Grace Love & The True Loves – Self Titled

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Grace Love and the True Loves is an original 9-piece soul sensation from Seattle, WA. Following in the footsteps of Stax, Motown, King and Daptone artists, but with a sound all their own, Grace Love and the True Loves are setting a course as the next hot soul and funk number ready to sweep the nation with true cross-over appeal. On vocals, Grace Love is Seattle’s shining jewel of grit, beauty and power – think Etta James and Betty Wright meet Mahalia Jackson. Backed by the True Loves, her vocals float effortlessly over kickin’ back beats, smart horns, syncopated rhythms and sweet B-3 color. It’s the hip swinging, booty shaking, heart freeing sound you crave to hear live, but rarely do. Recorded directly to tape at Studio Litho, the full length self-titled album, is sure to bring rave reviews with a sound altogether unique to the Pacific Northwest.

The Self Titled record is available in a very limited quantity now.

 

Hackensaw Boys — Charismo

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Charismo is the Hackensaw Boys record you’ve been waiting to hear. The 11-track album feels like the zenith release of the band’s 17 years, gathering their diverse life experiences and myriad of roots influences, and crystallizing them into a magnum opus on the Hackensaw way of being. Traditional Appalachian and Delta music lay the groundwork, but it’s injected with a heavy dose of the contemporary, good-times-roll kind of spit and vinegar the band has become known for over the years.

Produced by Larry Campbell – who has lent his talents to Bob Dylan, Levon Helm, and countless others – Charismosees the band reeled in and slightly refined, though still as spirited as ever. The songs (all written by longtime Hackensaws David Sickmen and Ferd Moyse) are tinged with an attitude of scrappy resilience, spinning tales and metaphors of everyday, working class struggles and triumphs. With Campbell’s production, the Hackensaw’s somewhat casual, porch-front aesthetic is sharpened around the edges, focusing in on the simple beauty of their melodies and the earnestness in their delivery.

 

Calliope Musicals — Time Owes You Nothing

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Texas Platters

Calliope Musicals is a cheerful psychedelic party folk band from Austin TX. Their high-energy live performance focuses on involving the crowd. A psychedelic squad of musicians fill in their folksy roots with a mix of vibraphone, tribal drums, bass, lead guitar and explosive vocals. The band exudes feel-good vibes that aim to swallow listeners and spit them out as happier versions of their former selves.

The new album – Time Owes You Nothing – is available now!

 

Quaker City Night Hawks – El Astronauta

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Pre-order EL ASTRONAUTA on iTunes and get 2 new tracks “Good Evening” & “Mockingbird” now! http://smarturl.it/ElAstronauta
The Quaker City Night Hawks – Sam Anderson and David Matsler on vocals and guitars, Pat Adams on bass, Aaron Haynes on drums — are a Southern band, to be sure. But it’s not the South we’ve come to expect from Rock and Roll. Equally influenced by ZZ Top and science fiction, the Dallas Observer’s Best Band of 2015 writes of landscapes both familiar and foreign, and they are set to deliver their 9-track El Astronauta debut on Lightning Rod Records. Eras collide in every aspect of the album, from the title—which merges Texas’ Spanish and Mexican roots with its role at the center of the modern space race—to its pop art cover, which depicts a classic ‘70s hot rod that’s been modified into a spacecraft hovering over an exotic desert landscape.

 

Happy Record Store Day!

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We hope that you will support and celebrate record stores every day, but it’s still fun to celebrate at your favorite local retailer for this annual event – try to find the titles below that are being released on RSD and were pressed here at GGR:

Allen Toussaint – Live In Philadelphia 1975

Buddy Guy & Junior Wells – The Criteria Sessions

COLUMBUSBLOOD 2016

Devo – It’s All Devo

Devo

Gene Washington & The Ironsides – Next To You Single

Husker Du – In A Free Land 7inch

JD Crowe – The New South 40th Anniversary Edition

Miracle Legion – Portrait of a Damaged Family

Notorious B.I.G. – Mo Money, Mo Problems 12inch Single

One Voice LP Compilation

Patti Smith – Horses Live At Electric Lady Studios


The Reduced – Drastically Reduced!

 

Record Highlight — Harps

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Available on vinyl from Rocket Heart Records.  The Marvelous Cheer EP differs from it’s original CD counterpart. This limited edition 12″ pressing has been remastered for vinyl and includes updated album art, insert art drawn by HARPS’ own Kaitlin Uemura, etching on Side B, and a HQ digital download of the entire EP.

 

Record Highlight — Jonathan Richman

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Available now from Cleveland’s Blue Arrow Records, Jonathan Richman’s new album Ishikode! Ishikode! is a a slow simmer, sensory anticipation, and a pleading desire to address the complete range of possibilities that we can extend ourselves.  (“Ishikode” means “fire” in the Ojibwe language).

 

Record Highlights — Dick Diver

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Dick Diver "New Start Again"  Dick Diver "Calendar Days"

One year after releasing Dick Diver’s third album, Melbourne, Florida, Trouble In Mind is pleased as punch to re-present the revered Melbourne, Australia band’s first two albums —  2011’s New Start Again and 2013’s critically acclaimed (and The Age-nominated Best Album) Calendar Days for eager & discerning listeners.

The band sprung to life in 2008 from four talented songwriters & members of Melbourne’s (still) thriving DIY/Punk scene who sought inspiration in the precious, yearning chords & poetic lyrics of Brisbane’s Robert Forster and Grant McLennan of the Go-Betweens rather than the squall & feedback of Aussie punk forefathers The Saints or the ugly, brutish pummelling of feedtime or the Cosmic Psychos. The band’s lyrics speak to a very real & present Australian existence, often referencing everyday slices of life and utilizing native turns of phrase, congealing it all into rich earworms with casual, affable, scrappy charm.

 

Record Highlights – Dark Entries Releases

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Four new titles shipped for Dark Entries Records – pre-orders for each are up now!

Ghibli – I’m Looking For You

Ghibli is the solo project of musician, producer, and vocalist Alberto Garbelli, from Milan, Italy. At the age of 23, while reading a comic book, he encountered the word Ghibli, which is the name of the wind of the North African desert – and also a Maserati car model. Inspired by Klaus Nomi and Nina Hagen, he began to sing in an operatic fashion. During this time Alberto would frequent the local discotheques. Watching the unique mix of performers and dancers, Alberto lost his inhibitions and was inspired to become an artist.

Some Bizarre – Don’t Be Afraid

Some Bizarre are a trio formed in Bergamo, Italy in 1983. The line-up is Marino Scarabelli (music, producer), Tiberio “Tyber” Scarfone (arrangement, producer) and Stefano Brignoli (lyrics, vocals). Tiberio was a DJ at a local discotheque, where he met Marino. Initially they considered calling themselves Funny Marvin, but settled on Some Bizarre after recruiting Stefano, whose initials mirror the name.

Brand Image – Are You Loving?

Brand Image is a trio formed in Bergamo, Italy in 1983. Created by the same group of musicians as their previous project Some Bizarre. The line-up is Marino Scarabelli (music, producer), Tiberio “Tyber” Scarfone (arrangement, producer) and Stefano Brignoli (lyrics) and vocalist Mauro Farina. Originally, Stefano sang the song but his performance was too close to the brand new Some Bizarre single, so they recruited Mauro for distinction.

Danio Dell’Aere – Eagles In The Night

Dario Dell’Aere is a New Wave musician, producer and singer from Milan, Italy. At the end of the 1970’s Dario performed in a mime show influenced by the glam cliches of David Bowie. In 1979, he met Victor Life outside a cinema, and began a lifelong collaboration of projects: Diamond Dogs, Ice Eyes and Fockewulf 190. Musically, the duo were inspired by the Human League’s “Reproduction” and John Foxx’s “Metamatic”, while they took visual cues from the New Romantics Visage and Ultravox. With the Fockewulf 190 moniker, they created their own dark blend of Italo disco and New Wave, and released the hit singles “Gitano” and “Body Heat” in 1984.

 

Record Highlight — Robbie Fulks

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Robbie Fulks‘s storytelling through folk and bluegrass music on Upland Stories delivers the quieter, sometimes unsettling truths of humanity.

Coming of age in the 1960s and 1970s in Virginia and North Carolina, at the edge of the broad “upland” region referenced in the record’s title, provided depth and detail for Fulks’s songs about the mysteries of memory, the vanishing of cherished things, and the struggles of everyday life. Robbie tries to make songs that offer more than verse-chorus-hook: songs that have space, calmness, unresolved tensions, and the hallmarks of lived experience. This sort of complexity is displayed in “Fare Thee Well, Carolina Gals,” an intimate folk song from the perspective of a man who has let life’s possibilities pass him by, and in “Never Come Home,” in which a sick man returns to spend his last days among an unwelcoming clan of pious, hard-bitten East Tennesseans.

Available from Bloodshot Records April 1 (pre-order is up now).