INDIE NEWS BEAT
June 25, 2007 Edition
* FTC Asks Court To Shut Down Illegal Pyramid Operation BurnLounge
* Ashleigh Flynn Hits Road For Summer Concerts
* Secrets Of July 4th Songs
* Cevin Soling Places Song On A&E TV Series
* Stonez Turns To Mobile Phones To Reach US Listeners
* Boosweet Records Sign Rock Star Kiko Loureiro Of Angra
* The Love Kills Theory To Perform In New York City, June 27
FTC Asks Court To Shut Down Illegal Pyramid Operation BurnLounge
On June 6, 2007, the FTC filed a complaint in the U.S. District Court for the Central District of California against BurnLounge, Inc. The complaint charges that BurnLounge sold opportunities to operate on-line digital music stores that was, in fact, an illegal pyramid scheme. The agency is seeking a permanent halt to the illegal pyramid practices as well as other illegal practices alleged in the complaint.
According to the FTC, BurnLounge recruited consumers through the Internet, telephone calls, and in-person meetings. The sales pitch represented that participants in BurnLounge were likely to make substantial income. BurnLounge recruited participants by selling them so-called "product packages," ranging from $29.95 to $429.95 per year. More expensive packages purportedly provided participants with an increased ability to earn rewards through the BurnLounge compensation program.
The BurnLounge compensation program primarily provided payments to participants for recruiting of new participants, not on the retail sale of products or services, which the FTC alleges would result in a substantial percentage of participants losing money.
The FTC specifically alleges that the defendants operate an illegal pyramid scheme, make deceptive earnings claims, and fail to disclose that most consumers who invest in pyramid schemes don't receive substantial income, but lose money, instead. These practices violate the FTC Act, the agency alleges.
Ashleigh Flynn, Darling Of The NW Americana Scene, Hits Road For Summer Concerts
Ashleigh Flynn, often called the darling of the NW Americana scene, is heading down to Manchester, Tennessee, to showcase her talents at the Bonnaroo Music & Arts Festival. The 6-year festival is a 4-day, multi-stage, camping fest held on a 700-acre farm in Tennessee. This year's lineup includes The Police, Wilco, Widespread Panic, The Decemberists and Ashleigh Flynn, among others. See www.bonnaroo.com for more details.
Flynn, who hails from Kentucky, was invited to play the festival upon winning the OURSTAGE.com online music competition sponsored by PASTE Magazine. OURSTAGE.comıs purpose is to givae artists an oppportunity to be judged by their peers as well as interested music fans. Two of Flynnıs song, Hazard County and 7th Sea, have placed in the number 1 slot in the Americana category while her other tunes have appeared in the top ten of Acounstic, Pop, Americana and even the Electronica genres on OURSTASGE.com. She will showcase on the SONIC STAGE, Sunday, June 17 from 1:30-2:00 PM.
Flynn will go from Bonnaroo up to the Northeast to perform at the Boston Pops Third Annual EDGEFEST CONCERT SERIES SATURDAY, 23 JUNE, at Boston's Symphony Hall Show starts at 8PM - Flynn on at 10 in the after hours cafe. Flynn will join the COWBOY JUNKIES and conductor KEITH LOCKHART on Saturdy 23 June 2007. M. WARD will also headline this year. EDGEFEST seeks to attract crowds of independent and alternative music enthusiasts to the symphony by offering a hip blend of indie rock and the orchestral traditon. Previous concerts have featured AIMEE MANN, MY MORNING JACKET and GUSTER.
A few weeks later, Flynn will be head to Quincy, California, to play the High Sierra Music Festival. The 2007 festival, 4 July-7 July, located in the Northeastern corner of the state, will feature national and international acts . Considered one of the finest showcases for emerging artists in the country, Flynn will play 2-showcases a day on the 5 & 6 July 2007.
Her schedule at High Sierra is as follows:
Thursday, 5 July - Radio Stage 8:50-9:10 PM
Thursday, 5 July, - Vaudeville Stage 6:15-7::45 PM
Friday, 6 July - Shady Grove Stage 8:15-9:30 PM
Friday, 6 July - Troubadour Sessions 11:30 PM - 1:00 AM
Secrets Of July 4th Songs
The G-Man Reveals The Truth About The Top Patriotic Tunes Of All Time
You hear at least one of them played in parades, at band concerts, and on radio and TV for weeks leading up to the fourth of July... they're the patriotic marches and anthems that give an emotional jolt to millions of people.
They are some of the most enduring and most popular songs of all time, yet the facts about their creation are unknown to most listeners.
In an article appearing on the Music Industry Newswire, Scott G (recording artist The G-Man, and owner of G-Man Music & Marketing), reveals some of the truths about these famous tunes.
Surprising facts about these well-known songs include:
* The melody to the U.S. national anthem is based on an English drinking song.
* A hit song of the Civil War was sung by both the Union and Confederate sides with different lyrics.
* One song almost replaced the "Star Spangled Banner" as the U.S. national anthem.
* How some famous patriotic themes became part of the soundtracks to popular movies, "Dr. Strangelove" and "Apocalypse Now."
* The same song was sung at the funerals of Winston Churchill, Robert Kennedy, and Ronald Reagan.
* One patriotic song took two decades to write.
The complete article is available at:
The Love Kills Theory's Leader Cevin Soling Places Song On A&E TV Series
Cevin Soling announces that his song, "Buffalo" will be used in the closing credits of the new A&E TV series, CONFESSIONS OF A MATCHMAKER. "Buffalo" was recorded and released by Cevin's first band, The Neanderthal Spongecake on its 1998 album, THE SIDE EFFECTS OF NAPALM. The group, which includes members of the band Scary Chicken winced when they looked at the lyrics, "Grass is brown....skies are gray." Cevin says, "They knew it was funny, but they were unknowingly complicit in making fun of their hometown. There is a homage to the band with the line 'see a Scary concert.'"
CONFESSIONS OF A MATCHMAKER is a real-life comedic series starring matchmaker Patti Novak, who has been warming the hearts of Buffalo, New York residents with her no-nonsense style of though love for years. Known as the "Simon Cowell" of love, Ms. Novak is fearless when it comes to giving advice on relationships. The show debuts on A&E on Saturday, June 16 at 10 PM EST/PST.
Cevin Soling, who's first name is pronounced like "Kevin," is a bandleader, record label owner, and filmmaker. His band the love kills theory has a new album, HAPPY SUICIDE JIM that is being played on 52 stations throughout the United States at press time. This includes KUSP-Santa Cruz, KDHX-St. Louis, WDVR-New Jersey KXCI-Tucson, and KFAI-Minneapolis. KURE-- 88.5- Ames, Iowa's music director Diablo Jesus says, " Fuzzed out garage rock, and fun for fans of The Pixies, The Breeders, The Jesus & Mary Chain."
DETROIT METRO TIMES" Jeffrey Moorage describes "Happy Suicide Jim as having "Catchy convulsive pop songs that take their quirky fuzztone cue from Pretties For You. "
THE CELEBRITY CAFE's Courtney Thompson totally captured the band in her review of the group's debut album, HAPPY SUICDE JIM as she wrote, "It appears as a fun and mindless album until one opens up its ears to the Love Kills theory's message (from mind-control in the school system, adversity."
Even G. Gordon Liddy's radio producer Franklin Raff was blown away by the band, uses it as bumper music, "This is the kind of music I grew up on."
Over the next three months, HAPPY SUICIDE JIM will have weekly tracks available as free MP3 downloads for fans who sign up for the band's newsletter at the link, http://www.musicdish.net/tlkt/tour/
Stonez Turns To Mobile Phones To Reach US Listeners
Trinidad's preeminent DJ/Producer Lyndon Livingstone, aka Stonez in the DJ world, has joined Focuson the DJ, the first-ever syndicated mix show channel streaming music 24/7 over cellular phones. Starting in June, Stonez will stream a monthly mixshow based on his weekly radio show on Worldcast Radio. "Focuson The DJ" currently is an eclectic hub of blazing hot music, offering Dance, Hip-Hop, Latin, Reggae and more.
"Translating Stonez success beyond the shores of Trinidad will demand innovative approaches and technologies such as the mobile industry," noted MusicDish's Eric de Fontenay which represents Stonez. "Joining the mixshow channel "Focuson The DJ" is the first of many expansions in the coming months as we introduce him to a broader, more global audience."
In a career spanning two decades, Lyndon Livingstone - known in the DJ world as Stonez - has gone from teenage mix tape master to being the foremost producer of remixes and electronic music in Trinidad. He holds his own as the owner/talent behind the Razorshop production house, even while maintaining his status as the country's top house
music DJ, contributing to radio and television ad campaigns for household brands Coca Cola, Lucozade, Heineken, while sprinkling his sets with his own unique, often ground-breaking productions. He has produced remixes or completed post production edits for many of Trinidad and Tobago major talents, including: David Rudder, Machel Montano, Mungal Pattessar, the late Andre Tanker, 3 Canal, Sherwin Winchester and Destra Garcia. Internationally, Stonez has worked with Wyclef Jean (Haiti), Kobo Town (Canada), TOK (Jamaican), Mr. Vegas (Jamaica) and Mimi (Japan).
Boosweet Records Sign Rock Star Kiko Loureiro Of Angra
Boosweet Records CEO and President Vernon Neilly has signed the international rock guitar virtuoso Kiko Loureiro. Boosweet Records will release Kiko's products in the USA, Canada, Australia, South and Central America; with the exception of the guitarists home country Brazil. The deal provides Boosweet Records all of the digital rights to Kiko's music internationally.
Kiko Loureiro has risen to international acclaim and stardom by being the lead guitarist of the world-renown Brazilian rock group Angra. Currently, he has two solo projects: "No Gravity" and his latest jazz guitar release "Universo Inverso." In pre-promotion mode, "Universo Inverso" is already heating up: getting early radio ads, selling well at online retailers such as Boosweet.com, Amazon.com, Guitarnine.com, iTunes, and a host of other digital download retailers. "Universo Inverso" will hit major and independent retail stores here in the US in July and will be released under Boosweet Records' new deal with Portland, Oregon-based Burnside.
Vernon Neilly -- himself an award winning recording artist -- is known for bringing talented artists and musicians to Boosweet, his independent label. This has been evidenced by his two successful award winning "G-Fire" releases, of which "G-Fire II" was on the Top Ten Billboard Retail Charts.
Vernon commented on his signing of Loureiro to his label by saying, "It is an honor to have my friend and peer Kiko - who is such a fantastic musician, composer and producer - here at the label. Kiko is already an international star around the world, and we are going to make him even a bigger star with his releases in the territories we control. Kiko is definitely someone who people will want to hear and see because of his virtuoso technical skills, and great feeling as a player. You don't have to take my word, just go to his myspace page, and be prepared to be amazed. He gets tons of hits and comments there daily."
Kiko Loureiro was recently voted as the #1 progressive/metal player in the world by reader polls in two of Japans most popular guitar magazines: Young Guitar and Burrn. He beat out Guitar Gods Steve Vai, Eddie Van Halen, Joe Satriani, Yngwie Malmsteen, Paul Gilbert, John Petrucci and a host of others to receive this honor.
The Love Kills Theory To Perform In New York City, June 27
THE LOVE KILLS THEORY will be performing at Gonzalez y Gonzalez, 625 Broadway in New York City on Jun 27 at 9 PM. The club is between Houston and Bleecker Street, and near the D,F, 4,5,6 trains. The venue phone is 212-473-8787. The band features: Cevin Soling-Vocals, Guitar, Bill Brandau Keyboards, Jim Minics Guitar, Darren Pilato Bass, and Jaron Stewart Drums.
The Love Kills Theory's new album is called HAPPY SUICIDE, JIM and is available on Xemu Records. Distributed through Red Eye, the album has been added to 52 stations and counting including KUSP-Santa Cruz, KDHX-St. Louis, WDVR-New Jersey KXCI-Tucson, and KFAI-Minneapolis. KURE-- 88.5's KURE's Ames, Iowa's music director Diablo Jesus says, " Fuzzed out garage rock, and fun for fans of The Pixies, The Breeders, The Jesus & Mary Chain."
DETROIT METRO TIMES" JEFFREY MORGRAN describes "Happy Suicide Jim as having "Catchy convulsive pop songs that take their quirky fuzztone cue from Pretties For You. " THE CELEBRITY CAFE's Courtney Thompson totally captured the band in her review of the group's debut album, HAPPY SUICDE JIM as she wrote, "It appears as a fun and mindless album until one opens up its ears to the Love Kills theory's message (from mind-control in the school system, adversity)." Even G. Gordon Liddy's radio producer Franklin Raff was blown away by the band, uses it as bumper music, "This is the kind of music I grew up on."
Xemu an independent label founded by the group's lead singer Cevin Soling, whose first name is pronounced like "Kevin." One of the label's releases include WHEN PIGS FLY, a compilation album, that includes the late Don Ho cover Peter Gabriel's "Shock the Monkey;"this recording will be re-visited in Keith Valcourt's column in an upcoming issue of HUSTLER magazine.
Another catalog release from Xemu records is the song "Buffalo," by Cevin's 1998 band, The Neanderthal Spongecake. Recorded in 1998 for an album called THE SIDE EFFECTS OF NAPALM, "Buffalo" is now being used on the A&E reality TV series, CONFESSIONS OF A MATCHMAKER beginning January 16.
Cevin Soling is an award-winning filmmaker, as well, an author of grown up fairy tails. His current production is THE WAR ON CHILDREN, a study on the declining American education system. Currently THE WAR ON THE WAR ON DRUGS is available as a DVD c/o Disniformation, LTD. (www.disinfo.com).
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