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On this day in music history: October 21, 1977 - “Bat Out Of Hell”, the second album by Meat Loaf is released. Produced by Todd Rundgren, it is recorded at Bearsville Studios in Woodstock, NY, Utopia Sound Studios in Lake Hill, NY, The Hit Factory in New York City and The House Of Music in West Orange, NJ from Late 1975 - Late 1976. Fresh off of filming his role in the cult classic musical “The Rocky Horror Picture Show”, Meat Loaf meets Jim Steinman when both are working on the “National Lampoon Show” on Broadway in New York City. Realizing that Meat’s powerful and theatrical voice is the perfect vehicle for his songs, Steinman and Meatloaf become a team, and begin seeking out a record deal. They have a difficult time landing a record deal, with the pair receiving rejections from just about every record label in the business including CBS Records. Record companies tell them that the songs are “too theatrical”, “not commercial” and that “radio will never play it”.  Eventually they are signed Cleveland International Records, which is a subsidiary of Epic Records. Cleveland label head Steve Popovich has to push executives at Epic and at radio hard to get behind the album and support it. It is only after the music videos shot for “Bat Out Of Hell” are shown on UK and Australian TV, and the enthusiastic response generated by them that the record finally takes off. It spins off four singles including “Two Out Of Three Ain’t Bad” (#11 Pop) and “Paradise By The Dashboard Light” (#31 Pop). “Bat” ultimately sells over fourteen million copies in the US (more than forty three million worldwide), becoming Meat Loaf’s most successful album, and one of top thirty largest selling catalog titles of all time. The albums sales surge once again during the 90’s after the release of the sequel album “Bat Out Of Hell II: Back Into Hell” in 1993. The original album dominates the Billboard Catalog album chart for several weeks, selling several million more units over the decade. It is remastered and reissued as a 24K gold CD as part of Sony Music’s Mastersound gold CD series in 1994, and is remastered and reissued again in 2001 with two live bonus tracks added to the disc. The album is also briefly released as a hybrid SACD, featuring the original stereo mix, and a 5.1 surround remix.  And for its 25th anniversary in 2002, “Bat” is reissued as a CD + DVD deluxe edition featuring the 2001 remastering of the album with the same bonus tracks, and the DVD including the original home video release of “Bat Out Of Hell”, several other music videos, and the 5.1 surround mix. Long out of print on vinyl, the LP is reissued by Music On Vinyl in 2014. “Bat Out Of Hell” peaks at number fourteen on the Billboard Top 200, and is certified 14x Platinum in the US, earning a Diamond Certification.

ALMOST DONE AND JUST GETTING STARTED! Well, we’re almost done recording my first solo record here in Nashville and it’s been such a good time. Today, the one and only Cat Popper came into town to lay down the bass and sing for the final week’s work. I think this was easily one of the most enjoyable experiences I’ve had both writing and recording a record. Everything feels right to me and I’m happy to finally see it coming into it’s own thing. I’ve had some stuff filmed that I’ll be sharing in the coming weeks leading up to the record coming out that shows part of the recording process and some of our time in the studio. I thought it would be fun to let people see a little bit of how it works and what we did in there. In other news I’m very excited to get out and play these songs live, and now we have my good friend and wonderfull songwriter Cory Branan opening up the January run. Here’s where we’re going to be on the first part in January: *All shows are Brian Fallon and the Crowes (full band) with Cory Branan opening. January 7th / Portland, ME @ Port City Music Hall (Ticket Link: http://bit.ly/1FRKmiw) January 8th/ Woodstock, NY @ Bearsville Theater (Ticket Link: http://bit.ly/1WKzVS1) January 9th/ Mashantucket, CT @ The Fox Theater/Foxwoods Resort Casino (Ticket Link: www.foxwoods.com/brianfallon.aspx) January 10th/ Wilmington, DE @ World Cafe Live (Ticket Link: http://ticketf.ly/1jMlDSz) January 12th / Pittsburgh, PA @ Altar Bar (Ticket Link: http://ticketf.ly/1LfQRfg) January 13th / Columbus, OH @ A&R Music Bar (Ticket Link: http://bit.ly/1Guu21U) January 15th/ Charlottesville, VA @ The Southern (Ticket Link: http://bit.ly/1MWJski) January 16th/ Saxapahaw, NC @ Haw River Ballroom (Ticket Link: http://ticketf.ly/1MaEpyj) January 17th/ Nashville, TN @ City Winery (Ticket Link: http://bit.ly/1JQrjQkwww.foxwoods.com/brianfallon.aspx) See you out there! Brian

photo © 2015 Drew Gurian
Mac Demarco Tour Extension

Mac DeMarco:

05-28 Düdingen, Switzerland - Bad Bonn Festival
05-29 Toulouse, France - Festivals Des Curiosites
05-30 Barcelona, Spain - Primavera Sound
06-02 Tel Aviv, Israel - Barby
06-04 Porto, Portugal - Primavera Sound
06-06 Manchester, England - Parklife Festival
06-07 London, England - Field Day
06-11 Manchester, TN - Bonnaroo
06-26 Londonderry, VT - Friendly Gathering Music Festival
06-27 North Adams, MA - Solid Sound
07-17 Chicago, IL - Pitchfork Music Festival
08-08 San Francisco, CA - Outside Lands Music & Arts Festival
08-11 Boston, MA - Royale
08-12 Portland, ME - Port City Music Hall
08-13 Montreal, Quebec - Metropolis
08-15 Toronto, Ontario - Time Festival
08-16 Buffalo, NY - Tralf Music Hall
08-17 New York, NY - Bowery Ballroom
08-18 New York, NY - Webster Hall
08-19 Brooklyn, NY - Music Hall of Williamsburg
08-20 Brooklyn, NY - Warsaw
08-23 Los Angeles, CA - FYF
09-05 Stradbally, Ireland - Electric Picnic
09-06 Salisbury, England - End of the Road Festival
09-07 Glasgow, Scotland - ABC
09-08 Bristol, England - Motion
09-09 London, England - Roundhouse
09-10 Birmingham, England - The Institute
09-12 Manchester, England - Beacons Metro Festival
09-14 Toucoing, France - Grand Mix
09-15 Paris, France - La Cigale
09-16 Amsterdam, Netherlands - Paradiso
09-17 Cologne, Germany - Gebaude 9
09-18 Berlin, Germany - Postbahnhof
09-19 Copenhagen, Denmark - Vega
09-21 Stockholm, Sweden - Debasser Strand
09-22 Oslo, Norway - Rockefeller
09-23 Gothenburg, Sweden - Pustervik
09-24 Aarhus, Denmark - Voxhall
09-25 Hamburg, Germany - Reeperbahn
10-10 Port Chester, NY - The Capitol Theatre
10-11 Woodstock, NY - Bearsville Theater
10-13 Philadelphia, PA - Trocadero Theatre
10-14 Washington, DC - The Howard Theatre
10-17 New Orleans, LA - Civic Theatre
10-18 Houston, TX - Warehouse Live
10-19 Dallas, TX - House of Blues
10-20 Austin, TX - Stubb’s
10-22 Tucson, AZ - Rialto Theater
10-27 Arcata, CA - Kate Buchanan Room at Humboldt State University
10-28 Portland, OR - Crystal Ballroom
10-29 Seattle, WA - Moore Theatre
10-30 Vancouver, British Columbia - Commodore Ballroom
10-31 Vancouver, British Columbia - Commodore Ballroom
11-02 Calgary, Alberta - MacEwan Hall
11-03 Edmonton, Alberta - Union Sound Hall
11-04 Saskatoon, Saskatchewan - O'Brian’s Event Center
11-05 Winnipeg, Manitoba - Garrick Centre
11-06 Milwaukee, WI - Pabst Theater
11-08 Pontiac, MI - The Crofoot Ballroom

I’d buy your tickets now before they sell out

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On this day in music history: August 23, 1994 - “Grace”, the debut album by Jeff Buckley is released. Produced by Jeff Buckley and Andy Wallace, it is recorded at Bearsville Studios in Woodstock, NY from Late 1993 - Early 1994. Singer, songwriter and musician Jeff Buckley was the son of folk music legend Tim Buckley (though he grows up being unaware of his true lineage until he meets his biological father for the first and only time when he is eight years old), and is raised his mother (a classically trained musician) and stepfather in Southern California. Two years after moving to New York to heighten his profile as a musician, he is signed by Columbia Records. Upon its release, the album initially receives mixed reviews and sells poorly until Buckley’s emotional and ethereal live performances of the material win critics and fans over. It eventually comes to be regarded as one of the finest singer/songwriter albums of the 90’s. Though Buckley does not live to see much of this belated acclaim and appreciation for his artistry. Ironically and tragically, he dies young like his father years before him (his father died of an accidental drug overdose in 1975 at the age of 28). Jeff accidentally drowns while swimming in the Mississippi River in Memphis, TN, during a break in working on material for his second studio album in 1997. Buckley is only thirty years old at the time of his death. To commemorate the tenth anniversary of the albums’ release in 2004, “Grace” is remastered and reissued as a double CD + DVD deluxe edition. Disc one includes the original ten song album, with the second disc featuring various outtakes, alternate takes and other previously unreleased material. The DVD contains a documentary on the making of the album, along with behind the scenes footage of the making of the four music videos shot for the singles. Originally released on vinyl only in Europe in 1994, the album receives its first US release on vinyl, packaged with a bonus 7" of “Forget Her” b/w “Strawberry Street”, pressed on blue vinyl. The LP is reissued as a 180 gram LP by Music On Vinyl in 2009, and again by Columbia/Legacy in 2010. “Grace” peaks at number one hundred forty nine on the Billboard Top 200, and is certified Gold in the US by the RIAA.

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On this day in music history: October 6, 1992 - “Automatic For The People”, the eighth album by R.E.M. is released. Produced by Scott Litt and R.E.M., it is recorded at Bearsville Studios in Bearsville, NY, Criteria Studios in Miami, FL, John Keane Studio in Athens, GA, Kingsway Studios in New Orleans, LA, and Bosstown Studios in Atlanta, GA, from Late 1991 - Mid 1992. Issued as the follow up to the hugely successful “Out Of Time”, much like its predecessor, the overall mood of the album is quiet and subdued, though the lyrical tone of the songs are decidedly darker with many dealing with mortality. The band originally intend for it to be a “harder rocking album”, but does not come out that way, when they are unsatisfied with the thirty songs that are written and demoed. Instead, they take a more unorthodox approach to writing the songs. Instead of playing their usual instruments, drummer Bill Berry plays bass during the writing sessions, with bassist Mike Mills playing organ or piano, and guitarist Peter Buck playing mandolin. Composing songs without the presence of drums, has an overall affect on the feel of the finished product, lending to the record having a mellower feel. The album takes its title from a phrase off of the sign of a soul food restaurant (Weaver D’s Delicious Fine Foods) located in the bands’ hometown of Athens, GA. Though the actual image pictured on the album cover is from the sign in front of the Sinbad Motel in Miami, FL (located near Criteria Studios where much of the album is recorded). It spins off five singles including “Drive” (#1 Modern Rock, #28 Pop), “Man On The Moon” (#4 Modern Rock) and “Everybody Hurts” (Modern Rock #21, #29 Pop). “Automatic” peaks at number two on the Billboard Top 200, and is certified 3x Platinum in the US by the RIAA.

RECORDS AND TOURS! I’m very pleased to announce that I’m currently in the studio with Butch Walker making my first solo record! It’s planned to be released early 2016 and I’m thrilled to be doing it! So far everything sounds absolutely amazing to me and I am overjoyed as I write this…

Now the shows…

So the plan for the tour is that I will be playing with a band that I’m calling “Brian Fallon & the Crowes.” We’ll be playing the new songs off of “Painkillers,” which is the record I’m recording now, and we will also be doing songs from the Elsie record by the Horrible Crowes.

I’m excited to get the chance to play these songs live and have some fun sharing new music. If you’d like to come to a show, we have a short run of dates coming up first thing next year in January on the East Coast all set up… here’s the dates and ticket links below:

January 7th / Portland, ME @ Port City Music Hall
(Ticket Link: http://bit.ly/1FRKmiw)
January 8th/ Woodstock, NY @ Bearsville Theater
(Ticket Link: http://bit.ly/1WKzVS1)
January 9th/ Mashantucket, CT @ The Fox Theater/Foxwoods Resort Casino
(Ticket Link: www.foxwoods.com/brianfallon.aspx)
January 10th/ Wilmington, DE @ World Cafe Live
(Ticket Link: http://ticketf.ly/1jMlDSz)
January 12th / Pittsburgh, PA @ Altar Bar
(Ticket Link: http://ticketf.ly/1LfQRfg)
January 13th / Columbus, OH @ A&R Music Bar
(Ticket Link: http://bit.ly/1Guu21U)
January 15th/ Charlottesville, VA @ The Southern
(Ticket Link: http://bit.ly/1MWJski)
January 16th/ Saxapahaw, NC @ Haw River Ballroom
(Ticket Link: http://ticketf.ly/1MaEpyj)
January 17th/ Nashville, TN @ City Winery
(Ticket Link: http://bit.ly/1JQrjQk)

For everyone viewing this post- pre-sale ticket links are listed below the event date. Note: the password for pre-sale is TUMBLR).

Thank you to everyone who’s been sending love and support my way, it means a lot to me as I’m getting this all going. I can’t wait to play these shows!

Enjoy your night and more updates coming!!!!!!

-Brian

photo: © 2015 Drew Gurian

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The Bear Cafe: Bearsville, NY

Yes, there is in fact a Bearsville located Upstate next to Woodstock! And yes every bar, restaurant and retailer is named after the town, if you can “bear” it…

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The Bear Cafe came highly recommended so we couldn’t “bear” to pass it up. We made a reservation and “bearly” got in. Apparently this is the happening spot in Bearsville The food was good. The service, however, could “bearly” stand us City folk, so they just grinned and “beared” it! 

This evening we enjoyed the Grilled Scottish King Salmon with chili lime BBQ glaze, the Pan-Asian Seafood Salad and the Roasted Whole Red Snapper Vera Cruz style. They weren’t kidding, we got the whole snapper, glazed eyes and all!

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HIT THE ROAD!

I wanted to send a quick thank you to all of you out there who are buying tickets to see my shows. I appreciate that you have purchased tickets, travel, etc. to come see what I’m doing. I want to let you know I’m about to go into the mastering phase of the album this week and then I should have a single out before the end of the year. I’m looking forward to these shows and today I’m starting my frist day plotting out set lists and going over the songs.

I sincerely appreciate your support and will make sure to give the best performances I can give at all of these shows! Have a good week everybody!

-Brian

Here’s the dates so far…:

US TOUR WITH CORY BRANAN.

01/07 : Portland, ME @ Port City Music Hall
01/08 : Woodstock, NY @ Bearsville Theater
01/09 : Mashantucket, CT @ The Fox Theater at Foxwoods Resort Casino­
01/10 : Wilmington, DE @ World Cafe Live ­ Wilmington
01/12 : Pittsburgh, PA @ Altar Bar
01/13 : Columbus, OH @ The A&R Music Bar
01/15 : Charlottesville, VA @ The Southern
01/16 : Saxapahaw, NC @ Haw River Ballroom
01/17 : Nashville, TN @ City Winery


UK/EUROPE APRIL TOUR:

5.4 Manchester Ritz
6.4 Glasgow O2 ABC
7.4 Birmingham O2 Institute
8.4 London Camden KOKO
9.4 Nottingham Rock City
10.4 Bristol O2 Academy
12.4 Brussels Ancienne Belgique
13.4 Amsterdam Melkweg
14.4 Berlin PBHF Club
15.4 Munich Muffathalle
17.4 Vienna Arena
19.4 Cologne Gloria Theater
20.4 Hamburg Fabrik