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GQ EXPLORES THE OBSESSION WITH COMPETITIVE RESTAURANT CULTURE; CLAIMS RESTAURANTS HAVE BECOME KEYS TO THE CULTURAL KINGDOM

GQ EXPLORES THE OBSESSION WITH COMPETITIVE RESTAURANT CULTURE; CLAIMS RESTAURANTS HAVE BECOME KEYS TO THE CULTURAL KINGDOM 

Restaurants are now the currency of the young and cash-strapped. GQ’s Daniel Riley explores how they have become keys to the cultural kingdom in the April issue. Excerpts from the story below:

“I’ve started thinking that chasing restaurants is the least interesting way to be interesting.”

“If you’ve lived in an American city anytime recently, you know that one makes a pretty bold statement when he neglects to keep up with restaurants. Not having an opinion about where you eat is what it once was to not have authors you quoted, albums you defended, or directors you followed to the depths of Kundun.”

“Restaurants—which, it should be said, are different from food or cooking—became the topic with which people my age could prove some with-it-ness.”

“Layer on the recession and you had a dining environment that seemed specifically targeted at the young and cash-strapped. And these restaurants—with their tatted-up chefs barking orders over a Zeppelin Pandora station—acted as proxies for the culturally cool things we couldn’t afford.”

“Every new restaurant led to new knowledge of others, connections. There were lots of dinners where the conversation centered solely on what other places we’d been to and which we planned to try. For every restaurant we checked off, we added two—until that game became unwinnable and exhausting.”

“I thought for a moment about the charge I’d always get when I stepped into a new place. It had nothing to do with the anticipation of tasting the entrée that had been recommended or the drinks we’d be served, but rather with the validation of crossing that thing off the list and knowing full well that I’d have a new ‘Yep, I’ve been there’ to wield.”

“What an asshole. I hear how it sounds now that I’m coming out on the other side. When I found myself ordering a cocktail at the bar of a fancy restaurant where I couldn’t get a reservation, and debating whether that ‘counted,’ I realized the whole frame had shifted and the fun was all in the wrong place.”

For the full article, check out gq.comhttp://www.gq.com/life/food/201404/foodie-hipster.

UME RELEASES: APRIL - MAY 2014

New Release Schedule

April - May 2014

KISS - 2014 ROCK AND ROLL HALL OF FAME INDUCTEES CELEBRATE 40 YEARS OF ROCK AND ROLL WITH LIMITED RELEASE OF ORIGINAL KISS VINYL ALBUMS, ‘KISS 40’ COMPILATION AND THE ULTIMATE:  ‘KISSTERIA – THE ULTIMATE VINYL ROAD CASE’ BOX SET


This year marks the 40th Anniversary of rock and roll giants KISS and in true KISS fashion, the band plan to make 2014 the biggest and loudest, non-stop rock and roll party of the century. To celebrate their incredible 40-year recording career and their long-overdue induction to the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame, Universal Music Enterprises (UMe) will kick off the celebration on April 1, 2014 with the first batch of 10 individual KISS remastered albums on 180-gram heavyweight vinyl with 18 more vinyl titles coming through the first half of 2014. On May 27, fans can look forward to a 2-CD KISS 40 compilation with one track from every major album release, live selections and an unreleased demo from 1977. And finally, starting today, the definitive KISS vinyl box set, KISSTERIA – The Ultimate Vinyl Road Case, featuring 34 KISS LPs - including titles never-before issued on vinyl, six exclusive albums to the box set and a plethora of collectibles only available in KISSTERIA will be available exclusively for D2C pre-order at www.kissteria.kissonline.com

RECORD STORE DAY:  APRIL 19, 2014 - UNIVERSAL MUSIC ENTERPRISES ANNOUNCES EXCLUSIVE RECORD STORE DAY RELEASES FROM NIRVANA, SOUNDGARDEN, BLUE NOTE, FRANK ZAPPA,

RICK JAMES AND PUBLIC ENEMY-

Universal Music Enterprises (UMe) is pleased to announce exclusive releases for Record Store Day from Nirvana, Soundgarden, Blue Note Records, Frank Zappa, Rick James and Public Enemy.  All of these special releases will be available for purchase on April 19, exclusively at Record Store Day-participating indie music retailers.

·       Nirvana:  “Pennyroyal Tea” and “I Hate Myself And Want To Die” (Vinyl 7” single)

·       Soundgarden: Superunknown: The Singles (5 10” LP Box Set)

·       Blue Note Records: 

o   Albert Ammons: “Boogie Woogie Stomp” and “Boogie Woogie Blues” (12” of original debut Blue Note 78 rpm release | 33 1/3 single with one song per side)

o   Meade “Lux” Lewis: “Melancholy” and “Solitude” (12” of original second Blue Note 78 rpm release as a 33 1/3 rpm single with one song per side)

·       Frank Zappa:  “Don’t Eat The Yellow Snow” and “Down In De Dew” (7” single| Don’t Eat The Yellow Snow FZ 1974 single edit reissue | Down In De Dew FZ 1973 Alternate Mix - Previously unreleased)

·       Rick James: “You And I” 12” extended M+M Mix and “Fire And Desire” (Live In Long Beach) Rick James with Teena Marie (12”single; Both sides previously unreleased)

·       Public Enemy: It Takes a Nation of Millions to Hold Us Back - (LP reissue with a special 3-D lenticular cover)

*Release Dates…

 

AVAILABLE APRIL

April 1st 

The Band – Best Of/20th Century Masters (CD)

The Beach Boys – Best Of/20th Century Masters (CD)

Billy Idol – Best Of/20th Century Masters (CD)

The Blue Nile – Peace At Last (2CD Deluxe)

Chris Cagle – Best Of/20th Century Masters (CD)

Dean Martin – Best Of/20th Century Masters (CD)

Freddie Jackson – Best Of/20th Century Masters (CD)

George Jones – Best Of/20th Century Masters (CD)

George Thorogood – Best Of/20th Century Masters (CD)

Glen Campbell – Best Of/20th Century Masters (CD)

Grand Funk Railroad – Best Of/20th Century Masters (CD)

Kenny Rogers – Best Of/20th Century Masters (CD)

KISS – Alive! (2LP)

KISS – Animalize (LP)

KISS – Destroyer (LP)

KISS – Dressed To Kill (LP)

KISS – Dynasty (LP)

KISS – Hotter Than Hell (LP)

KISS – KISS (LP)

KISS – Lick It Up (LP)

KISS – Revenge (LP)

KISS – Unmasked (LP)

Leon Russell – Life Journey (CD)

Mike Oldfield – Man On The Rocks (2CD)

Nirvana – In Utero, 2013 Mix (LP)

Pat Benatar – Best Of/20th Century Masters (CD)

Poison – Best Of/20th Century Masters (CD)

Trace Adkins – Best Of/20th Century Masters (CD)

 

April 8th

Elton John – Goodbye Yellow Brick Road, 40th Anniversary (LP)

Wilko Johnson, Roger Daltrey – Going Back Home (CD)

 

April 15th

Elton John – Goodbye Yellow Brick Road, 40th Anniversary (Blu-Ray)

Status Quo – Piledriver, Deluxe Edition (2CD)

 

April 19th - RECORD STORE DAY

Blue Note Records - Albert Ammons: “Boogie Woogie Stomp” and “Boogie Woogie Blues”

(12” of original 78 rpm release | 33 1/3 single with one song per side)

Blue Note Records - Meade “Lux” Lewis: “Melancholy” and “Solitude”

(12” of original 78 rpm release as a 33 1/3 rpm single with one song per side)

Frank Zappa -  “Don’t Eat The Yellow Snow” and “Down In De Dew”

(7” single| Don’t Eat The Yellow Snow FZ 1974 single edit reissue | Down In De Dew FZ 1973 Alternate Mix - Previously unreleased)

Nirvana - “Pennyroyal Tea” and “I Hate Myself And Want To Die” (Vinyl 7” single)

Public Enemy: It Takes a Nation of Millions to Hold Us Back - (LP reissue with a special 3-D lenticular

cover)

Rick James - “You And I” 12” extended M+M Mix (12”single; Both sides previously unreleased)

Rick James - “Fire And Desire” (Live In Long Beach) Rick James with Teena Marie (12”single; Both sides

previously unreleased)

Soundgarden - Superunknown: The Singles (5 10” LP Box Set)

April 22nd 

ABBA – Gold, Deluxe Edition (3CD)

Cannonball Adderley – Somethin’ Else (LP)
Dexter Gordon – Our Man In Paris (LP)

Herbie Hancock – Maiden Voyage (LP)

The Ornette Coleman Trio – At The “Golden Circle” Stockholm, Vol. 1 (LP)

Sonny Rollins – A Night At The Village Vanguard (LP)

Soundtrack – Pitch Perfect (LP)

 

April 29th

Cassandra Wilson – Blue Light ‘Til Dawn, 20th Anniversary (Remastered CD + 3 bonus tracks)

N.E.R.D. – In Search Of…(2LP reissue – Limited Edition White Vinyl)

Redman – Muddy Waters (2LP reissue with special 3-D lenticular cover)

Rush – ReDISCovered (LP Box)
Various Artists – Funny Girl, Original Broadway Cast, 50th Anniversary (Super Deluxe)

AVAILABLE MAY

 

May 6th

KISS – Asylum (LP)

KISS – Creatures Of The Night (LP)

KISS – Love Gun (LP)

KISS – MTV Unplugged (2LP)

KISS – Psycho Circus (LP)

Loreena McKennitt – Nights From Alhambra (2LP)

Soundtrack – Pitch Perfect (LP)

Various Artists – NOW That’s What I Call Music! Vol. 50 (CD/2CD)

May 13th

Redman – Whut? Thee Album (LP reissue – Limited Edition Red Vinyl)

Soundtrack – Orange Is The New Black (CD/LP

 

May 19th (Monday street date)

Rob Zombie – The Zombie Horror Picture Show (DVD/Blu-Ray)

WAR – Evolutionary (2CD)

May 27th

3rd Bass – The Cactus Album (LP)

Grant Green – Idle Moments (LP)

Hank Mobley – Soul Station (LP)

KISS – Alive, The Millennium Concert (2LP)

KISS – Alive III (2LP)

KISS – Carnival Of Souls (LP)

KISS – Crazy Nights (LP)

KISS – Hot In The Shade (LP)

KISS – KISS 40 (CD)

KISS – Music From The Elder (LP)

KISS – Rock And Roll Over (LP)

LL Cool J – Radio (LP)

Madlib – Shades Of Blue (LP)

Marvin Gaye and Donald Byrd – Where Are We Going (LP)

McCoy Tyner – The Real McCoy (LP)

Nat King Cole – The Extraordinary (CD)

Original Broadway Cast – Rocky Broadway (CD)

Powerman 5000 – Builders Of The Future (CD)

Silver, Horace Quintet – Song For My Father (LP)

Stan Getz and Joao Gilberto - Getz/Gilberto: 50th Anniversary (CD)

Wilko Johnson, Roger Daltrey – Going Back Home (LP)

What’s that song in the “Orange Is The New Black” Season Two promo?

“JUNGLE” – JAMIE N COMMONS & X AMBASSADORS

AVAILABLE NOW AT ITUNES

LISTEN TO “JUNGLE”

“Jungle” will also be featured in Paramount Pictures’ Welcome To Yesterday -  out soon.

X Ambassadors just wrapped a sold out headline tour!  The Reason EP out now! Listen here.

Jamie N Commons is currently in the studio working on his debut album .

www.xambassadors.com

www.jamiencommons.com

KIDinaKORNER/Interscope Records

Far East Movement- “The Illest” ft. ScHoolboy Q out now! Tour starts soon.

FAR EAST MOVEMENT RELEASES  “THE ILLEST” FT. SCHOOLBOY Q

AVAILABLE AT ITUNES NOW!

 

Check out the NEW VIDEO for “The Illest” (Ktown Riot Edit) ft Riff Raff

[video] Jason Derulo + Jordin Sparks duet “Vertigo”

Jason Derulo performs his swooning duet “Vertigo” with Jordin Sparks in their first, live performance of the sultry lovers’ rock for Walmart Soundcheck

On “Vertigo” (via OK!):  “Jordin and I recorded about six songs because I wanted to make sure I had the right song for the album.  When I wrote “Vertigo” I knew it was i.  It’s just us and the piano so the emotions really comes to life.” 

“Vertigo” is from his Talk Dirty album currently in-stores and available on iTunes.

J. Roddy Walston & The Business Debut New Video For “Same Days” + Spring Tour Dates with Cage The Elephant and Foals

J. Roddy Walston & The Business’s New Video for “Same Days”

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Spring Tour with Cage the Elephant + Foals
 
"J. Roddy Walston and the Business … comes off like a more polished White Stripes or an edgier My Morning Jacket" - Time Out New York
 
Plenty of music videos involve girls running around in their underwear, guns and fire, but not quite like this.” - Esquire

"Same Days" is off 2013’s Essential Tremors, a body of work just as rollicking as the head-bobbing single it produced." - Esquire
 
Emphasizing the mediocrity, yet weirdness of day-to-day life, J. Roddy Walston & The Business’ new video for the beat-driven track “Same Days” will both mesmerize and keep your head bobbing. The film, which features an endless loop of intertwined characters, was directed by Brig White and Evan Parsons of The Martin Agency, produced by HUE&CRY and edited by Running with Scissors. Courtesy of Esquire, you can watch the film HERE.
 
The music of J. Roddy Walston & The Business honor both their southern roots and punk spirit on their latest album, Essential Tremors. With a mix of heavy hooks and elegant melodies that reveal their affinity for artists as disparate as Led Zeppelin, pre-disco-era Bee Gees, The Replacements, Randy Newman, and the Southern soul outfits that once populated the Stax Records label.
 
Best known for their live shows, we are also thrilled to share that J. Roddy Walston & The Business’s upcoming string of tour dates, including Coachella performances this weekend and a spring run with Foals and Cage the Elephant set to begin April 21st.
 
Melting all manner of stereotypes into an as-yet-unnamed breed of New American, each of J. Roddy Walston & The Business’s live performances finds hipsters hugging Teamsters and sweating till it hurts, and art-school cynics and metalheads screaming out every lyric in some gorgeously desperate attempt to connect. There seems to be a competition between the band and the crowd as to who will give more each night. Check out their upcoming tour dates including summer events like Bonnaroo, Lollapalooza, Newport Folk Festival and more below.
 
Tour Dates
 
4/18 – 4/20 – Indio, CA – Coachella, Weekend 2
 
4/21 – Tuscon, AZ – Rialto Theater%
4/22 – Albuquerque, NM – Sunshine Theater%
4/24 – San Antonio, TX – White Rabbit%
4/25 – Houston, TX – House of Blues%
4/30 – Charleston, SC – The Pour House
5/2 – Raleigh, NC – Red Hat Amphitheater*%
5/4 – Boston, MA – Orpheum Theatre*%
5/6 – New York, NY – Terminal 5*% SOLD OUT
5/7 – New York, NY – Terminal 5*%
5/10 – Richmond, VA – The National*%
5/13 – Toronto, ON – Kool Haus*%
5/14 – Chicago, IL – Aragon Ballroom*%
5/15 – Saint Paul, MN – Myth Live Event Center*%
5/17 – Denver, CO – Ogden Theatre*%
5/18 – Salt Lake City, UT – The Complex*%
5/20 – Oakland, CA – Fox Theater*%
5/21 – Oakland, CA – Fox Theater*%
5/22 – Portland, OR – Crystal Ballroom%
5/30 – Richmond, VA – Friday Cheers w/ Kopecky Family Band
5/31 – 6/1 – Houston, TX – Free Press Summer Festival
6/5 – 6/8 – Ozark, AR – Wakarusa Festival
6/12 – 6/15 – Manchester, TN – Bonnaroo Music & Arts Festival
6/14 – Winston-Salem, NC – Ziggy’s
7/11 – Cincinnati, OH – Bunbury Festival
7/12 – Detroit, MI – Mopop Festival
7/13 – Millvale, PA – Mr. Smalls Theatre
7/24 – Dewey Beach, DE – Bottle & Cork
7/26 – Newport, RI – Newport Folk Festival
7/29 – Cleveland Heights, OH – Grog Shop
8/1 – 8-3 – Chicago, IL – Lollapalooza
8/22 – Millvale, PA – Mr. Smalls Theatre
 
% with Cage the Elephant
* with Foals

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Martina McBride Scores Historic #1 

Martina McBride made history this week as the first solo female artist to debut at #1 on the Top Country Albums chart with an independently released and distributed album in the chart’s 50-year history. The album ‘Everlasting’ is also Martina’s fifth #1 on the Top Country Albums chart.

On Billboard 200, ‘Everlasting’ debuted at #7, marking Martina’s sixth Top 10 debut and her highest since 2007.  ’Everlasting’ is Martina’s first independent project on her new label Vinyl Recordings, marketed and distributed by Kobalt Label Services.

"Putting ‘Everlasting’ out on my own label felt like a good decision.  I’ve only been signed with two major labels, RCA and Republic Nashville, and have always had great relationships with them so making the change was not about that. But Kobalt has many of the elements of a major label and it just seemed like the right time to try a different business model.  It is a lot of responsibility but exciting at the same time to be doing things a bit differently. We put together a great team to carry this project through," shares Martina.

Martina delivers powerful interpretations of iconic soul songs while paying tribute to the original 1950s and ’60s recording process. Produced by Grammy’s “Album of the Year” and “Producer of the Year” winner Don Was, the approach involved vintage mics, instruments, amps and equipment from that era—many of which can only be found at Blackbird Studio, which is owned by Martina and her husband, John McBride.

To date, Martina has sold over 18 million albums, which have included twenty top 10 singles and six #1s. She has earned more than 15 major music awards, including four wins for “Female Vocalist of the Year” from the Country Music Association and three wins for “Top Female Vocalist” from the Academy of Country Music.

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