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2-LP SET ALSO AVAILABLE IN TRANSLUCENT GOLD EDITION
Album includes hit singles “You Get What You Give” and “Someday We’ll Know”
13 JULY 2017 (Toronto, ON) — New Radicals were an American alternative band formed by singer-songwriter Gregg Alexander.  Maybe You’ve Been Brainwashed Too, the 1998 MCA Records release, is now being reissued by Interscope/UMe/Universal Music Canada, the country’s leading music company, on vinyl for the first time as a 2-LP set on August 4. The release, which includes  the smash single You Get What You Give, is also available in an additional translucent gold colour edition.
After a pair of late-‘80s, early-‘90s solo albums, Alexander put together a group with a wide range of collaborators including Danielle Brisebois, best known for her roles in All in the Family, as well as future Paul McCartney guitarist Rusty Anderson, and  “Thriller” keyboardist Greg Phillinganes to form the band and record Maybe You’ve Been Brainwashed Too. The band’s rock-pop-funk, blue-eyed soul hybrid, which was released on October 20, 1998, was praised by critics, who said it had its own “unique, oddball bounce” and compared it to Todd Rundgren and Prince, among others.
The album went platinum in America, and proved even more popular around the world, cracking the top 10 in the U.K. as well as many other territories.  The first single, You Get What You Give, was a smash hit on the Billboard Hot 100, topped the charts in Canada and New Zealand and was in the Top 5 in the U.K.   In addition to its success on the Pop Radio charts, the song also crossed music genres and peaked in the top 10 of the Billboard Modern Rock chart.
Like much of the rest of the politically charged, sex-and-drugs-infused lyrics, You Get What You Give took on health insurance fraud, big-bank corruption and the threat of technology while cheekily name-checking “fashion shoots with Beck and Hanson, Courtney Love and Marilyn Manson,” insisting, “You’re all fakes, run to your mansions/Come around, we’ll kick your ass in.”
The song has been praised by the likes of U2’s The Edge, who told Time magazine he “really would have loved to have written [it],” while Joni Mitchell cited it in the liner notes of her 2004 compilation, Artist’s Choice, praising it for “rising from the swamp of ‘McMusic’ like a flower of hope.” Rolling Stone named You Get What You Give one of the 50 Best Songs of the Nineties, VH1 voted it one of the “100 Greatest Songs of the ‘90s,” while Pitchfork, Entertainment Weekly and Spin all dubbed it one of the top tracks of the decade as well.
Before the second single Someday We’ll Know was released in 1999, the band had broken up. The song was later covered by the group America, as well as Mandy Moore and Switchfoot’s Jon Foreman on the 2002 soundtrack to A Walk to Remember. Hall & Oates also covered the track on their 2003 album, Do It for Love, with a special appearance by Todd Rundgren.
After New Radicals, Alexander concentrated on production and songwriting, and continued to successfully write hits — but for other artists. In 2002, Alexander won a GRAMMY® Award for co-writing Santana’s top 5 hit “The Game of Love” featuring Michelle Branch. Alexander also co-wrote the songs for Once director John Carney’s 2014 film, Begin Again, with Alexander earning a Best Original Song Academy Award® nomination for “Lost Stars” with Brisebois. He’s also written and produced songs for Tina Turner, Cee-Lo, Rod Stewart, Rivers Cuomo, and The Struts, earning praise from Allmusic’s Stephen Thomas Erlewine who called Alexander “the catchiest, smartest professional mainstream pop songwriter of the early 2000s.”  Maybe You’ve Been Brainwashed Too serves as the finest example of that talent.
Maybe You’ve Been Brainwashed Too Track listing
Disc One/Side One
  1. Mother We Just Can’t Get Enough
  2. You Get What You Give
  3. I Hope I Didn’t Just Give Away the Ending
Disc One/Side Two
  • 4. I Don’t Wanna Die Anymore
  • 5. Jehovah Made This Whole Joint for You
  • 6. Somebody We’ll Know (Album version)
Disc Two/Side One
  1. Maybe You’ve Been Brainwashed Too
  2. In Need of a Miracle
  3. Gotta Stay High
Disc Two/Side Two
  • 10. Technicolor Love
  • 11. Flowers
  • 12. Crying Like a Church on Monday

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Hi-Res Digital EP With Limited Edition Physical Component Available For Pre-Order Exclusively At NIN.com
First Single, LESS THAN, Out Today
13 JULY 2017 (Toronto, ON) – Nine Inch Nails’ new EP, ADD VIOLENCE, will be released on July 21. The five-song collection is the second in a series of three related EPs. The first, Not The Actual Events, was released in December of 2016.
ADD VIOLENCE finds the band (Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross) becoming more accessible and impenetrable at the same time. The sonic palette expands significantly from Not The Actual Events, incorporating elements of beauty into the dark dissonance. The narrative arc linking the three records begins to emerge through the disassociated lyrics and the provocative and clue-filled cover artwork and accompanying physical component, available exclusively through the NIN.com store.
LESS THAN, the first single from ADD VIOLENCE, is available today. Fans can pre-order ADD VIOLENCE in hi-res digital format now at NIN.com and instantly receive a download of LESS THAN. All digital pre-orders from NIN.com include a limited edition physical component.
Nine Inch Nails will headline FYF Fest in Los Angeles on July 23, marking the band’s first live performance since 2014. Headlining slots at Panorama in New York City, Riot Fest in Chicago and Aftershock Fest in Sacramento will follow. No Canadian dates as yet announced.

The Washington Utilities and Transportation Commission has approved a contract establishing a new standard of collaboration to promote renewable energy and protect ratepayers

SEATTLE — July 13, 2017 — On Thursday, Microsoft Corp. and Puget Sound Energy (PSE) announced that the Washington Utilities and Transportation Commission (WUTC) has formally approved a new contract that will allow Microsoft to directly purchase clean energy to power its 15 million-square-foot Puget Sound region campus.
The terms of the contract stipulate that Microsoft will buy only carbon-free energy; purchase renewables at a level greatly in excess of the Renewable Portfolio Standards percentages established by the Washington Energy Independence Act (I-937), more than doubling that standard in 2021; and take significant actions to protect ratepayers, including payment of a substantial transition fee and ongoing funding for conservation and low-income programs. Microsoft will continue to utilize PSE’s distribution system.
“This agreement is good for our business, but more important it’s good for residents, the environment and the state of Washington,” said Brad Smith, president and chief legal officer of Microsoft. “Once the transition is complete, the vast majority of our Puget Sound campus will be powered solely by carbon-free fuels. This contract is a helpful innovation in meeting the demand for renewable energy in a way that protects other energy consumers.”
“The energy needs of our customers are unique,” said Kimberly Harris, president and CEO of Puget Sound Energy. “Our history of working with our customers and the WUTC to advance innovative rate ideas includes responding to the 2001 energy crisis with a new structure for large customers to manage their own power, current offerings like the Microsoft contract, our Green Direct program for commercial and municipal customers, and our Solar Choice option for residential customers. We’re proud to be a part of Microsoft’s response to renewable energy demands, and we’re proud to be part of the lives of our million-plus customers across Western Washington.”
The agreement is the result of several years of collaborative work between the company and utility provider. The agreement covers approximately 80 percent of Microsoft’s total energy load in the Puget Sound area; the remaining 20 percent will continue to be serviced by PSE. In addition, PSE will also continue to provide distribution and related services to Microsoft, which will remain one of PSE’s largest customers.
About Puget Sound Energy
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