“Majestic.” - LA Weekly
“A robust, fully formed Americana-rock album.” - Buzzbands LA
Los Angeles singer songwriter Liz Pappademas returns with Rock Record, her fourth album and her first in almost ten years. Supported by her new band, Bloody Nose -- Aaron Kyle (guitar), Chris Harrison (guitar), Jonathan Price (bass), and Brian Soika (drums), Rock Record is Pappademas’ most personal and accessible offering to date.
Pappademas has honed her layered, cinematic style of writing since graduating from Berklee College of Music, where she won the SESAC award for songwriting, and was 1st runner up in the John Lennon Songwriting Contest. Her debut with her Austin, Texas band Hurts to Purr, a 2007 solo album, 11 Songs, and 2010's game show song cycle Television City have found footing at SXSW, on TV shows like "One Tree Hill," and on NPR's All Songs Considered. During her ten-year hiatus from performing, Pappademas got a master's and in between writing and recording, teaches cognitive strategy to neurodiverse middle schoolers.
"Rock Record is a Vine Street album." Pappademas says. "I wrote it in a garage just off where Vine ends in the hills above Lake Hollywood. Barefoot Studios, where we recorded, is on Vine near the Surplus Store on Santa Monica Blvd. It was mastered at Capitol, also on Vine. I could see the top of the Capitol Building from my driveway. I never imagined my songs would end up there when we started this album." You will hear on Rock Record an artist in situ -- at home in her space and her style, and ready to share it again with the world.
The famous Crystal Sound comic.
Photo by Peter Baker
iPhone recordings created between February 20th and May 26th, 2013, in the Cal State Northridge practice rooms and at an apartment on Dunsmuir St. in Los Angeles. Released with limited fanfare and no live performances.
Limited-edition copies of the album came with a 27-page booklet detailing the album concept and its inspriations. Click here to view.
“Television City” features The Level, a band put together solely for this project, and members of the Killsonic jazz collective. Pappademas was a member of the accordion section of Killsonic from 2007-2010. The Level was Mike Corwin on guitar, David Alvarado on bass, and Justin Polimeni on drums. Ben Jaffe also played drums with the group for a short time.
“The ambitious album is a cycle of interconnected songs about a fictional game show called Who's Your Neighbor? The concept allows her to explore the inner lives of a fascinating set of characters. Pappademas' forceful piano accents frame the action stylishly on such sly, melodically rich pop gems as ‘Your Favorite Game Show’ and ‘Grand Prize Winners,’ while the album-closing ‘Parting Guest’ is a trippy sound collage of mesmerizing echoes.” - Falling James, LA Weekly
Released in 2007, we recorded vocals, drums and keyboards at Hyde Street Studio C in San Francisco with Scott McDowell engineering. Rob Sanchez from Monahans played drums on those sessions. Back in Austin, we gathered some great freinds and players: pedal steel by Gary Newcomb and bass and by Jeff Johnston were recorded by Lang Freeman at Folsur. A brass kick-plate off an old door was used as a saw, bowed by Jeff, a champion saw player. Accordion, additional vocals, percussion and keyboards (which included a Chamberlin, a Fender Rhodes, a Mellotron, and a 100-year-old Emerson upright), were recorded by Brian Kehew at OFR in Los Angeles. Selected vocals, accordion, and percussion were recorded by Liz Pappademas at her home in San Francisco.
“Stark lushness illuminated.” - Electronic Music Magazine
“Liz Pappademas says she was ‘born in the back seat of a Checker cab in front of Lincoln Center in New York,’ but grew up in San Francisco, where she wrote and recorded her latest CD, 11 Songs. It's a beautifully downbeat collection of piano-driven art-pop tunes reflecting on broken hearts, bitterness and murder.” - NPR
“Hurts to Purr's music is dense and confessional, taking influence from the weight of the stories and experiences Pappademas captures with her words.
The album is speckled with field recordings done while the band was mixing their record in Los Angeles with Brian Kehew, co-producer of Fiona Apple's latest release. From copy machines to trains at Union Station, the album combines a clean, polished production with the gritty, organic sounds from the streets of L.A.” - NPR
Liz with Tom Benton (bass) and Jeremy Bruch (drums).
“...an album so confident and assuredly cool that it seems to have sprung from seasoned vets. Vocalist and pianist Liz Pappademas’ songs gleam with uncanny originality (“Mr. Atom,” the wisely cynical “Six Months,” the hypnotic “Stop Blowing Your House Down”). Her voice has a charming, dusky timbre, while her playing channels everyone from Randy Newman to Paul Bley. If you’ve haven’t caught them, do so quickly.” - Texas Monthly
Recorded and produced in 2005 with Kevin Ryan and mixed by Brian Kehew at OFR in North Hollywood, Hurts to Purr was created as Ryan and Kehew put the finishing touches on their massive tome, Recording the Beatles: The Studio Equipment & Techniques Used to Create Their Classic Albums.
Kevin, Liz, Jeremy and Tom outside The Rainbow Bar n Grill during mixing of Hurts to Purr.