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Phantogram On Fire

Anyone that states that music is not as good as it used to be needs to catch up with the times. Thanks to artists including Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Grimes, Warpaint, Autolux, Lana Del Rey, Empire of the Sun, and many more, music today is as great as ever.
One of the most brilliant bands to emerge in the past decade–Phantogram is a part of music’s greatness today, and the band soars. subnormal magazine names them one of the Top 10 New Artists of our Time. From pounding bass beats, melodic, swirling kaleidoscopic freak outs of searing guitar, trippy, hypnotic keyboards, brilliant songwriting and lyrics, and a sultry, perfect voice by the drop dead sexy Sarah Barthel, combined with a vast myriad of great, artistic videos, Phantogram is in a class by themselves, and like none you have ever heard. Stellar geniuses,and masters of their killer sound, they are a legendary new band that just make us want to dance.  –Bruce Edwin, subnormal magazine

Phantogram: Biography

Three, Phantogram’s third studio album, the duo of Josh Carter and Sarah Barthel take their sound in an intriguing, darkly shaded direction, adding new textures to their signature style.

Three represents a new creative peak that Phantogram has been building towards for nearly a decade. Carter and Barthel first broke out in 2009 with the cinematic Eyelid Movies (Barsuk) – recorded in a barn in Saratoga Springs, NY (near their hometown of Greenwich) – and after a buzz-building EP (Nightlife, Barsuk) and much touring, Phantogram opted for a change of scenery by recording their expansive second LP, 2014’s Voices (Republic),in Los Angeles with co-producer John Hill (M.I.A., Santigold).

In between Voices (which spawned the hits “Fall In Love” and “Black Out Days”) and Three, Phantogram have certainly kept busy. They contributed to The Flaming Lips’ The Terror, A-Trak’s “Parallel Lines,”and Miley Cyrus’ Miley Cyrus and Her Dead Petz, remixed Charli XCX, and were sampled by Kanye West and A$AP Rocky, as well as a collaboration project called Big Grams with OutKast’s Big Boi. Following the release of a critically-acclaimed self-titled debut album in late 2015, Big Grams has proved to be a festival mainstay in 2016 – entertaining huge audiences with compelling sets riddled with Big Grams’ psychedelic hip-hop, and rounded out with the two acts’ mashups of each other’s hit songs.

Despite the full schedule, Carter and Barthel find themselves far from creatively tapped-out. Recent collaborations pushed them musically and Three displays a surging energy and appealing experimentation, effectively showcasing a band reaching for and achieving new aesthetic heights.

The album was recorded over the past year at co-producer Ricky Reed’s Echo Park-based studio. Finding inspiration in unlikely places for a band increasingly heard on commercial alternative and pop radio, Carter found fresh perspective in AfroBeat and ‘60’s R&B when creating the steady beats that form the foundation of the album. Despite the new influences and a strong experimental motivation, Three still unmistakably sounds like Phantogram, with plenty of thick, buzzing beats and snaking melodic lines to sink your teeth into.

Three is a triumphant record, but it also bears the mark of personal tragedy. During the recording process, the band suffered a devastating loss when Barthel’s sister (and Carter’s close friend since childhood) Becky passed away of suicide. Work on music stopped immediately, but then as the duo slowly returned to the studio the aftermath of their personal loss (compounded by the deaths of David Bowie and Prince, two of Phantogram’s greatest musical heroes and inspirations) began to reverberate throughout the process, imbuing the album with varied shades of complicated, human emotion that Carter refers to as “Finding the beauty within tragedy.”

“It’s about heartbreak, and having to push forward and move on—and how challenging that is,” Barthel states. “It’s made us the people we really are, and it’s a huge part of what this record means to us.”

Along with exploring new emotional territory, Three also finds Phantogram breaking new sonic ground. The album’s eclectic, bold songs swerve from pop-inflected bangers (like lead single “You Don’t Get Me High Anymore” and album-closer “Calling All”) to the skipping melancholia of “Answer,” which strikes a perfect balance between loping hip-hop rhythms, understated balladry, and gauzy indie-rock. Meanwhile, more experimental, psych-influenced pieces like “Run Run Blood,” the harrowing Steve Reich-sample-driven “Barking Dog,” and “Funeral Pyre” (a re-working of longtime live staple “Intro” that, fittingly, opens the album) somehow are perfectly at ease alongside the darkly beautiful, cathartic ballad “Destroyer,” all capturing themes of heartbreak, anguish and perseverance; second single “Same Old Blues,” the smoky, menacing duet “You’re Mine,” and the icy determination of “Cruel World” bring listeners back to the sample-heavy, synth-driven Phantogram sound that has found them an extensive, dedicated fan base.

An iridescent record that glows with warmth even as it explores the desolation of personal pain, Three is the latest chapter in Phantogram’s impressive ascent to the forefront of music—as well as proof that nothing, at this point, can hold them back.

 We’re still obsessed with the amazing single “Fall in Love”, and its brilliant video, here below:

Biography and video courtesy of Phantogram / Republic / UMG, copyright 2017, all rights reserved.

PAUL KANTNER

Jefferson Airplane’s Paul Kantner will be greatly missed. I had the honor to meet and hear this legendary guitarist with Jefferson Airplane live, many years ago, as a guest of Janis Joplin’s band Big Brother and the Holding Company. Paul Kantner was amazing. When I first heard his work on “White Rabbit,” and (Don’t you want) “Somebody to Love,” I was blown away with his bands phenomenal sound.

About Town

 Swarming Orchids will be rocking the stage this Saturday at Bar Sinister in Hollywood.  Soriah will be joining them on stage as opener, with Askelon Sain up first.

Grimes Releases New Video

The brilliant multi-media recording artist and producer Grimes shares the official video for ‘Venus Fly,’ which she released to the world recently.  Hollywood Sentinel named Grimes as one of the Top 10 Greatest Artists of Our Time last year, and ‘Venus Fly,’ brilliantly mixing house, drum and bass, dance, techno, trance, and more, solidifies that decision. Directed and edited by Grimes, the video also features Janelle Monáe. ‘Venus Fly’ is now live online. ‘Venus Fly’ is taken from Grimes’ critically-adored album ‘Art Angels’ (4AD). Last year, Grimes toured for the album, selling out venues and headlining festivals around the world. Regarding her outstanding directing, Grimes says of the video, “We used the Phantom cameras to create a feeling of time suspended.” Check out the video here:

New Movies

Their Finest

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With London emptied of its men now fighting at the Front, Catrin Cole (Gemma Arterton) is hired by the British Ministry of Information as a “slop” scriptwriter charged with bringing “a woman’s touch” to morale-boosting propaganda films, in the motion picture from Warner BrothersTheir Finest. Her natural flair quickly gets her noticed by dashing movie producer Buckley (Sam Claflin) whose path would never have crossed hers in peacetime. As bombs are dropping all around them, Catrin, Buckley and a colorful crew work furiously to make a film  that will warm the hearts of the nation. Although Catrin’s artist husband looks down on her job,  she quickly discovers there is as much camaraderie, laughter and passion behind the camera as  there is onscreen.
GRAMMY® AWARD-WINNING  MEGHAN TRAINOR RELEASES NEW SONG “I’M A LADY” FROM “SMURFS: THE LOST VILLAGE”
GRAMMY® Award-winning MEGHAN TRAINOR will release her new song “I’m a Lady” from Sony Pictures Animation’s upcoming film Smurfs: The Lost Villagetomorrow on Epic Records worldwide. The accompanying music video will premiere next Friday, March 3.
Trainor also announced that she will be voicing one of the new characters from Smurfs: The Lost Village, SmurfMelody, in the fully animated film.
“I’m so excited to be singing ‘I’m a Lady’ for this movie,” said Trainor.  “It’s a song that I love and am very proud of, and I can’t wait for the world to finally hear it! Getting to play a small part in the film with my character, SmurfMelody, makes this all the more exciting! So happy to be a part of the Smurfs family!”
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The Greatest Rock Band of All Time

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Named the Greatest Rock Band Of All Time by subnormal magazine, and The Hollywood Sentinel– Sonic Youth is in a class by themselves. With only perhaps the late great Jimi Hendrix coming even close to the psychedelic, sonic power of guitar greatness that this band possesses, Sonic Youth has made and shaped music history since their first inception back in the early eighties.

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Influencing Nirvana heavily, and countless other bands, the style of Sonic Youth can be heard in countless so called alternative rock acts. With brilliant songwriting, genius composition, stellar lyrics, Earth shaking drums, and mind blowing guitar and bass, there simply is no rock band greater then Sonic Youth.

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I have had the pleasure to meet Sonic Youth numerous times, and see them many more times live. Their performances live are among the top 10 Greatest Concerts I have ever seen, and I have seen hundreds.  If you have not yet heard this life changing band, do yourself the favor and explore their massive and magnificent work. –Bruce Edwin

 To jog your memory:

Sonic Youth began way back in 1980 in the downtown disaster unit of NYC. First three records (Sonic Youth, Confusion is Sex, Kill Yr Idols) began in 1981 on the Neutral label started by Glenn Branca. They then signed to Gerard Cosloy’s Homestead imprint releasing Bad Moon Rising and the Flower/Halloween 12” to universal intrigue and acclaim. They switched labels to release records (Sister, Evol) on SST, the Southern California label overseen by Greg Ginn of Black Flag, while Mr. Cosloy went on to join Matador Records with Chris Lombardi. Concurrently they established a relationship with Paul Smith and Blast First Records in the UK co-releasing the Homestead and SST titles and culminating with the massive end of the decade double LP Daydream Nation, since added to the National Recording Registry at the Library of Congress. The band signed to DGC/Geffen in 1990 and began an ascendant affair there releasing Goo and Dirty to much heated excitement until the label became a scattered asylum.

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They  continued to release strange, out-of–step recordings with Geffen throughout the 90s and early 2000s. Young wizard Jim O’Rourke came on board with the band as a multi-instrumentalist/producer collaborating on two of their most progressive LPS to date, Murray Street and Sonic Nurse, as well as the ongoing series of experimental LPs on the bands own SYR imprint.  After Jim’s departure, and after releasing Rather Ripped, their final statement on Geffen (and which ranked third in Rolling Stone’s Top 50 Albums of 2006) the band recruited their pal from compatriot 90s band Pavement, Mark Ibold, to play bass. After a solid bout of touring Mark joined the band in the recording of The Eternal. The cover art is a painting by the late, great American folk artist John Fahey. This is where we live forever.  Sweet Dreams…

 Thurston Moore 2/2009

 

SONIC YOUTH is:

Thurston Moore..vocals, guitar

Kim Gordon…vocals, bass

Steve Shelley…drums

Lee Ronaldo…guitar

Mark Ibold…guitar (newer lineup)

(early version…Bob Bert…drums)

(earlier version…Richard Edson..drums)

(earlier version…Ann Demarinis…keyboards)

SONIC YOUTH RELATED TOURS

October 21 Body/Head Sao Paulo, Brazil – SESC Pinheiros
Oct 21 – Lee with Brian Chase, Suzy Ibarra @ The Stone NYC
October 22 Body/Head Sao Paulo, Brazil – SESC Pinheiros
November 1 Sun Kil Moon w/ steve shelley Shanghai, China – QSW Cul…
November 2 Sun Kil Moon w steve Beijing, China – Yugong Yishan
Nov 09 – Lee and El Rayo Band – Dudingen, Switzerland
November 10 Body/Head Baltimore, MD – Ottobar
Nov 10 – Lee and El Rayo Band – Reims, France
November 11 Body/Head Philadelphia, PA – PhilMOCA
Nov 11 – Lee and El Rayo Band – Utrecht – Le Guess Who festival
Nov 12 – Lee and El Rayo Band – Paris – Point FMR
November 12 Body/Head Brooklyn, NY – National Sawdust
Nov 13 – Lee and El Rayo Band – London
Nov 15 – Lee and El Rayo Band – Derby UK
Nov 16 – Lee and El Rayo Band – Edinburgh UK
Nov 17 – Lee and El Rayo Band – Leeds, UK
November 17 Body/Head Los Angeles, CA – Masonic Lodge – Hollywood …
Nov 18 – Lee and El Rayo Band – Colchester UK
Nov 10 – Lee and El Rayo Band – Brugge Belgium
Nov 21 – Lee and El Rayo Band – Cologne, Germany
Nov 22 – Lee and El Rayo Band – Berlin, Germany

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Raps Brave Warrior–Chill E.B.

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Chill E.B. Rocks the World with Message of Truth–An Exclusive Interview

–By Bruce Edwin

To those who say that music is unimportant to life, let them try live without out it. Music touches the soul. It is the heart of a nation, a city, a scene, or an individual. Nations have ‘National Anthems’ that lift up countries in efforts at patriotism. The most important landmarks of life or the remembrance of life are commemorated with music at marriages, funerals, peace marches and victory parades. Music can bridge colors, races, creeds and lands.

It can lift up the soul and bring happiness like few art forms can. Music is the heart of worship among countless religions, the bond that binds groups in unity, victory, and love. Music is not merely important to life, music ‘is’ life, and without it, life itself would be near meaningless; a mute player, yearning to sing, stumbling through a silent land of light and shadows.

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The Power of Rap

One of music’s greatest powers is the power of change through the message of ‘the word.’ The musical genre known as rap gave rise to its greatest stars when its artists were the bravest, speaking out against racism, poverty, discrimination, police brutality, slavery, and more. Of the small handful of rap pioneers that escaped the underpinnings of drugs, gang violence, and misogyny in their lyrics or life, perhaps only three such acts remain; Public Enemy, M.I.A., and Chill E.B.

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Dropping on the world a myriad of powerful new singles with a unified message, Chill E.B. infuses politics, social commentary, and human rights into his message to help galvanize a new generation to seek better education, take direct action, and institute positive change.

Human Rights Activist

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Trailblazing rap artist, actor, humanitarian, community activist and youth advocate, Chill E.B. has the unique gift that a select few artists have; a powerful, galvanizing voice, a strong, poetic, lyrical creation, and a musical mastery of the songwriting field. With this unstoppable combination, he has been jet setting around the world, literally, for the past several years, tearing up stage after stage, in front of hundreds of thousands with his message of truth and hope.

Born in Jacksonville, North Carolina, Chill E.B. spent the majority of his early childhood in Germany. Just following high school, he served in the U.S. Army. At an intimidating 6 foot 5 inches tall, the United States Veteran later received a basketball scholarship to Lon Morris Junior College and East Texas State University, which he accepted.

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While attending university, he had a role in a theatrical play called “Judgement Of The Troublemakers.” Screen legend James Earl Jones who was in attendance, and was moved by Chill E.B.’s performance. Mr. Jones encouraged him to continue to pursue the arts further, which he wisely did.

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After a few semesters Chill E.B. moved to California. Soon after, he released his first single “Freedom” on an independent label. He received national attention in 1992 with his video “Menace To Society”, which was played on rotation across American television screens (BET, Video JukeBox and California Music Channel).

Menace to Society

Chill E.B. was inspired to write his defiant song “Menace To Society,” when he heard a tragic story about a 13 year old boy who dealt drugs to help feed his mother and sister. In the year 1993, Punk rock legend Jello Biafra of the Dead Kennedy’s heard Chill E.B. at a gig Chill E.B. played at. Jello soon thereafter released Chill E.B.’s 1st EP, entitled “Born Suspicious,” on Alternative Tentacles Records. Chill E.B.’s songs were also placed in motion picture films and T.V. shows including “NBC movie of the week Father & Son,” “Dangerous Relations,” “Nash Bridges,” and “Harts of the West” on CBS, among more.

Chill E.B, also an accomplished voice over talent and screen actor, then recorded the theme song for the Golden State Warriors “Don’t Stop The Noise.” He appeared in the Warner Brothers movie “Mad City,” and on National commercials including those for Sega Genesis, The San Francisco Giants, Partnership For Drug Free America, Nike, Nickelodeon, and the National Basketball Association, (NBA), among more. He most recently was hired to create the hit “Oakland Raiders Theme Song,” titled ‘Raider Nation,” for the 2015-2016 season.

Y’all Busted!

In 1994, Chill E.B. took a break from recording to start a family, returning later, with a fury. In 2008, he created his own record label; Kathartic Music Group, and in 2010, he dropped on the world his controversial single titled “Y’all Busted,” a damning indictment of the psychiatric industries greed, corruption, and abuse.

Define Better

His next searing hit single, “Define Better,” continued his theme of confronting crooks, con artists, and killers in the psychiatric industry head on, challenging the billion dollar industry to explain mental labels and their so-called ‘cures,’ that are created anew each year. The undeniably great song commanded headlines around the world. A-List stars John Travolta and Kelly Preston even showed their support by putting Chill EB’s video on their websites. A flurry of newspapers around the country and world courted controversy, by covering Chill E.B’s daring new work, with slants of sensationalism.

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On a massive international world tour since 2010, Chill E.B. has impressively injected his music into the hearts and minds of countless crowds in over 25 countries, and growing. Due to his staunch activism to spread the truth and confront evil head on, he has received a growing list of commendations and humanitarian awards, including;

-Proclamation from the Mayor of Jacksonville, NC proclaiming August 14 as Chill E.B. Day

-California Peace Award, presented by The California Wellness Foundation, and

-CCHR Human Rights Award, for his “outstanding contribution through music to raising awareness about a child’s right to be label and drug free,” among more.

It doesn’t get much better than that when it comes to making the world a better place, through the art of music. And with that, we are very pleased to bring you here our second rare, exclusive interview with rap star Chill E.B.

Listen to that now, here, by clicking on the left arrow in the link here below. Users of Firefox are encouraged to listen via Chrome or i.e. if delay occurs.

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This entirety of this content is copyright, 2016, The Hollywood Sentinel, USA, all world rights reserved. No part of this written, recorded or visual content may be produced in whole or in part without express written permission from The Hollywood Sentinel and the office of Bruce Edwin. The Hollywood Sentinel, subnormal magazine, Chill E.B., and affiliates are not responsible for any real or alleged physical, mental, psychological, emotional, spiritual, educational, philosophical, epistemological, or any other possible claimed damage or damages from reading, watching, or listening to this content which are the express viewpoints of the artist(s). Prove it! –subnormal magazine