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Published on December 13th, 2020 | by Darren Paltrowitz

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Jules Shear On His New Album “Slower,” Life In Woodstock During COVID-19 & More

Jules Shear first made people take notice on a global level in the early 1980s as a major label recording artist. Ultimately, as “an artist’s artist,” his songs would go on to be recorded by Cyndi Lauper, The Bangles, Matthew Sweet, Til Tuesday and The Cars’ Elliot Easton by the end of the 1980s. All the while, Shear has never stopped creating as a solo artist, collaborator or a band member.

His latest full-length album is 2020’s Slower, as released on November 13th via Funzalo Records. Its first single was “Smart,” which had been released in October to radio and digital outlets. Much in the vein of his previous effort One More Crooked Dance, Slower was recorded at producer Lee Danziger’s home studio in Woodstock, New York. A long-time staple of Woodstock, Shear recorded 1983’s Watch Dog in that same upstate New York area with Todd Rundgren in the producer’s chair.

On December 13, 2020, I had the pleasure of interviewing Jules Shear via Zoom, as embedded below. More on Shear and Slower can be found online via www.julesshearshow.com, www.facebook.com/JulesShear and www.funzalorecords.com/jules-shear.


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About the Author

Darren Paltrowitz is a New York resident with over 20 years of entertainment industry experience. He began working around the music business as a teenager, interning for the manager of his then-favorite band Superdrag. Since then, he has worked with a wide array of artists including OK Go, They Might Be Giants, Mike Viola, Tracy Bonham, Loudness, Rachael Yamagata, and Amanda Palmer. Darren's writing has appeared in dozens of outlets including the New York Daily News, Inquisitr, The Daily Meal, The Hype Magazine, All Music Guide, Guitar World, TheStreet.com, Businessweek, Chicago Tribune, L.A. Times, and the Jewish Journal.Beyond being "Editor At Large" for The Hype Magazine, Darren is also the host of weekly "Paltrocast With Darren Paltrowitz" series, which airs on dozens on television and digital networks. He has also co-authored 2 published books, 2018's "Pocket Change: Your Happy Money" (Book Web Publishing) and 2019's "Good Advice From Professional Wrestling" (6623 Press), and co-hosts the world's only known podcast about David Lee Roth, "The DLR Cast."


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