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A blog featuring #indie music, news, interviews, & the best darn songs west of Stockholm

The Monkees

On CHRISTMAS PARTY, The Monkees put their unmistakable vocal stamp on a wide array of classic Christmas tracks, from the R&B holiday standard “Merry Christmas, Baby,” to Paul McCartney’s “Wonderful Christmastime” and Wizzard’s yuletide classic “I Wish It Could Be Christmas Every Day.”

After helming The Monkees’ critically acclaimed studio album Good Times! in 2016, Grammy® and Emmy®-winning songwriter Adam Schlesinger reprises his role as producer on CHRISTMAS PARTY. All of the album’s 13 songs were recorded this year, with “Silver Bells” and “Mele Kalikimaka” using classic Davy Jones vocals from the archives combined with newly recorded music.

Much like Good Times!, CHRISTMAS PARTY features songs newly written for the band by a group of talented songwriters, including Rivers Cuomo of Weezer (“What Would Santa Do”) and Andy Partridge of XTC (“Unwrap You At Christmas”). Schlesinger and celebrated author Michael Chabon teamed up to write “House Of Broken Gingerbread.” Guitarists Peter Buck of R.E.M. and Scott McCaughey of The Minus 5 play on two songs – a cover of Big Star’s “Jesus Christ” and the album’s title track, which they wrote together.

CHRISTMAS PARTY also includes two songs with Michael Nesmith on lead vocals, with each track being produced by one of his sons. His take on the yuletide classic “The Christmas Song” was produced by Christian Nesmith while “Snowfall” was helmed by Jonathan Nesmith.

Over the years, The Monkees’ amassed a dozen Top 40 hits, including a trio of tunes that soared to #1. Between September 1966 and December 1967, “Last Train To Clarksville,” “I’m A Believer,” and “Daydream Believer” collectively occupied the top position for 12 weeks. Sales of their LPs were more phenomenal still: The Monkees occupied the #1 position for 13 consecutive weeks, and More Of The Monkees for 18 weeks. Both Headquarters and Pisces, Aquarius, Capricorn & Jones Ltd. went to the top as well, for a four-in-a-row feat in the incomprehensible space of 13 months. The final tally: 16 million albums and 7.5 million singles sold in a mere 2 1/2 years.

CHRISTMAS PARTY

Track Listing

1. “Unwrap You At Christmas”-written by Andy Partridge of XTC

2. “What Would Santa Do”-written by Rivers Cuomo of Weezer

3. “Mele Kalikimaka”-classic with original Davy Jones vocals

4. “House Of Broken Gingerbread” – written by Adam Schlesinger and Michael Chabon

5. “The Christmas Song”-vocals by Michael Nesmith; produced by his son Christian Nesmith

6. “Christmas Party” -written and played by Peter Buck of R.E.M. and Scott McCaughey of The Minus 5

7. “Jesus Christ” -written by Big Star and played by Peter Buck of R.E.M. and Scott McCaughey of The Minus 5 & R.E.M.

8. “I Wish It Could Be Christmas Every Day”-written by Roy Wood of Wizzard; vocals by Micky Dolenz, Michael Nesmith, and Peter Tork

9. “Silver Bells”-classic with original Davy Jones vocals

10. “Wonderful Christmastime”-written by Paul McCartney; vocals by Micky Dolenz, Michael Nesmith, and Peter Tork

11. “Snowfall” -Michael Nesmith on lead vocals; produced by his son Jonathan Nesmith

12. “Angels We Have Heard On High”-classic

13. “Merry Christmas, Baby”-classic with vocals by Micky Dolenz, Michael Nesmith, and Peter Tork

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Soft People

What’s the point of even recording and performing music in 2018, when the world seems like it’s ending and — let’s face it — the field is crowded? That’s a question San Luis Obispo-based husband-husband duo Soft People seriously considered before starting the process of recording the follow-up to their 2017 debut American Men. The answer came to the duo’s chief songwriter Caleb Nichols during a late-night bike ride in the early spring; in the form of a melody that so affected him that he knew he had to get it down and record it.
The results of this musical epiphany are now available as the infectious and joyful pop single “I Saw The Moon!” which the band is releasing on their homegrown tape label, Sandwich Kingdom, along with a remix by Berlin-based dark wave duo Some Ember.
“I Saw The Moon!” builds on the foundation Soft People laid down on American Men while it pares down the duo’s sound to its essential elements. Simple and angular guitar lines performed by guitarist John Metz float above a thumping drum machine and motorik bass groove. Nichols’ vocal delivery drifts in and out in a dream-like haze, climaxing in an earworm of a chorus that calls to mind the euphoria of cycling fast downhill on a moonlit night. “I Saw The Moon!” is a fresh and colorful musical jaunt; the perfect soundtrack for the feeling of falling in love, for the coming fall; for that twilight inkling that reminds us that we’re here on this giant, gently tilting planet.

Soft People is an indie pop duo comprised of Caleb Nichols and John Metz, a married couple who live in San Luis Obispo, CA. The duo first met when Nichols, a veteran of the Oakland, CA music scene and who had recorded and toured with mid-2000s indie buzz-band Port O’Brien, recruited Metz to be the drummer of his Oakland indie band Grand Lake. Nichols and Metz started dating during their first few months as bandmates and were married several years later. Soft People is the first project that finds the pair collaborating as songwriters and producers. The band began in early 2017 as a bedroom recording project in Atlanta, Georgia. Later that year Nichols and Metz left Atlanta and relocated to their hometown of San Luis Obispo, CA, releasing their their full-length debut and playing their first shows. 2018 has seen them playing shows in the local DIY scene as well as starting Sandwich Kingdom, a tape label which releases an annual compilation of local DIY musicians and poets.

“The Absolute Boy” is perhaps Nichols’ most personal song to date. It deals with his struggle with PTSD resulting from years of abuse in early childhood. The track is Nichols’ attempt to wrap his head around generational domestic violence, and addresses his own abuse as well as the abuse his abuser suffered in his own childhood. The chorus is devastatingly vulnerable, and deeply cathartic as Nichols sings “before you hit me / before you clipped my wings / I was the absolute boy / I was him absolutely.”


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Team Clermont announces CMJ Showcase - New York

Team Clermont’s Bill, Nelson, Shil & team will be heading back to NYC in just under two weeks, and we’re thrilled to share details for this year’s official CMJ Showcase! We’ll be pairing up with our pals over at Hometapes Records to put on this year’s showcase, and we hope to see you there!

Our showcase is on Wed. October 16 at Union Pool in Brooklyn, and our lineup includes Pattern Is Movement, Leverage Models, Celestial Shore, Norwegian Arms, Laser Background, and Paperhaus!

We will also be hosting our annual CMJ hangout at Barcade in Brooklyn on Sat. October 19!

Team Clermont 2013 CMJ Showcase presented by Hometapes
Wednesday, October 16
7PM-12:30AM
Union Pool (484 Union Ave, Brooklyn, NY)
$10 or CMJ badge

7:00 Paperhaus
7:45 Laser Background
8:30 Norwegian Arms
9:30 Celestial Shore
10:30 Leverage Models
11:30 Pattern Is Movement

- Steve, Bill, Nelson
Team Clermont, Athens, Georgia

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