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“The first album was me wanting to burn down my life, cut my hair off, and run screaming into the woods,” says Alejandro Rose-Garcia. “This album is the trials and tribulations of becoming domesticated, letting people into your world and letting go of selfishness-the story of becoming a pair, losing that, and reconciling with the loss and gain of love.”
Rose-Garcia is professionally known as Shakey Graves, and with his new record, And the War Came, he extends the ground-emotionally and sonically-broken by his 2011 self-released debut album, Roll the Bones, which brought him national acclaim and, three years later, still ranks near the top of Bandcamp’s digital best-seller charts.
Roll the Bones established the powerful, mesmerizing Shakey Graves sound of Rose-Garcia accompanying himself on guitar and a handmade kick drum built out of an old suitcase. NPR Music named him one of 10 artists music fans “should’ve known in 2012,” describing him as “astonishing…unclassifiably original. And frighteningly good.” Paste included him in a “Best of What’s Next” feature, praising his “gnarly composite of blues and folk,” while The New York Times observed that Shakey Graves “makes the one-man band approach look effortless.”
But while this distinctive arrangement continued to earn him an ever-expanding fan base on the road, Rose-Garcia knew that he wanted the follow-up to achieve something different. “With the first album, I didn’t have any expectations except my own,” he says. “This time, I was making something people were going to listen to out of the gate. I tried to maintain everything I enjoy about recording, the weird homemade aspect, but I was seeking a new, shining sound quality. The concepts for the songs are a little bigger. This is not the ‘Mr, Folk, Hobo Mountain’ album-it’s more of the Cyborg Shakey Graves. It’s definitely the next step in the staircase.”
An experienced actor who had a recurring role on Friday Night Lights and appeared in several of Robert Rodriguez films, Rose-Garcia started making music as part of New York City’s “anti-folk” scene. While knocking around the underground music community in Los Angeles, he saw a performance by one-man band Bob Log III that pointed his work in a new direction. Since returning to Austin, Rose-Garcia has become so closely associated with his hometown that for the last three years, Austin has celebrated “Shakey Graves Day” by mayoral proclamation.
To record And the War Came, co-producer/collaborator Chris Boosahda brought all of his gear to Rose-Garcia’s house and converted the space into a big, open studio. Though the signature Shakey Graves set-up remained the starting point, other instrumentalists came in and multiple, wildly different arrangements of the songs were attempted for what was initially planned as a double album.
Most notably, Rose-Garcia wrote and sings three of the album’s songs with Esme Patterson, a solo artist and member of the Denver-based band Paper Bird. “We started out just having fun and writing, and then that turned into some of my favorite songs on the album,” he says. “We actually wrote ‘Dearly Departed’ on Halloween as a tongue-in-cheek, haunted house sex joke, and then we played it that night and people went bonkers. Esme and I write so similarly it kinda freaked us out, and I really learned the power of writing music with someone you get along with.”
Soon enough, Rose-Garcia found that the experience of making the record was being mirrored in the songs themselves. “I was letting go of that one-man everything,” he says. “I did need people’s help, and my control freak nature had to subside a bit. It meant learning collaboration, but also knowing when to stick to my guns-all of that was the experience of this year, and the songs were some of the more genuine experiences; some of them even became sort of prophetic.”
“Only Son,” a meditation on solitude (“I used to be an only son/My heart was like a stranger”), became the opening track and “thesis statement” for And the War Came. “Hard Wired” is not, as it may first appear, about a relationship falling apart, but “about having friends with problems-watching a friend struggling and not doing anything about it.”
The themes of these ten songs, explains Rose-Garcia, return over and over to the idea of the “other.” “It’s not about any single person, it’s about being that second, other person. Even the title-I never thought about whether I was able to handle that aspect of things, of having these relationships. And the War Came is a little bit of, be careful what you wish for.”
Songs like “The Perfect Parts” and “Family and Genus,” meanwhile, represent a very different sound for Shakey Graves. “Those have a lot more aggression, they’re heavy and big,” he says. “I’m a little worried because it is a new step out, and people have gotten really precious about the stuff I’ve done-which is a huge compliment, and a dream come true-but I’m interested in what a Shakey Graves song is to people.”
Another crucial influence on the direction of And the War Came has been Rose-Garcia’s lengthy and far-flung touring schedule (which has recently included stops at the Winnipeg and Newport Folk Festivals, prior to a headlining run this fall). “I’m constantly flying places and moving at a fast rate,” he says. “Imagining what it was like a year ago is almost incomprehensible to me now. I feel like I’ve almost seen too much this year-bands, music, places. And if that doesn’t affect you in certain ways, then you’re doing it wrong.”
While his remarkable success story continues to unfold, Alejandro Rose-Garcia sees And the War Came as a pivotal step in the evolution of Shakey Graves. “This is a doorframe album, as we’re going into a new building,” he says. “It’s taste of everything-what might come in future, which might include just guitar or the one-man band thing, but not pigeonholed to any one sound. I wanted to open some stuff up and get people ready for wherever it’s going.”
Dave from The Bottle Shop gets us ready for Halloween with some delightfully spooky drinks perfect for your party on the 31st. First they make a Zombie Brew with Southern Tier Pumpkin and Rogue Double Chocolate Stout. Then guys try 19 Crimes wine from Australia and Zombie Zin from California. Happy Halloween!
Boom Forest is the spiritual wailings of John Paul Roney from the automated woods of Tomorrow…..and that’s all we know about Boom Forest. Wanting to know more? Come see Boom Forest at 12th and Porter for a FREE show for Friday Afternoon Live.
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LP performing at Peter Nappi
“What I love about Nashville is that there’s such a sense of family here,” claims Los Angeles-based singer/songwriter LP (Laura Pergolizzi) as she sits in Nashville’s own Peter Nappi, a premium Tuscan leather footwear and goods boutique. Born and raised in New York, LP first began her career as a musician in 1998 when she was seen performing by David Lowery of the band Cracker, who later began to help her produce her debut album Heart-Shaped Scar. As her career escalated, LP eventually landed a record deal with Warner Bros. Records, which ultimately lead to the release of her most recent album Forever for Now.
This past September, LP performed at Lightning 100’s Live On The Green Music Festival as well as Lightning 100’s weekly concert series Nashville Sunday Night, a live broadcast live from 3rd and Lindsley. “Night Like This”, the leading single from her 2014 album Forever for Now, received airplay on Lightning 100 and was a huge hit during her performance of the song at Nashville Sunday Night. “Night Like This was really fun last night…it was the first time I had seen people really respond to that song,” LP says in this week’s video episode of the live broadcast, “it was more of a communal thing”, she remarks, “I enjoy that part of it.”
Nashville Sunday Night has been a Lightning 100 tradition since 1996, featuring local, national and international artists. Tune to Lightning 100 at 100.1 FM or stream the show at Lightning100.com every Sunday night from 8-10pm for the live broadcast of Nashville Sunday Night from 3rd and Lindsley, or buy tickets and attend one yourself! Watch our first web episode of Nashville Sunday Night and then listen to the full performance posted below.
Nashville Sunday Night is produced by 3rd and Lindsley and Lightning 100. Nashville Sunday Night was filmed and edited by Make It Pop.
Photo of Grayson Proctor of Vinyl Thief
Lightning 100 recently had Vinyl Thief into the LC studio before #BlocktoberFest. You’ve been hearing “Middle of the Night” on 100.1 FM, now hear a live version and “Faces” off their recently release Phantoms. Vinyl Thief is offering a free download of “Middle of the Night” on their Facebook page. See Vinyl Thief live on November 8th at Stone Fox.
This week on The Tasting Bar the boys try out a local brew from Blackstone Brewery, a new Napa Cab from Slingshot winery and make a drink called a Santeria.
Repeat Repeat stopped by the LC studio to give us a little preview before their show this Saturday at #BlocktoberFest. Check out their in-studio performance of a special version of “Not the One” and an unreleased track “Hooks” off their upcoming album. Repeat Repeat will be sharing the stage with Walk the Moon, sElf, Tristen, Scars on 45, Boom Forest and Vinyl Thief. Click here to get your tickets in advance for only $15. Tickets will be $20 day of show.
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Everyone is curious to what the Future will bring. Is it honest? Is it urgent? Is it enduring? The Future brings all this and more with their contagious, tightly layered tracks that will force even the most inept soul to cut a rug.
If you fused the dynamic vocal style of Prince with Spoon’s tight minimalist pop hooks and a bit of Arcade Fire’s heights of grandeur, you’d kindle a spark that is the Future.
The indie-pop quartet is made up of brothers, Adam and Jordan Culver, and childhood friend Eric Sadowsky, who left their native North Dakota to pursue their music careers. Picking up Bryan Feece in Bloomington, Indiana, the foursome then settled into the intimate, yet competitive Nashville music scene.
“Being in a band with my brother and two life-long friends is great because we don’t have any problems with ego or arguing. Everyone just wants what’s best for the song,” says bassist Jordan Culver.
Frontman, Adam Culver’s compelling vocal caliber and volatile stage presence is tempered by Jordan Culver’s smooth bass melodies and slow builds. Guitarist, Eric Sadowsky’s artistry provides a sturdy yet delicate touch, reflective of his classic rock and funk influences, while drummer Bryan Feece’s expertise stems from a passion for precision and improvisation of art rock. Together, the Future produces a powerful and engaging listening experience, be it live or from the studio.
“The live shows are like an eruption to me,” says singer Adam Culver. “I don’t know what it feels like for the crowd, but for us it’s all spasm and catharsis. We don’t have any choice in the matter, we have to play these songs like our lives depend on it. Which I guess they do.” The Future plans to release a single each month, which will be available in a limited physical run of 25 artistic handmade covers each. “If one person will sing the song back at me, all is right in the world for those three minutes,” Adam says.
Episode120. the615 10/13/14
Local Artist of the week
The Future- Feel Something – Blood Moon
Hammel - Harmaleighs – I Keep Ticking On (Playin’ live Thursday 10/16/14 at Tin Roof Nashville 8pm. FREE SHOW w/ Favorite Sons and Silver Trees)
Wells – Vinyl Thief -White Light (Playin’ Live Saturday at Blocktoberfest!)
This Just In
Diamond Carter – Maybe It’s Bad – Duende
The Cunning – Lonesome No More
Live in LC Studio – Adam from The Future and Aaron from The Lower Caves
The Future – Eyes Wide – Blood Moon
The Lower Caves – Anytime – Turquoise Blue
Bands Around Town
Silver Trees – Paper Hearts (Playin’ live Thursday 10/16/14 at Tin Roof Nashville 8pm. FREE SHOW w/ Favorite Sons and Harmaleighs)
Blocktober Fest! (Saturday 10/18/14 3pm at Marathon Village w/ Walk The Moon, Scars On 45, Self, Boom Forrest, Vinyl Thief & Tristen)
Repeat Repeat – Not The One
Tristen – Doomsday
On Tap – Silver Trees, Favorite Sons
Blocktoberfest – Repeat Repeat, Boom Forest, Tristen
Aimee Driver and Danny Bemrose
Scars on 45 return to studio to talk about the release of their sophomore album Safety in Numbers. They first visited the WRLT studio in 2011, click here to check out their performance of “Give Me Something”. We recorded two new in-studio videos including single “Crazy For You” and “Golden” off Safety in Numbers live in LC Studio on 100.1 FM. Lt. Dan also posted the full audio interview via SoundCloud. Hurry up and get your tickets to see them live this Saturday at Lightning 100’s #BlocktoberFest featuring Walk the Moon, sElf, Boom Forest, repeat repeat, Vinyl Thief, Tristen, and Scars on 45!
The Growler filling station is now open at The Bottle Shop! Today on #TheTastingBar Dave shows us a couple of beers you definitely should be filling up those growlers with.
Kink Ador is the rock band of artist and songwriter Sharon Koltick. The singer-bassist-trumpet-blowing empress spent her youth raging along the Indiana highways in a slick Camaro with T-tops. She cruised those highways with no turns, listening at full volume to the folk music of her Midwestern tribe, classic rock and roll. Sharon was raised by two emotional and sensitive scientists who had an obsession with the music of Bob Dylan. This life led to the spiritual awakening of the rocker babe within. The urges inside her heart had to be felt out loud.
Influenced by bands such as The Talking Heads, Queens of the Stone Age, The Police, Lou Reed, PJ Harvey, The Clash, David Bowie, The Dead Weather, Elvis Costello, and Nick Cave, Kink Ador’s music delivers with a driving, straight-ahead clarity hard to find in a post-pop wasteland. Koltick brings a sense of purpose and controlled fury to the fore. Her voice conjures the hiding spirit, both power-packed and expressive.
The band is based out of Nashville, TN, with Michael Kisak on guitar, and Jon Mann on drums, the trio has shared the stage with bands such as Wye Oak, Mona, Chancellor Warhol, Empires, Clinic, and performed at US Festivals CMJ, Summerfest, Oranje, Snowball, and in Canada at CMW and Indie Music Week. In Rome, Italy Sharon has collaborated with Italian composer Andrea Farri and their music has appeared in Italian films and theater productions.
Kink Ador’s latest release “Free World” (2013) produced by Ken Coomer is a righteous ride through the American dream with songs like “Pilgrim Song” a moody soaring anthem which sounds like a Pink Floyd song from the future, with gospel singers on the chorus singing “across the land/across the sea/ some lay above/some lay below.” the lyrics discuss the idea of finding home. The record is also highlighted by the punk riff-rock hyper ballad, “Road to Hell,” which describes the dark downward spiral of love, with cheerful lyrics “with my girls we talk/we love to people watch/when were on the road.” For the latest news go to: http://www.kinkador.com
Erin McCarley(left) Boom Forest (center) K.S. Rhodes’s shoulder(right)
Erin McCarley and Boom Forest debut “Let Me Love You” in the LC studio on 100.1 FM. Boom Forest will be performing at Lightning 100’s Blocktober Fest on October 18th with Walk the Moon, Self, repeat repeat, Tristen and Vinyl Thief. Hurry up and get your discount tickets to the show.
Alanna Royale stops by the Lightning 100 studio to promote their sophomore release Achilles. Check out their performance which includes “Cop Car”, “18”, and Alanna’s shoe size. Click here to listen to the entire album by Alanna Royale.
Episode119. the615 10/06/14
Local Artist of the week
Kink Ador – Hold On Tight
Hammel - Candle Kid – Waiting For Death – S/t E.P. (Video)
Lt. Dizzle - Bela Fleck & Abigail Washburn – Railroad
This Just In
Dinner And A Suit – Can’t Get Enough – Stay (out tomorrow) (11/14 High Watt Release Show)
Kynlie – Hangin’ Round – S/t EP (came out week after on tap last month)
Mike Farris – Jonah & The Whale
Live in LC Studio
Erin McCarley & Boom Forest – Let Me Love You
Bands Around Town
Great Peacock – Take Me To The Mountain – (Playin’ Live *Communion Nashville on Thursday 10/9/14 at Mercy Lounge w/ Foreign Fields, Water Liars, Field Report, & Cereus Bright)
Honey Locust – Walking Shoes (Playin’ Live Saturday 10/11/14 at Stone Fox w/ Peter Stringer-Hye, & Poly)
Paper Route – Sugar (Playin Live Friday 10/10/14 at Exit/In w/ Phin, & The Left Hooks)
The Lower Caves – Anytime (Playin’ Live Saturday 10/11/14 at The 5 spot w/ The Future, Wesley Blaylock)
Praised by many for their “swirly pop beats, infectious guitar riffs, and loud, sing-a-long choruses”, Walk the Moon’s live performances won’t leave you disappointed. Based out of Cincinnati, Ohio and formed by lead singer Nicholas Petricca, Walk the Moon underwent several member changes until 2010 when Kevin Ray, Sean Waugaman, and Eli Maiman joined Petricca to complete the group. That same year, in November of 2010, the group independently released their debut album i want! i want! and quickly began receiving airplay for the track “Anna Sun” on many radio stations, including Lightning 100. The success of “Anna Sun” put Walk the Moon on the Billboard charts, and in the following June of 2012, the group signed with RCA Records and released their first, official, self-titled album Walk the Moon. Since recording their debut album, Walk the Moon has performed at several music festivals including Lollapalooza, Bonnaroo, and Sasquatch, and have played alongside acts such as the Local Natives, Grouplove, Young the Giant, and Fun. On September 10th, 2014 the band released their newest single “Shut Up and Dance” in order to promote their third studio album expected to drop later this year.
On Saturday October 18th, 2014, Walk the Moon will be performing at Lightning 100’s Marathon Village Blocktoberfest. The block party will begin at 2:00 pm and feature Walk the Moon, as well as Self, Boomforest, Vinyl Thief, Repeat Repeat, and Scars on 45. You don’t want to miss out on all of this great music, so click here to get your tickets today!
This week on The Tasting Bar, Dave from The Bottle Shop tells us about Kermit Lynch wines.
Some lucky Lightning 100 listeners got a chance to sit in on a James Bay secret show that took place before his two sold out shows with Hozier in Nashville, TN. Bay played four songs including “If You Ever Wanna Be In Love”, “Let it Go” off of his new EP, “Move Together” and “When We Were On Fire”. Here is an audio clip of the performance.
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Lt. Dan Buckley interviews James Mercer and Brian Burton aka Danger Mouse of Broken Bells backstage before their debut at Ryman Auditorium.