Friday, February 14, 2020

Alessandro Cortini & Daniel Avery join forces on Illusion Of Time

Directors Sam Davis and Tom Andrew have shared the video for the album’s title track.

Alessandro Cortini has teamed up with UK techno producer Daniel Avery on a new full-length project.

Illusion Of Time began as a collaborative experiment between the two artists before they had met in person, but was completed while they were both touring with Nine Inch Nails in 2018. “Some of the tracks were borne simply out of a tiny synth part, or a bit of tape hiss that we had recorded”, explains Avery. “And that approach taught me a lot. It’s a record that’s been worked on hard, but not laboured over.”

“I was a big fan of Daniel’s, and his work always spoke to me in a certain way’’, says Cortini. “Then, when we started working together, it just clicked. It’s very hard to explain, but I can always hear the love in his work, and that is true on this record.”

Directors Sam Davis and Tom Andrew, who previously worked on the video for Avery’s track ‘Glass’, have shared the video for the album’s title track. “We were keen to capture a visual representation of the tempo and atmospheric emotion of the track and make a video exploring the notion of collaboration.”, they said. “A super-motion approach allowed us to explore details of motion shared between two people, in tactile actions of aiding and supporting.”

Illusion Of Time arrives on March 27 via Phantasy/Mute and is available to pre-order now. Check out the album artwork and tracklist below.


01. ‘Sun’
02. ‘Illusion of Time’
03. ‘CC Pad’
04. ‘Space Channel’
05. ‘Inside The Ruins’
06. ‘At First Sight’
07. ‘Interrupted By The Cloud of Light’
08. ‘Enter Exit’
09. ‘Water’
10. ‘Stills’

The Format add more reunion shows

After playing a surprise acoustic reunion show, The Format officially announced their first shows in 12 years, taking place in NYC, Chicago, and Phoenix this spring. A presale began yesterday, and tickets are not surprisingly already going fast, so the band added new shows in each city.

They’re now playing three NYC shows (Bowery Ballroom on March 20, 21 & 22), three Chicago shows (Lincoln Hall on March 27, 28 & 29), and two Phoenix shows (The Van Buren on April 3 & 4). Tickets for NYC, Chicago, and Phoenix all go on sale Friday (2/7) at noon local.

Friday, February 7, 2020

deadmau5 is Slated to Run Four Closing cubev3 Tour Dates in Brooklyn with Official After Party & Daytime Pop-up

deadmau5 is sweeping through NYC to finish his highly respected cubev3 tour with a stay of four nights at Brooklyn’s Avant Gardner this February 6-9. Throughout the shows, there will be a variety of supporting artists such as MSTRKRFT, Jay Robinson, Callie Reiff, and LIGHTS, who is also performing as a guest vocalist. mau5trap, deadmau5’s label, will be hosting an official after party held at Avant Gardner on Saturday February 8th along with a Brooklyn pop-up shop during the day of each show date.

Brooklyn is in high anticipation of the brand-new cubev3 production brought for the first time to New York City from deadmau5. When the original cube first made its appearance at Coachella in April 2010, deadmau5 rose to the top as one of the biggest in-demand live acts in the world. With such positive response from fans, Cube 2.1 followed in 2017 during his “lots of shows in a row tour.” The production of cubev3 was created by deadmau5, Chris Schroeder of Chris Schroder Productions, Collyns Stenzel for technical design, along with video content as well as extra programming by deadmau5. The extremely complex design comes alive with its translucent look overlaid with deadmau5 custom visuals.

This production is his most advanced yet showcased to his fans, with changing positions from 90 degrees into 45 degrees to rotations of 360 degrees. To top off the visually dynamic appearance of the cube, deadmau5 performs a showstopping set of his lengthy repertoire of hits such as “Avarita,” “Ghosts n Stuff,” “Strobe,” “Raise Your Weapon,” and “Drama Free” complimented by vocals from LIGHTS. To bring his tour to even higher demand, he also performs content exclusive to the tour from the recent major releases “FALL,” “SATRN,” and “COASTED.”

The official cubev3 after party will take place on Saturday, February 8th with headliner TESTPILOT (deadmau5’s techno moniker) featuring special guests Layton Giordani and Rinzen. The mau5trap takeover will continue in the other rooms inside Avant Gardner with artists including ATTLAS, BlackGummy, MSTRKRFT, Sian and Speaker Honey as well as a 720 takeover provided by Todd Edwards, Jay Robinson, and Goooey Vuitton.

The Brooklyn pop-up shop will be set up at 260 Johnson Avenue each day that the show runs and will be open from 12pm-6pm. There will be exclusive merchandise available for fans to purchase courtesy of deadmau5 and mau5trap’s unique supported artists. The excitement continues with the confirmation that deadmau5 will make 2 appearances at the pop-up shop for a signing from 3-5pm on Friday, February 7th and Saturday, February 8th. Make sure to mark your calendars for an incredibly long weekend with deadmau5, these are exclusive opportunities you don’t want to miss.

Thursday, February 6, 2020

Gold Coast Arts’ Eighth Annual “Your Big Break “ to Showcase Young Original Long Island Musicians For Top Music Executives - Submissions Now Open

Although it is generally well-known how difficult it is for a young musician to be heard by an important music executive, each year the Gold Coast Arts Center, Love Revolution Org., and the Rick Eberle Agency are able to give ambitious youth that exact opportunity. Presenting the Annual Your Big Break showcase held at the Gold Coast Arts Center’s Weinstein Playhouse; accomplished veteran music business professionals donate their time and resources to help identify and assist the new wave of aspiring stars to take the next step in their musical journey.

The 8th Annual Your Big Break semifinals will be held on March 14 and April 25, with the finals taking place on June 6, 2020. Young artists are judged in categories including stage presence, overall musicianship, and fan reaction.

OPEN CALL NOW for submissions from all musicians ages 15 to 25 living on Long Island (or in all five boroughs) who do not currently have a recording or publishing contract. Interested artists MUST be prepared to perform two original songs (with a band, or solo with an acoustic guitar/other instrument). Submissions are open now through February 23rd, 2020. There is no fee to submit.

Those interested can email the following information to one MP3 song, one photo, and a short bio, or enter at Reverbnation here:

Last May, YBB crowned the seventh winner, Arizona Lindsey. With her sweet-sounding voice, passionate vocal performance and heartfelt lyrics, Arizona has been captivating audiences attention worldwide. Since her YBB win, she has appeared in multiple live interviews and performances. Arizona has been featured on radio stations across the East Coast such as

Last-FM, Blast-FM, WUSB Homegrown Long Island, Granite Coast Entertainment Inc., and WHPC Rising Stars.

Past winners from prior years, All Types of Kinds, Paris Ray, Youth Be Told, Katie Zimmer, Annika and Matt Grabowski and finalists SEE and Zofolk have gone on to work with major producers, managers and agents. Past artists who have performed in the headline slots have included: Brooke Moriber, Lem Payne Jr. Iridesense, John Hampson of Nine Days, The Brady Brothers, Sir Cadian Rhythm- all of whom are local musicians who have since enjoyed success in the business. Be inspired by the next generation of New York talent presented at Your Big Break in 2020.

The Judges

Hosted at the Gold Coast Arts Center by founders Rick Eberle, Brian Viner and Eugenia Viner; judges take on a major role in the competition. Included have been some of the music industry’s elite such as:’s Lou Plaia, All Music Inc and Scatterbrain’s Guy Brogna, artist manager Randy Nichols, radio host and former pro wrestler Brimstone, songwriter and bassist Tara Drouin, producers David Caggiano and Donnie Klang, Good Times Magazine’s Rich Branciforte, musician Richy Petrello, club owner Pauline Damiani and label executives Stephen Marcuccio, Jill Morrison, Jerry Lembo, Linda Ingrisano, and Mark Ambrosino. Judges for 2020 will soon be announced.

The Mentors

Mentors will be assigned to the finalists. These mentors will work to help them hone their craft before performing in the finals. 2020 mentors are still TBD – while past years have included American Idol’s Robbie Rosen, Dream Recording Studio’s Jason Melker, Sojourn Records’ Mark Ambrosino, producer/songwriter and former VP of A&R at Atlantic Records Jimmy Bralower, singer/songwriters John Hampson of Nine Days, Ryan Star, Cass Dillon, and songwriter/producer Donnie Klang of MTV’s “Making the Band”, songwriter/producer Ido Zmishlany, among others.


Prizes include: Show at Revolution Bar & Music Hall (Pauline Damiani, Judge), Recording time at The Sound Cellar (Dave Alini, Judge), PR campaign with the Rick Eberle Agency (Host) including an interview and airplay on WHPC “Rising Stars” on 90.3 FM, Gift Certificate from All Music Inc (Guy Brogna, Judge), Equipment from ZOOM North America (Stephen Marcuccio, Judge), Discount (Lou Plaia, Judge), Article in Good Times Magazine (Rick Branciforte, Judge)

For more information on how to submit, contest rules, prizes and more, visit or call 516-829-2570.

Wednesday, February 5, 2020

Bill Fay returns totally awesome new song and new album "Countless Branches" on Dead Oceans

Bill Fay is one of the greatest songwriters of all time.

You know, the best things usually happen in their own time and place. For instance, fifty years after he first tiptoed a toe’s tip onto the British experimental folk scene, the ever-elliptical and enigmatic Bill Fay is returning (at his own damn pace, thank you very much) with a new album.

The legend’s latest (and third release since resurfacing back in 2012) is entitled "Countless Branches", and it’ll will be released February 5th via Dead Oceans on CD, LP and Deluxe 2xLP sets. On it, Fay “collects compositions drawn from the trove of material [he] has amassed over 40 years,” adding “newly written words and melodies” to previously unfinished songs.

Alongside the announcement, Fay has unveiled a Emily Scaife-directed video for the album’s first single “Filled With Wonder Once Again.” Commenting on the clip’s creation, Scaife explains: “I wanted to create a dreamy, warm world that melted reality into abstraction and filled the audience with wonder, while conveying themes of cycles/phases — both of the tree (inspired by Bill’s Countless Branches) as well as the planet more generally. I combined several techniques: hand-drawing shapes and parents in nature; animal skins, organic textures, and coloured gels and slides on overhead projectors to produce soft dappled washes of light.”

But whoa, whoa, whoa. Just take it easy. Sure, you can watch the clip for “Filled With Wonder” down below and pre-order "Countless Branches" here from Dead Oceans. But there’s really no need to HURRY. Relax. Take a few breaths first. Slow and steady wins the race, you know.

Countless Branches’ countable tracklist:

01. In Human Hands
02. How Long, How Long
03. Your Little Face
04. Salt Of The Earth
05. I Will Remain Here
06. Filled With Wonder Once Again
07. Time’s Going Somewhere
08. Love Will Remain
09. Countless Branches
10. One Life
11. Tiny - Bonus Track
12. Don’t Let My Marigolds Die (Live in Studio) - Bonus Track
13. The Rooster - Bonus Track
14. Your Little Face (Acoustic Version) - Bonus Track
15. Filled With Wonder Once Again (Band Version) - Bonus Track
16. How Long, How Long (Band Version) - Bonus Track
17. Love Will Remain (Band Version) - Bonus Track

“Luminary Icon: The MC Sha Rock Story” Actress Dorothy Meyers Appears at The Hip-Hop Museum Pop Up Experience Grand Induction Ceremony

Actress Dorothy Meyers, who appears in the new film “Luminary Icon: The MC Sha Rock Story” attended the Hip Hop Museum’s Pop Up Experience Grand Induction Ceremony of MC Sha Rock (of Funky 4+1) on Saturday February 1st, 2020 from 12pm -4pm at Listen/Vision Studios, 2622 Georgia Ave NW, Washington, DC 20001

“Being involved in this important film that celebrates the life and career of one of Hip Hop’s pioneers - and someone who I feel has helped in the overall fight for female empowerment - has been very special to me. Dorothy said, “Her story is one that more people need to hear. It’s relatable and inspiring on many levels”.

Besides her upcoming supporting role in the new movie “Luminary Icon: The MC Sha Rock Story”, the in-demand performer is currently working on 7 Webseries: namely Triangle, Davenport Diaries, The Ave, Jersey the Series, Mistake, Makeup x Breakup (now streaming on BET) and In Our Backyard, plus other interesting projects to be announced.

Modeling since the early 90's, her acting career spans every medium and discipline of the craft with a past focus on Television, including a co-starring role on Almost Family on FOX, Co-Hosting a segment on Dr. Oz with Chef Roble and playing “Mother” in Brainchild by Pharrell Williams. Dorothy has also served as the Host of “Trenton Now”, and has made appearances on the Rachel Ray Show, FOX Philly News and the PIX 11 News with Kirsten Cole. Additionally, the actress has played Harvette, in “Stalked The Harvette Williams Story” on ID Channel, Madam Floor Person in “The Perfect Murder”, Kim Worthington on “The Real Story with MES” and in Re-accurring parts in 6 Webseries (2 on TV, 4 YouTube). Dorothy is also a former Ambassador for the NBC People’s Choice Awards.

Ms. Meyers has starred on Broadway in James Franco’s version of “Glass Menagerie” by Tennessee Williams and in Movies such as The Fearless Two, TONES, Providence (indie), with more planned for 2020 and beyond. The versatile actor was also part of a DOVE Billboard Campaign at Times Square, in a Harper’s Bazaar Online tutorial with Justine Marjan (Kim Kardashian’s hair stylist) and has served as an Ambassador for FitBit, and a Spokesperson for Metamucil. On top of it all, Dorothy can be seen in many National commercials like Hair Secret and Flawless Dermaplane by Finishing Touch, Hair Illusion, Penn Medicine, Money Lion, Booty Secret, AAA Taxi and more.

Details on Hip Hop Museum at:

Brian Eno & Roger Eno releasing first-ever duo album, share “Celeste”

Brothers Brian Eno and Roger Eno are both ambient music icons and have collaborated over the years (David Lynch’s Dune soundtrack, the landmark Apollo with Daniel Lanois), but they’ve never made an album as a duo, until now. Fifteen years in the making, Mixing Colours will be out March 20 via Deutsche Grammophon. Each of the album’s 18 tracks is titled after a different color. Brian says, “These pieces are very Impressionistic and very much to do with sonic quality, sonic colour,” while Roger adds “There’s a huge commonality between what we’re interested in.” You can listen to “Celeste” below, and check out Mixing Colours’ artwork and tracklist, below.



01 Spring Frost
02 Burnt Umber
03 Celeste
04 Wintergreen
05 Obsidian
06 Blonde
07 Dark Sienna
08 Verdigris
09 Snow
10 Rose Quartz
11 Quicksilver
12 Ultramarine
13 Iris
14 Cinnabar
15 Desert Sand
16 Deep Saffron
17 Cerulean Blue
18 Slow Movement – Sand

Friday, January 24, 2020

Reading Group to release first vinyl pressing of Carman Moore’s Personal Problems OST

Fringe imprint Reading Group has announced the first vinyl pressing of New York City-based composer Carman Moore’s score for the underground film Personal Problems.

Originally made in 1980 and intended to be screened on public television, the film went unseen for decades until Kino Lorber restored the original tapes in 2018.

As Kino Lorber writes, “This entirely African American-conceived and produced ensemble drama is the result of a collaboration of a pair of pioneering Black artists: writer Ishmael Reed and filmmaker Bill Gunn, who wrote and directed the underground classic Ganja & Hess and wrote the screenplay for Hal Ashby’s The Landlord.”

The film stars Walter Cotton, Jim Wright, Nina Simone’s brother Sam Waymon and culinary anthropologist, writer and Sun Ra Arkestra affiliate Vertamae Smart-Grosvenor.

As the New York Times explained in a 2018 review, “Made with then-new video technology, the two-part work’s story line, involving the married couple Johnnie Mae Brown and Charles Brown and their respective infidelities, is only loosely followed. Instead, Personal Problems sits itself down at sidewalk cafes, in nightclub corners, at apartments where parties are celebrated and memorial gatherings attended. The setting is mostly Harlem, including Harlem Hospital where some of its characters work.”

The A-side will include Moore’s original score as it was recorded in New York City in 1980 with the B-side offering some 2019 piano improvisations based around themes from the score.

Personal Problems (OST) arrives in March and is available for pre-order now. See the artwork and tracklist below.


Side A:
01. ‘Tema 1’
02. ‘Funeral Sax’
03. ‘New York Trouble Groove’
04. ‘Love Trouble’
05: ‘Horn Love Song’
06: ‘A Personal Story’
07: ‘Harlem Moment’
08: ‘Beyond Annoyance’
09: ‘Appreciation’
10: ‘Love Conquers’

Side B:
01: ‘Tema 1’
02: ‘Love Trouble’
03: ‘Appreciation’
04: ‘Improvisation’
05: ‘Love Conquers’