401K Music, Inc.
The once sleepy side project named Drug Cabin is (at once) a band and a family of sorts that has endured the vagaries of a fickle music business and life itself. Following a self-titled e.p. in 2012, Nathan Thelen (Pretty Girls Make Graves, Moonrats) and Marcus Congleton (Ambulance Ltd) combined to write 22 new songs. With the talented support of Brandon "Eugene" Owens on bass, Sheridan Reily on drums, and Frankie Palmer on pedal steel, the songs were recorded to analog 8-track at Gaucho Electronics in Downtown Los Angeles. Engineered by F. Bermudez , produced and mixed by Nick DeWitt (Pretty Girls Make Graves, Liars) the result is 2 albums , Yard Work and Wiggle Room. Together both records contain a vast collection of harmonious sweeping deep groove folk-ish indie pop with deceptively addictive hooks. The shape shifting tone of the compositions can feel very much like 70's garden rock imagined by Brian Wilson as it feels so down to earth yet so dreamy.
401K Music, Inc.
The New York based Spires seemingly came out of nowhere last year, the rock band burst onto the scene last Summer with a Residency at Pianos on the Lower East Side. After winning over audiences and media alike with this stunning entrance and highly praised live sets at the Northside Festival and CMJ they followed it up with shows with Temples, The Horrors, Toy, Noah and the Whale, Allah-Las, Widowspeak, Caveman and Hookworms.
Their debut single "Candy Flip"(b/w "Comic Book) was released by 401K Music in the US and on the Too Pure Singles Club in the UK to great critical acclaim from both sides of the Atlantic. BBC 6 Music made it their single of the week, KEXP championed the band and featured them in session, the NME, The New York Times, Brooklyn Vegan, all raved about the band and the single which was produced by Connor Hanwick of The Drums and mixed by Claudius Mittendorfer (Muse, Johnny Marr, Alberta Cross, Temples).
8DSync / Eighth Dimension
Eric McGauley, better known as Eros, is an American electronic music artist based out of Orlando, Florida. Eros began writing and producing electronic music in high school, followed by releases on a multitude of Florida based labels, including his own D'funkt records. In the 90s, Eric first had success with a few of his songs being played in regular rotation on local commercial FM radio. This got the attention of Robins Entertainment and Tommy Boy record scouts, both who contacted him after the release of "What's that Sound," a single that featured a sample of rapper Skee Lo. During this time Eric played frequently at popular events such as Zen Festival in Los Angeles, Ultra Music Festival in Miami, and many other venues and clubs throughout the U.S. Eric currently has 6 full length albums, 15 vinyl releases and over a dozen appearances on compilations such as Koch's Beatles Re-grooved series. Eric has recently branched out, working on styles outside of the breakbeat dance realm, creating solid productions in the genres of trip hop, dubstep, and electronic rock/pop. This experimentation has paid off (literally!) with newer tracks being licensed to ads for Quicksilver sportswear and Burton Snowboards, as well as a track appearing in NBC's hit show Smash and the feature film Bachelorette. This year also marked the collaboration between Eros and DJ Magic Mike, a childhood hero, best known as one of the pioneers of the Miami bass sound. This creative combination helped to launch Magic Mike's album to number one on Beatport.com. Along with recent tracks being released on Caffeine, Zone, Bad Baby and EA Records, Eric is working on several remixes for heavy hitters in the electronic music scene and finishing up the next full length album, scheduled to be released in the near future.
8DSync / Eighth Dimension
Monta At Odds
Formed by Dedric and Delaney Moore, the brothers took their dream of Italian Cinema soundtracks, 60's Bollywood, and Pink Floyd and stirred in a mixture of space-rock, dub, electronica and psychedelica to create the sound of Monta At Odds. Previously known as Monta on the world-wide acclaimed Unsuspecting album, the name was expanded along with the band members. Next followed Gringo as their homage to western-influenced Italian Cinema. In 2009, Outono was released on limited edition clear vinyl to great acclaim. Next followed Fuoco Infernale (translation Hellfire) released world-wide on Upstairs Recordings in 2010 and then the expanded edition of Unsuspecting on Upstairs this past summer. Monta At Odds' seven-piece ensemble has shared the stage with greats like The Flaming Lips, Shiny Toy Guns, Larkin Grimm, Scout Niblett, Our Brother The Native, Cave, The Roman Numerals, and The Octopus Project. Monta At Odds have had their music in several feature films, short films and television adverts. Monta At Odds are currently working with nationally-respected visual artist Barry Anderson to compose music for his art installation project showing in Los Angeles at the end of summer.
8DSync / Eighth Dimension
"JJ's debut album, "Ou Sont Les Elephants", has been a year and a half in the making and is a journey from start to finish; you know songs about love and stuff, but credibly done in his own unique style. The album is lo-fi folky acoustic-y goodness. Listening to the album first time round, influences I would suspect are bands like Frightened Rabbit, Paul Simon, The Shins and perhaps some Death Cab thrown in there for good measure. It's a collective mix, but with a voice that is unique and a great ear for harmonies, JJ creates something that is quite hard to pin down to one genre."
"Releasing his debut album this year JJ Bull is a singer-songwriter from Aberdeen with a rare raw talent. His album, 'Ou Sont Les Elephants', has been called an "unexpected gem and an excellent debut."
Tagged as one to watch in the next twelve months, JJ Bull will be taking to Wizard's Banshee stage on Saturday August 28."
"This album is simply outstanding... JJ has every right to feel immensely proud of this album, it is a startlingly good debut and I was genuinely blown away by it. Buy this album. No excuses, just get out there and buy it."
Ou Sont Les Elephants" is one of the best albums you will hear in 2010. And that's a promise."
"It's somewhere between cliché and painfully appropriate to call Cardboard Lamb's debut their Singles Going Steady, but like the Buzzcocks collection, Don't Forget to Die never lets up with pop hooks and infectious riffs, almost taunting us with its effortless charm and refusal to let us take a seat. The LA-based quartet makes it sound so easy. Their debt to post-punk foundation stones like Wire, Mission of Burma, and The Sound are obvious seconds into opening track "Bedside Manner" but unlike their influences, they've hit us with a debut that comes on like slapstick black comedy, almost asking us to grin through a series of misfortunes and heartbreaking tales. The man most obviously responsible for this quality, guitarist, vocalist, lyricist, and masochist Colin Ambulance, pens lyrics that betray the tears of a clown or maybe a court jester who realizes the punch line of his next joke is his head in a guillotine basket. So how does a man with such biting wit find his perfect foil in a band that sounds so refreshingly upbeat? Cardboard Lamb rarely lose a sense of optimism, whether subtle or overblown, but always facilitating an undercurrent of simplicity, like listlessly kicking rocks while discovering the silver lining in a horizon out of Something Wicked This Way Comes. It saturates "Bedside Manner", soaking into the space between the erratic melodies criss-crossing and weaving though each other. The messy charm permeates the album and oddly runs on a faithful sense of organization within the design of Cardboard Lamb. The members of Cardboard Lamb strongly adhere to their predestined roles from song to song, never straying far from their purpose, but when it works this well, why would they ever need to? "German Judge", sounding like Joy Division on uppers, features all of the hallmarks of the band's high energy post-punk. The schizophrenic frenzy of Ambulance's serrated guitars swing between controlled tantrums of shredding and unpredictable projectile riffing while Jared Keller's bass lines anchor with a tight rhythm and guttural tone. Of course, this wouldn't be a Colin Ambulance production if the anchor provided much restraint, so Don't Forget to Die often finds Keller bouncing along beside Ambulance, like two hummingbirds on tethers, moving faster than we can process, touching down but never landing. Michelle Reeves is heavily relied on to blanket the jittery melodies in swathes of synth, never compromising the energy, rather defining the soul at the theme of the song while Tom Ackerman's instinctual beats frantically drive the song further beyond its own limit than the song itself realizes, though Cardboard Lamb doesn't keep us around for the inevitable collapse. We only get the energy. Meanwhile, Ambulance narrates the whole affair like a cartoon aghast at his own soul and even more aghast at the lack of soul in those surrounding him. Everyone is sure to have their favorite moment on Cardboard Lamb's debut, with the others not far behind. Of course, this leaves this brilliantly energetic group the unenviable task of creating a follow-up so incredible as to not immortalize Don't Forget to Die as their greatest hits." -Seth Styles
ADA Licensing / Warner Music Group Film/TV/Commercials
Junior Giant is four-piece band fronted by 21-year-old music prodigy and pro skier Spencer Linsley. Their sound is a blend of upbeat indie rock with alternative guitar driven beats and catchy hooks. The band’s youthful exuberance informs the lyrics and their dynamic live performances.
Music has been a part of Spencer’s life since the age of 4 when he got his first guitar. He learned to play his Fender Stratocaster by learning his favorite song, Green Day’s Basket Case. At age 5 he started playing piano and learned how to read music. At 16, Spencer began to write songs and lay down tracks in a local studio under the guidance of his father, Brian Linsley.
Spencer’s love of music ultimately led him to form Junior Giant in 2008 along with his childhood friends JT Nebeker on bass, Skip Hardy on drums and father Brian Linsley on guitar. The band released their first album Blue Boy in 2009, and followed up with their latest, Truth North in 2010.
Junior Giant recently filmed a music video inspired by James Bond’s 1977 classic film The Spy Who Loved Me for their single “Heyla”. Shot over 4 days at Solitude Mountain Resort ski resort, the end result is a fun filled video that pays homage to the unforgettable chase scene in the original film and ends with the band performing live to hundreds of enthusiastic fans dancing and singing along.
Junior Giant is managed by Paul Geary of AGPS Management and future plans include expanding touring and connecting with fans across the country. The band has good exposure in Europe and they would like nothing more than to take six months to play to an International base.
Spencer Linsley grew up with a passion for music, but by spending his childhood in Utah he developed a love for skiing. In Spring of 2002, Spencer honed his skills as a Freeskier developing his own charismatic style of park free skiing and Big Mountain. By 13 he had landed sponsorships with Scott USA, Orage for Apparel, Salomon, and Snowbird Mountain Resort.
Spencer competed in the US Open and the X-Games in 2002-2006. In the winter of 2008, he designed and maintained the Terrain Park at Solitude Mountain Resort. He’s a licensed EMT professional and certified by ATF to handle explosives used in avalanche control. Fire in the hole!
Guitarist Brian Linsley has been a staple in the music industry for many years. Brian co-founded the Jim Carroll Band which signed with ATCO/Rolling Stones Records in 1980. Their hit, People Who Died has become a punk classic and has been featured in films as diverse as Speilberg’s E.T. to The Darwin Awards, Dawn of Dead and of course Basketball Diaries, the autobiographical coming of age story about Jim Carroll. Brian has shared the stage with rock legends including Keith Richards, Patti Smith, the Allman Brothers and Blue Oyster Cult. He now shares the stage with his son, Spencer and Junior Giant.
JT also grew up skiing and snowboarding in the mountains of Utah, but met his childhood friends, Spencer and Skip, not on the slopes but as teammates on the lacrosse field. As a lacrosse player, JT graduated as an All-American winning state championships in 03,04, and 06. In the 2004 victory JT played attack and Skip played defense. In 05, as 1st baseman, he shared the diamond with Spencer at 3rd base, resulting in another championship. From there, JT’s lacrosse talents took him to the college circuit where he was named Offensive MVP and league All-American. In his sophomore year JT could no longer ignore the lure of the music and traded in his stick and pads for a bass guitar joining his childhood friends in their pursuit of a musical career.
African Dope Records and African Dope Publishing
The music of Sean Ou Tim, aka Mr Sakitumi, takes its cue from the likes of Ninja Tune, DJ Krush, Bonobo, RJD2 and DJ Shadow, featuring live sampling, fx, turntable scratching and upright electric bass and bass guitar. Sakitumi's shows are fun and full of passionate performance, making him a great entertainer for audiences., which have included Oprah Winfrey, Nelson Mandela and Miriam Makebe. Other appearances include festivals such as Pukkelpop (Belgium), Lowlands (Netherlands), Face Fest (Finland), Oppikoppi (South Africa), Ramfest (South Africa), Sakifo (Reunion), and Popkomm (Germany), as well as venues like the Havana Club and the Capitol Theatre in Pretoria.
Alpha Pup Records
Born and bred in Weston, Massachussetts, Edward Ma, now known to the world as edIT, began his music career as "The Con Artist" just before the turn of the millennium. As a resident DJ at the now defunct Konkrete Jungle Los Angeles, he shared the stage with Hive, Daddy Kev, James Tai and mic rockers Busdriver, P.E.A.C.E. and Mikah 9. Konkrete Jungle marked the golden age of indie hip-hop in Los Angeles, and was the bridge between the jungle and b-boy massives. During this time, he also held a residency at Dublab Radio. He was one of the very first Dublab DJs and broadcasted two weekly shows from the legendary Melrose Avenue studio. Far ahead of its time, Dublab operated as an internet radio station and served as a unifying force for the melting pot of L.A.Õs intellectual DJ culture. During this musical renaissance, edIT used "The Con Artist" name to produce and engineer for the likes of Sole (Anticon), Busdriver (Epitaph), Aloe Blacc (Stones Throw), Emanon (Shaman Work), and Dr. Oop (Black Love).
It was 2003 when "The Con Artist" adopted the edIT moniker, while finishing his debut solo album Crying Over Pros for No Reason. The album was released by µ-Ziq's Planet-Mu imprint a year later in 2004. The album was a downtempo love-maker's epic about opportunities lost. Shortly thereafter, he shifted gears towards the dance floor and remixed Daedelus's "Dumbfound" for Plug Research, which became a party rockin' classic, and further established edIT as a force to be reckoned with in the IDM and electronic worlds.
Antenna Farm Records
Social Studies crafts intricate songs that combine angular indie rock and classic twee-pop. What distingishes the San Francsico-based group is their ecclectic, complex song writing: unusual structures and mathy beats are tempered by soft edges and danceable casio hooks. Moody, defiant and hopeful, the lyrics celebrate duality through themes of discontent, violence, innocence, renewal, nostalgia, regret and joy. All these elements take shape in unpredictable, catchy songs that burrow into your consciousness and demand repeat listening and a critical reading between the lines. Combine this imaginative songwriting with a consistently high energy live show, and it is no surprise that Social Studies has generated a loyal fanbase and strong buzz in the SF Bay Area and beyond.