December 2009

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Get a FREE Christmas Download of BLONDIE performing "We Three Kings" and look for the NEW Blondie album in 2010!

Blondie is offering a Holiday gift to their fans.  While recording their new album due out in 2010, they recorded a punk version of the Holiday classic "We Three Kings" which is now available for free download here!


Postdata’s self titled debut out in Jan 26th, Paul Murphy of Wintersleep branches out for solo disc

Canadian Paul Murphy of Wintersleep branches out with his brother to create the deeply personal Postdata

The self titled, self released debut will be out on January 26th

These are the words of Paul Murphy.

You may know him from the Juno Award winning Canadian band Wintersleep and you may feel drawn to the haunted melodies of Postdata as you are drawn to the puzzling pieces of your own dreams. With questions like “Are you in outer space?” and musings about “Fallen stars in the big black belly of the Universe?” Postdata floats above the terra firma where “expired antibiotics” and “empty spray cans” inhabit the planet.

From this vantage point of dream flight an otherworldly vision of what ties us to our own gravity emerges. "In Chemicals" asks if we can be “disinfected” and “resurrected”, "Tracers" is “ten thousand pages in the wind”, “trading eyes for rocks and sand”, and "Tobias Grey" is “post it notes randomly placed”. "Drift" talks about names written in the concrete that were “meant to be read” and just as the waking world starts to creep back in "The Coroner" seems to want the listener to stay safe in reverie as the words “lie down with me” repeat.

Sometimes we have to close our eyes to see. Times like these.

What is Postdata?

These are my grandparents. They passed away two years ago and left me thirty or forty pieces of songs in a series of dreams, not Coleridge-esque opium dreams though unfortunately, just regular dreams. Kinda sad dreams. This is for them.

This is their daughter, my mother. I call her mom though, not mother. This is for her.

This is my father. Sometimes he feels left out. This is for you too dad.

This is my stomach.

This is me.

I started working on this record a couple of years ago at my parents’ house in Yarmouth, Nova Scotia with my brother Michael.

This is Michael.

We had a little too much time on our hands. Some scotch too. We wanted to make a present for mom. She’d had a tough year. With little preparation (a laptop, no microphones, click tracks, or even tuners come to think of it), we recorded about 12 ideas and we went our separate ways.

Eight months later we found a free weekend in Halifax and tried the same thing, reworking a cluster of songs from the first session and adding four extra songs to the workload. We used the same laptop, but this time we rented actual, real microphones and we used click tracks for a few songs and tuners for the most part. We think. Maybe a little less scotch this time around.

Some of the songs turned out to be fuller and more mature after a second take, better than expected. Other songs maybe didn’t quite hit the mark. But the recording as a whole, the half-finished, early conception somewhat fragmented material, seems to do something quite nice.

Hope you like it.

Press Hearts Wintersleep:


"Wintersleep have sealed their place in the Canadian indie rock canon alongside groups like the Weakerthans and Broken Social Scene. The similarities end there though, as the Nova Scotia quintet instead favor tighter, heavier rock anthems. Wintersleep have found their popular niche and are cautiously experimenting, though that is not to say that they’re timid. Like toes grazing icy waters, they have the potential to go farther yet seem to resist, pushing hard against their limits without ever fully stepping outside of them."

CMJ New Music Report:

"…ultimately tied together by Murphy’s world weary voice and guitars large and beautiful enough to earn the group’s album title.” 

Alternative Press:

"…think Sparta rooted in Sunny Day Real Estate."


"I was preoccupied with the brilliance and solidity of Wintersleep."


GARY HOEY live performance on ROCKLINE

Gary Hoey will be the featured guest on the nationally syndicated radio show ROCKLINE on Monday night December 14th at 8:30pm PT / 11:30pm ET. Fans are encouraged to call to speak with Gary at 1-800-344-ROCK (7625). For a station near you and for information regarding how to log onto the Internet for the broadcast go to – Gary Hoey will also perform a plugged-in full live set!

Affiliates that are Live on Wednesdays:


 Mobile – 96.1 WRKH

Decatur – 105.5 WVNA**




 Lancaster-Palmdale – 93.5 KLKX

Los Angeles – 95.5 KLOS**

San Francisco – 107.7 KSAN



 Colorado Springs – 103.9 KYZX



 Panama City – 94.5 WFBX

W. Palm Beach – 98.7 WKGR



 Augusta – 105.7 WEKL

Savannah – 95.5 WIXV




 Davenport – 106.5 KCQQ**



 Bangor – 100.3 WKIT

Portland – 102.9 WBLM



 Cumberland – 106.1 WKGO**



 Boston – 100.7 WZLX



 Grand Rapids – 96.9 WLAV



 Joplin – 97.9 KXDG**





 Butte – 95.5 KMBR**



 Lincoln – 92.9 KTGL



 Las Vegas – 97.1 KXPT


New Mexico

 Albuquerque – 96.9 KDAG**



 Dayton – 104.7 WTUE

Cincinnati – 92.5 WOFX**

Columbus – 96.3 WLVQ



 Oklahoma City – KQOB



 Portland – 92.3 KGON



 Erie – 100.9 WRKT


South Carolina

 Greenville – 101.1 WROQ

Myrtle Beach – 104.1 WYAV**




 Lubbock – 101.1 KONE**

Midland / Odessa – 102.1 KFZX**

Nacogdoches – 107.7 KTBQ



 Logan – 95.9 KLZX**



 Harrisonburg – 98.5 WACL


West Virginia

 Wheeling – 107.5 WEGW



 Green Bay – 105.7 WAPL

For more information on Gary Hoey go to or


The Dudes Suffer The BGBC Curse

What they say must be true, as after The Dudes released their album titled Bloods, Guts, Bruises, Cuts earlier this year the band (and others involved in the making and development of it) has suffered nothing but.  Take for example their photographer Randy who took shots for the album and next thing you know he falls into a parked car and needs staples in his head.  Or Megan who shows up at the shooting for the video ‘Girl Police’ and breaks her ankle within the hour.

None compares, however, to the injuries that the band themselves have sustained.  Two days before heading out on tour lead singer/guitarist Dan Vacon’s white BMX took him down the highway of hurt resulting in 12 staples to the head and a broken collarbone.  A month later drummer Scott Ross borrows and bails on the same bike to end up missing 3 of his front teeth, a bunch of his face, and a piece of his moustache.  Witnesses say he got up swinging like he was in a fight.  Eerily enough it was the same intersection in Calgary where both accidents happened.

Most recently Vacon crashed into a tree skiing at Lake Louise and broke the other side of his collarbone.  Again two days before leaving out on tour.  Last week the band got caught in a blizzard and while hailing a cab Ross slipped and got dragged 30 feet underneath the bumper of an oncoming car.  With both knees busted, Scott can’t yet walk but still somehow manages to rock.

Blood, Guts, Bruises, Cuts?  Exactly.  Don’t be surprised if their next album foresees the title Millions Sold, Millions Made.

Nominated for a CBC Radio 3 Bucky Award for their offstage antics and voted Calgary’s favourite band for the last 4 years, FFWD Weekly calls them “a rock band capable of taking on the world at large.”  These guys rock as hard as their injuries do.  Catch The Dudes bloodied, gutted, bruised, and cut on their remaining tour dates. 

Dec 9th – Toronto, ON – The Dakota Tavern

Dec 10th – Toronto, ON – The Dakota Tavern

Dec 11th – Windsor, ON – Phog Lounge

Dec 12th – Hamilton, ON – Club Absinthe

Dec 14th – Thunder Bay, ON – Black Pirates Pub

For music and more info:


Jeff Beck Gets Grammy Nod

Ending 2009 on a high note, Eagle Rock Entertainment is thrilled by the accolades bestowed on Jeff Beck’s Performing This Week…Live At Ronnie Scott’s Jazz Club CD, released by Eagle Rock on November 25, 2008.  Beck’s presentation of the Beatles’ classic "A Day In The Life" was announced as a candidate for the "Best Rock Instrumental Performance" Grammy Award.


Performing This Week…Live At Ronnie Scott’s Jazz Club was recorded over a series of nights at the famed London jazz club in 2007. Backed by bassist Tal Wilkenfeld, drummer Vinnie Colaiuta, and keyboardist Jason Rebello, Beck presents 16 genre-spanning songs, incorporating Blues, Boogie, Ballads, Bolero, Rock and Jazz. His unique interpretation of the Beatles’ tune is just one example of the brilliance of this guitar virtuoso.


"It gives us a great deal of pride to be associated with an artist such as Jeff Beck," says Mike Carden, Eagle Rock Entertainment’s President of Operations for North America. "His guitar playing sets him apart and in a class of his own. His nomination for a Grammy is a fitting tribute to his performance on this project."


This Grammy acknowledgement is a welcome addition to the many successes Performing This Week… has achieved. The DVD, released March 2009 via Eagle Rock, still resides on the music DVD SoundScan charts after 35 weeks, and is now closing in on Canadian Double Platinum status.  The DVD was also released in the high-def Blu-ray format. Additionally, Jeff Beck was honored this year for his influential contributions to rock music and his unmatched guitar prowess with an induction into the Rock And Roll Hall of Fame.


Also nominated in the "Best Rock Instrumental Performance" category are tracks from Brad Paisley, Brian Setzer Orchestra, Steve Vai, and Booker T. Jones.


Jeff Beck and Eric Clapton also just announced three North American tour dates in 2010, two of which will take place in Canada and are already being heralded as the must-see shows of this decade. 


Jeff Beck & Eric Clapton: Upcoming Canadian Tour Dates:

Sunday, February 21, 2010  – Toronto, Canada @ Air Canada Centre

Monday, February 22 2010 –  Montreal, Canada @ Bell Centre


Marillion’s New CD ‘Less Is More’ Out Today

For 23 years, UK progressive maestros Marillion have built a solid career crafting unique and thought-provoking music.  Today, Eagle Rock Entertainment is proud to release their latest studio album Less Is More.


With an abundant musical history to draw from, Less Is More is an acoustic re-creation of the band’s vast back catalogue.  These eleven stripped-down tracks, accentuated by soaring melodies and haunting rhythms, evoke a listening experience that is deeply moving and powerful.


Considered to be one of the founding bands of Neo-Progressive rock, Marillion finalized their line-up in 1988 with charismatic lead singer Steve Hogarth (formally of The Europeans). Joined by guitarist Steve Rothery, keyboardist Mark Kelly, bassist Pete Trewavas and drummer Ian Mosley, Marillion consistently defy preconceptions and dodge trendy labels.  Having released nine studio albums, some of which have been released on their own label Intact, UK’s Classic Rock Magazine has deemed the band "an enduring and undervalued treasure."


Forever expanding their parameters, Marillion have constantly reinvigorated and redefined themselves, and Less Is More is a continuation of this process.  Additionally, Eagle Rock will release a new album from Steve Rothery’s side project Wishing Tree on January 19, 2010.  The album was released digitally on November 24.


Track Listing:

1.) Go

2.) Interior Lulu

3.) Out Of This World

4.) Wrapped Up In Time

5.) The Space

6.) Hard As Love

7.) Quartz

8.) If My Heart Were A Ball

9.) It’s Not Your Fault

10.) The Memory Of Water

11.) This Is The 21st Century


Bonus Features:

1.) Runaway (Live)

2.) Fake Plastic Trees (Live)



In a stunning development, PEARL is scheduled to perform on Jimmy Kimmel Live on January 20th, 2010 in support of their debut album, Little Immaculate White Fox which is being released January 19th , 2010 on Megaforce Records.  


The performance will be the band’s debut national Television appearance with lead singer, Pearl Aday fronting a powerful band that includes Anthrax guitarist and Pearl’s husband, Scott Ian, Marcus Blake on bass, Nalle Colt on Guitar and Eric Andrews on drums.   They will perform the soulful rocker, Mama from their CD, Little Immaculate White Fox.


The album is a cross between raw rock and roll and a sweetness that comes from lead singer, Pearl Aday’s soul. The band has created a sound that combines influences from all genres of rock: from blues to heavy metal. 


With a rock lineage that declares her, “To the manor born,” Pearl has created a collection of songs that takes you on a rock and roll journey. She was named after the infamous Janis Joplin, God Daughter to Maria Muldaur, daughter of Meatloaf and wife to Scott Ian of Anthrax. In addition, she has toured as a back-up singer with Motley Crue and she and her band have opened for Velvet Revolver.


Other friends appear on the CD including Jerry Cantrell (Alice in Chains) and Ted Nugent on separate tracks. The album was produced by Joe Barresi (Tool, Queens of the Stone Age, Bad Religion) and features original songs with the exception of a soulful and rocking cover of Tina Turner’s “Nutbush City Limits” produced by Pearl (the band) and mixed by Warren Riker. In addition, the newest original track Broken White was produced and mixed by Jay Ruston (The Donnas, Steel Panther).


PEARL is: Pearl Aday (vocals) Marcus Blake (bass) Nalle Colt (guitar) Jim Wilson (guitar) Scott Ian (guitar) and Eric Liederman (drums). 

Little Immaculate White Fox (CD Track Listing)

Rock Child

Nutbush City Limits

Broken White

Check Out Charlie


My Heart Isn’t In It


Worth Defying

Love Pyre





John Mayall Nominated For 2009 Maple Blues Award

Eagle Rock recording artist and legendary British bluesman John Mayall has been nominated by the Toronto Blues Society for BB King International Artist Of The Year at the 2009 Maple Blues Awards.  Please help spread the word, and cast your vote at  Voting closes at 12pm EST, on Sunday, December 13th.

The Maple Blues Awards, now in its 13th year, is Canada’s national blues awards program.  Its goal is to promote blues music and to recognize outstanding achievement in the field.  Nominees are selected by a distinguished panel of Canadian blues DJs and journalists, and the winners are selected by the votes of blues fans from across Canada.  The awards will be announced on January 18, 2010.

76 years young, John Mayall has spent 44 years cultivating his brand of blues and has helped launch the careers of some of the greatest contemporary blues musicians, including Eric Clapton, Rolling Stone Mick Taylor, and Fleetwood Mac’s Mick Fleetwood, John McVie, and Peter Green. He has enjoyed many deserved accolades for his extraordinary contributions to blues music, including an honor from the Queen of England herself.  In 2005, she named him an officer of the Order of the British Empire.  He accepted this prestigious honor alongside Brian May (Queen) and Jimmy Page (Led Zeppelin).

Having just wrapped up a hugely successful Canadian tour to promote his 57th studio album, Tough (September 15, Eagle Rock), John Mayall has once again proven to Canadians why he is known as "The Godfather of British Blues." In 2009, he has toured this country more than any of the other nominees in his category. 


Please cast your votes now, and help us honor one of the true pioneers of blues music! 



MUDVAYNE is excited to announce that their listening party scheduled for December 1st at 9:00 pm.  Fans will be able to log on to to view the entire party.  Livestream will have stations set up at the party allowing guests to interact with fans online who will be able to chat via Facebook and Twitter.  Don’t miss this exclusive look into the king of rock tattoos, Paul Booth ‘ s Last Rites Studio and Gallery , the man behind MUDVAYNE’S album artwork.

MUDVAYNE also realized how hectic holiday shopping can be so their new self-titled album will now be in stores 24 hours before the traditional release.  Stop by your favorite store or pick up "Mudvayne" online on Monday December 21, 2009.  Don’t want to deal with the rush at all?  Pre-order both the Deluxe and Super Deluxe editions at right now and it will be delivered to your door.

MUDVAYNE has out done themselves once again with the mind-blowing packaging for the new album. The new album is revolutionizing album artwork design, as this is the first album to ever use black light reactive ink. Every bit of art and text in the packaging of the record will be printed on ink that can only be seen with a black light. 

The album will be available in the following formats:

***1. Super Deluxe

– "Limited Edition" run of only 1,000 copies which will be sold direct to the consumer from the band’s site. Pre-Order it at now and receive the digital album 2 weeks before release!

It contains:

a. The deluxe version of the album

b. The album on glow-in-the-dark vinyl (also blacklight-reactive)

c. A 24 inch blacklight

d. A 24×24 poster designed by Paul Booth in blacklight reactive ink

e. An 8×8 blacklight reactive decal designed by Paul Booth

***2. Deluxe – "Limited Edition" first run of 100,000 copies. Pre-Order it at starting Tuesday 11.24.09 and receive the digital album 2 weeks before release!

It contains:

a. The album in jewel case

b. A LED, keychain-sized blacklight

c. Special blacklight reactive packaging designed by Paul Booth

***3. Vinyl

a. Glow-in-the-dark vinyl (also blacklight-reactive)

b. Blacklight-reactive art designed by Paul Booth

***4. Jewel Case

a. Blacklight-reactive art designed by Paul Booth

You can place your pre-order now by visiting:a