Tuesday, July 21, 2015

Pine Barons Punk Out At Cambridge Sound Studios for #CoverClub

This week for CoverClub we get to be extra excited. This week, Pine Barons are playing our favorite festival: XPoNential Festival and they have a great cover for us to share!

Cover Club | Pine Barons "January 1979" (mewithoutYou)

Now based in Philly, these New Jersey exports weaned on mewithoutYou in high school. It's All Crazy! It's All False! It's All a Dream! It's Alright was out at the time, but it was Catch for Us the Foxes that the fellas gravitated to. For Pine Barons they all agreed "it's different from our band and so fun to play. It encompasses being a high school student and wanting to yell. Plus a song we can all agree on"

During their #CoverClub session, when they recorded the amazing cover of mewithoutYou's "January 1979" they also treated us to a studio version of "Clowns."  Expected to be part of a full length album, being recorded in Head Room Studios in Spring of '16, this session version got the full treatment at Cambridge Sound Studios.

Cover Club | Pine Barons "Clowns"

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Saturday, July 18, 2015

Haunted: Haunt the House play the Root Down In The Shadow HQ House Show

For those of you that didn't see the invitation to the Root Down In The Shadow HQ House Show with Haunt the House, Dan Blakeslee, and Kettle Pot Black: Sorry, watch the video below to see what you missed.

For those of you that did see the invitation, but chose not to come.  You might not want to watch this video... And I told you so.

Haunt the House, "Vampyre" live from RDitS House Show 7/13/15 from Michael Batchelor on Vimeo.

Check out more tunes by the band here and keep an eye out for more tour dates. Meanwhile, they're playing Newport Folk Festival on Friday!!

Bands Pick The Bands - 2015 XPoNential Music Festival Presented by Subaru Artists Preview

Less than a week away, the XPoNential Festival looms large on the summer music horizon.  The schedule has been released and it's time to start plotting out your must see bands, meeting with friends, and where to put your chairs each day!

Luckily for us, some of the festival performers have put in their two cents on which bands are worthy of your attention. 

Israel Nash
Sunday 1:40pm - JerseyArts.com Marina Stage
Band Most Excited to Share the Festival Stage with:
Courtney Barnett: (Sunday 3:55pm - River Stage)
"Courtney's done so much lately. I’ve been a fan for a little bit, as we keep crossing paths on the circuit, SXSW etc. To keep seeing Courtney, on the lineup, at all these festivals is awesome! Somehow I haven’t been able to catch her set yet, so this will be the first time to see her live.

Her new album (Sometimes I Sit And Think, And Sometimes I Just Sit) is great. Courtney Barnett is such a great poet, while doing this 90s grunge thing. Her lyrical style is such a pleasure, my favorite has got to be "Pedestrian At Best". She writes in such a cool way, ... “give me all your money and I'll make some origami honey” … that as a songwriter myself it’s impressive, because it’s such a unique songwriting style."

Israel Nash at NonComm 2015

Band Most Excited to see live at the #XPNFest:  
My Morning Jacket (Saturday 9:30 Susquehana Bank Ctr)
"Having never before seen My Morning Jacket, I’m very excited. Some bands are more than just a band. For me, I appreciate when you can see them live and its more than certain singles and albums and even shows. My Morning Jacket is at a different level, they’re just a great band. It even goes beyond that, they have a diverse audience, drawing from all sorts of music fans."

Israel Nash at the Malvern Summer Stage

Jen Pague of Vita and the Woolf 
Saturday 12:00pm - JerseyArts.com Marina Stage 

Band Most Excited to Share the Festival Stage with:
Hop Along (Saturday 12:30pm - River Stage
"I really want to see them live.....I've never seen Hop Along but I've been listening to them a lot recently. Really enjoy their sound and guitar parts."

Band Most Excited to see live at the #XPNFest: 
St Vincent (Saturday 8:00 Susquehana Bank Center)
"St. Vincent really knows how to put on a show and it entertains me. She is obviously the highlight of the Fest. I'm really impressed with her dedication to her stage presence, like learning how to fall on stage without hurting herself."

Gabe Simon of Kopecky
Sunday 4:45pm - JerseyArts.com Marina Stage
Band Most Excited to Share the Festival Stage with
The Lone Bellow (Sunday 2:25pm - River Stage)
"It’s got to be The Lone Bellow. They’re an amazing talent, play with their hearts. I love his (Zach Williams) story. Basically wife was having terrible problems, he starting writing stories about it, turned those into songs. It’s wonderful how he made something out of that pain & fear and turned it into something beautiful.”

Band Most Excited to see live at the #XPNFest: St Vincent 
"St. Vincent of course. I’ve been a fan all along; from her days in Polyphonic Spree, her new stuff, and her collaboration with David Byrne. St. Vincent is just a sheer talent."

Keith Abrams of Pine Barons
Sunday 12:00pm - River Stage

Band Most Excited to Share the Festival Stage with
"It's definitely a tough call, but I'm gonna say I'm most excited to share the stage with Cheerleader because we've been dying to get on a bill together for quite some time now and this will be the first time. They were at the Tri-State Indie Awards and was excited to finally see them, but I mistakenly stepped outside for the duration of their set. So I walked back in as they ended and was bummed., Also Josh Pannepacker has become a good buddy of ours over the past couple years, so we’re really looking forward to this!" 

Band Most Excited to see live at the #XPNFest: 
"That's the tough one because I've never seen both My Morning Jacket or St. Vincent, but I'm also extremely stoked to see Courtney Barnett live. They're all inspirational in their own ways. I've only heard the new MMJ single and haven't had a chance to check out the record yet but I dig. I don't know if St. Vincent is crazy but I do love her music. Courtney's new album is the dog's bollocks. She rules for sure. I'm sure it's going to be an all around phantasmagorical jamboree."

Sunday 12:30pm - JerseyArts.com Marina Stage

Band Most Excited to Share the Festival Stage with: Hop Along
"This would probably have to be Hop Along. Frances used to come into the coffee shop I used to work at and she was always super nice and friendly. She was actually finished up the artwork for their newest record (which just came out) while she was there. Something about seeing that first hand made it all the cooler when I heard the final product, which is really great by the way. So yeah, I'd have to say Hop Along for this one, and I'm so excited for all their success."

Band Most Excited to see live at the #XPNFest: 
"For this one I think we're gonna have to go with either St. Vincent or Courtney Barnett. Courtney Barnett is cool as shit, is a really talented songwriter/lyricist and kinda has a Steve Malkmus thing going on, so I'm pretty stoked to see her. St. Vincent just shreds, so I feel like her show will be pretty great as well. And I've always wanted to hear 'Cruel' live, so yeah, it's a tie between those two."

Wednesday, July 15, 2015

#CoverClub - Anthony D'Amato Covers Marah

Back in April for Record Store Day, the #CoverClub crew went to Main Street Music to cover Anthony D'Amato's in-store session.  It was tons of fun as we did some video inside (see original "Rain On A Strange Roof" below) and then took a jaunt over to the canal to do another shoot of Marah's "Walt Whitman Bridge."  The session was a blast, and all the details are over at the CoverClubPhilly.com site.

Afterwards, keeping an eye on the internet buzz.. I found something spectacular!  Many fans and artists love music for the same reason... the connection.  And this, is a connection!

Anthony D'Amato — Rain on a Strange Roof from Michael Batchelor on Vimeo.

Tuesday, July 7, 2015

#CoverClub - Hezekiah Jones covers Johnny Miles

The Hezekiah Jones Cover Club session had been in the works for over a year when it was recorded in early April of this year at Cambridge Sound Studios. Since it was first discussed, a lot has changed in that time, but one thing that hasn’t is Johnny Miles place among the band as a favorite artist.

According to Raph of Hezekiah Jones, “Johnny Miles is a songwriting hero and I am honored to also call him a friend. It was hard to pick just one song from such a prolific and talented writer.” Raph explained, “Sailors” is off of Sign of the Times; one of my all time favorite albums. Johnny Miles’ lyrics melt me.

The session was recorded in April at Jim Salamone‘s Cambridge Sound Studios with Matthew Phillips, Todd Mecaughey, and Alex Kopertowski.

Cover Club: Hezekiah Jones "Sailors" (Johnny Miles Cover)

In less than two weeks, patron fans who supported the band via their PledgeMusic campaign will be receiving their digital downloads for new music!!!! The Pledge Release is set(if all goes well!) for July 17th Digital and end of July/early August for receiving Physical Copies of In Loving Memory of oosi Lockjaw. Fear not, if you are digging your early taste of the album with the Cover Club version of “Spare the Wicked”, the last day to go to Pledgemusic.com and pledge for any special orders is July 17th. If not, after that you wait til November. A few final options remain, but signed copies of In Loving Memory of oosi Lockjaw, signed vinyl of ‘Have You Seen Our New Fort?‘ and , signed typed lyrics are still available.

In Loving Memory of oosi Lockjaw, which was recorded at/mixed with Matt Muir, Andrew Lipke, Brian McTear, Chris Dell’Osa, and Jim Salamone at Kawari, The Record Lounge, Miner Street, Haverhouse, and Cambridge Sound Studios respectively. is meant as a gently loving exorcism(letting go) of the peaceful/wrathful, latent/active, ghosts/demons(impressions/false understandings), that haunt our subtler bodies(spirit/astral/psychic) and which are yearning to be free from us as well.

The Cover Club Session original “Spare the Wicked”, gives a taste of the first Hezekiah Jones full length in about 3 1/2 years since Have You Seen Our New Fort? For fans that didn’t jump on the opportunity to pledge for the new album this will be the first new Hezekiah Jones material since the two instrumentals for the Multimedia book ‘Slice of Life‘ last year. Written by Raphael Cutrufello, he explains “Spare the wicked” asks to spare us all. There is not a being on this planet that doesn’t struggle and is not worth redeeming.”

Cover Club | Hezekiah Jones "Spare the Wicked"

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