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Let’s Try Scuba Diving

As he gets ready to put on an unforgettable performance of his album Lillian at NYC’s Le Poisson Rouge on October 25th, Ben Lear is sharing a free mp3 of one of its tracks, “Scuba Lessons.”

Lillian is a compelling tale of love, loss, and an underwater adventure with sea creatures and an island made of floating trash.  An activist who has performed at events for the United Nations and TEDx, Lear was inspired to make Lillian a parable about pollution in our oceans after learning about the Great Pacific Garbage Patch – a giant gyre of plastic bottles, tires, and other debris floating in the ocean between California and Japan.  Activism runs in the Lear family, as Ben is the son of activist and TV legend, writer/producer Norman Lear (All in the Family, The Jeffersons, Sanford and Son).

The October 25th performance of Lillian will bring Lear’s vivid story to life with an ambitious staging that includes plastic bottle light sculptures (designed and built by Ben himself), costumes, a 15-piece band and orchestra, gospel choir, and projected animation.

Click here to watch Ben construct Lillian light sculptures for NYC show

Lillian is the story of a young man kept awake by the fear that he’s watching his lover, who sleeps soundly in bed, drift away from him, becoming one of the many things he’s lost in his life.  He determines that all the things we lose in our lives end up in an island of trash floating in the Pacific Ocean.  And, in a desperate attempt to reclaim these things, he sets off on a scuba-diving journey to that island.

Lear elaborates, “During ‘Scuba Lessons,’ the diver remembers when he and Lillian learned to dive on a family trip to Hawaii.  It’s a bit of an aha moment when he realizes that’s how he’ll rescue her from sea, by diving to the Garbage Patch.”

Download: Ben Lear – “Scuba Diving”

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Noel Gallagher’s Gone Solo

Photo: Foxtrot Films

Noel Gallagher is back as a solo artist, with his album Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds having a US release date of November 8. The album will have those tinges of Oasis that we all love and miss along with something totally new…experimental ragtime brass. Noel’s also at work on a second solo release for next year, while working with British electronic duo Amorphous Androgynous.

The following is from Spin’s interview with Mr. Gallagher:

Most Oasis fans wouldn’t expect Noel Gallagher to experiment with ragtime horns or dance music.
“In their essence these songs don’t sound like a weird departure. People will still get them. The songs haven’t suffered because of the style. When a lot of musicians change styles their songwriting suffers because they want to be different. I don’t want to be different. I still write great songs, and if I stumble across a different avenue then I’ll go with it. Other than that, I’m not looking to be stylistically different.”

What about your album with British electronic and psych-rock duo Amorphous Androgynous?
“It sounds a bit like Pink Floyd’s Dark Side of the Moon. The sound is similar to High Flying Birds, but more psychedelic and tripped out. It’s not an electronic project. People are jumping to that conclusion because Amorphous Androgynous used to be an electronic outfit. I’m not even sure what the album’s title is going to be yet. I’m just fucking about with the mixes now. When will it be out? In my head, next summer. But if High Flying Birds is a success, then not until next winter.”

After Oasis’ split in August 2009 you weren’t sprinting out of the gate to release an album…
“I don’t live to work; I work to live. Being in Oasis was great, and I enjoyed every single last second of it. Well, maybe not the last five minutes [laughs]. It was nice to get off tour, go home and sit in a chair and wait for the kids to come home from school. I did that for two years. What’s not to fucking like about that? There’s enough music in the world. There are enough rock stars. I would never want to chase fame or success, like, ‘I’ve got to do something or people will forget about me.’ I was hoping people would forget about me.”

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New Track: The Raveonettes “Forget That You’re Young”

Photo: Last.fm

Next month Raven in the Grave comes out from The Raveonettes. For now, check this out: Forget That You’re Young

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Highly Anticipated: New Digitalism

Out November 9, 2010 (US) on Kitsune

Digitalism has debuted a teaser for their first new track in THREE years! Click here for a taste of “Blitz” which SPIN calls “…fresh Daft Punk-like beats and moody rhythms similar to Interpol.”

Discovering a galaxy of new sounds and rhythmic activity, all reports indicate that the duo are almost ready to bring their collective movements back to earth when they release their long awaited second album next year. Their 2007 debut LP Idealism stood out among a sea of similar-minded acts, attributed to their ability to so deftly walk the line of rock and electronic, and prompting Pitchfork to iterate that among their peers “Digitalism turn out to be the artists probably most dedicated of all to the idea of merging rock and electronic dance music.”

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Menomena’s New Album: Mines

The band hailing from Portland known as Menomena have finished their LOOOONG awaited new album Mines. Aaaaah, remember the gem “Wet and Rusting” from 2007’s Friend and Foe? (Pssst…there’s also a Wet and Rusting EP with a couple remixes to check out here!) Mines isn’t released until the 27th BUT guess what?! You can listen to the album in its entirety via streaming on NPR!!! Click here to go check it out!

Be SURE to listen to “Tithe,” “Lunchmeat” and my favorite, “Dirty Cartoons.”

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Setting Sun & Quitzow

Last month I posted about Setting Sun and their new album Fantasurreal. I also posted a link in March to their video for “Driving.”

WELL, they’ve released a new video for “Make You Feel” and have announced tour dates including one here!!! Hooray!!!

Click to watch the new video for "Make You Feel"

Setting Sun is touring with Quitzow, another band who share four band members between them and Setting Sun. Kinda cool, huh?

Click to watch Quitzow's video for "Cherry Blossom"

Setting Sun + Quitzow Summer Tour Dates:

 7/15 Philadelphia, PA  @ Milkboy (All Ages)

7/16  Washington, DC @ TBA

7/17 Greenville, NC @ Tipsy Teapot (All Ages)

7/18 Chapel Hill, NC @ TBA

7/21 Columbus, GA @ Soho (All Ages)

7/22 Atlanta, GA  @ Wonderoot (All Ages)

7/24 Memphis, TN @ Murphy’s

7/25  Little Rock, AK @ Rev Room

7/27 Norman, OK @ The Deli

7/28  Amarillo, TX @ The 806 (All Ages)

7/29 El Paso, TX @ Zenmeister  

7/30 Tucson, AZ – Solar Culture (All Ages)

7/31 Phoenix, AZ @ The Dressing Room

8/2 Los Angeles, CA @ Viper Room

8/3 San Francisco, CA @ Rickshaw Stop

8/4 Eugene, OR @ Muse Lounge

8/5 Portland, OR @ The Woods

8/6 Seattle, WA @ The Comet

8/7 Monroe, WA @ Eddies Trackside

8/9 Boise, ID @ The Bouquet

8/10 Salt Lake City, UT @ TBA

8/11 Denver, CO  @ TBA

8/12 Omaha, NE @ The Waiting Room

8/13  Des Moines, IA @ Vaudeville Mews

8/14 Chicago, IL @ Reggie’s Music Joint

8/15 Indianapolis, IN @ Melody Inn

8/16 Pittsburgh, PA @ Garfield Artworks

8/17 New York, NY @ TBA

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New Music Tuesday: We Are Scientists

The new We Are Scientists album Barbara is out today. It says something when I immediately purchase an album with out even previewing it. That’s what I did just a few minutes ago. Maybe because one of the songs is titled “Pittsburgh”.

UPDATE: Aaaaaaaaaaand they are coming! We Are Scientists are playing a show at Brillobox on Sunday, August 15th. 9:30 pm. $15

Get tix here

Check it out over at Amie Street (and get it for $5 while you still can)!

Track List:

1. Rules Don’t Stop

2. I Don’t Bite

3. Nice Guys

4. Jack & Ginger

5. Pittsburgh

6. Ambition

7. Break It Up

8. Foreign Kicks

9. You Should Learn

10. Central AC

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Pretty Good Dance Moves single “Alive Tonight”

Pretty Good Dance Moves – Free mp3 download of “Alive Tonight”

PDGM, out March 9th on Township Records, is set to impress with its use of sinuous synthesizers, bewitching dance beats, and impressive array of guest stars including Chicago-based vocalist Angelina Lucero and singer-songwriter Heather Christian.

In celebration of the upcoming release, Pretty Good Dance Moves will be headlining two shows at Schubas, March 12th and 13th in Chicago. After that, the boys head to Austin for a  SXSW run!

SXSW Dates and Locations

3/16 The Locals Show @ Shangri La – 10:00pm
3/17 AM to AM Party @ Paradise – 7:00 pm
3/18 South By South Wurst @ Sholz Garten- 3:00pm
3/18 Gypsy Sun Vintage Clothing Party @ 420 Spot- 6:00pm
3/19 Township Records showcase @ Teddy Malones – 9:00pm
3/19 No Door Agency Late Night Party- 11:30pm
3/20 Six Stages over Texas Festival (Headliner Stage) – 7:00pm
3/20 Custom Tattoos – 9:30pm

Also — here’s a happy little bit of info for you Cut Copy fans:

The members of Cut Copy have been busy at work on their third album and are getting ready to take over the festival scene this summer. Take a look at what the band had to say to their fans and what their tour schedule is looking like this summer on MySpace now!

Yessssssssss! I can’t wait!

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Newest Love: The Drums


Post punk, indie pop rock band The Drums are catching on EVERYWHERE and I LOVE it!!! Definitely look out for these guys this year!

I can’t get enough…if you love New Order and The Cure, you won’t be able to get enough either!

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