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.
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.
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Get to know dizzybird records: website. facebook. twitter. instagram.
Congrats to our friends Brian & Nicole.
A couple of Halfway House friends -both of whom participated in our BARE event- have some new music to share with you.
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:
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.
Here is an A Capella version of ‘Latch Key’ from our BARE event:
Josh Rose – Latch Key
As always – tell your friends!!!
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.
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.
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!!!
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.
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
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.
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
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.
Photo by Nicole LaRae.
Back in January – we had the honor of hosting a Living Room Show with Alec Ounsworth – the fine gentleman behind Clap Your Hands Say Yeah. He kindly obliged & recorded a Halfway House Session with us before the evening’s festivities got underway and delivered one of our favorite Halfway House Sessions to date. These tracks – one from each CYHSY album – sound absolutely amazing.
The latest CYHSY album Only Run will be self-released on June 3rd. You can preorder the album here via iTunes.
Stream the first track off of Only Run – featuring Matt Berninger of The National:
Alec & CYHSY will be spend the month of June touring in support of the new album: Tour Dates.
Alec Ounsworth – Underwater(You & Me) – Halfway House Sessions
Alec Ounsworth – Upon This Tidal Wave Of Young Blood – Halfway House Sessions
Alec Ounsworth – Into Your Alien Arms – Halfway House Sessions
Alec Ounsworth – Blameless – Halfway House Sessions
Halfway House alum Tyler Lyle has released a new EP Ditchdigger & – no surprise – it’s pretty damn good. You can stream/purchase ‘Ditchdigger’ below – which features ‘Werewolf’ – a track he shared with us during our session @ SXSW last year. It still gives me chills whenever I listen to that performance:
Tyler Lyle – Werewolf – Halfway House Sessions – SXSW
Get to know Tyler Lyle: Website. Bandcamp. Facebook. Twitter.