Sunday, July 26, 2009

Music News & Notes


Escapist Records is pleased to announce the vinyl release of This Time Next Year’s debut EP, “A Place for You.” The Walnut Creek, CA pop-punk outfit originally released the seven-song EP through the independent label in mid-2007 to critical acclaim. called it “the most addicting thing I’ve heard so far this year.” The success of “A Place for You” lead to the band’s signing to Run for Cover Records and the release of a brand new EP last year. Since then, Alternative Press named the band one of the “100 Bands You Need to Know in 2009” and This Time Next Year has gone on to sign with Equal Vision Records with the release of their debut full-length due this Fall. “A Place for You” will see its official vinyl release (with free digital download) in the coming months - details are currently being finalized.


P Diddy holds off release of new album

Hip-hop mogul Sean ‘Diddy’ Combs is holding off the release of his new album ‘Last Train To Paris’ so he doesn't have to compete with other big upcoming releases. With albums from rappers like Jay-Z and newcomer Drake on the way, Combs faces stiff competition in terms of sales - so he's playing the safer option.

‘Last Train To Paris’ should have been available in September, but there is now no definite release date. Speaking on the delay, P. Diddy told "We just vibing and making music, having a good time. The Train is coming... It's coming, it's coming."

"Right now, it's like Jay-Z time and Drake time. Enjoy those guys. But the Train is coming," he added.

In other words, he doesn't want to compete with them for the almighty music dollar.


Narnia Releases New Album "Course Of A Generation" In Europe

Christian power metallers Narnia have issued the following update about the release of their new album "Course of a Generation:"

"Course of a generation has been released in Europe! We hope each and every one of You will grab a copy as soon as You can, and we almost promise that You won't be dissapointed ;)

"For our more distant friends living in other parts of the world, there will be news about releases in more territories soon - hang in there! Take care!"


SUBSIGNAL: 'Beautiful & Monstrous' Release Date Confirmed

SUBSIGNAL, the new German band featuring former SIEGES EVEN members Arno Menses (vocals) and Markus Steffen (guitar), will release its debut album, entitled "Beautiful & Monstrous", on September 25 via GoldenCore Records/ZYX Music. The CD was helmed by co-producer Kristian Kohlmannslehner, who worked on SIEGES EVEN's 2007 release, "Paramount". The special edition of the album, which will have an approximate running time of 60 minutes, will come with a stylish digipack cover and one bonus track. The LP will also be released as a normal jewelcase version with rounded corners, and it will be made available on double vinyl.


NC-based Merge Records celebrates 20th anniversary

CHAPEL HILL, N.C. The finale show of the 20th anniversary celebration of Durham-based Merge Records will feature three bands under that label.

The show is set for 7 p.m. Sunday in Memorial Hall on the University of North Carolina campus. It will feature She & Him, American Music Club and Wye Oak.

Laura Ballance and Mac McCaughan started Merge Records in 1989, the same year they formed the band Superchunk in Chapel Hill. They started the company with $500 borrowed from McCaughan's father. For the first three years, the label's music went out on 7-inch vinyl.

In 1992, Merge began a relationship with Touch and Go Records of Chicago, which handles most of Merge's full-length releases.

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