Thursday, February 11, 2016

Dan Hubbard turns troubadour on new album produced in Nashville by Uncle Tupelo, Wilco co-founder, Ken Coomer.

Tour continues tonight in Chicago. Hear latest tracks from just-released solo album now via Paste, Elmore, Performer.

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Dan Hubbard as photographed by Karen Bridges (Beyond The Well)

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Hear “Johnny” at Paste, “Straw Hat” at Elmore, and “Tired of Loving You” at Performer or click the links below!







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“Ranks alongside the likes of Ryan Adams as one of the finest contemporary country-rock front men.” – R2 Magazine (UK)

While Dan Hubbard’s just-released album is a solo singer-songwriter effort, over the past decade he had built a devoted following in the Midwest as the leader of a rock band. But following 2011’s The Love Show with his group, The Humadors, Hubbard felt the urge to change things up.  And when he did, he had to make some big choices.

“Everyone had their reasons for wanting to end the band, but changing my sound, which was something I never cared about before, was my reason,” Hubbard says.  It was a precarious move for an artist who had already built a small, but loyal fan base. The risk has paid off, however, and Hubbard’s new album is all the proof that’s needed. Where the Humadors rocked and rocked well, Hubbard’s new songs, and his performance of them, sound less rave-up and more settled in – real, relatable, roots-driven music that sticks.

The record came about when, armed with a batch of some of the best songs he’d written in his life, Hubbard headed to Nashville to work with producer Ken Coomer, a co-founder of Uncle Tupelo and Wilco and a three-time Grammy nominee.

Ken played drums on Wilco’s Being There and Summerteeth albums – two of my favorite records of all time,” Hubbard exclaims of this dream-come-true scenario.  Coomer brought in a who’s who of local talent to round out Hubbard’s studio band, including Dave Roe (long-time bassist with Johnny Cash), Adam Ollendorff (guitarist with Kacey Musgraves), and Tyson Rogers (pianist with Don Williams.)  Of course, Coomer himself joined in behind the drums.

 “I was a little nervous about becoming a ‘solo artist,’” Hubbard says. “It was a little like starting over, but all of these great experiences helped me feel that I’d made the right decision. I know it’s the best thing I’ve done.”

Hubbard is currently on tour supporting the new album, with a second leg in the planning stages that will take him through the rest of 2016. See below for current dates. Dan Hubbard’s self-titled solo album is out now. Contact Josh Bloom at Fanatic for more information.

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Dan Hubbard – On Tour

02/11 Chicago, IL @ Schubas Tavern
02/12 St. Louis, MO @ Off Broadway
02/19 Davenport, IA @ Redstone Room
02/20 Cedar Rapids, IA @ Artisans Sanctuary
02/26 LaSalle, IL @ Ninth Street Pub
02/27 Champaign, IL @ Cowboy Monkey
03/03 Indianapolis, IN @ The Hi-Fi
03/04 Louisville, KY @ Third Street Dive
03/05 Nashville, TN @ The Basement
03/11 Fort Myers, FL @ Yabo
03/26 Emporia, KS @ Emporia Granada Theater
04/15 St. Charles, IL @ Old Towne Pub
04/16 Milwaukee, WI @ Art Bar

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Dan Hubbard
S/T
(S/R – Out Now)
  

Track Listing:

01. February (STREAM | MP3)
02. More I Live, Less I Know
03. Johnny (STREAM | MP3)
04. Straw Hat (STREAM | MP3)
05. And The Music
06. She Gives It Everything
07. All Night, Alright
08. Tired of Loving You (STREAM | MP3)
09. Come Tomorrow
10. The Turning Point

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Dan Hubbard Links


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Contact Josh Bloom at Fanatic Promotion


Friday, February 5, 2016

Los Angeles-based pop band the black watch has been making music for more than 27 years, its 13th full-length is out now.

Band leader John Andrew Fredrick to tour west coast with solo show starting tonight, full-band L.A. residency set for March.

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the black watch (L-R): Tyson Cornell, Chris Rackard, John Andrew Fredrick, Rick Woodard.  Photo Credit: Steve Keros.

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“Pershing/Harvard Square” is the first song to reference Chrissie Hynde by name. Hear it now via PopMatters or at 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

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

“On record, the black watch rarely dips in quality, but the most amazing thing is that it keeps topping itself.” – Blurt

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

“Shows off the confidence and panache of a band with 27 years of creating music.” –  MAGNET

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Kevin Bronson documents the “quixotic adventures of John Andrew Fredrick” in this piece for Buzzbands.la

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the black watch – Live

(*=John Andrew Fredrick Solo/Acoustic)

02/05 San Francisco, CA @ The Velo Rouge Cafe *
02/09 Portland, OR @ Ash Street Saloon *
02/10 Seattle, WA @ Lucky Liquor Tavern *
02/11 Boise, ID @ Liquid Lounge *
02/13 Las Vegas, NV @ Hard Hat Lounge *
03/02 Los Angeles, CA @ The Lost Room (1538 Sunset Blvd.)
03/09 Los Angeles, CA @ The Lost Room (1538 Sunset Blvd.)
03/16 Los Angeles, CA @ The Lost Room (1538 Sunset Blvd.)
03/23 Los Angeles, CA @ The Lost Room (1538 Sunset Blvd.)
03/30 Los Angeles, CA @ The Lost Room (1538 Sunset Blvd.)

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“L.A. has not produced a band as capable of both My Bloody Valentine miasma and Nick Drake quietness.” — Andy Gill, Gang of Four

John Andrew Fredrick, a prolific songwriter and author – he has published three comic-literary novels and is about to release a book on the early films of Wes Anderson –  is also the front man of the Los Angeles-based pop band, the black watch.

Over a 27-year-long career, the black watch has been praised up and down Sunset Boulevard for its skill at tongue-in-cheek turns of phrase wrapped around decadent pop hooks.  The band’s 13th full-length album Highs & Lows was released late last year, and following up a series of solo acoustic shows on the east coast, Fredrick will embark on a handful of west coast solo dates this evening.

The full band version of the black watch will play five hometown shows in March as part of a residency at The Lost Room in Los Angeles, on where else, Sunset Boulevard. Will more praise be forthcoming?

Produced by Rob Campanella of Brian Jonestown Massacre, the first single from Highs & Lows is “Pershing/Harvard Square,” which Frederick believes to be the only song to ever mention Pretenders frontwoman Chrissie Hynde by name.

“I jotted down the whole thing early one morning after coffee,” he says.” I often think about the sort of person you meet in Los Angeles who, as the line in the song goes, thinks they’re Chrissie Hynde or something just because they ‘say strange things’ to people, at parties or wherever.”  Perhaps Hynde will sit in when the black watch performs the tune live.

Highs & Lows, the latest album from the black watch, is out now via Pop Culture Press RecordsJohn Andrew Fredrick is available for interviews.  Contact Josh Bloom at Fanatic for more information.

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the black watch
Highs & Lows
(Pop Culture Press Records)
Out Now


Track Listing:

01. Beautiful Sleeper (VIDEO)
02. Quondam Redhead (STREAM | MP3)
03. Pershing/Harvard Square (STREAM | MP3)
04. There’s No Fucking Way
05. A Sort of An Overture
06. Love’s Fever Dreams (STREAM | MP3)
07. She’s A Mess
08. If Upon A Time That Never Happened
09. He Must Needs Go That The Devil Drives
10. Eleanor’s Not Hiding

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the black watch Links


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Contact Josh Bloom at Fanatic Promotion


Thursday, February 4, 2016

Robert Harrison resurrects Cotton Mather for massive 64-song project, with each tune devoted to one of the I Ching's 64 hexagrams.

“The songs are my responses to the readings, happening in real time,” Harrison says. Hear “Child Bride” now via Austin’s NPR, KUTX.

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Robert Harrison of Cotton Mather. Photo Credit: Valerie Fremin.

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Check out the premiere of “Child Bride” by Cotton Mather via Austin’s NPR-affiliate KUTX or listen at the links below!



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Cotton Mather’s much revered album Kontiki – originally issued in 1997, and then again as a deluxe edition in 2012 – was heavily influenced by Chinese philosophy, and the band’s mastermind, Robert Harrison is mining that subject matter again with his ambitious new project Songs From The I Ching which represents the first all-new Cotton Mather music in more than a decade.

“I’ve always been spiritually curious,” Harrison says of the subject matter.  “I studied the I Ching in college but didn’t delve deep until later.”  Delving is putting it mildly as Harrison intends to record one song for each of the ancient book of Chinese wisdom and advice’s 64 hexagrams, eventually packaging the tracks into several vinyl releases, but making them available digitally along the way.  The first album is scheduled for a May, 2016 release.

The project’s first track, “The Book of Too Late Changes,” was premiered by Texas Monthly late last year as part of a larger feature about the project, and is now followed up with track two, “Child Bride,” streaming now via Austin’s NPR-affiliate, KUTXHarrison says the I Ching book that “Child Bride” is based on is “seldom a favorite reading to receive and typically a reminder that my life is an ongoing exhibit of lessons unlearned.” Referring to a real-life event, Harrison says, “I can tell you that if you're ever going to jump over a fence on Halloween night in an effort to rescue a drunk driver, you'd better remove your nun costume first, unless you want to spend the next two months on crutches.”

Harrison goes on to explain that he consults the I Ching “at the beginning of most days,” but it wasn’t until recently that he decided to let it motivate his songwriting and birth this massive project.

“I wrote a song titled ‘Call Me The Witch’ for Nicole Atkins,” Harrison tells Texas Monthly. “I got the idea for the song after consulting the I Ching.  I began to ask myself, ‘Should I do a project based around the I Ching?’ I’d get a gentle ‘No,’ but this spring I was in Europe and realized it was burning in me to do the whole cycle, because I’d already written a dozen or so songs in this method.  I realized attempting all 64 at once wouldn’t be true. So the songs are my responses to the readings as I receive them, happening in real time and real weather.”

This thinking explains Harrison’s choice to release the tracks one by one, sharing the material in an organic way.  18 of the 64 songs have already been written, and the process of recording them is ongoing.  Robert Harrison of Cotton Mather is available for interviews.  Contact Josh Bloom at Fanatic for more information.

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More about Cotton Mather:

Cotton Mather was founded by Robert Harrison in Austin, Texas in the early 1990’s with an experimental sound that soon evolved into guitar driven pop defined by accessible melodies, strong vocal harmonies and lyrical wit. The group released its debut album Cotton Is King in 1994, but it was the follow-up album Kontiki, famously recorded on four-track cassette, that drew praise from critics and rock-stars alike.

Uncut Magazine gave the album 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.” It wasn’t just the press either.  Oasis brothers Noel and Liam Gallagher fell in love with Kontiki soon after discovering it. When Noel was asked “What are you listening to these days?” in the pages of Mojo, he answered: “Cotton Mather, Kontiki,” and went on to say, “I thought if that isn’t the best record I’ve heard in ten years, then I don’t know what is.” Brother Liam left his praise for the record in the pages of GQ, admitting “I fucking wish it was ours! I play it all day at home.”

On our shores, the bounce back of influence from across the pond was finally felt with Britt Daniel of Spoon being just one artist to say “Kontiki gave me something to shoot for.” In addition to the deluxe reissue of Kontiki on Valentine’s Day, 2012, Cotton Mather reunited that year for a special performance of full album at South By Southwest, marking the first time in a decade since the band last performed together.

In the years since Cotton Mather went on hiatus, Harrison stayed busy producing other artists, in addition to forming and fronting a new band, Future Clouds and Radar which was acknowledged for its “sprawling orchestral pop” by The New Yorker and named “Debut Artist of The Year” by Harp MagazineHarrison expects that with so many I Ching songs to record, Future Clouds and Radar will also be making an appearance on the project.

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Check out the premiere of “The Book of Too Late Changes” by Cotton Mather via Texas Monthly or listen at the links below!



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Cotton Mather Links


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Contact Josh Bloom at Fanatic Promotion