Johanna Samuels

Johanna Samuels

Jumpers, Money & King, Little Anchor

Sun, November 18, 2012

8:00 pm

$7 at the door

This event is 21 and over

Johanna Samuels
Johanna Samuels
25-year-old Johanna Samuels broadens the definition of pop music. The melodically and lyrically focused singer-songwriter sings about the depths and dualities of life with her unique bell-like voice. Standing on the shoulders of the great musicians of the 1960’s and 70’s she manages to create a sound and sense of musical place that is completely her own. The native New Yorker grew up in Los Angeles, where from a young age she sang in school choirs and obsessively learned to play the songs of her musical heroes by ear.

After moving back to New York at the age of 18, Samuels began writing her own songs alone in her bedroom. Soon after, she was playing solo shows at small downtown music venues like East Village’s Sidewalk Café.

In 2012 she recorded and self-released a six-track EP, Giant Fantasy Life and assembled a 4-piece backing band. With her rapidly growing audience and her delightfully authentic performing style, she is one of most promising acts to spring from the New York independent music scene.

In early spring of 2012 she set out to record her first full-length album, titled Double Bind. After recording basic tracks with the band at a quilt factory-turned-studio in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, Samuels and drummer Fen Ikner, who produced Double Bind, finished recording wherever they could get the chance.

The songs on Double Bind were written in Johanna’s apartment in Bed-Stuy, Brooklyn and all share a sentiment of necessary separation or as Samuels puts it “…attempting to own myself and stand on my two feet.” She explains, “While recording the album, a good friend had described the term Double Bind: a dynamic wherein two emotional demands are met but consequently negate each other, leaving one person to feel trapped. For some reason that struck a deep chord in me. It is from that place that many of these songs grew.”

With her feet firmly planted, Johanna plans to stick around the only ways she knows how: earnestly pouring out her heart, soul and creativity in the form of ear candy for us all. Double Bind is expected for release July 2014.
Jumpers
Jumpers
Jumpers live in Brooklyn, NY, where they enjoy playing music and jumping on the couch, among other places.
Money & King
Money & King
Childhood friends, Brandon Goldstein and James Sparber, started Money & King after a decade pursuing other musical projects on opposite coasts. The singer-songwriters teamed up in Brooklyn with bassist John Loggins to begin writing and recording, and were joined by close friends and collaborators from New York and Los Angeles to create their debut album, Across The Cul-De-Sac. Released in 2013, the album is distinctly rooted in the album-based electric folk-rock and country of the late sixties and seventies and features lead guitars, keys, lap steel, and harmonica from Jeff Mensch (Bel Air), Sean O’Brien (Papa), Tyler Cash (Henry Wolfe), and Brady Bagger (Colonna Sonora).
Little Anchor
Little Anchor
Little Anchor blends the storytelling and simplicity of the Northwest with New York influenced pop sensibility.

The Brooklyn-based four-piece was initially conceived over a long weekend in a cabin on the Columbia River Gorge as the solo project of Pacific Northwest native, Alexa Cabellon in May 2009. Upon her return to New York, the small front-woman with big ideas shared her material with friends and former NYU classmates Kendrick Lo (guitar), Thomas White (bassist), and Ian Chang (percussion), who now complete the group.


Following their first gig at a tiny café deep within New York City's Chinatown, Cabellon finished writing the group's debut EP Sunland in the early winter of 2010. Self-released on June 17, 2010, Sunland combines heavy melodies, thoughtful lyrics, and sweet yet versatile vocals.


From the Sunland EP, Little Anchor redesigned, rerecorded, and re-imagined the song "Until Our Eyes Adjust" at Galuminum Foil Productions with recording engineer and producer, Gary Atturio. The hauntingly delicate first single off of Yellow Lights, "Until Our Eyes Adjust" was released in February and features four-part string arrangements written by Gabriel Gall and Ian Davis of The Relatives and performed by fellow NYU classmates Josh Henderson on violin and viola, and Kristine Kruta on cello.


Following the release of "Until Our Eyes Adjust," the band returned to the studio with Atturio to record the rest of the EP in the spring of 2011. Yellow Lights showcases Cabellon's smoothly rich voice amid a collection of songs that vary from the smart, rhythm heavy opening track, "Don't Be Scared to Move," which includes pots and pans recorded in the kitchen of Cabellon's Brooklyn apartment, to her strength as a ballad songwriter in the lush and dreamy arrangements of "A Sentimental Way" and "SEA/MD," to the hard-hitting, anthemic closing track, "When You're Looking."


Yellow Lights – a reference to the reflective moments held within each track that serve as reminders to slow down – will be released digitally on September 6, 2011. Limited edition 12" 45rpm vinyl with hand-drawn artwork by Barclay Douglas will be released at the Yellow Lights EP Release Party at Glasslands in Williamsburg, Brooklyn on Wednesday, September 7, 2011 with Amy Klein (of Titus Andronicus) and Miracles of Modern Science.
Venue Information:
Cameo Gallery
93 N. 6th St.
Brooklyn, NY, 11211
http://www.cameony.com