Wednesday, December 13, 2017

Slowcore dark folk balladeer Little Mazarn streaming forthcoming album in full ahead of release

"Verrill’s music, for all its simplicity, makes the heart move, and if you’re in the mood to yearn, she’s got you covered." -- Tiny Mix Tapes


Little Mazarn, the stage name of Austin songwriter Lindsey Verrill, is streaming her forthcoming self-titled album in full starting today via AltDialogue. Hear and share Little Mazarn HERE. (Soundcloud)

The Big Takeover recently launched the single "White Fang" HERETiny Mix Tapes previously hosted the album centerpiece "My Love is All Around You" HERE

Little Mazarn, the stage name for Lindsey Verrill, gets her name from what she calls "an unromantic river" in Arkansas. Playing banjo on three original songs, a traditional murder ballad ("Rain And Snow") and an English sea song, Little Mazarn, in her lilting warble, sings "about precious things, boring things, nature and the garbage that is humanity" (her words). A dreamy pop that would have fit in nicely with the slowcore of the late 90s and early 00s, the album also has unmistakeable connections to older forms & genres like country, gospel and Appalachian folk.

Verrill is joined on the album by live accompanist Jeff Johnston on saw, vocals and harmonium, as well as several guests contributing strings and vocals throughout. Recorded and Mixed by David Boyle at ChurchHouse Studios in east Austin.

Little Mazarn will be available on LP and download on December 15th, 2017 via Self Sabotage Records, a division of Super Secret Records. Pre-orders are available HERE.

LITTLE MAZARN LIVE:

12/15 Austin, TX @ Central Presbyterian Church - Album release show


Artist: Little Mazarn
Album: Little Mazarn
Label: Self Sabotage Records
Release Date: December 15, 2017

01. In Dreams
02. White Fang
03. Rain and Snow
04. The Grey Funnel Line
05. My Love is All Around You


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Friday, December 8, 2017

Ether Feather premiere "Kiss The Earth" video, trio w/ Cursive, Cibo Matto, Reggie Watts band members play odd, heavy psych


Los Angeles trio Ether Feather premiere the video for "Kiss The Earth" from their debut EP today via
New Noise Magazine in the U.S. and The Spill Magazine in Canada. Watch and share the video styled after early-90s era thrillers via New Noise, The Spill and YouTube

Although they took their name from a Captain Beefheart lyric, Los Angeles trio Ether Feather seems to worship more at the alter of Black Sabbath, Budgie, and Rush. In many ways the band, with only one release to its name, actually began in 2011 when drummer/singer Dylan Ryan (Cursive, Fatal Jamz) started the band as an instrumental trio called Sand with future Ether Feather collaborators Devin Hoff (Cibo Matto, Julia Holter) and Tim Young (Reggie Watts, Wayne Horvitz

After two Sand records Ryan set the moniker aside in favor of a new name that better reflected the new direction of the material he was writing, specifically psychedelic proto-metal. Ether Feather self-released an EP in 2017 called Other Memory and are sorting out plans for the 2018 release of their debut full length.

Director Matt Hewitt on the video: "Dylan and I were definitely inspired by the early 90s style thriller. The plot and mood was referencing movies like Unlawful Entry and Sliver, something of a desert-bound Judgement Night homage.  We definitely wanted to create a video that Michael Douglas or Eric Roberts could have starred in. And of course by the end of the piece it becomes a full-bore Seagal movie, a la Out for Justice or Above the Law. Without being a complete visual rip-off we wanted to recreate that brand of thriller and action film that we hold so dear in a concentrated, miniature format."

Drummer/singer, Dylan Ryan: "Lyrically, 'Kiss The Earth' is somewhat inspired by the film The Witch that we were quite into when we were arranging the parts. I had a long sparse melody that I wanted to stretch out like Ozzy on the second half of 'Fairies Wear Boots'. As far as the music goes, I was heavily into the White Zombie Box Set and the stuff they did right when Jay Yuenger joined the band.  I love his playing."

ETHER FEATHER LIVE:
12/11 Los Angeles, CA @ Resident w/ The New Trust



Artist: Ether Feather
Album: Other Memory
Label: self-released
Release Date: July 1, 2017

01. Kiss The Earth
02. Captain's Quarters
03. Crystal Palace
04. Kyanite
05. Stalker
















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Monday, November 27, 2017

Slowcore dark folk balladeer Little Mazarn shares new track via Big Takeover

"Verrill’s music, for all its simplicity, makes the heart move, and if you’re in the mood to yearn, she’s got you covered." -- Tiny Mix Tapes


Little Mazarn, the stage name of Austin songwriter Lindsey Verrill, premieres a new song from her forthcoming self-titled album today via The Big Takeover. Hear and share "White Fang" HERE. (Soundcloud.)

Tiny Mix Tapes recently launched the album centerpiece "My Love is All Around You" HERE. (Direct Soundcloud.)

Little Mazarn, the stage name for Lindsey Verrill, gets her name from what she calls “an unromantic river” in Arkansas. Playing banjo on three original songs, a traditional murder ballad (“Rain And Snow”) and an English sea song, Little Mazarn, in her lilting warble, sings “about precious things, boring things, nature and the garbage that is humanity” (her words). A dreamy pop that would have fit in nicely with the slowcore of the late 90s and early 00s, the album also has unmistakeable connections to older forms & genres like country, gospel and Appalachian folk.

Verrill is joined on the album by live accompanist Jeff Johnston on saw, vocals and harmonium, as well as several guests contributing strings and vocals throughout. Recorded and Mixed by David Boyle at ChurchHouse Studios in east Austin.

Little Mazarn will be available on LP and download on December 15th, 2017 via Self Sabotage Records, a division of Super Secret Records. Pre-orders are available HERE.

LITTLE MAZARN LIVE:
11/29 Austin, TX @ ATX6 Finale at The Stateside
12/15 Austin, TX @ Central Presbyterian Church - Album release show


Artist: Little Mazarn
Album: Little Mazarn
Label: Self Sabotage Records
Release Date: December 15, 2017

01. In Dreams
02. White Fang
03. Rain and Snow
04. The Grey Funnel Line
05. My Love is All Around You


On The Web:

Tuesday, November 21, 2017

HERE LIES MAN streaming Animal Noises EP in full early; Antibalas members "if Black Sabbath played Afrobeat"



"It's funky, groovy, heavy, and trippy all at once, and it rules pretty hard." -- Brooklyn Vegan

"Enormously enjoyable. Like Funkadelic at their early 70s heavy zenith or the darker works of post-punk pioneers The Pop Group: dancefloor fillers for the black of heart." -- Metal Hammer

Los Angeles quartet Here Lies Man's self-titled debut has been named among Rough Trade's Top 10 Albums of 2017. The esteemed retailer and record label announced their annual picks of best sellers & customer faves today, which includes the band's debut released in April of this year on RidingEasy Records

Here Lies Man will also release a new 12" EP, Animal Noises later this month. Classic Rock Magazine recently premiered the band's cover version of Fela Kuti's "Sorrow, Tears and Blood" HERE. (Direct YouTube.) The 4-song 12" will be available November 24th on RidingEasy Records.

What if Black Sabbath played Afrobeat? In short, that's the underlying vibe to the self-titled debut by Here Lies Man. The L.A. based quintet is founded and conceptualized by Marcos Garcia of Antibalas, bringing his erudite experience of World rhythms and music to the more riff-based foundations of heavy rock. The results are an incredibly catchy and refreshing twist on classic forms, without sounding forced and trite like some sort of mash-up attempt. Here Lies Man merges and expands musical traditions organically, utilizing the talents of drummer Geoff Mann (son of jazz musician Herbie Mann and a former Antibalas member) and a host of skilled musicians to make Garcia's vision a reality. 

"These repetitive guitar figures that happen in Afrobeat music are pretty close to heavy rock guitar riffs," Garcia explains. "It's based on the clave. It's the musical algorithm that the rhythms revolve around. That's what gives it integrity and is part of this musical conversation going on. I knew I wanted it to be psychedelic and heavy, and I wanted to be expanding on a musical tradition than pretending to be creating something new." The recording and band came together in the somewhat spontaneous fashion for which L.A. is famous. Garcia and Mann laid down the foundations and the band quickly expanded the recording and live shows soon followed. 

Animal Noises will be available on 12" vinyl and download on November 24th, 2017 via RidingEasy Records. Pre-orders are available at RidingEasyRecs.com

HERE LIES MAN TOUR:
11/19/17 Long Beach, CA @ Alex's Bar - All Good Things Fest
02/22/18 Amsterdam, NL @ Paradiso
02/23/18 Berlin, DE @ Musik und Frieden 
02/24/18 Copenhagen, DK @ Vinterjazz Festival
02/25/18 Hamburg, DE @ Knust
02/27/18 Brussels, BE @ Ancienne Belgique
02/28/18 Paris, FR @ L'Olympic Cafe
03/02/18 Bristol, UK @ The Exchange
03/03/18 Brighton, UK @ West Hill Hall
03/05/18 Leeds, UK @ Brudenell Social Club
03/06/18 Manchester, UK @ Soup Kitchen
03/07/18 London, UK @ Moth Club



Artist: Here Lies Man
Album: Animal Noises EP
Label: RidingEasy Records
Release Date: November 24, 2017

01. Animal Noises
02. Sorrow, Blood and Tears
03. You Ain't Goin' Nowhere (Chico Mann Remix)

04. Animal Noises (instrumental)


Artist: Here Lies Man
Album: Here Lies Man
Label: RidingEasy Records
Release Date: April 7, 2017

01. When I Come To
02. I Stand Alone
03. Eyes of the Law
04. You Ain't Goin' Nowhere
05. Letting Go
06. So Far Away
07. Belt of the Sun
08. Here Lies Man


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Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Slowcore style dark folk balladeer Little Mazarn premieres track via Tiny Mix Tapes

"Verrill’s music, for all its simplicity, makes the heart move, and if you’re in the mood to yearn, she’s got you covered." -- Tiny Mix Tapes


Little Mazarn, the stage name of Austin songwriter Lindsey Verrill, premieres the first song from her forthcoming self-titled album today via Tiny Mix Tapes. The album centerpiece "My Love is All Around You" is available to hear and share HERE. (Direct Soundcloud.)

Little Mazarn, the stage name for Lindsey Verrill, gets her name from what she calls “an unromantic river” in Arkansas. Playing banjo on three original songs, a traditional murder ballad (“Rain And Snow”) and an English sea song, Little Mazarn, in her lilting warble, sings “about precious things, boring things, nature and the garbage that is humanity” (her words). A dreamy pop that would have fit in nicely with the slowcore of the late 90s and early 00s, the album also has unmistakeable connections to older forms & genres like country, gospel and Appalachian folk.

Verrill is joined on the album by live accompanist Jeff Johnston on saw, vocals and harmonium, as well as several guests contributing strings and vocals throughout. Recorded and Mixed by David Boyle at ChurchHouse Studios in east Austin.

Little Mazarn will be available on LP and download on December 15th, 2017 via Self Sabotage Records, a division of Super Secret Records. Pre-orders are available HERE.

LITTLE MAZARN LIVE:
11/29 Austin, TX @ ATX6 Finale at The Stateside
12/15 Austin, TX @ Central Presbyterian Church - Album release show


Artist: Little Mazarn
Album: Little Mazarn
Label: Self Sabotage Records
Release Date: December 15, 2017

01. In Dreams
02. White Fang
03. Rain and Snow
04. The Grey Funnel Line
05. My Love is All Around You


On The Web:

Tuesday, November 14, 2017

Rough Trade picks HERE LIES MAN in Top 10 of 2017; Antibalas members "if Black Sabbath played Afrobeat" self-titled debut




"It's funky, groovy, heavy, and trippy all at once, and it rules pretty hard." -- Brooklyn Vegan

"Enormously enjoyable. Like Funkadelic at their early 70s heavy zenith or the darker works of post-punk pioneers The Pop Group: dancefloor fillers for the black of heart." -- Metal Hammer

Los Angeles quartet Here Lies Man's self-titled debut has been named among Rough Trade's Top 10 Albums of 2017. The esteemed retailer and record label announced their annual picks of best sellers & customer faves today, which includes the band's debut released in April of this year on RidingEasy Records

Here Lies Man will also release a new 12" EP, Animal Noises later this month. Classic Rock Magazine recently premiered the band's cover version of Fela Kuti's "Sorrow, Tears and Blood" HERE. (Direct YouTube.) The 4-song 12" will be available November 24th on RidingEasy Records.

What if Black Sabbath played Afrobeat? In short, that's the underlying vibe to the self-titled debut by Here Lies Man. The L.A. based quintet is founded and conceptualized by Marcos Garcia of Antibalas, bringing his erudite experience of World rhythms and music to the more riff-based foundations of heavy rock. The results are an incredibly catchy and refreshing twist on classic forms, without sounding forced and trite like some sort of mash-up attempt. Here Lies Man merges and expands musical traditions organically, utilizing the talents of drummer Geoff Mann (son of jazz musician Herbie Mann and a former Antibalas member) and a host of skilled musicians to make Garcia's vision a reality. 

"These repetitive guitar figures that happen in Afrobeat music are pretty close to heavy rock guitar riffs," Garcia explains. "It's based on the clave. It's the musical algorithm that the rhythms revolve around. That's what gives it integrity and is part of this musical conversation going on. I knew I wanted it to be psychedelic and heavy, and I wanted to be expanding on a musical tradition than pretending to be creating something new." The recording and band came together in the somewhat spontaneous fashion for which L.A. is famous. Garcia and Mann laid down the foundations and the band quickly expanded the recording and live shows soon followed. 

Animal Noises will be available on 12" vinyl and download on November 24th, 2017 via RidingEasy Records. Pre-orders are available at RidingEasyRecs.com

HERE LIES MAN TOUR:
11/19/17 Long Beach, CA @ Alex's Bar - All Good Things Fest
02/22/18 Amsterdam, NL @ Paradiso
02/23/18 Berlin, DE @ Musik und Frieden 
02/24/18 Copenhagen, DK @ Vinterjazz Festival
02/25/18 Hamburg, DE @ Knust
02/27/18 Brussels, BE @ Ancienne Belgique
02/28/18 Paris, FR @ L'Olympic Cafe
03/02/18 Bristol, UK @ The Exchange
03/03/18 Brighton, UK @ West Hill Hall
03/05/18 Leeds, UK @ Brudenell Social Club
03/06/18 Manchester, UK @ Soup Kitchen
03/07/18 London, UK @ Moth Club



Artist: Here Lies Man
Album: Animal Noises EP
Label: RidingEasy Records
Release Date: November 24, 2017

01. Animal Noises
02. Sorrow, Blood and Tears
03. You Ain't Goin' Nowhere (Chico Mann Remix)

04. Animal Noises (instrumental)


Artist: Here Lies Man
Album: Here Lies Man
Label: RidingEasy Records
Release Date: April 7, 2017

01. When I Come To
02. I Stand Alone
03. Eyes of the Law
04. You Ain't Goin' Nowhere
05. Letting Go
06. So Far Away
07. Belt of the Sun
08. Here Lies Man


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Thursday, November 9, 2017

Antibalas members HERE LIES MAN premiere Fela Kuti cover via Classic Rock Magazine; "if Black Sabbath played Afrobeat"



"It's funky, groovy, heavy, and trippy all at once, and it rules pretty hard." -- Brooklyn Vegan

"Enormously enjoyable. Like Funkadelic at their early 70s heavy zenith or the darker works of post-punk pioneers The Pop Group: dancefloor fillers for the black of heart." -- Metal Hammer


Los Angeles quartet Here Lies Man premiere a special cover version of a Fela Kuti track from their forthcoming Animal Noises EP today via Classic Rock Magazine. The 4-song 12" will be available November 24th on RidingEasy Records. Hear & share "Sorrow, Tears and Blood" HERE. (Direct YouTube.)

Animal Noises follows on the heels of Here Lies Man's widely heralded self-titled debut, released in April this year. See cover art and track listing below. 

Here Lies Man founder, vocalist/guitarist Marcos Garcia explains his appreciation for Fela's music: "'Sorrow, Tears and Blood' was the first Fela track I'd ever heard. I had it on repeat and with every listen it gave me chills. The track made an indelible impression on me and from that point forth all of my musical endeavors were influenced by Fela's music." 

What if Black Sabbath played Afrobeat? In short, that's the underlying vibe to the self-titled debut by Here Lies Man. The L.A. based quintet is founded and conceptualized by Marcos Garcia of Antibalas, bringing his erudite experience of World rhythms and music to the more riff-based foundations of heavy rock. The results are an incredibly catchy and refreshing twist on classic forms, without sounding forced and trite like some sort of mash-up attempt. Here Lies Man merges and expands musical traditions organically, utilizing the talents of drummer Geoff Mann (son of jazz musician Herbie Mann and a former Antibalas member) and a host of skilled musicians to make Garcia's vision a reality. 

"These repetitive guitar figures that happen in Afrobeat music are pretty close to heavy rock guitar riffs," Garcia explains. "It's based on the clave. It's the musical algorithm that the rhythms revolve around. That's what gives it integrity and is part of this musical conversation going on. I knew I wanted it to be psychedelic and heavy, and I wanted to be expanding on a musical tradition than pretending to be creating something new." The recording and band came together in the somewhat spontaneous fashion for which L.A. is famous. Garcia and Mann laid down the foundations and the band quickly expanded the recording and live shows soon followed. 

Animal Noises will be available on 12" vinyl and download on November 24th, 2017 via RidingEasy Records. Pre-orders are available at RidingEasyRecs.com

HERE LIES MAN TOUR:
11/19/17 Long Beach, CA @ Alex's Bar - All Good Things Fest
02/22/18 Amsterdam, NL @ Paradiso
02/23/18 Berlin, DE @ Musik und Frieden 
02/24/18 Copenhagen, DK @ Vinterjazz Festival
02/25/18 Hamburg, DE @ Nochtspeicher
02/27/18 Brussels, BE @ Ancienne Belgique
02/28/18 Paris, FR @ L'Olympic Cafe
03/02/18 Bristol, UK @ The Exchange
03/03/18 Brighton, UK @ West Hill Hall
03/05/18 Leeds, UK @ Brudenell Social Club
03/06/18 Manchester, UK @ Soup Kitchen
03/07/18 London, UK @ Moth Club



Artist: Here Lies Man
Album: Animal Noises EP
Label: RidingEasy Records
Release Date: November 24, 2017

01. Animal Noises
02. Sorrow, Blood and Tears
03. You Ain't Goin' Nowhere (Chico Mann Remix)
04. Animal Noises (instrumental)


Artist: Here Lies Man
Album: Here Lies Man
Label: RidingEasy Records
Release Date: April 7, 2017

01. When I Come To
02. I Stand Alone
03. Eyes of the Law
04. You Ain't Goin' Nowhere
05. Letting Go
06. So Far Away
07. Belt of the Sun
08. Here Lies Man


On The Web: