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.

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.

Ancient Whales: Live at Adult Swim and more releases from Gypsy Farm Records

Pre-orders are now up for Ancient Whales: Live at Adult Swim via the GFR bandcamp. Originally recorded at Adult Swim HQ in Atlanta, GA for broadcast in 2018, the band then consisted of Enoch (guitar) and Natalie (bass) both sharing vocal duties, backed by the dual drum-team of Scott (TS) Woodward and Bryan (BP) Poole, respectfully.

The group also recently released a studio album called “Vestiges of Tails Appear in All of Us” out now on Owlphabet Records.

“Live at Adult Swim” drops on May 29th wherever good music is streamed!

Also sneaking out from the ether during this strange time is the first material in two years to be released from Clemson, SC’s cow-punk stewards, Pine Tar Rage. The song titled “Perfect Day” recalls the adventures of an individual from pre-sunrise and climaxes into all the fixings of the perfect day. Fans of PTR will immediately notice that the song is a somewhat departure in sound comparatively to their past recordings, but nothing unfamiliar to long time patrons of the band’s live set.

Singer songwriter, Ed Campbell trades in his usual high-gain mesa/boogie for a more reserved guitar-tone that is only complimented by Brant Duncan’s slippery-slide guitar leads, reminiscent of early Flaming Lips with Ronald Jones.

Both elements are meld together by the retro country-shuffle rhythm section of Jeff Barrett (bass, vocals) and Zeke Sayer (drums, vocals).

Meanwhile, back in March, we saw this interesting piece of sonic-syrup take forum within the laboratories of Gypsy Farm by a specimen known only as “RICHIE”.

The near six-minute raver is called “W.I.P” and was received with this press release:

“In 1973, the fabric of time was ripped open and from that gaping hole emerged a being that would be known only as ‘Richie’. He deserved no last name but in him the fire remained to make you move yo’ ass and make you smile and laugh. Richie didn’t have no Daddy, only Mama. She taught him superstitions and lived a life full of drama. But she sang and loved sincerely. She gave him music and he loved it dearly. The magic in the songs is all that’s kept him moving along. Up, down, sideways, bringing it honest and strong.”

We recommend this tune garnished with a sub-woofer or synced into your morning run.

Until next time, we leave you with the latest from our YouTube channel:

Article by GF staff writer, Willie Shears. Photo courtesy of Liz Trader Williams / Ancient Whales.

The HUMMS “Don’t Think About Death”

As the 10-year anniversary of the HUMMS’ debut LP “Lemonland” approaches, few were surprised to see a sudden restock of the original 45rpm single titled “Don’t Think About Death” b/w “Buttermilk/Uncle Sam Took My Baby Away”.

The single was initially released by Silver Spring, MD label “Arnold Records” in 2010 on black and special “glow in the dark” vinyl editions.

While the latter has completely sold out, the remaining black vinyl versions may be purchased over at the Gypsy Farm bandcamp.

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Unconfirmed sources close to the band claim a new album is in the works with a possible release date sometime in 2020.  Of course, stay tuned into the Gypsy Farm network for all the latest updates and more.

 

 

 

Premiere: “Tight Fit” – Bat & The Bears

Content with identifying as perhaps the strangest-mistake currently signed to Gypsy Farm,  the experimental-act known as “Bat And The Bears” celebrates it’s first official year of existence having released an EP [Wool Wearing Wolf] last July and being referred to as “Gothic-Karaoke”.

Following a live performance last Saturday night in Athens, GA the project released a new single called “Tight Fit” recorded at Gypsy Farm in the fall of 2017 before the label cut funding.

Watch and share the official music video for “Tight Fit” by Bat & The Bears :

Featured image courtesy of Gregory Frederick (Athens Ga Live Music)

 

 

 

Stream: Country Strange – Vol 1

Debuting high on the parkertown yodel-charts this morning comes “Country Strange Vol. 1” featuring a modest collection of original country songs pinned by long-running Gypsy Farm associate Uncle Goo a.k.a Garrett Chase Carpenter.  We first got a taste of this sweet medicine back in the ladder part of 2018 with the release of two singles “I’m Tired” b/w “Mallory”.

“It’s all here folks – country and western tunes of loathe, love and gout.” says associate producer and graphic designer WJAY.  As per usual, the standard GF band of cronies provide solid backing through-out the entire playlist given wing with the addition of pedal steel picker Matt “Pistol” Stoessel and lead guitarist Jake Stargel.

Country Strange Vol. 1 is available January 2nd on all streaming platforms including bandcamp and digipak CD.

Tune in to 92.1 FM WLHR Lake Hartwell Radio on January 4th to hear local DJ Porkchop sit down for an interview with Uncle Goo at 9:30am!

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