Bits: Patrick Sweany, Infantree, Shivering Timbers, Bill Withers, Empires

  • Patrick Sweany was featured on Cleveland public radio program Around Noon this past Thursday. A lovely interview with a couple of wonderful live songs. Listen here.
  • Infantree will be re-releasing their album Would Work in a re-mastered version at the end of April.
  • Akron’s Shivering Timbers are venturing out beyond Ohio and will be playing Nashville, Tennessee – February 25 at the Basement and February 27 at the 5 Spot. Their album, We All Started in the Same Place, is now available on iTunes.
  • Still Bill, a documentary about the amazing Bill Withers is now airing on Showtime.

And, from Jennifer:

  • Empires, scrappy little band of my heart, has a shot at being the first unsigned band to be on the cover of Rolling Stone. They are from Chicago, and when I last discussed them on NTSIB , I described them as a “punch drunk love affair” and that description is still true. Their sound is big and raw and sexy and, basically, rock and roll at its finest.

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Bits: The Twilight Singers, Infantree, Devo, The Mississippi Sheiks, Matador at 21

  • The first taste of the new Twilight Singers album is available. Get a free download of “Blackbird and the Fox” here.
  • My Old Kentucky Blog premiered the video for Infantree’s “Slaughter House” today. Check it out. MOKB may be on the fence about the song, but we love it.
  • Devo will be heading out on a tiny, little tour at the end of the month, so hope you Devotees are ready to travel.
  • (Additionally, you can get ready for Halloween by purchasing a Devo costume from their webstore. Yeah, that’s… I don’t know what to make of that.)
  • If you are a casual blues fan, you may not have heard of the Mississippi Sheiks – you may not even realize there were blues bands back in the 1930s since all the focus is usually on the man-with-a-guitar bluesmen of the time – but you’ll likely know their songs as covered by other artists. No Depression is running a contest to win a Things About Comin’ My Way: A Tribute to the Music of the Mississippi Sheiks DVD, CD, poster and T-shirt. Contributors include Van Dyke … Continue reading

Don’t Say I Never Gave You Anything: Infantree

My lack of time is your gain. No time for an in-depth post today, so we’re going to share a batch of Infantree mp3s we’ve been sitting on. (You may recall us talking about them before.) Not only are they a sweet bunch, but they are pumping out ever more impressive music. Here’s a handful of songs from their new album Would Work.

Infantree – Slaughter House
Infantree – Speak Up
Infantree – Water

If you’re in the Boston area on October 19, you can check Infantree out live at TT’s.

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Bits: Infantree, Justin Townes Earle, Vic Chesnutt & Elf Power, Neil Young, A Place to Bury Strangers

  • Infantree’s first full-length album, Would Work, is out today, and you can take a preview listen at Spinner (also up: Watchmen, Black Angels and Grinderman, among others).
  • No Depression wants you to interview Justin Townes Earle, and they want to compensate you for it. Submit a question for JTE, and you could win an autographed copy of his new album, Harlem River Blues
  • Pitchfork‘s One Week Only feature is currently running a documentary of Vic Chesnutt’s 2009 European Tour with Elf Power.
  • For those excited about the new Daniel Lanois-produced Neil Young album, Le Noise, Stereogum has a preview for you in the form a video for “Angry World”.
  • A Place to Bury Strangers has a five-song EP – “I Lived My Life To Stand In The Shadow Of Your Heart”, “Girlfriend” and three remixes of “I Lived” – and you can download the Secret Machines remix from Mute. APtBS will be kicking off a fall tour with a free show at Thirteenth Floor in Massillon, Ohio, on September 24 and swinging through Cleveland on September 27 (more on that next … Continue reading

Bits: Conrad Plymouth, Infantree, Megafaun, Folgers, Wu-Ta

  • Conrad Plymouth’s beautiful EP is available on 10″ clear vinyl. Get it.
  • Another gorgeous song from Infantree, “Slaughterhouse”, is available for free download.
  • Megafaun and Fight the Big Bull will be joined by guest Justin Vernon and Sharon Van Etten for a series of shows, taking place September 17-19, that will cover songs from Alan Lomax’s Sounds of the South collection. The shows will be recorded for a future live album release.
  • If your life has heretofore been incomplete due to a lack of Johnny Cash singing to you about coffee from your phone, be ready to experience nirvana. Folgers has posted a series of free ringtones of their jingle performed by Cash, Aaron Neville and Michael McDonald, among others. I can’t make it all the way through the Michael McDonald one for fear of suffocating from laughter.
  • The Wu-Tang Clan are in the middle of the Rock the Bells tour, during which they are performing 36 Chambers in its entirety. Check out the Clan turning out “M.E.T.H.O.D. Man”.


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Notable Shows in the Greater Cleveland Area

Shows worth checking out this week in and around Cleveland:

The Beachland Ballroom & Tavern

  • Sat, Aug 21| 9 PM (8:30 PM door)
    Celebrity Pilots
    The Modern Electric
    Good Touch Bad Touch
    Tavern | all ages

Grog Shop

  • Mon, Aug 23| 9 PM
    Moth Cock
    Bon Tusciani feat. Ilza
    Missle Command
    Free admission
  • Wed, Aug 25| 8 PM
    Red Buttons
    Dan Miraldi

The Kent Stage

  • Fri, Aug 20| 8 PM
    Cadillac Sky
  • Sat, Aug 21| 8 PM
    15-60-75 (The Numbers Band)

Let’s close the week with something pretty from Infantree, shall we? Warning: May induce the urge to run barefoot through open fields.

Euphemism from Infantree on Vimeo.

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Bits: Infantree, Filter, Camu Tao, Robert Wilson, Mark Lanegan, Isobel Campbell

  • If you’ll be in the Los Angeles, California, area on September 14th, get your R.S.V.P. to Infantree and be on the guest list for their album release party.
  • Due to the Cleveland connection, I feel compelled to note that Filter’s new album is streaming at AOL Music. (I’ll just say that it’s no Short Bus.)
  • But on another Ohio-centric tip, the posthumous solo album from Columbus’ Camu Tao (on fabulous Fat Possum Records) is also streaming at AOL Music. (I’m digging it.)
  • Robert Wilson, bassist and one of the three brothers who made up the Gap Band, died this past Sunday at the age of 53.
  • Saying Mark Lanegan and Isobel Campbell are working together again is becoming a bit like saying Robert Pollard is putting out a new album. They’ve got a good thing going, though, so check out their new video for “You Won’t Let Me Down Again”. The album, Hawk, is streaming on Campbell’s Facebook page.

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Infantree: I had a rough time breaking down my doors.

I could make supposedly witty remarks about how Infantree is an appropriate name because these guys are twelve years old if they’re a day, but that would belie the maturity of their sound and the confidence of their fully-realized songs. While they’re only a few years out of high school, three of this four-man band from southern California have been playing and writing together since elementary school, and the experience shows in their music.

Their sound encompasses influences from jazz to folk to Spanish classical to rock to blues to… they’re eclectic, let’s put it that way. And they have the skill to translate these influences into whole music instead of the mish-mash such eclecticism could otherwise engender.

Apparently, they also have the skill to make my write like some pretentious magazine reviewer, so why don’t you just listen to them instead. Here’s “Euphemism” from their EP Food for Thought.

Infantree – Euphemism

Their full-length album, Would Work – produced by Niko Bolas (Neil Young, Warren Zevon) – will be out on September 14.

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