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NENA’s Coming To The States!!!

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NENA coming to America: it’s one of the great unrequited love stories of pop culture history.99 Luftballons” was the first German-language song to enter the US charts since Marlene Dietrich, yet although the pop queen toured all over the world, she never made it over to the US to perform. NENA has continued to rule the charts in Germany with sixteen studio albums and countless hits, and now is finally her time to take America by storm.

In the 33 years since it was released, NENA’s “99 Luftballons” (“99 Red Balloons”) has had an unmatchable impact on popular and music culture.  Although NENA never stopped making music – she’s had a three-and-a-half decade career of hits and 16 studio albums behind her in Germany – and has toured in countries as far as Japan, NENA never got to tour the US. It’s one of those flukes in music history where what should have happened didn’t happen. But in NENA’s own words, “…now’s the right time. It’s always now!…When you want to do something and it just doesn’t happen, you shouldn’t be sad or disappointed because, well, 35 years later, it happens! It’s perfect timing.”

At the heart of NENA is a rock’n’roller with unbeatable stage presence and energy to spare, whether she’s playing to regularly sold-out crowds at the biggest arenas or more intimate club venues. Just take a listen to NENA’s latest outing – the excellent, energetic and rocking live album Live at SO36, recorded during a within-minutes sold-out concert at the famed Berlin club SO36. The opening rocking riffs of “Noch Einmal” NENA struck on her Telecaster sent out a shockwave of energy that carries through an entire night. From pure rockers to new-wave favorites to the touching ballads that fans sing along word-for-word, NENA can electrify a crowd with her incomparable, instantly recognizable voice and her own brand of rock’n’roll that includes influences of The Ramones, Blondie, and Talking Heads, among many others. The dancing never lets up with NENA until the lights finally go on at the end of the night. That’s what NENA is going to ultimately bring to the US – an amazing live energy that can shake an entire audience to its core.

She’s captured the hearts of Germany: her numerous top ten hits and 25 million sold records are proof of that. Now it’s time to share that with America. NENA’s most recent studio album, Oldschool, is the perfect fusion of her constant drive for artistic development and genuine authenticity. Produced and co-written by German hip-hop superstar Samy Deluxe, it blisters with a sense of immediacy and newness while especially playing lyrically with references to her past.

NENA has never been a nostalgia act; she still delivers onstage an exhilarating mix of her amazing and expansive discography. With that much spark, it’s a recipe for an utterly mind-blowing evening. American fans that missed the opportunity to see NENA when they were first introduced to her now have that chance. To paraphrase her latest single, there’s no time like “Genau jetzt” (right now).

NENA will be playing San Francisco on September 30, Los Angeles on October 2, and New York City on October 4.

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Highly Anticipated: Teen Daze

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Vancouver’s Teen Daze will release his first album for Paper Bag Records on August 7th 2015‘Morning World’ was recorded with John Vanderslice at Tiny Telephone, his all-analog studio in San Francisco with co-producer Simon Bridgefoot. Watch the ‘Morning World‘ trailer below.
In 2010, Jamison, the person behind Teen Daze, had no idea what Four More Years would bring. That debut EP, a collection of blissful home recordings, was the work of a carefree 24 year-old. By 2012, things had changed, as they tend to do: relationships dissolved, illness affected his family, windows for outward communication were closing. The gravity of it all made for constant output; he reached for futuristic utopia with All Of Us, Together, found a devotional sanctuary inside The Inner Mansions, and embraced hibernation on Glacier. In hindsight, this was an artist coping through various forms of introverted escapism.

While proud of the material, Jamison sought to break this cycle when approaching the next record. He knew it would take a few leaps of faith, most directly: out of his bedroom… out of his comfort zone. For the first time, he gave up some control, inviting the input of others. Bearing over 30 demos, Jamison joined one of his musical heroes John Vanderslice at Tiny Telephone, his all-analog studio in San Francisco. Beyond the immediate sonic advantages of recording to tape, the sessions with Vanderslice and co-producer Simon Bridgefoot encouraged a new positivity and confidence to his craft.

Track Listing:
1. Valley of Gardens
2. Pink
3. Morning World
4. It Starts At The Water
5. Post Storm
6. Life In The Sea
7. You Said
8. Garden Grove
9. Along
10. Infinity
11. Good Night
TOUR DATES:
9/12 – Vancouver, BC @ Fortune
9/15 – Spokane, WA @ The Bartlett
9/16 – Seattle, WA @ Barboza
9/17 – Portland, OR @ Mississippi Studios
9/18 – San Francisco, CA @ The Rickshaw Stop
9/23 – Los Angeles, CA @ The Roxy
9/24 – San Diego, CA @ Soda Bar
9/25 – Phoenix, AZ @ Valley Bar
9/26 – El Paso, TX @ The Lowbrow Palace
9/28 – San Antonio, TX @ 502 Bar
9/29 – Dallas, TX @ HOB Cambridge Room
9/30 – Austin, TX @ Stubbs Jr
10/1 – Houston, TX @ Rudyards
10/2 – New Orleans, LA @ Gasa Gasa
10/3 – Hot Spring’s, AR @ Maxine’s
10/5 – Louisville, KY @ Zanzabar
10/6 – Atlanta, GA @ 529 Club
10/7 – Raleigh, NC @ King’s
10/8 – Washington, DC @ DC9
10/9 – New York, NY @ Baby’s All Right
10/10 – Boston, MA @ Great Scott
10/13 – Philadelphia, PA @ Boot & Saddle
10/14 – Montreal, QC @ Newspeak
10/15 – Toronto, ON @ The Drake
10/16 – Chicago, IL @ Schuba’s
10/17 – Madison, WI @ The Frequency
10/18 – Des Moines, IA @ Vaudeville Mews
10/19 – Minneapolis, MN @ 7th Street Entry
10/20 – Kansas City, KS @ The Riot Room
10/21 – Wichita, KS @ Rock Island
10/22 – Denver, CO @ Larimer Lounge
10/23 – Salt Lake City, UT @ Kilby Court
10/24 – Boise, ID @ Neurolux

*all with Heavenly Beat

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Slaptop’s New Song “Distraction”

Photo Credit: Valeria Podoynitsyn

Photo Credit: Valeria Podoynitsyn

12/31 – South Lake Tahoe, CA @ Snow Globe Festival

San Francisco’s Slaptop released his highly anticipated second single “Distraction”, following up his debut “Sunrise”.

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Listen: Slaptop – “Distraction”

Earlier Slaptop released an official remix for for Maroon 5’s hit single “Maps” (listen below). This remix followed ZHU “Faded” (Slaptop Remix) and Jaymes Young “Habits Of My Heart” (Slaptop Remix), which went to #1 on the Hype Machine charts.

Listen/download: Maroon 5- Maps (Slaptop Remix)

Listen/download: Zhu – Faded (Slaptop Remix)

Listen: Jaymes Young – Habits Of My Heart (Slaptop Remix)

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Thump ON DECK: Slaptop mixtape HERE

Slaptop’s debut track “Sunrise” immediately shot to the top 5 of iTunes’ electronic charts and top 3 of the Hype Machine charts. It was featured in the FIFA 2015 video game and entered the UK Shazam Charts and even featured in the “15 billion total Shazams” promo video. The music video, which captures an all night adventure until sunrise, can be seen below if you haven’t checked it out. Buzzfeed called it one of the best songs of summer.

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Video: Tremor Low – “Give Blood”

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Oakland-based trio Tremor Low clearly defines its sounds as “Synthesizers, drum machines, delay and distortion pedals – in that order.”

The band’s arresting sound and visual style were recently captured in the music video for the single “Give Blood,” and signaling the Tremor Low’s first nationwide shot across the bow.  The slow-motion clip, inspired by films such as “Pulp Fiction,” and “Time Crimes,” was shot by director David Dutton in one day while trespassing on private property.

Band member Don Bellenger describes “Give Blood” as “a look at confusion and misplaced blame, and in the end,” he says, “the details of ‘who did what’ or in this case ‘who killed who,’ become irrelevant. We are doomed to repeat our mistakes.”

Of the production itself, Bellenger says, “I tasted lots of fake blood and didn’t like it.  In one particular shot, we threw a bloody knife and then couldn’t find it, so there’s still a very incriminating knife covered in blood out there on this person’s property.”

In addition to Bellenger, Tremor Low is comprised of Fabian Paredes, and Ariel Utz Wirnsberger, who was discovered by Bellenger and Paredes after auditioning two dozen prospective band members.

Coming up in the San Francisco scene, Tremor Low has since drawn the attention of respected Bay Area DJ Aaron Axelsen, who brought the band to the stage and greater exposure, as part of his popular local Popscene event.  Performances at nationally recognized San Francisco venues such as Great American Music Hall and Bottom of The Hill have further cemented the band’s local reputation.

Now, with “Give Blood” out, and new recordings underway, the world is finally ready to fully experience Tremor Low.

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Newest Love: Slaptop

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Listen: Slaptop – “Sunrise”

Slaptop was born in the abandoned buildings and forgotten beaches of the Northern California Coast. His music evokes feelings of wandering through sun-soaked adventures and chasing a wild youthful spirit. His debut single, “Sunrise,” is about a group of friends embarking on an all-night adventure that culminates in watching the sunrise together. They call it a “Sunsquad.” The single was fittingly written and produced over the course of one night in Slaptop’s college dorm room.

“Filled to the brim with a cluster of melodic elements such as subtle drum and xylophone patterns, sexy saxophone solo’s, and lyrics that bring chill vibes to the production…will have you hitting the replay button repetitively” – This Song Is Sick

Slaptop DJ Set:

6/27: San Francisco, CA @ DNA Lounge (w/ STRFKR) (tix stage 10pm / all ages)
7/26: Los Angeles, CA @ The Standard Downtown (stage 1-2pm)

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Video: Matt Nathanson – “Mission Bells”

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“Mission Bells” is the infectious new single from Matt Nathanson’s upcoming summer release. Matt describes the track as “a love story via a street fight” with San Francisco as its backdrop. Check out the video below!

This week Matt Nathanson heads to Austin, TX for a string of performances during the SXSW festival. He’ll be playing some additional new songs and some fan favorites.

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Watch: Sebastien Tellier – “Russian Attractions”

Sebastien Tellier just dropped a great new video for “Russian Attractions” with the help of Air (new carbonated water drink with alcohol!) and I highly encourage you to watch it. Starring an olympic caliber synchronized swim team, the video for the latest track from his new album My God Is Blue is reminiscent of a kaleidoscopic Bond title sequence.

In addition to producing the music video, Air and VICE, are hosting an epic free summer dance party series on the west coast in celebration of water getting a lot more exciting.  The series kicks off in Los Angeles featuring free Air (booze) and a rare appearance by renegade French electronic artist Sebastien Tellier on June 28, with the series culminating in a colossal San Francisco finale event on August 2, 2012.

You can RSVP for the FREE Vice / Air Launch Parties that kick off this Thursday in LA with Sebastien Tellier here: http://rsvp.vice.com/AirParties/

The tour continues through the summer in the following cities:

July 13: Portland – Lemonade

July 14: Las Vegas – Nadastrom, Treasure Fingers & AC Slater

July 20: Seattle – Z-Trip & Sinden

August 2: San Francisco – Surkin & Sinden

In conjunction with the launch parties, Air invites audiences to submit a photo for a chance to win a free trip to the series finale in San Francisco. Submit via Facebook, Instagram and Twitter by tagging your photo #AirParties, or visiting Drinkair.com/PhotoContest.

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Video: Serge Devant – “On Your Own”

Shot on location between the misty hills and rolling streets of San Francisco, and the searing heat of downtown Miami during the city’s famous Art Basel Week, the video for “On Your Own” was written, co-produced and co-directed by the Serge Devant himself.

The story follows a struggling artist in that moment when the whole world seems to collapse around him,” explained Serge from his studio in New York, “but he sees his sleeping girlfriend and can’t help himself but paint her. It’s about that moment when you focus on the one truly beautiful thing that you have, escape into it and produce something genuinely breathtaking and from the heart.”

But in the face of mounting debts and an untimely eviction notice the artist’s companion, played by stunning Russian model Anna Vishnevskaya, fails to find solace in our hero’s work and leaves her love behind. Cue rage, passion and paintings flying out of windows – landing at the feet of an impressed Serge Devant and a cuing complete turnaround of fortunes.

Impressively, the artwork that features throughout the video is the work of Russian painter Andrei Sharov and was commissioned specifically for the video after Devant met the artist in Monaco.

With a full package of remixes from the likes of David Tort, Stephan Luke and Thomas Sagstad & Mike Hawkins, Serge Devant “On Your Own” is out now through www.beatport.com.

With its official release date still over a month away, Recollected – Devant’s second album released through Ultra – is still under wraps, but to celebrate the imminent release of “On Your Own” we’ve received a sneak preview RIGHT HERE. Check out forthcoming tracks “Dice”, “True Faith”, “When You Came Along”, “On Your Own”, “You & Me”, “Far Away”, “Xylo” and Serge’s roaring remix of the classic “3AM Eternal”.

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New Label: Rock It Science Labs

Rock It Science Laboratories is a fresh music label that zooms forth from one of San Francisco’s favorite 
warehouse party-maker crews turned club promoters, musicians and remixers. 
“Wiggle Room” is the first release on the Rock It Science Laboratories label. DJ Fame and Eric Sharp have all thrusters going full throttle, turning out a twister of a track.
There’s some “Wiggle Room” remixes already, too.  Two high honored cadets of the Chicago club sound, Santiago & Bushido take it on as well as Trillbass who takes us to the dark forest of Dubstep, winding us down creepy turns and shivering drops. Finally Andrew Phelan and George Cochrane make the list here as well.
Check all of it out at BeatPort by clicking here.
Also, I’ve got a free download for ya! It’s another Groove Armada “Paper Romance” remix by the aforementioned Eric Sharp. After having a listen to a lot of remixes for “Paper Romance,” I gotta say this one’s a good one to have…especially if you’re like me and haven’t gotten sick of the song yet.

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Leftys Can Use Scissors, too

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Scissors for Lefty is just a big, happy family! Or maybe TWO happy families.

Peter and James Krimmel met up with Bryan Garza in the early 2000s while in college. In 2002, after moving to San Francisco, Bryan’s brother Robby joined in on the group. So, there were two pairs from two families. Maybe that was a bit too organized for them, because in 2006 another family member joined yet again. Steven Garza does his part with bass and with dancing. Yes, dancing. Now, Robby has more time to devote to the guitar while playing.

Last year, Underhanded Romance was released. The band’s debut Bruno, came out in 2005. While I haven’t listened to their first album, I can say that I love their second!

I first listened to their track “Ghetto Ways”, figuring that if I liked it, I’d download more. Great choice for my initial listening. Right this moment actually, I am working on downloading the rest of the album. (Emusic, folks…a wonderful thing.)

I must admit, I am saddened that I haven’t learned of these scissor people until now, especially since they’ve played alongside of Interpol and Bloc Party (2 of my faves)! And Pulp is one of their influences!

I’m going to assume that you’ll like Scissors for Lefty. If you don’t, then well okay — you won’t be downloading them. But, if ya do…my faves are (obviously) “Ghetto Ways”, “Nickels and Dimes”, and “Next to Argyle”. I’d skip “Wondering Arms” and “X’s are Forever”. Don’t get me wrong, the whole album is good, but if you’re gonna be picky and not have the whole thing…then skip those two. “Lay Down Your Weapons” is a hilarious song. “I been locked up a long time baby/ since I was nine/ just got out yesterday man/ bought myself this New York steak knife”. Ha!

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