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July 8th, 2010

Donovan Quinn & The 13th Month: "Mom's House"

Here is the video to ”Mom’s House”, the first single to be pulled from Donovan Quinn’s Your Wicked Man, which will be released on August 3rd as a CD from Shrimper and an LP from Soft Abuse.

November 11th, 2009

The Franciscan Hobbies

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The Franciscan Hobbies are Loren Chasse, Rob Reger, Glenn Donaldson, Greg Bianchini, Christine Boepple, Kerry McLaughlin, Jason Honea, Buffy Vice Slick, Allan Horrocks, Donovan Quinn, Bryan De Roo, Cole Palme, Dylan Brock, and Jesse Edwards.

Their recordings are pretty neat. Very imaginative and entertaining listening. It sounds almost as if the recordings created themselves.

A quote from Pandit Pran Nath adorns an insert

“Walls are stuck… oustide- ideas fly in all directions”

Satan Crystals

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The Happy Burial

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Apprehension Of Reality

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October 14th, 2009

The Blithe Sons: Green Mansions

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Recorded at Fort Cronkhite, Mclaren Park, San Bruno Park, & Sweeny Ridge

Summer 2003

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October 6th, 2009

Steven R. Smith: Cities

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Cities is the newest offering from Steven R. Smith (of Hala Strana, Ulaan Khol, Thuja, Mirza).

It feels to me as though he has captured some of my core on tape. Gentle, darkly textural passages give way into melodic beauty. The songs are amorphous, but there is never a moment where the changes lack form or substance. Everything is part of a whole that is evolving from one spontaneous present to another.

The titles of the tracks might evoke images of twilit city buildings, aging in rows along the streets, bits of trash or a few patches of hardy plants, pavement, the tiny lights of distant cars, the hollow intimate spaces within apartment buildings. But the music is human; timeless, placeless.

Cities was recorded entirely on analog equipment and pressed to vinyl in an edition of 900 copies. You can order a copy here.

[download] The Paling Day

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[download] The Road

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August 31st, 2009

Split #17: The Ivytree / Chris Smith

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I was elated to find this gem while browsing through Sound Exchange in Houston.

Fat Cat released it in 2005 as part of a series of split records. Hope you enjoy.

[full album] The Ivytree / Chris Smith

Side 1: The Ivytree (Jewelled Antler’s Glenn Donaldson)

Side 2: Australian guitarist Chris Smith

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July 24th, 2009

The Skygreen Leopards: Gorgeous Johnny

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The Skygreen Leopards return with Gorgeous Johnny, an album overflowing with ocean-bound storm-washed cars, the buildings of the city, and dimly lit rooms in San Francisco. It’s a sunburnt wasteland, still brimming with the memories of past friendships and old loves.

For Gorgeous Johnny, the Leopards had Jason Quever’s Pan American Studio at their disposal, which has given the production a great degree of clarity, and allowed the boys to augment their acoustic and electric guitars with walls of shimmering organ. This album really is a great place to hang around: more emanates with each listen.

The Skyband are also set for a short tour down the east coast. Dates can be found below.

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[download] Can Go Back

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[download] Goodnight Anna

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Hemlock June 2009

Aug 1 2009 8:00P
Ghost Town Gallery Oakland, California
Aug 6 2009 8:00P
Great Scott w/ WOODS Boston, Massachusetts
Aug 7 2009 8:00P
Cake Shop w/ OUTRAGEOUS CHERRY New York, New York
Aug 9 2009 8:00P
Velvet Lounge DC, Washington DC
Aug 11 2009 8:00P
Smalls w/ OUTRAGEOUS CHERRY Detroit, Michigan
Aug 13 2009 8:00P
The Whistler w/ Zelienople (FREE SHOW) Chicago, Illinois

-kevin-

July 9th, 2009

Thuja Museum

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[download] Thuja Museum #1 & #2

Jewelled Antler 3″ CDRs from 2002

Loren Chasse, Steven R. Smith, Glenn Donaldson, Rob Reger

[via Root Strata]

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May 30th, 2009

Gorgeous Johnny Release Party!

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The Skygreen Leopards’ Gorgeous Johnny Release Party

July 11th – 9PM – Amnesia

The Skygreen Leopards

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DJ Chris Berry (Soft Abuse)

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May 14th, 2009

The Skygreen Leopards: Gorgeous Johnny

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The newest Skygreen Leopards album, Gorgeous Johnny, will be out July 21st on Jagjaguwar.

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March 28th, 2009

"Sister Alchemy" Video

Marcy Saude filmed this super-8 video for “Sister Alchemy” in San Francisco in 2008. Features Donovan Quinn, Grace Cooper, and Jason Quever. Cameras by Marcy Saude and Michael McWay. 

The song appears on the limited 7″ single of the same name (which can be  purchased here), as well as on the Donovan Quinn & The 13th Month self-titled album (here).

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October 30th, 2008

The Skygreen Leopards, California's Family Band

The Skygreen Leopards is a collaboration between Donovan Quinn and Glenn Donaldson. They have released six albums and an EP since their formation in 2001, and each successive album has witnessed a transformation of composition.  A river is never the same on two consecutive days, and Disciples Of California, the newest Leopards album, is arguably their “biggest riverboat yet”.

Disciples Of California is the first record to include The Skyband; Wymond Miles on pedal steel, Jasmyn Wong on drums, and Shayde Sartin on bass.  The basic tracks were recorded live in the studio, which gave the rhythm of the songs more space to breathe than on previous recordings.  The result is a jingle-jangling, gentle sway that lies somewhere between pop and folk.  Donovan Quinn and Glenn Donaldon’s highly expressive voices blossom through colored washes of pedal steel as electric twelve-string riffs rotate and slide by overhead. Acoustic strumming, warm and persistent, hold it all together even when the songs threaten to stumble and fade.  

Lovers and friends take the listener down the back roads of memory, through the sun-drenched fields and quiet evenings of the past. Like dreams, the songs present scenes that may seem new and strange, and yet somehow entirely primal; derivative of past experiences.  Under closer examination archetypes emerge, which may lead one to ponder the existence of a universal unconscious.  The idea that, at a certain level, we are all manifestations of a deeper archetype, a pattern of being that speaks through all of us.  As Glenn Donaldson said in an interview, ”each song is a remembrance of a song not yet written.”

[download] Disciples Of California

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[download] Places West Of Shawnapee

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[download] Tents Along The Water (from Life And Love In Sparrow’s Meadow)

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[download] Minotaur (Burn A Candle For Love) (from Life And Love In Sparrow’s Meadow)

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