Hope you all had a nice long weekend. I was working the whole time, but I'm not complaining. Now I get to go buy all the leftover Memorial Day candy for half price!
We've got plenty of fun stuff to tell you about for the unofficial beginning of summer- and yes, I know I complained a lot last year about people refusing to acknowledge the real beginning of fall, but that's only because I want summer to last forever. I am fully in favor of ignoring the fact that it's technically still spring for three more weeks. And this summer is totally going to rule- Harvest Records will be turning celebrating our 13th birthday this year. So find a date for the prom and get your yearbook out, because we're about to have the best summer ever.
Dan Melchior Art Show Opening Reception
Join us on Friday, June 2 from 6-8 PM for the opening reception of our art show for the month of June, featuring work by artist and musician Dan Melchior.
"Dan Melchior is an artist and musician from London, England, currently living in Fairlawn, Ohio.
As an artist Dan was one of the founding members of the 'stuckist' group with Billy Childish, and collaborated with him on the writing of their first two manifestoes.
Melchior's work is mainly concerned with relentless output, and the short circuiting of artistic habits, in the hope that something genuinely unexpected will result from the creative practice."
House and Land Album Release Show
"House & Land is a collaboration of Sally Anne Morgan of the Black Twig Pickers (Thrill Jockey) and Sarah Louise (Scissor Tail Editions, forthcoming VDSQ). Together, Sarah and Sally play haunting psychedelic Appalachian folk drone that invokes the rhododendron thickets, creeks and mountains of their local landscape in Western North Carolina. Sarah Louise is a preeminent 12-string guitarist, whose playing is influenced by clawhammer banjo and other nature-based drone styles from around the world. Her lush, hypnotic compositions are bolstered by Sally’s droning fiddle style, that incorporates traditional mountain fiddle tunes as well as modern improvisation and minimalism. Sally’s playing in the Black Twig Pickers, who have a history of collaborating with guitar heavyweights from Jack Rose to Steve Gunn, has geared her towards this perfect collaboration with Sarah. Together as House & Land, they weave their instrumental prowess with medieval vocal harmonies to create something both rooted in tradition and altogether new."
To celebrate the release of Jason Isbell's new album The Nashville Sound on June 16, buy any Jason Isbell title from June 16-23 and you can enter to win a test pressing of Nashville Sound!
"Variations on the Appalachian folk tune 'Cumberland Gap' paint the area - a mountain pass spanning Tennessee, Kentucky and Virginia – as a hard-fought piece of ground, a Civil War battleground celebrated for its natural purity. In the present day, Jason Isbell conjures up a much bleaker vision of the territory with an original song from his new album.A squall of guitar feedback opens 'Cumberland Gap,' some clear evidence that Isbell's latest album The Nashville Sound is a considerably more rocking affair than previous releases Southeastern and Something More Than Free. 'There's an answer here if I look hard enough / There's an answer why I've always reached for the harder stuff,' sings Isbell, propelled by an antsy, slightly-ahead drum beat and slashing electric guitars. Isbell's voice is drenched in ominous echo, his words tumbling out like River-era Springsteen, as he describes a coal miner's kid who dreams of escape and battles boredom and despair with booze and opioids. 'Maybe the Cumberland gap just swallows you whole,' he suggests, and it's hard to argue with him. 'I was just trying to make a record of where my life is and write the best songs I can, it just so happened that almost half of this record were songs that were uptempo and loud,' Isbell told Rolling Stone Country about The Nashville Sound, which was produced by Dave Cobb."
Coming up next:
Monday, June 12
"It's safe to say that Peter Brötzmann is one of the most revered jazz musicians alive today. A saxophonist as well as clarinetist, Brötzmann has released over fifty albums as a bandleader, and has appeared on over one hundred albums total. His1968 recording Machine Gun is considered one of his many classics within the realms of free jazz and European free improvisation, but he certainly didn't stop there. Brötzmann has also recorded or performed with a gigantic roster of musicians as diverse as Han Bennink, Fred Van Hove, Derek Bailey, Frank Wright, Cecil Taylor, Keiji Haino, Mats Gustafsson, Ken Vandermark, Conny Bauer, Joe McPhee, and his son, Caspar Brötzmann, a notable guitarist in his own right."
Tuesday, June 13
"A singer and songwriter who crafts moody, downcast alternative pop with shades of contemporary R&B, Jillian Banks started writing as a teenager in her native Tarzana, California after a friend gave her a keyboard. For years, she wrote and played as a personal release, but she uploaded 'Before I Ever Met You' — a sleek, low-key track that sounded like the work of someone who had grown up listening to Fiona Apple and Massive Attack — in early 2013. Within a matter of months, the Los Angeles native was releasing singles for Good Years (in the U.K.) and the reactivated Harvest (in the U.S.), including 'Warm Water' (produced by Totally Enormous Extinct Dinosaurs) and 'Fall Over.' That September, she released a four-track EP, London, as she was opening for the Weeknd during a North American tour. Her full-length debut, Goddess, which featured collaborations with producers Justin Parker and Shlohmo and additional work with Totally Enormous Extinct Dinosaurs, arrived in September 2014 and debuted at number 12 on the Billboard 200 chart. Harvest issued a large collection of remixes as a digital download in 2015. The following year saw the release of her much anticipated sophomore full-length, The Altar, which featured the singles 'Gemini Feed' and Mind Games.'"
Wednesday, June 14
"You can choose whether to take the story behind the sounds to your A-WA experience. Even without dwelling on genetic loads or cross-generational folklore, A-WA send a refreshing and authentic breeze of world music to the music scene in Israel and abroad. A happy, warm and genuine music, that that starting this year is going to break language barriers and boundaries and bring a new message for those who love the genre and in general."
The Mountain Goats - Goths (cd/2xlp/deluxe 3xlp)
Pokey LaFarge - Manic Revelations (cd/lp)
Do Make Say Think - Stubborn Persistent Illusions (cd/2xlp)
Daniel Romano - Modern Pressure (cd/lp)
Justin Townes Earle - Kids in the Street (cd/lp)
Jlin - Black Origami (cd/2xlp)
Alex G - Rocket (cd/lp)
The Beatles - Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band (Anniversary Edition cd/2xcd/2xlp)
Kraftwerk - 3-D: The Catalogue (8xcd box set or 2xlp distillation)
Endless Boogie - Vibe Killer (cd/lp)
Brotzmann/Leigh - Sex Tape (cd)
"Singles" - original motion picture soundtrack (deluxe 2xcd)
Mulatu Astatke - Mulatu of Ethiopia (cd)
Lil Yachty - Teenage Emotions (cd)
Grateful Dead - Long Strange Trip soundtrack (2xcd)
For the full list, see the New Releases
page on our website.
Casey Ellis: Poison Clan, Poisonous Mentality
Jimmy Smith, Stay Loose
2 Live Crew, Is What We Are
Sarah Simpson: Kevin Morby, City Music
Aldous Harding, Party
I Love Dick Season 1
Shannen Moser, Oh My Heart
Thom Staton: Will Guthrie, People Pleaser
The Flying Luttenbachers, Revenge of the Flying Luttenbachers
McCoy Tyner, Reaching Fourth
The Boys, Alternative Chartbusters
Zoe Golden: The Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt Season 3
Chewing Gum Season 2
RuPaul's Drag Race Season 9
Angelo Badalamenti, Twin Peaks OST
Mark Capon: Hampton Grease Band, Music to Eat
Emperor X, Oversleepers International
Sally Morgan: Miles Davis, Live Evil
Strawbs, From the Witchwood
V/A, Mountains of Tongues: Musical Dialects of the Caucasus
Richard and Linda Thompson, Pour Down Like Silver
Ryan Untalan: The Sons of Negus, Freedom Sounds
The Grateful Dead, Cornell 5/8/77
Defense Against Squares by Byron Coley
Inside No. 9
Matt Schnable: Nap Eyes, Whine of the Mystic
Sadies, Northern Passages