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John Mayer and his Blue Steel pose

john-mayerWhat in gods name is John Mayer thinking with this photo from his most recent photo shoot? Who dressed him and told him to pose like that? This isn’t an underwear commercial or a Victoria Secret Runway. I mean I know he isn’t scantily clad but look at that ridiculous pose and outfit, he’s like Zoolander! What the heck!?

ohn Mayer’s new album Paradise Valley is available to stream in its entirety exclusively on iTunes beginning today (iTunes.com/JohnMayer). The album will be available to stream until August 20th.

Paradise Valley, the latest album from Grammy Award-winning singer, songwriter and musician John Mayer, will be released on August 19, and is available now to pre-order on iTunes.  Mayer produced Paradise Valley with longtime collaborator Don Was, who also co-produced Mayer’s #1 charting Gold-certified 2012 release Born and Raised, and has worked on albums for acts such as the Rolling Stones, B.B. King and Bonnie Raitt.

“Paper Doll,” the first single from Paradise Valley, is available now on iTunes, and the lyric video already has more than 3 million views.  People gave the “bittersweet beauty” 3 1/2 stars and Billboard called it “a perfectly crafted pop song,” remarking that “Mayer’s voice has triumphantly returned.”  Mayer performed “Paper Doll,” as well as previous hits “Waiting On The World To Change” and “Queen of California,” on the Today Show on July 5.

Fans who pre-order the album on iTunes will instantly receive a download of the track “Wildfire.”  A lyric video for “Wildfire,” featuring footage of Mayer performing live, was posted today and can be viewed here:


Amelia’s fave song “Ho Hey” goes double platinum

TheLumineersPublicityShot3PhotocreditScarletPageMy baby girl, Amelia, will be 11 weeks old this week. Sometimes when she is over tired and needs help calming down I sing to her or play music from my iPhone. Her favorite song, the one which quiets her down faster than any other is “Ho Hey” by The Lumineers. I have learned it well and know all the words by heart. Such a great song!

Grammy-nominated band The Lumineers will be the musical guests on Saturday Night Live on January 19, hosted by Jennifer Lawrence.

The band’s Grammy-nominated self-titled debut album (nominated for Best New Artist and Best Americana Album) continues to gain momentum on the charts, finally cracking the Billboard Top 10 last week with over 61,000 copies sold. The album has sold almost 700,000 copies since its release last April by Dualtone, almost always selling more records each week than the previous week.

The album is anchored by the band’s popular first single “Ho Hey” which has just gone double-platinum, and is quickly moving towards triple platinum with the band selling over 300,000 copies last week alone with a running total of nearly 2,400,000 copies sold. This accomplishment comes only weeks after the song went platinum, which was just over 6 months in the making, with the band selling on average 50 thousand copies of the song every week since its release.

The Lumineers are the first independent label artist to have a debut single reach #1 at three separate formats–Triple A, Alternative & Hot AC. “Ho Hey” spent eight weeks at #1 at Triple A radio and two weeks at #1 at Alternative Radio. The song is currently #1 on Billboard’s Rock Chart and #4 on the Hot 100. The debut album and “Ho Hey” were both #1 at Spotify for some time in December, and are currently sitting at #2 on the music streaming service.

The band’s second single “Stubborn Love” is following in the footsteps of its predecessor. “Stubborn Love” is currently sitting at #1 at AAA Radio, and is Top 20 at Alternative radio.

The band are preparing to hit the road in the US for some dates on the east coast, all of which sold out almost instantly. World-wide, the band is selling out every date they play. See below for complete itinerary.

Upcoming Tour Dates

January 30 – Washington, DC @ DAR Constitution Hall

January 31 – Upper Darby, PA @ Tower Theatre

February 1 – New York, NY @ Terminal 5

February 2 – New York, NY @ Terminal 5

February 4 – Boston, MA @ House of Blues

February 5 – Pittsburgh, PA @ Stage AE

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They Might Be Giants raising awareness and money for The Global Fund For Children

Photo Credit: Shervin Lainez

Brooklyn’s beloved They Might Be Giants changed the face of children’s music in 2002 with the release of their first family album, No! The band teamed up with international children’s charity organization The Global Fund For Children and Emily Oberman of Pentagram NY this summer, asking people around to submit 3 photos – a portrait, their country’s flag & an image that represents their culture – via Twitter & Tumblr. The band received hundreds of submissions and feature quite a few in their new music video for the new extended version of “Alphabet of Nations.” All proceeds from limited edition “Alphabet of Nations” t-shirts & posters, go to the Global Fund for Children. Check out the new “Alphabet of Nations” video directed by Emily Oberman.

After the release of No!, They Might Be Giants saw continued success in the world of kid’s music with 2005’s Here Come The ABCs and 2008’s Here Come The 123s, both which received GRAMMY nominations. Here Come The 123s went on to earn the band their second GRAMMY Award, for “Best Children’s Album.” The bonus extended version of “Alphabet of Nations” appears on TMBG’s new deluxe edition re-issue of No! in celebration of the album’s 10-year anniversary.

All Proceeds from Limited Edition “Alphabet of Nations” T-Shirts & Posters Go To The Global Fund For Children
* Designed by Pentagram NY

The Global Fund for Children envisions a world where all children grow up to be productive, caring citizens of a global society. Their mission is to advance the dignity of children worldwide, by making small grants to innovative community-based organizations working with many of the world’s most vulnerable children and by harnessing the power of children’s books, films, and documentary photography to promote global understanding.

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Amber Rubarth Tour Now Supporting New Live Album Sessions ‘From The 17th Ward’

Over the course of her career, singer-songwriter Amber Rubarth has been lauded for her live performance – creating an intimate atmosphere as though she’s singing right to your soul. It’s this quality of craftsmanship and sincerity in her songwriting that NPR’s Bob Boilen admits, “I was attracted by her honesty and humor.” And the Huffington Post’s Phil Ramone regards her as “part of the new old-soul generation.”

This fall, Amber (guitar, piano, vocals) is creating unique new arrangements of her songs accompanied by Grammy-nominated Deoro – Dave Eggar (cello, vocals), Ariel Dela Portilla (bass), and Chuck Palmer (drums) – at the Pro-Arts Educational series in Virginia in addition to tour dates and festivals.

This new musical direction is also evident on her latest release, Sessions From The 17th Ward, which became available October 2, 2012 on Chesky Records. The album features Dave Eggar (cello), Tim Snider (violin) and Chuck Palmer (percussion) and was recorded live in HD Binaural+ around one microphone at St. Elias Church in Brooklyn, NY.

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Foo Fighters
Dave Grohl, Foo Fighters (Photo credit: NRK P3)

I would feel remiss to go without mentioning the Foo Fighters right now.  Their current album is 2011’s Wasting Light which is well worth several listens and with their performance and winnings at the 2012 Grammy Awards I just have to talk about them.  They were nominated in 6 categories:  Album of the Year, Best Rock PerformanceBest Hard Rock/Metal PerformanceBest Rock SongBest Rock Album and Best Long Form Music Video (for Back and Forth) and won 5 of the 6 (all but Album of the Year).

Following the death of Kurt Cobain in 1994 Dave Grohl pressed on forming the Foo Fighters with himself as the sole permanent member of the band at the time.  18 years and 11 Grammys later they’re still rocking on cranking out hit after hit.  Grohl and his mates have discovered a formula for success in modern rock and they are not shy about putting it to use on each of their studio efforts.  Fortunately for us fans that formula translates excellently into live concert energy.  I was lucky enough to see the Foo Fighters on tour when I was in college in support of One By One  and to this day that concert remains one of my favorites of all time.

If you heard Grohl’s acceptance speech for Best Rock Performance he just gets it.  Music is human.  It’s from the heart and soul.  It’s fun.  That comes though on every one of their albums and at every one of their shows, even as he’s cracking some god awful jokes in between songs.  Congratulations on the latest Grammy wins and keep it up guys, I’ll be waiting to pop the cork on the Foo Fighters 20th Anniversary two years from now!

Go give a listen to Wasting Light and see what you think.  Rock on.

Foo Fighters on the web


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My favorite Spotify Applications Moodagent, We Are Hunted and …

Okay so I am fairly certain most music people out there are using Spotify or at least have heard of it. I was an avid Pandora listener at work but I honestly got tired of hearing the condom commercials every other song. Plus, I found that even when I changed channels I often was face with hearing the same tracks over and over again. Anyway, I still have a fond place in my heart for Pandora.

So Spotify. At first it was confusing. It picked up all my music from my iTunes library I supposed finding the files on my computer which was cool. Spotify allows you to stream any artist you like and it finds albums throughout their entire career – including collaborations. You’ll see all the new materials which is out there for Top 40, Indie, Rap, Hip Hop, Grassroots and any other genre you happen to like.

Yet the main reason I find myself stuck on Spotify lately are their applications. I love three different applications in particular: “We Are Hunted,” “Fuse,” and “Moodagent.”

We Are Hunted is the newest one I started trying out and essentially it scopes out the most recent popular searches for music and brings them to the forefront so you can see what other users are looking for, listening to and rating. As a music blogger this is incredibly helpful and gives me great insight. It’s also pretty dead on, at least right now, Jack White is #1 and Lana Del Ray is showing up as #2 which I’d have to say is a fair judgement. Pull up “We Are Hunted” and there you have it, a nice little top 24 of newly discovered sweet music that you’ll love and it won’t be the Top 40!

Fuse, okay, so I love Fuse because they give you playlists that correspond with that is going on the media. So for instance yesterday on February 1, 2012 they released a Grammy Essentials Playlist to get you up to speed on all the genres you’ll be hearing about during the Grammys. The list includes Adele, Kanye, Radiohead, Foo Fighters, The Band Perry and a bunch of other great artists and groups that will be talked about FOR SURE during the award show.

Moodagent plays music based on the mood or tempo you are looking for. This one isn’t always spot on for me but I enjoy testing it and hopefully it will be better tweaked if the application gets more users. You can reorder the playlist it creates for you based on whether you want the tempo to be on a bell curve or straight up or straight down which is interesting. During the work hours I enjoy an uptempo list and so I’ll think of a song that gets me pumped, type it in and then see the rest of the list which Moodagent builds for me. It rarely ever picks songs I would have thought to pick and so in that respect it is pretty cool.


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Cut Copy Release “Sun God” Andy Weatherall Remix MP3

Cut Copy’s stellar Zonoscope was just nominated for the Best Dance/Electronica Album GRAMMY. The album’s closing track, “Sun God”, showed us just how epic Cut Copy can get. Andy Weatherall’s remix brings out the track’s seductive groove and whispers. Download it here and please post. The Sun God single, with two remixes by Andrew Weatherall, will be available in digital and vinyl formats on Jan 20th (AUS), Jan 23rd (UK/EU), and Jan 24th (US).

This is the band’s first GRAMMY nomination and bookends a phenomenal year that saw the band play to rapturous audiences across the globe including a thundering Coachella set and headlining slot at Austin City Limits. The GRAMMY Awards will be held on Sunday, February 12th at Los Angeles’ Staples Center and will be televised on CBS that same day at 8 pm EST / 7 PM CST.

Zonoscope is Cut Copy’s 3rd and most ambitious work yet. It was released by Modular Records this past February and was met with critical raves ranging from Rolling Stone to Pitchfork.

Cut Copy – Sun God (Andrew Weatherall Remix) by modularpeople

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