Winging its way to you just in time to chase away those bleak midwinter blues, this second compilation of Highline Records artists and friends features brilliant holiday tracks from indie rock legends Lilys, britpopper Dodgy, glitter-rockers Glam Chops (featuring Eddie Argos from Art Brut), Francis Macdonald of Teenage Fanclub, LA shoegazers Western Lows, and indiepop starlet Piney Gir.
Also featured are the UK Folk duo Trevor Moss & Hannah-Lou, and therockabilly-noir stylings of Dennis Hopper Choppers, plus many more great songs to get you indie rocking around the Christmas tree.
"The Blues And Greys is an indie rock collective from Santa Barbara, California whose soaring tunes and expressive lyrics will surely garner a good deal of notice.
Fronted by the luminous vocal inflections of Lindsey Waldon, The Blues And Greys channel such classic acts as The Ocean Blue and The Cranberries, while maintaining their own unique visions with their phenomenally vibrant compositions.
Bright Lights EP is a stunning introduction, consisting of five gorgeous tracks that will make you want to take on the world on the large." -- Highwire Daze
Ranger is Nicole Vaughn, a multi-instrumental songwriter based in Los Angeles, California.
Writing her own songs for the better part of a decade, Nicole plays music that calls wallflowers out to the center of the dance floor, across the street to the bar for the after party, and on out of bed the next morning just in time for Sunday mass – in other words; her music moves people.
Following stellar packages for "Beam Me Up" and "My Way," Will Saul's Close project maintains its excellent standards for remix curation on the album's third single, "Wallflower" (featuring vocals from Fink). This time around, remix duties are handled by Kyle Hall, Deetron, Huxley, and Quantum Entanglement.
Five years after the release of “Cryland,” French singer-songwriter Don Cavalli returns with a sophomore effort that KCRW lauds as “familiar, yet completely fresh at the same time.” Using his uncanny ability to blur the lines of genre, Cavalli creates a landscape of sound surreal and incomparable.
Some long distance relationships work better than others, and, in the case of the newest release from Eric & Magill (a.k.a Brooklyn-based Eric Osterman, and Ryan Weber, who currently lives in rural Kenya) it soars. With such a wide range of experience, “Night Singers” blends sounds both traditional and eclectic to create a unique brand of indie pop.
They are back with a taste of the medicine that brought them fame and acclaim with Zoot Suit Riot. This record is a collection of songs penned about the Great Recession held together by swing's timeless beat.
Sound Marriage of sweet-voiced Jamaican legend Cornell Campbell and the excellent London-based reggae and Afro-dub collective, Soothsayers, led by Robin Hopcraft and Idris Rahman. The record is an homage to Cornell’s island home country in Parish of St Elizabeth.
Singer-songwriter David recorded nearly everything on this new record live, with hardly any edits or overdubs and all in just two full days in New Mexico. Eight beautiful and touching songs make up the record.
Eleven years after the Billboard top-five hit "A Thousand Miles" made her a household name and garnered her a Grammy nomination, VANESSA CARLTON is back with a haunting rendition of the 1950s tune
" I'll Wait for You".
Originally by Bernice Parks, Carlton and My Morning Jacket's Patrick Hallahan reinterpreted the ballad with a simple and emotionally wrought arrangement, captivating the listener from the very first notes.
The video for the cover premiered on Esquire.com on Oct. 29.
Check out Carlton's current tour dates. She's also hard at work on a new album for 2014.
NORDSTROM AD FEATURES CUTE DOGS, MODELS AND THE BLANK TAPES' "UH-OH"
Well you don’t get much cuter than this… Check out this spot featuring dogs and models for Nordstrom, featuring “Uh-Oh” by The Blank Tapes (props to our friends from Ghost Town who handle the recording, SSP on the publishing).
DON GALLARDO'S "BROKEN" ON SOUNDTRACK FOR JACKASS PRESENTS BAD GRANDPA
Hear Don’s song as Johnny Knoxville’s Bad Grandpa character discusses Johnny Cash and more.
THE BLANK TAPES ON LAST CALL WITH CARSON DALY
Check out a live interview and taping of the band’s recent sold out Troubador show on NBC Thursday, 11/21/13 or online on the Carson Daly website after the show airs.
NEW MINUS THE BEARALBUM AVAILABLE FOR LICENSING THROUGH SSP
With a fall U.S. tour fast approaching, indie rock band Minus The Bear released its second acoustic offering Sept. 10.
Appropriately titled “Acoustics II”, the album includes more unplugged versions of the band’s classic songs, as well as two new tracks written specifically for the new release.
Watch the video for the electric version of “Steel and Blood” from their 2012 album “Infinity Overhead”.
SSP LANDS BINGO SONG "SO MOVED" IN SUBARU "THE DATE" COMMERCIAL
SSP LANDS KFC COMMERCIAL "WHOO BOY"
SILVER SIDE PRODUCTIONS WELCOMES THE LOVERS KEY, WONDER VILLIANS AND TRAPDOOR SPECIAL
SSP is excited to welcome several artists to our licensing representation roster:
The Lovers Key – With influences ranging from Brian Wilson’s layered compositions to Sarah Vaughan’s immense versatility, the duo describes itself as “a mix of retro-tinged pop and soul… [that] plays like a great big box of vintage records, well worn and a little ragged around the edges but full of warmth and heart.”
Check out a review and stream of their first single “Saturday Night” from QRO Magazine.
Wonder Villains – Described by Hotpress Music Magazine as “sparkly-eyed teen pop at its very best,” the Irish “anti-pop” quartet releases their new single “33” on September 9th. Watch the video for their last single, “TV”.
Trapdoor Social – Combining alt-pop with environmental activism, the Los Angeles-based duo debuted in 2012 with the six-song “Death Of A Friend” EP. Check out their fun video for their catchy and infectious song “Away”.
NEW FAREWELL MILWAUKEE ALBUM "CAN'T PLEASE ME, CAN'T PLEASE YOU" DROPS SEPT. 17
Check out the band's new video for the album.
VUM VIDEO PREMIERE FOR "HALL OF MIRRORS"
SSP released emerging psychedelic act VUM’s new single “Hall Of Mirrors” and prepares for the album release, “Psychotropic Jukebox” dropping Oct. 15.
LITTLE SCOUT RELEASES SECOND ALBUM "ARE YOU LIFE" IN NORTH AMERICA THROUGH SSP
Via SSP, Little Scout released their sophomore album “Are You Life” on Sept. 10 in North America. On its list of 21 Australian Female Musicians You Should Know, Pigeons and Planes lauds the band’s “fluttering harmonies and insistent drums,” and says they “thunder through pop and rock elements with uncanny skill.”
Check out the video for the new single “March Over To Me”
NEW LICENSING REPRESENTATION SIGNING:
CHERRY POPPIN' DADDIES
NEW RECORD - 'WHITE TEETH, BLACK THOUGHTS' (JULY 16)
White Teeth, Black Thoughts is the new double album from the Eugene, OR based band. Despite scoring a 2x RIAA platinum certified smash with 1999's cutting "Zoot Suit Riot," the Daddies hadn’t made another swing record, choosing instead to try their hand at Motown soul, R&B, psychedelia, funk, country and other world music.
Now they have circled back to the genre that put them on the map in the late nineties. This is a jitterbug/jazz record of the finest order: a collection of songs penned as the Great Recession wreaked havoc upon the heartland, held together by swing's timeless beat.
EMI MEYER - “GALAXY'S SKIRT” (JUNE 25 via SSP)
The 26 year-old Kyoto, Japan-born and Seattle, WA raised indie/pop artist teams up with producer/songwriter David Ryan Harris on Galaxy's Skirt; the album features guest appearances by Brett Dennen, Priscilla Ahn, and an all-star cast of LA studio musicians including guitarist Michael Chaves (John Mayer), bassist Sean Hurley (Sheryl Crow), drummer Victor Indrizzo (Sheryl Crow), vocalist Wendy Wang (Priscilla Ahn), and pianist Zac Rae (Alanis Morissette).
HOLY FOLK'S NEW RECORD, "MOTIONING" BECOMING PRESS DARLING
To add to the train of great press for Holy Folk's new record, 'Motioning' here is an album premiere/writeup in USA TODAY.
"An appealing melange of pop songwriting styles."
-- USA Today
LA BAND HOLY FOLK PREMIERES NEW SINGLE “TIME LAPSE” ON KCRW MUSIC BLOG, MAY 14
“I could’ve taken it easy, but shallow things please me. Get myself lost in the time lapse” ... Time Lapse lyrics
“Time Lapse” documents that moment when you awaken from the depths of a dreamlike relationship and find yourself alone and a bit broken.
The dream is over but the passage of time brings its own brand of salvation. The melody sways and drifts, rises and glides down like the turns of the affair itself, until we reach the end and are returned to the present where everything is new.”-- Ryan George
The album “Motioning” will be out June 18 on Silver Side.
The band will be playing at The Echo Friday, May 17, and on June 20 at El Cid.
"TRACK YOUR BUD" SPOTS FEATURE THE BLUES AND GREYS TRACK, "NEW SHORES"
The Blues and Greys have hit beer's proverbial jackpot with their track "New Shores," which is now featured in several ad spots for Budweiser's "Track Your Bud" campaign.
First released as a single, January 13, 2013, the song combines vocals from Lindsey Waldon with guitars, bass and keyboards by Thom Flowers & Jonathan Miller, and drums by Austin Beede.
Stay tuned for the Santa Barbara-based band's upcoming debut EP, set for an October release. More info
BLANK TAPES TOUR AND RELEASE "VACATION"
Southern California (with former bay area roots) garage-y rockers The Blank Tapes have been road testing their new material out with Matt Costa and "just tour it up" fellow So. Cal’s Allah Las.
Check out their new release “Vacation,” and for those of you in SD, Santa Ana or LA, check out their record release shows.
“Listening to Romanian artist Rodion Ladislau Roșca, bka Rodion G.A., is like hearing music beamed from the future.”
For fans of Silver Apples, check out the psychedelic synthesizer tracks and get “otherworldly” through just the tunes. “The Lost Tapes” out May 28 via Strut.
Read more and listen to “Cantec Fulgur”: click here
SSP LICENSES DON GALLARDO'S “DAYS LONG GONE” TO VAMPIRE DIARIES
Don Gallardo’s “Days Long Gone” played during a diner scene in The CW's Vampire Diaries recently ... Don’s music is finding its way to new fans.
NEW TRICKY / WHEN SAINTS GO MACHINE IN MAY
Mark your calendars! May 28 will see an exciting new album from trip-hop pioneer Tricky – “False Idols”, and also the release of the sophmore LP from Copenhagen’s When Saints Go Machine – “Infinity Pool”.
Or watch the kick ass video and song for “Love and Respect” by WSGM feat. Killer Mike and check out their teaser trailer for the new album on Fader.
THANKS FOR ANOTHER SUCCESSFUL SXSW
Silver Side Productions thanks both the artists who participated in the SSP showcase party at 311 Club -- Don Gallardo, David Berkeley, The Deer Tracks and A Boy and His Kite -- and other SSP artists and partner labels -- including The Blank Tapes, The Hounds Below, Cheers Elephant, Anticon (Baths, Why?) and Manimal Vinyl (Beliefs, Hott MT, Selebrities, Rush Midnight) -- who performed during another highly successful SXSW festival.
Toronto-based Beliefs "make dreampop for that moment just before the lights come up"... Lovers of My Bloody Valentine, Jesus and the Mary Chain, Ride and slowdive ... can stream Beliefs' newly released self-titled album here. (available on Manimal)
New video from Shanghai Restoration Project -- two fiddles meet Chinese folk tune meet electronica -- Breakdance of Yao feat. Brittany Haas & Lily Henley
The new single, "W", from Swedish duo, The Deer Tracks, was featured as KCRW's top tune Feb. 22.
CHECK OUT SSP's LATEST NEW RELEASES
Canadian act Jets Overhead “Boredom and Joy Remixed”
Austrian electronic artist with Richard Dorfmeister (of Kruder & Dorfmeister fame), Tosca “Odeon” (check out free download of “What If” as premiered on RollingStone.com or stream here)
Southern California garage-y rock pioneers doing things their way, The Growlers “Hung At Heart”
NY-based The Shanghai Restoration Project, “Pictures In Motion” (which pays tribute to early classic Chinese films – check out videos here).
MELBOURNE'S ME RELEASE ALBUM DEBUT
Melbourne four-piece ME will be releasing their debut album “Even The Odd Ones Out” on Lizard King Records on 25 February 2013. The glam pop metalpioneers have been causing a big fuss in the UK live circuit having playedover a hundred shows already in 2012 and touring with the likes ofKasabian, Twin Atlantic and Panic! at the Disco, the latter tour seeingthem play to 30,000 people in ten days.
Since April, ME have appeared onthe bill of London¹s legendary Camden Crawl and Brighton¹s Great EscapeFestival and have completed three more successful UK tours with KingCharles, The Xcerts and Motion City Soundtrack, as well as a packed Londonheadline show at The Sebright Arms.
JETS OVERHEAD FANS' DESIRES IN 'WHAT YOU REALLY WANT' - PREMIERE
Canadian alt-rockers Jets Overhead put their fans first in the new video for "What You Really Want," a track from their record Boredom and Joy (on Microgroove Records). For it, the band created a website asking fans to share photos of themselves with their desires written on pieces of paper. The results, which you can see below, are worked into a gorgeous Big Apple love story. (Rolling Stone)
Silver Side Productions is pleased to welcome three new labels into the fold: LA-based, trendsetting Manimal Vinyl (they initially signed Warpaint and Bat for Lashes and are home to Papercranes, The Child, Young Girls, Chains Of Love), London-based Lizard King Records (out of the UK they released The Killers, Santigold, The Pierces and are home to new UK act, ME), and Canada’s Sparks Music (Papermaps, Brad Fillarte among many others).
Also joining SSP is Minneapolis-based indie hip hop talent powerhouse (and freestyle extraordinaire with a rich knowledge of history), Astronautalis. Catch Astronaultalis on tour now.
NOT COVER ART
Silver Side Productions released Emi Meyer’s “Galaxy’s Skirt” single Dec. 4.
Visit Emi's Facebook page or check out here newly released video for "Galaxy's Skirt" on YouTube.
Shot in collaboration with Canon and the company's new EOS C500 4HD camera, the video was filmed on rooftops in Tokyo, Japan and in Nasu Forest.
Latifah Phillips of The Autumn Film makes some damn sweet music.
She co-produced A Boy and His Kite’s debut album and has some awesome duets with Dave from A Boy and His Kite, including this brand new track “Keep You Safe”, now available on iTunes.
Also coming very soon is a new track, "Keep You Safe" with Latifah Phillips of The Autumn Film. Stay tuned.
iHEARTSTEREO RELEASES "GOOD LIFE" VID
"Feels like a birthday party everywhere we go / keeping you addicted to our electronic soul"
iHEARTStereo's first single, "Good Life" off their debut album, is now available at all digital outlets.
Multiple reconstructions of the single have been delivered by Billy Van, Kreap, Candy Kidz, MssngMrblz, Morlack, and Tad Wily, and will be available commercially concurrently with the single.
SSP ARTIST/TRACK INCLUDED ON TWILIGHT FINALE
A Silver Side artist/track has been selected for inclusion in the last installment of The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn -- Part 2.
Cover Your Tracks, by A Boy and His Kite -- the new project fronted by Dave Wilton -- is one of 14 tracks selected for the movie's soundtrack, a list which includes the likes of Green Day, Feist, St. Vincent and Ellie Goulding.
JETS OVERHEAD'S "BEACH DREAM" GRACES
CLINT EASTWOOD'S "TROUBLE WITH THE CURVE"
"Beach Dream" (to listen, click here) -- off of Jets Overhead's new album Boredom and Joy -- can be heard in Clint Eastwood's new film, "Trouble With the Curve".
This Canadian rock act -- hailing from Victoria, British Columbia -- will be following up their album with a release of remixes of the first single, the title track, for your grooving pleasure.
Here is singer Antonia Freybe-Smith's take on the “Beach Dream” track.
"Our home, Vancouver Island, is very beach-y. Beaches are important: the shape, smell, landmarks of certain beaches are locked into our brains and hearts. There’s the beach you go to when you want to party, there’s the beach you go to when you’re falling in love or out of love, there’s the beach you go to when everything’s going wrong and you need to be by yourself and try and figure out why."
"Beach Dream was formed in a delicious “Oh ya!” moment when we combined two different song chunks we were working on as a band. One of the chunks sprung from a particular special evening. That night, we decided to swap instruments to see what would happen. Little known fact: Piers Henwood can hold his own behind the drumkit."
"I have a neat memory of one of our last nights in New York: Recording tambourine on Beach Dream as we sip sparkling wine while sweating and dancing around in a little overheated iso room at Flux Studios on the Lower East Side…The sky, a dark electric blue beaming through the window as the winter evening sets in."
The set touches on the influences of the group's leader, Andy Butler, "from proto house, through New York's golden years in the 90s, to Chicago jack tracks and modern takes on house music's halcyon days," according to a press release.
We are excited to work this music through !K7 Label Group.
A collection of classic Japanese songs reinterpreted by Western artists, this is the first project in this collection and focuses on the works of Kazuo Zaitsu, an iconic singer and composer who has captivated Japanese audiences since the 1970s.
The first EP is five tracks of rewritten/reenvisioned English versions of Kazuo Zaitsu’s music, while still keeping the spirit of the original Japanese songs. It is produced by The Shanghai Restoration Project’s Dave Liang and features the artists Emi Meyer, Shayna Steele, Abigail Washburn, Lily Henley, and Fraser Anderson.
Silver Side Productions is thrilled to announce our first release through our Digital Distribution arm! TAYLOR THRASH, from Dallas, Texas, is an upcoming singer/songwriter whose music can best be described as “Power Pop”.
He released his first EP in March of 2012.
Taylor has shared the stage with All Time Low, The Ready Set, Skrillex, Travis McCoy, Forever The Sickest Kids, Shwayze, The Scene Aesthetic, The Secret Handshake, Set Your Goals, I See Stars, This Providence, and many more.
We are releasing his first full length album, Step Forward on August 21.
The indie-pop LA based quartet’s new album “Voyeur” is getting some airplay in Los Angeles by KCRW and is also being featured online in their Album Preview Series.
The music program says, (on the release of their debut full-length album) ...
“They have attacked it with gusto, adding dynamic touches to their rock-solid core of songwriting: percolating keyboard lines, grand piano gestures, wacky big-band samples, fiery horn sections, etc. Songs like “Benny Goodman” and “Puzzle Pieces” chug along on the strength of their catchy riffs, but linger in the mind’s ear and warrant repeat listens due to smart arrangements and the alchemy of fun-loving pop music at its most pleasurable.“
Photek has dropped a new EP (July 31) featuring his new single from DJ Kicks.
It's entitled Levitation Remix EP and features several remixes of the tune "Levitation".
The Souljazz Orchestra, Canada's hardest-working super-group, have been perfecting their signature sound for over a decade now: a percussive explosion of Soul, Jazz, Afro, Latin and Caribbean rhythms, driven by majestic horn-drenched melodies, all backed by an arsenal of overheated primitive keyboards. The new record, Solidarity, will be coming out on September 12.
(STRUT) Watch and listen to the first single, “Ya Basta” HERE.
Remember cassettes? This may surprise some of you, but there is a niche and select audience who still consume this format. The Fullerton, CA based Burger Records specializes in releasing albums on cassette and vinyl. Purchase your own cassette of The Blank Tapes – “Sun’s Too Bright” (rel. May 22, 2012) and check out their underwater video of “A’Bergine”.
Matt of The Blank Tapes continues to globe trot and is currently touring Europe before hitting the East Coast in later June ... then back to Southern California for more shows.
Swedish electronic/Indie duo The Deer Tracks release a new single, “W” in June, from their forthcoming album, “The Archer Trilogy Pt. 3” (No need to go to the movies, just check out The Deer Tracks for your trilogy fix!).
Catch them on their tour of North America in June:
TOUR JUNE 2012:
3: San Diego @ Casbah
5: Los Angeles @ Bootleg
6: San Francisco @ Bottom of the Hill
8: Portland @ Mississippi Studios
9: Vancouver @ Media Club
10: Seattle @ Sunset
13: Minneapolis @ 7th St
14: Chicago @ Shuba's
16: Toronto @ The Rivoli
17: Montreal @ Il Motore
19: Cambridge @ TT the Bears
20: New York @ Piano's
21: Brooklyn @ Glasslands
22: Philadelphia @ Johnny Brenda's
23: Baltimore @ Metro Gallery
WHEN SAINTS GO MACHINE BRAND NEW VIDEO FOR NEW SONG (!K7)
From our partners at !K7, When Saints Go Machine are hard at work on their second record and "Mannequin" is the first new piece of music to surface. The video, which matches the song's tone with beautifully unsettling animation, premiered this week on Stereogum. Watch the video for "Mannequin" HERE.
Canadian rock act Jets Overhead have a brand new single - title track "Boredom and Joy". Their 2009 “No Nations” album brought them to major festivals, including Coachella, Bonnaroo, Sasquatch and the World Expo in Shanghai, and landed some key synchs. Stream the new song on their website and get excited about the new album release, set for June 12.
SSP AT COACHELLA 2012
The Growlers (forthcoming album produced by Dan Aurbach of The Black Keys) and SSP’s Jim Ward (solo artist and front man for Sparta and Sleepercar) who’s back with At The Drive-In (along with former mates who went on to form The Mars Volta) are making the fans go nuts on the Sunday line-up. It’s a big year for both The Growlers and Jim Ward.
(from left to right) Nikki Monninger from Silversun Pickups, SSP’s Mike Locke, Roxy promoter Megan Jacobs and Moheak DJ host Bruce Ravid
Mike was asked to return to Moheak radio recently and, along with some noted guests above, talked shop and reviewed new music. Click here to stream the broadcast.
Native Chilean, and now LA-based artist Yael Meyer performed at Lollapalooza Chile, sharing the big stage with the likes of TheFoo Fighters, Bjork, Arctic Monkeys, MGMT and Thievery Corporation. The 2012 festival was held in Santiago, March 31 to April 1, at the Parque O'Higgins.
Thanks to sponsors Uvaggio Wine, PureFix Cycles and XShot and Greyday, Latest Flame and all the bands for making our 1st SXSW day party a huge success.
We here at Silver Side Productions are celebrating our first anniversary (and 11 years for Mike working in licensing).
Greyday Records & Latest Flame Records are both celebrating 10-year anniversaries, and we are teaming up to bring you the “Mostly Harmless” Day party at SXSW 2012!
The Side Bar 602. E. 7th Street (@Red River)
Austin, TX 78701
Free wine provided by Uvaggio Wines, out of Lodi, CA.
We will be raffling away a fixed gear bike from Pure Fix Cycles, and a handful of Xshot Photo Accessories!
The Blank Tapes invade Costa Mesa this month – with a Monday-night residency at the respected Detroit Bar in Costa Mesa – appearing with some of our favorite local bands, as well as a couple of touring bands!
Expect a different set and band line-up each night!
9 PM | 21+ FREE
March 12 – Lucid Doom, Now, The Sweet Sweet Things, The Blank Tapes (BDay/Pisces Party!)
Silver Side Productions is excited to now be working with Colorado-based band, The Autumn Film. This female singer-fronted act has several beautiful releases under its belt and recently introduced its fantastic new record, “8 Track Tape,” on Feb. 7.
The Autumn Film has a voice you’d swear you’ve heard before, although the band was voted “Best Band to Come out of Nowhere” by The Westword. Al-Attas’ voice is completely her own ... a huge voice, like an old friend, telling you secrets one minute, reassuring you the next. It’s spiritual, soothing, soft, but powerful enough to fill a room. It leaves goose bumps over and over again, each time the opening notes sound.
The record feels epic, and makes love sound as all-encompassing as it feels when you first find it. It’s at once intimate and larger than life, and utterly honest and confident.
Silver Side Productions is proud to welcome its newest label signing: !K7 Label Group.
We’re so excited to be representing -- for licensing -- the superb and vast catalog under this company, which is based in Germany,with offices also in NYC, London and Tokyo.
!K7 includes the labels Strut (funk/soul/disco), Gold Dust (hip hop) and Rapster (urban). Full album releases include Breakestra, Dennis Coffey, El-P, Stereo MCs, Goose, The Herbaliser, Zion I, Ebo Taylor, and much more. !K7's highly acclaimed DJ-Kicks compilation series features many name artists, especially in the electronic music space. More: http://www.k7.com/
Congratulations to SSP represented artists The Growlers and Jim Ward -- who’s reunited with At The Drive-In. Both are playing on Sunday’s bill at Coachella this year (April 15 and April 22).
More great news for iHEARTStereo! Their track, "Stereo" was placed in a spot for Burton Snowboards.
Happy Thanksgiving! Silver Side Productions couldn’t be more pleased to have licensed the track “Jubilee” by one of our artists, Unwed Sailor, for use in Google’s national TV campaign for Google+. Look out for it during your football game viewing and feasting on Thanksgiving Day.
Also check out Unwed Sailor’s sonically pleasing and powerful instrumental tunes (at times in the vein of Mogwai, Explosions In The Sky, The Album Leaf). The act, fronted by Oklahoma native Johnathon Ford, released its first EP in 1998, “Firecracker” (which features Casey Wescott from Fleet Foxes among other notable artists from the indie scene) when Johnathon was in Seattle. “Jubilee” comes form the act’s innovative 2003 release “The Marionette and the Music Box” which explores a “storybook tale presented through classical baroque and nursery rhyme melodies, overlayed with organic/toy like percussion” For more information on Unwed Sailor, check out the band;s website at: http://unwedsailor.net/.
Silver Side Productions was honored to have Jim Ward play an acoustic set on the back deck of the offices this past August to showcase his first solo album, entitled “Quiet In The Valley, On The Shores the End Begins”.
The album, self released on Tembloroso Recordings out of El Paso, TX, features a track with Tegan Quin (of Tegan & Sara) called “Broken Songs”. After the set SSP had the opportunity to catch up with Jim and discuss his storied past with the post-hardcore band, At The Drive-In, and what the future has to hold.
Born in El Paso,Texas, Jim Ward co-founded At The Drive-In when he was 17 years old. At The Drive-In began their career playing small venues throughout the southwest, gaining attention and fans through word of mouth and heavy touring schedules. The band played with the likes of Rage Against The Machine and The Get Up Kids.
Breaking up during constant touring to support their highly influential 2008 album “Relationships of Command”, members Cedric Bixler-Zavala and Omar Rodriguez-Lopez went on to start the band The Mars Volta while Jim began Sparta and Sleepercar.
Sparta have released three records and toured the world, and Sleepercar, an alt-country project, released an album entitled “West Texas” in 2008 and opened up for Coldplay on tour. In addition to his work as a recording artist, Jim is running his record label collective, Tembloroso, and giving back to the El Paso music scene by managing a music theater to bring in touring bands to the city.
Silver Side Productions recently placed MagiCat in a commercial for the Canon PowerShot Camera - Your Second Shot "Zion".
NYC based MagiCat is comprised of Dave Liang of the electronic act The Shanghai Restoration Project, Sean Han of the indie band Blip Blip Bleep, and Emmy winner singer-songwriter, Michal Towber. Their six-song EP blends electronic sounds with organic rock and thematically pays homage to the classic “Alice In Wonderland” story, from the vantage point of the Cheshire Cat.
A portion of proceeds of sales of “MagiCat: Up The Rabbit Hole” goes to helping animals in need. Check out the commercial and for more information on MagiCat - http://www.magicatmusic.com/.
While in Los Angeles, Adan Jodorowsky -- performing under the name Adanowsky -- stopped by the office to sign the wall. Check out his new album, Amador, which debuted Nov. 8 ... and check out the LA Times Music Blog, Pop & Hiss feature: Adanowsky and the art of bedroom folk.
Son of the cult favorite Chilean film director Alejandro Jodorowsky, Adan grew up in Paris and Chile, surrounded by the arts. At an early age, James Brown showed him some dance moves and George Harrison taught him his first guitar chords. He’s now based in Mexico City and this record has songs in Spanish, English (including a co-write with Devendra Banhart) and a song in French. We’re falling in love with it and think you will too.
Check out this recent placement - Fall 2011 Campaign Video for Laundry by Shelli Segal featuring “Haunt You” by Nicole Simone, from Aurelien Levitan on Vimeo.
The song couldn’t be more fitting and the artist too, who in her own right is incredibly fashionable and classic. http://www.nicolesimone.com/.
Mike, from SSP, had a great time being a guest on Moheak Radio.
Thanks to the host Bruce Ravid and the other guests, Scott Ford (The Twilight Singers), Mo Herms (Moheak Radio), Scott McDonald (blogger).
Having left previous label Atlantic following the release of the records ‘Spend the Night’ and ‘Gold Medal’, The Donnas ditch the pop frills and go hell for retro leather.
Album number seven represents a new level of maturity and independence for the ladies as they play double-duty as both hard-rock goddesses and savvy business women, taking their careers into their own hands with the launch of their own label, Purple Feather.
Feelings range from boyfriend tension to girl fight anger to party-time enthusiasm on Bitchin’. The track “What Do I Have to Do” takes a peek into the band’s more vulnerable side through lyrics that tell the tale of a relationship gone rotten:
"I’m being way too nice/and you’re as cold as ice,” is heard, as well as, “What do I have to do to make you want me?” “Girl Talk” is reminiscent of earlier Donnas tracks with lyrics that bring to mind the image of a high school hallway cat fight with a heated Anderson shouting, “Up & down the halls/writing on the walls… Stop talking about me…” and, “Think you’re jealous much/all up in my business/girl I’ve had enough/you better start running.”
Spotlight Tracks: ‘Don’t Wait Up for Me’, ‘Wasted’, ‘Save Me’
I HEART Stereo
Pierre de Reeder
The Boat People
The Deadly Syndrome
The Deer Tracks
Zion I The Blank Tapes
Leslie Stevens and The Badgers
The Shanghai Restoration Project
Never Shout Never
I Was Totally Destroying It
The Autumn Film
A Boy and His Kite