January 2011

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Earth Girl Helen Brown – Hit After Hit

(Gorilla vs. Bear blog’s) Forest Family imprint has announced that their next release is Earth Girl Helen Brown’s “Story of an Earth Girl” 10″ EP (limited to 500 copies on white vinyl) out on March 1st.  Helen Brown was created by Sonny Smith of Sonny & the Sunsets for his 100 Records project with help from Heidi Alexander of the Sandwitches.

Sonny & The Sunsets:
WFMU / aQ SXSW 2010 (sonny)
@ Encore, Austin TX / March 19 2010
Sonny & The Sunsets perform live at WFMU’s 2010 SXSW showcase, co-curated by aQuarius Records. (via FMA)

“If you feel like you’re not good enough, well you’re probably not. 
   And you know what? You never ever will be.”

Chain and the Gang – Not Good Enough

Chain and the Gang – Why Not

Both Tracks are taken from the upcoming second full length “Music’s Not For Everyone” by Ian Svenonious‘s latest band, Chain and the Gang, which is due out on February 22nd via K Records.  Svenonius (Nation of Ulysses, The Make-Up, Scene Creamers, Weird War) is also known as an author and as a host of Soft Focus on VBS.tv..  The Gang features Fred Thomas, Arrington de Dionyso, Brian Weber and Veronica Ortuño, (The Carrots and Finally Punk), Sara Pedal (Seahorse Liberation Army) and Tara Jane ONeil. …. RIYL: Ian Dury

The K Singles Zip-Pak features an advance preview tracks from the album, with special Lathe Disc Recording Versions recorded at Dub Narcotic Studio by Arrington de Dionyso.

Photo by Doug Seymour

The Feelies – Should Be Gone

Listen to a song from The Feelies‘ forthcoming full length “Here Before,” due out on April 12th via Bar/None.

Son Cats – O’Dell
Music video for O’Dell! by Son Cats. Animation by Alex R. Wilson.
Starring Alex R. Wilson & Jasmine D. Wagner.

O’DEll is taken from Sonn Catts’ latest 7″, “O’Dell/1971″ via Arbors / For Satellites, and digitally via their bandcamp page.

Son Cats are a psychedelic blues-rock group hailing from Portland, OR and Hartford, CT. The Cats have also lived in the backseat of a Honda Accord and done time in Missoula, Montana and Brooklyn, New York. Alex Reed Wilson howls and rips on the guitar and Jasmine Dreame Wagner thrashes the drums.

James Avati – A Life in Paperbacks (VPRO television, 2000)
Excerpt from the documentary “James Avati – A Life in Paperbacks” by Koert Davidse and Piet Schreuders, an independent graphic designer based in Amsterdam, also known as a co-founder of Beau Hunks with Gert-Jan Blom and a contributor of Basta Music.  Camera: Ton Peters Sound: Gusta van Eijk

JAMES AVATI (1912-2005) earned renown as a pre-eminent paperback cover artist in an illustrious 40-year career that began during the paperback revolution of the 1950s. His work helped popularize the literature of Erskine Caldwell, James T. Farrell, William Faulkner, Alberto Moravia, Ayn Rand, Louis Bromfield, Robert Penn Warren and many others.

Boulevard of Broken Dreams
“It’s the Talk of The Town
(And Other Sad Songs)”
original release: Idiot Records/1985,
available now via Basta Music
Liner notes and art direction
by Piet Schreuders,
cover painting by James S. Avati
for the paperback novel
‘Down All your Streets’ by Leonard Bishop
(Signet Books D1009, 1953)


Boulevard Of Broken Dreams (Gigolo And Gigolette)
Music by – Harry Warren
The Boulevard Of Broken Dreams Orchestra (an inspiration of Ton van Bergeijk and Gert-Jan Blom (Beau Hunks)— has it’s roots in the Dutch small bands discipline, from which it emerged around 1984)
Featuring [Tenor Sax] – Roland Brunt
Album: It’s The Talk Of The Town (And Other Sad Songs)

“It should be noted that the Broken Dreams Orchestra did not really exist as a band. It was as they advertised; “… a dream, purposely evoked each Spring and shattered each Fall”. Until 1987 when The Boulevard Of Broken Dreams ceased to exist.”

Greg Davis and Chris Weisman

Chris Weisman – The Sun Comes Back   (via)

chris weisman’s new double album pop masterpiece. his most personal & accessible album yet. for fans of elliott smith, the beatles, and weird music.  

‘The Sun Comes Back’ is taken from the latest release “Transparency” of Chris Weisman (also known for Brattleboro, Vermont-based foursome Happy Birthday and the duo, Chris Weisman & Greg Davis).  This double album is available now on Greg Davis’ Autumn Records following up to last year’s “Fresh Sip” cassette.

Transparency (Autumn Records)

Big Search – Middle Man

‘Middle Man’ is taken from the new single of Big Search (aka Matt Popieluck who is known as Foreign Born frontman and his collaborations with Fool’s Gold, Papercuts, Glasser and Cass McCombs). This limited-edition 7″ is available now via White Iris.

As the record label counterpart to the musical collective/ recording studio Black Iris, White Iris is headed by Lewis Pesacov, the guitarist/producer behind Foreign Born and Fool’s Gold. 

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