I Surrender signs Take Notice

I Surrender Records has announced a new signing, Take Notice. The band commented:

After 18-21 years of commitment issues, we’ve finally found the girl for us! That beautiful lady is I Surrender Records, run by our papa bear Rob Hitt (Midtown) with co-owners Alex Sarti and Gaby Fainsilber. I Surrender features pop punk sensations Four Year Strong and Valencia as well as electropop group Dragonette. We are proud to announce our addition to this already stellar roster!

We are working diligently on our debut full-length album, which is scheduled for an early fall release.

Yuu can find music on their myspace page.
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Lyman expands on Country Tour plans

Kevin Lyman, founder of the Warped Tour, recently unveiled some reasoning behind expanding his repertoire to include 2010 country tour, dubbed “Round-Up”.

I worked on Down From The Mountain: Oh Brother, the soundtrack and I did a tour around that. I met all these bluegrass people who were basically punkers from the appellations. They don’t get radio; they don’t get a lot of stuff.

It was just a natural thing. A lot of people who work on my tours are from Nashville or their families are in country music. I think there’s a lot of country artists with the same mentality of Warped Tour artists back in 1995. Now there’s a lot of people out there touring and working hard and maybe I can pull a bunch of those artists together and get them to work together to play some bigger shows.

You can find the rest of the interview here.

As reported earlier, the tour will go out in summer 2010.
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Atlantic Records resurrects Elektra with FBR co-founder

Atlantic Records has announced plans to relaunch their famous Elektra Records imprint which effectively shutdown in 2004. The newly launched label will be co-run by Fueled By Ramen co-founder John Janick and Atlantic EVP of A&R Mike Caren.

The new label is promising some new signings, but the first three releases will be more well known releases. The first album released on Elektra was the soundtrack for the HBO show “True Blood,” which dropped on May 19. The company’s next release will be the U.S. debut of U.K. dance artist Little Boots, whose EP “Illuminations” is scheduled for release on June 9. Elektra has also signed French electronic duo Justice, and rapper Cee-Lo.

Elektra’s original catalogue included The Afghan Whigs, Billy Bragg, The Cure, Metallica and many others.
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Pennywise writing next album

In an interview with Michigan Local News, Pennywise bassist Randy Bradbury talked a little about their plans for the follow up to their MySpace Records-released Reason to Believe in 2008.

The band members are writing, but they are still not ready to talk about studio time:

We haven’t really discussed getting together and making an album again yet, It really takes a lot out of us. We love to play. We love to play live. We love to write songs and come up with new material too. Being in the studio, you have to get ready to do battle. We’re all very opinionated. We’re all passionate about what we do. So when we get in the studio, you have to present your point of view and you have to be ready to fight for it. It gets pretty heated.

But the formula’s working. I think there’s less mediocrity in our eyes. … It kind of minimizes the things we’ll shake our heads at afterward. We’ve had a couple albums where you think you’re doing the best but you really never know what you’ve got until it’s all done. Then you look back on it and, ‘OK cool. We’ve knocked it out of the park.’ Or, ‘We should have done this different.’

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Pearl Jam teams up with Target for next album

In a surprising move, Pearl Jam has apparently found a new partner in retailer Target. The news comes as the band wraps up their lengthy contract with Sony Records who released all the band’s material since 1991’s Ten.

Like Radiohead and Nine Inch Nails, the deal effectively makes the band label-free, with Target acting as more of a distributing partner than a label. The band’s management commented:

Target ended up allowing us to have other partners. We’ll be able to take care of all levels of the Pearl Jam fan…We wish we could tell the whole story right now, but all the deals aren’t done. Target was cool enough to realize that little independent record stores are not their competition.

This is an ongoing experiment, Every time we do something it’s new for us, and were not trying to tackle the whole world at once. All we’ve been searching for forever is independence and control over our own stuff. The way of releasing records is changing every day. This is the best way we could do it ourselves in America. Right or wrong, we’ll figure that out and make it better the next time.

You can find more details via the original Billboard report.
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Tuesday, June 2 2009

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Sound and Fury Festival 2009 final lineup posted

The finishing touches have been made for this year’s Sound and Fury Festival. The fest, scheduled to take place July 31, August 1 and August 2, will be held at the El Rodeo Community Center in Oxnard, Calif.

The third and final lineup update includes the addition of the following: Blacklisted, Defeater, Despise You, Guns Up!, Nails, New Lows, No Tolerance, Obliteration, Power Trip, Streetwalkers, Swamp Thing, the Mongoloids and War Hungry.

You can click Read More to check out the fest’s complete lineup.
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