MATT PLESS Perfects “Ashtray” with Re-Recording of ‘Tumbleweed’

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Baltimore, MD Folk-Punk Singer/Songwriter MATT PLESS has returned to his 2013 released masterpiece Tumbleweed with a re-recording of the acoustic 12 track LP. Invoking the lyrical brilliance of BOB DYLAN, the instrumental diversity of THE VIOLENT FEMMES, and the folkish undertones of FLOGGING MOLLY, Tumbleweed is an explosion of dynamic discordance, mixing driving, confrontational punk acoustic jams with gentle, canorous melodies. The opening track for the album, “Ashtray,” is the perfect introduction to this uniquely focused musician’s fusion of rock, Americana, and acoustic folk.

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“’Ashtray’ came about because I smoked an ashtray-worth of cigarettes in the half hour that it took to write the song…I had been playing music full time for quite a while. I was tired of finding myself performing at shows that were as empty as my pockets and was frustrated at the state of my life, the world, and the indie art community. I had been listening to a lot of obscure music circulating in the punk scene and had stumbled across a song by another artist which included a lyric that said: “If I found God anywhere it would be by the tracks”. From there, inspiration threw me my own variation on the line that would open “Ashtray”: “Someone asked me if I found God, yes, I think we’ve met a couple times. But, I’m not sure if it was Him ’cause I can’t look Her in the eye” – Matt Pless

Cover Art for Tumbleweed

Track List:
1. Ashtray
2. Piggy Bank
3. My Crooked Ways
4. Mad Child’s Lament
5. What You Will
6. The Book of You and I
7. Portland
8. Talkin’ Information Blues
9. The Crayon Song
10. White Picket Fences
11. My Idea of Heaven
12. In the Past Tense

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Combining elements of folk, punk, pop and roots rock, Matt Pless can lyrically turn a phrase with the best of them. He has been compared to some of the top songwriters of our time, including John Lennon, Paul Simon, John Prine, and Bob Dylan. Known for his engaging and thought-provoking, witty word labyrinths, Matt’s music spans topics from love and loss to social commentary to ethereal train-of-thought abstractions, and everything in between.

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Andrew Belle @ Club Cafe // 10/18

Chicago-based Andrew Belle has made a name for himself as one of our more compelling songwriters since releasing his debut album The Ladder in 2010. Though that album held strong at number one for several weeks on iTunes‘s singer-songwriter chart and earned dozens of television and film licenses, Belle boldly followed a new muse on the album’s electronic, alternative follow-up, Black Bear. His third and latest album Dive Deep doubles down on the ethereal electronic sound of Black Bear, and sees Belle pushing himself to new depths as a songwriter, a vocalist, and a composer. Soaring choruses and moody arrangements abound on Dive Deep, a thoughtfully crafted and deeply felt album that deserves consideration among peers like James Blake and Bon Iver.

The new album is FANTASTIC – very chill vibes with pleasing electronic beats, comforting acoustic sounds and thoughtful lyrics. Check out the press love so far:
Paper Magazine premiered the first single from this record early last week, watch the video here: http://www.papermag.com/premiere-andrew-belles-new-video-for-down-is-a-testament-to-taking-cha-2437101408.html

Jessica Lea Mayfield in Pittsburgh on October 14 @ClubCafe

Acclaimed singer songwriter will be in town performing at Club Café on October 14 in support of her new album Sorry Is Gone, out September 29 on ATO Records.

The album was written and recorded following the break up of Jessica’s marriage. She comments, “The whole record is about me taking my life back, without really realizing it. I realized I’m the only person that is going to look out for me. I have to be my main person. No one else. I have to sing about things and write about things that have happened to me as therapy. That’s what connects me to other music I listen to. I want music to make me feel things. This is my inner dialogue, and my chance to get the last word.”

Sorry Is Gone is now streaming in full at NPR Music who says, “she doesn’t hide or hold back—a raw, fierce attitude runs through the confessional stanzas.” Listen to the album here.

“She doesn’t hide or hold back—a raw, fierce attitude runs through the confessional stanzas.” –NPR Music

Jessica Lea Mayfield’s anticipated new album, Sorry Is Gone, is now streaming in full exclusively at NPR Music’s First Listen series. Listen HERE. Of the album, NPR Music’s Tom Moon declares, “She doesn’t hide or hold back—a raw, fierce attitude runs through the confessional stanzas. And there are expressions of anger, too. But Mayfield never lets bitterness become the whole story—she tempers the astringent lyrics of ‘Offa My Hands’ and ‘Wish You Could See Me Now’ with a breezy, beguiling melodic sweetness. There’s a sense of catharsis, but it’s catharsis on pop terms: Sorry Is Gone is the sound of someone who knows exactly how much her baggage weighs, and exactly how much energy it takes to get it out of her way and into the rearview mirror.”

Out next Friday, September 29 on ATO Records, Sorry Is Gone is now available pre-order, which includes instant downloads of three album tracks: “Sorry Is Gone,” “Meadow” and “Offa My Hands.”

Already receiving widespread acclaim, Stereogum recently debuted the official music video for “Meadow” calling it, “…appealing in its blend of melancholy resignation and defiant self-will” (watch HERE.), while NPR Music premiered the video for the title track declaring, “Jessica Lea Mayfield is taking back her life. ‘Sorry Is Gone,’ the title track to her next album, is a song of empowerment that finds the singer moving past a difficult period in her life…Despite the weight of that, the song feels breezy, flowing and freeing” (watch HERE). Moreover, of the album, LENNY asserts, “Sorry Is Gone is clamorous and dynamic, reflective of Mayfield’s rare gift of seeming equally steady and chameleonic from album to album” and goes on to praise, “Mayfield seems primed to enjoy not only another strong album but to harness its moment in the service of others.”

The 11-track record was recorded at Water Music and Electric Lady studios with producer John Agnello (Kurt Vile, Sonic Youth, Dinosaur Jr., Phosphorescent). In addition to Mayfield, the album features a variety of world-renowned musicians including Seth Avett on backing vocals and keys, drummer Steve Shelley (Sonic Youth, Sun Kil Moon), bassist Emil Amos (Grails, Holy Sons) and guitarist Cameron Deyell (Sia, Streets of Laredo.) with additional production from Patrick Damphier (The Mynabirds).

Of the record, Mayfield comments, “The whole record is about me taking my life back, without really realizing it. I realized I’m the only person that is going to look out for me. I have to be my main person. No one else.” She continues, “I have to sing about things and write about things that have happened to me as therapy. That’s what connects me to other music I listen to. I want music to make me feel things. This is my inner dialogue, and my chance to get the last word.”

In support of the release, Mayfield will embark on an extensive tour this fall including shows at NYC’s Baby’s All Right, DC’s Songbyrd, Nashville’s The Basement East and Chicago’s The Empty Bottle among many others. All tickets are now on-sale via https://site.jessicaleamayfield.com/tour. See below for complete details.

Sorry Is Gone is Mayfield’s first solo album since 2014’s Make My Head Sing…, which was released to widespread acclaim. Of the album, Rolling Stone asserted, “…Mayfield’s echo-laden bluegrass vocals mesh with scorching electric guitar lines to render remarkable results,” while Pitchfork praised, “There’s something certainly compelling about this raw, minimalist sound” and NPR’s Fresh Air proclaimed, “The music is heavy, but it soars.” Additionally Interview Magazine declared, “Mayfield sounds like she’s finally arrived” and USA Today affirmed, “Her evolution as an artist has been fascinating to hear.” Most recently, in 2015, Mayfield collaborated with Seth Avett on Seth Avett and Jessica Lea Mayfield Sing Elliott Smith.

SORRY IS GONE TRACK LISTING

1. Wish You Could See Me Now
2. Sorry Is Gone
3. Meadow
4. Maybe Whatever
5. Soaked Through
6. Safe 2 Connect 2
7. Bum Me Out
8. WTF
9. Offa My Hands
10. World Won’t Stop
11. Too Much Terrible

JESSICA LEA MAYFIELD TOUR
*with support from Mal Blum
†with support from Blank Range
‡with support from Idle Bloom 

October 8  /// Charleston, WV  /// Mountain Stage
October 12  /// Columbus, OH /// Rumba Café*
October 13  /// Lakewood, OH  /// Mahall’s 20 Lanes*
October 14  /// Pittsburgh, PA /// Club Café*
October 15  /// Toronto, ON  /// The Rivoli*
October 17  /// New York, NY /// Baby’s All Right*
October 19  /// Boston, MA  /// Great Scott†
October 20  /// Philadelphia, PA /// Boot & Saddle†
October 21  /// Washington, DC—Songbyrd†
October 23  /// Charlottesville, VA  /// The Southern†
October 24  /// Carrboro, NC /// Cat’s Cradle Back Room†
October 25  /// Knoxville, TN  /// The Open Chord†
October 26  /// Asheville, NC /// The Altamont†
October 27  /// Atlanta, GA  /// The Earl†
October 28  /// Charlotte, NC /// Stage Door Theater†
November 3  /// Nashville, TN  /// The Basement East‡
November 8  /// Indianapolis, IN /// Hi-Fi†
November 9  /// Chicago, IL  /// The Empty Bottle
November 10  /// Milwaukee, WI /// The Back Room at Colectivo
November 11  /// Minneapolis, MN  /// 7th Street Entry
November 12  /// Madison, WI /// The Frequency†
November 14  /// Davenport, IA /// The Raccoon Motel†
November 15  /// Des Moines, IA  /// Vaudeville Mews†
November 16  /// Kansas City, MO /// The Riot Room†
November 17  /// St. Louis, MO /// Off Broadway†
November 18  /// Louisville, KY  /// Zanzabar†

Tor Miller Premieres “Headlights” Track On Disco Naïveté

Click Here To Listen To “Headlights” Track On Disco Naïveté

Tor Miller is a 19 year old New York City native who spends his days attending NYU and his nights performing in legendary venues like The Bitter End, Rockwood Music Hall and The Slipper Room among others. Tor’s distinct voice has landed him gigs as far from home as London, where his i-Phone recorded tune “Hold The Phone” received a much coveted play as the “Next Hype” on Zane Lowe’s BBC Radio 1 show. Support from Radio 1 is just the beginning of Tor’s international exposure, the much respected John Kennedy of London’s XFM has also begun putting Tor Miller records into rotation. 2013 has been a jam packed year so far and there are no signs of Tor Miller slowing his momentum anytime soon.

Zane Lowe (1st play “Hold The Phone”): “That’s as raw of a recording as you can get.”

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Joel RL Phelps and The Downer Trio announce the release of Gala September 17


Joel RL Phelps & The Downer Trio announce the release of GalaSeptember 17 on Triple Crown Audio Recordings of Canada
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Joel RL Phelps & The Downer Trio announce the release of Gala September 17 on Triple Crown Audio Recordings of Canada
Stream/Download “Thank You And Goodnight”:
Joel RL Phelps & The Downer Trio have announced the release of their long awaited new LP, Gala, on Tuesday, September 17 via Triple Crown Audio Recordings of Canada. The album features Phelps (the former guitarist/vocalist in Silkworm) delivering twelve songs that weave between humbled introspection and fractured, distorted guitars.
Gala is the first new album from Joel RL Phelps & The Downer Trio since 2004’s Customs, a record praised by Pitchfork’s Stephen M. Deunser for it’s “darkly existential drama and gravity.” On the Troy Glessner (Propagandhi, Damien Jurado, Pedro the Lion) recorded Gala, Phelps, guitarist/bassist Robert Mercer & drummer William Herzog have returned with what might be their most powerful work to date. There are very few songwriters on this continent that can rival Phelps, and his lyrical & instrumental prowess is as keen as ever, despite an extended stretch out of the public eye.
“I don’t know how you guys feel about someone calling an album they haven’t heard the best album of the year, but I’m pretty confident this is the best album of the year. The return of Joel RL Phelps should be the biggest music news in a year that witnessed the return of both My Bloody Valentine and David Bowie. Only this promises not to be anything like a disappointment. Maybe this time around the world will catch on.” – Endless Records

 For more information on Joel RL Phelps & The Downer Trio, visit:
http://joelrlphelps.net/ | http://crowncrowncrown.com/

Physical and digital versions of the Gala are available upon request. Joel is available for interviews.

 Joel RL Phelps & The Downer Trio
 Gala
 (Released on Tuesday, September 17th)

 01 The Nashville Sound 4:01
 02 The Great Falls 4:17
 03 So You’ve Decided 3:35
 04 Blinding Light 3:03
 05 Hold Fast 2:32
 06 Gala 3:39
 07 Goldentown 4:30
 08 University Gal 2:27
 09 Exiting The Garden 3:46
 10 Wind On Her Face 1:05
 11 Thank You And Goodnight 4:06
 
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Evan Andree – “Ancient/Eternal”

On June 11th Atlanta based singer-songwriter Evan Andree released an EP called “Ancient/Eternal.” The music is gentle and spacey, sort of like a simplified late-career Elliot Smith.  Acoustic guitars, sweeping echoes, forlorn lyrics, sitting by the window with a cigarette at three in the morning thinking regretful thoughts songs. Angels and Airwaves come to mind, as does Arcade Fire at their most soft and love-y.

There are pop hooks galore, well suited for a slow dance in a pink suit at your local high school gymnasium. Chet and his cummerbund, Sally with her shoulder pads, head on Chet’s shoulders. A sad slow mirror ball twists.

“Atomic Bombs” is interesting.  A mix of Mumford and Sons and… maybe acoustic Moldy Peaches? (A slightly random comparison for those lucky enough to be down with the Peaches).  There is a nice slow stomp to that track.  It includes jingle bells, multiple forms of unexpected vocal processing, some sweet theatre organ and good ol’ hooky “whoa, whoa – oh” chorus chants.

For all the studio elaboration, the songs are all centered around three basic pillars: Andree’s whispery, sugary vocals, indie-acoustic guitar strumming and the tried and true subject of (wipes away tear) ladies who have been had and lost.  He remembers meeting her at the state fair, then writing songs so he could put her in them…

There, there Evan. Sooner or later, I hope you’ll look back fondly while accepting that she was just a speck in a sandbox.  And the ladies will love that voice of yours, I’m sure.

“Maybe September” produced by well renowned engineer of U2, The Rolling Stones & Depeche Mode

Photographer: Louise Trandum
Photographer: Louise Trandum

Check out “Maybe September”, recorded at Amazing Space Recording Studio,  mastered and finalized by well renowned mastering engineer Pete Maher who work with among other U2Katy PerryThe Rolling StonesKelly ClarksonThe KillersSnow Patrol,Linkin Park & Depeche Mode on a daily basis. This is a huge opportunity for Johannes Holt Iversen and he is very pleased to have worked with Pete Maher on this record, as well as worked with producer Joachim Hejslet Jørgensen developing the final mix in his studio. “Maybe September” was one of his first official studio recordings and one of his earliest songs.  He wrote it when he was about 15 years old in High School.  Johannes also sends ‘special gratitude to the studio musicians and a huge gratitude to his U.S. representation and agent Donnie Osborne who managed the communication between Pete Maher and I regarding this collaboration. Pete Maher has furthermore mastered The Dream Project and our latest single “The Dreamology”’.

Maybe September | Credits:
Vocals, Guitar: Johannes Holt Iversen
Lead Guitar: Jakob Nielsson
Bass: Ulrik Bering Keiding
Drums: Niels Vestergaard Sørensen
Cello: Lene Holt Nielsen

Written & Performed by Johannes Holt Iversen
Produced by Joachim Hejslet Jørgensen & Johannes Holt Iversen
Mixed by Joachim Hejslet Jørgensen
Mastered by Pete Maher

 

Listen to the complete “Maybe September – EP” here

 

Listen to the complete album “Maybe September (Deluxe Version) – EP” in following stores:
Spotify | iTunes | Deezer | AmazonMp3 | JOEYGROON.com

 

 

Joseph Childress To Release Debut Album The Rebirths

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This is the debut full-length by Joseph Childress.  The ten songs on this record, dubbed “The Rebirths” by fans, were penned on the road during nearly two years of “hard traveling” – hopping freight trains, hitchhiking, and eventually living out of a car.  All this came to a halt shortly after finding trouble in New Orleans, prompting Joseph to find his way back to his childhood home in the Colorado Rockies. Once there, he locked himself in the bathroom with his road-worn guitar – its neck cracked while jumping from a train – and recorded this album.  Filled with young wisdom, heartbreak, and spirited jubilee, this self-recording of Joseph Childress is a stirring introduction to a young songwriter with a soul-piercing voice and an undeniable gift of song.

A low-fi snapshot of his experiences, The Rebirthscaptures a moment of euphoria as Joseph’spersonal stories unfold into timeless songs.  Peppered with thumps, creaks, improvised percussion, the weather outside the bathroom window… these recordings serve as a raw document of the time and space in which these tracks were laid.  Joseph’s emotionally charged voice is powerful as it tackles tragedy and triumph over guitar that ranges from intricate finger-style to furious strumming.  Fans of haunted troubadours Jason MolinaJackson C. FrankTownes Van Zandtand early lo-fi pioneers will find many similarities in Joseph’s music, but even more striking will be Joseph’s refreshingly original command of song.

In print due to relentless demand, this presentation of The Rebirths – available worldwide on bright white vinyl and digital – is newly mixed by The American Opry and mastered for the first time by Paul Oldham.

Praise For Joseph Childress:

“Joseph Childress has made some of the best music you may never hear. After recording a debut of startling folk titled The Rebirths in 2006, Childress — the son of a minister from Colorado — up and left to hop trains across America” — The Stool Pigeon [UK] 

“His voice is strong, burbling like a stream, and it’s one of his greatest assets; and then there are the songs – melodic stories about landscapes, both inner and outer..” – Amoeba

“Childress packs his lush acoustic lullabies with the wizardry of Devendra Banhart and the earthy innocence of Vashti Bunyan, as heard on his widely circulated demo, dubbed The Rebirths by his fans – if “fans” is an accurate word. Intimate, otherworldly and hypnotically engaging, Childress makes friends, not followers, with his music.”–Westword Magazine

“It seems Joseph Childress is that classic fast disappearing vagabond American storyteller. He can pull off this heart-wrenching confessional songwriting style, like the greats of the genre. …his performance is just amazing.” –7 Inches

 

Links:

Empty Cellar Records
Joseph Childress Facebook
Joseph Childress Twitter

KATE EARL’S “ONE WOMAN ARMY” VIDEO

It’s no surprise that Alaska born singer-songwriter Kate Earl was recently named Glamour.com’s New Indie Obsession, the singer has re-emerged with the release of her new album Stronger on November 20th via Downtown Records.

Her new video for the single “One Woman Army” is a candid look into the forthcoming album and showcases the development of a singular voice. Directed by filmmaker Matthu Placek, the video uses the element of light to illuminate a thoughtful songwriter coming into her own. Download the track for free at http://onewomanarmy.me/.

“One Woman Army” is the first single from Kate’s new album Stronger, out November 20th via Downtown Records. With the help of notable collaborators Brett Dennen and former Dawes member Blake Mills, Stronger is Kate’s unforgettable story of life, love, hardship and hope. “I’ve reached such a place of honesty with this album. It’s me coming out and telling my stories. This is where I came from,” says Kate.

As part of this year’s CMJ Music Marathon, Kate Earl will be performing in NYC at the Last.fm CMJ showcase at The Living Room, October 18th, 7pm.