Friday, June 17, 2016

Sights and Sounds: Pete Yorn, Tears for Fears, 'Free State of Jones' soundtrack

Here are a few timely media releases I wanted to share going into the weekend...

'My Father,' a new song from Pete Yorn, out today

Purchase "My Father" here:
Listen to "My Father" here:
Yorn Supports New Album, ArrangingTime, With Performances At
Life Is Beautiful, Austin City Limits And Oaktopia Festivals

Pete Yorn is commemorating Father's Day with the release of a brand new song, "My Father," available now on iTunes and SpotifyYorn, who is celebrating his first Father's Day as a new dad, shared his inspiration for the song in this post to his social media:                                
"This song was recorded with my old pal R. Walt Vincent. It is an ode to strength in the face of uncertainty. It stares our inevitable mortality in the eye and says: 'lets dance!' My father, your father, The may be all of them. My father, the archetype. From me to you on Father's Day, I give you...'My Father.' And to my actual father....Dad, I am grateful for all the time you spent with me when I was growing up. You could have easily spent more time doing other things you wanted to do, but you were there for me. Thank you. PY"
Yorn will perform at several festivals this fall, including Life is Beautiful, Austin City Limits and Oaktopia. See below for itinerary.
ArrangingTime (Capitol Records) - Yorn's first solo studio album in more than five years - debuted in the Top 5 of Billboard's Alternative Albums and Folk Albums charts and in the Top 10 of the Top Rock Albums chart. Yorn celebrated its release with a series of North American and European headline dates and performances on numerous televisions shows, including a return visit to "The Ellen DeGeneres Show," where he performed the album's lead single, "Lost Weekend." View his performance HERE.
Entertainment Weekly noted,"propulsive cuts like 'Summer Was a Day' and 'Lost Weekend' sound refreshingly back-to-basics, like rediscovering a long-forgotten Jackson Browne record."MAGNET Magazine noted, "the unforgettable choruses and custom Yorn finger-strum pattern are abundant. 'Roses' could be a hidden b-side onDay I Forgot, a gorgeous ballad with its ambient stack of strings, guitar and piano, complete with a spooky baritone croon capping off the chorus and evening out the harmonies: instant classic." In an 8/10 review, Uncut hailed ArrangingTime as "a creative reboot" while found its "enveloping warmth...alluring."
ArrangingTime marked his first collaboration with producer R. Walt Vincent since the two albums that launched Yorn's career - 2001's RIAA Gold-certified debut, musicforthemorningafter, and 2003's Day I ForgotArrangingTime follows Yorn'sacclaimed 2010 self-titled album, recorded with The Pixies' Frank Black, and a pair of adventurous collaborations - 2009's Break Up with Scarlett Johansson and The Olms (2013), a '60s-styled retro-pop duo with J.D. King.

Tears for Fears announce fall 2016 concert dates

Roland Orzabal and Curt Smith are working on new studio album currently set for release in 2017

Tears for Fears' Roland Orzabal and Curt Smith are pleased to announce that they have rescheduled as many tour dates in the fall as possible, that were previously postponed earlier this year. Tickets purchased for the original dates will be honored for the new dates or refunds will be available at point of purchase.

The UK band formed in 1981 and have sold more than 30 million albums worldwide to date. They have released four albums as a group. Their platinum-selling 1983 debut The Hurting reached #1 on the UK Albums Chart, while their second album, 1985's Songs from the Big Chair reached #1 on the US Billboard Top 200 and spawned two massive hits, "Shout" and "Everybody Wants To Rule The World." The latter won the BRIT Award for Best British single in 1986. Orzabal and Smith released The Seeds of Love in 1989, and after a break, reunited to release Everybody Loves a Happy Ending in 2004.

Tears for Fears are currently working hard both in the US and the UK on their new record, which will be released in 2017 on Warner Bros. Records. For more information on Tears for Fears, visit:

Please see below new fall tour dates:

September 17Maryhill WineryGoldendale, WA
September 18Chateau St. MichelleWoodinville, WA
September 20Red Butte GardenSalt Lake City, UT
September 22Idaho Botanical GardenBoise, ID
September 23Silver Legacy Resort and CasinoReno, NV
September 26Meijer GardensGrand Rapids, MI
September 27Murat TheatreIndianapolis, IN
September 29Hard Rock LiveNorthfield, OH
September 30The Colosseum at Caesars WindsorWindsor, ON
October 1Casino Rama Entertainment Ctr. Orillia, ON
October 3Red Rocks AmphitheatreMorrison, CO
October 5Pikes Peak CenterColorado Springs, CO
October 7Comerica TheatrePhoenix, AZ
October 8Pechanga Resort & Casino - Pechanga TheatreTemecula, CA
October 9Humphrey'sSan Diego, CA

Sony Classical presents 'Free State of Jones' Soundtrack

Available Digitally And On CD June 24

With Original Music By Nicholas Britell
And The Song “I'm Crying” (featuring Lucinda Williams)

Sony Classical will release the FREE STATE OF JONES - Original Motion Picture Soundtrack digitally and on CD June 24, 2016. The album features the film’s original score by Nicholas Britell (THE BIG SHORT, A TALE OF LOVE AND DARKNESS).
Directed by four-time Oscar® nominee Gary Ross (The Hunger Games, Seabiscuit, Pleasantville), and starring Oscar® winner Matthew McConaughey, Free State of Jones is an epic action-drama set during the Civil War, and tells the story of defiant Southern farmer, Newt Knight, and his extraordinary armed rebellion against the Confederacy.
Banding together with other small farmers and local slaves, Knight launched an uprising that led Jones County, Mississippi to secede from the Confederacy, creating a Free State of Jones. Knight continued his struggle into Reconstruction, distinguishing him as a compelling, if controversial, figure of defiance long beyond the War.
Director Gary Ross, editor Juliette Welfling, and Britell worked very closely together to determine the musical approach to each scene. Britell used a string ensemble with added mandolin, trumpet, guitars, banjo, piano, and percussion. “We created a sound palette drawn primarily from instruments of the era; our attempt was to craft a musical landscape which felt almost like an ethereal civil war band. With all the sounds, we produced and recorded them in such a way to form a unique character for the overall musical atmosphere of the film,” explained Britell
Nicholas Britell is an award-winning composer, pianist, and producer. In 2015, Britell composed the score for
Adam McKay’s Oscar-nominated film THE BIG SHORT, based on Michael Lewis’ book about the housing and credit bubbles of the 2000’s and the subsequent 2008 financial crisis. His music is featured prominently in director
Steve McQueen’s Oscar-winning film 12 YEARS A SLAVE, for which he composed and arranged the on-camera music including the violin performances, spiritual songs, work songs, and dances. Britell also composed the score for Natalie Portman’s directorial debut feature film A TALE OF LOVE AND DARKNESS which was selected for a special screening at the 2015 Cannes Film Festival.
Britell’s work and projects have been highlighted in publications including the Wall Street Journal, the New York
Times, New York Magazine, and Vogue, which called him among “the most talented young artists at work.” He was awarded the Henry Mancini Fellowship from the ASCAP Foundation in December 2012 and also won the ASCAP/Doddle Award for Collaborative Achievement. Britell is a Founding Member of L.A. Dance Project and is a Board member of the New York-based ensemble Decoda, the first-ever affiliate ensemble of Carnegie Hall. As a pianist, for the past five years, he has been performing as part of the critically-acclaimed “Portals” project with violin virtuoso Tim Fain. He produced the short film WHIPLASH, directed by Damien Chazelle, and subsequently co-produced the Oscar-winning feature film WHIPLASH.
Track Listing

1. Battle of Corinth
2. Taking Daniel Home
3. They Took Everything
4. Piney Woods Swamp
5. Finding Home
6. July 1863 / Loyalty Oath
7. Perfect Charity
8. Resistance
9. The Letter
10. Let There be Light
11. Hanging the Deserters
12. Killing the Colonel
13. The Free State of Jones
14. Reconstruction
15. Voter Suppression
16. John Madison Knight
17. Postlude
18. I'm Crying (feat. Lucinda Williams)

Sony Classical will release the FREE STATE OF JONES - Original Motion Picture Soundtrack digitally and on CD June 24, 2016.
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