Tuesday, February 15, 2011
Monday, February 14, 2011
Fitz and the Tantrums - "Money Grabber" from Pickin' Up the Pieces
Cee Lo Green "F*ck You"
The Decemberists - "O Valencia!" from The Crane Wife
George Jones - "He Stopped Loving Her Today"
Every week a different Green Light Go staff member will write about what bands have infected their ears for the week and give you an opportunity to hear it for yourself.
This week: Kelly Bennett, Junior Publicist Click Here to Read More..
Friday, February 11, 2011
Lawrence & Leigh put as much energy into their live shows as they do their meticulously crafted recorded music. Though the vibe tends to be simpler and more intimate, with Lawrence & Leigh’s Andrew Kalleen and Kristin Stokes being the only ones on stage, they put their power into creating a personal experience for the audience. “The goal is to give an experience, not an exact replica of the album - this is the live interpretation,” they say. Click Here to Read More..
Dear Mr. Presidents: we've loved you, hated you, admired you, cried with you, fought with you, changed with you and made history with you. In appreciation to our present and past presidents, we've asked Michael J. Epstein, Shawn Fogel and John Shipe to tell us who their favorite defender of the Constitution is, along with one of their personal songs they think best describes them.
Michael Epstein of The Michael J. Epstein Memorial Library
Favorite President: Dwight D. Eisenhower
For Fans of: Magnetic Fields, Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros
For more of Michael, click here.
"In addition to fighting for racial equality, Dwight D. Eisenhower played extensive catch-up in the space race against The Soviet Union in the 50s. If not for Eisenhower's commitment to U.S. space exploration, I may have never been able to write a song with so much inter-stellar imagery."
The Michael J. Epstein Memorial Library - Amylee by greenlightgo
Shawn Fogel of Golden Bloom
Favorite President: Dwight D. Eisenhower
For Fans of: Ben Kweller, Wilco (Summerteeth Era)
For more of Shawn, click here.
"For my presidential pick I'd like to select Dwight D. Eisenhower, not so much for what he did during his presidency but for his famous Farewell Address to the American people just before leaving office. In this incredibly profound, if not prophetic speech, Eisenhower warned us against the dangers of the military-industrial complex becoming more and more integrated into our government and our lives. Fifty years later (almost exactly) we find ourselves trapped in a state of constant and potentially endless wars, at the mercy of the very thing President Eisenhower spoke about. In honor of Eisenhower's foresight, I present a Golden Bloom fan-favorite as well as the main export of the military-industrial complex: Doomsday Devices!"
Favorite President: Barack H. Obama
For fans of: Josh Ritter, Jonathan Rice and Elvis Costello
For more of John, click here.
To our fans, please feel free to post any of the approved songs on your blog or tweet to your friends. Check out our list of clients and available mp3s here: greenlightgopublicity.com/clients. If you're not on our email list to receive these directly and want to be, please send an email over to firstname.lastname@example.org. Click Here to Read More..
Thursday, February 10, 2011
The Morning Code is committed to getting their music out to the people who will love it. Frontman Ashwin Alexander says, “If even a handful of people can cherish some of our music the same we that we cherish our favorite bands’ music, that would be amazing”. A testament to this attitude is the fact that their album, Tell Someone is available for free from their website. It’s there, ready to be cherished. Click Here to Read More..
Facebook Quiz Reveals What Type of Lover You Are Through John Shipe’s Songs Take The Quiz, Get A Free Song
Grand Atlantic recorded their as yet untitled third record in Seacliff Lunatic Asylum, an abandoned psychiatric hospital near Dunedin, New Zealand, where they delved into darker emotional territory, experimented with new recording techniques and experienced the effects of their haunting (and possibly haunted) surroundings. They will bring the psychedelic results of their explorations to the United States this March, playing gigs in Chicago, New York and at SXSW, kicking off in Chicago at Reggie’s Music Joint on March 11th. Click Here to Read More..
Wednesday, February 09, 2011
Given the energy bursting from the NYC trio, it should come as no surprise that they bring that power to the stage. “Live we are ruthless. Tight and fast and loud,” says frontman Matthew Dunehoo. “We mean a mean business. Live, we’ll hold our own up against anyone. We’ll take on Springsteen for Pete’s sake.” Audiences can expect to hear songs from their forthcoming debut album, X is For Love, which comes out April 12, as well as some new songs not yet recorded. Click Here to Read More..
Monday, February 07, 2011
The Quickening is a study in the power of contrast. While forming an uncanny mixture of sounds that embrace unlikely sources, the band’s sound is both familiar and mysterious, groovy yet mellow, profound but fun. It is often times ground breaking. Their powerful bass lines, lush harmonies and soulful strings are complimented by break beats, trumpets, and cascading keys while Jennifer Thorington and Samuel Markus’ vocals unfold into a gentle blend as if Imogen Heap met Andre 3000.
There’s no place like home, especially to explore your creativity, and The Morning Birds are lucky enough to be able to work out of theirs. “It’s peace on earth and our own little heaven and outstanding creative space.” That is how Jennifer Thorington describes their amazing home. With an amazing view of the mountains outside of LA, a temple next door and a freestanding music studio, it’s the perfect place to create an album like The Quickening. They say of the process, “Sam opened up to embrace more of his creativity and Jenn has evolved as a writer and singer and has had equal creative input in all aspects of the songwriting and recording processes.”
The Quickening Track List
1. My Own Little World
2. The QUICKENING
4. Oh Yeah! (Feat Trevor Hall)
5. Smart So
6. Hearts Desire
9. A Make, Her Aid
10. Rose Horses
11. Sunset Drive Feat. Kieran Blake
12. Embers of Your Love
13. It's Then You'll Know
15. Take Control
16. Be Gentle to Your Mind
17. De Light
18. The Gospel Song
19. Dylan Thomas
21. Blue Moon
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Animal Collective, "My Girls"
Amy Winehouse, "Rehab"
Lily Allen, "Smile"
Apples in Stereo, "Can You Feel It?"
Arctic Monkeys, "I Bet You Look Good on the Dancefloor"
The Black Keys, "When the Lights Go Out"
Black Rebel Motorcycle Club, "Shuffle Your Feet"
Blur, "Girls & Boys"
Bridges & Powerlines, "Balcony"
Bridges & Powerlines - Balcony by greenlightgo
Brandi Carlile, "Dying Day"
Coconut Records, "Microphone"
Dale Earnhardt Jr. Jr. "Simple Girl" "Live on KEXP"
The Delays, "Valentine"
Broken Bells, "The High Road"
The Cooper Temple Clause, "Promises, Promises"
Each Monday a different Green Light Go staff member will let you in on what songs have infected their ears for the week, while giving you the opportunity to share in the experience yourself.
This week: Janelle Rogers, Green Light Go Owner and Publicist Extraordinaire Click Here to Read More..
Friday, February 04, 2011
The only thing on the minds of Gwyneth & Monko these days is their first full-length album, which is due out on Feburary 15, 2011. Well, that and making sure they have enough Sudafed and NyQuil in the medicine cabinet to fight off the winter plague.
These are a few things that have hindered and aided their record making process:
1) Mycobacterium tuberculosis
2) The Sun
3) Found In Benson (Weekly Zine)
4) The Raven
If then, here are a few definitions of love to help guide you.
And while you're waiting on Cupid, enjoy the featured Mp3s.
For fans of: Josh Ritter, Jonathan Rice and Elvis Costello
Genre: Folk/Experimental/Indie Rock
For fans of: Joanna Newsom, Dirty Projectors, Fleet Foxes
To our fans, please feel free to post any of the approved songs on your blog or tweet to your friends. Check out our list of clients and available mp3s here: greenlightgopublicity.com. If you're not on our email list to receive these directly and want to be, please send an email over to email@example.com.
GLG Fresh Mp3: 2/04/11 by greenlightgo
Wednesday, February 02, 2011
Although Darling's work as a professional illustrator is often
inspired by Jens Lekman,
and the other bands he creates artwork for, he wouldn’t call himself a musician. While growing up in Kalamazoo, Michigan, there was a famous pianist who lived in his neighborhood. Although he would often mow her lawn in exchange for piano lessons, Christopher soon traded his sheet music in for fountain pens, moved to New York City, and the rest is history.
Green Light Go was able to tear Christopher Darling away from his drawing table long enough to tell us what it's like to be on the Other Side:
Green Light Go: How did you get started as a professional illustrator? Was there a defining moment that inspired you to work in this field, or was this career path always in the cards?
Christopher Darling: I earned my Bachelor's degree in Fine Art and Creative Writing at Western Michigan University. When I graduated, the creative job field and the employment rate in the state of Michigan was pretty awful. I had a friend in Kalamazoo who was a flavor chemist at A.M. Todd, which is a large company that produces mint and flavors of candy. I ended up illustrating new concept candy products for A.M. Todd, which turned me on to illustration. Later, I ordered a book on illustration written by Marshal Arisman and loved it. I wrote Arisman a letter and ended up earning an MFA in Illustration under his direction at the School of Visual Arts in New York.
GLG: Over the years you’ve created artwork for bands like Cake. How did you get involved in designing art for musicians and who are you currently working with [or would like to work with moving forward]?
CD: I have always tried to encourage other artists, writers, and musicians, including those I look up to. I believe that having a community is crucial in the art and music world, so I send emails to people whose work I like. A while back, I sent an email to Cake frontman John McCrea, to tell him how much I love his songwriting. He asked me if I wanted to do some artwork for the band. John and I still keep in touch, knowing him has been really encouraging. Currently, I’m working on a series of Robert Johnson drawings for Sony Music. Sony owns Johnson's original recordings, so my drawings will be animated to tell the story of his life and the Blues. I have been talking with Jens Lekman about doing some artwork as well, so we’ll see. I’ve always wanted to do artwork for The Sea and Cake (I must really like cake).
GLG: What tools do you use to create your illustrations and what is your creative process like?
CD: Generally, I use pen and ink, but I'll also use Photoshop once in a while. I like to mix it up occasionally and make a print or a collage...my style really depends on the parameters of the project. I like to begin drawing on inexpensive computer paper, I have stacks of it everywhere. That initial child-like attempt is really important to me; it is an energy I always want to have present.
GLG: Where do you find inspiration for your art?
CD: I find a lot of inspiration in people. I love watching people on the subway. I like to see what kind of shoes they have on, how they wear their clothes, and what kind of music they listen to. I love culture and humor as well.
GLG: From an artist’s point of view, how do you know that you are a good match for a band? What things do you have to keep in mind before agreeing to create art for a musician?
CD: I think having similar interests and sensibilities is important. The art should compliment or reflect the creative spirit of the music (or vise versa). Before agreeing to do artwork for a band, it is important to discuss a budget, a contract, or talk about what type of art direction will be involved, whether that direction comes from the label, a manager, or a member of the band.
GLG: What are the most rewarding and challenging things about being an artist?
CD: Balancing things such as relationships, money, and my ego.
The Other Side highlights the talented folks behind the scenes of the music we listen to. The Other Side features producers, engineers, booking agents, photographers, radio DJs, management teams, and label representatives.
This week’s The Other Side is brought to you by: Lauren RobertsClick Here to Read More..