AM's Mainstay Remix is a collectible limited edition cd which includes the Mainstay Music Video-- this cd has not been released into record stores and is only available online. AM's song is featured in Ashton Kutcher's new movie SPREAD
ITUNES has chosen AM's debut album as “Best Indie Album of the Year”. He seems to be in great company!
Best Album of the Year 2006
1. Jenny Lewis with The Watson Twins Rabbit Furcoat
2. Alexi Murdoch Time Without Consequence
3. AM Troubled Times
4. Jose Gonzalez Veneer
5. Josh Rouse Subtitulo
6. Neko Case Fox Confessor Brings the Flood
7. Brett Dennen So Much More
8. Gus Black Autumn Days
9. Sufjan Stevens The Avalanche- Outakes and…
10. M. Craft Silver and Fire
11. Tina Dico In The Red
12. Joanna Newsom YS
13. Ane Brun A Temporary Dive
14. Beth Waters This Little Piggy
15. Carey Ott Lucid Dream
16. Fink Biscuits For Breakfast
17. Leigh Nash Blue on Blue
18. Rocky Votolato Makers
19. Tunng Comments of the Inner Chorus
20. Aidan Hawken Pillows & Records
Since AM's debut album was released on CD Baby, his music has been featured on 26 film and television shows including: HBO's "Big Love", ABC's "What About Brian", ABC's "Life as we Know It" (starring Kelly Osbourne), and three seasons of MTV's "Real World" including Austin, Key West, and Philly (where AM's song "Losing You" made quite a splash). He has also been named LA Weekly's "Best Singer/Songwriter of the year" and his official debut album entitled TROUBLED TIMES (retitled from AM).
This year at the 2006 SXSW Music Fest, AM was one of four bands performing at the KCRW showcase--and the only unsigned band on the bill. He followed this showcase with a month long residency at the Hotel Cafe in Hollywood. And then AM was chosen to perform in an industry only, exclusive Billboard Magazine showcase at the Knitting Factory in Los Angeles.
The Mainstay Remix EP serves as an experiemental release which caters to the electronic and dance world, while still preserving the rich melodies and vocal nuances that make AM's music so special.
Please give it a listen by checking out the sample tracks above.
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“This artist has been compared to Beck and Coldplay and we can hear some REM references creeping in. Whether it’s AM or PM this artist deserves some of your time...and he is set to find a new audience in the UK.”
-The Hit Sheet (UK)
“Overall, this album demonstrates how great pop can be. AM has a real sense of how to set a chorus, and each one glistens and sparkles with extra instruments, synth pads and hooky guitar lines. With talent like this we’ll surely see AM climb the ranks to the top.”
“...AM takes equal parts of classic Americana, folk-rock and pop and melts them down into something entirely his own, and he does it with two things money can’t buy: imagination and taste. These sturdily built pop songs are graced with ingeniously colorful arrangements and have that ‘instant classic’ thing stamped all over them...”
“AM sounds like a mixture of Paul Simon and David Bowie. It rocks but in a beautiful way.”
-Gary Jules (Trading Snakeoil for Wolftickets/Universal Music)
"AM sounds like a cross between Mutations-era Beck and Pete Yorn and like them, he borrows liberally from country and rock, coming up with music that's a little bit different and not easily defined"
-West Coast Performer
"AM’s soothing voice and polished stage presence have a calming effect, even on the rowdiest audience members. His soft rock, blended with a touch of country, connects with anyone..."
******BEST SINGER/SONGWRITER OF THE YEAR (LA WEEKLY)
26 song placements from AM's debut album have been placed in film and television, including AM’s song “Gone Away” in the upcoming eighth episode of Tom Hank's HBO original series "Big Love” (now airing in the UK on Channel 5 on Monday nights at 10pm), “Mainstay” and “Playing The Game” in ABC's "What About Brian?", and the songs "Losing You", "Playing The Game", and "Mainstay" in three seasons of MTV’s "The Real World" (including this season’s "The Real World: Key West"). AM’s songs can also be heard in the 2006 Sundance Festival film "Dreamland" (with Gina Gershon) and the film "The Naked Ape" which premiered at the 2006 Vail International Film Festival.
AM began his musical development surrounded by rock-n-roll but heavily influenced by the indigenous sounds of New Orleans which include country, bluegrass and roots music. Born in Oklahoma and raised in Mandeville, Louisiana, a rural town outside of New Orleans, he grew up playing guitar and listening to Motown, Fleetwood Mac and The Eagles. After graduating from Loyola University in New Orleans with a degree in philosophy, AM moved to Los Angeles where he held a weekly residency at the infamous Hotel Cafe then hosted by musical artist Gary Jules ("Madworld" Universal Music).
AM brings a new twist to pop music, following in the footsteps of other less obvious pop icons such as Beck, Wilco, and The Flaming Lips. Above all it’s AM's uncanny ability for writing perfect acoustic-pop hooks and his soothing voice that really sell this wonderful debut record. From Americana to folk-rock, AM’s songs weave multiple variations of the pop medium with the richness of southern sounds.
AM has also shared the stage with such notable acts as Gary Jules, G. Love & Special Sauce, The Wreckers (Michelle Branch & Jessica Harp), Bob Mould (Husker Du/ Sugar), Rhett Miller (The Old 97's), Amy Correia (Lakeville/Nettwerk), and Glen Tilbrook (former Squeeze songsmith).
AM is finishing his second album titled Soul Variations which will be completed soon.
Song placements in film and television for AM's album include: HBO's "Big Love", two songs on ABC's "What About Brian", MTV's "Real World", ABC's "Life As We Know It", film sequel to "The Butterfly Effect", indie film "Naked Ape", and the 2006 Sundance Festival film "Dreamland.
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Mainstay Lyrics-- all lyrics can be found on AM's MYSPACE page at www.myspace.com/amsounds
If you like any of these artists, you will be interested in AM:
Beck, John Martyn, Coldplay, Wilco, Pete Yorn, Jack Johnson, Jeff Buckley, Nick Drake, REM, Iron and Wine, Flaming Lips, U2, David Gray, Josh Ritter, Gary Jules, Carole King, John Mayer, Fleetwood Mac, James Taylor, Cat Stevens, Simon and Garfunkel, David Bowie, T-Rex, The Eagles, The Byrds, My Morning Jacket, Paul Simon, James Blunt, Carly Simon, Jorge Ben, Dave Mathews, Ray Lamontagne, Jason Mraz, Duncan Sheik, Bruce Springsteen, Emmylou Harris, Danielle Lanoise, James Taylor, KT Tunstall, Cat Power, Dido, Beth Orton, Corrine Bailey Rae, David Gray, The Fray, Magnet, AM, Jose Gonzalez, Tina Dico, Herb Alpert, Sia, Ben Harper, The Fray, Jenny Lewis, Regina Spectre, Sheryl Crow, Teddy Geiger, Sufjan Stevens, Norah Jones, Alexi Murdoch, Jon Brion, Aimee Mann, Keith Urban, David Gray, Belle & Sebastian, Ray La Montagen, Damien Rice, Daniel Powter, Ryan Adams, Zero 7, The Wreckers, Imogen Heap, Jewel, Michelle Branch, Amos Lee, Bob Dylan, Neko Case, Tegan and Sarah, Gordon Lightfoot, Ani Defranco, Elliott Smith, Emmy Lou Harris, John Denver, The Pogues, Donovan, Tim Hardin, Josh Rouse, Eva Cassidy, John Prine, Peter Paul & Mary, Lucinda Williams, Johnny Cash, Joan Baez, Ian and Sylvia, Rilo Kiley, Grandaddy etc.
AM is heavily influenced by his cd collection which includes:
Beck, Wilco, The Flaming Lips, U2, Coldplay, Jeff Buckley, Italian soundtracks, anything Brazillian, 60's and 70's rock, Stereolab, Nick Drake, Stevie Wonder, anything from Mowtown, New Orleans music, The Spinners, Al Green, Marvin Gaye, Bill Withers, Otis Redding, Wilson Pickett, Aretha Franklin, Smokey Robinson, Gary Jules, The Beach Boys, Tom Petty, The Byrds, Simon and Garfunkel, Fleetwood Mac, Antonio Carlos Jobim, Tamba 4, Sergio Mendez, Gabor Szabo, James Brown, Cal Tjader, Jorge Ben, Ennio Morricone, David Axelrod, Sonny and Cher, The Police, The Eagles, McCoy Tyner, Grant Green, Johnny Cash, The Velvet Underground, Lou Reed, Jackson Brown, Daniel Lanois, Brian Eno and so much more.
Check out AM's debut album "AM".
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