Hiss Golden Messenger Meets Spacebomb, out today on vinyl
In March, Spacebomb teamed up with Hiss Golden Messenger to release Hiss Golden Messenger Meets Spacebomb, comprised of “Passing Clouds” and a dub remix of the same song, with all proceeds benefitting Everytown for Gun Safety. Today, the 7″ vinyl is available for sale online and in a record store near you.
M.C. Taylor of Hiss Golden Messenger:
I believe gun laws need to change. So I am now committed to performing whatever actions are within my power to push that stone forward. We’ve been told for so long that a change in gun laws is next to impossible. It is not. We’ve been told that the NRA, and the politicians whom they buy, are too powerful. They are not. The young people in Parkland, Florida, have proven that. I am on their side. I am on the side of peace, hope and love, on the side of grieving parents and spouses and co-workers in Parkland and Newtown, in Aurora and Las Vegas. As Sly Stone says, “My only weapon is my pen.” But it’s a mighty weapon indeed that works to bring light to dark places. Signs and wonders. Just a little bit of thunder now.
This song was recorded with the Spacebomb family—a collection of musicians with deep kinship and connection to Hiss Golden Messenger—in Richmond, Virginia, on February 7th, 2018. They love their families and friends in the same ways that I do mine. I was proud and honored to work with them on this song.
All proceeds from “Passing Clouds” and “Passing Clouds Dub” will benefit Everytown, a movement of Americans working together to end gun violence and build safer communities. I urge you to perform your own small actions of peace whenever and wherever you can. We can make the world we want to live in.
No spiritual surrender.
—M.C. Taylor, Durham, NC
The debut album from Andy Jenkins, out now!
“Jenkins emerges as a distinctive artist on Sweet Bunch, an affably charismatic vocalist and supremely resourceful songwriter….like Harry Nilsson if he’d been born a Southerner” (8/10) – UNCUT
“Matching Americana to underground indie rock, his style is personal but always open, a charming personality who engages at every turn… Carefully sculpted and fragrantly built” – CLASH
“…its intermittent sing-talking and indie twang somewhat resemble a stripped-down Beck” – Stereogum
“Your summer anthem for 2018… It’s impossible to resist his ambling, soulful delivery” – The Revue
“It is a record that’s a tribute to the care that’s gone into it, from the songwriting through to the production, you feel this is exactly the record Andy Jenkins wanted to make, and that’s a special sort of triumph for any musician” – For The Rabbits
“Jenkins’ songwriting is breezy and his lush vocals set the bar high for his soulful debut.” – Exclaim
Go behind the story of Sweet Bunch with Andy and producer Matthew E. White in the short film Let’s Get Illuminated, which puts into focus the pair’s collaborative songwriting history and the process of writing and recording the album:
Announcing Jackie Cohen’s ‘Tacoma Night Terror Part 1: I’ve Got The Blues’
Tacoma Night Terror Part 1: I’ve Got The Blues is Jackie Cohen’s debut, out June 29th, 2018 via Spacebomb, and today you can hear a taste in the first single “Darlin’.” The EP was produced by Jonathan Rado, Brian D’Addario, & Michael D’Addario, who also serve as the backing band behind Cohen’s vocals. Cohen describes the EP as being a “perfect little encapsulation of the year I started experimenting with songwriting, and of the home-studio summer camp period when Michael and Brian basically lived in my garage. There’s something really special about the setup Rado was running at that time, and everyone had this bright, fresh, exciting energy that I think really comes out in the recordings.”
Cohen describes the video for the first single, “Darlin’,” directed by Anise Mariko:
For this video, I wanted to do a sort of exaggerated, garish home-workout video that reflected some mechanisms of anxiety management. Emotional processing is very physical for me. I do a lot of planks and eat a lot of garbage when I’m overwrought. I love working with Anise as a director because her shots are so intimate, textural, and romantic. She’s the only person I’ll let straddle me for a shot. Introducing her style to Danny’s video-synth editing made for a really unusual and striking aesthetic that I can hardly take credit for. My dad built the green screen and big crazy candles. Rado’s footage didn’t make the cut. Sorry, babe.
Jackie Cohen – Tacoma Night Terror Part 1: I’ve Got The Blues (SB015)
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Andy Jenkins – “Genuine Heart”
Andy Jenkins has shared “Genuine Heart” off his soon-to-be-released debut album Sweet Bunch (out June 15th). Clash Music premiered the track today, calling it “carefully sculpted and fragrantly built.”
Talking about “Genuine Heart,” Jenkins reflects:
“I wrote this song within a day or two of discovering that I might be into somebody and they might be into me too. I wrote it out of an instinct for self-deprecation, the only instinct that hasn’t failed me yet.
“The words and music came through in a flash, but it wasn’t a done deal so I drove down to Durham one January day and played it for my friend Phil Cook. There’s a nice thing that can happen to a song, moving it from guitar to piano, it can really help you figure out what you’ve got. I don’t play piano so it’s also an excuse to be social.
“We worked out a bridge and he added a shining riff at the top and suddenly there it was, ‘Genuine Heart.’ It came together so naturally, it felt inevitable. I remember we went to pick up his son and ate Wisconsin-style chili for dinner over at his parents house after that, three generations of Cooks in a room is a blessing, and I drove home that night with a smile.
“He sent me the demo that night and all the email said was, ‘from today the day you ate at my parents house.’ Phil came back up to Richmond to do the session, playing keys and singing backing vocals on the final cut.”
Pre-order Sweet Bunch now on limited edition marbled clear vinyl (limited to 300 copies only). All pre-orders through the Spacebomb store ship with a free enamel pin and zine by Andy Jenkins, both pre-order exclusive items limited to the first 100 orders.
Happy 4th Piddletractor Day!
It’s May 20th and that can mean only one thing: It’s time for a playdate with Grandma Sparrow at his Piddletractor Birthday Party. Each year on this day, we look back to when Grandma entered our lives and introduced us all to his world of Piddletractor. His Piddletractor Orchestra weaves a kaleidoscopic soundscape of a story about Grandma’s missing nephew, the clown prince Alewishus. Along the way, we meet Tristan Wimbley, Scrimpa, the Oryoman, and countless other characters direct from creator and musician Joe Westerlund’s imagination. Clocking in at 33 minutes, this psychedelic children’s song-cycle for adults challenges – as we believed in 2014 and we still believe today – the definition of what a record can be in the 21st century.
Appropriately enough, Bizarre Magazine at the time called it “Album of the month times ten!” The Village Voice said it’s “Gloriously freaky…super-fun.” SPIN adjectivized it as “nostalgic, futuristic, hilarious, profound, disturbing, ecstatic, ridiculous, and brilliant” (appending a 9 out of 10 rating to boot).
Grandma Sparrow & His Piddletractor Orchestra is instantly timeless, in that it belongs to no time. Four years later, it sounds just as fresh, bizarre, and perfect as it did on May 20th, 2014.
To celebrate Piddletractor Day, we’re offering the record in our store for half off, today only – $6.50 for CD, $9 for vinyl. Grab your discounted copy here and dive into the world of Piddletractor.
Now, without further ado, zip up your word muffins, grab a carpet square, and celebrate with us. Happy Piddletractor Day!