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Meg Duffy, who records as Hand Habits, is a breath of fresh air. On her gorgeously affecting debut album on Woodsist LP “Wildly Idle Humble Before The Void” , Duffy channels her Piscean ways into a collection of wonderful pop songs that float through the ambience and reward the time you spend with them. Meg Duffy hasn’t stopped moving, working, or growing since she left her quiet childhood home in upstate New York. You can find her in the back of the van reading a book, quietly warming up backstage with some guitar workouts, or waiting tables at a neighborhood pizzeria. Though Meg didn’t pick up the instrument until she was seventeen years old, her intuitive, naturalistic musicality and commitment to the craft of guitar playing have made an in demand collaborator and guitarist for countless indie acts (Kevin Morby, Mega Bog, Weyes Blood).

Meg’s LP debut Wildy Idle (Humble Before the Void) (Woodsist Records 2017) ​is many things at once. The record is a collection of songs written amidst the constant motion of touring, recording, and working part-time jobs; recorded at home in North East L.A between other commitments, around the sounds of roommates cooking breakfast, and dogs pattering though an old craftsman house. Layered with Duffy’s signature extended guitar techniques, Hand Habits is playing five SXSW shows this year:

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John Andrews has spent some time playing with the Brooklyn band Woods, Widowspeak and Kevin Morby as well as the psych-folk rock band Quilt. check out the track Drivers Its got a very cool sound to it. Kind of like a blend of Woods & Whitney. Anyway, I’m excited to hear some more. The “Drivers” video plays at the lyrical notion of fighting off demons with a smirk, placing The Yawns’ drummer in a devil’s costume and challenging Andrews to a lake hockey game. Bad Posture more earnestly tackles the demons of solitude with the inclusion of “Home Is Just As Good As Anyplace,”

The songs were written slowly & quietly throughout the winter, usually late at night next to the wood stove for warmth. It was recorded in his barn with the doors ajar, welcoming the springtime. The humble recording gear invites the outside noises in. You can hear the crickets chirping with the occasional truck driving by. The songs themselves lend their hand like slow backwoods Beatles demos covered in a thin blanket of tape hiss. John’s voice lulls us in an earthy calmness as he sits hunched like a scarecrow over the piano.

Bad Posture, his upcoming second album on Woodsist Records, seems to finally emphasize the ‘home’ in his home-recorded music in comparison, written “slowly & quietly throughout the winter” near a wood stove in Andrews’ New Hampshire farmhouse. When it came time to record in the spring, Andrews maintained his pastoral songwriting approach; the barn doors were kept ajar to allow the crickets and “occasional truck driving by” a chance to sing backup.

From Meg Duffy’s Hand Habits Debut LP out February 10th, 2017 on Woodsist Records.

Meg Duffy, aka Hand Habits, is a singer, songwriter and guitarist from Upstate New York. She has been putting her time in on the road and in the studio over the past two years with pacific northwest band Mega Bog, and the Kevin Morby Band, making an impression on everyone she comes across with her natural charisma and uncharted talent as a multi-instrumentalist. But let Wildly Idle (Humble Before The Void) be her open invitation to the world to step inside and take a much deeper look into who Duffy actually is. Tracked in an Upstate New York living room, then finished in her current home in Los Angeles

It is appropriate that this album was recorded by Meg herself – for Meg, who has an acute ear for detail, has touched every corner, has seen every vision ’til its end. Because of this, Wildly Idle feels incredibly intimate, like a secret between her and the listener. It hits soft, like warm water, and before you know it it is all around you – a bath, and Meg’s whisper has made its way inside you. Like many bedroom debuts before it (Microphones, Jessica Pratt, Little Wings, Grouper) let this be the first of many to come, for Meg has music in her touch  and this is only the beginning. But let us not look to the future now, but instead stand alongside her, our trust in her will, both humble before the void, with her first chorus as the mission statement; ‘hold you like a flower, hold you like an hour glass’.”- Kevin Morby

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Woods are an American folk rock band from Brooklyn formed in 2005. The band consists of Jeremy Earl (vocals, guitar), Jarvis Taveniere (various instruments, production), Aaron Neveu (drums), Chuck Van Dyck (bass) and Kyle Forester (keyboards, sax). 

Woods have released nine albums, the latest being City Sun Eater In The River Of Light giving the band its “Best New Music” designation and described the sound as “a distinctive blend of spooky campfire folk, lo-fi rock, homemade tape collages, and other noisy interludes, all anchored by deceptively sturdy melodies.

Singer-guitarist and founder Jeremy Earl also runs the rising Brooklyn label Woodsist, for whom the band releases their work.

Woods performing live in the KEXP studio. Recorded July 23rd, 2016.

Songs:
Sun City Creeps
Suffering Season
Creature Comfort
The Take

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Matt Kivel ‘Janus’ released February 5th on Driftless Recordings, The Los Angeles-based songwriter Matt Kivel got his start working as a player in various bands during the first decade of the 2000s. Around 2013, Kivel quit playing with other bands to focus on his solo material. The first evidence of his work came in the form of some limited-run cassettes, but he truly came into his own with 2013’s full-length album Double Exposure, released on the Olde English Spelling Bee (Julian Lynch, Ducktails) label. Kivel’s solo work took a decidedly more subdued path than his previous affiliations, with shimmering ambient synths meeting muted acoustic songwriting and understated vocals. Second album “Days of Being Wild”, recorded with Palace Brothers member Paul Oldham over the course of the previous summer, saw release on the Woodsist label in 2014

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Hand Habits

Hand Habits is the project of guitarist and singer-songwriter Meg Duffy. She’s spent the last two years touring and recording with Kevin Morby and Seattle’s Mega Bog, but now she’s stepping out on her own, with her debut full-length Wildly Idle (Humble Before The Void) set to arrive on Woodsist Records early next year.
Tracked in a living room in her upstate New York hometown and finished in her current home in Los Angeles, the LP’s 13 tracks exude a deep, comforting warmth, the kind of warmth that seeps right into your bones. “Wildly Idle feels incredibly intimate, like a secret between her and the listener,” as Kevin Morby writes in the press release that accompanies the album announcement. “It hits soft, like warm water, and before you know it it is all around you — a bath, and Meg’s whisper has made its way inside you.”

That’s the kind of florid description that sounds like empty hyperbole, but one listen to first single “All The While” is more than enough to prove it. A wistful reverie of meandering guitar that ebbs and flows under Duffy’s unaffected vocals, it manages the neat trick of rocking out without ever breaking a sweat,

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Kevin Morby performing live in the KEXP studio. Recorded February 19th, 2015. Kevin Robert Morby is an American musician. He is best known as the former bassist of Woods, and the songwriter and guitarist of The Babies.He released his debut solo album Harlem River in 2013,and followed up with a second album Still Lifein October 2014. Morby learned to play guitar when he was 10. In his teens he formed the band Creepy Aliens.17-year-old Morby dropped out of Blue Valley Northwest High School, got his GED, and moved from his native Kansas City to Brooklyn in the mid-2000s, supporting himself by working bike delivery and café jobs.

He later joined the noise-folk group Woods on bass. While living in Brooklyn, he became close friends and roommates with Cassie Ramone of the punk trio Vivian Girls, and the two formed a side project together called The Babies, who released albums in 2011 and 2012.

Following his move to Los Angeles, Morby recorded a collection of songs with Babies producer Rob Barbato which were intended to be an homage to New York City. Released in 2013 by Woodsist Records, the eight-song collection was called Harlem River and became Morby’s debut as a solo artist. The album also features drummer Justin Sullivan (The Babies) as well as contributions from Will Canzoneri, Tim Presley (White Fence), Dan Lead, and Cate Le BonWhile on tour, Morby wrote songs that were later featured on his second album, “Still Life. The album was once again produced by Barbato and released on October 14, 2014

Songs:
The Dead They Don’t Come Back
Reign
All My Life
Amen
I Hear You Calling (Bill Fay)
Parade

Woods American psychedlica rock  band that includes Jeremy Earl Vocalist and guitarist and multi instrumentalist Jarvis Taveniere and drummer Aaron Neveu.   Woods have released eight albums to date the latest their most commercial “With light and With Love”. Jeremy Earl also runs the succesful record label the Woodsist for who the band release their records,

 

From the new album “Still Life” due out on October 4th on Woodsist Records, Kevin Morby was a bassist in Woods, singer songwriter guitar and vocals for the wonderful band Babies. Kevin will be playing the Musician in Leicester 21st September.