Well, it seems like what the world needed was a new Art Circus album. So many of you music lovers out there have bought “Apples and Oranges” already, we’ve decided to make the same offer on two more albums that will be officially released July 20th. But you can get them exclusively here right now. Pick up a copy of the debut full-length from the little bear. Her voice, and her songs as well, defy description. But we’ll try: ethereal, deep, sweet, scary, blue, mischievous, adorable, fun, soothing, original. Listen to it, send us your description, and we’ll post it! And you Monkey Bowl fans have waited long enough for the third album from Bob Something! this one is called “Space”, and it’s crazy good. It features 9 new Bob Something pop nuggets, and covers of great songs by JEFF The Brotherhood and Ben Jones. The New Yorker says “Monkey Bowl is a cross between the Fugs and Ali G!”. Umm, well OK. Renowned Detroit music writer Eric A. Harabadian says “one of the best song-driven releases I’ve heard in a long time! Very clever songwriting with great melodies, wry lyrics and harmonies that bring to mind classic pop like Beach Boys, Beatles, Badfinger and Todd Rundgren…to name a few”. We’ll go with that one! Buy them right HERE.
We’re so excited about the new Art Circus album “Apples and Oranges.” It doesn’t officially come out until July 20th, but we want you to have it now! Buy it right HERE and we’ll ship it to you right away. If you have the first Art Circus album (with 10 different singers!), you are in for a surprise. This one features one beautiful voice that you have to hear to believe. Her name is Halle, and she is nothing short of amazing. If you like your pop music pure and sweet, this is your new favorite CD. Halle’s voice transforms songs by world class writers like Al Anderson, Canaan Smith, Ben Jones and Robert Ellis Orrall into “shimmering nuggets of pop candy”. It’s a beautiful CD package too, and it includes a 12 page fold-out lyric booklet as well. Everyone here at Plastic 350 is so pumped about this album, we just couldn’t wait to let you hear it!
If you are in Nashville on March 1, you’ll want to be at the Bluebird Cafe to see a great pop foursome! the little bear will have copies of her upcoming debut album on hand, Dave Berg will kill you with coolness, Monkey Bowl will play all their hits, and Steven Lee Olsen brings it home with his amazing voice. Don’t miss it. For tickets, click HERE and reserve a table.
Hey y’all. If you are lucky enough to be in Nashville tomorrow night, Saturday 7/11, join us at the Exit/In for an amazing show with The Little Bear, Kinetic Kristen, Montezuma Fire Machine and more. You’ll also have a chance to score an advance copy of Bear’s debut album, hot off the presses! No kidding!
Halle Jane has finished up the vocals, Robert has finished mixing, and Jim Demain has finished mastering the awesomeness that is “Apples and Oranges”, the new album from Art Circus. We’ll be announcing the release date soon. Produced by Robert Ellis Orrall and Orangebox (the production team of Orrall and London’s Ben Jones), the album’s 11 songs were written by Robert with help from Al Anderson and Ben Jones. Here’s the track list:
1 ANYONE’S ANYTHING
2 YOU MAKE ME GO
3 MY HEART HURTS
4 YOU DON’T KNOW ME
5 SUBMARINE SAILOR
6 TEN NINE EIGHT SEVEN SIX FIVE FOUR
8 APPLES AND ORANGES
9 I NEED YOU NOW
11 SAFE WITH YOU
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the little bear has been making news with great reviews for her debut EP “Bridges”. If you haven’t yet, pick up a copy HERE. Check in with the little bear on her Facebook page to see where they are playing next. Listen to ASCAPS “Audio Portrait” for the story behind the songs. Now here’s what they’re saying:
“The Little Bear is a Nashville-based alt-indy-pop quartet featuring the songs and superb vocals of singer-songwriter Claire Guerreso. On “Bridges,” their EP, Guerreso sings about the emotional dynamics in relationships: the ups, downs and hurdles in between. She has a rich heartfelt voice and her finely crafted songs are passionate, honest and catchy” (BEHIND THE BEAT)
“Nashville’s The Little Bear has a plethora of sounds packed into their five track EP Bridges. Endlessly sweet melodies fuse with bittersweet lyrics and pop-infused compositions sit alongside melancholic string sections. There is a greater complexity to the album than one might glean from an initial listen.
“Puppy Love,” for example, is a short bopping pop tune with clapping backbeats and catchy hooks. It sounds like an utterly pleasant love song but with clever lyrics like, “If I read your Facebook wall I would know you just as well,” it’s actually about the pitfalls of blind affection. The album’s title track is a soft, lullaby-like anthem of childhood friendship and “Parachute” is a dark and, at times, hauntingly sad look at struggle and fear.
The Little Bear maintains the Nashville sound but with a special twist that makes it all their own. It is hard to peg the band into one specific genre. With so many styles happening all at once, they have created an album that is at times uplifting, at times heartbreaking, but one that never produces the same thing twice.” (PERFORMER MAGAZINE)
“The Little Bear’s newest EP, Bridges, sounds considerably more polished than its analog-only predecessor — likely a nod to the interest the band has garnered from some pretty big corners of the A&R world, where spray-painted tape cases are a less common sight. On the title track, singer and songwriter Claire Guerreso — who’s got the kind of voice that can turn a clattering club into a vacuum-sealed listening chamber in the matter of a few verses — delivers a disarming tale of “the love between children, and what it can do.”
If that sounds like such an uncool topic for a song, well, Guerreso is refreshingly unabashed in her songwriting, and is as uninterested in pretense as she is unafraid to risk sentimentality. But if you want cool, The Little Bear can do that too, though with their own bent. There’s a lilt to “Coldest Cloud” that will connect with fans of atmospheric indie rock a la Cortney Tidwell, but Guerreso twirls her vocals in a way that at times lands more like Blige than Bjork.” (NASHVILLE SCENE)