Browsing articles from "July, 2011"
Jul 21, 2011

Channel Cairo – “Elephant Room” stream + pre-order (out 29 August)

Channel Cairo’s long awaited debut single, “Elephant Room” (formerly just “Elephants” when we previously talked about it) is now available to listen to above. It’s released on Monday 29 August through the Laissez Faire Club label, and is available to pre-order from our shop HERE.

For anyone that does so, you’ll get to download the B-Side (“Underrated Grace”) immediately, and you’ll be sent the mp3 of the A-side and physical 7″ on or around 29 August. N.B. It’s super limited – there are only 500 copies being pressed, so if you’d like one, don’t delay!

The single launch party is scheduled for Thursday 1 September at The Borderline off Charing Cross Road. Full details of this will emerge in the next few days.

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Jul 12, 2011

Laissez Faire Club: Monday 18 July @ The Social w/ Them Changes, Strangers & Sleepy Age (NZ)

We’re back in action this Monday night at The Social on Little Portland Street, after our successful opening night there back in May with Channel Cairo, Bravestation and Deep Sea Arcade.

This time, we’ve got an equally enticing lineup for you – exciting London trio Them Changes are booked to headline, with their punchy, hooky-as-hell, three minute power pop. Their self-promoted Hooligan Soup event at Camden’s Wheelbarrow has been causing quite a stir of late, and with their debut single ‘Lie To Me’ being released to much fanfare earlier this year, we’re predicting big things for this group. Check out their risque video to said single above, and come down and see what all the fuss is about.

Support comes from dark electro pop trio Strangers (who we introduced to you a little while ago), whose debut single ‘If I Found Love/It Was A Sin’ has just been released on 7″ via Killing Moon and is the subject of much industry whisper and buzz right now. With lead singer David Jones formerly fronting one of our favourite mid-noughties outfits The Departure (their ’05 album Dirty Words is a lost masterpiece), we’re delighted to have secured an early appearance from his new outfit. Again, this is the beginning of an exciting road.

It Was A Sin – [ EP2 ] by [STRANGERS]

Opening the evening are New Zealand synth / disco pop outfit Sleepy Age, who are currently in the middle of a maiden tour of the EU. Their video for ‘Decor’ is excellent, and has won them many a blog plaudit of late. We assume the live show will replicate this.

For ticket information, see our EVENTS page. We’d love to see you down there.

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Jul 12, 2011

Channel Cairo – “Twenty” (demo) // FREE MP3

Ahead of our impending single release from the amiable Anglo-French quintet Channel Cairo, we’ve decided to whet your appetites with a free mp3 download of their track ‘Twenty’. It’s available for a limited time below:

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Jul 11, 2011

Rockin’ in the New World – Now Available

RethinkPopMusic’s close friend, author Bob Tulipan, has written an awesome book that serves as a guide and tool for ALL talented artists that wish to make a career in the music industry. Do yourself a favor and pick up this book now! You can get it here at Barnes & Noble or on Amazon etc… (google it!) RPM will be providing a full review shortly, in the meantime, check out the book’s webpage!

Rockin' the the New World Book Cover

iTunes, the Internet, ProTools and the decline of the big labels are just a few of the changes that have created the greatest shift in the music industry in decades. Today, musicians need to know how the business operates more than ever in order to make it big. So how do you reach as many people as possible and set your band apart from all others—and how do you protect yourself in this rapidly changing industry?

Now committed, talented artists can learn from an industry insider how to successfully hone and protect their music and financial interests. In this book that’s both a field guide and an artistic coaching session, Bob Tulipan reveals what he’s learned in more than three decades as a manager, promoter, and entrepreneur about making rock ‘n’ roll dreams come true. He interviewed people in bands from around the world gathering their questions and concerns about the business and then posed them to experts in the traditional, DIY, and evolving digital  industry.

How do you figure out band roles, responsibilities, and money issues before conflicts arise and your band implodes? How do you build relationships with your audience, go about the songwriting and song selection process or developing your image and web presence? Get booked, create a buzz, and draw a crowd? Build brand awareness and public loyalty with the products you develop? Generate revenue outside the Major Label Model or obtain a deal with a record company? Make money in the lucrative area of publishing and licensing? Put together an Executive team, from a lawyer to a manager? The answers to these questions and many more can be found right here.

Tulipan also includes invaluable resources; links; an interactive website as well as templates for tour budgets, royalty breakdowns, and money management systems; and sample artist, management, recording, agency, and publishing contracts.

It’s all about the music you make, but why not make it wisely and successfully?

Jul 2, 2011

Introducing: Youth Lagoon

Another gem from across the pond we’ve recently come across is Youth Lagoon, aka Trevor Powers – a one-man band from Boise, Idaho.

Dreamy, emotive lo-fi pop that’s a soundtrack to the balmy summer as much as the bleak midwinter, tracks like “July” and “Cannons” recall the likes Bon Iver, The Antlers, Crystal Stilts and fellow tortured heart on sleeve songwriter Perfume Genius. Sitting amongst such vaunted company (and possessing a great deal of melody and charm), it’s highly unlikely that Powers will be recording in his bedroom for too much longer.

Indeed, his 8-track mini album, “The Year Of Hibernation” (perhaps that’s where the Bon Iver image comes from) was originally due out on 5 July in the States via small indie Juno Beach Records, but a statement on their website declares that this won’t be happening after all, and that the project was “mutually nixed” due to some larger labels taking a serious interest.

Check out and download the two aforementioned tracks below, and be sure to keep an eye out for the new LP release date. On the evidence we’ve heard so far, it could well be list worthy come December.

MP3: Youth Lagoon – July
MP3: Youth Lagoon – Cannons

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