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Marc M Cogman


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Marc M Cogman


Now available in the Store...

Marc M Cogman's fourth record: Albatross

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I'm pleased to share this, my proudest musical achievement, with the world. It has meant a great deal to me to write, record and release this record, and I encourage you to head over to the Store and pick one up, even for free, if that's what it takes.  The download is available for name-your-own-price, meaning you can pay as much or as little as you want. You can even pay nothing.  Seriously, I won't mind.  In addition, there is a limited edition CD available for $12.00.  Any purchase of the CD triggers an automatic digital download of the record (with deluxe digital booklet including lyrics), as well as a download code with your CD that gets you Ink and Hollow Bones: The Albatross Demos a month prior to general release.

I want to take just a moment to call your attention to a few parallel items.  As I said, a digital booklet with lyrics comes with the download, but if you ever want to read the lyrics to any of my songs from any of my albums, they're all right here on the Lyrics page. 

Secondly, I made three cool music videos for Albatross songs, all of which are on my You Tube channel and conveniently embedded over on the Videos page.

Finally, as I am a writer by trade, I've set aside a section of the website for essays.  I've written two such pieces on the release of Albatross, one that serves as a bit of an introduction to the album, and another that provides a more detailed backstory for those who have listened to the record and want to know more.  Both of these essays are located on the Writing page.

There is a full of list of "Thank You's" in the digital booklet that accompanies the album, but I would like to say again how much I appreciate the continued support of my family, friends, and fans.  You all make it very much worth while to continue to write, record, and release music.

Now go listen to the new record!

DISPATCHES:

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Albums


Full-length album releases:

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Albums


Full-length album releases:

Welcome to the Danger Show (2007)

Beneath a Balcony (2009)

Anthems (2012)

Albatross (2014)

Visit the Music and Lyrics pages for more...


About


Marc M Cogman was born in Washington DC and raised along the northeast coast. After fronting rock bands in Boston and Los Angeles, he began his solo career in 2007 with the independently released Welcome to the Danger Show. Making use of a wide cast of fellow Los Angeles musicians, the lyric-driven songs were an instant hit with local audiences, who came in increasing numbers to Cogman's monthly residency at Los Angeles' The Mint. The album soon caught the attention of Geffen Records, where famed producer/engineer/EVP Jack Joseph Puig likened Cogman to a young Bruce Springsteen.

After an option for a deal with Geffen expired without a contract offer, Cogman signed with Time-Act Music, who released his follow-up, Beneath a Balcony in 2009. This album focused more on the rootsy aspects of Cogman's soundscape and utilized his Los Angeles backing band, the Dead Messengers. Members included several artists who would later make noise in other projects, including bassist Frogs McCormack (Stars in Stereo), multi-instrumentalist Giulio Carmassi (Pat Metheny Group), and backing vocalist Kelli Anne Noftle (an award winning poet published with Omnidawn Press). One track from Beneath a Balcony, the dark, compelling ballad "Bullet" was used in the film The Tontine Massacre, helping Cogman's audience grow. He also signed at this time with Marty Diamond of the Paradigm Agency.

Nevertheless, Cogman's star didn't quite take off as expected. His third album, the more indie-rock Anthems, included contributions from David Lowery (Cracker) and John Morand's Sound of Music Studios (Sparklehorse, Joan Osbourne) but remained unreleased due to issues within the record label. 2010 would present personal and professional challenges for Cogman, including severing ties with his label, manager, and publisher. (Anthems wouldn't see the light of day until Cogman released it independently in 2012.)

In the spring of 2010, facing career upheaval, a divorce from his wife of just one year, and increasing dissolution with Los Angeles and the industry, Cogman sold or gave away most of his possessions, moved into his car, and spent the entirety of the year playing shows across the country and writing his fourth album. Eventually landing in Buffalo, then Boston, then Oklahoma City, and finally Tulsa, Cogman found a new beginning and a renewed artistic energy.

Remarried, teaching English at the University of Tulsa, and in better mental health than he had been in years, in 2012 Cogman began to make his most vital record to date, the chronicle of his fall from grace in L.A. and his nomadic travels across the country.

Albatross, recorded in Boston, Los Angeles, and Oklahoma with an impressive cast of producers, engineers, and musicians, finally arrived February 25, 2014 via Cogman's bandcamp site (www.cogman.bandcamp.com). For Albatross Cogman enlisted the help of an impressive list of producers including Scott Riebling (Butch Walker, Metro Station), Eddie Jackson (James Taylor, Willie Nelson), Jared Evans and Chad Copelin (Sufjan Stevens, Graham Colton) and Grammy award winner J.D. Andrew (The Boxmasters).

These ten songs are the latest testament to the talent and experience of one of America's great under-the-radar singer-songwriters.

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About


Marc M Cogman was born in Washington DC and raised along the northeast coast. After fronting rock bands in Boston and Los Angeles, he began his solo career in 2007 with the independently released Welcome to the Danger Show. Making use of a wide cast of fellow Los Angeles musicians, the lyric-driven songs were an instant hit with local audiences, who came in increasing numbers to Cogman's monthly residency at Los Angeles' The Mint. The album soon caught the attention of Geffen Records, where famed producer/engineer/EVP Jack Joseph Puig likened Cogman to a young Bruce Springsteen.

After an option for a deal with Geffen expired without a contract offer, Cogman signed with Time-Act Music, who released his follow-up, Beneath a Balcony in 2009. This album focused more on the rootsy aspects of Cogman's soundscape and utilized his Los Angeles backing band, the Dead Messengers. Members included several artists who would later make noise in other projects, including bassist Frogs McCormack (Stars in Stereo), multi-instrumentalist Giulio Carmassi (Pat Metheny Group), and backing vocalist Kelli Anne Noftle (an award winning poet published with Omnidawn Press). One track from Beneath a Balcony, the dark, compelling ballad "Bullet" was used in the film The Tontine Massacre, helping Cogman's audience grow. He also signed at this time with Marty Diamond of the Paradigm Agency.

Nevertheless, Cogman's star didn't quite take off as expected. His third album, the more indie-rock Anthems, included contributions from David Lowery (Cracker) and John Morand's Sound of Music Studios (Sparklehorse, Joan Osbourne) but remained unreleased due to issues within the record label. 2010 would present personal and professional challenges for Cogman, including severing ties with his label, manager, and publisher. (Anthems wouldn't see the light of day until Cogman released it independently in 2012.)

In the spring of 2010, facing career upheaval, a divorce from his wife of just one year, and increasing dissolution with Los Angeles and the industry, Cogman sold or gave away most of his possessions, moved into his car, and spent the entirety of the year playing shows across the country and writing his fourth album. Eventually landing in Buffalo, then Boston, then Oklahoma City, and finally Tulsa, Cogman found a new beginning and a renewed artistic energy.

Remarried, teaching English at the University of Tulsa, and in better mental health than he had been in years, in 2012 Cogman began to make his most vital record to date, the chronicle of his fall from grace in L.A. and his nomadic travels across the country.

Albatross, recorded in Boston, Los Angeles, and Oklahoma with an impressive cast of producers, engineers, and musicians, finally arrived February 25, 2014 via Cogman's bandcamp site (www.cogman.bandcamp.com). For Albatross Cogman enlisted the help of an impressive list of producers including Scott Riebling (Butch Walker, Metro Station), Eddie Jackson (James Taylor, Willie Nelson), Jared Evans and Chad Copelin (Sufjan Stevens, Graham Colton) and Grammy award winner J.D. Andrew (The Boxmasters).

These ten songs are the latest testament to the talent and experience of one of America's great under-the-radar singer-songwriters.

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Video


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Video


From Beneath a Balcony :

"Bullet"

Dir. Roham Rahmanian.

From Welcome to the Danger Show :

"Chiaroscuro"

Dir. Marc M. Cogman

"This Won't Last"

Dir. Marc M. Cogman

"Complete"

Dir. Ian Spohr

"Run Like Hell"

Dir. Marc M Cogman

"Incurable Blues"

Dir. Amza Moglan

"I Can't Fix It"

Dir. James Cheeks III