School Night! featuring:
Andrew Ripp has continued to create music that pushes the boundaries of genre stereotypes, blending the energetic beats of pop music into a soul culture and adding the depth and groove of soul music into a pop culture. Since beginning his career in 2005, Ripp's songs and records have successfully impacted a diverse and growing audience including true music lovers: fans that appreciate the nuances of a well crafted album, and easy listeners: fans who simply want to hear a catchy tune.
Having an awe-inspiring voice is one thing, but knowing how to use that voice to share lyrics and emotion in a way that moves those who hear the songs is quite another. Ripp has grown in this over the years as a respected songwriter with the voice of an artist. With his first two albums, Fifty Miles to Chicago in 2008 and She Remains The Same in 2010, debuting at #1 on the Singer/Songwriter chart on iTunes, Andrew proved that he could create a song and share it with emotion and instrumentation.
Since his last release, Andrew spent time writing and writing, not just creating a few songs and depending on his voice to carry the album. He began as a songwriter- with a song on the Billboard 100 charts recorded by Ryan Cabrera, and other songs featured on American Idol, One Tree Hill, and Live To Dance, but grew comfortable in the place where his strong and powerful voice was the driving force behind each single. "The good ones," Andrew says, speaking of excellent artists, "they leave space in the songs." And over the last two years, Andrew has learned that skill. Having moved to Nashville with his wife Carly at the encouragement of fellow musician and mentor Dave Barnes, Andrew settled into the songwriting town and began to hone his talents and grow as an artist, musician, and songwriter.
His new album, Somewhere Son, is full of the picks of the songwriting litter, with songs that resonate with the hearer as well as the creator. Working with award-winning producer Charlie Peacock (Civil Wars, Switchfoot) Andrew handed full control to him, allowing the songs to drive the recording process, not trying to turn the songs into something they weren't. You can hear that too- the wrestling, the release, the emotion, the growth of the songs to a new sound that somehow feels familiar. The album blends the work of Andrew himself with many other award-winning musicians, songwriters, as well as Peacock and engineer/mixer Richie Biggs. And Ripp is deeply proud of what was created in 2012, though the price of hard work didn't come without it's own challenges and trials. Somewhere Son will be the album that reminds us, we don't have to figure it all out, just show up. "I did the work," Andrew says, "and I gave it everything I have."
A touring artist as well, Andrew's live performances continue to move the audience in just the right ways- quieting them at the most heart-felt moments and causing dance at just the right beat. Crowds don't want him to leave the stage when the show is over, and he's not sure he's ready to leave either. He has opened for and toured with the likes of with Jon Foreman, needtobreathe, Will Hoge and Robert Randolph, and continues to book dates around the country to bring Somewhere Son to the audiences that await new songs with that old feel.
"This album is rooted in the idea of hope and love," Andrew says, "and it is meant to speak life." Audiences can hear the depth of those messages in every lyric; in every note. Great songs deserve a great record and what has been created with Somewhere Son is just that- the record that other musicians will respect, fans have waited for, and newcomers will fall in love with.
A collection of disarmingly candid pop songs... the record is an un-self-conscious take on pop's infectious hooks and young love tropes.” – Interview Magazine
Experimental pop artist Seasick Mama’s current EP “Tip Top Shape” produced by TV On The Radio’s David Sitek (amongst others) has been a catalog of good pickin’ this year! She has been rocking the boat with various song placements in the commercial television world such as Pepsi, Victoria’s Secret and a new movie called “Two Night Stand”.
“Seasick Mama songs make us feel like walking down to the ocean’s edge at just the right moment and letting it clobber us, knocking us back, or pulling us out with it.” – Daytrotter
“With A Broken Heart”, is a new single from Seasick Mama, which premiered exclusively on Clash Magazine. The tropical & raw track is emotionally sweet, a side rarely heard. “The song is about a vulnerable man not trusting a devilish women. Sometime women can behave in the way men do...”
Noisey, Vice Magazine’s music blog, played host to the premiere of Seasick Mama’s stunning video for “Man Overboard”. “To see this five minute epic play out...is as amazing as it is surprising,” says Noisey writer Kelly Fulton. Described as more “mini-movie”(Noisey) than typical music video, “Man Overboard” places Seasick Mama in the Dominican Republic and highlights locations such as a Dominican mansion, sweeping sugar cane fields and the country’s beautiful shoreline.
Seasick Mama, a woman who defines complexity, is an artist, singer, songwriter and model. Her latest EP Tip Top Shape brings Seasick Mama’s sound, perspective and voice in an entirely new direction. “It’s very clear that Seasick Mama isn’t the kind of woman, or by extension, the kind of band, that waits for anyone. They’re forging their own path with catchy music that spans multiple genres...”(Paper Magazine). Be on the lookout for more from Seasick Mama!
New York based Walking Shapes was formed by way of mountains, through the tides of New York City. Their musical histories extend somewhere between the secret valleys of the Balkan Mountains, the theatre stages on Broadway, and sound chambers in the depths of SoHo. Exuding a fresh meld of songwriting, this group mixes driving guitars with intricate string arrangements and stand out vocals.
NYC-based Electro Pop duo, Sarah Aument and William Shore
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resident DJ Jason Eldredge (KCRW/East Village Radio)
With individual taste and a passion for musical risks, Jason Eldredge appeals to the avid music lover as well as the casual fan seeking a soundtrack to their life’s adventures.
Jason’s musical education started at an early age. “It was obvious to everyone around me that I had a real fondness for music, so babysitters and older kids were always feeding me the cornerstone albums of that time."
“Later on in school, my friends would ask me to create mix tapes for their parties. I never really thought that much about it, but other people seemed to realize that I had a knack for it.”
Jason became a “public radio junkie” while living in Chicago listening to WBEZ. He was involved in the local theater scene and finally moved to the West Coast to pursue his acting career. He discovered KCRW and became a volunteer almost immediately. “I showed up to my volunteer interview in a tie and brought along a portfolio. I knew what I wanted and was determined to be involved with the station.”
Jason's desire for accessibility in introducing the newest jam or resurfacing the occasionally forgotten gem brings a mixture of sounds that is consistently varied and original. “I always take chances. Sometimes the things I think people are going to hate end up being what people love the most. That's one of the best parts of my show.”
Jason was previously named by Billboard Magazine as one of the ‘Top 30 Under Thirty’ in the music Industry for his music supervision work in film and television. His credits include: HBO’s Six Feet Under (music coordinator), The Closer for TNT, and Free Radio for VH-1. He has been featured in other print and online publications such as Monocle Magazine, Hamptons Magazine, LA Weekly, and Mashable.
He has deejayed live for the MTV Video Music Awards, Oliver Peoples, Ace Hotels, Soho House, Santos Party House, Flavorpill, The Standard Hotels, The Bowery Hotel, Armani, and The House of Blues.
W Hotels and The Patina Group run exclusive mixes produced by Jason in a variety of their establishments worldwide.
In addition to his work in music, Jason has acted in a variety of commercials, films, and stage productions. He studied acting with the Atlantic Theater Company in New York and completed the BFA acting program at the University of Colorado, Boulder. He has also studied photography at UCLA and recently completed a major candidacy in Art History at Columbia University.
Guest DJ: Chris Douridas (KCRW)
"I plan an interview like a trip," says longtime music curator, radio host, and two-time Grammy nominee Chris Douridas. "I know I'm going to get from here to there, but the side trips and roadside attractions are always the most interesting." Chris' penchant for crossing borders has led him to audiences around the world. Throughout most of the 90's, Chris held the music director position at KCRW. As host of KCRW's popular daily new music program Morning Becomes Eclectic (1990-1998), he was the first to play demos from then-unsigned artists Beck, Gillian Welch and eels, among many others.
While Chris was still in his KCRW role, Geffen Records enlisted him to identify and recruit new artists as an A&R consultant, bringing to the label the bands Remy Zero and That Dog. Two years later, he became an A&R executive at DreamWorks Records where he brought in the eels and Propellerheads, among others.
While at DreamWorks and KCRW, he hosted the debut season of Sessions at West 54th, a weekly PBS music performance and interview program, which bowed in the summer of 1997, and is still in syndication. The show featured interview segments filmed by D.A. Pennebaker, and extended sets from Beck, Fiona Apple, Ben Folds, Sonic Youth, and Zap Mama, along with the television performance debuts of Belle and Sebastian and Jane Siberry, among many others.
Chris is probably best known in film circles as a music supervisor and consultant for major motion pictures and television series, having put together music for Northern Exposure, the Austin Powers series, One Eight Seven, As Good as It Gets, Heat, Grosse Point Blank, Grace of My Heart, American Beauty (GRAMMY nominee for Best Soundtrack), One Hour Photo, Down With Love, The Girl Next Door, The Chumscrubber, Rumor Has It, the record-setting Shrek 2 (GRAMMY nominee for Best Soundtrack) and Bobby, the Robert Kennedy tribute from director Emilio Estevez.
As the new millenium began, Chris set new standards in the online arena as the former VP at AOL Music where he created, produced and hosted the popular Sessions@AOL interview and performance program. For Sessions, Chris interviewed Paul McCartney, U2, Moby, Radiohead, Peter Gabriel, Madonna, Nelly, John Mayer, Sheryl Crow and Avril Lavigne, among hundreds of others.
Also a creative programming consultant for Steve Jobs and Apple's iTunes Music Store, Douridas created and produced the inaugural two years of the live performance and interview series, iTunes Originals, featuring Paul Simon, Jack Johnson, Alanis Morissette, Sting, Willie Nelson, Bjork, PJ Harvey, and others. Additionally, Douridas created and curated the launch of iTunes Essentials, an ongoing series of downloadable music playlists for the iPod culture.
In his voice-over work, Chris was recently heard in the Nissan Shift TV commercial campaign.
He continues his dedication to discovering and nurturing unsigned and forward-leaning artists through his global radio program, heard on KCRW-FM and KCRW.com.
& Matt Goldman (MFG)
MFG Productions is an event production & promotion boutique based in downtown Los Angeles. We have produced influential live music and DJ events since 2006, having averaged over 200 shows per year ranging from 100 to 10,000 people in attendance. Our partners include music festivals, international hotel chains, relevant magazines, influential radio stations, leading beverage brands, and every facet of the apparel industry. We are consistently approached for our understanding of current and future trends in art, fashion, design and, most importantly, music.
“Matt Goldman is an LA nightlife titan, responsible for Thursday’s Dance Right at La Cita and Monday’s School Night at Bardot, as well as the bi-coastal Swimming with Sharks summer pool parties at the NY and LA Standard Hotels. And then there’s the match-made-in-heaven team-ups with Mad Decent and Scion, the one-off after-parties for poised-to-be-huge bands like Foster the People, the secret shows with M.I.A. and Spoon... should we keep going? Because [MFG] is...”
- Excerpted from Paper Magazine Nightlife Issue