Steven A Clark

Top 5 albums of 2015 from Top 3 Sources

I don’t know if the three of us are the top 3 sources but it sounded good as a title. You all can be the judge! Mark Levy the drummer for the Bozeman musical project, Ranges and a dear friend of mine who works as a pharmacist in Alaska, Brian Haviland and myself picked our top 5 albums of 2015. To be more accurate, Mark picked 6. Amazingly but not surprisingly, we all picked 5 different records. Keep in mind, we did not order our records numerically by awesomeness. They are all tied for the best of 2015. Please let Music For Lunch know your thoughts and feel free to tell the three “sources” they’re idiots and they missed all the great music of 2015. Email me your top 5 and I’lll share them on MFL’s Facebook!

 

Mark’s top 6 picks of 2015:

  1. Telekinesis – Ad Infinitum 

“Perfect synth pop.”

 

2. Vince Staples – Summertime ’06

“Minimalist, eerie beats with great lyrical flow.”

 

3. Motorhead – Bad Magic

“Excellent Motorhead Rock and Roll. Lemmy is a true original. I will miss him.”

 

4. Beach Slang – The Things We Do To Find People Like Us

“Powerful tunes with hooks all over.”

 

5. Swervedriver – I Wasn’t Born To Lose You

“Sounding like a great continuation from Raise and Mescal Head.”

 

6. Iron Maiden – The Book Of Souls

“On par with some of their greatest work. Props to Bruce Dickinson for laying down fantastic vocals AFTER being diagnosed with throat cancer. He has made a full recovery and they will tour. I will go.”

 

 

 

 

Brian’s top 5 picks

MFL’s top 5 picks of 2015:

 

Steven A. Clark’s guest mix on Earmilk!

40 minutes worth of hand picked tracks by Steven A. Clark himself. It kicks off with “I Believe” by Blessid Union of Souls and makes a big genre leap to “Just Like Heaven” by The Cure. This theme holds true throughout the mix, jumping between decades, musical moods and sonic styles. This playlist gives an excellent explanation as to where Clark’s music gets its character and inspiration. Give it a listen:

http://www.earmilk.com/2015/10/14/steven-a-clark-gifts-us-a-curated-mix-and-kicks-off-cmj-in-nyc-earmilk-exclusive/

If you missed Steven A. Clark at CMJ in NYC this year, you can catch him on any of the dates and any of the locations below:

Sun 10/18/15 Elvis Guesthouse New York NY FoxWolf + The WILD Magazine Present CMJ Blow Out, Oyinda, Sui Zhen
Tue 11/10/15 Johnny Brenda’s Philadelphia PA Sinkane, Son Step Buy
Wed 11/11/15 LPR – Le Poisson Rouge New York NY Sinkane, WINS Buy
Thu 11/12/15 Great Scott Allston MA Sinkane Buy
Fri 11/13/15 3S Artspace Portsmouth NH Sinkane, Qwill Buy
Sat 11/14/15 Higher Ground South Burlington VT Sinkane Buy
Sun 11/15/15 Bar Le Ritz PDB Montreal QC Sinkane Buy
Wed 11/18/15 The Drake Underground Toronto ON Sinkane Buy
Fri 11/20/15 Majestic Cafe Detroit MI Sinkane, Duane The Brand New Dog Buy
Sat 11/21/15 Schubas Tavern Chicago IL Sinkane Buy
Sun 11/22/15 MOTR Pub Cincinnati OH Sinkane Buy
Tue 11/24/15 Skully’s Columbus OH Sinkane Buy
Wed 11/25/15 Black Cat Washington DC Sinkane Buy

Steven A. Clark’s debut record, “The Lonely Roller” is out NOW!

The Lonely Roller is en epic record of cinematic proportions. I say cinematic because listening to this record from start to finish tricks you into believing you are living inside a movie. You experience the highs and lows of the characters Clark sing about, the building and destruction of lust and love. With the storytelling, scenario-building and sensualism of Frank Ocean and hip hop, infectious beats of Kid Cudi, Lonely Roller has it all.

The single, “Can’t Have” was released earlier this summer and is an perfect example of the stories Clark is capable of telling, blending pop, R&B and electronic music. The music video captures this exceedingly well:

http://www.vevo.com/watch/US38W1530112?syndicationid=bb8a16ab-1279-4f17-969b-1dba5eb60eda&shortlink=P1ywRM&utm_campaign=ing&country=US

The opening cut and title track gives your auditory senses everything they need in addition to showcasing Steven A. Clark’s natural storytelling ability.

It’s difficult to find a favorite on this record, for me personally. I spent an entire evening driving around listening to it, song by song and I felt like a character in a movie. Clark takes you by the ear and makes you feel like every character he features in every story he tells. Each song is a story. The track “Bounty” has a down beat, R&B feel that sticks with you.

As I mentioned above, Clark’s sound harks back to Frank Ocean and like-sounding artists. “Floral Print” and the following track “Part Two” are proof. “Floral Print” is a song about every memory this character has about a woman he loved who left. Her floral print dress, the smell of her perfume, all lingering desperately in his mind, terrorizing him.

The Lonely Roller is an incredible step for Clark and phenomenal debut.

Remix of Steven A. Clark’s “Can’t Have” by Ape Drums

Need a twist on the already perfect single, “Can’t Have?” Here you go:

Though I’m perfectly satisfied with “Can’t Have” just the way it is, there is something to be said about giving it a second shot, a reincarnation or new “outfit.” Just recently, Ape Drums took “Can’t Have” and reworked the beat and mood of the song while leaving Clark’s vocals intact, creating an almost “club” version of the track.

Ape Drums said this about remixing “Can’t Have”:

“I loved working on this remix,” Ape Drums notes, “I had a lot of room for creativity as the original melody of the vocals were already amazing. I took my time, changed ideas completely and am very satisfied with the outcome.”

Catch Steven A. Clark’s tour for his debut record, The Lonely Roller, (which is out now) with Sinkane this fall:

STEVEN A. CLARK TOUR DATES:
Tue. Oct. 13-Sat. Oct. 17 – New York, NY @ CMJ
Mon. Nov. 2 – London, UK @ The Waiting Room
Fri. Nov. 6 – Cologne, DE @ Gebaude 9 (Cardinal Sessions Festival)
Sat. Nov. 7 – Hamburg, DE @ Molotow (Cardinal Sessions Festival)
Sun. Nov. 8 – Berlin, DE @ Musik & Friden
Tue. Nov. 10 – Philadelphia, PA @ Johnny Brenda’s (tickets) *
Wed. Nov. 11 – New York, NY @ Le Poisson Rouge (tickets) *
Thu. Nov. 12 – Boston, MA @ Great Scott (tickets) *
Fri. Nov. 13 – Portsmouth, NH @ 3S Art Space (tickets) *
Sat. Nov. 14 – Burlington, VT @ Higher Ground (tickets) *
Sun. Nov. 15 – Montreal, QC @ Bar Le Ritz (tickets) *
Wed. Nov. 18 – Toronto, ON @ The Drake Underground (tickets) *
*Fri. Nov. 20 – Detroit, MI @ Majestic Café (tickets) *
Sat. Nov. 21 – Chicago, IL @ Schubas (tickets) *
Sun. Nov. 22 – Cincinnati, OH @ MOTR Pub (tickets) *
Tue. Nov. 24 – Columbus, OH @ Skully’s (tickets) *
Wed. Nov. 25 – Washington, DC @ Black Cat (tickets) *

* w/ Sinkane

ALBUM STREAM: Steven A. Clark’s “The Lonely Roller”

You have until September 18th to enjoy Steven A. Clark’s debut record, The Lonely Roller when it comes out officially on the label, Secretly Canadian. I suggest you do so by following a link below to SPIN’s coverage of this exciting news:

http://www.spin.com/2015/09/steven-a-clark-lonely-roller-stream-full-album/

I posted about the perfectly paired music video for Clark’s big single, “Can’t Have” a few weeks ago. Check it out here!

I’m about to dive into this record, see you all on the other side.

“Can’t Have” music video from Steven A. Clark…and more!

Just as this Steven A. Clark song sounds like running, a young man runs in and out of frame, down deserted streets. This single is off of Clark’s upcoming full length, The Lonely Roller, out September 18th. Watch his new music video below:

http://www.vevo.com/watch/US38W1530112?syndicationid=bb8a16ab-1279-4f17-969b-1dba5eb60eda&shortlink=P1ywRM&utm_campaign=ing&country=US

I told you there was more, too. Steven A. Clark just announced he’ll be touring with Sinkane. Yes, Sinkane. This guy:

I’m having a hard time comprehending the musical explosion that will be happening when these two tour together on these dates:

Tue. Oct. 13-Sat. Oct. 17 – New York, NY @ CMJ
Tue. Nov. 10 – Philadelphia, PA @ Johnny Brenda’s (tickets) *
Wed. Nov. 11 – New York, NY @ Le Poisson Rouge (tickets) *
Thu. Nov. 12 – Boston, MA @ Great Scott (tickets) *
Fri. Nov. 13 – Portsmouth, NH @ 3S Art Space (tickets) *
Sat. Nov. 14 – Burlington, VT @ Higher Ground (tickets) *
Sun. Nov. 15 – Montreal, QC @ Bar Le Ritz (tickets) *
Wed. Nov. 18 – Toronto, ON @ The Drake Underground (tickets) *
*Fri. Nov. 20 – Detroit, MI @ Majestic Café (tickets) *
Sat. Nov. 21 – Chicago, IL @ Schubas (tickets) *
Sun. Nov. 22 – Cincinnati, OH @ MOTR Pub (tickets) *
Tue. Nov. 24 – Columbus, OH @ Skully’s (tickets) *
Wed. Nov. 25 – Washington, DC @ Black Cat (tickets) *

* w/ Sinkane

YOU NEED THIS: new single from Steven A. Clark, “Can’t Have”

The powerful string introduction pulls your soul in immediately and then the synths and pumping percussion forces your heart to beat a little bit faster. This song is so overwhelmingly seamless, it left me reeling a bit after the first, second, third…fourth listen. “Can’t Have” debuted today and is the newest single released off of Steven A. Clark’s debut record, The Lonely Roller which will be out on the wonderful Secretly Canadian, September 18th.