SPIDER BAGS TO TOUR WITH SUPERCHUNK!
We are pleased to announce that Superchunk will be taking Spider Bags on tour for a week of great shows in the Fall! Tickets will go on sale this Friday.
SUPERCHUNK w/ SPIDER BAGS:
HOPSCOTCH 2013 LINEUP ANNOUNCED
Today the Hopscotch 2013 lineup was announced. Hopscotch will take place September 5th through 7th in Raleigh, NC and features 175 bands at 15 venues. There are three Odessa bands playing Hopscotch this year:
released their sixth full length, 'Bronze Age', this past March.
WAUMISS released their second album 'Subtle for Flames' on their own Little Ramona imprint in October of 2012.
GROSS GHOST are currently working on their second full length, which will be released via Odessa in September of 2013. Gross Ghost will be opening the main stage show on FRIDAY SEPTEMBER 6th, with FUTURE ISLANDS and BIG BOI!
As more information about the shows becomes available we will be sure to update you on this page.
UPCOMING MANX AND GROSS GHOST SHOW
Both the Kingsbury Manx and Gross Ghost have some great shows coming up:
The Kingsbury Manx:
Thursday April 11th: Bainbridge Collective- Richmond, VA - with White Laces
Friday, April 12th: Cake Shop - NY w/ Miniboone, Home Body
Saturday April 13th: House Show - Baltimore, MD w/ Random Rainbows, Nectar & Trilogy
APRIL 17th - THE PINHOOK (DURHAM) w/ BLEACHED/HUNTERS
SPIDER BAGS ON ROAD TO SXSW!
Spider Bags will be on the road, headed to SXSW in support of their latest album, 2012's 'Shake My Head'. Their tour itinerary is as follows:
Sun 03/10/2013 97 Estoria - Atlanta, GA w/ Turf War, Heavy Times FREE SHOW
WESLEY WOLFE AT SXSW
Wesley Wolfe will also be at SXSW with German engineer Souri, inventor of the 'Vinyl Recorder'. The guys will be setting up shop and giving demonstrations of their Lathe-Cutting skills. Wes was recently the subject of an article in the Indepent Weekly about lathe-cut records. You can read the whole article here.
He will have a booth set up at the Trade Show, Exhibit Hall 3, Booth #421. He will be set up Sunday March 10th through Tuesday March 12th from 11 am - 6pm and on Wednesday March 13th from 11am - 4pm. If you are at SXSW and get a chance, be sure to stop by and check it out!
KINGSBURY MANX SHOWS THIS WEEKEND!
The Kingsbury Manx will be playing two record release shows this weekend to celebrate the March 5th release of Bronze Age:
Saturday March 2nd: NIGHT LIGHT w/ TODDLERS 9PM Doors $5
Sunday March 3rd: FREE IN-STORE PERFORMANCE AT SCHOOLKIDS IN RALEIGH! 3PM SHARP!
Hope to see you there! Copies of the new record will be available at both shows.
BRONZE AGE PREMIERES ON WNYC!
It's just a few days until the release of 'Bronze Age' by The Kingsbury Manx! WNYC Soundcheck are exclusively streaming the album in it's entirety on their "Check Ahead" blog. You can listen to it here!
The newest record by The Kingsbury Manx, 'Bronze Age', is being released on March 5, 2013. The LP and CD are now available for pre-order through this website. The first 500 LPs will be on white vinyl with a beautiful, glossy gatefold jacket. The first pressing of the CD version comes in a mini 'LP style' wallet. Orders will ship by March 1st and shipping is included for domestic orders. For overseas orders please contact mailorder (at) odessarecords (dot) com. But please be aware overseas shipping rates have recently skyrocketed.
WELCOME, GROSS GHOST!
It's been such a whirlwind time at Odessa HQ, filled with such great new things that we can hardly believe there is even more to report - but there is. Earlier this year, the record Brer Rabbit was released by Chapel Hill band Gross Ghost. It ended up being one of our favorite records of this year, period. So we are overjoyed to announce that we will be working with Gross Ghost on their forthcoming followup record. The guys are set to record with local wizard Nick Petersen after the holidays and we are hoping to have their second record available on LP and CD in late Spring of 2013. Welcome Gross Ghost!
Gross Ghost will hit the ground running on a week long tour with label-mates Spider Bags in January. Keep an eye out for both great bands!
NEW KINGSBURY MANX TRACK, LP
So it's official! 'Bronze Age', the newest record by The Kingsbury Manx, is set to be released on LP/CD/Digital on March 5, 2013! The LP will come in a beautiful gatefold package, with the first 500 copies on white vinyl!
To give a little taste of the upcoming record, there is a brand new track, "Future Hunter" streaming on our Sound Cloud player on this page! And here is the album artwork:
So go ahead and listen to the new track and keep an eye for a free download soon. We will begin taking pre-orders for the new record by mid-February.
October 30th 2012 is the release date for the new single by Mikael Jorgensen & Greg O'Keeffe. You may know Mike from his work as Wilco's keyboard player since the excellent 'A Ghost Is Born". He has also been recording and performing his own material for years, often with his collaborator Greg O'Keeffe. We are proud to be releasing the first single from their forthcoming full length.
Side A’s ‘ARMZ’ is a synth-fueled instrumental space odyssey that rockets us into the psychedelic ‘Lagrangian Points’. Featuring synth leads that would make AIR, Mouse on Mars and Stereolab proud, the melodies unfold as sonic textures blossom against the backdrop of the hypnotizing, motorik-on-codeine drumbeats.
Side B’s ‘Where To Begin’, a remix (of Jorgensen’s ‘Love Drug’) by Chapel Hill druganauts WAUMISS finds us rocketed out the other end of the worm hole and into a late night cool-out vibe, repleat with haunting vocal melodies, droning synths, and reverb drenched percussion.
See the amazing cover art below, courtesy of visual artist Cassandra Jones:
The first pressing is limited to 400 copies and will be in beautiful translucent purple vinyl. Digital download included. So head over to the Odessa store on this site, or to your favorite indie record store and get a copy while it's still purple!
SPIDER BAGS UPDATE
'Shake My Head' has been getting great reviews all across the land and net. We are just about out of the first pressing of LPs so grab one while you can. The boys are planning a tour in January with the awesome Chapel Hill group GROSS GHOST. Tour dates as follows:
Jan 15th - Pin Hook - Durham , NC
You can download it at the above Bandcamp link for free! For those who prefer Sound Cloud, it is up there as well on the Odessa Records page.
SHAKE YOUR HEAD!
So now that we're back on track here, 2012 is promising to be a pretty great year.
August 7th, 2012 will see the release of the third full length album by one of our favorite bands, SPIDER BAGS. Shake My Head is the name of the record and features ten new songs the band recorded in Memphis,TN with Andrew McCalla. Featuring appearences by Jack Oblivian (The Oblivians) , Shawn Cripps (The Limes) and a colorful cast of Memphis rockers, Dan McGee and co. have really outdone themselves this time. From the Brill Building melodicism of 'Friday Night' to the West Coast style psychedelia of 'Shape I was In' or the guitar fuzz raveup of 'Keys To The City', Shake My Head will have you shaking all over. Fuck yeah! Here's the cover, art by Mikie Poland:
Check this spot next week for a free preview track, 'Friday Night".
MANXED AND MIXED
In Kingsbury Manx news, the rumors are true! The sixth album is in the can and is currently being mixed by the master himself - Brian Paulson! This is the first time the band has worked with Mr. Paulson since 2000's Let You Down. Once we have a mix we'll post some preview tracks on this page. Based on how things are going now, we are pushing for a late September release for the as yet untitled record! Hard to believe its already been three years since Ascenseur Ouvert!
It's been a little while since there's been an update here. For that matter, it seems its been some time between releases. What gives? Well it has been a productive time here at the Odessa HQ, just in a different way than maybe you'd expect. Drumroll, please. It is with great pleasure that we introduce the newest addition to the family! Welcome, Audrey Elizabeth!
Isn't she cute in her little Odessa onesie? Those aren't for sale just yet. We're waiting for our newest little employee to finalize the design.
September 2011 Update
September 27th is here and we have two new releases for you today:
In the picture above we have the new Americans in France LP, "Crawling", and Wesley Wolfe's lathe-cut LP copy of "Cynics Need Love Too". Head into your local record shop and ask for them today! Or head over to their bandcamp sites for the download. "Cynics" is available as a free download for the forseeable future. Both records are now available for mail-order through the Odessa store.
Hopscotch Festival in Raleigh is right around the corner! Here is some pertinent info for all Odessa related activities:
Odessa related shows during Hopscotch:
Spider Bags - Thursday 9/8 10:00PM - Lincoln Theatre
Wesley Wolfe & Band - Friday 9/9 9:00PM @ White Collar Crime
Shit Horse - Saturday 9/10 9:00PM Slim's
Odessa Day Party @ Kings Barcade:
Friday, September 9th @ 12 Noon Sharp!
12PM: Shit Horse
1PM: wild wild geese
2PM: Americans in France
4PM: The Kingsbury Manx
The Odessa day party is going to be loads of fun! First off, its free! There will be lots of great bands, some standup comedy from Brian Burns, raffles, snacks, and Wesley Wolfe demonstrating his vinyl lathe machine, cutting his own records for the first five attendees to request it! Check out this youtube link to see Wes in action:
We are also proud to announce that the vinyl LP version of Americans in France’s newest record, “Crawling” will finally be made available!
Come see us at Hopscotch!
Wesley Wolfe to handcut his own LPs in 2011!
Wesley Wolfe has been busy throughout the months of 2011, recording not one but two new full length records. September 27th will see the release of "Cynics Need Love Too", the follow-up to 2010's much praised "Storage". Just to keep things interesting, Wes has decided that "Cynics..." will be available for free as a full length download. It will soon be made available through this site and Bandcamp.
The release will also be available on CD, Cassette and yes- handcut, handnumbered vinyl LPs. See earlier this year, Mr. Wolfe acquired a vinyl lathe recorder. This means that he can now cut his own LPs, one at a time! It doesn't get much more intimate than that! For anyone who's curiosity has been piqued, come to the Odessa Fest day show at Kings on September 9th for Hopscotch 2011 and you'll get a chance to not only see his machine in action, but get an early listen to the new record! In the meanwhile, he will keep busy working up on two more full lengths for 2012. Intrigued yet? Below is the artwork for the first new record, track list coming soon!
"Crawling" LP UPDATE!
American in France's excellent sophomore record, "Crawling" will finally get the vinyl treatment! The official release date for the gorgeous vinyl version of the record is set for September 27th. We are hoping to have some early copies for sale at this year's Hopscotch Festival in Raleigh.
"Crawling" moves along and new Manx record...
Since its release on April 12, Americans In France's "Crawling' Has been receiving some great reviews! Here are some links for you to check out:
There have also been print reviews in the most recent issues of Maximumrockandroll and Shuffle! "Crawling" has been added to rotation to the excellent radio station in L.A., KXLU, so if you live in sunny Los Angeles make a request! In fact Crawling has been sent to many college and freeform stations across the country so if you want to hear it, call in and make a request! Or, if you want to hear it now, simply head over to Bandcamp where the entire record is streaming, and available for instant download.
Lastly in AIF news, their official Record release show is now set for May 28th at King's in Raleigh.
Now, in THE KINGSBURY MANX news, the boys have returned to the studio! That's right, this past weekend, 11 brand new songs were tracked at Sound of Music in Richmond (where the Americans in France record was also made) and once again Engineer-Producer John Morand was at the helm! There's still plenty of work to do on what promises to be the band's most ambitious and rocking, upbeat record to date, but we are all hoping for a release by the end of the year! Here are some photos from the sessions:
Wes Wolfe and Shit Horse Updates!
Originally, we had planned to already have a free digital version of Wes's latest record, "Cynics Need Love Too" streaming and available for download! But Wes is a perfectionist and a few more tweaks were needed - showing that just because the record is free doesn't mean he's putting any less work into it! But the good news is it is being mastered now and we should have it ready soon! We'll add a preview link to Bandcamp soon!
We have now run through our third pressing of Shit Horse tapes thanks to the guys' mind-blowing performances at this years SXSW. Although we had considered stopping at pressing #3, the boys are still working on their follow-up record (rumored to be working with Wes Wolfe & Paul Finn in the producer's chairs), and the orders keep coming, SO we pressed a fourth pressing, this time in green! They look amazing!
Both WESLEY WOLFE and SHIT HORSE will be featured artists at this years' HOPSCOTCH FESTIVAL in Raleigh in September 2011. ODESSA will also have a day show set up on the Friday of the festival, with many mind-blowing surprises! More details forthcoming!
W A U M I S S VIDEO SERIES
Carrboro's WAUMISS have been hard at work on not one but two new records. We'll keep you posted as those develop. In the meanwhile, head over to their bandpage to download a new free song. Also they have been working on an ongoing video series, called "Hey You Get off of My Clowd"and below are Youtube links to the first three freakout segments:
And if you need more of your WAUMISS fix head over here to Little Ramona Records.
Americans in France return!
"Pretzelvania", the excellent debut by Chapel Hill's Americans in France was released in May of 2009 and has often been cited as one of the main influences behind the founding of Odessa Records as a label. So we are very pleased and excited to announce that their follow-up record, "CRAWLING" is now completed and set for release on April 12th 2011! The CD will be available to order through mailorder as of April 5th.
To give an early preview, we have decided to offer a free download of a song from that record, which incidentally is also called "Crawling"! You can head over to either of these two links to download it now:
...and then be sure to check out the full record April 12th! Below is the cover and track list:
Americans in France "Crawling" ODE-13 LP/CD/DD Release: April 5, 2011
1. Shopping Cart 2. Crawling 3. Be Kind 4. The Mingler 5. Success 6. Uneducated Fingers
7. Like I Said 8. Electric Tulip 9. Davey 10. Sylvia 11. Warrior Warning
HAPPY NEW YEAR
Happy New Year to all! Thanks to everyone who helped make 2010 a great year for Odessa! Just for fun we have decided to post the obligatory end of the year top ten lists of 2010 releases, and of course not allowing any Odessa artists or releases to sneak into the mix for Odessa employees (which made it a little more difficult!):
PAUL FINN (Odessa Records; Co-owner)
Top Ten Records 2010
1. John Grant "Queen of Denmark" (Bella Union)
2. Veelee "The Future Sight" (Grip Tapes)
3. Dwarr "Animals" (Drag City)
4. Bruce Springsteen "The Promise" (Columbia)
5. Cheap Time "Fantastic Explanations and Similar Situations" (In The Red)
6. Harlan T. Bobo "Sucker" (Goner)
7. Brian Eno "Small Craft on a Milk Sea" (Warp)
8. Love Language "Libraries" (Merge)
9. Tomahawks "Cut Loose" (Self Released)
10. Black Mountain "Wilderness Heart" (Jagjaguwar)
MIKE DILLON (Odessa Records; Publicity & Booking)
Big Boi - Sir Luscious Leftfoot, the son of Chico Dusty
RYAN RICHARDSON (The Kingsbury Manx, Owner of CD Alley)
Clinic - Bubblegum
CLARQUE BLOMQUIST (The Kingsbury Manx, WAUMISS)
In no particular order :
Whatever Brains - What Makes a Man Make What Makes a Man Start Fires
Spiderbags - Goodbye Cruel World, Hello Crueler World
Inspector 22 - Friends in High Places
Old Bricks - Farmers
TODD EMMERT (Inspector 22)
1. Denouncement Pyre "World Cremation"
THE HOLIDAYS ARE HERE...
...and we still of course have no idea what to do about gifts. BUT we did have a great idea to share: THE ODESSA RECORDS CATALOG CHRISTMAS BUNDLE! For a limited time, you will be able to order the entire Odessa catalog to date in one complete package for one low price and shipping included! For your convenience, there are four different ways to order this special offer:
Bundle #1 is for the domestic United states, priority mail included and featuring 8 CDs, the Shit Horse cassette, the spider Bags 7", a hard to find LP by Movere Workshop (originally released on Chicago label Word & Object in 1997), a special surprise CDR handmade by an Odessa artist, 5 full color posters, and 2 Odessa stickers!
Bundle #2 is much the same but substitutes LPs where possible, so you get 4 LPs and 4 CDs in addition to everything else listed above, again priority shipping included.
Bundles #3 & #4 repeat the above packages respectively but are for shipping to Europe, overseas airmail included. A great deal! Great for a gift, we should mention, or as a gift for yourself - you deserve it! See picture below to get an idea of what it all looks like, and then head over here to order it - while supplies last - we only have 50 of these bundles to sell so act fast!
In other holiday news, SHIT HORSE has recorded a Christmas song! This brainstorm/request came straight from Tom Ravenscroft of BBC6 and he will be playing it on his Christmas Eve show! The song in question is 'Little Drummer Boy - The Christmasing", and in true SH fashion, it is unlike any Christmas song you have ever heard! A psychedelic holiday mini- masterpiece! Head over the Shit Horse Bandcamp page and download it now - no 2010 Christmas mix will be complete without it!
SORRY, EARTH; THANK YOU WILD WILD GEESE
It's here, it's finally here! The debut full length by WILD WILD GEESE - 'Sorry, Earth' - is here! Awesome would be one word to describe it. This is a record that will get stuck inside your head pretty quickly with it's catchy choruses and 'buzzing' guitar riffs. In fact, Impose magazine has already weighed in with this review - and I think he says it better than I ever could! So march in to your local record store, call your local radio station and demand some Wild Wild Geese! If you need some more convincing, head over to bandcamp and download the track 'Stuck Inside' for free!
Track list: 1. Stuck Inside 2. As The Crow Flies 3. King Rat 4. Art and War 5. Chainsaw 6. Spreekiller 7. Say Hi To Hell 8. Ain't Dead Yet 9. Down the Drain
Sorry, Earth was released on October 12th, 2010.
WE SHIT (HORSE) THE BED!
Ever since - something happened (we're not quite sure what) - we've been inundated with orders for the Shit Horse 'They Shit Horses, Don't They?' cassette EP. Well, the bad news is that we have sold out of the first 'blue' pressing of the cassette. The good news, is that we pressed some more! The second pressing is a sweet 'baby poo' yellow. We have another 200 or so in stock. But act fast, because the Shit Horsers want this to be the last pressing, at least for a while. What's the next step? We're not sure but hopefully the guys fill us in before too long. Oh, Shit Horse. And just to wet your appetite for more Shit, here is a glimpse of the drawing that started it all:
The Hopscotch Music Festival is almost here and we are all very excited about it. Between Thursday, September 9th and Saturday, September 11th over 100 bands will be playing at over 9 venues spread out over Raleigh, NC. Here is a guide to Odessa Records at Hopscotch:
9.9.10: Shit Horse @ The Ruby Red Warehouse - A Hopscotch afterparty at 2:00AM. Prepare yoursleves for the premiere of the Shit Horse long form music video, directed by CreatoDestructo!
9.10.10: 12NOON @ Tir Na Nog - Record Label Record Fair & Daytime show!
The Kingsbury Manx - Tir Na Nog @ 10:00PM w/ Bellafea, Schooner, The War on Drugs
Americans in France - The Hive @ Busy Bee @ 9:30PM w/ Veelee, Active Child, Mountains
Spider Bags - Slim's Downtown @ 10:00PM w/ Followed by Static, The Golden Boys, Harlem
We hope to see you there!
Prepare to be Transported...
...And we don't mean via a shitty, oops, I mean awesome Jason Statham action movie. September 28th will see the release of TRANSPORTATION Amusement Park. Transportation are one of the best live bands Chapel Hill has to offer so we are pleased to be presenting this, their second official release. Amusement Park finds the trio simplifying things and showcasing what they do best - rock, riffs, hooks, and damn good songs. What can we say to aptly describe the hot-as-hell fretwork of Stephen Murtaugh? The to-die-for-Emmit Rhodes-by-way-of Phil Lynnot voice of Robert Scruggs? The exploding landmine drumming of Ben Dunlap? Nothing that hasn't been said already - it's best to hear it for yourself. In fact, you can download the standout track 'Danni' for free on their bandpage, or head over to Bandcamp where the full record is currently streaming.
Here is the album cover and tracklist:
1. Amusement Park * 2. Love on The Ground * 3. Pool Parties * 4. Danni * 5. I Will Be What I Was * 6. Blew Our Minds * 7. Stars in The Sky * 8. The Yard * 9. To All Our Friends * 10. Let It Out
Amusement Park was recorded by Jerry Kee (Superchunk, Portastatic, The Kingsbury Manx, to name a few) at his famed Duck Kee Studio in Mebane, NC. The Transportation songbook at this point is filled with could-be hits and we think this latest release may be their best. NC residents will have plenty of chances to see some great performances this September. Head back over to their bandpage for their complete show schedule.
We're making plans for the Fall. The first plan is to not go out of business, and then if that plan works, we have lots of others. For instance, on September 28th we plan to release Transportation's latest album, Amusement Park. October 12th we plan to release Wild Wild Geese's debut full length Sorry, Earth.
There are also brand new records in the can by Inspector 22 and Michael Holland ready to go. We'll keep you posted on those release dates.
Americans in France have been busy in the studio. Their second full length Davie, is just about done. The three piece have been holed up at Sound of Music studio in Richmond, VA working with producer John Morand. The results so far sound pretty great. If we're still around, we hope to release it later this year. For now you can check here for a preview - a video for 'The Mingler', a brand new song from the aforementioned album as directed by drummer Casey Cook.
Speaking of videos, The Kingsbury Manx also have a new one. This one is for the song 'Over The Oeuvre' from last year's Ascenseur Ouvert. It was directed by Richard Jaimeyfield and we like to think of it as a mash-up of The Monkees and Lost.
And by the way - in case no one has noticed - SHIT HORSE kills it. If you're not sure what we mean, check this video from the Mercury Lounge in NYC a couple weeks ago. Their first cassette release, They Shit Horses, Don't They? came out this past June, and no one seems to have noticed. WHAT THE FUCK is wrong with this world?
I'm starting to feel like Roy Baty over here.
Odessaic Arrtctosk Plation
Yes, you read that right - and it's true. Meaning, the first ever Odessa compilation is here and will be available for sale exclusively this weekend at Odessa Fest. But if you can't make it to the festival - don't fret. It will soon be available through this site, free as a download, or $6 for the CD. It is mostly unreleased material from every single Odessa artist, and then some. Here is the tracklist:
1. "Your Friend" - Wesley Wolfe 2. "The Mingler" - Americans in France 3. "Big Plans" - Impossible Arms (from 'Ripped in No Time') 4. "The Make We Love" - Fan Modine 5. "Walk On Water" ( Alternate Version with Eric Morrison of Home) - The Kingsbury Manx 6. "Cannibal" - Inspector 22 (from upcoming 'Drop Dead' Album) 7. WURG - WAUMISS (from "WAUMISS" album) 8. "He Called For You" - Spider Bags (An exclusive track that was originally slated for thei amazing debut, ' A Celebration of Hunger' but left off) 9. "Long Destruction" - Mowing Lawns (from their as yet unreleased album) 10. "Flush It Away (Live) " - Shit Horse 11. "Dreamer" - Wild Wild Geese 12. "Hot Summer Night" - Michael Holland (from upcoming "The Good Life is Half Night" album) 13. "Long Walk Home" - Transportation. That's 13 songs, 10 of which are previously unreleased. 43 solid minutes of music. Here's an image of the cover, which was painted by Casey Cook (Americans In France).
Welcome Wesley Wolfe
April 20th 2010 will see the release of "Storage" by Wesley Wolfe on CD and limited edition LP that includes a CD copy in lieu of a download card. "Storage" was already finished and manufactured by the time it reached Odessa HQ. We liked the record so much that we immediately struck a deal with Wes to co-release and distribute it. Refreshingly catchy, these ten finely crafted songs will get stuck in your head and you'll be hooked! Check out Wes's band page for a free MP3 download of the wonderful song "Who's Going to Truly Love You?". So let's give an official and warm welcome to Mr. Wesley Wolfe. Yeah!
Check out a track preview and nice write up for Wes at Magnet Magazine.
Odessa Fest 2010
The first annual Odessa Records Festival will be happening on April 23rd - 24th at Night Light in Chapel Hill, NC! We have plenty of strange and awesome surprises in store, as well as complete sets by almost every Odessa band. Tickets are $8 per night or $15 for the weekend. Pre-sale tickets are available now at Night Light - (919) 960-6101 and CD Alley - (919) 960-9272 in Chapel Hill.
As of right now, the lineup is:
Friday April 23rd
Inspector 22 11:45
Shit Horse 11:00
Wesley Wolfe 9:30
Saturday April 24th
The Kingsbury Manx 12:30
Americans In France 11:45
Wild Wild Geese 11:00
Impossible Arms 10:15
Michael Holland 9:30
We hope to see you there! Check this site for more updates coming soon.
Our First Year...
Well, we survived our first year! Not too shabby in this current state of the world. Spring of 2009 started out with a bang with debut releases by Americans in France and Impossible Arms, and of course the FIFTH full length by The Kingsbury Manx, a band that has now been around for a solid decade.
The fall brought us a great full length by Inspector 22, and of course that amazing single by Spider Bags, "Teenage Eyes" that seems to be ending up on a lot of year end lists. Wild Wild Geese graced us with a four song free digital EP. We closed '09 out with the wonderful CD issue of the WAUMISS record!
So what's in store for 2010? Lots, my friends, lots! We'll have the second full length by Chapel Hill's Transportation, the long promised full length by Wild Wild Geese, new full lengths by Americans in France and The Kingsbury Manx, and then the beginning of a series of split singles, inaugurated by a Polvo / Fan Modine split 7"! Yes, you read that right and we are just as surprised as you are. So to quote the little man from another place in Twin Peaks, "Let's Rock!"
Odessa bands on Tour!
This November both Americans in France and Impossible Arms will be on the road! Check here and here for full tour itineraries. They are on tour at the same time, but separately - locked in deadly competition. Americans in France's route takes them up the east coast, through the mid-west and eventually down to their beloved Florida. Impossible Arms will be up the east coast as far as NYC, then through the midwest as far as Chicago and then head back to NC via Louisville and Nashville. Both bands are truly terrific and unpredictable live - not to be missed!
AIF Update: Americans in France are keeping up a tour blog, and it is hilarious. Check out the Pretzelvania Blogspot for the latest on the "Americans in France Lose Their Jobs Tour 2009."
IA Update: The boys are back in town now, but I'd be remiss if I didn't mention receiving a text from them while they were driving through the midwest which simply read: "Next record: OUH1N12." Priceless.
Blog Update: After I was done reading the Pretzelvania blog, I wanted to become a follower. I went through a few steps and realized I was actually creating my own blog page. Rather than cancel what I had already started, I decided to finish it, so now there is an Odessa Blog. I'll try and keep it entertaining!
The duo of Clarque and Caroline Blomquist released their debut LP, "WAUMISS" way back in 2008. Earlier this year, we hatched a plan to release a CD issue of the same record, featuring remixes as bonus tracks. Some calls were made and emails sent, and we were beyond pleased with the results.
Ajay Saggar gave us his dub-inflected version of "Nightengale", featuring his own sweet vocals. Next up Eric Morrison (Home) delivered a witchy, spirited version of "Hey Ramona". Mike Jorgensen (Wilco) delivered the goods with his Krautadelic take on "Nightingale" and managed to weave several other WAUMISS songs into it. But nothing could prepare us for the mighty PFFR (Xavier: Renegade Angel, Wonder Showzen) and their enchanting "DeathDreamWithTheUseOfYourOwnBuzzsaw". We're not even sure what songs they used!
The best thing about it all is that the remixes add a natural extension to the original album, retaining the WAUMISS vibe as seen through the lens of some amazing artists. WAUMISS will be available on November 17th. Odessa will also be carrying the original LP album, complete with a new digital download card that contains the bonus tracks.
Wild, Wild Whaaat?
Wild Wild Geese! Something of a Chapel Hill soupergroop, WWG features members of Americans in France, Spider Bags, Ye Olde Shoppe, and The Toddlers. Odessa is proud to be inaugurating our online digital store with their debut EP, "Are You a Baby?" The question is rhetorical, but the band is mighty, and unquestionably rock and roll. The digital only 4 song EP is available for purchase on September 15th. You can preview the song "Ladders" on the Odessa audio player. And guess what? The EP will be free only through this website!
...What about the Spider Bags?
Oh, Indeed! Spider Bags released a classic full length on Birdman records called " A Celebration of Hunger" back on 2007 that was sorely overlooked. This Fall the band released their second full length, and we are lucky enough to have gotten a 7" single out of them for an October 13th release. Recorded with the by now legendary Jerry Kee, "Teenage Eyes" b/w "Eileen" will have you dancing the whisky out of your sweaty pores.
Who is this Inspector 22?
Inspector 22 is the think tank of one Todd Wesley Emmert. Todd has been a local artist, painter, musician and all around legend in Chapel Hill for some time now. He has previously released one 7", 'Rainy Day Saints' and two full lengths, "IRNI" and "The Waiting Grave" through Maine label, donttrusttheruin. Odessa proudly released his most recent opus "Hey, Man I Understand" on October 13th, 2009. At times harrowing, witty, insightful, folky, and droney, this is a true song cycle. Perhaps the anti-matter universe inversion of Van Dyke Parks, where his session players are replaced by demons with casios and the Sun City Girls in place of Lenny Waronker. Curiosity piqued yet?
Check out the Video page on this site to see the latest Kingsbury Manx video for the song "Well, Whatever". The video was shot entirely on beautifully grainy Super 8 by local film guru Matt Hedt.
The Manx also recently recorded a brand new song called "Custer's Last Stand" for the Terpsikhore Records "Hear Here" compilation to be released late August.
And just to keep things interesting, The Manx boys recently recorded a five song collaboration with Andrew Deutsch (Home), Matt Sumrow (Dean & Britta Band) and Danny Magic (too numerous to mention). What will happen with the tracks remains a mystery. But we will say this - in the space of one afternoon some magic was recorded.
Lastly in recent Manx news, almost the entire Manx back catalog is finally available for Mailorder through the Odessa Store!
Americans in France & Impossible Arms
May 12th saw the release of two debut records. "Pretzelvania" by Americans in France has been gaining some nice reviews and college radio play. The trio's live show is not to be missed. Look for them on tour this November!!
"Ripped in No Time" is the first record for Impossible Arms, another trio. Check out the video page for a wonderful video for their song "Ghost Town" shot by the ever-elusive video artist Damon Bishop. Impossible Arms will be hitting the road this November, so keep an eye on their band page for dates.
Surprise Event During Mergefest XX
This last week the towns of Carrboro/Chapel Hill have been abuzz with the activities of the 20th Anniversary Merge Festival. And rightly so - our neighbors at Merge are amazing and enough good things cannot be said of them.
But nobody expected the impromptu midnight performances three nights in a row by the elusive SHIT HORSE. They set up on a sidewalk with a few broken down amps and small drum sets and played their hearts out. Passersby could not help be taken in by their amazing performance and now SHIT HORSE has become something of a local legend. We should be clear that the shows were in no way an official part of Mergefest. At one point, the Police showed up and had every right to show them down, but were so taken in by the beauty of their playing they let them finish their set.
So who is Shit Horse? Well, they prefer to remain a mystery, but we know them as Jessee, Ronny, Red and Danny Magic. We at Odessa were able to film the two of the performances and get crowd reactions. Some people mistook them to be a new Merge signing but this is not the case. Shit Horse rides for Odessa!!!! Look for the full documentary on this site soon - as soon as we can get it edited. Ron Liberti of Pipe said he loved the band and compared them to Malcolm Mooney-era Can. Another passerby, anonymous, referred to them as 'the People's band". Hopefully Odessa will get a chance to release a Shit Horse record if we can convince front man Danny Magic that we can't afford to hire Terry Bozio to produce. We're pushing for Brian Paulson.
Jupiter and Beyond
Further ahead, We'd like to eventually get to that Mowing Lawns, the one that begat both Impossible Arms and Inspector 22. We are also planning a series of seven inch split singles, and the lineups may just blow your mind!
That's the news for now. Until next time!
Paul Erol Finn