Yoko Ono Releases ‘tUnE-yArDs as YOKO’

In 2010, Yoko Ono performed several shows with the Plastic Ono Band and special guests. At the Orpheum in Los Angeles, Iggy Pop, Mike Watt, Thurston Moore, Kim Gordon, Perry Farrell, RZA, Lady Gaga, Carrie Fisher and Joseph Gordon-Levitt paid tribute to Yoko, performing songs from throughout her career.

Yoko also invited a young group she had recently fallen in love with: tUnE-yArDs, whose breakthrough album, Whokill, was still a year away. tUnE-yArDs wowed the audience and famous guests, updating the original 1972 lyrics of Yoko’s “We’re All Water.” Yoko loved their performance and urged tUnE-yArDs to record the song for this benefit single, second in a series of 10″ records, each with a different artist performing Yoko songs.

Merrill Garbus of tUnE-yArDs described the project: “Getting familiar with Yoko’s vast body of work has been a true education for me. When it came time to choose one of Yoko’s songs to cover, and then later one to remix, I had the opportunity to delve into the ground-breaking, punk-before-punk, radical, brave and brilliant work she had done, album after album. More musicians should learn Yoko’s history as a songwriter and performer — she’s been light years ahead of us for decades.” Yoko replied: “Merrill, Thank you for giving your love to “We’re All Water.” It’s incredible!”

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Also included is tUnE-yArDs’ remix of Yoko’s song “Warrior Woman,” an out-take from the Plastic Ono Band’s “Feeling The Space” album (1973). The remix is a sneak preview of a 2nd volume of the critically acclaimed Yes, I’m A Witch to be released later this year, featuring re-inventions of ONO’s catalog by an eclectic group of cutting edge artists.

The 10″ records are a limited edition of 1000 copies. On the flip side of each is a Yoko etching.

Profits from the records, and 100% of income from the downloads (at http://www.ChimeraMusic.com) are being donated by Yoko, Tune-yards and Chimera Music to the Rockaway Waterfront Alliance, who have been doing great work for one of the areas hardest hit by Hurricane Sandy, providing emergency food and shelter, and helping families and businesses get back on their feet.

On downloads purchased from iTunes in the U.S., iTunes is also donating their share of income to the cause. Thank you iTunes.

Danko Jones: Bring on the Mountain DVD is a Must See

Seems like every band has a documentary about them these days. Some of them are riveting and some of them are just merely lame promo videos. But, lately it seems like efforts from everybody like Foo Fighters to Kings of Leon to Lemmy have produced fascinating looks into the lives and trappings of being in a band.
Well, add Danko Jones to the list of must see DVD’s. (check out a preview here). We here at PMM got a special preview and fell in love with the doc and Danko Jones’ music.
Bring on the Mountain keeps your attention from beginning to end and has some truly introspective and honest moments.
How Danko Jones built their rep and tackled the business really will take you aback, especially the way things happen on the fast and furious track of social media today. Artistic differences, producer problems, collaboraters, tours all over the world, studio shots, lyrical insight, Spinal Tap moments, every element one craves for in a visual history of a band is there. One of our favorite quotes has to be, “We’ll leave the saving the world to Bono” when talking about how they just want to rock and entertain. It’s amazing that DJ has the amount of video archives to draw from over their 15 year career. We cannot stress enough how much you need to check the doc out.

Canadian rock phenomenon DANKO JONES’s DVD collection, Bring On The Mountain, is in stores now and definitely worth picking up if you are a fan of DJ or just a fan of music. The two-disc DVD features a comprehensive 90 minute documentary spanning the band’s incredible career, including a slew of exclusive live clips from some of their most memorable performances from around the world. In order to give their fans the best viewing experience possible, the band has blended the greatest clips and moments captured on video throughout their career—forming the outstanding DVD that rabid DANKO JONES fans have been clamoring for. Shot by the Diamond Bros., the documentary offers a unique insight into the ups and downs of one of the hardest working bands around today.

An extra special treat for fans comes in the format of a short film titled The Ballad of Danko Jones. Based on Danko Jones’ most recent video trilogy, the film features actors Elijah Wood, Selma Blair, Ralph Macchio, Jena Malone, musicians Lemmy (Motorhead), Mike Watt (Minutemen, fIREHOSE), and many other familiar faces. All 19 music videos the band has ever made, including videos that have not been available in over 10 years, are also included.

DANKO JONES recently wrapped up recording a new album at Noble Street Studios in their hometown of Toronto, ON with producer Matt DeMatteo, and is currently in Vancouver working on the final mixes with engineer Mike Fraser. The currently untitled album is expected to be released early fall 2012.