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blending Athens jangle with just enough mope to attract fans of The Cure.” –
As Emo bands reunite left and right, playing their old
songs for nostalgia’s sake, Jared Putnam
of the San Antonio-based The March
Divide is unapologetically wearing his past on his sleeve, still writing
these types of songs, but from an adult perspective.
“I’m finally at a stage in my life where I don’t have
to bleed all over the page to write a song,” Putnam says.It seems that,
as a songwriter whose previous band The
Conversation came up in that tortured musical era, Putnam’s feeling pretty good.
“I was in a good place writing Billions,” he affirms,
speaking of The March Divide’s
upcoming sophomore full-length scheduled for release on October 21st, 2014. The new album is the most recent
collection to emerge from Putnam’s
near-constant level of musical output over the past two years.
“I had written a lot of songs,” he plainly explains of
what he’d been doing during his six years of public silence between ending the
non-stop touring of The Conversation
(the band shared stages with The Strokes,
Arcade Fire, Against Me! and more) and the start of The March Divide.
After he kicked back into gear and released The March Divide’s debut album Music
for Film in 2013, Austin’s NPR-affiliate
KUTX simply declared “this album
kicks butt.” More press accolades followed, proving that the time off yielded
some of the best material of Putnam’s
career.From there Putnam just kept going, releasing an additional three EPs prior to
starting work on Billions.
“I haven’t been taking everything so seriously, which
really helped me to open up,” he says of the new material, which while less
earnest than previous releases, is still completely clever.Fans of The
March Divide will hear this progression for the first time on “I Told You So,” an uproarious “fuck
you” tune about the personal motivation that comes from facing opposition.
“My favorite songs are always old school, messy guitar
rock like early R.E.M. or Catherine Wheel,” Putnam says of the first single from Billions.“That’s really what we were going for with
of The March Divide is available for interviews.Contact Josh Bloom at Fanatic for
The March Divide Live
10/06 San Antonio, TX @ The Ten Eleven w/ Koji
10/23 El Paso, TX @ Monarch Album Release Show
10/25 Amarillo, TX @ The 806
10/29 San Antonio, TX @ 502 Bar Album Release Show
11/14 New Orleans, LA @ Checkpoint Charlie's
11/15 Houston, TX @ Midnite Slice
“Shakes in San Francisco” featuring Andrew
St. James live in San Francisco at Doc’s Lab
10/07 San Francisco, CA @ Doc’s Lab
10/14 San Francisco, CA @ Doc’s Lab LitQuake Festival
10/21 San Francisco, CA @ Doc’s Lab
10/28 San Francisco, CA @ Doc’s Lab, w/ 20 Minute Loop (TIX)
Check out a guide
to Andrew St. James’ favorite San Francisco hangouts along with the premiere of
“Tapes” at Culture
Incorporating a beyond-his-years lyrical vision, timeless
songwriting skills, and a unique gift for melody-making, 19-year-old
singer-songwriter Andrew St. James
drew accolades from the press in 2013 upon the release of his debut album Doldrums,recorded
when he was just 17-years-old.
The San Francisco native is now about to leave his
teens behind with the upcoming release of his sophomore effort The
Shakes on October 21st.The new album is once again produced by St. James with Bay Area producer Jim Greer, a platinum record recipient
for his work with Foster The People.
“Tapes,” an ethereal folk
song with a haunting vocal, is the first single from The Shakes. Referring to
the recurring theme of “the chapel” within the song (“For the chapel I see in
you”), St. James explains that in
addition to being a metaphor, the chapel is actually a real place.
“It’s a small, stained glass chapel that stands on the
edge of the coastal forest, with a clear view of the Pacific Ocean,” he says. “Anyone
who steps inside of it is consumed by silence. It has always been a place of
peace, a place of solitude and simplicity. In a world where everything is sold,
and nothing held sacred, this place is removed from it all.”
St. James will be performing songs from The Shakes live in his
hometown throughout the month of October.Doc’s
Lab, the former home of legendary comedy and music venue The Purple Onion, will host “Shakes in San Francisco” featuring St. James and a round robin of other
musicians on October 7th, 14th,
21st.A record release
event for The Shakes with special guests 20 Minute Loop will close out the residency on 28th.
the follow-up to the debut Andrew St.
James album Doldrums, is scheduled for release on October 21st, 2014.The album’s first single “Tapes”
is streaming now. Andrew St. James
is available for interviews.Contact Josh Bloom at Fanatic for more information.
“Right Might,” a selection from Negativland’s
new double album It’s All In Your Head, is a goofy riff on imperialism (and
minimalism), war mongering, and intolerance. But what is the origin of the “found
sound” voices used to make it?
Years ago, Negativland
was contacted by an insider at the Disney
corporation who had access to the entire audio archives of Disneyland and Disney World.
He was a fan of the Negativland’s
work, and asked the band if they wanted anything from the Disney audio archive.
“Hell, yes!” Negativland
replied.“Send along anything from Disney attractions that are long gone,
or any audio out-takes, bloopers, background sounds, music cues, etc.” Soon,
the group received a custom-made set of almost 100 CD-R’s, an unbelievable
treasure trove of great material – all completely unheard by the outside world
– for Negativland to pick from.
One of the tracks was the raw and un-edited recording
sessions for “Great Moments with Mr.
Lincoln”, an attraction that Disney
first opened in 1964 at the New York
World’s Fair, and was later moved to Main Street in Disneyland in 1965.
“Great Moments with Mr. Lincoln” famously became known as the world’s first
Audio-Animatronic robot, and what Negativland
had on its hands was a recording of actor Royal
Dano, the voice talent for the Lincoln
robot, heard being directed and cued by the producer of the recording session
for the attraction.
Negativland took that never-meant-to-be-heard session and
severely re-edited it into what you now hear on “Right Might”.
Negativland’s new album, It’s All In Your Head, finds the
group tackling their biggest subject ever: why humans believe in God.Millennia-in-development, this ambitious and
densely-crafted double CD is packaged inside an actual Holy Bible which has
been appropriately repurposed into a “found” art object.
All In Your Head intends to
entertain, inform, and provoke.On the
CDs, Negativland mixes found music,
found sound, found dialogue, guest personalities and original electronic noises
into a compelling and thoughtful musical essay that looks at monotheism,
Christianity, Islam, Judaism, neuroscience, suicide bombers, 9/11, colas, war,
shaved chimps, and the all-important role played by the human brain in our
beliefs. Reading the attached Bible is optional.
The audio is presented as a live radio broadcast,
modeled after Negativland’s weekly “Over the Edge” radio program on KPFA FM in Berkeley, CA. This
theater-of-the-mind project has been carefully crafted from basic tracks
recorded live in front of blindfolded studio audiences, and documents the
unique style of live collage performances that Negativland has been presenting on stages, and on radio, since the
formation of the group in 1980.
Since its previous album release six years ago, Negativland has kept busy with its
weekly radio program, lectures, art gallery shows and live performances in the
U.S. and Europe.Currently in the works
are several different studio albums, including Negativland’s all-electronic “Booper
Symphonies,” two brand new “Over the
Edge” album releases, more art shows, and a new touring live show called “Content!” which recently played
to a capacity audience at Seattle‘s
Members of Negativland are available for
interviews.Contact Josh Bloom at Fanatic for more