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[FREE DOWNLOAD] Nicki Minaj – Monster (Teachers Remix) by wearesme
March 11, 2011, 2:08 pm
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Having already produced a brilliant remix of the original version of Kanye’s Monster, the genius’ that are Teachers have just released a remix with just Nicki Minaj’s killer verse.

The New York band rock out with Nicki on vocals; it really is a piece of brilliant production. And to top it off, it comes as a free download which you can kop by visiting their Facebook page.

SME x

SME RELOAD: [BANGER OF THE WEEK] Kanye West – Monster (Teachers Remix)



[SME INTRODUCING] William Fitzsimmons by wearesme


Who? William Fitzsimmons

Yard? Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, United States

Signed? Nettwerk Records

Sounds Like? Moby

Big Tune? The Tide Pulls from the Moon

Since his first release in 2005 Fitzsimmons has written and recorded songs themed and embossed with matters of family history, intimate disclosure, and bold confession. The rich folk music, ranging from the stark and acoustic to the voluminous and electronic, reflects William’s commitment to addressing what is always pressing and yet all too often ignored.

Fitzsimmons’ path into music came at the influence and education of his parents both of whom filled his childhood home with a myriad of instruments, sing-a-longs, and theoretical instruction. However, far from being a mere pastime in the Fitzsimmons’ household music was a communicative necessity between William and his parents, both of whom being blind relied on the language of music to bridge the relational gap between themselves and a child who experienced the world entirely differently from them.

During his collegiate and post-graduate years Fitzsimmons left music behind in order to pursue a career in the mental health field; becoming a therapist was a long-held aspiration. Upon completion of a Master’s Degree in counselling he worked as a therapist with the severely mentally ill for several years. It was during the latter part of his training that he began to write songs as both a preparative exercise for his work in the psychiatric field and as a personal catharsis to deal with his own long-standing psychological maladies.

His earlier albums, homemade and self-produced, were expositions on both his unorthodox upbringing and his family’s disintegration during his youth. Their understated presentation and overt descriptions of relational and familial disillusionment met quickly and potently with listeners. Very soon thereafter, still working within psychology, William found his songs spreading broadly and being featured on international television programs including Gray’s Anatomy and One Tree Hill. However, the process of such revelatory writing and rumination was taking a gradual and heavy toll and during the making of the ‘Goodnight’ album Fitzsimmons saw most of the segments of his life begin to tear asunder.

Consequently Fitzsimmons’ 2008 release ‘The Sparrow And The Crow’ was a detailed and affective retelling of the events surrounding his divorce from his wife of nearly ten years. Written as a personal apology to her, the album was a foreboding but genuine tale of misfortune and a reconciling of the darkest point of his life and was named iTunes’ Best Folk Album of 2008. Following the release of ‘Sparrow’, William would take a moratorium from songwriting for over two years.

His new album Gold In The Shadow represents a welcomed musical departure, not from authenticity in writing, but in the field of focus. It is a return to his pre-music therapeutic passions, but with one eye now fixated on actual and optimistic change. It is ripe with personal elements, but also represents his first foray into external perspective taking; examining the lives and psychological struggles of those around him in addition to his own. It is an acknowledgement of the shadow self and the Todestrieb (Freud’s “death instinct”); but, even still and more so, an acceptance of hope.

Gold In The Shadow is released on March 21st 2011. Pre-Order on iTunes HERE.

SME x



[SME INTRODUCING] Run Jack Run by wearesme

Left to Right: Maz, Skip, Scout

Who? Run Jack Run is a 3 man band made up of two brothers: Skip & Scout (Singers & Professional Actors) and Maz (Producer/DJ). All music is written, produced, performed, mixed & mastered by RJR.

Yard? North London

Signed? It’s only a matter of time

Sounds Like? Grindie

Big Tune? Howl

Not only are SME proud to call these talented chaps our friends, but we also have the pleasure of hearing the amazing results of their new project Run Jack Run and bringing it to the entourage first.

We’ve been waiting patiently for some time as the boys worked hard on this project; desperate to hear the fruits of their labour. But being the perfectionists that they are, we knew it was going to be worth the wait and they certainly didn’t disappoint, going live today with their new website and material.

Below is their debut music video titled Howl, shot and directed by Rohan Blair-Mangat. Atmospheric, artistic, inspirational. And that’s just the video. The song draws on different emotions through Skip & Scout’s contrasting styles over Maz’s productions.

And as if that wasn’t enough, below are some more snippets of what’s to come from the band:

More Run Jack Run:
Official Website
Twitter
Facebook
Who Is Scout Blog

SME x



[FREE DOWNLOAD] The Strokes – Under Cover Of Darkness by wearesme

Ladies and gentlemen; The Strokes are back!

Today marks the release of the single (their first for 5 years) ‘Under Cover Of Darkness’.  The track is available as a free download for 48 hours only and is taken from their upcoming album titles Angels.

Due for release on March 21st 2011, Angels will be the New York band’s first album since ‘First Impressions Of Earth’ released in 2006.

The single is brilliantly upbeat and has that unmistakable Strokes sound from the off. We can’t wait to jam to this in the summer! Listen and download below.

SME x

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[SME MEETS] Freddie Cowan from The Vaccines *Exclusive Interview* by wearesme

If you haven’t heard about The Vaccines, you must reside under a rock. Coming third in the recently announced BBC Sound Of 2011 Poll, with their single ‘Post Break Up Sex’ released this week and a debut album on the way; The Vaccines are the band on everyone’s lips right now. An incredible achievement from a band who only formed officially in June 2010. Their rise to fame has been a rapid one to say the least.

The London based band was initially formed by Justin Young (vocals) and Freddie Cowan (guitar) with a third member who soon left. They were soon joined by Árni Hjörvar (bass) and Pete Robertson (drums) and named themselves The Vaccines in June 2010.

They released their demo “If You Wanna” in the Summer of 2010 and were immediately championed by Zane Lowe, who awarded it his ‘Hottest Record In The World’ on 18 August 2010.

After playing their first gig in Leicester they embarked on their first UK tour. Their popularity continued to rise and they sold out their first London show, having to turn away 200+ people at the door after reaching capacity at The Flowerpot in October 2010. The likes of Alex Kapranos, Marcus Mumford, and members of White Lies and The Maccabees were all in the audience.

The band then released their debut single “Wreckin’ Bar (Ra Ra Ra)” (only one minute and 24 seconds long) on 29 November 2010 which reached number 157 in the UK Singles Chart.

After securing a contract with Columbia Records, they were signed to play on the 2011 NME Awards Tour, joining the likes of Magnetic Man, Crystal Castles and Everything Everything.

The band released their second single “Post Break-Up Sex” this week which was sat at #19 in the mid week chart.

When presented with the opportunity to speak to Freddie Cowan from the band, naturally we jumped at the chance. We couldn’t wait to hear what he had to say about the bands incredible rise from obscurity and everything that has come with their newfound popularity.

Fresh from a week long trip to America where the band caused a massive stir selling out venues in Manhattan, Brooklyn and Toronto, we spoke to a jet lagged Freddie and here’s what he had to say:

CLICK HERE TO READ THE FULL EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW



[FRESH VIDEO] Two Door Cinema Club – What You Know by wearesme
January 15, 2011, 11:45 am
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Our favourite ‘put a smile on your face’ indie band Two Door Cinema Club have today released the video to their next single ‘What You Know’ taken from their debut album ‘Tourist History’.

The guys aren’t strumming their guitars upside down this time; instead they are firmly upright and joined by a host of beautiful women.

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SME x



[NEW MUSIC] The Glitch Mob – Drink The Sea: The Remixes Vol 1 (Download To Donate For Haiti) by wearesme


Los Angeles electro three piece Glitch Mob have announced the release of Drink The Sea: The Remixes Vol 1 & 2 in support of the Download To Donate for Haiti project. Fans can donate $10 to help rebuild Haiti and get both volumes of the piece on February 12th.

It’s one year since Haiti was devastated by a horrific earthquake that destroyed homes, killed over 250,000 people and changed life forever for hundreds of thousands of survivors. Thus, numerous artists engage themselves in donation activities.

Download to Donate for Haiti is a music subscription that supports the rebuilding effort following the January 2010 earthquake. All music is made available for free download as a thank you to donors. A $10 minimum donation is required. Access to a growing catalog of music from other artists contributing to DownloadtoDonate.org for the entire year is also granted with this donation. Donations benefit Music For Relief which supports nonprofit organizations working on the ground in Haiti.

Check out The Glitch Mob’s contribution below and visit this website to donate.

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SME x




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