Wednesday, April 25, 2018

Los Angeles-based Gregory Ackerman’s debut album “And Friends” arrives May 25th via V2/Munich, produced by Rilo Kiley’s Pierre de Reeder.

Hear “Don’t Need Nothin’” single at PopMatters, “Ten Little Indians” at American Songwriter. Artist plays The Moroccan in L.A. May 3rd.

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Gregory Ackerman as photographed by Henry Burge.

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“Bathed in Californian moonlight, reminiscent of folk and soft rock music coming from the West Coast in the ‘60s and ‘70s. Ackerman’s gentle voice is soothing straight out of the gate.” — PopMatters | WATCH the latest Gregory Ackerman lyric video or LISTEN via the links below!


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Gregory Ackerman – In The Press

“That unmistakable laid-back vibe of Southern California.” — For Folk’s Sake

“Oscillates between giving hope to those who are lovestruck and those who just need a breath of fresh air.” — Atwood Magazine

“Full of little glittering things – little notes, small melodies….” — Independent Clauses

“Hard to resist.” — Adobe and Teardrops

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About Gregory Ackerman

Los Angeles area-based songwriter and multi-instrumentalist, Gregory Ackerman has made an album that sounds as inviting as its title indicates. And Friends, the artist’s debut full-length arrives May 25th, 2018 via V2/Munich. The album was produced by Rilo Kiley bassist, Pierre de Reeder.


Ackerman explains, “This song is about trying to be content in life. We don’t need anything. Our capitalistic society so often pushes unnecessary products and technologies on us that we don’t need. You don’t need anything to be ‘cooler’ or ‘better.’ Sometimes you just want to say, I’m good, I don’t need a thing. And that felt very liberating to acknowledge that.”

Having soaked up the sun and song of the Laurel Canyon air since childhood, Ackerman’s warmth is immediately showcased on And Friends, opening with his own immersive double-tracked vocals, guitar and piano playing, along with the sincere contributions of Ackerman’s actual friends.

Swarthy drumming comes courtesy of high school friend, Keenan McDaniel, plaintive slide guitars from Tom Relling, a friend since middle school, and beautiful vocal touches are provided by singer, Malarie Howard, who Ackerman met in college. The dusty harmonica throughout the album is by Ackerman’s brother Eric, who also performs in Gregory’s live band, and has likely been a friend of his brother’s since birth.


Everything else that we hear on And Friends comes from Ackerman himself. The album represents a singular point of view that is uncommon on a debut. Where some might be finding their footing, Ackerman is firmly planted.

And Friends by Gregory Ackerman is scheduled for release on May 25th via V2/Munich. Ackerman is available for interviews. Contact Josh Bloom at Fanatic for more information.

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“The current political moment has been a fertile one for many songwriters, providing plenty of fodder for songs that veer into protest and social commentary. Los Angeles native Gregory Ackerman counts himself among such songwriters.” — American Songwriter | WATCH the latest Gregory Ackerman lyric video or LISTEN via the links below!


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Gregory Ackerman
And Friends
(V2 / Munich)
May 25th, 2018
  

Track Listing:

01. Ten Little Indians/And Then There Were None (State of the Union) (LYRIC VIDEO | LISTEN)
02. Speak Honestly
03. Don’t Need Nothin’ (YOUTUBE | LISTEN)
04. Woman
05. Careening
06. Keep Falling (LYRIC VIDEO | LISTEN)
07. Mindless Age
08. Loaded Gun
09. Winter Sun
10. Outro

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Gregory Ackerman Links


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Contact Josh Bloom at Fanatic Promotion



Wednesday, April 18, 2018

Sleepspent, led by 21-year-old songwriter, guitarist Austin North, shares second single from upcoming Slow Start Records debut, arriving May 4th.


Hear “Come Smile With Me” from El Paso-based dreampop trio’s Chris Common (Minus The Bear, Chelsea Wolfe)-produced EP at All Things Go.

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Sleepspent (L-R): Cecilia Otero, Josh Mendoza, Austin North. Photo credit: Jon-Carlo Diaz.

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Check out the premiere of “Come Smile With Me” by Sleepspent at All Things Go or on your platform of choice at the link below!




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About Sleepspent

‘Come Smile With Me’ started out being written while I was in still in San Diego,” says 21-year-old songwriter and guitarist, Austin North of the song, the latest single from his band Sleepspent’s upcoming debut EP, out May 4th. “It’s mostly about miscommunication and how people don’t think before they speak, or don’t care about the impact their words have.” North began performing as a UC San Diego student before eventually returning to his hometown of El Paso to form Sleepspent with friend and co-writer, Aaron Quintanilla.

The band, now a trio including Cecilia Otero on bass and Josh Mendoza on drums, will release its Chris Common (Minus The Bear, Chelsea Wolfe, Le Butcherettes)-produced debut “It’s Better If You Don’t Speak Or Think” via Slow Start Records.

North’s knack for creating music that is bathed in atmosphere (think Slowdive mixed with a more reverb-y Radiohead, led by a guitarist with an effects pedal fetish) that doesn’t lean away from authentic lyricism and captivating vocal performances (think Jeff Buckley) is proven on “It’s Better If You Don’t Speak Or Think”.

“We’re also definitely inspired by shoegaze and dreampop,” North says, elaborating on Sleepspent’s sound. “That can be heard in the alternate tunings used throughout our music as well as the melodic chord progressions and melodies.”

And though he’s young, North also takes influence from future hall-of-famers like The Cure and The Smiths – two more acts with definitive “sounds” that have never sacrificed art for artifice.

North’s formative years studying jazz guitar wraps it all up in a solid technical foundation, too, but ultimately, Sleepspent songs exist to make you feel.

“They’re more about whatever emotion and feeling they bring about in people,” North says. “I write them to make people feel and interpret my own musings rather than to have them be relatable.”

Sleepspent has already been nominated as a ‘Best Band in the City’ by The City Magazine in El Paso, who called the trio “completely captivating, live and through your speakers.” As Sleepspent’s local following has grown, the group has become a go-to local act to support nationally touring artists, and has also begun to hit the road itself and will launch a tour following a record release show in El Paso on release day. See below for the most current itinerary.

“It’s Better If You Don’t Speak Or Think,” the debut EP by Sleepspent, arrives on May 4th, 2018 via Slow Start Records. Austin North is available for interviews. Contact Josh Bloom at Fanatic for more information.

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Sleepspent – Live

5/04/2018: El Paso, TX @ Low Brow Palace (Record Release Show)
5/26/2018: El Paso, TX @ Neon Desert Music Festival
5/27/2018: El Paso, TX @ Neon Desert Music Festival
6/08/2018: Ft. Stockton, TX @ The Garage, Music, Coffee & Music
6/09/2018: Wichita Falls, TX @ GypsyUncorked
6/10/2018: Amarillo, TX @ The 806
6/11/2018: Norman, OK @ Red Brick Bar
6/13/2018: Santa Fe, NM @ Second Street Rufina
6/14/2018: Denver, CO @ Lions Lair
6/15/2018: Grand Junction, CO @ Cruisers Bar
6/17/2018: Las Vegas, NV @ Legends Bar
6/20/2018: San Diego, CA @ The Clutch Bar
6/21/2018: Bisbee, AZ @ The Quarry
6/22/2018: Phoenix, AZ @ Lunchbox
6/30/2018: Albuquerque, NM @ Tractor Nob Hill
7/12/2018: Memphis, TN @ Sounds Good Memphis
7/12/2018: Nashville, TN @ Drifters BBQ
7/14/2018: Cincinnati, OH @ The Comet
7/16/2018: Minneapolis, MN @ Char Bar
7/18/2018: Tulsa, OK @ SoundPony
7/19/2018: Wichita, KS @ Kirbys Beer Store
7/20/2018: Norman, OK @ Mom and Dads Place

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Sleepspent
“It’s Better If You Don’t Speak Or Think” EP
(Slow Start Records)
May 4th, 2018
  

Track Listing:

01. Something (LISTEN | MP3)         
02. Roots
03. Come Smile With Me (LISTEN | MP3)
04. Stars
05. Cracking
06. What's The Rush?

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Sleepspent Links


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Contact Josh Bloom at Fanatic Promotion


Monday, April 16, 2018

Songwriter, author, bon vivant John Andrew Fredrick of the black watch has released 25 albums, EPs, books over his long, varied career.


Latest EP “The Paper Boats” out April 27th. Hear title track about “two beautiful paper boats that sink in a backyard swimming pool,” now.

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John Andrew Fredrick of the black watch as photographed by Steve Keros.

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Hear the title track from the upcoming “The Paper Boats” EP by the black watch at Treble or the links below!




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the black watch – In The Press

“Should’ve become a household name a long time ago.” — USA Today

“Sounds like the holy union of Guided By Voices, The Wedding Present and any number of New Zealand pop heroes.” — Buzzbands.la

“A prime example of Fredrick’s knack for clever and extremely catchy songs.” — Popmatters

 “Salutes the great DIY pop canon and trophy hallways of heroes with an illustrious array of pepped up jangle pop.” — Impose

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Having indeed lost his beloved father this year, John Andrew Fredrick of the black watch, the singer-songwriter of fifteen LPs and five EPs now (who has also published four novels and, last year, a book that analyzes the early films of Wes Anderson), mitigated a bit of the pain of his loss by churning out another dream-fuzz-jangle-pop collection of super catchy, literary guitar-heavy songs. Ones that doubtlessly reflect the expertise that comes from 30-some-odd years of putting out records.

“Every time that we breathe/ brings us nearer/ to when we’ll leave/ & when I’m good/ good and gone/ please remember/ this brief song,” sings Fredrick on the closing track of the black watch’s new EP for 2018, “The Paper Boats”. With characteristic cheekiness, irony, and a serious penchant for ambiguity, Fredrick admits that these lines are as much about being gone from the record industry as they are about the theme of death.

The title track treats of two beautiful paper boats that sink in a backyard swimming pool, symbolizing the demise of a love relationship, something that won’t come again but for all that makes it “all the sweeter then.” Hear “The Paper Boats” now via Treble or YouTube.

The new EP was engineered by ace guitarist Andy Creighton (who fronts his own fine pop band, The World Record, and whose startling, angular leads were featured on last year’s the black watch LP The Gospel According To John. The songs were done quickly at Creighton’s shed in the obscure El Sereno district of Los Angeles, then sent for mixing to Scott Campbell’s (Shelby Lynne, Stevie Nicks, Acetone) state-of-the-art studio in Woodland Hills.

“The Paper Boats” anticipates a much different-sounding LP that the black watch hopes to release later this year.

“The Paper Boats” EP by the black watch is set for release by the eskimo record label on April 27th, 2018. John Andrew Fredrick is available for interviews.  Contact Josh Bloom at Fanatic for more information.

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the black watch
“The Paper Boats” EP
(The Eskimo Record Label)
April 27th, 2018


Track Listing:

01. The Paper Boats (YOUTUBE | STREAM | MP3)
02. Oh You Little Witch
03. Jingle-Jangle Loop De Loop
04. Your So Dark Sleep/Goodbye

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the black watch – Links


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Contact Josh Bloom at Fanatic Promotion