Tuesday, April 30, 2013

Saxon Shore founder’s new duo Midnight Faces prepares debut album “Fornication” for June 18th release.

Earmilk premieres “dark, frigid” Certain Creatures Black Heart Mix of DC band’s “Feel This Way” single.

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Midnight Faces (L-R): Philip Stancil, Matthew Warn. Photo Credit: Jeremy Clem.

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Check out the “Feel This Way” (Certain Creatures Black Heart Mix) by Midnight Faces





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Check out the premiere of the Certain Creatures “Feel This Way” (Black Heart Mix) via Earmilk

Check out the premiere of the album version of “Feel This Way” by Midnight Faces via Baeble Music

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“I had been writing new music during Saxon Shore’s hiatus, with no idea as to where the songs would end up,” says Matthew Warn of Midnight Faces.  Barely into his teens, Warn began making music with childhood friend Jonny Pierce (of The Drums), resulting in a full-length album released by Columbia Records.  At age twenty, Warn went on to co-found post-rock instrumental giants Saxon Shore with Josh Tillman (of Fleet Foxes and Father John Misty), releasing three EPs, and two albums produced by Dave Fridmann (MGMT, Tame Impala, Flaming Lips.)

With Saxon Shore on hiatus, towards the end of 2012, Warn asked future Midnight Faces bandmate Philip Stancil to take a shot at adding vocals to a couple of his new tunes.  “That’s when things started to fall into place,” Warn explains. “Our influences seemed so different, but that’s what makes us unique. It’s like Tom Petty fronting The Cure.”

The DC-based duo’s debut single “Feel This Way” made its premiere recently via music discovery website Baeble Music, and the Certain Creatures remix of the song has now premiered via Earmilk.  “I connected with ‘Feel This Way’ because of the dark, struggling heart being poured out in the lyrics,” says Oliver Chapoy, the man behind Certain Creatures.  “I thought it would be interesting to take the song into a darker, frigid, sonic landscape.”

Midnight Faces recently completed its debut full-length album Fornication in Los Angeles with producer Jason Martin (The Drums, Cold War Kids, Starflyer 59) and will tour the US, Asia and Europe with a full band upon the release of the record this summer.  Fornication is scheduled for release on June 18th, 2013.

Members of Midnight Faces are available for interviews. Contact Josh Bloom at Fanatic for more information.

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Midnight Faces
Fornication
(Broken Factory, June 18th)


Track Listing:

01. Fornication
02. Crowded Halls
03. Holding On
04. Feel This Way (STREAM | DOWNLOAD | MP3 | REMIX)
05. Give In Give Out
06. Kingdom Come
07. Now I’m Done
08. Identity
09. Turn Back
10. Heartless

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Midnight Faces Links


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Contact Josh Bloom at Fanatic Promotion

Monday, April 29, 2013

Picture Day offers up new riff-filled “One of Us” single for download; St. Louis-based foursome’s latest EP out now.

 Band claims influences as far flung as Guided By Voices, Del Shannon, Black Sabbath, Brian May, Ween, Metallica.

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Picture Day (L-R): Jordan Ross, Brian Wiegert, Luis Actis, Steve Sesti.  Photo Credit: Kadie Foppiano.

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“One of Us” is the latest single from the “Every Day Is Picture Day” EP by Picture Day





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“Should be called Picture Perfect.” – Roctober

“One of Us” is the latest single from the St. Louis-based band’s new EP “Every Day Is Picture Day,” and is available for download now via Beats Per Minute and streaming via Groove Loves Melody.

‘One of Us’ was inspired by the desire to play something with an honest-to-God riff,” says Picture Day band leader, Brian Wiegert. “We’re not often a heavy band, but it’s definitely part of our musical DNA.”  Wiegert, a fan of Black Sabbath and Metallica, is also a fan of Ween, and explains that, “While we couldn’t get away with jumping stylistically all over the map like Ween, we reserve the right to be a product of our combined influences.”

“I can’t front like Robert Pollard hasn’t been a huge inspiration to me, as well,” Wiegert continues. Speaking about the band’s tune “Madoline,” previously featured by MAGNET, Spinner, and KDHX, St. Louis, he explains, “It’s us consciously trying to do something upbeat. The chorus is inspired by Del Shannon and Frankie Valli, except with Brian May-style layered guitars.” The catchy, to-the-point tunes on “Every Day Is Picture Day,” show off the combination of chops and sense of humor that defines this band.

Influenced by confirmed rock legends such as The Who, Bowie and the previously mentioned Guided By Voices, Picture Day also embraces the unexpected by participating in Ween tribute nights, fostering a hip-hop side project with three album releases to date under the name MLD, and performing with self-described ragtime entertainer, Pokey LaFarge (a St. Louis sensation who appears on Jack White’s Blunderbuss.)

“It occurred to me some years ago, that music is the one thing that no one is forcing me to do,” says Wiegert. “I punch a clock, and when I’m done, I drag my ass to band practice because I want to hear some loud guitars.”  Picture Day’s latest EP “Every Day Is Picture Day” arrives on April 16th, 2013. The single “Madoline” is streaming now. Members of Picture Day are available for interviews.  Contact Josh Bloom at Fanatic for more information.

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Picture Day
“Every Day Is Picture Day” EP
(S/R – Out Now)


Track Listing:

01. Madoline (STREAM | DOWNLOAD | MP3)
02. Immaterial
03. One of Us (STREAM | DOWNLOAD | MP3)
04. Long Division
05. Happens Daily

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Picture Day Links


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Contact Josh Bloom at Fanatic Promotion


Wednesday, April 24, 2013

Linda Draper follows-up string of albums produced by cult-icon Kramer with “Edgewise” on May 21st.

 American Songwriter debuts haunting “Hollow” inspired by a conversation Draper wasn’t meant to hear.

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Linda Draper as photographed by Shervin Lainez

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“Hollow” is the first single from the upcoming album Edgewise by Linda Draper





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Check out the premiere of “Hollow” by Linda Draper via American Songwriter

“When I wrote this song,” Linda Draper reflects on her new single “Hollow,” “I was thinking back to a conversation I overheard on a plane. The woman was talking about her step-son not being committed to any ‘real’ career, and that all he wanted to do was write. She said that he better ‘get it out of his system.’ As I heard this, I thought about another of my inspirations for this song, Nick Drake, and what a dull world this would be if he had been told this and listened.”

“Hollow” will appear on Draper’s upcoming new album Edgewise, scheduled for release on May 21st, 2013.  The album arrives on the heels of a half-dozen Draper albums released throughout the years, including four LPs recorded with legendary cult-icon and music producer Kramer (Ween, Low, Galaxie 500.)  A video for “Hollow,” shot on the beaches of Montauk on Long Island, New York, is currently in production.

“With this album, I feel myself returning to the roots that originally sparked my enthusiasm for music,” Draper explains, referring to her childhood growing up in a musical household with parents and siblings who are all musicians (father Frederick Draper is a classical guitar virtuoso who studied with Andres Segovia.)

Draper gives a peek into the making of Edgewise via a video interview here.  The album is scheduled for release on May 21st, 2013, and its first single “Hollow” is streaming now.  Linda Draper is available for interviews.  Contact Josh Bloom at Fanatic for more information.

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Linda Draper Live

05/18 Hudson, NY @ The Spotty Dog Books & Ale 8PM, w/ Kath Bloom
05/23 New York, NY @ The Bitter End Record Release Show
05/24 Hamden, CT @ The Outer Space 530PM, w/ Kath Bloom
05/26 Cambridge, MA @ Club Passim Campfire Festival
06/01 Nashville, TN @ Back Alley Diner 8PM

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Linda Draper
Edgewise
(S/R – May 21st, 2013)


Track Listing:

01. Glass Palace
02. Right On Time
03. Hollow (STREAM | DOWNLOAD | MP3)
04. Edgewise
05. Take It From Me
06. Sleepwalkers
07. Shadow Of A Coal Mine
08. Blackbird
09. Live Wire
10. In Good Hands
11. So Long

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Linda Draper Links


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Contact Josh Bloom at Fanatic Promotion

Tuesday, April 23, 2013

The Cannanes follow-up last month’s “Small Batch” release with EP of remixes by Richie Phoe, Dr. Version.

Band to make rare US visit in June for performance at Chickfactor 21 festival at Brooklyn’s Bell House.

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The Cannanes (L-R): Fran Gibson, Stephen O’Neil. Photo Credit: Lance Hillier.

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Check out “Zone (Dr. Version Remix)” from the “Small Batch Remixes” EP by The Cannanes





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Check out the premiere of “Bumper” by The Cannanes via SPIN

Check out the premiere of “Crawler” by The Cannanes via USA Today

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“Exactly what The Cannanes needed to mark their return.” – CMJ on the “Small Batch” EP

Last month, Australian duo The Cannanes (Fran Gibson and Stephen O’Neil) released its first collection of new material in over a decade.  The “Small Batch” EP has now been followed-up with the release of the appropriately titled “Small Batch Remixes” EP.  Tracks from the remix EP have already been circulating (see below for links to popular UK producer Richie Phoe’s reworkings), and now Diffuser.fm has premiered the Dr. Version remix of The Cannanes track “Zone” here.

Highly influenced by decades of listening to Jamaican dub and riddims (otherwise known as ‘versions’), Dr. Version is the newest project for Explosion Robinson producer, Stephen Hermann (Casiocore, Sukpatch.)  “I use the studio as a member of the band,” Hermann says of his work. “I use delays, effects, and analog tape saturation to mangle the sounds and push the boundaries of the concept of a remix.”

The Cannanes will visit the US for the first time in many years to promote the “Small Batch” releases and to appear live at the Chickfactor 21 festival, taking place June 11th-13th at The Bell House in Brooklyn, NY.  More info about the festival can be found here. 

The Cannanes have been releasing modest, ramshackle records since forming in Sydney, Australia almost 30 years ago.  Though essentially underground, the band has amassed a legion of fans in that time, including Kurt Cobain, who, it was later discovered, name-checked The Cannanes as a personal favorite in his posthumously published journals.

The Cannanes are available for interviews.  Contact Josh Bloom at Fanatic for more information.

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The Cannanes
“Small Batch” EP
(exro.fm / Lamingtone)
Out Now


Track Listing:

01. Bumper (STREAM | DOWNLOAD | MP3)
02. Crawler (STREAM | DOWNLOAD | MP3)
03. Basics
04. Molecule
05. Tiny Compartment
06. Zone

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The Cannanes
“Small Batch Remixes” EP
(exro.fm / Lamingtone)
Out Now


Track Listing:

01. Bumper – Richie Phoe Remix (STREAM | DOWNLOAD)
02. Crawler – Richie Phoe Remix (STREAM | DOWNLOAD)
03. Zone – Dr. Version Remix (STREAM | DOWNLOAD | MP3)
04. Bumper – Dr. Version Dub
05. Crawler – Dr. Version Dub
06. Zone – Dr. Version Dub

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The Cannanes Links


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Contact Josh Bloom at Fanatic Promotion