The Turtledove, the Swallow, and the Crane is The Selfish Giant’s debut album. A 10 song concept album inspired by Flannery O’Connor, the book of Jeremiah, and the Salton Sea. It was birthed out of Matthew Tinken’s Master’s Thesis project at Fuller Theological Seminary. He was inspired by the short stories of Flannery O’Connor, which he was reading alongside the book of Jeremiah. The desert landscape of Niland and the mysterious past of the Salton sea engulfed his imagination and were the perfect backdrop for the album. It’s a concept album that tells the story of a young girl as she struggles with her family and her conception of home. Grab it now.
if it ain’t overheatin, it’s oversweetin….Sun Club is a group of buddies playing happy music. You can grab Dad Claps at the Mom Prom from either Byrdhouse Records or Goodnight Records – each label has a limited edition variant.
First time vinyl reissue of the Outsider, Real People, proto-punk fuzz of Sound Ceremony’s first record, Guitar Star. From the mid 1970s to the early 1980s multi-instrumentalist Ron Warren Gandertonn (electric and acoustic guitar, harmonica, keyboards and piano) – under the name Sound Ceremony – along with a rotating cast of accompanists (including future members of the Pretenders, late period progressive rockers Quasar, and Subway Sect) created a hard to narrowly define, small catalog of sounds praised by private-press hunters, esoteric appreciators and “out of time” searchers. Ganderton’s output holds echoes of monotone mavens like proto-punks Jonathan Richman and Lou Reed, similarities to cult-raved acts such as Armand Schaubroeck and Kenneth Higney, and carries a loose influence of the ‘talking blues’ tradition while maintaining a uniqueness and singularity laced with ‘60s fuzz, primitive and skittering rhythms, and alternately confrontational and heart-on-sleeve topicality—thusly eking out its own sonic territory with a population of one. To put it down succinctly, just like a period advertisement did, Ron Warren Ganderton is, “One of rock’s individuals.” Originally released circa 1978. Insert with detailed liner notes from Jeremy Cargill (Ugly Things/Got Kinda Lost), plus rare photos. One time pressing of 500 copies – available from One Kind Favor Records.
Iowa City native Kelly Pardekooper is a songwriter, singer, guitar playing noise-maker currently based in Indianapolis. He has toured all over the United States and Europe and showcased his songs everywhere from SXSW in Austin to the Take Root Festival in Holland. His new album, Milk In Sunshine, is available for pre-order now.
No Record by Nihilst Spasm Band is one of very few indie label releases on Spin Magazine’s list of 100 top counter-cultural music, ahead of legends like Mulatu Astatke, Brigitte Fontaine, Pärson Sound, Ornette Coleman, Sun Ra and His Solar Arkestra, Harry Partch, and Os Mutantes. Zowie! Limited to 500 copies, and digitally mastered from the original master tapes. Available from Lion Productions and independent retailers now!
Plastic Ants is maximum chamber pop from Cincinnati, Ohio, featuring singer-songwriter Robert Cherry, bassist-producer John Curley, drummer Joe Klug, and keyboardist-singer Guy Vanasse. In a world carved out by Plastic Ants you’re only as tall as the height of your hopes. And things, well, they’re looking up.
October 28 is Rock & Roll Time! One of the greatest rock and rollers of all time, the legendary Jerry Lee Lewis will be releasing his new album Rock & Roll Time on October 28th on Vanguard Records – his first for the label. Rock & Roll Time features a star–studded line up of guests including Keith Richards, Robbie Robertson, Ron Wood, Neil Young, Shelby Lynne, Nils Lofgren, Daniel Lanois and more. The first single & title track premiered on RollingStone.com.
The track ‘Rock & Roll Time’ was originally co-written and recorded by Kris Kristofferson in 1974. Lewis’ rendition features guitarist Doyle Bramhall II and Jon Brion. Recorded at the House of Blues Studio in Memphis, this 11 song collection pulls from the vaults of Chuck Berry (Little Queenie), Bob Dylan (Stepchild), Johnny Cash (Folsom Prison Blues), and Jimmy Reed (Bright Lights, Big City). Full tracklisting below.
FANTASTIC is comprised of Swedish artists Markus Hasselblom and Daniel Strandman. The core-duo hails from the city of Gothenburg, one of Europe’s most underrated cultural gems. Their debut LP, El Futuro, is the sound of nu-romantic chartbusters having an acid-fueled personality crisis; pop hooks grip the heart while dark harmonic tides taunt logic and programmed back-beats possess the legs and feet. FANTASTIC spins a dizzying emotional kaleidoscope of pop melodies amidst a desert sandstorm of psych and kraut-influenced song cycles. El Futuro is streeting in September 2014 via U.S. independent label La Société Expéditionnaire, an imprint specializing in releasing albums as unique gems.
Johnny Rawls won Most Outstanding Blues Singer in the 21st Annual Living Blues Critics’ Poll announced August 7, 2014. Remembering O.V., by Johnny Rawls with special guest Otis Clay, was selected Southern Soul Album of the Year — it was the third time Johnny has won Southern Soul Album of the Year, and the fourth time in the past six years the award has gone to a Catfood Records Album.
Johnny Rawls’ and Otis Clay’s new album Soul Brothers shipped this week, and will be released in October. Keep a close eye on Catfood Records to order a copy!
Magazine Dirty: One day some folks were taking about how punk is boring and metallish or lame and pop. So then they started a band. One day some folks were taking about how punk is boring and metallish or lame and pop. So then they started a band. Action/Reaction – pressed on hot pink vinyl – will be available very soon.