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Firewater — Get Off The Cross

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Firewater Get Off the Cross Debut Album

In partnership with Checkered Past RecordsFirewater‘s seminal world punk debut album Get Off the Cross…We Need the Wood for the Fire will be reissued on translucent purple vinyl LP on June 2nd! Pre-order here. 

On wax for the first time for its 20th anniversary! Limited edition of 500. New handmade cover art by Tod A, inner sleeve with lyrics. Featuring members of Cop Shoot Cop, The Jesus Lizard, Soul Coughing, Laughing Hyenas, and Eysian Fields. Globally minded, strongly opinionated, and fully aware that we need to blow off some steam and have a party…

 

The Lost Counts — Found!

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The Lost Counts will help you find your soul. Whether it be in a funky soul-jazz organ cooker, a Memphis-soul stew, or a piping hot gut-bucket boogie, these boys will get you moving. The Lost Counts are comprised of members, Josh Perdue on guitar, Nate “Count” Basinger on Hammond Organ, and either ace percussionist Johnny Radelat or Bobby Trimble on drums. Although The Lost Counts specialize in the kind of instrumentals that cause rare groove aficionados to salivate, guitar slanger Josh Perdue, also boasts some soulful pipes!

 

Laser Background — Dark Nuclear Bogs

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Andy Molholt twists vast assortments of wonky sounds into kaleidoscopic psych-pop as Laser Background, and later this week he’ll release a whole batch of knotty new tunes on his album Dark Nuclear Bogs (an anagram of the band name). It’ll serve as the follow-up to last year’s deliciously dizzying Correct and finds Molholt softening some of the project’s rougher edges to make for a listen equally as inventive but that goes down a bit easier.

“Francine” is a mid-tempo ballad that manages to blend warbly ringing and a geometric guitar line into a dreamy mosaic. Meanwhile “Climb The Hill” uses Saturday morning cartoon keyboards alongside a relentless drum machine to create a melodiously twisted fantasy. And on “Slubberdeguillion,” Moholt throws his voice through a blearing processor to sound like nothing short of an intoxicating nightmare. Altogether, the album congeals into a remarkably holistic listen. As Molholt explains:

The first track “Mostly Water” is meant to be a song about birth, about beginning anew, and the last track “Bright Field” is very specifically about death. So there is a bit of a journey to this album, and a lot of self-reflection. I intentionally repeated words, phrases, musical ideas, etc. in different spots on the record.

Listen and check out the band’s upcoming tour dates below.

05/12 – Fayetteville, AR – Backspace
05/13 – Dallas, TX – Armoury D.E.
05/14 – Austin, TX – Hotel Vegas
05/15 – San Antonio, TX – Limelight
05/16 – Houston, TX – Walter’s Downtown
05/17 – New Orleans, LA – Siberia
05/18 – Atlanta, GA – The Earl %
05/19 – Knoxville, TN – Pilot Light
05/20 – Raleigh, NC – Ruby Deluxe
05/21 – Richmond, VA – Gallery5
05/24 – Arcata, CA – Richards’ Goat Tavern
05/25 – Portland, OR – The Know #
05/26 – Seattle, WA – Lo-Fi Performance Gallery #
05/27 – Vancouver, BC – Hidden City Records #
05/28 – Olympia, WA – Le Voyeur
05/31 – Sacramento, CA – Starlite Lounge √
06/01 – San Francisco – Different Fur Studios
06/02 – Oakland, CA – Eli’s Mile High Club
06/03 – Los Angeles, CA – TBA
07/07 – Brooklyn, NY – The Glove √
07/08 – College Park, MD – The Void √
07/09 – Philadelphia, PA – Everybody Hits √

^ w/ Norwegian Arms
% w/ Breathers
# w/ Jo Passed
√ w/ Pregnant

Brainstory — Self Titled

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Brainstory is a tale of brothers bounded by blood, by fate, and a small town with nothing to do. Brothers brought together by some unknown magic that would set them free to create, to sing, and to play a music of the soul. To open a window of truth in a world of auto-tuned hamburger egos. To forever be pushing long hair out of their eyes as they explore the cosmos beyond the hot, dusty, world in which they’ve dwelled. And what a universe it is. One part Jazz and one part Psychedelia, with a whole lotta Soul put in the middle. Add some Hendrix and Mayfield, some Bossa, and some afro-latin groove and you’ve got the right idea. Pure fun-love-exploration music.

Their story begins in the long lost lands of the San Bernardino Valley, in the twilight zone known as Rialto, California: A hot, arid, dusty, wasteland of boredom and dirty trash-filled empty lots, which could’ve only given rise to the backyard punk jams of the boy’s teenage youth. Through Punk and skateboarding, brothers Kevin and Tony Martin found liberation from the monotony. But soon a hunger for more would grip the boys—for they grew up in a rich musical world far beyond that of the hardcore punk they admired. As long as they could remember, they were surrounded by their father’s soulful gospel expressions as a popular lead vocalist in the church. Every Sunday was a lesson in soul bearing performance. Frequent weekend visits to Grandma’s house also were important in shaping their musical destinies. As an avid Jazz and R&B fan, Grandpa Juan played the likes of Duke Ellington, Louis Jordan, Johnny Hodges, Count Basie and other 30’s and 40’s artists both on the turntable and on his tenor/alto sax. Swinging was the key lesson. Thus naturally, Jazz, folk, soul, and psychedelia would soon make a feast upon the brothers’ souls. “Bitches Brew (the Miles Davis album) was a big one for me”, says brother Tony. “All my life I had lived with a hunger for imagination and adventure. After listening to this album here was everything I craved, crafted in sound. After that first listen, I knew I wanted to be a musician.” In their early years, it was normal to hear the Doors blasting out of one room and Coltrane out of another. Sometimes it was Bob Dylan and Monk butting heads. Or Mingus and Smokey. There was always an eclectic set of ideas, melodies, and sounds. College and girlfriends may have separated them for a while but the calling was always there. It just wasn’t the right time. Many bands, gigs, and demo-recordings later, the final piece would be found to unite the brothers at last.

Originally an acoustic guitar duo the band grew into a full piece outfit with the return of Tony and the addition of longtime jazz trio member Eric Hagstrom. Armed with a renewed love for the electric jazz sounds of their inspiration, the trio of destiny was now complete. The new EP is out now, and the band is touring with Chicano Batman through the summer.

 

The Steel Woods — Straw In The Wind

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Straw In The Wind, the debut album from Nashville-based rock band The Steel Woods is set for release on May 19 via Woods Music/Thirty Tigers — you can pre-order it now. The Steel Woods are a commanding musical force that blends an amalgam of influences with a Southern-infused foundation. The group’s sound is a hybrid of rock, blues, folk, gospel, heavy metal, Americana, soul and bluegrass.

Straw In The Wind features 13 tracks mostly written by lead singer Wes Bayliss and guitarist Jason ‘Rowdy” Cope, who played guitar in Jamey Johnson’s band for nine years. The album includes songs by acclaimed writers such as Darrell Scott, Brent Cobb and even Black Sabbath, which receive inspired and distinctive interpretations. Bayliss and Cope, the gifted multi-instrumentalists and group co-founders, are joined by drummer Jay Tooke and bassist Johnny Stanton.

 

Rob Mehl – House On The Rock b​/​w Taste And See

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Read the blog post: alohagotsoul.com/2017/04/10/interview-rob-mehl-talks-house-on-the-rock-and-taste-and-see/

Brought to light in the 21st century on Psychemagik’s Magik Sunrise compilation in 2013, “House On The Rock” is a shimmering, sophisticated groove with a strong West Coast sound — after all, songwriter Rob Mehl spend nearly three decades between Southern California and Hawai‘i, where the surf was too irresistible to leave behind for very long. He first moved to Oahu in 1958, a year before Hawaii became the 50th state.

“House On The Rock” has become a staple for summer-ready mixtapes from DJs and collectors, including multi-instrumentalist Shawn Lee of the modern day Yacht Rock group Young Gun Silver Fox.

The equally strong “Taste And See” on the flipside provides the only lyrical reference to Hawai‘i (“mangos and papayas got flavors of their own”) while remaining in line with Mehl’s smooth West Coast vibe — he hired two of Chuck Mangione’s colleagues for the recording, guitarist Steve O’Conner and horn player John Rekevics.

Surprisingly, Mehl’s original vision was to do an album of traditional Hawaiian music, but one day a friend told him he’s too “haole” and the idea just won’t work. “I was crushed, I was devastated. Taste And Sea, it was gonna be this mix of songs I’d written and kanaka wai wai (Hawaiian songs).”

 

Record Store Day 2017

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Happy RSD 2017!  10 years of celebrating the indie record stores that so many of us spend much of our free time and spare dimes…here’s a list of titles pressed by GGR this year:

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Cheap Trick – The Epic Archive Vol. 1 (1975-1979)

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Colemine Records – Soul Slabs Vol. 1

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Commander Cody and His Lost Planet Airmen – Live Ebbett’s Field

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Corey Feldman (feat Snoop Doff and Doc Ice) – Go 4 it b/w Everybody 7inch

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Count Five – Psychotic Reaction

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Electric Flag – Whisky A-Go-Go: September, 1967

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Emerson Lake and Palmer – Once Upon A Time in South America

Friendship Commanders – Junebug 7inch

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Mark Mulcahy – The Possum In The Driveway

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The Music Machine – (Turn On) The Music Machine

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Paul Butterfield – Live in New York 1970

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Son House – Oberlin College, April 15, 1965

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Soundtrack – Pineapple Express

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Southside Johnny & The Asbury Jukes – Live From E Street

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Stone Roses – Sally Cinnamon

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Tillers / Frontier Folk Nebraska – Split 7inch

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Todd Rundgren & Utopia – Utopia Live at the Fox: 1973

Walter Lure & The Waldos - Live In Brooklyn

Walter Lure & The Waldos – Live in Brooklyn

Wussy – Self Titled

 

 

The V-Roys — Just Add Ice

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This is the limited edition, first ever vinyl release of The V-RoysJust Add Ice. Originally released in 1996, Just Add Ice turns 21 this year; now it’s old enough to buy its own Cold Beer Hello. This limited issue of 500 copies is individually numbered with a silver stamp on a nice matte finish, tip-on jacket.

 

The Figgs — The Man Who Fights Himself

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The Story Behind The Release (in the words of Mike Gent, April 2017).

In the spring of 2008, we rolled into Los Angeles armed with a batch of brand new, unrehearsed songs and keyboardist Scott Janovitz. On top of the studio time we had booked, I had the terrible idea of adding shows to our schedule. We would record all day, take a dinner break, go to whatever show was booked, stay up all night catching up with west coast friends, then do the same thing the next day, then the next, and the next….Not the best situation for getting usable takes.

Sessions continued for a bit in Philly at G Love’s studio and then a lot of time passed before we continued work on the album. I’ve always felt that the band really needed a producer for this record. We had successfully produced Palais & Follow Jean on our own, but by the time we hit this record, we had run out of steam in the production dept.

The next set of sessions in 2009 we did at Scott Riebling’s studio. Scott recorded the first Gentlemen record and I’ve always enjoyed working with him. Just what the doctor ordered… Those sessions were so easy and fun, it inspired us to book a final set of sessions with Seth Powell at the original location of his Soundcheck Republic studio to finish the record.

The Man Who Fights Himself was finally released in spring of 2010 (Two years after we started it in LA) with very little fanfare.

The idea to remix some of the record has always been in the back of my mind. A few people over the years have asked when this would be released on vinyl. It made sense to me that when we did get around to putting it out on vinyl, that I would take the masters, remix most of the record, and have it remastered by Mike Quinn specifically for vinyl. Well, I finally got around to this project last Oct-Dec with the help of Ducky Carlisle.

Preorder is up!

 

Matthew Logan Vasquez — Does What He Wants

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Does What He Wants (LP)

Matthew Logan Vasquez is feeling optimistic.

That’s not necessarily apparent the first time you spin his new full-length solo album. Each track on Matthew Logan Does What He Wants feels urgent and intense. Impatient landlords, financial woes and other frustrations fan the agitation embedded in the opening track, “Same.” Isolation darkens the brooding images of “From Behind The Glass.” Death takes a bow on “The Fighter.” Vasquez can’t help but juxtapose the celebration of “Fatherhood” with a lament that “we ain’t got the money to pay the hospital.”

The music enhances this impression. As fans of his work with Delta Spirit and Middle Brother know well, Vasquez knows how to fuse passion and poetry in his writing and then ignite this volatile mix with extraordinarily expressive singing. In this sense he stands as a peer and a worthy successor to those who influenced him as an up-and-coming artist — Neil Young, Kurt Cobain, Pink Floyd, Lou Reed and others often mentioned, none of them known for their upbeat, sunny lyrics.

The Does What He Wants pre-order is up for now, and the album will be released by Dine Alone Records on April 21.  Also, the Does What He Wants tour has begun, hitting many dates across the U.S. between now and May 27.

 

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