It does not seem like that long ago that we were ears deep in Ripely Pine, the debut full-length from friend of OurStage Lady Lamb the Beekeeper. The artist otherwise known as Aly Spaltro joined up with us early on and was soon a favorite around the office, before being selected as the MTV Needle in the Haystack artist back in 2011. Ripely Pine was an impressive debut that firmly established the singer’s gravitas and seemingly endless potential as a songwriter. Today, Spaltro debuted “Billions of Eyes,” the first single from her new record, After, which is due in March 2014. Check out the official lyric video, made up of stills, home movies, and fan-submitted art. See below for the album artwork. (And be sure to check out our exclusive session with Lady Lamb the Beekeeper from a few years ago.)
UPDATE 2: McLagan’s official site has posted a statement: “It is with great sadness and eternal admiration that we report the passing of rock and roll icon Ian McLagan. Ian was a member of the ‘Small Faces’ and ‘Faces’ and was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2012. He died today, December 3, 2014, surrounded by family and friends in his adopted hometown of Austin, TX, due to complications from a stroke suffered the previous day. He was 69 years old. His manager Ken Hushnick says, ‘He was a beloved friend to so many people and a true rock n roll spirit. His persona and gift of song impacted the music across oceans and generations.’ Ian’s bandmate in Small Faces and Faces, Kenney Jones said, ‘I am completely devastated by this shocking news and I know this goes for Ronnie and Rod also.’ Ian’s artistry, generosity and warmth of spirit touched countless other musicians and music fans around the world. His loss will be felt by so many. Ian was scheduled to begin a North American tour today, opening for labelmate Nick Lowe.”
Details are scarce at the moment, but Ian McLagan, the great keyboardist for The Faces and Small Faces, frequent sideman with The Rolling Stones, and solo artist, has been hospitalized in his hometown of Austin TX with a reported head injury. He is said to be in critical condition.
McLagan currently leads the Bump Band, and has just come off the road. His website confirms the news of his hospitalization, saying he was admitted last night and asking fans to keep him in their thoughts and prayers. Ours are certainly with him.
With our new, leaner channel line-up, competition was tight last month, and we’ve got a new slew of winners to announce. These artists will be featured on an upcoming program on Amazing Radio, our terrestrial and online radio station, broadcast out of the UK to hundreds of thousands of music fans. Let us know your faves.
“The Art of Art” by Daily Noise Club
Recalls Bon Scott era ACϟDC with even more riffage.
“Keeps Me Alive” by Sheila Star
Modern production invigorates this piano-pop song with a great melody.
“Wasting My Time” by Erdal Kemahli
A hypnotic groove with some cool chopped up loops.
“Lonely” by Terri-J (feat. Sylver)
Low-key R&B focused on the voice and lyric.
“48 Times Around The Sun” by Tom Riccardi
A simple and touching acoustic-based tribute.
Having recently been sidelined for Rolling Stones dates for medical reasons, Bobby Keys, longtime saxophone player with the Rolling Stones, has died. His death has been confirmed by Michael Webb, keyboardist for Bobby Keys and the Suffering Bastards (via Nashville Scene).
Keys is nothing short of a legend when it comes to rock and roll sidemen. He was a close friend of all the Stones, and especially Keith Richards. In addition to being a member of the touring band for decades, Bobby Keys played on most of their classic records, and his horn is an integral part of some of the Stones’ biggest hits.
RIP Bobby Keys.
Just a quite site update from OurStage HQ. We’ve got a lot of new things cooking behind the scenes that will launch us into the OurStage of the future.
We’ve already started thinking up some new ways to help artists in their careers. One of those things is the opportunity to receive international exposure on Amazing Radio – the acclaimed online and terrestrial radio station that discovered Alt J, Daughter, Chvrches, Bastille, London Grammar, Haim, and…perhaps you. We will be serving up all of our Grand Prize winners, as well as more favorites pulled from the top of the OurStage charts, to a listening audience of hundreds of thousands of new music lovers across the globe.
To that end, and in an effort to freshen up our music channels on OurStage, we’re making changes to our channel lineup, reducing the overall number based on audience response, adding some new ones, and focusing on the most vital genres to optimize the connection between music fans and artists. Check out the new lineup and enter the channel that best suits your music now, and you may be featured on Amazing Radio.
The channels are still evolving, and if one of your favorites has disappeared, please let us know. If there is enough demand, we may add it again.
One of the tough parts of having the blog under maintenance for a while was seeing a bunch of OurStage artists doing dope shit and releasing awesome music and not being able to share it here. While we missed the release of the official video for “Bipolar” from Jitta on the Track a couple of weeks ago, at least we’re back ahead of the album’s release date. Jitta, who not that long ago won our competition to open for Drake on the Club Paradise tour, will drop Bipolar on November 5th, and we’ll have artwork and the track list from him in the days ahead. Without further ado, check the video below.
Having trouble get in to see, say, Foster the People‘s CMJ set? Why bother when there’s so many great, lesser-known artists showcasing? Here are some friends of OurStage who you should see instead. See also yesterday’s recommendations.
Chris Ayer –> Folky, catchy delightfulness.
FRI, OCTOBER 24, 2:15 PM > 2:45 P
Darlingside –> And another excellent Americana-steeped act.
WED, OCTOBER 22, 8:00 PM > 8:45 PM
Mieka Pauley –> A truly great songwriter and performer with a strong and spectacular voice. One of our all-time faves.
FRI, OCTOBER 24, 1:30 PM > 2:00 PM
Mirk –> 7-piece hip-hop band with a hell of a live show.
WED, OCTOBER 22, 9:00 PM
Shonen Knife –> Not an OurStage artist, but a stalwart Japanese punk band who influenced so many others, and who performed an exclusive session for us a couple of years ago.
WED, OCTOBER 22, 10:00 PM > 10:50 PM
The Field Effect –> Popping and rocking, tight as hell, and catchy as catchy can catch.
ROCKWOOD STAGE 1
FRI, OCTOBER 24, 6:00 PM > 6:45 PM
SAT, OCTOBER 25, 7:30 PM
CMJ Music Marathon is upon us. Let’s talk about it, shall we? The long-running music conference and showcasepalooza takes place in New York City and its boroughs, October 21-25. It’s not easy to span the city in time to catch all the acts performing, but damn it if it isn’t fun to try.
This year will see the return of the Outlaw Roadshow, put on by Counting Crows‘ Adam Duritz in conjunction with the Ryan’s Smashing Life blog. The traveling showcase – no badges required! – has been a popular feature of the big fests from Austin to NY and features some of the best underground music in the country. If you hit this one, you’ll catch sets from our friends Mean Creek and Air Traffic Controller, as well as Hallelujah The Hills, Christian McNeil & Sea Monsters, Corin Ashley (occasionally of The Pills), and many more.
Here are a few more to check out:
We’ll have some more recommendations to come, no doubt.
Having undergone significant updates and alterations over the past several months, our blog is back online. While you might only notice some minor cosmetic changes at first, we’ve made huge improvements to the underlying system here and throughout all of OurStage.com, and you will start to see more new features and upgrades over the coming months.
We’re also overhauling our entire competition structure to find new and better ways to provide our artist community with career-building opportunities. We look forward to rolling these out, and we welcome your feedback. For fans of new music, there are going to be a lot of new ways to discover the best stuff you’ve never heard, working in tandem with our new parent company, Amazing Media – already the leader in new music discovery in the UK and beyond.
Thanks for your patience throughout these quiet months, and please stay tuned.
A few years ago, we got really into a young singer named Skyler Stonestreet, who was running the table in several of our monthly channels and ended up winning the opportunity to track a song, “Out to Sea,” at L.A.’s Sanctum Sound Studios.
Stonestreet has now joined forces with another great talent, Kat Ostenberg, to form SIREN. The duo signed to Warner Bros. this summer and debuted their single “I Think I Like You.”
Today, they dropped “Kanye,” a tremendously infectious single produced by The Chainsmokers, whose own track “#SELFIE” became a big smash earlier this year. “Kanye” is actually released as The Chainsmokers feat. SIREN.
If you like your sweet indie pop with a lot more hip-hop, you are going to love this shit.