AMP, All-ages Movement Project, is an organization that helps to support existing music communities as well to help build music communities when help is needed. They connect young people with music however they’re able. We love what these guys do and we’re psyched to share some exciting news with you. AMP has been chosen as a contender for a $50,000 prize in the Refresh Everything campaign. Every day in February, you have the chance to cast your vote.
All you have to do is go here and vote for them every day in February.
Thanks for voting!
Beach House stopped by the WXPN studios to tape a session for World Cafe with David Dye and it’s airing today! You can access the stream at XPN.org or find World Cafe on your local NPR station.
In addition to readers of Exclaim.ca and Exclaim! Magazine from across Canada recently voting their debut album I Blame You the 9th best punk album of 2009 (details here), our friends in Obits are soon headed to Europe on tour! This will mark their first-ever shows in such cities as… Freiburg! Limoges! Bilbao! And others!
The full slate of Obits’ European tour dates can be found here and then also here…
Feb 23 Theaterkeller, Göttingen, Germany
Feb 24 The Great Räng Teng Teng, Freiburg, Germany
Feb 25 Art Cafe L’Emile Vache, Metz, France
Feb 26 Milk Club, Genova, Italy
Feb 27 L’Usine, Genève, Switzerland
Feb 28 Le Clacson, Oullins, France
Mar 01 L’Appart Cafe, Reims, France
Mar 02 Point Ephémère, Paris, France
Mar 03 La Fourmi, Limoges, France
Mar 04 Saint-Ex, Bordeaux, France
Mar 05 Fever/Santana 27, Bilbao, Spain
Mar 06 Sala BeCool, Barcelona, Spain
And then, in April, Obits will play 4 east coast shows with Ted Leo and the Pharmacists (the latter three of which they’ll also be playing with Screaming Females). Like this:
Apr 07 First Unitarian Church, Philadelphia, PA
Apr 08 930 Club, Washington, DC
Apr 09 Irving Plaza, New York City, NY
Apr 10 Paradise, Boston, MA
You may be aware that the Grammy Awards were held yesterday in Los Angeles, California. You may, like me, have sat and watched the televised portion of the show (occasionally wincing, frequently confused, often drinking beer). Or, you may, like many people (if their updates on Facebook and Twitter are to be believed), have intentionally missed the Grammy’s altogether. Whatever your opinion of the awards, it’s clear they are kind of a big deal and give artists an opportunity to connect with a wider audience and blah, blah, blah…
WE WON ANOTHER ONE! IN YOUR FACE, EVERYONE ELSE! WE WON AGAIN !!!
Or, kind of…
While he didn’t actually, when you come right down to it, really take home an award himself, Sub Pop/Next Ambiance recording artist Bassekou Kouyate played on an album AND track that each won a Grammy last night. Bassekou played on the Bela Fleck album Throw Down Your Heart and the song of the same name which won in the categories “Best Contemporary World Music Album” and "Best Pop Instrumental.” We’re releasing Bassekou’s album I Speak Fula tomorrow. You should buy it. He sort of won a Grammy! Also tomorrow, Bassekou begins a 5-week tour with Bela Fleck’s Africa Project in Colorado. Full dates can be found here.
Bassekou Kouyate: closer to a damn Grammy than you’ll ever be. (Unless Bret and Jemaine actually read this thing).