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The Indie News Beat for the week of August 23, 2005

August 23, 2005 Edition

* Mental Recordings: Baseheadz 12" Worldwide Release
* Robots To Sing Opera
* Warren Zevon Tribute Artists To Appear On CBS-TV’s ‘Late Late Show’
* Video-C Celebrates Its 5th Birthday With A Revamp And Exclusive Oasis Competition
* Gold-Selling Filipino Group Prettier Than Pink Returns With "Chop Suey"
* Disc Makers’ Independent Music World Series Showcase To Kick-Off This October’s Music Player Live! Consumer Music Summit
* Indie Musicians Can Win $Cash And Guaranteed Airplay On D’Art Radio
* Ne-Yo Inks Music Publishing Deal With Zomba
* Loveparade Returns To San Francisco September 24, 2005
* Steve Leeds: Return To Belmont University-September 1, 2005

Mental Recordings: Baseheadz 12" Worldwide Release

After his critical well received debut CD, Baseheadz & Beyond, comes a worldwide release of the 12" Ep called: Baseheadz! which will take place on September the first 2005. Baseheadz is based around the bassplayer/composer/producer/dj satiesh "ties" mathoera who adds new flavor to music styles such as Hip hop, Broken beats, Drum ‘n Bass, Nujazz with the help of his bass guitar.

Soul, Funk, Rock, Hip Hop, Trip Hop, Turntablism have influenced ties for a great deal along with bass players such as Stanley Clarke, Les Claypool(primus), Jaco Pastorius, Mark King (level 42). And not to forget DJ Shadow who gave ties’ a different view on producing music. The official release party, with a live performance by Baseheadz, will be held on September the 2nd at Club Waas(Westelijk Handels Terrein), Van vollenhovenstreet 15 C, Rotterdam Holland together with guestDJ’s: Thelonious (Strange Fruit), Cutnice(Str8 Up) and Erjee(No-Breaks radio) and a vocal guest appearance by Nu-soul sensation: Misses. A tour has planned as from September 2005

Distribution Mental Recording Releases
The 12" EP and other future releases of Mental Recordings will be distributed worldwide by Rush Hour Distribution from Amsterdam. Exclusively for America, Australia and Japan: Groove Distribution from Chicago. An agreement has also been signed with Clickgroove from England, who will sell all tracks from the label online.


Robots To Sing Opera

Robots have come along way since the intelligent, tin cans on wheels of the mid-20th century. Today, robots assist handicapped people, build cars, perform microsurgery, clean rugs and perhaps one day will fight wars for humans. And why not entertainment?

"The idea is not to recreate Puccini or Wagner," says Paul Minotto, composer and founder of the primeTime sublime Community Orchestra, an alternative classical ensemble that uses computers and wears costumes during a performance. "This will be a contemporary opera performed and sung by robots."

Minotto read a story about Yoshii Tagu, a computer programmer and inventor in Tokyo, and his experiments with altering and extending the capabilities of commercially available robots such as AIBO, the robot dog made by Japan’s Sony Corporation. "One of the robots Yoshii was working with was a Wakamaru, a household robot developed by the Mitsubishi Corporation. This robot can talk," says Minotto. "I was beginning to work with voice synthesis software at the time and approached Yoshii with the possibility of making a Wakamaru or an AIBO sing."

While working out the details of using the singing software in the robots, Minotto and the primeTime sublime Community Orchestra recorded a new CD which features vocals sung entirely by a computer. Songs That Will Never Win A Grammy is an eclectic mix of pop songs and soundbites with contributions by Richard Nixon, Hillary Clinton, both George Bushes, and other celebrities. From the majestic opening of Curb Your God which features 7 different digital singers, to the crooner on Rainbow Seeds of Mass Destruction, the vocals sound as if by human performers not a machine. "The singing on this CD is an example of what the operatic robots will sound like, but in a pop music context," claims Minotto.


Warren Zevon Tribute Artists To Appear On CBS-TV’s ‘Late Late Show’

Last Train Home, a roots-rock outfit who appears on the new Wampus Multimedia ( release, ‘Hurry Home Early: the Songs of Warren Zevon,’ is scheduled to appear on CBS-TV’s ‘Late Late Show’ this month. The band is represented on ‘Hurry Home Early’ by their version of Zevon’s "Desperados Under the Eaves."

Executive produced by Mark Doyon, ‘Hurry Home Early’ is the third artist retrospective from Wampus Multimedia, who released ‘If I Were a Richman: a Tribute to the Music of Jonathan Richman’ in 2001 and ‘After Hours: a Tribute to the Music of Lou Reed’ in 2003. The CD also includes a previously unheard Zevon song, "Warm Rain," discovered in Zevon’s personal tape collection and interpreted by his son, Jordan Zevon, with singer Simone Stevens.

Contributors besides Last Train Home include: Phil Cody, who toured with Zevon; Matt Cartsonis (Zevon, Van Dyke Parks, Peter Himmelman), guitar on "Splendid Isolation"; Rami Jaffee (Wallflowers), organ on "Splendid Isolation"; Chris Butler (Waitresses), bass on "Reconsider Me"; Neil Luckett, now working with Nirvana producer Jack Endino; Gary Eaton (founding member, Continental Drifters), guitar on "Mr. Bad Example"; Robbie Rist (L.A. power-pop producer known in a past life as Cousin Oliver of The Brady Bunch); and Jordan Zevon, who just released a new EP.


Video-C Celebrates Its 5th Birthday With A Revamp And Exclusive Oasis Competition

Video-C, the UK’s most exciting digital music video portal, is celebrating its 5th birthday with a complete site redesign that brings new and enhanced functionality to the site. The redesign puts the consumer first, making it easier for music lovers to find, buy and watch, their favourite new music videos.

"This is more than just a make-over," says Karl Badger, Managing Director of Video-C. "This is a complete site facelift and redesign. Video-C puts the music video at the heart of the buying process, and is an essential part of the marketing campaign for any new release that is looking to make a direct impact in the heart of the digital music community."

To mark the occasion, Video-C has teamed up with Oasis to offer a VIP day out for one lucky fan. The competition winner will get a pair of tickets to see Oasis at Noise & Confusion ’05 at the Cardiff Millennium Stadium gig on December 10th, as well as accommodation, signed Oasis artwork and goodies. Video-C will also be exclusively offering every competition entrant the chance to stream footage of the band performing ŒLyla’ from their sell-out Manchester City stadium gig in June.


Gold-Selling Filipino Group Prettier Than Pink Returns With "Chop Suey"

Combining the soaring harmonies of ’60s girl groups, the dance-floor frenzy of early ’70s funk, and the jangling guitars and angular rhythms of ’80s New Wave, the all-female band Prettier Than Pink create pure pop that is highly energetic and endlessly fun on their new album "Chop Suey."

In the mid-’90s, amidst the clanging and screaming of the Philippine rock scene, the group catapulted onto the charts, landing at No. 1 with the winsome jangle and golden harmonies of "Cool Ka Lang" ("Just Stay Cool"), their first single. Now, when the music world has finally rediscovered the appeal of toe-tapping hooks and actual singing, Prettier Than Pink has been revived after an extended hiatus, this time playing to an international crowd.

"Chop Suey" marks the U.S. debut of this all-girl band. In true New Wave fashion, the group has a multiethnic line-up: Lead singer/guitarist Lei Bautista, guitarist Pamela Aquino, and bassist Melody del Mundo are from the Philippines while drummer Ann Connolly is a native of Ireland. The crisscrossing of Asian and European blood is exemplified in the music, which combines the warm melodies of Filipino music with the artistic experimentation, genre-bending, and post-punk cool of the U.K.


Disc Makers’ Independent Music World Series Showcase To Kick-Off This October’s Music Player Live! Consumer Music Summit

Music Player Network, the world’s leading music instrument publishing company, is proud to announce that this October’s inaugural consumer music summit will open with a bang as Disc Makers’ Independent Music World Series (IMWS) Northeast Showcase comes to town to kick-off the three days of festivities, exhibits and live performances. The showcase will take place on Thursday, October 20th at New York’s famed Knitting Factory, and all registered attendees for Music Player Live! will be admitted free to this exciting industry event.

Music Player Live! (MPL!) is the ultimate consumer music summit featuring three days of exhibits, live performances and interviews, with lessons and panel discussions aimed at guitarists, bassists, keyboardists, and recording enthusiasts at every skill level. With an expanded format based on last year’s successful Bass Player Live!, Music Player Live! will provide a fantastic opportunity for musicians interested in improving their skills and knowledge to get hands-on experience with the most up-to-date equipment, as well as vintage gear. Musicians will also be able to glean advice and techniques from top professionals and get hands-on experience with the equipment used as tools of the trade.


Indie Musicians Can Win $Cash And Guaranteed Airplay On D’Art Radio

Jam! Indiana is sponsoring the ‘Show Us What You Got’ music contest for independent musicians. The first place winner will receive $100, a free web page on the site, and free Internet exposure. Plus, D’Art Radio has agreed to provide 60 days of airplay for the winning song.

The contest is open to all independent musicians regardless of professional status and there are no age restrictions. Songs must be a original composition. No remixes or remakes of copyrighted music will be accepted. Visitors to Jam! Indiana will vote for their favorite song. The song with the most votes at the end of the contest wins first prize.

The period to enter songs into the music contest is from July 8, 2005 to August 28, 2005. Voting will start on September 2, 2005 and end on October 28, 2005.


Ne-Yo Inks Music Publishing Deal With Zomba

Ne-Yo ­ the writer behind Mario’s global smash "Let Me Love You" who will release his own album in September­ has signed a worldwide co-publishing deal with Zomba Music Publishing.

Ne-Yo shot to fame earlier this year as the songwriter for R&B star Mario’s "Let Me Love You" (J Records). The song was number one on Billboard’s Hot 100 and Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Singles and Tracks chart in January, propelling his album, "Turning Point," to platinum in the U.S. "Let Me Love You" was also a huge international hit.

The young songwriter is currently in the studio with Beyonce, working on the soundtrack to her forthcoming film "Pink Panther" (a re-make of the 1964 Peter Sellers classic) and will also collaborate with the Destiny’s Child superstar on her forthcoming solo record, the follow-up to her four-time platinum debut, "Dangerously In Love" (Columbia Records).


Loveparade Returns To San Francisco September 24, 2005

The world’s largest electronic music festival triumphantly returns to San Francisco on Saturday, September 24, 2005. Mark your calendars now for what promises to be one of the pre-eminent electronic music events in the world and a landmark event for the United States.

A full "Loveweekend" of festivities is planned, beginning Friday, September 23rd and running through Sunday, September 25th, with the main event‹ the Loveparade‹on Saturday, September 24th. This year’s parade promises to be even bigger and better, with an expected 75,000 attendees marching up San Francisco’s Market Street to Loveparade’s new festival location at the Civic Center.

Unlike any parade the City has seen, the Loveparade is a "no spectators" event, with revelers encouraged to dress outrageously and dance alongside floats for the entire length of the route. Founded in Berlin in 1989, the event has grown to over 1.5 million attendees by 2000, with Mexico City, Santiago de Chile, and Tel Aviv all playing host to international Loveparades.


Steve Leeds: Return To Belmont University-September 1, 2005

Sirius Satellite’s STEVE LEEDS returns to the teaching lectern at Nashville’s Belmont University’s’ Mike Curb College of Entertainment and Music Business on September 1. It’s a second go round for Leeds who taught his inaugural session last year with terrific results.(students graded professor Leeds with a 5 out of a possible 5) The college, based in Nashville has a group of students relocate to New York and attend the 14-week course.

During the last series of sessions, Leeds had his students attend a NARAS screening of the Tom Dowd documentary THE BUSINESS OFMUSIC, held a tele-conferencing session with several industry names from LA (including Universal’s VP Video Production Jeff Panzer) and drummer turned author Jake Slichter of Semisonic. The class has become a frequent stop for various music industry executives. When Leeds last held his Belmont-sessions he was fronting his own entertainment consultancy firm, NEO ENTERTAINMENT, where his major account was Sirius. Last month, Leeds officially came aboard the sat caster as VP-Talent and Industry Relations. The way Leeds sees it, it just gives more grist for the course, "Right now, I work at one of the major entertainment entities in the business and the students will directly benefit from that".

For Leeds, who helped start-up MTV and VH1, and discovered ‘Rosie O’Donnell’, Daisy Fuentes and ‘Adam Sandler’ while there, and has held prominent promotion positions at Atlantic Records, Universal Records, and Virgin Records, this latest role as ‘educator’ is one he totally embraces. "For a while I was wary of these so-called ‘adjunct’ educational courses in the music business, but now having done it at Belmont and William Paterson (in New Jersey), I totally get it and embrace it. To have a class full of students who very definitely are there by their own choosing and get it … is very rewarding. In fact, it’s become a very prominent aspect of my career."


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