Autumn Almañac: Grammys, Concerts and Director’s Cuts

So many things are happening as Sun Moon makes its way into Autumn . . . First the big news: Sun Moon is on the ballot for the 56th Annual Grammy Awards! Mr. Allen Clapp (that’s me) is up for engineering the record, and Myles Boisen from Headless Buddha Mastering Lab is on the ballot for his work as mastering engineer. If you’re a fan of Sun Moon and are a voting member of the Recording Academy, please consider our album. (UPDATE: We just learned that Sun Moon is also on the ballot for Album of the Year!!!) So there’s that. We’re so excited to have made it into the first-round nominations! Winning another round will get us to the ceremony. . .

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAIn the meantime, we’ve released a special edition of the record in question: Sun Moon: Director’s Cut Edition. At the end of summer, the band got together in the studio to listen to the album again, and talk about what happened during its making. Remembering those sessions and having the chance to talk about them a year later brought out some stories I’d forgotten about and gave us some insight into what was going on with us individually as the album was coming together. Also included in the 23-track package are three previously unreleased home demo recordings of Grey Holiday, Aether Tide and The Words Don’t Work. It’s a great chance to go way, way behind the scenes of the album and see what makes Sun Moon tick. It’s available as a digital download on iTunes and Amazon.

We’re wrapping up our busy year by playing a couple hometown shows in October and November. On Oct. 27, we’re back at the Bottom of the Hill with a carbon-copy of the bill that sold out two shows at Cafe Du Nord on our record-release weekend. Featuring both The Ocean Blue and deejay Rubberband Girl, it’s a great celebration of atmospheric pop music. If you didn’t get tickets to the May shows, now’s your chance! Then, we’re helping our friends The Bye Bye Blackbirds launch their fab new album, “We Need the Rain” by playing a record-release show at The Starry Plough in Berkeley. It happens Nov. 16! It’s a nice way to wrap up a year of touring and promoting . . . our August shows at the Mountain Winery and in the Midwest were so great we didn’t want to come home. Thanks especially to the Jim Ruiz Set, The Starfolk and Middle Class Fashion for their music and their company on our travels!

We’ve also been back in the studio recently to put something together for you all. . . Hopefully, we’ll have word soon on when we can share it with you.

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