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November 8, 2008

TRANSCENDENCE Singer Ed Hale Recording New Solo Album

The TRANSCENDENCE lead singer/songwriter and guitarist is at it again. Ed Hale is in the studio once again recording 11 new songs for a yet another “new album.” TRANSCENDENCE just released a 14 song rarities collection entitled The City of Lost Children on the Dying Van Gogh record label in September, which featured their September 11th tribute song Rebuild America — the first time the song, recorded in 2001, was officially released for sale to the public. The label has announced that they will be releasing two other new albums – both of new material – All Your Heroes Become Villains and The Great Mistake this year as well. Good news that should finally satisfy frustrated fans since the albums have been completed, hyped, and talked about since late 2006, but were being held up due to various business problems in a constantly changing and challenging industry which has seen CD sales drop dramatically and the closing of Tower Records, many Virgin Music Stores, the bankruptcy of the band’s distributor, and thousands of smaller mom and pop music retailers around the country.

So in predictable untraditional fashion, fans will get THREE new albums by the band in one six month period. It is a sign of the generally confused state of the music business itself at this time. To make matters more confusing the band was almost finished recording the 24 song two-disc set nicknamed “the girls album” (due to all of the songs being about and having girl’s names in the titles) – the actual title being L’intrigue de Femme and Finding Francesca – but the recording of that album was postponed midway through production in 2007 with no word on when they will resume work on it.

So what to do? Evidently, record another album! Less than a week after meeting with Iran President Ahmadinejad during the United Nations General Assembly Meeting, Hale flew down to Miami, Florida to spend five weeks in the studio with fellow TRANSCENDENCE guitarist Fernando Perdomo – who is also playing the role of producer on this one – to record a new solo album set to be released in early 2009. This will be Hale’s first solo album since 1996’s Acoustic in New York.

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September 10, 2008

ED HALE & THE TRANSCENDENCE release rarities and outtakes album

Cover of the City of LOST Children designed by Gina Rowland.

Cover of the City of LOST Children by Gina Rowland.

SEVEN YEARS after its recording, rock group TRANSCENDENCE release the September 11th tribute song Rebuild America for sale on a new rare and unreleased tracks collection album entitled The City of Lost Children. The song Rebuild America was recorded in October of 2001 just after the World Trade Center attacks in New York but never officially released. The song was eventually turned into a music video. Now the song is finally being released for sale with all proceeds to benefit September 11th victims’ families through the Robin Hood Foundation. The album also features 13 other rare or never before released tracks from all five of the band’s previous albums.


In anticipation of two new studio albums this year comes first this compilation of unreleased outtakes and rarities from TRANSCENDENCE that offers fans access to many of the band’s most hard to find hidden tracks and studio gems for the first time ever. The City of Lost Children is a compilation of studio outtakes from all five of the band’s officially released albums that spans eight years. The album also includes unreleased favorites such as the R&B flavored Whenever I’m with you — a familiar staple on various MTV shows over the years, and the September 11th tribute song Rebuild America; as well as two Brazilian-classic covers sung in Portuguese when singer Ed Hale was at the peak of his Tropicalismo obsession. From irresistibly catchy commercial pop (Jacquie) to psychedelic alt-rock (Kill the monkey), raw, urgent indie-rock (All is lost) to Beatlesque Brit-pop (Andrea’s Fault) and avant garde experimental instrumentals (Nothing is cohesive part II) The City of Lost Children offers a revealing glimpse behind the curtain of the creative and prolific musical collective known as TRANSCENDENCE with 14 never before released tracks that is sure to be a treasure chest for those who want a to take a deeper look into the ever-eccentric group’s past musical explorations. As diverse and eclectic as the song selection is, fans should find it a special collection that sounds like it could be an album in and of itself. And indeed now it is.

To listen to or download the songs or the whole album on Amazon.comclick here.

To read track by track notes and lyrics, click here.

September 1, 2008

ED HALE & THE TRANSCENDENCE is now on Facebook! Add to your friends!

Fans of the rock group TRANSCENDENCE don’t have to wait for email notifications or news to appear in their favorite music magazines. They can now add the group as a friend to their own Facebook profile to read the latest news, read band member blogs, find out about upcoming live appearances, and be the first to hear new songs weeks before others do through more traditional media. Access to free MP3s every week and the largest selection of TRANSCENDENCE music videos this side of YouTube all without leaving the comfort of your own Facebook profile. News about each member, new album releases, and live performances are automatically updated nightly and free MP3s and music videos are also automatically updated. Fans can also communicate more directly and frequently with the band than ever before. Want to know what axe guitarist Fernando Perdomo used on a particular song? Simply shoot him a Facebook message. There’s a good chance you just might receive a reply within minutes. The members of the band are notoriously addicted to the popular social networking site. Ed Hale and company are harnessing the power of social networking to bring fans closer than ever before. Simply click here to add them to your friends.
July 20, 2008

TRANSCENDENCE bassist Houdaille put together new group, releases single

Roger Houdaille has officially launched his new group Ex Norwegian, hot off the success of his “Ginger, Baby” album under the moniker Father Bloopy. The change of name was due to practical reasons and anticipated the release of their debut single “Something Unreal” on July 21st produced by Fernando Perdomo.

The two-and-half minute pop-rock song has been gaining radio play across the states, even Hawaii! The digital single also marked the first release of the new label formed by Ed Hale & Roger Houdaille, Dying Van Gogh.

Three of the four band members have studied under Miami Beach High Rock Ensemble director Doug Burris, the famed “prof of rock” who teaches music despite being paralyzed from the neck down. And those band members are Roger Houdaille on guitar/vocals, Carolina Souto on bass and Michelle Granados, also on vocals. The fourth member is Arturo Garcia, drummer and undergrad at the University of Miami.

“I’ve been compared to Ray Davies of the Kinks and David Bowie,” Houdaille said. “And now, as the music industry shifts toward a singles market again, we want to contribute to the great, two- to three-minute pop single that epitomized earlier eras.”

As the group’s simple, yet rich sound reaches more listeners, band members are confident America will hear and agree that this band is “Something Unreal.”

The single will be distributed by iTunes, Rhapsody, Napster, eMusic, Amazon MP3, Lala and Shockhound. More info, including song lyrics, can be found on the group’s official website at http://www.exnorwegian.com.

July 18, 2008

TRANSCENDENCE guitarist Perdomo busy while band awaits album releases

TRANSCENDENCE guitarist Perdomo leans into a killer riffAll the members of TRANSCENDENCE have been keeping themselves busy while patiently waiting the release of the group’s new CDs. There are three now rumored to be in line to come out this year – including a new rarities and unreleased collection. The band’s drummer Bill Sommer trekked off to the Big Island of Hawaii to voluntour on an organic farm for a month, while singer Ed Hale has been jetting around the globe playing goodwill ambassador and finishing a new book. Bassist Roger Houdaille released his first solo album Ginger Baby under the name Father Bloopy, and guitarist Fernando Perdomo has been burning the candle at both ends musically lending his hands and ears to several projects.

He recently completed composing music for a French short film entitled “Gri-Gri” along with Marc Charioud, and Grammy award winning singer/songwriter Jorge Moreno. The film is the acting debut of superstar rapper Diams. Fernando co wrote and played Guitar, Bass, Moog, and Drums on the theme song “Gang Star”.

Perdomo is also currently producing the English language debut of Moreno — tentatively titled “The Great Tribulation”

Broadway’s Cry Baby star James Snyder’s debut album “L. A. Curse” is out on Lion’s Gate records. Perdomo also lent his talents to this project – playing lead guitar and bass, and arranging the album’s horn parts, and choir parts.

July 14, 2008

ED HALE & THE TRANSCENDENCE Launch New Website

Those lovable eclectic unpredictable and undefinable indie rockers TRANSCENDENCE have just launched a new website. Same great taste and even easier to use with a lot more features. The new website is now a fully dynamic and interactive Web2.0 site that allows a lot more interaction amongst fans and easier communication between fans and the band. Hey, if you’re reading this, chances are you’re already there. If not, you can find the site where it’s always been: www. transcendence.com. The official website for the rock band TRANSCENDENCE. The band is keeping the old site up for diehards and nostalgia but will no longer be updating it with the latest. As always if you want to keep up with the latest news and goings on with the band, subscribe with your email address or just grab the RSS Feed and add it to your homepage.

If you’re a Facebook user (and you are right?) look for the band’s official Facebook page and join up to get the latest even faster. Not quite the speed of light, but damn close to it.

July 10, 2008

Ed Hale to start guest blogging on Sundance Film Channel

Ed Hale – who has been hard at work on his new book Revolution in Me while awaiting the release of the band’s new CDs – will begin a regular weekly guest blog for a few months on the official Sundance Film Channel website in the coming weeks focusing on his peace delegation visit to the country of Iran and how it relates to all things GREEN: the environment, peace, war, oil, nuclear energy, and most importantly humanity. The blogs will be similar to his regular posts on his long-running Transcendence Diaries blog but will be shorter in length of course. The blog posts will feature photos, and links to videos and photo slideshows from his trip, as well as guest interviews with authors, scientists, and experts in various fields. Stay tuned for the first installment.

In the meantime, Transcendence does indeed have three new CDs releasing this year including the band’s official two new albums, The Great Mistake (EMI) and All Your Heroes Become Villains (DVG), and a new rarities and unreleased tracks album called The City of Lost Children. Stay tuned for release dates.

To best stay informed of the latest, head to Facebook and add as a friend or subscribe to the band’s site either through email or RSS Feed.

June 19, 2008

Ed Hale to Perform at Concert For a Cause Benefit Saturday June 28 2008

Ed Hale will be performing a rare solo acoustic set on Saturday June 28th 2008 in New Jersey at the Concert with a Cause Benefit Concert. The TRANSCENDENCE singer/guitarist will pull out a 30 minute set featuring some new gems and some old classics. He is scheduled to go on at 4:30 PM. All proceeds to benefit the Habitat for Humanity Home Building project in Cambodia. See information below for more details.

Event Info
Host:
Katie and Arlan
Type:
Sunday, June 29, 2008 at 3:00am
Time and Place
Start Time:
Saturday, June 28, 2008 at 3:00pm
City/Town:
Garwood, NJ
Contact Info
Phone:
7322611695
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June 14, 2008

TRANSCENDENCE to release a third album this year?

CD cover for the new rarities and unreleased TRANSCENDENCE album - The City of Lost Children

With two new albums due to release this year, both the conceptual alt-rock All Your Heroes Become Villains – featuring the singles Blind Eye, Waiting for Godot, and Solaris, and their ragged bubblegum pop & garage rock set The Great Mistake, TRANSCENDENCE has announced that it will be releasing yet a third – a digitally-exclusive rarities and unreleased set entitled The City of Lost Children (the title comes from the 1995 classic movie Cité des enfants perdus, La, and seemed appropriate for the album’s material)

The new album contains 14 never before released songs consisting primarily of outtakes that have been floating around in various form for years on the internet. For fans the album should be a welcome surprise and tasty morsel because it contains everything from outtakes from all three of the band’s prior albums, plus outtakes from the band’s two new as of yet unreleased albums, along with a few odds and ends including some demos and instrumental pieces.

“This just might end up being one of my favorite TRANSCENDENCE albums ever just due to the fact that it features songs from our entire spectrum…. you know, the band has gone through so many style and sound changes over the years and this album really illustrates that for the first time all in one collection,” commented the band’s singer/guitarist Ed Hale.

The collection will include everything from the sultry r&b tinged Whenever I’m with you – which has been heard on various TV shows numerous times over the last eight years, to the band’s September 11th tribute song Rebuild America – the proceeds of which will go to the Robinhood Relief Fund to benefit victims’ families of the 9/11 attacks in New York. The album also features the first song the band ever officially recorded, Kill the monkey, originally slated for their Rise and Shine album, but scrapped at the last minute.

Stay tuned for more information but the album will definitely be available for download by the 1st of September.

June 10, 2008

ED HALE & THE TRANSCENDENCE to sign with Attack Music/EMI

TRANSCENDENCE is set to sign a deal with Attack Records/EMI to release their two new albums. The company – owned by multi-platinum producer Mark Berry, and distributed by Caroline/EMI – will also pick up the band’s entire back catalogue including the band member’s solo albums as well. The deal stipulates that the label will pursue a full-scale release for the band’s Great Mistake album and have it out by late August of 2008. They will release the band’s other new album All Your Heroes Become villains digitally for the first few months to gauge fan response though oddly will release the thundering alt-rock song Blind Eye as a single to commercial radio. More details as they come.