28 October 2009

Grant Hart of Hüsker Dü To Tour In Support Of "Hot Wax"


Con D'or Records and MVD Audio are proud to announce the tour of Grant Hart in support of his latest release Hot Wax on both CD and vinyl for worldwide distribution.

'80s alternative rock has gone down in the history of music as one of the most fertile and influential musical movements ever - as judged by the amount of notable bands that would subsequently "follow the leaders." And one of the leading lights of the movement was unquestionably Hüsker Dü. After the group's split, drummer Grant Hart moved out front with guitar in hand, and also handled lead vocals on his solo releases. But Hart has spent the last few years working on Hot Wax.

Joining Hart on the disc is a diverse cast of musicians from Godspeed You Black Emperor, Silver Mt. Zion, and Rank Strangers with the tracks being recorded in both Montreal and Minneapolis. Hart explains:

"The song 'Narcissus, Narcissus' is my first attempt at combining ancient Greek mythology and American rock-a-billy. By merging those influences with an ice cream truck atmosphere I think I have found a style that defines this period of my career. 'You're the Reflection of the Moon on the Water' is one of the most organic rock and roll songs that I have ever written. It's style owes a lot to my devotion for Patti Smith. It was inspired by a comment made by a monk during the selection process to find the next Panchen Lhama, who said of one candidate, 'He is the reflection of the moon on the water but he is not the moon'."

As a member of Hüsker Dü (which also included singer/guitarist Bod Mould and mustachioed bassist Greg Norton), Hart played on such all-time alt-rock classics as 1984's Zen Arcade and 1985's New Day Rising, while constantly criss-crossing the U.S. with legendary explosive live shows. Since Hüsker Dü's split in 1987, Hart has sporadically issued solo releases, and was also spotted as a member of the group Nova Mob. He has found a place and function in visual and dramatic art forms as well. Hot Wax will be Grant's sixth solo release overall.

Thursday, November 5 - Vaudeville Mews - Des Moines, IA - 10pm - 21+ - $6

Friday, November 6 - Record Bar - Kansas City, MO (supporting The Meat Puppets) - 10:30pm - 18+ - $15

Saturday, November 7 - Replay Lounge - Lawrence, KS - 10pm - $3

Sunday, November 8 - Hi-Dive - Denver, CO - 9pm - 18+ - $8

Thursday, November 12 - Silver Lake Lounge - Los Angeles, CA - 8:30pm - $8

Friday, November 13 - Thee Parkside - San Francisco, CA - 9pm - $10

Sunday, November 15 - Hemlock Tavern - San Francisco, CA - 8pm - $7

01 October 2009

Sid! - By Those Who Really Knew Him

An intimate, full-length, 80 minute documentary on Sid's life to mark 30 years since his death. Plus 10 track audio CD, booklet and more!

Odeon Entertainment and MVD Visual are proud to announce the release of Sid! - By Those Who Really Knew Him on November 17th in North America.

This package, the first intimate full-length 80 minute documentary on Sid's life, marks 30 years since his death from a heroin overdose (he was just 21 years old). Many of those closest to Sid speak for the very first time about this true punk icon who burned out, but never sold out.

This brand new documentary, in association with ITN Archive, charts the fall and rise of Sid Vicious from punk's hero to society's cultural icon of the twentieth century.

Sid's short and controversial life is profiled with interviews from Jah Wobble (childhood friend, founder PIL), Steve Severin (Siouxsie and the Banshees), David Vanian (The Damned), Malcolm McLaren (Sex Pistols Manager), Viv Albertine (Flatmate, The Slits), Ron Watts (100 Club), Glen Matlock (Sex Pistols), Rat Scabies (The Damned), Caroline Coon (Writer and Artist), Vivienne Westwood (Sex Designer), Marco Pirroni (Adam & The Ants), John Tiberi (Sex Pistols Tour Manager), and many more of Sid's close friends.

Featuring previously unseen archive footage and filmed in HD, this new documentary provides the most definitive and intimate life story of the punk hero who truly lived his life with chaos and anarchy. Fuelled with a soundtrack of Sid's own music, this is the faithful telling of Sid's life story by those who really knew him.

In addition to the DVD documentary, this special collector's edition includes a 10 track CD of Sid live in New York's, and a biography booklet profile by best-selling music author Mark Paytress.

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