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 Swift “The Atlantic Ocean” album (Secretly Canadian, 2009)
Jagjaguwar’s newest signee, Foxygen is the bi-coastal songwriting duo comprised of Sam France (vocals, Olympia, Wash., 22 years old) and Jonathan Rado (guitar/keyboards, NYC, 22). Foxygen’s Jagjaguwar debut release, “Take The Kids Off Broadway” EP, is set to release on July 24th. Pre-order EP, HERE. Stream the EP in its entirety through their bandcamp.The EP was recorded in Astoria, Queens, NY on Tape and Computer, and mixed by Richard Swift (at National Freedom) and Sam & Rado (at Foxy HQ).
“They are the raw, de-Wes Andersonization of The Rolling Stones, Kinks, Velvets, Bowie, etc. that a whole mess of young people desperately need. They create a sometimes-impressionistic, sometimes-hyper-real portrait of sounds from specific places and times. Yet, it never comes across as anything but absolutely modern music. They bring the manic, freewheeling qualities of an artist like Ariel Pink to those aforementioned influences to make for one of the most refreshing listens of the year.” –Jagjaguwar
Jessie Baylin – Storms (Fleetwood Mac cover) Born in Gillette, New Jersey, a Nashville based singer/songwriter, Jessie Baylin has released a free 5-track EP “Pleasure Center” last month, it was recorded at home in her living room with the help of Richard Swift. “Pleasure Center” collects her covers of Sonic Youth (‘Little Trouble Girl’), Arthur Russell (‘I Couldn’t Say It To Your Face’), Fleetwood Mac (‘Storms’), and Thin Lizzy (‘A Song For While I’m Away’), except her own composition ‘White Noise.’ Available via her soundcloud site, HERE.
“I drew a lot from people like Burt Bacharach and Dionne Warwick, the Brill Building writers. But I didn’t want to make a retro, throwback kind of album. Nostalgia is fine, I have a definite fondness for that, but I didn’t want people to listen and think I was trying to recapture something from the past.”
Jessie Baylin‘s forthcoming third full-length “Little Spark,” will be released on January 17th, 2012 via Blonde Rat. It was produced by Kevin Augunas (Cold War Kids, Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros) last fall at Fairfax Recordings, and features so many guest musicians like Waddy Wachtel, Jim Keltner, Greg Leisz, The Watson Twins and Jimmie Haskell….. and Richard Swift (who played most of the instruments) as the album’s chief arranger.
2007年にジェシー・ハリスとノラ・ジョーンズが揃ってプロデュースしたデビュー・アルバム『You』を出したナッシュヴィルのSSW、ジェシー・ベイリンが新年早々、４年振りにリリースする３作目のアルバム『Little Spark』では、ゲストに名だたるミュージシャンがクレジットされてますが、リチャード・スウィフトがチーフ・アレンジャーとして八面六臂の大活躍。 Hurry Hurry by jessiebaylin from her upcoming full-length “Little Spark,” free download, HERE
STREAM >> first single ‘Holiday’ from “Little Spark” at MTV Hive.
Damien Jurado at National Freedom Damien Jurado in the studio with Richard Swift. A little teaser trailer for the upcoming Damian Jurado. More info, coming soon … Also Damien Jurado has produced an Americana songwriter, James Apollo‘s new record, titled “Little War, Little Less” recorded at Bear Creek Studio in Seattle. Due out in February 2012.
From Old Lights‘ latest EP “Like Strangers,” released 19 July 2011, recorded at National Freedom, Cottage Grove, Oregon with Richard Swift. Digital download, HERE.
Old Lights is the mastermind of chief songwriter/multi-instrumentalist David Beeman. He is a transplant from southern California to St. Louis, Missouri. Known to date primarily as a drummer with David Vandervelde and a sound engineer for bands such as Cold War Kids, Delta Spirit and Elvis Perkins.
About The 78 Project: Each musician has an extraordinary moment to take one microphone, one authentic 1930′s PRESTO direct-to-disc recorder, and one blank lacquer disk anywhere they choose to make a recording that defies space and time. Alan Lomax has said that a large part of his training before embarking on his first field recording trip was learning how not to be afraid of the PRESTO.
The 78 Project – The Mynabirds(Official Teaser)
Shot in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, September 2011 The Mynabirds – Numbers Don’t Lie taken from the last year’s The Mynabirds full length “What We Lose in the Fire We Gain in the Flood” (Saddle Creek), recorded by Richard Swift. Currently they’ve been working on the new record with Swift again.
Pure Bathing Culture is a recent Portland, OR-based duo (moved from San Francisco), comprised of Daniel Hindman and Sarah Versprille, also Daniel and Sarah are known as the members of Vetiver . Both tracks are taken from their bandcamp. They’ve been recording with Richard Swift at his studio in Oregon.
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