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Blockchain aficionado George Howard releasing new book; Paste Magazine shares excerpt

George Howard is releasing his newest book Everything In Its Right Place: How Blockchain Technology Will Lead To A More Transparent Music Industry, via 9 Giant Steps Books. The book features interviews with music veterans about the intersection of blockchain technology and music.

Links are below.

Everything In Its Right Place is available for pre-order. Paperback pre-orders will ship in Spring 2018. eBook pre-orders are available for download now from 9 Giant Steps.

In Everything In Its Right Place artists, such as Imogen Heap and Ryan Leslie; world-class entrepreneurs / Venture Capitalists, such as Andy Weisman and Bill Tai; innovators, such as DA Wallach and Benji Rogers, and numerous others provide direct and informative first-hand accounts of not only their visions for Blockchain, but the ways in which they are currently utilizing the technology.

The ways in which Blockchain technology will impact the music industry are examined thoroughly, but, as is so often the case, the music industry is a sort of Canary in a Coal Mine; as it goes, so too go other industries. Given these stakes, an understanding of Blockchain is imperative for anyone interested in significant emerging technologies and its applicability to a variety of industries.

George Howard is passionate in his hope that some of the pieces compiled in this book inspire those who believe, as he does, in the power of leveraging Blockchain technology in a manner that results in more artists not simply sustaining, but thriving on their own terms. After all, art is an empathy machine and, thus/as it follows, more art equals less war.

Contributors: Imogen Heap, Zoe Keating, D.A. Wallach, Bill Tai, Benji Rogers, Ryan Leslie, Andy Weissman, Ashley Longshore, Jesse Von Doom, Jesse Walden, Robert Ashcroft, Aston Motes, Trent McConaghy

To meet Howard in person at his SX book signing, see details here where you can find him signing books at 6:00 PM Thurs 3/15 in room 10C of the Austin Convention Center.

For PASTE Magazine’s article click here to read an excerpt featuring his interview with cellist Zoë Keating (Amanda Palmer, John Vanderslice).

To see Howard on the SXSW Panel “Playola” Thurs 3/15, 5-6 PM go here

To join Howard on his SXSW “roundtable discussion” just before the panel go here for Blockchain and the music industry, Thursday March 15 from 3:30-5:00.

The book is available at SXSW or directly from 9 Giant Steps Books

To request interviews or article assets contact Bill Benson

See the George Howard Press release

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Relix Magazine premieres new Helen Kelter Skelter video!

Helen Kelter Skelter release their blistering new album Melter last month. But they’re not showing any signs of slowing down. Relix Mag just premiered their newest video, for the single “Palamino.”

Check out the post here and pick up your very own white-vinyl copy of Melter here!

If you’re in Tulsa, you’re also in luck! They’re playing The Vanguard tomorrow night, the 2nd. For all of their tour dates, head over to

Praise and Testimonials for Team Clermont - Music PR & Radio Promotion

Felix BechtolsheimerTeam Clermont are as good as it gets. We are a UK-based label and we were warned off hiring a US publicist. I’m so glad that we ignored this advice and decided to go ahead with these guys. We did an EP last year, which got fantastic results at both press and radio and we are currently in the middle of a full album campaign. Bill and Nelson are some of the nicest people we’ve worked with and they are coordinating and integrating amazingly with our UK and European publicists. We will certainly be using them for our future projects. Can’t recommend them highly enough!!

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Get To Know The Music Lovers!

San Francisco based six-piece The Music Lovers have created their own brand of sophisticated mod pop, honing their skills since their first live show back in 2002. The band, hailing from all corners of the globe, have endured several line up changes but have never lost that great spark that yields toe-tapping melodies and singalong vocals. With their third LP Masculine, Feminine the band continues to shine with track after track of catchy pop goodness! Not too long ago, Baltimore based blog PensEyeView had the chance to speak with Matthew Edwards, one of the bands founders about all things TML. The very intriguing interview can be read at or see their video here

As a bonus, check out the bands latest hit “Saturday”

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Music Lovers Video "Saturday"

San Fransisco’s The Music Lovers make tunes heavily influenced by the works of Serge Gainsbourg, Godard, and 60s pop. It is no surprise that the video for “Saturday,” off of their killer new album Masculine Feminine would weigh in on those influences as well. The video is loaded with hot cars, sultry ladies lounging by the pool, and more split screens than five Woodstocks. Check it out!

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Thank you to 20+ Years of Team Clermont artists!

We surely couldn’t have made it 20 years without all of you, our artists.
See our clients, only part of the 2,238+ artists and true creatives we’ve had the privilege of working with so far (our first 20-years). -with love from founders Nelson Wells and Bill Benson

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