2.25-26
Andrew Bird
“Sisyphus” (Loma Vista/CMG)Click Hear for audio sample of AndrewBird-Sisyphus
Bobby Long
“Nautical” (Compass)
Christine and The Queens
“Comme Si” (Because/Capitol)
Currys
This Side Of The Glass (Independent)
Dan Bubien & The Delta Struts
Thieves & Yesterdays (Independent)
Hand Habits “Can’t Calm Down” (Saddle Creek)
JD Simo “You Need Love” (Independent/RED)
Johnnyswim
“Bridges” (BMG)
Jungle
“Heavy, California” (XL)
Lewis Capaldi
“Someone You Loved” (Capitol)
Matt Andersen
“Free Man” (True North)
Rad Trads
On Tap (Independent)
Rebel Hearts
“60 Years Ago” (Independent)
Scott Thorn
Broken Horses (Independent)
Small Feet
“Masquerade” (Barsuk)
Strand Of Oaks
“Ruby” (Dead Oceans)
Sugaray Rayford
Somebody Save Me (Forty Below)
Susto “Homeboy” (Rounder/CMG) Click Hear for audio sample of SUSTO-Homeboy
Them Vibes “Right On” (Independent)
Todd Snider
“Like A Force Of Nature” (Independent/Thirty Tigers)
Way Down Wanderers
“All My Words” (Independent)
X Ambassadors “Boom” (KidinaCorner/Interscope) Click Hear for audio sample of XAmbassadors-BOOM

Concord’s Durkot Retiring; Career Celebration Coming
After 30-years in the business, Concord Music Group VP Promotion Karen Durkot is hanging up all communication devices on March 31, looking forward to a well-earned retirement. To celebrate Durkot’s retirement and career, and especially all the relationships she built over those 30-years, Concord is planning a party for her in New York City on Thursday, March 7 from 7-10 p.m. The event is being held at Hill Country BBQ, 30 W 26th St, NYC and all are welcome. Just RSVP to tori.levin@concord.com. FMQB send congratulations to Karen on her retirement after a notable career!

Daniel Glass Announced As Boulder Keynote
The 2019 edition of the Triple A Conference will return to Boulder, CO, August 7-10, 2019, again based at the St. Julien Hotel and Spa and Boulder’s famed Fox Theatre, and Glassnote Entertainment Group Founder/President Daniel Glass has been announced as the subject of The Keynote Interview, to be held at 4 p.m. on Wednesday, August 7. WFUV/New York PD Rita Houston will conduct the interview. 

Glass, an award-winning label executive, began his career as a club DJ in New York City, before going on to work at labels including SAM, Chrysalis, SBK, Universal and Artemis before founding Glassnote. He has worked with a list of notable artists that, of course, includes Glassnote artists Mumford & Sons, Phoenix and CHVRCHES.

Early Bird Registration is now available for only $269 at fmqb.registration.com and you can reserve your room at the St. Julien at special Conference rates starting at $249 by going to www.stjulien.com and using group code GRPQ86 or calling (720) 406-9696

Cumulus Does Deal With EMF
Cumulus Media has announced that it has entered into an agreement to sell six radio stations to  Educational Media Foundation (EMF) for $103.5 million in cash. Cumulus also announced that it has entered into a swap agreement with Entercom Communications under which Cumulus will obtain three stations in Indianapolis, lifting Cumulus into the leading ratings position in that market, in exchange for three Cumulus stations in two markets.

Mary G. Berner, President and Chief Executive Officer of Cumulus Media, said, “These transactions are consistent with our portfolio optimization strategy and both deals are accretive. The Entercom swap significantly bolsters our competitive position in Indianapolis and the EMF transaction generates substantial cash for debt repayment and investment in other business opportunities.”

Under the terms of the agreement with EMF, EMF will acquire WYAY-FM (Atlanta, GA), WPLJ-FM (New York, NY), KFFG-FM (San Francisco, CA), WZAT-FM (Savannah, GA), WXTL-FM (Syracuse, NY), and WRQX-FM (Washington, DC) from Cumulus for a gross purchase price of $103.5 million. EMF will acquire all transmission equipment and assume all tower leases associated with the stations which collectively contribute approximately $5-7 million of EBITDA to Cumulus annually.

Under the terms of the swap agreement with Entercom, Cumulus will receive WNTR-FM, WXNT-AM, and WZPL-FM in Indianapolis and Entercom will receive WNSH-FM (New York, NY) and WMAS-FM and WHLL-AM (both in Springfield, MA). In connection with the swap agreements, each party will commence a local marketing agreement to program the other party’s stations beginning on March 1, 2019.

The transactions are subject to customary closing conditions, including regulatory approval. Cumulus expects to complete both transactions during the second quarter of 2019.

Peter Jackson To Direct Beatles Doc
Apple Corps Ltd and WingNut Films Ltd have announced a new documentary on The Beatles, made by Academy Award-winning director Sir Peter Jackson. The new film will be based around 55 hours of never-released footage of The Beatles in the studio, shot between January 2-31, 1969. These studio sessions produced their classic album Let It Be, which was eventually released 18 months later in May of 1970, several months after the band had broken up.

The filming was originally intended for a planned TV special, but turned into something completely different, climaxing with The Beatles’ legendary performance on the roof of Apple’s Savile Row London office, which took place exactly 50 years ago.

Jackson said, “The 55 hours of never-before-seen footage and 140 hours of audio made available to us ensures this movie will be the ultimate ‘fly on the wall’ experience that Beatles fans have long dreamt about – it’s like a time machine transports us back to 1969, and we get to sit in the studio watching these four friends make great music together.”

“I was relieved to discover the reality is very different to the myth,” continues Jackson, “After reviewing all the footage and audio that Michael Lindsay-Hogg shot 18 months before they broke up, it’s simply an amazing historical treasure-trove. Sure, there’s moments of drama – but none of the discord this project has long been associated with. Watching John, Paul, George, and Ringo work together, creating now-classic songs from scratch, is not only fascinating – it’s funny, uplifting and surprisingly intimate. I’m thrilled and honoured to have been entrusted with this remarkable footage – making the movie will be a sheer joy.”

Jackson will be working with his They Shall Not Grow Old partners, Producer Clare Olssen and Editor Jabez Olssen. The footage will be restored by Park Road Post of Wellington, New Zealand, to a pristine standard, using techniques developed for Jackson’s recent WWI documentary film. The untitled film is currently in production and the release date will be announced at a later date. This film is being made with the full co-operation of Sir Paul McCartney, Sir Ringo Starr, Yoko Ono Lennon and Olivia Harrison. Following the release of the film, a restored version of the original Let It Be movie directed by Michael Lindsay-Hogg will be released as well.

 

Updated: 2.6.19

1)

Josh Ritter
Fever Breaks
Pytheas/Thirty Tigers
32

2)

Cage The Elephant
Social Cues
RCA
30

3)

Vampire Weekend
Father Of The Bride
Columbia
23

4)

Andrew Bird
My Finest Work Yet
Loma Vista/CMG
20

5)

Better Oblivion Community Center
Better Oblivion Community Center
Dead Oceans
16

Updated: 2.6.19

1)

Sharon Van Etten
Remind Me Tomorrow
Jagjaguwar

2)

Jeff Tweedy
Warm
Independent

3)

Raconteurs
Single Only-Raconteurs
Third Man

4)

Maggie Rogers
Heard It In A Past Life
Capitol

5)

Revivalists
Take Good Care
Loma Vista/CMG

6)

Death Cab For Cutie
Thank You For Today
Atlantic

7)

Nick Waterhouse
Nick Waterhouse
Innovative Leisure

8)

Tedeschi Trucks Band
Signs
Fantasy/CMG

9)

Hozier
Wasteland, Baby!
Columbia

10)

Vampire Weekend
Father Of The Bride
Columbia