Tuesday, March 3, 2015

San Francisco-based duo Tidelands returns with a revitalized organic sound on new EP “Old Mill Park,” out today.

Hear “Dog Named Bart” now, feat. contributions from John Vanderslice, Debbie Neigher, Magik*Magik Orchestra.

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Tidelands (L-R): Gabriel Leis, Mie Araki. Photo credit: Elliot Jaramillo.

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See Tidelands live on Sat., March 7th performing a record release show in Oakland, CA @ Underwood Cafe

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Hear “Dog Named Bart” from the new Tidelands EP “Old Mill Park” via The Bay Bridged or the links below!





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“Refreshing, stimulating, and likely to induce daydreaming. It doesn’t sound much like anything else.” – My Old Kentucky Blog

Bay area-based duo Tidelands, comprised of guitarist and vocalist Gabriel Leis and drummer Mie Araki, returns today with a new EP “Old Mill Park,” the follow-up to its 2012 sophomore full-length album We’ve Got A Map.

The release of the new EP is preceded by the single “Dog Named Bart,” which includes vocal contributions from John Vanderslice and frequent Tidelands collaborator Debbie Neigher. Suckers for handclaps will revel in the new single, which also features the fantastic drumming of Araki, the trumpet of John Freeman, and arrangements by Minna Choi of Magik*Magik Orchestra.

“I gotta give a shout out to JV for altering the phrasing and delivery of the vocals that we all sung together,” acknowledges Leis of Vanderslice’s essential contributions.  Tidelands is a duo by circumstance instead of design.  Teaming up amid the ashes of a previous band, the pair started using loops to fill out its sound.

“That created a sound of its own, and directed my songwriting for the first couple years of the band,” says Leis.  “What I didn’t count on was becoming reliant on it.”  There’s a fine line between a tool and a crutch, and the songs on “Old Mill Park” are responses to the band’s acknowledgement of this fact.

“I wanted to write and record songs that would stand on their own with just an acoustic guitar and my voice,” Leis explains.  This time around, the basic guitar, upright bass, drum, and vocal tracks were all recorded live in the studio as full takes.  Only later did the band “get all Tidelands” with the songs, building them up with strings (once again collaborating with the Magik*Magik Orchestra), keys, horns and harmonies to create the most realized and memorable Tidelands tunes to date.

“It’s an actual place in Mill Valley where I spent part of my childhood,” Leis goes on to say of the location deep in the California Redwoods that inspired the title of the EP.  “It’s a magical place with a creek that runs down a small canyon to a classic three-tiered swimming hole, and then under the skeleton of the original old mill that the town was named for.”

“Old Mill Park,” the new EP by Tidelands, is out now.  Gabriel Leis of Tidelands is available for interviews.  Contact Josh Bloom at Fanatic for more information.

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Tidelands
“Old Mill Park” EP
(Redgummy Records – Out Now)
  

Track Listing:

01. Old Mill Park
02. Dog Named Bart (STREAM | DOWNLOAD | MP3)
03. Four Strings and a Wooden Box
04. Hole in the Ceiling
05. Brown Eyes
06. Low Roller

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Tidelands Links


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Contact Josh Bloom at Fanatic Promotion


Monday, March 2, 2015

First solo album in 18 years by Texas music veteran Stephen Doster hailed as “masterpiece” by Austin Chronicle.

“Arizona” released on Nov. 4th as tribute to Doster’s late collaborator, The Pretenders guitarist, James Honeyman-Scott.

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Stephen Doster as photographed by Melinda Doster

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Hear Stephen Doster and his band perform songs from Arizona live via NPR-affiliate KUTX-Austin here!

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Hear the title track from “Arizona” by Stephen Doster via Guitar World or at the links below!





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“Stephen Doster should get the recognition he deserves, finally, with this masterpiece.” – Jim Caligiuri, Austin Chronicle

“One of the best records our city has produced this year.” – Peter Blackstock, Austin American-Statesman (Nov. 2014)

“My name’s on the back of many more records than on the front,” says Austin-based producer, songwriter and guitarist, Stephen Doster, whose name has appeared on dozens of records, including credits with Willie Nelson, Stevie Ray Vaughn, and Dr. John. “Arizona is only my fourth record as an artist,” he says, “But it’s the record I always hoped I would make.”

Since the late 2014 release of Arizona, Doster’s first solo album in 18 years, the record has established a substantial foothold in his home base of Austin.  The recognition has been a long time coming for this songwriter, producer, and guitarist, whose musical story starts in 1982, when he was a young man on top of the world, recording his debut album with James Honeyman-Scott of The Pretenders producing it.

“During the sessions, Jimmy was called back to London to cut a new Pretenders single,” Doster remembers. “He was coming right back to Texas as soon as he was done.”  The rest of the story is a public and sad event in music history.  For Doster, it was very personal.

“A friend entered my room about 48 hours after Jimmy left,” Doster says. “Jimmy’s wife Peggy Sue sent him over to tell me that Jimmy had died because she didn’t want me to hear about it on the radio first.  He was a great mentor to me and it was a horrific loss for the music world.”

In a funk, Doster put the recordings on hold and headed to Nashville with Nanci Griffith and Lyle Lovett to play guitar on Griffith’s Once In A Very Blue Moon album. It was there that Doster decided to put what he had learned from Honeyman-Scott to use, embarking on a career as a record producer.  Since that time, Doster has helmed over 70 albums by mostly Texas-based acts, while continuing to make a living by writing songs for others and performing hundreds of shows a year.

Doster paid tribute to his friend by releasing Arizona on November 4th, the day that would have been Honeyman-Scott’s 58th birthday.

Stephen Doster is available for interviews.  Contact Josh Bloom at Fanatic for more information.

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Stephen Doster
Arizona
(Atticus Records – Out Now)
  

Track Listing:

01. Arizona (STREAM | DOWNLOAD | MP3)
02. River From A Dream (STREAM | DOWNLOAD | MP3)
03. Your Simple Mind
04. I Found You
05. Second Story Balcony
06. Enough For Everyone
07. Baby There’s No One Like You
08. Pistol Pete
09. Throwin’ The Ball
10. Into The Night

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Stephen Doster Links


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Contact Josh Bloom at Fanatic Promotion


Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Poster Children’s Rick Valentin readies debut album as Thoughts Detecting Machines. Hear “Night For Day” via Brooklyn Vegan now.

LP copies of “Work The Circuits” packaged in custom sleeves created by hacked pen plotter programmed using album’s audio waveforms.

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Rick Valentin as photographed by Gilman Chatsworth.

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“Night For Day” is the latest single by Thoughts Detecting Machines. Hear it via Brooklyn Vegan or the links below!





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Each copy of the Work The Circuits LP jacket took 30 minutes to create utilizing a pen plotter hacked and programmed by Rick Valentin.  See it in action here.

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“I’ve always been suspicious of Ben Franklin’s maxim ‘Early to bed, early to rise, makes a man healthy, wealthy and wise,’” says Rick Valentin, the musician behind 90s-era alt-rock stalwarts, Poster Children and his current solo project Thoughts Detecting Machines.

Valentin is discussing “Night For Day,” the latest single from the debut Thoughts Detecting Machines album Work The Circuits, arriving via the artist’s own Twelve Inch Records label on March 16th. The song was recently premiered via Brooklyn Vegan and can be heard here.

“I find it hard to believe that someone who frequented the Hellfire Club and was a writer and inventor was in bed by nightfall and up at the crack of dawn,” he continues. Ultimately, Valentin explains that the song is “about the kind of schedule musicians and coders share outside the normal cycle of day and night.”

Valentin should know as he is both.

For example, the cover art for Work The Circuits literally explores the connection between art and technology, having been created by a pen plotter that Valentin wrote new software to control. The result is each vinyl copy of the album being housed in a subtly unique jacket.

“I love the pen plotter,” Valentin explains. “It has the exactitude of a computer with uniform curves and lines but there are also imperfections. Blobs of color where the pen first sets down, ink bleeding into the paper and gaps and overlaps where the servos don’t quite guide the pen to the right location on the page. It’s like the music – a collision of digital and analog, the perfect and imperfect.”

It took about 30 minutes to print each album cover, about the amount of time it takes to listen to the record itself, which unlike the complicated explanation of the art creation (something about converting audio waveforms into Bezier curves, transforming them in 3D space, converted them into G-code, sending them to a Shapeoko 2 CNC router modified to hold pens and so on), can be summed up with “it rocks.”

Work The Circuits, the debut album from Thoughts Detecting Machines, arrives on March 16thRick Valentin is available for interviews. Contact Josh Bloom at Fanatic for more information.

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Thoughts Detecting Machines
Work The Circuits
(Twelve Inch Records)
March 16th, 2015
  

Track Listing:

01. New Day (STREAM | DOWNLOAD | MP3)
02. In the Right
03. The Call
04. The City
05. Bully
06. Fine
07. White Lies
08. Shine Me On
09. Night for Day (STREAM | DOWNLOAD | MP3)
10. Say You Will

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Thoughts Detecting Machines Links

ASSETS : WEBSITE (TDM) : WEBSITE (RICK VALENTIN) : FACEBOOK : TWITTER : YOUTUBE

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Contact Josh Bloom at Fanatic Promotion