In The Studio/New Releases: Summer 2017

Hot Fun In The Summertime at Bang-A-Song:

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In The Studio:

  • Telamor spread musical amor.
  • The Night Trippers recorded well into tomorrow morning.
  • Renee and Joe mixed their record which should be available on vinyl in a matter of moments.
  • Willie Alexander continued the collage.
  • The Marconis transmitted rock.
  • Ally Doody doodled.
  • John Jerome let it be known.
  • Lisa Manning waxed some stanzas.
  • The Only Things cut their next LP.
  • Bliss brought the bliss.
  • Mark Pelosi checked his grooves.
  • Morgan Minsk was mixed.
  • Simon Ritt demoed his demos.
  • Wilson willed his songs to tape.
  • Mike Francis rocked the mic.
  • Concrete Constellations shot for the stars.
  • Izzy Hall wailed on sax.
  • Paul Jensen transferred reels.
  • Sofia Gadbois recorded her next set of originals.

cb-cd-2017-wanderbird-coverNew Releases (Released, or Damn Close!):

In The Studio: April/May 2017

It was a fertile spring at Bang-A-Song:

And let’s not forget to congratulate the artists who had new releases the past couple months:

In The Studio: February/March 2017

In The Studio at Bang-A-Song:

New Releases touched by Bang-A-Song:

In The Studio: December 2016 / January 2017

Megan Wolf (Electric Factory X)

Megan Wolf (Electric Factory X)

Jon Butcher produced. Josh Richard mapped cities and states. Megan Wolf mastered. Telamor stormed the barricades. Ally Doody started writing. Tae Kwon Flo chopped some lines. Mike Francis rebelled. Kinetik Dialekt dialed it in. Renee and Joe started LP3. The Marconis transmitted electricity. St0ker stoked it. Lisa Manning tracked some stanzas.

New gear alert!!! Bang-A-Song is proud to announce the arrival of their new 130 year old 1886 Steinway A1 grand piano! It’s got 85 keys and plays better than a piano 1/10th is age! The bass is deep and tight and the highs have it all. Feel free to come check it out!

In The Studio/New Releases: October/November

We’re happy to have some autumnal releases to announce, and a busy roster of rockin’ folks tracking at Bang-A-Song!

New Releases: 

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In The Studio:

The Marconis transmitted rock music.  John Jerome burned another jam down.  Telamor worked on their Greatest Hits.  Ally Doody sang real pretty.  Meg Griffin and Bob Woodruff taped another session of “Words with Meg” for Sirius/XMTae Kwon Flo let it flow.  The Poor Sports scored a(nother!) hit.  Josh Richard overdubbed his debut.  Electric Factory X worked their assembly line.  The Elements jahmmed.  Mike Francis channeled the Soul RebelChelsea Berry filmed a documentary.

In The Studio/New Releases: Summer 2016

Dear Y’all,

Well, it’s been awhile but that’s summer in Gloucester….if we’re not in the studio cutting tracks were on the water kicking back….no extra computer time allowed!  Still feels like summah here today but enough time has passed I think I ought to update….

Not surprisingly, there are some great albums that have had their toes in the Bang-A-Song pool for even just a little bit. (And even if their toes weren’t here recently, we’re still happy to push these great recordings. Here are some of the latest:

Good N’ Cheap: The Eggs Over Easy Story

EggsOverEasy_GoodNCheap_cover-350x350In this day and age it’s rare to find any further unreleased records from the heyday of the rock era, let alone one from a unknown band that is at the absolute root of a giant rock family tree…but Yep Roc has, and it’s a doozy.   

Have you ever heard the band Eggs Over Easy?  They are the American group who inadvertently jump started a UK music revolution that culminated in the British punk of The Damned, Elvis Costello, The Clash and Rockpile.

If you admire The Band but wish they weren’t so damn serious, The Eggs are the band for you.  Their criminally forgotten Link Wray produced LP “Good and Cheap” released on A&M in 1972 opens: “We’re gonna have a little party/It’s gonna last for a week or two”.  Welcome to the pub!

Gigging the Tally Ho, their Kentish Town local, in 1971, their punchy songs, soulful singing and stripped down effect/affectless sound were a breath of fresh air in the land of Yes and Pink Floyd.  A whole flock of players, writers, producers and managers that came to dominate pub and punk rock first had their heads turned ’round witnessing the Eggs’ anything-goes mastery and their rapidly swelling audience of punters.  Just listen to Nick Lowe testifying how he never truly got over the effect Eggs Over Easy had on him.

I’ll never truly get over the effect the Eggs have had on me, either.  In 2006, I learned that original member Jack O’Hara gigged regularly at BB King’s in Times Square.  I looked in the paper.  There he was.  I drove down to the gig and was seated for dinner.  There he was.   I said hi and there was that same beautiful bass voice I knew from the “Good and Cheap” song “Arkansas”.  He said we’d catch up after the show and went up on the stage and proceeded to lay down three subtly smoking hours of Jimmy Reed, Jimi Hendrix and Santo and Johnny.

After the gig I got to hang with Jack and he confirmed it.  He’s a lifer who’d never stopped.  Eggs Over Easy were a great time but he wrote tunes every day, and had a new CD filled with moving songs and performances (“Selected Shorts”).   He’d been mixing monitors at the world famous Blue Note for the last 10 years.  He’d helped friends cut records, booked clubs and mixed front of house at venues around the world.  His life was filled with music before, during and after The Eggs.

But my life wasn’t filled with anywhere near enough Eggs Over Easy music.   “Good and Cheap” had been reissued on CD once in the UK but there was so much more that so few had ever heard:  the unreleased Chas Chandler debut record “London ’71”,  “I’m Gonna Put a Bar In My Car and Drive Myself to Drink” b/w “Horny Old Lady”, a punk-as-fuck single released on Buffalo Records in 1976, and 1981’s “Fear of Frying”, a record that ranged from home recorded madness to Big Star/Steely Dan shimmer.  I knew that someday some smart record company would set the record straight and get this largely unreleased/unheard trove of music on the shelves. 

That day has come.  Today Yep Roc is righting the wrongs of forty years of music business oversight with one big, beautiful package (double CD or triple vinyl).

Do yourself a favor, check this release out.   It’s some of the greatest American music I have ever heard.  It’s funny, it’s sad, its reverent, it’s irreverent.  It’s the whole ball of wax.  It swings and stomps.  It is stripped down and dressed in the richest harmony three fellas could create.  I love it.  It’s spare, it’s snappy, it’s straight ahead.   It’s good and cheap.  It has a warmth of spirit that radiates inclusiveness so open that anything could happen and everyone was invited……even Sid Vicious.

a href=”http://yeproc.11spot.com/eggs-over-easy-good-n-cheap-the-eggs-over-easy-story-pre-order-6-24.html” target=”_blank”>Good N’ Cheap: The Eggs Over Easy Story (Yep Roc)

In The Studio + New Releases: March/April 2016

In The Studio: April / May 2016

Jon Butcher remixed.  The Great Madness got on the radio.  Geoff Small inflated his airbag.  Telamor tracked and shot.  Soul Rebel Project cut guitars. Will Vincent played all the instruments.  Megan McKenzie souled the soul.  Ally Doody sang the hits.  Chelsea Berry worked up new tunes.  Pete Minigell picked up where his brother left off.

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The Great Madness premiered their newly released track “Our Town” on Radio 92.9.

Friend to all (and especially to Bang-A-Song) Willie Alexander and The Fishtones promised “I’ll Be Goode”, on their new full length LP.

Lastly, the Full Length, Red Bird, Dynamic Duo, CroonSome TwoSome release from Renee and Joe has hit the streets.  The album is entitled “Red Bird” You can buy it, gift it, stream it, and even acquire it on CD.  You will be gratified.

New Releases: February 2016

February was a busy release month for Bang-A-Song artists (and we’re pregnant with some March releases, too), but just to make sure you can quickly add the latest tunes to your playlists/downloads/collections, here’s the rundown.

Graham Neill / Band of Wolves has released a new track and music video entitled “She Played”, and you can even see a bit of our own Warren Babson tracking the Wolves in the studio.  If this is the teaser track (featuring Megan McKenzie!), look out for the full LP!

Matt Minigell has a new single that drops in two days (Saturday, 2/27/16), entitled “Lucy” (b/w “Elivette”), and you’re going to want to head over to his BandCamp to pick that up.  Set your alarms!

*Edited: The video for his new single just dropped, too, and Bang-A-Song is part of the musical soundscape….

The ever dynamic Telamor released the ten-track LP “Outside The Lines” in February, and the whole thing is available on BandCamp, Spotify, and CD Baby, if that’s your kind of baby….!

We are derelict in having not noted the release of “Mostly Awake” from The Instinct late last year.  As compensation, here’s a review from Francis DiMenno in the Noise so you know that we’re not the only ones who like what these Gloucester punks are doing!  (Also streaming like crazy on Spotify!)

In The Studio: Oct/Nov/Dec 2015

Karen K and the Jitterbugs mixed some magic.  Matt and the Lower Standards cut another batch of soon to be standards.  Jon Butcher is this close to finishing his next album.  The Instinct finished their new record “Mostly Awake”.  Sandra Lee baked a melody.  Pocket Tanya channeled his inner Purple.  Renee and Joe married melody to tape.  Mexican Ape Lord went ape. Telamor recorded more.  John Jerome took us home.  Leo Ciaramataro practiced his strokes. Sophia Gadbois cut her college application.  The Poor Sports scored a hit. Graham Neill and the Band of Wolves howled into the mics.