Record Highlight — Seafair

Posted in For The Record | by Matt Earley

Since its beginning in late 2012, Seafair has been turning heads and confusing critics who want to place the sextet into a carefully constructed box. The thing is, with six musicians whose backgrounds range from classically trained to punk rock roots, the band can’t be pigeonholed by genre.

From the heavy hitting of drummer Ryan Kelly to the acrobatic guitar and bass lines of Michael Flaherty and Joshua Riehl, the band builds a soundscape that is completely their own. But it is this, with the combination of the trio of women at the band’s epicenter, that make this ensemble more than your typical indie-rock band. Andrea Belding Elson and Tara Hanish blend precise and poignant violin and cello voices amidst the band’s sound, while the presence and strength of frontwoman Chayla Hope makes the experience of seeing Seafair live one that will not soon be forgotten.

In 2014, Seafair took its live performances on the road, from New York to Denver. In Denver, the band recorded its forthcoming album at ​Black in Bluhm Studio with ​Chris Fogal. The album​, The Querencia,​ is scheduled for release in May 2015.

 

Record Highlight — Anthonie Tonnon

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Anthonie Tonnon is a songwriter and performer based in Auckland, New Zealand.  His new album, Successor, is available now – vinyl purchase includes unlimited streaming as well as a download.

 

RSD 2015 04.18.15

Posted in For The Record | by Matt Earley

While most of us will agree that it is record store day every day of the year, it is still cool to have an event that potentially introduces more folks to the record store experience.

Here is a list of RSD titles pressed at GGR this year — grab them at your local indie record store.  Keep it independent!

Braid – Kids Get Grids

Diarrhea Planet / Those Darlins – Live From Pickathon #2

John Butler Trio – Ocean

The Autumn Defense – S/T

Charlie Musselwhite – Stand Back!

Junior Wells – It’s My Life Baby

Doc & Merle Watson – Ballads From Deep Gap Country

Country Joe & The Fish – Together

James Cotton – Cut You Loose

Dolly Parton – The Grass Is Blue

Robert Earl Keen – Gringo Honeymoon

Pagans – Pirate’s Cove

Ride – OX4_ The Best Of

24 Gone – The Spin

Menzingers – I Was Born

Blue Oyster Cult – Bad Channels

Wussy – Strawberry

Pizza Underground – PU

Lee Ann Womack – Trouble In Mind

Bee Gees – Extended EP

 

Record Highlight — Roommate

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Roommate began as a Kent Lambert solo project in NYC in 2000 and has been an ever-mutating Chicago band since 2004. The band’s 2011 album Guilty Rainbow was praised by Tiny Mixtapes as “one of those rare albums that starts out great and gets better over its 45-minute length.” Roommate’s fourth album Make Like will be released very soon (the records just shipped out).

 

Record Highlight — Bummers

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These Columbus, OH shredders have been happening all your life.  The tastiest jams this side of the Mississippi just got spread on wax. Get em’ before they gone.  Buy here.

 

Record Highlight — Ray Wylie Hubbard

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Packing 10 brand new songs into just under 34 minutes, The Ruffian’s Misfortune is the tightest and most focused record of Hubbard’s career — it also happens to be his first record pressed on vinyl in more than 30 years!  You can pre-order an autographed copy now!

 

Record Highlight — Fight Amp

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Philadelphia, PA noise rock powerhouse Fight Amputation have returned with their first new record in three years, entitled Constantly Off.  Set for release on June 9thConstantly Off was recorded in August 2014 at Gradwell House Studios in Haddon Heights, NJ with engineer Steve Poponi (Ladder Devils, Fight Amp).  You can pre-order one of three limited variants from Brutal Panda Records now.

 

Record Highlight — Sam Cohen

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Cool It, Sam Cohen’s solo debut, is an extension of the kaleidoscopic terrain evident on previous projects, but where those records rested blissfully in the sonic ether.  Available very soon from the Easy Sound Recording Company.

Record Highlight — King Dude

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King Dude‘s latest offering is a 7″ recording of two new songs from his forth coming full length album entitled, “Songs of Flesh & Blood – In The Key of Light”.

The title track “Deal With The Devil” tells the tale of man who lost his love and how he must make a pact with the Devil to get her back, ultimately risking his life in the process… The b-side “You Know My Lord” is a spiritual ballad that showcases a whole new side of King Dude’s songwriting.

 

Record Highlight — Seluah

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Seluah embarks on 2015 with its second full-length, “Phase III.” Using longtime collaborator Kevin Ratterman’s new dream studio, the band conjured stark, foreboding imagery on perhaps its most lurid venture yet. As is especially true with “Nanon,” Phase III depicts a darkly hypnotic world you can’t help but feel drawn to visit more than once.  Available from Karate Body Records.