Sunday Ramblings & Considerations: 04.22.12

In this edition: Post-Record Store Day Picks from Justin Flythe (Lonnie Walker);  Futurebirds and “Feistadon”; considerations from Cow Parade Cow, SexyWaterSpiders, A Thousand Fuegos; and videos from Death Grips, Garbage, The Shins, and Turnpike Glow.

Justin Flythe’s  “Nieces and Nephews”

About two years ago, Justin Flythe was diagnosed with Lymphoma. It was a major shock to his friends and family, and made substantial changes in his relatively young life. Most difficult was the decision to leave the band, Lonnie Walker, for which he played keyboards. During his treatment, he recorded the dark experimental album, Nieces and Nephews.

Emotionally riveting, Flythe uses ambience, texture, and common sounds from the world around him. He goes to the point of sampling the sound of a chemo pump–it’s quiet, cold rhythm a reminder of how Flythe remained tethered to his treatment. Yesterday, a limited release of cassettes from DiggUp Tapes were released to sell as part of record store day. You can also pick it up electronically via Bandcamp. Flythe also shares a 12″ split with Triangle-area artist, Cassis Orange, which can be previewed below.

Check out: “Seabirds”

If you want to learn more about Justin’s story, there’s an excellent piece by columnist, Jedidiah Gant, from the e-zine, New Raleigh. The photography of Todd Cook is also featured in the story. Cook plans to release a book from the collection, What Makes Home; a series that documents Flythe’s treatment and recovery from cancer.

Download/Stream: Nieces and Nephews


Preview/Stream the 12″ Split: Seabird/Soon
Nieces and Nephews/Cassis Orange split


Record Store Day Pick: Future Birds  – “Seney-Stovall”

The Athens, GA-based band released an eight-track live album, Seney-Stovall, on vinyl this weekend exclusively for Record Store Day (it’ll also be available digitally). Recorded Feb. 2011 at Athens’ historical Seney-Stovall Chapel, the album features tracks from their 2010 debut LP Hampton’s Lullaby, their self-titled EP and the EP, Via Flamina.  To support the release, Futurebirds produced a short documentary on the show. We are providing a link to the live version of “Megachills.”  Check out their upcoming shows in May and June below.

Watch: “Seney-Stovall”


Check out: “Megachills

Catch Futurebirds on Tour:

May 05   Birmingham, AL: Schaeffer Crawfish Boil
May 12   Charlottesville, VA: Tom Tom Founders Festival
May 19   Gulf Shores, AL: Hangout Music Festival
June 02  Ozark, AR: Wakarusa Festival
June 08  Chattanooga, TN: Riverbend Festival

Consider these

Cow Parade Cow
The Road Is Beautiful Again
from Big Sky
out now on Bandcamp
From Western Australia, Cow Parade Cow’s quirky psych-pop is refreshingly fun. This project started as bedroom recording by Mike Litton, but is played on the road by a rotating roster of musicians who assisted Litton with the album. We recommend heading over to their Bandcamp site to check out the full album, which uses the pay-what-you-want/virtual tip jar method of pricing. Great stuff!

SexyWaterSpiders – “Vision of the Mayfly
from Black Gold
out now through Gnar Tapes
SexyWaterSpiders keep it quirky, funky, and original in their home base of Portland, OR. A mix of glam, funk, and classic rock can be found on Black Gold. They are offering the LP free through Bandcamp. Get it while you can!

A Thousand Fuegos – “No Up No Down
from The Treachery of Things
out now on Bandcamp via Seayou Records
The Treachery Of Things is a unique mix of pop, electronic and experimental music that’s full of melody and cold beats hammered into distinct arrangements. The Austrian-based act offers “No Up No Down” as the first release from the album, and it best represents this balance of styles. You can preview the entire album on Bandcamp.

Videos, videos, videos…

Death Grips – “I’ve Seen Footage”

Garbage – “Blood For Poppies”

The Shins – “The Rifle’s Spiral”

Turnpike Glow – “1986”



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