digital)
Release Date: December 1, 2009
*Available at most online retailers

1. PUNK RAWK CHRISTMAS (previously unreleased) (2009) (new)
2. CHRISTMAS DAY (1998)
3. CHRISTMAS ONLY COMES ONCE A YEAR (1999)
4. COMING HOME FOR CHRISTMAS (2000)
5. YOU’RE THE ONE I MISS (THIS CHRISTMAS) (2001)
6. CHRISTMAS PARTY (2002)
7. CHRISTMAS NIGHT OF THE LIVING DEAD (2003)
8. SO THIS IS CHRISTMAS? (2003)
9. IT’S CHRISTMAS AND I’M SICK (2004)
10. 2005 (2005)
11. LATE GREAT SNOWBALL FIGHT OF 2006 (2006)
12. GIMME CHRISTMAS (2007)
13. ANOTHER SONG ABOUT CHRISTMAS (2008)
14. AULD LANG SYNE (TRADITIONAL) (previously unreleased) (2009) (new)

Cake Release "Federal Funding" Ringtone

November 22, 2009

Cake, one of the most principled, enduring, self-reliant, and best-selling artists in post-alternative rock–will debut their second ringtone of the recently recorded song titled “Federal Funding” today.

The multi-platinum iconoclasts are currently in the midst of recording their sixth studio album and sharing the results with their listeners first, via a series of six free ringtones. Each ringtone is based on a song from the group’s upcoming album and is only released to Cake listeners who are members of the band’s mailing list. Every six weeks, a new ringtone from a recently recorded Cake song will be sent out to all of the group’s mailing list members up until the new album launch during Spring 2010. To sign up and download the new music, visit: http://cakemusic.com/cgi-bin/dada/mail.cgi/list/cakeusa2/.

Says trumpeter Vince DiFiore: “The next ringtone that we are offering comes from the song ‘Federal Funding.’ We approached this song at a time in the album process when we were fired up and joining forces most vigorously.” Adds lead vocalist John McCrea, “’Federal Funding’ is a song we had lying around for quite a while. Now seemed like a good time to release it.”

Cake’s new project is being written, rehearsed and recorded entirely with solar power. The group–who were recently honored as one of the top 10 “greenest” bands on the planet in a special issue of Billboard–teamed with Borrego Solar to convert their entire Sacramento recording studio into solar power. The innovative group documented their break away from the city’s energy grid, as illustrated by this video of Cake’s solar conversion: www.cakemusic.com/solar.html. The group’s decision to record their forthcoming album entirely with solar power was made for both artistic and environmental reasons.

Anyone Ever Been To Madison Square Garden?

November 20, 2009

I know I haven’t!!!! But… If you have, check this out:

“With more than 6 million votes tallied, the TOP 10 concerts of the ’80s have been chosen for the “100 Best: Vote Down to the Greatest Garden Show of All Time”and the results may SURPRISE you! Click here to check out the rest of the top 10 and for more details on Round 2 Voting, which starts on Dec. 3rd! Check out where your favorites ranked:

This week’s polls for Round 1 feature the BEST of the ’90s. YOU VOTE for the best show of the ’90s with artists from The Spice Girls, Madonna, Guns N’ Roses, Pearl Jam, Mariah Carey, and many more! So far it looks like Phish is taking the cake with a few other surprising acts close behind!

Click here to check out the competition, exclusive photos, and to place your vote for the best MSG show of the ’90s:

Polls for the ’90s decade, Round 1 End on Wednesday, November 25th so get as many votes in as you can NOW and add a comment letting us know if you were at the show and to share your experiences with other readers!
More details about the vote down:
Each week, you will get the chance to place your vote and advance your favorite artist/musical group from each decade to the next round of the competition! From rock legends Johnny Cash, Led Zeppelin, Elton John to today’s top acts John Mayer, Alicia Keys, The White Stripes and tons more from the ’70s, ’80s, ’90s, and ’00s! Stay tuned each week to see what lineup is revealed for the next decade and if your favorite concert made it to the polls! Fans can vote every day, all day leading up to the February finale, in which MSG will reveal the WINNER of the the greatest Garden performance of all time!

Click here for more details about the VOTEDOWN

Also, Feel free to follow MSG on Twitter to get up-to-date info.”

New Motion City Soundtrack Video

November 19, 2009

Motion City Soundtrack – Justin Pierre, Josh Cain, Matt Taylor, Tony Thaxton and Jesse Johnson – are gearing up for their major label debut – My Dinosaur Life – due out January 19th on Columbia Records. In anticipation of the new album, the band released their first new song “Disappear” from the album on October 20th and today they are premiering the video for “Disappear” on MySpace!

In addition, if you haven’t already heard about the “Dino Trail” yet go to www.mydinosaurlife.com and follow the one and only Justin Pierre as he continues his adventures across the US – busking, hanging with fans, playing in dorm rooms, visiting radio stations, jamming with bands, etc. There are some great photos and video clips, so once you’ve checked out the new music video – check out the Dino Trail clips!

And if you want to see the band live, catch them in December when they join up with Weezer for a handful of dates or check them out on one of the 2010 headlining dates just announced earlier this week!


Motion City Soundtrack – “Disappear”

Motion City Soundtrack | MySpace Music Videos

Maynard James Kenan’s New Venture

November 19, 2009

Vineyard owners Maynard James Keenan and Eric Glomski plan stops in Tucson, Las Vegas and Santa Barbara this December

Arizona Stronghold Vineyard vintners Maynard James Keenan (Caduceus Cellars/Merkin Vineyards owner and front man for Tool and Puscifer) and Eric Glomski (Page Springs Cellars) will host, in conjunction with Whole Foods Market, three bottle signings in the Southwestern U.S. kicking off with a Dec. 6 date at Whole Foods in Tucson.

The announcement follows a year in which the pair did over three dozen signing events at Whole Foods locations throughout the U.S.

Glomski and Keenan’s quest to bring the wine industry to Arizona’s Verde Valley is the subject matter behind a documentary currently in post-production with a planned February 2010 theatrical release.

Dates and locations for the signings are:

December 6 2:00 – 5:00 pm Tucson, AZ (3360 E. Speedway Blvd.)
8 5:00 – 8:00 pm Santa Barbara, CA (3761 State St.)
9 5:00 – 8:00 pm Las Vegas, NV (6689 Las Vegas Blvd.)

About Arizona Stronghold Vineyards:
ASV lies at the eastern edge of Sulfur Springs Valley, in Cochise County (alongside the Wilcox Playa) in a small, unincorporated area known as the Kansas Settlement. The vineyard site is 80 acres with 66 acres currently under vine. Co-owned by Eric Glomski (Page Springs Cellars) and Maynard James Keenan (Caduceus Cellars/Merkin Vineyards), ASV’s mission is to present affordable top quality Arizona wine made by passionate Arizona based winemakers. Keenan says of the vineyard, “One of our many goals here in Arizona is to establish a cornerstone around which locally owned and operated, sustainable and organic industries can thrive.”

Alkaline Trio: Back to ‘Punk Upbringing’ On New Album

November 19, 2009

It’s been 11 years since Alkaline Trio released their first full-length album, ‘Goddamnit.’ In that time, they’ve been signed to three different labels and expanded their sound beyond their original straight-ahead punk style, incorporating more melody and production. Now, with the pending release of their seventh album on their newly formed Heart & Skull label — a joint venture with Epitaph — the Chicago rockers are heading back to their roots.

“This record is a rock record but our punk rock upbringing definitely shines through, more so than our last few records,” singer/guitarist Matt Skiba tells Spinner. “The vibe is similar to our humble beginnings. It’s a step forward but I also think it has glimmers of our past in it.”

To recapture the sound of the early days, Skiba says the band took a simpler approach to recording the album, which will feature 11 tracks and be released in February. While Skiba says there’s a little bit of synth on the record and one trumpet solo in the style of Neutral Milk Hotel, not ska-punk, the band mainly kept things straightforward. “We went with a less-is-more approach on this record. A lot of it is just one guitar rather than overdubs or three or four guitars,” he says. “We wanted a record that we could easily play live. For the most part, it’s pretty bare bones while still sounding full and big.”

But that’s not the only way Alkaline Trio is getting back to their origins. “Another thing that makes it resemble our earlier records, especially our first record, is that it’s really personal,” Skiba says. “A couple of us have gone through some pretty serious life changes. We had a good friend of ours pass away since the last record. There’s a song on the record, ‘Dorothy,’ that was really influenced by the film ‘Blue Velvet’ but it’s a metaphor for someone and something else. Everything on the record is stuff that definitely hits close to home for us and we tried to communicate that in the songs.”

That said, Skiba also takes on politics, though it’s still within the traditional dark themes of Alkaline’s best work. “There is a song on the record called ‘The American Scream’ that is political,” he says. “For a long time we were afraid to write overtly political songs but I read this article about a US soldier that came back from a tour of duty in Afghanistan and blew his head off on his mother’s grave and I wrote a song about that.”

Skiba is currently approving the final artwork for the album — the title of which is still being kept under wraps — and says he can’t wait for fans to hear it. “We’re really excited to get back on the road and see everybody. We’ve been playing some of these songs live but most of them nobody’s heard so we’re really excited,” he says. “We’re very, very proud of the record and we hope that everybody digs it.”

Brian Welch Signs With WMEE

November 19, 2009

It was announced today that William Morris Endeavor Entertainment has inked an international representation agreement with ex-KoRn guitarist BRIAN “HEAD” WELCH. The initial term of the agreement is for three years. Ember Rigsby Tanksley of WMEE will be principally responsible for spearheading representation duties from WMEE’s Nashville, TN office.

The addition of HEAD to its existing powerhouse music division continues to fulfill WMEE’s post-merger goal (with Endeavor) of adding marquee names to its roster. Although based out of Nashville, Tanksley will also work with and take advantage of WMEE’s offices and agents in its Los Angeles, New York, and London offices. Tanksley also handles duties for such top Christian acts as Flyleaf, Emery, and Switchfoot. WMEE’s traditional recording artist roster includes Foo Fighters, Nine Inch Nails, Ozzy Osbourne, Tool, Shinedown, Puddle of Mudd and the Goo Goo Dolls, to name a few.

Tanksley’s reaction to the signing was filled with excitement and optimism: “We are very excited to be part of HEAD’s team. He has an authenticity in his ministry that will speak to people in a different way. We are looking forward to sharing in his accomplishments and great success!”

Earlier this year, HEAD announced that he had chosen his bandmates—Michael Valentine (bass); Scott Von Heldt (guitars); Ralph Patlan (guitars); Brian Ruedy (keyboards, programming) and Dan Johnson (drums). The band toured lightly in 2009; but is ready to hit the road full time in 2010.

Currently, HEAD and his band are in Nashville recording HEAD’s next album with Grammy®-nominated producer Rob Graves (RED, Pillar). The album is targeted for completion February 2010, with a release shortly thereafter on his Driven Music Group label (with distribution through Ryko/Warner Music Group).

Reached at the Nashville recording studio, HEAD commented about the WMEE deal: “I’m really excited about my deal with William Morris Endeavor, and I’m honored to be on the roster of one of the largest and most storied agencies in existence. I would like to publicly thank Ember Rigsby Tanksley and her entire team at WMEE for their belief in what I am trying to do. I feel like this is the final piece in the puzzle that we have been working on to take us to the next level.”

“The production on our new record is going awesome with Rob Graves,” he continues. “Our goal is to get the record completely mixed and mastered by the first part of February, and released immediately thereafter. My band is together, helping with the recording, and we will be ready for a full U.S. tour beginning early next year.”

HEAD helped found the nu-metal band Korn. While with KoRn, HEAD received six Grammy® Award nominations, winning two, while selling over 30 million records worldwide. In early 2005, HEAD rocked the music world by announcing his resignation from KoRn. At the time, HEAD was committed to moving away from the crazy KoRn life to continue to care for his daughter, Jennea, as a single father. Additionally, HEAD committed his life to Christ with the goal of touching people’s lives and giving back to those most desperately in need.

In 2007, HEAD penned a New York Times best-selling (non-fiction) autobiography, “Save Me From Myself” (Harper Collins). HEAD’s debut album, also entitled SAVE ME FROM MYSELF, was released on September 9, 2008 with Driven Music Group, through Ryko Distribution/Warner Music Group, Word Entertainment (Christian market), and Warner Music International (ADA Global—Canada). The album debuted at #13 on Billboard’s “Top Hard Rock Albums” chart, and continues to impact the market. The album has been described as a “heavy metal epic, with a positive message.”

www.brianheadwelch.net
www.myspace.com/brianheadwelch
www.drivenmusicgroup.net

Owl City Returns To #1 On Billboard Charts

November 19, 2009

Debut Single “Fireflies” Shows No Signs of Slowing Down

New York, NY – Universal Republic Records’ basement launched phenomenon Owl City reclaimed the top spot on the Billboard Hot 100 Singles Chart this week after originally hitting the #1 position two weeks ago with the smash hit “Fireflies.” The song continues to break boundaries at radio as it is top 10 at both Top 40 and Hot AC formats along with impressive showings at Alternative, Triple A, and Rhythm Crossover making it one of the most requested songs in the US. “Fireflies” also sold an amazing 200,000 digital singles this week bringing sales totals over a million. Combining an impressive radio story, huge sales, a #1 song, a sold out tour in the U.S as well as sold out shows in Asia this month are all parts in making Owl City the artist development story of 2009.

A self-described ‘shy-kid’ who first arrived on the music scene in 2007, Universal Republic Records has successfully translated Young’s hypnotizing songscapes into mainstream captures of everyday life, connecting with radio, digital and video audiences across the U.S. Owl City’s magical mix of lively-digital rhythms and lush melodies first hatched in the basement of his parent’s house is perfectly portrayed in his debut video for “Fireflies,” which depicts the affable singer performing the song in dreamy basement environment. The video is closing in on an incredible 13million views on YouTube, and surging in X-LARGE rotation on VH-1, and other video and digital platforms.

With Ocean Eyes on its way to gold status Owl City just wrapped a highly-praised sold-out U.S. tour – ‘Imagine if Nine Inch Nails traded dark for light…’ raved Livedaily.com about Young’s recent Hollywood show. ‘If such a remarkable transformation took place, it would sound, look, and feel a lot like Owl City.’ People who missed this past U.S. tour can catch Young’s energizing show next year when Owl City hits the road again in January before touring Europe in February and then Australia and New Zealand in March.

Hailing from the small Minnesota town of Owatonna, Minnesota, (population 22,000), Young’s songs convey a singular simplicity that has rocked the 24/7 non-stop-chatter of an ultra-competitive music world. Calling his homemade-basement studio ‘the cave,’ other songs on the new album include “Vanilla Twilight,” which is also climbing up the iTunes singles chart and “Cave in,” “Umbrella Beach,” “Dental Care,” among others.

Pixies To Record Doolittle Tour Shows

November 19, 2009

With their sold-out European “Doolittle Tour” complete and a similar standing-room-only U.S. leg just underway (which features a complete performance of their 1989 classic Doolittle each night), the Pixies are giving fans a unique opportunity to take the night’s performance home with them. Starting on the first night of the group’s four-performance stand in New York City (Monday, November 23), fans can purchase a CD of that night’s show about 10-minutes after the Pixies walk off stage. And for those attending shows before the 23rd, no need to fret – you can purchase recordings of earlier 2009 U.S. tour stops via the website, www.doolittlelive.com

The company Abbey Road Live is recording every Pixies show from the November 8 show all the way through the end of the tour in Washington, D.C. on December 1. The shows will be offered as limited edition, high quality CD sets – each CD set having two discs in it, and each CD set being individually numbered. The two-CD sets will sell for $25 each, and will be mixed and mastered every night – resulting in full, multi-track mixes, not board mixes. The CDs are strictly limited edition – only 1,000 will be made per night for each show. Also being offered are commemorative USB wristbands for $15 each. With each wristband, fans will get four songs recorded from the European leg of the tour, as well as five Pixies videos as bonus content. And if you buy the USB, you also get a $5 discount code which will result in a download costing $10 (rather than its normal $15 price). The quicker you place your order at http://www.doolittlelive.com the better, because they’re certain to go fast.

Also near completion is an exclusive Pixies iPhone App which is being developed by BlueHaze for Abbey Road Live and the Pixies, and will feature plenty of “social media features” in it. For instance, all of the band’s official Twitters, MySpace and Facebook blogs will come through the App. Additionally, you can click on a tab to see the full Pixies catalog, and by hitting a button, will be led to iTunes. Another link will also lead fans to an area where you can pre-purchase any of the live products being sold, while another link allows fans to have the ability to take pictures and share them with other fans and interact at shows.

“It’s a great pleasure to be working with the Pixies once again,” says Zach Bair, head of Abbey Road Live in the Americas (formerly CEO of DiscLive, the company that recorded the Pixies’ shows during their 2004 U.S. tour, and CEO of Immediatek, Inc. (OTCBB:IMTK), parent company of DiscLive). “We’re excited to be able to offer these limited edition products so that the Pixies’ fans can take something home that’s really memorable and special.”

For more information, long onto:
www.doolittle.com
www.abbeyroad.com/live