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“Danielson’s Daniel Smith has long admired Fair, drawing inspiration from Half Japanese (the band Fair formed with his brother in the ‘70s) on through to his prolific career today. Their discussions of collaborating finally came to fruition when Joyful Noise Recordings designated Fair its “Artist In Residence” for 2014 and Danielson was tapped as one of 4 artists (including R. Stevie Moore; Teenage Fanclub’s Norman Blake; and Strobe Talbot) to record separate respective albums with him for a boxed-set limited release.”

“Solid Gold Heart” is the second LP out of the Jad Fair 2014 Artist Residency at Joyful Noise Recordings. Also available as a limited edition 4LP set (featuring colored vinyl and custom letterpress artwork, packaged within a wooden screen printed box set, each hand-numbered & signed by Jad Fair).

Pre-order, HERE,  physical pre-order, HERE at Sounds Familyre.
Order for Jad Fair “Artist In Residence” 4LP wooden box set, HERE at Joyful Noise.

A Familyre Christmas – Vol. 4

Ortolan – Christmas Auld Lang Syne
taken from A Familyre Christmas – Vol. 4, recorded by Ortolan, engineered/mixed by Daniel Smith at Familyre Studios, Clarksboro, NJ.

Half-Handed Cloud – A Favorite Christmas Gag Gift
taken from A Familyre Christmas – Vol. 3, (2010).

The tradition continues with a whole new batch of Christmas music from Sounds Familyre family and friends. As always, one free download (and occasionally two) per day from now until December 23rd, Christmas Eve Eve. Don’t forget to check in every day to hear what new sonic stocking stuffers await!!

And also, the previous series of “A Familyre Christmas” Vol. 1~3, it features Sounds Familyre’s artists including Sufjan Stevens, Ben + Vesper, Danielson, Half-Handed Cloud and more, are available on Sounds Familyre’s bandcamp.

Danielson “Best of Gloucester County”

The bulk of Best of Gloucester County revolves around a completely new “team,” as Smith has put it himself (Patrick Berkery- drums, percussion; Evan Mazunik- piano, organ; Joshua Stamper- bass; Sufjan Stevens- banjo, vocal; Andrew Wilson- electric guitar), most of them local players from the Gloucester County, NJ, area where Smith lives and works and has his studio. 

Danielson – Grow Up

The first Danielson album in five years, “Best of Gloucester County” will be coming out on February 22nd, 2011 via Daniel Smith’s own Sounds Familyre label, on March 14th, 2011 via  Fire Records (UK).  Special guests include Jens Lekman, Emil Nikolaisen (Serena-Maneesh), Glen Galaxy (Soul-Junk), Mark Shippy (US Maple), and Chris Cohen (Cryptacize).

Half-handed Cloud – Armstrong’s Line

“As Stowaways in Cabinets of Surf, We Live-out in Our Members a Kind of Rebirth band name,” the new full length by Half-handed Cloud is available now on Asthmatic Kitty Records, a Digital download is available from Bandcamp page.  Half-handed Cloud aka Berkeley, California based John Ringhofer is also known as a trombonist for Sufjan Stevens’ Illinoisemakers, or as a occasional bassist for Danielson.

<a target="_blank" href="http://half-handedcloud.bandcamp.com/album/as-stowaways-in-cabinets-of-surf-we-live-out-in-our-members-a-kind-of-rebirth" >As Stowaways in Cabinets of Surf, We Live-out in Our Members a Kind of Rebirth by Half-handed Cloud</a>

Asthmatic Kitty Records presents the fifth Half-handed Cloud full-length album: As Stowaways in Cabinets of Surf, We Live-out in Our Members a Kind of Rebirth, or Stowaways for short. Connected with the lyrical tradition of 19th Century American hymns such as “Shall We Gather at the River?” “Are You Washed in the Blood of the Lamb?” and “There Shall Be Showers of Blessing,” these tunes splash about in cavernous spaces opened up by irregularly measured rhythms and pocket-orchestra arrangements integrated with creaky pianos, sound-loops, a tugboat of a church organ, guitars, and billowing banjos.

Half-handed Cloud’s John Ringhofer recorded this album on his half-inch reel-to-reel tape machine in the sanctuary and custodial quarters of a church in Berkeley, California, where he’s lived and worked as a custodian for the past seven years. He played most of the parts himself, joined by friends on cello, clarinet, violin, trumpet, and flute. Brandon Buckner, one-third of Ringhofer’s former band, Wookieback, is behind the drum-kit for the duration of this record. The album was mixed with Daniel Smith (Danielson) at Familyre Studio in Clarksboro, New Jersey.

Preview/Trailer – Shaking Through: Strapping Fieldhands by Weathervane Musicplus Plus

This is the preview/trailer of the third Shaking Through project (coming March 16th – Vol. 1) featuring Philadelphia’s Strapping Fieldhands and the song “Harbinger, Dark Herald”. Curated and Produced by Daniel Smith of the band Danielson. For more info: weathervanemusic.org and xpn.org

Strapping Fieldhands – Boo Hoo Hoo (taken from “Discus”)
Strapping Fieldhands – Battle Down The Quarter Mile (taken from “Discus”)
Strapping Fieldhands – Ben Franklin Airbath
(takem from Gobs On The Midway “Singles 91 – 95″ – (Siltbreeze/1996 )

“DISCUS,” their 1994 debut full-length vinyl-only classic albums is now available as Digital Download & Remastered CD via Shangri-La Projects.

Ortolan is a sister act of Cottingham sisters, Stephanie (16), Brianna (17), Lara (20)  and sister-in-law Jill (22) from Riverside/New Jersey, their full length debut album “Time On A String” will be released on March 9th via Sounds Familyre Records.  Daniel Smith of Danielson Famile, recorded the album last summer, and invited the girls to join the other artists on his Sounds Familyre. 

Ortolan – Sticky Situation   (via Spinner)

from Weathervane Music Org.

Vol. 2 in the Shaking Through Series featuring Chicago IL’s Sonoi and the song “Micro-Colleseum”. Curated and Produced by the first Shaking Through Guest Curator, Daniel Smith of the band Danielson. Recorded by Jonathan Low, and mixed by Jonathan Low, Brian McTear and Daniel Smith at Miner Street Recordings. Video Produced by Brian McTear and Andy Williams, Edited by Bryan Baker, Directed by Tom Quinn and Jen Schneider. Release Date: February 16, 2010.

Also Shaking Through: Recording Sonoi’s “Micro-Coliseum” VIDEO is HERE.

And you can download free Sonoi – Micro Coliseum MP3.
For more information go to weathervanemusic.org or xpn.org.

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