The state of my indie label is INSPIRED!
Lucky Magnet Records celebrated 25 years of independent creativity in 2017!
Fully intending to release the Golden Catalog last year, we were too busy living in the NOW:
“Fight for Love“ the NEW 7-song EP featuring me/ Cat Dail, Teddy Kumpel and Shawn Pelton, and mastered by Greg Calbi, will release in spring of 2018.
The first single, “Wonder Love” releases Friday, February 9th, 2018, with a custom live action video, directed by Gary Gallardo, produced by InTransit films to follow.
“Fight for Love” is 7 songs (“Can’t Buy Love”, “Player”, “Catch Fire”, “Wonder Love”, “Flow Zone”, “She Can Fly”, and “Molly & Matchbox 18”) all written by Cat Dail and Teddy Kumpel, except “Player” written with our bandmate/ collaborator/ genius goofball pal, Joel Newton, and “Molly & Matchbox 18” which I wrote on my own.
In the short span of nearly 30 minutes, these 7 songs traverse wild landscapes and private horizons, addressing personal and social pains and pleasures.
Is it Blues? Funk? Rock? Soul? Folk? Yes. It’s Indie Music from talented musicians with broad range & big Love. It’s funky rockin soulful indie groove with a female point of view, deep pocket, velvety vox, firm spine. It’s award-winning songwriting and hip-shaking mind-blowing performance!
Produced Recorded & Mixed by the 1-&-only Teddy Kumpel
At Teddy’s Funhouse, Brooklyn,
& at Shawn’s Famtasia Studio, NYC
Mastered by Greg Calbi at Sterling Sound, NYC
Cat Dail- vocals, guitar, percussion
Teddy Kumpel- guitars, bass, percussion, backing vocals, midi-keys, everything else
Shawn Pelton- drums
Clark Gayton- trombone on “Flow Zone”
Steven Bernstein- slide trumpet on “Flow Zone”
Andy Ezrin- keys on “She Can Fly”
coyote- coyote on “Molly & Matchbox 18”
Everything flows from the audio! and Cat Dail’s new EP “Fight for Love” is the greatest artwork the label has released in 26 years. The band is on Fire. So we’re building an equally spectacular label team to support this best & meaningful music.
Then too, we’ll be poised to max out that awesome Anniversary Party Release later in 2018!
The Venn diagram of old & new grooves is gonna vibrate 😉 Especially with Team Lucky Magnet expanding upward…
Marjorie Ray, founder of Codewryter, has joined Lucky Magnet Records as the Chief Technology Officer. Marjorie creates & maintains our website, as well as our diverse custom web presence on many platforms. She creatively manages technical tasks for LMR, is a contributing videographer and valued consultant.
Mark Shaw, former Art director of Vibe and Blaze magazines, joins Lucky Magnet Records as Art Director just when we need him most! World class Photographer/Director/Designer, Mark is developing & keeping our visual strategy & experiences fresh & distinctive, relevant & cohesive, cool & fun, best quality. Remarkable visionary, valued consultant.
Greg Calbi, multiple Grammy-winning Mastering Engineer at NYC’s Sterling Sound joined the LMR Family, mastering “Fight for Love” with me & Teddy, putting the sonic cherry on top of our musical delish! A deep and fun honor to collaborate with another of my music heroes.
It has been amazing, especially in the last year, touring around the United States, Canada and France, touching in with fellow artists in independent music and art communities around the world, all vibrant, unique, important, inspiring!
We’ve had terrific support of many kinds from great artists and friends of the music:
Sean Michael Taylor
Cahill & Associates CPA, NJ
Harvey Goldberg, Late Show w/ Colbert
Dave Snyder, Guilford Sound, VT
Kevin Murphy, Sonicraft Studios, NJ
More than I can name at once!
The great songs are in place! The best team is in place! The music, the lyrics, the energy, the independent community stand strong!!!
LMR is dedicated to funky constructive resistance in the face of spikey fear. Love rules at Lucky Magnet. We make GROOVIN a political movement.
*“Wonder Love” single on 2/9/18!
*”Wonder Love” video from InTransit Films!
*“Fight for Love” EP this Spring 2018!
*Tour dates April-June 2018!
*26th Anniversary Catalogue Re-Release August 2018!
*Tour dates September-November 2018!
Magnet ON, Beauties!!!