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Coma Girls – Coma Girls
After more than a year of playing as many gigs as possible, Coma Girls‘ self-titled debut album arrives just in time for summer, harkening back to a time when well- dressed bands with actual instruments ruled pop radio and soundtracked clambakes and barbecues. This is music made by kids who may have grown up on Weezer but eventually dug into their parents’ old records and fell in love with The Four Seasons, The Beatles, and The Beach Boys.
Chris Spino’s silver-laced hooks and melodies drive each song in tandem with fuzzy guitar, while Chandler Galloway’s furious keys and organs hold court and lend a virtuosic and vintage sound to otherwise straightforward pop songs. The incredibly tight rhythm section rounded out by drummer Tyler Dean and bassist Rocky Culver cut through the melodies to give each composition a sense of urgency and completion. Spino’s lovelorn lyrics are the perfect bridge between the saccharine lines of 50’s & 60’s pop songs that might’ve been played at a themed school dance, and the so-called “indie rock” songs of the early aughts, when esoteric rambling was the art du jour. The result is a bullshit-free lesson in pop songwriting. These are songs that stay in your head long after the record is finished, from the soaring hooks to the memorable codas that watermark each song.
Coma Girls is presented on pro-dubbed and imprinted light blue cassette tape with white imprint.
Sydney Eloise & The Palms – Faces
Sydney Eloise & the Palms’ debut Faces is searching and bittersweet, a classic-pop meditation from the visionary twentysomething next door. A vivid sonic slide-show carousel of a record, its mix of words and music paint tiny, episodic masterpieces in technicolor.
Sydney Eloise is at once catalyst, vessel and torchbearer. With her close friends and collaborators—co-producers Damon Moon and Chandler Galloway (Coma Girls)—she spent an entire year building and rebuilding Faces in the studio until it felt just right, the end result a delicate ship in a bottle of Fernet-Branca, a charming contemporary pastiche that draws tastefully from every decade of recorded music since the 1950s, right up ’til the present day. Inside the record’s lush layers of daydreamy sound, you’ll find a musical education—’50s “Earth Angel” balladry, Phil Spector-style Walls of Sound, heady ’60s psych pop, ’70s Laurel Canyon country dusted with post-Beatles George Harrison sonics, unmistakable Fleetwood Mac-isms and crystalline ABBA-style pop, subtle ’80s production flourishes, glistening ’90s-alt country and ’00s indie pop a la Neko Case and Rilo Kiley. Layers upon layers, worlds within worlds—visions of boot-clad go-go girls shimmying in perfect beehive mini-skirt bliss in a snow globe inside of a snow globe inside of a snow globe.
Sydney Eloise & The Palms’ Faces is presented by Bear Kids on pro-dubbed and imprinted yellow cassette tape. LPs and CDs available here via The Cottage Recording Co.
***Note: this is a preorder. Tapes will begin shipping in mid-September. Official release date is 09.22.15.
John Vournakis –
The Devil You Know
***VINYL PREORDER NOW AVAILABLE – WILL SHIP AROUND APRIL 20TH, 2016***
“I came to the waiting room of hell…”
So begins The Devil You Know, the debut full-length solo album by Atlanta’s John Vournakis (New Junk City, Gold-Bears). It is this bittersweet sentiment that runs through the album like a current as John explores the history that created him and questions what it is to be a good man. Throughout the album’s 11 tracks, John takes his demons head on and ponders how he came to be where he is, both geographically and existentially, an Atlanta transplant “born to a Michigan man.” John’s songs dip and dive through the various laments, celebrations, concerns, heartbreaks, sadness, redemption, and deliverance that you’d expect from an album that is clearly hellbent, no pun intended, on further understanding the self.
Recorded and produced over a stretch of two years by Damon Moon at The Cottage, The Devil You Know is an impressive and eclectic achievement in the Americana tradition. With a country-tinged folk rock slant and John’s bell-clear voice, these songs give old fire and new life to lyrics that are as personal as it gets. From the dynamic folk of the opener “Hallowed Ground” to the stomp-pop beat of “***” (“three stars”) to the confessional rock and roll of the final track “Sold In Bunches,” the album winds its way through concrete and kudzu, navigating Southern territory and picking through the sounds and ideas that most help each song come to life. John’s dynamic prowess as a songwriter shines on The Devil You Know, and the album’s stellar production from Damon and The Cottage fits like a glove.
NOW AVAILABLE ON BONE COLORED VINYL!!!
Cub Songs Vol. 1 Compilation
Cub Songs Vol. 1 is the first compilation released by Bear Kids and coincides with our very first (and hopefully annual) Showcase. The tape features favorites from past Bear Kids releases plus a handful of unreleased material on Side B. The compilation flows beautifully and truly showcases the eclectic and extremely talented roster of artists that we get to work with.
Cub Songs Vol. 1 is out now on pro-dubbed and imprinted white cassette tape with hot pink imprint. All tapes come with a free digital download.
01 Wasted Wine – “Fall Upon Me”
02 Small Reactions – “Hung From Wire”
03 Coma Girls – “Miserable Love”
04 Pony League – “Gilbert Hill”
05 Sydney Eloise & The Palms – “I Like You”
06 Book Club – “Mostly Lonely”
07 100 Watt Horse – “Systematic”
08 John Vournakis – “Sweet Madeline”
09 Coma Girls – “Up In Knots (unreleased)”
10 Pony League – “I Just Wanted to See You So Bad (Lucinda Williams cover)”
11 Small Reactions – “Similar Phantoms (Northcutt version)”
12 Book Club – “I Took You to the River (demo)”
13 Mountain Party – “Never Complete (alternate version)”
14 Wasted Wine – “Income (live)”
Pony League – “Harder Than a Rick Ankiel” b/w “Bad Habit”
Pony League (re)introduce themselves. “Harder Than a Rick Ankiel” b/w “Bad Habit” on red tint cassette tape in a cassingle sleeve designed by Atlanta’s Jeremy Ray; also includes custom “baseball card” designed by Ray. Comes with high quality digital download in the format of your choice.
Side A: “Harder Than a Rick Ankiel” is an anthemic story-song that compares struggles in dating to the tumultuous career of former major league pitcher-turned-outfielder, Rick Ankiel, whose home run against The Giants in the 2010 playoffs inspired the song.
Side B: In “Bad Habit,” Pony League weaves a tale of fictitious characters entangled in a small-town drama that culminates in the question at the back of the mind: “What kind of person do I really want to be?”
100 Watt Horse – Everything is Alright Forever… *2nd pressing*
**The first pressing is sold out. This is the second pressing.**
Anyone who has seen one of 100 Watt Horse’s many shows over the past year or so knows that George Pettis and Anna Jeter can silence a room with no microphone and just an acoustic guitar. It is with this familiar intimacy that the debut full-length album from 100 Watt Horse opens with “Bees 1” – an appropriately lo-fi acoustic strum and an enveloping tape hiss, showcasing a sparse arrangement that in no way lessens the power of the song as an opening statement. And while 100 Watt Horse consistently returns to this spare and honest approach throughout the album, they also occasionally approach pop and folk songs through more a experimental lens, incorporating analog synths and drum machines and studio wizardry into their arresting compositions. The result is a cohesive but eclectic achievement.
Everything Is Alright Forever and Forever and Forever and Thank You Thank You Thank You Amen. is a subtle but memorable debut long-player for 100 Watt Horse and a satisfying follow-up to 2014’s self-titled EP. While the EP saw 100 Watt Horse treading familiar paths, the debut LP sees them cutting their own new path through a dense forest of distraction, boiling down these compositions into only what needs to be there.
EAFAFAFATTTA is now available in a second edition of 50 pro-dubbed and imprinted green cassette tapes with white imprint, as well as digitally on Bandcamp, iTunes, Amazon, and Google Play. Streaming on Spotify and Rdio.