13.01.2014 news
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Midlake Debut New Music Video for “The Old And The Young”

Today, Esquire.com exclusively premiered Midlake’s new video for “The Old And The Young”.  Check it out below!

Purchase the new album Antiphon on iTunes / Amazon / ATO Store

07.01.2014 news
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Rolling Stone Debuts New Drive-By Truckers Song “Pauline Hawkins”

Rollingstone.com premiered “Pauline Hawkins”, the first track off of Drive-By Truckers upcoming album English Oceans. The song, which Rolling Stone called “characteristically tenacious”, was inspired by author and songwriter Willy Vlautin, and his book The FreeStream the track and read the full article here.

English Oceans is out March 4th, preorder the album from the band’s official store

23.12.2013 news
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ATO Artists & Staff List Their Favorite Music of 2013

As another year comes to a close, we checked in with our artists and staff to find out everyone’s favorite music of 2013.  Read below to see what the ATO family has loved this year!

 

The Belle Brigade

Touché – It’s Fate

James Blake – Overgrown

Tame Impala – Tame Impala

Vampire Weekend – Modern Vampires of the City

Daft Punk – Random Access Memories

Haim – Days Are Gone

Drake – Nothing Was The Same

Kendrick Lamar – good kid, m.A.A.d city

 

Bo Koster (My Morning Jacket)

James Blake – Overgrown

Yo La Tengo – Fade

Neko Case – The Harder I Fight…

Phosphorescent – Muchacho

Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds – Push The Sky Away

Foxygen – We Are the 21st Century Ambassadors of Peace and Magic

Juana Molina – Wed 21

Laura Marling – Once I Was An Eagle

Daughter – If You Leave

Paul McCartney – New

 

Brittany Howard (Alabama Shakes)

Matthew E. White – Outer Face

Charles Bradley – Victim of Love

Jim James – Regions of Light and Sound of God

James Hunter Six – Minute By Minute

Hiatus Kaiyote – Tawk Tomahawk

Broncho – Can’t Get Past the Lips

William Tyler – Impossible Truth

Queens of the Stone Age – …Like Clockwork

Thelonius Monk – 1969

Bombino – The Nomad

 

Caitlin Rose

New:

Tristen – Caves

Cass McCombs – Big Wheel and Others

Majical Cloudz – Impersonator

Sonny and the Sunsets – Antenna to the Afterworld

Daniel Romano – Come Cry With Me

The National – Trouble Will Find Me

 

Not As New:

Ted Lucas – Ted Lucas

Tindersticks – Waiting for the Moon

Benji Hughes – A Love Extreme

Life Without Buildings – Any Other City

 

Carlyn Kessler  (ATO Radio Promo)

Jason Isbell – Southeastern

Frank Turner – Tape Deck Heart 

The Wild Feathers —The Wild Feathers

The Bronx – Bronx IV

Vampire Weekend – Modern Vampires of The City

Local Natives — Hummingbird

Laura Mvula — Sing To The Moon

Neko Case — The Worse Things Get, the Harder I Fight, the Harder I Fight, the More I Love You 

Bastille — Bad Blood

Mike Doughty – Circles Super Bon Bon

 

Dave McClain (ATO Digital Production & Product Management)

1. Jason Isbell – Southeastern

2. Vampire Weekend – Modern Vampires of the City

3. Local natives – Hummingbird

No order…

Daft Punk – Random Access Memories 

Patty Griffin – American Kid 

The Civil Wars – The Civil Wars

Typhoon – White Lighter

Savages – Silence Yourself

CHVRCHES – The Bones of What You Believe 

Caitlin Rose – The Stand-In

Phosphorescent – Muchacho

 

Gabe Simon (Kopecky Family Band)

James Blake – Overgrown

Phosphorescent – Muchacho

Kacey Musgraves – Same Trailer, Different Park

Haim – Days Are Gone

Vampire Weekend – Modern Vampires of the City

The National – Trouble Will Find Me

Justin Timberlake – 20/20 Experience

Night Beds – Country Sleep

Diarrhea Planet – I’m Rich Beyond your Wildest Dreams

 

Heath Fogg (Alabama Shakes) 

Favorite Albums of 2013

Charles Bradley - Victim of Love

Deer Tick - Negativity

Dexateens - Sunsphere

Guy Clark - My Favorite Picture of You

HAIM - Days Are Gone

James Hunter Six - Minute by Minute

Jim James - Regions of Light and Sound of God

Jonny Fritz - Dad Country

Matthew E. White - Outer Face EP

Palma Violets - 180

 

Favorite Live Acts of 2013

Band of Horses

Beck

Charles Bradley

The Deslondes

Dexateens

Edward Sharpe and The Magnetic Zeros

Hurray for the Riff Raff

Michael Kiwanuka

Miguel

Palma Violets

 

Jacob Hemphill (SOJA)

1. Nahko – Dark as Night

2. Macklemore & Ryan Lewis – The Heist

3. Avett Brothers – Magpie and the Dandelion

4. Brett Dennan – Smoke and Mirrors

5. Common Kings – Summer Anthems

6. Fallout Boy – Save Rock and Roll

7. Kings of Leon – Mechanical Bull

8. The Weekend – Kiss Land

9. J Boog – Live Up EP

10. Snoop Lion – Reincarnated

 

Jim James (My Morning Jacket)

1. Kacey Johansing – Grand Ghosts

2. Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros – Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros

3. Bobby McFerrin – spirityouall

4. Daniel Joseph Dorf and Ronnie Kuller – The Quiltbox Sessions

5. Dr Dog – B-Room

6. Flaming Lips – The Terror

7. Houndmouth – From the Hills Below the City

8. Kentyah Presents: M1, Brian Jackson & The New Midnight Band – Evolutionary Minded

9. Old Baby – Love Hangover

10. Devendra Banhart – Mala

11. Cage the Elephant – Melophobia

12. Charles Bradley – Victim of Love

 

Jon Salter (ATO General Manager)

Favorite Songs of 2013 – No Order

Houndmouth – “On The Road”

Cayucas – “Cayocos”

Majestico – “I Just Want To”

Little Wings – “Where Is The Worm?”

Okkervil River – “Black Nemo”

Daft Punk – “Get Lucky”

Dawes – “Most People”

Valerie June – “You Can’t Be Told”

The Mother Hips – “Song for JB”

J. Roddy – “Heavy Bells”

Midlake – “Antiphon”

Caitlin Rose – “Cruel”

Bobby Long – “All My Brothers”

 

Favorite EP

Priests - Tape Two

 

Favorite Shows

GOAT – Music Hall of Williamsburg

J. Roddy Walston & The Business – Bowery Ballroom

Alabama Shakes  - Hollywood Palladium (Night 2)

 

Jonny Fritz

Guy Clark – My Favorite Picture of You

Steelism – The Intoxicating Sounds of Pedal Steel & Guitar

J. Roddy Walston & The Business – Essential Tremors

The Weeks – Dear Bo Jackson

Caitlin Rose – The Stand-In

Deer Tick – Negativity

Tristen – Caves

Jason Isbell – Southeastern

Guy Clark – My Favorite Picture of You

 

Justin Krim  (ATO Marketing & Support)

1. Darkside – Psychic 

2.  White Denim – Corsicana Lemonade 

3. Diarrhea Planet – I’m Rich Beyond Your Wildest Dreams 

4. Okkervil River – The Silver Gymnasium

5. Foxygen – We are the 21st Century Ambassadors of Peace & Magic 

6. Uncle Acid & The Deadbeats – Mind Control 

7. Disclosure – Settle 

8. Jim James – Regions of Light and Sound of God

9. The National – Trouble Will Find Me 

10. Daft Punk – Random Access Memories

11. Deerhunter – Monomania 

12. Pantha Du Prince & The Bell Laboratory – Elements of Light

 

Kirby Lee  (ATO Product Management)

Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds – Push The Sky Away

Eleanor Friedberger – Personal Record 

Jason Isbell – Southeastern

Clear Plastic Masks – Clear Plastic Masks

Charles Bradley – Victim of Love 

Richard Buckner – Surrounded

Houndmouth – From the Hills Below the City

Scout Niblett – It’s Up to Emma

Leif Vollebek – North Americana

Jessica Pratt – Jessica Pratt

 

Midlake

The Band – Live at the Academy of Music 1971

John Grant – Pale Green Ghosts

Daft Punk – Random Access Memories

Dawn of Midi – Dysnomia

Israel Nash – Rain Plans

My Bloody Valentine – mbv

Dark Rooms – Dark Rooms

Jonathan Wilson – Fanfare

Caveman – Caveman

Phosphorescent – Muchacho

 

Patterson Hood (Drive-By Truckers)

Favorite Album of the Year:

Califone - Stitches

 

The Other Nine (alphabetical order):

Bill Callahan – Dream River

Neko Case – The Worse Things Get The Harder I Fight…

Deerhunter – Monomania

T. Hardy Morris – Audition Tapes

Hurray For The Riff Raff – Look Out Mama

Jason Isbell – Southeastern

Kendrick Lamar – good kid, m.A.A.d city

Kurt Vile – Wakin on a Pretty Daze

Water Liars – Wyoming

 

Paul Dryden  (ATO Product Management)

Best:

Jason Isbell – Southeastern

 

Everything Else:

Arctic Monkeys – AM

Autre Ne Veut – Anxiety

Bonobo – The North Borders

Buika – La Noche Mas Larga

Calma Carmona – There’s No Other Girl

Cayucas – Bigfoot

Daft Punk – Random Access Memories

Darkside – Psychic

Fat Freddy’s Drop – Blackbird

Gogol Bordello – Pura Vida Conspiracy

Haim – Days Are Gone

Hiatus Kaiyote – Tawk Tomahawk

Iron & Wine – Ghost On Ghost

Josh Ritter – The Beast In Its Tracks

Juana Molina – Wed 21

Kacey Musgraves – Same Trailer Different Park

Laura Mvula – Sing To The Moon

Local Natives – Hummingbird

Lucius – Wildewoman

Mala Rodriguez – Bruja

Night Beds – Country Sleep

Nightmares on Wax – Feelin’ Good

The Pedrito Martinez Group - The Pedrito Martinez Group

Phosporoscent – Muchacho

Quadron – Avalanche

Rokia Traore – Beautiful Africa 

Rhye – Woman

The 1975 – The 1975

The Cat Empire – Steal The Light

The Stepkids – Troubadour

Unknown Mortal Orchestra – II

White Denim – Corsicana Lemonade

Xenia Rubinos – Magic Trix

Yasmine Hamdan – Ya Nass

 

Phoebe Gellman  (ATO Product Management)

The Bronx – Bronx IV

Autre Ne Veut – Anxiety

David Bowie – The Next Day

Portugal. The Man – Evil Friends

Toro y Moi – Anything in Return

Kurt Vile – Wakin on a Pretty Daze

Jim James – Regions of Light and Sound of God

Carcass – Surgical Steel

Arcade Fire – Reflektor

The National – Trouble Will Find Me 

Jason Isbell – Southeastern

Caitlin Rose – The Stand-In

New Orleans Gumbo – Donald Harrison Jr (featuring Dr John)

William Onyeabor – Who Is William Onyeabor?

Various – Red Hot + Fela 

Shining – One One One 

Nine Inch Nails – Hesitation Marks

Pickwick – Can’t Talk Medicine

Disclosure – Settle 

Atoms for Peace – Amok 

Nails - Abandon All Life 

Preservation Hall Jazz Band – That’s It!

Tristen – Caves

The Mother Hips – Behind Beyond

Night Beds – Country Sleep

Okkervil River – The Silver Gymnasium

 


Rayland Baxter

Father John Misty – Fear Fun

Midlake – Antiphon

Jai Paul – Leaked Demos

James Blake – Overgrown

Earl Sweatshirt – Doris

Beck – Song Reader

Fuck Buttons – Slow Focus

Kurt Vile – Walkin on a Pretty Daze

Kacey Musgraves – Same Trailer, Different Park

Foxygen – We Are the 21st Century Ambassadors of Peace & Magic

 

Rick Brewer  (ATO Radio Promo)

Savages – Silence Yourself

Okkervil River — The Silver Gymnasium

Local Natives – Hummingbird

Rhye — Woman

Kopecky Family Band – Kids Raising Kids

Childish Gambino — Because the Internet

 

 

Ricky Wilson & Simon Rix (Kaiser Chiefs)

Vampire Weekend – Modern Vampires of the City

Youth Lagoon – Wondrous Bughouse

Bed Wettin Bad Boys – Ready For Boredom

Unknown Mortal Orchestra – II

Hookworms – Pearl Mystic

Is Tropical – I’m Leaving

Peace – In Love (Columbia)

Jagwar Ma – Howlin

Foals – Holy Fire

Bill Callahan – Dream River

 

Robin  (ATO Art & Production)

Bonnie Prince Billy & Dawn McCarthy – What The Brothers Sang (Drag City)

The Bismarck – Wild Prairie Rose (Pride of Dakota)

Radical Dads – Rapid Reality (Uninhabitable Mansions) 

Willy Gantrim – Alone & Adrift (WSLS) 

Martha’s Vineyard Ferries – Mass. Grave (Kiam)

Deathfix – Better Than Bad (Dischord)

The Clean – Odditties (Five Four-O)

TC Polytune Guitar Tuner

Kansas City Lightning: The Rise and Times of Charlie Parker” by Stanley Crouch (Harper)

Frank Fairfield @ Jalopy Theatre

 

Scott Sinclair  (ATO Product Management & Assistant)

1. Local Natives — Hummingbird

2. White Denim – Corsicana Lemonade

3. Darkside – Psychic 

4. The National – Trouble Will Find Me 

5. Hiatus Kaiyote – Tawk Tomahawk

6. Disclosure – Settle 

7. Jim James – Regions of Light and Sound of God

8 Phosphorescent – Muchacho

9. Daft Punk – Random Access Memories  

10. Arcade Fire – Reflektor

 

Tom Blankenship (My Morning Jacket)

CHVRCHES – The Bones of What You Believe

Blood Orange – Cupid Deluxe

Cabin – It Is What It Looks Like

Laura Veirs – Warp & Weft

Queens of the Stone Age – …Like Clockwork

Phosphorescent – Muchacho

Preservation Hall Jazz Band – That’s It!

Rhye – Woman

Washed Out – Paracosm

 

Torquil Campbell (Stars)

Prefab Sprout – Crimson

Blood Orange – Cupid Deluxe

Pet Shop Boys – Electric

Shout Out Louds – Optica

Disclosure – Settle

Mark Kozelek and Jimmy Lavelle – Perils from the Sea

AroarA – In the Pines

Kanye West – Yeezus

Julia Holter – Loud City Song

Haim – Days are Gone

 

 

 

 

 

11.12.2013 news
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Hurray for the Riff Raff premiere “End of the Line”

Recently called one of the best live bands around by the Alabama Shakes’ Brittany Howard in Rolling Stone, Hurray for the Riff Raff just added new headlining shows to their 2014 tour, which kicks off with an APAP Showcase at NYC’s Highline Ballroom on Jan. 9 and dates with Shovels & Rope. Hurray for the Riff Raff’s new dates include two more shows in NYC (4/2 at Knitting Factory, 4/3 at Lincoln Center), plus shows in Philadelphia, DC, Boston, Seattle, and more (full schedule below).

 

Garden & Gun just premiered Hurray’s new song “End of the Line” and the album cover of their ATO Records debut ‘Small Town Heroes’ (out Feb 11), now available for preorder. The band’s pre-order includes pink vinyl, limited-edition prints of the album cover, and silkscreened valentines from Hurray’s Alynda Lee Segarra. Listen to “End of the Line” at Garden & Gun: http://gardenandgun.com//blog/premiere-hurray-riff-raff-end-line

 

The New Orleans group also announced they are confirmed to be featured in Episode 4 of the final season of HBO’s ‘Treme’, the third time their music will appear on the show.

 

“End of the Line” Live Video

Preorder ‘Small Town Heroes’ here:

http://hurrayfortheriffraff.com/preorder-small-town-heroes/

http://smarturl.it/HDTRRiTunesPreOrder

 

Hurray for the Riff Raff Tour Dates:

* w/ Shovels & Rope

1/09 – New York, NY @ Highline Ballroom (APAP Showcase)

2/14 – New Orleans, LA @ One Eyed Jacks (Record Release Party)

2/21 – Baton Rouge, LA @ Mud & Water *

2/22 – Dallas, TX @ Trees *

2/23 – Fayetteville, AR @ George’s Majestic Lounge *

2/25 – St Louis, MO @ Off Broadway Nightclub *

2/26 – Nashville, TN @ Cannery Ballroom *

2/28 – Birmingham, AL @ WorkPlay Soundstage *

3/01 – Atlanta, GA @ Variety Playhouse *

3/02 – Chattanooga, TN @ Rhythm & Brews *

3/06 – Carrboro, NC @ Cat’s Cradle *

3/07 – Asheville, NC @ The Orange Peel

3/08 – Savannah, GA @ Savannah Stopover Music Festival

3/29 – New Orleans, LA @ Hogs For A Cause

4/02 – Brooklyn, NY @ Knitting Factory

4/03 – New York, NY @ Lincoln Center “American Songbook”

4/04 – Philadelphia, PA @ XPN Live @ Noon

4/05 – Boston, MA @ The Sinclair

4/08 – Philadelphia, PA @ World Café Live

4/09 – Washington, DC @ Sixth & I Historic Synagogue

4/10 – Chapel Hill, NC @ Local 506

4/18 – Seattle, WA @ Tractor Tavern

4/19 – Portland, OR @ Aladdin Theater

4/22 – San Francisco, CA @ The Independent

4/26 – Indio, CA @ Stagecoach Festival

10.12.2013 news
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Drive-By Truckers to Release “English Oceans” on March 4th. Pre-Order Now

English Oceans is now available for pre-order in DBT’s official store

 

We’re excited to announce that Drive-By Truckers will be releasing English Oceans on March 4, 2014.  Rolling Stone released the news exclusively today calling it a “return to simplicity.”

English Oceans, the band’s 12th release, is an elegantly balanced and deeply engaged new effort that finds the group refreshed and firing on all cylinders. “It can go from this chainsaw rock ‘n’ roll to this very delicate, pretty-sounding stuff,” says Mike Cooley.

 

English Oceans was recorded over 13 days at Chase Park Transduction Studios in Athens, GA with their longtime producer, David Barbe. Cooley fans will be happy that he brought six new songs to the sessions and this record marks the first time that Cooley sings a song penned by Patterson Hood on “Til He’s Dead or Rises.”

 

In typical DBT fashion the songs depict an array of characters. “Pauline Hawkins,” is based on a new novel by Willy Vlautin. DBT’s ever-keen political edge can be seen in two songs on the record. Cooley’s “Made Up English Oceans” and Hood’s “The Part of Him.” “It’s about political assholery — there’s someone new playing that role every few months,” says Hood. “Grand Canyon,” the final song on the album, is an emotionally overwhelming tribute to Craig Lieske, a longtime member of DBT’s touring family. Lieske died suddenly in January and the album is dedicated to him.

 

The album was recorded with a compact, retooled lineup. Jay Gonzalez, who joined the band in 2008 as keyboardist, has added guitar to his duties, while bassist Matt Patton was drafted from the Tuscaloosa group The Dexateens. “It’s a very tasteful group, and when it needs to be it can be a very big, powerful, over-the-top band, too, and it can go from one to the other seamlessly,” says Hood.

 

English Oceans Track List

1. Shit Shots Count
2. When He’s Gone
3. Primer Coat
4. Pauline Hawkins
5. Made Up English Oceans
6. The Part of Him
7. Hearing Jimmy Loud
8. Til He’s Dead or Rising
9. Hanging On
10. Natural Light
11. When Walter Went Crazy
12. First Air of Autumn
13. Grand Canyon

10.12.2013 news
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Alabama Shakes “Always Alright” Released As Digital Single

Congrats to Alabama Shakes on their Grammy Nomination.  ”Always Alright” (track from “Silver Lining Playbook” soundtrack) has been nominated for best rock performance.

Previously only available on the soundtrack, ATO has released the song as a digital single on all online outlets iTunes / Amazon / Spotify

10.12.2013 news
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Mike Gordon to Release “Overstep” on Feb 25th, 2014

On February 25th, ATO will release Overstep, Phish bassist Mike Gordon’s fourth solo studio album.  On Overstep Gordon shared songwriting duties with guitarist and longtime collaborator Scott Murawski and handed over the producing reins for the first time in his solo career, enlisting Paul Q. Kolderie (Radiohead, Uncle Tupelo, Pixies). He also invited a few new players into the studio, including legendary drummer Matt Chamberlain (Jon Brion, Fiona Apple).

The result is a diverse but tightly knit family of sturdy rock numbers that manages to sound grounded but sophisticated at the same time, and raw but carefully considered. Overstep’s opening track “Ether,” which begins as distant industrial noise that’s gradually replaced by lush guitars and welcoming vocal harmonies, serves as an invitation to the listener to set aside current preoccupations and come along for a 49-minute “reality check.” Gordon draws inspiration from an astonishing variety of sources, from the natural world to the emotional world to his often persistent visions. Like Gordon himself, the album is full of contradictions, juxtapositions, and surprises – which is exactly what his fans expect. Pre-order details will be announced shortly.

Stream “Ether,” the album’s opening track, at http://mike-gordon.com/audio/overstep-ether or below

 

MIKE GORDON – SPRING 2014 TOUR DATES (presale here)

 

2/28 – Syracuse, NY @ Westcott Theatre
3/1 – New York, NY @ Webster Hall
3/2 – Philadelphia, PA @ Union Transfer
3/4 – Washington, DC @ 9:30 Club
3/6 – Asheville, NC @ The Orange Peel
3/7 – Pittsburgh, PA @ Stage AE
3/8 – Chicago, IL @ Park West
3/9 – Madison, WI @ Barrymore Theatre
3/11 – Minneapolis, MN @ Varsity Theatre
3/14 – Boulder, CO @ Boulder Theatre
3/15 – Park City, UT @ Park City Live
3/17 – Los Angeles, CA @ The El Rey Theatre
3/18 – San Francisco, CA @ The Fillmore
3/19 – Portland, OR @ Wonder Ballroom
3/21 – Seattle, WA @ The Neptune
3/22 – Vancouver, BC @ Rio Theatre
3/28 – Boston, MA @ House of Blues
4/5 – North Adams, MA @ MassMOCA
4/6 – Burlington, VT @ Higher Ground

03.12.2013 news
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KAISER CHIEFS Announce New Album Out April 1st. Pre-Order Now

Education, Education, Education & War is now available for pre-order.

We are very excited to welcome Kaiser Chiefs to the ATO family! Their new album Education, Education, Education & War is set for release on April 1st. It was recorded in Atlanta with producer Ben H. Allen III (Gnarls Barkley, Animal Collective, Deerhunter) and mixed last week at Electric Lady Studios by Michael Brauer (My Morning Jacket, Coldplay).

 

Album Trailer

 

Kaiser Chiefs will start the New Year with two exclusive UK shows at Gorilla in Manchester and the Scala in London ahead of a run of dates including Madrid, New York, Mexico City and Los Angeles. For more information and to purchase tickets for the February shows, visit http://www.kaiserchiefs.com/

 

Education, Education, Education & War Track Listing:

1. The Factory Gates

2. Coming Home

3. Misery Company

4. Ruffians On Parade

5. Meanwhile Up In Heaven

6. One More Last Song

7. My Life

8. Bows & Arrows

9. Cannons

10. Roses

 

Worldwide February 2014 Tour Dates

2/11       Manchester, UK @ Gorilla

2/13       London, UK @ The Scala

2/14       Madrid, Spain @ Sala Arena

2/15       Barcelona, Spain @ Razzmatazz

2/19       Brooklyn, NY @ Music Hall of Williamsburg

2/21       Guadalajara, Mexico @ Teatro Diana

2/22       Mexico City, Mexico @ Plaza Condesa

2/25       Los Angeles, CA @ El Rey

 

 

photo credit: Eoin McLoughlin

26.11.2013 news
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Hurray for the Riff Raff Debut New Song from “Small Town Heroes”

Today, the Wall Street Journal debuted “I Know Its Wrong (But That’s Alright)” from Hurray for the Riff Raff’s upcoming studio album Small Town Heroes  stating, “She has a subtle, expressive voice that she wraps around songs that draw on the sounds and styles of the American South, and her lyrics often takes unconventional tack on traditional subjects.”  Small Town Heroes is out 2/11/14 on ATO.  Read the full article here.

 

 

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19.11.2013 news
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Les Claypool’s Duo De Twang to Release “Four Foot Shack” on 2/4/14

Pre-Order now on iTunes or the Official Store

How “deconstructed” can a group get? How about just one vocal, one bass, one guitar, and a basic beat supplied by stomping on a mini-tambourine-doohickey? That’s exactly what everyone’s favorite storyteller/narrator, Les Claypool, is incorporating in his new band, Duo de Twang. While Les is still pulling double duty with the Primus lads, he has also found the time to unite with his old buddy, Bryan Kehoe, who fans will recognize from several past Claypool projects, and also as one of the main actors from Les’ hilarious jam band mockumentary, ‘Electric Apricot: Quest for Festeroo.’ But unlike Primus, DDT focuses more on the Americana/rootsy side of things – as heard throughout the band’s debut recording Four Foot Shack, to be released via ATO Records on February 4th.

 And as evidenced by DDT’s live shows and debut, Les and Bryan mostly mix traditional tunes, popular covers, and readings of Primus classics (all of which are usually barely recognizable when compared to the original versions). Case in point, the inclusion of “Battle of New Orleans,” “Stayin’ Alive,” “Man in the Box,” “Wynona’s Big Brown Beaver,” and “Jerry Was A Race Car Driver” on DDT’s debut disc. “A lot of it is just stumbling across it,” explains Les about how a tune is selected to be twang-ified. “You’re twanging away, and then all of a sudden, something just comes out.  And then you laugh about it…or you don’t. And then you move on. There are tons of songs that we’ve stumbled across, and these ones just happened to be the ones that stuck.”

Stream “Jerry Was A Race Car Driver”

 

Upon hearing Four Foot Shack you’ll quickly discover that Les and Bryan made it a point to keep things as live-sounding as humanly possible. “It was very live,” admits Les. “In fact, it was a little difficult, with all the bleed of the stomping and the bass and the vocals. Every now and again you can hear the studio refrigerator come on or the dog barking at something outside in the background.  Once it was there, you had to kind of leave it.”

Les added, “The Twang project is me exploring a lot of stuff that I personally listen to; Johnny Horton, Vernon Dalhart, Jerry Reed, Bob Wills, Eddy Cochran stuff like that – it’s another door for me to open. I’m doing this sort of Luther Perkins, Johnny Cash guitar-ish type part on my bass, by doing the old ding-dinka-ding, dinka-ding-dinka-ding on a lot of the stuff. It took me a little bit to get that. Now that I’ve gotten it, I can pull songs out of the air and it’s surprising how many songs easily succumb to the twang, and can be complimented by the twang. When all is said and done, it’s just a hell of a fun project for me right now. I’ll do it ’til it’s not fun anymore.”

 

  1. “Four Foot Shack” (Les Claypool’s Duo de Twang)
  2. “Wynona’s Big Brown Beaver” (Primus)
  3. “Amos Moses” (Jerry Reed)
  4. “Red State Girl” (Les Claypool)
  5. “The Bridge Came Tumblin’ Down” (Stompin’ Tom Connors)
  6. “Boonville Stomp” (Les Claypool)
  7. “Stayin’ Alive” (Bee Gees)
  8. “Rumble of the Diesel” (Les Claypool)
  9. “Pipe Line” (The Chantays)
  10. “Buzzards of Green Hill” (Les Claypool’s Fearless Flying Frog Brigade)
  11. “Hendershot” (Les Claypool’s Fearless Flying Frog Brigade)
  12. “Man in the Box” (Alice in Chains)
  13. “D’s Diner” (Les Claypool’s Fearless Flying Frog Brigade)
  14. “Battle of New Orleans” (Johnny Horton)
  15. “Jerry Was a Race Car Driver” (Primus)

 

Tour Dates

1/7 – Orlando, FL – House of Blues

1/8 – St. Petersburg, FL – State Theater

1/9 – Ft. Lauderdale, FL – FL Revolution

2/27 – New York, NY – The Heath at McKittrick Hotel

2/28 – Woodstock, NY – Bearsville Theater

3/1 – Cambridge, MA – The Sinclair

3/3 – Charlottesville, VA – Jefferson Theater

3/4 – Millvale, PA – Mr. Smalls Theatre

3/6 – Kent, OH – The Kent Stage

3/7 – Detroit, MI – Majestic Theatre

3/8 – Indianapolis, IN – The Vogue

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