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Former Pussycat Doll J. Sutta Reaches No.1 on Billboard Dance Chart with Her Single Distortion

February 3, 2017 by · Leave a Comment 

J. Sutta’s single Distortion has just hit No. 1 on Billboard Dance Charts in lieu of her release of her debut album on March 3rd, 2017!

The album is an elegant blend of EDM/Pop and is a personal journey of J. Sutta post Pussycat Dolls. Aurally cinematic with its peaks and pits, J. Sutta sheds her armor and reveals herself, naked and beautiful for the world to adorn her. The album takes us on a musical journey with J. Sutta, discovering the fearlessness that is being a female artist in today¹s world and loving oneself.

“The more you know yourself, the more you will love yourself. The more you love yourself, the less you will care what others think of you. This when we become authentic human beings who refuse to be living up to what others project you to be. This where we are capable of magic. With this kind of magic, we will never speak, think or act out of fear.”

The album includes two singles already released in Forever and Distortion. The former was the #1 independently released song on Top 40 Radio for four weeks straight, peaking at #55 and #58 on Rhythmic with over 1.5 Million streams and over 2 Million views on YouTube.

I Say Yes is a collaborative effort between close friends, producers and artists within the industry, I Say Yes was executive produced by multi Grammy winning Rico Love and features powerhouses like Pitbull, Hopsin, Fuse ODG, S-X, Diego Ave, Rico Love, and Dave Pensado.

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VFILES Teams Up With Madden Brothers to Create Record Label VFILES LOUD!

September 17, 2016 by · Leave a Comment 

VFILES, the global creative social-netowrking website and app, along with Joel Madden of MDDN Co., are announcing the creation of the record label VFILES LOUD!
The VFILES LOUD! partnership will offer yet another way for the VFILES community on the platform to be heard by a global audience—literally. VFILES LOUD! plans to develop and create opportunities for the artists on the VFILES platform (website and app) and the community at large. The VFILES LOUD! program—where users can submit tracks for consideration to be a part of the label and ensuing event series—will now take on an entirely new dimension.

VFILES believes that fashion and music are inseparable and can’t exist without the other. The projects and collaborations that VFILES does with the talented creative community on the VFILES platform have always involved a musical component.

“As a fan and a member of the VFILES community I’m excited about the collaboration with MDDN and VFILES and the impact we are going to be able to have on all VFILES artists. We are truly at the front of finding great new talent and bringing it to the world in the most authentic ways.”—Joel Madden, MDDN

“I have been a fan of Good Charlotte since the beginning. Joel is absolutely a brilliant songwriter and musician and understands VFIL ES in its truest sense,” says VFILES Founder Julie Anne Quay.

This year alone the LIVE AT VFILES event series has included Rae Sremmurd, Lil Yachty, Krewella, Dawn Richards, and Metro Boomin. VFILES RUNWAY has included performances by Tyga, Sophie Beem, and this season Playboi Carti along with the young band Unlocking the Truth. Jeffery (Young Thug) was a mentor for VFILES RUNWAY.

MDDN has their finger on the pulse of contemporary music, a proven track record to produce successful musical artists (including themselves), and a commitment to empowering youth—all of which align with the VFILES mission. Their Culver City, L.A studio has already worked with a number of young artists—Waterparks, Groves, Potty Mouth—and established artists like Jessie J.

These successful collaborations, along with the brother’s own success in the music industry as Good Charlotte, promise to launch the career of any young artist deserving discovery.
About VFILES
VFILES is a creative-focused social networking website and app that connects the global youth community. Users can connect, discover, collaborate, and be a part of what’s next. VFILES enables and encourages collaboration between its members in design, fashion, art, music, and more. VFILES is a movement—join us.
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Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/vfiles/?hl=en
Website: https://www.vfiles.com/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/thevfiles/?fref=ts
Snapchat: @VFILESWORLD

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KINGSGLAIVE: FINAL FANTASY XV FILM FEATURES ORIGINAL MUSIC BY COMPOSER JOHN R. GRAHAM

August 11, 2016 by · Leave a Comment 

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(August 11, 2016) Composer John R. Graham (BITCH SLAP) has written the original music to the upcoming film KINGSGLAIVE: FINAL FANTASY XV. Although the story of the action-packed full-length CG motion picture is effectively self-contained, it is also part of a complex and dynamic fictional universe shared with two other properties, BROTHERHOOD series and upcoming video game FINAL FANTASY© XV. The soundtrack also features the main theme, written by Yoko Shimomura, who composed the music for the upcoming game.

“Like Final Fantasy itself, Kingsglaive generates much of its energy through opposites. It blends magic and technology, the real and unreal, tolerance and intolerance,” said Graham. “I was brought into write filmic music that would inhabit the world of the film, a counterbalance to Yoko Shimomura’s beloved music for the Final Fantasy game series (Shimomura’s work is also featured in the film). I ended up writing about 100 minutes of music which I hope conveys this simultaneous light-and-dark feeling and underlines the contradictions of the characters, the plot and even the lighting of the film.”

The magical kingdom of Lucis is home to the sacred Crystal, and the menacing empire of Niflheim is determined to steal it. King Regis of Lucis (Sean Bean) commands an elite force of soldiers called the Kingsglaive. Wielding their king’s magic, Nyx (Aaron Paul) and his fellow soldiers fight to protect Lucis. As the overwhelming military might of the empire bears down, King Regis is faced with an impossible ultimatum – to marry his son, Prince Noctis to Princess Lunafreya of Tenebrae (Lena Headey), captive of Niflheim, and surrender his lands to the empire’s rule. Although the king concedes, it becomes clear that the empire will stop at nothing to achieve their devious goals, with only the Kingsglaive standing between them and world domination.

“In Kingsglaive, sacrifice is real and the stakes for the characters are sometimes fatal,” Graham described. “With those feelings running through the movie, the musical score has to feel large-scale and reflect the loss and hazards the characters experience.” To achieve this, he used a large orchestra plus electronic elements and the human voice. “The entire arsenal! Musically the score moves back and forth between dark and light, reflecting the ambiguity and changing position of both the characters and even the place, Lucius, where much of the action occurs.”

John R. Graham has written scores for over a dozen feature films, video games, TV (live action and animation), documentaries, and trailers for movies and games. He’s provided music for Square Enix, DeNA, Bethesda Softworks, The Creative Assembly, Disney, LucasArts, Universal, Warner Brothers, 20th Century Fox, ABC, CBS and many others.

John’s film credits include BITCH SLAP (directed by Rick Jacobson), MY BROTHER’S WAR (directed by and starring James Brolin), and ALLEGED (directed by Tom Hines). His music appears in dozens of movie and game trailers including STAR WARS FALLEN EMPIRE, CINDERELLA, THE ELDER SCROLLS, THE BOX TROLLS, HOW TO TRAIN YOUR DRAGON 2, DISHONORED 2, BOOK OF LIFE, BATMAN: ARKHAM KNIGHT, and AVATAR.

John grew up near the Blue Ridge Mountains, and holds degrees from Williams College and Stanford University. The son of two professors, John has nurtured the two halves of his brain, having worked both as a high level-business executive for Fortune 500 companies and as a film and game composer.

Stage 6 Films and Square Enix present KINGSGLAIVE: FINAL FANTASY XV in theaters on August 19, 2016 and on Digital August 30. The KINGSGLAIVE: FINAL FANTASY XV Original Soundtrack will be available digitally in the US on August 30, worldwide on September 9, and on CD October 26, 2016. FINAL FANTASY© XV will be available for multiple game platforms on September 30, 2016.

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THIRD EYE BLIND TO DONATE SALES FROM “RAISE YOUR HAND IF YOU BELIEVE IN SCIENCE” SHIRT TO HILLARY FOR AMERICA CAMPAIGN

August 1, 2016 by · Leave a Comment 

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THIRD EYE BLIND TO DONATE SALES FROM “RAISE YOUR HAND IF YOU BELIEVE IN SCIENCE” SHIRT TO HILLARY FOR AMERICA CAMPAIGN

NEW SINGLE, “COP VS. PHONE GIRL,” NOW AVAILABLE FOR STREAMING
AND PURCHASE ONLINE (ITUNES, SPOTIFY, SOUNDCLOUD, YOUTUBE)

During Third Eye Blind’s recent appearance in Cleveland, OH for Musicians On Call, an organization which brings music to the bedsides of patients in health care facilities, frontman Stephan Jenkins asked the attending crowd: “Raise your hand if you believe in science.” Since then the phrase caught fire and has been making the rounds online with even Hillary Clinton echoing the phrase “I believe in science” during her official acceptance of the Democratic party nomination for President of the United States last Thursday evening in Philadelphia, PA. To show support, Third Eye Blind has created its very own “Raise Your Hand If You Believe In Science” shirt and will donate the proceeds from the sales of the shirt to the Hillary For America campaign. More details on the shirt can be found on Third Eye Blind’s Facebook page HERE.

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CBS’S NEW “CARPOOL KARAOKE” SERIES TO “SING” EXCLUSIVELY WITH APPLE MUSIC

July 26, 2016 by · Leave a Comment 

July 26, 2016 — Apple Music will be the global home of CBS Television Studio’s highly anticipated new CARPOOL KARAOKE series through an exclusive first-window licensing agreement announced today. The new CARPOOL KARAOKE series for Apple Music will be produced by CBS Television Studios and Ben Winston’s production company, Fulwell 73. James Corden and Winston are creators and executive producers.

Based on the segment that has become a global, viral video sensation on THE LATE LATE SHOW WITH JAMES CORDEN, the CARPOOL KARAOKE series will consist of 16 episodes. In each episode, celebrities will ride along and sing along with the host (to be announced) as they visit places meaningful to the celebrity, sing tunes from their personal playlists and surprise fans who don’t expect to see big stars belting out tunes one lane over.

Each week, a new episode will become available exclusively to Apple Music subscribers in more than 100 countries. A host for this new series and a premiere date will be announced later, with production slated to begin soon.

“We love music, and CARPOOL KARAOKE celebrates it in a fun and unique way that is a hit with audiences of all ages,” said Eddy Cue, Apple’s senior vice president of Internet Software and Services. “It’s a perfect fit for Apple Music — bringing subscribers exclusive access to their favorite artists and celebrities who come along for the ride.”

“We couldn’t be more excited to be partnering with Apple Music on this exciting new series of CARPOOL KARAOKE,” said Ben Winston, Executive Producer of THE LATE LATE SHOW WITH JAMES CORDEN as well as the new CARPOOL KARAOKE series. “The joy of Carpool is both the intimacy it creates, while seeing the love our passengers have for music. Where better to showcase that than with Apple Music.”

“We’re delighted to bring one of the biggest viral hits, CARPOOL KARAOKE, to Apple Music, where our new series will be available on this phenomenally popular subscription service,” stated Scott Koondel, Chief Corporate Content Licensing Officer, CBS Corporation.

The CARPOOL KARAOKE segment is the biggest viral video hit ever on late-night television, with over 830 million views on YouTube since its inception a year ago. The #1 most-watched late-night clip on YouTube is a CARPOOL KARAOKE segment featuring Adele, which has racked up an astounding 119 million views in just six months. CARPOOL KARAOKE also has the second and third most-watched clips in the history of late night with Justin Bieber and One Direction, respectively. Other top stars, such as Elton John, Jennifer Lopez, Stevie Wonder and Gwen Stefani have also appeared in the segment, as has First Lady Michelle Obama.

The popular CARPOOL KARAOKE will continue to be a recurring segment on THE LATE LATE SHOW WITH JAMES CORDEN, which is broadcast Monday through Friday on the CBS Television Network. Earlier this month, the series received four Emmy nominations for its first season, including Outstanding Variety Talk Series.

Apple Music gives music fans access to over 30 million songs, radio stations curated by artists and music experts, and exclusive music and video content. New subscribers can sign up for a three-month free membership of Apple Music, after which a $9.99/month subscription fee will apply. A family plan providing service for up to six family members is available for just $14.99/month.

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About CBS Television Studios:

CBS Television Studios is one of the industry’s leading suppliers of primetime and late-night programming for broadcast, basic and premium cable. The Studio’s roster of primetime programs includes the phenomenally successful “NCIS” franchise; the critically acclaimed series “Madam Secretary,” “Jane The Virgin,” “Crazy Ex-Girlfriend” and “Reign”; the hit dramas “Elementary,” “Blue Bloods,” “Hawaii Five-0” and “Scorpion”; the summer event series “Zoo”; and the new dramas “BrainDead” and “American Gothic.” The Daytime Emmy Award-winning talk show “The Talk” and the late-night talk shows “The Late Show with Stephen Colbert” and “The Late Late Show with James Corden” make up the Studio’s daytime and late-night roster. For CBS All Access, the Studio produces the highly anticipated new “Star Trek” series, as well as the upcoming spinoff of broadcast television’s most acclaimed drama, “The Good Wife.” The Studio’s new series for the 2016-2017 season are “Bull,” “Doubt,” “The Great Indoors,” “Kevin Can Wait,” “MacGyver,” “Man With a Plan” and “Pure Genius” for the CBS Television Network; “No Tomorrow” for The CW; and “Incorporated” for Syfy.

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The Janes release new music video, “Can’t Let Go”

July 11, 2016 by · Leave a Comment 

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Meet The Janes – a Pop/R&B Girl Group based out of New York. Jaime, Kelly, Llyra, Tayla, & Bella. The group was created by music industry heavyweights Donnie Klang and Matthew LaPorte back in 2011. The girls have been busy making music and just released the perfect anthem for summer.

“Can’t Let Go” is pop / dance song with a hint of Caribbean musical elements. The lyrics are inspired by thoughts in the mind after a break-up and the internal aggravation of wanting to not want to be in love anymore. The melodic verses showcase the talent of the vocalists in the group while the infectious repetitive chant during the hook “I can’t let go” represents the repetitive thoughts that run through the mind fresh after a break-up. The music video enhances the summery feel of the record with epic shots of the girls at the beach while the sun glares off the camera. The video captures the passion The Janes have for their music as well as showcases their choreography and comradeship as a group. The song is a fresh, catchy, relatable, breakout radio ready hit for the summer of 2016.

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Cheena (mem. Pharmakon, Hank Wood, Crazy Spirit) shares video for “Stupor”

July 7, 2016 by · Leave a Comment 

CHEENA SHARES MUSIC VIDEO FOR NEW SINGLE “STUPOR”
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DEBUT LP SPEND THE NIGHT WITH… OUT AUGUST 5TH ON SACRED BONES
PLAYING BERSERKTOWN FESTIVAL IN LA

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NYC rockers Cheena are gearing up to release their debut LP Spend The Night With… this August on Sacred Bones Records. Previously the band released the driving, undeniably catchy “Car” and are now sharing their new music video for “Stupor”, it was directed by drummer Eugene Terry, and Robin Pak.

The video sees the band making their way through dilapidated alleyways, the beach, subway platforms and more – just another day in New York. Watch it below and make sure you catch the band at Berserktown Festival in LA this August. West Coast tour dates to follow.
WATCH & SHARE: Cheena – “Stupor” (Official Music Video)
YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nqtVB897S90&feature=youtu.be

LISTEN & SHARE: Cheena – “Stupor”
Soundcloud: https://soundcloud.com/sacredbones/cheena-stupor/s-6D4RS

TOUR DATES

July 15, 2016: New York, NY @ Cake Shop
July 22, 2016: Brooklyn, NY @ Rough Trade
Aug 14, 2016: Los Angeles, CA @ Berserktown III @ Teragram Ballroom
Aug 15, 2016: Phoenix, AZ @ Master’s Chambers
Aug 17, 2016: San Francisco, CA @ Elbo Room
Aug 20, 2016: Portland, OR @ Blackwater
Aug 21, 2016: Vancouver, BC @ The Astoria
Aug 22, 2016: Portland, OR @ Star Bar
About Cheena’s Spend The Night With…:
“Don’t sleep. Don’t retreat. Stay a while. Let’s spend the night together. Cheena testify to a long history of New York nights, trading insults and borrowing beer at rooftop parties that began years ago. There’s plenty of New York in this band – Lou Reed’s better glam punches found a jawline or two among them, the heavy handed playing of the Dolls, and that particular manner of NY glam you can hear in Kiss– that’s all in Cheena.

Spend the Night With… is a soundtrack to nights where revelry and lust are never isolated from poor decisions and vanity, where the grave sincerity of a bathroom confession explodes into cruelty and hysteria. Nights on busy streets or crowded subway cars coloured with elegant ambition and constrained by the practicality of street smarts.

While we say this is NY music, we must also say this is American music. One could imagine a timeless jukebox of American RNR history from hard glam to cocaine / codeine country has blasted into the imbibed ears of our Cheens for many nights on end. Thus we hear songs for and of the night, songs pieced together out of iPhone recordings of 5am guitar histrionics and lyrics scraped out of speed fried text exchanges. There is a long history of bands as disparate as the Byrds, Gun Club and the Flesh Eaters which had to reconcile RNR with country and blues roots; a tradition of truly American music that feeds on itself. This is where I would isolate the sound of Cheena. America eating itself.

Every generation gets the Cheena it deserves because we still live in cities and we still need RNR to live. We still need guitars to be gripped by gods. We still need bards to write odes to heroic crime and ignoble, destitute hedonistic excess. We still need music to drink to that also contains the darkness and disease of hangovers, so we aren’t too far away from what is raw and what is real. With love and admiration, I kiss your hand from Melbourne to the Sacred Bones offices and the 538 roof.”
– DX (Total Control, UV Race, Distort)

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A TRIBE CALLED QUEST TO BE HONORED AT ASCAP RHYTHM & SOUL AWARDS ON JUNE 23rd IN LOS ANGELES

June 9, 2016 by · Leave a Comment 

A TRIBE CALLED QUEST TO BE HONORED WITH PRESTIGIOUS
ASCAP GOLDEN NOTE AWARD
AT 29th ANNUAL ASCAP RHYTHM & SOUL MUSIC AWARDS
JUNE 23RD IN LOS ANGELES

NEW YORK, June 9, 2016 — The American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP) will host its 29th annual Rhythm & Soul Music Awards on Thursday, June 23, 2016 at The Beverly Wilshire Hotel in Los Angeles. A Tribe Called Quest, one of the most prolific hip-hop bands in the world, will receive the ASCAP Golden Note Award. The tribute will include posthumous recognition for Malik “Phife Dawg” Taylor, one of the founding members of Grammy-nominated alternative hip-hop group. The highly exclusive event will also honor the songwriters and publishers of the most performed ASCAP songs on the 2015 R&B, hip-hop, rap and gospel charts.

The ASCAP Golden Note Award is one of the top acknowledgments that ASCAP bestows upon songwriters, composers and artists who have achieved extremely high levels of success. Past recipients include: Ms. Lauryn Hill, Pharrell Williams, Dr. Dre, Alicia Keys, Sean “Diddy” Combs, Jeff Lynne, Reba McEntire, LL Cool J, Jermaine Dupri, Jay-Z, Lionel Richie, Stevie Wonder, Kenny Rogers, Quincy Jones, Elton John, Tom Petty and many more.

“A Tribe Called Quest broke musical boundaries no one knew existed and reached a level of success that only very rare talents accomplish,” said ASCAP President Paul Williams. “We are very proud to present this extremely talented and innovative group with the ASCAP Golden Note Award.”

Nicole George-Middleton, ASCAP SVP, Membership said: “A Tribe Called Quest influenced a generation with their fusion of hip-hop, jazz and socially-conscious lyrics. They continue to inspire decades later and are more than deserving of this special honor.”

A Tribe Called Quest — the groundbreaking Queens-based hip-hop ensemble comprised of childhood friends Q-Tip, Phife Dawg, Ali Shaheed Muhammad and Jarobi White—released their debut album People’s Instinctive Travels and the Paths of Rhythm on Jive/RCA Records on April 10, 1990. The group took then-fashionable hip-hop clichés, whether Bacardi-and-party or menacing “gansta rap,” and chucked them all out the window. ATCQ built their breaks around vintage funk and soul, smooth jazz and ’70s rock, their rhymes were conversational and the group’s level of social consciousness elevated by keenly turned phrases and a wicked sense-of-humor. Well-received among the hip-hop underground cognoscenti, People’s Instinctive Travels and the Paths of Rhythm offered an avant-garde experimental vibe, literate inside jokes, freewheeling jazz and wry perspectives that stood apart from the hardcore rap and overt topical politics of other contemporary hip-hop records of the era. The album launched three Top 10 Hot Rap Singles, tracks, with iconic music videos, that would solidify the group’s reputation while inspiring and influencing up-and-coming generations of hip-hop artists: “I Left My Wallet In El Segundo,” “Bonita Applebum,” and “Can I Kick It?” It was certified gold by the RIAA on January 17, 1996.

The 25th anniversary edition of People’s Instinctive Travels and the Paths of Rhythm has been remastered from the original tapes by the group’s longtime engineer Bob Power, and includes exclusive new remixes of key album tracks.

An undisputed foundation of contemporary hip-hop, People’s Instinctive Travels and the Paths of Rhythm is one of the most consequential and enduring albums in the history of the genre. While the group would go on to create other hip-hop masterpieces (including three RIAA platinum releases: 1991’s The Low End Theory, 1993’s Midnight Marauders and 1996’s #1 Billboard 200 and R&B chart-topping Beats, Rhymes and Life), it was their groundbreaking debut that established A Tribe Called Quest as a force to be reckoned with in the worlds of hip-hop and popular music.

Acknowledged by many of the biggest artists in hip-hop –among them Kanye West, Pharrell Williams, The Roots, will.i.am and others — A Tribe Called Quest is widely considered a pioneering force and lasting influence on countless other artists, rappers and producers.

During the ASCAP ceremony, awards will also be given for the Publisher of the Year, Top R&B/Hip-Hop Song, Top Rap Song and Top Gospel Song. The evening will feature performances by several award-winning songwriters/performers, and will be attended by some of the top names in the music and entertainment industry.

The 2016 ASCAP Rhythm & Soul Music Awards are presented by REVOLT and sponsored by Seagram’s Gin.

About ASCAP
The American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP) is a professional membership organization of songwriters, composers and music publishers of every kind of music. ASCAP’s mission is to license and promote the music of its members and foreign affiliates, obtain fair compensation for the public performance of their works and to distribute the royalties that it collects based upon those performances. ASCAP members write the world’s best-loved music and ASCAP has pioneered the efficient licensing of that music to hundreds of thousands of enterprises who use it to add value to their business – from bars, restaurants and retail, to radio, TV and cable, to Internet, mobile services and more. The ASCAP license offers an efficient solution for businesses to legally perform ASCAP music while respecting the right of songwriters and composers to be paid fairly. With 575,000 members representing more than 10 million copyrighted works, ASCAP is the worldwide leader in performance royalties, service and advocacy for songwriters and composers, and the only American performing rights organization (PRO) owned and governed by its writer and publisher members. Learn more and stay in touch at www.ascap.com, on Twitter and Instagram @ASCAP and on Facebook.

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Star Wars Episode II sountrack on Vinyl (2xLP Colored) March 15

February 16, 2016 by · Leave a Comment 

STAR WARS EPISODE II: ATTACK OF THE CLONES
2XLP COLORED VINYL SOUNDTRACK OUT MARCH 15TH
ON I AM SHARK

FIRST PRESSING LIMITED TO 1000 COPIES
AVAILABLE FOR PRE-ORDER NOW!

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I Am Shark is thrilled to announce the upcoming 2xLP gatefold colored vinyl release of the original motion picture soundtrack to Star Wars Episode II: Attack of the Clones, out March 15th. Available for the first time ever as a stand alone vinyl release, the first pressing will be limited to 1000 copies and is available for pre-order now via the I Am Shark online store. \

Originally released alongside the movie in 2002, the original motion picture soundtrack to Star Wars Episode II: Attack of the Clones’ 13-track score from legendary composer John Williams has been remastered to maximize the recording’s dynamic range. Continuing with I Am Shark’s innovative variant character color coordination, which saw the vinyl release of the Episode I soundtrack come in 5 different variations, the upcoming vinyl release of the Episode II soundtrack premieres fan favorite Jango Fett’s own colored vinyl pressing (Silver / Transparent Royal Mix). Aside from beautifully colored vinyl and the eye catching imagery featured on the gatefold packaging, there are hints of a hidden surprise included in this album.

I Am Shark will soon complete the soundtrack trilogy, following Episodes I (Available Now), and II (Pre-Order) with the first ever stand alone vinyl pressings of the Star Wars Episodes III soundtrack in the coming months.

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PORTLAND, OREGON-BASED NORTHWEST SOUL BAND MY BROTHERS AND I DELIVER AN ECLECTIC MIX OF POP ON THEIR DEBUT, DON’T DREAM ALONE (EXPUNGED RECORDS); SET FOR NATIONAL RELEASE ON SEPTEMBER 18, 2015

July 31, 2015 by · Leave a Comment 

You could call them “Northwest soul.” You could call them “indie-pop.” What it boils down to is that My Brothers and I bring a wide range of influences to their music, creating sounds that are melodic, soulful, and danceable on their debut full-length LP, Don’t Dream Alone. This eleven-track collection is comprised of warm vocal harmonies, luscious grooves, and undeniable melodies.

“We’re influenced by pop, hip-hop, the blues, Motown, funk, and soul — but we wouldn’t place ourselves under a single umbrella,” says bassist Erik Wurgler. “This album has soul. We’re influenced by modern artists and the classics. Our songs fit into the current musical landscape but with throwback vibes.”

Comprised of brothers David (lead vocals), Erik (bass/vocals), and Scott Wurgler (drums), as well as childhood friends Jordan Roach (guitar) and Johnny Iliyn (keys/vocals), the quintet follows up their debut, digital-only EP, Live Sessions, with Don’t Dream Alone, set for release September 18th on Portland indie label Expunged Records. Recorded at Miracle Lake Studios with Skyler Norwood at the helm (who’s produced Blind Pilot, Priory and Horsefeathers), the album brings the energy that floods their live performance.

“We did record two songs from our live EP — “Nowhere to Run” and “Fly Away” — on this record. But, in the studio you focus on every detail, so those songs really developed into something special on this record,” recalls Wurgler. “Overall, we think a studio recording is always going to be more precise than a live recording. The challenge is to bring and capture the same energy from a live recording in the studio – and Skyler did an amazing job of that.”

Titled Don’t Dream Alone, the album represents the idea of dreaming unselfishly. “People dream for themselves everyday,” comments lead singer David Wurgler, “but when you dream with or for other people amazing things can happen.” Don’t Dream Alone is the dream – and voice – of five individuals, rather than one driving songwriter in the band, working as a true collective to create each song.

“I think the best part of being a band is that you collaborate. This album is a combination of how these songs sounded in all of our heads, so naturally some ideas stayed while others had to be left behind. But we are all absolutely amazed by the final product; it’s something we’re all very proud of,” says Scott Wurgler, drummer and eldest brother.

Driven by the mighty, yet soothing soul voice of David Wurgler, it’s no wonder that when people first listen to My Brothers and I, they’re drawn in by his silky, alluring call. “The vocals and harmonies are the highlights of this record,” states Erik. “Unleashing David in the vocal booth was special. This was David’s first time ever recording in a studio. Multiple times he would do something with his voice and we’d look at each other in awe.”

Album highlights include the bright album opener “Dream,” the upbeat love song “Maddy Brown,” the late-night, dark soul of “Na Na Na,” the subtle funk of “Stay Here,” and the sparse and haunting album closer, “Scars.” Singing “Somebody scared of the light, now that’s a tragedy”, the affecting number really drives the album home, leaving you with a feeling of warmth, while opening up your mind and getting you to really think about what you’ve just experienced.

“Being scared of the light could mean a lot of things,” says David Wurgler. “It can represent being scared of change, taking risks, or stepping outside your comfort zone, even if it is for the best. But those are all things we need to do in order to live a purposeful life.”

My Brothers and I have stepped outside their comfort zone with Don’t Dream Alone, pushing themselves to bring out their best, working hard to create an album that will resonate with listeners of multiple genres. This is a record for music fans, by music fans.

“We don’t know who people will compare us to,” Scott says. “So far it’s all over the map, so we hope that means we have a unique sound. We think it depends what you focus on as a listener.”

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