Weezer Stream “Memories” Video

Weezer are streaming their new video for “Memories” which can be seen below. The song comes from the bands new album, Hurley, due out this Tuesday, September 14th. The video was shot on Super-8 cameras and features Johnny Knoxville, Steve-O and the rest of the “Jackass” crew. The song also appears on the soundtrack for the upcoming movie Jackass 3D. [Read more…]

The Secret Handshake – Night & Day

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Artist: The Secret Handshake
Album: Night & Day
Label: Triple Crown Records
Release Date: August 17th, 2010
Purchase: iTunes

Overall: 8.5
Music: 9
Lyrics: 7.5
Production: 8.5

When I first heard of The Secret Handshake planning to release an album entitled Night & Day, I won’t lie when I say I expected much of the same sing-song lyrics, with electronic beats and plenty of auto-tune. But after listening to the new album from Luis Dubuc (the main component behind all the music), that this album is completely different from everything beforehand, and a step above that material as well.

The album implements old school instruments and production techniques to really give it a classic, soulful feeling to it. In comparison to his other work full of electronics and computers, this makes the album feel incredibly liberating from the first vibrations and rising effect of “Every Single Time”, to the body rocking finale of “Here’s To You”. Night & Day creates this raw vibe that rings true to how Luis appears to feel about his music, where it feels compassionate and honest, as if he has finally become an adult in the musical world, discovering himself and the music he wants to make.

Although the album at times borders the realm of cheesiness, in how honest it is trying to be embodying the vibe of an old school soul record, there are plenty of songs that can and will work today in our modern music radio world. The fun retro vibe of “You Got Me” or the catchiness in the lyrics of “Woman” would fare well amongst the average teenage crowd. Along with The Secret Handshake’s female contemporary Lights, the two put together a duet entitled “Used To Be So Sweet”, that will make fans of either side light up with joy.

There is no doubt that fans will be split about this album, seeing as how it is a complete rebranding of the artist’s sound, but it is most definitely worth a listen. A newer, more mature, and different/distinct image for Luis will only garner newer fans and even catchier tunes. Night & Day might be an album people will be skeptical to listen to, but after hearing the new motown inspired tunes, there will be many new fans or at least much more respect for this sensational artist.

Alexisonfire Tour Dates

Alexisonfire

Alexisonfire will be touring with Norma Jean and La Dispute. Four Year Strong will also be joining on a few shows.

Nov 26 ““ Victoria, BC ““ Element *
Nov 27 ““ Vancouver, BC ““ Pacific National Exhibition (plus 3 Inches of Blood) ***
Nov 29 ““ Edmonton, AB ““ Edmonton Events Centre *
Dec 01 ““ Calgary, AB ““ Location To Be Announced *
Dec 03 ““ Saskatoon, SK ““ The Odeon Events Centre *
Dec 04 ““ Winnipeg, MB ““ Burton Cummings Theatre *
Dec 06 ““ Thunder Bay, ON ““ Thunder Bay Community Auditorium *
Dec 08 ““ North Bay, ON ““ The Wall *
Dec 10 ““ Montreal, QC ““ Metropolis #
Dec 12 ““ Kingston, ON ““ Stages #
Dec 14 ““ London, ON ““ London Music Hall #
Dec 16 ““ Toronto, ON ““ The Sound Academy #
* w/ Norma Jean and La Dispute
# w/ Four Year Strong, Norma Jean, and La Dispute
*** w/ 3 Inches of Blood, Norma Jean, La Dispute

As a special opportunity for fans, presale tickets will be available from September 8-10 attheonlybandever.com/store. Fans purchasing their tickets in the presale will also have the option of upgrading to a VIP package which includes their ticket, meet and greet with the band, early entry to the show, limited edition signed poster, and a laminate. Please visit theonlybandever.com for more details. Tickets go on sale to the general public September 11, 2010 @ 10:00AM. (September 17 in Calgary)

The Almost Post “No I Won’t” Video Teaser

The Almost are streaming a teaser for their new video “No, I Won’t” off of their new album, Monster Monster. Check out the video  below. The full video will be released next Wednesday, September 8th.

The Almost will be on the road all fall, and tickets go on sale today for their tour with Switchfoot! All dates and ticket links can be found on the band’s MySpace page. [Read more…]

My Favorite Highway Announce Breakup

My Favorite Highway

My Favorite Highway have announced their breakup in a blog post on their MySpace page. The announcement from the band can be read below.

It was almost six years ago that Will and I started the band that has now become My Favorite Highway. It completely blows me away that we have been a band for that long. The past six years have been an amazing journey for everyone that has been a part of the My Favorite Highway family. We have had the pleasure of meeting so many inspiring people over the years, including our incredible fans and the bands we’ve toured with, who we are proud to call our friends. There are countless memories we have shared with each and every one of you that we will never forget. I feel that when artists release a statement that they’re disbanding they tend to sound as if they’re writing an obituary, well we’re not going to do that. Pat, Will and myself have been doing a little bit of soul searching this year and we all mutually agree that the My Favorite Highway chapter of our lives is coming to a close. This band has been the most important part of who we are for over half a decade, but we all feel that the time has come for us to move on. From the bottom of our hearts, thank you to everyone who has ever believed in us and supported My Favorite Highway. A band is not the members performing on the stage, it’s a story, and everyone who has ever sung a line from one of our songs is a part of this story and is a part of this band. People come and go, stories last forever. We will be playing our final farewell shows in our hometown, Vienna, Virginia, in December. These will be our last performances under the banner of My Favorite Highway. We will also be releasing a live acoustic record of some of the performances from our Storytellers Tour very shortly. As for the three of us, we will continue to make music together and we are very excited for what the future holds. Thank you all for being a part of our story.

Owl City Release New Song; Distribution Service

Owl City

Owl City has released a new song titled “To The Sky” which is from the upcoming Warner Brothers animated feature film “Legend of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga’Hoole ,” in theaters September 24.

Working in film has always been an irrational dream of mine and since having had the opportunity to do something like this, I am utterly bereft of speech.

The film is directed by Zack Snyder (Watchmen, 300), animated by Animal Logic (creators of Happy Feat) – and features “To The Sky” as its title track. The song has been made available for download on iTunes here . The soundtrack will be available everywhere digitally and exclusively at Borders physically on September 21.

Owl City has also announced a distribution deal in partner with TuneCore, the largest independent digital distributor, to help you share your music with the world. For a limited time, fans choosing to distribute through Owl City Distribution will be eligible to take part in a special promotion. Adam Young will choose his favorite release from all submissions and write a critique of that album. Submissions must be received by December 1, 2010 so hurry on over to Owl City Distribution to get started.