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Stream the Moore Brothers‘ digital single from their upcoming new 6th full-length “California Sister.” Order, HERE. Also… listen Anna Hillburg’s self-titled debut album, Greg Moore has written 3 songs and played for her.

thanks to Arata-san.

Sea Lions, led by Adrian Pillado, are a group of friends who play music together from Oxnard, CA. Their Slumberland Records debut full-length “Everything You Always Wanted To Know About Sea Lions But Were Afraid To Ask” (2011, LP/CD) is available, HERE (USA) and HERE (on Cassette Tape via Burger Records), also via Violet and Claire (JPN). And Sea Lions / Teen Runnings (from Tokyo) split tape is available NOW via Neotomic Records, HERE.

Sharky Coast – Swim or Die
via Echolocale‘s dispatches from CLOchella series
at the Cloyne Court sessions, April 7, 2012

Hailing from Santa Rosa CA, this young Lo-Fi / Garage duo SHARKY COAST comprises of Nick O’Rooney on guitar, Christine Ortmann on drums.

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.

“Gift for the End is a mineral album. It also brings to mind Enya, Linda Perhacs, Townes Van Zandt, Cocteau Twins, Kate Bush, Neutral Milk Hotel, The Pentangle, Jackson Browne…” (Almost Musique)

Stream a couple of tracks from Mariee Sioux‘s new full-length “Gift for the End,” the follow-up to 2007′s her debut “Faces in the Rocks.” Due out on April 17th via Whale Watch Records, now available in Europe via Almost Musique. The album was recorded between April 2010 and August 2011 in Placerville’s Moonsoon Studios and in the Nevada City’s Sun Dial studios.

“Mariee Sioux (born February 4, 1985) is an American folk singer-songwriter who has drawn comparisons from Joanna Newsom to Joni Mitchell, and she has toured through North America and Europe, often alongside fellow folk singer Alela Diane. Her father Gary Sobonya is a mandolin player of Polish and Hungarian descent, and her mother Felicia is of Spanish, Paiute, and Indigenous Mexican descent.”

Mariee Sioux – Homeopathic by Whale Watch Records

Mariee Sioux – Swimming Through Stone by Whale Watch Records

Bonnie ‘Prince’ Billy :: Mariee Sioux :: Jonathan Wilson

Bonnie & Mariee – Loveskulls

‘Loveskulls’ is taken from the collaborative 4-song, a limited edition double gatefold 7” vinyl “Bonnie & Mariee” by Bonnie ‘Prince’ Billy and Mariee Sioux, released from Spiritual Pajamas on February, 2012. It close with a cover of Maria Muldaur’s ‘Mad Mad Me,’ the song was originally appeared on the first solo album “Maria Muldaur” (Reprise,1973).

“These wonderful recordings feature a dream band of musicians: Paz (A Perfect Circle, Zwan and The Entrance Band) on bass, Nate Walcott (Bright Eyes) on keys, Jonathan Wilson on guitar and percussion, Farmer Dave Scher (Beachwood Sparks and Jenny Lewis) on slide and additional keys, Derek James (The Entrance Band) on drums and Dave Brennen (Dirt Blue Gene & Hope Sandoval and The Warm Inventions) and Emmett Kelly (The Cairo Gang) on additional guitars.”

And … also from Spiritual Pajamas, Bonnie ‘Prince’ Billy has recorded Leon Russell’s ‘Hummingbird’ for the Record Store Day exclusive 10 inch, which is being released April 21st, 2012, in a one-time only pressing of 1000 copies. The B-side contains ‘Tribulations’ (Estil C Ball Cover) recorded with with Cairo Gang, Emmett Kelly, and ‘Because Of Your Eyes’ (Merle Haggard Cover / Solo Version). 

“Using Russell’s famed Shelter Records soundboard for this one-off session–with its memories of Petty and Cale, and now owned by one Jonathan Wilson–Bonny introduces a pallet of musical soundscapes including the keys of “Farmer” Dave Scher, the porch-stomp grooves of Entrance Band rhythm section Paz and Derek and the claps of a thousand hands before letting the song “fly away” in a breeze of soulful psychedelia that stretches nearly twice the original’s length.” 

(Arigato ArAtAq)

CMG & We Are The Night – Build Fires (French Quarter cover)

A band hailing from San Pedro California, CMG & We Are The Night (led by Carlos Michael Gutierrez) has covered French Quarter’s song ‘Build Fires‘ for the benefit compilation album “Friends & Family – A Benefit For Hunger Relief” released by Mountain Man Records. Stream their debut album “Golden Ghosts” (2010) on the bandcamp.

“Friends & Family” compilation also features ‘I Could Not Tell If You Were Smiling’ by Stephen Steinbrink (aka French Quarter).

Salsa Chips‘ debut EP previously released only on cassette is now available for digital download through the Burger Recordsbandcamp. Salsa Chips are Jamie Perelman and Lauren Milkie with Matthew Schmalfeld (of The Audacity), Bobby May and Jessica Vasquez.

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