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Building on the success of their critically acclaimed, winter-themed song cycle “Winterland,” The Jigsaw Seen released a sequel, "Gifted," on Nov. 20, 2012. The new album is a "winter soundtrack" including the band's version of David Bowie's "Sell Me A Coat."
Rodney Bingenheimer (“The Mayor Of The Sunset Strip”) world-premiered “Open Up The Box Pandora” (from “Gifted”) on “The World Famous” KROQ in October. Since then, tracks from “Gifted” have received airplay on over 500 radio stations worldwide, including The Fox Sports Radio Network, Los Angeles radio stations KROQ, KXLU, KCSN, KPFK and KLAC, InterFM in Tokyo, Japan (with 35 million listeners) and Radio Doble Nueve in Lima, Peru, where “Open Up The Box Pandora” spent 4 weeks on the Top 40 chart. “Gifted” debuted on the CMJ Top 200 Chart on December 11, 2012.
The video for “The More You Change” (the second focus track from “Gifted”) recently reached #1 on Music On Television VJ George Williams' video countdown in Japan.
The band's previous releases, "Bananas Foster" (2010) and "Winterland" (2011) received great reviews from UNCUT (UK), The Sunday Times (UK), The Independent (UK), The Daily Mirror (UK), Blurt, Glide, Babysue, Big Takeover, Dagger, PopMatters, All Music, iTunes and many others, also appearing on numerous “Year End Best Of” lists in the US, UK, Spain, Sweden and Norway. Tracks from "Bananas Foster" have been featured on NPR’s “Song Of The Day” and Magnet magazine’s “MP3 Of The Day.” Both albums entered the CMJ Top 200 chart, reaching the Top 10 at numerous radio stations in the US and Canada and receiving airplay in the UK, Japan, Australia, Germany, The Netherlands, Spain and South America. Other noteworthy airplay includes spins by Rodney Bingenheimer (“Mayor Of The Sunset Strip”) on KROQ in Los Angeles, Bob Harris (“The Old Grey Whistle Test”) on BBC 2 and record producer Steve Lillywhite (U2, Peter Gabriel) on his East Village Radio show.
Among Winterland’s many highlights is a guest appearance by rock icon Dave Davies of The Kinks, lending his vocal talents to the band’s version of Gordon Lightfoot’s "Circle of Steel." The release of “Winterland” coincided with a US tour in November and December, 2011 and 4 shows at SXSW 2012 in Austin, TX.