GFR label celebrates 10 years

As we’ve found ourselves nearing the end of an amazingly bazaar year, the realization came upon a windy night at Gypsy Farm that our label division is now (unbelievably) a decade old.

Ten years of records, cds, tapes, streams, dreams, clips and trips with still one more release slated for 2018 – Uncle Goo’s follow-up crooner titled  “Mallory” due out on December 3rd.

The following day (Dec 4th) you will find the Ice Creams performing one of two Athens, GA concerts in support of their self-titled EP at the Go Bar with an additional show commencing on December 20th at Flicker Theatre and Bar.

GF contributor WJAY has expressed a strong hope that we’ll see you all in another decade going on to toast :

Here’s to a continuation of releasing music and visuals we find interesting and a huge thank you to all that have supported GFR and it’s artists through-out the decade whether it be by recording in our studio, spinning our records or going out to see the live shows.  Thank you!

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Stream : The Ice Creams EP

The Ice Creams were formed as a recording project some ten years ago in November of 2008 as the “long forgotten bastard side-child” of Athens garage group The Humms and self proclaimed “Scooby Punk-rockers” are ecstatic to finally announce the first release since their limited edition single via Gumball Machine Records.

The long awaited extended player is comprised of 6-songs making up the self titled record [The Ice Creams EP]

“Here’s a newly posted video from a group called The Ice Creams, for a little ditty titled ‘Everyone’s Got a Skeleton.’ The band, which features Zeke Sayer and Matthew Garrison of local band The Humms as well as drummer Stephen Findley, plays a slightly more saccharine version of The Humms’ earworm-y garage-punk, impossibly catchy and lean as white meat.” – Gabe Vodicka – Flagpole magazine

The Ice Creams EP drops on November 13th via Gypsy Farm Records but you can pre-order and stream the EP now in it’s entirety below via bandcamp.

 

Uncle Goo releases new song “I’m Tired”

Long-time GF recording artist and contributor Garrett Carpenter AKA “Uncle Goo” has interrupted his four year silence with today’s offering of a new song titled “I’m Tired”.

“It’s every bit tried, fried and tie dyed in a classic southern-twang made possible by Carpenter’s backing band met with his incredible voice that haunts from outlaw country’s past” – Sam (GF intern)

Stream and share the single below via bandcamp and youtube.

Kwazymoto premieres new track

Experimental noise punk duo Kwazymoto have debuted a new single from their forthcoming album My American Family – available Sept 28th with the release show taking place Oct 6th at The Caledonia Lounge in Athens, Ga.

Flagpole magazine premiered the official music video for the track titled Hipster Scum calling the band “one of the most musically and conceptually ambitious bands in town”.

Kwazy-frontman Ian Hemerlein had this to say : “The album was recorded, mixed and mastered by Zeke Sayer at Gypsy Farm Studio. We have also returned back to our original two-piece lineup for this album, which is [myself] on guitar and vocals and Kody Blackmon on drums. My sister, Lauren Hemerlein, also performs harp on some of the tracks. I directed the video, which is our first to feature lyrics visually, so I would encourage reading them”.

Hemerlein has also recently released solo material under the name Saint Syzygy.

Stream the music video below and check out Kwazymoto Oct 6th for the release of their third album “My American Family”.

Lydia Brambila debuts new record

Athens area musician and cultivator of “Dreamy cathedral pop” Lydia Brambila (Outersea, Sea of Dogs) released her debut album titled “Migraineur” on August 31st via streaming and cassette with an included zine, songbook of lyrics and spells.

The record officially premiered Sept 1st via live youtube stream atop of Brambila’s tree house and features a collection of hauntingly beautiful “songs about trees, water, fauns, and flight” with cover illustration by Sarah C. Mars.

Recorded by B.C. Fortenberry with additional overdubs and mixing by Zeke Sayer before final mastering by Nicholas Wilbur.

Stream the album in its entirety below.

 

Pine Tar Rage debuts new single

Fellow rock and rollers of Carolina known as “Pine Tar Rage” have announced plans to release their new single on the Gypsy Farm record label.  The song, entitled I’m Gonna Have a Good Time punches right out of the gate with fierce determination; hell bent in fact, on making the most of one evening.  Writer, singer, and guitarist Ed Campbell declares, “This is about someone who’s been working two months straight without a day off.  They’ve saved up their money, stock piled their drugs only to get the flu that day…. but they’re gonna have a real good time, whether they like it or not.”

Ed, who is also known throughout the region for his bluegrass group “The Drovers Old Time Medicine Show” (formed over 30 years ago) says he’s “a rocker at heart” and that PTR serves as “an outlet for the rowdier compositions requiring more electricity” – although some songs inevitably cross over between the two bands such as last Summer’s “I Got a Headlight Out”.

Campbell is joined by lead guitarist Brant Duncan of Clemson area folk duo “The Elegance, bassist Jeff Barrett of Central’s “Wheeler, and drummer Zeke Sayer of Georgia-based band “The Humms.

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I’m Gonna Have a Good Time” will be available for download and streaming via Bandcamp, iTunes, Amazon, Google Play, and all other online outlets March 13th!

Preview in advance and share the official music video!

Matthew Garrison debuts first EP

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Using the alias “Marble Soup” local Georgia native Matthew Garrison released his self-titled debut EP last month as download, stream and limited edition compact disc.  The EP marks the first new physical release on the Gypsy Farm label since 2014 and is the result of several recording sessions spaced between Lula and Lavonia, Georgia dating back to 2015.

Engineered by Jake Stargel, the takes were then mixed at Gypsy Farm Studio before final mastering at Chase Park Transduction.  After touring the U.S. twice in 2017 with Elf Power, Garrison enlisted the help of Larry Choskey (of Nate and the Nightmares) for art direction and cover design, then set the EP release date for Jan 2018 and it has met with positive reviews since it’s release :

“Clocking in with a mere four songs, this little record does a fine job of exhibiting Garrison’s songwriting, which harkens back to NRBQ, a little Randy Newman and perhaps a slight amount of Gram Parsons to boot” – Gordon Lamb – “Threats and Promises” – Flagpole Magazine

“With it’s ominous beat, Marble Soup’s ‘Janet Lorraine’ solicits the listener immediately to a soundscape where time stands before inevitably running out” – WJAY – GF Press Editor

Purchase/stream the Marble Soup EP via Bandcamp or any online distributor.

 

T.S. Woodward launches a Kickstarter

 

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Athens, GA based pianist known as T.S. Woodward debuted a new video earlier this month via Dominar Films – outlining a plan to finally release his long-awaited concept album.  The project originally began production in 2013 before eventually transforming into a double-album with the addition of a live recording titled “In The Black Box” captured during Woodward’s 2015 graduation from the University of Georgia for studies in Popular Music Composition, a major which T.S. created himself after initially being declined entry into the Hugh Hodgson School of Music.

Woodward commented that the album is a “surrealist’s guide to navigating the dark descent into and out of a dream. Everything is complete except the physical release!”

Rewards for donations include everything from a digital version of the LP – all the way up to – T.S. delivering an actual piano to your home, spot tuning included!

Catch T.S. Woodward and his ensemble at this year’s Athfest – Friday June 24th on the Hull St. Stage at 7:15pm!

You can find out more and help contribute to the cause by visiting the official Kickstarter page and sharing the video below :

 

GF Happenings / MAY

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4/29 – Koko Beware + more / GO Bar / Athens, GA
4/29 – Parkertown Pickers / SWAMP Bar / Hartwell, GA
5/6 – JKF Art Opening / Flicker Theatre / Athens, GA
5/7 – Midnight Stranglers / Derby Party / Decatur, GA
5/13 – The Darnell Boys + more / 40 watt / Athens, GA
5/14 – Midnight Stranglers / Superica / Atlanta, GA
5/21 – Athens FACE/OFF / 40 watt / Athens, GA
5/21 – Midnight Stranglers / The Optimist / Atlanta, GA
5/22  – Shoal Creek Stranglers / Depot / Lavonia, GA
5/28 – FNCF+ more / Uptown Lounge / Anderson, SC 
5/29 / Nicholas Mallis + more / Athens, GA

 

 

 

Hallows’ Eve Show / 10-30 at FLICKER

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Your participation is strongly encouraged as we summon the sounds of hell – beginning this Friday night at the Flicker Theatre in Athens, GA.   The establishment is proud to welcome GF veterans Garett Hatch (and his one-man-band extraordinaire), The Shoal Creek Stranglers (performing a peculiar blend of various interest), Pine Tar Rage (Carolina Rock  ‘n Roll quartet of souls) with Old Smokey (haunting the musical hairs off of you).  10pm / $5   / RSVP to the official event page