We are proud to be a sponsor again this year of Topshelf Records’ SXSW showcases — as in the past few years, we pressed up some 7 inch goodies you can get your hands on at the showcases…but there are not a ton of them, so grab them while they last! More info below:
Topshelf Records SXSW Party (unofficial)
Wednesday, March 12, 2014
6pm – 2am
21st Street Co-op (707 West 21st Street, Austin, TX 78705)
All ages, free.
6:00 – 6:25 – Foxing
6:40 – 7:05 – Duck. Little Brother, Duck!
7:20 – 7:45 – Caravels
8:00 – 8:30 – Diamond Youth
8:45 – 9:15 – Donovan Wolfington
9:30 – 10:00 – Special Explosion
10:05 – 10:35 – Bob Nanna
10:40 – 11:10 – Joliette
11:15 – 11:45 – No Somos Marineros
12:00 – 12:30 – You Blew It!
12:45 – 1:15 – Prawn
1:30 – end – Empire! Empire!
Topshelf Records SXSW Showcase (unofficial)
Thursday, March 13, 2014
11am – 6pm
Soho Lounge (217 East 6th Street, Austin, TX 78701)
12:00 – 12:30 – Special Explosion
12:45 – 1:15 – Donovan Wolfington
1:30 – 2:00 – Frameworks
2:15 – 2:45 – Wild Ones
3:00 – 3:30 – Diamond Youth
3:45 – 4:15 – Prawn
4:30 – 5:00 – Caravels
5:15 – 5:45 – You Blew It!
It’s been a long, strange journey for Gordon Ashworth over the past few years. The Portland, Oregon resident has played in over 20 countries and released countless artifacts under his various solo guises: Concern, Oscillating Innards, CAEN, and others. He is also a member of the black/death metal band, Knelt Rote. After retiring Concern, however, a new aural picture has taken shape.S.T.L.A. showcases Ashworth at his absolute best, pressing dense compositions through a unique prism that straddles the line between melodic and abstract. Elemental influences of folk music as well as musique concrete and acousmatic works are audible within the sprawling confines of S.T.L.A.
What do you get when you mix rock guitars, 60′s song craft, and pop sensibilities? Chunky Turtlenecks‘ new record, Kill Your Thrills. The latest effort by the Bay Area 4-piece pulls from various genres (alternative rock, 60′s pop, garage) and blends them together in their own way, all while staying under the indie rock umbrella. It was mixed at Tiny Telephone studios in San Francisco, CA, and mastered at Chicago Mastering House in Chicago, IL. With a running time of just over 30 minutes, the self-released 12-song LP contains bursts of electricity with interesting twists and turns along the way. As upbeat as it is refreshing, Kill Your Thrills provides listeners with a fresh take on rock music. Check it out!
Imagine that Deep Purple and Sly and the Family Stone had a love child that grew up in New Orleans listening to Ray Charles, Black Sabbath and Booker T. That love child would be the Sugar Free Allstars. With their diverse musical influences and unusual instrumentation, this funky organ/drum duo from Oklahoma City can be hard to classify. The music blends New Orleans funk, Memphis soul and Hammond organ-drenched gospel, wrapped in a colorful rock and roll package. Add to the mix a touch of pop songwriting sensibilities, humor and a high-energy live show and you’ve got the Sugar Free Allstars.
Chris “Boom!” Wiser (Hammond B-3 organ, lead vocals, saxophone) and Rob “Dr. Rock” Martin (drums, backing vocals) make up the dynamic duo of Sugar Free Allstars. As Wiser multi tasks the outfit covering bass lines on the B-3 and cranking out soulful sax solos, Martin lays down a rock-solid beat that keeps the heads bopping and hips shaking. The connection and fire between the two musicians is obvious in their live performance. “We try to provide a good mix of humor and a tight performance,” explains Wiser. “Even in our kids’ shows, it’s meant to be a rock and roll party for all ages.”
We are pumped to have pressed SFA’s first-ever vinyl release — the Record Collection 7 inch. Hit them up at one of their many live shows to grab a copy (they are almost always touring somewhere).
Grit, elemental rhythm, tight-as-a-drumhead playing, and a profound depth of feeling: these are the promises of a great soul band…and St. Paul & The Broken Bones deliver on those promises.
Half The City is the compelling full-length Single Lock/Thirty Tigers debut of the Birmingham, Alabama-based sextet, who have already created a maelstrom of interest with their roof-raising live shows and self-released four-song 2012 EP. Produced by Ben Tanner of Alabama Shakes, and recorded and mixed in the storied R&B mecca of Muscle Shoals, Alabama, the album harkens back to the region’s classic soul roots while extending the form with electrifying potency.
Nashville’s Plowboy Records is pleased to announce the signing of Chuck Mead and the release of his new record Free State Serenade. A wild ride of hillbilly blues and honky-tonk, Mead, best known for his work as frontman for BR549, wrote the album based on the stories, legends, crimes and lonesome open roads of his childhood and formative years in Kansas. Recorded with his longtime band The Grassy Knoll Boys, Free State Serenade was co-produced with Joe Pisapia (kd Lang, Ben Folds Five) and features special guests BR549’s Don Herron and Old Crow Medicine Show’s Critter Fuqua.
Free State Serenade jumps from jaunty mountain airs like “Neosho Valley Sue,” with BR5-49’s Don Herron lending his fiddle to what Mead calls a “coming of age ditty,” to “Sittin’ On Top Of The Bottom” – a whip-smart ode to “Sittin’ On Top Of The World.” Reaching into the dark lore of Kansas history, “The Devil By Their Side” is a chugging rock n’ roll number about William Quantrill’s murderous 1863 Civil War raid on Lawrence, Kansas.
AMIGO consists of band members Slade Baird (guitar,vocals), Adam Phillips (drums, vocals) and Thomas Alverson (bass guitar). The 11 original tracks are a masterful blend of Americana, blues, honky-tonk and rock and roll, with tasty layers of pedal steel guitars, horns, pianos and organs. It is not easy to label this band with one genre of music. From the pedal steel driven opening track “Where Have All the Bad Times Gone?” to the toe tapping, Fogerty inflected closing track “Good Luck,” the band’s new album Might Could will appeal to fans of bands such as Wilco, The Flying Burrito Brothers, The Band and early Whiskeytown.
Might Could was recorded and mixed by Scott Solter (Superchunk, The Mountain Goats, John Vanderslice) at Baucom Road Studio. Dave Harris (Hootie & The Blowfish, Southern Culture on The Skids) mastered the album at Studio B in Charlotte, NC. The recording features a plethora of talent aside from the original trio, including: Mark Baran (bass guitar); Whit Wright (pedal steel guitar); Aaron Phillips (tenor saxophone); Ashley Proctor (vocals, handclaps); Courtney Watkins (alto saxophone); Courtney Wyatt (trumpet); Greg Ellis (guitar); and Jay Shirley (Hammond organ, Wurlitzer, and piano).
It’s part record club, part music journal. The new Singles Club and its first installment is available now. Issue #1 is by Daniel Bachman.
Singles Club consists of a series of limited edition 7″ records released quarterly and delivered straight to your door. Side A features track recorded exclusively for the club. Side B features a narrative composition with the artist. You’ll even get a Singles Club 45 box that you can fill up as new issues roll in. All limited to 250 copies. When they’re out, they’re out. (So check it out as soon as you can).
Geryon is a musical endeavor that takes an alternative approach to death metal. Using only bass guitar and drums, Nick McMaster & Lev Weinstein weave a debut 12″ that builds on their past work together (Krallice, Astomatous, Hymn) while founding something all together new. Throughout this four track, 26 minute album, Geryon delivers intricate, abrasive death metal with a touch melody. Music that is as thick and lush as anything composed using more conventional metal instrumentation. Available now from Gilead Media.
Scarcity was recorded Live in Concert at Audio Rebel’s Quintavant, Rio De Janeiro, Brazil July 2nd 2013. Available on deluxe 180 gram vinyl with a tip-on jacket in an extremely limited quantity. Easiest option for ordering is through Catalytic Sound – grab it while it lasts!