Wednesday, December 7, 2011

Seth Glier's "The Next Right Thing" garners GRAMMY nomination

Seth Glier's "The Next Right Thing" garners GRAMMY® nomination

New York, NY - Seth Glier's critically acclaimed work The Next Right Thing (MPress Records, 2011) has been nominated for a GRAMMY® Award for Best Engineered Album, Non-Classical. This is a fantastic honor and first-time nomination for the rising artist/producer, who recorded all of his vocals himself at his own project studio. Engineering team members for The Next Right Thing include Kevin Killen (five-time GRAMMY® winner, four-time nominee), Brendan Muldowney (first time nominee) and John Shyloski (one-time nominee). The 54th Annual GRAMMY® Awards will air live from the Staples Center in Los Angeles on February 12, 2012.

After learning of his nomination on Twitter, Glier said "I know its clichĂ© to say that it's an honor just to be nominated, but it really is an HONOR! This nomination has everything to do with the fabulous team I work with in the studio, on the road and at my record label." The Next Right Thing was released Jan 11, 2011 on MPress Records. It was recorded at The Carriage House studio in Stamford, CT, with additional overdubs completed in Glier's basement in Shelburne Falls, MA. Co-produced with Glier's long-time collaborator, Ryan Hommel, it was recorded by Brendan Muldowney, and mixed by GRAMMY® winner Kevin Killen (U2, Elvis Costello) as well as by John Shyloski (BeyoncĂ©, Johnny Winter), who also mastered the album.

This 2011 GRAMMY® nomination tops off great accomplishments and highlights for Glier this year, including a 2011 Independent Music Award. The Next Right Thing, his sophomore release for MPress Records, has received accolades and comparisons to Bruce Springsteen and Billy Joel by USA Today, and was added to over 150 radio stations. The track"Lauralee" was recommended by USA Today in their "Listen Up Playlist" (Feb 2011) and was propelled to #1 on Clear Channel's NEW! Discover & Uncover. His music video for the second single "Walk Katie Home" premiered on USA Today (July 2011) and he toured with talents like Edwin McCain, Ani DiFranco and Martin Sexton.

2012 will prove to be another exciting year for Glier. He begins pre-production for his third MPress release in January, and will be performing at the 35th Annual Ann Arbor Folk Festival with Ryan Adams, Emmylou Harris and more; in addition, Glier will make his West Coast debut touring with folk icon Ani DiFranco in March

For GRAMMY® Voting Members who would like to preview the album, please email Melanie Rodriguez for a private SoundCloud link to The Next Right Thing.

MPress Records is an independent label based in New York City. This is their first GRAMMY® nominated release. For press inquiries please contact Melanie Rodriguez at Twitter: @MPressRecords


Tuesday, December 6, 2011

"Two Minds" by the Sons Reviewed By MusicDish

"Two Minds" by The Sons by musicdish

The single "Two Minds" by UK-based indie rock band The Sons is very on trend, considering the current success of country influenced alternative rock (See: Kings of Leon). The song takes a subdued, quiet start, with just a hint of slide guitar and the tiny accent in the lead vocal. Halfway through though, the song blossoms with a louder, richer, and even more complex sound, as if the band was holding back until this point. The song is almost completely different than when it started, with an energy and style that gives it a unique voice. The vocals that are at once playful and commanding, demonstrates a confidence in its delivery and message. Now if The Sons could take their "Two Minds" and focus them on this one voice, that would be something special.


Monday, December 5, 2011

MusicDishTV Presents "By The End Of" by Dead Smiling Pirates

Denmark natives Dead Smiling Pirates went for a more meaningful message this time around with their video for their new single, "By The End Of". The band has forgone any screen time to try and send a message about the pain of war and the trials of a soldier. Which at the moment is timely for so many people around the world.

Sounding very much like one of their influences, Blink 182, it could be said that Dead Smiling Pirates finds a way to sound like nineties pop-punk while staying current with vocal harmonies and interesting riffs from their other influence, Muse.

One of the more impressive sections of the video is a ten second sequence within the footage, where the cuts are in time with the music. The segment is probably the most hard hitting and resonant of the video. The video is mostly longer lingering clips showing war and injury, with Iwo Jima footage giving a gritty portrayal with a somewhat eerie feeling of anticipation building. Towards something else, towards a bigger conflict, a more graphic or dramatic scene, and as the video goes on it get slightly darker, showing a few of the dead men on the beach the music then goes in "for the kill" to drive home the message.

The band has a very connected sound, they make sense together, cleverly pairings of influences and chords, results in a solid sound, and the visuals are interesting, it seems that the viewer may want more from the band by the end.