Dangerous Minds uncovered a letter from Epic Records A&R exec Bruce Harris explaining to a fan why he had passed on bringing The Clash to America. Complaining about production was so 1977.
Also, it is important to note that the Clash’s album for all its quality (which is evident in the overwhelming lyrics, the blistering music and the feverish performance) is not at all matched by the level of production which is an enormous drawback. The band’s live performance is many times better than what is on this record and one has to question the artistic integrity of creating an inferior sounding album. It’s not a valid artistic judgement to say that the production is deliberately shoddy...
Wallpaper. will release his Epic Records debut, Ricky Reed is Real, on July 23rd. You can scope the album artwork in the replies.
02) Geek Out featuring E-40
03) Last Call
04) Drunken Hearts
06) The Underdog
07) Let's Get Away With It
08) Good 4 It
09) Puke My Brains Out
10) Life Of The Party
11) WHO RLY CRS
12) You n Me n Everyone We Know
Fiona Apple will release The Idler Wheel is wiser than the Driver of the Screw, and Whipping Cords will serve you more than Ropes will ever do on June 26th. The track listing is below and the album art is in the replies.
01 Every Single Night
05 Left Alone
09 Anything We Want
10 Hot Knife
The White Tie Affair's music video for "Take It Home" will premiere tomorrow on Steven's Untitled Warped Show on Fuse (3PM EST) as well as fuse.tv. Additionally, the band has a couple Wet Seal in-store performances lined up in Detroit and Chicago, head to the replies for details.
Spin and Music Nation are searching for unsigned artists and bands for The Hot Pursuit, an online competition that leads to a recording contract with Signal and Epic Records for the winner. Enter now at the official website, and head to the replies for the full press release.
Incubus are featured in a new online article titled "Spirited Return" in which frontman Brandon Boyd has trouble finding a place for his band in the current music scene and contemplates giving away their upcoming album for free.
There's a new competition available to artists from Bebo called Bebo OnStage which offers artists the chance at a record deal with Original Signal/Epic Records as well as a performance at SXSW. Check out the replies for the full press release.
Editors can be seen performing "An End has a Start" live on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno in the replies. The track is taken from the quartet's latest release of the same name, which is available now via Epic Records.
Voting ends today at 5 PM Eastern for the mtvU/Epic Records Artist of the Year contest. The winner gets a deal with Epic and an appearance on Conan O'Brien. Click here to vote (click the band and then "Vote Now." The final five bands are Bamboo Shoots, Madelyn, Otto Vector, Rudy and the Rhetoric, and TGL.