I saw Yume Bitsu play at Brownies in NYC on Wednesday. They had a special performance where the story accompanying their Golden Vessyl of Sound record was read and various segments of the story were acted out. Various characters were dressed as Drystonians and Mothmen. After the show, Adam played me some of the music that they recorded with the Landing for their one-sided LP.
More dates have been confirmed and more details listed for Ester Drang‘s tour that begins on 28 May. Be sure to go out and see them play, especially at Yume Bitsu’s cd release show in Portland on 5 June. My good friend Ethan printed some special silk screened tour posters to help advertise the shows.
Denison Witmer is in this month’s CMJ Monthly. Be sure to check that out. His Philadelphia Songs has been constantly spinning, at least the first mixes have been. You will find some different sounds on this record, as a host of guest musicians, including The Six Part Seven, add their instruments into the mix. There are many ambient sounds that ebb beneath Denison’s voice and guitar melodies. We are starting to work on the final design and layout with the intentions of having the LP version be made avaible at the beginning of July, before the cd version will be available. The re-issue of the River Bends cdep, previously released by our fine friend at Velvet Blue Music, will be available at the beginning of July, along with a special tour only live cd that will feature some unreleased songs, versions, and covers and perhaps some of the stage banter which adds to the endearing quality of Witmer’s live performances.
Jamie Hunt is working on the Circle of Birds artwork. He has been featured in Little Engines #2 and did the artwork for Aspera’s Birds Fly cdep. Johnathon is still planning to have this mixed by the end of the month and the 10″/cdep should be available at Unwed Sailor/Ester Drang shows in early July.
In the one-sided LP series, AM/FM has been writing songs for their release and working on the artwork and design. They will be recording their songs at Lenola‘s home studio. Aspera have two songs recorded and will be working on the remaining two songs later in June. Early Day Miners should also have their songs ready in June as well.
I am gearing up for a busy autumn btv release season; I hope you are, too.