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Artists Against AIDS New Robert Urban  New 2-25-03
Peto-A-Go-Go Robin Renée 
Duane Simolke Submit your release information here

Artists Against AIDS Updates
: Artists Against AIDS / 415.674.1582 /


International Jazz Soulstress Jacqui Naylor Records & Performs "I Remember You" for
World AIDS Day and Artists Against AIDS
San Francisco

"I just don’t think anyone can learn to sing like this; it must be a natural, organic thing that comes from the heart, from the soul"
Los Angeles Jazz Scene

"Jacqui Naylor has the ultimate momentum of becoming the next big thing. We’ve all heard of Norah Jones but this is stronger, deeper, sexier." –

Fast-rising vocal star, Jacqui Naylor, has just finished recording an original song for this years World AIDS Day/Day Without Art in remembrance of those lost to HIV/AIDS and to bring attention to the prevention/education efforts of Artists Against AIDS.

The song was written by the artist’s dear friend, Joe Wilson, who has been living with HIV/AIDS for nearly 15 years. Wilson uses his diverse talents as songwriter, producer and promoter to educate and increase awareness of the disease by using his own personal experiences of loss, illness, poverty and even homelessness for prevention & education. Joe is also the founder of Artists Against AIDS in San Francisco. "Joe and I chant and do prayers together every day as part of our Buddhist practice. When I heard "I Remember You", which was written for his best friend who died from AIDS, I soon realized that this was only one of many friends Joe has had to bury because of this disease, I cried and knew I had to sing it. Especially in this year when everyone all over the world knows what it feels like to lose someone they love. This song spills over the heart and helps us remember how good it feels to value the most precious human life" says Naylor.

The single will be released worldwide on (or before) December 1st solely to promote World AIDS Day via Naylor’s Ruby Records Label. The artist has released two jazz recordings on this label and has just completed a third with pianist-producer Art Khu who also lends his talents on "I Remember You". The single is the first cut from an upcoming CD called "Soundtrack for the Soul" where different vocalists/bands will perform each of the 12 songs written by HIV+ Artists. The CD is expected for a spring release. "We really want to use the music to honor those who have left us and to further educate and inspire those who are still here. So much love has gone into this project and it is my great benefit to have such heartfelt and talented musicians bring it to life." says Wilson. The objective of the Artists Against AIDS CD Project, is to educate, inspire and help keep HIV-Positive Artists working and contributing. "We’re trying to develop ways to let artists tell their stories and continue their work and hopefully, educate in the process."

Jacqui Naylor performs at the Plush Room in San Francisco – December 3-7 with her trio featuring Art Khu on piano, Devin Hoff on bass and Emiliano Benevides on percussion. Opening night, December 3rd honors World AIDS Day and Artists Against AIDS which includes special guests and a remembrance celebration. The show is at 8pm nightly and admission is $25 (please contact us directly if you are on limited income/disability and wish to see the show). The Plush Room is located at 940 Sutter Street in the York Hotel. For tickets or more information on the show, please call 415.885.0750 or

The CD single is available online ( and Ruby Records is donating a substantial amount of singles to non-profit and educational organizations around the globe. Qualified groups can also use the CD for fund-raising. If you would like to learn more about requesting CD’s for your group or event, please contact (415.674.1582).

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Cover Art New Robert Urban CD "Rock Widow" and link to Robert's website. The new Robert Urban 12 song CD 
"Rock Widow" 
is coming!
Scheduled for release March 15th, 2003
Will be available for purchase at


Thanks to all the media & fans who've aired, downloaded or requested "WAITING FOR ROME TO FALL" - the new Robert Urban black comedy, anti-war rock/industrial crossover single - the perfect sonic cocktail to accompany humanity's current downward spiral into militaristic insanity.

Special thanks to Danny's Outvoice & Len's StoneWall Society. Posting our free web release on their lists brought an avalanche of responses.

We've now replaced the board mix of "Rome" that's been online with the new, finished mastered version - sounds awesome!

The URL for the high-res MP3 (192kbps encoding, file size 9.3MB) - 
The URL for the lower-res MP3 (96kbps encoding, file size 4.6MB) - 

"what a wonderfully-produced and great-sounding track!"
- GREG GORDON, Coordinating Producer,"This Way Out",
Los Angeles, CA

"Nice work!  I find it delightful that there seems to be a new wave of politically aware music hitting the airwaves of the country.  Yours is a terrific contribution. Peace". BOB YOUNG, "Uncle Bob's Electronic Digital Playland", American Radio Network

"Sounds like Ziggy Stardust goes AWOL and takes refuge at Eno's house! You've got a great sound on this one, nice guitar work" - RICK RAY, Neurosis Records

"Congratulations on the new single - A great track, and very timely. I really love to hear artists using their talent to say something meaningful.
Thanks for that!" - *V*I*R*G*O

"YOLANDA tore into his star cameo vocals like Mahalia Jackson on Ecstasy. He's a veritable one-man girl group.  No who hears "Rome" can believe it's just one human singing all those parts!... When I first heard WOLFGANG BUSCH's speaking voice, I knew it held great potential for studio voiceover work, but his crafty word-stylings on "Rome" far exceeded all my expectations" - ROBERT URBAN, producer 

ROBERT URBAN - lyrics, vocals, guitars & sounds
TOM O'NEILL - synths, programming & fx
MARK VOLLENWEIDER - drums & percussion
YOLANDA - gospel choir vocals
WOLFGANG BUSCH - "sprechstimme rap"
Thermo-nuclear detonation courtesy of
Recorded & produced by Robert Urban

If any media or anti-war sources would like a real cd mailed out, just get in touch via this email address.  We also have
a special 4 minute version if the 7 minute is too long.
robert urban

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The new Peto-A-Go-Go CD "Sugarcoated" is now available!

The power-loaded, pop-rockin' disc features six new hook-filled songs including the energetic "(Can It Be) So Real" and the moody surf-rock laced "In This Town", plus the fun of the tongue-in-cheek title track and more.

The official retail release date is slated for May 28, 2002 -- HOWEVER, orders sent in to the Peto-A-Go-Go mail order address before the release date will be sent out as early as one week prior on May 21! So order now for early access -- OR if you're in the Capitol Hill/Seattle area, you can take advantage of the exclusive pre-sale happening at Revolutions (at 345 15th Avenue East) until May 28!

All ordering and upcoming live performance (summer festivals!) information is available at
Check it out -- and tell a friend! Thank you for your continued support! 
Peto, Sean and Daryl

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Robin Renée's new CD release "All Six Senses" Robin Renée Updates

Menage a Music (BMI)
P.O. Box 204
Atco, NJ 08004 USA

August 27, 2002
Robin Renée's "All Six Senses" Released Today
The new release by Robin Renée, "All Six Senses," is available today.  The CD
contains 12 new tracks - 11 original tunes plus a sultry cover of Nick Lowe's
"Cruel To Be Kind."  

"All Six Senses" can be ordered now direct from Menage aMusic Online availability at CD is coming soon.  
Visit frequently for updates. 

"All Six Senses", the latest CD by performing songwriter Robin Renée, is a journey of spiritual awakening.  The journey is indeed the destination here, as each piece has its own deep resonance in the greater human experience.  Distilled to its essence, the album is much about the nature of love- from open-hearted seeking (“First Sight”), to romantic complexity and longing – (If I could taste you one more time and had to leave my world to chance/ I just might close the door and spin the wheel of fortune – “All Six Senses”), to celebration (“Thursday Morning Afterglow”), and ultimately to the profound urgency of merging with God/dess – (I was bathing in the light/ Felt the sea run down my spine/ I could feel another time/ I could wait here one more night/ But no more, no more/ Gotta be right now – “I’m Coming Down”). These themes, loosely-yet-cohesively interwoven, emerge through a passionate medium of edgy rock, singer/songwriter lyricism and pop sense, and the sonic impact of chant.

All Six Senses began to materialize in earnest in January 2002 when world-renowned producer Scott Mathews took a keen interest in the early demos that crossed his path (Scott Mathews has produced, written for, recorded with, or performed with artists as fabulous and diverse as George Harrison, Ringo Starr, Elvis Costello, Barbra Streisand, Semisonic, The Rubinoos, John Lee Hooker, Eric Clapton, John Hiatt, Patti LaBelle, Bonnie Raitt and many more.).  Robin and Scott quickly realized that they were a good artistic match; the album was recorded during May 2002 in Scott’s own TikiTown Studios  in Mill Valley, CA.

New songs "First Sight," "Chant," and "My Bride" can be heard now on MP3:  
Jon Gilbert Leavitt of MP3's "Radio Stonewall" says of "My Bride" -  "-a new gem from the new CD by one of the most innovative folk/rock/alternative artists around. Robin Renée's "My Bride" uses pronoun play in constructing a beautiful and poignant song- an anthem in its own right. Renée is an artist who never stops growing, and her fan base never stops being amazed by her new creations. (Menage à Music)- "
For more information on "All Six Senses," visit Robin Renée on the web:
Robin Renée is available for interviews, radio appearances, and performance
Menage a Music (BMI)
P.O. Box 204
Atco, NJ 08004 USA
For more information on producer Scott Mathews and TikiTown Studios, contact        More of Robin's Updates here

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Duane Simolke Updates New Book

(Lubbock, Texas) West Texas author Duane Simolke returns with a fourth book: Degranon. This unusual release marks Simolke's first novel, and his first book of science fiction.

Most scifi novels, movies, and TV shows ignore human diversity. Even among a wild variety of alien races, the human characters mostly stay within the usual frameworks of white and heterosexual. Aside from the occasional black man-who probably dies in an early scene or fades in and out with little consequence to the narrative- we rarely see people of color. And gay characters appear even less often.

In the alternate universe Simolke created for his science fiction adventure, we encounter characters that we might think of as Native American, African American, Latino, Asian, or gay. In fact, white characters receive only passing references, while gays seem idealized.

Simolke stops short of calling Degranon a "gay novel," since he wrote the book for a general audience, and since the main characters are heterosexual. However, he uses some of those non-gay characters to explore gay themes, as well as wider themes of diversity, freedom, and violence.

Though primarily a high-concept adventure, Degranon challenges every reader's views, perceptions, and prejudices. Everyone who reads it will find it disturbing at times, exciting at times, and ultimately optimistic. In fact, many people will interpret certain scenes, characters, and events in differing ways.

Readers wanting to learn more about Duane Simolke and his writing should visit his home page ( They'll find links or writings related to diversity, homophobia, cancer, writers, and many other topics. They'll also find Rainbow: Lubbock, Simolke's gay newsletter for Lubbock, Texas, which is where he lives,
and where he received a Ph.D. from Texas Tech University.

Free review copies of Simolke's books are no longer available. He asks that readers support his work by ordering his new book at their favorite local or online bookstore.

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