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ANONYMOUS HITS NO. 9 on APD Rock Albums August Chart 

2 SEPTEMBER, 2020

Jefferson House Communique announced today that the latest studio album from Joseph Lamm + Music Hypnotica, ANONYMOUS, reached No. 9 for the month of August on the APD Rock Albums Chart. AirPlay Direct is a global radio publication and has over 11,000 stations reporting their activity in order to compile each chart.

Also part of the August Top Ten were:

1. Justin Townes Earle "Nothing's Gonna Change The Way You Feel About Me Now" (Bloodshot)
5. Linda Rondstadt "Duets" (Rhino)
6. Lee Rocker "Lee Rocker" (Alligator)
8. Van Morrison "Moondance Expanded Edition" (Warner)

During the first two weeks of August, Joseph Lamm + Music Hypnotica had 5 songs from the album simultaneously in the Top Ten on the APD Rock/AAA Singles Chart. 

"We are seeing a wonderful response from listeners and we are happy to have the album resonate so well. ANONYMOUS was pure joy to work on."

Click here to see the full chart

 

CREATING ACROSS GENRES the August ICON interview 

26 AUGUST, 2020

By Peg McRoy Glover
reprinted with kind permission from ICON magazine

The music Joseph Lamm creates is rather hard to define by genre. His creativity produces songs that fall into hard and alternative rock, modern pop, easy listening and more.

“I do switch up genres a lot,” he said. “I enjoy creating whatever the muse and the passion leads me to.”

His latest work “Anonymous” released July 17 by the group called Joseph Lamm + Music Hypnotica. It opens with the hard rock song “Wild Mountain Rapture” and closes with “Smoke Filled Bar 2AM,” an easy-listening instrumental. In between those two are original songs laced with alluring lyrics. Then smack dab in the middle of the album is the only cover song. It is a galvanizing and rousing rendition of John Lennon’s “Imagine,” played unlike Lennon’s gentle imaginings. “I have always liked the possibilities that the lyrics suggest, and I loved the idea of making his (Lennon’s) vision played like an anthem, an exciting call to action,” Lamm said. Joining Lamm on vocals for “Imagine” is Queen Delphine and the Crown Jewels, known as one of Indianapolis’ top blues bands that is also on the slate for the Sept. 12 Blues & BBQ in Brownsburg. “Having her bring her amazing voice and join me on this song makes for a tremendous experience,” Lamm said. “It is joyous noise.”

Born and raised in Brownsburg,Indiana, Lamm took a circuitous path in his professional musical career that landed him in Los Angeles then to Florida and back to Brownsburg. After graduating from Brownsburg High School in 1976, he attended Cedarville University in Ohio where he teamed up musically with his college roommate Geoffrey Walker. Together they wrote and produced music. “I loved the college experience, and that’s when I realized how much I love being able to express myself through music,” Lamm said. That revelation inspired him to head to L.A. and step into the professional arena where he released his first two albums, “Watching the Coming Storm” in 1984 and “Standing in the Tower’’ in 1988. Three singles from these albums were top 10 hits on radio playlists in the United States, Canada and New Zealand. “There was plenty of opportunity had I wanted to pursue that type of life, but, I would have had to say goodbye to my family for long periods of time, and I just didn’t want to do that,” Lamm said. “My allegiances were elsewhere, and I love Indiana.”

Lamm’s change of venue didn’t change his creative drive. In his Brownsburg hometown, he continued to write music and books throughout the years. This fall a vinyl version of “Anonymous” will be released with a lyric insert. Lamm also plans to join Queen Delphine at the Brownsburg Blues & BBQ Festival in Arbuckle Acres Park for a live performance of their rendition of Lennon’s “Imagine.”

Visit josephlamm.com to learn more about Lamm and his work.

JOSEPH LAMM TO JOIN Queen Delphine at Bluesfest 

25 AUGUST, 2020

Joseph Lamm and members of Music Hypnotica will join the stage with Queen Delphine and the Crown Jewels this 12 September for the premiere live performance of their song "Imagine". The John Lennon classic has been re-imagined as a rousing and powerful blues-infused anthem, and has recently reached as high as No. 3 on the radio trade publication APD Global Radio Indicator Rock charts.

Lamm commented "When I had the idea for this song being presented as a joyous anthem, my only desire was to hope Queen Delphine would contribute her amazing powerhouse of a voice to it. The song absolutely cooks."

"Imagine" appears on ANONYMOUS, Lamm's fifth overall studio album and his second as Joseph Lamm + Music Hypnotica. Released 17 July, it is available through Jefferson House Communique as a digital download, CD, and streaming. The vinyl version will be available at the Bluesfest premiere, and will have its official release on 9 October, which is the birthday of the "Imagine" composer.

JOSEPH LAMM + MUSIC HYPNOTICA land 5 songs in mid-week chart 

4 AUGUST, 2020

 
 

Jefferson House Communique have announced today that Joseph Lamm + Music Hypnotica's new studio album Anonymous has landed five songs in the APD Global Radio Indicator Rock mid-week chart.

The five songs and their current positions are "As One" at No. 2, "Imagine" at No. 3, "Wild Mountain Rapture" at No. 4, "Magic" at No. 5, and "Take Her Love" at No. 6. 

"Imagine" is the second single from the album and is an inspiring blues-infused version of the John Lennon classic. It features powerhouse blues singer Queen Delphine joining in on the song to help create the feel of a joyous and declarative anthem.

The final chart will be announced Friday, 7 August.

 

 

 

ANONYMOUS ALBUM artwork and track listing revealed 

7 July 2020

Joseph Lamm + Music Hypnotica have announced their new studio album, titled Anonymous, will be released on 17 July. The album is marked by an energetic and joyous sound that incorporates elements ranging from rock and modern pop to classical and easy listening. After recording nearly his entire song catalog over the years at Aire Born Studios, Anonymous was almost completely captured at Jefferson House Mobile using an iPad and Garageband. Tracks would then be transferred by David Price to ProTools at Aire Born. Early sessions in summer 2017 produced the chamber pop song "Good Doctor Tom", which features singer Lani Williams, but after sessions resumed in January of 2019 Joseph Lamm experienced major strokes that, while thankfully leaving no complex brain or motor damage, required months of recovery.

While resting, he and guitarist/composer Elliott Lamm had bursts of creativity which lead to many of the songs included on the album. The first single "Magic" actually came about while reflecting on the gratitude and thankfulness of being alive, while the declaration expressed in the classic "Imagine" becomes a blues-infused anthem encouraging a call to action and envisioning a hope for the future. Dynamic blues singer Queen Delphine of Queen Delphine and the Crown Jewels joins on vocals and brings a powerhouse of style to the song.

The album also features songs written by guitarist Elliott Lamm, who commented that "'Never Need More' is about my honeymoon. A simple song about enjoying the moment while also being  hopeful and confident concerning the future." His instrumental "Smoke Filled Bar 2AM" serves Anonymous as a relaxing coda.

The artwork, "Rescue of the Fallen Angel", is by American contemporary artist Carolyn Springer. Her work has been exhibited nationally and internationally at sites ranging from the Berkeley Art Center in California, Japan’s Citizen’s Gallery in Yokohama, and The Mexican Cultural Center in Tijuana. She has won numerous awards including a Creative Renewal Fellowship to explore Japan and a research grant to study in Italy.

Anonymous will be available as a digital download, CD and through streaming. A vinyl version is scheduled for mid September.

Anonymous track listing:

Wild Mountain Rapture
She Likes Tokyo
Out Among The Waves
As One
Imagine (featuring Queen Delphine)
Good Doctor Tom (featuring Lani Williams)
Never Need More
Take Her Love
Magic
Smoke Filled Bar 2AM

 

to learn more about Carolyn Springer:
https://studiocarolynspringer.com/

to learn more about Queen Delphine: 
https://www.facebook.com/QueenDelphineandTheCrownJewels/

to learn more about Lani Williams:
https://laniandthetramps.com/

 

NEW SINGLE "MAGIC" announced for Joseph Lamm + Music Hypnotica 

12 JUNE 2020

Joseph Lamm + Music Hypnotica have announced their new single, "Magic", will be released 26 June via Jefferson House Communique. It is taken from the new studio album, Anonymous, which will follow on 17 July.

The song was inspired by the major strokes Lamm suffered during the recording sessions in the summer of 2019. "I was absolutely gobsmacked", comments Lamm. "Elliott and I had planned a morning outside to enjoy the day, but instead he arrived in a flash and got me to hospital. He helped save my life."

Afterwards, during recovery, Lamm experienced a rush of creativity, all expressing thankfulness for the joy of being alive. "One of the things I realized was, well, that the thoughts I believed true at age 21 were different than 41, and the thoughts I have now are different again. So then it kind of hit me, that it's okay. It's alright. I don't have to understand it, that life is magic."

Written by Joseph Lamm and Elliott Lamm and produced by the Bombay Brothers, the joyously upbeat song will be available on all major streaming platforms and as a digital download. The artwork and track listing for Anonymous will be announced soon.

JOSEPH LAMM ON DIG with Michael McClure and Ray Manzerek  

19 MAY 2020

Upon hearing of the passing of Beat poet and playwight Michael McClure, American artist Joseph Lamm began reconsidering their long-ago plans for the DIG project which was to merge their shared passion for William Blake with McClure's work, especially his book RAIN MIRROR, in which Lamm had become enthralled.

"After we had decided on the themes of the work, he went to India and I started the production of the Audible Thought album. Soon after his return I fell into a period of emotional wandering while he fell into an extended illness, and our project fell into slumber, awaiting its proper time to be a manifested work."

McClure had invited his friend and long-time collaborator Ray Manzarek (former keyboardist for the Doors) to take part in the sessions, but personal circumstances surrounding both McClure and Lamm caused the project to be put on hold. Lamm comments that "apparently the themes of the work needed more time to realize themselves. I believe all things happen in their proper time. Like John Lennon said, 'if the story is not right, then it's not the end of the story.'"

JOSEPH LAMM on the passing of Michael McClure 

 

5 May, 2020

I am saddened to read of the passing of Beat poet, author and songwriter Michael McClure. He has a tremendous body of work that is simply beautiful. I had the privilege of working with him and his long time colleague Ray Manzarek of the Doors in 2002 on developing the as-yet unrealized DIG, a project that merges his poetry along with our shared passion for William Blake. Michael is a giant of the beat movement, and his written voice will endure. 

Blessings to his memory and to his ongoing spirit,
Joseph

Learn more about Michael... 
Michael McClure Official Website

NEW STUDIO ALBUM and book are on the way! 

 

30 DECEMBER 2019

Acclaimed American recording artist and writer Joseph Lamm has announced that a new studio album and book are on their way in the coming year.

"2019 has been absolutely filled with creativity. Guitarist/composer Elliott Lamm and I started working on the new album in January and it's been a blast. Our musical family has grown on these recordings to include drummer George Tyler, vocalist Lani Williams of Lani and The Tramps and Fifth Lucky Dragon keyboardist/trumpeter Louis Imperiale. Jeff Stone, who played bass with the amazing band Healing Sixes, has also come in and added his talents. It has been a fantastic journey." 

The previous album ANDEAN'S ASCENT was an experiment in rock, industrial and ambient music, and was met with critical acclaim and described as "Remarkable" by Progression Magazine. "These new songs are an organic and vibrant  pop/rock style" said Lamm. "We've got some exciting music to share!"

It was also announced that long-awaited book ANDEAN'S ASCENT OR INCANTATIONS FOR THE REVOLUTION is due by the summer. "This book has been in development for nearly ten years and has become quite a passion for me" Lamm commented. "I've taken longer and rewritten it because of personal changes, which is part and parcel to the message of the book itself."

The title for the new studio album and its promotional single will be announced soon. 

 

ANNIVERSARY EDITION of acclaimed second album out now! 

27 OCTOBER 2018

 

The Anniversary Edition of American artist Joseph Lamm's acclaimed 1988 studio album STANDING IN THE TOWER was released yesterday 26 October, 2018 via Jefferson House Communique.

The set was remastered by David Price at Aire Born Studios in Indianapolis. A previously unreleased song, "Approaching The Next Plane" is included and has been placed  in its originally intended sequence for the album. "The song has a fun little groove", Lamm comments. "The musicians all sat around me as I sang them the keyboard hook and had a good laugh. It's a bit simple but it's a straight out blast to hear it." 

The Anniversary Edition series began with WATCHING THE COMING STORM in 2015, which reached No. 1 on the Avant Garde chart on Amazon in the US. STANDING IN THE TOWER (Anniversary Edition) is available in CD, digial download and streaming versions. It premiered on Jango Radio, where listeners worldwide began streaming the album in its entirety one day before its official release.