Wednesday, July 14, 2021

Sights and Sounds: The Album Leaf, 'Original Sin- The Seven Sins,' Gare du Nord, Paula Cole

Here is a roundup of news as it relates to forthcoming releases and tours...Robert Kinsler








Prestigious ambient electronic project The Album Leaf announced they will release their new LP, One Day XXon September 17, 2021. The record is a 20th-anniversary edition rework of their career-launching record, One Day I’ll Be On Time. When approaching the rework, The Album Leaf creator Jimmy LaValle brought in longtime collaborator James McAlister (Taylor Swift, Sufjan Stevens, The National) and members of his live band to help re-imagine every arrangement with what he knows now as a composer and performer, celebrating the songs from a different vantage, with technical prowess and the emotional clarity that time and distance can afford.

Today, he shares the reworked edition of his beloved single, “Vermillion,” now heightened by an agile and robust full-band arrangement. LaValle’s mission was to embody where he’s taken “Vermillion” on stage over the years, in collaboration with the musicians in his live band: David LeBleu (drums), Brad Lee (bass, trumpet), and Matt Resovich (violin). He adds, “Vermillion is a staple song in all of my shows. For the rework, I wanted to capture what it’s become after playing it live for so many years (20) it has become a whole different beast from when I first recorded it. I’d always wanted to feature Matt Resovich’s violin work, but also wanted to capture the sound of the full band’s performance. Dave LeBleu tracked his drums remotely in Gainesville, Brad Lee tracked bass in (San Diego) I tracked my Rhodes Piano at my studio in Los Angeles, and Matt Resovich (Joshua Tree) did the same for his Violin. James and I took these tracks to build a new version with new life for this rework.


With the rework, LaValle arrived at an experiment that spoke to artistic ingenuity and progression. “My first thought was, ‘oh this song is on guitar, let’s do it on the synth, or this song is on the Rhodes, let’s do it on something else, but more than that, I wanted to give these songs a new sense of space and depth, to see how far we could go and wide we could get.”

In 2001, One Day I’ll Be On Time propelled The Album Leaf from Jimmy LaValle’s part-time solo project to a full-fledged live band touring with Sigur Rós (whose lead singer J√≥nsi just happened to stumble upon in it a record store in Iceland). LaValle, who came up in the late ‘90s San Diego music scene playing in hardcore bands and as a founding member of instrumental rock band Tristeza, found himself at a crossroads with his commitments. After receiving a modest label advance for a solo project, he created a self-recording starter setup, building out the sound with occasional studio access from his day job at a jingle house. The music that emerged — vivid, rhythmic, soaring instrumentals guided by lines of guitar and Rhodes — not only set the path for The Album Leaf over the next two decades of acclaimed releases (for Sub Pop, City Slang, and others), it became a touchstone for the next generation's wave of melodic and meditative electro-organic music.

Stay tuned for more to come from The Album Leaf.



Autumn Miller And Trevor Jackson Star In The Vibrant Short Film

Film Premiere and Soundtrack Available On July 16


"In 2020, as the world shut down, we had to
learn new ways to manage our lives and hearts,
especially if they were broken."

Los Angeles, CA – June 22, 2021 – On July 16, Petrol/UMe will launch Original Sin - The 7 Sins featuring the songs and music of INXS on the Veeps streaming platform. Original Sin is a modern-day love story about a broken-hearted heroine and her journey through the seven sins and the quest towards the virtue of Hope. The music of the legendary global rock band INXS seamlessly accompanies the film, and ultimately, the young heroine finds true love while the world heals with her.  Beginning today, purchase tickets to the Original Sin screening on Veeps HERE.

Directed by Amy Tinkham ( and championed by the founder of Petrol Records and Executive Producer Chris "CM" Murphy before his passing earlier this year, Original Sin is the last project and passion that CM was working on during his final days.  The film is loosely based on and inspired by celebrated Italian writer Dante Alighieri's Inferno and the spiritual journey through the Seven Sins of Purgatory — pride, envy, wrath, sloth, greed, gluttony, and lust. The Original Sin short film reimagines Dante's tale through the eyes of Jane, a 21st-century heroine isolated during the recent pandemic, who continues to search for love and the means to validate her soul.

"I was so honored to be asked by the legendary Chris Murphy to explore telling a story through INXS music, but was also overwhelmed with how to start because it is such an iconic and incredible catalog," said Amy Tinkham. "So instead, I sat with the music for many, many weeks and let it tell me a story.  It was an out-of-body experience actually because it feels more like the songs and the times we are living in, wrote this film than anything I consciously tried to do."

Original Sin reflects the world's current state of affairs and the universal quest for reconnection and romance. The short film is harmoniously intertwined with the symbolically poetic music of rock icons, INXS. The entire film threads together the epic tale of all seven sins by way of a bacchanalia of color, sound, imagery, and movement. The heroine's journey through the seven sins, ultimately finding love with each other, and together, their love heals them both as well as the world around them. Framed with minimal narration, the unscripted short film runs close to 26 minutes and is a story of isolation and love, inspired by the songs and music of INXS, as a young woman is catapulted through the 7 SINS to find true love and heal her heart.

"We are honored that our music inspired such a beautiful and innovative short film. INXS has always explored the marriage of our music with visuals, and we welcome the reimagined versions of our songs performed by a roster of contemporary and up-and-coming global artists. These versions of our songs are a perfect accompaniment to the film," said Kirk Pengilly of INXS.  "Knowing that 'Original Sin' was Chris Murphy's last passion project makes it even that much more impactful. We are deeply grateful that we are now able to share Amy's emotive and thought-provoking short film with our audience. Play it loud…"

"Amy Tinkham's artistic vision using our music within the film is refreshing and truly inspired, the global & diverse artists who brought their imagination through their interpretations of our songs really complement the film while still respecting our original music. It's such an honor to have these incredible artists cover our music!! I'm humbled by their passion and in awe of their talent." Said Tim Farriss of INXS.

Original Sin stars notable actress/dancer Autumn Miller who shot to fame as a dance sensation in her role in "Bad Liar" from  Imagine Dragons' and Trevor Jackson, who is a true triple threat, singer/songwriter, producer, and actor (SuperflyGrown-ishAmerican Crime). Both Miller and Jackson personify the unyielding spirit of those among us who are searching for love and redemption in a time fraught with much personal and social peril. Fabrice Calmels, the ballet prodigy who entered the Paris Opera Ballet at age 11 and is currently dancing with Chicago's Joffrey Ballet, embodies each of the sins within his stunning performance as the "Angel" in the film.

The accompanying 13-song soundtrack  the first-ever INXS-specific project  between Petrol and UMe, will also be available July 16 and features a wealth of INXS-related material, including some dramatic reworkings and reinterpretations of some of the band's most iconic tracks, including Australian female chanteuse George Alice's edgy take on "Suicide Blonde," and international electropop sensation Loane's otherworldly French lead vocals on "Mystify." Other soundtrack highlights include Michael Hutchence's sultry, Spanish-flavored cover of Eric Burdon & War's 1970 collaborative classic "Spill The Wine," Tricky's rapid-fire rumination on "Mediate," the sultry vocals of Sweden's Ida Redig on "Taste It" and "Kill The Pain" and Trevor Jackson's pleadingly personal "Need You Tonight." GRAMMY Award-winning Petrol – INXS Executive Music Producer Giles Martin collaborated with Amy, developing the original concept.     Academy Award-winning sound engineer Chris Jenkins mixed the 5.1 reimagined audio for the soundtrack. Order Original Sin - The 7 Sins soundtrack on all major digital platforms on July 16 HERE.



  1. Drum Opera - performed by Jon Farriss (INXS)

2.   Let it Ride - performed by INXS

3.   Kill The Pain - performed by Ida Redig

4.   Never Tear Us Apart - performed by Global Network & Sophia Amato

5.   Mediate - performed by Tricky & INXS

6.   Suicide Blonde - performed by George Alice

7.   Mystify - performed by Loane & INXS

8.   What You Need - performed by Wyatt Stromer & Eric Stromer

9.   Spill The Wine - performed by Michael Hutchence

10. Taste It - performed by Ida Redig

11. Don't Change  - performed by Vimala & Aden Jaron

12. Need You Tonight - performed by Trevor Jackson & Wyatt Stromer 

13. New Sensation - performed by Alterboy


Original Sin Trailer on YouTube



Petrol, founded in 2000, is the world's most successful first all-digital record company and the first independent label to sign a worldwide distribution agreement with Apple Inc.'s iTunes. Petrol's numerous chart and sales successes over the years in various musical genres, together with the late Christopher M. Murphy's other multimedia endeavors, resulting in Murphy receiving the New South Wales Premier's Expo Award for Arts & Entertainment and being named Australian Entrepreneur of the Year by Business Review Weekly for his many achievements. In 2008 Murphy received a Grammy nomination for his documentary on the street music of Cuba (now referred to as 'Reggaeton'). In 2009, Petrol signed INXS' classic catalog to the label, and in 2017, INXS was awarded for achieving 50 million worldwide sales. With iTunes alone, Petrol has achieved more than 180 #1's, more than 700 Top 10, and more than 1,600 Top 100 positions. In addition to Murphy's Grammy nomination for a cutting-edge documentary and following the # 1 rated television mini-series in 2014, Petrol broke all records with six albums in the Top 10 & INXS were recently named ARTIST of the DECADE in Australia for their highest selling album, The Very Best. With millions of records sold worldwide and ranking as one of the world's most successful independent labels, Petrol continues to succeed in the marketplace.


Universal Music Enterprises (UMe) is the centralized U.S. catalog and special markets entity for UMG. Working in concert with all of the company's record labels, UMe provides a frontline approach to catalog management, a concentration of resources, opportunities in new technologies, and an emphasis on strategic marketing initiatives to engage all types of consumers across multiple entry points and platforms.


Veeps is a direct-to-fan experiential platform, custom-built for artists, by artists. Founded in 2017 by Benji and Joel Madden, it is the music industry’s leading, premium live-streaming platform. Since then, Veeps has hosted hundreds of live-stream shows and events, in partnership with Live Nation, Veeps continues with a mission to power artists in the most critical early stages of their development, all the way through the biggest, most important moments of their careers.

Various Artists - Ashford International
CD, Digital, Embroidered Patch
Release - August 20, 2021

Gare du Nord Records’ first release in 2013 was a compilation - named Ebbsfleet International to reflect the label’s Europhile roots and the feeling of connectedness symbolized by the Eurostar stations between London and Paris.

Eight years later and things have changed (at least geopolitically for the worse), but the label/collective continues to operate as a facilitator for interconnected friends and artists to release material on their own terms, without the pressure and make-or-break constraints of a traditional label. With no discernible A&R overview or scheduling, a seemingly open-door admissions policy based purely on musical intention, innovation and individuality, and no fixed business plan, GdN exists in a kind of impossible dream state. Schroedinger’s Label. It’s there if you want it to be.

To celebrate this in 2021, GdN are releasing Ashford International - a new compilation this time collecting together selected releases from the past few years as well as some new/future material and rarities, focusing on some of the standalone singles, non-album and digital-only releases, alongside new and unreleased tracks previewing what’s to come from the label later in 2021/22.

There’s plenty for the curious newcomer to Gare du Nord, and enough new/rare stuff to satisfy the already-completist: from Simon Klein’s opener which sounds like it could have been co-written by all four solo Beatles, through 70-odd minutes and 23 tracks of pop, atmosphere, indie, electronica, darkness and wry humour, and ending up at District Repair Depot’s final, Syd Barrett-tinged, note of sunlight and optimism, the Gare du Nord crowd show themselves to be quite a gang when they come at you all at once, like this.

The compilation will be on CD with b/w wallet artwork and a card insert, and the first 50 copies come with an embroidered Gare du Nord Records patch. All the goodies and all the info in the Campaign link:

Paula Cole Announces U.S. Tour Dates
New Album American Quilt
Praised by Rolling Stone, No Depression, American Songwriter, American Blues Scene, Forbes and More
Photo credit: Ebru Yildiz

July 13, 2021: Today, Grammy-winning songwriter and producer Paula Cole announced a run of US tour dates. Following the release of her acclaimed album American Quilt, the Grammy-winning songwriter and producer is embarking on a 23-date tour, beginning on August 8 at Cain Park in Cleveland Heights, Ohio and concluding at Stone Mountain Arts Center in Brownfield, Maine on November 18. Twelve evenings will be a double bill with songwriter Madeleine Peyroux. Tickets are currently available for purchase here.

“I’m thrilled to share the road with Madeleine Peyroux who is a beautiful artist, someone who has lived her art and understands the insides of a song,” writes Cole. “We are both celebrating our iconic albums, performing songs from ‘This Fire’ and ‘Careless Love’.  For my solo performances I’ll highlight songs from American Quilt and hand-pick from my deep catalog. I look forward to reconnecting with my wonderful fans and meeting new listeners at these shows, as a communion that may help remind us of the importance of what we share.

Released in May, American Quilt has been acclaimed by outlets including Rolling Stone, USA Today, and No Depression. writes, "Cole is back with the powerful and gritty American Quilt…” American Songwriter also praised album writing, "Throughout, the 11-track collection contains the folkloric roots of American music. Cole’s radiant vocals pull the underlying humanity of a nation divided."
Watch Cole's stunning live performance videos for “Wayfaring Stranger,”  “Black Mountain Blues,” and "God's Gonna Cut You Down."
With a musical catalog defined by honest and deeply personal lyrics carried by her powerful, radiant voice, Cole has always had a gift for discerning the underlying humanity in stories from her own life as well as those around her, and channeling those emotional elements into captivating music. On American Quilt, Cole applies this natural insight to American history and musical roots traditions by interpreting a selection of classic songs – each of which provide an entry point for rediscovering the overlooked stories and figures that populate America’s interwoven cultural lineage.
The album was produced by Cole, who was the first woman nominated (without collaborators) as Producer of the Year at the 1997 Grammy awards. She garnered a total of seven Grammy nominations that year and won “Best New Artist” for her second album and major-label debut, This Fire, with its timeless hits, “Where Have All the Cowboys Gone?” and “I Don’t Want to Wait” (later the theme song for hit TV series Dawson’s Creek). Today, as a visiting scholar at Berklee College of Music, Cole tells “all my female students, ‘Start thinking like a producer, think about how you want the whole track to sound, be a voice.’”
“Together these songs make an American Quilt,” says Cole, “a patchwork of heritage, a stitched-together-history of culture both painful and beautiful. I hope the listener will step inside the canoe and float down the Missouri River of their mind.  I hope they will hear the gospel of the country, and taste the liquor in the speakeasies.  I hope they will feel the freedom in the jazz of the cities, heed the call to morality in the spirituality of a day’s hard work, and the call to the Great Beyond from the Appalachians.”
As on previous albums, Cole was joined by a longtime “family” of musicians, including esteemed drummer Jay Bellerose and guitarist Kevin Barry, collaborators since the trio’s days at Berklee. American Quilt follows 2019’s acclaimed album of originals, Revolution, deemed by PopMatters as “an exceptional piece of work, a timely reminder of how soulful and perceptive a writer and singer Cole is and has always been.”

Tour Dates:

08/08 - Cleveland Heights, OH @ Cain Park
08/10 - Ocean City, NJ @ Ocean City Music Pier
08/27 - Rockport, MA @ Shalin Liu
08/28 - Natick, MA @ Natick Center for the Arts
09/10 - New York, NY @ City Winery
09/19 - Manchester, NH @ The Rex Theatre
09/22 - Harrisburg, PA @ Whitaker Center*
09/24 - Tiffin, OH @ The Ritz Theatre*
09/25 - Dekalb, IL @ Egyptian Theatre*
09/26 - Chicago, IL @ City Winery
09/27 - Minneapolis, MN @ Pantages Theatre*
09/28 - Stevens Point, WI @ Stevens Point Country Club
09/30 - Kansas City, MO @ Helzberg Hall (at Kauffmann Center)*
10/01 - Nashville, TN @ Brooklyn Bowl Nashville*
10/02 - Atlanta, GA @ Variety Playhouse*
10/08 - Seattle, WA @ Benaroya Hall*
10/13 - Santa Cruz, CA @ Rio Theatre*
10/14 - Ronhert Park, CA @ The Green Music Center*
10/15 - Berkeley, CA @ Freight & Savage*
10/16 - Beverly Hills, CA @ Saban Theatre*
11/04 - Hoover, AL @ The Library Theatre*
11/05 - Hoover, AL @ The Library Theatre*
11/11 - Portland, OR @ The Old Church
11/18 - Brownfield, ME @ Stone Mountain Arts Center
* With Madeleine Peyroux

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