Friday, October 1, 2010

Pennan Brae - Need You Now

Pennan Brae's new video, "Need You Now", is an energetic accompaniment to a quick-paced little ditty from Brae's 2009 album 'Amber Glow.' Shot in Japan, the video follows a paper airplane as it flies through the streets and shops of Osaka, on its way to a young man's sweetheart. Injected throughout the video are close-up shots of singer-songwriter Pennan as he serenades into an electric blue mic and his guitarist strums along. Bright colors, lots of movement, and a heartwarming backstory make "Need You Now" a video worth giving up 150 seconds of your time for.

Pennan Brae's video, 'Need You Now' was shot in the sweltering heat of Osaka this August, 2010. DIrected by Mogcat Productions, the premise is of a young man writing a love letter which he folds into a paper airplane & hurls in the air, hoping it finds his love.

The paper airplane begins its hopeful journey for 'her'. It navigates crowds by the thousands, skips past planes, trains & automobiles & ventures in an arcade & music store, amongst other places.

Pennan & Mogcat looked forward to uncovering attractive backdrops. Luckily, Osaka is full of bright lights & unique settings that only exist in Japan. The pair filmed on the roof of the highest spot in town. They captured a glass escalator 550 feet above the ground. The duo took for the tallest Ferris Wheel & timed their shots within the ride's big circle. They went underground for scenes in the Osaka subway system & filmed in the halls of an infamous 'love hotel' (ie; you can rent the room by the hour). Waived off by security guards & watched warily by security cameras, it was a non-stop adventure from start to finish.

& as day gives way to night, the paper airplane discovers its destination & lands at the feet of the girl for whom it was sent. As she opens the note, it reveals the title of the song & message of the author; 'I Need You Now'!

Other Fun Facts:

-2010 was the hottest summer on record in Japan since 1946
-Osaka recorded the hottest temperatures within Japan during the shooting of the video
-2 Ferris Wheels were used in the video, 1 in Kobe & 1 in Osaka
-3 locations were used; Kyoto, Kobe & Osaka

Watch "Need You Now" on Youtube:

Don't you know I say I need you
Yes I do
Don't you know now that I need you
Yes I do
I need you now...

Know the joy and pain
Being by myself
Felt the sun and rain
Freedom and self-doubt

Now I've been through that
Thought a time or two
'Bout my longings and desires
To be with you

I need you now...

Now that you've tried
To make it on your own
What is rusted
Was once a heart of gold

As you decide
To come back for a try
Heard you whisper
Beneath your alibi

I need you now...

All the things you do
Time and time again
Like the world they turn
Back to you my friend

If we pursue that path
Which leads to our demise
Its fruitless yield
Would be as no surprise
Let's buck the trend
See with your own eyes

MarilynMusic Addresses Gulf Oil Crisis With New Track "The Black Wave"

With each new day, the details of the damage caused by the BP oil spill in Gulf of Mexico bring more bad news. It's the topic of many conversations, and many people's lives and businesses have been devastated as a result of it. Songwriting duo MarilynMusic is expressing their concern through a new track entitled, "The Black Wave" in an effort to bring attention to environmental and ecological issues before we reach the point of no return. The track is available on iTunes at

"Black Wave" is a pop testament to the tragic, disastrous and devastating oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. MarilynMusic starts off with all of the elements of a hippie-era pop song - mellow vocals backed by strumming guitar and sounds from the ocean. But then it shifts into a higher gear, sounding like something from a hipster's playlist, but with more substance. Its profound focus is that we need to care more about our planet. With lyrics like "There's a black wave coming, darkness drowning out the light," and "Digging deep inside our mother's heart each day, her well will soon run dry if we don't change," MarilynMusic successfully gets the message across that we need to quickly get our priorities in order. Musically, it is a strong tune with a catchy rhythm and harmonic vocals. Adding to it is well placed guitar strumming by Michael Gaines and Colin Smith, with Casey Conrad doing his part on the bass and drums.

MarilynMusic is the partnership of musicians/composers Michael Gaines and Casey Conrad. Gaines and Conrad created MarilynMusic to marry their love and knowledge of a broad range of musical genres with the tastes of today's pop audience. The prolific duo has numerous tracks recorded and produced, with new material constantly coming down the pipeline. Gaines and Conrad collaborate on every aspect of the music from the writing to the finished product, but the two have distinct roles in the process. Gaines is primarily responsible for lyrical composition and Conrad produces the recordings. Both write the music and play on the recordings – Conrad on bass and drums and Gaines on guitar.

MarilynMusic released their debut EP, Pure Rock in May 2010 - a whirlwind tour through rock and roll history. Each song offers different timbres and seems to draw influence from a different place. With sound ranging from the Beatles to Steve Miller, these tracks are unique and definitely all rock.

"Black Wave" is available for purchase through iTunes at:

Listen to, read more and follow MarilynMusic at:

Eric de Fontenay
18-14 Astoria Blvd.
Astoria, NY 11102

Thursday, September 30, 2010

MPress Records & Social Exposure Present MPressFest CMJ 2010

New York, NY – NYC based independent record label MPress Records has just confirmed the lineup for their annual showcase event at this year’s CMJ Music Marathon & Film Festival. The event will take place at Gallery Bar in New York City on Thursday, October 21 @ 6:30 PM, and is sponsored by Social Exposure, Powderfinger Promotions, A to Z Media and Blurt Magazine. This is an official CMJ showcase, so attendees with badges will enjoy free entry.

The line up features two-time Independent Music Award Winner and NY glam-pop ├ętoile Rachael Sage; MPress artist and acclaimed songsmith Seth Glier; internationally renowned guitarist for the legendary Richie Havens, Walter Parks; celebrated singer-songwriter and fiercely unique cellist, Lindsay Mac; versatile singer-songwriter, star of YouTube sensation “Rosh Hashanah Girl,” and composer Michelle Citrin; and indie maverick, dynamic songwriter and performer Melissa Ferrick.

The schedule features artists from MPress Records' compilation series New Arrivals. Launched in 2006, the New Arrivals charity compilation series highlights established and rising indie artists and each benefits a charity - Volume 1 benefited Gulf Coast Hurricane Relief, Volume 2 benefited World Hunger Year, and Volume 3 benefited NEDA (National Eating Disorder Association).

New Arrivals Volume 4, slated for release Spring 2011, will benefit The National Network For Youth, and will include tracks from the artists on this year’s CMJ event lineup, as well as selections from Caleb Hawley, The Paper Raincoat, Dave Eggar, Katie Costello and Verve artist Lucy Woodward.

CMJlogoMPressFest CMJ 2010 Official Showcase @ Gallery Bar (120 Orchard St. @ Delancey) on Thursday, October 21st. Doors open at 6:30 PM, and the music starts shortly thereafter. Entry is free for CMJ badge holders and admission is $7.00 and $5.00 with event flyer.

Where:Gallery Bar

120 Orchard Street
New York, NY 10002
(212) 529-2266

Thursday, October 21, 2010

Showtime: 6:30 PM
Featuring: Rachael Sage, Seth Glier, Walter Parks, Lindsay Mac, Michelle Citrin & Melissa Ferrick

For more details please visit Twitter: @MPressRecords
General Contact:

Artist Management Conference Illuminates The Way Forward For Artist Managers And Self-Managed Artists

New York, NY September 30, 2010 -- The Artist Management Conference 2010 (AMCON2010), taking place in New York October 14-15, 2010, aims to illuminate the way forward for artist managers and self-managed artists in a shifting music industry landscape. The dramatic reduction of recorded music sales and effects of the shifting music industry landscape have left many in the music business, including managers and self-managed artists, struggling to find solutions that provide consistent and adequate returns on investments. The inaugural conference will be a place for artist managers and self-managed artists to discuss and contemplate current and future music industry trends; formulate or fine-tune strategies; network with peers; create partnerships; and conduct serious business.

Conference topic include discussions of current and future music industry trends and how they affect the artist management community, translating data into actionable information that can be monetized, analyzing factors that make for a good artist-manager relationship, management company setup and operations, building a team around the artist, growing the fan base, deciphering how managers evaluate artists and bands for signing, live show production & touring, mentor sessions and business corner, "I Need Management" sessions for musicians seeking management representation, and more.

A list of speakers can be found at:

Top Reasons to Attend

• Enrich your knowledge. Our many educational panels will enhance your professional and personal development.
• Gain insider tips. Music industry veterans, innovators, entrepreneurs, and educators share their experience and knowledge.
• Enjoy networking opportunities. Network with managers, bands/musicians, and other music industry professionals each evening throughout the conference.

Who should attend?

• Artist Managers
• Self-managed Artists
• Artists / Bands or Producers seeking management representation
• Individuals interested in doing business or interacting with Artist Managers and Artists / Bands
• Individuals or companies that provide products or services to member of the music industry
• Individuals interested in attending the networking parties / receptions and band showcases

About the Artist Management Conference 2010:
The Artist Management Conference 2010 (AMCON2010) is billed as a unique music conference organized to bring together managers, self-managed artists, musicians seeking management representation, and other interested music industry professionals. A virtual registration option is included for attendees that cannot attend the conference in person. For more information and to register, please visit the official conference website at

Contact Information:
Jeremy Rwakaara
Artist Management Resource
Tel: 240-813-2466

Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Rock Guitarist Dean Shoultz Delivers 5 Free Tracks From His New Solo Album "Suite Emotions"

(New Orleans) On October 5th, 2010 rock guitarist Dean Shoultz is set to release his second solo album "Suite Emotions" on his new label Taylor-Jordan Entertainment. In addition Dean will deliver 5 Tracks from his new album Free of Charge just by joining his mailing list at

"Dean Shoultz is a rock guitarist, who can tear up the fret board - yet his musical compositions transcend a single instrument or style. To understand Dean's music you must take a generous dose of solid instrumental rock, mix in a component of jazz, add a bit of new age, a spot of ambient and a touch of shredding. His music is compelling, accessible and emotional. From the opening track "Cradle of Able" to the closing track "Night Noises", you will feel like you're in a movie soundtrack," says Producer Pershing Wells.

In order for Dean to achieve the feel he envisioned on this album, he enlisted the talents of Drummer Ryan Hoyle, who is best known for his work with Collective Soul and Paul Rodgers Band (Free, Bad Company and Queen). Ryan played and recorded all 10 drum tracks from his world-class Cave Studio in Los Angeles, CA. "He brings a sense of power as well as the beauty and the beast in his performance and musical collaboration on this album" says Dean. "I am very excited to have him as a part of this project."

Artist: Dean Shoultz
Title: Suite Emotions
Label - Taylor Jordan Entertainment
Website: /

1. Cradle of Abel
2. Requiem For A Lost People
3. Moroccan Eyes
4. Suite Dreams
5. He Turns Out the Sun
6. Taylor's Song
7. The Carpenter's Tree
8. Lonely Moon
9. A Knew Age
10. Sequel to the Server
11. Night Noises


Robert Lauri Announces The Release Of His New Album "New Face"

Each new release offers a variety of original melodies that touch us deep down inside.

Another new album is about to be released in Country Rock and Americana style, one of this artist's many "colors" in his musical palette.

Robert Lauri never ceases to amaze us by showing us all the richness and diversity of his creative energy as a melody writer. He brings about a sense of anticipation. What is he going to pull out of his hat this week? Robert Lauri reveals his soul in his compositions. The music flows through his veins. He creates music the same way he breathes. The extent of his musical creativity truly characterizes this artist. Robert Lauri blends different types of music, creating different moods that are always in harmony. He is a visionary melody writer - truly unique. Each of his albums is a key that opens the door to "another world."

Each track in "New Face" presents video music that brings out our deepest, innermost emotions.

"Running Away" takes us to a world of detective movies, where suspense and sensitivity play off each other. "Rainbow" and "Eclipse" evoke a dream world, which piques the imagination and creates a sense of serenity. There are many responses on Facebook from people who have discovered preview clips to some of the tracks on the album "New Face". These responses confirm Robert Lauri's great capacity to provide captivating melodies in many different genres, which he reinvents time and again, in every track, on every album.

The exceptional visual effects used in the video clips were created by Anna Clara Passarelli, an extremely talented Italian artist. She has successfully translated Robert Lauri's many musical moods and created images to accompany each melody in perfect harmony.

You will find the first "New Face" video clips on YouTube and on the official Robert Lauri Facebook page.


Watch "Rainbow" on Youtube:

Monday, September 27, 2010

Stephen Michael Apatow - A Global Call To Action For The Millennium Medicine Project Global Cancer Initiative

Currently, in treatment under the Head and Neck Program at Smilow Cancer Hospital and the Yale School of Medicine, [1] Stephen Michael Apatow, founder of Humanitarian Resource Institute and United Nations Arts Initiative [2] advances a global call to action....

According to the World Health Organization: [3]

* Cancer is a leading cause of death worldwide: it accounted for 7.4 million deaths (around 13% of all deaths) in 2004.
* Lung, stomach, liver, colon and breast cancer cause the most cancer deaths each year.
* The most frequent types of cancer differ between men and women.
* More than 30% of cancer deaths can be prevented.
* Tobacco use is the single most important risk factor for cancer.
* Cancer arises from a change in one single cell. The change may be started by external agents and inherited genetic factors.
* Deaths from cancer worldwide are projected to continue rising, with an estimated 12 million deaths in 2030.

What causes cancer?

Cancer arises from one single cell. The transformation from a normal cell into a tumour cell is a multistage process, typically a progression from a pre-cancerous lesion to malignant tumours. These changes are the result of the interaction between a person's genetic factors and three categories of external agents, including:

* physical carcinogens, such as ultraviolet and ionizing radiation
* chemical carcinogens, such as asbestos, components of tobacco smoke, aflatoxin (a food contaminant) and arsenic (a drinking water contaminant)
* biological carcinogens, such as infections from certain viruses, bacteria or parasites.

Some examples of infections associated with certain cancers:

* Viruses: hepatitis B and liver cancer, Human Papilloma Virus (HPV) and cervical cancer, and human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) and Kaposi sarcoma.
* Bacteria: Helicobacter pylori and stomach cancer.
* Parasites: schistosomiasis and bladder cancer.

Ageing is another fundamental factor for the development of cancer. The incidence of cancer rises dramatically with age, most likely due to a buildup of risks for specific cancers that increase with age. The overall risk accumulation is combined with the tendency for cellular repair mechanisms to be less effective as a person grows older.

Tobacco use, alcohol use, low fruit and vegetable intake, and chronic infections from hepatitis B (HBV), hepatitis C virus (HCV) and some types of Human Papilloma Virus (HPV) are leading risk factors for cancer in low- and middle-income countries. Cervical cancer, which is caused by HPV, is a leading cause of cancer death among women in low-income countries.

In high-income countries, tobacco use, alcohol use, and being overweight or obese are major risk factors for cancer.

Millennium Medicine Project joins the WHO focus on collaboration, international cancer prevention and control to:

* Increase political commitment for cancer prevention and control;
* Generate new knowledge, and disseminate existing knowledge to facilitate the delivery of evidence-based approaches to cancer control;
* Develop standards and tools to guide the planning and implementation of interventions for prevention, early detection, treatment and care;
* Facilitate broad networks of cancer control partners at global, regional and national levels;
* Strengthen health systems at national and local levels; and
* Provide technical assistance for rapid, effective transfer of best practice interventions to developing countries.

As outlined in the Millennium Medicine Project objectives, [4] medical and public health infrastructure, in every UN member country, must be optimized to meet these needs:

Even after half a century of independence, "not more than 20 percent of the population has any access to..... basic surgical services like life saving caesarian section, or a life saving repair of typhoid perforation..." (National Human Development Report 2001). This situation can be improved only if there is adequate number of rural surgeons in India whose surgery is affordable and available near the homes of the patients. -- Realising the vital role of rural surgeons in the nation’s health care, Dr. Gazeiry, MD., FRCS., the past Regional Director of W.H.O. East Mediterranean Region remarked that rural surgery be made into a specialty.

The concept of rural surgery has been developed in India in the last thirteen years to make modern surgical care accessible to the five billion havenots of the developing world. Only one billion out the total of six billion population of the world has any access to the type of surgical care seen in the hospital of Western Europe and America. In India, out of the population of one billion as of today, not more than 10% has any access to this type of surgical care. -- Association of Rural Surgeons in India. [5]

1. Yale: Head and Neck Program at Smilow Cancer Hospital and the Yale School of Medicine. Url:
2. Stephen M. Apatow: Founder of Humanitarian Resource Institute and the United Nations Arts Initiative. Url:
3. Cancer - Key Facts: World Health Organization. Url:
4. Millennium Medicine Project: Humanitarian Resource Institute, United Nations Arts Initiative. Url:
5. Association of Rural Surgeons in India. Url: