Following last year’s volume one, we are pleased to announce the sequel, Tape Feed, Vol 2 will release October 3rd, on Gypsy Farm.
Tape Feed is a compilation cassette + digital release, curated by Gypsy Farm, & made possible by the Athens Area Arts Council with a goal of raising donations for the food bank (Feeding America), helping to fight hunger & food waste.
Volume 1, released in 2021, served over 1,200 meals via contributions from the cassette.
“Causes come, go, & change as quick as the wind” says GF associate Willie Shears.
“But one thing that remains constant is that we’ve all got to eat to get anything done.”
Volume 2 is packed with Gypsy Farm favorites including: Thee Crucials, Tommy Powell, Outersea, The Bear Traps, Marble Soup, Bat & The Bears, The Humms, Shoal Creek Stranglers & several others that make up this 11-song release.
Cassettes include a digital download/streaming copy of the mixtape and may be obtained through GF’s bandcamp store & at participating locations.
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 healthcounselor & 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 Dylan – Rough And Rowdy Ways This needs no introduction, just a minimum of one (1) ear to hear and all other necessary body parts. Select track: “MyOwn Version Of You”
J. Lansdowne – Self-TitledLP Former members of The Trashcans (ATL) & recorded on a Tascam 388. Select track: “Rope Trick”
As we round out the first half of 2021, we see a new single release from the latest group signed to Gypsy Farm, known only as “Jockey Lot Boyz” (a reference to South Carolina’s largest flea market of the same name).
Though their press release failed to include any official member list or biography for that matter, our specialists have determined that at least four (4) different voices appear on the group’s debut track “I Remember When”.
Stream & share the Jockey Lot Boyz “I Remember When” via youtube and bandcamp.
In support of #saveourstages, current GFR recording artists Uncle Goo (with backing band, the Country Dragons) and The Humms will perform live today at 4pm on NetfreqTV via their twitch account.
The show, hosted by Matthew Suwalski, and produced by Atlanta, GA’s NetfreqTV, is called Freq Out and will feature new material from The Humms off of their forthcoming album, Vampire Hours (GF011) as well as their first ‘public’ performance since 2013.
Tune in today, starting at noon (E.S.T.) for the complete stream, beginning with “Studio Stories”.
“It was so hot out there”, said Willie Shears [producer], echoing the perspiration of a group that had gathered in the studio on that scorching afternoon at Gypsy Farm.
“But you know” Shears continued, “it just wouldn’t have felt right, recording a song like This Heat in the comfort of air conditioning”.
Indeed, when This Heat debuted on radio last year, local country music disk jockey ‘Porkchop’ was quick to point out the atmosphere stating: “Creepy steel guitar & haunting vocals! I didn’t think it was possible to get chills because of a song about the heat.”
– Michael “Porkchop” Branch / WLHR 92.1
Uncle Goo / This Heat is available on Cattywampus!!! (2019 / Gypsy Farm Records)
In related news, long time GF veterans and psychedelic-folk-dream-team, otherwise known as “Old Smokey” (Jim Willingham), have reissued their first ep, Weeping Willow, and made it available for the first time online, thanks to John Fernandes’ Cloud Recordings label.
The ep was Gypsy Farm’s fifth release (GF005) having since gone out-of-print but is available now digitally, via bandcamp.
“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.” – WJAY review of Old Smokey 
Rounding out our scope of all things in GFR news, pre-orders are now live for the long awaited album by The Humms. The sophomore effort, titled Vampire Hours, marks the return of original founding drummer, John Bleech, among other special guest appearances and is due out September 29th with a special advance release for Record Store Day at select locations in Georgia, South Carolina, Maryland, Ohio and Kentucky.
“This new release from The Humms yanks the listener from the ghoulish psychedelia of ‘Lemonland’, thrusting them deep into a depraved and possessed saloon in 17th century Transylgeorgia, spinning through violent and resplendent waves of dusty, mescaline-dipped Mai Tais, screaming for the life they once forgot, shadow boxing the vampire they’re afraid to admit they are.”
— Jared Cobb, The Peacock Observer
Along with the announcement, came a weird video collage, seemingly composed of old footage from the GFR archives, accompanied by a soundscape, with a rhythm not unlike that of some defunct Maytag dryer.
The audio has yet to be confirmed as being any part of the album’s track list. [UPDATE: The song title is “Fangs”]
Pre-order The Humms Vampire Hours on 12″ vinyl and get a digital download of the record, including the first single “Lady Low”.
Earlier today, the cassette sector of Gypsy Farm released a statement claiming their machines are “fired up” and running momentarily to produce a “super short-run” follow up to 2018’s now out-of print compilation album, Rock and Raw.
The first volume was an even shorter-run tape release, only circulated privately among the bands involved and friends.
Rock and Raw: Vol. 2 is packed with past and current artists of the label roster and comes loaded with the newest single out from the Humms unreleased album, Vampire Hours.
Opening with Bat & The Bears – “Kromp”, an urgent breakbeat style of composition brushed with samples of old gospel choir recordings.
That segues delightfully into the raunchy sludge of distortion that is The Honey Sliders tune “Fucking And Fighting”. This mixtape is sure to liven up the cooler-conversation if played in the workplace.
Vol. 2 is currently unavailable on streaming platforms and may only be purchased via our GF HOTLINE (706-356-5638), email or messaging our social media profiles.
Side A: Kromp – Bat & The Bears Fucking and Fighting – The Honey Sliders Perfect Day – Pine Tar Rage W.I.P. – Richie
Side B: Natural – The Haunted Head Wagon Yard – Shoal Creek Stranglers The Leaking Man – Old Smokey I Hung Myself – Uncle Goo Merry Days – The Humms Recall – The Ice Creams
In other GF related news, we are excited to finally see the release of Ancient Whales: Live at Adult Swim this Friday (May 29th) where ever good music is streamed!
NOTE: This event has been cancelled as of 03/13/20
The undisputed champion of country strange, Uncle Goo will return to Athens, GA on March 15th with his band, The Country Dragons (members of The Humms, Shoal Creek Stranglers) and play a special Sunday show at the World Famous bar for any and all patrons whom opt on staying in town during the SXSW season.
Goo will be joined by fellow psychedelic surfers, Outersea (members of Hot Fudge, Lydia Brambila) and gypsy garage rockers, Ancient Ethel – the latter of which just embarked on a 12-date southeastern tour of the US beginning tonight at Fleetwoods in Asheville, NC and rolling on through March 19th at Augusta’s beloved Soul Bar.
Catch them on the road at a dive near you and while you’re at it, pick up their GF recorded release at the show or via bandcamp.
Stream and share Outersea’s self titled record, released in 2019 and recorded at Gypsy Farm studio way back in 2016.
Nate Combs is directly responsible for numerous Carolina bands such as Kill Geddy Lee, F.N.C.F and Mosquito Rodeo. Combs is also in charge of day-to-day operations at the infamous Guttersville Records and is rumored to be related to the Wizards of Dawn.
Ed Campbell (Episode 42 of the Ratio Podcast) is perhaps best known throughout the Southern region for fronting a high octane bluegrass group ‘The Drovers Old Time Medicine Show‘ which just celebrated over 30 years together. Speaking from his porch with cigar in hand Campbell reiterates that he’s “a rocker at heart” and has been looking forward to what will be his first solo show in 32 years.
Ancient Ethel has consistently kept a steady string of performances and along with debuting an EP last year, they’re proud to announce the recent adoption of a “Baby Blue” van into the flock and just in time for their upcoming tour.
We finally reached Uncle Goo for comment. He says “Me and the boys are gonna get down in the upstate, up in the downstate and every which way in between” and then adds “Also, doing it for Seneca.” Whether Goo is referencing the town or the great Roman philosopher “Seneca” remains unclear.
Both singles were welcomed with open arms by the community far and wide thanks in part to heavy rotation by local DJ “Porkchop” on 92.1 WLHR via “The Breakfast with Porkchop Show”
“While the first record was soaked knee-deep with an ‘outlaw’ country-sound, Goo stressed that he wanted to go more into a ‘southern-country-rock” vibe on this effort and what we got is ‘Cattywampus!!!” – WJAY (GF correspondent)
Uncle Goo and his band (The Country Dragons) will be performing one-night-only in Hartwell, GA at RACK’S Lakeside Bar & Grill (formally Swamp Guinea) to celebrate the release. The show is free and will begin at 8pm.
Hotter than a double order of jalapeno hash browns, Garrett Carpenter (AKA Uncle Goo) has just unleashed a brand new tune titled “When I Die (Bury Me at the Waffle House)” – his second single from upcoming record, Cattywampus!!! – in stores everywhere October 15th via Gypsy Farm Records.
Carpenter says “When I die, don’t be sad. Though you want to, don’t cry. I’ll be gone but I’ll be here all the same. I don’t want no one to spend a lot of money to honor me. I don’t need no stone with my name. When I die, bury me down at the Waffle house”.
Waffle House C.E.O Walt Ehmer and upper management were unavailable for comment at press time however, top-ranking waitress “Miss Moselle” was quoted saying “Anyone that comes in here and mentions Uncle Goo’s new song will receive a bowl of Bert’s famous chili at full price”.
Uncle Goo’s new record “Cattywampus!!!” will be his second album to come out in less than one year, after January’s “Country Strange: Vol 1” saw Goo receive much deserved praise for his songwriting and a one-of-a-kind live performance at the oldest Strip Club in Georgia – The Clermont Lounge.
You can catch Uncle Goo & The Country Dragons live and in person one night only this October 25th at “Racks” (Formally Swamp Guinea) in Hartwell, GA.
Stream and share “When I Die (Bury Me at the Waffle House)” via bandcamp: