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Tobias Jesso Jr. – GOON out March 17 + First US Tour

By Rian on Tuesday, December 9th, 2014

In Dean’s words:

We are really besides ourselves with pride and joy to announce that True Panther Sounds will be releasing the debut album from Tobias Jesso Jr. \ March 17th, 2015. Want to tell you about it, but thought it’d be best for Tobias for put it into his own words…

In 2008 I moved to LA to play backup bass for a Pop singer. That job didn’t work out, but I ended staying in LA for four years. I returned to North Vancouver because my mother had been diagnosed with cancer (she’s better now). I wrote most of the songs on my album Goon about my time spent in LA. It was a reflection that included, like the most popular of love clichés, a tough break up.

In my haste returning to Vancouver, I had left all my instruments in a storage locker in LA. My sister had moved out and left her piano at my parent’s house, an instrument I had yet to explore. The first song I wrote on that piano was ‘Just A Dream.’ It was also one of my first attempts at singing. I have yet come to terms with my singing voice, but at the time I was left with no other option.

I recorded the demo, and then did a few more. Afterwards I sent the demos to JR White [Girls], someone who had produced one of my favorite records of the past few years (and was also signed to True Panther, the label I’m currently on). Soon after, he asked me to come down to San Francisco to record an album. After a series of visa issues and border complications, I finally met him and spent the next few months jumping from San Francisco to Los Angeles, recording in studios and bedrooms with friends.

After all that was said and done, I got offered to have a few more of my songs produced by Patrick Carney [The Black Keys] in Nashville, and Ariel Rechstaid in Los Angeles. I owe the sound of the record to the great effort of everyone involved, the producers and musicians doing and playing things I couldn’t and treating the production with the same reverence I treat my songwriting.
The writing will always be the most important to me; the production, playing and singing I am still figuring out. I still play a bit of guitar, but I’m mostly sticking to the piano these days.
- TJJR. December 2014

‘Goon’ was recorded over the last two years and features production from Chet “JR” White (formerly of Girls), Black Keys’ Patrick Carney, and Ariel Rechtshaid (Vampire Weekend, Haim, Sky Ferreira). Pitchfork recently gave album highlight “Hollywood” Best New Track, calling it “the film negative to Billy Joel’s ‘New York State of Mind’.” ‘Goon’ album art is pictured above.

Pre-orders from the True Panther store, will receive a limited flexi-disc containing an exclusive non-album demo track.

Pre-order links

TPS store: http://smarturl.it/TobiasGoon_LP – comes w/ a bonus flexi-disc

iTunes: http://smarturl.it/TobiasGoon

Amazon: http://smarturl.it/Tobias_Goon

TRACKLIST:
1. Can’t Stop Thinking About You
2. How Could You Babe?
3. Without You
4. Can We Still Be Friends?
5. The Wait
6. Hollywood
7. For You
8. Crocodile Tears
9. Bad Words
10. Just A Dream
11. Leaving LA
12. Tell The Truth

In March, Tobias will also launch his first ever tour, headlining a run of East and West Coast dates. On January 2nd and 3rd, he’ll open for Foxygen at LA’s Roxy Theatre. Tobias recently hosted a series of intimate solo piano performances in NYC, LA, and London, and was met with tremendous praise… After hearing “Without You,” The a writer at the FADER was brought to tears: “A tremendous wave of pain and nostalgia came over me, and I started to cry.” Woah.

Tickets go on sale Thursday Dec 11 at 11am EST at tobiasjessojr.com

1/2/15 Los Angeles, CA – The Roxy Theatre (open for Foxygen)
1/3/15 Los Angeles, CA – The Roxy Theatre (open for Foxygen)
3/22/15 Sun Toronto, ON – The Drake
3/24/15 Tue Washington, DC – Sixth & I
3/25/15 Wed Philadelphia, PA – Boot & Saddle
3/26/15 Thu New York, NY – Mercury Lounge
3/27/15 Fri Brooklyn, NY – Baby’s All Right
3/28/15 Sat Boston, MA – Middle East Upstairs
3/30/15 Mon Vancouver, BC – Electric Owl
3/31/15 Tue Seattle, WA – Barboza
4/1/15 Wed Portland, OR – Doug Fir Lounge
4/3/15 Fri San Francisco, CA – Brick + Mortar
4/4/15 Sat Los Angeles, CA – The Echo (early show)

Stream : Tobias Jesso Jr. – “Hollywood”

By Gerard on Monday, November 17th, 2014

(photo by James Marshall)

On the heels of an instantly sold-out subscription flexi disc series and a wildly acclaimed appearance at Pitchfork Paris, new True Panther Sounds signing Tobias Jesso Jr. (Vancouver, B.C.) has released his first bona fide studio effort, “Hollywood”, produced by former Girls member J.R. White, streaming now at YouTube and available today via iTunes and Amazon.

The debut album from Tobias Jesso Jr. will be out next Spring and features production assistance from White, The Black Keys’ Patrick Carney and Ariel Rechtshaid (Vampire Weekend, Haim, Sky Ferreira).

Tobias Jesso Jr. supports Foxygen at Los Angeles’ Roxy on January 2.  Tickets are available here.

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PITCHFORK MUSIC FESTIVAL PARIS: BELLE & SEBASTIAN (TONIGHT) AND TOBIAS JESSO JR. (TOMORROW)

By Rian on Friday, October 31st, 2014

Those who are not attending this year’s Pitchfork Music Festival Paris will be able to stream Belle & Sebastian set on the Pink stage a: 11pm GMT / midnight Paris time / 7pm EDT tonight.

When the time comes click here or watch below:


Belle & Sebastian (full concert) – Live… par culturebox

True Panther’s Tobias Jesso Jr. will be taking the Green Stage (his festival debut) tomorrow evening (11/1), 5:50pm EDT. 

True Panther’s Tobias Jesso Jr Debuts song via Blogotheque

By Rian on Wednesday, September 10th, 2014

In Dean’s words:

Tobias Jesso Jr is a songwriter, piano player, and singer from Vancouver, Canada who has just signed to True Panther Sounds and will release his debut album in the spring of 2015. He recently went to Los Angeles and recorded Takeaway Session for La Blogothèque at the Kibitz Room of Canter’s Deli. The live performance is the first video footage online of Tobias and features a new song from the forthcoming album, ‘Without You’ and the previously released Just A Dream’.

Since posting his first demo online for ‘Just A Dream’ in 2013, Tobias Jesso Jr has been working with JR White (Girls) and several other notable producers on his debut album in studios in Los Angeles, San Francisco and Vancouver. In July he shared his latest song ‘True Love’ which was named Best New Track by Pitchfork, called “Stunning” by Consequence Of Sound, with NME adding, “‘True Love’ is little short of wondrous. It recalls peak-period Elton John in its stark simplicity, with a bit of Ryan Adams and Harry Nilsson chucked in for good measure.”

Whilst working on his album, Tobias launched a singles subscription series. The premise is simple – $5 for 5 (plus shipping) of his unreleased, unadorned piano demos pressed onto flexi 7” singles and mailed to subscribers in 3-week intervals. There are a few subscriptions left of the pressing of 300. The first song, ‘Bad Dreams’ is already in the mail…. Sign up HERE

Tobias will be also making his live debut at Pitchfork Paris Festival this year.”

Tobias Jesso Jr online:
www.tobiasjessojr.com
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www.facebook.com/pages/tobiasjessojr
www.twitter.com/tobiasjessojr

True Panther Unveils Tobias Jesso Jr’s Five Songs For $5

By Gerard on Tuesday, August 5th, 2014

In Dean’s words :

There’s been some rumblings about a new member of the True Panther family….a songwriter by the name of Tobias Jesso Jr. He’s got a couple of songs out there on the internets right now if you want to listen. More on him soon but first, we wanted to share a very simple thing with you.

Five new Tobias Jesso Jr. songs for $5 (plus shipping). Once a month you’ll get a flexi single in the mail with a new unheard song written and recorded by Tobias. We’re not doing a digital of this so if you’re subscribed, you’ll hear it, if you’re not, you’ll have to find a friend who is….We made 300 of them.

Order the flexi series here.

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