Thursday, October 17, 2019

These People New EP "Animal Behavior" is out October 18th

Songwriter, and producer Tj Penzone started THESE PEOPLE as a solo project after the break up of his former band Men, Women, & Children (Warner / Reprise records).  Not wanting to be tied down to any specific line up, the live band has a constant rotation of musicians but the songs are primarily written, recorded, & produced by TJ, with additional instrumentation, and co-production by his brother Rick Penzone (Color Film, MWC).

Although the music is influenced by many genres, there is a common theme of primal rhythms, angular guitars, synthesized overtones, and ethereal vocals that tie all the different types of songs together.

The first two singles released were A / B Vision, and Brain Clouds. They both feature Walter Schreifels (Gorilla Biscuits, Quicksand, Rival Schools) on back up vocals.

The band will be supporting the latest release through out the year with live shows throughout the east coast.

"Surreal and kaleidoscopic, depicts a fantastic mélange of visuals reminiscent of 2001: A Space Odyssey combined with images from a ’50s sci-fi movie, intermingled with blurred images of band members playing their instrument" - 'Of the video' writer Randall Radic

"Animal Behavior" is out October 18th

Wednesday, October 16, 2019

The Inoculated Canaries Fly High with New Music and Appearances

Imagine walking into a record store and finding a vinyl that takes you back to a time, a decade, where songs had guitar solos, piano melodies and real drums. Think "OLD SCHOOL ROCK WITH A MODERN TWIST” and you’ve just about opened the Canaries' cage.

On the heels of the release of their single and video for “Sneakers”, The Canaries are gearing up for their brand new song “Donna”, set to drop on the major services September 20th - with the video for the track coming out on Sept 26th. Don't miss their performance at Bowery Electric in NYC on Friday October 27th.

Singer/Guitarist Mike Rubin says "The lyrics to "Donna" are very tongue and cheek. The song is not meant to take itself too seriously."

“The Inoculated Canaries are a four-piece rock outfit from New York City with influences they describe as including Led Zeppelin, Nirvana, The Black Keys and Pink Floyd. That Whitman’s Sampler of artists is certainly on prominent parade in the group’s straight up, grass-fed approach to the rock-n-roll realm’s thumping beats and six-string gymnastics.”- ON THE BACK EDGE OF THE BEAT

Eclectic, boundary defying, and never lacking in sarcastic remarks, The Inoculated Canaries ( ca.nar.ies) are a rock and roll force to be reckoned with. Hailing from New York, the “four guys who can’t dance” are striving to leave their musical legacy; inspired by artists such as Led Zeppelin, Pink Floyd, The Beatles, and Nirvana, The Inoculated Canaries are constantly pushing themselves to explore new, innovative sounds while making their presence known.

The unforgettable quartet is composed of Michael Rubin (guitar, vocals), James Terranova (drums), Dylan Gross (bass), and Brian Sweeney (keyboard). Coming from diverse backgrounds and varied musical influences, the band values creativity above all else; striving to combine familiar elements with the unexpected, The Inoculated Canaries attempt to make sense of individualism and humanity in the most honest way possible:

“We want to take those raw human emotions we all feel in the darkness of our minds and write songs about them. We’re not here to be rich or famous, we’re here to be great. To us, Greatness means making music that is real, and we are absolutely relentless about every single note. Greatness means learning from the best, but always being original. Greatness is sometimes having to stick up your middle finger to authority, convention and even the person in the mirror... Side-Effects may include crying, laughing, a sudden sense of existential dread, and/or hearing-loss.”

The rockers are immensely passionate about the music they share and the experience they create for fans. The band had the opportunity to open for The Mowglis in 2017 , COIN in 2019 and played ‘Cult of Personality’ live with Will Calhounand Doug Wimbish of Living Colour.

The Inoculated Canaries also worked directly with Matt Squire (producer of Panic! at the Disco, Ariana Grande, The Used, Taking Back Sunday, Demi Lovato and more). They have also worked with producer David Caggiano (who worked with Art Garfunkel).

The Inoculated Canaries' first EP "The Blue Laws" was soon followed by their single "Don't Be Late", a live prog performance "The Fifth Song" and an acoustic version of their song "Jericho". Their second EP "Trying Times" was also followed by singles "Count Me Out", "Who Are You", "The Lawyer's Wife" and "Sneakers".

Peter Ulrich Collaboration Teaches “Lessons of Love” with Help from Singer Sharon Hochma-Hawk and Painter Ola Lubczyńska

It was truly a case of Art imitates Life imitates Art when the third single from The Peter Ulrich Collaboration’s album “Final Reflections” entitled “Lessons of Love” came into being. Producer Trebor Lloyd met Polish artist Ola Lubczyńska online through mutual friends. As it turned out, Lubczyńska was contemplating a painting where a man interacted with a painting of a beautiful woman while, at the same time, lyrics were spinning in Lloyd’s head about an art lover falling in love with a master painter’s rendering of another beautiful woman. Throw into this happy confluence some music from New York songwriter Anne Husick, collaboration head Peter Ulrich and others, enlist the charming Israeli American vocalist Sharon Hochma-Hawk to sing lead and not only was the song, Lessons of Love. born, but a lovely canvas from Lubczyńska ensued. The beautiful canvas was used as the cover image for the single and on YouTube for the audio video. Final Reflections, to be released on December 3, is the third and final album in The Painted Caravan Trilogy.

Sharon Hochma-Hawk was born and raised in Israel where she received early instruction in vocals and percussion. After a stint in the Israeli military, she joined the prestigious Circle in the Square theatre school in New York City. During her subsequent ten years in New York, Sharon sang and played live with a wide range of musical New York talents and also demonstrated similar range as a session player in New York recording studios.

Among those recording sessions were several with The Peter Ulrich Collaboration including vocals in all three albums of The Painted Caravan Trilogy including most recently in Lessons of Love for Final Reflections, the final album in the Trilogy. Sharon then returned to Israel for awhile where she continued her musical and acting career playing with her band and appearing in a slew of television commercials. However New York called again and she made a pilgrimage back to add her vocal talents and percussion expertise to The Peter Ulrich Collaboration show at Webster Hall in 2015.

Over the years, Sharon developed considerable chops as a song writer and a charismatic stage presence. Among her songwriting efforts was the song, Green, which appeared in Tempus Fugitives, the second album of The Peter Ulrich Collaboration which she also performed live at Webster Hall.

Presently Sharon is putting the finishing touches on her very own album which features self-penned songs in a delicious pop EDM style with wise and often witty lyrics.

“Grand mix of folk and world music”—Modern Drummer

“Riveting and intriguing”—Popdose 

“A collaboration to be cherished”—The Independent 

“Colorful and enjoyable record”—All Music Guide

As a special thanks to Collaboration fans, from October 1 until November 5th, the new album Final Reflections - along with the entire Painted Caravan Trilogy - will be available on a pre order basis at a special discounted rate through AIS Records which is distributing Final Reflections and The Painted Caravan Trilogy under an exclusive license from City Canyons. Stayed tuned for a link for this very special discount with access to the entire Trilogy at one convenient location.

With The Painted Caravan Trilogy now complete, Peter Ulrich brings his colorful Caravan home full speed ahead. All aboard for the final exhilarating trip!

When the album releases on December 3, the retail price for Final Reflections will be $12.98 plus shipping and handling. However prior to December 3 there will be a special pre-sale with discount price of $8.00 plus shipping & handling which can be purchased through AIS Records using this link

Hear Lee ‘Scratch’ Perry Recruit Brian Eno for ‘Here Come the Warm Dreads’

Two of music’s most adventurous producers — Brian Eno and Lee “Scratch” Perry — collide on “Here Come the Warm Dreads,” a new track off the dub legend’s upcoming LP Heavy Rain.

In the five-minute near-instrumental — a play on Eno’s own 1974 LP Here Come the Warm Jets — Eno puts his own atmospheric, dubbed-out spin on Perry’s “Makumba Rock,” a cut of the reggae artist’s 2019 album Rainford. Heavy Rain, orchestrated by Perry and co-producer and On-U Sound label head Adrian Sherwood, features dub reworkings of Rainford‘s tracks.

Heavy Rain, out December 6th, also features contributions from reggae stalwart and Wailers trombonist Vin Gordon, who appears on “Rattling Bones and Crowns” (a re-work of “Kill Them Dreams Money Worshippers”) and “Crickets in Moonlight” (a re-work of “Cricket in the Moon”), as well as first single “Enlightened.” Perry and Sherwood also partnered on two original tracks, “Dreams Come True” and “Above and Beyond.”

KAZU of Blonde Redhead Goes Solo With a Little Help From a Legendary Composer

Kazu Makino, the lead singer of indie rockers Blonde Redhead, performed her new solo album, Adult Baby, on her home turf last Friday night at Williamsburg’s Rough Trade. Her fans and friends, including longtime bandmates Simone and Amedeo Pace, enjoyed her subdued, dreamy tracks, a soft departure from Blonde Redhead’s rock music.

The songs on Adult Baby were influenced by her time on the Italian island of Elba, which the Pace brothers introduced her to before she returned there a few years ago by herself. “Elba means something personally to me; I want to show that,” KAZU told us as we discussed the video for her single, “Salty,” which was filmed on the island. “The video will be part of the full movie we shot for the album that featured an international crew from Italy, Austria and Canada. The costumes are by designer Isabel Marant in Paris and she didn’t make anything special for me, we just like the same things.”

Originally from Japan, KAZU has lived in New York since the early aughts and was thrilled to work with fellow ex-pat Ryuichi Sakamoto, whose film scores have earned an Oscar, a Grammy and two Golden Globes. Sakamoto advised her through the album’s recording and played on the track “Place of Birth.”

“He was my emotional support at the very beginning,” KAZU said. “I didn’t even need feedback. Just that he listened always kept me going, and though we’ve done small things in the past I can’t believe he did the whole album.”KAZU’s Blonde Redhead bandmates Simone and Amedeo Pace (center and right) with Bicycle Film Fest founder Brendt Barbur (left).

KAZU is currently on the road in the US before she heads to Europe next month.

Beabadoobee ‘Space Cadet’ EP is out!

The Dirty Hit signee’s third EP is a brash, modern take on ‘90s sounds, as she shouts out Stephen Malkmus and looks poised to become an indie hero

Stating your influences loud and proud is undeniably a good thing, and Beabadoobee certainly isn’t afraid to do that. After making her name with spindly acoustic numbers in the same ballpark as her influences Elliott Smith and the late, great Daniel Johnston, she’s now realising her rock star dreams and breaking free of the limiting term ‘bedroom-pop’.

On second EP ‘Loveworm’, released in April this year, Bea Kristi managed to toe the line between intimate and expansive. There was, though, bound to be a switch-up for new collection ‘Space Cadet. “I’m craving for something more and something louder, I wanna sing like Stephen Malkmus, for fuck’s sake! I want to be Kim Gordon!”

So there’s the key blueprint for the 19-year-old artist: she wants to be heard and inhibit those noisier inspirations. ‘Space Cadet’ is all of the above and beyond – it’s a brazen racket where she channels the aforementioned Pavement and Sonic Youth to make her most visceral work to date, giving those ’90s grunge heroes a modern twist.

Let’s start with the obvious one, then – ‘I Wish I Stephen Malkmus’ is one of the most fun songs we’ve heard all year. It’s got a killer chorus and a youthful vigour that teases a world where anything is possible and everything sounds good. Among the dreams, there’s a crucial lesson self-love for Bea, too: “I wanted change – no one forced it / My hair is blue / It’s pretty obvious that I kinda like it”. The Pavement frontman loves it, too: the duo recently hung out during her run of US shows and he confirmed that he and his daughters now “stan” the London-based artist.

There’s more to it than just a smashing single, though. Opening song ‘Are You Sure’ is laced with uncertainty and anxiety (“It’s obvious you’ve never felt this way / My brain’s alone and no one understands”) and paired with the same kind of energy and decibel levels that Pixies maxed out on 1989’s ‘Doolittle’. On ‘Sun More Often’, she channels another of her heroes: singer in anti-folk group Moldy Peaches’ Kimya Dawson and her cutting vocals. ‘She Plays Bass’, meanwhile, is a sweet tribute to an even closer inspiration: her live bassist, Eliana.

‘Space Cadet’ builds on Bea’s astute songwriting and is a bold revolution for another bright young artist showing off Gen Z’s attitude to take something tried-and-tested and give it a new lease of life. Judging by this effort, she’s poised to become a hero in her own right.



Congratulations are in order for Yungblud who has just scored his first ever Gold certified single!

It's already been a monumentally massive year for the Doncaster lad, but he's showing absolutely no signs of slowing down. His latest achievement is '11 Minutes', his collaborative single with Halsey and Travis Barker, being officially certified Gold in the US.

A gold certification in the US is equivalent to selling 500,000 units - so that's a whole lot of love for '11 Minutes'!

Speaking about how Yungblud ended up with Travis Barker on the track, Dom shared "It was crazy, it was mental. I remember I programmed the drums and was like ‘we’ve gotta get live drums on this’. And Zakk Cervini my producer was like ‘do you know who would sound dope on this? Travis Barker.’"

"And I was just like ‘…you’re right.’ And then in my head I was like ‘how do we get Travis Barker on the track?’. And Ash - Halsey - obviously goes ‘I’ve got his number!’ And I’m just like ‘of course you do’. And Zakk goes ‘Actually I’ve got his number too’ and I’m like ‘of course you do!’."

He continued "So they text him, and 20 minutes later he’s in the studio. And I’m just stood there with my jaw wide open like- 13 year old me is dead right now. What?! That’s Travis Barker playing drums on my song!

"He was in for 10 minutes. Came in, nailed it in one take. I was like ‘alright Travis, that was sick man. Can you just play that again, for our own entertainment?’ And he was just like ‘yeah man, no stress’. And just comes in and nails it! And that fill at the end of it, just nails it in one."

And the rest is history! And gold was made!

Congratulations to Yungblud! Watch the official video for '11 Minutes' below:


Galcher Lustwerk to release new album Information on Ghostly

The producer’s most “midwest-minded” release yet.

Galcher Lustwerk will debut on Ghostly with a new album, Information.
Channeling the “bittersweet quality” the producer identifies in many of the artists in his hometown of Cleveland, the new album looks back to the origins of Galcher Lustwerk – as he explains: “Being from the midwest and with Ghostly putting it out, I think it’s fitting to cull together my most midwest-minded, ‘hookier’ tracks.”

Of the album’s title, the producer warns: “Information doesn’t equal knowledge, though we may be getting facts, the truth may not be clear.”

The album follows last year’s 200% Galcher, which was released on the producer’s own Lustwerk Music label and was the sequel to his breakout mixtape, 100% Galcher.

Information arrives on November 22 and is available to pre-order now.