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long time no post [Dec. 2nd, 2005|04:49 pm]
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check out http://www.allmusic.com and see who their featured artist is.
take that, katrina!
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exclusive performance [Sep. 30th, 2005|01:48 pm]
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WLP on Today Show [Sep. 30th, 2005|10:22 am]
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(no subject) [Sep. 26th, 2005|08:44 pm]
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[music |'My Slumbering Heart' --->Rilo Kiley]

'Bang Theory' was on Subterranean on MTV2 last night.



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Watch A Special Performance by World Leader Pretend on the Today Show!! [Sep. 23rd, 2005|09:23 pm]
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On September 29 and 30, World Leader Pretend will be performing live and taking part in the "Make a Difference Today" program, the hurricane relief initiative from NBC News Today Show, WMG and Habitat for Humanity International.

The band will be helping build homes at Rockefeller Plaza to be delivered to families affected by Hurricane Katrina. WLP will also be performing live at Rockefeller Plaza on the following days:

- Thursday, Sept. 29: performance @ Noon at Rockefeller Plaza
- Friday, Sept. 30: interview and performance @ 8:30 a.m. on NBC's The Today Show

If you live in the NYC area, make sure to come out and support the band. If you're not in the area or can't make it to the show, make sure to tune into the Today Show on NBC to watch World Leader Pretend perform and be interviewed. You don't want to miss it!

Click Here For More Information

Check out the press release about the program below:

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NEW YORK, September 23, 2005.
NBC News Today show, Habitat for Humanity International and Warner Music Group Corp. announced today that Warner Bros. Records recording artist Josh Groban and Elektra/Atlantic recording artist Tracy Chapman will headline concert performances in New Yorks Rockefeller Plaza on Monday, September 26, 2005.

The special concert performances are in support of Make a Difference Today, the hurricane relief initiative announced earlier this week from NBC News Today show, WMG and Habitat for Humanity International.

This unprecedented and truly unique hurricane relief effort begins on Monday, September 26th when WMG helps turn Rockefeller Plaza into "Humanity Plaza" for five days as homes are literally built around the clock for families displaced by Hurricane Katrina.

The goal of Make a Difference Today is to rebuild a minimum of 100 homes in the Gulf Coast that were destroyed during the recent hurricanes. This project will produce the very first Habitat for Humanity homes - dubbed "houses in a box" - that will arrive in the region over the next few months. As part of this initiative, WMG artists and employees will also pitch in to help build Habitat for Humanity homes in Burbank, CA.

Stevie Nicks will help build homes and perform on the Today Show at Humanity Plaza on September 28. On September 30, Yolanda Adams and New Orleans natives World Leader Pretend-who were evacuated from the Gulf Coast area because of Hurricane Katrina-will perform at 8:30am on the Today Show. Other WMG artists performing and participating in the building effort include T.I., Trey Songz, Twista and Sean Paul.

Additionally, there will be special performances on Humanity Plaza at noon everyday next week from the following WMG artists:
Monday, September 26 - Kenny Wayne Shepherd.
Tuesday, September 27 - John Stevens.
Wednesday, September 28 - The Films.
Thursday, September 29 - World Leader Pretend.
Friday, September 30 - John Butler Trio.

Check out wlpband.com for cool updates -- downloads and what nots!
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Y'ALL. FOR REAL. [Sep. 19th, 2005|11:14 pm]
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Watch the Today show next Friday.
You won't be disappointed.
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Review [Sep. 19th, 2005|10:51 pm]
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CD Review: World Leader Pretend - Punches
Posted by Mark Saleski on September 01, 2005 09:48 AM (See all posts by Mark Saleski)
Filed under: Music - Scroll down to read comments on this story and/or add one of your own.

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Music from Warner Bros / Wea
Release date: 28 June, 2005

First posted on Mark Is Cranky:

First off, I've gotta admit that my distrust of piano-based rock music caused me to toss this CD onto the "probably not" pile. For some reason (probably just my contrarian nature) I've became wary of the piano after all of the hoopla surrounding groups that I just did not get: The Ben Folds Five (a few years back) and, more recently, Coldplay.

So when Punches kicked off with the percussive chords of "Bang Theory", my inner anti-Coldplay took over. It's too bad that I let my prejudices have so much say. World Leader Pretend is not Coldplay-lite. They deserve (really, all bands do) at least one unfettered listen.

What World Leader Pretend is is a rock band that allows piano/keys to have equal weight in providing (or supporting) song structure.

For example, the title track's opening keyboard riff and vintage Cure-esque piano figure give way to a descending series of chords outlined by acoustic guitar and piano. Electric guitar takes over just before and during the chorus with crunchy power chords and tension-filed arpeggios.

All is not bombast here as lead singer Keith Ferguson sings a beautiful melody on the ballad "Lovey Dovey" (so good to hear the return of melody to pop and rock music). Local New Orleans singer-songwriter Blair Gimma adds a surprising 4AD-ish twist to the chorus.

However, if bombast is what you're looking for, there's plenty of it. "B.A.D.A.B.O.O.M." rocks hard with Pixies-like intensity. "A Horse Of A Different" plays choppy guitar chords against a rolling arpeggio to great effect. It's the latter song where I first hear the Radiohead connection that others have commented on. Really the only similarity is in Ferguson and Thom Yorke's penchant for elongating their vocal lines. World Leader Pretend though, is much more direct in the lyrics department. No arty opaqueness to the wordsmithing here.

One left turn (or sorts) in the program comes with the 8-minute "A Grammarian Stuck In A Medical Drama". Much like the mini-suites so common of early art rock bands (King Crimson and Yes come to mind), this song builds its story by combining several quite different segments: quiet and ambient foreboding opening bit, deep and ominous sweeping guitar chords, sparsely sung verses with that opening atmosphere returning underneath, choruses with soaring, chiming guitar (almost, but not quite, stealing from the Book-of-Edge). At first I thought that the tune was an 'oddball' in the mix. Repeated listens made me realize that they'd created a suite out of many of the textures presented elsewhere on Punches.

So hopefully I've pushed my musical prejudices aside for a while. I hate to think of genuinely good music slipping away due to that kind of intellectual laziness.

Hmmm...maybe I'd give Coldplay another listen...
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Hurricane Update [Sep. 1st, 2005|02:12 pm]
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All dates of the next leg of WLP tour, save for a festival in new york and one in st louis, have been cancelled. Keith says the van and the trailer drowned in Lake Pontchartrain. Their equipment is safe, but it's on the 8th floor of a building in downtown New Orleans, so who knows when they'll be able to get to it. Arthur is in Baton Rouge, Alex is in Florida (and may be going back to London soon), Keith, Andy and Arthur are all in Chicago. Keith and I are totally gonna have a never-ending slumber party!!
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Go Here and Watch the Video [Aug. 26th, 2005|11:07 pm]
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then it can make it in their top 100 videos each week
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Tower Records Names WLP "Artist of the Month"! [Aug. 21st, 2005|08:42 pm]
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