Wednesday November 26, 2014 (2 days ago)
Grammy Award-winning singer, songwriter and musician Jesse Harris will release his upcoming album No Wrong No Right on February 10th 2015 on Los Angeles-based indie label Dangerbird Records.
Harris had his breakthrough in 2003, having written Norah Jones’ first and biggest hit “Don’t Know Why.” He subsequently has had a vibrant solo career of his own, along the way writing for and collaborating with renowned artists such as Bright Eyes, Cat Power, Feist, M. Ward, Mike Patton, John Zorn, Solomon Burke, Willie Nelson, Melody Gardot, and Emmylou Harris.
Visit Paste Magazine for the exclusive premiere of the title track “No Wrong No Right.”
On No Wrong No Right – Harris’ 13th album—he drew inspiration from Neil Young’s approach to After the Goldrush. “Some of that record was done with Crazy Horse, and it’s a rock record,” Harris explains, “but then you also have these hushed acoustic folk songs, and it keeps shifting back and forth between these two distinct moods. I always loved the way that worked, so I started there, but with No Wrong No Right, I also added a third element.”
The three elements Harris speaks of here are a set of full-band tunes recorded with guitarist Will Graefe and drummer Jeremy Gustin of experimental duo Star Rover; a more subdued, acoustic-anchored series of duets with guitar virtuoso Julian Lage; and a trio of evocative instrumental tracks.
The album initially grew out of Harris’ discovery of Star Rover and the friendship and musical chemistry that developed between them last winter. “I fell in love with their band,” Harris says. “I was sort of a groupie, checking out their gigs all the time. One day they invited me over to their loft to play, and it felt great from the first song. Which inspired me to write a bunch more songs.
“Will and Jeremy, musically, are adventurous and free, and at the same time completely supportive of the song. They love to work out arrangements, but they play with a lot of looseness and expression. It’s so hard to find that perfect combination—either people don’t want to rehearse, and just play all over the songs, or they’re too rehearsed and there’s no spontaneity. As a singer and songwriter, I feel like they support the music, but at the same time completely challenge it.”
The duos with Lage – “I Probably Won’t See You For A While,” “Don’t Let Me Pass By” and John Zorn co-write “Kafiristan” – are sparse and disarmingly intimate, offering a refreshing contrast to the record’s more fleshed-out tracks. Harris raves about the musical abilities of Lage, who also plays in duos with Wilco’s Nels Cline and Chris Eldridge of The Punch Brothers. “Julian is a remarkable young musician,” Harris says. He’s a jazz guitarist, but he’s equally interested in songcraft and experimental music. Playing with him is always exciting – he’s extremely sensitive, and has such a beautiful tone. I really wanted to capture our duo on this record.”
The album’s three instrumentals—also backed by Star Rover – continue Harris’ tradition of including a few sans-vocals tracks on every release. The aptly named “Staring Contest” features a loping, repetitive and extremely hummable guitar figure. “Pandora’s Box” is a dreamy meditation on the modern rabbit hole of social media, and “Miyazaki” is a tribute to the legendary Japanese anime director.
No Wrong No Right also features a mysterious and gorgeously wintery rendition of Rodgers & Hart standard “Where or When” bolstered by the organ playing of Larry Goldings (James Taylor). Other notable guests on the record include CJ Camerieri (Bon Iver, Paul Simon, yMusic) on horns and horn arrangements, frequent Harris collaborator Margaret Glaspy on vocals, Mauro Refosco (Red Hot Chili Peppers, Atoms for Peace) on percussion, marimba and electronics, and Sofia Rei – who also performs with Harris in the John Zorn-led Song Project—on vocals.
Tuesday November 11, 2014 (2 weeks ago)
NPR Music is featuring “Suit Up” by A. Sinclair as one of 10 Songs Public Radio Can’t Stop Playing.
Tuesday November 11, 2014 (2 weeks ago)
Hear a new Butch Walker song called “21+” premiering at Rolling Stone today.
The tune features Johnny Depp on guitar, and Butch insists, “no, it’s not a Florida Georgia Line song about trying to get into a bar with a fake ID, cooler full of cold beer, pickup truck, girl, babe, angel, tight jeans, yada yada yada… It’s actually just a sad song with a total bummer of a lyric.”
Afraid of Ghosts is out February 3rd. Pre-order on iTunes for $7.99 and download three songs immediately – “Chrissie Hynde,” “Afraid of Ghosts,” and “21+”. CD/Vinyl Bundles available at Butch Walker’s webstore.
Friday November 7, 2014 (3 weeks ago)
Butch Walker is releasing a limited edition 7” vinyl single for “Chrissie Hynde” along with the exclusive b-side “Growing Up (Don’t Let Me Down).”
Only 1,000 copies have been pressed on black vinyl, and the first 250 ordered through Butch Walker’s webstore will be autographed.
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Tuesday October 28, 2014 (1 month ago)
Starting today, download a free 4-song Butch Walker sampler over at Noisetrade.
The download pack includes “Afraid of Ghosts” from his upcoming album of the same title, along with “Let It Go Where It’s Supposed To” and “Coming Home” from the Peachtree Battle EP, and “Battle vs. The War” from a limited edition vinyl piece released earlier this year.
See Butch on tour now with Ryan Adams. Click here for dates and tickets.
Thursday October 23, 2014 (1 month ago)
T. Hardy Morris will close out 2014 with a string of tour dates, including a run with fellow traveller Jessica Lea Mayfield this November, and a special appearance with Deer Tick to ring in the New Year on Dec 31 at Brooklyn Bowl in Brooklyn, NY.
Morris is also releasing a new single, Painted on Attitude, giving fans a taste of the fierce rock band hitting the road and a sneak peek at what is to come sonically from the Athens, GA based musician as he completes work on his sophomore solo album, due in 2015 from Dangerbird Records.
Listen to “Painted On Attitude” at Consequence of Sound and purchase the song & bonus track “Without Fail” direct from Dangerbird Records.
A strangely complimentary mix of rollicking lo-fi southern rock pedal steel twang run through a grunge punk buzzsaw, “Painted On Attitude” showcases Morris’ snarling yet tuneful vocals on the sharp end of the blade. The single is a wry commentary on the lengths to which some go to “do something, oh so unique” by moving to big cities, only to “blend-in and pretend to be busy” while predictably getting swept up in whatever inescapable trend is currently affecting Brooklyn or Portland.
Morris’ sound is a departure as well as a continuation of the blissfully languid approach taken on much of his debut. Morris’ unique sonic lean is a product of his youthful affinity for “good” 90s rock, slamming head-first into his coveted Neil Young records and love of 70s Outlaw Country.
When Morris sat down to write for this new release, he drew upon two former songs in particular. “Share The Needle”, from Audition Tapes, and “Country Mile”, a song he’d contributed to Diamond Rugs’ self-titled debut. Each of those tracks featured a distinct push-and-pull dynamic that ended up bridging the gap between the quieter country leanings of Audition Tapes, and the more aggressive grunge of Morris’ other band Dead Confederate.
To achieve the sound found on the new record, Hardy amassed a contingent of players comprised of the ever trusty Matt “Pistol” Stoessel on pedal steel, Vaughan Lamb on bass, and Dead Confederate drummer Nick Sterchi.
Monday October 20, 2014 (1 month ago)
Exclusive first listen to “Afraid of Ghosts” from Butch Walker‘s upcoming album of the same title, due out February 3rd. Listen below and preorder the full album on iTunes to download “Chrissie Hynde” immediately, and get “Afraid of Ghosts” tonight at midnight.
See Butch on tour with Ryan Adams through the end of November:
10/20 – Kansas City, MO / Uptown Theater
11/6 – Indianapolis, IN / Murat Theatre
11/8 – Columbus, OH / Palace Theatre
11/9 – Detroit, MI / Fillmore Detroit
11/11 – Columbus, OH / State Theatre
11/12 – Toronto, ON / Massey Hall
11/15 – New York, NY / Carnegie Hall
11/17 – New York, NY / Carnegie Hall
11/18 – Boston, MA / Wang Theatre
11/19 – Upper Darby, PA / Tower Theatre
11/20 – Red Bank, NJ / Count Basie Theatre
11/22 – New York, NY / Hammerstein Ballroom
11/23 – New York, NY / Hammerstein Ballroom
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Chrissie Hynde 7"Coming Jan 6, 2015
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