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Grammy/Oscar Award winning LALO SCHIFRIN is a man of many talents; classically trained in his native Argentina and in Paris, he played jazz with the greats in 1950’s Paris, was invited to become pianist and arranger for Dizzy Gillespie and went on to write major film scores (‘Mission Impossible, ‘Cool Hand Luke’, ‘Bullitt’, ‘Dirty Harry’, ‘The Cincinnati Kid’ and ‘Amityville Horror’). He has produced an innovative series of discs, ‘Jazz meets the Symphony’ where he mixes jazz with a symphony orchestra. His most recent disc in this series was issued last year and combines the Czech National Symphony Orchestra with major jazz musicians. I was lucky enough to be able to interview on the phone from Los Angeles...
'Love Is Dead' is the album from singer/songwriter KERLI , released on ISLAND Records . Produced by David Maurice (Jay-z, Garbage, Sugababes etc) , the album mixes different styles of music throughout the record .
BTW: "The Creationist" was composed by KERLI and the legendary Guy Chambers (Robbie Williams , Kylie Minogue , Tina Turner , Diana Ross, Jessica Simpson , Natasha Bedingfield , INXS, Texas etc ), this is our favorite track here at WeirdMusic.net...
+ If you haven't already heard, Kerli has won an EBBA (European Border Breakers Award) for her outstanding commercial success in Europe ! The award highlights the success of 10 debuting European artists in selling albums and touring outside their home territory. Previous winners have included: Adele, Lykke Li, The Script, The Ting Tings, & Tokio Hotel.
As a winner, Kerli is also nominated for a Public Choice Award which YOU the fans get to vote on!
[ click to read KERLI INTERVIEW... ]
Uktop40charts.com / WeirdMusic.net PRESENTS: MIKA !
weirdmusic.net/mika | 500,000 albums sold in Europe so far, Top
10 in 15 countries
USA iTunes Top Ten and No 1 on US Pop Chart
UK Tour - December 2012 | 'Origin of Love' is taken from his brand new
album 'The Origin of Love' which, since release in October, has been
Top 10 in 15 countries across Europe, selling over 500,000 copies so
far and reaching No 1 in France, taking Mika's career album sales to 9
million . Meanwhile Mika has achieved his first hit album in the USA,
going into the iTunes Top Ten on week of release and hitting the No1
spot on the US iTunes Pop Chart.
Kelli Ali's musical career began with the iconic 90's trip hop band Sneaker Pimps . With Kelli the lead singer of the unforgettable 'Becoming X ' album, Sneaker Pimps enjoyed instant fame and their hits '6 Underground' and 'Spin Spin Sugar' graced the airwaves to worldwide critical acclaim.
In 2001 Kelli signed a solo recording deal with One Little Indian Records (home of Bjork, Paul McCartney, Sneaker Pimps, Skunk Anansie etc), her debut solo album, 'Tiger Mouth' (which Kelli co-produced with legendary producers, Rick Nowels and Marius De Vries ) featured 'The Doors' drummer John Densmore on the Armand Van Helden remixed 'Kids' . Kelli's follow up album 'Psychic Cat' (produced by Dave McCracken ) featured Primal Scream guitarist Andrew Innes .
Diverse and original, Kelli Ali's list of collaborations is impressive and this illusive artist has continued to strive and succeed in making innovative and powerful records. Kelli's voice is unmistakably unique and her song writing so fluent and stylish that she has been sought by many respected artists to add her remarkable talent to their songs and albums. ( Paul Oakenfold, Marylin Manson, Bryan Ferry, Bootsy Collins, Satoshi Tomiie, Linkin Park etc )
[ read Kelli Ali Exclusive INTERVIEW ]
NEWS: Kelli Ali's 'Butterfly' is a Limited Edition acoustic album containing 10 songs Including the brand new ‘Butterfly', ‘Throw it to The Dogs', an acoustic versions of ‘Wings in Motion' from Tigermouth and a cover of ‘Willow's Song' from ‘The Wicker Man' soundtrack as well as reworked songs from the Rocking Horse album.
[ Read WeirdMusic.net's CD REVIEW ...]
One Little Indian Records (Bjork, Sigur Ros etc ) & WeirdMusic.net Mag Presents :
KILL IT KID
"Uncontrived, Kill It Kid are brave, raw talent." - BBC Newsbeat
Kill it Kid have widely been recognised as one of the best new acts of 2009, with magazines such as NME and Clash rating the album 8 and 9 out of 10 respectively.
[ read Kill it Kid - WeirdMusic.net Exclusive INTERVIEW... ]
[ read 'Send me an Angel' Kill It Kid new Single REVIEW...]
Official Secrets Act 's NEW CD - REVIEWs:
NEW ElectroIndie Anthem: BLOODSPORT - read CD Review
+ Debut album 'Understanding Electricity' is out now on cd, 12" 180 gm vinyl and download.
( OFA's New British Escapism is here )
Fat Car Records (Sigur Ros , Animal Colective etc) & WeirdMusic.net Presents:
Twilight Sad are unmistakably their own band' - read Exclusive Interview
The Twilight Sad comprises James Graham (vocals), Andy MacFarlane, (guitar/ accordion/noise), Craig Orzel (bass), and Mark Devine (drums).
The Scotish band has played with such acts as Mogwai , The Smashing Pumpkins , Snow Patrol etc
Following closely in the footsteps of The Twilight Sad and Frightened Rabbit, We Were Promised Jetpacks are yet another hugely talented young scottish band added to the FatCat Records roster. We Were Promised Jetpacks' ‘These Four Walls' signifies a debut album that has the sort of peerlessness and potential to stand as a mainstay and luminary of indie music in the 21st century.
[ Read WeirdMusic.net' CD REVIEW....]
At only 21 years of age, Ólafur Arnalds is Iceland's latest export. Having already sold out The Barbican Hall in London, toured major European festivals and having opened for Sigur Rós on their most recent European tour, the future seems bright for this young, extraordinary talent.
[ Read Olafur Arnalds - WeirdMusic.net Exclusive INTERVIEW... ]
Some of the best solo stars start off their career as backing singers and session vocalists.
It happened to Madonna and now it's happening to the UK born dance virtuoso, SANDY.
She's been singing since the age of five and turned professional in the Nineties when she
did sessions as the lead vocalist on dance projects that charted throughout the world and
sold millions of copies. She sang backing vocals for Italian stars of the calibre of GIORGIA,
JOVANOTTI, CLAUDIO BAGLIONI, ZUCCHERO and LAURA PAUSINI . She showed the
subtler side of her vocal range in the duet "Vivo per lei" with ANDREA BOCELLI. She
toured with MARIAH CAREY.
She lives England and Italy and is now about to get the international recognition she
deserves for her outstanding performance on ILLUSION by Benassi Bros. feat. SANDY ( top
3 in the European Dance Chart ). The track was included in Benassi Bros' album Pumphonia . ILLUSION has been released in most territories and has achieved excellent
results in club charts all around the world. In France it was a smash hit, staying at the #1
spot of the club chart for over month and entering the top 10 of the sales charts.
The follow-up 'Feel Alive' (taken from …Phobia lp) lingered in the Billboard Airplay Dance
Chart for 19 weeks.
In 2008 Sandy collaborated to two dance projects: the first was together with Dhany
(Sandy vs Dhany Break the wall) and the second one was a featuring on Favretto's track Get Out Of My Mind, remixed by the top Italian producer Samuele Sartini .
'This is Me' is her NEW single, produced by Alle Benassi (studio partner of Benny Benassi)
BTW: In 2008 Benny and Alle won a GRAMMY Award for the remix of Public Enemy's “Bring the noise”. )
[ click to read Sandy'- WeirdMusic.net Exclusive Interview... ]
Sannie Carlson (best known as Whigfield) is the name of a lady with Danish origins who decided to make a mark in the history of pop-dance music by selling millions worldwide. In 1994 she gained a place in the Guinness Book of Records with the song "Saturday Night" as the first artist to go straight to number one in the UK singles chart with a debut single. Her discography is extremely impressive including numerous hit singles all over the world & four studio albums, a career spanning over a decade which for a pop-dance act is extremely unusual. After many years on stage Sannie has decided to concentrate on the other side of the music industry, writing & composing for other artists in the business, both DJs & singers with names such as the Grammy winner Benny Benassi, Ann Lee and In-Grid. Her latest release is the album called “All in One”, which includes ten of her smash-hits (all re-sung and re-arranged) plus the cover of “Right in the night” (the famous track from Jam & Spoon) and one completely new song called “Rainbow”. The first track released from “All In One” was “Think of you” and the current second single - out now – is “Right in the night”, which includes three blasting remixes and it comes with an unique video.
[ read Whigfield - WeirdMusic.net Exclusive INTERVIEW... ]
The year 1998, English born singer, Ann Lee debutted with the unforgettable song “2
times” one of the most extraordinarily tracks to come out of the international dance
scene in a long while.
"2 times" went to #1 in Denmark, #2 in UK and Belgium, Top 10 in in France,
Germany, Austria, Australia, New Zealand, Italy, Holland, Norway and East Europe,
collecting many Gold and Platinum discs.
The second single, VOICES, reached Top 10 positions in Spain, Denmark and the
Czech Republic. It was released in UK in February 2000 and went straight into the Top
The third single, an irresistible cover version of RING MY BELL came out in Europe,while "2 TIMES" began exploding in Canada.Ann Lee's debut album, DREAMS, was release all over the globe.Her latest album “So Alive” was released in 2007 and contains eleven tracks plus a cover of “Moonlight dancing”.
[ read Ann Lee '- WeirdMusic.net Exclusive INTERVIEW... ]
Legendary Soft Boys and Katrina & The Waves member, Kimberley Rew , Releases ‘Best Of' Compilation on 11/9
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Notable Press and Artist Quotes
"I remember the very first time I heard one of Kimberly's great songs.....'That's Just the Woman In Me'. For more than 10 years I couldn't get the song out of my mind, and I finally had the chance to record it a few years ago. Now, that's what I call a memorable songwriter!" - Celine Dion
“I have great memories of touring Europe in the 80's with Katrina and the band. It was wonderful to see the love of her audience and how the band ignited them. I remember how powerful “Walking on Sunshine” was at that time so it's not surprise it has remained a classic till this day.”
- Mick Fleetwood, Fleetwood Mac
"I have been a fan of Kimberly Rew's song writing for 25 years, and am dumbfounded by his guitar playing every time I see him play"
- Peter Buck, REM.
“Kimberly Rew is a gentle genius and his songs are a revelation.”
- Vicki Peterson, The Bangles.
“Kimberley Rew is where pop and archaeology meet: the six-string guardian of old England, rocking the neolithic pathways just as the glaciers did before him. I can't remember a time before Kimberley, and I dread a world without him. Monster!”
- Robyn Hitchcock.
“The early morning (after the long night) that we finished "Walking On Sunshine" was one of the greatest experiences of my professional career. I'll always remember doing the final edits on the 2 track, and all of us knowing we had something that was really special. Congratulations to Kimberly and the band on the song's anniversary. It's a classic.”
- Scott Litt, record producer (REM, Nirvana, Incubus).
“When the Soft Boys split up, Kimberley was bursting with new songs, and ready to get into the studio. It was amazing how many great pop tracks he had written while being in the Soft Boys. We went into The Church studios in London with the band and laid down and mixed about 10 tracks in 2 days. All of them were great. Brown Eyed Son, came out as a single, but much as the Soft Boys were "a band out of time", in that Underwater Moonlight came out in the heat of the London punk scene, radio and press were focused on other things, and the single went largely un-noticed. Kimberley was undeterred, and with endless energy from Alex, Katrina, and Vince behind him, the band powered on, continued writing, gigging, and refining their art, and finally broke through with the massive worldwide hit Walking On Sunshine."
- Richard Bishop, owner of Kimberley's first record label and now manger of Henry Rollins, The Crystal Method and Robyn Hitchcock.
NEW ! Favretto ft. Ann Lee - "I Get The Feeling" Single out Now
[ Download Favretto ft. Ann Lee "I Get The Feeling" Mp3s ]
Everyone around the world listened to "Easy Lady" at least once!
The year was 1986 and Spagna - with her "Easy Lady" - reached the highest positions in the European charts, selling more than two million copies.
From September, the 11st, you can enjoy the new versions of "Easy Lady 2009 remake", re-sung by Spagna and remixed by Nicola Fasano & Steve Forest (producers of "75 Brazil Street", sampled in Pitbull's "I Know You Want Me"), CongoRock, Favretto and D-Bag. Moreover, Larry Pignagnoli and Theo Spagna - producers of Spagna in the 80's - realized an Original Alike version.
[ read SPAGNA' - WeirdMusic.net Exclusive INTERVIEW... ]
BEN CAROLL , is set to release his first solo effort, "A Dream Between Two Fires" on June 9, 2009. Carroll, lead guitarist for the chart-topping “RA” (Universal records/SMR) has spent the past three years conceptualizing and recording the album in between tours and recording sessions with “Ra” which has released 4 albums over the past 6 years with a combined sales total of over half a million units.
Along with writing, arranging, producing, engineering and mixing "A Dream Between Two Fires", Carroll laid down every track. “ This record motivated me to keep innovating my guitar playing and overall musical style, as well as motivating me to learn engineering, mixing, editing, programming and all other aspects of studio work. I wanted to have full artistic freedom and be totally in charge of the end result.”
[ click to read Ben Caroll - WeirdMusic.net Exclusive Interview ]
WeirdMusic.net & Magnum PR (The Prodigy, Portishead, Chemical Brothers, Primal Scream, The Futureheads, The Verve , Gnarls Barkley etc ) press releases & NEWS:
The Prodigy - "Invaders Must Die"
(Take Me To The Hospital/Cooking Vinyl 03/03/09)
‘Invaders Must Die' is 40 minutes of having your head battered by future nostalgia, serotonin levels twisted by feel-good horrorcore and your synapses snapped by whiplash attitude. It's the sound of The Prodigy mixing up genres, contorting the past and rewiring the future, ram-raiding through the tranquility of music's status quo like a blot on the landscape of England's dreaming... - read More
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Mixed by Ed Buller (Suede, Slowdive, Pulp, White Lies) and mastered by Howie Weinberg (Muse, Jeff Buckley, Iron Maiden, U2, Nirvana...) , it is a potent dose of rock and roll blacklistish indie rock maximalism...
WeirdMusic.net & Stunt PR ( The Cardigans, PAUL OAKENFOLD, Mause on Mars , Owl City etc) press releases & NEWS:
If you haven't already heard , Motion City Soundtrack's new album and Major Label debut – My Dinosaur Life – is out today and it's amazing ! And if you don't believe us, just see what the press is saying…
click to Watch “...high-velocity bundles of sanded-fuzz guitars and bloodlust-rah-rah choruses..." – Rolling Stone
Midnight Masses Announce Deal With Team Love To Release Rapture Ready , I Gazed At The Body EP -
“Heaven is an appropriate title for such an enlightening, beautifully lush set, with washy guitars and dozens of vocals, recalling acts like Spiritualized.” - Billboard
[ read Exclusive Interview....]
New York, NY – Universal Republic Records' basement launched phenomenon Owl City reclaimed the top spot on the Billboard Hot 100 Singles Chart this week after originally hitting the #1 position two weeks ago with the smash hit “Fireflies.” The song continues to break boundaries at radio as it is top 10 at both Top 40 and Hot AC formats along with impressive showings at Alternative, Triple A, and Rhythm Crossover making it one of the most requested songs in the US...
NEW ZEALAND's...Bang Bang Eche – T'Nealle Worsley (guitar and bass), Zach Doney (vocals), Charlie Ryder (guitar and synth), and James Sullivan (drums), — recorded their new EP, Sonic Death Cuntttt , in just three months in their hometown of Christchurch, New Zealand. The hard-edged, fast-moving tracks earned the band many positive reviews and landed the band on Rolling Stone's “ HYPE MONITOR! ” – a ba rometer of all things cool and happening!
WeirdMusic.net & LX.TV / NBC Universal PRESENTS:
John Zorn exclusive TV Interview - Avant-Garde composer John Zorn talks about his lifelong passion for pushing musical boundaries. In addition to heading his own label, Tzadik , Zorn serves as the creative director for the East Village artists' space, The Stone - click here to Watch...
INTERSCOOP / Myspace Records & WeirdMusic.net Presents:
California alterna-popsters Sherwood announce the release of their highly anticipated new album Qu out October 13 th on MySpace Records . Recorded in Los Angeles with renowned producer Brad Wood (Liz Phair, Smashing Pumpkins, Sunny Day Real Estate) the album features 11 original tracks written by all five members. The result is a refreshingly catchy and precise pop record...
TOWER OF POWER - CD REVIEW
Tower of Power, those super slick funk/soul/R&B all stars hailing from Oakland, California, usher in their 40th anniversary with yet another winning album...
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