NW1 writer/producer Fredro has been busy this year lending his sought after skills to some of the hottest talent around.
Namie Amuro's "Hands On Me" (above) was co-writtend and produced by Fredro; the track is featured on her her latest album, Feel (Avex), which was the 2nd most sold album worldwide on release week, only being oversold by Jay Z. Of the track, music blog MuuMuse raves, "It’s a slick electronic banger, and totally nuts in all the best ways possible: Chaotic alarms, catchy chants, pounding drum bursts, stinging synthesizers and about a half-dozen dance floor breakdowns that sound like a broken electronic alarm clock being thrown into a washing machine."
Fredro is also behind up and coming R&B singer B Smyth's latest single "Vibe," which fittingly premiered on Vibe.com last month. The song will be featured on his upcoming release, B Smyth Presents: The Florida Files EP, out October 15th. Watch "Vibe" below.
Newcomers Run River North (formerly Monsters Calling Home) is set to release their self-titled debut on February 25, 2014 via Nettwerk Records. With only a 6-song demo, the band has already garnered a Jimmy Kimmel Live! performance, been shortlisted at Cannes Film Festival, performed at the Grammy Museum for its members, sold out LA’s famed Troubadour and garnered over 1.5 million YouTube views.
This past Saturday, Run River North was featured on NPR Weekend Edition with Scott Simon to discuss the various themes of hope, struggle and identity reflected on the album. All band members came from families who moved to Southern California from Asia, and the overlap of Asian and American folk is subtle, reflecting the hyphenated existence of the band members. "Our parents don’t have white collar jobs. My father worked at Wienerschnitzel; that was his first job when he came [to the US]. Our parents sacrificed their lives for us. I think that why there's such a strong sense of family in each of us. They wished for us to live the American Dream. And we finally find that in music,” says guitarist Daniel Chae. To listen to the full interview, click HERE.
To support the “Fight To Keep” single release on October 15, the sextet head to New York for their only 2013 east coast performance. On Friday, October 18, the band will perform at Rockwood Music Hall as part of CMJ Music Marathon. After New York, the band will head west for a month-long residency at Hotel Café, starting Wednesday, November 6.
International hit single “Let Her Go” from Mike Rosenberg, aka Passenger, has been certified Gold by the RIAA, with nearly 600,000 digital tracks sold to date. The single has already reached #1 in 16 countries, boasts more than 100 Million views on YouTube, and achieved Platinum certification in Canada and the UK, where album All The Little Lights has also just been certified Platinum.
Following his sold-out North American summer tour, the VH1 You Oughta Know Artist has been selling over 50,000 digital tracks a week on average. At radio, “Let Her Go” is now Top 15 at Hot AC, Top 20 at Triple A and grabbed 35 Top 40 adds in the past two weeks alone. Meanwhile, the “Let Her Go” video is currently #7 on VH1’s Top 20 Countdown, in a top 10 that includes Katy Perry, Lorde, Capital Cities, Lady Gaga, Zedd and Taylor Swift. Album All The Little Lights held the #1 Billboard Heatseekers position for six non-consecutive weeks, and currently sits at #2; the album is now in its 57th consecutive week of the Top New Artists Chart.
Partnering with Filter Magazine, The Pack A.D. share the music video for “Big Shot” from their forthcoming studio album Do Not Engage, set for release January 28, 2014 (Nettwerk Records).
The Pack A.D. will embark on a weeklong residency in Los Angeles, starting next Monday, October 7 at The Satellite. Within the week, the band will play two gigs with famed music festival Culture Collide, two dates in Orange County and a final night on Monday, October 14 at Chris Douridas’ School Night at Bardot. See full tour dates after the jump.
Comprised of drummer Maya Miller and belligerent guitarist/vocalist Becky Black, The Pack A.D. is an epically fierce explosion of punk, psych- and garage rock. The revered duo established themselves as an integral part of Canada’s soundscape, which culminated with last year’s Juno-nomination for “Breakthrough Group Of The Year.”
Two Nettwerk artists make Billboard's list of Top 10 Dance/Pop Collabs Of All-Time: Morgan Page at #9 with "The Longest Road" and Delerium at #2 with "Silence." It's also the best showing by a single label on the list. Read the full article HERE.
Hey Ocean! has released a new video for "Make A New Dance Up" from latest album, IS. The Vancouver-based indie pop trio will be making audiences dance from Germany to the UK and back to Canada over the coming weeks. For a full list of tour dates, click HERE.
After a stripped-down, sold out debut North American tour in March, the ladies of BOY—Valeska Steiner and Sonja Glass—return from Hamburg on October 1, and this time they are bringing the full band along for the ride. In anticipation of the tour, BOY has unveiled an official video for stand-out track “Oh Boy,” which premiered on Glamour.com, from their critically acclaimed debut full-length album, Mutual Friends.
Exploring BOY's avante-garde side, the video takes the viewer on a non-linear journey full of abstract imagery, and even some synchronized dance routines. Director Rafael Palacio Illingworth explains the idea behind “Oh Boy.” "The concept was built around the work of Mexican photographers Lola and Manuel Álvarez Bravo...high contrast black and white images that hint on the surreality of elements,” says Illingworth. “The idea was to create a collection of images that would then be edited in a fast paced, contemporary style to create a modern video with a classic feel. A sort of 'surreal pop.' I thought this would marry perfectly with the quiet modernity of the music of BOY."
Quotes From The Media About BOY And Debut Album Mutual Friends:
"BOY writes and sings tuneful, friendly, forthright pop-folk songs about life and relationships...cradled by melodies with a comfortable lilt and by Ms. Steiner’s sweet, unfailingly precise lead vocals…” -- The New York Times (live review)
"Great pop songs are boiled-down emotion -- a simple line or melody that says it all...Swiss-German duo BOY nails it with viral hit 'Little Numbers'...simple, catchy, effective."
-- Billboard Magazine
"It's just..so addictive." -- NPR All Songs Considered
“It’s the charm and the openness of the music of the Swiss-German duo Boy that have made their debut album Mutual Friends such a world-wide success.” WXPN The Key
"The next kick-ass girls: BOY. 'Little Numbers’ is as addictive as peanut butter M&M's."
-- Glamour Magazine "Next Big Thing" Issue
William Fitzsimmons and Tony Dekker of Great Lake Swimmers contribute music to Esperanza: Songs From Jack Kerouac’s Tristessa, a tribute album pulled together by Jim Sampas, Kerouac’s nephew. A few of the participating artists followed Sampas’ suggestion and recorded songs using the novelist’s own words. Others were inspired by the project and penned their own lyrics. Read the Billboard article HERE.
Currently, Tony Dekker is set to release a solo album called Prayer Of The Woods on October 8th. Dekker has also announced a run of tour dates in conjunction with his solo effort, starting September 28th in Thunder Bay, Ontario.
Fitzsimmons is preparing his next studio album, details forthcoming. In the meantime, Fitzsimmons will be performing a handful of shows around the country. Stay tuned for more information in the coming weeks.
Peter Murphy has announced a final set of U.S. tour dates as part of his Mr. Moonlight Tour celebrating 35 years of Bauhaus. Peter has been all ove the world since April, marking the first time since 2006 that Peter has performed full Bauhaus sets, and the first time he has ever done so on his own.
Fans at some of these shows have gotten a sneak listen of new tunes from Peter's forthcoming solo album Lion, due out in 2014.
Fri, Oct 11 Pioneer Town, CA @ Pappy & Harriets
Sat, Oct 12 Napa, CA @ Uptown Theater
Sun, Oct 13 San Francisco, CA @ Yoshi's
Sun, Oct 20 Santa Ana, CA @ The Observatory