February 2013

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“Wild animals, tall tales, and dark stories from American history populate the lyrics of Wilderness. Appalachian holler, psychedelic rock, tin pan alley, and medieval music continue to inform The Handsome Family’s unique brand of Americana, while their affinity for old-tyme ballads and clawhammer banjo has never sounded so seamlessly connected to their use of samples, loops, and sonic effects. ” –Carrot Top Records

Husband and wife duo Brett and Rennie Sparks, The Handsome Family has unveiled a brand new song ‘Spider’ from their upcoming full length album “Wilderness,” due out on May 14th via Carrot Top Records. A companion book, also titled Wilderness, features original artwork and essays by Rennie Sparks. A deluxe box edition of “Wilderness” includes a 12”x12” full-color edition of the book, the LP with an 11”x17” color poster and six-postcard set featuring Rennie Sparks’ art. A black and white edition of the book will be will be published by The Handsome Family.

As the sixth release in the LAMC 7” Series, Brooklyn’s Famous Class has released the split 7″ featuring Cass McCombs and White Magic. Order, HERE and their bandcamp. All proceeds benefit VH1 Save the Music’s Ariel Panero Memorial Fund. The 7th installment will feature Ty Segall and The Meatbodies (out on April 30th).

LAMC # 6, released 18 February 2013


Cass McCombs Acoustic OCT 15, 2012

Austin native, and now Oakland resident Bill Baird (previously posted) is set to release the “Spring Break of the Soul” 2xLP (out on March 10th) via his own imprint Pau Waw Records.

Spring Break of The Soul by blondebill

Bill Baird

Spring Break of the Soul” promo


William Tyler – We Can’t Go Home Again (Shaker Steps session)

Nashville lifer and raw countrified shamanic solo guitarist
extrordinaire William Tyler has been a very in-demand musician who has
played with the likes of Lamb Chop, Silver Jews, Bonnie “Prince” Billy,
and Wooden Wand. In 2010 he released his first solo instrumental record
called Behold the Spirit to much critical acclaim. William has since
signed to Merge Records who will be releasing his next album Impossible
Truth due out March 19th.

William was in Lexington for a recording session with Wooden Wand, and
he very graciously agreed to do a Shaker Steps session with us before he
headed back to Nashville. We walked around and found a very cool
locally owned little leather shop called The Last Genuine Leather Co.
where they do custom work and provide an opportunity for local artisans
to sell their wares. William plays this beautifully moving song “We
Can’t Go Home Again” off his upcoming album. –Shaker Steps

From the album “Impossible Truth,” out March 19, 2013 in North America and April 29, 2013 in the UK and Europe on Merge Records. Pre-order, HERE.

Anacortes, Washington based Ever Ending Kicks, formerly known as Motorbikes, is the solo project of Paul Adam Benson, the founder of Fontee Fount Recordings, who played in Mount Eerie’s backing band, Karl Blau, LAKE, and Hungry Cloud Darkening. Ever Ending Kicks’ first LP entitled “Notion Free” has been available through Fontee Fount. Also, “Weird Priorities” cassette, outtakes, demos from 2012, is available now, HERE

Ever Ending Kicks‘ first full-length “NOTION FREE” (released 20 July 2012) was recorded at The Unknown in Anacortes, Washington on March 10th – 14th by Nicholas Wilbur (Hungry Cloud Darkening). He also played Trombone on “You’ll Always Win” and “Notion Free”. The singers on “Singer Meet Hearer” and “Take What You Need” are Morgan Anderson, Garrett Critchlow, Rocky Evans, Mike Ferrario, Luuk Honey, Casey Smith, Tyler Jones, and Hannah Stephens. All songs written, arranged, and performed by Paul Adam Benson.

from “How to Execute?,” released 18 February 2011

arigato, Victoria

Dawn McCarthy (Faun Fables) & Bonnie ‘Prince’ Billy collaborative, a tribute to the Every Brothers album “What The Brothers Sang” is out NOW via Drag City / Domino UK. It was recorded and mixed by David Ferguson at Butcher Shop Studio in Nashville spring 2012. The songs were played by Emmett Kelley (Cairo Gang), Dave Roe and Kenny Malone, with featured players Billy Contreras, John Mock, Dan Dugmore, Matt Sweeney, Pete Townsend, John Catchings, Bobby Wood, Joey Miskalin, Nils Frykdahl (Faun Fables), Ian McAllister, Joey Baron, Dr. Chris Vivio, and Noah Tag.


“What The Brothers Sang” promo
Video directed by Lara Miranda

also…. another Will Oldham’s collaborative split single is available via Baltimore’s Friends Records. It features Nat Fowler, Chris Freeland and Marc Miller of Oxes teaming up with Will Oldham (Bonnie ‘Prince’ Billy) and Bob Weston (Shellac, Mission of Burma) for a cover of Shery Crow’s “Strong Enough” (Baerwald, Botrell, Crow, MacLeod, Riketts). Recorded by Bob Weston, the track is exclusive to this 7” and has been hidden deep in the vaults for years. Side B of the split includes Marc Miller, Will Redman and John Dierker of Microkingdom enlisting Sam Herring (Future Islands) on vocals and Liz Meredith on viola for a cover of Bruce Springsteen’s “I’m On Fire” (Springsteen).

Photo by Kyle Johnson

Listen, Seattle’s indie garage/R&B group, Pickwick‘s first single ‘Lady Luck’ (Richard Swift cover, featuring guest vocals from Sharon Van Etten) which is taken from their forthcoming debut full-length “Can’t Talk Medicine” on March 12th via Dine Alone Records. Pre-order, HERE. Pickwick began recording in their living room by their own Grammy winner engineer / multi-instrumentalist Kory Kruckenberg as engineer.  And the band recently released a digital EP, “Covers,” including ‘Lady Luck’ with a couple of tunes from Damien Jurado and The Primitives. Available on iTunes.

The band comprises of Galen Disston, Michael Parker, Garrett Parker, Cassady Lillstrom, Alex Westcoat, Kory Kruckenberg.

‘Lady Luck’ was originally appeared on Richard SwiftThe Atlantic Ocean” album (Secretly Canadian, 2009)


PICKWICK – Can’t Talk Medicine – Album Trailer

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