The American Dollar (band)

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The American Dollar
Origin Queens, New York, United States
Genres Post-rock, Ambient, Electronic
Years active 2005 – present
Labels Yesh Music
Members John Emanuele - Drums/Keys
Richard Cupolo - Guitar/Keys

The American Dollar is an American music project, formed in 2005 in Queens, New York.[1] The band consists of drummer/keyboardist John Emanuele and guitarist/keyboardist/producer Richard Cupolo. They have released five studio albums, three deductive ambient remix albums and two EP’s, one a split with Arms and Sleepers and the other a live album. Their debut self-titled effort was released in 2006.[2] A Memory Stream, the band's third full-length, was issued in 2008.[3][4] Their fourth album, entitled Atlas, was released by Yesh Music on January 1, 2010.[5][6][7][8] The band has toured America and Canada, and played shows in Russia, with plans to tour a wider swath of the world in 2012. The American Dollar's fifth full length album, Awake In The City, was released on March 24, 2012. On December 6th, 2014, the duo announced plans to begin recording a new album that will be released in 2015.[9]

The band has achieved considerable success in mainstream culture both within the United States and internationally while working in traditionally eclectic genres. Their music has been a pivotal addition to television shows that run the gamut from CSI: Miami to MLB Network specials, and also film trailers such as Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close and Up In The Air. [10] Partially due to their rising popularity, the band has been recognized by prominent music industry figures such as The Recording Academy and Tom Windish, describing what they do as “brilliant” and “…almost mathematical, or classical-based. It’s not just simple chord progressions on a guitar.”[11]

In August of 2011 the band brought a copyright infringement lawsuit against Joel and Victoria Osteen and the Lakewood Church for using their music on DVD’s and television broadcasts without permission. U.S. Federal District Judge Keith Ellison concluded the Plaintiffs properly stated claims for infringement but dismissed the claims against the Osteens themselves with leave to amend certain pleading technicalities. After several failed appeal attempts by the Osteens and Lakewood Church to the 5th Circuit courts, the case was later settled on undisclosed terms.[12][13][14][15][16][17]


Studio albums[edit]


  • Ambient One (June 2009)
  • Ambient Two (June 2010)
  • Ambient Three (September 2012)
  • Music for Sleep (December 2013)

Split releases[edit]

Live albums[edit]

  • Live In Brooklyn (August 2010)

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "The American Dollar". Sputnikmusic. Retrieved February 27, 2011. 
  2. ^ Album review, Trouser Press, 2006.
  3. ^ A Memory Stream review. Pop Matters, October 20, 2008.
  4. ^ A Memory Stream Review, Absolute Punk
  5. ^ Tom Butcher (February 6, 2010). "The American Dollar - Atlas". Retrieved February 27, 2011. 
  6. ^ Album Review, Redefine Magazine, January, 2010.
  7. ^ Album Review Strange Glue, January 5, 2010.
  8. ^ Atlas Review, Absolute Punk.
  9. ^ [1] The American Dollar Facebook Page
  10. ^ [2] The American Dollar on IMDb
  11. ^ [3] Feature
  12. ^ [4] Religion Clause
  13. ^ [5] Law 360
  14. ^ [6] Houston Chronicle
  15. ^ [7] Legalzoom
  16. ^ [8] The Christian Post
  17. ^ [9] Houston Chronicle

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