Tuesday, November 24, 2015

Creature Speak - SHADOW SONGS - 2015

CREATURE SPEAK will sing you lullabies with haunting vocals and shimmering banjo. Crooning stories of ghosts and imagined memories, with a nostalgic sound. 

ings - Slaughterhouse​-​Five - 2014

I wonder about time travel 
about living my life in a line 
the arc of my intention 
the contour of my time 

I wonder about my wandering 
and who I shall meet only once 
I could move backwards towards them 
I don't have to go forward running 
Billy, I'm so sorry 
Echolalia & tears 
Billy, I'm so sorry 
I don't know what happened to your years 
Living can be lonely 
you've only got your line 
you follow it with vigor 
and sweetly, briefly, criss-cross sometimes 

There are many lives unfolding 
and nothing is left undone 
a ladybug in the amber 
a planet in the sunshine 
Billy, I'm so sorry 
Echolalia & tears 
Billy, I'm so sorry 
I don't know what happened to your years

Monday, November 23, 2015

Advance Base/Casiotone for the Painfully Alone - Christmas Mixtape - 2015

and so it begins…

This mixtape compiles every Christmas song I released between 2006 & 2015. Please consider it my gift to you, a stranger. I hope you have a nice holiday. 
-Owen Ashworth


0:00-2:02 CASIOTONE FOR THE PAINFULLY ALONE- “Hark! The Herald Angels Sing” (Traditional) 
from Peace on Earth: A Charity Holiday Album, 2007 

2:02-4:51 ADVANCE BASE- “Christmas in Dearborn” 
from Nephew in the Wild, 2015 

4:51-7:28 CASIOTONE FOR THE PAINFULLY ALONE- “Traveling Salesman's Young Wife Home Alone On Christmas In Montpelier, VT” 
from Vs. Children, 2009 

7:28-11:31 ADVANCE BASE- “Christmas in Oakland” 
from A Shut-In’s Prayer, 2012 

11:31-13:53 ADVANCE BASE- “Frank Capra” 
from The Holidays Don't Have to Be so Rotten: Volume Three 

13:53-18:25 CASIOTONE FOR THE PAINFULLY ALONE- “Cold White Christmas” 
from Etiquette, 2006 

18:25-21:44 ADVANCE BASE- “Christmas in Milwaukee” 
from Nephew in the Wild, 2015 

21:44-25:25 ADVANCE BASE- “Christmas in Prison” (John Prine cover) 
from Our Cat EP, 2013 

Sunday, November 22, 2015

Amy Bruce Spaceship - explore your world and let wonder speak - 2015

These songs are the result of writing and recording music in my bedroom for the last few years. In other words; it's free for a reason.

Paper Trail Records Presents: Thanks for Listening - 2015

We're lucky to have such nice friends, both in Ireland and across the globe. To help raise awareness for World Mental Health Day on October 10th, some of these wonderful people donated previously unheard songs to help us raise money for Console - Ireland's National Suicide Charity. 

All proceeds from this compilation will go directly to Console, so please help by donating what you can. 

Thank you, thank you, thank you to everyone involved. We can't express how grateful we are for the tracks we have gotten.

Kishi Bashi - String Quartet Live! - 2015

Recorded live with string quartet, the new album (appropriately titled "String Quartet Live!") consists of nine songs from both “151a” and “Lighght” (and one Talking Heads cover!), performed live by K and an accompanying string ensemble. Where his first two releases featured an array of percussion and electronic elements, the new live album finds K’s familiar songs reimagined, allowing his soaring vocals to take center stage above a foundation of interweaving strings. 

The string ensemble gives new life to these tracks, with updated arrangements and the infectious energy that can only come from Kishi Bashi's amazing live performances.

Bryan John Appleby - The Narrow Valley - 2015

Randy Jones I've been following Bryan's music for years and the immense amount of detail and craftsmanship put into this record is monumental. It's like a beautiful china doll that you marvel at until Bryan comes in to smash it, and with that your perception of what you expect him to do. Definitely Album Of The Year material right here.

ESCAPISTS - Pyramid Scheme - 2015

Displaying all the intensely melodic power riffs, bold rhythmic interplay and colossal chorus hooks that we’ve come to expect from London’s most thrilling indie rock foursome, ‘Pyramid Scheme’ also marks out its own space with its distinctively visceral momentum. On this third single from Escapists’ in 2015, high-pitched vocal harmonies spar with sparks of pealing guitar before crescendoing to a heady climax. Simon Glancy’s lyrics stem from a childhood disillusionment with the rigmarole of Sunday church worship: “to me it felt like a pyramid scheme, where you get in at the bottom and hope you’re not the last.” ‘Pyramid Scheme’ is a self contained four minutes of paranoid protean beats and intricate verses which perfectly articulate the schism between archaic beliefs and Generation Y discontent. ‘Restless’, ‘euphoric’ and ‘impassioned’ are just three words that almost do it justice. The reality is that Escapists are one of the most thrillingly conscious rock and roll bands to emerge from London in a while.

Crown Larks - Blood Dancer - 2015

“… exists at the intersection of the free rock, avant-garde jazz, and outre improvisation scenes which have long been a hallmark of the city’s music culture. “Blood Mirage” is the first taste of their upcoming debut Blood Dancer. A lumbering, slow-burn intro is worth the wait as Crown Larks launch into an unexpectedly tight groove, smearing healthy dollops of saxophone over an energetic percussion attack that reframes the preceding skronk as a storm-before-the-calm palate cleanser. in an admirable display of patience they have waited until now to unleash their debut long-player. The authentic chemistry that results from hours upon hours of gigging is heard throughout Blood Dancer.” - AdHoc 

“…a coed unit of electro-jazz shapeshifters with a penchant for blending the schizophrenic and radical musical movements its hometown is notorious for producing.” – The Village Voice 

“… an avant-garde melting pot that depicts what happens when musicians on the same wavelength fuse mind, energy, and talents together as a unified communal-like force. ‘Overgrown’ is not your parent’s side b singular jam band track, but Crown Larks’ experimentation in creating plant and tree like textures that grow before your ears and eyes upon listening. Jack’s voice guides you through the evergreen tall grass, wild grown hedges, the thick of the woods until the Larks transform the entire soundscape into a jungle of amplified orations. Guitars grind against the droning meditation, as synths make circles like a dizzying swarm of birds, buzzards, and scuzzed out fuzz that blares and beats like scuffed up trainers stomping on a yoga mat. In under eight minutes you will have felt as if an entire natural habitat bloomed before you.” - Impose

Saturday, November 21, 2015

Senpai - Hell In My Head / Mind Honey - 2015

Alex Ketner A friend of mine showed me your stuff, saying it felt "nostalgic." I feel it too. It kind of brought me back to music I'd listen to in early high school. Good times if you're excluding the times that weren't. "Hell In My Head" has a hypnotic guitar riff that stays in yours for days, and interesting lyrics to match. 11/10 would recommend. Favorite track: Hell In My Head.

Jack Ramage This song has been stuck in my head for days, love it. Fuzzy, rocky and catchy - absolute banger. Favorite track: Hell In My Head.

Kevin Hernandez Saw this because Will Yip retweeted them and kinda chuckled because their name is Senpai. Around 6 minutes later I'm short $2 because I like this so much.

Aj LaGambina Big Pity Sex fan, so anything even remotely related to that band instantly gains my interest. Can't wait to see where they take this. Favorite track: Hell In My Head.