We’re proud to announce the release of Ten Songs About Memory and Hope, the debut album by St. Lenox, the project of New York–based troubadour Andrew Choi. As its title denotes, it’s a brilliant record documenting the human experience from a unique perspective both lyrically and musically. A former Juilliard-trained violinist, Choi combines that classical experience with his love of pop and karaoke. (For more on his approach to songwriting, read this informative interview.) The album is already garnering good reviews (here and here) and was featured on NPR. It can be purchased on vinyl and/or digitally at Midheaven, Amazon, and local stores.
We are very excited to announce that this year Anyway Records will be at the CMJ Music Marathon. We’re partnering with OhioNYC, a blog run by former Columbusite Stephen Slaybaugh that focuses on Ohio-related events in New York, to put together a stellar bill of artists who have had or are going to have records on Anyway or that are from Ohio and with whom we’ve probably crossed paths in the past. The whole thing goes down Friday, October 24 at 7:30pm at the Passenger Bar in Wiliamsburg (Brooklyn, not Virginia). There’s no cover, but we’ll probably ask folks to make a donation of some sort to help with gas money for the bands. The line-up (in order of appearance):
Jon Chinn: Before moving to Brooklyn, Jon Chinn lived in Columbus and ran Workbook Studios, where many an Anyway record was recorded, and played out under both his own name and as a member of Pretty Mighty Mighty.
The Receiver: Columbus-based brothers Casey and Jesse Cooper have been making gorgeously understated music as The Receiver for nearly a decade. They’ve reportedly got a new record due out soon.
St. Lenox: The music Andrew Choi makes as St. Lenox is a mix of narrative lyrics, soulful vocals, and synthetic backing that’s as emotive as it is unique. We’ll be putting out his new record at the beginning of 2015.
The Human Hearts: The Human Hearts is the latest project of Franklin Bruno, our longtime acquaintance who contributed to our I Stayed Up All Night Listening to Records comp and who was the leader of Nothing Painted Blue, whose “After the Housewarming” single we released.
Doug Gillard: Cleveland native Doug Gillard has been in so many great bands it’s hard to keep track. He started with Death of Samantha, which mutated into Cobra Verde. Robert Pollard tapped Cobra Verde to become Guided By Voices, and when the rest of the band left after one record, Gillard stayed on with GBV until that line-up dissolved in 2005. He’s recorded several solo albums as well, with this year’s Parade On being particularly great.
Today, we’re proud to release Into Sixes, the third album by Columbus dynamos Connections. The album, which was recorded with engineer Adam Smith in Columbus at Musicol Recording, is available digitally and on LP from Midheaven, Insound, Amoeba Records, and other online retailers, as well as your local record store.
To celebrate the record’s release and presumably whet your appetite, today only, we’re giving away a free download of “Aylia,” the leadoff track. Enjoy!
This past week Connections released a video for “Beat the Sky” from their forthcoming third album, Into Sixes, due out on August 19. The video, which you can watch below, was premiered by Ghettoblaster Magazine and featured on Stereogum and The Agit Reader. It was filmed at Columbus campus institution Mama’s Pasta and Brew by Jake Housh of Anyway alumni Moviola and features a cameo from another Columbus institution, Ron House of Anyway alumni Thomas Jefferson Slave Apartments.
The band will be celebrating their new album in Columbus tonight (August 1) at Kafe Kerouac, with locals Day Creeper and The Gotobeds from Pittsburgh. The album is available for pre-order from Midheaven, Insound, and Amazon. Next month, Connections will be appearing at this year’s Goner Fest.
Though having released two albums and a string of singles in less than two years, Connections aren’t coming up for air yet. They’ve got another full-length, Into Sixes, already in the can to be released on Anyway on August 19. Here’s the lead single, “Beat the Sky,” available for download/streaming via Bandcamp.
While it’s been available digitally since last week (probably longer than that even), today sees the official release of WV White’s West Virginia White into the physical world (i.e. on vinyl). It’s already received praise from such outlets as Impose Magazine, Still Single, The Fire Note, and Wilfully Obscure, but check out the leadoff track, “Alison Lapper, Pregnant,” below and judge for yourself. You can order the album direct from our distributor at Midheaven or from Insound or Amazon. Of course, you can also buy it from your local record store.
This weekend three bands from the Anyway roster will be joining together for a good cause. Tomorrow night, Connections, WV White, and Winter Makes Sailors will take to the stage at Ace of Cups to raise funds for Alison and Nick Nocera, the creative force behind hand-printed apparel company Alison Rose. The couple was in a car accident in November, and like many self-employed individuals in those pre-Obamacare days, they didn’t have health insurance. As such, they still have medical bills that need to be paid, so the three bands are donating all the money taken at the door to help them do so. You’ll no doubt want to pick up one of the t-shirts Alison Rose recently produced for Connections too.
After making their way south on tour with Ex-Hex (Mary Timony’s new band), Connections are in Austin this week for the annual South By Southwest Music Festival. You can catch them at the times and places below.
Thursday, March 13- Midgetmen Jumpstart at Side Bar, 3pm
Thursday, March 13- Chaos in Tejas at Beerland, 9pm
Friday, March 14- Brooklyn Vegan Day Party at Red 7, 12pm
Friday, March 14- End of an Ear, 3pm
Friday, March 14- Misra Showcase at Lambert’s, 9pm
March 2- Beachland Ballroom 14th Anniversary, Cleveland, Ohio (with Parquet Courts)
March 8- Savannah Stopover Music Festival, Savannah, Georgia
March 9- The Earl, Atlanta, Georgia (with Ex-Hex)
March 10- Siberia, New Orleans, Louisiana (with Ex-Hex and The Coathangers)
March 11- Mango’s, Houston, Texas (with Ex-Hex and Perfect Pussy)
March 13 & 14- SXSW, Austin, Texas
March 19- Double Happiness, Columbus, Ohio (with Ex-Hex)