Tomorrow WV White will release their follow-up to their self-titled debut, with NPR already jumping on the bandwagon and the U.K. magazine Bearded comparing the new record to The Replacements and Guided by Voices, we are very thrilled with this record. Available at finer independent record shops and Amazon, I-Tunes etc, or order from: https://midheaven.com/item/house-of-spiritual-athletes-by-wv-white.
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.
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.
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)
Over the past year, one excellent band after another has taken root and sprouted in Columbus, and perhaps one of the finest is WV White. The band caught our eye when they opened for The Kyle Sowashes, and they have since melded into a sonic juggernaut, albeit one with copious amounts of cough syrup and PBR. Sounding somewhat like a tripped-out Nikki Sudden and the Jacobites via “Morrison Hotel,” the band is astounding live. They are finishing up their debut album to be released on Anyway in 2014. You can read an interview with the band at The Agit Reader and in the meantime check out this video of the band performing last year: