A month of fierce competition has passed and California’s Get Back Loretta have risen through the ranks to be crowned the Grand Prize Winner of the “Ernie Ball Pop” Competition with their track “Gotta Believe.” Founded in 2004 by five friends out to create a sound that could not be easily defined, Get Back Loretta have spent the past eight years making their goal a reality. “Gotta Believe” embodies this idea, blending contemporary alternative rock with lyrical prowess of a Top 40 pop single into one catchy and rhythmic tune. If you like The Fray or Jack’s Mannequin, give Get Back Loretta a spin. Congratulations to Get Back Loretta”enjoy a year of touring and writing without worrying about costly string purchases.
Mike Flynn”Epic Records producer behind such acts as The Fray and Sara Bareilles. Kat Parsons”Los Angeles songstress and multi instrumentalist with a music career on the up and up. What do we get when we combine the two? Pop gold. Parsons won the Get Your Song Produced by Mike Flynn of EPIC Records Competition on OurStage, earning the exclusive opportunity to record a single with Flynn. She chose to record the track Fall For It, soon to be released on her upcoming EP. Before the release, she’s hooking y’all up with an exclusive early download of the single, but get it now, because it’s only available for a week! Stream the track to your heart’s content in the playlist at the bottom and be sure to check out our Q&A with Parsons on her experience working with Flynn. Check out Kat’s official site for updates on her upcoming EP and more.
OS: You’ve been fortunate enough to work with some big names in the studio. How did your experience with Mike Flynn compare?
KP: Working with Mike Flynn was so much fun. When I won the contest, I felt so honored and thought it was important to write the perfect song for the opportunity. I scheduled writing sessions with some amazing writer friends and did some writing on my own. I wrote “Fall for It” with Travis Howard and we knew that was the song. It said exactly what I wanted to communicate, and as a songwriter, that is really exciting. When I arrived at the studio, all of the musicians were there as well as Warren Huart, who co-produced the track with Mike. The band was incredible and Mike, Warren and the musicians worked on getting the exact right tones for the way we wanted the song to sound. All this to say, that it was a really wonderful experience…I loved recording the drums, bass and guitar live and I really enjoyed watching Mike and Warren as they directed the sounds. They were also really wonderful with the vocals…really encouraging and had some great ideas about approach that hadn’t occurred to me previously. (more…)
Now that we’re finally finished looking back at last year, we can start looking forward and set our sights on what 2012 has in store for us. Like any other year, it’s bound to be a mixed bag, musically speaking”while there are plenty of things on the horizon that promise to put some spring in our step, a few impending arrivals are already standing out as musts to avoid. Somehow, even with the music industry in a ruinous state, there still seems to be an ever-increasing avalanche of new releases each year, so here’s a little assistance for your aural agenda-setting in the months to come, a guide to the musical routes you should”and shouldn’t”take in 2012.
Trailer Trash Tracys “ Ester (Jan. 24)
If a new UK band that blends the influences of vintage 4AD acts (Kurt “Ultravivid Scene” Ralske even did the cover art) and the Jesus & Mary Chain isn’t your idea of a good time, exactly what do you do for fun?
Leonard Cohen “ Old Ideas (Jan. 31)
The old master is back on the block, with an album that’s immeasurably better than its anomalously awful predecessor, the inexplicable Dear Heather.
Dr. Dog “ Be the Void (Feb. 7)
Refusing to be any one thing”power-pop, indie-rock, psychedelia and Americana have all found their way into the works at various points”Dr. Dog seems to have inadvertently created a sound they can (and should) stick to.
Mitch Ryder “ The Promise (Feb. 14)
One of the original architects of rock & roll as we know it today, Ryder is still rocking in 2012, and his first new US release in three decades is overseen by none other than Don Was.
Explorers Club “ Grand Hotel (Feb. 14)
Everybody’s favorite Beach Boys obsessives open up the template a bit on their second album without sacrificing any of their sunshine-pop charm.
School of Seven Bells “ Ghostory (Feb. 27)
Slimming down from a trio to a duo seems to have put a bit of a scare into these NYC synth-poppers, but we’re up for being spooked.
Tindersticks “ The Something Rain (Feb. 21)
Nobody does melancholy like the Tindersticks, and if the deep, creamy tones of Stuart Staples don’t nab you, the elegantly moody production will.
Field Music “ Plumb (Feb. 21)
England’s Brewis brothers have worked under a variety of monikers together and apart, but their brainy blend of art rock and indie pop is always alarmingly infectious.
Spiritualized “ Sweet Heart Sweet Light (March 19)
How can you not be curious about an album that Spiritualized mainman Jason Pierce claims was influenced by Chuck Berry, The Beach Boys and avant-jazzer Peter Brí¶tzmann?
Lee Feldman “ Trying to Put the Things Together That Never Been Together Before (Spring)
Speaking of The Beach Boys, the Brooklyn songsmith who matches a Wilsonian sense of composition with a wily wit worthy of Randy Newman is readying his fourth full-length, so don’t sleep on it.
David Klein “ If 6 Was 9 and Other Assorted Number Songs (Feb.)
In this endearingly obsessive, unendingly fun romp through everything from “Eight Days a Week” to “Strawberry Letter #23,” author David Klein does for numbers what The Beach Boys did for surfing and Bruce Springsteen did for the New Jersey turnpike.
February 7 must have made some kind of major karmic faux pas years ago, because it’s bearing an unenviably heavy load in 2012 as the release date for a quartet of questionable new releases.
Van Halen “ TBA (Feb. 7)
Twenty-eight years down the line from “Hot for Teacher” and “Panama,” it’s highly doubtful that even Diamond Dave can wipe away the memory of Sammy Hagar and the guy from Extreme.
The Fray “ Scars & Stories (Feb. 7)
Are we expected to believe that the band who makes Coldplay sound macho is suddenly a raw rock & roll machine because they hired Pearl Jam’s producer?
The Light – 1102/2011 (Feb. 7)
New Order bassman Peter Hook’s extracurricular activities have always been iffy, but a batch of Joy Division covers plus an unfinished JD-era track completed by Hooky’s current outfit, The Light, padded out with instrumental versions of each track? Pass.
Paul McCartney “ Kisses on the Bottom (Feb. 7)
Look, we love dear old Macca as much as you do, but a standards album? Really? With smooth-jazz producer Tommy LiPuma? And appearances by Diana Krall and Eric Clapton? How will we even stay awake through the liner notes?
As great as 2011 has been, it’s time to start fresh. So, while you’re making your New Year’s resolutions, start thinking about what music will be your soundtrack to 2012. Here are some of the voices we’re looking forward to hearing more from in the year to come!
Paramore, who made news in late 2010 for their split with founding members Josh and Zac Farro, are scheduled to release a full-length album in early 2012. So far, we’ve heard singles “Hello Cold World”, “Renegade” and most recently “In The Mourning”. Still, we’re wondering how the full-length album reflects any change in the band’s style. And it’ll be particularly interesting to see if Hayley Williams‘ voice is strong enough to keep fans hooked.
We’re also looking forward to having John Mayer‘s voice back in 2012! His fifth studio album, Born and Raised, which was initially scheduled for the end of 2011, will now be coming out in 2012, as soon as Mayer’s voice has completely recovered. And since the album’s already mostly completed (just missing vocals) it looks like we don’t have too long to wait!
Mumford and Sons won’t be keeping us waiting much longer either. According to the band, their next LP will be more mature, sounding a bit like “Black Sabbath meets Nick Drake”. And after the success of Sigh No More, its hard for us to imagine the band’s follow-up being anything less than great. Our fingers are crossed. (more…)