Texas-based Indie duo The Disappearing Act release new album “Born to Say Goodbye.”

The independent alternative music duo known as The Disappearing Act have released their latest record, “Born to Say Goodbye.” The LP is proudly released by independent label HIT Records (Dallas, TX) and published by Houdini Escape Music (El Paso, TX). Genuine, natural, full of harmony and acoustic grace, “Born to Say Goodbye” from The Disappearing Act is real music by real people for fans of good things everywhere.

The Disappearing Act consists of the music partnership of Salim Nourallah and Bob Blumenfeld, who cite among their many artistic influences the Beatles and Wilco. The resulting music produced by the duo offers a complimentary blend of acoustic and electronic sounds. Like sonic novelists, Nourallah and Blumenfeld use their unique tone as paper on which they write a true and melancholy tale. This story has been called “a painfully personal masterpiece, with an almost ear-to-the-wall intimate atmosphere that permeates the ten-song collection, each chronicling the dissolution of Nourallah’s marriage.”

In “Born to Say Goodbye” the Disappearing Act utilize a combination of production, instrumental, and compositional genius to arrive at artistic purity surpassing what the most critical audiophiles would come to expect, left alone from an independent act from Texas. Much of this is due to the unassuming cleverness in Blumenfeld’s chord progressions, with much also to Nourallah’s unabashed self-expression.

“I’d come out to my studio, when I was feeling emotionally beat-up from what I was going through and just sit down with the tracks,” Nourallah writes. “I never put pen to paper to write the words; basically it was all free association.”

Not unlike the famous poetry method of William S. Burroughs, Nourallah cut-and-pasted sections of his song to make a working narrative. “If we’d been in the ‘60s trying to write songs like this, we’d have been cutting up pieces of recording tape and taping them together, but in essence that’s what I was using the computer to do.”

The Disappearing Act’s “Born to Say Goodbye” LP is the second official album from the group. It is preceded by their self-titled debut record which hit digital shelves in 2010 on Tortilla Records.

And as for the band name?

“One reason we call it the Disappearing Act is that we never had any intention of being a performing band,” writes Nourallah. “We never had any intention of performing live, or making it into something more than a songwriting project. So, it seemed like an amusing and fitting name for the group because in essence the act has disappeared before it ever existed.”

“Born to Say Goodbye” by the Disappearing Act is available online worldwide. Fans of indie music everywhere should get in early.

“Born to Say Goodbye” by the Disappearing Act –

http://www.amazon.com/Born-Say-Goodbye-The-Disappearing/dp/B014B61ZY8

The Disappearing Act official website –

http://www.thedisappearingact.net/

Born to Say Goodbye” by The Disappearing Act on Bandcamp –

https://thedisappearingact.bandcamp.com/

Contact

Nicholas Altobelli – Press and Publicity – nicholas@daltonrecords.com

Bob Blumenfeld – Other inquiries – rlblumenfeld@gmail.com

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Indie duo the Disappearing Act release new album ‘Born to Say Goodbye’

The independent alternative music duo known as the Disappearing Act have released their latest record, “Born to Say Goodbye.” The LP has been proudly published on the Houdini Escape Music independent music label without the influence of the corporate music industry. Genuine, natural, full of harmony and acoustic grace, “Born to Say Goodbye” from the Disappearing Act is real music by real people for fans of good things everywhere.

The Disappearing Act are Salim Nourallah and Bob Blumenfeld, who cite as main artistic influences only the Beatles and Wilco. The resulting sound manages to glean what is complimentary between the two groups for a new tone only characteristic of itself. Like sonic novelists, Nourallah and Blumenfeld use this tone as paper on which they write a true and melancholy tale. This story has been called “a painfully personal masterpiece, with an almost ear-to-the-wall intimate atmosphere that permeates the ten-song collection, each chronicling the dissolution of Nourallah’s marriage.”

Born from the oft-overlooked music hotbeds of El Paso and Dallas, TX, respectively, the Disappearing Act utilize a combination of production, instrumental, and compositional genius to arrive at artistic purity surpassing what audiophiles can ever hope to expect. Much of this is due to the unassuming cleverness in Blumenfeld’s chord progressions, with much also to Nourallah’s unabashed self-expression.

“I’d come out to my studio, when I was feeling emotionally beat-up from what I was going through and just sit down with the tracks,” Nourallah writes. “ I never put pen to paper to write the words; basically it was all free association.”

Not unlike the famous poetry method of William S. Burroughs, Nourallah cut-and-pasted sections of his song to make a working narrative.

“If we’d been in the ’60s trying to write songs like this, we’d have been cutting up pieces of recording tape and taping them together, but in essence that’s what I was using the computer to do.”

The Disappearing Act’s “Born to Say Goodbye” LP is the second official album from the group. It is preceded by their self-titled debut record which hit digital shelves in 2010 on Tortilla Records.

And as for the band name?

“One reason we call it the Disappearing Act is that we never had any intention of being a performing band,” writes Nourallah. “We never had any intention of performing live, or making it into something more than a songwriting project. So, it seemed like an amusing and fitting name for the group because in essence the act has disappeared before it ever existed.”

“Born to Say Goodbye” by the Disappearing Act is available online worldwide. Fans of indie music everywhere should get in early.

-S. McCauley

Lead Press Release Writer

http://www.MondoTunes.com

“Born to Say Goodbye” by the Disappearing Act –

http://www.amazon.com/Born-Say-Goodbye-The-Disappearing/dp/B014B61ZY8

The Disappearing Act official website –

http://www.thedisappearingact.net/

Honky-tonk beach band the BeachBilly’s release new single ‘Sassafrass Angel.’

The honky-tonk beach band known as the Beachbilly’s have released their latest single, “Sassafrass Angel.” The track is the first official single from their upcoming self-titled debut album. Like the upcoming record, “Sassafrass Angel” has been proudly published on the Key Mark Records independent label and distributed by Music Mill Entertainment. It has been released as a double A-side in “LP Cut” and “Remix” editions featuring slide guitar and fiddle with piano, respectively. Sincere, unpretentious, warm and lightheartedly uplifting, “Sassafrass Angel” is a country song that can make fans of any music genre smile.

Sassafrass Angel” showcases the talents of BeachBilly’s collaborators Tony “T-Bone” Montgomery on vocals and acoustic guitar, Jo Billups on vocals, and Anthony Crawford on fiddle and other instrumentation. They also boast co-founding member Mark Sherrill, nephew of the late, great Nashville producer, Billy Sherrill.

BeachBilly’s T-Bone Montgomery cites as main artistic influences Willie Nelson, Merle Haggard and Hank Williams. He started playing music as a teenager in Muscle Shoals, AL, where he was born and raised. He played in several bands on the Gulf Coast before forming the BeachBilly’s with Mark Sherrill in 2013. The band has been in high gear ever since, bringing their inimitable honky-tonk sound to the Gulf of Mexico beach town of Perdido Key near the Florida/Alabama border. The BeachBilly’s are regular performers at the world-famous Flora Bama, as well as at the Perdido Key Sports Bar.

Jo Billups usually plays in her duo, Sassafrass, with Karen Harvill. Tireless country composers, their “Hurricane” and “Vengeance” singles were published as recently as August of 2015. Billups has named Bob Dylan, Joan Baez, Heart, and the Southern rock library of music as her chief inspirations. Fans of Sassafrass eagerly await their upcoming “Meltdown” project. Often appearing onstage with the group as a guest singer, Billups has been named an honorary BeachBilly.

Mark Sherrill has written many hit country songs since the late 1970s, including “Ol’ Red” for Blake Shelton’s self-titled debut record in 2002. The single was also covered by legendary country stars such as George Jones, Kenny Rogers, and even Johnny Cash in an as-yet unreleased studio cut.

In addition to playing fiddle and several other instruments on “Sassafrass Angel,” Anthony Crawford is also responsible for the top-shelf studio production of the song. Also a much-demanded musician, he splits his performance time between the BeachBilly’s and as a solo act performing in Gulf Shores, FL and Nashville, TN.

Sassafrass Angel” by the BeachBilly’s is available online worldwide. Cowboy hats and sandals are welcome.

-S. McCauley

Lead Press Release Writer

http://www.MondoTunes.com

Sassafrass Angel” by the BeachBilly’s
http://www.amazon.com/Sassafrass-Angel-Single-BeachBillys/dp/B015FE68VU/
Website –

https://www.facebook.com/thebeachbillys

South African rapper RAS releases new single ‘Cake Up’

The rapper from South Africa known as RAS has dropped his latest official single, “Cake Up.” The track has been proudly published on the DIVI Entertainment independent music label. Full of boom-bap, explosive lines and rhymes and coming with a sexy, stylish official music video, “Cake Up” from RAS is the latest reason for hip-hop fans to pay close attention to the rap underground of South Africa today.

RAS is shorthand for Real African Seed, the stage name of this popular rapper and songwriter from Pretoria in the Gauteng Province, South Africa. A die-hard indie musician, he has published three music projects and three official music videos on minimum, homegrown budgets. One of these was even shot on-location on the white sands of Mozambique, across the channel from Madagascar. His videos have aired on Channel O, SABC 1’s Music Lounge, and even MTV Base. Each video has garnered thousands of views at their various locations online.

South Africa’s RAS has appeared on hip-hop television programs such as eTV’s Shiz Niz and Channel O’s Head Rush. He has been discussed in S.A.’s first hip-hop magazine as an editorial feature and likewise featured on the magazine’s official compilation CD. RAS was voted by Hype Magazine as one of the top-five best unsigned artists in South Africa. His music can be heard on the radio on Metro FM’s Rhyme and Reason show, the Bridge on Yfm, and on college radio hip-hop programs internationally.

“Cake Up” is the most prominent release from RAS since 2012’s “Everything I do” and 2013’s “Nzela Monene.” These tracks have circulated on a startling number of music programs, including (but not limited to) Sizwe’s Hot 99 and DJ Sabby’s Live and Rewire on Yfm; DJ C-Live’s Hip-Hop Power Night on 5fm’s; Vow fm; Bush fm; Capricorn fm; Eldo fm; Kovsie fm; Lentswe fm; Mdantsane fm; Motheo fm; Mungana Lonene fm; Naledi fm; NWU Radio; Planet Radio; Radio Turf; Rhodes Music Radio; Tru fm; Tshwane fm; and UCT Radio.

Always friendly to the stage as well as to the music studio, RAS and his live band can be seen performing at StageNights events at the popular States Theatre in Pretoria.

“Cake Up” from RAS is available online worldwide. His official music video

-S. McCauley

Lead Press Release Writer

http://www.MondoTunes.com

Cake Up” from RAS –
http://www.amazon.com/Cake-Up-Single-Explicit-Ras/dp/B015YQBIL4/

“Cake Up” official music video from DIVI Ent. –

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lqPs2z_1rQ8

Melodic hard-rock band Z-Sides release debut LP ‘Via Negativa’

The melodic hard-rock group known as Z-Sides have released their debut LP record, “Via Negativa.” The album contains no fewer than 12 original tracks for an approximate total listening time of a full hour, making “Via Negativa” a comprehensive Z-Sides experience. It has been proudly published an an independent release outside the financial and managerial influence of the corporate music industry. Charging, soaring, pounding and at times even beautiful, “Via Negativa” from Z-Sides is clearly one of the most intriguing rock releases of 2015.

Z-Sides are a collection of music aficionados from Redwood City, CA. “We come from different backgrounds and different interests,” the band writes. “All of us have been playing since childhood, but our band has only been in existence since 2013.”

They cite as main artistic influences the Clash, Rush, Queens of The Stone Age, Yo La Tengo, Chavez, U2, REM, the Beatles, and Pink Floyd. Their own sound contains audible qualities similar to each of these (some more than others) but the result is a unique blend that cannot be called derivative. In fact, their overall effect is perhaps most reminiscent of the wildly creative, original independent labels like Dischord Records, Revelation Records and New Age Records in the late ’90s and early 2000s.

Music on “Via Negativa” is aggressive without sounding macho, evocative without feeling melodramatic, violent without being destructive. Vocals and lyrics form an integral part of their songs but never become the focus of the music at the expense of instrumentation.

Asked to comment on the themes of their debut album, Z-Sides write that their record is “Exploring difficult emotions honestly and with a sense of criticism that is as searing on the self as it is on society or anyone else. We seek to express the depth of true heartache, the elation of true joy and the chaotic beauty of living life.”

The band goes on to note that “the music on this album was written collaboratively and reflects a range of influences larger than any one member of the band.”

As of the time of this writing, ArtoftheMix.org reports “Via Negativa” entering the alternative music charts at #3, a startling accomplishment for any record less than 12 hours into its first day on the market. The title of the record itself translates from Latin to ‘by way of negation.’

Z-Sides have publicly stated that their second full-length record is already underway, implying that music fans have a real rock dynamo on their hands in this arresting group of musicians from California’s Bay Area.

“Via Negativa” by Z-Sides is available online at over 600 stores worldwide. Get in early, rock fans. Very early.

-S. McCauley

Lead Press Release Writer

http://www.MondoTunes.com

“Via Negativa” by Z-Sides at iTunes –
https://itunes.apple.com/album/via-negativa/id1040346296
Website –

https://www.facebook.com/we.are.z.sides?ref=bookmarks

IID Empire releases new rock LP ‘Kast of Modern Empire’

The rock artist known as IID Empire has released his debut full-length album, “Kast of Modern Empire.” The LP contains 11 original tracks for an approximate total listening time of a full hour, making for a round treatment of IID Empire’s repertoire. It has been published as an independent release without the influence of the corporate music industry. Grooving, sex-charged, and sharpened with balanced doses of audio aggression, “Kast of Modern Empire” is easily one of the best independent rock releases of 2015.

IID Empire (pronounced 2-D after the artist’s initials) cites as main music influences Noel Gallagher, Kasabian, Arctic Monkeys, Jack White and Richie Sambora. The resultant sound is steeped in the Brit-pop subculture that stretches from the 1960s to the year 2000 and beyond. Fans of groups such as Pulp, Oasis and the Verve will be particularly enthusiastic about “Kast of Modern Empire,” though the record has more than enough meat for listeners with a penchant for classic British rock like that of the Jam, the Who, or even the Animals as well.

The lush, expansive tones on “Kast of Modern Empire” are all the more impressive because the LP has been orchestrated by a single musician, IID Empire, wholly without creative collaboration.

“I am a solo artist first and foremost,” IID Empire writes. “I created the album entirely on my own, playing every instrument on each track as well as adding vocals.”

The achievement this represents doesn’t manifest until one hears the music. The impact is immediate and real. It’s hard to keep from seeing a live group behind the wall of sound that is “Kast of Modern Empire.”

In fact, IID Empire is currently at work assembling a live show. Fans will be duly excited to hear this, but not surprised. The music practically leaps onstage every time the music fan hits ‘play’ as it is. IID Empire describes the crew as a four piece with himself playing guitar and performing lead vocals.

IID Empire writes and plays music in his home city of Glasgow, Scotland.

“Kast of Modern Empire” by IID Empire is available online worldwide at hundreds of locations. Get in early, rock fans. Very early.

-S. McCauley

Lead Press Release Writer

http://www.MondoTunes.com

“Kast of Modern Empire” by IID Empire at iTunes –

https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/kast-of-modern-empire/id979645223
Website –

2dempire.com