Saturday, April 09, 2011

Candy Golde, Steve Earle, Pet Shop Boys, Smiths tribute and Record Store Day releases

This may well be my last post before I dive into Coachella, which hits Indio on Friday of this week. But I didn't want too much time to pass without sharing the announcement of several exciting releases coming up. And if you aren't going to be at Coachella next weekend, make sure to celebrate Record Store Day on Saturday, April 16. More details can be found in the Steve Earle-related item later in this post...

With more than 100 years of accumulated rock ‘n’ roll history as a foundation, Candy Golde is the Midwestern musical collaboration of Nicholas Tremulis, Bun E. Carlos (Cheap Trick) John Stirratt (Wilco, The Autumn Defense) and Rick Rizzo (Eleventh Dream Day). The distinctive blend of blues groove, power pop, Americana and alternative shows itself in the self-titled 5-song Candy Golde EP, to be released by Ten O Nine Records on May 10, 2011.

Mastered by Ivan Julian of Richard Hell and the Voidoids, CANDY GOLDE contains four originals including the single “Trouble’s Coming Down” and a cover of Paul Simon’s “Boy in the Bubble,” and will be available as limited edition 10” vinyl and digital download. From the opening track,“The Hold Steady,” which invokes a little INXS and a lot of crunchy, synthy ‘60s rock, to the slower, somber sway of “Why and Where,” the sense of musical authenticity is evident, as is the empowered songwriting that comes with age, experience and an unencumbered recording environment.

Tremulis is the seasoned troubadour, his lyrics bursting with stories of the streets and his vocals spewing soul. Tremulis (with the Nicholas Tremulis Orchestra) has shared the stage and studio with Keith Richards, Billy Corgan, Marianne Faithful, Mavis Staples, Ronnie Spector, Los Lobos, The Neville Brothers, Steve Earle, Bonnie Raitt, Ian Hunter, David Johansen and long-time cohort Alejandro Escovedo.

Carlos’ unmistakable robust, solid drumming provides the backbone of Candy Golde. In addition to almost forty years with Cheap Trick, he is involved with a myriad of projects from marching bands to the recent Tinted Windows. He also guested at the smash Waltz charity series put on by Tremulis, backing up Jeff Tweedy and Gary Louris (Jayhawks).

Stirratt’s dexterous bass muscle was developed in fifteen years with Wilco. He is the only founding member, alongside Jeff Tweedy, to contribute to all the band’s releases which have garnered 6 Grammy nominations and a Best Alternative win for A GHOST IS BORN in 2005. Stirratt is also in The Autumn Defense (with fellow native New Orleansian/Wilco member Pat Sansone) and records with his sister Laurie Stirratt.

Rizzo, co-lead singer of Candy Golde, is known for his signature dazzling guitar notes and moves in Eleventh Dream Day. On the strength of its continued fervent underground fanbase and critical acclaim, the band just released its tenth record, and continues to perform live. Rizzo also records with Tara Key for Thrill Jockey Records.

For more information, please visit Candy Golde at





April 7, 2011 -- New York, New York -- Steve Earle will release a limited edition 7 inch single in celebration of Record Store Day on Saturday, April 16, 2011. The A-Side is Earle's version of the Hank Williams song that is the title of both Earle's new studio album and debut novel, I'll Never Get Out Of This World Alive. The song was the last single released during Hank Williams' lifetime in December of 1952. The B-Side is Earle's celebrated original "This City" which has garnered both Emmy and Grammy Award nominations as it was written for HBO's Original Series Treme (in which Earle appears as a cast member). "This City" also closes Earle's T Bone Burnett-produced new album released by New West Records on April 26, 2011. The 7 inch single is a hand-numbered edition of 2,600 copies on translucent red vinyl with black swirl. The cover of "I'll Never Get Out Of This World Alive" will be available digitally as a bonus track, and exclusive in physical form to this 7 inch release.

After many years of touring solo and acoustically worldwide, Steve Earle will be touring in support of the album with his electric live band, The Dukes (and Duchesses) featuring Allison Moorer. The tour will start on June 9 in Seattle, WA (see confirmed dates below).

Earle's long anticipated debut novel, I'll Never Get Out Of This World Alive, will be published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt on May 12. The novel imagines the troubled life of Doc Ebersole as he is haunted by the ghost of his former patient and friend, Hank Williams. Patti Smith stated, "Steve Earle brings to his prose the same authenticity, poetic spirit and cinematic energy he projects in his music. I'll Never Get Out Of This World Alive is like a dream you can't shake, offering beauty and remorse, redemption in spades." Steve Earle will also be reprising his role of Harley during the second season of HBO's celebrated original series Treme. Treme will premiere on Sunday, April 24.

In support of his new album and book, Earle is offering a free download bundle that includes an MP3 of the new song "Waitin' On The Sky" and a PDF of the first chapter from the novel. The download is available to everyone who is currently a "fan" of Steve Earle or becomes a "fan" of his Facebook page available at
A protégé of legendary songwriters Townes Van Zandt and Guy Clark, Earle quickly became a master storyteller in his own right, with his songs being recorded by Johnny Cash, Willie Nelson, Emmylou Harris, Waylon Jennings, Travis Tritt, The Pretenders, Joan Baez and countless others. 1986 saw the release of his debut record, Guitar Town, which shot to number one on the country charts and immediately established the term "New Country." What followed was an extremely exciting and varied array of releases including the biting hard rock of Copperhead Road (1988), the minimalist beauty of Train A Comin' (1995) the politically charged masterpiece, Jerusalem (2002) and the Grammy Award Winning albums The Revolution Starts...Now (2004), Washington Square Serenade (2007) and Townes (2009). I'll Never Get Out Of This World Alive is Steve Earle's 14th Studio Album and will be available as a single compact disc, deluxe CD/DVD set, digitally, as well as 180 gram vinyl.
Steve Earle I'll Never Get Out Of This World Alive Tour Dates (more TBC):
June 9th Seattle, WA The Moore Theatre
June 10th Portland, OR Crystal Ballroom
June 11th Spokane, WA Fox Theatre
June 13th Bozeman, MT Emerson Cultural Center
June 16th Telluride, CO Telluride Bluegrass Festival
June 18th Missoula, MT Wilma Theater
June 19th Medicine Hat, AB Esplanade Arts & Heritage Center
June 20th Edmonton, AB Northern Alberta Jubilee Auditorium
June 22nd North Battleford, SK Gold Eagle Casino
June 23rd Swift Current, SK Living Sky Casino
June 24th Calgary, AB Southern Alberta Jubilee Auditorium
June 26th Vancouver, BC The Centre in Vancouver for Performing Arts
June 28th Nanaimo, BC Port Theatre
June 29th Victoria, BC Royal Theatre
July 1st Boise, ID Egyptian Theatre
July 4th Tucson, AZ Rialto Theatre
July 6th Houston, TX House of Blues
July 7th Austin, TX Paramount Theatre
July 9th Ft. Worth, TX Billy Bob's
July 11th New Orleans, LA House of Blues
July 12th Mobile, AL Saenger Theater
July 14th Birmingham, AL Alys Robinson Stephens Performing Arts Center
July 15th Atlanta, GA Botanical Gardens
July 16th Somerset, KY Master Musicians Festival
July 17th Bloomington, IN Buskirk-Chumley Theater
July 19th Chicago, IL Vic Theatre
July 22nd Chautauqua Bayfield, WI Lake Superior Big Top
July 23rd Minneapolis, MN Pantages Theatre
July 26th Lexington, KY Lexington Opera House
July 27th Cincinnati, OH 20th Century Theatre
July 28th Columbus, OH Southern Theatre
July 30th Detroit, MI Majestic Theatre
July 31st Kent, OH Kent Stage
August 5th Ithaca, NY State Theater
August 11th Tarrytown, NY Tarrytown Music Hall
August 13th Alexandria, VA The Birchmere
August 14th Alexandria, VA The Birchmere
August 17th Boston, MA Bank of America Pavilion
August 18th Upper Darby, PA Tower Theater
August 20th Toronto, ONT Molson Amphitheatre
August 26th Ottowa, ONT Ottawa Folk Festival

Pet Shop Boys' new single “TOGETHER” to be released April 12 on Astralwerks

(­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­April 11, 2011, New York , NY )-- Pet Shop Boys will release their latest single “Together” on April 12th through Astralwerks. This track will be accompanied by new versions of “Glad All Over” and “I Cried For Us” plus exclusive remixes.

“Glad All Over” is a version of the early 60s hit by The Dave Clark Five which Pet Shop Boys performed in Chris Lowe’s home town of Blackpool, UK last summer. The song has become a victory anthem for Blackpool FC UK football club, which rose to the Premier League this year. This new studio version was arranged and produced by Pet Shop Boys and Tim Powell.

“I Cried For Us” features Neil Tennant singing a song by the late Kate McGarrigle, mother of Rufus Wainwright, at her memorial concert at the Royal Festival Hall in London last June in an arrangement by Pet Shop Boys. Chris and Neil produced this studio version which was mixed by Pete Gleadall.

Pet shop Boys will also release an accompanying video for “Together” directed by Peeter Rebane. The song accompanies visually stunning choreography intended to tell the entire story through the dancers as a centerpiece. Perfectly composed by choreographer Mäar Ago, many different styles of dance are showcased, including Russian Cossack, waltz, ballet, and even break dancing.

Since first meeting in London in 1981, Pet Shop Boys’ Neil Tennant and Chris Lowe have sold more than 50 million albums around the world. This past March, they released music for their first ever full-length ballet, The Most Incredible Thing, through Astralwerks. The ballet is collaboration with choreographer Javier De Frutos and Britain ’s leading contemporary dance theatre, Sadler’s Wells and is based on a Hans Christian Anderson story of the same title.


Digital One-track Video

One-track digital single:

Together (Ultimate Mix) (3:29)

Two-track digital single:

Together (Radio mix) (3:29)

West End Girls (Grum Remix) (5:32)

Three-track digital single:

Together (Pepptalk Mix) (6:43)

Together (Ultrabeat Remix) (3:38)

West End Girls (Grum Dub Mix) (5:31)

Four-track digital single:

Together (Ultimate Mix) (3:29)

Together (Extended Mix) (6:53)

Glad All Over (3:24) - this is a cover version of the 1964 Dave Clarke Five hit

I Cried For Us (3:46) - a song from Kate & Anna McGarrigle's "Love Over & Over" album that Neil Tennant sang at her memorial last year

For more information:

American Laundromat Records has announced the label's newest tribute compilation… Please, Please, Please: a tribute to The Smiths. The CD will feature newly-recorded covers by The Wedding Present, Greg Laswell, Doug Martsch (Built To Spill), William Fitzsimmons, Trespassers William, The Rest, The Leisure Society, Joy Zipper, Katy Goodman (La Sera, Vivian Girls), Tanya Donelly, and many other outstanding artists.

The label is now offering three exclusive limited-edition, pre-order bundles that range from $13.00 (CD & Promo Pin) to $35.00 (CD, 7” Vinyl, T-Shirt, Free Digital Download, Promo Pin, and Album Preview prior to release date).

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