Flee Past’s Ape Elf is a 2LP Edition of 600 – a splendid, expanded reissue of this monster album available very soon from Feeding Tube Records, which most people know from its placement on the NWW List. Stapleton even went so far as to name a track (“Fashioned to a Device Behind a Tree”) after a mis-hearing of one of Flee Past’s’ many memorable lines. The music has its roots in Hampshire College’s Electronic Music Studio in the early 1970s. While taking a class on Electronic Composition, Robert Carey was smitten by the potentialities lurking inside piles of reel-to-reel tape. Presented with a stack of such stuff, mostly recorded off of television, he began an epic stumble into the universe of musique concret. Carey refashioned banal spoken material into bizarre, hilarious and shockingly musical suites that you could listen to for sheer yucks or revelatory juxtapositions. Influenced by Gysin/Burroughs/Somerville’s cut-up techniques, as much as Zappa’s 1960s editing flair, Carey (rechristened Orchid Spangiafora by some wise-ass music professors) created new savage aural realities that you could almost dance to. The original album was released by Twin/Tone Records in 1979, at the behest of the Suicide Commandos’ Chris Osgood (who’d been Carey’s roommate at Hamsphire).
‘Tis the Season! We are really excited about our new Holiday Specials – available for ordering now through the end of 2013!
If you are out and about this Friday, be sure to hit up your local independent record store to grab a copy of these RSD/Black Friday releases pressed here at GGR. Happy Thanksgiving!
Dawes - Stripped Down At Grimey’s
Jethro Tull - Benefit
Life of Agony - River Runs Red
Brendan Benson - You Were Right
Moon Taxi - Cabaret
Low Cut Connie has made a name for themselves blowin up dive bars across America. Their single, “Boozophilia” (from 2012′s album Call Me Sylvia) documents these low-brow, low-rent, low-cut places where the boys have honed their salacious craft. So when the renowned NPR show “World Cafe with David Dye” called and asked them to do a live session at WXPN in Philadelphia, the boys decided to wheel their monkey shit junker piano into the studio and turn the studios into the saltiest dive bar in town. Blasting out with “Boozophilia” and their raging ode to hormones and fast cars, “Brand New Cadillac”, Low Cut Connie took over the NPR airwaves and made a big sexy splash. Many thanks to Grimtale Records for having the good sense to release these hot tracks for all the smart vinyl lovers to enjoy.
Osunlade / Dionne – What gets you high? Dionne is a one of a kind rarity. Osunlade pulls and draws from the lovely days of old, paying homage house music as it once was, when vocal edits were the vibe and pulse of an emerging sound. With traditional bata drums, filters that would put you in the mind of classic Nick Holder and just good ole fashioned groove on top of groove. The b-side is a ode to the bossa sound with a pulsating heart beat, funky melodies and smooth rhodes topped with a quirky yet fun vocal asking the question “what gets u high”? Blessings from Osunlade.
The sound of Moon Taxi pulls from the many different facets and interests of its members. Trevor, who got his start in music playing trumpet in school, is driven by his love for reading, cooking and yoga; while Tyler, who spent his younger years jamming on a drum kit with friends, is driven by an immense appreciation and knowledge of pop culture. Spencer, who used to record himself in his parents garage, has transformed his knowledge of film into producing videos for Moon Taxi’s music. Wes, meanwhile, developed his musical process from classical composers like Mozart and spends his time on tour searching for golf courses while Tommy spends his free time going to concerts and carefully following Nashville’s local music scene. Their new album, Cabaret streets on Black Friday — grab it when you can!
In the simplest terms, Buffalo Clover are vintage rock ‘n’ rollers, but the South tends to creep in. This brand of southern soul bears a striking resemblance to their idols, the Rolling Stones and The Band. Taking a cue from Bob Dylan with a lyrical poeticism inspired by the troubled times, and Janis Joplin with her rough-hewn-but-honest, bottom-of-the-heart soulful lilt, Buffalo Clover emulate their musical paragons in a style of their own.
The official U.S. record release party is November 14, 2013 in Nashville.
Blue Oaks is a duo from Sacramento, CA that plays bluesy gritty tunes. Consisting of Brendan Stone on vocals and guitar with Cody Walker on drums. They hone a powerful dynamic that is hard to match. From Walker’s pounding drums to Stone’s intricate versing, Blue Oaks’ much anticipated debut vinyl single “Hit by a Train from New York City Blues” with “Skeleton Key” should not be missed. Tracked to analog tape at The Atomic Garden Studio with producer Jack Shirley in Palo Alto, CA, featuring hand sketched artwork by Aaron M. Johnson. This record will be released December 7th, 2013 limited to 300 copies, all in unique random colored vinyl.
The Beams are Adam Brock, Nathan Walsh, Marie Landragin, Dave Gibson, Jordan Brunk, and Ray Szwabowski. Borrowed Beams play genre-banging psych pop. They live on an airship with members of Fleetwood Mac and the Kinks. The airship hovers above Charlottesville, VA. They also play in these other fine projects: Invisible Hand, Corsair, Weird Mob, and The Sometime Favorites. You can pre-order the new album - On The Wings Of A Bug from Hibernator Gigs Records now!
This project called Wrenclaw commenced over a few beers between Dan Walkner and Brian Knapp in Madison, WI. They decided to record the tracks in Brian’s in-laws’ cabin outside of Rome, WI (there are two Romes, by the way, they were in Adams County Rome). The band consisted of Dan Walkner playing all the guitars and harmonicas, Matt Crane on drums and a few strange percussion items (some kind of a cheese grater?), Dan Plourde on bass, Jacob Miller on percussion and vocals, Nate Gray on keys, and Dan’s dear ol’ daddy, Bill Walkner, on bass, vocals, and the cooking of chili to sustain us through the process. Brian set up a studio in the living room and a “booth” in the bedroom to capture the magic. All of the pre-amps and other recording apparatti (?) were made by, and on loan from, Dan Probst. They recorded it on a Friday night, drank a bunch of beer, played ping-pong, had a bonfire, slept, and recorded the rest on Saturday. Sunday they were greeted with a downpour of snow, and everyone fled except Dan, Jake, and Brian to finish the vocals with the natural reverb of the Great White North. When they got back to Madison, Anna Laube and Corey Hart joined for some vocal dubs, and that was it. Little to no effects, just rooms, instruments, and souls. The LP was mixed by Brian. They then sent it to be mastered by Paul Gold at Salt Mastering in Brooklyn, NY. The art was created by my boyhood pal Matthew Lange in Kansas City, MO. It was colored and edited by my cousin Zack Guyette (also quite the musician himself, check out his band “Zeal of Dinosaurs“), and the layout was created byMaurice Thaler using pictures taken by Erica Krug and a typewriter owned by WORT 89.9 DJ Dave Watts.