Birthday Boy + Trish – Magic

Birthday Boy + Trish – Magic

Birthday Boy + Trish – Magic

 

 

 

 

 

Birthday Boy + Trish – Magic

Birthday Boy + Trish – Magic

 

 

 

 

Birthday Boy + Trish – Magic

 

Hailing from Toronto, Canada, producer / DJ Birthday Boy has been awarded numerous accolades thanks to an eclectic musical style that draws influence from jazz, house, hip-hop, R&B, and funk. Via remixes, original productions, and collaborations, Birthday Boy has won praise from tastemakers worldwide including Pitchfork, FADER, Hypebeast, and more. Having spent the majority of 2017 relatively quiet, Birthday Boy is closing out the year with a sneak peek of what’s come in 2018 by way of a new track with Toronto singer-songwriter Trish titled “Magic.”

 

Via Brooklyn label Bastard Jazz, “Magic” represents the first cut off a forthcoming EP, ‘Joseph,’. On “Magic,” listeners again hear Birthday Boy launch into a rich soundscape of R&B influenced rhythms, a four on the floor beat, mesmerizing synth, and a jarring vocal performance from Trish. The distinctly catchy tune takes additional influence from lauded UK musician Tom Misch whose guitar loop provides the foundation for the track.

 

 

If unfamiliar with Birthday Boy and Trish before now, Birthday Boy is an established asset of the Toronto scene via his own releases and collaborations with Drew Howard and Allie. Recently featured as part of FADER and SoundCloud’s “Next Wave: Northern Stars,” Birthday Boy is also set to be inducted into Red Bull’s Toronto Sound Select roster alongside Charlotte Day Wilson, River Tiber, Jazz Cartier, and more. Trish’s talent stems from generations of music in her family that has culminated in a career leading her to a major label signing with Capitol Records in 2011, sharing the studio with artists including Bangladesh, Swedish House Mafia, Darkchild, Doc Mckinney, and Illangelo, international tours, and nominations as the “Best Pop Act” in the Black Canadian Music Awards and the Toronto Independent Music Awards.

 

Up next for Birthday Boy and Trish, they’ll be gearing up for the release of their highly anticipated joint EP due in January 2018. Additionally, fans will be able to catch them live at the ‘Joseph’ EP release events in both Toronto and New York. Stay tuned for more details in the weeks to come.

 

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Don Jovani + Tommy Choppa - Where You Been At

Don Jovani – Where You Been At

Don Jovani + Tommy Choppa – Where You Been At

 

 

 

 

 

Don Jovani + Tommy Choppa - Where You Been At

Don Jovani + Tommy Choppa – Where You Been At

 

 

 

 

Don Jovani  + Tommy Choppa – Where You Been At

 

Don Jovani is an artist/songwriter from the Boston (North Shore) Massachusetts/ New England area. Musical influences range as a very versatile Hip-Hop artist being equipped with key traits such as lyricism, flow, melodies, wordplay, even a little singing and beyond.

 

Don’s musical philosophy is based on the artistry reflecting his life, real rap and a real young manhandling his real responsibilities working his 9-5 but never giving up on the dream.

 

 

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Elvis Presley - 68 Comeback Special 50th Anniversary Edition

Elvis Presley

Elvis Presley – ’68 Comeback Special 50th Anniversary Edition

 

 

 

 

 

Elvis Presley - '68 Comeback Special 50th Anniversary Edition

Elvis Presley – ’68 Comeback Special 50th Anniversary Edition

 

 

 

 

Elvis Presley – ’68 Comeback Special 50th Anniversary Edition

 

 

 

The 50th anniversary of Elvis Presley’s groundbreaking 1968 NBC-TV “comeback” Special will be commemorated with the release of a deluxe box set by RCA/Legacy Recordings, a division of Sony Music Entertainment, on Friday, November 30. The set arrives just days before the anniversary of the world premiere broadcast of the original special on December 3, 2018.

 

ELVIS PRESLEY – ’68 COMEBACK SPECIAL (50TH ANNIVERSARY EDITION) is the definitive chronicle of one of the greatest rock ‘n’ roll performances ever televised: Elvis Presley at the peak of his powers. For the first time ever, all previously-released audio and newly-restored video from the taping of the special will be available in one package – including unused performances and studio outtakes that spotlight the real Elvis.   The package contains an entire disc showcasing the legendary sessions for the special recorded with Elvis and the Wrecking Crew.

 

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This 5CD, 2 Blu-ray disc deluxe package also includes an 80-page book featuring rare photographs and ephemera and new oral history on the special, crafted from interviews conducted for Thom Zimny’s 2018 documentary, “Elvis Presley: The Searcher.” The newly-restored Blu-ray video was also overseen by Zimny. The content from the box set will be released digitally as separate audio and video products on November 30th.

 

Also, being released on November 30th is the 2LP vinyl presentation of The King In The Ring. Originally released on vinyl for the first time earlier this year in a limited edition run for Record Store Day, this 2LP set showcases the standout, intimate “sit down” sets from the ’68 special. These laid-back live performances were recorded in the round before a small audience and featured a powerful ensemble, including guitarist Scotty Moore and drummer D.J. Fontana, both part of Elvis’ original classic backing band.

 

The anniversary of this electrifying moment in rock n’ roll history will continue into 2019 when NBC and Ken Ehrlich Productions team up for a 2-hour primetime television tribute to the original special.

 

The 50th Anniversary of the ELVIS COMEBACK SPECIAL will feature an all-star group of music superstars recreating the spectacle – even the staging – of that legendary night of song. In addition to the musical performances, the production will include rare Elvis footage, outtakes, and interviews from those involved in the original ’68 Comeback Special.

 

The ’68 Comeback Special (at the time titled “Singer Presents…ELVIS”) aired on December 3, 1968, and was a pivotal broadcast event that upped-the-ante on Elvis’ career, the evolution of pop culture and the history of television. By 1968, prior to the broadcast, Elvis was no longer seen by the mainstream as the atomic-powered rock and roll pioneer. Since his discharge from the United States Army in 1960, Elvis’ career path careened through a string of low-budget (though often successful) formulaic films while the rock music scene was exploding with innovation, experimentation, and urgency to complement the turbulent era. Elvis hadn’t performed in public since 1961 and hadn’t appeared on television since 1960.

 

The special, recorded over several sessions in June 1968, presented Elvis in a variety of settings, from spectacular production numbers (“Nothingville,” “Saved,” “Guitar Man,” “Little Egypt,” “Big Boss Man,” “Let Yourself Go”) to the intimate “sit-down” performances of classic Elvis hits, reuniting the artist with Scotty Moore and DJ Fontana, the guitarist and drummer who’d played alongside Elvis on his earliest records and shows.  The black leather “sit-down” and “stand-up” sequences provided a retrospective of Elvis’ career to that point, highlighted with the new song “Memories,” written by Mac Davis specifically for the show. The special’s transcendent closing number was Presley’s now-classic, emotionally fueled performance of “If I Can Dream,” an anthemic new song penned especially for Elvis and the special by W. Earl Brown.

 

The special was the most-viewed television program in America the week it aired and firmly reestablished Elvis as a major musical and cultural force. “I think the ’68 Special gave him the confidence to get on the road again, knowing that people accepted him,” said Priscilla Presley.  “That show was so successful that he just knew this is what he wanted to do, go back and be with an audience.”

 

The success of the ’68 SPECIAL reignited Presley’s career in a major way.  Shortly after the special aired, Elvis entered American Sound Studio in Memphis for the sessions that generated “Suspicious Minds,” one of his most enduring #1 hits, and his country-soul masterpiece From Elvis In Memphis (which included the chart-topping “In The Ghetto”). 1969 saw Elvis return to live performance with a record-breaking engagement at The International Hotel in Las Vegas, kickstarting a regular run of live shows that lasted for the rest of his career.

 

For an in-depth behind the scenes look at the making of the ’68 Comeback Special, Director/Producer Steve Binder has written the new book, “Comeback ’68 / Elvis: The Story Of The Elvis Special.” Now available at ShopElvis.com. According to Binder, “The only time in network history, I think, that in prime time a variety special for a star like Elvis had no guest stars. He was the star, period.”

 

“I never saw Elvis perform,” said Priscilla Presley. “I only saw him for the first time in the ’68 Special. And I could not believe what I saw. It was like, oh my gosh, I get it. I get it. To actually see him on stage, walk out there, and own that stage. I’d never seen anyone control an audience like that in my life, with his magnetism, his energy, his look. It was like he rehearsed that show all his life.”

 

For millions of fans, including a young Bruce Springsteen, the ELVIS 68 COMEBACK SPECIAL was a life-changing event. “I remember I waited for weeks for the ’68 Special,” Springsteen recollected recently. “I knew it was coming. I can remember exactly where our TV was set up in the dining room, the exact place I was sitting.  I mean, it’s one of those things that’s imprinted on my memory forever.”

 

Elvis Presley – ’68 Comeback Special (50th Anniversary Edition)

CD1: ELVIS (NBC-TV Special) original album and outtakes

 

CD2: First “sit-down” and “stand-up” shows – June 27 and 29, 1968

 

CD3: Second “sit-down” and “stand-up” shows – June 27 and 29, 1968

 

CD4: First and second rehearsals in Elvis’ dressing room – June 24 and 25, 1968

 

CD5: The Wrecking Crew Sessions: studio outtakes from the special – June 20-23, 1968

 

BD1-2: Original and extended cuts of television special, complete “sit-down” and “stand-up” shows, and outtakes

 

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Russell James - Only Breathe

Russell James – Only Breathe

Russell James – Only Breathe

 

 

 

 

 

Russell James - Only Breathe

Russell James – Only Breathe

 

 

 

Russell James – Only Breathe

 

With the release of full-length Wave/Water album, Russell James takes on a few classic genres, and gives them a spin…  Lush with addicting progressions, an edgy but soulful vocal approach, and straight-forward rock, the record boasts the aesthetic of alternative folk anthems. Although songs are diverse from one and another, there is a glue that holds them all together much like any concept album would. Most importantly, the record never loses sight of the emotional platform great songs are built from.

 

The first single, “Ghosts”, immediately grabs you with its pop sensibility, followed by passionate and catchy vocal melodies, and a unique chorus that allows the track to breathe while it plays on.

 

“When I was in graduate school, I read a book called In The Realm of Hungry Ghosts by Gabor Maté. He describes addictions as hungry ghosts and I expand the definition to include traumas and adverse experiences. As Dr. Maté writes, the only way we can live with these ghosts is through human connection, and this is the main point of the song. Musically, Ghosts previews diving into a deeper pool of ambient and electronic soundscapes to couch my songs.” explains the songwriter of his single.

 

Although the single does speak volumes for the album, to get a real understanding of where James is coming from, it should be heard in its entirety. With songs ranging from Dream Pop and New Wave, to Shoegaze and Folk, there is something for everyone.

 

“This album sounds big. It was meticulously crafted over a period of six months, whereas most of my previous work was done live without much fuss, working over one weekend”, says the band of the songwriting process for the record. I had a concrete vision of the work I wanted to put out and executed the vision exactly as I imagined it, which took a lot of patience. The sonic shape of the album is quite different than my previously released works, utilizing synthesizers and a lot of guitar effects and tracking, although some discreet listeners will hear roots of Wave/Water on both previous releases.” says James of creating the album.

 

Having a particular love for music from a young age, Russell James started writing songs and performing live at 16. Relocating at 26 from Lancaster PA to Albuquerque NM to focus on his music further he eventually put together a band dubbed The Porter Draw, a NM Americana mainstay. Spending years playing gigs around the Southwest while pursuing graduate degrees in counseling all while working as a psychotherapist, the songwriter ended up leaving both the workforce and The Porter Draw and began touring in 2016. It was the start of 2017 that James began work on the Wave/Water album. Studying and working as a psychotherapist enabled his passion for mental health to shine through. As a result, the release is a testament to where he is at with his sound right now.

 

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Andi Stewart – Expectations

Andi Stewart – Expectations

Andi Stewart – Expectations

 

 

 

 

 

Andi Stewart – Expectations

Andi Stewart – Expectations

 

 

 

 

Andi Stewart – Expectations

 

With the release of the Jetlagged EP, Andi Stewart brings a new feel to a classic genre. Lush with addicting progressions, an edgy but soulful vocal approach, and beautifully constructed string sections, the record boasts the aesthetic of indie-folk anthems. Though the songs are diverse from one another, there is a glue that holds it all together much like a concept album would. Most importantly, the record never loses sight of the emotional platform great songs are built from.

 

The first single, “Another Year”, is a powerful folk-pop song complete with straightforward, honest lyrics, moving musical hooks, and string sections that grow in intensity as the song seems to breathe and build.

 

“The single is a song I wrote a little while ago when I was in Perth, Australia visiting some family. I got to spend a lot of time with my grandparents over there, and this song is inspired by them. It’s supposed to be a story told about getting older and going through life with somebody. It’s kind of about marriage in a way. It’s a poppy, relatively up-beat song that is meant to portray a feeling of hope throughout ups and down” explains the songwriter of her single.

 

Although the single does speak volumes for the EP, to get a real understanding of Stewart is coming from, it should be heard in its entirety.

 

“I think this song is unique because it could be classified as either a pop song and could also work as a bit more of a folky tune as well. It is also probably the most poppy song on the album? Also, the piano riff and the tone of the piano are unique to the song. I really felt all the instruments involved in this song come together to be really dynamic. ” says Stewart of the EP and songwriting process.

 

Having a love for music since she was a little girl, Stewart starting playing guitar at the age of only 9. It was in her early teens that she began writing her own songs. By the time she was 18, she was playing open mics around the local Edmonton area and honing in on her sound overall. After a time she decided to take it to the studio and record some of her material. The Jetlagged EP is her debut studio release and is the epitome of where she is at with her sound right now.

 

Having opened for acts like Mohsin Zaman and Nature of in Vancouver, the songwriter is certainly not new to spreading the music through live performance.

 

The songwriter continues to work on new material as she plans to play just about every open mic she can find this summer.

 

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Alex Boyé - Bend Not Break

Alex Boyé – Bend Not Break

Alex Boyé – Bend Not Break

 

 

 

 

 

Alex Boyé - Bend Not Break

Alex Boyé – Bend Not Break

 

 

 

 

Alex Boyé – Bend Not Break

 

Alex Boye is truly a multicultural artist. Of Nigerian descent, Alex was raised in London where he began his music career in the successful European boy band Awesome, before moving to the US to pursue a career as a solo artist.

 

With a powerful voice and contagious energy, Alex has developed a uniquely arresting performance style and diversely influenced sound. His blend of African-infused pop music and vibrant, dynamic visuals have led to viral hits, with almost 1 billion views on his YouTube channel. He has shared the stage with many notable artists including, Jay-Z, Tim McGraw, George Michael, Missy Elliott, Justin Timberlake, The Beach Boys, and opened for Olivia Newton John at the world-renowned Royal Albert Hall in London.

 

Throughout his career, genuine concern and generosity toward others has led the way for Alex. He has raised money for many causes by way of his music and maintained a message of positivity and perseverance in his lyrics. His latest single, “Bend Not Break” (produced by Randy Jackson) is closely tied to the cause behind Suicide Prevention Week and carries a message of hope and awareness for those struggling with mental illness.

 

Currently, Alex is working on his forthcoming album, set for release early next year.

 

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Myylo - Lack of You

Myylo – Lack of You

Myylo – Lack of You

 

 

 

 

 

Myylo - Lack of You

Myylo – Lack of You

 

 

 

 

Myylo – Lack of You

 

Nashville-based LGBT pop writer-performer Myylo releases his new single “Lack Of You”.

 

With “Lack Of You” Myylo gets personal, wearing his heart on his sleeve as he shows off his signature falsetto while outlining the palpable pain of a love gone wrong from years ago.

 

“I’d been trying to write this song for a couple of years,” says Myylo. “I have a bunch of old songs that are kind of embarrassingly bad, where I was writing about this one particular guy. But, when I wrote “Lack of You,” I felt like my soul had cracked open, and I finally was able to say what I needed to in the way I needed to say it.”

 

Turning heads in Nashville’s emerging pop-scene, Myylo is an artist to watch.

 

Myylo will perform next at Nashville’s The Back Corner with Stela Cole on November 28.

 

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Myylo grew up in Calabasas, California singing nerdy a cappella music and honking through alto sax parts in the jazz band. He took his songwriting to the University of Pennsylvania where he studied under Grammy-winning music critic Anthony Decurtis. With an Ivy League degree under his belt, he moved back to L.A. to intern at Jim Henson Studios for Grammy-winning producer Neff-U and former Head of Creative at Warner Chappell Judy Stakee. He has lived in Nashville for the past two years where he has been at the forefront of its burgeoning pop scene. His shows have drawn crowds of 200+ and he has been invited to attend song camps hosted by ASCAP, BMG Chrysalis, Baby Face, and Mike Posner. He is also heavily involved in Nashville’s LGBT community, hosting monthly shows that exclusively feature the city’s LGBT songwriters and artists.

 

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Misty Mtn - We'll Call it Even

Misty Mtn – We’ll Call it Even

Misty Mtn – We’ll Call it Even

 

 

 

 

 

Misty Mtn - We'll Call it Even

Misty Mtn – We’ll Call it Even

 

 

 

 

Misty Mtn – We’ll Call it Even

 

Brooklyn-based indie synth pop duo Misty Mtn release “We’ll Call It Even”.

 

With “We’ll Call It Even,” Misty Mtn continue to roll out their signature ‘dark mountain pop’ with the third single from their debut EP due Spring 2019.

 

“This song is about trying to make it in a city you can’t afford, but having someone with you every step of the way,” says the band. “We met working at a restaurant, so this song is personal to us.”

 

Misty Mtn will perform for the official release show at New York’s Rockwood Music Hall (main stage) on November 20 followed by a show at Nashville’s The Basement on November 26.

 

“The twosome’s unique assortment of sonic qualities of slick synths and dream-like melodies along with sharp writing occupied with its musings is something for the listeners…

 

 

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Inspired by the Bob Dylan lyric “I’ve stumbled on the side of twelve misty mountains,” Brooklyn-based duo Morissa Trunzo and Lucas Segall joined musical forces under the moniker Misty Mtn in late 2017. Influenced by their western roots – Morissa having grown up singing at the rodeo in Montana and Lucas in indie bands in his hometown of Los Angeles – they weave together western style, Icelandic aesthetic, and Brooklyn beats to create a distinct style of synth-pop they call “dark mountain pop.”

 

It was during a trip to Montreal where the duo wrote their debut single “Greener,” which would anchor the project’s direction. “We really connected over the worlds we had grown up in and loved,” says the band. “It just kind of came out of us naturally. We wrote it in probably two hours. And the rest really flowed from there.”

 

 

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Druv Kent - Back Home

Druv Kent – Back Home

 

 

 

 

 

Druv Kent - Back Home

Druv Kent – Back Home

 

 

 

 

Druv Kent – Back Home

 

 

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Indian-born singer-songwriter Druv Kent returns with the stirring and anthemic brand-new single ‘Back Home’, and its accompanying video shot in India directed by TED fellow Puneet Rakheja.

 

After a period of international live performances and writing sessions this year, Druv Kent returns to the studio in the UK and delivers his new offering – a lyrically charged, ear-wormy single titled: ‘BACK HOME’.

 

It’s a flowing melody with evocative lyrics about identity and aspiration … about being who we truly are, and who we are capable of being … if we let go of our inhibitions. Druv describes “home” as our haven of comfort and prompts the question, what really is home? A physical place or a virtual space where you can be yourself … without judgment… where we can shed the external layers we each wear.

 

The track showcases Druv’s distinctive vocal style and ability to create memorable melodic hooks within an intimate, warm sonic scape that carves out a unique space in the current musical landscape and looks set to become another major milestone in a career that has already seen Druv achieve so much…

 

The hi-end video to the single, co-written by Druv and video Director, Puneet Rakheja, is set in Kolkata, India, the city where Druv was born and called home for many years. The video presents a journey of three characters taking a ride “home” in the city’s iconic yellow taxi; each of them de-layering over their journey to reveal their true selves on their way “Back Home”. A dramatic unmasking parallels the song’s rise in energy to explode at the end.

 

“The song lures you in, while the bassline gets your pulse racing … and, before you know it, the song has wrapped itself around you … back home.”

 

 

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Campset Slim - Bando

Campset Slim – Bando

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Campset Slim - Bando

Campset Slim – Bando

 

 

 

Campset Slim – Bando

 

Perren Weldon (also known as Campset Slim or the “Last Real One”) is an up-and-coming rap artist on a mission to empower those, who against all odds, are still pushing forward. Through the power of musical storytelling, he strives to create songs that serve as that silver lining during difficult times.

 

Hailing from the city of Atlanta, Campset Slim has been rapping since the age of 14, and his passion has been relentless ever since. In addition to his emerging musical career, he is an active member of a bike club called Tru Ryderz MC…

 

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