In honor of Stephen Colbert’s recent appointment to become the late night host to succeed David Letterman, The Apples in stereo would like to re-dedicate “Stephen, Stephen” to the host. Congratulations Mister Colbert. The song, originally performed on The Colbert Report, was originally released on a Japanese 7″ Vinyl Picture Disc and later is found on the album “Electronic Projects For Musicians.”[youtube]kcWQfntFlBs[/youtube]
Gary Calamar, President of Go Music, is a five time Grammy-nominated producer and music supervisor who currently oversees the music on HBO’s True Blood, Showtime’s Dexter, and a personal favorite, FX’s Wilfred. Past credits include HBO’s Six Feet Under and Entourage, amongst too many others to mention. An longtime DJ and show host for keenly influential radio station KCRW, Calamar also co-wrote Record Store Days (with Phil Gallo), a historical document of record store culture past and present.
Elijah Wood came to The Apple Store in Soho promoting his new horror film, Maniac. This IFC film, a remake of the 80’s cult favorite of the same name, will be available June 21st. The event featured a discussion with Wood about the making of this film, the horror film genre and a Q+A session with the audience.
Laurie Sandell has written for The New York Times, Esquire, GQ, Marie Claire, Glamour, New York, Real Simple and InStyle, among other publications. Her cartoons have appeared in Redbook, Glamour, New York and The Wall Street Journal. Her graphic memoir, The Impostor’s Daughter, was published by Little, Brown in July 2009 and nominated for a 2010 Eisner Award in the “Best Reality-Based Work” category. Her second book, Truth and Consequences: Life Inside the Madoff Family, was published by Little, Brown in October 2011. She lives in Santa Monica, CA.
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Steve Earle, Levon Helm, Mickey Hart, Dave Stewart, Billy Bragg, and Sonic Youth To Headline New TV Series Beginning January, 2010
(December 22, – Toronto, ON): Toronto’s Original Spin Media, producers of the 39 part Beautiful Noise concert TV series and Solos: The Jazz Sessions, are pleased to announce Innovators In Music, a new series of documentary profiles on six dynamic musicians from a variety of genres, backgrounds, and disciplines. The series premieres on Bravo! on January 7, 2010 at 8:00PM EST and includes: Steve Earle (1/7), Levon Helm (1/14), Mickey Hart (1/21), Dave Stewart (1/28), Billy Bragg (2/4) and Sonic Youth (2/11).
Each half-hour episode explores how the artistic impulse extends beyond music-making into other realms of creative pursuit. From photography, painting, and politics to bonsai and beyond, the series examines the surprising and inspiring world of six Innovators In Music.
“We’re very excited about Innovators In Music” states Producer Daniel Berman. “We caught each artist in a variety of places, sometimes in their homes, sometimes on the road – it’s a great cross-section, there are some things shown and said on a more intimate, candid level.” Berman continues, “it was a revelation as a true fan of the genre to go to Levon Helm’s home in Woodstock and tape him perform, and interview him on his 69th birthday; hang with Steve Earle at his favorite guitar store in New York City and go for sandwiches, it’s just stuff you just don’t see that often. I see the programs as mini-documentaries, they’re quick but they have substance.”
All shows 8:00PM EST
January 7 – Steve Earle
In the premiere episode, American singer-songwriter Steve Earle passionately addresses the importance of art in society, Townes Van Zandt, the elusive nature of fear, drug addiction and the death penalty, among other topics. His solo performance at the Bijoux Theatre is featured throughout.
January 14 – Levon Helm
Come celebrate Helm’s “Midnight Ramble Sessions: 69th Birthday Edition” directly from his home in Woodstock, NY, with his all-star band including Donald Fagen and Larry Campbell.
January 21 – Dave Stewart
Stewart, best known as one-half of The Eurythmics, is also a very successful Songwriter, Producer and Photographer. He shares songs and stories at his Morrison Hotel Gallery opening of his photography exhibit and book release.
January 28 – Mickey Hart
Innovators grants you exclusive access to Mickey Hart’s creative world – his recording studio, remarkable musical instrument collection and paintings. The Grateful Dead percussionist and world music troubadour also treats you to a special, improvisational jam session filmed specially for our crew.
February 4 – Billy Bragg
Come and check out backstage access with Billy Bragg, as he performs at the beautiful Calvin Theater in Northampton, MA and sits down with us to share his views on politics, music, family and Smokey Robinson.
February 11 – Sonic Youth
Join us as we meet-up with Sonic Youth’s Thurston Moore and Lee Renaldo to discuss their record collections and musical explorations live from the Kansas City’s historic Uptown Theater. Includes previously unseen archival footage.
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Since 2004, Original Spin Media has produced more than 150 hours of HD content with an international reputation for music specials, nature programming and documentaries. Original Spin’s programs have been broadcast on DiscoveryHD, Bravo!, CBC Bold, HDNET, Mezzo France, VTRChile, HD Suisse, SkyArts UK, ABC Australia, Voom Networks, GloboSat Brazil, OasisHD, NRK Norway, and Knowledge Network among many others.
The Toronto based company has produced multi-part productions including Beautiful Noise, SOLOS: The Jazz Sessions, The Berkeley Sessions, Night Sounds, Rhythm and Blooms, Classic Racers, DUOS: the jazz sessions, and Dewey Time (90m).
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For more information http://www.innovatorsinmusic.com/
Daniel Efram – Tractor-Beam
Matthew Almeida – Bravo! Canada
The Apples in stereoâ€™s â€œEnergyâ€ Featured on American Idol
On Wednesday nightâ€™s American IdolÂ the long-running weekly Ford commercial featuring AI contestants singing pop classics added another musical gem to its repertoire. The Applesâ€™ song â€œEnergyâ€ from their 2007 album New Magnetic WonderÂ was featured in the prominent in-show Ford spot by way of an enthusiastic re-recorded version featuring the remaining contestants. Recently the Ford-sponsored segment has included artists such as Britney Spears, Queen, Lykke Li and the J. Geils Band.
â€œEnergyâ€ will be included in the upcoming Apples best of collection “#1 Hits Explosion” due out later this year on Simian/Yep Roc/Elephant 6.
Watch the Ford commercial here.
Watch the original video for â€œEnergy directed by Elijah Wood here.
ABC NEWS NOW’S AMPLIFIED TO OFFER AUDIO STREAM OF ROBBERT BOBBERT & THE BUBBLE MACHINE’S ALBUM ON ITS SITE: ABCNEWS.COM/AMPLIFIED
Beginning today, ABC News NOW’s “Amplified” a weekly indie rock show anchored by ABC News’ Dan Harris, will stream on its site, ABCNEWS.com/amplified, audio from the album Robbert Bobbert & The Bubble Machine. The full album will be available for two weeks at: ABCNEWS.com/amplified. Robbert Bobbert is the˜alter ego” and music project of Robert Schneider, who is the lead singer and bandleader of The Apples in stereo, performs kid friendly music for all ages.
Schneider was commissioned to write the theme music for â€œAmplified,â€ which premiered last week on ABC News NOW with an interview with musician Andrew Bird. Harris’ extensive interview with Bird about his latest album is available at: ABCNEWS.com/amplified. Each Monday the site will feature the latest interview from the week’s featured artists.
ABC News NOW is a 24-hour news, information and lifestyle network currently available across cable, broadband and mobile platforms. Key partners include Sprint, Verizon, Charter, RCN and MobiTV. ABC News Anchor Dan Harris hosts “Amplified” and David Wharton is the producer. Nancy Han is the executive producer of ABC News NOW.
ABC News Media Relations: Natalia Labenskyj, (212) 456-4396, firstname.lastname@example.org
Tractor Beam is pleased to announce the air schedule for the Beautiful Noise Concert Series on RAVE HD part of the VOOM HD Network.
December 15, 2008: Ted Leo / Pharmacists
December 16, 2008: Islands
December 17, 2008: The Black Angels
December 18, 2008: Dr. Dog
December 19, 2008: My Morning Jacket
December 20, 2008: The Donnas
December 21, 2008: British Sea Power
December 22, 2008: Stars
December 24, 2008: The Constantines
December 25, 2008: Yo La Tengo