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MONKEY BOWL, THE VIDEO GAME

OK, Monkey Bowl fans. You’ve worn out your copy of “Plastic 350”. You’re on your second copy of “Ultimate”. And you need a new video game to play while you enjoy listening to the new record, “Space”. Well you need this great new app for your iPhone! You can listen to Monkey Bowl and play Monkey Bowl at the same time! Will wonders never cease?

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RAVE REVIEWS FOR ART CIRCUS, AND WE COULDN’T AGREE MORE


Great new reviews for “Apples and Oranges” this week, and we couldn’t wait to share them with you. If you haven’t discovered this gem of an indie-pop record, check it out on iTunes HERE. But you might want to buy the CD HERE, because the artwork by Justine Orrall is as beautiful as Halle’s voice. Which is really saying something. But let’s let them tell it! “Art Circus combines the cute nature of Au Revoir Simone with traits of electronic pop and even (if just slightly) hip hop (at least on this song). Yes, that sounds a little odd, but check out “My Heart Hurts” and I think you’ll understand. The song is slightly melodramatic and moody, backed by a dreamy drum box and indie pop synths, all fronted by Halle Jane with vocals pure and sweet. “My Heart Hurts” follows what you’ll get on Apples and Oranges: light and playful near-twee electro-influenced indie-pop. It’s bouncy, entirely lovable and super fun. Within the album are eleven tracks where Halle lends her sweet vocals to the songwriting expertise of member Robert Ellis Orrall, with assistance form Al Anderson, Canaan Smith and Ben Jones. – Fensepost “Syrupy sweet and daydreamy, Halle Jane has narrowed the wide scope of Art Circus. An influence of Madi Diaz’s unassuming sweetness and acoustic pop sense mixed with whirly piano, earnest vocals and glossy production that make it sound like an ultra girly version of Owl City, Apples & Oranges is pastel-colored, cotton candy pop filled with peach and apple pie, whipped cream and kisses. The lyrics read like diary entries, and Halle completely takes over them, making them her own as she unabashedly sings about some extremely heartfelt, sticky stuff on the topic of love and relationships. Apples & Oranges isn’t a fluff pop record; there are intrigues here, like Halle’s unusual voice, which is soft, but substantial with an inquisitive lilt. And though the record is hooky beyond belief, it isn’t tiring to listen to, keeping pretty quiet and on an even tempo throughout, so that Apples & Oranges comes out endearing and infectious, rather than overtly sappy” – The Deli National

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MONKEY BOWL’S “SPACE” IS OUT OF THIS WORLD

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The great reviews keep on coming for Monkey Bowl’s third album, “Space”.

Space, not an album to be pigeonholed, is a diverse, mellow, lyric-driven record that outfits accessible pop in various masks from soft and acoustic to bright and sparkling. The 12-track collection features a  hushed, softer rendition of JEFF the Brotherhood’s “The Tropics” that has a delicate piano base. The record leans heavily on piano hooks, like “The Secret Life of Secrets,” and one of the best is the distinct outlier, even on this mish-mash album, “You All,” with its wiry guitar and retro pop rhythm.” (The Deli National)

Have you got your copy yet? Buy it now or go check it out on iTunes right HERE.

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TWO MORE PRE-RELEASE CD’S! CUZ YOU CAN’T WAIT.

Well, it seems like what the world needed was a new Art Circus album. So many of you music lovers out there have bought “Apples and Oranges” already, we’ve decided to make the same offer on two more albums that will be officially released July 20th. But you can get them exclusively here right now. Pick up a copy of the debut full-length from the little bear. Her voice, and her songs as well, defy description. But we’ll try: ethereal, deep, sweet, scary, blue, mischievous, adorable, fun, soothing, original. Listen to it, send us your description, and we’ll post it! And you Monkey Bowl fans have waited long enough for the third album from Bob Something! this one is called “Space”, and it’s crazy good. It features 9 new Bob Something pop nuggets, and covers of great songs by JEFF The Brotherhood and Ben Jones. The New Yorker says “Monkey Bowl is a cross between the Fugs and Ali G!”. Umm, well OK. Renowned Detroit music writer Eric A. Harabadian says “one of the best song-driven releases I’ve heard in a long time! Very clever songwriting with great melodies, wry lyrics and harmonies that bring to mind classic pop like Beach Boys, Beatles, Badfinger and Todd Rundgren…to name a few”. We’ll go with that one! Buy them right HERE.

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PRE ORDER ART CIRCUS NOW, GET IT NOW

ImageWe’re so excited about the new Art Circus album “Apples and Oranges.” It doesn’t officially come out until July 20th, but we want you to have it now! Buy it right HERE and we’ll ship it to you right away. If you have the first Art Circus album (with 10 different singers!), you are in for a surprise. This one features one beautiful voice that you have to hear to believe. Her name is Halle, and she is nothing short of amazing. If you like your pop music pure and sweet, this is your new favorite CD. Halle’s voice transforms songs by world class writers like Al Anderson, Canaan Smith, Ben Jones and Robert Ellis Orrall into “shimmering nuggets of pop candy”. It’s a beautiful CD package too, and it includes a 12 page fold-out lyric booklet as well. Everyone here at Plastic 350 is so pumped about this album, we just couldn’t wait to let you hear it!

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SPACE. THE FINAL FRONTIER. COMING SOON.

Perry Shall is hard at work putting the finishing touches on the artwork, and “Space” is headed to the pressing plant soon. Monkey Bowl returns with their third release, and it’s their best yet.
Need to catch up? Pick up “Plastic 350” and “Ultimate” right here!

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the little bear. THE FIVE SONG EP IS CALLED “BRIDGES”

 We are pleased to bring you the debut EP from the little bear. Featuring five haunting, shimmering, shiny happy and not-so-happy songs: Bridges, Coldest Cloud, Sunshine, Parachute, and Puppy Love. Exciting news for little bear fans everywhere. Available May 24th right here. Pre-order it right now for just 5 bucks! FIRST 10 PRE-ORDERS GET A HANDMADE TOTEBAG! Prizes are gone!

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