Brian Laidlaw is a poet and songwriter from San Francisco. He studied Creative Writing as an undergraduate at Stanford, at which point he began setting his own poems to music; after graduating in 2005 he toured and rambled throughout the country for several years as a solo folksinger.
In 2008, Brian moved to Minneapolis to earn an M.F.A. in poetry at the University of Minnesota. In the last year he has received awards and honors from the Loft Literary Center, the Weisman Art Museum, and the Jerome Foundation. His lyrics have been featured in American Songwriter Magazine and his poems have appeared or are forthcoming in New American Writing, FIELD, VOLT, Quarter After Eight, The Iowa Review, and elsewhere.
His new LP, Amoratorium, shipped out to Hymies Vintage Records, and will be available for sale at his 318 Club performance in Excelsior, MN on 11/23/14.
Alpenglow began in a small Vermont town when founding members Peter Coccoma, Graeme Daubert, Elori Kramer, and Kenneth Root shared songs in an old stone mill. Over the next two years, after adding bassist Colin Weeks, Alpenglow transformed original songs rooted in the folk tradition into a collection of finely crafted arrangements that are sprawling, moody, and wholly their own. Their music has been described as “swooning, harmony-laden stuff… laced with arcing fiddle, shimmering keys and healthy doses of ringing guitar punch.”
After years of walking past a hilltop chapel in the town they lived in, Alpenglow decided to play a show inside. The result was transformative: a chapel brimming with people smiling, swaying, and dancing together under the music’s effortless melodies and grooving rhythms. The spirit that night inspired Alpenglow to return to the chapel to record an album. The result is their appropriately titled new EP, Chapel, which is an effort to capture the spirit of a night, a place, and a time in the band’s life. The new collection of songs acts as a meditation on loss and the modern condition while at the same time stepping out of its reverent tone with moments of excitement and joy that ease the wayward soul.
During the coldest days of January 2014, Brooklyn duo Mark Rogers & Mary Byrne recorded their debut, I Line My Days Along Your Weight, as a true duet: facing each other inches apart, intent upon listening. They wove together archaic instruments – baritone acoustic, tricone resonator, golden-era flattop, space-age lap steel, upright piano, and hundred-year-old mandolin – into a vibrant new strain.
All the songs were recorded live to two-inch analog tape, the studio equivalent of tightrope-walking without a net. Mark and Mary later added minimal touches of lap steel, piano, and electric guitar, but essentially what you hear is what they performed together, start to finish. With Mark’s deeply expressive, contextual fingerstyle and Mary’s emphatic, unaffected singing, this striking debut invites listeners into a space most intimate, and most human.
On October 14, 2014, Massachusetts-based Important Records (Diane Cluck, Jozef Van Wissem & Jim Jarmusch, Marisa Anderson, many others) will release I Line My Days Along Your Weight.
Philip Lynch is a guitarist / singer-songwriter in New York City. HIs first album, At the Start / At Long Last is due to be released on Workbench Recordings on LP and download, Fall 2014.
The album was recorded over a period of some seven years (!) and features twelve Philip Lynch originals. Produced by James Beaudreau.
In a relatively short time, prog- and post-punk maestros Sama Dams have garnered an inspired following for bucking all sorts of aural cliches, instead choosing to forge ahead with brilliantly tempered blasts of soothing instrumentals and swaying experimental rock freakouts courtesy of frontman Sam Adams (not that one). You can grab their new LP – Comfort In Doubt – at any tour stop through the end of November.
Tokyo guitarist/songwriter/singer Suzuki Junzo‘s 7th album, 7, is a masterwork of guitar deconstruction, bleak blues and claustrophobic atmospherics. Known from his work with Miminokoto, 20 Guilders, Overhang Party and more, Junzo unleashes his desolate soul on this new LP. Limited edition – available November 5.
NNA Tapes is pleased to announce Hidden Cities, the second LP from Baltimore’s Horse Lords. Over the two years since their critically acclaimed self-titled debut, Horse Lords have become fixtures on the American DIY scene, touring with Matmos, Guerilla Toss, and Guardian Alien, and playing festivals such as Hopscotch, NXNE, and Fields Fest. Recorded and mixed by Chris Freeland (Wye Oak, Lower Dens), on Hidden Cities Horse Lords square the circle, making music that is alternately tight and loose, real-time risky and process oriented, reconciling the sweaty force of a killer basement show with the icy precision of conservatory training. Available starting 11/4.
Coming soon from Vin Du Select Qualitite is a very limited pressing of Glenn Jones’ “Changing Ships On A Falling Tide”. Housed in a unique letterpress folder. Watch VDSQ for availability and updates.
The music of Bain Wolfkind could be described as a Lynchian take on artists like Lee Hazlewood with dark brooding vocals and slow blues,rock,country,psychedelic,cinematic, surf, swamp and electronic overtones.The lyrical content draws heavily from Crime Fiction, Blues, Country and B grade Cinema and Americana.While primarily a solo project, in the singer songwriter vein, Bain Wolfkind involves many guest musicians in the studio and guitarists for live performances.
Bain Wolfkind performs sporadic live shows in Australia, The United States, Europe, Japan and South East Asia. The You’re Surely Gonna Die 7 inch will be available very soon on the Not Just Religious Music label.
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.