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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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.

Listen: Brick Walls by Bat & The Bears

Pictured above courtesy Gregory Frederick Athens GA Live Music is GF experimental project Bat & The Bears at a 2019 performance in the now unfortunately defunct Caledonia Lounge.

This is their first single out since last September’s Roost, and we all at Gypsy Farm are just cheery to present, here and now for your listening pleasure: “Brick Walls” by Bat & The Bears!

Listen: “Come Home” The Haunted Head

Coming into sight for the month of March, we see the return of Brant Duncan’s Carolina musical troop, known as The Haunted Head. Their latest production, a song titled “Come Home” surely encompasses everything you’ve come to know and appreciate about the band’s somber side.

Stream and share “Come Home” by the Haunted Head and support your favorite local artists, near and far this Friday (March 5th) by participating in this year’s second Bandcamp Friday.

Also seeing light today for the first time in over twenty years, is a collection of four-track recordings by Duncan’s former associates, Unabnormal, a 90s-era Clemson/Athens band fronted by Georgolina’s own concierge of portastudio saturation, Thom Strickland, who claims that the cassette tape was just recently re-discovered, under his bed.

The collection is called Diving Bell/Wishing Well, and along with a growing assortment of other titles, is out now, courtesy of Strickland’s “Brown Paper” record label, that isn’t.

Release: The Bear Traps debut

Any patron of the downtown Athens gift shop Junkman’s Daughter’s Brother will probably remember Dave Martin. If they don’t, chances are they may have caught the musical group, Poncho Magic at Tasty World once or twice.

Dave Martin at 40 Watt club, 2012. Photo by Bryan Brown.

Since way back when, Martin has kept busy in a variety of ways, like performing various duties with electronic act Astral Summer and playing guitar with Gypsy Farm artists Uncle Goo and The Humms.

Dave Martin performing with The Humms (2020, courtesy Netfreqtv)

Naturally, we are proud to announce the debut of Dave’s latest endeavor, a bedroom pop-stained, musical mattress titled THE BEAR TRAPS and it’s two singles: “Desert Of Love” b/w “I Don’t Want To Die Tonight” are out now on Gypsy Farm Records.

Uncle Goo, The Humms live stream today at 4pm EST on NetfreqTV.

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”.


https://twitch.tv/netfreqtv

Listen: “Old Woman” by Sea of Dogs

Athens, GA folk-pop ensemble, Sea of Dogs have remained inactive for the most part, after their crooner and banjo picker relocated to North Carolina.

While in early 2016, the group assembled at GF studio and recorded a whole album’s worth of material, most of which remains indefinitely shelved today.

We are pleased now to have received word, down from the mountain, granting permission to release a song from those sessions, Old Woman.

Long-time listeners will immediately recognize the tune, as it was first released on their 2010 album “You’re Not Too Old” recorded and mixed by Tim Schrieber.

In a notable departure from the album’s full band arrangement, this alternate take on the song finds singer Emily Armond’s voice in a pure, yet vulnerable state, bouncing through hollows, embraced only by a warn, piano accompaniment, courtesy of Jacob Morris.

Stream and share “Old Woman” by Sea of Dogs via bandcamp or youtube.

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