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Baby Alpaca – “Sea of Dreams” (Turbotito Remix) + EP

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“…the first single, “Sea of Dreams,” an ethereal torch song that showcases Mr. Kittrell’s haunting KD-Lang-esque vocals, exploded on the Web.” - New York Times

“…I love the threat of a trance song lurking beneath such sleepy-eyed vocals…” – FADER

“…Sea of Dreams, which channels The Smiths with it’s dreamy, light dada-rock production – think soft, romantic rock that makes you feel all warm and fuzzy on the inside. His debut EP ranges from playful to emotional, but always leaves you impressed.“ - Disco Naïveté

“My dreams are never like Chris Kitrell’s “Sea of Dreams,” but I wish they were.” – NPR’s Bob Boilen

After releasing their critically acclaimed self-titled debut EP in June, Baby Alpaca has spent time in Los Angeles (opening for Best Coast) and recorded and played in Seattle, Portland, Chris’ hometown Cincinnati and their home in New York for the CMJ Festival.The band is working on a full-length album, but before that they’ll release the Strictly Sexual EP on March 2nd via Atlas Chair. The EP consists of remixes by Shaun J. Wright & Alinka, Druzzi from The Rapture, Alex Suarez & Illyse / aka asis, Turbotito, TheArtSnobs and WYNN from Twin Shadow and showcases a wide emotional landscape around the gorgeous original song structures.

Today, NOWNESS has premiered the Chris Kittrell directed music video for “Sea of Dreams” (Turbotito Remix) which you can see here.

Last year, Vice’s NOISEY premiered the official “Wild Child” music video directed by Brian Leckrone and Adrian Stucker in the outskirts of Palm Springs in between the Coachella weekends.  You can hear two brand new tracks “Island of Love” and “When I See You Again” in their recent Daytrotter session HERE.

When trying to identify the music made by NYC band Baby Alpaca, it’s perhaps easier to try and figure out what the music is NOT. Judging by the music on the band’s first proper EP, it’s easy to say that this is definitely not your standard indie rock fare: an autoharp is involved, as well as both live and programmed beats and a smattering of guitars. The music eschews any musical tropes typically assigned to wispy bedroom electronica, beardy folk music, or the new wave of alternative R&B, but it could perhaps exist as a distant cousin to all of those things. Buoyed aloft by the winsome vocals of front man Chris Kittrell and shaped by the guitar styling of Zach McMillan, Baby Alpaca make music that is both romantic, vaguely tropical, and sufficiently futuristic—music that seems born of a million dramatic road trips that might provide a suitable soundtrack for a million more.

The four songs on the Baby Alpaca EP make for a striking, remarkably blissed-out statement of intent. The EP’s first single, “Sea of Dreams” (whose Dada-esque video premiered earlier this year via NPR.org) is as fitting an introduction as any band could hope to have: all echo-chamber vocals that seem to be haunted by reverby guitar lines and gently-played piano notes that drift through the song like ghosts. Tracks like “Wild Child” and “On The Roam” evoke a palpable sense of modern restlessness, something that permeates all of Baby Alpaca’s music. It’s a feeling that Kittrell attributes to his own meandering youth—a time spent experimenting, studying, travelling, and trying to locate his own creative voice.

“A lot of this music is about running away,” explains Kittrell, “I don’t mean that in a escapist kind of way, but more in terms of exploration. So much of my life has been about running away from tradition and traditional ways of thinking, which seeps into the music we make together. It’s about discovery. It’s not so much about running away from something bad, but rather running towards something really beautiful.”

Baby Alpaca continues to turn heads with their sublime use of sound and vision, both in a live setting and via the creation of new songs and video productions.

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Listen: Baby Alpaca – “Wild Child” (Shaun J. Wright & Alinka Remix)

Baby Alpaca – Strictly Sexual remix EP track list:
01. Run With You (Druzzi Remix)
02. Run With You  (asis Remix)
03. Wild Child (WYNN Remix)
04. Sea of Dreams (Turbotito Remix)
05. Wild Child (Shaun J. Wright & Alinka Remix)
06. Wild Child (TheArtSnobs Remix)

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Escape to New York Festival

From the creator of the Secret Garden Party UK is the first ever Escape to New York Festival.

The festival includes: three days/nights of some of the best emerging and known musical acts to heard, the world’s biggest brunch at a live music festival, installation and performance art, experimental theater, high-end camping, aka “glamping,” and amazing culinary delights unlike any other festival event.

When?

Friday, Aug. 5th and Saturday, Aug. 6th @ 11 AM until 11:30 PM

Sunday , Aug. 7TH @12:00 PM until 11:00 PM.

It will take place on the Shinnecock Reservation adjacent to Southampton, New York.

Main Stage Line-Up!!!

Friday, August 5th: PATTI SMITH, Best Coast, Chairlift, Lissy Trullie, The Postelles, The Static Jacks

 Saturday, August 6th: EDWARD SHARPE AND THE MAGNETIC ZEROS, The Vaccines, The Psychedelic Furs, White Rabbits, Au Revoir Simone, The Submarines, Graffiti 6

 Sunday, August 7th: OF MONTREAL, The Jolly Boys, Mates of State, Reptar, Tiger Love, Savoir Adore

Guess what? If you live in the NYC area, you have a chance at winning free tix!

Find a bunny near
you, take a picture with the bunny for a chance to win a set of tickets to the
upcoming Escape to New York festival by submitting your photo to www.facebook.com/escape2ny or www.twitter.com/escape2ny.

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UPDATE for B.O.M.B. Fest

Citing strong early ticket sales for the 3rd Annual Bring Our Music Back Festival (B.O.M.B. Fest) B.O.M.B. Fest has outgrown it’s original site and is proud to announce its move to The Comcast Theatre in Hartford, CT.

The festival marks the first time that The Comcast Theatre has hosted a non-profit event, and never one as unique as B.O.M.B. Fest. Organized by Frank Bombaci, Sr. and Frank Bombaci, Jr., B.O.M.B. Fest 2011 brings together some of the biggest names in hip-hop, alternative and indie rock, with all proceeds from the festival going to providing music scholarships, music enrichment and education
programs, music and healing initiatives and community support and outreach. Last year’s festival raised money for The Hole in the Wall Gang Camps, Connecticut Children’s Hospital, YPI Camp, and The Lyman Allyn Museum.

In addition to national talent, festival guests will experience more than over 25 local acts across multiple stages, delicious food vendors, unique craft vendors and one-of a kind art installations, all complemented by Comcast Theatre’s professional amenities – clean bathrooms, spacious parking lots and state of the art sound systems.

Two-day passes are $99 and are currently available via the official festival website. Advance single-day tickets are also on sale now at $60 via www.bombfest.com. A short ride from New York City, Boston, and Philadelphia, and more, B.O.M.B. Fest remains the East Coast’s most readily accessible music festival. Stay tuned for new announcements about the festival, including the festival’s local line-up, as well as onsite details shortly.

SATURDAY, May 28
Weezer, Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros, George Clinton & Parliament/Funkadelic, Best
Coast, HEALTH, Titus Andronicus, RJD2, Wavves, EOTO, The Cool Kids, Dan Deacon,
The Felice Brothers, ESKMO, Real Estate, Woods, Free Energy, Roots of Creation,
David Wax Museum, Turbo Fruits

SUNDAY, May 29
Snoop Dogg, Wiz Khalifa, Coheed and Cambria, Against Me!,
Shpongle presents The Shpongletron Experience, Neon Trees, The New
Pornographers, State Radio, Dam-Funk, Dum Dum Girls, Man Man, Holy F**k,
Portugal. The Man, Freelance Whales, Quintron and Miss Pussycat, Daedelus, 12th
Planet, Nosaj Thing, Toubab Krewe, Big Freedia, Christine Ohlman & Rebel
Montez, The Hood Internet, Small Black, River City Extension, Walk the
Moon

The Comcast Theatre is located at 61 Savitt Way,
Hartford, CT 06120.

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2011 B.O.M.B. Fest!

The 3rd Annual Bring Our Music Back Festival (B.O.M.B. Fest) is back and bigger than ever! Bring Our Music Back, Inc. along with Frank Bombaci, Sr. and Frank Bombaci, Jr. are proud to announce the diverse group of artists that has been assembled for 2011. Watch the lineup announcement HERE. For the first time, this year’s festival, taking place over Memorial Day Weekend (May 28-29), will be at the Festival Grounds of B.O.M.B. Fest’s new site partner, Western Connecticut State University in Danbury, CT — a short train ride from New York City, Boston, Providence and Philadelphia.  Tickets go on sale via BombFest.com at 6 a.m. EST on March 4th.
 
B.O.M.B. Fest 2011 has assembled its most ambitious lineup to date, bringing together some of the best names in hip-hop, alternative and indie rock, giving the East Coast its own premiere music festival. The price for two-day passes will cost $109. Official festival website can be found at www.bombfest.com.
 
All proceeds from the festival will benefit Bring Our Music Back, Inc. which is committed to providing music scholarships, music enrichment and education programs, music and healing initiatives and community support and outreach. In addition, one of this year’s charitable initiatives includes the creation of an Emerging Artist Scholarship Fund at Western Connecticut State University.
 
2011 B.O.M.B. Fest Lineup:
Weezer     
Snoop Dogg
Wiz Khalifa
Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros
Coheed And Cambria
Neon Trees
State Radio
George Clinton & Parliament/Funkadelic
The New Pornographers
Shpongle presents The Shpongletron Experience 
Against Me!
Best Coast
HEALTH
RJD2
Titus Andronicus
The Cool Kids
Wavves
EOTO
Portugal. The Man
Man Man
Dum Dum Girls
The Felice Brothers
Dam-Funk
Freelance Whales
Holy Fuck
Daedelus
Quintron and Miss Pussycat
Dan Deacon
12th Planet
Free Energy
Woods
Real Estate 
Nosaj Thing
The Hood Internet
Toubab Krewe
ESKMO    
Small Black
River City Extension
Big Freedia
David Wax Museum 
Roots of Creation
Christine Ohlman & Rebel Montez
Walk the Moon
Also featuring more than 25 local artists!
 
About Bring Our Music Back, Inc.:
BRING OUR MUSIC BACK, INC. is dedicated to the enrichment of life through music. Our mission is to support burgeoning musical talent, programs and services in our communities by fostering the artistic development of youth preserving music as a viable art form. Bring Our Music Back, Inc. is all about MUSIC WITH PURPOSE! Some of the enrichment initiatives championed by Bring Our Music Back, Inc. include artist mentorships and music scholarships, music enrichment and education programs, music and healing initiatives, community support and music awareness and community and cultural outreach. Bring Our Music Back, Inc. is proud to support music therapy programs with the Connecticut Children’s Medical Center and Hospice of Connecticut.
www.bringourmusicback.org

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Free Christmas Songs!

Target has partnered with some of music’s finest contemporary artists to help get everyone into the swing of the holiday season with a free holiday soundtrack, The Christmas Gig. The soundtrack (which includes a Best Coast and Wavves collaboration as well as tracks by Coconut Records and Crystal Antlers) is an exclusive album of original holiday tracks available as a free download at Target.com/HolidayAlbum
 
Each of the songs on Target’s holiday soundtrack captures a holiday experience as told from the perspective of a contemporary artist. The collection is an eclectic mix of music that includes country, folk, hip-hop, Latin, and pop- from the soulful “Mrs. Claus Ain’t Got Nothin’ on Me” by Little Jackie to the comforting “Tiny Tree Christmas” by Guster to an unforgettable Latin song “Super Mama” by The Pinker Tones.  

Also, Sleepy Rebels have a free sugary-sweet mp3 available called “California Christmas.” Songwriters, producers and multi-instrumentalists Jeremy Adelman and Bruce Driscoll began making music together when Bruce and his sister, Brazilian-American singer/songwriter Erica Driscoll, were looking for a drummer for their band Astaire (now Blondfire). After recommending many great drummers, Adelman, who had been a performing member (keyboards & trumpet) of Brookville, touring with Goldfrapp and Tahiti 80, realized he had always wanted to play drums in a band, and volunteered to fill the seat himself.
 
At the same time Adelman began asking Bruce and Erica to sing on a variety of compositions he was creating for his day job as a music composer for TV, film & advertising. By 2007 the three artists had become constant collaborators and friends, and decided to create Sleepy Rebels to capture their collaborative energies.

Click here to listen and download “California Christmas”

Okay, one more! Little & Ashley are a cute little duo that you may have heard on the Amazon Kindle commercials. They have released their Winter Night EP featuring two new songs and a playful cover of “Baby It’s Cold Outside.” In addition to the holiday EP being available digitally on Amazon, the title track “Winter Night” is currently offered as a free MP3 download in Amazon’s “25 Days Of Free”. 

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New Single From The Go! Team

The last album from The Go! Team was Proof of Youth in 2007. In January next year, we’ll get a new album, Rolling Blackouts. This album will have spots featuring  Satomi Matsuzaki from Deerhoof and Bethany Cosentino from Best Coast.

Click here to check out Pitchfork’s interview with Ian Parton AND listen to the new single “T.O.R.N.A.D.O.”

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