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Monday
Sep152014

INTRODUCING: NO LINE NORTH

We are thrilled beyond words to announce the release No Line North’s, Farther Out Beyond Today, which hits the streets on CD/DL October 14th and can be pre-ordered now from the band's online store

No Line North’s broad influences and instrumentation work their way into a uniquely unified sound that runs the spectrum from distorted garage rock to orchestral, quiet folk. Incorporating violin, loop pedals, vibraphones, distorted guitars and a driving rhythm section, NLN cultivates sizzling, psychedelic folk rock rooted in the Americana tradition, with the occasional nod to krautrock. 

Mastering Engineer Hans DeKline (Pixies, Snoop Dogg) summed up their new collection nicely: “Love these tunes! This is very original and fondly reminiscent of a Dinosaur Jr., Camper van Beethoven, Built to Spill kind of vibe but they have definitely got their own thing going. So cool!”

The band released their eponymous debut under the moniker Closely Watched Trains on Twin Lakes in October 2009. That first collection received much critical acclaim with The New Haven Register citing it as Connecticut’s best release of the year and The Big Takeover calling it “fresh and inspired.” Since that first release, No Line North has grown to become a powerful and tightknit unit, honing their craft by playing shows and woodshedding while finishing Farther Out Beyond Today. The result is a rocking collection of songs that transcends and bends genres in the best ways possible, sounding familiar yet strikingly unique. The album, which was recorded and produced by the band and friends at various locations, and mixed by NLN bassist John Leonard at SonicBot Productions, sees its official release on October 14, 2014. Get a taste below...

 

Wednesday
Aug062014

DEBBY SCHWARTZ'S "A GARDEN OF MY OWN" OUT SEPTEMBER 23RD ON CD AND VINYL

Earlier this year, we announced our partnership with Aquanettas co-founder and P.G. Six bassist/vocalist Debby Schwartz, releasing her solo debut EP Satan, You Brought Me Down, which featured stripped down cut-to-the-soul versions of songs off her forthcoming LP A Garden of My Own. In her flawless finger-picking, we heard Bert Jansch and Nick Drake; in her songwriting, we heard Neil Young; in its terse, bobbing and circular major-minor tides, we heard Pentangle; in her voice, we heard diamonds and rust. We were addled and propelled, and it kept getting better with each listen. To our ears, it was an instant addition to the canon of American hardscrabble songbook. Aside from being incredible songs, they benefit from the expert guidance of sound engineer/producer Ivan Julian, who is also known as a founding member/guitarist of the seminal punk band Richard Hell and the Voidoids, at his N.Y. Hed Recording Studios.

 A Garden of My Own hits the streets on both CD and vinyl September 23rd and can be pre-ordered here. Stream "London", the first single off the new album, below.

Tuesday
Apr152014

TTOTALS HITTING THE ROAD WITH LORELLE MEETS THE OBSOLETE

Nashville's Ttotals will be hitting the road once again for a string of dates from Texas up through New York, this time with their friends from Mexico, Lorelle Meets the Obsolete. Brian and Marty have been playing shows in and around their home town pretty steadily over the past few months while finishing up a new batch of songs in the studio. Now they're super psyched to try them out in front of some new crowds. The rough mixes of these new outer blues jams sound amazing, so be sure to catch them if they come to a city near you...

may 5th - crown & harp, dallas, tx *
may 6th - bear's, shreveport, la*
may 7th - the buccaneer, memphis, tn *
may 8th - the stone fox, nashville, tn *
may 9th - 529, atlanta, ga *
may 10th - static age records, asheville, nc *
may 11th - strange matter, richmond, va *
may 12th - tropicalia, washington d.c. *
may 13th - connie's ric rac, philadelphia, pa *
may 14th - death by audio, brooklyn, ny *
may 15th - bsp lounge, kingston, ny ^
may 16th - blue nile, harrisonburg, va
* with lorelle meets the obsolete
^ with woods and quilt
Dig the design for the tour t-shirts they'll have on hand...
 

 

Monday
Mar312014

DEBBY SCHWARTZ JOINS TWIN LAKES...NEW EP COMING THIS SPRING, LP THIS FALL

We can't tell you how thrilled we are to have Debby Schwartz be part of the Twin Lakes family. This came to be when Pat Gubler, a.k.a P.G. Six, reached out to us, asking if we might be interested in releasing a record he and the other members of P.G. Six had a hand in recording with Debby, the band's bassist and backing vocalist. I had met Debby briefly once at a P.G. Six show but didn't know anything about her solo work. Man, were we floored when we listened to the masters Pat sent us. In her flawless finger-picking, we heard Nick Drake; in her songwriting, we heard Neil Young and Bert Jansch; in its terse, bobbing and circular major-minor tides, we heard Pentangle; in her voice, we heard diamonds and rust. We were addled and propelled, and it kept getting better with each listen. To our ears, it was an instant addition to the canon of American hardscrabble songbook.

Her new EP Satan, You Brought Me Down comes out on April 18 on limited edition CD-R/DL and features stripped down cut-to-the-soul versions of songs off her forthcoming vinyl LP, A Garden of My Own, also due out on Twin Lakes this summer. Aside from being incredible songs, they benefit from the expert guidance of sound engineer/producer Ivan Julian, who is also known as a founding member/guitarist of the seminal punk band Richard Hell and the Voidoids, at his N.Y. Head Recording Studios.

A celebration of sorts will be going down at Gallery E (459 Vanderbilt Ave. Brooklyn, NY) the day the EP drops. Supporting Ms. Schwartz will be Nebraskan cellist/singer Meaner Pencil and Pentangle tribute band Sport & Play. This is also a release party for Bob Bannister (P.G. Six) & Ember Schrag’s zine, Dead Language Airport. Admission is $10 and includes a free zine...it's going to be a blast!

 

 

Wednesday
Jan012014

HAPPY NEW YEAR! 2013 HONORS FOR TTOTALS AND MICHAEL BEACH

Happy New Year! Man, what a year 2013 was. While it wasn’t our busiest in terms of the number of releases we put out, it was definitely one of our most exciting. I had the pleasure of watching Ttotals perform at this year’s Austin Psych Fest and meeting in the flesh excited fans who had just placed orders online for their critically acclaimed Spectrums of Light 7-inch that we released days before. Another highlight was meeting the man who had a hand in making this record sound so damn good hours before he blew us all away on stage…Spacemen 3’s Sonic Boom. While Tate Eskew expertly handled recording and engineering duties, Sonic mastered this A/B slab of outer blues. Expect more doses of brooding psych sure to set your soul ablaze from these guys in 2014 in the form of a new LP. 

Ttotals at Cake Shop, NYC

August saw the release of Michael Beach’s sophomore LP, Golden Theft, a real genre-bending stunner. I got to tour the East Coast with Beach, backing him on drums, while his regular bandmates waited for him to return home to San Francisco for some West Coast dates. That week saw us share the stage with Matt Valentine (MV&EE) and John Moloney's (Chelsea Light Moving) new project, Home Comfort, as well as Chris Forsyth and other great bands, like the Estrogen Highs, Fatal Film, and Margaret Mead. We managed to wrangle a gig in an old church on the stunningly beautiful Monhegan Island off the coast of Maine. What a blast!

Beach at The Elevens, Northampton, MA

Both of the aforementioned additions to our catalog turned many heads this year and earned end-of-year honors. Ttotals appeared on The Styrofoam Drone’s Top 7” Records of 2013 list, while Beach broke the top 5 on both The Vinyl District and SF Weekly’s Top Albums of 2013 lists.

Twin Lakes has never been about the sheer volume of output…it has been and always will be about turning people on to the music we carefully curate because we love it. We’re looking forward to continuing to do so in 2014 with more from Ttotals, long-awaited releases from Closely Watched Trains and Myty Konkeror, and who knows what else? In the meantime, head on over to our Bandcamp page where you can download for free a Twin Lakes compilation.