Sunday, March 21, 2021

 We are “bringing the band back together” to explore where local and global music communities are going for 2021 and beyond.

About this Event
2021 -- Welcome to Amplify Music 2021

April 21 - 23: Celebrating the one-year anniversary of our April 2020 Virtual Conference, three half-day forecastings, collaborating, and planning sessions around Music 2021-2025 -- together.

Times: 8 am - 1 pm Pacific Time each day -- details to follow on specific scheduled sessions


Technology: This event will be shared via Zoom Meeting and two sharable technology platforms. We will be emailing updates on log-ins etc., so please watch your email and this space.

We anticipate 500 - 900 participants and 2-4 speakers per half-hour session. Sessions will be a mix of pre-recorded and "live" with the guests invited to share in the chat and Q&A for the session. We will be sharing information with our registrants on how to get onto session Slack Channels, Facebook Group, and LinkedIn Group for conversations and sharing to continue after the event.

Price: Free for participants, though we welcome any contributions to the event.

Mission: A gathering of lived experiences and workable ideas

We bring together diverse music leaders and creators online to learn and share from local community response, emergent solutions, and heroic efforts to support local artists, venues, creative communities, and support networks in the surge/challenges of the COVID-19 and its future transformations of music communities.

Unique practices that may transfer to other areas
Ways to learn between great ecosystems and communities of communities
New combinations of business and community models - bridges beyond streaming
“After” - rebuilding trust, conflicts for space/time/funds, challenges of funding in a community rebuilding mode

We are inviting speakers and setting times for topics in the next few weeks. Tentatively, our topics are planned to include:

Topics for 2021 in Development

2021: Continuing what worked -- virtual co-creation; music streaming; music instrument and DAW sales; new organizing
Financial Bets 2021: Closing, Buying Up, Investing in Music
Negotiating 2021: Contracts, Insurance, Instability
Youth/Fans -- Where They See 2021 Ahead
Mental Health of Music Industry
Music in Civic and Emotional Recovery
Broken Puzzle Pieces -- Ways to Rebuild Community
Be Present Everywhere 2021 -- global organizations and leaders are taking the year ahead
The Where and Who of live music in 2021
The Virtual Where: Livestreaming, Gaming, and New Experiences in 2021
Community and Creative Identity in a post-WFH era -- radio as connective tissue in a hybrid world
Government Action/Inaction across the globe
Cities and Regions Working Together for 2021
The explosion of Streaming TV and Rethinking Film Releases - Impact on Music in 2021 and beyond
Rebuilding Arts Organizations in 2021 - Organizations at Crossroads
Music Education -- The Intertwining of Educational Disruption and Music Disruption
Relocation: Transformations of City Centers and Suburbs
Diverse Communities and Visions -- Whose Music Industries in 2021?
Streaming -- Composing and Creating Into the Social Vacuum
Futurecasting Sessions

FuturesCasting -- 2023-25 -- where do we want to GO
Rethinking Space: Futures of Live Events
Rethinking Space: Changing Roles of Real Estate and Single Purpose Spaces
Rethinking Social Safety Nets and Shared Support
Rethinking Music Jobs
Rethinking Music Tourism
Rethinking Nightlife
Rethinking Organizing - new ways of organizing between and within music industries
Rethinking Changing Roles of Music in Media and Civil Society
Imagining Together 2025 -- World Cafe Roundtables

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Jon Allen Hold On Official Lyric Video

Releases New Single "Hold On"
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“The title King Boy Vandals is an anagram of Slinky Vagabond. We re-arranged the name just as we re-arranged the band,” explains New York-based fashion designer/author/musician Keanan Duffty about his new album with Italian guitarist/songwriter/producer Fabio Fabbri which will be released independently on May 6, 2021. In a similar fashion of mixing up integral elements, Slinky Vagabond interchanges guest musicians in a manner that creates a new and exciting whole. Featuring guest appearances by Midge Ure (Ultravox/Visage/Live Aid co-founder), Dave Formula (Magazine/Visage), Richard Fortus (Guns N’ Roses/Psychedelic Furs), David Torn (David Bowie/David Sylvian), Tony Bowers (Durutti Column/Simply Red) and Martin Turner (Wishbone Ash), King Boy Vandals is an album born of musical alchemy, forged in fire and cooled in sweat.

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William The Conqueror - The Deep End (Official Music Video)

William The Conqueror - The Deep End (Official Music Video) via @YouTube 

William The Conqueror
Release New Album Maverick Thinker
via Chrysalis Records
Watch "The Deep End" Music Video

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Course - Give it All Away [OFFICIAL VIDEO]

Chicago based synth-pop group Course has announced their debut album A Late Hour will release this spring on May 21st. Today, they shared the video for their lead single "Give It All Away," a dreamy vamping ballad.

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Lili Haydn - More Love (Official Music Video)

Having spent the past several years scoring films and TV shows, Haydn’s developed a greater appreciation of space in music and creating a world with sound, which she’s put to use on the new album," said American Songwriter who featured the song. "More love, more light, Darkness don’t stand a chance against us, she sings in the black and white music video for the track, which features old photographs of mask-wearers around the time of the Spanish flu. As a survivor of COVID-19, Haydn channels her gratitude for life as the song builds to an emotional crescendo."
Stream and purchase "More Love" here:
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"I had Covid at the end of June last year and there were a few nights where I really couldn’t breathe and I thought I might have to be hospitalized. This experience inspired the simple heartfelt lyrics of 'More Love' ('take me as I am tonight, grateful just to be alive') and made me want to convey this feeling in the video," Haydn explains.
"My dear friend Emily Green sent me her gorgeous photographs, which convey such soul and humanity - which is what I believe will get us through this harrowing time. I then reached out to my good friend and wonderful Director Henry Barrial for whom I have scored 2 Films (DriverX and The House that Jack Built) and he and I figured out how to tell this story with images from the 1918 Spanish flu and now...the message is: we are in this together and this too shall pass!"
Haydn released the first single from the album "Sayonara," a song calling for love and change in the United States, ahead of Inauguration Day for the Biden-Harris administration. The music video featured a beautiful time-lapse of artist Norton Wisdom painting live to the music.
Blackbook Magazine featured "Sayonara" saying, "For those who aren’t familiar with Lili Haydn, such a shame... So imagine our enthusiasm at the arrival of her new single ‘Sayonara,’ especially as it is a sonorous kiss-off to the soon-to-be-over nightmare we’ve been living with for the last four years. And while the ominous but optimistic track showcases Lili’s plaintive vocals and exhilarating violin playing over a sultry trip-hop beat, we were especially taken with the accompanying video."
Along with the album Haydn is also seeing a number of film and TV projects featuring her dynamic scores being released. The films include the feature documentary Strip Down, Rise Up by Oscar nominated director Michele Ohayon, out now on Netflix; and Oscar winner Freida Mock’s latest feature documentary RUTH: Justice Ginsberg in Her Own Words, out now on STARZ. In addition, Lili co-composed the music for Ginny & Georgia, a 10-episode series which is currently #1 on Netflix's Top 10 in the U.S. Today and Top 10 globally.
Two of the tracks on More Love, the tense and dramatic “Is This Love, Is This Life” and the hypnotic, electronica driven vocal track “The Devil You Know,” are from the soundtrack of Netflix's Strip Down Rise Up, a film about women who heal their traumas and shame through pole dancing and embark on a journey to reclaim themselves. As a sexual trauma survivor herself, Lili related to its hard-hitting theme. Another track from More Love, “Circle of My Heart,” a haunting vocal-piano-violin ballad which she wrote with David Poe (whom she originally met in the Sundance Fellowship), was also originally written for the same film.
With the release of More Loveher first solo release in six years, Haydn draws whimsy and purpose from her palette of cinematic alternative music, gracing us with a thematically and sonically compelling way forward out of the dark challenges of 2020. Yet the mission of this groundbreaking recording goes far beyond that. As a survivor of COVID-19 herself and grateful to be alive, she is, more than ever before, celebrating the miracle of life itself.

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New Normal

Acclaimed musician/singer/songwriter Gary Louris has announced his new album Jump For Joy will release on June 4 via Sham/Thirty Tigers. Written, performed and produced entirely by Louris himself, Jump For Joy is his first solo release since 2008’s Vagabonds. Along with the announcement Louris is sharing “New Normal,” the breezy debut single reminding us to live in the present and enjoy each moment we have on this earth.

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Daniel Lanois - Way Down [OFFICIAL VIDEO]

Grammy-winning songwriter and producer Daniel Lanois releases his new album Heavy Sun through eOne, the first release under his new "Maker Series" brand. “We want to lift people’s spirits with this music,” says Lanois. “It’s so easy to feel isolated right now, but we want everyone to feel included in what we’re doing.”

Whether crafting ambient records with Brian Eno, making rock and roll history with U2 and Peter Gabriel, digging into American roots with Bob Dylan and Emmylou Harris, scoring Oscar-winning films and blockbuster video games, or composing his own solo music, 11-time Grammy winner Daniel Lanois has always seemed to reinvent himself with a chameleon-like ease. While Lanois may be best known for his production work on era-defining albums like Joshua Tree, Wrecking Ball, and Time Out Of Mind, he actually grew up on organ records and gospel music, and he cut his teeth as a young man in the studio recording vocal quartets touring their way through Ontario. In the decades to come, Lanois would go on to become one of the most acclaimed studio gurus of the modern era (Rolling Stone declared that his “unmistakable fingerprints are all over an entire wing of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame”), as well as a prolific solo artist (NPR hailed his “brilliant albums of heartfelt songs”), but his love of soul and roots music never left.

Recorded in Los Angeles and Toronto, Heavy Sun fuses classic gospel and modern electronics, mixing gritty, human textures with crisp, digital accents and lush, swirling atmospherics to create a sound that’s at once warmly familiar and boldly unexpected. The arrangements here are spacious and dreamy, anchored by rich, righteous organ topped with airy falsetto and mesmerizing four-part harmony, and the writing is buoyant and soulful to match, tapping into the shared uncertainty of the human condition to offer hope, comfort, and connection at a time when all three run in desperately short supply.

That communal spirit is on full display here, with Lanois and his bandmates—guitarist/vocalist Rocco DeLuca, organist/vocalist Johnny Shepherd, and bassist/vocalist Jim Wilson—showcasing an undeniable chemistry and boundless appetite for sonic discovery that far surpasses the influence of any individual member.

For Lanois, who sang and played guitar in addition to producing the album, that meant taking full advantage of modern recording techniques, slicing and dicing live, improvised performances into discrete songs that could be fleshed out with experimental effects and sci-fi flourishes. Some tracks began life with Shepherd alone on the organ, taking the rest of the group to church the way he did for years at Zion Baptist in Shreveport, LA; others began with a melody or a simple groove played on a vintage beatbox. While Lanois dug deep into the production work, carving up raw material and extracting samples he could weave back into the arrangements, DeLuca (a revered solo artist in his own right) was often in the rear of the studio with the rest of the band, crafting lyrics around inspiring messages of community and resilience. 

“Our goal was to be a force for good with these songs,” explains Lanois. “We wanted to remind people not to let the world steal their joy, to remind them that even during a global pandemic, it’s our responsibility to protect our spirits and find ways to keep on dancing, keep on singing, keep on teaching, keep on loving.”

Stream / Download: Daniel Lanois - Heavy Sun

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Saturday, March 20, 2021

Hayley and the Crushers - Church of Flag (Official)

One More Cup Of Coffee

Tom Jones Shares New Single
"One More Cup Of Coffee"
New Album Surrounded By Time
Out April 23 via BMG

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Ashley Monroe - Til It Breaks (Official Music Video)

Ashley Monroe Releases Official Video For
"'Til It Breaks" From New Album
 Rosegold out April 30

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Thursday, March 18, 2021


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"Don't Tell Your Mom" - Forty Feet Tall (Official Music Video)

Out Now via Magnetic Moon Records

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