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by Crown Jewels

Eclectic power pop/roots rock with soul, poetic lyrics, sophisticated harmony, jangley guitars and a touch of surrealism.
Genre: Rock: Roots Rock
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Lovers On Earth
5:02 $0.99
2. Toughest Girl In The Neighborhood
3:25 $0.99
3. Last Confession
3:06 $0.99
4. Believe Me, Camille
5:14 $0.99
5. He's So Zen
3:25 $0.99
6. Strawberryvelvetfiftycentshoes
5:11 $0.99
7. Heart Shaped Glasses
5:16 $0.99
8. Peace
0:40 $0.89
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Album Notes
Brothers Steve & John Conte, formerly of Mercury recording artists Company of Wolves, lead this eclectic rock-pop band. The Conte's multi-faceted career includes recording and/or touring with The New Yok Dolls, Willy DeVille, Michael Monroe, Rachael Yamagata, Joan Osbourne, Billy Squier, Paul Simon, Ian Hunter, Maceo Parker, Peter Wolf, Kevin Salem, Phoebe Snow, Jill Jones (Prince), John Waite, Willie Nile, Glen Burtnick, Mr Henry and many others. You may have already heard music from Crown Jewels without realizing it...

On Television...

Smallville - WB ("So much For Love")
Providence - NBC ("Toughest Girl In The Neighborhood", "Last Confession")
Jack & Jill - WB ("Toughest Girl In The Neighborhood", "Last Confession")
Jag - CBS ("Heart Shaped Glasses", "Toughest Girl In The Neighborhood")
Angel - Fox ("Last Confession")
That's Life - ABC ("He's So Zen")
Winter X Games - ESPN ("Revolution in the Air")

On Film...

Wirey Spindell (Fox-Lorber), the new film by If Lucy Fell creator Eric Schaeffer features the songs, "Lovers On Earth", "Money Don't Help" and five new songs written by Crown Jewels and former Marry Me Jane singer Amanda Kravat.

Spring Break Lawyer (MTV/Paramount Pictures). "She Got No Hair" compliments a pool party scene.

Two Ninas (Castle Hill), a hilarious NYC romantic comedy starring Ron Livingston (Swingers) and
Amanda Peet (Jack & Jill) includes "Last Confession" and "Toughest Girl in the Neighborhood".

The Stand In starring Kelly Rippa (All My Children) uses "Last Confession", "Money Don't Help" and "Dream", the theme song written for the film's closing credits.

The independent Hollywood film, Face the Music features "Toughest Girl in the Neighborhood" in the final scene and over the closing credits.

The Rules soundtrack is dominated by the Jewels..."Strawberryvelvetfiftycentshoes", "Believe me, Camille", "Last Confession" "Fine Line" and "Underground".

On Radio...

Linoleum, the band's latest record, has enjoyed nationwide airplay on more than 120 stations (AAA, college & AOR/ Modern Rock specialty shows), charting in CMJ with heavy rotations in the northeast and northwest.

On CD...

Along with their debut Spitshine, their sophomore release, Linoleum, the limited edition Bootleg Rarities and the new MP3only CD Bubble & Squeak, Crown Jewels appears on:
Billboard Talent Net: New Talent Spotlight Volume 2. This compilation CD features Crown Jewels, Jill Sobule and others. Crown Jewels has frequently appeared on Billboard Talent Net's Weekly Top Ten and Radio BTN charts.

NEMO Tasty Vittles compilation from the Boston music conference. Includes Crown Jewels, The Push Stars and Michelle Lewis.

Musician Magazine Best Unsigned Band CD (features "Tim" from the debut Crown Jewels CD.)

Stiff Competition: A Cheap Trick Tribute. Includes Crown Jewels version of "How Are You?" along with Robin Zander, Enuff Z'Nuff, Gilbey Clarke, Glen Burtnick and Sharon Middendorf (Motor Baby).


London's Classic Rock Magazine crowned the band's Linoleum album # 5 in their Top Ten Albums Of 1999, placing higher than Foo Fighters, Metallica and Wilco.

Musician Magazine named Crown Jewels "One of North America's Ten Best Unsigned Bands".

Crown Jewels was called "One Of New York's Top Five Unsigned Bands" by the N.A.R.A.S./ Grammy Showcase.

Ironically, New York City's own Crown Jewels were honored with the title of "Best Unsigned Band In The Region" when they were flown to Nashville to play UnVailed, Sam Goody/ Musicland's national new music showcase.

On Tour...

In addition to their constant touring of East Coast clubs, the band has also appeared at these fine musical events:

North By Northeast (Toronto)
The Digital Clubfest and Intel New York Music Festival
The Philadelphia Music Conference
NEMO Music Conference (Boston),
The Atlantis Music Festival (Atlanta)
Concrete / Foundations F-Musicfest (Los Angeles)
The Mid-Atlantic Sound, Surf & Skate Symposium (Wilmington, North Carolina)
ASCAP and Songwriters Hall of Fame showcases (NYC)



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Richard Willis

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Put simply, this is incredible and they should make more albums. Stop shirking and get working Contes brothers.


Can't go wrong!
Hey, my advice: Buy all three....these guys are great, talented...and all that good stuff...hear it and you'll see... Rock on dude!

Donna Carnevale

Loved the CD. Especially the song Believe me Camille. CdBaby was great, I received the cd right away. I saw the band at SXSW can't wait to see them again!

Jake Staines

We want more! ;-)
No, seriously. Admittedly, Linoleum only has two tracks less than the ten-track-long Spitshine by the same artists, but it feels notably shorter. The tracks on Linoleum are, if anything, more eclectic, but not in the variation of style but solidity. The track Last Confession was the first Crown Jewels song I heard, and it effectively hooked me into buying both albums. Alas, none of the rest on Linoleum really stand up to it, although this isn't to say they're at all bad ;-). Ranging from Believe Me, Camille, a nice slow emotional track, through He's so Zen, which turns almost to a snarl or jealousy, and Toughest Girl In The Neighborhood, a bit more upbeat, the rest of the album is all the musical and vocal quality of Spitshine or indeed the fantastic Last Confession, but occasionally in places the lyrics seem a bit simplistic, or perhaps just silly, and one or two songs don't quite seem to fit togther quite the way you feel they should. Any way around, however, it's still a damn fine classic-style rock'n'roll album with a recognisable semi-modern feel.

Ed Downs

This band has a flesh new sound and they more than likely are just beginning.
If you like hard metal and heavy rock then this CD is not for you, but if you are into a crisp new modern fresh rock sound "This CD is for YOU". From each song you hear it sounds like "Crown Jewels or The Conte Brothers" are sincere from track to track. I promise you once you start listening you won't stop.


crown jewels linoleum rocks!
Hey i know it's a couple of years old but i always work backwards, it's easier..hehe SVFCS is so precious, and believe me camille is like a natural sedative. He's so zen puts me in the drivers seat of what it feels like for some guys who aren't into that deep thought stuff, and it sucks for those guys that can't even try, i however am zen all over, but it ain't the greatest thing people never listen to zen-like people...anyways..hehe i'm rambling again. In short i love the crown jewels/the contes they write stuff that was considered an exstinct form of rock, but put their own spitshine on it. Come to Hawaii?? Hehe Take care ~ Kainoa

Rowan Mulder

A shorter transitional CD with teh gewd stuff
Linoleum is the latest album by Crown Jewels, before the Conte brothers started The Contes. It already shows a maturing style compared with the previous album and contains songs that will grab your attention and make your feet move up and down =)