Mike Gitter has been promoted to senior director of A&R at Razor and Tie. Full press release in the replies.
Gitter joined Razor & Tie in 2012 and has signed a variety of acts including rising rock outfit Starset and established legends such as HIM and Finch. He was also instrumental in the signing of Chiodos. Gitter continues his A&R responsibilities that encompass not only identifying talent but all-around aspects of A&R including artist relations and recording.
Interscope Geffen A&M has promoted John Ehmann to Vice President of A&R. The news comes on the heels of John Janick being named CEO.
Since joining the company, he has signed and developed such artists as Lana Del Rey, Aloe Blacc, Cedric Gervais, and shepherded Carly Rae Jepsen’s album Kiss, with her hit single “Call Me Maybe” to the market. “John has an incredible ear and eye for talent, and I’m pleased to see him step up into a bigger role at the company,” commented Janick. “He’s an instrumental part of our team here, and his commitment to his artists can’t be overstated." “I would like to thank Jimmy Iovine, John Janick, Steve Berman, and Larry Jackson for giving me the opportunity...
The Black Market focuses on the cost of self-awareness. “Rise Against has always been a political band, but also a personal band,” says Tim. “We’ve always had songs that have a foot in both worlds. This album is a lot more introspective to me.” The intensely melodic strains of the first single: “I Don’t Want To Be Here Anymore” is a case in point - riding a huge chorus and speaking of universal themes of entrapment and escape.
If all goes well, I'll be seeing Pennsylvania's poppy surf rockers Wish Listtonight. After their own set, they'll be putting aside their lo-fi Weezer aesthetic to play as Infinity Crush's full band. Sounds twice as nice to me, so you can stream or download their self titled LP for free (or pay-what-you-want) either in the replies or on bandcamp. My personal highlight is "Always On A Sunday," but fans of Wavves will probably want to give the whole thing a listen. Be sure to share any free (legal) music you may have made or stumbled across in the replies as well!
Paper + Plastick Records has signed Minneapolis-based rock act And We Danced (featuring former Cadillac Blindside frontman Zaq Zrust and former guitarist for The Stereo and The Jealous Sound, Jeremy Tappero). The band will release their debut seven-song release, Back To The Middle, on July 1 via the label and a new song called "Goodnight Toronto" can be streamed in the replies. Check out more information and the 12" vinyl preorder in the label's webstore.
Secret Voice (Jeremy Bolm of Touché Amoré's label) will be releasing the debut 7” EP from Oakland, CA’s No Limbs. The band recorded the EP with Jack Shirley at The Atomic Garden (Deafheaven, Comadre) in January and delivers seven blistering fast in and out songs in eight minutes. The record is set for a September release. For now enjoy a song off their latest cassette tape Belch called “Mind Vise."
Do we need 100 aggregations of every headline? 50 takes on every review? 25 thinkpieces on every inflammatory video? The web has opened up culture writing to a broader, necessary range of voices, and maybe having more options means expanding our overall readership—or maybe it means, in our aging niche, everyone gets by with less. I would never tell anyone to stop writing: our competition is YouTube (and Netflix), not each other, but sometimes, after a full week of stone-turning controversy essays, I wonder how many readers can smell the stench of desperation.
AP.net user TSTLSOOM has a grandmother who is one of The Aquabats' biggest fans. Our reader is a grandson trying to help his grandma "fight the bad guys" on stage with them at an upcoming show -- figured maybe we could help.
She is going to their show at hobanaheim for her birthday and she would really want to help the bats fight the bad guy on stage with them. I would like to make this happen for a woman who has always been there for me since day one. I'm asking for my friends to help me simply by posting this: #grandmabat I hope that the bats would see this and maybe just maybe she can get her wish!!
According to a recent interview, Big D and the Kids Table's next original release will be called 666. It'll be a vinyl series with 6 ska songs, 6 thrash songs, and 6 stroll songs. They've also hinted at covering an entire album by a defunct band that won't be reuniting anytime soon.
Kickstarter said a new feature called “Launch Now” would be available to 60 percent of projects and expanded soon. That’s a formal way of saying that most creators will now be allowed to post what they’re working on without getting feedback and approval from Kickstarter.