07.03.2014 news
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ATO Records Spring Sampler is Here!!

Spring is FINALLY here and that means a new ATO sampler.  Our Spring sampler features 15 of our favorite tracks from new and upcoming ATO releases.  Enjoy!

 

 

Track Listing
1. Benjamin Booker - Violent Shiver
2. J. Roddy Walston & The Business – Take It As It Comes
3. Hurray for the Riff Raff – I Know It’s Wrong (But That’s Alright)
4. Jessica Lea Mayfield – Oblivious
5. Kaiser Chiefs – Coming Home
6. Rodrigo y Gabriela – The Soundmaker
7. The Belle Brigade – Likely to Use Something
8. Mike Gordon – Yarmouth Road
9. Drive-By Truckers – Pauline Hawkins
10. Majestico – I Just Want To
11. Old 97’s – Longer Than You’ve Been Alive
12. Midlake – The Old And The Young
13. Les Claypool’s Duo De Twang – Wynona’s Big Brown Beaver
14. Old Crow Medicine Show – Marching Through Georgia (from Divided & United: The Songs of the Civil War)
15. Built To Spill – Jokerman (from A Tribute to Bob Dylan in the 80s: Vol 1)

07.03.2014 news
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Drive-By Truckers Performed “Shit Shots Count” on Conan

Last night, Drive-By Truckers played a fiery rendition of English Oceans cut ”Shit Shots Counts” on Conan. If you missed it, or if one viewing just wasn’t enough, be sure to check it out below

 

 

In addition, here’s the glowing review on NPR All Things Considered from Robert Christgau calling the ENGLISH OCEANS “a true comeback… this isn’t just a major album by a major band but something new,” and saying of the band, “The Drive-By Truckers could retire tomorrow pretty sure that the South will never spawn a better songwriting band.”

 

http://www.npr.org/2014/03/06/286886174/album-review-english-oceans-by-drive-by-truckers

07.03.2014 news
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ATO Welcomes Benjamin Booker, Watch “Violent Shiver” Album Teaser

ATO is excited to announce the signing of Benjamin Booker, a young New Orleans based singer-songwriter. Described as “a well-mixed musical cocktail of punk, folk, and New Orleans blues”, Booker cites his influences as The Gun Club, Blind Willie Johnson, and T. Rex. Benjamin’s self-titled debut album, produced by Andrija Tokic (Alabama Shakes, Hurray For The Riff Raff) will be released Fall 2014 on ATO (USA) / Rough Trade (Europe)

 

An esteemed colleague had this to say about Benjamin’s music:

“It’s exciting, raw, soulful, and has a brilliant relentless beat, that only those who love rock and roll truly understand.” 

 

here’s a video from forthcoming single “Violent Shiver” (7″ out in May)

 

 

06.03.2014 news
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Old 97′s New Album, ‘Most Messed Up,’ Premiered on “The New Yorker”

Catch The New Yorker’s Premiere of The Old 97′s single, Nashville
Pre-Order Most Messed Up iTunes/Amazon

 

Head over to The New Yorker to listen to the premiere of “Nashville”, and read Rhett’s revealing interview!

 

“The new album from the Old 97’s, “Most Messed Up,” is blistered, blasted, and brilliant: song after song about the diminishing returns of the road, the ravages of early middle age, and the equally damaging effects of too much thinking and too much drinking. Rhett Miller’s songs are the bloodiest he’s written in years, largely the result of self-laceration, but they hold out hope for hope. This week, we début “Nashville,” one of the record’s standouts. Miller agreed to answer a few questions about the song and the album.”

 

The Old 97′s emerged from Dallas twenty years ago at the forefront of a musical movement blending rootsy, country-influenced songwriting with punk rock energy. ‘Most Messed Up’ follows their recent two-volume set, ‘The Grand Theatre,’ which found the band as “lifers writing for keeps,” according to Rolling Stone, and their 2013 EP featuring Waylon Jennings, ‘Old 97′s & Waylon Jennings.’
The Old 97′s New album is out everywhere April 29th!

 

05.03.2014 news
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SOJA Announces National Summer Tour With Michael Franti & Spearhead

This Summer, Michael Franti & Spearhead, will launch the first-ever music & yoga tour, Soulshine, that will bridge daytime and nighttime experiences including music, yoga, sustainable lifestyle and dj’s guaranteeing a full-blown dance party! SOJA, Brett Dennen and Trevor Hall will be joining the North American Tour along with Special Guest Yoga Teachers, such as Canada’s Ryan Leier.

 

 Click Here for Tickets

 

The 30+ city tour kicks off on June 19th in Southern California and will make its way across North America, ending in Nashville, TN at the Woods at Fontanel on August 2nd.With a collective reach of over 90 million impressions, the four bands: Michael Franti & Spearhead, SOJA, Brett Dennen and Trevor Hall, come together for a tour that embraces their passions and love of music, dance, yoga and sustainability. Soulshine will be affordably priced, offering activities to keep people of all ages entertained throughout the day and night.

 

Each afternoon on the Soulshine tour will begin with a mass yoga and acoustic music jam with Michael Franti & Friends, led by some of today’s most inspiring teachers from across North America, including Ryan Leier. The yoga session is designed for people of all experience levels, ages, shapes and sizes and will feature artists participating side by side with fans

 

Later this year, SOJA will be releasing their fifth studio album featuring the single “I Believe” co-written by and featuring Michael Franti.  More info to come soon!

 

SOULSHINE SUMMER TOUR

JUN
Thu 19 Santa Barbara, CA – Santa Barbara Bowl
Fri 20 Los Angeles, CA – Greek Theater
Sat 21 Berkeley, CA – Greek Theater
Sun 22 San Diego, CA – Open Air Theatre
Thu 26 Vancouver, BC – PNE Amphitheatre
Fri 27 Seattle, WA – Marymoor Park
Sat 28 Bend, OR – Les Schwab Amphitheatre
Sun 29 Portland, OR – Edgefield

 

JUL
Tue 1 Missoula, MT – Big Sky Brewery
Wed 2 Ketchum, ID – Sun Valley Center
Thu 3 Salt Lake City, UT – USANA Amphitheatre
Sat 5 Santa Fe, NM – The Downs at Santa Fe
Sun 6 Denver, CO – Red Rocks Amphitheatre
Tue 8 Kansas City, MO – Crossroads
Thu 10 Chicago, IL – First Merit Bank Pavilion at Northerly Island
Sat 12 Des Moines, IA – Simon Estes Amphitheatre

Sun 13 Indianapolis, IN – Farm Bureau Insurance Lawn @ White River State Park
Tue 15 Toronto, ON – Echobeach @ Molson Canadian Amphitheatre
Thu 17 Asbury Park, NJ – Stone Pony Summer Stage
Fri 18 Boston, MA – Bank of America Pavilion
Sat 19 Gilford, NH – Bank of NH Pavillion
Mon 21 New York, NY – JBL River Stage @ Pier 97
Tue 22 Philadelphia, PA – Skyline Stage @ The Mann Center For Performing Arts
Fri 25 Wilmington, NC – Battleship Park
Sat 26 Portsmouth, VA – nTelos Pavilion
Sun 27 Charlotte, NC – Uptown Amphitheatre @ The Music Factory

 

AUG
Fri 1 Atlanta, GA – Masquerade Music Park
Sat 2 Nashville, TN – The Woods @ Fontanel

*More Dates to be announced soon!
03.03.2014 news
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Drive-By Truckers’ ‘English Oceans’ Out Now!

English Oceans, the 12th full length release from Drive-By Truckers, is now available everywhere! The band recorded the album over a 13 day period in August of 2013 with longtime producer David Barbe. The 13 track album features the biggest contribution from guitarist Mike Cooley yet, who wrote 6 tracks on English Oceans, with Patterson Hood contributing the other 7.

 

Purchase English Oceans on iTunes/Amazon/Your Local Indie Retailer

 

 

Though the album just came out, the positive reviews have already begun rolling in. “Alabama’s finest return, recharged, and with a brilliant, balanced blast of rock’n’roll” claims Uncut Magazine, who gave the album a 9/10. Paste called English Oceans “a triumph for the Drive-By Truckers, one that capitalizes on Hood and Cooley’s strengths as songwriters and also gives them something to sing for that means more than all those colorful characters put together.”

“It’s my favorite thing that we’ve ever done,” said Hood in a recent press release. “I’m proud of our catalog – we always try to make as good a record as we can make. Sometimes things just work. This time, we made kind of a magical record.”

 

TOUR DATES:

Mar 14 – Raleigh, NC – The Ritz*

Mar 15 – Richmond, VA – The National*

Mar 16 – Wilmington, DE – World Cafe Live @ The Queen*

Mar 18 – New Haven, CT – Toads Place*

Mar 20 – New York, NY – Terminal 5*

Mar 21 – Boston, MA – House Of Blues*

Mar 22 – Washington, DC – 9:30 Club*

Mar 23 – Washington, DC – 9:30 Club*

Mar 25 – Indianapolis, IN – The Vogue*

Mar 26 – Milwaukee, WI – Turner Hall*

Mar 27 – Minneapolis, MN – First Avenue*

Mar 28 – Madison, WI – Barrymore Theater*

Mar 29 – St. Louis, MO – The Pageant*

Apr 12 – Berkeley, CA – The Greek Theatre#

Apr 22 – Vancouver, BC – Vogue Theater#

Apr 23 – Seattle, WA – Showbox @ Sodo#

Apr 24 – Portland, OR – Roseland#

Apr 25 – Sacramento, CA – Ace Of Spades#

Apr 26 – Los Angeles, CA – The Fonda Theater

Apr 27 – Phoeniz, AZ – Crescent Ballroom

Apr 30 – San Antonio, TX – Aztec Theatre

May 01 – Austin, TX – Stubbs

May 02 – New Orleans, LA – Civic Theatre

May 03 – New Orleans, LA – Civic Theatre

 

*with Blitzen Trapper

#with Shovels & Rope

25.02.2014 news
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Mike Gordon’s ‘Overstep’ Out Now!

Overstep, Mike Gordon‘s new solo album, is out today. The bassist/vocalist is celebrating its release with a special in-store acoustic performance/album signing at Newbury Comics’ flagship store in his hometown of Boston tonight and a month-long North American tour that kicks off this Friday, February 28 with a sold-out show at the Westcott Theatre in Syracuse, NY. Gordon will be bringing along his band – Scott Murawski (guitar), Craig Myers (percussion), Tom Cleary (keyboards) and Todd Isler (drums) – plus plenty of synesthetic mad scientist gadgetry to enhance the live experience.

 

Purchase Overstep on iTunes / Amazon / Official Store

 

 

Gordon penned Overstep’s 11 songs with guitarist and longtime collaborator Scott Murawski during a series of writing retreats in New England. For the first time in his solo career, Mike brought in an outside producer – Paul Q. Kolderie (Radiohead, Pixies, Morphine) – to help realize his vision for the songs. Legendary drummer Matt Chamberlain (Jon Brion, Fiona Apple) was among the guests joining them in the studio.

Associated Press called Overstep Gordon’s “most accessible solo record yet” and RollingStone.com praised first single “Yarmouth Road” as an “endearing, reggae-steeped groove about an emotional rift.” The song’s journey from idea to finished work illustrates the roles that serendipity, art and environment play in Gordon’s creative process. He and Murawksi were on their final retreat in Boston, working on a song about a robot living in a geodesic dome when they realized that there was a deeper idea within the song that needed to be teased out.

There’s a certain point where the song tells you what it wants. Then it needs to be cultivated,” explains Gordon. “Yarmouth Road” – the song within the initial song – was coaxed out by an evening walk through a repurposed oil distillery that was displaying honeycomb-laced ceiling sculptures.

 

Mike Gordon – Spring 2014 Tour Dates
2/28 – Syracuse, NY @ Westcott Theatre  SOLD OUT
3/1 – New York, NY @ Webster Hall
3/2 – Philadelphia, PA @ Union Transfer
3/4 – Washington, DC @ 9:30 Club
3/6 – Asheville, NC @ The Orange Peel
3/7 – Pittsburgh, PA @ Stage AE
3/8 – Chicago, IL @ Park West    SOLD OUT
3/9 – Madison, WI @ Barrymore Theatre
3/11 – Minneapolis, MN @ Varsity Theatre
3/12 – Lawrence, KS @ Liberty Hall
3/14 – Boulder, CO @ Boulder Theatre   SOLD OUT
3/15 – Park City, UT @ Park City Live
3/17 – Los Angeles, CA @ The El Rey Theatre
3/18 – San Francisco, CA @ The Fillmore
3/19 – Portland, OR @ Wonder Ballroom
3/21 – Seattle, WA @ The Neptune
3/22 – Vancouver, BC @ Rio Theatre
3/28 – Boston, MA @ House of Blues
3/29 – Plymouth, NH @ Flying Monkey
3/30 – Woodstock, NY @ Bearsville Theatre
4/4 – Tarrytown, NY @ Tarrytown Music Hall
4/5 – North Adams, MA @ Hunter Center at MassMoCA
4/6 – Burlington, VT @ Higher Ground

 

24.02.2014 news
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Stereogum Premieres Jessica Lea Mayfield Track “I Want To Love You”

 

Jessica Lea Mayfield’s new album Make My Head Sing… doesn’t hit store shelves until April 15th, but for now you can stream her new track “I Want To Love You” via Stereogum, who called the track “the album’s darkly entrancing single.”. “The whole record is just me and Jesse and my drummer Matt Martin”, explains Mayfield. “I think a lot of my favorite bands are guitar, bass and drums. I wanted to simplify things. Bands are so big these days, I wanted to get in the studio and make a rock record and hear real guitar tones and something heavy.”

 

You can pre-order Make My Head Sing…  now via iTunes, and check out the track listing below:

 

1. Oblivious
2. I Wanna Love You
3. Standing In The Sun
4. Pure Stuff
5. Do I Have The Time
6. Party Drugs
7. Unknown Big Secret
8. Anything You Want
9. No Fun
10. Seein* Starz

20.02.2014 news
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Drive-By Truckers Release New Trailer For ‘English Oceans’ Out 3/4/14

 

Drive-By Truckers new album, English Oceans, will be available everywhere March 4th. Pre-order the album at the band’s official store, and check out the tour dates below to see when they’ll be in a town near you!

TOUR DATES:

Feb 13 – Athens, GA – 40 Watt

Feb 14 – Athens, GA – 40 Watt

Feb 15 – Athens, GA – 40 Watt

Mar 14 – Raleigh, NC – The Ritz*

Mar 15 – Richmond, VA – The National*

Mar 16 – Wilmington, DE – World Cafe Live @ The Queen*

Mar 18 – New Haven, CT – Toads Place*

Mar 20 – New York, NY – Terminal 5*

Mar 21 – Boston, MA – House Of Blues*

Mar 22 – Washington, DC – 9:30 Club*

Mar 23 – Washington, DC – 9:30 Club*

Mar 25 – Indianapolis, IN – The Vogue*

Mar 26 – Milwaukee, WI – Turner Hall*

Mar 27 – Minneapolis, MN – First Avenue*

Mar 28 – Madison, WI – Barrymore Theater*

Mar 29 – St. Louis, MO – The Pageant*

Apr 12 – Berkeley, CA – The Greek Theatre#

Apr 22 – Vancouver, BC – Vogue Theater#

Apr 23 – Seattle, WA – Showbox @ Sodo#

Apr 24 – Portland, OR – Roseland#

Apr 25 – Sacramento, CA – Ace Of Spades#

Apr 26 – Los Angeles, CA – The Fonda Theater

Apr 27 – Phoeniz, AZ – Crescent Ballroom

Apr 30 – San Antonio, TX – Aztec Theatre

May 01 – Austin, TX – Stubbs

May 02 – New Orleans, LA – Civic Theatre

May 03 – New Orleans, LA – Civic Theatre

*with Blitzen Trapper

 

#with Shovels & Rope

18.02.2014 news
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Stream Mike Gordon’s New Album Now at Rolling Stone

Starting today, Mike Gordon‘s new album Overstep is streaming in its entirety at Rollingstone.com.  You can pre-order Overstep from iTunes, Amazon, or Mike’s official store.

Click Here to Listen

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ATO Records will release Mike Gordon’s new solo album, Overstepon February 25, 2014. Gordon shared songwriting duties with guitarist and longtime collaborator Scott Murawski and handed over the producing reins for the first time in his solo career, enlisting Paul Q. Kolderie (Radiohead, Uncle Tupelo, Pixies). He also invited a few new players into the studio, including legendary drummer Matt Chamberlain (Jon Brion, Fiona Apple).

 

 

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