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.
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”
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
“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.
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.
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.
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 :
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.