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FYI, the NOW! music series continues with NOW That’s What I Call Country Ballads (seriously) or, their alternate title…

NOW That’s What I Call Music for Whoopsily Impregnating Your High School Sweetheart and Then Being Forced to Marry Her by her Mustached Father Who She’ll Call ‘Daddie’ For The Rest Of Your Lives and Eating 95% of Your Meals at Chain Restaurants and Frequently Getting Bright Red Sunburns and also Believing Kenny Chesney is Anything More than a Glorified Karaoke Singer and then Getting Pissed Because Your Wife Weighs Twice as Much as Keith Urban And Isn’t Nearly As Pretty but That’s Okay Because Toby Keith Wrote a Horrendous Song in 42 Seconds About Red Solo Cups That You and All Your Friends Think is Awesome and Get Drunk To While Vacationing in Canada and Talking About High School Stuff That Didn’t Really Happen and Screaming at Sports You Care About For No Reason on Television while Wearing a Collared Shirt with a Large Embroidered Spread Eagle on the Back Screaming Fire Out of Its Beak and at One Time Having Self-Administered Male Hair Highlights and also Considered a Lower Back Tattoo but Instead Settled For a Japanese Symbol That Means “Strengthbitch” and Still Have a Scar from the Time Your Cousin the Hairdresser Double-Pierced Your Earlobe with Ice and a Wire Hanger in the 90’s…

…dropping on January 24th. Again, that’s an FYI.

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Don’t you love it when you stumble upon a myspace music page where the songs have only been listen to a couple hundred times? You never know what you’re going to get. 90% of the time it’s complete crap, 5% of the time it’s great, and the other 5% of the time it shows promise but is pretty rough. But regardless of the outcome, it’s always great to listen to something that very few people on earth have ever heard. That’s part of the reason why we all love working for HearYa. The discovery is half the fun.

Enter Juston Stens. He’s the former drummer for Dr. Dog, and has recently parted ways to work on his own stuff. His myspace page says he’s working on a new EP that’s set to release any second now (maybe it’s already out there). But here’s the good part – he’s working on a full-length album to be released later this summer which is being produced by none other than Dan Auerbach from the Black Keys (Oz just shivered a little – like after a great pee). And get this, it’ll be co-produced by Seth Kauffman of Floating Action (one of my recent favorites).

As Tom Cruise says in Magnolia, get your phasers, get your lasers, get your tasers pointed at Juston Stens. His album is going to be strong to quite strong. In the meantime, chew on this tasty cover he does of a great Floating Action track. And definitely check out his myspace page to stream more tracks before they get out of the triple digits.

Juston Stens – Don’t Stop Lovin’ Me Now (via Everybody Taste)

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TBD Records, home of HearYa favorites Other Lives and White Rabbits, just snapped up another favorite in Port O’Brien. Their new album entitled Threadbare comes out 10/6 and their fall tour dates are below. We’ve been huge fans of Port O’Brien for quite some time and this is like watching my son Teddy head off to Kindergarten.

Van, Cambria and company are some of the nicest people you can meet and we wish them nothing but success on their new venture.

Here’s some info on Threadbare:

As 2009 began, the band started to prepare songs for what was to become threadbare. What started as a light-hearted and loose effort quickly turned into a dense, introspective work following the tragic loss of Cambria’s younger brother. They started recording at their friend Jason Quever of Papercuts’ living room studio in San Francisco. The songs were given a certain warmth and intimacy that couldn’t be achieved in a larger space. The sense of comfort they found gave them the ability to fully realize the weight of the songs. “In the Meantime” explores the desire for contentment in tumultuous times. “High Without the Hope” bookends the album, illuminating the emotion and sense of loss that was felt throughout the recording process.

Sorry. No new tracks released yet. Here are a couple older tunes:

Port O’Brien – I Woke Up Today

Port O’Brien – Close The Lid

Tour dates:
August 14 Haldernm Germany – Haldern Pop Festival
August 16 Leicester, UK – Summer Sundae Weekender
August 17 Manchester, UK – NIght and Day Cafe
August 18 London, UK – Borderline
August 20 Kiewet, Belgium – Pukkelpop Festival
August 21 Erfurt, Germany – Highfield Festival
August 22 St Polten, Austria – Frequency Festival
August 24 Groningen, Holland – Noorderzon Festival
August 25 Utrecht, Holland- Tivoli
September 18 Portland, Or – Mississippi Studios (Music Fest NW)
September 22 Vancouver, BC – The Media Club*
September 23 Seattle, WA – Sunset Tavern*
September 25 Salt Lake City, UT – In The Venue*
September 26 Denver, CO – Hi-Dive*
September 28 Omaha, NE – The Slowdown*
September 29 Minneapolis, MN – 7th Street Entry*
September 30 Milwaukee, WI – Mad Planet*
October 1 Chicago, IL – Schubas Tavern*
October 2 St. Louis, MO – The Billiken Club*
October 3 Indianapolis, IN – Radio Radio*
October 4 Cincinnati, OH – Southgate House*
October 7 Columbus, OH – Wexner Center for the Arts*
October 9 Toronto, ON – Sneaky Dee’s*
October 10 Montreal, PQ – Il Motore*
October 13 Boston, MA – Paradise Rock Club*
October 14 New York, NY – The Mercury Lounge*
October 16 Brooklyn, NY – Union Hall*
October 17 Philadelphia, PA – North Star Bar*
October 18 Baltimore, MD – The Talking Head Club*
October 19 Washington, DC – DC 9*
October 21 Chapel Hill, NC – Nightlight Bar & Club*
October 23 Atlanta, GA – The Earl*
October 24 Nashville, TN – Exit In*
October 27 Dallas, TX – The Cavern*
October 28 Austin, TX – Emo’s Jr. *
October 30 Phoenix, AZ – Modified Arts*

* w/ Sea Wolf and Sara Lov

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Paste Magazine launched a campaign urging readers to save the magazine with donations. The recession has tightened advertiser budgets and they need help to bridge the gap. 75+ artists have donated rare and exclusive tracks to support the campaign.

I don’t know the owners of Paste. Don’t know how well they operate their business or if they are fiscally responsible. While I’m not a subscriber currently, I once was and I do appreciate Paste. Unfortunately newspapers and magazines are distressed (including Playboy) and those in the worst trouble are niche publications. Here’s a short list of magazines that have closed in the past year:

Portfolio
Blender
Best Life
Travel & Leisure Golf
Hallmark Magazine
Domino
Teen
Wondertime
Plenty
Electronic Gaming Monthly
Country Home
Atlanta Peach
Green Guide
PC Magazine
SI Latino
Cottage Living
Play
O at Home
Men’s Vogue
Radar
CosmoGirl
Home
Playgirl
Quick & Simple
Golf for Women
Future Snowboarding Magazine
Games for Windows
Luxury Spa Finder

I mentioned Playboy. Porn and music are similar when it comes to publishing. For most music and porn enthusiasts, I feel that the editorial content is secondary and the real juice is in the audio, video and immediate gratification that online publishing provides (for free). I don’t pay for a subscription to music magazines because I don’t trust the commentary. I may respect the author’s opinion, but I’d prefer to click a play button and find out for myself. I’d expect the same from anyone that reads my drivel.

Anyone have an opinion? Are you planning to donate?

PS – Be on the lookout for the Save HearYa Campaign. We don’t make any money either, but we like it. It buys us beers and stuff.

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Did you hear Ryan Adams just quit cigarettes, blogging, and music? Yes, and music.

January 14, 2009

Ryan Adams just wrote a shocking post on his website.‚  Go there to read the entire stream of consciousness, but here’s how he signed off: maybe we will play again sometime and maybe i will work my way back into some kind of music situation but this is the time for me to step back […]

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