Born to Hurt/Make Me Lose Control

Sam Russell & the Harborrats

Born to Hurt/Make Me Lose Control is the new double-single from singer/songwriter Sam Russell & his doo-wop + synth-pop backing band The Harborrats. The songs are their first studio release in four years and the first taste of upcoming album "The Wisconsin Polka."

“Make Me Lose Control” is a cover of the 1988 ballad by Eric Carmen of “Hungry Eyes” and The Raspberries-fame. Recorded in one take having never played the song prior, Sam and band reinterpret the song as a late-night lament on the limitations and helplessness felt in the wake of failure and loss. with heavy Leonard Cohen (R.I.P.) and Suicide shadings.

The songs also carry on Sam’s tradition of utilizing a wide variety of musical influences based primarily in traditional folk, soul and rock n ’roll with the psychedelic-synth sounds of Allison’s keyboards providing a modern bent. “Born to Hurt” encapsulates Sam’s range in miniature by alternating between Jack White-like gospel-drenched rockabilly and Bowie-equse sci-fi-tinged orchestral-pop

Born to Hurt and Make Me Lose Control will be released in throwback “cassingle” format and available at finer record stores, as well as online downloading and streaming outlets. More songs from The Wisconsin Polka will be shared as they are finished throughout the coming weeks and months.

Hit Sam & The Harborrats up at theharborrats@gmail.com
Sam Russell & The Harboorats website: thebluemoonbible.com
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  1. 1 Born to Hurt 03:32 Info Buy
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  2. 2 Make Me Lose Control 06:49 Info Buy
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Live at Columbia City Theater EP

Sam Russell & the Harborrats

The "Live at Columbia City Theater" EP is a preview of songs from the upcoming album release from Sam Russell & his backing band the Harborrats!

Heard here for the first time in the band's unofficial anthem "Teen Soul Explosion" which celebrates the 50's/60's doo-wop & rock n' roll the band derives much of their sound from.

"The Red Lighthouse" also harkens back to the doo-wop era and crosses it with surf-rock to make for a strong highlight of the TSE's live shows.

"Broken Chandelier's" is a soul/faux-reggae filibuster, ratcheting up the energy and tension as it goes, providing an excellent example of Sam & the 'rats' live prowess.

Enjoy "Live at Columbia City Theater" as a taster of both live shows and songs to come then go check 'em out for yourself! Check for upcoming dates and news at www.thebluemoonbible.com. Studio versions of these songs will be available on the band''s upcoming album release, stay tuned for details!
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  1. 1 Teen Soul Explosion 04:49 Info Download
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  2. 2 The Red Lighthouse 05:09 Info Buy
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  3. 3 Broken Chandeliers 06:00 Info Buy
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The Katie Sermon

Sam Russell & the Harborrats

“The Katie Sermon” is the first release of Sam Russell's Blue Moon Bible albums. With styles ranging all over the Americana map from rock n’ roll, soul, country and gospel to doo-wop, punk and funk, "The Katie Sermon" is a dizzying and bipolar playlist with buried confessions waiting to be untangled.

For more about The Blue Moon Bible project, visit www.thebluemoonbible.com
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The Youngest Sister

Sam Russell & the Harborrats

“The Youngest Sister” is the second release of Sam Russell's Blue Moon Bible albums. Electric fiddles and cheap guitars played through cheaper amps are multi-tracked by a low-budget Phil Spector reborn as a failed guilty-soaked Christian worshiping at the alter of the Modern Lovers.

And God isn't a vengeful deity in sky but a Jewish author in Brooklyn and swearing at his typewriter as he tries to describe one sliver of summer while hoping there's a Camel left in the desk drawer.

For more about The Blue Moon Bible project, visit www.thebluemoonbible.com
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  1. 1 Tire Swing (for Joanna) 03:58 Info Buy
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  2. 2 One More Cigarette 04:22 Info Buy
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  3. 3 Fire at Captain Mike's 08:13 Info Buy
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  4. 4 Dear Jonathan Richman 03:34 Info Buy
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  5. 5 Elizabeth Street 02:43 Info Buy
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  6. 6 Empty Parking Lots (featuring Michael Spaly) 04:01 Info Buy
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  7. 7 The Youngest Sister 04:09 Info Buy
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  8. 8 Letter to Paul Auster 06:09 Info Buy
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The Salted Caramel Sinner

Sam Russell & the Harborrats

“The Salted Caramel Sinner” is the third release of Sam Russell's Blue Moon Bible albums. Epic arrangements and grand orchestrations match impossibly wide emotional palettes sadly assumed to be replicatable.

Lou Reed shows up backstage fucked-up at a Backstreet Boys reunion concert and says,"Check out these New Pornographers gentlemen" then takes them all out for Johnny Rocket's.

30-year olds storm the "restaurant," trying to relive the hysteria of their 20's and AJ McLean remembers the first VD he ever got down at the Magic Castle from the Abercrombie Girl.

Jeff Tweedy suddenly walks in and asks Lou why he's wasting his time with these guys and dropping references to his own songs constantly while he's coming down hard and doesn't do that shit anymore.

Lou replies,"Because this is isn't really me, just a reference in a a dumb website description for an album nobody really heard except the people that played on. But at least that was over 100 people."

Lou, as usual, was exaggerating.....but the truth was in there somewhere.

For more about The Blue Moon Bible project, visit www.thebluemoonbible.com
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The Sugar Nile

Sam Russell & the Harborrats

“The Sugar Nile” is the forth release of Sam Russell's Blue Moon Bible albums. There never seems to be a reason to pick a genre or style because, in theory, any genre one attempts will be done in "their" style. The danger here is you can be a little-bit good (i.e.mostly bad) at a bunch of styles instead of being pretty good at one or a couple or a few.

As you get older, tendencies are no longer fresh discoveries but tricks to fall back on. Like styles, if you only have a couple of tricks then at least you can be good at something.

Is fetishizing the past a worse habit than shooting heroin? Depending on how you frame the conversation and/or the present, any habit can be admissible evidence or reinforcing weight.

Some days, I wish I still smoked. Other days, I still do.

For more about The Blue Moon Bible project, visit www.thebluemoonbible.com
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The Water Balloon

Sam Russell & the Harborrats

“The Water Balloon” is the second release of Sam Russell's Blue Moon Bible albums. Blues, Cajun and gospel in a blender with whatever was overheard at the yesterday that day. Vocals for one song on this album were recorded in a basement room with terrible acoustics and a furnace that kept turning on whenever the record button was hit....seemingly a failed attempt of divine intervention.

The trumpet was missing the rest of the horn section, except on "Water Balloon" and I thought for years the mix was fucked-up on that but it was just the recording, singing and playing....until one day I thought it was just fine again.

For more about The Blue Moon Bible project, visit www.thebluemoonbible.com
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