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New Placements: The Problems in Fox's Lethal Weapon

The Problems' song "When We Met" was featured in episode 8 of Fox's Lethal Weapon! You may watch the episode on Fox.com and Hulu. Lethal Weapon airs Tuesdays on Fox at 8/7c.

Kris Gruen supporting Alejandro Escovedo

Kris will be supporting Alejandro Escovedo on short run of major Western cities early November. Nov 4 - Santa Fe, NM - GiG Performance SpaceNov 5 - Denver, CO - The Soiled Dove UndergroundNov 7 - Salt Lake City, UT - The State Room

Young Mister to release "Soft Rock" Oct 27th

When asked to put together some songs that reflected his intimate solo performance in BMG's Los Angeles office the past spring, Fiore drew from a few ideas he’d been toying with in the months prior and wrote two new songs, completing the task in two months time. The short collection of minimally produced ballads appropriately titled Soft Rock is more stripped down than the self-titled debut album released last year. The lead single, Infinite Space, was inspired by a podcast that discussed the possibilities of extraterrestrial life. Fiore says “One contributor stated that he believed life existed elsewhere but was heartbroken by the fact that we may never get to see their faces. This struck a chord in me, as the true nerd in me is also saddened at the thought of never meeting aliens. I’ve often felt like a loner growing up, as if no one truly understood me, so I tied the sentiment from the podcast into the idea that maybe the only beings that I could ever truly identify with are living somewhere in a galaxy far, far away—too far to ever reach.” This track features backing vocals from Christie Dupree of the bands Eisley and Merriment. The EP highlights Fiore’s signature “energetic yet considered songwriting” (Popmatters) where he crafts songs that are “gentle, sincere, and built with a strong hook” (Consequence of Sound). Produced by Fiore, Soft Rock was recorded in assorted studios in Charleston, SC, Nashville, TN, and Asheville, NC by Dan McCurry, Taylor Bray, Matt Lohan, and Fiore himself, and mixed in Brooklyn, NY by Charles Newman (The Magnetic Fields, The Bones of J.R. Jones).

New Placements: Mother Feather, Shim in Showtime's Shameless

Listen to songs from Mother Feather and Shim in the upcoming season of Showtime's Shameless. Both songs are featured in the season premiere. Shameless season 8 premieres Sunday, November 5, at 9pm ET/PT.

Songs featured in upcoming film All These Small Moments

We’re excited to announce our collaboration with director Melissa B. Miller-Costanzo and Moving Pictures Artists on the upcoming film All These Small Moments. Charles Newman will serve as music supervisor. The upcoming film features songs from Mother West artists Aloud, Kris Gruen, Cold Blood Club, and Tom Shaner. Written and directed by Melissa B. Miller-Constanzo, All These Small Moments stars Brendan Meyer, Molly Ringwald, Jemima Kirke, Harley Quinn Smith, Sam McCarthy, and Brian D'Arcy James. The coming of age tale centers around a teenager (Brendan Meyer) becoming infatuated with a woman he sees on the bus each day (Jemima Kirke), further complicating his already tumultuous adolescence.

Motopony + Pegboard Nerds Collaborate to Get “Free” Out Today

Motopony has a stellar reputation for their melodic and always experimental psych folk. However, group’s mastermind Daniel Blue decided to take this experimentation a bit further and revisit his dance music roots. Collaborating with Pegboard Nerds and writer composer Elizaveta completely transformed Blue’s thinking. “I learned to write on a 3 string guitar, but long before that I learned to dance to 4-on-the-floor house, dub and breakbeats,” says Blue. “There’s something deep in me that has always wanted to sing to those beats as well. When Pegboard Nerds brought us a trance version of ‘Free’ it re-awakened something in me. Pegboard Nerds showed me that my message isn’t destroyed by an easy beat.” For Blue, freedom came not only from breaking Motopony out of the restrictive genre box he had figuratively drawn them into, but the song is also about his personal liberation from the past behaviors and thinking that kept him from living his best life and creating his best work. Motopony went on KEXP the morning of the release, played “Free”, and talked with John Richards about the collaboration and played the song live on Amazon music. Watch the “Free” music video TOUR DATES8/26 Alberta Street Pub Portland, OR9/01 The Green Frog Bellingham, WA9/21 Chop Suey Seattle, WA9/29 Jazzbones Tacoma, WA (acoustic show)

Agua Mala - A Song For Flint, MI

Pop Matters premieres a new track from Aloud featuring Kendra Jones and Tom Stuart from Cold Blood Club. "Agua Mala," was written in response to the water crisis in Flint, MI. Via Pop Matters: "The resultant tune is told from the perspectives of affected parents watching their children suffer the consequences of drinking lead-tainted water. It opens subtly with a tempered beat and washes of guitar distortion. Quiet verses bubble up to set the stage for the detonation of a refrain. With the urgency that comes from having your voice going unheard, the tune is propulsive and unhinged with frustration. Layered soulful vocals serve to personify the myriad people who suffered the catastrophe’s fallout, blending together in the big gang-style chorus of: 'Fearing for the futures of our sons / And our daughters / From agua mala.'”

Motopony Submits for Tiny Desk

Since they're currently between labels, the door was open for Motopony to make this trippy new video to submit to the yearly Tiny Desk competetition! We love it!

Young Mister in the House

We're excited to announce our new relationship with Steven Fiore AKA Young Mister! Young Mister comes to us via the southeast and has built a fan base spanning both coasts. Together with Dan McCurry of Hearts and Plugs, we're proud to add him to our management roster. Taking influence from classic rock bands like Electric Light Orchestra, Young Mister worked with producer Wolfgang Zimmerman (Brave Baby, The High Divers) to create an album that embodies the ethos of Americana while retaining the distinct, soulful sound that Fiore’s fans know and love. The album ebbs and flows from big band arrangements, such as the brass-filled “The Best Part”, to the catchy and psychedelic “Anybody Out There," before closing on “Pasadena," a song whose lyrics take influence from Fiore’s own past as an artist torn between two coasts. "Gentle, sincere, and built with a strong hook, the track sees him imagining a hopeful future together with his loved one." - Consequence of Sound "Is it early Peter Gabriel or a more articulate Thom Yorke that Charleston-native Steven Fiore conjures on stage? Either way, the force of his expression is vital, passionate, and beyond mimicry." - Charleston Magazine

New Signing: Leland Sundries

Excited to announce a new addtion to the roster! “Leland Sundries, a band from New York led by Nick Loss-Eaton, is dedicated to storytelling in a way that recalls Woody Guthrie and his Folkways brethren. [Their] scrappy Americana will get you longing for empty two-lane highways and kudzu-encased back porches.” – New York Times “Not only does Brooklyn singer-songwriter Nick Loss-Eaton write richly detailed, sepia-toned tunes that layer America then and now atop one another like a ghostly palimpsest, he’s just as handy at knocking out Johnny Cash-worthy trifles like ‘Giving Up Redheads.’ His quartet has been spending a lot of quality road time lately, so expect them to be well-marinated for this homecoming gig.” – The Village Voice “Excellent.”– iTunes “Reminiscent of Bonnie ‘Prince’ Billy and Elvis Perkins.”– Baeble Music “Oddball storytelling with a lo-fi country sensibility” – Time Out New York “Leland Sundries singer/picker Nick Loss-Eaton’s the-Band-meets-Lou-Reed approach mates gnawing electric guitar and old-time acoustic six-string, banjo, and harmonica melodies with dry-witted, drawling, modern-day ennui.” – Boston Phoenix “[The] narratives of bus rides, trains and bars, windmills, roast beef sandwiches and Russian overcoats are penned with a novelist’s eye for detail and delivered in a wry New York baritone.” – No Depression “What Lou Reed would sound like if he was asked to front Tom Waits’ Mule Variations band… Highly recommended to fans of Leonard Cohen.” – My Old Kentucky Blog “One of the more striking debuts this annum… Let’s hear a full-length, soon.” – Blurt, 8 stars (out of 10) “The whole schmegie has that latter-day Waits/early morning Leonard Cohen vibe about it.” – Philadelphia City Pages Online “A wholly original outfit that just released one of the most exciting musical debuts of the year.” – PopDose Crackling garage rock meets literate indie rock in a sound marinated in the extremes of New York City on Music For Outcasts, the full-length debut and first UK/European release for Leland Sundries. It comes out February 5 2016 on L’Echiquier Records in conjunction with Décor Records, and places Leland Sundries in the context of bands that combine literacy with overdrive such as Silver Jews, Deer Tick, Jack Oblivian, Wooden Wand, The Hold Steady, Johnny Thunders, The Modern Lovers and Ezra Furman. Leland Sundries is the portmanteau under which frontman Nick Loss-Eaton and an ever-evolving roster of Brooklyn, NYC musicians produce the kind of careering, scrappy garage rock which has -via nascent EP releases- already earned the band nods from The New York Times and Timeout. Music For Outcasts itself was shaped by the fall out from two particularly pivotal events in Loss-Eaton’s life, the last few years of which have seen him not only recover from alcohol dependency, but go on to survive emergency open heart surgery. Fairly white-knuckle, stare-down-your-mortality fare for anyone, never mind someone barely out their twenties, and a live-it-out experience which bears its blackly humorous mark across Music For Outcasts. Ironically, the surgery itself presented Loss-Eaton with the opportunity for his first ‘holiday’ in over 4 years- a chance which took him (not entirely to his doctor’s ease) to the UK & Europe for several weeks, to begin work on what became Music For Outcasts. He says, “I hooked up with UK artist/producer Alexander Festival Hall to demo the songs in his tiny East London studio.” Studio recordings were then made in an unheated loft studio in Nick’s old neighbourhood of Greenpoint, in a former creamery building nestled next to a bridge between Brooklyn and Queens, much of it recorded on analogue tape. Around half of the tracks which comprise the record were written prior to Loss-Eaton’s recovery from alcoholism, rendering them – as Nick wryly noted during subsequent recording sessions – ‘time capsules back to a time of desperation’. For evidence of this pressure-cooker effect in microcosm, look no further than the surf-rock wash of ‘Greyhound From Reno’, which zeros in on the pill-hazed, midnight exodus of a shady character skipping town. Whilst the track lampoons its sleazy, washed up protagonist, Loss-Eaton delivers its underlying inference direct to the mirror, written as it was at the tail end of his addiction; ‘It’s impressionistic, non-linear, but that sense you can’t outrun yourself is palpable’. The track came eventually came together in aptly chaotic fashion during late-night recording takes; ‘We turned out all the lights in the studio and it got weird. I sang and screamed until I went hoarse, and it felt like an exorcism of panic’. Elsewhere on Music For Outcasts, Loss-Eaton turns the microscope on his own scars with a similarly unflinching candour. ‘Freckle Blues’ (written whilst New York was holed up during Hurricane Irene) equates the elapse of time since a relationship’s demise with his own date tally of sobriety, and ‘Maps of The West’ traces an ill-advised foray into dating whilst in the early stages of abstinence. ‘They recommend against this, and I soon saw why’ recalls Nick; ‘I fell hard for her. Should have known it wouldn’t work out when she took me to a bar. She drank whiskey. I drank seltzer.’ That said, the song nonetheless taps the fledging stability that his recovery brought to proceedings; ‘I found a measure of hope in being sober that wasn’t there in my life or my writing before’. And yet beyond the more personal scorched earth the record rakes over, there is a wider resonance within the world of misfits and missed connections that Music For Outcasts inhabits. Fittingly for one who snatches fragments of lyric ideas from overheard conversations & glimpses into the lives of others, the characters and vignettes which Loss-Eaton summons here are so vivid as to become almost tangible. ‘Stripper From Bensonhurst’ mines far beyond the attendant stereotypes to chart the push/pull between a grim domestic semblance of normality far more intolerable to this woman than her nocturnal ‘other life’, whilst the taut, Spoon-esque snap and swivel of ‘Radiator Sabotage’ paints a world of burnt-out glamour as palpable as any of Lou Reed’s succinct dispatches. Even the track titles themselves – ‘Studebaker’, ‘Wallace ID’ – function almost like projector slides, brief flashes of narrative which demand conjecture. Two studio EPs, a vinyl/digital 7” single, three music videos, and national US touring have already earned Leland Sundries praise from Pop Matters, New Yorker, Magnet, American Songwriter, Village Voice, Time Out NY, Baeble Music, No Depression, Blurt, and Boston Phoenix. The band has performed at Campout Fest (Joshua Tree, CA); taped a Daytrotter session; and shared stages with Spirit Family Reunion, Todd Snider, Marah, Eef Barzelay (leader of Clem Snide), Taylor Hollingsworth (of Conor Oberst & The Mystic Valley Band) and Cracker.


"It is an homage to artists everywhere and a reflection of the pain, sacrifices, and the condescention we can get from other people because we're following our passion. It's a film about the obstacles we face every day and the decisions we make whether they are right or wrong. This movie means a lot to me." - Alejandro Montoya Marin, Writer/Director Mother West music supervised this short film supplying music by Aarktica, producing a cover of The Magnetic Fileds "Book of Love" by Peppina, and acquring rights to use songs by Yo La Tengo and Brendan Canning (Broken Social Scene). Watch for it at the festival circuit in 2017. See more at lesliefilm.com.

Mother Feather heads out on Warped Tour

New York City’s self-described “pop cock rock” band Mother Feather has announced today that they will appear on Warped Tour all summer, in support of their eponymous debut album due out May 13th worldwide via Metal Blade Records. Joining them on the annual trek will be Atreyu, Bullet For My Valentine, Every Time I Die, Motionless In White, and many more, making this another landmark Warped Tour, not to be missed! See below for dates; for more information, please visit:vanswarpedtour.com

Aloud Launches Indiegogo Campaign for Virtual Reality Project

FALLING OUT OF LOVE THE VIRTUAL REALITY EXPERIENCE ALOUD ANNOUNCES NATIONAL TOUR DATES TO SUPPORT VIRTUAL REALITY MUSIC VIDEO CROWDFUNDING CAMPAIGN Boston rock n’ roll band Aloud has announced tour dates in support of Falling Out of Love: The Virtual Reality Experience. The band will headline events in Boston, San Francisco, and Los Angeles. Falling Out of Love: The Virtual Reality Experience is Aloud’s most ambitious project to date — an immersive virtual reality music video for their new song “Falling Out of Love.” The song foretells the end of a long-term relationship, and the video concept introduces a sci-fi element, placing the viewer in the middle of the action and forcing us to consider the impact of technology on the modern relationship. The project and its director Skye Von are the recipients of the 2016 Indiegogo/NY Media Center Fellowship. Said Von: “No other medium will force you to be more present in the moment than VR. Gone is the fourth wall. With VR, we can drop directly into the action, so you will hitch a ride with one of our characters, letting their journey become your own.” The Falling Out of Love: The Virtual Reality Experience creative team includes director Skye Von, producer Tanya Leal Soto, music producer Charles Newman, and the band Aloud — fronted by Henry Beguiristain and Jen de la Osa. It marks one of the first Indiegogo campaigns in support of a virtual reality music video. Website: www.foolvr.netIndiegogo Crowdfunding Campaign: www.foolvr.net/iggAloud: www.allthingsaloud.com BOSTONMay 5thHojoko @ The Verb HotelIntimate acoustic performance with VR demonstrations SAN FRANCISCOMay 17thHotel UtahFull band show with VR demonstrations LOS ANGELESMay 19thHotel CaféFull band show with VR demonstrations MALIBUMay 21stIndiegogo Campaign Closing PartyFull band show with VR demonstration #foolVR

Jane Telephonda release new single dedicated to David Bowie

With the sweeping Icelandic landscapes that surround them, the backdrop for Jane Telephonda's new video and single for Into the Light We Go was there for the taking. “We took a 30 minute drive out of Reykjavik City on a tranquil and beautiful but bitterly cold day in January. We only had six hours of daylight to work with, as the sun sets at four o'clock in the afternoon this time of year. The next day, still shivering from the cold, we woke up to the devastating news that as we had been shooting the video, David Bowie had died,” says Ivar Jonsson, one half of the husband-and-wife duo. “It broke my heart. The world will never be the same,” he adds. “Into the Light We Go deals with the fact that we don’t know the answers to the most fundamental questions in the universe; the meaning of life or its purpose. What we do know, however, is that love is the answer. It makes everything worthwhile,” continues Ivar. “So, we must go on, with love and empathy as our guiding light.” Based out of Kopavogur City, Iceland, Jane Telephonda are husband and wife Ivar Jonsson and Asdis Rosa Thordardottir. Inspired by the sounds of the the classics to the contemporaries including Bowie, Sufjan and Wilco to Grizzly Bear, Of Montreal, and Queen, Ívar began writing music at age 16. Songwriting quickly became an addiction to him and a way of life, as he spent hours each day with his guitar and four-track recorder. During the next 15 years, he wrote on average a song a day, providing him with the practice necessary to hone his songwriting skills. In 2011, he started writing his first ambitious release, the 2014 concept album Revolution in the Elbow of Ragnar Agnarsson Furniture Painter. Subsequently he received a nomination for the 2014 Icelandic Music Awards and the album was received with rave reviews in the US coinciding with its theatrical stage adaption at the Minetta Lane Theater in NYC in the summer of 2014. Asdis was featured on the Revolution as well, and with the birth of the couple’s third child last year, making music at home became a necessity. Says Ivar: “In a way our hectic family life became an inspiration and a motivation for recording and writing songs, because we didn’t want to abandon our passion for music. Certain time had to be allotted for anything that did not involve dirty diapers, and that provided us with the frame necessary to get things done.” Into the Light We Go is Jane Telephonda’s second single on Brooklyn indie label Mother West. Jane’s first single, Transmuted Saltness, was out worldwide last November.

New Signing: Iceland's Jane Telephonda

Based out of Kópavogur City, Iceland, Jane Telephonda are husband and wife Ívar Páll Jónsson and Ásdís Rósa Þórðardóttir. Inspired by the sounds of the the classics to the contemporaries including Bowie, Sufjan and Wilco to Grizzly Bear, Of Montreal, and Queen,, the band plans to release a string of singles through this year into early next. The first one "Transmuted Saltness" is out worldwide on Nov 27th.

The Davenports Duet with Magnetic Fields Vocalist Shirley Simms

“Miranda in Her Room,” is the new single from Brooklyn’s The Davenports and features vocalist Shirley Simms who is best known for her work on The Magnetic Fields’ 69 Love Songs and all of their releases since. The song is the latest in a string of singles the band has released since the beginning of the year. The song, a country waltz infused with McCartney-esque turns of melody and a lyric reminiscent of Emily Dickenson, had been living in demo form, waiting for the right vocal pairing to bring it to life. Klass and producer Charles Newman, who has worked with The Magnetic Fields and The Davenports for over a decade, considered an array of singers until landing on what seemed was the perfect fit for the track. Shirley fell in love with the song, and Newman set up vocal sessions at Boston’s Q Division with engineer/ producer friend Benny Grotto. The rest of the song was recorded in Newman’s home studio in Brooklyn, including Klass’s harmony tracks and the string arrangement written by Klass and violinist Claudia Chopek.

Daniel Blue of Motopony Embarks on Solo Tour

In preparation for his debut solo record to be recorded at London's Abbey Road Studios in December, Daniel is currently working his songs up and and down the west coast, before one last blowout Motopony show for the year at Seattle's Tractor Tavern on Dec. 4th. See his full tour schedule HERE.

Aloud Releases Darker Days Remix

Between this summer’s Supreme Court decision making marriage equality the law of the land, and the Equality Act of 2015 presently charting a course through Congress, Aloud’s brain trust thought back to a song on their watershed album Exile, which celebrates its fifth anniversary this month. Read more.

Mother West CMJ Events

CMj is upon us in NYC and we're proud to have several of our artists on some great shows throughout the festival. A full schedule can be found on our facebook event page HERE.

Cold Blood Club Release "Ghosts"

From the upcoming album "Tear Down the Maps". Listen and grab it HERE

Kris Gruen for American Eagle

Kris Gruen and co-writer producer Brad Gordon land this beautiful spot with the song "What Brings You" What started as a web spot is making it's way around the world with television spots in Israel and Japan now airing.

Cristina Taddonio co-writes theme song for new Travolta film.

"Helplesely" co-written by Cristina Taddonio for Nashville artist Fiona Culley, will be the theme song for 'Life On The Line', about a crew of eccentric linemen who do the dangerous high-wire work as a massive storm threatens to rip their lives apart.