Thursday, January 10, 2008

From The Inbox...

Here's a post I do from time to time to try and keep up with all the good stuff that gets sent to my inbox. It's impossible to keep up with all of it, but here's a taste of some of the stuff I'm glad I opened recently. More to come...

"Del the Funky Homosapien has leaked a new track from his upcoming album Eleventh Hour to be released on March 11th via Definitive Jux records. The track, entitled “Bubble Pop” is the first glimpse into Del’s long awaited solo follow-up to a string of popular albums released in the 1990s (I Wish My Brother George Was Here, No Need for Alarm, Future Development, and Both Sides of the Brain). Since then, the Bay Area MC has concentrated on several collaborations; including 2000’s Deltron 3030 with Dan “The Automator” Nakamura and Kid Koala and 2001’s Gorillaz with Blur’s Damon Albarn. But fans have been hungry for another solo album from one of the most creative rappers on the scene.

Eleventh Hour is that album, and it was eight years in the making. During that time, Del holed up in the studio to study music theory and produce the majority of the tracks on what would be his fifth solo album. “Bubble Pop” is the first track from Eleventh Hour to go public, and it shows Del’s new approach to his craft."
from Future Development

"The Raveonettes are recognized and praised for their signature blend of two part harmonies, lo-fi garage sound and 60s noir aesthetic. Comparisons have been drawn to everyone from the Jesus and Mary Chain, the Velvet Underground and Suicide to Buddy Holly, the Shangri-Las and Ronnie Spektor. In 2003, the Raveonettes' won a Danish Music Award when Whip It On was named "Best Album of the Year".

The Raveonettes will embark on a North American tour in support of their Feb 19th Vice Records debut, Lust Lust Lust, in late February. The jaunt will be preceded by a lone stop alongside Blonde Redhead at New York’s Terminal 5 later this month. Set to kick off ten days after the record’s release, on February 29th at The Cashbah in San Diego, the tour will wend its way across the States and the Great White North, making an extended stop in Austin, Texas for this year’s SXSW music festival."
"The Whigs are proud to announce the release of their ATO Records debut album, MISSION CONTROL. Set for a January 22, 2008 release, this confident collection of songs follows up the band's self-released / self-financed album, GIVE 'EM ALL A BIG FAT LIP, which caught the attention of many, including Rolling Stone Magazine who declared the Athens GA three-piece "the best unsigned band in America." The Whigs spent most of 2006 and 2007 on the road winning over fans and critics with their full throttle alternative pop / rock which NPR hailed as a perfect combination of "the gravelly rock of The Replacements with the off-kilter pop of Guided By Voices."

Eager to record their ATO debut, The Whigs entered the legendary Sunset Sound Studios in Los Angeles, CA with producer Rob Schnapf (Beck, Elliott Smith). Sonically superior to anything the band has recorded to date, MISSION CONTROL is an album jam-packed with infectious melodies and dynamic rhythms."

"Like a gaggle of pre-teens at a Hannah Montana concert, people are freaking out about the Battle Royale's new record. The Battle Royale write fast and furious pop songs that make you move. But they also don't. That's right, Wake Up, Thunderbabe is not only a killer dance album, but it is also a simple and sweet acoustic pop album. In classic Side A/Side B style, Thunderbabe is one part dance, one part folk. Side A is reminiscent of modern dance-pop bands like The Faint, Hot Chip and CSS, and Side B is purely folk that references the likes of Tilly and the Wall, Arcade Fire and Page France.

After garnering an impressive grass-roots following nationwide with the release of their first full-length album, Sparkledust Fantasy (Afternoon Records), the sing-along dance-pop anthems and catchy say-what riffs of the Battle Royale continue to only get better with Wake Up, Thunderbabe. This sophomore effort evolved out of a year of touring, growing up, and going to college, not to mention sharing the stage with such great bands as the Blood Brothers, Celebration and Tilly and the Wall. Wake Up, Thunderbabe is infectious, fun and energetic, so bring your best Charlie Brown dance to the party and enjoy."