Sunday, October 25, 2009

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Jack’s Mannequin to Release Dear Jack EP

Posted: 25 Oct 2009 09:30 AM PDT

October has been a busy month for singer/pianist Andrew McMahon. The and Jack’s Mannequin artist has been touring and releasing lots of new material. He just announced a partnership with Stand Up To Cancer by participating in its programming beginning in December 2009.  andrew

The Stand Up To Cancer initiative aims to raise awareness and bring about an understanding that everyone is connected by cancer. The group has raised more than $100 million for cancer research through television events, private and corporate donors, Major League Baseball stadiums, and public donations.

McMahon is also set to release the Dear Jack documentary on Nov. 3, chronicling his personal fight against leukemia. The film is a DVD release, but has screenings in NYC, Chicago and LA. NYC and LA sold out.

In addition to the film, McMahon is releasing an EP titled The Dear Jack EP Nov. 3. It will be available on iTunes and features: “Dear Jack,” “Diane, the Skyscraper,” “There, There Katie,” and “Swim (Music Box).”

A limited-edition “Swim” art book, which includes artwork created by friends and fans of Jack’s Mannequin that became a prominent part of the “Swim” music video will be released on November 3 as well. ”

A portion of the proceeds from these products will go to The Dear Jack Foundation — the non-profit charitable organization dedicated to funding cancer research that McMahon founded in 2006.

Currently, McMahon is on a solo tour in support of Dear Jack.

Jack’s Mannequin: website | myspace | interview 2009 | @ midland theatre | @ sokol underground | interview with pt. 1 | interview with pt. 2

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Say Anything 20th Anniversary Edition Release

Posted: 25 Oct 2009 08:30 AM PDT

Do you remember when…

Lloyd Dobler lifts a boombox over his head beneath his love Diane CSayAnything20anniversaryourt's window, pouring his heart out through Peter Gabriel's timeless hit:

"In your eyes
The light the heat
In your eyes
I am complete
In your eyes
I see the doorway to a thousand churches
In your eyes
The resolution of all the fruitless searches…

Experience the iconic film scene all over again (or even for the first time) when Say Anything 20th Anniversary Edition arrives on Blu-ray Disc and DVD on November 3. Starring , Ione Skye and John Mahoney, and with an eclectic soundtrack featuring the classic "In Your Eyes" by Peter Gabriel as well as "Cult of Personality" by Living Colour, "Taste the Pain" by , "Stripped" by Depeche Mode and more, it is a must-have for movie and music lovers alike!

Say Anything 20th Anniversary Edition: amazon

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Grizzly J and The Only Survivors @ Main Street Cafe, Kansas City MO

Posted: 25 Oct 2009 07:30 AM PDT

The Main Street Café is a beautiful venue and was the perfect setting for a local show. It's kind of like a large living room, full of comfortable couches and dim chandelier lights. It really makes the show more personal for fans.

opened the night to a slightly empty room, however that didn't damper his spirits. Hanly was well-dressed in a cardigan with his acoustic guitar.

No need for a backup band with a voice like his. Hanly's voice is soft and easy to listen to next to the strum of his guitar.

Next, Dylan Pyles gets on stage, with quite a few people crowding the front. Pyles is accompanied by a banjo player which compliments his rough, spoken style of singing.

This solo project, which sometimes includes his friends, has a trace of folk to it.

His singing is somewhat the White Stripes/-esque. Pyles is interesting and unique, but not something one could listen to for more than a song or so.

After a longer than usual sound check, Flight Design took the stage.

This local Christian band from Blue Springs was entertaining and reacted with the crowd well.

It was hard to pay attention to them after the first two songs. They're catchy but at the same time sound sort of like every other catchy band.

Despite minor setbacks such as a bad amp and chord, The Only Survivors put on a show.

This indie Lawrence band is made up of five very talented musicians.

Out of all the bands, The Only Survivors had the only females- lead guitarist and vocalist .

After the delays for technical problems, they only had a couple songs left. They rocked those two songs.

The Only Survivors play again at the Granada on Nov. 3 with Evergreen Terrace and I definitely plan to attend. Hopefully this show will turn out better for them.

Headlining the evening was Grizzly J Berry (GJB).

This local Blue Springs band was off the wall crazy, one of the best bands I've seen lately.

GJB also had a few technical difficulties; lead guitarist/vocalist Brandon Price broke his guitar strap and a string.

After borrowing a guitar from another band, GJB was at it again.

They're hard to explain, sort of like their own genre. More like a mix of crazy progressive/experimental/indie rock.

GJB uses lots of effects throughout their entire set, hardly taking a break between songs. They had a guest accordionist, Nathan Kenny, to join them onstage for as well.

I recommend this band to anyone that has the chance to go see them.

Band info:
: myspace
Dylan Pyles: myspace
Flight Design: myspace
The Only Survivors: myspace
Grizzly J Bear: myspace

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