“I’m not sure if it was a conscience effort or [if it] just happened, but we’ve been wanting to get back to the older prettier sound,” said guitarist Brian Venable of the more acoustic direction the band has taken in this latest effort. The record was recorded at Ardent Studios in Memphis with producer Ted Hutt, who worked with the band on their previous two records and has also produced albums for Flogging Molly and Old Crow Medicine Show.
“I like the ideas of trilogies,” said Venable. “Once we break in a producer and learn how each other communicate, it becomes easier to work together.”
While an impressive collection of new original numbers on the album showcase Ben Nichols’ continued growth as a songwriter, All A Man Should Do also includes Big Star cover “I’m In Love With a Girl,” featuring Big Star drummer Jody Stephens.
“We are part of Memphis, and they are definitely a part of Memphis history,” said Venable. “We had never done a cover song on a record before, and it just seemed to make sense—especially with the sounds we were experimenting with on the new record. Jody was stoked to be apart of it. Recording at Ardent, he was always poking his head in to listen and say hey.”
Head To Your Local Independent Record Store
Exclusive to indie record stores and limited to only 1,372 copies (a nod to the band’s old home address and album “1372 Overton Park”), each jacket is individually hand-stamped and numbered by ATO Records. The vinyl is made with a combination of randomly mixed colors, making each copy of this release truly unique.
Select independent retailers will also be giving away free Lucero patches with the purchase of the record. Call your local record store to find out.
Watch Brittany Howard Jam with Mavis Staples, Stephen Colbert, Aloe Blacc, Ben Folds and More in Late Show Premiere
The series premiere of The Late Show with Stephen Colbert had a star-studded musical welcome, with New Orleans bandleader Jon Batiste leading a rousing rendition of Sly and the Family Stone’s “Everyday People”. The performance, billed as “Mavis Staples and friends”, included the legendary Mavis Staples, Alabama Shakes’ Brittany Howard, Aloe Blacc, Buddy Guy, Ben Folds, Derek Trucks, Susan Tedeschi, Paul Janeway, members of Beirut, and Stephen Colbert. Watch the performance below, and catch Alabama Shakes on tour now.
Paul McCartney invited Brittany Howard of the Alabama Shakes onstage during his set at Lollapalooza to perform the Beatles classic “Get Back”. Check it out here, and see the Alabama Shakes on tour now.
Listen to a new track “Worm City” from Sun Club‘s debut album The Dongo Durango at Stereogum, and check out a live take of “Tropicoller Lease” from their ATO Session below, filmed in their hometown of Baltimore! The band is on tour now – check out dates below and get tickets at their website.
Watch the video for “Tropicoller Lease”, in which the band fends off life-size troll dolls with only their wits and their instruments to protect them, below!
Sun Club‘s debut LP, titled The Dongo Durango, joyously deconstructs the traditional pop song and rebuilds it with off-kilter time signatures, gleefully unhinged vocals, and sunny hooks that sink deep into your already fevered brain.
The members of Sun Club became a band as childhood friends over ten years ago and with the release of a well-received 7″ and EP have toured endlessly ever since, moving from basement gigs to bars to opening up shows for the likes of Alvvays, FIDLAR, and Fat White Family. Catch them this fall on a 5-week tour with The Districts. See dates below.
The Baltimore band then set about recording The Dongo Durango using an old warehouse space just outside of their hometown as a makeshift studio. They recorded the album live, all the better to capture the raw and raucous energy of their concerts. There they channeled influences of fellow Baltimore greats from Future Islands to Dan Deacon, as well as drawing from their own musical libraries that include DEVO, The Beach Boys, and The White Stripes.
“We made this video at a time when not a lot of us had jobs and we had just spent a month recording the new album almost everyday,” Sun Club said of the video. “It was this weird in-between phase right after we finished recording, before we went on tour or had any idea of how the album would be released. It was also the end of so many years where we booked our own tours and made short releases. We’ve reached a new step where we are all psyched to properly release some of our music.”
9/22 – Baby’s All Right – Brooklyn, NY
9/26 – The Haunt – Ithaca, NY#
9/28 – Higher Ground Showcase Lounge – South Burlington, VT#
9/29 – La Sala Rossa – Montreal, Canada#
9/30 – Lee’s Palace – Toronto, Canada#
10/2 – Newport Music Hall – Columbus, OH#
10/3 – Metro – Chicago, IL#
10/4 – Triple Rock Social Club – Minneapolis, MN#
10/5 – Turner Hall Ballroom – Milwaukee, WI#
10/7 – Bluebird Theater – Denver, CO#
10/9 – Top Hat – Missoula, MT#
10/10 – Neurolux – Boise, ID#
10/11 – Doug Fir Lounge – Portland, OR#
10/12 – Neumos – Seattle, WA#
10/14 – Great American Music Hall – San Francisco, CA#
10/16 – The Irenic – San Diego, CA#
10/17 – Teragram Ballroom – Los Angeles, CA#
10/20 – The Parish – Austin, TX#
10/21 – Club Dada – Dallas, TX#
10/22 – Studio at Warehouse Live – Houston, TX#
10/23 – Hi-Hi Lounge – New Orleans, LA#
10/24 – Hi-Tone Cafe – Memphis, TN#
10/26 – Terminal West – Atlanta, GA#
10/27 – The High Watt – Nashville, TN#
10/28 – Zanzabar – Louisville, KY#
10/29 – Cosmic Charlie’s – Lexington, KY#
10/31 – Cat’s Cradle – Carrboro, NC#$
11/2 – 9:30 Club – Washington DC#$
11/3 – The Sinclair – Boston, MA#$
11/4 – Music Hall of Williamsburg – Brooklyn, NY#$
11/5 – Music Hall of Williamsburg – Brooklyn, NY#$
# = The Districts
$ = Lady Lamb
King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard stopped by Seattle’s KEXP for a face-melting in studio session. Watch it HERE, and pre-order Paper Mâché Dream Balloon (out November 13) now – all preorders come with an instant download of the title track!
The Drive-By Truckers are thrilled to announce a massive, career-spanning live box set comprised of 35 tracks recorded last fall at The Fillmore in San Francisco. “It’s Great To Be Alive!” will be in stores October 30th in a variety of formats. The deluxe box set include: 5 LPs, 3 CDs, a 16 page LP sized booklet with liner notes from Patterson Hood and 6 mini concerts posters with artwork from Wes Freed. A lighter 3 CD version is also available (with all of the track from the box), then a shorter deluxe 2xLP highlights edition entitled “This Weekend’s The Night” will also be released. All editions are available to preorder from the Drive-By Truckers and iTunes.
As Patterson Hood tells NPR Music: “We sequenced it to be like kind of an ultimate DBT set list. We never use a set list from night to night so the show is ever evolving, but for this it was like, what would be the ultimate three hour show we could play right now?” Hear the live take of “Birthday Boy” below and pre-order the album HERE:
Phish frontman Trey Anastasio has announced his newest album, Paper Towns, to be released October 30! Preorder it now at the official store, where you can order the deluxe limited edition that includes two 180-gram splatter vinyl LPs (45 RPM) and a die-cut gatefold package with six unique sleeves. Only 4,000 of these special packages will be manufactured.
Trey Anastasio Band will celebrate the release of PAPER WHEELS with a headline tour kicking off on October 16th. Check out tour dates and get tickets at treytickets.shop.ticketstoday.com. Tickets for all shows will be available through a real-time presale beginning Thursday, August 27th at noon eastern and ending Wednesday, September 2nd at 5pm eastern at treytickets.shop.ticketstoday.com. Tickets will go on sale to the general public beginning Thursday, September 3rd.
Produced by Anastasio and longtime collaborator Bryce Goggin, PAPER WHEELS was recorded last year at The Barn, the Phish founding guitarist’s Vermont farmhouse-turned-rehearsal space/recording studio. Anastasio and the members of Trey Anastasio Band (TAB) developed the material on stage while touring and at soundcheck on the tour leading up to the sessions, allowing them to track the album in just under a week. Taking a cue from the energetic immediacy of classic Stax Studio recording sessions, TAB worked fast and loose, playing together live in The Barn and wrapping up tracks after one or two takes. Written and co-written by Anastasio alongside frequent lyric partners Tom Marshall and Steve “The Dude of Life” Pollak, songs like the funk-driven “Bounce” and the elegiac “Invisible Knife” (written solely by Anastasio) are among the legendarily diverse artist’s most infectious and inventive, alive with creative vigor, robust musicianship, and true soul power (see the complete tracklisting below).
PAPER WHEELS features the classic TAB line up of drummer Russ Lawton, bassist Tony Markellis, and keyboardist Ray Paczkowski, augmented by a full horn section (including trombonist/vocalist Natalie Cressman, multi-instrumentalist James Casey, and longtime TAB trumpeter/vocalist Jennifer Hartswick). The album was mixed by 8x GRAMMY® Award-winning sound engineer Elliot Scheiner (Van Morrison, Steely Dan, Derek & The Dominos).
Anastasio’s 10th solo album and follow-up to 2012’s acclaimed TRAVELER, PAPER WHEELS has been heralded in recent months by a series of new song premieres launched via his website featuring cover art shrouded in code, showcasing such tracks as “Bounce,” “Speak To Me,” and “Never.” “Bounce” and “Never” were both originally featured on a limited edition 7″ single, released exclusively for Record Store Day 2015.
In their new video for the song “Tangible Intangible”, Fly Golden Eagle has pulled out all the stops: back-up dancers, bathtubs of Pepto Bismol, spitting teeth, cake smashing, synchronized hair cutting and other off the wall imagery showcase what their psychedelic fever dreams are made of. Shot entirely on the iPhone of lead singer Ben Trimble, you can watch it HERE courtesy of BrooklynVegan.
“Why wait for people to do what you can do yourself?” explained Trimble when discussing his directorial vision for the video. “The divide between lyrics, music, and visual imagery is now dissolved and poetry triumphs like Orion’s belt’s knife.”
“Tangible Intangible” is featured on Quartz, a 26-song epic collection of songs that join together to form a narrative arc describing a story that is sometimes vulgar, sometimes profane, and sometimes beautiful. A more condensed 12-song version was also released titled Quartz Bijou.
The album lines up with the groundbreaking 1973 film The Holy Mountain, an avant-garde masterpiece directed by Alejandro Jodorowsky, produced by The Beatles’ manager Allen Klein, and funded by John Lennon and George Harrison.
This summer Fly Golden Eagle will be making festival appearances at Forecastle, XPoNential Fest, Gathering of the Vibes, the Basilica Block Party and more. All upcoming tour dates can be found below, and tickets are available at their website.
9/18 – 9/19 – Bristol, TN – Bristol Rhythm and Roots Reunion
10/3 – Mount Pleasant, SC – Patriots Point, Hogs For The Cause
“Rayland builds melodies with lush guitars, keyboards and harmonies far closer to the Shins than Blake Shelton”
– The New York Times
You can also listen to an in-depth interview tackling Rayland’s influences and musical background on NPR’s Morning Edition.
ATO Records is thrilled to announce that the Aussie psych-rockers King Gizzard & the Lizard Wizard have signed to the label and we’re all excited to come along on their music’s mind-altering ride.
Described as “psych-soul-surf-fuzz-garage-space rock-jazz-DIY-shamans” by The Guardian, the band is currently putting the finishing touches on a new studio album to be released Fall 2015 via ATO.
King Gizzard & the Lizard Wizard has also revealed a new run of US tour dates including FYF Fest, Hopscotch and a headlining date at Brooklyn’s Music Hall of Williamsburg; all of them can be found below.
8/23 – Los Angeles, CA – FYF Fest
8/25 – San Diego, CA – Soda Bar
8/26 – Los Angeles, CA – Echo
8/27 – Visalia, CA – The Cellar Door
8/28 – Felton, CA – Don Quixote’s
8/29 – San Francisco, CA – Rickshaw Stop
8/31 – Portland, OR – Mississippi Studios
9/1 – Vancouver, BC – Biltmore Cabaret
9/2 – Seattle, WA – Red Bull Sound Select at Barboza
9/3 – Missoula, MT – Stage 112
9/5 – Minneapolis, MN – First Avenue & 7th Street Entry
9/6 – Chicago, IL – Subterranean
9/7 – Knoxville, TN – Pilot Light
9/9 – Austin, TX – Red 7 (Inside)
9/10 – New Orleans, LA – Gasa Gasa
9/11 – Atlanta, GA – The Earl
9/12 – Raleigh, NC – Hopscotch Music Festival
9/13 – Philadelphia, PA – Johnny Brenda’s
9/16 – Brooklyn, NY – Music Hall of Williamsburg