Scott Bradlee's Postmodern Jukebox to Release New Album THE ESSENTIALS II

Scott Bradlee's Postmodern Jukebox to Release New Album THE ESSENTIALS II

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



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