Release Day: Tom Rogerson with Brian Eno & Califone Deluxe Reissue

Today’s your lucky day, well for all of us really. We have two new releases out in the world, ready for your ears. Tom Rogerson with Brian Eno’s Finding Shore is an immersive, expansive record – truly a world unto itself – born from a simple construct, Tom improvising at the piano and Brian twisting those signals with the Moog Piano Bar (an obscure piece of Moog gear that works by using infrared beams focused on each piano key). We recommend you grab a seat, someplace comfy, and dive in headfirst.

Stream and/or Purchase Finding Shore
https://tomrogerson.lnk.to/FindingShore

Today also sees the release of Califone‘s Heron King Blues (Deluxe Reissue) after years of being unavailable on LP. Inspired by Califone founder Tim Rutili’s strange, recurring dream of a bird-man creature, Heron King Blues was produced by Michael Krassner and originally released in 2004 as the band’s third album. The deluxe reissue of Heron King Blues is a double album on black vinyl, including previously unreleased live tracks and outtakes.

Stream and/or Purchase Heron King Blues (Deluxe Reissue) –
https://califone.lnk.to/heronkingblues

Strand of Oaks Announces Limited Edition Harder Love 12” Out January 19th :: Listen to New Single “Passing Out”

Pre-order Harder Love
https://strandofoaks.lnk.to/harderlove

Today, Strand of Oaks announces Harder Love, a collection of Tim Showalter’s unreleased, original recordings for the album Hard Love, for release on January 19th. The announcement comes on the heels of Bruce Warren at WXPN premiering the brand new single, “Passing Out,” last week. The single is officially out today.

Pairing the earliest versions tracks from Hard Love with previously-unreleased material (including some tracks deemed “too weird” for the official release), Harder Love pushes Showalter’s sound to a stranger, rawer place. In many ways, the forthcoming release serves as the tripped out, spiritual brother to its predecessor.

The Westerberg-esque beauty “Passing Out” offers the first peek at some solid, previously-unreleased Strand of Oaks material, and subsequent new tracks (e.g., “Sober,” “Dream Brother,” “Rain Won’t Come”) not only make Harder Love a dynamic listen, but also speak to Showalter’s songwriting versatility. Showalter puts it simply himself: “Life is short and more fucked up by the day…and I don’t want to waste any more time being afraid to be weird and let all my songs out there.”

The 12” physical version of Harder Love is limited to a 500 pressing and features unused and alternative takes from Hard Love. Harder Love will be available digitally worldwide, with two additional bonus tracks available only on the digital version.

Harder Love will also available physically via retailers in limited territories (US and Benelux). There will be copies of the 12” available for purchase at the merch table of this year’s sold out Winter Classic at Philadelphia’s Boot & Saddle, where Strand of Oaks will be playing December 8th, 9th, and 10th.


Harder Love tracklisting
1. Harder Love
2. Passing Out
3. Cry (Alt Version)
4. On The Hill (Alt Version)
5. Sober
6. Dream Brother
7. Rain Won’t Come
8. Wicked Water
9. Chill Tent
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10. On The Hill (Extended) [Bonus Track, Digital Only]
11. Wanna Get Lost [Bonus Track, Digital Only]

Strand of Oaks Tour Dates
Fri., December 8th – Philadelphia, PA @ Boot & Saddle – SOLD OUT
Sat., December 9th – Philadelphia, PA @ Boot & Saddle – SOLD OUT
Sunday, December 10th – Philadelphia, PA @ Boot & Saddle – SOLD OUT
Thursday, January 25th – Bethlehem, PA @ Fowler Blast Furnace Room

Kevin Morby Contributes Cover of “Blue Christmas” for Amazon’s “Indie for the Holidays” Playlist

“Indie for the Holidays,” an Amazon Original Holiday Playlist, offers an sprawling range of artists covering holiday classics as well as contributing new, original songs. All songs are available exclusively now for streaming on Amazon Music through Amazon Music Unlimited and Prime Music. We’re pleased to announce that this year’s “Indie for the Holidays” includes a contribution from our own Kevin Morby.

Morby wraps up a banner year that saw the release of his widely-lauded fourth album, City Music, by offering his moody take on “Blue Christmas.” Premiering yesterday via Noisey, Morby’s “Blue Christmas” is sparse and longing, anchored by a slow-moving bass line, the kick beat of the drum, and Morby’s signature croon.

Of the song, Morby explained, “Kyle and I have spent Christmas together for the past two years, so I thought it appropriate to record a Chris Kringle jam with him in his home studio. On Christmas Day Kyle [Thomas, King Tuff] usually dresses like an elf and skips around and screams “Christmas!” Every five minutes or so. Christmas in LA is a funny thing, it’s usually about 65 degrees and sunny out so it always feels a little psychedelic that’s it’s actually Christmas day, after growing up in the Midwest where it usually snows, or at the very least is very cold. But there’s something special about celebrating the Holidays in the sun. Anyways Kyle and I chose “Blue Christmas” because I wanted to pretend I was Elvis for an afternoon, and we had a great time making it. Truth be told, the whole thing was a Christmas Miracle.

Listen to the full “Indie for the Holidays” playlist –
amazon.com/IndieForTheHolidays

New tracks on “Indie for the Holidays” include:
1. “Blue Christmas,” Kevin Morby
2. “All I Want For Christmas Is You,” Charly Bliss
3. “Coventry Carol,” Lemon Twigs
4. “Little Saint Nick,” Best Coast
5. “Oh Winter,” Eisley
6. “(There Won’t Be) One More Christmas,” Coco Hames
7. “Merry Christmas Baby,” Blond Ambition
8. “Brighid’s Flame,” Jeff The Brotherhood
9. “Anything Helps,” Matt Costa
10. “Christmas with Bandini,” Korey Dane
11. “Christmas (Baby Please Come Home),” Great Grandpa
12. “The Little Boy That Santa Claus Forgot,” Albert Hammond, Jr.
13. “Little Altar Boy,” Dean & Britta (with Sonic Boom)
14. “When The Snowflakes Fall,” Freedom Fry
15. “To Heck With Ole Santa Claus,” Jessica Lea Mayfield
16. “Feliz Navidad,” SUSTO
17. “Christmas in Latinoamerica,” Mexican Institute of Sound
18. “Wonderful Christmastime,” Slow Dancer

Tom Rogerson Shares New Track, “March Away” Along With Live Performance Video :: UK Tour Dates This Month

Tom Rogerson is pleased to share a new track “March Away”, taken from his forthcoming album entitled Finding Shorea collaboration with Brian Enoout 8th December. A perfect example of the studio setting the two artists worked within – Tom improvising at the piano and Brian twisting those signals with the Moog Piano Bar – the track is a prime introduction to this unique release.

To accompany the track’s release, a live studio version of the track is also available. Directed by Robert Sieg and shot in Berlin on Nov 20th, the performance beautifully illustrates the processes Rogerson and Eno used to create the original work.

Listen to the original version here & Pre-Order the album:
https://tomrogerson.lnk.to/FindingShore

Tom will be playing an intimate headline show at St Pancras Old Church on December 4th.

Finding Shore is the sound of Rogerson distilling the essence of what he does after a protracted musical journey from childhood until now. He took the traditional route of music lessons and learning notation before starting composing “properly”. As a 17-year-old he had the odd contrast of being taught by the composer Harrison Birtwistle but also working as lounge pianist in a dilapidated hotel in Peterborough.

He spent some time in New York playing jazz, recording with Reid Anderson of The Bad Plus, and had a successful career with post-rock group Three Trapped Tigers, yet however enjoyable that experience was, he admits it was “definitely a diversionary tactic”. Everything seemed to be an escape from the classical world or, as Rogerson himself puts it, “falling out of my ivory tower very slowly”.

Upon meeting Eno, the pair didn’t speak about music at all, but bonded over their roots in the Suffolk town of Woodbridge, located on the strange flat landscape of Eastern England, all heathland, military testing sites, estuary mud and the site of the ancient Sutton Hoo ship burial.

Eno’s influence on Finding Shore began by enabling Rogerson to overcome his fear of committing any one piece to its own album. As a way to open Rogerson up, Eno suggested they try experimenting with the Piano Bar, an obscure piece of Moog gear that works by using infrared beams focussed on each piano key; these are then broken as the keys are played, transforming the piano’s note into a midi signal that can then be used to trigger or generate new, digital sound. As Rogerson improvised at the piano, Eno improvised with the midi signal to create a unique piece of music.

The chance meeting with Eno and subsequent conversation about the Suffolk landscape did find its way into Finding Shore. “I do totally hear it, I’ll listen and think ‘oh that sounds like the bells at Woodbridge, that’s the birds, the wind rustling in the reeds’. I think it permeates my music, and Brian’s ambient records. That ‘is it organic or is it electronic thing’ is so interesting”.

Album launch show date
December 4 – St Pancras Old Church, London


Tom Rogerson with Brian Eno
Finding Shore
Pre-order here:
https://tomrogerson.lnk.to/FindingShore


www.tomrogerson.com

Watch Phoebe Bridgers’ NPR Music Tiny Desk Concert, Listen to Her Holiday Cover of “Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas”

Phoebe BridgersNPR Music Tiny Desk Concert debuted online today, featuring live versions of her songs “Motion Sickness,” “Killer,” and “Demi Moore.” watch it now HERE. All three songs are featured on her debut album Stranger In The Alps, released on September 22nd to sweeping acclaim from outlets including Pitchfork, Billboard, The FADER, Vulture, Stereogum, Bandcamp, Uproxx, W Magazine, and Under The Radar, among many others.

Bridgers also released a holiday cover of “Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas” last week, which you can listen to at the bottom of this blog post. Bridgers will perform next at a sold out hometown record release show in Los Angeles on December 16th at Lodge Room Highland Park. Earlier this fall, she toured throughout North America with Conor Oberst, The War On Drugs, and Noah Gundersen, and more touring news for 2018 will be announced soon.

Produced by Tony Berg and Ethan Gruska, and mixed by Mike Mogis, the ten haunting and introspective songs on Stranger In The Alps further introduce the 22-year-old Bridgers as a singular voice. There is a delicate balance to her work, a dance between veiled narratives and earnest emotions, between whispers and shouts. Throughout the album, Bridgers contemplates and reflects on personal experiences through her unique lyric writing perspective: there are overt references to lost idols, canonical pop songs and actual incidents, but her stories unfold through specific, evocative imagery sung in her subtle, confessional style. And according to Bridgers, everything you hear has arrived by feeling; her music is what comes when she is at her most honest, without specific intention, and she aims to be in her songs the person she is in the world.

Stream and/or Purchase “Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas” —
https://PhoebeBridgers.lnk.to/christmas

Stream and/or Purchase Stranger In The Alps
https://PhoebeBridgers.lnk.to/strangerinthealps

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