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Doug Stanhope DVD trailer and tour bus video!

Posted Thu, 29 Mar 2012


For fans of: Bill Hicks, Richard Pryor, Lenny Bruce


"Doug Stanhope might be the most important stand up working today" - Ricky Gervais

"If there's a comedian out there who is as vital as Stanhope I haven’t heard him or her yet" - The Independent



Comedian Doug Stanhope released his latest DVD Before Turning the Gun on Himself on March 12th via Roadrunner Comedy, the sister label to Roadrunner Records, home to bands like Slipknot, Rush and Rob Zombie. The DVD (his tenth DVD release to date) comes with a bonus audio CD. To coincide with the DVD release, he is currently on the road, on an extensive UK tour.

The official trailer for Doug's DVD is available to watch now on YouTube.



Doug's manager Brian also posted a video recently, giving us a little insight to life on the road and a guide to the tour bus.



You can watch Stanhope introduce his involvement with Roadrunner Comedy on Roadrunner Record's YouTube channel.



Stanhope's confrontational rants, whose live show was twice named Best Stand-Up Show of the year by Time Out New York, encompasses caustic social commentary, outlandish first-person narratives, graphic sex and perversion, sometimes within the same sentence.
Fuelled by equal amounts of anger, outrage and alcohol, Stanhope rails against western civilisation's slide into apathy and stupidity, always on the edge of implosion yet fully in control and never afraid to risk alienating his audiences.

In a field crowded with conformists and copycats, Stanhope is a genuinely original comic voice, albeit a gleefully vulgar one.
"A visionary douchebag" says The Times. Raw, agitated and unflinching, he holds forth on all manner of major injustices and petty annoyances, excoriating himself as much as any of his other targets. But Stanhope's venomous bile is matched by his passion and conviction, as well as a fierce intellect that gives his work a level of substance and subtlety that belies his snarling exterior. His comedy is as corrosive as it is hilarious, and his righteous self-immolation is exhilarating and life affirming in its cathartic honesty.

Stanhope completed a 25-date residency in at London's Leicester Square Theatre in August 2011 to rave reviews and sold out shows. Metro lauded Stanhope with five stars saying, "Searing, relevant and brilliantly funny, there's good reason why Stanhope is often cited as one of the greatest comedians on the planet… If fearless stand-up is your bag, you'd be a fool to miss him." The comedian has also been compared to such fearless comic revolutionaries as Lenny Bruce, Richard Pryor, Sam Kinison and Bill Hicks. But his work makes it abundantly clear that he's a complete original.

If you would like a promo copy of the DVD, physical and digital copes are available. Please note however that physical copies are extremely limited. For more information, email info@abadgeoffriendship.com.

Doug Stanhope: “Before Turning The Gun On Himself” out now!

Posted Tue, 13 Mar 2012


For fans of: Bill Hicks, Richard Pryor, Lenny Bruce


"Doug Stanhope might be the most important stand up working today" - Ricky Gervais

"If there's a comedian out there who is as vital as Stanhope I haven’t heard him or her yet" - The Independent



Comedian Doug Stanhope releases his latest DVD Before Turning the Gun on Himself this week via Roadrunner Comedy, the sister label to Roadrunner Records, home to bands like Slipknot, Rush and Rob Zombie. The DVD (his tenth DVD release to date) comes with a bonus audio CD. To coincide with the DVD release, he is currently doing an extensive UK tour throughout March and April. The audio CD was released on March 5th 2012, with the DVD hitting stores this week. Stanhope's act offers a potent double dose of the abrasive, brutally honest brand of standup comedy that has established him as a one-of-a-kind phenomenon.

You can watch Stanhope introduce his involvement with Roadrunner Comedy on Roadrunner Record's YouTube channel.



Stanhope's confrontational rants, whose live show was twice named Best Stand-Up Show of the year by Time Out New York, encompasses caustic social commentary, outlandish first-person narratives, graphic sex and perversion, sometimes within the same sentence.
Fuelled by equal amounts of anger, outrage and alcohol, Stanhope rails against western civilisation's slide into apathy and stupidity, always on the edge of implosion yet fully in control and never afraid to risk alienating his audiences.

In a field crowded with conformists and copycats, Stanhope is a genuinely original comic voice, albeit a gleefully vulgar one.
"A visionary douchebag" says The Times. Raw, agitated and unflinching, he holds forth on all manner of major injustices and petty annoyances, excoriating himself as much as any of his other targets. But Stanhope's venomous bile is matched by his passion and conviction, as well as a fierce intellect that gives his work a level of substance and subtlety that belies his snarling exterior. His comedy is as corrosive as it is hilarious, and his righteous self-immolation is exhilarating and life affirming in its cathartic honesty.

Stanhope completed a 25-date residency in at London's Leicester Square Theatre in August 2011 to rave reviews and sold out shows. Metro lauded Stanhope with five stars saying, "Searing, relevant and brilliantly funny, there's good reason why Stanhope is often cited as one of the greatest comedians on the planet… If fearless stand-up is your bag, you’d be a fool to miss him." The comedian has also been compared to such fearless comic revolutionaries as Lenny Bruce, Richard Pryor, Sam Kinison and Bill Hicks. But his work makes it abundantly clear that he's a complete original.

You can download the full DVD press release from the A Badge of Friendship website.

If you would like a promo copy of the DVD, physical and digital copes are available. Please note however that physical copies are extremely limited. For more information, email info@abadgeoffriendship.com.

March Releases: Music and Comedy

Posted Mon, 05 Mar 2012


Last month's update was packed with news but now we've hit March, there's no rest for us here at ABoF HQ. We’ve got lots of brilliant releases from our bands plus comedian Doug Stanhope, who's releasing his next DVD on Roadrunner Records.

We have lots of free tracks to give away and stream in this newsletter and if you've any questions about anything you read here, please email info@abadgeoffriendship.com and remember to keep checking our official website for all the latest news!

Released March 5th 2012



Our very own electro rockers, The Unkindness of Ravens, return with the single Last Call For The River. The single is taken from their eagerly awaited debut album Virus out 7th May on Sonic Fire Records.

Last Call For The River is available to stream and download now via the band's Soundcloud page.



Turnpike Glow released their first free download track before Christmas. The boys have started the year with a bang with the release of 1986, a track that’s been remixed by Broken Social Scene's producer, Dave Newfeld. The video for the single has already been featured on NME and the single has been played on Frank Skinner's show on Absolute Radio plus there's a Video of the Day feature planned on Spinner soon.

1986 is available to download now.



Saturday Night Gym Club, a band that site M83 and Ólafur Arnalds as a few of their influences, release their EP How To Build A Life Raft. The Line of Best Fit and This Is Fake DIY are amongst those to give the EP a gleaming review with the former calling the release "lush".You can download the title track of the EP now and also watch the video for "I Know featuring Ellie Walker" on their YouTube channel.

How To Build A Life Raft EP is available to buy on Amazon.



Glasgow's Vigo Thieves their EP Heart and Soul Part 1 this month as well, the first EP of a two-part release. Their new sound harks back to those epic 80s greats like Simple Minds and U2, real sing a long stuff. The free track "Heartbeats" is available to download from our Soundcloud page now. The video for the track has already received over 32,000 hits on YouTube in four weeks, proof you need to check out these guys now!

Grab a copy of Heart and Soul Part 1 on Play.com.



Released March 12th 2012



Dark, cinematic and intriguing, Atom Eye release Part II of the three part Trilogy 120 this month. Atom Eye is Elsie Martins' side project whilst she steps aside from Phantom for the moment to create gorgeous, experimental, filmic soundscapes. The single Trilogy 120 - Part II will be available to download from Atom Eye's official website from 12th March 2012, however, a stream of the single is available to check out now.



Tango in the Attic are back and preparing for the release of their forthcoming second album Sellotape out 23rd April 2012. The album is the follow-up to their fantastic 2010 debut Bank Place Locomotive Society. The live session video for the track "Swimming Pool" is already available to watch on their YouTube channel but this month they also release the free single Paw Prints, which is currently available to stream from our Soundcloud page.



In case you missed them, The Birthday Suit (Rod Jones from Idlewild) released their debut album Sing It Alone in November. Just back from their first UK tour, they're releasing the single A Nation, a more melodic departure from the free track "Do You Ever?", which was released alongside the album last year.

A Nation is available to stream on The Birthday Suit's Soundcloud page now.



Doug Stanhope DVD Release!



We've been working with comedian Doug Stanhope on his forthcoming DVD release Before Turning the Gun on Himself. The DVD is out on Roadrunner Comedy, the sister label to Roadrunner Records, home to bands like Slipknot, Rush and Rob Zombie.

The DVD (his tenth DVD release to date) will come with a bonus audio CD. To coincide with the DVD release, he will also be hitting the road, doing an extensive UK tour throughout March and April. The audio CD will be released on March 5th 2012, with the DVD to follow a few weeks after. Stanhope's act offers a potent double dose of the abrasive, brutally honest brand of standup comedy that has established him as a one-of-a-kind phenomenon.

You can watch Stanhope introduce his involvement with Roadrunner Comedy on Roadrunner Record's YouTube channel.



If you'd like any information about our bands or Doug Stanhope's DVD release, please email info@abadgeoffriendship.com.

Doug Stanhope to release “Before Turning The Gun On Himself” DVD

Posted Thu, 16 Feb 2012


For fans of: Bill Hicks, Richard Pryor, Lenny Bruce


"Doug Stanhope might be the most important stand up working today" - Ricky Gervais

"If there's a comedian out there who is as vital as Stanhope I haven't heard him or her yet"- The Independent



We're very happy to announce that we will be working with comedian Doug Stanhope on his forthcoming DVD release Before Turning the Gun on Himself, which will be released on Roadrunner Comedy, the sister label to Roadrunner Records, home to bands like Slipknot, Rush and Rob Zombie. The DVD (his tenth DVD release to date) will come with a bonus audio CD. To coincide with the DVD release, he will also be hitting the road, doing an extensive UK tour throughout March and April. The audio CD will be released on March 5th 2012, with the DVD to follow a few weeks after. Stanhope’s act offers a potent double dose of the abrasive, brutally honest brand of standup comedy that has established him as a one-of-a-kind phenomenon.

You can watch Stanhope introduce his involvement with Roadrunner Comedy on Roadrunner Record's YouTube channel.



Stanhope's confrontational rants, whose live show was twice named Best Stand-Up Show of the year by Time Out New York, encompasses caustic social commentary, outlandish first-person narratives, graphic sex and perversion, sometimes within the same sentence.Fuelled by equal amounts of anger, outrage and alcohol, Stanhope rails against western civilisation's slide into apathy and stupidity, always on the edge of implosion yet fully in control and never afraid to risk alienating his audiences.

In a field crowded with conformists and copycats, Stanhope is a genuinely original comic voice, albeit a gleefully vulgar one. "A visionary douchebag" says The Times. Raw, agitated and unflinching, he holds forth on all manner of major injustices and petty annoyances, excoriating himself as much as any of his other targets. But Stanhope's venomous bile is matched by his passion and conviction, as well as a fierce intellect that gives his work a level of substance and subtlety that belies his snarling exterior. His comedy is as corrosive as it is hilarious, and his righteous self-immolation is exhilarating and life affirming in its cathartic honesty.

Stanhope completed a 25-date residency in at London’s Leicester Square Theatre in August 2011 to rave reviews and sold out shows. Metro lauded Stanhope with five stars saying, “Searing, relevant and brilliantly funny, there’s good reason why Stanhope is often cited as one of the greatest comedians on the planet… If fearless stand-up is your bag, you’d be a fool to miss him.” The comedian has also been compared to such fearless comic revolutionaries as Lenny Bruce, Richard Pryor, Sam Kinison and Bill Hicks. But his work makes it abundantly clear that he's a complete original.

Doug Stanhope's official website: www.dougstanhope.com
Roadrunner Comedy: www.roadrunnercomedy.com
Roadrunner Records: www.roadrunnerrecords.co.uk

You can download the full DVD press release, which includes a full list of Doug's tour dates from the A Badge of Friendship website.

If you would like a promo copy of the DVD, physical and digital copes are available. Please note however that physical copies are extremely limited. For more information, email info@abadgeoffriendship.com.