James Deem's 2007 debut CD of all original music. On it James plays acoustic and electric guitars, keyboards, and sings lead and background vocals. The project was produced and recorded by North Carolina-native Jamie Hoover (The Spongetones) at Hooverama Studios in Charlotte, NC. Jamie is also featured playing acoustic and electric guitars, bass guitar, drums, and singing background vocals.
Four of James' original songs ("I'm Not Over You," "It Stands to Reason," "The Way She Loves Me," and "I Hear Your Heart Calling") have been played on various radio shows/stations:
Divakar Shukla's "90 Minutes" on WEND 106.5 FM in Charlotte, NC;
Charlie Saber's "Rock and Pop Soufflé" on WRUW 91.1 FM in Cleveland, OH;
Craig Leve's "Snap, Crackle, Pop!" on KWVA 88.1 FM in Eugene, OR;
Sue Miller's "Beat Crazy" on WAPS 91.3 FM in Akron-Canton, OH;
Alan Haber's "Pure Pop Radio Show" on WEBR in Fairfax, VA; and
Adam Waltemire's "Pop Garden Radio" on WMEL AM920 in Melbourne, FL.
WHAT THEY'RE SAYING:
"James Deem is a straight-ahead jangle pop vocalist, guitarist and songwriter I had the pleasure of working with on this his first release, and man, oh man, this thing sounds fabulous!
James has been around for years doing gigs and honing his skills. He has a great voice and an ear for hooky melodies-which is pretty much what it's all about-I think. Listen to his new disc and see if you don't agree? It doesn't get much better than "It Stands to Reason" for me-in this world of mostly average-as-usual pop songs. This thing just jumps off the plastic! It's just like a new Producers, Rembrandts, or Del Amitri disc.
James, you should be really proud, this is a great pop record, and I'm proud to have my name on it too!"
~Jamie Hoover of The Spongetones
Produced and performed on James Deem's CD
"With a name sounding extremely close to that of an iconic '50s movie star, James Deem is likewise a rebel in today's music business. Choosing to concentrate not on overbearing or superfluous hype, but on solid songs, he manages to succeed on this newest album due to his talent, not on how well the marketing machine gets the word out. Though, sadly, this can often mean an album will sit largely unheard by those who would love it, if given the opportunity. Musical cream almost always rises to the top, while Deem has not achieved widespread national recognition, if he keeps doing what he's doing so well, eventually a break just might materialize for him to make his mark.
Deem along with his amazing band... (okay, the band is pretty much Deem along with Jamie Hoover, Charlotte power-pop legend/musician/producer/recording artist, who also produced the disc)... manage to put solid oomph into Deem's clever and catchy songs, creating an energetic, rocking album. Though the tracks were recorded over a near five year period, Hoover's solid production keeps the tracks sounding uniformly excellent, and good as 'all get out.'
While Deem is a local talent, and unsigned (so far) -- if the right people heard his work, that could change in an instant, so check out his album as soon as you can."
Amps 11 Magazine
"Classic!! Produced by Jamie Hoover, fans of Hoover's solo work and Spongetones will freak - as will fans of Bill Lloyd. Deem knows his way around writing songs that hit hard inside their gentle sway and jangle. Fans of such Not Lame faves as Brian Jay Cline, Robert Crenshaw, Walter Clevenger, Jeff Larson and Frank Barajas have further sign-posts for what's going on here. A panoply of cool, timeless sounds, brilliant, richly produced hooks, and a wall of Hollies-vocal sound, but half this material is dead-on for fans of Spongetones/Hoover, it's a joy to report.
What is so refreshing about "jamesdeem.com" is its never-ending unpretentious melody, spirited hooks which drive the entire CD from start to finish - a hard thing to pull off and Hoover keeps all the sounds grounded and sounding vibrant and fetching. Deem's angelic, high-register vocals, higher-reaching arrangements and rock-pop solid arrangements herald a new pop talent that we'll always cherish, you got it - Extremely Highly Recommended!"
Not Lame Recordings
"James has presented the pop masses with one heck of a jangle and harmony-filled effort! Hints of The Gin Blossoms, The Spongetones (read on and you'll see why), The Rubinoos, Tommy James, Howard Jones, and Michael Slawter permeate these late 70's/early 80's, at times Brit-inspired proceedings! All good things for sure! Believe it, they're all in there! Expertly produced by the one and only popmeister Jamie Hoover who is also featured prominately throughout, tastefully adding both instrumental (guitars, bass, drums) and harmony vocal touches to the proceedings! A smashing and very impressive release for sure! EXCELLENT!!!!"
Kool Kat Musik
"James Deem, true disciple of Jamie Hoover (Spongetones) and Ed James has released his debut album "jamesdeem.com" recently. The album starts out promising enough with the jangly "The Way She Loves Me." This is a great tune and it's followed by the excellent Spongetones-like "I Could Fall in Love" complete with an "Octopus Garden" styled guitar intro. "I'm Not Over You" is another song about love lost and my favorite on the album. It's his enthusiastic performance that wins me over on "I Hear Your Heart Calling" - a Rubinoos styled pop song. James has a bit of experience playing Billy Joel covers, and it shows in "The Dream" - a piano ballad with a passing nod to Ben Folds or Fountains of Wayne. Deem's guitar work is also not really a Merseybeat jangle style, but a bit of modern country as shown "On the Way to Paradise." Fans of Walter Clevenger and Bill Lloyd will appreciate this approach. The second half of the album contains alot of slower ballads, also well done. I must say he also knows how to promote himself well. You can listen to the entire album from his site."
"The debut disc from this talented singer/songwriter/guitarist/keyboardist is an audio treat for fans of melodic pop and rock. An entire album of Deem's self-penned songs, this CD gives a tip of the hat to bands like the Beatles, The Smithereens and maybe even the Rembrandts, while still retaining its own identity.
Deem's strong sense of melody is especially evident in harmony-laden pop confections such as "The Way She Loves Me", "I Could Fall In Love", "On The Way To Paradise" and "It Stands To Reason". The latter is a track that could have a real shot as a breakout radio single if given the right push. Other, more introspective tracks like the piano-driven "The Dream", as well as the acoustic ballad "Whether Today, Whether Tomorrow" demonstrate that James Deem is not just a songwriting one trick pony.
Producer Jamie Hoover (who also played some guitars, bass and drums) knows exactly how to showcase Deem's deceptively simple, but maddeningly catchy tunes with just the right mix of acoustic and electric guitar textures, with an emphasis on harmony vocals that make the singalong choruses really sparkle. All in all, an auspicious debut from an artist to watch."
Author, 'The Grand Delusion: The Unauthorized True Story of Styx'
"Guess what I just spent one glorious afternoon listening to ??!
This disc kicks off in the perfect, choral way, the great, great snare sound on "It Stands To Reason" is only one reason this song in particular should get to (mainstream) radio ASAP (btw, Jamie's production throughout is A-1 !!), and while you are at it, Please make sure Eric Carmen, for one, gets a copy of "I Hear Your Heart Calling" IMMEDIATELY."
"Jaw on the floor time....so GOOD!"
Snap, Crackle, Pop!
KWVA 88.1 FM
"The pop/rock album offers Deem a chance to showcase his songwriting abilities, guitar skills and vocals. It's a solid songwriting debut."
~Jeff Hahne, Music Editor
Creative Loafing Charlotte