TALENTfilter ARTIST UPDATE!Brendan James has his recently-recorded self-titled debut EP featured in the 'What's Hot" section (on the FRONT PAGE) of the U.S. iTunes Store. Seriously. This guy's the next (better-looking, less-irritating) James Blunt.
The story has it that he was signed by Dan MacCarroll and Andy Slater at Capitol in 2005, recorded a record that he (Brendan) wasn't completely happy with, some back & forth went on, Capitol merged with Virgin, Jason Flom released him from the deal, he took the buy-out money and recorded a brilliant set of songs with Mikal Blue and there's a whole new buzz building around him. This is just what we hear. What do we know.
New York label weasels can check him out August 2nd at the Living Room. L.A. weasels have to wait till August 23rd at the Hotel Cafe.
Unsigned/unpublished singer/songwriter Meiko has had a busy few weeks -- the glowing review by our blogger-in-arms Perez Hilton sent her MySpace plays up over 50,000 per day last week. Her most recent gig at the Hotel Cafe sold out, Yahoo! Music has placed two of her songs into HEAVY rotation on three of their LAUNCHcast Radio stations, and SIRIUS Satellite Radio has officially added "Piano Song" into regular rotation on their tastemaker "Left Of Center" station. Meiko will play at the Living Room in NY on August 5th and at Mo Pitkin's on August 6th, followed by a KCRW-sponsored August residency at the Hotel Cafe in L.A. every Wednesday of the month.
A Fine Frenzy, signed to Virgin, has reportedly garnered a publishing deal with Warner Chappell. The group, featuring singer/songwriter Alison Sudol, is on the road with Rufus Wainwright and Sean Lennon in support of the debut album, One Cell In the Sea.
L.A.-based RAWKERS Five Finger Death Punch, first tipped in February and soon thereafter scooped up by The Firm for management AND label duties, just released their debut album, The Way Of The Fist. The band will embark on a 20-date "Family Values" trek across the U.S. on August 3rd. Their album-release show at the Roxy in L.A. was SICK -- metalheads young and old will dig these guys. TALENTfilter holds the horns high for FFDP! (**UPDATE: According to StreetPulse, The Way Of The Fist is the #1 Active Rock Sales Debut this week)
Andrew Paul Woodworth, who recently licensed his latest Eddy Ate Dynamite LP to European indie label RodeoStar, has been in talks with several Stateside labels about releasing the album on this side of the Atlantic. The singer, who was once tipped by legendary Led Zeppelin bassist John Paul Jones as being, "...the best lyricist I have ever worked with", has also been approached by publishing companies in Europe, the UK and in the U.S. Not familiar with his music? Check the MySpace page. Live in L.A.? Catch him live at the Mint on Aug.25. Woodworth is currently seeking management as well. Congrats are also in order for Andrew -- he's getting married this weekend!