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The Front Bottoms 2014-05-21
THE FRONT BOTTOMS RELEASE ROSE EP On Tour This Summer with Say Anything Hitting the Festival Circuit with Reading, Leeds, Bestival and Riot Fest "These are the songs that people ask for when we’re on tour," says vocalist/guitarist Brian Sella of THE FRONT BOTTOMS, about their new six-track ROSE EP (Bar/None Records; release date June 17, 2014). "They're songs that we've either played live at shows or had kicking around that we couldn't let go of." A collection of some of the best tracks of their career so far, many of the tracks on Rose will once again be road-tested when the band hits the touring circuit with a continental trek throughout the US and Canada as direct support of Say Anything this summer (tour dates below) as well as hitting the festival circuit with Reading Festival (UK), Leeds Festival (UK), Bestival (UK) and Riot Fest (Chicago, IK) all confirmed for later this Summer. Named after drummer Mathew Uychich's grandmother Rosemary, Rose marks the first in a series of EPs named after their grandmothers which they plan on releasing in the future. "These songs were also Mat's grandmother Rosemary's favorite songs," he explains. "So it was kinda fitting that we named this EP Rose." Launching the CD with the crowd pleaser "Flying Model Rockets," it kicks off with an epic and bombastic bang. Epic and conversational, the track propels listeners through their trademark clever lyrics have started massive sing-alongs at their live shows. "Lipstick Covered Magnet" and "Be Nice To Me" continue the punk thematics while the moody and introspective "Awkward Conversations" projects the tension of a relationship on the verge of collapse. The immediate smiling infectiousness of "12 Feet Deep" posits the story right in the middle of that precarious time between high school and college when kids have to confront a wider world. The teaser track/lyric video "Jim Bogart" puts Brian in the unenviable position of pining for a girl who doesn't reciprocate his feelings and can be viewed here: Formed in Northern Jersey, The Front Bottoms grew organically throughout the underground and made major headway into the mainstream. With local and national press like Alternative Press, BrooklynVegan, VICE, Filter, All Music Guide, DRUM Magazine, SPIN, Aquarian Weekly, Jersey Beat, MTV, Billboard, Huffington Post, and many others driving donuts around them, they even found major believers in Bob Boilen of NPR who has been a huge supporter since day one and has branded them "…A great rock ‘n’ roll band". Their Tiny Desk concert can be seen here: The Front Bottoms is Brian Sella (vocals/guitar), Mathew Uychich (drums), Tom Warren (bass), and Ciaran O’Donnel (keys/trumpet/guitar). Rose EP will be released on Bar/None Records on June 17, 2014. Tour Dates:

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The Feelies 2014-04-04
See shows sectionfor details.

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The Feelies 2009-06-24
"Should Be Gone" from the Feelies new studio album Here Before is available for free download at Pitchfork.

Click here to read writer Ricky Moody's phone interview with the Feelies.

Click here to read Greg Kot's article in the Chicago Tribune.

Click here for the Egyptian Reggae video at Pitchfork, recorded at ATP2009.

Pitchfork gave both albums 9.1 and placed them on their best new reissues list.

Click here to read Jim DeRogatis' concert review in the Chicago Sun Times.

Click here for BrooklynVegan's review of their recent shows.

Click here for Flowering Toilet's blog mention.

Click here for Rolling Stones' 4 1/2 star review!

Click here for Spinner's Brooklyn show review.

Paste Magazine's record reviews.

St. Louis' Riverfront Times review and interview.

Human Switchboard 2011-10-23
Who's Landing in My Hangar (1977 - 84) will be released on October 24th. Included in the CD is a download card containing an additional 19 tracks bringing the anthology to a whopping 40 tracks in all!

Click here for a review of the anthology in Dusted.

Click here for a review of the anthology in HITS Daily Double.

Hot Lava 2008-08-25
Click here to read VenusZine's feature on Hot Lava.

Click here to read a Q&A with the band at Viva Indie Rock.

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Brute Force 2010-10-28
Click here for Spinner's article on Brute.

Click here for the Examiner's article.

Click here for Dirty Impound's review of the reissue of Confections of Love.

Starling Electric 2008-08-21
Clouded Staircase was re-released on Bar/None August 19th and is available everywhere.

Relix had this to say about Clouded Staircase.

The Wall Street Journal had this to say about the album. "On Clouded Staircase, some songs have 10 vocal parts, most sung by Mr. Dillon, that form a tight, textured and often captivating whole. Rich but uncluttered orchestral pop with reoccurring themes and a few tracks that are crafted of separate but complementary parts, the CD shows the influence of "Smile," especially on the Dillon composition "Camp-Fire" as voices dart and built over organ, chimes, bass and banjo. But the album's "Death to Bad Dreams/Black Parade" invokes the Beatles' harmonies, and "She Goes Through Phases" recalls Pink Floyd's. The sway of the '70s band 10cc jumps from several tracks.

Click here to read Detroit's Metromix's Q&A with the band where they reveal their passion for Carling Black Label.

The well-respected Fire Note blog had this to say about Clouded Staircase.

Detroit Free Press' 5 Questions with Caleb Dillon

Recent press on Clouded Staircase can be found at Pitchfork, PopMatters, VenusZine, Mlive, and OneDiedSimply.

To preview the album please visit imeem

Blind Pig concert preview on

Hotel Lights 2007-10-05
Hotel Lights' 3rd full length Girl Graffiti will be released on August 16th. Check back for pre-order info.

Curent TV piece on the new album.

Click here to read an interview with Darren in Stereo Subversion.
"Allow me to go out on a limb and say this: Firecracker People might be the best album you haven't heard this year. Of course, such statements are entirely subjective and rather silly if you get down to it (the entire process of judging art seems to be an idea in tension), but that doesn't stop me from trying to get you to pay attention to the music of Darren Jessee (among others). - STEREO SUBVERSION

PopMatters review up now as well as a Fire Drills review.

Head over to the Media section to see the new video for A.M. Slow Golden Hit directed by Myke Adams.

Shannon McArdle 2008-08-05
Click here for Ink19's review of Summer of the Whore.

Click here for the Village Voice's interview with Shannon.

Read Time Out's interview with Shannon here.

Interview, album review and free download at Paper Thin Walls

Album review here at The Red Alert.

Interview with Shannon at PopMatters

Click here for Shannon's Uncensored Interview.

Oppenheimer 2007-02-05
Oppenheimer will appear in the web only show Rockville, CA from the executive producer of The O.C. and Gossip Girl, starting Tuesday March 31st.

On Thursday, Nov. 27th, Oppenheimer were the musical guests on CBS' Late Late Show w/ Craig Ferguson see the video below.

Take the Whole Midrange and Boost It at imeem

The first video from Oppenheimer's sophomore release is now up at our Media page.

Click here to listen to the band's recent set on the great WOXY.

Click here to view a Fuji Film tv commercial using an Oppenheimer song that airs in Europe.

This is not a Test was used in the closing minutes of the hit ABC-TV show Ugly Betty ("Secretaries Day")

Recent press can be found at BBC America and Spin

Go to for more info and all of the goings-on with them including their winter 08 tour with TMBG.

Don't forget to view their video for Saturday Looks Bad To Me over at our Media page.

Emperor X 2011-07-09
Songwriter and noise pop saboteur Emperor X aka C. R. Matheny is working on a new record with sights set on an early October release. The Riverfront Times calls him a "heartfelt, imaginative song canon." Prefix Mag say, "Emperor X seems to be pioneering a musical style that combines the most effective elements of lo-fi recording, analog electronics and formula rock... the songs are fantastic."

Click here for a full album stream of Western Teleport on AOL/Spinner.

Click here for the Jersey Journal's article/Maxwells show preview.

Western Teleport as one of The Most Underrated Albums of 2011

The Slip 2007-03-28
"Even Rats" is now available on Rock Band through RBN. See here.

Live videos over at our Media page of The SLIP performing in Canada for MTV Live.

Head over to to see some exclusive live footage of The Slip at Barrymore's (Ottawa, Ontario) performing Airplane/Primitive, Even Rats, and If One of Us Should Fall.

Hear five exclusive live tracks on Daytrotter including a cover of The Who's Baba O'Riley.

Don't forget to swing by Vanity Fair Online and check out The Slipping Point, a feature article about the band's recent successes and the new record that they describe as "a complex, compelling opus".

And for those of you who missed the episode of Grey's Anatomy where The Slip's Life In Disguise was used in the background...

Individuals 2008-06-05
Dancing With My 80 Wives is NPR Music's Song of the Day!.

Read MOKB's review of the reissue of Fields/Aquamarine here.

Check out the review and downlaod the track “Walk By Your House” from the album Fields/Aquamarine at Paper Thin Walls

Tune into WFMU's The Evan "Funk" Davies Show, Tuesday, August 12 (11pm-2am) to hear a live performance by The Individuals

Another great review up at ErasingClouds.

Click here to read the Village Voice piece on the reissue.

(selections from) Fields/Aquamarine at imeem

Birdie Busch 2007-02-05
The Yellow Bird Project out of Montreal, interviewed Birdie on their "blog" section. Along with the interview is a video of an acoustic version of an unreleased song that will be on her next record along with a download button for it. So check it out! Yellow Bird is more than just a blog, it is a company that works hand in hand with lots of great bands (Rilo Kiley,Devendra Banhart, and Broken Social Scene to name a few) to design t-shirts for them where all the proceeds go towards charitable efforts.

Birdie's 2nd album for Bar/None Penny Arcade is out now. You can order the album direct from us or at any fine retailer.

Click here to see Birdie on Philly's ABC-TV and footage from a recent North Star Bar performance where she performs 3 songs from her upcoming Bar/None release Penny Arcade.

Go to and dig her rendition of the Steve Miller's Wild Mountain Honey while you're there.

Click here to listen to a May 2006 interview and live performance by Birdie on World Cafe.

Luka Bloom 2009-02-03
Luka Bloom's latest release Eleven Songs is out on Bar/None on March 10th.

Click here to listen to World Cafe's interview with Luka.

Head over to our Media page to see a stirring live version of "Don't Be Afraid Of The Light That Shines Within You".

And preview the album at iMeem

Architecture In Helsinki 2007-02-05
Click here to watch the Sprint commercial featuring Souvenirs from AIH's debut album Fingers Crossed. Also for the increasingly curious, click here to see the behind the scenes on the making of the "Dreams" Sprint commercial.

We Died, They Remixed, They're (Almost) Gone
Architecture in Helsinki's limited edition We Died, They Remixed, re-imagined renditions of every song from AIH's second Bar/None disc, In Case We Die...–is almost gone. We've been watching supplies dwindle every day, so order directly at or from your favorite independent CD purveyor. For those of you over the whole “bricks and mortar“ thing, you can order We Died, They Remixed as a digital download via iTunes. Among the highlights of the disc are a dance-floor-ready remix of Do The Whirlwind from Hot Chip, a rap version of Need To Shout from Mocky and a dreamy pop take on Maybe You Can Owe Me from Qua.

Head over to our Media page to see videos of It'5!, Wishbone, and Do the Whirlwind from In Case We Die

For the latest info on AIH, go to or

Langley Schools Music Project 2007-03-14
Director Spike Jonze was inspired by the Langley Schools collection for the soundtrack to the film adaptation of the children's book classic Where the Wild Things Are

Langley Schools Music Project item in The Onion ("14 cover songs that are better than the originals").
Click here

Check out this great NPR interview with Hans Fenger and what life brought to the girl who sang Desperado.

And here's part 1 of the VH1 documentary

Greg Camp 2008-08-21
Greg Camp formerly of Smash Mouth released his first solo album on Sept 9th.

The good folks at AOL Music have put up Defektor at their Listening Party.

Click here to read what the San Jose Mercury News wrote about Greg and Defektor.

Instrumental Anaylsis had this to say about Defektor.

Standard Fare 2010-03-05
Standard Fare's debut album The Noyelle Beat is out now.

"Dancing" is Spinner's Song of the Day.

Click here for The Fire Note's review.

Click here for Brooklyn Vegan's post along with tour dates and a free MP3 of "Dancing".

Please visit our MEDIA page to view the new video of "Philadelphia".

Click here for SF's "Vaya Vaya Mexico" video from the Indiecator World Cup compilation

Visit our Shows page to see a listing of Standard Fare's Summer 2010 US tour dates.

Freedy Johnston 2009-10-19
Freedy live on World Cafe.

Freedy's Don't Fall In Love with a Lonely Girl on NY Magazine's Approval Matrix as BRILLIANT!

Freedy Johnston on his part-time Madisonian status (video)

Click here for a rave of the new record on

Click here for a record review from No Depression.

Click here for Ann Powers review in the LA Times.

Click here for Pitchfork's review.

Head over to our MEDIA page to see Freedy performing Lonely Penny recorded at Vintage Vinyl in New Jersey.

And click here to see Freedy performing a solo acoustic version of Don't Fall in Love with a Lonely Girl live at Vintage Vinyl.

Check out our MEDIA page for a new video for The Kind of Love We're In.

For PRESS information on Freedy Johnston, please contact conqueroo: Cary Baker (323) 656-1600 cary[AT]conqueroo[DOT].com

Jack Skuller 2010-04-19
Jack's debut single "Love is a Drum" will be released on April 20th on both vinyl and digitally.

Check out our Media page for the music video for "Love is a Drum"

Click here for the NY Post's article on Jack, Care Bears of Fire and Supercute!

Review of Love is a Drum at Consequence of Sound.

El Ten Eleven 2007-12-07
Click here to listen to PRI's Studio 360 radio show on the recent documentary Helvetica which also features the music of El Ten Eleven.

Ralph's World 2010-01-25
Ralph's World new album All Around Ralph's World is out now on Bar/None.

Click here to listen to the Land of Nod free Nodcast Podcast on Ralph.

Ralph will be playing NYC's Central Park Summerstage on July 18th. For more info click here.


Click here for a Q&A with Ralph at ChicagoNow.

Click here for info on XM Radio's Kid's Place Live contest to have Ralph play at your kid's birthday party.
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Michael Hearst 2007-06-05
Head over here to read Wired's interview and take on Michael's SFICT.

Believe it or not, here's George Stephanopoulos from ABC News introducing Michael's album here. Video is over in the upper right hand corner.

Michael was recently featured on NBC's Today Show along with clips of his record release party at the Housing Works Used Book Cafe. Watch it here:

Click here to listen to Michael being interviewed by Terry Gross for her nationally syndicated radio program, Fresh Air.

Check out the New York Times article on him.

Click here to listen to Michael interviewed by WNYC/Soundcheck's John Schaefer from his May 17th radio program.

Click here to listen to NPR's piece on the album.

Recent article including Michael's favorite ice cream can be found at

Gothamist article here.

Watch Michael Hearst build his own ice cream pushcart, and then wheel it over to Barbes in Park Slope, Brooklyn for his debut show. This video features the songs One For Doran and What's Your Favorite Flavor

For more info on the album please visit Michael's site at or at

Peter Holsapple and Chris Stamey 2009-03-16
Peter Holsapple and Chris Stamey released their new album "Here and Now" on June 9th.

Peter, Chris and band performed on Mountain Stage in August. The show will be airing on Mountain Stage 9/25-9/27. Click here for a complete listing of stations airing the program. The show will also be posted on sometime after the Mountain Stage airing in late September.

Peter and Chris performed an acoustic set on WFMU on Irwin Chusid's show. Listen to it here.

Click here to read about the Reptile-Brain Activator in Magnet.

Click here to read John Micek's record review and Q&A with Peter Holsapple of hERE aND nOW.

Click here for their Q&A in Magnet Magazine.

Click here for Magnet's From the Desk of Holsapple & Stamey: Paperbird article.

Click here for Magnet's From the Desk of Holsapple & Stamey: Matty Baratto's Cigfiddles article.

Click here for Magnet's From the Desk of Holsapple & Stamey: Megafaun's Gather, Form and Fly article.

Click here for Magnet's From the Desk of Holsapple & Stamey: Stravinsky's The Rite of Spring article.

Click here for Magnet's From the Desk of Holsapple & Stamey: Recording in Oblivion article.

Click here for PopMatters record review.

Click here for Fred Mills review in Blurt.

Click here for Country Weekly's record review.

Click here for Spin's record review.

Click here for Durham, NC's Herald Sun review.

Click here for Raleigh, NC's News & Observer's review.

The Spinto Band 2007-04-30
Click here to listen to the Daytrotter session, including previously unreleased songs like Ain't That The Truth, Needlepoint, Cat's Pajamas, as well as a version of Oh Mandy.

Check it out! recently filmed The Spinto Band at a March 31st gig at Luna Lounge in Brooklyn. You can watch the whole concert by visiting the Baeble site - click here. You can even buy it to keep forever either as a DVD or high-quality download.

NPR Piece
Click here to hear the band weigh in on music used in TV commercials on NPR's Morning Edition.

Click here to hear WC's David Dye interview the band and four World Cafe live tracks.

Videos for Oh Mandy, Brown Boxes, and Mountains can now all be found in our Media section.

And click here to see the band play Oh Mandy at a French Cafe.

Esquivel 2007-07-16
After a brief absence, the classic first compilation of Juan Garcia Esquivel is back up for sale at our store. Space Age Bachelor Pad Music is a mandatory requirement for your music collection, no excuses.

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Of Montreal 2007-02-05
Given their recent release (Hissing Fauna, Are You the Destroyer?) and the unanimous praise this remarkable album has received, we thought we should point out our fabulous early albums by the esteemed Of Montreal. All three albums are available at our store, at any fine independent retailer or digitally through iTunes:
iTunes/Cherry Peel
iTunes/The Gay Parade
iTunes/Horse and Elephant Eatery

Richard Barone 2010-10-10
Click here for a Q&A with Richard in Magnet Magazine.

Click here for Blurt's review of Glow and here for their feature.

Burnside Project 2007-04-17
Click here to view Jacob Hensberry's video for Cue The Pulse To Begin at his website

Here to see And So It Goes

And here to see Only Ordinary

All three videos can also be seen in our Media section.

Petra Haden 2006-11-22
No, you weren't mistaken, that cover of the Bellamy Brothers' "Let Your Love Flow" is in fact Petra Haden on the Prius TV commercial "Harmony". The one with the Prius driving through nature with the trippy flowers and fields. As you can see on YouTube

Click here to listen to an archived interview with Petra Haden on World Cafe

Petra Haden conducts a female chorus in an a cappella version of The Who's I Can See For Miles recorded at the Ford Theatre at YouTube

Head over to our Media page to see a live version of "Mary Anne with the Shakey Hand" recorded at NYC's Joe's Pub.

Petra's take on Journey's "Don't Stop Believin'" from the "Guilt By Association" compilation:

Evan Dando 2007-06-11
Check out Evan's video for Stop My Head over at our Media page

Mosquitos 2003-08-16
The Mosquitos -- a group made up of New Yorkers and one Brazilian -- are making their mark with a combination of indie pop and bossa nova. NPR's Elizabeth Blair reports.
Click here NPR

And don't forget to check the Media section for Mosquitos videos.

Puffy Amiyumi 2007-07-31

Yo La Tengo 2007-06-05
At long last you can all see the rarely seen music video for Yo La Tengo's The Summer from Bar/None's Fakebook album over in our Media section.

Phillips and Driver 2007-09-29
Saturday, September 29, 2007
Joe's Pub in the Park

David Driver sings the songs of Scott Walker, easily the most respected and least known artist of his generation. Walker, the enigmatic and influential subject of the soon-to-be-released documentary film 30 Century Man, is ripe for re-discovery and downtown chanteur David Driver (seen alongside Deborah Harry and Elvis Costello in Roy Nathanson's Fire at Keaton's Bar and Grill and as a regular vocalist with the Losers' Lounge) is the singer for the job. Walker's gritty glam lyrics, passionate crooning and Dada arrangements are late-twentieth-century music's road not taken; the streetwise luster and gravity of Driver's voice make him uniquely qualified to resurrect these urban songs. The songbook includes the classics "The Sun Ain't Gonna Shine Anymore," "Montague Terrace (In Blue)," "It's Raining Today," and the inimitable "Thanks for Chicago, Mr. James."

For more info please visit or call 212-967-7555

Lullaby For The Working Class 2007-06-05
At long last you can finally view the video for Hypnotist from their 2nd album, "I Never Even Asked For Light" featuring Mike Mogis, Ted Stevens and the rest of the boys over in our Media section.

The Embarrassment 2007-06-11
Head over to our Media page to see some great rare videos of The Embarrassment including Beautiful Day, Don't Choose The Wrong Song, Celebrity Art Party and I'm a Don Juan.

Va-american Song-Poem 2003-06-28
NPR's Scott Simon reports that "these unassuming ads hint at a rung in the music business that may often be overlooked on the climb to the top. People that put their heart, souls, and often their savings into recordings they hope would change their lives."

Click here NPR

And click here for the PBS/Independent Lens feature on the Song-Poem story PBS

Drink Me 2005-11-08
Drink Me: 'The Quietest Rock 'n' Roll Ever Made'
by Trey Kay
Day to Day
November 8, 2005

The unique sound of the band Drink Me consists of guitars, ukuleles and the rhythmic rubbing of a Fanta soda bottle. Its songs explore topics from singing clams and sleeping accordions to heart attacks and Grant's Tomb. Producer Trey Kay reports on the quirky, poetic duo that plays music billed as "the quietest rock 'n' roll ever made."

Click here to listen.

And at long last you can finally view the video for Ines from their debut album over in our Media section.

Hannah Marcus 2004-06-18
Click here to listen to an archived interview with host David Garland on WNYC's Spinning on Air

Rage To Live 2007-07-25
Head over to the Media page to see Bar/None's very own Glenn Morrow in action in Rage to Live's "Enough is Never Enough" from their self-titled debut album. The video also has on drums Hoboken's Chris Butler.

Brian Dewan 2007-06-15
The video for Jimmy Carter Says Yes! is up in our Media section. Also two other politically slanted videos Brian did over at YouTube well worth watching.

Buckle Down with Nixon

Vote for Newman

The Scene Is Now 2007-07-31

The Front Bottoms 2011-01-03
The full story here

Tindersticks 2007-06-19
Tindersticks video for City Sickness now up in our Media section. The Tindersticks 1st album and Nenette Et Boni are no longer on Bar/None Records. For further info please visit

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April 19, 2012 Wilkes Barre, PA Redwoods w/ The Menzingers April 22, 2012 New York, NY Knitting Factory w/ The Mezzingers

Vinicius Cantuaria 2004-07-25
Vinicius Cantuaria Freshens Brazil's Tropicalia
Weekend Edition
Sunday, July 25, 2004
NPR's Liane Hansen spoke with singer-songwriter Vinicius Cantuaria, who puts a fresh spin on Brazilian music with his new CD, Horse and Fish.
Click here to listen NPR

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Swimming Pool Qs 2003-08-13
Click here for an archived review of The Swimming Pool Qs by Richard Gehr in the Village Voice

Eszter Balint 2004-07-11
Eszter Balint, Actress and Musician
Weekend Edition Sunday
July 11, 2004

Eszter Balint has had roles in a number of films, including director Jim Jarmusch's Stranger Than Paradise. These days, Balint sings and writes songs more than she acts. Her new CD is called Mud. Karen Michel has this profile.

Click here to listen.