Tuesday, January 3, 2017

Struggles to overcome alcoholism, jail time inform potent lyrics on debut album by The Ferdy Mayne, out March 24th.

Hear the “beautiful guitar solo,”  “pleading chorus,” of lead single “Define My Name” now, courtesy of Buzzbands.la.

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Shane O’Malley Firek of The Ferdy Mayne as photographed by Alexander Harris.

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Check out the premiere of “Define My Name” by The Ferdy Mayne via Buzzbands.la or the links below!




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Daytrotter session just-posted! Hear several live versions of tunes appearing on the upcoming debut album by The Ferdy Mayne here.

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“A beautiful guitar solo, a pleading chorus, a spacey Western twang that makes you think now that Firek has ridden off into the sunset, there’s a happy ending somewhere in the horizon.” – Kevin Bronson, Buzzbands.la


The story of Shane O’Malley Firek, the single constant member of The Ferdy Mayne, is one of journeys – physical, spiritual, and a combination of the two.

“I was going through massive change when I was writing this material,” Firek explains of his self-titled debut album, out March 24th via Greater Peaks Records. “Before my sobriety, I was completely insane, in and out of jail, losing friends and putting myself in considerable debt,” he confesses. “I quit drinking around the time I began to perform in New York, and I’ve been sober a little over three years now.”

Free of the law, and free of the hold of alcohol, Firek accomplishes on this album what any artist hopes to who has lived through pretty good and really bad, and that is to fully inform the work with experience. Firek is most proud of his lyrics, and unlike some songwriters, he fights hard for them, sometimes over the course of many years.

“When I write songs, it takes a very long time. Very rarely do songs come quickly, aside from a few on this record,” he says. One that came more easily is the album’s first single, “Define My Name,” premiered exclusively via Buzzbands.la, the music discovery website focused on Los Angeles, where Firek recently relocated.

“This is the single most focused song on the record, lyrically,” Firek explains. “What else can it say? Define my name. Surreal, poignant Ferdy lyrics. This is what I do best.”

It’s a lot of movement, the other side of the coin of confinement, which Firek also knows something about. It’s likely the same optimism about his first glimpse of Los Angeles that kept him going before arriving there.

“Los Angeles is a shimmering object at first glance,” he remembers. “It is unreliable, similar to the unreliable dream of New York City, but I trust in the truth that you can sharpen the tools you came here with.”

Firek’s journey continues in 2017. Details of a tour behind the release of the debut album by The Ferdy Mayne will be announced shortly. The self-titled debut album by The Ferdy Mayne arrives on March 24th, 2017 via Greater Peaks Records.

Shane O’Malley Firek is available for interviews. Contact Josh Bloom at Fanatic for more information.

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The Ferdy Mayne
S/T
March 24th, 2017
(Greater Peaks Records)


Track Listing:

01. Factory Release
02. Real Shackle
03. Pears And Asian Wine (STREAM | MP3)
04. Define My Name (STREAM | MP3)
05. Roseanna
06. In The Thick Of The Night
07. Slipping On Dimes
08. Heavy Metal Heart
09. Greater Peaks Of Avid Laurel Evenings
10. Moonier
11. Sucker

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The Ferdy Mayne Links


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Contact Josh Bloom at Fanatic Promotion


Wednesday, December 21, 2016

Cotton Mather creates 64 mini-pop masterpieces, one for each hexagram of the I Ching, an “extraordinary book about ordinary life,” says mastermind, Robert Harrison.

Latest is part of three-song EP feat. Nicole Atkins, out Dec. 30th. Hear “Faded” via The Bluegrass Situation. Title cut from “Girl With A Blue Guitar” EP gets deep dive from Atwood.

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Robert Harrison of Cotton Mather as photographed by Valerie Fremin.

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Cotton MatherIn The Press

Harrison’s gifts are as strong as ever.” – AllMusic

“An exemplary specimen from Harrison’s seemingly endless collection of instant classics.” – Austin Chronicle

Harrison and his comrades have retained their retro vitality. 8/10.” – Uncut

“Save money on the next (Beatles) reissue and try this colorful extension of their sonic legacy.” – Los Angeles Times

“A record that is not to be missed. Grade: A.” – Goldmine

“Cerebral aspirations grounded in a classicist’s grasp of melody.” – MAGNET

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Hear “Faded” from the “Cotton Mather with Nicole Atkins” EP via The Bluegrass Situation or at the links below!



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Texas Monthly kicked off the “Songs From The I Ching” project way back on November 16th, 2015 with this article and the first track premiere!

It didn’t take 15 years for ​​Cotton Mather’s Austin-based main man, ​​Robert Harrison to write the 64 songs (64 songs!) that comprise his latest musical vision: one song for each hexagram (or reading) of the I Ching.  That’s actually the amount of time that has passed since the last full-length album of new ​​Cotton Mather songs was released.

27 tracks from this treasure trove of new tunes, released in “real time and real weather” as ​​Harrison describes this creative process, have already been made available as of December 21st, 2016. These included non-album cuts, the full-length LP Death of The Cool (the band's first in 15 years!), the four-song EP "Girl With A Blue Guitar," and now a three-song release with singer Nicole Atkins that arrives on December 30th, which includes the final version of the song "Faded," previously issues as part of the project with a Harrison vocal only.

“‘Faded’ corresponds to the 64th, or final hexagram of the I Ching. I am writing these songs experientially, not sequentially, and that reading is 64,” Harrison says. “Before ‘Completion/ Not Yet Fulfilled’. Strange right? Logic would suggest that ‘After Completion,’ which is the 63rd hexagram, should wrap things up.  But the I Ching states that disorder and chaos immediately follow ‘After Completion,’ and always precede 1. ‘The Creative’, where it all starts all over again. It’s like moving out of a house where you’ve had a life, and starting over in a new place. At first, everything’s in boxes and you don't know where the light switches are.”


Robert Harrison of Cotton Mather is available for interviews.  Contact Josh Bloom at Fanatic for more information.

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Hear the title track from the “Girl With A Blue Guitar” EP and read a comprehensive take on the tune via Atwood Magazine!



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Except from the full “Girl With A Blue Guitar” commentary by Robert Harrison which can be found in full here.

“The night before I wrote this song, just before dawn, I dreamt I was lying in my bed, holding and looking at a gold-framed oil painting of my life that looked like a Dutch master. Then suddenly the muted colors on the canvas began to crack and all the paint began flaking off until I was staring at a radiant palace that was washing me in light. I held the frame before me and let the light engulf me. It felt so amazing. My arms began to tremble, and I noticed I was waking up but didn’t want to. I didn’t want this to ever stop! Then my eyes opened to the sight of a drab popcorn ceiling, which I stared at for a while. But that – was a good dream!”


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Cotton Mather
“Cotton Mather with Nicole Atkins” EP
(The Star Apple Kingdom)
Dec. 30th, 2016


01. Call Me The Witch
02. Faded (STREAM | MP3)
03. Girl Friday

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Cotton Mather
“Girl With A Blue Guitar” EP
(The Star Apple Kingdom)
Out Now


01. Fighting Through (STREAM | MP3)
02. Girl With A Blue Guitar (STREAM | MP3)
03. Better Than A Hit
04. I Volunteer

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Cotton Mather
Death of The Cool
(The Star Apple Kingdom)
Out Now


Track Listing:

01. The Book of Too Late Changes (STREAM | MP3)
02. Close To The Sun (STREAM | MP3)
03. The Middle of Nowhere
04. Candy Lilac (STREAM | MP3)
05. Life of The Liar (STREAM | MP3)
06. The Land of Flowers
07. Never Be It
08. Queen of Swords
09. Waters Raging
10. Child Bride (STREAM | MP3)
11. The End of DeWitt Finley

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“Songs From The I Ching” Master Song List (as of Dec. 21st, 2016)

Hexagram # | Song Title | “I Ching” Hexagram Name | Where Available | Listening Links

#1 | Close To The Sun | The Creative | on Death of The Cool | (STREAM | MP3)
#2 | The Middle of Nowhere | The Receptive | on Death of The Cool
#3 | The Land of Flowers | Beginning | on Death of The Cool
#4 | Child Bride | Youthful Folly | on Death of The Cool | (STREAM | MP3)
#5 | Never Be It | Waiting | on Death of The Cool
#6. Life of the Liar | Contention | on Death of The Cool | (STREAM | MP3)
#7 | The Army | The Army | non-album track | (STREAM)
#8 | Candy Lilac | Union | on Death of The Cool | (STREAM | MP3)
#9 | High Society | Little Accumulation | non-album track | (STREAM)
#11 | California | Advance / Peace | non-album track | (STREAM)
#12 | The End of DeWitt Finley | Standstill | on Death of The Cool | (STREAM)
#13 | The Cotton Mather Pledge | Seeking Harmony/Fellowship Among Men | non-album track | (STREAM)
#14 | “Call Me The Witch | Possession In Great Measure | on “Cotton Mather with Nicole Atkins” EP
#15 | It’s Better Not To Be The King | Modesty | non-album track | (STREAM)
#16 | Girl Friday | Delight | on “Cotton Mather with Nicole Atkins” EP
#18 | Shadow The Star | Remedying | non-album track | (STREAM)
#21 | Fighting Through | Biting Through | on “Girl With A Blue Guitar” EP | (STREAM | MP3)
#22 | White Gold | Adornment | non-album track | (STREAM | MP3)
#23 | Queen of Swords | Falling Away | on Death of The Cool
#24. The Book of Too Late Changes | The Return | on Death of The Cool | (STREAM | MP3)
#25. I Volunteer | Without Falsehood | on “Girl With A Blue Guitar” EP
#28 | Carnival Off My Back | Great Exceeding | non-album track | (STREAM)
#29 | Waters Raging | The Abysmal | on Death of The Cool
#37 | King William | The Household | non-album track | (STREAM)
#44. Better Than A Hit | Encountering | on “Girl With A Blue Guitar” EP
#52 | Way of The Samurai | Keeping Still/The Mountain | non-album track | (STREAM)
#53. Girl With A Blue Guitar | Gradual Progress | on “Girl With A Blue Guitar” EP | (STREAM | MP3)
#56 | Hijinx Dad | The Wanderer | non-album track | (STREAM)
#64. Faded | Before Completion/Not Yet Fulfilled | non-album track (Robert Harrison vocal version) | (STREAM | MP3)

#64. Faded | Before Completion/Not Yet Fulfilled | on “Cotton Mather with Nicole Atkins” EP | (STREAM | MP3)

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Kontiki gave me something to shoot for.” – Britt Daniel (Spoon)

“The best record I’ve heard in ten years.” – Noel Gallagher (Oasis)

“100 Great Albums You’ve Never Heard” (#2) – NME

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Cotton Mather’s 1997 album Kontiki was reissued on CD in 2012 with a bonus disc of demos.

Now, with renewed interest in the band, and this underground classic, Kontiki has been released on vinyl for the first time along with a bonus 7-inch, limited to 300 copies, containing two Cotton Mather tracks (“I’ll Be Gone,” and “Animal Show”) that were previously only available on a now out-of-print single.

Cotton Mather released its debut album Cotton Is King in 1994, but it was Kontiki, famously recorded on four-track cassette and released in 1997, that drew praise from critics and rock-stars alike, so much so in the UK that many thought the band originated there.

Uncut gave Kontiki five stars calling the record “music to smile yourself to death to.” Mojo said the songs were “brought to life with daring vitality,” and in its own five-star review, The Guardian called Kontiki “a bewildering, dizzy thrill.”

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Cotton Mather Links


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Contact Josh Bloom at Fanatic Promotion

Thursday, December 15, 2016

Corner Suns teams up with Sarah Jaffe for new single “The Rattle In The Room,” taken from Dallas-based band’s upcoming debut LP, out Jan. 13th.

First aspiring to sound like Sabbath, duo of John Dufilho (The Apples In Stereo), Brandon Carr (The Earlies) shows baroque pop, psychedelic influences.

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Corner Suns (L-R): Brandon Carr, John Dufilho. Photo credit: Jerome Brock.

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Hear “The Rattle In The Room” by Corner Suns (feat. Sarah Jaffe)



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See the music video for “The Speed of Sound” by Corner Suns



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Corner Suns – In The Press

“A steady pulse of paranoia and psychedelia.” – Flood Magazine

“The song is literally about how much fun it is to make music, and you can hear it.” – KUTX / NPR

“Lingers in your mind long after listening.” – Glide

“A glistening psychedelic influence.” – MAGNET

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Corner Suns premieres “The Speed of Sound” and chats about cowboy outfits and snap shirts with Impose!

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Corner Suns – the Dallas-based duo of ​​John Dufilho (​​The Apples In Stereo, ​​The Deathray Davies) and ​​Brandon Carr (​​The Earlies) – will release its self-titled debut via ​​Idol Records on ​​Jan. 13th, 2017.

The 14-track album combines neo-psyche and baroque pop influences that will grab the attention of fans of artists such as ​​The Zombies, ​​Magnetic Fields, and ​​The Shins, that share a similar ability for sharp songwriting, memorable vocals, and pop hooks.

The album’s latest single “The Rattle In The Room” features Denton, Texas-based singer-songwriter, Sarah Jaffe on vocals. The track was recently premiered as NPR-affiliate KUTX, Austin’s “Song of The Day” here.

“I was going to leave this one off the record, but I changed my mind, or maybe Brandon changed it for me,” says Dufilho of the cut. “I asked Sarah if she'd be up for singing a few songs, and she liked this one. I'm always completely flattered when she's up for singing something I wrote.”

“The Speed of Sound,” another track and music video from the upcoming record, were both recently shared via Impose and The Big Takeover, respectively.

 “I’ve been wanting to play this beat on something for a while now.” Dufilho says about the tune. “This song is mostly about how reality seems to make no sense and we're just watching, confused. It's about the Earth vs. the people on it, and how the Earth will no doubt win.”

“My original idea for this record was for it to be really heavy,” says ​​Dufilho. “I wanted to make something that sounded like Black Sabbath, but I realized that I had no idea how to write songs like that.”

“It’s true, our psychedelic ​​Black Sabbath concept was a misadventure,” ​​Carr jokes. “My voice was still muddled from the years off, but ​​John helped me find it again, and the songs really began to come together.”

The self-titled debut album by Corner Suns arrives on Jan. 13th, 2017 on Idol Records. John Dufilho and Brandon Carr of Corner Suns are available for interviews. Contact Josh Bloom at Fanatic for more information.

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Corner Suns
S/T
Jan 13th, 2017
(Idol Records)
  

Track Listing:

01. Borrowed Time (STREAM | MP3 | VIDEO)
02. The Speed of Sound (STREAM | MP3 | VIDEO)
03. Sleep
04. Through The Winter
05. Set In Stone
06. Don’t Look Down
07. Trance
08. I’m Not The Only One
09. I Started Something
10. Should’ve Asked Paul
11. The Rattle In The Room (STREAM | MP3)
12. Hey Explorer
13. Pig
14. Another Book

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Corner Suns Links


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