Gary Jules | Trading Snakeoil for Wolftickets

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Trading Snakeoil for Wolftickets

by Gary Jules

Rootsy urban folk rock. His version of "Mad World", heard on this CD, was featured in Donnie Darko.
Genre: Rock: Folk Rock
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2. No Poetry
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3. Dtla
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4. Lucky
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5. Something Else
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6. Pills
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7. Boat Song
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8. Umbilical Town
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9. The Princess of Hollywood Way
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11. Mad World (Feat. Michael Andrews)
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
"My favorite act in LA? Probably Gary Jules."
| Nic Harcourt, Host of KCRW's Morning Becomes Eclectic


"Gary Jules' Trading Snakeoil for Wolftickets is at once beautiful and haunting, depressing and inspiring, lonely and welcoming -- delicately crafted folk music of the highest order."
| Benjamin Friedland, Rolling Stone


"The best American singer-songwriter to emerge out of the late '90's -- and the only one worthy of being mentioned in the same sentence with Paul Simon, James Taylor, Cat Stevens and Nick Drake."
| Zeke Piestrup, VH-1's "Fresh Pick of the Week"


"Jules' Trading Snakeoil for Wolftickets is the best album to be released this year, anywhere -- let alone in the triple-A genre".
|Chuck Mindenhall, The Village Voice


"A cross between Tim Buckley and Cat Stevens . . . in the concrete sidewalk of the music business, Jules is that rare flower that defiantly rises up through the cracks."
| Tony Peyser, Santa Monica Mirror


"Trading Snakeoil for Wolftickets takes on a shimmering glow. Gracious and redemptive, it is a rapt, quiescent masterwork."
| Stanton Swihart, All Music Guide


It's been little over a year since the homemade recordings that eventually became Gary Jules' second album Trading Snakeoil for Wolftickets first started to circulate hand-to-hand among musicians and scenesters in the dark bars and back rooms of Hollywood, California. Since then - propelled by nearly constant airplay and live performances on LA's KCRW, a phenomenal string of sold-out residencies both at the Hotel Cafe in Hollywood and Fez in New York City, and the success of his version of Tears for Fears' classic "Mad World" from the cult-hit film Donnie Darko - Jules has emerged from those dingy shadows to win growing international recognition and share the stage with some of today's brightest stars: Jason Mraz, Mason Jennings, Jewel, Sheryl Crow, and Jack Johnson.

Gary Jules' first national recognition for Trading Snakeoil for Wolftickets came when he was featured on VH1's new music show "FRESH" as a "Fresh Pick of the Week", where he was hailed as "the best American singer-songwriter to emerge out of the late '90's -- and the only one worthy of being mentioned in the same sentence with Paul Simon, James Taylor, Cat Stevens and Nick Drake".

Originally championed by Nic Harcourt, legendary host of "Morning Becomes Eclectic" at KCRW in Los Angeles, and by Bruce Warren at WXPN in Philadelphia, "Broke Window", "DTLA", "No Poetry", "Something Else", and "Mad World" from Snakeoil have all received regular college and public radio airplay in the U.S., England, Ireland, Australia and elsewhere. And although Snakeoil is still considered very much an independent release, "Mad World" was even placed in rotation at KROQ in Los Angeles in the Spring of 2003.

Snakeoil has also garnered considerable critical acclaim.

All Music Guide's Stanton Swihart says, "Trading Snakeoil for Wolftickets takes on a shimmering glow. Gracious and redemptive, it is a rapt, quiescent masterwork". Benjamin Friedland of Rolling Stone calls Trading Snakeoil for Wolftickets "at once beautiful and haunting, depressing and inspiring, lonely and welcoming -- delicately crafted folk music of the highest order." Chuck Mindenhall of Sunset Strip Radio (LA) and The Village Voice (NYC) says, "Jules' Trading Snakeoil for Wolftickets is the best album to be released this year, anywhere -- let alone in the triple-A genre".

The grass roots rise of Snakeoil seems the logical next step to Jules' 1998 A&M Records debut Greetings from the Side (now available at CDBaby as well). An All Music Guide review of Greetings, produced by Snakeoil co-producer and Donnie Darko score composer Michael Andrews, and mixed by industry heavy Tchad Blake (Sheryl Crow et al), named Jules "one of the most gifted songwriting talents to surface during the decade", and called the album "a promising, powerful collection of songs". Greetings received wide praise from critics and fellow musicians but barely saw the light of day, having been released just weeks before A&M and its parent company, Polygram, were sold to MCA/Universal in August 1998. Still, the title track was prominently featured in Timothy Hutton's film "Digging to China" starring Kevin Bacon, Mary Stuart Masterson, and Faye Dunaway.

November 2003 will see the releases of 'Snakeoil' in Europe and Australia, with comprehensive tours to follow shortly thereafter.

- Eman Laerton 2003

For more music, news, and tour information please visit www.garyjules.com. To purchase Gary Jules' debut album "Greetings from the Side" go to www.cdbaby.com/garyjules2.


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Olga Tenorio

Beautifully amazing music. Surprising, emotive, delightful.
When I just received the CD, I was at home, sitting at my favourite table, writting a novel. I put it on my player. The music started, and I was transported to a dream world. I wish I could live in an universe of art and beauty.

amy

this cd is fantastic!
i too, bought this cd for mad world originally, but i have quickly fallen in love with just about every song! deffinately one of my new favorites....and i've been turing anyone who will listen on to it as well!

MaryJane

Rivetingly soulful music from start to finish
I too found Gary Jules because of the song Mad World. Then I heard Falling Awake on Grey's Anatomy and had to find other works by Gary. WOW was I pleasantly surprised by each and every track. Great Great Great!

cyberties

Wonderful Vocals and Lyrics
I bought this album after listening to the snippit. His voice is melodic and unique, but his lyrics are what grabbed me. Insightful, poetic and very evocative. Buy it and you won't regret a minute spent listening to this cd, nor the money spent to acquire it.

Kari

even better than I had hoped
First heard Mad World and the DJ said it was from the Donnie Darko soundtrack. Then, I had to rent Donnie Darko. Music completely fits with the movie. I couldn't get the song out of my head so I went to garyjules.com, listened to all the songs and came here to buy it. Awesome CD with beautiful folk, rootsy music. Relaxing, inspiring, with amazing lyrics. Right on.

Vinny

Nice music
Great work. You can hear the influences of all the names mentioned above. Awesome

idog1969

Great Singer Songwriter
Right up there with the best singer songwriters. Hints of Nick Drake, Michael Stipe and Paul Simon to name a few. Better than anything on the radio today. Solid from beginning to end. Highly recommended!

MJ


There's nothing in this music that doesn't need to be there. It's lean and beautiful. And his cover of "Mad World" finds the pathos that lurked under the Tears for Fears original...

megan

amazing cd! not one bad track!
the cd is great. there isnt one bad track on the whole disc. i bought it for mad world, but found myself just loving the whole thing. i highly recommend this cd to everyone!

Gregor

Why Not In The UK?
Like many others I loved Mad World when I saw Donnie Darko and had to hunt through the net to discover Gary Jules and then was forced to order this CD as it has no UK release, which is crime. Its beautiful, calm, organic music and deserves a wider audience.
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