Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Oberhofer Signs to Glassnote!

We are proud to announce our newest addition to the Glassnote family, Oberhofer!

Ever since moving operations from his parent’s basement in Tacoma, Washington to Brooklyn, 20 year old Brad Oberhofer has been carefully honing his own brand of bedroom pop, which is as affecting and genuine as it is naively chaotic.

Charmingly skewed and ramshackle, Oberhofer’s classic, melody heavy indie rock sound manages to meld Brian Wilson sized hooks with expansive instrumentation and kooky, unpredictable song structures. The intense production mixes programmed drums with jittering live percussion and centers his exuberant yelps amongst keys, xylophones, whistles and washes of wall of sound guitar.

Backed with a powerhouse three piece band, Oberhofer has spent the past year touring with bands like Twin Sister, Sleigh Bells, Neon Indian and Bear In Heaven. When he’s not on the road, Brad has finished and self-released a vinyl 7 inch, as well as singles on Inflated Records and White Iris. Having just signed to Glassnote Records, a much anticipated debut album is due for early 2012.

For more information on Oberhofer visit Glassnotemusic.com.

Monday, August 15, 2011

Lollapalooza Photo Blog

Take a look at these pictures Alex took behind-the-scenes with Two Door Cinema Club at Lollapalooza:

MTV, Billboard & Rolling Stone interview the band:

Sidestage at the festival:

A lucky fan meets the band at the FYE/Transworld tent:

Two Door performs at the VH1 You Oughta Know After-Party at the Belve Music Lounge:

Tuesday, August 9, 2011

Adam's Recap of Glassnote's Trip to Lollapalooza!

Another year has come and gone with another Lollapalooza in the books. This year the Glassnote Staff took to Chicago with Irish-born rocker Two Door Cinema Club as they continued to support their debut record Tourist History in the States. The festival served as a warm-up for when the band touches down in September with Bombay Bicycle Club and The Lonely Forest...

We first met up with the guys Thursday night for some authentic Chicago deep-dish pizza at Lou Manatalas. The wait was long, but well worth it and much needed as the guys had been up for about 30 hours straight at this point. Despite the exhaustion Kev still booked it into Chicago’s Beauty Bar for a sold-out DJ Set at 12:30AM. He spun some high energy, high bpm cuts across all different genres to keep Chicago’s natives sweating well into the early hours of the morning. Special thanks to the Beauty Bar for keeping us in the house long after last call and taking great care of us.

Friday morning brought an 11:15AM Lobby Call for the band and staff as we did interviews, took pictures, and played sessions for some of our favorite friends at MTV, Rolling Stone, Spin, AOL, Nylon, Virgin Mobile, Billboard, Sirius/XM, Slacker Radio, WXRT, CD101, The End in Seattle, WLUM in Milwaukee, The Edge in Toronto, WMYS in Milwaukee, and many many more. Despite this grueling schedule the guys collected themselves for an energetic and enthusiastic set on the Sony Stage at 5PM, following what could have been one of the most talked about sets of the day from our friends Foster The People. The crowd grew and grew as the band played on, and a personal highlight for me was seeing the hundreds of people get on each others shoulders as Alex instructed them and lead a huge dance party. It was absolute perfection as we looked on from the stage into the massive crowd of enthusiastic festival-goers.

After the bands’ set they went to their FYE Signing, where fans had lined up for a few hours to say hello, get pictures, and have the band and have their copies of Tourist History.

Later that night the guys played a party at The W Hotel with Fitz and the Tantrums sponsored by Belvedere Vodka. The band and party-goers helped themselves to some free vodka before retiring to the after-after party with our friends at The Hard Rock Hotel. Excitement was raging in the city of Chicago into the wee hours as we all retired to our respective hotel rooms.

Saturday morning brought a more relaxed vibe as the band got taken care of with some free swag from our friends at ADIDAS, BMF Media, Ray Ban, and many more. They had a great lunch with their agency before heading to the legendary Chicago station WXRT for 4 songs and an interview with PD Norm Winer, including a beautiful cover of “Blackbird”. Later that evening the band played a sold out gig at Lincloln Hall with friends Grouplove supporting. It was another amazing, sweaty, but fun set in a very intimate 500 capacity club, the likes of which Two Door Cinema Club have not played in ages. A truly special show for fans and friends alike, with a beautiful custom poster to commemorate the show.

All in all, it was an amazing Lollapalooza filled with both work and play. We wish the guys safe travels back to the UK and anxiously await their return to the US in September. Can’t wait to see them and everyone out at the shows! Make sure to get your tickets now if you haven’t already!

Much festival love,

Friday, August 5, 2011

Intern Update #1

Hey everyone! Claire and Sara here, new interns at Glassnote. It's officially our one-month anniversary at Glassnote and we thought it was the perfect time to commemorate with a blog post. It's been just long enough for the four of us (including intern #3/photoshop-wiz Hannah and intern #4/paper-jam extraordinaire/token male, Drew) to learn the ropes and settle in. We were quickly initiated and have been able to each focus on the departments of interest to us. There has been so much to learn from already as the new GIVERS video for "Up Up Up" was released, tours have been put into motion for Two Door Cinema Club, Royal Bangs, and GIVERS, and a number of publications from Rolling Stone to Billboard have featured Glassnote artists.

We've already had some surprise guests here in the office (did you see our twitter picture of Winston from Mumford & Sons? He catches on quick), and had an office trip to hang out at Village Voice’s 4Knots Music Festival, it was so much fun! Music-related things aside, another really awesome part about working at Glassnote is our location....right next to Sprinkles. They're pretty delicious but we've heard nothing compares to our very own Jenna's infamous cupcakes!

We’re looking forward to seeing a few of our bands live as they come through New York in the next few months. Two Door Cinema Club will be at Terminal 5 on September 15, and then GIVERS and Royal Bangs in October! It will be interesting to experience what goes on in the office at Glassnote during those busy times, and we're excited to welcome the bands here at home-base.

Keep checking back to read our updates over the next five months! We'll be talking about our favorite GN moments and unofficial “Life as a New Yorker” experiences, and once a month letting you in on events we're looking forward to. Check out August:

All of August - Royal Bangs in Europe
All of August - GIVERS on tour in Europe and US
Aug 4 - Claire’s Birthday!
Aug 5 - Two Door Cinema Club and Glassnote at Lollapalooza!
Aug 28 - MTV VMA’s - Mumford’s “The Cave” is nominated!

NY Happenings:
Every weekend: Brooklyn Flea
All of August - Restaurant Week (some food for thought: shouldn’t it be called Restaurant Month?...)
Aug 5-7 - NY Yankees vs. Red Sox
Aug 7- Last day of the Alexander McQueen exhibit “Savage Beauty” at the MET
Aug 13 - Summer Streets
Aug 29 - U.S. Open begins

Aug 1 - Surfer Blood at the Mercury Lounge (free!)
Aug 2 - Sufjan Stevens at Prospect Park
Aug 3 - NGHBRS, Anarbor, Valencia at Highline Ballroom
Aug 4 - Man Man, Crystal Castles, and Glass Candy at the House of Vans (for free!)
Aug 7 - Friendly Fires, Cults, The Naked and Famous at Central Park (free!)
Aug 8-9 - The Kills, The Pains of Being Pure at Heart, & A Place to Bury Strangers at Terminal 5
Aug 10 - Bon Iver at Prospect Park
Aug 10 - Band of Horses at Hammerstein Ballroom
Aug 11- SNOWMINE in the Rocks Off Concert Series
Aug 11 - Foster the People, Cut Copy, and Midnight Magic at Prospect Park
Aug 11 - Deer Tick and Dom at Hudson River Park’s Pier 54 (free!)
Aug 12 - The Dear Hunter and O’Brother at the Knitting Factory
Aug 13 - Bob Dylan and His Band at Nikon @ Jones Beach
Aug 18 - Against Me! and Tokyo Police Club at House of Vans
Aug 21 - Valient Thorr, Pentagram, and JEFF the Brotherhood at Le Poisson Rouge
Aug 27-28 - Afro-Punk Fest with Cee Lo Green, Janelle Monae, Das Racist, Bad Rabbits, Gym Class Heroes, Santigold, and more at Commodore Barry Park (free!)
Aug 31 - Bright Eyes at Willamsburg Waterfront

Album releases:
Aug 2 - Reptar “Oblange Fizz Ya’ll” EP
Aug 2 - Arcade Fire “The Suburbs” Deluxe
Aug 9 - Pepper Rabbit “Red Velvet Snow Ball”
The Horrors “Skying”
Aug 29 - Bombay Bicycle Club “A Different Kind of Fix”
Aug 30 - Beirut “The Rip Tide”
Butch Walker and the Black Widows “The Spade”
Red Hot Chili Peppers “I’m With You”
The Static Jacks “If You’re Young”
Hella “Tripper”

Movies & TV:
Aug 1-5 - Shark Week
Aug 4 - Jersey Shore Premiere
Aug 10 - The Help starring Emma Stone and Viola Davis
Aug 12 - Thirty Minutes or Less starring Jesse Eisenberg and Aziz Ansari
Aug 19 - One Day starring Anne Hathaway and Jim Sturgess
Aug 26 - Our Idiot Brother starring Pull Rudd, Elizabeth Banks, Zooey Deschanel, Emily Mortimer, Hugh Dancy

Aug 5 - National Mustard Day :)

Do you guys know of any cool events happening that we didn’t list? Please let us know so we can add them and hopefully see you there! This is our first blog post but be prepared for many more to come, and let us know any comments or questions we can try to answer!

-Sara & Claire

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Tuesday, August 2, 2011