2016 has been a very exciting year for Anyway with well received records from Connections, St. Lenox, Mary Lynn, Earwig and Closet Mix. St. Lenox, Connections, Mary Lynn and Earwig have already appeared on several best-of-the-year lists including Popmatters, All Music, Blurt, WFDU and more. All these titles can be ordered on LP through midheaven.com or by messaging us. For a limited time, you can purchase all four titles (St. Lenox “Ten Hymns”, Connections “Midnight Run”, Mary Lynn “My Animal” and Earwig “Pause for the Jets feat. Lydia Loveless on one track”) for $40 postage included. If you are interested in a limited Anyway tee-shirt designed by Nicholas Nocera (Alison Rose) or a silkscreen Anyway 25th Anniversary poster please message: firstname.lastname@example.org (paypal is the same address)
St. Lenox releases his follow-up today after his well received debut “Ten Songs of Memory and Hope”, early praise for “Ten Hymns”
Stereogum: “Choi’s voice is one of the most striking instruments in music today, a harsh and commanding howl that reminds me of John Darnielle, Michael Stipe, and Xiu Xiu’s Jamie Stewart but is something entirely its own. His subject matter is equally transfixing and unique, a mix of queer love songs, protest music, and savvy observations about the modern American experience.”
Consequence of Sound: Top 10 Songs of the Week
Vulture: This Week’s Best New Music
John Darnielle: “St. Lenox is so good and should be massively famous and revered.”
Bloomberg Big Law Business: “This Thurgood Marshall ode is unexpectedly catchy.”
Noisey/VICE: “St. Lenox, he of the nasal baritone and piercingly observant quotidian lyrics, is back … ‘People From Other Cultures’ is not an easy song, but like all of Choi’s music, it’s casually beautiful.”
Impose ran a small video story on St. Lenox and his great new song, “People from Other Cultures” from his new LP, “Ten Hymns from My American Gothic” released Oct 21 on LP/Digital with CD to be released soon after (with his debut as an added bonus)! You can purchase this song now via ITunes, Amazon! And pre-order the entire LP via midheaven.com http://www.imposemagazine.com/tv/st-lenox-people-from-other-cultures
Limited screened posters designed and numbered by Nicholas Nocera from AlisonRose.com for the Anyway 25th Anniversary will be available at the shows and through Alisonrose.com. Thursday night line-up at Spacebar: Counter Intuits, The Whiles, Long Odds (Adam Elliott/Kristen Elliott/Mike O./Philip Kim/Jared Phillips), Jenny Mae. Friday at Ace of Cups (sold out): The Mountain Goats/Cheater Slicks/Tristen/St. Lenox/Mary Lynn—START TIME HAS CHANGED TO 7:30! Saturday @ Ace of Cups: Chuck Cleaver (Wussy, Ass Ponys), Appalachian Death Ride, Moviola, Kyle Sowashes, Cowboy 2929 (pre-sale tickets only $5 http://www.ticketfly.com/event/1288405).
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.
St. Lenox recently recorded a damn fine cover of Scott Walker’s “Jackie,” which you can hear below.
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).
St. Lenox has been busy finalizing his debut album and playing dates across the East Coast, South and Midwest throughout the summer and fall. His single, “That Old Time Religion,” has been added to more 100 college radio stations. (Promo copies are available to finer independent record stores through Revolver USA.) His full-length should be out the first half of 2014. All press inquiries should be directed to Kellie Morgan at Straight to Video. Check out “That Old Time Religion” below.