01.02.2014 news

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

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

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



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

23.01.2014 news

SPIN Debuts Duo De Twang’s “Man in the Box”

Alice in Chains’ “Man in the Box” is a staple of ‘90s hard rock that no musician has dared try to genre bend – until now. Featured on the upcoming album Four Foot Shack, Les Claypool’s Duo de Twang has created a rootsy, banjo-filled rendition of the track that completely turns the original version on its head. Listen + and read the article on SPIN HERE.


 Purchase Four Foot Shack on iTunes / Amazon / Official Site


Upon listening to Four Foot Shack you’ll quickly discover that Les and Bryan made it a point to keep things as live-sounding as humanly possible. “It was very live,” admits Les. “In fact, it was a little difficult, with all the bleed of the stomping and the bass and the vocals. Every now and again you can hear the studio refrigerator come on or the dog barking at something outside in the background. Once it was there, you had to kind of leave it.”



Track List

  1. “Four Foot Shack” (Les Claypool’s Duo de Twang)
  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 Green Hill” (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

2/27 – New York, NY – The Heath at McKittrick Hotel
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 – Indianapolis, IN – The Vogue
3/12 – 3/14 – Austin, TX – SXSW

22.01.2014 news
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ATO Releasing ‘Bob Dylan in the 80′s: Volume One’, Preorder Now

ATO is pleased to be able to share the official announcement, via Rolling Stone,  of Bob Dylan In The 80s: Volume One with all of you. The album will be released March 25th, but you can preorder the album HERE.


The brainchild of producers Jesse Lauter (Elvis Perkins, The Low Anthem) and Sean O’Brien (Dawes, PAPA), the mission of Bob Dylan In The 80s: Volume One is to shed new light on a large cache of Bob Dylan songs that have long gone ignored, covering the period starting with 1980’s Saved and ending with 1990’s Under The Red Sky (including unreleased material — the “80s Basement Tapes” — and The Traveling Wilburys). Album contributors include: Built To Spill, Aaron Freeman of Ween & Slash, Glen Hansard, Reggie Watts, Bonnie “Prince” Billy, Lucius, Langhorne Slim, Craig Finn Of The Hold Steady, Deer Tick, Dawn Landes, Blitzen Trapper, Carl Broemel Of My Morning Jacket, Elvis Perkins and more.


In the liner notes to this collection, New York Times best-selling author Jonathan Lethem (Motherless Brooklyn, Fortress of Solitude) writes, “In the famously difficult art of going up against Dylan’s performance of his own material, a number of these reach the highest threshold. I hope Bob Dylan listens to this record, and plays it for his current touring band.”


Our friends at Rolling Stone are hosting the album announcement and have premiered the Built to Spill track “Jokerman”. You read more right HERE, and listen to and download the track below:







Langhorne Slim & The Law – Got My Mind Made Up

Built To Spill – Jokerman

Reggie Watts – Brownsville Girl (Reprise)

Craig Finn – Sweetheart Like You

Ivan & Alyosha – You Changed My Life

Deer Tick – Night After Night

Dawn Landes & Bonnie “Prince” Billie – Dark Eyes

Tea Leaf Green – Waiting To Get Beat

Aaron Freeman & Slash – Wiggle Wiggle

Elvis Perkins – Congratulations

Hannah Cohen – Covenant Woman

Marco Benevento – Every Grain of Sand

Yellowbirds – Series of Dreams

Blitzen Trapper – Unbelievable

Lucius – When The Night Comes Falling From The Sky

Glen Hansard – Pressing On

Carl Broemel – Death Is Not The End


22.01.2014 news, Uncategorized

J. Roddy Walston & The Business Announce Spring Tour with Foals and Cage The Elephant

“J. Roddy Walston and the Business … comes off like a more polished White Stripes or an edgier My Morning Jacket” – Time Out New York


Best known for their live shows, we are thrilled to announce J. Roddy Walston & The Business’s upcoming string of tour dates, including a spring run with Foals and Cage the Elephant set to begin April 21st.


Melting all manner of stereotypes into an as-yet-unnamed breed of New American, each of J. Roddy Walston & The Business’s live performances finds hipsters hugging Teamsters and sweating till it hurts, and art-school cynics and metalheads screaming out every lyric in some gorgeously desperate attempt to connect. There seems to be a competition between the band and the crowd as to who will give more each night.


In addition to their epic performances, the band’s relentless rock single “Heavy Bells” has been charting at alternative radio for five months with a peak position of #12 this week. It has also spent five consecutive months on Billboard’s Heatseekers chart and is not letting up any time soon. For a peek into their recording habits, out this previously unreleased footage of the band in producer/engineer Mark Neill (The Black Keys) own Soil of the South Studios



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*%

5/10 – 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

21.01.2014 news

Rodrigo Y Gabriela To Release New Studio Album “9 Dead Alive” April 29

ATO Records is excited to announce the April 29 release of acoustic rock maestros Rodrigo y Gabriela’s new studio album. Titled 9 Dead Aliveit is the band’s first record of new material in five years. It was recorded and produced by Rod and Gab at their studio in Ixtapa, Mexico. Mixing was handled by Andrew Scheps (Black Sabbath, Adele, Metallica, Lana Del Rey) in Los Angeles.



9 Dead Alive sees Rodrigo y Gabriela playing face to face, guitar versus guitar, bursting with melodic energy and rhythmic invention. Recorded at their Pacific Coast hideaway in late summer, the album captures the warmth and spontaneity of two great musicians locked in together; perfectly distilled into nine new songs teeming with desire, elegance and gusto.


Each of the songs on the album is a personal celebration of individuals who have passed on, but through their deeds and words still resonate in the 21st century. Going as far back as Eleanor of Acquitaine (1122 – 1204) all the way through history to include Viktor Frankl (1905 – 1997), this diverse and fascinating list will strike a chord with anyone familiar with the duo’s passion for human rights, literature, history and philosophy. The complete tracklisting and list of influences is below.


Rodrigo y Gabriela’s last album of all new music was 2009′s 11:11. Since then they have collaborated on the soundtracks to both Pirates Of The Caribbean: On Stranger Shores and Puss N’ Boots and visited Havana to record 2011′s Area 52 album with a Cuban orchestra. They have continued to tour the world, playing sold-out shows last year at the Hollywood Bowl and Red Rocks in Colorado.





1.        The Soundmaker (inspired by Antonio de Torres Jurado: 1817 – 1892)

2.        Torito (inspired by animals and nature)

3.        Sunday Neurosis (inspired by Viktor Frankl: 1905 – 1997)

4.        Misty Moses (inspired by Harriet Tubman: 1820 – 1913)

5.        Somnium (inspired by Sor Juana Ines de la Cruz: 1651 – 1695)

6.        Fram (inspired by Fridtjof Nansen: 1861 – 1930)

7.        Megalopolis (inspired by Gabriela Mistral: 1889 – 1957)

8.        The Russian Messenger (inspired by Fyodor Dostoyevsky: 1821 – 1881)

9.        La Salle Des Pas Perdus (inspired by Eleanor of Acquitane: 1122 – 1204)

15.01.2014 news

SPIN Premieres Video for Hurray for the Riff Raff’s “St. Roch Blues”

SPIN premiered a video for “St Roch Blues” off Hurray for the Riff Raff’s upcoming album Small Town Heroes, out February 11th. The video, directed by Joshua Shoemaker and featuring members of Louisiana outfit the Deslondes, offers a tour of the community of St. Roch, which served as the inspiration for the song. Read more about it and check out the video HERE.


Preorder Small Town Heroes Here: Official Store / iTunes


14.01.2014 news

Pre-Order Mike Gordon’s “Overstep” & Stream New Single

Today RollingStone.com gives “Yarmouth Road” – the first single from bassist/vocalist Mike Gordon’s new solo album, Overstepits world premiere. Fans can check out the song and Rolling Stone’s exclusive interview with Gordon here



“Yarmouth Road” is one of 11 songs that Gordon wrote with guitarist and longtime collaborator Scott Murawski for Overstep, which will be released on February 25 by Megaplum/ATO Records. The infectious, reggae-inspired number is already familiar to Phish fans having debuted – along with “Say Something” – on the band’s 2013 summer tour.

The single is available now on iTunes and will be available at all other digital retailers beginning January 21. The album pre-order launches today on iTunes. Fans who pre-order Overstep on the iTunes Store will instantly receive a download of “Yarmouth Road.”  The album can be pre-ordered in CD and vinyl configurations at Mike’s official store.


 Pre-Order Overstep on iTunes / Amazon / Mike Gordon’s Official Store


Gordon and Murawski penned the songs for Overstep during a series of writing retreats in New England. When he was ready to record, Gordon – for the first time in his solo career – decided to turn over the producing reins, 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).

Overstep is a diverse yet tightly knit collection of songs. Filled with juxtapositions and surprises, the music is grounded but sophisticated, and raw but carefully considered. Distant industrial noise gradually gives way to lush guitars and welcoming vocal harmonies in album opener “Ether,” which is streaming here. “Jumping” is a rhythmic puzzle box, detailing a series of thoughts that take place in a fleeting 1.5 seconds while “Tiny Little World” opens with a polite reverie about a fetching woman in a coffee shop, but morphs quickly into pulsing boogie as the narrator is carried away by desire and bravado. See below for the complete track listing.

Overstep is Gordon’s fourth solo album, following 2003’s Inside In, 2008’s The Green Sparrow and 2010’s Moss. Gordon is a founding member of Phish, which wrapped up 2013 with a sold-out, four-night stand at New York City’s Madison Square Garden. He has also performed with numerous other artists and released two albums with Leo Kottke.


Track Listing – Overstep

  1. Ether
  2. Tiny Little World
  3. Jumping
  4. Yarmouth Road
  5. Say Something
  6. Face
  7. Paint
  8. Different World
  9. Peel
  10. Long Black Line
  11. Surface


Mike Gordon – Spring 2014 Tour Dates
2/28 – Syracuse, NY @ Westcott Theatre
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
3/9 – Madison, WI @ Barrymore Theatre
3/11 – Minneapolis, MN @ Varsity Theatre
3/12 – Lawrence, KS @ Liberty Hall
3/14 – Boulder, CO @ Boulder Theatre
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
4/5 – North Adams, MA @ MassMOCA
4/6 – Burlington, VT @ Higher Ground

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