The Handsome Family - Spider

"Wild animals, tall tales, and dark stories from American history populate the lyrics of Wilderness. Appalachian holler, psychedelic rock, tin pan alley, and medieval music continue to inform The Handsome Family's unique brand of Americana, while their affinity for old-tyme ballads and clawhammer banjo has never sounded so seamlessly connected to their use of samples, loops, and sonic effects. " --Carrot Top Records

Husband and wife duo Brett and Rennie Sparks, The Handsome Family has unveiled a brand new song 'Spider' from their upcoming full length album "Wilderness," due out on May 14th via Carrot Top Records. A companion book, also titled Wilderness, features original artwork and essays by Rennie Sparks. A deluxe box edition of "Wilderness" includes a 12”x12” full-color edition of the book, the LP with an 11”x17” color poster and six-postcard set featuring Rennie Sparks’ art. A black and white edition of the book will be will be published by The Handsome Family.


LAMC #6: Cass McCombs / White Magic

As the sixth release in the LAMC 7” Series, Brooklyn's Famous Class has released the split 7" featuring Cass McCombs and White Magic. Order, HERE and their bandcamp. All proceeds benefit VH1 Save the Music’s Ariel Panero Memorial Fund. The 7th installment will feature Ty Segall and The Meatbodies (out on April 30th).

LAMC # 6, released 18 February 2013


Cass McCombs Acoustic OCT 15, 2012

Bill Baird "Spring Break of the Soul"

Austin native, and now Oakland resident Bill Baird (previously posted) is set to release the "Spring Break of the Soul" 2xLP (out on March 10th) via his own imprint Pau Waw Records.

Spring Break of The Soul by blondebill

Bill Baird

"Spring Break of the Soul" promo


William Tyler, Shaker Steps session


William Tyler - We Can't Go Home Again (Shaker Steps session)

Nashville lifer and raw countrified shamanic solo guitarist extrordinaire William Tyler has been a very in-demand musician who has played with the likes of Lamb Chop, Silver Jews, Bonnie "Prince" Billy, and Wooden Wand. In 2010 he released his first solo instrumental record called Behold the Spirit to much critical acclaim. William has since signed to Merge Records who will be releasing his next album Impossible Truth due out March 19th.

William was in Lexington for a recording session with Wooden Wand, and he very graciously agreed to do a Shaker Steps session with us before he headed back to Nashville. We walked around and found a very cool locally owned little leather shop called The Last Genuine Leather Co. where they do custom work and provide an opportunity for local artisans to sell their wares. William plays this beautifully moving song "We Can't Go Home Again" off his upcoming album. --Shaker Steps

From the album "Impossible Truth," out March 19, 2013 in North America and April 29, 2013 in the UK and Europe on Merge Records. Pre-order, HERE.


Paul Adam Benson a.k.a. Ever Ending Kicks

Anacortes, Washington based Ever Ending Kicks, formerly known as Motorbikes, is the solo project of Paul Adam Benson, the founder of Fontee Fount Recordings, who played in Mount Eerie’s backing band, Karl Blau, LAKE, and Hungry Cloud Darkening. Ever Ending Kicks' first LP entitled "Notion Free" has been available through Fontee Fount. Also, "Weird Priorities" cassette, outtakes, demos from 2012, is available now, HERE

Ever Ending Kicks' first full-length "NOTION FREE" (released 20 July 2012) was recorded at The Unknown in Anacortes, Washington on March 10th - 14th by Nicholas Wilbur (Hungry Cloud Darkening). He also played Trombone on "You'll Always Win" and "Notion Free". The singers on "Singer Meet Hearer" and "Take What You Need" are Morgan Anderson, Garrett Critchlow, Rocky Evans, Mike Ferrario, Luuk Honey, Casey Smith, Tyler Jones, and Hannah Stephens. All songs written, arranged, and performed by Paul Adam Benson.

from "How to Execute?," released 18 February 2011

arigato, Victoria


Dawn McCarthy & Bonnie 'Prince "What The Brothers Sang"

Dawn McCarthy (Faun Fables) & Bonnie ‘Prince’ Billy collaborative, a tribute to the Every Brothers album "What The Brothers Sang" is out NOW via Drag City / Domino UK. It was recorded and mixed by David Ferguson at Butcher Shop Studio in Nashville spring 2012. The songs were played by Emmett Kelley (Cairo Gang), Dave Roe and Kenny Malone, with featured players Billy Contreras, John Mock, Dan Dugmore, Matt Sweeney, Pete Townsend, John Catchings, Bobby Wood, Joey Miskalin, Nils Frykdahl (Faun Fables), Ian McAllister, Joey Baron, Dr. Chris Vivio, and Noah Tag.


"What The Brothers Sang" promo
Video directed by Lara Miranda

also.... another Will Oldham's collaborative split single is available via Baltimore's Friends Records. It features Nat Fowler, Chris Freeland and Marc Miller of Oxes teaming up with Will Oldham (Bonnie ‘Prince’ Billy) and Bob Weston (Shellac, Mission of Burma) for a cover of Shery Crow’s “Strong Enough” (Baerwald, Botrell, Crow, MacLeod, Riketts). Recorded by Bob Weston, the track is exclusive to this 7” and has been hidden deep in the vaults for years. Side B of the split includes Marc Miller, Will Redman and John Dierker of Microkingdom enlisting Sam Herring (Future Islands) on vocals and Liz Meredith on viola for a cover of Bruce Springsteen’s “I’m On Fire” (Springsteen).


Pickwick feat. Sharon Van Etten – Lady Luck

Photo by Kyle Johnson

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 SwiftThe Atlantic Ocean” album (Secretly Canadian, 2009)


PICKWICK - Can't Talk Medicine - Album Trailer

Alex Bleeker and the Freaks - Don't Look Down

Listen, Real Estate bassist Alex Bleeker’s newest track taken from the forthcoming second album "How Far Away," due out May 28th via Woodsist. It features his fellow musicians as “the freaks” including Mountain Man’s Amelia Meath, who provides gorgeously weighty backing vocals on four tracks, Woods’ Jarvis Tanviere, Real Estate’s Jackson Pollis, Big Troubles’ Sam Franklin.

Sam Moss "Neighbors"

Sam Moss is a Brattleboro, Vermont based composer, songwriter, and string player. He has released a handful of solo albums, is a member of the old-time duo, The Howling Kettles, and a long-distance contributor to Sewing Machines. He recently compiled Imaginational Anthem Volume Five for Tompkins Square Records. In fall 2012 he was in residence at the MacDowell Colony in Peterborough, NH. His work has won high praise from NPR, Dusted, Pop Matters, and Blurt Magazine, among others.

All songs written by Sam Moss except "Lonesome Valley", which is traditional.
Recorded in Brattleboro, Vermont
Mastered by Eric Carbonara
Not Nothing Records, released 01 May 2012

Gold Leaves cover Lee Hazlewood

Seattle band Gold Leaves cover Lee Hazlewood’s “Won’t You Tell Your Dreams” for Light In The Attic's 10 Year Anniversary 7″ Series. The series features contemporary artists covering a track reissued by Light In The Attic on the A-side, plus the original version on the B-side. 

A-side is produced by Gold Leaves, engineered by Chris Early, and recorded in Seattle in September 2012. B-side features Lee's original version as remastered by John Baldwin for our recent compilation Lee Hazlewood -- The LHI Years: Singles, Nudes, & Backsides (1968-71). 

Other artists in the series include Iggy Pop & Zig Zags covering Betty Davis, Mark Lanegan covering Karen Dalton, Charles Bradley & The Menahan Street Band covering Rodriguez, and Sweet Tea (feat. Alex Maas of the Black Angels & Erika Wennerstrom of the Heartless Bastards) covering Wendy Rene. More releases in the series to be announced..


Gold Leaves
"Won't You Tell Your Dreams" (Lee Hazlewood cover)


Sweet Tea (The Black Angels & Heartless Bastards)
"After Laughter (Comes Tears)" (Wendy Rene cover)


Taste Of Savage: His Pupils Sing His Music

01 Calvin Love - Chin Chin by ArbutusRecords

"Sean Nicholas Savage is a magnetic character. As an integral part of the upcoming Montreal music scene, and an inspiration to many, several artists eagerly accepted the challenge to cover his songs; in celebration of his past work, but also for the promise of what’s still to come.
17 of Savage’s songs – ranging from anthems to obscure gems – are anthologized on this release. As the first act ever to release on Arbutus, a community has developed surrounding Savage, his songwriting, charisma and his social philosophies. 

It is a true honour to present such a mix of genre and creative thought – and this is what’s captivating about the compilation. A group of artists brought together not by genre but by circumstance: a shared home, one which Savage represents as a primary character in the Canadian music scene." -- Arbutus Records

06 Eola - Someone's Got A Secret by ArbutusRecords

02 Mac DeMarco - Bye Bye Bye by ArbutusRecords

the song is taken from "Flamingo"

Beck Reimagines "Sound and Vision"

Beck Reimagines David Bowie's "Sound and Vision"
- 360º Sound Collaboration with Chris Milk

Directed by Chris Milk, the concert was captured on three 360-degree cameras as well as 360-degree microphones, allowing the audience of the digital experience to feel as if they’re actually there.


Behind the Scenes
..... for more reimagined projects at Hello-Again.com. 


Anika - In the City

'In the City' (Chromatics cover) is taken from the upcoming 6-track EP "ANIKA EP," coming April 2013 via Stones Throw. Produced by Geoff Barrow (of Portishead) & Beak.

Anika - In the City by Stones Throw Records

Adam Schatz + Kelly Pratt + Matt Nelson - Early In The Morning (Nilsson)

Adam Schatz + Kelly Pratt + Matt Nelson- Early In The Morning (Nilsson) by AdamSchatz

Adam Schatz (Landlady) - vocals, saxophone, keys
Kelly Pratt (Bright Moments, Arcade Fire, Beruit, David Byrne & St. Vincent)- vocals
Matt Nelson (Arts & Sciences, tUnE-yArDs)



Louis Jordan - Early in the Mornin'
from "Look Out Sister," 1947 Musical/Western film directed by Louis Jordan & Bud Pollard, and written by John E. Gordon and Will Morrissey.  'Early in the Mornin'' was written by Dallas Bartley, Leo Hickman, Louis Jordan, and recorded by Louis Jordan and His Tympany Five in 1947.

Adam Schatz

LANDLADY- 'Above My Ground' (Official Vegetable Music Video),
the song is taken from the 'Above My Ground' single (2012) 
b/w 'Oh My Golly (a song by the Pixies), available on iTunes and their bandcamp


"Vlnená pohádka" 1964

“Vlnená pohádka” (1964, Czech) by Hermína Týrlová 
毛糸のお話 /ヘルミーナ・ティールロヴァー 
music: Zdeněk Liška / ズデニェク・リシュカ

Zdenek Liska - Music from the Films of Jan Svankmajer
(via pedaFly)

WATCH:: Liska documentary, Petr Ruttner's 2000 documentary for Czech TV on film composer Zdeněk Liška.

Gofish - Meimetsu

Sweet Dreams Pressからの7インチ「レコード/いと」の発売日は3月10日との由。

Gofish - 明滅(Meimetsu) by Sweet Dreams Press
Live at Borzoi Record, Tottori 15 December 2012, recorded by Makoto Inada.
WEB exclusive track, the song was originally appeared on the latest full-length "とてもいいこと (Totemo Iikoto)," available on Sweet Dreams Press.

Gofish - レコード/いと (7" vinyl, SD07-001)
Art Work: Yosuke Yamaguchi


Kim Baxter “The Tale Of Me And You”

"The Tale Of Me And You" is the solo debut full-length by Kim Baxter (of All Girl Summer Fun Band), available on German Label Expect Candy.

After more than ten years of guitar and vocal duties in All Girl Summer Fun Band (K Records, Magic Marker Records, AGSFB Music), Baxter wrote and produced her debut solo album, "The Tale of Me and You", with her husband, Chris Flanagan. The pair played all the instruments on the album which was recorded in their home studio in Portland, Oregon. They have put together a five-piece band to perform these songs live.

Kim Baxter's Indiegogo Campaign Video
Kim Baxter (All Girl Summer Fun Band) and her new bandmates are heading to Europe in April 2013 for a 2 week tour in support of the vinyl release of her debut solo album, The Tale of Me and You. This video was made for the Indiegogo campaign to help raise money for the tour. The record (on black and pretty blue vinyl) will be available through the campaign, HERE.


Nigel Van Wieck "Q Train"

Nigel Van Wieck "Q Train"
pastel on paper 22x30 inches

from Kitsch Genius by Ryan Hemsworth

Dick Diver - Water Damage

'Water Damage' is taken from the latest single from Melbourne fourpiece Dick Diver's forthcoming Chapter Music album "Calendar Days," out on March 16th. The band comprises of Alastair McKay, Rupert Edwards, Al Montfort (UV Race, Total Control) and Steph Hughes (Boomgates, Children Collide).

Water Damage by Dick Diver Calendar Days

'Alice' is taken from "Calendar Days," the rest is exclusive to this EP.
Released 16 November 2012, recorded, mixed and mastered by Mikey Young (of Total Control and Eddy Current Suppression Ring). 


The Wingdale Community Singers - So What (Andy's Lament)

The Wingdale Community Singers - So What (Andy's Lament)

'So What (Andy's Lament)' is taken from the new full-length / third album "Night, Sleep, Death" by The Wingdale Community Singers, out on February 19th via the Drag City subsidiary Blue Chopsticks. 

The Wingdale Community Singers was formed in 2001 by Hannah Marcus and Rick Moody. David Grubbs joined in 2003 in time for the first album, eponymously titled, released in 2005 on Plain Recordings. Nina Katchadourian joined soon after the first album. The second album, SPIRIT DUPLICATOR, is available on Scarlet Shame Records.

David Grubbs, a founding member of Squirrel Bait, Bastro, and Gastr Del Sol, set to release his new full-length "The Plain Where the Palace Stood" on April 16th via Drag City. Stream the title-track (DG: electric guitar, C. Spencer Yeh: violin, Andrea Belfi: drums and electronics) from the new album through Grubbs' tumbler site, HERE

Parallax Sounds excerpt
Direction, screenplay, cinematography and editing: Augusto Contento

"Parallax Sounds" is a documentary feature that explores the intimate connection between music and urban landscape in Chicago, directed by the award-winning Italian filmmaker Augusto Contento. The film brings interviews with musicians who contributed to shape the vibrant Chicago underground music scene in the 90s and continue to do creative and relevant work today: Steve Albini, David Grubbs, Damon Locks, Ken Vandermark, Ian Williams and Azita Youssefi. Director Augusto Contento's signature stunning visual sequences are enhanced by a soundtrack composed by Ken Vandermark that features David Grubbs, Steve Albini and other great musicians from Chicago. --Cineparallax