Sunday, January 25, 2015

Maynard and the Musties - Fall On In

Maynard and the Musties

Like the Brooklyn melting pot they are from, on Maynard and the Musties 2nd full length 'Fall On In' you’re going to hear lots of world-wide influences on the sound. Bits of military marches, the odd klezmer riff here and there, a bossanova bit. Likewise they stretch the traditional definition of a rock & roll band with strings, wind instruments, etc. This is the groups fourth album and the second produced by Eric “Roscoe” Ambel.

Joe Maynard (lead vocals, acoustic guitar), Mo Botton (lead guitar), Dikko Faust (trombone), Naa Koshie Mills (fiddle), Jonathan Gregg (pedal steel), Eric Ambel (lead and rhythm guitars, backing vocals), Mike Randall (lead guitar), Chet Hartin (bass, keyboards, accordion), Pierre Scoffoni (drums).

Friday, January 23, 2015

FIRST WATCH/LISTEN> David Strange "Cocaine" Video and self-titled debut EP STREAM


How could I not like this? Have you been paying attention? David Strange was a session musician who was privately writing music until Charlotte Kemp Muhl heard his delightfully bent, psychedelic songs and asked to become his producer. Charlotte also sings back-up vocals and plays drums on the recordings, and directed four of the five videos that accompany the EP. Before he was writing songs with Charlotte and recording his debut EP at Yoko Ono’s home studio, David spent time as a sideman playing in Courtney Love's band.

David Strange teams up with Entertainment Weekly for the release of the his new video "Cocaine" - taken from his self-titled debut EP - available today via iTunes or Amazon. The cinematic clip for David Strange's stripped-down electric guitar ballad, was directed by Charlotte Kemp Muhl from The Ghost of a Saber Tooth Tiger. David also shared the "Cocaine" (SoundCloud) single today, a track that WILD described as, "…a sharp, striking example of Strange’s musical prowess that shows why he’s about to be in demand in his own right."





In a world of his own creation, David Strange is all of his lives at once: an electric guitar champion dancing alone in his first Motel 6; a kid building fires bare-handed at midnight with his brothers in the woods upstate; a guitarist on tour with Courtney Love; a kid swapping opera on cassette tape for church-sale vinyl and The Lonely Bull. David Strange thinks reality is inherently psychedelic; David Strange knows that when the future is unclear, the only way forward is inside you, through your own sacrificial wilderness.

After he played a few for Charlotte Kemp Muhl, he found himself at Yoko Ono’s home studio, in a haven that Charlotte and Sean Lennon had built themselves, slowly, like a secret bird’s nest hidden deep in the woods. It was something crazy to have 24-hour access to. He and Charlotte started stretching their sessions past 30 hours straight. They played all the instruments themselves; she arranged and produced everything, singing radiant vocals in the back. David will tell anyone he owes the making of this record to Charlotte. He calls it something out of nothing and explains the record’s production like this: he’d go out at dawn into a dark forest and come back with a wild boar over his shoulder, and it was Charlotte, always, who carved it and made it a feast.

"The David Strange EP is an acid lullaby, jukebox music from the future underground. Each track has a strong sense of itself; a thick narrative rope of surreal American fable and admonition runs through the center of every miniature world, surrounded by an ecosystem that’s alternately electric and dissonant, manic and devoted.
The songs crackle with life and immediacy; the lyrics suffuse the body before clicking into shape in the mind, and they linger. In one track the heady chorus materializes a series of archetypal images: “Dance with me and feed me cake / Tonight there won’t be no mistakes / Bring me on a downtown train / Call me by my Christian name” — and then David and Charlotte pause on the landing of the melody’s staircase, then jump off towards the song’s title — “Cocaine.” That one’s a low, narcotic well — hips swinging, neon blues, an electric guitar wailing synesthetic existence in the dark. “Mean World,” which starts the EP, rolls along like Cream: it’s a trucker in the early morning, a crowd of thousands swaying under a dusty summer sky. “Vitamin Pills” jangles in technicolor, the Doors-iest of the bunch, a series of instinctive hooks addled by an Alice in Wonderland dementia. “Aztec Corn” is a deliciously straightforward, riff-flooded psych-rock jam whose bottom drops out unexpectedly, turning the song into a slow-motion daydream. And at the end of the EP is “Lion Tattoo,” a folksy, haunting Neutral Milk Hotel lullaby in three-four. Play this EP so David Strange can be in a million places at once. Play it tomorrow so it can live in the future, full of ahistorical desire. The psychic texture of these tracks in combination — a deep, jagged, enchanted sense of potentiality — is catching; let it catch you. The David Strange EP is an acid lullaby, jukebox music from the future underground. Each track has a strong sense of itself; a thick narrative rope of surreal American fable and admonition runs through the center of every miniature world, surrounded by an ecosystem that’s alternately electric and dissonant, manic and devoted. The songs crackle with life and immediacy; the lyrics suffuse the body before clicking into shape in the mind, and they linger. In one track the heady chorus materializes a series of archetypal images: “Dance with me and feed me cake / Tonight there won’t be no mistakes / Bring me on a downtown train / Call me by my Christian name” — and then David and Charlotte pause on the landing of the melody’s staircase, then jump off towards the song’s title — “Cocaine.”

That one’s a low, narcotic well — hips swinging, neon blues, an electric guitar wailing synesthetic existence in the dark. “Mean World,” which starts the EP, rolls along like Cream: it’s a trucker in the early morning, a crowd of thousands swaying under a dusty summer sky. “Vitamin Pills” jangles in technicolor, the Doors-iest of the bunch, a series of instinctive hooks addled by an Alice in Wonderland dementia. “Aztec Corn” is a deliciously straightforward, riff-flooded psych-rock jam whose bottom drops out unexpectedly, turning the song into a slow-motion daydream. And at the end of the EP is “Lion Tattoo,” a folksy, haunting Neutral Milk Hotel lullaby in three-four."

Play this EP so David Strange can be in a million places at once. Play it tomorrow so it can live in the future, full of ahistorical desire. The psychic texture of these tracks in combination — a deep, jagged, enchanted sense of potentiality — is catching; let it catch you.

TRACKLIST
Mean World
Vitamin Pills
Aztec Corn
Cocaine
Lion Tattoo

LISTEN> first single "Victoria." from Tamara Williamson's upcoming solo album - Sister Mother Daughter Wife


'Sister Mother Daughter Wife' will be Tamara Williamson's first album in four years and eighth full length as a solo artist.
Each song in the collection is a story about a different women with their own unique story to tell.
The album that I have undertaken is about women survivors from around the world. Each song is written about a specific person who has overcome a situation that has compromised her rights as a human being. In August this year, after listening to a documentary on Victoria Montenegro, I sat down and wrote the first song on this recording. Victoria Montenegro was a disappeared child taken at birth by the Argentine military and raised as someone else. At the age of 21 she discovered the truth. All proceeds from this recording with go to Amnesty International.
The second song is dedicated to Anuradha Koirala.
Anuradha Koirala has created a foundation in Nepal that provides a safe haven for victims of sex slavery, domestic violence, child labour and child prostitution. One of her greatest hopes is that we can embrace victims of sex trafficking and treat every girl as if she were our own daughter. Her words inspired this song. I have chosen a number of stories of women who have undergone injustice and are fighting back in the hope of changing the conditions from which their hardships arose.
During the last three months I have researched and written six such songs. I hope that by lending these women my voice I will be giving them another avenue to bring awareness to their cause.

Listen to the beautifly haunting story of' 'Victoria'
At the age of twenty Victoria found out that the parents who had raised her were not her family, and had been responsible for her abduction as a baby. After many years of searching Victoria found that her father had been a victim of the “death flight’s” where thousands of young Argentinian citizen’s were thrown alive from planes into the Atlantic Ocean. Her mothers body has never been recovered.
All the money from the digital sale of this recording will go to Amnesty International.


Tamara Williamson has been a mainstay in the Toronto music scene since the early 90’s.
Foregoing a career in Opera, Tamara’s musical sensibilities began to blossom in a series of small,
independent bands she formed in London before relocating to Toronto in 1991. In 1993 her band
Mrs. Torrance and was signed with the major label BMG Canada. They released two full-length
albums and an EP before disbanding in 1998 the band toured extensively, supporting the likes of
Jewel and Oasis. Tamara sang with the Rheostatics on many occasions including Maple Leaf Garden's opening for the Tragically Hip. In 2000 Tamara produced and released her first solo recording “Nightmare on Queen Street” The song Rope from this record was in rotation on Much Music and Tamara was featured on “The New Music” television program. Since then Tamara has produced album’s for other artist such as Rachel Smith and Barzin, she has fronted a trip-hop band called Microbunny and toured playing guitar and singing with King Cobb Stealie. Over the years Tamara has written and recorded seven more alums released in Canada and Europe. She has been a guest on "les femmes s'en mĂȘlent"” tour in France twice with Feist and Shannon Wright and been recorded for the Black session’s on French commercial radio. Tamara was dubbed the “God Mother of Indie” by Eye magazine in 2002 and In 1999 NOW Magazine voted Tamara Williamson fourth best concert of the year just after Bjork and before GreenDay.

Jesse Harris & The Gypsy Sparrows - Midnight Still

Jesse Harris (lead vocals and guitar) along with music veteran Jeff Perkins (lead guitar), Sean "Knuckles" DeCourcy (vocals, percussion and harmonica) and Noah Richards (bass)

Jesse Harris & the Gypsy Sparrows, an Americana/Roots band from Kansas City latest release “Midnight Still”, their second studio album has an easy, effortless vibe unique in the Americana/Roots scene. Pulling from a variety of genres they play a combination of bluegrass, Texas Country and Outlaw finger pickin' ear vittles. Their sound is uniquely their own, exceptional musicianship and thickly layered compositions. It's a fireside boot stompin' singalong. New Album Midnight Still on iTunes








Big Daddy Love - This Time Around

Jenny L. Viars/Dancing Lemur Photography
Big Daddy Love is, from left: Brian Swenk (banjo), Joseph Recchio (guitar, vocals), Scott Moss (vocals, guitar), Ashley Sutton (bass) and Scotty Lewis (drums).

Big Daddy Love has been around in one incarnation or another since 2009, touring the bar and venue circuit and creeping steadily into festival line ups across the nation. The band recently signed with Blue Mountain Artists in Charlotte and with Micah Davidson and Hugh Southard in their corner, Big Daddy Love expects to conquer the bigger festival and tour markets in 2015.
The new record, This Time Around, features Scott Moss (guitar and vocals) and Scotty Lewis (drums), the newest members of Big Daddy Love.
“Scott and Scotty joined us in 2012, “ says Swenk. “We had already locked into our style and sound by then, but them coming on board really kicked everything into a higher gear and gave us an extra “punch” in our sound.”
Big Daddy Love refers to its intoxicating musical mixture as Appalachian Rock, a sort of catch all phrase to describe its spirited foray into every style imaginable. There’s a blush of bluegrass, a smattering of soul and then there’s the high lonesome whine of an Allmanesque slide guitar. Big Daddy Love has a bold, intrepid spirit woven through their tunes; it’s a mish mash of styles that fits them perfectly. Moss said the band wanted to showcase their varying styles and the talent of each member on this new release.
“We wanted it to be a cross-section … wanted it to sound like an album and not just a collection of songs, As a band, we’re probably at the point where we need to be putting out an album every 18 months or so,” Moss said. 
“I think we’ve all had experiences where bringing different styles together comes easily or it just doesn’t flow,” admits banjo player Brian Swenk. “Fortunately, for this group of guys it comes very easily.  We could feel it in the very beginning and it’s one of the biggest reasons we’ve been able to go as far as we have with our sound.” 



Jan 23 Big Daddy Love @ Hill Country BBQ Washington DC
Jan 24 Big Daddy Love @ The Willow Tree w/Red Dirt Revelators and Band of Opportunity Johnson City, TN
Feb 20 Big Daddy Love @ Pisgah Brewing Black Mountain, NC
Feb 21 Big Daddy Love @ The Double Door Inn Charlotte, NC
Feb 27 Big Daddy Love @ The Fat Frogg Elon, NC
Feb 28 Big Daddy Love @ The Camel Richmond, VA
Mar 21 Big Daddy Love @ Brackett Cedar Park, Lawndale, NC
Mar 27 Big Daddy Love @ Blue Bourbon Jacks High Point, NC

The Pine Hill Haints - The Magik Sounds of the Pine Hill Haints


The Pine Hill Haints create "Alabama Ghost Music," a genre that they consider to be dead in the modern world. Mixing elements of folk, rockabilly, bluegrass and just a hint of punk, their shadowy narratives conjure up images of the haunted South with twangy guitars and sing-along melodies. The band's new album, The Magik Sounds of the Pine Hill Haints, on Olympia-based label K, and you can now stream it in full via The Bluegrass Situation. The album is available in all physical formats via K's webstore

A group of troubadours and kindred spirits, The Haints strive to capture a living pulse-- and often an underlying darkness-- with their storytelling lyrics and fervent instrumentation. While Magik Sounds is more fast-paced and pop-driven than the band's previous releases, it still exudes a mysterious, smoky vibe with tales of late nights in small-town diners, cowboy gunfights, and lonely cross-country travels.

The Magik Sounds of the Pine Hill Haints Track Listing: 
1. Ms Pacman
2. Galaxy Buffalo
3. Rattle Them Bones
4. Villian Vs. The Kid
5. Shattered Waltz
6. Blow
7. Can I Have Your Board When You Are
    Dead?
8. Total Zero
9. Coffin Black
10. Dead Ringer
11. Lady Bug
12. Scarlett Fever
13. What Am I Gonna Do But Wait Right
      Here
14. 7 on a Pair Of Dice

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