Indie Rock band Ex Norwegian just recently released a raw and upbeat rock version of singer-songwriter Ed Hale’s 2012 ballad “Never let me go again” on their new compilation album On The Sidelines. The song originally appeared on Hale’s Ballad On Third Avenue album, which Ex Norwegian lead singer Roger Houdaille performed on and co-produced along with Hale and Fernando Perdomo.
Hale, Houdaille and Perdomo have been recording and performing together, along with four other core members — Ricardo Mazzi, Bill Sommer, Matthew Sabatella, Karen Feldner — in the long running, loose-knit musical collective Ed Hale and the Transcendence and on Ed Hale solo albums since the early 2000s.
It’s tricky for a musician who started as young as Ed Hale to be seen as anything other than the 17-year-old “Eddie Darling.” But impressively, Hale has made a name for himself with his various outings over the years, the most recent being Ed Hale And The Transcendence, which just released All Your Heroes Become Villains (Dying Van Gogh). With this band, Hale has pioneered the idea of “planetary music”: a combination of modern-rock aesthetics and world-music sounds. In his own solo career, his output is still deeply personal, but it focuses more on the acoustic instead of his sonorous and genre-spanning songs with the Transcendence. Also an activist, writer and businessman, Hale is a man with many talents, all of which influence his inspired sound. Hale made this awesome mix tape below for MAGNET.
Lou Reed “Street Hassle” I placed this first because out of all the songs that have ever been recorded in modern pop/rock history, it still stands as one of the most unique and innovative of all time. I still listen to it and just don’t get how Lou managed to pull it off. Three separate parts all tied together, but not like a concept album or anything. To me as an artist, innovating is still really important. And that’s why I dig Lou so much. He’s always reaching for something new. Video
Laurie Anderson “O Superman” First time I heard this song I was in college. I couldn’t understand what I was hearing. Running both her electric violin and voice through numerous harmonizers to create a sound that we had never heard before. But, that’s not enough. She wasn’t just innovating. This song also happens to be beautiful. We have to give her props for how far she’s pushed the envelope for us all. Video
Phoenix United I know I’m cheating a little here because this is an album rather than just a song, but United is one of those records that’s like a “treasured little secret” among people who know it. They recorded this album back in 1999, long before the ’80s New Wave Revival got kicking here in the States. Because of that, Phoenix remained an unknown band for years because they were so far ahead of the curve. But for people who love super-catchy West Coast breezy pop, buy this album. Video
The Strokes “Someday” The Strokes released their now-classic Is This It album in 2001. I started turning on to the Strokes like everybody else, and they just grabbed me. Now I can’t imagine a world without them. This whole first album is filled with awesome songs. The distorted vocals, the melodic guitar lines, the bouncy pop rhythms, the fuck-it-all attitude. They’re just very appealing, and this song is one of my favorites on the album. Video
T.Rex “Spaceball Ricochet” There are 100 songs that I could list that Marc Bolan wrote that are great. He nailed one of the sexiest male rock singer voices of all time, and nowhere did he do it better than on his two biggest selling albums, The Sliderand Electric Warrior. I discovered Bolan when I was a kid, but all of his work had a huge influence on me. He had already passed away, but then later on I learned that he was also a huge influence on David Bowie and Bono and a lot of other people, so it all makes sense in the big picture. Video
Fleet Foxes “Helplessness Blues” This may seem the “politically correct” choice of the moment, because everyone in the world is currently talking about Fleet Foxes right now, but there’s a reason for that. Like every other song on this list, “Helplessness Blues” is one of those songs that from the very first moment that you hear it, you find yourself asking, “Who the hell is this?!” More than anything, that’s what we’re all aiming at as artists. They recorded this album less than a mile from my house in Washington state, and they deserve as much “ink” as they can get. Video
David Bowie “Sweet Thing/Candidate/Sweet Thing (Reprise)” These three songs are all tied together on Bowie’s Diamond Dogs album. Bowie is a huge influence on me as an artist, and Diamond Dogs was Bowie’s best Ziggy album as far as I’m concerned. It was also his darkest. Anyone who likes anything from Bowie should buy this album. Diamond Dogswas full-on concept, from the artwork to the way all the songs were tied together lyrically and musically. Without that album, I don’t think we’d be doing this mix tape. There’d be no All Your Heroes Become Villains. Video
Caetano Veloso And Gilberto Gil “Desde De Que Samba E Samba” This is a very hip, laid-back bossa-nova song by Caetano and Gilberto. The reason I chose this one for you is because of the profound effect this song and this album had on me as a musician. I was living in Brazil for the summer, studying the language of Portuguese and learning how to play bossa-nova guitar. Brazilian people live through their music, and the samba is their life. It pulses through their veins. It’s not just “a dance” or a style of music. It’s a whole culture. If you dig the song, try to find someone to translate the lyrics for you. They are very moving and intelligent. Caetano is a God. Video
Bruce Springsteen “Backstreets” I still remember sitting on the floor of my bedroom with this album in my hand, Born To Run, and listening to this particular song over and over again. I chose this song for you all because of its seething passion. The way he hits those high notes in the chorus. This song is so damn real and sincere and passionate and emotional. Bruce was just letting it all hang out emotionally in this tune; he killed it. In the process, he became “The Boss,” and I think it’s a well deserved title. Video
Bob Dylan “It’s Alright Ma I’m Only Bleeding” How the hell do you choose just one Dylan song for a mix tape? Well, obviously, you’re gonna want to buy the whole Blood On The Tracks album. But where’s that one nugget of brilliance? It’s this one, man. Grab the lyrics, put the needle down and listen to it. The falling chords beneath the melody are deceptively simple and yet eerie as all hell. Foreboding. And then there are the lyrics. This idea that “he not busy being born is busy dying”—that’s Bob. He said that. That’s why he’s Bob Dylan. Video
Singer, songwriter, guitarist Ed Hale who records and releases albums both solo and with his longtime bandmates in The Transcendence has announced that he’s going to be starting to give guitar and songwriting master classes in metropolitan New York at his home recording studio.
The singer has been very active on social media, namely Instagram and YouTube with his new Transcendent Television project, regularly posting episodes discussing favorites among his extensive guitar collection or premiering his newest songs. It’s been an exciting process to watch in the more stripped down and less flashy format than we are accustomed to from the singer. Dare we say we are slowly getting to know the real Ed Hale just a little bit better than we ever have before.
Taking to giving in person master classes in both guitar and songwriting in his home studio takes it to a whole new level of “personal” for the usually more crafted and calculated performer. “I think the older we get the more real we get, right? And I dig showing younger artists what’s up,” Hale says about the new project. “Whether it’s turning them on to all the older music that created some of the greatest music in the rock and roll pantheon, or just showing them how to freely play with passion till they can’t stop smiling, it’s a f*^king thrill to do and then witness man.”
For an artist who’s known for his prolific songwriting — Hale bandmates say the singer writes nonstop 24 hours a day, pumping out 10 to 25 songs a week, and his obsessive use of unconventional open guitar tunings, the question is how much is Ed Hale going to reveal in his master classes. That’s going to be the big mystery that only students who enter the singer’s studio / guitar museum will discover. It should be quite the experience. One student we could get a hold of who’s taken a few lessons with Hale commented “I got to my first lesson at Ed’s place early. I was really nervous. But Ed opens the door in his bathrobe eating a bowl of Captain Crunch! And he’s like “hey what’s up dude? You’re early. Come on in. Let’s jam.” It was amazing!”
Though most of the world is in a deep lockdown holed up inside their homes for almost a year due to the ongoing Covid 19 pandemic, Ed Hale and his merry bandmates managed to record , mix, produce and release a new one-off single, the uplifting and appropriately titled “Heal World”.
Hale, who was in lockdown in New York City at the time said the song came to him rather quickly. He then recorded a demo of the song on his phone and sent it off to his bandmates who were spread out all over the U.S. in various different states and cities. Longtime Hale collaborator and Transcendence lead guitarist Fernando Perdomo immediately called Hale and said “We should record this. We have to record this! And we can do it all remotely!”
So the project began. And indeed all 6 members of the band contributed to the song just as they always do, only separately, with each member recording their individual parts by themselves at their home studios. “
“Basically Fernando took my original demo of the song that I had recorded into the voice recorder on my phone, imported it into ProTools, added a click track, and sent it out to the rest of the band. And then everybody just recorded on top of that track at their own house or wherever they happen to be now during this lockdown…” Hale said. “We never set foot in the studio together even once. But you really can’t tell.”
All the usual Transcendence members are on the track doing what they do best. Hale played rhythm guitar and sang lead vocals. Bill Sommer played drums and percussion. Roger Houdaille played bass guitar. Perdomo added lead guitar, organ, various keyboards and percussion. Matthew Sabatella and Karen Feldner both added their usual stacks of harmony and background vocals that have become a trademark of the Transcendence sound.
The song was then sent to Jim Orso in Brooklyn to mix, with Houdaille producing the song and also releasing it on his uber hip Think Like A Key record label.
“The Heal World Project started out as a simple idea, with Ed coming to us and saying “hey let’s talk and argue less and instead write and record an uplifting song that will bring some joy hopefulness light healing and inspiration to as many people around the world as possible during a hard time.” That song turned out to be “Heal World””, said a Think Like A Key rep.
Fans can download or stream the song from all the usual apps like Apple Music or Spotify.
Fans can also watch the official music video for the song “Heal World”, produced by Iver Thue on YouTube.
In 2009 Ed Hale attended a two week Civilian Diplomacy Trip to the country of Iran with the world’s oldest non-profit peace and diplomacy organization, the Fellowship of Reconciliation. Hale was among 11 Americans chosen for the trip, along with journalist Robert Dreyfus and author Larry Beinhart and several members of American prominent nuclear watchdog NGOs as well as other peace activists. They met with various members of different departments of the Iranian government including presidents Ahmadinejad and Khatami, Iranian Peace activists, members of the Islamic Republic clergy, Imams and Ayatollahs, leaders of Christian Churches and Jewish Synagogues there. They also had time to connect with a lot of the Iranian people all over the country, who were extremely happy and excited to meet Americans. Hale has been writing about the experience extensively in his Transcendence Diaries (run a search for “Iran”) and speaking about the trip to various groups over the years. CLICK TO READ MORE Continue reading “Ed Hale Photo Gallery From Civilian Diplomacy Trip To Iran”
A single camera video capturing the band Ed Hale & the Transcendence performing a rousing live version of the song “Caetano” from their Nothing Is Cohesive album at New York’s Cutting Room for a Fieldhouse/BMG Showcase. Featuring Fernando Perdomo, Ed Hale, Bill Sommer, Roger Houdaille and Ricardo Mazzi. Filmed by Robert Seoane.
Ed Hale Travels to Israel-Palestine for Peace Mission & Spiritual Pilgrimage. On October 10th, 2013 Ed Hale embarked on a two-week fact-finding mission and spiritual pilgrimage to Israel-Palestine with a small group of approximately 18 others with the Israeli-based ICCI Organization. The team will visit ‘holy sites’, attend meetings with various peace organizations and have an opportunity to stay with Palestinian families in the West Bank. Ed will be posting photos on Facebook, Twitter and Flickr and regular updates on his Transcendence Diaries blog. For more detailed information about the trip click here http://ift.tt/1g9fHjY
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Singer-Songwriter Ed Hale Selling His Seattle Home
Reprinted from Digital Journal August 25th, 2014
Billboard Top 40 Artist’s Home Offered Exclusively by The Villalobos Group at RE/MAX Eastside Brokers.
Woodinville, WA (PRWEB) August 26, 2014
Singer/songwriter Ed Hale may be best known for his Billboard Top 40 hits “Scene in San Francisco” and “New Orleans Dreams”, but he’s called Seattle, WA home, at least partially, for more than five years. The singer and his wife have been living bicoastally, splitting their time between their house in Woodinville, WA just outside of Seattle and their Upper West Side apartment in New York City. But they have decided to relocate to living full-time In Manhattan starting in the fall. So they are selling their Seattle based home. The 5 bedroom, 4 bath house is on the market for $1.1 million.
Hale says he has enjoyed “the peace and quiet of the country gentleman lifestyle” afforded by the couple’s large spacious home in the English Hill neighborhood of Woodinville, but with his new album, “Another Day in the Apocalypse”, coming out later this year (Dying Van Gogh Records with BMG distribution), he’s felt the pull of the more metropolitan buzz of New York, and believes it will be better suited to the media frenzy and day to day activities that accompany a new album release. Though the singer says he “absolutely loves the Seattle area… some of the nicest people in the country live there. And the nature… it’s just gorgeous. We will certainly miss it.” It’s ironic the singer and his Transcendence bandmates recorded the majority of his new album at his home recording studio in this Seattle home. The home features a fully functioning and sound-proofed professional recording studio as well as a movie theater multi-media viewing room with a ten foot viewing screen.
Situated just on the edge of a country lane lined with equestrian ranches, the house affords much-sought-after privacy a mere thirty minutes from the city of Seattle, along with plenty of green space and wildlife species. The property is a registered wildlife sanctuary with the National Wildlife Preservation Society. The couple purchased the 5,700-square-foot home in 2010. The 5-bed, 4-bath abode was built in 1996 and maintains a classic elegance with a bohemian artist’s charm that one would expect from Transcendence singer Ed Hale.
The three story house is the perfect large family home with a spacious chef’s kitchen, …. a basement floor retreat — where Hale kept his recording studio and a large spacious rec/game room that includes a pool table, ping pong and a large screen TV. This bottom floor also has a two story cedar wood deck outside featuring a hot tub and plenty of yard space. There is also a tranquil frolicking stream on the property — the same one that can be seen in Hale’s 2010 music video for the song “Hello My Dove”. If visitors examine the lush foliage of the home’s backyard carefully, they just might be able to find the singer’s and his wife’s initials carved into a tree or two.
For more information or to schedule a private showing please contact Jonathan Villalobos of The Villalobos Group at RE/MAX Eastside Brokers, Inc. Direct: 425-450-1654
For full article or to see more high-resolution photographs of the home, see the original article here.