Friday, August 28, 2009


Matisyahu performed "One Day" on the Tonight Show with Conan O'Brien.


A NEW remix from The Sounds has made its way into my inbox. This one is courtesy of Chicago duo La Dolce Vita, who have recently worked over Passion Pit, The Faint, and Shiny Toy Guns. If you're interested, you can grab their breezy late-summer mix of "No One Sleeps When I'm Awake."

Also The Sounds massive world tour kicks off Sept 11 in Quebec City, full list of dates below!

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North America - with Foxy Shazam
09/11 - Quebec City, QC @ Ilot Fleurie Park
09/12 - Montreal, QC @ Metropolis
09/13 - Toronto, ON @ Phoenix Theatre
09/14 - Pittsburgh, PA @ Mr. Small's *
09/16 - Boston, MA @ House of Blues
09/17 - New York, NY @ Roseland Ballroom
09/19 - Philadelphia, PA @ Theatre of Living Arts
09/20 - Baltimore, MD @ The Rams Head
09/21 - Washington, DC @ 9:30 Club
09/22 - Norfolk, VA @ The Norva
09/23 - Lexington, KY @ Buster's *
09/25 - Myrtle Beach, SC @ House of Blues
09/26 - Atlanta, GA @ Variety Playhouse
09/27 - Ashville, NC @ Orange Peel
09/30 - Tampa, FL @ Ritz
09/30 - Ft. Lauderdale, FL @ Revolution
10/02 - Orlando, FL @ House of Blues
10/05 - New Orleans, LA @ One Eyed Jacks
10/07 - Houston, TX @ House of Blues
10/09 - Austin, TX @ La Zona Rosa
10/10 - San Antonio, TX @ White Rabbit
10/11 - Dallas, TX @ HOB
10/12 - Oklahoma City, OK @ Diamond Ballroom
10/14 - El Paso, TX @ Club 101
10/15 - Albuquerque, NM @ Sunshine Theatre *
10/16 - Phoenix, AZ @ Marquee
10/20 - Ventura, CA @ Ventura Theatre
10/21 - Los Angeles, CA @ Greek Theatre
10/23 - San Diego, CA @ House of Blues
10/24 - San Francisco, CA @ Warfield
10/26 - Vancouver, BC @ Commodore Ball
10/27 - Seattle, WA @ Showbox
10/28 - Portland, OR @ Hawthorne Theatre
10/30 - Salt Lake City, UT @ In The Venue
10/31 - Denver, CO @ Ogden Theater
11/02 - Cleveland, OH @ House of Blues *
11/03 - Cincinnati, OH @ Madison Theatre *
11/05 - Minneapolis, MN @ First Ave
11/06 - Madison, WI @ TBA
11/07 - Chicago, IL @ Vic Theatre

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Europe - with Matt & Kim
11/17 - Amsterdam, NL @ Melkweg
11/18 - Munster, DE @ Sputnikhalle
11/19 - Gronningen, NL @ Vera
11/20 - Brussels, BGR @ VK
11/21 - Birmingham, UK @ AC2
11/22 - Glasgow, UK @ Oron Mor
11/23 - Manchester, UK @ AC2
11/24 - London, UK @ Electric Ballroom
11/25 - Paris, FR @ Casino Noveau
11/27 - Madrid, ES @ Joy Eslava
11/28 - Barcelona, ES @ Apolo
11/30 - Zurich, CH @ Alte Bors
12/01 - Lausanne, CH @ Les Docks
12/02 - Salzburn, AT @ Rockhouse
12/03 - Wien, AT @ Arena
12/04 - Munchen, DE @ Backstage Werk
12/05 - Cologne, DE @ Live Music Hall
12/06 - Dresden, DE @ Reithalle
12/08 - Warsaw, PL @ Proxima
12/09 - Poznan, PL @ Eskulap
12/10 - Berlin, DE @ Postbahnhof
12/11 - Hamburn, DE @ Uebel&Gefearlich
12/12 - Malmo, DE @ KB
12/13 - Copenhagen, DK @ Vega
12/15 - Turka, FI @ Klubi
12/16 - Tempere, FI @ Pakkahoune
12/17 - Oulu, FI @ Teatria
12/18 - Seinajoki, FI @ Rytmikorjaamo
12/19 - Helsinki, FI @ Cable Factory


Death Cab for Cutie is the first confirmed band to be featured on the upcoming New Moon soundtrack, contributing an exclusive new song called "Meet Me On the Equinox." will debut the song during the broadcast of the MTV Video Music Awards on September 13th. The soundtrack will be available October 20th on Atlantic/Chop Shop Records.

Visit author Stephenie Meyer's site,, for an exclusive statement from Death Cab for Cutie bassist Nick Harmer about writing "Meet Me On the Equinox." And for more info on the band, visit

Thursday, August 27, 2009


The video for the second single from our debut album 'Reservoir' - "The Walls Are Coming Down."

Official Site



We've all heard the song and by now, we all know their name. UK dynamic duo, The Ting Tings, are once again making their way stateside this September. Showcasing their brand of art-minded dance rock, Katie White and Jules De Martino will be hitting the arena circuit in continued support of their infectious 2008 debut, We Started Nothing.

Columbia Records are hosting a fly-away contest for The Ting Ting's upcoming performance at New York's acclaimed Madison Square Garden.

To enter (, simply count the total number of times Katie says "That’s Not My Name" in the video below. Everyone who answers correctly is automatically entered to win, with one lucky winner earning two roundtrip tickets to NY, one night of hotel accommodations and a pair of tickets to the show!

Current single, "That’s Not My Name" continues in their video tradition of optical explosions and unparalleled dance moves. Check it out:

Tour Dates:
15 Seattle, WA - WAMU Theater
17 San Jose, CA - HP Pavilion
18 Los Angeles, CA - Staples Center
20 Glendale, AZ - Arena
23 Dallas, TX - American Airlines Center
24 Houston, TX - Toyota Center
26 Chicago, IL - Allstate Arena
28 Fairfax, VA - The Patriot Center
30 Toronto, ONT - Air Canada Center

2 Boston, MA - TD Banknorth Garden
3 Philadelphia, PA - Wachovia Center
5 New York, NY - Madison Square Garden


Anya Marina started out as a disc jockey in San Diego and was bitten by the music bug after performing her songs at open mic nights. Her intriguing sound glides from seductive to sassy, which we heard live on Morning Becomes Eclectic.

Wednesday, August 26, 2009


Yesterday marked two major events for Matisyahu - the release of his third studio album Light and the launch of his "One Day for Change" campaign.

On Light, fans will find a much broader sound than what Matisyahu has offered in the past. Produced by David Kahne (Paul McCartney, Regina Spektor, Sublime) and Dave McCracken and the Smeezintons (Depeche Mode, Ian Brown), Light is Matisyahu's most diverse album to date. Billboard marveled at its ability to "Push musical boundaries...dipping into everything from guitar driven rockers to stripped down acoustic tunes."
It finds the musician from Crown Heights, Brooklyn displaying his one-of-a-kind voice in a variety of diverse genres, moving through his familiar reggae-soul stylings to dancehall, ska-influenced new wave, pop-rock and acoustic folk.

Always looking to inspire and positively motivate fans - the socially conscious artist has partnered with Kenneth Cole to create an online movement via Twitter and YouTube encouraging people to share ideas to positively change their communities in one day.

"One Day for Change" asks fans, as well as celebrities, websites, and musicians, to tweet their "ideas for change" using the hash tag. Matisyahu will re-tweet his favorites on his own Twitter (which now has over 720,000 followers) and award a signed copy of Light to one tweeter each day. Participants are also encouraged to upload videos expressing their ideas for change to the "One Day for Change" YouTube page between August 25th and September 18th.

On September 25th, a grand prize winner from the video uploads will be announced on The site, built by Republic Project, features all of the video submissions, tweets, and exclusive content for the initiative and can be visited to view the latest entries. The winner will receive a Matisyahu branded camera provided by Flip Cam, and Matisyahu and Kenneth Cole will donate $5,000 towards the charity of the winning entrant's choice. Other participants who upload videos will have a chance to win 1 of 4 Matisyahu branded cameras provided by Flip Cam.

"Consciousness and positivity spread like a wave." Matisyahu explains, "It starts with one person doing one good thing and links like a chain, going from one positive thing to the next."
Be part of the solution - tweet your ideas for "One Day for Change".

Listen to "One Day"


M.I.A. is doing a secret show in Downtown Los Angeles tonight. You had to purchase your tickets yesterday, but I'm trying to get a hookup! Keep you posted.


On Labor Day, September 7, 2009, KCRW will launch Eclectic24 -- a new, online, all-music channel blending the collected talents and tastes of all the station’s DJs into a single voice streaming 24 hours a day. Always on, no time slots, no appointment needed – just the best of KCRW whenever and wherever you want it. The stream will encompass the whole scope of the public radio station’s musical footprint over the last 30 years, integrating musical discoveries from across KCRW’s talented team of DJs -- favorite new releases, the best of our rich live performance archives -- with the voices of numerous musical icons that have appeared on the station over the years.

The new channel will debut – on air at KCRW 89.9 FM and online at – on Monday, September 7 from 9am to midnight (with a break for All Things Considered from 5 to 7pm) and into the early morning on September 8.

“Music fans still want to be surprised and turned on to something completely unexpected -- that’s the beauty of radio. What’s special about this new channel is that it combines those fresh ideas with the rich history of our station in a non-stop music stream for our fans worldwide,” said KCRW Music Director and host of Morning Becomes Eclectic Jason Bentley. “Our online-only music stream is already one of the chief reasons people visit and Eclectic24 will truly reflect the essence of everything that we are, musically.”

Eclectic24’s programming curator is current KCRW DJ and former Music Director Chris Douridas, who is tapping into the station's vast and ever-growing digital library of over 500,000 songs and its exclusive archive of 2000+ live performances and interviews, as well as exclusive KCRW music features like the Guest DJ Project and Today’s Top Tune (KCRW’s free song a day).

The impact of Santa Monica-based public radio station KCRW has always reached far beyond the community in which it is based, with listeners streaming the station in more than 180 countries – from Singapore and Iceland to Ghana and Peru. The station’s move online in 1998 and early foray into podcasting exposed a huge international audience to our programming and Eclectic24 cements KCRW’s place as a unique and vital resource for independent music discovery.

After the Labor Day premiere, Eclectic24 will be available online, all the time, at and by clicking the ALL MUSIC tab at the top of KCRW’s home page.


Kings of Leon ended their first part of their tour in LA on Saturday night and have been spending time here ever since. The Tonight Show was one of their stops while here where they performed "Use Somebody." They kick off the next leg of their tour in September.

Tuesday, August 25, 2009


Living Well Is The Best Revenge

R.E.M. will release a brand-new double live album, entitled R.E.M. Live At The Olympia on October 27th, 2009 via Warner Bros. Records. The two-CD set, produced by Jacknife Lee, features 39 songs that capture the best moments from the band’s 2007 “working rehearsals” at Dublin’s fabled Olympia club where singer Michael Stipe, guitarist Peter Buck, and bassist Mike Mills tested out new songs for R.E.M.’s 2008 studio album Accelerate.

The material was tested were five nights before fired-up, capacity crowds comprised of fan-club members, friends, family, and fans from all over the world who were privy to R.E.M.'s so-called “experiment in terror,” as guitarist Peter Buck puts it. “We were just trying to do something we hadn't done before," Buck says, "which meant there was no relaxing during the set. Every second we were playing something we didn't know all that well. Which was kind of good — there were all kinds of terror elements going on during that show."


Myspace Music has premiered Karen O and the Kids lead single, "All is Love", from the Spike Jonze directed film Where The Wild Things Are. The single will be available wide on August 25th - so head over to the film's official Myspace page listen to Karen O backed by an untrained children's choir!

To compose the music, O enlisted friends and fellow musicians she believed had a musical intuition that would bolster her intent to marry sound to vision. Where The Wild Things Are Official Soundtrack drops September 29th courtesy of Interscope, with the film hitting theaters October 16th.

Monday, August 24, 2009


The Phenomenal Handclap Band hits the El Rey in LA tonight. They are getting tons of buzz so come out and see this PHENOMENON!


Land of Talk filmed a colorful, mind-blowing new video for "The Man Who Breaks Things (Dark Shuffle)". Directed by bassist Joseph Yarmush, "Dark Shuffle" is the second video from last year's 'Some Are Lakes'. Check it out here.

Land of Talk have announced a west coast tour beginning October 27th in San Diego, and running through November 7th in Vancouver B.C.. To complement to tour, the band will be releasing an EP with 4 new songs and 3 videos, entitled 'Fun and Laughter'. After having been sidelined for much of the year with a vocal ailment, front woman Elizabeth Powell is now gearing up for a busy fall. Here are the tour dates!

Tour Dates:
10/27 - San Diego, CA, Casbah
10/29 - Los Angeles, CA, Spaceland
10/30 - Visalia , CA, Cellar Door
11/02 - San Francisco, CA, Cafe DuNord
11/04 - Portland, OR, Doug Fir
11/05 - Seattle, WA, High Dive
11/06 - Bellingham, WA, The Nightlight
11/07 - Vancouver, BC, Biltmore Cabaret


For my birthday I got tix to see one of my favorite bands, Kings of Leon. I just recently became a fan of their music ever since the release of ONLY BY THE NIGHT. The band is HUGE in the UK and in Australia and finally have reached that status in the states.

So on Saturday night we headed out to the Forum in Los Angeles to check out KOL. I had such a great time, but I must say I could have done without the opening band, The Whigs. Not a fan... Anyhoo...KOL hit the stage and played hits from their latest record including "Sex on Fire", "Notion" and "Use Somebody." Amazeballs!!

And I just wanna say that I couldn't be happier for this bands' success. They were soooo humble and sweet. They kept thanking the crowd for being there and supporting their career; you could tell how much they cared through their perfomance, which was astonishing, and that's what made it even more special. Great night, great band, great b-day gift...


Brendan Benson performed "A Whole Lot Better" - his latest single on The Late Show with David Letterman.