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Naked In Nature by Carpmen

Posted in band performance, Exclusives, History, Music with tags , , , on August 28, 2011 by C54

Naked In Nature recorded live in 1986 at Studio B Chicago.

Naked in nature

I come to her

my mind undressed

Recorded live in Studio B Chicago in 1986.

No real setup for sound check. Basically a plug & play situation while trying to capture the sparks as they flew. The 80s reverb was not an option. Its use mandated by the music convention of 1986. We also wore mullets and skinny ties.

If you take three, Indiana-bred, childhood friends and call them Peter Gunn (why not, they did!) and filter this through 2/3 of the post-punk trio, The Others, and finally, add another friend and flavor by incorporating the studio project that was King Of Sighs, you get the no-frills, improvised experiment that was Carpmen. Five guys show up. A notebook or five might see the light of day. Ideas, still in flux, congeal. This is the results.

I must give credit to Scotch/3M because that cassette was not too miserable to restore. No flakes either! Maybe we drove those waveforms into that ribbon with enough force to keep it all there for a long, long time. I love this project. We had fun with no strings attached. If I have a regret, it would be that I was in the control room and not in the live room. Perhaps the rest of this lot preferred it that way? Haha!! Well played, gents. Oh well, someone had to press record. KK

One day. One time. From the unknown…

Papa | Down | Pray | Naked In Nature | Mission Impossible

Mike Jones: vocals & notebook

JD Dragus: guitar no whammy & backing vocals

John Carpenter: guitar with whammy

Dan Massey: drums

Kerry Kelekovich: bass & recording engineer

Words by Mike Jones

All songs © 1986 Carpmen / © 2011 Lilypad Records All Rights Reserved

Thanks to everyone at Columbia for letting us do this without interference, especially Diego and security.

Restoration by KK at Couderay Music June 2011 for  Lilypad.

I’d like to tell you something about me

but I don’t know me half as well as you

to be released 11 November 2011

“Candy Store” by The Wildroots

Posted in band performance, Exclusives, History, Music with tags , , , on July 17, 2011 by C54

Living up to a name isn't that easy. (photo: L. D'Amico Photography)

“It Came From Jay’s Garage” is a 12-artist compilation released in 1987 on Moving Target Records and distributed by Celluloid Records NYC. Produced by Lee Popa and mixed by Jay O’Rourke. Executive producer was Dave Frey. Recorded at Jay’s Garage August – November 1987. This is the only vinyl with Wildroots music on it. Please enjoy the occasional click and pop.

The Wildroots:
JD Dragus: lead vocals & lead guitar
Tom Gerlach: vocals & guitar
Kerry Kelekovich: bass
Dan Massey: drums

“Candy Store” © 1984 Jody Conte, JD Dragus and Dan Massey.

Photographs from the archives taken by Lare D’Amico at Chicago Choice Picks / Metro Chicago and in the wilds of Lake County, Illinois.

Linda Samodral shot the “Human Music” images in downtown Chicago.

Ripped from vinyl by KK at Couderay Music.

Video © 2011 Lilypad Records All Rights Reserved

Sayonara Solstice

Posted in Band Biz, Exclusives, Music with tags , , , , , on June 24, 2011 by C54

Sayonara live in Dallas, Texas

Ever wonder what it’s like to start a band? Well, if you follow my friends in Sayonara, you get a pretty good glimpse of a new band fighting the good fight.

Formed by Sean Blythe and Debbie Pucek in late summer 2010, Sayonara has been writing songs and steadily building their fan base, one fan at a time. Calling Dallas, Texas their home, this duo is part of the Lilypad Records roster, releasing this maxi-single via our bandcamp store.

Discourage Wolf (Maxi Single) — released June 21st — comes delivered with two mixed versions in subtle variations for discriminating audiophiles and a live, acoustic performance of Bulletproof Tiger (recorded February 27, 2011 and broadcast via The Pad as part of Lilypad’s Record Store Day 2011 celebration). It’s a dollar for a great cause. What cause is that? Well, we’re trying to spread the Sayonara sound and your contribution goes straight to the recording budget for their yet-to-be-named, in-progress début EP.

Visit the band at their website and Facebook page and listen to “D Wolf” right here. If you like it, the Lilypad bandcamp store provides a wealth of file options for your downloading pleasure.

As always, I thank you for listening. Happy Summer!

Padcast #29: RSD’11 – Ode To A Mixtape

Posted in Exclusives, Music, Padcasts with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on April 16, 2011 by C54

Sheesh it’s glum out there. Drizzle, sleet, pouring rain, driving winds and a relentless shade of grey. Or as some would say, a perfect day for Record Store Day 2011! What better conditions to foster the annual truffle hunt favored by music fans, record collectors, vinyl enthusiasts and indie hipsters?

So as is my want, I bring you my annual tribute to the joy of music, direct from the podcasting bunker of Couderay Music, for the RSD’11 show,

Peggy Sue & Not Fade Away my RSD11 bounty!

Padcast #29 – Ode To A Mixtape:

RSD’11: Ode To A Mixtape

Discourage WolfSayonara (from their début single on Lilypad 2011)

UndergroundNomad Planets (from their album, You’re Never Lost Until You Panic on Fairbanks 2010)

Toy Tambourine (Jimmy T remix) – Aberdeen (from an exclusive John Girgus archive featuring remix work from a former member of The Postal Service with a song originally released on Sarah Records in 1994)

Caravaggio’s Tryptic 1Bisoux Bisoux  (from the album Writing Audio by Beirut via Chicago sound-artist, Bisoux Bisoux 2011)

95th & TempoYoung Jackies  (an unreleased track from the NYE’11: Live At Couderay sessions on Lilypad 2011)

MadmanHollus  (an unheard and brand new, unmastered mix from their forthcoming EP, Part Two, scheduled for an end of this year release on Hollus 2011)

Lay Down Your HeadWorldWideRiot  (recorded live in my studio for the début podcast of The Pad’s, Padcast #1 – Introducing WorldWideRiot on Lilypad 2008)

It’s Just The First StepJonnie Warmer  (from my personal archive and recorded in 1993 for the unreleased album, A Month Of Tuesdays)

No More Sad SongsTrembling Blue Stars  (hidden track released on disc 2, Cicely Tonight, Volume One EP, which accompanied the very last album from TBS, Fast Trains And Telegraph Wires on Elefant 2010. A final collection, making up the farewell EP titled, Correspondence, comes out in about a month on Elefant.)

Thanks to all the bands for making such excellence. This mix tape goes out to Gizmo Whitebread who is recovering from surgery triggered by a hip fracture. And to music lovers everywhere! Without your support, the music stops. Happy Record Store Day. Thanks for listening!

All songs © retained by their holders. No infringement intended. For promotional purposes only. Not for sale or rebroadcast. If you like one of these artists, buy their music dammit!

Record Store Day 2011 For The Rest Of Us

Posted in band performance, Exclusives, History, Music, Padcasts, Random Life, Video with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , on April 8, 2011 by C54

As an indie label, Lilypad Records never tried to sell ANYTHING for this occasion. Whatever sold, it was for sale all the other days of the year as well. And when it was clear that SOME Mom & Pops were not interested in having the brick & mortar indie community include internet operations, I was a tad disheartened. After all, there’s more vinyl here than a lot of the elitist stores glomming on to a music-centric day equal to Black Friday in a Wal-Mart. (Well, maybe more in spirit than financially?) Never mind the cassettes, dats, 45s and compact discs piled high in the archives. A private collection lent to interested parties when I’m asked. More like an indie music library, perhaps? OK.

So for the third year running, Lilypad is poised to crash the RSD’11 party with another podcasting day of music from our label’s family and friends. Please join the streaming goodness when I present a live interview and acoustic performance début on The Pad from Texas upstarts, Sayonara.

I’ll also be streaming a mix tape collection from acts such as Sarah Records’ only American artist — Aberdeen (Los Angeles), purveyors of midwestern rawk — Nomad Planets (Indiana), ambient-experimentalists — Young Jackies (Chicago), electronica newbie — Bisoux Bisoux (Beirut) and many more.

I hope you’ll join me at The Pad for another celebration of all things music with my friends that make it, with or without the blessing of Ozzy Osbourne & company…

“Discourage Wolf” By Sayonara

Posted in Exclusives, Music, Music production, Video with tags , , , , , , , , on March 26, 2011 by C54

“Discourage Wolf” is the recording début of Texas duo, Sayonara.

Formed officially in August 2010, Sayonara is the musical love-child of bassist/singer Debbie Pucek (Back After Dawn), and former WorldWideRiot guitarist/bassist/singer, Sean Blythe.

Sayonara is still writing music for their upcoming EP for Lilypad Records and they will be heading back to Chicago in June to continue recording at Couderay Music with music producer, Kerry Kelekovich.

Debbie Pucek: guitar & vocals

Sean Blythe: bass, keys & drums

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My interrogator leaves me threatened
Only when he asks one question like,

What happens when the box stops ticking?

I’m in no state to tell
Don’t feel bad (I’ve got no guts)

This is the part when all deflections cease to amuse you
Maybe we should call it off and blackout like we always seem to

No one except for me gets in my head
I’m surprised you ever thought you could
Don’t take it the wrong way
It’s just the way I operate

How can I put it so you’ll understand?
There’s no end to everything that is
No single thought, emotion or thing you’ve lost
No word or touch or love that feels dead and gone

We are two blind Alpha wolves
Pouring out from a red light
Both worthy of this good fight
Over all the things that remain under the breath of all the others

No one except for me gets in my head
I’m surprised you ever thought you could
Don’t take it the wrong way
It’s just the way I operate

How can I put it so you’ll understand?
There’s no end to everything that is
No single thought, emotion or thing you’ve lost
No word or touch or love that feels dead and gone
The woods seem so much darker when
The moon is being pulled by something
But the sun is there
But the sun is near

lyrics by Debbie Pucek

 

Recorded on February 26, 2011 at Couderay Music in Wonder Lake, Illinois.

Produced, mixed & mastered by Kerry Kelekovich.

 

RSD’10: Moon Over Archway [Video]

Posted in Exclusives, Music with tags , , , , , on April 16, 2010 by C54

Torch-noir set against rotary-guitar and Wurlitzer electric piano, Moon Over Archway is a rainy day tribute to the DIY spirit of Record Store Day 2010. MOA’s written, recorded, produced and photographed entirely at Lilypad. Enjoy this week’s spring blooms as you listen to this forlorn tale.

Music by Kerry Kelekovich

Words by Cath Carroll

Recorded & mixed by KK at Lilypad Feb & March 2010

Cover photograph © Unkle Klickie Images Used by permission

© 2010 Lilypad Records

Superclammy, Ltd. Publishing ASCAP

All Rights Reserved

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