DAVID GRAY (DOWNTOWN) 3-STAR REVIEW IN L.A. TIMES

September 24, 2009

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Read below or click here to see the 3 star review (out of 4) of David Gray’s brand new album in the Tuesday edition of LA Times.

With his homemade classic, “White Ladder,” British crooner David Gray unwittingly paved the way for James Blunt and company’s simpering love ballads. On his eighth studio album, Gray reclaims and reinvigorates his territory with “Draw the Line,” a polished yet ragged collection of complex love and exasperation melodies. Weepy sentimentalists, back off.

Gray hurls his voice, makes demands and sets boundaries, sometimes against the album’s most gently etched landscapes. He asserts that the singer-songwriter’s force is not only to be conjured with delicate guitar picking or hushed pleas. In fact, emotional catharsis can sound downright burly in Gray’s world. And everyone knows it’s bad news to rile up a crooner. Think about Frank Sinatra.

Though the music flows through comfortable but sophisticated channels of folk-pop, it also takes some turns into rougher terrain. “Stella the Artist,” with its lyrics about stinging rebuke and swimming through a sea of “psychotic puke,” matches the terse but victorious mood with snapping drums and a flashing piano line. Although Gray doesn’t render his Stella in obvious terms, some bohemian gamines might find themselves blushing with recognition.

In “Full Steam,” the album’s final bow in which he partners with Annie Lennox, the two twine their voices, ticking off a list of life’s inequities. It’s the right person for him to duet with — another artist who can make “bullied, suckered, pimped and patronized” sound like gospel for the disillusioned.

–Margaret Wappler

David Gray – Draw The Line (DWT70109 / 878037010923 / J12)  AVAILABLE NOW


DAVID GRAY (DOWNTOWN) INTERVIEW ON CNN.COM

September 24, 2009

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Click here to see the 3 minute interview with David Gray on CNN.com.  David talks about the album title, the lyrical meaning behind lead single “Fugitive” as well as working with Annie Lennox on the closing track “Full Steam Ahead.”

David Gray – Draw The Line (DWT70109 / 878037010923 / J12)  AVAILABLE NOW


DAVID GRAY (DOWNTOWN) STREET DATE PERFORMANCE ON LETTERMAN

September 15, 2009

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Mr. Letterman just couldn’t wait.  Although originally scheduled to be the musical guest on Friday 9/25, David Gray will now be performing on the Late Show with David Letterman (CBS 11:35 PT/ET) on Tuesday 9/22… street date for his brand new album Draw The Line.

David Gray will perform his hit single “Fugitive,” the lead track from his 8th studio album and first on Mercer Street / Downtown.

NOTE: President Barack Obama will be Dave’s special guest the night before on Monday!

David Gray – Draw The Line (DWT70109 / 878037010923 / J12) Available 9.22.09


COLD WAR KIDS AND MAJOR LAZER (DOWNTOWN) NOMINATED AT 2009 MTV VMA’S

September 12, 2009

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Be sure to check out the MTV Video Music Awards this Sunday night, September 13 (MTV 9/8c), for among other things, the selection of the Breakthrough Video award.

B0th the Cold War Kids “I’ve Seen Enough” and Major Lazer’s “Hold The Line” are among the elite list of 10 nominations, which also includes Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Passion Pit, Death Cab For Cutie and Gnarls Barkley.  Each video is deservedly nominated for their amazing interactivity (CWK) and hyper animated story (Lazer).

Click here for more information about the videos and the always interesting award show being held in New York City this Sunday.

Cold War Kids – Loyalty To Loyalty (DWT70042 / 878037004229 / C15) Available NOW

Major Lazer – Guns Don’t Kill People… Lazers Do (DWT70088 / 878037008821 / C14) Available NOW


DAVID GRAY (DOWNTOWN) #1 AT AAA RADIO

September 3, 2009

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The lead single “Fugitive” from David Gray’s forthcoming album Draw The Line is the #1 song at AAA radio this week with 612 spins equating to 2.1 million in audience.

RANK ARTIST SONG LABEL SPINS AUDIENCE
1 DAVID GRAY Fugitive Mercer Street/Downtown 558 1.946
2 KINGS OF LEON                  Use Somebody RCA/RMG 496 2.012
3 DAVE MATTHEWS BAND Why I Am RCA/RMG 491 1.724
4 WILCO You Never Know Warner Bros. 479 1.743
5 U2 I’ll Go Crazy If I Don’t Go… Interscope 471 1.652

David Gray – Draw The Line (DWT70109 / 878037010923 / J12) Available 9.22.09 


DAVID GRAY (MERCER STREET / DOWNTOWN) NEW VIDEO!

August 20, 2009

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Click the cap to see the brand new video “Fugitive,” the lead single from the hotly anticipated David Gray album Draw The Line.

David Gray – Draw The Line (DWT70109 / 878037010923 / J12) Available 9.22.09


MIIKE SNOW (DOWNTOWN) “ANIMAL” VIDEOS GALORE!

August 13, 2009

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Miike Snow has not one, not two but THREE videos of their lead single “Animal.”  Check out the first two official videos followed by an incredible LIVE clip from last weekend’s Lollapalooza Festival in Chicago (8.8.09)

“Animal” version 1 (directed by Sebastian Mylanarski)

“Animal” version 2 (directed by Anthony Dickenson)

“Animal” live performance at Lollapalooza last weekend in Chicago!

Miike Snow – Miike Snow (DWT70085 / 878037008524 / C14) Available NOW


AMANDA BLANK (DOWNTOWN) VIDEO PREMIERE ON PEREZ HILTON

August 10, 2009

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Amanda Blank’s video “Might Like You Better” debuted exclusively today on the #1 gossip and entertainment site, Perez Hilton!

“If you like Peaches, then you will love Amanda Blank!  White. Female. Raunchy. Electro. Rapper. Loves!!!!!”

Click here to see it.

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Amanda Blank – I Love You (DWT70089 / 878037008920 / C14) Available NOW


MIIKE SNOW (DOWNTOWN) FEATURED IN PEREZ HILTON

July 31, 2009

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Everyone’s favorite ultra-modern pop trio Miike Snow just cast a spell on celebrity blog hound Perez Hilton today.  Click the link or see below for Mr. Hilton’s take…

If you love Röyksopp, Peter Bjorn and John or Gnarls Barkley, then you will LOVE Miike Snow. They make really cool (some might say “hipster”) music that we think can cross over to the mainstream.
What’s especially surprising for the band – given their sound – is that Miike Snow is actually a side project of Bloodshy & Avant, the Swedish producers and songwriters responsible for some of Britney Spears’ biggest hits, like Toxic and Piece of Me. They’ve also worked with Madonna and Kylie Minogue, among others.
Miike Snow sounds like nothing you would expect from Bloodshy & Avant – and we kinda like that!

Miike Snow – Miike Snow (DWT70085 / 878037008524 / C14) Avaialable NOW


MSTRKRFT (DIM MAK/DOWNTOWN) SUMMER TOUR

July 30, 2009

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Toronto’s dynamic DJ duo of Jesse Keeler and Al-P, aka MSTRKRFT, take their mad skills to the U.S. once again this Summer beginning this Friday in New Jersey.  Check out the mainly festival dates below:

7/31: All Points West- Liberty State Park, NJ
8/7: Limlight- Nashville, TN
8/8: Fur- Washington DC
8/9: Lollapalooza- Chicago, IL
8/9: Bottom Lounge- Chicago, IL
9/6: Bumbershoot- Seattle, WA
9/13: Monolith Festival- Denver, CO
10/17: Treasure Island- San Francisco, CA

www.myspace.com/mstrkrft

MSTRKRFT – Fist Of God (DM122 / 827091012220 / C14) Available NOW


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