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The Eraser (XL Recordings / Beggars Group Canada)
Release Date: July 11, 2006

* XL Recordings / Beggars Group are very pleased to announce the world-wide signing of Radiohead vocalist Thom Yorke and the release of his debut album, ‘The Eraser’.

* Featuring nine all-new tracks written by Thom, ‘The Eraser’ is produced by the Grammy nominated Nigel Godrich (Radiohead, Pavement, Beck, Paul McCartney),

* ‘The Eraser’ is packaged in an accordion-style fold wallet CD and on 180 gram vinyl with a special debossed cover.

* A video for ‘Harrowdown Hill’ will be serviced to all regular video outlets.

* The lead track ‘Black Swan’ (an edited version to be serviced to radio) is featured in the closing credits of the new Richard Linklater film, ‘A Scanner Darkly’ which opened on July 7, 2006.

* In Canada, Radiohead has had three consecutive Number 1 chart debuts on Soundscan. In fact, their most recent albums, ‘Hail To The Thief’, ‘Amnesiac’, and ‘Kid A’ (all certified platinum), have averaged first week sales in excess of 45,000 units. The band has scanned in total more than 1.2 million albums nationally!

"...you could argue the band would benefit from embracing the economy and minimalism at work (and play) in these cuts, which tend to be more songlike and straightforward than some Radiohead fare, despite their techno leanings. So when you get down to it, you don't have to know why Yorke made The Eraser. You can just be glad he did." - Winnipeg Sun

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Among the highlights are two songs fuelled by the piano and Yorke's plaintive, astonishing vocals: The opening title track and the noisier, clattering 'Analyse'. Also worth a listen are the hip-hop and blues-infused 'Black Swan' -- with some rare guitar accompaniment -- and the buzzing 'And It Rained All Night', awash in watery synths and a big bass line." - Toronto Sun


"Thom Yorke lance un album sans Radiohead. Rare tête-à-tête avec le leader d'un groupe de génie attrapé au vol lors de son plus récent passage en ville, qui nous confie ses tourments, ses envies et ses obsessions." - Voir Magazine (Montreal) Read the full interview HERE

"Splicing analog-synth-pop cohesion ("Atoms for Peace") with minimal-techno corrosion ("The Clock"), The Eraser tentatively suggests dance music rather than fearlessly indulging in it -- the opening title track boasts a piano riff begging for a house remix, but instead comes off like an echo of a rave heard through the headphones of the person sitting next to you on the subway. It's not until the electro-noir prowler "And It Rained All Night" that the sparks fly; amid a disco-ball refraction of clicks and cuts, Yorke busts a move to the time-bomb-tick of urban paranoia...." - Eye Magazine (Toronto)

"Thanks to producer Nigel Godrich, Yorke's frayed-nerve falsetto is clearer and more central than it's been on any Radiohead album since OK Computer. The spare melodies and bleeps-and-loops approach result in chillingly direct songs." - Now Magazine (Toronto)


Links:

www.theeraser.net
www.xlrecordings.com
www.beggarsgroup.ca

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ImPeach My Bush (XL Recordings / Beggars Group Canada)
Release Date: July 11, 2006

* The self-made, do-it-yourself mistress of the dirty lyrical classic, Canada’s own Peaches, is back with a new platter of profanity, entitled ‘ImPeach My Bush’.

* Recorded in Laurel Canyon and co-produced by Peaches, dirty P shacked up with everyone and their mama to record this mammer-jammer of a record, including Joan Jett, the Gossip's Beth Ditto, Queens of the Stone Age / Eagles of Death Metal dude Josh Homme, Hole/Mötley Crüe/Eagles of Death Metal drummer Samantha Maloney, and her one-time roommate Leslie Feist.

* Production duties fell upon Miss Nisker herself, as well as Mickey Petralia (Beck, Ladytron), with some help from Greg Kurstin (played and recorded with Beck, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Mathew Sweet, Jane’s Addiction, Ben Harper, Ben Moog and others).

* Press coverage for the release is extensive: the cover of NOW Magazine Toronto, features in Discorder, Chart, Stylus, FAB, and earshot, as well as key international support.

* Peaches opened a series of North American shows for Bauhaus and Nine Inch Nails in June, including the 24th at Toronto’s Molson Amphitheatre. She is not set to headline her own tour in July and August, including a full tour through Western Canada.

* Playing live with a band for the first time, Peaches is joined by Samantha Maloney (ex-Mötley Crüe//Eagles Of Death Metal) on drums, guitarist Radio Sloan (ex-Courtney Love), and JD Samson from Le Tigre on keytar and sequencing.

* A video for the lead single, “Boys Wanna Be Her” is currently in production and will be serviced to media outlets including MuchMusic, MusiquePlus, and BPM:TV.

* Recording sessions with Josh Homme, Joan Jett and others launching on YouTube.com, iFilm.com and Google Video.

"On her latest electro-jacked raunchy rock 'n' roll opus, polymorphously perverse princess Peaches covers the following themes, in chronological order: the impeachment of bushes (both her own and the douchebag leading the U.S. into the ground), fucking, well-hung dudes, sexual aggression, tough-ass broads idolized by all genders, "going downtown," Heidi Fleiss, the aphrodisiacal powers of watching two guys get it on, clitoral stimulation, fucking, being a "bad girl," slippery dicks, givin' 'er, gettin' it, being wet and "[sticking] it to the pimp."" - Now Magazine (Toronto) Read the full story HERE

Links:

www.impeachmybush.com
www.xlrecordings.com
www.peachesrocks.com
www.beggarsgroup.ca

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Versions (ESL Music / Beggars Group Canada)
Release Date: May 16, 2006

* Versions is the brand new remix package from Washington D.C’s unstoppable duo of Rob Garza and Eric Hilton, known the world over as Thievery Corporation.

* Available in a double fold out CD digipak with bold purple content sticker, Versions includes 17 all-new dubbed out reworks by Thievery Corporation, plus a brand new original track featuring reggae legend, Sister Nancy.

* Features reworkings from a diverse group of artists such as Transglobal Underground, The Doors, Astrid Gilberto, Sarah McLachlan, Wax Poetic feat. Norah Jones, Bebel Gilberto, Anoushka Shankar, and many more.

* Versions is the follow-up to 2005’s ‘The Cosmic Game’ (top 5 Soundscan Electronic album), and their third mix album, after the hugely successful ‘Outernational Sound’ and ‘Abductions And Reconstructions’ packages.

* One of the most important and well-loved artists in the world of electronic music, the entire Thievery Corporation catalogue is consistently among the Beggars Group’s best-selling titles.

Links:

www.eslmusic.com
www.beggarsgroup.ca

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Release Date: January 24, 2006 (Matador Records / Beggars Group Canada)

* ‘The Greatest’ (Matador Records) the hotly anticipated new release from Cat Power, is her first collection of new music since 2003’s enigmatic ‘You Are Free’ which debuted at No. 1 on Billboard's Heatseekers chart. Limited first-edition digipak comes with hidden bonus track.

* The album, not a greatest hits, is a brand new studio offering recorded at Ardent Studios, Memphis. Producer Stuart Sikes previously worked with Cat Power on ‘What Would The Community Think’, and has scored numerous credits, including The White Stripes and Loretta Lynn’s latest, Van Lear Rose.

* The album's players are a bonafide All-Star team of Memphis musicians, including Al Green’s former collaborator, guitarist Teenie Hodges, who assembled his brother Leroy "Flick" Hodges and David Smith on bass, Rick Steff (keys), Jim Spake on sax and trumpter Scott Thompson, amongst others.

* A video for ‘Living Proof’ directed by Harmony Korine, has been serviced to MuchMusic and MusiquePlus prior to release.

* The Cat Power catalogue is one of the best and most consistent in the Beggars Group stable, with combined North American sales approaching 500,000.

"While the title is misleading (this is not a greatest-hits collection), she delivers a knockout blow with this batch of blue-eyed alt-soul. It ranks among Cat Power's best." - Victoria Times-Colonist

"Cat Power’s latest release The Greatest is all about Muhammed Ali’s renowned rope-a-dope style. Back on her heels, she draws us in to investigate a recording that is far less rock and all about roll. Just as we are lulled into her 1970s Vaseline- lens-diffused world she sneaks out a little of that rock and knocks our socks off. Chan Marshall, who is Cat Power, has created a sweet and smoky musical ride well-spiced with the talents Memphis has to offer... It is indeed quite great." - The Coast (Halifax)

"Fans of Chan Marshall's fragile sound have been biting their nails in anticipation of the next round of heartbreak pop songcraft to follow 2003's fantastic You Are Free. The wait was worth it. This 12 cut CD recorded with legendary soul session men from Al Green and Booker T & The MG's reinvents alt-rock's poster girl as a blue-eyed Southern soul singer ('Living Proof'), modern country rocker ('Could We') and romantic balladeer ('Where Is My Love')." - Vancouver Province

"'Living Proof' bounces along like Fiona Apple in a slightly better mood. The romantically expectant 'Could We' has the sort of slinky guitars you'd expect from the guy who co-wrote 'Take Me to the River', along with ripe horns and a lazy, almost Band-like groove. 'Empty Shell' moves to the porch with its fingerpicked guitar and down-home fiddle. 'After it All' ambles to the bluesy tinkle of a barrelhouse piano and a whistle borrowed from Roger Miller. Simply put: Marshall has made her most consistent and commercial disc -- and without compromising the essential elements of her sound... The Greatest could easily be the best work she's done so far." - Winnipeg Sun

Links:

www.catpowerthegreatest.com
www.matadorrecords.com
www.beggarsgroup.ca

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Mr. Beast (Matador Records / Beggars Group Canada)
Release Date: March 7, 2006

* Mr. Beast, Mogwai’s brand new longplayer, the first album of new music since 2003’s ‘Happy Songs For Happy People’, is a return to their first, true love - Rock with a capital "R".

* Available in three unique imported configurations: a Limited Edition CD with 40 minute DVD in a hardbound book, a double gatefold vinyl LP, and a single CD.

* Recorded in the band's own Castle Of Doom studios in Glasgow, "Mr Beast" is produced by Tony Doogan, who helmed "Happy Songs. . ." and was the engineer on "Rock Action".

* Containing 10 tracks, Mr. Beast is a departure from their quiet-loud/quiet-loud style. Though there are still hints aplenty of the subtle beauty that adorned big chunks of 'Rock Action' and 'Happy Songs...’, there is an equal portion of headcrushers on this one.

* To aid in the volume, the track "I Chose Horses," features guest vocalist Tetsuya Fukagawa (of Japanese
hardcore band Envy) and a keyboard contribution from composer/arranger Craig Armstrong.

Links:

www.mogwai.co.uk
www.matadorrecords.com
www.beggarsgroup.ca

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