Album and Single Releases

Feeder return with new single ‘Borders’

On January 29th 2012, British rock institution Feeder return with new single ‘Borders’, which will be followed by ‘Generation Freakshow’ their 8th studio album on March 26th.

A classic and invigorating rock anthem dedicated to freedom and escape, ‘Borders’ is bolstered with Feeder’s trademark; irrepressible choruses and huge tidal wave guitars. Released across limited edition CD single, 7′ vinyl and retro cassette, all formats feature new and previously unreleased b-sides.

Feeder’s last, heavily-praised album ‘Renegades’ saw the band reinvigorated by recording and releasing on their own imprint – Big Teeth Music, free from the constraints of a major label. This refreshing set of working conditions resulted in a return to their earlier, more raw and heavy days.

Following up, ‘Borders’ marks an amalgamation of the best bits of Feeders’ various aural incarnations over the years which sees the band at a vital, energised and passionate new peak.

Following 25 hit singles, 5 million record sales and a double platinum singles collection, the Feeder juggernaut thunders on, with no intention of slowing down.

January 30th Lemon Grove, Exeter
January 31st Koko, London
February 2nd Kasbah, Coventry
February 3rd Ironworks, Inverness

Feeder are Grant Nicholas and Taka Hirose.

Rock & Pop syllabus available from January at Trinity College London

Trinity College London has today revealed details of its eagerly awaited Rock & Pop syllabus available from January 2012, with information about the graded song-lists, song books and exam structure online at www.trinityrock.com from 14 December 2011.

This new syllabus for Rock & Pop has been designed to reflect the diverse and often creative ways that rock & pop musicians learn, and is suitable for students of all ages and abilitites. Whether they are self-taught or taking lessons, learning for fun or heading for a career in the music industry, these new exams for guitar, bass, drums, vocals and keyboards will help musicians develop valuable playing skills and achieve their musical ambitions. Extensive graded song-lists range from the classics to recent releases including the Rolling Stones, David Bowie, the Kinks, Kings of Leon, Radiohead, Muse, Rihanna, Jessie J and many more.

Song-lists have been revealed as well as the first glimpse of the song books available from January 2012, including some sample audio and sheet music. The books will include six songs for each grade (Initial to Grade 8) with professionally recorded backing and demo tracks, helpful background notes and performance hints and tips. The first tranche of early grade books will be on sale from late January 2012 in-store and online via the new Rock & Pop download store. The release of the books and online downloads for the later grades will swiftly follow during the first half of 2012.

A team of experienced musicians worked on the arrangements and audio tracks including Ben Hillyard on bass, George Double on drums, Tom Fleming on guitar, Oliver Weeks on keyboards and Alison Symons, Bo Walton and Brendan Reilly on vocals. The tracks were recorded at The Limehouse Studios in London and mixed and mastered by music producer, session musician and performing guitarist Tom Fleming.

Trinity College London’s Rock & Pop syllabus and supporting publications have been devised and produced in association with Faber Music and Peters Edition London.

For more details about Rock & Pop exams including the song-lists, exam structure, details about Session Skills and entering for an exam visit www.trinityrock.com. The Rock & Pop brochure is available to download from the website and you can register your interest to be kept up to date with Rock & Pop news. You can also join Rock & Pop on Facebook and Twitter to keep up with all of the latest Rock & Pop news, reviews, debates and learning hints and tips. @Trinity_Rock, www.trinityrock.com/facebook.

Tessa Kautzman Offering 2 Free Songs.

Kautzman manages to evade the clichés of the singer/songwriter genre despite keeping elements such as the plaintive strumming of a lonely acoustic or vocals that are forcefully and heartrendingly aching. Although drawing from a multitude of influences to create her own sound and atmosphere, Kautzman’s music has been said to flow in a similar vein as that of Feist, Sharon Van Etten and Neko Case.

Shredded Eagle, Sad Tambourine was released earlier this Fall, and is available on:
- her Bandcamp page, http://tessakautzman.bandcamp.com/
- and on iTunes, http://itunes.apple.com/us/artist/tessa-kautzman/id467961974?ign-mpt=uo%3D4

Fans can follow Tessa on Facebook, here: http://www.facebook.com/TessaKautzman

Tyler Matl’s Debut CD Wonderstruck NOW Available!

17 year old singer songwriter Tyler Matl from Hendersonville, TN released his long awaited debut album Wonderstruck last Friday 11/11/11.

It is available on i tunes, amazon, CD baby and other digital distributors. His physical CD is also available through CD Baby and will soon be available on his website www.tylermatl.com

Tyler can be found at www.facebook.com/tylermatl, www.reverbnation.com/tylermatl and most other social networking sites. His Pop/Country/Indie Rock Style music is something that will appeal to everyone.

The Saturdays preview new album to fans

The Saturdays are offering fans the chance to unlock previews of tracks from their forthcoming album ‘On Your Radar’ which is out on 21st November.

Fans can go to the girls official website www.thesaturdays.co.uk and access a voting system through their facebook and twitter accounts to promote the song they would most like to be unlocked for preview. Early favourites appear to be the girls track with Travie McCoy ‘The Way You Watch Me’ as well as ‘Faster’ which have both been unlocked for 90 second streams to be heard by all fans. Big ballad ‘Last Call’ looks like the track the fans next most want to hear but it still needs more votes before it will be unlocked.

The Saturdays have instantly made their top 10 smashes ‘Notorious’ and ‘All Fired Up’ available to stream plus forthcoming single ‘My Heart Takes Over’

Turin Brakes to tour the ‘The Optimist’ November

Turin Brakes

Turin Brakes

In November Turin Brakes will be performing their Mercury music nominated, platinum selling debut album “The Optimist”. Turin Brakes’ Olly Knights and Gale Paridjanian start the tour on Nov 7th at The Cambridge Junction, play London’s Koko on 11th and finish in Sheffield on 24th.

In 2001 Turnin Brakes shimmering acoustic guitars, vocal harmonies as soft and refreshing as a gentle summer breeze ‘ were captured perfectly on their 2001 debut album, The Optimist, featuring songs such as Underdog (Save Me) and Emergency 72.

‘We have never duplicated the sound of that first record,’ says Gale. ‘It’s an iconic album. We’ve since made records that have been just as good, but that one captured some sort of zeitgeist. On the surface it was melancholy, but underneath it was hopeful. That’s why we called it The Optimist.’

The Optimist November Tour dates and ticket details are

Nov
Mon 7th Cambridge Junction
Tue 8th Oxford Academy 2
Wed 9th Bournemouth Fire Station
Fri 11th London Koko
Sat 12th Bristol Thekia
Sun 13th Norwich Waterfront
Wed 16th Nottingham Rescue Rooms
Thur 17th Northumbria University
Fri 18th Manchester Cathedral
Sun 20th Glasgow ABC
Mon 21st Edinburgh Queens Hall
Thur 24th Sheffield Leadmill

Tickets all priced £18.00 except London (£23) and Manchester (£19.50)

Linkin Park’s new tracks will ‘polarise’

Chester Bennington

Chester Bennington

Chester Bennington of Linkin Park thinks the album they’re recording will polarise, and he’s happy about it.

The platinum tantrum-rockers have been in the studio recording the follow-up to last year’s worldwide chart-topper A Thousand Suns.

Singer Chester Bennington spoke UK metal mag Kerrang! about the process over the last two months and he’s happy that they’re pushing the boundaries.

“The music is great and we’re well ahead of where we’re expecting to be,’ he revealed. ‘There aren’t a whole lot of noises going on, but there are a lot of good songs. It will probably get a very polarised reaction. Which pleases me. As an artist, I want a reaction.”

He says they’ve also learnt how to write “serious songs and serious lyrics.’

‘We’ve learned how to deal with politics, faith and other things,’ he warns. ‘Those are things that can get preachy really quickly, which we don’t want to do. So you need to learn to talk to people and not at people.”

The band are currently doing the European Summer festival circuit and look to have a touring gap from July 4 to September 6 to go back into the studio.

Dolly Parton announces new album.

Dolly Parton announces new album.

Dolly Parton announces new album.

Dolly Parton has announced that her next album will be titled Better Day and it will be available sometime in June or July. Among the twelve Parton originals on the album are four that Dolly wrote for the Broadway show 9 to 5: The Musical ‘ ‘I Just Might, ‘Shine Like the Sun’, ‘Get Out’, and ‘Let Love Grow’.

Dolly said about the new album, “I wanted to do an album that would be very uplifting and positive, as well as inspirational. Times are hard all over. I think people need to feel better and I thought Better Day was a perfect title because it says ‘hope.’ I always think every album is better than the last one.at least I strive for that. I wrote all the songs for this one; plus, I think it may be a little more contemporary than what I usually do.”

The first single, ‘Together You and I’, will be released on May 26 to coincide with a performance of the song on the Ellen DeGeneres Show.

Track List:
1. In the Meantime
2. Just Leaving
3. Missing You
4. Together You & I
5. Country Is
6. Holding Everything
7. The Sacrafice
8. I Just Might
9. Better Day
10. Shine Like the Sun
11. Get Out
12. Let Love Grow

Lady Gaga finishes third album

Pop megastar Lady Gaga tweeted that she’s finished her third album. She has polished off the album in an unlikely musical spot: the Midwest US state of Nebraska.

She tweeted: “In Nebraska, finishing up record today. I’m so proud of the album: I keep dancing+drinking: metal/techno rock journey of a woman on the run.”

She also tweeted a photo of herself, stamped ‘GAGA’ in red and displaying the release date of her album, and showing off the new, weird facial accoutrements that give her severe cheekbones and sharp eyebrows.

The album’s self-titled single has now spent five weeks at the top of the Billboard charts.

Born This Way the album will be released on May 23

The Cars Release Brand-New Single, ‘Blue Tip’

The Cars Release Brand-New Single

The Cars Release Brand-New Single

 The Cars are back on the scene after 24 years with the release of a music video featuring their new single, “Blue Tip.”

The single is from the forthcoming album, Moves Like This, which will be in stores on May 10.  The album features all the original members of The Cars except for bassist Benjamin Orr, who died in 2000.

Fans can check out the video at The Cars’ official Facebook page.

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