It makes us very happy to know there is a new Wooden Wand album to look forward to on the horizon. “Farmer’s Corner” is out May 5th on Fire Records. Here’s the first taster, a track called “Dambuilding”:
Bad news is, there’ll be no Wooden Wand album out this year to make the end of year list, but the good news is it’s out January and we have a free mp3 off it. In fact, the US release date is my birthday! Its called “Blood Oaths of the New Blues” and is out 7th January Europe, 8th US on Fire Records. The album sees him reunited with fellow musicians from the Briarwood album and he will be touring with David Hickox, Janet Elizabeth Simpson, Jody Nelson, Brad Davis and Les Nuby III early next year. Somewhere along the line Wooden Wand became a BAND
An interesting project here from Wooden Wand that you can help kickstart. I’ll let the man himself tell you:
I was recently invited to record for a split 7″ with my friend Duquette Johnston (formerly of Verbena) and his band the Gum Creek Killers, for release on the Communicating Vessels label. Instead of just sending a track I had in the archives, Duquette suggested I visit him in Birmingham and we record our sides together, from scratch, with the same band. It was one of the most positive recording experiences I’ve ever had, and I immediately wanted to make a whole record this way.
After much hemming and hawing, deliberation, and advice-seeking, I’ve decided to use Kickstarter to fund this project. Initially weary of this new model, I have since come around to it in a big way. I feel that this sort of interaction with fans (and the removal of middle men) is a revolutionary step in the right direction toward fixing a decrepit, crooked music biz. I thought that using the interim between my latest record Death Seat and the next wide release Wooden Wand full length would be the ideal time to test these waters.
The idea is to release the album on limited edition vinyl, and then offer downloads for a limited time. The money raised would be used for studio time, travel accommodations, mixing, mastering, and 500 LPs with professionally printed sleeves. We also need to feed everybody. We’re hoping to exceed our goal, and we are undershooting quite a bit to meet it no matter what. I think this record will be a great one.
The LP will be under the name WOODEN WAND & THE BRIARWOOD VIRGINS. The Briarwood Virgins is the name I’ve given the band that features all four members of the Gum Creek Killers, plus Jody Nelson (Through The Sparks) and Brian Lowery (Wooden Wand, The Only Sons).
Ideally, we would record in March / April and have the LPs and gifts ready to go by summertime. These gifts range from super limited versions with letter-pressed covers, to zip drives full of demos, to a private gig in your living room where you choose the setlist.
You can find the project here:
Upon request, I will gladly email you a demo of a song I’m planning to cut for the record, so you know what you’re getting yourself into. 🙂
If you receive this in error, or get it more than once, I sincerely apologize for any inconvenience. There will be no follow-up email unless you express interest in the project.
Thanks, as always, for your support.
James Jackson Toth, Wooden Wand
OK, said I wasn’t going to do it but, fuck it, I’m doing it anyway
10.THE PSYCHOGEOGRAPHICAL COMMISSION – PATIENT ZERO
An amazing new band, full of imagination and vision. Patient Zero is a dark concerpt record that brings the strangeness of our streets out into plain view.
9.DANNY SAUL – KINISON GOLDTHWAIT
2010 was a good year for Hibernate Recordings who put out such a string of stunning albums that it felt like you could sit and compile a top ten for Hibernate releases this year. However, it was the final pair of releases on the label that created the biggest impression. This one took the final post by the scale of it’s ambition and it’s psychotropic properties.
8.SWANS – MY FATHER WILL GUIDE ME UP A ROPE TO THE SKY
Not a cash on but a natural continuation of Gira’s recent direction with Angels of Light, the new Swans line-up brought back some old hands from their noisey days and kept on mighty percussion & dulcimer basher Thor. The results are a very 2010 album that blazes both an ecstasy of noise and deep, dark ballards.
7.TEETH OF THE SEA – YOUR MERCURY
Probably an album that will be in everyone else’s lists from NME to classic rock magazine to Mojo. Don’t care, it has to be in mine. Endlessly inventive, ambitious and accomplished post-rock explorations. A kaleidoscope of influences reimagined into a dramatic hold. This was something bold and fresh for 2010.
6.MICE PARADE – WHAT IT MEANS TO BE LEFT HANDED
Mice Parade have been secretly brilliant for a few years now and this album is one of their best. Fresh, breezy, dreamy rock music with traces of African folk, Sonic Youth, krautrock and post-rock.
5.ANTONY & THE JOHNSONS – SWANLIGHTS
Stunningly beautiful as always, a satisying addition to Antony’s intimidatingly good body of work. Highlights include a duet with Bjork, a couple of orchestral collaborations and the hallucinogenic title track
It seemed a real shame when this classic Nurse With Wound album came out in 2008 but only on CD. Finally released on vinyl this year in a brand new mix. If the fans who pretend to be albinos down at the Slimelight were outraged by the demented 1950s swing vibe of the original mix, this new, mellower mix must have caused them to faint. This new version is the definite article: like the soundtrack to a film noir Chandler adaptation by Fellini on LSD. Delerious joy from England’s definite musical surrealists.
3.CURRENT 93 – BAALSTORM, SING OMEGA
They may have just celebrated their 25th anniversary but their last three albums (including this) have been the absolute peak of their distinguished career. David Tibet’s vocals may divide like marmite but only an idiot would try to deny the sheer poetry of his visionary lyrics. His backing group are a force to be reckoned with too. Boasting James Blackshaw on guitar, Baby Dee on keyboards and Andrew Liles at the controls, the music could not be anything other than heaven. The essential companion album “Haunted Waves, Moving Graves” turns two tracks from “Baalstorm” into stripped-down, earth-stopping ambient tracks.
Oh, how this one has spun and spun and spun endlessly on my turntables this year. Amazing lo-fi folk and drone music. Just spell-binding. Once played nearly all of side 2 in one go in a DJ set..I would have managed it all but a band came on. Twinsistermoon has been a major discovery for me this year, will be watching her closely in 2011 and her main project Natural Snow Buildings.
One of those albums that just make you wonder why everybody in the world isn’t listening to it? This man is our Dylan and this album is perfect. Every song on here is a classic and with Gira on production bringing together a huge backing group, this feels like the most full, complete Wooden Wand release yet to date.
That thing I mentioned in the last podcast? The thing I was going to do instead of a top ten? I am still working on it…..
yeah, I finally finished Podcast#7
here it is as an embedded stream from our Mixcloud page:
If you want to download it, better pop over to the Podomatic Page
Now, as I did forewarn previously, we only use the free option of Podomatic which includes storage restrictions. This does mean, unfortunately, that we have now had to delete the first two podcasts off there. From now on, when one goes up, another must come down.
Of course, the old ones are still available for streaming from Mixcloud at http://www.mixcloud.com/wasistdas/
Perhaps in future we might upgrade to a paid for Podomatic account so you can download all the old ones but no plans for now.
Three Lobed Recordings have put out a six and a half hour long download-only tribute album to Jack Rose.
It costs $15 and all the proceeds go to Jack’s estate. “Honest Strings: A Tribute To The Life And Work Of Jack Rose,” will be up soon exclusively from the download portion of the Thrill Jockey site, FINA
You can download the 41-track recording from the following link :
The album features exclusive material from:
Stuart Leslie Braithwaite
Byron Coley with Son of Earth
Danny Paul Grody
MV & EE
Joseph Mattson (reading from “Empty The Sun”)
No Neck Blues Band
Charlie Parr & Mike Gangloff
Six Organs of Admittance
D. Charles Speer
Spiral Joy Band
Sunburned Hand Of The Man
James Toth, Kerry Kennedy and Jason Meagher
Cath & Phil Tyler
Scott Verrastro / Nathan Bowles
Zaika with Loren Connors
Zaika with Paul Flaherty