YEP ROC - Labelaktivitäten 2017

November, 2016


Hallo Musikfreunde,

die meisten von Euch wissen ja bereits, dass wir das US Label YEP ROC betreuen. Nachfolgend möchte ich auf die für die nächsten Monate geplanten Aktivitäten hinweisen und würde mich freuen, wenn diese Infos im Rahmen der Möglichkeiten gestreut werden.

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YEP ROC News Überblick
1 - Felice Brothers -7inch, Tourdaten und erster Song als Stream verfügbar
2 - Tift Merrit - neues Album, erster Song als Stream verfügbar
3 - Chuck Prophet - neues Album, erster Song als Stream verfügbar
4 - The Sadies - neues Album, erster Song als Stream verfügbar
5 - John Stacey (ehemals John Wesley Harding) - neues Album, erster Song als Stream verfügbar


Felice Brothers' Limited Edition Holiday Release Available For Preorder Now

Als Stream verfügbar: Country Ham

November 15, 2016 -- Hudson, NY -- The Felice Brothers will release a limited edition 7-inch vinyl recording of "Country Ham" on December 9 via Yep Roc Records. The holiday-themed single features a live version of "Murder By Mistletoe" - recorded for Rolling Stone last year in NYC - on the B-side. Both tracks have never before been pressed on vinyl and preorder is available now through The Felice Brothers and Yep Roc stores.

"It's a narrative about feeling lonely on Christmas, and the different emotions that can go with the holidays that aren't always talked about in the happy-go-lucky songs," band front man Ian Felice says.

The artwork for "Country Ham" is a nod to the band's hometown, which features an original painting by Ian titled Palenville in the Snow.

In related hometown news, The Felice Brothers will play a Nov. 25 show in Woodstock, NY at The Bearsville Theatre before heading overseas in January. The band's Life In The Dark European tour will include headline shows in Ireland, the UK, Belgium, Germany and more. A full list of tour dates to follow.

The band's latest full-length release Life In The Dark is available now worldwide. The nine songs featured on the band's ninth studio album explore modern life in a complicated and divided America, through a cynical and occasionally heartbroken lens, in the tradition of songwriters like John Prine, Shane MacGowan and Michael Hurley.

Felice Brothers Tour Dates
FEB 03 Germany, Köln Luxor
FEB 04 Germany, Hamburg Knust
FEB 05 Germany, Berlin Bi Nuu

For more information about The Felice Brothers visit:, or follow the band or follow @FeliceBrothers on Twitter and Instagram



Grammy Award-nominated artist Tift Merritt's new album Stitch of the World will be released January 27 on Yep Roc Records. Listen to "Love Soldiers On," the second song from the album

"Merritt's achingly beautiful country-tinged tunes hark back to the musical work of Joni Mitchell, Mary Chapin Carpenter and Leonard Cohen."

Grammy Award-nominated artist Tift Merritt's new album Stitch of the World will be released January 27 on Yep Roc Records. Listen to "Love Soldiers On," the second song from the album [HERE].

"Dusty Old Man," the album's first single, recently premiered via Rolling Stone Country, who said, "Powered by guitars from Marc Ribot and pedal-steel wiz Eric Heywood over a bouncy shuffle rhythm from drummer Jay Bellerose and bassist Jennifer Condos, 'Dusty Old Man' has more of a bluesy, loose-limbed feel than anything Merritt has ever done." Listen here.

Stitch of the World, Merritt's sixth studio album was written on a friend's farm in Marfa, Texas, at Merritt's California cabin and in New York City in the wake of several major changes in her life. The album was recorded in Los Angeles while Merritt was six months pregnant, after which she relocated to her hometown of Raleigh, North Carolina.

The time since the release of Traveling Alone has also found Merritt recording and touring with Andrew Bird in his Hands of Glory, MC Taylor's Hiss Golden Messenger and classical pianist Simone Dinnerstein. Merritt workshopped the songs on Stitch of the World with longtime friend Sam Beam of Iron & Wine after bumping in to him in an airport.

Merritt will join select dates on Hiss Golden Messenger's fall tour as both a special guest, and playing as a member of frontman MC Taylor's band. Dates include October 23 at Los Angeles' iconic Hollywood Bowl alongside Bon Iver and November 15 in New York at the Music Hall of Williamsburg. See full list below. Further touring will be announced soon.

Raised in North Carolina, Tift Merritt has released five full-length albums and two live records, including a recent reissue of her debut album Bramble Rose earlier this year. The New Yorker has called Tift Merritt "the bearer of a proud tradition of distaff country soul that reaches back to artists like Dusty Springfield and Bobbie Gentry." Emmylou Harris calls her a diamond in a coal mine. She has performed with the NY Philharmonic and toured with artists as varied as Iron & Wine, Jason Isbell, Elvis Costello, and Gregg Allman. Her 2004 release Tambourine was nominated for a Grammy Award for Best Country Album as well as three Americana Music Awards. In addition to recent recording and touring with Andrew Bird's Hands of Glory, MC Taylor's Hiss Golden Messenger and Simone Dinnerstein, Don Henley covered Merritt's song "Bramble Rose" to open up his first solo album in fifteen years, Cass County




Chuck Prophet describes his new album 'Bobby Fuller Died For Your Sins' (Feb 10, Yep Roc) as a "California Noir," an album inspired partly by the mysterious death of rocker Bobby Fuller in LA in 1966. "California has always represented the Golden Dream, and it's the tension between romance and reality that lurks underneath the surface in all noir films and paperbacks, and that connects these songs." Gritty and jangly, Chuck's new album features 13 original works that explore doomed love, loneliness and fast-paced violence via Chuck's muscular songwriting craft. They include songs about Fuller, the death of David Bowie, and the killing of a San Francisco security guard named Alex Nieto that drew international headlines as "Death By Gentrification."

'Bobby Fuller' finds Chuck coming full circle. He cut the album to tape at Hyde Street Studio in San Francisco, which also happens to be the same studio where Prophet did his very first recording session, while still in high school. Chuck brought out his '64 Stratocaster for the sessions, conjuring a sound that Jonathan Richman once described as "gasoline in the sand, like a motorcycle at a hot dog stand." He's backed by The Mission Express, a band featuring his wife Stephanie Finch (vocals, keyboards, guitar), Kevin White (bass), Vicente Rodriguez (drums, vocals) and James DePrato (guitar).

Lead single "Bad Year For Rock and Roll" is a timely homage to rock greats lost in 2016: "The Thin White Duke took a final bow / there's one more star in the heavens now/I'm all dressed up in a mohair suit / watching Peter Sellers thinking of you." "Jesus Was A Social Drinker" starts as a punchy mid-tempo rocker with clanking cowbell before unfurling into an explosive, psychedelic coda. "Alex Nieto" is what Chuck refers to as his first protest song. It's "an homage to a good man who should still be alive," says Chuck.

Track listing:
1. Bobby Fuller Died For Your Sins
2. Your Skin
3. Open Up Your Heart
4. Coming Out in Code
5. Killing Machine
6. Bad Year For Rock and Roll
7. Jesus Was a Social Drinker
8. In the Mausoleum
9. Rider or the Train
10. If I Was Connie Britton
11. Post-War Cinematic Dead Man Blues
12. We Got Up and Played
13. Alex Nieto




The iconic four-piece will release their 11th studio album titled Northern Passages on February 10, 2017 with a pre-order available as of November 4. The Sadies premiered the first single from the LP today. Says vocalist/guitarist Dallas Good, "Northern Passages was recorded in my mom and dad's basement through the winter of 2015-16. "Riverview Fog" began as a letter to my friend Rick White. Long ago, I had joined his band in Moncton and ultimately spent quite a bit of time out there. Rick has co-written many Sadie songs and has provided us with piles of artwork, photos, videos, recordings, performances and inspiration for 20 years now. Eventually, he moved to Ontario but I see less of him now than I did back then. There are plenty of (not so) subtle references to his band Elevator and our band Unintended in this song. This is my (not so) subtle way of coaxing him from Sadie retirement. Or not."

The band will be heading on a Canadian East Coast tour supporting Blue Rodeo kicking off in Kitchener on January 31, 2017. See below for all upcoming tour dates.

The essence of The Sadies' story is in many summed up with the powerful image of the aurora borealis adorning the cover of their latest album, Northern Passages. Ever since the quartet comprised of singer/guitarists Dallas and Travis Good, bassist Sean Dean and drummer Mike Belitsky first arrived on the North American scene 20 years ago, their music has never been less than awe-inspiring, with no further embellishment necessary. Case in point, when asked if there was any Canadian music that inspired him in a recent interview in 24 Hours, punk legend Iggy Pop replied, "I just found out about The Sadies, which is way different, and way more considered, and that's really good..."
As the light swirled with each album The Sadies have made, the overall picture took on more defined colours. On top of that was the incredible list of collaborations--Neko Case, R&B legend Andre Williams, The Mekons' Jon Langford, Jon Spencer, Robyn Hitchcock, John Doe, Buffy Sainte-Marie, Gord Downie, Neil Young for fuck's sake!--each one pushing The Sadies' own sound into new, unmapped territory. Eventually, more time was taken in between albums as focus shifted to their original songwriting, and what was once the best live band in Canada became the best band in Canada, period.
Is it fair then to call Northern Passages their masterpiece? Yes, at least until the next album comes along. Recorded in the basement of Dallas and Travis' parents' home north of Toronto over the winter of 2015, the familiar surroundings and lack of distractions resulted in a consistent feel, despite the eclecticism at the heart of The Sadies' sound. The psych-folk flourishes on tracks such as "Riverview Fog" are no mere homage; this is the sound of our inscrutable world, and how we manage to survive in it.
The Sadies are a band that fans cling to like a closely guarded secret, with each new release fulfilling the promise to reach further, for all of our sakes, not just their own. With Northern Passages, the time has come to make room for more on this wild acid-folk-country-punk trip, and we'll be better off because of it.

01. Riverview Fog
02. Another Season Again
03. There Are No Words
04. It's Easy (Like Walking)
05. The Elements Song
06. Through Strange Eyes
07. God Bless The Infidels
08. The Good Years
09. As Above, So Below
10. Questions I Never Asked
11. The Noise Museum




"Self-Titled would be one of the best albums in John Wesley Harding's quarter-century career if it weren't the debut album from Wesley Stace." - The Philadelphia Inquirer

Acclaimed singer/songwriter Wesley Stace will release Wesley Stace's John Wesley Harding on February 24, 2017 via Yep Roc Records. Recorded with The Jayhawks--Gary Louris, Marc Perlman, Tim O'Reagan, and Karen Grotberg--at Flowers Studio in Minneapolis, the album was co-produced by Stace and Gary Louris.

Listen/share the first track "Let's Evaporate," written with Chas Cronk from the Strawbs, one of Stace's favorite bands.

The album features 12 tracks chosen for these sessions by Stace, who says, "I always have a lot of songs, so I listened to every unused song I had, many of them quite recent, and picked 11 that I thought The Jayhawks (or The Wezhawks, as we started to call it) would sound great on. I also included a cover, "Don't Turn Me Loose," which is where the idea of our making a record together had originated: I saw them live and thought they'd sound great playing that song, and then I thought: and I should be singing it! And they liked the idea. And we did these twelve songs, and that's it. Everything we recorded is on the record. No outtakes."

The second album under his real name, the album's title was chosen for a myriad of reasons including a) the urge to bring all of his art under one banner, b) Jeff Lynne's ELO, and c) various cab ride conversations. All is revealed in the sleeve note.

Wesley Stace's John Wesley Harding Tracklisting

1. I Don't Wana Rock 'n Roll
2. You're a Song
3. Better Tell No One Your Dreams
4. How To Fall
5. For Me and You
6. Hastings Pier
7. Audience of One
8. Don't Turn Me Loose
9. The Wilderness Years
10. What You Want Belongs to You
11. Remember Me
12. Let's Evaporate