Record Highlight — Hallelujah the Hills

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The limited edition vinyl release of Have You Ever Done Something Evil? is available now.  The purchase comes with a bonus digital EP!

 

Record Highlight — Jeremy Jones

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Sharing an infectious spirit of musical creativity, freedom and community, the cities of New Orleans and San Francisco are kindred. Whether in the Bay or the Bayou, music flows constantly and plentifully – a tragically uncommon phenomenon in this country. Resonating with the energy of both San Francisco and New Orleans, Jeremy Jones introduces Keep On Movin’, a full-length album of signature “Swampedelic Rock & Soul” sound: when the mud of the Louisiana swamps meets the grit of Southern roots and blends with the groove of San Francisco psychedelia.

 

 

Record Highlight — DRKWAV

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DRKWAV is Skerik (saxophones), John Medeski (keyboards) and Adam Deitch (drums). The three master musicians have come together for The Purge, an entirely uncompromising album debut that delves deep into the psychedelic corners of the human psyche. The recording was co-produced and mixed by venerated studio wizard Randall Dunn.
DRKWAV conjure a wall of intricately detailed sound as each of The Purge‘s eight tracks surge and swell in a cinematic overture. True to its name, the trio revels in the pitch black, yet continually discover beauty and shed light through sonic exploration.  The album will be released on February 24 by Royal Potato Family.

Record Highlight — Sarah Davachi

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Barons Court is the debut full length album by Canadian electroacoustic composer Sarah Davachi, following short run releases on Important Records’ Cassauna imprint and Full Spectrum. Trained at Mills College, Davachi’s work marries an academic approach to synthesis and live instrumentation with a preternatural attunement to timbre, pacing, and atmosphere. While the record employs a number of vintage and legendary synthesizers, including Buchla’s 200 and Music Easel, an EMS Synthi, and Sequential Circuit’s Prophet 5, Davachi’s approach to her craft here is much more in line with the longform textural minimalism of Eliane Radigue than it is with the hyper-dense modular pyrotechnics of the majority of her synthesist contemporaries. Three of the album’s five compositions feature acoustic instrumentation (cello, flue, harmonium, oboe, and viola, played by Davachi and others) which is situated alongside a battery of keyboards and synths and emphasizes the composerly aspect of her work. “heliotrope” slowly billows into being with a low, keeling drone that is gradually married to an assortment of sympathetic, aurally complex sounds to yield a rich fantasia of beat frequencies and overtones. Later, “wood green” opens almost inaudibly, with lovely eddies of subtly modulating synth clouds evolving effortlessly into something much larger, as comforting and familiar as it is expansive. In an era in which the synthesizer inarguably dominates the topography of experimental music, Davachi’s work stands alone – distinctive, patient, and beautiful.

 

Record Highlight — Kenosha Kid

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In Thomas Pynchon’s novel Gravity’s Rainbow, the Kenosha Kid is a maddeningly ambiguous figure: it might be a cowboy, or a dance, or a Sodium Amytal-induced hallucination (or all of the above). Guitarist/composer Dan Nettles (who, by the way, has never been to Kenosha, WI) conceived his namesake band with similarly uncategorizable intentions. This Kenosha Kid might be an indie rock band, could be a modernist jazz ensemble, can probably be considered a jam band, and most definitely is all of the above.

All of those different identities emerge at different times (and, very often, several at once) on Kenosha Kid’s new album, Inside Voices, due out March 3rd. The album is the first of two planned releases (the second, Outside Choices, will follow in 2016) to result from a week of intensive exploration in Nettles’ native Athens, Georgia.

 

 

Record Highlight — Hot Rize

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With writing and rehearsals placing Hot Rize firmly back in their groove, recording When I’m Free took just five days at the solar-powered Studio at Town Hall in Boulder. The musicians eschewed booths and headphones in favor of sitting in a circle and recording live off the floor – “the first time I’ve recorded like that since 1971,” muses Wernick. This organic approach resulted in an album that crackles with the energy of a Hot Rize live show, even if the band’s Western Swing alter-ego sidekicks, Red Knuckles & The Trailblazers, aren’t present.

Following the release of When I’m Free, Hot Rize will tour nationwide this fall and into 2015, sure to please not only longtime fans of the band, but countless new fans who’ve discovered bluegrass and Americana music in more recent times.

 

Record Highlight — Kyle Reid and The Low Swinging Chariots

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Guitarist. Songwriter. Singer. Bandleader. Listener. That’s Kyle Reid.  Whether fronting the Low Swinging Chariots or flying solo, Kyle strives to evoke a mood in the listener that transcends the sum of its musical parts.  Alright, Here We Go… is his latest installment with the Low Swinging Chariots, and is available soon from Foolish Philosophy Records.

 

Record Highlight — Gretchen Peters

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Fresh off her induction into the prestigious Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame, Gretchen Peters has confirmed the February 10 release of her new album Blackbirds. Co-produced with Doug Lancio and Barry Walsh and recorded in Nashville, the album features a who’s who of modern American roots music: Jerry Douglas, Jason Isbell, Jimmy LaFave, Will Kimbrough, Kim Richey, Suzy Bogguss and more.  Watch her website for updates on the release, as well as tour info.

 

 

Record Highlight — Mucca Pazza

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MUCCA PAZZA was born in a steel mill parking lot along the Chicago river. Combining marching band traditions and street theater experience with rock band sensibilities, Mucca Pazza quickly found a home for its 30-odd members in the thriving Chicago underground music scene. Their eccentric, frenetic visual presence, and genre-bending original compositions earned them critical praise and a loyal local following. Before long, with their live show’s reputation preceding them, Mucca Pazza began to branch out nationally, appearing onLate Night with Conan O’Brien, WFMU, and the Kentucky Derby, as well as supporting major national acts and performing at numerous national music festivals like Lollapalooza, Lincoln Center’s Out of Doors and the Montreal Jazz Fest. Having worked with choreographers, filmmakers and theatrical groups, as well as performing in art museums around the country, Mucca Pazza is as comfortable in the fine arts and performance art world as the local rock club, or parking lot.

Comprised of 13 original compositions and clocking in at 43 minutes, the music on L.Y.A. runs the gamut from lush, cinema-ready orchestrations (“Rise Of The Elementals”, “Road To Joy”) to frenetic, exclamations (“All Out Of Bubblegum”, “Holiday On Ice”) to serpentine dance numbers (“Subtle Frenzy”).

 

Record Highlight — yellowbirddd

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yellowbirddd – the nom de plume of indie/folk singer-songwriter Liam McCormack – released his fourth album, CENTINELA, on December 2nd. CENTINELA is available digitally and on limited edition vinyl via flower/flour records. Both versions arecurrently available for purchase on Bandcamp.

Following 2012’s critically acclaimed Highway Birches, CENTINELA finds the musician approaching his craft from a renewed mindset fueled by a cross-country move from New York to Los Angeles.