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Picastro's "Whore Luck" Reviewed on Pitchfork (7.0)


One of Polyvinyls latest releases was reviewed on Pitchfork today – and given the rating of 7.0. Have a look here.

AIH Featured in XLR8R! Tour Dates Announced!

Our good friends on Polyvinyl Records, XLR8R Places Like ThisArchitecture in Helsinki continue to strike love in the hearts of people everywhere! XLR8R, Under the Radar, Anthem, Rolling Stone and many more have jumped on board with their thoughts on Places Like This which remained in CMJ’s Top 10 for the 5th straight week. Tour dates below!

XLR8R Places Like This

10/10 Philadelphia, PA @ Starlight Ballroom
10/11 New York, NY @ The Gramercy Theatre
10/12 Brooklyn, NY @ Studio B
10/13 Boston, MA @ Paradise Rock Club
10/16 Chicago, IL @ Metro
10/18 Toronto, ON, CAN @ The Opera House
10/19 Montreal, QC, CAN @ La Tulipe
10/23 Madison, WI @ High Noon Saloon
10/24 Minneapolis, MN @ 400 Bar
10/26 Denver, CO @ Ogden Theatre
10/29 Seattle, WA @ The Showbox
10/30 Portland, OR @ Crystal Ballroom

11/01 San Francisco, CA @ Fillmore
11/02 San Diego, CA @ House of Blues
11/05 West Hollywood, CA @ Troubadour
11/06 West Hollywood, CA @ Troubadour
11/07 West Hollywood, CA @ Troubadour
11/09 Tucson, AZ @ Solar Culture
11/10 Tucson, AZ @ Solar Culture
11/12 Norman, OK @ Opolis
11/13 Denton, TX @ Hailey’s
11/14 Austin, TX @ Emo’s
11/15 New Orleans, LA @ The Republic
11/16 Tallahassee, FL @ Club Downtowner

Silversun Pickups Video Featured on!!

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The Silversun Pickups have a new video and it’s featured now on Head over and check it out now.

Office, masses, gearing up for LA Showcase

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Office is on the way – are you ready?

That’s right New Line’s Office are going to playing a very special guest list only party this week Wednesday – and it’s sure to be an amazing show.

Haven’t checked out Office yet? Have a listen on hank!

Of Montreal Tours & Helsinki Cracks Top 5 on CMJ!

Architecture in Helsinki’s Places Likes This moved up to #4 on the CMJ Top 200 this week behind such heavyweights as Tegan and Sara, Interpol, and Spoon.

Way to go guys!

Of Montreal is hitting the road and will be everywhere this fall! If you have not seen them on tour – it’s a show not to be missed! Here are the dates:

09/28 Carrboro, NC @ Cat’s Cradle
10/02 Knoxville, TN @ Bijou Theatre
10/03 Urbana, IL @ Canopy Club
10/04 Milwaukee, WI @ Pabst Theatre
10/05 Minneapolis, MN @ First Avenue
10/06 Chicago, IL @ Cabaret Metro
10/07 Chicago, IL @ Cabaret Metro
10/08 Oberlin, OH @ Hale’s Gym @ Oberlin College
10/09 Detroit, MI @ Majestic Theatre
10/10 Buffalo, NY @ The Tralf
10/11 Philadelphia, PA @ the Trocadero
10/12 Boston, MA @ The Roxy
10/13 New York, NY @ Roseland
10/14 Baltimore, MD @ Ram’s Head Live
10/31 Athens, GA @ 40 Watt Club
11/01 New Orleans, LA @ House of Blues
11/02 Houston, TX @ Numbers
11/03 Austin, TX @ Fun Fun Fun Fest
11/04 Dallas, TX @ Granada Theatre
11/05 El Paso, TX @ Club 101
11/06 Tempe, AZ @ Marquee
11/07 Tuscon, AZ @ Rialto
11/08 Los Angeles, CA @ Avalon
11/09 Los Angeles, CA @ Avalon
11/12 San Francisco, CA @ Great American Music Hall
11/13 San Francisco, CA @ Great American Music Hall
11/14 San Francisco, CA @ Great American Music Hall
11/16 Salt Lake City, UT @ In the Venue
11/17 Denver, CO @ Ogden Theatre

Sea Wolf to play Sunset Junction

Everyone’s favorite, Alex Church aka Sea Wolf will play Sunset Junction this weekend in LA. I’ll be celebrating by drinking Pimm’s and wandering thru the Junction. Would love to see you guys there – it’s going to be a great day. Alex will be playing with the likes of Blonde Redhead and Ben Harper amongst others!

Read more on the junction and Sea Wolf here.

Ten Music Upcoming Shows!!!

Summer madness is in full swing people and we have the shows to prove it. Have a look at the upcoming shows in your area -

7/25 // Dappled Cities w/ Tokyo Police Club // Los Angles, CA // Troubador

7/26 // Scissors for Lefty // Austin, TX // Stubb’s

7/26 // Midnight Movies // Los Angeles, CA // Hammer Musuem

7/28 // Daedelus w/ Boom Bip & more! // San Francisco, CA // Terrorbird Party!

7/28 // Mexican Institute of Sound // Los Angeles, CA // Getty Musuem

So much more!

Have a listen to these guys on hank now!

Grand National in Billboards Top 25 of 2007

Grand National Drink/Quick Decision Cover Art

Billboard has listed Grand National as one of the Top 25 Indie albums you should check out this year!! What’s better? They are not the only ones who have some nice things to say about our friends – have a look at some of the press below!
“An indie rocker’s idea of Saturday Night Fever.”Billboard

“Club music this subtle and tender should be savored just as it is.”NY Daily News

“Lead single “By The Time I Get Home…” sounds where Ian Brown should have gone after Golden Greats, with baby ass-smooth synth lines propelled by a synthetic Caribbean steel plate hook and Lower East Side street-walkin’ attitude.”

“Grand National’s stylistic diversity and uplifting, unmistakably British flavor have the kind of staying power that will outlast the hyphenated dance fads”Flaunt

“Grand National mixes doses of Madchester, house and the romantic-pop of ’80s new wave. It’s progressive dance music with a soul”

A Drink & A Quick Decision is the kind of album you’d hear while enjoying cocktails in an über hip lounge. This album is suitable for all moods, whether you want to mindlessly let the beats take over you while driving, dancing around in your room, or crying in the corner”The Tripwire

“Taking another step towards yacht rock supremacy, this UK duo’s second album has lost some of the poppy jangle found on their debut. But it is replaced with grander harmonies and gauzier production, making this smooth as John Oat’s bare upper lip these days”URB

“A Drink and a Quick Decision positions Grand National as an important artistic force that is far from exhausting its seemingly bottomless wellspring of inspiration.”

“One of 2007′s best ballads, with a stark acoustic guitar strummed against a smart pair of rhythmic backdrops.” Referring to “Joker And Clown”Stylus Magazine

Of Montreal Releases New Video – "Suffer For Fashion"

Of Montreal has released their latest video and it’s here for all you guys to check out!


Of Montreal Releases New Video - “Suffer For Fashion”

Rondo Brothers Prepped to Release CD, Release Show Upcoming

That’s right – The Rondo Brothers, composers for Ten Music are releasing their latest work and throwing a party to celebrate this weekend at The Independent (RSVP to maxwell if interested, you know what to do) – and people are talking.

San Francisco’s Weekly is giving them the love calling them a “powerful pop force”, take a gander at the full article here.

Also getting love here and here!!!

Another article was written on Jim Greer (half of The Rondo Brothers) via Fanactic – and the majority of it is below:

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San Francisco’s Jim Greer is a man with so much going on in his professional life that he could easily fill a book — or at least your headphones. The man who comprises one half of the production team and music makers, The Rondo Brothers, has plenty to keep him busy behind the boards, as well as a new Rondos record out now called Seven Minutes To Midnight. This is, of course, in addition to Big Bad Beautiful Dreams, his latest solo record as Diamond Jim, one third of “The Bedroom Trio” of singer-songwriters that includes Trevor Childs and Herman Jolly.

As if all of this weren’t enough, to compliment Greer’s prolific and accomplished musical endeavors as a producer and artist, he is kept very busy with his music composition work for commercials, his state-of-the-environment recording facility, and his record label group, Citrus To Citrus. Between artists Head Automatica, Galactic, and Handsome Boy Modeling School, Greer appears on 250,000+ records sold as a session player, writer, or producer, etc. Greer has also toured with and opened for The Rapture, Interpol, and The Cure.

The Rondo Brothers: “Another gloriously uncategorizeable record from the Rondos. Weird, melodic pop and subtle funk featuring a slew of guest vocalists and players. This makes me want to drink wine coolers on a sailboat…”XLR8R

When Greer and musical partner Brandon Arnovivk make Rondo Brothers music, they treat it as a simple, fun process of layering ideas that sometimes come in five minutes, and other times gestate for months. The duo also has a roundtable of friends who drop in. Letting other bad-ass musicians and singers put a stamp on a Rondo Brothers track is par for the course. The artists that The Rondo Brothers work with are people that they would like to hang out with regardless.

A record release celebration for Seven Minutes To Midnight will take place at San Francisco’s Independent on Sept. 14th. Frequent DJ Shadow/Quannum Projects collaborator Bing Ji Ling (LINK) who appears on the Seven Minutes To Midnight track “Until We All Fall Down” (MP3) will join the Rondos at this special show. Need a “Rondo Reminder” the day of the gig? The band was recently featured by Virgin Moble, so go ahead and grab a Rondo Brothers ringtone! (LINK). The Rondo Brothers will also join Galactic onstage in San Francisco at the Independent on July 25th and 26th. Be there!

This tradition of exploration and collaboration continues on Seven Minutes To Midnight. Two featured tracks from the album that show this off include “Crazed” (MP3) and “Hard Rocks The Roof.” (MP3). “Crazed” is a collaboration with Craig Bonich from Head Automatica and “Hard Rocks The Roof” is a love song enhanced by the vocals of Pedro Shanahan, who also sings lead on the Rondo tracks “Dune Stalker” (MP3) and “In The Valley” (MP3).

At first reluctant to shine the spotlight too much on this aspect of his artistry, Greer is now okay with it, joking, “Now that Wilco has sold their whole album to Volkswagen and Sonic Youth is doing a Starbucks record, fuck it.” It all means that Greer is happy to mention that he has just completed the music for a Haynes commercial featuring Michael Jordan and Cuba Gooding, Jr. which will also includes some Rondo Brothers tunes as part of the online marketing campaign. (Coming soon to Ten Music’s NEW site.)
The Rondo’s commercial work situation presents an environment where they are literally being asked to write a 60-second song every day. While their clients usually have something in mind, they also want a really original piece of music. To accomplish this, Greer generates a bunch of ideas, edit himself quickly, and at the end of the day (if he has that long!) trusts his judgment.

He explains, “This process can only be likened to that of a portrait painter – you know that when it’s all over it needs to look like the person, but you also need to make quick choices along the way. Quick planning and execution are the essential elements for success – sometimes jobs come in and music is literally needed within six hours. That’s very different from the album process – you make an album, and then you wait forever for it to slowly seep out into the world. With the commercial work, it goes out instantly to millions of people. It’s really bizarre how that happens – on one hand, you can get paid to make music that goes out to all these people, but in the record industry, you’re basically begging for a break… probably from the same companies!

The Studio and Citrus To Citrus:
And where is all of this music being made anyway? In Greer’s custom built, environmentally conscious studio of course. Greer is green — make no mistake.

He emphatically states, “You wouldn’t pour oil on your roses, or have an air conditioner rotting in your living room, so why spew lots of exhaust into the air? It’s just common sense.”

Greer is referring to his preferred mode of transport — the golf cart that he tools around town in. “We just filmed a video of us driving all around San Francisco in our electric golf cart. It’s incredibly easy to park, fun to drive and just kicks ass,” he says.

Greer’s recording facility is equally environmentally friendly. In describing the room to BPM Magazine recently, he commented that in addition to using as little heat and air conditioning as possible and keeping water usage low, the Rondo’s gear – which is a hybrid of the best of digital and analog technology – is designed to run on low levels of power.

“You can be running as little as a single laptop at any point while working,” Greer says.

Jim Greer – what more is there to say about this insanely talented and hard working man? He is equally at home in a singer songwriter session as he is on the road with rappers cutting impromptu tracks in a hotel room. He lays down the grooves and creates them for others with The Rondo Brothers, quietly conjures and performs affecting singer-songwriter material as Diamond Jim, pops out television commercials on a moment’s notice in his Earth-conscious studio and finds the time and resources to release records by other talented friends. Obviously, Greer has deftly navigated many facets of the music industry, all with supreme skill, and will continue to do so until he decides to take it easy for a minute or two (which is doubtful!)

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