• Pickwick, Live Session #115 MP3

    We first experienced Pickwick at Antone’s in Austin back in 2012 at SXSW. They took the stage with a short sound check and Galen Disston started singing as the first notes of the piano rang out. It reminded me of a boxing match where the underdog rushes at his opponent trying to gain an unfair advantage with the element of surprise. Perhaps underdog is the wrong word to describe Galen, but I’m sure ple...

    21.06.2013

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  • Cayucas – Bigfoot [Album Review] MP3

    At the time of writing this, it’s May 25th and it’s like 53 degrees in Chicago under a mixture of grey and gray skies. It basically sucks here so bad. Enter the latest gem of an artist from the Secretly Canadian label, Cayucas. Cayucas is the latest project for Zach Yudin, who some of you may know formerly as Oregon Bike Trails, and shot a much-needed ray of sunshine straight down my pie hole today. Th...

    03.06.2013

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  • Water Liars, Live Session #114 MP3

    The gentlemen known as Water Liars dropped by SHIRK studios for a session back in early April.  We talked about Gibson Grabber basses, Big Muff fuzz pedals and the musical meaning of the word “Vamp”.  These guys were great to hang with.  After catching their set at SXSW, I’m so glad they could make it in to track a live performance in my studio.  Backbone might be my favorite song of t...

    30.05.2013

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  • Field Report, Live Session #113 MP3

    As the snow began to fall on a March morning, I wondered if this session was even going to happen.  Luckily, Field Report, aware of the impending blizzard in Chicago, left Milwaukee early to beat the weather.  This would be my first session since relocating SHIRK studios to its new location.  The wiring and equipment had barely been tested and to say I was nervous would be an understatement. The bandâ€...

    08.05.2013

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  • Kopecky Family Band, Live Session #112 MP3

    My discovery of Kopecky Family Band happened during one of those serendipitous moments at South By Southwest a couple/few years ago. I was at South Congress, walking in an alley behind Yard Dog Art Gallery to get to my next destination, when I heard some sweet music sounds coming from a small stage near a keg full of free beer. Never one to pass down free beers, I filled up a cup of Shiner Bock and settled in for a ...

    17.04.2013

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  • Bahamas, Live Session #111 MP3

    One of my fondest memories at SxSW 2012 was watching Bahamas at Antones at noon on Wednesday with a crowd of about 40 people. I attended with Woody, who was not yet a Bahamas fan. As Bahamas founder and lead singer, Afie Jurvanen, demonstrated his impeccable guitar skills on his electric Strat, Woody began to light up. As if sensing that Woody was converting, Afie seemed to stare directly at him as he crooned into t...

    26.03.2013

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    26.03.2013

  • Patterson Hood & The Downtown Rumblers, Live Session #110 MP3

    Patterson Hood is responsible for this music blog existing. We’ve probably never told the story, but Woody and I met at a business event in Chicago where things like insurance, mortgage, real estate, home security systems, outsourced HR, search engine optimization or similar such bullshit was being discussed. I think we were both wearing slacks. As we were filling up our coffee cups, one of us asked the other...

    07.02.2013

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  • Yellow Ostrich, Session #109 MP3

    A couple of years back when Yellow Ostrich (aka Alex Schaaf) released his excellent debut, The Mistress, I read about how it was self recorded at his home using laptops, loops, etc.  When laptops enter the picture, I usually head for the door so I initially ignored Yellow Ostrich. Fast forward a year or so later and Yellow Ostrich was preparing to release their second album, Strange Land. Alex Schaaf, now had two...

    11.01.2013

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  • Jonathan Wilson – Pity Trials & Tomorrow’s Child EP MP3

    I became familiar with Jonathan Wilson via a post on Aquarium Drunkard where he covered Madge’s La Isla Bonita. It was simply amazing and had me immediately downloading his LP Gentle Spirit. Its like a blend of Deep Dark Woods and Phosphorescent. His new EP is a collection of three covers. Pity Trials & Tomorrow’s Child opens with a cover of George Harrison’s “Isn’t It A Pity,...

    27.11.2012

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  • Hey Rosetta!, Live Session #108 MP3

    I started listening to Hey Rosetta! years ago after hearing them on XM Radio. Their 2008 release, Into Your Lungs, fueled many bike commutes to work when living in the Bay area. Then they released Seeds in February of this year via ATO Records and that album assured its place in rotation in my house. Seeds is one of the lesser talked about albums of the year, but one worth jotting down in your “best albums of ...

    12.11.2012

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  • River Whyless, Live Session #106 MP3

    The last time I see River Whyless I was in Austin, Texas for SxSW 2012. It was a Wednesday afternoon, which is typically my favorite day of that week. I’ve just arrived in town with fresh legs and a grin on my face as I prepare to see a hundred bands and meet up with old friends. So on Wednesday, the various characters in our entourage all made the pedestrian quest from hotels to a wine bar called Uncorked â...

    19.10.2012

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  • Yellow Ostrich – Ghost EP MP3

    Caught this post on Facebook today and figured I would share it with all of our loyal readers. We’ve become quite smitten with Alex Schaaf and Yellow Ostrich this year and were lucky enough to get them in HearYa Worldwide HQ for a session, which will be coming out soon. In the meantime enjoy this new track off the upcoming EP and go see them in concert. They are killer. hi everyone. for the past few months we...

    05.10.2012

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  • Delta Spirit, Live Session #106 MP3

    One of the blessings and downfalls of writing for a music blog is the deluge of music we are lucky enough to experience. Sometimes something worthwhile gets lost in the shuffle and we don’t get enough time to spend with a particular release. Back in March when Delta Spirit’s self-titled third LP came out, Oz and I both spun it a few times and had a tough time connecting. Our buddy Ryan, their manager, ...

    20.09.2012

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  • Plants and Animals, Live Session #105 MP3

    My favorite albums are the ones that sneak up on me. The slow growers that don’t make an impact at first, but slowly seep in.  Canada’s Plants and Animals released The End of That back in February and it filled up all the little cracks and broken splinters of my life for the rest of the year. The album filled all those spare moments in airports, on planes, in hotels, or at home while doing yard work...

    16.08.2012

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  • Denver, from Portland, sings of Reno [new mp3] MP3

    We recently featured a new track from Denver, the Portland alt-country group featuring members of Blitzen Trapper. Their bio is simple and drops reference to country supergroup, The Highwaymen, whose debut album was my favorite as a youngster. This “Ramshackle All-Star Country Band” fashions itself a sort of modern-day Highwaymen. Denver’s co-founders and chief songwriters Tom Bevitori, Mike Elias...

    26.07.2012

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  • Aaron Embry – Moon Of The Daylit Sky [Holy Crap Good] MP3

    I’m really excited to share this Aaron Embry track. After consuming mass quantities of music over the years, it’s easy to ignore solo artists with just a first and last name. Although it’s counter to our purpose as music evangelists, I’m totally guilty of judging the solo artist with a knee-jerk, cynical reaction – “Probably just another singer/songwriter.” Aaron ...

    25.07.2012

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  • Colossal Gospel – Circles [Album Review] MP3

    Colossal Gospel are a two piece from Leeds, Alabama. This is a band I liked just from seeing the name of the band and the album cover. I thought their sound was going to be dark like 16 Horsepower or O’Death, but what I was greeted with was something truly magnificent. Colossal Gospel are Stephen Weibelt and Chris Johnson. The best way I can describe their music is some combination of Fleet Foxes and Grizzly ...

    11.07.2012

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  • Lindsay Fuller, Live Session #104 MP3

    Words I use to describe Lindsay Fuller’s debut album You, Anniversary: Aching. Heartbreaking. Devastating. Haunting. Beautiful. The album is paradoxical with dark subject matter enveloped in a sound that is warm and inviting, like Gillian Welch singing passages from Edgar Allen Poe. If you’re unfamiliar with Lindsay Fuller, I’d urge you not to listen until you’re free from distractions an...

    02.07.2012

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  • Angela Perley & The Howlin’ Moons MP3

    One SxSW discovery that we’ve held back on sharing is Angela Perley & The Howlin’ Moons out of Columbus, OH. The band formed in 2009 and released three EP’s over the past couple years. They blend elements of rockabilly, alt-country, Americana and country into a sound more Nashville than Buckeye, with Angela Perley channeling Loretta Lynn’s vocals over The Howlin’ Moons’ ...

    26.06.2012

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  • The Lumineers, Live Session # 103 MP3

    The Lumineers session at last. In my review of their debut album, I made the following comment: Music was a catharsis to Wes and Jer after losing a loved one, but the album and every one of their performances feels like a celebration – often in spite of the lyrics. The Lumineers are a reminder that even when love or a loved one is lost, or if we’re hopeless or filled with regret, it’s always gre...

    11.06.2012

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