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Premiere: Air Marshal Landing – “You Used To Be Me”

Air Marshal Landing by Mike Weidelich

Lost In The Sound is honored to premiere Canadian indie rock band, Air Marshal Landing‘s debut album, You Used To Be Me. The three piece independently are releasing the record on June 4th after more than three years of writing, re-working and recording. In the Fall of 2011 the band travelled to Gibsons in British Columbia to record the album at The Farm Studios with Nygel Asselin. Watch their humorous public announcement of the LP here.

From the band about the album, “You Used To Be Me is a product of three great friends, ones that like to try and make our three-piece band sound closer to a 10-instrument assault. You’ll also find some subtle genre hopping over the course of the record. Must hop! Can’t stop!”

The album although primarily revolving around the indie rock genre, also draws in a variety of different musical stylings making the album an enthralling experience. Listen to Air Marshal Landing‘s You Used To Be Me below with our exclusive stream of the album in its entirety. If you want to pre-order the album you can do so on iTunes here and download their earlier releases on Bandcamp. Tell us what you think about the album in the comments below, and check out their FacebookTwitter and website for more information!

Giveaway: Sir Elton John’s New Memoir Love Is The Cure

Over the past five decades, Sir Elton John has inspired and entertained millions with his songs and performances, selling over 250 million records worldwide. He’s received countless Grammy Awards, knighthood from the Queen of England, been inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, and to this day, still owns the record for the best-selling single in Billboard history with “Candle In The Wind 1997”. Today marks the start of a new chapter in the celebrated artist’s career with his new memoir Love Is The Cure‘s publishing through Little, Brown and Company. In it, Elton discusses very personal details about his life and his struggles with fame, drugs, and most importantly, his ongoing quest to fight AIDS.

Today, I’m also very glad to announce a special giveaway between Lost In The Sound and Little, Brown and Company. To support Elton and his organization, the Elton John AIDS Foundation, we are giving away three copies of the new book to readers from either the US or Canada (sorry, no PO boxes!).

We’ll be doing a random drawing in two weeks (July 31, 2012) to decide on three winners who will receive one copy each. How do you enter?

  1. Like us on Facebook for one entry.
  2. Follow us on Twitter for one entry. You can enter the contest twice by liking us on Facebook AND following us on Twitter.
  3. THEN send an email to giveaway@lostinthesound.com with a link to your Facebook or Twitter so that we can match you. If you do not want to enter using Facebook or Twitter, you can simply email giveaway@lostinthesound.com and you will be given one entry.
  4. On July 31, three winners will be emailed to obtain mailing information. Winners must be in the US or Canada and cannot have a PO box.

You can read more about the book below via press release.

For the first time ever Elton John tells his own intensely personal story. Filled with exclusive details about his relationships with famous friends like Elizabeth Taylor, Freddie Mercury and Princess Diana, LOVE IS THE CURE (Little, Brown and Company/July 17, 2012/ISBN: ) is a truly revelatory look at one of the world’s most beloved singers and songwriters.   LOVE IS THE CURE is a deeply personal account of his life during the era of AIDS and an inspiring look at what we must do to bring the epidemic to an end.

In the 1980s, Elton John saw friend after friend, loved one after loved one, perish needlessly from AIDS. In the midst of the plague he befriended Ryan White, a young Indiana boy ostracized by his town and his school because of the HIV infection he had contracted from a blood transfusion. Ryan’s inspiring life and devastating death led Elton to two realizations: His own life was a mess. And he had to do something to help stop the AIDS crisis.

Since then, Elton has dedicated himself to overcoming the stigma of AIDS and finding a cure. For the past 20 years he has done this through the Elton John AIDS Foundation, which has raised and donated $275 million to-date to fighting the disease worldwide. With powerful conviction and emotional force, Elton conveys the personal toll AIDS has taken on his life, and his infinite determination to stop its spread.

Elton John says, “This is a disease that must be cured not by a miraculous vaccine, but by changing hearts and minds, and through a collective effort to break down social barriers and to build bridges of compassion. Why are we not doing more? This is a question I have thought deeply about, and wish to answer-and help to change-by writing this book.”  Sir Elton John’s first book is a deeply personal account of his life during the era of AIDS and an inspiring look at what we must do to bring the epidemic to an end.

The sale of Love Is the Cure will benefit the Elton John AIDS Foundation. The Elton John AIDS Foundation (EJAF), founded in 1992, has raised $275 million to fight the AIDS epidemic and help those affected by it. EJAF has supported hundreds of projects focusing on marginalized, stigmatized, and at-risk populations in 55 countries. EJAF is one of the largest AIDS grant-making organizations in the world, and the largest in the UK.

Premiere: Dominic Serendip – “Live Lucid (Pt. I)”

Today, Lost In The Sound is extremely excited and honored to premiere a brand new song from two-thirds of upcoming hip-hop trio THEBLKHANDS. “Live Lucid (Pt. 1)” features two-thirds of the group and is the final single from Dominic Serendip‘s debut album Live Lucid, set for release in early July. The track is produced by ILLA, who also produced THEBLKHANDS’ first single with Big K.R.I.T. The group’s 2nd single, which features Smoke DZA & Fenix, will be out very soon.

Both Dominic and ILLA are on point on “Live Lucid (Pt. 1)”, which serves as an introduction to Dominic’s lifestyle and philosophy. Living lucid, as he describes it, is being able to live out your dreams and to create your own destiny. As he tears up ILLA’s masterfully constructed strings with verse after verse, it’s clear that he lives what he preaches: Dominic’s passion for his music and his desire to make his dreams come true shine in his rhymes and because of that, I’m glad to have a chance to premiere the track today and be a part of his lucid dreaming. Give it a listen for yourself below.




Contest: Jane’s Addiction Autographed Guitar

I don’t know how many of you are fans of alternative rock pioneers Jane’s Addiction, but we’ve teamed up with the band for a unique contest. To celebrate the release of their new album The Great Escape Artist, the band’s first in eight years, the band will give to one lucky fan a Paul Reed Smith SE Custom 24 guitar signed by Perry Farrell, Dave Navarro, Stephen Perkins, and Chris Chaney, as well as a copy of the new album (out now via Capitol Records).

Jane’s Addiction dominated the Los Angeles rock scene of the late 1980s and early 1990s, becoming one of the first alt rock bands to achieve mainstream success worldwide before breaking up for the first time in 1991. Whether or not you are a fan, this is your chance to win a piece of the band’s storied history.


Lost In The Sound Sessions: Nocturnal Me – “Love Is A Lie”


Dave Melillo of Nocturnal Me performed his band’s new single “Love Is A Lie” acoustically for us in a brand new Lost In The Sound Session. In his take of the song, Dave strips down the electric and funk influences of the original, leaving only his guitar and voice. It’s strikingly honest and a very personal take on the original track. Nocturnal Me’s new EP Two Faced will be released on July 19th via Apparition Records. You can preorder the EP here.

If you enjoyed this session, be sure to check out Nocturnal Me’s websiteTwitter, and Bandcamp. Dave is also scheduled to perform the entire new EP live via Stickam tomorrow (the day of the EP’s release) at 9pm EST.


Contest: All Time Low Ticket Giveaway

Pop rockers All Time Low are currently gearing up for their “Gimme Summer Ya Love” Tour in support of their new album, Dirty WorkWe’ve partnered with the band to give a pair of tickets away to one fan on each date of the tour. Five of these winners will then also receive a copy of Sims Generation, which includes “I Feel Like Dancin'”, the first single from Dirty Work.

All Time Low will be joined by The Starting LineCartelMayday Parade and a number of other bands. Interested?

Enter the contest here. The contest ends July 20th and the tour begins on the 25th, so act now.

Contest: Rise Against T-Shirt and Signed Album

To foster charity work in the community, Rise Against is holding a contest to find out what their fans doing to help out. The band will be selecting 50 of their favorite entries and donating a t-shirt to the Los Angeles Youth Network under each winners name. The winners will also receive a free t-shirt and signed copy of Endgame from the entire band.

To enter, visit our contest page here and fill out the information near the bottom of the page. The band will be selecting winners on June 23.

Lost In The Sound Sessions: Hailey, It Happens – “Brighter”

Chris Cleary and Bobby DiBari, the duo behind eletropop band Hailey, It Happens, performed their single “Brighter” acoustically in our newest Lost In The Sound Session. Their album Aurora (read our review here) was released independently on April 5, 2011 and was mixed by Paul Levitt (The Dangerous SummerAll Time Low). You can stream the entire album over at the band’s Purevolume page.

If you enjoyed this session, be sure to check out their FacebookMyspace, and Twitter pages. Aurora is available for purchase via Bigcartel or iTunes, and will be pressed onto vinyl via Collective Confusion Records.

Lost In The Sound Sessions: The Great Valley – “Dirty Work”

Today we are very excited to bring you an exclusive Lost In The Sound Session with The Great Valley, who performed their new single “Dirty Work” acoustically. Their new album Ruthless was released independently on March 1, 2011 and can be purchased from iTunes here.

Film Credit: Matt Reamer

Looking For Alaska Update and New Demo

Calvin Lauber, lead guitarist of Looking For Alaska, has provided us with an exclusive insight into the band’s recent experiences, their new sound, and their upcoming full-length debut album. You can check out a brand new demo titled “Psalm Of A Pharisee” below.

Calvin: “So, basically since you guys last heard from us, we’ve done a whole lot of stuff. Done a lot of touring, including Chicago, St. Louis, and Nashville, which were all super awesome. But biggest in LFA camp is that the last few months we’ve really been cracking down on finishing our new album. This summer we are going into the studio with Tyler Orr at First Street Studios. He’s recorded some of our favorite bands, such as As Cities Burn,CopelandSo Long Forgotten, and more, so needless to say we are super excited. The new stuff, as you’ll be able to hear in the new demo, is a bit darker and heavier. This record is definitely going to be heavily influenced by bands like ThriceCirca SurviveAs Cities Burn, stuff like that. The new record doesn’t have a title yet, but we’re going to start recording at the end of july, so hopefully the record will be out this fall. If you dig the demo, and you liked our last EP Everything We All Wish We Could Be, we have hope that you will dig the new album too! If you want to help us out the biggest thing you can do is just show a friend (or two or more) our band. That would mean the world to us.

Thanks for reading guys, we love you!”

“Psalm Of A Pharisee” indeed carries a much heavier sound than the music on the band’s debut EP Everything We All Wish We Could Be, which was riddled with more catchy and poppy guitar riffs. Give it a listen above.