Thursday, November 25, 2010

Little & Ashley Release Holiday Winter Night EP !

Little & Ashley have released the Winter Night EP featuring two new songs and a playful cover of “Baby It’s Cold Outside” on November 15th. In addition to the holiday EP being available digitally on Amazon, the title track “Winter Night” is currently offered as a free MP3 download in Amazon’s “25 Days Of Free”.

Annie Little (Mad Men, Scrubs) and Marcus Ashley (Bones, CSI: NY) are the LA-based songwriting duo behind the catchy Amazon Kindle commercials so it is no surprise that their newly released original song, “Winter Night,” is featured in the latest UK Amazon Kindle commercial which also stars Annie Little. In addition, the new song “By My Side” is featured in an online Banana Republic commercial campaign.

Be sure to make theWinter Night EP the soundtrack to your holiday celebration!

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Darwin Deez Sets out on a North American Tour!

Guys, You might have heard already about Darwin Deez’ self-titled debut getting a U.S. release on February 22nd, but now we have some more great news to share on the Darwin front !

After spending much of the past year selling out shows worldwide, he has now announced a full North American tour in support of the U.S. release of Darwin Deez, where he'll joined on the road by Fol Chen and Friends! After catching his sold-out homecoming show at Mercury Lounge on this week, we can testify that this is a tour that you don’t want to miss!

Darwin Deez is everything a pop star should be and so rarely is.

Embrace him now, before everyone else does!

Check out this awesome video for "Constellations" right HERE!

Below are his Upcoming North American Tour Dates:

12/04 - Worcester, MA @ The Grind (Clark University)

1/13 - Allston, MA @ Great Scott

1/14 - Rochester, NY @ The Bug Jar

1/15 - Cleveland, OH @ Beachland Tavern

1/16 - Chicago, IL @ Schubas (w/ S. Carey, Sea of Bees)

1/17 - Minneapolis, MN @ 7th Street Entry (w/ Fol Chen)

1/19 - Denver, CO @ Larimer Lounge (w/ Fol Chen, Friends)

1/21 - Salt Lake City, UT @ Kilby Court (w/ Fol Chen, Friends)

1/22 - Boise, ID @ Neurolux (w/ Fol Chen, Friends)

1/24 - Vancouver, BC @ The Media Club (w/ Fol Chen, Friends)

1/25 - Seattle, WA @ The Vera Project (w/ Fol Chen, Friends)

1/26 - Portland, OR @ Holocene (w/ Fol Chen, Friends)

1/28 - San Francisco, CA @ Hemlock Tavern (w/ Fol Chen, Friends)

1/29 – Los Angeles, CA – Venue TBA

1/31 - San Diego, CA @ The Loft (UCSD) (w/ Friends)

2/1 - Tucson, AZ @ Solar Culture (w/ Friends)

2/3 - Austin, TX @ Emo's Alternative Lounge (w/ Friends)

2/4 - Houston, TX @ Fitzgerald's Downstairs (w/ Friends)

2/5 - Denton, TX @ Hailey (w/ Friends)

2/7 - Memphis, TN @ Hi Tone Cafe (w/ Friends)

2/8 – Nashville, TN – Venue TBA

2/9 – Birmingham, AL – Venue TBA

2/10 – Tallahassee, FL @ Club Downunder (w/ Friends)

2/11 - Atlanta, GA @ The Drunken Unicorn (w/ Friends)

2/12 - Charlotte, NC @ Snug Harbor (w/ Friends)

2/14 – Chapel Hill, NC @ Local 506 (w/ Friends)

2/15 – Charlottesville, VA – Venue TBA

2/17 - Washington, DC @ Black Cat Backstage (w/ Friends)

2/18 - Philadelphia, PA @ Kung Fu Necktie (w/ Friends)

2/19 - New York, NY @ Bowery Ballroom (w/ Friends)

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Simply 'Say Yes' !

Founder and lead singer of The Rock by Funk Tribe, Iyeoka is at the forefront of a new artistic genre that gracefully interweaves spoken word poetry with jazz, blues, gospel and electronic soul. The buzz surrounding her poem-songs has garnered her national attention and led to performances at the TBS Trumpet Awards, the Sullivan Honors Awards at the Kennedy Center, the CBS hip hop show The Source All Access, and Russell Simmons’ Def Poetry Jam. In 2009, she won second place in the Individual World Poetry Jam.

A first-generation Nigerian-American, Iyeoka was a practicing pharmacist before launching her career as a poet, singer, activist and educator. In her native Esan language, Iyeoka means “I want to be respected.” By channeling her culture and ancestral influences, she delivers an authentic and inspiring message of healing through the power of the moment.

In 2009, Iyeoka decided to transform her sound and songwriting approach and began working with producer David Franz to breathe new melodic and musical life into her poetry. Iyeoka released two EPs that year called “This Time Around” and “Run Into the Rain.” The new music infused more pop, R&B, dance, and hip hop into the mix, creating an “electronic soul” sound.

Iyeoka’s latest single, “The Yellow Brick Road Song” received national placement in an episode of the new hit HBO series “How To Make It In America,” gaining many positive reviews for both lyrical content and musical composition.

Her newest album SAY YES (released this week) evokes her revelatory spirit. The creative vision for SAY YES is more expansive than one medium, so for this project Iyeoka will release SAY YES as an Evolving Album. Available as of November 9, the evolving version of SAY YES will be sold exclusively from Iyeoka’s website, and every week new content (whether that be in the form of a song, video or poem) will be added to the album. Fans are able to join the SAY YES journey whenever they like. No matter the part of the ever-evolving journey at which fans decide to join and purchase SAY YES, they will be sent the additional content as the project continues to evolve.

Iyeoka will be touring in support of the release, including several performances at TED conferences. TED (Technology, Entertainment, Design) is a non profit organization dedicated to the spread of ideas, of which Iyeoka is a global fellow. Past tours have included support slots for artists such as Femi Kuti, Zap Mama, Soulive and performances at the Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival. As Iyeoka continues on her artistic and spiritual journey, her warm spirit, stirring lyrics and passionate performances leave audiences not only entertained but also transformed with empowerment.

Following are the tour dates for your reference. Make sure to watch this amazing artist folks!

11/11 – TEDxEast (Times Center) New York, NY
11/12 - St. Johns University (D’Angelo Center) Queens, NY
11/21 - Lizard Lounge Boston, MA
12/01 – TEDxAlcatraz (Temple Night Club) San Francisco, CA
12./07 – TED WOMEN Washington, DC
12/08 – TEDWOMEN Washington, DC

For further details, look up her website

Saturday, November 13, 2010

The SAW 3D Soundtrack: Bang ON !

The world is divided into 2 kinds of people-Saw lovers and Saw haters. It is impossible to ignore this franchise. People who are unfortunate enough to have missed out on it have at least heard of the blood and gore associated with it. Among all this people tend to miss the awesomeness of the plot and that’s rather unfortunate. I recommend anyone and everyone who watches it to do so without any preconceptions of any kind and then judge based purely on what you experience. October ended this year with the 7th movie in the series, Saw 3D, releasing. Imagine all the fear with an added dimension! Anyways, 3 days before the movie released, the soundtrack of the movie was released. A movie like Saw has its fans expecting adrenaline pumping music which is in tune with the on screen action and I daresay, we have a winner!

It is not always that movies come out with great Soundtracks. I mean, it is usually not given much thought or it’s just a crappy compilation. But when composers like Chester Bennington(Linkin Park), Chad Kroeger(Nickelback),Hinder and Saving Abel contribute towards a album, you expect music of a certain quality. Add Kopek, Saliva and Karnivool to the mix and we get one among the best film soundtracks in recent times. The music is not too dark or esoteric-it’s just rock music that blows your head off. And that my friend is Hard Rock at its best. The album kicks off with Saving Abel’s “Never” followed by Chester’s side project Dead by Sunrise throwing “Condemned at you”. Hinder start their single “Waking Up the Devil” with an aptly placed evil laugh which gets you in the groove. This song reminded me a lot of Lacuna Coil’s “Heaven’s a Lie”.

One of the best songs of the album is “The World belongs to me”. Kroeger joins forces with fellow Canadian band My Darkest Days to belt out a beauty. There are songs by bands which you might not have heard of before but they do a brilliant job of keeping up the tempo of the album with numbers which keep you head banging for hours. Notable among these are “What Goes Around Comes Around”(Boom Boom Satellites) , “Scream”(Adelitas Way) and “Hoodoo Woman”(Krokus). We wrap things up with Japanese band Dir en gray’s composition “Hageshisa to”. This song along with it’s predecessor “Ram the Crush” leave every rock fan in a trance.

So the verdict? This is easily a rock lover’s paradise. And if you want to judge it on basis of how it relates with the movie, then rest assured-they are in total sync. Each song enriches the movie experience and does perfect justice to it. It seems we finally have a perfect soundtrack complimenting an awesome movie.