Thanks to all of the artists and labels who supported GGR this year by having us press their RSD releases – be sure to check for these records at your local record store (and support your local record store year round)!
(Starting with top row, left to right row by row: The Greenhornes – Live At Shake It Records Fall 2001; Christ, Lord – Live at Criminal Records 09.29.12; von Grey – Live at Criminal Records 01.01.13; Bobby Rush – Southern King of Funk Blues; Mike Cooley – Too Pretty To Work 7”; Paul Weller – Sonic Kicks 7” Box; V/A- Telling Stories To The Sea Adventures in Afropea; Robyn Hitchcock – Love From London; At The Drive-In – Relationship of Command; Josh Rouse – Julie Come Out Of The Rain 7”; Robyn Hitchcock – There Goes The Ice; Tift Merritt – Markings; Walla/Sombear – 7”; Thurston Moore & Loren Connors – The Only Way To Go Is Straight Through; Sadistik – Flowers For My Father)
Call it Gospel Funk! Or, Psycehdelic-Gospel-R&B. In truth, the sound of The Relatives is so much more. Formed in 1970 by veteran Dallas Gospel singer Rev. Gean West and his brother Tommie, The Relatives’ sound bridges the gap between traditional Gospel, Soul and Psychedelia.
After a stunning, sold-out 2009 reunion performance at the Continental Club in Austin, The Relatives began performing regularly again, barnstorming major festivals and venues worldwide, taking their incredible stage show and four-part harmonies to Lincoln Center, ACL Fest, Bonnaroo and Splendour in the Grass. Summer 2011 found the group in southern France, where they appeared at the Cognac Blues Passions festival, collaborating with a 30-member French community choir for an impassioned performance of Relatives originals. 2011 also saw The Relatives combine forces with Garage/Soul powerhouse Black Joe Lewis & the Honeybears to record “You Been Lyin,” which appears on the BJL album, Scandalous.
Picking up BJL’s drummer and guitarist/musical director as full-time members, The Relatives cut the new album entitled The Electric Word, their first recording in over 30 years, in the summer of 2012 with Jim Eno at Public Hi-Fi Studios in Austin, TX.. Still helmed by the West brothers, The Relatives’ current incarnation is the most powerful generation of this musical family to date.
Blinding white magic in light of the new age opera, the Dangerous Boy’s Club bring the heat. DBC has the lips of a killer, the unholy choir of the repentant, and the glamour cast from gold. Known for their history in such outfits as Heroin, Antioch Arrow and Get Hustle, their debut album Vril on Fast Weapons awoke followers out of their coma. Dais now brings everyone to the alter with their follow up LP, Pris. Sacramental electro synth-rock mixed with glam violence inducing one into a state of bliss and ecstasy. Not from this world…not of this time, but DBC knows exactly what we needed to hear. Making sure that everything will be alright, just give in to the club. Limited edition of 500, soaked in soul.
Dreambook is self-described as “heavy distorted guitars with swirly lead lines & fuzzed out bass over deeply textured drum beats.” Their new album, Only Shadows is available for purchase early before the “official” RSD release date at four record stores – a.k.a. music (philly), Long In The Tooth (philly), Sound Cat Records (pittsburgh) and Reckless Records (chicago). Pressed on random color wax, grab it while you can!
That is to say Wilson and Doerner have known each other since they were three. Wilson used to want to make films. Doerner still makes short films and has his own business designing things for companies. Ben and Emily met and disregarded each other at age eight then reunited and started talking about things at thirteen. Emily is an auditor. Parker joined the scene when he was born. He is currently in high school and contributed a catchy chorus and may start to play with The Kimberlies once he can figure out the bass or something.
For several reasons, which he would rather not go into, Wilson has become less interested in film. He has always written songs. Some people like his songs. “Some people probably don’t, but no one has been brave enough to tell me to my face yet.” says Wilson. The new album, My Good Side, was made for the first group of people.
The melodies are pleasant, the instrumentation relatively simple… Everybody sings. Emily takes cello lessons. All of them can snap their fingers on beat. Some can play instruments. That’s why Ben Wilson and The Kimberlies is a band. Kind of.
Atom Bomb Project is a music project that lots of people have been involved with since 2005. At the core, it is a concept album set in a dusty, western town at the dawn of the nuclear age.
This project began when Phil Artuz, Andy Abercrombie and Pat Grady started writing songs about a dystopic town and the people who lived there; we called this place Atom Bomb City.
The plot has changed several times over the years, this latest adaptation is performed by the band Ferguson, MO. The band is comprised of Blake Lange (drums, keys), Cody Ground (organs), Dow Douthitt (banjo), Justin Douglas (pedal steel, dobro, engineer) & Pat Grady (guitars, vocals).
We broke the story up into three sections and recorded an EP for each section. You can help out the project by contributing to our fundraising goal. With your help we can get all three EPs printed quickly so you can enjoy the story in its entirety!
How can you help?
By pre-ordering the records/downloads you help the band raise the money to produce the vinyl release of the album. Via the GottaGrooveBot, you can pre-order the first EP for $10 + shipping. Alternatively, you can get the download for $5.
Seek solace. Be still and drift. Withdraw and be there. There. Inside. A chair awaits. A beginning built from an ending, from leaving, from afar. In times such as these, The Withdrawing Room is a safe haven to leave behind all that weighs heavily and surrounds us. We remark how comfortable the chair is, how exquisite the view is outside the window, the aroma, the breaths to be taken as you become aware of the minutia all around you and the sounds emanating from Mary Lattimore’s harp, warming your feet, your hands, your heart. Breathe. Previous collaborations have seen Mary matching wits with such esteemed luminaries as Thurston Moore, Meg Baird, Kurt Vile, Ed Askew, Fursaxa, and Jarvis Cocker. But for this debut work, Mary sequestered herself in a room, much like this one, to kindle three distinct works for keeping the listener company as he or she enjoys the view. The nuanced notes of the harp strings sing and reverberate amid subtle electronics courtesy of Jeff Zeigler on the 24-minute long piece “You’ll Be Fiiinnne;” “Pluto the Planet” meanders at a slow and steady pace as the sun makes its way across the sky and the gentle plucks of the silk and steel resonate within, beyond; the closing chaos of “Poor Daniel” charts a recklessness that embraces the listener as he or she quietly makes their way out of the room to tackle the world anew.
Nihiti‘s rework/remix 12″ compilation – Ghosts & Versions is finally hitting the streets from Lo Bit Landscapes. The record includes remixes from the albums Ghosts & Lovers and For Ostland. Pressed on limited clear with black smoke wax – hit up LBL to grab a copy.
Shlohmo‘s ‘Laid Out’ vinyl will be available April 2nd, pre-order now! Includes immediate download of 5-track album in your choice of high-quality MP3, FLAC, or just about any other format you could possibly desire.
The Friends of Friends stalwart and Wedidit founder has been honing his craft since his debut release in 2009 with a series of EPs, his seminal Bad Vibes LP, guest mixes as well highly touted official & unofficial remixes. Now, Shlohmo returns with his unique blend of dark, brooding, sensual and warped R&B, on his Laid Out EP, featuring a brilliant guest vocal from How To Dress Well.