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Regina Spektor and Ra Ra Riot are playing the benefit for Planned Parenthood at Bowery Ballroom in NYC tonight. It was sold out, but now tickets are back on sale. (thx Klaus).

More Ra Ra Riot tour dates HERE.

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Telekinesis
TelekenisisTelekenisis

"On April 7, 2009, Merge Records will release the debut album from Seattle's Telekinesis entitled Telekinesis!. Telekinesis is the project of Michael Benjamin Lerner. Michael recorded Telekinesis! at Two Sticks Audio in Seattle with producer Chris Walla (Death Cab for Cutie, The Decemberists, Tegan and Sara). Michael wrote and sang all of the songs and played nearly all of the instruments on the album, but tours with a full band that includes David Broecker (guitar), Jonie Broecker (bass, keyboards), and Chris Staples (guitar)."
Telekenisis have a few shows lined up for the next few months - none in NYC yet, but they will be playing Noise Pop, SXSW, and a bunch of dates with Ra Ra Riot.

Ra Ra Riot also have a bunch of shows lined up without Telekenisis. For NYC, it's just January 22nd at Bowery Ballroom which is the Planned Parenthood Benefit with Regina Spektor that sold out before it was even announced that they were also playing the show. They're also playing Noise Pop, and SXSW, and a bunch of dates with both Passion Pit and Cut Off Your Hands.

Cut Off Your Hands officially release their debut LP, You & I, via Frenchkiss Records on January 20th. Download the first single for free above. They're also playing SXSW (as are their labelmates Passion Pit).

All tour dates below...

Continue reading "Merge signs Telekinesis, Ra Ra Riot tour dates, Planned Parenthood, Cut Off Your Hands, SXSW, some MP3's"

by Ryan Barkan

Tom Waits

When it comes to licensing, Tom Waits has a strong reputation..

Waits has steadfastly refused to allow the use of his songs in commercials and has joked about other artists who do. ("If Michael Jackson wants to work for Pepsi, why doesn't he just get himself a suit and an office in their headquarters and be done with it?") He has filed several lawsuits against advertisers who used his material without permission. He has been quoted as saying, "Apparently, the highest compliment our culture grants artists nowadays is to be in an ad -- ideally, naked and purring on the hood of a new car," he said in a statement, referring to the Mercury Cougar. "I have adamantly and repeatedly refused this dubious honor....

...In 2005, Waits sued Adam Opel AG, claiming that, after having failed to sign him to sing in their Scandinavian commercials, they had hired a soundalike singer. In 2007, the suit was settled, and Waits gave the sum to charity." [Wikipedia]

Speaking in an interview in 2005 to NPR's All Things Considered, Waits bluntly says "I'd rather have a hot lead enema" than have a song in a commercial. At the time he was referring to products like Doritos, cars and diapers. His stance isn't as strong when it comes to a good cause. His song "Never Let Go" is the soundtrack to a new PSA by the Ad Council for Feeding America.

The campaign, shot by American History X director Tony Kaye, launched November 25th and is intended to raise awareness and drive action to fight hunger in America.

Created pro bono by Ogilvy NY, the new TV, radio, print, and web advertising aims to change the way Americans look at this critical issue affecting our country and to understand the fact that many people they interact with on a daily basis may not know where their next meal will come from...

"We are thrilled to partner with Feeding America to educate Americans about just how close hunger is to each one of us," according to Peggy Conlon, President & CEO of The Advertising Council. "I believe that the 1 in 8 campaign will inspire Americans to become involved in this critical issue."

"This work uses simple visual imagery to demonstrate the reality of the fact that everyone today knows someone who is hungry," said Antonio Navas and Chris Bradley, creative directors at Ogilvy who developed the campaign. "We were very fortunate to get musician Tom Waits to contribute a beautiful piece of music - "Never Let Go" off of 2006's Orphans -- that helps bring the work to life and connect with the public in a tangible way. We believe it will have great impact on this important cause."

Per the Ad Council model, the PSAs will be distributed to media outlets nationwide this week and will run and air in advertising time and space that is donated by the media.

Waits says of the project: "We all need to be reminded that the folks who need help getting back on their feet are all members of our family." Watch the two different PSAs below.

Other Notable Licensing News:

Arcade FireAnother band that usually passes on licensing requests for its music is Arcade Fire. The Canadian band decided to let its song "My Body Is A Cage" be used in the trailer for the new Brad Pitt movie, The Curious Case of Benjamin Button.

According to the Arcade Fire's management, "This is the first time the band have used their music in this way. David Fincher asked them to look at the trailer. They all thought it was a good use of the music. They have no issue with licensing music when it's used in a creative way. It rarely happens." [Pitchfork]
Watch the trailer below.

The soundtrack to Juno continues to inspire advertising creatives. One of Barry Louis Polisar's songs from that soundtrack, "All I Want Is You", gives it a go in a spot for the National Lottery in the UK. The commercial can be seen below.

Sigur RosI've seen the commercial for Ubisoft's new Prince Of Persia game on air this past week. Just like the trailer (watch it below), the spot features the song "Saeglopur" by Sigur Ros. This is the second video game featuring Sigur Ros music - EA's trailer for Dead Space (released in October 2008) uses "Track 7" as the soundtrack.

The Shins' "Sleeping Lessons" provides a cool soundtrack to Statkraft Energy's new European commercial. Watch it at Boards Mag.

ChromeoSony has released quite a few new commercials recently for both the PS3 and PSP that have good musical soundtracks. The "Mural" spot features "Everybody Ona Move" by Michael Franti & Spearhead, "LA Plays PSP" has The Grouch featuring MURS' "The Bay To LA", and "NYC Plays PSP" uses Chromeo's "Fancy Footwork". Watch the last one below.

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TPC @ MSG (more by Chris La Putt)
Tokyo Police Club

Having just completed an extensive North American tour supporting Weezer and currently staring down a Dec. 12-23 tour of their native Canada, the four young men of Tokyo Police Club continue to laugh in the face of road fatigue: The band has announced one more run of U.S. dates beginning February 24, 2009 in Providence RI.

In other news, Tokyo Police Club will make its return to the small screen next week, following up a recent DESPERATE HOUSEWIVES cameo with a Dec. 10 late night (or early Dec. 11 for those who feel the need to be technical) performance on the LATE LATE SHOW WITH CRAIG FERGUSON.

Following the completion of the dates below, Tokyo Police Club plans to begin work on the follow up to its acclaimed debut full length Elephant Shell, which was released April 22 of this year on Saddle Creek.

The NYC show is February 25th at Webster Hall (the venue they were supposed to play before they cancelled to go on tour with Weezer). Born Ruffians are opening. Stay tuned for ticket info. All dates and openers below...

Continue reading "Tokyo Police Club - 2009 Tour Dates (w/ Born Ruffians)"

photos by Tim Griffin

Vampire Weekend

Vampire Weekend shows
Dec 3 @ Terminal 5 w/ The Teenagers
Dec 4 @ Terminal 5 w/ Telepathe
Dec 6 @ Terminal 5 w/ Fiasco & Air Bombay
Dec 8 @ Wellmont Theater w/ Ra Ra Riot
At the Woodies last week, Vampire Weekend played at the same time as Chromeo. Together they performed VW's "The Kids Don't Stand a Chance" which is also the next single VW are releasing on XL on December 9th. You can watch the Woodies now at MTVU's site. More Chromeo Weekend pictures below....

Continue reading "Vampire Weekend openers, Woodies pics w/ Chromeo "

by Ryan Barkan

Gogol Bordello @ Irving Plaza (more by Jefferson)
Gogol Bordello

The second edition of this controversial new feature is back. "It's Not Selling Out Anymore" (or is it?)...

Pacific RiftAggressive racing game, Motorstorm, was one of the most successful titles for the Playstation 3 in 2007 (selling over three million copies world wide). It was only natural then, that Sony Computer Entertainment would get a sequel out in 2008. Enter Motorstorm: Pacific Rift. The game recently hit shelves in the US at end of October and in the UK this past week. The TV spot announcing the new game brilliantly matched Motorstorm's crazy, edgy style of racing on tracks in exotic locations with the "authentic energy" of Gogol Bordello's "Wonderlust King." Watch the video of the commercial below. Gogol Bordello tour dates are HERE.

While Gogol did not make the in-game soundrack, David Bowie, Clutch, Megadeth, The Hives, Simian Mobile Disco, Death From Above 1979, and more all made the cut. Eight of the forty-five songs are exclusive to the game including a remix by Diplo of Nirvana's "Swap Meet" *.

Thurston MooreSpeaking of exclusives, The Ramones' classic jam "Sheena Is A Punk Rocker" was covered by Sonic Youth's Thurston Moore and singer Jemina Pearl (from the now defunct Be Your Own Pet). Their version exclusively premiered in this past week's episode of Gossip Girl. Love & Rockets made the episode too...though not as an exclusive.

Other Notable Licensing News:

On the tube, One Tree Hill had songs by Ra Ra Riot and Margot & the Nuclear So-So's; 90210 had Florence & The Machine, The Raconteurs, and The Bravery; Grey's Anatomy had The Bird And The Bee, Whitest Boy Alive, and Brett Dennon.

M83's "You, Appearing" provides a solemn background to a French commercial for Douleurs' "Pain Without Borders" commercial. Watch the video below. M83 is currently on a tour of the US (and in NYC this week).

Cadbury's new "Favourites" commercial features the song "Stars and Sons" by Canadian supergroup Broken Social Scene. Watch the video below. Pics from the band's recent show at the Brooklyn Masonic Temple can be seen HERE.

Bad Brains

Supreme continues its love for musical collaborations with the announcement of a Bad Brains x Supreme collection. The line consists of a couple hoodies, a t-shirt, and two different styles of Vans shoes. Bad Brains have been busy lately playing shows in Austin, NYC and elsewhere.

Iron MaidenVans recently released its fourth Iron Maiden tribute shoe, this time featuring the artwork from the Powerslave album. The Sk8-Hi and slip on models are available at the vans online store as well as local distributors.

Videos below...

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Barack Rock
Barack Rock! continues to update its pro-Obama website with free music by bands like The Teenage Prayers, Bell, Sam Champion, Ra Ra Riot, Frank Bango, Clipd Beaks, Mobius Band, Tapes n Tapes, Sera Cahoone, Port O'Brien, Salt & Samovar, Bear Hands, Au Revoir Simone, Foreign Islands and many more.

Photos by Chris La Putt

Ra Ra Riot

Ra Ra Riot and Walter Meego played their first of two NYC shows together last night (10/16). It was at Bowery Ballroom Tonight's (10/17) is at Music Hall of Williamsburg. More pictures from last night including one of RRR's setlist, below...

Continue reading "Ra Ra Riot & Walter Meego @ Bowery Ballroom, NYC - pics"

photos by Tim Griffin

Bell

Obama supporter and talented musician (Olga) Bell played a free show at Sound Fix Records in Brooklyn on Friday night. She plays another one (not free) at Glasslands on October 9.

Speaking of free shows at Sound Fix,

Oct 2, 2008 8 PM Big Terrific w/ Max, Gabe & Jenny
Comedy presented by Max Silvestri (BestWeekEver.tv), Gabe Liedman and Jenny Slate. Featuring: AZIZ ANSARI (MTV's Human Giant), ARJ BARKER (Dave on Flight of the Conchords), JACK KUKODA (writer for The Onion News Network), MATT MCCARTHY (Live at Gotham, the cable guy on those Verizon FiOS commercials), PATRICK BORELLI (presenting the 6th season of The Wire, live. You will not want to miss this.) (maxsilvestri.com)
Ra Ra Riot is also playing a free show there there October 19th 14th. More pictures of Bell below...

Continue reading "Bell played SoundFix (pics), Aziz & Arj & Ra Ra Riot will soon"

DOWNLOAD: Tokyo Police Club - Juno (Ra Ra Riot / Andrew Maury remix) (MP3)

Tokyo Police Club

Tickets are still available for the Mark Knight's Tropic Zone show happening at Mercury Lounge in NYC this Sunday.

ALSO THIS WEEKEND: Musicfest in Cranford, NJ.

photos by Leia Jospe

Ra Ra Riot @ Virgin Store

Leia stopped by Ra Ra Riot's free Virgin Megastore show the other today to take some pictures. The show was the same day RRR's new album came out on Barsuk and that is also the occasion that motivated them to release four pro-shot live-in-an-attic videos to the Internet. The first was debuted at Pitchfork. You may have seen the second one on Stereogum and you'll find the third is at the bottom of this post (under the rest of the pictures)....

Continue reading "Ra Ra Riot - Virgin store pics & a video (#3 in a 4 part series)"

Ra Ra Riot

Tickets are on sale for an October 16th Ra Ra Riot / Walter Meego show at Bowery Ballroom. That show was not included in their intitial tour announcement that did include the one they're playing one day later at Music Hall of Williamsburg. You can also catch Ra Ra Riot for free today (Aug 19, 2008) at the Virgin Megastore in Union Square. The in-store celebrates their new album 'The Rhumb Line' which is also out today. All tour dates below...

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Ra Ra Riot @ 2008 Siren Fest (more by Bao Nguyen)
Ra Ra Riot

Tickets are on sale for an October 17th Ra Ra Riot / Walter Meego show at Music Hall of Williamsburg. All tour dates below...

Continue reading "Ra Ra Riot & Walter Meego - 2008 Tour Dates "

photos by Bao Nguyen

Siren Fest 2008

Siren Fest 2008

Siren Fest 2008

Siren Fest 2008

Siren Festival Girl - m4w - 32 (* see below)

hey...you know who you are...we exchanged glances, (or was i suffering from heat stroke and imagining the whole thing??). you are the adorable indie-looking girl
approx 25-30. * this was either at the dodos, ra ra riot, steven malkmus, bss, the boardwalk, surf ave...

after i saw you i had to jump in the ocean to cool off, and i think i may have ingested discarded medical waste in the process, so don't you see...i am very deserving of your reply. [Craigslist] (via)

Pictures Continued below...

Continue reading "the 2008 Coney Island Siren Festival in pictures (part 1)"

DOWNLOAD: Ra Ra Riot - Dying is Fine (MP3)

Ra Ra Riot (more by Kyle Dean Reinford)
Ra Ra Riot

(someone told me that) Ra Ra Riot are the special guest at Union Hall tonight (July 17). It's the first show of the Spinto Band residency. Ra Ra Riot are also playing the Siren Festival on Saturday. The track in this post is off their Barsuk debut - The Rhumb Line (out August 19).

Coney Island

Islands and Ra Ra Riot have been added to the 2008 Village Voice Siren Festival - a free outdoor concert that takes place on two stages in Coney Island every year. This year's date is July 19th. Stephen Malkmus, Broken Social Scene and the rest of the lineup HERE.

The show is this Thursday in Manhattan and you have to RSVP on Going.com.

The Little Ones

The Little Ones are in town to play a show at Mercury Lounge tonight (April 24, 2008). Last night they played Maxwell's with Ra Ra Riot and that's who they keep touring with across the country starting tomorrow. Their new EP (pictured above) is out now. All dates below.....

Continue reading "The Little Ones - 2008 Tour Dates (tonight) (Ra Ra Riot) "

DOWNLOAD: Vampire Weekend - Cape Cod Kwassa Kwassa (MP3)

Vampire Ghost

I just wanted to to make the title of this post as scary as possible. Rakim & Brother Ali are both playing with Ghostface Killah at his November 16th show at Nokia Theatre. Tickets are still on sale. Ghostface's next album The Big Doe Rehab will be released by Def Jam on December 4th. Vampire Weekend's self-titled debut album will be released by XL Recordings (Radiohead's home overseas) on January 29th. More Vampire & Ghost tour dates & album news below.....

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Dan Deacon on a barge in Manchester - Aug 10, 2007 (CRED)
Dan Deacon

NY Magazine's latest unresistable *hip* event (the last one was the Band of Horses art auction) happens on September 2nd. They describe it like this:

Gather your most ruthlessly resourceful gang together to see if you can find your way to the hidden-away parts of the city and win somewhat interesting prizes. Do you know where to find boiled peanuts in New York City? Where is the original Original Ray's Pizza? Can you figure out how to-- Britney Spears style-- get married and divorced in the same day? We're going to bring you to places that you never knew existed. It'll be totes fun, we promise. The teams will be in competition to win a prize, or a few of them. Then of course, we'll reward those sore losers who couldn't claim their prize with the ultimate after party.
That afterparty features performances by none other than Dan Deacon, and one by Ra Ra Riot. The grand prize winner also gets $1000, and there's open bar all night long. The scavenger hunt starts at 2:00 pm in McCarren Park, but the show is not at McCarren Pool - secret Brooklyn party location will be given out that day. Tickets are on sale now, AND I have one pair to give away to someone who emails BVCONTESTS@HOTMAIL.COM (subject: scavenger), and tells me what color shirt Dan wore while performing at the Virgin Festival in Baltimore this year.

In other news,

Dan Deacon and Jimmy Joe Roche are currently putting the final touches on their collaborative Ultimate Reality DVD which will see a Winter release via Carpark, Deacon's current label. Dan Deacon will be touring this Sept. and Oct. - most dates are with Girl Talk.
Tickets are still on sale for the show September 15th at Webster Hall.

Ultimate Reality DVD clips, below...

Continue reading "Dan Deacon DVD & scavenger hunt in NYC w/ Ra Ra Riot"

Joanna Newsom says Ra Ra Rabbit are her favorite new band - not Ra Ra Riot who are playing their first show post-tragedy at South Street Seaport on June 29th with Sam Champion.