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Thursday, April 17, 2014

RSD Watch: Jurassic Pop's live Winslow tape

Posted by on Thu, Apr 17, 2014 at 4:00 PM

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Count West Lafayette label Jurassic Pop in for this year's RSD local release schedule, although you'll have to head up north to grab on of their cassettes.

"We're doing 50 one-time-only, hand-numbered blue cassettes, and we'll only have them at Von's on RSD," Jeff Mather of Jurassic Pop says. "It's from their set from when they opened for Mac Demarco at Russian Recording, so now we will have released both sets from that show on cassette. It includes hits from their debut album, and also a taste of their new music too."

Our review of Winslow's self-titled is available here.

Here's the Jurassic Pop showcase schedule at Von's:

Outside Stage
11AM: Bo Jackson 5
12PM: The Clutter
1PM: Mid-American
2PM: Earthgrazer
3PM: Dino DNA
4PM: Popular Ego
5PM: Years
6PM: Slates
7PM: Winslow
8PM: broken light

Inside Stage
12PM: Callum Pennock
1PM: Bryce Westman
2PM: John Davey
3PM: Marj's Basement
4PM: Seth Benjamin
5PM: Jacob Elich
6PM: Zak Pedersen
7PM: Keith Austin
8PM: Mr. K

And, some Winslow:

Update: And now, the digital version of the tape.

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RSD Watch: Wes Montgomery, Live

Posted by on Thu, Apr 17, 2014 at 3:37 PM

Wes Montgomery - WIKIMEDIA
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Two releases of hometown hero Wes Montgomery's work this RSD - and one of them was locally recorded. Both 10-inch records are being issued by Resonance Records.

Info from the Record Store Day gods:

Wes Montgomery & The Montgomery-Johnson Quintet
Live At The Turf Club

These recordings were made by a 22 year old Butler College student named Philip Kahl, who followed Wes Montgomery & his brothers around Indianapolis in the mid-1950's. Kahl clearly had access to the brothers, recording them in 3 venues heard on the forthcoming release, "Wes Montgomery: In the Beginning" (out later this year on Resonance Records as a 2 CD deluxe digi-pack & 3 LP boxed set). The recordings were made at Indy's legendary Turf Club in 1956. This group with the brothers (Wes, Buddy, & Monk) was known by Naptown jazz fans as The Montgomery-Johnson Quintet, (with fellow locals, drummer, Robert "Sonny" Johnson, and tenor saxophonist, Alonzo "Pookie" Johnson). On "Going Down To Big Mary's House," you'll also be treated to guest vocals from Duke Ellington alumni, Debbie Andrews. Resonance first obtained these recordings in 2011 from Ann Montgomery (the widow of Wes's brother, pianist, Buddy Montgomery). Ann came to Resonance with news Buddy had copies of these recordings plus never before published photos taken at The Turf Club. These recordings are a miraculous discovery full of inspired performances. Luckily, Resonance was able to track down the original quarter inch tape reels, and did direct transfers re-mastering at 96/24 bit. Keep in mind that these tracks were recorded live in the mid-1950's, when recording technology was still evolving, however Resonance has been able to restore the sound so it's presented in a higher quality. (Limited edition world-wide first pressing of 2000 copies on Whiskey colored translucent 10" vinyl. Mastered by Bernie Grundman).

And the second release:

Wes Montgomery & The Montgomery-Johnson Quintet
This is a newly discovered lost recording session of Wes Montgomery & his brothers recorded at Columbia studios in 1955 for Epic Records. These are amongst the earliest known recordings of Wes Montgomery (& his brothers), plus Quincy Jones as a producer (who organized the session after knowing the brothers through his tenure in the Lionel Hampton Orchestra). These tracks are licensed from Sony Music Group to Resonance Records as part of a limited edition 10" pressing to commemorate Record Store Day. We've re-created a look and feel of what the packaging would've looked like had the session been released back in 1955 (fully enact with vintage art, logos, and even a classic mid-1950's Epic Records label). Liner notes feature highlights of an interview of Quincy Jones to Ashley Kahn given in 2013. These recordings will be featured on the forthcoming Resonance release "Wes Montgomery: In The Beginning" out later this year on Resonance Records. (Limited edition world-wide first pressing of 2000 copies on 10" vinyl).

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RSD Watch: Brookinz' producer showcase

Posted by on Thu, Apr 17, 2014 at 12:03 PM

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Local producer J. Brookinz plans to host a one-of-a-kind tag team producer/DJ battle at Indy CD and Vinyl on Saturday. And, well, he's a little nervous.

Here's a bit from my interview with Brookinz from this week; read the complete feature on his newest Gateway release here.

"It's going to be really, really different from my regular beat battle," he says, "because it's going to be a tag-team battle. It's going to be one producer, one DJ in three teams. They're going to be playing tracks and mixing tracks together, performing hits for the crowd. We're going to judge them on that in a king of the hill type of thing."

Some producers from his latest Gateway project will be featured at the event.

"Harry Otaku and Mandog are a team; Cool Hand Lex and El Carnicero are a team; Kyle Nagy and DJ TXTBOOK are a team. I don't think anyone's ever done anything like this before. Shout out to Indy CD and Vinyl; they've really been on the team. I'm super nervous about this, because I've never done anything like this, and I've never seen anything like this. It's just an idea."

The battle starts at 5 p.m. at Indy CD and Vinyl.

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RSD Watch: Three releases from GloryHole

Posted by on Thu, Apr 17, 2014 at 11:36 AM

Cover art for Christian Taylor and Ampersand Blues Band - DESIGN BY STEPHEN PECK // SUBMITTED PHOTO FROM GLORYHOLE RECORDS
  • Design by Stephen Peck // Submitted photo from GloryHole Records
  • Cover art for Christian Taylor and Ampersand Blues Band

Busy day for this local label: GloryHole Records is curating a showcase over at Vibes and releasing three new tasty local offerings for Record Store Day. Their releases include a cassette by Christian Taylor and Ampersand Blues Band; the third volume of FSDC (a comp of local bands); and a No Coast 7-inch.

Here's their showcase schedule:

12:00 pm - Caleb McCoach
12:45 p.m. - The Bloody Mess
1:30 p.m. - Bummer Eve
2:15 p.m. - Skin Conditions
3:00 p.m. - Scanlines
3:45 p.m. - Day Creeper
4:30 p.m. - Benny and the Planes
5:15 p.m. - No Coast
6:00 p.m. - Thee Tsunamis
7:30 p.m. - White Moms
8:15 p.m. - Raw McCartney

And some tunes from No Coast, who will play both at Vibes and Indy CD and Vinyl:

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RSD Watch: We Are Hex single release

Posted by on Thu, Apr 17, 2014 at 11:10 AM

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We Are Hex ran through new album (slated for a summer 2014 release) top to bottom at a show at the White Rabbit Cabaret alongside Ttotals and Brett Siler.

By Bryan Moore

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LUNA's got 50 test pressings of a new We Are Hex single available exclusively on RSD. We Are Hex will play at 5 p.m. at LUNA on Saturday, and then setting off on a string of dates around the area, including a May 10 opening slot at the Bishop with Perfect Pussy (take our advice and make the trip for this show).

Take a listen through some previous releases from the band and expect their new full-length Bleach Brigade sometime this summer.

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RSD Watch: Three Toxic Reasons releases

Posted by on Thu, Apr 17, 2014 at 10:58 AM

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Besides Beer City being a theoretical city that we would love to uproot and move to right away, it's an awesome Milwaukee label (and skateboard company). They're putting out nine total releases for RSD, and Indy punks Toxic Reasons are featured on three of them.

Info below:

Release 1: Ghost Town 7-inch

From label:Brought to you only by the one and only Beer City Skateboards and Records, the official reissue of the legendary second 7" by TOXIC REASONS - Ghost Town! That's right, after being out of print for over 32 years, Beer City has reissued the legendary TOXIC REASONS 2nd 45rpm Ghost Town! After releasing its debut 7" (War Hero) TOXIC REASONS showed they were a force to be reckoned with and the follow-up would have to be even better! People had high expectations but little did they know those expectations would be exceeded by Ghost Town. This 45 contains 3 songs that would soon become classics: two punk songs and a brand new track called "Ghost Town'" that would bring punk and reggae together in a way no one else had done before. As with all Beer City releases we want them to sound the best they can so we made sure to restore this recording and remaster it so it sounds better and louder then it ever was. Since it's a RSD release we decided to limit it to 1000 copies on blue vinyl. So make sure you go to your local record store on RSD and pick this up before it's long gone!

* Limited to 1000 done on blue vinyl for RSD 2014
* Restored and remastered
* This 7" has been out of print for over 32 years
* Original copies of this 7" sell for huge dollars online
* First authorized reissue of this 7" ever
* A huge piece of hardcore/punk history

Release 2: War Hero 7-inch

From label: Beer City Skateboards and Records is honored to reissue the first ever 7" by the legendary TOXIC REASONS. Originally released in 1980, this is the one that started it all, folks! Four guys that shared of love of punk bands like THE SEX PISTOLS and THE CLASH came together to make some noise and carry the torch for punk. This 7" is the result of their first effort. A legendary two-song 45 that would be pressed in limited quantities and years latter be sought out by collectors and fetch big $'s IF you could find a copy. While it would be very hard to improve upon a release like this. we went the extra step by restoring and remastering it to provide an optimal listening experience. So when April 19th comes make sure to hit up your local record store and get this very special reissue!

* Limited to 1000 pressed on blue vinyl for RSD 2014
* TOXIC REASONS' first-ever release!
* Hasn't seen the light of day since it was originally released in 1980
* This recording was completely restored and remastered

Release 3: Live 'Berkely Square: December 1981' LP

From label: Beer City Skateboards and Records is proud to bring you the long lost and never released before released 'TOXIC REASONS Live 'Berkeley Square: December 1981 LP featuring five never before heard songs! Step back in time and witness a live show of the legendary TOXIC REASONS in their early years. Not only is this a live show during America's classic time for punk and hardcore. Its also a live show that features five never before heard TOXIC REASONS songs. Of course this being TOXIC REASONS you know these songs are a fast, intense mix of punk and hardcore played like no one besides TOXIC REASONS could! To top it off, many of the classics that would go onto appearing on TOXIC REASONS debut LP Independence are also captured on this rare live recording. This being a Beer City release you know it's going to naturally get the 'red carpet treatment'! This recording was completely cleaned, restored and remastered for the best and loudest possible sound as well as liner notes by the band. Additionally - 1000 of these rare recordings will be pressed on translucent vinyl for RSD 2014. So make sure you go to your local record store on April 19th and pick up this rare piece of hardcore/punk history!

* Limited Edition 1000 pressed on translucent red vinyl
* Contains 5 TOXIC REASONS songs that were never recorded except here
* Recording has been completely restored and remastered for
optimal listening pleasure
* TOXIC REASONS is know world wide

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RSD Watch: Twenty One Pilots/NONONO at Karma

Posted by on Thu, Apr 17, 2014 at 9:50 AM

Twenty One Pilots, who hopefully won't shoot each other before their set at Karma on Saturday - SUBMITTED PHOTO
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  • Twenty One Pilots, who hopefully won't shoot each other before their set at Karma on Saturday

Teens, come on, come all! Karma East has the mega-watt performers Twenty One Pilots and tourmates NONONO booked for a RSD performances Saturday. Both groups will play acoustic sets at Karma, and then head to Old National Centre for a show later that night (sold out).

Here's a taste of the groups' acoustic performances. I'm guessing - just spitballing here, based on their major venue sell-out and all - that this set of shows will be packed. Arrive early.

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RSD Watch: Molina box set, T-shirt

Posted by on Thu, Apr 17, 2014 at 9:25 AM

A peek of the Molina box set - PHOTO FROM SECRETLY CANADIAN
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  • A peek of the Molina box set

Secretly Canadian, Jason Molina's label home, will release a box set called Journey On this RSD, featuring nine 7-inches (18 singles) from Molina's Songs: Ohia days.

From the label:

We have been teasing this release online for a over a month and now Secretly Canadian is proud to announce Journey On: Collected Singles, a deluxe box set of rare recordings from Jason Molina's Songs: Ohia, will be available exclusively for Record Store Day 2014.

Gathered within Journey On: Collected Singles are the charming, haunting and elegantly disparate moments lost in the void of limited pressings and merch tables across Songs: Ohia's six year course. With this set of thoughtfully resurrected tokens listeners will have something tangible by which to remember a great artist gone too soon as well as these cherished moments.

This set of nine 7″s is packaged in a clothbound, foil-stamped clamshell box and accompanied by a 24-page booklet, a CD containing all tracks, and a custom 7″ turntable adaptor with the iconic Songs: Ohia crossbow logo lazer-etched in wood.

Listen to Soul below.

This release follows Farewell Transmission, a collection of tribute covers of his work, streaming on NPR now. Another tribute collection, Weary Engine Blues, was released last year.

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  • The T-shirt "reissue"

Landlocked Music has licensed a classic Songs: Ohia T-shirt design, which they'll "reissue" on RSD in limited quantity of 100.

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RSD Watch: Mike Adams at His Honest Weight

Posted by on Thu, Apr 17, 2014 at 9:06 AM

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Big release time for Hoosier musician/label guy/former husband&wife-r Mike Adams, who will release a limited run (50 copies) of his Best of Boiler Room Classics on Record Store Day to Hoosier record stores. The release is accompanied by limited-edition artwork, designed by Adams; it will be available to non-Hoosier shoppers on May 15. Adams will play at set at Landlocked Music in Bloomington on Saturday. He'll play out with his band at a LP release show at Russian Recording on May 1, alongside Full Sun. Here's a bit more about the releases, which is a joint release between Joyful Noise Recordings and Flannelgraph Records.

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Wednesday, April 16, 2014

RSD Watch: Margot and the Nuclear So and So's

Posted by on Wed, Apr 16, 2014 at 4:00 PM

Paste has a full stream of Margot and the Nuclear So and So's new album for your ears. For your eyes, check out the exclusive yellow vinyl LUNA Music has available in extremely limited quantity (75 copies) for Record Store Day. They'll play a set at 3 p.m.on Saturday at LUNA.

Sling Shot To Heaven is Margot's sixth studio release.

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Five local bands I've seen in the last 24 hours

Posted by on Wed, Apr 16, 2014 at 3:29 PM

Here's a quick rundown of the local music I've seen in the last 24 hours, via my cat pic-filled Instagram.

Perfect Teeth is a newbie Bloomington group who has a few singles available here. They headlined a show at Bloomington's Bishop last night.

Heather French Henry is revving up their show schedule. Listen to their set at Indy CD and Vinyl at MFT's monthly showcase here.

Found Drowned opened up last night's show at the Bishop; the surf punk trio played their set on the floor.

Slates, playing their third show as a group, is a side project of Broken Light's Brent Smith. They opened for New Orleans' Native American and Kentucky Nightmare at Joyful Noise on Monday night.

Kentucky Nightmare at Joyful Noise, making their return to the stage after a long hiatus. Listen to their full-length Take Her Favour at the link.

And, as a bonus, a Greek hammer dulcimer player I saw at the base of the Acropolis two weeks ago.

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Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Currently listening: Mass Love

Posted by on Tue, Apr 15, 2014 at 4:27 PM

Mass Love, a new project from singer and accordion player Lauren Moore and South African producer David Beukes, is the soundtrack to this bizarrely weathered day. You'll recognize her voice from recordings with jascha and her previous project Galaxy.


Words and Music by Lauren Moore and David Beukes
Album art by Eli Craven
Guest vocals by Sirius Blvck, Peteyboy, and Freddie Bunz
Guitar solos by Luke Wyngaard
Recorded and mixed in bedrooms across the planet

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