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Phil Cook’s new album “Southland Mission” will be released on September 11th 2015 via Thirty Tigers and Middle West.  Listen his first single ‘Great Tide’ and the another new track ’1922′ (a cover of a song by his longtime friend Charlie Parr) from the album.


photo by Samuel Dixon


“Oh hello, hello to reach and one of all my children!
My title is Gr-r-r-andma for all these who’s wonder in slumber and still grin!
Follow me to the plunderfull town of Piddletractor, where we will search for my naughty little nephew, Alewishus, the clown prince of Piddletractor! “


Grandma Sparrow & his Piddletractor Orchestra is a psychedelic children’s song-cycle for adults that reveals Joe Westerlund’s fascination with collage, improvisation, humor, and the convergence of atonal and popular melodies. It’s the kind of project that is rarely dreamed up these days, rarer still to be executed with such skill, bravado and glee (complete with an amateur youth choir). An over-the-top, richly realized musical vision from an over-the-top musical visionary, Westerlund (Megafaun, Gayngs, Califone) takes the listener on a wild ride of audio collage, drifts of radio static, and orchestrated grooves–the Beach Boys and Charles Ives wandering through Mr. Rogers’ Neighborhood. It’s another bold production from Spacebomb Records, ever dedicated to the redefinition of what a record can be in the 21st century.”

Grandma Sparrow & his Piddletractor Orchestra,” recorded at the new Spacebomb Studios formerly known as the Songwire Studios in Richmond, VA.  Out on May 20th via Spacebomb Records, Pre-order, HERE.

RIYL: Neil Innes, Vivian Stanshall… The Bonzo Dog Doo-Dah Band!!

“大人たちのための、サイケデリックなチルドレンズ・ソングサイクル” だそうデス。グランマ・スパロウことジョー・ウェスターランドのソロ・プロジェクトのデビュー・アルバムがマシュウ・E. ホワイトのレーベル、スペースボムから近々登場します! ジョー・ウェスターランドは、先だってミニマリスト・コンポーザーのArnold Dreyblattとのコラボレイション・アルバムを出したメガフォーンのカナメの人、またベニントン・カレッジでアンソニー・コールマンやミルフォード・グレイヴスを学び音楽学位を取得したというコンポーザーでもあり、そしてジャスティン・バーノンやマシュウ・E. ホワイトたちと共演したアラン・ローマックス再解釈企画 “Sounds of the South” のコ・プロデューサーでもありましたが、そんな繋がりからか、マシュウ・E. ホワイトからのアプローチがあり、彼のレーベルからのソロ・アルバムが実現したとの由。モンティ・パイソンのユーモア=ボンゾ・ドッグのオモシロサを彷彿とさせるようなところもありますよ。



Grandma Sparrow & his Piddletractor Orchestra Album Teaser

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Salem Art Works Arnold Dreyblatt
Salem Art Works house show featuring Arnold Dreyblatt and the Orchestra of Excited Strings on 9/12/08. Dreyblatt and Megafaun band members Brad and Phil Cook and Joe
Westerlund spent a weeklong residency at SAW proir to the show rehersing
the music.





“Appalachian Excitation,” the collaborative album between the minimalist composer/visual artist Arnold Dreyblatt and North Carolina psych folk trio Megafaun, is out on September 17th via Northern Spy Records. Pre-order, HERE.

Limited Edition Screen-printed Poster
you can grab one HERE




Stream the tracks from Pet-Tich-Eye (previously posted), the Triangle Creative Collaboration Project. Available on their bandcamp.



Track 3 from the Pet-Tich-Eye record. This song is the collaborative effort of Joe Hall of Hammer No More the Fingers/Blanko Basnet, Matt McCaughan of Bon Iver and Phil Moore of Bowerbirds. Album Art by Steve Oliva.



Track 10 from the Pet-Tich-Eye record. This song is the collaborative effort of Brad Cook of Megafaun, Jeff Stickley of Hammer No More the Fingers and M.C. Taylor of Hiss Golden Messenger featuring Chris Boerner, Matt Douglas, Nathan Golub and James Wallace. Album Art by Shaun Sundholm. 



Pet-Tich-Eye Kickstarter Kick-Off

“PET-TICH-EYE”

MUSIC FROM THE MEMBERS OF
Bon Iver, The Rosebuds, The Love Language, Bowerbirds, Mount Moriah, Megafaun, Lost in the Trees, Hammer No More the Fingers, Horseback, Birds of Avalon, Gross Ghost, Bombadil, Toddlers, Hiss Golden Messenger, The Shouting Matches, Motor Skills, The Old Ceremony, Airstrip, Organos, Locus Recordings, The Tender Fruit, Cassis Orange, Prypyat, DJ JYU, Blanko Basnet, Le Weekend, Sacrificial Poets.

Pet-Tich-Eye is a North Carolina creative collaboration project of 30+ musicians, 10 photographers & 10 artists to create a 10-song record & 24-page art book. It will be released on Record Store Day, April 20, 2013. You can listen to full streams of all 10 songs on www.PetTichEye.com.



Holland‘ was recorded by Joe Hall (Hammer No More the Fingers/ Blanko Basnet.), Matt McCaughan (Bon Iver) and Phil Moore (Bowerbirds).


‘Roll On‘ was recorded by Brad Cook (Megafaun), M.C. Taylor (Hiss Golden Messenger), Jeff Stickley (Hammer No More the Fingers), featuring Chris Boerner, Matt Douglas, Nathan Golub and James Wallace.



Matthew E White – One Of These Days


Richmond, VA based Matthew E. White’s self-produced solo debut LP “Big Inner” is set to co-release on August 21st via Hometapes / Spacebomb. A gifted jazz arranger and exceptional guitarist, White is already known as a leader of Fight the Big Bull, 9-piece jazz collective from Richmond, VA., they collaborated with artists like Ken Vandermark, Steven Bernstein, Karl Blau, and also teamed up with Megafaun, Justin Vernon and Sharon Van Etten to pay tribute to Alan Lomax at Duke University’s “Sounds of the South” concert in 2010.  The opening track for the album, ‘One of These Days’ will be released on a limited 7″ (b/w ‘Ain’t That What Love Is’ featuring Phil Cook of Megafaun on keys) due out on July 24th, pre-order is available now, HERE

“On that day in August, when the earth shifted into the shape of Matthew E. White, there was so much to listen to, so much to put your heart into, already. The dusts of the Delta had swirled into Rock and Roll. Alan Lomax’s recordings sat in a big building in Washington, DC. Lee Perry had built The Black Ark in his backyard in Kingston. Somebody else lived in Big Pink. Mac Rebennack was Dr. John. King Tubby was dubbing. Terry Riley was overdubbing. Sly Stone had hit #1. Randy Newman’s Sail Away was a decade old. Caetano Veloso had just turned 40. Muddy Waters was just about gone. Jimmy Cliff had had sung “Many Rivers to Cross.” So had Harry Nilsson. White shared this common inheritance. He stitched his own flag out of it.” –Hometapes


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Spacebomb presents Fight the Big Bull and Brian Jones
at Balliceaux in Richmond, VA, on March 2, 2011

2011 MOOG MUSIC INC. ASHEVILLE NC


Shortly after Moogfest 2011, Durham, North Carolina-based trio Megafaun stopped by the Moog Sound Lab, Bob Moog‘s Asheville, North Carolina studio to perform a couple of Mooged-Out versions of ‘Hope You Know’ and ‘State/Meant’ off their 2011 self-titled full-length, available on Hometapes.



Hope You Know from Moog Music on Vimeo.

WATCH another The Moog Sound Lab session,
‘State/Meant’ on SPIN.com, HERE.

Megafaun – State/Meant

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