Monday, September 21, 2009

Upcoming Local Releases

Posted By on Mon, Sep 21, 2009 at 11:14 AM

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If you picked up this week's issue of our newly glossified print edition, you no doubt saw it was our annual Fall Guide. What's the Fall Guide, you might ask? It's a guide to all the fantastic autumnal upcomery you'd be remiss to miss. For my contribution, I provided a mini-guide to some local independent releases from four different studios. Have a look after the jump. Now, there are obviously more than just four local, independent non-country-music studios in town, but one can only do so much with 450 words. If you know of any projects going on at any other local rock 'n' roll studios, or if you have a request for us to figure out the goings-down anywhere else, please let us know in the comments. Battle Tapes: In his home studio--monikered Battle Tapes--local sonic wizard and engineer Jeremy Ferguson has helped construct a series of upcoming releases. Already out is Lylas' graceful collection of country-folk, Do You Believe in Blood, and out Sept. 29 on Fat Possum Records is Echo Kid, trio Turbo Fruits' collection of THC-addled but surprisingly melodically nimble punk gems recorded by Ferguson at Welcome to 1979. Also up soon is the long-time-coming opus from folk-pop songstress Tristen, as well as Gunslinger's Freshwater, recorded by Ferguson in a church in Asheville. Other not-too-distant releases include full-lengths from Kelli Shay Hix, Ttotals, Happy Little Trees, The Kodaks and a posthumous final release from defunct local faves Hotpipes. Cleft Music/The Teacher's Lounge: Loney Hutchins, champion of local rock and onetime familiar sideman for acts including Bobby Bare Jr. and The Mattoid, has also been hard at work recording and releasing albums. His recently relaunched label Cleft Music put out the aforementioned Lylas record, and he's been recording various acts in his home studio, The Teacher's Lounge. Mid-fall will see the release of a collection of traditional country and bluegrass songs performed by Hutchins' father and former House of Cash pitch man Loney Hutchins Sr. Also in the works are releases from trad-country royalty and gifted songwriter Chelsea Crowell, punk acts Natural Child, Monsters on Television and Daniel Pujol, as well as Tim Chad and Sherry, the project of former Silver Jews drummer Brian Kotzur. Lake Fever Productions: Local studio Lake Fever Productions, most visible recently for their web-video series Lake Fever Sessions, has plans for the release of albums from Aaron Robinson, How I Became the Bomb, The Garden Leo and more. Video sessions between now and the end of the year will include Travis, The Low Anthem, Phosphorescent, Dexateens and Holly Golightly. Rumors are also afloat that Andrew Bird and Pinback just might record sessions as well. Welcome to 1979: The folks at Welcome to 1979, the studio where Jeremy Ferguson tracked Turbo Fruits, have a few projects on their plate as well. Out Oct. 8 will be Cheer Up Charlie Daniels' live LP Live in '79, and following that will be a full-length from Ben Ripani as well as an EP from Max & the Wild Things and more. Welcome to 1979 will also continue to record live events--including The Basement's New Faces Nite and music at the Downtown Art Crawl--and host events known as Wax Tracks and Snax and the Audio Engineer Hang.

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