The late-’90s were kind of a dark time for pop-rock aficionados. In the time between faux-grunge and rap-rock, it was every man for himself. Luckily, our attention was grabbed by the fuzzed-out, off-kilter debut from Jonny Polonsky, who made the bulk of Hi My Name Is Jonny in his childhood bedroom. His demos found their way to Pixies frontman Frank Black, who pitched them to his then-label, Rick Rubin‘s American Recordings. The LP was not a smash, but those of us who heard it really loved it. Meeting someone else who got it is like finding a long-lost brother. “You know about this?! It’s fantastic, right?!”
Polonsky released an acclaimed second solo album in 2004, then went on to a diverse career as a supporting member of many high-profile acts, including Puscifer, Johnny Cash, Nightwatchman, Pete Yorn, Dixie Chicks, and more. He’s finally back to writing and recording his own stuff, and he’s launched a Kickstarter campaign to help release a new record, titled The Other Side of Midnight. It promises to be less crunchy and more dreamy, inspired by David Lynch (it was recorded at Lynch’s Asymetrical Studio) and Depeche Mode. In addition, Polonsky is performing living room webcasts on Concert Window, starting TONIGHT. Do yourself a favor and check out both.
Here’s his Kickstarter video. It’s funny.
We started getting into the songs of Annalise Emerick when she was a finalist in the Intel Superstars channel we ran last year. As the channel came to a close right around the end of 2013, her New Year-themed song “This Love Won’t Break Your Heart” was in heavy rotation. There are a lot of female singer-songwriters out there, and it’s not easy for one to stand out, but when your songs are this good, we’re certainly not going to forget. So good news for us, and you, Emerick is starting a huge tour in just a few days. Listen below and click here for dates.
OurStage has recently been acquired by Amazing Media. We at Amazing Media are a UK-based music company dedicated to helping new and emerging artists reach audiences. We work with the world’s best new musicians through amazingtunes.com and Amazing Radio. Since we started seven years ago, we have helped thousands of artists find an audience and make money “ bands like Alt J, HAIM, London Grammar, Chvrches, Daughter, and many others.
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Oasis is the gift that keeps on giving. Years after their final performance, the ’90s Britpop giants continue to entertain, mostly for the Gallagher brothers’ often hilarious continued offstage sniping. Really, CBS should have made one or both of them an offer to take over the Letterman show. We would tune in regularly. But singer Liam Gallagher threw fans into a frenzy last night when he tweeted “OASIS” one letter at a time (and then helpfully summarizing, in a single tweet, “OASIS LG” (yes, he signs his tweets “LG”)).
Does this mean a reunion is in the works, as many have speculated? No. It means Liam was either screwing with fans or drunk or both. Paul ‘Bonehead’ Arthurs, former guitarist of the band, told NME he thought maybe Liam was just thinking out loud, so to speak, because the two had been out drinking together.
In reaction to the tweets, bookmakers suspended bets on Oasis headlining Glastonbury Festival. Yes, Liam Gallagher’s tweets caused such instability in the market as to suspend trading.
In any case, this is as good an opportunity as any to revisit, as NME did, the comedy gold that is Liam’s twitter account, as well as a recent viral hit – brother Noel‘s commentary on old Oasis videos.
“Oh, I was fucking drunk…in this video. Look how pissed I am there. That’s me really pissed.”
Paste has the premiere of the newest video from our onetime MTV Needle in the Haystack winner Andrew Belle. It’s an odd and oddly affecting story of vampires and werewolves and family, evoking feelings of grief, longing, regret, detachment, and reconciliation. That’s a lot for a six-minute clip. It doesn’t hurt that the song itself is a stark and sober ode to family and individuality, all wrapped up in a melancholy melody, with electronic sounds prodding an otherwise organic arrangement.
He told Paste: I wanted to take a shot at the well known prodigal son storyline. But, at the same time, put our own little quirky twists on it. I’m really thrilled with what we captured that day in Nashville. Will Holland was a blast to work with again, and Ashley Fisher delivered a really inspiring performance.
Vintage soul devotee Eli “Paperboy” Reed has taken a turn for the pop on his new album Nights Like This, out next week on Warner Bros. Read his interview on RollingStone.com, at the bottom of which you can stream the new LP. No, it doesn’t abandon his Redding-inspired vocal stylings, but rather couches them in some updated, pop-oriented production and arrangements. Europe, you can catch Reed on tour starting tonight in Dublin.
The Jellybricks, grand prize winners of last year’s Ernie Ball “Save Your Strings” competition, hit us up today to show off some of their prizes – four Music Man guitars. Pretty awesome. The band is currently promoting their new record Youngstown Tune-Up. Check out our preview of the record here.
If you’d told me a few years ago that The Replacements OR Neutral Milk Hotel would be playing anywhere for any reason, I would have punched you in your damn face for lying so hard. But the new reality in 2014 is that both beloved bands are performing at the fall edition of Boston Calling Music Festival, to be held September 5-7 on City Hall Plaza. The spring edition is happening in May.
In addition, the festival will host The National, whose Aaron Dessner has contributed to the curation of prior incarnations of Boston Calling, as well as Lorde, Nas with The Roots, Childish Gambino, The 1975, Spoon, Girls Talk, Future Islands, Volcano Choir, Sky Ferriera, plus Boston’s own Lake Street Dive. AND MORE.
Learn more at the Boston Calling website. Watch the announcement video here:
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The Replacements Reunite In Toronto
On the occasion of Earth Day 2014, the excellent and uniquely punctuated Portugal. The Man just produced an “endangered song” to raise awareness of the endangered status of Sumatran tiger. The band calls the song “a metaphor for endangered species,” in that it is being offered in an extremely limited edition of 400 vinyl records (there are 400 of these tigers left in the wild). Rolling Stone reports:
The track, “Sumatran Tiger,” does not officially exist digitally, and, like all vinyl records, will eventually degrade and also become extinct. According to the video above, the copies were sent “to 400 carefully chosen influencers, among them actors, activists, musicians, conservationists, bloggers and journalists” and is, as the band claims, “the first song meant to go extinct unless it’s reproduced.”
The band encouraged fans to “scour the Internet” using the hashtags #endangeredsong and #sumatrantiger to find recordings of the song.
Watch this short video for info: