Thursday, December 23, 2010
Thursday, December 2, 2010
And two more reviews of SSM's Screaming Secrets album...
"Just the sort of off-kilter punk rock that made Louisville famous oh-so-long ago. Second Story Man is more tuneful than its predecessors, but the eclectic (and generally bone-breaking) approach to these songs does ring a bell. A fine set from a band that just might have something exceptional going on."
- Aided & Abetted
"If The B-52s were a power pop band with loud guitars...they might something like Louisville, Kentucky's Second Story Man. The folks in this band have been around for about eleven years now and during that time they've pretty much remained intact...the only change being that they switched bass players in 2004. Screaming Secrets is the band's third full-length release. Though the band has been around awhile their music still sounds fresh and exciting. The songs are strong and very melodic...and the rhythms drive hard and heavy. Ten fun cuts here including "Want Within the Need," "Quietly," "The Mav," and "Bottom Line."
- Baby Sue
Thursday, November 11, 2010
The new Shipping News album "One Less Heartless to Fear" is now available as a digital download through Think Indie where it is one of their picks of the week.
There will be an album release party at Ear-Xtacy on Friday, November 26th at 7pm. The event will be curated by Shipping News' Jason Noble and will feature performances by The Obscure Handsome Brothers (Joe Manning/Nathan Salsburg/Glen Detinger) and The Sandpaper Dolls plus a special guest! The members of Shipping News will be raffling tons of VINYL giveaways, T-shirts, and random RSMN artifacts throughout the evening. A most awesome time to be sure.
And more reviews:
Dusted review of the new album...
Leo Weekly review of the new album...
Friday, November 5, 2010
More reviews of "One Less Heartless to Fear" are rolling in...
"Shipping News has returned with easily the most powerful album of its career"
Aided and Abetted
"a nasty, lo-fi, aggressive pummelling of the ears and brain"
Echoes and Dust
"uncompromisingly raw and lyrically lush"
Blow the Scene
"This newer assembly of songs shows the band at their most immediate state, almost completely contradicting their entire discography..."
"a gritty, crisp-sounding collection that sits brilliantly somewhere in-between Slint and Fugazi"
"it shows off not only the bands song writing, but their ability to perform their material with enough energy and passion that it comes across perfectly on a recording"
"In these days of post rock synthesis, it is refreshing to hear a band that kicks the proverbial ass"
Thursday, November 4, 2010
- Oakland Childers
Saturday, October 30, 2010
What would happen if Battles and Fantomás decided to tag-team an album? More than likely, this would be the result. Freaked out, whammy-laden guitars tweak out over tight, razor-sharp bass lines and some fantastically creative drums that would do quite well in a Swing Kids track. Overall the production on this album is great; everything seems to get a chance in the limelight. The vocals spend most of the time buried in distortion, but the melodies ring out almost despite this fact, just another display of how on-point the vocalist really is.
This album really is a smorgasbord of sound and while the main backline of drums/guitar/bass remains, everything from horn sections to pianos to freaked-out oscillator action seems to fit in comfortably. “Awkward Silence” sounds like a ska tune from Hell, while tracks like” Electric Candelabra” and “Trestles” show that sometimes music speaks louder than words. The instrumentation all through the album is flawless, with the drums becoming increasingly more involved as each track passes, especially shining through in the jazzier sections.
This album definitely keeps you on your toes – no two songs are alike, and there’s rarely room to relax. It’s definitely one for those of us with a short attention span, and a liking for the more eclectic side of music. Drop in at any point in the album and you’ll immediately get hooked, if not by a melody then definitely by wanting to figure out how whatever is going on happens. Like a musical chemistry experiment gone horribly right, Straight A’s Self Help keeps you guessing.
Monday, October 18, 2010
Sunday, October 17, 2010
MINNOW - We Dont Talk About It by NoisePollution
CHIME HOURS is comprised of Louisville music veterans Greg Livingston (OUT., Hedge), Thommy Browne (By the Grace of God, Black Cross), Duncan Cherry (Late Ones, Straight A's), Sean Roberts (Straight A's) and Keith Sampson. CHIME HOURS' sound harkens back to mid to late 90's Gravity Records, but with a frantic energy all their own. 100% of the sales of this record (physical or digital) go directly to benefit Louisville musician and artist Jason Noble with his medical expenses. Great band. Great cause. Please spread the word.
Friday, October 8, 2010
Shipping News "One Less Heartless To Fear" is the band’s first new full length album since "Flies The Fields" (2005) and a helluva lot has happened over the last five years. Two weddings, fatherhood, serious illness, a presidential election, multiple wars, city moves... these things have inspired the band to make their most rowdy, aggressive and adolescent album to date. Shipping News has jettisoned the long songs (and glacial tempos) of the past and is concentrating on energetic blasts of noisy rock (with a little gallows humor thrown in). While slipping into a slightly more sympathetic mood once or twice, the new songs are stripped down and pretty much nasty.
Working for the first time with the kind folks at Karate Body and Noise Pollution (and AfricanTape/Ruminance in Europe), this album marks the 14th year of the band’s existence. "One Less Heartless To Fear" features seven brand new songs and two "oldies" recorded live on a digital multitrack system at the all-ages venue Skull Alley (Louisville) and The O-Nest (Tokyo).
Friday, September 24, 2010
Thursday, September 23, 2010
Saturday, September 18, 2010
"As you know - many nations have experienced terrible losses this year... Haiti and Chile have been working to recover from devastating natural disasters. The situation in Pakistan is a very drastic, and an enormous humanitarian effort is underway. The Red Cross / Red Crescent is on the ground in all these places - and we hope you will feel comfortable making a contribution with the $2 purchase of this unreleased Shipping News song."
For more information: american.redcross.org
Cropped Out is a locally and independently developed music festival set to take place in Louisville, KY on the first weekend of October 2010. The fest is designed to highlight the creative efforts of Louisville natives, friends, family, and fellow thinkers from Nashville to Chicago to Brooklyn and beyond.
Since the earliest baby breaths of punk from within the walls of the now-defunct Louisville School of Art in the late ‘70s, from local proto-punks like No Fun, Babylon Dance Band, and the recently re-issued Endtables, it is no secret that Louisville’s cultural contributions have long served as a significant influence on national underground art and music scenes. One must not forget, we are still a force with which to be reckoned. This festival, specifically, intends to celebrate a renewed sense of enthusiasm about Kentucky’s cultural offerings by pairing a few of our favorites from the Derby City with similarly exciting examples handpicked from around the country.
For one weekend, Cropped Out aims to celebrate a select fistful of contemporary musicians, artists, and artisans whom we feel reflect a greater undercurrent of sonic, visual, and conceptual exploration. It is our intention for the festival to turn heads, if only for one weekend, toward the talents of those often omitted, overlooked, or cropped out of “the big picture.” These are the minds most interesting to us, the minds most capable of emerging from and quickly returning to their lightlessness, if only to be briefly met by a niche appreciation. Aside from a pleasantly temperate and generally fun fall weekend, free of any injury or legal conflict, it is our primary goal to award these artists with the opportunity to be seen, heard, and ultimately, to prevail.
FRIDAY NIGHT 10/1 (PFH RECORD RELEASE/CROPPED OUT KICK-OFF)
KINGFISH (3021 Upper River Rd.)
Fielded (Chicago, IL) 8-8:30
Sapat (Louisville, KY) 9-9:40
Julianna Barwick (Brooklyn, NY) 10-10:40
The Phantom Family Halo record release show (Louisville, KY) 11-11:40
Moon Duo (San Francisco, CA) 12-12:45
SATURDAY 10/2 (INSIDE STAGE)
AMERICAN TURNERS (3125 Upper River Rd.)
The Highlife (Brooklyn, NY/Chicago, IL) 4-4:30
Rabble Rabble (Chicago, IL) 4:50-5:20
LUSHES (Brooklyn, NY) 5:40-6:10
Slow Horse (Chicago, IL) 6:30-7
Prideswallower (Louisville, KY) 7:20-7:50
Wishgift (Chicago, IL) 8:10-8:40
Straight A’s (Louisville, KY) 9 9:40
Parlour (Louisville, KY) 10:05-10:45
CAVE (Chicago, IL) 11:10-11:45
Young Widows (Louisville, KY) 12:05-12:50
Pissed Jeans (Philadelphia, PA) 1:10-2
SATURDAY 10/2 (OUTSIDE STAGE)
AMERICAN TURNERS (3125 Upper River Rd.)
Alex Barnett (Chicago, IL) 1:45-2
Learner Dancer (Indianapolis, IN) 2:15-2:40
Nzambi (Louisville, KY) 2:55-3:20
SKIMASK (Boston, MA) 3:35-4
DAD (Chicago, IL) 4:15-4:45
Geffika (Chicago, IL) 5:05-5:35
Life Partner (Louisville, KY/Chicago, IL) 6-6:30
Natural Geographic (Louisville, KY) 6:50-7:20
MEAH! (Chicago, IL) 7:40-8:10
PC Worship (Brooklyn, NY) 8:30-9:10
CACAW (Chicago, IL) 9:30-10:10
Ga’an (Chicago, IL) 10:30-11:15
SUNDAY 10/3 (INSIDE STAGE)
AMERICAN TURNERS (3125 Upper River Rd.)
Brett Sova (Chicago, IL) 3:05-3:30
Sean Walsh & The National Reserve (Brooklyn, NY) 3:50-4:20
Heavy Cream (Nashville, TN) 4:40-5:10
Animal City (Chicago, IL) 5:30-6
Idiot Glee (Lexington, KY) 6:20-6:50
Warmer Milks (Lexington, KY) 7:10-7:40
Rude Weirdo (Louisville, KY) 8-8:30
FLIGHT (Taylor, MS) 8:50-9:25
Golden Boys (Austin, TX) 9:45-10:20
JEFF The Brotherhood (Nashville, TN) 10:40-11:20
Magik Markers (Brooklyn, NY) 11:40-12:40
SUNDAY 10/3 (OUTSIDE STAGE)
AMERICAN TURNERS (3125 Upper River Rd.)
Softcheque (Louisville, KY) 12:25-12:55
Reading Group (Louisville, KY) 1:10-1:35
Gangly Youth (Louisville, KY) 1:50-2:15
Spectre Folk (Brooklyn, NY) 2:35-3:05
Tinsel Teeth (Providence, RI) 3:25-3:55
PUJOL (Nashville, TN) 4:15-4:45
Giving Up (Garner, IA) 5:05-5:40
State Champion (Louisville, KY/Chicago, IL) 5:55-6:30
Catherine Irwin (Louisville, KY) 6:45-7:20
Spider Bags (Chapel Hill, NC) 7:40-8:20
King Kong (Louisville, KY) 8:40-9:20
Sic Alps (San Francisco, CA) 9:40-10:35
The Young Scamels are Christian Frederickson, Greg King & Jason Noble. The band was created in 2007 for a production of Shakespeare’s "The Tempest" at Actors Theatre of Louisville. The album collects music that was played live during forty one performances of the show.
The Young Scamels “Tempest” album combines classical, electronic and punk music... including banging on scuba tanks, bells and gongs when suggested. The album features the work of vocalist Amber Estes (Liberation Prophecy / Invaders) and drummer Kyle Crabtree (Shipping News / Shannonwright). The limited edition CD comes in a full color digipak with artwork by Jonathan Hawpe. Also available as a digital download.
Also, Magnet Magazine is having an online poll to vote for the your most anticipated release for next week in which The Young Scamels are included. To vote for them go here.
Thursday, September 9, 2010
Friday, August 27, 2010
Saturday, August 14, 2010
Shipping News will release a new LP/CD called "One Less Heartless ToFear" on November 16th, 2010. It's their first new full length album since "Flies The Fields" (2005) and a helluva lot has happened in the last five years. Two weddings, fatherhood, serious illness, a presidential election, multiple wars, city moves, two Batman films and lots of time with friends playing songs. These things seem to have inspired the band to make their most aggressive and adolescent album to date. Shipping News has jettisoned the long songs (and glacial tempos) of the past and is concentrating on energetic blasts of noisy rock (with a little gallows humor thrown in). While slipping into a slightly more sympathetic mood once or twice, the new songs ares tripped down and pretty much nasty.
Working for the first time with the kind folks at Karate Body and Noise Pollution (and African Tape in Europe), this album marks the 14th year of the band's existence. "One Less Heartless To Fear" features seven brand new songs and two "oldies" recorded live on a digital multitrack system at the all-ages venue Skull Alley (Louisville) and The O-Nest (Tokyo). Please enjoy the first single "The Delicate" here or by viewing the clip below.
Tuesday, August 10, 2010
Wednesday, August 4, 2010
Thursday, July 15, 2010
Born as a punk band in the late 1980's, Cerebellum gained a huge following in Louisville before evolving into Crain, a math-rock/punk band that gained a similarly huge following. Crain still has its legion of followers - it's album "Speed" is still available via the Temporary Residence Limited label - but Cerebellum's music has faded, until now available as a few stray tracks on compilation CD's. Louisville's Noise Pollution Records is doing punks a favor by releasing this forceful anthology of pure punk rock - aggressive guitars, driving beats and Joey Mudd's shouted lyrics about teen life and angst. Not every song is a winner, but you'll understand why aging punks miss this band - and the world it inhabited - after listening to "House", "Calm" and "Crawl Out of the Water."
- Joseph Lord
It's a curious conundrum, a frustrating puzzle of heavy music. With so many finite rules - driving beats, ferocious guitars, shouty lyrics - how can heavy metal be creative and original and, most importantly, interesting to listeners who want more than a soundtrack to knock people down to? This debut LP works from a formula that may solve the riddle. Straight A's are not there yet, but the band experiments enough with tempo, sounds and melodies to be interesting outside of the hardcore scene. This doesn't mean "Self Help" is accessible to everyone, nor is it different enough to be a landmark record. But it's a good start from a promising band.
- Joseph Lord
Friday, July 9, 2010
Great review from Dusted...
Traditional sounding, with its stately fiddles, close harmonies and Americana-rooted melodies, Brett Eugene Ralph’s Kentucky Chrome Review is, like all country worth listening to, nonetheless wildly unconventional and rebellious. There’s no moral certitude, no just desserts in these songs. It’s country without the god and patriotism, a non-judgmental peephole into landscapes of teenage strippers, abusive fathers, murderous boyfriends and unfettered, unglamorous dissolution. “Kentucky Chrome,” the first and best of these songs, compresses a novel’s material into its terse, hard-bitten lines. Its down-and-out heroine haunts stripper joints and biker bars, her downscale native habitat drawn in bleak lines and edged with a certain black humor. The girl, who is never named, is doomed from the start (“She could have used a few more years between teddy bears and tittie bars/she could have used a lock on her bedroom door”) but the song wastes very little sentimentality on her. Even when she tries to kill herself and fails, late in the song, the emotional temperature stays mordant and sardonic. In a life that’s a continuous failure, failing to OD is just one more setback, which Ralph marks by advising, “Don’t sweat it, baby, it ain’t like we’re building Rome.”
Ralph, who got his start in the Louisville hardcore band, Malignant Growth, is a poet as well as a songwriter, and his lyrics often pull you up short, as good poetry does. He uses plain-spoken words in combinations that seem, at first, to be unstudied as speech, rough, echoing the dialects of rural Kentucky poverty. Take any line of “Grandpa Was a Hobo” and the language sounds workmanlike and unremarkable. Yet take the song as a whole, and you begin to see how these short lines coalesce into a psychologically nuanced description of three generations of family dysfunction. There is the boy, the narrator, who wonders why his father beats him. There is the father, left at a young age with a woman not his mother and unable to express love for his own son. There is the boy’s mother, making excuses for a distant father to her son. Finally there is the near-mythical grandfather who started the whole story. None of them get more than a few lines or merit flowery description, yet the song is exact and accurate and all the more powerful for what we are left to assume.
Several of these songs could be short stories — or even the basis for novels — but one of the strengths of this album is that they are not. Instead they are fully realized songs, whose music is nearly as striking as the lyrical content. For this recording, Ralph gathered more than 20 musicians, many of them considerably better known than he is. It’s Will Oldham’s voice, unmistakably, singing the lines in “Kentucky Chrome Review” that describe the girl’s failed overdose, and Catherine Irwin of Freakwater entwined in harmonies with Ralph, in the closer “The Whole of the Law.” Jason Loewenstein from Sebadoh plays drums on all 10 tracks, and wherever you hear a country fiddle, it’s Paz Lenchantin from A Perfect Circle. Eleventh Dream Day’s Wink O’Bannon kicks in a couple of smoldered blues guitar solos.
Despite all the big names, the arrangements sound loose and casual, like a bunch of old friends playing together (which, in fact, many of them are). There’s a sweetness in the arrangements that wraps around the songs, easing their tensions and making these masterfully unsettling narratives into something that is, at least on the surface, reassuring. It’s the wild intelligence and burnt-black humor that pulls you into the songs, but the musical warmth and homeliness that invites you to stay.
By Jennifer Kelly
Wednesday, July 7, 2010
Tuesday, June 29, 2010
Monday, June 14, 2010
Just got word that the new Minnow album will be titled "Hello Hubris." Look for it October 2nd.
We're very stoked to report that Minnow began recording the followup to 2008's Thirteen Wrongs this past weekend. The as yet untitled 8 song album is being recorded by Trip Barriger at Studio K and will be released in October. We had a chance to hear a few tracks in progress and it is sounding awesome. More details to come soon...
Wednesday, June 9, 2010
Having grown up in Louisville, I’m astonished to say that while I have known of Second Story Man for years now, their third long player SCREAMING SECRETS is my first full length exposure to the band. I’m not really sure why. As a 90′s scene kid, I was a fan of the members’ work in bands like Itch House and The Flats, but for whatever reason, Second Story Man have managed to hover just below the national radar for 12 years now. While they have toured occasionally with the likes of Shipping News and Sebadoh, they have otherwise contented themselves with churning out apparently masterful noise pop records whenever the mood strikes them. So unfortunately, I can’t really speak to Second Story Man’s growth as a band, but I can attest to the fact that this is a marvelous record that will most likely go tragically under-recognized. SECRETS succeeds by finding a Beatles-esque middle way between the ultra-dynamic river city indie of hometown greats like Slint and Rodan and the scrappy indie pop of early 90′s Chapel Hill bands like Superchunk and Polvo. While opener “The Want Within the Need” and A-side closer “Traffic Jams” attest that the band can rock at full-power, I find myself continually drawn to the lilting and lush “Quietly” and the pastoral acousti-pop of “Suicide Dream.” Elsewhere, the dissonance of “Flies” recalls Murray Street-era Sonic Youth, and “The Mav” best exemplifies the band’s powerful dual vocal approach. Given the overall quality of SCREAMING SECRETS, I’ll definitely search out the band’s back catalog. Having grown into this record over the last few months, I can entusiastically say that it’s high time the world get to know Second Story Man.
Former Punk's New Clothes Fit Nicely
Brett Eugene Ralph made his initial splash in Louisville back in the 1980s as lead singer of the punk outfit Malignant Growth (still one of the great punk band names of all-time, by the way) before taking time off to get a college degree and reinvent himself artistically.
Ralph became a poet and is now a writing instructor with a book of poetry on the market. His new musical persona, however, is decidedly folk-country, and the new britches fit Ralph nicely. According to the band's press notes, the goal when forming Kentucky Chrome Revue was to blend Rolling Thunder Revue-era Bob Dylan with 1970s outlaw country effectively enough to be considered "the MC5 of country music." Nice.
With all that noted, it's no surprise to pop a CD in one's player and hear songs like "Grandpa Was a Hobo" and "Your Pretty Face is Going to Hell."
Interestingly, the beautiful arrangements herein are matched by the musicianship presenting them and the sparkling, sweet production. It's quite an aural pleasure. But it's best enjoyed when listening carefully to Ralph's lyrical poetry. While he isn't the smoothest singer in town, he delivers his stories with warmth and intent.
Songs like "I Cry Easy" sound like radio hits in the making thanks in part to the hook, carefully arranged vocals and guitar work. But the soft chorus is interspersed with some startling lyrical imagery and clever and subtle humor. It's a complete package.
It doesn't hurt matters that the project is a star-studded affair with contributions by Will Oldham, Catherine Irwin, Peter Searcy and Jolie Holland, among many others. A definite win for the punk-turned-poet. Expect more to come.
I have to say, we get unbelievably lucky with the quality of records that show up for review. Second Story Man is a Louisville band that has been around for over 10 years, and you can hear the experience in their music. Having toured with bands like Sebadoh and Shipping News, you can hear the wonderful 90’s sensibility that us old folks all yearn for in our rock music. It’s basically a record full of lush, awesome male/female rock and pop, and who doesn’t need more of that?
Wednesday, June 2, 2010
- by Pawl Schwartz
Monday, May 31, 2010
- Joseph Lord
Wednesday, May 26, 2010
Did you know Carrie Neumayer can scream? Not some like-omg-I-just-went-to-the-mall-bought-a-new-top-and-it’s-sooooo-fab scream. I’m talking about an all-you-testosterone-meatheads-can-bow-down caterwaul. For the chorus on “Clocks” alone, she deserves to be credited as Louisville’s first, true riot grrl. She’ll probably kill me for saying this, but the art students of Meyzeek should feel fortunate to have an intelligent, thoughtful human being as a teacher and mentor, and Louisville’s music scene is less of a boys club because she is here. The lady is a champ.
- Mat Herron
We couldn't agree more. Carrie rules.
Monday, May 17, 2010
Saturday, May 15, 2010
Wednesday, May 12, 2010
From Louisville Music News...
It sounds as if Second Story Man was able to consume, digest and even spit up its rushing brand of rock to create it's newest album, Screaming Secrets. Kevin Ratterman's production assistance can be heard throughout and his Funeral Home recording studio proved to be a fitting sonic battlefield for Second Story Man to wage its own musical war.
Screaming Secrets is able to pin swollen waves of grinding tones against swift melodies and swooping harmonies. Warm, oozing textures trudge forward through nerved guitars, restless drums and erratic vocals ("Want Within the Need" and "Clocks"), only to be blinded by clouds of reverb and lofty dynamics on tracks like "Oompa Loompa" and "Traffic Jams."
Violins and banjos are spread across several tracks in a strangely tasteful way. While a host of influences are evident, Second Story Man quickly and firmly plants its own impression of what it means to rock and how to do so.
Second Story Man manages to build and keep control of a creatively energetic rock sound. It's a comfortable chaos amplified by big production that's not easy to achieve. With Screaming Secrets, the band has raised the bar for themselves and other post-punk indie rock bands.
Want more? It's at myspace.com/secondstoryman.
by Hunter Embry
Complete Track Listing:
Scully - Awaken
Rude Weirdo - VS
E-Flat - Dogs at Play
Montag - What am I Supposed to Do?
Antikythera - Freeze (pre lp version)...
Stonecutters - Red
Second Story Man - Lay Down and Die
Catherine Irwin - Razor
Lords - Clayfist
Emperyan Asunder - Spinning
Straight A's - Charge!
Manson Family Feud - Brother Doubt
Absence of Faith - Greatest Gift
Brother Doubt - Freeze (lp version)
Black Church - Myth
Porosus - Seven Sisters
Glasspack - Going Home
+ one not so hidden extra track
As a country songwriter, Ralph leans toward the outlaw tradition of David Allan Coe and Waylon Jennings, but his poetry renders his songs considerably denser than even the most complex compositions offered by those two towers of the genre. Too, Ralph’s wordplay is occasionally more intentionally playful; “Kentucky Chrome,” for instance, is slang for duct tape (a throwback to Ralph’s punk roots, perhaps?), but that little bit of info isn’t explained within the story (in the title track) of a tragic young woman who runs away from home to a life of sexual misadventure that is interrupted by a suicide attempt.
Most of the songs, including “I Cry Easy” (a confession of sentimentality) and “Charcoal Grey” (an homage to a man’s best suit), embrace a fairly traditional, structural appreciation for country conventions. Elsewhere, “The Whole of the Law” and “Happened to Be” are nakedly confessional, offering a voice to a generation of misguided aging punks looking back on our third and fourth decades.
- Paul Curry
Tuesday, April 27, 2010
Completing their slow reemergence from the abyss, the enigmatic Louisville legends THE WEB will be releasing their (very, very) long awaited third album, Clydotorous Scrotohendron, next month. The seven song album will be released on LP with letter pressed covers by Dexterity Press. The album will also include a free digital download. The release show will take place at Vernon Club (1575 Story Ave) on Saturday, June 12th. Opening for The Web will be Phantom Family Halo and Softcheque. Doors at 9pm. Cost is $6. 18 and over. As huge fans of The Web for many years, we are thrilled and honored to have them on the label.
VARIOUS ARTISTS Black Box
In partnership with ThinkIndie.com, Noise Pollution will making available a sampler of our output from the past several years in the form of a FREE digital download. 17 songs from such kick ass artists as Lucky Pineapple, The Teeth, The Web, Second Story Man, Brett Ralph, Straight A's, Cerebellum, Metroschifter, Minnow, Evergreen, VRKTM and more. We hope to have this available sometime next week.
Chime Hours were active for a brief period last year and was comprised of members with roots in bands such as Hedge, OUT., By the Grace of God and Straight A's. Chime Hours had begun recording an EP to be released on Noise Pollution, but subsequently broke up which caused the release to be canceled. Well, Chime Hours have reconstituted themselves and the EP is back on! This EP contains six songs which serve as an introduction to the band's abrasive, Gravity Records-esque sound and will be available in very limited quantities. No release date has been set yet, but we expect to see it out by mid summer.
The Glasspack will be belatedly celebrating their 10 year anniversary with this split seven inch with fellow road warriors Trophy Wives. The record will feature one song from each band: The Glasspack's "If You Don't Have Anything Nice to Say" and Trophy Wives' "Firecracker" along with a bunch of bonus tracks by both bands included as a digital download. It's gonna be a steal really. The release show will be Saturday, August 21st at Zanzabar (2100 Preston St.)
Saturday, April 17, 2010
The Louisville volume of Brendan Canty and Christoph Green's Burn to Shine DVD series will be making it's premiere on May 22nd. The DVD will feature performances from Lucky Pineapple, Will Oldham, Lords, Shipping News, VRKTM and more. For all the details, check out Peter's post.
Wednesday, March 17, 2010
Tuesday, February 23, 2010
Sunday, February 21, 2010
We've had the pleasure of working with Brett, albeit in a limited fashion, on the Bold Beginnings project a few years back and are thrilled to now be helping the Kentucky Chrome Revue album see the light of day. The album features a host of guest performers including such luminaries as Will Oldham, Catherine Irwin (Freakwater), Jason Loewenstein (Sebadoh), Jolie Holland, Wink O'Bannon and Peter Searcy. It was recorded with Paul Oldham at his farmhouse studio in Shelbyville and features ten songs including a honkytonk version of Iggy & the Stooges "Your Pretty Face is Going to Hell." Brett's debut book of poetry, Black Sabbatical, was also released this past year and can be ordered from Sarabande Books.
The Kentucky Chrome Revue will also be performing with the great Antietam at Bruar Falls (in Brooklyn) on March 28th. This will be the first time Brett has shared the stage with Tim and Tara since 1982. We'll post pictures and/or videos here when and if they show up.
Wednesday, February 3, 2010
The band includes Lucky Pineapple guitarist Matt Dodds, but that band’s expansive experimental rock is miles away from The Teeth’s lean, jagged post-hardcore. Best is “Huevos Cubanos,” a down-tempo instrumental that contrasts the band’s other Archers of Loaf-style compositions without stealing their power. Rarely has both a band’s name and the title of their record been so appropriate.
- Eric Condon
It isn’t hard to tell that this well-organized, coherent album took more than a year of work: Auxiliary banjos and violins don’t seem haphazard; rather they accentuate each song’s specific goals. SSM’s service of the song — no matter how different, harmonic or twangy it needs to be — is the band’s most refreshing characteristic. They fill each tune with every twist, turn and texture necessary, make any genre work for them, and tie it together with signature vocal harmonies. This album deserves all the attention it can get.
- Pawl Schwartz