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Soul Variations

by AM

Smart, well written songs coupled with cinematic arrangements. Special Limited Edition cd digipak which includes song lyrics with 8 page photo booklet. A much anticipated sophomore release from award winning artist AM.
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1. Stepping Stone
4:20 album only
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2. I Want Someone
3:23 album only
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3. Old Song
3:48 album only
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4. Live A Lie
3:50 album only
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5. Pulling Triggers
2:33 album only
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6. Streets You'll Never Know
3:59 album only
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7. Stop
3:47 album only
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8. We Will Remain
3:10 album only
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9. Everybody's Jesus
3:25 album only
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10. What You Hide
4:18 album only
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Album Notes
On sale for $5 for a limited time.

"...purely American folk-pop kind of of concoction, tough and sensitive, tasteful and inventive, channeling a softer Jeff Buckley or a stripped-down, entirely unpretentious Wilco." -John Meyer, WERS

The first 30 cd's sold are autographed. SOUL VARIATIONS is a special limited edition deluxe digipak with lyric booklet.

NEW sophomore album SOUL VARIATIONS....also new duets EP "Side By Side- Duets EP Vol. 1". AM's debut album TROUBLED TIMES can also be purchased on cdbaby.

AM TOUR DATES
Mar 18, 08 Nashville, TN Exit/In (Hotel Cafe Tour)
Mar 19, 08 Atlanta, GA Center Stage (Hotel Cafe Tour)
Mar 20,08 Carrboro, NC Cat's Cradle (Hotel Cafe Tour)
Mar 21, 08 Myrtle Beach, SC Senses Music Series Treetop Lounge w/ Gary Jules
Mar 22, 08 Mt. Pleasant, SC The Village Tavern w/ Gary Jules
Mar 23, 08 Arlington, VG Iota w/ Gary Jules
Mar 25, 09 Carlottesville, VA Gravity Lounge w/ Gary Jules
Mar 26, 08 Chapel Hill, NC West End Wine Bar w/ Gary Jules
Mar 27, 08 Wilmington, NC Soapbox w/ Gary Jules
Mar 28, 08 Annapolis, MD Ramshead w/ Gary Jules
Mar 30, 08 Charlotte, NC Jonathan Grubbs Events
Mar 31, 08 Raleigh, NC The Pour House w/ Gary Jules
Apr 01, 08 Nashville, TN Tin Pan South
Apr 02,08 Nashville, TN Tin Pan South
Apr 03,08 Nashville, TN Tin Pan South
Apr 05, 08 Dallas, TX Private Event
Apr 10, 08 Los Angeles, CA KCRW Presents AM Hotel Cafe 9pm
Apr 10, 08 Los Angeles, CA Ascap Expo- AM is speaking on panel
April 15, 08 German Tour w/ Tina Dico
Apr 16, 08 Quasimodo Berlin, Germany
Apr 17, 08 Modernes Bremen, Germany
Apr 18, 08 Prinzenbar Hamburg, Germany
Apr 20, 08 Prime Club Cologne, Germany
Apr 21, 08 Jazzhaus Freiburg, Germany
Apr 22, 08 59to1 Munich, Germany
Apr 24, 08 Club Saarbrucken, Germany
Apr 25, 08 Frankfurter Hof Mainz, Germany
Apr 26, 08 Zeche Bochum, Germany
Apr 27, 08 Max Flensburg, Germany
May 15, 08 Los Angeles, CA KCRW Presents AM @ Hotel Cafe w/ Tina Dico, and The Seven Seas


AWARD-WINNING ARTIST AM
ANNOUNCES DATES AT SXSW 2008,
HOTEL CAFÉ TOUR AND SPRING TOURING DATES
& A NEW EP “SIDE BY SIDE - DUETS EP VOL. 1”

(Los Angeles, CA) AM will be performing a South By Southwest Music Festival on Wednesday, March 12th at Stephen's F Bar, as well as select dates with the Hotel Cafe Tour. Paste Magazine will feature AM’s music in the April 2008 issue and on March 29th the new hit ABC television show “Greeks” will feature AM’s song “Troubled Times”. AM has also just written and produced a new EP "Side By Side - Duets EP Vol. 1" mixed by Charles Newman (Magnetic Fields) and features guest performances from other Hotel Cafe/Los Angeles favorites including Meiko, Buddy, Tina Dico (Zero 7), Julianna Raye, Rick Garcia and Susie Suh. “Side by Side” is set for release on April 1st, 2008. KCRW presents AM's CD Release show at Hotel Cafe on March 11th with duet performances from the new album.

AM, a Hotel Café and KCRW favorite, has had an unprecedented 46 songs featured in film and television (HBO's "Big Love", ABC's "Men in Trees", MTV’s “The Hills”) with every song from his debut album “Troubled Times” having been heard in movies and hit television shows. Fresh off a two month, 45-city US tour, AM returns with his sophomore release "Soul Variations", fusing melodic, yet airy pop and folk-rock with indie breadth to create a rich and musically varied album ripe with political undertones. “Soul Variations” also offers AM’s signature songs of lost love, heartache, and the tribulations of relationships – whether personal, business, or political. "Soul Variations" was named top 40 favorite albums released in 2007 by The Orchard. Selections from "Soul Variations" are featured on ABC Family's "Kyle XY” and MTV's "Real World Sydney” Season Finale. “Everybody’s Jesus” shares a spot on Hard Rock Café’s benefit album, “Serve2” along with such talented artists as Joss Stone, Bob Dylan, and Bruce Springsteen.

AM recently finished co-scoring the film “Man Maid” with composer Tom Hiel (Swimming With Sharks, The Practice). Singer/ Songwriter and now film composer AM Showcased at the 10th annual ASCAP Music Cafe at the Sundance Film Festival 2008 which continues to be one of the most popular draws at the festival. AM will be speaking at the Los Angeles ASCAP Expo on a panel in April to discuss songwriting and music placement.

Featured in Paste Magazine April 2008 compilation cd and Coke's www.mycoke.com reward program, AM is touring both the U.S. and Europe and more praise is sure to follow. Impossible to Google-- find out more on AM at www.myspace.com/amsounds . FOR MORE INFORMATION & INTERVIEWS, please contact Alex Steininger at In Music We Trust PR Phone: 503-557-9661 alex@inmusicwetrust.com


AM ON TOUR NOW....
11/01/2007 Rhythm Room Phoenix, AZ
11/03/2007 Hotel Café Los Angeles, CA
11/04/2007 Belly Up San Diego, CA
11/05/2007 Monterey Live Monterey, CA
11/06/2007 Swedish American Hall San Francisco, CA
11/07/2007 Caspar Inn Caspar, CA
11/08/2007 Wonder Ballroom Portland, OR
11/09/2007 The Nightlight Bellingham, WA
11/10/2007 Tractor Tavern Seattle, WA
11/12/2007 Bouquet Boise, ID
11/13/2007 Suede Park City, UT
11/14/2007 Belly Up Aspen, CO
11/15/2007 Bluebird Denver, CO
11/17/2007 TBA Jackson Hole, WY
11/29/2007 Cain’s Ballroom Tulsa, OK
11/30/2007 Bottleneck Lawrence, KS
12/01/2007 The Waiting Room Omaha NE
12/02/2007 Varsity Minneapolis, MN
12/03/2007 Shank Hall Milwaukee, WI
12/04/2007 Schuba's Chicago, IL
12/05/2007 Schuba's Chicago, IL
12/06/2007 Blueberry Hill St. Louis, MO
12/07/2007 Music Mill Indianapolis, IN
12/08/2007 Club Café Pittsburgh, PA
12/10/2007 World Café Philadelphia, PA
12/11/2007 Ram’s Head Annapolis, MD
12/12/2007 Knitting Factory NYC, NY
12/13/2007 Jammin' Java Vienna, VA
12/14/2007 Jammin' Java Vienna, VA
12/15/2007 Gravity Lounge Charlottesville, VA
12/16/2007 Grey Eagle Asheville, NC
12/17/2007 Smith’s Olde Bar Atlanta, GA
12/18/2007 Exit In Nashville, TN
12/19/2007 Workplay Birmingham, AL
12/20/2007 Baton Rouge TBA Baton Rouge, LA
12/21/2007 One Eyed Jacks New Orleans, LA

AM's new cd SOUL VARIATIONS is on pre-selling on CDbaby right now... check it out at www.cdbaby.com/cd/amsounds

and also AM's new acoustic EP ENDINGS ARE BEGININGS!
AM's debut album "Troubled Times" made the year end "Best Of" lists including "Best Singer/Songwriter of the Year" LA Weekly Music Awards and iTunes "Best Singer/Songwriter Album of the Year". With all 10 songs placed in movies and television shows including HBOs "Big Love", ABC's "Men In Trees", and MTV's "Real World", 35 song placements to date caught the attention of critics and fans alike. Now, AM has finished his second album "Soul Variations" and it is on CDbaby before the music hits record stores in the Fall of 2007.

AM will headline DFEST in Tulsa Oklahoma on July 27 and 28, 2007 with other great acts such as The Flaming Lips and Shiny Toy Guns....

"Soul Variations" is a limited edition cd available now. We put a lot of love into the packaging of this digipack cd which contains a full photo and lyric booklet packed into an environmentally friendly cd case.

In his own words AM describes “Soul Variations”:

“’Soul Variations' has more of a political edge. Does anyone care what is going on in the world right now? But like many of my songs I don't think it has to be restricted to that. I try to write songs that can be applied to different situations so the listener can be free to interpret the songs and not be restricted by what I "intended." Many of the songs off the album could be about politics, but could also be about personal relationships. I've never really felt the two are that different. Business, politics and personal relationships all deal with the same fundamental qualities: love, passion, power and sometimes evil. I also feel this record has a much more communal vibe and more of a live feel. There are very little overdubs and the record has a lot of space. I did the whole thing on 2-inch tape so the analog nature of the recording gives it a much deeper and richer feel than my first record. Musically I feel it has a lot more groove to it. I've been listening to a lot of jazz, R&B and Brazilian music over the last couple of years. I also produced this album myself so that was a great experience.”

20% off of cd when you order more than one cd of SOUL VARIATIONS.
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"Soul Variations" is a rich and musically varied album with political undertones heavily influenced by the current American political climate and the effects Hurricane Katrina had on AM’s hometown of New Orleans, what the tragic event revealed about America, and perhaps of humanity in general. “Soul Variations” also offers AM’s signature songs of lost love such as "Stepping Stone" and "Live A Lie".

WERS SAYS:

Equally classic is the story that brought AM to where he is today. Small-town background (Tulsa, OK) led to a guitar-in-hand musical calling and relocation to Los Angeles. He played South by Southwest (is there any amazing artist nowadays that wasn't discovered there?) and caught the attention of Defend Music. The label re-released AM's first record (Troubled Times) to great reviews and now, those searing good looks, soft hooks, and passionate subtleties are back with Soul Variations. The album presents a personal and universal sense of heartache and triumph (reportedly inspired by the effects of Hurricane Katrina) as only AM's sophisticatedly brooding voice can convey.

The result is like taking a little Jeff Buckley-brand sweetener in your Bob Dylan-brewed cup of black coffee. A bittersweet start to what will hopefully turn out to be a beautiful day. If you're ever feeling low in the AM (it was unavoidable), you'll now know what to listen to.


www.amsounds.com

-Jon Meyer



LYRICS FOR SOUL VARIATIONS

1.Stepping Stone
Take on what you will
But I still
Believe what I do
And I was your stepping stone
And I knew

So take your hand in mine
And all you will find
You'll find what you need
And I was your stepping stone
And I couldn't leave

Oh now my head keeps spinning
Oh now I'm right back in it
Oh now I was your stand in
Oh now I guess this will pass in time

Take things as they come
But you know that is so hard
Yeah you know what I mean
To take your piece of ground
And let what will be just be

Oh now my head keeps spinning
Oh now I'm right back in it
Oh now I was your stand in
Oh now I guess this will pass in time

I was your stepping stone
I guess this will pass in time
I was your stepping stone
I guess this will pass in time
I was your stepping stone
I guess this will pass in time

2. I Want Someone
C'mon don't fill your plate
Loneliness will be up late
Backbones can't stay straight
When all you do is take and you take

Yeah how the sun shines
When I'm making you mine
You give me half yourself
Say you're taking your time
I want someone
You want everyone else

There's one thing I do know
We all want someone to own
But things aren't much better alone
I'm coming back to you I know

Yeah how the sun shines
When I'm making you mine
You give me half yourself
Say you're taking your time
I want someone
You want everyone else

Yeah how the sun shines
When I'm making you mine
You give me half yourself
Say you're taking your time
I want someone
You want everyone else
I want someone to stay

3.Old Song
Keep saying that you're somewhere you're nowhere at all
Now you're running on habit hanging plans on the wall
It always seemed like the tables turned easy for you
Now there's all these people tellin' you what to do

But I know that you once were somebody that had so much to say
Now you're nothing but an old song rearranged

When you've got all you need sometimes you can't tell
I wonder if those big hands are holding you well
This wasn't what I had hoped for I wanted you to shine
Now it seems that you're moving down the narrowest line

But I know that you once were somebody that had so much to say
Now you're nothing but an old song rearranged
Now you're lost cuz you've got yourself in the way
Now you're nothing but an old song rearranged

Now they're stuck on their new found
Soon you won't be around
God I wish I was wrong

But I know that you once were somebody that had so much to say
Now you're nothing but an old song rearranged
Now you're lost cuz you've got yourself in the way
Now you're nothing but an old song rearranged

4.Live a Lie
All around me now
There's nothing but pain
And I'm giving nothing back
That you gave
My house is crowded now
And I just can't convey
Just how much you meant to me

And you take
A little time
Those mistakes
You know they were mine
And all the plans
That we made
Turned to stone
Walking away to live a lie

Now you found an open place
Where you wanted to be
And there's nothing better than
What you need
And all those lonely eyes
Keep searching the streets
To find the things you gave to me

And you take
A little time
Those mistakes
You know they were mine
And all the plans
That we made
Turned to stone
Walking away to live a lie

And you take
A little time
Those mistakes
You know they were mine
And all the plans
That we made
Turned to stone
Walking away to live a lie
Walking away to live a lie
Walking away to live a lie

5.Pulling Triggers
I don't know what you're saying
Don't bother explaining
Your reasons are old
Hoping somebody's listening
Can't you see that you missed them
It's taking its toll

All good things have gone under
Continue to lumber
So bright and so loud
Just forget all you wanted
It's time to move on here
We're lost in the sound

Wander Wander
Backwards you wander
Think you know my name

You're pulling triggers
On anything bigger
Than yourself
Everyday

Windowpanes are all broken
Don't speak cuz you've spoken
I won't hear a thing
All or nothing defeats you
My god can't we please you
It's some kind of game

Wander Wander
Backwards you wander
Think you know my name

You're pulling triggers
On anything bigger
Than yourself
Everyday
And all your troubles
Just blame them on your double
As you walk away

Wander Wander
Backwards you wander
Think you know our name

You're pulling triggers
On anything bigger
Than yourself
Everyday
And all your troubles
Just blame them on your double
As you walk away

6.Streets You'll Never Know
Through your window
You say people are feeling pain
Looking out at the streets
you'll never know
You're taking pictures
Of the things that you want to see
Looking out at
The streets you'll never know

You always find a reason
You're keeping out of season
Tell me something I haven't heard
You're keeping down
You're waiting
And time just keeps on fading
I think it's time you took your turn

Speaking softly
You say things are the worst they could be
Never touching the streets
How could you know
Those timeless answers
Now you're not fooled and you don't agree
Looking out at the streets
You'll never know

You always find a reason
You're keeping out of season
Tell me something I haven't heard
You're keeping down
You're waiting
Time just keeps on fading
I think it's time you took your
And I think it's time you took your turn

The walls you put up they won't crumble
Cuz you just won't let them
And lonely roads are not the only paths
That you can tread on
And tables turn but you just have to go ahead
Let them turn

And speaking softly
You say things are not what they seem
Looking out at the streets
How could you know

You always find a reason
You're keeping out of season
Tell me something I haven't heard
You're keeping down
You're waiting
Time just keeps on fading
I think it's time you took your
And I think it's time you took your turn

7.Stop
They told your story backwards that's what you say
It doesn't matter cuz nobody cares anyway
All the moments choking can't get em down
Keep on looking but I can's see what you've found

But I'm not gonna stop till you see me lonely
I don't want to know all the tables you've turned
Say that you just want me to see your answers
But I'm watching them burn

I'm not gonna pour more salt in your wounds
But I'm not gonna move any mountains for you
Can't you see that you have already won
Don't want to fight but you have loaded the gun

But I'm not gonna stop till you see me lonely
I don't want to know all the tables you've turned
Say that you just want me to see your answers
But I'm watching them burn
But I'm not gonna stop till you see me lonely
I don't want to know all the tables you've turned
Say that you just want me to see your answers
But I'm watching them burn

What I'm seeing is wrong
You can't change what's already done
And I don't know what to say
Anymore

But I'm not gonna stop till you see me lonely
I don't want to know all the tables you've turned
Say that you just want me to see your answers
But I'm watching them burn
But I'm not gonna stop till you see me lonely
I don't want to know all the tables you've turned
Say that you just want me to see your answers
But I'm watching them burn

8.We Will Remain
I know it won't be the same
Two figures meeting in the middle
Hold onto something
Now that I know this
I know that I'm gonna change

I know it's easy to say
Two made us two is what we will remain
All that I wanted
Is right here before me
I know that I'm gonna stay
All that I wanted
Is right here before me
I know that I'm gonna stay

Back-story is that nobody knows for sure
What will remain
And now I know I am sure about where I stand
I'm not afraid

Back-story is that nobody knows for sure
What will remain
And now I know I am sure about where I stand
I'm not afraid

I know it's easy to say
Two made us two is what we will remain
All that I wanted
Is right here before me
I know that I'm gonna stay
All that I wanted
Is right here before me
I know that I'm gonna stay

9.Everybody's Jesus

You're reaching out for the loneliest hand
The friend that you want to make
You always mention the people you know
Don't you know there's a time and place
You walk along and hope they will follow
Comfort is the voice you bring
You just pretend that you're part of the plan
Till you get everything you need

You want to own all the hands that you hold
You're telling' stories that you've already told

But you care
Yeah you care

Lord knows you're a fantasy foe
You can look but you just can't touch
You make believe there's a story to read
But I know that it won't say much

You want to own all the hands that you hold
You're telling' stories that you've already told

But you care
Yeah you care

You want to own all the hands that you hold
You're telling' stories that you've already told
I know the reasons they're not what you say now
It's more defeating and I hope you would see

But you can't
Yeah you can't

10. What You Hide

Tell me stories tell me lies
Don't want to know the things you hide
Take me back to where I was
Watching sunsets feeling fine

Just be careful what you say
Some things will not wash away
Now I don't need to know it all
I just hope you feel the same

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Contrary to the horrors that be (ie the search engines and Google) .... AM is not A.M., is not The AM... just AM. Impossible to Google but who knew? TROUBLED TIMES, MAINSTAY REMIX, and SOUL VARIATIONS now available on CDBABY. Mistakenly called Soul Vibrations, Soul Variances, and Soul Versions sometimes)

Yes, its true. AM's song Stepping Stone was featured on NBC's "Knight Rider" Episode 16 in the final three minutes of the show.

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Pamela at CD Baby


With the lilting dreamy piano of Coldplay, and the mellow hooks of Wilco, and a moodiness reminiscent of Fleetwood Mac, AM has produced an album full of songs that are as welcoming as they are painstakingly crafted. Along the way, swirling electric piano gives way to delicate guitar arpeggios, plaintive vocals subtly roll along the backbone of rhythm into a place where thoughts are meant to be felt rather than ignored, and where purpose takes the place of apathy. There’s something pillowy about the expansive production on these songs, something grand about the incorporation of deep reverbs and slight residues of delay that leads to an overall feeling of cohesion for the entire project. Having already performed on KCRW’s Morning Becomes Eclectic, and been named by iTunes as having the best indie album of 2006 (for his previous release, “Troubled Times”), it might behoove you to get to know him now... this record will be showing up on top 10 lists soon enough.
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