Busy, busy.... busy as a well trained badger.
Music - after the JUMP
Short on time - the music is next
First off, sending love to the family and friends of Faye Hunter original bassist with Let's Active on her recent passing. Several Facebook friends knew and worked with her and are hurting. If you are not familiar with Let's Active - get caught up.
Let's begin with Grow the long awaited solo effort by Spencer Livingston of The Alternates (who were one of our early Bands of the Week about two years ago). Grow is due out next Tuesday July 16, 2013. The album features guests like Butch Norton (Lucinda Williams, Eels) and Kenneth Pattengale (Milk Carton Kids). One of the things that first caught my ear with The Alternates was Livingston's super rich vocals, and he is in full voice on what I've had the chance to hear so far from the new record. American Songwriter premiered the first video from the album "Have a Little Faith". Spencer is heading East for a run of shows before returning to California for a couple of shows at the beginning of August. You can grab all his tour dates here.
Easy Getting By is the Debut EP from Glen Falls, NY band The Quick and The Dead. It will be released on July 26. The Quick and The Dead features our old friend Joey Mansman (Today is his birthday by the way - so have a good one Joey) who we met through his other band Cosmonauts (who are supposed to be wrapping up their epic final album soon - from what I read). You may remember our interview and video premier of the Cosmonauts song Cold Harbor. The Quick and The Dead offers up a more roots/Americana vibe, and based on what I've heard so far, it is pretty awesome. I can't wait to hear the whole EP. The first taste from Easy Getting By is called "Into the River"
Finally, we are very happy to present the first taste of Kalpa which is the new EP by Valued Customer. The band is excited about this new music, and finally, we get our first hint at what all the excitement is about. We have to wait until July 17 for the full course of Kalpa, but the band have graced us with "Second Moon" as a Free Download over at Bandcamp (Name Your Own Price). The track is six minutes and 13 seconds of mind-blowing music and words. Valued Customer, as I have mentioned, are from Toronto. They are often weird, sometimes silly, but above all they are amazingly talented artists, and I mean that sincerely. Here's a sample of lyric:
I mean, hell, just the fact that they rhymed heartbeat and Koyaanisqatsi would be enough to sell me, but this isn't even the best moment. Ah, heck just judge for yourself..
Man, it felt awesome this morning - July 2, and there was an ever so slight chill in the air.