Thursday, September 17, 2020

Samantha Sidley shares “Quarantine Edition” video for title track from “Interior Person,” named one of Los Angeles Times “Best Albums of 2019.”

Lesbian jazz vocalist’s LGBTQ anthem “I Like Girls” from “sweet, funny, tastefully arranged vocal-jazz disc about same-sex romance,” also out now.
 
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Samantha Sidley | “Interior Person”

Samantha Sidley Was an ‘Interior Person’ Before This Whole Thing Happened” Los Angeleno

The girls who gathered for Samantha Sidley’s iconic “I Like Girls” video have all gone home, and now Sidley is all alone in the “Quarantine Edition” music video for the title track from her debut album Interior Person, named one of the Los Angeles Times“Best Albums of 2019.”
 
“I honestly had no idea quite how poignant this song would become,” Sidley says. “It was written as a positive twist or response, if you will, to the isolation that accompanies depression. The song has taken up a new meaning during the pandemic, which has pushed all of us to be more isolated physically and emotionally.”
 
[VIDEO]: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4zr-PvKBGyc
 
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Samantha Sidley
| “I Can’t Listen”
 
Samantha Sidley’s “I Can’t Listen,” written by Inara George, is about struggling with depression. But the Los Angeles-based jazz singer is positively ebullient about the black-and-white, noir-styled video.
 
“I love that video,” Sidley gushes to Billboard. The clip was directed by Nigel DeFriez, a friend who also helmed the clip for “I Like Girls,” another track from Sidley’s debut album Interior Person. “It feels like a movie, an old French film, this woman riding in a car, gonna get the fuck out of town, she can’t look at herself anymore...”
 
“(DeFriez) said, ‘Can I just film you singing the song with a handheld camera?’ I said, ‘Sure, of course!’ We did it two days later. Barbara (Gruska, Sidley’s wife and album producer) did all the lighting, just switching things on and off. It was a real DIY thing, but I think it came off beautifully and it tells a really beautiful story.”
 
[VIDEO]: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oi3v2hCnUc4
 
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Samantha Sidley | “I Like Girls”
 
“Best Albums of 2019” Los Angeles Times
 
See the video for “I Like Girls” and read an in-depth interview with the Los Angeles Times here.
 
Sidley’s quietly radical debut album, Interior Person, is premised on the idea that a listener in 2019 shouldn’t have to decode a love song to hear herself in it. Something you might not have realized you needed (though this L.A. native certainly knew she did): a sweet, funny, tastefully arranged vocal-jazz disc about same-sex romance.”
 
“A sophisticated and delicious ice-breaker, serving anthemic lyrical content for an evolving culture.” Grimy Goods
 
[VIDEO]: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1glEdQNP13k
 
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Samantha Sidley | In The Press
 
Samantha Sidley turns ‘Singing In The Rain’ into a pro-lesbian anthem.” Refinery29
 
“Open and vulnerable, vivacious and calming.” — FORBES
 
“Startling... the proudly lesbian L.A. vocalist upends romantic jazz-pop tradition.” — LA Weekly
 
“A breath of fresh air.” JAZZIZ
 
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Samantha Sidley
Interior Person
Out Now
(Release Me Records)
 
Streaming Link:
STREAM FULL LP
  

Track Listing:
 
01. I Like Girls (STREAM | MP3 | VIDEO)
02. Only You Can Break My Heart
03. Naked To Love
04. Butterfly In My Ass (STREAM)
05. I Can’t Listen (VIDEO)
06. Listen!! (STREAM | MP3)
07. Rose Without Thorns
08. Busy Doin’ Nothin’ (STREAM | MP3)
09. Easy To Be True
10. Interior Person (VIDEO)
 
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Samantha Sidley | About
 
Samantha Sidley is a jazz vocalist, born-and-raised in Los Angeles, and she likes girls.
 
The words “I like girls” are the first thing you’ll hear when Sidley’s debut album Interior Person (Out Now, Release Me Records) opens. The song is an unassuming anthem, a future standard for an evolving culture. It’s also a fun and funny ice-breaker that you’ll sing along with.
 
“I Like Girls” is a peek into what plays out as a meticulously crafted debut album featuring Sidley’s beautifully trained voice taking confident ownership of songs written for her to sing by some of the most important women in her life.
 
These other “girls” include fellow musicians Inara George, Alex Lilly, and Sidley’s “Top One” favorite musician of all-time, her wife, Barbara Gruska.
 
Inara and Alex and Barbara wrote songs that are all very personal to my story – they literally are my story – and from my lesbian perspective, which I appreciate so much,” Sidley says. In addition to co-writing many of the songs here and playing drums (masterfully) on many of the tracks, Gruska also produced Interior Person in a studio constructed in Sidley’s childhood bedroom.
 
“My whole life was a song,” Sidley says of her childhood. “If I looked at a tree, it was a song. If I felt happy, sad, joy, it was a song. When I first heard Judy Garland in ‘The Wizard of Oz,’ I remember thinking: ‘I understand.’ I’ve always considered myself an interpreter, which is sort of and undervalued art form. I like to take a song and make the story true for me.”
 
Sidley soon discovered Aretha Franklin, Billie Holiday, soul music in general, and her own personal “soulfulness” itself. You know, like all seven-year-olds do. Later, considering how annoyed 11-year-old Sidley was when her vocal instructor wouldn’t allow her to sing Holiday’s “Lover Man (Oh Where Can You Be)” at her first recital, it all made perfect sense.
 
A decade later, Sidley got to sing whatever she wanted, performing at NYC’s legendary Oak Room at the Algonquin Hotel, where she lived in Dorothy Parker’s room, listened to a lot of Anita O’Day and Ella Fitzgerald, and landed a rave review in The New York Times.
 
“She knows exactly how I express myself and what my intentions are,” Sidley says of her working relationship with Gruska. “Collaborating on this record has actually been a much longer collaboration of us getting to know each other.”
 
Interior Person, the debut album from Samantha Sidley is out now featuring the single “I Like Girls”.  Samantha Sidley is available for interviews. Contact Josh Bloom at Fanatic for more information.
 
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Samantha Sidley | Links
 
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Wednesday, September 16, 2020

Vocalist Kathleen Grace survives life-altering, nearly career-ending accident; Releases new music video today that eerily foreshadows her fall.

“When I look at that part of the video, I have a lot of empathy for that girl, in that moment,” Grace shares. Watch stirring “Tie Me To You” now.
 
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Kathleen Grace as photographed by Emilia Pare
 
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Kathleen Grace | “Tie Me To You”

 
[VIDEO]: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1yh27w86xX0
 
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About | “Tie Me To You”
 
Early in the summer of 2020, amidst the throws of the pandemic, vocalist Kathleen Grace was involved in an accidental fall that resulted in a brain injury that she is still recovering from. Thankfully, miraculously, she has maintained an optimistic attitude about her situation, even while having to recovery in relative solitude. She will be okay.
 
To that end, Kathleen is now releasing the music video for the title track of her current album Tie Me To You, a collaborative record made with Larry Goldings, legendary keyboardist and decades-long sideman to James Taylor. It is astounding that the video, directed by Jacob Boll, contains a sequence depicting her falling, an eerie and somewhat shocking foreshadowing of her accident.
 
Kathleen addressed this in a voice memo, as she is still regaining her ability to type, stating, “When I look at that part of the sequence in the video, I want to reach out and help her. We’re all so fragile. I have a lot of empathy for that girl, in that moment. It’s this slow motion experience where you know the hit is coming, and you know it’s gonna be hard, and you don’t know what’s going to come after it.”
 
Please keep Kathleen in your thoughts, thank you.
 
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 Kathleen Grace | In The Press
 
“Genre-blurring dexterity...” — JazzTimes
 
“Echoes of Linda Ronstadt and Emmylou Harris.” — Downbeat
 
“Imaginative talent on the rise.” — Los Angeles Times
 
“Smart, alluring and evocative.” — The Washington Post
 
Simple beauty and subtle wisdom.” — LA Weekly
 
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Kathleen Grace
gives a track-by-track commentary to Jazziz about Tie Me To You, her new collaborative album with Larry Goldings. Check it out here and hear the full album at the link below!
 
Listeners agree, Kathleen Grace’s Tie Me To You is a welcomed release and urgently needed balm to soothe us through these uncertain times. An illuminating and stunning pause in a world gone awry, the album serves as a reminder that there is peace in letting go. As Grace explains, “Making this album brought me a sense of calm and safety when I most needed it; it’s moving to hear that the music is allowing others to feel that same peace right now.”
 
[STREAM]: https://fanatic.lnk.to/KathleenGraceLarryGoldings-TieMeToYou
 
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 Kathleen Grace with Larry Goldings
Tie Me To You
(Monsoon Records)
Out Now
 
Streaming Link:
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Track Listing:
 
01. Tie Me To You (Kathleen Grace & Larry Goldings) (VIDEO)
02. Where Or When (Richard Rodgers & Lorenz Hart) (STREAM | VIDEO)
03. Everywhere (Kathleen Grace) (STREAM)
04. John The Revelator (Traditional)
05. Berceuse (George Moustaki)
06. The Thrill Is Gone (Ray Henderson & Lew Brown)
07. Embarcadero (Kathleen Grace & Darek Oleszkiewicz)
08. Love For Sale (Cole Porter)
09. What’ll I Do (Irving Berlin) (VIDEO)
10. I’ll Follow The Sun (John Lennon & Paul McCartney)
 
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Hear the plaintive, beautiful ballad “Everywhere” by Kathleen Grace (with Larry Goldings) at American Songwriter or at the link below.
 
Grace tells American Songwriter: “Making an album with Larry was easy, so beautifully easy, we had the same goals and values. We just wanted to trust what happened live in the studio.”
 
[STREAM]: https://fanatic.lnk.to/KathleenGrace-Everywhere
 
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Kathleen Grace | About
 
Much like her music, Kathleen Grace’s career has expanded in recent years beyond its jazz and folk roots that saw her appearing at The Montreux Jazz Festival and The Kennedy Center for the Arts, with performances alongside rock band Portugal The Man at Coachella and throughout My Morning Jacket leader Jim James’ solo release, Uniform Distortion.
 
Kathleen Grace’s latest album, Tie Me To You, was born from a place of awakening, the kind that can only trigger massive change, great loss and also, hope. It is the product of finally seeing yourself fully for the first time and the price you pay to do so.
 
In her case, it cost her a marriage that had consumed her entire adult life. It also marked the birth of a new woman, one who would call a new man to her side — a man who, ultimately, could not stay.
 
Amidst this love and loss, Grace barely slept. Instead, she was flooded with music day and night — poems, songs, and melodies.  She imagined recording this new music freely, in the moment, with no big production or fixes; she envisioned simple songs broken down to their most basic parts.
 
Soon, she picked up the phone and called Larry Goldings, a legendary keyboardist who has worked with James Taylor, Norah Jones, John Mayer, Beck, Sia, Tracy Chapman, and others. She said simply, “Listen, I need to make a record. And you’re the only one in the world I can make it with. Can you call me back?”
 
He did.
 
And so it was that Grace found herself in the only place left that made any sense: a recording studio in the Los Angeles neighborhood of Silver Lake, California. The pair recorded live in the low light of the wood-framed building, often producing songs in single takes. What emerged is a portrait of a woman exposed as she mourns what she must let go of in order to keep reaching for herself. The result is a new sound for Grace, one that is more vulnerable and bold, one that embraces her eclecticism without apology.
 
Grace explains, “I remember this time so clearly, the tastes, the colors, and the sounds. The feeling of sitting next to Larry on a piano bench without headphones and just singing. Singing songs only for me, most of which I’d never sung before. Singing to myself and also to the men I loved. It’s all there in the music. Forever. Trapped in a snow globe of emotion.”
 
Grace and Goldings invited masterful partners into their creation of Tie Me To You. Bass player David Piltch (KD Lang) appears throughout the album, and violinist Gabe Witcher (Punch Brothers) is a special guest appearing as both a soloist and string section.
 
The project was championed by Grammy®-winning engineer Sheldon Gomberg, who offered up his studio for the better part of a year. A song record at its core, Tie Me To You features original music by both Grace and Goldings as well as covers of pieces by French icon Francois Hardy, blues great Son House, and The Beatles, and standards by Irving Berlin, Cole Porter, and Rodgers & Hart.
 
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Kathleen Grace | Links
 
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Tuesday, September 15, 2020

Hilarie Sidney of Elephant 6, Apples In Stereo releases first album in thirteen years with her band The High Water Marks.

“Ecstasy Rhymes” by sole female founder of musical collective takes listeners back in time. Hear “Can You” at Brooklyn Vegan.
 
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The High Water Marks (L-R): Logan Miller, Hilarie Sidney, Per Ole Bratset, Øystein Megård. Photo credit: Self-Portraits, Illustration by Per Ole Bratset.
 
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The High Water Marks | In The Press
 
“Clock-stopping, pulse-raising mega-pop.” — UNCUT
 
“Complex and considered arrangements... Sugar-coated melodies to spare.” — Pitchfork
 
“Beautifully warm, catchy, high-energy... garage pop for the masses.” — PASTE
 
“Winning post-punk pop that’s heavy on the fuzz.” — Under The Radar
 
“Giddy pop... Punchy songwriting... Undeniably sunny.” — Westword (Denver)
 
“Get a fix of the exquisitely crafted brand of lo-fi rock.” — PopMatters
 
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The High Water Marks | “Can You”
 


[STREAM]: https://Fanatic.lnk.to/TheHighWaterMarks-CanYou
 
[VIDEO]: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r3c8c5DGOpE
 
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About | “Can You”
 
“Instantly recalls the heyday of Elephant 6, with an earworm melody nestled in fuzzy indie rock production.” — Brooklyn Vegan
 
‘Can You’ is a song about pushing back the darkness to find the light. I wrote it during the dark months. I should add that we were recording in Logan’s studio, which also served as a guest room for my son, Anders. One night we were up late doing vocals, and Anders kept saying the lyrics to ‘Can You’ back to me in a very serious voice and then cracking up. He’s a snarky teenager. I won’t forget that.” – Hilarie Sidney, The High Water Marks
 
Listen via Brooklyn Vegan or at the links above!
 
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The High Water Marks
Ecstasy Rhymes
Nov. 20th, 2020
(Minty Fresh)
  

 
Track Listing:
01. Ode To Lieutenant Glahn
02. Annual Rings
03. Can You (STREAM | VIDEO)
04. Ecstasy Rhymes
05. Award Show
06. Some Like It Lukewarm
07. The Trouble With Friends
08. I’ll Be Formal (With You Because of It)
09. Pepin le Bref
10. Accidentally On Purpose
11. Satellite
12. Pretending To Be Loud
 
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The High Water Marks | About
 
“I am so lucky to have been a musician throughout my life,” says Hilarie Sidney of The High Water Marks, the band she fronts out of her adopted home town of Grøa, Norway. The foursome is set to release Ecstasy Rhymes, its first album in 13 years, via Minty Fresh on Nov. 20th, 2020.
 
You probably know Sidney best for what she got up to during her time living in Denver, Colorado.
 
Sidney is the co-founder of one of the most influential musical collectives of the past, oh, forever amount of years.
 
Elephant 6 is a storied, and now legendary, musical collective and Sidney was as at its nucleus as a founding member of The Apples in stereo.
 
It was a “boys club,” Sidney confesses.
 
Sidney was the only woman among her band and the other two acts – Neutral Milk Hotel and Olivia Tremor Control – that were the most visible members of Elephant 6, and as the umbrella opened to international recognition and acclaim, and to seemingly dozens of other bands that wanted to be a part, Sidney’s enthusiasm drifted.
 
Her passion for songwriting never wavered, however.
 
“Having been in the Apples and on the road since 1993, I started to have many more songs than could ever be released on an Apples record. I was piling up songs, and being surrounded by a group of men for so many years, one can lose oneself,” she confides.
 
Sidney eventually found new love, and a new musical partnership, when she formed The High Water Marks, releasing a debut album (Songs About The Ocean) in 2003. The record was written and demoed through the mail with her now-husband and bandmate, Per Ole Bratset, whom she initially met at an Apples gig in Norway in 2002. A follow-up album (Polar) arrived in 2007.
 
By that time, Sidney and Bratset were an item.
 
Per and I had our son in 2005,” Sidney says of becoming a mother for the second time (Sidney also has a son from their marriage.) “I realized I wanted a break from touring. That whole life had begun to wear me out.”
 
The fallout from Sidney’s divorce, and life as a mom with two boys, led her to officially leave the Apples in 2006 and to put the music business on the back burner soon after.
 
“Still writing songs, always writing songs...”
 
With that, Sidney attempted to clean out the closet in 2011, leading to some recording sessions that eventually had to be scrapped, and leaving her to feel “kind of hopeless,” she remembers.
 
But drummers are tough!
 
Sidney picked herself up and headed in another direction by beginning to finish up a Bachelor’s degree, which led to her being awarded a prestigious study abroad scholarship at the University of Oslo.
 
“Moving was everything I had hoped it would be,” she explains. “In Norway, we have a work-life balance, health care, a living wage, five weeks of vacation, and freedom for our youngest son to roam without constant supervision.”
 
Perhaps most importantly, she started playing music again.
 
Thirteen years after releasing her last album as The High Water Marks, the band has completed a new album that reflects the maturity, perseverance, songwriting, and performing talent that made Sidney’s contributions to Elephant 6 and the Apples so integral.
 
If she was marginalized at the time, those notions are blown out by Ecstasy Rhymes, 38 minutes of perfect power pop, one song after another that will take any fan of the songs that Sidney contributed to Apples recordings – her voice is instantly recognizable – right back to the most potent days of that band’s career.
 
As he did on previous releases, Bratset also contributes lead vocals on several songs, all of which were co-written with Sidney. In addition to Sidney on Vocals, Guitars, Keyboards, and Drums, and Bratset on Vocals and Guitars, the band includes Logan Miller on Bass, Guitar, and Drums, along with Øystein Megård on Drums. Keyboards, and Backing Vocals.
 
“I feel like for the first time ever, we have a dream team,” Sidney says. “I have my partner in crime by my side, like always, but we managed to also find these two other fantastic people who we can work with so well. We finally have the best band we’ve ever had and a great record.”
 
Seems Sidney’s luck as a musician hasn’t run out yet.
 
Ecstasy Rhymes, the first album in 13 years by The High Water Marks, arrives Nov. 20th, 2020 on Minty Fresh. The album’s first single “Can You” is out now.
 
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“That Thing You Do!” vocalist, Mike Viola, channels loss of his friend on “Creeper”; Track taken from “Godmuffin” album, out Dec. 11th

“I wrote it the morning I got the news,” Viola says of departed icon, Adam Schlesinger. “He was my age. Now he can’t make music. I still can.”
 
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 Mike Viola as photographed by Silvia Grav
 
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Mike Viola
“Creeper” from Godmuffin
Dec. 11th , 2020
Grand Phony Music
 

[STREAM]: https://fanatic.lnk.to/MikeViola-Creeper-Audio
 
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Mike Viola | About
 
Mike Viola is a Grammy®-nominated producer, musician, songwriter and singer best known for his work with Panic! At The DiscoMandy MooreJenny Lewis, J.S. OndaraMatt Nathanson and Fall Out Boy. His original music has been featured on soundtracks for movies such as “That Thing You Do!, “Get Him To The Greek,” and “Walk Hard: The Dewey Cox Story.”
 
Viola’s latest album Godmuffin arrives Dec. 11th via Good Morning Monkey / Grand Phony preceded by the single “Drug Rug” on Sept. 25th.
 
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Music lives in Mike Viola. Shit, it’s his last name, right?
 
Godmuffin (Good Morning Monkey / Grand Phony, Dec. 11th) even opens with strings and man, do they tug.
 
Hard.
 
“Don’t be afraid, no don’t be afraid / We still have time, we still have time / There’s so much I wanna do”
 
“I wrote ‘Creeper’ the morning I got the news my close friend died,” Viola says. “He was my age. Now he can’t make music. I still can. I can still spend my time looking for the secret cause, the next new song, even when it feels too late, ‘cause I still have time.”
 
Viola’s friend is the artistically immortal, Adam Schlesinger, to whom Viola will forever be publicly tied as the voice of his friend’s perfect, Oscar®-nominated pop song “That Thing You Do!”
 
At any other time, this association would be a fun fact. A bullet point in a career full of them. But right now it’s painful to listen to with Viola’s real-life tragedy in mind. Somehow, he makes it sound beautiful.
 
Godmuffin follows-up Viola’s 2018 album The American Egypt, and is his first return in over a decade to the more conventional rock and pop sound that he first broke through with as front man of Candy Butchers during that band’s string of major label records in the late-90s to mid-2000s.
 
Godmuffin was written and recorded alone in Viola’s home studio. He describes it as “11 songs about transformation” and Viola isn’t afraid to let you see.
 
“It’s youthful in the chances it takes,” he says. “It doesn’t give a fuck.”
 
In the face of fine-tuning everything into oblivion, Godmuffin is the least experimental-sounding experimental record you’ll hear this year. Viola records on half-inch tape and mixes on a vintage Auditronics console without the advantage of digital editing.
 
“The recording is linear, 'cause I can’t punch and fix things very easily, especially when I’m playing drums.  On the computer, you can repair all of your mistakes ‘til you sound perfect. Or even worse, tune or beat detective the life out of it. I prefer rock music that’s beautifully flawed.”
 
“It’s human,” he says.
 
“Only the dead get to heaven / Here on earth we just get lost”
 
Human it is.
 
Viola sings the chorus of the album’s first single “Drug Rug,” and it’s as if you’re listening to recently re-discovered dedications from a high school yearbook.
 
It’s not nostalgia, it’s time traveling written from the point of view of the graduated Viola, “who’s spent a lifetime doing windmills on Big Star guitars, slick with Todd Rundgren syrup hand-drawn from the tree.”
 
Elsewhere on Godmuffin, Viola sings about being a teenager (“USA Up All Night”), about being the father of teenagers (“The Littles,” “Ordinary Girl”), and even offers up a sequel (“Superkid 2, Trying To Do The Thing I Was Born To Do”) to a previously released song (“Superkid”) about being a teenager.
 
Youthful. Not giving a fuck.
 
Is there a time in our lives when we feel more invincible? Godmuffin is the sound of fearlessness.
 
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Mike Viola | Links
 
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Friday, September 4, 2020

Inara George (The Bird and The Bee) releases “Road Angel Project: Volume 2” benefit bundle, following-up “Sex In Cars” duet with Dave Grohl (Foo Fighters).

Latest edition of charity initiative partnership with Sweet Relief’s COVID-19 Relief Fund, benefiting career musicians, music industry workers, streaming everywhere now.
 
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 “Road Angel Project: Volume 2” | Alex Lilly, Dannielle De Andrea (feat. Larry Goldings), Mike Viola
 
(Cover art by Alice Lin based on a photograph by Brian Fitzsimmons of artist Terry’s Allen’s installation “Road Angel.”)
 
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About | Road Angel Project
 
Following up her “Sex In Cars” duet with Foo Fighters frontman, Dave Grohl, The Bird and The Bee vocalist, Inara George has released “Road Angel Project: Volume 2” today, the second in her “Road Angel Project” series which will see all proceeds donated via a partnership with Sweet Relief Musicians Fund. The COVID-19 Relief Fund at Sweet Relief provides financial assistance to all types of career musicians and music industry workers who have lost income due to the global pandemic. Hear it now at Buzzbands.la and on all DSPs worldwide.
 
“I reached out to some of my musician friends to see if anyone had a track that they’d like to donate to the cause,” George says.  Alex, Dannielle, and Mike were the first to respond. I liked the idea of having just three songs as the second volume because they all seemed to work so well together as a little story about these times.” See below for commentary from Alex Lilly, Dannielle De Andrea, and Mike Viola about their song contributions.
 
The name “Road Angel Project” is a Terry Allen-authorized nod back to the visual artist’s piece that inspired “Sex In Cars,” and the cover image for the series by Alice Lin is based on a Brian Fitzsimmons photograph of Allen’s actual installation.
 
With “Road Angel Project,” George is continuing to follow a line of thought that began with her current release “The Youth of Angst”. George saw so many musicians and music industry friends out of work during the pandemic and saw an opportunity to keep them working.
 
“As the pandemic hit and it became very clear that live music would not resume for many, many months, I immediately thought of Sweet Relief, not only because they help so many musicians, but also because they help everyone in the music industry,” George says.
 
George has many friends in the music industry and has seen their jobs evaporate.
 
“All of those people who work at venues booking shows, stage managing, bartending, lighting, mixing sound, and on and on... Sweet Relief is set up to help all of these workers during this crisis and also any other crisis that might come.”
 
Sweet Relief’s Aric Steinberg says, “Sweet Relief is so grateful to be a part of the ‘Road Angel Project.’ It’s been incredible to see the music community come together during this pandemic, and this is another example of good people doing good things. The funds raised will allow us to help even more music industry professionals in desperate need and we are truly thankful for Inara’s support.”
 
For more information about the Sweet Relief COVID-19 fund, visit: https://www.sweetrelief.org/covid-19-fund.html
 
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About | “Road Angel Project: Volume 2”
 
Alex Lilly: “I wrote and recorded ‘Goodbye Reckless Things’ at my home during the early days of the pandemic and lockdown,” Alex Lilly says. “There was a lot that felt lost at that time and that feels lost still. This was a spare but light-hearted lament for all the small (and germy but now deemed reckless) things we’ve said goodbye to... hopefully just for the time-being.”
 
Dannielle De Andrea: “Before I moved to the US from Australia, I heard a piano solo on a track called ‘Mean Old Man’ by James Taylor. I saw that the piano player was Larry Goldings and I became a little obsessed. I met Larry at a show, and after the gig, we set up a writing session! I asked if he had any melodies that he may need some lyrics for and he had the melody to what would become ‘The Call.’ I wrote the words so quickly. I wanted it to be about the simple things in life that we are given for free, but somehow lose perspective on and need to get back to what is real.”
 
Mike Viola: “I wrote ‘Motel Mood’ for my wife Audrey before she was my wife and we were falling in love in New York City. We loved to rent a car and just start driving until we found some dumpy looking Bates Motel to check into. The song kind of explains why. The only reason why it ended up in a pile of unreleased music is because I had too many songs for the record that I was making. But I always liked the song and I like singing my wife’s Audrey’s name.”
 
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The Bird and The Bee vocalist Inara George has teamed with Dave Grohl of Foo Fighters for a new single “Sex In Cars: Road Angel Project,” a duet version of the track “Sex In Cars” from George’s latest release “The Youth of Angst”. The song is available now on all streaming platforms and can also be heard via Rolling Stone here.
 
“I wrote ‘Sex In Cars’ after the artist Terry Allen asked if I’d be a part of an art installation entitled “Road Angel” that he was creating for The Contemporary Austin,” George explains.
 
“Sex In Cars: Road Angel Project” is the first in a series of planned “Road Angel Project” singles, which will see all proceeds donated via a partnership with Sweet Relief Musicians Fund. The COVID-19 Relief Fund at Sweet Relief provides financial assistance to all types of career musicians and music industry workers who have lost income due to the global pandemic.
 
“Having been such a massive fan of Inara for years, it’s always such an incredible honor to work with her, whether on Foo Fighters music or for The Bird and The Bee,” says Dave Grohl of Foo Fighters about his contribution to the first “Road Angel Project” release. “Her voice is timeless, so pure and real. So I jumped at the chance to duet with her on this song. It was a dream come true! And for a great cause: Musicians coming together to support each other in difficult times, working to keep the music alive.”

“I always knew I wanted this version of ‘Sex In Cars’ with Dave to benefit some amazing non-profit,” George says.
 
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