Archive for June, 2010
For Peter Block’s fifth studio album Peter teamed up with producer Mike Viola, who is known for studio work with Mandy Moore, Fountains of Wayne, Mono Puff, and on the soundtracks “That Thing You Do”, “Walk Hard: The Dewey Cox Story” and the new Russell Brand and Jonah Hill movie “Get Him To The Greek”. During the making of the album Peter went through a series of personal tragedies that shaped what the album was to become. The result is a chilling, concise cycle of ten tracks that trace the ups and downs of an emotional rollercoaster that eventually finds its way to some level of acceptance. Despite the difficult emotional terrain, Block and his co-writers — Viola, Slow Runner frontman Michael Flynn, They Might Be Giants guitarist Dan Miller, Madison Square Gardeners leader Aaron Lee Tasjan, and Tracy Bonham – never let the circumstances bring them down. There is still plenty of pop music magic and honest, unfettered joy shaking loose from these tracks of intense introspection.
Listen to and purchase the album here. The physical release date is August 17th where both CD and vinyl versions of the album will be made available.
Please join us on July 13th as we celebrate the release of Tracy’s new album “Masts of Manhatta” at Joe’s Pub in NYC. And for those of you not familiar with Joe’s don’t let the name fool you, it’s a beautiful room and the acoustics are amazing. Tickets are $17 and can be purchased in advance here — get them now before the show sells out!
For the second year in a row Engine Room will present a showcase for The L Magazine’s Northside Festival. Helping us organize the show this year, which is taking place again at Public Assembly, is Tijuana Gift Shop and our media sponsor is the great folks at Green Shoelace. Doors are at 2pm and Madison Square Gardeners kicks us off at 2:30pm, with Harper Blynn, Jody Porter, The Art of Shooting and The Canon Logic also performing….schedule with times below. Tickets are just $5 or “free” to Northside Fest badge holders, which cost $50 and can be purchased in advance here. Oh and the show is this Sunday!!
We just read a glowing review from Absolute Punk for Luke Wesley’s debut album “Because We Never Talk About It.” Here’s some of what they had to say about it “Artists like Luke Wesley come along once in a lifetime. Compelling, intimate portraits of honesty just aren’t that common, and those that are, aren’t nearly as mesmerizing as this. Never once does the album stumble, never once does it suffocate under the weight of its ambitions and never once does the disc leave one wanting more.” Wow! Check out the full review here.
We’re very excited to be able to announce the new single “Electric Eye” by Robbers On High Street! It is available starting today on limited edition 7″ vinyl, and then on June 22nd the single will be available on iTunes and everywhere digital music is sold. The A side is “Electric Eye” with equally catchy “Face In The Fog” found on the B side. To Listen and purchase the 7″ please go here. The vinyl also comes with a download card to get the mp3′s.
In support of the release the guys are embarking on a mini-tour of the Northeast stopping in Philly, DC, Boston and includes a hometown show at The Knitting Factory in Brooklyn this Saturday. All dates are with Engine Room’s The Bloodsugars plus Israel Darling joining the bill for the Brooklyn and Boston shows.
06/10 – The M Room – Philadelphia, PA
06/11 – Velvet Lounge – Washington, DC
06/12 – The Knitting Factory – Brooklyn, NY
06/13 – TT The Bears – Boston, MA
Hope to see you at a show!
“Bands like The Bloodsugars are blatant, so damned blatant and they nab you without a second’s loss.” Sean Moeller for Daytrotter. Earlier this year the guys stopped by Daytrotter’s studio and recorded a few tracks which they recently posted. The songs are available for free download, or for purchase if interested in the higher quality Apple lossless version, on their website here, where you can also read the full article from Sean — thanks a ton Sean!
Today Luke Wesley’s debut album “Because We Never Talk About It” is unleashed onto the unsuspecting masses. It’s a great piano driven rock/pop album recorded last year in Brooklyn, produced by Casey Shea and Peter Block with Mark Christensen (50 Cent, Langhorne Slim, Raekwon) handling the mastering. Please listen for yourself here.
And for those of you in NYC the release party is set for Rockwood Music Hall Stage 2 on July 6th. Show starts at 7:30pm with Misty Boyce on first, followed by Luke and then Casey Shea closing out the night. I mean how can you beat that! Plus it’s a free show so there’s no excuses at all, hope to see you there!
The kind folks over at Limewire included The Bloodsugars’ “Pedestrian Boogie” in their top songs for the summer playlist! The guys are in great company with Local Natives, Surfer Blood, Apples In Stereo and The Raveonettes all making the list also. To read the full article please go here.