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ONE YEAR AGO, TODAY

We started setting up for this:

Free downloads of the entire thing here:  http://www.ccrlive.bandcamp.com

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PLEASE EXIST: LET THE DAYTIME DIE EP

How do a mere two people make such a cacophony?  How does said racket sounds so rad and delightfully organized?  Please Exist…that’s how.  They  jutted  this EP out amidst the recording of their full-length and I’m sure glad they did.  With only 4 songs, Please Exist defined (their sound), refined (their sound) and remind (us) that less is, and always will be…more.  Describing this as “heavy” would rob the duo of a more fitting term, that I can’t quite pin-down.  I’ll just describe it as I hear it.   Ralph pounds his guitar while switching back and forth from clean to filthy distortion over the thumping and thundering of John’s ferocious and hard-hitting drumming.  Ralph’s goth-tinged lyrics sit perfectly as he switches between a harsh scream/yell to a more elegant melodic/utterance, at all the right times.  You’d swear that these two would finish each others sentences should you sit in on a conversation between them;  they perfectly compliment each other and have the soft-loud dynamic thing down to a science.  Complete with the DIY packaging  (with paintings done by John Fisher, himself) that NotRock Records is known for and does so well, “Let the Daytime Die” is worth a spin, stream, or download…but don’t stop there.  See them live.

Canajoharie Church Retreat: Volume 1

In 2010, Eric Stroud, shark enthusiast, bought a church in the small town of Canajoharie, NY in order to take advantage of the immaculate organ that it houses. In the summer of 2011, he opened its doors for a weekend to let 13 bands stay, play and record. This is documentary of that weekend. Despite this being a “church” retreat, there was nothing really religious about it except for the fact that Eric’s a saint for letting us do this! Download full sets FOR FREE here: http://www.ccrlive.bandcamp.com

4th Installment of the NotRock Records Holiday Comp

notrock logoDrops tomorrow!  Generally, I hate holiday music, especially that absolutely atrocious “Christmas Shoes” song (bah humbug! AMIRIGHT?), but when there’s a compilation that showcases local bands with both original and cover tunes, I’m definitely going to listen to it and I’m sure they’ll do it right!  It will feature 23 tracks from local bands and beyond all centering around a holiday theme.  I’m personally really stoked to hear the Please Exist original tune which graces the lyrics “RED SNOW COVERING ALL THEIR GRAVES.  THEY DON’T WANT CANDY CANES; THEY WANT OUR BRAINS!”  Listen to last year’s comp below, as well as comps from previous years on the label’s bandcamp.  We will post a proper link to the newest compilation tomorrow!

Next 3 Sets from Canajoharie

…More to come tomorrow and the next day.  Here’s a very short look into what this is all about:  “In 2010, Eric Stroud, Shark Enthusiast, bought a church in the small town of Canajoharie, NY in order to take advantage of the immaculate organ that it houses. In the summer of 2011, he opened its doors for a weekend to let 13 bands stay, play and record. This is a collection of audio from that weekend. Despite this being a “church” retreat, there was nothing really religious about it except for the fact that Eric’s a saint for letting us do this! Video also exists…somewhere!  ENJOY!”

RETREAT!

Why are you looking at a google map street view of a church?  Well, at about 7pm tonight, a bunch of us are headed to Canajoharie, New York to spend the weekend in that very church pictured to the left.

Here’s why:  My neighbor plays organ and shopped around for a church with an organ suitable for his needs. He found that at the Cliff Street Church in Canajohairie, NY (About 3-4 hours North), so he bought it. I recently talked to him about having a bunch of bands up there to stay for a couple of days as we document everything via audio and film.  The goal is to leave with enough material to compile some sort of video comp/documentary with live performances, interviews, and anything else we may capture.  Eric (the owner) liked the idea and agreed to open his church to us for the weekend of July 1-July 3 so we can film our little documentary.   It should be noted that this is not a party and not a show.  The whole thing will be very focused and everyone up there will have some sort of role.  Wish us luck!  Click READ THE REST OF THIS ENTRY for a list of confirmed bands, labels, and zines.

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NotRock Sampler Vol. III Details Revealed

NotRock Records recently announced some crucial details about their next comp on their SITE.  Note: we have nothing to do with this and are not trying to take credit.  NotRock Records arranged the whole thing and put a lot of effort into it’s production.  We’re just really stoked on it and wanted to post about it here to show our appreciation.  Also, some Bedside Manner affiliated bands will appear on it (Gypsy Wig, Melissa & Paul, Young American Artists).  We’re really happy to be part of this! What they are doing is inspirational and with the best of intentions.  Here’s a snippet of what they have to say about it:

  “The purpose of this compilation is to share and expose people to a lot of the great music that our friends are out there making right now. It’s free because not only do we want to share it with you but we would like YOU to share it with others as well. These artists are making fantastic music and the world deserves to hear it. Please help us share it with them. Speaking of the fine artists featured on this compilation, it’s time they were revealed to you.”  How awesome is that!  Read the full story HERE.  Or readmore for some highlights and details. Read the rest of this entry

NotRock Comp in It’s Final Stages

Here’s John Fisher hard at work….very inspiring!  “One man can make a difference.”  The comp will include exclusive tracks by the following:  Please Exist,  Insouciant, Melissa & Paul, Young American Artists, Bryan Kwasnik, Russel and more!  In other news we have somewhat of a project in the works ourselves more on that as it develops.  Think retreat….