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

2019 xmas

Happy Holidays From Team Clermont - Bill, Nelson, Adam, & Frederique!

We hope you have enjoyed all the blessings of the season and that you have the happiest new year to come!

Also, if you aren’t tired of the tunes yet, here’s a unique Team Clermont artist
Made especially for you from all of us at Team Clermont


In honor of musicians seeking counseling and mental health, we have made a donation to the non-profit, Nuçi’s Space in lieu of printing and mailing Christmas cards and are sending you this digital card in its place.

Here we are at the dawn of a brand new year.
Somehow, we’ve made it to the end of our 22nd year! Yowza. (at least we are professional drinking age and way past 21). The industry is still changing faster than ever, but we’ll always be here for you every step of the way. We’ve even got some fun surprises in store for 2020. Stay tuned!

Now, before we jump into our Top Ten Lists of 2019 below….
We would be remiss if we didn’t recognize and thank those who made our year what it was.
A big thanks goes out to all of the artists who we had the joy of working with this past year.

Team C’s 2019 Roster… A Picture Made, …And The Black Feathers, Biglemoi, Billy Harvey, The Bobbleheads, Brad Armstrong, Broken Baby, Brookhaven, Brown Kid, Bvrth, Byre, Catholic Action, China, The Criticals, The Cry, The Dentals, Diesel Park West, Doublevee, Gold Light + Snakemusk, Good Service, Happy Nothing, Heron, Holy Beach, Human Barbie, Hunting Memories, Jaco, Jonathan, John DeNicola, Jon Patrick Walker, Kazyak, King Ropes, Kiss The Tiger, Lauren Crosby, Leland And The Silver Wells, Lesibu Grand, Matthew Squires, Matt Shapiro, Nicholas Altobelli, Nocturnal Blonde, Oliver Ray, One Two Ten, Ottoman Turks, Para Lia, Parker Longbough, Paul Jacks, The People Years, Pezzettino, Prince, Protovulcan, Rich Matteson, Robert LaRoche, Rowe, Ruark, Scatter, Swept, Sarah Lee Langford, Sex People, Smoked, Soft People, Starover Blue, Stu Dicious, Swimming Bell, Tariq, Taylor Hollingsworth, Telemonster, Terry Ohms, TLA, The Travoltas, Tummyache, W.C. Beck & Wild Wing

Top 10 Lists

Bill Benson
[As always, no TC artists included]

1. Michael Kiwanuka – Kiwanuka – Polydor
2. Bruce Springsteen – Western Stars – Columbia
3. The Highwomen – The Highwomen – Low Country Sound
4. Lizzo – Cuz I Love You – Nice Life
5. Yola – Walk Through Fire – Easy Eye Sound / Nonesuch
6. Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds – Ghosteen – Ghosteen LTD
7. Girl In Red – Chapter 2 – Marie Ulven
8. Sharon Van Etten – Remind Me Tomorrow – Jagjaguwar
9. Joan Shelley – Like The River Loves The Sea – No Quarter
10. Kidz Bop Kids – Kidz Bop 39 – Embedded in My Brain Records

Adam Tercyak-Morgan
(Team Clermont, Surviving the Golden Age)

1. Malibu Ken – Malibu Ken
2. Big Thief – U.F.O.F.
3. Lizzo – Cuz I Love You
4. Carly Rae Jepsen – Dedicated
5. Karen O & Dangermouse – Lux Prima
6. Ex Hex – It’s Real
7. Clairo – Immunity
8. Fontaines D.C. – Dogrel
9. La Fine Equipe – 5th Season
10. Boris the Sprinkler – Vespa to Venus

Nelson Wells
(Team Clermont)

1. Bon Iver – i, i
2. Kazyak – Odyssey
3. The National – I Am Easy to Find
4. Sharon Van Etten – Remind Me Tomorrow
5. Tummyache – Humpday
6. Aldous Harding – Designer
7. Red Hearse – Red Hearse
8. Weyes Blood – Titanic Rising
9. Faye Webster – Atlanta Millionaires Club
10. Laura Stevenson – The Big Freeze

Amber Bollinger
(Broken Baby, Poor Man Records, Palo Santo Records)
[Top 10 Songs]

1. Kills Birds – “Volcano”
2. Grim Streaker – “A.D.D”
3. CRYSTAL – “Sex Rich”
4. Versing – “Tethered”
5. Tummyache – “Median”
6. Egg Drop Soup – “P.M.S”
7. Public Practice – “Extra-Ordinary”
8. Cat Scan – “Upstairs Downstairs”
9. Pure Adult – “The New Guillotine”
10. Plague Vendor – “New Comedown”

Terry Ohms
(Cornelius Chapel Records)

1. Chai – Punk – Burger Records
2. Big Thief – Two Hands – 4AD
3. The Slow Laters – The Slow Laters – CCR
4. Purple Mountains – Purple Mountains – Drag City
5. Holiday Gunfire – Holiday Gunfire – CCR
6. Lambchop – This (is what I wanted to tell you) – Merge
7. Sarah Lee Langford – Two Hearted Rounder – CCR
8. Brad Armstrong – I Got No Place Remembers Me – CCR
9. Swervedriver – Future Ruins – DAngerbird
10. Shura – Forevher – Secretly Canadian

[Jon Sortland (The Shins), Tahiti Pehrson (Hunting Memories) & Jason Clark (The Pleased)]
(Dowd Records)

1. Beautiful Dudes – Radio – Mama Bird
2. The Cry – Beautiful Reasons – Dowd
3. Cass McCombs – Tip Of The Sphere – Anti
4. Foliage – Take – Z Tapes
5. Allah-Las – LAHS – Mexican Summer
6. The Growlers Natural Affair Beach Goth
7. Ride – This Is Not A Safe Place – Wichita
8. Prism Tats – “Stay True” – Anti
9. Ian Brown – Ripples – Virgin EMI
10. Liam Gallagher – Why Me? Why Not. – Warner

Matthew Witthoeft
(Parker Longbough, Wilderhood Records)

1. Pile – Green and Gray – Exploding in Sound
2. Pedro the Lion – Phoenix – Polyvinyl
3. Better Oblivion Community Center – Better Oblivion Community Center – Dead Oceans
4. Sandy (Alex G) – House of Sugar – Domino
5. Big Thief – Two Hands – 4AD
6. Twin Peaks – Lookout Low – Grand Jury
7. Signals Midwest – Pin Ep – Lauren
8. White Reaper – You Deserve Love – Elektra
9. GBV – Warp and Woof – GBV
10. Young Guv – Guv I & II – Run for Cover

Claire Wellin
(Youth in a Roman Field, San Fermin)

1. Beyoncé: Homecoming Live
2. Lizzo: Cuz I Love You
3. Andrew Bird: My Finest Work Yet
4. Pavo Pavo: Mystery Hour
5. Brittany Howard: Jamie
6. Cate LeBon: Reward
7. Caroline Polachek: Pang
8. Kate Davis: Trophy
9. Beirut: Gallipoli
10. Bon Iver: i,i

Let’s not forget our dear friend JP Walker, aka Hamilton’s King George III.
In case you forgot, JP sent you his new Xmas song which you may grab here

Jon Patrick Walker
(The Edge Times)

1. Fontaines D. C. – Dogrel – Partisan Records
2. The Who – WHO – Polydor Records
3. Michael Nesmith – Live at The Troubadour – 7a Records
4. Craig Finn – I Need a New War – Partisan Records
5. The Black Keys – Let’s Rock – Nonesuch Records
6. Lana Del Ray – Norman Fucking Rockwell – Polydor Records
7. Bob Dylan – Travelin’ Thru, Bootleg Series Vol 15 – Columbia Records
8. Beatles – The Beatles (White Album) Remastered – Apple Corps
9. Various Artists – Once Upon a Time in Hollywood soundtrack – L. Driver Productions
10. Weyes Blood – Titanic Rising – Sub Pop

Biggest heartfelt holiday wishes from our team to yours!

Bill, Adam, Frederique, and Nelson
Team Clermont

Human Barbie BCWYWF cover

Be careful what you wish for unless its new Human Barbie music!

Poor Man RecordsHuman Barbie just released their new single, “Be Careful What You Wish For.”

“Drenched with languid guitars, the track sounds austere until the first line ‘Be careful what you wish for cause you’re gonna get fucked eventually’” said Adam Morgan of Surviving the Golden Age.

“While it flirts with these modern bedroom tropes, solitary and slow, it offer has this sort of melody that is indebted to the timelessness of pop craftsmanship” said Nathan Lankford of Austin Town Hall.

Don’t just trust the experts, hear and see for yourself here.


Claire of Youth in a Roman Field: Top Ten Albums of 2019

We asked Claire of Youth in a Roman Field and San Fermin for her top ten albums of the year. Here is what she had to say:

1. Beyoncé: Homecoming Live

2. Lizzo: Cuz I Love You

3. Andrew Bird: My Finest Work Yet

4. Pavo Pavo: Mystery Hour

5. Brittany Howard: Jamie

6. Cate LeBon: Reward

7. Caroline Polachek: Pang

8. Kate Davis: Trophy

9. Beirut: Gallipoli

10. Bon Iver: i,i

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