Photo by Nicole LaRae.
Not even sure to begin with this one.
After several failed attempts to set up a get together with the fine fine gentlemen of Seattle’s Ivan & Alyosha – we finally succeeded thanks to our friends @ WYCE. Not only we’re we able to record a Halfway House Session – but we had the pleasure of hosting an Ivan & Alyosha house show here @ the Stone House. Whoa – that’s a lot of ‘houses’ in one sentence. Having caught them on several occasions this past year – we couldn’t have been more thrilled to witness those gorgeous four part harmonies in the Stone House live room. A huge thanks goes out to everyone involved in making this one of the best Halfway House experiences to date.
Do your iPod a solid and pick up their full length debut album All The Times We Had after checking out the Halfway House Session below. The album is one of our Top 5 of 2013.
From NPR’s Stephen Thompson: With so many fresh-faced, sweet-voiced folk-pop bands vying for real estate in the middle of the road, the keys to standing out lie in songwriting, craftsmanship and likability. Ivan & Alyosha’s members aren’t looking to invent a new form on All the Times We Had, but they sure do come close to perfecting the one they’ve got.
They do have a few dates left in 2013 for you West Coasters(and Denver/SLC) where they’ll be joined by The Lone Bellow. Perhaps you can provide that special someone with an early Christmas present.
Ivan & Alyosha – On My Way – Halfway House Sessions
Ivan & Alyosha – Don’t Wanna Die Anymore – Halfway House Sessions
Get to know Ivan & Alyosha – Website. Facebook. Twitter.
It’s not often that you encounter an opportunity to go see some quality live music on a Monday evening. This is one such chance Grand Rapids. On Monday November 18th – Laura Stevenson will grace the stage of the Pyramid Scheme. The always wonderful Fiona Dickinson and the always huggable Mat Churchill open up the festivities. Advanced tickets are just 10 bucks.
Stevenson’s latest release Wheel was recognized by The A.V. Club(well regarded around here) as one of 2013′s most notable albums. So – there ya go.
Recently – we joined Michael Cunningham for our 3rd appearance on WYCE’s The Guest List! where we pick the songs. And offer up a bunch of babbling nonsense. Peter Fox of Stone House Recording was once again our partner in crime for the show.
If you didn’t have a chance to tune in – you can download the goods for your ear buds:
WYCE’s The Guest List! – Halfway Stoned Part III
Stream it if you don’t want us contaminating your iTunes:
For those of you who cringe @ the sound of our voices – you can view our playlist here.
Thanks again to WYCE and Michael Cunningham for having us!!!
Back in March – we put together an evening of a cappella music featuring some of Grand Rapids’ best musicians. The catch??? They weren’t allowed to utilize any of their crutches/security blankets normally present in the form of instruments. Lots of voice. A few stomps. And maybe some snaps. But mostly beautiful harmonious voices serenading the intimate crowd cozied up in the live room of Stone House Recording where the Halfway House Sessions are documented. Each band was able to perform an original song as well as a cover tune of their choice(Old Crow Medicine Show’s ‘Wagon Wheel’ was NOT permissible). Those of you who were fortunate enough to be in attendance that evening can attest to what a truly special night it was.
What made it even more groovy was the chance to raise money for the Cook Arts Center Girls Rock Camp! – which took place this past August. The girls were even afforded the opportunity to come record @ Stone House Recording as well as take over the spotlight @ Wealthy Theatre for a musical showcase extravaganza. So awesome!!!
Please take the time to explore Cook Arts Center and the Girls Rock Camp! Perhaps there’s a vacant volunteer spot for you to fill -or- maybe you’d like to donate to the cause – which you can do here.
Thanks again to all the musicians who passed up paying gigs on a Saturday night to come perform and be a part of something pretty spectacular. We can’t say enough about how magical the experience was. Everyone truly brought their A game that evening.
Also – sorry it took so damn long to get this up!!!
1) Erin Lenau(Tokyo Morose) – Rome
2) Erin Lenau(Tokyo Morose) – Gatekeeper(Feist)
3) The Wallace Collective – Old Tired Bastard
4) The Wallace Collective – How You Feel About Traveling?(Hezekiah Jones)
5) Josh Rose – Latch Key
6) Josh Rose – Girl From The North Country(Bob Dylan)
7) Valentiger – Oh, To Know!
8) Valentiger – All My Loving(The Beatles)
9) Mat Churchill – Cold Air
10) Mat Churchill – Fishin’ In The Dark(Nitty Gritty Dirt Band)
11) The Lollipops – You Used To Love Me
12) The Lollipops – Say It Right/You’ve Really Got A Hold On Me(Nelly Furtado/Smokey Robinson)
13) Lucas Wilson – Hold Back The Water
14) Lucas Wilson – I’m Not Myself(Amos Lee)
15) Bennett – From Before
16) Bennett – Angel(Shaggy)
17) Ribbons of Song – Your White Hand
18) Ribbons of Song – Metal Firecracker(Lucinda Williams)
19) Chain of Lakes – Fallen Out
20) Chain of Lakes – Southern Anthem(Iron & Wine)
21) Strawberry Heritage – Water Inside
22) Strawberry Heritage – Peg and Awl(The Carolina Tar Heels)
23) Antrim Dells – Visting Kings
24) Antrim Dells – Impregnable Question(Dirty Projectors)
25) Molly B. – Lonely
26) Molly B. – Makings Of You(Curtis Mayfield)
The Sounds of BARE ZIP
Be sure to jump over to the Halfway House Sessions page to satisfy your visual senses from some of the bands featured @ BARE. Oh – as well as one of the bands covered that evening(Hezekiah Jones).
Also – our good friend Eric Kehoe did a write up about the festivities for The Rapidian.
Note – there were some video recordings done that evening but because they compromise the quality of the content we like to broadcast they may not make an appearance on the webs. Sad face.
Earlier this year – we told you about Ivan and Alyosha‘s All The Times We Had – which has received lots of critic love since its release. Now the Seattle band is coming to the city where the rapids are grand to play @ the Stone House courtesy of our friends @ WYCE. The show will take place on Saturday November 16th @ 8PM.
This is a special ‘listener appreciation’ show for WYCE sponsors. If you donated during WYCE’s fall fund drive – simply RSVP to email@example.com by November 11th to reserve your spot! Seating is very limited and any open seats will be available to the public the day of the show for a $10 minimum donation at the door.
We’ve been fortunate to catch them @ SXSW in Austin as well as Timber! Music Festival in Washington this summer. Grand Rapids is in for a good ol’ time.
See the Facebook event page for more details.
When we had finalized our plans to spend the summer out West in Big Sky country – we immediately got in touch with Bandcamp” target=”_blank”>Tyler Butler who is located some hours north of Montana in the lovely Edmonton Alberta Canada. Tyler has been soundtracking our mornings @ the cottage for some time now. Assuming he wouldn’t be coming through Michigan anytime soon – we knew we had take advantage of the situation.
Some of you may be familiar with Tyler Butler via our Fireplace Fridays feature. If so – you know we’re a sucker for his kind of lo-fi bedroom style recording. Most especially as the evening is winding down and we are camped out by a fire. Tyler is always a favorite go-to when the mood strikes.
Here is Mr Butler’s most recent release:
It was an honor and privilege to have the opportunity to make this happen. Please enjoy.
Tyler Butler – Ben – Halfway House Sessions
Tyler Butler – Morana – Halfway House Sessions
Tyler Butler – Sprinter In A Field – Halfway House Sessions
Tyler Butler – Hello(Lionel Richie Cover) – Halfway House Sessions
Get to know Tyler Butler – Website. Bandcamp. Facebook. Twitter.
The lead singer of long time Halfway House favorite Great Lake Swimmers will be releasing a solo album on October 8th. You can pre-order Tony Dekker’s Prayer Of The Woods here. The album features 10 tracks – 8 new and original songs as well as covers of ‘Land of the Glass Pinecones’ by ’80s new wave act Human Sexual Response and ‘Carefree Highway’ by Gordon Lightfoot.
Enjoy some snippets from the album:
Austin based(via Michigan) Dana Falconberry is no stranger to the Stone House. A previous adventure with Matt Bauer saw her serenading us with her sweet delicate voice. This go around she brought her merry band of misfits.
We were offered a sneak preview of their extreme talents back in March @ SXSW via a crudely shot one off session in a cramped apartment space. However – with the whole band able to flex their muscles for this recording – we were able to capture one of our shiniest gems ever @ the Stone House. Truly a remarkable effort from Dana Falconberry and friends.
Dana is currently putting the finishing touches on her latest and greatest creation(consider ‘Dolemite’ a taste). For now – we strongly recommend soundtracking the remaining days of summer with her most recent effort Leelanau(via Antenna Farm Records). Any guesses as to where she spent her childhood sunny days???
After you’re done enjoying the Halfway House Session – check out Dana’s NPR Tiny Desk Concert.
Dana Falconberry -Dolemite – Halfway House Sessions
Dana Falconberry – Crooked River – Halfway House Sessions
Dana Falconberry – Please Sparrow – Halfway House Sessions
Get to know Dana Falconberry – Website. Facebook. Twitter. Instagram.
I recently attended a music festival in Carnation Washington – some 45 minutes east of Seattle. Timber! Fest was in its inaugural year so the excitement – @ times – became stymied by the hesitation in the anticipation. One plus – the roster was heavy with Pacific Northwest artists which my musical taste buds typically favor.
When it was initially announced in March(???) – I had full intentions of attending the festival in King County Washington. While being Grand Rapids Michigan based – I was spending my ‘this summer’ months in Big Sky country; therefore I entertained the conversation of making an appearance @ Timber! in late July.
Because time is good @ it – the days passed quickly by without confirming my arrival via ticket purchase. Fast forward to July – a week before Timber! – and I was reminded of the awesome taking place very soon. For once – my mindless(read: loner) habit of scanning the Facebook feed every two minutes paid dividends.
So – on a last minute decision concerning something I had already made up my mind about months prior – I pieced together a journey that would involve Yakima Rainier Seattle and Carnation(!?!). It’s easy to make bad/regrettable choices when you’re gallivanting about without a care in the world during the sunny days. Timber! was most definitely not one of those summer flings.
Having attended music festivals in various parts of the world – without a doubt – Timber! was one of my favorite music going experiences ever.
In general – there’s nothing like spending quality time out of doors taking in a favorite band as they justify our love and honor for them. But compound that with a like minded mature community and it’s amplified by a few watts.
My love for Timber! resides in/was assisted by these factors:
- the first interlude song that my ears took in was a Beach House track
- the interlude music was essentially the ‘AA’ playlist on the iPod
- music out of doors
- blankets in the grass
- lounging in camping chairs
- Campfire stage
- Pacific NW artists
- no two bands playing concurrently
- discovering a new favorite artist
- hearing a favorite artist for the first time
- limited capacity
- meeting old friends
- making new friends
- new crushes
- broken hearts from strangers
- funny strangers
- amusing strangers
- laughing with strangers
- new inside jokes
- wiener belts
- people watching
- watching people have their ‘moments’ with the music/their band(to the point of climax)
- hula hoop girl
- beer gardens
- Sierra Nevada beer gardens
- Sierra Nevada commemorative tin cups
- bottle cap art
- no damn water bottles!!!
- legal state
- honey buckets©!!!
- walk to store/bar -er- bar/store
- the river
- walking across the swing bridge after the last show of the evening and giggling your arse off with a bunch of strangers @ the absurdity of attempting such a feat considering all the factors(beer)
- people watching
- S’mores which means chocolate which means awesome(!!!)
- making adult decisions in regards to the bladder which favor pissing oneself(I opted not to)
- hott tent naps
- one nite stands in a tent(two nites if you’re lucky -or- dumb)
- watching little ones have their first dance with boy/girl
And finally. . .
Time out. ^^^That’s not going to put me on some kind of list is it???
*Cue the music*
- NEW MEMORIES!!!
*Cue the tears/hi fives*
All in all – a tremendous/magical experience I wish everyone could enjoy for themselves. Kudos to Timber! for a job well done. I’d offer up a high five but I’m not sure if they’re the hi5ing type.
Feel free to add your own – as these commonly apply to most music festivals.
-CZ aka Halfway House Music
P.S. Check out our other photos from Timber!.
Surprisingly – it’s been a while since we’ve posted on The National. Their Trouble Will Find Me tour continues with a stop over @ Jimmy Kimmel Live to perform ‘Graceless’ and ‘This Is The Last Time’. Enjoy!!!