Thursday, April 24, 2008

The Envy Corps release 1st album, but leave U.S. tour.


The Envy Corps, who come from Iowa, are one of the best new acts of 07-08. They've recently made a big fan base in Europe which is why they left the Eisley U.S. Tour which just started this month. They've been playing shows over the last year in England with Editors, The Hoosiers, and now get to play some shows with The Courteeners in London.

Some good news for U.S. fans the Envy Corps first full length album (Dwell) will be out in the states next Monday April 28th. Their single Story Problem is available on iTunes right now.  

Watch this awesome interview with the band..

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Newton Faulkner Has a Few Laughs in Minneapolis..

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All by himself up on stage Newton Faulkner finds a way to make all sorts of sounds with his guitar. Faulkner is now 23 and comes from Surrey, England. Supposedly he's had the dreadlocks since 14. I would definitely call him a storyteller, describing many of his experiences with covers. He never really knew any covers and certainly didn't play any covers before he struck into media world, where he was forced to play his hit song along with a cover for every appearance he made. My favorite bit was when he asked a radio station if he could play a Kings of Leon version of Dream Catch Me. Of course Faulkner gave us a preview, I got a kick out of that. Now Newton has two famous covers that he performs during most sets in, Bohemian Rhapsody(Queen) and Teardrop(Massive Attack). I give his performance 2 thumbs up and enjoyed that he got crowd participation and played in the middle of the crowd. My guess is he'll be on tour with Dave Matthews or Jack Johnson very soon.

Newton's first full length album is due out in the U.S. next Tuesday, April 29th.

Newton Faulkner Official Website / Myspace Page

More photos of the show on My Flickr Page

Opener was Jessie Baylin the 24 year old folk/soul singer-songwriter from L.A. This was the second time seeing her(the first was with James Morrison), much improved sound at the Varsity Theater..

I give you Newton's Encore, one of the greatest songs of all time...

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