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M.I.A. 

One of the greatest artists of our time, the beautiful and brilliant M.I.A. is back in action we are thankful to say, from her new film, to new material, and a tour.

Jacob Banks (Interscope Records) has released his new sophomore album. The Nigerian-born Brit introduces Village with lead single “Be Good To Me” ft Seinabo Sey. Produced by xSDTRK (Usher, Jennifer Lopez) and Laleh Pourkarim (Ellie Goulding),

Jacob Banks, Photo Credit: Grace Rivera, used with kind courtesy. All rights reserved.

Village is Jacob’s first full-length album, following his self-released The Monologue EP, The Paradox EP, and his Interscope Records debut The Boy Who Cried Freedom. Working alongside renowned producers including Paul Epworth (Adele, James Bay, FKA twigs) and Malay (Frank Ocean, Sam Smith, Lorde),  Jacob states, “Village is about celebrating the things that make us who we are, the good, the bad, and the questionable.”

Jacob recently made his U.S. television debut on Late Night with Seth Meyers performing critically-acclaimed single “Unknown (To You),” which has amassed over 12 million views. This summer, Jacob’s track “In the Name of Love” was featured as the theme song for The Equalizer 2 starring Denzel Washington.

Having supported artists including Alicia Keys on tour among others, Jacob has gone on to play sold-out headlining tours and major festivals around the world.  Earlier this year, he made his Coachella debut and performed at Sasquatch, BottleRock, and Shaky Knees, Afropunk and North Coast Music Festival, in addition to a series of international dates. Jacob has previously played major festivals such as Lollapalooza, Austin City Limits, Firefly and The Meadows, among others.

Hollywood Sentinel states, “Jacob Banks is a dynamic, vibrant new artist whose daring and unique songs soar with passion, life, and originality. His sound harkens back to a dark age of smoky blues, slavery and chain gangs, mixed with a perfect twist of modern pop beauty, breakbeat, and a ray of hope.  Brilliant work, and a spectacular voice.  “Unknown (to You)” below is outstanding.”  

Lana Del Rey just dropped a new single and video this week, which is beautifully great, below:

Music Industry

subnormal urges our music industry clients to use Ticketfly, which we have good experience with, rather than a shorter named ticketing company which we have had bad experience with, who spams fans, and requests annoying downloads, among more.

Yeah Yeah Yeahs will be playing September 29th at the Ohana Festival at Doheny State Beach in Dana Point, CA. Unfortunately, they will not be headlining, which appears to instead be headed by Eddie Vedder.  Johnny Marr will join them on stage, among others.

Ex-Cult will be hitting The Echo on October 9th.

PIG and KVC (Kevorkian Death Cycle) will be playing at Union On October 10th.

GOBLIN’s own Claudio Simonetti will be performing the legendary Dario Argento horror classic  ‘Suspuria’ score at Union on November 8th.  We hear Ogre from Skinny Puppy (now also on tour) is a big fan.

Grimes 

The genius of Grimes, found in literally every one of her songs, is something we can love any day.  The fashion world was shocked when she brought her date, billionaire Elon Musk to the Met Ball. We weren’t that surprised. Like Elon, Grimes is out of this world.

Billie Eilish has dropped new material on the music industry and just skyrocketed; justifiably so. Her work is outstanding, and below is one of our favorites.

We don’t get tired of this song which is just a masterpiece by Wolf Alice, and the video just kind of makes you want to fall in love and ride the subway.

Ronnie rocked it with Escape the Fate until he got in some trouble and got replaced in that band. He’s back with Falling in Reverse and killing it better than ever before. With outstanding vocals, excellent songwriting, and a rocking band, we wish him the very best of continued success, and a very special shout out to Epitaph.

Amber Town from Italy jams here with Elektra on vocals. An exciting band we definitely want to hear more of.

Pussy Riot states that, “Our friend, brother, comrade Petr Verzilov is in reanimation. His life is in danger. We think that he was poisoned.”  We wish Petr a quick and speedy recovery to good health.

One of our favorites, will be performing at the El Rey next week September 18th. A not to miss show.

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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

Image, copyright, 2017, Warner Brothers, all rights reserved.
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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