Room 29 is an intriguing collaborative album by Canadian pianist Chilly Gonzales and Pulp frontman Jarvis Cocker about a piano in a hotel room at the Chateau Marmont hotel in Hollywood, California. Feist, Drake and Daft Punk collaborator Gonzales sent piano compositions to Cocker, who wrote lyrics based on his ongoing research into the history of the Chateau Marmont and its links with the Hollywood film industry. Released in March to complimentary reviews from Uncut, Pitchfork and The Guardian, the album is now available to buy direct from Chilly Gonzales’ website on CD and vinyl.
Formed in 1991 in Washington, D.C., Vertical Horizon have built a devoted following over their 25 year career, which has included selling over two million copies of their 1999 album Everything You Want. Ahead of their upcoming 39-date May and June tour across North America, the band are using the Topspin ticketing tool to sell $100 VIP upgrades, offering superfans the chance to meet the band, attend soundcheck, plus pick up a tour laminate and t-shirt.
Rod Thomas aka Bright Light Bright Light released his third album Choreography last year in one of our favorite campaigns of 2016. With an impressive work ethic, he has kept the album campaign alive since then by releasing not one but two companion EPs. The second, Cinematography II, was released this month and is available to buy direct on CD (with fold out poster) and digital, with physical orders shipping from our Topspin Fulfillment UK warehouse. If you missed it, read our Q&A with Rod on self-releasing records, being an independent artist, direct-to-fan and more over here.
Eric Hutchinson is a great example to artists of how to regularly refresh your store, frequently adding new t-shirt designs from his busy touring schedule and adding new merch items. This month, he ran a ‘Spring Cleaning’ sale, in which he slashed the price of almost everything in the store by 50%. The sale was a big success, reducing inventory levels and keeping fans engaged as the campaign from last year’s album Easy Street starts to wind down.
It’s been a while since we featured a session from Chicago-based, artist-centric music company Audiotree’s excellent, intimate in-studio concert series, Audiotree Live. One that caught our eye this month though was their session from Vagabon, whose debut album Infinite Worlds was released in March to glowing reviews: The A.V. Club called it a “flawless, genre-hopping debut”, it was named Best New Music on Pitchfork and Album Of The Week on Stereogum. Check out the session below.