Young God Records News
- Created on Saturday, 26 February 2011 22:01
http://younggodrecords.com is back up and running
We had some technical difficulties with the old site and had to take it down. Then, once we had it down we decided to redesign the whole thing. Of course it took longer than expected, and itÂ’s still not entirely how it will soon be. Ted MatsonÂ’s done a valiant job working on this and I thank him! New features still to come will include MP3 Albums of the entire catalog available here, as well as special limited albums (MP3 and special package limited releases) of non YGR artists whose music I enjoy and want to help make available. WeÂ’ll also have a few T Shirts as well as drawings and other curiosities up soonÂ…
Larkin Grimm debut album for YGR
Well naturally I think LarkinÂ’s new album Parplar is utterly fantastic since I co-produced it with her Â– anyway, IÂ’m RIGHT Â– itÂ’s great Â– ha ha! I just saw her do two live shows in NYC Â– one with Holly Golightly and one with The Mountain Goats and she was astonishing, sorta like a beautiful monster hybrid of Judy Garland and Nico. She really belts it out. I was floored. HereÂ’s a link to her album page Â– listen to some sound clips, download the free MP3. I hope you enjoy!
HereÂ’s a short review too:
The Boston Globe
November 3, 2008
By TRISTRAM LOZAW
ESSENTIAL "Ride That Cyclone"
This untamed, moon-worshiping, blood-and-guts Appalachian gypsy is a peculiar folkie. Larkin Grimm's 15-song debut for Michael Gira's Young God label is informed by sex magic, the Holy Ghost, and lizards; Gira calls her "the sound of the eternal mother and wrath of all women." Indeed, as Grimm has stated, "Parplar" is "a lesbian feminist album," estrogen battling the testosterone of her "beefy male collaborators" - labelmates Fire on Fire and others adding whirls of accordion, horns, banjo, and guitars. These synergistic skirmishes add a feral energy to the tuneful, haunting gallop of "Ride That Cyclone" and the short, disturbing "The Dip." "Damn the man in you," Grimm intones on the sprightly title track. But her shaman's dementia, as eccentrically vibrant as it is (though subject to a chipmunk-y shrillness), isn't Grimm's best calling card. That prize belongs to the old-world purity of her voice. There's an almost tender innocence found beneath the stark, dark lullaby of "They Were Wrong" and the hallucinogenic coos of "Be My Host." Add the gently clanging symphonette "My Justine" and the bubbly traditionalism of "All the Pleasures" and, heard in the right light, "Parplar" is a cunningly remarkable album. (Out now)
Larkin Shows, begins endless tour
HereÂ’s a link to her upcoming shows. SheÂ’ll also be doing this show with myself and Xiu Xiu on Dec 10 Â’08:
LARKIN GRIMM / MICHAEL GIRA / XIU XIU
BENEFIT FOR NYC HOUSING WORKS on December 10th
Name of Venue: Housing Works Bookstore CafÃ©
126 Crosby Street
New York, NY 10012
Benefit for: Housing Works: "Housing Works is committed to ending the twin crises of AIDS and homelessness. We believe that all people have the right to a rich and empowering life. Since 1990, we have provided the highest quality services for homeless men, women, and children living with HIV and AIDS in New York City and beyond."
Wednesday December 10 2008
Doors open: 7PM
SHOWTIME- 7:45 PM
Larkin Grimm: 7:45 - 8:15
Michael Gira: 8:30-9:30
Dominick/Prurient: (video projection) 9:40-9:50
Xiu Xu: 10:00-11:00
Tickets are $15
Larkin will be touring the states beginning January and will continue through March/April. She be joing me for a West Coast tour in early March. WeÂ’ll be playing Seattle, Portland, San Francisco and LA. Keep your eye out at this site or sign up to the mailing list upper left hand corner of homepage of this site and weÂ’ll send out a brief announcementÂ….Â Larkin will then commence touring Europe, then tour the states again, then Europe again Â– ha ha!
Fire On Fire album The Orchard -YGR website exclusive available Dec. 10
WeÂ’re doing another special YGR website-only release with these folks, following their debut 5 song handmade EP that was also exclusive to this site. The Orchard is their first full length. ItÂ’s a special numbered edition of 1000 printed on recycled eggshell paper by the small press Stumptown Printers in Portland Oregon http://www.stumptownprinters.com and assembled here in my office by me. The art is by FOFÂ’s Colleen Kinsella. Â… their music SOARS in my opinion. For people playing all acoustic instruments the energy they release is rival to any rock band at full throttle, but maybe more importantly theyÂ’re all SINGERS and when the let loose in full Â– all five of them at once Â– itÂ’s pretty thrilling. The words are great too. In the press release I wrote for Â‘em I liken them to a backwoods, fierce Mamas and The Papas or a vengeful gospel choir, and I think thatÂ’s fairly accurateÂ…. HereÂ’s a few press blurbs:
November 14, 2008 by Bob Moore
For anyone who has experienced the genre-bending and ranging music of Cerberus Shoal any time in the past decade, this rebirth known as Fire on Fire should come as no surprise. That band seemed to make a habit of reinventing their sound every couple of years or so (or evolving might be a better word). A band that required loyalty and a healthy sense of wanderlust and adventure.
With Fire on Fire theyÂ’ve done it again, or some of them anyway, but this time unplugged and firmly entrenched somewhere in a dimension far removed from those musical roots. The trappings now are rough-hewn and varnished implements: guitar, mandolin, fiddle, banjo, upright bass, accordion; plucked, strummed, pressed and purposefully bowed. But bubbling under the surface and woven in the words, that genesis of youth and anger and cynicism and sense of irony and sarcasm blend with newfound purpose like dandelion wine, and into something that wets the palette but leaves behind an aftertaste of bittersweet satisfaction. This is music for folks who may not be ready to stop being contrary and skeptical, but who have matured to a point where those emotions can be effectively channeled into something useful.
Right out in front of the toe-tapping acid bluegrass and new-generation Americana folk instrumental arrangements the band lays out a rich layer of vocal harmonies thatÂ’ll keep your ears glued to your iPod or Media Player or car stereo or to whatever portal-to-your-soul of choice this CD happens to land in. IÂ’ve a bit of a soft-spot for sincere folk music (and what folk music isnÂ’t sincere)? But this ainÂ’t folk any more than Neil Young is a country singer. WeÂ’ve gone beyond that and more. The dirge-like apocalyptic lament Â“SiroccoÂ” with its hypnotic fiddle and unrelenting bass lays a trance-like bed on which something akin to a post-apocalyptic and sickly gleeful chant issues forth: Â“and if we tear this kingdom down (tear it down!), let it be with a deserving and joyful soundÂ”. I suppose this is close to what A Silver Mt Zion might have sounded like if theyÂ’d grown up just south of the border instead of on Mile End Street. And with a keener sense of harmony.
The years of experimentation and experience manifest all over this album, from the plucking bluegrass-tinged title track to the Jesus-freak throwback Â“ToknightÂ” to Colleen KinsellaÂ’s chilling vocals on the accordion tribute Â“Squeeze BoxÂ” to the all-acoustic post-rock (did I just say acoustic post-rock?) Â“HaystackÂ”. An enchanting closer to a stunningly engaging album. All I can do at this point is hope like hell these guys somehow wind their way to South Dakota USA so I can see them live. Not likely, but you never know.
And hereÂ’s a short review of the EP:
By Brad Rose
Best EP (best of list 07)
Fire on Fire s/t (Young God)
An absolutely stunning five song offering from this new supergroup featuring Caleb Mulkerin, Colleen Kinsella (these two also form Big Blood, another one of the year's finds), Chriss Sutherland, & Tom Kovacevic from Cerberus Shoal plus their ultra-talented housemate, Micah Blue Smaldone. This is down-home folk goodness at its best. All these guys & gals live together in the Blue House up in Portland, Maine and it shows. The varying styles and ideas fit together perfectly and make up a release so damn good that I had to invent a category specifically for it. This limited release is only available from the band or directly from Young God, so get moving or you're going to miss out on an absolute gemÂ Â
James Blackshaw signs to Young God Records !!!!!
I donÂ’t know what to say about James. If you havenÂ’t yet heard his music, just go out and buy everything. ItÂ’ll provide you with hours tranced out bliss, I guarantee. I couldnÂ’t be more thrilled than I am to have the privilege of releasing his music. Read more about him here and hereÂ’s a few press quotes to give you the idea. Go to his myspace page and listen there for a taste. http://www.myspace.com/jamesblackshaw
"The hypnotic arpeggios at the heart of James BlackshawÂ’s acoustic guitar playing reflect strong influences from outside the precincts of folk music: minimalist composers like Steve Reich and Terry Riley, and some of their precursors, like Erik Satie. Mr. Blackshaw, a British autodidact still in his mid-20s, fingerpicks his 12-string Guild with an immersive focus befitting such heady allusions. At its best, his sumptuous new album, Litany of Echoes, conveys a stark and ancient feeling, like something handed down through the ages...." - Nate Chinen, The New York Times
James is working on his YGR debut now, and from what he says itÂ’ll feature fully fleshed out orchestrations and will be a big step forward. Look for this release mid next yearÂ… sign up to the newsletter for updatesÂ…
Lisa Germano has completed new album, coming soon
This thing is almost finished. Any of you who have read my hopeless fan-boy salivations re LisaÂ’s music know that I basically crumble when listening to her music, and especially her in-your-ear-whispering-secrets voice. This album is perhaps more whimsical than previous releases Â– itÂ’s highly orchestrated in places, and Lisa would probably kill me for this description, but feels slightly Disney-esque Â– extremely evocative. It also has this quality that just amazes me about LisaÂ’s music, whereby the sound and songs are saturated with melancholy, but itÂ’s somehow sweet and trenchant and uplifting simultaneously. Her words are great too Â– very simple, but through quick turns of phrase evoke worlds beyond the surfaceÂ….Â Look for this early/mid next year. If you donÂ’t know LisaÂ’s music check out these links to the material weÂ’ve release by her so far through Young God.
|In the Maybe World
||Lullaby For Liquid Pig
This compiles material from my two solo website exclusive releases Â“Solo At HomeÂ” and Â“I Am Singing To You From My RoomÂ” and I also recorded two solo versions for it: Promise Of Water, and God Damn The Sun. Read more about it here.
M.Gira Live DVD coming soon
This is 2 shows in their entirety, plus stuff that was filmed around here at my house, including performances of new as yet unreleased songs. ItÂ’ll be hand packaged by me, with wood block print of a drawing by meÂ…. This should be in the next month or soÂ…. Again, join the mailing list if yr interestedÂ…
Vinyl of many YGR release now available atÂ http://younggodrecords.com special low prices
OK, weÂ’ve released the following vinyl (and more coming soon) now. The prices are pretty damn low too, so check Â‘em out if youÂ’re interested:
Â• Akron/Family Love Is Simple DBL gatefold 2XLP = $14
Â• Angels Of Light We Are Him 2XLP gatefold dbl vinyl = $13
Â• Angels of Light Sing Other People 1xLP = $12
Â• Akron/Family S/T debut LP 2XLP gatefold = $13Â
Prices dropped for all CDs
In keeping with our currentÂ economic recession/depression weÂ’ve lowered all CD prices, roughly as follows:
Single jewel case CD = $11
Digipack CD = $12
Double CD jewel case = $15
MP3 Albums of entire catalog available soon
Naturally, I donÂ’t understand personally what the technical impediment is, but as soon as itÂ’s figured out, weÂ’ll have the entire catalog available as MP3 albums at this site soonÂ…
YGRadio finally works, endless random streaming of entire catalog
OK, YGRadio works fine now, randomly streaming entire catalog. I think it plays 30 songs at a time, then you have to start it again, and it continues streamingÂ… enjoyÂ…
OK, IÂ’m leaving for a short tour today so I have to runÂ… Thanks and Best! Michael Gira