Dayton is the quintessential Midwetern city: blue collar, scrappy, and home to isolated innovators like the Wright Brothers, Guided By Voices, and the Deal sisters. Finding their own place in this mix, the Motel Beds are proud to release Mind Glitter, their first album of new material in nearly three years. While it would be easy to tie the sound of Motel Beds to the aforementioned Guided By Voices—especially since guitarist Derl Robbins has worked extensively with Bob Pollard over the past few years—they’ve been more heavily influenced by the sounds of traditional guitar-based bands like Cheap Trick and fellow Ohioans The Raspberries, as well as the orchestral pop of Surf’s Up–era Beach Boys. Mind Glitter is a record that flexes the bands strengths, with harmonies, guitar hooks, and melodies that are as strong as the steel mills of Ohio.
This Friday, July 17, as part of its Art at the Stroll series, Alison Rose will celebrate the opening of an exhibition celebrating the history of Anyway Records. This unique collection features original hand-painted posters, fliers, handbills, and other memorabilia that Anyway founder Bela Koe-Krompecher has collected during his 20-plus years of running the label, many of which he created himself to promote the shows he booked during the ’90s.
As part of the festivities, Kyle Sowash (of The Kyle Sowashes), Sean Gardner (of Winter Makes Sailors), and Chris Forbes (formerly of Orchestraville) will perform. Additionally, Anyway Records t-shirts will be printed during the event. The opening takes place from 5pm to 9 pm, and the exhibition will be on display until August 14.
The Kyle Sowashes recently recorded a performance of “King Shit of Fuck Mountain,” from their new Everybody album, for The Mug and Brush Sessions, a music video series filmed at Jim Morris’ Mug & Brush Barbershop, which is located a stone’s throw away from the Anyway world headquarters in Columbus. Check it out below.
The Kyle Sowashes are coming to a town near you! Tour dates:
Friday May 1– Columbus, Ohio at Ace of Cups
Saturday, May 2- Cleveland, Ohio at Euclid Tavern
Monday, June 8- Columbus, Ohio at Tree Bar
Tuesday, June 9- Dayton, Ohio at Blind Bob’s
Wednesday, June 10- St. Louis, Missouri at Foam
Thursday, June 11- Tulsa, Oklahoma at Soundpony
Friday, June 12- Little Rock, Arkansas at TBA
Saturday, June 13- Tuscaloosa, Alabama at Egan’s
Thursday, July 23- Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania at Howler’s
Friday, July 24- Brooklyn, New York at Pete’s Candy Store
We’re excited to announce the release of the latest album by Columbus indie rock stalwarts The Kyle Sowashes, Everybody. Recorded in August 2014, the album’s 16 songs are fortified with extra heft and sonic vision, but they retain the goofy charm and sharp hooks that have defined Sowash’s career. It can be purchased on CD, vinyl and/or digitally at Midheaven, Amazon, and local stores. Check out this interview in Columbus Alive with Kyle about the album and a track from the record below.
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 another video to promote their new album, Into Sixes, which comes out tomorrow. The Stephen Tringali–directed video for “Cruise Control” was featured at The Chicago Reader and The Agit Reader and can be viewed above.