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June 12, 2012EASY STAR'S THRILLAH COMING AUGUST 28
"Let the record be revealed! Easy Star's Thrillah can be pre-ordered now! You can also listen to the first single "Billie Jean" for the next week until June 19 (and download it for free). Check the Fall Tour dates in US and UK. More dates will be announced soon. Check out the teaser video for the record here.
Following up on the hugely successful reggae tribute albums of Dub Side of the Moon (2003), Radiodread (2006) and Easy Star's Lonely Hearts Dub Band (2009) comes the reggae adaptation of the greatest selling record of all time – Michael Jackson's Thriller. The album, titled Easy Star's Thrillah will be released August 28, 2012 (a day before the 53rd anniversary of Jackson's birth). Easy Star's Thrillah brings back several of the reggae stars from previous albums, such as vocalists Michael Rose (Black Uhuru), Steel Pulse, Luciano, Mojo Morgan (Morgan Heritage), alongside the diverse playing of guests Yossi Fine (David Bowie, Lou Reed, Stanley Jordan), Joe Tomino (Dub Trio/Matisyahu), Andy Farag (Umphrey's McGee), and horn tracks courtesy of Israel's highly-acclaimed funk/hip-hop band Hadag Nachash. The album will be preceded by the July 10th digital release of the Billie Jean EP, which includes two album tracks, along with non-album remixes and a dub version.
In selecting Thriller, Easy Star Records co-founder Lem Oppenheimer says, "We've always tackled the greats - The Beatles, Pink Floyd, Radiohead - but while we wanted to take on another huge album, we also wanted to blaze new trails. In Thriller we found those new trails in a number of firsts for the series: the first album by an American artist, the first non-concept album, the first R&B/soul record, as well as the first release from the 80s."
"For me, I was most excited for Thriller," says producer/arranger/guitarist Michael Goldwasser. "I was always more of an R&B/soul and reggae kid growing up and I have an intense personal connection to Michael Jackson's music." As usual, the process initially involved Goldwasser spending a few months on arranging the songs. "Writing the arrangements for this album was a cool challenge. I didn't have to try to make non-dance music into dance music as on our previous albums because the original Thriller is so danceable already, but I needed to find ways to make each song groove in a different way from the original version. I didn't want any of the arrangements to be obvious in that regard." In the end, Goldwasser's arrangements are some of the most interesting in his career.
Now that the hard work in the studio is done, the band is looking forward to bringing this music on the road, adding some dance/pop songs to their already varied sets. The band's live show, which was nominated for a UK Festy Award in 2009, already features tracks from the band's previous three tribute albums, along with original material. An extensive fall tour of the US and UK is already set up (US dates listed below), with more to come over the next year. As the original Thriller album comes up on its 30-year anniversary in November, what better way to celebrate this timeless album than to catch the Easy Star All-Stars perform their reggae-infused versions of this pop masterpiece.
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May 22, 2012ESA TRIBUTE ALBUM RELEASE, CONTEST
The Easy Star All-Stars are releasing a new tribute album on August 28, 2012. Can you guess which album they will cover? Visit the ESA website at easystarallstars.net, where you can vote on which album you think the Easy Star All-Stars will cover. Just by voting, you will get three free downloads, and by sharing from the website on Facebook and Twitter, you can get three more. Voting will be open until the final day, but to be eligible for the grand prize (including the entire Easy Star Records catalog), vote online by June 1st. The full details on the album, including pre-order and fall tour dates, will be revealed on June 12th along with the cover art." More info »
April 20, 2012LIMITED VINYL RELEASE OF WAYS & MEANS 4/21/12
"There will be a limited edition release of a green-vinyl LP version of WAYS & MEANS by The Green coming out Saturday, April 21, for Record Store Day. There were only 1000 copies printed, so hustle to get one. A partial list of participating stores that have ordered copies is below. You can always check in with your local participating Record Store Day indie store and if they don't have it, ask them to order it for you. The record will eventually be available in a broader release in a few weeks, but it'll be first come first serve until it runs out.
Amoeba Records (San Francisco, CA)
Rasputin (Bay Area, CA)
Dimple Records (multiple California locations)
J & R (New York)
Waterloo (Austin, TX)
Street Light (various California locations)
Music Millenium (Portland, OR)
Silver Platters (locations around Seattle, WA)
Sonic Boom (Seattle, WA)
Hot Poop (Walla Walla, WA)
Easy Street (Seattle, WA)
B-Side Music (Seattle, WA)
Zia Records (Arizona)
Independent Records (Colorado)
Fingerprints (Long Beach, CA)
Boo Boo Records (San Luis Obispo, CA)
Cactus (Houston, TX)
Record Archive (Rochester, NY)
and many more! " More info »
April 19, 2012CAS HALEY NEEDS YOUR HELP FOR NEXT ALBUM
"Cas Haley is asking his fans and friends to help him begin recording his next record in July. Working with Pledge Music, Cas is offering fans a chance to get an inside look at the whole process, from demos to rehearsals to recording, while helping to raise funds to actually make it happen. By donating, you will get access to a wide range of exclusives, from signed CDs to signed ukuleles, from a lifetime guest list pass to dinner with Cas or guitar lessons from him, and much more. Plus, you will get access to posts he will be doing along the way - demos, snippets of songs he is working on, video of rehearsals, from inside the studio, and more. He is trying to keep his career and musical vision in his own hands, but he can’t do it without your help. Check out this link for more information: Cas Haley on Pledge Music " More info »
April 10, 2012DUST AND DIRT RELEASED TODAY
"The brand new fifth studio album by The Black Seeds is now available! Look for it at fine record stores or get it at iTunes, Amazon or the Easy Star store. Easy Star is also reissuing most of The Black Seeds' celebrated back catalog today as well, including physical versions of INTO THE DOJO and ON THE SUN, plus digital for those as well as the band's first album KEEP ON PUSHING and THE BLACK SEEDS LIVE: VOL. 1.
You can listen to DUST AND DIRT in full this week on AOL Spinner.
Other iTunes links for back catalog:
Into the Dojo
Keep On Pushing
On The Sun
The Black Seeds Live: Vol 1
http://bit.ly/LiveVolume1_iTunes " More info »
July 13, 2015BACKBEAT SOUNDSYSTEM
& PASSAFIRE TO TOUR UK
Two Easy Star bands are teaming up for the first time for five shows in the UK! dubbed the Reggae S… More »
June 25, 2015 officialTHE EXPANDERS DEBUT
#1 ON BILLBOARD REGGAE
The Expanders' Hustling Culture has impressively debuted at #1 on the Billboard Reggae chart… More »
June 18, 2015 officialTHE EXPANDERS' NEW
RECORD OUT NOW
For more than a decade, U.S. reggae artists have been building a foundation from the Hawaiian islan… More »
April 28, 2015GIANT PANDA GUERILLA …
March 31, 2015NEW KINGSTON RELEASE
February 25, 2015JBB RETURNS WITH
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