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THE BLACK CROWES NEW ALBUM OUT NOW!  CRITICS LOVE IT.

"Before The Frost... is an audio beauty." - Washington Post

"Before The Frost... could be the best music the Crowes have made since 1992's The Southern Harmony & Musical Companion. The tracks that make up Before The Frost... feel as good as the first time you heard Exile On Main Street." -- Huffington Post

"This is the album the Crowes have been waiting to record for years." -- Rolling Stone

"What we want of our beloved artists is bravery and invention -- this is a Black Crowes we have not met before... it's no wonder it took a sprawling 90-minute double barrel blast to accurately reflect the enormous range and potential of The Black Crowes today. Before The Frost…Until The Freeze positively shines."
-- Jambase

"8 out of 10. Twenty years on, these Birds are still flying to new places." -- Classic Rock UK

"4 1/2 stars. For the first time in 15 years, the band sounds entirely comfortable in its own skin... The entire album rubs a gritty sweet spot in all the right ways, a feat the Crowes have been circling their entire careers."
-- Antiquiet

 

 
     
 

BAD BRAINS RELEASE LIMITED EDITION PRINT

April, 2009 -- Bad Brains announce a limited release print by Shepard Fairey, Bad Brains and Glen E. Friedman. The band will also tour Europe this summer.
 
Bad Brains Collaboration Print
Shepard Fairey x Glen E Friedman x Bad Brains
18 x 24, 3 Color Screen Print
Edition of 425
Signed by Shepard, Glen E Friedman, and all the original members of Bad Brains
 
Shepard Fairy comments:
 
Bad Brains are one of my favorite punk/hardcore groups of all time. If you don't have their self titled debut, "Rock For Light", "I Against I", or "Quickness", they are all essential. I first heard Bad Brains at the beginning of 1984 when my friend lent me the brilliantly curated and titled Alternative Tentacles compilation "Let Them Eat Jellybeans"(A Reagan dessert favorite update to the Marie Antoinette slogan "Let them eat cake"). The Bad Brains song "Pay to Cum" from their first album was on the comp along with songs by Black Flag, The Dead Kennedys, The Circle Jerks, Flipper, etc.. I then went out to find full length records by all those bands. I soon discovered Minor Threat as well, and learned that Bad Brains had influenced their vocalist Ian MacKaye and Black flag vocalist Henry Rollins who were from Washington DC where Bad Brains had started as well. The Bad Brains were also a huge influence for the Beastie Boys. This collaboration ties into almost all of the bands I mentioned because they were almost all iconically shot at various times by photographer Glen E. Friedman. Glen shot a lot of great photos of Bad Brains and a few different shots were spliced together as the reference for this poster illustration. If you don't know Glen's work, and you should... go to burningflags.com. This poster is signed by Glen, me, and all the original members of Bad Brains. Keep that PMA.


-Shepard

 

 
     
 
MEGAFORCE RECORDS ON METALLICA'S ROCK N' ROLL HALL OF FAME INDUCTION

ANTHRAX AND LABEL GIVE CANDID INSIGHT ON METALLICA'S IMPORTANCE

April 2, 2009 -- Megaforce Records congratulates Metallica on their induction into the Rock N' Roll Hall Of Fame. It's astoundingly poignant that this band that crossed our path in 1983, and in many ways was the impetus for Megaforce even starting as a label, would reach such importance. It's probably safe to say Metallica are the most important American rock band in the history of music.

The genesis of Metallica's growth and independence is important in these tempestuous days in the music industry. When pretty much nobody would sign Metallica, we kicked and scratched to raise money. We had little idea what we were doing and we had little funds, but it was something we believed in. Megaforce somehow had the wherewithal of releasing both Kill Em All and Ride The Lightning. Looking back, Metallica gave us more than the leverage and stature to release more artists -- they raised the bar for everyone.

"We always believed in Metallica from their very first krunch. It's no surprise to us that we are all gathered in Cleveland for this well-deserved amazing Metallibash! Keep bangin' that head," says Jonny and Marsha Zazula/Megaforce Records co-founders.

On the beginnings and rise of Kill Em All:

"Jonny Z would come to our warehouse looking for import vinyl. One day he walked into our office and said he wanted to start a rock label and release this band Metallica. From that day, Megaforce Records and Metallica forever changed our lives, the music community, and set the stage for other underground artists and labels.

We shipped a few thousand units of Kill Em All. I still remember the catalog number Megaforce MRI 069. I had never seen anything like it. Metallica's fans had amazing ears and word of mouth was crazy. Stores we never knew existed were calling us out of nowhere.

Because of Kill Em All, we went from local to national distributor. Everyone who worked on behalf of Metallica and Megaforce, both then and now, owe them and Jonny and Marsha Zazula and later on, Missi Callazzo, a debt of gratitude; and if not for them, this would be a very different company and music world today," says Alan Becker SVP of RED Distribution (formerly Important Distribution).

Anthrax comments on the early days:

"I've been around since the beginning of the Metallica/Megaforce days. I saw Kirk's first show, bottles of booze being emptied, food fights, and much more. The one thing that was always evident was the music -- it made you want to get out of your seat and act out.
Who would've thought that all of these years later it would come to this? The Hall Of Fame! Congrats to the boys! Let's empty some bottles in Cleveland! Whooo hooo!" - Charlie Benante of Anthrax

Metallica's ethos of doing it themselves became Megaforce's ethos as well. "Still today, most everything we do comes from those beginning days and the attitude that we can do anything, with or without money -- it's a great lesson for any new artist just beginning. On behalf of Megaforce, may Metallica celebrate this tremendous honor of being inducted into the Rock N' Roll Hall Of Fame," - Missi Callazzo, Megaforce co-President.

History Of Megaforce:

Started in 1982 as the home of Metallica, this little label in New Jersey named Megaforce started for the right reason -- to release great music, period. Megaforce has gone on to sell over 25 million albums and continues its search for unique artists.

Megaforce has also been operating for 15 years a distribution arm fostering artist-owned entities releasing artists such as The Verve, Anthrax, Andrew Bird, The Black Crowes, Willie Nelson & Asleep At The Wheel, and many others.
 
     
     
 
BAD BRAINS TOUR SOUTHEAST

Bad Brains tour:
March-04 Atlanta, GA - Masquerade - venue: www.masq.com
tickets: $20 adv

March-05 St. Petersburg, FL - State Theatre - venue: www.statetheatreconcerts.com
tickets: $25 adv

March-06 Delray Beach, FL - City Limits - venue: www.citylimitsdelray.com
tickets: $25 adv

March-07 St. Augustine, FL - Harvest of Hope Fest - venue: www.harvestofhopefest.com
tickets: $29.50 adv

March-08 Orlando, FL Club Firestone [w/ Ozomatli] venue: www.clubfirestone.com
tickets: $18 adv

 
     
     
 
BAD BRAINS RELEASE NEW VANS SNEAKERS!

Details here!
http://vans.com/badbrains/
 
     
     
 
GRAMMY NOMIATIONS!

Megaforce's release of Ministry's "Cover Up" album gets 2009 Grammy Nomination!
 
     
     
 

CRITICS LOVE BAD BRAINS' RELEASE

“5 Stars! An utter revelation!”
-- Revolver

"Build A Nation roars and throbs with vintage fire."
-- SPIN

"4 out of 5 stars. Build A Nation is impressive."
-- MOJO

"9 out of 10. Bad Brains are truly legends, this album proves it once again."
--Rocksound

"The Brains are back and sounding remarkably sweet!"
-- Alternative Press

"4 out of 5 K's. Re-union albums shouldn't be this good!"
-- Kerrang

"4 out of 5 stars."
-- Observer UK

"There should be a warning label on the new Bad Brains album: Caution, Contents are Volatile. The first album in
5 years from this highly respected punk/dub band is explosive."
 -- Michelle Morgante, Associtate Press

"Bad Brains delivers us once and for all unto the musical Zion that has eluded its
supporters --- and the band itself --- for so long."
-- Phoenix New Times

 
     
     
 

ROSE HILL DRIVE RELEASE MOON IS THE NEW EARTH

Boulder power trio Rose Hill Drive are back for a second time around with their new studio album Moon is the new Earth. The 12-song stunner was written, recorded, produced and mixed by Rose Hill Drive—the boys got their hands all over this one!

David Fricke --"The songwriting is fierce and sharp."

Raoul Hernandez of Austin Chronicle -- "Rose Hill Drive left my jaw on the skeezy floor of Emo's front room."

Guitarist -- "If this doesn't make you want to pick up a Les Paul, you have no soul."

Not only that Rose Hill Drive has had the honor to share stages with everyone from Wilco  to Queens Of The Stone Age -- Even Van Halen requested Rose Hill Drive to open for them. The band also performed at a slew of summer festivals including Bonnaroo, Red Rocks, Austin City Limits, the Warped Tour, and London's Hyde Park Calling.

 
     
     
 
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