Archive for July, 2007

Who’s sorry now?

Friday, July 27th, 2007

Kelly Clarkson has sure made it clear that she did this album her way, but who’s sorry now? After reports of her feuding over the direction of her new album, “My December”, Kelly Clarkson is now apologizing to Clive Davis, whom she calls, “one of the great record men of all time”. In a statement made by the 25- year-old, “American Idol” winner, turned rocker says, “I want to set the record straight on this by saying that I want my band, my advisors, those close to me and my record label to be one big, tightly knit family. Like any family we will disagree and argue sometimes but, in the end, it’s respect and admiration that will keep us together.”

Although Kelly is still waiting on a “hit” song to shake out from this album, she did a swell job. I’m not a huge fan myself, but I am a fan of Feist and Kelly does a pretty nice impression on the lovely song “Irvine”. Unlike Kelly’s other songs from previous albums, this one is smally sung and works it’s self out just fine. Many indie artists are making a go of their own production, sales and tours, so why can’t Kelly? I’ll tell you why, because she’s already worked with “one of the great record men of all time”!–past_in_present.mp3


The “Hot Hot Heat” of summer!

Wednesday, July 18th, 2007


Canadian indie band Hot Hot Heat will be touring this summer to get ready for their new album, “Happiness LTD“, the follow-up to 2005’s “Elevator“. The album will be released on September 3. The band will open for Snow Patrol intermittently throughout their summer tour, which ends on September 22 in Seattle, WA.

If you have the chance, check these guys out:

07-18 Phoenix, AZ – Dodge Theatre (with Snow Patrol)
07-19 Las Vegas, NV – Pearl Concert Theater at Palms Casino Resort (with Snow Patrol)
07-20 Las Vegas, NV – The Joint at Hard Rock Hotel
07-22 Los Angeles, CA – Greek Theatre (with Snow Patrol)
07-23 Los Angeles, CA – Greek Theatre
07-25 San Luis Obispo, CA – Downtown Brewing Company
07-26 Santa Cruz, CA – The Attic
07-27 Orangevale, CA – The Boardwalk
07-28 Reno, NV – Stoney’s
07-30 Morrison, CO – Red Rocks Amphitheatre (with Snow Patrol)
08-01 Oklahoma City, OK – Zoo Amphitheatre (with Snow Patrol)
08-02 Kansas City, KS – Memorial Hall (with Snow Patrol)
08-03 Indianapolis, IN – The Lawn at White River (with Snow Patrol)
08-04 Columbus, OH – The Basement
08-25 Reading, England – Reading Festival
08-26 Leeds, England – Leeds Festival
08-30 London, England – Kings College
09-03 Munich, Hamburg – Atomic Café
09-04 Berlin, Germany – Lido
09-22 Seattle, WA – Endfest

4TH ANNUAL IAMA (International Acoustic Music Awards) KICKS OFF

Monday, July 9th, 2007

The 4th Annual IAMA (International Acoustic Music Awards) is currently accepting entries. IAMA (International Acoustic Music Awards) promotes excellence in acoustic music performance and artistry. Acoustic artists in various genres can gain exciting radio and web exposure through this competition. Participating sponsors include D’Addario Strings, New Music Wekly, Loggins Promotion, Airplay Only, Superdups, Acoustic Cafe Radio Show and XM Satellite Radio.

IAMA is open to all independent artists and labels. Unlike other music industry competitions, IAMA focuses on developing new markets for Acoustic artists, labels and CD releases.

Win prizes in 8 different categories: Folk/Americana/Roots, AAA/Alternative, Instrumental, Open, Bluegrass/Country, Best Male Artist, Best Female Artist, Best Group/Duo. There will also be an Overall Grand Prize winner awarded to the top winner worth US$11,000, which includes radio promotion to over 250 radio stations in US and Canada!

Winning songs will be heard on radio! Winners and runner-ups will be featured on IAMA’s compilation CD.

Judging is based on excellence in music performance, songwriting/composition and originality. All entries submitted will receive judging sheets containing comments and ratings by e-mail.  This is open to any artist who has a CD independently released on a record label, distributed by a major or self released. Winners are selected by a panel of established artists and industry professionals. Past years winners include: Fertitta and McClintock, Jen Foster, David Francey (Canada), April Verch (Canada) and Millish.

Winners and finalists of the Awards will be featured in the IAMA website and e-newsletters, read by music press, talent buyers, promoters and other industry insiders. All songs submitted must be submitted must be original and submitted on CD, the artist may perform original material not yet released and written by other songwriters or composers. DEADLINE: All entries must be postmarked by November 9, 2007 or earlier. Check out:

Jessica Brandon
Artists Relations
IAMA (International Acoustic Music Awards)
*Excellence in Acoustic Music