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A Chicago-based long-running duo The Autumn Defense, comprised by multi-instrumentalists and producers Pat Sansone (Wilco, Uncle Tupelo) and John Stirratt (Joseph Arthu, Josh Rouse), has set to release their new full-length “Fifth.”  Out on January 28th, 2014 via Yep Roc, pre-order, HERE. Stream the first single from the upcoming album, “None Of This Will Matter.”





Stream The Autumn Defense’s previous works on their bandcamp, HERE.


In Spring 2011 we were invited to perform a live soundtrack to a film at a temporary cinema in Hackney, East London. The film was Kenneth Anger‘s 1960′s cult classic Scorpio Rising and perform a live soundtrack we did. On July 1st, after many long hours perfecting the art of playing along to the film without getting distracted by the leather and the mustard, we played 12 new arrangements of the massive pop hits that appear on Anger’s original soundtrack.  –Peggy Sue







Brighton/London post-folk trio Peggy Sue comprises of Rosa Rex, Katy Klaw, Olly Joyce. Their 2011 second full-length “Acrobats,” produced by John Parish (PJ Harvey, Sparklehorse, Giant Sand, Eels etc), is available via Wichita Recordings (UK) / Yep Roc (US). “Scorpio Rising” is available on their bandcamp and via Yep Roc, HERE.


All songs arranged and performed by Peggy Sue. 
All songs recorded and mixed by Jimmy Robertson at Darnley Road, London, July 2011-Feb 2012.



“I wanted to make a record that could make you feel less alone, like someone else has been there before you,” Stamey explains. “I was thinking about records like The Ballad of Todd Rundgren and Nick Drake’s Bryter Layter and Robert Wyatt’s “At Last I Am Free” and Richard Thompson’s “Small Town Romance.” Those are all records that were a source of comfort to me at various points in my life.” –Chris Stamey



Download ‘Astronomy’ from “Lovesick Blues”


“Lovesick Blues” is Chris Stamey’s first full-length release since “A Question of Temperature,” his 2005 collaboration with Yo La Tengo, and follows on the heels of “Falling Off the Sky,” the long-awaited reunion album of The dB’s, as well as Stamey’s involvement as musical director and orchestrator for a series of all-star concert performances of Big Star’s classic Third album in New York, London, Austin and Carrboro, NC.

It was recorded at Modern Recording in Chapel Hill that Stamey has operated for the past two decades, with his fellow North Carolina musician/producer Jeff Crawford (Roman Candle, Max Indian, Old Ceremony). And… the album includes ‘You n Me n XTC,’ Stamey invited Andy Partridge to make a vocal cameo, ‘Occasional Shivers,’ the song previously appeared on a Christmas single in 1986, and the seven-minute “Lovesick Blues,” dedicated to the late North Carolina guitar great Sam Moss.

Due out on February 5th, 2013 release via Yep Rock.



Chuck Prophet – Play That Song Again

California native and longtime San Francisco resident singer-songwriter Chuck Prophet has released his twelfth album “Temple Beautiful” which pays homage to San Francisco via Yep Roc on Feb 7th. All the songs are San Francisco related, those cast of characters includes Willie Mays, The Mitchell Brothers, Castro District, Emperor Norton and more. The album was co-produced by himself with Brad Jones, and it was recorded with James DePrato (guitars), Rusty Miller (bass, vocals) and The Tubes’ Prairie Prince (drums, percussion), Stephanie Finch (vocals), Chris Carmichael (cello, violin), Jim Hoke (woodwinds, flute). The title track features Roy Roney, vocalist of legendary Bay Area band The Flamin’ Groovies, on guest vocals.
Preview the album in its entirety on SoundCloud!


One of the driving forces behind cult heroes Green on Red and the influential L.A. Paisley Underground scene in the 1980s, Prophet’s creative mold was actually cast in San Francisco. Recalls Prophet, “Temple Beautiful is the name of a long closed rock and roll club which was between Bill Graham’s iconic Fillmore Ballroom and the tragic storefront church founded by the Reverend Jim Jones. It’s where I saw my first gigs.”

“There’s a kind of rock and roll psych renaissance going on in this town at the moment with bands like Thee Oh Sees, Girls, The Fresh and Onlys, Kelley Stoltz and Sonny and the Sunset’s. I’m very encouraged by all this stuff going on here.”


Title track from “Temple Beautiful,” Roy Loney (The Flamin’ Groovies) on guest vocals.

Chuck Prophet’s “Temple Beautiful” tour of San Francisco – Part 1




“The Day Before Boxing Day”
Directed by Robyn Hitchcock & Hannah Bird


























(Yep Roc Official New Album Announcement)
Wilco members John Stirratt and Pat Sansone will release their fourth Autumn Defense album Once Around” on November 2nd 2010 via Yep Roc Records. The band will perform during the Wilco-curated Solid Sound Festival on August 15th.



The Autumn Defense – Every Day from “Once Around” by smartleydunn






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Peter Case‘s new full length “WIG!” is due out on June 29th via Yep Roc, pre-order is available now, here.


In early 2009, like thousands of artists, 3-time Grammy nominee Peter Case found himself ill and without insurance. Following sudden open-heart surgery, Case walked out of the hospital with two things: a renewed vigor for life and music, and a six-figure medical bill he couldn’t pay. Case’s fans and peers like T-Bone Burnett, Richard Thompson, Joe Henry and Loudon Wainwright III immediately rallied to organize a benefit concert to help with his obligations. Recovered physically and emboldened by the generosity of his fans and friends, Peter recorded the raucous and dirty electric blues rock of Wig! in only three days. “It felt really good to rock again,” says Case. The album features X drummer DJ Bonebrake and Ron Franklin (Gasoline Silver). With heart pumping and blood flowing, Wig! sees Case reinvigorate the rock n’ roll roots he laid down in his seminal bands The Nerves and The Plimsouls.  (Yep Roc)

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