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Michael Chapman began his career on the Cornish folk circuit in 1967.
Signed to the Harvest label, home to Pink Floyd and Deep Purple, he
recorded four quasi-legendary albums. The influential ‘Fully Qualified
Survivor’ was John Peel’s favorite record of 1970, and featured future
Bowie collaborator Mick Ronson. After decades of recording and touring,
Chapman remained an obscure figure in the States until his profile was
raised by a lengthy 2009 interview with big fan Thurston Moore in
Fretboard Journal. He toured extensively with the late guitarist Jack
Rose, and more recently, with Bill Callahan. Seattle-based indie label
Light in the Attic began a reissue campaign of his Harvest work, and
Tompkins Square released the internationally acclaimed double disc, ‘Trainsong : Guitar Compositions, 1967-2010‘.
–Tompkins Square Records 

“Oh Michael, Look What You’ve Done : Friends Play Michael Chapman,” compiled by Michael’s wife Andru and Tompkins Square’s Josh Rosenthal, is due out on May 29th via Tompkins Square.

“No Song To Sing” by Meg Baird by TompkinsSquare

Track listing : 
1. Black Twig Pickers – Life on the Ceiling 
2. D. Charles Speer – Expressway in the Rain 
3. Lucinda Williams – That Time of Night 
4. Thurston Moore – It Didn’t Work Out 
5. Meg Baird – No Song To Sing 
6. Maddy Prior – The Prospector 
7. Hiss Golden Messenger – Fennario 
8. Rick Kemp – Vanity and Pride 
9. Two Wings – You Say 
10. Nick Jonah Davis – Little Molly’s Dream 
11. Bridget St. John – Rabbit Hills 
12. William Tyler – Naked Ladies and Electric Ragtime

Bill Callahan – Heaven Help The Child
taken from the b-side of Mickey Newbury & Bill Callahan split 7”, now available via Drag City. ‘Heaven Help The Child’ was originally appeared as the title track on Mickey Newbury‘s 1973 album.

Bill meets Mickey on the street of impossible, unstuck-in-time dreams — as the late Mickey sings his back in ’73, while Bill sings his “today.” Both these master songsters put their own inevitable brand on Mickey’s peerless original, but it’s a new thrill hearing Bill cover a tune, something he rarely does. When it comes to the great Mickey Newbury, the answer should always be “yes.” Help your own heavenly inner child by picking up and playing the grooves of these two sides of the same story. –Drag City

Here’s a new video for the latest Bonnie Prince Billy album “Wolfroy Goes To Town,” featuring Ben Boye, Van Campbell, Shahzad Ismaily, Emmett Kelly, Danny Kiely, and Angel Olsen.

Bonnie ‘Prince’ Billy “Wolfroy Goes To Town” Video,
featuring an excerpt from the song “No Match” from “Wolfroy Goes To Town,” available now on Drag City / Domino
Filmed by John Yingling / Edited by Drag City

And Domino Records has announced that they will reissue five Palace albums on February 27th, 2012. The five albums reissued are: There is No-one What Will Take Care Of You (Palace Brothers, 1993), Days In The Wake (Palace Brothers, 1994), the mini album, Hope (Palace Songs, 1994), the Steve Albini-recorded Viva Last Blues (Palace Music, 1995) and the compilation, Lost Blues And Other Songs (Palace Music, 1997).  Pre-Order, HERE.

Sic Alps – Saint Mary’s Square Garage

This is a free, unreleased, a few years old track ‘Saint Mary’s Square Garage’ by Sic Alps from San francisco. Download, HERE. After Sic Alps’ co-founder Matt Hartman has left the band earlier this year, their new lineup comprises of the another co-founder Mike Donovan and Noel Harmonson, with Tim Hellman and Douglas Armour on bass and drums. Their latest ‘Battery Townsley’ 7″ and the upcoming ‘Vedley’ 7″ (due out on January 31st) are released by Drag City.

Sic Alps – Battery Townsley by user690248

Neal Morgan – Fathers Day

Neal Morgan, known as Joanna Newsome and Bill Callahan’s drummer, will release his second drum and vocal album “In The Yard” follow-up to his 2009 first album “To The Breathing World” on January 24th via Drag City.


Move Your Money Portland
in support of the Occupy movements in Portland.

“The energy of the local Occupy Portland movement got to drummer Neal Morgan, and he said Thursday he was inspired to reach out to Portland’s music community after the initial march through downtown Oct. 6. Morgan got help from musician friends Rachel Blumberg, Lisa Schonberg and Sam Coomes.”

An excerpt from an article
from Oregon Live com (Nov. 03, 2011):

Bonnie Prince Billy – Quail and Dumplings
Directed by Ben Berman. Starring Kennan Gudjonsson and Nina Nastasia.
Music video for the song “Quail and Dumplings,” by Bonnie Prince Billy, from the album “Wolfroy Goes To Town,” due out on October 4th via Drag City / October 31st via Domino. Also available as part of a digital-only three-song download on sale now at Drag City
…. なんだかほんのちょっとムルナウの「タブー」?

Meg Baird – The Finder

Meg Baird has a new release of her second solo full-length “Seasons on Earth,” follow-up to 2007′s solo debut “Dear Companion.” “Seasons on Earth” (named from a Kenneth Koch poem) includes two covers, Mark-Almond Band’s ‘Friends’ and The House of Love’s ‘Beatles and the Stones.’  Due out on September 20th via Drag City (US), on Sept. 26th via Wichita Recordings (UK), on Sept. 21st via P-Vine (Japan).

Meg Baird – Share
on WNYC’s Spinning On Air with David Garland, for an in-studio session broadcast June 13, 2010. Song copyright 2010 by Meg Baird. Video by David Garland. The song will be appeared on her forthcoming album “Seasons on Earth.”

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