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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.

 

ANNIVERSARY EDITION of Standing In The Tower arrives this October 

25 SEPTEMBER 2018

 

The ANNIVERSARY EDITION of American artist Joseph Lamm's critically celebrated STANDING IN THE TOWER album is arriving on 26 October, 2018. Remastered at Aire Born Studios by David Price, the set contains the songs "Awaken In My Heart" and "See No Evil", both of which hit the top 10 on radio playlists across the US upon their initial release. Given songwriting comparisons to Charlie Peacock, T-Bone Burnett and ABBEY ROAD era John Lennon, the album made numerous "best of" lists. A bonus track that was recorded during the sessions, "Approaching The Next Plane", is also heard for the first time.           

The cover design, which includes the original photograph by Sid Rust,  has been given a different look by artist Erin Anonymous, who also supplied the artwork for Lamm's 2008 book BULL HEADED SAVIOUR. 

STANDING IN THE TOWER - ANNIVERSARY EDITION will be available in 6 panel digipak CD, digital and streaming versions on 26 October via Jefferson House Communique.

TRACK LISTING:

01. The Preacher

02. Stepping Into Paradise

03. Yes I Will

04. In A Watered Garden

05. Standing In The Tower

06. Three Kings

07. Self Portraits

08. Awaken In My Heart

09. Approaching The Next Plane

10. Essence

11. See No Evil

 

 

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  

 

 

JOSEPH LAMM ALBUMS enjoy holiday NO. 1's on Amazon 

12 DECEMBER 2017


Music lovers this holiday season have brought two of Joseph Lamm's albums to the top of the digital charts on Amazon. On Monday, 11 December, the 2015 album WATCHING THE COMING STORM - ANNIVERSARY EDITION hit No. 1 on the Avant Garde chart while the 2009 release HOT AS SUN, VOLUME 1 matched it on the Adult Alternative chart. 

  

Songs from the albums, especially "Still Waiting" from WATCHING THE COMING STORM - ANNIVERSARY EDITION and "Love Safari" from HOT AS SUN, VOLUME 1, have become favorites on internet radio, while his recent single "Good Doctor Tom" has brought in new fans with its continued success on YouTube.

"I've started work on my next album" states Lamm, "and having things like this happen is a fantastic motivation to push forward and create the best music I can make. It's quite exciting."

The new album is due out in 2019.

NEW SINGLE "Good Doctor Tom" out this September! 

19 JULY 2017

 

American artist Joseph Lamm is happy to announce a new single coming early this fall. One of the fruits from the sessions for his upcoming album, the song "Good Doctor Tom" shows him expanding on the sounds of his award-winning 2009 album HOT AS SUN, VOLUME 1. 

 

After getting the Anniversary Edition of his debut album WATCHING THE COMING STORM completed in 2015 (which reached No. 1 on the US Amazon Avant Garde chart in September of that year) and  releasing the critically acclaimed experimental album ANDEAN'S ASCENT as a trio with Music Hypnotica in 2016, Lamm is once again creating sounds that bring him back to his love of  pop and rock music. 

"I absolutely adore the spirit of artists like, let's say, the Beatles, Lindsey Buckingham, Talking Heads, and the more recent work of Beck and Foster the People", says Lamm. "I know that seems like a broad brush, but I dig that type of variety and adventure."

Lani Williams is featured on the song, sharing lead vocals and harmonies with Lamm. After nearly a decade of performing and recording with the indie band Mars Or The Moon, the singer/songwriter formed  Lani & The Tramps earlier this year. "Lani is a fantastic talent and an absolutely incredible singer. It's been great fun to have her involved and bring her vibe to the music."

"Good Doctor Tom" will be available in digital format via Jefferson House Communique on 22 September.

Joseph Lamm Readies Book Version Of "Andean's Ascent" 

6 APRIL 2017
 

American writer and recording artist Joseph Lamm is putting the finishing touches on the book version of ANDEAN'S ASCENT, with a publication date due to be announced shortly.

Since its release in late June of last year, the rock/ambient/trance album version has seen continued acceptance and critical acclaim, becoming a top seller at online retailers CD Baby and CD Universe and Progression magazine awarding it a 4 star rating and calling the music "remarkable".

The book is an eclectic, dreamlike work concerning the journey and metamorphosis of human and spiritual understanding, very much in the mystical school of William Blake.

"This book has been both very difficult and very rewarding to write", says Lamm. "The original idea came to me over thirty years ago, and I wrote the first draft during a time of personal struggle after I had left university. The finished work bears little resemblance to that first draft, as I have found myself to be more 'fluid' and open to change wondrously more than my younger self ever thought possible."

Lamm's first book, BULL HEADED SAVIOUR, was published in 2008. It reached No. 1 on its publisher's list of poetry titles and remained near the top for 48 weeks.

PROGRESSION MAGAZINE'S 4 star review of "Andean's Ascent" 

30 October 2016
 

A peculiar thing happens in the process of absorbing Andean's Ascent. At first, it's easy to assess as pleasant, semi-ambient new-age instrumental fare. Indeed, seven-minute opener "From the Sea" beckons what ultimately proves a false sense of tranquility: What's that edgy repeated vocal sample doing in there, wrecking the vibe? And then, hello, where did those insistent electronic drum loops spring from? Now what the heck - searing lead guitar!

By the halfway point you're hooked, banging your head to the full-out rave-y techno pulse. Hell yeah! Highlights: the seven-minute "I Asked My Love for Shelter" featuring slippery distorted slide-guitar work against throbbing percussion, and the dual-guitar harmonies scorching "Elastic Stomp".

David Price (keyboards/bass/loops), Elliott Lamm (guitars/piano/soundscapes) and Joseph Lamm (keyboards/percussion/vocals) bring us back to Earth with soothing tribal closer "Blue Sky Trance". But by then, you've visited some pretty far-out sonic realms.

I recommend Andean's Ascent as accompaniment to whatever creative endeavor you might be pursuing: It will slowly grab you by the shorthairs and by the end you'll be firing on all cylinders. Remarkable.


Jim Cirile

text reprinted with kind permission of Progression Magazine
issue no. 70, fall 2016

Joseph Lamm + Music Hypnotica Talk "Andean's Ascent" Album 

7 August 2016

In the control room for Studio A at Aireborn Recording Group, a studio just north of Indianapolis that is known more for its soundtrack work with Disney and Academy and Grammy Award winning composer John Williams than it is for experimental rock - author, producer and recording artist Joseph Lamm sits down along with his Music Hypnotica bandmates and discusses the new album Andean's Ascent, which was released through Jefferson House Communique digitally on June 30 and this week became available on CD. The digital version reached as high as No. 719 (out of over 3 million titles) on the US Amazon charts shortly after its release, and songs from the album have been enjoying tens of thousands of streams on internet radio around the world.

"I was keen to explore some new territory for this collection, and since it is a companion to the book, I felt free to let the music develop in whatever direction David, Elliott and I wanted to take it."

 
Produced by Lamm and long-time engineer David Price, the elecronica/trance/rock influenced songs are more like sonic landscapes than the verse-chorus-verse structure found in pop. "It's been great fun working with David again" says Lamm. "A while back he had played me some tracks of his that were real industrial type music, and I have always loved early progressive rock music, so we just started with that spirit in mind." 

The album was primarily created by Lamm, Price and guitarist Elliott Lamm (Joseph's son) working as a trio. "I would start each session with an idea for a riff or melody and as the piece developed David and Elliott would bring in contributions of their own."

Asked about the different approach taken for the recordings, Price says "there has always been collaboration, [and] there is always benefit in progression. Hot As Sun and Watching the Coming Storm (Anniversary Edition) are all Joe’s vision completely with input from some of his trusted friends, who happen to be world class musicians, along the way. Andean’s Ascent is still Joe's vision but all ideas from everyone went on the the table and were then explored. It was WAY more about trying everybody’s ideas and stepping back to see what worked. Things worked, things didn’t, we disagreed on things, and agreed on things. Again an extremely collaborative project where anybody good bring anything and everything they had to the table."

"Having the influence of David and Elliott brought a new perspective", adds Lamm. "We are from different generations, and the collective of that has been brought to the forefront."

"My love of music came from my dad", explains Elliott Lamm, who also appears on the 2009 album Hot As Sun, Volume 1 and last year's Watching the Coming Storm (Anniversary Edition). "He was always introducing me to new things (to me) and broadening my horizons musically.  I think that I was the only 8th grader in my school who was really excited to go see bands like Chicago and Yes in concert because I loved their music.  I can't sing, so that was off the table.  However, when I got a cheap hand-me-down Lotus classical guitar for Christmas In the 7th grade, it just made sense. I was able to pick it up pretty fast. I love music and the way it makes me feel and for me, it's another way to express myself."

Asked about influences on his writing and playing, he adds "I would say that [as a songwriter] Bob Dylan speaks to me on the deepest and most profound level.  However, when it comes to guitar playing, David Gilmour has influenced my "style" the most.  He is heavily influenced by blues while at the same time exhibiting an alluring existential atmosphere."

The track "Elastic Stomp" was brought to the project by Price, who says that "the piece was born from a guitar riff from the early 2000’s that was looped. I was hunting for an idea, and I had this really cheap compressor that I didn’t use much. I looked at it and thought, what would happen if I just put every setting on its highest possible value. I did, and that became the basis of the song, everything developed around that. It definitely had a “stomp” kind of slow groove. When finished I brought it to the other guys and it evolved into its current form."

"How the entire album helps bring to musical life the themes found in the book is beyond cool" concludes Lamm. "I can't wait to share it."

Andean's Ascent is out now worldwide on CD and as a download, followed by the companion book in early 2017.