In The Studio | New Releases: Jan-Mar 2021


                          
Let’s give it up for Q1 2021! It’s been rocking here at Bang-A-Song since the New Year rolled over, so look what everyone’s been up to:

In The Studio

Here Comes The Regulars: Tom Hauck (as Telamor) and Jon Butcher both keep productive and regular at Bang-A-Song. In House Talent: Neighbors of the studio John Jerome (as The Island Cowboy) and U-Ey at the Buoy have been tracking, mixing, and momentum-ing. Getting Close: Bob Wolfman is nearing the finish line. Getting Started: Alex Coleman is getting a new project underway. Right On Time: Allen Estes, The Dazies, George Hall, Brendan Kinetik and Mexican Ape Lord are all mid-stride and keeping us on our toes. Mixing It Up: Adam Taylor was in mixing Matt Jatkola (as JATK). Edu-ma-cation: Sam and Tony did some Gloucester Public School Remote Academy sessions for Grades K-2 and also Grades 3-5 to make sure the kids are allright. THEY ARE!

New Releases


                      

Surnames: Live From The Bang-A-Song (LP on Spotify, on Bandcamp). First of all, great album name. But seriously, we don’t have many occasions to record live albums with a live audience in the studio, but by golly, it’s a thrill when we do! These songs are fully formed and the band sounds like they’ve been playing them this tightly forever. So catchy and groovy, too.

Wood & Bone: Rising Smoke EP (on Spotify, also Bandcamp). Good music from good friends. Makes me mad there’s only three songs. There’s always REPEAT.

JATK: When Tomorrow Comes (Maxi Single on Spotify, on Bandcamp). Since the day I sat in my office next door while this was being mixed, I’ve had these opening riffs stuck in my head.

Matt Rhodes: Where the Sorrow Sirens Sing (LP on Bandcamp). I’ve been running ‘Takin’ The High Road’ on my regular rotation since it came out as a single, and it’s unsurprising that the full length album is lush, beautiful and timely. Go to there.

And lastly, our most prolific and productive artist is Telamor who has released HALF A DOZEN singles since our last blog post, and is prepping even more as we speak. From a full length acoustic album, to a Neil Young cover, to a birthday dance mix, Telamor has you covered.

In The Studio/New Releases: Summer/Fall 2019

Bang-A-Song has been bang-a-songing all summer and into the fall, and so have our artists.  Here’s what’s new and underway:

New Releases:

Proving Ground Music continues its release of nearly-monthly singles:  “Get Ready” (featuring Sam and Tony Goddess) is like a Hawaiian lullaby (listen here on Spotify).  “Stay” (featuring Eric Salt) is as propulsive as Eric Salt himself (listen here on BandCamp), and “The Rose” (featuring Brian Sullivan) will put you in the moodiest of moods (listen here on Spotify).

 

 

 

 

Harry and The Potters have released their first full-length album in more than a decade, and it’s a huge work of art.  “Lumos” is available on BandCamp here, and if you don’t find their first single (and lyric video for) “Hermione’s Army” a banger, then I don’t even know you anymore.  (If you’ve never seen them live, the video for “The Trace” gives a good flavor.  Tasty!)

 

The Moving Targets are also back with their first full-length album in more than a decade (it’s actually ‘in more than 25 years’)!  “Wires” is available on BandCamp from BossTuneage Records, and you can listen on Spotify here.  They have a local show coming up, too, on November 11th, at ONCE Ballroom if you’re in the Somerville area.  Bring your earplugs, it’s gonna get awesome!

Telamor has released “Pumpkinhead” for your seasonal enjoyment (listen here on Spotify, and there’s a new 3-song EP dropping tomorrow, but while you wait, you can psyche yourself up for a “Wild, Wild Weekend” (listen here on Spotify) which naturally would start with “Friday Crazy Night” (listen here on Spotify).  Telamor is TIMELY with its releases, people.

Lastly, a one-of-a-kind release from Brian King and What Time Is It, Mr. Fox? that was recorded at Bang-A-Song.  “MEDUSA: Reclaiming The Myth” is a new multimedia musical experience presented in the Museum of Science Charles Hayden Planetarium.  Live original music alongside an animated audio play retells the Medusa tale in a way that requires the attention of all your senses.   This short trailer gives a hint of the show, but just the smallest one: the show is a massive achievement, and you should be on the lookout for its next presentation.

In The Studio:

Surnames moved on to mastering.  Lisa Manning bled to tape.  Pete Koeplin manned the skins for the new Matt Rhodes record. Kim Blisard created a soundtrack.  Rabbi Lewis transferred long lost recordings of Maurice Dancour.  Koi Wolf howled.  Kinetik was kind.  John Jerome avoided the sophomore slump.  Dennis Golden filled out his library.  The Dazies grew a new release.  Matt Jatkola and Adam Taylor mixed next level power pop.  Sir Be hit the beat.  Tae Kwan Flow returned for the rematch.  Jon Butcher channeled Bobby Hebb.  (And though she hasn’t been in the studio recently, here’s a nice piece in the Gloucester Daily Times on Megan Wolf, who’s definitely put in her time at Bang-A-Song!)