Ryan talks to Savannah music blog hissing lawns about the Furhoof Halloween Split Series as well as the birth/present/future of Furious Hooves. We also hear from Michael Younker of Sauna Heat about his contribution to this year’s split and what Hallucinex/Taylor Noll’s mom thinks about Ghost Vibrations.
Psychedelic rockers, marijuana enthusiasts, and shamanistic individuals alike should all be able to see the value within Blackrune. Some groups find it necessary to rely on vocalists to carry the weight of a band’s message, but Blackrune is more than capable of accomplishing this solely through the clairvoyant vibrations of the universe.
TJ and I started Furious Hooves two years ago to make tapes and cds for our friends, and now we have had the pleasure to be interviewed by the wonderful Bandcamp Hunter and Formless Fields. We can’t express how happy this makes us. It isn’t real. Thank you to everyone who thinks what we try to do is cool… and stay rad.
Prefix Mag just premiered the new single “No, Seriously” from Taylor Noll, aka Hallucinex. His debut EP comes out on Furious Hooves October 8th via Furious Hooves on limited tape/cd.
…he illustrates a dreamy scene with multi-tracked guitars that bounce off of each other seamlessly and lead the track down a wonderous path. With a relaxed, fitting rhythm, this ethereal scene painted is sure to dazzle.
For more from the premiere and a stream of the single: click here.
My label Furious Hooves released our first compilation this past saturday for International Cassette Store Day. It’s available digitally for free (or pay what you want) or as a limited edition cassette tape, which we be available for purchase tonight at 8pm EST.
This past weekend we celebrated our 5 year anniversary of Captured Tracks at the Well in Brooklyn, NY. Here’s an article in Billboard Magazine on the event, the history, the community and the family that is Captured Tracks.
Beach Fossils’ Dustin Payseur, who happens to be engaged to Captured Tracks’ general manager Katie Garcia, said Captured Tracks wasn’t just his record label, but the epicenter of his social life.
“Basically all my friends and everyone I hang out with I met because of this label,” he said.
Click the link above for more of the article, or here.
My friend Eric Krick is an amazing illustrator. He lives in Savannah, GA and is trying to get a kickstart on the path of becoming one full-time. This IndieGoGo campaign will help him do just that. He has a lot to offer you in rewards, including a limited edition 14x14 print of “Art Installations About Love,” seen above.
From the very start, Blackrune spreads thick psychedelia on dreamy shoegaze-esque guitar leads. The track’s entire rhythm is slow-roasted for perfection, with a heavy, sun-dazed quality to it.
"Daylight Ritual" ignores change and treads deep into the same melody as the beginning. Not that it’s bad - the groove-oriented psych riff is penetrating and absolutely intense. The vocals are very detached and reverb-drenched for added trippiness. If you’re a Hookworms, Spiritualized, or My Bloody Valentine fan, there’s a good chance you’ll enjoy this
Connect Savannah has a great article this week with an interview of Blackrune’s PM Goerner. They play this Friday at Ashmore Gallery in Savannah, GA courtesy of Safe // Sound.
“It’s almost like a musical existentialism, in the sense that Ilook out in the world and I see that there’s this huge ocean of voices,” he says. “And the whole idea of competition seems really defeatist. It’s pointless. It takes away from the idea of people creating their own spaces.”
Read more above. Like Blackrune here. Get his EP on furhoof here. Debut LP coming soon on Furious Hooves.
Read this review of the Record Store Day showcase at Graveface Records & Curiosities in Savannah, GA. Furious Hooves had a few bands (mumbledust, Hallucinux) and a ton of friends that played this event. Extra special shoutout to Duddy’s Donuts (aka 1,000 Pieces). Thanks to Blue Indian for the write-up.
Fuzzbook Premiere: Blood Cousin "Theme of the Raven"
Fuzzbook has some kind kind words and a premiere from the debut Blood Cousin EP.
‘You Won (or, We Have All Lost)’ is the debut EP from Virginia based lo-folkers Blood Cousin.
“Theme of the Raven” is taken from the EP which borders the thin red, white and blue line between Americana and dark folk. The 4 tracks are distantly dreamy, kind of like what I imagine an EP recorded by a ghost might sound like.
The EP is available to stream now courtesy of the excellent FURIOUS HOOVES and will be available via download or 3” mini-CD soon.
Blood Cousin have an EP coming out in June, but you can stream You Won (or, We Have All Lost) now on bandcamp. According to their soundcloud, this EP ”takes on the tragedies of life: living, loving and losing.”
1. Evolution, Florida 2. Theme of the Raven 3. Ark of Jones (The Noble) 4. And Here We Are, 9 Meals Away From Anarchy
Will be available digitally and as a limited edition 3” CD housed in a unique handmade foldout sleeve.
This just came out last Tuesday (05.14.13) on Captured Tracks… it was the surprise EP from Wild Nothing entitled Empty Estate. I cannot tell you how much fun I have listening to this album nor can I tell you how much fun I had designing it. Too much, too put it simply. The paintings of Eric Shaw really fit perfectly with this release… it’s quite ridiculous actually. Once again Perfect|Midnight|World has some great things to say:
Well, this is a pleasant surprise. Less than a year after releasing the lovely, “Nocturne”, Jack Tatum has once again stepped out as Wild Nothing to release new music, this time in the form of a 7 track EP entitled, “Empty State”. Further good news, is that the first taste of the forthcoming release is already on the internet for everyone to enjoy. “A Dancing Shell” is the first single, and you will notice almost immediately that we’re in a different zone here than previous Wild Nothing releases. The new track is loaded with swirling, late night synths that give off a generally more relaxed and free form atmosphere. The dreamy jangle pop guitars that have guided many of the artist’s finest cuts are still there, but they’re sharing stage with 80’s tinged electro pop textures and even something resembling a distorted bit of sax (perhaps inspired by his recent trip to Miami’s neon hued nights, or his renewed admiration for Brian Eno and David Bowie). It all makes for an exciting listen and a warm weather sound that is just in time to soundtrack those summer night parties.
Amazing new one from MINKS entitled “Everything’s Fine” off their upcoming 08.06.13 release, Tides End, via Captured Tracks. This release is not just beautiful musically, but also due to the gorgeous paintings from Everest Hall. Design and layout by me (Ryan McCardle). Here’s what Perfect|Midnight|World had to say:
It’s been a while since we last heard Minks’ brand of dreamy goth pop, but now they’re coming back with a new album and a fresh new sound. “Everything’s Fine” is a new track from the forthcoming Tides End, and it sports a reverberating synth line, electro drum beats, and a melodic hook that is immediately infectious - all while textured beats and ethereal hums flesh out the sound, giving it a full, lived in feel. This is the Minks playing for the dance floor, but the sweet, somber tone is enough to remind you that you’re still listening to a band that has a melancholic heartbeat. Highly recommended.
“Are you afraid of the dark? Turn around and there’s nothing there.”
I had forgotten how many musical projects Ryan Graveface was involved in - Dreamend, where he’s recently gone NBC Hannibal and gotten in a serial killers’ head; Black Moth Super Rainbow, the well-named, unique pop enigma; The Marshmallow Ghosts, which I’m less familiar with but seem to fit the same vein, if more delightfully Halloween appropriate; and The Casket Girls, where he shifts a haunted house into an alternate dimension, and more besides.
The Casket Girls is a band aptly named, and quite recognizably backed by Graveface’s work. Even leaving subject matter and band name aside, his work has always been amply imbued with jarring, otherworldly elements that skew towards more upbeat and sinister registers. Very Halloween chic I was going to say, but the first thing to come up when I googled that was a Pinterest board. Moving on.
Goth pop is hip right now (says a man shamelessly shackled to that bandwagon). There are numerous wonderful artists (Zola Jesus being a favorite) and a neverending plethora of… less noteworthy recent entries (apologies, Esben - I tried) in a field becoming increasingly crowded yet ever more diverse. Graveface gives The Casket Girls a subversive, legitimately spooky bent that gives the group an diaphonous leg up.
The Record Store Day-released Self-Titled mini-LP is streaming on Filter [link] and, if it’s opened the - casket, grave, pick your pun - of that id you thought you’d buried deep, the digital/cassette release is available from Graveface’s own self-titled record label [link].
The final of the five tracks is especially delicious, with direct-from-DVD organ and a monstrous, twisted swell that devours the release’s sweetest melody.
This is what happens when one writes after watching two hours of disturbing, visually arresting horror crime television.
We are extremely stoked for and proud of our friend Ryan “The Hornet” McCardle who helps us do a lot of different design things, such as doing the b-side etching for the CityCop record or the layout for the Trust Fall record and the overall art direction of I Got Brains Fest. Along with helping us, he does design work for GRAVEFACE RECORDS who recently released the new The Appleseed Cast (official page) record entitled Illumination Ritual in which Ryan did the entire design and layout. If you’re ever in the need for someone to help you do design work please email Ryan a.k.a The Hornet at email@example.com! It is also worth noting that he co-runs a pretty sweet record label called Furious Hooves with our wonderful friend T.j. Hatcher and they have put out some of our favorite releases in recent memory.
Give a warm welcome to the newest member of the furhoof family: Nadine Carina.
The Swiss singer/songwriter, currently living in Liverpool (UK), is making an art of experimenting in the way she records music. Her latest EP finds inspiration from an old Tascam Portastudio. Warm and noisy sounding, her latest EP includes songs ranging from gospel-like a cappella harmonies to melancholic folk which recall some of the vibe of her 2011 debut Magic Box, but dwells even deeper through her introspective thoughts. The self titled EP will be released through Furious Hooves this April 2013.