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Innovative Leisure joins Redeye

January 2nd, 2018

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, […]

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

Proudly independent since 1989, now available from Redeye. Visit the Slumberland Records website, or follow them on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

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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 […]

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.

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Redeye Welcomes n5MD

October 10th, 2017

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 […]

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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.

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Redeye Welcomes Greenleaf Music

October 9th, 2017

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 […]

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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.

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Charles Bradley 1948-2017

September 26th, 2017

It is with great sadness that Redeye has learned of the passing of Daptone Recording artist Charles Bradley. Redeye has had the extreme pleasure of working to share Charles’ releases with music lovers for many […]

It is with great sadness that Redeye has learned of the passing of Daptone Recording artist Charles Bradley. Redeye has had the extreme pleasure of working to share Charles’ releases with music lovers for many years and our thoughts and prayers go out to our friends at Daptone and his family in their time of loss. Redeye will continue to champion the amazing music that Charles brought into the world for many years to come as new fans find their way to his catalog and long-time fans continue to celebrate the career of the “Screaming Eagle of Soul.” In lieu of flowers, his family and Daptone Records have asked that donations may be made to the following organizations in memory of Charles.

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Redeye Inks Distribution Deal with Topshelf Records

June 5th, 2017
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Redeye, the North Carolina-based music company, announces a new partnership with Topshelf Records for worldwide physical and digital distribution on new releases and catalog titles. The partnership will be effective June 1, 2017. Based in […]

Redeye, the North Carolina-based music company, announces a new partnership with Topshelf Records for worldwide physical and digital distribution on new releases and catalog titles. The partnership will be effective June 1, 2017.

Based in San Diego CA, Topshelf Records’ roster includes toe, The World Is A Beautiful Place & I Am No Longer Afraid To Die, Braid, Prawn, No Vacation, Wild Ones, mouse on the keys, among others. Forthcoming albums from Topshelf artists Ratboys and tricot will be released under the new agreement with Redeye.

“We are stoked to get rolling with these guys. They’re smart and super passionate about what they’re doing and we know this is going to be a great fit for us all,” said Glenn Dicker, co-founder of Redeye.

“We’re excited to join the amazing group of like minded labels currently distributed via Redeye,” says Topshelf co-founder Seth Decoteau. “The Redeye team is knowledgeable and has been great to deal with which makes us feel enthusiastic about the future.”

ABOUT REDEYE: One of the largest independent digital and physical distributors in North America, Redeye’s client roster includes Acony Records, Barsuk, Burger Records, Daptone, Kill Rock Stars, Warp and Yep Roc Records, as well as artists including Death Cab for Cutie, Iris Dement, Nick Lowe, Sharon Jones and the Dap Kings, and Gillian Welch. Redeye was honored with the Independent Spirit Award by the Music Business Association in 2016.

ABOUT TOPSHELF: Started in Massachusetts in 2006, Topshelf Records is an independent record label run by Seth Decoteau and Kevin Duquette who quit their 9-to-5 jobs at Bridge Nine Records and Boston Globe respectfully to focus on Topshelf full time. Now in their eleventh year, Topshelf boasts a robust catalog of eclectic artists with diverse musical backgrounds including seminal releases by Sorority Noise, The World Is a Beautiful Place & I Am No Longer Afraid to Die, You Blew It!, Pianos Become The Teeth, and Into It. Over It. and groundbreaking developing artists such as Ratboys, Slingshot Dakota, tricot, Wild Ones and more.

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On Tour: Froth, Floating Points, Vagabon + more

February 17th, 2017
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FROTH IN-STORE TOUR 02/21 – Los Angeles, CA – Amoeba 02/24 – Portland, OR – Music Millennium 02/25 – Seattle, WA – Everyday Music 03/05 – San Diego, CA – M-Theory 03/10 – Las Vegas, […]

FROTH IN-STORE TOUR
02/21 – Los Angeles, CA – Amoeba
02/24 – Portland, OR – Music Millennium
02/25 – Seattle, WA – Everyday Music
03/05 – San Diego, CA – M-Theory
03/10 – Las Vegas, NV – Zia
03/17 – Dallas, TX – Good Records
03/18 – Houston, TX – Cactus
03/21 – Tucson, AZ – Zia

FLOATING POINTS
04/04 – Doug Fir – Portland, OR
04/05 – Crocodile – Seattle, WA
04/06 – Neurolux – Boise, ID
04/08 – Bull Moose Tap House – Iowa City, IA
04/09 – Double Door – Chicago, IL
04/13 – Brooklyn Steel – Brooklyn, NY
04/20 – Mezzanine – San Francisco, CA
04/21 – El Rey – Los Angeles, CA

VAGABON
02/24 – Brooklyn, NY – Baby’s All Right (Record release show w/ Mal Devisa)
02/25 – Philadelphia,PA – PhilaMOCA (Record release show w/ Shamir, Julie Byrne)
03/02 – Baltimore, MD – Ottobar
03/03 – Harrisonburg, VA – The Golden Pony
03/04 – Asheville, NC – The Mothlight
03/05 – Nashville, TN – Eastroom
03/06 – Atlanta, GA – The Earl
03/07 – Gainesville, FL – The Atlantic
03/08 – Tampa, FL – New World Brewery
03/09 – Orlando, FL – Will’s Pub
03/10 – Savannah, GA – Savannah Stopover
03/11 – Birmingham, AL – Syndicate Lounge
03/14 – New Orleans, LA – Gasa Gasa
03/19 – Tucson, AZ – Club Congress
03/20 – Mesa, AZ – The Underground
03/21 – San Diego, CA – Blonde Bar
03/22 – Los Angeles, CA – The Echo
03/23 – San Francisco, CA – Rickshaw Stop
03/24 – Santa Rosa, CA – Atlas Coffee Company
03/25 – Arcata, CA – All Ages Arcata Project
03/26 – Portland, OR – Mississippi Studios
03/27 – Seattle, WA – Vera Project
03/31 – Chicago, IL – Schubas
04/01 – Columbus, OH – The Spacebar
04/02 – Cleveland, OH – Beachland Tavern
04/03 – Grand Rapids, MI – The Pyramid Scheme
04/04 – Detroit, MI – Marble Bar
04/05 – Toronto, ON – Silver Dollar Room
04/06 – Montreal, QC – La Vitrola
04/07 – Winooski, VT – The Monkey House
04/08 – Portsmouth, NH – 3S Artspace
05/21 – Leeds, UK – Brudenell Social Club (Gold Sounds Festival)
05/22 – Paris, FR – Espace B (w/ Day Wave)
05/25 – London, UK – The Waiting Room
05/26 – Manchester, UK – Dot to Dot Festival
05/27 – Bristol, UK – Dot to Dot Festival
05/28 – Nottingham, UK – Dot to Dot Festival

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Weekly Alerts: Vagabon, Tift Merritt, Odesza + more

February 17th, 2017
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– Vagabon’s Infinite Worlds is out next Friday and is riling up critics with its message and politics. NPR says “But the revolution lies not just in Tamko’s mere existence in the scene, but in […]

– Vagabon’s Infinite Worlds is out next Friday and is riling up critics with its message and politics. NPR says “But the revolution lies not just in Tamko’s mere existence in the scene, but in her artistic intervention there: Infinite Worlds is the most powerful meditation on the politics of space I’ve heard since Solange’s A Seat At The Table.” Paper Mag also stated, “As such, it should come as no surprise that Tamko — despite delving into a genre with sounds rooted in an unpracticed, stripped-down sound — radiates intense creative confidence, steadfast composure and an even-heeled practicality. ”

– Hear Terry Gross and Ken Tucker discuss Tift Merritt’s Stitch of the World on NPR’s “Fresh Air.” Her new album is out now on Yep Roc Records.

– ODESZA’s “Say My Name” has gone GOLD with over 500K digital sales!

Hear Sun Kil Moon’s Common as Light and Love Are Red Valleys of Blood at SPIN!

Wild Honey Pie loves The Yugos’ “Take Some Time”, stating it “draws from the post-punk and lo-fi traditions of yore to make something that’s simultaneously groovy and angular.” Weighing The Heart is out March 10th on Old Flame Records.

– Pitchfork gives Studio One Rocksteady 2: The Soul of Young Jamaica an 8.4!

– Our hearts and wishes go out to the Vinyl Cafe family and those close to Stuart McLean. The CBC radio personality and Vinyl Cafe host passed earlier this week. Donations can be made to The Stuart McLean Camp Kanawana Fund, where he worked with children for over five summers.

– Brian Eno had a recent conversation about ambient music with Pitchfork.

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On Tour: Six Organs Of Admittance, Mykki Blanco & Sinkane

February 10th, 2017
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SIX ORGANS OF ADMITTANCE 2/22/17 – St. Pancras Old Church – London United Kingdom – Record Release Show 3/2/17 – The Colbat Vancouver – British Columbia Canada 3/3/17 – Fremont Abbey Arts Center – Seattle […]

SIX ORGANS OF ADMITTANCE
2/22/17 – St. Pancras Old Church – London United Kingdom – Record Release Show
3/2/17 – The Colbat Vancouver – British Columbia Canada
3/3/17 – Fremont Abbey Arts Center – Seattle WA
3/4/17 – Bunk Bar – Portland OR
3/6/17 – The Chapel – San Francisco CA
3/7/17 – Bootleg Theater – Los Angeles CA
3/8/17 – Soda Bar – San Diego CA
3/23/17– 3/26/17 – Big Ears Festival – Knoxville TN
3/28/17 – The Earl – Atlanta GA
3/29/17 – The Mothlight – Asheville NC
3/30/17 – Kings Barcade – Raleigh NC
3/31/17 – DC9 – Washington DC
4/1/17 – Union Pool – Brooklyn NY
4/2/17 – Great Scott – Allston MA
4/3/17 – Space – Portland ME
4/5/17 – Johnny Brenda’s – Philadelphia PA
4/6/17 – Club Cafe – Pittsburgh PA
4/7/17 – Beachland Tavern – Cleveland OH
4/8/17 – Third Man Records Cass Corridor –    Detroit MI
4/9/17 – Empty Bottle – Chicago IL
4/10/17 – 7th Street Entry – Minneapolis MN
4/12/17 – Colectivo Coffee – Milwaukee WI
4/14/17 – Duck Room at Blueberry Hill – St. Louis MO
4/15/17 – Zanzabar – Louisville KY

MYKKI BLANCO
02/21/17    – Omaha, NE – The Waiting Room
02/23/17    – Denver, CO – Lost Lake Lounge
02/24/17    – Salt Lake City, UT – Urban Lounge
02/25/17    – Boise, ID – Neurolux
02/27/17    Seattle, WA – Neumos
03/01/17    – Portland, OR – Holocene
03/03/17    – Oakland, CA – The New Parish
03/04/17    – San Francisco, CA – The Independent
03/05/17    – West Hollywood, CA – The Roxy Theatre
03/07/17    – San Diego, CA – Soda Bar
03/08/17    – Phoenix, AZ – The Crescent Ballroom
03/09/17    – Santa Fe, NM – Meow Wolf
03/10/17    – El Paso, TX – Lowbrow Palace
03/12/17    – Dallas, TX – Dada Dallas
03/17/17    – New Orleans, LA – Gasa Gasa
03/18/17    – Atlanta, GA – Drunken Unicorn
03/19/17    – Raleigh, NC – King’s
03/20/17    – Richmond, VA – Strange Matter
03/21/17    – Baltimore, MD – Ottobar
03/26/17    – New York, NY – The Bowery Ballroom

SINKANE
02/15/17  – SPACE Gallery  – Portland, ME
02/16/17 – Great Scott  – Allston, MA
02/17/17  – The Bowery Ballroom  – New York, NY
02/18/17  – Black Cat  – Washington, DC
02/19/17 – Johnny Brenda’s  – Philadelphia, PA
02/21 – Club Cafe  – Pittsburgh, PA
02/22 – The Basement  – Columbus, OH
02/23 – Lincoln Hall  – Chicago, IL
02/28 – The Tractor  – Seattle, WA
03/01 – Mississippi Studios  – Portland
03/03 – The Independent  – San Francisco, CA
03/04 – Bootleg Theater – Los Angeles, CA
03/05 – Soda Bar  – San Diego, CA

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