Quick Hits & Clips: Wayne Kramer, Murder FM, Justice, Shugo Tokumaru, M83

posted February 24, 2009

  • Wayne Kramer has completed his new solo album and the soundtrack album from the PBS documentary film The Narcotic Farm. Entitled "Lexington" the album will be released this spring. "Lexington" is Kramer's first full-length recorded foray into free jazz. Playing on the album is Dr. Charles Moore (trumpet/arranger), Ralph "Buzzy" Jones (reeds), Phil Ranelin (trombone), Tigran Hamasyan (piano), Bob Hirst (acoustic bass) as well as long-time Kramer stalwarts Doug Lunn (electric bass), Eric Gardner (drums) and Brock Avery (drums). The Narcotic Farm is currently in PBS rotation across the US. Kramer composed the score and narrated the film. Check your local TV listings for air times.
  • Murder FM will be opening select dates of The Used/Saosin tour in March and the Dope tour in April. Their forthcoming release, "Anthems For The Used," is slated for a June 2009 release. The band are currently streaming "Behind The Scenes" studio and interview footage along with the tracks "One Step Closer" and "Die For You" on their MySpace page.
  • French duo Justice will digitally release their overhauled track "Tthhee Ppaarrttyy," featuring Ed Banger artist Uffie, Tuesday, February 24. The song originally appeared on the band's recent live documentary/CD set, "A Cross The Universe," available now. Take a listen to the reworked track.
  • Check out Shugo Tokumaru's new video for "Clocca," directed by Masako Noda.
  • Following a 2008 UK tour with Kings of Leon, their own sold-out North American tour, their recent support slot on The Killers' US arena tour, and their television debut on Late Night With Conan O'Brien, M83 have announced new US dates, including Sasquatch Music Festival. In addition, M83 will perform with the LA Philharmonic in a sold-out concert sponsored by at the Walt Disney Concert Hall March 7th. On March 9th M83 will perform their current single "Kim and Jessie" on Last Call With Carson Daly.