24.02.2017 news
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Old 97’s New Album Out Now! + Music Vid Starring Fred Armisen & Jenna Fischer

With over twenty years and ten albums to their name, Texas alt-country stalwarts Old 97’s are excited to release their eleventh LP, Graveyard Whistling out todayThe album was recorded in the same Tornillo, Texas studio as their major label debut back in 1996, Too Far To Care.  “[Too Far To Care] is the sound that best defined us,” says Rhett Miller, the lead singer and primary songwriter. “It was a really magical time, and we go back to it a lot in our collective memory.” And so when it came time for the band—which still consists of the same four members: Miller, guitarist Ken Bethea, bassist Murry Hammond, and drummer Philip Peeples—to record their newest endeavor, producer Vance Powell brought up the idea of returning to Tornillo. “We knew instantly that it was the perfect move,” says Miller.

Order now and choose from 4 different vinyl colors (buy them all): Official Store | iTunes | Amazon

 

Just released!  New music video for “Good with God” starring the hilarious Fred Armisen and Jenna Fischer


While there are new collaborators on Graveyard Whistling, including Nicole Atkins and Butch Walker, there aren’t more than a handful of bands in history who can claim to have an intact, unchanged line-up as they approach twenty-five years together. There is, of course, no real blueprint or rulebook for sustaining the kind of chemistry that Miller, Bethea, Hammond, and Peeples enjoy.

“I think our longevity can be attributed primarily to our friendship and ability to overcome those moments when egos want to overtake and obliterate everything in their path,” says Miller. “We experienced the hype of the old business model, with all of its excess and idiocy, and also the deconstruction of that model and the advent of the new world, and been able to maintain a fundamental love for each other.

 

TOUR DATES
2/25 – Ponte Verde, FL – Ponte Verde Concert Hall
2/26 – 3/2 – Outlaw Country Cruise
3/2 – St. Petersburg, FL – The State Theatre
3/3 – Tallahassee, FL – Fifth and Thomas
3/4 – Atlanta, GA – Terminal West
3/18 – Greeley, CO – Moxi Theater
3/19 – Billings, MT – Pub Station
3/20 – Missoula, MT – Top Hat Lounge
3/21 – Seattle, WA – Neumos
3/22 – Portland, OR – Wonder Ballroom
3/23 – Eugene, OR – Wow Hall
3/24 – San Francisco, CA – The Fillmore
3/25 – San Luis Obispo, CA – The Fremont Theater
3/27 – Reno, NV – Cargo Concert Hall
3/29 – Hermosa Beach, CA – Saint Rocke
3/30 – Los Angeles, CA – The Fonda Theatre
3/31 – Solana Beach, CA – Belly Up Tavern
4/1 – Big Bear Lake, CA – The Cave Big Bear
4/2 – Las Vegas, CA – Vinyl
4/4 – Flagstaff, AZ – The Museum Club
4/5 – Scottsdale, AZ – Livewire
4/6 – Santa Fe, NM – Santa Fe Brewing Co.
4/7 – Lubbock, TX – The Blue Light
4/8 – Dallas, TX – Old 97’s County Fair
4/21 – Lindale,TX – Love and War in Texas
4/22 – Driftwood, TX – Old Settler’s Festival
5/1 – Northampton, MA – Iron Horse Music Hall
5/2 – Philadelphia, PA – Union Transfer
5/3 – Asbury Park, NJ – The Wonder Bar
5/4 – Cambridge, MA – Sinclair
5/5 – Cambridge, MA – Sinclair
5/6 – New York, NY– Irving Plaza
5/7 – York, PA – Strand Capitol Performing Arts Center
5/8 – Buffalo, NY – Tralf Music Hall
5/9 – Millvale, PA – Mr. Smalls Theater
5/10 – Cleveland, OH – Beachland Ballroom
5/11 – Newport, KY – Southgate House Revival Sanctuary
5/12 – Chicago, IL – Thalia Hall
5/13 – Springfield, IL – Boondocks
5/14 – Milwaukee, WI – Turner Hall
5/16 – St Louis, MO – Delmar Hall
5/17 – Louisville, KY – Headliners

24.02.2017 news
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ATO Records announces Official SXSW Showcase

ATO Records is excited to announce that it will be hosting its 2017 Official SXSW Showcase on Thursday March 16, 2017 at Cedar Street Courtyard in Austin, TX from 8PM – 2 AM. Five ATO artists with new album releases in 2017 will be performing.  

 

LINE UP

Benjamin Booker

Hurray For The Riff Raff

Chicano Batman

Nick Hakim

Slow Dancer

 

SXSW Music and Platinum Badges receive primary admission while artist and Festival Wristbands, Film and Interactive Badges receive secondary admission. Single admission as capacity allows.

  

Benjamin Booker‘s anticipated second album will be released Summer 2017. Booker returns to SXSW after playing the festival in 2014 in support of his acclaimed debut which The New York Times described as “a raucous, unruly mix of punk, blues rock and soul.” 

 

Hurray For The Riff Raff‘s new album The Navigatorout March 10th, finds the band at a musical intersection, delving deep into the worlds of Latin rhythms, searing rock, and incisive ballads. Watch the video for “Hungry Ghost,” the band’s new single that the FADER calls “more than a rock song – it’s an anthem” HERE.

 

Chicano Batman‘s new songs have been applauded as “blistering, politically-charged throwback” and “breezy Brazilian Tropicalía mixed with early ’70s psychedelic soul and romantic pop,” by Noisey. The band’s highly-anticipated ATO Records debut Freedom is Free is out this Friday. Watch their new video for “Friendship (Is A Small Boat In A Storm)” HERE.

 

New York City’s Nick Hakim will be releasing his debut album, Green Twins, on May 19th. Hakim’s flavor of “achingly beautiful soul music” (The FADER), can be found in his new single “Bet She Looks Like You” which showcases his dynamic and powerful voice as well as his excitingly experimental approach to neo soul. Listen to it HERE.

 

Melbourne, Australia’s Slow Dancer, the moniker for singer-songwriter Simon Okely, has just released its new single “Don’t Believe” with a new album due Summer 2017. 

NPR Music describes his sound as “a delicate blend of folk and indie R&B, largely inspired by classic blues from the ’60’s and ’70s.” Slow Dancer grew up listening to his parents’ Otis Redding and Wilson Pickett records before discovering the haunting sounds of José González and Nick Drake. Watch the official video for “Don’t Believe” HERE.

Listen to ATO’s SXSW Spotify Sampler HERE.

 

ATO Records Official SXSW Showcase 2017

 

Thursday March 16, 2017

Cedar Street Courtyard

208 W 4th St

Austin, TX 78701

Doors: 8 PM

24.02.2017 news
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Chicano Batman on tour incl. Coachella – ‘Freedom is Free’ out now, Watch KEXP Session

LA’s psychedelic soul masters Chicano Batman are fresh off the release of their new album Freedom Is Free and have announced a new run of tour dates, including Newport Folk, FYF, KCRW One Pasadena, Central Park Summerstage and more! Scroll below for new tour dates, and get tickets at http://chicanobatman.com/.

Get “Freedom Is Free”: Official Store | iTunes | Amazon

Chicano Batman came out of L.A., four young men in vintage formalwear, playing songs that blended Brazilian Tropicalía with early ’70s psychedelic soul and the romantic pop of bands like Los Ángeles Negros. It was an immediately addictive sonic brew, and their reputation grew fast. Now, they’re making their boldest statement yet with Freedom Is Free.

Watch the band’s KEXP session:

 

Get “Freedom Is Free”: Official Store | iTunes | Amazon
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Freedom Is Free reflects Chicano Batman’s decision to foreground the soul and R&B elements of their sound. To achieve their ambitious sonic goals, the quartet worked with producer Leon Michels (El Michels Affair, The Arcs) in his Diamond Mine Recording studio in Long Island City, NY. Michels, a veteran in the New York soul scene, has performed in Sharon Jones & the Dap Kings, The Black Keys and The Menahan Street Band. In addition to tracking the album to analog tape, Michels contributed keyboards and his trademark horn arrangements (he’s been sampled by Jay-Z and Ghostface Killah). The partnership between Michels and Chicano Batman truly captures the band’s live energy and brings their aesthetic goals to life.

UPCOMING CHICANO BATMAN TOUR DATES

Apr 11 – Santa Fe, NM – Meow Wolf
Apr 12 – El Paso, TX – The Perch
Apr 13 – Tucson, AZ – 191 Toole
Apr 15 – Indio, CA – Coachella
Apr 20 – San Diego, CA – Music Box
Apr 22 – Indio, CA – Coachella
Apr 29 – Pomona, CA – The Glass House
May 28 – George, WA – Sasquatch Festival
June 17 – Pasadena, CA – KCRW One Pasadena
June 29 – Lawrence, KS – Lawrence, KS
June 30 – Davenport, IA – Daytrotter
July 01 – Chicago, IL – Live on Lincoln
July 02 – Kalamazoo, MI – Bell’s Eccentric Café
July 05 – Columbus, OH – A&R Music Bar
July 07 – Saint Paul, MN – Turf Club
July 08 – Des Moines, IA – 80/35 Festival
July 09 – Milwaukee, WI – Milwaukee Summerfest
July 11 – Cleveland, OH – Beachland Ballroom
July 13 – Nashville, TN – Exit/In
Jul 14 – Louisville, KY – Forecastle Festival
July 15 – New York, NY – Central Park SummerStage
July 16 – Greenfield, MA – Green River Festival
July 23 – Los Angeles, CA – FYF Festival
July 29 – Newport, RI – Newport Folk Festival
July 29 – Camden, NJ – Xponential Festival
Sept 17 – Telluride, CO – Telluride Blues & Brews Festival

24.02.2017 news
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King Gizzard’s Flying Microtonal Banana is Out Now! Stream FULL live show via Pitchfork

King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard are the most exciting head-spinning, third-eye opening, double-drumming goddamn rock ‘n’ roll band on the planet.

Following the frazzled freakbeat of 2016’s Nonagon Infinity, the endlessly inventive septet return in 2017 with new album Flying Microtonal Banana, their ninth studio album in five years, out now. Watch the band’s sold-out Webster Hall show via Pitchfork now:

Get Flying Microtonal Banana Now: Official Store | iTunes | Amazon

Flying Microtonal Banana marks another shift in sound as King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard drive deep into trance-inducing drones, inventive jazz flourishes, non-Western musical scales and metronomic rhythms that motor along like a well-oiled engine. So unique and evolved is the album’s sound that it necessitated a total reinvention of the band’s instruments after they began experimenting with a custom microtonal guitar made for frontman Stu Mackenzie.

 

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Get Flying Microtonal Banana Now: Official Store | iTunes | Amazon

Inspired by the movable frets of the Turkish bağlama, three cheap old guitars and a bass were customized in order to explore a new set of musical notes. A keyboard and mouth organ followed suit and so Flying Microtonal Banana was born.

Recorded in their own studio Brunswick East in Melbourne, the album also incorporates liberal use of the stirring tones of a Turkish horn called a zurna, as heard on the likes of ‘Billabong Valley’, the purple smoke-enshrouded, sub-Sabbath ‘Doom City’ and the moving musical miasma that is the album’s utterly transcendental title track. “The zurna’s notes are really malleable,” says Stu. “It’s a bendy, wobbly-sounding instrument, and blends perfectly with the secret notes on the guitar”.

 

After celebrating Flying Microtonal Banana’s release with a string of sold-out shows in Melbourne where they’ll be playing the album in full, King Gizzard will be headed back to North America! Check out the full tour schedule and get tickets below: 

Wed March 9 – Washington DC @ 9:30 Club

Thurs March 30 – Philadelphia PA @ Trocadero Theater

Fri March 31 – New York NY @ Webster Hall

Sun April 2 – Boston MA @ Royale

Mon April 3 – Portland ME @ Port City Music Hall

Tues April 4 – Montreal QC @ Fairmount Theatre

Wed April 5 – Toronto ON @ Danforth Theater

Thurs April 6 – Detroit MI @ Magic Stick

Fri April 7 – Cleveland OH @ Beachland Ballroom

Sat April 8 – Chicago IL @ Metro Chicago

Sun April 9 – Seattle WA @ Neumos

Mon April 10 – Vancouver BC @ Vogue Theatre

Tues April 11 – Portland OR @ Revolution Hall

Wed April 12 – San Francisco CA @ The Fillmore

Sat April 14 – Indio CA @ Coachella

Mon April 17 – Los Angeles CA @ The Roxy

Tues April 18 – Las Vegas NV @ Hard Rock Hotel Pool

Wed April 19 – Phoenix AZ @ The Crescent Ballroom

Sat April 21 – Indio CA @ Coachella

May 31 to June 4 – Barcelona SPAIN @ Primavera Sound

Sat June 3 – London UK @ Field Day

June 5 to June 8 – Marina di Ravenna ITALY @ Beaches Brew

June 8 to June 10 – Porto PORTUGAL @ NOS Primavera Sound

Wed June 14 – Manchester UK @ Albert Hall

Thurs June 15 – London UK @ O2 Forum Kentish Town

June 16 to June 18 – Mannheim GERMANY @ Maifeld Derby

June 16 to June 18 – Hilvarenbeek, NETHERLANDS @ Best Kept Secret Festival

Thurs June 22 – Paris FRANCE @ Cabaret Sauvage

31.01.2017 news
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Watch “Bet She Looks Like You” Live Session & pre-order Nick Hakim’s debut “Green Twins”

Head to NPR Music to listen to a brand new track “Bet She Looks Like You” off of Nick Hakim’s debut album Green Twins, out May 19 via ATO Records. NPR praises Nick’s “gifted voice and indelible guitar playing at the center of the danceworthy prayer” on the track, which is now available to download or stream. You can also watch a live performance of the single below, filmed at Brooklyn’s Market Hotel by ATO Records x Out of Town Films.

Pre-order Green Twins and instantly download “Bet She Looks Like You”. Pre-order on vinyl, cd, or cassette from the official store and you’ll receive a free zine with notes and lyrics from Green Twins:
Official Store | iTunes | Amazon

Nick is on tour now – scroll down for dates, and head to Nick’s website for tickets.

 

 

Nick Hakim‘s debut full-length album Green Twins follows his breakthrough Where Will We Go, Pt. I & II EPs that were self-released on his Earseed Records and praised by the New York Times, NPR Music and more. Green Twins is an experimental step forward with emotional heft gleaned from his experiences in the years since. Intimate first single “Bet She Looks Like You,” was recorded mostly in the New York-based singer-songwriter’s home bedroom, and was one of the first songs that saw Hakim embrace his new experimental way of songwriting and recording.

 

Each track on the album peels back a particular aspect of his life. He notes that, “a lot of it is what I was thinking in the moment, very specific songs… many of them are like self-portraits.“ He says of Green Twins, “I also felt the need to push my creativity in a different way than I had on the EPs.” The record draws from influences spanning Robert Wyatt, Marvin Gaye and Shuggie Otis to My Bloody Valentine. “We wanted to imagine what it would have sounded like if RZA had produced a Portishead album. We experimented with engineering techniques from Phil Spector and Al Green’s Back Up Train, drum programming from RZA and Outkast, and were listening to a lot of The Impressions, John Lennon, Wu-Tang, Madlib, and Screaming Jay Hawkins.”

 

MEET NICK HAKIM, THE SOUL SINGER IN SEARCH OF A SACRED SPACE

(The FADER – “Gen F”)

The story of Green Twins truly began when, armed with the masters for his EPs, Hakim moved from Boston to Brooklyn, spending his time fleshing out unfinished ideas in his bedroom. He came up with lyrics on the spot, recording sketches and lyrics on voice memos and a four-track cassette recorder. From there, Green Twins came about as a sum of its parts: Hakim took the demo recordings to studios in New York City, Philadelphia and London, and built on them with engineers including Andrew Sarlo (bass, engineering, production), keeping the original essence of the songs intact. Sarlo notes that, “for other artists, a demo serves as a potential shape the song could form into. But for Nick, demos are more like creating a temple: a sanctuary that now we have to go into and somehow clean, furnish, and get ready for other people to experience the sermon in.”

 

Hakim’s debut comes as the culmination of years chiseling his skills as a musician. Hailing from Washington, D.C., he grew up in a musical household—his older brother introduced him to bands like Bad Brains and Nirvana, and his parents exposed him to Nueva canción—while he set out on his own to discover the DC music scene. He didn’t take an interest in learning an instrument until high school, when he taught himself to play the keys. After graduation, he moved to Boston to continue his study of music. In the time since moving to Brooklyn and setting to work for three years on Green Twins, he embraced the live circuit, both as a solo musician and with his band, whom he’s brought together from within his community in Boston and New York.

 

With Green Twins, Hakim plans to tour through the beginning of the year (see tour dates below), and hopes that folks will connect with the songs he’s written. “I think everybody feels insecure about certain things and everybody has lost people dear to them. I think I’m writing about common things that people feel,” he says. “I think I’m very grateful for anybody that’s listening or wants to be a part of my little world that I’ve created through song.”

 

PRESS QUOTES

“his delicate guitar work and hazy harmonies make him a singular and vital presence in the genre. His 2014 EPs have been exercises in restraint, drenched in liquor and physicality.” – New York Times

 

“Nick Hakim makes soulful music that feels lovingly dreamy and hopelessly bleary at once… his layered vocals swim across each other and send shivers down your spine.” – NPR Music

 

“moody, gorgeous voice suits a sweaty summer night.” – New York Magazine

 

“Exceptional debut… emotionally rich and runs the gamut of R&B, jazz, folk and Motown, taking cues from greats like Marvin Gaye and Harry Nilsson” – Interview Magazine

 

“Nick Hakim’s music is an intimate conversation, vulnerable and bewitching–R&B born of the blues’ sensibility for soul-bearing.” – Pigeons & Planes

NICK HAKIM TOUR DATES

Feb 13 The Lexington – London, UK – SOLD OUT

Feb 23 Milk Boy – Philadelphia, PA

Feb 24 Blue Note – New York, NY

Feb 25 Songbyrd – Washington, DC

Mar 03 Monty Hall – Jersey City, NJ

Mar 04 Union Pool – Brooklyn, NY

Mar 08 El Club – Detroit, MI

Mar 09 Schubas – Tavern Chicago, IL

Mar 10 Blueberry Hill – St. Louis, MO

Mar 11 Proud Larry’s – Oxford, MS

Mar 13 Gasa Gasa – New Orleans, LA

Mar 14 White Oak Music Hall Upstairs – Houston, TX

Mar 19 Valley Bar – Phoenix, AZ

Mar 21 Voila! Gallery – Los Angeles, CA

Mar 22 Brick & Mortar – San Francisco, CA

Mar 24 Doug Fir Lounge – Portland, OR

Mar 25 Alexander Gastown – Vancouver, BC

Mar 26 Barboza – Seattle, WA

Mar 29 7th Street Entry – Minneapolis, MN

Mar 30 The Back Room – Milwaukee, WI

Mar 31 Hi-Fi – Indianapolis, IN

Apr 01 Club Café – Pittsburgh, PA

Apr 19 The Dome – London, UK

Apr 20 Le Pop Up du Label – Paris, FR

Apr 22 Studio 672 – Cologne, DE

Apr 23 Bitterzoet – Amsterdam, NL

Apr 25 Berghain Kantine – Berlin, DE

30.01.2017 news
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ATO announces new signing SLOW DANCER: Watch “Don’t Believe” Video via NPR

“[‘Don’t Believe’ is a] soulful serenade to a detached lover, it blends laid-back drums, soft guitar and fuzzy, plucky synthesizers to make a smooth ’70s sound.” – NPR

We are excited to announce that Australia’s Slow Dancer has signed with ATO Records!

To celebrate the signing, Slow Dancer shares a cinematic music video for his effortlessly alluring track “Don’t Believe.” Watch the video via NPR’s “Songs We Love” HEREand be prepared to have this intoxicating song stuck in your head.

Slow Dancer will make his U.S. debut next month, with performances in New York City, Los Angeles, and SXSW (schedule forthcoming.) He will also perform in London. See below to find a show near you.

Okely has been writing, recording and independently releasing music under the moniker Slow Dancer since 2014, and is gearing up to release his sophomore album with ATO this Spring. Crafting warm, soulful music with delicate vocals, golden guitar tones, and grooving beats, Slow Dancer is inspired by the music of his childhood and memories of long country drives through Western Australia listening to his parents’ rhythm and blues records. His music is deeply personal and irresistibly wistful, calling upon the likes of Jose Gonzales, Kings of Convenience, and Fleetwood Mac.

Tour dates

3/14-19/17 Austin, TX @ SXSW

3/20/17 Los Angeles, CA @ The Echo

3/23/17 New York, NY @ Rockwood Music Hall

3/29/17 London, UK @ The Waiting Room

http://www.slowdancer.net/

https://www.facebook.com/SlowDancerBand/

https://slowdancer.bandcamp.com/

https://twitter.com/slowdancerband

https://www.instagram.com/slowdancerband/

28.01.2017 news
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Listen to a new song “I Would” from Slow Dancer’s album In A Mood (pre-order now)

Melbourne, Australia’s Slow Dancer – the moniker of singer, songwriter and multi- instrumentalist Simon Okely – has shared his new track, “I Would” from his forthcoming sophomore album, In A Mood, out June 9th. Listen to the song via Nylon below, along with a live version of the track recorded and filmed at New Market Studios.
Pre-Order In A Mood: Official store / iTunes / Amazon

 

 

Slow Dancer also recently released a new video for his stand out single “It Goes” on. The social worker by day, soulful songbird by night said of the video:

“I wrote the treatment for the ‘It Goes On video’ with my ex lover of 14 years. We wanted to explore what the things we choose say about us. I have a theory about writing love songs; they are a curse; they inadvertently herald the end of the very relationship they here intended to praise. In this instance, I was painfully correct.

“We filmed my sections in the room I’d just moved into fresh after the breakup. I took only a suitcase of clothes, my grandmother’s fan and my songwriting equipment. After the first edit of the video came back, I was embarrassed by how bare my room was in comparison to the couples’.  My cheap, new, self-constructed furniture was void of any real character. It’s honest though – a guiding principal! – and now I’m kinda glad we captured that space at that time.”

Watch the clip here:

Read Noisey‘s profile on Slow Dancer HERE and watch the official video for “Don’t Believe”:

 

“[‘Don’t Believe’ is a] soulful serenade to a detached lover, it blends laid-back drums, soft guitar and fuzzy, plucky synthesizers to make a smooth ’70s sound.” – NPR

“silky smooth…spindly and soulful” – Stereogum

“Okely’s soulful, Stax-inflected vocals and stinging guitar work stand out in any crowd.” – Billboard

“It’s all happening for fresh-faced indie-R&B upstart Slow Dancer, so you’d better go ahead and get acquainted with his music now” – Paste

“This is old-school, baby-making stuff.” – WFUV

“”an album that seeps into your consciousness…In a Mood creates a blanket of sound, each layer blending smoothly, a sonic gradient of guitar, organ, strings, bass, and vocals.” – Noisey

 

 

 

 

Simon Okely is lost in time. Or at least, his songs as Slow Dancer sound that way: warm, near-whispered indie-rock love letters to the 60s and 70s rhythm and blues records his parents would play on family car rides down Australia’s winding west coast, heavy on nostalgia and even heavier on imagination. His 2014 debut Surrender was a melt-your-heart, Fleetwood Mac-with-Neil Young licks “pop postcard” from another time, another place. Now returning in 2017 with In A Mood, Okely is aiming even higher, featuring a “more expansive, more ambitious” sound that’s “less about the stories we tell ourselves when in love and more about the moods that can come creeping over a relationship” at any time. It’s no wonder his music is already striking a chord with fans of Mac DeMarco, Tobias Jesso Jr, Connan Mockasin and more, with his latest single accumulating over a quarter of a million Spotify streams in just a few weeks.

Okely grew up near West Australian city Perth, in a “tiny farming town” where, as a small kid, he would bring a toy ukulele to church every Sunday and strum along as though he was playing the hymns. After growing up and learning the guitar aged nine, he inherited his grandmother’s piano and gradually became fascinated with the intense, intimate folk of Nick Drake, rhythm and blues vanguards Otis Redding and Wilson Pickett and his parents’ favourite Van Morrison.

After moving to Melbourne in 2013, Okely began writing as Slow Dancer in 2014, naming the project after a lyric from a song on Surrender that was “essentially an instruction manual for slow dancing with someone who is experiencing apathy.” Key to the Slow Dancer sound is the environment Okely writes and records in: alone, entirely at night, in a bedroom that “somehow crams in a drum kit, a piano, some guitars, and a bed,” he laughs. “This has always been my journal, my love letter to the music I love. My concentration will always be on making the music that pleases me, and if it pleases other people too, that’s also great. It’s been a wonderful ride so far.”

Simon Okely is lost in time. You should get lost in time with him.

 

17.01.2017 news
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Rodrigo y Gabriela announce 10-year Anniversary Reissue of Self-Titled Breakthrough Album

“Rodrigo y Gabriela” returns with a new re-master and previously unreleased live album and DVD to be released March 31st. Watch and share “Satori (Live at the Olympia Theatre” via Consequence of Sound, and pre-order the deluxe album HERE.

Mexico City’s Rodrigo y Gabriela originally released their self-titled breakthrough album in 2006 and are now excited to announce a 10year anniversary deluxe edition for 2017 that will be released on March 31st via ATO Records. The deluxe edition will include a 2-LP set including both a re-mastered version of the original album and a 2006 performance, live from Olympia Theatre in Dublin.

Affectionately known to fans as “the Crocodile album”, the original record has sold nearly one million copies worldwide and the global success of the album, together with endless touring, established Rod & Gab as one of the most popular acoustic instrumental artists in the world.

They made worldwide TV appearances on David Letterman, Jools Holland and Austin City Limits among others, and have sold out tours of America, UK, France and Japan, including festival appearances at Bonnaroo and Glastonbury and multiple nights at the Royal Albert Hall, Hammersmith Apollo, Le Zenith (France), Red Rocks Amphitheatre, Radio City Music Hall (NYC) and the Hollywood Bowl.

 “We are busy at work on our new record, but looking back at this album, it’s good to be reminded of how far we’ve come in ten years,” said Rodrigo. “We had some crazy times in Ireland, and made many great friends there,” added Gabriela. “The fans are so passionate about music, this is a thank you to them and our time in Dublin.”

Rodrigo y Gabriela was produced by John Leckie (My Morning Jacket, Radiohead, The Stone Roses) and mastered by Robyn Robins, who also did the re-master. The CD format will be a two CD + one DVD set including the re-mastered album, the live set and a concert film of the live set. The vinyl version will be a double album on 180-heavyweight vinyl. Pre-order it HERE.

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New Chicano Batman album ‘Freedom Is Free” out Now!

We are very excited to welcome LA’s psychedelic soul masters Chicano Batman to the ATO family!  You may have seen the band on tour recently with Alabama Shakes and Jack White or at festivals like Coachella and Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival. The new Chicano Batman album Freedom Is Free is out now.

Get “Freedom Is Free”: Official Store | iTunes | Amazon

Chicano Batman came out of L.A., four young men in vintage formalwear, playing songs that blended Brazilian Tropicalía with early ’70s psychedelic soul and the romantic pop of bands like Los Ángeles Negros. It was an immediately addictive sonic brew, and their reputation grew fast. Now, they’re making their boldest statement yet with Freedom Is Free.

 

 

Get “Freedom Is Free”: Official Store | iTunes | Amazon
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Freedom Is Free reflects Chicano Batman’s decision to foreground the soul and R&B elements of their sound. To achieve their ambitious sonic goals, the quartet worked with producer Leon Michels (El Michels Affair, The Arcs) in his Diamond Mine Recording studio in Long Island City, NY. Michels, a veteran in the New York soul scene, has performed in Sharon Jones & the Dap Kings, The Black Keys and The Menahan Street Band. In addition to tracking the album to analog tape, Michels contributed keyboards and his trademark horn arrangements (he’s been sampled by Jay-Z and Ghostface Killah). The partnership between Michels and Chicano Batman truly captures the band’s live energy and brings their aesthetic goals to life.

 

UPCOMING CHICANO BATMAN TOUR DATES
Feb 23 – Seattle, WA – The Crocodile #
Feb 24 – Portland, OR – Star Theater #
Feb 25 – Eugene, OR – HiFi Music Hall #
Feb 26 – Arcata, CA – Arcata Theatre Lounge #
Mar 01 – Sacramento, CA – Harlow’s #
Mar 02 – San Jose, CA – The Ritz #
Mar 03 – San Francisco, CA – The Fillmore #
Mar 13 – Albuquerque, NM – Launchpad $
Mar 19 – Houston, TX – Warehouse Live Studio $
Mar 21 – Atlanta, GA – The EARL #
Mar 22 – Asheville, NC – The Mothlight #
Mar 23 – Chapel Hill, NC – Local 506 #
Mar 24 – Charlottesville, VA – The Southern #
Mar 25 – Washington, DC – Rock & Roll Hotel #
Mar 27 – Burlington, VT – Higher Ground Showcase Lounge #
Mar 28 – Boston, MA — The Sinclair #
Mar 31 – New York, NY – Bowery Ballroom #
Apr 01 – Philadelphia, PA – The Foundry @ The Fillmore #
Apr 02 – Pittsburgh, PA – James Street Ballroom #
Apr 04 – Toronto, ON – The Velvet Underground #
Apr 05 – Detroit, MI – El Club #
Apr 06 – Grand Rapids, MI – The Stache @ The Intersection #
Apr 07 – Chicago, IL – Lincoln Hall #
Apr 08 – St. Louis, MO – The Firebird $
Apr 10 – Denver, CO – Bluebird Theater $
Apr 11 – Santa Fe, NM – Meow Wolf $

# w. 79.5
$ w. The Shacks
All dates w. SadGirl

11.12.2016 news
Benjamin Booker performs during ATO Records SXSW Showcase at Cedar Street Courtyard in Austin, Texas on March 16th, 2016

See exclusive photos from ATO Records Official SXSW Showcase 2017

ATO Records was proud to have 5 of our young stand out artists this year at SXSW, including Benjamin BookerHurray For The Riff RaffChicano BatmanNick Hakim and Slow Dancer. Each artist brought new songs to Austin’s Cedar Street Courtyard Thursday night at the festival.  See below for photos by Nicole Fara Silver.

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            Benjamin Booker performs during ATO Records SXSW Showcase at Cedar Street Courtyard in Austin, Texas on March 16th, 2016

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Hurray For The Riff Raff

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Chicano Batman

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Chicano Batman perform during ATO Records SXSW Showcase at Cedar Street Courtyard in Austin, Texas on March 16th, 2016

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Nick Hakim

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Nick Hakim performs during ATO Records SXSW Showcase at Cedar Street Courtyard in Austin, Texas on March 16th, 2016
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