Hurt Valley’s debut record Glacial Pace is the newly announced upcoming release from the wonderful Woodsist label. Today, SoCal songwriter Brian Collins shares the album’s first single “Apartment Houses,” a loose homespun fantasia borrowing from the charm of private-press treasures of the past.
All photos by Kevin Brown
Originally released in 1966, Meet The Mahotella Queens was the debut record from a group of South African studio vocalists led by the gruff and groaning voiced Simon "Mahlathini" Nkabinde and a rotating trio of backing female harmonies. In the 60s, the Queens and their “King” performed a new style of Zulu jive music called mgqashiyo with roots in early traditional upbeat ethnic dance music of Johannesburg.
The third single from Nashville ambient composer Rich Ruth’s upcoming full length, Calming Signals is named after the abandoned C.I.A. spy station outside of Berlin that is featured on the front cover of the record. The circular, digital sequences of “Teufelsberg” induce an ethereal hypnosis with Ruth’s calming interstitial ripples of synthesizer warbles.
“The compound used to be a Nazi base that was buried in rubble by women after the war. Now the listening towers are decaying and covered in outlandish art pieces. I visited in 2018 and had a very surreal, psychedelic time. The piece is representative of how I felt that day.”
-Michael Rich Ruth
Tampa’s New Wave authority Glove have shared the video for “Personality Change” from their upcoming 7-in and EP releases due this winter. The Moog is wobbly, the snare is tight. The band masterfully install a conduit between the early genre pioneers Ric Ocasek, Gary Numan, Cindy Wilson, and Peter Hook to the high fidelity sounds of today’s fiber optic universe.
As his band Wet Tuna approach the release of their new record Water Weird this Friday, frontman Matt Valentine (aka MV) has a second iron in the fire with an upcoming solo record titled Preserves out November 8th from the wonderful Beyond Beyond Is Beyond. From the new record, MV today shares the cosmic folk raga “Minor Rager > Calliphygian Niekro > Minor Rager,” an 8-minute carousel of spaced out funk and digitally contorted psychedelia.
Those who know Floating Action follow his homegrown style of dubbed-out songcraft with cult-like allegiance. Those unfamiliar will fast be turned into devotees. Frontman Seth Kauffman is a frequent collaborator with the likes of Jim James, Michael Nau, Angel Olsen, Dr. Dog and other leading figures in modern music.
Tickets are $20 and include free beer from a local brewery sponsor. Doors at 7. Show at 8.
DJ Jeff Conklin
We’re honored to host the inimitable singer-songwriter Twain at the Recover Brands storefront in Charlotte, NC on October 30th. As usual, we’ll have free beer from one of our local breweries with the ticket purchase.
“For the past decade or so, Mt. Davidson has cultivated his songs and sounds, attempting to create a bridge, a meeting place, between the terrestrial and the mystic. He is a ponderous and delicate sort of creature, short and vaguely leonine, who has spent most of his young life abiding in the midlands of transcendence.”
-Buck Meek (Big Thief)