SCOTT BRADLEE’S TIME-TWISTING POSTMODERN JUKEBOX RETURNS WITH  A SECOND COLLECTION OF VINTAGE-POP MASH-UPS

The Essentials II features hits by Ed Sheeran, Michael Jackson, Metallica, Britney Spears, Sia, David Bowie and others transformed into vintage swing, golden-age rock, Motown soul, doo-wop, and blues

Check out live videos of The Essentials II here.

For Immediate Release – In the two years since the release of its best-selling compilation album The Essentials, Postmodern Jukebox has grown from a viral sensation to a worldwide phenomenon. Founder and mastermind Scott Bradlee has taken his offbeat vision of gramophone music for a smartphone world and transformed it into a throwback empire, with celebrity guests alongside world class vocal talent, ambitiously eccentric surprises alongside meticulously crafted arrangements, and a touring show that has thrilled music lovers of all generations across six continents.

The Essentials II, set for release on November 2, 2018 via Concord Records and Postmodern Jukebox Records, charts the astounding growth and time-warping sensibilities of PMJ, collecting 18 more favorites from the group’s era-colliding mash-ups. There’s a heavy metal anthem twisted into Motor City soul, a ’90s boy-band earworm refitted with angelic doo-wop harmonies, the Biebs and Britney turned black and white, even a sad clown turning a party-girl anthem into a melancholy ballad.

“If you’re looking for a starting point for PMJ, the two Essentials collections catch you up to speed on everything you need to know about what we do,” Bradlee says. “This album brings together a diverse sampling of songs that have been big in the PMJ universe: fan favorites, viral hits, recent successes and early tracks that were influential on our journey.”

That journey has been a remarkable one. Postmodern Jukebox started as a lark, a way for a struggling musician in a cramped apartment in Queens to reimagine the music of the day in the bygone styles that he loved: vintage jazz, golden age rock and roll, classic soul and early blues. The idea caught on, with a vaudevillian distressing of Macklemore & Ryan Lewis’ “Thrift Shop” and a ‘50s doo-wop romp on of Miley Cyrus’ “We Can’t Stop” garnering millions of views and creating demand for more.

Bradlee recounts that extraordinary story in his recent memoir, Outside the Jukebox, but the astonishing saga of PMJ is revealed in spectacular fashion through the 18 tracks on The Essentials II. No longer just a fun get-together for a group of gifted friends, PMJ here invites actor-comedian Wayne Brady into the fold, channeling Cab Calloway on a Halloween rendition of Michael Jackson’s “Thriller.”

Saxophone giant Dave Koz swings into the studio on a ‘50s prom-inspired take on Ed Sheeran’s “Perfect,” with a cappella crooner Mario Jose and The Voice semifinalist India Carney. Even wider exposure came via Bradlee’s heartfelt salute to the late rock icon David Bowie, the stunning “Heroes” with Nicole Atkins, which took on a life of its own via its use in a Heineken PSA featuring Formula One legend Sir Jackie Stewart.

“It’s so amazing to look back and see all of the amazing, talented people that I’ve gotten to work with,” Bradlee says. “I love what I get to do: I’m able to dream big and make these things come to life.”

The scale of Bradlee’s dreams becomes immediately apparent as The Essentials II opens with swooning strings, ushering in a lush, cinematic makeover of Soundgarden’s brooding grunge classic “Black Hole Sun” featuring American Idol alum Haley Reinhart, a frequent PMJ collaborator. After the stirring “Heroes,” singer-songwriter Kenton Chen (who has shared the stage with the likes of Sheryl Crow, Sara Bareilles and Stevie Wonder) steps into the spotlight for a peppy ‘50s-style gloss on the Chainsmokers’ “Closer,” then harmonizes with Jose and two other singers for a doo-wop “MMMbop.”

Saturday Night Live made Haddaway’s “What Is Love?” into a head-bobbing punchline, but Casey Abrams’ soul-stirring voice gives the song new life – with a frat-party spirit equal parts Isley Brothers and Animal House. Abrams returns alongside vocal wunderkind Hannah Gill for a stark, disturbing rendition of Gnarls Barkley’s “Crazy” that takes the title literally, transporting it from the dance floor to the loony bin.

One of PMJ’s oldest friends, pin-up chanteuse Robyn Adele Anderson has been on board since the project’s meager beginnings, fronting their earliest viral hits. Anderson returns with a trio of doo-wop backing singers for an infectious, finger-snapping stroll through the Pitbull hit “Timber.” Casting beyond these shores, Dutch sensation Jennie Lena climbs aboard for a Motown-style retooling of Ozzy Osbourne’s “Crazy Train,” while Swedish one-woman-band Gunhild Carling tackles ‘80s hair-metal classic “The Final Countdown” with Billie Holiday-esque vocals and brassy tombone.

Finding new depths in familiar hits, the powerhouse Maiya Sykes gives the Notorious B.I.G. a vintage jazz sheen on “Juicy” and the expressive Sara Niemetz goes Roaring Twenties for Justin Bieber’s “Love Yourself.” Broadway star Morgan James wrings every ounce of emotion from an orchestral soul spin on Aerosmith’s “Dream On” and Melinda Doolittle smolders doing Britney Spears’ “Toxic” as a 30s-era torch song.

The “Sad Clown with the Golden Voice,” Puddles Pity Party has become a PMJ favorite with performances like his morose essaying of Sia’s “Chandelier,” while then 15-year-old showstopper Caroline Baran became a sensation belting out Metallica’s “Nothing Else Matters.” Finally, the cast of the 2015 European tour join together for “All About That Bass,” giving fans a taste of PMJ’s dazzling and star-studded live shows.

The staggering variety of genres and talents represented on The Essentials II offers just a taste of Bradlee’s prodigious imagination. Postmodern Jukebox posted a brand-new video each and every week for more than five years before taking a summer-long hiatus to gear up for what Bradlee is calling “Season 2,” an even more ambitious relaunch planned for the fall.

The Essentials II gives a hint of things to come,” he says. “When PMJ started, we were known for viral hits and being timely. Over time I’ve begun to think of PMJ differently, as an amazing platform where we don’t need to do things just for attention anymore, we can just put out great music. I take more chances on the arrangements and the casting, and we’ve covered bigger or more interesting songs. We’re still uncovering aspects of Postmodern Jukebox. You learn as you go; that’s just part of being an artist.”

TRACK LISTING:

  1. Black Hole Sun starring Haley Reinhart (4:31)
  2. Heroes starring Nicole Atkins (4:08)
  3. Closer starring Kenton Chen (4:15)
  4. What Is Love starring Casey Abrams (4:29)
  5. Perfect starring Mario Jose, India Carney & Dave Koz (4:37)
  6. Timber starring Robyn Adele Anderson & The Tee Tones (3:39)
  7. Crazy Train starring Jennie Lena (4:51)
  8. Dream On starring Morgan James (4:58)
  9. Juicy starring Maiya Sykes (4:01)
  10. Love Yourself starring Sara Niemietz (4:19)
  11. All About That Bass (Cast Version) starring Haley Reinhart, Morgan James & Ariana Savalas (4:01)
  12. Thriller starring Wayne Brady (3:56)
  13. Chandelier starring Puddles Pity Party (3:18)
  14. Crazy starring Casey Abrams & Hannah Gill (4:28)
  15. The Final Countdown starring Gunhild Carling (3:49)
  16. Toxic starring Melinda Doolittle (4:47)
  17. MMMBop starring Kenton Chen, Mario Jose, Luke Edgemon and Matt Bloyd (3:39)
  18. Nothing Else Matters starring Caroline Baran (4:51)

 

POSTMODERN JUKEBOX TOUR DATES:

10/15/2018 Cedar Rapids IA Paramount Theatre
10/16/2018 Mason City IA North Iowa Community Auditorium
10/18/2018 Carmel IN The Palladium- The Center for the Performing Arts
10/19/2018 Waukegan IL Genesee Theatre
10/20/2018 Terre Haute IN Hatfield Hall Theater
10/21/2018 Evansville IN Victory Theatre
10/23/2018 Cincinnati OH Taft Theater
10/24/2018 Akron OH EJ Thomas Performing Arts Hall
10/25/2018 Williamsport PA Community Arts Center
10/26/2018 Burlington VT Flynn Theatre
10/27/2018 Concord NH Capitol Center for the Arts
10/31/2018 Portland ME The State Theatre
11/1/2018 Lexington MA Cary Hall
11/2/2018 Great Barrington MA The Mahaiwe Theatre
11/2/2018 Las Vegas NV Terry Fator Theatre
11/3/2018 New Bedford MA Zeiterion Performing Arts Center
11/3/2018 Las Vegas NV Terry Fator Theatre
11/4/2018 Las Vegas NV Terry Fator Theatre
11/5/2018 North Bethesda MD Music Center at Strathmore
11/5/2018 Las Vegas NV Terry Fator Theatre
11/6/2018 Richmond VA The National
11/7/2018 Norfolk VA Chysler Hall Theatre
11/8/2018 Las Vegas NV Terry Fator Theatre
11/9/2018 Storrs CT Jorgensen Center for the Performing Arts
11/9/2018 Las Vegas NV Terry Fator Theatre
11/9/2018 Reykjavik ICELAND Harpa-Eldborg
11/10/2018 Las Vegas NV Terry Fator Theatre
11/10/2018 Bethelhem PA Zoellner Arts Center
11/11/2018 Newton NJ Newton Theatre
11/11/2018 Las Vegas NV Terry Fator Theatre
11/12/2018 Braga PORTUGAL Grande Auditorio-Forum Braga
11/13/2018 Madrid SPAIN La Riviera
11/13/2018 Rocky Mountain VA Harvester Performance Center
11/14/2018 Barcelona SPAIN Razzmatazz
11/15/2018 New Orleans LA The Joy Theatre
11/16/2018 Memphis TN The Orpheum Theatre
11/17/2018 Oklahoma City OK Tower Theatre
11/18/2018 Liege BELGIUM Le Forum
11/20/2018 Warrington UK Parr Hall
11/21/2018 Guildford UK G Live
11/21/2018 Tucson AZ Rialto Theater
11/22/2018 Warwick UK Arts Centre
11/23/2018 Thousand Oaks CA Kavli Theatre
11/24/2018 Long Beach CA Terrace Theatre
11/24/2018 Warford UK Colosseum
11/25/2018 Lancaster CA Lancaster Performing Arts Center
11/25/2018 Reading UK Hexagon
11/26/2018 Leicester UK De Montfort Hall
11/27/2018 Eureka CA Arkley Center for the Arts
11/27/2018 Bexhill On Sea UK De La Warr Pavillion
11/28/2018 Southampton UK O2 Guildhall
11/29/2018 Bellingham WA Mount Baker Theatre
11/29/2018 Tilburg NETHERLANDS Poppodium 013
11/30/2018 Portland OR Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall
12/1/2018 Vancouver BC The Vogue Theatre
12/2/2018 Seattle WA Paramount Theatre
12/2/2018 Utrecht NETHERLANDS Tivoli Vredenburg
12/3/2018 Paris FRANCE Salle Pleyel
12/4/2018 Lyon FRANCE Bourse Du Travail
12/5/2018 Redding CA The Cascade Theatre
12/6/2018 Grenoble FRANCE La Belle Electrique
12/6/2018 San Francisco CA Warfield
12/8/2018 Palm Desert CA McCallum Theatre for the Performing Arts
12/8/2018 Nice FRANCE Theatre Lino Ventura
12/9/2018 Varese ITALY Teatro Apollonio
12/10/2018 Trieste ITALY Politeama Rossetti
12/11/2018 Zagreb CROATIA Tvornica Kulture
12/12/2018 Belgrade SERBIA Stark Arena
12/14/2018 Skopje MACEDONIA Macedonion Philharmonic
12/16/2018 Tel Aviv ISRAEL Hanger 11
1/22/2019 Greensboro NC Caroline’s Theatre of Greensboro
1/23/2019 Atlanta GA Cobb Energy Center
1/24/2019 Raleigh NC Duke Energy Center at Maymandi Concert Hall
1/25/2019 Charleson SC Charleston Music Hall
1/26/2019 Augusta GA Miller Theatre
1/29/2019 Erie PA Mary D’Angelo Performing Arts Center
1/30/2019 Youngstown OH Stambaugh Auditorium
1/31/2019 New Philadelphia OH Kent State University of Tuscarawas
2/1/2019 Detroit MI The Fillmore
2/2/2019 Notre Dame IN University of Notre Dame
2/6/2019 Minneapolis MN State Theatre
2/8/2019 Effingham IL Effingham Performance Center
2/9/2019 Kohler WI Kohler Memorial Theater
2/10/2019 Joliet IL Rialto Square Theatre
2/12/2019 Dubuque IA Five Flags Center
2/13/2019 Omaha NE Holland Performing Arts Center
2/14/2019 Manhattan KS McCain Auditorium
2/15/2019 Wichita KS Orpheum Theatre
2/16/2019 Pittsburg KS Bicknell Family Center for the Arts
2/19/2019 Buffalo NY Riviera Theatre
2/20/2019 Geneva NY The Smith
2/21/2019 New York NY Beacon Theatre
2/22/2019 Troy NY Troy Music Hall
2/23/2019 Atlantic City NJ Borgata
2/24/2019 Philadelphia PA The Met
2/27/2019 Ottawa ONT CANADA Centre Point Theatre
2/28/2019 Toronto ONT CANADA Roy Thomson Hall
3/1/2019 Montreal QC CANADA Mtelus
3/2/2019 Birmingham UK O2 Academy Birmhingham
3/5/2019 Winnipeg MB CANADA Burton Cummings
3/7/2019 Saskatoon SK CANADA TCU Place
3/8/2019 Calgary AB CANADA Jack Singer Concert Hall of the Arts
3/10/2019 Edmonton AB CANADA Winspear Centre
3/12/2019 Vancouver BC CANADA The Vogue Theatre
3/13/2019 Bremerton WA Admiral Theatre
3/14/2019 Spokane WA The Fox Theatre
3/17/2019 Mesa AZ Mesa Arts Theatre
4/5/2019 Ft. Collins CO Lincoln Center
4/6/2019 Parker CO Parker’s Arts

 

POSTMODERN JUKEBOX ON THE WEB:
Website: http://postmodernjukebox.com/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/postmodernjukebox

Twitter: https://twitter.com/PMJofficial

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/pmjofficial/

YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/postmodernjukebox

FOR MORE INFORMATION:

Brendan Gilmartin / Chart Room Media at 347-450-3048

Brendan@chartroommedia.com

Mike Wilpizeski / Concord Records at 718-459-2117

mike.wilpizeski@concordrecords.com

TOUR PRESS:

Mike Farley / Michael J. Media Group at 608-848-9707

mike@michaeljmedia.com

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