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

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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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Radio Contact:Email Lauren & Nelson Wells at Team Clermont

Surfer Blood

AthFest Artist Spotlight: Surfer Blood

Hailing from West Palm Beach, FL, Surfer Blood stormed onto the scene with 2009’s “Swim”, which was ranked by Pitchfork as one of 100 Best Tracks of the year. Then came months of festival and performances, garnering buzz at SXSW, CMJ Music Marathon, and an epic stint opening for The Pixies. They’ve become known for their sunny melodies and shiny hooks, drawing comparisons to both Weezer and The Smiths for their contrastingly pop sound and darker, more evocative lyrical content. Between 2010 and 2013, the band released two full-length albums – Astro Coast and Pythons – and an EP Tarot Classics.

After a brief gap and a switch-up in its label, the band returned to their DIY roots and released their third album 1000 Palms on Joyful Noise recordings. The album has been praised throughout the internet, being called “consistently lovely” by Pitchfork and seen as a “mature return” to the subtle-surf rock of earlier releases by Detroit News . Now they’re back on the road, a revitalized touring band melding the style that launched them onto the scene with the lessons and growth that six years as a band will bring.

For their latest single “Island”, Surfer Blood invites us on a beach weekend complete with sandcastles and bucket hats. Check it out:

Don’t miss Surfer Blood at the Georgia Theatre on Saturday, June 27th during Athfest 2015!

For more info contact Nelson Wells
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Team Clermont seeking motivated candidates for radio promotion position

Job Position/Location:

Director of Radio Promotion
Athens, GA. Contact Nelson Wells

Job Information:

Team Clermont is hiring a full time radio promoter. The candidate should possess a passion for music combined with an interest in helping Team Clermont expose our artists to radio programmers across North America. Applicants should be able to communicate in a professional manner while expressing their personality and enthusiasm for music (and life in general)!

Responsibilities:

-Promote Team Clermont artists to a select panel of radio stations via phone calls & email
-Coordinate interviews, CD/vinyl/ticket giveaway, in-studio performances & more
-Provide weekly updates to clients (artists, managers, record labels) and handle any resulting requests
-Help maintain Team Clermont’s web site & social media
-Attend music conferences and festivals including SXSW and CMJ
-Stay informed on new music, particularly artists doing well on the CMJ Radio 200 charts
-Assist in bringing new artists to the Team Clermont roster

Requirements:

-Passion for music, specifically knowledge of independent & underground music
-Excellent written & verbal communication skills
-Working knowledge of Word & Excel
-Working knowledge of File Maker & HTML preferred but not required
-Organized and detail-oriented
-Self-motivated
-Outgoing personality
-Professional work attitude
-Radio experience is preferred but not required
-Bachelor’s degree is preferred but not required
-Willing to relocate to Athens, Georgia

Please send a cover letter and resume to Nelson Wells c/o [email protected]

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Team Clermont Awards & Showcases - CMJ - New York

It’s that wonderful time of year when college radio descends upon New York City for the CMJ Music Marathon! Bill, Nelson, Steve, Shil and Team Clermont crew will be representing again for the 13th year and this time we’re closing down the week with a cocktail party and lots of old school video games! Join us at Barcade (388 Union Ave) from 2PM-6PM on Saturday, October 23rd for free drinks and goodies, and bring plenty of quarters for their awesome video game selection!

If you have a CMJ badge, please stop by the voting booth and cast your ballot for Team Clermont! Last year’s Promoter of the Year, Shil Patel, is defending that title, and is also nominated for the awards Best Mentor and Probably Not Lying To You!
Team Clermont also has a title to uphold. Last year in New York, Athens own Team Clermont won the award Promotion Company Of The Year. Come see if Bill, Nelson & team will attain top honors again.

Finally, Team Clermont artists will be in New York this year, and we’ve made a handy little schedule of their official showcases for your convenience:

Tuesday October 19
7:45P – Kaiser Cartel – Living Room (154 Ludlow St)
8:00P – Eprhyme – Coco 66 (66 Greenport Ave)

Wednesday October 20
6:00P – Smile Smile – Bowery Electric (327 Bowery)
7:00P – Hardy Morris (Dead Confederate) – Bowery Ballroom (6 Delancey)
8:00P – Western Civ – Kenny’s Castaways (157 Bleeker St)
11:00P – Hooray For Earth – Spike Hill (184 Bedford Ave)
11:00P – Yukon Blonde – Arlene’s Grocery (95 Stanton St)
11:30P – Reptar – Canal Room (265 W. Broadway)
12:15A – Candy Claws – The Delancey (168 Delancey)

Thursday October 21
8:00P – John Vanderslice – Mercury Lounge (217 E. Houston St)
9:00P – Kinch – Ace Of Clubs (9 Great Jones St)
9:45P – Gringo Star – Fontanta’s (105 Eldridge St)
10:30P – The Blow – Music Hall Of Williamsburg (66 N. 6th St)

Friday October 22
7:00P – Sarah Jaffe – Fat Baby (112 Rivington St)
7:00P – Smile Smile – Living Room (154 Ludlow St)
8:30P – The Phantom Band – Knitting Factory (74 Leonard St)
8:30P – Elk City – Living Room (154 Ludlow St)
9:30P – Gringo Star – Cameo Gallery (93 N. 6th St)
10:00P – Reptar – Mercury Lounge (217 E. Houston St)
11:00P – The Streets On Fire – Kenny’s Castaways (157 Bleeker St)
11:30P – The Mommyheads – Maxwell’s (1039 Washington St, Hoboken)
12:10A – +/- (Plus/Minus) – Rock Shop (249 4th Ave)

Saturday October 23
8:00P – Gringo Star – Ace Of Clubs (9 Great Jones St)
10:45P – Sarah Jaffe – Living Room (154 Ludlow St)
1:00A – Reptar – Ace Of Clubs (9 Great Jones St)

See you in New York!
- Nelson Wells, Bill Benson
Team Clermont

Casiotone For The Painfully Alone Winter Tour

Owen Ashworth, aka Casiotone For The Painfully Alone, cannot be stopped. In 2009 alone, CFTPA released the fantastic singles, b-sides, and rarities collection, Advance Base Battery Life, a stellar new full-length, Vs. Children, and extensively toured North America and Europe. And he’s not done yet.

Get your Casiotone For The Painfully Alone requests ready, because Owen will be bringing his stacks of keyboards, bass-heavy beats, and wry stage banter to both sides of the pond in the next two months.

CASIOTONE FOR THE PAINFULLY ALONE IN EUROPE

Dec 16, 2009: Istanbul, Turkey @ Indigo

Dec 18, 2009: London, UK @ Lexington

Dec 19, 2009: Leeds, UK @ Nation Of Shopkeepers

Dec 20, 2009: Cambridge, UK @ Portland Arms

Dec 21, 2009: Oxford, UK @ Jericho

Dec 22, 2009: Brighton, UK @ Freebutt

CASIOTONE FOR THE PAINFULLY ALONE IN THE PACIFIC NORTHWEST

Jan 06, 2010: Portland, OR @ Backspace

Jan 07, 2010: Seattle, WA @ Vera Project

Jan 08, 2010: Vancouver, BC @ Biltmore Cabaret

Jan 09, 2010: Anacortes, WA @ Department of Safety

Jan 10, 2020: Victoria, BC @ James Bay United Church

CASIOTONE FOR THE PAINFULLY ALONE IN FLORIDA

Jan 20, 2010: Lake Worth, FL @ Propaganda

Jan 22, 2010: Miami, FL @ Electric Pickle

Jan 23, 2010: Tampa, FL @ New World Brewery

Jan 24, 2010: Orlando, FL @ Backbooth

Jan 26, 2010: Gainesville, FL @ Common Grounds

Jan 28, 2010: Tallahassee, FL @ Club Downunder

1997 Cropper

Let's Party Like It's 1997!

Six is certainly not a crowd for Victory Records band 1997. Their brand new record Notes From Underground released on October 13, 2009. This is their third full-length release, and with it the band continues to mature and hone their sound.

We have posted the video for the track “A Fearless Heart” below! They filmed the new video on location in Gary, IN at an abandoned Methodist church which is also the same setting that was used in the upcoming Nightmare On Elm Street remake. The melancholy setting was the perfect backdrop for this fascinating and eclectic song.

1997 “A Fearless Heart” from VicTorV TV on Vimeo.

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New York - Team Clermont nominated for Top Awards at CMJ!

It’s that time of year! Bill, Nelson, Steve and the entire team at Team Clermont will be headed up to the Big Apple to once again represent at CMJ’s music conference and music festival “the marathon”, and we’re doing so in a big way! First off, CMJ nominations were announced yesterday, and Athens, Georgia’s Team Clermont showed up in almost every category. CMJ also posted quotes about each nominee, so we’ll share what they had to say about us in each category:

Promotion Company Of The Year:
Team Clermont – “They are way more legit than pretty much everyone else.”
“They really stepped up their game this year.”

Promoter Of The Year:
Team Clermont / Shil Patel – “He’s always lovely to talk to, remembers details about you, and he STILL promotes great music in an effective/non-annoying way.”

Best Use Of The Web:
Team Clermont – “I’m pretty down with their site.”

Holy Sh*t! Their Records Are Awesome!:
Team Clermont – “Their records ARE awesome, and they like to do daily stretches at 3:15 p.m.” “Wilco… dude… Wilco!” Oh, and Flaming Lips, M83, Postal Service…

Biggest Ray Of Sunshine:
Steve Hendriksen – “We’ve had some of the best conversations ever.”

Most Sincere:
Shil Patel – “Nicest man in existence.”

Best Mentor:
Shil Patel – “He taught me everything I know!”

To see a full list of the nominees, click here . If you’re attending CMJ this week, be sure to swing by the voting booth and cast your ballot for Team Clermont!

Now, onto other news! We also want to remind every one of our showcase! It will be held on Friday, October 23rd at Lit Lounge (93 2nd Ave New York). It’s starting up at 7PM, and the following bands will be playing:

Bear In Heaven (Hometapes)
Helado Negro (Asthmatic Kitty)
Peggy Sue (Yep Roc)
Hi Red Center (Joyful Noise)
Spring Tigers (Bright Antenna)

Be sure to come out and party with us! And stay tuned for more details about our trip to CMJ!

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Here's to 20 Years of Team Clermont artists & bands. Thank you all!

We surely couldn’t have made it 20 years without all of you, our artists.
See our full roster, the whole list of the 2,238 artists, singers, bands and true creatives we’ve had the privilege of working with so far during our company’s (first) 20-year history. – with love from co-founders Nelson Wells and Bill Benson

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