Saturday, December 25, 2010

Happy Holidays!

Wishing everyone a Happy Holiday and a Happy New Year from the Glassnote family!

Monday, December 20, 2010

Daniel Down Under

Daniel recently visited some good friends of the Glassnote Family, Michael Gudinski and Nick Dunshea at Liberator in Australia. Here are the three in front of a homemade welcome sign!

Friday, December 17, 2010

Happy Holidays from Two Door Cinema Club!

The lovely lads that are Alex, Kev and Sam (otherwise known as Two Door Cinema Club) would like to thank you and wish you all a Merry Christmas! We at Glassnote would like to thank Two Door Cinema Club for making 2010 so much fun as we got to know each other and work with them during this incredible year. It’s truly been a blast and we cannot wait for them to come back Stateside in January for their East Coast tour with Tokyo Police Club. Check out this message and video from the band, thanking and wishing you all a very Merry Christmas!!!

Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Glassnote’s Top Albums of 2010

Here it is! Glassnote's annual list of our favorite albums, the 2010 edition. To be fair we didn't include our Artists. Check it out!


1. The Black Keys – “Brothers”

2. Yeasayer – “Odd Blood”

3. Take That! – “Progress”

4. The Lonely Forest – “EP”

5. Bruno Mars – “Doo-wops & Hooligans”


1. Arcade Fire – “The Suburbs”

2. Sufjan Stevens – “The Age of Adz”

3. The National – “High Violet”

4. Beach House – “Teen Dream”

5. The Black Keys – “Brothers”

6. Broken Bells - self-titled

7. LCD Soundsystem – “This Is Happening”

8. Tokyo Police Club – “Champ”

9. The Tallest Man On Earth – “The Wild Hunt”

10. Yeasayer – “Odd Blood”


1. The Black Keys – “Brothers”

2. The Walkmen – “Lisbon”

3. LCD Soundsystem – “This Is Happening”

4. Beach House – “Teen Dream”

5. Sufjan Stevens – “Age of Adz”

6. Tallest Man on Earth – “Wild Hunt”

7. Arcade Fire – “The Suburbs”

8. Yeasayer – “Odd Blood”

9. Dead Weather – “Sea of Cowards”

10. Morning Benders – “Big Echo”


1. The Tallest Man on Earth - “The Wild Hunt”

2. Arcade Fire – “The Suburbs”

3. Sufjan Stevens – “The Age of Adz”

4. The Roots – “How I Got Over”

5. LCD Soundsystem – “This Is Happening”

6. Beach House – “Teen Dream”

7. The Black Keys – “Brothers”

8. Girl Talk – “All Day”

9. Warpaint – “The Fool”

10. Bryan Ferry – “Olympia”


1. Robyn - “Body Talk”

2. Kanye West - “My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy”

3. Black Keys - “Brothers”

4. Sara Barellies - “Kaleidoscope Heart”

5. Young The Giant - “Young The Giant”

6. Local Natives - “Gorilla Manor”

7. Tallest Man On Earth – “The Wild hunt”

8. Arcade Fire - “The Suburbs”


The Black Keys - “Brothers”

Arcade Fire - “The Suburbs”

Girl Talk - “All Day”

Kanye West - “My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy”

The Dead Weather - “Sea Of Cowards”

Vampire Weekend - “Contra”


Black Keys – “Brothers”

OFF! – “The First Four EP’s”

The Candy Snatchers – “Down at Delilah’s”

Dex Romwebber Duo – "The Wind Did Move” (7”)

Iggy Pop & James Williamson – “Kill City” (Reissue)


1. The Black Keys – “Brothers”

2. Girl Talk – “All Day”

3. LCD Soundsystem – “This is It”

4. Kanye West – “My Dark Twisted Fantasy”

5. Wavves – “King of the Beach”


1. Keith Urban – “Get Closer”

2. Kenny Chesney – “Hemingway's Whiskey”

3. Zac Brown Band – “You Get What You Give”

4. The Black Keys – “Brothers”

5. My Chemical Romance – “Danger Days: The True Lives of the Fabulous Killjoy”


1. Girl Talk – “All Day”

2. Cee Lo Green - “The Lady Killer”

3. Kanye West - “My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy”

4. Arcade Fire – “The Suburbs”

5. B.o.B. – “B.o.B Presents: The Adventures of Bobby Ray”


1. Phantogram – “Eyelid Movies”

2. Young the Giant – “Young the Giant”

3. Good Old War – “Good Old War”

4. Glasser – “Ring”

5. Sufjan Stevens – “Age of Adz”

6. Arcade Fire – “The Suburbs


1. Arcade Fire - “The Suburbs”

2. Black Keys - “Brothers”

3. Kanye West - “My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy”

4. Kings of Leon - “Come Around Sundown”

5. Vampire Weekend - “Contra”

6. Rihanna - “Loud”

Thursday, December 9, 2010

Happy Birthday Daniel!

Today we celebrated Daniel's Birthday with some birthday cake made by, Jenna! This year she made flour-less chocolate cake with salted caramel. Yum!

Thursday, December 2, 2010

Mumford & Sons Nominated for Two Grammy Awards and Certified Gold





New York, NY- Glassnote recording Artist MUMFORD & SONS have marked another milestone in their remarkably young career by garnering two Grammy Award Nominations in the categories of Best New Artist and Best Rock Song for “Little Lion Man.” This extraordinary news is amplified by the RIAA certification of their debut album, SIGH NO MORE and smash song “Little Lion Man” as Gold for sales exceeding 500,000 in the United States.

The nominations are a first for the band, adding yet another incredible accomplishment to their career-defining year. MUMFORD & SONS’ US debut album SIGH NO MORE was released in February to critical acclaim, with glowing reviews from Rolling Stone, The New York Times, SPIN Magazine, Paste Magazine and more. The album entered the Billboard Heatseekers Album chart at an impressive #2 in its first week and continued to climb the Billboard Top 200 where it broke the Top 20. SIGH NO MORE has since become a mainstay on the Billboard and iTunes Charts where it has spent the past 17 consecutive weeks in the Top 10 on the Overall Album Chart. This week also marks the second consecutive week that “Little Lion Man” holds the #1 spot at Triple A radio --“Little Lion Man” hit #1 at Alternative Rock Radio in September. Hot on the heels of the success of “Little Lion Man” is MUMFORD & SONS’ second single, “The Cave,” which is climbing up the charts where it is currently in the Top 25 at Alternative Rock Radio.

The Grammy Academy’s recognition affirms MUMFORD & SONS as one of the most unique and authentic Artists of 2010. In the band’s native UK, SIGH NO MORE is now certified 2x platinum and was nominated for the prestigious 2010 Mercury Prize. The album is now also certified Gold in Canada and in August, MUMFORD & SONS was handpicked by VH1 for their powerful “You Oughta Know” Artist Campaign. After scorching performances at Bonnaroo, Lollapalooza and two completely sold-out North American tours, MUMFORD & SONS have claimed their rightful position as the breakout band of 2010.

Tuesday, November 30, 2010


A bit belated on expressing thanks, but this is what I’m thankful for!

Keith Morris vocals, Raymond Pettibon artwork, downstroke guitars that sound like a chainsaw cutting another chainsaw and an all star rhythm section.

Did I mention all songs clock in at 60 seconds?!

Folks, this is none other than OFF!


Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Race To Deliver!

This past Sunday we here at Glassnote, along with our family and friends participated in the 17th annual Race to Deliver. This 4-mile race through central park raised money for a cause near to our hearts, God’s Love We Deliver.

God’s Love We Deliver is an organization that brings hot meals to home bound people suffering from AIDS and Alzheimer’s. Our team, Team Glassnote, raised over $5000 for the cause!

Thank you to everyone who came out to support and also to everyone who donated to our team. We couldn’t have done it without you!!

If you'd like to learn more about God's Love We Deliver check out

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Two Door Cinema Club - Update!

The boys of Two Door Cinema Club recently wrapped their North American Fall Tour and while they were on the road, they were busy, busy, busy! We wanted to share some fruits of their labor to hold you over until they come back in January for their joint tour with Tokyo Police Club (all dates on sale now and listed below).

While Two Door Cinema Club was in NYC for CMJ they made a stop at Rockwood Music Hall to tape an intimate acoustic set/interview with Baeble Music - check it out:

A few weeks later and on the opposite coast, Two Door Cinema Club headed over to the Twitter headquarters in San Francisco to treat the staff to some tunes off of Tourist History:

Fresh off the plane from the States, Two Door performed "I Can Talk" on Jools Holland in London - peep it here:

And although their fall tour has just wrapped, don't fret! Two Door Cinema Club will be back in North America in January for their aforementioned tour with Tokyo Police Club which you will not want to miss! All dates are on sale now and are as follows:

1/13/11 Ottawa, ON Capital Music Hall
1/14/11 Oshwana, ON E.P. Taylor’s
1/15/11 Toronto, ON Kool Haus
1/16/11 Montreal, QC Club Soda
1/17/11 Pawtucket, RI The Met
1/19/11 Boston, MA Paradise Rock Club
1/20/11 Washington D.C. 9:30 Club
1/21/11 New York, NY Terminal 5
1/22/11 Philadelphia, PA The Trocadero
1/25/11 Atlanta, GA The Masquerade
1/26/11 Tampa, FL Crowbar
1/27/11 Orlando, FL The Social

Tuesday, November 9, 2010


Glassnote Records is excited to announce the details of a brand new EP from Mumford & Sons, Laura Marling and their collaborative recordings with a collective of Indian musicians, the Dharohar Project, for release on December 7th, 2010.

The British artists embarked on a unique tour of India in December 2009, spending a number of days with Rajasthani folk musicians in a makeshift studio at an arts & culture school in Delhi. The fruits of those recordings will be made available on December 7th in North America on all major digital service portals.

The EP features 4 songs, including collaborative re-workings of Mumford & Sons' song 'To Darkness', and Laura Marling's 'Devil's Spoke'.

EP Tracklisting:
1. Devil's Spoke / Sneh Ko Marg
2. To Darkness / Kripa
3. Anmol Rishtey
4. Mehendi Rachi

MUMFORD & SONS’ North American debut album Sigh No More was released to critical acclaim, with glowing reviews from The New York Times, Paste Magazine, Rolling Stone and more. The album entered the Billboard Heatseekers Album chart at #2 in its first week and continues to climb the Billboard Top 200 where it has broken the Top 20 and reached its highest position at #16. In the band’s native UK, Sigh No More is now certified 2x platinum and was nominated for the esteemed 2010 Mercury Music Prize. MUMFORD & SONS are currently on a sold-out North American tour with dates through the end of November.

Thursday, November 4, 2010

Two Door Cinema Club Tour Dates!

Two Door Cinema Club will be going on tour with Tokyo Police Club in the new year!

They will be playing the following east coast dates:

1/13/11 Ottawa, ON Capital Music Hall
1/14/11 Oshwana, ON E.P. Taylor’s
1/15/11 Toronto, ON Kool Haus
1/16/11 Montreal, QC Club Soda
1/17/11 Pawtucket, RI The Met
1/19/11 Boston, MA Paradise Rock Club
1/20/11 Washington D.C. 9:30 Club
1/21/11 New York, NY Terminal 5
1/22/11 Philadelphia, PA The Trocadero
1/25/11 Atlanta, GA The Masquerade
1/26/11 Tampa, FL Crowbar
1/27/11 Orlando, FL The Social

Be sure to check back soon for more details!

Wednesday, October 27, 2010

CMJ 2010: Truck Edition!

Day 1
If you were in New York City this past Wednesday and Thursday for CMJ, you may have spotted the Glassnote truck driving around! On Wednesday we loaded up the truck with tons of t-shirts, exclusive Glassnote CMJ merch, candy, and a whole stash of Café Bustelo to hand out. Our first destination: NYU/Washington Square Park. The ice cream truck, turned pop up store, was beyond awesome. Decorated with our signature Glassnote “G” logo, and spectacularly crazy art from Cookies N’ Cream (by Baked In NY), we rolled up blasting the Phoenix remix album and got everyone's attention!

Our next stop was by far our biggest hit - Madison Square Garden! It was right before the Phoenix show (and if you haven’t heard, Daft Punk was the special guest!). It's safe to say that the truck was no less than swarmed with fans lining up to grab Phoenix merch. One lucky Glassnote Music Twitter follower even won a signed Phoenix poster. After Madison Square Garden, we stopped by the PureVolume House to support Two Door Cinema Club, who played an awesome set later that night.

Day 2
For the second day we started off outside of the Ben Sherman SoHo store to support our newest band Royal Bangs. We blasted their CD Let It Beep! . Many people stopped by and even handed us free stuff from their own bands. When a huge group of “college reps” stopped by we took a bunch of pictures, only to figure out later that they were from MTV! (and you thought we didn’t know!)

Our next stop was to park outside of Webster Hall before and during the Two Door Cinema Club show. Of course due to the “no stalling” rules in NYC, we had to shut off the music and lights, but the candy and Two Door posters were a huge hit! When the show was over we had a bunch of people come up to us, including Ben, the drummer from Two Door Cinema Club to check out our merch and prizes.

All in all it was a great time. Thanks to all who came out and supported us, making the truck a huge success! See you again next year, CMJ…You were a blast!

P.S. Here are some other great shots from CMJ! Enjoy!

Thursday, October 21, 2010


Stereogum: Whoa, Daft Punk Joined Phoenix Onstage At Madison Square Garden Last Night

Phoenix takes flight at NYC's Madison Square Garden with surprise guests Daft Punk

Time: Collaborators! Daft Punk Makes Surprise Appearance At Phoenix Show

NY Mag: Daft Punk Showed Up at Last Night’s Phoenix Show!

NME: Daft Punk join Phoenix onstage in New York>
FADER: A Somewhat Irrational Conversation Re: Phoenix and Daft Punk at MSG (with Cellphone Photos)

Brooklyn Vegan: Phoenix, Dirty Projectors, WAVVES & Daft Punk @ MSG (pics, video & setlist)
SPIN: Phoenix & Daft Punk Wow Madison Square Garden

METROMIX NEW YORK: CMJ 2010: Phoenix | Madison Square Garden

Billboard: Phoenix and Daft Punk Rock Madison Square Garden for CMJ

Idolator: Daft Punk Join Phoenix Live At Madison Square Garden

Long Island Press: CMJ 2010: Phoenix Rises To Occasion, Rocks MSG With Daft Punk

Mumford & Sons on Tap Tap Revenge!

Are you ready to tap and shake to the music of Mumford & Sons? Tap Tap Revenge, the #1 most-downloaded music game for the iPhone/iPod Touch, is featuring Mumford & Sons' "Little Lion Man" for free!! Tap the targets on your touchscreen, score points, and check out the fresh theme and graphics inspired by the band itself. Get the Tap Tap Revenge app for FREE in iTunes, then download "Little Lion Man" in the Tap Tracks Store.

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

CMJ 2010: Glassnote Pop Up Store Goes Mobile!

Following the fun time we had at last years pop up store, Glassnote Records will be taking over the famed Cookies – N- Cream Truck to create their very own mobile pop up store.

This Wednesday Oct 20, and Thursday Oct 21, The Glassnote Truck will be traveling around New York City carrying exclusive Glassnote merchandise from Phoenix, Two Door Cinema Club, Mumford & Sons, and Royal Bangs along with music and goodies from the Glassnote catalog.

Be sure to catch the truck at CMJ events such as Phoenix at Madison Square Garden (10/20), Two Door Cinema Club at Webster Hall (10/21), and making their Glassnote Records debut, Royal Bangs at the Ben Sherman Soho store (10/21).

There will be special giveaways of signed merchandise and free Café Bustelo for people who check into the truck on Foursquare, so be sure to check in when you get there! To see where the truck is parked follow us on Twitter, Facebook and foursquare!

To follow the truck and its special prizes follow Glassnote on:
@Glassnotemusic or @TheCookiesMob
Foursquare: Glassnote
Foursquare Location: Glassnote Records CMJ Truck
Facebook: Glassnote Records

See you at the truck!

Wednesday, October 6, 2010

Phoenix’s Re-tweet Page: “Love Like a Sunset pt. 3”

In celebration of their upcoming Madison Square Garden show, Phoenix is giving you, the fans, a free download of “Love Like a Sunset pt. 3," (pt3 re-mix by Philippe Zdar and Peter Tong)"

All you need to do is go to this page:

then click "tweet this" a message will post to your twitter and you will get a free download of the song!

Monday, October 4, 2010

What a week!

This past week was quite a busy one in the world of Glassnote. Two of our bands, The Temper Trap and Justin Nozuka, came through NYC on their fall tours. Heres a look at some of the events of the week:

Temper Trap did a Stripped session for ClearChannel's Iheartradio. Check it out here:

Temper Trap Spin Roof Top, check out the review here:

A guy proposed to his girlfriend at Justin's show! (She said yes!)

Then we celebrated Justin's 22nd birthday

We finished off the week with a SOLD OUT night at Terminal 5 with The Temper Trap

Thanks to our bands and everyone that made the week such a success!

Tuesday, September 14, 2010

Glassnote signs Royal Bangs!

Glassnote Records is proud to announce the newest addition to the independent label’s roster with the signing of Knoxville, Tennessee-based band, ROYAL BANGS.

ROYAL BANGS are currently recording their new album for release early 2011. ROYAL BANGS is frontman Ryan Schaefer, drummer Chris Rusk and guitarist Sam Stratton, who have been playing together since their high school days. In 2006, they released their home-recorded and self-produced album We Breed Champions, which caught the attention of Patrick Carney (The Black Keys) who re-issued the album in 2008 on his own Audio Eagle Records. Shortly thereafter, ROYAL BANGS recorded and released 2009’s Let It Beep at Carney’s studio in Akron, OH to critical acclaim.

After an electric performance at Lollapalooza 2010, SPIN Magazine crowned ROYAL BANGS as one of the best bands at the festival, stating, “Like a mix of LCD Soundsystem's pulsing electro-punk and the new wave-y shimmer of the Strokes, Royal Bangs tracks… featured frenetic riffs, busy drums, and dance-y keyboard melodies…Royal Bangs' set was without question the best far at Lollapalooza”.

“When we saw ROYAL BANGS powerful sets at Lollapalooza and Bonnaroo we were knocked out,” says Glassnote President Daniel Glass. “We feel next year’s album and tour will be one of the most exciting releases worldwide.”

ROYAL BANGS will be playing shows during the 2010 CMJ Music Marathon in New York City this October. More information on location and times to be announced shortly.

Friday, August 27, 2010

Glassnote at Lollapalooza 2010!

This was an incredible year at Lollapalooza for Glassnote. After watching The Strokes and heading to the Black Keys party on Friday night, Glassnote's performances kicked off Saturday night with PHOENIX. The Band gave one of their best performances ever to a sea of people under the lights of the Chicago skyline. After their set, the Glassnote team, PHOENIX, MUMFORD & SONS, The Strokes, and Grizzly Bear all stuck around backstage hanging out. The next day, the sun came out just in time for MUMFORD & SONS' crowd-energizing performance where the audience sang along with every word. A few hours later, THE TEMPER TRAP'S crowd was so big that the only place to sit was in the surrounding trees. Jumping along with everyone to "Sweet Disposition" was a moment we will not forget from this year's festival. The weekend closed out with a Glassnote/BMF Media party at the Hard Rock Hotel. The room was completely packed, and everyone was treated to incredible performances by MUMFORD & SONS and THE TEMPER TRAP, in addition to a DJ set by PHOENIX. A particular highlight of the night was when MUMFORD and TTT combined forces for a rousing rendition of "Down River." The night wound down around 3 o'clock, at which point Daniel, Adam, Alex, and Nick grabbed their bags, headed straight to the airport, and went right back to the office to get to work without sleep. An unforgettable weekend!

Check out some pictures from the weekend!

Tuesday, August 24, 2010

My two most memorable summer meals

The first one took place at the West Street Grill in Litchfield CT. The meal started with parmesan aioli bread, heirloom tomato salad with the finest oil, spaghetti vongole, Cod, and crab cakes, accompanied by the perfect rose’ wine. For dessert we had chocolate bread pudding. The proprietors, James O'Shea and Charles Kafferman not only run a perfect kitchen but are also gracious hosts.

The second meal was at the restaurant La Maison Jaune in St. Remy de Provence. The chief Francois Perraud prepared the most incredible summer meal which highlighted the best and freshest foods and flavors of Provence. Sitting on the second floor terrace you were transported to an old village... Between the pink sunset and beautiful old buildings you knew the meal coming is going to be special. We had cold tomato soup with chunks of watermelon, sea bass and A provencal omelet with herbs and tapenade. The gentleman who served us (formally of Cabre D’or) was incredibly attentive and helpful. His suggestions were perfect.... And any meal with a bottle of Chateau Theurry rose wine is special!

-Daniel Glass

Wednesday, August 18, 2010

Pop Tart World!

We know, we know. You’re jealous JUST by the title of this blog. But Pop Tart world is not an urban legend, it does exist, and boy is it amazing. We travelled over to the newly opened Pop Tart World near Times Square to relive some childhood memories and get some Pop Tart Sushi. There was a custom t-shirt booth, a whole Pop Tart Café where different food combinations with Pop Tarts were served, and “The Varitizer” where you could make your own combo pack of different Pop Tarts.

While the sushi was slightly disappointing (apparently ground up pop tarts wrapped in a fruit roll up isn’t a great combination), and ants on a log topped with pop tart is just plain odd, the freshly toasted Pop Tarts were just as perfect as we remembered. Here are some pictures from our adventure:

The Menu!

Mo trying out the 'sushi'

Outside Pop Tart World


Monday, July 19, 2010

Guinness Cupcakes with Bailey's Irish Cream Frosting. YUM!

Hey everyone!

I’m back with another delicious cupcake recipe for you to try out! This just might be my favorite cupcake recipe ever. They are actually super simple to make and sooo soo good. The cake part is chocolate Guinness. The beer definitely adds an extra hint of yummy in there. The cake is also vegan, although the frosting is not. I’m sure you could make it vegan but I’m not a vegan so I have never tried. The buttercream is made with Irish Cream liquor, and is dangerously good! I got this recipe from Dulcedo, a great baking blog. Sadly they haven’t updated their site in a really long time =( Here's how you make them:

Guinness Cupcakes with Bailey's Irish Cream Frosting
Makes 12 cupcakes

Recipe from Vegan Cupcakes Take Over the World
3/4 cup soy milk
1 teaspoon apple cider vinegar
1 cup plus 2 tablespoons flour
1/3 cup Dutch-processed cocoa powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 cup Guinness
3/4 cup sugar
1/3 cup canola oil
1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract

1 cup (2 sticks) butter, room temperature
1/2 cup Irish Cream
2 boxes confectioners' sugar

To make the cupcakes:
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. In a small bowl, sift together the flour, cocoa powder, baking soda, baking powder, and salt. Set aside.

In the bowl of an electric mixer, whisk together the soy milk and the vinegar. Add the Guinness, sugar, oil, and vanilla to the soy milk mixture and beat until foamy. Add the dry ingredients in two batches and beat until well incorporated.

Fill your cupcakes containers of choice 3/4 full. Bake for 20-25 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean and the top springs back when lightly touched. Transfer to a wire rack and allow cupcakes to cool completely before frosting.

To make the frosting:
Beat the butter in the bowl of an electric mixer until creamy and smooth. Add the Bailey's and half of the confectioner's sugar and beat until smooth. Add the second half of the sugar and beat until smooth.

Tuesday, July 13, 2010

Jonas Sees In Color in a horrible van accident

This past weekend Jonas Sees In Color was in a terrible Van accident. Miraculously they all survived the accident but their van was completely totaled. Here’s a letter from Ryan (Lead singer of JSIC) explaining what happened:

It happened out of nowhere. We had just finished a show in Wasau, Wisconsin and were on our way to Chicago, Illinois when we went through a highway overpass and all of the sudden there was a car five feet in front of us. It couldn't have been going more than 15 miles an hour.. I knew that if we hit them- going 65 in our full-size van and trailer- it would probably kill them. I swerved to the left. Reacting late, they pulled left at the same time. I swerved further left- now halfway off the road-until we were in front of them, and I turned the wheel back to the right. The van, bouncing on the rumble strips, skidded through a 180 degree turn before flipping three times off the interstate and down the shoulder. We landed upside down, crushed like a tin can.

I unclasped the seat belt and fell down onto the ceiling. There was broken glass everywhere. I thought there was a good chance that I had just killed my best friends. “Voices,” I screamed, “Please! Let me hear your voices!” There were only five responses. “Meagan! Meagan, are you alive?” There was no response. We looked back. There was no one where she had been sitting. “MEAGAN!” Finally, we heard a whimper from the very back. She had been sleeping on the second to last bench, but had ended up behind the last seat, pressed against the back door. She was alive.

We crawled out through one of the smashed windows and scrambled up the hill to the highway. An ambulance was there instantly. “Are you okay?” “I'm fine.” “Then why are you covered in blood?” I looked down. My shirt was soaked in red and there was glass glittering in my arm. When the van flipped the first time, my left arm had smashed through the driver's side window.

The EMTs cleaned us up in the ambulance and helped us book a hotel room. Instead of sleeping, we raided their coffee supply and started calling rental places about finding a van and trailer. By 9 AM, there was still no luck. Around then, our fans got word about what was going on and the response was explosive. There was such an intense outpouring of love and support; we realized that we really had no choice. We had to finish the tour.

We finally found a place willing to let us rent an enormous U-Haul truck that looked like a mix between a monster truck, a tank, and somebody's garage. We took it. We grabbed everything we could and slammed it into the back. Not everyone could fit in the cabin, so four of us had to sit in the back on top of the gear for the ride to Chicago. Four hours later, we hour late for our soundcheck, but there nonetheless. Without sleeping, showering, or even changing clothes, we walked onstage and played the most enthusiastic, heartfelt show of our lives. We were sore and we were bloody...but we were alive. And, most importantly, we made it to the show.

I am writing this in the dark, sitting on some of our gear in the back of the U-Haul on the way to the next show. It's around 115 degrees in here since there is no ventilation, so I am sitting on a cooler of ice in my underwear drinking a cheap beer: a spitting image of class and sophistication. We've been through something that I would never wish on anyone else, but somehow came out on the other end of it alive. I've always heard about moments that define people. This was not one of those moments. This was a moment that was defined by people. My bandmates' courage and the intensity of their dedication to the music and our fans overwhelms me. Now that our fans have seen us at our most raw and vulnerable, and given us more love than we've ever seen, they have now become not just our fans, but our friends.

The band has no health insurance and is now left to pay all of their medical bills. They also need to buy a new van and trailer. A donation fund has been set up to help them cover all of their newly inquired bills as a result of this accident. Please click HERE to donate to the band. Every dollar helps.

Thursday, July 8, 2010

The Agony and Ecstasy of Phil Spector


I had no idea this movie was even in the making! And for someone like myself who has many a friends obsessed with the gun-wielding creator of the “Wall of Sound”, it came as a great surprise.

This documentary is comprised of candid interview footage w/ Phil Spector, courtroom footage of his trial and a soundtrack to die for!

Songs like “To Know Him is to Love Him”, “He’s a Rebel”, “Imagine”, “Be My Baby” and so many more Spector classics were played in their entirety! The clearance of all of these Spector songs is impressive alone, but it’s the honesty (and at times lunacy) in which Spector speaks about his life that really draws you in.

Throughout the documentary he compares himself to artists like Leonardo DaVinci, Bach or Mozart. He also boasts that he has offered more to Rock N Roll than Buddy Holly (because Holly only lived 3 years during Rock N Roll). This is just the tip of the iceberg. His megalomania is on full on display throughout the documentary.

There’s a great moment in the film where he discusses Tina Turners River Deep Mountain High. It was expected to be a big record, even John Lennon and George Harrison endorsed it! But the record failed to move units upon release in the US while it reached #1 in the UK. This prompted Mr. Spector to take out a full page ad in Billboard that read “Benedict Arnold was right”. This move, as Spector says “killed the record immediately”.

I’ll spare any further spoilers, just go and see it.

And make no mistake about it, this is a cautionary tale. As entertaining as it is to hear anecdotes on some of music's most legendary artists, it is clear that Spector is (and has been) dealing with demons.


Friday, July 2, 2010

Top Albums of the Year So Far

Hey everyone!

The 4th of July is upon is. The year is half way over! And to celebrate we thought we would share our favorite albums of 2010 so far! Here’s our lists:

Bruno Mars – especially “Nothin on You” w/ B.O.B
Yeasayer – Odd Blood
LCD Soundysystem – This Is Happening
Drake – Thank Me Later
Cielo Compilation on Nervous Records
The Black Keys – Brothers

Black Keys – Brothers
LCD Soundsystem – This is Happening
The National - High Violet
Beach House – Teen Dream
Tallest Man on Earth – Wild Hunt

ADAM- 10 because hes a show off
Yeasayer: Odd Blood
Band of Horses: Infinite Arms
The Black Keys: Brothers
LCD Soundsystem: This Is Happening
Gorillaz: Plastic Beach
Dead Weather: Sea Of Cowards
Sleigh Bells: Treats
Local Natives: Gorilla Manor
Broken Social Scene: Forgiveness Rock Record
Surfer Blood: Astro Coast

Black Keys/Brothers
Candy Snatchers/Down at Delilah’s
Naked Heroes/99 Diamond
Rolling Stones/Exile on Main St. (remaster)
Jello Biafra & The Guantanamo School of Medicine/Audacity of Hype

1. The National - High Violet
2. Yeasayer - Odd Blood
3. LCD Soundsystem - This Is Happening
4. The Black Keys - Brothers
5. Broken Bells - Broken Bells

1. Sleigh Bells- Treats
2. Dead Weather- Sea Of Cowards
3.The Black Keys- Brothers
4. LCD Soundsystem - This Is Happening
5. Drake- Thank Me Later

The Black Keys – Brothers
Lewis Black – Start Raving Black
Band of Horses – Infinite Arms
Frightened Rabbit – Winter of Mixed Drinks
Lady Antebellum – Need You Now

Vampire Weekend - Contra
Local Natives - Gorilla Manor
Broken Bells - self titled
Marina & the Diamonds - The Family Jewels
Ratatat - LP4

Friday, June 25, 2010

Jenna’s cupcake blog- take 1

Hey everyone. So I’m the office baker here at Glassnote., I try my best to make cupcakes for everyone's’ birthdays. Its not always possible.. but I try. I figured if I’m going to be baking all of these delicious treats I should share my recipes with you, the Glassnote blog readers! I’m starting with the yummy cupcakes I made for YiPei’s birthday a few weeks ago, Vanilla bean cupcakes with fresh blueberries, frosted with Vanilla bean rose water buttercream. I have to say this might go down as one of my favorite cupcake recipes ever. I got the recipe from one of my favorite baking blogs, Joy The Baker

Heres how to make them:
(makes 24 cupcakes)

2 sticks unsalted butter, softened to room temperature
- 1 3/4 cups granulated sugar
- 4 large eggs
- 1 cup whole milk
- 1 Tablespoon vanilla extract
- 1/2 vanilla bean, seeds scraped out
- 2 3/4 cups all-purpose flour
- 1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
- 1/2 teaspoon salt

Preheat oven to 350 degrees
In a stand mixer fit with a paddle attachment, cream the butter and sugar on medium speed for 3 to 5 minutes or until light and fluffy. Scrape the sides of the bowl with a rubber spatula to ensure that everything is well mixed. Add the eggs, one at a time, beating for one minute after each addition.
In a small bowl whisk together flour baking powder and salt.
In a separate small bowl combine the milk, vanilla extract and vanilla seeds.
With the mixer on low speed, alternate adding the flour mixture and the milk mixture in three batches. Start and end with the flour mixture.
Spoon the batter into cupcake pans and drop in fresh blueberries onto each filled cupcake cup
Bake for 25 to 30 minutes, or until a pale golden color, and a skewer inserted in the center of the cake comes out clean.

Vanilla bean,
Rose Water buttercream

1 1/2 cups butter (3 sticks)
2 boxes of confectionary sugar
1 vanilla bean
2 Tbs vanilla extract
1 Tbs rosewater

Cream butter until smooth
Add in powdered sugar until the frosting hits a good consistency
Add vanilla bean, vanilla extract and rose water

Frost and add fresh berries to each cupcake!

Heres how mine turned out!:


Friday, June 18, 2010

Glassnote at Bonnaroo!

Certain things become pretty synonymous with the start of summer, and after 8 years of operation, the 9th Annual Bonnaroo Festival has become a staple of Summer for many. I travelled down to Manchester, TN last Thursday to help cover press and promotion for our artists, hang with some friends, and see some great performances.

I touched down Thursday afternoon and after delays at the airport, traffic on the road, and long lines of guests at the hotel, before setting foot on the festival site towards the early evening. I got to hang out with all The Temper Trap guys on their bus and enjoy the Air Conditioning while we watched the first half of the NBA Finals. Backstage, the guys prepped themselves for the show with deep focus as they felt the energy and enthusiasm of Bonnaroo’s typically young Thursday night crowd. As they set foot on stage, the audience erupted with cheers before the band lit into fiery guitar jams for the intro of their set. For the next 50 minutes, they absolutely owned the crowd who came to dance, cheer, party, and sing along from whatever plot of grass or shoulders they could find to get a glimpse of the band. After the set we were all smiles, feeling the accomplishment and grandeur of what this band has built. It was a great way to kick off the festival, and we celebrated with some late night dancing at the Lunar stage before getting stuck in the mud in guest parking.

Friday came as the only day of the festival we didn’t have artists on site, and I made sure to take full advantage by hanging with some friends and seeing some live music! Nas & Damian Marley murdered the main stage as they launched through their collaborational album Distant Relatives. The National and Tenacious D brought sets that overlapped in time and excellence, warming up a crowd that was already experiencing temperatures in the triple digits. Michael Franti & Spearhead was a set I went into blind, but really enjoyed the energy, crowd, and the music. Kings of Leon played an amazing set, that felt like a victory lap after the year that they have had. The new songs sounded great and I loved the cover of “Where Is My Mind” by the Pixies. The Flaming Lips brought their psychadelic freak show to the masses, complete with confetti, streamers, beach balls, and Wayne Coyne’s giant rolling ball he uses to crowd surf. The Black Keys turned in what was another great set to end my night, before heading back to the hotel and out of the sweltering heat.

Saturday brought the arrival of Glassnote bossman Daniel Glass as well as THE RAY. We watched USA-England match at Emma’s Family Restaurant, a wonderful family establishment whose breakfast buffet is only surpassed by the kind-hearted nature of it’s staff. Naturally, DG grabbed a menu from the owner after we sufficiently freaked out the regular customers with our screaming when the US buried the 1-1 equalizer. The rest of the day was spent hanging with the Mumford & Sons boys, taking them around to do promo and press, while catching a few songs from festival performers like Norah Jones, Jeff Beck, John Fogerty, and Stevie Wonder. Then came Mumford & Sons magical set, one that screamed old-school artistry and community when they brought up Gillian Welch, Dave Rawlings, and part of Old Crow Medicine Show to sing “Wagon Wheel” and “Roll Away Your Stone”. It was a career highlight for all of us, and one that I won’t soon forget. If you haven’t streamed the play list or seen the video yet, you should check it out. The night ended with some lovely dinner in artist catering, hanging out with friends and artists in the press area, and then catching Jay-Z’s epic set with DG and Ben from Mumford & Sons. Everything from the lights, to the set list, to of course the swagger, was so Jay-Z, that it made us forget about the 100 degree heat for 2 hours.

On Sunday, everyone’s favorite Frenchmen rolled into town to one-up last year’s Bonnaroo set, which was the first live date for the US on Wolfgang Amadeus Phoenix’s cycle. They were charming and professional, as always, and somehow remained dapper in their long sleeve button up shirts as the other 80,000 of us sweated through what would be the last day of 3-digit temperatures. The Radio Bonnaroo set was particularly beautiful, and we enjoyed a great family vibe as we relaxed on the bus to watch Australia-Germany (shout out to Matt West you ol’ cobber) and dined with the band for lunch. The sun began to come down and Phoenix took the stage to a sea of people that extended beyond sight. Balloons and beach balls bounced in the air, as the crowd danced and crowd surfed to highlights from the bands expansive 4 album catalogue. There were too many magic moments during this show to recount them all, but “Love Like A Sunset” while the sun was actually setting was definitely a highlight. Also up there were the mad antics of frontman Thomas Mars’ who scaled the stage set with his microphone, and ventured out to the middle of the crowd for the closing of “1901”. Drenched with sweat, the band climbed off stage, having conquered yet another Bonnaroo.

Special thanks to Superfly & AC Entertainment, all of our bands, partners, tour managers, crews, press and radio people for being so accommodating and enthused through out the entire weekend. It was a great festival and one that I will forever remember as we continue to grow here at Glassnote.

Highlights: Artist Catering, USA’s 1-1 draw with England, hanging with THE RAY, seeing Mumford & Sons rehearse their set backstage, Manchester’s Wal-Mart Creatures (see:, Emma’s Family Restaurant’s buffet, Lunar Stage at 4am Thursday, Dinner with Phoenix & Crew, NBA Finals Games, seeing Deck and Christian steal a golf cart during the Rolling Stone shoot.

Lowlights: 100 degree days, summer bodies not quite there yet, porto johns, my rental car getting stuck in mud in festival parking, missing LCD Soundsystem due to miserable heat, sweating for 3 days straight.

-Written by Adam Herzog

Tuesday, June 1, 2010

Happy Birthday Alex!

Glassnote knows how to celebrate birthdays!

Happy birthday to Alex Dunne, our head of publicity!

Here's a picture of our celebrations:

Also, happy birthday shout out to the staff birthdays that just passed in May: YiPei Chen-Josephson and Chris Scully!

Tuesday, May 25, 2010

Gino’s – A Glassnote Restaurant Fave

If you haven’t been to Gino’s Italian Restaurant at 780 Lexington Avenue in NYC, you better change that quick! This old-time classic restaurant is sadly coming to a close this Saturday. I finally got to sample their tasty meals yesterday at a family-style lunch with the Glassnote team. It was a nice chance to spend some quality out of office time at this classic restaurant. Gino’s was opened 65 years ago, in April of 1945, and has been filling customer’s bellies since then.

The scrumptious meal we all ordered: a pasta dish called Paglia fiegno secreto, preceded by the chopped Gino’s salad and Stretchatella soup. I’d have to rank it as #1 among the lunches I’ve had since working here. The meal was so filling I didn’t even need dinner… and I don’t get full easily!

Here are some pictures of the Glassnote Staff at Gino's:

Daniel Glass with the owner and a waiter at Gino's