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Friday
Oct232015

RELEASE DAY! NEW FROM MERCY CHOIR: "SINGS IN THE TRADITIONAL ROCK AND ROLL STYLE"

Hey rock and rollers! We are thrilled to announce the newest addition to our catalog — a collaborative effort with Dead Language Records — from New Haven-based Mercy Choir. For years hyper-prolific Mercy Choir mastermind Paul Belbusti has been releasing a steady stream of albums, EPs, and singles, quietly becoming the 21st century's Bob Pollard, both for his output and his killer melodic hooks. Sings in the Traditional Rock And Roll Style is a continuation of Paul's oeuvre but with a decidedly stylistic focus. These songs show Belbusti presenting his vision wrapped in various genres, from hushed folk ballads to traditional, sometimes blown-out, rock and roll. 

The record is arresting. Sometimes Belbusti and Co. seem to be stretching out or highlighting stylistic aspects of material and taking it to new spots — like he's writing songs to show us places we know but at a different time of day — where we are unrecognized passers-by wishing we had entree. Sometimes they lay out and just rock — happy to perform gems and point (hard) at the parts they like with an open grin. We are old friends listening to music drunk at 2AM enjoying our arm goosebumps together. These songs are closed-rolled-eyes good and universe secret granting, and when the record's over, we're back to the beginning listening to what we thought was something else last time but is now even more so, and waiting to get back to the end song which is more familiar than this newly crazy sounding traditional rock style.

Its official release date is this Friday, October 23rd, the same day as the album's release party at New Haven’s Three Sheets, which will also feature performances by Pete Nolan (Magik Markers) and Lys Guillorn. The first single "Birdwatcher" got some nice ink in Lonesome Noise and IMPOSE, and you can stream some more advance tracks and preorder the album now at our web store.

For details on the record release, go here.

Monday
Sep142015

THE INAUGURAL ELM CITY NOISE FESTIVAL THIS WEEKEND...RIVENER IN THE HARTFORD COURANT TALKING ABOUT THE JOYS OF DISSONANCE

This weekend is the inaugural Elm City Noise Festival, and we are so grateful to have had the opportunity to help curate Day 2 of the festival at Cafe Nine, which features headliners Oneida from Brooklyn, NY and a stellar bill of other seekers, innovators, and agitators from the New Haven area, like our own Rivener, Black Fluff, Watermelon, and The Mountain Movers' Dan Greene. But Thursday and Saturday night's lineups will be equally sick, featuring bands like Intercourse, Procedure Club, TOYZ, Mr. Heartbreak, Slime Mob, Tick Hive, Parlay Droner, The Forest Room, and members of Florida=Death.

Recently, Rivener's Paul Belbusti talked to The Hartford Courant's Michael Hamad about the festival and the joys of dissonant, unpredictable music.

 

Wednesday
Aug052015

TWIN LAKES FEATURED IN COASTAL CONNECTICUT MAGAZINE

Connecticut Coastal magazine just published a really nice article about us and our stellar stable of artists. Check it!

Friday
Jun262015

RIVENER AT THE 13TH FLOOR WITH MAGIK MARKERS AND TWIN LAKES ALUM, SHOVELS

This gig was so much fun! It was so great to see and hang with my good buds, Shovels, all the way from Australia, on the final night of their US tour. I wish they didn't live so far away cuz they're some of my favorite people on the planet. Their set was amazing, and Magik Markers was next level, too...best I've seen from both bands. Plus, they don't come much nicer than those guys. Paul and I had a blast playing so it was good night all around. If you want to listen to/see all three sets, somebody at the show taped it. Just head over here. Oh, and it looks like our next show will be in September at the Elm City Noise Festival with Oneida headlining!  --Kiefer

Thursday
Mar122015

RIVENER'S "FIRES IN REPOSE" NOW AVAILABLE ON CASSETTE/CD-R/DL

Rivener's debut release Fires in Repose is now available over at our online store. It consists of three shape-shifting explorations of no wave, noise, and psych with elements rooted in the rockist tradition. Rivener stretches, bends, and breathes new meaning into these influences, conjuring stormy, cosmic clouds of sound. It will be available on limited edition cassette and CD-R (50 each), as well as digital. Cassettes and CD's are hand-stickered and can be yours for only 5 bucks!