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VAN HUNT RETURNS WITH NEW ALBUM WHAT WERE YOU HOPING FOR?, AVAILABLE TODAY
Album streaming now on AOL Music
On tour now!
September 27th marks the official release date for What Were You Hoping For?, the latest album from singer/songwriter Van Hunt. The album, released on Van’s own godless-hotspot in association with the Nashville-based Thirty Tigers label, has already received rave reviews for it’s fusion of rock, soul, punk and funk. The album is streaming in full on AOL Music.
Van Hunt-What Were You Hoping For? | AOL Album Stream
Download MP3 “Eyes Like Pearls”
With What Were You Hoping For?, Van Hunt kicks out the jams with a spare but dizzyingly vibrant meld of day-glo psychedelic soul with glammed-up riffs and the acerbic energy of punk. The album sees the Grammy-winning musician/songwriter/producer turning up the volume on his genre-smashing songcraft and the results are altogether gripping. From the breakneck “Watching You Go Crazy is Driving Me Insane” and “A Time Machine is My New Girlfriend” to the metallic k.o. of the album’s first single,”Eyes Like Pearls,” Hunt unleashes a sound that reverberates with caustic wit, passion, and the thrilling excitement of an artist operating at the peak of his powers. Careening with exhilarating intensity and frenetic, inventive musicality, What Were You Hoping For? is Van Hunt’s most daring and provocative work to date.
Van’s tour kicked off on September 19th in New York City and continues throughout the country through October. Tour dates are below.
“What Were You Hoping For?”: Amazon
Van Hunt Tour Dates
9/27/2011 |Augusta, GA Sky City
9/28/2011 |Atlanta, GA The Earl
9/29/2011 |New Orleans, LA Tipitina’s Uptown
9/30/2011 |Houston, TX Warehouse Live-Green Room
10/1/2011 |Austin, TX Cactus Café
10/3/2011 |Dallas, TX House of Blues: Cambridge Room
10/4/2011 |Little Rock, AR Stickyz Rock ‘n Roll Chicken Shack
10/5/2011 |Memphis, TN 1884 Lounge
10/6/2011 |St. Louis, MO Lola
10/7/2011 |Chicago, IL Schuba’s Tavern
10/8/2011 | Minneapolis, MN Bunker’s
10/11/2011 |Seattle, WA Nectar Lounge
10/12/2011l Portland, OR Doug Fir Lounge
10/13/2011l San Francisco, CA Yoshi’s
10/16/2011l Los Angeles, CA Troubadour
VAN HUNT RETURNS WITH “JUNE”;
EXCLUSIVE TRACK AVAILABLE AS FREE DOWNLOAD
VIA THE HUFFINGTON POST;
ADDITIONAL SONGS TO BE RELEASED ONLINE
IN ADVANCE OF MUCH ANTICIPATED NEW ALBUM;
“WHAT WERE YOU HOPING FOR?”ARRIVES SEPTEMBER 27
Grammy Award-winning singer/songwriter/producer Van Hunt makes his long awaited return this week with the online premiere of “June,” his first new music in more than three years. The track is currently available as a free download via The Huffington Post, which you can download by clicking the link below:
“June” heralds the hugely anticipated release of Hunt’s extraordinary new album, What Were You Hoping For? . The album – a joint venture between the Nashville-based Thirty Tigers and Hunt’s own label, godless-hotspot – arrives in stores and at all digital retailers on September 27th.
“‘June’ was written to mirror a person’s complicated moodiness,” Hunt says. “Some people are called pessimists because of their persistent dourness – but I think they are optimists. Sorely disappointed optimists. The song is my attempt to make one, in particular, smile.”
Hunt will unveil a series of new tracks each month leading up to release of What Were You Hoping For? with free downloads available at a range of blogs and music websites. Among them will be the album’s first single, “Eyes Like Pearls,” which will impact multi-format radio outlets nationwide later this summer. In addition, free downloads will be available at Hunt’s newly relaunched official website, www.vanhunt.com.
Furthermore, the Los Angeles-based Hunt and his crack band plan to hit the road in the weeks surrounding the album’s release, marking his first national tour since 2008. A full itinerary will be announced shortly.
Van Hunt first fell in thrall to the power of music from an early age, taking inspiration from a remarkable range of musicians and composers, spanning J.S. Bach to David Bowie, Thelonious Monk to Curtis Mayfield, Iggy Pop to The Isley Brothers. The Dayton, Ohio-born musician soon made his way to Atlanta, where he drew acclaim for his creative production efforts and crafty songwriting, featured on recordings by such diverse artists as Dionne Farris, Joi, Rahsaan Patterson, and Cree Summer. His own self-titled debut album arrived in 2004, instantly establishing Hunt as a distinctive and original talent with its idiosyncratic melding of R&B, neo-soul, funk, pop, and rock ‘n’ roll. The equally inventive On The Jungle Floor followed two years later, highlighted by the single, “Character” as well as by a surprising cover of Iggy Pop & James Williamson’s Kill City classic, “No Sense Of Crime.”
In 2007, Hunt received a Grammy Award for “Best R&B Performance By A Duo Or Group With Vocals,” honoring “Family Affair,” a collaboration with John Legend and Joss Stone found on the 2006 Sly & The Family Stone tribute album, Different Strokes For Different Folks. Hunt had previously received a 2005 “Best Urban/Alternative Performance” Grammy nomination for his breakthrough hit single, “Dust.”
Hunt’s third album, Popular, was slated for 2008 but remains officially unreleased. Nevertheless, the album has become an underground sensation, a classic lost album hailed by LA Weekly as “a left-field stunner” for its “trippy fusion of funk grooves, punk guitar and soul vocals.” In 2009, Hunt liberated a collection of B-sides, demos, remixes, and other rarities on the self-released collection, Use In Case Of Emergency (Rare Items From The Vault).
A charismatic and engaging live performer, Hunt also attracted critical praise touring both as headliner as well as alongside such diverse acts as Kanye West, The Roots, Coldplay, Mary J. Blige, Seal and Dave Matthews Band.
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They Might Be Giants
(Idlewild/Rounder; July 19, 2011)
New album Join Us preview tracks out on iTunes today!
Hear them streaming on AOL Spinner
New live dates including
Williamsburg Waterfront FREE Concert
w/ Eugene Mirman!
“They make defiantly uncool look and sound unbelievably cool…”
- Village Voice
“It’s classic TMBG!”
TMBG “combine a Dadaist sensibility with smart hooks.”
- The New Yorker
They Might Be Giants new album, Join Us, is the recordings that their fans have been waiting 20 years for! Impossibly catchy, sometimes strange and always original the album is a stunning return to form. On Join Us we find the Brooklyn originals have returned to rock and to their singular sensibility that made them an instant phenomenon in the world of alternative rock. Join Us is an electrifying mix of clever, maddeningly catchy songwriting and studio mastery. The album was created in the brand new private studio of their long-time collaborator Patrick Dillett (David Byrne, Mary J. Blige, Tegan and Sara, Doveman). The advance tracks are released digitally today on iTunes through the “Complete My Album” program, with the full album arriving in all digital and physical outlets July 19, 2011 through Idlewild/Rounder Records.
The advance track offering opens with “Can’t Keep Johnny Down”–a summer-perfect pop single that will get instantly stuck in your head and make you want to roll down the windows. The electronic ballad “Never Knew Love” puts a new and simple twist on the love song. The pure folk-pop of “Old Pine Box” showcases the band’s signature harmonies, handclaps and the always popular, never anticipated vocoder. Check out the “Can’t Keep Johnny Down” MP3 HERE.
They Might Be Giants unlikely success story started nearly three decades ago with their Dial-A-Song service. High energy, low budget videos broke them into heavy rotation on MTV and the rest would soon become alternative rock history. Along the way the band has become the recipients of two GRAMMYs and a platinum record (1990’s Flood). They recorded numerous themes including The Daily Show with Jon Stewart, their GRAMMY-winning theme Malcolm In the Middle and many more.
Notorious for their energized live show, They Might Be Giants will launch the first international tour in over a decade this Fall, hitting 6 countries and over 50 US cities. Several tour dates have been announces & stay tuned for more details next month!
They Might Be Giants Tour Dates
5/29: Des Moines, IA @ Iowa State Fair Grounds
6/11: Toronto, ON @ Luminato Festival FREE CONCERT
7/15: London, UK @ Koko
7/16: Southwold, UK @ Latitude Festival
7/29: Brooklyn, NY @ Williamsburg Waterfront w/Eugene Mirman FREE CONCERT
Best known for his work with CL Smooth, and his remixes for Public
Enemy, House of Pain, Mary J Blige and Mick Jagger to mention a few.
Hailing from the little town of Mt. Vernon, NY, right next to the
Bronx, Pete Rock & CL Smooth pretty much got together in their local high school when Pete noticed CLs dope and unique voice. After high school,
Pete hooked up a weekend hip-hop show on WBLS-FM and was considered one of NYs premier DJs during his four year stint on the show. All Souled Out was Pete & CLs debut EP, it was the phenomenal production by Pete Rock which really drew people to this EP. If the legendary DJ Mark The 45 King was the first producer to incorporate horns, Pete Rock was the first to really perfect this new style of production with his trademark echoing horns laced throughout his music. This was done very nicely on two of the cuts off the EP, Creator and Mecca & The Sou! l Brother, and people were taking notice in a big way.
After the solid Mecca/Creator 12 inch, the duo unleashed one of those all-time classic LPs every MC dreams of having, Mecca & The Soul Brother featuring the monumental: They Reminisce Over You, Straighten It Out, Ghettos Of The Mind, and Lots Of Lovin. Songs to make you cry – damn, they were playing TROY at funerals everywhere. One of the greatest hip hop records ever made …it never leads my box man…- (Tim Westwood)
Pete Rock on hip hop: Hip hop to me today is still important but we are going through a phase right now. Hip Hop as been injected by a virus, and right now weve got to find a cure to this. Which brings along myself. (Frank 151)
…from downtempo, funkdified sounds to hypnotic hip–hop beats,
this is a wonderfully crafted album – (BPM July 2001)
This hypnotic … album represents hip hops incredible a! bility to morph and manipulate a hodgepodge of sounds to creat! e someth ing unique…although the sound is now industrial, electronic and everything but natural Pete’s
version of hip hop will remain a classy affair that merges the elements of an orchestra, the roots of black music and the cacophony of the streets. – (Mass Appeal July 2001)
To celebrate the 10th anniversary of the cult series, Beat Generation, B BE are re-releasing a re-mastered, expanded and limited version of ”Petestrumentals” on CD and digital.