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It comes in waves, musical heartache

I think I’ve written about Greg Laswell before… anyway, his song “Comes and Goes (In Waves)” just came up in my playlist while I’m working but not working because it’s almost lunch time and we’re preparing for snow and the kids are being dismissed early so my brain is naturally going a mile-a-minute which means TURN UP THE RADIO!

This is for the ones who stand
For the ones who try again
For the ones who need a hand
For the ones that think they can
It comes in waves
Am only led to wonder why

This isn’t my favorite song, but it’s fitting right now I think. Even though this album came out in 2008, and this particular song did very well, in part, because it ran in a couple popular shows you might know… Grey’s Anatomy and True Blood.

But come on Greg, where are you? I mean in 2013 you released, I was Going to be an Astronaut, but it was an album of remakes, it was your sixth studio album and it was remakes.  And then last year your seventh album released and I hate to admit I didn’t hear much about it… Everyone Thinks I Dodged A Bullet. Sadly, this released a little after your split with Ingrid Michaelson… maybe it’s related, I don’t know, I myself am not one to be able to speak of love and relationships or what constitutes as dodging or not dodging a bullet.

That aside, I looked it up today and so back to the music talk.

Ohhhh Greg,  Everyone Thinks I Dodged A Bullet, is one of the saddest albums I’ve ever listened to, seriously not one anyone feeling emotional should spend time listening to, so I wish I hadn’t. That being said, when music can make you feel something, it’s good.

No more alarms
I’ve got this, I’ve got this I’ve got this
No fire escape
I’ve got this, I’ve got this, I’ve got this
We’ve got this

The lyrics above are from track #6 which is called “I’m Not the Same Man” and it is heartache in music form. I think this album was likely very painful for him to make. Greg Laswell fans, it’s brooding, introspective music, with a raw depth of sadness that those who have felt before will be able to resonate with instantly.

Greg Laswell Announces New Album “Landline”

There are some amazing contributing singers on Greg Laswell’s upcoming album Landline, including Ingrid Michaelson and Sara Bareilles to name a couple. The album is set to be released on April 24, 2012 on Vanguard Records.

Landline is Laswell’s first album since 2010’s Take A Bow, and his fourth full-length. Laswell, a talented producer and musician in his own right, self-produced the record. For full album track listing, please see below.

Landline’s 11 new tracks were recorded by Laswell in a church-turned-house in a small lobstering town in down-east Maine. Laswell’s nomadic tendencies caused him to relocate from Los Angeles to New York City, eventually ending up at the church-turned-house that is owned by his wife’s parents. The album’s title was inspired by the fact that the home-recording-studio had no cell-phone reception, forcing Laswell to use landlines for all of his calls.

The album features collaborations with a number of well-known female singers, including Ingrid Michaelson, Sia, Elizabeth Ziman (of Elizabeth and the Catapult) and Sara Bareilles (on the album’s lead single ‘Come Back Down.’) Inspired by hip-hop records that he was listening to while writing and recording the album, Laswell decided he wanted to work with and feature female vocals alongside his own. Each singer brings a new element and personality to the songs, whether it’s Bareilles’ energy that caused Laswell to need to re-record his vocals, or the fact that he co-wrote the album’s title track with Ingrid Michaelson when the power went out one night.

Laswell’s songs have won over several of film and television’s top music supervisors, who have featured his songs in films such as Friends With Benefits and My Sister’s Keeper, and television placements in the season premieres of CBS’ NCIS and NBC’s Parenthood, as well as ten individual placements on ABC’s hit drama Grey’s Anatomy.

Landline Track Listing

1. Come Back Down (feat. Sara Bareilles)

2. I Might Drop By

3. Another Life To Lose

4. Eyes on You

5. Back To You (feat. Elizabeth Ziman)

6. Late Arriving

7. Dragging You Around (feat. Sia)

8. Nicely Played

9. New Year’s Eves

10. It’s Settled Now

11. Landline (feat. Ingrid Michaelson)

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Love me some Lenka on this #musicmonday @lenka

Australian singer-songwriter Lenka will be previewing songs from her upcoming album, Two, in four appearances at SXSW and a short U.S tour leading up to the album’s release. The West Coast run – which also features Greg Laswell – launches April 1st at San Francisco’s Rickshaw Stop and will include a show at Los Angeles’ legendary Troubadour on April 13th. See below for itinerary. Lenka will perform on ABC’s “Jimmy Kimmel Live!” on Wednesday, April 20th.

Two, set for release on April 19th by Epic Records, is the follow-up to Lenka’s self-titled debut album, which entered at #3 on Billboard’s Heatseekers chart in late 2008 and contained “The Show,” which became a No. 1 single at radio in several countries. Lenka recorded much of Two with producer David Kosten (Bat for Lashes), working at Ray Davies’ Konk Studios in North London. She also recorded with Eg White (Adele), Sunny Levine (Pete Yorn, Happy Mondays), Ben Allen (Animal Collective, Gnarls Barkley) and Guy Sigsworth (Björk, Seal).

Sigsworth produced three songs, including the lead single, “Heart Skips a Beat.” Lenka gives fans a surrealistic look at the anatomy of love in the video for “Heart Skips a Beat” which will premiere shortly. The clip was lensed by Sarah Chatfield (Lily Allen, Craig David).

“Everything At Once,” another track from Two, was recently heard on “Grey’s Anatomy” and is tapped by Disney for a DVD trailer promoting its upcoming blockbuster films while “Here To Stay” was used in a recent episode of “Nikita.”

Lenka’s debut album was widely licensed for television, including such shows as “Ugly Betty,” “Grey’s Anatomy,” “Parenthood,” “Easy A,” “90210” and “The Hills,” the film Angus, Thongs and Perfect Snogging, advertising campaigns for Old Navy, Coca-Cola, Apple and Nordstrom plus the trailers for Marley & Me and Confessions of a Shopaholic. Spin marveled at her “cashmere soft voice” and VH1 named her a “You Oughta Know” artist. She toured extensively behind her debut album, hitting 21 countries in 10 months, and appearing on numerous televisions shows – including “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno,””Late Night with Conan O’Brien.” “The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson” and “Jimmy Kimmel Live.”

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Laswell is back with ‘Take A Bow’

Producer/songwriter Greg Laswell returns with his third full-length release for Vanguard records, Take a Bow, which both closes and opens another chapter in the California native’s journey about love, loss and rebirth. Following his critically acclaimed fall 2009 Covers EP (one of Filter magazine’s “10 best of the year”), Take a Bow features 12 original compositions including a new version of the song “Off I Go,” which was featured in the 2009 season finale of Grey’s Anatomy (one of over six placements he’s had on this show alone).

Laswell retreated to a rustic cabin near Flagstaff, AZ – his comforts were one convenience store and his dog for company – to write and record the songs that would become Take A Bow. Like fellow Californian Mark Oliver Everett (Eels), Laswell made his “band” the studio and the studio his laboratory, where he used all manner of instruments, found and treasured, and gear, simple and sophisticated, to make his most lushly textured, sonically gorgeous album to date.

The album was mixed by sonic alchemist Greg Collins, a Grammy-winning producer and engineer who’s worked with everyone from U2 to Fiona Apple and the Red Hot Chili Peppers; the results are dazzling. “Working with Greg allowed me to throw the kitchen sink at it by recording lots of tracks for each song and allowing him to deal with it in the mix,” says Laswell.

With his 2006 debut release, Through Toledo, the first album in his trilogy of heartbreak and redemption, Laswell gave listeners an intimate account of a devastating loss in his life. The Los Angeles Times wrote: “He feeds depression and dejection into his tune-making mill and out come melodic marvels that lift the spirit despite their heavy subject matter.”

His sophomore release, the critically acclaimed Three Flights from Alto Nido (2008), is a transitional album that found Laswell, if not out of the woods emotionally, at least able to look at life with hope. His songs brought comparisons to such songwriters as Jeff Buckley, Ron Sexsmith and Thom Yorke. His video for “How the Day Sounds,” an incredibly catchy song filmed in the beverage section of a grocery store, features a deadpan performance by the Laswell that garnered over 400,000 plays.

With the Covers EP, Laswell showed his ability to not just write moving songs but to interpret an eclectically selected collection of tunes, including tracks by Echo & the Bunnymen, Kristin Hersh, Mazzy Star, Morphine & Kate Bush. Laswell is as comfortable with just a piano as when he’s with a full band. On his recordings, his arrangements have an orchestral sweep and epic feel which provide a beautiful backdrop to his resonant vocals and tasteful melody lines.

He’s toured with such varied artists as Joan as Police Woman, Rachael Yamagata, Sia and many others and has become a favorite of film and TV licensing people, with his songs appearing on the aforementioned Grey’s Anatomy, CSI Miami, Friday Night Lights (and a slew of others), as well as feature films. It’s Laswell’s ability to convey raw emotion while retaining a certain dignity – even while visiting his darkest places – that makes his lyrics so compelling and moving. He has the rare ability to look outside himself and see his life as a viewer, and to set it to a soundtrack that is uniquely his own.

Laswell will be touring throughout 2010 in support of Take A Bow, including solo residency dates in select markets (see below). He will also be performing at this year’s SXSW festival. Details forthcoming.