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BEDOUIN SOUNDCLASH RELEASE NEW ALBUM

Wednesday, October 20th, 2010

BEDOUIN SOUNDCLASH
TO RELEASE NEW ALBUM
‘LIGHT THE HORIZON’
DIGITALLY IN THE U.S. OCTOBER 26
WITH A PHYSICAL RELEASE IN EARLY 2011
KICKS OFF U.S. TOUR DATES
IN NEW YORK CITY NOVEMBER 3

Toronto-based trio BEDOUIN SOUNDCLASH is set to release their fourth studio album LIGHT THE HORIZON on October 26 in the United States. Recorded via the band’s own label Pirates Blend Records, the new album will be distributed in the U.S. through Nat Geo Music initially as a digital-only release with a physical release in early 2011.

The Juno Award-winning band–founding members Jay Malinowski (vocals, guitar) and Eon Sinclair (bass) along with new addition Sekou Lumumba (drums)–are determined to prevail after a period of reflection and restructuring. Since BEDOUIN SOUNDCLASH’s last album, 2007’s Street Gospels, drummer Pat Pengelly left the group prompting them to take a break during which Malinowski released a solo album and the band formed Pirates Blend Records. Returning now with LIGHT THE HORIZON, BEDOUIN SOUNDCLASH is back and in a fresh new way.

“It was necessary and I think it was great because it allowed us to reconnect with ourselves a little bit,” says Sinclair. “Since then it’s been amazing. Honestly, never better. Everyone’s feeling a lot more comfortable and healthy and positive and energized.”

LIGHT THE HORIZON–currently out in their native Canada–has received early critical acclaim (see quotes below). The band recorded the album in Philadelphia with famed DJ/producer King Britt, a member of the groundbreaking alt ‘90s hip-hop act Digable Planets who has worked with Macy Gray and Santigold and remixed tracks by everyone from Miles Davis to Everything But the Girl. The producer and City of Brotherly Love inspired the band to dig into their soul/R&B roots to evolve their sound and create something a little more urban. King Britt brought the guys to his regular Monday night Back 2 Basics residency at the club Silk City, where area musicians such as Jill Scott, Erykah Badu and members of The Roots still show up, sit in, and make music magic, which encouraged BEDOUIN SOUNDCLASH to record the new album live off the floor–something new and liberating for them.

Of the recording process, King Britt has said, “Working with Bedouin Soundclash has been a breath of fresh air in our crazy music business. They are a killer band, who actually play their instruments, know their history and respect the architects!”

On tracks such as “A Chance of Rain” and “Mountain Top”, longtime fans will hear the expected syncopated island beat but this time supplemented by that seductively lazy delivery and some gorgeously brash, brassy horns for added soul. There’s the anthemic, yet melodically grounded “Elongo” and the monumental “Brutal Hearts,” a devastatingly gorgeous duet between Malinowski and 20-year-old soul chanteuse Beatrice Martin (aka Coeur de pirate) with string arrangements by the legendary friend to Philadelphia soul Larry Gold (see full track listing below).

BEDOUIN SOUNDCLASH will also bring their innovative fusion of reggae, rock, punk and soul back to the United States this fall for a headlining run with Moneybrother supporting. It kicks off November 3 in New York City at Le Poisson Rouge, after which the band will make stops in cities such as Washington, DC, Cambridge, MA and Philadelphia, PA before hitting the Midwest for shows in Detroit, Chicago and Minneapolis. They’ll round out their month-long outing on the West Coast in Seattle, Portland, San Francisco, and San Diego before ending at The Troubadour in West Hollywood on December 9 (see full tour dates below). The band previously toured the States during the summer of 2009 when they were hand-picked to support No Doubt on the Midwest leg of their reunion tour.

Critical Soundbites for LIGHT THE HORIZON:

“…their strongest album to date…Light The Horizon is the sound of a reinvigorated band finding a new creative grip…Bedouin Soundclash began their careers as a reggae rock band, so it shouldn’t be any surprise they’ve chosen to mix more styles than before into their music. Light The Horizon brilliantly showcases a newfound musical maturity.”

–Kate Harper, CHARTATTACK.COM, September 28, 2010

“’Mountain Top,’ the first single, is a great song, a ska-inflected tune with an irresistible hook, a message of persistence and a singalong chorus worthy of early Police: ‘Call it what you want, call it old punk rock.’ Of the other tracks, ‘May You Be the Road’ saunters alongside lush strings, while ‘Fools Tattoo’ gets the bright polish of horns, and ‘Brutal Hearts’ features a steamy duet between Malinowski and French-Canadian songstress Coeur de Pirate. Recorded in Philadelphia by King Britt, who specializes in remixes, there’s a new soulfulness apparent in the band’s reggae hybrid. The songs pulsate with a resilient energy, low-key and unhurried, topped by the reedy soul of Malinowski’s unadorned vocals.”

–Lynn Saxberg, THE VANCOUVER SUN, September 28, 2010

“Still owing an influence to The Police and The Clash, the group’s new record is nevertheless both deeper and richer than their earlier work, and features not only more harmonizing and brass instruments, but also an experimental use of arrangements and beats.”

–Ben Kaplan, NATIONAL POST, September 27, 2010

“…there are ample instances of growth and departure, notably in hauntingly spare moments such as ‘No One Moves, No One Gets Hurt’ and ‘Brutal Hearts,’ a duet between Malinowski and Coeur de Pirate’s Beatrice Martin.”

–Leah Collins, CANADA.COM, September 30, 2010

LIGHT THE HORIZON track Listing:

1) Mountain Top

2) Fools Tattoo

3) May You Be the Road

4) Brutal Hearts

5) Elongo

6) No One Moves, No One Gets Hurt

7) The Quick & The Dead

8) Rolling Stone

9) A Chance of Rain

10) Follow the Sun

BEDOUIN SOUNDCLASH U.S. tour dates:

DATE

CITY

VENUE

w/ Moneybrother supporting

Wed

11/3

New York, NY

Le Poisson Rouge

Thu

11/4

Washington, DC

Rock and Roll Hotel

Fri

11/5

Buffalo, NY

The Town Ballroom

Sat

11/6

Providence, RI

Jerky’s Music Hall

Sun

11/7

Cambridge, MA

Middle East Downstairs

* Mon

11/8

Philadelphia, PA

Silk City

* Sat

11/20

Detroit, MI

Shelter

* Sun

11/21

Chicago, IL

Subterranean

* Tue

11/23

Minneapolis, MN

Varsity Theater

Fri

12/3

Bellingham, WA

The Wild Buffalo

Sat

12/4

Seattle, WA

El Corazon

Sun

12/5

Portland, OR

Hawthorne Theatre

Tue

12/7

San Francisco, CA

Slim’s

Wed

12/8

Solana Beach, CA

Belly Up Tavern

Thu

12/9

West Hollywood, CA

The Troubadour

* indicates Moneybrother will not be performing

About Bedouin Soundclash:

Formed a decade ago and named after Israeli fusion artist/producer Badawi’s 1996 release, Bedouin Soundclash debuted in 2001 with the album Root Fire. Their acclaimed sophomore release Sounding a Mosaic (2004) featuring the hit single, “When the Night Feels My Song” and produced by legendary punk-reggae bass player Darryl Jenifer of Bad Brains, earned Bedouin Soundclash their first Juno Award for Canada’s Best New Artist. Follow up album, 2007’s Street Gospels also produced by Jenifer, earned a “Pop Album of the Year” nomination and “Video of the Year” nomination for the single “Walls Fall Down” at the 2008 Junos as well as three Much Music Video Award nominations for their video for “Until We Burn in the Sun” in 2009. In addition to No Doubt, the band has also shared the stage with Ben Harper, Coldplay, Nine Inch Nails, Damian Marley, The Roots, Gogol Bordello, and Thievery Corporation among others.

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‘EASY WONDERFUL’ GUSTER RETURN

Wednesday, July 21st, 2010

GUSTER RETURNS WITH ‘EASY WONDERFUL’ – THEIR FIRST ALBUM IN FOUR YEARS AND BEST OF THEIR CAREER – SET FOR OCT 5 RELEASE ON AWARE/UNIVERSAL REPUBLIC

DOWNLOAD NEW SONG “BAD BAD WORLD” HERE: http://bit.ly/b948iY

On October 5, Guster returns with ‘Easy Wonderful,’ (Aware/Universal Republic), their first studio album in four years, and undoubtedly the best of their career. Recorded in New York and Nashville, ‘Easy Wonderful’ features twelve new original songs by the group – Ryan Miller (guitar/vocals), Adam Gardner (guitar/vocals), Brian Rosenworcel (percussion), and multi-instrumentalist Joe Pisapia. Their most sophisticated and rewarding work to date, ‘Easy Wonderful’ is an arresting pop gem, one that’s subtle but insistent, layered and complex yet immediately and undeniably catchy.

Guster

Check out a free download of the infectious anthem “Bad Bad World” on Guster’s website: http://bit.ly/b948iY ‘Easy Wonderful’ exudes a kind of effortless appeal that belies the intensive and exacting labor behind it. Work commenced on the album in 2008, the same year three of the band’s members became first-time fathers. After recording sessions in New York hit a wall, the band relocated to Pisapia’s brand new Middletree Studios in Nashville. “Physically and emotionally Joe’s studio was so different,” remembers Gardner. “We’d been in this basement studio in New York City, cramped in this space with no windows that we jokingly called ‘The Dungeon.’ Joe’s place is totally the opposite–, this stunning open-concept studio that has a great vibe…There was an immense feeling of freedom the moment we left New York and started recording in Nashville.” That sense of freedom resulted in an album which stands alone in Guster’s catalog as quite simply their finest–no easy feat considering that catalog has already sold over a million records worldwide. Guster are planning a full U.S. tour this fall that will include a return to the Beacon Theater in New York, which the band sold out in 2009. Full dates will be revealed soon. GUSTER ‘EASY WONDERFUL’ TRACKLIST

1. Architects and Engineers
2. Do You Love Me?
3. On The Ocean
4. This Could All Be Yours
5. Stay With Me Jesus
6. Bad Bad World
7. This Is How It Feels To Have A Broken Heart
8. What You Call Love
9. That’s No Way To Get To Heaven
10. Jesus & Mary
11. Hercules
12. Do What You Want
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JEFF TWEEDY PENS FOR MAVIS STAPLES

Monday, June 21st, 2010

JEFF TWEEDY PENS TWO ORIGINAL SONGS FOR MAVIS STAPLES’ TRIUMPHANT NEW ALBUM ‘YOU ARE NOT ALONE’ (ANTI- RECORDS, SEPT 14)

“He would listen to my conversations, my words, and then feed off that… The songs he wrote take me places I wouldn’t normally go. I wasn’t used to singing this way, but it felt really good.” – Mavis Staples

This past winter iconic singer Mavis Staples joined Jeff Tweedy in Wilco’s Chicago studio, The Loft, where Tweedy wrote two new songs for the soul/gospel legend and prodced her forthcoming album ‘You Are Not Alone’ (Anti- Records, Sept. 14).

“I have almost everything she’s ever recorded, and I dug back through very thoroughly when I was given this job to do,” says Tweedy. “I thought that if I refreshed myself about where she’s been, it would help her figure out where she wanted to go. I wanted to be sure that we were making a record that she really wanted to make.”

“You Are Not Alone,” the title track was written by Tweedy. This is a very personal song for Mavis, she said she shed some tears singing it. Though the ballad can be sung for anyone (a lover, a sibling, a friend, a child) Mavis had her father, Pops Staples in mind when she belted out the emotional lyrics. Mavis also pours her soul into the other Tweedy composition, “Only the Lord Knows.” “That was our political song,” she says “You talk to this one, listen to that one, pick up the paper, but you can’t get any answers. The White House, the church–I can’t get any straight answers to the things I want to know. So for now, we’re on our own, and we have to go to the Lord. He’s the only one who knows.”

This summer Mavis Staples will play the Toronto Jazz Fest on June 30, Lollapalooza on August 6, and the Wilco-curated Solid Sound Festival at Mass MoCa on August 14, with additional US and European tour dates to be announced soon.