Hello Dallas

by Marcus Rubio

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Recorded by John Dailey and Marcus Rubio
Produced, arranged, and written by Marcus Rubio
Trombone Arrangements by Ryan Teter and Marcus Rubio
Percussion Arrangements on "I Was a Young Steven Spielberg" by Chuck Kerr
Album art by John Zachary Townsend (youngdolphincomics.tumblr.com)


"It's not often one comes across a track that earns a 10-plus minute runtime. Marcus Rubio has four of them on his latest effort (and last Gospel Choir of Pillows release). But this is a record generous with surprises, all of the good variety. Foremost may be Rubio's uncanny flair for mixing styles. Chamber pop, free-jazz, auto-tuned R&B, avant-garde electronica: it's all in the pot here, and stewed to perfection. Though there's a bittersweet edge to Dallas, considering Rubio set off for grad school just days after its release, take cold comfort knowing he saved the best for last. Four out of five stars"- San Antonio Current

"It took roughly two years and the subsequent threat of a move away from SA for Marcus to get his act together, but when he did, hooooly shit.After releasing the also very good odds n' ends collection None of the Birds, Rubio decamped to the studio to rush this bad boy out, nonchalantly emerging with best record to come out of SA this year. For anyone who has seen him along side his revolving Gospel Choir of Pillows cast, you'll likely know these songs, and know them as some of his strongest live cuts. But Hello Dallas isn't just a worthy capturing of these tracks, it's Rubio's wholly successful attempt at marrying his pop/rock sensibility with the more experimental and ambient works to which he's become increasingly fascinated. From the kraut-rock workout "Turn Right," the schizophrenic "Goddamn Respiratory,"to the gorgeous title track, it's an effortless, brilliantly executed triumph. So what are you waiting for?"-KRTU

"Marcus Rubio's Hello Dallas (EP)
Put out in a rush job just days before his departure to grad school and the West Coast with it, Hello Dallas flew in the face of its rushed recording, revealing itself as Rubio's most complete and enjoyable release to date. Part of this shouldn't come as a total surprise, as Dallas' five tracks had been honed for years, and represented some of the Gospel Choir of Pillows' strongest live material. However by taking the bolder step of melding these pop-oriented songs with his more experimental leanings, Rubio managed to hatch the most challenging, engaging, and impressive record to come out of the Alamo city this year."- JD Swerzinski's pick for album of the year in the SA Current

Write-up/review/interview of "Disaster Song"-http://kindform.com/2012/08/marcus-rubio-and-the-gospel-choir-of-pillows-disaster-song/


released August 28, 2012

Emily Allen-Shouting Vocals
Cody Brown-Saxophones on "K-Spax"
Hanna Campbell-Vocals, Percussion
Alison Fletcher- Violin
Jen Hill- Cello, Guitar, Percussion, Vocals
Chuck Kerr- Drums, Percussion
Eric Montano- Viola, Piano
Marcus Rubio- Vocals, Guitars, Violin, Viola, Alto Saxophone, Piano, Synths, Electronics, Percussion
Matthew Squires- Shouting Vocals
Ryan Teter- Trombone
Matt Thomas- Bass, Kaoss Pad



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Marcus Rubio San Antonio, Texas

Marcus Rubio is a young composer that works in a variety of mediums and genres. He has had his works programmed at Seamus, Spark Festival, and EMM and collaborated with a wide array of composers/artists. In 2010, Rubio won the readers choice award for "Best Instrumentalist" in the San Antonio Current and in 2011, he won an ATAC Globe Award for best original score for his work on The Bacchae ... more

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