NEWS | FALL 2013
CALEB STULL RETURNS WITH FIELD STUDYIn August 2010, Vancouver indie pop band Parlour Steps were on top of their game: the quintet had just performed to a capacity crowd at the legendary Bumbershoot Festival in Seattle, their song "Little Pieces" had gone viral (thanks to a placement in the MTV Canada TV series DeGrassi), and the band had scored major coverage and accolades for their sweaty, pitch-pefect performance at SXSW four months prior.
But within a few weeks, the band would be on an extended hiatus it would never recover from. What happened?
"Life," explains frontman Caleb Stull. "After 10 years, 5 albums, and numerous line-up changes. We were all looking in different directions. Starting families, businesses, and relocations."
Stull decided to form a new project - Field Study - that very next year. He went into K Lab and Afterlife studios in Vancouver with a handful of new songs and some very talented friends, including Kenton Loewen (from Dan Mangan's band), Johnny Andrews and Shaun Huberts (from Tegan and Sara), Debra-Jean Creelman and Ryan Guldemond (from Mother Mother),and Vancouver chanteuse Adaline, among others.
"I was looking to keep the Parlour Steps momentum," says Stull, "but instead 2011 and 2012 ended up being a challenging time of gypsy travel, heartbreak and a mini-loss of innocence."
And so, it took Stull over two years to complete Field Study's debut full-length Feverland (street date: Oct. 15). "I was living in Berlin for a while, in a serious relationship. Many of the songs are about that experence. They are more personal, more real, more focused than my songs with Parlour Steps."
When Stull returned to Canada and completed the album, he felt there were still changes to be made. So he packed his bags again and relocated to Toronto. Of the move, he says, "It's wonderfully liberating. Toronto is so much larger, louder...there are more audiences on the fringe waiting for work that rejects the generic and safe. It pushes me creatively, to believe in wilder and crazier ideas."
A listen to Feverland confirms this. Songs such as "Lost And Found" and "New Sun" still rely on stylish pop hooks, male-female vocal interplay, and the delicate wordsmithing Stull's Parlour Steps songs were known for, but many of the songs are much more adventurous, from the electro bass thump of "Come Find Me" to the elaborate arrangement of "Love This Time."
You can sample tracks from Feverland at the Field Study Bandcamp page.
NEWS | SUMMER 2013
PATRICK SWEANY IS CLOSE TO THE FLOORClose To The Floor, the new full-length record by Patrick Sweany hit streets on July 16 and quickly rose to the top of the Top U.S. Vinyl Sellers chart of the Alliance of Independent Media Stores.
Like it's predecessor, That Old Southern Drag, Close To The Floor was recorded by Joe MacMahan at his E. Nashville Wow and Flutter studios. Sweany assembled a topnotch crew of musicians to help him out on this one: Jon Radford on drums (Justin Townes Earle), Ryan Norris on keys (Lambchop), Ron Eoff on bass (Cate Brothers, Levon Helm), and Macmahan himself on guitar. Check it out at Patrick's Bandcamp page.
SHINYRIBS RIDES AGAIN!Kevin Russell likes to write songs. He writes them in the morning, he writes them in the evening, and presumably, he writes them in his sleep. There's no other way to explain how this guy fills up his song cup as much as he does.
Not content with the 15+ year's worth of tunes he's crafted for The Gourds, Russell has had to find another outlet. Shinyribs is that outlet, and Gulf Coast Museum is the new record.
Picking up where 2010's Well After Awhile left off, Russell continues his exploration of "The Great State," specifically those parts of Texas that touch him the most: the parched West Texas Desert, the perpetual weirdness of Austin, and the sticky corner where Texas meets Louisiana where this record draws it's name from.
Put it on, strap yourself in, and let Shinyribs take you for a ride.
THE PRESIDENT LINCOLN"(8 out of 10) At its best, The Sinking Of The President Lincoln is an inventive and brilliant record." - Americana UK
Alex Maws is a storyteller by trade. Professionally he uses stories to provoke and inspire people about history. It's no wonder then, that his music is framed in pop vignettes - carefully constructed and brilliantly worded.
The President Lincoln (naturally he would choose a historical nom-de-plum) was inspired by the early 20th Century ocean liner of the same name that ferried tourists, immigrants and soldiers. Maws recorded the album in parts, using musicians in Los Angeles, Austin, and his hometown of London. The result is an ambitious work that is as varied as the passenger list on on of the voyages of The President Lincoln itself.
Hot on the heels of her 2011 full-length Viewfinder, Brooklyn native Rebecca Pronsky returns with Only Daughter (street date: March 19). Only Daughter finds Pronsky continuing her explorations of identity:
NINE MILE RECORDS OFFICIAL SHOWCASE:
Saturday, March 16
Nine Mile Records is thrilled to be hosting such an amazing showcase this year. Please join us! You can also find all of these artists playing around town in the days before the showcase. Check their individual websites for exact schedules.
NEWS | WINTER 2013
ANDERS PARKER & KENDALL MEADE
Nine Mile Records is thrilled to kick off 2013 with Wild Chorus, a new record from longtime collaborators Anders Parker (New Multitudes, Varnaline, s/t) and Kendall Meade (Mascott, Sparklehorse, Helium). The record is what you'd expect from two of the most respected voices in indie-pop, and much more.
Anders' rough-hewn voice blends perfectly with Kendall's more delicate phrasings, recalling classic duets from Richard and Linda Thompson to Glen Hansard and Marketa Irglova. Scott Minor's spot on production, and a cast of stellar Knoxville musicians make Wild Chorus a true classic. You can order it on CD and vinyl here.
Nine Mile Records seeks interns!
We have a bunch of fantastic new releases slated for 2013. You can help us promote these great records and gain first-hand music industry experience. Plus free CDs and attendance at shows. If you are interested, please email us at email@example.com with your name, contact info and brief note on your background and why you want an NMR internship. Note to all applicants: we are now located in Austin, TX, and you should be too.