August 2007

Only the Young + NY Times

Rock n Roll band Only the Young have been making headlines in the small amount of time that they have been writing and recording together.  Only The Young have been on several music related sites following the release of their first single “The Weekend,” and were recently mentioned in the NY Times in lieu of their attendance at the LG and Polaroid Beach House parties.  Only the Young are currently releasing singles from their Hollywood Summer Sessions recording, and are launching their next single “Move from Innocence” in mid September.  The band is expected to start shooting for a video podcast series set for an early October release that will continue bi-weekly.   Visit the band’s MySpace <>  page for updates and news on what’s happening on the west coast for Only the Young and for a full listing of sites featuring the band.
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Renowned punk outfit, D.O.A is back with a band new DVD entitled Smash The State that will be released September 1, 2007 on Sudden Death Records. This long awaited compilation is loaded with a ton of raw footage including, an array of tour mayhem, twenty one classic songs, interviews, new casts, and an anarchist picnic. The dvd will also include short guest appearances by the likes of Keith Morris, Dirk Dirksen, JB Shayne, and Zippy Pinhead.

Since 1978 Joe Shithead Keithley and the rest of D.O.A has been spreading there outspoken music around the country, voicing there strong political opinions where ever they could. This didn’t always come easy for the Vancouver based anarchists, “Our very first show outside of Vancouver was in San Francisco. I took a train, Biscuits and Rampage took a bus and Brad Kent hitch hiked,” says Keithley.  “When we arrived we had to scramble around to find enough gear to play. But it was great, so from that point on… we would hop in any kind of old wrecked vehicle we could find, and head down to the Bay area and help cause a punk rock riot.”
Besides many memorable live performances in San Francisco, Smash The State also includes an outdoor D.O.A set in Vancouver’s Stanley Park. This once in a lifetime performance is documented along with the before and aftermath of the anarchists celebration. Keithley explains, “it was an anarchist gathering in 1978 and was billed as “Anti-Canada Day”. We didn’t have a permit, so the cops tried to stop D.O.A., The Subhumans and Private School from playing that day…there’s even footage of (Randy) Rampage giving a cop a kiss. Hey, cool shit.”
Smash The State is a raw collection of the first three years of D.O.A’s lengthy career. Not only does is document the original moments of the band but it also shines light on the state of punk in the late seventies and early eighties. It’s a must see piece of the punk rock revolution.

All Time Low “So Wrong, It’s Right” Out Sept 25th!

After a year of winning over critics and fans alike with their breakout Put Up Or Shut Up EP, as well as their over-the-top, energy-filled live shows (including stellar performances on the Vans Warped Tour and Bamboozle), Baltimore four-piece All Time Low (singer/guitarist Alex Gaskarth, guitarist Jack Barakat, bassist Zack Merrick and drummer Rian Dawson) will release their debut full-length, So Wrong It’s Right on September 25th via Hopeless Records. All Time Low’s Put Up Or Shut Up EP has sold over 50,000 copies to date, a huge portion of witch is in digital sales, and has been selling between 1,500-2,000 copies a week all summer. The buzz around this band keeps on rising and the dudes of All Time Low are poised to be 2008’s next big thing.
Members of the graduating class of 2006 (that’s high school), the Maryland boys have two EPs to their credit and tours with Plain White T’s, Sugarcult, Cute Is What We Aim For, The Early November, and Motion City Soundtrack under their skinny belts. Heralded by tastemakers such Alternative Press (who called ATL one of “100 Bands You Need To Know” in 2007), (who wrote, “Say hello to your new favorite pop-punk band”) and Metal Hammer, All Time Low has been taking the “pop punk” label back and wearing it as a proud badge of honor.
“A lot of bands that start out being called ‘pop-punk’ either shy away from the term or end up trying to force their sound in a different direction,” singer/guitarist Alex Gaskarth explains. “We’re proud of who we are, and we’re trying to take pop-punk back to where it used to be: a place that’s about having fun, being positive and building a community.”
Working once again with Producer Matt Squire (Panic! At the Disco, Cute Is What We Aim For) along with longtime collaborator Paul Leavitt (Over It), So Wrong, It’s Right is a mature step forward in the “pop punk” field. From the fist-pumping first single “Six Feet Under The Stars” to the SoCal-style punk volley of “This Is How We Do” to the acoustic lament “Remembering Sunday,” So Wrong, It’s Right manages to get it right every time, and singer Alex Gaskarth emerges as a very compelling storyteller/songwriter.
All Time Low are currently wrapping up their summer long stint on Warped Tour and will follow that up with a string of UK dates with Plain White T’s. Upon their return to the US, ATL will be supporting The Starting Line on a run of East Coast dates, after which they will head out as direct support on Boys Like Girls’ national fall tour.
Upcoming All Time Low Tour Dates:
UK Tour w/Plain White T’s:
8-28 Glasgow, Scotland King Tut’s
8-29 Newcastle, UK Carling Academy 2
8-31 Manchester, UK Academy 3
9-1 Birmingham, UK Carling Academy 2
9-4 Leeds, UK Cockpit
9-5 Portsmouth, UK Wedgewood Rooms
9-6 Reading, UK Fez Club
9-7 London, UK KCLSU
w/The Starting Line:
9-14 South Burlington, VT Higher Ground
9-16 Portland, ME The Station
9-17 Lancaster, PA The Chameleon Club
9-18 Richmond, VA Toads Place
CD Release Show:
9-22 Towson, MD Recher Theatre
In Stores:
9/21/2007 Sound Garden Baltimore, MD
9/25/2007 Eurpac Norfolk, VA (am) & Volume Music (pm)

w/Boys Like Girls
09-29 Worcester, MA DCU Expo Center
09-30 New Haven, CT Toad’s Place
10-01 Providence, RI Lupo’s Heartbreak Hotel
10-02 Baltimore, MD Ram’s Head Live
10-03 Norfolk, VA The Norva
10-04 Myrtle Beach, SC House Of Blues
10-05 Charlotte, NC Amos Southend
10-06 Jacksonville Beach, FL Freebird Live
10-07 Fort Lauderdale, FL Revolution
10-09 Lake Buena Vista, FL House Of Blues
10-10 St Petersburg, FL Jannus Landing
10-11 Atlanta, GA Roxy Theatre
10-12 New Orleans, LA House Of Blues
10-13 Houston, TX Meridian
10-14 Austin, TX La Zona Rosa
10-16 San Antonio, TX White Rabbit
10-17 Dallas, TX House Of Blues
10-19 Tempe, AZ The Marquee
10-20 Anaheim, CA House Of Blues

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QUEEN Rock Montreal

On 30 October 2007, Eagle Rock Entertainment will simultaneously release two incredible DVDs capturing the incomparable Queen in their pomp as the world’s biggest band at a sold out show in 1981 at Montreal’s 18,000-seater Forum.  The single DVD is “Queen Rock Montreal” and there is a special edition double DVD “Queen Rock Montreal + Live Aid”.  The live CD/LP from the concert is released on the same date on Universal with HD-DVD and Blu-ray versions to follow in November through Eagle.

Following their record-breaking South American tour, the Montreal shows on 24 and 25 November 1981 were to be the only concerts by Queen ever shot on film – indeed they were the first group to shoot an entire show in full cinema format 35mm. These releases offer the best ever sound and picture quality on a Queen concert release.  Always a great live band, with two years non-stop touring behind them and Freddie Mercury in front of them, Queen excelled themselves with the cameras rolling. The footage has been digitally restored from the original film and the sound has been newly mixed and mastered for DTS Surround Sound and PCM Stereo from the original multi-track tapes.

“Hello Montreal…long time no see. You wanna get crazy?” asks Freddie as the band tear into their alternative ‘fast’ version of We Will Rock You, and from there on Queen show their hard rock roots, slowing down only for Love of My Life and the more mid-tempo Under Pressure, notably being performed live for the first time in this concert.

1) Intro   2) We Will Rock You (fast)   3) Let Me Entertain You   4) Play The Game   5) Somebody To Love   6) Killer Queen   7) I’m In Love With My Car   8) Get Down Make Love   9) Save Me   10) Now I’m Here   11) Dragon Attack   12) Now I’m Here (reprise)   13) Love Of My Life   14) Under Pressure   15) Keep Yourself Alive   16) Drum & Timpani Solo   17) Guitar Solo   18) Crazy Little Thing Called Love   19) Jailhouse Rock   20) Bohemian Rhapsody   21) Tie Your Mother Down   22) Another One Bites The Dust   23) Sheer Heart Attack   24) We Will Rock You    25) We Are The Champions   26) God Save The Queen

TRACKLISTING (Double Disc Live Aid footage)
Live Aid: 1) Bohemian Rhapsody   2) Radio Gaga   3) Hammer To Fall   4) Crazy Little Thing Called Love   5) We Will Rock You   6) We Are The Champions   7) Is This The World We Created

The real joy to be had in watching Freddie, Brian, Roger and John performing here is that, unlike any other Queen concert film available, this delivers raw Queen. This is before the Hot Space album, before keyboards would find a place in the band’s touring line up; this is simply four musicians in total cohesion.

Originally titled, “We Will Rock You”, this film was first launched at the Cannes Film Festival in May 1983 – as only Queen could. It was then released in North America (September 1984), becoming the first commercially available film of Queen in concert.  For this special edition, the picture has been digitally restored from the original 35mm negative.

The double disc release offers the incredible bonus of a slew of Live Aid features and performances.  Regularly polled as the greatest live performance of all time, Queen’s mighty Live Aid show at 6.44pm on July 13, 1985, is here in full. In addition to the set that reinforced Queen’s position as unrivalled rock entertainers, Freddie and Brian’s performance later in the evening of the poignant “Is This The World We Created” is included. Also featured are 11 minutes of never before seen Live Aid rehearsal footage, plus a rehearsal interview with the band.   In addition, there’s the curiosity value of a 1982 news feature from US TV series PM Magazine. Brian May and Roger Taylor bring the story up to date with a brand new audio commentary on the Montreal concert.

Both these releases offer extraordinary footage of one if the greatest acts of all time, recorded at the height of the powers.  Truly, Rock royalty.

Product information:

Release date: October 30, 2007

Queen Rock Montreal and Live Aid [Eagle Vision] – Special Edition 2DVD set

Running Time: 138 mins        (W91R 30228-9 SLP 22.98)

Queen Rock Montreal [Eagle Vision] – Single DVD

Running Time: 95 minutes   (W91L 30227-9 SLP 17.98)


Combine Jessica Rhaye’s undeniable talent with, Canadian idol’s nationally renound top ten finalists, Kaleb Simmonds charisma and add multi award winner/nominee John Campbelljohn and you have the new pop sensation that is Valle Venia featuring Jessica Rhaye. Keep your eyes open cause this band is about to take flight! 

Valle Venia’s I Am The Queen will be released nationally on September 11, 2007 via Landwash Music.  The single “I’m the Queen” with its dark undertones and soaring vocal melodies is enchanting and sweet to the ears. Written by composer, songwriter and artist Leo Philipp Schmidt, who is known for taking the listener on fascinating journeys of sound, is the founder of the German based label Valle Venia.

Rhaye, finalist in The International John Lennon Songwriting Competition, Canadian Music Week’s National Songwriting Competition and CBC TV’s Great Canadian Music Dream,  captivates audiences with her unforgettable voice. She has been nominated for four East Coast Music Awards including, Best New Artist, Pop Artist of the Year and Female Artist of the Year, Best Pop Album of the Year and performed on the Award show in a tribute to Anne Murray.

Multiple Award Winner/Nominee Campbelljohn is a hard hitting Atlantic Canadian musician who’s live show has resulted in a steadily increasing fan following. John has been at it for over twenty years, following the tradition of the ones like Duane Allman, Sonny Landreth, George Thorogood, Jeff Healey, and Mick Clarke. He’s a seasoned professional who knows what the crowd wants because he’s been there a thousand times. The German Rolling Stone Magazine has compared Campbelljohn to Johnny Winter.

Simmonds, a Nova Scotia native, not only has he received national attention by becoming one of Canadian Idol’s Top Ten finalist but his signature is his phenomenal beat-boxing vocal abilities. His Canadian Idol performances wowed judges and fans alike for his originality, and charismatic personality.

A truly unique sounding recording… Valle Venia strives to record non-traditional innovative music.

Be sure to check out the groups videos at


Rock! Pop! Once Just takes a cool, innovative approach to both of these musical trips.  The bands latest album Destination takes you on an exciting yet soulful journey.  On Joe Keithley’s (D.O.A. founder/Canada’s punk godfather) new label JSK Media, the band is ready to make their mark.
Calgary, Alberta’s Once Just’s Destination was produced by the band and Keithley and mixed by Kevin kane (Grapes of Wrath).  Stand out tracks include “Little Boy”, “Spin It”, “Yeah, Yeah, Yeah” and “Summer Rain.”  The band shows inspiring electricity with their live show and is hitting the road on a tour that includes a showcase in Toronto at the legendary Horseshoe Tavern on August 22.

“Where has this band been? This is a collection of lucky 13 tracks that proves that there are still a few bands out there that understand the simple pleasures of a well-constructed pop song.” – Adam A. Donaldson, Lucid Forge

“This is honest Canadian music from an honest Canadian band…… There is an underlying element of joy and sincerity in each song.” – Andy Gemza, Scene and Heard

Tour Dates:

Aug 17, 2007 – Winnipeg – The Zoo

Aug 19, 2007 – Chatham Ontario – Twisters Nightclub
5p doors– All Ages $6

Aug 22, 2007 – Toronto – Horseshoe Tavern
Sep 22, 2007 – Calgary – Millenium Park with: seventh rain, satori life, newbourne
*Charity show for the Caylan Boyse Foundation. This foundation is in support of Spinal cord ingeries.
Nov 25, 2007 – Banff – WildBills with guest FLATLINED and T’okn

Capitol/EMI To Release Joe Cocker “Classic Cocker”


Features 19 Hits, Including the Grammy-Winning “Up Where We Belong,” “With A Little Help From My Friends,” and “You Are So Beautiful;” Deluxe Edition CD/DVD Adds 8 Music Videos and Live Performance Clips

Release Date: August 28, 2007

Capitol/EMI has compiled Joe Cocker’s best tracks for a new hits collection to be released on August 28, Classic Cocker. The 19-track CD features hit singles from albums Cocker released via Capitol and Epic/550 and from major film soundtracks, including the Grammy-winning “Up Where We Belong,” “You Are So Beautiful,” and “With A Little Help From My Friends.”  A Deluxe Edition CD/DVD adds three filmed concert performances and five music videos. Both packages also include Cocker’s 1975 hit ballad “You Are So Beautiful” and a new liner notes essay by music writer Scott Schinder.

Joe Cocker scored one of the biggest hits of his career in 1982 with the Grammy-winning single “Up Where We Belong,” a lush romantic duet with Jennifer Warnes from the film An Officer and A Gentleman. That success signaled a high-profile career move for Cocker, and set the stage for his signing to Capitol/EMI.  Cocker’s lengthy stint with Capitol/EMI saw him undergo a major musical and career resurgence that restored him to the commercial prominence he’d had during his original rise to stardom in the late 1960s.

Cocker’s first Capitol release was 1984’s transitional Civilized Man, whose bracing title track previewed the sleek commercial sound that he would soon perfect.  The same year saw Cocker contribute to another movie soundtrack, recording “Edge Of A Dream” for the film Teachers. Cocker, released in 1986, featured the wailing “Shelter Me” and a sly reading of Randy Newman’s “You Can Leave Your Hat On;” the latter track prominently was featured in the film 9 1/2 Weeks. 

Unchain My Heart, released in 1987, was widely acclaimed as Cocker’s strongest effort in years, with producers Dan Hartman and Charlie Midnight modernizing the artist’s sound in a manner that complemented his gritty vocals. Cocker rose to the occasion, giving his all on such numbers as “A Woman Loves A Man” and the title song, a pleading Ray Charles classic that Cocker manages to make his own. Cocker, Hartman and Midnight continued their successful formula on 1989’s One Night Of Sin, coming up with a Top 10 hit in “When The Night Comes,” co-written by Canadian rocker Bryan Adams and pro tunesmiths Jim Vallance and Diane Warren.

Cocker has long been renowned for his electrifying live performances, and the 1990 release Joe Cocker Live found him revisiting some of his early classics in a concert setting. 1992 saw the release of Night Calls, which became a major hit in Europe, thanks to such memorable tracks as the John Miles-penned “Now That The Magic Has Gone” and Cocker’s forceful take on Gary Wright’s “Love Is Alive.”  Also recorded during the Night Calls sessions, but not included on the album, was Cocker’s heartfelt interpretation of Jimmy Ruffin’s Motown classic “What Becomes Of The Brokenhearted.”

While he remained with EMI overseas, Cocker changed his U.S. affiliation to Epic/550 for his 1994 release Have A Little Faith, which got its title from Cocker’s sensitive version of John Hiatt’s “Have A Little Faith In Me.” 1996’s Organic was partially comprised of stripped-down acoustic tracks, and featured an elegantly spare reworking of Cocker’s Leon Russell-penned 1969 hit “Delta Lady,” as well as a personalized reading of the Animals’ “Don’t Let Me Be Misunderstood.”

Nearly four decades after he thrilled the throngs at Woodstock, Joe Cocker remains one of rock’s preeminent survivors, continuing to record and tour prolifically.  The music that he made during his Capitol years remains an essential chapter of his durable body of work.

For more information, visit Joe Cocker’s official Website:

1. When The Night Comes     
From the album One Night Of Sin (1989)
2. Unchain My Heart [’90s Version]   
From the album Unchain My Heart (1987) 
3. You Can Leave Your Hat On     
From the album Cocker; featured in the movie 9-1/2 Weeks (1986)
4. Delta Lady [’96 Version]
From the album Organic (1996)
5. Don’t Let Me Be Misunderstood
From the album Organic (1996)
6. What Becomes Of The Brokenhearted
(1992) From the UK album Greatest Hits (1998)
7. Now That The Magic Has Gone
From the album Night Calls (1992)
8. The Letter [Live]
From the album Joe Cocker Live! (1990)
9. She Came In Through The Bathroom Window [Live]
From the album Joe Cocker Live! (1990)
10. Up Where We Belong – with Jennifer Warnes 
From the movie An Officer & A Gentleman (1982)
11. A Woman Loves A Man    
From the album Unchain My Heart; featured in the movie Bull Durham (1988)
12. Civilized Man
From the album Civilized Man (1984)
13. Shelter Me      
From the album Cocker (1986)
14. Love Is Alive     
From the album Night Calls (1992)
15. Have A Little Faith In Me
From the album Have A Little Faith In Me (1994)
16. Edge Of A Dream     
From the movie Teachers (1984)
17. Feelin’ Alright [Live]
From the album Joe Cocker Live! (1990)
18. With A Little Help From My Friends [Live]
From the album Joe Cocker Live! (1990)
19. You Are So Beautiful     
From the album I Can Stand A Little Rain (1975)

(DVD contents)
1. When The Night Comes (music video)
2. Unchain My Heart [’90s Version] (music video)
3. Shelter Me (music video)
4. Now That The Magic Has Gone (music video)
5. You Are So Beautiful [’90s Version] (music video)
6. Up Where We Belong (filmed live during Night Calls tour, 1992)
7. Feels Like Forever (filmed live during Night Calls tour, 1992)
8. With A Little Help From My Friends (filmed live during Night Calls tour, 1992)