Friday, September 12, 2014

Sights and Sounds: Bob Seger, The Empty Hearts,Ourlives, iRig Mic Mic HD

Happy Friday everybody! Here is a fun-filled roundup to get your weekend started...

Bob Seger's new studio album 'Ride Out' is now available for pre-order

Standard version of "Ride Out."
Capitol Records recording artist Bob Seger’s highly anticipated new studio album, Ride Out, is available now for pre-order on Amazon.  Fans who pre-order the album will receive two instant grat tracks, “Detroit Made,” a hi-octane tribute to classic cars, and the tender ballad “You Take Me In.”  Ride Outis also available in a special deluxe edition featuring three bonus tracks (see attached tracklisting). The Standard Album will also be released on 180 gram vinyl.  All versions of the album will be released in stores October 14th.   The official music video for Bob Seger’s “Detroit Made”  premiered exclusively on  

On his 17th studio album, Ride Out finds Seger holding true to his legendary sound, effortlessly marrying blues, country, and heartland soul into his trademark brand of Motor City rock ‘n’ roll. Seger offers a collection of new songs, including “All of The Roads” and “Hey Gypsy,” that are a powerful and personal addition to the GRAMMY® Award-winning rocker’s extraordinary catalogue, rich with character and passion, and the great American songwriter’s always compelling take on the world around him.

Deluxe version of "Ride Out."
Seger also lends his signature style to several personal favorites written by other artists, including the driving first track, “Detroit Made” written by John Hiatt, “California Stars” featuring lyrics by Woody Guthrie and music by Wilco’s Jeff Tweedy and Jay Bennett, Steve Earle’s “The Devil’s Right Hand,” and “Adam and Eve” penned by acclaimed Australian singer/songwriters Kasey Chambers and Shane Nicholson.

“I’m real excited about the album,” says Seger adding, “I hope the fans like it.  We worked real hard on it and here it is!”

Produced by SegerRide Out was recorded at Nashville’s historic Ocean Way Recording studios, with backing from a stunning array of Music City’s greatest musicians: Academy of Country Music Guitar Player of the Year 2014 Rob McNelley (who also serves as lead guitarist in Seger’s current live band), bassist Glenn Worf (Mark Knopfler, Tammy Wynette), keyboardist and longtime live guitarist Jim “Moose” Brown (Brad Paisley, Darryl Worley), and drummer Chad Cromwell (Neil Young, Joe Walsh). Vince Gill lends harmony vocals to “Listen,” while background vocals throughout the album come courtesy of Laura Creamer, Shaun Murphy, and Barbara Payton. RIDE OUT was mixed by multiple GRAMMY® Award-winner Chris Lord-Alge (U2, Muse, Foo Fighters).

Seger is a multi-talented artist, songwriter, producer, and bandleader whose indelible body of work has affirmed his place in the annals of American music.  Inducted to both the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame and the Songwriters Hall of Fame, Seger has sold over 52 million albums and has earned 13 platinum and 7 multi-platinum RIAA Certified sales awards, including such landmark albums as Night MovesStranger In TownAgainst The WindLive Bullet and Nine Tonight, all of which have sold in excess of 5 million units. 

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The Empty Hearts announce new tour dates

"This is a pure delight. It's worth the investment, the time and the space in your mind. Fill the void with The Empty Hearts." Popdose

Photo: Robert Matheu
Santa Monica, CA, September 11, 2014: The Empty Hearts, the band featuring members of The Cars, Blondie, The Romantics and The Chesterfield Kings, have announced tour dates in October on the east coast and in Japan (see dates below). The band features Elliot Easton on lead guitar, Rock and Roll Hall of Fame member Clem Burke on drums, Wally Palmar on vocals, harmonica and guitar, and Andy Babiuk on bass. Co-produced by the band and Ed Stasium, The Empty Hearts is a raucous collection of tunes with each player's rock 'n' roll stripes on display - a bracing sound shaped by influences which span decades and include '50's American roots rock 'n' roll, 60's British invasion and 70's garage-punk. The album was recorded at Fab Gear Studios in Rochester, NY and also includes the Faces' Hall of Fame keyboardist Ian McLagan on Hammond organ and Wurlitzer electric piano. The Empty Hearts is available worldwide on 429 Records. 
The Empty Hearts (a name coined by Little Steven from his secret list of unused band names), is a band who sound like musical cohorts - who all came of age in the 70's and 80's music scenes and play by a DIY punk rock code of ethics. A self-proclaimed band of "rock and roll lifers", the chemistry clicked immediately--they are all connected having come together as a band of friends. 

Says Blurt Magazine: "What's great about The Empty Hearts' self-titled debut is that it proudly wears its influences on its sleeve and yet it sounds totally fresh. You get the feeling these guys had a blast making this record - which, apparently, they did." 

Confirmed Tour Dates:
10/16    Londonderry, NH        Tupelo Music Hall
10/17    Ardmore, PA               Ardmore Music Hall
10/18    Brooklyn, NY              The Knitting Factory
10/19    Cranston, RI               RICPA - Park Theatre
10/22    Tokyo, Japan              Billboard Live (2 shows)
10/23    Tokyo, Japan              Billboard Live (2 shows)

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429 Records is a unit of The Savoy Label Group (SLG). SLG is the North American based division of Nippon Columbia the oldest music company in Japan. The Savoy Label Group has evolved into a Grammy Award winning and chart topping independent music company consistently outperforming competitors in key music categories as monitored by Billboard Magazine. The Savoy Label Group is led by Steve Vining and is based in Los Angeles, CA.

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Icelandic indie-rock band Ourlives will release new album on October 14
Stream Ourlives New Song “Blissful Ignorance” Now At

Iceland’s best-kept indie-rock secret Ourlives will be releasing a new record, Den of Lions, on October 14 via Spartan Records. In anticipation, the band has premiered a new track called “Blissful Ignorance” today with
Den of Lions is available now for pre-order at iTunes and on limited edition vinyl LP from Spartan Records at All pre-orders will receive an instant download of “Blissful Ignorance.”

Hailing from Reykjavik, Iceland, musical prowess and pedigree innately runs through Jón Björn Árnason and Leifur Kristinsson’s veins. Together they are Ourlives, and over the last nine years they have been meticulously assembling the lush and layered musical narrative Den of Lions. Contributing to the post-Britpop tradition of bands like Coldplay, Radiohead, and Travis, Ourlives fuses together delicate textures with driving guitars and drum work, and seamlessly transition between spare and intimate ballads and soaring, declarative anthems.
“We’ve been in love with big sounding songs for as long as I can remember,” says Árnason. “With Den of Lions we tried to approach each song as honestly as possible. Each one had its own path, and we were not afraid to let it go where it naturally wanted to go.”
Nearly a decade in the making, Den of Lions emerges as a heartbreakingly gorgeous examination of love and darkness, intimacy and isolation, and paranoia and clarity. The record features 12 tracks overflowing with lush soundscapes, many of which have already been featured in a number of U.S. television shows on MTV, ABC and NBC networks.
By all accounts, Ourlives has received a warm and enthusiastic American reception. “Good music always finds a way to rise to the top, although sometimes it takes a little luck along the way,” says Árnason, “Icelandic artists have a good track record of getting heard outside of Iceland, and we are very proud and excited to continue that trend. Our label, Spartan Records, could not be more passionate about our band and they have been amazing to us. We have complete trust in them.”
“Discovering Ourlives on a trip to Iceland in 2010 and now being able to call them my great friends is proof of how small music can make the world,” says Spartan Records owner/operator John Frazier. “We are honored to release the band’s debut US full-length and can’t wait for audiences to fall in love with them just as much as we have.”
Den of Lions Track List:
1. Blissful Ignorance
2. Out of Place
3. Blurry Eyes
4. Núna
5. Anything Can Happen Now
6. A Sight To See
7. Seven Ways
8. Loose Lips
9. We Lost The Race
10. Too Much
11. Heart
12. Where Is The Way?

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