Princess Takes It to the Streets of NYC for the Holidays!
The incomparable Princess Superstar is back with a new video just in time for the holidays! From 125th St. to Rockefeller Center to the bodega, there is no neighborhood left behind as Princess serenades the streets of NYC with a carol for those of us who think about beaded sweaters and Chippendales with Santa hats on when we think of Xmas.
The “Xmas Swagger” single is available on iTunes now.
Scott Matthew Announces New Album,
Shares Original Holiday Track feat. Sia
Australia-born New York songwriter Scott Matthew has announced the details of his new album, Gallantry’s Favorite Son, due out digitally February 7th and physically March 6th. Today he’s sharing an original holiday track called “Silent Nights,” which features backing vocals by Sia and is available via soundcloud.
Already drawing comparisons to Antony Hegarty and androgynous-era Bowie from Rolling Stone, Matthew’s emotional investment in songs is huge: Matthew and the listener – it’s a heart to heart exchange. “For some it seems a mistake, for me it’s a way of life.” It’s a lyric from his new album, which also tells the story of Matthews’ own journey. In a nutshell, it’s a life of tragically beautiful music, brimming with longing for a sanctuary; a place to wait for a love that will surely come some day.
“I came to terms with myself,” Matthew recalls on the writing and recording of his third solo album. The result is a more confident, self-assured Matthew tackling issues like bigotry, intolerance and afterlives. With confidence comes joy too, so in the first single “The Wonder Of Falling In Love” we find Matthew dancing in a more playful pop playground reminiscent of 2009’s “Thistle.” Together with newie “Felicty,” Matthew weaves connectors between Scott Walker and Devendra Banhart; Council-era Paul Weller and Burt Bacharach’s lush string pop.
But that doesn’t mean the goose bumps have diminished. Matthew’s emotive quiver still “cuts like lovingly administered razors” [Sydney Morning Herald]. In haunting new songs like “Sinking,” “Buried Alive” and “Black Bird,” the man whose worldwide mustering of hearts in queer-comedy-drama Shortbus [director John Cameron Mitchell’s follow-up to Hedwig & The Angry Inch] continues stealing breath.
Administering to the listener’s innermost core, he offers a cocktail of dark cabaret, restorative folk and gently caressing ballads. It’s little wonder Rhythms Mag called Matthew’s last album “Mesmerizing,” while “Extremely Beautiful,” “Heartbreaking,” “Brilliant, Stunning, Haunting,” “Hypnotizing… Gorgeous… Heart-melting… Captivating”
are just some descriptors proffered in other reviews.
His earlier outings as a Brizzy punk protégé, or in first band Elva Snow with ex-Morrissey man Spencer Cobrin, but as we said at the start, it’s a lifetime’s work, a journey of commitment. “When friendship becomes family, it helps me with the mystery” sings Matthew. His music is like a diary whose secrets are shared with an intimate circle of friends. Welcome to the circle. Gallantry’s Favorite Son is due out February 7, 2012
December 6 the third festive compilation from Dublin’s Indiecater Records is released. The 11 track collection features acts from Ireland, England, Sweden and the United States and all but one is an original composition.
An Indiecater Christmas 2010 is streaming in full over here
1) Dolfish – I’m Proud Of You Joanna
2) Natalie Prass – No Better Time
3) Paisley and Charlie – Snow Blitz
4) The Very Most – Christmas In July Comes Earlier Each Year
5) Kate and After – Snow Angel
6) Boca Chica – Not On Christmas Eve
7) Alli Millstein – White White Christmas
8) Adam and Darcie – River
9) Standard Fare – A Flicker Of Snow
10) The Gorgeous Colours – Hurry Up Children Santa’s Coming
11) Royal Forest – Sweat Shoppe Hands
Giving Away Surprise Gifts to Every Fan on Facebook
Also Giving Away FREE Mp3 of
“Am I Dreaming (ROBOPOP Remix)”
Feat. Liam Horne
“If you like your pop music with a bit of A.D.D., a ton of genres, a lot of humor, and, generally, a bit of attitude, then meet Neon Hitch. You’re gonna love her.”– MTV
“Neon Hitch has captured my ears and won’t let go.”– MuchMusic “Meet this year’s Cinderella act, Neon Hitch.”– Time Out Chicago
‘Tis the season to be giving, and our favorite gypsy chanteuse, Neon Hitch, will be doing just that. For every fan who “Likes” her Facebook page, Neon will be giving away a surprise gift, located under the “Merry Hitchmas” tab. The gifts, starting today, will be dropping every Friday for the rest of December.
Today, Neon felt particularly generous, dropping two remixes of her dubstep influenced track, “Am I Dreaming” feat. Liam Horne. The club-ready first, done by Easy Does It, can be found on Neon’s Facebook page, while the second, a darker, crunchier remix done by ROBOPOP can be found climbing the charts on Hype Machine. Both Easy Does It and ROBOPOP are part of the Grammy award-winning Pilot Creative Services.
December has been delivering lots of goodies for Neon and fans alike. A leaked track she recorded with Deadmau5, the anthemic “I Can’t Behave Myself”, has fans and critics pining for more. (Check out fan videos already being made with the track here!) Her brand-spanking new website, neonhitch.net, just launched this week, and gives us all a sneak peak into Neon’s world and everything entering it. Be sure to keep checking back in on it for more information on her upcoming album, Beg, Borrow, and Steal, out in 2011 on Warner Brothers.
Download the FREE Holiday Soundtrack HERE,
Featuring Jenny O.’s “Get Down For The Holidays”
Also Featuring Music from Best Coast/Wavves,
Guster, Bishop Allen & More!
Target has partnered with some of music’s finest contemporary artists to help get everyone into the swing of the holiday season with a free holiday soundtrack, The Christmas Gig. The soundtrack is an exclusive album of original holiday tracks available as a free download at Target.com/HolidayAlbum as of yesterday, November 28th.
Featured on the soundtrack is none other than LA’s own Jenny O., whose EP Home drops digitally tomorrow, November 30th via Manimal Records, with a physical release date coming soon. Jenny O. spent time studying classical strings and jazz theory before settling back into her rock and pop roots. Now based in LA, Jenny writes, records, and performs original material reminiscent of those classic influences.
On the EP, you can hear influences as varied as wide-eyed folk, jazz-fueled hip hop, and 60s and 70s pop. The lyrics are irresistibly frank and evocative, especially sung by her fresh, soaring voice. Throughout the tracks, the light-hearted, sunny L.A. vibe is always present.
Each of the songs on Target’s holiday soundtrack captures a holiday experience as told from the perspective of a contemporary artist. The collection is an eclectic mix of music that includes country, folk, hip-hop, Latin, and pop- from the soulful “Mrs. Claus Ain’t Got Nothin’ on Me” by Little Jackie to the comforting “Tiny Tree Christmas” by Guster to an unforgettable Latin song
“Super Mama” by The Pinker Tones.
The Christmas Gig Tracklist
1. “Tiny Tree Christmas” by Guster
2. “Toy Jackpot” by Blackalicious
3. “Snow Is Falling” by Darker My Love
4. “Perfect Gift” by Natalie Hemby
5. “10,000 Watts” by Crystal Antlers
6. “You’ll Never Find My Christmas” by Bishop Allen
7. “Get Down for the Holidays” by Jenny O.
8. “Mrs. Claus Ain’t Got Nothin’ On Me” by Little Jackie
9. “Electronic Santa” by Blazer Force
10. “Got Something for You” by Best Coast/Wavves
11. “It’s Christmas” by Coconut Records
12. “Party Hard” by Little Isidore
13. “Super Mama” by The Pinker Tones
14. “Un Regalo Para Mí” by Ceci Bastida