MOONSHINE COLLECTIVE'S NEW ALBUM SMS FOR LOCATION, VOL. 4 IS OUT TODAY

WATCH VIDEO FOR TIBO TISIPA FEATURING MC REDBUL

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Toronto, ON – June 18, 2021 – Montreal’s Moonshine Collective proudly shares their latest album, SMS For Location, Vol. 4, out today in partnership with FORESEEN Entertainment. A massive collection of songs recorded in studios from Montreal to Lisbon to Kinshasa, the album features collaborations with Georgia Anne Muldrow, Sango, Florentino, Ase Manuel, and many others. 

The album arrives with a new video for Tibo Tisipa, from renowned Kinshasa director, King Christ. In this collaboration with MC RedBul, one of Kinshasa’s most prominent atalakus (a style of emceeing signature to Congo), Moonshine deliver a new dancefloor anthem following his hit song, VacuumTibo Tisipa is about a character often to be seen in local nightclubs, a young man who sells his family estate and spends it in drinks and partying, the "Tibo Tisipa." MC RedBul shines again with his acute sense of social caricature and mysterious nature. Watch Tibo Tisipa here

Ahead of the album’s announcement, the collective released lead singles, Ginseng, featuring Bamao Yendé and Malembe, featuring Boddhi Satva, Pierre Kwenders, and MC RedBul. The album’s announcement came alongside singles, Onward, featuring. Sango & Georgia Anne Muldrow and Lelofeaturing Sarah Kalume & Uproot Andy.

In April, the collective shared singles, Ginseng and Malembe. On GinsengBamao Yendé, a champion of marginalized musical styles with African roots, weaves a soulful sax melody through a UK garage-meets-batida beat. Malembe is the first collaboration between friends Pierre Kwenders and Boddhi Satva who craft a lithe melody that rapidly explodes with heavy bass and commanding vocals. Dropping MC RedBul’s energetic, booming voice into the mix alongside Kwenders’ lyrical resonance turns Malembe into a multi-layered musical conversation fit for pulsing dancefloors.

The visual for Ginseng (Zaïre Space Program | Act I) was filmed with Congolese artist collective FARATA in a township of Kinshasa, and directed by award-winning Congolese director Nizar Saleh Mohamed, with co-direction by Moonshine’s Pierre Kwenders and Hervé "Coltan" Kalongo. 

Onward unifies cultures and musical styles with its soulful circular melodies, Brazilian funk samples and exhilarating, profound vocals. A paean to strength and resilience, the track juxtaposes Georgia’s smooth contralto against Sango’s clangorous, rumbling production. It’s as if her voice is the human spirit, and his beats are life itself, with all its roughness, obstacles, and beauty. 

On Lelo, Brooklyn/Toronto-based Moonshine favourite and Que Bajo party co-founder, Uproot Andy, layers Congolese artist Sarah Kalume’s Swahili and French vocals into the sound of his Global Bass movement signature, replete with uplifting melodic synths and balmy steel drum rhythms. 

From deep underground in Montreal to under the Congo sun, the Moonshine party is back with its Afro-futuristic, bass-heavy, electro-funk sound. Moonshine’s latest SMS for Location album fuses levity and acumen, inventive electronic production with traditional instrumentation, all the while intensifying a collaboration between artists from around the world. SMS for Location, Vol. 4 crosses genres and continents to follow the producers, DJs and MCs from Montreal’s legendary Moonshine parties to underground UK clubs, Parisian Afro-beat soirées to Kinshasa’s booming electronic scene.

Earlier this year, Boiler Room’s Collective TV broadcasted live from Kinshasa, with atmospheric sets by the collective’s co-founder Pierre Kwenders, Congolese band, Kingongolo Kiniata, Congolese Montrealer AKAntu, and more artists. Stay tuned for more Moonshine as the phases wax and wane in the months ahead and learn more about the collective below. 

Listen to SMS For Location, Vol. 4

Moonshine -  SMS For Location Vol. 4 Tracklisting

1. Ginseng (feat Bamao Yendé)

2. Onward (feat. Sango & Georgia Anne Muldrow)

3. Lelo (feat. Sarah Kalume & Uproot Andy)

4. Malembe (feat. Boddhi Satva, Pierre Kwenders & MC RedBul)

5. Tibo Tisipa (feat. MC RedBul)

6. Shunona (feat. DJ P2N & Patrick Strong)

7. Cria (feat. Deekapz)

8. Peter Pan (feat. Andy S & Banga)

9. Moon Girl (feat. Kris The $pirit)

10. are you stoopid (dumb) (Florentino remix) (feat. Nate Husser, Dapapa & Florentino)

11. Woah (feat. Ahadadream)

12. Dragunov (feat. Vanyfox, Commeungrand)

13. Kòmsadwa's Wisdom (Èzili) (feat. Commeungrand)

14. BB CRY (feat. AWWZ)

15. Roller Coaster Love (feat. Ase Manual)

16. La Montamos (feat. Nino Augustine & Uproot Andy)

17. On va décider (feat. Pierre Kwenders & Le Motel)

18. Lelo (Instrumental) (feat. Uproot Andy)

19. Ancestors Dance (Zutzut Remix) (feat. NoKliché, Maître Magellan & Zutzut)

DOWNLOAD – SMS For Location, Vol. 4 Artwork 
DOWNLOAD – Moonshine logo | DOWNLOAD – Moonshine Photo
 
www.moonshine.mu
 
About Moonshine
Depending on whom you ask, the esoteric effects of lunar cycles can be wide-ranging: good fortune, human fertility, ocean tides, werewolf prevalence and loss of sanity among them. For the like-minded musicians, DJs, dancers and visual artists who make up the Moonshine collective, the planetary satellite above all inspires their eponymous monthly event, driven by an inclusive ethos and a shared love for experimentations in dance culture.
 
Since its founding in 2014, Moonshine has carved out an enviable niche in Montréal’s nightlife milieu by celebrating a wide range of fledgling local talents, championing Afro-futuristic, bass-heavy, electro-funk sounds, and bringing together communities that wouldn’t necessarily cross paths otherwise. As the name indicates, the lunar-based Moonshine recipe has the collective throw an all-night, sensory-soaked party on the Saturday after every full moon in ever-shifting, unpredictable locations across the city, always strictly disclosed via text messages. With fresh cuts supplied by resident DJs Pierre Kwenders, San Farafina, Odile Myrtil and AKantu, visual installations by Boycott, and a slew of live musicians and performers that have included Kaytranada, Dâm-Funk, Le1f, Venus X, DJ Windows 98 (Arcade Fire’s Win Butler), Bambii and Branko, the parties have become a staple of the after-hours scene, in Canada and abroad, with appearances in NYC, LA, Paris, Brussels, Milan, Lisboa, Barcelona and Santiago.

“The essence of Moonshine came out of parties we used to throw in our kitchens,” recalls Kwenders. “We felt like we couldn’t go out and find what we had cooked up in that kitchen. It’s one of the reasons we started Moonshine: to share that with more people who felt just like us, and who didn’t have access to such sounds or vibes.” Still going strong seven years on, Moonshine has also begun making use of the aesthetic, network and structure it established with the parties to promote affiliated artists, expanding its vision from ephemeral moonlit soirées to an expanding catalogue of genre-busting music, art and apparel. www.moonshine.mu
 
About FORESEEN
FORESEEN Entertainment is a black-owned record label & publisher based out of Toronto, dedicated to exposing cutting edge talent.  FORESEEN invests in talented creative artists, who can provide content that we can expose to a global audience. FORESEEN is dedicated to exposing talented artists and not creating them. www.foreseenent.com
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AMYTHYST KIAH MAKES LATE NIGHT TV DEBUT PERFORMING BLACK MYSELF ON JIMMY KIMMEL LIVE!

NEW TRACK HANGOVER BLUES AVAILABLE NOW

Toronto, ON – May 7, 2021 – Last night, Amythyst Kiah made her late-night TV debut on Jimmy Kimmel Live!, performing her Grammy-nominated song, Black Myself

Black Myself is the lead single off her forthcoming album and Rounder Records debut Wary + Strange out June 18. The radically reimagined version of her Grammy-nominated song departs from the mid-tempo acoustic original recorded by Our Native Daughters, the all-women-of-color supergroup she co-founded with Rhiannon Giddens, Leyla McCalla and Allison Russell. The track has been hailed by The New York Times, Rolling Stone, MTV, Billboard, and NPR, who called it a “breakthrough for an artist on the rise.” The accompanying video for Black Myself debuted on MTV, BET and CMT platforms. Watch here.

Today, Amythyst shares the third track from Wary + Strange, Hangover Blues. The track documents a tumultuous period in her late 20’s when she took up drinking in order to ease the social anxiety that had plagued her since childhood. Featuring production by Tony Berg (Phoebe Bridgers, Amos Lee, Andrew Bird), and a brilliantly untethered guitar performance from Blake Mills (Fiona Apple, Alabama Shakes), “Hangover Blues'' perfectly captures the angst of being stuck in a bad habit, its swampy rhythms echoing the sticky unease of morning-after regret. 

Pre-order/pre-save Wary + Strange here.

Listen to Hangover Blues

Advance Praise For Wary + Strange:

“She revisits [“Black Myself”] with a fuller studio production, reinforcing its distorted guitar with more effects, more layers and a bigger beat, adding extra clout” 

The New York Times

“Breakthrough for an artist on the rise” - NPR

“Amythyst Kiah is done hiding in plain sight...a stunning original” - Ebony

“Raw and strong” - MTV

“Talented Black Musical Artists on the Rise in 2021” - PEOPLE

“Blistering… a must-listen about living in the land of white privilege” - Billboard

“Brutal and beautiful… her voice is admirably resilient” - Consequence of Sound

“‘Black Myself’ shows the beauty of Blackness while still highlighting the injustices––past and present––that Black people are faced with today.” - The Root

"Amythyst Kiah is an original. Holding nothing back. The message and the music punch you right in the gut.” - Bob Lefsetz

"Channels emotion into palpable and impassioned rock energy… bluesy, dramatic, and fervently soulful” - Atwood Magazine

“Powerful” - The Boot

UPCOMING TOUR DATES:

May 21 - Freight Train Blues (virtual)

May 27 - Chesterfield, VA - Chesterfield County Public Library (virtual)

May 28 - Savannah, GA - Savannah Music Festival

May 29 - Orlando, FL - Frontyard Festival*

May 30 - St. Augustine, FL - St. Augustine Amphitheatre*

June 5 - Davenport, IA - Adler Theater

June 12 - The Future is… Queer Country (virtual)

June 13 - Charlestown, WV - Mountain Stage Radio Show @ Cultural Center Theatre

June 15 - Celebrate Pride and Connect through Music (virtual)

June 16 - Charleston, SC - Charleston Music Hall

June 17 - Raleigh, NC - AJ Fletcher Opera House @ Duke Energy Center

June 18 - Abbeville, SC - Juneteenth Celebration @ Abbeville Opera House

June 19 - Galax, VA - Blue Ridge Music Center

June 20 - Gloucester, VA - Flat Iron Crossroads

June 25 - Knoxville, TN - The Mill & Mine

July 4 - Bristol, VA - Border Bash @ Cumberland Square Park

July 17 - Stone Ridge, NY - Stone Ridge Orchard

July 24 - Malvern, PA - People's Light Theater

August 2 - Chautauqua, NY - Chautauqua Amphitheater

August 3 - Cleveland, OH - Cain Park

August 7 - Madison, WI - Sugar Maple Music Festival 

August 27 - Lewisburg, PA - Weis Center for the Performing Arts @ Bucknell University

August 28 - Hudson River Park Blues & BBQ Festival (virtual)

September 10 - Bristol, VA - Bristol Rhythm & Roots Festival
September 24 - North Adams, MA - FreshGrass

September 30 - North Bethesda, MD - Strathmore 

*supporting Indigo Girls

DOWNLOAD – Hi Res Press Photo | DOWNLOAD – Hi Res Album Art

www.amythystkiah.com
 

TikTok: www.tiktok.com/@amythystkiah

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KANDLE REALIZES AND RECLAIMS IN NO GOOD

LISTEN HERE AND WATCH A PERFORMANCE OF NO GOOD  
IN KANDLE’S GARDEN SESSIONS SERIES 

NEW ALBUM SET THE FIRE OUT MAY 28 

PRE-SAVE/PRE-ORDER

LOCK & LOAD NOMINATED FOR 2021 PRISM PRIZE

Toronto, ON – May 5, 2021 – As JUNO-nominated artist, Kandle Osborne, creates sparks ahead of her new album, Set The Fire, out on May 28, she reflects on the beginning of the process with her single, No Good. Recorded just before the pandemic took hold of the world, Kandle gathered around a mic with her musical cohort “The Wiccs” to create a timeless piece with heartfelt and cheeky lyrics of self-realization through a filter of brass arrangements, 60s flavour, and groove-centric rhythms for a fresh summer jam. In addition, Kandle kicks off her Garden Sessions with the song – an open-air series with Kandle, Debra-Jean Creelman and Kendel Carson performing acoustic renditions of Set The Fire’s standout tunes. Listen to No Good here and watch the video here.

 
Kandle says: “I wanted to give a sassy upbeat delivery as a stark contrast to a song which is otherwise a gloomy autobiographical portrayal of feeling like an unlovable mess. On March 10th of 2020, the day before our social liberties were taken, before going into studio quarantine with only my Producer & Engineers, I had the foresight to grab my fellow musical mystical sisters “The Wiccs” (Louise Burns, Kendel Carson, Debra-Jean Creelman) to sing around one mic as homage to our favorite 60’s girl groups a la the Supremes, the Shangrilas & The Ronettes. This is forever marked as the anthem to the last day of freedom, where we could eat the mic, share a whiskey sour and warm embrace without fear.

No Good is the album’s fourth single that follows Misty Morning, released last month. From being penned on a napkin while abroad, to a Vancouver studio, Misty Morning is a sonic journey that echoes soulful vulnerability and an honest reflection of realizing true love. Watch/ listen to Misty Morning here

For the album visuals, Kandle has been teaming up with longtime collaborator, Director Brandon William Fletcher, who was behind the visual for her single Honey Trap, a sweet-but-fierce tune about breaking free from a sticky power struggle and the awakenings that follow. Featuring actor Keenan Tracey (Bates Motel, The 100), the video for Honey Trap sees Kandle and her new band of besties, The Wiccs (Louise Burns, Kendel Carson and Tess Ananda), and reminds us of the powerful impact of reclaiming your independence on and off the stage.  Watch/listen to Honey Trap here.

Last week, Kandle was nominated for a 2021 Prism Prize for Set The Fire first single, Lock and Load, (her second nomination for the award following Not Up To Me). The song received an earlier nod for a Canadian Independent Video Award in 2020.

Once again, Kandle stands out from the pack and shows us that nobody sounds quite like her. Back with a fresh full-length album, Set The Fire, she seamlessly marries her adoration for 60s girl group soul and the 90s rock she grew up on. The tracks buzz with a retro feel but the dark, no holds barred songwriting is what we've come to love from Kandle. Tales of toxicity, manipulation and heartbreak are delivered with stark, striking honesty over a captivating array of sonic influences. Sparkling piano, distorted guitars, dynamic horns and doo-wop backups make you (almost) forget you're deep diving into her darkest secrets.

Kandle’s mastery of music comes as no surprise, having collaborated with some of Canada’s finest songwriters, including Sam Roberts, Coeur de pirate, Peter Dremanis (July Talk) and Devon Portielje (Half Moon Run), in her impressive career to date — which also includes a Video of the Year JUNO nomination. Kandle also starred in Jack White’s 2018 video for Corporation, and her music was recently featured in Netflix's, Tiny Pretty Things. Growing up in the music industry as the daughter of Canadian rock royalty Neil Osborne of 54-40 has provided Kandle’s artistry with a unique insight. She brings a seasoned performance to every line and every word, channeling over a decade of touring the globe into music that’s familiar yet undeniably her own. 

With strong influences from the fierce female greats of a bygone era (Nancy Sinatra, Billie Holiday and Shirley Bassey, to name a few), Kandle writes and sings exclusively with her heart; something so often void in the modern era of overproduced perfection. She sings honest and raw, vulnerable yet empowered, never afraid to pen even life’s heaviest moments. This is an artist at her most empowered and authentic - an artist who by sharing her own story of healing, can help us all do the same.
 

Listen to No Good | Watch No Good

Pre-save/ Pre-order Set The Fire
 

DOWNLOAD – Set The Fire Album Art | DOWNLOAD – Kandle Press Photo

kandle-music.com

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JUICY J RELEASES NEW TRACK AND VISUAL FOR LOAD IT UP​ FEAT. FELLOW MEMPHIS RAPPER NLE CHOPPA

NEW ALBUM FT. MEGAN THEE STALLION, LIL BABY, A$AP ROCKY, LOGIC, TY DOLLA $IGN, YOUNG DOLPH, RICO NASTY, JAY ROCK, 2 CHAINZ, CONWAY AND MORE SET FOR NOVEMBER 27, 2020 RELEASE

Toronto, ON – October 9, 2020 – Legendary rapper, producer, entrepreneur, Juicy J, releases, LOAD IT UP  ft. NLE Choppa today, the second track and visual from his forthcoming albu. The Juicy J & Internet Money-produced single is a dark & grimy piano laced track, with braggadocious bars from the Memphis legend himself & the city's current rising star. 

His new album, The Hustle Continues,will be available November 27 via eOneThe album, which was produced / executive produced by Juicy J features many of the biggest names in the culture including Lil Baby, Megan Thee Stallion, NLE Choppa, Young Dolph, Key Glock, Logic, A$AP Rocky, 2 Chainz, Conway, Ty Dolla $ign, Rico Nasty, Jay Rock, Lord Infamous and Project Pat. 

LOAD IT UP follows Juicy’s first track GAH DAMN HIGH feat. Wiz Khalifa.  Watch that video here.

In addition to producing his own work (Three Point Stance ft. Megan Thee Stallion and City Girls; GAH DAMN HIGH ft. Wiz Khalifa), Juicy has also been keeping busy producing hit singles by Megan Thee Stallion (Hot Girl SummerSimon SaysDance,  and Pimpin), French Montana (Twisted, 50’s and 100’s), Ty Dolla $ign (Hottest in the City) and many more.  

As one of the founding members of the legendary platinum-selling Memphis rap group Three 6 Mafia, Juicy J is credited as one of the founders of Southern rap. His contributions to the sound of the culture over the last three decades have made his influence omnipresent. Just last year he produced Megan Thee Stallion’s Platinum break out “Hot Girl Summer” which went #1 on the Billboard Rhythmic charts and became the first female rap collab in history to reach #1 on Apple Music. 

All streaming for LOAD IT UP ft. NLE CHOPPA: lnk.to/LOADITUP

The Hustle Continues Tracklisting
1.Best Group
2.Gah Damn High ft. Wiz Khalifa
3.Spend It ft. Lil Baby and 2 Chainz
4.Killa ft. Conway Shopping Spree ft. Young Dolph
5.Po Up ft. A$ap Rocky
6.1995 ft. Logic
7.What I Need
8.The Way It Goes ft. Key Glock
9.Shawty Bad ft. Logic
10.Load It Up ft. NLE Choppa
11.She Gon Pop It ft. Megan the Stallion and Ty Dolla $ign
12.Take It ft. Rico Nasty and Lord Infamous (Three 6 Mafia)
13.Memphis to LA ft. Jay Rock and Project Pat
14. In a Minute

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GEORGIA ANNE MULDROW RELEASES NEW JYOTI ALBUM MAMA, YOU CAN BET! VIA EONE MUSIC AND SOMEOTHASHIP CONNECT

BUY/STREAM HERE

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Praise for Jyoti/Georgia Anne Muldrow and Mama, You Can Bet!:

"On the third Jyoti album, Mama, You Can Bet!, the Grammy-nominated Muldrow is a one-woman band, playing percussion, piano, guitar and more. Throughout the release, she delivers subdued but stunning vocals over politically charged music that speaks to the pressing times we’re living in." - Paste

“Mama, You Can Bet leans into Muldrow’s jazziest tendencies, incorporating two remixes of works by Charles Mingus, whose influence is palpable. But Muldrow is her own creation, and her love of electronic funk, ambient, and hip-hop colors and shades the album.” - Aquarium Drunkard

"A timeless artist" - Essence

"The Grammy-nominated singer, producer and multi-instrumentalist has released music that defies genre, questions constructs and uplifts communities whose voices have been suppressed. " - Downbeat

This is music for our troubled moment, restless but determined.” - WBGO

Toronto, ON – August 28, 2020 – Today marks the release of Mama, You Can Bet!the acclaimed third album from Grammy-nominated singer, songwriter, producer, and multi-instrumentalist, Georgia Anne Muldrow’s solo-jazz project, Jyoti. Mama, You Can Bet! is out now via eOne and SomeOthaShip Connect here.

In celebration of the album’s release, Georgia has appeared on new Podcast episodes from Aquarium Drunkard and Bandcamp Weekly, having recently done a video interview and performance for Vice News Tonight, chatted in-depth withAfropunk live, spoken with JazzTimes about her love of Eddie Harris for their Artist’s Choice feature, and “discussed the perks of playing synthesizer, musical alchemy and the age-old question: What’s in a name?” with DownBeat.

Mama, You Can Bet! was announced in May, accompanied by the release of lead single This Walk, which featured her singing voice, marking a notable shift from Muldrow’s previous output as Jyoti, along with wistful piano and harp. As Muldrow put it, the song acknowledges how “violence can both ignite and snuff out a voice.” Essence called This Walk“A timely song from a timeless artist," and added, "'This Walk' is a ballad that speaks to feelings of people across the country” while Okayplayer called the song “a yearning and politically-charged ballad,” and WBGO said, “This is music for our troubled moment, restless but determined.” The single’s b-side, The Cowrie Waltz, pits a loungey jazz sound with shredding guitar, echoing in the background to form a groovy and bombastic juxtaposition. The next single, Orgone,followed in June and was praised by Cool Hunting, who called it “a minimal but stirring tune, with meandering piano and free-flowing vocals that trace the topic of displacement,” while Brooklyn Vegan proclaimed the song to be “a soaring dose of jazz-soul.” The album’s title track was released in July, a song dedicated to Georgia’s mother, Rickie Byars, who has a long musical history in jazz and spiritual music (Pharoah Sanders Ensemble, Sir Roland Hanna's New York Jazz Quartet, and founder of the Agape International Choir). The Mama, You Can Bet! single is a moving testament to Georgia’s respect and admiration for her mother beyond her role as a maternal figure, as Georgia shared: “I wanted my mother to know that she deserves passionate love, that I see her as a beautiful woman.”

Mama, You Can Bet! comes after two previous Jyoti records, Denderah and Ocotea, the latter taking home the Gilles Peterson's Worldwide Award for Best Jazz Album. Unlike these earlier Jyoti records, Mama, You Can Bet! contains tracks with vocals from Muldrow, including the singles, Mama, You Can Bet!, This Walk and Orgone. The album’s only guest musician is Georgia’s long-time friend and acclaimed saxophonist Lakecia Benjamin (on Ra’s Noise). The album also features two Charlie Mingus compositions that Georgia remixed for the album, Bemoanable Lady Geemix, and Fabus Foo Geemix, both commissioned by Jason Moran and The Kennedy Center in 2017, a project that manifested into a live performance entitled Muldrow Meets Mingus that was held at both The Kennedy Center and Chicago Symphony Orchestra in 2017, which recently reaired on NPR, who also recently featured Muldrow on Play It Forward, a new special segment series on All Things Considered, listen here.

About Jyoti/Georgia Anne Muldrow
Georgia Anne Muldrow not only creates jazz music - she’s lived it since birth. Her father, Ronald Muldrow, played alongside Eddie Harris while her mother, Rickie Byars, performed as lead singer of Roland Hanna’s New York Jazz Quartet and Pharoah Sanders Ensemble. Following in her parents’ footsteps, she has collaborated with famed musicians including Robert Glasper, Adrian Younge, Ambrose Akinmursire, Justin Brown's Nyeusi, and Keyon Harrold. Jyoti is a name bestowed upon her by the late great Alice Coltrane.

The newest Jyoti music arrives after many monumental years for Muldrow. Her most recent solo album Overload - released on Flying Lotus’ label Brainfeeder - earned her a 2020 Grammy nomination and landed on year-end lists for Pitchfork, Bandcamp, and The A.V. Club. 2019 saw Georgia perform at numerous Jazz Festivals around the globe: Nublu Jazz Festival (Brazil), Portland Jazz Festival (Portland, US), Bric Festival (Brooklyn, US), Blue Note Tokyo (Japan), New York Winter Jazz Festival and the DC Jazz Festival to name a few. 

Buy and stream Mama, You Can Bet! here
 

DOWNLOAD – Press Photo | DOWNLOAD – Album Artwork

About SomeOthaShip Connect

SomeOthaShip is a record label & production company owned & operated by Dudley Perkins & Georgia Anne Muldrow based in Las Vegas, Nevada.  The company has operated since 2009 and specializes in rap, r&b, jazz, funk, electronic and instrumental music.

About eOne
Entertainment One Ltd. (eOne) is a talent-driven independent studio that specializes in the development, acquisition, production, financing, distribution and sales of entertainment content. As part of global play and entertainment company Hasbro (NASDAQ: HAS), eOne's expertise spans across film, television and music production and sales; family programming, merchandising and licensing; digital content; and live entertainment. Through its extensive reach and scale, and a deep commitment to high-quality entertainment, eOne unlocks the power and value of creativity.

 

eOne brings to market both original and existing content, sourcing IP from Hasbro’s portfolio of 1500+ brands, and through a diversified network of creative partners and eOne companies including: international feature film distribution company Sierra/Affinity; Amblin Partners with DreamWorks Studios, Participant Media, and Reliance Entertainment; Makeready with Brad Weston; unscripted television production companies Renegade 83, Daisybeck, Blackfin and Whizz Kid Entertainment; live entertainment leaders Round Room Live; world-class music companies Audio Network, Dualtone Music Group and Last Gang; and award-winning emerging content and technology studio Secret Location.

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LOCAL NATIVES RELEASE FOALS’ REMIX OF DARK DAYS (FEAT. SYLVAN ESSO)

LISTEN TO FOALS REIMAGINE DARK DAYS HERE

Toronto, ON – July 16, 2020 – Today, Local Natives have shared Foals’ remix of Dark Days (ft Sylvan Esso), which showcases an incredible crossover of the iconic, endlessly danceable alt-rock bands. The new, springing version of the track replaces Local Natives’ warm bass with bouncing electronics. Local Natives and Foals were due to be on tour co-headlining together this summer before shelter-in-place came down. The remix will be accompanied by the launch of a 7” out August 28 that can be pre-ordered here via Loma Vista Recordings. 

Earlier this year, Local Natives revamped their classic Dark Days single from their beloved 2016 album, Sunlit Youth, by adding Sylvan Esso’s Amelia Meath to the track. In early March 2020, the band performed the song accompanied by Amelia on Jimmy Kimmel Live!’s outdoor stage – one of the last outdoor performances before the shelter-in-place order. 

Last year, Local Natives released their critically acclaimed fourth album, Violet Street via Loma Vista Recordings. The blissful and introspective new album features singles including “lush and searching” (Stereogum) When Am I Gonna Lose You, whose cinematic video starred Kate Mara and was performed by the band on Ellen; Café Amarillo, which FADER hailed for “illustrating a sort of emotional purgatory;” and Tap Dancer, that Brooklyn Vegan praised for its “elegiac ache.” The band wrapped their nearly sold out cross-country North American tour with Austin American Statesman praising their “unadulterated energy” at one show. When Am I Gonna Lose You – their Violet Street single that hit #3 on AAA and #6 for Alternative. 

 

Praise for Violet Street:
“Emotional”  Rolling Stone

"The follow-up to 2016’s fashionably yearning Sunlit Youth sounds both more personal and more timeless" Pitchfork 

“Shimmering”  Stereogum

“Illustrates a sort of emotional purgatory” FADER

“Elegiac ache”  Brooklyn Vegan

“Writing some of the finest songs, brimming with emotion" Line of Best Fit

“Artistic” Billboard

“Gleaming, stadium-friendly tunes”  Relix 

“Lush...expansive” -Consequence of Sound

"Signature vocal harmonies and heartfelt songwriting"  The Ringer

“Amazing”  Under the Radar

"Some of Local Natives’ most memorable earworms yet" Austin American Statesman

"A driving beat and features Local Natives’ gorgeous harmonies"  AXS 

“Buoyant ...their breezy and open sound is more energetic than ever”  Exclaim.CA

"Few bands do romance, and the yearning for it, better than Local Natives"  Buzzbands.LA       

“A tumultuously buoyant collection" EARMILK 

"Refine their evolution with Violet Street" – RIFF

DOWNLOAD – Hi Res Artwork – Dark Days (feat. Sylvan Esso) FOALS Remix | DOWNLOAD – Hi Res Press Photos

Webstore: found.ee/LN_DDMerch

www.thelocalnatives.com

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KATIE PRUITT CELEBRATES PRIDE MONTH BY LAUNCHING HER OUT OF THE CLOSET SERIES TODAY WITH TEGAN AND SARA’S WALKING WITH A GHOST

COVER SERIES ALSO PAYS TRIBUTE TO COURTNEY BARNETT, BRANDI CARILE AND INDIGO GIRLS

PRUITT RECEIVES NOMINATION FOR EMERGING ACT OF THE YEAR FROM THE AMERICANA MUSIC ASSOCIATION

Toronto, ON – June 18, 2020 – Though Pride festivals around the world have been cancelled this year, it was keenly important to Nashville based singer, songwriter, and musician, Katie Pruitt, to celebrate Pride Month by paying tribute to women artists who inspire her. “To me, Pride Month is all about celebrating self-love,” she explains. “This year, we might not have the parties or parades, but it’s never really been about that. ‘Pride’ is a feeling that we find within ourselves. It’s a sigh of relief that we don’t have to hide anymore or alter our personality or preferences in order to make a Cisgender society more comfortable. So, when straight people ask, ‘Why don’t we have straight pride?’ I always respond with, ‘because society never told you to be ashamed.’”

Pruitt is commemorating this year’s Pride Month with a series of recordings of songs by artists she has long admired, which will be released weekly starting today through Thursday, July 9. “I picked a collection of songs by gay women in particular who have inspired me to be transparent in my music.” She reflects, “I think representation is huge. Having my experience represented in certain bands’/artists’ music has helped me to better understand myself. If it weren’t for people like Indigo Girls, Brandi Carlile, Courtney Barnett, and Tegan and Sara, I don’t think I would have been brave enough to be as honest as I was on Expectations.”

Today, Pruitt is sharing a special performance of Georgia that features accompaniment by Laura Epling (Violin 1) Maggie Chaffee (Cello), and Jake Tudor (Violin 2). The song, which appears on Pruitt’s acclaimed debut album Expectations, touches on the struggle to come to terms with one’s sexuality, though it’s likely to resonate deeply with anyone reckoning with issues of self-doubt and identity. Watch Georgia here.

Oh, 'cause I told the world
And they still saw me as the same girl
They listen to my songs
And they made me feel like I belong
Yeah, they make me feel like I belong
Oh, Georgia...
You were wrong

Pruitt’s debut album Expectations has received widespread critical praise. Rolling Stone proclaimed it a “majestic LP that blends country and folk with indie rock,” while New Now Next called her “country music’s next queer star.” NPR Music called the album “stunning…her voice in particular…radiates so much empathy and love and understanding,” and as NPR’s flagship program Morning Edition noted, “She was bent on telling the story of how she confronted the social and religious codes that once made her feel condemned. Pruitt's done that with such clarity of expression and disarming intimacy – Expectations is aesthetically warmhearted even in its tensest moments of confrontation – that she's given her own family a greater understanding of her experience.”

This week, the Americana Music Association announced its nominees for the annual Honors and Awards, and Pruitt received a nod in the Emerging Act of the Year category.

Check out Katie Pruitt's A Very Gay Playlist on Spotify

Katie Pruitt Out of the Closet Cover Series:
June 18 Walking With a Ghost (Tegan and Sara)
June 25 Closer to Fine (Indigo Girls)
July 2 Depreston (Courtney Barnett)
July 9 Turpentine (Brandi Carlile

www.katiepruitt.com

 

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We're hiring!

We're hiring an Artist Management Assistant & Social Media Coordinator! Check out the full job positing on Indeed.

If you think this position is the right fit for you please send a resume and cover letter to aven@indoorrecess.com or apply through Indeed. All applications are due by 6pm EST on Friday, September 15th, 2017. 

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Long weekend listening!

The long weekend is upon us and so we thought we'd share some of our Canadian favourites with you! Learn some new things about the Indoor Recess pack with the Canadian edition of our Fun Facts, and check out our Long Weekend Spotify playlist for tunes from our clients' June/July releases, and some of our fav Canadian songs! 

Favourite song of all time by a Canadian artist:
Joanne Setterington: First Day of Spring - The Gandharvas

blasphemous “Canadian Bacon”
AH: Poutine - with bacon!
OM: Chômeur - https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pouding_chômeur
AB: Poutine or ketchup chips

Favourite Canadian city to visit:
JS:
Halifax, Nova Scotia
AM: Minden, Ontario – cottage country + Kawartha Dairy is life
AH: St. John's, Newfoundland
OM: Montreal, Quebec or St. John's, Newfoundland
AB: Montreal, Quebec

Favourite concert venue in Canada:
JS:
The Commodore, Vancouver
AM: Massey Hall, Toronto
AH: The Cameron House, Toronto
OM: Massey Hall, Toronto
AB: Zaphods, Ottawa #RIP

Favourite Canadian music festival:
JS:
Squamish Valley Music Festival
AM: Ottawa Bluesfest
AH: Hillside 
OM: Osheaga
AB: Ottawa Bluesfest

Favourite Canadian saying/phrase/term:
JS:
Tron Funkin' Blow
AM: Sorry
AH: Give’r .. Ex. We were losing the hockey game, so we had to just give ‘er in the third period.
OM: Give’r (FUBAR…)
AB: Eh?!

The most Canadian thing I’ve ever done:
JS:
Hung out with the man that is now Prime Minister in a strip club in St. John's
AM: Patio beer-ing in Calgary in the middle of February – thanks Chinook winds!
AH: Boiled maple syrup on my parent’s farm wearing a fully plaid and denim outfit and drinking Crown Royal
OM: Getting “Screeched In” during George Street Festival in St. John’s, Newfoundland. This requires kissing a frozen cod fish and taking a shot of Newfoundland Screech rum.
AB: Celebrating Canada Day in Ottawa on Parliament Hill

Listen to the Spotify playlist we curated including our favourite songs of all time by a Canadian artist, artists that will be attending our favourite Canadian music festivals and our clients' June/July album releases!

Amanda McCauley: ​Mansion On The Hill – Neil Young
Aven Hoffarth: At The Hundredth Meridian – The Tragically Hip
Ola Mazzuca: Tie between Limelight - Rush (Moving Pictures) and Informer - Snow
Ally Bottero: Leather Jacket - Arkells

Favourite Canadian Food:
AH: Poutine – with bacon! 

JS: Balderson Old Cheddar 
AM: Peameal bacon – there is honestly nothing worse in this world than ordering eggs benny in the US and getting their blasphemous “Canadian Bacon”
OM: Chômeur - https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pouding_chômeur
AB: Poutine or Ketchup chips

Favourite Canadian city to visit:
OM: Montreal, Quebec or St. John’s, Newfoundland 

JS: Halifax, Nova Scotia 
AM: Minden, ON – cottage country + Kawartha Dairy is life
AH: St. John’s, Newfoundland 
AB: Montreal, Quebec

Favourite concert venue in Canada:
AM: Massey Hall, Toronto

JS: The Commodore, Vancouver 
AH: The Cameron House, Toronto
OM: Massey Hall, Toronto
AB: Zaphod's, Ottawa (RIP)

Favourite Canadian music festival:
AB: Ottawa Bluesfest

JS: Squamish Valley Music Festival 
AM: Ottawa Bluesfest
AH: Hillside in Guelph, Ontario 
OM: Osheaga

Favourite Canadian saying/phrase/term:
JS: 
Tron Funkin' Blow 

AM: Sorry
AH: Give’er .. Ex. We were losing the hockey game, so we had to just give ‘er in the third period.
OM: Give’r (FUBAR…)
AB: Eh?!

The most Canadian thing I've ever done:
JS: 
Hung out with the man that is now Prime Minister in a strip club in St. John's 
AM: Patio beer-ing in Calgary in the middle of February – thanks Chinook winds!
AH: Boiled maple syrup on my parent’s farm wearing a fully plaid and denim outfit and drinking Crown Royal
OM: Getting “Screeched In” during George Street Festival in St. John’s, Newfoundland. This requires kissing a frozen cod fish and taking a shot of Newfoundland Screech rum.
AB: Celebrating Canada Day in Ottawa on Parliament Hill

Have a listen to our Long Weekend playlist that includes some of our favourite Canadian songs, tracks from our artists performing at our favourite Canadian festivals, and tunes from our clients with new releases in June/July!



THIS MONTH'S RELEASES:
June 2 - Flogging Molly - Life Is Good
June 9 - Chuck Berry - Chuck
June 9 - Gov't Mule - Revolution Come...Revolution Go
June 10 - Ivory Hours - Dreamworld
June 16 - CKY - The Phoenix
June 22 - AMAARA - Black Moon EP

JULY RELEASES:
July 14 - Dayseeker - Dreaming Is Sinking /// Waking Is Rising
July 28 - Manchester Orchestra - A Black Mile To The Surface 

And don't miss these great performances over the long weekend!
July 1:
Johnson Crook - Dauphin, MB - Dauphin Countryfest
Little Coyote - Toronto, ON - The Horseshoe
PUP, Tanya Tagaq, Daniel Caesar, Safia Nolin (Polaris Music Prize) - London, UK - Canada Day in Trafalgar Square

July 2:
Pokey LaFarge - Toronto, ON - The Horseshoe
The Strumbellas - Niagara-on-the-Lake, ON - Butler's Barracks Historic Site
Union Duke - Castlegar, BC - Kootenay Country Music Festival

 

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It's Gonna Be May

Holy crow, it's the last few days of April! This month has seriously flown by - CMW was a whirlwind with AMAZING sets from a bunch of our artists. We're wrapping up the month with some awesome new tracks, videos, and albums - check out what's going on!

TODAY
Hard rock juggernaut, All That Remains, put out their highly-anticipated eighth studio album, Madness (check out the video for the title track below!)

Indie super-group, BNQT (members of Midlake, Band of Horses, Franz Ferdinand, Grandaddy, and Travis) released their debut album, Volume 1

Acclaimed duo Sylvan Esso shared their long-awaited new album, What Now

THIS WEEK
All That Remains shared a video for the title track off their new album, Madness (which is out today!):

The late, great, Chuck Berry has a new single out called Wonderful Woman:

Calgary's Hello Moth released a brand new single to celebrate his upcoming performances at The Great Escape Festival in the UK - check out Take This Away:

Little Dragon shared the video for their track, Celebrate, off their recently released new record, Season High: 

And Pokey LaFarge released another track off his upcoming new album, Have a listen to Better Man Than Me:

Brighton, UK's As It Is are playing at Hard Luck Bar on Sunday (April 30)

NEXT WEEK
We have in town...
Harrison @ The Baby G on May 4th
Little Dragon @ The Danforth Music Hall on May 4th
VIKINGS @ The Drake Underground on May 5th

And Cat Clyde and Streetlight Social have new albums out on the 5th. 

Keep your eyes and ears out and see you next month!



 

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Spring Things...

Well, it’s been a few weeks that we’ve been live, but here is our official welcome to the brand-spanking-new Indoor Recess website (and blog)! With the new year and some exciting new changes, we thought it was a perfect time for a little makeover. On top of some info and fun facts about our company, we’ll also be keeping you updated, here, on the goings-on of the amazing artists we work with!

We’ve kicked off 2017 with some pretty big bangs already. Indoor Recess Artist Management has two new welcomed additions to the family: BC-based alternative band //AMISTAD// and Toronto indie-alt-rockers Long Range Hustle – joining the ranks with The Strumbellas, Simon Ward, and Cone McCaslin.

On the PR side of things, we were thrilled to see 5 of our artists racking up 11 JUNO nominations – with A Tribe Called Red taking home Producer of the Year, The Strumbellas winning Single of the Year, and Grimes nabbing Video of the Year.

Now, CMW is right around the corner and we have some awesome acts performing at the festival. Check out the schedule below and come say ‘hi’ to us at any of these shows!  

Check out our April Spotify playlist to hear some tracks from our JUNO winners and nominees (as well as some of our own personal favs from this year’s nominees), and songs from our artists performing at CMW this year.

THIS WEEK
The Record Company release a brand new music video for their track, Baby, I’m Broken: http://bit.ly/2ow2BFA
Wyclef Jean premieres the video for The Ring: http://bit.ly/2orMneR
Sylvan Esso shares a video for their single, Radio: http://bit.ly/2ob1gAj
Flogging Molly release a lyric video for their song, Reptiles (We Woke Up): http://bit.ly/2pe3jWc
Streetlight Social have a new lyric video for their single, Daybreaks: http://bit.ly/2oDPGBP
All That Remains launch the pre-order for their new album, Madness, and share the lyric video for new single Halo: http://bit.ly/2oc2VWk

TODAY
BNQT share Real Love – the next track off their upcoming release, Volume I: http://bit.ly/2ovGQFJ
Gov’t Mule announce their new studio album and share the lead singles Stone Cold Rage: http://rol.st/2oULmz4 and Sarah, Surrender: http://bit.ly/2oDXJyC

TOMORROW
Little Dragon release their new album, Season High

COMING UP
April 28: All The Remains – Madnes / BNQT – Volume / Sylvan Esso – What Now
May 5: Cat Clyde – Ivory Castanets / Streetlight Social – Blood From Stone
May 12: Seether – Poison The Parish
May 19: Magic Giant – In The Wind / Pokey LaFarge – Manic Revelations
June 2: Flogging Molly – Life Is Good
June 9: Gov’t Mule – Revolution Come…Revolution Go
June 16: Chuck Berry – Chuck

INDOOR RECESS CMW SCHEDULE
Wednesday, April 19
10:30pm – Ivory Hours – Adelaide Hall
11:30pm – The Balconies – Adelaide Hall
12:00am – Danko Jones – Velvet Underground

Thursday, April 20
8:00pm – Little Coyote – Silver Dollar
9:00pm – Cat Clyde – Dakota Tavern

Friday, April 21
6:30pm – The Strumbellas – Rebel (iHeartRadio Fest)
8:00pm – Astrocolor – The Mod Club
9:00pm – Alexandria Maillot – The Paddock
12:00am - Long Range Hustle - Grace O'Malley's

Sunday, April 23
8:00pm – Token – Phoenix Concert Theatre

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JOHN R. MILLER SHARES NEW SINGLE LOOKIN’ OVER MY SHOULDER

SHENANDOAH VALLEY TROUBADOUR

TO RELEASE ROUNDER DEBUT THIS SUMMER

Toronto, ON – March 19, 2021 – Rounder Records is pleased to announce the signing of John R. Miller, whose first single for the label, Lookin' Over My Shoulder, is released today. Miller, who initially attracted notice for his spare, elegant, vividly imagined songs as the leader of indie band, The Engine Lights, is working on his full-length label debut, set for release later this year. Listen to Lookin' Over My Shoulder here.

Lookin' Over My Shoulder wryly captures the trepidation of revisiting the site of a failed romance.

"This song appears from the perspective of somebody who returns to a small hometown after some time away, attempting to avoid contact with an old flame while revisiting places they used to haunt together," Miller explains. "Ostensibly it was through the narrator's own actions that the relationship soured, and he remembers it bittersweetly, if regretfully. Out of sight, out of mind, but it only works for so long, as sometimes we are inevitably drawn back to places that contain painful memories for us."

Intimacy and honesty are two hallmarks of the West Virginia native's writing, which inspired the writer Silas House to observe, "Miller is somehow able to transport us to a shadowy honky-tonk and get existential all at the same time with his tightly written compositions." Tyler Childers is a longtime friend and fan who calls Miller "a well-traveled wordsmith mapping out the world he's seen, three chords at a time."

More news about Miller's forthcoming album and tour plans will be announced in the coming weeks.

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R.E.M.’S 25TH ANNIVERSARY REISSUE OF NEW ADVENTURES IN HI-FI SET FOR RELEASE OCTOBER 29

DELUXE EDITION INCLUDES B-SIDES AND RARITIES,
PREVIOUSLY UNRELEASED VIDEO FOOTAGE, IN-DEPTH INTERVIEWS 
WITH ALL FOUR FOUNDING BAND MEMBERS, AND NEVER-BEFORE-SEEN ARCHIVAL PHOTOS
 
BESTSELLING AND WIDELY ACCLAIMED 1996 ALBUM INCLUDES 
E-BOW THE LETTER (FEATURING PATTI SMITH), BITTERSWEET ME
AND ELECTROLITE
 
THE ADVANCE SINGLE LEAVE – ALTERNATE VERSION IS AVAILABLE TO STREAM/DOWNLOAD TODAY
 
WATCH THE OFFICIAL UNBOXING TRAILER HERE

TORONTO, ON – August 24, 2021 — Craft Recordings proudly celebrates the 25th anniversary of R.E.M.’s tenth studio album, New Adventures in Hi-Fiwith a special reissue, available for pre-order today and set for release on October 29. The bonus-filled 2-CD/1-Blu-ray Deluxe Edition offers a trove of audio-visual content, including the newly remastered album, 13 B-sides and rarities, a never-before-released 64-minute outdoor projection film (shown on buildings across five cities in 1996 to promote the album’s original release), and a previously unreleased 30-minute EPK. Additionally, the Blu-ray features New Adventures in Hi-Fi in stunning Hi-Res and 5.1 Surround Sound audio, plus five HD-restored music videos including Bittersweet Me, Electrolite, andE-Bow the Letter. Housed in a 52-page hardcover book, the collection includes archival photographs—many of which have never been published—plus new liner notes from journalist, Mark Blackwell, and reflections from all four original band members, as well as from Patti Smith, Thom Yorke, and producer, Scott Litt.
 
An Expanded Edition is also available as a 2-CD or digital collection, including the remastered album along with B-sides and rarities. The 2-CD offers an exclusive 24” x 24” poster and four collectible postcards, as well as a booklet featuring new liner notes and archival photos. Additionally, the newly remastered album will be available as a 2-LP set, pressed on 180-gram vinyl, with lacquers cut by Kevin Gray at Cohearent Audio. Fans can preview all physical formats via the official unboxing trailer here.  A limited-edition pressing on clear and black marbled vinyl is also available exclusively at R.E.M.’s official store (limited to 1,000 worldwide), along with special New Adventures in Hi-Fi merchandise.
 
Available via digital platforms today, ahead of the album, is the advance single Leave – Alternate Version. Originally recorded for the A Life Less Ordinary soundtrack, the single offers a haunting, sparse, siren-less version of New Adventures album track Leave, for which Michael Stipe re-recorded the vocals. Reflects Stipe, “I actually might prefer this version to the one that's on the record… Well, I wouldn’t say I prefer it, it just tells a different story with the lyric”. Fans can stream or downloadthe single now, and pre-save the album.
 
First released in September 1996, New Adventures in Hi-Fi endures as one of R.E.M.’s most acclaimed albums and stands as a favorite among band members and fans alike. The album was a global success, achieving platinum certification in the US and peaking at No.2 on the Billboard 200. Elsewhere, the album went to No.1 in more than a dozen countries, including Australia, the UK, and Canada. Critically, New Adventures in Hi-Fi received wide praise and was named as one of the best albums of the year by such outlets as Rolling Stone, Spin, Mojo, Entertainment Weekly, and NME. Over the decades, the title has achieved cult status, with several press retrospectives ranking it among the top albums in R.E.M.’s rich catalog of releases.
 
Recorded at the height of their fame, New Adventures in Hi-Fi also marks R.E.M.’s final album with drummer and founding member Bill Berry, who left the group amicably the following year. Perhaps most remarkable, however, is that the album found the band taking a unique creative approach: writing and recording much of the LP on the road, during their 1995 Monster tour.
 
While writing new material on the road wasn’t an unusual feat for R.E.M., New Adventures was unlike anything they had done before. As they embarked on tour, the band sought to create an abstract travelogue documenting every emotion and experience as it happened. We wanted to make a record about being on the road without singing about being on the road,” bassist Mike Mills explains in the liner notes. “The idea was that the feeling of being on the road would come through in the sound and feel of the record itself.”
 
The band traveled with a mobile recording truck, capturing new songs on an 8-track during soundchecks (as well as in various backstage areas and on the tour bus). “The idea was, ‘Let’s challenge ourselves,’” guitarist Peter Buck tells Blackwell. “My feeling was, it’ll show exactly where we’re at right now in a way that maybe some of the records don’t at all. This record was just an attempt to be who we were at that minute.”
 
The year-long outing, which began in January 1995, marked R.E.M.’s first tour in six years. As one of the biggest bands in the world, the quartet played to packed arenas across North America, Europe, Australia, and Japan, with support from acts like Sonic Youth and Radiohead. But along the way, the tour was marred by medical emergencies. In March, Berry collapsed on stage from an aneurism and spent the next month recuperating. Mills, meanwhile, underwent intestinal surgery in June. A month later, Stipe had emergency surgery for a hernia (which, he asserts, occurred while performing the song, Undertow).
 
After the band returned from the eventful—yet highly successful—run of dates, they entered the studio with their longtime producer, Scott Litt, to record a few final tracks and put finishing touches on others. Among them was the epic, seven-minute-long Leave; E-Bow the Letter, featuring backing vocals from the legendary singer-songwriter, Patti Smith; New Test Leper, which Buck proclaims is his favorite R.E.M. song; and How the West Was Won and Where It Got Us, one of several songs on the album inspired by Stipe’s experiences living in Los Angeles. 
 
Upon its release, New Adventures in Hi-Fi marked R.E.M.’s longest studio album, with a total run-time of 65 minutes. Filled with cinematic storytelling, haunting effects, and dissonant notes, New Adventures in Hi-Fi found R.E.M. exploring diverse sonic territories—particularly in songs like Low Desert, which, Berry describes, is “just dusty and kind of slow and it’s swampy…I feel isolated when I listen to that song, but it’s a good thing”. Stipe adds that the song offers such questions as, “‘What are we doing in the desert? What are we doing in the American West? What are we doing in this unlivable, uninhabitable place?’” Other tracks, like Departure and The Wake-Up Bomb deliver classic R.E.M. rock vibes.
 
The band looks back on New Adventures in Hi-Fi with great pride. Buck, perhaps, sums it up best. “Most records, you go in the studio and you just do ’em. And years later all you really remember is vaguely where you stayed, and the songs and the recording process. But this one I remember every bit of it. It was an experience. It was f**king tough, but we made a record. And it was as challenging as anything I’ve ever done.” 
 
Click here to pre-order New Adventures in Hi-Fi on 2-CD/1-Blu-Ray, 2-CD or 2-LP, or to stream the single and pre-save the deluxe digital album.
 
New Adventures in Hi-Fi 25th anniversary tracklists:
 
Deluxe Edition (2-CD/1-Blu-Ray):
Disc 1 – New Adventures in Hi-Fi (remastered audio)
  1. How the West Was Won and Where It Got Us
  2. The Wake-Up Bomb
  3. New Test Leper
  4. Undertow
  5. E-Bow the Letter
  6. Leave
  7. Departure
  8. Bittersweet Me
  9. Be Mine
  10. Binky the Doormat
  11. Zither
  12. So Fast, So Numb
  13. Low Desert
  14. Electrolite
Disc 2 – B-sides and Rarities
  1. Tricycle (Instrumental)
  2. Departure (Live Rome Soundcheck / Rome, Italy / 2/22/1995)
  3. Wall of Death 
  4. Undertow (Live / Atlanta, GA / 11/18/1995)
  5. Wichita Lineman (Live / Houston, TX / 9/15/1995)
  6. New Test Leper (Live Acoustic / Seattle, WA / 4/19/1996)
  7. The Wake-Up Bomb (Live / Atlanta, GA / 10/4/1995)
  8. Binky the Doormat (Live / Atlanta, GA / 11/18/1995)
  9. King of Comedy (808 State Remix)
  10. Be Mine (Mike on Bus version)
  11. Love Is All Around
  12. Sponge
  13. Leave (Alternate Version)
Disc 3 (Blu-Ray) 
  1. R.E.M. Outdoor Projections – Saturday Sept 7, 1996 – 5 cities (64:56)
  2. New Adventures in Hi-Fi EPK – previously unreleased 30 min version (29:13)
  3. New Adventures in Hi-Fi 5.1 Audio
  4. New Adventures in Hi-Fi – Hi-Resolution Audio
  5. E-Bow the Letter (Music Video)
  6. Bittersweet Me (Music Video)
  7. Electrolite (Music Video)
  8. How the West Was Won and Where It Got Us (Music Video)
  9. New Test Leper (Music Video)

Expanded Edition (2-CD):
Disc 1 – New Adventures in Hi-Fi (remastered audio)

1.   How the West Was Won and Where It Got Us
2.   The Wake-Up Bomb
3.   New Test Leper
4.   Undertow
5.   E-Bow the Letter
6.   Leave
7.   Departure
8.   Bittersweet Me
9.   Be Mine
10.   Binky the Doormat
11.   Zither
12.   So Fast, So Numb
13.   Low Desert
14.   Electrolite
Disc 2 – B-Sides and Rarities
1.   Tricycle (Instrumental)
2.   Departure (Live Rome Soundcheck / Rome, Italy / 2/22/1995)
3.   Wall of Death 
4.   Undertow (Live / Atlanta, GA / 11/18/1995)
5.   Wichita Lineman (Live / Houston, TX / 9/15/1995)
6.   New Test Leper (Live Acoustic / Seattle, WA / 4/19/1996)
7.   The Wake-Up Bomb (Live / Atlanta, GA / 10/4/1995)
8.   Binky the Doormat (Live / Atlanta, GA / 11/18/1995)
9.   King of Comedy (808 State Remix)
10.   Be Mine (Mike on Bus Version)
11.   Love Is All Around
12.   Sponge
13.   Leave (Alternate Version)
 
New Adventures in Hi-Fi (Vinyl):
Side A
1. How the West Was Won and Where It Got Us
2. The Wake-Up Bomb
3. New Test Leper
Side B
1. Undertow
2.  E-Bow the Letter
3.  Leave
Side C
1.  Departure
2.  Bittersweet Me
3.  Be Mine
4.  Binky the Doormat
Side D
1.  Zither
2.  So Fast, So Numb
3.  Low Desert
4.  Electrolite
 
About R.E.M.:
Having established a powerful legacy as one of the most enduring and essential rock bands in popular music history, R.E.M. pioneered the alt-rock movement of the ’90s, influencing the likes of Radiohead, Nirvana, Pavement, and Pearl Jam. Formed in 1980, the group enjoyed an extraordinary three-decade-long run of creative vitality and multi-platinum sales before amicably disbanding in 2011. Despite great success, the band members never lost track of their core values—remaining outspoken in their views about political, social, and environmental issues, and never wavering when it came to artistic integrity. Throughout the course of their career together, R.E.M. released a total of 15 studio albums, won three GRAMMY® Awards, and were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2007.

 

DOWNLOAD – hi-res press photo | DOWNLOAD – album cover artwork


About Craft Recordings: 
Craft Recordings is home to one of the largest and most essential collections of master recordings and compositions in the world. Its storied repertoire includes landmark releases from icons such as Joan Baez, John Coltrane, Creedence Clearwater Revival, Celia Cruz, Miles Davis, Isaac Hayes, John Lee Hooker, Little Richard, R.E.M., Joan Sebastian, and Traveling Wilburys. Plus, the catalog recordings of celebrated contemporary acts including A Day to Remember, Evanescence, Alison Krauss, Nine Inch Nails, Taking Back Sunday and Violent Femmes, to name just a few. Renowned imprints with catalogs issued under the Craft banner include Fania, Fantasy, Fearless, Musart, Nitro, Panart, Prestige, Riverside, Rounder, Specialty, Stax, Vanguard, Varèse Sarabande, Vee-Jay and Victory, among many others. Craft creates thoughtfully curated packages, with a meticulous devotion to quality and a commitment to preservation—ensuring that these recordings endure for new generations to discover. Craft is also home to the Billie Holiday and Tammy Wynette estates which preserve and protect their respective names, likeness and music through day-to-day legacy management of these cultural trailblazers. 
 
Craft Recordings is the catalog label team for Concord Recorded Music. For more info, visit CraftRecordings.com and follow on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram,YouTube, and Spotify

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