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The Pull of Autumn ‘Shipwrecked on Aspirin’ from ‘Small Colors’ LP RBM Records 18 September 2020

The Pull of Autumn previews ‘Shipwrecked on Aspirin’ ahead of ‘Small Colors’ LP release

Art rock collective The Pull of Autumn will be releasing their new ‘Small Colors’ album on September 18. Ahead of that, they preview the track ‘Shipwrecked on Aspirin’, the second taste of this album.

Featuring Luke ‘Skyscraper’ James of IRS artist Fashion. ‘Shipwrecked on Aspirin’ harkens back to post-punk of the past with one different element – the introduction of electronic music added in. Much in the spirit of Eno’ work with Roxy Music.  Elements of theremin and a horror soundtrack vibe bubble underneath.

Luke originally wrote this song when he was 22 as a fingerstyle guitar traditional folk song. Later he did a punk version, which Daniel Darrow has now turned into post-rock!

“About these lyrics, a guy kills an albatross (bad luck), the ship is becalmed, they make the guy walk the plank to bring back the wind, but as he steps off the end of the plank, he’s reborn as an albatross! Not the same story as ‘Rhyme of The Ancient Mariner’ but kind of inspired by it,” says Luke James.

Based between Boston and Rhode Island, The Pull of Autumn is a ‘super group’ of sorts, with songs orbiting around Daniel Darrow from Johanna’s House of Glamour and Luke ‘Skyscraper’ James (Fashion), but also involves numerous emerging and notable musicians from the local music scene and from far abroad.

Earlier, The Pull of Autumn released the lead single ‘Holiday’ feat. Orange Cake Mix (a.k.a. James Rao). They recorded this Bee Gees‘ track as a tribute to the 60s with an added electronic element, melding 60s pop into today’s post-rock movement.

‘Small Colors’ will be released via Boston-based label RBM Records. The collective’s third album, this it is a tribute to many moods, ranging from British folk music and post-rock to jazz, ambient and electronic music. The album’s title represents Darrow’s return to a minimalist approach towards creating music.

This long-play involves members of 4AD artists Dif Juz, Rough Trade artists Johanna’s House of Glamour and Butterfly Child, , Epic 45, Boyracer, Perfect Disaster, InsidesGermany’s Seasurfer, Japan’s Broken Little SisterOrange Cake Mix, vocalists Mina Hunt and Jeanne BattingColin Darrow and Matthew Darrow.

“Many artists reached out to contribute to make this album a full range of interpretations of sound .It’s thrilling to have all these amazing artists join together to create 16 songs that a channel the same voice – A love of creating beauty, even in these difficult times,” says Daniel Darrow.

This release follows up the 2019 ‘Afterglow’ LP, which included contributions by members of Throwing Muses, Boyracer, Seasurfer, Orange Cake Mix, Johanna’s House of Glamour, Hood, and Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds for something quite beautiful.

Their debut album ‘The Pull of Autumn’ was released in 2018 following the single ‘Not Coming Down’ featuring Luke ‘Skyscraper’ James, frontman of British new wave pioneers (and I.R.S. recording artist) Fashion.

The cover painting was created by artist Joyce Raskin, who is also bassist in Scarce and author or several books. Her painting fully represents the sound  of the music.

As of September 18, ‘Small Colors’ will be available across online stores and streaming platforms like Spotify. It will also be available on CD, packaged in a gatefold 7-inch sleeve. The album can already be pre-ordered via Bandcamp.

CREDITS
‘Holiday’ written by Barry Gibb
Guitar and vocals by James Rao ‘Orange Cake Mix’
Keyboards by Daniel Darrow
Bass by Bruce MacLeod
Album cover painting by Joyce Raskin White

TRACK LIST
1. Bakhchalarda
2. Easy
3. No Romance
4. Fester
5. That’s How it’s Always Been
6. The Stars or the Jungle
7. Holiday
8. Lampin
9. The Beautiful Golden Y
10. The Sun Is Going to Shine
11. Bored and Lonely
12. If You Could Read My Mind
13. Shipwrecked on Aspirin
14. Delirious Intuition
15. Color
16. No Day at the Beach

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Posted by on September 16, 2020 in Alternative, Folk, Post Punk

 

PXPRS – Coup de grâce (Komplex Recordings 3 August 2020)

PXPRS .. part x part r section release their debut single ‘Coup de grâce’ via Komplex Recordings

PXPRS .. part x part r section present their debut single ‘Coup de grâce’ via British/French label Komplex Recordings. This is 3 mins 22 secs of scathing vocals, searing guitar noise, overdriven organs and a supersonic rhythm section.

“This is a kinda voodoo spell cast on idiots. A rock n roll howl of rage and despair, kicking against the pricks of disloyalty, duplicity, dilettantism, amateur hedonism and blatant treachery, all the while refreshingly unencumbered by politeness. They know who they are,” says singer Nikki Thomas, also front woman for the band Client.

“While working on the new Client album with producer David Francolini and the Pylon King in lockdown, this just fell out but it didn’t quite fit stylistically with the record we are making, so we did some extra remote recording with Angelo Bruschini from Massive Attack (guitar), Dayna Fischer (bass) and Aaron Forbes (guitar) and the racket that is  ..part x part r section was born.”

‘Coup de grâce’ is out now and can be found on SpotifyApple Music and other digital retailers.

CREDITS
Produced and engineered by David Francolini
Recorded at Komplex Studio
Mixed by Cenzo Townsend at Decoy Sound
Mastered by Brian Lucey at Magic Garden Mastering.
Written by Francolini/Thomas/Pylon King
Releasd by Komplex Recordings

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Posted by on August 17, 2020 in Alternative

 

Jonny Polonsky You Turn Me On (Jim Sclavunos Remix) Ghostworks Recordings 7 August 2020

Jonny Polonsky ‘You Turn Me On’ gets cinematic rework by No Wave legend Jim Sclavunos

NYC-based singer-songwriter, multi-instrumentalist and producer Jonny Polonsky presents the Jim Sclavunos remix of ‘You Turn Me On’.

Jim Sclavunos has been a member of Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds since 1994. Alongside Lydia Lunch, he was an integral part of New York’s No Wave scene in the 1970s as a member of legends Teenage Jesus & The Jerks, plus Beirut Slump and 8 Eyed Spy, before joining Sonic Youth to write and record their first album ‘Confusion Is Sex’. Also noted for a stint in The Cramps, Sclavunos also leads his own group the Vanity Set.

The original version of this track featured on his recently released ‘Kingdom of Sleep’ LP, mixed and mastered by Mike Tholen (Chris Connelly, Revolting Cocks). This new offering follows up Polonsky’s single ‘Sign in The Window’ from that same album.

“You Turn Me On wasn’t written with a specific person in mind. These are just the words and melodies that came up when I heard the music (I recorded all the music before I wrote a melody or words, which is very unusual for me). But then again, as Keith Richards said, when asked which person he wrote a particular love song for, “they’re about all of ‘em,” says Jonny Polonsky.
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With a rich history collaborating with the likes of Johnny Cash, Neil Diamond, Tom Morello (Rage Against The Machine) and Donovan, Chicago-raised Polonsky writes interstellar anthems for a new generation of mindfreaks. Songs of sex and death and love…hymns of despair and transcendence. A celebration of what it feels like to be human; from the exalted, grandest moments of euphoria and bliss, to the universal pain of loss and letting go.

“Jim Sclavunos has been making music for many, many years, and is always involved in something cool–whether it’s with The Cramps, Lydia Lunch, Tav Falco, on and on…Jim is a diehard music lover and creator, my favorite kind of music maker. (Believe me, not everyone is like that. There are so many “just-add-water-makes-its-own-sauce” kinda folk. It’s just not my scene, maaaaaan). His work with Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds, and Grinderman just thrill me to my soul. I love that music so much. It can be like a healing balm on some raw, aching wound, or an icepick through the forehead, their music always delivers,” says Jonny Polonsky.

“Jim hosts a radio show in London, so he’s fairly accessible. I emailed him and asked him if he would do a remix of a song from my last record, Kingdom of Sleep. He liked the music, and voila. Three weeks later out came a bouncing baby remix, all dark and weird and fun and awesome. A Promethean promenade for a perfect pandemic summer playlist.”

Jonny Polonsky has released six full-length records in 23 years. Early DIY demos led to support from music luminaries like Reeves Gabrels (David Bowie, Tin Machine), Marc Ribot (Tom Waits, Elvis Costello), Zander Schloss (Joe Strummer, Circle Jerks), John Zorn, and Frank Black, who produced his first demo recording, leading iconic record producer Rick Rubin to sign Polonsky to American Recordings.

Polonsky’s 1996 debut album ‘Hi My Name is Jonny’ was met with great critical reception from The New York Times and MTV, among others. After touring with Frank Black for several months and the Lollapalooza summer tour, Polonsky took a hiatus.He resurfaced in 2004 with ‘The Power of Sound’ LP and  supported Audioslave on their 2005 American tour. In 2006, Polonsky formed the short-lived Big Nose with Brad Wilk and Tim Commerford (Rage Against the Machine, Audioslave), and collaborated with Maynard James Keenan (Tool, A Perfect Circle) for Puscifer, with whom Polonsky wrote, recorded and toured in 2007-2010.

As of August 7, ‘You Turn Me On (Jim Sclavunos Remix)’ will be available everywhere digitally. The ‘Kingdom of Sleep’ LP is out now on CD, clear vinyl with gatefold sleeve and digitally at www.jonnypolonsky.com/music

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Posted by on August 10, 2020 in Alternative

 

Death Valley Girls – Under the Spell of Joy (Suicide Squeeze 2 October 2020)

While studies have been conducted aiming to understand the science behind music, our inexplicable ability to tap into the emotions of another human being by way of arrangements of sonic frequencies still seems a bit like magic. LA’s Death Valley Girls have always sought to wield that magic like ancient mystics, creating psychic bonds with willing ears through the medium of their fiery rock n’ roll.

On the surface, previous albums like Glow in the Dark and Darkness Rains were rowdy mash-ups of early American punk, sun-baked psych rock, and proto-metal fire-and-brimstone guitar worship, yet there was always an undercurrent of some kind of strange, celebratory communal ritual in their music. With their latest album Under the Spell of Joy, the band dives even deeper into that magical cosmic energy.

The album title Under the Spell of Joy comes from the text on a t-shirt from San Diego heavy psych rockers Joy that was handed off to Death Valley Girls’ vocalist/guitarist Bonnie Bloomgarden, who wore the shirt for five years straight, treating it like a talisman. “I read it as being about manifesting your biggest dreams and responding thoughtfully and mindfully to everything that comes in your path with joy and compassion first,” Bloomgarden explains. “There is a lot to be really angry about in the world but joy is just as powerful if used correctly!” The band sought to create a spiritual record—what Bloomgarden describes as a “space gospel”—with the intention of bringing people together and creating the kind of participatory musical experience people have in places of worship. It’s a record loaded with chants, choirs, and rousing choruses, all for the purpose of encouraging people to sing along. Where the band had once sought to connect people through more esoteric means, they now tap into the age-old tradition of uniting people by inviting them to be an active part of the music.

While Bloomgarden and guitarist Larry Schemel knew their intention for the album before a single note was written, the actual nature and direction of the music was a mystery. The initial inspiration for the record came from the jubilant spirit of Ethiopian funk records the band had been listening to on tour, but once they began to channel the songs it seemed like the music came from somewhere not in the past but in the future. In the weeks leading up to recording, Death Valley Girls relied on their subconscious and effortlessly conjured Under the Spell of Joy’s eleven tracks as if they’d tapped into the Akashic Chronicle and pulled the music from the ether.

The album opens with “Hypnagogia,” an ode to the space between sleep and wakefulness where we are open to other realms of consciousness. The song slowly builds along a steady pulse provided by bassist Pickle (Nicole Smith) and drummer Rikki Styxx. Tripped out saxophone bleats from guest player Gabe Flores swirl on top of the organ drones laid out by guest keyboardist Gregg Foreman. The band’s choral objectives for Under the Spell of Joy are established right off the bat, with Bloomgarden’s melodic invocations bolstered by a choir, giving the album a rich and vibrant wall-of-sound aesthetic. The song ominously builds on its hypnotic foundation until it opens up into a raucous revelry at the four-minute mark. The portentous simmer of the opening track yields to the ecstatic rocker “Hold My Hand,” where verses reminiscent of Velvet Underground’s “I’m Waiting For The Man” explode into big triumphant choruses. From there the band launches into the title track, which marries the griminess of The Stooges with an innocence provided by a children’s choir chanting the album’s primary mantra “under the spell of joy / under the spell of love.”

Death Valley Girls have always vacillated between lightness and darkness, and on “Bliss Out” they demonstrate their current exuberant focus with a patina-hued pop song driven by an irrepressibly buoyant organ line laid down by keyboardist The Kid (Laura Kelsey). A similar cosmic euphoria is obtained on “The Universe,” where alternating chords on the organ help elevate soaring saxophone and keyboard lines out beyond the stratosphere. If you’re looking for transcendental rock music, look no further.

The world is crazy right now and it feels like we should be doing more than just trying to perpetuate joy,” Bloomgarden says. “I think music becomes a part of you. Like Black Sabbath’s first record is as much a part of me as my own music. I think you can listen to music or song to get lost in it, or you can listen to music to find something in your self or the world that either you never had or just went missing. I want people to sing to this record, make it their own, and focus on manifesting their dreams as much as they can!

Suicide Squeeze Records is proud to offer up Death Valley Girls’ Under the Spell of Joy to the world on October 2, 2020 on CD/LP/CS and digital formats. First vinyl pressing is limited to 1500 copies (1200 on gold, 300 on label-exclusive silver).

 

2Square / Mark Gardener – Chained (OX4 Sound 23 June 2020)

Reflections on retreating from drugs: RIDE’s Mark Gardener and Telepopmusik’s 2Square present ‘Chained’ single 

Now that shoegaze kingpins Ride are in touring limbo, frontman Mark Gardener has been busy with recording, production, mixing and mastering work at his OX4 Sound Studio. He has also released a new single, called ‘Chained’, for which he collaborated with 2Square, a.k.a. Stephan Haeri of France’s Telepopmusik.

This song comes from a deep space, as Gardener eluciates on a past attempt to face, beat and get away from some personal demons and unhealthy situations and temptations. The accompanying video, commissioned by Gardener, was produced and directed by Dariy Karyakin over the past month.

Recorded in Haeri’s small Parisian smoky apartment in the Strasbourg-Saint-Denis area, Gardener notes that this is “up there with my favourite collaborations ever”, saying this will “hopefully take our minds away from all current madness we’re living in”. Written by Stephan Haeri and Mark Gardener with Gardener’s lyrics, this single was mixed by Stephan Haeri and mastered by Mark Gardener.

Mark is best known as songwriter, lead vocalist and guitarist with shoegaze trailblazers Ride. He also owns and runs the OX4 Sound recording studio. Over the past 20 years, Mark has produced and mixed the work of many highly respected artists, producers and bands including The Brian Jonestown Massacre, Robin Guthrie, Telepopmusik, Dive Index, Rinocerose, Ulrich Schnauss, Man With No Name, Hopewell, Jam+Spoon, Mikel Erentxun, Dead Horse One, Cat Martino and Swervedriver, along with scoring the soundtrack for the Mojo award-winning film ‘Upside Down’ (The Creation Records Story). Mark now brings this knowledge and experience to his new purpose-built studio.

“I met Stephan through a mutual friend – Melanie Bauer, a well known DJ on Paris radio. I had known and become close lifelong friends with Melanie since meeting her to interview on her program during an early Ride promo tour in Paris. Our paths with Stephan had crossed a few times but Melanie basically set up this recording session, thinking it could be a great combination. Stephan had a small apartment, which he lived in and had turned into a studio. I always loved to visit Paris so I was happy to go and spend a week with Stephan at his apartment, where I also stayed for the best part of a week,” says Mark Gardener.

“Stephan had some loose instrumental ideas and I got to work with lyrics and vocal topline ideas in reaction to these instrumental sketches I was hearing and then Stephan would mess around with my vocal lines. I think I popped out for food now and again, but we basically didn’t stop for a week until the songs were written and recorded. Stephan mixed it as we were going and then finished the mixes when I had gone back to England. This and the other two tracks are among my life time favourite collaborations.

Earlier, Telepopmusik released the highly acclaimed single ‘Sound’, featuring vocals by Mark Gardener, for which they released an intriguing video by Japan’s Toshiaki Toyoda. The vocals for that particular track were recorded during the same Paris session that spawned this new single ‘Chained’.

“I wrote ‘Chained’, reflecting about my old home in Oxford, which had become a non-stop nightclub during a time post Ride breakup, when I was living alone. All got a bit out of control for a while and I had some great parties and friends, but one in particular would always show up late at my house when I was working in my attic studio.  He was a bit of a walking chemistry set, so would always show up with substances. I was not in the best head-space at that time and was trying to get away from substances, which was not so easy when it kept on coming through my front door,” explains Gardener.

“We’d always end up having big and good nights drinking, getting high and listening to records until dawn for a period; hence the line ‘Chained till dawn to find a new way’ lyric. I knew this was slowly dragging me down so, in the end, I packed up my car with a friend and we drove to the Medieaval Wilds of France in search of a new life. I ended up living in France for four years, experiencing a much needed break from that life. It was just what the doctor ordered! France and nature basically refuelled me and put back everything I felt I had lost after Ride and then a few lost party years in Oxford after that.”

‘Chained’ is available now via Mark Gardener’s own Bandcamp and will appear on other streaming and sales platform soon (date to be announced). Look forward to several more singles from this collaboration to be announced this summer.

CREDITS
Written and recorded in Paris
Music by Stephan Haeri and Mark Gardener
Words by Mark Gardener
Mixed by Stephan Haeri
Mastered by Mark Gardener at OX4 Sound

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Posted by on July 18, 2020 in Alternative

 

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Soft Set – Never Die (OX4 Sound 17 July 2020)

Toronto’s Soft Set team up with Ride’s Mark Gardener on stellar debut single ‘Never Die’

Toronto-based dreampop melodic indie rock duo Soft Set present their debut single ‘Never Die’, mixed in Oxford, UK by Ride frontman and celebrated producer Mark Gardener in his recently-launched world-class OX4 Sound Studio.

The accompanying video was created and edited by Heidi Athay. This is the lead track from their forthcoming debut EP ‘Love and Dancing’.

Soft Set is a songwriting and music collaboration between James Gray and Nathan Athay, two life-long friends who became musical collaborators years after growing up together in Barrie and then Toronto, Ontario.

Laced with dayglo dream-inspired sonic glee of 90s indie rock royalty such as shoegaze icons Ride, Soft Set’s brand of melodic pop-rock is earnest and natural. Cloaked in the finest realm of nostalgic reverie, this debut single ‘Never Die’ is equally stunning and infectious.

“Before we started this project, we agreed to never intentionally try to sound like anyone but ourselves. We really wanted to take an honest approach in the process and never discounted any ideas that we presented to each other. We gave everything a chance to see what worked and what didn’t and took it from there,” says James Gray.

“I think what makes this album so special is that it’s very relatable. The lyrics are about feelings and settings that everyone experienced in one form, or another and we feel each song is consistent with that”.

Not long after meeting during high school, they quickly realized that they had much in common, especially when it came to their taste in music. Nathan started playing drums in a local shoegaze, space rock band and James wasn’t far behind, learning guitar and writing songs of his own. Soon after, James became the band’s backup guitar player, filling in whenever the main guitar player couldn’t make a show.

Although that band lasted only a few years, James and Nathan continued to work separately on other projects, as well as working together whenever they could. Things really amped up in 2006 when James and Nathan were part of a Toronto indie rock band, recording their debut album at E5 Studios Downtown. James and Nathan learned a lot about recording and production through this process, inspiring them to continue to push themselves musically, eventually creating what is now Soft Set.

Guided by Mark Gardener / OX4 Sound and drawing on influences from iconic artists that have inspired them on their musical path – The Stone Roses, Smiths, My Bloody Valentine, RIDE, Slowdive, Happy Mondays, Boo Radleys, Mercury Rev – it’s no surprise that Soft Set’s debut EP is a body of work that is sure to appeal to a broad audience.

“This debut is incredibly special for both of us as we’re showcasing everything we’ve learned from the other projects we’ve been in in the last 20 years. We’re extremely proud of this body of work and we hope people enjoy the music as much as we did making it,” says Nathan Athay.

As of July 17, ‘Never Die’ will be available via online stores and streaming platforms. Its limited edition 7″ vinyl run of 100 with b-side (out on August 14) and can be pre-ordered directly from the artist via Bandcamp. The full ‘Love and Dancing’ EP will be released on September 4.

CREDITS
Written by Nathan Athay and James Gray
Produced and performed by Soft Set at E5 Studios Downtown (Toronto)
Mixed at OX4 Sound Studios by Mark Gardener in Oxford, UK
Mastered by Harris Newman at Grey Market Mastering, Montreal QC
Viola on ‘Ours for Us’ by Madeleine Spence (recorded at E5 Downtown)

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Posted by on July 17, 2020 in Alternative

 

Jonny Polonsky unveils ‘Sign In The Window’ from new ‘Kingdom of Sleep’ album

NYC-based singer-songwriter, multi-instrumentalist and producer Jonny Polonsky presents ‘Sign in The Window’, an upbeat and sanguine offering from his new ‘Kingdom of Sleep’ LP with video directed by photographylegend Paul Elledge (Rolling Stone, Forbes) and edited by Neal Ostrovsky. This follows Polonsky’s earlier-released singles ‘The Weeping Souls’ and ‘Ghost Like Soul’ featuring Cedric Bixler-Zavala (The Mars Volta/ At The Drive-In).


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With a rich history collaborating with the likes of Johnny Cash, Neil Diamond, Tom Morello (Rage Against The Machine) and Donovan, he is back with new original material as a solo artist. Self-produced by Polonsky, this LP was mixed and mastered by Mike Tholen (Chris Connelly, Revolting Cocks).

“The song itself was originally written several years ago when I was living in LA. It’s a nocturnal number, a small, moody epic in the vein of Arcade Fire or the Pixies. It reminds me of what it felt like to be going down Mulholland Drive late at night in the summer with the windows rolled down, smelling the jasmine,” says Polonsky.

“Some songs take a lot of coaxing and utilization of craft, even some (gasp!) planning or forethought. For this one though, I was playing guitar in bed one night and it just appeared. The song is a kind of yearning for transcendence, that feeling of knowing you’re on the threshold of new beginnings or a new way of being. It’s a thrilling and terrifying place to be. The world you were familiar with is no longer and the new one has yet to appear. You’re floating in space, feeling rootless and vulnerable, but you know deep in your core that everything will be okay if you can just relax and surrender to what’s happening.”

Originally hailing from Chicago, Polonsky writes interstellar anthems for a new generation of mindfreaks. Songs of sex and death and love…hymns of despair and transcendence. A celebration of what it feels like to be human; from the exalted, grandest moments of euphoria and bliss, to the universal pain of loss and letting go. Beauty at every turn.

photo by Jason Robinette

Over his storied and dynamic career, Jonny Polonsky has released six full-length records over 23 years. His early DIY demos led to support from many music luminaries, including Reeves Gabrels (David Bowie, Tin Machine), Marc Ribot (Tom Waits, Elvis Costello), Zander Schloss (Joe Strummer, Circle Jerks) and John Zorn, who invited him to play CBGB’s Gallery with his band with Marc Ribot on guitar, Sebastian Steinberg (Soul Coughing) on bass, and Sim Cain (Rollins Band) on drums.

Reeves Gabrels’ introduction led to Frank Black support, representation by Pixies manager Ken Goes, and Frank Black producing a demo recording, which led iconic record producer Rick Rubin to sign Polonsky to American Recordings.

The instrumentation on ‘Kingdom of Sleep’ ranges beyond the standard guitar, bass and drums: 1980’s Blade Runner-like synthesizer soundscapes, Middle Eastern finger cymbals, gongs, bass clarinets, piccolos, harmonica, bass fiddles, and a children’s choir.

“The video for ‘Sign In The Window’ was directed by my old friend Paul Elledge. He’s done videos, album art and photos for Smashing Pumpkins, Ministry, and countless other bands. He also directed the video for my song Ghost Like Soul, as well as other videos of mine, plus lots of my album covers. We made the video last November in Chicago, back when you could go anywhere. It was 35 degrees and the heater in the car didn’t work. It was brutal in a first world kinda way, and we had fun regardless of the weather,” says Polonsky.

“This album came together as most of my records – gradually. I’m always writing and recording, and after awhile, I notice a unifying theme or atmosphere kind of pokes its head up. The songs that want to be grouped together raise their hands and volunteer for service, nothing is very consciously calculated on my end. I was listening to a lot of Cocteau Twins, I got heavily into them while writing and recording these songs.”

The ‘Kingdom of Sleep’ LP follows ‘Fresh Flesh’ (2018), which was recorded at Rick Rubin’s studio and features guest performances by Mark Lanegan (Screaming Trees, Queens of the Stone Age) and drummer Kevin Haskins of Bauhaus, Love and Rockets, and Tones on Tail. ‘UNRELEASHED: Demos and Rarities 1996-2018’was also issued as a limited-edition colored-vinyl Record Store Day gatefold edition (also available digitally and on CD).

Polonsky’s 1996 debut album ‘Hi My Name is Jonny’ was met with great critical reception from The New York Times, MTV and internationally. After touring with Frank Black for several months and the Lollapalooza summer tour, Polonsky took a hiatus.He resurfaced in 2004 with ‘The Power of Sound’ LPand  supported Audioslave on their 2005 American tour. In 2006, Polonsky formed the short-lived Big Nose with Brad Wilk and Tim Commerford (Rage Against the Machine, Audioslave), and collaborated with Maynard James Keenan (Tool, A Perfect Circle) for Puscifer, with whom Polonsky wrote, recorded and toured in 2007-2010.

Polonsky’s 2012 album ‘Intergalactic Messenger of Divine Light and Love’ was recorded at Rick Rubin’s recording studio in Malibu and Akademie Mathematique of Philosophical Sound Research, and mixed by Jim Scott (Tom Petty, Slayer). The 2015 album ‘The Other Side of Midnight’ followed, mixed by Dean Hurley at David Lynch’s Asymmetrical Studios.

The ‘Kingdom of Sleep’ LP is out now, available everywhere digitally, as well as on CD and clear vinyl with gatefold sleeve. It can be ordered at https://www.jonnypolonsky.com/music

ALBUM CREDITS
Produced, engineered, arranged and composed by Jonny Polonsky
‘Sign in the Window’ recorded by Josiah Mazzaschi at Cave Studios, Los Angeles
Everything else recorded by Jonny Polonsky at Ground Round Sound, Brooklyn
Mixed and mastered by Mike Tholen
Performed by Jonny Polonsky
Additional musicians:
‘Sign In the Window’ features Katie Burden on bass and Matt Hankle on drums
‘You Turn Me On’ features Matt Walker (Smashing Pumpkins, Garbage, Filter, Morrissey) on drums
‘Ghost Like Soul’ features Cedric Bixler-Zavala (At the Drive-In, The Mars Volta) on spoken word
Cover artwork by Jorge Castillo

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Posted by on May 12, 2020 in Alternative, Rock

 

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Jasmine Dreame Wagner – Switchblade Moon EP (National Gold Music Publishing 26 June 2020)

Jasmine Dreame Wagner’s Switchblade Moon EP is the first installment of a song cycle that explores the sprawling American landscape. Wagner’s meditations on climate change, economic recessions, and dystopian narratives pay tribute to the great American songbooks of Joni Mitchell and Nina Simone, the arrangements of Scott Walker and Annette Peacock, the novels of Don DeLillo and Rachel Kushner, and the poetry, multidisciplinary works and operas of Anne Carson, while traversing America’s cultural echolalia of nostalgia, reference and homage.

Recorded over several years at The Bunker Studio in Brooklyn, NY, 4th Street Recording in Santa Monica, CA, Old Soul Studios in Catskill, NY, and at various apartments and homes in Brooklyn and upstate New York, the tracks feature performances by Wagner (vocals, grand piano, acoustic guitar, synthesizer), Joe Magar (double bass), Oscar Albis Rodriguez (guitar), Charlie Rauh (guitar), Charlie Dye (percussion), Chris Barrick (vibraphone), John Panza (percussion), Lauren Hilary Clune (guitar), C. Ryder Cooley (saw), and Meghan Maguire Dahn (backing vocals).

As an artist working across music and film, poetry and lyric essay, Wagner’s lyrics are foremost in her arrangements. Her compositions are inspired by twentieth-century songwriters captured on analog tape machines, chamber works performed in open halls and carpeted living rooms, and political protest songs and pop music from the 1960s and 70s.

Wagner has toured across the United States, self-releasing music and booking her own tours over the course of her career. She collaborated on the video for “Switchblade Moon” (the EP’s title song) with Director of Photography Jonathan Schwarz and Editor Maisie Weissman and shot and edited the album art photography, a series of documentary photographs of American car and consumer culture. She considers directors Wim Wenders and David Lynch, producers Berry Gordy and Brian Wilson, with their holistic visions and saturated visuals, as major influences on her work.

Wagner is also a poet. She is the author of On a Clear Day (Ahsahta Press), a collection of poems and lyric essays deemed “a capacious book of traveller’s observations, cultural criticism, and quarter-life-crisis notes” by Stephanie Burt at The New Yorker and “a radical cultural anthropology of the wild time we’re living in” by Iris Cushing at Hyperallergic. Her debut poetry collection, Rings (Kelsey Street Press), was hailed as “powerfully exercised, technically masterful, and encyclopedic in its scope” in a starred review in Publisher’s Weekly.

The Switchblade Moon EP vinyl 12″ ships with a limited edition zine and full color postcard. Limited orders will also receive a signed original artwork by Jasmine Dreame Wagner.

 
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Posted by on May 8, 2020 in Alternative

 

Greek Scene Special

I decided to do a special show this week, about the bands of the Greek rock scene that use English lyrics.

I started with some bands that released material after 2008, thinking that 2 hours would be enough and then I had the idea of returning to the late 60s and the 70s in order to show where it all started.

But on the second hour of the show when the 80s came up, the bands were so many that maybe I need to do a few more shows to give a general picture of the scene.

I am sure you will find this episode interesting as the Greek rock scene is unfortunately a well kept secret…

01 Sleepin Pillow-Amplifier in my Heart
02 Electro Vampires – Sadistic Secret Love
03 Frequency On – Suck My Dictatorship
04 Radio Sect – State Of Emergency
05 Mechanimal – Easy Dead
06 RSN – Black Sky (Feat. Thaliah)
07 Marva Von Theo – What Is It About Me
08 Aphrodite’s Child – The Four Horsemen
09 Socrates – Starvation
10 Vavoura Band – Dead End
11 Pete & Royce – It’s so Unreal
12 Apocalypsis – My Death at a Rugby Game
13 Birth Ward 82 – The Greatest War
14 Deux Ex Machina– Execute
15 Anti Troppau Council – I Believe
16 Captain Nefos – Cadillac Dreams
17 Last Drive – Misirlou
18 Noise Promotion Company – I Wanna Be Nothing
19 The Noise Figures – Stay Forever Young
20 No Man’s Land – Down by the Riverside
21 Flowers of Romance – Autumn Kids
22 Villa 21 – Future Survivors
23 Forward Music Quintet – Make Sure
24 Psycho – Psycho Killer
25 Film Noir – Excuse
26 Yell-O-Yell– Ex
27 Sharp Ties – Get That Beat

 

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Lazaris Pit – You Don’t Tag Me in Memes Anymore (24 April 2020, Full ‘Subtle’ EP out 22 May 2020)

Lazaris Pit presents ‘You Don’t Tag Me In Memes Anymore’, the first single from the new ‘Coniphers’ album

Raleigh-based rock outfit Lazaris Pit have announced they will release their new ‘Coniphers’ album. Ahead of that, they present the lead single ‘You Don’t Tag Me In Memes Anymore’, a modern-day break-up song, often detached from the moments that make life worth living and musing on the deeper workings of it all with the grim reality that someone important has moved on. They also present a video rendition of this single, live in Athens, Georgia.

The B-side ‘Cloudsculpting’ showcases another facet of this album, evoking the image of spending a dreamy tranquil day, gazing up at the clouds and imagining what it might be like to live peacefully high up in the fluff and blue sky.

Formed in June 2017, this self-named “pack of cosmic dogs” consists of Ely “Salted Sweet Cream” Yarbrough (guitar and lead vocals), Cameron “Sugarfoot” Preston (bass) and Jon “Dok Tok” Castro (drums and backing vocals).

‘Our album ‘Coniphers’ is named after a brother of ours lost along the way. Included are 8 tracks of the good stuff, heady grooves and sweet pop tunes, funk breakdowns to zero gravity ambience…. 42 minutes of rock n roll,” says Cameron Preston.

“Lead track ‘You Don’t Tag Me In Memes Anymore’ is a microcosm of the album as a whole, embodying our familiar Lazaris Pit sound. Is ‘Memes’ a pop song with a punk twist or is it a shoegaze song with some pep in its step? We aren’t quite sure what to call it, but we know it has been lighting up faces whenever mentioned and burning down dance floors when played live,” says Ely Yarbrough.

‘Coniphers’ was recorded live in studio from November 2019 to January 2020, showcasing a band playing like a pack of hungry dogs, sinking their teeth into a meaty T-bone for the first time in ages. Recorded and mixed by Artem Smirnov at Common Thread Studios in Raleigh with additional engineering and creative input from Michael Graziano and Matt Graham, this album was mastered by Alexander Kretov at Ummagma Studio.

Lazaris Pit freely improvises a dreamy blend of punk, funk, soul, psychedelia, reggae, jazz, noise, and ambience into a one-of-a-kind dance party. The result: a mind meld of musical tapestries that take the listener on an emotional journey through time and space, and ourselves in the process.

They’ve brought their unique brand of rock-n-roll far and wide, having played shows up and down the east coast and southeast from Philly to Atlanta and New York to New Orleans, their sound filling large festival fields, historic college campuses, and the most intimate of dive bars and clubs.

Noting music aesthetic and sound inspirations in the sense of a launch pad rather than as blueprints, Lazaris Pit’ counts Fugazi and Grateful Dead among their inspirations, as well as classic R&B, Phish, Curtis Mayfield, Cream, Pink Floyd, Ween, George Clinton and Parliament Funkadelic, Primus, Flaming Lips, Talking Heads, Sonic Youth and Yo La Tengo.

As of April 24, ‘You Don’t Tag Me In Memes Anymore’ will be available everywhere digitally, including Spotify and Apple Music. The full ‘Coniphers’ album will be released on May 22.

TRACK LIST
1. One Too Many Mornings
2. Conipher’s Song
3. You Don’t Tag Me In Memes Anymore  – (first single)
4. The First Schism of Porchlessnessism
5. Cloudsculpting
6. Landfall
7. Flow
8. Our Trip to NYC (Late Nights with Jim Donovan)

CREDITS
Recorded and mixed by Artem Smirnov at Common Thread Studios, Raleigh NC
Additional engineering and creative input from Michael Graziano and Matt Graham
Mastered by Alex Kretov at Ummagma Studio
Album artwork by Nicole “Henry Gozoozu” Boyle
All lyrics and music by Lazaris Pit (Yarbrough, Preston, Castro)

Keep up with Lazaris Pit
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Posted by on April 10, 2020 in Alternative