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EARTH ANCHOR: VIRTUE AND FAULT

What do a mechanic, exterminator, office administrator and audio engineer have in common?  Well, besides being honest career choices, each of the four people in question make up ¼ of Earth Anchor– a heavy-hitting rock band who calls Portland, Oregon home. 

Earth Anchor proved their self-sufficiency early on with no deterrence from quality or excellence.  In less than a year, the quartet released 2 EP’s, 1 music video and an album of B-sides and covers with no outside help. 

Kevin Carafa moved from New Jersey to the other side of the nation to start Earth Anchor on guitar.  He handles ALL of the mixing and mastering of ALL of the band’s output.  Andrew Carreon and Todd Fowler showed great interest in the original 4 Earth Anchor tunes (Outshined EP) when they were posted online.  Together, they make up the band’s rhythm section.  Additionally, Andrew handled the editing duties of their debut music video which perfectly represents the band and their relatable songs.  Heather Steele binds everything together with her emotional melodies and sincere lyrics.   

You won’t find over-the-top story lines or a giant back-line of fake guitar cabs with Earth Anchor.   Nor are they masked by skunky hair-dos (PEE-YEW!) and caked on make-up or flashy photos and “fake” production.  What you will find are four passionate people combining their various abilities to play songs they wrote and love: truly the greater sum of the individual parts.  Listen to them at their (current) best on their sophomore EP, “Virtue and Fault” below. 

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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

Local Music February: Keith Kenny

THIS FUCKING GUY!  Just as I began over-recycling some of my local music for THIS lovely challenge, along came Keith.  I had the pleasure of seeing Keith Kenny last night at the Stanhope House.  Well, I saw bits and pieces of his set while shuffling between the two rooms and boy do I wish I saw the whole thing, especially after coming home and listening to his latest EP.  Okay…enough about me lets move onto Keith shall we?… “One man can make a difference,” and Keith Kenny submits to that statement .  Armed with an acoustic guitar, an arsenal of pedals and a suitcase…yes a suitcase, in true traveling musician fashion,  Keith Kenny emulates the power and intensity of a full band while remaining gimmick-free.  The energy this man produces with his fusion of folk, blues, rock, country, and even stoner-metal jams is inspiring as he belts and screams with the utmost sincerity.  Click readmore for more on Keith Kenny, a live video (Tool Cover) and a link to stream his latest EP “Evil Fuzz Magic,” where he rocks just as hard with a full band.  (Anything with Fuzz in the title usually rules.  See Mudhoney‘s “Super Fuzz Bigmuff.” Just sayin’!)

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