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Snow Patrol, Madison Square Garden Theater March 26

In U.S. A&R on March 31, 2007 at 11:21 am

Indeed Snow Patrol has come a long way since the 1999 CMJ Music Conference in NYC. Singer Gary Lightbody polled the MSG audience of 5000 asking if anyone was present at their Brownies club (now the Hi Fi bar) performance 8 years earlier. He was quick to follow with the humorous spurn,

You’re liars, no one was there.

This evening was different. An attentive crowd of UK/Irish expats, crossover hipsters, Uptown iPodders, and what seemed like weathered faces from the 60s Brit Invasion all gathered to laud the international acclaim won by Snow Patrol. Some 4 million records sold worldwide, Lightbody and crew are gainfully employed and still humble despite their mainstream embrace by ubiquitous media powers such as “Grey’s Anatomy”. Filled with anecdotal stories about the definition of “skint” and Silversun Pickups’ drunk nature, the show was at ease and free of posturing. Complemented by ice fog and soft strobes, generally the experience was one of suspension inside a lofty soundtrack of melodic conformity.

Without fail the band had thousands standing on cue to sing along to “Chasing Cars”, a global hit anthem touting romantic collusion in the vein of Bowie’s “Heroes”. At the song’s close, the music and vocals dutifully dropped out leaving the fans to participate in that all too familiar, collective roar,

If I lay here
If I just lay here
Would you lie with me and just forget the world.

Dave Sardy and Spiderman 3 Soundtrack, Signing to a Major Label is a Crapshoot? Pixie, Nikki Flores, Katy Shotter

In U.S. A&R, UK A&R on March 30, 2007 at 1:54 pm

Dave Sardy (Jet, Wolfmother, Oasis, Cold War Kids) gets credit as producer of Spiderman 3 Soundtrack. Due on Record Collection/Warner Bros May 5. Hipsters are Spiderman fans now and Nickelback left out of this one?

What do YOU make of major record label signings lately? Post your opinion on these signed girls:

16 year old Brentwood, UK’s Pixie (now in studio with writer/producer Bryan Todd and Peter Zizzo). Signed by L.A. Reid’s camp at Island/Universal

18 year old L.A. singer/actress Nikki Flores. Signed by Don Ienner’s Epic peeps before he departed Sony-BMG. Her longwinded video blog. Christina Aguilera or??

20 year old Londoner Katy Shotter. Signed to Matthew Knowles’ (Beyonce’s father) company Music World Entertainment/Sony-BMG after winning contest. Now recording with Bama Boyz, Stevie C, Mick Lister etc.

UK Sony-BMG Artist Robert Bowden in Studio With Producer Mike Hedges

In UK A&R on March 30, 2007 at 1:11 pm

19 year old Hilperton, UK native Robert Bowden is currently recording with veteran producer Mike Hedges (U2, Travis, The Cure).

The Mercury Lounge Is Not Closing, 217 E. Houston St

In U.S. A&R on March 29, 2007 at 1:33 pm

The Mercury Lounge is not closing. Johnny Beach of The Bowery Presents/Mercury Lounge tells us “we are definitely not closing our doors anytime soon.”