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  • EXCLUSIVE: BIG TAKEOVER PREMIERES UNRELEASED TRACK “GOLDEN DAWN”

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    “Because it is lyrically so unabashedly sentimental, I knew that the arrangement would have to be either very minimal or completely the opposite, very grand,” [DeRosa} revealed. “Of course I decided to go for broke with the latter.”

    Read the full piece and stream the track at Big Takeover Magazine here.

    Photo by Michael Wood.

  • CULTURE COLLIDE PREMIERES “HIGH & LONELY” REMIX

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    “Jon DeRosa’s world is intrinsically linked to places unseen as his music weaves together the spiritual and the psychedelic. But while his lyrics are celestial in nature, his sound is warm, hovering in familiar terrain.”

    Read the full piece and stream the Dave Sisko’s remix of “High & Lonely” here.

    Photo by Michael Wood.

  • BROOKLYN MAGAZINE INTERVIEWS DEROSA

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    Brooklyn Magazine: What was it about being in New York City that made you feel so isolated?

    DeRosa: I’m not necessarily sure that isolation is the right word. I just think after a certain amount of time I didn’t feel as integrated into the landscape anymore. I guess that kind of leads to a feeling of alienation and that’s where the isolation comes in. It wasn’t like a social isolation or anything like that. I just think that when you stop identifying with your surroundings, it can kind of make you feel a little alien.

    Read the full interview here.

  • BROOKLYN VEGAN STREAMS BLACK HALO

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    DeRosa, who’s been in bands dating back to the ’90s including Dead Leaves Rising, Aarktica and Pale Horse and Rider, released his second solo album last week/month, Black Halo. It follows 2012’s A Wolf In Preacher’s Clothes. As the quote above points out, it features a collaboration with The Magnetic Fields’ Stephin Merritt, and like Merritt, DeRosa is a crooner and a balladeer. You can hear for yourself by streaming the entire album below.

    Read the full article and stream the album here.

  • DAGGER, NEW YORK MUSIC DAILY REVIEW BLACK HALO

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    From Dagger:

    [DeRosa’s new LA environment] informed his latest record and opening cut “Fools Razor” is easily one of his best and showcases his deep croon (the guy is obviously influenced by the Brill Building greats). “The Sun is Crying” was even more dreamy while “When Daddy Took the Treehouse Down” is more loping and playful (which he co-wrote with Magnetic Fields Stephin Merritt) and the gorgeous “Dancing in a Dream” (a duet with Carina Round) is a feast for the ears. A few other sparkling gems include “Give Me One Reason,” “Coyotes’ and “High & Lonely” but honestly there’s not a bad track on here.

    Read the full review here.

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    From New York Music Daily:

    The album’s opening, Lynchian, 60s noir pop ballad, Fool’s Razor establishes an atmosphere of anomie and defeat despite its towering, angst-fueled sweep. DeRosa’s chiming twelve-string guitar mingles with glockenspiel and piano on The Sun Is Crying, a sad waltz with a late 60s Laurel Canyon psych-pop vibe and a shout-out to Leonard Cohen. Then DeRosa and Round reach for unexpectedly blithe, surrealistic, mariachi-tinged Vegas pop with When Daddy Took the Treehouse Down.

    Read the full review here.

  • UK PRESS MONOLITH COCKTAIL AND FLIPSIDE REVIEW BLACK HALO

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    The crest of neo-folk rootsiness and songwriterly dark dramatics kicked in a few years ago by Anna Calvi and Beirut are brought into mandolin-by-Mariachi horns focus, given dark romance by the Rat Pack-esque crooning of DeRosa. Calvi’s vampires-in-a-church-with-a-Gretch aesthetic works perfectly for the ex-La Monte Young student DeRosa, his plaintive croon resonating around Black Halo like Dean Martin in an old school Presbyterian chapel on a mountain in deepest south Wales…

    Read the full review at Monolith Cocktail here.

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    The opening pair of Fools Razor and The Sun Is Crying kind of sings it all – the former offers us a romantic teen-beat shangri-la that evokes scenes of open-air cinemas, wind-ravaged dustbowl towns and the obligatory convertible driving into the distance, complete with desired partner cooing into the driver’s ear, soda in one hand, gun in the other.

    Read the full review at Flipside here.

  • LA WEEKLY PREMIERES “HIGH & LONELY”

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    Beautiful West Coast reception from LA Weekly who premiered my personal favorite track from BLACK HALO “High & Lonely.”

    “The message is that this physical world is an illusion, and this life is a dream. When we die, it is like awakening from a deep sleep.”

    Take a listen here.

  • BLACKBOOK MAGAZINE PREMIERES “COYOTES”

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    BlackBook Magazine premieres the first single off of BLACK HALO, “Coyotes.”

    “The first single off of Black Halo reminds us of how masterfully DeRosa can take unexpected and beautiful melodic turns with his earthy, baritone voice.”

    Take a listen here.

  • INTERVIEW WITH SECRET DECODER MAGAZINE

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    In the midst of his recent European tour with Lydia Lunch, Jon sat down with Adam Pearson in Berlin to talk about everything from Aarktica to the recent solo album to what’s ahead in 2014…

    READ THE INTERVIEW HERE.

  • EXCLUSIVE: DEROSA’S NEW SINGLE “SIGNS OF LIFE” AVAILABLE FOR FREE DOWNLOAD THIS WEEK ONLY VIA THE BELIEVER

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    Via The Believer:
    Though Signs of Life channels the yearning of Roy Orbison and moodiness of Scott Walker (also interviewed in this month’s Believer), hints of Danzig’s dark specter can also be heard in DeRosa’s somber baritone.

    Link to article and download here.

    Big Sexy Noise & Jon DeRosa European Tour Dates 2013

    September 18 NO-Oslo, Mir *JUST ADDED!*
    September 19 DK-Copenhagen, KB18
    September 20 DK-Aalborg, 1000 Fryd
    September 21 DK -Esbjerg, Konfus
    September 22 DE-Hamburg, Hafenklang
    September 23 DE-Köln, Sonic Ballroom
    September 24 DE-Duisburg, Steinbruch
    September 25 DE-Erfurt, Museumskeller
    September 26 DE-Berlin, Wild At Heart
    September 27 DE-Hamburg, Reeperbahn Festival @ Hasenschaukel

    From the Reeperbahn site: “Jon DeRosa turns out to be a brilliant crooner, while cello and horns make for a big portion of pathos.” Read the full details here.

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    A Wolf In Preacher’s Clothes limited edition vinyl still available: Mother West Records
    CD available on Rocket Girl Records via Darla Records in the US / Rough Trade in the UK
    For updates and performance schedule: Jon DeRosa on Facebook and Twitter.