Wednesday, August 16, 2017

J Hacha de Zola channels Lee Hazlewood, Leonard Cohen on upcoming third full-length “Antipatico” (translation: “Wicked”), out Oct. 6th.

Rahway artist practices “reductive synthesis” in studio with members of Morphine, Klezmatics, Gato Loco, legendary sax man Ralph Carney.

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J Hacha de Zola as photographed by Miguel Peralta Jr.

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“When there’s a song of this caliber we all must take note,” says Ghettoblaster. Check out “A Fanciful Invention” via the links below!






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J Hacha de Zola – In The Press

“The kind of alluring character found in old children’s books.” — UTNE

“The main influence is that of Tom Waits. But if Zola has influences, he also has talent.” — VOIR (Canada)

“To say that De Zola’s creative process and musical style are unique is an understatement.” — SLUG

“Mutant blues rock.” — Treble Zine

“A twisted, dystopian narrative straight from the mind of John Carpenter.” — Elmore

“Visionary.” — BLURT

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Hoboken! The Latest Noise Presents: J Hacha de Zola celebrating the release of Antipatico at Maxwell’s on Sat. Oct. 14th.

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“This one felt like a good way to close out the record,” says Rahway, New Jersey’s J Hacha de Zola of “A Fanciful Invention,” the new single from his upcoming third album ​​Antipatico, arriving ​​October 6th, 2017. “It opens up with a Kaval beatbox, which is a Bulgarian folk instrument. The song is a lamentation – the entire record has a theme of dark romanticism going and this one is very much part of that, being about the paradoxical nature of love. Does it exist at all? Does anyone love anyone? ‘Love is a fanciful invention,’ an unrealistic enterprise rife with the extreme emotion,” he says.

The tune is but one example of the magical voodoo to be found on Antipatico, (translation: “wicked”) which follows-up Picaro Obscuro, the second of Hacha de Zola’s two “urban junkyard” albums of 2016. At the time of that record’s release, ​​Hacha de Zola insinuated that he might not continue on to make a third, and if he did, his plan was to “lighten up” the sound that he has variously, previously (ominously?) described as “boozegaze.” Turns out maybe he was overthinking things, which isn’t so surprising for a scientist turned auteur. Indeed, Hacha de Zola was a year deep into a PhD program after receiving his Master’s in Biochemistry when he decided to fully turn his attention towards his art.

On Antipatico, ​​Hacha de Zola (and his gaggle of cohorts and underground legends including ​​Dana Colley of ​​Morphine, ​​Tom Waits collaborator ​​Ralph Carney, ​​Frank London of ​​Klezmatics, and “Psycho Mambo” collective, ​​Gato Loco among others) is again practicing his “reductive synthesis” method of, as he elegantly says, “shooting the arrow first and then painting the bullseye around it.”

​​Hacha de Zola explains, “I never go to the studio with songs written. I allow the musicians to be themselves and throw all they’ve got at it. Then I’ll go and peel back the various layers to fashion a song from it all. It’s a pretty risky way of making an album because when it’s all done, you may have something that isn’t agreeable to you. Other times, you arrive at something truly magical and the songs take on a life of their own. There’s a certain kind of voodoo there that could not be planned.”

Antipatico, the latest album from J Hacha de Zola, arrives October 6th, 2017. Hacha de Zola is available for interviews. Contact Josh Bloom at Fanatic for more information.

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J Hacha de Zola
Antipatico
(Caballo Negro Records)
October 6th, 2017


Track Listing:

01. Antipatico
02. March of the Hollowmen
03. Lightning Rod Salesman
04. No Situation  (YOUTUBE | SPOTIFY | APPLE | SOUNDCLOUD | MP3)
05. El Desgraciado
06. On a Sleepless Night
07. Eigengrau
08. That Same Thing
09. Amaranthine
10. A Fanciful Invention (YOUTUBE | SPOTIFY | APPLE | SOUNDCLOUD | MP3)

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J Hacha de Zola Links


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Contact Josh Bloom at Fanatic Promotion


Tuesday, August 1, 2017

Stephen Doster is inspired by lives of legendary friends Townes Van Zandt, Bill Hicks on “bittersweet,” “Byrds-ian” single “Shooting For The Stars.”

Track taken from Austin-based songwriter/guitarist/producer’s “New Black Suit” (Aug. 25th) follows-up his 2014 comeback “masterpiece,” “Arizona.”

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Stephen Doster as photographed by Melinda Doster

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Check out the premiere of “Shooting For The Stars” by Stephen Doster via KUTX 98.9 or the links below!





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Doster’s Byrds-ian jangle is a perfect fit for the song’s bittersweet ode to youth” says Austin’s KUTX 98.9 in its “Song of the Day” premiere of “Shooting For The Stars” by  Stephen Doster.

The opening lines of “Shooting For The Stars” came from a conversation I had with Townes Van Zandt on December 16th, 1994 about my pal Bill Hicks,” says Stephen Doster of the first single from his upcoming album New Black Suit , arriving August 25th via Atticus Records. “It would have been Bill’s 33rd birthday that day.” Hicks is further immortalized on another of the album’s tracks, “William Melvin Hicks”.

New Black Suit is the follow-up to Doster’s first album in 18 years, 2014’s Arizona, which the Austin American-Statesman hailed as “One of the best records our city has produced this year,” and was also called a “masterpiece” with “one charmed melody after another” by the Austin Chronicle.

“Many of the songs on New Black Suit are speaking about friends of mine that have passed, but taught me a lot while they were here,” the Austin-based songwriter, guitarist and record producer explains. “I will always be grateful we were able to get it done,” he continues, alluding to the practical impact that the album’s subject matter of friends who have passed can have.

New Black Suit poignantly includes some of the last recorded work of legendary Austin session bassist and friend to many, George Reiff, who lost his battle with cancer on May 21st, 2017. Doster has dedicated the album to Reiff.

“For me, this is the most exciting and meaningful musical experience I’ve ever been a part of,” Doster says.

Despite the recurring lyrical theme of loss that is woven throughout the album, New Black Suit isn’t a downer. Its songs serve more as loving tributes and celebrations of their subjects.

Over the course of his long and varied career, Doster, a Texas Music Legends Hall of Fame inductee, has worked with Willie Nelson, Dr. John, Stevie Ray Vaughan and Double Trouble, Joe Cocker, and Nanci Griffith among many others. More recently, he has enjoyed watching the rise to fame of Grammy Award-winner Maren Morris, whose debut album, Walk On, was produced by Doster.

New Black Suit, the latest album from Stephen Doster, arrives via Atticus Records on August 25th, 2017. Doster is available for interviews. Contact Josh Bloom at Fanatic for more information.

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Stephen Doster – Live

09/9/2017: Austin, TX @ The Townsend (Record Release Show, 8PM)
11/9/2017: Tucson, AZ @ Monterey Court (w/ Bob Cheevers, 8PM)
11/12/2017: Pasadena, CA @ Old Oak Cellars (w/ Bob Cheevers, 3PM)
11/13/2017: Burbank, CA @ Cody's Viva Cantina (w/ Bob Cheevers, 8PM)
11/16/2017: Carmel, CA @ Barmel By The Sea (w/ Bob Cheevers, 7PM)
11/17/2017: Sacramento, CA @ Luna's Cafe (w/ Bob Cheevers, 8PM)
11/21/2017: Silver City, NM @ Tranquilbuzz Coffee House (w/ Bob Cheevers, 6PM)
11/22/2017: Taos, NM @ Historic Taos Inn (w/ Bob Cheevers, 630PM)
11/24/2017: Alamosa, CO @ The Society Hall (w/ Bob Cheevers, 7PM)
11/25/2017: Taos, NM @ Eske's Brew Pub (w/ Bob Cheevers, 630PM)
11/26/2017: Santa Fe, NM @ The Cowgirl Saloon (w/ Bob Cheevers, 8PM)

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Stephen Doster
New Black Suit
(Atticus Records)
August 25th, 2017


Track Listing:

01. Shooting For The Stars  (YOUTUBE | SOUNDCLOUD | MP3)
02. Balmorhea
03. William Melvin Hicks
04. You Should’ve Seen This Place
05. Big Cars
06. Until The End
07. Something Good  (YOUTUBE | SOUNDCLOUD | MP3)
08. Love Like Summertime
09. You Better Know It
10. New Black Suit

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Stephen Doster Links


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Contact Josh Bloom at Fanatic Promotion