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Arpionth, 360 MAGAZINE, Vaughn Lowery

Arpionth

Every once in awhile we discover a newfangled talent who dares to be different. Arpionth is the next generation of EDM. Sultry and sensual melodic instrumentation at it’s finest. A swedish phenomenon.

“Hope” thrives on cinematic creativity and indulges all senses. Your heart will pump while waves crash.

“Destiny” opens up with tons of faithful synergy. Once the beat drops so will your soul. Throbbing. Pulsating.

“Origin” marks newfound territory with systemic beats which power through tradition. Being present isn’t enough. To recognize your past is to know your perfection.

“Above” pushes the envelope. Like a bird, the rhythmic cadence will make you flutter. Higher and higher your imagination will float amongst the swarms.

“Fight” treads on fear. Feisty yet temperamental instrumentation will tantalize your inner existence.

“Continue” is a rotational pull. Everlasting and meaningful. Nothing can stand in the room of an orbit.

“Return” is sinister. A notational menstrual cycle.

“Change” is a seasonal reflection of emotions. You can visualize leaves turn from green to amber.

“Then” will transpire your soul. Strings and snares are on a downward spiral romance.

“Past” mimics a crispness of affairs. Up beat and responsive to what’s to come.

“Time” ticks like a elegant piece of machinery. Poignant and peaceful.

“Now” streams the senses. You can actually smell the stark stench of collateral damage.

“Be” proves to be one of the more sensible tracks with an alien-like heart beat. Allow your mind to ramble around a viscous surface. It’s all about building community!

“Clouds” is anthemic. Parallel to a derivative. A heavenly tune erupting with angelic memories.

Arpionth has a special talent to cure a thirsty mind. His ability to chime into uncharted territory is what makes him a big contender for our “360 Watchlist.” Concrete Creativity III circumvents ongoing sensory seizures. A filmic treasure of tasty creatures.

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TV On The Radio

“For various reasons this record means a LOT to us and we’re thrilled have a chance to play it in its entirety, in New York, nonetheless. I’d say it’s gonna be a special night.” -Tunde Adebimpe

Yesterday, TV On The Radio announced a concert to celebrate the 10th anniversary of their groundbreaking album “Dear Science” to be performed on September 20, 2018, at Knockdown Center in New York. The band will play the album in its entirety. Tickets may be purchase HERE.

TV on the Radio has been called “the most vital band in America” (Associated Press), “one the most compelling rock and roll stories of the modern age” (BBC), “the most innovative band on the planet” (AV Club) and simply “superb” (Rolling Stone). In short, TV on the Radio established themselves as the most groundbreaking musicians of this generation and one of the most influential bands of the decade.

The band’s 2008 album Dear Science was voted #1 by fans in Pitchfork’s Reader’s Poll and the #1 album in the Village Voice’s Pazz and Jop poll (composed of reviews by more than 800 critics). TV on the Radio consistently confounds expectations while managing to balance respect from critics and peers alike.

Grammy nominated, TV On The Radio – Tunde Adebimpe, Jaleel Bunton, Kyp Malone, Dave Sitek and formerly the late Gerard Smith has been awarded the Short List Music Prize, asked by David Bowie to collaborate, performed on every continent, sold out both the Apollo Theater and Radio City Music Hall, graced the stages of every late night show including Saturday Night Live, and shot a music video with Pee Wee Herman.

Praise for DEAR SCIENCE:

“TV On the Radio’s third album proper, managed to pull off something rather special: it boldly took guitars where no album had gone before. And it did so with more creativity, daring and flair than any record since Radiohead’s OK Computer.” -The Guardian

“Dear Science is a brilliant balancing act between pop aspiration and music-geek aesthetics.” -Rolling Stone

“On ‘Dear Science,’TVOTR embraces emotions of the here and now — lust, anger, the dancer’s bliss.” -Ann Powers Los Angeles Times

“Career-defining stuff.” -The Guardian

“Yes, this is shit-hot thrilling music. But it’s also brainy and ambivalent, and more engaging for it.” -Pitchfork

“TV on the Radio traded its noisiness for clarity, the better to reveal the workings of its ambitious, multilayered songs: programming and hands-on playing, rock and funk, elegies and dance grooves, accusations and embraces. Each song follows its own idiosyncratic path from mourning to affirmation.” – New York Times

www.tvontheradio.com

NEW ALBIN LEE MUSIC + VIDEO

Albin Lee Meldau‘s ‘The Weight Is Gone‘ is an arresting new soul-soaked dance-pop song that signals a striking new creative direction from an emerging artist to watch in 2018. Over a Ronson-like mashup of beats and sweeping strings with stabs of reverb-heavy guitar Albin’s unforgettable voice soars, confessing how love can sometimes feel like a curse. The Weight Is Gone is the first single from Albin’s forthcoming debut album due out this summer on Astralwerks.

Astralwerks has also released the 3-track The Weight Is Gone (Remixes) EP featuring remixes by KC Lights. The remixes have already earned support from some of the world’s biggest tastemaker DJs including Tiesto and Danny Howard, as well as from festival mainstays Kryder, CID, Sunnery James & Ryan Marciano.

Few singers can command an audience’s attention quite like Albin Lee Meldau,

his voice is breathtaking, soulful, thunderous and impossible to ignore

NPR Music

Albin has already proven himself to be a powerful storyteller on deeply affecting songs such as Same Boat, Bloodshot, Lou Lou. First and foremost, He considers himself a musical journalist who not only documents what he feels, but also what he sees. But before you discover his gift for weaving emotion, detail, and humanity into a unique blend of classic soul and modern pop production, you will hear his voice and be bowled over.

2018 is shaping up to be a breakthrough year for Albin, a singer-songwriter who hails from Gothenburg, Sweden, the son of a Swedish jazz singer mom and a British punk rocker dad. His debut album follows two impressive EPs that have already notched 30 million streams on Spotify. Last year he made his debut at SXSW and Bonnaroo, and NPR Music invited him to perform on their popular Tiny Desk Concert series. Albin was nominated for Best Newcomer at the 2017 Grammis (Sweden’s Grammy Awards) and won the 2016 Anchor Award, an international competition hosted by the Reeperbahn Festival in Germany that seeks out the best new emerging talent. He was selected by a jury that included producer Tony Visconti (David Bowie) who sang Albin’s praises in presenting him the award. Something is pouring out of his heart and soul when he sings.

Record Store Day Part 2

ELTON JOHN VS. PNAU – GOOD MORNING TO THE NIGHT (1 LP CLEAR VINYL)

QUANTITY: 1100

Good Morning To The Night is a remix album by Elton John and Australian dance duo Pnau, originally released in July 2012. The album’s tracks are created from samples of various early Elton songs combined together to form new tracks. Songs sampled include “Philadelphia Freedom,” “Goodbye Yellow Brick Road,” “Sorry Seems To Be The Hardest Word,” “Someone Saved My Life Tonight,” “Bennie And The Jets” and “Are You Ready For Love?” The album debuted at No. 1 on the UK Albums Chart and was described by the UK’s Guardian newspaper as “a blueprint for what remix albums should aspire to.” This marks first time on vinyl in US.

Side 1: (1) “Good Morning To The Night” (2) “Sad” (3)”Black Icy Stare” (4) “Foreign Fields”

Side 2: (1) “Telegraph To The Afterlife” (2) “Phoenix” (3) “Karmatron” (4) “Sixty”

FRANK ZAPPA – LUMPY GRAVY: PRIMORDIAL (1 LP TRANSLUCENT BURGUNDY VINYL)

QUANTITY: 4000

Lumpy Gravy: Primordial contains Frank Zappa’s first orchestral-only edit of the music sessions recorded at Capitol Studios during 1967. This self-described “ballet” was never officially issued until 2008 on the posthumous collection Lumpy Money. it makes its debut on limited edition 12” 45 rpm mono translucent burgundy colored vinyl, mastered from the original 1967 1/4” mono master tape, with FZ’s original gatefold album design lovingly restored.

Side A: “Lumpy Gravy”

Side B: “Primordial”

GLORIA GAYNOR – I WILL SURVIVE (12” VERSION) / SUBSTITUTE (12” VERSION)

QUANTITY: 1500

One of the most popular, well-loved disco anthems of all time turns 40 this year. To celebrate we are releasing this heavyweight single with full 12” Disco Versions of both “I Will Survive” and “Substitute” (the original A-side).

Side A: (1) “I Will Survive” (2)“Substitute”

Side B: (1) “Go on now, go” (2) “Walk out the door”

KILLING JOKE – ABSOLUTE DISSENT (2 LP COLORED VINLY)

QUANTITY: 2000

First ever US release of Killing Joke‘s 13th studio album from 2010, featuring the band’s original lineup reunited for the first time on record in 28 years. Comes on 2 LP color vinyl with two bonus tracks. Never been available in US; available previously overseas in limited quantity of 300.

Side A: (1) “Absolute Dissent” (2) “The Great Cull” (3) “Fresh Fever From The Skies” (4) “In Excelsis”

Side B: (1) “European Super State” (2) “This World Hell” (3) “Endgame” (4) “The Raven King”

Side C: (1) “Honour The Fire” (2) “Depthcharge” (3) “Here Comes The Singularity” (4) “Ghosts of Ladbroke Grove”

Side D: (Bonus Tracks) (1) “Kali Yuga” (2) “Ghosts Of Ladbroke Grove” (dub)

MARVIN GAYE – LET’S GET IT ON (45TH ANNIVERSARY) (1 LP RED VINYL)

QUANTITY: 1000

Come Get To This; it’s the 45th anniversary of Marvin Gaye’s landmark soul album, Let’s Get It On. This limited-edition release has been pressed on 180g heavyweight red vinyl, Just To Keep You Satisfied…

Side 1: (1) “Let’s Get It On” (2) “Please Stay (Once You Go Away)” (3) “If I should I Die Tonight” (4) “Keep Getting It On”

Side 2: (1) “Come Get To This” (2) “Distant Lover” (3) “You Sure Love To Ball” (4) “Just To Keep You Satisfied

Visit RecordStoreDay.com for more details and to find your local shops.

Record Store Day Part 3

SOFT CELL – SAY HELLO WAVE GOODBYE / YOUTH REIMAGINED (12” SINGLE CLEAR VINYL)

QUANTITY: 1500

Double-A-sided 12” of new extended versions of Soft Cell’s classic “Say Hello Wave Goodbye” and the fan favorite album track “Youth.” Soft Cell were legendary for their well-crafted extended 12” mixes and on these new versions original member Dave Ball uses the original studio parts to create what he and Marc would have wanted fans to hear 1982. Not remixes but exquisite period reimaginings.

Side 1: “Say Hello, Wave Goodbye”

Side 2: “Youth”

SOUNDGARDEN – A-SIDES (2 LP COLORED VINYL)

QUANTITY: 5000

A-Sides is a compilation album with songs spanning the band’s thirteen-year career.  It was released on November 4, 1997 through A&M Records. It was Soundgarden‘s last official release for 13 years, until 2010’s Telephantasm. It contains one song absent from previous albums (“Bleed Together”) which appeared on import copies of the “Burden In My Hand” single.  This is the first time A-Sides has been available on vinyl.

Side A: (1) “Nothing To Say” (2)  “Flower” (3) “Loud Love” (4) “Hands All Over”

Side B: (1) “Get On The Snake” (2) Jesus Christ Pose (3) Outshined (4) Rusty Cage

Side C: (1) “Spoonman” (2) The Day I Tried To Live” (3) Black Hole Sun (4) Fell On Black Days

Side D: (1) “Pretty Noose” (2) Burden In My Hand” (3) Blow Up The Outside World (4) TY Cobb (5) Bleed Together

SUBLIME – 89 VISION (10”)

QUANTITY: 3500

The first vinyl release of Sublime’s first cassette release, marking the 30th anniversary of the band.

Side A: (1) “Don’t Push” (2) “Ball & Chain”

Side B: (1) Slow Ride” (2) “Date Rape Stylee”

THE POLICE – ROXANNE (7” SINGLE)

QUANTITY: 2000

Reissue of the second Police single “Roxanne,” the first for A&M Records. Released in April 1978, it was the first single from debut album Outlandos d’Amour. Controversial in some territories, this seminal favorite was written about a man who falls in love with a prostitute. On re-release in 1979, the song peaked at number 12 on the UK Singles Chart. Bespoke gatefold sleeve with die-cut ‘dialling holes’ – front cover is the original UK red ‘telephone’ image. Blue European sleeve for inner sleeve. Reissue sleeve, with band photo, for inside gatefold. Original A-side and B-side – ‘Peanuts’. Both remastered at Abbey Road.

Side A: “Roxanne”

Side B:  “Peanuts”

THE WHO – THE KIDS ARE ALRIGHT (2 LP RED & BLUE COLORED VINYL)

QUANTITY: 3000

Legendary companion album to the band’s classic documentary film of the same name from 1979. Features the extraordinary 1967 Smothers Brothers TV show version of “My Generation” – including exploding drum-kit finale! Double LP on red and blue heavyweight coloured vinyl with original LP packaging including 20-page booklet – long out of print on vinyl! Features one of the most iconic rock images on the front cover – photographer Art Kane’s shot of the band draped in the Union Jack flag at the Carl Shurz Monument in Morningside Heights in New York City on the morning of Friday 5 April 1968, the day of the first of the two concerts at Fillmore East, for a feature on new rock groups for Life Magazine. Includes three performances from Woodstock – “Sparks,” “Pinball Wizard” and “See Me, Feel Me,” classic 1960s TV performances of “Magic Bus” and “Anyway, Anyhow, Anywhere” and the definitive performance of “A Quick One, While He’s Away,” the version they played at the Rolling Stones’ Rock & Roll Circus — a performance so good that, according to legend, it’s the reason why the Stones shelved the show for 20 years!

Side A: (1) “My Generation” (2) “I Can’t Explain” (3) “Happy Jack” (4) “I Can See For Miles” (5) “Magic Bus” “Long Live Rock”

Side B: (1) “Anyway, Anyhow, Anywhere” (2) “Young Man Blues” (3) “My Wife” (4) “Baba O’Riley”

Side C: (1) “A Quick One, While He’s Away (2) “Tommy Can You Hear Me?” (3) “Sparks” (4) “Pinball Wizard” (5) “See Me, Feel Me”

Side D: (1) Medley “Join Together” (2) “Won’t Get Fooled Again”

Visit RecordStoreDay.com for more details and to find your local shops.

Record Store Day Part 1

UMe is pleased to announce details for several exclusive, limited edition vinyl releases confirmed for Record Store Day 2018. With special releases from Bobbie Gentry, Chet Faker, David Bowie, Def Leppard, Ella Fitzgerald, Elton John, Frank Zappa, Gloria Gaynor, Marvin Gaye, Soundgarden, Sublime, The Police, The Who and more, UMe’s slate for April’s hotly-anticipated music shopping bonanza is filled with an eclectic and exciting mix that includes re-pressings of classic albums and singles, as well as several U.S. vinyl release debuts. All the special releases will be available at Record Store Day-participating record stores on Saturday, April 21.

BOBBIE GENTRY – LIVE AT THE BBC (1 LP)

QUANTITY: 1200

This LP is sure to be highly collectable for fans. No BBC material featuring Bobbie Gentry has ever been released so these recordings are completely unfamiliar to fans.

Side 1: (1) “Mississippi Delta” (2) “Papa Won’t Let Me Go To Town With You” (3) “I saw An Angle Die” (4) “Ode To Billie Joe” (5) “Mornin Glory” (6) “Ace Insurance Man”

Side 2: (1) “Niki Hokey/ Barefootin” (2) “Penduli Pendulum” (3) “Recollection” (4) “Sweet Peony” (5) “Greyhound Going Somewhere

CHET FAKER – THINKING IN TEXTURES (1 LP SMOKE SWIRLED CLEAR VINYL)

QUANTITY: 2000

The award winning 2012 debut release from Australian singer-songwriter Nick Murphy, issued under his stage name Chet Faker. Featuring the ethereal downtempo take of “No Diggity,” this special edition of Thinking in Textures is pressed on smoke swirled clear vinyl housed in an embossed ‘texturized’ jacket.

Side A: (1) “I’m Into You” (2) “Terms And Conditions” (3) “No Diggity”

Side B: (1) “Love And Feeling” (2) “Cigarettes And Chocolate” (3) “Solo Sunrise” (4) “Everything I Wanted”

DAVID BOWIE – DAVID BOWIE (2 LP RED & BLUE VINYL)

QUANTITY: 3000

David Bowie’s debut album available for first time on heavyweight red and blue colored vinyl. This 2 LP set features the Mono version of the album on disc one and the Stereo version on disc two.

Side 1: (1) “Uncle Arthur” (2) “Sell Me A Coat” (3) “Rubber Band” (4) “Love You Till Tuesday” (5) “There Is A Happy Land” (6) “We Are Hungry Men” (7)” When I Live My Dream”

Side 2: (1) “Little Bombardier” (2) “Silly Boy Blue” (3)Come And Buy My Toys” (4) “Join The Gang” (5) “She’s Got Medals” (6) “Maid Of Bond Street” (7) “Please Mr. Gravedigger”

DEF LEPPARD – LIVE FROM ABBEY ROAD (12” SINGLE)

QUANTIY: 4000

Three tracks recorded at Abbey Road in 2008 and never previously released.

Side 1: (1) “C’mon C’mon” (2) “Rock On”

Side 2: “Rocket

Following last year’s release of Ella Fitzgerald’s lost live album recorded in 1956 on the eve of her breakthrough, the album will make its vinyl debut as a double LP on pink and opaque blue vinyl with contrasting labels.

Recorded on February 2, 1956 at Zardi’s Jazzland in Hollywood, Ella At Zardi’s features the entirety of the evening’s two-set, 21-song performance, which captures an inspired Fitzgerald singing and swinging in front of an animated, adoring crowd, just days before she’d go on to record the album that would catapult her to stardom. The concert was originally recorded by Norman Granz to celebrate the creation of, and Fitzgerald’s signing to, Verve Records, which Granz founded largely to give Fitzgerald the attention that he felt she wasn’t receiving at her then-current label, Decca. Ella At Zardi’s was planned as the label’s inaugural release but shelved in favor of the now-classic studio album Ella Fitzgerald Sings The Cole Porter Song Book, which kicked off a best-selling, signature series of Song Book releases. The Zardi’s tapes languished in Verve’s vaults for six decades.

Album 1: First Set: Side A: (1) “It All Depends On You” (2) “Tenderly” (3) “Why Don’t You Do Right” (4) “Cry Me A River” (5) “In A Mellow Tone”

Side B: (1) “Joe Williams’s Blues” (2) “A Fine Romance” (3) “How High The Moon” (4) “Gone With The Wind” (5) “Bernie’s Tune”

Album 2: Second Set: Side C: (1) ” ‘S Wonderful” (2) “Glad To Be Unhappy” (3) “Lullaby of Birdland” (4) “The Tender Trap” (5) “And The Angels Sing” (6) “I Can’t Give You Anything But Love”

Side D: (1) “Little Boy (Little Girl)” (2) “A-Tisket, A-Tisket” (3) “My Heart Belongs To Daddy” (4) “Airmail Special” (5) “I’ve Got A Crush On You”

Visit RecordStoreDay.com for more details and to find your local shops.

Blender x Nick Graham

Blender Workspace, a premium shared office community, welcomed fashion iconoclast and Joe Boxer founder, Nick Graham, to their New York flagship on February 20th. The two-hour presentation and roundtable discussion signified the launch of Blender’s new Entrepreneur Salon Series: the latest addition to a robust programming initiative available to all Blender members.

 

Mr. Graham’s presentation focused on themes of audacity and enterprise, informed by his personal experience with innovative brand building. He famously got his start by silk screening dollar bills onto boxer shorts, while his latest collection debuted earlier this month in the shark tank at Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas. Mr. Graham also launched an eponymous men’s fashion line at New York Fashion Week in January.

 

The event was hosted by Larry Dvoskin, a music entrepreneur who has worked with past Grammy winners including David Bowie, The Beach Boys, Robert Plant, and MGMT. In addition to its salon series, Blender boasts a curated arts program, wellness meet-ups, workshops, and live performances on a daily basis.

 

Blender is a leading luxury workspace located at 135 Madison Avenue in the NoMad neighborhood of New York City. The space was custom built for high-caliber professionals who value thoughtful design and an elevated work experience, and has evolved into a hub for creative, lifestyle and wellness brands.

 

 

 

 

Letters Live

Star-studded British show announces the first wave of talent for its American debut.

Jake Gyllenhaal, Jarvis Cocker, James Corden, Minnie Driver, Stephen Fry, Mark Hamill, Anjelica Huston, Catherine Keener, Shirley Manson, Ian McShane, and Annabelle Wallis all confirmed for ‘LETTERS LIVE’ line-up in its US premiere with more guests to be announced.

LETTERS LIVE, in partnership with NET-A-PORTER and MR PORTER, is delighted to announce the first wave of performers for its first ever public performance in the United States on February 26th 2018, at the historic Theatre at Ace Hotel in Los Angeles, from 8pm PST.

LETTERS LIVE celebrates the enduring power of literary correspondence by inviting brilliant entertainers to perform remarkable and unforgettable letters to a live audience.

“Hear the best letters in the world read by the best voices” – The Observer

Past LETTERS LIVE shows have included letters written by the likes of David Bowie, Mohandas Gandhi, Maya Angelou, Elvis Presley, Janis Joplin, Kurt Vonnegut, Charlotte Bronte, Tom Hanks, Katherine Hepburn, Richard Burton, Patti Smith, Abraham Lincoln, James Baldwin, and Che Guevara, performed by an array of talent including Benedict Cumberbatch, Gillian Anderson, Ian McKellen, Kylie Minogue, Russell Brand, Thandie Newton, Riz Ahmed, Juliet Stevenson, LeVar Burton, Tom Hiddleston, Sally Hawkins, JJ Abrams, Noma Dumezweni, Oscar Isaac, Jude Law, Nick Cave and Sir Ben Kingsley.

To view a teaser video for the 26 February, click here.

As LETTERS LIVE producer and performer Benedict Cumberbatch writes “Letters Live makes us pause and imagine the lives behind the letters read and the circumstances of their origin. The relationship between the audience, reader and writer on a Letters Live night helps deepen our understanding of these inspiring artefacts of the human condition. They are windows into the love, beauty, pain, and humor of their creators and recipients. It’s a privilege to read this most ancient form of communication to a live audience.”

The February 26th performance of LETTERS LIVE in Los Angeles will be presented in partnership with NET-A-PORTER and MR PORTER. The event will be held in the historic Theatre at Ace Hotel in the downtown neighborhood of Los Angeles, from 8pm – 9:30pm PST.

Tickets for the 26 February LETTERS LIVE performance are available for purchase here.

Ticket prices range from $50 to $200 with all the profits from ticket sales being donated to the two partner charities for the night, 826LA, and Women for Women International.

About LETTERS LIVE

LETTERS LIVE first took place in December 2013 at the Tabernacle in London and quickly established itself as a powerful and dynamic event format that attracted outstanding talents to performing remarkable letters in front of a live audience.

Inspired by Shaun Usher’s international best-selling Letters of Note series and Simon Garfield’s To the Letter, LETTERS LIVE is a live celebration of the enduring power of literary correspondence. Each show always features a completely different array of great performers, reading remarkable letters written over the centuries and from around the world. One of the joys of Letters Live is that one never knows who is going to take to the stage or what letter they are going to bring alive.

The independent publishing house Canongate, who created and developed LETTERS LIVE, subsequently partnered with the film and television production company SunnyMarch to build Letters Live into an even more far-reaching and ambitious project. Their shared vision is to harness the power of letters through curated events of exceptional quality and to develop a multi-media platform that delivers the most memorable letters to people all around the world.

As well as celebrating the pain, joy, wisdom and humour expressed in letters, LETTERS LIVE has from the outset been committed to promoting literacy and to fund-raising for literacy charities. This remains an important part of its activities both in the UK and abroad.

About 826LA

826LA is a non-profit organization with centers in Echo Park and Mar Vista, a Writers’ Room at

Manual Arts High School in South LA, and relationships with Los Angeles public schools. 826LA’s mission is to support students ages six to eighteen with their creative and expository writing skills, and to help teachers inspire their students to write. Since 2005, 826LA has served 65,000+ students. 826LA’s free programs target economically disadvantaged students.

About Women for Women International


With over twenty brutal armed conflicts across the globe and unprecedented levels of violence against women, there’s never been a greater need to support women survivors of war.
Through Women for Women International’s 12-month programme, women learn about their rights, as well as key life, vocational and business skills to access livelihoods and break free from poverty.
Since 1993, Women for Women International has supported over 462,000 women in Afghanistan, Bosnia and Herzegovina, the Democratic Republic of Congo, Kosovo, the Kurdistan Region of Iraq, Nigeria, Rwanda and South Sudan. They also engage men in their work, to break down prejudices and practices which prevent women from reaching their full potential. To find out more visit: www.womenforwomen.org.uk

STEVEN VAN ZANDT

LITTLE STEVEN AND THE DISCIPLES OF SOUL SAY HAPPY HOLIDAYS

WITH VERY SPECIAL NEW SINGLE OUT TODAY

 

LEGENDARY ARTIST UNWRAPS ALL-NEW RENDITION OF THE RAMONES’ CLASSIC,

“MERRY CHRISTMAS (I DON’T WANT TO FIGHT TONIGHT)”

 

EPIC “SOULFIRE TOUR 2017” CULMINATES WITH TWO HOMECOMING CONCERTS,

SET FOR BROOKLYN, NY’S BROOKLYN BOWL (DECEMBER 20th)

AND RED BANK, NJ’S COUNT BASIE THEATRE (DECEMBER 23RD)

 

VAN ZANDT TO APPEAR ON WTF WITH MARC MARON DECEMBER 18

Los Angeles – December 15, 2017 – Little Steven and the Disciples of Soul are celebrating the season with a very special holiday single. “Merry Christmas (I Don’t Want To Fight Tonight),” is out today, Friday, December 15th, at all digital music retailers and streaming services: https://UMe.lnk.to/LittleStevenMerryChristmas

“Merry Christmas (I Don’t Want To Fight Tonight)” sees Little Steven and the Disciples of Soul bringing their one-of-a-kind sound to The Ramones’ Yuletide classic, written by Joey Ramone and first found on the B-side to the 1987 single, “I Wanna Live.” The new rendition – arranged and produced by Stevie Van Zandt – was recorded by Little Steven and the Disciples of Soul two weeks ago during soundcheck in Utrecht, Netherlands in the midst of their extraordinary “Soulfire Tour 2017,” capturing all the spirit and energy of the 15-piece rock ‘n’ soul revue at the very peak of their formidable onstage power.

Rolling Stone debuted the track and said it “sounds much grander in Van Zandt’s hands,” adding, he “created a Wall of Sound with glockenspiel, chimes, string, organ and sleigh bells, a vocal chorus and saxophone.” Listen at Rolling Stone: https://www.rollingstone.com/music/premieres/hear-little-stevens-cover-of-ramones-merry-christmas-w513808

“This is our tribute to the Ramones, keeping their music alive,” Van Zandt told Rolling Stone. “I needed a third verse so I channeled Joey and wrote what I feel is the third verse he would have written. His brother Mickey heard the record and gave me his blessing.”

Little Steven and the Disciples of Soul – who recently rocked NPR’s World Music Café with an exclusive interview and three-song live set – will wrap up the “Soulfire Tour 2017” with a pair of holiday homecoming concerts, set for Brooklyn, NY’s Brooklyn Bowl (December 20th) and Red Bank, NJ’s Count Basie Theatre (December 23rd). For ticket availability and exclusive VIP packages, please visit littlesteven.com.

The “Soulfire Tour 2017” of course marked the acclaimed release of Little Steven’s sensational new solo album, SOULFIRE, available now via Wicked Cool/Big Machine/UMe. The album is available as CD, digital download, and 180-gram black vinyl, the latter presented as a double LP housed in a gatefold sleeve with the music on Sides 1-3 and a unique etching of Little Steven on Side 4.

SOULFIRE is Stevie Van Zandt’s first solo album in close to two decades and without question his purest and most uniquely personal artistic statement thus far. The album sees the Rock & Roll Hall of Famer revisiting songs that span the length of his career as artist, performer, producer, arranger, and songwriter, focusing directly on the hugely influential “soul horns-meet-rock ‘n’ roll guitars” approach he first pioneered on Southside Johnny and the Asbury Jukes’ classic first three albums.

SOULFIRE has quickly drawn rapturous applause from fans and critics alike, with Rolling Stone declaring, “Rock’s ultimate sideman reclaims the Jersey Shore sound he helped invent.” “Cynicism, irony and cultivated hip detachment have taken their toll on rock ‘n’ roll,” raved USA Today. “With SOULFIRE, Van Zandt aims to blow all that out and lead listeners back to its more passionate essence.” “It’s hard to imagine a more joyous and revelatory contemporary blue-eyed soul recording,” enthused American Songwriter.  “The appropriately titled SOULFIRE is a tough, tight and clearly inspired project as well as a most welcome return from the musical shadows for Steven Van Zandt.” SOULFIRE “hearkens back to Van Zandt’s classic first solo album of gritty, greasy, horn-accented ‘60s-style rock and soul,” noted Billboard, while Paste proclaimed, “Rockier than Motown or the Sound of Philadelphia, this a joyous invitation to live and love.”

SOULFIRE was arranged and produced by Van Zandt at his own Renegade Studios in New York City, co-produced and recorded by GRAMMY® Award-winner Geoff Sanoff (Fountains of Wayne, Stephen Colbert) and co-produced and music directed by guitarist Marc Ribler. The album was mixed and mastered by Van Zandt’s career-long collaborators and friends Bob Clearmountain (Rolling Stones, David Bowie, The Who, Bryan Adams), and Bob Ludwig (Led Zeppelin, Nirvana, The Band, Sly and the Family Stone).

Little Steven Van Zandt is of course known around the world for his utterly personal songwriting and an ambitious adventurousness that has fueled much of his creative output these past two decades. In addition to his ongoing role as a touring and recording member of The E Street Band, he has also expanded his artistic parameters to include landmark work as an actor on The Sopranos and Lilyhammer as well as host, historian, and rock ‘n’ roll advocate on Sirius XM’s one-and-only “Little Steven’s Underground Garage” (not to mention creator of Sirius XM’s long-running “Outlaw Country” format). Van Zandt has also expanding his musical boundaries to include composing the score for all three seasons of Lilyhammer and additional work as producer and songwriter, lending his distinctive craft to records from an array of international garage rockers.

Little Steven and The Disciples of Soul made their long-awaited live return last October at London’s BluesFest 2016. Van Zandt and the band also crossed the Atlantic this fall for a hugely successful European leg of the “Soulfire Tour 2017,” with multiple stops in England, Scotland, Germany, The Netherlands and Spain, highlighted by Paul McCartney sitting in to perform “I Saw Her Standing There” in London, and then the band performing a lunchtime show at Liverpool’s Cavern Club.

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