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  • The Incredible Vickers Brothers

    When you’ve played in as many bands and performed as many different styles of music as California native Robert Vickers has, there’s bound to be some confusion along the way. Somewhere down the line he became ‘Rob’ to some and ‘Bob’ to others. This helped contribute to a musical split-personality which allowed him to be bassist in the late 1980’s for psych-rock outfit Cerebral Corps then by the 90’s morph into his role as drummer for jangly West Coast... read more

  • 4 Essential Things to Consider When Hiring a Music Promotion Company

    This article appeared first on Sonicbids.

    If you’re ready to hire a music promotion company to secure coverage for your upcoming single, EP, or album release, how do you find a publicist who will give you the best bang for your buck? How do you avoid getting ripped off or throwing money down the drain because the company wasn’t the right fit for your band?

    Here are four aspects to help you hone in on the right music PR firm for you.

    1. Genre fit

    When... read more

  • Cayden Wemple Announces Debut Single “Better”
    Cayden Wemple Announces Debut Single “Better”

    The debut single from Cayden Wemple, “Better”, unites a common thread of emotions wavering between apathy, acceptance, and hope. When growing up in a world where it’s downright terrifying to turn on the news, or even log onto social media, 18-year-old Wemple drives his voice through the dark shadow cast in front of the sun, and refuses to give in to the nightmare’s pull. “Better” is off the upcoming EP, Car Crash From an Aerial View, due... read more

  • VanWyck Releases New Indie Folk Single, “Listen to You Breathe”
    VanWyck Releases New Indie Folk Single, “Listen to You Breathe”

    Amsterdam singer songwriter, VanWyck releases the new single, “Listen to You Breathe” off her upcoming album. Captivating and hauntingly atmospheric, the song delves into the dark excitement of creation: Melodious whispers and gentle keys chase that something that is tantalizingly close and yet always out of reach. Combining the sensual with the mystical, VanWyck circles the mysteries of love, life and creation. The album, An Average Woman, is due out January 19 on Maiden Name Records.

    Unflinchingly introspective and personal songs have no right striking such a universally affecting chord. But don’t tell that to the Good Graces. The Good Graces is an indie-folk collective based in Atlanta, GA formed in 2007 by singer-songwriter Kim Ware, whose plaintive, utterly appealing drawl of a voice grounds each song with raw honesty and homespun warmth. Ware and the band have performed up and down the East Coast, in California, Canada, Texas and many spots in between; toured... read more

  • I’m With Her debut album out 16 February 2018
    I'm With Her debut album out 16 February 2018 ... read more
  • Mary Gauthier  album ‘Rifles & Rosary Beads’ out 26 January 2018
    Mary Gauthier  album 'Rifles & Rosary Beads' out 26 January 2018 ... read more
  • How to Pitch a Music Blog: Paste Magazine

    Paste Magazine is one of my favorite online music outlets, and possibly one of the most well-known. They cover a wide range of topics such as music, film, and lifestyles. It is a blog that is a combination of pop-culture, and underground. How can you reach Paste to get your music featured? Here are a few tips.

     

    1. Top 10 Best Albums

    Paste has a monthly featured called the Top 10 Best Albums where they review the best releases for a certain... read more

  • Felsen Releases New Single, “Vultures on Your Bones”
    Felsen Releases New Single, “Vultures on Your Bones”

    The new single from indie pop band Felsen, “Vultures on Your Bones” beams a telepathic message through melody and lyrics directly from their late-night West Oakland studio.
    The single is just one piece of the puzzle as Felsen invites listeners to tie together the album’s sounds, images and the words into one purposeful clutter. Through a series of clues and Easter eggs hidden, the lost art of listening to an album as a whole creates an... read more

  • Cayden Wemple

    Cayden Wemple is a singer-songwriter with a worldview that extends far beyond the boundaries of his hometown. Hailing from the relative comfort and quiet of San Luis Obispo, California, his unique brand of millennial folk marries the social commentary of Declan McKenna with the songcraft of Conor Oberst and Gregory Alan Isakov. Armed with his trusty Martin guitar, with an eye constantly on the news, he channels his insecurities directly into his songs.
    This message is there for all to hear on debut EP,... read more

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  • When you’ve played in as many bands and performed as many different styles of music as California native Robert Vickers has, there’s bound to be some confusion along the way. Somewhere down the line he became ‘Rob’ to some and ‘Bob’ to others. This helped contribute to a musical split-personality which allowed him to be bassist in the late 1980’s for psych-rock outfit Cerebral Corps then by the 90’s morph into his role as drummer for jangly West Coast popsters, The Orange Peels.

    In between, he kept himself busy in a variety of one-off theatrical activities that included writing the stage play ‘A Night at the Supermarket’ and writing/performing with well-loved Santa Cruz sketch comedy troupe ‘Dangerous Neighbors’.
    When Vickers decided to finally focus his attention on recording some of the many songs he’d written over the years, Orange Peels main man Allen Clapp offered to produce what eventually became ‘Gallimaufry’.
    Released by the Bus Stop Label in 2008, ‘Gallimaufry’ allowed Vickers to create a multi-instrumentalist brother act that reveled in British flavored ‘60’s pop-rock while also conjuring a modern roots based Folk-Americana with stops at Surf City and the Brill Building along the way. The record garnered high praise from critics upon release but was met with near unanimous commercial apathy.
    In the 10 years since the record’s release, life brought the big ‘D’ triumvirate of Death, Divorce and Depression resulting in a return to songwriting and recording. Now, nearly a full decade later, The Incredible Vickers Brothers return with ‘Torch Songs for Swingers’, a new collection of music addressing loss, longing, memory and mid-life crisis.

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  • This article appeared first on Sonicbids.

    If you’re ready to hire a music promotion company to secure coverage for your upcoming single, EP, or album release, how do you find a publicist who will give you the best bang for your buck? How do you avoid getting ripped off or throwing money down the drain because the company wasn’t the right fit for your band?

    Here are four aspects to help you hone in on the right music PR firm for you.

    1. Genre fit

    When hiring a music PR firm, the number-one priority should be whether they publicize your genre of music and have a proven track record for success within that genre. If you’re a hip-hop act reaching out to a publicist who only promotes Americana and folk music, no matter how great the publicist is, chances are the campaign wouldn’t be as successful as it would be working with someone who promotes your style of music.

     

    By hiring a music publicist who promotes your genre, you can ensure there will be a more intimate knowledge of the music, media relationships with those who cover the style of music, and an overall strategy and approach to how to communicate the message.

     

    No two genres are managed equally, and what works for a traditional folk band is often completely different for an act that’s categorized in a genre like hipster, indie rock, or electronic.

    2. Band level

    Focusing on genre alone isn’t enough. Promoting an established band vs. an unknown act is completely different. If you are an unknown band, you want to make sure the publicist who works with you has a clear vision of how to promote you when no one knows who you are.

     

    While it can be great to say you work with St. Vincent’s publicist, you also want to know the publicist will place you at the same priority level and have experience successfully securing press coverage for a band of your measure.

    3. Approach

    You also need to think about the type of work style you’re looking for in your publicist. Are you more hands on or hands off? Do you want to be engaged with your campaign and have your publicist act as your partner, or would you rather just hand it off to your publicist so you can solely focus on your music?

     

    There is one major thing to consider when choosing a publicist where you can be hands off: Engaged bands do tend to have more successful results than the one who checks out. When you’re engaged in the campaign, you can provide additional insights that give the new publicist leverage to secure coverage at outlets who can influence your career.

    4. Results

    What do you want to achieve, and how does the music PR firm meet that? This is something you should be really clear about before you start contacting music promotion companies. If you’re not clear, you will have no way of measuring whether a company can meet your objectives or not.

     

    For instance, our campaigns focus on a specific number of contacts that are highly targeted, which allows us to achieve higher coverage rates because we are laser- focused on the overall objective: securing press coverage.

     

    At first glance it may seem limited in comparison to a firm who sends to massive press lists for the same amount of money. However, the real comparison you should be making is how much press coverage each company receives for the client for the same amount of money.

     

    The best way to start looking for the right PR firm is to ask bands you trust who have hiredmusic PR themselves. Start with those who are similar in size and genre, and ask them who they are confident in referring. Once you have a good list, start reaching out to the publicists who fit the parameters you’re looking for and you’ll have a leg up on picking the right music PR firm for you.

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  • The debut single from Cayden Wemple, “Better”, unites a common thread of emotions wavering between apathy, acceptance, and hope. When growing up in a world where it’s downright terrifying to turn on the news, or even log onto social media, 18-year-old Wemple drives his voice through the dark shadow cast in front of the sun, and refuses to give in to the nightmare’s pull. “Better” is off the upcoming EP, Car Crash From an Aerial View, due out February 2, 2018 . It was recorded at Rumor Mill Recording and produced by Joel Jacks (David Crosby).

    With fluid melodies and a soothing vocals, Wemple is a burgeoning artist who is prepared to be the voice of those sharing his message of inclusion and solidarity. At its core, “Better” carries an anthemic rolling beat and shuffling tempo that adds to its gentle sway. But Wemple’s songwriting and lyrical structure are the kindling for his impassioned message. His lyrics are drenched in vulnerability and, at times, even show hints of uncertainty that are the cornerstone of coming of age.

    His brand of millennial folk marries the social commentary of Declan McKenna with the songcraft of Conor Oberst and Gregory Alan Isakov. With dreams serving as a central inspiration, the EP’s title was inspired by a flight over Wemple’s hometown and the cars on the road below. He explains, “I thought it would be strange to see the cars crash into each other from that point of view. That idea, from an aerial view, makes the whole spectacle seem so small. When you look away from the cars, there could be a forest fire, or some other sort of disaster. Focussing on one thing at a time may be all we have time for in the moment, but, in the grand scheme of things, there is so much going on in our world. Our personal lives seem disastrous to us, but it’s all just a car crash from an aerial view. There’s so much more than just what’s on the surface.”

    Car Crash From an Aerial View Track Listing

    1. Mad
    2. Not to Sugarcoat it
    3. The Boat Song
    4. Southpaw
    5. Better

    About Cayden Wemple

    Cayden Wemple is a singer-songwriter from San Luis Obispo, California. His debut EP tackles vulnerable themes of insecurity and personal struggle, but offers a message of inclusion, solidarity, and hope. Car Crash From an Aerial View was recorded at Rumor Mill Recording and produced by Joel Jacks (David Crosby).

     

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  • The Good Graces

    Brijana Bondy

    Unflinchingly introspective and personal songs have no right striking such a universally affecting chord. But don’t tell that to the Good Graces. The Good Graces is an indie-folk collective based in Atlanta, GA formed in 2007 by singer-songwriter Kim Ware, whose plaintive, utterly appealing drawl of a voice grounds each song with raw honesty and homespun warmth. Ware and the band have performed up and down the East Coast, in California, Canada, Texas and many spots in between; toured with the Indigo Girls; and played festivals including 30A, NXNE, Athens Pop Festival, and International Pop Overthrow. Backed by an ever-changing line-up of talented collaborators, the band propels The Good Graces into new sonic territory with each iteration.

    the Good Graces’s most recent full-length collection, “Set Your Sights,” marks a palpable leap in the project’s evolution. Boasting the addition of producer/guitarist Jonny Daly and a varied list of talented players from Atlanta and the Southeast, Ware’s confessional lyrical style and starkly sincere singing is beautifully integrated with deftly layered, atmospheric sounds and evocative musical phrasing. The songs elicit a growing confidence and clarity of purpose, as well as a new depth of sound. “I think working with so many talented people has elevated my songwriting,” Ware states. “I’m more comfortable with the songs, particularly the newer ones, and I’m not afraid to play them by myself. I guess I’ve grown into them, and finally reached a point where I don’t feel like something’s missing when I do it solo or more stripped down.”

    It’s an approach that continues to morph and develop with the release of The Good Grace's four-song collection entitled “The Hummingbird EP,” a sort of postscript to “Set Your Sights” that wanders the spectrum from sad to happy with a side-trip to just plain silly. “The hummingbird won't go from point A to point B in a straight line,” Ware points out. “They kinda jump around all over the place. But by the time they make it to point B they've probably gotten there in a more creative, thoughtful way. I've always identified with that.” That journey is evident in the songs on the EP, which elicit a new level of creative wandering. There’s a striking juxtaposition in “(I Should Probably Write a) Happy Song,” a fun, catchy number that dares you not to clap along to lyrics like, “all these tears in my name just make me feel like dying.” “The First Girl,” “X My <3” and “Waiting” range from simple and intimate to more complex, sonically lush beds for Ware’s longing and regret to roll around in.

    The Good Graces is currently focusing on a fine tuning a batch of songs for a new full-length, and looking forward to stretching even further. “The EP is different. The next record will be likely more different,” according to Ware. If The Good Grace's recent offerings are any indication of possibilities for this flourishing meeting of talented minds, it’s tough not to be greedy for more.

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  • Amsterdam singer songwriter, VanWyck releases the new single, “Listen to You Breathe” off her upcoming album. Captivating and hauntingly atmospheric, the song delves into the dark excitement of creation: Melodious whispers and gentle keys chase that something that is tantalizingly close and yet always out of reach. Combining the sensual with the mystical, VanWyck circles the mysteries of love, life and creation. The album, An Average Woman, is due out January 19 on Maiden Name Records.

    On “Listen to You Breathe” varying rhythms dance between verse and chorus, tenderly igniting a push and pull of discovery. Accompanied by the award-winning bass player and arranger Reyer Zwart, lyrics and instrumentation intertwine in a tender sway of ebb and flow within the conversational narrative. VanWyck calls on the metaphysical inspiration of John Donne’s poem, Go and catch a falling star, while Zwart’s string arrangements reach into the heavens and delicately rain down. A hasty cadence drifts on the edge of breathlessness, as VanWyck punctuates her almost stumbling sentences with purposeful conviction. She explains: “In a way, this song is about my secret love affair with songwriting. I love it so - but it’s something I can not control. I have to surrender myself to it and let it lead me into unchartered territory. Since I’m not the surrendering type, this is always a bit of a battle.”

    About VanWyck

    VanWyck’s push to reach higher formed into an eclectic musical background that has included training as a classical pianist, becoming a keyboard player and one of the first female rappers in the Netherlands in a jazz dance band, and being half of a trip hop duo. VanWyck launched a year-long project called One Song A Week after releasing her debut solo EP Tanned Legs, with the lead single “The Daughter” lauding critical acclaim from KCRW’s Chris Douridas in 2016. “An Average Woman” has been featured on Spotify’s Fresh Finds: Six Strings playlist. An Average Woman Theatre Tour is planned for 2018-2019.

     

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    Album release: 'See You Around' by I'm With Her
    Release date: 16 February 2018
    More info: Band website

    Title track out now – click here to Listen. 

    International Headlining Tour Kicks Off in Early 2018. 

    I'm With Her, the band of Sara Watkins, Sarah Jarosz, and Aoife O'Donovan, have announced the release of their full-length debut, 'See You Around', out February 16, 2018. 'See You Around', the title track from the album, is available everywhere today. Co-produced by Ethan Johns (Ryan Adams, Laura Marling, Paul McCartney) and the band and recorded at Peter Gabriel’s Real World Studios in Bath, England, 'See You Around' is a 12 track LP filled with finespun narratives and breathtaking harmonies – full track listing is below. Additionally, I’m With Her has announced an international headlining tour that will kick off in March 2018 and bring the band to major cities across the world including Los Angeles, Paris, London, and more. 

    'See You Around' presents a warmly textured, yet stripped-down sound layered with lush guitar tones and crystalline harmonies. The album is comprised of 11 originals, penned by the band in Los Angeles and Vermont, plus the never before released Gillian Welch-penned 'Hundred Miles'. With each member playing guitar and handling various aspects of the instrumentation— including fiddle and ukulele for Watkins, mandolin and banjo for Jarosz, piano and synth for O’Donovan—the band cut most of the album live, performing just a few feet away from each other in the tracking room. All through 'See You Around', I’m With Her exhibits a refined musicality that reflects their deep musical roots. 

    After years of crossing paths in their intersecting scenes, I’m With Her came together by happenstance for an off-the-cuff performance at the Telluride Bluegrass Festival during the summer of 2014.The multi-Grammy-Award-winners have individually released nine solo efforts, co-founded two seminal bands (Nickel Creek and Crooked Still), and contributed to critically acclaimed albums from a host of esteemed artists. The band has garnered tremendous acclaim for their unique blend of instrumental interplay and indelible harmonies. 

    "We all feel immensely fortunate to be in this band together,” says I’m With Her. “As longtime friends and fans of each other’s music, it’s been wonderful to realise that writing and collaborating together fits so seamlessly into our lives. And now, we’re so excited to get to tour and share the work we’ve done as a band with our debut album, 'See You Around'."

    Press reaction to date

    “…when the three women sang together, their voices became one instrument, sharing every breath” – New York Times

    “…quiet beauty, gorgeous playing and harmonies and touching, visceral intimacy” – NPR World Café 

    “gorgeous” - CLASH

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    Album release: 'Rifles & Rosary Beads' by Mary Gauthier
    Release date: 26 January 2018
    Label: Proper Records
    More info: Artist website
     
    New album co-written with wounded veterans tells deeply powerful and personal stories of struggles abroad and at home. 

    Acclaimed singer-songwriter Mary Gauthier will release her most important work to date with 'Rifles & Rosary Beads' on January 26th, 2018 via Proper Records. Co-written with U.S. veterans and their families, the eleven deeply personal songs on this album reveal the untold stories, and powerful struggles that these veterans and their spouses deal with abroad and after returning home. 

    Each year it is estimated that over 7400 current and former members of the United States Armed Services take their own lives. While these songs were written with US Veterans, Soldiers in the UK are dealing with the exact same problems. The songs featured on 'Rifles & Rosary Beads' were all co-written as part of Songwriting With Soldiers, a non-profit programme that facilitates retreats bringing professional songwriters together with wounded veterans and active duty military. Participants have shared that the experience of songwriting was life-changing for them, some even said life-saving. 

    No stranger to pain or demons herself, Gauthier has used songwriting to work through addiction and childhood abandonment as an orphan. This is the first album where she has focused solely on experiences other than her own. The songs on 'Rifles & Rosary Beads' tackle a variety of viewpoints. 'The War After The War' deals with the strain put on a relationship while living with someone who has returned from serving, while 'Iraq' depicts the helpless horror of a female military mechanic being dehumanized and sexually harassed by fellow soldiers. The gorgeous album highlight 'Bullet Holes In The Sky' is a bittersweet reflection on the mixed emotions of being a veteran. 

    Mary Gauthier is helping veterans share experiences that only they can understand, in a way that we as listeners can relate to. This process not only has the power to touch others but also to help soldiers take a step towards healing, while at the same time creating beautiful art. 

    Mary Gauthier has received countless critical accolades over the last decade and a half for her seven studio albums and captivating live performances. Her previous album 'Trouble & Love' was praised by the press, including glowing coverage from outlets including Mojo, Uncut, Financial Times, Sun, The Wall Street Journal, USA Today, Los Angeles Times, NPR Music, Huffington Post, American Songwriter and many more. 

    Press reaction to date

    “…her razor-sharp eye for detail and her commitment to unsentimental self-reflection puts her in a class with greats such as Kris Kristofferson, John Prine and yes, Bob Dylan.” – Los Angeles Times

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  • Paste Magazine is one of my favorite online music outlets, and possibly one of the most well-known. They cover a wide range of topics such as music, film, and lifestyles. It is a blog that is a combination of pop-culture, and underground. How can you reach Paste to get your music featured? Here are a few tips.

     

    1. Top 10 Best Albums

    Paste has a monthly featured called the Top 10 Best Albums where they review the best releases for a certain month. For example, the most recent was called “Top 10 Best Albums of October 2017.” Keep in mind that there are important factors that help maximize the chances of being featured in any blog. We like to call those the “main drivers” of an outlet. Think of these like a checklist of credentials you’ll more than likely need to have before being considered. The “Top 10” feature does have a large mix of genres, but if you get into the core of each journalist’s article, the main factors are bands with some hype or history behind their name. For example, the sophomore release from Julien Baker was featured, as was the newest studio album from Detroit natives Protomartyr. As you can imagine, these names have some weight, so newer bands might not want to funnel all of their attention and energy into this section. Once there’s more buzz behind your name, I would highly recommend reaching out about this feature.

     

    2. Paste Studio Session

    Bands who are touring or live in the New York area should look into a Paste Studio Session. This is a live session where a band or solo artist performs a few songs. Again, another great thing is that you don’t have to already be super famous to be featured. If you have the time to make it to NY, I would highly recommend reaching out to try and set something up. The intimate nuance really creates a great atmosphere and some really amazing content that you’ll be able to promote (and use for future pitches!).

     

    3. Themed Playlists

    Outside of being a celebrity, another way to get featured in Paste Magazine is through one of their themed playlists. There’s a little bit of a catch on this one, so keep that in mind. Knowing that Paste posts a “10 of the most Progressive Songs in Country Music” playlist is great. Think your band has some progressive country songs too? Even better! Here’s the asterisk. A lot of these playlists do feature more established musicians, and since you won’t know which playlist is going to be posted until it’s already there, some guesswork is involved. To anticipate, I highly recommend trying to think about major holidays or “National” days where your music could have the most impact. Several festive gift-giving seasons are right around the corner, so now would be a great time to send in your holiday themed playlist submissions. For example, if you have a song about Santa bringing a puppy on board for his annual worldwide trip, start sending your pitches well in advance of Christmas.  As with everything, it’s important to do your research and make sure that your music is a good fit before reaching out.

     

    4. Daily Dose

    If you’re looking for single coverage or reviews, then the “Daily Dose” feature might be a great Paste option to look into. This is a daily column where the Paste staff selects a different song to feature. The genre criteria spans over a lot of different subcategories, leaving a lot of room to work with. Keep in mind that it helps to have some momentum behind your band. Yes, they do cover unknown artists, but the main bulk leans toward those at the next step. If you’re still in the writing, recording, jamming in the garage phase, then you’ll still need a few more musical notches on your belt. But bands who have worked with notable producers, are on tour with other major groups, or already have some buzz in the blog world are great contenders.  Reaching out to contributors is a great way to get attention, but if you’re a DIY musician you’ll definitely need to have all of your materials lined up and ready to go.

    There is a definite right and wrong way to reach out to press, just like there is a correct way to do any networking activity. As with everything in music, marketing, and promotion, just make sure you take a little extra time to do your research. A little goes a long way and shows the blogs that you’re paying attention to them, just like you’re asking them to pay attention to you. If you’re looking to learn more and align your brand in a professional manner, but don’t necessarily have the cash for a full fledged PR campaign, Green Light Go has a lo-fi DIY option.

     

    Green Light Go: Do your research and give yourself enough time to pitch by starting early!

    Sharing is Caring: Know a band who wants coverage in Paste? Feel free to share or tweet it. Comments and feedback always appreciated @p_corsi

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  • The new single from indie pop band Felsen, “Vultures on Your Bones” beams a telepathic message through melody and lyrics directly from their late-night West Oakland studio.
    The single is just one piece of the puzzle as Felsen invites listeners to tie together the album’s sounds, images and the words into one purposeful clutter. Through a series of clues and Easter eggs hidden, the lost art of listening to an album as a whole creates an order amidst a seemingly chaotic background. The single was mixed by Allen Clapp (The Orange Peels) and is off their upcoming album, Blood Orange Moon, out January 26 on Mystery Lawn Music.

    “Vultures on Your Bones” is a grudge match between analog synth, acoustic guitar and a Reagan era drum machine, all melted into a reverb filled crock pot. Each individual element is blended so seamlessly that the finished product is both loud and just quiet enough to hear the shimmer of a gong. Such is the central formula in the Felsen process. Reeling listeners into the band’s revealing inner world or entangled branches and kung fu medallion-wearing angel investors, the single begs the question “Have you ever felt that rock and roll saved you?”

    The songs on this fifth Felsen release were written in the fall of 2014 leading into winter of 2015. They are a reflection of frontman Andrew Griffin’s earlier events as an 11 year cancer survivor. He explains, “I'd hit yet another rough patch in my life due to ongoing health issues. I needed more surgery and kinda dropped off the face of the earth for a few months. After I was out of the hospital and doing the Vicodin shuffle around the house in the summer of 2014, I started playing the guitar again mainly just to stave off boredom. I started to amass new little song embryos on my computer. Play guitar, stare at screen. Eventually the words and the music meet.” Blood Orange Moon is calculated and saccharine, with lush melodies enveloping every aspect of the album’s structure. There are menacing guitar riffs that lead into bubble-gum choruses, all creating a duality that shines. The album is meant to be experienced from start to finish as a grand pathway with hidden gems to find throughout the listening journey. Every element of the album acts as a guide on the voyage, with its clues in the album jacket and lyrics that eventually join hands in sonic resolution.

    Blood Orange Moon Track Listing

    1. Vultures on Your Bones
    2. Kung Fu Medallion
    3. You And I Will Meet Again
    4. Airplane Mode
    5. The Telepathic Kind
    6. Spanish Jam Sandwich
    7. White Denim Jeans
    8. Lovecraft
    9. Private Airline in the Sky
    10. Unemployed in Chicago
    11. Blood Orange Moon

    About Felsen

    Felsen is a pop rock band from Oakland, California. Their first album, Accidental Drowning, was released in 2009. Felsen Loves You—an EP on the Ninth Street Opus label—followed in 2010. In 2011 and 2013 two other full-length albums—Breaking up with Loneliness and I Don’t Know How To Talk Anymore were self-released. Felsen has toured extensively throughout the US opening for national acts: Camper Van Beethoven, Marcy Playground, One Eskimo, Stone Foxes and Luce. Felsen has been featured on Bay Area radio stations KPFA, KALX, KZSU and were selected to be on KFOG (one of the nation’s top AAA radio stations) Local Scene Volume 11.

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  • Cayden Wemple

    Paul Corsi

    Cayden Wemple is a singer-songwriter with a worldview that extends far beyond the boundaries of his hometown. Hailing from the relative comfort and quiet of San Luis Obispo, California, his unique brand of millennial folk marries the social commentary of Declan McKenna with the songcraft of Conor Oberst and Gregory Alan Isakov. Armed with his trusty Martin guitar, with an eye constantly on the news, he channels his insecurities directly into his songs.
    This message is there for all to hear on debut EP, Car Crash from an Aerial View. Recorded at Rumor Mill Recording in Santa Yenez, California with Joel Jacks (David Cosby) at the helm, the EP tackles the current state of the world, the historical persecution of minorities and his relationship struggles. Over the course of five songs, Wemple works through his fears and uncertainties in order to help others navigate their own paths.
    The record’s title was inspired by a thought Wemple had on a recent flight. Flying over his hometown, he looked down and imagined all the cars crashing into each other. He then gazed further into the distance and could picture forest fires, riots and unrest everywhere, not just on the streets he knows so well. As he himself says: “There is so much in our personal lives that seems disastrous to us, but it’s all just a car crash from an aerial view. There’s so much more than just what’s on the surface.”
    It’s this far-reaching approach that makes Cayden Wemple's music such an inviting proposition. All fans of indie-folk will be enticed by his gentle melodies and soothing voice and those who are prepared to dig deeper will discover a burgeoning artist who is prepared to be the voice of those who share his message of inclusion, solidarity and hope. At 18 years old, this is just the start.

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