September 2012

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Bruce Langhorne’s film score to Peter Fonda’s 1971 cult classic “The Hired Hand / さすらいのカウボーイ” starring Fonda, Warren Oates, and Verna Bloom, is just now available on LP in a hand-numbered, limited edition pressing via Scissor Tail Editions.

Langhorne performed live with Dylan at Newport, produced records for Ramblin’ Jack Elliott and was the real-life inspiration for “Mr. Tamborine Man.” His crowning achievement however may be the soundtrack he composed for Peter Fonda’s directorial debut, The Hired Hand. Surprisingly, for such a seasoned veteran of the booming folk scene, this was Langhorne’s first solo record. Recorded in the garage of his Laurel Canyon home in 1969 using an Echoplex and a two-track Revox tape machine, the album features an assortment of period instruments from the old west—fiddle, dulcimer, recorder, banjo, upright piano, harmonica and Langhorne’s National steel string guitar. The spacey, hypnotizing score was a perfect match for Fonda’s atmospheric western and along with Vilmos Zigmond’s stunning cinematography and some top-notch performances from Warren Oates, Verna Bloom and poet Michael McClure, heavily contributed to the film’s underground success.  — Scissor Tail Editions

Gofish – 夢の速さ (Yume No Hayasa) by Sweet Dreams Press

Taken from the Gofish’s forthcoming album “とてもいいこと(Totemo Iikoto)” released on 15th October 2012 from Sweet Dreams Press, Tokyo. Gofish HP, HERE.


Aaron Embry – Moon Of the Daylit Sky

Aaron Embry is an Ojai, CA-based songwriter and record producer. Embry (formerly of the indie band Amnion) has written, recorded, and performed with Daniel Lanois, Jane’s Addiction, Elliott Smith, Willie Nelson, Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros, Mumford and Sons….. and produced the debut album of Avi Buffalo for Sub Pop Records at his home studio “Hunter’s Hollow” in Glassell Park, CA. His first solo full-length “Tiny Prayers” is available now via Community Music.

Aaron Embry – When All Is Gone, via In the Open session

No Go (alt.) by Aaron Embry
This B-side from the Aaron Embry album Tiny Prayers which was produced by Woody Jackson, Engineered by Masa Tsuzuki, Drums by Danny Frankel, Upright Bass by Ryan Feves, Piano/Vocal by Aaron Embry. Written by Aaron Embry.

At the tail end of his three-year stint as the piano player for the Los Angeles ensemble Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros, Aaron Embry finally found the voice for which he’d been searching. He discovered this voice captive in an arch top tenor guitar, a harmonica, and a small stack of moleskin notebooks. Travel-ready and now equipped with his new discoveries, Embry found a current and the songs came up like a flood.

In April 2012 he began recording, and the outcome is Tiny Prayers: a 10-track collection that explores a wide range of emotions while anchored in the cardinal folk tradition of simplicity. Elemental song structures and spartan acoustic arrangements bring Embry up close and in focus as a songwriter, singer, and musician. Lyrics such as “Is my happiness dependent on its own design? Am I only waking up to leave my dreams behind?” are evidence of his love for emotional complexity, while his voice and bare instrumentation carve melodies that are built like something low to the ground yet wide as the sky.

Tiny Prayers was recorded at the Embry’s family home in Ojai, CA. …… Community Music

Thanks to Arata-san.

COMFORT MUSIC: The Cairo Gang,
live at Comfort Station, Logan Square, Chicago 8/2/12 
The Cairo Gang a.k.a. Emmett Kelly is well known as a Will Oldam/Bonnie Prince Billy’s current collaborator.

Cairo Gang:
Emmett Kelly: Guitar, vocals
Sam Wagster: 12 string
Ben Boye: harmonium
Evan Hydzik: percussion, vocals
Adam Wozniak: bass

taken from the forthcoming album “The Corner Man” by The Cairo Gang, due out on October 23rd via Empty Cellar Records. Available for presale, HERE.

On this effort Emmett is joined by Chicago musicians Leroy Bach (The Boogie Band, Wilco), Ben Babbitt (Pillars and Tongues, This Is Cinema) Sam Wagster (The Father Costume), avant-garde pianist Ben Boye. Mixed with worldly recording wizard David Vandervelde and mastered by Paul Oldham.