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Monday, July 31, 2006

Gentleman Caller

I got an email while I was out of the country in regards to Kenny Childers' band, Gentleman Caller. After seeing the video for Bomb the Castle, which is available below, along with a tune from their recent endeavour, Until We Are Missing, I was really excited, so much that you will be seeing this video very soon on The Collective.

A nice sound that recalls hints of Stephen Malkmus' early projects, with an emphasis on vocals and not on over-played or overpowering instrumentation. The instruments are well played, but are in true accompanying fashion, providing a wonderful backdrop to accentuate Childer's vocal stylings and lyrics.

Below is a short blurb from the email I received.

"You know that tendency to scribble mental notes about people at the corner or a couple in the back booth, 2 am diner? Songwriter Kenny Childers does just that. As Gentleman Caller he manifests morsels of human nature, those spider-web corners, into songs exploring the obsessive qualities of gutted and love-bitten emotions. With an evolving cast of musicians, Childers builds stunning story-line tension of whodunit and whodid with arrangements echoing the chamber qualities of Galaxie 500, Big Star’s complex build, and the aching truth of contemporaries Okkervil River or Rilo Kiley."

.: Time to Get Carried Away
.: video

[myspace] [purchase]

posted by Matt Hayhurst @ 10:10 AM


Friday, July 28, 2006

Collective Podcast 7

The latest Collective Podcast...up and to be had. I got the iMic up and working and we touch on everything from James Brown to George Jones to Seabear and Midlake to the late-great Syd Barrett. Thirty mintes from me to you. Check it out.

Collective Podcast 7

posted by Matt Hayhurst @ 12:41 AM


Thursday, July 27, 2006

Castanets and Jana Hunter

Planet Claire has done it again with their in-studio performances. Last year it was Animal Collective and Cat Power that blew me away and now a session with Castanets and Jana Hunter...woah! I strongly encourage you to head over to PC and check out all their studio guests.


.: Good Freind, Yr Hunger
.: You Are The Blood
.: The Smallest Bones

Jana Hunter

.: All The Best Wishes
.: The New Sane Scramble
.: Restless

[download Castanets] [download Jana Hunter] [purchase]

posted by Matt Hayhurst @ 9:04 AM


Wednesday, July 26, 2006

The Collective TV

The most recent episode of The Collective just got over with and I just wanted to remind you that if you live in the Raleigh/Durham/Chapel Hill area, check out The Collective every Monday and Friday at 9:30pm and Wednesdays at 10pm-10:30pm on Time Warner Cable's Channel 24 . It's a 30min tv program devoted to bringing you the latest in national/local music videos. What type of videos you ask...well this episode features:

Cat Power
Lived in Bars
Album: The Greatest
Dir. Robert Gordon

Jim Noir
My Patch
Album: Tower of Love
Dir. Nima Nourizadeh

Tapes n' Tapes
Album: The Loon
Dir. Dan Knight

Album: Impeach My Bush
Dir. Timothy Saccenti

Mojave Three
Breaking The Ice
Album: Puzzles Like You
Dir. Bradley Beesley

Stuart A. Staples
That Leaving Feeling
Album: Leaving Songs

Belle & Sebastian

White Collar Boy
Album: The Life Pursuit
Dir. Michael Palmieri

If you are an artist and would like your work seen on the show and to the 400,000 + potential viewers in the area, drop me a line. Also, we are looking for more local acts, so send em' our way.

posted by Matt Hayhurst @ 10:53 PM


Daytrotter / Frog Eyes / Drakkar Sauna

This post consists of numerous important topics. The first deals with one of the most excellent weekly stops I make online. Behold all that is Daytrotter not only provides reviews and features, involving exclusive interviews, but mp3s of live sessions (approx. four songs ea.) recorded at Futureappletree Studio 1, Illinois. The tracks are analog recordings, converted to the all powerful digital format for the purpose of transmission to us. These are the Daytrotter Sessions, and they’re available exclusively through

"What Daytrotter is attempting to do is to not kid around with you and tell you that we found something that you never knew existed. We are going to contribute to the musical landscape, not just toss it around like a used book or a stolen pick-up line. We’re going to give you something that you truly have never heard. We are not giving you songs from someone you love’s record album, thereby stealing from someone you love. We’re giving you exclusive, re-worked, alternate versions of old songs and unreleased tracks by some of your favorite bands and by a lot of your next favorite bands." -Daytrotter

This is a must stop and I know alot of you know about this unique site, but I'm sure there is one reader who does not. I have found numerous bands through this site and that leads me into topic number two.

Two bands that I have not been able to live without for the past few months have been Frog Eyes and Drakkar Sauna, both of which have done Daytrotter Sessions. ( Frog Eyes Session & Drakkar Sauna Session )


Frog Eyes is Carey Mercer, Melanie Campbell, Michael Rak, Spencer Krug, and friends. You may recall the name Spencer Krug from Wolf Parade and Sunset Rubdown fame now, but Carey Mercer is a name you need to know. Mercer holds the reins in this whirlwind adventure and they seem to spontaneously combust on each and every song. A fiery ruckus that starts at 10 and ends at 10. Weird, Scary, Genius, a freakin' maniac in the most sincere way, Mercer and Frog Eyes grab you and shake you to the core.

They have some albums at emusic you can download, a myspace, and are with Absolutely Kosher Records. Below is one track from The Folded Palm cd and a link to the Daytrotter Sessions.

.: The Oscillator's Hum
.: Daytrotter Sessions


Drakkar Sauna flips the page on this post and provides a mysterious, eclectic old time country feel that would not be far off from a communal campfire night dance. They are Jeff Stolz and Wallace Cochran, from Lawrence Kansas. They give us a blend of folkish Surrealism, left rough around the edges, just like we like it. Acoustic guitar, blends of percussion and some of the most gorgeous old-timey harmonies you'll ever hear. Below are a few tracks from their two releases.

From their latest Drakkansasauna

.: Glissade Pressee
.: There is no boon for which we do not render service
.: The Debut of the Tambourine Shoe

From their debut Rover

.: Very Much Alone pt.2: The Coke Binge
.: Very Much Alone pt.4: O, Fuck, I'm Fucked. Fuck.
.: O, God, I Have a Canoe

Also check out emusic for downloads, the Daytrotter Sessions and a live show, Winfield Aught-Four Stage 7.

Well that's it for today. Let that soak in and make sure to check these guys out. I think the cds on the desk have hit the high water mark and hopefully will start to recede over the next few weeks. Thanks for reading and check out the latest podcast here...CP7 on it's way.

posted by Matt Hayhurst @ 11:49 AM


Collective Podcast 6 posted

Well the new podcast is up. No vo yet, but coming on CP7. If you wanted to know how I felt on my Canada trip, just listen to the opening track. That sums it up.

Collective Podcast 6

posted by Matt Hayhurst @ 9:39 AM


Tuesday, July 25, 2006

Larkin Grimm

"Larkin Grimm (now based in Providence, RI) was born in a Memphis, TN commune and grew up in Dahlonega, Georgia in the foothills of the Appalachians with a family of singers and fiddlers. Harpoon, her debut CD, reflects these rustic influences through a modern, psychedelic filter. Larkin's intense, ecstatic voice with swirling multi-tracked patterns recalls the richness of Illuminations-period Buffy Sainte-Marie and the sparkle of Linda Perhacs. Her instrumentation includes duclimer, pennywhistle, bells, drums and guitar. Larkin was previously a member of the Dirty Projectors (Western Vinyl) where she astounded audiences with her mesmerizing voice. She has also played shows with folks such as Entrance, the Microphones, Viking Moses, Old Time Relijun and her brother Joe Grimm's project the Wind Up Bird. Larkin Grimm is a very special artist and Harpoon is a truly magical recording."
- Secret Eye press release

Larkin Grimm released her debut cd Harpoon late last year and is working on her 2nd Secret Eye album, The Last Tree, - scheduled for an October 2006 release.

Earthy calls and cries fill my headphones. Sounds of a siren call me to the rocks and my ship has crashed upon her shores. Enjoy four tracks from Harpoon below.

.: Harpoon Baptism
.: Pigeon Food
.: Entrance
.: Future Friend

[website] [purchase]

posted by Matt Hayhurst @ 12:17 AM


Friday, July 21, 2006

I hate jet lag.

Two weeks to the day and I'm back from my trip to Canada (and managed to shoot down to Tampa for a wedding), but I'm back. The email box is overloaded and the stack of cds I've received has now officially taken over my desk. So much has happened in the world of music in my abscence, that I feel I need a week to catch up.

My plans involve a new podcast soon (got imic finally), reviews, and much much more. Some great stuff on the horizon. So to all who have decided to hang on to the P&S in this extremely fast pace world of ours, thank you and more to come this weekend.

Here are a few pictures from my stay in Toronto, Montreal, and Quebec. It was my first time in Canada and it was a awesome. A lot of fun and a lot of great people up there. The highlight I think though, was the week long party that was the Quebec Summer Festival. Four, I think it was four, stages for local and national bands to perform and the parties everywhere.

More to come.

posted by Matt Hayhurst @ 11:10 AM


Friday, July 07, 2006

Great White North / Bob Dylan: 7 Years of Bad Luck

Reviews and more to continue once I return from the Great White North (7/18). Oh, and if you live in the area, I just found out The Notes and Scratches are playing that night (7/18) at The Wetlands in Chapel Hill. I'm going to try my hardest to jump off that plane at 8:30pm and head over there. Josh Dumas and company are outstanding and this is their first time in NC, so please show up if you can.

Below is the last of what has been known as JK's Corner. This Bob Dylan boot is entitled 7 Years of Bad Luck and more info about the album can be found at the outstanding BD boot reference site, Bob's Boots.

The 5th Collective Podcast is also up, giving you something else to listen to in my abscence and make sure to visit all the blogs in my links. (Scroll down...all the way down, if you are still using IE) They all have something worth while to say and great music a plenty. See you soon.


Bob Dylan : 7 Years of Bad Luck

(All info below provided through Bob's Boots)

"The Freewheelin' sessions are a perfect 10, coming right off of the mixing console. The quality is good enough to release as official tracks, but the performances are flawed by a botched word, timing, or something similar that left them behind in the vaults. The quality slips to a 7 for (1) and (2), but the powerful and controversial You've Been Hiding is mesmerizing none the less. The quality of the Hotel tape slips even farther to a 5, a 4, and finally to a 3 on Just Like A Woman; and is included only because of its rarity. The 1969 studio outtakes zoom right back to a 9, giving this disc a wide range of sound qualities." ~ BB

Freewheelin' sessions:
.: Hero Blues
.: Whatcha Gonna Do
.: Oxford Town
.: I Shall Be Free
.: I Shall Be Free [2]
.: I Shall Be Free [3]
.: I Shall Be Free [4]
.: Hero Blues [2]
.: You've Been Hiding Too Long
.: You Don't Have To Do That

Hotel Tape:

.: Positively Van Gogh
.: Positively Van Gogh [2]
.: Just Like A Woman

CBS Studio 1969:
.: Gates Of Eden
.: I Threw It All Away
.: I Don't Believe You
.: Telephone Wire
.: Honey Just Allow Me One More Chance

posted by Matt Hayhurst @ 8:41 AM


Thursday, July 06, 2006

Jason Molina/Magnolia Electric Co. - Two tracks from upcoming releases

I think we've all heard by now that Jason Molina has recently taken on the daunting feat of recording 6 albums. Secretly Canadian has plans of releasing all 6, but only two this year and I have below a track from each of them.

First Molina will release his second solo LP, Let Me Go, Let Me Go, Let Me Go, under the Jason Molina moniker and this will be a vinyl only release with a street date of August 22nd. He had this to say about the LP,

I wanted badly to revisit the type of songs I did on my more experimental albums The Pyramid, The Ghost, and Protection Spells. I put this project together in the last days before I began what was a long and harrowing move back to Chicago. I wrote these songs as well as the half dozen or so that did not make it over the course of 3 mornings in Bloomington, Indiana and recorded them one after the other in the order they were written.

Working method was to go into the garage (aka The Projects Studio) in the mornings and I would write one song at a time and record it. There are no windows at all in that studio and it is pitch black around the clock. There was a small lamp rigged inside a vintage kickdrum and that eerie thing burning above my head along with sparse candles was the extent of the lighting...with the occasional silent movie projected on the wall. The place screamed doom as far as atmosphere goes and I put myself to the task of writing about what is human about that particular feeling; the concrete and tactile nature of depression and actually writing or working yourself out of that. The payoff is not always worth listening, let alone committing to a release, but in this session I knew I was not going to present these songs to the Magnolia Electric Co. in the first place. It gave me the ability to explore some lyrical themes that simply don't need to be sung in competition with a full band. There are many moments of lyrical improvisation, where I was more or less trying to keep as much of my mind focused on things I'd never put into words before and didn't know if I ever would get those moments again. So in a way, these are meditations on depression, waiting, dislocation, separation, doubt, fear, loneliness...the usual from me...but here, if I did not see redemption or even a glimmer of hope, and thought I could put that into lyrics and a simple melody, I allowed that to be the driving force of the song. In the past I would edit these themes out or push them to the sides in favor of a better line technically, or a more anticipated rhyme. This session, in my mind, leads easily into my upcoming projects.

All of this is an attempt to put a serious price on lyrics that are honest not witty, shy but not weak, weary if they are and sad without apology, depression without a fight and depression with a fight."

The second, due out September 12th, will be the brand new Magnolia Electric Co album, Fading Trails. "Recorded all over the country with such luminaries as Steve Albini and David Lowery, as well as at the world famous Sun Studios, Fading Trails is perhaps the best and most invigorating recordings by any band fronted by Jason Molina." ~ SC

You know how the P&S loves some Molina, and I'm very excited about both releases and I think you will be too, especially after hearing the tracks below.

Get Out Get Out Get Out from Jason Molina's second solo LP, Let Me Go, Let Me Go, Let Me Go
.: Get Out Get Out Get Out

Lonesome Valley
from Magnolia Electric Co.'s upcoming album Fading Trails.

.: Lonesome Valley

[Website] [Download] [Purchase] [Secretly Canadian]

posted by Matt Hayhurst @ 6:26 PM


Wednesday, July 05, 2006

Collective Podcast 4

Collective Podcast 4 is up.

posted by Matt Hayhurst @ 8:54 PM


Monday, July 03, 2006

Indian Moon

This is the first of a few Banter Records posts.

I was sent the demo tapes of Indian Moon, who have a release due out this summer, and was immediately drawn to the slow intimate folk-like music that filled my head. Like the image above, I see slow moving origami shapes, similar to the video for Bowl of Oranges by Bright Eyes, but simple plucks of the banjo and guitar, intimate chimes and piano, low, but eerie vocal stylings that are in the vein of Gary Jules, and on Sleeping With His Gun, a vision of Kurt Cobain, but with a front porch feel. Now some may find that sacrilegious, I find it my first response.

A real highlight in listening to these tapes was the track In Good Company. This track features a lovely creature's voice accompaning our singer, forging in my mind, an intimate and twisted moment in time that takes the listener to a meadow at dusk, with fireflys and crickets serenading our lovers as they lay beneath a hushly veiled night sky.

Unfortunately, as of right now, I couldn't find much information about Indian Moon, other than they have a myspace account and our singer makes a declaration that he could not, "do it without these guys: emily neveu, dave pettijohn, dave nardini, kevin barr, doc davidson, jeremy scott, jackson milgaten, tree."

Be on the look out for this release and future writings here about Banter Records. Sample a few tracks from Indian Moon below and get a few more on their myspace.

.: Sleeping With His Gun
.: In Good Company
.: Goodnight Minnesota

[Myspace] [Banter Records]

posted by Matt Hayhurst @ 2:03 PM


Sunday, July 02, 2006

Collective Podcast 3

Collective Podcast 3 is up and ready for download. This was a fun one and with the third, comes the ability to subscribe. Listen to and subscribe to the Collective Podcast through iTunes and the RSS feed.

Collective Podcast Website

posted by Matt Hayhurst @ 8:47 PM