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Mommy and Daddy (Video)

“Receiving a lot of vocal songs driven by guitar line, we seek firstly for the quaility of recordings and mix/production. You have it here. Then we check how we feel within us the overall harmonies and vocal style. We promise you get this here. Then we step into the lyrics message and story line. Yes its profoundly impactful. Lastly we get more into capture the details of vocal performance and here Stuffy Shmitt with a raucous, wide and characteristic vocal style, sings its story in a fathomless way.”

-Nagamag.com

Americana artist Stuffy Shmitt is an old NYC rock & roller, singer/songwriter and guitarist who has performed and recorded with everyone from The Band’s Levon Helm to David Johansen of the New York Dolls. About eight years ago, Stuffy went off the rails, consumed by bipolar disorder. Finally, he got himself properly medicated, moved to Nashville and was able to sort out everything he’d created during his bouts of depression & mania. The resulting album, Stuff Happens—featuring guest spots by Aaron Lee Tasjan & Brian Wright—is his finest yet.

Forthcoming single “Mommy and Daddy”—the centerpiece of the record—is a raw, heart-crushing, gorgeously written and produced rumination on returning home to find your once-vibrant parents closing in on the end of their lives. An aching slow-burn that erupts into a memorable chorus, the song deals in stark vignettes that etch themselves into your mind.

Stuffy has been featured recently at American Songwriter, Cowboys & Indians magazine, Punk News, Ditty TV, The Big Takeover, The New York Post & more.

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Stuff Happens is Stuffy Shmitt’s first record in eight years because, well, he went crazy. “I was living in New York and my brain was on fire. I got that bipolar thing. I was bouncing between full-blown depression and a jailbreak manic buzz rush. After nearly a decade of getting 86’d from bars in the West Village, I made it to Nashville six years ago and finally got my head screwed on tight enough to make a new record.”

This album finds Shmitt not quite exorcising his demons, but exercising them—wrestling with them until they’ve been knocked around enough to be manageable. “I didn’t realize until the record was finished and my wife, Donna, pointed it out,” Stuffy says, “but this album is all about trauma. Disasters big and small. It was an accident, though. It was all subconscious. I guess, eventually, that shit’s gotta come out.”

A madcap tour through the folds of Shmitt’s charmingly off-kilter brain, Stuff Happens runs the full spectrum of manic depression in glorious stereophonic sound. There are bizzaro blues rockers and exhausted, desolate Americana ballads—some bleak to the bone, and others begrudgingly grasping at hope; never so naive as to look for a silver lining, but dogged enough to skim the horizon for the dull glimmer of aluminum. And when you need a jolt, there’s plenty of naked, unapologetic, torn-and-frayed American rock & roll to carry you kicking and screaming through all that beautiful sad-bastard music; the full-tilt end of the spectrum best represented by “Sweet Krazy,” a revved-up ode to mania that features fellow Nashville songsmith guitar shredders Aaron Lee Tasjan & Brian Wright.

The story of the album begins with a chance encounter Shmitt had in an East Nashville dive. “I walked into The Five Spot, and there was this tall, skinny guy with a beat-up hat at the bar,” Stuffy says. “I didn’t know him, but I walked up to him and said, ‘Didn’t you push me off a ferris wheel once?’ Which actually is a Steven Wright line—I stole it, I admit it—but it’s a great line. So I said that to him, and he looked at me and shot back, ‘Oh, that was you?’” Yes, it was love at first sight for Shmitt and Nashville singer-songwriter and producer Brett Ryan Stewart.

Meanwhile, that same night, as Shmitt was performing at The Five Spot, his wife sat down at the bar next to a long-haired character who was throwing back Jameson and talking in word pictures about the lyrics he was hearing. That guy was Chris Tench, who would become the guitar player in Shmitt’s band and ultimately the producer of Stuff Happens. “So here’s where it gets really freaky,” Stuffy says. “come to find out, Chris and Brett not only knew each other, they had partnered on music projects for years, owned a killer studio together and were both razor-sharp rockin’ madmen.”

Brett wound up engineering and co-producing the record with Stuffy and Chris. “I’ve always produced all my own stuff,” Shmitt says. “Don’t get in the way, don’t tell me what to play, don’t say what goes where because I’m the boss. But this time I did a trust fall. It was the first time I gave up the reins, and I’m glad I did because they’re brilliant. It was magic how we fell in together.”

Stuffy took his band out to Stewart and Tench’s studio, 20 miles south of Nashville in Franklin, Tenn., where they could clear their heads and work without distraction. The measured pace and attention to detail and mood helped ease Stuffy out of his comfort zone. “Chris and I did two months of pre-production, sitting in my living room with acoustic guitars breaking down the songs. It was a new thing for me. I hate to admit it because I like to do stuff on the fly, but it made a big difference. The pre-production work gave us a roadmap and freed us up to get lost in scenic detours. Working with Chris and Brett was all about groove and flow. They connected with the stories I was telling, and so did the rest of the band, which was Dave Colella on drums, and Parker Hawkins on bass. By then I’d worked with the band for a couple of years, so they got me, no learning curve, they knew the groove and the flow, too. We’re all brothers and everything clicked in a big way.”

The lush sonics of Stuff Happens make a compelling backdrop for Shmitt’s austere, blunt-force poetry and gutter-of-consciousness lyrics. His songs are disarmingly direct and personal, built with words you might find scrawled on a crumpled napkin in some sawdust jukebox bar with chicken wire on the window and a pig foot in the jar. These are not your garden variety genericana tunes. He’s weird. And honest, too. When he opens his mouth to sing, Shmitt can’t help but tell the truth, consequences be damned. Even when he’s doing his best to lie his scoundrel ass off, he falls face first into the truth. His stories are our stories. He makes us feel stuff.

“They were looking at their photograph / Black and white of a catered night / In Madison Wisconsin / Tuxedo and ball gown / The future dead ahead / Bright and shiny like the long smooth silver car / Now they don’t know where they are,” Shmitt sings on “Mommy and Daddy,” a heart-crushing rumination on his folks’ final years.

Shmitt grew up in Milwaukee in a family every bit as wild and unhinged as he is. “I don’t come from a family with a culture of tradition. I had a drunk drummer mother who wrote poetry in her sleep, and a dad who played guitar and had a thing for fast cars. We read a lot of books, listened to a lot of music and protested social injustices. Our home was loud and nasty and violent. We didn’t spend a lot of time hugging or talking about feelings. We didn’t have religion. I didn’t understand spirituality until I dropped acid as a teenager, and when I nearly died of pneumonia a while back. And then I got manic, which comes with superpowers and parties with angels.”

Stuffy ventured to New York, then L.A. then back to New York, playing in an endless parade of rock & roll bands. It was a gas. Loud, fun, kickass shit. He was in Actual Size, X-Lovers, Petting Zoo and a whole bunch of other projects. He snorted coke with Johnny Rotten at The Cat and the Fiddle in Laurel Canyon, and he made his bones pumping through blown-out speaker cones on both coasts, stalking the stage with his gang of musicians, and recording with greats including Willy De Ville, David Johansen of the New York Dolls, The Band’s Levon Helm, Violent Femmes’ Gordon Gano, and Jayotis Washington and The Persuasions. But after a while all the drummers in his life kept blowing up like it was This Is Spinal Tap, so Stuffy decided maybe he’d better start playing solo acoustic gigs instead. Half a life and a half-dozen albums later, with Stuff Happens he’s managed to synthesize the disparate sounds of his past into his finest, most impactful record yet. And what better time to release your lighting-rod masterpiece than in the midst of a global pandemic?

“Staying inside all the time makes me absolutely nuts—I start crawling the walls,” Shmitt confesses. “But what are you gonna do? God, I miss just walking down the street and feeling my boots on the pavement, going into a club and saying, ‘Ok, this band sucks, let’s go to another other club.’ I feel caged. Rock & roll is supposed to be live. You’re supposed to turn up the bass and listen to a person’s guts. If you play the new record loud enough you’ll definitely get some of that, but I’m holding out hope for when we can all get back out there in the flesh, pile into a club, order two shots of Jack, a pint of Kahlua with a side of Pop Rocks, and just go wild. Let the bass echo in our chests.”

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Calm Before The Storm – COMO feat. verNation (Video)

“We don’t know the background stories of jamming and performing of this team up song between Como and verNation but this final result is a wonderful bond of styles, filling harmonically each other, making this seems easy and like did it in one go. The mix, production and recordings here managed with full care, offering a beautiful soft listening experience delivering through a right sound package their heartwarming message. Beautiful song! ”

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Calm Before The Storm: “2 voices and a grand piano telling an emotional story about love and loss”… This is the first duet written and performed by Como and Vern, two artists with careers in completely different genres, – one acoustic, the other electronic. For her debut single Suitcase (Sony Music) Como received 3 nominations for the Austrian Music Award. Vern and his band “The Uptown Monotones” have been successfully touring the UK for three years in a row.

The Song is a beautiful and melancholic duet in the tradition of subtile ballads like Skinny Love, Falling Slowly, Say Something, Mad World, Hello, …

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Mandoki Soulmates – The Torch (Christmas Single) (Video)

“Profoundly impactful and endlessly fascinating, Mandoki Soulmates lights the torch, and revolution goes on. ”

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“Living in the Gap” is about using unity to change the world. All the people, that don’t want the world to go to hell, are finding their powers to fight again.
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I Bleed Human (Video)

“Josie Bello with her hookiest qualities and her elegant characteristic vocal style, through guitar riffs of jazzy funkiness flirting and recordings mixed with sound clarity shares her message through on point lyrics in a soulful way. ”

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Josie Bello is an Americana Artist from NY. Her original songs tell stories that are relatable, and explore issues that are both timely and timeless. Her newest release “Have Purpose Live Long” (2020) and her debut album “Can’t Go Home” (2018) have had extensive U.S. & International radio play with the albums and individual tracks appearing on an impressive number of radio charts including the Roots Music Report (RMR) charts, the Folk Alliance International Charts, the EuroAmericana Chart and the Americana Albums Chart. Here is a sample of album reviews for Have Purpose Live Long –“No one would be disappointed with this album… particularly thoughtful song-writing” Gordon Sharpe, Americana UK (10/20/20); “Atmospheric Lo-Fi Americana Worthy of a David Lynch Country Movie…Josie Bello’s music takes a little from a lot of genres to combine to become something quite unlike anyone else I can actually think of; which is a rarity around this office” The Rocking Magpie (10/19/20) “Have Purpose Live Long is an album that’s grounded in truth and speaking from the heart…an unusual signature sound, setting Bello apart from the pack. A folk album at heart, this is a mix of Americana genres.” Melissa Clarke, Americana Highways (9/11/20)

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Yero Richard – Our Ship (Spotify)

“-Our Ship- is the new single of -Yero Richard- under Sophie Records imprint. A song which sounds as a lullaby from heaven, with the soft like feather voice color, with a memorable daydreaming chorus which invites you to listen again and again, and a gently lush guitar melodic line. Music which keeps warm your heart. ”

-Nagamag.com

Our Ship is a serene and sober song about the torments of confusion in love, influenced by the music of RY X, inspired by real life experiences. It’s written, produced, mixed and mastered by Yero. It features Yero on all of the instrumets and his band The Plus in the second half. In the backing vocals Yero is joined by Céline Huber

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Becoming Young – For My Father (Video)

“Becoming Young in an ode for father, through his soulful heartwarming vocals sings reflective in a way which hits you right deep inside. A beautiful song rich in emotional moments and a sound quality which feels like a feather in your skin.

-Nagamag.com

Boulder/Nashville-based pop artist Becoming Young, aka Brandon Calano, has just released the folk/pop ballad, “For My Father.” Stream it HERE.

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Lyrically, this song is an honest assessment of a father’s trapped circumstance from a son’s perspective. Musically, it’s Becoming Young’s first piano-driven single.

Calano gets reflective and direct with lines like, “I see your heart and I see your soul, there’s nothing as pure as the man you are. Take a breath, let your burden go, when darkness comes, I’ll still love you so.” Anyone with a close relationship to his or her father will resonate with the song’s empathetic message.

“For My Father” bridges Becoming Young’s most recent pop album, Feeling Single, to a more serious body of work in his forthcoming record, The Songs I Wrote You, which begins releasing on January 1, 2021. The expansion from pop to the singer-songwriter genre began in January of 2020 when he teamed with producer Ryan Hadlock (The Lumineers, Vance Joy) on three singles for the new album.

For those not familiar with Brandon Calano, he writes and records under the pseudonym, Becoming Young. It’s a name he says embodies his journey to let go of everything he is not—and become who he was meant to be all along.

Becoming Young has earned a loyal following, playing sold-out shows from Atlanta to Portland, and describes his evolving sound as Lauv meets Glass Animals. Yet others have likened him to Vance Joy and Dermot Kennedy. Though all of those descriptors ring true, the Nashville via Boulder singer/songwriter has established an enticing pop/folk sound.

Becoming Young’s most recent album, Feeling Single, explores the modern dating landscape as told by an emotionally-reckless millennial. It features the trap-pop banger “High,” a bouncy retro-bop, “The Night I Met You,” and the swagalicious, “Cherry Twist.”

For more information about Becoming Young, follow @becomingyoung on Instagram / Spotify or visit: www.becomingyoung.band.

Evie Irie – Misfit (Video)

“So what if you are a misfit? The different always engages reactions, yet the different does the changes. If you dont step out of the flow of a river, sea is the only truth for you. Evie Irie with her hookiest qualities and abundant vocals sings about -misfit-, a pop songs which sounds as classic allready! ”

-Nagamag.com

Today, seventeen-year-old Sydney-born singer/songwriter Evie Irie releases the official music video for her new single “Misfit” from her recent The Pessimist EP, sister EP to The Optimist EP. Watch the music video HERE.

Evie is launching her own “Official Misfit Scholarship” in partnership with Bold.org to support misfit high school students with a passion for arts and music. Evie will be involved with both the interview and selection process, check out more information HERE.
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Evie was most recently featured on Dillon Francis’ “Be Somebody” – Listen HERE
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An Optimist by day, Pessimist by night… well more like a pessimist after 3am, Evie Irie has been hailed as “one to watch” by her peers and music blogs alike blogs. Like some sort of pop alchemist, the Australian singer, songwriter, and multi-instrumentalist turns self described “weirdness” into universal wonder within her music. By 15-years-old, her talent and drive convinced mom and dad to allow her to move to Nashville where she cut her teeth at countless open mics before winding up in Los Angeles for a short time—a journey chronicled on her 2019 debut EP, 5 Weeks In LA.

Tallying 25 million streams globally to date, she garnered widespread acclaim from the likes of Refinery29, Idolator, Notion, LADYGUNN and Atwood Magazine who christened her “one of the most promising teens of pop music today” on its “2020 Artists to Watch.” Simultaneously, she shared the stage with everyone from Sigrid to Bastille. The year to come will certainly see Evie continue to bring new light to popular music and culture.

Constant Follower – I Can’t Wake You (Spotify)

“Like you are driving on the highway, and this song appears in your cassette recorder. In a Cadillac without roof. Over your long haul to her heart, like is racing through a sunset. Hoping in the end of the road to be the one you will wake her up with a kiss. Wonderful deep emotive song!”

“Если вы едете по хайвэю, то неприменимо в вашей магнитоле появится эта песня. В кадилаке без крыши, по долгому пути к ее сердцу вы мчите через закат. И возможно в конце пути вы сможете ее разбудить.”

-Nagamag.com

This song was the second song that Constant Follower wrote after a recovery from a traumatic head injury. It's in some ways a meditation on the way that momentary events stay with you through life, and how strange it is that time seems to stand still in moments of distress.

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Yael Naim – She (Spotify)

Yael Naim – She
(Spotify)

Singer Songwriter

The journey of self-discovery consumes every artist. That is certainly the case with Yael Naim, the Parisian-born, Franco-Israeli singer-songwriter. In a career that has developed over the course of the last 20 years, the multi-instrumentalist and producer has been on a restless quest to create a sound world of her own across a string of increasingly absorbing albums – none more so than her latest offering, NightSongs. As its title suggests, this is a hugely intimate album that sees her breaking away from the established way in which she makes music. Her last album, Older (released in 2015 and certified gold in France the following year) was co-produced with her husband David Donatien who also co-wrote four songs. Donatien was also co-produced and collaborated with her on her two previous offerings, She Was A Boy (2010) and her self-titled 2007 effort, both of which were credited to the pair. This time around, the songs are purely hers, arranged and produced solely by Yael.

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