Kevin Morby announces Singing Saw – 4/15/16

by Woody on February 10, 2016


Singing Saw will be Morby’s first effort on Dead Oceans after releasing a couple of albums on Woodsist. Morby, the former bassist for Woods is on his third album now and if this tune is any indication, Singing Saw will be his best to date.

Per the PR team, “I Have Been To The Mountain” is as angry a song as Kevin has written, which can almost be gleaned from the purposeful opening acoustic strum. “‘I Have Been To The Mountain’ is a song for those struck down by the hands of evil – senseless killings which have always overwhelmed our planet, but especially recently,” says Morby. “It’s dedicated to and inspired by the death of Eric Garner.”

The video is definitely worth four minutes of your time. The tune is great and the concept is fantastic. Really looking forward to the album.

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Sun Seeker – Georgia Dust (video)

by Woody on February 9, 2016


Sun Seeker are a band out of Nashville. They also happen to have found themselves signed to Third Man Records. They just out a 7″ that you can pick up right here. The quartet is comprised of Alex Benick (vocals/guitar), joined by Austin Edwards (keys), Asher Horton, (bass), and Ben Parks (drums).

When the video starts off, I was expecting some sort of fucked up metal to come out. Instead, some solid AM Gold buoyed by some steel eased out of my computer. There isn’t a whole lot more that I can tell you. I couldn’t even find a picture.

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Whitney is a folk outfit from my great city of Chicago. Folk outfit is a broad spectrum to which they barely fit in. The band is led my drummer/vocalist Julien Ehrlich (ex-Unknown Mortal Orchestra) an guitarist, Max Kakacek (ex-Smith Westerns). Ehrlich sings in a falsetto, that for me at least, takes a little getting used to. The falsetto is not my usual cup of tea but I really got caught up in the beauty of this tune where after a few listens, it just sounded so damn good.

The tune has some wonderful guitar playing and there is some tasty horns that pop up to lend a helping hand. The video below is what dudes do after getting their heart broken – they go out to the woods, drink beer, blow shit up and throw some axes.

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Photo by Colin Medley

Their first album, Whine Of The Mystic, sort of arrived out of nowhere when Paradise of Bachelor heard it, liked it and re-released it to the world. Plaudits followed from buffoons like me and respected journalists as well. Soon, people were expecting a second album, leading to the dreaded sophomore album.

Whine Of The Mystic was this hyper-literate album about drinking. It sounds childish when you write it but it was actually pretty deep. It was more an observance of the culture that painted outside the lines to look at the highs and lows. Lead singer, chief songwriter and bi0-chemist, Nigel Chapman, has this uncanny knack for painting vivid detail for the mundane. His vocals rarely ever make it out of first gear. As the vocals ease of the speaker, you feel as if he’s sitting next to you telling you a story, in a way that nobody else could. Chapman might not be the coolest guy in the room but he sure as hell is the guy that describes the room in the coolest manner.

Click Clack has my favorite line of the album – “Sometimes, drinking, I feel so happy but then / I can’t remember why … Sometimes, drinking, I don’t know my best friend for my best friend.” It is one of the few times in the album where Chapman’s voice heightens and the band subtly kicks in behind him. It is really tasty. The last verse of the album on Trust is another winner, “I know you don’t trust me but I got some things I need to tell you anyway. Sometimes I can hardly believe the way you don’t believe me when I say what you do.,” before the chorus kicks in and the album fades to black.

I was really looking forward to this album and am happy to say it ticked off all the boxes I was looking for. If you’re new to the band, get on it. Both albums are outstanding.

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Eagulls – Lemontrees [new track]

February 3, 2016

Back in 2014, Eagulls stormed out of Leeds with their debut. I caught a set down at SXSW, during which I leaned into my buddy and whispered, “Fuck me, there is alot of angst going on up there.” Don’t get me wrong. It was excellent and I enjoyed the hell out of it. But, reality [...]

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Cian Nugent – Night Fiction [album review]

February 2, 2016

Cian Nugent is an Irish guitarist who’s been in a few acts over the years and released some instrumental albums over the years with his act, Cian Nugent & The Cosmos. Night Fiction is first foray as a singer/songwriter. The vocals are solid, if unspectacular, but the real genius of the album is Nugent’s playing. [...]

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John Moreland -High On Tulsa Heat [album review]

February 1, 2016

So every year, we do a top 50 and I’ll undoubtedly fuck it up. I’ll forget an album I loved. I’ll list an album twice. I’ll lose count. And most importantly, I’ll completely miss an amazing album that came out. So when I posted our list, one of our seven readers called me out for [...]

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Lionlimb announce debut album, Shoo. 3/4/16

January 20, 2016

Shoo is the debut album from Lionlimb, the project of songwriter Stewart Bronaugh and drummer Joshua Jaeger. It is set for release on March 4th via Bayonet Records. The duo was part of Angel Olsen’s touring band and that gave them instant cred with me. I’d seen Olsen a few times live and her band [...]

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My Golden Calf announce Perfume Brute 2/26/16

January 19, 2016

My Golden Calf is a four-piece out of Austin that arose when guitarist/vocalist Dabney Dwelle was searching for a new way to approach songwriting after his previous band had broken up. Dwelle decided to start writing tunes on his broken down Wurlie as opposed to electric guitar. Dwelle enlisted three friends and they spent 2014 [...]

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Rayland Baxter, Live Session #127

January 13, 2016

I was pretty excited to have Rayland Baxter and his band in for a HearYa Live session as it was the first full-band session we’ve cut since recording the Strand of Oaks session back in August of 2014. 2015 was our busiest year yet at SHIRK studios and we just haven’t had time to do [...]

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