After a brief hiatus (thanks Josh Hathaway for delivering the Goodie Bag in my absence), I'm back with a full summer picnic basket full of embedded and streaming audio and video to give BC Music's readers a sneak peak at the sizzling summer fare.
This week we have some Olympic fun from Paul Brogan and new singles from Keaton Simons, Canton Jones, The Octopus Project, and Todd Rundgren.
Paul Brogan – Olympic Rap
The summer Olympics have just begun and as all eyes turn to Beijing and the sporting events happening there, ears should be tuning in to Paul Brogan and his new rap. His Super Bowl rap from January has already received a million plus hits, and this track is sure to receive similar attention. No need to go searching the net, we have embedded video for you right here in the Goodie Bag:
Keaton Simons – Can You Hear Me
On June 10, CBS Records released this debut from Keaton Simons. The singer/songwriter's first attempt is wrought with jazz and blues influences and LA Times writer Scott Gold drew comparisons to the likes of Elvis Costello, Eagle-Eye Cherry, and Lenny Kravitz.
Canton Jones – "Hater Day"
The new single, "Hater Day," from Canton Jone's Arrow Records release Kingdom Business is out and the Goodie Bag has a stream for you to check out.
True to from, this singer, songwriter, producer, and vocal arranger has delivered yet another track that is grabbing the attention of hip-hop and R&B fans worldwide. The first single from this album, "My Day" is already a hit, and "Hater Day" is sure to follow in its footsteps. If listening to the stream only whets your appetite for more Canton Jones, make sure to check out his MySpace profile for more streams, news, and information.
The Octopus Project – "An Evening With Rthrtha"
"An Evening With Rthrtha" is the newest release from The Octopus Projects' latest album, Hello, Avalanche. And the video (embedded below) is a second in which stop motion, hand-animation was used. Also included below is a fan video for the single "Wet Gold" that is a favorite of the band. More information on The Octopus Project can be found at their official website and also their MySpace profile. Before watching the videos, check out the included list of upcoming tour dates to see if they will be playing a town near you.
Upcoming Tour Dates:
08/11 Phoenix, AZ @ Rhythm Room
08/12 Tucson, AZ @ Congress Theater
08/13 San Diego, CA @ The Cashbash
08/14 Los Angeles, CA @ Knitting Factory
08/15 Visalia, CA @ Cellar Door
08/16 San Francisco, CA @ Bottom of The Hill
08/18 Portland, OR @ Satyricon
08/19 Seattle, WA @ Nectar Lounge
08/20 Vancouver, BC @ Richard’s
08/22 Edmonton, AL @ Velvet Lounge
08/23 Calgary, AL @ Hi Fi
08/25 Salt Lake City, UT @ Urban Lounge
08/26 Denver, CO @ Hi Dive
08/28 Dallas, TX @ Lola’s
08/29 Houston, TX @ Warehouse Live.
09/28 Austin, TX @ Austin City Limits Festival
“An Evening With Rthrtha:"
Todd Rundgren – "Mad"
Todd Rundgren's brand new album, Arena will be available in stores September 30, but BC Music's Goodie Bag has a sneak peak of his brand new single, "Mad" via a media stream. The album is his first studio release in four years and is said to be guitar driven.
On recording this album Rundgren said, “I found myself just going out and doing this sort of guerilla guitar quartet thing around the country and around Canada, So when it came time to make a record, I thought maybe I’ll just continue in that vein and write something that is appropriate to the guitar, since the fans seem to be enjoying it so much… I knew beforehand it was going to be this kind of old-school guitar-rock record.”
That's it for this week's Goodie Bag, but we'll be back next week with more audio and video treats for your ears and eyes.