Thursday, December 14, 2017

Mark Bryan shares “Forgetting About Me” video, shot throughout Hootie guitarist’s home base of Charleston, featuring locals, friends, fellow musicians.

New season of Bryan’s co-produced, Emmy award-winning “Live at the Charleston Music Hall” series set to debut on regional PBS-affiliates, Jan. 22.

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Mark Bryan as photographed by Jonathan Boncek.

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“Leaves us with one amazing feeling: community,” says Popdust in its premiere coverage of the new Mark Bryan music video.

“Forgetting About Me” was shot in and around Bryan’s home base of Charleston, SC and features many locals, friends, and fellow musicians.



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Mark Bryan stopped by Paste to perform songs from his Songs of the Fortnight solo album, out now.



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Mark Bryan – In The Press

“A driving, full-on pop masterpiece.” — Popdose

“Proves yet again that he’s more than the guitarist from Hootie.” — Free-Times (Columbia, SC)

“Through Mark’s effervescent delivery, you can tell that he’s right where he loves to be.” — Popdust

“Steady, whimsical optimism.” — MAGNET

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“It’s satisfying. It’s a chance to take what I have learned from my experiences within the music industry and convey it to the next generation,” says musician Mark Bryan, best-known as co-founder and guitarist of the multi-platinum, Grammy award-winning band Hootie and The Blowfish. On the heels of the recent release of his third solo album Songs of The Fortnight, Bryan recently chatted with the Charleston City Paper about his work beyond being a songwriter and performer.

Songs of The Fortnight itself actually evolved from Bryan’s work helping out aspiring musicians. As he began to amass production credits on dozens of recordings, Bryan launched a three-year long blog project, which saw him posting a new song of his own, or an artist he was playing with or producing, every two weeks over the course those years. Eventually, there was enough of Bryan’s own material for an album.

Now, Bryan’s sense of community comes full circle in the just-released music video for the Fortnight single “Forgetting About Me” which was shot in and around Charleston, South Carolina where Bryan focuses so many of his efforts.

“The idea of an object getting passed around randomly (a key, which is seen being forged as the video opens) and leading to a connected event, felt like a good story,” Bryan says of the clip’s concept. “We asked some of our fellow musician friends to be the key-passers, and some of the kids in the audience are students from my class.”

Along with helping to establish the College of Charleston’s concentration on the Music Industry, which he continues with as a professor (the “class” he refers to above), Bryan is also involved in Carolina Studios, a non-profit recording studio that allows children in low-income areas to have a songwriting and recording experience free-of-charge. Bryan also manages the emerging Charleston-based rock band Stop Light Observations, and by teaming up with the esteemed local venue, the Charleston Music Hall, has co-produced and launched the television show “Live at the Charleston Music Hall,” which recently won a regional Emmy Award.

The next season of “Live at the Charleston Music Hall” will begin airing on PBS-affiliates in the south, starting Jan. 22nd.

 “Charleston is an amazing city in the middle of a remarkable renaissance,” Bryan says of his adopted hometown (he is originally from Bethesda, Maryland). “I’m lucky to be part of its growth.”

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As a member of a nearly 20 million album-selling group Hootie and the Blowfish, Mark Bryan’s guitar playing was ubiquitous in 1995 (and in last week’s episode of South Park, too!) Hootie and The Blowfish’s Cracked Rear View earned the biggest album sales of any release that year, and is now ranked as one of the biggest selling albums in music history. Success at that level brings all sorts of pre-conceptions, so when first hearing the tunes on Bryan’s just-released third solo album Songs of The Fortnight (Chucktown Music Group), listeners will be surprised at the down-to-Earth songwriting that sounds like Southern hospitality.

Mark Bryan’s third album Songs of the Fortnight is out now via the artist’s own Chucktown Music Group. Bryan is available for interviews. Contact Josh Bloom at Fanatic for more information.

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Mark Bryan
Songs of the Fortnight
(Chucktown Music Group)
Out Now
  

Track Listing:

01. Mybabyshe’sallright (YOUTUBE | SPOTIFY | APPLE | SOUNDCLOUD | MP3)
02. If You Saw Her (YOUTUBE | SPOTIFY | APPLE | SOUNDCLOUD | MP3)
03. Almost Loved Me
04. A Little Bit of Everything
05. The Great Beyond
06. Forgetting About Me (YOUTUBE | SPOTIFY | APPLE | SOUNDCLOUD | MP3 | VIDEO)
07. Whole Lotta Lovin’ (feat. Hank Futch)
08. Sweet Love (feat. Kathy Dempf)
09. Only Love Can Satisfy
10. A Song For Maryland
11. Maybe Then (Acoustic)

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Mark Bryan Links


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Contact Josh Bloom at Fanatic Promotion


Friday, December 1, 2017

MOTORCADE debut album out Jan. 19th. Band members have recorded, been in touring bands with St. Vincent, The War On Drugs, Daniel Johnston.

Latest single “Desertion,” out today, follows-up Dallas band’s local hit song “Recover;” RIYL: Depeche Mode, New Order, Echo & The Bunnymen

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MOTORCADE (L-R): James Henderson, Andrew Huffstetler, Jeff Ryan, John Dufilho. Photo credit: Jerome Brock.

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“Doses of ‘80s-like brooding co-mingle with uplifting choruses. Suggests great things to come from the Dallas-based outfit.” — PopMatters



Listen to “Desertion” by MOTORCADE via PopMatters or at the links below.





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MOTORCADE – In The Press

“A Britpop-flavored, love-at-first-listen.” — KXT, Dallas

“A charming piece of indie rock that recalls Phoenix and Tame Impala.” — MAGNET

‘Recover’ is an 80’s pop wonder. Brilliant.” — Somewherecold

“The kind of thing we could see folks nationwide latching onto.” — Central Track

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“I like that there’s some nice psychedelia in this one,” says James Henderdson of Dallas-based band MOTORCADE about “Desertion,” the foursome’s new single, out today. “That was the original aim of the whole record, to mix post-punk and 60's psychedelia.”

The track, premiered this week via cutting-edge music discovery website PopMatters, is the follow-up to the local hit “Recover,” which has been in steady rotation via Dallas’ nationally recognized community radio station KXT for nearly a year.

The members of MOTORCADE bring years of experience to the band. Andrew Huffstetler (Voice), Henderson (Guitar, Keyboards, Voice), John Dufilho (Bass, Voice), and Jeff Ryan (Drums) -- have previously recorded and/or been in touring bands with St. Vincent, The War on Drugs, Daniel Johnston, The Apples in Stereo, Pleasant Grove, and many more.

The fruit of these dues paid is a fine and fluid debut album that hits on every pressure point of late 80s-early 90s songcraft ala Depeche Mode, New Order, Echo & The Bunnymen, The Jesus and Mary Chain, and so on. The self-titled debut album arrives via Idol Records on Jan. 19th, and MOTORCADE has just-announced a record release show in Dallas for the following evening, Jan. 20th. See below for more info.

“When we first started actively playing together, we had a couple of my ideas and just played them to see if we could do it,” says Henderson, which ultimately led MOTORCADE to become an actual thing. “It worked out alright, but then I realized we’d need more songs,” he continues. “So that was the impetus to start writing.”

The rest of the album is no afterthought. Everything here is sent over the moon by serious production chops and musicianship, owing again to the substantial pedigree that these guys came to the studio with. It’s an aspect of record-making that is seemingly ignored by younger bands making music influenced by this era.

“For me, production and songwriting go hand-in-hand,” Henderson says. The sounds are every bit as important as the notes and chords being played.”

The self-titled debut album by Dallas-based MOTORCADE arrives via Idol Records on Jan. 19th, 2018, preceded by the singles “Recover” and “Desertion,” streaming now. Members of MOTORCADE are available for interviews. Contact Josh Bloom at Fanatic for more information.

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KXT’s The Local Show and Idol Records Present



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MOTORCADE
MOTORCADE
(Idol Records)
Jan. 19th, 2018
  

Track Listing:

01. Walk With Me
02. Deliver
03. When The Hit Comes
04. Overthrown
05. Desertion (SOUNDCLOUD | SPOTIFY | APPLE | MP3)
06. Evaporate
07. Recover (SOUNDCLOUD | SPOTIFY | APPLE | MP3 | VIDEO)
08. Long Telegram
09. CP80
10. Not Too Dark
11. Contact Light

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MOTORCADE Links


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Contact Josh Bloom at Fanatic Promotion


Brooklyn-based, classically-trained guitarist, Jeremy Bass to follow-up pair of critically praised 2015 EPs with lyrically-driven “The Greatest Fire.”

New LP featuring Nick Luca (Iron and Wine), Jon Rauhouse (Neko Case), Tom Hagerman (DeVotchKa), Jacob Valenzuela (Calexico) arrives Jan. 19th.

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Jeremy Bass as photographed by Skyler Smith

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Jeremy Bass – In The Press

“A stunner!” — Sing Out!

“Daring and simple all at the same time.” — Guitar World

“Sparse, delicate. Just the thing to cosy up to while the rain taps at your window.” — BBC Radio 6

“Blends the lessons of classical, bossa nova, and folk.” — Acoustic Guitar

“Hope can be heard shining through.” — Exclaim!

“Beautifully composed.” — MAGNET

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“Bursts out of the gate with clever poetry, witty imagery, and engaging guitar work.”– Atwood Magazine

Listen to “Trees for the Forest” from The Greatest Fire by Jeremy Bass via Atwood Magazine or at the links below.

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About Jeremy Bass:

The Greatest Fire (Jan. 19th, Jungle Strut Music), the upcoming new album by Brooklyn-based artist Jeremy Bass, contains numerous turns of phrase that are completely world-class, impressive for any emerging songwriter, but the rub here is that Bass actually makes his bones as a classical guitarist.

Bass has logged countless hours mastering the instrument that he was originally trained on in Italy and Spain, and his ascension as a composer ultimately led to The Secret City, the arts organization for which Bass serves as musical director, receiving an Obie Award – off-Broadway theater’s highest honor.

“I wanted this album to be an expression of everything I was capable of, to feature the best songwriting I’ve done to date and to let rock n’ roll shine through the more diverse influences of my previous records,” Bass says.

To that end, while Bass’ voice can be described as a mixture of Paul Simon, Jeff Buckley, and Thom Yorke, you’re now as likely to find walls of distorted guitars and stacked keyboards in his arsenal as you are to find a blend of banjo, ukulele, acoustic guitars and mandolin.

And while his sound bears little resemblance to one of his heroes, Bass relates wholeheartedly to this Tom Waits quote: “I like beautiful melodies telling me terrible things.”

The songs on The Greatest Fire take this idea as gospel, both in ideology and practice.

“I thrive on the interplay between what people think they’re hearing, and the actual content beneath,” Bass explains. “I think that’s where the best songwriting happens.” Bass mentions Hank Williams and Merle Haggard’s outlaw output as examples of this juxtaposition.

A more contemporary songwriter who was a master at this, as well, was Elliott Smith.

In fact, The Greatest Fire’s “Trees For The Forest,” premiered yesterday via music discovery website Atwood Magazine, opens with a short picking run that immediately brings to mind the opening of Smith’s Either/Or classic track “Angeles,” and contains a lyric that could have come from Smith’s canon: “But you know those people who never get lost, never learn how to find their own way,” a fine example of Bass’ ability to lay it on the line, as if playing some kind of musical rope-a-dope by weakening his audience with pretty sounds before landing a truth punch.

“What I really wanted to do was write the best songs I was capable of writing, to deliver the best performance possible, and to make the best album I was capable of making,” Bass says.

The Greatest Fire, the new album by Jeremy Bass is scheduled for release on Jan. 19th, 2018 via Jungle Strut Music. Bass is available for interviews. Contact Josh Bloom at Fanatic for more information.

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Jeremy Bass
The Greatest Fire
(Jungle Strut Music)
Jan. 19th, 2018
  

Track Listing:

01. CA, Plz
02. The Greatest Fire
04. (So Glad) Everyone's Happy
04. 1,000 Yrs
05. ‘Till the Summer Ends
06. Halfway Sane
07. Trees for the Forest (YOUTUBE | SPOTIFY | APPLE | SOUNDCLOUD | MP3)
08. (theme music for a desert lightning storm)
09. Like Flowers for a Funeral
10. We Will Be You

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Jeremy Bass Links


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Contact Josh Bloom at Fanatic Promotion