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Sigur Ros - Med Sud I Eyrum Vid Spilum Endalaust
CD
Performer
 
Title
 
Med Sud I Eyrum Vid Spilum Endalaust
UPC
 
63490403642
Genre
 
Rock/Pop
Released
 
2008-06-24
Notes / Reviews
Sigur Ros

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XLXL
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40364
 



   
 
My Brightest Diamond - Thousand Shark's Teeth
CD
Performer
 
Title
 
Thousand Shark's Teeth
UPC
 
65660560462
Genre
 
Rock/Pop
Released
 
2008-06-17
Notes / Reviews

A Thousand Shark's Teeth is the second album by My Brightest Diamond, released on June 2, 2008, worldwide, and June 17, 2008, in the US, on Asthmatic Kitty.

Critical reception

The record has so far earned favorable marks by critics. Music-reviewer.com gave the record an impressive 8 out of 10.





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My Brightest Diamond is the project of singer–songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Shara Worden. The band has released two studio albums, 2006's Bring Me the Workhorse and 2008's A Thousand Shark's Teeth, along with a remix album Tear It Down and a download-only release through iTunes. Worden has also performed with Sufjan Stevens as a member of the Illinoismakers and appeared on the Jedi Mind Tricks album "Servants in Heaven, Kings in Hell".

Career

My Brightest Diamond mixes elements of opera, cabaret, chamber music, and rock. While living in New York City, Worden began writing her own material, which had one foot in her classical training and the other in the avant rock she was discovering. She became as involved in the world of underground rock as she was in the realms of classical music, becoming inspired by the likes of Antony and the Johnsons and Nina Nastasia and their intimate performances at venues such as Tonic, the Living Room, and the Knitting Factory.

She began performing and recording while a student at the University of North Texas in Denton. She released an album entitled Word in 1998 under the name "Shara. " Following the completion of her BM in Classical Vocal Performance, she moved to Moscow where she documented several newly written songs and released them on CD-Rs with hand-made artwork as an EP entitled Session I. In 1999, she moved to Brooklyn, New York and began performing and recording as AwRY, gathering a supporting group of musicians playing everything from wine glasses to wind chimes, and eventually added a string quartet after studying and collaborating with Australian composer Padma Newsome. She released an eponymous album, which was largely a reworking of songs from Word and is often referred to as "The Orange Album, " and Quiet B-Sides in 2001, and a remix album in 2003. Shara Worden contributed xylophone, keyboard and backing vocals to the CD Recession Special of Bogs Visionary Orchestra in 2003. After meeting fellow transplanted Michigander Sufjan Stevens, she became one of his Illinoisemakers and took a hiatus from her own work to perform on his Illinois tour as cheerleading captain. When the tour was over, Worden renamed her project My Brightest Diamond and set to work on two albums: A Thousand Shark's Teeth, a collection of songs performed with a string quartet, and Bring Me the Workhorse, a more rock-oriented set that was released on Stevens' Asthmatic Kitty in summer 2006. My Brightest Diamond toured with Stevens that fall in support of the album. In 2006 she did a Take-Away Show video session with Vincent Moon. In early 2007, My Brightest Diamond toured in support of the popular indie band, The Decemberists, as part of their "Twilight in the Fearful Forest" Tour. A Thousand Shark's Teeth was released worldwide on Asthmatic Kitty on June 2 2008, with a US release following on June 17.

My Brightest Diamond contributed a cover of Radiohead's "Lucky" for the 2007 Stereogum tribute album OKX. They recorded a cover of Gloria Jones'/Soft Cell's "Tainted Love" for Engine Room Recordings' compilation album Guilt by Association Vol. 2, which was released in November of 2008 . They've also contributed a cover of the Anthony Newley/Leslie Bricusse song "Feeling Good" to the Red Hot Organization's compilation, Dark Was the Night, released in 2009.

She featured on the David Byrne and Fatboy Slim 2010 album Here Lies Love.

Discography

Albums

* Bring Me the Workhorse (2006)

* Tear It Down (2007) - remix album

* A Thousand Shark’s Teeth (2008)

Singles

* Inside a Boy

* From The Top Of The World (September 23, 2008)

Compilations

* "Lucky" from the OKX: A Tribute to OK Computer compilation (2007)

* "Tainted Love" from the Guilt by Association Vol. 2 compilation (2008)

* "Feeling Good" from the Dark Was the Night collection (2009)

Notes





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Spill Canvas - No Really I'm Fine
CD
Performer
 
Title
 
No Really I'm Fine
UPC
 
09362499679
Genre
 
Rock/Pop
Released
 
2007-10-02
Notes / Reviews

No Really, I'm Fine is the fourth full-length album, and sixth release from Sioux Falls, South Dakota rock band The Spill Canvas. Its title was announced on July 26, 2007. It currently has a rating of 3.4 "Great" on sputnikmusic. The single "All Over You" received significant air play throughout the Midwest area surrounding Sioux Falls, as did Saved.

Credits

*Nick Thomas – Guitar, vocals

*Dan Ludeman – Guitar, Backing Vocals

*Joe Beck - drums, percussion

*Landon Heil - Bass

Additional Personnel

*Neal Avron – Producer, Engineer, Mixing

*Charlie Bisharat – Violin

*Larry Corbett – Cello

*Andrew Duckles – Viola

*Nicolas Fournier – Mixing Assistant

*Michael Goldstone – A&R

*Gary Grant – Trumpet

*Jerry Hey – Trumpet, Horn Arrangements

*Dan Higgins – Saxophone

*Rami Jaffee – Organ, Keyboards

*Ted Jensen – Mastering

*Andrew Ross McMahon – Piano

*Billy Mims – Assistant Engineer

*Bill Reichenbach Jr. – Trombone

*Erich Talaba – Engineer

*Craig Winkle – A&R

*Missy Worth – Management

Singles

*Saved (Originally from the Sound of Superman album)

*All Over You

References

Category:The Spill Canvas albums

Category:2007 albums

Category:Albums produced by Neal Avron





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Artist/Band Information

The Spill Canvas is an alternative rock band from Sioux Falls, South Dakota.

Career

The Spill Canvas started as a side project for lead singer, Nick Thomas, who at the time, was guitarist and backup vocalist for Metalcore outfit Nodes of Ranvier .

As time passed, Thomas resigned from Nodes and went full-time with The Spill Canvas. The band's first widespread album, Sunsets and Car Crashes, which was written, produced, and performed by Thomas, and released by 111 Records on April 20, 2004. Thomas was joined by members Joe Beck, Ross Wheeler, and Brandon Aegerter shortly after the release of Sunsets and Car Crashes. Wheeler and Aegerter left the group and were replaced by Scott McGuire and Dan Ludeman. The four members collectively wrote what would be The Spill Canvas' second album, One Fell Swoop. The album was released on August 9, 2005.

On their official page in late 2006, the band announced a change of label through a news post by bassist Scott McGuire; "Also, did I mention that there is a new record label in the picture? That's right, we have signed to Sire Records."

In early 2007, McGuire declared that he was no longer a part of the band, stating, "The Spill Canvas has decided in order to make music to its fullest potential, they must do so without me." There is still much speculation as to whether he was kicked out of the band or if he decided to leave, but it is known that Thomas and McGuire did not get along. The temporary replacement for McGuire was Landon Heil, the guitarist of another band known as The Glass Atlantic. He is now a permanent member of the band.

On May 1, 2007, the band released an EP entitled Denial Feels So Good, to hold their fans over until their new album arrived. The EP consisted of three original songs and two covers. Marc Sheaffer, a keyboardist from Sioux Falls, played keyboards on "Gold Dust Woman". Following the release of the EP, the band played on the entire 2007 Warped Tour, promoting the release of their third album No Really, I'm Fine. The new album was recorded in March and April 2007, and in Alternative Press Issue 229, it was confirmed that Anthony Green of Circa Survive and Andrew McMahon of Jack's Mannequin would be guests on the new album. Anthony Green sang backup vocals on the song "Bleed, Everyone's Doing It", and Andrew McMahon played keyboards in the re-recorded version of the song "Saved", a song originally recorded for the soundtrack of the motion picture, Superman Returns.

On July 26, 2007, No Really, I'm Fine was rumored to be the title of the upcoming album. This agreement lasted for two years. Soon after, however, websites such as Amazon.com and Best Buy, had listed the new album with the title Conduit. On August 28, 2007, the band posted a Myspace bulletin stating that the album was going to be titled No Really, I'm Fine. The album was released under this title on October 2, 2007, although it was leaked on the internet a few days earlier.

The band went on a Fall tour across North America in the Fall of 2007, named "All Your Favorite Spots". The tour was supported by Meg & Dia, Playradioplay!, and Treaty of Paris. On January 23, 2008, it was confirmed on Yellowcard's official MySpace that The Spill Canvas would be touring with them in a spring acoustic tour. In February 2008, they headed to Europe with Plain White T's and The Fold. This past summer, The Spill Canvas headlined a national tour, supported by Steel Train and Ludo. Up-and-coming pop-punkers Sing It Loud joined them for the first half of the tour, with Liam and Me joining for the end. They were joined by Motion City Soundtrack for the final leg of the tour.

On September 11, 2008 The Spill Canvas launched the "" contest which gives their fans a chance to win tickets to see them and be their Photographer. The winner has not yet been announced.

In late 2008, they toured with One Republic, The Hush Sound and Augustana. On this tour, most vocalists from all of the opening bands, including Nick, came up during Augustana's set to perform Traveling Wilbury's hit "Handle With Care", trading off lead vocals.

In early 2009, The Spill Canvas toured the UK supporting You Me At Six alongside Emarosa

Abnormalites, featuring new music from the band, was released on January 12, 2010 through The Spill Canvas store and digital retailers. Their next EP, Realities, was released shortly thereafter on April 13. On July 27, 2010 their newest album, Formalities, saw digital release. The album contains songs previously seen on both Realities and Abnormalities, along with acoustic versions of songs from those EPs and two brand new songs. They spent the summer of 2010 touring with the Goo Goo Dolls and Switchfoot.

On January 13, 2011, an article in the Sioux Falls Argus Leader stated that the band may be on a temporary hiatus and there was no indication when, if ever, the band would return.

Band members

;Current

* Nick Thomas - Lead Vocals, Guitars, Piano, Production

* Dan Ludeman- Guitars , Backing Vocals

* Landon Heil - Bass

* Joe Beck - Drums, Percussion

Discography

Albums

*Go for the Jugular (2002)

*Sunsets and Car Crashes (2004)

*One Fell Swoop (2005), #29 Top Heatseekers, #47 Top Independent Albums; Allmusic; Retrieved February 20, 2008

*No Really, I'm Fine (2007), #2 Top Heatseekers, #143 Billboard 200

*Scraps/No Really, I'm Fine (2008)

*Formalities (2010)

EPs

*The Concept EP (2003)

*Denial Feels So Good (2007)

*Honestly, I'm Doing Okay (2008)

*Abnormalities (2010)

*Realities (2010)

Notes

Additional research

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Other links

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Category:American indie rock groups

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DTM
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162428
 



Saturday Knights - Mingle
CD
Performer
 
Title
 
Mingle
UPC
 
82685300352
Genre
 
Rock/Pop
Released
 
2008-06-24
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Saturday Knights

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LIAT
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35
 



Boris - Smile
LP
Performer
 
Title
 
Smile
UPC
 
80872000921
Genre
 
Heavy Metal
Released
 
2008-07-22
Track Listing
1
 
Messeeji (7:06)
2
 
Buzz-In (2:34)
3
 
Hanate! (5:02)
4
 
Hana, Taiyou, Ame (5:35)
5
 
Tonari No Sataan (5:20)
6
 
Kare Hateta Saki (7:26)
7
 
Kimi wa Kasa o Sashiteita (9:19)
8
 
untitled (19:20)
Notes / Reviews

Smile is the fourteenth full-length album by Japanese experimental band Boris. It was released through Diwphalanx Records in early 2008 (late 2008 for the live version accordingly), featuring guest musicians Michio Kurihara of Ghost and Stephen O'Malley of Sunn O))), both of whom have collaborated with Boris in the past. Shortly after this initial release, the album was released by American label Southern Lord with a slightly different track listing, different artwork (by Stephen O'Malley), and an almost entirely different sound. The first 3000 copies of this edition include a DVD containing videos for "Statement", "Pink" and "My Neighbor Satan".

Notably, this release is the second Boris album to feature vocals on every track (the first, excluding any one-track albums, was Amplifier Worship). Also, it delves more into experimental tendencies with a more manipulated sound, use of drum machines, and even experiments with sampled tracks (notably, "Dead Destination" is essentially "No Ones Grieve part 2" from The Thing Which Solomon Overlooked 2 with added vocals; part of the seventh song from Vein is used in the untitled final track).

The album can also be seen as humorous since Boris have referenced this album in an interview with Terrorizer Magazine as "un-cool" and "The sell-out album" with comical lyricism, an 80s look for the band themselves, and the tones of voice in some of the songs.

The album charted on the Billboard Top Heatseekers chart at number 20.

Personnel

* Takeshi - guitar, bass guitar, vocals

* Wata - guitar, vocals

* Atsuo - drums, percussion, vocals

* Michio Kurihara - guitar on "My Neighbour Satan", "Flower, Sun, Rain", and "You Were Holding An Umbrella"

* Stephen O'Malley - guitar on "Untitled"

References

Category:2008 albums

Category:Boris albums

Category:Southern Lord Records albums

fr:Smile (album, 2008)

pl:Smile (album Boris)





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is a Japanese experimental rock band, known for often combining and switching between different music genres including drone metal, sludge metal, noise rock, psychedelic rock and ambient. As of 2008, personnel are drummer-vocalist Atsuo, bassist-guitarist-vocalist Takeshi, and guitarist-vocalist Wata.

Boris takes its name from a song on the Melvins' Bullhead, and released its first album, Absolutego, on the group's own label, Fangs Anal Satan, in 1996. Since then, they have released 17 studio albums (including such acclaimed works as Pink, Heavy Rocks and "Akuma No Uta"), a number of EPs, 7" singles, and full-length collaborative recordings, on various record labels around the world.

History

Boris was originally a four-piece band, with Nagata on drums. Nagata departed in 1996 leaving Atsuo to take over drumming duties and it has remained a three-piece since.Altar liner notes (Daymare 3LP pressing)

From its formation, Boris's members have made deliberate efforts to avoid being pigeon-holed, or too strongly associated with any musical style. "Having some kind of preconceived message or theme is very boring to me," noted Atsuo, the band's drummer. "It becomes a crutch. Just say what you want to say." Retrieved on March 23, 2007.

The band's influences are eclectic, with Sleep, Nick Cave, Nick Drake, Venom, and the Melvins being a few of the more important ones. The group quickly realized that they did not fit in with the Japanese hardcore punk scene that birthed them, though they retain a fondness for the scene and its music.

In Japan, Boris release most of their music on the indie label Inoxia Records. Though relatively unknown in their home country, a recent series of reissues on US label Southern Lord Records has seen their popularity in North America increase dramatically, even gaining them widespread recognition in the mainstream music press. Many of Boris's vinyl releases feature similar artwork for the inner label of the record (pictured). This is a parody of the original Roger Dean artwork that Virgin Records used for many of their releases (seen here).

2005's Pink was met with considerable critical praise and a strong response from music fans when reissued in the US on Southern Lord Records. Blender magazine and SPIN magazine both named it one of 2006's best albums. Retrieved on February 9, 2007. The album also topped the metal section of Canadian magazine 's 2006 Reader's Poll, and was in the top 10 of Pitchfork Media's Top 50 Records Of 2006.

Boris's 2006 vinyl-only release, Vein, focused on a sound derived from classic Japanese crust bands, such as Gloom, Confuse, and Gai.

Boris has said in an interview with Pitchfork that after being in a band for so long, "it is easier to write songs now."http://www.pitchforkmedia.com/article/feature/50046-interview-boris

Boris is a band that focuses a lot of their time on touring. In an interview, Atsuo said: "That we tour so much and release so many albums, I think it is representative of what we’re about. Direct communication is something we’ve lost in this day and age. It’s a shame -- interviews are over phone. I think it’s important to see people face to face -- that's why it's so important to go on tour. It’s something very basic to humans that we’ve lost lately." http

Boris opened for Nine Inch Nails on part of the fall 2008 segment of the Lights in the Sky tour. They also appeared on the avant-garde metal soundtrack to Jim Jarmusch's film The Limits of Control. Regarding Boris, Jarmusch said that "what's really remarkable is when they play live they're in the mode, in a way, of jazz musicians, not structurally or musically, but the way they listen to what the others are doing and build on it. Each time they play something it's obviously different, every time."Jim Jarmusch and Alan Licht, "Invisible Jukebox," The Wire 309, November 2009, p. 23.

Boris are confirmed to play the ATP New York 2010 music festival in Monticello, New York this September where they will perform Altar in collaboration with Sunn O)))

On 29/05/2010 Boris performed "The End" with Ian Astbury at Vivid Festival on Sydney.http Boris and Astbury released a four-song EP in September 2010 on Southern Lord and Daymare Records that contains four tracks entitled Teeth and Claws, We are Witches, Rain (The Cult cover), Magickal Child.httphttphttp

In 2011, three albums are planned from Boris, their first major release with a major producer on AVEX/Tearbridge label and an album on Sargent House called "Attention Please".Sargent House. twitter.com. 2010-12-31. Retrieved on 2011-01-18.

Instrumental setup

As mentioned, Boris play music in a variety of genres. This dictates that their setup in a live environment be equipped with many different effects pedals and other guitar accessories. Wata uses an E-bow to achieve bow-like sounds or to manipulate feedback; this device is held in the hand, like a pick, but relies on a strong magnetic pull to move the guitar's strings.

Takeshi typically plays a double-necked bass/guitar live, which allows him to drone away on the guitar during longer numbers but quickly switch to bass without needing to switch instruments. He used an Ibanez SG-style model, and a Steinberger Spirit, before acquiring a custom-built double-neck instrument from First Act Guitars in 2009 designed by Takeshi. He previously used a Music Man Stingray bass. Wata uses Orange heads and cabinets, as well as a Matamp head also favoured by stoner metal groups Sleep and High On Fire and an Ampeg 810 cabinet; Takeshi uses Sunn Model T amps and an Ampeg SVT II bass amp. Wata and Takeshi tune their instruments in a variety of tunings, most of which are lower than standard E tuning, often resulting in the range normally associated with Baritone guitars.

Since 2006, Boris has had a working relationship with the guitarist Michio Kurihara, previously a member of White Heaven and The Stars, and a current member of Ghost. Together, they have released two full length collaborations, Rainbow and Cloud Chamber, and Kurihara has guested on several Boris recordings. He has also toured consistently with the band as a second guitarist since 2007. With Boris, Kurihara uses vintage Gibson SG guitars, a pair of Fender Super Reverb amplifiers, and an array of exotic effects pedals, including several made by the Zvex company.

In the studio, Boris records on analog equipment. They record as much as possible live, with minimal overdubs and as few takes as possible. Retrieved on March 23, 2007.

Members

The members of the band each go by one name only. Fans often assume that Atsuo is the leader of the group, but since Atsuo speaks near-fluent English, he may be over-represented in English language interviews and press releases.

*Atsuo – lead vocals (1992–1996); drums/lead vocals (1996–1998); drums/backing vocals (1998–present)

*Wata – electric guitar, backing vocals, lead vocals

*Takeshi – bass guitar, rhythm guitar, lead vocals

*Michio Kurihara (2007–present) – touring guitarist and regular guest

*Nagata – drums (1992–1996)

Collaborators

*Michio Kurihara

*Merzbow

*Haino Keiji

*Stephen O'Malley

Discography

;Full-lengths

*Absolutego (1996)

*Amplifier Worship (1998)

*Flood (2000)

*Heavy Rocks (2002)

*Akuma no Uta (2003)

*Boris at Last: -Feedbacker- (2003)

*The Thing Which Solomon Overlooked (2004)

*Dronevil (2005)

*Sound Track from Film "Mabuta no Ura" (2005)

*Pink (2005)

*The Thing Which Solomon Overlooked 2 (2006)

*The Thing Which Solomon Overlooked 3 (2006)

*Vein (2006)

*Smile (2008)

*New Album (2011)

*Heavy Rocks (2011)

*Attention Please (2011)

;Live Albums

*Boris Archive (2005)

*Smile -Live at Wolf Creek- (2008)

*Smile -Live in Prague- (2009)

;Full-lengths (reissues)

*Absolutego+ (2001)

*Dronevil -Final- (2006)

*Absolutego (2010)

*Amplifier Worship (2010)

;With Merzbow

*Megatone (2002)

*04092001 (2004)

*Sun Baked Snow Cave (2005)

*Walrus / Groon (2007)

*Rock Dream (2007)

*Klatter (2011)

;Other Collaborations

*Black: Implication Flooding with Keiji Haino (1998)

*Altar with Sunn O))) (2006)

*Rainbow with Michio Kurihara (2006)

*Cloud Chamber with Michio Kurihara (2008)

*BXI with Ian Astbury (2010)

;Compilations

*Variations (2010) / (Greatest hits album focused on the heavy rock side of the band)

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Vast Aire - Dueces Wild
CD
Performer
 
Title
 
Dueces Wild
UPC
 
82530300042
Genre
 
Rap/Hip Hop
Released
 
2008-06-24
Notes / Reviews
Vast Aire

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ORCS
Catalog #
 
30004
 



Ratatat - Lp3
CD
Performer
 
Title
 
Lp3
UPC
 
63490403532
Genre
 
Dance
Released
 
2008-07-08
Notes / Reviews

LP3 is the third studio album (or third LP) by Ratatat, released on July 8, 2008. It contains the single "Shiller" originally released on 7" vinyl. The duo experimented with different genres as well as synthesizer patches, percussion instruments, sound effects, and samples. Unlike the albums Ratatat and Classics, LP3 was recorded in a few weeks.

Charts

References





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Ratatat (pronounced rat-uh-tat) is a New York City electronic music duo consisting of Mike Stroud (guitar) and producer Evan Mast (bass, synthesizers).

History

Evan Mast and Mike Stroud first met as students at Skidmore College, but they did not work together until 2001, when they recorded several songs under the name "Cherry". Their 2004 debut, Ratatat, was written and recorded in Stroud's Crown Heights, Brooklyn apartment on his PowerBook. The album is entirely instrumental with the exception of vocal excerpts at the beginning and end of selected tracks.

The group debuted by releasing the single Seventeen Years on Mast's and his brother E*Rock's record label Audio Dregs in the US and Rex Records in the UK. They then signed for XL Recordings, releasing their debut album and the single Germany to Germany. Ratatat occasionally remixes others for collected release on Ratatat Remixes Vol. 1 (which garnered the attention of Rolling Stone), as well as the later second volume, both of which were self-released in co-operation with Audio Dregs.

Both musicians have had experience with other projects, such as Mast's E*vax and King Pang and Stroud's stage work with Dashboard Confessional. Stroud has also recorded with Ben Kweller on On My Way. Ratatat has toured with bands such as Björk, Daft Punk, Mouse on Mars, Interpol, Franz Ferdinand, CSS, The Faint, Super Furry Animals, Clinic, Panther and The Killers. In 2006 they supported Mogwai in Japan. In 2010 they supported Vampire Weekend on their UK Tour.

On October 6, 2006 Ratatat became the first band to perform a public show inside the Guggenheim Museum in New York City.

On October 10, 2006 a new demo album from Ratatat entitled 9 Beats was leaked online. This set of tracks does not appear on any official discography listings. The tracks consist of short instrumental electronic musical pieces and demos for their next mixtape. This release was followed by another remix album, Ratatat Remixes Vol 2..

It has been rumored that they will be signed by Star Trak as the understudies of the Neptunes.

Mast has most recently collaborated with former Shudder to Think vocalist Craig Wedren on a record for a Tokyo independent label, Mold Recordings and said to be finishing a follow up solo album for Audio Dregs.

From June 2007 until October 2008, Ratatat had Martin Bonventre accompany them on their European tour and Fall shows in America as the pianist/synthesizer player. He drew much attention due to his afro and erratic dance movements on stage. The reason for him leaving the performance is unknown.

Ratatat's live performances bear strong similarities to the performances of the psychedelic rock bands out of San Francisco in the 60s, with energetic light shows, swirling colors projected onto a screen, and random clips of movies thrown in. Member Evan Mast creates and edits the videos that are projected on the screen. Many of them are included on their YouTube account. The front page of their has a list of tour locations and dates. Cameras are usually not allowed when attending one of their concerts.

The official site has been updated showing the videos of the three first singles of their third album LP3, which was released on July 8, 2008. Shiller, Shempi then Mirando have all been released (or announced) on 7" or 12" singles, Shiller being first released with a special b-side Mahalo.

Ratatat contributed 2 songs to the debut album by Kid Cudi entitled Man on the Moon: The End of Day, released September 15, 2009. They played on Late Show with David Letterman on September 11, 2009. The two songs are produced in the similar electronic style Ratatat is known for; entitled "Alive" and "Pursuit of Happiness" featuring MGMT.

According to Mike Stroud in an interview conducted by Julia Askenase of Paste Magazine released on August 4, 2009, "most of was recorded during the same studio sessions that yielded LP3". Ratatat's fourth album LP4 was released on June 8, 2010 via XL.

Ratatat have recently supported Vampire Weekend at The Brighton Centre and Alexandra Palace.

Discography

Studio albums

Singles

Remixes

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Wolf Parade - At Mount Zoomer
CD
Performer
 
Title
 
At Mount Zoomer
UPC
 
09878707202
Genre
 
Rock/Pop
Released
 
2008-06-17
Notes / Reviews

At Mount Zoomer, the second full length LP from the Canadian indie rock band Wolf Parade, was released on June 17, 2008.Wolf Parade Discography, , Sub Pop Records, retrieved April 29, 2008.

Album title

The album is named after drummer Arlen Thompson's sound studio, Mount Zoomer, which apparently is "a B.C. euphemism for magic mushrooms and a nod to Montreal band, A Silver Mount Zion."Aubrey McInnis, , Fast Forward Weekly, Vol. 11 #35: Thursday, August 10, 2006. The LP was originally meant to be entitled Kissing the Beehive; however, due to possible copyright infringements in relation to Jonathan Carroll's 1997 novel of the same name, the album's title was changed. Spencer Krug said they "didn't know that was the title of a book... We might have to change it, but we might not. And we'll have to make it clear that it's not after his book. It's a complicated situation."Michael D. Ayers, , Billboard Magazine, April 11, 2008. It had also been reported earlier by Blender Magazine that the record was entitled Pardon My Blues;Blender Magazine, , blender.com, January 1, 2008. however, on April 28, Sub Pop Records officially announced that the album's name would be At Mount Zoomer.Amy Phillips, , Pitchfork Media, April 28, 2008.

Album overview

The band started playing new songs live that would end up on At Mount Zoomer as early as summer 2007. Among the first to be played were "Language City" and "Fine Young Cannibals".

According to singer Dan Boeckner, half of the album was recorded in Farnham, Quebec at Arcade Fire's Petite Église, an old church that was converted to a recording studio for the production of Neon Bible.Radio Free Canuckistan, , December 12, 2007. After touring the east coast in late 2007, Wolf Parade recorded the rest of the album at MIXart Studios in Montreal, Canada.. Afterwards, the album was mixed at Arlen Thompson's sound studio, Mount Zoomer.

The cover art for the new album features the work of and , depicting a battle scene between the two artists.Wolf Parade Fansite, , Nonstuff.com, August 23, 2007.

The track "Call It a Ritual" was released by the band on April 14, 2008.Mark Richardson, , Pitchfork Media, April 14, 2008.

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Wolf Parade is an indie rock band formed in 2003 from Montreal, Quebec, Canada. The band is currently on an indefinite hiatus as of November 29, 2010.

History

Wolf Parade began in April 2003, when former Frog Eyes member Spencer Krug was offered a gig by Grenadine Records' Alex Megelas. With only a 3-week deadline to form a band, Krug contacted a fellow Canadian guitarist Dan Boeckner (formerly of British Columbia band Atlas Strategic) and began writing songs in Krug's apartment.Official site, , SubPop.com, August 13, 2007. Initially using a drum machine for their rhythm section played through computer speakers, Krug later invited Arlen Thompson to the lineup as the drummer;Interview with Arlen Thompson, , icelandairwaves.com, retrieved March 20, 2008. however, the newly formed trio rehearsed as a full band only the day before their first show. During the tour, Wolf Parade recorded and released their self-titled debut EP (referred to as the 4 Song EP).

In September 2003, Hadji Bakara joined Wolf Parade, contributing his synthesizer and sound manipulation skills to the lineup. By the summer of 2004 the band released its second independent, self-titled EP, commonly referred to as the 6 Song EP.

In September 2004, the band travelled to Portland, Oregon to record with Modest Mouse's Isaac Brock. Brock had recently signed the band to Sub Pop; Brock was an A&R man for the record label at the time. He had been following Dan Boeckner as Boeckner's old band, Atlas Strategic, had toured with Modest Mouse and were offered a Sub Pop signing just before the band split up. Wolf Parade spent two and a half weeks working 14-hour days in Portland. After some remixing, the band returned to Montreal to finish recording. The album was scheduled for a May release, but then pushed back. On its new record label, the band released its first widely-distributed EP, Wolf Parade, in July 2005.

In September 2005, the band's debut album Apologies to the Queen Mary was released on Sub Pop Records to critical acclaim, earning a 2006 Polaris Music Prize nomination., CMJ News Story, July 7, 2006.

Dante DeCaro (formerly of Hot Hot Heat) joined sometime in 2005 as a second guitarist and percussionist.

The second album, At Mount Zoomer, followed in June 2008.Carpenter, Lorraine., Exclaim!, July 2008.

An on-stage announcement Riverfront Times, November 9, 2008 in November 2008 that Dante DeCaro would no longer be playing with the band was later revealed to have been a joke. Pitchfork, Mon Nov 10, 2008

Hadji Bakara left the band in 2008 to pursue an academic career. He is currently a Ph.D. student in the Department of English Language and Literature at the University of Chicago.

Wolf Parade reconvened in November 2009 to begin work on their third album, Expo 86. In an interview with Exclaim! magazine, Dan Boeckner stated that the album may be released as a double album or as an LP and an EP, given the sheer amount of quality songs to come out of the sessions. The five members realized they'd all been at Vancouver's World Fair in the same week when they were kids, which is how the album got its name. The album was produced by Howard Bilerman and was released in the United States on June 29, 2010.

In 2010, the song "Shine a Light" from Apologies to the Queen Mary appeared in the "Criminal Minds" episode "The Fight".

Wolf Parade kicked off their 2010 North American tour in Montreal. Wolf Parade is scheduled to play the Sasquatch! Music Festival over the Memorial Day weekend (May 27 to 30 2011).

Band members

*Dan Boeckner – vocals, guitar

*Spencer Krug – vocals, keyboards

*Arlen Thompson – drums

*Dante DeCaro – guitar, bass, percussion, keyboards

Discography

Albums

*Apologies to the Queen Mary (2005) Sub Pop #158 (US)

*At Mount Zoomer (2008) Sub Pop #45 (US)

*Expo 86 (2010) Sub Pop #48 (US)

EPs

*Wolf Parade (2003) Self-released

*Wolf Parade (2004) Self-released

*Wolf Parade (2005) Sub Pop

Singles

* "Modern World" (2006, Sub Pop)

* "Shine A Light" (2006, Sub Pop)

* "I'll Believe in Anything" (2006, Sub Pop)

* "Call it A Ritual" (2008, Sub Pop)

* "Language City" (2008, Sub Pop)

* "Semi-Precious Stone" / "Agents Of Love" (2010, Sub Pop)

Associated acts

* Spencer Krug is also the lead singer of the indie rock band Sunset Rubdown. Other bands Krug has belonged to include Frog Eyes, Fifths of Seven, Swan Lake, and Moonface.

* Dan Boeckner is also a member of the indie rock duo Handsome Furs which he formed with his wife Alexei Perry. Before joining Wolf Parade, Boeckner played in Atlas Strategic.

* Dante DeCaro is currently fronting a project called Johnny and the Moon. Prior to Wolf Parade, DeCaro played in Hot Hot Heat.

* Arlen Thompson played drums on the Arcade Fire song "Wake Up". He also helped produce both Handsome Furs albums at his Mount Zoomer recording studio in Montreal. He is a member of the side-project Treasure Hunt.

* Hadji Bakara is a member of the synth-bass-dance-rap production team Megasoid, along with Speakerbruiser Rob, formerly Sixtoo. He also helped with treatments on "Black Mirror", "Neon Bible", and "My Body Is a Cage" off Arcade Fire's Neon Bible.

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N.E.R.D. - Seeing Sounds
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Seeing Sounds
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2008-06-10
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Seeing Sounds is the third studio album by American funk rock band N.E.R.D released June 10, 2008 on Star Trak Entertainment and Interscope Records in the United States. After ending their contract with Virgin Records in 2005, the band felt their previous album Fly or Die (2004) was too consistent. Using their own money, the band recorded the album in Florida and California. The album was produced solely by record production duo The Neptunes, consisting of Pharrell Williams and Chad Hugo, with additional assistance by rock band Spymob and was mainly written by Williams. The album's title, as well as its content, revolves around the neurological phenomenon of synesthesia, the mixing of sensory modalities.

The album debuted at number seven on the U.S. Billboard 200 chart, selling 80,000 in its first week. It peaked in the top 20 in Australia, Canada, the Netherlands, Switzerland and the United Kingdom, while also charting in the several other countries. Upon its release, Seeing Sounds received generally mixed to positive reviews from most music critics. Some writers called the record N.E.R.D's best album to date and praised its production, while others negatively criticized Williams' singing and the album's lyrical content.

Concept

#0|15367601|Anorexia|studio|Showbread|May 13, 2008|Art-rock, electronic, industrial, post-hardcore, screamo|Tooth and Nail|Anorexia(2008)|42:38|Randy Torres|Nervosa(2008)|Age of Reptiles(2006)|2007|*AbsolutePunk.net (84%) * Jesus Freak Hideout * HM Magazine|Showbread (band)|Anorexia (album)

Anorexia is an album by the band Showbread. It was released on May 13, 2008 simultaneously with its companion album Nervosa . Anorexia is the first of a two-CD collection entitled Anorexia Nervosa, which is an accompaniment to the short story Anorexia Nervosa which comes pacakged with the records. The album acts as a soundtrack to a read-along story book that features a chapter for each track. As the reader follows the story, the album reacts to what happens within the text. Taking a drastic new direction from their second album Age of Reptiles, which featured a more straight-forward alternative rock sound, the band took "Anorexia" in a much darker, Industrial rock tone.

Story

The album and included booklet tell the story of a woman named Anorexia who begins her story by opening a center for sick and dying children. Like her sister Nervosa, Anorexia's story takes place within two texts. The first section of each chapter tells Anorexia's story in a more stylized, fairy tale-esque and metaphorical manner. Within this text, Anorexia spends the story laboring to build a tower to Heaven which parallels her quest to be remembered for her children's hospital. The subsequent text in each chapter is narrated by Anorexia herself, and takes place in real time in the actual world. While Anorexia's motives seem noble, we learn as the story continues that she is driven by a sinister, selfish desire to become immortalized and praised for her "good deeds". One night while treating a child with an unnamed illness (presumably the HIV virus), Anorexia is stabbed with a dirty syringe and infected with the same illness. As Anorexia is weakened by the disease, she becomes more infamous and her tower to Heaven becomes taller. But on her death bed she finds no solace and realizes that her great tower is merely a shallow bed of stones only feet from the ground. At this point in the story, the real time narrative ceases and the remaining chapters are carried exclusively through metaphorical means. Anorexia, dying on her bed of stones, wakes in a sunlit field and finds that she has been carried to safety by a small lamb who died in the process of rescuing her. The lamb however, resurrects and explains that he had given his life to save Anorexia simply to fulfill his lifelong desire to be with her.

Presence Of Codes

-Throughout the included short story, certain letters appear in red which, when grouped together collectively, form a message being communicated to Anorexia by the Lamb character throughout the story. In some printings of the Bible the words of Jesus also appear in red letters. The subliminal presence of the Lamb's voice is consistent with the His message and His revelation of omnipresence in Anorexia's life at the story's conclusion.

-In each chapter exponential numbers appear randomly throughout the text. When decoding the numbers alphabetically (1=A, 2=B, 3=C, etc.) the numbers reference a particular book in the Bible. At the end of each chapter two numbers on either side of a colon appear which pinpoint the chapter and verse of the coded Bible book.

-In the margins of each page are bits of a poem that can be pieced together. The poem's heading references "the fall of man" and the number 6 (which is often thought to represent sin and Satan in the Bible). A secret message can be found within the poem by collection the sixth letter of every entry.

-The rest is continued on Nervosa

--These appear without punctuation in Anorexia Respectively.

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N.E.R.D (the acronym of No-one Ever Really Dies, stylized as N*E*R*D) is an American rock, funk, and hip hop band. Pharrell Williams and Chad Hugo were signed by Teddy Riley to Virgin Records as a duo, The Neptunes. After producing songs for several artists throughout the late 1990s and early 2000s, the production duo formed the band with Shay Haley as a side project of The Neptunes in 2001. N.E.R.D's debut album, In Search Of..., sold 603,000 copies in the United States and was certified Gold by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA). It was also awarded the second annual Shortlist Music Prize. The band's second album, Fly or Die, sold 412,000 copies in the United States and was certified Gold by the RIAA.

In 2005, N.E.R.D ended their contract with some somalian miners and disbanded. Three years later just after Scrubs season 3 , the band reunited under Star Trak Entertainment, a subsidiary of Interscope Records established by Williams and Hugo. The band's third album, Seeing Sounds, sold 80,000 + copies in its first week.

History

Formation and early career

Pharrell Williams and Chad Hugo met at the age of 12 at a summer camp in Virginia Beach, for musicians; which they both disliked. They spent their free time making beats and performing in groups with fellow childhood friend Timbaland. Williams and Hugo met Shay Haley in high school and began performing together. The trio often met in Hugo's garage, where he beatboxed through a speaker system while Haley danced. After watching the duo perform at a high school talent show, Teddy Riley, a musician and producer, signed Williams and Hugo in 1992. After producing songs for several artists throughout the late 1990s and early 2000s, the production duo formed N.E.R.D in 2001 as a side project.

2001–2002: In Search Of...

The band's debut album, In Search Of..., was released in Europe in September 2001. Williams and Hugo used similar digital production techniques as they did for other artists. However, the band decided that they wanted to sound different from their previous work. This led them to rerecording the album using live instruments with rock band Spymob for a worldwide release in 2002. The album debuted at number 61 on the Billboard 200 and peaked at number 56. It failed to replicate the success of The Neptunes' previous productions. The album won the second annual Shortlist Music Prize, an accolade awarded to albums released in the United States that have not achieved mainstream success and have sales of 500,000 copies or less at the time of nomination. The album sold 603,000 copies in the United States and was certified Gold by the RIAA.

The album's lead single, "Lapdance", peaked at number 36 of the Hot Rap Tracks chart and number 85 on the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs. The second single, "Rock Star", peaked at number 36 on the Billboard Hot Modern Rock Tracks chart. A 6.1 surround mix of this album was released by DTS Entertainment on a DVD-Audio disc in 2005. The original version of the album is a collectors' item.

2003–2004: Fly or Die

NERD April 2003 cropped.jpgthumbN.E.R.D performing at a United Kingdom concert in April 2003

The band recorded its second album, Fly or Die, in 2003. They learned to play the songs live, as Chad Hugo told MTV News on December 9, 2003: "We're the ones playing the instruments live this time. I just started playing guitar last year so I'm learning as we go. Pharrell's playing drums. we didn't have time to learn certain instruments so we got Spymob to help us out."

Fly or Die was released in March 2004. The album debuted at number six on the Billboard 200, selling 119,000 copies in its first week. The album sold 412,000 copies in the United States and was certified Gold by the RIAA. The first single, "She Wants to Move", has gone top 5 in the United Kingdom, top 20 in Norway, Ireland, and Denmark, and top 40 in Australia and the Netherlands. The music videos for "She Wants to Move" and its follow up single, "Maybe", have received strong support from the digital cable network VH1 Soul in America.

2005–2009: Hiatus and Seeing Sounds

In 2005, N.E.R.D ended their contract with Virgin Records over a label dispute and the band disbanded. While touring, the band became "hooked" on the energy from their fans, which led them to begin recording their third studio album, spending their own money while still unsigned. Williams and Hugo later established Star Trak Entertainment, a subsidiary of Interscope Records. In March 2008, the band performed at South by Southwest in Austin, Texas. While there they filmed a PSA for Rock the Vote saying why they thought voting was important and the issues they cared about that election year.

NERD at Virgin Festival Ontario day 2 2009.JPGleftthumbN.E.R.D performing at the Virgin Festival in Ontario, Canada, 2009

From April to June 2008, the band toured with Kanye West as an opening act along with Rihanna and Lupe Fiasco as part of the Glow in the Dark Tour. On June 13, they gave an energetic performance at the Isle of Wight festival, however they almost missed their scheduled show because they didn't know where the island was. On June 25, they performed in front of 40,000 people at the Isle of MTV 2008 at the Floriana granaries, Malta with free admission.

On August 9, 2008, the band played at the Way Out West music festival held in the city park of Gothenburg, Sweden. In September 2008, N.E.R.D performed to a sold-out crowd at the House of Blues in Chicago, and brought special guest Bad Brains onstage.

N.E.R.D released their third studio album, Seeing Sounds in June 2008. The first single off the album, titled "Everyone Nose (All the Girls Standing in the Line for the Bathroom)", was first mentioned on their Billionaire Boys Club blog in January 2008. The second single off the album, titled "Spaz", was used in a TV commercial for the Microsoft Zune.

A song entitled "Soldier" featuring Santigold and Lil Wayne was featured on the soundtrack of the teen drama 90210. In late 2009, N.E.R.D. added a fourth member to the group named Rhea.

2010–present: Nothing (album)

In 2010, N.E.R.D announced the release of their fourth studio album entitled Nothing, which had a scheduled release date for September 7, 2010, but it was pushed back to November 2nd, 2010. The first single from the album, "Hot N' Fun" featuring Canadian recording artist Nelly Furtado, was released on May 18, 2010 on iTunes. It was released in the United Kingdom on August 30, 2010.http On August 20, 2010, a track titled "Party People" leaked onto the internet. It was rumored to be the second single from the album. On September 28, 2010, they premiered another track from the album titled "Hypnotize U" on Late Show with David Letterman, the track is produced by electronic music duo Daft Punk. On September 30, 2010, in a interview with Mark Hoppus on A Different Spin with Mark Hoppus, Pharrell explained the album cover as "a mix of so many things. The feathers represent the peace, and the helmet represents the war. It's like where we are right now. There's a lot of war, that people can't necessarily explain. The economy sucks, girls are still beautiful. We wanted to make music that reflected that. So people can look back twenty years from now, and say 'this is what was going on". They then announced in the interview that the next two singles would be "I've Seen the Light" and "Hypnotize U". Pharrell described "Hypnotize U" as being "so different from the rest of the album," stating he was "very pleased because it serves a different purpose" in the album. On October 17, 2010, the standard edition and the deluxe edition of the album became available for pre-order on iTunes. It has been announced that they will be supporting Gorillaz on the North American leg of their 2010 'Escape to Plastic Beach' World tour.

Musical style

The band's sound generally contains elements of rock, funk and hip hop, while also encompassing R&B and pop. Though the band rarely samples from other songs,Lethem; Bresnick, 2002, p. 122. the European release of their debut album, In Search Of..., relied heavily on sampling. They have been praised for their heavy use of electronic, bass and funk beats, while others have suggested that The Neptunes are unable to blend R&B and rock. N.E.R.D. are known for their main associate act, Them White Boys, a local group from Belleville, Illinois

N.E.R.D's lyrics have been criticized. Ian Cohen of Pitchfork Media called the band's writing ability "far down the list of what N.E.R.D is actually good at", where Williams is often criticized for being excessively sexual. With the release of Fly or Die, the album was advertised in Kerrang! magazine, which made Alexis Petridis of The Guardian feel that N.E.R.D's lyrics tried to "empathize with the alienated teenagers who make up Kerrang!s readership".

Band members

* Pharrell Williams - lead vocals, piano/keyboards, rhythm guitar, percussion

* Chad Hugo - lead guitar, piano/keyboards, saxophone, bass guitar

* Shay Haley - drums, percussion, backing vocals

Discography

Albums

Singles

Notes

*A. "Lapdance" was re-released in the UK as a double A-side with "Provider".

*B. "Spaz" peaked outside of the US Billboard Hot 100 chart, therefore it is listed on the Bubbling Under Hot 100 chart.

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Lil Wayne - Tha Carter Iii (Clean Version)
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Tha Carter Iii (Clean Version)
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Rap/Hip Hop
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2008-06-10
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Tha Carter III is the sixth studio album by American rapper Lil Wayne, released June 10, 2008 on Cash Money Records. It follows his period of mixtape releases and guest appearances on other hip hop and R&B artists, which helped increase mainstream notice of him. The album's cover art features a baby picture of Wayne and is similar to covers of hip hop albums such as Illmatic (1994) and Ready to Die (1994).. Retrieved July 3, 2008. Amid release delays and leaks, Tha Carter III became one of the most anticipated releases of 2008.. XXL (October 26, 2007). Retrieved October 26, 2007.Jesús Triviño Alarcón, Matt Barone, Hillary Crosley, Thomas Golianopoulos, Brian Miller (January 30, 2007). . XXL magazine. Retrieved January 30, 2007.

The album debuted at number one on the US Billboard 200 chart, selling 1,005,545 copies in its first week. It reached sales of 2.88 million copies by the end of 2008 and produced four singles that achieved chart success, including the international hit "Lollipop" and Billboard hits "A Milli", "Got Money", and "Mrs. Officer". Upon its release, Tha Carter III received general acclaim from most music critics and earned Lil Wayne several accolades, including a Grammy Award for Best Rap Album at the 51st Grammy Awards. It has been certified triple platinum by the RIAA and has sold over 3.5 million copies in the United States.

Recording

Lil Wayne stated that producers would include The Alchemist, Cool & Dre, Deezle, Jim Jonsin, Just Blaze, Kanye West, Mannie Fresh, The Runners, Timbaland, Danja, Arash, and will.i.am.Mariel Concepion (February 2, 2008). . Billboard. Retrieved February 2, 2008.Andres Tardio (January 10, 2008). . HipHopDX. Retrieved January 10, 2008.Shaheem Reid and Jayson Rodriguez, with additional reporting by Bridget Bland and Rahman Dukes (April 9, 2007). . MTV. Retrieved April 9, 2007. In an interview with HipHopCanada.com, Solitair of the Black Jays stated that he and Cipha Sounds produced a track called "Outstanding", which later eventually leaked.Lola Plaku (April 5, 2007). . HipHopCanada.com. Retrieved April 5, 2007. The Runners have stated that they have produced three tracks for Tha Carter III.. YouTube. Retrieved August 2, 2007. Lil Wayne revealed that he has a track for Eminem, which he has yet to send to him.Andres Tardio (October 29, 2007). . HipHopDX. Retrieved October 29, 2007. He described this song as the "craziest". However, it is thought that Eminem turned down the request.Andreas Hale (March 19, 2008). . HipHopDX. Retrieved March 20, 2008.

Collaborators include Fabolous, T-Pain, Brisco, Bobby Valentino, Betty Wright, Static Major, Robin Thicke, Kidd Kidd, Jay-Z,ThePremier (February 25, 2008).. Def Sounds. Retrieved February 25, 2008. Juelz Santana,Fullmetal (June 11, 2007). . Def Sounds. Retrieved June 11, 2007. and Busta Rhymes.Slava Kuperstein (February 22, 2008). . HipHopDX. Retrieved February 22, 2008. MTV reported that Wyclef Jean worked on a couple of tracks for the album and that a song featuring Justin Timberlake, Nelly Furtado, and Timbaland is likely to appear on the album.Shaheem Reid, Jayson Rodriguez and Rahman Dukes (June 11, 2007). . MTV. Retrieved August 4, 2007. However, that Timbaland produced track did not make the final cut. David Banner confirmed that he will be credited for five tracks on the final cut of Tha Carter III, but only one is featured on the album.Allen Starbury (November 19, 2007). . Baller Status. Retrieved November 19, 2007. After the copyright controversy of "Playing with Fire", the track was later removed, replaced with another David Banner produced-track "Pussy Monster". Swizz Beatz had stated he is also working on the album.Slava Kuperstein (January 31, 2008). . HipHopDX. Retrieved January 31, 2008.

When asked about how many tracks Kanye West has contributed, he answered:

"On the first visit he had 5 joints. On the second visit he gave me a CD with 15 joints on it. I then told him to slow down and he left me alone. But we got a good three on the album." He confirmed that he had a few tracks on The Leak that are produced by Kanye West. Rap Basement. Accessed May 2008.

Music

Tha Carter IIIs lead single, "Lollipop", peaked at #1 on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100 - staying #1 for 3 weeks. It was Wayne's most successful solo single in his career, winning one Grammy Award, a BET Award, and an MTV VMA. The song was praised as an "electro-bumpin'...infectious track",Jeffries, David. . Allmusic. Retrieved on 2009-10-26. perceived as more of a "bubblegum" pop track than rap. The second track on the album, "Mr. Carter", was nominated for a Grammy while also peaking within the Hot 100. It was praised for featuring Jay-Z, which was seen as Jay-Z passing the throne to Wayne. The second single, "A Milli", was a top ten hit and was praised as one of the best songs of 2008. The song garnered countless freestyles and remixes, while Wayne's original version was praised with "spectacular rhyme". "Dr. Carter", the sixth track, was also praised for lyrical content and humor as Wayne took on the persona of a doctor performing surgery on various patients (a metaphor for Wayne resurrecting hip-hop). "Tie My Hands", featuring Robin Thicke, was praised as a deep track featuring "political commentary" and "despair" with Thicke's performance being the most complementary to Wayne. "Phone Home" also features various alien metaphors reminiscent of the film E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial (1982).

Release and promotion

Leaks

After most of the album leaked on the Internet in mid-2007, Lil Wayne used the leaked tracks, plus four new songs to make an album titled The Leak. The Leak was to be officially released on December 18, 2007, with the actual album being delayed until June 10, 2008.Janelle Griffith (April 9, 2008). . SOHH.com. Retrieved April 9, 2008. When questioned about the unplanned leak, Lil Wayne said:

On May 24, 10 second snippets of multiple songs were leaked onto AT&T Media Mall. On May 30-31st, Tha Carter III was leaked internationally. The first of the leaks were distributed on May 30 at around 8pm where five songs from the track list were available on the internet. Hours later on May 31 at 12am-1am the whole album was leaked and posted on various websites for free download. The DJ responsible for the leaks was DJ Chuck T who retaliated for an interview conducted by Wayne, where he discredited all DJs and the mixtape scene days before. Lil Wayne later called DJ Drama's radio show Shade 45 Sirius Satellite Radio to explain that his comments were meant specifically for DJ Empire who leaked his materials periodically without his permission, consent, or knowledge; he also apologized for any misunderstandings between him and the numerous DJs that have aided him in the mixtape industry. He made it clear, however, that he wished for any feelings of dislike or resentment to remain.Andreas Hale (May 31, 2008). . HipHopDX.com. Retrieved June 5, 2008.

Singles

The album's lead single, "Lollipop", topped the U.S. Billboard Hot 100 for 5 non-consecutive weeks, making it Wayne's most successful single in his career. It features the late Rap singer Static Major. The album's second single, "A Milli", was another top ten. It reached #6 on the Billboard Hot 100. It also won a Grammy for Best Rap Song. The video for the second single, "A Milli", was set to be released in May, and has since been mainstreamed. Multiple versions of the track were to be included on the album as "skit-like" tracks, featuring artists such as Tyga, Cory Gunz, Hurricane Chris and Lil Mama.Shaheem Reid (April 29, 2008).. MTV. Retrieved April 30, 2008. Another artist, 13-year-old Lil Chuckee, was also set to appear on one of the "A Milli" skits. None of the skits made the final cut of the album. The third single is "Got Money", featuring . It reached #10 on the Billboard Hot 100. The fourth single is "Mrs. Officer", featuring Bobby Valentino. It made the Top 20 in just 4 weeks. "Lollipop", "A Milli", "Got Money", and another track, "Mr. Carter", were nominated for a Grammy. Lil Wayne also performed "Tie My Hands" with Robin Thicke at the 51st Grammy Awards.

The album also featured the releases of promo singles. "3 Peat" peaked at #66 on the Billboard 100. "Ain't Got Nuthin'" featuring Fabolous & Juelz Santana was released as a promo single, peaking at #81 on the Billboard 100. "Mr. Carter", featuring Jay-Z, peaked at #62 on the Billboard 100, #27 on the Hot R&B/Hip Hop Songs chart, and #13 on the Top Rap Songs. It was nominated for a Grammy for Best Rap Performance by a Duo or a Group in 2009.

Lawsuit

On July 24, 2008, Abkco Music Inc. filed a lawsuit against Lil Wayne for copyright infringement and unfair competition, specifically referring to the track "Playing with Fire". In the lawsuit, Abkco claims that the song was obviously derived from The Rolling Stones' "Play with Fire", to which Abkco owns the rights. Subsequently, "Playing with Fire" was removed from the tracklist of Tha Carter III on all online music stores and replaced with the David Banner produced track, "Pussy Monster".

Reception

Commercial performance

With opening day sales figures of approximately 423,000,http the album sold 1,005,545 copies in its first week in the United States.. Retrieved June 17, 2008. With its first week sales, it is the largest first week sales for any album in 2008 in the United States and the first album to reach the million mark in one week since 50 Cent's The Massacre (2005).Jones, Steve (March 9, 2005). . USA Today. Retrieved on 2010-08-28. Tha Carter III has also reached the top spot in the Canadian Albums Chart, selling nearly 21,000 units. Elsewhere, the album achieved moderate success, entering at only number 23 in the UK and number 34 on the Irish Album Chart. In the album's second week, it sold a reported 309,000 copies, helping Tha Carter III towards becoming Lil Wayne's most successful selling album to date.. Retrieved July 3, 2008.

Tha Carter III had sold approximately 2.88 million copies in 2008, after selling another 985,000 and 964,000 in two week span week June 24–July 8 and well over 697.000 the following week in a 7 day span, becoming 2008's best-selling album.

Critical response

Tha Carter III received general acclaim from most music critics.. Metacritic. Retrieved on 2010-10-30. At Metacritic, which assigns a normalized rating out of 100 to reviews from mainstream critics, the album received an average score of 84, based on 26 reviews, which indicates "universal acclaim". The Source gave it a rating of 4 out of 5 mics.. Retrieved on 2009-10-26. Rolling Stone writer Jody Rosen gave it 4½ out of 5 stars and praised its production and thematic structure. Allmusic's David Jeffries gave the album 4 out of 5 stars and praised Wayne's "entertaining wordplay and plenty of well-executed, left-field ideas". Entertainment Weekly writer Jon Caraminca gave the album a B- rating and wrote that it catapults Wayne into part of "rap's elite". Giving it 5 out of 5 stars, NOW commended him for his energy and called Tha Carter III a "sub­versive masterpiece".Columnist. . NOW. Retrieved on 2009-10-26. The Guardians Alex Macpherson gave it 4 out of 5 stars and praised Wayne's rapping and lyrical ability, stating "Just trying to keep up with Wayne's mind as he proves the case is a thrill. He breaks language down into building blocks for new metaphors, exploiting every possible semantic and phonetic loophole for humour and yanking pop culture references into startling new contexts".Macpherson, Alex. . The Guardian. Retrieved on 2009-10-26. Blender writer Jonah Weiner gave it 4½ out of 5 stars and called it "a weird, gripping triumph".Weiner, Jonah. . Blender. Retrieved on 2009-12-02.

The Village Voice writer Tom Breihan called the album "a sprawling mess, and it clangs nearly as often as it clicks" and "a work of staggering heights and maddening inconsistencies", but commended Wayne for his unconventional performance, stating "On paper, this is a textbook focus-grouped major-label hodgepodge, replete with girl songs and club songs and street songs. But every facet of the album comes animated and atomized by Wayne's absurdist drug-gobbling persona". Despite viewing it as "uneven", The Washington Posts J. Freedom du Lac commended Wayne for his "impulses to be outrageous and unconventional" and called him a "nonsensical genius".Freedom du Lac, J. . The Washington Post. Retrieved on 2010-03-21. Jon Pareles of The New York Times praised the album's production and Lil Wayne's lyrical maturity, stating "he has clearly worked to make Tha Carter III a statement of its own: one that moves beyond standard hip-hop boasting (though there’s plenty of that) to thoughts that can be introspective or gleefully unhinged".Pareles, Jon. . The New York Times. Retrieved on 2009-10-26. Drew Hinshaw of PopMatters gave it an 8/10 rating and stated "Tha Carter III is a monumental album full of powerful, self-defeating statements that obliterate rap's internal logic without offering too much more than indifferent bong logic in return. Judged, however, as a collection of singles and quotable verses—the criteria on which we've been grading hip-hop records since the end of disco—Tha Carter III is an agonizing piece of work".Hinshaw, Drew. . PopMatters. Retrieved on 2009-10-26.

Accolades

Tha Carter III was ranked number one in Blenders list of the 33 best albums of 2008.. Blender. Retrieved December 31, 2008. It was also ranked number three on Rolling Stones list of the top 50 albums of 2008.. Rolling Stone. Retrieved January 2, 2008. It was nominated for a Grammy Award for Album of the Year,. "Metacritic". Retrieved December 4, 2008. and it won for Best Rap Album at the 2009 Grammy Awards, while "Lollipop" won for Best Rap Song and "A Milli" won for Best Rap Solo Performance.. E! Online. Retrieved on 2009-12-02. Billboard magazine ranked the album number 103 on its list of the Top 200 Albums of the Decade.

Personnel

Credits for Tha Carter III adapted from Allmusic.. Allmusic. Retrieved on 2010-10-30.

* Angelo Aponte – engineer

* David Banner – producer

* Joshua Berkman – digital editing

* Miguel Angel Mendoza Bermudez – mixing assistant

* Sandy Brummels – creative director

* Katina Bynum – project manager

* Gloria Caldwell – composer

* Ludas Charles – keyboards

* Andrew Dawson – mixing

* Jim Jonsin – producer

* Jonathan Mannion – photography

* Fabian Marasciullo – mixing

* Sol Marcus – composer

* Vlado Meller – mastering

* Sha Ron Prescott – vocals

* Pro-Jay – engineer, musician, producer

* James Scheffer – composer

* Miguel Scott – engineer

* Swizz Beatz – producer

* Robin Thicke – musician, producer

* Julian Vasquez – engineer

* Gina Victoria – engineer

* Kanye West – producer

Charts and certifications

Charts

Year-end charts

Certifications

Chart procession and succession

References





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Artist/Band Information

Dwayne Michael Carter, Jr. (born September 27, 1982), better known by his stage name Lil Wayne, is an American rapper. At the age of nine, Lil Wayne joined Cash Money Records as the youngest member of the label, and half of the duo, The B.G.'z, with B.G.. In 1997, Lil Wayne joined the group Hot Boys, which also included rappers Juvenile, B.G., and Turk. Hot Boys debuted with Get It How U Live! that year. Lil Wayne gained most of his success with the group's major selling album Guerrilla Warfare, released in 1999. Also in 1999, Lil Wayne released his Platinum debut album Tha Block Is Hot, selling over one million copies in the U.S.

Although his next two albums Lights Out (2000) and 500 Degreez (2002) were not as successful (only reaching Gold status), Lil Wayne reached higher popularity in 2004 with Tha Carter, which included the single "Go D.J." Wayne also appeared on the Destiny's Child top ten single "Soldier" that year. In 2005, the sequel to Tha Carter, Tha Carter II, was released. In 2006 and 2007, Lil Wayne released several mixtapes and appeared on several popular rap and R&B singles.

His most successful album, Tha Carter III, was released in 2008 which went on to sell over 1 million copies in the U.S. its first week of release. It included the number-one single "Lollipop" and won the Grammy Award for Best Rap Album. Lil Wayne released his debut rock album, Rebirth, in 2010 to primarily negative reception from critics. The album eventually went gold. In March 2010, Lil Wayne began serving an 8 month prison sentence in New York after being convicted of criminal possession of a weapon stemming from an incident in July 2007. While in jail he released another album entitled I Am Not a Human Being in September 2010, featuring Young Money artists such as Drake, Nicki Minaj and Lil Twist.

Early life

Lil Wayne was born Dwayne Michael Carter, Jr. and grew up in the Hollygrove neighborhood of New Orleans, Louisiana. Carter was born when his mother, a chef, was 19 years old. His parents were divorced when he was 2, and his father permanently abandoned the family. Carter enrolled in the gifted program of Lafayette Elementary School and in the drama club of Eleanor McMain Secondary School.

He wrote his first rap song at age eight. In the summer of 1991, he met Bryan Williams, rapper and owner of Cash Money Records. Carter recorded freestyle raps on Williams's answering machine, leading him to mentor the young Carter and include him in Cash Money-distributed songs. He also recorded his first ever collaboration album True Story with rapper B.G.. At the time, Carter was 11, and B.G. was 14, and was billed as "The B.G.'z". When he was 12, he played the part of the Tin Man in his middle school drama club's production of The Wiz. At age 13, he accidentally shot himself with a .44 caliber gun, with the bullet missing his heart by two inches. At McMain Magnet School, Carter was an honor student, but he dropped out at the age of 14 to focus on a musical career.

Music career

1997–99: The Hot Boys

In 1997, Carter joined the Hot Boys along with rappers Juvenile, B.G., and Turk. At age 15, Carter was the youngest member at that time. Hot Boys' debut album Get It How U Live! was released the same year, followed in 1999 by the group's major-label debut Guerrilla Warfare, which reached No. 1 on the Billboard magazine Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums chart and No. 5 on the Billboard 200. During their career, the Hot Boys had two charting singles, "We on Fire" from Get It How U Live! and "I Need a Hot Girl" from Guerrilla Warfare. Carter was also featured on Juvenile's single "Back That Azz Up", which reached No. 18 on the Billboard Hot 100 and No. 5 on the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Singles & Tracks.. allmusic Let 'Em Burn, a compilation album of unreleased tracks recorded during 1999 and 2000, came out in 2003, several years after the group disbanded. It reached No. 3 on the Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums chart and No. 14 on the Billboard 200.

Carter's debut solo album Tha Block Is Hot at age 17 featured significant contributions from the Hot Boys and was certified 2x platinum, climbing to No. 3 on the Billboard album charts. The album earned him a 1999 Source magazine award nomination for "Best New Artist", and also became a Top Ten hit. The lead single was "Tha Block Is Hot". After the release of Tha Block is Hot, Carter was featured on the single, "Bling Bling", with B.G., Juvenile, and Big Tymers. His verse was featured on the radio edition, and on the album version, only his hook was featured on the single.

2000–02: Lights Out and 500 Degreez

His 2000 follow-up album Lights Out failed to attain the level of success achieved by his debut but was certified gold by RIAA. Critics pointed to the lack of coherent narratives in his verses as evidence that he had yet to mature to the level of his fellow Hot Boys. The lead single was "Get Off The Corner" which was noticed for an improvement in lyrical content and style, it also received a music video. The second single which received less attention was "Shine" featuring The Hot Boys. Near the release of Lights Out, Lil Wayne was featured on the single, "1# Stunna" with Big Tymers and Juvenile, which rose to 24th place on the Hot Rap Tracks charts.

In 2001, Lil Wayne was shot in the chest in Florida after "some groupies" fired two shots through his tour bus window. He recalled the incident in 2008 interview: 'It 'didn’t go all the way in, ’cause the window slowed it down.'

Lil Wayne's third album 500 Degreez, released in 2002, followed the format of his previous two, with significant contributions from the Hot Boys and Mannie Fresh. While certified Gold like its predecessor, it too failed to match the success of his debut. The title was a reference to the recently estranged Hot Boys member Juvenile's recording, 400 Degreez. The lead single was "Way Of Life" which like the album failed to match the success of his previous singles. After the release of 500 Degreez, he was featured in the single "Neva Get Enuf" by 3LW.

2004–07: Tha Carter, Tha Carter II and collaborations

In the summer of 2004, Wayne's album Tha Carter was released, marking what critics considered advancement in his rapping style and lyrical themes. In addition, the album's cover art featured the debut of Wayne's now-signature dreadlocks. Tha Carter gained Wayne significant recognition, selling over 1 million copies in the United States, while the single "Go DJ" became a Top 5 Hit. After the release of Tha Carter, Lil Wayne was featured in Destiny's Child's single "Soldier" with T.I., which peaked at No. 3 on the U.S. Hot 100 and the U.S. R&B Charts. The song Get Something (featuring Mannie Fresh) was supposed to appear on the album but failed to make the cut, however the music video was released.

Tha Carter II, the follow-up to the original Tha Carter album, was released in December 2005, this time without production by longtime Cash Money Records producer Mannie Fresh, who had since left the label. Tha Carter II sold more than 238,000 copies in its first week of release, debuting at No. 2 on the Billboard 200 albums chart, and went on to sell 2,000,000 copies world wide. The lead single, "Fireman," became a hit in the US, peaking at 32 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart. Other singles included "Grown Man", "Hustler Muzik", and "Shooter" (featuring R&B singer Robin Thicke). Lil Wayne also appeared on a remix of Bobby Valentino's "Tell Me", which rose to No. 13 on the U.S. R&B Charts.

In 2005, Lil Wayne was named president of Cash Money, and in the same year he founded Young Money Entertainment as an imprint of Cash Money. However, as of late 2007, Lil Wayne reported that he has stepped down from the management of both labels and has handed management of Young Money over to Cortez Bryant.

Lil Wayne cropped.jpgthumbLil Wayne performing at the Beacon Theatre on July 23, 2007

In 2006, Lil Wayne collaborated with rapper Birdman for the album Like Father, Like Son, whose first single "Stuntin' Like My Daddy", reached No. 21 on the Billboard Hot 100. Instead of a follow-up solo album, Lil Wayne reached his audience through a plethora of mixtapes and guest appearances on a variety of pop and hip-hop singles. Of his many mixtapes, Dedication 2 and Da Drought 3 received the most media exposure and critical review. Dedication 2, released in 2006, paired Lil Wayne with DJ Drama and contained the acclaimed socially conscious track "Georgia Bush," in which Lil Wayne critiqued former US president George W. Bush's response to the effects of Hurricane Katrina on the city of New Orleans. Da Drought 3 was released the following year and was available for free legal download. It contained Lil Wayne rapping over a variety of beats from recent hits by other musicians. Numerous of features in prominent hip-hop magazines such as XXL and Vibe covered the mixtape. Christian Hoard of Rolling Stone magazine considered the mixtapes Da Drought 3 and The Drought Is Over 2 "among the best albums of 2007."

Despite no album release for two years, Lil Wayne appeared in numerous singles as a featured performer, including "Gimme That" by Chris Brown, "Make It Rain" by Fat Joe, "You" by Lloyd, and "We Takin' Over" by DJ Khaled (also featuring Akon, T.I., Rick Ross, Fat Joe, and Birdman), "Duffle Bag Boy" by Playaz Circle, "Sweetest Girl (Dollar Bill)" by Wyclef Jean (also featuring Akon), and the remix to "I'm So Hood" by DJ Khaled (also featuring T-Pain, Young Jeezy, Ludacris, Busta Rhymes, Big Boi, Fat Joe, Birdman, and Rick Ross). All these singles charted within the top 20 spots on the Billboard Hot 100, Hot Rap Tracks, and Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs charts. On Birdman's 2007 album 5 * Stunna, Lil Wayne appeared on the singles "100 Million" and "I Run This" among several other tracks. Wayne also appeared on tracks from albums Getback by Little Brother, American Gangster by Jay-Z, and Graduation by Kanye West and Insomniac by Enrique Iglesias. "Make it Rain", a Scott Storch production that peaked at number 13 on the Hot 100 and number two on the Hot Rap Tracks chart, was nominated for the Grammy Award for Best Rap Performance by a Duo or Group for 2008.

Vibe magazine ranked a list of 77 of Lil Wayne's songs from 2007 and ranked his verse in DJ Khaled's "We Takin Over" as his best of 2007, with "Dough Is What I Got" (a freestyle over the beat of Jay-Z's "Show Me What You Got") from Da Drought 3 the second song. At the end of 2007, an MTV poll selected Lil Wayne as "Hottest MC in the Game", The New Yorker magazine ranked him "Rapper of the Year", and GQ magazine named him "Workaholic of the Year".. MTV. In 2008 he was named "Best Rock Star Alive" by Blender magazine and "Best MC" by Rolling Stone. Another article, built around Lil Wayne's 2007 mixtape work, cites his creative practice as an example of postperformance creative practice.

2008–09: Tha Carter III and We Are Young Money

Initially planned to be released in 2007, Tha Carter IIIs largest delay came after the majority of the tracks were leaked and distributed on mixtapes, such as "The Drought Is Over Pt. 2" and "The Drought Is Over Pt. 4". Lil Wayne initially decided to use the leaked tracks, plus four new tracks, to make a separate album, titled The Leak. The Leak was to be released December 18, 2007, with the actual album being delayed until March 18, 2008,MTV News Staff (January 17, 2008). . MTV. Retrieved January 17, 2008. The release of The Leak in this format never came to fruition, but an official EP titled The Leak and containing five tracks was released digitally on December 25, 2007.

Tha Carter III was released on June 10, 2008, selling more than a million copies in its first week of release, the first to do so since50 Cent's The Massacre in 2005.Mayfield, Geoff. . Billboard: June 17, 2008 The first single "Lollipop", featuring Static became the rapper's most commercially successful song at that point, topping the Billboard Hot 100, making it the first Top 10 single for Lil Wayne as a solo artist, as well as his first No. 1 on the chart. His third single from Carter III, "Got Money" featuring T-Pain, peaked at No. 13 on the Billboard 100. Along with his album singles, Lil Wayne appeared on R&B singles "Girls Around the World" by Lloyd, "Love In This Club, Part II" by Usher, "Official Girl" by Cassie, "I'm So Paid" by Akon, "Turnin' Me On" by Keri Hilson, and "Can't Believe It" by T-Pain; rap singles "My Life" by The Game, "Shawty Say" by David Banner, "Swagga Like Us" by T.I., "Cutty Buddy" by Mike Jones, All My Life (In the Ghetto) by Jay Rock and the remix to "Certified" by Glasses Malone; and pop single "Let It Rock" by new Cash Money artist Kevin Rudolf. On July 14, 2008, the Recording Industry Association of America certified Tha Carter III two times platinum.. RIAA In an October 2008 interview with MTV News, Lil Wayne announced plans to re-release this album with all new tracks, including a duet with Ludacris and remixes of "A Milli".

Lil Wayne (cropped).jpgthumbuprightleftLil Wayne performing at General Motors Place concert in Vancouver in January 2009.

The lineup for New Orleans' 2008 Voodoo Experience concert, held in October, featured Lil Wayne. Jonathan Cohen of Billboard magazine reported that the event would mark his biggest hometown headlining set of his career. Lil Wayne stated that he would reunite with Hot Boys alongside Juvenile, Turk, and B.G. They plan to release an album after B.G.'s solo album Too Hood to Be Hollywood was completed. Wayne also performed as the 2008 Virgin Mobile Music Fest with Kanye West, performing the remix of "Lollipop" with West and also lip-syncing to Whitney Houston's "I Will Always Love You". Lil Wayne also performed at the 2008 MTV Video Music Awards with Kid Rock ("All Summer Long"), Leona Lewis ("DontGetIt (Misunderstood)") and T-Pain ("Got Money"). On the season premiere of Saturday Night Live, he performed "Lollipop" and "Got Money". He later performed at the homecoming rally at Vanderbilt University and the 2008 BET Hip Hop Awards with 12 nominations. He won the "MVP" title at the BET Hip Hop Awards and seven others. It was revealed that M.I.A. dropped out of performing on the tour due to her pregnancy, however Jay-Z is expected to perform with Wayne on the song "Mr. Carter" at select shows. MTV.com. Retrieved October 31, 2008.

On November 11, 2008, Wayne became the first hip-hop act to ever perform at the Country Music Association Awards. He played alongside Kid Rock for the song, "All Summer Long", in which Wayne did not rap but instead inaudibly strummed guitar strings alongside the guitarist in Kid Rock's band. Shortly after, Wayne was nominated for eight Grammys – the most for any artist nominated that year. Wayne was then named the first ever MTV Man of the Year at the end of 2008. He won the Grammy Award for Best Rap Solo Performance for "A Milli", Best Rap Performance by a Duo or Group for his appearance in T.I.'s single "Swagga Like Us", and Best Rap Song for "Lollipop". Tha Carter III won the award for Best Rap Album.

DJ Drama stated that there would be a third installation of the Dedication mixtape series with Lil Wayne, who insisted that it will would be a full album under the title. However despite the fact Wayne wanted to release Dedication 3 as an album, it was released as a mixtape on November 14, 2008.

MTV listed Lil Wayne number two on their 2009 list of the Hottest MCs In The Game. MTV News.

On December 23, 2009, Wayne released a collaboration album with Young Money, with the first single confirmed as "Every Girl". The second single is "BedRock", featuring Lloyd. The third single is "Roger That". On May 24, 2010, the album was certified gold by the RIAA with over 500,000 copies sold.

Wayne is featured on the song, "Revolver", with Madonna for her 2009 greatest hits album, Celebration. He was also featured on a Weezer song, "Can't Stop Partying", on their 2009 album, Raditude.

2008–present: Rebirth, I Am Not a Human Being, and Tha Carter IV

In late 2008, Wayne stated that he would re-release The Carter III with leftover tracks and call it Rebirth, several months later, however, he announced Rebirth would instead release as his debut rock album, maintaining its title as Rebirth. To support the release of Rebirth and a collaboration album with Young Money Entertainment, Wayne headlined the 'Young Money Presents: America's Most Wanted Music Festival'... a United States and Canada–only concert tour which started on July 29, 2009. The Rebirth album was originally scheduled for a April 7, 2009 release, however after numerous delays, the album was released on February 2, 2010. For the anticipation of Rebirth, Wayne was featured on the cover of Rolling Stone.

"Prom Queen", the first official single, debuted on January 27, 2009 immediately after a live Internet broadcast on Ustream of his concert in San Diego. "Prom Queen" peaked at number 15 on the Billboard Hot 100 charts. On December 3, 2009, Lil Wayne's second single from the album, "On Fire", was released on iTunes. "On Fire" was produced by Cool & Dre with Lil Wayne playing the guitar with the aid of Pro Tools. "On Fire" peaked at number 33 on the Billboard Hot 100 charts. "Drop the World", which features Eminem, is the third single from the album.

Lil Wayne was thought to be releasing an EP entitled I Am Not a Human Being, but it was confirmed that would be a full length LP. The album was released on September 27, 2010 which was his birthday. The album has sold over 784,000 copies in the U.S. and has spawned a successful single in "Right Above It".

In an interview on MTV's Mixtape Monday, Wayne asserted the possibility of an album titled Tha Carter IV. MTV.com.'.' Retrieved September 15, 2008. Following Tha Carter III's achievement of selling over 2 million copies, becoming 2008's best-selling record, Wayne re-signed with Cash Money Records for a multi-album deal. Wayne said Tha Carter IV will be released in 2009 just before the holidays. Rap-Up.'.' Retrieved February 12, 2009. Birdman had previously stated that Tha Carter IV would be packaged with Rebirth as a double disc album. Rap-Up. However, Wayne denied this idea saying that "Tha Carter IV deserves Tha Carter IV". He went on to say that We Are Young Money may be packaged with Rebirth. Rap-Up.'.' Retrieved October 13, 2009. MTV News. However, it was later confirmed that Rebirth and We Are Young Money will be released separately and that Tha Carter IV will be released during 2011. He started from scratch on Tha Carter IV since getting released from jail. He recorded his first track since being released from jail and it was described as being "a 2010 version of A Milli on steroids." The album is set to feature multiple guests, including Tech N9ne.http The first single "6 Foot 7 Foot" featuring Cory Gunz was released on December 15, 2010. It was available for digital download on iTunes December 16, 2010. The song is produced by Bangladesh, who also produced Lil Wayne's single "A Milli" in 2008. He released another song called "We Back Soon" on March 8, 2011. It is more relaxed than "6 Foot 7 Foot" is, but the recording date is unknown. Tha Carter IV has been scheduled to be released on May 16, 2011.http

On March 12, 2011, rapper Fred Durst from Limp Bizkit tweeted that Lil Wayne will be featured on the song "Ready To Go" from Limp Bizkit's upcoming album Gold Cobra. "Fred Durst on Twitter" http Reatrieved March 13, 2011

Future projects

He has announced several possible upcoming projects, including a collaboration album I Can't Feel My Face with rapper Juelz Santana that has been in production for several years. He has discussed a possible R&B album titled Luv Sawngz, for which he will heavily rely on a vocoder. He has also talked with singer Lloyd about doing a collaboration album in the future. On June 19, 2008, Lil Wayne and T-Pain formed a duo called T-Wayne and planned to release an album. On June 8, 2010, Drake confirmed that he and Wayne are planning to release a joint album in the future. Lil Wayne and Baby will release a second Like Father, Like Son album around Fathers Day 2011.http Wayne and Drake will release a collaboration album sometime in the near future.

Television and film career

Lil Wayne was a guest debater going up against Skip Bayless on the "1st & 10" segment on the January 6, 2009 edition of ESPN First Take. On February 10, 2009 he also appeared on ESPN's Around the Horn and beat out veterans Woody Paige, Jay Mariotti and fellow New Orleanian Michael Smith to win that show's episode. Wayne is set to produce and compose music for the film Hurricane Season. A documentary of Lil Wayne titled The Carter was released at the Sundance Film Festival. Prior to the 2009 Grammy Awards, Wayne was featured in an interview with Katie Couric. On February 7, 2009, he presented the Top Ten List on CBS's Late Show with David Letterman. He then appeared on an April 24 episode of The View – talking about his GED and addictions. In September 2009, Wayne was profiled in an episode of VH1's Behind the Music and was a presenter of the 2009 MTV Movie Awards.

Personal life

Family

Lil Wayne has four children. His first child, daughter Reginae, was born when he was 15, to his high school sweetheart Antonia "Toya" Carter (née Johnson). Wayne and Johnson married on Valentine's Day of 2004 and divorced in 2006. Internet rumours started circulating in August 2008 that Wayne's daughter had died in a car crash, which however he quickly cleared up as false saying "Please allow me to dispel any rumors or speculations and report that my daughter is alive, healthy and surrounded by family who care and love her dearly. The rumors are completely false and unfounded; neither Reginae nor any other member of my family has been involved in any car accident." His second child, Dwayne III, was then born on October 22, 2008 at Christ Hospital in Cincinnati. His third child, Lennox Samuel Ari, was born to actress Lauren London on September 9, 2009. He had his fourth child, Neal, on November 30, 2009 with singer Nivea.

In a CBS interview with Katie Couric, Wayne described why he goes by the name of "Wayne" instead of his given name, Dwayne. Carter explained, "I dropped the D because I'm a junior and my father is living and he's not in my life and he's never been in my life. So I don't want to be Dwayne, I'd rather be Wayne". Couric asked Wayne if his father knew of this and Wayne replied with a smile, "He knows now".

Higher education

After earning his GED, Wayne enrolled at the University of Houston in January 2005. He dropped out in the same year due to his conflicting schedule. He also revealed on The View that he switched to the University of Phoenix and majored in psychology taking online courses. An article in Urb magazine in March 2007 asserted that Wayne had been earning high grades at Houston.

Sports and musical interests

In an interview with Blender magazine, Lil Wayne revealed one of his favorite bands from childhood to be rock group Nirvana, and cites them as a major influence in his music.

On September 24, 2008, Lil Wayne published his first blog for ESPN in their issue, ESPN The Magazine. Wayne revealed he was a fan of tennis, the Green Bay Packers, the Boston Bruins, the Los Angeles Lakers and the Boston Red Sox. Wayne has continued writing for ESPN, notably reporting at the ESPN Super Bowl party.

Lil Wayne made his debut on ESPN's daily sports round table show Around The Horn on February 10, 2009.

Along with Mack Maine, Wayne was in attendance of Game 3 of the opening round NBA playoff series between the Denver Nuggets and the home team New Orleans Hornets on April 25, 2009.

Religion

Lil Wayne is a practicing Christian, who takes time to read the Bible regularly. While playing in Newark Symphony Hall, Lil Wayne professed his belief "in God and His son, Jesus." He then asked the Newark crowd if they also believed, and they responded affirmatively with a roar.

According to his Rikers Island inmate ID and prison records, Wayne is specifically a Roman Catholic.

Philanthropy

On February 19, 2008, Lil Wayne and Cortez Bryant revisited their alma mater McMain Secondary School to get students to design an invitation to the gala introducing Lil Wayne's nonprofit One Family Foundation. The website Change.org states: "The mission of One Family Foundation, Inc. is to empower urban youth by engaging them in opportunities to cultivate their talents and skills, educating them to become productive and economically self-sufficient, and motivating them to dream beyond their circumstances."

Drug use and arrests

Wayne told CBS Evening News anchor Katie Couric on her All Access Grammy Special in 2009 that he enjoys smoking marijuana recreationally. He also stated that he is "not addicted" to drinking purple drank (codeine cough syrup) any longer, like some claimed he was. He has been arrested for use or possession of marijuana and other drugs.

Following a performance at Qwest Arena in Boise, Idaho, Lil Wayne was arrested October 5, 2007 on felony fugitive charges after Georgia authorities accused the rapper of possessing a controlled substance. The incident was later described as a "mix-up" and the fugitive charges were dropped.

On January 23, 2008, Lil Wayne was arrested alongside two others. His tour bus was stopped by Border Patrol agents near Yuma, Arizona. A K-9 Unit recovered of marijuana, almost of cocaine, of MDMA, and $22,000 in cash. Lil Wayne was charged with four felonies: possession of narcotic drug for sale, possession of dangerous drugs, misconduct involving weapons and possession of drug paraphernalia. He was granted permission to travel outside of the state and remain out of custody on the $10,185 bond he posted. On May 6, 2008, Wayne returned to court in Arizona to plead not guilty to the charges. A bench warrant was issued on March 17, 2010 when Lil Wayne did not show for a final trial management conference. However, the rapper was already in prison, serving a year-long sentence in Rikers on weapons charges. On June 22, 2010 Wayne plead guilty to the charges. As part of the plea deal he may serve 36 months of probation. On June 30, 2010, he was sentenced to 3 years probation.

On December 18, 2009, Wayne and 11 others were detained at the Falfurrias, Texas border patrol checkpoint after an unknown amount of marijuana was found on two of his tour buses.

New York weapon case

On July 22, 2007, Lil Wayne was arrested in New York City following a performance at the Beacon Theatre; the New York City Police Department discovered Lil Wayne and another man smoking marijuana near a tour bus. After taking Lil Wayne into custody, police discovered a .40 caliber pistol on his person. The gun, which was registered to his manager, was in a bag located near the rapper. He was charged with criminal possession of a weapon and marijuana.

On October 22, 2009, Lil Wayne pleaded guilty to attempted criminal possession of a weapon. He was due for sentencing in February 2010 and was expected to receive a one-year jail sentence, but on February 9, 2010, Lil Wayne's attorney announced that the sentencing was delayed until March 2 due to dental surgery, which was performed on February 16. The surgery included eight root canals, the replacement of several tooth implants, as well as the addition of a few new implants and work on his remaining original teeth.

On March 2, 2010, sentencing was postponed again when the courthouse reported a fire in the basement.

On March 8, 2010, Lil Wayne was sentenced to a year in prison, which he served in Rikers Island. His lawyer said the rapper expected to be held in protective custody, separated from other prisoners. He was released on good behavior. However, in May 2010 Wayne was found by Rikers Island correctional staff to be in possession of contraband (an MP3 player, charger, and headphones). However at that time, it was reported by MTV and HipHopDX (and later confirmed) that Lil Wayne was to be released four months early in November.

In April 2010, Lil Wayne's friends created a website called Weezy Thanx You, which publishes letters written by Wayne in prison. In the first letter, titled "Gone 'til November", the rapper described his daily routine, saying he works out a lot, and reads the Bible every day.

Wayne was released from Rikers Island prison facility on November 4, 2010 after serving eight months of his year-long sentence.

Lawsuits

In February 2009, production company RMF Productions filed a $1.3 million lawsuit against Wayne, following a $100,000 advance payment for three shows, all of which were cancelled by the artist.

On October 2009, Lil Wayne, Birdman, Cash Money Records and various music distribution outlets were sued for copyright infringement by Thomas Marasciullo, who claims his voice was used without permission. The rappers asked him to record some "Italian-styled spoken word recordings" in 2006. The lyrics were allegedly used on "Respect" and other tracks from the rappers' collaboration album Like Father, Like Son and Birdman's 5 * Stunna.

Public references by Barack Obama

Lil Wayne has been referenced in public speeches by President Barack Obama on at least two occasions, in mixed contexts. Speaking to a largely African-American audience during a general election campaign town hall speech in Georgia, then-U.S. Senator Obama exhorted children to stay in school and achieve their dreams through education and perseverance instead of hoping for shortcuts to fame and riches, stating: "You are probably not that good a rapper. Maybe you are the next Lil Wayne, but probably not, in which case you need to stay in school."

After assuming the Presidency, Obama later echoed this theme of personal and familial responsibility—and the difficulty of achieving Lil Wayne's lyrical skills or success—during an address to a meeting commemorating the 100th anniversary of the NAACP, telling the audience:

Obama also mentioned listening to Lil Wayne on his iPod:

Discography

; Studio albums

* 1999: Tha Block Is Hot

* 2000: Lights Out

* 2002: 500 Degreez

* 2004: Tha Carter

* 2005: Tha Carter II

* 2008: Tha Carter III

* 2010: Rebirth

* 2010: I Am Not a Human Being

* 2011: Tha Carter IV

Filmography

Awards

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G-Unit - T.O.S. (Terminate On Sight) (Explicit Version)
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T.O.S. (Terminate On Sight) (Explicit Version)
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Rap/Hip Hop
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2008-07-01
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G-Unit

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GUWR
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G. Love - Superhero Brother
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Superhero Brother
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Rock/Pop
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2008-06-24
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Superhero Brother (2008) is a studio album released by American alternative hip-hop trio G. Love and Special Sauce.

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Category:2008 albums

Category:G. Love & Special Sauce albums





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Grae,Jean & 9Th Wonder - Jeanius (Explicit Version)
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Title
 
Jeanius (Explicit Version)
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09492295852
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Rap/Hip Hop
Released
 
2008-07-08
Notes / Reviews

Jeanius is a collaboration album by female rapper Jean Grae and former Little Brother producer 9th Wonder. Scheduled for release as early as 2004, the album was delayed for unknown reasons and has since been heavily bootlegged on the internet. The album was released on July 8, 2008, on Talib Kweli's Blacksmith music label. The booklet for the album contains faithful recreations of classic Hip Hop album covers, such as Public Enemy's "It Takes a Nation of Millions to Hold Us Back", with Jean Grae and 9th Wonder in place of the original artists.

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Jean Grae (real name Tsidi Ibrahim, also known as What? What?, born November 27, 1976)Salazar-Moreno, Quibian "", Allmusic, Macrovision CorporationWarren, Jamin (2005) "", Pitchfork Media, 26 April 2005 is a hip hop artist from New York.

Biography

Early life

Born in Cape Town, South Africa on November 26, 1976, the daughter of South African jazz musicians (her father and mother are the celebrated musicians Sathima Bea Benjamin and Abdullah Ibrahim), she studied Vocal Performance at the LaGuardia School of Music & Art before majoring in Music Business at New York University.. Retrieved on 2008-10-03. She also did some modeling during her teen years.

Early career (1996-1998)

After working with groups including Ground Zero, she joined a hip hop music group called Natural Resource in the mid-1990s, along with rapper Ocean. In 1996 they released a pair of 12-inch singles called Negro League Baseball b/w "Bum Deal" b/w "They Lied," and "Bum Deal (remix)" b/w "They Lied (remix)" b/w "I Love This World" on their own label Makin' Records. She also appeared on singles by fellow Makin' Records artists Pumpkinhead and Bad Seed, and on the O.B.S. (Original Blunted Soldiers) double 12-inch single alongside crew members Pumpkinhead, Bad Seed, and Meat-pie, and produced much of the material released on the label under the pseudonym Run Run Shaw. During this period she established strong ties with the Brooklyn Academy crew, with which she would appear throughout her career.

Solo career (1998-2004)

Natural Resource dissolved in 1998, after which Ibrahim changed her stage name from What? What? to Jean Grae, a reference to the X-Men character Jean Grey.Crockett, Stephen A., Jr. (2008) "", The Root, 13 August 2008 Under her new moniker, she released her first LP—Attack of the Attacking Things—in 2002, and followed it in 2004 with This Week. Throughout her career she has also recorded tracks with numerous major hip hop artists, Atmosphere, The Roots, Talib Kweli, The Herbaliser, Da Beatminerz, Phonte, Mr. Len, Masta Ace, Vordul Mega, C-Rayz Walz, Mos Def, and Immortal Technique among them.

Jean has recorded an unreleased album with celebrated North Carolina producer 9th Wonder, of Little Brother fame, entitled Jeanius. This unfinished record was leaked on the internet, and subsequently work was stopped on this album.Johnson, Christopher (2008) "", NPR Music However, at the release party for 9th Wonder's Dream Merchant Volume 2 album she stated that Jeanius was still going to be released. This album was eventually released first through Zune Live Marketplace two weeks before its disc release on July 8, 2008.Heaton, Dave (2008) "", PopMatters The album features the track "My Story", about the abortion she had as a teenager.Remington, Alexander F. (2008) "", Washington Post, 5 December 2008 Her rapping on the album was described by Robert Christgau as "remarkable for its rapidity, clarity and idiomatic cadence. The writing has a good-humored polysyllabic literacy."Christgau, Robert (2008) "", NPR Music Elsewhere, it's been reported that her proposed fourth album, provisionally titled Phoenix has gone into production. It has been reported by several camp insiders that 9th Wonder will handle the lion's share of the production duties with unknown UK producer Passion hifi and NY resident Clinikal providing a beat each.

Blacksmith Music (2005-present)

Previously signed to Babygrande Records, she signed a deal in 2005 with Talib Kweli's Blacksmith Records. On 28 April 2008, Jean Grae posted a blog on her MySpace page saying goodbye to her fans.. Retrieved on 2008-05-07. She later cited disenchantment with the music industry and desire to start a family as the reasons behind the 'retirement' and said that she was working on new material and still wanted to continue in music: "You know what? I need that Grammy. I think I might be able to stop after that".Harvilla, Rob (2008) "", Village Voice, 8 July 2008 In July 2008, Talib Kweli posted a blog explaining Grae's album, mentioning that she was not retiring. The blog ends encouraging fans to purchase the album, referring to Grae as "one of the last true MCs left." Grae returned to doing live performances later that year.Chinen, Nate (2008) "", New York Times, 1 December 2008

On September 18, 2008, Jean Grae posted a Craigslist ad offering her creative services for $800/16 bars.. Retrieved on 2008-09-19.Michaels, Sean (2008) "", The Guardian, 24 September 2008 On her MySpace blog entry, she states, "I don't wanna complain anymore, I just wanna change some things about the way artists are treated and the way you guys are allowed to be involved, since it IS the digital age.". Retrieved on 2008-09-19.

Discography

Albums

*Attack of the Attacking Things (2002)

*The Bootleg of the Bootleg EP (2003)

*This Week (2004)

*The Orchestral Files (2007)

*Jeanius with 9th Wonder (2008)

*The Evil Jeanius (with Blue Sky Black Death) (2008)

*Cake or Death (March 2011)

Other song appearances

* Cormega- The Bond (ft. Jean Grae)

* Immortal Technique- The Illest (ft. Jean Grae and Pumpkinhead)

* Immortal Technique - You Never Know (ft. Jean Grae)

* Akir - Tropical Fantasy (ft. Jean Grae)

* High & Mighty - Hands On Experience (ft. What?What?, Kool Keith and Bobbito)

* Tek 9 - Keep It Hot (Ft. What?What?)

* Tek 9 - Bruklon (Ft. What?What?)

* Mr. Lif - Post Mortem

* Atmosphere- Insomnia 411 (ft. Roosevelt Franklin and Jean Grae)

* The Herbaliser - Blow Your Headphones - The Blend

* The Herbaliser - Blow Your Headphones - New + Improved

* The Herbaliser - Blow Your Headphones - Bring It

* The Herbaliser - Very Mercenary - Mission Improbable

* The Herbaliser - Very Mercenary - Let It Go

* The Herbaliser - Take London - Nah' Mean, Nah'm Sayin

* The Herbaliser - Take London - Generals

* The Herbaliser - Take London - Close Your Eyes

* The Herbaliser - Take London - Twice Around

* The Herbaliser - Take London (second edition's bonus disc) - More Tea, More Beer

* The Herbaliser - Take London (second edition's bonus disc) - How To Keep A Girlfriend

* The Herbaliser - Same As It Never Was - Street Karma (A Cautionary Tale)

* Talib Kweli - New York Shit (ft. Jean Grae)

* Talib Kweli - Say Something

* Cannibal Ox - Swing Blades (ft. Jean Grae)

* Soul Daddy - No Drank (ft. Jean Grae)

* Wale - Goodbye (ft. Jean Grae)

* Diverse - Under the hammer (ft. Jean Grae)

* Joell Ortiz - So Wrong (ft. Talib Kweli, Brother Ali & Jean Grae)

* Talib Kweli - Uh Oh (ft. Jean Grae)

* Pharoahe Monch - Assassins (ft. Jean Grae & Royce the 5'9)

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Gits - Best Of The Gits
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Title
 
Best Of The Gits
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85842300154
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Punk
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2008-07-08
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Reatard,Jay - Singles 06-07
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Singles 06-07
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75971851512
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Rock/Pop
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2008-06-24
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Singles 06–07 is Jay Reatard's solo debut compilation LP album, released in 2008 on In The Red Records. This compilation is both a culmination of the sounds of Reatard's former punk and synth bands and a foray into more melodic pop rock and roll.





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Jimmy Lee Lindsey Jr. (May 1, 1980 – January 13, 2010), better known by the stage name Jay Reatard, was an American garage rock musician from Memphis, Tennessee. Lindsey was signed to Matador Records. He released recordings as a solo artist and as a member of The Reatards and Lost Sounds.

Biography

1990s

Lindsey's recording career began at the age of 15, when a home-made demo tape he had sent in to Goner Records caught the ear of former-Oblivian and Goner Records’ owner, Eric Friedl.http Lindsey's introduction to Friedl and his Oblivians bandmates had come that same year when the Oblivians had returned home to Memphis as an opening act for Rocket from the Crypt. Upon seeing the act live, Lindsey became enamored with their sloppy, lo-fi music and set forth creating his own brand of heavily distorted garage rock music.http Friedl was impressed by Lindsey's demos and signed him to his label, later commenting, “I loved the racket so we did the record, and I've been a fan of everything he's done since. He's a pretty amazing kid.”

Lindsey named his first project the Reatards, which at the time included only himself as a member, and adopted an Oblivians-influenced surname, calling himself Jay Reatard. The Reatards’ first release on Goner was a 7” EP called Get Real Stupid, which featured Lindsey as a solo performer alternating between playing guitar, singing, and beating on a bucket to provide a percussive rhythm. Around this time Greg Cartwright, a member of The Oblivians, briefly played drums for Lindsey. Cartwright played shows and recorded with Lindsey on his first (self-released) cassette, Fuck Elvis, Here's The Reatards (No-Fi Records) - which featured recording assistance from Jack Yarber, another Oblivian.

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For Lindsey’s second vinyl release he recruited a backing band, hiring bassist Steve Albundy and drummer Elvis Wong to accompany him. The Reatards’ first LP as a trio was 1998’s Teenage Hate. This was followed by a second LP, Grown Up Fucked Up, and a number of singles. The Reatards' first European tour came in 1998, when Lindsey was just 18.

2000s

In 2001 Lindsey began recording music with Alicja Trout and Rich Crook as the Lost Sounds, a side project which would ultimately usurp the Reatards as Lindsey’s primary musical venture. With alternating male and female vocals, as well as prominently-employed synthesizers, the Lost Sounds were a departure from the guitar-driven garage rock of the Reatards, and had a sound more akin to the early punk rock of The Screamers, a synthesizer-heavy punk band that Lindsey had been exposed to by Elvis Wong shortly after the recording of the Reatards’ first LP. Lindsey once claimed that his time in the Lost Sounds “was and is more fun than anything else I have ever done.”http Yet despite Lindsey’s enthusiasm for the band, the Lost Sounds bitterly broke up in 2005.

Lindsey was a prolific songwriter, often acting as a member and contributing compositions to two or more bands concurrently. One of Lindsey’s first side projects was the Bad Times, a one-off band which included Eric Friedl and King Louie Bankston. The band recorded an album’s worth of material after only one practice session in 1998, releasing a self-titled LP in 2001. After one live performance the band disbanded, the members returning to their respective solo commitments.

While Lindsey was still a member of both the Reatards and the Lost Sounds he joined a side project called the Final Solutions. Lindsey’s association with the future members of the Final Solutions began while he was still a teenager. Fighting problems at home, Lindsey opted to take up residence with members of a local band called the Jackmonkeys. While he was rooming with the band he was conscripted to play drums for them at a battle of the bands which was being held at the school's cafeteria. With Lindsey on drums, the band, under the moniker "the High and Mightys," performed a set of Oblivians covers, earning instant hate in the competition (FS bassist Tommy Trouble's band, the Squirrels earned third place). After separating for a number of years the group reformed under the name the Final Solutions and began touring and releasing albums.

In 2004, Lindsey, together with his ex-girlfriend, Alix Brown of Atlanta rock band the Lids, formed Shattered Records, an independent record label that released mainly limited edition vinyl.http Shattered Records released records for a number of lo-fi punk and rock bands, including: Kajun SS, Jack Oblivian, Tokyo Electron, Reatards, Final Solutions, Terror Visions, Angry Angles, Carbonas, Rat Traps, Digital Leather and the Knaughty Knights.

In 2007 Lindsey put Shattered Records on hold while he promoted his solo records. Then in 2009 Lindsey revived the label with the "Shattered Record Club" and the announcement of his final solo album, Watch Me Fall.

Out of this partnership came another musical endeavor for Lindsey, the Angry Angles. Together with Brown, and alternating between drummers Paul Artigues from Die Rotzz and Ryan Rousseau ('Elvis Wong') from Tokyo Electron, the band began touring the U.S. in the Fall of 2006. Before the band had even released its second single, Lindsey and Brown began a short European tour. The Angry Angles disbanded after releasing a number of vinyl singles.http

By 2005 both the Reatards and the Lost Sounds had broken up, and Lindsey focused his attention on a handful of side projects, working with and releasing material as Terror Visions and Destruction Unit. Though after he began focusing on his solo career in 2006, Lindsey said he has no desire to reform his previous bands. "I'd just feel like I was going backwards if I worked on anything else," Lindsey said.http

2006 saw the release of Blood Visions (In the Red), Lindsey's first solo album under the moniker Jay Reatard. After a lengthy tour supporting his solo album, in 2008 he signed a multi-album, exclusive deal with the New York-based indie label Matador Records. Reatard chose Matador because he felt they were "the only ones keeping any of the promises they'd made along the way." A number of major labels like Universal Records, Columbia Records, and Vice Records along with independent Fat Possum wanted to meet with him in the hopes of signing him.http He released six limited, 7" singles throughout 2008 with Matador. Soon after the release of the first single and write-ups in NME, Spin Magazine and Rolling Stone, Lindsey began playing larger shows and various music festivals all over the world.

"My Shadow" was featured in MLB 2K8.http

In October 2008 Reatard's Matedor Singles '08 LP compiled all six of the 2008 singles on one LP/CD. Lindsey again hit the road to support the album with a second, extensive 2008 tour.

Lindsey's later records sound drastically different from his early punk records. He said writers often misinterpret his newer sound. "I just think it's noisy pop music," Lindsey said.

Lindsey's final album, Watch Me Fall (his first proper studio album with Matador), was released in August 2009. He described this collection of songs as more melodic and twee-inspired. In a 2009 interview, Lindsey said "these new batch of songs feature organ, some mandolins, a cello, a lot more back-ups and harmonies." He noted that he's "become a little bit more about the melodies... I think I stripped away a layer of the fuzz; I might have been challenging people before to find them and this time I might be making them a little bit more obvious."http

While he claimed Watch Me Fall was more mellow than his previous works, Lindsey said his live show would remain energetic. "I just want it to be like an assault live, and softer on records," he said.

In a August 2009 interview with Turn it Down Interviews, Lindsey said the album's lyrics are centered around his growing fear of death and the betrayal of close friends.

After the release of Watch Me Fall, Lindsey contributed to a tribute album for New Zealand rock and roll musician Chris Knox, with whom he was to collaborate until Knox suffered a stroke in June 2009. All proceeds from the album will go towards Knox's recovery.http Jay Reatard Interview – July 2009

Lindsey's band (that consisted of members of another Memphis band, The Barbaras) quit playing with Lindsey around October 5, 2009, although specific details were not released.http He finished the dates he had previously booked with replacement players, the bassist and drummer of the Danish band Cola Freaks, with whom he had previously toured.http

Death

Lindsey was found dead in his home in the Cooper-Young neighborhood of Midtown, Memphis, around 3:30 a.m. on Wednesday, January 13, 2010. He was found in his bed by a roommate. Lindsey was 29 years old. A statement was posted on the website of Goner Records, that Reatard had died in his sleep. Friends of Lindsey stated that he had recently complained of flu-like symptoms. An autopsy was performed by the Shelby County medical examiner. Memphis's Commercial Appeal reported on February 3 that Lindsey had died of "cocaine toxicity, and that alcohol was a contributing factor in his death."

An investigation was opened by the Memphis police homicide bureau, which is normal procedure in determining a cause of death however entirely unnecessary in this particular situation. MyFox Memphis reported that police had begun a homicide investigation and were actively looking for a possible suspect. The report was later removed from the TV station's website.

A memorial was held for Lindsey on Saturday, January 16 in Memphis at Memorial Park Funeral Home, attended by family and friends. Musician and friend Eric Friedl, founder of Goner Records, and bandmate Stephen Pope were those that eulogized Lindsey. One of Lindsey's trademark white Gibson Flying V guitars hung behind his coffin at the funeral home; he was buried with the guitar the next day. His grave is near that of Memphis soul musician Isaac Hayes.

Re-issues and posthumous releases of Lindsey's recordings are in the works, including those with The Reatards and The Lost Sounds. At the time of his death, Lindsey had been working on at least six songs for a new solo album for Matador Records.

A feature length documentary film entitled Better Than Something: Jay Reatard has been completed and will be released in 2011. The film, made by New York City filmmakers Alex Hammond and Ian Markiewicz, is an elaboration of their short film Waiting For Something. The film predominantly features footage shot with Lindsey in April 2009, along with never before seen concert and home video footage, and cameos from many of Lindsey’s family members and colleagues. Better Than Something: Jay Reatard will premiere at the Nashville Film Festival in Nashville, Tennessee in April of 2011.

Discography

With The Reatards

Albums

*Teenage Hate LP/CD (1998; Goner)

*Grown Up, Fucked Up LP/CD (1999; Empty)

*Live LP (2004; Goner)

*Bedroom Disasters LP/CD (2004; Empty)

*Not Fucked Enough LP/CD/CD-R (2005; Empty/Shattered)

45s/EPs

*Get Real Stupid 7" (1998; Goner)

*Get Out Of Our Way 7" (1999; Blahll!)

*Your So Lewd 7" (1999; Empty)

*Untitled 7" (2002; SSLD)

*Monster Child 7" (2004; Zaxxon)

*Plastic Surgery 7" (2005; Shattered)

*Totally Shattered Euro Tour 7" (2005; Split with Angry Angles and Tokyo Electron; Kenrock)

*I Lie Too 7" (2006; Zaxxon Virile Action)

With The Lost Sounds

Albums

*Memphis Is Dead LP/CD (2001; Big Neck!)

*Black-Wave 2xLP/CD (2001; Empty)

*Rats Brains & Microchips LP/CD (2002; Empty)

*Lost Sounds LP/CD (2004; In the Red)

45s/EPs

*Plastic Skin 7" (2000; Solid Sex Lovie Doll)

*1 + 1 = Nothing 7" (2001; Empty)

*Split 7" with The Vanishing (2003; Cochon)

*Ice Age 7" (2004; Holy Cobra Society)

*Future Touch 12"EP/CDEP (2004; In the Red)

Compilations

*Outtakes & Demos Vol. 1 CD-R (2001; Contaminated)

*Outtakes & Demos Vol. 1 LP (2002; Hate)

*Recent Transmissions: Demos & Outtakes Vol. 2 CD (2002; Contaminated)

*Demos II CD (2003; On/On Switch)

*Demos & Outtakes Vol. 2 3x7" (2004; Rockin' Bones)

With Bad Times

*Bad Times LP (2001; Goner/Therapeutic)

*Bad Times (Re-Release) CD (2002; Sympathy For The Record Industry)

With The Final Solutions

Albums

*Disco Eraser LP/CD (2003; Misprint)

*Songs by Solutions LP/CD (2007; Goner)

45s/EPs

*Eat Shit 7" (2002; Therapeutic)

*Eye Don't Like You 7" (2005; Shit Sandwich)

*My Love Is Disappointing 7" (2005; Shattered)

*Return To The Motherland 7" (2006; Frick & Frack)

*FS/DF 7" (2007; Jethrow)

With Nervous Patterns

Albums

*Nervous Patterns CD-R/CD/LP (2003/2004; Contaminated/Cochon)

45s/EPs

*You Can't Change 7" (2005; Zaxxon)

With Angry Angles

*Things Are Moving 7" (2005; Shattered)

*Crowds 7" (2005; P. Trash)

*Totally Shattered Euro Tour 7" (2005; Split with Angry Angles and Tokyo Electron; Kenrock)

*Split 7" (2006; Split with Digital Leather; Shattered)

*Apparent-Transparent 7" (2006; Plastic Idol)

As Terror Visions

*World of Shit LP/CD (2007; Fdh Records)

*Endless Tunnel EP

*Blood in America 7" (Disordered)

With Destruction Unit

*Self-Destruction of a Man LP/CD (2004; Empty)

*Death to the Old Flesh LP/CD (2006; Empty)

As Jay Reatard

Albums

*Blood Visions LP/CD (2006; In the Red)

*Watch Me Fall LP/CD (2009; Matador)

45s/EPs

*Hammer I Miss You 7" (2006; Goner)

*Night of Broken Glass 12" (2007; In the Red)

*Split with the Boston Chinks 7" (2007; P. Trash)

*In the Dark 7"/6" (2007; Squoodge)

*I Know a Place 7" (2007; Goner)

*Blood Demo 7" (2008; Stained Circles)

*See/Saw 7" (2008; Matador)

*Painted Shut 7" (2008; Matador)

*Always Wanting More 7" (2008; Matador)

*Fluorescent Grey 7" (2008; Matador)

*Trapped Here 7" (2008; Matador)

*No Time 7" (2008; Matador)

*Hang Them All 7" (2009; Split with Sonic Youth; Matador)

*Telephone Network Voltage 7" (2009; Split with Thee Oh Sees; Shattered)

*It Ain't Gonna Save Me 7" (2009; Matador)

Compilations

*Singles 06-07 LP/CD/DVD (2008; In the Red)

*Matador Singles '08 LP/CD (2008; Matador)

*Greatest Messes (2009; Shattered)

Compilation appearances

*We Heart The Blowtops – Tribute 7" (2006; Big Neck)

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Feral Children - Second To The Last Frontier
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Title
 
Second To The Last Frontier
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67992300172
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Rock/Pop
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2008-07-08
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Feral Children

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SRTH
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Atkins,Nicole - Neptune City [Import]
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Title
 
Neptune City [Import]
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82876847752
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Rock/Pop
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2007-10-30
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Neptune City is an album by Nicole Atkins, released in the U.S. on October 30, 2007 by Columbia Records. As of December 2007, the album has reached No. 6 on Billboard's Top Heatseekers chart.

Album title

Prior to the album's release, Atkins found herself at a bar her family frequented in Neptune City, New Jersey called Bilow's, thinking about what she would title her album. She pondered aloud naming the album Neptune City, almost as a counterbalance to Greetings from Asbury Park, N.J., with encouragement from the bar's patrons. "And I figured Neptune City, too, it seems so ominous," she told the Village Voice. "It sounds like very, you know, aquatic and mysterious."Trucks, Rob , villagevoice.com, January 25, 2008. Accessed on January 30, 2008

Though several publications have suggested the album's title refers directly to her hometown, the real life Neptune City is a distinct municipality just to the east of Atkins' native Neptune, New Jersey.

Critical reception

Neptune City was generally well-received by most music critics. Katherine Fulton of Allmusic noticed that "Atkins shows on this album that she has both the capability and potential" and praised the "lush arrangements on Neptune City, which showcase the depth, range, and versatility of Atkins' alto voice, not to mention her songwriting prowess". Chris Jones of BBC Music wrote that Atkins "delivers glorious, over-the-top twang-drenched ballads that both romanticise her native New Jersey and yet still throw in a tough, dark heart of country noir" and described the album as "something akin to country, but also something weirdly post-modern", while praising its production and vocals. Susan Frances of AbsolutePunk wrote that "the whole album is tooled with melodic patterned frescos combining orchestral fields with pop/rock elements" and added that it "does justice to the real Neptune City". Mikael Wood from Entertainment Weekly described it as "heartbreak nearly at its finest — and most cosmopolitan" while Joanna Hunkin of The New Zealand Herald compared it to "an intricate oil painting" and called it "a collection of curiosities, revealing a new intrigue with every listen".

Michael Keefe of PopMatters found the album "big and dreamy", he called the arrangements "vibrant, lush, and propulsive" and stated that "the instrumentation will swoop in and carry you along for a 40-minute ride through timeless chamber pop", but also noted that "the primal force that drives Neptune City is the huge and charismatic voice of Nicole Atkins". Will Miller from Music Emissions noticed that Neptune City "deals with that love/hate relationship almost everybody has with their hometown" and wrote that "with varied and lush instrumentation of strings and piano, the musical backdrops are full and rich throughout" and generally praised Atkins' vocal abilities. Suzanne Baumgarten of The Cornell Daily Sun felt that Atkins "has a folk song quality that makes her otherwise pop-like style unique and truly enjoyable" and called the album "optimistic, yet utterly realistic", while Under the Radar called it "a superb yesteryear sounding album". The album also garnered positive reviews from independent entertainment website IndieLondon, which found it "well worth checking out", and Greek webzine Avopolis, which described it as "an elegy for love".

A fairly mixed review came from Stacey Anderson of Spin, who noticed that the artist "coolly distills the romanticism of '60s girl groups into dark, baleful country pop" but felt that "the songs swell and crest in identical structure, leaving her gorgeous voice to battle the overproduction". Jenni Cole of MusicOMH gave an unfavorable review, saying that "this really is an album that's going nowhere".

Personnel

*Sven Andersson – flute, saxophone

*Seth Avett – liner notes

*David Carlsson – engineer

*Daniel "Shaolun" Chen – electric piano, mellotron, vibraphone, reed organ

*Emil de Waal – vocals

*Mattias Gustavsson – vocals

*Dave Hollinghurst – guitar

*Tore Johansson – acoustic guitar, bass, producer, slide guitar, acoustic bass guitar, mixing

*Maria Køhnke – vocals

*Jens Lindgard – bass, guitar, trombone

*Peter Lindgard – percussion, trumpet, drums

*Vlado Meller – mastering

*Daniel Mintzer – drums

*Filip Runesson – violin, cello, viola

*Andrew Scheps – mixing

*Chris Spooner – art direction

*Andreas Stellan – vocals

*Ulf Turesson – vocals

*Jennifer Tzar – photography

References

Category:2007 albums

Category:Columbia Records albums

Category:Albums produced by Tore Johansson





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Artist/Band Information

Nicole Atkins (born October 1, 1978) is an American singer-songwriter best known for her work with the band Nicole Atkins & the Sea. Her sound is known for its mix of traditional vocal styles and introspective lyrics. She has been compared to Roy Orbison and singers from the Brill Building era.

Early life

Atkins was born in Neptune, New Jersey overlooking the Shark River. Atkins has cited the river (technically a bay) as a major inspiration for her music, particularly the imagery of “the river in the rain” found in the title track on her album Neptune City. She started playing piano when she was 9 and taught herself to play guitar at 13., February 7, 2007 Accessed January 18, 2008 Her first music purchase, at the suggestion of an uncle, was a cassette of Traffic’s John Barleycorn Must Die. She eschewed more popular acts of the day for musical groups her parents listened to, such as The Ronettes and Johnny Cash. She has also cited The Sundays’ Harriet Wheeler as a major early influence on her own singing style.

Career

Atkins began playing in pick-up bands around this time and continued to do so, often at local coffeehouses, while attending high school in a nearby town.

North Carolina and New York

After high school, Atkins moved to Charlotte, North Carolina to study illustration at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte. Accessed January 18, 2008 Atkins studied illustration while at UNC Charlotte, and still has her own mural business, with that artistic sensibility transferred to her songs. She ingrained herself within the city’s independent music scene, discovering bands like Superchunk and Uncle Tupelo. She also started writing original songs and making friends with other local musicians. Among other bands, she joined a supergroup in the city called Nitehawk that, at one point, had almost 30 members., BROAD Magazine. Accessed January 21, 2008 Atkins spent her junior year abroad in Australia.Schneider, Laura. , Upstage Magazine, Accessed January 21, 2008 After she returned, she joined the band Los Parasols, releasing an EP with them entitled The Summer of Love in 2002., from antifolkonline.com Accessed January 18, 2008

That same year, Atkins moved to the neighborhood of Bensonhurst in Brooklyn, New York., March 13, 2007. Accessed January 18, 2008 "I'll never forget the first time I… played my first gig. it was in the cafeteria of st. rose high school in belmar nj. we...did "the end" from the doors for our encore. i was so out of it i screamed..right in the vice principal's face and the place went wild. i had weekend detentions for way too long after that one." She began performing at open mic night at the Sidewalk Café in Manhattan’s East Village. Influenced by the artists on Rainbow Quartz, the independent record label specializing in guitar heavy pop music and traditional songwriting for which she worked, she moved away from the louder rock music she’d played in North Carolina and toward the songcraft style of Wilco and Roy Orbison., MusicSnobbery.com September 29, 2005, Accessed January 21, 2008 She returned briefly to Charlotte, living in a wood shop and playing with several bands, most notably a group called Virginia Reel. At this time, she started writing what she termed “a mix of Americana, 60s and indie rock.” She also recorded her EP Bleeding Diamonds. 1:50 "So we were recording my EP there and just during that time I was singing backup vocals on pretty much every record you made there."

In 2004, she moved back to her parents’ house in New Jersey, working odd jobs and playing local gigs. During a regular Friday night stand at Kelly’s Tavern in nearby Neptune City the audience kept requesting cover songs by local favorites Bruce Springsteen and Jon Bon Jovi. In response, Atkins got drunk and played a tongue-in-cheek version of Bon Jovi’s “Livin' on a Prayer”. She was not asked back., The New York Times, July 29, 2007. Accessed January 18, 2008

During this time, she commuted into New York by train to play gigs and maintain a connection to the city’s underground music scene.Donnelly, Tim. “Shore Of Herself”, Asbury Park Press, December 10, 2006. “She couch surfed with friends in the city and rode the North Jersey Coast Line back and forth to make her dream happen.” In mid-2004, Atkins and David Muller, who had played drums with Fischerspooner and The Fiery Furnaces, started working on a demo CD entitled Party’s Over. They recorded most of the album in Atkins’ parents’ house using a Casio keyboard, a ProTools rig and a mini recorder. Drum parts were recorded at Muller’s apartment in Manhattan, with further tracks recorded at the Dietch Projects gallery in Brooklyn.

The Sea and Neptune City

In early 2005, keyboardist Dan Chen, whom Atkins knew from her days at The Sidewalk Café, approached Atkins about forming a new group. Chen told Atkins he knew of a drummer, Dan Mintzer, who might also be interested in playing with her. When the three sat down together for the first time, Chen and Mintzer already knew how to play the songs they’d heard on Atkins' MySpace page. Eventually David Hollinghurst, another friend from The Sidewalk Café, joined the band on guitar and Derek Layes was brought on as bassist. The band, now known as Nicole Atkins & The Sea, was given a residency at the small showcase bar, Piano's, and won the attention of music industry attorney Gillian Bar. Her Party’s Over demo had stirred interest from heavy metal label Roadrunner Records, among others.Dollar, Steve. , The New York Sun June 5, 2007 Accessed on January 21, 2008 Atkins soon found herself in the midst of a bidding war between record labels and signed with Columbia Records in January 2006. In late-2006, Atkins and the Sea traveled to Sweden to record her debut album, Neptune City,, "CMJ", Accessed January 18, 2008 at Varispeed Studios in Kalgerup and Gula Studion in Malmö with producer Tore Johansson. The album was originally scheduled for a July 2007 release, but at the behest of Columbia co-chairman Rick Rubin,, "Asbury Park Press", November 11, 2007. Accessed January 18, 2008 it was pushed back until October 30, 2007 to accommodate re-mastering the album. It debuted at number 20 on Billboard’s Top Heatseekers chart and, as of December 2007, had reached number 6 on the Heatseekers Middle Atlantic Chart., from Billboard December 1, 2007 Accessed January 18, 2008

Recent work

In 2008, Atkins was cast as the voice of the mother in director Geoff Marslett’s animated sci-fi comedy film “Mars.”., on IMDb.com On September 9 of that year, she released a four track EP of cover songs called Nicole Atkins Digs Other People's Songs, which included the tracks: "The Crystal Ship" (The Doors), "Dream a Little Dream of Me" (The Mamas & the Papas), "Under the Milky Way" (The Church) and "Inside of Love" (Nada Surf). In 2009, Atkins' backing vocals were featured prominently on AC Newman's second solo album, Get Guilty.http

Sometime in late April or early May 2009, the entire lineup of the Sea was replaced. In a blog entry Atkins stated that the band name has been changed and is "a bit (different)" and is now called Nicole Atkins and The Black Sea.http The band now features Christopher Donofrio on drums, Brad York on guitars, and Anthony Chick on bass. According to an interview Atkins gave to radio station 105.7 FM The Hawk on May 10, 2009, the release date of the new album on which she had been working, titled Mondo Amore, was pushed back to January 2010. Two months later Atkins severed her ties with Columbia Records. The album was released on Razor & Tie Records on February 8, 2011.Ayers, Michael D. "". spinner.com. July 21, 2009. Accessed July 31, 2009.http

Atkins also joined the 9th annual Independent Music Awards judging panel to assist independent musicians' careers.

When not on the road, she lives in Brooklyn, New York.

Influence of David Lynch

Atkins has often cited director David Lynch, known for his surreal films set in small towns, as an inspiration. Like Atkins, Lynch studied art in college and moved overseas with the intention of continuing his studies. on IMDb.com And just as Atkins worked as a muralist while developing her music, Lynch worked as a cartoonist on the side during the 1980s., on lynchnet.com Lynch’s cinematic style, which uses dreamlike sequences and montages, heavily influenced the video for Atkins' song “The Way It Is.” Atkins also feels a kinship with Angelo Badalamenti, who has scored many of Lynch’s films. She once emailed an mp3 of “The Way It Is” to Badalamenti, who is said to have replied, “I think our Sicilian great-great-great-grandparents must have laid down on a picnic blanket in the park and done something together, if you know what I mean.”, April, 2007. Accessed January 18, 2008 Atkins subsequently received an invitation to Badalamenti's home in Morristown, New Jersey to talk music.

Television appearances

American Express commercial

Prior to the release of Neptune City, Atkins and the Sea filmed a television commercial for the American Express credit card's "Are You A Cardmember?", from CreditCards.com, May 10, 2007. Accessed January 18, 2008 campaign. The song sampled throughout the ad is "Party's Over" from the album Neptune City.

Old Navy Summer 2008 commercial

Maybe Tonight off the Neptune City album, has been used in two TV spots / web minisodes for the Old Navy Summer 2008 Spotlight Collection. The two commercials follow the girls from the Spring 2008 commercials as they prepare for the 2008 MTV Movie Awards.

The Late Show with David Letterman

Atkins appeared twice within three months on the late night television show The Late Show with David Letterman in 2007. On the August 27th show, she performed as part of a chorus backing up Canadian singer-songwriter Feist on the latter’s “1 2 3 4". The chorus, all dressed in white, also included members of Broken Social Scene, The National, Grizzly Bear, The New Pornographers, and Mates of State, as well as photographer Mary Rozzi., from stereogum.com August 28, 2007 Accessed January 18, 2008 On the October 30th show, the same day Neptune City was released, Atkins and The Sea performed “The Way It Is.” Host David Letterman offered an enthusiastic response and jokingly asked Atkins, “Wanna get some steak?” after the song was over. She returned to the Late Show April 13, 2009 as a guest vocalist for A.C. Newman, with whom she had been touring earlier in the year, playing the tambourine and singing on his song "Like A Hitman, Like A Dancer"., from stereogum.com April 14, 2009 Accessed April 18, 2009

Later... with Jools Holland

On September 19, 2008, Atkins made her British television debut on the BBC late night music show, Later... with Jools Holland, performing her songs "The Way It Is" and "Maybe Tonight". The show's other guests included Sway, Metallica, VV Brown, Carla Bruni, and Kings of Leon.

Discography

with Los Parasols

*2002: The Summer of Love (EP)

Compilations

*2008: The Hotel Café Presents Winter Songs Epic

(Atkins contributed a cover of Billy Hayes' and Jay Johnson's Blue Christmas)

*2009: Scott Walker - 30 Century Man

(Atkins contributed a cover of Scott Walker's The Seventh Seal

Solo

*2005: Party’s Over (demo)

*2006: Bleeding Diamonds, EP Columbia

*2007: Neptune City Columbia

*2008: Nicole Atkins Digs Other People's Songs, EP Columbia

*2011: Mondo Amore

Awards and nominations

2002

*Asbury Music Awards winner: Top Female Vocalist

*Asbury Music Awards Winner: Best Solo Act

*Asbury Music Awards Winner: Song of the Year – "Neptune City"

2005

* ASCAP Foundation winner: Sammy Cahn Award – "Neptune City"

References





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Ting Tings - We Started Nothing
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We Started Nothing
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Rock/Pop
Released
 
2008-06-03
Notes / Reviews

We Started Nothing is the debut album of the English New Wave duo The Ting Tings. It was released by the Columbia Label Group (UK) on 19 May 2008 in the United Kingdom. The US edition has a different cover image in several background colours.

The album was also released in the UK as a limited edition LP on red vinyl limited to 2,000 copies. The US vinyl version is a standard black-vinyl pressing.

Writing process

According to vocalist/guitarist Katie White: The way we write changes with each song. "Keep Your Head" started with Jules on the drums, "We Walk" started with me on piano, "Shut Up and Let Me Go" started with Jules on bass, "That's Not My Name" was me ranting about my frustrations with the record industry. "Great DJ" was me playing a D chord on the guitar for hours, because that's all I could play. And then I put my finger on the wrong string, and got what I discovered was an augmented chord. And that was the riff! The lyrics described the life we were living at the time. It was about getting lost in hedonism, about forgetting that you had bailiffs knocking at your door and just surrendering to the joys of the music in a nightclub for several hours - the boys, the girls, the strings, the drums.The Guardian: 1000 Songs Everyone Must Hear - Party Songs, Writing Party Songs, pg. 7

Singles

#The first single released from the album was a double a side single, the two songs being "That's Not My Name" and "Great DJ". It was released on 27 May 2007 on the independent label Switchflicker Records.

#The second single released from the album was "Fruit Machine". This was released as a limited 500 copy run, only available for their fans at the band's concerts. Four covers were made: one for Salford, one for Berlin, one for London and one for New York.

#The third single released from the album was the re-release of "Great DJ". The song did not enter the charts until the re-release of "That's Not My Name" and it charted at 33 in the UK. It was released on 3 March 2008.

#The fourth single released from the album was the re-release of "That's Not My Name". The song is so far their most popular in the UK, reaching the top spot in this country for one week. Due to the popularity of this single it caused "Great DJ" to finally chart (two months after its release) it also caused "Shut Up and Let Me Go" to chart early (two months before its release). The song ended 2008 being the UK's 22nd highest selling single of the year, selling 300,000 copies. It was released in the US and reached number 39 on the Billboard 100.

#The fifth single released from the album was "Shut Up and Let Me Go". Due to the popularity of "That's Not My Name" it entered the top 75 two months before its release, from downloads. The song was officially released on 21 July 2008. It is their second most popular song in the UK charting at 6, it also showed popularity in the US charting inside the Hot 100 at 55.

#The sixth single released from the album was "Be The One", it was released on 13 October 2008, despite the popularity of the last two single it only managed to peak at 28 in the UK.

#The re-release of "Fruit Machine" was set as the seventh single due to be released on 9 February 2009, but was cancelled a week before the release, the seventh single released from the album was "We Walk". It was released on 23 February 2009 and was the first single by the band not to have a seven inch vinyl release, instead coming out on 12 inch vinyl only and digital download.

#The eighth single was planned to be "Keep Your Head", but they decided to cancel it to spend more time recording the next album.

Charts and certifications

Certifications

End of year charts

Notes





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Artist/Band Information

The Ting Tings are a Manchester and London indie pop duo composed of Jules De Martino (drums, lead guitar, bass guitar, vocals, piano) and Katie White (vocals, guitar, bass drums, bass guitar, and cow bells). They formed in December 2007 while based at Islington Mill Artist Studios in Salford. They have released four singles on their current label Columbia Records UK, including the single "That's Not My Name", which charted straight at number one in the UK Singles Chart on 18 May 2008. The album We Started Nothing was released on 19 May 2008 and charted at number one in the United Kingdom.. aCharts.us. Retrieved 10 June 2008. The album has now sold over 2 million copies, with a further 4 million singles sold worldwide. Their new single, "Hands" was released on October 11, 2010, and their new album, which is yet to be named, is due out in early 2011.

Career

Background

Katie White started her music career in a girl group punk trio TKO – short for Technical Knock Out – with two friends from Lowton school, Marion Grethe Seaman and Emma Lally. The band had some success and supported Steps and Atomic Kitten. In March 2001 songwriter Jules De Martino wrote four songs for TKO at Leeds University. While De Martino was in Manchester a few months later, the pair bumped into each other and discovered they had a mutual love of Portishead. De Martino relocated to Manchester, based at the alternative musician-commune the Islington Mill in Salford. The pair and a friend went on to form the Portishead-influenced trio Dear Eskiimo who were signed to Mercury Records. However, due to a change of directors and managers, the management style of the record label caused them to split. Manchester Evening News – 8 June 2007 The experience left White and De Martino with a distrust of the music industry.

Formation

Retreating to The Mill, while White served behind the bar, de Martino produced tracks for various artistes located at The Mill. Developing their sound while listening to performances at The Mill they formed The Ting Tings. "Ting Ting" was the name of a Chinese colleague of White at a shop, who told her that it sounded like the pronunciation of "bandstand" in Mandarin (亭). The name endeared them to Asian music fans, and the group has experienced much success in Japan, where their name can mean "small, cute penis" (wikt:ちんちん).

Having created three songs, the band's first gig was a free-beer invite all at The Mill. Subsequent gigs were funded on donations, and after their third gig they were name checked on XFM. The subsequent Islington Mill gigs ended up as some of the most sought after tickets on the Manchester party scene – with various A&R reps and record producers, such as Rick Rubin, asking for tickets.

Exposure

Katie White-Variety Playhouse.JPGthumbrightPerforming at the Variety Playhouse in Atlanta, Georgia on 23 October 2008

Their first double-A side single "That's Not My Name/Great DJ" was joint released by the band and local label which was Switchflicker Records, and together with their second single "Fruit Machine", they were on heavy rotation on British radio (amongst others BBC 6 Music, played regularly by many DJs including a session for Marc Riley who was first to have them in session on 6 Music and first to play their record on the station). "Fruit Machine" was a limited-edition, 500-only seven-inch single on Legendre Starkie Records, the band's own label, which was only available at the group's gigs at Islington Mill in Salford, Electrowerkz in Islington, Berlin in Germany and at Glasslands in Brooklyn, New York City. NME – 28 September 2007 They had a notable performance at Glastonbury Festival 2007, and after an October 2007 tour of universities in the UK with Reverend and the Makers, signed for Columbia Records. The List (Issue 590) – 15 November 200 On 14 December 2007 they appeared on Later with Jools Holland. In May 2008 the band credited BBC Introducing for giving them their 'life changing' break after BBC Radio Manchester's Introducing show spotted the band and put them forward for inclusion in the Glastonbury running order.

In January 2008, they were voted third in the annual BBC 6 Music poll of industry experts Sound of 2008, for acts to emerge in the coming year. In February 2008 they were the opening slot act on the 2008 Shockwaves NME Awards Tour, performing with The Cribs, Joe Lean And The Jing Jang Jong and Does It Offend You, Yeah?. In conjunction with the NME and HMV the band contributed a demo version of "Great DJ" to a limited, 5000 copies only 10" vinyl release of all the artists on the NME Awards Tour.

In late March 2008, The Ting Tings joined up with Alphabeat and The Fratellis to play a gig which was part of the 'MTV Spanking New Music Tour'. The gig was held at the Islington Academy in London.

The first single released on Columbia was "Great DJ", which received considerable airplay on BBC Radio 1 and Xfm in the UK; and enthused by magazines such as the NME. The band performed a live set on the In New Music We Trust stage at Radio 1's Big Weekend in Maidstone, Kent, which was made available by the BBC's online video player application iPlayer. The single "Shut Up and Let Me Go" appeared in an iPod commercial in late April 2008, peaking at #55 on the Billboard Hot 100. Billboard – 8 May 2008

"Great DJ" was also played during the opening ceremony of the 2008 Carling Cup Final.

A cover of Altered Images' "Happy Birthday" appears on the children's show "Yo Gabba Gabba" CD (now discontinued).

The Ting Tings appeared as the musical guests on Saturday Night Live on the January 16, 2010 episode, hosted by Sigourney Weaver.

2008–2009: We Started Nothing

Ting Tings.jpgthumbleftPerforming at South by Southwest in 2008

The band's debut album, We Started Nothing, was released on 13 May 2008. It was leaked onto the internet on 19 May 2008. Shortly after the release of the album, the band released a statement on the social network service MySpace which explained to fans that their single "That's Not My Name" had reached number 1 in the UK Singles Charts, the statement went on to encourage fans to purchase legal copies of the single in order to keep it at the top position for the official Sunday Chart release on 18 May. The band went on to secure Number 1 in the UK Singles chart on 18 May.

The Ting Tings performed at the iTunes Live London Festival in the KOKO nightclub on 9 July 2008, and the performance was released as a downloadable EP in the iTunes store under the title iTunes Live: London Festival ‘08. Their singles "Shut Up and Let Me Go" and "We Started Nothing" were featured in the Gossip Girl series, while the song "Be the One" was featured in One Tree Hill. Their single "Great DJ" was featured in the theatrical trailers for the Anna Faris comedy The House Bunny, the Oscar-winning Slumdog Millionaire and recently the Edgar Wright comedy Scott Pilgrim vs. the World. This single is also used in the Japanese drama Sunao ni Narenakute. The Ting Tings were one of four performers who played small interludes consisting of remixes of past hits throughout the 2008 MTV Video Music Awards. They played a section from "Shut Up and Let Me Go" with Blink-182 drummer Travis Barker and DJ AM. They also won Best UK Video for their single "Shut Up and Let Me Go". On 31 December 2008 they performed on Jools Holland's Hootenanny show, to bring in the new year on BBC2 in the UK along with numerous other singers and bands.

The band toured Australia and New Zealand in early 2009 as part of the Big Day Out Festival lineup. They also toured in Singapore as part of that festival's night counterpart, Big Night Out. Changi Airport Media- 15 April 2009 Columbia Records announced on 16 January 2009 the US release of the single, "That's Not My Name" for 27 January 2009 and a March/April US concert tour by the group. In May 2009, their album won an Ivor Novello Award for best album. In June 2009 they returned to the Glastonbury Festival playing The Other stage on Friday night; on Saturday, British Hip-Hop artist Dizzee Rascal opened his set on the Pyramid Stage with a cover of "That's Not My Name". The two were headliners at the Isle of Wight Festival Friday, 12 June 2009.

They toured the US, supporting Pink on her Funhouse Tour.

On 2 December 2009, they were nominated for Best New Artist at the 52nd Grammy Awards.

2010 - 2011: Second album

The band began writing their second album in Paris, France, and will record the album in a converted jazz-club in Berlin after the Pink tour, from October. White says that the new album would show some subtle changes to their sound.

Since then, it has been reported that the band would collaborate with rapper Jay-Z on the new album httpThe duo have reportedly been assisted by label mate and Barbadian-R&B star Rihanna with her vocals contributed on a track on the upcoming album.http It was revealed by NME that the album has a working title Kunsthttp (art in German) and will be released early 2011.

The names of two potential singles: "Help" and "Hands" were confirmed in January 2010.http

In April, they updated their blog, announcing that there were 9 tracks into the new album.http In May, there was a message on their website saying that they had nearly finished the album.

On July 2, 2010, they played Wireless Festival and performed "That's Not My Name", "Shut Up and Let Me Go", "Great DJ", "Fruit Machine", "We Started Nothing", "Keep Your Head", "We Walk" and their new single "Hands".

On July 10, The Ting Tings confirmed on their German website that they had finished recording their album. They describe some of the tracks from the album as a little dark and danceable and were influenced by the cold weather in Berlin while they were recording.

On August 10, they announced that the lead single will be "Hands". It was mixed by Calvin Harris and written by the duo themselves.http On 18 August 2010, "Hands" premiered on BBC Radio 1 and was followed the official release of the video on 5 September 2010. The single was released in the UK on 11 October 2010, where it debuted at number 29 on the UK Singles Chart, marking the duo's fifth Top 40 single. It also topped the Billboard Dance Charts.http

Their second studio album will be released on the 1st August 2011 in the United Kingdom.http

Members

Katie White

Katherine Rebecca White (born 1983 in Lowton, near Leigh, Greater Manchester) was raised in a small house in Lowton, and attended Lowton High School which has a large performing arts department. In 1995, White's grandfather Ken White won £6.6 million on the National Lottery and gave each of his three sons £1 million. Katie's father David used his share of the money to start a music management company, which would later sign Katie's act TKO.

Jules De Martino

Julian "Jules" De Martino (born in 1969 in London, England) began playing drums at age 13. He signed a minor publishing deal to Morrison Leahy Music (publisher to George Michael) and formed band Mojo Pin after being influenced by artist Jeff Buckley. The band released two indie singles, "You" and "My Imagination", with Lowlife Records and toured with Irish band The Big Geraniums in 1997.

Discography

* We Started Nothing (2008)

* TBC (2011)

Awards and nominations

*MTV Video Music Awards 2008

**Video of the Year – "Shut Up and Let Me Go" – Nominated

**Best UK Video – "Shut Up and Let Me Go" – Won

*Vodafone Live Music Awards 2008

**Xfm Live Breakthrough Act – Won

*BT Digital Music Awards 2008

**Best Pop Artist – Nominated

*Q Awards 2008

**Best New Act – Nominated

**Best Track – "That's Not My Name" – Nominated

**Best Video – "That's Not My Name" – Nominated

*MTV Europe Music Awards 2008

**Best UK Act – Nominated

*UK Festival Awards 2008

**Festival Pop Act – Won

**Best Newcomer Awards – Won

**Anthem of the Summer – Won

*mtvU Woodie Awards 2008

**Best Performing Awards – Nominated

*Nickelodeon UK Kids Choice Awards 2008

**MTV Hits Favourite Song – Nominated

*Triple J Hottest 100, 2008

**"Shut Up and Let Me Go" – position 78

**"That's Not My Name" – position 9

*XFM New Music Awards 2008

**Best Debut Album – We Started Nothing – Nominated

*BRIT Awards 2009

**Best British Breakthrough Act – Nominated

**Mastercard Best British Album – We Started Nothing – Nominated

*NME Awards 2009

**Best Track – "That's Not My Name" – Nominated

*MTV Australia Awards 2009

**Best Breakthrough Act – Nominated

*Ivor Novello Awards 2009

**Album Awards – We Started Nothing – Won

**Best Contemporary Song – "That's Not My Name" – Nominated

*Border Breakers Awards

**Best Album – We Started Nothing – Won

*Glamour Women of the Year 2009

**Newcomer of the Year – Nominated

**UK Solo Artist of the Year – Nominated

*Premios Oye! 2009

**Main English Breakthrough of the Year - Nominated

*Grammy Awards 2010

**Best New Artist – Nominated

*MP3 Music Awards 2009

**The MIC Award (Music / Industry / Choice) – Nominated

*IDMA 2009

**Best Alternative/Rock Dance Track – Shut Up and Let Me Go – Nominated

**Best Break-Through Artist (Group) – Won

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728925
 
Weezer - Weezer (Red Album)
CD
Performer
 
Title
 
Weezer (Red Album)
UPC
 
60251767183
Genre
 
Rock/Pop
Released
 
2008-06-03
Notes / Reviews
#0|16714584|Sad Clown Bad Spring 12|EP|Atmosphere|1 April 2008|Hip hop|Rhymesayers Entertainment|Sad Clown Bad Spring 12(2008)|16:32|Ant|When Life Gives You Lemons, You Paint That Shit Gold(2008)|Strictly Leakage(2007)|?||Atmosphere (music group)|Sad Clown Bad Spring 12

Sad Clown Bad Spring 12 is a 5-track EP that was released in April 2008, by Atmosphere. The EP was digitally leaked by the group on April Fools Day after listeners were directed to a link for what the group claimed to be a leaked download for When Life Gives You Lemons, You Paint That Shit Gold.

The CD was released April 29, 2008, and is on sale on the When Life Gives You Lemons, You Paint Your City Gold Tour.





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GEF
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1113502
 
Head Like A Kite - There Is Loud Laughter Everywhere
CD
Performer
 
Title
 
There Is Loud Laughter Everywhere
UPC
 
66340512592
Genre
 
Rock/Pop
Released
 
2008-06-17
Notes / Reviews
Head Like A Kite

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Label
 
MHSU
Catalog #
 
51259
 
Orb - Dream
CD
Performer
 
Title
 
Dream
UPC
 
65703611492
Genre
 
Rock/Pop
Released
 
2008-06-10
Track Listing
1
 
The Dream (The Future Academy of Noise, Rhythm and Gardening Mix) (6:26)
2
 
Vuja De (5:45)
3
 
Something Supernatural (0:36)
4
 
A Beautiful Day (6:48)
5
 
DDD (Dirty Disco Dub) (5:03)
6
 
The Truth Is... (6:43)
7
 
Phantom of Ukraine (0:30)
8
 
Mother Nature (6:30)
9
 
Lost & Found (6:19)
10
 
The Forest of Lyonesse (1:09)
11
 
Katskills (5:55)
12
 
High Noon (6:03)
13
 
Sleeping Tiger & the Gods Unknown (1:09)
14
 
Codes (8:13)
15
 
Orbisonia (5:47)
16
 
Let The Music Set You Free (7:01)
17
 
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The Dream is the eighth studio album released by ambient techno group The Orb in September 2007(U.S. release 17 June 2008). The album features somewhat of a return to the earlier sound of the Orb (notably, "The Truth Is..." features the same vocal sample as the group's early-90s single, "Blue Room"), and shares much more in common with their 2004 album Bicycles and Tricycles than with their minimal 2005 release, Okie Dokie It's the Orb on Kompakt.

The Dream was released in Japan in 2007 and the following year in the US and UK. Orb member Thomas Fehlmann was absent on the album and Paterson was instead reunited with Martin Glover and joined by Tim Bran of Dreadzone. The album features more of a return to The Orb's sounds of the early 1990s, with peculiar vocals and playful samples. The Orb also brought in jazz and house music singer Juliet Roberts, guitarist Steve Hillage, and Aki Omori, who had worked with The Orb on Cydonia.

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The Orb are an English electronic music group known for spawning the genre of ambient house. Founded in 1988 by Alex Paterson and KLF member Jimmy Cauty, The Orb began as ambient and dub DJs in London. Its early performances were inspired by ambient and electronic artists of the 1970s and 1980s, most notably Brian Eno and Kraftwerk. Because of its trippy sound, the Orb developed a cult following among clubbers "coming down" from drug-induced highs. The Orb has maintained its drug-related and science fiction themes despite personnel changes including the departure of Cauty and other Orb members Kris Weston, Andy Falconer, Simon Phillips, and Andy Hughes. Paterson has been the only permanent member, continuing to work as the Orb with the Swiss-German producer Thomas Fehlmann and, later, with Killing Joke's Martin "Youth" Glover and Tim Bran of Dreadzone.

Alex Paterson prides the Orb on manipulating obscure samples beyond recognition on its albums and during its concerts; however, his unauthorised use of other artists' works has led to disputes with musicians, most notably with Rickie Lee Jones and Steve Reich. During its live shows of the 1990s, the Orb performed using digital audio tape machines optimised for live mixing and sampling before switching to laptops and digital media. Despite changes in performance method, the Orb maintained its colourful light shows and psychedelic imagery in concert. These visually intensive performances prompted critics to compare the group to Pink Floyd.

The Orb's critical and commercial success in the United Kingdom peaked in the early 1990s with the albums The Orb's Adventures Beyond The Ultraworld and U.F.Orb, the latter of which reached #1 on the British album charts in 1992. This success led to its infamous appearance on Top of the Pops, where the group showcased its quirky style by playing chess (an interest of Paterson's since his early youth) while the group's single "Blue Room" ran in the background. The Orb's mid-1990s albums were met with mixed reactions from British critics; however, its work received praise from American publications such as Rolling Stone. The group experimented with vocalists on its next two albums, which critics generally described as bland and uninspired. The Orb then shifted gears to a minimal techno style spearheaded by member Thomas Fehlmann, releasing its new material on the record label Kompakt.

History

1988–1990: Paterson & Cauty

Alex Paterson began his music career in the early 1980s as a roadie for the post-punk rock band Killing Joke, for whom his childhood friend Martin "Youth" Glover played bass. After leaving Killing Joke in 1986, Paterson met future KLF member Jimmy Cauty and the duo began DJ-ing and producing music together under the name The Orb. Paterson and Cauty's first release was a 1988 acid house anthem track, "Tripping on Sunshine", released on the German record compilation Eternity Project One. The following year, The Orb released the Kiss EP, a four-track EP based on samples from New York City's KISS FM. It was released on Paterson and Glover's new record label WAU! Mr. Modo Records, which Paterson and Glover created out of a desire to maintain financial independence from larger record labels. After spending a weekend of making what Paterson described as "really shit drum sounds", the duo decided to abandon beat-heavy music and instead work on music for after-hours listening by removing the percussion tracks. Paterson and Cauty began DJ-ing in London and landed a deal for The Orb to play the chill out room at London nightclub Heaven. Resident DJ Paul Oakenfold brought in the duo specifically as ambient DJs for his "The Land of Oz" event at Heaven. Though The Orb's Monday night performances had only several hardcore followers initially, its chill-out room act grew popular over the course of its six-month stay to the point that the small room was often packed with around 100 people. The Orb's performances became most popular among weary DJs and clubbers seeking solace from the loud, rhythmic music of the dancefloor. The Orb would build up melodies using multitrack recordings linked to multiple record decks and a mixer. The group incorporated many CDs, cassettes, and BBC sound effects into the act, often accompanied with pieces of popular dance tracks such as "Sueño Latino." Though the group used a variety of samples, it avoided heavy rhythm and drums so that the intended ambient atmosphere wasn't disrupted. Most often, the group played dub reggae and other chill out music, which it described as ambient house for the E generation.This phrase was printed on the reverse of the "A Huge Ever-Growing Pulsating Brain..." vinyl single -

Throughout 1989, the Orb, along with Martin Glover, developed the musical genre of ambient house through the use of a diverse array of samples and recordings. The culmination of its musical work came toward the end of the year when the group recorded a session for John Peel on BBC Radio 1. The track, then known as "Loving You," was largely improvisational and featured a wealth of sound effects and samples from science fiction radio plays, nature sounds, and Minnie Riperton's "Lovin' You." For its release as a single on the record label Big Life, the Orb changed the title to "A Huge Ever Growing Pulsating Brain That Rules from the Centre of the Ultraworld." Upon the single's release, Riperton's management forced Big Life to remove the unlicensed Riperton sample, ensuring that only the initial first-week release of the single contained the original vocals of Minnie Riperton; subsequent pressings used vocals from a sound-alike. Despite its running time of 22 minutes, the sample-laden single reached #78 on the British singles charts. Soon thereafter, the Orb was commissioned by Dave Stewart to remix his top-20 single "Lily Was Here." The group obliged and was soon offered several more remix jobs from artists including Erasure and System 7.

In 1990, Paterson and Cauty held several recording sessions at Cauty's studio, Trancentral. When offered an album deal by Big Life, the Orb found itself at a crossroads: Cauty preferred that the Orb release its music through his KLF Communications label, whereas Paterson wanted to ensure that the group did not become a side-project of The KLF. Because of these issues, Cauty and Paterson split in April 1990, with Paterson keeping the name the Orb. As a result of the break-up, Cauty removed Paterson's contributions from the in-progress recordings and released the album as Space on KLF Communications. Also out of these sessions came The KLF album Chill Out, on which Paterson appeared in an uncredited role.

Following the split, Paterson began working with Youth on the track "Little Fluffy Clouds". The group incorporated samples from Steve Reich's Electric Counterpoint and vocal clips from an interview with Rickie Lee Jones in which she recalls picturesque images from her childhood. While Reich was flattered by the Orb's use of his work, Jones pursued the issue in the legal system. Big Life chose to settle out of court for an undisclosed sum of money for use of her voice on the Orb's recording. "Little Fluffy Clouds" reached #87 on the British singles chart; however, due to Glover's other production obligations (and subsequently rejoining Killing Joke), he did not become a permanent member of The Orb. According to an interview on The South Bank Show, Reich demanded twenty-five percent of royalties from the use of his "Electric Counterpoint" (performed by guitarist Pat Metheny) on all sales of "Clouds."

1991–1994: Paterson & Weston

In 1991, Paterson invited free lance studio engineer Andy Falconer to join the Orb and was closely followed by energetic studio engineer Kris "Thrash" Weston. Steve Hillage, whom Patterson had met while DJ-ing in London, also joined as a contributing guitarist. Along with producer Thomas Fehlmann, The Orb completed several additional tracks for its first album, The Orb's Adventures Beyond The Ultraworld. At least six studios and twenty outside musicians were used during the three weeks of recording. Falconer's and Weston's technical abilities and Hillages's guitar work allowed the group to craft panoramic sounds portraying aspects of space travel, most notably the launch of Apollo 11. Adventures sold well in the United Kingdom and received praise for its balance of ambient music, house music, and sampling. Retrospectively, Adventures is considered ground-breaking for changing the way musicians view sampling and as a seminal work for the genres of ambient and dance music. The completion of Adventures saw the departure of Andy Falconer, whose last contribution was to one of the Orb's Peel Sessions. To promote the release of an edited single-disc version for an American release on Mercury Records, the Orb embarked on their first tour of the United States beginning in Phoenix, Arizona, in October 1991.

In late 1991 and early 1992, Paterson and Weston wrote their next single, "Blue Room". Assisting with the recording was bassist Jah Wobble, keyboardist Miquette Giraudy, and guitarist Hillage. Despite its playing time of almost 40 minutes, "Blue Room" entered the British charts at #12 and peaked at #8, making it the longest track to reach the charts. The Orb promoted this single with a "legendary avant-garde" performance on Top of the Pops where Patterson and Weston played a game of chess in space suits while footage of dolphins and an edited version of "Blue Room" ran in the background. In July 1992, U.F.Orb was released featuring "Blue Room" and, in the US release, The Orb's next single, "Assassin". Weston integrated his technical and creative expertise with Paterson's Eno-influenced ambience on U.F.Orb, combining "drum and bass rhythms" with "velvet keyboards" and "rippling synth lines". U.F.Orb reached #1 on the British album charts to the shock of critics, who were surprised that fans had embraced what journalists considered to be progressive rock. Despite The Orb's success, Paterson and Weston preferred to avoid personal publicity and instead allow their music to be the focus of attention. Because of this partial anonymity and The Orb's rotating membership, they are often recognised as more of a musical collective than a "band".

Over the next year and a half, Paterson and Weston continued to produce new material, but releases stalled when Paterson began to feel that Big Life was trying to dictate the direction of The Orb's music. This led to intense disagreements with Big Life and The Orb soon left the label to sign a deal with Island Records. Their first release on Island Records was the live album Live 93, which gathered highlights from The Orb's recent performances in Europe and Asia. It featured The Orb's live crew of Paterson, Weston, producers Nick Burton and Simon Phillips, as well as audio engineer Andy Hughes, who had stepped in previously when Weston had decided to stop touring. The Orb's first studio production on Island Records was Pomme Fritz, a chaotic EP noted for its heavy use of strange samples and its lack of conventional harmonies. Though Pomme Fritz reached as high as #6 on the British charts, critics panned it as "doodling". Even Island Records "hated it" and "didn't understand it at all", according to Paterson. Soon after production finished on Pomme Fritz, Paterson, Weston, and Orb contributor Thomas Fehlmann joined with Robert Fripp to form the group FFWD as a side project. FFWD released a single self-titled album on Paterson's Inter-Modo label, which Fehlmann later described as "an Orb track which became so long that it became a whole album!". Due to this aimlessness, FFWD lacked an artistic goal and disbanded after a single release. Soon after the release of FFWD in August 1994, Weston suddenly quit The Orb. Paterson claimed that Weston's departure was due to Weston's desire to have more control in The Orb. However, in an interview with i-D, Weston attributed the split to Paterson, saying that Paterson "didn't do his 50 per cent of the work." Paterson reaffirmed the status of The Orb saying, "The Orb is The Orb, and nothing can change that" and continued work with Hughes and Fehlmann.

1995–2001: Paterson, Fehlmann & Hughes

Following Weston's departure from The Orb, Thomas Fehlmann joined as a full-time studio member, though he would not always participate in live performances. Paterson, Hughes, and Fehlmann then finished producing the album Orbus Terrarum, on which Paterson and Weston had been working. Orbus Terrarum, released in 1995, featured more "earthbound" and "organic" sounds than their previous trippy science fiction themed music. Orbus Terrarum suffered, as Paterson described it, "a good kicking" at the hands of the British press, who described it as "generic" and a low point for Paterson's creativity. Orbus Terrarum alienated many of the group's fans, causing the album to only reach #20 on the British charts. (search for Orb albums) American critics, however, gave it great acclaim including Rolling Stone who made it their album of the month, citing the album's symphonic flow coupled with The Orb's "uniquely British wit". After a long world tour, The Orb, with Andy Hughes and Steve Hillage, settled down to produce their next album, Orblivion—the process of which saw a return to their spacy sounds. Though Orblivion was recorded in May 1996, it was not released until almost a year later, due to Island Records' desire to promote it as a follow up to U2's techno-rock album Pop. Orblivion sold well in Europe as well as the United States, where it reached the Billboard Top 200. The first Orblivion single, "Toxygene", was the highest charting single by The Orb, reaching #4 in the United Kingdom on 8 February 1997. Despite high sales, Orblivion received a lukewarm reception from the British press. As with Orbus Terrarum, Orblivion was better received by American critics, including Rolling Stone, who praised its "contrast of chaos and euphony". Meanwhile, the stresses of touring sat heavily on Paterson; he considered retiring The Orb, but ultimately continued touring and producing.

Paterson and Fehlmann, along with usual collaborators Hughes, Burton, and Phillips, wrote and produced Cydonia for a planned 1999 release. Featured on the album were appearances from Robert Fripp, John Roome (Witchman), and Fil Le Gonidec, one of The Orb's live performers. Singers Nina Walsh and Aki Omori appeared on two tracks each, providing vocals and co-writing lyrics with Paterson. Paterson felt that this new direction of songwriting for The Orb was more similar to the experimental work of Orbus Terrarum than to the techno-pop of Orblivion. As Island Records was in a period of restructuring due to its recent purchase by Universal Music Group, Cydonia was not released until 2001. Upon release, critics noted that Cydonia merged together pop, trance, and ambient-dub music, which they felt to be a conglomeration of bland vocals and uninventive ambience that lacked the appeal of The Orb's earlier work. NME harshly described it as "a stillborn relic, flawed throughout by chronically stunted ambitions" and describing its only appropriate audience to be "old ravers" seeking nostalgia. Not only did the album receive poor reviews, but The Orb was generally regarded by the British press as past their prime and an "ambient dinosaur" out of place in the current dance music environment. After the release of Cydonia, Hughes left the group for undisclosed reasons, becoming "another acrimonious departure from The Orb" according to The Guardian.

2001–2004: Paterson, Fehlmann & Phillips

Badorb.jpgthumb150pxrightPaterson's record label Badorb.com had only fourteen releases in its brief existence.

In 2001, Alex Paterson formed the record label Badorb.com as an outlet for Orb members' side projects. To promote both Badorb.com and Cydonia, The Orb toured internationally, including their first visit to the United States in four years. NME described The Orb's tour as "charming" and that The Orb was "freed from the Floydian pretensions that dogged the band throughout the mid-'90s.

The Orb, now composed of Paterson, Phillips and Fehlmann, with guest John Roome, accepted an invitation to join the Area:One concert tour with Moby, Paul Oakenfold, New Order and other alternative and electronic artists. Though The Orb was paired with more mainstream artists during the tour such as Incubus, Paterson and Fehlmann chose to make their next releases a series of several low-key EPs for German label Kompakt in 2002. The Orb found critical success on Kompakt; however, Badorb.com collapsed soon after releasing the compilation Bless You. Badorb.com had released fourteen records over the course of fourteen months from artists including Guy Pratt (Conduit), Ayumi Hamasaki, and Takayuki Shiraishi, as well as The Orb's three-track Daleth of Elphame EP. Though Badorb.com was an internet-based record label, they only sold vinyl releases (with one exception, the aforementioned Orb EP), which Paterson later remarked was a poor idea because "not many people... have record players".

Though their musical style had changed somewhat since the 1990s, The Orb continued to use their odd synthetic sounds on 2004's Bicycles & Tricycles, to mixed reviews. The Daily Telegraph praised Bicycles & Tricycles as being "inclusive, exploratory, and an enjoyable journey"; however, other publications dismissed it as "stoner dub" and irrelevant to current electronic music. Like Cydonia, Bicycles & Tricycles featured vocals, including female rapper MC Soom-T who added a hip hop twist to the album. The Orb left Island Records and released the album on Cooking Vinyl and Sanctuary Records. To promote the album, the band began a UK tour with dub reggae artist Mad Professor. Though The Orb still pulled in large crowds, The Guardian noted that they lacked the intensity found in their earlier performances.

2004–2007: Paterson & Fehlmann, The Transit Kings

OrbTransit.jpgthumb250pxrightThe Transit Kings performing at The Fringe Festival in Dublin.

After two more EPs on Kompakt, The Orb (now composed of only Paterson and Fehlmann) released Okie Dokie It's The Orb on Kompakt, which featured new material in addition to tweaked versions of their previous Kompakt output. By this stage, the Allmusic observed, Thomas Fehlmann had become the primary creative figure in The Orb, "inhibiting Alex Paterson's whimsical impulses". Because of this, Okie Dokie was considerably more focused and less "goofy" than Cydonia and Bicycles & Tricycles. Fehlmann's trademark hypnotic loops and delays made him the center of Okie Dokie production and, according to Pitchfork Media, made it "difficult to say where is in the picture". The Orb's releases with Kompakt gained The Orb back much of their musical credibility with the press and showed that The Orb could "age gracefully".

In August 2006, the founders of The Orb - Paterson and Cauty - released Living in a Giant Candle Winking at God, their debut album as the Transit Kings with Guy Pratt and Pratt's associate, Dom Beken. The album featured appearances from The Smiths guitarist Johnny Marr and comedian Simon Day. Beken described Living in a Giant Candle Winking at God as "self-consciously musically written and less sample-based" compared to the members' previous work. Living had been in production since 2001, but due to members' other obligations, it was delayed for several years. The album received mix critical reactions, with reviewers such as The Sun comparing the album favorably to the music of DJ Shadow and Röyksopp while other publications, such as The Times, called it "Orb-lite" and proclaimed it to be "Deep Forest-style sludge". Soon after the album's release, Cauty left the Transit Kings on "extended leave", leaving the project in indefinite limbo. Paterson and Beken would reunite in 2008 as High Frequency Bandwidth, an ambient hip hop group on the Malicious Damage label.

2007–present

The Orb's next studio album, The Dream was released in Japan in 2007 and the following year in the United States and United Kingdom. Fehlmann is absent on The Dream and Paterson was instead reunited with Martin Glover and joined by Tim Bran of Dreadzone. The album features more of a return to The Orb's sounds of the early 1990s, with peculiar vocals and playful samples. The Orb also brought in jazz and house music singer Juliet Roberts and guitarist Steve Hillage. The Orb's live band currently consists of Paterson, The Corpral (vocals), Keith York (drums/percussion), Fil Le Gonidec, and Glover.

After July 2006 re-release of The Orb's Adventures Beyond the Ultraworld 3-CD Deluxe Edition, 2007 and 2008 saw releases of expanded 2-CD editions of the band's subsequent regular studio records: U.F.Orb, Pomme Fritz EP, Orbus Terrarum, Orblivion and Cydonia. In Autumn of 2008 a double-cd compilation of BBC Radio 1 sessions called The Orb: Complete BBC Sessions 1989-2001 was released.

In May 2009, the British Malicious Damage Records (run by the members of Killing Joke) announced the release of The Orb's ninth regular studio album Baghdad Batteries (Orbsessions Volume III) on September 11, 2009. A reunification of Paterson and his long-term collaborator Thomas Fehlmann who last worked together on Okie Dokie It's the Orb on Kompakt, the album was promoted with a launch party with Paterson and Fehlmann performing the whole album live at The-Situation Modern in Clapham, England on 10 September. A track "Chocolate Fingers" was uploaded onto the label's MySpace profile. The 11-track album is said to be the third in the Orbsessions series, although unlike the first two outtakes parts composed of brand new material, recorded at Fehlmann's Berlin studio.

March 2010 saw Internet station Dandelion Radio broadcast a seventeen and a half minute long Orb session track by Patterson and Fehlmann on the Andrew Morrison show. This new track was titled 'Battersea Bunches' and was a remixed version of the soundtrack to a short movie, also entitled 'Battersea Bunches' by Mike Coles and Alex Patterson - a film installation to be seen at London’s Battersea Power Station on 1 June 2010 as part of an evening of art and music.

In the summer of 2010 Alex Paterson teamed up with Youth aka Martin Glover to compile a retrospective compilation album of tracks from the WAU! Mr Modo label. The album titled Impossible Oddities is set to be released on CD and double Vinyl on 25 October 2010 via Year Zero records.

The Orb released Metallic Spheres in October 2010. It featured David Gilmour, of Pink Floyd fame, and was released by Columbia Records.

Themes and influences

Inspiration

The Orb's members have drawn from an assortment of influences in their music. The Orb's central figure, Alex Paterson, had early musical tastes and influences which included King Tubby, Alice Cooper, Prince, Kraftwerk, and T.Rex. Among these, Paterson cites Kraftwerk as one of the most important, claiming they created the foundation from which all modern dance music has been built. While in Brixton with Martin Glover as a teenager, Paterson was also exposed to a large amount of reggae music, such as The Mighty Diamonds, The Abyssinians, and Bob Marley. The reggae influence on Paterson and The Orb can readily be heard in tracks such as the single "Perpetual Dawn" and U.F.Orbs "Towers of Dub". The earliest ambient influences of The Orb came in 1979 during Paterson's roadie days with Killing Joke. While with the band in Neuss, Paterson listened to Brian Eno's Music for Films while on LSD and watched "the Ruhr steel works explode in the distance", noting that "he scene seemed to be taking place in the music as well". That same night, Paterson was also inspired while listening to Cluster's Grosses Wasser and found that the steel works' "huge metal arms were crushing molten rocks in time to the music", which was something he'd "never seen, or heard, anything like it before". Along with Cluster and Kraftwerk, Paterson was also influenced by other German experimental music from Can and composer Karlheinz Stockhausen. Modulations calls Paterson's music a "maximal" version of Brian Eno's "minimal" ambience, though according to Paterson, Eno resents Paterson's use of his music as an influence.

The Orb has often been described as "The Pink Floyd of the Nineties", however, Paterson has stated that The Orb's music is more influenced by experimental electronic music more so than progressive rock of the 1970s. He has noted though that the Pink Floyd album Meddle was influential to him as a child in the 1970s. The psychedelic prog-rock similarities have led critics to describe The Orb as hippie revivalists; however, Paterson has strongly rejected the tag, claiming that even as a youth, he was "one of those punks who hated hippies".

During production of Cydonia and Bicycles & Tricycles, Paterson's biggest influences were drum and bass and trip hop music, as seen on the tracks "Ghostdancing", "Thursday's Keeper", and "Aftermath". The Orb's more recent influences consist largely of German techno producers, such as Triola, who themselves were inspired by The Orb's earlier work. Paterson cites the music of Kompakt as one of his primary modern influences and claims it to be among the best modern ambient music.

Drug use

As chill out DJs in the late 1980s, the Orb often played to the needs of the chemical generation (ravers of the 1980s and 1990s), making music to come down from drugs to. Paterson described the Orb's original intent as "basically about taking lots of drugs and going clubbing." Similarly, one of the Orb's early taglines was "Ambient house for the E generation." Often during interviews, Alex Paterson smoked joints, including a 2003 interview with The Guardian, during which interviewer Will Hodgkinson noted the assorted "hash-smoking paraphernalia" around Paterson's Battersea apartment. Drug references often turn up in tracks, such as "72," from Orblivion, which features a clip from Hair proclaiming, "The youth of America on LSD!" Another notable case is on "Little Fluffy Clouds," which features the odd nasal tonality of Rickie Lee Jones' influenced voice, though Jones said it was the result of a heavy cold.

Imagery

OrbColors.jpgthumb200pxrightThe Orb's performances are noted for the use of psychedelic and science fiction images.

Imagery has always been an important part of The Orb's persona. This is most prominent during live performances, where The Orb often projects surreal images against onstage screens. Common images include morphing faces, futuristic cityscapes, and ubiquitous alien references. They have long associated their act with absurd symbology with images such as floating pigs. This has carried over to their music videos, most of which are spacy, brightly coloured montages of surreal images including astronauts, clouds, and neon dolphins. Because of their use of psychedelic images at shows, The Orb's shows are frequently compared to those of Pink Floyd, who also used in-show imagery and films. Paterson cites Godfrey Reggio's and Philip Glass's film Koyaanisqatsi as a primary influence to their concert imagery.

The Orb is also been noted for their original album art, which features much of the same imagery as their live act. Noted graphic design group The Designers Republic created the cover art for The Orb's earlier work, including Adventures Beyond the Ultraworld, U.F.Orb, and the singles from those two albums. For their next album, The Orb poked fun at their Pink Floyd comparisons with the cover of Live 93 featuring a floating stuffed sheep over the Battersea Power Station, which had appeared on the cover of Pink Floyd's Animals. The artwork found in Badorb.com releases was similar to The Orb's odd artwork of the mid-1990s, as it was stylistically similar and contained little writing. Paterson has also dabbled in the creation of cover art himself, designing the cover of Okie Dokie It's The Orb on Kompakt.

Science fiction and space

Some of the more prominent motifs in The Orb's work are outer space and science fiction, including alien visitations, space flight, and mind control. These have included The Orb's use of samples from serious sources such as NASA transmissions to comedic clips from films like Woody Allen's Sleeper. U.F.Orb especially expressed a fascination with alien life with its bizarre sound samples and in the album's title itself. The title of its most popular single, "Blue Room", is itself a reference to the supposed Blue Room of Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, which was heavily investigated as a possible UFO evidence holding room. Their 2001 album, too, is named for a space-related subject, specifically the Cydonia Mensae region of Mars. Due to Paterson's focus on science fiction and astronomical phenomena, The Guardian described Paterson as "pop 's primary spokesperson on aliens".

Techniques, technology, live performances

OrbDisney.jpgthumb250pxleftPaterson and Fehlmann at a 2006 performance at the Walt Disney Concert Hall.

The Orb's Adventures Beyond the Ultraworld was mainly recorded on a Mitsubishi 48 Track digital machine running in sync with an Otari 24 Track analogue machine. The majority of the parts regardless of bass, drum loops etc. were recorded to tape for the entire time available (15 minutes as limited by the Otari analogue machine) without a break. As well as parts committed to tape there would invariably be other elements running "live" from Akai Samplers, triggered from an Atari 1040 computer synced to tape. Once all parts were assembled a mix would be built up by Falconer. Having completed this multiple mixes would be run off to DAT. It was also normal at this stage for Paterson to free form extra material and effects from either CD, Vinyl or DAT as a live source being combined with the final mixes. After Falconer had completed an initial "safe" mix, Weston would then take over the mixing desk and produce multiple mixes and would in turn be followed by Paterson. Once multiple mixes produced, a final mix would be edited together by Falconer from the source DATs. This was done by transferring the required elements to a 1/4" analogue tape machine and editing them together with a razor blade to produce the final version.

In The Orb's early DJ events in the 1980s, Paterson and Cauty performed with three record decks, a cassette player, and a CD player all of which were mixed through an Akai 12-track mixer. They used their equipment to harmonise recorded music and sound effect samples into an "endless sound continuum" for audiences of worn out dancers. Even after The Orb began producing original material, they kept the same sample-heavy model for live acts by spontaneously integrating obscure samples into their pre-recorded tracks. During promotional tours for Adventures Beyond the Ultraworld and U.F.Orb, The Orb performed using a digital audio tape machine and experimented with other media sources such as dubplates. The tape machines held individual chords, rhythms, and basslines for each composition, allowing The Orb to reprocess them and mimic the act of DJ-ing. Members could then easily improvise with these samples and manipulate them using sound effect racks. Often, The Orb had a live musician accompanying them, such as Steve Hillage on guitar. Their shows in the early 1990s would often be three hours of semi-improvised, continuous music featuring a wealth of triggered samples, voices, and pre-recorded tracks which were barely identifiable as the original piece.

The Orb began performing regularly at the Brixton Academy in the early 1990s, where they used the high ceilings and large space for their "well-suited amorphous sound", frequently performing their newest and more experimental pieces there. Andy Hughes took Weston's place at live performances after the 1993 tour, though Weston did reappear for The Orb's concert at the rainy Woodstock '94. The Orb played for late night raves on the first two nights of Woodstock '94 in addition to artists including Aphex Twin, Orbital, and Deee-Lite. The next year, The Orb's touring group consisted of Paterson, Hughes, Nick Burton on percussion, and Simon Phillips on bass. This ensemble of live performers and electronic music created a "cacophony" of "gigantic, swarming sounds". Though The Orb's performances use much onstage equipment and many props, Paterson prefers to present The Orb as "a non-centralised figure of amusement on stage".

The Orb used ADAT recorders for performances from 1993 to 2001 and utilised large 48-track decks, which Paterson described as basically being a "studio onstage". They hooked synthesisers, such as the ARP 2600, to MIDI interfaces to recreate specific sounds that appeared on their albums. The Orb's methods of studio music creation changed as well. For more recent albums such as Cydonia, The Orb used inexpensive equipment such as Korg's Electribe products, which Paterson described as employing more of a "bedroom techno" approach. Despite their use of laptops during performances and in-studio computers, Paterson says that he still cherishes vinyl and does not find purchasing CDs or downloading music to be nearly as satisfying.

Sampling and remixing

One of The Orb's most notable contributions to electronic music is their idea of blurring the distinction between sampling and remixing. Albums such as Pomme Fritz, though released as a piece of original work, consist largely of manipulated samples. Conversely, The Orb's remixes typically use only small sections of the original track, most notably in the case of their single "Toxygene". "Toxygene" was originally commissioned as a remix of Jean Michel Jarre's "Oxygene 8" from Oxygene 7-13. However, The Orb "obliterated it" and reassembled only a few fragments for their remix, much to the chagrin of Jarre, who reportedly refused to release it; The Orb released the track themselves under the name "Toxygene", which further irritated Jarre, to whom Paterson retorted "The French are always five years behind us, anyway." In statements made after the release of "Toxygene", however, Jarre denied that he rejected the original remix because of disliking it.

Other artists have become agitated due to The Orb sampling their work, though Paterson jokingly suggests that "hey don't know the half of it." Paterson says that he finds a "beauty" and a "cleverness" with slipping unlicensed samples into compositions without anyone recognizing it. Even though fans often try to guess the origins of many of The Orb's samples, Paterson states that they are rarely correct and that they would "die" if they discovered, for example, where the drums on "Little Fluffy Clouds" originated from. He has said that record labels have cautioned him, "Don't tell anyone where you got your samples until we get them cleared!".

The Orb has used a wide variety of audio clips from sources ranging from McCarthy era speeches to prank phone calls by Victor Lewis-Smith to David Thewlis' apocalypse-driven rant from the film Naked. Paterson obtains many samples from recording TV and radio for hours at a time and picking out his favorite clips. He and other members of The Orb record nature sounds for use on albums, most notably on FFWD and Orbus Terrarum. The Orb's combination of ambient music and sampling from lower fidelity audio sources often creates a "fuzzy texture" in the sound quality, depersonalising The Orb's music. The Orb is lauded for their "Monty Python-esque levity" in their use of audio samples, though NME asserts that Paterson "sabotage his majestic soundscapes" with "irritatingly zany" sounds.

The Orb has been a prolific remixing team, having completed over 80 commissioned remixes since 1989. Even during periods of label conflict and contractual limbo, The Orb found steady work remixing for artists including Depeche Mode, Lisa Stansfield, and Front 242. Though The Orb's remixes from the early and mid-1990s feature a large number of comical samples, Progressive-Sounds describe them as "ahead of their time" and NME notes them as "not entirely incompatible with contemporary chilling." However, some pieces, such as their Bee Gees cover collaboration with Robbie Williams, received criticism for being "beyond a joke" for their use of strange noises. The Orb's remix of Nine Inch Nails' "The Perfect Drug", too, was described as "silly", as they made it sound like Trent Reznor was "drowning in his bathtub". Though Paterson maintains that much of The Orb's remix work is done to support other artists, he admits some of their remixes for major artists were performed so that The Orb could "pay the bills".

Discography

* 1991: The Orb's Adventures Beyond The Ultraworld (Big Life UK, Mercury US (first pressing), Island Red Label US (second pressing, two discs)) (UK #29)

* 1992: U.F.Orb (Big Life UK, Mercury US (first pressing), Island Red Label US (second pressing)) (UK #1)

* 1995: Orbus Terrarum (Island Records) (UK #20)

* 1997: Orblivion (Island Records) (UK #19, Billboard 200 #174)

* 2001: Cydonia (Island Records UK, MCA Records US) (UK #83)

* 2004: Bicycles & Tricycles (Cooking Vinyl, Sanctuary Records) (UK #107, Billboard Top Electronic Albums #22)

* 2005: Okie Dokie It's the Orb on Kompakt (Kompakt)

* 2007: The Dream (Traffic Inc., Liquid Sound Design, Six Degrees) (UK #175)

* 2009: Baghdad Batteries (Orbsessions Volume III) (Malicious Damage)

* 2010: Metallic Spheres (featuring David Gilmour)(UK #12)

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All I Intended To Be is the 21st major label studio album from Emmylou Harris and her third release on Nonesuch Records. It was released in the United States on June 10, 2008.Cohen, Jonathan (7 April 2008). . Billboard. Retrieved on 12 June 2008.. Nonesuch Records. Retrieved on 12 June 2008.Deming, Mark. . Allmusic. Retrieved on 12 June 2008. The album debuted at number 22 on the Billboard 200,Hasty, Katie. . Billboard. June 18, 2008. and number four on Top Country Albums, which makes the album Harris' highest charting solo record on the Billboard 200 since Evangeline was released in 1981.





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Emmylou Harris (born April 2, 1947 in Birmingham, Alabama) is an American singer-songwriter and musician. In addition to her work as a solo artist and bandleader, both as an interpreter of other composers' works and as a singer-songwriter, she is a sought-after backing vocalist and duet partner, working with numerous other artists including Gram Parsons, Bob Dylan, Warren Zevon, Linda Ronstadt, John Denver, The Band, Elvis Costello, Conor Oberst, and Dolly Parton.

Biography

Early years

Emmylou Harris is the daughter of career military officer Walter Harris and his wife Eugenia. Walter Harris, a member of the Marine Corps, was reported missing in action in Korea in 1952 and spent ten months as a prisoner of war. Born in Birmingham, Alabama, Emmylou Harris spent her childhood in North Carolina and Woodbridge, Virginia, where she graduated from Gar-Field Senior High School as class valedictorian. In high school she also won a drama scholarship to the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, where she began to study music seriously, learning to play the songs of Pete Seeger, Bob Dylan and Joan Baez on guitar. Leaving college to pursue her musical aspirations, she moved to New York, working as a waitress to support herself while performing folk songs in Greenwich Village coffeehouses. She married fellow songwriter Tom Slocum in 1969 and in the following year recorded her first album, Gliding Bird. Harris and Slocum soon divorced, and Harris and her newborn daughter Hallie moved in with her parents in the Maryland suburbs on the edge of Washington, D.C."Charlie Rose Show" June 25, 2008

With Gram Parsons

Harris soon returned to performing as part of a trio with Gerry Mule and Tom Guidera. One night in 1971, members of the country rock group The Flying Burrito Brothers happened to be in the audience. Former Byrds member Chris Hillman, who had taken over the band after the departure of its founder Gram Parsons, was so impressed by Harris that he briefly considered asking her to join the band. Instead, Hillman ended up recommending her to Parsons, who was looking for a female vocalist to work with on his first solo album, GP. Harris toured as a member of Parsons' band, The Fallen Angels, in 1973, and the couple shone during vocal harmonies and duets. Harris was quite pleased, and invested a lot emotionally in their relationship. Later that year, Parsons and Harris were working together to record a studio album, Grievous Angel. Parsons died in his motel room near what is now Joshua Tree National Park on September 19, 1973, from an accidental overdose of drugs and alcohol. Parsons's Grievous Angel was released posthumously in 1974, and three more tracks from his last sessions with Harris were included on another posthumous Parsons album, Sleepless Nights, in 1976. There was one more album of recorded material from that period of time that was packaged with the name, Live 1973, but wasn't released until 1982.

The working relationship between Harris and Parsons is one of great importance in country and country-rock music history. Parsons offered Harris a study in true country music, introducing her to artists like The Louvin Brothers, and provided her with a musical identity; Harris's harmony and duet vocals, on the other hand, were lauded by those who heard them, and helped inspire Parsons' performances. His death left her devastated at an emotional and musical crossroads. She eventually carried on with her own version of Parsons' musical vision, and was instrumental in bringing attention to his achievements. Harris's earliest signature song, and arguably her most personal one, "Boulder to Birmingham", written shortly after Gram's death, showed the depth of her shock and pain at losing Parsons. It was, according to her best friend Linda Ronstadt, the beginning of a "lifetime effort to process what had happened", and was just the first of many songs written and/or performed by Harris about her life with (and without) Parsons.

I would rock my soul in the bosom of Abraham

I would hold my life in his saving grace.

I would walk all the way from Boulder to Birmingham

If I thought I could see, I could see your face.

--"Boulder to Birmingham"

lyrics by Emmylou Harris

The Hot Band

JamesBurton(by Scott Dudelson).jpgthumbleft200pxHot Band member James Burton

Warner Brothers A&R representative Mary Martin introduced Harris to Canadian producer Brian Ahern, who produced her major label debut album, Pieces of the Sky, released in 1975 on Reprise Records. The album was surprisingly eclectic, especially by Nashville standards, including cover versions of The Beatles' "For No One", Merle Haggard's "Tonight the Bottle Let Me Down" and The Louvin Brothers' "If I Could Only Win Your Love". It also featured "Bluebird Wine", a composition by young Texas songwriter Rodney Crowell, who was the first in a long line of songwriters whose talents Harris has championed. The record was one of the most expensive country records produced at the time, featuring the talents of James Burton, Glen Hardin, Ron Tutt, Ray Pohlman, and Bill Payne, as well as two tracks ("Before Believing" and "Queen of the Silver Dollar") that were cut with the Angel Band. Two singles were released: "Too Far Gone", which initially charted at #73 (a 1979 reissue hit #13), and Harris's first big hit, "If I Could Only Win Your Love", a duet with Herb Pedersen (later to be a founding member of The Desert Rose Band), which peaked at #4.

Executives of Warner Bros. Records (Reprise Records's parent company) told Harris they would agree to record her if she would "get a hot band". Harris did so, enlisting guitarist James Burton and pianist Glen Hardin, both of whom had played with Elvis Presley as well as Parsons. Burton was a renowned guitarist, starting in Ricky Nelson's band in the 1950s, and Hardin had been a member of The Crickets. Other Hot Band members were drummer John Ware, pedal steel guitarist Hank DeVito, and bassist Emory Gordy, Jr., with whom Harris had worked while performing with Parsons. Singer-songwriter Crowell was enlisted as a rhythm guitarist and duet partner., Emmylou.net. Retrieved 2007-10-04. Harris's first tour schedule originally dovetailed around Presley's, owing to Burton and Hardin's continuing commitments to Presley's band. The Hot Band lived up to its name, with most of the members moving on with fresh talent replacing them as they continued on to solo careers of their own.

Elite Hotel, released in December 1975, established that the buzz created by Pieces of the Sky was well-founded. Unusual for country albums at the time, which largely revolved around a hit single, Harris's albums borrowed their approach from the album-oriented rock market; in terms of quality and artistic merit, tracks like "Sin City", "Wheels", and "Till I Gain Control Again", which weren't singles, easily stood against tracks like "Together Again", "Sweet Dreams", and "One of These Days", which were. While Elite Hotel was a #1 country album, the album did sufficiently well as a crossover success with the rock audience. Harris appealed to those who normally disapproved of the country market's pull toward crossover pop singles ("Together Again" and "Sweet Dreams" both topped the country charts). Elite Hotel won a Grammy in 1976 for Best Country Vocal Performance, Female.

Harris's reputation for guest work continued. Aside from contributing to albums by Linda Ronstadt, Guy Clark and Neil Young, Harris was tapped by Bob Dylan to perform on his Desire album. Harris also filmed one of the studio sequences, owing to her touring schedule, in The Band's The Last Waltz, singing "Evangeline."

Burton left the Hot Band in 1976, choosing to remain with Elvis Presley's band, and was replaced by English guitarist Albert Lee. Harris's commercial apex was Luxury Liner, released in 1977, which remains one of her definitive records. On Luxury Liner, Harris's mix of songs from Chuck Berry ("(You Never Can Tell) C'est La Vie"), Gram Parsons (the title track and "She"), The Carter Family ("Hello Stranger") and Kitty Wells ("Making Believe") illustrate a continuity and artistic merit to country music often overlooked at the time. Despite Top Ten singles with "C'est La Vie" and "Making Believe," the album's best known track is the first recorded cover of Townes Van Zandt's classic "Pancho & Lefty", which would be a #1 hit for Willie Nelson and Merle Haggard in 1983. At the end of 1977, Crowell left the Hot Band to pursue a solo career; his replacement was bluegrass multi-instrumentalist and singer Ricky Skaggs.

Quarter Moon in a Ten Cent Town signalled a slight change of direction from Harris's previous three albums. Rather than mixing classic and contemporary, the album is made up largely of recently written songs, though from a wide variety of writers. "Two More Bottles of Wine", written by Delbert McClinton, became Harris's third #1 single, "To Daddy", written by Dolly Parton, went to #3, and a third single, "Easy From Now On", went Top Twenty. The album included two songs apiece from Crowell ("I Ain't Living Long Like This" and "Leaving Louisiana In The Broad Daylight") and songwriter Jesse Winchester ("Defying Gravity" and "My Songbird"), and Utah Phillips' "Green Rolling Hills."

The Roots Records

In 1977 (January), Harris married Brian Ahern. make beautiful music together. Their (Harris's second) daughter, Meghann, was born in 1979. During this time, Harris cut three studio albums that reflected a shift toward traditional country (the industry, on the other hand, was about to embrace Urban Cowboy). The first key to the change in direction was her Grammy Award-winning 1979 album Blue Kentucky Girl. Apart from a cover of The Drifters' "Save The Last Dance For Me", the album was largely made up of classic-styled country material in the vein of Loretta Lynn and Kitty Wells. One of her best-loved albums, the record includes songs ranging from The Louvin Brothers' "Everytime You Leave" to Willie Nelson's "Sister's Coming Home" to Gram Parson's signature "Hickory Wind". Wesley Rose took special interest in Harris's recording of "Beneath Still Waters", which became a #1 smash.

A Christmas album, Light of the Stable, was released in 1979; its title track featured backing vocals by Dolly Parton, Linda Ronstadt and Neil Young, all three of whom Harris had been working with sporadically since the mid-1970s, and would continue to collaborate with through the 2000s. (Harris, Parton and Ronstadt began working on a planned trio album during this time, though it would remain unfinished for nearly a decade; a few of the tracks recorded for the project surfaced on the women's' respective solo albums in the interim.) The album is largely acoustic, featuring readings of traditional fare such as "Silent Night," "O Little Town of Bethlehem" and "The First Noel."

In the 1980s, Harris pursued country music's history even further with the bluegrass-oriented recording of Roses in the Snow, featuring Ricky Skaggs, Tony Rice, Albert Lee, Emory Gordy Jr. and Jerry Douglas. Harris's versions of the traditional "Wayfaring Stranger" and Paul Simon's "The Boxer" were strong singles.

In 1980, Harris recorded "That Lovin' You Feelin' Again" with Roy Orbison. The duet was a Top 10 hit on both the Country and Adult Contemporary charts. They would win the Grammy Award for Best Country Vocal Performance by a Duo or Group. She would also be featured on Paul Kennerley's concept album The Legend of Jesse James, which also featured Levon Helm of The Band and Johnny Cash.

Pop-chart success, songwriting

In 1981, Harris reached the Top 40 on the Billboard pop chart with a cover of "Mister Sandman"—again Top 10 Country as well as Adult Contemporary—from her Evangeline album. (The album version of the song was a track from the ill-fated Trio sessions with Dolly Parton and Linda Ronstadt, but neither Parton's nor Ronstadt's record companies would allow their artists' vocals to be used on the single, so Harris re-recorded the song, singing all three parts.)

White Shoes in 1983 included an eclectic pairing of the rockish reading of "Diamonds Are a Girl's Best Friend" with a remake of the Donna Summer hit "On the Radio", as well as tracks from a diverse group of songwriters such as Hot Band member Crowell, Sandy Denny and T-Bone Burnett.

Harris's major-label releases thus far had included few self-penned songs, but in 1985 her songwriting skills were much in evidence with the release of The Ballad of Sally Rose, for which she co-wrote all of the songs. The album was semi-autobiographical in theme, based loosely on her relationship with Parsons. Harris described it as a "country opera". Her co-writer and producer on the album was English songwriter and musician Paul Kennerley, writer of the hit singles "Born to Run" (on Harris's 1981 Cimarron album) and "In My Dreams" (on White Shoes). Kennerley also produced her next album, Thirteen. They were married in 1985 and divorced in 1993.

In 1987, nearly a full decade after they'd first attempted to do so, Harris teamed up with Dolly Parton and Linda Ronstadt for their long-promised and much-anticipated Trio disc. The album proved to be the biggest commercial success of Harris's long and varied career, spending five weeks at #1 on Billboard's Country Albums chart (also quickly reaching the Top 10 on the Pop Albums chart), sold several million copies and produced four Top 10 Country hits, including "To Know Him Is To Love Him", which hit #1. The disc was nominated for the coveted Album Of The Year Grammy award (given to U2 that year for The Joshua Tree) and the three women won the statuette for Best Country Vocal Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocal; the album's Linda Thompson-penned track "Telling Me Lies" reached #3 Country, #25 Adult Contemporary, and was also nominated for a Grammy as 1987's Best Country Song.

Harris also found time in 1987 to release a solo album, Angel Band, featuring traditional gospel songs, on which she worked with, among others, rising country star Vince Gill.

In 1989, she recorded two songs with the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band on their album, Will the Circle Be Unbroken: Volume II. In a snippet of studio chatter included on one of the tracks, she talked during the recording session about her beginnings and how music had changed:

Years ago I had the experience of sitting around in a living room with a bunch of people and singing and playing, and it was like a spiritual experience, it was wonderful. And I decided then that was what I was going to do with my life was play music, do music. In the making of records, I think over the years we've all gotten a little too technical, a little too hung up on getting things perfect. We've lost the living room. The living room has gone out of the music, but today I feel like we got it back.

Around 1991, she dissolved The Hot Band and formed a new band of acoustic musicians—Sam Bush on fiddle, mandolin and vocals, Roy Huskey, Jr. on bass and vocals, Larry Atamanuik on drums, Al Perkins on banjo, guitar, Dobro guitar and vocals, and Jon Randall on guitar, mandolin and vocals—which she named The Nash Ramblers. They recorded a Grammy Award-winning live album in 1992 at the Ryman Auditorium in Nashville, Tennessee, which led to the $8 million restoration of the facility into a premium concert and event venue. It was her last album with Reprise Records.

New directions

By the 1990s, Harris started receiving less airplay as mainstream country stations began shifting their focus to the youth-oriented "new country" format. Harris's albums Bluebird and Brand New Dance (1989 and 1990, respectively) received ample critical acclaim and sold reasonably well, yet her chart success was on the wane. 1993's Cowgirl's Prayer—the first album since her switch to Elektra Records—was critically praised but received very little airplay, and its lead single, "High Powered Love" charted very low, peaking at #63, prompting her to shift her career in a new direction.

In 1995, Harris released one of the most critically acclaimed albums of the decade, Wrecking Ball, produced by Daniel Lanois, best known for his work with U2, Peter Gabriel and Bob Dylan. An experimental album for Harris, the record included Harris's rendition of the Neil Young-penned title track (Young himself provided guest vocals on two of the album's songs), Steve Earle's "Goodbye", Julie Miller's "All My Tears", Jimi Hendrix's "May This Be Love", Kate and Anna McGarrigle's "Goin' Back to Harlan" and Gillian Welch's "Orphan Girl". U2's Larry Mullen, Jr. showed up to play drums for the project. The album received virtually no country airplay whatsoever, but did bring Harris to the attention of alternative rock listeners, many of whom had never listened to her music before.

Harris then took her Wrecking Ball material on the road, releasing the live Spyboy in 1998, backed with a power trio comprising Nashville producer, songwriter and guitarist Buddy Miller and New Orleans musicians, drummer Brady Blade and bassist-vocalist-percussionist Daryl Johnson. In addition to performing songs from Wrecking Ball, the album updated many of Harris's career hits, including "Boulder to Birmingham".

Also in 1998, she appeared prominently on Willie Nelson's moody, instrumentally sparse Teatro album, produced by Wrecking Ball producer Lanois.

During the summer of 1997 and 1998, Harris joined Sarah McLachlan's all-woman musical touring festival, the Lilith Fair, where new artists like Patty Griffin could share new experiences and ideas with seasoned musicians like Harris and Bonnie Raitt.

In January 1999, Harris released Trio 2 with Parton and Ronstadt. Much of the album had actually been recorded in 1994, but remained unreleased for nearly five years because of record label and personnel disputes, conflicting schedules, and career priorities of the three artists. Trio 2 was much more contemporary-sounding than its predecessor and was certified Gold. It included their version of Neil Young's classic "After The Gold Rush", which became a popular music video and won another Grammy—this one for Best Country Collaboration with Vocals. Harris and Ronstadt then released a duet album, Western Wall: The Tucson Sessions, later the same year. The two superstars toured together during the fall months in support of the disc. Both albums made the Top 10 of Billboard's Country Albums chart and did well on the pop side as well.

Also in 1999, Harris paid tribute to her former singing partner Gram Parsons by co-executive producing Return of the Grievous Angel: A Tribute to Gram Parsons, an album that gathered together more than a dozen artists. Harris performed duets with Beck, Sheryl Crow and The Pretenders on this album's tracks.

In 2000, Harris released her solo follow-up to Wrecking Ball, Red Dirt Girl, produced by Lanois protege Malcolm Burn. For the first time since The Ballad of Sally Rose, the album contained a number of Harris's own compositions. Like Wrecking Ball, the album's sound leaned more toward alternative rock than country. Nevertheless it reached #5 on Billboard's Country Albums chart as well as a healthy #54 on the pop side. It also won Harris another of her 12 Grammy awards, in the category of Best Contemporary Folk Album.

Harris also accompanied on alternative country singer Ryan Adams' solo debut Heartbreaker and on Tracy Chapman's fifth album Telling Stories.

Also in 2000, Harris joined an all-star group of traditional country, folk and blues artists for the T-Bone Burnett-produced soundtrack to the Coen Brothers film, O Brother, Where Art Thou? The soundtrack won multiple CMA, ACM and Grammy awards. A documentary/concert film, Down from the Mountain, featured the artists performing music from the film and other songs at the Ryman Auditorium. Harris and many of the same artists took their show on the road for the Down from the Mountain Tour in 2002. In 2003, Harris supplied the finishing touches in harmonizing with the Dixie Chicks on a song they were recording in the studio, "Godspeed".

On September 9, 2005, Harris participated in "Shelter from the Storm: A Concert for the Gulf Coast", a series of concerts simulcast by most American television stations to raise money for victims of Hurricane Katrina and Hurricane Rita. She performed with Beth Neilsen Chapman and the Dixie Chicks, harmonizing on Patty Griffin's song, "Mary."

Recent work

Harris released Stumble into Grace, her follow-up to Red Dirt Girl, in 2003. Like its predecessor, it contained mostly self-penned material. In 2004, Harris led the Sweet Harmony Traveling Revue tour with Gillian Welch, David Rawlings, Buddy Miller and Patty Griffin. They performed singly and together and swapped instruments.

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In 2005, Harris worked with Conor Oberst on Bright Eyes' release, I'm Wide Awake, It's Morning, performing backup vocals on three tracks. In July, she joined Elvis Costello on several dates of his U.S. tour, performing alongside Costello and his band on several numbers each night. Harris and Costello recorded a version of Costello's song, "The Scarlet Tide", from the soundtrack of the movie Cold Mountain. July also saw the release of The Very Best of Emmylou Harris: Heartaches & Highways, a single-disc retrospective of Harris's career, on the Rhino Entertainment label. This same year, Harris appeared as a guest vocalist on Neil Young's widely acclaimed Prairie Wind. She also appeared in the Jonathan Demme documentary-concert film Neil Young: Heart of Gold, released in 2006.

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All the Roadrunning, an album of collaborations with former Dire Straits frontman Mark Knopfler, was released in April 2006 and supported by a tour of Europe and the USA. The album was a commercial success, reaching #8 in the UK and #17 in the USA. Selections recorded during the All the Roadrunning tour performance at the Gibson Amphitheatre were released as a CD/DVD package titled Real Live Roadrunning in November 2006. In addition to several of the compositions that Harris and Knopfler recorded together in the studio, Real Live Roadrunning features solo hits from both members of the duo, as well as a few classic tracks from Knopfler's days with Dire Straits.

Harris is featured on A Tribute To Joni Mitchell, released on April 24, 2007. Harris covered the song "The Magdalene Laundries" (originally on Mitchell's 1994 album, Turbulent Indigo). She sang "Another Pot O' Tea" with Anne Murray on Murray's album Anne Murray Duets: Friends and Legends, released November 13, 2007, in Canada and January 15, 2008, in the U.S.

Harris wrote a song called "In Rodanthe" for the 2008 film Nights In Rodanthe.

A solo album, All I Intended to Be, was released on June 10, 2008, to critical acclaim. Contributors include Buddy Miller, the McGarrigle sisters, Vince Gill, Phil Madeira, and Dolly Parton. She toured with an ensemble she dubbed the Red Dirt Boys, featuring Phil Madeira on accordion, guitar, and keyboards, Colin Linden on guitar and banjo, Rickie Simpkins on mandolin and fiddle, Chris Donohoe on bass, and Bryan Owings on drums./ It did not include Miller, who was touring with Robert Plant, Alison Krauss and T Bone Burnett at the time. In 2009, Harris toured with Patty Griffin, Shawn Colvin, and Miller as "Three Girls and Their Buddy". Madeira, Simpkins, and Donohue performed with her in late 2008, and in 2009, appearing on "A Prairie Home Companion" and at MerleFest and the Telluride Bluegrass Festival. In September 2009, Owings rejoined the Red Dirt Boys with Miller for the remainder of 2009.

In April 2009 Harris became a grandmother. Her daughter gave birth to a daughter, Prudence."All For The Hall California benefit concert review", Nashville Gab, http

In 2010, Harris regrouped with the latest version of the Red Dirt Boys—Madeira, Owings, Donohue, and Simpkins—for Lilith Fair summer dates and a scheduled US autumn tour.

According to an interview with Bonnie Tyler by Digital Spy, Emmylou Harris will be teaming up with her on Tyler's upcoming album. Harris will do backing vocals on a song, written and produced by Wayne Warner.

A new solo album, Hard Bargain, is to be released on the Nonesuch label on 25 April, 2011.

Activism

In 1997 and 1998, Harris performed in Sarah McLachlan's Lilith Fair, promoting feminism in music. Since 1999, Harris has been organizing an annual benefit tour called Concerts for a Landmine Free World. All proceeds from the tours support the Vietnam Veterans of America Foundation's (VVAF) efforts to assist innocent victims of conflicts around the world. The tour also benefits the VVAF's work to raise America's awareness of the global landmine problem. Artists that have joined Harris on the road for these dates include Mary Chapin Carpenter, Bruce Cockburn, Sheryl Crow, Steve Earle, Joan Baez, Patty Griffin, Nanci Griffith, Willie Nelson, and Lucinda Williams. Harris is a supporter of animal rights and an active member of PETA. She founded, and in her spare time assists at, an animal shelter in Nashville.

Awards and other honours

Grammy Awards

2005 Best Female Country Vocal Performance ("The Connection")

2001 Album of the Year (O Brother, Where Art Thou?)

2000 Best Contemporary Folk Album (Red Dirt Girl)

1999 Best Country Collaboration with Vocals ("After The Gold Rush", with Dolly Parton and Linda Ronstadt)

1998 Best Country Collaboration with Vocals ("Same Old Train", with Alison Krauss, Clint Black, Dwight Yoakam, Earl Scruggs, Joe Diffie, Marty Stuart, Merle Haggard, Pam Tillis, Patty Loveless, Randy Travis, Ricky Skaggs & Travis Tritt)

1995 Best Contemporary Folk Album (Wrecking Ball)

1992 Best Country Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocal (Emmylou Harris & The Nash Ramblers At the Ryman, as Emmylou Harris & The Nash Ramblers)

1987 Best Country Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocal (Trio, with Dolly Parton and Linda Ronstadt)

1984 Best Country Vocal Performance, Female ("In My Dreams")

1980 Best Country Vocal Performance by a Duo or Group ("That Lovin' You Feelin' Again", with Roy Orbison)

1979 Best Country Vocal Performance, Female (Blue Kentucky Girl)

1976 Best Country Vocal Performance, Female (Elite Hotel) at www.grammy.com, retrieved 21 March 2008/

Country Music Association Awards

2001 Album of the Year (O Brother, Where Art Thou?)

1980 Female Vocalist Of The Year

1988 Vocal Event of the Year (Trio, with Dolly Parton and Linda Ronstadt) www.cmaawards.com. Retrieved 21 March 2008.

Other honors

* VH1's 100 Most Influential Women in Rock and Roll (1998) - Number 22 out of 100

* Billboard's Century Award recipient (1999) - inducted by Sarah McLachlann

* CMT's 40 Greatest Women of Country Music - #5 ranking (2002)

* Inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame on February 12, 2008

Discography

Collaborations and other appearances

References

Sources

* In the Country of Country: A Journey to the Roots of American Music, Nicholas Dawidoff, Vintage Books, 1998. ISBN 0-679-41567-X

* Emmylou Harris: Angel in Disguise, Jim Brown, Fox Music Books, 2004. ISBN 1-894997-03-4

* Fong-Torres, Ben. (1998). "Emmylou Harris". In The Encyclopedia of Country Music. Paul Kingsbury, Editor. New York: Oxford University Press. p. 230.





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