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Matthew Dear & His Big Hands Tour

Matthew Dear Sonar 2007

Matthew Dear’s Big Hands are slated to tour nonstop for the next two months in support of the new album, Asa Breed, all around Europe. After performances at Sónar and MUTEK, the band rolls on for a string of great dates. Check out recent interviews with Dear in Mixmag, Fact and Billboard.

iTunes Top Ten Singles features Great Northern

Great Northern

Our friends over at Eenie Meenie Records have cracked iTunes top 10 singles!!!

Congrats guys!

All Smiles Gets All Love

Jim Fairchild

Reviews and more accurately LOVE keeps pouring in from the blogger land on the Dangerbird release of Jim Fairchild’s project All Smiles. Have a look at just a few:

Mammoth Press gave a great review – as well as featuring All Smiles on the homepage!

“All Smile’s strength lies in writing simple, catchy jams with hook-laden choruses.”

Daytrotter had nothing but love as well, having this to say -

“Fairchild measured his reach perfectly, and achieved just what he set out to achieve on this one, and the proof is in the restrained confidence.”

Venus Zine gave the album an 8/10 review – read the rest here.

“Ten Readings of a Warning is an impressive debut and only the start of a bright future for Fairchild.”

We are all beaming over here…….

Of Montreal Preps New Single, Praise Builds for "Hissing Fauna"

Hissing Fauna Cover Art

Of Montreal is getting ready to release it’s next single from the critically acclaimed “Hissing Fauna, You Are the Destroyer” very soon.  We are all very excited to share it with you – or if you just can’t wait – jump on over to hank today and check out the whole album!!

The praise continues to build for our good friends – here are a few interesting comments on their latest work -

“This time Of Montreal’s music revolves around a staple of loners in studios: synthesizers, used mostly for synth-pop that looks back to the 1970s and 1980s but is warped with shifty structures and skipped beats that could trip up unwary dancers. The album’s centerpiece is the 12-minute “The Past Is a Grotesque Animal”, pulsating steadily in a spiral of self-laceration. Manic pop and depressive revelations have rarely been so closely bonded.”  -NY TIMES

“It’s clear that Barnes is one of indie rock’s most gifted songwriters.” [4.5/5 STARS] -ALTERNATIVE PRESS

“Though its Studio 54 flittering and Barry Gibb-borrowed falsettos may suggest otherwise, Fauna is Of Montreal?s first heartbroken record, an inexorable comedown from years spent gleefully raping the muses.”   –MAGNET



Of Montreal knows a thing or two about pop hooks that dig into your soft matter and won’t let go.”  -LA TIMES

Architecture in Helsinki – In Case We Die (hard)

Bruce Willis

Stereogum broke the news that, yes, Bruce Willis is a Architecture in Helsinki fan. The scene? A press conference in Belgium. The question: what are your 3 fav new bands? The answer: BRMC, The Strokes and yes….Architecture in Helsinki.

Insert funny, slightly snobby comment here.

Dangerbird Rooftop Party

Sea Wolf Rooftop

For those of you lucky enough to have caught Sea Wolf over a lunch hour filled with Tecates, great food and obviously great music – congrats. For those of you that missed it – keep your ears close to the ground there will be more to come!!!

Our friends at Dangerbird threw together a party on their own rooftop and had over a few of their friends, namely Eulogies and Sea Wolf. LAist has a feature and more pics located here!

Sea Wolf Roof Not a Pool

Sea Wolf Does NPR, Amoeba gets in on the action.

Alex Church, our good friend now known as Sea Wolf – was featured on NPR – small article. Take a listen or a glance here.

Amoeba is featuring Sea Wolf and other Dangerbird artists – yay.

Sea Wolf Billboard

Dappled Cities New Video!!

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KEXP Features Dappled Cities

Dappled Cities

KEXP <3′s Dappled Cities and featured them as their song of the day! Check it out here.

The Rondo Brothers Talk to BPM about thinking globally and acting locally, announce CD release party for Seven Minutes To Midnight.

Rondos Golf Cart

Ten Music‘s own Rondo Brothers spoke to BPM Magazine recently for an article in the magazine’s upcoming “Green” issue about how the duo contributes to environmental consciousness.

“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,” Jim Greer, one-half of the San Francisco-based production team, tells BPM. “We want to lead the charge in converting every American urban area to small electric cars only,” he continues. “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.”

The speed limit around the Rondo’s studio, which is located in Bernal Heights, is 35 mph or less, so the golf cart is street legal wherever they need to go. They love giving people rides in the golf cart and see it as a fun and globally conscious way to get around. The above mentioned video for “In The Valley” which features the Rondo’s ride can be seen HERE.

Greer also tells BPM that when the Rondos aren’t riding around in their golf cart, they can usually be found in their studio, which has been specially modified to be energy efficient. 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. Also, most of the acoustic treatment in the studio was created out of recycled materials.

The band’s low energy studio certainly yields some high energy tracks.  The record release party for the band’s upcoming album Seven Minutes To Midnight will take place at the Independent in San Francisco on July 14. Remixes of two tracks from the album are available for download now:

The Rondo Brothers – “Crazed” – Collette Remix (MP3)
The Rondo Brothers – “Until We All Fall Down” – Cubismo Grafico Pea Coat Remix (MP3)

More about The Rondo Brothers: 2006 allowed The Rondo Brothers to reach some of their widest audiences yet — thanks in part to laptop prodigy rapper MC Lars (Nettwerk) who tapped the pair to produce his underground hit “Hot Topic Is Not Punk Rock” and their contributions to the hit single “World’s Gone Mad” from Handsome Boy Modeling School. Other projects include the Rondos’ contributions to a 2006 remix by Dan The Automator (Gorillaz, Deltron 3030) for The Killers as well as a recent collaboration with him on a Peeping Tom track and Galactic’s Ruckus. The Rondos also worked on a New York Dolls remix for last year’s release on Roadrunner Records, commissioned by legendary producer Jack Douglas (Cheap Trick, John Lennon, Aerosmith). Artists seen working at the Rondo’x studio recently have included seminal guitarist Luther Dickinson from the North Mississippi All Stars, keyboardist extraordinaire Ivan Neville (Neville Brothers, Rolling Stones), F. Sean Martin of Hatebreed, and Casual from Hieroglyphics.

2007 has seen The Rondos continue to make their mark in the commercial world for Ten Music as well – working on projects ranging from Toyota to Comcast.

 Seven Minutes To Midnight is available on hank™ now to stream and download!!

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