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Tanya Donelly, Jenny Owen Youngs, and Julie Peel perform at Joe’s Pub on June 13th to Launch New Children’s Charity CD

New York, NY – April 13, 2010; American Laundromat Records (ALR) is proud to present Tanya Donelly, Jenny Owen Youngs, and Julie Peel performing live at Joe’s Pub (NYC) to celebrate the release of ALR’s new charity CD "Sing Me To Sleep - Indie Lullabies." The event will take place on Sunday, June 13, 2010 (noon to 2:30pm) at Joe’s Pub in NYC. It’s an all-ages, family-friendly matinee with live performances and fun stuff for children (face-painting, balloons, crafts, etc). Tickets, $20.00 for adults and $12.00 for children (12 & under), may be purchased by phone at 212-967-7555, online at, or in person at Joe’s Pub, 425 Lafayette Street, New York, NY 10003.

SING ME TO SLEEP – INDIE LULLABIES (SMTS) is a whimsical collection of newly recorded lullabies and popular songs re-imagined as lullabies by some of today’s best indie artists, including; Stars, Tanya Donelly, Dean & Britta, Trespassers William, The Rest, Say Hi, Telekinesis, Jenny Owen Youngs, The Real Tuesday Weld, Julie Peel, Sigur Rós, Neil Halstead, The Leisure Society, and more. All proceeds from this wonderful album are donated to The Valerie Fund, a not-for-profit organization which provides support for the comprehensive health care of children with cancer and blood disorders. The CD is slotted for worldwide release on May 18, 2010.

 “We’re so excited to have such an amazing group of women performing at our record release show. Tanya, Jenny and Julie’s generosity throughout this entire project has been inspiring. We’re really proud of ‘Sing Me To Sleep’ and hope to raise a lot of money over the next several years so that The Valerie Fund can continue to grow and do the excellent work they do helping these brave little children with cancer and blood disorders.” Joe Spadaro, Founder & Pres., American Laundromat Records

 TANYA DONELLY, who covered “Moon River” from Breakfast At Tiffany’s for SMTS, is an American Grammy-nominated singer songwriter based in New England that co-founded Throwing Muses with her stepsister Kristin Hersh. She then went on to work in The Breeders and Belly in the 1990s. In the late 1990s, she settled into a solo recording career, working largely with musicians connected to the Boston music scene. Donelly is best known for her Grammy nominated work in the mid-1990s as lead vocalist and songwriter for Belly, when she scored a national radio and music television hit with her composition "Feed the Tree". Belly recorded on Sire/Reprise Records and 4AD Records; Donelly's solo works have been released on Warner Brothers and 4AD. Although Donelly mainly performs her own original songs, she has in recent years added covers of songs by Robyn Hitchcock, Nina Simone, Neil Young, and The Beatles to her repertoire. For more information visit

JENNY OWEN YOUNGS, who covered Red House Painters “Have You Forgotten” for SMTS, is American singer-songwriter from Montclair, NJ whose debut album “Batten the Hatches” earned Youngs a record deal on Nettwerk and a placement on the popular TV series ‘Weeds’. Jenny’s recent follow-up album “Transmitter Failure” picks up with thicker arrangements and more electric production than fans might be used to, but deliciously malleable vocals, unique instrumentation, and the songwriter's trademark caustic wit remain. The album has enjoyed critical praise, and Jenny’s been touring worldwide in support opening for artists such as Vienna Teng, Aimee Mann, and Motion City Soundtrack. For more information visit

JULIE PEEL, who covered Jon Brion’s “Strings That Tie To You” for SMTS, is a French-born singer-songwriter and self-taught multi-instrumentalist who writes smart, well-crafted folk rock with a pop sensibility reminiscent of Aimee Mann, Neil Young, Beth Orton and Feist. Julie's debut album "Near The Sun" is a rare and unexpected gem of a release, enjoying many months on the CMJ charts, praise from music critics worldwide, and earning Julie an early invitation to showcase at SXSW in 2010 as well as high-profile placements in television shows including NBC's pilot episode of "Mercy" and CW's "Life Unexpected." For more information visit

 AMERICAN LAUNDROMAT RECORDS (ALR) is an independent record label based out of Mystic, CT USA. Best known for producing tribute compilations, the label earned praise & rave reviews for its 2008 charity record "Cinnamon Girl - Women Artists Cover Neil Young For Charity" which to-date has donated over $35,000 to Casting For Recovery, a national non-profit support and educational program for women who have or have had breast cancer. Other ALR projects include the popular Cure tribute "Just Like Heaven - a tribute to the Cure", and the 80's compilation "High School Reunion - a tribute to those great 80's Films!" which All Music Guide called "One of the finest tributes ever amassed!" Artists who have contributed to ALR projects include; The Wedding Present, Mogwai, British Sea Power, Matthew Sweet, Dean & Britta, They Might Be Giants, OK Go, Stars, The Real Tuesday Weld, Tanya Donelly, Kristin Hersh, Frank Black, Veruca Salt, The Dresden Dolls, Neil Halstead, The Rest, The Watson Twins, John Doe, The Submarines, and many others. American Laundromat Records also releases new original music - their current roster includes indie artists Julie Peel, Dylan In The Movies, and The Caulfield Sisters. For more information visit

JOE’S PUB at The Public Theater debuted in October 1998 and has quickly became one of New York City's most celebrated and in-demand showcase venues for live music and performance. With its genre-blind booking and vast diversity of interests, the stage at Joe's Pub gives voice to a world of varied and stellar artists. With impeccable sound and lights, the warm and intimate candlelit atmosphere of Joe's Pub is filled with plush velvet couches, softly glowing lucite tables and gorgeously understated architecture. Joe’s Pub is open seven days a week, regularly hosting as many as three shows a day. Dinner and drink service is available during every performance; the venue offers a classic Italian dinner menu and a fully stocked bar. The Village Voice voted Joe's Pub the “Best Excuse to Let a Single Venue Dictate Your Taste”. Newsweek calls the club "one of the country's best small stages" and New York Magazine raves “you never know what you’ll find next at Joe’s Pub, but you can count on the fact that it will be good, very good." For more information visit




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