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October 2014


Steve Voss paints the picture of a mid-aughts major label stalwart that eventually buckled under the weight of feedback from the mess of people involved in the process. Framed with this context, the moniker Tetherball comes into sharp relief. At the end of his rope and refusing to be swatted back and forth into submission, Voss withdrew from Atlantic Records and his home state of Colorado. He receded to a studio in an industrial neck of Nashville, still tinkering with sound but with a very cracked perspective; essentially the industry version of Lazlo Hollyfeld.


Tetherball's album will officially drop October 28th via Silver Point Recods. Even if this backstory weren’t true, “Whimsy” still sounds like someone reveling in their eccentricity. It’s weird, and deals it out its peculiarity in mid-tempo canters and clearly-baked moseys. Sci-fi plays just as big of a thematic influence as personal experience, so if you have a taste for the slightly off-center, parts of this album will have you clapping your hands in delight. The guitar tone has a tendency to do infectiously cool things, like the jangle at the opening of “Vegetarian” or the tit for tat that kicks off “Bootss.” This album could probably play in tandem with any South Park episode and mirror it with frightening accuracy.


This is not to say that Voss has lost all awareness of pop sensibility. For very Primus off-note there is an alternative snarl, which makes for an interesting and palatable listen. Tetherball maintains a high level of theatrics throughout, from the grand sweeping boredom of “Hometown” to the Western swing of "Boulderado" the big top rhythm of “Spring Chicken,” a track that had me playing indie-rock matchmaker and wondering for a second how cool it would be to see them on tour with Thao and the Get Down Stay Down.


“Whimsy” is an amazing first statement from this fledgling band. It’s clear that this is a pin pulled from a grenade, and that the Tetherball dimension is something that will only expand. We can’t wait to see how this band evolves. Stream the album HERE, and check out their website at: www.tetherballmusic.com

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Wrecking Crew Up the Ante at The Sound Hole Jan. 20

When a group of highly skilled, slick-tongued emcees co-mingle bringing out the best in each other, a natural collective is born. Such is the case of the Wrecking Crew (Curly Castro, Has-Lo, Small Professor, Zilla Rocca, PremRock), who collaborate and up the ante with each verse. This formula functions like a staircase, as the music builds one step only made possible by its predecessor and vice versa, using beats as a sound foundation. These fellas hit hard, forcing the issue in a distant shortening rush, yet they always breathe easy. Speaking of sweat-inducing intensity Carl Kavorkian (Jam Faction) delivers weighted blows in his spellbinding series of rhymes. This spectacle at The Sound Hole also features a pair of out-of-towners, the Queens’ collective Karma Kids and the “witch hunt disco” stylings of Chicago’s Tomorrow Kings. Blending hip hop with an ear toward punk rock is Trenton’s Raymond Strife. The Sound Hole, (Please contact one of the acts or venue for more info.), 8pm, $10, All Ages - Michael Colavita


Free Downloads: Live at Rough Trade & Palisades (NYCTaper) - Chris Forsyth & The Solar Motel Band

NYCTaper recently offer up not one, but 2 sets from Chris Forsyth & The Solar Motel Band in Brooklyn. The first captures them at Rough Trade on October 24th, 2014 - only a handful of days before the release of Intensity Ghost, while the other occurred mere days ago on January 10 at Palisades. You can stream and download both sets for free HERE. Dig into the rich musical jamming terrain, and see what it unearths. For those who want to hear/see it live for themselves, the band will be performing on Friday, February 6 at Johnny Brenda’s. (Phot by Acidjack)

Krust Toons: "Record Label Startup" by Teddy Hazard

Krust Toons: "Record Label Startup" by Teddy Hazard - please feel free to drop him a line at teddandthehazards@gmail.com if you dig or have any funny ideas. You can also check out more of his illustrations HERE.


The Districts "Pop-up" Show & More

The Districts are gearing up for the release of their forthcoming full-length album A Flourish and a Spoil on February 10 via Fat Possum. They already closed out last year with a not-so-secret-show opening for mewithouYou (a.k.a. Thy Foes Profanely Rage) at the First Unitarian Church, under their alias Eight Legged Prawn. Tonight, The Districts will be doing a "pop-up" show for about 25 or so fans (guest list closed) that will double as a recording session with Out of Town Films. They also recently revisited HotBox Studios to re-capture a bit of magic that was found on their viral video for "Funeral Beds" so expect plenty of live versions of songs from the group's new LP to be rolling out in the coming months.


New Video: "Plymouth" (Live) - Strand of Oaks

Strand of Oaks, a.k.a. Timothy Showalter, performed a stirring solo version of his song "Plymouth," off his latest album HEAL (Dead Oceans). It was recorded by Ace Hotel late last year in the lobby of their NYC location. Strand of Oaks is currently on a Midwestern tour, and will be making the rounds at festivals this summer with appearances at Bonnaroo, Governors Ball, and Hangout already announced.



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