October 2011

Emil & Friends "Prescriptions" Video is Shot in Bali and Features Unreleased Track "Let Your Heart"

Emil & Friends "Prescriptions" Video is Shot in Bali and Features Unreleased Tra

Emil & Friends have released the first (of many) videos from their debut full-length "Lo & Behold". Shot on location in Bali, Indonesia, "Let Your Heart / Prescriptions" features an unreleased track as director Michael Lawrence takes you on a winding spiritual tale through a place far far away from here. And the film was blessed by a Balinese high priest.

"Based on a year of experiences in a foreign land driving motorbikes, climbing mountains and drinking out of plastic bags Prescriptions / Let Your Heart is a cathartic meditation that some how found its way perfectly linked, accentuated and embodied by the music of Emil. Blessed by a high Balinese priest and cleansed in a river bath after many a drunken escapade, the only description that can come to mind is Rwa Bhineda - "the balance of good and evil". - Michael Lawrence.

"Lo & Behold" is out now -- preview it, buy it and consume here.

Bear Hands Release Daytrotter Session

Bear Hands Release Daytrotter Session

Bear Hands make phenomenal records, their live show is one of our favorite gigs to see, but when they hit the studio for a live session we get the best of both worlds.

In 2009 we fell in love with this band via their first Daytrotter session. Now they've returned to do a handful of album cuts. Grab the whole Bear Hands Daytrotter session here.

Tour Dates after the jump.

Cantora Does CMJ 2011 Party @ Bowery Electric Friday, Oct. 21st

Cantora Does CMJ 2011 Party @ Bowery Electric Friday, Oct. 21st

Another year and we're back at it. Same folks bring you the party, different slew of bands we think are some of today's best, same venue. The official Cantora CMJ 2011 Party is going down on the 21st of October -- that's a Friday cause we want you to rip with us and then sleep in.

This year we're doing things differently though, its lean, mean, and it is
FREE ENTRY for everyone and anyone. You don't need a badge or money in your pocket.

Here are the details:

Cantora Does CMJ 2011

Bowery Electric on Friday, October, 21st

Emil & Friends

Slam Donahue


The Echo-Friendly

7pm - Midnight

Free Entry throughout the night (no-badge necessary)

Open Heineken Beer Bar from 7-8pm

We hope to see you there!

Cantora Labs + Smartlounge at CMJ 2011

Cantora Labs + Smartlounge at CMJ 2011

We've been hard at work for the past year putting together the next phase of Cantora. To kick things off we'd like to introduce a new member to the family: Cantora Labs.

For now, we must keep a lid on the details, what we can say is that it is a first-of-its-kind venture poised to connect the music ecosystem (fans, artists, and businesses) with the emerging ecosystem of music tech startups. Technology changed music forever in year 2000. In year 2011, we are going to return the favor. We are not evangelists for the future of this music industry. We believe in shaping a new music industry, with new rules, new players, above all -- a new ethos. Over the years we have met many folks with a common vision. Join us. Music and tech will be one.

Visit the Cantora Labs site to sign up for announcements -- we will be rolling out details over the coming months.

To coincide with the introduction of Cantora Labs we are throwing a 2-day music + tech concert experience like no other at CMJ 2011.

Cantora Labs, in association with smartwater®, is proud to announce the smartlounge at CMJ 2011. An event bridging the gap between music and tech by fusing the two in an entirely unprecedented, totally immersive physical and digital live music lounge.

Featuring performances from Dum Dum Girls (Acoustic), Dom, Unknown Mortal Orchestra, Ill Fits, Small Black, AraabMuzik, The Stepkids, Slam Donahue, Little Red, and Gotye, and interactive turntable.fm DJ sets from Ayad of Passion Pit, Nancy from LCD Soundsystem, Amrit from Stereogum, Andy Rourke of The Smiths, Fred Wilson of Union Square Ventures, Talib Kweli, Naveen Selvadurai from Foursquare and more!

Unique interactive products from our partners at Spotify, turntable.fm, Sonic Notify, exfm, Milk Made, Soundcloud, FanBridge, ReverbNation, 8Tracks, Root Music, OK Venue, Gobbler, Root Music, and Plus Music will power the process of showing attendees how tech can enrich their music experience.

RSVP Here + Details after the jump.

Emil & Friends Debut "Lo & Behold" Out Now!

Emil & Friends Debut "Lo & Behold" Out Now!

We are proud to announce the Emil & Friends debut full-length is on the streets. Called "Lo & Behold", let Emil & Friends guide you through 11 songs of electric pop elegance. It has been months in the making, we're excited, we would like you to share these feelings with us.

Stream "Lo & Behold" At AOL SPINNER

Download "Crystal Ball" at My Old Kentucky Blog

Buy It!

Emil & Friends hits NYC's very own CMJ Music Marathon next week:


Friday, October 21st:
Cantora Records Showcase @ Bowery Electric

Saturday, October 22nd:
Baeble Music Showcase @ Spike Hill

Saturday, October 22nd:
Deli Magazine Showcase @ The Delancey

Emil & Friends Drops "Crystal Ball" Single

Emil & Friends Drops "Crystal Ball" Single

Emil & Friends are giving you the goods this Tuesday, October 11th with the release of their debut full-length "Lo & Behold". In the meantime, get the hydraulics going to "Crystal Ball':

CMJ Dates:

October 21st: 11pm - Cantora Official Showcase @ Bowery Electric
October 22nd: 7pm - Baeble Music Showcase @ Spike Hill
October 22nd: 1am - Deli Magazine @ the Delancey