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Friday
May272016

TWIN LAKES & FRIENDS CELEBRATE WILLIE NELSON AT CAFE NINE, NEW HAVEN

Tomorrow night at Cafe Nine in New Haven, Twin Lakes Records and friends will celebrate the man, the myth and legend of song, Willie Nelson. On the bill are local treasures from the Greater New Haven area: Bop Tweedy, Frank Critelli, Dave Hogan, Rivener (Paul Belbusti/Michael Kiefer) & Lys Guillorn, Kelly Kancyr, No Line North, Olive Tiger (solo), The Sawtelles, and Xavier Serrano (Kindred Queer) will all be there, playing their interpretations of the classics, deep cuts and hidden gems from his extensive songbook

We all know the hits, but Willie's songbook goes DEEP. I didn't realize how deep and what an amazing talent he was until Jon from No Line North approached me with the idea of putting this show together. Once I started really listening, I got hooked. Willie just turned 83 last month. We've seen enough tough losses this year, so let's celebrate life and that of a living legend! This is a benefit concert with all proceeds going to the CT Food Bank. The New Haven Independent just published a story about it, and you can check the flyer for details...it's gonna be a hoot! 


Wednesday
May182016

RIVENER RIDES AGAIN

Tomorrow night! 

Thursday
Feb182016

MYTY KONKEROR RETURNS UNDER A NEW MONIKER AT THE WOBBLING ROOF REVUE

Myty Konkeror had been on its longest hiatus since it inception until last month when the three of us decided to get together over the holidays for our first jam in over two years. We went into the studio with no plan other than playing what felt good and true and rediscovering the feeling that made playing together so compelling in the first place. We thought things would be more interesting if we used instruments we never incorporated into MK's sound: electric mandolin, banjo, acoustic guitar, and an array of effects pedals. We're really excited about the results, which were three completely improvised jams that represent a new direction for us. So much so, we'll be releasing these songs under a new moniker--More Klementines. And we'll be performing these songs (or ones like 'em) for the first time in front of an audience on March 4th at the Wobbling Roof Revue in New Haven, CT at Never Ending Books. This variety concert series was expertly curated by Mercy Choir/Rivener's Paul Belbusti and Lys Guillorn and will be held every Friday night in March at 8:00, and it's sure to be a blast. Hope to see you there!   --Kiefer

Listen to More Klementines below.

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.