Social Media Anxiety Disorder

by Dan Israel

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Be My Girl 02:48
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125 04:36
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Another Day 02:31
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Tired 03:59
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Alright 03:17
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about

DAN ISRAEL - SOCIAL MEDIA ANXIETY DISORDER

With Social Media Anxiety Disorder (release show is Friday, October 4, 2019, at the Hook and Ladder’s Mission Room, with special guest Katy Vernon - doors at 7 pm, music at 7:30 pm), Minnesota singer-songwriter Dan Israel returns with his 15th studio album, a mere 17 months after his acclaimed 2018 release You’re Free.

Social Media Anxiety Disorder was recorded in the spring and summer of 2019 at two different Twin Cities studios, featuring a powerful batch of songs tracked with producer/engineers Jon Herchert (Thomas Abban/Annie Mack) and Steve Price (Suburbs/Mary Bue), and featuring drummers Peter Anderson and David J. Russ, along with special guests Steve Brantseg, John Fields, Jeremy Ylvisaker, Janey Winterbauer, Jon Duncan, Tonia Hughes Kendrick, Paul Odegaard, and Randy Casey.

The album’s title reflects what Israel sees as a modern-day phenomenon that he often, unfortunately, finds himself very much a part of - a cycle of frustration that has, at its core, the social media outlets that are supposed to make us feel more connected, and instead often make us feel more anxious and lonely and left out. Many of the album’s songs were written during the winter of 2018-2019, a time which, in Israel’s words, often felt “pretty dark” in his world.

These songs, though, are brought vividly to life in ways that feel quite uplifting, and represent an attempt by Israel to transcend all of these woes with rock music. In short, Social Media Anxiety Disorder sometimes represents a departure for Israel, sonically, while also bringing him back to his roots-rock and folk roots.

From the fiercely catchy, horn-driven power pop of the album’s opening track, “Be My Girl,” to the dark, moody contemplative drone of “Still I’m Lost,” the songs on Social Media Anxiety Disorder span a wide variety of textures and styles, pushing the boundaries of Israel’s past work. We get to hear what it sounds like when Israel works with two accomplished producers with divergent styles and approaches, and we also get to (brace yourself) hear Israel rap. A little, anyway (while also embracing stream-of-consciousness ranting and raving, that some may even find comedic). “Just Can’t Take It” finds Israel wearing some of his deep love of ‘80s synth-pop on his sleeve, while “125” takes on a haunting, psychedelic tone amidst abstract lyrical directions, and many longtime listeners might well be quite surprised at the many new and uncharted (for Israel, anyway) musical directions taken on “S.M.A.D.”

Says Israel:
“I quit my day job in 2018 in order to pursue music full time after working for 21 years for the State Legislature. If my 2018 album “You’re Free” represented my near-giddiness at being liberated from the day-job world, this new record is perhaps a bit of a reality check at times, where I think I’m admitting that doing music full-time in this day and age is often just really, really difficult, financially and otherwise. My mental health has been challenged at times too by the stresses of life in 2019, and my life in particular - being a parent, being divorced and navigating that still-unfamiliar life, battling depression and anxiety and addiction issues, struggling to get my music heard when it feels like art has been devalued in general, and feeling utterly lost in an increasingly confusing and bruising political landscape. Social Media Anxiety Disorder is the soundtrack to all of that, for me. It’s also the sound of me letting go, and allowing myself to explore some new territory, both musically and lyrically. If this album has any cohesive theme at all, it’s that ultimately so much is out of our control.”

Social Media Anxiety Disorder - track listing

Be My Girl (2:48)
125 (4:36)
Just Can’t Take It (2:58)
Still I’m Lost (4:11)
Might As Well Be Me (3:55)
Another Day (2:31)
Just Can’t Take It Revisited (explicit lyrics at end of song) (3:15)
Tired (3:59)
Alright (3:17)
Here for Today (3:29)
Out of My Hands (3:58)
Out of My Hands (Reprise) (2:11)

credits

released August 26, 2019

Dan Israel - Social Media Anxiety Disorder

All songs © 2019 by Dan Israel

www.danisraelmusic.com

1. Be My Girl
2. 125
3. Just Can’t Take It
4. Still I'm Lost
5. Might As Well Be Me
6. Another Day
7. Just Can't Take It Revisited
8. Tired
9. Alright
10. Here for Today
11/12. Out of My Hands/Out of My Hands (Reprise)


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Tracks 1, 3, 5, 7, 9, and 11/12 are a Deck Night production
Produced by Jon Herchert
Engineered & mixed by Dark Pony
Recorded at Suburban Serenade

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Tracks 2, 4, 6, 8, and 10 recorded/mixed/produced by Steve Price at Dream Hog

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Mastered by Tom Garneau

Design: Jon Hunt

Art direction: Steven Cohen

Manufactured by Noiseland


Dan thanks his family, friends, and dedicated supporters

1. Be My Girl

Dan Israel - lead vocals, guitar
Jon Herchert - bass, keys, percussion, rhythm and lead guitar, and backing vocals
David J. Russ - drums
Paul Odegaard - trumpet

2. 125

Dan Israel - lead vocals, rhythm guitar
Steve Price - bass, keys, percussion
Peter Anderson - drums
Steve Brantseg - lead guitar
Janey Winterbauer - backing vocals

3. Just Can’t Take It

Dan Israel - lead vocals, rhythm guitar
Jon Herchert - bass, keys, percussion, lead guitar, and backing vocals
John Fields - extra guitar on bridge and synth
David J. Russ - drums

4. Still I’m Lost

Dan Israel - lead vocals, rhythm guitar
Steve Price - bass, keys, percussion
Peter Anderson - drums
Jeremy Ylvisaker - lead guitar


5. Might As Well Be Me

Dan Israel - lead vocals, rhythm guitar, nylon string guitar solo
Jon Herchert - bass, keys, percussion, electric and slide guitar, glockenspiel, and backing vocals
David J. Russ - drums

6. Another Day

Dan Israel - lead vocals, rhythm guitar
Steve Price - bass, keys, percussion
Peter Anderson - drums
Jeremy Ylvisaker - lead guitar

7. Just Can’t Take It Revisited

Dan Israel - lead vocals, rhythm guitar, spoken word rants/musings
Jon Herchert - bass, keys, percussion, lead guitar, and backing vocals
David J. Russ - drums

8. Tired

Dan Israel - lead vocals, rhythm guitar
Steve Price - bass, keys, percussion, banjo
Peter Anderson - drums
Jon Duncan - accordion and Hammond B-3 organ

9. Alright

Dan Israel - lead vocals, guitar
Jon Herchert - bass, keys, and backing vocals
David J. Russ - drums

10. Here for Today

Dan Israel - lead vocals, rhythm guitar
Steve Price - bass, keys, percussion
Peter Anderson - drums
Steve Brantseg - lead guitar
Randy Casey - slide guitar on outro

11/12 Out of My Hands/Out of My Hands (Reprise)

Dan Israel - lead vocals, rhythm guitar
Jon Herchert - bass, keys, percussion, baritone guitar, dobro, and backing vocals
David J. Russ - drums and backing vocals
John Fields - Mellotron sounds
Tonia Hughes Kendrick - vocals

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