Spanish Gold – 7″ giveaway

by Woody on April 18, 2014

SG out 7 cover

To celebrate Record Store Day, HearYa has obtained five copies of the 7″ Spanish Gold is putting out. It contains a cover of There Is Something In My Heart by Ghetto Brothers as well as their lead single, Out On The Street.

Spanish Gold was the first act I caught on Wed at SXSW. It was packed for a noon show on Wed as I think many people had high expectations. They met those and then some. I couldn’t tell enough people that they were a must-see act during SXSW.

If you would like a copy of this 7″, send us an email at with the title Spanish Gold. We’ll post the winners in the comments section next week.

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Like a fine wine, Centro-matic just keeps on getting better with age. With that in mind, they are releasing their follow-up to 2011′s stellar Candidate Waltz. The album will be titled Take Pride in Your Long Odds and be released on June 3. Below is the first track, Salty Disciple.

They are also releasing a re-issue of their first LP Redo The Stacks on April 22. A special vinyl double-LP will be out in June as well. I assume a tour will follow and you should make it a priority to see them live. They never disappoint.

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Photo by Zoran Orlic

We have a whole shitload of news on HearYa favorite, Trampled By Turtles. Their last album, Stars and Satellites, was our favorite album of 2012.

First off, new album. They’re calling it Wild Animals and it will be out on July 15th. Below is the lead track, Are You Behind The Shining Star, and a trailer for the new album. If these were meant to get me fired up for the new album, well mission accomplished my friends to the North.

Second, they are putting on their own festival in Shakopee, MN. The lineup is a HearYa wet dream with TBT, Hurray for The Riff Raff, Charles Bradley, Spirit Family Reunion and Field Report to name a few. Its on 9/20 and I will be campaigning my wife to let me attend under the guise that I am an important media presence. Info is here. Have fun.

Lastly, it appears as if Ryan Young has got a haircut and Erik Berry trimmed his beard. Dave, Dave and Tim still look the same.

Our full HearYa session with Trampled By Turtles is here.

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photo credit: Diana Lee Zadlo

The opening line of Denney and The Jets’ bio reads as follows – Denney and The Jets play an unbridled brand of hip-shakin’ Rock & Roll with heavy Soul and Country influences. I’ll verify that statement as Mexican Coke comes out of the gate with a swagger of a band that ground their teeth in some dank and dark clubs as opposed to some polished studio. Fronted by Chris Denney and surrounded by some of Nashville’s best, their debut is a rollicking ride full of the things that make rockin’ cool.

Denney and The Jets emerged from the Nashville scene that has produced PUJOL, Natural Child and Promised Land Sound to name a few. While those acts all have members that have backed Denney at one point or another, they have also released at least one album prior to Denney releasing his debut. Thankfully the wait has proven worth it.

Denney’s tunes dig into tales of hard-living and excess. Tracks like Pain Pills, Hooked and Broke don’t leave much to the imagination. But the direct lyrics go down easy with the soulful riffs that remind you of Exile era Stones. These are the types of albums I love. Brash, genuine rock and roll. Mexican Coke took a while but hopefully it is the first of many.

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Phox – Slow Motion: s/t debut out on 6/24

April 9, 2014

Upon seeing Phox last year, I described them as the pretty girl in high school being backed by members of the jazz club. In this instance, the pretty girl – Monica Martin – sings like an angel. The lead single is a tune called Slow Motion. And if you think it sounds good here, it [...]

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Bailiff – Remise out on 4/22

April 8, 2014

HearYa session alumni, Bailiff, have a new album, Remise coming out on 4/22. Here’s some lowdown on the album from their PR rep -Bunkered in a sub-suburban studio with engineering wunderkind Beau Sorenson (Death Cab for Cutie, Superchunk, Bob Mould), the band spent two weeks forging their most eclectic work to date. Remise is imbued [...]

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R.I.P. Dave Lamb of Brown Bird

April 6, 2014

Dave Lamb of Brown Bird passed away on Saturday after his year long with Leukemia. His bandmate and partner MorganEve Swain wrote a nice letter on Facebook. Below is a song they put out during Dave’s fight (full lyrics can be found here) and a video from happier times. Our condolences to MorganEve and his [...]

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Strand of Oaks – Goshen ’97: HEAL out on June 24

April 4, 2014

Tim Showalter is one of music’s good guys. Hell, he was one of life’s good guys. So its good to see him getting his just due in terms of success and recognition. At HearYa, we couldn’t be any happier that he’s been signed to Dead Oceans. His new album, HEAL, will be out on June [...]

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Ages and Ages – Divisionary [album review]

March 27, 2014

I’ve had the pleasure of having Divisionary for a couple of months now. It hooks you in with some bouncy melodies and wonderful harmonies. The tracks were uplifting and the lyrics delivered a positive vibe that left you feeling good all over. But none of that prepared me for seeing them live at SXSW. Ages [...]

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John Fullbright – Songs (new album) May 27th

March 26, 2014

John Fullbright has a new album coming out on May 27th via Thirty Tigers. I’ve had the pleasure of seeing John live a few times, including this last SXSW. His shows are dynamic and match his songwriting skills. Below is the lead track, Happy. Check it out and go see him live. Here is some [...]

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