October 2011

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Lady Luck (Richard Swift cover)
Pickwick at the Crocodile with Damien Jurado, 2011
City Arts Festival, 10.21.2011, Seattle, WA

Richard Swift – Lady Luck
taken from “The Atlantic Ocean” album (Secretly Canadian, 2009)

Hailing from the Pacific Northwest, Space Needle city, very vintage R&B/Pop-influenced group, Pickwick consists of six guys Galen Disston, Michael Parker, Garrett Parker, Matt Emmett, Cassady Lillstrom, Kory Kruckenberg.

WATCH more :: Pickwick – Blackout (Suzzallo Reading Room), Pickwick sings an a capella rendition of ‘Blackout’ to the Suzzallo Reading Room at the University of Washington.

RIYL: Squeeze/Paul Carrack, Nick Waterhouse, Richard Swift ….

Scott Tuma – fishen  (via)

Scott Tuma – eloper  (via)

Both tracks are taken from Scott Tuma‘s “Not For Nobody” album which was originally released on CD by Digitalis in 2008, and now available on Art Edition LP/LP/Cassette by Immune Recordings with new artwork of Chris Koelle.

Scott Tuma is a musician from Chicago who is best known for having played guitar in the pioneering alt-country band Souled American. Since his departure from Souled American in the late 1990s Tuma has released three solo albums, performed and recorded with Chicago’s Boxhead Ensemble, and collaborated with Matt Christensen and Mike Weis, members of the band Zelienople in a project dubbed Good Stuff House.”

Scott Tuma guitar/voice @ Empty Bottle 20110303
Fred Lonberg-Holm tenor guitar
Emmett Kelly guitar
Ben Boye pump organ

The Island by bethsorrentino

Beth Sorrentino – I’m Not Living Here

Listen! a new preview track for the forthcoming Beth Sorrentino‘s “would you like to go – a Curt Boettcher Songbook,” a collection of songs associated with the king of “Sunshine Pop” Curt Boettcher (1944-1987), along with another track ‘I’m Not Living Here’ from the album.
Further information, HERE.

Album Sequence:
01 Would You Like To Go (Boettcher/Alexander)
02 I Just Want To Be Your Friend (Boettcher)
03 The Island (Boettcher)
04 I’m Not Living Here (Boettcher)
05 You Know I’ve Found A Way (Boettcher/Mallory)
06 Baby, Please Don’t Go (trad. arr. Boettcher)
07 Another Time (Boettcher)
08 Along Comes Mary (Almer; Boettcher co-writer credit disputed)
09 Prelude (Rhodes/Edgar)
10 The Know-It-All (Boettcher)
11 There Is Nothing More To Say (Boettcher/Fennelly/Mallory)
12 Wearing Levis (bonus track) (Boettcher)

All songs originally recorded by The Millennium, The Ballroom, Sagittarius and/or Curt Boettcher (demos), 1966-1969.
Producer: Sean Slade / Executive Producer: Irwin Chusid / Recorded with Jeremy Moses Curtis, Benny Grotto, Irwin Chusid.

LISTEN :: “Curt Boettcher – The King of Sunshine Pop” on Trilogy Rock Radio

Illustration by Ginnie Hofmann, Mademoiselle, July 1955


Suddenly, Tammy! – Lamp
a song from their self-titled full-length debut (spinART/1993)
In the early 1990s, Beth Sorrentino formed the music trio, Suddenly, Tammy! with her brother Jay (drums), and high school friend Ken Heitmueller (bass).

Darren Hayman – The Ship’s Piano
A song from the album “The Ship’s Piano” released from Fortuna POP! on CD in a gatefold sleeve and on 12″ vinyl.

Darren Hayman – The Ship’s Piano

This download through his bandcamp includes the eleven songs from the physical release as well as 6 additional unreleased songs.

“All the songs were written on my ships’s piano. ‘Ship’s Piano’ is a collequial term given to small-scale pianos that were used on boats. Mine was built in France in 1933 and folds away to resemble a sideboard. I wrote a song where I imagine its history. It’s called ‘The Ship’s Piano’.”

The Brentwood, Essex-born English singer-songwriter, Darren Hayman is best known as the lead singer and guitarist in Hefner. Since the band split in 2002, Hayman has embarked on a solo career and has released five albums, three of which were with his band Darren Hayman & the Secondary Modern. Also an East London country /bluegrass band Hayman, Watkins, Trout and Lee features Hayman and David Tattersall from the Wave Pictures. 

And Hefner’s latest art project VOSTOK 5, is a group of five musician/artists for the exhibition about people and animals in space, from the lonely deaths of canine pioneers to cold warriors in inflatable suits. “Vostok 5″ digital album includes 4 demos on its bandcamp.

Megafaun with Doug Paisley – Worried Mind
The Cedar, Minneapolis, MN, 09/30/11
The song is from the 2009 Album “Gather, Form & Fly,”
Megafaun’s latest self-titled album is available now via Hometapes.

Fall 2011 Southeast Tour Dates, HERE
including 11/11 – Saxapahaw, NC @ Haw River Ballroom with Bowerbirds

The Music of Harry Partch, part 1
1968 San Diego KPBS-TV documentary called The Music of Harry Partch. Partch shows off his instruments and gives a performance of Daphne of the Dunes conducted by Thomas Nee.

Beck – Harry Partch

Recorded 2009…. Recently Beck is working on Philip Glass Remix album along with producer Hector Castillo to celebrate composer Philip Glass’ 75th birthday. Featuring Tim Hecker, Memory Tapes, Amon Tobin, Cornelius and Tyondai Braxton (former Battles frontman).

A Grave With No Name – Winter in Japan

Ambient / Country / Grunge influenced dream-pop from London, A Grave With No Name (aka Alex Shields) has a new cassette “Lower,” out now via Boiled Egg Ink. label run by Yuck’s Daniel Blumberg. Digital copy is available, HERE. And a new 7″ of home-recorded piano songs, ‘Crows b/w ‘Balloons’ is also available from No Pain in Pop. Limited to 220 copies.

A Grave With No Name – Bored Again (Demo)
Recorded at The Marathon by A Grave With No Name and David Payne
Alex Shields: Electric and acoustic guitars, vocals / Tom King: Bass guitar / Anupa Madawela: Drums, percussion, electric guitar, harmonica

A Grave With No Name – The Outdoor Type’ (The Lemonheads Cover)

Both tracks are taken through Alex Shields’ soundcloud page.

On February 7, 2012, The Lemonheads will release Hotel Sessions on Hall of Records/Breath of Saltwater – an intimate recording documenting a Sunday night that Evan Dando spent recording new songs with just an acoustic guitar (and some revealing commentary) in a hotel room in Bondi Beach, Australia.

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