THRILL JOCKEY Announces TWO Benefit Efforts For Japan!

enefit for the Recovery In Japan Compilation

Download Available Here For $15 (see below for 64 song track listing):

Benefit for the Recovery in Japan, a compilation album with contributions from over sixty diverse artists from around the world, will be released today via Thrill Jockey’s Fina-Music online digital music store.  100% of the proceeds from the sale of this compilation will go directly towards the recovery and relief effort taking place in the wake of the March 11th earthquake and tsunami in northern Japan and the resulting nuclear emergency.  This massive set contains nearly five hours of music and features tracks by a wide range of artists including Christian Fennesz, Shinji Masuko (Boredoms/DMBQ), Prefuse 73, Tim Hecker, Tunde Adebimpe, School of Seven Bells, Zeena Parkins, Bear In Heaven, The Ex, Deerhunter’s Bradford Cox, Oren Ambarchi, Akron/Family, Sam Prekop, Ben Frost, Rhys Chatham, and many others.

As the crisis continues to unfold and the full scope of the disaster becomes even more apparent, our sisters and brothers in Japan face many challenges:  both the immediate needs – provisions for food, water, shelter, and healthcare – as well as the long term recovery and rebuilding efforts in the impacted communities.  The ripple effects of the earthquake and resulting tsunami will be felt for years to come.  Benefit for the Recovery in Japan was created with the goal of providing immediate and tangible aid in the relief, recovery, and rebuilding that will take place over the coming days, months, and years.

The people of Japan need your help now, and your purchase of this music is one way to connect with and provide assistance to the people in Japan working to recover from this disaster.  100% of the proceeds from your purchase of this release will go to the Japanese emergency response organization Civic Force – thereby helping support real work happening on the ground by Japanese-based relief workers.

This compilation is dedicated to the victims and survivors, their families, and the aid workers courageously struggling to deal with the aftermath of the earthquake.

Benefit for the Recovery in Japan is curated by Antiopic’s David Daniell and James Elliott, with invaluable assistance from Regina Greene (Front Porch Productions), and Greg Davis.  This release is made possible by the generosity of all of the artists involved.
About Civic Force:  Civic Force is a Japanese not-for-profit organization that provides aid and emergency response in times of great domestic trouble in Japan.  Civic Force developed from experiences learned during the Niigata Earthquake of 2004, and was established to provide faster and more effective disaster relief by cooperating closely with NGOs, the business community and government of Japan.  For more information about Civic Force, see

Track List:

Part One:

01. Fennesz: “Fearless”
02. Helado Negro: “Cabeza Bella”
03. Stephan Mathieu: “(Excerpt from) The Floating World”
04. School of Seven Bells: “Midnight Sun”
05. Lawrence English: “Hotaru”
06. Noveller: “Darkheart”
07. Zeena Parkins: “The Letter”
08. Tom Carter (of Charalambides): “Mended”
09. Akron/Family: “Deep Kazoo”
10. The Ex: “Cold Weather Is Back”
11. Shinji Masuko (of Boredoms/DMBQ): “Botsuon”
12. Oneohtrix Point Never: “The Inside World”
13. Tokimonsta: “Sound Caves”
14. Joshua Abrams: “Jackdaws”
15. Keith Fullerton Whitman: “Anzac #3”
16. Ben Frost: “Snæugla”
17. David Daniell: “Shiho-hiru-tama”
18. Grouper: “Cassiopeia”
19. Tape: “Mirrors”
20. Jefre Cantu-Ledesma: “Moon in a Dewdrop”

21. D. Charles Speer: “Steel Infant”
22. Evan Caminiti (of Barn Owl): “Blue Veil”
23. Blackshaw, Wood, Wood & Tomlinson (James Blackshaw & Hush Arbors): “Are You Alright? (Chump Change)”
24. Nat Baldwin (of Dirty Projectors): “In the Hollows”
25. Chris Forsyth & Shawn Edward Hansen: “Dirty Pool Blues”
26. Zelienople: “Stone Faced About It”
27. Elm (Jon Porras of Barn Owl): “Diamond Dust”
28. Lobisomem: “Kusha”
29. Stabbing Eastwood (Tunde Adebimpe & Ryan Sawyer): “Thundersnow Mountain”
30. Alan Licht & Greg Malcolm: “Natasha Utting Reporting”
31. Scott Tuma: “To: Hasty”
32. Rhys Chatham: “Prayer for the People of Fukushima”

Part Two:

33. Prefuse 73: “The Only Climactic Dissonant Hums”
34. Growing: “Untitled”
35. James Plotkin (of Khanate): “Broken ’96”
36. Totem Test: “Pulse Prayer for Japan”
37. Marcus Schmickler (of Pluramon): “2.71828 Up”
38. Tim Hecker: “Hatred of Music (Double Gate Mix)”
39. Sylvain Chauveau: “Colours in Darkness”
40. Bear In Heaven: “The Days We Have”
41. Spires That In The Sunset Rise with Michael Zerang: “Collision Theory”
42. C. Spencer Yeh: “Solo Violin March 13th 2011”
43. Lau Nau: “Oi Kuolema”
44. Oren Ambarchi: “Merely A Portmanteau”
45. Warm Ghost: “Uncut Diamond (Dripping Pollen Mix)”
46. Bradley & Geofrey (Atlas Sound + White Rainbow): “Mr. Stephen’s Private Service”
47. Peter’s House Music: “Half Step”
48. Leb Laze: “Da Plane Da Plane”
49. Matthewdavid: “Stop Laughing / Be Honest”
50. Sam Prekop: “Lakes River”
51. Simon Scott: “Of You (Before 2082)”
52. Tetuzi Akiyama/Jon Mueller/Jim Schoenecker: “Untitled”
53. Shelley Burgon: “Let It Be New”
54. Giant Sand: “Recovery Mission”
55. William Tyler: “Tears and Saints”
56. Mountains: “Still Life”
57. Ben Vida: “Quadsweep +2 (snkglazz iii)”
58. Maria Chavez: “Natural Disaster #2_2011”
59. Cleared: “Nova”
60. Neptune: “FIG IV”
61. Water Fai: “Tokitomori”
62. Parts & Labor: “Dokonimonai”
63. Jackie-O Motherfucker: “Blood of Life”

64. Greg Davis: “Sho Sai Myo Kichijo Dharani”

Thrill Jockey Benefit Sale!
Until further notice, Thrill Jockey’s BOREDOMS and OOIOO will donate 100% of the money from the sale of the following albums:
OOIOO:  Taiga, Gold and Green, and the EYE Remix EP
BOREDOMS:  Super Roots 9
Help yourself to a great record and help those desperately in need!
To ensure that the maximum amount of donations go directly to the relief effort, proceeds from the sale of these albums will benefit smaller volunteer and/or non-profits who are already on the ground working with survivors and their families.  Groups such as Civic Force, Peace Winds, and the Fukushima Prefecture municipality.

Pepper Rabbit Announce Tour Dates With The Submarines || On Tour Now With Miniature Tigers || 'Beauregard' LP Out Now On Kanine Records

Pepper Rabbit Announce Tour Dates With The Submarines
On Tour Now With Miniature Tigers
Beauregard LP Out Now On Kanine Records
“Songs that manage to be happy and haunting all at once” FILTER
Singh and Laurent have an easy way with large but unexpected arrangements, bouncing from banjo, trumpet, xylophone, and clarinet, sometimes within the same song” UNDER THE RADAR
Like Grizzly Bear and Mercury Rev taking drugs yet to be invented, the band’s music draws on the delicacy of chamber instruments” 
“Pepper Rabbit makes swinging pop that sounds like the result of a raid on Sufjan Steven’s instrument stash” FILTER
“From trumpets, accordions, banjos, ukulele, and even the piano – these guys can and do play it all. How would we describe the sound? Avant-garde folk would be a good place to start.” KEXP
Currently on tour with Miniature Tigers, Pepper Rabbit is pleased to announce an upcoming tour with the Submarines.

Since Pepper Rabbit’s debut album ‘Beauregard’ was released last fall receiving high praises from peers and press, the band has been touring almost nonstop – sharing the stage with Passion Pit, Ra Ra Riot, Freelance Whales, Telekinesis, and the Rural Alberta Advantage to name a few. 

Pepper Rabbit recently attended and played several shows at SXSW where they were debuting some new material from their forthcoming sophomore album due this summer.  Details on that to be announced shortly, but if you want a sneak peak, get yourself down to a show – or visit You Ain’t No Picasso for video of a live performance of one new song off the album titled “The Annexation of Puerto Rico.”

Upcoming US Tour Dates
Mar 24 – Phoenix, AZ – Rhythm Room *
Mar 25 – San Diego, CA – The Casbah *
Mar 27 – San Francisco, CA – Rickshaw Stop *
Mar 29 – Portland, OR – Holocene *
Mar 30 – Seattle, WA – Crocodile Cafe *
Apr 01 – Bozeman, MT – Filing Station *
Apr 02 – Salt Lake City, UT – Kilby Court *
Apr 03 – Denver, CO – Hi Dive *
Apr 04 – Aspen, CO – Belly Up *
Apr 16 – Durango, CO – Fort Lewis College
Apr 18 – Kansas City, MO – The Riot Room
Apr 19 – Columbia, MO – Blue Note
Apr 22 – Pittsburgh, PA – Garfield Artworks 
Apr 26 – Brooklyn, NY – Music Hall of Williamsburg ^
Apr 27 – Philadelphia, PA – JOhnny Brendas ^
Apr 28 – Washington, DC – Black Cat Backstage ^
Apr 29 – Chapel HIll, NC – Local 506 ^
Apr 30 – Atlanta, GA – The Earl ^
May 2 – Austin, TX – The Parish ^
May 3 – Dallas, TX – the Loft ^
May 5 – Tucson, AZ – Solar Culture ^
May 7 – Los Angeles, CA – Troubadour ^
May 28 – George, WA – Sasquatch! Festival
* w/ Miniature Tigers
^ w/ The Submarines

Seryn . . . Seryn . . Seryn .

Seryn has been busy, busy, busy to say the least !
In support of their debut : This Is Where We Are , they completed their first national tour, followed by several shows at SXSW and the 35 Conferette Festival.  And . . . we can’t go without saying that Paste Magazine named them as the #1 performance of SXSW !  Live footage of them at SXSW here.  +  lots of other put them in their top 5 or 10 lists, so we’re way proud (and blushing).
Next up is a whole slew of local-ish Texas shows + they’ll be recording their first Daytrotter Session before they head out in June on their first west coast tour. Finished dates coming soon.
This Is Where We Are is also now available on limited edition, 180 gram, white vinyl, w/ download card inside. It is here.
Tracks, bio, photo, dates, video, etc here :
Check out the new MOG Music feature on them here.
Track cleared for download here.
‘River Song’ video here.
03/24  Ft. Worth, TX @ Space 111 / Visionary Artists Awards
03/25  San Antonio, TX @ Local Coffee
03/26  San Antonio, TX @ Limelight
04/01  Ft. Worth, TX @ Magnolia Park w/ Telegraph Canyon
04/08  College Station, TX @ A & M University
04/09  Austin, TX @ The Mohawk
04/10  Daytrotter Studios Recording
04/21  Ft. Worth, TX @ Central Market
04/23  Dallas, TX @ Good Records (early show)
04/23  Waco, TX @ Common Grounds
04/29  Denton, TX @ Dan’s Silverleaf
04/30  Hot Springs, AR @ Maxine’s
05/12  Ft. Worth, TX @ The Modern
05/20  Dallas, TX @ Dallas Museum of Art
05/21  Addison, TX @ Addison Circle Park w/ Third Eye Blind
06/06  El Paso, TX @ The Perculator
06/08  Phoenix, AZ @ Lost Leaf
06/09  San Diego, CA @ Tin Can Alehouse
06/21  Boise, ID @ The Reef
06/25  Glendale, AZ @ The Thomas Listening Room

See our other bands tour dates : here

Video – The Plea "I Am The Miracle" – released 11th April on Planet Function

THE PLEA  “I Am The Miracle” b/w “Praise Be” – Released 11th April 2011, through Planet Function, an indie rock subsidiary of R&S Records

Watch video for ‘I Am The Miracle” here:
The Plea’s infectious sound is steeped in a rich musical texture of swirling guitars and lavish drum beats and with the release of their first single, the inspirational ‘I Am The Miracle,’ b/w ‘Praise Be’ are about to take the band on an amazing voyage of discovery, as they head into the dark, murky uncharted waters of rock ‘n’ roll, but not after earning their spurs the hard way.
The Plea are the brothers Doherty; Denny and Dermot from the small town of Ballyliffen, County Donegal who plied their trade busking on the streets of London, before moving to Boston, where by day they worked on building sites and by night our dynamic duo played the city’s bustling, Irish pub circuit. They spent a year in Minnesota after an American major label funded an album recorded in a big budget studio, but it never saw the light of day.
So in 2009, back in Ballyliffen, the brothers brought in drummer Gerry Strawbridge and bassist Paul Toland, wrote a batch of new songs and posted them on their MySpace page. Interest from labels was immediate, but one offer in particular intrigued them. The founders of legendary Belgian dance label R&S Records were so impressed by the songs and after lengthy discussions on Skype they signed the band and became their first ever rock signing.
The band have just finished recording their debut album with Chris Potter (The Verve, The Rolling Stones, U2) which will be released later this year, but in the meantime open your heart up to The Plea.
About Planet Function
Planet Function is a more than a new indie label. It’s a long-held dream of R&S founders Renaat Vandepapeliere and Sabine Maes to prove their love of music doesn’t end with electronica (R&S released records from Aphex Twin, Derrick May, C J Bolland, System 7, Steve Hillage, James Blake, Joey Beltram and many more). A subsidiary of R&S, Planet Function will focus on rock and indie acts, with first signing The Plea’s debut “Miracle” EP to be released in April.
Planet Function’s MD is David Boyd, who spent 13 years as MD of Hut Records, where his signings included Smashing Pumpkins, The Verve, David Gray, Embrace, Gomez and Placebo, and was former head of A&R at Virgin Records. Boyd joined Planet Function in December, bringing with him the label’s second signing, Irish indie band The Chakras.

My TV is Dead… but not You(r) Tube

Alternative Rock Electro… just for your ears 
 The alternative electro rock band My TV is Dead originates from the performance “Convulsions” : a spectacular performance mixing rock music and contemporary dance. It’s actually in Berlin that the idea of putting the band together came true, and more precisely during a week of performances at the famous Tacheles. An artistic squat building located in the east side of Berlin.

MY Tv is DEAD debut album “Freedomatic”, mixed by Rudy Coclet (Arno), has been released so far in Belgium, The Netherlands, Switzerland and France, it is now available everywhere from dEPOT214 (Cecilia::Eyes, Monsoon, Nox) label’s webstore.

During the live performances, you are surrounded by the shadows of the big cities, thanks to a mixture of video projections and 3D illusions, made by the Vdjay Patrick Lecoeuvre. With « My TV is dead », you can feel the electricity in the air and the guitar riffs looks like adrenaline shots. There is a feeling of self-contained tension and urban anxiety. And all of a sudden, it makes you want to dance.
By the way, the official music video of the new single, “Riot love”, by My TV is Dead is on YouTube. Enjoy and share…
For fans of dEUS, Mintzkov, Radiohead…
“A mix of psychedelia, rock, techno and sumptuous vocal arrangements, taking you on a musical journey to remember” (The George Lite Zone, UK) 
Le rock belge plein de ressources. dernière preuve: ce duo bruxellois chez qui on retrouve une multitude de bonnes influences, de dEUs à Radiohead. Une vision moderne du rock”. (Telerama, France)

Jeff Beam to release "Venus Flying Trapeze," his latest album of catchy psychedelic pop on April 5th.

See Beam performing throughout NYC this Spring. First single “People Places” available for download now.
Jefff Beam as photographed by Nathan Marchard.
“People Places” is the first single from Venus Flying Trapeze by Jeff Beam
About Jeff Beam
At 23 years of age, NYC’s Jeff Beam already boasts a broad discography. His latest work is the upcoming album Venus Flying Trapeze, a 12-song psychedelic affair featuring melodies that are warped and catchy, clever chord changes and existential, surrealistic lyrical content.
“To me, this is the best kind of music,” Beam says, “And I once heard a tip that you should try to make the kind of music that you want to hear.”
Before landing in New York, Beam was raised in a small town in the woods of Maine on a constant barrage of “The White Album,” Electric Light Orchestra, The Who’s Tommy, and Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young.
Beam’s own music has drawn comparisons to the studio musings and melodic flourishes of Elliott Smith and Harry Nilsson.  His music also brings to mind the vigor of a young Elvis Costello, and the unconventionality of Beck and The Flaming Lips.  Check out Jeff Beam’s “People Places” single here.
Jeff Beam will be performing live in NYC and Brooklyn several times throughout the Spring.  His latest album Venus Flying Trapeze will be released on April 5th, 2011.

Jeff Beam Live
04/01 New York, NY @ The Living Room Free Midnight Show, 21+
04/09 Brooklyn, NY @ Bar 4 9PM, 21+
04/12 Brooklyn, NY @ Trash Bar Japan Benefit Show, 10PM, 21+, $7
04/15 Portland, ME @ The Empire w/ The Vanityites, Sea Level, & Bass Box, 9PM, 21+, $6
04/20 New York, NY @ Lit Lounge
04/26 New York, NY @ Pianos
07/09 New Sweden, ME @ Arootsakoostik Music Festival w/ The Lucid, The Milkman’s Union and more.

Jeff Beam
Venus Flying Trapeze
(S/R, 4/5/2011)
Track Listing:
01. Fly Trap
02. People Places (MP3)
03. Portraits of Poor Traits
04. Wake Jolk
05. Northern Floor
06. Currently, A Currency Urgency!
07. Loudspeaker Wallpaper
08. Venus Flying Trapeze
09 .Problem of Other Minds
10. Mere Mirror
11. Mister Sister
12. Can’t You Feel The Curve of the Earth?
Jeff Beam Links