Although chosen for its deliberately nondescript qualities, in retrospect the name American Music Club was the perfect moniker for the lauded San Francisco-based band led by singer/songwriter Mark Eitzel: over the course of nine acclaimed albums, the group tied together the disparate strands of the American musical fabric—rock, folk, country, punk, even lounge schmaltz -- into a remarkably distinct and riveting whole, creating a brilliant and cohesive body of work dappled by moments of haunting beauty and impenetrable darkness.
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When it came time to promote his new album Don't Be a Stranger, Mark Eitzel prepared for this album by asking for advice on his career and new album from a few friends including acting coach Drew Droege, comedian and writer for Joan Rivers Nadya Ginsburg, make-up artist for Lady Gaga Billy B, character actress Grace Zabriskie and more!
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Splitsider premiered this video, the fourth in a continuing series of videos chronicling Mark Eitzel’s quest for advice on how to make his new record Don’t Be a Stranger a success.