OLD SMOKEY 7″ / OWT NOW

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Creeping into the year [2013], conjured up from the thick Georgia fog, we are pleased to bring you the OLD SMOKEY 7″ [GF005]

“Soothing”, “Strange” and “Stringy” could be the first impression of veteran gypsy ears,  geared and callused from our previous “Rock, Raw and Pop” releases, this [OS 7″] marks the dizzy dawn of what we like to call our “country Strange” sector, by-way of the Gory Gospel truth being, that this fine piece of wax was summoned up, smoked out -if you will, in the summer months of 2012 by Athens native, Jim Willingham (Ham1, Infinity Cat Recordings).

Nestled comfortably behind a banjo, matched with his lyrical approach (for lack of more fitting slang) – melodies are plucked straight out of the mind’s darkest neighborhoods. Fellow stringers Jacob Morris, John Fernandes, Jason Trahan and Robert Lomax join in together, forming a mysterious musical cloud composing of strings, woodwinds and a 70+ year aged bass drum head.

OLD SMOKEY

Old Smokey’s debut 7″ release bares three-KUTS with Side A’s opener “Lazy Eye”, which sounds as if it were originally featured on “The Wickerman” Soundtrack (1973), but some how, rather found itself reincarnated -falling through the laws of time. . . and landing on your turntable, here in this strange modern world.

Allow your senses to fall into the cradle that is “The Natural”, the instrumental stand out of the release, hypnotizing at moments signaled ahead by bells, haunted by whistles.

The B side is totally consumed in the whopping 5+ min trance titled “Weeping Willow” – perhaps the most somber of the the three selections,  featuring rhythmic “trap-doors of change” that complete the knot in this tangled memory of bliss.

Special editions of the 7″ will include an inner CD Sleeve (with art designed by Fernandes’ son) that includes Exxxtra tracks for your own exxxtended adventure into the mystical haze that is Old Smokey.

WJAY / Jan 18th 2013

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BUY THE 7″ from GF store 

ORRR why not go get one from the band in person?! That’s right chyld,  they’re playing the 7″ RELEASE PARTY tonight at Athens’ newest venue, The World Famous, more info below :

RSVP to the official event here

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ZOMBIE PROM / VDAY 2013

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As we approach the holy-day of LOVE,  why not make your way down to Little Kings, this Thursday / February 14th (and drag your date along too!) — for an ALL OWT-CALL OWT of every monster ready to mash!  Indie South Fair is presenting the Handmade Lovers / Zombie PROM this year,  which begins at 4pm (prom at 9) and features Handmade Art, Up-Doo-Doins (courtesy of Honey’s), DJ ZZ Ryder, Tarot Card Reading, Zombie Make Up specialist. . .the list really goes on and on. . . find ALL YOU NEED TO KNOW by summoning :

OFFICIAL EVENT PAGE

“It’s time for the 6th annual ZOMBIE PROM! Raid the thrift stores and dress to depress! Fabulous trophies will be handed out, as always.” – ISF / Athens

Featuring Live Performances by:

MONSOON
The De Lux Interiors (Cramps cover band, TRIPPLE XXX!)
The HUMMS

Nasty Jams by Chamber Music

Valentines Day / 200013!

BE MY, BE MY BABYY

JEFF MANGUM / ASHEVILLE NC

Neutral Milk Hotelien,  Jeff Mangum huffs and puffs his chest  for two soul’d out appearances at The Grey Eagle while snow flakes tease the smokers outside.    2000 lungs stand shoulder to shoulder, hypnotized by muscle memory to use their heavenly flesh-pipes, forming a choir.  Both of Mangum’s evening croons were topped off by the surprise entrance of Scott Spillane and Laura Carter as the magical mystical horn-duo,  pushing out the final notes of a truly stunning performance.  Photos / Correspondence : WJAY