February 8, 2011

check out great feature on Eagle Rock’s PUSHKING!

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Pushking – The World As We Love It (ARM250542/826992505428/C13) available now!


February 8, 2011

A Conversation with Prefab Sprout’s Paddy McAloon

MR: Paddy, you’re new album is titled Let’s Change The World With Music. You’re serious about that, aren’t you.

PM: Doesn’t your copy of the record have a giant As if… stenciled beneath the title?

MR: (laughs)

PM: There is an actual title track, but–for various incredibly boring reasons–it failed to make the final selection. Shame, as it might have allowed me to duck this question…which I’m going to do anyway!

MR: So, after listening to the first track “Let There Be Music,” you seem to equate it with creation which many eastern religions believe is the basis of creation. Is that where you stand?

PM: I thought it a nice concept. You know, God as invisible but audible. Like ad men, songwriters are always looking for a new angle. And as there are no new ideas under the sun, we end up retreading some old news. Beaten to the finishing line by incense burning ascetics, probably.

MR: In “Ride,” are you calling out those who would “Ride, ride, home to Jesus…” as in those who are hypocritical about it?

PM: It’s simply a song about goodness, about doing the right thing.

 For entire article:


Prefab Sprout – Let’s Change The World With Music (TSQ2493/894807002493/C15) Available Now!


February 8, 2011

New Blackmore’s Night CD Autumn Sky Tops New Age Charts

Autumn Sky, the new album by “fantasy folk rock” band Blackmore’s Night, has zoomed straight to the top of the Billboard New Age chart.

The 15-song album by legendary guitarist and Fender signature artist Ritchie Blackmore and his wife, Candice Night, was released in the United States on Jan. 18, 2011, and promptly began its rapid chart ascent. This calls to mind the feat of the last Blackmore’s Night album, 2008’s Secret Voyage, which debuted atop the chart and remained in the top ten for 72 weeks.

Autumn Sky continues the band’s now two-decade, eight-album tradition of rock-meets-the-Renaissance music and atmosphere, with Blackmore and Night ably supported by the seven-piece Blackmore’s Night Band. And on a touchingly personal note, the album is dedicated to Blackmore and Night’s newborn daughter, Autumn Esmerelda Blackmore, with whom Night was pregnant during the making of the album.

As always, the nature, myth and fairy tale-inspired lyrics are by Night, with Blackmore composing the melodies and building the arrangements based on musical structures of the early 1600s. Blackmore’s Night is known for its deft combination of traditional and modern-day instrumentation, including keyboards, violins, acoustic guitar, shawm (a medieval woodwind), chanter (a horn of the bagpipe family) and, of course, the electric guitar prowess for which Blackmore is so famous.

The great guitarist was just awarded with the “Honorary Medal of the Prime Minister of Armenia” for his work with the Rock Aid Armenia Project, a humanitarian effort by the British music industry to raise funds for those affected by the devastating 1988 Leninakan earthquake in Armenia. The project is known for its star-studded re-recording of the Blackmore-penned 1972 Deep Purple hit “Smoke On the Water,” in which the guitarist played one of the most famous guitar riffs in rock history. The charity recently celebrated its 20th anniversary.

Blackmore’s Night returns to the road this summer, with several German tour dates scheduled for July and August.


Blackmore’s Night – Autumn Sky (FONINT1376/602527501376/C14) available now

GARY MOORE (EAGLE ROCK) / 1952 – 2011

February 8, 2011

New York, NY (February 7, 2011)–Eagle Rock Entertainment have been deeply saddened by the news of the death of Gary Moore, the consummate musician acknowledged as one of the finest guitarists that the British Isles has ever produced. In a career that dates back to the 1960s, there are few musical genres that he has not turned his adroit musical hand to, and on top of his acclaimed solo work he has graced the line-ups of several notable rock bands, Thin Lizzy, Colosseum II and Skid Row to name but three.
Eagle Rock Entertainment were privileged to work with Gary Moore and his team on many projects over the past few years – releasing his three most recent studio albums, a live box set album, three DVDs and a Blu-ray.  It was a relationship that began in 2004 and was cherished by all those at the label.
Lindsay Brown of Eagle Rock Entertainment commented, “Gary Moore was truly a giant of contemporary guitarists.  We feel honored to have worked with him, released his amazing music and indeed to have called him a friend.  He will be sorely missed by all those who knew him, and all fans of original guitar music, and leaves a gap that simply cannot be filled.”
Mike Carden, President of Operations in North America, adds “It isn’t often you get the opportunity to work with a legend who is also a gentlemen. Gary Moore was such a legend he will be sorely missed.”

Eagle Rock Entertainment is an international media production and distribution company operating across audiovisual entertainment programming. Eagle Rock Entertainment works directly alongside talent to produce the highest quality programming output covering film, general entertainment and musical performance. Eagle Rock Entertainment has offices based in London, New York, Los Angeles, Toronto, Hamburg, & Paris.


January 26, 2011

Link to Pitchfork review of the Cut Copy song “Need You Now” from their Best New Music section today! This is the first track on their highly anticipated new album Zonoscope due February 8th on Modular Records.


Cut Copy / Zonoscope (MODCD134 / 602527576428 / C11)


January 20, 2011

William Tyler – Tompkins Square – 8.6

Every genre has its icons and its iconoclasts. Rock’n’roll will likely always have both bands that sound like Led Zeppelin and bands that absorbed Led Zeppelin but marched proudly in an unforeseen direction. Country music has chicken grease-and-cheap beer adherents in addition to pop crossover darlings, while rap brims with boom-bap purists and backpacking sonic explorers. These divisions are rarely as evident or amusing as they are in the world of guitar instrumentalists, a realm where either John Fahey is some sanctified combination of Zeus, Athena, and Poseidon or the brilliant dude who has become annoying because he’s the only touchstone most people have. You either fully embrace Fahey– like, say, the late Jack Rose— or you run the other way, like Ben Chasny with his work as Six Organs of Admittance. A middle ground exists, certainly, but it’s rarely been claimed with the grace and elocution of Behold the Spirit, the debut from young Nashville guitarist William Tyler. Arguably the most vital, energized album by an American solo guitarist in a decade or more, it accepts Fahey’s legacy while escaping its shadow. Moreover, it’s simply a joy to hear

For entire feature:  http://pitchfork.com/reviews/albums/14999-behold-the-spirit/

On tour with Yo La Tengo:


William Tyler – Behold The Spirit (TSQ2424/894807002424/C12) available now


January 7, 2011


Rock musician Duff McKagan shares his passion for sports, music and more in a new weekly sports column in the “ESPN Music” section on ESPN.com. The founding member of GUNS N’ ROSES and current bands VELVET REVOLVER and LOADED debuted his first column on Wednesday, sharing with ESPN.com readers a little bit about himself, his fandom for his hometown teams in Seattle and more. An excerpt follows below.

“My name is Duff McKagan, and I play rock and roll music. The beer on ‘The Simpsons’ show was named after me, and not the other way around. (I suppose it is a testament to how much alcohol I used to drink. Yeah, not too sexy, really.) A couple of years ago, I was offered a weekly column for Playboy.com and Seattle Weekly after goofing around in several other publications with an article ‘here’ and an article ‘there’; it is now supposed that I am a writer to some degree.

“I have two bands at the moment: VELVET REVOLVER and LOADED. Some of you may remember me from GUNS N’ ROSES. I wish I remembered more from then …. Ha!

“I have played my music in most of our major league sports’ venues (football stadiums, basketball and hockey arenas). As a result, I was able to get all of the ‘behind the scenes’ vistas of these venues that most of us only wonder about. Pretty kick-ass. A whole lot of sports teams use my old band’s song ‘Welcome To The Jungle’ as their war cry. This fact alone could have probably sated some of you sports fans’ ‘Why him?’ inquiry. Honestly though, I am a huge sports fan myself, and am glad and honored to be given a bit of a pulpit here to voice some of my opinions and insights.”

Check out the entire debut column at ESPN.com.

DUFF MCKAGAN”S LOADED – New album available soon!