06.02.2014 news
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Old 97′s Join ATO, Releasing ‘Most Messed Up’

We are very happy to announce the addition of Old 97′s to the ATO family! On April 29th, the band will release their new album and ATO debut, ‘Most Messed Up’ – a revealing, 12-track meditation on 20 years in music that finds them at their raucous, boozy best. It’s “a rock opera, a way-off Broadway musical about a musician’s life, loves and lubrication,” says music critic Bill Flanagan. Recorded in Austin and produced by Salim Nourallah, ‘Most Messed Up’ also features guest appearances by Tommy Stinson (The Replacements, Guns N’ Roses) and Jon Rauhouse (Neko Case) on lap-steel.

Titles like “Wasted,” “Intervention,” “Wheels Off,” “Let’s Get Drunk & Get It On,” and “Most Messed Up” hint at the kind of narrators frontman Rhett Miller likes to inhabit – men who possess an appetite for indulgence and won’t let a few bad decisions get in the way of a good story. The magic in Miller’s songwriting lies in the depth that he lends his characters. Upon closer inspection, the hard partying and endless pursuit of a good time often reveals itself to be a Band-Aid covering up deeper wounds and emotional scars. “There’s a lot of darkness hidden in this record,” Miller explains.

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.’

 

‘Most Messed Up’ Tracklist:
1. “Longer Than You’ve Been Alive”
2. “Give It Time”
3. “Let’s Get Drunk & Get It On”
4. “This Is The Ballad”
5. “Wheels Off”
6. “Nashville”
7. “Wasted”
8. “Guadalajara”
9. “The Disconnect”
10. “The Ex Of All You See”
11. “Intervention”
12. “Most Messed Up”

06.02.2014 news
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Hurray for the Riff Raff ‘Small Town Heroes’ Listening Parties

To celebrate Hurray for the Riff Raff’s highly anticipated album Small Town Heroes on February 11, ATO Records and Small Batch America are hosting release parties across the country at independent record stores with the “small town heroes” of the independent food and drink communities across the country.

The events will allow people to listen to the new record at the shop while sampling local indie food and drink makers curated by Small Batch America. Stores include Music Millennium in Portland, Grimey’s New & Preloved Music in Nashville, Waterloo Records in Austin, Rough Trade Records in Brooklyn and Euclid Records in New Orleans where the band will be performing live. The shops will be hosting giveaways of limited edition fine art prints with the Small Town Heroes album art, pink vinyl, silk-screened valentines signed by lead singer Alynda Lee Segarra, show tickets and more!

Small Batch America, an organization providing information and opportunities to the burgeoning independent food and drink community, curated over three-dozen local makers to take part in these unique events – some making something of a debut at the events like Rocks & Gravel Coffee (Brooklyn) and Eli Mason cocktail syrups (Nashville). SBA founder Tom Monday says of the events, “People go to independent record shops in search of music that’s new, interesting, and authentic – like Small Town Heroes – so this is an awesome opportunity to introduce them to indie food and drink makers that fit that description, too.”

Kyle Buckley of Brooklyn-based Grady’s Cold Brew says, “We’re looking forward to hearing some awesome music and serving up our coffee – when the opportunity came up of course we wanted to be involved.”

“We’re excited to be including some of our favorite small-batch products in these cool events for Hurray for the Riff Raff. When Small Batch America came to us with the opportunity, saying yes was a no brainer!” says Erin Zimmer of Good Eggs, a local food delivery service participating in the Brooklyn and New Orleans events.

Small Town Heroes has been named “already one of the best records of 2014,” by Esquire, NPR, SPIN, Slate and CMT. Segarra has been called the “voice of a generation,” by Billboard, Offbeat and Wall Street Journal, while NPR calls her “the voice of the future.”

 

Information on each listening party can be found below.

 

New Orleans – Euclid Records

http://www.euclidnola.com/

3401 Chartres Street

6pm

Empanada Intifada www.empanadaintifada.com

Rocket Girl www.facebook.com/rocketgirltreats

French Truck Coffee  www.frenchtruckcoffee.com

Velvet www.throwacupcake.com

La Parisiennewww.laparisienne.la

Mona’s www.facebook.com/monas-cafe-middle-eastern-restaurant

Bakery Noble www.goodeggs.com/bakerynoble

Ryals Rocking R Dairy www.rockingrdairy.com

Country Girls Creamery www.countrygirlscreamery.com

Gracious Bakery www.graciousbakery.com

Good Eggs www.goodeggs.com/nola

Bearded Brothers www.beardedbros.com

World Peas www.makepeas.com

Pizza Delicious www.pizzadelicious.com

 

Austin – Waterloo

http://www.waterloorecords.com/Home

600 North Lamar

1pm

Good Pops www.goodpops.com

Bearded Brothers www.beardedbros.com

KosmicKombuchawww.kosmickombucha.com

World Peas www.makepeas.com

Liber & Co. www.liberandcompany.com

Great Bean Chocolate www.greatbeanchocolate.com

 

Nashville – Grimey’s

http://www.grimeys.com/

1604 8th Avenue South

Noon-1pm

Prohibition Popcorn www.prohibitionpopcorn.com

Eli Mason www.elimason.com

Haulin’ Oats www.haulin-oats.com

Southern Delights www.southerndelightsbyoakley.com

Firepot Chai www.firepotchai.com

Soberdoughwww.soberdough.com

Bang Candy Company www.bangcandycompany.com/

 

 

Brooklyn – Rough Trade

http://www.roughtradenyc.com/

64 North 9th Street

6:30pm

Grady’s Cold Brew www.gradyscoldbrew.com

The Jam Stand www.thej.am

Beehive Biscuits www.beehiveoven.com

Mama O’s Kimcheewww.kimchirules.com

A & B American Hot Sauce www.abamerican.com

Krumville Bakeshop www.krumvillebakeshop.com

Anita’s Coconut Creamline Yogurtwww.anitas.co

Good Eggs www.goodeggs.com/nyc

Rocks & Gravel www.rocksandgravelcoffee.com

 

 

Portland – Music Millennium

http://www.musicmillennium.com/Home

3158 Burnside St.

6pm

Masala Popwww.eatmasalapop.com

Conundrum Granola www.conundrumpdx.com

Jacobsen Salty Black Licorice www.jacobsensalt.com

Hot Mama Salsa www.hotmamasalsapdx.com

Ps & Qs Market www.psandqsmarket.com

Woodblock Chocolate www.woodblockchocolate.com

Portland Soda Works www.portlandsoda.com

Moonbrine Pickles www.moonbrine.com

05.02.2014 news
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J. Roddy Walston & The Business played Conan

 

Last night, J. Roddy Walston & The Business took to the stage of Conan to deliver an electrifying rendition of “Take it as it Comes” from their most recent album, Essential Tremors. Relive the action in the video clip above, or live it for the first time if you missed the show last night. You can catch J. Roddy on tour in the U.S. this spring, full list of tour dates below :

 

Tour Dates

 

4/11 – 4/13 Indio, CA – Coachella, Weekend 1

4/18 – 4/20 – Indio, CA – Coachella, Weekend 2

4/21 – Tuscon, AZ – Rialto Theater%

4/22 – Albuquerque, NM – Sunshine Theater%

4/24 – San Antonio, TX – White Rabbit%

4/25 – Houston, TX – House of Blues%

5/2 – Raleigh, NC – Red Hat Amphitheater*%

5/4 – Boston, MA – Orpheum Theatre*%

5/6 – New York, NY – Terminal 5*%

5/7 – New York, NY – Terminal 5*%

5/10 – Richmond, VA – The National*%

5/13 – Toronto, ON – Kool Haus*%

5/14 – Chicago, IL – Aragon Ballroom*%

5/15 – Saint Paul, MN – Myth Live Event Center*%

5/17 – Denver, CO – Ogden Theatre*%

5/18 – Salt Lake City, UT – The Complex*%

5/20 – Oakland, CA – Fox Theater*%

 

% with Cage the Elephant

* with Foals

04.02.2014 news
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The Belle Brigade release video for “Ashes”

The video for “Ashes,” The Belle Brigade’s first single from their upcoming March 25 release, Just Because, premiered recently at Entertainment Weekly. The clip, which was directed by the Kolton Brothers, can be seen here.

“For this video we wanted more of a visual concept than a storyline, where the colors and the images create a feeling, rather than a story adding another emotional dimension to the song. We were excited by the idea of animation, but also wanted to be in it. The video by the Kolton Brothers is a great bridge between all these things,” says Ethan Gruska, who co-founded The Belle Brigade with his sister Barbara.

“We had a lot of fun, shooting every twisted facial expression we could make in front of the green screen,” recalls Barbara Gruska. “I think The Kolton Brothers spent seventeen hundred thousand hours editing and rendering it?  Is that right?  Yeah, that was the number. And we just got to reap the benefits!”

The Belle Brigade will be previewing songs from the new album Just Because during a February residency at The Echo in Los Angeles, CA, performing each Tuesday (February 4, 11, 18, 25). The L.A.-based siblings will be joined on stage by bassist Keith Karman, who has played with them previously, and John Wood (The Black Keys) on keyboards. Barbara and Ethan penned 10 songs for Just Because, writing some together and others independently. Recorded with engineer/co-producer Shawn Everett, the music is artfully arranged, with enticing melodies and pop harmonies, fueled by the interplay of driving rhythms between Barbara’s drums and Ethan’s guitars. Bram Inscore and Blake Mills, who also performed on The Belle Brigade’s debut, joined them in the studio and the band once again enlisted the legendary Bob Ludwig to master the album.

“Ashes” is available now on iTunes. The single is from The Belle Brigade’s new album, Just Because, which will be released on March 25 by ATO Records. Fans who pre-order the album on iTunes will instantly receive a download of “Ashes.”  Just Because can also be pre-ordered here.

03.02.2014 news
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Les Claypool’s “Four Foot Shack” Out Now

Purchase on iTunes / Amazon / Official Store

 

 

How “deconstructed” can a group get? How about just one vocal, one bass, one guitar, and a basic beat supplied by stomping on a mini-tambourine-doohickey?  That’s exactly what everyone’s favorite storyteller/narrator, Les Claypool, is incorporating in his new band, Duo de Twang. While Les is still pulling double duty with the Primus lads, he has also found the time to unite with his old buddy, Bryan Kehoe, who fans will recognize from several past Claypool projects. But unlike Primus, DDT focuses more on the Americana/rootsy side of things – as heard throughout the band’s debut recording, Four Foot Shack.

As evidenced by DDT’s live shows and debut, Les and Bryan mostly mix traditional tunes, popular covers, and readings of Primus classics (all of which are usually barely recognizable when compared to the original versions).  Case in point, the inclusion of “Battle of New Orleans,” “Stayin’ Alive,” “Man in the Box,” “Wynona’s Big Brown Beaver,” and “Jerry Was A Race Car Driver” on DDT’s debut disc. ”A lot of it is just stumbling across it,” explains Les about how a tune is selected to be twang-ified. ”There are tons of songs that we’ve stumbled across, and these ones just happened to be the ones that stuck”  Les added, “The Twang project is me exploring a lot of stuff that I personally listen to…When all is said and done, it’s just a hell of a fun project for me right now.”

 

Four Foot Shack Track List

  1. Four Foot Shack  (Les Claypool)
  2. Wynona’s Big Brown Beaver  (Primus)
  3. Amos Moses (Jerry Reed)
  4. Red State Girl  (Les Claypool)
  5. The Bridge Came Tumblin’ Down  (Stompin’ Tom Connors)
  6. Boonville Stomp (Les Claypool)
  7. Stayin’ Alive (Bee Gees)
  8. Rumble of the Diesel  (Les Claypool)
  9. Pipe Line (The Chantays)
  10. Buzzards of Greenhill (Les Claypool’s Fearless Flying Frog Brigade)
  11. Hendershot (Les Claypool’s Fearless Flying Frog Brigade)
  12. Man in the Box (Alice in Chains)
  13. D’s Diner (Les Claypool’s Fearless Flying Frog Brigade)
  14. Battle of New Orleans (Johnny Horton)
  15. Jerry Was a Race Car Driver  (Primus)

 

Tour Dates
2/26 – New York, NY – The Heath @ McKittrick
2/27 – New York, NY – The Heath @ McKittrick – SOLD OUT
2/28 – Woodstock, NY – Bearsville Theater
3/1 – Cambridge, MA – The Sinclair
3/3 – Charlottesville, VA – Jefferson Theater
3/4 – Millvale, PA – Mr. Smalls Theatre
3/6 – Kent, OH – The Kent Stage
3/7 – Detroit, MI – Majestic Theatre
3/8 – Indianpolis, IN – The Vogue
3/9 – St. Louis, MO – Plush
3/12-3/14 – Austin, TX – SXSW
3/11 – Fayettesville, AR – George’s Majestic Lounge
3/15 – New Orleans, LA – Howlin Wolf

03.02.2014 news
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Hurray for the Riff Raff’s “Small Town Heroes” Streaming at NPR First Listen

Click here to stream Hurray for the Riff Raff’s new album Small Town Heroes exclusively via NPR First Listen

 

Preorder on: iTunes/Amazon

Small Town Heroes, the upcoming album from New Orleans based Hurray for the Riff Raff, will be released February 11th on ATO Records. However, in the meantime you can now stream the full album in it’s entirety via NPR First Listen. The album finds frontwoman Alynda Lee Segarra – who settled in New Orleans after leaving her native Bronx at age 17 – contemporizing the rich musical forms of the American South in the age of Trayvon Martin and Wendy Davis. NPR had high praise for the album, saying: ”Pete Seeger made a life out of speaking musical truth to power, and Segarra is poised to do the same, with the added dimension of speaking truth to folk music itself.” Make sure to catch the band on tour this spring, dates below.

 

‘Small Town Heroes’ Track Listing:

01. Blue Ridge Mountain

02. Crash on the Highway

03. Good Time Blues (An Outlaw’s Lament)

04. End of the Line

05. The New SF Bay Blues

06. The Body Electric

07. No One Else

08. St. Roch Blues

09. Levon’s Dream

10. I Know It’s Wrong (But That’s Alright)

11. Small Town Heroes

12. Forever Is Just a Day

 

Hurray for the Riff Raff Tour Dates:

* w/ Shovels & Rope

2/14 – New Orleans, LA @ One Eyed Jacks (Record Release Party)

2/21 – Baton Rouge, LA @ Mud & Water *

2/22 – Dallas, TX @ Trees *

2/23 – Fayetteville, AR @ George’s Majestic Lounge *

2/25 – St Louis, MO @ Off Broadway Nightclub *

2/26 – Nashville, TN @ Cannery Ballroom *

2/28 – Birmingham, AL @ WorkPlay Soundstage *

3/01 – Atlanta, GA @ Variety Playhouse *

3/02 – Chattanooga, TN @ Rhythm & Brews *

3/06 – Carrboro, NC @ Cat’s Cradle *

3/07 – Asheville, NC @ The Orange Peel

3/08 – Savannah, GA @ Savannah Stopover Music Festival

3/29 – New Orleans, LA @ Hogs For A Cause

4/02 – Brooklyn, NY @ Knitting Factory

4/03 – New York, NY @ Lincoln Center “American Songbook”

4/04 – Philadelphia, PA @ XPN Live @ Noon

4/05 – Boston, MA @ The Sinclair

4/08 – Philadelphia, PA @ World Café Live

4/09 – Washington, DC @ Sixth & I Historic Synagogue

4/10 – Chapel Hill, NC @ Local 506

4/18 – Seattle, WA @ Tractor Tavern

4/19 – Portland, OR @ Aladdin Theater

4/22 – San Francisco, CA @ The Independent

4/26 – Indio, CA @ Stagecoach Festival

01.02.2014 news
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Jessica Lea Mayfield Joins ATO and Announces “Make My Head Sing”

We’re super excited to add Jessica Lea Mayfield to the ATO family!  Jessica’s new album Make My Head sing will be available everywhere on vinyl, CD, and digitally on April 15th.

 

 

On Friday, Rolling Stone officially announced Make My Head Sing.  Read it here or below.

 

New song ‘Oblivious’ combines country vocals and loud amps

By John Luerssen
January 31, 2014 7:00 AM ET
On “Oblivious,” Jessica Lea Mayfield’s echo-laden bluegrass vocals mesh with scorching electric guitar lines to render remarkable results. The innovative, genre-bending number premieres here ahead of Make My Head Sing . . . , which will be released on April 15th on ATO Records.

 

“My guitar amps were so loud when we recorded this that it made me feel nauseous,” Mayfield tells Rolling Stone of the track. The album was co-produced by Mayfield and her bassist, collaborator and husband Jesse Newport.With the follow-up to 2011’s acclaimed Tell Me – which was produced by the Black Keys’ Dan Auerbach and described here as “a disarming collision of stark country balladry, dynamic alternative rock and arty electronic pop” – Mayfield does just that.

Tracked at Nashville’s Club Roar Studio with drummer Matt Martin, the 10-song Make My Head Sing . . .  reflects the artist’s desire 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,” Mayfield says.

Details of Mayfield’s upcoming nationwide tour to support the album will be announced soon. Ahead of the LP’s release, she will make a one-off appearance supporting Tegan and Sara at Cleveland’s Masonic Auditorium on February 7th, followed by sets at SXSW in Austin in mid-March.

01.02.2014 news
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Pre-Order Majestico’s ‘When Kingdom Come’ Exclusively at the ATO Record Club

Majestico’s When Kingdom Come will be available on February 11th as a 12″ vinyl exclusively through The ATO Record Club Pre-Order Here.  You can also buy it digitally on March 4th. 

Majestico was born from the breath of a new America, a land at the end of reason, where dogma meets God. At the beginning, he found himself living in a bungalow behind the local zoo. Amid the sounds of monkeys and elephants, he began recording what would be his first record “Boundary Conditions”. It was released into that great void they call the Inter-Net and although it remains undiscovered by the outside world, it was received with much excitement among peers.

Majestico then moved to Little Biv Town and made a bed in the studio there. Attempts were made at new recordings but the project was plagued with technical problems, personal disputes, and money was scarce. But late that summer, there was a breakthrough. A show was planned to be held in the studio so Majestico gathered a band to perform. That night people poured into the room as a cloud of steam formed above. While he played, they danced. This was all new to him, and although recording had been stunted, a new vision was realized. He just wanted to rock.

Marked by this new freedom, Majestico continued to write songs and play everywhere that was cool- bars, clubs, houses, warehouses…wherever. This brought him to the doorstep of producer Andrija Tokic and Bomb Shelter Studios, where his friends the Alabama Shakes had recorded their album. This time, recording was a sinch. The music fell onto the tape and the album When Kingdom Come materialized. A new saga has been formed in Nashville, Tennessee and the future has no bounds.

Editor’s Note: Majestico is currently surfing your airwaves. He’s cruising a tram ride on the milky-way highway searching for the key to life, He’s totally cool, laid back, and humble. He doesn’t believe in slaughtering wheat or vegetables just to eat them. That’s wrong, but if you disagree he respects your opinion because freedom is the price we pay to get to blow stuff up with hand grenades and bazookas.

29.01.2014 news
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J. Roddy and Shovels & Rope play “Boys Can Never Tell”

J. Roddy Walston headed down south to Shovels & Rope’s backyard in Charleston, SC where they created this beautiful video of “Boys Can Never Tell”, from Essential Tremors. Rolling Stone premiered the video earlier this week, you can read more about it HERE.

 

Tour Dates

 

2/1 – Brooklyn, NY – Barclays Center#

4/11 – 4/13 Indio, CA – Coachella, Weekend 1

4/18 – 4/20 – Indio, CA – Coachella, Weekend 2

4/21 – Tuscon, AZ – Rialto Theater%

4/22 – Albuquerque, NM – Sunshine Theater%

4/24 – San Antonio, TX – White Rabbit%

4/25 – Houston, TX – House of Blues%

5/2 – Raleigh, NC – Red Hat Amphitheater*%

5/4 – Boston, MA – Orpheum Theatre*%

5/6 – New York, NY – Terminal 5*%

5/7 – New York, NY – Terminal 5*%

5/10 – Richmond, VA – The National*%

5/13 – Toronto, ON – Kool Haus*%

5/14 – Chicago, IL – Aragon Ballroom*%

5/15 – Saint Paul, MN – Myth Live Event Center*%

5/17 – Denver, CO – Ogden Theatre*%

5/18 – Salt Lake City, UT – The Complex*%

5/20 – Oakland, CA – Fox Theater*%

 

# with Red Hot Chili Peppers, MS MR, New Politics

% with Cage the Elephant

* with Foals

29.01.2014 news
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Stream Les Claypool’s New Album “Four Foot Shack”

Click here to stream Les Claypool’s Duo De Twang’s new album Four Foot Shack exclusively on Rolling Stone

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Order on iTunes / Amazon / Official Store

 

Unlike Les Claypool’s work with Primus, his new project with old buddy Brian Kehoe, Duo de Twang, focuses more on the Americana/rootsy side of things – as is heard throughout the band’s debut recording Four Foot Shack, to be released via ATO Records on February 4th.

“This record represents what I personally listen to these days,” Claypool told Rolling Stone. “Guys like Johnny Horton, Jerry Reed and Vernon Dalhart are the soundscape of my world as I’m boiling up crab in the backyard or working on my old Chryslers, so the notion of ‘twangifying’ my tunes seemed like a damn good idea.” As evidenced by DDT’s live shows and debut, Les and Bryan mostly mix traditional tunes, popular covers, and readings of Primus classics (all of which are usually barely recognizable when compared to the original versions).

 

Four Foot Shack Track List

  1. Four Foot Shack  (Les Claypool)
  2. Wynona’s Big Brown Beaver  (Primus)
  3. Amos Moses (Jerry Reed)
  4. Red State Girl  (Les Claypool)
  5. The Bridge Came Tumblin’ Down  (Stompin’ Tom Connors)
  6. Boonville Stomp (Les Claypool)
  7. Stayin’ Alive (Bee Gees)
  8. Rumble of the Diesel  (Les Claypool)
  9. Pipe Line (The Chantays)
  10. Buzzards of Greenhill (Les Claypool’s Fearless Flying Frog Brigade)
  11. Hendershot (Les Claypool’s Fearless Flying Frog Brigade)
  12. Man in the Box (Alice in Chains)
  13. D’s Diner (Les Claypool’s Fearless Flying Frog Brigade)
  14. Battle of New Orleans (Johnny Horton)
  15. Jerry Was a Race Car Driver  (Primus)

 

Tour Dates
2/26 – New York, NY – The Heath @ McKittrick
2/27 – New York, NY – The Heath @ McKittrick – SOLD OUT
2/28 – Woodstock, NY – Bearsville Theater
3/1 – Cambridge, MA – The Sinclair
3/3 – Charlottesville, VA – Jefferson Theater
3/4 – Millvale, PA – Mr. Smalls Theatre
3/6 – Kent, OH – The Kent Stage
3/7 – Detroit, MI – Majestic Theatre
3/8 – Indianpolis, IN – The Vogue
3/9 – St. Louis, MO – Plush
3/12-3/14 – Austin, TX – SXSW
3/11 – Fayettesville, AR – George’s Majestic Lounge
3/15 – New Orleans, LA – Howlin Wolf

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