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Front Porch Steps announces headlining tour for 2015

Posted by milhouse on Tuesday, November 25, 2014 at 1:54 PM (PST)

Columbus based singer-songwriter act Front Porch Step, the acoustic solo project of Jake Mcelfresh, has just announced plans for a North American headlining tour, set to kick off on February 17th in Pennsylvania.

Mcelfresh releases his new EP, “Whole Again”, next week (December 2nd) through Pure Noise Records (which you can listen to here), and this album will serve to promote the new work. Joining Front Porch Step on tour will be Have Mercy, Alcoa and Head North with special guests Brigades and Hotel Books.

You can have a view at the complete list of tour dates and locations below.

Front Porch Step’s debut album, “Aware”, was released in November 2013 via Pure Noise.

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Owen (the solo project from Mike Kinsella of American Football and Owls) is now streaming his (their? its?) debut album, Other People’s Songs, in its entirety. Give it a listen below.

I’m sure you’re all pretty sharp, so you probably figured out the album features Kinsella doing songs other people did first. It features covers of songs by Against Me!, The Smoking Popes, ALL, Depeche Mode, and more.

Other People’s Songs is due out December 2nd on Polyvinyl Records. You can preorder it on CD, tape, two different colors of vinyl, or digital right here.

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Front Porch Step streams “Whole Again” in its entirety

Posted by Kaylee McNeil on Monday, November 24, 2014 at 4:05 PM (PST)

Columbus based singer-songwriter act Front Porch Step, the acoustic solo project of Jake Mcelfresh, has just released his upcoming EP, Whole Again, for free streaming in its entirety, and you can listen to it here.

Whole Again will be released on December 2nd via Pure Noise Records and will be available digitally as well as on CD and 7” vinyl and can be pre-ordered right here.

Front Porch Step’s debut album Aware was released in November 2013 via Pure Noise.

If you like what you hear, the artist will be playing a handful of tour dates in the United States. You can check out the dates and locations for that tour below.

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DS Interview: Tim Barry on being “Lost and Rootless”

Posted by jaystone on Monday, November 24, 2014 at 9:43 AM (PST)

Tim Barry has a well-earned, albeit Chuck Ragan-esque larger than life reputation of being a bit of a vagabond, the living embodiment of a character from a Tom Waits song. Hell, his last studio album, 2012′s 40 Miler (Chunksaah Records), is a tongue-in-cheek, self-deprecating nod to his pastime of riding the rails.

Dying Scene caught up with Barry in early November to chat about Lost & Rootless, and it seems unquestionable that a lot has changed in the years since 40 Miler. Barry’s assumed new roles as a husband and a father; his wife, Sarah, and now-two-year-old daughter Lela Jane appear on the cover of his upcoming release, Lost & Rootless (due November 28th on Chunksaah), and a second daughter, Coralee, was born two weeks ago (editor’s note: Tim and I talked two days before Coralee was born, hence a couple of the references in the conversation below). If there were a time in his professional life where Barry should feel anything but lost and rootless, at least on paper, that time should be now, no?

“I don’t know where I stand. Like, voting day was yesterday. Who the fuck do I vote for? You know what I mean?” Barry asks rhetorically. “In so many aspects of contemporary life in the United States or life in music, who are my peers? I have very close road friends, but I’m lost and rootless. I don’t know…what genre of music do I play? In what group of train riders do I fit with? In what group of workers in Richmond do I fit?”

Those questions are at the core of a number of tracks on Lost & Rootless. This time around, though, the story songs and the scorched-earth vitriol that are part-and-parcel of much of Barry’s traditional work are replaced by what can only be referred to as lighter, happier fare. Marriage and fatherhood will do that to a man, and songs like “Older and Poorer” and “Lela Days” are prime examples of that. Still, it’s not all joy in Mudville: “While I was just on tour, we lost our fucking health insurance,” Barry tells me.  ”We have a baby due in two weeks. So what the fuck do we do? We’ve got a two-year-old, an insulin-dependent diabetic family member, which will bankrupt a family right there, and then you have a baby on the way with all the risks involved. And then someone presents to you this unrealistic fucking charge of $1850 a month for insurance? That’s why people lose their fucking insurance. That’s why people start hustling. That’s why you start doing anything you can to get by.”

Better than perhaps most songwriters going nowadays, Barry has an ability to tap directly into the vein that provides depth and feeling to any situation, and many examples of that abound throughout our conversation. Check out the full text of our interview below. It’s a long one, but it may well be the most candid, compelling read to appear on the pages of Dying Scene.


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New Video: Aaron West and the Roaring Twenties – “Our Apartment”

Posted by jaystone on Wednesday, November 19, 2014 at 3:59 PM (PST)

The Wonder Years frontman Dan “Soupy” Campbell shot a video for the track “Our Apartment,” a song from his solo project Aaron West and the Roaring Twenties‘ debut album We Don’t Have Each Other. You can check the official premier of the video right here.

We Don’t Have Each Other was released on July 8th through Hopeless Records.


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Dustin Kensrue, formerly of Thrice, recently announced that he will be heading to the studio to begin recording a new album. Kensrue will be engineering and producing the new work himself, with an expected release date of next Spring through Staple Records / Vagrant Records.

Here’s what Dustin had to say about the upcoming work,

Recording right now is for me the end of a long distilling process. I always have bits and pieces of songs that are bouncing around in my head. I usually record them and listen back later, and most of the time I can’t remember why I even bothered to record them in the first place. But then there are the tunes that stick – the ones I find running over and over through my head, demanding to be finished. Begging for a home. The most persistent of these tunes from the past 8 years are what I’m busy recording right now, and there’s nothing I’d rather be doing.

Thrice released their latest studio record, “Major/Minor” September of 2011 on Vagrant Records, before doing a farewell tour and going on indefinite hiatus.

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Music Video: Dave Hause – “We Could Be Kings”

Posted by milhouse on Tuesday, November 18, 2014 at 1:45 PM (PST)

Dave Hause has premiered the official music video for the track “We Could Be Kings” from last year’s stellar album “Devour”.

Check it out below.

“Devour” was released last October through Rise Records.

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Columbus based singer-songwriter act Front Porch Step, the acoustic solo project of Jake Mcelfresh, has just released a new song available to stream.

It’s not even Thanksgiving but we are already starting to see the holiday music flowing. “I’ll Be Home For Christmas” will appear on Front Porch Step’s upcoming EP “Whole Again”, which will be released on December 2nd through Pure Noise Records. The record will be available digitally as well as on CD and 7” vinyl and can be pre-ordered right here.

You can listen to “I’ll Be Home For Christmas” below.

Front Porch Step’s debut album Aware was released in November 2013 via Pure Noise.

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Tim Barry announces west coast tour dates

Posted by hayley on Monday, November 17, 2014 at 1:36 PM (PST)

Former Avail frontman and current folk-rocker Tim Barry has just announced a run of west coast dates. The tour will be taking place in March of 2015 and will feature support from Cory Branan and Jenny Owens Young. If this lineup seems to be relevant to your interests, check out the full list of dates below.

Tim Barry will be releasing Lost & Rootless on November 28, 2014 via Chunksaah Records.

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Former Groovie Ghoulies frontman Kepi Ghoulie is a new solo album, Kepi Goes Country tomorrow (November 18th) via Eccentric Pop Records and today we’re very pleased to bring you an exclusive stream of one of its tracks.  Stream “Fortune Teller” below while you read this message from Kepi about the release:

I have been playing music for over 30 years, and if you asked me to hand you ONE recording of what I have accomplished with my life, THIS would be it! :)

Recorded near a castle in France (no kidding, we are already on a magical path here, yes?), and then brought back to California, where the talents of Lucy and Gwendolyn Giles (Dog Party) were added to the production, mandolin, keyboard stylings, and more from the incomparable Third Man recording artist David Houston, this thing just kept growing with depth and beauty…

This is a project that I have been wanting to undertake for the last few years… comingfrom a punk/rock n roll/garage background and a love of roots music, and touring relentlessly acoustic for the last few years, and I am so happy with the way that this turned out!!

We often call this thing we do, this business of ours, a music industry… ultimately, however, the thing that we are selling is ART, and sometimes the ART gets lost in the commerce…

With “Kepi Goes Country,” what you have transcends ART and commerce! Sure it is both, but what you have is FRIENDS having FUN, creating MEDLODY and POSITIVITY in a musical environment, and to me, that is EVERY SINGLE REASON to get into this line of “business” after all!

Sure the record title is a tip of the hat to the legendary record created by Jonathon Richman, isn’t he an inspiration to ALL of us? He sure should be.. making music, traveling the world, making people happy… sounds good to me!

I have spent 30 years making and performing music, and if I could do this EVERY night, with THIS batch of people, I would be a very happy fellow! But from here I will be off to do other projects with other awesome friends…

“Kepi Goes Country” represents a personal high mark in a very long and fruitful career, I sincerely hope you feel the same way! If not, that’s cool too, because this is ART, and ART is subjective! I hope you are having an amazing day, finding some music, art, or friends that give you a great feeling! Cheers, and thanks for listening!

Your Pal, Kepi

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Kepi Ghoulie’s last solo release was 2012′s Kepi For Kids. Groovie Ghoulies earlier this year released Flying Saucer Rock N Roll, a compilation of the band’s first three 7″s onto one LP.

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Jonny Craig announces winter US tour

Posted by Kaylee McNeil on Friday, November 14, 2014 at 3:33 PM (PST)

Jonny Craig, most recognized from his days as a member of Dance Gavin Dance and Emarosa, has just announced a tour alongside Kyle Lucas, Captain Midnite, and Down With Webster throughout January and February in the United States. You can check out the dates and locations for that tour on the flyer above.

Craig’s most recent project is Sacramento rock group Slaves, which released its debut album, Through Art We Are All Equals, in June via Artery Recordings.

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Video: Koji – “Eating Lemons” (acoustic session)

Posted by Kaylee McNeil on Friday, November 14, 2014 at 3:05 PM (PST)

Indie singer-songwriter Koji has just released a video of him playing an acoustic version of his track “Eating Lemons” off his release Spring Song Vol. 1, released in 2010. You can check out the video below.

Koji released his debut full length album, Crooked In My Mind, in April 2013 via Run For Cover Records.

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Alcoa (Defeater) back in studio

Posted by Bizarro Dustin on Thursday, November 13, 2014 at 10:15 AM (PST)

Alcoa, the side project of Derek Archambault of Defeater, is heading back into the studio to record their sophomore album. The band was once a solo project, but now has expanded into a full line up featuring upright bass, banjo, fiddle, pedal steel, piano/organ, and boy/girl dueling vocals.

No word on a title or release date of Alcoa’s second album, but we’ll keep you posted as the information becomes available. Alcoa released their debut album, Bone & Marrow on February 26, 2013 via Bridge Nine Records.

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Stream an acoustic cover of AFI’s “Days Of The Phoenix”

Posted by Chris hahn on Wednesday, November 12, 2014 at 12:30 PM (PST)

Some dude named Chris Hahn did an acoustic cover of AFI‘s “Days Of The Phoenix” that came out pretty cool.  Check it out below.

“Days Of The Phoenix” originally appeared on AFI’s 200o album “The Art Of Drowning“.

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Lee of Lee Corey Oswald covers The Mountain Goats “Palmcorder Yajna”

Posted by vivalalexy on Wednesday, November 12, 2014 at 9:58 AM (PST)

Lee of Portland’s Lee Corey Oswald recently sat down with In The Valley Sessions to perform a cover of The Mountain Goats track “Palmcorder Yajna,” and you can check it out below.

The band most recent album Regards was released August 5th, 2014 through No Sleep Records.

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