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!

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Trembling Blue Stars Release “Correspondence”

Posted in Music with tags , , , , , , , on May 17, 2011 by C54

"Correspondence" on the platter photo by Beth Arzy

Robert Wratten brings his much-loved ensemble to an end with this six-song EP.  Featuring cover art by Runar Magnusson and a 10 inch, orange-ish, vinyl platter, “Correspondence” is a collector’s dream.  But pay no mind if you’re not a format freak because the songs are great and the package is simply delicious to look at while your ears are busy.

And busy your ears will be. Robert Hampson (from the bands Loop and Main) remixes “Half-light” and “Outside” into one song called,“The Light Outside” while Caesar McInulty (The Wake) and TBS singer Beth Arzy cover Wire’s “Kidney Bingos” to perfection.  But it’s during “Sunrise On Mars” when Bobby & Beth sing, “there’s a sunrise waiting to be seen” you realize this is not about record artwork, guest remixes or perfect cover song choices, this is the logical conclusion to a trip shared with TBS on  “Fast Trains And Telegraph Wires” (their last and final full-length, released by Elephant Records this past autumn).

This EP doesn’t say goodbye, it’s a perfect postcard to fans from a journey just begun. *** Highly recommended ***

Buy this at Darla Records

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.

 

Sayonara’s Sound: A Labor Of Love

Posted in Band Biz, Music, Music creation, Padcasts with tags , , , , , , , , on March 13, 2011 by C54

 

Sayonara's début singles are in production (photo: Mike Hanna)

Wylie, Texas duo, Sayonara, now in production in the Couderay Music studio, have two songs primping for their release as singles and two more stripped-back, acoustic numbers for a podcast on my music show, The Pad.

After a whirlwind weekend at the end of February which acted as an introduction, session and dinner-date, the band and I are well on our way to conquering the micro-niche world of music. Sean Blythe has spent a fair bit of time with me in the studio (after we worked together with his earlier outfits, WorldWideRiot and Hollus) so this meeting was not completely new. But it had been a few years, things change and all that… But, like riding bikes & horses, bands and producers get back on their preferred mode of transport and, when the results are excellent, ride off into the sunset together.

It won’t be long before Sayonara’s material begins to surface in the blogosphere, twitterverse and social networks of your choice. You can listen to their home demo of Kidnapped (which I beefed up a little for them) at my Lilypad page here. You might also visit the band on their Facebook page here and get tweeting with them here. We had our very first chat via Skype yesterday and that signaled the start of our introductory “padcast” with Sayonara coming soon.

Record Store Day 2011 looks poised for another fun gate-crashing by Lilypad Records, The Pad and our friends joining in the ruckus. Huzzah!

Of Seizures And Choreographers

Posted in Music with tags , on February 18, 2011 by C54

I like Radiohead.

Maybe because Nigel Godrich takes them to a higher level? Maybe Jonny Greenwood even more? And so, when this morning’s coffee had an added flavor thanks to Lotus Flower, I realized I have no way to criticize this band anymore.

Is the new record breaking new ground after waiting almost 4 years? No. Is Thom still dancing like Ian Curtis’ ghost set on fire? Yes. Put that together and you get Lotus Flower — an atmospheric skitter through the Radiohead trench complete with Mr. Yorke’s stratospheric vocalizations.

When I looked at this video this morning there were 310 views. Now, over a half million. I guess they’re not really an acquired taste anymore?

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