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We last heard from She Keeps Bees, the duo of Jessica Larrabee and Andy LaPlant, back in 2014, when they shared the critically acclaimed record, Eight Houses. The subsequent five years have been something of a personal journey, Jessica losing her father, before the pair moved to upstate New York and began a family of their own. The result of all that change is their new record, “Kinship”; a record full of death, birth and the endless cycles of nature as we know it.

This week the band have shared the latest offering from Kinship, in the shape of the striking title track. Built around a primal, pounding drum beat and Jessica’s prominent vocal, it’s only on repeat listens that all of the intricate musical details reveal themselves, whether that’s the twitching keys or the subtle percussive flourishes that counter the main driving beat. Lyrically, as you’d perhaps expect it’s a song of togetherness and connectivity, in particular it focuses on the idea of water as the binding force of all nature, the one constant that links us to all life and the planet around us, “living water mother of all, visible manifestation of chaos”Hypnotic and never hopeless, Kinship seems to be a record that sits on the cusp of an environmental, and very human, crisis, yet it refuses to go meekly, it is a record ready to fight for a better future, for ourselves, our children and our planet as we know it.

Kinship is out May 10th via Ba Da Bing Records. 

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“Even in the Tremor” marks Aly Spaltro’s latest full-length LP following 2015’s After and it’s a remarkable achievement because, among other things, it’s the first time in her career that Aly Spaltro is singing explicitly about herself. Between confessing a tantrum in a batting cage (Little Flaws), telling the story of her parent’s kiddie-pool baptism (Young Disciple) and singing openly about untangling her girlfriend’s wet hair (Deep Love), Even in the Tremor is deeply rooted in the people and places, extraordinary and mundane, that have shaped Spaltro into the self-determining artist she is today.

Known for her keen observations of others, Spaltro now turns her multifaceted ruminations inward; She calls out from dreams, peers into churches, has fits of rage, and struggles to get out of her head long enough to love herself and those around her. Commitment to creating only what is necessary and urgently felt is the key to appreciating Spaltro’s fearless songwriting, as emotional as it is philosophical. Even in the Tremor signifies the arrival of her most sonically soaring and brutally honest album to date.

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My new record Even In The Tremor is out now!!
All my love and power and joy is in these songs and I hope they inspire the same in you. Thank you for listening and supporting my work, it fills me up.

Released 5th April Ba Da Bing Records,

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Ba Da Bing Records are about to release She Keeps Bees new album. Singer/guitarist Jessica Larrabee sang on Roy Montgomery’s last album. And she also sang on the Sharon Van Etten record (wonder what ever happened to her?) But, in essence, we haven’t really have heard them before this their next record, Kinship. The album is coming out on Ba Da Bing in North America. Currently living in upstate NY, Jessica and Andy LaPlant have made the most stunning record of their covetous career. Kinship hides its intensity through a wall of skill, songs conveying minimal drama that bubbles just under the surface with resonant power. Larrabee’s voice absorbs the perspective of Mother Nature, singing about climate fears and earth’s future with a deep omniscience. Here’s an album that can only be made by a masterly group who can work together so intuitively that the songs emanate their effects, with a delicate approach to dynamism.

You can hear it on “Coyote” which is the first single off the record. It’s a song about Katie Lee, a musician/activist who recorded for Smithsonian Folkways and led a protest against building a dam in Arizona’s Glen Canyon.  The video for “Coyote” displays home films from Lee’s estate which show her love for the Colorado River.

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Lady Lamb Even Tremor

Lady Lamb has announced a new album, “Even In The Tremor”, which is her first release since 2016’s Tender Warriors Club EP and first full-length since 2015’s After. The lead single, which is the title track, sees her heading in more of a kinetic art pop direction than ever before, and it comes with a truly massive chorus. “The whole idea of this new album is the push and pull between calmness and chaos, joy and anxiety, self-loathing and self-love,” main member Aly Spaltro says, and you can definitely hear that on this song. It comes with a very cool video shot outside Mexico City, directed by Erica Peplin, and you can check that out below.

The album was produced by Erin Tonkon, who worked alongside Tony Visconti on David Bowie’s Blackstar, and it features bass and piano from Benjamin Lazar Davis and drums by Jeremy Gustin (of Star Rover and Delicate Steve’s band). The album comes out April 5th via Ba Da Bing Records. 

Lady Lamb is supporting the album on the previously-announced “Deep Love Tour.”Benjamin Lazar Davis will be in her band for that tour too, as will Alex Schaaf (Yellow Ostrich) on guitars/keys and Marian Li Pino (La Luz) on drums.

Lady Lamb goes in a kinetic art pop direction with “Even In The Tremor,” the title track off her upcoming album

The album was produced by Erin Tonkon, who worked alongside Tony Visconti on David Bowie’s Blackstar, and it features bass and piano from Benjamin Lazar Davis and drums by Jeremy Gustin (of Star Rover and Delicate Steve’s band). The album comes out April 5th via Ba Da Bing Records. 

Lady Lamb is supporting the album on the previously-announced “Deep Love Tour.”Benjamin Lazar Davis will be in her band for that tour too, as will Alex Schaaf (Yellow Ostrich) on guitars/keys and Marian Li Pino (La Luz) on drums.

Lady Lamb goes in a kinetic art pop direction with “Even In The Tremor,” the title track off her upcoming album

Lady Lamb“Even In The Tremor” from the forthcoming album out April 5th, 2019 on Ba Da Bing Records

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“I went to the moon, I saw your head up in the clouds, What could I do?” is such a great opening line from this swoon-worthy NYC trio. Back in January we had the pleasure of sharing the premiere of Wooing’s “In Colour” video, a song taken from their debut EP, Daydream Time Machinereissued at the start of the year via Ba Da Bing Records. The New York trio will bookend with 2018 with the release of The Clouds, a new 7″ due out next month on Kanine Records. The single’s a-side “Could Have Been” is another great psych pop song, led by Rachel Trachtenburg’s breathy vocals and visionary lyrics. Working itself into a claustrophobic space, Wooing dig into brightened pockets of layered melodies and dense textural effects that rest between haunting tension and soaring above the clouds. Trachtenburg sings “once I came back down to planet Earth” creating an inescapable feeling of an alien presence, and we’re ready for the invasion. Ultimately the song deals with relationships lost as we’re left with the repeated “you could have been dear to me.”

Wooing offer hauntingly beautiful vocals backed by echoing guitars: the urgency of underground 90s rock (i.e. Helium, Quasi) meets the psychedelic Syd Barrett sounds of the 60s.

From the forthcoming 7″ The Clouds on Kanine Records,

BAND.
Rachel Trachtenburg -Guitar & Vocals
Rosie Slater -Drums
JR Thomason -Guitar

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Over the course of the past six years, Omaha, NB musician David Nance has released three full-length albums for labels Grapefruit and Ba Da Bing Records, a 7-inch, numerous cassettes, CDRs and unlicensed “cover albums”. His latest full-length is credited to the David Nance Group and features Nance alongside his recent hot-shit live band of fellow Omaha musicians. “Peaced and Slightly Pulverized’s” sounds are alternatingly tender and brusque.

The anthemic Poison with its fuzzed-out guitar riff that leans into a Crazy-Horsian guitar maelstrom and white-hot solo, to Ham Sandwich; a blisteringly frantic rant about a lunchtime torment – uncomfortable in its directness. Side one closes with the epic seven and a half minute Amethyst; an emotional odyssey with Nance and Schroeder strangling their guitars into a twin-guitar, barbed-wire duel. The album’s centerpiece is In Her Kingdom, an emotive ballad that fades into view with a plaintive guitar strum that ebbs and flows with a ris ing tide of swelling guitars, it’s riffs gilding the melody and adding flecks of gold to Nance’s tale of poverty and grace. The album closes with Prophet’s Profit’s biting commentary on false idolatry utilizing the group’s not-so-secret weaponry of Nance and Schroeder’s six-string simpatico to bring the listener home.

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Arc Iris releases Icon Of Ego, its third groundbreaking album, as a trio that packs the heft of a far bigger band with fully realized sonic and visual intensity. On this latest album, vocalist / guitarist Jocie Adams, keyboardist / sample artist Zach Tenorio-Miller and drummer Ray Belli have crafted a vividly expressionistic new album that reflects both the group’s protean talents as well as its journey of survival. After its self-named 2014 debut on the nti- label, Arc Iris achieved critical acclaim, along with tours with St. Vincent and Jeff Tweedy and festivals like Bonnaroo followed. Within two years, the band self-released Moon Saloon in the US while Bella Union released the album in Europe. Tours supporting Kimbra, Gene Ween, and a complete re-imagination of Joni
Mitchell’s Blue performed at Washington’s Kennedy Center followed, which added to a growing, international fan base that has remained dedicated throughout.Icon of Ego finds a stronger, more experienced band. Recording at Providence’s Columbus Theater, home to silent movies and vaudeville during the ’20s, the band has evolved into a concentrated pop-prog explosion, mixing styles with disparate elements that captivate and surprise. With heavy synthesizer work by Tenorio and Adams, and seemingly impossible transitions executed effortlessly by Belli, the songs here carry a thick, analog electronic sound that harks back to the ’70s. Presiding over these are Adams’ powerful vocals that house the energy under pop forms.

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Released October 12th, 2018

Jocie Adams – vocals, electric guitar, keyboards
Zach Tenorio-Miller – vocals, keyboards, samples
Ray Belli – drums
featuring:
Anna Williams – violin
Misha Veselov – cello

All songs by Arc iris 

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Four years ago, Jocie Adams of The Low Anthem, stepped aside from the Rhode Island band she was a member of to begin the next evolution in her musical career as lead singer for Arc Iris. This Friday, Arc Iris will release its third album, Icon Of Ego, via Ba Da Bing Records. On it, Adams collaborates with her band mates — keyboardist/sample artist Zach Tenorio-Miller and drummer Ray Belli — on a collection of songs that bridge avant-pop with her folksy, musical roots.

“If You Can See” from the forthcoming album. Lovingly made while walking around downtown Providence, R.I., the song is ebullient and optimistic, an “up with people” anthem we all could use in these divisive times, regardless of the side you’re on.

The first thing you see in the video are faces, lots of them. Most are smiling. There are old folks and young folk, and people of all colors. These are everyday people, moving along to the song, all mouthing small phrases of it as Adams sings

The video culminates with everyone singing repeatedly in unison “we can work together” that results in a boost of emotional inspiration.

‘If You Can See’ is a reminder that the world is giving us gifts of support and love from many places all of the time,” Adams says via email. “We need to remember and acknowledge the good as well as the bad in order to maintain our positivity, which is needed to create change. If we all consider our grumpy egos to be justified by our ideas of a dystopian present and future, there is no motivation to be conscientious. Here we offer a ‘keep your chin up’ song for everyone. Life is hard.

Icon Of Ego is out Oct. 12 via Ba Da Bing Records.

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Slothrust band leader Leah Wellbaum and drummer/singer Mickey Vershbow met while both
immersed in the Boston music scene & then went on to pursue separate musical careers on opposite coasts. ANMLPLNET displays their magnetic musical bond, even while withstanding the physical distance andtheir hectic schedules. 

Nobody is more surprised about having created a full ANMLPLNET album than the group itself: Slothrust leader Leah Wellbaum along with drummer/singer Mickey Vershbow. The project and debut LP truly displays their magnetic musical bond, even while withstanding physical distance and hectic schedules. The band was formed originally on four disparate rules:

1. Always drink absinthe while rehearsing.
2. Write lyrics that are antonymic translations, meaning nouns,
adjectives and verbs were replaced with their antonyms.
3. Play songs straight through as one giant piece, no breaks.
4. Accept mostly unusual gigs, like their performances at a Dorchester
rave and in a wooden shack on the tiny Star Island off New Hampshire.

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Yeah, sure, so many bands have used these same precepts for vast success, so what? Even while seeking to create a dream-like soundscape, ANMLPLNET is surprisingly gimmick-free music being, both epochal in scope and surprisingly melodic. Their goal is to explore the space between songwriting and improvisation, and the result is an uncontrived melding of their personal styles and technical mastery of their instruments. Wellbaum and Vershbow basically plan, dig, then embark on a fresh road towards rock brilliance. Fall Asleep is their debut album and the first 500 copies are pressed on unique gold marble vinyl.

released April 20, 2018 on Ba Da Bing Records.

The Clean member Hamish Kilgour’s second-ever solo album, Finklestein, flips the singer/guitarist/drummer’s path taken on All Of It And Nothing. Having previously gone for intimate, minimalistic performances, Finklestein displays a chock-full production quality akin to a fairytale. It’s a fitting change, seeing as the songs are based around a children’s story Kilgour conceived for his son about a kingdom that invents a way of dealing with their depleting gold resources. The songs include organ, saxophone, pedal steel, piano, vibraphone, harmonica, even footsteps (Hamish is renowned for his stepping), most of it performed by Kilgour and his producer/collaborator Gary Olsen at Olsen’s studio, Marlborough Farms in Brooklyn. Originally conceived as being a children’s book as well as album, Finklestein rides roughshod through this fairytale world with grace.

Finklestein took a year to record, as Hamish’s involvement with a large part of the Brooklyn music scene, as well as dates with recent New Zealand Music Hall of Fame inductees The Clean, split his time. His songs benefit from this elongated recording period, as each track creates its own space within the Finklestein world, mixing instruments and melodies in a rainbow of ways. Yet it’s Kilgour’s songwriting sensibilities that hold the album together, his charismatic and loose arrangements within a congenial environment of musical play.

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For those early birds who love their Hamish, there’s a Finklestein Special Edition, which includes Funklestein, an entire second LP of music created to complement it’s cohort release. This bonus LP, limited to 50 copiesand vinyl only, provides two psychedelirious side long tracks (Side A: “Reaction” & Side B: “Action”) using the same musicians and studio as Finklestein proper.

Hamish Kilgour’s new album “Finklestein” out June 22nd on Ba Da Bing Records