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The Morning Pages 'Rising Rain' out May 11

The time has finally come. The Morning Pages' debut full length 'Rising Rain' will be available May 11th on heavy weight vinyl, CD and digital download. Produced by Russell Simins of the John Spencer Blues Explosion, 'Rising Rain' is guaranteed to satisfy.

"The sound that these guys got onto tape comes from the mighty heavens. It's like American Beauty slept with Gram Parsons and Emmylou Harris while cheating on The Band's version of "I Shall Be Released. "
--The Tripwire

posted 2010-04-13

The Morning Pages 'Rising Rain' digital pre-release

The Morning Pages debut full length release, 'Rising Rain' is now available as a digital download exclusively through i-Tunes. A beautiful blend of country, indie-rock and soul, the album features some of New York Cities brightest up and coming musicians. Check out the album page for more details and to stream tracks from the album

posted 2009-08-05

Zealous at SXSW

Alana Amram and the Rough Gems will be popping up in various dives, basements and clubs on 6th street.

The Basement's Mark McCausland's new project The Lost Brothers will be performing several showcases. If you like sweet Simon and Garfunkel style harmonies mixed with M Ward textures be sure to check them out.

Git Sum

posted 2009-03-06

Lost Brothers on BBC

The Basement guitarist Mark McCausland has just released a beautiful new album under The Lost Brothers monkier.

The band was featured on BBC 2 radio. Check it out at

posted 2008-11-14

Welcome True Historians

Zealous Records is proud to announce Chicago underground honky-tonk heroes True Historians debut release. Check the release page for more info. 

posted 2008-10-14

Morning Pages Recording Gear

If you're interested in the guitar used in the recording of "With the Lord", check out Resonator Guitar Guide

posted 2008-09-19

The Morning Pages in the studio

The Morning Pages head into the studio this week to work on their debut album, a follow up to their acclaimed EP The Company You Keep. The band will be working with drummer/producer Russell Simins from the John Spencer Blues Explosion. In addition to his decades with The Blues Explosion, Russell has worked with Tom Waits, Elliot Smith, Beck and recently produced works by The Tiny Masters of Today and Men Without Pants (a collaboration with Dan The Automator).

Release details will be posted soon.

posted 2008-02-06

Alana Amram and the Rough Gems

The debut EP by Alana Amram and the Rough Gems is now available! This limited album will only be available on-line and through live shows. Click on Alana's artist page to download the record.

"Simply fantastic...every note just hits me down to my very soul...this is country rock at its absolute finest!" - Rock Insider

posted 2007-11-06

The Morning Pages at CMJ

Stop by Midway on Ave. B in New York City on Saturday, Oct. 20th and check out The Morning Pages play the FREE CMJ Festival day party hosted by the Pull Out Method. No badges required!

posted 2007-10-05

Soul Sides featured in The Village Voice

The Village Voice's Andy Beta takes an in-depth look at's Oliver Wang and the recent release of Soul Sides Volume Two: The Covers. The Voice spans Wang's history as a DJ and professor. Beta speaks with Oliver and Zealous President Kevin Drost about the origins of the Soul Sides series and what's to come in the future.

Read the article here

posted 2007-09-06

Alana Amram plays Farm Aid benefit

In addition to her Aug. 26th benefit performance in Brooklyn, Alana Amram will be performing at Snitch Saturday Sept. 8th in New York City as part of a kick-off/fund raiser for this years Farm Aid.
Come support the Heartland!

posted 2007-09-06

Exclusive Morning Pages tracks

When their tour hit Chicago, The Morning Pages stopped by Shirk Studios to record some exclusive live tracks for The idea was to capture the raw and laid-back nature of the band in a live setting. While the plan was to record 4 songs, the vibe was so good that the boys ending up cutting over 10 songs. Each track was laid down in one or two takes with no overdubs.

In addition to a couple cuts off of their debut EP 'The Company You Keep' the band debuted several new songs and a smoking Little Richard cover.

Head over to the Hear Ya site to take a listen (

posted 2007-07-17

The Basement on the Steve Earle Show

The Basement hung out with Steve Earle for a taping of The Steve Earle show while they were in New York in May. Steve and lead singer John Mullin discuss everything from Irish politics to The Velvet Underground. John helps DJ the show in between giving some amazing acoustic performances.

Click here to hear the entire program

posted 2007-06-07

The Morning Pages announce summer tour

The Morning Pages will be hitting the road in support of the national release of 'The Company You Keep', set for release on June 26th. The band will bring their unique blend of indie-rock and country music to cities in the North East, South and Mid-West. The band will also be joining up with their good friends Golden Bear, HYMNS, Higgins, Phonograph and many other great bands for select shows along the way.

posted 2007-06-07

The Basement live on XM!!!

Tune into X-Country on XM satellite radio Monday night (June 4th) at 6pm EST to hear a live in-studio taping the boys did during their recent visit to Nashville, TN. If you miss it, the show will re-air on Saturday (June 9th) at 7pm EST.

posted 2007-05-31

Soul Sides Ringtones!!!

Rare funk and soul pulsing from cell phone. This ain't Fergie. Imagine the awe and surprise from your friends when your mobile comes alive with "Express Yourself" by Byron Lee, "Fever" by Sharon Cash or even "Be Thankful For What You Got" by Donovan Carless. These tones can't be found anywhere else so click on the link to get them now.

Soul Sides Ringtones

posted 2007-05-18

Soul Sides Vol 2 release parties - Coast to Coast!

In an unprecedented show of support for Soul music and the audioblog community, DJ’s from around the country have joined together to announce the release of Soul Sides Volume Two: The Covers nationally on May 22nd. From New York to San Francisco, Chicago to Kansas, Vancouver to Philadelphia, a grassroots network has formed to celebrate the Soul Sides compilation.

The week of May 20th will be ablaze with Soul Sides themed parties. One is sure to going on in a club near you.

Go to the Soul Sides page for cities, dates and locations

posted 2007-05-14

The Basement in stores TODAY

'Illicit Hugs and Playground Thugs' is now available for the first time to North American audiences. With a unique blend of indie-rock, blues, country and Irish barroom folk songs, The Basement have become a household name in their native Northern Ireland. Produced by Mike Crossey (Arctic Monkeys) 'Illicit Hugs and Playground Thugs' already feels like a living and breathing classic. The US version has been totally re-sequenced and features two early singles not included on the European version.

Get it NOW!!!

Also, make sure to catch The Basement on one of their limited US showcase dates going on now.

posted 2007-05-08

Soul Sides Oliver Wang interviewed on Fader Blog

The Fader blog sat down with host Oliver Wang to discuss the upcoming release of Soul Sides Volume Two: The Covers. Read all about it here

posted 2007-04-26

The Basement featured in No Depression

Grab a copy of this months edition of No Depression to read an exclusive review and interview with The Basement's John Mullin.

Excerpt -
"What's ultimately impressive is the way The Basement seems like it would be just as happy shooting Jim Beam with the Long Ryders as it would scoring with the Velvet Underground."

posted 2007-04-24