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Ruby Isle's "Teenage Riot" and more Music News

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- We get a lot of press releases. We get lots of music. We got lots of invites. And lately we have been getting a lot of eCards. We appreciate all of it, but what we most appreciate is when something rules. Not only does Ruby Isle's version of the classic Sonic Youth tune, "Teenage Riot" rule, but so does the bio that describes the band (after the jump).

- Snoop Dogg is getting no love in the UK and wont be able to play with P. Diddy because the Brits won't give the Dogg a visa. Maybe they frown upon airport brawls?

- During SXSW Slash played a few secret gigs, but the best by far was when he joined Perry Farrell and Tom Morello for some Jane's Addiction tunes. Music Plus TV has excellent video of Aint No Right, and Mountain Song. Navarro better watch his back.

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- The Hold Steady have announced their plans to return to the US en route to Bonnaroo and will be stopping into LA on 5/31 at the El Rey.

- Henry Rollins and Janeane Garofalo are teaming up with stand up comic Marc Maron for something called It's Not a Play and There's No Music. Maybe it's an hour of Rollins and Garofalo making out while Maron cracks jokes? Now that we'd watch. NY gets six nights of whatever it is and LA gets six nights too (4/24-4/29, Silent Movie Theatre), for your pre-Coachella yuks.

- Electronic Arts has now formed a record label. Hey EA, how about producing a half decent football game? You've been hurtin since Madden '98. And there still isn't a baseball game worth playing. Get in the game!


Ruby Isle bio:

After finishing art school, Mark Mallman quickly developed a successful career as a solo artist, touring the US and Europe. His brand of over the top, piano rock has left crowds exhausted around the world. He’s also widely known for "MARATHON 2", the “longest song in the history of rock”, the performance of which clocked in at 52.4 hours in fall of 2004.

Meanwhile, Geller went on to start the indiepop label Kindercore Records and in 1999 created the band I am the World Trade Center. Dan and his partner Amy Dykes also toured the world with their fun and catchy brand of electronic pop. Their high energy shows have been responsible for more than one arm crossing indie kid learning how to dance (and likely hooking up in the process).

As time changed technologies, Dan and Mark both found themselves attempting to combine styles. When drummer Aaron Lemay, a tattooed punk/prog rocker with a distain for electronic music, heard the demos, he is quoted as saying “I can’t let you two fools attempt this madness alone.” He immediately joined the band. This final element merged Mallman’s arena rock ridiculousness with Geller’s electronic meticulousness. A Frankenstein was birthed, and 10 years worth of ideas became RUBY ISLE, in honor of the 79 cent, second run Movie Theater where they grew up.

The result is the merging of the alcohol and sweat drenched Mallman glam, with the dance pop production Geller became known for in IATWTC, and the up-tempo punk rhythm of Lemay. These combined musical backgrounds overlap delightfully in an off-center cover of Sonic Youth’s “Teenage Riot”. The bratty pessimism of “Into the Black” is an updated homage to 80’s post-punker, Howard Devoto. The glue that holds Ruby Isle together goes beyond hooks that don’t let go (most evident on “Atom Bombs” with its infectious “Na Na Na” sing-along chorus) – this is a three-way pact of friendship till the bitter end.

“We are the rock band Nostradamus predicted, the party band of the apocalypse, but you call us RUBY ISLE.”

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Ruby Isle "Teenage Riot" (live)