AUSTIN, Texas — James McMurtry recently signed with the bourgeoning Los Angeles record label Complicated Game. The legendary songwriter will enter the studio later this month to start working on his first album in six years. “I’ve got a new batch of songs, organic and with no added sulfites, aged in oak for several years,” he says. “Francois Moret at Complicated Game seems to like these songs and (producer) C.C. Adcock thinks he can turn them into a record. Good times fixing to roll.”
Label head Moret agrees. “In March 2013, when C.C. Adcock told me we were going to see James McMurtry at the Continental Club in Austin, I expected to see a good show,” he says, “but what I saw left me mesmerized! I immediately knew I wanted to sign him. As a European, it is an amazing opportunity to work with one of the most talented American singer-songwriters.”
Evidence: McMurtry’s Just Us Kids (2008) and Childish Things (2005). The former earned his highest Billboard 200 chart position in nearly two decades and notched four Americana Music Award nominations. Meanwhile, Childish Things scored endless critical praise and spent six full weeks topping the Americana Music Radio chart in 2005 and 2006. In 2006, Childish Things won the Americana Music Association’s Album of the Year and “We Can’t Make It Here” was named its Song of the Year.
Of course, the forthcoming (and as-yet-untitled) record will include the literate story songs longtime enthusiasts expect. Recall high watermarks: “Childish Things,” “Choctaw Bingo,” “Levelland,” “Out Here in the Middle,” “Peter Pan” only begin the list. Just Us Kids alone includes fan favorite live staples like “Hurricane Party,” “Ruby and Carlos” and “You’d a Thought.” His finest deliver equal measures depth and breadth and pierce hearts with sharp sociopolitical commentary (“Fireline Road”).
See the clip and the music supervisor commentary HERE
New Album "Division Street" coming at you 3/26/13 (US & Canada)
L.A. songwriter and producer Harper Simon will release his second solo album Division Street on March 26. The new project, the first since Simon's self-titled 2009 debut, was produced by Tom Rothrock (Elliott Smith, Beck) and features members of the Strokes, Bright Eyes, Elvis Costello’s Attractions and Wilco. “I felt challenged and inspired by the idea of making a modern psychedelic folk-rock album," says Simon, "a Tom Rothrock production like (Smith’s) XO, but then the Velvet Underground and the Stones kept entering in. Elliott Smith was very influenced by the Beatles, but my guitar playing is more influenced by Keith Richards. And I kept wanting to emphasize more lo-fi elements.” Simon is the son of songwriter Paul Simon.
Click on the following link to access and listen to "Bonnie Brae" off the album.
February 27th, 2012
Norwegian songwriter Ane Brun premiered her gorgeous new video for “Worship” with NPR on Friday, and now we’re pleased to announce the details of her 2012 North American Tour. She’s coming over to tour in support of her new album, It All Starts With One, which is due out May 1st via [PIAS] America. “Worship” is one of the album’s highlights, which is a wonderfully understated duet with the unparalleled José González.
We also recently shared the free MP3 for “Do You Remember,” which is a euphoric, almost tribal track characterized by three drummers and backing vocals from fellow Scandinavians First Aid Kit. Ane’s inimitable voice makes fellow fragile and beautiful tracks like “Oh Love” and “Life Line” spectacular. Album closer “Undertow” is a widescreen epic that brings the album to a heart-wrenching climax.
Much like her music, the path that led Ane Brun to It All Starts With One was peaceful, unhurried and full of unexpected, subtle surprises. It’s taken her from her small Norwegian hometown of Molde, to Barcelona where she was a street performer, and across the US last year supporting Peter Gabriel and singing on his New Blood album. The adventures culminated with the making of her new album It All Starts with One, a platinum hit in Norway for which she just won their Grammy equivalent, the Spellemann award, for best female artist.
November 7, 2011
The Cure: Bestival Live 2011, a live recording of the iconic bands incredible, career-spanning two and a half hour set performed at this year’s Bestival.
The double album, which is split over two CDs and also available as a digital download is made up of thirty-two Cure classics, including “The Lovecats,” “The Caterpillar,” “Close To Me,” “Friday I’m In Love,” “Lullaby,” “The Hungry Ghost,” “The End Of The World,” “Just Like Heaven,” “Grinding Halt,” “Jumping Someone Else's Train” and “Boys Don’t Cry.”
Of the live album, Robert Smith of The Cure says “We had such a great time in the Isle of Wight at Bestival that we wanted to release this show as a way of thanking fans and islanders alike. Bestival is the best!”