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Theme Announced For Normaltown Records Presents Team Clermont Summer Showcase! + Prom!

We’re excited to announce that this year’s prom theme is “Back To The Future”. Time to track down a DeLorean you can rent for the evening to transport your date, and start planning which era or character you’ll channel with your outfit. We invite you to dress as a character from any era the films visit, meaning 1885, 1955, 1985 or 2015!

It’s all part of the return of the Team Clermont Summer Showcase and Prom presented by Normaltown Records, as the Athens, GA firm celebrates 15 years of excellence in music publicity and radio promotion.

The long weekend also consists of two nights of showcases, all of which are open to the public. Over three nights, Thursday through Sunday, July 26, 27 & 28, two showcases will be held at the Georgia Theatre, headlined by critically acclaimed national act Bear In Heaven (Brooklyn, NY) psych-pop pioneers The Olivia Tremor Control (Athens, GA)

The third night (Saturday July 28) will be our prom held at The Melting Point. A favorite for out-of-towners and locals alike, the Prom takes the attendees back to the times of cover bands, questionable outfits, photo booths and punch bowls, without all of the awkwardness of being a teenager. Get ready to dance, as Yacht Rock Revue performs a set of 80s cover songs they call “Reagan Rock Prom!”

Also scheduled to perform: Dent May, Crooked Fingers, Pattern Is Movement, Wild Moccasins, Astronautalis, and more!

Dent May Added To Team Clermont Summer Showcase And Prom This July 26-28!

We’re pleased to announce the addition of Paw Tracks artist Dent May to our lineup for the Team Clermont Summer Showcase and Prom! Dent May joins The Olivia Tremor Control, Bear In Heaven, Crooked Fingers, Astronautalis, Pattern Is Movement, and more!

Our showcase happens this July 26-28 here in Athens GA, with two nights of music at the Georgia Theatre, as well as a “K’s vs. W’s Kickball Game” (to be announced by Astronautalis) and an industry record fair. Our weekend closes out with our Prom, which features Yacht Rock Revue’s “Reagan Prom” as well as local favorite, DJ Mahogany.

Three-day wristbands and single night tickets are available through TicketBiscuit!

About Dent May:
“The chorus of “Fun” feels like the record’s quick-beating heart: “I don’t know what’s in store for me, but I think it’s gonna be fun.” That youthful sentiment is a long way from the angst of getting older, or worrying about the economy; instead Dent May just wants to kick back with major chords and party. He’s even ditched his magnificent ukelele. In its place are spritely synths, airy acoustic guitars, and hints of psychedelia.” – Pitchfork

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Pattern Is Movement Joins Team Clermont Summer Showcase and Prom!

We’re super excited to announce our latest addition to the Team Clermont Summer Showcase and Prom: Philadelphia’s own Pattern Is Movement!

Pattern Is Movement joins a lineup that already includes The Olivia Tremor Control, Bear In Heaven, Crooked Fingers (Eric Bachmann from Archers Of Loaf), and Astronautalis!

Our Summer Showcase weekend will be held here in Athens, GA from July 26-28. In addition to two showcases hosted by the Georgia Theatre, there will be a kickball game as well as an afternoon record fair!

Three-Day passes as well as single night tickets can be purchased now through TicketBiscuit!

About Pattern Is Movement:
Following their first three records, endless shows and tours (among them dates with friends St. Vincent, David Bazan, and The Forms), and the transition from five-to-four-to-three-to-two members, Pattern is Movement turned themselves inside out with their last release, All Together. Andrew Thiboldeaux and Chris Ward embody the two-man wall of sound; it‘s music that‘s been a long time building, rising out of the ether of left-behind evangelical childhoods (see Jesus Camp), best friendship (kindled as kids listening to The Chronic), and life in Philadelphia. All Together continued the mysterious narrative of the band, both documenting and foretelling the pounding energy of their near-legendary live show: Chris and Andrew side-by-side, hammering drums and keys (among other things), sweat flying, voices hollering. This is what resides in the ten exquisitely constructed tracks of All Together, the kind of stuff that compelled Stereogum to declare that “Pattern is Movement deserve your worship.”

VIDEO: Bear In Heaven's "Sinful Nature", directed by Yoonha Park!

Bear In Heaven have unveiled their video for “Sinful Nature”, directed by Yoonha Park. You’ll see some distorted “Pretty Woman”-like characters in a neon-soaked 80s colorfield. Also, be sure to make your plans to come down to Athens from July 26th-28th for our Summer Showcase and Prom! Bear In Heaven will be headlining one night and tickets and three-day passes are available on the Georgia Theatre website.

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Yacht Rock Revue To Play Team Clermont Prom This Year!

We’ve been releasing details about our upcoming Team Clermont Summer Showcase & Prom, where we will be celebrating our 15 year anniversary with concerts, a prom, a kickball game, a record fair, and more!

We’ve already announced our two showcases, which will be headlined by critically acclaimed national act Bear In Heaven (Brooklyn, NY) and psych-pop pioneers The Olivia Tremor Control (Athens, GA.)!

The weekend will culminate in a Team Clermont tradition, the Prom, to be held at The Melting Point on Saturday night. A favorite for out-of-towners and locals alike, the Prom takes the attendees back to the times of cover bands, questionable outfits, photo booths and punch bowls, without all of the awkwardness of being a teenager. Today, we announce Yacht Rock Revue as our Prom band, who have prepared a set of 80s cover songs they call “Yacht Rock Revue Presents Reagan Rock Prom”!

We’ve also made available for purchase Three-Day Passes ($25) for the weekend through Ticketbiscuit. Quantities are limited, so be sure to purchase yours now!

Team Clermont's 15th Anniversary Summer Showcase: Bear In Heaven, Olivia Tremor Control, & more!

We are excited to announce the return of the Team Clermont Summer Showcase and Prom, as we celebrate 15 years of excellence in radio promotion and PR! This will be the first summer festival since our massive 10th anniversary, and we’re putting together the biggest celebration to date.

Over the July 26-28 weekend two showcases will be held at the Georgia Theatre, headlined by critically acclaimed national act Bear In Heaven (Brooklyn, NY) and psych-pop pioneers The Olivia Tremor Control (Athens, GA.)

We’ll be closing out the weekend with our Prom, to be held at The Melting Point on Saturday night. A favorite among out-of-towners and locals alike, the Prom brings the attendees back to the times of cover bands, questionable outfits, photo booths and punch bowls, without all of the awkwardness of being a teenager.

In addition to these events, we will see the return of our highly competitive “K’s vs W’s Kickball Showdown,” and our first ever Record Fair with vinyl goodies at your perusal from our label partners, individual local vendors and community record store friends.

Three day passes ($25) as well as individual tickets ($10 advance, $12 at door) will be available soon!

Team Clermont has secured a block of rooms at a reduced rate at The Foundry, where The Melting Point is located, so you can sleep stumbling distance from Prom! Be sure to let them know you are with the Team Clermont party to receive the discounted rate when booking.

We’ll be announcing additional artists and few more surprises soon, so stay tuned! Be sure you are following our Twitter and a Facebook fan to follow all the action.

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Past performers have included:
Azure Ray, Contra Band (now Bit Brigade,) Bobby Conn, Bottom Of The Hudson, Calvin Johnson, Castanets, Cinemechanica, Danger Mouse, Dark Meat, Deerhunter, Elf Power, Enon, Idaho, King Of Prussia, Ladybug Transistor, Man Man, Megafaun, Modern Skirts, The Mountain Goats, Now It’s Overhead, of Montreal, Pattern Is Movement, Phosphorescent, The Polyphonic Spree, The Radar Bros., The Rosebuds, Songs:Ohia, Starlight Mints, Summer Hymns, Trans Am, Troubled Hubble, John Vanderslice, The Wrens, and many more!

VIDEO: Bear In Heaven's "Reflection Of You" from the new album I Love You, It's Cool

Bear In Heaven will release the highly anticipated follow up to 2009’s Beast Rest Forth Mouth via Dead Oceans & Hometapes on April 3rd. The new album is called I Love You, It’s Cool, and the video below is for album track “Reflection Of You”, directed by John Lee of the art collective PFFR (think Wonder Showzen).

911-Blog Interviews Bear in Heaven

Will at WDUB interviewed Adam Wills, bass player for Bear in Heaven for their station blog, www.911-blog.com

“911-Blog was fortunate enough to score an email interview with Adam Wills of Bear In Heaven, recent recipient of Pitchfork’s “Best New Music” honor for their new album, Beast Rest Forth Mouth. If you haven’t gotten around to listening to Bear In Heaven yet, their sound treads a unique path between electronica, prog, and southern rock. Look for downloads of their tracks “Wholehearted Mess” and “Lovesick Teenagers” (my new favorite song) after the interview.

Q: You have a pretty unique sound. There’s definitely influences of psychedelic rock and electronica, but it’s more than that. What are your biggest influences and how did your sound develop?

A: We get asked this question a lot, and I wish there was an answer.. It would be much easier to say, oh.. we are referencing this and we always wanted to sound like that, but honestly, this is not a topic of discussion amongst the band. We talk about beer and girls and life, spirituality and football… We tell jokes and of course listen to music and share new discoveries and old favorites… I’m sure it’s happened, but I certainly can’t recall any specific conversations on what we wanted to sound like..I will say, I think we have pretty deep and robust listening habits. We circumnavigate every genre.. We love it all, that being said, we sure hate a lot too.. That’s the magical thing about music, there’s SO much of it. I will say, we get the most excited when people compare us to This Heat.. that’s one of our shared favorite bands, and it’s cool when people drop that name, though, to my ears, we don’t sound a thing like them. I saw a tweet recently that described us as “Moroder mixed with Toto” hahah, I love it, I kinda think that nailed it.. As far as how we got to that “sound”… You tell me.. Mix all of the ingredients of 4 really good friends, 6 years of busting our ass, lots of mistakes, lots of bad shows, alienated crowds, mushrooms, late nights, thrown drumsticks, hugs, laughs, hours and hours and hours and hours of practice space recordings, editing editing editing, not a lot of talking and a whole lot of doing.. And now we’re here.. Wanna make a bet? The next record will sound completely different.

Q: What’s your mission in music? What do you all want to accomplish with Bear In Heaven?

A: Personally, my favorite aspect that comes with playing music, is new friends. I love how you can pull into a town on tour on a Tuesday night meet 10 new people, go to their house after the show, drink some beers, talk laugh, next thing you know it, it’s 5am and you’re in the middle of a “friendship pyramid with 15 people” and you’ve got new best friends in a town you’ve never been to. And how did that happen? Our band happening to have a show was the impetus for the entire evening, how rad is that.. I think we just wanna tour, make music, have people like it, make new friends, make our label some money, and write our memoirs. But all in all, there is no goal.. We have a strong desire to see this project through.. the door seems to be wide open right now, and it’s thrilling to know, we have no idea where it’s going or how it’ll end, we’re just all smiles for the ride.

Q: How does it feel to be considered “Best New Music” by Pitchfork standards? Is this a big deal in the industry? Have there been any immediate repercussions from receiving this title?

A: It feels great. It’s a bizarre phenomenon most certainly. But any sort of confirmation/affirmation that we made a good record, whether it’s my dad telling me how much he plays the album at home, a 16 year old on myspace leaving a comment or Pitchfork giving us their seal of approval.. It all feels really nice. My dad’s personal tastes don’t open as many doors for us in the music world as Pitchfork does of course, kinda wish it did!

Q: What’s next for Bear In Heaven? Any tours, collaborations, remixes, new records on the horizon?

A: Tour tour tour.. Sorting it all now. 2010 should be nice and crazy, we are hoping. USA, Europe, Japan and Australia, all being sorted out. Get stoked. Remixes are being pumped out now.. Tons of friends are coming forth wanting to remix certain tracks, we are really excited about that.

Q: Where did the name Bear In Heaven come from?

A: We named it after a painting, many, many years ago. Funny how things have worked out in the world of band names, but what can ya do… We wouldn’t change a thing.”
-Will Buckingham

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Bear in Heaven Receives Pitchfork Best New Music!

Bear In Heaven’s latest album, Beast Rest Forth Mouth (Hometapes), received an 8.4 and the rank of Best New Music today on Pitchfork.com.

A few excerpts:

“Take out the earbuds and let it fill a space: This is music that’s bigger than your iPod— music you’ll want to feel all around you.”

“Bear in Heaven’s greatest trick is creating music that evokes the sort of physicality and scope that could soundtrack a Hollywood film, but also works equally well at stirring up intimate bodily passion. Lush synth beds, warm electronics accenting polyrhythms, and Jon Philpot’s yearning, boyish howl coalesce into a vibe that’s muscular without being macho, and which strikes a rare balance between nuanced emotion and overwhelming sensation.”

“…first single “Lovesick Teenagers” more than meets the requirements for 2009’s Epic Song About Tortured Young Romance.”

“Sure, bands can adapt to the current musical climate by adding extras to LPs, tweaking release dates to accommodate fan interest, or even giving away their music free. A curtain call like “Teenagers”, though: now that’s generosity.”

Read the entire review here:
http://pitchfork.com/reviews/albums/13618-beast-rest-forth-mouth/

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