Wednesday, November 15, 2017

ATTEMPT single “Against The Light” gets music video by Robert Beatty, cover art creator for Kesha, Tame Impala, Flaming Lips.

Keep this on repeat while you quietly melt into your office chair,” says Paste. “A psychedelic witches’ brew” proclaims MXDWN.

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Trevor Tremaine of ATTEMPT by Kim Conlee

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ATTEMPT – In The Press


“A bit of Holland-era Beach Boys as filtered through a UFO Club aesthetic. Keep this on repeat while you quietly melt into your office chair.” — Paste

“A satin-draped uncanny valley, a clever evocation of all the plush pleasures of ‘70s soft-rock. It’s just as likely to disturb as delight.” — AllMusic

“A shockingly approachable and bare bit of psych pop.” — MAGNET

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Watch “Against The Light” here and listen at the links below.

“A psychedelic witches’ brew full of swirling sonic textures and ear-popping atmospherics.” — MXDWN


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“Against The Light” (Desperate Spirits, Out Now) is the new four-song EP from ATTEMPT, the Lexington, Kentucky-based recording project of Trevor Tremaine, best-known as the drummer of the enduring noise band Hair Police.

Fellow Hair Police member, Robert Beatty is also a successful visual artist who has created cover art for performers such as Kesha, Tame Impala, Flaming Lips, Ariel Pink, and more. Beatty and his work were the subjects of a profile by Vice earlier this year, and most recently, Beatty was named to Rolling Stone’s “Hot List.”

Beatty’s work also extends to the world of music videos with his piece for the title track of the new ATTEMPT release. Watch the video for “Against The Light” via MXDWN’s premiere coverage here.

The clip is a truncated version of the nearly 10-minute long track, about which Tremaine says, “The conceit of ‘Against The Light’ is jaywalking as a metonym for taking a selfish and irresponsible and irrational risk, less for personal gain than to sort of course-correct reality, an act which this song seems to celebrate.”

The song is Tremaine’s first truly collaborative ATTEMPT piece on tape.

“It was built around my vocal harmonies,” he explains. “(Drummer) Dave Farris supplied the layers of Martin Denny (the “father of exotica”) clatter, and Beatty detonated the Lydian sinewave fireworks in the coda. On the final version, I patched a take of the full-band live jam from whence this melody sprung.”

“Against The Light,” the latest EP from ATTEMPT is out now via Desperate Spirits. Trevor Tremaine is available for interviews. Contact Josh Bloom at Fanatic for more information.

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ATTEMPT
“Against The Light” EP
(Desperate Spirits)
Out Now
  

Track Listing:

01. Cancellations And Delays
02. Items On A Questionnaire
03. Overdraftin’
04. Against The Light  (SOUNDCLOUD | YOUTUBE | SPOTIFY | APPLE | BANDCAMP | MP3 | VIDEO)

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ATTEMPT Links


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Contact Josh Bloom at Fanatic Promotion


Tuesday, November 14, 2017

The Morning Yells shares its pristine three-part harmonies via new in-studio music video for “She Knows Exactly What She’s Doing” single.

Debut from Los Angeles-based foursome compared to Wilco, Fleetwood Mac; Band returns to hometown venue Hotel Café tomorrow evening.

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The Morning Yells (L-R): Curran McDowell, Trevor Smith, Laura Stancil, Phil Stancil. Photo credit: Chase Bescey.

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The Morning Yells – In The Press


“Three-part harmonies with a ‘60s country-meets-pop feel.” — The Bluegrass Situation

“An elegant bridge between folk and classic indie rock. Evokes visions of Wilco and long drives.” — All Things Go

“A batch of high-quality tunes that are simply addicting listens. Blurs the lines between Americana, Fleetwood Mac and, amazingly, Motown.” — The 405

“If there’s a point where Laurel Canyon country meets Bruce Springsteen-esque road-rockers, The Morning Yells were born on that spot. ” — Independent Clauses

 “The band’s perfectly-coordinated harmonies evoke feelings of hope and possibility, passion and potential” — Atwood Magazine

“Draws from classic rock in the same way early Wilco did. Nuanced, layered and catchy.” — MAGNET


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The Morning Yells – Live

11/14/2017: San Diego, CA @ Soda Bar
11/15/2017: Los Angeles, CA @ Hotel Cafe
11/22/2017: Los Angeles, CA @ The Satellite

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Check out the premiere of the music video for “She Knows Exactly What She’s Doing” via Atwood Magazine or listen at the links below!


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“Proper Wilted,” the debut EP by Los Angeles-based band The Morning Yells is out now, and the band has also recently shared the in-studio music video for its “She Knows Exactly What She’s Doing” single via Atwood Magazine.

The song orginally premiered at The Bluegrass Situation, which picked up on the band’s pristine three-part harmonies (it helps to have a pair of siblings – Phil and Laura Stancil – in the group), and went on to air the tune on its weekly “The Bluegrass Situation Radio Hour” on Los Angeles-area radio station 88.5 FM.

“We grew up in a family band, playing roots-rock and folk music at festivals and local watering holes throughout Michigan, where we’re originally from,” says Phil, whose warm and reedy tones define the vocals on the EP. “Our Dad taught us everything we know about music, and we fell in love with Beach Boys, America and The Moody Blues by digging through his record collection.”

As The Morning Yells, the siblings are now joined by fellow multi-instrumentalists Trevor Smith and Curran McDowell. It’s Smith who provides the lead vocal on “She Knows Exactly What She’s Doing,” which, along with the rest of “Proper Wilted,” is finding the band compared to luminaries such as Wilco, Fleetwood Mac, and Bruce Springsteen.

“Proper Wilted” was recorded by Mark Rains, best-known for his work with artists as diverse as Black Rebel Motorcycle Club and Waylon Jennings, which goes a long way towards explaining the sound of The Morning Yells. In the span of a mere five songs, the band adeptly covers a variety of genres, with each member easily jumping from piano, to guitar, to bass. All four contribute to the songwriting.

“Proper Wilted,” the debut EP by The Morning Yells is out now. Members of The Morning Yells are available for interviews. Contact Josh Bloom at Fanatic for more information.

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The Morning Yells
“Proper Wilted” EP
(Golden Boy Records)
Out Now


Track Listing:

01. Must Be You (YOUTUBE | SPOTIFY | APPLE | SOUNDCLOUD | MP3)
02. She Got Time (YOUTUBE | SPOTIFY | APPLE | SOUNDCLOUD | MP3)
03. She Knows Exactly What She’s Doing (YOUTUBE | SPOTIFY | APPLE | SOUNDCLOUD | MP3)
04. Sad Eyed Boy
05. Take Me Somewhere

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The Morning Yells Links


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Contact Josh Bloom at Fanatic Promotion


Monday, November 13, 2017

Cotton Mather to perform its landmark 1997 album “Kontiki” - called “the best album The Beatles never recorded” by The Guardian - on Nov. 25th in Austin.

Band announces PledgeMusic campaign to support “Native Son,” third LP installment in ongoing 64-song “I Ching” project. Hear “The Cotton Mather Pledge” now!

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

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About Kontiki by Cotton Mather


“I wish it was f**king ours! I play it all day at home.” – Liam Gallagher

Hear NPR’s profile about the 2012 re-issue of Kontiki.

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Kontiki @ 20 – Live at Threadgill’s in Austin, TX on Sat. Nov 25th. Click for tickets.

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Take “The Cotton Mather Pledge” today! Hear the band’s “punchy anthem” (Rolling Stone) below.








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Cotton Mather – In The Press


“Does not lack for chutzpah. An extended odyssey.” — Rolling Stone

“Nothing short of a triumph.” — Austin Monthly

“Smart melodies and lyrics. Heady, catchy, fun.” — Paste

“Instant classics.” — Austin Chronicle

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Texas Monthly kicked off Cotton Mather’s “Songs From The I Ching” project on Nov. 16th, 2015. Read about it here.

Iconic Spoon front man, Britt Daniel once said of Cotton Mather’s 1997 landmark album Kontiki that, “It gave me something to shoot for.”  In addition to praise from musicians, the record was especially loved by the UK press, with both Uncut and The Guardian awarding it five-star ratings.

To celebrate the instantly memorable pop songs that made (and make) Kontiki influential – a two-disc reissue released in 2012 received similar praise all over againCotton Mather will perform the album in its entirety in Austin on Nov. 25th. Tickets are available now. The event will also celebrate the run of iconic local venue Threadgill’s, which has announced that it will likely close in 2018.

In addition to performing Kontiki, Cotton Mather will also do a set of songs from the band’s eponymous “Songs From The I Ching” project that evening.

The project was launched in 2015 with a feature in Texas Monthly in which Cotton Mather leader Robert Harrison explained his possibly impossible endeavor to write and record 64 songs for each hexagram of the I Ching, which Harrison describes as “an extraordinary book about ordinary life.”

“Songs From The I Ching” is now 35 songs along. Two full-length albums and two EPs have been commercially released (along with fan-friendly alt-mixes and demos) to much acclaim, and now Cotton Mather is pleased to announce a tentative release date of early 2018 for Native Son, the third full-length in the “Songs From The I Ching” series.

In conjunction with the writing and recording of Native Son, Cotton Mather has launched a PledgeMusic campaign – naturally appropriating their “Songs From The I Ching” tune “The Cotton Mather Pledge” as a theme song and is offering pre-orders of all kinds. Visit the Cotton Mather PledgeMusic campaign here.

Kontiki ultra-fans that already have tickets in hand for the upcoming Threadgill’s performance will be thrilled to see items such as original Kontiki session notebooks, and even multi-track ADAT tapes of the sessions available in exchange for a donation.

The “Young Life” E.P., the latest release by Cotton Mather, was released on Oct. 13th, and contains six tracks comprising another portion of the 64-track “Songs From The I Ching” project that also includes the 11-song Death of The Cool album (released July 19th, 2016), the three-track “Cotton Mather with Nicole Atkins EP” (released December 30th, 2016), and the 11-song Wild Kingdom album (released April 7th, 2017), along with additional one-off, online-only songs released “in real time and real weather.” Native Son, the project’s next full-length album release, is scheduled for release in early 2018.
  
Robert Harrison of Cotton Mather is available for interviews.  Contact Josh Bloom at Fanatic for more information.

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Listen to the “Songs From The I Ching” playlist containing all 31 commercially-released tracks to date.

See the full Master Song List below for additional links to demos, alt-mixes, and online-only cuts.

Tracks are presented in order of corresponding I Ching hexagram number.

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Visit Noisetrade to download a “Sampler From The I Ching,” and read an extended interview with Robert Harrison.


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“Songs From The I Ching” Master Song List (as of Nov. 13th, 2017)

Hexagram # | Song Title | “I Ching” Hexagram Name | Where Available | Listening Links

#1 | Close To The Sun | The Creative | on Death of The Cool | (SOUNDCLOUD | SPOTIFY | MP3)
#2 | The Middle of Nowhere | The Receptive | on Death of The Cool | (SPOTIFY)
#3 | The Land of Flowers | Beginning | non-album track (Acoustic Demo Version) (SOUNDCLOUD | MP3)
#3 | The Land of Flowers | Beginning | on Death of The Cool | (SPOTIFY)
#4 | Child Bride | Youthful Folly | on Death of The Cool | (SOUNDCLOUD | SPOTIFY | MP3)
#5 | Never Be It | Waiting | on Death of The Cool | (SPOTIFY)
#6.| Life of the Liar | Contention | on Death of The Cool | (SOUNDCLOUD | SPOTIFY | MP3)
#7 | The Army (Acoustic Version) | The Army | non-album track | (SOUNDCLOUD)
#7 | The Army | The Army | on Wild Kingdom | (SPOTIFY)
#8 | Candy Lilac | Union | on Death of The Cool | (SOUNDCLOUD | SPOTIFY | MP3)
#9 | High Society | Little Accumulation | on Wild Kingdom | (SOUNDCLOUD | SPOTIFY)
#11 | California | Advance / Peace | on Wild Kingdom | (SOUNDCLOUD | SPOTIFY)
#12 | The End of DeWitt Finley | Standstill | on Death of The Cool | (SOUNDCLOUD | SPOTIFY)
#13 | The Cotton Mather Pledge | Seeking Harmony/Fellowship Among Men | on Wild Kingdom | (SOUNDCLOUD | SPOTIFY | MP3)
#14 | Call Me The Witch | Possession In Great Measure | on “Cotton Mather with Nicole Atkins” EP (SPOTIFY)
#15 | It’s Better Not To Be The King | Modesty | on Wild Kingdom | (SOUNDCLOUD | SPOTIFY)
#16 | Girl Friday | Delight | on “Cotton Mather with Nicole Atkins” EP | (SPOTIFY)
#18 | Shadow The Star | Remedying | non-album track | (SOUNDCLOUD)
#21 | Fighting Through | Biting Through | on Wild Kingdom | (SOUNDCLOUD | SPOTIFY | MP3)
#22 | White Gold | Adornment | non-album track | (SOUNDCLOUD | MP3)
#23 | Queen of Swords | Falling Away | on Death of The Cool | (SPOTIFY)
#24 | The Book of Too Late Changes | The Return | on Death of The Cool | (SOUNDCLOUD | SPOTIFY | MP3)
#25 | I Volunteer | Without Falsehood | on Wild Kingdom | (SPOTIFY)
#28 | Carnival Off My Back | Great Exceeding | non-album track | (SOUNDCLOUD)
#29 | Waters Raging | The Abysmal | on Death of The Cool | (SPOTIFY)
#34 | Mighty Girl | Great Strength | on “Young Life E.P.” | (SPOTIFY | APPLE)
#36 | Dutch Light | Darkening of the Light | on “Young Life E.P.” | (SPOTIFY | APPLE)
#37 | King William | The Household | on Wild Kingdom | (SOUNDCLOUD | SPOTIFY)
#38 | Eleanor Plunge | Diversity | on “Young Life E.P.” | (YOUTUBE | SPOTIFY | APPLE | SOUNDCLOUD | MP3)
#44 | Better Than A Hit | Encountering | on Wild Kingdom | (SOUNDCLOUD | SPOTIFY | MP3)
#47 | Shepherds Purse | Exhausting | on “Young Life E.P.” | (SPOTIFY | APPLE)
#52 | Way of The Samurai | Keeping Still/The Mountain | non-album track | (SOUNDCLOUD)
#53 | Girl With A Blue Guitar | Gradual Progress | on Wild Kingdom | (SOUNDCLOUD | SPOTIFY | MP3)
#55 | Postcard Home | Abundance | on “Young Life E.P.” | (SPOTIFY | APPLE)
#56 | Hijinks Dad | The Wanderer | on Wild Kingdom | (SOUNDCLOUD | SPOTIFY)
#62 | Death of the Cool | Little Exceeding | on “Young Life E.P.” | (SPOTIFY | APPLE)
#64 | Faded | Before Completion/Not Yet Fulfilled | non-album track (Robert Harrison vocal version) | (SOUNDCLOUD)
#64 | Faded | Before Completion/Not Yet Fulfilled | on “Cotton Mather with Nicole Atkins” EP | (SOUNDCLOUD | SPOTIFY | MP3)

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Cotton Mather
“Young Life E.P.”
(The Star Apple Kingdom)
Out Now
  

Track Listing:

01. Mighty Girl
02. Death of The Cool
03. Dutch Light
04. Eleanor Plunge
05. Shepherds Purse
06. Postcard Home

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Cotton Mather
Wild Kingdom
(The Star Apple Kingdom)
Out Now
  

Track Listing:

01. The Cotton Mather Pledge
02. Fighting Through
03. High Society
04. Hijinks Dad
05. Better Than A Hit
06. King William
07. California
08. Girl With A Blue Guitar
10. The Army
09. It’s Better Not To Be The King
11. I Volunteer

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Cotton Mather
Death of The Cool
(The Star Apple Kingdom)
Out Now
  

Track Listing:

01. The Book of Too Late Changes
02. Close To The Sun
03. The Middle of Nowhere
04. Candy Lilac
05. Life of The Liar
06. The Land of Flowers
07. Never Be It
08. Queen of Swords
09. Waters Raging
10. Child Bride
11. The End of DeWitt Finley

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Cotton Mather
“Cotton Mather with Nicole Atkins” EP
(The Star Apple Kingdom)
Out Now


Track Listing:

01. Call Me The Witch
02. Faded
03. Girl Friday

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Cotton Mather Links


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Contact Josh Bloom at Fanatic Promotion