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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

Radio Contact:Email Lauren & Nelson Wells at Team Clermont

Press Contact:Email Bill Benson at Team Clermont

Nuci's Space

Nuci's Space Launches Indiegogo Campaign to save historic R.E.M. steeple

For the last fifteen years, local non-profit organization Nuci’s Space has provided financial aid, practice space and mental health services to Athens’ musicians. It has always been and remains one of the most essential players in preserving the Athens music scene.

On November 3rd, Nuci’s Space launched an IndieGoGo Campaign to help restore St. Mary’s Steeple, the last remaining remnant of the church where R.E.M. played their first official show in the spring of 1980. While the building itself was torn down several years ago to make room for yet another parking lot, the steeple still stands tall as an important Athens landmark. However, as the steeple has begun to deteriorate, the structure requires extensive repair.

In an effort to support the restoration, several Athens musicians have supplied unique items to be used as donation incentives. Items include (but are not limited to):

- A limited edition steeple logo poster from long-time R.E.M. art director and renowned graphic designer Chris Bilheimer

- Three Rickenbacker guitars autographed by R.E.M., Widespread Panic, Drive-By Truckers, and Kevin Barnes (Of Montreal)

- Stage props designed by Michael Lachowski of Pylon

- A smashed Gibson SG and tour costumes from of Montreal

- A limited-edition autographed Wes Freed steeple poster from Drive-By Truckers

- New limited-edition Chuck Sperry posters and Brute posters (featuring autographs by both Mike Houser and Vic Chesnutt) from Widespread Panic

- Drumheads, albums, poster, etc autographed by Neutral Milk Hotel

The campaign, which runs through December 12, has already raised over $50,000 dollars and has received press from publications like Pitchfork, Rolling Stone and Spin. For more info contact project manager Marc Tissenbaum via marc @ nuci.org or by telephone at 706-410-6758. Nuci’s Space has provided a video detailing the restoration effort. Check it out below!


For more info contact Nelson Wells

Team Clermont Radio's "Best Of 2011" MEGAPLAYLIST!!

We’re wrapping up the year in the radio department here at Team Clermont! Right now we are hard at work on our “Album Of The Year” lists and “Best of” playlists, but we wanted to take some time to highlight our favorite tracks from this year’s amazing radio roster!

We’ve put together a full playlist of our favorite tracks from these artists on Spotify, and have included that link below!

Check out “Best Of Team Clermont Radio 2011” on Spotify, featuring tracks by M83, Destroyer, John Vanderslice, R.E.M., The Beach Boys, Akron/Family, Telekinesis, Danger Mouse/Daniele Luppi, Julianna Barwick, LAKE, Wooden Wand, Sarah Jaffe, and many more!!

Click here to listen to Team Clermont Radio’s Best of 2011 MEGAPLAYLIST!

Support This Rare Project in Athens, GA Featuring Some of Your Favorite Musicians Remixing Indonesian Music

Our New Silence from Kai Riedl on Vimeo.

Directed by Kai Riedl (Macha), this project already includes collaborations with Kate Pierson (the B-52’s) Maria Taylor and Orenda Fink (Azure Ray), Peter Buck (R.E.M.), Andy Lemaster (Now It’s Overhead/Lemaster), Andrew Reiger (Elf Power), John Fernandez (The Olivia Tremor Control), Graham Ulicny (Reptar), Jeremy Wheatley, Killick Hinds, Kyle Dawkins (Maps and Transit), Barrett Martin (Tuatara), Heather McIntosh (The Instruments), Josh McKay (Macha/ATEM), and the list of amazing talent goes on, not to mention the dozens of musicians we have worked with in Indonesia. A ton of fantastic musicians have put effort into this project.

Check it out: http://www.indiegogo.com/Our-New-Silence

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Team Clermont music @ CMJ And Top awards Nominations!

Team Clermont be heading to CMJ Music conference in New York tomorrow, and catching our bands while we’re in the Big Apple! If you want to see the official showcases of our artists, be sure to check the list below!

Also, we have been nominated for several top music pr and promotion awards this year including Promotion Company Of The Year, Promoter Of The Year, Best Use Of The Web, Holy Sh*t Their Records Are Awesome!, Biggest Ray Of Sunshine, Most Sincere, and Best PR Mentor, so please wish us luck! And Shil Patel in our radio promotion department will be moderating a radio promotion panel at 10AM featuring panelists from Bearcast Radio, Radio K (KUOM) and KXLU!

Official CMJ Showcases

Tuesday, October 20
09:00PM – Kaisercartel – Living Room (154 Ludlow St)
09:00PM – Western Civ – Kenny’s Castaways (157 Bleecker St)
09:05PM – Eprhyme – S.O.B.‘s (204 Varick St)

Wednesday, October 21
12:15AM – Hooray For Earth – Crash Mansion Downstairs (199 Bowery)
07:00PM – Tenderhooks – Spike Hill (184 Bedford Ave)
07:45PM – The Boy Bathing – Local 269 (269 E. Houston St)
08:00PM – Hermit Thrushes – Charleston (174 Bedford Ave)
08:00PM – Javelin – Mercury Lounge (217 E. Houston St)
09:00PM – Blair – Alphabet Lounge (104 Avenue C)
09:30PM – Dead Heart Bloom – Bruar Falls (245 Grand St)
10:00PM – Bosque Brown – Local 269 (269 E. Houston St)
10:15PM – Modern Skirts – Crash Mansion Downstairs (199 Bowery)
10:15PM – Renminbi – Lit Lounge (93 2nd Ave)
11:30PM – Alina Simone – Living Room (154 Ludlow St)
11:30PM – William F. Gibbs – Local 269 (269 E. Houston St)
11:45PM – Arizona – Fat Baby (112 Rivington St)

Thursday, October 22
07:00PM – Loxsly – Union Hall (702 Union St)
07:00PM – Otter Petter – Kenny’s Castaways (157 Bleecker St)
07:30PM – Eprhyme – Drom (85 Avenue A)
08:00PM – Antarctic – Lit Lounge (93 2nd Ave)
08:45PM – The Bronzed Chorus – Lit Lounge (93 2nd Ave)
09:00PM – Regia – Local 269 (269 E. Houston St)
09:30PM – Ho-ag – Lit Lounge (93 2nd Ave)
10:15PM – Cinemechanica – Lit Lounge (93 2nd Ave)

Friday, October 23
07:00PM – Spring Tigers – Lit Lounge (93 2nd Ave)
07:45PM – The Lovely Feathers – Fat Baby (112 Rivington St)
08:00PM – Hi Red Center – Lit Lounge (93 2nd Ave)
09:00PM – Peggy Sue – Lit Lounge (93 2nd Ave)
10:00PM – Helado Negro – Lit Lounge (93 2nd Ave)
10:00PM – We Landed On The Moon! – Kenny’s Castaways (157 Bleecker St)
11:00PM – Bear In Heaven – Lit Lounge (93 2nd Ave)
11:00PM – Lost In The Trees – Living Room (154 Ludlow St)

Saturday, October 24
06:00PM – Benyaro – Rockwood Music Hall (196 Allen St)
08:00PM – The Elusive Parallelograms – Arlene’s Grocery (95 Stanton St)
09:00PM – Yukon Blonde – Ace Of Clubs (9 Great Jones St)
10:00PM – Loxsly – Spike Hill (184 Bedford Ave)
10:00PM – My Teenage Stride – Delancey (168 Delancey St)
12:00AM – Javelin – Santos Party House (96 Lafayette)
01:00AM – Terror Pigeon Dance Revolt – Santos Party House (96 Lafayette)

Modern Skirts "Soft Pedals"

The release of Modern Skirts fantastic new record All of Us In Our Night is coming up this Tuesday. It’s been more than three years since the band’s Athens Music Award winning debut Catalogue of Generous Men, much of the time has been spent recording and touring the UK with Athens’ own R.E.M. In honor of the bands sophomore debut we are pleased to share with you the stunning new single “Soft Pedals” Along with the MP3, check out the video of the band recording the song (look for a cameo from producer David Lowery). ALSO! Catch the band on tour!

01.22 • T.T. The Bear’s Place (Cambridge, MA)
01.23 • Union Hall (Brooklyn, NY)
01.24 • Rock And Roll Hotel (Washington DC)
01.29 • Local 506 (Chapel Hill, NC)
01.30 • The Earl (Atlanta, GA)
01.31 • 40 Watt Club (Athens, GA)
02.06 • Cox Capitol Theatre (Presented by the Georgia Music Hall of Fame) (Macon, GA)
02.17 • Circle Bar (New Orleans, LA)
03.05 • Odgen Museum of Southern Art (New Orleans, LA)


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