Anyway Records

Starting in the pre-text world of vinyl records and shiny over-priced compact discs, Anyway Records was founded on the assumption that music is to be found in our own backyards and meant to be cheap and affordable, like the founders themselves. Jerry Wick and Bela Koe-Krompecher started Anyway under the guise of a project for Jerry’s excellent Midwestern band, Gaunt. Jerry left the label to concentrate on Gaunt, and Bela continued to pour hours and beers into the label, working with a variety of bands (mostly Ohio, mostly Columbus) including Thomas Jefferson Slave Apartments, Jenny Mae, V-3, and Guided By Voices. Please enjoy!
Connections release “Beat the Sky” video

Connections release “Beat the Sky” video

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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.

August 1, 2014
First single from new Connections album

First single from new Connections album

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.

June 27, 2014
WV White album out today!

WV White album out today!

wvwhitecoverWhile 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.

 

April 1, 2014
Benefit for Alison and Nick Nocera of Alison Rose

Benefit for Alison and Nick Nocera of Alison Rose

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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.

March 28, 2014
Connections at SXSW

Connections at SXSW

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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 13, 2014
Connections March shows

Connections March shows

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)

March 2, 2014
WV White’s “perfect” debut out April 1!

WV White’s “perfect” debut out April 1!

wvwhitecoverWV White’s self-titled debut album will be out on LP and digitally on Anyway on April 1. (No fooling!) You can pre-order it at Midheaven, Amazon, and Insound. The record was recently labeled “perfect” by Fuckin’ Record Reviews, so what you waiting for?

 

March 2, 2014
St. Lenox covers Scott Walker

St. Lenox covers Scott Walker

St. Lenox recently recorded a damn fine cover of Scott Walker’s “Jackie,” which you can hear below.

February 2, 2014
St. Lenox performs new song

St. Lenox performs new song

St. Lenox will be finishing up law school this year just in time for the release of his debut record. When not studying, he still manages to play live in New York. Below is a video of him performing a new song, “New York Speaks Softly,” at Unplugged Mondays, an open mic event that takes place at the East Village location of Bareburger (who, by the way, we hear makes a damn good burger and will be opening up shop in Columbus this year).

February 1, 2014
Connections on Best of 2013 lists and tour with Ex-Hex

Connections on Best of 2013 lists and tour with Ex-Hex

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Connections’ Body Language made several “best of” lists for 2013:

Doug Mosurock at Dusted Magazine
The Agit Reader
The FireNote

You can now buy Body Language on CD packaged with the band’s debut album, Private Airplane, and the Tough City EP as Year One. It’s available at Midheaven, Amazon, Insound, Other Music, and of course, your local record shop.

In other Connections news, the band is set to play a handful of dates in March with Ex-Hex, the new band from Mary Timony (Helium, Wild Flag). Dates below.

March 8- Savannah Stopover Music Festival, Savannah, Georgia
March 9- The Earl, Atlanta, Georgia
March 10- Siberia, New Orleans, Louisiana
March 11- Mango’s, Houston, Texas
March 19- Double Happiness, Columbus, Ohio

February 1, 2014