ED HALE SHARES HIS “TOP 25 FAVORITE SONGS OF ALL TIME” LIST

What if someone asked you to turn them on to “the top 10 greatest pop-rock songs of all time”? Where do you begin? How is that even possible? It’s not. That’s the answer. Unless of course you’re willing to make a list of at least 500 to 1,000 songs. And that’s a maybe. Of course Rolling Stone and Mojo and other music magazines attempt this feat every few years and sell them for ten bucks a pop, and most of the time they’re a good read, create a bit of controversy, and piss us all off a bit because there’s just no way to decide what ORDER to put all these great songs in… Besides the fact that there are so many that we are forced to NOT include.
Ed Hale was recently assigned this impossible task by the super-cool music magazine Magnet. Says Hale, “I thought about the idea of this list for a while,  in terms of the “how” of it. What’s most important? What’s not? Eventually I decided that the goal would be to assemble a list for these groovy people not of “the greatest songs of all time” but rather a “list of my own personal favorite songs of all time” instead. I tried as hard as I could to resist the urge to be “political,” as in dropping names of the hot new indie artists currently swelling underground, as well as to equally resist the urge to “just go old school”; which was also tempting.”
“What we’ve ended up with I hope is a good mix of everything, both old and new, famous and not so famous, well known and not so well known. More than anything else at least, I think the list is a very real and sincere representation of some of the music that has been most influential on me and my own output as an artist.”

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“NEW ORLEANS DREAMS” BREAKS INTO THE TOP 10!

It’s official! Ed Hale’s “New Orleans Dreams” broke into the Top 10 this week on the Adult Contemporary Top 40 Chart! The song landed on the #10 spot and gained over 100 additional spins and two more stations. “New Orleans Dreams”  is now rotating over 1000+ times per week on radio stations across the USA. Congrats to the entire Dying Van Gogh Records team and the Transcendence crew!

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NEWCOMER ED HALE ABOUT TO BREAK INTO THE TOP 10 WITH “NEW ORLEANS DREAMS”

Newcomer to the Adult Contemporary radio format Ed Hale, who also happens to have a second new album up for release in 2011 as the singer of the eccentric indie-rock group Transcendence (now renamed “Ed Hale and The Transcendence), looks to be headed for the Top 10 next week. This marks one of the few occasions a non-major label “indie” artist has been able to achieve such a feat. This week’s chart available here.
Breaking into the Top 40 is accomplishment enough. The Top 20 even more so. Once one crosses the Top 10 barrier the competition becomes fierce. But in the newly transformed music business, the old record company models are shifting faster than the labels seem able to keep up with. The best example of this was the recent shock when the break up and sell off of long time stalwart EMI was announced. All of this shifting about makes it appear that the playing field has been leveled, allowing more room for independent artists to reach the same fanbase that major label artists are able to. But Hale, who has been signed to both major and smaller independent labels over his fifteen year career, claims that the terrain is still wrought with challenges for independent musicians attempting to make a living at the art of music making.

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ED HALE AND THE TRANSCENDENCE RELEASE THE MONSTROUS ROCKER “BLIND EYE” AS A FREE MP3!

Endless greed, war, exploitation, lies. Turn the anger and outrage into a guitar riff, and you have the pulsing heart of “Blind Eye,” the latest free MP3 release from All Your Heroes Become Villains by Ed Hale and The Transcendence. The riff, accomplished by some tricky open-D tuning by Hale, and then mirrored by syncopated bass (Roger Houdaille) and drums (Ricardo Mazzi), sets the emotional tone, giving the listener more than a hint where the song is going.
“It’s cynical as hell but I think it’s how a lot of us feel right now in the US; and all over the world,” says singer Ed Hale. “You [politicians, elected officials] can do whatever the fuck you want to. I’m sick of your lies. I’m sick of your endless wars. So here’s the deal: do whatever you want to. I’m sick of fighting you. So I’m going to turn a blind eye to you and your wicked bs because I’ve got a life to live. But just don’t mess with me or my family. Don’t come near my home. Don’t come near my work or my family. And don’t ask me to help you in your quest to destroy the world.”
Hale’s haunting lyrics, “Everything I hear/And everything I see/I won’t be afraid/You won’t bother me/All your evil ways/With everything you do/I will turn away/You won’t bother me,” are delivered with such steady resolve that you can almost picture the sneer on his face while he sings. The refrain, “Murder Greed Destruction Exploitation Rape Sex and Violence/Take your money Take your money Take your money” whispered quickly and venomously, came from a list Hale wrote of all the things he was protesting at the request of Producer Fred Freeman. About halfway through, “Blind Eye” begins to spin out of control into a giant convulsive climax: vocals, guitar, drums, bass and effects all coming together in a climactic representation of the chaos and evil present in the world today. This is about as heavy as Transcendence has ever gotten in song. And it’s very, very good.
Download the mp3 from Green Light Go or stream it below from SoundCloud.
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TRANSCENDENCE SINGER ED HALE TALKS DEATH AND THE BAND’S NEW SINGLE “SOLARIS”

Out of the 11 songs on the new Ed Hale & the Transcendence album, All Your Heroes Become Villains, there are only 3 that offer any kind of hope, optimism, or hopefulness: track 3 entitled “Solaris,” track 6 “Here it Comes,” and the album closer “Last Stand at the Walls of Zion.” The rest of the album is a dark heavy brooding downward spiral into the lead character’s disillusionment with everything in the world and his own personal life. From the album’s trance-hop meets operatic opening — which starts with a slow dirge-like rhythm and then builds to a climactic crescendo of dissonance punctuated by two competing melodies played by a trombone and guest vocalist Dee Dee Wilde’s gorgeous gospel-tinged wailing — all the way through to the album’s closing track, All Your Heroes Become Villains feels and sounds like the perfect soundtrack to the end of the world.


Song by song the lead character vents his anger and disappointment with the society he lives in and his own personal life, aiming his rage at everything from the political system (“Blind Eye” and “We Are Columbine”) to God and religion (“Waiting for Godot”) to friendship and romance (“Indian Princess” and “Messed it Up Again”). The climax of the album is track #10, the majestic seven-minute ‘suicide letter in a song’ the band entitles “After Tomorrow” (already a favorite among adventurous college radio DJs) where it becomes clear that the lead character has had enough of blaming the world around him and has turned inward only to discover that he doesn’t have what it takes to continue any further in a world full of hate, war, disease, crime and betrayal.
And yet amongst all this drama and pathos there is the beauty and hopefulness of the song “Solaris.” In their traditional Britpop meets post-modern rock style, Ed Hale and company deliver a near perfect pop song clocking in at three minutes and thirty seconds that shines a bit of light on the stage of their apocalyptic rock opera. Sweet and tender and yet mysterious, “Solaris” seems at first to be a love song. But the female character being sung to doesn’t appear to even be alive, at least not alive in the traditional sense; on planet Earth. Rather, the lead character sounds as if he is singing to someone far removed from all his earthly troubles, someone who is far far away, living in another galaxy or star system called “Solaris.”
Lead singer Ed Hale summed it up this way, “A girl I knew, someone very close to me, had just passed away. And I found it impossible to deal with emotionally. Right around the same time, I had a chance to see the DVD of this beautiful movie called “Solaris” starring George Clooney. This movie is a trip. Very slow. You have to flow with it. It was based on the book by Stanislaw Lem. Seeing that movie hit me at the right time. I had my guitar with me of course and while I was watching the film I just started strumming these chords and creating this song about my friend… What I did really, was just place her, Julia, into the movie… in order to bring her back to life for myself. I just felt that because it was unbearable to contemplate her passing that at the very least I could make her alive in some other form, like she’s still living but in a different dimension. So the song “Solaris” is me, or the lead character of the album I guess, singing a prayer to her or for her, talking to her… asking her how she’s doing… like “how’s life in your new world Julia?” It made me feel better. And although it isn’t enough to keep the lead character alive by the end of the album, I think it gives him some hope along the way to his final decision… like that.”

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VOTE FOR ED HALE AND TRANSCENDENCE’S “ALL YOUR HEROES” ALBUM IN MAGNET MAGAZINE!

Green Light Go Publicity encourages Ed Hale and Transcendence fans to vote in Magnet Magazine’s “What Record Are You Most Looking Forward to?” poll! Tomorrow is that special day! It’s Super Tuesday. When all the new albums for the month of November will be released. Music magazine Magnet chose their favorites and is now asking YOU which one of the select few are you most looking forward to hearing? Definitely not new news to fans, the long awaited new Ed Hale and the Transcendence album “All Your Heroes Become Villains” is FINALLY coming out after two years in the making and years of various setbacks. But store shelves are stocked and iTunes is ready to draw back the curtain at midnight! Please VOTE for Ed Hale and the Transcendence’s “All Your Heroes Become Villains” at MAGNET Magazine! and tell the world What Record Are You Most Looking Forward To Next Week? Sponsored by Magnet Magazine – Real Music Alternatives!

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TRANSCENDENCE’S ED HALE ON HEROES, VILLAINS, & AN “ALL-STAR LINEUP”

After catching up with Ed Hale last week in the first part of my interview with the singer/songwriter/guitarist/keyboard player for the former Miami based band Transcendence, today we delve further into the group’s current status and the making of their latest album, All Your Heroes Become Villains.
I encountered an interesting parallel story during a recent weekend in New York. During lunch with musician pals Richard X Heyman and Edward Rogers, an obscure British musician named Jimmy Campbell came up. Campbell wrote a few mildly successful hits in the mid ’60s during the full flush of the British Invasion. Few Americans know of Campbell, but Hale sure does. His label, Dying Van Gogh, has a multi-artist tribute planned and Rogers is contributing a track to the effort! Anyhow, here’s the rest of my little chat with Mr. Hale.
Read the full interview here.

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“NEW ORLEANS DREAMS” RISES TO #16! NOW RECEIVING NEARLY 1000 SPINS PER WEEK!

You read it right! Ed Hale’s latest single, “New Orleans Dreams”, is now receiving almost 1000 spins per week on over 150 radio stations across the United States, making it the #16 most popular song in America in the Adult Contemporary radio format, according to FMBQ the radio tracking agency. Congratulations to Ed and his band of merry pranksters! Fernando PerdomoZach ZiskinRoger HoudailleMatthew SabatellaGreg ByersRicardo MazziBill SommerKaren FeldnerDJ Kamran Green, and Cynthia Kivlan.

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NEW TRANSCENDENCE SONG “SOLARIS” FEATURED ON CMJ FREEPLAY COMPILATION

Those editors at the College Music Journal (CMJ) sure have good taste! The November installment of the CMJ monthly mixtape is ready! As always it features the hottest tracks by the most cutting-edge artists before their albums are released to the public and is available as a free download for anyone who works at college or Triple A radio. This month’s CMJ FreePlay features the brand new Ed Hale and The Transcendence song “Solaris” from their long-awaited new album All Your Heroes Become Villains.
Here’s the full Tracklist:
01. Cubic Zirconia – Take Me High 
02. Thee Oh Sees – Carrion Crawler 
03. Summer Camp – Better Off Without You 
04. Tycho – Hours 
05. Sepalcure – See Me Feel Me 
06. Ed Hale And The Transcendence – Solaris 
07. Caithlin De Marrais – Hot Day 
08. Russian Circles – Mladek 
09. Glass Rifle – Foebic 
10. Andrew Bird – Hospital 
11. Zambri – Heather 
12. Zun Zun Egui – Fandango Fresh 
13. DRC Music – Hallo (featuring Tout Puissant and Nelly Liyemge) 
14. King Midas Sound – One Ting Dabrye Rework 
15. Robin Bacior – Ohio 
16. Ritmo Machine – Welcome To The Ritmo Machine
17. Trentemøller – Neverglade (Trentemøller Remix)
Thank you for a great CMJ 2011! Relive the memories with our CMJ Music Marathon & Film Festival recap.

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NEW TRANSCENDENCE SONG “SOLARIS” FEATURED ON CMJ FREEPLAY COMPILATION

Those editors at the College Music Journal (CMJ) sure have good taste! The November installment of the CMJ monthly mixtape is ready! As always it features the hottest tracks by the most cutting-edge artists before their albums are released to the public and is available as a free download for anyone who works at college or Triple A radio. This month’s CMJ FreePlay features the brand new Ed Hale and The Transcendence song “Solaris” from their long-awaited new album All Your Heroes Become Villains.
Here’s the full Tracklist:
01. Cubic Zirconia – Take Me High 
02. Thee Oh Sees – Carrion Crawler 
03. Summer Camp – Better Off Without You 
04. Tycho – Hours 
05. Sepalcure – See Me Feel Me 
06. Ed Hale And The Transcendence – Solaris 
07. Caithlin De Marrais – Hot Day 
08. Russian Circles – Mladek 
09. Glass Rifle – Foebic 
10. Andrew Bird – Hospital 
11. Zambri – Heather 
12. Zun Zun Egui – Fandango Fresh 
13. DRC Music – Hallo (featuring Tout Puissant and Nelly Liyemge) 
14. King Midas Sound – One Ting Dabrye Rework 
15. Robin Bacior – Ohio 
16. Ritmo Machine – Welcome To The Ritmo Machine
17. Trentemøller – Neverglade (Trentemøller Remix)
Thank you for a great CMJ 2011! Relive the memories with our CMJ Music Marathon & Film Festival recap.

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