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Round Mountain Announces Spring & Summer Tour In Support Of New Album The Goat
Red Shield Music has announced dates for the spring and summer tour of Santa Fe-based duo Round Mountain in support of their fourth studio album The Goat, releasing on July 2nd, 2013. The highly-anticipated album follows the band’s 2009 full-length Windward and showcases their unique sound that has been spanning alt-folk and world genres since 2002. The Goat features many guest musicians including Anais Mitchell, Moira Smiley, Brass Menažeri and folk legend Andy Irvine. Round Mountain’s tour will include stops in WA, OR, CA, OK, VA, MD, NY, ME, VT, MA, and NJ.
After years of global travel and immersion in Appalachian, Celtic, West African, Balkan and Middle-Eastern music, brothers Char and Robby Rothschild bring listeners to a place of musical grounding and connection. On The Goat and on stage, Char Rothschild sings and plays accordion, guitar or dobro, together with trumpet or Bulgarian gaida, and highland bagpipes. Robby Rothschild sings and plays percussion, notably the West African djembe and Peruvian cajon. He also plays the West African harp known as the kora, and the Irish bouzouki.
The Goat was mostly recorded at Frogville Studios in Santa Fe, New Mexico and was mixed and co-produced by Char and Robby Rothschild, composer/musician Michael Chorney, and the album’s main engineer Bill Palmer. Jon Gagan at Electric Company, Pete Solomon at Bear Creek, and Myles Boissen at Guerrilla Recording also assisted in engineering The Goat, and it was mastered by Alan Douches at West West Side Music.
Since their last release, Round Mountain has achieved a new height of confidence and maturity. “I feel we’ve become more relaxed about letting what’s imperfect shine out,” says Robby. “We’ve found a balance between our dreams and the actual grit of pursuing them,” adds Char. The new album centers around the image of a goat, which represents an older, simpler way of life, and aims to honor the animals that have provided the brothers with inspiration, stories and instruments (the djembe, kora and gaida all employ goat skin). The love and respect even continues at home, where Robby’s family keeps Nigerian Dwarf milk goats.
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Never Give Up: Celebrating 10 Years of The Postal Service
Independent Clauses/Mint 400
22 FOLK AND INDIE-POP ARTISTS COVER THE POSTAL SERVICE'S "GIVE UP" TWICE
Groundbreaking releases often arrive unheralded, and The Postal Service’s Give Up certainly fits the bill. After emerging as a one-off side project from two musicians whose bands were on the cusp of being widely known, the gentle electro-pop wonder has captured the imagination of a generation of listeners and musicians. Those imaginations have been put to use on Never Give Up: Celebrating 10 Years of the Postal Service.
Never Give Up brings together 22 folk and indie-pop bands to create 21 covers of the Postal Service’s work. With three versions of “Such Great Heights” leading the way (Kris Orlowski, Seven Handle Circus, Venna), the release features two full reinventions of the record split into folk and indie-pop sides. The diverse sounds attest to the wide-ranging influence of Give Up: The Noise Revival’s full orchestra sits next to The Midnight Sons’ manic lo-fi ukulele strum, while Young Readers’ sparse acoustic guitar notes lead into Western Romantic’s ominous electronics. From chamber folk (The Collection, Jenny & Tyler) to bluegrass (The Parmesans) to hyperactive indie-pop (Decent Lovers & Seer Group, Gregory Pepper & His Problems), Never Give Up shows how beloved the album has become across an incredibly wide range of musicians and allows listeners to experience the tunes in a whole new way.
Early press for Kris Orlowski’s “Such Great Heights”:
“Kris’ voice adds a depth to the normally airy tune. It’s a welcomed departure from the original.” - Music Savage
“Ethereal and moving compared to the original quick-tempo, digitized original” - SEA live MUSIC
This release is put out in conjunction with Mint 400 Records, and was compiled in celebration of Independent Clauses’ 10th birthday as a blog. It was mastered by Dan McCurry at Apartment A Studio.
Independent Clauses ran a Kickstarter for the project to raise the mechanical royalties for 200 free downloads of the whole album. The price of any digital downloads sold ($4 per side, $8 total) once the free downloads are up will go to mechanical royalties (so the Postal Service gets paid legally) and long-term Hurricane Sandy relief via The Center for Disaster Philanthropy.
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The first of two EPs, and eventually a brand new LP from The Paper Kites!
On May 28, Australian indie-folk outfit The Paper Kites will release Woodland + Young North EP Box Set (Nettwerk Records), a wonderfully-inspired collection of layered, earthy instrumentations paired with beautiful vocal harmonies.
The standout tracks from their debut EP Woodland - “Bloom” and “Featherstone” (as prominently featured in the season 8 finale of Grey’s Anatomy) - have generated over 5.5 million combined YouTube views.
Amongst the up and coming bands from Australia, The Paper Kites continue to build their hometown following, selling out shows with fellow countrymen Josh Pyke and Boy & Bear. This October, the quintet will cross waters for their North American debut, supporting City And Colour. The Paper Kites will provide support from Atlanta, GA to Oakland, CA.
The band began with Sam Bentley and Christina Lacy playing local cafes in their hometown of Melbourne, Australia. When invited to play a local festival, they decided it was time to expand by adding David Powys, Sam Rasmussen and cousin Josh Bentley. “Sam and I worked together in a warehouse, Josh was my cousin and I liked his drumming…we liked David because he could sing and were big fans of his other band. It was never really an official ‘let’s start a band’ conversation, we just kind of fell into it,” says Bentley.
In the coming weeks, stay tuned for more information regarding their forthcoming debut studio album (Fall 2013).
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