Friday, September 16, 2011

RocketHub Partners With The Orchard To Fuel Music Industry Marketplace

RocketHub, the community where artists launch, fund, and fly their projects, has unveiled its partnership with The Orchard, the global distribution platform for independent music and video content owners.

As part of the Marketplace rollout, RocketHub will empower The Orchard users to seamlessly integrate their content and established assets to launch innovative crowdfunding campaigns via RocketHub’s global fundraising platform. RocketHub is proud to join music industry leaders such as FanBridge and SoundCloud in creating a foundational resource through The Orchard.

RocketHub Co-Founder and CEO says: “RocketHub continues to search for new ways to empower artists and their fans. The Orchard partnership is the next step in this evolution. We’re proud to welcome the global community of Orchard artists into the RocketHub ecosystem.”

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RocketHub utilizes the power of crowdfunding to build a vibrant community. The company has been featured in the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Bloomberg, American Songwriter, Variety, NPR, The Economist, CNN, Billboard, Washington Post, etc. while helping thousands of artists, entrepreneurs, and organizations raise funds and awareness for their projects. RocketHub is the fastest growing crowdfunding community and is the first platform to provide next step opportunities for artists and entrepreneurs - including brand sponsorships, live performances & showcases, placement in film & television, media connections & introductions, etc. RocketHub is a community for Creatives, by Creatives, that innovates and develops new ways to create value for its users. RocketHub goes beyond crowdfunding and is the foundation of the New Creative Economy.

Tony Adamo - "No Strings Attached"

Tony Adamo keeps the soul coming with his new video and song “No Strings Attached” from the album Straight Up Deal. With a tower of power’s worth of horns being played by Tower of Power members Skip Mesquite and Mic Gillette (who wrote the horn arrangement), Tony’s sound is funkier than ever. The vocal and horn performances on “No Strings Attached” are the strongest yet from Adamo and company. Smooth lyrics make the song even greater as Tony exudes coolness and a special touch that seem to be his signature. Adamo really makes some noise with this track, which is sure to be a crowd pleaser for fans of the Soul and R&B genres.

Tony Adamo - "No Strings Attached"

Thursday, September 15, 2011

Electro Rock Act Paris And The Hiltons Releases "Reading Journals, Part One: Puzzles Of Ithaca"

Phil Jourdan of the UK electronic rock act Paris and the Hiltons announced the release his third album, "Reading Journals." The album is being released in three stages, and upon completion will boast 22 tracks. The first installment, "Reading Journals, Part One: Puzzles of Ithaca" features 7 songs that are based loosely on William Faulkner's book Absalom, Absalom.

Commenting on how his latest album is different from the prior two, Jourdan responded, "This album really has scope. It's a twenty-two track work and includes jazz, rock, electronica, weird avant-garde stuff, ballads, jams, IDM beats, and so on. It sounds different from what people would have expected from us, but I think it sounds better, too. And the focus on literature is important as well, because it let us go in a direction that most people don't think of going." He continued, "Basing the album on works of fiction meant I had to reread things, figure out what I wanted to focus on, and discard themes in those books that I knew were important but that didn't particularly move me."

Phil Jourdan formed the electronic-rock solo act Paris and the Hiltons in 2007, and has officially released three albums since that time. "Prettyface Tinybruise," a record of how he dealt with his mother's death in 2009, was released in March 2011. "Fracture and Slice" followed in June 2011, and "Reading Journals, Part One: Puzzles of Ithaca," the third and most recent album, was just released. Jourdan, who began playing the guitar and bass in high school, is also a singer and songwriter. Fellow band member Sam Folkes from the electronic-cabaret rock group Dawn of the Gecko is featured on piano on "Reading Journals, Part One: Puzzles of Ithaca" as well as the two prior albums. Jourdan insists, however, that the two acts are quite different. "Paris and the Hiltons isn't about making funny music. Sometimes it sounds that way, because either the songs have silly lyrics or the music is silly. But it's a much more serious project. Paris and the Hiltons is kind of depressing sometimes. Other times it's moronic. I wouldn't call Dawn of the Gecko moronic — just good fun."

"Reading Journals, Part One: Puzzles of Ithaca" is available for download at at "Prettyface Tinybruise" and "Fracture and Slice" are both available for purchase at iTunes.

Wednesday, September 14, 2011

SUBTLETY : AUDACITY – A Mixed-media Art Exhibition Featuring 5 Local Artists And DJ Pandemonium In The NoHo Arts District

SUBTLETY : AUDACITY presents a “one night only” mixed-media art installation featuring five local artists, one DJ and a magician. Works by David Bianchi, Chris Brown, John Dewey, Aerick Eisenstein, and Ed Schofield will be on display throughout the new JET Studios complex (5126-30 Lankershim Boulevard, North Hollywood, CA 91601) in Los Angeles’ NOHO Arts district. The cross-platform art exhibit will be held on Saturday, September 17 from 7:00 PM – 12:00 AM. The event is free and open to the public!

SUBTLETY : AUDACITY challenges the boundaries of what is to be expected with a traditional "art exhibition" and is intending to create a new space for cultural development. The individuals involved all come from very different educations, backgrounds, and disciplines, but are uniting to bring the community a night to remember.

SUBTLETY : AUDACITY, primarily a painting show, the work on view attempts to bridge and blend gaps between direct and mediated experience. SUBTLETY : AUDACITY will infuse live installations, short films, spoken word, live music, magic, atmospheric electronica, dance and eclectic food and beverage to highlight the curation. While disparate in nature, the event will unite these elements in a fluid and exciting manner. Guests’ assumptions of "how to view an artwork" will be challenged with unexpected and pleasant surprises.

Check out the promo video on YouTube at

7-8 PM – Red Carpet Arrivals
7-9 PM – Open Art Exhibit with Atmospheric Sounds
8-11 PM – Silent Art and Hollywood Memorabilia Auction
8-10 PM – Award Winning Short Film Screening Program
9-10 PM – Live Musician
9:30 PM – 10:30 PM – Celebrity/Fine Art Photographer Darrin Van Gorder Live Audience Interactive Photo Shoot Exhibit
10-12 AM – Refreshments/Spirits (Open Bar)
10-12 AM – DJ Pandemonium
10-11 PM – HBO Def Poetry Jam Spoken Word Artists
11-12 AM – New Media Visual Presentation
• Vaudeville, Improv and Human Art Installations
• Slight of Hand Illusionists
• Special Guest DJ and Performances

Event Sponsors: Spumante Restaurant, Pitfire Pizza, Jarritos Soft Drinks, Cocaine Energy Drinks, Bulleit Bourbon, Guardian and Exertion Films.

RSVP: 805-990-1224 or,


David Bianchi
This Brazilian/Italian artist started acting in 3rd grade and began painting and framing work at the age of 6. He was awarded the National League for Innovation Award during his freshman year for his abstract chalk and ebony pencil work. He holds a BFA in Theatre and Film from Arizona State University, where he graduated Magna Cum Laude. He has competed Nationally as a slam poet and exhibited his art in multiple gallery shows in Phoenix, Scottsdale, Tempe, as well at the Seyhoun Gallery and the Brazilian Consulate Gallery in Beverly Hills. In his quest for long-term success as an artist his hidden talents as an actor warrant Oscar applause. With roles in major films like Elizabethtown, 513, Priest, and great indies like Politics of Love and Filly Brown he has worked along side Orlando Bloom, Tom Sizemore, Danny Trejo, Edward James Olmos, Eric Roberts, Lou Diamond Philipps, Bokeem Woodbine and Karl Urban forcing Hollywood to take him of their waiting list. He is the founder of Exertion films, where art and commercialism find a balance. He has produced two award winning feature films and multiple award winning shorts.

Chris Brown
Chris Brown is new to the art world but has been an art enthusiast his entire life. Chris has a background in film (“K-Pax,” “Never Been Kiss,” “Big Mamma’s House”) and theatre at the Lee Strasberg Theatre Institute and was recently inspired by artist Aerick Eisenstein. He is fortunate enough to be involved in this show of amazing artists and is excited to show his work as he finds his own style. During the day Chris is CEO to Garden Cargo Logistics a multi-million dollar shipping company.

John Dewey
Born in Denver Colorado, John Dewey moved to Claremont California in 2000. After Graduating High School John studied briefly at University of the Pacific but dropped out to pursue art, particularly painting. In 2008, John was admitted to Art Center College of Design. During his time at Art Center John was a co-founder of Mentone Group. John now lives and works in Pasadena California as a painter and multi-media artist.

Aerick Eisenstein
Aerick Eisenstein studied most recently at Art Center College of Design in Pasadena California. Although Aerick has traveled much, the culture of Los Angeles is a primary influence in his work. Working near JPL, CalTech, and Hollywood, has brought about an interesting blend of images in Aerick’s art. A great deal of his learning stretches back much farther to the time spent with his friend and mentor Steve Eberhardt. During his early years he would travel the country airbrushing murals which is where he learned the importance of developing a freehand technique. Over the course of the years his work has evolved with influences in oil painting. He captures simplicity within images, ideas, and iconography of pop culture into a universal story. The work is of course partially autobiographical, and opens up a deep dialogue with the history of painting; however there are still strong undercurrents of filmic references. It is an intention to play with how the paintings are received, and that they can hold their own both as painting objects and powerful images that weave an intricate and evolving story with impressions of a montage of film stills.

His work has been in numerous exhibitions across the state, and has been purchased nationally by a diverse range of collectors. For a young artist there is a great deal of promise in his up and coming career and the community of artists he is sharing conversations with.

Ed Schofield
Ed Schofield is a product of disparate worlds funneled through a mentally unstable pair of eyeglasses. Beginning his artistic life under the watchful eye of christian conservatives, he eventually broke out of his cage to study at Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, California to begin a campaign of chicanery spiked with dry humor. More recently, his work has evolved with an eye towards materiality and more socially minded issues. Having worked as a professional designer for numerous years, his fine art has a polish expected in the design field with a degree of cynicism that would get him fired in just about any other circumstance.

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Tuesday, September 13, 2011

KiB - "Holiday"

KiB’s video “Holiday” is an urban treat that combines rap with hip hop and a bit of pop. The video shows KiB with his crew as he tells the story behind the song. “Holiday” has a good feel to it, a good beat, and the video (which alternates showing KiB with his lady love interest, various city scenes, and his crew) is well produced by iamMynority, keeping the viewer’s interest until the very end. The message of “Holiday” is that no matter what problems you’re going through in life, you can take your mind on a holiday and utilize your inner strength to get through them. No, you may not be able to hop on a plane to London or Paris as desired, but you can always close your eyes and take a holiday using creative visualization and positivity. This fast paced, upbeat tune is one that we can all identify with, and is lyrically and musically strong enough to please music lovers of almost any genre.

KiB - "Holiday"

Eliot Wayne - "Lost In You"

Eliot Wayne’s “Lost In You” is absolutely “music to the ears.” The video shows the 3 member Austin, Texas band performing “Lost In You” and trust me, if you like rock and roll, or if you like great music at all, then this is a video to watch. “Lost In You” was written by Eliot Wayne, who also plays guitar and sings lead vocals. Nick Louis is on bass and Brannen Temple is on drums. The band calls their brand of music “new alternative heavy blues rock,” but whatever you call it, you have to call it good. Well written lyrics with really crisp rock and rock music and good harmonies make “Lost In You” a winner for both the band and the viewer.

Eliot Wayne - "Lost In You"