Pittsburgh’s Old Head returns March 19 at The Brillobox! Get there early for Terry & The Cops and Outsideinside.
Featuring Modey Lemon’s Phil Boyd and Jason Kirker, along with bassist Bill Wehman and Mike Layton, the band’s brand new self-titled release via Omentum Records is officially available at the show.
We’ve all heard about the iconic vibe of Route 66, the neon lights on Broadway and the ocean air of the Pacific Coast Highway. But there are untold stories emanating from countless blue highways across the land – like Interstate 20, which cuts a 1500-mile swath from South Carolina to Texas, and cuts deep into the spirit of those who’ve spent their lives traversing it. Lucinda Williams is one of those people, and with the expansive, enveloping The Ghosts of Highway 20, she brings those stories to life – and gives listeners a remarkably vivid look at how the highway has been a literal and figurative backdrop throughout her entire life. The intensely involving 14-song collection may be the most deeply felt, deeply affecting work of Lucinda Williams’ illustrious 35-plus-year career, a career that has been established on a foundation of remarkably personal songs. Pre-order the vinyl now.
Clayton Waller, the Mississippi music artist known as Rock Eupora, started taking piano lessons at the age of 5. He quickly discovered his love for songwriting and performing and took advantage of nearly every opportunity to play music. In college, he helped form a rock-n-roll power trio called Wolf Cove. Wolf Cove started dissolving as graduation approached, and Waller began writing solo. These songs eventually became Rock Eupora and took form as the first album, Blanks.
While in grad school in Nashville, TN, Waller wrote and recorded Rock Eupora’s second full-length album in his apartment-converted basement. In Soon the Sun Will Come (available in February 2016), Waller uses galactic hooks and melodies and a unique blend of gritty rock and shimmering pop to address the power of time, the reality of love, and the importance of faith as he experiences a transitional stage of life. Waller and the Rock Eupora band currently reside in Nashville and frequently tour across the Southeast.
“I prefer to create friction,” post-Country chanteuse Aubrie Sellers offers. “Because if you’re not pushing buttons, you’re just making something pleasant, it’s probably been done before… and it’s not making anyone feel anything.”
In this world of pretty little girls who are seen and not heard and reality stars who are famous for nothing, the 24 year old songwriter ain’t buying in. Laughing, she continues, “I’d rather my music be polarizing than everyone like it, because they rarely do. I think passion is a lot deeper than that. I want to go deeper, and be honest that life isn’t just some party and going out. I mean, don’t people feel anything?”
Not that New City Blues is some kind of morbid, maudlin affair. From the cutlery in the blender indictment of surface beauty “Paper Doll” to the lone star drive of “Just To Be With You” and the tumbledown melody of “Sit Here And Cry,” this is a high energy box cutter of emotion: 14 songs marked by the bite and punch of smart girls who know there’s more to life than a cold beer and cut-Offs.
2015 (The Year of The Ram) has been a year of major change for Matthew Logan Vasquez. He moved with his wife, Marthe, from Brooklyn to Austin, he saw the birth of his first child Thor, and after a decade since founding his critically acclaimed band, Delta Spirit, he’s finally decided to go it alone FOR THE FIRST TIME, with his solo debut, The Austin EP, to be released November, 2015 , and a full length LP, Solicitor Returns, to shortly follow in early 2016 (it just shipped out from GGR this week).
Matt went solo for simple reasons– to return to the style of rock he loves. And when he went solo he REALLY went solo. He plays every instrument on the record, except for two drum tracks and one guitar track. Delta Spirit undoubtedly will be back but he wanted to make a collection of music without the influence of his beloved brethren (it’s only natural for a frontman to feel the need to let loose from time to time). You will hear his new material and you will hear Iggy Pop. Neil Young. Kurt Cobain. Gram Parsons. But ultimately, you’re hearing Matthew Logan Vasquez.
Thanks to Rocket Heart Records for enlisting GGR to press their Kickstarter-backed reissue of the seminal first album by Kansas rockers, Ultmate Fakebook. The album, Electric Kissing Parties, is available as a limited edition black vinyl package, or an ultra-limited (only 100 copies) RED vinyl package.
You can grab one form Rocket Heart while supplies last!
The release date for Outside, the brand-new LP from Tapes ‘n Tapes is only a week away; hot off the GGR presses and shipped to the distributor….
To celebrate, the band put another new song from the album, Badaboom, on its website. Just head on over to tapesntapes.com to check it out!
If you’re going to be in Minneapolis on 1/11/11, you should join the band for the official record release party. First, they’ll be playing a FREE in-store performance at the Electric Fetus at 7pm. PBR, Modern Cafe, and Peace Coffee will be providing FREE food and beverages. After the in-store, they’re moving the party over to Nick and Eddie for an Outside listening party, giveaways, and DJ sets by Mike2600 and Tapes ‘n Tapes. It’s gonna be an all night celebration!
There are a lot of other pre-album release festivities planned for this week. The best way to keep up with everything is via the Tapes ‘n Tapes Facebook and Twitter.
The Deep Earth Soundsystem Consciousness Network operates out of the southside of Chicago, IL as a rotating hub of ideas based on electronic synthesis, rhythmic maneuvering, and minimal excursions. The personnel currently includes J. Shaver, O. Junker, and T. Janas.
GGR is proud to have pressed Deep Earth’s first vinyl LP release, Nachtmusik — Four hazy tracks covering 35 minutes were recorded, chopped, screwed, and spit-shined by Mr. Dan Agosto over four sessions spanning three seasons in this year 2010, and the album presents them in their entirety.
Thank you to Paper & Plastick for another great 7″ project! This time, it’s Bomb The Music Industry — Everybody That You Love — a deluxe 7″ single limited to 333 copies in yellow, 333 copies in orange, and 333 copies as half/half orange and yellow!
BTMI are known for their DIY punk ethic, offering free stencils and paint for fans to create their own T-shirts. They also offer their fans a chance to play on stage if they learn a song and bring their instruments to the show.
You can grab a copy of the 7″ here!
Lougow‘s Dull Thicket was recorded at Bellhead studio in olympia washington by Evan Hashi www.bellheadrecording.com. Megan’s parts were recorded by Vice Cooler in his bedroom, and the album was mastered by Kramer at Noise Miami.
Available on LP+digital download on January 1, you can grab one of only 500 limited edition copies from the band here.