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Paul McCartney’s McCartney

On April 18, 2020 one of the greatest solo debuts in rock history, Paul McCartney’s McCartney, will receive a special 50th anniversary release in a limited-edition half-speed mastered vinyl pressing for Record Store Day.

Originally released in April 1970, one month before The Beatles’ swansong Let It Be, McCartney saw Paul getting back to basics. Writing every song and playing every instrument (with backing vocals from Linda McCartney), the eponymous album represented a creative rebirth, bursting with new ideas, experiments, playfulness and freedom. Sonically, McCartney’s bare-bones home recording aesthetic imbued the album with an authentic lo-fi spirit, a much sought after sound that continues to retain a contemporary edge 50 years on.

In contrast to the professional difficulties that came with the demise of the world’s most iconic band, Paul was personally enjoying the contentment of family life as a newly married father. In a Q&A released at the time, Paul described the theme and feel of the album as, “Home, family, love.” This is obvious from the opening notes of Lovely Linda throughout the album, with tracks like Every Night and Man We Was Lonely musing on how much Paul’s life had improved—and nowhere more poignantly than on the tour de force Maybe I’m Amazed. Paul’s timeless tribute to Linda would be recognized as one of contemporary music’s great love songs, and remains a staple of Paul’s live set to this day, never failing to inspire tears of joy with its refrain of “Maybe I’m a man in the middle of something that he doesn’t really understand. Maybe I’m a man. Maybe you’re the only woman who can ever help me. Baby won’t you help me understand”.

Linda’s presence is also felt in the album’s iconic artwork: the front cover’s bowl of cherries photographed by her on holiday in Antigua, and the back cover’s portrait of Paul with daughter Mary as a baby, photographed on the family’s farm in Scotland where some of the album was also written.

50 years and counting, McCartney offers an incredible insight into the mind of one of the world’s greatest ever songwriters. The homespun spirit of the album and Paul’s taste for experimentation capture a unique moment in time: The very first steps of an unparalleled solo career that has seen Paul McCartney release decades worth of critically acclaimed commercial blockbuster albums including RAM, Band on the Run, Venus and Mars, Tug of War, Pipes of Peace, Flowers in the Dirt, Flaming Pie, Memory Almost Full, NEW and most recently 2018’s #1-charting Egypt Station.

The 50th anniversary Record Store Day limited edition of McCartney was pressed from a master cut by Miles Showell at half speed using the original 1970 master tapes at Abbey Road Studios. It was made as a vinyl specific transfer in high resolution and without digital peak limiting for the best possible reproduction.

Mat Kerekes “Diamonds” and North American Tour

Toledo, OH singer-songwriter Mat Kerekes has shared “Diamonds”, the anthemic second single off his forthcoming solo album, expected later this year. The track is available to stream and download starting today HERE. Kerekes also released a surreal music video for the song, directed by Johnny Chew. Watch it HERE.

Best known as lead vocalist of celebrated alt rock band Citizen, Kerekes presents his softer side and showcases his versatility as a singer-songwriter on his new solo material. Incorporating elements of pop and alternative, his upcoming album boasts massive choruses, dynamic arrangements, and infectious melodies.

Last December, Kerekes announced his signing to producer Will Yip’s Elektra Music Group sub-label Black Cement Records and shared the single “Ruby”, his first new solo music since 2016’s Lune & The Wild Blue Everything. The song is available to stream and download now HERE. Kerekes’ forthcoming album will follow Tigers Jaw’s heralded 2017 album Spin as the label’s second release.

Later this month, Kerekes will hit the road on a North American tour that will kick off on February 28 in Cleveland, OH and wrap on March 29 in Chicago, IL. Jetty Bones and Jacob Sigman will provide support. Tickets for the tour are available now. A complete list of upcoming live dates and ticket information can be found HERE.

Mat Kerekes North American Tour Dates:

February 28, 2019 – Cleveland, OH – Mahalls

March 01, 2019 – Pontiac, MI – Pike Room

March 02, 2019 – Toronto, ON – Hardluck Bar

March 03, 2019 – Buffalo, NY – Mohawk

March 05, 2019 – Boston, MA – Sinclair

March 06, 2019 – New York, NY – Mercury Lounge

March 07, 2019 – Philadelphia, PA – Everybody Hits

March 08, 2019 – Washington, DC – Songbyrd

March 09, 2019 – Carrboro, NC – Cat’s Cradle

March 10, 2019 – Atlanta, GA – The Masquerade

March 12, 2019 – Orlando, FL – Soundbar

March 13, 2019 – Tampa, FL – Crowbar

March 15, 2019 – Dallas, TX – House of Blues

March 17, 2019 – Houston, TX – House of Blues

March 19, 2019 – Phoenix, AZ – The Rebel Lounge

March 20, 2019 – San Diego, CA – House Of Blues

March 21, 2019 – Los Angeles, CA – The Echo

March 22, 2019 – San Francisco, CA – Bottom Of The Hill

March 25, 2019 – Salt Lake City, UT – Kilby Court

March 26, 2019 – Denver, CO – Larimer Lounge

March 28, 2019 – St. Louis, MO – Off Broadway

March 29, 2019 – Chicago, IL – Beat Kitchen

Anuel AA to Release Album

The rumors are true. Notorious Latin trap superstar Anuel AA, will be released from prison on July 17th, 2018 and although he is behind bars, that hasn’t stopped him from recording and coordinating a top-secret album launch for the day of his release: July 17th, 2018. If you are reading this, please re-read the previous sentence and emphasize on “top-secret”, as the element of surprise is crucial for this album’s strategy. With no pre-sale and no promotion building up to the momentum of the album’s release, Anuel is so confident of his new production that he decided to coordinate the premiere as a surprise to his loyal fans for supporting during these past two years. His first solo album, titled “Real Hasta La Muerte”, will be available worldwide across all digital platforms and with invited guest artists like Ozuna, Wisin, Zion and Ñengo Flow, Anuel is ready to prove he is the leading figure of this successful Latin trap movement.

Anuel initially caught the crowd’s attention for his violent and strong sexual lyrics. As his career started taking off with millions of views on YouTube for his appearance in songs such as “La Ocasion”, “Nunca Sapo” and “Tu Me Enamoraste”, Anuel was arrested in 2016 with a gun charge. With millions of followers across all social platforms, endorsing the controversial #FreeAnuel movement, Anuel has gained even more digital popularity during his imprisonment than he could ever imagine possible. While being incarcerated, Anuel has received 7 Latin RIAA certifications, including Platinum for his singles, “Sola (Remix)” and “47”, Double Platinum for, “Ayer”, Gold for his collaboration with Farruko in “Liberase”, amongst others.

“Real Hasta La Muerte” is not only the album’s name, but also his signature catch phrase. Produced by multi-platinum and Latin Grammy nominee, Chris Jeday, alongside Gaby Music and other key producers, the album is varied in content, without dismissing his acclaimed, grimy flow over a trap beat. Although he refuses to stay away from explicit content, with this album, Anuel also intends to project himself as a bit more mainstream, and to do so, he has included a couple of commercial, club bangers and radio friendly tracks.

Stay tuned to all of Anuel’s social media accounts and website more information.

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