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Good Service

Noah Fardon (Good Service) was born in Nashville in 1994 and raised in an old stone house west of town. When not in school – a very traditional, all-male, former military academy where football will always reign supreme – he sought creative and conversational freedom and inspiration each day on the front porch of a nearby coffee shop that was a main haunt for prophetically deep thinkers, brilliantly singular personalities, and artists of all mediums and ages. Buoyed by their passion and the atmosphere of encouragement, he took his limited musical chops out of the shower, where they’d long been waging a losing battle against Hamilton Leithauser, picked up a guitar (and a guitar teacher) and started a band. Things went well for a few years, and then faded away as we all found new places to call home.

Fardon then moved to midcoast Maine in 2012 and, after a few years translating Ancient Greek, decamped to nearby Portland, into a repurposed laundry facility owned by a mustachioed, Twizzler-hoarding, self-proclaimed pirate. There, he set up shop in a 9’ X 7’ wooden box (sawdust on the paint-stained concrete; it had most recently been a carpenter’s workspace) that occupied one corner of a large white-walled room (now the New System Exhibitions gallery space). Fardon spent the next two years writing and recording in musical and spatial isolation, aiming to see if, in so doing, he couldn’t shed some habits that had begun to make the whole thing feel stale.

Please is the result of that effort; alternately sweet and unsettling, it is a wonderfully strange and engrossing thirty-one minutes, thematically informed and contextualized by Good’s sudden need to reckon with a rapidly unwinding perspective on mortality in light of his grandmother’s terminal diagnosis and subsequent passing a year and a half later. As the album’s bookends, “And a Foot” and “The End,” are also its most direct confrontations with death, each peeling through varying layers of anxiety, regret and despair to uncover the beauty and lightness hidden deep within the folds: that necessary inspiration to trudge on, to be patient, to choose to accept life. “And a Foot” settles hesitantly though encouragingly on a plan to turn things around: “Twenty-three, obsessed with death, regretful of the only love I’ve left, I smoke as much as fills my chest, but I’m trying to get right again.”

And yet, as the album plays out, Good’s resolve to choose and cherish life is subsumed by an inability to breach the sea of distractions – those much more immediate and prescient than mortality – that all but defines the restless sprawl of each day. Meaningful commiseration becomes tied in with increasingly unhealthy patterns of substance use that demand nonetheless occasionally still feel effective and revelatory (“Summer Muses”/ “MaPaw”); a love lost years before, now distant in time and space, creeps its way into a new start in a new city (“Washington Avenue”), cutting through the din of social life and the current of a budding romance with the sharp edge of vivid memory (“94”). By “The End,” Good, having lost family and friends alike to whatever it is that comes next, has grown more fully aware of the way mortality manifests in even the smallest windows of time, and embraces this unearthed truth reluctantly: there is no linear path to follow, only cycles of birth, death, and rebirth, that we must repeatedly opt into as we discover who we are before we simply are no more (“If now were the end, it wouldn’t get to me much; I feel so spent, though I know we’ve only just begun). But it is not the end. Good Service is a beginning.

What you will hear within first had to pass through the hands of his trusted, capable, and generous friends, Vaughn Hunt (additional recording; synthesizers) and Jamie Joyce (drums), and then through those of Roger Moutenot (additional recording; mixing), who brought a true sense of life and identity to this music — without him this record would simply not be what it is.

There’s so much more: a desperate and defeated return to Nashville; a New Jersey cemetery swelling under the billowing and pulpy heat of a midday in August; the misidentified shallot that brought him closer to Springsteen’s quiet side and the notion of chosen family; two deceptively quiet brushes with death in the sap and sweat of a New Orleans predawn; eight cats, a puppy, three drunk infants, “customer is king,” orange kouign amanns and spelt ciabatta…If you want to know any of it…just ask!


Photos: Henry Austin


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Press Contact:Bill Benson

Radio Contact: Nelson & Adam
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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
or Bill Benson

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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!

Radio

Our radio department gets results through years of long-term working relationships with over 400 college, public, satellite, online and commercial stations across the U.S. and Canada. Campaigns generally last 6 weeks, and are strategically planned to meet the expectations of every client on each record. Simply put, we get radio airplay.

College & Public Radio
Team Clermont campaigns generally last 4-6 weeks to as many as 400 top-ranked college, public, community, NPR, satellite and online radio stations in the United States and Canada. We begin with the prep work in the weeks prior to the add date with calls, personalized and blast emails, press releases, sending links to videos and songs, and more. We schedule with and post download links to the radio trades such as NACC, Spinitron and Muzooka and announce the release to radio. Next, we focus on bringing in the adds and airplay during the week of the add date. Each week we do the same and provide clients reports detailing all actions taken by radio.

We work half the number of releases as our competitors, this way, you know you will always be a priority for Team Clermont, and your records will not become part of a laundry list. Our team promotes records to radio through long-standing relationships with the stations and provides clients with weekly tracking reports, detailing all pertinent radio tracking data at each station. Our goal is to get maximum airplay for each record and chart positions which reflect that airplay.

College & public radio promotion campaign rates may be discounted if combined with
PR campaigns so feel free to ask about those and the true-indie discounts.

Non-commercial, Triple-AAA, and Alternative Specialty Shows
For years Team Clermont has serviced these stations and DJs with astounding success. Now we partner with the best indie promoters in the US to find you the best team available.

This is a separate service from college radio (and not for every release) with its own rates and review process. Please submit music noted specifically for A-3 or specialty shows separately.

Think your music has what it takes to be on the radio? Submit your music now.
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Our radio department and its successes are derived from all the many years of radio promotion work by our very own Founder, Nelson Wells, as well as by our VP, Bill Benson. Nelson began his college radio promotion career right out of college starting with indie bands from Richmond, Virginia such as The Technical Jed, Schwa, and others. Nelson’s 3rd client was a fairly unknown South Carolina band, called Hootie & The Blowfish. The band had $800 and asked Nelson to do radio promotion, press, distribution, and whatever he could to help them grow beyond an indie band. And that he did. Within weeks the band had sold 35,000 copies of their own independently released EP, and were quickly signed by Bruce Flohr at RCA where they went on to create a life-long career.

Nelson began Team Clermont in 1997 with then employee Bill to showcase and support small unknown talented young bands across the US. Since then, the two have grown a small, respected music empire known for helping the small bands, the indiest of labels, civil rights groups, the downtrodden, the little guy, and the truly and fiercely independent artist and musician. In 2005 Nelson began the sale 50% of the corporate shares of Team Clermont to Bill, now Nelson’s business partner and Team Clermont VP and head publicist.

Nelson and Bill both have been consistent contributors and supporters of many non-profits and charities in which they believe. From Nuci’s Space to The ACLU, and from Community Connection to The Vic Chesnutt Songwriters Award, to The Jeanette Rankin Women’s Scholarship Fund their donations and support can be felt throughout the community.

Get to know your publicist and promoter: Nelson Wells Personal
Nelson Wells is a devoted dad to twin daughters, a dedicated business owner, and a generous contributor to and supporter of respected charitable organizations and civil rights groups worldwide and in his hometown of Athens, Georgia. He is also a civil rights activist and a defender of women’s rights, the rights of the LGBTQ community and has, for over 20 years, served on boards and/or donated to and supported groups who defend social justice and liberties for all minority groups especially those being oppressed.
Some charitable organizations and civil rights groups Nelson Wells has been involved with or contributed to include The ACLU, American Civil Liberties Union, Community Connection, Habitat For Humanity, Project Safe, sheltering women and children and protecting women from sexist or domestic violence or sexism in the workplace; Nuci’s space- protecting the lives of artists and supporting suicide prevention among artists and the Arts in Athens, Georgia; Lukas’ Fund – Helping Mothers and infants who find themselves in hospital NICU units; Also, The Jeanette Rankin Women’s Scholarship Fund which helps underprivileged women gain education and defend against sexism in education. Contact Sue Lawrence at RankinFoundation to learn about all of the support and donations Nelson has made in their honor and to women around the South for their desire for education. In 2006 Nelson began going to Nicaragua to enjoy the surf but also to donate and on Christmas Eve deliver clothing, shoes and donations of baseball equipment to poor local Nicaraguan families there who are in need of clothing, shelter, shoes and clean water.

Bill has been an artist manager, a radio promoter, a tour publicist, and is now our team’s head national publicist with over 20 years experience under his belt. He is the proud and dedicated father of two daughters and devoted husband to his sweet and kind wife, Erin.

Adam is our in-house radio promoter along side Nelson & the radio team as well as a junior publicist under Bill. Adam also currently runs his successful indie music blog, Surviving the Golden Age, where he’s been at the helm helping to expose and break young artists for nearly 10 years.
Adam worked in college radio in CT before heading to Los Angeles, and he now calls Athens, Georgia home.

Fréderique Hodges spent her early years in The Netherlands and following the indie music scene from Amsterdam to Antwerp. She now lives in Athens GA with her husband and baby daughter and keeps the books and all levels of order at the Team Clermont offices.

Thank you for getting to know your promoters and publicists. Feel free to ask us any questions any time.

For more information on Bill, Nelson, and the entire team submit music below or drop us a line here!*

Team Clermont accepts music submissions of all kinds. Submit your music now.
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Team Clermont reserves the right to refuse transactions with anyone who shows what we consider to be unprofessional behavior, disrespect to women, minorities, or other groups; we reserve the right to refuse business for anyone showing sexism, sexist behavior, or any behavior, lyrics or artwork that is degrading to women or the LGBTQ community, or their civil liberties or anyone we feel does not represent what we consider to be ethical in any way. Owners Bill and Nelson have defended the honor and civil rights of women and the LGBTQ community from discrimination or sexism their whole careers, and operate Team Clermont the same way. There are no refunds and no rush orders. Thank you for choosing our team for your music PR needs.

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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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