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August 19, 2009
JOAN BAEZ: HOW SWEET THE SOUND, THIRTEEN'S AMERICAN MASTERS DOCUMENTARY
SOUNDTRACK AND DVD AVAILABLE AS PACKAGE OCTOBER 13TH
FILM TO PREMIERE ON PBS NATIONWIDE OCTOBER 14TH
In the first comprehensive film to chronicle the private life and public career of Joan Baez, Thirteen's American Masters documentary Joan Baez: How Sweet The Sound examines her history as a recording artist and performer as well as her remarkable journey as the conscience of a generation. Razor & Tie Entertainment will release the DVD and CD of the program on October 13th. The release will be available as three different configurations: a DVD of the film with bonus material, a 16-song soundtrack CD and a deluxe package of both the DVD and soundtrack CD with additional bonus content. The following day, October 14th, PBS will premiere the documentary on the network's national carriage list.
In addition to featuring rare, archival performance footage, the film includes candid interviews with David Crosby, Bob Dylan, ex-husband David Harris, Reverend Jesse Jackson, Roger McGuinn, and more. The film is rich with historic material including footage of Baez' controversial visit to North Vietnam and footage of Martin Luther King Jr. outside a California prison, where he visited Joan to offer his support after she was jailed for protesting the draft during the Vietnam War. Following Baez on her 2008-2009 world tour, the filmmakers captured Baez in performance as well as in intimate conversations with individuals whose lives parallel hers. From a stop in Sarajevo, Bosnia to revisit the scene of Joan's courageous trip to that war-torn city in the middle of the 1993 siege, to Nashville, TN, where she joined Steve Earle to talk about their collaboration on Joan's 2008 Grammy-nominated album Day After Tomorrow, the film allows viewers an unprecedented level of access to Ms. Baez.
The soundtrack CD includes material spanning Joan's career, including many rare, previously unreleased performances. The deluxe package DVD and soundtrack CD contains even more exclusive bonus content including interview outtakes with Joan on early and current family life, musical roots, early career choices, her first Newport Folk Festival in 1959, and most notably a never before seen 1958 film of performances at the legendary Club 47 in Cambridge where Baez launched her career.
Joan Baez: How Sweet The Sound is a part of the Emmy-winning American Masters Series and is a co-Production of THIRTEEN and Razor & Tie Entertainment in association with WNET.ORG. The film is produced by Mark Spector and Mary Wharton and directed by Wharton. Susan Lacy is the series creator and executive producer of American Masters, a six-time winner of the Emmy Award for Outstanding Primetime Non-Fiction Series.
Leading up to the release, the film will screen at the Toronto Film Festival on September 13 and 14 and at New York's Paley Center on October 9.
Joan Baez: How Sweet The Sound - DVD includes:
Joan Baez: How Sweet the Sound documentary (82 minutes)
Bonus content: Conversations with Joan Baez, Dar Williams, Bill Fegan,
Vaclav Havel, Steve Earle and Bishop Earnest Palmer
TRT: Approximately 2 hours
Joan Baez: How Sweet The Sound - Soundtrack CD Tracklist:
Diamonds & Rust / Love Song To A Stranger / Jerusalem
Day After Tomorrow / With God On Our Side / Oh Freedom
Silver Dagger / Barbara Allen / Freight Train
I Will Never Marry / Fennario / Man Smart Woman Smarter
I Pity The Poor Immigrant (Duet w/ Bob Dylan)
The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down
A Song for David / Carry It On
Joan Baez: How Sweet The Sound Deluxe Package includes:
DVD documentary and bonus content, Soundtrack CD
Plus even more bonus content:
Interview Outtakes with Joan, Early Family Life, Musical Roots,
Early Career Choices, First Newport Folk Festival 1959,
Buying the Jaguar, Family Life Now, Cambridge Performance, 1958
TRT: More than 2 1/2 hours
Joan Baez Tour Dates Here
Joan Baez Media Assets
August 17, 2009
KIDZ BOP INTRODUCES FIRST LABEL SIGNING SINAI ROSE
KIDZ BOP 16 DEBUTS AT #8 ON BILLBOARD TOP 200 ALBUM CHART
MARKS 10TH CONSECUTIVE KIDZ BOP TITLE TO DEBUT IN BILLBOARD TOP 10
On the heels of yet another top ten album debut, KIDZ BOP introduces 12-year-old singer-songwriter Sinai Rose (pronounced suh-NIGH). The first original artist signing for the KIDZ BOP label, Sinai Rose is featured on KIDZ BOP 16. This latest volume from the best-selling children's audio series sold 38,000 units in its first week, entering the Billboard Top 200 Album chart at #8. The album is the #1 on the Children's chart, followed by two other KIDZ BOP releases in the Top Ten (KIDZ BOP GREATEST HITS at #4 and KIDZ BOP 15 at #7). This is the 10th consecutive KIDZ BOP title to debut in the Top 10 of the Billboard Album chart.
Sinai Rose will be featured on multiple KIDZ BOP releases, including KIDZ BOP 16, KIDZ BOP Christmas and KIDZ BOP 17, leading up to her full-length album debut in 2010. Her first single "LOL" (from KIDZ BOP 16) is prominently featured in the current television advertising campaign. In less than six weeks, the song is an instant viral online hit with more than 500,000 audio streams on KIDZBOP.com and YouTube. The "LOL" music video premiered today on KIDZBOP.com and will debut exclusively on Yahoo! next week.
A powerhouse performer, 12-year-old Sinai Rose co-writes all of her own music and lyrics and collaborates with some of today's top producers, including Jens Gad (Enigma, Sandra), Toby Gad (Beyonce, Fergie, The Veronicas) and Mattias Gustafsson (Backstreet Boys). Her forthcoming 2010 full length debut album will showcase her high-energy rock/pop girl power anthems and reggae influenced rhythms. Sinai's impressive credits include guest appearances on Nickelodeon's hit series "The Naked Brothers Band," a supporting role in the off-Broadway production of "Keep on Walking," spots in several national TV commercials and a first-place win at the legendary Apollo Theater's "Amateur Night." She's been heralded by The New York Daily News as "an amazing singer whose voice shows depth and maturity far beyond her years."
The popular KIDZBOP.com website also continues its "growth spurt," with July 2009 being its highest performing month in the history of the site. This summer, KidzBop.com surpassed 3 million video streams per month, with more than 100,000 moderated, user generated videos uploaded (currently at rate of 1,000+ per day), solidifying its position as a leading social networking site for kids and tweens. The site also attracted more than 1.3 million visitors during the month of July.
KIDZ BOP has teamed up with leading online portal Yahoo! to premiere its robust slate of all-new music videos. The first videos for Sinai Rose's "LOL" and KIDZ BOP's "Fire Burning" will premiere this August and September, followed by four additional videos throughout the end of the year, which are currently in production.
ABOUT KIDZ BOP LLC
KIDZ BOP is the most-popular and recognized music product in the U.S. for kids aged 5-12, featuring today's most popular songs, sung by kids for kids. KIDZ BOP celebrates the unique, authentic voice of kids across the entire brand-through music, videos, the popular website KIDZBOP.com, the KIDZ BOP LIVE concert tour and the national Be a KIDZ BOP Star talent competition. KIDZ BOP CD titles have earned nine Gold certifications since their debut in 2001. KIDZBOP.com is a fast-growing online social networking destination, where kids can safely create, share and watch a variety of content, including content featuring the KIDZ BOP Kids. KIDZ BOP LLC is a division of New York-based independent entertainment company Razor & Tie Entertainment, a vertically-integrated company that encompasses a music company with major label distribution, a home video company, a media buying company, a music publishing business, a direct marketing operation and a growing database of entertainment consumers. For more information, please visit www.kidzbop.com.
Sinai Rose Information
August 13, 2009
ALL THAT REMAINS TO HEADLINE HARDDRIVE LIVE NATIONAL TOUR
TOUR WILL FEATURE LACUNA COIL AND MAYLENE & THE SONS OF DISASTER
Hard rockers All That Remains will headline the HARDDRIVE LIVE TOUR. The United Stations nationally syndicated radio show HardDrive inaugural national concert tour will also feature bands Lacuna Coil and Maylene & The Sons of Disaster for the full tour and bands From Sword to Sunrise and Taking Dawn on two separate legs. The tour kicks off in Albany on September 22nd, and is scheduled to hit 40 markets across the U.S. and Canada. HardDrive Tour Dates- PRE-SALE HERE
* All That Remains, Lacuna Coil, Maylene & The Sons of Disaster on all dates
*From Sword to Sunrise on September 22nd through October 7th
*Taking Dawn on October 9th through November 17th
"Hey, so we're just about to wrap up our summer tour and have a bit of time off before we hit the road for The HardDrive tour. We'll be spending the two months with our Italian friends Lacuna Coil! So come check us out cause we're gonna be on tour all fall that means we'll be near YOU! Get Into It!" Phil Labonte, All That Remains.
The HARDDRIVE LIVE TOUR is produced by Mike Childs and Ledge Entertainment and HardDrive host Lou Brutus will appear at some of the events. The enormously successfully radio show is broadcast on 125 radio stations nationwide. The show debuted on July 5th, 1996 and is America's longest running new rock show supporting the careers of hundreds of groups.
Massachusetts hard rockers ATR have toured all year in the US and Europe with bands like Slipknot and Disturbed in support of their latest release OVERCOME (which debuted at #16 on the Billboard Top 200 chart last September and has already sold over 180,000 copies). ATR is coming off of a top 10 single ("Two Weeks") at active rock radio and have recently gone to radio with a second single, "Forever in Your Hands."
This summer the band is featured on both a special Alternative Press cover (attached) as well as the Mayhem Revolver Magazine cover with the likes of Manson, Slayer, and Killswitch Engage.
The band is a mainstay on Active Rock radio charts and their music videos are frequently played on MTV2, Fuse, and shows like Headbangers Ball. Their music is enormously popular on both Rock Band and Guitar Hero 2 video games, resulting in over 100,000 additional individual track downloads.
"Shredding their way to the top of the scene." Alternative Press
"All That Remains have established themselves as one of heavy music's premier heavies." Revolver Magazine
"Brutal yet melodic." Alternative Press
"Intimidating and powerful, OVERCOME is madly heavy, yet somehow manages to balance metal with melody." Synthesis
"Metal Mavericks." Decibel
August 12, 2009
KIDZ BOP CELEBRATES SWEET 16; MARKING MAJOR MILESTONES FOR #1 KIDS' MUSIC BRAND
KIDZ BOP 16 Debuts at #8; Album is 10th Consecutive KIDZ BOP Title to Debut in The Billboard Top 10
KIDS BOP 16 Introduces New Ensemble of Featured Performers -
The KIDZ BOP Kids
Partners with Yahoo! to Premiere All-New Slate of Music Videos
KIDZBOP.com Surpasses 3 Million Video Streams and 1.3 Million Visits
KIDZ BOP, the #1 kids' music brand in the US, celebrates the release of KIDZ BOP 16 by marking several major milestones. KIDZ BOP 16, the latest volume in the best-selling audio series, has sold more than 38,000 units in its first week and has entered The Billboard Top 200 Album Chart at #8-the 10th consecutive KIDZ BOP title to debut in Top 10. KIDZ BOP 16 also introduces a new ensemble of featured performers and the new face of the brand, The KIDZ BOP Kids, as well as the label's first-ever original artist, 12-year-old singer-songwriter Sinai Rose (pronounced suh-NIGH). Additionally, the brand's successful website
KIDZBOP.com continues to be a top online destination for kids and tweens with its best performance to date this July, surpassing 3 million video streams and 1+ million visits.
"Since 2001 KIDZ BOP has celebrated the unique, authentic voices of millions of kids," said Liz Nealon, General Manager of KIDZ BOP. "This is a truly exciting time for KIDZ BOP as we continue to expand the brand in creative new ways such as the development of talented new artists like Sinai Rose, the introduction of the highly appealing, aspirational KIDZ BOP Kids ensemble, and the explosion of kid-created content and safe social networking content on the KIDZ BOP website."
KIDZ BOP 16 is a Chart Topping Success
In addition to its impressive debut on The Billboard 200 Album Chart, KIDZ BOP 16 is the top album on the Children's Chart at #1. There are currently three top 10 KIDZ BOP albums on the Children's Chart.
Introducing...The KIDZ BOP Kids
Following a months-long nationwide search, five young performers have been cast as the featured KIDZ BOP Kids ensemble, putting names and faces to this aspirational music brand. Singer/dancer/performers Valerie Gaitan, Kyra Green, Becca King, Harrison Moulton, Dana Vaughans will be featured performers on KIDZ BOP album releases, music videos and website content. The KIDZ BOP Kids currently star in the new television commercial for KIDZ BOP 16, and also on the website with a short music documentary entitled "Meet the KIDZ BOP Kids" and music videos for "Love Story" and "The KIDZ BOP Shuffle."
Sinai Rose Blooms on KIDZ BOP
As the label's first original artist signing, Sinai Rose will be featured on multiple KIDZ BOP releases, including KIDZ BOP 16, KIDZ BOP Christmas and KIDZ BOP 17, leading up to her full-length album debut in 2010. Her first single, "LOL," is included on KIDZ BOP 16 and is prominently featured in the current television advertising campaign, running on such kid-friendly cable networks as Nickelodeon and Cartoon Network, among others. Sinai Rose's high-energy rock/pop girl power anthems and reggae influenced rhythms are instant viral online hit, with more than 500,000+ audio streams on KIDZBOP.com and YouTube. A powerhouse performer, 12-year-old Sinai Rose co-writes all of her own music and lyrics and collaborates with some of today's top producers, including Jens Gad (Enigma, Sandra), Toby Gad (Beyonce, Fergie, The Veronicas) and Mattias Gustafsson (Backstreet Boys).
Sinai's impressive credits include guest appearances on Nickelodeon's hit series "The Naked Brothers Band," a supporting role in the off-Broadway production of "Keep on Walking," spots in several national TV commercials and a first-place win at the legendary Apollo Theater's "Amateur Night." She's been heralded by The New York Daily News as "an amazing singer whose voice shows depth and maturity far beyond her years."
KIDZBOP.com Strikes a Chord with Kids and Tweens
KIDZBOP.com continues to be a hit with kids, providing a completely moderated, safe environment where they can create their own "MyChannel" page, produce and upload their own videos and webshows, play games and make music. The popular website continues its "growth spurt," with July 2009 being its highest performing month since launch. This summer, the site has surpassed 3 million video streams per month, more than 100,000 moderated, user generated videos uploaded (currently at rate of 1,000+ per day), solidifying its position as a leading social networking site for kids and tweens. The site also attracted more than 1.3 million visitors during the month of July.
KIDZ BOP Hits a High Note with Yahoo!
KIDZ BOP has teamed up with leading online portal Yahoo! to premiere its robust slate of all-new music videos. The first videos for Sinai Rose's "LOL" and KIDZ BOP's "Fire Burning" will premiere on Yahoo! Kids this August and September, followed by four additional videos throughout the end of the year, which are currently in production.
KIDZ BOP Sounds Good to its Partners
KIDZ BOP consistently attracts blue-chip marketing partners and recently wrapped up a successful QSR promotion with McDonalds where KIDZ BOP CDs were distributed in millions of Happy Meals nationwide. Additional promotional partners are planned for 2010 and are expected to be announced in coming months.
ABOUT KIDZ BOP LLC
KIDZ BOP is the most-popular and recognized music product in the U.S. for kids aged 5-12, featuring today's most popular songs, sung by kids for kids. KIDZ BOP celebrates the unique, authentic voice of kids across the entire brand-through music, videos, the popular website KIDZBOP.com, the KIDZ BOP LIVE concert tour and the national Be a KIDZ BOP Star talent competition. KIDZ BOP CD titles have earned nine Gold certifications since their debut in 2001. KIDZBOP.com is a fast-growing online social networking destination, where kids can safely create, share and watch a variety of content, including content featuring the KIDZ BOP Kids. KIDZ BOP LLC is a division of New York-based independent entertainment company Razor & Tie Entertainment, a vertically-integrated company that encompasses a music company with major label distribution, a home video company, a media buying company, a music publishing business, a direct marketing operation and a growing database of entertainment consumers.
August 11, 2009
INTRODUCING THE SUMMER SET
POP PUNK ROCKERS TO RELEASE DEBUT FULL LENGTH ALBUM, LOVE LIKE THIS,
ON OCTOBER 13TH
SUMMER TOUR WITH THE CAB
FALL TOUR CONFIRMED WITH CARTEL
Scottsdale, Arizona's The Summer Set is here to keep the warm weather days going all year long with their sunny pop-punk songs. The band formed in 2007, when brothers Stephen and John Gomez, still in high school at the time, decided to start a band with local friends Brian Dales, Jess Bowen and Josh Montgomery. Before they even graduated, the young band self-released their first two EPS and sold over 20,000 copies of both to date. The Summer Set's music has quickly created a large following for this young band with over 7.5 million plays and over 2 million profile views on MySpace.
The band's first full length album, Love Like This (Razor & Tie), will hit stores on October 13th. Produced by Matt Grabe (The Maine, A Rocket to the Moon), the album has additional production by Matt Squire (3OH!3, Taking Back Sunday, Panic at the Disco) and also features a track co-written with Dave Katz and Sam Hollander (Metro Station, Boys Like Girls, and Gym Class Heroes). The infectious sound of The Summer Set's power hooks, swirling synth lines, and catchy lyrics is apparent on the first single "Chelsea," which will be available on iTunes on September 1st .
The Summer Set has toured with bands including Sing It Loud, We Shot The Moon, Everybody Else, Mercy Mercedes, The Pink Spiders. The band is currently on tour with The Cab through August 9th, and will head out this Fall in support of Cartel (tour dates below). Pre-sale starts on August 10th , Public sale on August 14th.
"The Summer Set is poised to conquer venues and capture hearts across the country."- Absolutepunk.net
THE SUMMER SET TOUR DATES HERE
CHECK OUT THE SUMMER SET'S COVER OF USHER'S "LOVE IN THIS CLUB"
DOWNLOAD "Love In This Club" (Usher Cover) FROM THE SUMMER SET (MP3 APPROVED TO POST)
For more The Summer Set, please visit:
The Summer Set Press Materials
The Summer Set's personal Twitter page
August 06, 2009
SHARE "THIS CHRISTMAS" WITH MICHAEL McDONALD
NEW HOLIDAY ALBUM IN STORES SEPTEMBER 29th ON RAZOR & TIE
Five time Grammy award winner, Michael McDonald will release THIS CHRISTMAS September 29th on Razor & Tie Entertainment The new holiday album includes 12 yuletide classics, all infused with McDonald's unmistakable vocal stylings. Performing songs from THIS CHRISTMAS, McDonald will be a featured on both QVC's Q Sessions Live on August 25th and is scheduled to perform on PBS Soundstage (PBS National) to air Thanksgiving weekend. McDonald is currently on the road and will continue tour through the holiday season (full tour dates below).
THIS CHRISTMAS showcases Michael McDonald's twist on holiday favorites such as "Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas" and "White Christmas," as well as McDonald's versions of the Stevie Wonder Motown classic, "What Christmas Means to Me" and the Donny Hathaway song, "This Christmas." The album includes a special duet on "I'll Be Home for Christmas" with his 17 year old daughter, Scarlett.
With a career spanning nearly thirty years, Michael McDonald remains the artist's artist and an enduring presence in popular music. He has enjoyed tremendous commercial and creative success, winning an impressive five Grammys and earned innumerable chart successes, and sales feats. From his early work with Steely Dan and the Doobie Brothers, McDonald's writing and singing lead on songs "Takin' It to the Streets," "What a Fool Believes," "Minute by Minute," and other signature songs, have made him a prominent part of the soundtrack to our times. His solo career includes such hits as "Sweet Freedom," "Yah Mo B There" "On My Own" with Patti LaBelle (which reached #1 on the Pop and R&B charts and #3 on the AC charts), "I Keep Forgettin' (Every Time You're Near)" (reached the top 5 on the Pop charts and the top 10 on both the R&B and AC charts), as well as his platinum selling MOTOWN releases with the hit of the cover "Ain't No Mountain High Enough." Every release highlights the wide breadth of his career and an almost matchless consistency through years of recording and performing.
THIS CHRISTMAS track listing:
1. That's What Christmas Means To Me
2. This Christmas
3. White Christmas
4. Wexford Carol
5. God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen
7. On This Night
8. Children Go Where I Send Thee
9. Every Time Christmas Comes Around
10. O Come, O Come Emanuel
11. I'll Be Home For Christmas
12. Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas
MICHAEL McDONALD tour dates HERE
August 05, 2009
BREAKTHROUGH NEW ARTIST MELINDA WATTS LANDS AT # 17 ON BILLBOARD'S TOP GOSPEL CHART WITH DEBUT CD PEOPLE GET READY
VIDEO FOR FIRST SINGLE "SO GOOD" DEBUTS ON GOSPEL MUSIC CHANNEL
New artist and Winner of the 2008 GOSPEL DREAM competition, is literally living her dream. Her debut CD, PEOPLE GET READY, is a bona-fide hit record charting all the way to a top twenty debut on this week on Billboard's Top Gospel Chart.
Coming in at Number 17 on the music magazine's Gospel chart, PEOPLE GET READY marks a fantastic 1st week overall scan for Watts. Watts also landed at #29 on New Artist chart and # 59 on the Current Christian Chart. This successful first week was supported by a both critical and consumer acclaim. Watts celebrated her release at the Gospel Music Workshop of America, last week with several promotional events, live performances and TV appearances.
The week was book-ended with two live TV performances on Fox 19 in Cincinnati and on Fox Good Day Atlanta. Continuing to make appearances, Watts will continue her promotional tour which will take her to Washington DC, Dallas, Houston and Detroit. She will cap off the month with two outdoor concerts in the New York area for WLIB and WBLS. For more information on Melinda's appearances fans can check out her MySpace and Facebook pages.
"Melinda Watts has done the impossible ... And I love it!" BET.com
"Melinda Watts had demonstrated a captivating stage presence and an expressive voice that she puts to good use on her new album ... proves that she's got a style that is uniquely her own." Billboard
"Watts lays her powerhouse vocals on each track displaying every note of talent." Virginian Pilot
"Watts ... feels like an inspirational waltz" EURWeb
Melinda won Gospel Music Channel's talent competition show, GOSPEL DREAM, last year over thousands of contestants. Her freshman release, PEOPLE GET READY is a bright and dynamic album that showcases her vibrant vocals along with strong production. The celebratory first single, "So Good," has already made waves at Gospel radio and is upbeat pop track that absolutely defies you to get up and dance. Other highlights include the explosive, dance-friendly tracks of "Say Yes," and "Happy" to intimate worship songs like "Available To You," a duet with J. Moss, and her wonderful rendition of "Faith." PEOPLE GET READY is available everywhere on Razor & Tie. Melinda Watts is managed by Mitchell Solarek of Maximum Artist Management.
Melinda Watts You Tube Channel
Melinda Watt Facebook
Melinda Watt Myspace
Melinda Watts Twitter
DEAD CONFEDERATE CO-HEADLINE TOUR WITH MEAT PUPPETS IN SEPTEMBER AND TOUR WITH A PLACE TO BURY STRANGERS IN OCTOBER
WORKING ON LIVE RELEASE
Dead Confederate is currently compiling live material from shows recorded in 2008/2009 for digital and possible limited edition vinyl release that will include rarely performed covers as well as the band's original material. Look for more on this soon. TOUR DATES HERE
Hailing from Athens, Georgia, Dead Confederate's music is best described as intense, lumbering, southern, psychedelic grizzly rock. They burst onto the scene with their self titled EP soon followed by an opening spot for R.E.M. at SXSW in early 2008. Later that year, they released their debut full length album, WRECKING BALL, to innumerable raves from tastemakers and press alike. Rolling Stone selected Dead Confederate as a "Band to Watch" and they made their U.S. television debut on NBC's Late Night With Conan O'Brien" with their first single "The Rat."
Dead Confederate toured the U.S. this past March with fellow Georgians, The Whigs and in April with legendary rockers Dinosaur Jr. The band also stopped in Austin, TX for a number of SXSW shows. They have spent the last few months touring with various bands such as Drive By Truckers, Manchester Orchestra, Yeasayer, the Black Angels, Deerhunter and Black Lips among others and also played U.S. festivals such as Bonnaroo and Sasquatch. WRECKING BALL, was produced by Mike McCarthy (Spoon, Trail of Dead) and was released on TAO/Razor and Tie Entertainment.
"a raw howling take that recalls the darkest moments of nineties grunge." - Rolling Stone
"...atmospheric... sorrowful, searing and Southern virtually in all the right ways." - Spin Magazine
"the seductive blend of country-fried guitar tones and steel-mimicking wails... Morris lacerates his vocal cords that glues it all together so powerfully." - Pitchfork
"Wrecking Ball sounds like Bleach-era Nirvana covering My Morning Jacket...Dead Confederate's alt-country/grunge hybrid doesn't just feel like a compelling debut, it feels like a compelling new genre." - The Onion
"Dead Confederate's wall of sound feels cinematic and atmospheric, loud and beautiful." - NPR
"A hairy American Radiohead." - The UK Telegraph
DEAD CONFEDERATE MUSIC AND VIDEO
NEW DOWNLOAD "IT WAS A ROSE" ACOUSTIC FROM THE WRECKING BALL SESSIONS (MP3 APPROVED TO POST)
Video for "The Rat": Click Here
Video for "Start Me Laughing": Click Here
Performance on NBC's "Late Night With Conan O'Brien": Click Here
Dead Confederate's You Tube channel
ALL THAT REMAINS ON THE COVER OF SPECIAL ISSUE OF ALTERNATIVE PRESS!
BAND CONTINUES ON THE ROAD WITH MAYHEM FEST TOUR THIS SUMMER
All That Remains is featured on the cover of a special Summer of Rock issue of Alternative Press Magazine. The magazine includes a CD with 20 songs and access to 20 free downloads, 4 limited edition guitar picks and more! Get your copy in all Walmart stores or online. For more info, go to AltPress.com.
All That Remains kicked off Rockstar Mayhem Festival on July 10th in Sacramento, CA alongside Marilyn Manson, Slayer, and Trivium. The band is also performing non-festival dates along the way with Killswitch Engage and Bullet For My Valentine. They are also featured on Revolver Magazine for a special Mayhem cover with the likes of Manson, Slayer, and Killswitch Engage. ALL THAT REMAINS TOUR DATES HERE
Massachusetts hard rockers ATR have toured all year in the US and Europe with bands like Slipknot and Disturbed in support of their latest release OVERCOME (which debuted at #16 on the Billboard Top 200 chart last September and has already sold over 175,000 copies). ATR is coming off of a top 10 single ("Two Weeks") at active rock radio and have recently gone to radio with a second single, "Forever in Your Hands."
The band is a mainstay on Active Rock radio charts and their music videos are frequently played on MTV2, Fuse, and shows like Headbangers Ball. Their music is enormously popular on both Rock Band and Guitar Hero 2 video games, resulting in over 100,000 additional individual track downloads.
"Shredding their way to the top of the scene." - Alternative Press
"All That Remains have established themselves as one of heavy music's premier heavies." - Revolver Magazine
"Brutal yet melodic." - Alternative Press
"Intimidating and powerful, OVERCOME is madly heavy, yet somehow manages to balance metal with melody." - Synthesis
"Metal Mavericks." - Decibel
KIDZ BOP ADDS SEASONED EXECUTIVE; NAMES SASHA JUNK VICE PRESIDENT, KIDZ BOP PUBLIC RELATIONS
Sasha Junk has been named Vice President, Public Relations for the best-selling children's music brand KIDZ BOP, based at the company's headquarters in New York City. Sasha joins KIDZ BOP with an extensive background in public relations having worked with premier brands such as AOL, Classic Media, Sony Wonder, 20th Century Fox and Scholastic Entertainment. She brings a wealth of expertise in both corporate and consumer media relations across the entertainment, lifestyle and youth industries.
In her new role for the #1 music brand for kids, Junk will employ her broad experience to develop and promote KIDZ BOP brand platforms including audio and consumer products, website, live events, brand extensions, and strategic partnerships across all media platforms. In addition, she will work closely with the management team to build further momentum for the Company's popular and fast-growing website, KidzBop.com, which recently relaunched with increased functionality, including games, user generated videos and web shows, setting the industry standard for safe social networking for kids under 13. This is third major executive new hire in recent months for KIDZ BOP following the announcements of Liz Nealon as the General Manager and John Fraser as Vice President of Sales & Marketing.
"We've been feeling for awhile that there is a powerful business story to be told about Kidz Bop's ability to deliver integrated marketing solutions for businesses seeking to reach kids 6-11," said Nealon, General Manager KIDZ BOP. "And, we have an exciting new consumer story about the introduction of our Kidz Bop Kids Ensemble of young performers. Sasha's broad experience, spanning both corporate and consumer press, is a perfect fit to our needs."
Junk was most recently the Senior Vice President and Managing Director at The Morris + King Company. There she spearheaded innovative publicity campaigns for the company's client roster including AOL, Classic Media, Dolphin Entertainment (producers of Nickelodeon's hit series "Zoey 101" and "Ned's Declassified"), Broadway Producer Ken Davenport, Marquis Jet, and The Ritz-Carlton Club. From 2002 to 2007 Sasha was the Head of Global Corporate Communications and Publicity at Classic Media, LLC, where she oversaw the worldwide publicity strategies for such classic kids and family brands as Lassie, Underdog, The Lone Ranger, Gumby, Casper the Friendly Ghost, Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer, and Big Idea's Veggie Tales. She also led all corporate communications for Classic Media and served as the official company spokesperson.
Prior to Classic, Junk was an Account Supervisor at the esteemed agency Bender/Helper Impact where she oversaw publicity campaigns for the New York office's family entertainment division, including such accounts as Scholastic Entertainment, Golden Books Family Entertainment, Sony Wonder and Broadway Video Entertainment. She also worked on the high profile accounts 20th Century Fox, Marvel and Lion's Gate. Sasha Junk is a graduate of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
To view an image of Sasha Junk, KIDZ BOP, Vice President, Public Relations please click here: Sasha Junk Image
DAN ZANES AND FRIENDS' NEW DVD THE FINE FRIENDS ARE HERE! COMING SEPTEMBER 22
PACKAGE INCLUDES BONUS 4-SONG AUDIO DISC OF UNRELEASED ZANES TRACKS
"True children's music, but executed with such sweet (and un-gooey!) humor, casual multiculturalism and shambling groove that you can call it your own." The New York Times
Grammy Award winners Dan Zanes and Friends' new live concert DVD The Fine Friends Are Here! will be released September 22nd by Festival Five Records/Razor & Tie Entertainment. This collection of 13 Dan Zanes and Friends favorites includes three new music videos and comes with a bonus audio disc of four, new unreleased solo Zanes songs (including one with his daughter Anna!). The live concert audio will also be available via digital music retailers and danzanes.com.
The Fine Friends Are Here! is Zanes and Friends' first DVD in over four years. The DVD showcases what the band's trademark rollicking concerts are all about and allows kids and fans alike to participate in the wildly popular and regularly sold out experience. This concert performance of the band's favorite songs was shot on location at The Jalopy Theatre in Red Hook, Brooklyn this past winter and features well-known songs from across the Zanes and Friends catalog including "Let's Shake," "Wabash Cannonball," "El Canario" and "Catch That Train!," among others. Two special guests join the band at the show: spoken word artist Caridad de la Luz a.k.a. La Bruja raps on "The Welcome Table" and is featured in the video for "Pollito Chicken" while break dancer David Alan a.k.a. Cyclone appears on "Jump Up" and "Walking the Dog." The DVD also contains three new music videos for the songs "Wonder Wheel," "Pollito Chicken" and "Night Owl."
Zanes says of The Fine Friends Are Here!, "It was a party! I suppose we could have filmed a concert but they are becoming more like parties anyway so it felt like time to capture the perfect Brooklyn distillation of all that makes it special each time we sing and dance with each other. This is by far the most exciting version of Dan Zanes and Friends that I've been a part of and I'd be kicking myself every day if we didn't film the band at the peak of it's musical powers. We called on the craziest and liveliest families in our New York orbit to come squeeze into the Jalopy Theatre with us for an afternoon of merrymaking. Stirring La Bruja and Cyclone into the mix along with the decorative and cinematic eye of the Venezuela/New York production company Dancing Diablo assured that the spirit of the wild party would be created and captured once and for all."
Drawing thousands, Zanes and Friends' live shows, which The New York Times says "are always cause for celebration," have elicited widespread acclaim at home and at their recent appearances in London, Australia, Spain and Bahrain. TOUR DATES HERE.
Zanes began by distributing a homemade cassette at a neighborhood park in New York City's West Village and has since released several Parents Choice Award-winning, bestselling albums including the acclaimed album The Welcome Table: Songs of Inspiration, Mystery & Good Times and Catch That Train!, which won the 2007 Grammy for "Best Musical Album for Children." Music videos for Zanes' songs have aired on The Noggin Network and "Sesame Street" and are currently in rotation on The Disney Channel's "Playhouse Disney.' Zanes has also released two limited edition ukuleles-called the dz flea and the fiesta flea-and two picture books made in collaboration with his illustrator-musician brother-in-law, Donald Saaf (Little, Brown and Company Books).
Dan Zanes and Friends are: Dan Zanes, Colin Brooks, Sonia De Los Santos, John Foti, Saskia Sunshine Lane and Elena Moon Park.
Dan Zanes and Friends' The Fine Friends Are Here Track List:
Water For the Elephants
Jump Up (with David Alan a.k.a. Cyclone)
Cape Cod Girls
The Welcome Table (with Caridad de la Luz a.k.a. La Bruja)
Catch That Train
Walking the Dog (with David Alan a.k.a. Cyclone)
Pollito Chicken (with Caridad de la Luz a.k.a. La Bruja)
BRUSCA UPPED TO RAZOR & TIE VICE PRESIDENT, MEDIA & ARTIST RELATIONS
(New York, NY) - Kerri Brusca has been promoted to Vice President, Media & Artist Relations for Razor & Tie Entertainment, based at the company’s headquarters in New York City. The announcement was made by Razor & Tie Senior Vice President, Sales & Marketing Alyson Shapero to whom she reports. Shapero commented, "In addition to Kerri's extensive music business experience, she is an out-of-the-box strategic thinker who adds value across the company. Her involvement especially on the artist development side always brings great marketing ideas and initiatives for our artists." Brusca joined Razor & Tie in 2007 and was most recently Senior Director, Media & Artist Relations. She oversees media and artist relations across all media platforms as well as corporate initiatives.
Prior to Razor & Tie, Brusca founded and helmed the management and public relations firm, KB Entertainment. From 2003 to 2007 she managed the careers and publicity campaigns for Carly Simon and BeBe Winans as well as actress Jamie Lynn Sigler. She also produced concert events with artists including Carole King, John Fogerty, and Diana Ross. From 2000 to 2003 Kerri was a Senior Account Executive at Kathy Schenker & Associates. There spearheaded innovative publicity campaigns for the company's diverse client roster including Carly Simon, The Who, Tina Turner, No Doubt, Weezer, and Fiona Apple. Brusca began her career at Edelman Public Relations as an account executive, where she created and executed publicity strategies for digital and entertainment accounts including Alloy.com, Barnesandnoble.com and the Olympics. Kerri Brusca is a graduate of Boston University.
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August 04, 2009
ROBIN RIFKIN NAMED VICE PRESIDENT, MEDIA BUYING AND SALES FOR RAZOR & TIE MEDIA
(New York, NY) - Robin Rifkin has been named Vice President, Media Buying & Sales for Razor & Tie Media at the company's headquarters in New York City. With over twenty years in the industry, Rifkin joins the Razor & Tie with an extensive background in media buying and planning for print media, broadcast television, radio, on-line, traditional direct mail, FSI's, and alternative media. Her wealth of expertise includes experience in direct planning and buying with a focus toward optimizing media. At Razor & Tie, Rifkin will oversee the strategic direction and development of accounts as well as all campaigns including planning, negotiating/ investment to optimization and reporting.
The announcement was made by Razor & Tie Entertainment Co-Owners, Cliff Chenfeld and Craig Balsam, to whom Rifkin will report. They comment, "Robin is an experienced and talented executive who we expect to play a significant role in continuing the growth of Razor & Tie Media."
Rifkin was most recently the Vice President Direct Response & Media Director (Vice President Direct Response Media Director) at Zenith Optimedia. From 2004 to 2008, she managed direct media planning and buying for Hewlett Packard's printer and computer lines as well as its subsidiary product Snapfish.com. Her focus was on domestic planning while maintaining a global creative and messaging synergy. Prior to her role at Zenith, Rifkin spent five years at the LLKFB Advertising Agency as the Vice President Media Director working almost exclusively with the pharmaceutical companies Pharmacia, Pfizer, BMS and Abbott Labs for the drugs Celebrex, Bextra, Detrol, Imitrex and Meridia. She also worked on other products such as Ikon office supplies, Lincoln Technical Schools and Viacord cord blood preservation.
Rifkin served in the late nineties as the Vice President Media Director for 1-800-flowers.com where she coordinated between traditional media, interactive and creative and managed all aspects of the branding and direct response campaigns. From 1992 to 1997, she was at Bozell, where she worked on such clients as Bell Atlantic, The New York Times, Mutual of Omaha, FEMA, Merck Manual and Lincoln Technical Schools. As the Vice President Media Director she oversaw a team of 15 in the planning, budgeting and analyzing complex media schedules. She was integral in many successful product launches by executing optimal media buy combinations. Prior to Bozell, Robin was Senior Media Buyer at Wunderman Cato Johnson, where she worked on such clients as AT&T, Time Warner Magazines, American Express, Columbia House Video and Record Club, Prodigy, Nordic Track, Sony Music, Showtime and many others. Rifkin started her Direct Response career at E&M advertising working on traditional DR with clients in categories such as cosmetic, music and exercise equipment. Rifkin is a graduate of Long Island University and teaches Direct Marketing Media course for Women in Marketing.
ORIGINAL MOTION PICTURE SOUNDTRACK FOR SONY PICTURES CLASSICS WHATEVER WORKS IN STORES TODAY
(New York, NY) - The original motion picture soundtrack for the Sony Pictures Classics Woody Allen comedy Whatever Works hits stores today. The album features 13 nostalgic songs from the 30's and 40's golden era of swing, jazz and big band music. Songs include the 1930 Groucho Marx ditty, "Hello I Must Be Going," Jackie Gleason's "If I Could Be With You," Charlie Byrd's "Menina Flor," and the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra performances of "Symphony No. 9 in D Minor, Op. 125," "Wedding March" and "Symphony No. 5 in C Minor." The Film's star, Larry David, also sings a unique version of "Happy Birthday To You" as featured throughout the movie.
Whatever Works is the latest from the legendary Woody Allen and stars Larry David (Curb Your Enthusiasm), Patricia Clarkson, Evan Rachel Wood, Michael McKean, Kristen Johnson and Ed Begley Jr. Larry David stars as Boris, a misanthropic man who trades his upper class life for a much more bohemian existence. In doing so, he strikes up a May-December romance with Melody (played by Evan Rachel Wood). Whatever Works was released in New York and Los Angeles on June 19th and will be released in other cities nationwide by July 3rd. Early reviews include the New York Observer rave, "Whatever Works is Woody Allen exactly as you want your Woody Allen to be. It's witty, dark, poignant, zany and hilarious, and showcases a New York filtered through the Allen lens as we've never seen it before."
This release follows Razor & Tie Entertainment's recent soundtrack success with the platinum motion picture soundtrack to the Fox mega-hit Alvin and the Chipmunks. Other recent releases include the soundtracks to the Dreamworks/Paramount film Hotel for Dogs, the Warner Premiere release The Clique and Another Cinderella Story, and the film score to the FOX smash hit film Taken.
WHATEVER WORKS Soundtrack track list:
1. Hello I Must Be Going - Groucho Marx and Cast
2. Salty Bubble - Tom Sharpsteen and His Orlandos
3. Butterfly By - Heinz Kiessling
4. Honeymoon Swoon- Werner Tautz
5. If I Could Be With You (One Hour Tonight) - Jackie Gleason
6. Symphony No. 9 in D Minor, Op. 125 - Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
7. Wedding March - Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
8. Symphony No. 5 in C Minor Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
9. Desafinado - Stan Getz and Charlie Byrd
10. Spring Will Be A Little Late This Year - Red Garland
11. Menina Flor - Charlie Byrd
12. Auld Lang Syne - Dick Hyman & His Orchestra
13. Happy Birthday To You - Larry David
August 03, 2009
THIRTEEN'S AMERICAN MASTERS EXPLORES FIFTY YEARS OF FOLK LEGEND AND HUMAN RIGHTS ACTIVIST JOAN BAEZ IN JOAN BAEZ: HOW SWEET THE SOUND, AIRING OCTOBER 14 ON PBS
FEATURES RARE PERFORMANCE FOOTAGE AND CANDID INTERVIEWS WITH DAVID CROSBY, BOB DYLAN, EX-HUSBAND DAVID HARRIS, REVEREND JESSE JACKON, ROGER MCGUINN, AND MORE
(New York, NY) - Joan Baez made her debut appearance at the Newport Folk Festival in 1959. Fifty years later, she is returning to that same Rhode Island stage on August 2 as she continues her worldwide tour in celebration of her 50 years as a performer and in support of her Grammy-nominated CD, DAY AFTER TOMORROW (Razor & Tie).
In the first comprehensive documentary to chronicle the private life and public career of Joan Baez, American Masters examines her history as a recording artist and performer as well as her remarkable journey as the conscience of a generation in JOAN BAEZ: HOW SWEET THE SOUND, premiering nationally Wednesday, October 14, 2009 at 8 p.m. (ET) on PBS (check local listings). The film coincides with the DVD/CD release on October 13th on Razor & Tie. This DVD/CD will feature the film with bonus content and an audio CD of music from the film. The audio CD contains rare live performances and studio recordings that span her career.
American Masters is a production of THIRTEEN in association with WNET.ORG - one of America's most prolific and respected public media providers.
"From an early age, Joan Baez had the courage of her convictions," says Susan Lacy, series creator and executive producer of American Masters, a six-time winner of the Emmy Award for Outstanding Primetime Non-Fiction Series. "Her artistry and her commitment to human rights make her a musical and political force as relevant today as when she first started."
Following Baez on her 2008/2009 world tour, the filmmakers captured Baez in performance as well as in intimate conversations with individuals whose lives parallel hers. From a stop in Sarajevo, Bosnia to revisit the scene of Joan's courageous trip to that war-torn city in the middle of the 1993 siege, to Nashville, Tennessee, where she joined Steve Earle to talk about their collaboration on Joan's 2008 Grammy-nominated album DAY AFTER TOMORROW, the film allows viewers an unprecedented level of access to Ms. Baez.
Shot in high definition with a natural, filmic look, Joan is also joined on screen by Bob Dylan, David Crosby, Roger McGuinn and Reverend Jesse Jackson, among others, to illuminate this extraordinary life. Rich historical archival footage - Baez' controversial visit to North Vietnam, where she is seen praying with the residents of Hanoi during the heaviest bombing of the war; Martin Luther King Jr. outside a California prison where he visited Joan to offer his support after she was jailed for staging a protest; Joan at her first Newport Folk Festival in 1959 and Joan as a teenager performing at the historic Club 47 - is woven into the story so viewers can experience scenes from Joan's life that have never been uncovered.
The grit of the film is Baez' power as a musician - from her tentative teenage years in the Cambridge, Mass coffee houses to her emergence onto the world stage and the 50-year career that followed - Joan Baez is a musical force of nature and this film captures her strength as a performer and the influence she has brought to bear on successive generations of artists
JOAN BAEZ: HOW SWEET THE SOUND is a co-production Razor & Tie Entertainment and THIRTEEN in association with WNET.ORG. The film is produced by Mark Spector and Mary Wharton and directed by Wharton. Susan Lacy is the series creator and executive producer of American Masters.
American Masters is produced for PBS by THIRTEEN. To take American Masters beyond the television broadcast and further explore the themes, stories, and personalities of masters past and present, the companion Web site offers interviews, essays, photographs, outtakes, and other resources. American Masters is made possible by the support of the National Endowment for the Arts and by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting. Additional funding for American Masters is provided by Rosalind P. Walter, The Blanche & Irving Laurie Foundation, Jack Rudin, The Andre and Elizabeth Kertesz Foundation, and public television viewers.
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