August 11, 2017:
The Out There Tapes: a Compilation by Gremlintone
The City of Santa Rosa, OutThereSR.com, John Courage and Josh Windmiller have collaborated on an unprecedented music compilation of 13 tracks, from 13 different Sonoma County bands, recorded and mixed by John Courage on his analog Tascam 388 and Tascam 38 1/2″ eight track recorders. “The Out There Tapes: A Compilation by Gremlintone” was officially released on June 11 at the third annual Railroad Square Music Festival (where three of the included artists performed). An unprecedented insight into our local music scene, “The Out There Tapes” documents Santa Rosa’s finest musicians and shines a light on the wealth of talent within our city.
The compilation boasts original songs from lauded local country duo The Easy Leaves, semi-retired farmyard rabble rouser Arann Harris, hometown boys done good The Brothers Comatose, vaudevillian confetti pirates The Crux, ethereal song caster Ashley Allred, stylishly sinful charmers Frankie Boots and The County Line, Forestville’s rising Americana star David Luning, highly acclaimed soul folk-er Sean Hayes, harmonic stompin’ sweethearts Bootleg Honey, Rock and Roll stalwart John Courage, finger-picking balladeers Misner and Smith, Appalachian devotees Thistle Creek and barroom vagabonds Timothy O’Neill Band.
Courage says, “Most of the bands were tracked completely live to achieve the essence of their performance. The project was mixed in analog before being transferred to digital for mastering”. In anticipation of the release Culture Pop Films captured 3 videos of the sessions with The Brothers Comatose, The Easy Leaves, and The Crux and will roll out the videos through OutThereSR leading up to the festival and release.
CD Release Party at LRS Saturday September 2 at 2pm Plus a Big Sale (save the date)
Manzanita Falls: Abilene
One of our favorite local bands. Abilene was written after a near-fatal rollover accident the band suffered while on tour, and honed for the better part of three years, the songs explore the tenuis balance between life and death; love and loss.
CD Release Party at LRS Saturday September 30 at 2pm
David Rawlings: Poor David’s Almanack on CD (on LP in a few weeks)
Guitar man David Rawlings leaves the Machine moniker behind for his third album, Poor Davids Almanack, a wry mixture of acoustic and electric performances rich in ageless American vernacular. Gloriously captured on analog tape by studio wizards Ken Scott and Matt Andrews, the ten new songs took shape in a rollicking weeklong session at Woodland Sound Studios in Nashville, Tennessee where Rawlings and longtime compatriot Gillian Welch joined together with Willie Watson, Paul Kowert, Brittany Haas, Ketch Secor, and Taylor and Griffin Goldsmith to produce an album for all seasons.
Ke$ha: Rainbow on CD
Her first album in nearly five years. Rainbow marks a new beginning for Kesha, one based around inner strength and musical exploration as she achieves her vision for the album by enlisting a roster of collaborators ranging from Eagles of Death Metal to Dolly Parton. Ben Folds produced the title track with Kesha, while Ricky Reed produced and wrote numerous tracks as well. Wrabel co-wrote a collaboration that features the Dap-Kings horn section. Eagles of Death Metal are featured on two tracks, while Parton guests on a version of her 1980 country chart-topper “Old Flames Can’t Hold a Candle to You.” The track was co-written by Kesha’s mother Pebe Sebert, who also has other songwriting credits on Rainbow.
Guided By Voices: How Do You Spell Heaven on CD & LP
From the uber-prolific Robert Pollard and his main day job, Guided By Voices. Guided by Voices is on a roll. One could argue that GBV is never not on a roll, that Robert Pollard’s output plows past the word “prolific” like prolific is standing still in a snowbank; and that’s true, but this new version of the band (Doug Gillard, Bobby Bare Jr, Mark Shue, Kevin March) has given Pollard new tools to complement his song-hammer. Thus, ergo, quod erat demonstrandum: roll. Hot on the heels of the smothered-in-plaudits double album August By Cake comes this hot and heavy fifteen-tune long player, a melody-dense thwack to the earholes that will both energize and deplete your body of it’s remaining music-appreciation enzymes. Recorded by the band in New York, and by Pollard in Ohio, How Do You Spell Heaven capitalizes on the current incarnation’s tour-buffed shine without sacrificing eternal verities such as but not limited to: off-kilter rhythmic jolts; krazy chords; purposefully imperfect harmonies; and fragmented structures that start and stop on a coin of small denomination and go somewhere else, and quickly. There’s more, much more-the easiest, laziest way to sum up this latest album is the most obvious: How do you spell heaven? Shout it from the rafters: G-B-V!
A.J. Croce: Just Like Medicine on CD and LP in a week or so…
From the acclaimed singer/songwriter. A.J. Croce and his producer, soul music legend, Dan Penn explore the healing power of music with Just Like Medicine. An all-star cast including Steve Cropper, David Hood, Vince Gill, Colin Linden and the McCrary Sisters come together on Croce’s ninth studio album, which includes his first recording of “The Name of the Game,” an unreleased song by his father, Jim Croce. As Croce explains, “I wanted to make a real soul album, but not a throwback Stax album or a Motown album or anything like that-even though Dan was producing and there are great players from that world and Muscle Shoals on these tracks.” Sonically and in every other way, the intention on Just Like Medicine seems to keep things real. “We recorded this album in mono, to analog tape, primarily to two tracks and we never used more than sixteen tracks,” says Croce. “Dan explained that when he worked with the Box Tops, they only had like three tracks-one for the band, one for the vocals, one for string and horns. So that became our starting point.”
Yeah. Fuck that guy.