G.T. Thomas “The Luckless Pedestrian Years”

Cover design: Piet Schreuders

Last month, Amsterdam-based, an American songwriter, arranger, and producer G.T. Thomas (Gwendolyn Thomas) has released her debut full-length album “The Luckless Pedestrian Years 2004-2010” via Smoking Ant Records. This album is dedicated to the memory of Chris Dedrick (1947–2010). Recorded in Caledon, ON, Canada; Seattle, WA, USA; & Amsterdam, Nederland.

Produced by G.T. Thomas and Chris Dedrick.

"she has composed and orchestrated films and tv ads with husband berend dubbe (ex-bettie serveert, bauer) as well as session work (most notably on the fleet foxes' debut album). 'the luckless pedestrian years' collects the best of her songs from the six year period when she led jazz-pop orchestrette *the luckless pedestrian."

*luckless pedestrian is from the line in a song called 'Don't Take Me Alive' originally appeared on the Steely Dan's fifth album "The Royal Scam" (ABC, 1976).

Composed, arranged, and produced by G.T. Thomas.

"G.T. Thomas served her professional apprenticeship in writing, arranging and producing with Chris Dedrick (of the Free Design), which complemented her work in recent years with such artists as Fleet Foxes, Berend Dubbe, TW Walsh (ex-Pedro the Lion), Josh Ottum and Benny Sings."

G.T. Thomas - Song for a Walk (Official Video)
'Song for a Walk' is track #2 off the G.T. Thomas album "The Luckless Pedestrian Years."

元ベティ・サーヴァート〜バウアーのベレンド・デュベと結婚後アムステルダムで活動を続けるG.T. トーマスのデビュー・アルバムは、2010年に他界したクリス・デドリック(フリー・デザイン)に捧げられたもの。そして一方、元サドゥンリィ・タミー!のベス・ソレンティーノはアーウィン・チュージッドのバックアップで、カート・ベッチャー(ミレニウム、サジタリアス)に捧げた『Would You Like To Go: A Curt Boettcher Songbook』を来年早々にはリリースする予定デス。


Jessie Baylin "Pleasure Center" EP

Jessie Baylin - I Couldn't Say It To Your Face (Arthur Russell cover)

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4年振り、新年早々にリリースする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.

Making Jessie Baylin's Record Part 3

(thanks to ArAtAq)


The Magic Lantern

A London-based Chamber Folk/Jazz five-piece, The Magic Lantern comprises of Jamie Doe - Songwriter/Vocals/Guitar, Fred Thomas - Arrangements/Percussion/Guitars, Phil Stevenson - Guitars/Cavaquinho/Vocals, Lucy Railton - Cello, Dave Schulman - Clarinets. Fred Thomas has been known as a member of London's F-IRE collective and founder/curator of F-IRE Klang Codex. Their debut album of this year "A world in a grain of sand," has been available on on Hectic Eclectic Records.

A World in a Grain of Sand - Album Preview by TheMagicLantern


News - Easy Street

News - Easy Street, from "Hot Off The Press" (music video)
1974's music from Yale students and friends, available from Yoga Records, further Information, HERE.

News: Ooo La La by yogarecords

RIYL: Beach Boys, Byrds, Lovin' Spoonful

A Familyre Christmas #4

Half-handed Cloud - The Cloud Became a Baby To Be With Us

Danielson - Visions of the Sugar Plum Fairy

Free download of Sounds Familyre's lovely Christmas compilation "A Familyre Christmas - Volume 4," entirely, visit HERE.


Fantasia Faries - Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy
The Nutcracker Suite by Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Cut out from Walt Disney's "Fantasia" (1940)


Amen Dunes - Ethio song

Amen Dunes - Ethio song by KRAAK_records

Taken from the fourth installment in Kraak label's split 7” series "God Damn I Hate the Blues," featuring Amen Dunes, Marisa Anderson, Ignatz, Nathan Bowles, Warm Climate and Bridget Hayden.

Amen Dunes - Lower Mind from "Through Donkey Jaw"

Amen Dunes, the solo project of Damon McMahon, began with recordings made in the fall of 2006 in upstate New York. McMahon moved to China and he stayed in Beijing for the next few years, writing and recording only occasionally. With the release of DIA on Locust Music in 2009, however, he decided to move back to the States and form a band around Amen Dunes. In 2011 Amen Dunes' latest album, McMahon's first proper recordings in almost five years, "Through Donkey Jaw" was released from Sacred Bones Records, after the release of 2010's "Murder Dull Mind" EP which was recorded at his apartment in Beijing.

Pigeons - Chances

With the new record comes a new line-up: Pigeons (Wednesday Knudsen and Clark Griffin) have expanded to a four-piece for performances, anchored by Jason Meagher on bass and Nathan Bowles on drums.

Pigeons - Chances

'Chances' is taken from Bronx, NY-based Pigeons' latest full-length LP "They Sweethearstammers," available on Soft Abuse
Watch Pigeons' new official video "The Welcome," directed by Camilla Padgitt-Coles, the song is taken from their latest single for "They Sweetheartstammers" album. "Wednesday from Pigeons pointed out, it's got a heavy Loie Fuller vibe."

Pigeons - Live at Black Dirt Studios in late August 2011 by Soft Abuse

Happy Holidays! from Candy Claws

Candy Claws - Snow Face

Here is a brand-new wintertime song for your holiday celebrations from Fort Collins, CO-based Dream Pop outfit, Candy Claws. An instrumental version of this song appears on Flannelgraph Records' holiday compilation “The Holidays Don’t Have To Be So Rotten: Volume Two,” HERE. Also their 2010 Christmas EP has been available on bandcamp.

from 2010's 8-track Christmas EP "Warm Forever."  Firebreather is Kay's other band, written and produced by Ryan.

A free 4-track gift (featuring The Very Most, J. Catala, Adam and Darcie, Fotoshop) from Indiecater Records, released on 8th December 2011. Indiecater Records has released Candy Claws' 2009 album "In The Dream Of The Sea Life."


Bonnie 'Prince' Billy "Wolfroy Goes To Town" Video

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.

Geva Alon - The Great Enlightenment

released 18 December 2011

An Israeli blues/folk/rock musician and singer-songwriter, Geva Alon has released a new single 'The Great Enlightenment' on his bandcamp. It was produced, recorded and mixed by Thom Monahan (who worked on Alon's 2009 album "Get Closer") at Paco Loco studios. Cadiz, Spain, and features Monahan's fellow musicians, Daniel Hindman, Jeff Hill, Otto Hauser. His upcoming fourth solo album entitled "In the Morning Light" will be released sometime in 2012.

Geva Alon - Modern Love (David Bowie cover)
taken from Alon's second solo album "The Wall of Sound" (2007).

テル・アビブのSSW、ゲヴァ・アロン、2年前のアルバム『Get Closer』ではトム・モナハン単身参加でプロデュースしましたが、来年リリース予定の新作はトム・モナハン・チーム(オットー・ハウザー、ジェフ・ヒル、ダニエル・ハインドマン)揃って渡欧し、スペインのスタジオで録音したとの由。


"Easy Mtn," FINALLY available

Easy Mountain Promo
for the new Peter and the Wolf (aka Redding Hunter) album "Easy Mtn"

"Easy Mtn." Album is FINALLY available for immediate download / same-day shipping through his traffique bandcamp.


A Song-Poem Christmas

"A Song-Poem Christmas" compilation features many of the great song-poem factory singers, including Gene Marshall, Teri Summers, Rod Rodgers aka Rod Keith and Bobbie Boyle among others. It's been available on bar/None Records, HERE.

Song-Poem Christmas - Ole Year Christmas (The Sisterhood) by BarNoneRecords

Song-Poem Christmas - Santa Claus Goes Modern (Bobbie Boyle) by BarNoneRecords

Distractions "Lost Horse" tape

"The Lost Horse tape is the second tape from DISTRACTIONS that features a horse on the cover and seemingly no real title. In any event, this tape from originally released as a tour tape back in 2010 but was mysteriously lost at Cleveland’s Believeland space. Now back in full effect, ‘Lost Horse’ sheds light on a slightly even looser side of distractions, featuring a mix of songs and instrumentals."

"Lost Horse" cassette is available via Pretty All Right Records which is a Chicago-based independent record label owned by Distractions' front-man, Tom Owens. Also available through their bandcamp.

released 04 December 2011


Sic Alps - Saint Mary's Square Garage

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

Jessica Pratt - I've Got A Feeling

Jessica Pratt - I've Got A Feeling by Night Fog Reader

This is a new song (premiered on Night Fog Reader) from San Francisco-based singer and musician, Jessica Pratt. She’s recording a new album now.


Jessica Pratt - Night Faces


Part Time / Jovan Jovanovic

Part Time - Night Drive
Scenes from the 1971's Serbian film "Mlad i zdrav kao ruza (Young and healthy as Rose・バラ色の青春)," the first feature film of a young Serbian film director, Jovan Jovanović (ヨヴァン・ヨヴァノヴィッチ).

Part Time - Touch Me Responsibly (demo) *via Positive Destruction

Part Time – aka David Speck, San Francisco's synth sketch artist – will release a new cassette "Saturday Night" (split release of Voice Academy Records and Burger Records), out on January 19th, 2012.
.... 2010s camp sensibility?


R. Crumb: The Complete Record Cover Collection

R.Crumb: The Complete Record Cover Collection,
a 96-page hardcover volume of Crumb's work starting with his cover for Janis Joplin and Big Brother & the Holding Company's 1968 Cheap Thrills.

More Info >> W. W. Norton & Company

R. Crumb: The Complete Record Cover Collection
Directed by John Heneghan / Featuring Eden Brower

McGolrick Trees Compilation

Stream/Download for free! "A Very Merry Christmas" from Fire Talk

A Very Merry Christmas - McGolrick Trees Compilation by firetalk

featuring: Family Portrait \ Ava Luna \ Samurai Buck (aka Brian Marcus of Tjutjuna) \ Cooper Troxell \ Eola \ Low Praises \ Dead Gaze \ Dent May \ Woodsman \ Flower Orgy

Art and Curation by Fire Talk founder Trevor P (of Woodsman) with help from: Group Tightener / Underwater Peoples / Does Are / Infinite Best


Biff Rose on Bandcamp

Biff Rose appears on bandcamp now, HERE.

from 1968's album "The Thorn in Mrs. Rose's Side" (Tetragrammaton, re-released on Buddha), co-written by Rose and Paul Williams. the song was covered by David Bowie on his album Hunky Dory (1971). The song was originally released by Tiny Tim on the B-side to his 1968 hit single 'Tiptoe through the Tulips.'

from 1969's album "Children of Light" (Tetragrammaton, re-released on Buddha), featuring Van Dyke Parks on Moog.

RIYL: Tiny Tim, David Bowie, John Simon, Randy Newman, Paul Williams, Ian Whitcomb ....

asuna in america


Young Dreams

"Animal Collective will be the kneejerk comparison – though Young Dreams has only heard a few of the band’s songs – but the band’s influences go deeper than those of their Brooklyn peers. “I'm a big fan of the harmonies and arrangements of the romantic period of classical music,” says Tellez. “I love composers like Edvard Grieg and Stravinsky. But I’m also heavily inspired by people like [lounge music pioneer] Martin Denny and [Argentine composer] Waldo de los Rios.”

Expectations - single version by Young Dreams

Young Dreams, led by composer/producer/multi-instrumentalist Matias Tellez, is a 12-piece Norwegian Dream/Tropical Pop collective, and a recent signee to Modular People. Their debut album will be released sometime in 2012 via Modular Recordings. The first two 7" singles from Télle Records are also available on Flake Records (Japan). The band features his brother Pablo and various members from Casiokids, The Megaphonic Thrift and Bloody Beach.

Young Dreams - Young Dreams


Young Dreams - True Love Will Find You In The End
(Daniel Johnston cover)


Happy Holidays! from Ridgewood, NJ

Family Portrait - All I Want For Christmas Is You
Family Portait's cover of Mariah Carey's version, taken from the upcoming Fire Talk Christmas Compilation for McGolrick Trees.

Family Portrait - Dark Roast
Family Portrait's newest EP "Dark Roast" is available now via Underwater Peoples.

Mikal Cronin's new singles

Mikal Cronin - Am I Wrong

Mikal Cronin - You Gotta Have Someone

Both tracks are taken from the new singles by SF garage-pop-psych rocker, Mikal Cronin who has released his self-titled debut solo album via Trouble In Mind earlier this year. The album was recorded with his long time collaborator Ty Segall. 'Am I Wrong' appears on the 7", available on February 10th, 2012 via Bruise Cruise, and 'You Gotta Have Someone' appears on the B-side of 7" single 'Tide,' available soon via Goner.


Kev Hopper "The Germjoin"


A London's composer and multi-instrumentalist playing Musical Saw, Kev Hopper is primarily known as the bass guitarist with the 1980s band Stump, then he's also well known for his collaborative works with Stereolab and The High Llamas, Derek Bailey and Charles Hayward. "The Germjoin" is the newest solo album by Kev Hopper under his own name since 2002's "Saurus" album, and since 2005's "I Saw Spoombung’s Daughter Consumed By Kirby DOTS" album under his 'Spoombung' alias. "The Germjoin" is due out on January 25th via Afterhours Records, Japan, US/UK release date: TBA.

For more information please enquire at Afterhours 

via email: afterhours@eva.hi-ho.ne.jp

KEV HOPPER / Pontrobert by Afterhours Records

KEV HOPPER / The Germjoin by Afterhours Records


Kev Hopper - The Germjoin
A 5 minute trailer for the new Germjoin CD album by Kev Hopper.


"America Salutes The Carter Family"

"The music on this cassette is the product of over two years of face-to-face recordings I collected from various regions of the country. About one-third of the artists here represent the Pacific Northwest, where I have been living over the past five years or so. I chose the Carter Family as the focus of the project mostly because their music is the foundation of American songwriting." ---Markly Morrison

"America Salutes The Carter Family," 30-track, 93-minute cassette which was compiled and recorded by Markly Morrison (Skrill Meadow, LAKE, Lazer Zeppelin), will soon be available on cassette via K Records, or now available digitally through the bandcamp.

All songs were recorded on portable cassette recorders by Morrison except #8. Cover art was designed and drawn by David Lasky, and colored by Frank M. Young. A portion of the proceeds will benefit Rita Forrester and the Carter Family Fold. Rita, a grand-daughter of Sara and A.P. Carter, suffered a horribly tragic house fire two years ago. It took the life of her husband, Bob Forrester.

Track List:
01. Dennis Driscoll - Bury Me Beneath the Weeping Willow
02. The Family Stoned - Wouldn't Mind Dying
03. No-Good Redwood Ramblers - The Storms are on the Ocean
04. LAKE - Lonesome Valley
05. Maggie Morris - I Shall Never Marry
06. Golden Boots - What Would You Give In Exchange
07. Jeff Elbel - He Turned The Water Into Wine
08. Leviticus - The Poor Orphan Child
09. Fisher J Price - My Dixie Darling
10. Jeffery Lewis - Chewing Gum
11. Peter Stampfel - The Titanic
12. Pine Hill Haints - No Depression
13. Vince Brown and Monica Peabody - Gold Watch and Chain
14. Generifus - You Have Proved To Be False Hearted
15. Second Sacred Steel Band - the Dying Mother
16. Slippery Slopes - Sinking in the Lonesome Sea
17. Sandman the Rappin' Cowboy - Buddies in the Saddle
18. The Curious Mystery - Hello Stranger
19. the Great White Jenkins - Where Shall I Be
20. Castanets - Answer To the Weeping Willow
21. Jack Lewis and Marcie Lebrun - Single Girl Married Girl
22. Lazer Zeppelin - Will The Circle Be Unbroken?
23. Brian Hayes - Wildwood Flowers
24. Margy Pepper - Waltzing
25. Letters with Ariel Birks - Give Me the Roses While I Live
26. Calvin Johnson - Diamonds in the Rough
27. R. Stevie Moore - Little Darlin' Pal of Mine
28. Paleo - Lulu Walls
29. Live Active Cultures - Let That Lie Alone
30. The Amazing & Incredible Randy - Will You Miss Me (When I'm Gone)

Carter Family Comics: Don't Forget This Song
(Kickstarter campaign video, it successfully raised the funding goal)
For the upcoming Carter Family graphic novel, "Don't Forget This Song" by David Lasky and Frank M. Young


from "Uralba," released 28 November 2011

Cat Cat - Keys and Locks Don't Work from "Uralba"

Melbourne-based CAT CAT is a hypnotic post-punk / psychedelic influenced three piece who formed in 2008, the band comprises of Conor Hutchison (vocals, guitar), Warwick Smith (bass, vocals) and Kieran Davis (drums). They have released two EPs "Dig Mountains," "Waking Space" and the newest debut full-length "Uralba." "Uralba" was recorded in early 2011, before their relocation from Canberra to Melbourne, then later mixed and mastered in Melbourne by Casey Rice, long based in Chicago where he worked with numerous musicians including Gastr del Sol, The Sea and Cake, Tortoise, Joan of Arc, among others. He migrated to Melbourne in 2003. Purchase / Stream their EPs through the bandcamp, HERE.


Christmas Time with Damien Jurado

Damien Jurado - Christmas Time Is Here

Spend a yultide by the fireside with Damien Jurado, who's pumped out a piano- and horn-laden version of "Christmas Time Is Here." The Vince Guaraldi original -- popularized via "A Charlie Brown Christmas" -- has a melancholy slowness that Jurado's falsetto capitalizes upon, warms up with the Aki Kurose Middle School Academy Glee Club and prepares your brain waves for a long winter's nap. Jurado's got some help too from engineer Steven Aguilar and from producer/instrumentalist Kyle Zantos, plus Joe Ruppert, Cole Mauro and Dave Hall. --- HitFix com.

A new Damien Jurado album “Maraqopa” is going to be released on February 21st, 2012 via Secretly Canadian.

"Chris Mastheim Is Here"

Chris Mastheim - Jingle Bells

Chris Mastheim - Christmastime Is Here

Nicholas Krgovich aka Chris Mastheim is a Vancouver-based songwriter and multi-instrumentalist best known for his work with NO KIDS, GIGI, P:ANO and MOUNT EERIE. Both tracks are taken from his last year's "Chris Mastheim Is Here" EP for free download, HERE.

Ink Ships - Cassettes

Ink Ships - Cassettes

Here's a new sounds from Manchester's Matt McMahon aka Ink Ships.
Ink Ships >> Bandcamp / Soundcloud / Tumblr


Dad Rocks!

Battle Hymn of the Fox Father (from “Mount Modern”) by Dad Rocks!

Dad Rocks! is the solo project of Iceland-born Snævar Njáll Albertsson, a singer/guitarist/trumpet-player in the danish band Mimas. A follow-up to the last year's debut EP ‘Digital Age,’ "Mount Modern" is his first full-length released by Big Scary Monsters Records (UK), Paper Garden Records (US), Kimi Records (Iceland) and Albertsson's own label Father Figure Records. The album was produced by Dad Rocks! and Kenn Hedegaard Eskildsen and features Charles Spearin of Broken Social Scene on 'Weapons. Purchase / stream the album in its entirely on Dad Rocks! bandcamp.

"Mount Modern"

Take Care (from “Mount Modern”) by Dad Rocks!

Dad Rocks! - Mount Modern
The song 'Mount Modern' is the intro for the the album 'Mount Modern.'
Video by Jollan Aurelio (of Heister)


Dubb Nubb "Sunrise Sleepy Eyed"

Dubb Nubb, the St. Louis duo turned Columbia trio, was made up of twin sisters Hannah and Delia Rainey. The twins started writing music together at age 15, incorporating Hannah’s then five years of classical guitar training and Delia’s poetic gifts. Since then, they have taught themselves acoustic guitar, mandolin and ukulele and continue to write songs that span genres and warm the souls of animals and humans everywhere. Their 2009's debut release “The Best Game Ever” and 2010's "New Bones" were released on Special Passenger Records formed by Amanda, their older sister who officially joined the band. Dubb Nubb's newest album "Sunrise Sleepy Eyed," recorded in Amanda's Columbia apartment last spring by Los Angeles-based Zoe-Ruth Erwin, is available now on their bandcamp.

from "New Bones", released 23 May 2010

Daytrotter Recording Session

Sounds Familyre's "A Familyre Christmas Vol. 4"

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.


Ball of Wax Volume 26: A Tribute to the Anthology of American Folk Music

"Ball of Wax Volume 26: A Tribute to the Anthology of American Folk Music" is a collection of new interpretations of songs released on Harry Smith's legendarily influential Anthology of American Folk Music. It was released on November 25th from Ball of Wax Audio Quarterly, founded in 2005 by Levi Fuller, a Seattle-based songwriter/performer himself. This series of compilation CDs, featuring new music from Seattle and beyond, is issued every three months. Purchase/Stream through the Ball of Wax bandcamp, HERE.

'King Kong Kitchie Kitchie Ki-Me-O' is also covered by Laura Veirs on her first childrens muisic album "Tumble Bee" (2011, Raven Marching Band / Bella Union).

Some Crazy Magic: Meeting Harry Smith

My New animation based around a story told to me by John Cohen when I interviewed him with Greg Vandy. From wikipedia: Harry Everett Smith (May 29 , 1923, Portland, Oregon – November 27, 1991, New York City) was an American archivist, ethnomusicologist, student of anthropology, record collector, experimental filmmaker, artist, bohemian and mystic. People who know his work as a filmmaker are often unfamiliar with his 1952 Anthology of American Folk Music, while folk music enthusiasts often do not know he was acclaimed as being "the greatest living magician" according to filmmaker, Kenneth Anger. ---Drew Christie


Peter and the Wolf "Easy Mountain"

From Austin, TX, Redding Hunter aka Peter And The Wolf is set to release a new full-length album "Easy Mountain," the follow-up to 2010's "traffique's endless weekend" album. Easy Mtn., is a new concept album about the art of hitting rock bottom. Due out on December 7th, CD/Download. Pre-order is available on his bandcamp.

Peter And The Wolf - Bright and Blue

Peter And The Wolf - Sunny (written by Bobby Hebb)

Both tracks are taken from "traffique's endless weekend" album (2010) which is the story of a well-adjusted gay man, Edwin Miller, who discovers he's leading a second life late at night, sleepwalking down dark alleyways in drag, looking for intrigue. His other self, Traffique, is a closeted lesbian, a sexually repressed librarian-type, who sneaks out into the underworld each night self-actualizing all the way down her own vortex of trouble.

ALL MUSIC AVAILABLE AT: traffique.bandcamp.com


The Holidays Don't Have To Be So Rotten Vol. 2

cover art by Gavin Smith

Flannelgraph Records (Bloomington, IN) has released their 2nd annual holiday benefit compilation featuring 23 great bands playing beautiful Christmas instrumentals that they wrote! All the money goes to Stepping Stones, helping out homeless teens. Available now on their bandcamp.

Featuring: Candy Claws, Soporus, Frank Lenz, Dirty Beaches, The Parade Schedule, Funeral Home, Frank Schweikhardt, Mike Adams At His Honest Weight, Homecomings, Quixod, Whippoorwill, Laura K. Balke, Drekka, Dolorean, New Terrors, Sleeping Bag, Bro. Stephen, Chad Serhal, Wet Blankets, Michael James Tapscott w/ J. Shelley Harrison, Tim Felton Feat. Aaron Burkhart, Burnt Ones, and Via Vegrandis.


Laura Gibson "La Grande"

La Grande (pronounced in the way of the American West, without any hint of French inflection – “luh grand”) is a town just east of the Wallowa Valley in northeastern Oregon where native Oregonian Laura Gibson found inspiration while writing the songs that would become her new album of the same name. Gibson describes La Grande as a place that “people usually pass through on their way to somewhere else, but which contains a certain gravity, a curious energy.”

Laura Gibson – La Grande

Laura Gibson has announced that her new full-length, since the release of 2009's "Beasts of Seasons" (Hush), "La Grande" will be released in January 2012 on Barsuk Records (US) and City Slang (EU). And Portland's Jealous Butcher Records will be releasing a special, limited-edition 7" single 'La Grande' b/w 'In The Pines,' a precursor to her full length. 7" due out on December 13th, LP/CD due out on January 24th, 2012.

"La Grande" was produced by Gibson herself and after home-recorded vocal sessions, proper takes were recorded at Type Foundry Studios with Adam Selzer (M Ward, Norfolk and Western) on engineering and musicians including Calexico’s Joey Burns, members of The Dodos (Meric Long and Logan Kroeber) and The Decemberists (Nate Query, Jenny Conlee), clarinetist Jilly Coykendall, and the drumming duo Rachel Blumberg and Matt Berger (affectionately known as Blumberger).

Pre-order CD, HERE. / 7" & Digital Download Pre-order, HERE.

Mason Jar Music Presents... Laura Gibson (2011)
'Where Have All Your Good Words Gone,' written and Performed by Laura Gibson, the song is appeared on "Beasts of Seasons." 
Produced, Filmed by Mason Jar Music. Recorded and filmed live in a furniture warehouse in Long Island City, New York.

WATCH :: another session on Mason Jar Music, 'Milk-Heavy, Pollen-Eyed' from Laura’s forthcoming record, "La Grande."

Arigato, Fukuda-san.


Bright Moments - Travelers

Bright Moments - Travelers

Bright Moments, aka Kelly Pratt is a multi-instrumentalist known for performing / recording with Beirut, Arcade Fire and LCD Soundsystem, and also for his earlier band Team B. And now, under the name of Bright Moments, he will release his debut full-length "Natives," on February 21st, 2012 via Luaka Bop. The album was recorded at his apartment studio during the New York City winter of 2010.