Daily Archives: May 10, 2017

3D Sound Labs Steps Into 3D Audio Production

http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnc/20160719/816319PARIS and BERLIN, May 11, 2017 /PRNewswire/ —
The MainBerlin Studio in Berlin, Germany is the first professional studio to deploy the Sfëar 3D Audio solution powered by 3D Sound Labs
3D Sound Labs, the 3D/VR Audio specialist, announced today that its 3D Audio technology is ready…


Trent Reznor, Tony Hawk Talk Depeche Mode Fandom

In February, Depeche Mode asked fans to run their Facebook page while the group prepped their recent album, Spirit, and tour. Every day for a year, the band’s Facebook page will feature a different fan taking over the social media reins. On Wednesday, skateboarding legend Tony Hawk manned DM’s Facebook and he tapped another one of his favorite artists, Nine Inch NailsTrent Reznor, to contribute to his day’s posts.

Pretty Hate Machine changed my life. I knew immediately that NIN would play a pivotal role in the soundtrack of my life, ” Hawk wrote. “I hoped that Trent would contribute anything to my effort.

“Without DM and NIN, I would have been lost in a sea of confusing electronica / industrial music during my formative years,” he continued. “They both continue to deliver some of the best tunes of our generations.”

Hawk reached out to Reznor, who then sent him an email, which detailed their shared affection for Depeche Mode’s Black Celebration, which Hawk cited as his favorite album.

“It was summer of ’86. I’d dropped out of college and was living in Cleveland trying to find my way in the local music scene. I knew where I wanted to go with my life, but I didn’t know how to get there,” Reznor explained in the email Hawk posted on Facebook.

Reznor and some friends then caught Depeche Mode during their Black Celebration tour. “DM was one of our favorite bands and the Black Celebration record took my love for them to a new level.

“I’ve thought about that night a lot over the years. It was a perfect summer night and I was in exactly the right place I was supposed to be. The music, the energy, the audience, the connection… It was spiritual and truly magic,” he continued. “I left that show grateful, humbled, energized, focused and in awe of how powerful and transformative music can be… and I started writing what would eventually become Pretty Hate Machine.”

Depeche Mode’s fifth album, 1986’s Black Celebration, further informed the band’s brooding sound and was an influence on many albums of the era. Reznor’s debut album, Pretty Hate Machine, was released in 1989.

“Many times, particularly when we’re playing an amphitheater, I’ll think of that show while I’m onstage and hope someone in the audience is in the midst of a perfect summer night feeling how DM made me feel so many years ago,” Reznor concluded in his email. Read the full post.

Last month, Depeche Mode performed new song “Where’s the Revolution” from Spirit on The Late Late Show With James Corden. Their North American tour kicks off in August.

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The One Show Announces 2017 Winners

NEW YORK, May 10, 2017 /PRNewswire/ — The One Club for Creativity (www.oneclub.org) announced today the winners for the 44th Annual One Show Awards in branded entertainment, design, direct, moving image craft, print & outdoor, public relations and responsive environments. Hosted by…


A Capital Invitation: Take A Best Summer Ever Family Vacation in Washington, DC

WASHINGTON, May 10, 2017 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — Known for stirring public monuments and museums, free festivals, grand gardens and Michelin-starred restaurants, Washington, DC is an ideal city for a summer vacation. Destination DC, the official destination marketing office for the…


Live Nation's $20 'National Concert Day' Promotion Sold Over One Million Tickets In Just One Week

http://rockbands.net/wp-content/blogs.dir/3/files/2017/05/Live_Nation_National_Concert_Day.jpg?p=captionLOS ANGELES, May 10, 2017 /PRNewswire/ — Live Nation’s $20 ‘Kickoff to Summer Ticket Promotion’ put more than one million tickets into the hands of fans – and officially sold out yesterday. Live Nation began celebrating summer concert season with National Concert Day on May 1, and the…


Radiohead's Thom Yorke to Score 'Suspiria' Horror Film Remake

Thom Yorke will make his film composer debut when the Radiohead singer contributes music to the upcoming Suspiria remake.

The film’s director Luca Guadgnino confirmed that Yorke would provide the score for the film, a “reimagining” of Dario Argento’s 1977 horror classic.

“Thom’s art transcends the contemporary. To have the privilege of his music and sound for Suspiria is a dream come true,” Guadgnino said in a statement.

“The depth of his creation and artistic vision is so unique that our Suspiria will sound groundbreaking and will deeply resonate with viewers. Our goal is to make a movie that will be a disturbing and transforming experience: for this ambition, we could not find a better partner than Thom.”

Yorke, with Massive Attack’s Robert Del Naja, previously contributed some atmospheric music to the documentary UK Gold, but Suspiria marks the singer’s first time composing as a solo artist for a feature film.

Yorke joins Radiohead bandmate Jonny Greenwood in creating music for the big screen: Greenwood has composed the music for four Paul Thomas Anderson films – There Will Be Blood, The Master, Inherent Vice and the upcoming Phantom Thread – as well films like We Need to Talk About Kevin, Norwegian Wood and the Joaquin Phoenix film You Were Never Really Here.

The Suspiria remake – which stars Dakota Johnson, Tilda Swinton and Chloe Grace Moretz and revolves around young women at a Berlin dance company in 1977 – recently concluded filming. No release date for the picture has been set.

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Hear Migos Rapper Quavo's Boastful New Song 'Paper Over Here'

Quavo bashes haters and raps about diversifying his portfolio on new song “Paper Over Here.” Anchored by producer OG Parker’s booming sub-bass, the Migos rapper alternates between drowsy auto-tune and a sharp flow.

Quavo recently added cameo verses to new tracks including DJ Khaled’s “I’m the One,” Machine Gun Kelly’s “Trap Paris” (along with Ty Dolla $ign) and The Fate of the Furious track “Go Off” (with Lil Uzi Vert and Travis Scott). 

Migos topped the Billboard 200 and Hot 100 with their second LP, Culture. That album featured hit single “Bad and Boujee,” which the Georgia trio performed on Ellen and The Tonight Show (assisted by Jimmy Fallon, the Roots and office supplies). The group also joined YG and 21 Savage on producer Mike Will Made It’s recently released track “Gucci On My.”

The trio faced criticism in February after making controversial statements about Atlanta rapper iLoveMakonnen’s sexual orientation in a Rolling Stone feature. They later issued an apology statement, writing, “We have no problem with anyone’s sexual preference. We love all people, gay or straight and we apologize if we offended anyone.”

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Valerie June on Her Journey From Smashing Pumpkins Fan to Folk-Soul Star

Even in trendy Williamsburg, Brooklyn, Valerie June stands out: star-studded sunglasses, a sparkly silver blouse and a plume of thick dreadlocks that sprout in all directions. At her favorite neighborhood bistro, she attracts the attention of a bald customer who approaches her table to hand her his business card. “Love your hair,” he says flirtatiously. “Maybe you could give me some.” “I might!” June replies with a laugh.

June, 35, smiles again when asked about another compliment she received recently. In an interview posted on his website, Bob Dylan said he’d been listening to June, whose latest album, The Order of Time, is a blend of spacey hippie soul, blues and folk with June’s pinched, modern-Appalachian voice at the center. “I lost it,” June says of the Dylan shout-out. “My biggest gift, I feel, is songwriting. So to have the god of songwriting mention he was listening to my music is huge. I never went to college, so I felt like when he mentioned my name, I got my degree that day.”

The nod of approval is the latest surprise in June’s long-delayed rise. As one of five kids growing up near Jackson, Tennessee, she received her first taste of show business early on; her father was a part-time concert promoter and enlisted his daughter to help prep the backstage rooms for acts like Bobby Womack. But getting towels for headliners only taught her that she wanted to be onstage instead. She grew up singing in a church so pure it didn’t allow instruments, but at home she listened to what her mom referred to as “drug music.” “I loved Smashing Pumpkins,” June says. “I don’t know how cool it is to say that now.” Nirvana’s version of Lead Belly’s “Where Did You Sleep Last Night” opened her ears to blues. “The white boy led me to the black man,” she says. “It was me looking for the root.”

After high school, June relocated to Memphis to live with her boyfriend, singer-guitarist Michael Joyner. They married in 2001, when she was 19. June insisted they form a band, the soul-geared Bella Sun. June hand-delivered their music to area radio stations and newspapers. Eager to jump-start her career, she also auditioned for America’s Next Top Model. “She was restless and unhappy,” says Joyner. “I said, ‘I love you, but you got to pick a direction and go.’ That’s when we started having problems.” The marriage (and band) ended in 2005. June describes a rootless period living “like a hippie” on the West Coast, crashing with friends. She returned to Memphis for years of struggle: cleaning houses during the day, playing coffeehouses at night. (Long before Dylan’s compliment, June toiled at a Memphis herbal store called Maggie’s Pharm.) By then, she was immersed in roots icons like Mississippi John Hurt, Memphis Minnie and June Carter Cash. “Broke-down, bluesy stuff,” says Joyner. “That’s where her heart was.” June cut two albums at Memphis’ famed Ardent Studios, but found no local labels to distribute them. “I could be really low and like, ‘What am I doing this for?’ ” she says.

A small breakthrough came in 2009, when a local director cast her in the MTV online-only series $5 Cover, in which she played a struggling Memphis musician. Around that time, June was diagnosed with diabetes, and medical bills depleted her bank account. She lucked out when Old Crow Medicine Show’s Ketch Secor happened to catch her set at Memphis’ Rhodes College. He co-produced her 2010 country-bluegrass EP, Valerie June and the Tennessee Express. “I was totally captivated by this black girl playing folk music,” recalls Secor. “She had a real old-time voice. It’s got a drawl and a whine. It sounds like the drone strings on a fiddle.” Another early fan was Dan Auerbach, who helped her record 2013’s Pushin’ Against a Stone. “He’s a master of sound,” she says. “I never really knew how a person got an amp to sound like that.”

June saves her biggest praise for her hero Oprah Winfrey. “A big guide,” she says unabashedly. Sometimes June can sound like Winfrey, like when she’s describing how past relationships influenced her song “The Front Door.” “It can feel unkind when a spirit leaves,” she says. “But they leave for their own reasons. I was like, ‘Is this a love song? Is this a spirit song? What kind of song is this?’ ” She can play up her eccentric side onstage; at one recent show, she addressed her guitar in her heavy Tennessee drawl as if it were a person.

Six years ago, June moved to New York to be closer to a then-boyfriend, who, like most of her exes, worked in the music business. “They ruin my life, honestly,” she says of musicians. “I said to myself I was never going to do it again. I have these great rules I’m able to follow, but with that one I just get beat up.” At a festival in Belgium, June couldn’t resist sending Robert Plant a flirty note. “It said, ‘I’m the one with the big dreads and the pink shirt in the corner of the room,’ ” she says. “We connected eye to eye and started talking. When I’m able to be that close to people, I’m pretty charismatic. I can make my way. Lemme at ’em!”

June will hit the road next month for a U.S. tour that will take her to several big theaters. “It’s not exactly the most marketable thing, what I’m doing,” she says. “I was thinking about mainstream pop and how we’re the ones who decide what that is. Can’t it be something else? I think about Louis Armstrong. We wouldn’t consider Louis Armstrong to be pop. But was it pop then? It could have been.”

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Grateful Dead Doc Hitting Theaters for Special One-Night Screening

Long Strange Trip, Amir Bar-Lev and Martin Scorsese’s acclaimed Grateful Dead documentary, will screen throughout the U.S. on May 25th ahead of the film’s official theatrical release. A list of participating theaters and ticket availability is available on its website.

The Amazon Studios doc will roll out in two formats: On May 26th, the film will begin screening for one week in New York City and L.A. theaters; on June 2nd, the movie will be available for streaming on Amazon Prime Video. The film chronicles the jam band act’s winding history, utilizing previously unseen interviews, photos and video footage. The official soundtrack, featuring rare and unheard Grateful Dead recordings, is out May 26th via Rhino.

In April, Dead drummer Mickey Hart and guitarist Bob Weir spoke to Rolling Stone about the film’s unflinching look at the band’s legacy – including the darkness that led to frontman Jerry Garcia’s heroin addiction. “It shows you how lonely it is when people want to pick you apart and give you no peace just because they love you to death,” Hart said. “It’s kind of tragic.”

The Dead alumni also admitted they weren’t completely satisfied with the project, asking Bar-Lev to add additional material from “after Jerry checked out.” Ultimately, Weir said the doc’s darkness “is counterbalanced by the music itself,” adding, “A lot of the stories in the film are fairly dark, but there’s a light that shines above all of that.” 

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See Mac DeMarco Perform Acoustic Songs While Strolling French Dog Park

Mac DeMarco performed acoustic renditions of two This Old Dog songs for French web series “Take Away Shows.” The indie-rock songwriter grinned and cheesed his way through the mini-set while aimlessly strolling through a park in Paris. 

The clip opens with DeMarco tuning his acoustic guitar, smoking a cigarette and beckoning viewers to “join [him] in the dog park.” Moments later, he explains how “Still Beating” was inspired by a Britpop classic. “I was listening to this band from the U.K. called the La’s,” he says. “They have that song, [1990 hit] ‘There She Goes.’ I wanted to write a song like that, so I tried. It doesn’t sound anything like that. But now I’ve got my own song.”

During the two-song set, featuring “Still Beating” and “This Old Dog,” DeMarco wanders around the park like a goofy tour guide (“Come on, over here!”) as the cameras zoom around. At two different points, he interrupts the performance to chat with locals and try some rudimentary French. The video ends with a snippet of DeMarco covering “There She Goes.”

The intimate setting feels appropriate given DeMarco called This Old Dog his “acoustic album” in a statement announcing the LP. “It’s not really an acoustic album at all,” he added. “That’s just what it feels like, mostly. I’m Italian, so I guess this is an Italian rock record.”

DeMarco is currently touring behind the LP. His next show is Thursday, May 11th in Montreal. 

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