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Ten Music signs Last Gang Records

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Fresh from SXSW, Ten Music is thrilled to announce the signing of Record Label Last Gang from Toronto, Canada.

Last Gang Records is a Canadian based record label formed by music industry attorney Chris Taylor. Since its formation in the fall of 2002, Last Gang has released recordings by Boys Noize, Chromeo, Crystal Castles, the now defunct Death From Above 1979, Emily Haines & The Soft Skeleton, Metric, Mother Mother, The New Pornographers, Tiga, and local wunderkind Producers MSTRKRFT (pic above).

Watch for all of Last Gang‘s music, available soon on HANK™

SXSW Keynote Speaker Lou Reed Loves Dr. Dog

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If you made it down to SXSW this year, you may have caught the tribute to this years keynote speaker Lou Reed. You may have also caught the interview which you can check out in it’s entirety here. When Lou was asked out of 1500+ bands playing the festival who was his favorite, he had but one response: Dr. Dog! Give it up for our boys from West Philly and check one of the many articles about his response here .

Perez Hilton Loves New Buffalo

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It seems that “Hollywoods Most Hated Website” is showing the love for Australian songbird and Hank Artist, New Buffalo. The singer, whose real name is Sally Seltmann, was recently endorsed by everyone’s favorite gossip blogger, Britney-hater and, apparently now, indie starmaker Perez Hilton on his website.
Perez took a brief pause from dogging the Olsen Twins and outing various celebrities to discover New Buffalo, of whom he says “makes sweet, delicate yet powerful tunes that connect with a truth that’s universal.” You can find this and other “universal truths” (like Bobby Brown loves alcohol and Larry Birkhead is gay) on Perez’s website.
We’re sure you’ll love her, too–we know Feist does, as Sally Seltmann aka New Buffalo wrote her hit song “1234.”  To hear more music from New Buffalo (Arts & Crafts Records), go to Hank.

Architecture In Helsinki Live On Daytrotter

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Architecture in Helsinki recently stopped by the Daytrotter studio to do a great interview and record some live versions of songs from Places Like This. The tracks are free to download too.  Check it out on the Daytrotter site!

Sea Wolf's Night At The Museum

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Alex Church, better known as Sea Wolf kicked off the first of a new series at the Los Angeles Natural History Museum this last week. The series entitled First Fridays blends a lecture, dinner, and music amid the displays of dinosaurs and other exotic animals. Playing to a crowd of over 1,000 people, Sea Wolf was very well received. Read the L.A. Times review of the event here.

Dan Bern "Walks Hard" On Dewey Cox Soundtrack

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With the success in recent years of the music bio-pic-films like Ray, Walk the Line, and uh…Glitter – you knew a mock send-up of the genre was only a matter of time. And that time has come with the arrival of Columbia Pictures Walk Hard: The Dewey Cox Story, which hit theaters on December 21. The film chronicles the ridiculous rise and fall of fictional troubadour Dewey Cox, played by John C. Reilly.
Although the film was written by Reilly along with director Jake Kasdan (Orange County) and producer Judd Apatow (40-Year Old Virgin, Knocked Up), we were thrilled to find out many of the original (and quite hilarious) songs from the film were co-written by Messenger Records own (and Hank artist) Dan Bern. The Walk Hard soundtrack is in stores now, but to hear the Dylan-esque folk stylings of Dan Bern’s own catalog, check him out on Hank™ .

Silversun Pickups Down With Remixes

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It seems like the juggernaut that is the Silversun Pickups refuses to slow down.  Dangerbird Records recently dropped a digital-only EP of six Silversun Pickups remixes, including two versions of “Little Lovers So Polite” and a whopping four (!) remixes of their signature hit “Lazy Eye.” Both originals are taken from their hugely successful debut full-length Carnavas.

There are no slouches on remixing duties either…contributors include Jimmy Tamborello (of Dntel and Postal Service fame), KCRW’s renown DJ Jason Bentley and fellow Dangerbird artist The One AM Radio.  All tracks are killer, check out full streams of the remixes here or head over to Hank™ to give them a listen.

A Tribute to REM's Automatic For The People

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Ubiquitous blog Stereogum is following up their popular Radiohead tribute album with another great tribute, this time to REM’s Automatic For The People. A number of artists on the Ten Music roster are involved – including Dr. Dog (Park the Van), Dappled Cities (Dangerbird Records) and Figurines (The Control Group). As always, the time to get this group of tracks is limited – so get over there in a hurry!!!

Matthew Dear Tour Kicks Off, Proclaimed George Clooney of Electro-Pop by Blender

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Matthew Dear kicked off his United States tour recently at the Mercury Lounge in NYC. The tour, which has seen the well known DJ/Producer step out from behind the decks and pick up guitars, drum sticks and really whatever else he can get his hands on, has people buzzing. Flavorpill and Blender both covered the event. Dear will coming to a city near you soon – with the Mobius Band – in a tour not to be missed.dear2.gifdear2.gif

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Dangerbird Records Nominated For Alternative Label of the Year!

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Big love to our friends over at Dangerbird Records – they were just nominated by R&R for Alternative Label of the Year. Standing in company with the other nominees such as Sub Pop and Astralwerks is something we are all very proud of! To see the entire list of awards and nominees look here.

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