Monday, September 09, 2013

Sights and Sounds: Bryan Ferry, Elvis Costello and the Roots, Leagues

Here are the latest noteworthy items to hit my inbox...

New York, NY (September 9, 2013)— Eagle Rock Entertainment is proud to announce the release on September 24 of Bryan Ferry’s Live In Lyon on DVD, Blu-ray and Digital Formats. Additionally a Deluxe Edition is available on each format, boasting a 72 page hardback edition with embossed front cover and bonus CD of the concert [Pre-book Order Date September 6, MSRP $24.98 Blu-ray, $14.98 DVD, $69.98 Blu-ray/CD, $59.98 DVD/CD]. 
From his earliest recordings with Roxy Music at the beginning of the 1970s, Bryan Ferry has established himself as one of the most iconic musicians and innovative songwriters to emerge in popular music. This spectacular performance, which was part of his worldwide Olympia tour, was filmed on July 25, 2011 at the ancient Roman amphitheatre in Lyon, France as part of the Nuits de Fourviere Festival.
Live In Lyon shines with tracks from across Ferry’s 40-year career including classic Roxy Music songs, solo hits and his renowned interpretations of classic songs. Tunes such as “Slave To Love,” “Oh Yeah!,” “Let’s Stick Together,” “Love Is The Drug,” “Don’t Stop The Dance,” “Avalon,” “Like A Hurricane,” “Sign Of The Times,” “If There Is Something,” “Jealous Guy,” and “My Only Love,” are all delivered with the style and panache that is uniquely Bryan Ferry.
Live In Lyon also includes “The Making Of Olympia” film as a bonus feature. This brilliant documentary unveils the recording of the Olympia album with previously unseen interviews and performances with guest artists including Nile Rodgers, Dave Stewart, Marcus Miller, David Gilmour, Flea and The Scissor Sisters.
Live In Lyon is a music experience no Bryan Ferry fan should be without.
Eagle Rock Entertainment is the largest producer and distributor of music programming for DVD, Blu-Ray, TV, Audio and Digital Media in the world.  Eagle works directly alongside talent to produce top quality, High Definition and 3D programs, both concerts and documentaries, including The Rolling Stones, Pink Floyd, The Who, Queen, The Doors, Jeff Beck, U2, Peter Gabriel, Paul McCartney and Ozzy Osbourne. Eagle is a Grammy Award winning company and has received over 30 multi-platinum, over 50 platinum and over 90 gold discs, worldwide.  Eagle Rock Entertainment has offices in London, New York, Toronto, Paris and Hamburg.
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1) I Put A Spell On You  
2) Slave To Love  
3) Don’t Stop The Dance  
4) Just Like Tom Thumb’s Blues  
5) If There Is Something  
6) Make You Feel My Love  
7) You Can Dance  
8) Alphaville  
9) Reason Or Rhyme  
10) Oh Yeah!  
11) Like A Hurricane  
12) Tara*  
13) Bitter-Sweet  
14) Avalon*  
15) My Only Love*  
16) What Goes On  
17) Sign Of The Times  
18) Love Is The Drug  
19) All Along The Watchtower  
20) Let’s Stick Together  
21) Hold On I’m Coming  
22) Jealous Guy
* = tracks not on CD.


Eagerly-Awaited Collaborative Album Out
Next Week; Stream NOW via

A cauldron full of powders and potions, frogs and fingers.” –Elvis Costello

A moody, brooding affair, cathartic rhythms and dissonant lullabies.” –Ahmir “?uestlove” Thompson

“A spacious, genre-bending funk set with a political charge.” Rolling Stone

“One of the landmark albums of the year.”  MOJO

Elvis&Ahmir8_PhotoCredit_DannyClinch LRSeptember 9, 2013 - New York, NY - Elvis Costello and The Roots will be releasing their highly anticipated collaborative album entitled Wise Up Ghost exclusively via Blue Note Records next Tuesday September 17th, 2013. The collection can be streamed exclusively via, now. PRESS HERE to listen!

The existence of the record was first revealed by ?uestlove as an aside during an interview with Billboard Magazine in January. A small number of test pressings were distributed as white labels on Record Store Day on the 20th of April.

Most of the sessions took place in secret at Feliz Habitat Studios in the dead of night, while others were in plain sight at Costello’s Hookery Crookery Studios. The collection promises to be one of the most unexpected and surprising releases of 2013.

In addition to the Roots crew and friends, the record features a guest vocal appearance on “Cinco Minutos Con Vos” from La Marisoul, lead singer of the Los Angeles group, La Santa Cecilia.

The album was produced by longtime Roots associate, Steven Mandel together with Elvis Costello, and Ahmir “?uestlove” Thompson.

About Elvis Costello
Elvis Costello began working as a professional musician 35 years ago, shortly after the release of his first album, “My Aim Is True”. He has made more than 27 studio records, three live albums and numerous guest appearances on stage, studio and screen as well as working as a record producer, bit-part actor and composing music for television drama and dance performance. He has toured the world with The Attractions, The Imposters and the pianist, Steve Nieve, performing with symphony and jazz orchestras as well as in solo performance. His catalogue of songs includes collaborations with Paul McCartney, Allen Toussaint and Burt Bacharach with whom he won a Grammy for “I Still Have That Other Girl” from their 1998 collaboration, Painted From Memory. Costello’s songs have been recorded by George Jones, Chet Baker, Johnny Cash, Roy Orbison, Dusty Springfield and Robert Wyatt. Elvis Costello and The Attractions were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2003. In the same year he was awarded ASCAP’s prestigious Founder’s Award. His last record was 2010s National Ransom, produced by T-Bone Burnett. Between 2008 and 2010, Costello was the host of twenty episodes of the interview and music show, “Spectacle” on the Sundance Channel.

About Ahmir “?uestlove” Thompson
Drummer, DJ, producer, culinary entrepreneur, author and member of The Roots - Ahmir “?uestlove” Thompson, is the unmistakable heartbeat of Philadelphia’s most influential hip-hop group. He is also the Musical Director for Late Night with Jimmy Fallon where his beloved Roots crew serves as the house band. The musician’s indisputable reputation has also landed him musical directing positions with everyone from D'Angelo to Eminem to Jay-Z. In addition, the artist will release his first memoir, Mo’ Meta Blues: The World According to ?uestlove, on June 18th.

About The Roots
Formed in 1987, in Philadelphia, PA, the legendary Roots Crew, consists of Black Thought (MC), Ahmir “?uestlove” Thompson (drums), Kamal Gray (electronic keyboards), F. Knuckles (percussion), Captain Kirk Douglas (electronic guitar), Damon Bryson (sousaphone) and James Poyser (electronic keyboard). Having previously released twelve projects, The Roots have become one of the best known and most respected hip-hop acts in the business, winning four Grammys, including “Best R&B Album” for Wake Up!, “Best Traditional R&B Vocal Performance” for “Hang in There” (with John Legend) and “Best Group or Duo R&B Vocal Performance” for “Shine.” The ensemble was most recently nominated for “Best Rap Album” for the 2011 release of undun. This brings the band’s GRAMMY nomination count to twelve. Additionally, The Roots have also become the faces of Philly’s “Fourth of July Jam,” an annual concert held during the Fourth of July with the biggest names in music, and “The Roots Picnic,” a yearly star-studded mix of musicians, that has become a celebrated institution during awards season. Recently The Roots were named one of the greatest live bands around by Rolling Stone, became the official house band on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon where they currently perform every Monday- Friday.


Album Debuted on Billboard at #1 Alternative New Artists Chart 
and #12 Heatseekers Chart

Single “Spotlight” featured in National Ad campaign for Bose Noise Cancellation Headphones, ABC’s Gray’s Anatomy and 2014 FIFA Video Game Soundtrack
NASHVILLE, TN –  KCRW “Artist You Should Know” Leagues have announced a two month tour in October/ November to support their debut You Belong Here.

Released in March 2013, Esquire notes in its “15 Music Artists To Watch in 2013,”  “somehow what starts like The Strokes and finishes like The Rapture doesn’t sound even a millisecond past its sell-by date.”
A testament to the staying power of Leagues’ music, in time when your release date may also be your expiration date.
The trio of Tyler Burkum (guitar), Thad Cockrell (vocals) and Jeremy Lutito (drums) garnered critical notice with the release of its 2011 self-titled EP. Independent Weekly, calls the music, “…indie-imbued pop-rock…coats the handclaps and harmonies of classic power pop with a modern gloss…leveraging the vintage feel of its soaring melody with a snappy rhythm and layers of chiming guitars and rousing horns,” while American Songwriter magazine heralds, “Leagues seem to have struck a nice balance between indie and classic rock.”
With You Belong Here, Leagues silences skeptics and drawn widespread critical acclaim. KCRW named the band an “Artist You Should Know,” heralding, “it took about 45 second for me to fall in love with Leagues’ forthcoming full length debut,” while WXPN World Café featured the band in their “World Café: Next” series, declaring, “the album plays like a collection of singles, each track as catchy as the next.” Additionally, the official music video for the album’s first single, “Spotlight,” premiered at MTV Hive with more than 145,000 views on YouTube, currently. The video can be viewed/embedded here:

In October, Leagues begin the first leg of their U.S. tour with special guests The Dig. Further November dates TBA.

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