Record Highlight — Viands

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Viands is a spontaneous collaboration between two auteurs of Detroit’s underground music scene.  Joel Peterson (b. 1976) &Dave Shettler (b. 1980) met in the early aughts while Peterson was actively carving a name for himself presenting underground and new sounds (his and others) to Detroit audiences with his Bohemian National Home venue and Shettler was back boning and warping various rock and R&B acts across Detroit and the western world. Viands began as a sound check for a visiting jazz pianist borrowing Shettler’s Moog sitting atop the Piano in Peterson’s current venue Trinosophes. All live, all completely improvised, Temporal Relic #1 & #2 are carved out of the same continuous 40 minute session that marked the first time the pair sat down together and “just hit record.”


Record Highlight — Drew DeFour

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Read more about Drew at CD Baby

Decade is a live studio recording (recorded to 2 inch analog tape) of Drew DeFour‘s best original songs written over the last 10+ years.

Drew spent 2006-2015 completing 8 international tours, performing over 1,000 concerts, and producing 5 albums, all without the help of a record label. He was able to finance these endeavors with steady work at Dueling Piano bars around the United States and abroad.


Record Highlight — Ballroom

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On their debut 12” EP for Ever/Never Records, New York City’s Ballroom explode out of the gate with a whirlwind fury. Anchored by a tornado of vicious snare drum thwacks and excoriating guitars, “Corridor” is a threat made manifest by singer Eric Cecil’s warnings to “not let the sight disturb ya.”

Ballroom are a powerful ensemble assembled from scattered remnants of other notable bands. Cecil (who also plays guitar) did time in Chicago punk standout Busy Signals, and has featured in numerous NYC bands since his relocation. The other axe-slinger, Kristian Brenchley, is a founding member of long-running scum rockers Woman, and also lays down the bottom end in Ever/Never labelmates Degreaser. Ballroom low-end is provided by Home Blitz’ Theresa Smith, while the drums are beaten into submission by Steven Fisher, leader of Wilful Boys and Dozers.


Record Highlight — Donovan Wolfington

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It’s fun to watch a band be in such effortless and complete control of their sound and aesthetic as Donovan Wolfington is right now. This new album is a banger of riffs and hooks that sees the band meander from playfully introspective to downright dark over the course of its 13 songs. For fans of Joyce Manor, Ovlov, Beach Slang or Desaparecidos.


Record Highlight — John Nolan

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John Nolan’s new album – Sad, Strange, Beautiful Dream is available now from Collective Confusion Records.  For a very limited time, you can also grab an “acoustic bootleg” version of the album.  Also, John’s tour starts August 19 in Philadelphia — check with John for a list of dates!


Record Highlight — Johnny Rock & Friends

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Drummer John Roccesano (Johnny Rock) produces an album written and performed by friends, recorded and mixed on tape, pressed on vinyl.

Drummer/producer John Roccesano (Johnny Rock) produced an album written and performed by friends, recorded and mixed on tape, pressed on vinyl.

Johnny has been playing the drums since 1992 and has been recording professionally since 1998. He has served as the drummer, background vocalist, and/or producer for many music acts in NJ, and started releasing his own songs in 2009. Johnny is influenced by several generations of rock and pop acts, jazz artists, percussionists, classical composers, experimental music, and even the sounds of Mother Nature.

The album brings together several amazing, unsigned musicians to record a once-in-a-lifetime album. Calling on writers, musicians, and family,  Johnny Rock has formed small ensembles to write and record this special vinyl LP. More than a compilation of songs, For The Record was produced as two cohesive sides of new original music, recorded and mixed on tape; analog all the way to the cutting head. The album packaging also features hand drawn artwork to minimize the 1’s and 0’s between the artists and the audience.


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!