Exclusive Album Stream – Black Whales ‘Through The Prism, Gently’

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Seattle’s Black Whales has kindly offered Halfway House Music the opportunity to share with you all a ‘First Listen’ of their sophomore effort Through The Prism, Gently. And we couldn’t be more excited as the Psych-Pop-Rock band has hit a home run with their IndieGoGo funded album. You’ve listened to that Taylor Swift record enough already – so do your headphones a solid & give this ear candy a spin:

Through The Prism, Gently hits the record store shelves tomorrow – November 11th. Check back for album related links. Woot.

UPDATE: Through The Prism Gently is now available via ITunes, Amazon, BandCamp, Spotify & – for colored vinyls – via Sunless Sea Records.

For those of you lucky enough to reside in the Emerald City – Black Whales is having a bash to celebrate the release of Through the Prism, Gently @ the Tractor Tavern on Saturday November 29th. There – you’ll be able to snag physical copies of CD’s & limited edition colored vinyl(courtesy of Sunless Sea Records). DETAILS. TICKETS.

Get to know Black Whales: Website. BandCamp. Facebook. Twitter. Instagram.

Halfway House Music Podcast #007

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Greetings. It’s been quite a while since we’ve recorded a Halfway House Music Podcast. #007(in a collector’s series) doesn’t disappoint with lots of new music from up & comers.

Please enjoy @ your own discretion.

Cheers.

Cold Creeps – Owl John
Stay Gold – First Aid Kit
Morning Clouds – Whyte Horses
All Of My Life – Kevin Morby
Sea B!tch – Tallows
Black River – Wild Leaves
Next To You – Oh, Be Clever
House Of Cards – Holy, Holy
Disguise – Another Green World
In My Teeth – The Rosebuds
Tiny Prisms – Black Whales
Little Surfer Girl – The Yetis
Hold Tight – Midnight Faces
Irons In The Fire – Marshall McLean
Blurry Eyes – Ourlives
Good Talk – Bishop Allen

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Say wha?!? A record label right here in Grand Rapids??? That’s right. dizzybird records is a brand spanking new label formed right here in the grand land. Co-founders Brian Hoekstra(AMI Entertainment) & Nicole LaRae(Venue Mgr @ Pyramid Scheme/WYCE Community Relations/Halfway House comrade) will be launching its goodness with a release party on October 17th @ the Pyramid Scheme.

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Atlanta indie rockers Gringo Star‘s release of new 7-inch ‘Long Time Gone’ b/w ‘World of Spin’ along with a 10-inch from Gringo Star amigos, Heaters will be the debut releases from the new Grand Rapids-based dizzybird records. Woot.

Like‘ their Facebook page for updates on all things dizzy.

Join‘ the launch party event page.

Get to know dizzybird records: website. facebook. twitter. instagram.

Congrats to our friends Brian & Nicole.

Album Release Shows – Mat Churchill & The Backyard Town and Josh Rose

A couple of Halfway House friends -both of whom participated in our BARE event- have some new music to share with you.

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Mat Churchill along with the Backyard Town will be celebrating the release of the self titled album on Saturday September 13th @ Founders. Joining the festivities will be our good friends Valentiger – who just released an album of their own earlier this summer. Also on the bill is Lambo(members of Ghost Heart/Tokyo Morose/Little Village).

You can preview a song from Mr Churchill’s album below:

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Josh Rose has set Saturday, Oct 4th @ 8:00 PM for the release of his latest work Old Laminate. The event will take place @ Wealthy Theater in Grand Rapids. TICKETS.

Here is an A Capella version of ‘Latch Key’ from our BARE event:

Josh Rose – Latch Key

As always – tell your friends!!!

New Album – Radiator Hospital ‘Torch Song’

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Phildelphia’s Radiator Hospital has released a new album titled Torch Song & will be touring a good portion of the United States for the next six weeks. Michigan dates include: Ann Arbor & Grand Rapids.

You can view the rest of the Radiator Hospital Halfway House Session here.

Get to know Radiator Hospital: Page. BandCamp. Facebook.

Kickstarter – Zach Winters

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Our friend Zach Winters is hosting a Kickstarter for his upcoming album Monarch. You may recall Mr Winters from our ‘Front Porch Fridays’ segment -or- as part of our SXSW Halfway House Sessions. Please take a moment to watch the vid(s) and contribute to something awesome for someone that is awesome.

Head on over to the Kickstarter page for more details on the project.

Also – you can snag a copy of his most current album They Were Longing for a Better Country as a FREE download – so really if you donate some funds you’re getting two albums for the price of one. Hi5!!!

Zach Winters – These Are The Days – Halfway House Sessions – SXSW from Halfway House on Vimeo.

New Album – Valentiger ‘Stray Animals’

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Halfway House besties Valentiger are set to release some new ear candy. Hooray!!! Stray Animals will be available on July 12th & is currently available for pre-order.

To celebrate the new tunes – Valentiger will be hosting a party @ the Pyramid Scheme before embarking on some tour dates.

Tickets – which includes a copy of Stray Animals.

07.12 -­‐ GRAND RAPIDS ALBUM RELEASE @ The Pyramid Scheme
07.17 -­‐ Kalamazoo, MI -­‐ Old Dog Tavern
07.18 — Chicago, IL — Tonic Room
07.19 -­‐ Cincinnati, OH -­‐ Southgate House
07.20 -­‐ Washington, DC -­‐ Tree House Lounge
07.21 -­‐ NYC -­‐ The Cake Shop
07.22 -­‐ Cambridge, Ma -­‐ The Middle East
07.23 -­‐ Pawtucket, RI -­‐ Machines with Magnets
07.24 -­‐ Philadelphia, PA -­‐ The Fire
07.25 -­‐ Columbus, OH -­‐ Brothers Drake
07.26 -­‐ Nashville, TN -­‐ Mad Donnas
08.07 -­‐ East Lansing, MI -­‐ Macs Bar
08.08 -­‐ Detroit, MI -­‐ The New Dodge
08.09 -­‐ Bay City, MI – Brewtopia
More Dates TBA

Tell your friends!!!

Halfway House Sessions – UP THE CHAIN

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Philadelphia’s UP THE CHAIN were in the grand land for a few days during the month of May – so we were able to capture this Halfway House Session. Two of the three tracks are brand spanking new jams from Reed Kendall(UP THE CHAIN frontman) & friends. UTC will entertain some crowds in Philadelphia this summer before embarking on a European tour this Fall.

LISTEN/DOWNLOAD:
UP THE CHAIN – No Waiting Lines – Halfway House Sessions
UP THE CHAIN – The Horse’s Course – Halfway House Sessions
UP THE CHAIN – Departed Trains – Halfway House Sessions

WATCH:

Up The Chain – No Waiting Lines – Halfway House Sessions from Halfway House on Vimeo.

Up The Chain – The Horse’s Course – Halfway House Sessions from Halfway House on Vimeo.

Up The Chain – Departed Trains – Halfway House Sessions from Halfway House on Vimeo.

Get to know UP THE CHAIN: Website. Bandcamp. Twitter. Facebook.

LISTEN – WYCE’S The Guest List With Halfway House Music

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For those of you that weren’t able to tune in to our most recent WYCE’S Guest List appearance – fear not. You can stream the entire episode below – as well as all the tracks featured on the show.

Alec Ounsworth – Underwater(You & Me) – Halfway House Sessions


Recommended Listening – Lost In The Trees ‘Past Life’

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Lost In The Trees Past Life(Anti-) has been in constant rotation since its premiere via NPR’s First Listen back in February & is currently sits as our favorite release of 2014. While the band has reduced itself in numbers – the songs seem to breathe and stretch in a beautiful soundscape that calls for repeated listens. Ari Picker’s vocals/lyrics are captivating. & addictive.

Do your ears & mind a favor – spend some quality time with this album. We suggest: 1) Grab some headphones. 2) Push play. 3) Let everything go & 4) Set adrift. #freefloating

The band was recently featured on Oregon Public Broadcasting’s opb Music Sessions:

You can download the full session here.

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