....this is the first full length record the Col has ever made where it is just a banjo and a harmonica and a mic....just like you might see him at a solo show somewhere out in Alabama or backwoods Kentucky, trying to make another performance on the old killing floor, trying to have a good time and make a dollar, crying under the stars...recorded in Muscle Shoals Alabama (Sheffield) by the great Jimmy Nutt at his fabulous Nutthouse, JD came in early and worked late, flailing and striking his open backed banjo, as well as his homemade fretless animal skin banjo, blowing the harmonica, screaming, pleading, whispering into the microphone until the cake was made. Of all of his solo recordings, none feature his weapon of choice, the banjo alone, as well as the harp alone, and his voice (and a stomping Kentucky boot-heel) until this was cut....its another legendary performance from this National Treasure
First recorded in 2006...done in two sessions. The first was in Olympia Washington at Dub Narcotic by Calvin Johnson, in the old warehouse with the classic 50s graffiti on the back wall, 2 inch tape analog...our van got towed right before the session, causing a huge delay, and our tour mates the Can Kickers from New London Connecticut had a van completely breakdown, thus it led to them being at the session with us. Founding member Bradley Williams was also there, touring as a one man band (Almighty Do Me A Favor, or ADMF) and he played washtub bass on the songs that Matt Bakula played his banjo. The Can Kickers can also be heard all throughout the record, most noticeably on such tunes as “You’re Gonna Need Somebody On Your Bond”, where Danny Spurr harmonizes and plays his five string banjo. Lastly, Stolen Pony, a young anarchist folk group from Leitrim Ireland, were with us to because they also were touring the west coast...this led to the collaboration on the old traditional “Raggle Taggle Gypsy.”
After the tour, we went to the Black Owl Trading Co with our old doctor Lynn Bridges and in one evening crushed another 20 songs or so. It was a magik night to say the least. Songs from this session comprise half of the Ghost Dance record, half of the Evening Star record, and the Gypsy “Moon Pie” record, as well as a slew of singles and songs in various compilations.
K released the record in 2007. It went through a few pressings, before coming back to Arkam.
The Pine Hill Haints "I Never Thought The Day Would Come..." (Barcelona 10/1/2011)
This is a release by a small label from the UK, Donor Records...two songs, "Highways and Stop Signs" and "Jack O Diamonds", one recorded in Leeds, England, the other at the Black Owl Trading Co in Florence Alabama....there are only a few copies in stock! Get them while we have them!
Punk trio from the wilderness of Cherokee Alabama, who recorded 2 songs one dark night at the Black Owl Trading Co with the production of Miles Jordan. This band has played below the radar on the edges of society for ten years, on the cheap, in the shadows, before putting their music to wax....
The Pine Hill Haints - "Smoke"
Behind the heat, on the edge of the burning fire, comes the quiet, ghost drifting ash darkly dancing into the night sky...the Haints midnight orchestra united for an evening in Sheffield Alabama and recorded this album of music...spirit of the Buffalo, broken heart, stars above the desert city of El Paso, skateboarding ditches at night, graveyard shovels ringing to prayer driven rhythms...the Haints deliver a fresh batch of stories from the lost southern underground. art work by Katie Kat; cd art by the great Scott Aicher of San Pedro CA....
Now you can enjoy the rough and rowdy sounds of The Quadrajets spinnin' on your turntable!
Arkam records is re-releasing The Quadrajets W.F.O on vinyl LP format.
This kind of serves as a best-of of The Quadrajets. If you need more proof to snag this record check out this review from RazorCake Magazine that came out at the time of the CD's release.
In the mid-to-late ‘90s, there was a resurgence of dirty, hyper-driven blues-based rock’n’roll. And with any unexpected tsunami where money is to be made, the suddenness of its appearance made it somewhat difficult to initially separate the gold diggers from the true shakers. I put the Quadrajets in league with the BellRays and Zen Guerilla. Their sets weren’t based on theatrics as much as catharsis, wasn’t so much lip-puckery strut as maniacal involvement with their instruments. They didn’t have pleads of “testify” for the audience to be believers in what was being lightning-bolted from the stage. This CD is a collection of many of their early Sympathy, Estrus, and Arkam singles. These fine fellows from the South channeled the molten rocks of punk through the forlorn loss of blues, and their music’s well worth keeping in print and remembering. A high water mark of the genre, for sure. –todd (RazorCake Magazine)
Cool weather comes with the fall, as the ghosts and ghouls make their way beneath falling leaves and skeletal trees....introducing the new sad crooner, "Blue Halloween",
This 7" record can be your's for just $5 + Shipping!!
Sheer Attack is a Thrash/Hardcore/Skater band from Liverpool with old School influences. Arkam is stoked to put out this record and so will you!
For the low price of $4+shipping you can have this gnarly 7'', blasting out hardcore rock 'n' roll from your turn table!
Check out this RAD skate video from Sidewalk Mag, its a cool vid on its own with Howard Cooke footage ,but its got a track from the Sheer Attack 7" in it too!
Be sure to check the full write up on it. HERE
Slow Motion Cowboys and The Invisible Teardrops up on the store now!
Clarabelle and the Creeps' first music video just hit Youtube!
Clarabelle and the Creeps' first music video just hit Youtube! Check out their video for their song, I just Wanna Dance.
Clarabelle and the Creeps - The Modern Underground Sound of Muscle Shoals Soul is now out! You can get it in CD or Vinyl.
You can buy them at NAIL distribution, Pegasus Records in Florence Alabama, and Vertical House Records in Huntsville Alabama, or at the store here.
Digital copies will be out soon!
Come and show them some love at their release shows!
Release show at Vertical House in Huntsville Alabama on Dec 18th
Release show at Pegasus in Florence Alabama on Dec 19th
This is the 2nd release from Clarabelle and the Creeps , a SCORCHER recorded in the kitchen of a random Florence Alabama house by Jamie Sego and Albert Rothstein
...The A-side consists of straight rock and roll, while the B-side is made up of moon light driving heartbreakers...
Alabama Release show at Vertical House in Huntsville,Alabama on Dec 18th
Release show at Pegasus in Florence Alabama on Dec 19th