Posts Tagged ‘Kevin Morby’

Singer/songwriter Justin Sullivan, aka Night Shop, may be releasing his debut album, In The Break this month, but he’s far from a starry-eyed newcomer. Sullivan has been a touring drummer for the last 20 years, most recently playing with The Babies, Kevin Morby and Flat Worms. While touring in 2016, Sullivan realized that the taxing life of a touring musician was getting a bit too much and he needed some time off, so he took a year-long break to clear his head. During that period, he wrote solo material in the form of a debut EP and now, his first LP. His first two cuts from the album, “The One I Love” and “My Love,” are rollicking folky rock and roll tunes that require a massive amount of restraint to stop yourself from tapping your foot. Sullivan’s voice may not be cocksure or Elvis Presley-esque, but he sure makes a fine front-porch troubadour via Bob Dylan. In The Break paints tales of deep-rooted romance, old and new pals, life on the road, late night hijinks and just plain ole life under the great big sky.

From the album “In The Break” coming out on Mare Records September 14th.

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Justin Sullivan has been performing as a touring drummer for over 20 years; he performed with Kevin Morby, both solo and as The Babies, as well as being a founder member of Marc Riley favourites, Flat Worms. In 2016, burnt out from life on the road hitting skins on other people’s songs, Justin decided to take a year out: it might just have been the best idea he ever had. The result is the aptly titled album, In The Break, Justin’s first record under his musical pseudonym, Night Shop.

Ahead of releasing In The Break next month, Night Shop has this week shared the newest taste of it, The Ship Has Sailed. Liberally borrowing his musical friends talents, the record features offerings from Meg Duffy, Anna St. Louis and Woods’ Jarvis Taveniere, Justin has created a sound entirely on his own terms. Sure, there’s certainly a touch of Kevin Morby in the vocal production, and that’s no bad thing, yet in the twanging-guitars and prominent percussive bass-line there’s enough to make this stand out from even the most distinguished of crowds.

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Time to put all your best drummer jokes to one side, and admire a talent stepping into the limelight with effortless aplomb.

In The Break is out September 14th via Woodsist / Mare Records.

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Kevin Morby and Waxahatchee toured together and collaborated on stage last year, and now they have teamed up once again to cover two songs by the late Jason Molina (Songs: Ohia, Magnolia Electric Co). They did “Farewell Transmission” from Songs: Ohia’s The Magnolia Electric Co and “The Dark Don’t Hide It” from Magnolia Electric Co’s What Comes After the Blues. They turned both songs into duets, and they also sing some gorgeous harmonies together in the chorus of the latter. Here’s what Morby says about the project:

My love for Jason Molina began only a few years ago. I had overlooked him for years, too overwhelmed by his many monikers and sprawling catalogue. Then on a European tour in 2016 our driver put on Magnolia Electric Company and my mind was blown – and so began my obsession with the man and his music. A few months after hearing him I was on tour with Waxahatchee where Katie and I bonded over our mutual love for Molina, and we got the idea to record two of our favorite Songs: Ohia songs – which is what you have here today; Farewell Transmission b/w The Dark Don’t Hide It.These were recorded in Upstate New York with my live band at my drummer’s studio, The Chicken Shack, with both Katie and I splitting vocals duties. We would record all day, eating eggs from all the chickens running around, taking breaks to read old articles and watch live footage of Jason and his band. He’s a true inspiration and there’s no other songwriter or vocalist quite like him. We are deeply honored to be able to sing his songs, and we do hope you enjoy listening as much as we enjoyed creating them. The cover art was done by William Schaff, who is responsible for the iconic Magnolia Electric Co. album art. All proceeds of the digital sales will go to MusiCares® – an organization that provides support and community services to musicians in need of medical, personal & financial assistance – and also helped Jason in his struggle with addiction, as well as paid to have a polyp removed from my vocal chords in 2014. A truly wonderful cause.”

Peace and Happy New Year,
Kevin Morby, 2018

Kevin Morby & Waxahatchee – Farewell Transmission

Kevin Morby & Waxahatchee  – The Dark Don’t Hide It

Kevin Morby

Kevin Morby has carved out a niche over the course of four solo albums as a generous songwriter and lyricist, a chronicler of details from city and rural life. Morby’s latest album, “City Music”, finds him reflecting on city landscapes and experiences, as well as old friends which take the form of ghosts. “Come to Me Now,” is emblematic of Morby’s gift of imbuing songs with an air of religiosity, using space and gaps to conjure images of spectral lovers and rotted city structures.

City Music was Morby’s first album recorded with his talented live band, which consists of amazing Meg Duffy (guitar), Justin Sullivan (drums), and Cyrus Gengras (bass). Recorded near Stinson Beach, California, and produced by the ubiquitous Richard Swift, the album greatly benefits from the symbiotic relationship between players and instruments. Duffy’s guitar, in particular, adds layers of texture and melody, ringing softly against Morby’s resonant voice. Though not as guitar-laden as the titular “City Music” or “Crybaby,” the guitar rings in and out of earshot acting as Morby’s past love, glistening organ and drums taking the track to its conclusion.

KEXP presents Kevin Morby performing “City Music” live at The Triple Door as part of KEXP’s VIP Club concert series. Recorded August 21, 2017.

Songs: City Music,  Crybaby , 1234,  Aboard My Train,  Destroyer,  I Have Been To The Mountain, Parade, Downtown’s Lights, Beautiful Strangers,

“Singing Saw”, was the solo album from Los Angeles singer-songwriter (and former Woods bassist) Kevin Morby, was one of the great “growers” of 2016. Dusky and unassuming, it revealed its considerable charms slowly but surely. Morby’s follow up, City Music, mines a similar aesthetic, though its songs in general seem to endear themselves more quickly. Where Singing Saw was inspired in part by Morby’s sleepy neighborhood in the hills northeast of L.A., City Music is about the metropolis: city life, city noise, city people, a city’s pace, and so on.

Morby has said Singing Saw was Bob Dylan and Joni Mitchell, while City Music is Lou Reed and Patti Smith, and the comparison is clear in Morby’s speak-sing deadpan and bulging crescendos from brooding guitar-folk to driving rock. (The barreling “1234” makes a beeline for the Ramones.) City Music doesn’t hustle and bustle. But it won’t let you miss it, either so cool.

Kevin Morby’s title track off his excellent record, “City Music” nearly hits the 7-minute mark and challenges what fans may have come to expect from him. The song builds like a slowly accelerating subway train, as does this deeply impressionistic video.

Kevin Morby “City Music,” from his album, ‘City Music’, out 6/16 on Dead Oceans Records

Kevin Morby: “I love Baltimore. It is a city with a giant heart and has remained one of my favorite places to keep returning to on tour. It is unique and beautiful and you can’t mistake it for anywhere else in the world – Baltimore is one hundred percent Baltimore. All proceeds from both my and the label side will go to the Believe In Music education program, which provides “an innovative music education for Baltimore’s youth”. I do hope you enjoy both versions of the song and if you do decide to donate – thank you for contributing to what I believe to be a great cause.
I wrote Baltimore at the time I was conceiving both ‘Singing Saw’ and ‘City Music’ and recorded a version during both sessions with two different bands. I love the song dearly, but in the end thought that thematically it didn’t belong on either album, and thus have been waiting for this moment to release it as what it has always been meant to be – a single.”
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Believe in Music is so grateful to generous and talented Kevin Morby for the donation of proceeds from his new release, “Baltimore.” We feel strongly that both versions of the song reflect the character and unique vibe of Baltimore City. Having the support of successful, working musicians is incredibly meaningful for our students as they aspire to succeed through an education in music.

released October 25th, 2017

“Baltimore (Sky At Night)” features Sam Cohen on bass, Nick Kinsey on drums and Marco Benevento on piano. Recorded April 2015 at The Isokon in Woodstock, NY by Daniel Goodwin.

“Baltimore (County Line)” features Meg Duffy on bass and Justin Sullivan on drums. Recorded October 2015 at Panoramic Studios in Stinson Beach, CA by Drew Fischer.

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For six years, La Blogotheque has changed the way people experience music. We film beautiful, rare and intimate sessions with your favorite artists, and the ones you are soon to fall in love with. Come, stay a while, and be taken away. “Kevin Morby is great” because talking about the talent of this boy to the happy pedigree (The Babies, Woods) is not easy. If you have not listened to Harlem River , brilliant and delicate first solo album of Kevin Morby, you do not know that this record is to put in your back pack, to listen in your car, that this stripped folk is the perfect soundtrack Of your travels, to watch scenery scroll or faces along a canal. Whether his pieces, long and full of drawers like “If You Leave and If You Marry” or as flashes as “My Name”, are perfectly stunning, forgetting that they are holding a wheel between their hands, Straight lines and the sounds of the city.

La Blogothèque presents
Kevin Morby – If You Leave And If You Marry & My Name  A Take Away Show

La Blogothèque presents it is all the more frustrating with an artist for whom everything seems as easy as to chain this “I Hear You Calling” of Bill Fay to his “Parade” without blinking.
Kevin Morby – I Hear You Calling & Parade  A Take Away Show

Kevin Morby has shared the new black and white video for single ‘Downtown Lights’ taken from his latest album City Music

The video, directed by Hugo Jouxtel of La Blogothéque, was shot in Paris and features Morby wandering the striking streets handing our white flowers to Parisians.

“Paris has always shown a lot of love towards my music, and I am very grateful,” Morby said. “On my first European solo tour I was selling maybe 50 tickets a city until I showed up in Paris and heard the show was already at 150 tickets, which at the time really blew my mind and took me by complete surprise. Before the show, a company called La Blogothéque asked me to do a ‘Take Away Show,’ which I agreed to do, though I didn’t really know what it was. The film crew was so kind and took me on a magical adventure around the city filming me playing some songs in a park and in a boat going down the canal,” he continued.

“Two years later, I was back in Paris and they asked me to film a show playing to a small crowd inside a house next to Père Lachaise Cemetery and that, too, was very magical. So when it came time to do a video for ‘Downtown’s Lights’ I knew just who to ask. La Blogothéque has a way of capturing the meeting of artists and a city half way, letting them both do the work and play off of each other and the result is always fascinating.”

Kevin Morby “Downtown’s Lights,” from his album, ‘City Music’, out now on Dead Oceans:

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First single from Shannon Lay’s new record out September 2017.

“Debut release on Kevin Morby’s new imprint with Woodsist Records. Shannon Lay’s “Living Water” is an instant classic. Recorded by Emmet Kelly (Cairo Gang, Bonnie Prince Billy, Ty Segall) in his Los Angeles home studio, this is an album where you can hear the room reacting to the music taking shape around it. Shannon has a voice that transcends time and space. You can’t tell if she’s old or new, if she’s sitting next to you, on a mountain top, or down in some canyon. Already her second LP to be released in 2017, Shannon is a prolific songwriter, one who lives and breaths melody and with guitar skills to boot. Despite it’s 14 tracks, Living Water comes in well under 40 minutes, but like Pink Moon or Just Another Diamond Day before it, this is music so potent it exists outside the realms of time – but in a world specific only to itself and the new feelings it creates.

Shannon has been dominating the local scene in Los Angeles over the past two years, leaving everyone who witnesses completely breathless. Having just finished a tour with Ty Segall, Shannon is set to support Kevin Morby on a national tour this fall.”

Shannon Lay is the first signing to Morbys new label , She is ludicrously talented Los Angeleno, Shannon Lay will release her new LP, Living Water, on Kevin’s Mare imprint later this year.

Ahead of that release Shannon has shared the first taster, new single, The Moon’s Detriment. The track is a beautifully restrained piece of songwriting, recalling the likes of Nick Drake or Vashti Bunyan, you’re drawn into every scratchy guitar string, every warm pulse of double bass, and every wave of monumentally sad sounding cello. Shannon’s voice seems to almost be set a little too quietly in the mix, Kevin Morby states, “the first time I saw Shannon my heart was broken into a million pieces”, he’s entirely correct, this is a single so beautifully sad .

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Living Water is out September 22nd via Mare/Woodsist.

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‘Beautiful Strangers’ is an original song penned by Kevin Morby, which was initially released on Bandcamp to benefit the gun violence charity, Everytown for Gun Safety.

‘No Place To Fall’ is a staple of Kevin Morby’s live set. The two tracks will be released as a 7” for Record Store Day 2017, the proceeds of which will go to Everytown for Gun Safety. ‘Beautiful Strangers’ was named Best New Track on Pitchfork recently.

“This release is dedicated to and written for all the people I have never met but have only read about. The innocent people who were out living their lives and one day, without warning, had them taken away from them. People who liked to laugh, dance, and love in the way that we all do, but can’t anymore. All those names and faces, all those beautiful strangers… So here are two songs, “Beautiful Strangers” as well as my cover of Townes Van Zandt’s ‘No Place To Fall’ that I have been closing my live show with over the past year. Any purchase of these two songs will go to support the work of Everytown For Gun Safety – an organization I have followed for quite some time. I believe in and support them in their efforts to make the world a safer place. Do it for the kids. Love and peace” – Kevin Morby.

Limited to 500 copies for the UK and Eire.

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Beautiful Strangers
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