Wednesday, September 26, 2007

RADIOHEAD TO ATO -- DONE DEAL? The rumor floating around for about a week or so has been that the ATO/Red Light Management folks have been meeting with the Radiohead team...

Makes sense -- Ron Laffitte, former Capitol A&R exec, is now at the label/mgmt. co., as is Phil Costello, who formerly headed up Capitol's Radio Promo staff...

With Will Botwin, Bruce Flohr and Corin Capshaw heading up the ATO/Red Light team, what better company is there to align with? I mean, aside from doing it all themselves -- they're f'in RADIOHEAD after all!

(**UPDATE: New reliable sources tell us that the deal ISN'T done and Warner Bros. Records is still has their hat in the ring.

Another question - Will the band suffer fan backlash after word gets out about their plans to release their CD with bonus tracks not available as part of their much reported-about 'pay what you want' album download? If we payed ten bucks for the download and have to buy the album all over again to get the extra tracks, we're very happy to punch Thom Yorke in the throat!)

WHAT'S UP AT YAHOO! MUSIC? Rumor has it half the music staff has been handed their walking papers...

Friday, September 21, 2007


Sept 25 - Meiko - Hotel Cafe
Sept 25 - Dead Rock West - Bordello
Sept 26 - Buddy - Bordello
Sept 27 - Fire Rocket Red - Troubadour
Sept 28 - Jim Bianco - Hotel Cafe
Sept 29 - Conspiracy Of Thought - Viper Room
Sept 29 - Miranda Lee Richards & Quincy Coleman - Bordello
Sept 30 - Meiko, Eric Hutchinson, others TBA - El Rey
Oct 2 - Eric Hutchinson - Hotel Cafe
Oct 3 - AM - Hotel Cafe
Oct 25 - Girth (Feat. Dena Deadly) - Temple Bar
A&R RUMORS & RUMBLINGS -- Lots of chatter about TALENTfilter artists Jessie Baylin and Brendan James-- will these two fantastic artists BOTH have deals done before month's end? It's Vervy possible that this will Deccanitely be the case! Rick Rubin is reportedly slashing up the Columbia Records roster he inherited -- we hear Aqualung, Perry Farrell's Satellite Party (receiving regular rotation airplay on L.A.'s KROQ and Indie 103-1) and almost ALL of the hip-hop development deals that had been ...well ...developing, will soon be droppity-dropped if they haven't already. Gossip blogger Perez Hilton is putting on a concert in Los Angeles at the El Rey Theatre on Sept. 30 featuring some of his favorite recently-discovered acts -- the sold-out show will include performances by two unsigned artists who have been having some amazing success on iTunes over the past two weeks --L.A. buzz-girl Meiko and Maryland popster (formerly signed to Maverick) Eric Hutchinson.

Saturday, September 8, 2007

TALENTFILTER ARTIST UPADTES -- Miranda Lee Richards, once signed to Virgin, is reportedly thiiiis close to signing on the dotted line with Nettwerk...L.A.-based bilingual Rockers Monte Negro (formerly called Madrepore) are rumored to have signed with indie Adrenaline Music Group...Atlanta-based singer Sonia Leigh (first mentioned by TALENTfilter over seven months ago) is in L.A. recording a new album with Marshall Altman...Andrew Paul Woodworth, whose Eddy Ate Dynamite LP will be released in early '08 through Rodeostar Records in Europe, will travel from LaLa Land to Germany for a brief promo stint beginning Sept. 17. The buzz is so strong about this album that almost all of the major European publishers are lining up to talk with him (EMI is supposedly the front-runner in this derby). Woodworth is still without a U.S. deal and is actively searching for management...Unsigned Arizona band Obadiah Parker (first mentioned here in February), whose cover version of Outkast's "Hey Ya" is the #6 Folk song on iTunes, has been chosen to perform at the Alternative KEDJ Phoenix "EdgeFest" on Sept. 29...Unsigned/unpublished L.A.-based singer/songwriter Meiko is featured on the front page of iTunes this week -- she's currently got the #1 Folk album on iTunes U.S. and Canada, and she's a Top 20 Roots artist on iTunes Australia. Meiko is currently touring with Brett Dennen, and will have a song featured in the season premiere episode of "Grey's Anatomy".

Saturday, September 1, 2007

UNSIGNED ARTISTS ADDED TO CLEAR CHANNEL "UNDISCOVERED" HD RADIO STATION -- Songs from the following unsigned artists have been added into regular rotation on the Clear Channel "Undiscovered" HD Radio channel: AM Conspiracy, Apartment, Bassboosa, Chris Brady, Cry To The Blind, Dan Mangan, Goldenhorse, Goodbye Sergeants, Ingrid Michaelson, Mexicolas, Nick Hall, Pete Murray, Quincy Coleman, Silver Sun, Steriogram, The:Hair, Transport, Tyrone Noonan, UXL, The Wolfmen, 4LYN.

The station, featuring music from unsigned / up-and-coming artists from around the world, is available for streaming HERE.