Marketa Irglova
ADDS 9/2/14

“Take me to the point of my creation/Take me where my life began/I was born into this world/What had I intended then?/What had I chosen for a destiny?/Am I living it right now?/I have this feeling I’ve forgotten something/Tell me...”

These are the first lines of “Point Of Creation,” the opening track on Marketa Irglova’s second solo album. Entitled Muna (“remember” in Icelandic, a recurring theme throughout the eleven songs), the collection was written and recorded in Iceland, the Czech singer-songwriter’s new base of operations. “I had been to Iceland for the first time about four years ago to play a show with The Swell Season,” she recalls. “When a friend of mine recommended a studio in Iceland for recording my second album, I didn’t hesitate. I am inspired by the open space, the wilderness of the nature here, the strong energy coming from the land, and I am comforted by the people who seem so at one with it.”

Muna is an album that takes the Oscar-winning singer’s music further into the realm of the ethereal. If her debut Anar explored the dynamic of intimate personal relationships, the new record is a document of spiritual searching. Written over the course of a year, and recorded in six months with producer/engineer Sturla Mio Thorisson, it utilizes full choral, string and percussion sections, plus guests Rob Bochnik (The Frames), Iranian daf player and vocalist Aida Shahghasemi, and Marketa’s own sister Zuzi on backing vocals. All told, the album’s cast-list runs to some 27 players. In keeping with the choral textures, Muna is an album of saints, angels and psalms (the Lord’s Prayer makes an appearance in “Without A Map”). The songs were, admits Marketa, partly inspired by Andrew Lloyd Webber’s and Tim Rice’s rock opera Jesus Christ Superstar. “Both lyrics and music are spectacular,” Marketa says of the classic musical, “and the exchanges between characters are so seamless, one forgets one is listening to a song and not a conversation. It has inspired me to write my own songs as conversations.” Muna, then, is a conversation between this beloved singer and the audience who has been devoted to her since she first charmed them in her 17-year-old debut in the film Once.

As a member of the Swell Season with Glen Hansard (The Frames), Marketa Irglova has sold over a million albums, including 840,000 of the film soundtrack for Once.

Marketa Irglova both starred and performed in the treasured film Once, for which she won an Academy Award for the song “Falling Slowly.” The film and its music has since been translated to Once the Musical where it went on to win 8 Tony Awards and is currently both still running both on Broadway and touring the world.

Marketa will be touring the US this October in support of Muna. Contact us with any requests!

RIYL: Swell Season, The Once Soundtrack, Jolie Holland, Tori Amos, Joni Mitchell, Kate Bush
TRY: #11, 3, 4 (Radio Edits of all 3 included in download folder)

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Matt Krahula
Old Home Days
ADDS 9/2/14

The debut solo release by Matt Krahula from the Nightmare River Band!

“Inspiring Crowds to sing along as loud as they can” Filter Magazine

“In a word: Charming.” The Aquarian Weekly

After touring relentlessly for the past 5 years as the lead singer and songwriter of the popular NYC group, Nightmare River Band, Matt Krahula has finally completed his much anticipated debut EP, Old Home Days.

A graduate of the SUNY Purchase Conservatory of Music (fellow alumni include Regina Spektor, Dan Romer, Langhorne Slim, Jenny Owen Youngs, Swear & Shake), Krahula has stepped out from behind his band to create a harmony laden EP with the pop sensibilities and alt-country flare that fans of Nightmare River Band have already come to love. Playing the parts of producer, engineer, and multi-instrumentalist on Old Home Days, Krahula not ony showcases his skills as a prolific writer, but also his competence as a finely tuned studio musician. Keep your ear to the ground for the first single, “Proof of Life”, featuring world renowned Canadian singer/ songwriter/ fiddler, Sierra Noble.

Krahula was nominated for an Independent Music Award for his song “Mary”.

He has performed at Summerfest, SXSW, CMJ, Launch.

His music has been featured on Showtime, History, Discovery, MTV, etc..

He wrote the album, Last Goodbye, for Nightmare River Band, which spent several weeks on the CMJ Top 200!

RIYL: Milk Carton Kids, Mountain Goats, Decemberists, Nightmare River Band
TRY: #4, 5, 6

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MC Frontalot
Question Bedtime
Level Up
ADDS 9/2/14

“As listeners to “Much Chubbier” will find, even old tales of three gruff little goats can be made funky.” – AV Club

“While Frontalot works hard to seem flippant, his devotion to the fine art of word-slinging is utterly serious.” – Spin

“Call him a curiousity, but Frontalot has skills.” – Geekosystem

“…a new gold standard for nerdcore.” – Newsarama

“There may not be another artist working today that plays to their own strengths as readily and willingly as MC Frontalot.” - PopMatters

Over the past decade, MC Frontalot has taken the musical genre of nerdcore from the obscure and underground to the main stage. He’s released five studio albums chock full of ingenious rhyming, witty observations, and incredibly contagious hooks. Now, he’s back, but in an entirely different way, and he has brought a ton of awesome guests with him, including Kid Koala, Busdriver, Jean Grae, Sole, John Roderick, The Protomen, MC Chris, Parry Gripp, Kyle Kinane, Paul F. Tompkins, and Open Mike Eagle.

The album, appropriately named Question Bedtime, is made up entirely of songs based on fairy tales. Some of them will be familiar and some of them more obscure, since the stories hail from all over the globe. This release sees Front heading in an all-new direction, since it is an album meant for the entire family. The songs are clever and catchy enough that the whole family will be rapping along.

About the album, MC Frontalot muses, “Will this album succeed in becoming, eventually, the sentimental claptrap recalled dearly by the generation at hand? I’ve tried to record something that would fascinate the 11-year-old me. I hope that I would have recognized the clues in the narratives and labored to follow them, looked up the difficult words and annoyed adults by attempting them in my vocabulary. I think I would have looked back on the album over the course of my schooling, and discovered that I understood more and more of it, the way I did with Alice In Wonderland’s puzzle poems or The Muppet Show’s more mature jokes."

He continues, "Maybe this is in some way a nerdcore record, because it was seeded by my time reading fairy tales in my middle school library. Maybe because we still read similar stories aloud to children, it is in some way a children’s record. But it is definitely a record aimed at a certain kind of inquisitive and enchantable mind, regardless of age or identity. I hope it finds them and connects with them."

MC Frontalot will be touring this summer and fall with Corn Mo and Dr. Awkward. Contact us with any requests!

RIYL: MC Chris, MC Lars, Busdriver, Optimus Rhyme
TRY: #5, 8, 11, 4

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Frnkiero andthe Cellabration
Staple Records
ADDS 9/2/14

“In late 2012 I started to experience an increase in my already painful digestive issues and my creative side started to wither under the weight of not ever feeling well,” commented Iero. “I turned my basement office into a makeshift studio and every time I felt the pain coming on I'd go downstairs and hammer out an idea. After a few months I started to take a look at what I was making, I had for the first time in my life written a large grip of songs completely alone and without any expectations or plans of what they would be for. I've always been in bands writing songs with friends in order to play shows or record a future record. But this was different. These songs, they were all mine. They started inside me as these wretched stomachaches and I had to dig them out of me in order to survive. They were my disease and ultimately became my cure.”

“When I finally took a step back and looked at the body of work I had created I began to notice some common threads. The stories told on this record all seem to touch upon a yearning for love and acceptance, and a longing for a place in which you feel you may finally belong. Sometimes finding solace in the realization that you might not in fact belong anywhere, and drawing a certain power from that.”

Iero, former guitarist for My Chemical Romance, plays every instrument on the 12-track album except for drums, which were handled by Jarrod Alexander. Stomachaches was created in Iero’s own B.Calm home studio then later recorded at North End Recording in Passaic, New Jersey with some additional vocals completed at Backstage Studios. Mixing duties were handled by Ed Rose at St. Albans West.

Stomachaches was selected by Alternative Press magazine as one of their “Most Anticipated of 2014” and fans first heard solo material from Iero when he contributed a bonus track – “This Song Is A Curse” - to the Frankenweenie Unleashed soundtrack. Most recently Iero can be heard covering “Extraordinary Girl” for Kerrang’s tribute to Green Day, American Idiot.

frnkiero andthe cellabration will be performing at Chicago’s Riot Fest in mid-September as part of their national tour. Contact us with any requests!

RIYL: Fidlar, Parquet Courts, Against Me, Skaters, Orwells
DIRTY: #8, 9, 10
TRY: #2, 1, 6

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Sean Rowe
ADDS 8/26/14

Acclaimed singer and songwriter Sean Rowe will release his new album Madman on September 9th. NPR Music is currently premiering the video for the record’s title track.

On his new record, Sean Rowe, who The Wall Street Journal wrote “recalls the ecstatic intensity of late-'60s Van Morrison and stark subtlety of late-era Johnny Cash” has created a beautifully primal work. Madman is deliberately, if not defiantly, simple in both arrangement and composition. It is soul music in the purest and most literal sense, hypnotic rhythms, warmly distorted guitars and Rowe's incredible voice recalling a time, real or imagined, when music and people seemed distinctly more connected.

Watch Sean Rowe’s “Shine My Diamond Ring” video care of Esquire here!

RIYL: Leonard Cohen, Nick Cave, The National, Bill Callahan, Iron & Wine
TRY: #1, 2, 3

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