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All-Star Adam Schlesinger Tribute Album ‘Saving For a Custom Van’ Benefits COVID-19 Relief

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Billboard is reporting that the late Fountains of Wayne singer Adam Schlesinger’s friends and musical colleagues are remembering the prolific, wildly talented songwriter with a tribute album benefitting COVID-19 relief. The 31-track Saving for a Custom Van, out today on Father/Daughter Records & Wax Nine and available exclusively on Bandcamp, features Schlesinger’s collaborators, tour mates, friends and fans offering up their versions of songs from throughout the Fountains of Wayne singer/songwriter’s expansive career.

Schlesinger, who died on April 1 at age 52 due to complications from COVID-19, is honored by Crazy Ex-Girlfriend co-creator/executive producer and star Rachel Bloom, who reworks FoW’s most beloved song, “Stacy’s Mom” into a jazzy cabaret track. The album also features comedian Sarah Silverman teaming with Ben Lee for a folky take on “Way Back Into Love” from the 2007 movie Music and Lyrics.

Other contributors include FoW guitarist Jody Porter covering “Four in the Morning” from Schlesinger’s other band, Ivy, while Letters to Cleo’s Kay Hanley takes on the power pop nugget “Radiation Vibe,” Motion City Soundtrack do “Dip in the Ocean” and Nada Surf take a “Sick Day.” All proceeds from the album will go to the MusiCares COVID-19 Relief Fund, which is helping music industry community members affected by the coronavirus pandemic. Click here to purchase the album.

Check out the track list for Saving for a Custom Van below and listen to Hanley’s “Vibe”:

Apex Manor – “Utopia Parkway”

Tanya Donelly and Gail Greenwood – “Undertow”

Jeff Rosenstock – “Please Don’t Rock Me Tonight”

Kay Hanley – “Radiation Vibe”

Ben Lee and Sarah Silverman – “Way Back Into Love”

Remember Sports – “Just the Girl”

Rachel Bloom – “Stacy’s Mom”

Christian Lee Hutson – “Red Dragon Tattoo”

Sad13 – “A Fine Day For a Parade”

Jack Dolgen – “What’ll It Be”

Motion City Soundtrack – “A Dip in the Ocean”

Field Mouse – “Valley Winter Song”

Cheekface – “That Thing You Do”

Lucy Stone – “I’ve Got a Flair”

Nada Surf – “Sick Day”

Jody Porter – “Four in the Morning”

Suzy Shinn and Charlie Brand – “All Kinds of Time”

Ted Leo – “Everyday”

Potty Mouth – “I’ve Got A Feeling”

Cocktails – “Sink to the Bottom”

Bree McKenna – “Our Twisted Fate”

Ethan Eubanks – “Troubled Times”

Ali Koehler – “Hackensack”

Charly Bliss – “Pretend to Be Nice”

Julian Velard and Alex Dezen – “Michael and Heather at the Baggage Claim”

HUNNY – “Tess Don’t Tell”

Mikey Erg – “Hey Julie”

Off Book and the Family Band – “Come On”

Prince Daddy & The Hyena and Just Friends – “Mexican Wine”

Lisa Prank – “Little Red Light”

Joshua Stoddard – “Survival Car”

As reported in Billboard.

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No1 Showcase: The Art Of David Hicks

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David Hicks is a photographer who is just as interested in the behind-the-scenes stories as he is in the stories themselves. A true photojournalist, Hicks aims to capture every aspect of waking life.

Whether that be everyday activities on the streets of Cuba to the passionate and dynamic tango culture in Buenos Aries, Hicks will be there to experience it and share it. He says of his tango collection: “The Tango, a now-popular dance between a man and a woman, started in its current form in the mid-1800s, after a massive migration to Argentina, mostly by men. Because men outnumbered women by quite some number, the only way for a man to get close to a woman was via a brothel or by dance. The men practiced together, as you’d have to be a great dancer to get a woman’s attention. So, this very sexual dance you see now was born out of the reality for men in those old days. Nowadays, you see it performed often, usually on the street corners of Buenos Aires, with live musicians or a pre-recorded soundtrack, and they do it for the tips!”

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No1 News: The Mad Game Embark On Their Latest Rage Against The Machine

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It can always be a struggle when you music possesses such a crucial and pertinent message and yet you’re blocked by the damning limitations of ‘going under the radar’ – electronic animated anarchists ‘The Mad Game’ know this all too well.

The band’s debut EP, ‘Player One’, is a righteous middle finger to what they describe as ‘The Mad Game’ – the absurdities in society that have been integrated as the status quo – after tangling with governments, security services and local mafia. Their message of outrage and vitriol is a potent one found across the EPs five tracks – a mere morsel of their true potential – and is certainly enough to make listeners pay attention.

The trio’s soundscape is an eclectic one: the righteous indignation of the best punk music married beautifully to the jarring and skittish landscapes of the best electronica. The lead track, ‘Game Over ‘, in particular makes a phenomenal first impression to the animated anarchists with members Sonu, Karla and Sonya giving their respective inputs to this chilling three-pronged attack. What these newcomers nail best is their sincerity.

It’s hard to take such a venomous assault from someone you don’t genuinely believe has lived through the horrors that they detail – The Mad Game give off no such illusion. What you hear is authentic and those unaware of the band’s craft will soon learn to such things. It makes for a truly gripping and inspiring experience.

This is not a project that anyone should overlook regardless of their tastes; thoughtful, well crafted and genuine music. Not something 2021 receives in surplus.

Follow The Mad Game below: Twitter: https://twitter.com/MadGameOfficial Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/madgameofficial/ Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/artist/25Aqc6ubzXLDlNUw6qYV35 Bandcamp: https://madgameofficial.bandcamp.com/ Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCUhBz3vBndOL6fV__qTn-qQ

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No1 Finds: Tunetables – A Stylish Solution To Music Storage

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“The Tunetables idea was borne,” says Rob Chappelhow, the man behind a range of ingenious new storage solutions, “out of a personal desire to have my music collection around me once again.”

That’s something all of us record-collector’s can empathise with. Now, I’ve banged on before about how, for many of us, digital streaming doesn’t cut it. Streaming services are great, but for a large number of us hard-core music fans, we want something we can hold in our sweaty hands, right? But, once you have all those lovely records, where do you put them?

Flat-pack shelving is fine, but it’s hardly inspiring. That’s where the Tunetables range comes into its own. More words from Rob Chappelhow, who explains that the idea came to him during a visit to  the Joe Strummer Archive exhibition in the basement of Fred Perry’s flagship store in Covent Garden – “Set out under an acrylic plinth was Strummer’s personal tape cassette collection…his musical heritage and inspiration perfectly showcased.”

It was totally spellbinding. I soon started to conceptualise how I could create my own version of this…a personal time capsule of life-affirming music. I wanted something that could be inherently useful, something that I would see and use every day, and that would be a talking point for like-minded music enthusiasts.”

And lo! Tunetables was born… What Chappelhow has done is to take brand new music-equipment flight-cases (the type we are well-used to seeing lugged around by roadies and musicians) and turn them into hand-crafted storage solutions for your CDs, tapes and vinyl. It’s a wonderful idea and, most importantly, they look great. As mentioned, each case is built by hand, and can be personalised with your own initials (or whatever you fancy). Storage ranges from 100 – 500 for CDs, 30 – 60 for tapes, and 75 for vinyl. That’s not a bad amount at all. I can see a lot of people going for this, from pro and semi-pro musicians to plain music-lovers such as myself. This is modern design with an old-school aesthetic. Check them out for yourself!

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