Tuesday, August 24, 2010

Music News & Notes

Film School's to Release New Record

Film School's fourth studio album, Fission, will be out next week, August 31 on Hi Speed Soul. CD and LP pre-order copies will be signed by the band and a digital copy will be emailed immediately. The LPs are limited edition clear vinyl (only 500 made) with a free MP3 download of the album.


Film School is also prepping for a nice big September/October tour, which includes a string of shows with The Depreciation Guild. Dates are below. Let me know if you'd like to cover any of them...or if you'd like a copy of Fission.

Sept 19 – San Diego, CA – The Casbah
Sept 20 – Tucson, AZ - Plush
Sept 22 – Dallas, TX – The Nightmare
Sept 23 – Austin, TX – The Parish
Sept 24 – Baton Rouge, LA – Spanish Moon
Sept 25 – Atlanta, GA – The Masquerade
Sept 27 – Chapel Hill, NC – Local 506

with The Depreciation Guild:
Sept 28 – Washington, DC – DC9
Sept 29 – Philadelphia, PA – Johnny Brenda’s
Sept 30 – Brooklyn, NY – Glasslands
Oct 01 – New York, NY – Mercury Lounge
Oct 02 – Cambridge, MA – TT The Bears
Oct 03 – Montreal, QC, Canada – Pop Montreal at Casa Del Popolo
Oct 04 – Toronto, ON, Canada – El Mocambo
Oct 06 – St Louis, MO – Firebird
Oct 07 – Newport, KY – Southgate House
Oct 08 – Chicago, IL – Schubas Tavern
Oct 09 – Milwaukee, WI – The Cactus Club
Oct 10 – Minneapolis, MN – 7th Street Entry
Oct 11 – Omaha, NE – The Waiting Room w/ The Depreciation Guild
Oct 12 – Denver, CO – Hi Dive
Oct 13 – Salt Lake City, UT – Urban Lounge
Oct 15 – Seattle, WA – Sunset Tavern
Oct 16 – Portland, OR – Mississippi Studios

with Love Like Fire
Oct 19 – San Francisco, CA – The Independent
Oct 20 – Santa Cruz – The Crepe Place
Oct 21 – Los Angeles, CA – The Echo

"'Heart Full of Pentagons' showcases a shift in sound as bassist Lorelei Plotczyk contributes vocals...It's a 'good, messy' story and a tease of what's more to come." - AOL Spinner

"Hearing Plotczyk and Bertens harmonize through a warm cloud of reverb while a 4/4 pulse and cascading, fuzzy guitars envelope the air around convinces us that loosening the reigns was definitely the right decision." - Magnet Magazine

"A great album from start to finish - 4/5" - Baeble Music

"('Heart Full of Pentagons')...a wistfully epic Stars-esque burner"
- Brooklyn Vegan




BUSH Frontman To Perform With CARLOS SANTANA

BUSH singer/songwriter/guitarist Gavin Rossdale is scheduled to perform with guitar legend Carlos Santana this Wednesday, August 25 in Vegas for an event to celebrate the Santana's new album, "Guitar Heaven…The Greatest Guitar Classics of All Time." Rossdale, who makes a guest appearance on the LP, will join Santana for a new rendition of the T.REX hit "Bang A Gong".

"Guitar Heaven…The Greatest Guitar Classics of All Time" arrives in stores September 21.

Later this fall, BUSH will release "Everything Always Now" (Interscope), the band's first new studio album in nine years. The CD was produced by Bob Rock (METALLICA, AEROSMITH).


GIBSON To Reproduce Classic RANDY RHOADS Les Paul Guitar

The 1974 Les Paul Custom guitar that Ozzy Osbourne guitarist Randy Rhoads played on the classic albums "Blizzard of Ozz" and "Diary of a Madman" has been one of the most requested reissues ever, according to Gibson.com. The Gibson Custom Shop has announced the release of this legendary axe. In collaboration with the Rhoads family, the Jackson Custom Shop built 60 exact replicas of the first Randy Rhoads Jackson guitar, often referred to as the Concorde. More information will be made available soon.

According to TheMusicZoo.com, Randy's tribute model is a direct replica of his original 1980 Jackson asymmetrical V-shaped guitar that he personally designed. He intended to call this body style the Concorde and it is widely regarded as the "first pointy guitar." The original guitar had been kept at the Rhoads family music school since his death, and they say it had not been out of the case in over 20 years.

In 1982, Rhoads, the then-lead guitarist for OZZY OSBOURNE, and two others were killed at Flying Baron Estates, just outside Leesburg, Florida, when their small plane struck Osbourne's tour bus, then crashed into a mansion.


International Superstar Annie Lennox Signs With Universal Music Group (UMG) for Worldwide Recording Agreement

Initial Release 'A Christmas Cornucopia' In-Stores on November 22, 2010

LOS ANGELES, Aug 23 /PRNewswire/ -- Internationally renowned recording artist, songwriter and musician Annie Lennox has signed with Universal Music Group (UMG), the world's leading music company, for a long-term worldwide recording agreement.

As one of the world's most successful and critically-acclaimed British female artists in pop music history, Ms. Lennox will release her brand new album, "A Christmas Cornucopia," on November 22nd through Island Records UK and Decca Records in the US and the rest of the world.

The album features Ms. Lennox's unique and personal interpretations of some of her favorite Christmas carols as well as a completely new, and wonderful, original composition entitled, "Universal Child."

"I'm absolutely delighted to be working with Island Records on my upcoming recording," stated Ms. Lennox. "This album is something I've wanted to do for many years. It's a true labour of love, and I feel very fortunate to be in partnership with such a cutting edge team, especially when I'm at a stage in my creativity when I want to diversify, and pursue my passion in my own individual way. I've never been part of a 'mold,' and Island are really supportive and appreciative of where I'm coming from. I want to make timeless music that people will love in many years to come...and I'd like to think that 'A Christmas Cornucopia' is going to be of those recordings."

"There are precious few artists who redefine the boundaries of popular music like Annie," said Lucian Grainge, Co-Chief Executive Officer of Universal Music Group. "And we are delighted to be part of the next exciting chapter in her already storied career."

"Annie Lennox is one of world's greatest singers," commented Ms. Lennox's manager Simon Fuller. "She has sold tens of millions of albums, celebrated countless hit singles and won every major award and honour there is to receive. However there is one thing she has always wanted to do and now it's about to happen. Annie has always wanted to record an album of Christmas songs and to see this finally come to fruition is very special. Annie and I are thrilled to now be working with Island Records and all my friends at Universal around the world. We are looking forward very much to a long, happy and successful partnership for many years to come."

"The album Annie has recorded is timeless and inspiring, a very special showcase for her extraordinary voice," added Universal Music UK chairman David Joseph. "This record is just the start of what feels like a natural, and very exciting, new partnership between Annie and Island Records."

Throughout her remarkable career, Annie Lennox has been celebrated as an innovator, and a symbol of enduring excellence. Both as a member of the groundbreaking Eurythmics and as a solo artist without peer, Annie has amassed sales of more than 80 million albums worldwide and claimed 34 hit singles, four Grammy Awards, 11 Brit Awards, five Ivor Novellos, an Academy Award and two Golden Globes.

About Universal Music Group

Universal Music Group is the world's leading music company with wholly owned record operations or licensees in 77 countries. Its businesses also include Universal Music Publishing Group, the industry's leading global music publishing operation.

Universal Music Group's record labels include A&M/Octone, Decca, Deutsche Grammophon, Disa, Emarcy, Fonovisa, Interscope Geffen A&M Records, Island Def Jam Music Group, Lost Highway Records, Machete Music, MCA Nashville, Mercury Nashville, Mercury Records, Island Records, Polydor Records, Show Dog – Universal Music, Universal Motown Republic Group, Universal Music Latino and Verve Music Group as well as a multitude of record labels owned or distributed by its record company subsidiaries around the world. The Universal Music Group owns the most extensive catalog of music in the industry, which includes the last 100 years of the world's most popular artists and their recordings. UMG's catalog is marketed through two distinct divisions, Universal Music Enterprises (in the U.S.) and Universal Strategic Marketing (outside the U.S.). Universal Music Group also includes eLabs, its new media and technologies division; Bravado, its merchandising company; and Twenty-First Artists, its full service management division.

Universal Music Group is a unit of Vivendi, a global media and communications company.

About Simon Fuller

Simon Fuller has developed and managed some of the biggest entertainment properties of our time, with credits that include the creation of TV phenomenon American Idol, So You Think You Can Dance and the HBO series Little Britain USA. Simon Fuller's artists include legendary musical icon Annie Lennox, country music sensation Carrie Underwood, the pop group sensation Spice Girls, Idol alumni Chris Daughtry and David Cook, as well as sports stars David Beckham and Andy Murray.

SOURCE Universal Music

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