Record Highlight — The Dustbowl Revival

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The Dustbowl Revival is a Venice, California-based collective that merges old school bluegrass, gospel, pre-war blues and the hot swing of New Orleans to form a spicy roots cocktail. Known for their roaring live sets, Dustbowl bravely brings together many styles of traditional American music. Some call it a string band-brass band mash up. Maybe it’s swing-grass or good old Americana, however you spin it, Dustbowl creates and curates infectious, joyous music – a youthful take on time-worn American traditions.  The new album – With A Lampshade On – is available now!

 

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From their adopted, boom-town home of Austin, TX, The Bellfuries are constantly within earshot of the latest catchphrase. New brands are always within their peripheral view.

Well and good, vocalist and chief songwriter Joey Simeone says. “But we’re a rock and roll band. People are obsessed with categories, sub-genres. We check into a hotel, and the guy or girl behind the desk asks what kind of music we play. ‘Rock and roll.’ Then they ask what I mean by that. Well…

“…Let’s see. There’s elements of country music, rhythm and blues. There’s some improvisation on stage that I guess you could say is jazz-inspired. Throw in some gospel…plenty of melodies coming out of older pop tunes. That adds up to rock and roll, last time I checked. If we’re not re-inventing the wheel, I’d rather get to work than worry about renaming it.”

Simeone takes a no-nonsense, workingman’s line, and Workingman’s Bellfuries, (available 8/21 from Hi-Style Records) holds that line firm. No doubt, the armchair taxonomist will find plenty of variety. Lead track and single “Loving Arms,” is foot-stomping rockabilly-pop, a la Hamburg-era John Lennon. “Bad Seed Sown” brings finger-popping jive from the Dion school. “Make the Mystery No More” is Phil Spector 2.0, with some Everly Brothers harmony sitting at the top. And “Why Do You Haunt Me” is a shimmering track that suggests nothing so much as Elvis Presley’s operatic pop approach of the 1960s.

 

Record Highlight — Yumi and the System

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Blink and you could miss an East Nashville show played by Yumi and the System. But if you’re listening, you’ll hear about the energy long after the show. They’re Cat Power vs. the Kills. A grunge-rock cousin to the Yeah Yeah Yeahs. And their energy is sweeping the floor, and providing an integral part of the ever-shifting rock genre. This crunching, energy packed duo swelling up East Nashville has easily become a must-see for locals in the rock scene. With strict punk beats, daring melodies, and seasoned with electronic flavor, Yumi and the System have caught onto something.

Having previously toured in a band for a number of years, Pennsylvania transplants Amy and Ben Wright refreshed their love for music by taking a break from their previous project. With their passion for the rock genre, they started shaping new songs, and the female- fronted rock duo Yumi and the System was born.  You can pre-order their debut album – Wonders of Origin – now.

 

Record Highlight — Wolfmen of Mars vs. The Mangled Dead

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Wolfmen of Mars and The Mangled Dead make music that combines the synth sounds of the 70s-80s and mixing them with heavy grooves. A soundtrack for late night driving or space travel.  Includes cover art by Devon Whitehead and back jacket/label art by Kevin Spencer.  Available now!

 

Record Highlight — The Huckleberry Fins

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In the depths of a Rochester winter, the beaches of California are a non-reality. The thought of going surfing is more a far off idea than a lifestyle. This leaves a lot of room to interpret what “Surf music” is supposed to be.  Enter The Huckleberry Fins — the new album, Pipe Dreams is available everywhere 07/24/15.

 

Record Highlight — The Sun Lions

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The Sun Lions just finished their first full-length album, and it is ready for listening on wax – Whatever’s On Your Mind was recorded at Sonelab Recording and engineered by Justin Pizzoferrato (Dinosaur Jr, Speedy Ortiz, Sonic Youth).  Grab it from the band online or at one of their shows!

 

Record Highlight — Silkie

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Silkie’s latest album Fractals on long-time friend and collaborator Distal’s newly minted  imprint ” might just be his most forward thinking work to date. Silkie has put together a psychedelically sexy and temperamental record that toys with new ideas, archetypes and bpm’s but still grounds itself in what makes dance music and his music so palpable… repetition.

Raised on-planet, Silkie grew up close to the heart of the people on the streets. At at young age he found a deep hidden connection with music that had been lost in the people for centuries. Leading a musical renaissance Silkie would broadcast his music to the people from a re-apropriated military pod. His pod was his home, his life, his love, and most importantly a platform of hope for the people left on the dying planet.  Read on here…..

 

Record Highlight — Vetiver

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Written by Andy Cabic:

Vetiver is what I’ve been calling my songs and recordings since about 2003 or so. I live in San Francisco, have since 1998. My touring band and the musicians I’ve recorded with over the years are always changing, though many friends and players have stayed with me over albums and tours. The one constant has been Thom Monahan who has engineered and co-produced every Vetiver album. Thom lives in L.A., where most of Complete Strangers was recorded. The album came together slowly over demos at my home in San Francisco and quick trips to L.A., continuing on with Thom at his studio. It moved in fits and starts for a couple years. Once we had the basic arrangements we jumped in the studio with Bart Davenport, Gabe Noel and Josh Adams for a few days to put down rhythm tracks. That’s when the album really took shape. Thom & I fleshed everything out with a few more musicians in San Francisco & L.A. and eventually Complete Strangers arrived. The songs on Complete Strangers bear some resemblance to the album’s title. They share things in common but come from different places, different times. “Stranger Still” is an anthem for insomniacs, illuminating the hours when the world exceeds our grasp. “From Now On” rings out some emotional tinnitus, the moment a night runs away from you, when freedoms turn into responsibilities. The album builds around dualities, the way people pair at parties. “Current Carry” percolates with the confidence of love, while “Confiding” reveals how vulnerable we are chasing love. “Backwards Slowly” and “Edgar” are vignettes of transition, more ebb than flow. As with many of Vetiver’s better moments, sunshine is only a chord away from melancholy. An introspective lyric underlies an extroverted chorus. Subtlety tries to be outgoing, loneliness familiar, in an effort to connect the dots of life’s ellipsis. I’m still figuring the album out. It feels like someone I’ve just met yet known for a long time.

Available now from Easy Sound Recording.

 

Record Highlight — Cory Allen

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Cory Allen‘s new album, The Source, travels to a place where avant-garde composition, free jazz drums, and eastern mysticism merge as one. Across the span of four long form pieces, the music shifts from lush string sections and gongs to passionate free drumming and Rhodes piano, to the meditative drones of Hammond organ, tanpura, and harmonium.

These works were composed using performance rules, pitch pools, and guided improvisation in a musical style Allen refers to as psychedelic minimalism. The sessions for The Source were superbly captured at three different studios in Austin: Estuary Recording Facility, Stuck On On, and Altered Ear.

Pre-order now from Punctum Records.

 

Record Highlight – Haynes Boys

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This Columbus band’s one and only album is seeing the light of day on vinyl for the first time ever courtesy of Re-Vinyl Records.  The band is reuniting in celebration of its release (very likely for this weekend only) – catch them Friday, June 26 at Ace of Cups (Columbus), or Sunday, June 28 at Comfest in Columbus.