Posts Tagged ‘Maryland’

The debut single from Hamerkop features delirious washes of synth over a driving motorik beat, as Annabel Alpers‘ yearning vocals wash over everything with widescreen flair and a hooky resolve. Sounds like a summer single! Winter may be coming on here, but Annabel hails from down under, where the seasons are in reverse; thus also the song’s theme of migratory birds, as homesick, she measures the distance from the US to New Zealand by wingspan.
Hamerkop is a pair of Baltimore-based sound nerds: Annabel Alpers, the composer, singer and instrumentalist formerly of New Zealand’s Bachelorette, and Adam Cooke, a Baltimorean drummer/audio engineer with credits that include Beach HouseWye Oak and Future Islands. Together, they have created a song-cycle that contrasts the often-mundane (yet often satisfying) everyday world with that of the idealized, longed-for fantasy, to find the spaces in between these things, the place where we all feel good about our existence.
from Remote, releases February 7th, 2020

Once upon a time, the key word for Wye Oak’s music was “catharsis,” mostly thanks to Jenn Wasner’s volcanic guitar breaks. But on 2014’s Shriek, they dismantled the formula they’d recently perfected in favor of a restart, a redefinition. And The Louder I Call, The Faster It Runs is the culmination of that, an album that defies easy comparison as Wasner and Andy Stack meld stratospheric synths, wiry rhythms, and melted guitar lines. The catharses are often subtler now, but there’s a whole different kind of release in hearing a band sound like this  like freedom. There’s still an inherent melancholy to their music, but Wye Oak are now processing that differently. Rather than stare into the depths of human experience, they’re reaching for the horizon and turning their searching eyes skyward.

The phrase “dream pop banger” would be a contradiction in terms if not for this glorious song, the centerpiece of Wye Oak’s album of the same name. Jenn Wasner, who has spent a decade honing one of the greatest voices in indie-rock, sings about the inexorable urge to seek patterns in chaos, repeating the title with mantra-like fervor: “The louder I call, the faster it runs / The louder I call, the faster it runs.” And then the song seems to do precisely that, growing faster, louder, more joyously overwhelmed, as it spins around and around its central refrain.

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Released April 6th, 2018,

Written and Produced by Wye Oak 
Jenn Wasner: vocals, guitar, bass, piano, keyboards, programming
Andy Stack: drums, guitar, bass, programming, keyboards, piano, upright bass

Pedal Steel on “You of All People” and “Join” by Colt Miller
Cello on “My Signal” by Paul Wiancko 
Violin on “My Signal” by Michi Wiancko 
String Arrangement on “My Signal” by Paul and Michi Wiancko

In the case of Baltimore’s Have Mercy, what wins out-and what ultimately astounds-is raw, unfiltered passion. The band’s debut LP, The Earth Pushed Back, was one of the most honest records of 2013-an album that fans of punk and emo from Brand New to Tigers Jaw to Taking Back Sunday simply couldn’t afford to miss out on.

Produced by Paul Leavitt (All Time Low, The Dangerous Summer, many more), A Place Of Our Own is a refined, more muscular version of what they did well on The Earth Pushed Back – as if they trimmed the fat on some aspects of their sound while showing major growth across the board. It’s an organic, sometimes subtle and sometimes very noticeable type of growth. Everyone simply sounds better from an instrumental perspective, and Swindle’s gritty vocals have become only more defining this go-round.

Since forming in 2011, Swindle feels the band truly has “grown up as musicians and people and cannot wait for everyone to hear A Place Of Our Own.”

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I listened to have mercy, then lost track of them, only to come back to them when they were touring with a few other great acts (tiny moving parts, broadside, real friends) and be more appreciative and in awe than ever  Honestly, they deserve more recognition. The lyrics are great and they are instrumental good as well.

Have Mercy Currently signed to Hopeless Records

Katie Von Schleicher recently announced the release of a special 7″ single to come out on Full Time Hobby on May 4th. The track ‘Glad To Be Here’ was launched online a couple of weeks ago, and today we bring you the flip side ‘Party Dawn’.

The confidence that Von Schleicher exudes on the new single belies the fact that she just released her debut album, Shitty Hits, last year. ‘Party Dawn’ is a song that crackles with thoughts and memories, electrified by Von Schleicher’s brooding voice. The atmosphere of the song is heavy, accentuated by rumbles of thunder and delicately splashy percussion. Although always seemingly on the verge of breaking into a fully cathartic moment, she keeps her patience and her poise throughout, only letting minor surges of feeling eke out at a time, ensuring that ‘Party Dawn’ maintains its focus and magnetism throughout, and is all the more impressive for that.

Von Schleicher says about the new songs: “On a break from touring this winter I went alone to Maryland, where I am originally from, and made these two songs, taking the gear I’ve very happily accrued since making my album Shitty Hits. I built a fire, I set up my gold drum kit, I saw a ton of stars and felt smushed by silence, and it was lonely, so I made these songs. “Glad to Be Here” is where I find myself right now. “Party Dawn” is tied to Maryland, to my friend and our adolescence. Both are a bridge toward the subject matter of my next record. Back in New York, my collaborator Adam Brisbin (Sam Evian, Jolie Holland, Buck Meek) contributed guitar and bass, and Julian Fader (Ava Luna, Frankie Cosmos, Nadine, Palehound) mixed it.”

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Released May 4th, 2018

gtrs, piano, synth, drums, vocals – kvs 
gtrs, bass – adam brisbin 

Snail mail vinyl

Snail Mail’s EP debut (originally released on cassette July 2016) is now available on black 12″ vinyl, 45RPM. First pressing of 1000 copies with download code included. Habit, the debut 6 Track EP from Baltimore’s Snail Mail, is a perfect, late-summer record. Lindsey Jordan, who is 17-years-old, wrote Habit in her suburban Maryland bedroom between shows and school. She teamed up with her friend and drummer Shawn Durham and bassist Ryan Viera to record the six-track EP in DC. The result is six really amazing indie-pop tracks that will be loved by fans of Best Coast, Alvvays and Veronica Falls.

 

Katie Von Schleicher follows up her 2017 album “Shitty Hits” with “Glad To Be Here”, available now and as a 7″ on May 4th just in time for her upcoming US and European tours. Produced & engineered by Von Schleicher, herself , Glad To Be Here incorporates the warmth and saturation of Bleaksploitation and Shitty Hits, while nodding towards what’s next.  “On a break from touring this winter I went back to my childhood home in Maryland. I built a fire, set up my gold drum kit, saw a ton of stars and felt  smushed by silence. It was lonely, so I made these songs. ‘Glad to Be Here’ is where I find myself right now. ‘Party Dawn’ is tied to Maryland, to a dear friend and our adolescence,” says Von Schleicher. Bringing the songs back to New York, she finalized them with collaborator Adam Brisbin (Sam Evian, Jolie Holland, Buck Meek) and mixed them with Julian Fader (Ava Luna, Frankie Cosmos, Nadine, Palehound).

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This Brooklyn-based singer-songwriter Katie Von Schleicher, who’s hitting the road with Mitski this summer, treated Paste to her stirring, emotion-packed songs.

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Katie Von Schleicher - Glad To Be Here

One of the best spots for new, independent music at SXSW in Austin, Texas — is Cheer Up Charlie’s. Katie Von Schleicher and her guitarist Adam Brisbin stepped away from the frenetic energy of the festival, walked into the makeshift Spire Studio Tour Bus (basically a camper trailer, parked on Cheer Up Charlie’s lot, with brilliant recording gear, amps guitars) and performed “Mary.” It’s the quietest song from Katie Von Schleicher’s magnificent 2017 album, S***** Hits.

“On a break from touring this winter I went alone to Maryland, where I am originally from, and made these two songs, taking the gear I’ve very happily accrued since making my album Shitty Hits. I built a fire, I set up my gold drum kit, I saw a ton of stars and felt smushed by silence, and it was lonely, so I made these songs. “Glad to Be Here” is where I find myself right now. “Party Dawn” is tied to Maryland, to my friend and our adolescence. Both are a bridge toward the subject matter of my next record. Back in New York, my collaborator Adam Brisbin (Sam Evian, Jolie Holland, Buck Meek) contributed guitar and bass, and Julian Fader (Ava Luna, Frankie Cosmos, Nadine, Palehound) mixed it.”
Katie Von Schleicher, 2018.

Katie Von Schleicher  just after this filming to tell me more about “Mary.” “I’ve been teaching a songwriting class and it’s funny now to break these things down into craft and intention,” she says , “but I do feel that writing to a person’s name is a really tender practice, one that can unlock kindness and a conversational tone. If speaking to a part of yourself, personifying it, singing warmly, you can spare your faults and self-criticisms by speaking as if to another person [and] maybe even take your own advice. As much as they’re personal, I’m also trying to get close to some of my favorite things, which also include Randy Newman’s ‘Marie’ and Raymond Carver’s short stories (so full of conversation). For me, ‘Mary’ is a place and time rather than a person, childhood and youth and the strange space I’ve found in going back to the house where I grew up in Maryland to make records now.”

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Lindsey Jordan has a lot of firepower for an 18-year-old. The Maryland-based Matador Records signee was stylishly clad with a red guitar in tow and sleek shades. Throughout the set, the band gave way to the commanding Jordan for a powerful 40 minutes in front of what felt like the largest crowd of the day. Something big is brewing here, take note…For Indie rock wunderkind Lindsey Jordan and her band, Snail Mail, have announced the release of their debut album. Lush, which follows 2017’s Habit EP, is out June 8th via Matador Records.

“Pristine” continues the personal, intimate feel of Habit, which was written in Jordan’s suburban bedroom. But “Pristine” aims a bit higher, with soaring choruses and crisp guitars crafting a shimmering backdrop for Jordan’s musings on young love. “Don’t you like me for me?” she sings. “I know myself, I’ll never love anyone else.”

Ah, to be young. And yet, “Pristine” is a grand step forward for a promising songwriter who — despite the hype — is really just getting started.

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Lucky you! We have copies of this Japanese-only Instant Banquet CD Sampler left from The Safes’ recent tour of Japan. 20 big hits from the Hi-Vo catalog—some from long out-of-print singles. If you still fancy the compact disc, this one’s for you!

Track List: 
1. The Routes “Meant To Be” (3:40)

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2. The Missing Souls “Gotta Have Your Loving” (2:55)
3. The Safes “Crystal Ball” (2:40)
4. Quitty & The Don’ts “Running Out of Time” (2:07)
5. Swamps “Hate Hate Hate” (2:42)
6. The Rebel Set “Trails!” (3:01)
7. The Improbables “Bad Vibrations” (2:39)

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8. The Stents “Meet Mike Hate” (3:05)
9. Gorilla* “Oh Tonight”(2:17)
10. The Reverberations “The Way I Want You” (2:26)
11. The Fadeaways “Kicks & Chicks” (2:28)
12. Pow Wows “Hey Doctor” (4:37)
13. The Torments “The Creamer” (2:23)
14. The BellTowers “No Matter” (2:46)
15. The Beginner’s Mynd “Singing

Released March 7th, 2018

The official souvenir of Field Trip South! The Field Guide zine is a 12-page show guide impeccably designed by Hi-Vo and featuring all your faves: Groovy Movies, The Hall Monitors, Baby Shakes and more! 200 originally produced for the festival. This is all that’s left! Also included is a two song flexi-disk with The BellTowers and The Improbables ripping some fine garage psych.

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released March 7th, 2018

The BellTowers recorded and mixed by Paul Mutchler
The Improbables produced by Mike Kennedy and The Improbables. Recorded and mixed at Fairmount Funeral Sound Studios.