Wednesday, July 1, 2020

Alex Lilly’s new slightly shady single “Amuse Me” is amusing itself, but actually about “being with someone who did not amuse me at all.”

“Love In Three Colors” three-song bundle by “awesome” (FADER), “genuine” (FLOOD), “spellbinding” (LA Weekly) musician, out July 31st.


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Alex Lilly as photographed by Melissa Lilly

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Alex Lilly – In The Press

Alex Lilly’s songs keep their cool.” — The New York Times

Alex Lilly is the genuine article.” — FLOOD

“Pretty freaking awesome.” —  FADER

Alex Lilly is spellbinding. Album of The Week” — LA Weekly

Alex Lilly steps into the spotlight.” — Flaunt

“Three-minute modern art pieces.” — Buzzbands LA

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Hear “Amuse Me,” the new single by Alex Lilly at MXDWN or at the link below.

“I had fun writing ‘Amuse Me,’ says Alex Lilly. The music came and at the same time I’d been working on a poem and they just worked together. I had that title idea bouncing around for a while because years ago I’d met a stripper who described her first car to me –  a bright yellow convertible with a personalized license plate that said ‘AMUSEME.’ That always stuck in my head.”

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Alex Lilly
“Love In Three Colors”
July 31st, 2020
(Release Me Records)


Track Listing:

01. Amuse Me (STREAM)
02. Terrible Person
03. Aquamarine

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Alex Lilly – About

“My mom says every time I return to good spirits that the bitch is back,’” says Alex Lilly of her mother, who recently captured a photo of her daughter’s bitchy backness out in the yard, sniffing a rose, and cradling her Casio digital guitar. The photo accompanies the release of “Love In Three Colors,” a new three-song bundle by Alex Lilly, out July 31st from Release Me Records.

Lilly describes the new songs as “a trilogy chronicling a relationship’s disintegration, aftermath, and the sunny side of being free of it,” but don’t be fooled into thinking you’re about to hear a “woe is me” breakup meditation. In fact, it can get a bit chilly in here.

Witty make me giddy / Sarcasm make me orgasm / For that pearl to occur / You gotta put some salt in the oyster

The spoken word bit at the conclusion of the “Love In Three Colors” single “Amuse Me” contains this little piece of advice to a lover, or as the case may be, former lover. “‘Amuse Me’ might be amusing and light, but in reality it’s about being with someone who did not amuse me at all,” Lilly reveals.

Moving on from the un-amusing man of “Amuse Me,” Lilly contemplates the guilty party in the failed relationship on “Terrible Person,” channeling Bjork in the process.

“I came home one night drunk and angry, thinking about how my ex had screwed me over,” Lilly says about the song’s inspiration. “I was looking back and tossing the blame around until I got exhausted. But then I realized that I sucked too, and I couldn’t decide who sucked more, so I wrote this song to help me decide.”

“Love In Three Colors” closes with “Aquamarine,” which is actually the first song Lilly wrote for this release and also helped her get out of a dark period of time in her life.

Professionally, things were great. Lilly’s debut album 2% Milk had received critical praise throughout 2019, and a song co-written by Lilly“I Like Girls” – helped jazz singer Samantha Sidley’s debut album get recognized as one of the year’s best albums by the Los Angeles Times.

Even with the pandemic, Lilly was sharing her humor, notably by writing hilarious jingles for pets and humans along with a new tune “Goodbye Reckless Things,” in which she humorously lamented no longer being able to borrow “her dance studio’s filthy yoga mat.”

But, personally, Lilly realized that she’d been depressed for months and decided to take a break from drinking because it was just making things worse. “After writing ‘Aquamarine,’ colors were more vivid,” Lilly says. “It might be the only song I’ve ever written that comes from a place of unadulterated joy.”

“Love In Three Colors,” the new three-song bundle from Alex Lilly is out on Release Me Records on July 31st, preceded by the single “Amuse Me” on July 3rd. Alex Lilly is available for interviews. Contact Josh Bloom at Fanatic for more information.

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See the music video for “2% Milk” by Alex Lilly at Billboard or at the link below.

“Watching the synchronized swimmers was fascinating,” Alex Lilly says of being on the “2% Milk” set. “The dancers are able to keep time while under water, and they have a massive vocabulary of moves that have been passed down through the long history of synchronized swimming.”


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Alex Lilly
2% Milk
Out Now
(Release Me Records)

Streaming Link:
  


Track Listing:

01. Confucius Says
02. 2% Milk (VIDEO | REMIX)
03. Distracting Me (STREAM | MP3 | VIDEO)
04. Pornographic Mind (STREAM | MP3 | VIDEO)
05. Boomerang
06. Night Drive
07. Infantile (feat. Daedelus) (VIDEO)
08. Cold Snap
09. Hypothetical
10. Firefly (ACOUSTIC)

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Alex Lilly | Links


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Friday, June 12, 2020

Decade-delayed debut by Figg (ex-Carissa’s Wierd, Modest Mouse, Love As Laughter) is finally here. Critically praised album streaming now.

“A very lovely dose of chamber pop-informed indie rock,” says Brooklyn Vegan of duo that KEXP notes finds “beauty in the melancholy of pining.”

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Gilden Tunador and Robin Peringer of Figg. Photo credit: Robin Peringer.

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“Though Peringer’s resume also includes work with Modest Mouse, 764-HERO, and the Doug Martsch–fronted Treepeople, Figg sounds most closely tied to the ramshackle, string-heavy chamber pop of Carissa.”

FLOOD Magazine premieres the video for “Black Tar of Camden Yards” featuring contributions from YouTube celebrity Jacob The Carpetbagger. Watch it here or at the link below.


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“This band has been worth waiting for. A sound that is as fresh today as it would have been a decade ago,” says PopMatters in its premiere coverage of “Jack is the Pulpit” from the decade-delayed debut album from Figg. Listen here or at the link below.


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Figg
Figg
Out Now
(Dissociated Press)

Streaming Link:


Track Listing:

01. A Case Study in Plagiarism (STREAM)
02. Pink is the New Blues (STREAM)
03. Black Tar of Camden Yards (STREAM)
04. Jack is the Pulpit (STREAM)
05. Bungleweed Motherwort
06. You and Me, Oh Please
07. Baby in a Cage
08. Don't Want to Have to Hate
09. Destroyer
10. Song for Dwyre

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Brooklyn Vegan says “Black Tar of Camden Yards” by Figg is “a very lovely dose of chamber pop-informed indie rock” in its premiere coverage of the song. Figg’s debut self-titled album, delayed for a decade, will finally see national release on June 12th.


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Figg | About

Figg, the Seattle and Los Angeles-based duo of Robin Peringer and Gilden Tunador, was originally scheduled to release its debut album a decade ago.

Peringer’s musical past is like a giant quilt of the Northwest music scene, having played guitar in Modest Mouse, 764-HERO, Love as Laughter and many more luminaries of the region. When he teamed up with Tunador, the duo found local admiration and ultimately national attention as part of the (intentionally misspelled) band Carissa’s Wierd.

Figg’s sound was perfect for the moment, but, shoved, then shelved, the album’s champions went away. Jump to a decade later, and now, a new moment has emerged for Peringer and Tunador as Figg’s self-titled debut, sounding fresh as ever, has now seen an appropriate release today, June 12th, 2020.

“Releasing our record has been an ego-smashing lesson in the appreciation of patience, the unfolding of the creative process, and the magic of universal timing,” Tunador says. After the band’s deal fell apart, they shopped the album around, but were still a bit too shell-shocked from the whole experience.

Five years later, in 2015, just as Bandcamp was becoming the leader in artist-focused and controlled streaming, Figg decided to finally make the record available. They posted it without promotion or any fanfare at all. They just wanted their friends to be able to hear it.

Friends tuned in, and the band felt satisfied that at least the album was available to the public. Some of that public included legendary and internationally influential public radio station KEXP. The album’s lead track “A Case Study in Plagiarism” was added to rotation and anointed as a station “Song of The Day.”

KEXP said at the time, “Tunador’s voice has a striking clarity in the track mix of lead-off cut ‘A Case Study in Plagiarism,’ paired with a slightly fuzzed out guitar part, which builds to a beautiful, layered refrain. Think of Nancy Sinatra’s spaced-out work with Lee Hazlewood, if she was raised on Slowdive.”

Figg was revived, at least in this small, but important way, and this development moved Peringer and Tunador to start stockpiling new songs, and to give their generally unheard debut album its due.

“It’s as if the music has a life of its own and is determined to keep on breathing,” Tunador explains. “We are at the point in our lives where we understand the importance of doing what we love and we’re excited that the timing is aligned for this album to join the world with full promotion and availability across all platforms.”

The debut album by Figg, originally scheduled for release in 2010, is out today. Members of Figg are available for interviews. Contact Josh Bloom at Fanatic for more information.

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Figg | Links


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Josh Bloom at Fanatic Promotion | Contact


Thursday, June 11, 2020

The Orange Peels prep re-mastered 40-track deluxe vinyl reissue of 1997 debut album “Square” for June 26th release via Minty Fresh.

Hear evolution of band’s “Everybody’s Gone” as demo, unreleased California version, re-mastered mix via American Songwriter now.

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The Orange Peels (circa 1997) (L-R): Bob Vickers, Allen Clapp, Jill Pries, Larry Winther. Photo Credit: Karen Mason.

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The Orange Peels | “Everybody’s Gone” x 3 (4-Track Demo, California Version, Album Mix)

The Orange Peels chatted with LA Weekly about the Square reissue (aka Square³ aka Square Cubed aka Square x 3) as well as the band’s upcoming double-album of all-new material, scheduled for release in the fall of 2020. Click through to read more and to hear “Thank You,” the band’s first new single in over two years.

“For many artists, music is never complete,” says American Songwriter in its piece on the “evolution of a song,” in this case, the 4-track demo, scrapped California version, and re-mastered album mix of “Everybody’s Gone,” taken from 1997 debut album Square by The Orange Peels. “The band is paying tribute to one of its go-to and most endearing songs, “Everyone’s Gone” by releasing the various versions of the song that have existed since its inception, thus documenting how it’s grown alongside the band.”


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The Orange Peels
Square (reissue) (aka Square³ aka Square Cubed aka Square x 3)
June 26th, 2020
(Minty Fresh)


CD 1

01. All the World Could Pass Me By (Remastered)
02. Something Strange Happens (Remastered)
03. Get It Right (Remastered)
04. I Don't Mind the Rain (Remastered)
05. Take Me Over (Remastered)
06. Everybody’s Gone (Remastered)
07. Spaghetti-O Western (Remastered)
08. She Is Like a Rose (Remastered)
09. On the Way to Somewhere (Remastered)
10. Slow Train (Remastered)
11. Didn't You Know? (Remastered)
12. Man and Superman (Remastered)
13. Tex (Remastered)
14. Love Coming Down (Extended Version)
15. Get It Right (Minneapolis Mix)
16. On the Way to Somewhere (Minneapolis Mix)
17. Something Strange Happens (Alternate Mix)
18. Love Coming Down (Original Album Mix Remastered)
19. Every Other Sunday (Original Bonus Track for Japan)

CD 2

01. She Is Like a Rose (California Mix)
02. Get It Right (California Mix)
03. I Don't Mind the Rain (California Mix)     
04. Everybody's Gone (California Version)    
05. Spaghetti-O Western (California Mix)
06. Didn't You Know? (California Mix)
07. Advice From Mister Leary (California Version)   
08. On the Way to Somewhere (California Mix)         
09. Slow Train (California Mix)                      
10. Tex (California Mix)         
11. Love Coming Down (California Mix)
12. Didn't You Know? (4-Track Demo)         
13. She Is Like a Rose (4-Track Demo)          
14. Everybody's Gone (4-Track Demo)          
15. On the Way to Somewhere (4-Track Demo)         
16. I Don't Mind the Rain (4-Track Demo)
17. Slow Train (4-Track Demo)          
18. Get It Right (4-Track Demo)
19. All the World Could Pass Me By (4-Track Demo)
20. No. 1 (Live on KZSU)      
21. Take Me Over (8-Track Demo)

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About | The Orange Peels | Square³ aka Square Cubed aka Square x 3

Becoming The Orange Peels:

Allen Clapp explains: It’s 1995. The musical landscape is littered with bands drowning in self-loathing, feigned rage, and a decidedly non-literal definition of irony. The timing couldn’t be worse to embark on recording sessions for a collection of earnest, melodic pop songs.

But it’s exactly what happened. Little did I know that the project would have me and my bandmates jumping between three different record labels and two producers, or that it would wind up being released under a band name I couldn’t have imagined.

Everything that happened in the next two years would redefine my concept of making music and what it meant to be in a band. It’s how and why we became The Orange Peels.

So why are we here in the early light of 2019, revisiting this album that came out in 1997? Three reasons.

Square Cubed?

First, the album never came out on vinyl, and we’ve always talked about the idea of eventually releasing it as a 12” LP. We sequenced the original release in two halves, and have always thought of it as having a Side A and a Side B (with “Spaghetti-O Western” as the end of the first side, and “She is Like a Rose” kicking off the second).

Second, there are two unreleased versions of the album that tell the story of how we got where we were going and how we became a band in the process (there’s a whole version of the record recorded on a 4-track, and there’s a whole version of the album we recorded and mixed in California and finished in 1996).

Third, we want to re-master the original tapes and collect all this stuff to make the ultimate edition of our debut album. Ultimately, it would be great to put all of this on vinyl and release it as a triple album—and if there’s enough interest, that could still happen—but realistically, we’re hoping to release a re-mastered version of the original album on heavy, 180-gram vinyl with a double CD holding all the bonus materials.

Ok, we know it’s not really Square³—it’s really more like Square x 3. Poetic license invoked.

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The deluxe reissue of Square by The Orange Peels aka Square³ aka Square Cubed aka Square x 3 is out June 26th via Minty Fresh.

Members of The Orange Peels are available for interviews. Contact Josh Bloom at Fanatic for more information.

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The Orange Peels | Links


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The Bird and The Bee’s Inara George shares bundle of new songs, “The Youth of Angst”; Hear “Sex In Cars,” “Brother,” and “1973” at FLOOD now.

 “I wanted to write from the perspective of my younger self, but also with the idea that I could never actually have that perspective again,” George says.

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Pictured: Inara George. Photo credit: Self Portrait.

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FLOOD Magazine’s premiere coverage of the three-song bundle “The Youth of Angst” by Inara George states, “With ‘Brother’ already out in the world, she’s previewing that track’s two complementary numbers: the preceding ‘1973’ and succeeding ‘Sex in Cars.’ They match the sweet poppiness of their predecessor, and nicely complementing the work George has accomplished thus far as a solo artist and among the many other projects she’s been involved with.”

“Brother” also had the distinction of being named “Today’s Top Tune” by internationally recognized Los Angeles-area community radio station KCRW, which says, “The Bird and The Bee’s Inara George and producer Wendy Wang have sporadically snuck away during the last few years to work on a handful of songs. ‘Brother’ speaks to their familial bond and is the first song we hear from their collaboration.”


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Inara George
“The Youth of Angst”
Out Now
(Release Me Records)

Streaming Link:

Track Listing:

01. 1973
02. Brother
03. Sex In Cars

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About | Inara George

Inara George has been getting together with producer Wendy Wang for a couple of hours, here and there, off and on over the past few years, working on a handful of songs that has now been released as the three-song bundle “The Youth of Angst” via Release Me Records.

Wendy started playing with The Bird and The Bee when we released our second album,” George says. “I remember being impressed with her right away. That was about 12 years ago, and since then she’s become an in-demand producer and songwriter, as well as a dear friend and collaborator. I’m equally proud of her and in awe of her.”

George continues, “There was no rush on my side, and Wendy’s been super busy with her own career, so it took a few years to finish by getting together for a few hours every so often. Maybe I had it in mind to make a full album? Or maybe a traditional EP?”

As it turns out, George got the word “bundle” stuck in her head after a conversation with a friend.

“Maybe I just thought she said ‘bundle?’”

No matter, it stuck, and in fact “The Youth of Angst” feels like a bundle. Fresh, even considering its long development, and innocent, even with a song called “Sex In Cars”.

“I wrote ‘Sex In Cars’ after the artist Terry Allen asked if I’d be a part of an art installation he was creating for The Contemporary Austin. When he asked me to write the song, I immediately thought of a photograph by RJ Shaughnessy that I had bought as a gift for my husband.” The cover of “The Youth of Angst” features that Shaughnessy shot and the song itself is as bare as the subject matter.

Wendy and I recorded several different versions of this song,” George explains. “But there was something about more production that seemed to make it slip away from its initial intention.” The version that made it to the final recording is actually the original voice memo that George sent to Allen. “I still haven’t had a chance to see that installation, I hope I can someday... soon,” George says.

Innocence isn’t just for “Sex In Cars” here. Youth… memories of... loss of… is at the core of this group of songs that, although just a bundle, plays with a moving, dramatic arc.

“‘1973’ is a song I wrote for a friend,” George explains. “She lost a child almost ten years ago and to mark his birthday every year, I write a song. The songs end up being about him, but also but her and ‘1973’ is really a love song about our friendship. As for “Brother,” it’s pretty simple: “I wrote this song for my brother, haha. No one will ever know you better than your brother can.”

“The Youth of Angst” is the first in a planned series of collaborative releases “with a little theme and not the huge pressure of a full album,” George says about how she plans to make this long experiment into something more frequent. For this release “I wanted to write from the perspective of my younger self, but also with the idea that I could never actually have that perspective again. I suppose this bundle is nostalgic for a time and feeling that isn’t really possible to recreate, or only possible to recreate in my imagination.”

Understanding what once was and what will be is especially important now, in the new reality of 2020.

“I think we are all kind of grappling with this reality right now. We can only move forward from here. Life won’t be the same for a while, or maybe ever. But it’s nice to dream about the past while reimagining the future, and I like the idea of doing these little collaborations, especially in these times of isolation.”

Inara George’s three-song bundle “The Youth of Angst” is out now via Release Me Records. Contact Josh Bloom at Fanatic for more information.

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Inara George | Links


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Wednesday, May 20, 2020

Blesson Roy marks return of Terry Borden (ex-slowcore pioneers Idaho, Pete Yorn’s Dirty Bird). Debut EP “Time Is A Crime” available now.

“Beach Boys-esque poppy vocals” blended with “his love for new wave,” says Glide Magazine. See lyric videos for “Lost & Found,” “Let It Go”.

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Terry Borden of Blesson Roy as photographed by Ankhurr Chawaak

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“Beautifully realized... He creates spry jangling wonders of power pop theatricality, mixing the beach-y vibes of the Beach Boys with Big Star’s vibrant melodies,” says Beats Per Minute in its premiere coverage of the lyric video for “Lost & Found” by Blesson Roy. See it here or at the link below!


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“Like most of ‘Time Is A Crime,’ Blesson Roy encapsulates a natural course of emotion that allows the listener to feel a deep connection to Borden’s wistful vocals,” says Ghettoblaster Magazine in its premiere coverage of the lyric video for “Let It Go” by Blesson Roy. See it here or at the link below!


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Blesson Roy | In The Press

“Dreamy and earthy... always with heartfelt emotion.” — The Big Takeover

“A child of the 1970s, whose love of AM pop radio has served him well... may be setting the pace for a new sound in a new decade.” — PopMatters

Borden’s California connection is apparent in the sunny, Beach Boys-esque poppy vocals. An entirely new musical sound.” — Glide Magazine

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Blesson Roy
“Time Is A Crime” EP
Out Now
(Slow Start Records)


Track Listing:

01. In Tune With The Moon (LYRIC VIDEO)
02. Let It Go (LYRIC VIDEO)
03. Lost & Found (LYRIC VIDEO)
04. Inside
05. Walk This Mile

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Blesson Roy | About

Life-long “music lover and music doer,” Terry Borden is a child of 1970’s California whose early love of AM radio and his brother’s record collection has led him to numerous career highlights that are still accumulating.

These include: Kind words from Lou Reed, two appearances on David Letterman, guitar hangs with Radiohead, and 250-plus tour dates a year throughout early 2000s as a member of slowcore pioneers Idaho and singer-songwriter Pete Yorn’s backing band Dirty Bird.

Coming of age in Los Angeles during the early 1990’s rise of punk and new wave, Borden’s long and varied career as a studio and touring musician culminates with the release of his own dreamy pop project in 2020. Blesson Roy’s five-song “Time Is A Crime” EP is out now.

Owing to Borden’s stint living and working in the UK where he was influenced by the burgeoning sounds of sub-cultural labels such as 4AD, Creation, Factory and Rough Trade, the music of Blesson Roy will undoubtedly please fans of all these sounds.

Borden brings real roots song craft to his work, as well, showing that his recent years away from the music industry, but not away from songwriting, have only served to develop his abilities and technique, as Borden masterfully performs all of the instruments on the new tracks himself.

After Borden’s run with Idaho came to an end, he signed with Dave Allen of Gang of Four’s World Domination label as Flotilla, releasing one critically praised album, and while the label eventually folded, the record found some important ears, including those of Yorn.

When Yorn was looking for a touring guitarist, Borden got the gig, eventually switched to his beloved bass and spent another four years out on the road. Then, during a break in touring, Borden decided to make the down time indefinite.

“After a decade-long ride, I took a long time off and away from music and the music business,” he says. “I needed to take a hard look at my life, to clean up some existential messes, and change some unhealthy habits.” Now, revitalized and energized, Borden is continuing to create, write and record music for himself again.

Blesson Roy’s five-song “Time Is A Crime” EP is out now via Slow Start Records. Terry Borden is available for interviews. Contact Josh Bloom at Fanatic for more information.

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