Song: “Burn One Off” The Humms

The band’s upcoming album, Pelzer Fuck Club, opens with the suggestive “Burn One Off”, hexing the energy of a high desert drag-strip before spilling into their previous offering, the junglelike “Golden Bears“.

The PFC album is slated for release August 30th.

“And that doesn’t stand for Private First Class” mumbles Skud Harris (producer), narrowly missing his coffee cup.

As Harris takes a slow slip from the steaming mug, his brow flexes a downward look of disgust.

“What did they filter this through, a sock?”

Watch & share the music video below, directed by Wjay & shot at Gypsy Farm’s infamous sound stage #666.

The Humms have previously released two albums on Gypsy Farm Records. 2010’s Lemonland, and 2020’s Vampire Hours.

Review: Mr. Husband: Cookie Pie

For fans of The Shins, Brian Wilson, or any ole Bedroom Pop.

Sometimes, a song comes along that is about damn near perfect. Of course ‘perfect’ is subjective to the listener. That being said, Mr. Husband’s song Cookie Pie may certainly challenge your own definition of such things.

The song comes off a sort of “greatest hits” record that was sent to GF early 2020, titled Songs of Friendship, Songs of Wonderment.

Mr. Husband has been on our throbbing heart radar ever since the 2017 release of Silvertone and 2020’s Hey Sufjan, You Took Too Long So I Went Ahead and Made West Virginia

“What a pleasure, what a gift to play music for you Dearest Listener and Good Friend! May these poofs of magical air caress your sacred earholes and fill your heart with joy. Sincerely, Your Brother in Friendship and Wonderment.” ~Kenny Husband (But that’s MR. Husband to YOU!)

Mr. Husband appears courtesy of Yellow K Records / Forged Artifacts / Good Soil.

SONG: “Golden Bears” by The Humms

Little more than a year since the release of Vampire Hours, The Humms have returned with new music, the lone Golden Bears seemingly plucked from what appears to be their third album, Pelzer Fuck Club, still under production.

Out of the gate, Golden Bears thrills as a taster, infectious, weird and groovy. It throws down excitement and wonder at the thought of what lays within The Pelzer Fuck Club.

– Ian MacPherson, The Go-Go Radio Magic Show CJLO 1690 AM

We spoke with producer Skud Harris about issues with recording, coaching, and at times, refereeing.

“First, let me say that I’m proud to be working with The Humms” admits Skud.

The Humms

“But the label brought me aboard to maintain a certain level of structure.”

“Organization can be challenging for a band that’s only ever self-produced & for that reason, we haven’t had the warmest of winters between myself & the band.”

“Their last album, Vampire Hours, was a (mostly) controlled mess, tracked throughout the dead of night & I think in more ways than one, they’ve managed to pick up where they left off.”

Sources close to the Skud & co. say the camp spirit remains hopeful to see the band release P.F.C. later in 2022.

“If hell don’t freeze over” uttered Skud, stabbing out a cigarette.

Watch out for The Humms – Pelzer Fuck Club (2022) on Gypsy Farm Records.

Official music video for The Humms “Golden Bears”

The Humms are an American experimental music group from Athens, Georgia formed in 2008 by Zeke Sayer. They have released music internationally on Bachelor, Odd Box, & Gypsy Farm.

Listen: “If Only Lovers” by Jacqueline Elsner

Singing the words of Georgia-born poet, Byron Herbert Reece, Jacqueline Elsner recites: “But a step before them and a step behind are people possessed of a very small mind” during this chilling rendition of If Only Lovers, recorded acapella to the traditional tune of Fair & Tender Ladies.

Proceeds of the recording will benefit the Byron Herbert Reece Farm in Union county, Georgia.

Byron Herbert Reece summed up his own legacy with these words:

From chips and shards, in idle times, I made these stories, shaped these rhymes; May they engage some friendly tongue when I am past the reach of song.”

End Thoughts & 13 Songs To Offend An Xmas Party

Exciting news is dead ahead for several GF artists, including Uncle Goo, who recently began tracking new music for his yet to be titled record.

“Uncle Goo” is the stage name of Garrett Carpenter, who signed with Gypsy Farm in 2012.

We caught up with Mr. Goo as he was passing through the lobby & asked for a quick comment on the new material:

“[It’s] funky enough to make a freight train take a dirt road” he proclaimed.

Meanwhile across the facility in studio Z, tensions were heating up with The Humms as sessions for their follow up to Vampire Hours continue on, despite creative concern from outside sources.

“We’ve already lost two interns” said Skud Harris, acting manager for Humms’ camp.

“They’ll [intern] get a few songs in and inevitably, at some point, get offended or their feelings hurt” he confided.

“Then some sorry fool named CJ phoned the studio’s landline & threatened to ruin the lot of them on social media” laughed Harris.

“With any growth comes questions, criticisms, opinions…we’ve certainly received a fair share of each”

Skud continued: “As standard protocol, the receptionist on duty referred CJ to the number of a highly experienced mental health counselor & advised they seek attention there”

The Humms’ third album, Pelzer Fuck Club is slated for release next year.

Gypsy Farm’s label sector had a productive year, releasing 10+ new titles to an actively growing catalog, including Tape Feed, a compilation cassette of GF artists that helped serve over 1000 meals while GF’s other divisions continue a diverse venture into paranormal investigation, nature conservation, & EV charging technology.

The following list is an attempt to summarize the truly numerous records spun at GF HQ throughout the year. Each song is linked, in no particular order, & we highly suggest you visit, listen, & support if able.  

Here’s looking for you, 2022.

Bob DylanRough And Rowdy Ways
This needs no introduction, just a minimum of one (1) ear to hear and all other necessary body parts. Select track: “My Own Version Of You”

J. LansdowneSelf-Titled LP
Former members of The Trashcans (ATL) & recorded on a Tascam 388. Select track: “Rope Trick”

Şahin Gültekin feat. DönüşümYumurtanın Kulpu Yok
Excellent EP of traditional folk songs with an ace backing band. Select track: “Çil Horoz”

Ven PerpThe Kitchen Sink
Greenville, SC artist Ven Perp offers this instrumental collection. Select track: “Streetlight is Out”

Rabies Scythe Fight Untitled disc 2021
Recorded at home by Josh Harper, RSF has a sound like no other. Select track: “October Dreaming”

Nicholas MallisArtificial Irrelevance
Throw it on & dance around while you burn supper on the stove. Select track: “Caveman”

Jay GonzalezBack To The Hive
Excellent songwriting and backing accompaniment for this solo effort by JG of the DBT. Select track: “I Want To Hold You”

Mr. HusbandSufjan, You Took Too Long So I Went Ahead & Made West Virginia
You may laugh, you may cry. You will smile. Select track: “Meemaw”

Vincas – Phantasma
This record showed up covered in blood. Select track: “The Witch”

Dusk – Generation Loss
An old Hartwell, Ga band that no one seems to remember anything about but has been recording since at least the late 90’s. Select track: “Plastic”

Moloq – Empire/Driving
A wonderful pair of tunes for sitting in Atlanta traffic. Select track: “Driving”

Jan TerriAve Maria
Jan Terri’s take on this classic with a rather entertaining music video.

Holiday Songs In B FlatHoly Crap Records compilation
Just when you think you’ve been too bad this year, Santa stuffs this down your stocking. Select track: “Holiday Inn”

Everyone at GF and beyond appreciate your continued support and wish you a happy & safe new year.

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Tape Feed generates over 1146 meals to Food Bank

Proceeds of Gypsy Farm’s latest release, GF012 – Tape Feed, Vol 1, have secured over 1,146 meals through donations to Feeding America, a nonprofit organization networking with around 200 Food Banks throughout the United States.

This of course, was made possible, not only by Feeding America’s excellent farmer-food bank relationship, but by you, the listener. Thank you for your support!

Tape Feed, Vol 1 is a cassette that features exclusive tracks from Vincas, Sea Of Dogs, Old Smokey, The Humms & many more.

With a digital version included, the tape is currently available & proceeds of all purchases will be donated to Feeding America!

WATCH: The Humms “Forward Cue” video

Taken from their most recent album Vampire Hours, the Humms submit a change of weather with the strikingly somber tune, Forward Cue.

GF manager and confidant, W.JAY undertook the task of compiling over a decade’s worth of footage, packed into the song’s 3:23 window.

Of the notable clips included, viewers may recognize several blasts from the past including the band’s infamous practice trailer, where several early works were tracked, such as 2008’s Talking To A Ghost.

Watch and share The Humms – Forward Cue music video via Gypsy Farm’s Youtube channel.

LISTEN: Helen Scott ‘Ted Bundy’ single

Whilst digging through the media vault, located some 660 feet below the GF archives, we stumbled upon an old, but not forgotten, family favorite.

Tracked in the summer of 2014, ‘Ted Bundy’ drifts in and around Helen Scott’s signature tapestry of harmony, carried on a cloud of haze, & powered by the backing of organs.

Also hitting the digital shelfs as of last month, possibly a most unsettling rendition of the old spiritual “Death Ain’t No Big Deal” by Pastor Doug Brown.

While August saw the debut of DJWJ’s I Ride The Roads:

Rounding out this GF update, we still have copies of our most recent release, a cassette titled: TAPE FEED, Vol. 1 – shipping out now, with proceeds donated to Feeding America. Check it out here:

Photos courtesy Lindsey Haddad.

LISTEN: Death Ain’t No Big Deal by Rev. Brown

Every now & again, between cigarette breaks, after the show, the recording machine will be left unattended and running. Sometimes, we end up with what, more often than not, becomes some sort of cherished artifact for the GF archive.

Remembering one such time when the Shoal Creek Stranglers would pick & lick their way through Sinful Sunday Singings, a free show & supper combo hosted at various churches in the Georgia & South Carolina area.

It was an occasion when associates would track their own performance, at times unbeknownst to them.

We’re proud to present one such artifact, a tune that is all too relevant.

Performed on the spot by Reverend Douglas Brown, Death Ain’t No Big Deal.

Early 90’s promotional photo of the Drovers Old Time Medicine Show

In related GF news, we received report on the passing of Uncle Carl, banjo player for The Drovers Old Time Medicine Show since 1991.

Uncle Carl was known throughout the upstate and beyond, not only for his musical abilities, but also for his soft spoken voice & loving nature.

May Uncle Carl’s memory forever permeate through the songs & jokes he would tell, within the hearts of those who remember him well, as he eternally travels that low down damp & dusty trail.

Review: Childhood by Haint

Atlanta GA’s Haint emerged some years ago from the ashes of one of the earliest Gypsy Farm groups, Ghost Lights.

The latter of this two-song release is titled Childhood and from the beginning, sets a somber tone with it’s scattered organs and a vulnerably displayed for all to hear.

Vaguely hovering above the curious tone, you’ll find a melody that holds everything together within a basket of sound, threating to rip at any moment.

“H/|][|\|T is a monster of the Immaterium. Daemon of Terminus Gap– nexus between worlds. She is apart of things and integral. She is screaming flame and burning sugar sweet.” – Bandcamp page

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