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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.

e-mail update:
:::Show Updates:::
All American Radio:::
25 May : Lancaster, PA. Zoetropolis with Sadaharu and Movies with Heroes.
30 May : Lancaster, PA. French Quarter Night Club. 10pm.
Ester Drang:::
28 May : Denton, TX. Rubber Gloves.
29 May : Austin, TX. Emo’s.
30 May : El Paso, TX. Crossroads Coffee House
31 May : Tempe, AZ. The Lucky Dragon.
7 June : Seattle, WA. The Crocodile Cafe
2 July : Tulsa, OK. Curly’s. with Pedro the Lion and Roadside Monument.
The Trouble with Sweeney:::
Joey Sweeney Solo with Bill Riccini
14 May : Salt Lake City, UT : Suite 13.
15 May : Denver, CO. 15th Street Tavern.
16 May : Wichita, KS. Kirby’s Beer Store.
17 May : Columbia, MO. Ragtime.
18 May : Chicago, IL. Schuba’s (Early Show).
19 May : Madison, WI. Catacomb Coffeehouse.
20 May : Detroit, MI. Lager House.
21 May : North Manchester, IN. The Firehouse with Trackstar.
22 May : Lexington, KY. High on Rose.
23 May : Nashville, TN. Springwater.
Denison Witmer:::
16 May : Brooklyn, NY. Lillies with John Vanderslice.
15 May : Philadelphia. Friends Center Meeting House. Peacewalk to Baghdad Benefit.
24 May : Amman, Jordan.
27 May : Syrian Desert. with Evilaxis recording artists the maji.
6 June : Baghdad, Iraq.
27 June : Philadelphia, PA. Doc Watson’s with Nine Digit #.
29 June : Wilmington, OH. Joe’s Java.
2-5 July : Bushnell, IL.
7 July : Bloomington, IN. The Wooden Ear with Mt. Gigantic and Anaphylaxis.
8 July : Chicago, IL.
9 July : Minneapolis, MN.
10 July : Kansas City, MO.
12 July : Denver, CO. Colorado University radio show with the Denver Gentlemen, 12pm.
13 July : Denver, CO. Mercuy Cafe with Denver Gentlemen.
14 July : Colorado Spring, CO.
15 July : Kansas City, MO.
16 July : Louisville, KY.
17 July : Cumberland, MD. John Felton and his soul mobile and John Francis Maher.
::Label News:::
It’s been a while since the last update. There are lots of exciting things happening at the label, so here goes…

Denison Witmer has been finishing the mixes of his third full-length, Philadelphia Songs, with local Philadelphian, Edan Cohen (who recorded the recent Songs: Ohia album). After his tour, Denison recruited The Six Parts Seven to play additional parts to the foundations that were already recorded. The album is set for a fall release on cd/LP and will coincide with a full tour. In June or so, Denison’s first cdep, River Bends, will be re-released on Burnt Toast Vinyl with some new artwork and packaging. More details on the re-issue when everything is finished. Denison is working on plans for June/July touring and should be on the west coast for a few shows with Rosie Thomas.

Burnt Toast Vinyl will be releasing Don Peris’ Ten Silver Slide Trombones to stores in July through Redeye distribution. Look for this release at a store near you then. Don is the guitarist for the innocence mission and has been involved in the production of Denison Witmer’s first two full-length releases. Ten Silver Slide Trombones is an amazing record, self-catagorized as post-Vatican II folk music. It features beautiful melodies in the realm of Neil Young and Nick Drake with Don’s whispy, airy voice accompanying. btv is extremely excited to be a part of this incredible release.

Unwed Sailor’s Firecracker has been pressed as a cdep in a special digipak, as well as on a super thick red 7″. Firecracker is now available in stores. Johnathon Ford is currently on tour with Damien Jurado, T. W. Walsh, and Pedro the Lion. He’s also been writing new songs with Roadside Monument. Circle of Birds (Johnathon Ford with members of Ester Drang and Lasso) is still awaiting final mixing for its release on Burnt Toast Vinyl, but plans are being made, changed, and re-made. After the tour, plans are set for Johnathon and Casey Foubert (Seldom, Pedro the Lion) to mix the album. Soon, very soon, this release will see the light as a cdep and 10″ and is expected to be available directly from the band in July and in stores in September or so.

Ester Drang have been busy practicing up, getting some songs in order, and preparing for some recordings. Their 7″ for Zeal Recordings is still looming in the near future and plans are being made to record a new full-length in the fall or so. The Drang will be taking the West by storm in early June, so look for them if you live in that part of the U.S. Goldenwest will be released in Europe by Gentlemen Records (Switzerland) during the summer. An LP version may accompany this release.

The Trouble with Sweeney has released a cdep, The Trouble with Sweeney Plays Karen and others on Basement Life Records. It will be released to retail stores through Burnt Toast Vinyl and Redeye in the beginning of June. Joey has taken the solo act to the road with friend Bill Riccini coast-to-coast and they are going everywhere. Look for them to bring the rock to a town near you.

Jetenderpaul’s new 7″, A Casualty Too Serious To Afford, finally made it across the Atlantic to the U.S. from Norway. These songs are some amazing indie pop treasures and the vinyl turned out great. This is a co-release with Norway’s Hype City Records. All pre-orders have been shipped; be sure to buy yours now if you haven’t already. Jetenderpaul will release a split cdep with Norway’s Loch Ness Mouse later in 2002 and will also be working on a cdep for btv for release after the split.

All American Radio has not been forgotten. After struggles to find and train various drummers, the band has hit paydirt. Their completed full-length will see the light of day in the fall of 2002. The band will be playing several shows in the area and several shows out of the PA area, as well, as they get back into the swing of things.

The one-sided LP series is slowly lining up. The next releases will be from Yume Bitsu, Early Day Miners, Aspera, Kind of Like Spitting and AM/FM if everything goes according to plan. Additional confirmations include Ester Drang, Unwed Sailor, Lenola, Six Parts Seven, Brother Danielson, The Good Life, The Gloria Record, Adam Voith, Erlend of Kings of Convenience project, T.W. Walsh, the Sixth Great Lake, Brandtson, and Neil Halstead. More details on each release when they are more ready. Damien Jurado’s Four Songs has been distributed by Secretly Canadian and is nearly sold out, so look for this in all of the coolest vinyl-selling record shops near you. Or order direct and get it before it’s too late. Damien has these LPs on tour with him, as well. Other LPs in the series will also be distributed by Secretly Canadian.

Reels of White Softly Flow has finished their debut release, the first live LP only release. Things have been sent off to the factory for pressing. The band isn’t officially on the label, but many old and dear friends are in the band, so the news is noteworthy. Look for them to play some live shows in June.

members of psalters will be traveling to the middle east to protest Iraqi sanctions as part of a peace walk through Iraq. The group will be bringing medical supplies into Iraq in violation of the sanctions. Stop by if you happen to be in the area. They’ll be playing some shows in the area, as well as out in Colorado with the Denver Gentlemen.

The btv website has an extensive list of stores that carry our titles. If you are unable to find our releases in your favorite store, let them know that they can order our cd releases from Redeye and the one-sided LP releases from Secretly Canadian.

:::On-line store news:::
There are several new titles in the btv on-line store as well as a few specially priced combination packages available with the new Damien Jurado and Pedro the Lion releases. For lovers of music, I encourage you to check out Early Day Miners : Let Us Garlands Bring (Secretly Canadian), Mirah : Advisory Committee (K Recs), Yume Bitsu : The Golden Vessyl of Sound (K Recs), Tristeza : s/t ep (Gravity), Soul Junk : 1957 LP, and more. The store carries a wide variety of music from labels and bands that we love and recommend.

Takin’ care of business,

So much has happened since I last posted some news, so this will be a longer update. I’ve been away for almost two weeks. My grandmother died and I flew back home to Indiana. When I got back, I went to all of the festivities for my friends Scott and Jane’s wedding. It was a beautifully informal outdoor event, very laid back and perfect weather. We all sent them off at a Sunday brunch and then I went to NC for a week for work.
I did manage to see The Faint play at the Cat’s Cradle in Carrboro, NC, which ended up being a treat. I have been slightly disappointed by their latest, Danse Macabre, after being impressed by the previous, Blank Wave Arcade. The band was amazing when they kept the crunchy synths and rocking beats, less interesting when they tried to play more straight rock songs.
I got to visit the home of our distributors, Redye, who are in nearby Graham, NC. It’s always nice to put faces to names. Represses of Ester Drang’s Goldenwest and Denison Witmer’s The ’80s ep are nearly complete and will be in stores very shortly, for those who have noticed these missing. Also, Huntington’s Rock ‘n’ Roll Habits for the New Wave has been re-pressed and sent out to stores. It has an updated color scheme, less pink, more black. I think it is an improvement.
Updated versions of The Trouble with Sweeney’s Dear Life will be ready in a week or so and will have a blue/grey color scheme, rather than the previous pink/green retro ’80s preppy throwback look that, while ironically cool, wasn’t necessarily the best choice in colorings schemes in these ought years.
My friend managed to score some tickets to the sold out Belle & Sebastian show last night (she was my hero for that) so I landed at the airport at 7 and made it to the show by 8. I missed a little of The Aisler’s Set, one of my favorite pop bands with releases on Slumberland and now Suicide Squeeze, but was impressed by the songs even from the nose bleed seats. Belle & Sebastian were quite good, a little sloppier than the records but more entertaining. Stuart came out on stage in boxing trunks as the band played the theme to Rocky. Philadelphia loved this and it went a little of the way to make up for B&S cancellation of their previous show in ’98 or ’99. I remember waiting in the hall for about 2 hours until they cancelled it. It left a bad, anti-B&S taste in my mouth for quite a while. In any case, seeing them improved my relationship with the band’s songs. In the middle, they gave out a big box of t-shirts and some buttons to try and soothe the wounds. There’s something to be said about classiness like that.
After the show, a bunch of us went to see Spiderman in a trashy West Phila theatre that I had vowed to never go to again. It was okay, since there were a lot of us. The movie was enjoyable for a midnight movie, not as great as some of the reviews I’d read suggested, but better than a lot of current movies. Willem Dafoe is one of the best psychotic villains ever.
So I guess that sums up a lot of what I’ve been up to. I will be visiting Denison and Edan Cohen (producer of the recent Songs:Ohia record) in the studio later today to hear some of the close-to-finished songs from Philadelphia Songs. Sunday and Monday, I will be catching Damien Jurado with Pedro the Lion and T.W. Walsh in NYC and Philadelphia. Johnathon Ford (Unwed Sailor, Circle of Birds) is playing in the Jurado and Pedro bands, so that’s really exciting and T.W. Walsh will be doing a one-sided LP at some point in the one-sided series. The Six Parts Seven have also committed to a one-sided LP that will be recorded later in the summer and released in Winter 2003 or so.
By the way, Burnt Toast Vinyl will be re-releasing Don Peris’ Ten Silver Slide Trombones to stores on 2 July. Look for that at a store near you, especially members of the Coalition of Independent Music Stores. As always, this is available from the btv on-line store. The Trouble with Sweeney : Plays Karen and others cdep will be distributed to stores through Burnt Toast Vinyl and Basement Life Records in June, so look for that in stores, as well. It should be available on-line later this weekend or on Monday. Don’t forget to see Joey on his massive coast-to-coast tour. Dates are listed in the touring section here and on The Trouble With Sweeney website.
much love,

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