Wednesday, October 30, 2019

Endlessly prolific songwriter Jared Putnam announces final entry in “Distractions” singles series; Plots year-end tour with label mate, Ryan Traster.

Acclaimed artist behind The March Divide returns to band dynamic on “Distractions, Vol. 5,” out Dec. 13th. “It’s Not Over” lyric video streaming now.


Jared Putnam of The March Divide as photographed by Josh Huskin



See the lyric video for “It’s Not Over” from “Distractions, Vol. 5,” the final entry in The March Divide’s “Distractions” series of two and three-song singles, out Dec. 13th.

Songwriter Jared Putnam says, “This song is about how things could have easily turned out very differently, based on the things we did and didn’t say or do. It’s easy to think about that stuff and even have strong regrets over it. But would things really have turned out any better?”


The March Divide | Live

11/01/2019: Del Rio, TX @ Lone Star Vitality

11/15/2019: San Antonio, TX @ Southtown 101

12/06/2019: San Antonio, TX @ The Point

12/07/2019: San Antonio, TX @ Freetail Brewing

12/13/2019: Portales, NM @ Enchantment Vineyards

12/14/2019: Amarillo, TX @ The 806 (w/ Ryan Traster)

12/15/2019: Wichita Falls, TX @ WF Brewing Co. (w/ Ryan Traster)

12/16/2019: Wichita, KS @ Kirby’s Beer Store (w/ Ryan Traster)

12/17/2019: Tulsa, OK @ Hunt Club (w/ Ryan Traster)

12/18/2019: Austin, TX @ House Show (w/ Ryan Traster)

12/19/2019: San Antonio, TX @ Ventura (w/ Ryan Traster)

12/20/2019: Corpus Christi, TX @ BUS (w/ Ryan Traster)

12/21/2019: Brownwood, TX @ Pioneer Tap House (w/ Ryan Traster)


The March Divide
“Distractions, Vol. 5”
(Slow Start Records)
Dec. 13th, 2019


Track Listing:

01. Crowded Room
02. It’s Not Over (LYRIC VIDEO)
03. Secrets


The March Divide | In The Press

“Impressively hooky.” — American Songwriter

Putnam’s vocals pop.” — PopMatters

“Ingenious.” — Cowboys & Indians

“Hits the mark again and again.” — The Big Takeover

“The melodies are as catchy as ever.” — Twangville

“Strummy acoustic reverie.” — BLURT

Putnam is skillful.” — Nashville Scene

“A serious set of pipes.” — The Aquarian

“Infectiously poppy.” — Glide Magazine

“Quality pop at its best.” — Popdose


The March Divide | About

“This will be the last in my series of distractions.”

Jared Putnam of The March Divide has been releasing two and three-song singles throughout 2019 as real-time follow-ups to his most recent full-length album, Anticipation Pops, released in the summer of 2018. “Distractions, Vol. 5” will be released on December 13th, preceded by the song “Crowded Room” on November 22nd. A lyric video for the song “It’s Not Over” is streaming now.

“Something I started as an outlet to release songs I was working on between releases has slowly evolved into more of a personal song writing challenge,” Putnam explains. “I knew that I wanted to push myself to finish the series before the year was over, so I really dove into a lot of new releases from 2019 that I’ve found inspiring.”

Putnam lists Pete Yorn’s collaboration with Jackson Phillips of Day Wave as a stand-out.

“He brought a whole new vision to what he was already doing, flawlessly, in my opinion. I also found myself obsessed with the new Julia Jacklin album Crushing and American Football’s LP3, which made me wanna get that Fender sound back into my songs.”

Putnam was also inspired to collaborate in more of a band setting than he has in quite some time.

“I tapped my friend Bobby Rivas, a crazy-talented writer and player, to help me with the overall direction of the songs. He also helped bring a focus to the production that I often can’t find on my own. I also had my friends Ernie Garcia on bass and Jason West on drums.”

One of the resulting songs, “Crowded Room,” is one of the catchiest The March Divide songs to date, and its in-your-face, youthful quality really does call back to Putnam’s younger years spent recording and touring with his then-band, The Conversation.

‘Crowded Room’ really comes from a strange place.” he says. “I recently had a friend send me a text about a song called ‘Starting To Rain,’ off of my old band, The Conversation’s first album. It really got me thinking about the lyrics from that album, and the context of where they were coming from. ‘Starting To Rain’ was a rebellious song I wrote in my 20’s about being in a constant state of drug induced indifference, and the lack of accomplishment that often accompanies such a state.”

Distractions, Vol. 5” is just the latest representation of Putnam’s evolved state of mind and work ethic since that time. A mere three-song collection in a catalog comprised of dozens of songs that Putnam has recorded and released in only the last five years.

The new three-song single “Distractions, Vol. 5” by The March Divide is out December 13th. The first four releases in the series are out now, along with Anticipation Pops, the fourth full-length album by The March Divide. All are available via Slow Start Records.

Look for Jared Putnam out on the road throughout 2019 and into 2020. Jared Putnam of The March Divide is available for interviews. Contact Josh Bloom at Fanatic for more information.


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Friday, October 25, 2019

Light FM’s Josiah Mazzaschi made his name producing indie rock stars; New career-spanning comp celebrates 20 years of his own music.

 “Turn on the Light FM” compilation is best of Los Angeles-by-way-of-Chicago artist’s dream pop gems; All-new “Tourist” EP arrives Nov. 15th.


Josiah Mazzaschi of Light FM as photographed by Madeleine Mathews


Light FM
Turn on the Light FM
Out Now
(Moonboot Records)

Streaming Link:

Track Listing:

01. Turn on the Light FM
02. 16 Below
03. Save The Drama
04. The High
05. Black Magic Marker
07. Friends Aren’t Friends (VIDEO)
08. Problems of Our Own
09. Thrift Store Clothes
10. Mercy (VIDEO)
11. Voices In My Head
12. Let Go
13. PTSD
14. Pointless


Light FM | About

Los Angeles-based record producer and engineer Josiah Mazzaschi (Jesus and Mary Chain, Built To Spill) celebrates the 20-year anniversary of his bedroom dream pop project Light FM today with the release of a 14-track career-spanning compilation, Turn on the Light FM, streaming everywhere now.

The look back at the many gems from Mazzaschi’s catalog is in anticipation of the upcoming release of his first all-new EP of Light FM material in five years. The “Tourist” EP arrives on Nov. 15th, with the title track scheduled for release on Nov. 1st. The four-song non-stop bop also includes the addictive single “Dreamerz,” a collaboration with Brett Anderson of The Donnas.

Previously, Light FM was most recently seen on tour in the US and UK as a trio while supporting its previous EP, 2015’s “Pointless,” sharing stages with Smashing Pumpkins, The National, and Ra Ra Riot along the way.

Even though Mazzaschi is back to recording solo now, the “Tourist” EP represents a new, collaborative approach to his songwriting, with half of the EP comprised of co-writes.

“This was the first time I have ever collaborated with other songwriters for Light FM,” Mazzaschi says of the “Dreamerz” single written with Anderson and the title track with Pittsburgh-based songwriter, Alex Aleco.

When Mazzaschi started Light FM while living in Chicago, the aim was to shroud what he calls his “pretty depressing lyrics” in upbeat music and melodies. After relocating to the west coast in 2005, and releasing several albums, Mazzaschi perfected that style, so much so that other artists began to seek out his production touches.

As Mazzaschi became an in-demand producer – recent clients at his The Cave Studio include Smashing Pumpkins guitarist Jeff Schroeder’s new project Night Dreamer, Deap Vally collaborations with The Flaming Lips, Jamie Hince of The Kills, and Andy Rourke of The Smiths’ new project Blitz Vega – his Light FM recordings slowed, but the “luxurious, atmospheric textures” (The Big Takeover) of those songs were still in demand.

Mazzaschi never met a pop hook he couldn’t dirty up a little bit,” said L.A.’s most important music discovery website Buzzbands, and Mazzaschi continues to prove that on the “Tourist” EP.

“Tourist,” the new EP by Los Angeles-based Light FM arrives on Nov. 15th, preceded by the title track on Nov. 1st. The band’s career-spanning compilation Turn on the Light FM is out now.

Josiah Mazzaschi of Light FM is available for interviews. Contact Josh Bloom at Fanatic for more information.



“Friends Aren’t Friends” has been re-released as part of the Light FM career-spanning compilation Turn on the Light FM, out today!



“Mercy” has been re-released as part of the Light FM career-spanning compilation Turn on the Light FM, out today!


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Thursday, October 24, 2019

LGBTQ vocalist Samantha Sidley discusses with Los Angeles Times difficult origins that led to her “quietly radical jazz-pop surprise” album.

“Interior Person” LP “addresses the pleasures and torments of romance from an explicitly gay point of view;” Sidley plays Hotel Café tomorrow.


Samantha Sidley as photographed by Logan White



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.”

See the video for “I Like Girls” from Samantha Sidley’s debut album Interior Person and read an interview in today’s Los Angeles Times!


Samantha Sidley | Live

10/25/2019: Los Angeles, CA @ Hotel Café | Tickets available now


Samantha Sidley
Interior Person
Out Now
(Release Me Records)

Streaming Link:

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
06. Listen!! (STREAM | MP3)
07. Rose Without Thorns
08. Busy Doin’ Nothin’ (STREAM | MP3)
09. Easy To Be True
10. Interior Person


Samantha Sidley | In The Press

Samantha Sidley turns ‘Singing In The Rain’ into a pro-lesbian anthem. It’s her take on the black and white era of catchy songs from movie musicals but updated to be inclusive and reflect her take on the world.” — Refinery29

“Feels like a breath of fresh air. But it is also its meticulously crafted sound, which blends vintage jazz with more modern pop elements, that makes it such an outstanding debut.” — JAZZIZ

“It takes us back to the speakeasies of the 20s, with flirtatious saxophones and crisp, expressive vocals. The song (‘I Like Girls’) is a sophisticated and delicious ice-breaker, serving anthemic lyrical content for an evolving culture.” — Grimy Goods

Sidley’s voice in ‘I Like Girls’ is playful and velvety, a perfect mood-setter for a cocktail hour. This song does not disappoint.” — AfterEllen

“Puts plenty of pop into the jazz world’s ears... Offering a shot in the arm to the genre, the song (‘I Like Girls’) will be in your head for days after just hearing it once.” — Closed Captioned


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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Wednesday, October 23, 2019

Dream System 8, feat. Emmy®-winner (“Stranger Things,” “American Horror Story”) David Klotz’s vintage synth collection, returns Nov. 1st.

Moving vocal from bandmate Erica Elektra sets off “I Like The Way That You Hold Me” single, follow-up to 2018’s debut album “We Sleep Again”.


Dream System 8 (L-R): David Klotz, Erica Elektra. Photo credit: Polly Antonia Barrowman.


Dream System 8 | In The Press

“Evokes a dreamlike wonder.” — Billboard

“Beautiful dream pop.” — MAGNET

“The pair are bringing back all the nostalgia.” — Earmilk

“Jam packed with vintage synth tones.” —

“Coaxes beguiling textures from their array of 80s era keyboards.” — Keyboard

“Unabashedly starry-eyed.” — BuzzBands LA

“Dreamy.” — Magnetic Magazine


Dream System 8
We Sleep Again
(Minty Fresh)
Out Now

Streaming Link:

Track Listing:

01. Losing All of You (STREAM | MP3 | VIDEO)
02. It’s All Happening
03. Color the Stars
04. This Ride Called Life
05. Shine a Little Light (VIDEO)
06. Heather Runs the Marathon
07. Dedication
08. You Are
09. Little Ghost
10. Help Me See
11. Jenny's Ocean Drive
12. I Think of You



Dream System 8 chats with Billboard and shares the music video for “Losing All of You.”


Dream System 8 | About

Dream System 8 is a synth-based pop duo out of Los Angeles that combines the talents of veteran musicians Erica Elektra and David Klotz. The band will follow up its debut album We Sleep Again (Minty Fresh) with a new single “I Like The Way That You Hold Me” on Nov. 1st.

Recording with synths and gear dating to the early 1980’s – a large assortment of Rolands, Korgs, and Yamahas, the Crumar Performer, LinnDrum LM-2, and Omnichord System 100Dream System 8’s sound emerges from these origins of artifice with natural-sounding pop songs inspired by Vangelis, The Human League, Tangerine Dream, and Duran Duran.

“I hit stop while we were recording and saying ‘Wait a second, is this a love song? Did we just write our first love song?,” Klotz remembers about the session for “I Like The Way That You Hold Me”.

Our album We Sleep Again is filled with songs about break-ups, loss and grief, so this new song is a welcome departure. When Erica and I met each other years ago, we were both in a post-break-up fog and the album we made was reflective of that. But in the last year, Erica and I both met new partners and now we’re both happier and in better places in our lives.”

With that, Klotz and Elektra agreed to try something different.

“I came across an old Pro Tools session, something I started years ago,” Klotz says. “I didn’t think there was much of a space for a vocal, but Erica thought otherwise. We fleshed it out, but after laboring over it, I finally suggested that we start fresh on a new idea. Erica continued to insist that it could still be a song, and a week later she called me and said, ‘I have lyrics!’”

“It’s just the ultimate love song about meeting someone and knowing immediately that they are the one and how good it feels when someone is finally treating you the way you’ve always wanted to be treated,” Elektra says.

Those feelings are crystal clear in Elektra’s performance.

“I put up a mic, played the track, and she sang the whole song in one take,” Klotz explains. “I hit record and I was absolutely beside myself. Her melody was so inspiring. It elevated the song to an entirely new level and I’m not even talking about the lyrics, but the vocal melody on its own! I loved it so much.”

Erica and I have worked together for three years now and I’m constantly surprised and amazed at our collaboration.  If it were up to me alone, this song would never have seen the light of day. I’m glad Erica saw something in my little demo!”

“I Like The Way That You Hold Me,” the latest single by Dream System 8 is out Nov. 1st, 2019 via Minty Fresh. The band’s debut album We Sleep Again is available everywhere now.

David Klotz and Erica Elektra are available for interviews. Contact Josh Bloom at Fanatic for more information.


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Thursday, October 17, 2019

“Imperial Dunes” debut by California desert-based “paranormal punk” duo LANDROID out now; See new “Automatic” lyric video today.

Band’s “kaleidoscope of sound” falling “somewhere between Pink Floyd and Beach House” hits L.A.’s Moroccan Lounge this Mon., Oct. 21st.


LANDROID (L-R): Cooper Gillespie, Greg Gordon. Photo credit: LANDROID.


LANDROID | “Automatic” (Lyric Video)



10/21/2019: Los Angeles, CA @ Moroccan Lounge (w/ Teleskopes, Ashrr, Mind Monogram)
10/26/2019: Twentynine Palms, CA @ The Palms
10/27/2019: Long Beach, CA @ Alex’s Bar (9PM)
11/01/2019: Pioneertown, CA @ Pappy & Harriet’s (Annual Halloween Show)


LANDROID | In The Press

“It gives us weird... joie.” —

“Haunting croons… Otherworldly melodics… somewhere between Pink Floyd and Beach House.” —  Grimy Goods

“Beautifully melancholy... inspired by the desolation and isolation of the desert.” — MXDWN

“It’s easy to imagine ‘Yellow Sea’ being performed during a dreamlike lounge scene in, say, Twin Peaks or Mulholland Drive.” — PopMatters

“A kaleidoscope of sound… Meshes an array of styles from the ethereal to shoegaze... percussive power… astounding.” — Ghettoblaster

“Dark, throbbing... and dream-like.” — The Department of Tangents

“Paranormal punk.” — Aupium


Imperial Dunes
Out Now
(Mojave Beach Records)

Streaming Link:

Track Listing:

01. So Say We All (STREAM | MP3 | VIDEO)
02. Yellow Sea (STREAM | MP3 | VIDEO)
03. Don’t Be Cruel
04. Closing Doors
05. Ça Plane Pour Moi (STREAM | MP3)
06. Wishbone Machine
07. Automatic (LYRIC VIDEO)
08. A Cloud Goes By
09. Set On Fire


LANDROID | “Yellow Sea”



Cooper Gillespie (vocals, guitar, bass) and Greg Gordon (drums, sequences) of LANDROID are veteran performers that have traveled the world as professional musicians. Now they live in the California town of Landers. Population: 2,632.

The music that Gillespie and Gordon are making as LANDROID, so named as a reference to their new home, is as vast as the environment in which it was created. Following years of playing variations on the Los Angeles-based punk and rock hybrid, Gillespie and Gordon settled in a desert land and became a desert band. The duo’s debut album Imperial Dunes is out now via their own Mojave Beach Records label.

“They are the largest mass of sand dunes in California,” Gillespie says of the actual Imperial Dunes, another real-life location that contributed to the name game. Turns out the “DROID” in LANDROID has a connection, too: “In Return of the Jedi, the Imperial Sand Dunes are the location of Jabba’s Palace,” Gillespie adds.

This bit of connect-the-dots finds its way back to the deeper substance that makes LANDROID’s songs stick. Giant production makes Gordon’s thudding kick drum sound as huge as the nearby Giant Rock Vortex, where it is believed that Earth’s magnetic energy lines intersect.

“They say it channels psychic energy,” Gordon says. “We know it sounds hippie-dippy, but we swear we can feel it.” Believe the mystical hype or not, Gordon’s drum sounds arrive from another planet.

“The dunes feel like an appropriate metaphor for life,” Gillespie observes, grounding her lyrical themes. “Nature is the ultimate power and just as the dunes change day-to-day, everything in life is constantly changing. We like to think we are in control, but nature reclaims us.”

LANDROID’s “Recommended If You Like” is more like a “Recommended If You’ve Lived.” It’s a list of inspirations and influences that read like whole lifestyles unto themselves.

Imperial Dunes sounds just like ‘em:

David Lynch, David Bowie, outer space, X, Cocteau Twins, William Blake, Blade Runner, Led Zeppelin, Buddy Rich, scuba diving, Portishead, Pink Floyd, Angela Carter, the ocean.

The album’s first single and music video “Yellow Sea,” proves the concept. Lush, but not lost in itself, the song is otherworldly and familiar at the same time.

“Yellow Sea” is a meditation on the hereafter,” Gillespie states.

Imperial Dunes by LANDROID is out now. LANDROID is available for interviews. Contact Josh Bloom at Fanatic for more information.




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