Innovative Leisure joins Redeye

January 2nd, 2018

Innovative Leisure

Innovative Leisure is an independent label based in Los Angeles, CA.

Founded in 2010, the label is home to Hanni El Khatib, Nick Waterhouse, Nosaj Thing, Classixx, BADBADNOTGOOD, Tijuana Panthers, De Lux, Gossamer, Pinky Pinky, Harriet Brown, Holy Fuck, Khun Narin, Mint Field, Vicktor Taiwõ, The Molochs & The Buttertones alongside releases from Allah-Las, Bass Drum of Death, Crystal Antlers, Superhumanoids, Rhye, Lazer Sword, Tropics & Jim-E Stack.

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Slumberland Records Joins Redeye

December 15th, 2017

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Proudly independent since 1989, now available from Redeye.

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Tommy Keene 1958-2017

November 27th, 2017

Power-pop legend, acclaimed singer-songwriter, and venerated guitarist Tommy Keene has died.

The 59 year-old Keene passed away unexpectedly, but peacefully, in his sleep at his Los Angeles area home on Wednesday. Keene – who recorded for Geffen, Matador Records, and Second Motion, among others – built an impressive and acclaimed catalog over the course of his nearly 40-year career, spanning eleven full-lengths, four EPs, three compilations, and a live album.

Hailed by fans, critics and fellow musicians for the moving and consistently high quality of his pop songcraft, he was also consummate rock and roller. Over the course of his career, Keene worked with a range of artists who admired his work, including The Replacements’ Paul Westerberg, R.E.M.’s Peter Buck, Guided by Voices’ Robert Pollard, the Goo Goo Dolls, and the Gin Blossoms, among others.

Born in Evanston, Illinois and raised in Bethesda, Maryland, Keene launched his career in the late-‘70s as a guitarist with a series of Washington D.C.-area combos including the Rage and the Razz, before hitting the national scene as a solo act in 1982 with the release of his debut Strange Alliance.

In 1984, Keene followed with a six-song effort titled Places That Are Gone (Dolphin). Blatantly romantic, unapologetically melodic, bittersweet but absolutely invigorating, the record landed high on the CMJ charts and atop the Village Voice Pazz & Jop EP of the Year poll.

Keene was soon being courted by major labels and ultimately signed with Geffen Records for 1986’s Songs From the Film. Produced by Beatles engineer Geoff Emerick, the album spawned two MTV videos and spent 12 weeks on Billboard’s Top 200. The accompanying Run Now EP led to the singer as well as its title track appearing in the Anthony Michael Hall movie Out of Bounds.

For 1989’s Based on Happy Times (Geffen) Keene headed down to Ardent Studios in Memphis to record with producers John Hampton and Joe Hardy. The ironically titled disc is the darkest album in the Keene catalog, with heavier guitars, fewer jangles, and a more brooding, fatalistic outlook.

Following the album’s release, Keene took a break from recording, eventually signing with Matador for 1996’s acclaimed “comeback” Ten Years After and its 1998 follow-up Isolation Party. Between 2000 and 2004 he released a live disc called Showtunes (Parasol), The Merry-Go-Round Broke Down (SpinArt) and rarities/demos/unreleased-tracks collection Drowning: A Tommy Keene Miscellany (Not Lame).

Keene also developed a career as in-demand sideman: he was a touring member of Sony/Creation-signed rockers Velvet Crush, and appeared on their 1995 live album Rock Concert. In 1996 he joined Paul Westerberg’s band, handling lead guitar duties on the Eventually tour and making appearances on “The Larry Sanders Show” and “The Late Show with David Letterman.” A trek opening for Guided By Voices led to his joining Robert Pollard in 2006 as a touring member of Pollards post-GBV band the Ascended Masters and, two years later, Boston Spaceships.

Meanwhile, 2006 also saw the release of Keene’s Crashing the Ether (Eleven Thirty), along with Blues and Boogie Shoes, a collaboration with Pollard under the Keene Brothers moniker. He put out a double-disc career-spanning set in 2011, Tommy Keene You Hear Me: A Retrospective 1983-2009.

In recent years, Keene continued to delivered a series of accomplished solo records for the Second Motion/School Kids labels, including 2015’s Laugh in the Dark, his final studio album. Keene had spent much of the past year on the road opening shows for fellow pop-rocker Matthew Sweet.

Keene is survived by his longtime partner, Michael Lundsgaard, his father Robert Keene, step-mother Dorothy Keene, brother Bobby Keene, nephews Hunter and Jason Keene, and his beloved dog, Coco.

Redeye Welcomes n5MD

October 10th, 2017

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Just shy of celebrating its 17th year n5MD is proud to announce its exclusive North American physical and worldwide digital distribution partnership with Redeye Worldwide.

n5MD (“No Fives, Minidiscs!”) is a record label based in Oakland, CA and is most known as a berth for more emotive styles of contemporary music. Founded in late 2000, its aim was to release music solely on the MiniDisc format. After a small string of releases on MiniDiscs, SONY deemed the format antiquated so n5MD forged ahead with more consumer friendly formats, including vinyl. The label is often name-checked for its international roster and broad catalogue encompassing such genres as post-rock, IDM, shoegaze and modern composition.

Redeye Welcomes Greenleaf Music

October 9th, 2017

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Greenleaf Music is New York-based independent music company owned, operated and curated by trumpeter and composer Dave Douglas. A modern jazz label devoted to the original work of living musicians, the company’s primary focus is creativity in musical expression. Greenleaf’s sound is defined by the artists signed to it, and the room they are given to explore their own sonic world. Greenleaf is a platform for a diversity of expression by Dave Douglas and our other artists. Each recording represents a new and distinct vision.

In addition to being a home base for all of Douglas’ diverse projects since 2005, Greenleaf Music has been a launching pad for emerging artists and composers including Ryan Keberle, Kneebody, Donny McCaslin, Linda Oh, Rudy Royston, Matt Ulery, Greg Ward and others. These releases have helped to establish these voices in today’s jazz scene both domestically and internationally. Producing CDs, vinyl records, downloads, sheet music, subscriptions, and podcasts as well as a blog with artist commentary and discussion, Greenleaf Music creates a dynamic community of listeners that supports artists fully and fairly.