Friday, February 16, 2018

Classically-trained guitarist Jeremy Bass joined in studio by players with Iron and Wine, Neko Case, Calexico for “The Greatest Fire,” out now.


Brooklyn-based songwriter shares several music videos shot throughout U.S. during cross-country tour. Bass plays Rockwood Music Hall this Sunday.

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Jeremy Bass as photographed by Skyler Smith

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Hear the title track from The Greatest Fire at Guitar World or via the links below!

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NYC! See Jeremy Bass live at Rockwood Music Hall (Stage 2) this Sun. Feb. 18th at 9PM EST!

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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

“Beautifully composed.” — MAGNET

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

“Stark and epic.” — Songwriting Magazine (UK)

“Bursts out of the gate with clever poetry.” — Atwood Magazine

“Devastating lyrics.” — Nooga.com

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Jeremy Bass – Music Videos




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See the music videos for “We Will Be You” via Nooga.com, “The Greatest Fire” via Independent Clauses, and “1,000 Yrs” at The Daily Country as shot by filmmaker Annie McCain Engman on a cross-country trek of America. Locations include: Manhattan, Brooklyn, The Rockaways, Chicago, Irrigon (OR), Chamberlain (SD), Anaconda (MT), Yellowstone (WY), Los Angeles, San Francisco, Tecopa, Ojai, Yosemite, Wofford Heights, Joshua Tree, Bodie and Death Valley (CA).

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About Jeremy Bass

On his new full-length The Greatest Fire (out now via Jungle Strut Music), Brooklyn-based songwriter Jeremy Bass is accompanied by equally accomplished players in the form of Nick Luca who has toured and recorded with Iron and Wine, Jon Rauhouse who tours and records with Neko Case, Tom Hagerman of DeVotchKa, Jacob Valenzuela of Calexico, and Joel Graves of Everest, among others.


The pedigree of the players on The Greatest Fire backs up the songwriting quality that saw Bass win two prestigious songwriting awards – the John Lennon Songwriting Competition and the UK Songwriting Contest – for tracks from his previous pair of 2015 EPs. It is interesting to note that while Bass’ world-class turns of phrase are impressive, especially for an emerging songwriter, he 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.

The Greatest Fire, the new album by Jeremy Bass is out now 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)
Out Now


Track Listing:

01. CA, Plz
02. The Greatest Fire (YOUTUBE | SPOTIFY | APPLE | SOUNDCLOUD | MP3 | VIDEO)
04. (So Glad) Everyone's Happy
04. 1,000 Yrs (VIDEO)
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 (VIDEO)

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Jeremy Bass Links


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Contact Josh Bloom at Fanatic Promotion


Friday, February 9, 2018

Los Angeles area-based songwriter Gregory Ackerman to release “And Friends” debut via V2/Munich; Album produced by Rilo Kiley’s Pierre de Reeder.

“Keep Falling” single, featuring many of artist’s life-long friends, streaming now; See Ackerman’s band live in San Francisco at Hotel Utah on March 2nd.

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Gregory Ackerman as photographed by Henry Burge.

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“Thrives on raw honesty. Brings splashes of colour to every note he strikes.” – Atwood Magazine

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About Gregory Ackerman

Los Angeles area-based songwriter and multi-instrumentalist, Gregory Ackerman has made an album that sounds as inviting as its title indicates. And Friends, the artist’s debut full-length arrives May 25th, 2018 via V2/Munich. The album was produced by Rilo Kiley bassist, Pierre de Reeder.


Ackerman explains, “I wrote ‘Keep Falling’ when I was in a great mood one day, like I was falling in love with the whole world. But I had no idea what I was doing or where I was going, I was just content. It made me want to write a love song about loving everything and anything, but no one thing or one person in particular.”

He continues, “I remember a conversation I was having with a friend of mine, and she was asking me how I could live without wanting love in my life. I was focusing on my music and did not want to get involved with anyone. I thought love would be a distraction, so I instead turned to trying to find a universal love for all things in the world.”

Having soaked up the sun and song of the Laurel Canyon air since childhood, Ackerman’s warmth is immediately showcased on And Friends, opening with his own immersive double-tracked vocals, guitar and piano playing, along with the sincere contributions of Ackerman’s actual friends.

Swarthy drumming comes courtesy of high school friend, Keenan McDaniel, plaintive slide guitars from Tom Relling, a friend since middle school, and beautiful vocal touches are provided by singer, Malarie Howard, who lends a female perspective to “Keep Falling,” who Ackerman met in college. The dusty harmonica throughout the album is by Ackerman’s brother Eric, who also performs in Gregory’s live band, and has likely been a friend of his brother’s since birth.

Everything else that we hear on And Friends comes from Ackerman himself. The album represents a singular point of view that is uncommon on a debut. Where some might be finding their footing, Ackerman is firmly planted.

And Friends by Gregory Ackerman is scheduled for release on May 25th via V2/Munich. Ackerman is available for interviews. Contact Josh Bloom at Fanatic for more information.

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Gregory Ackerman Links


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Contact Josh Bloom at Fanatic Promotion


Monday, February 5, 2018

Peelander-Z follows-up 2014 hair metal tribute LP, 2016 film festival favorite doc “Mad Tiger” with back-to-basics “Go PZ Go” on April 6th.

“One of the most visually imaginative punk groups” (The New York Times) shares Jimbo Matison-animated music video via Yahoo Entertainment!

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Peelander-Z (L-R): Peelander-Purple, Peelander-Yellow, Peelander-Pink. Photo credit: Ryota Mori.

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Yahoo! Entertainment calls the new Peelander-Z video “fun and stunning!” Watch “Go PZ Go/Yeah Yeah Yeah” now!


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Peelander-Z – In The Press

“One of the most visually imaginative punk groups.” — The New York Times

“Utilizing a mondo bizarro formula to the delight of their rabid fans, delivering an insanely entertaining live show.” — Rolling Stone

Peelander–Z put sanity in a headlock.” — Alternative Press

“Standing on the sidelines is not an option when Peelander–Z hits the stage.” — Time Out New York

“There is no escape from the grind like the Peelander–Z escape from the grind.” — The Fader

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Peelander-Z – the Japanese Action Comic Punk Band – will follow-up its 2014 full-length hair metal tribute album Metalander-Z with what can only be referred to as a “back to basics” album from the group. Go PZ Go will be released via Chicken Ranch Records on April 6th. The album will be preceded by several singles and videos, including the animated clip for “Go PZ Go / Yeah Yeah Yeah,” (streaming now) directed by comedy writer, director, and animator, Jimbo Matison. The video “done solely with paper and pencils” was premiered last week via Yahoo! Entertainment which also called the clip “fun and stunning.”

Go PZ Go is not only the follow-up to Peelander-Z’s 2014 album; it comes on the heels of a much heralded documentary about the band “Mad Tiger.” The film, directed by Jonathan Yi and Michael Haertlein, was acquired by Film Movement after a successful festival circuit run following its premiere at New York’s IFC Center during DOC NYC. “Mad Tiger” ultimately went on to a nationwide theatrical release and can now be seen via Netflix.

Now, with Go PZ Go, the band also delivers its most listenable album, one that doesn’t merely act as a fun souvenir and reminder of the memorable experiences that Peelander-Z brings in its live performances. In fact, Go PZ Go is an addictive record all on its own that will appeal to any true punk rocker – young (the fans that Peelander-Z regularly calls up on stage to take over their instruments) and old (those who may only have the stamina to put headphones on in the comfort of their living rooms.)

As usual, the release of Go PZ Go on April 6th will be followed by another nationwide tour where Peelander-Z guarantees intense audience participation and will take the opportunity to “eat your smile,” as band-leader Peelander-Yellow terms what could ultimately be construed as the group’s mission statement. Further details and full itinerary forthcoming.

Go PZ Go, the ninth full-length album by Peelander-Z, is scheduled for release on April 6th, 2018 via Chicken Ranch Records. Members of Peelander-Z are available for interviews. Contact Josh Bloom at Fanatic for more information.

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Peelander-Z
Go PZ Go
Chicken Ranch Records
April 6th, 2018


 Track Listing:

01. Go PZ Go
02. P.P.P.P.
03. H.I.P.P.O.
04. Bike Bike Bike
05. Rock Paper Scissors
06. Beaver Fever
07. Mix Mix Mix
08. Free Three Bees
09. I'm Not Singer
10. Cookie House
11. UFO
12. You Have Nice Tee Shirts
13. Yeah Yeah Yeah (YOUTUBE | SPOTIFY | APPLE | MP3 | VIDEO)
14. Don't Comb Over My Hair

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Peelander-Z Links


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Contact Josh Bloom at Fanatic Promotion