Welcome to the second edition of SXSW Halfway House Sessions which we shot down in Austin during the SXSW Music Festival. These stripped down one off sessions were crudely shot in a small room inside a downtown Austin apartment with one microphone.
A self-described ‘old soul’, Tyler Lyle’s lyrics carry the weight and understanding that go far beyond his twenty-seven+ years. A transplant from Atlanta, GA to Santa Monica, CA Tyler Lyle has self-released several independent projects in the last few years including his latest EP Expatriates:
This small collection of songs was written by the caprice of some of the strange passengers in my head. I can’t point to which one wrote what, because as soon as I realize that I’m being led down a strange road, he vanishes before I’ve reach the end of it. I look around, astonished that the page is full of a stranger’s handwriting and claim it as my own. The theme is alienation/isolation – the november of the soul that begins to suspect that, damn it, this might just be it, and it’s not going well.
We can’t recommend this EP enough. Especially for your dark passenger.
Tyler is hitting the road for few dates. If you’re lucky enough to live in one of these towns – go say hi:
May 19 – Nashville
May 29 – San Francisco
May 30 – Davis CA
June 8 – Los Angeles
June 14 – New York
June 15 – Boston
Tyler Lyle – Werewolf – Halfway House Sessions – SXSW
Tyler Lyle – Hollywood Forever – Halfway House Sessions – SXSW
Tyler Lyle – Hollywood Forever – Halfway House Sessions from Halfway House on Vimeo.
Get to know Tyler Lyle: Website. Bandcamp. Facebook. Twitter.
Halfway House has been a long time fan of Ben Kyle ever since he captured our ears attention with Romantica – thus we welcomed the opportunity to host a living room show with the Belfast/Minneapolis native. While he was present we thought we’d convince him to record a Halfway House Session with us. Thankfully – he played along and was kind enough to oblige. The results were what you’d expect from a talent such as Ben Kyle and @ the very least allows the viewer to catch a glimpse of the awesome that they missed that March evening @ the Stone House.
Ben Kyle’s self titled debut album is available here. We can’t recommend it(or his other albums) enough. Your ears will thank you.
Ben Kyle – Don’t Settle – Halfway House Sessions
Ben Kyle – Mercy – Halfway House Sessions
Ben Kyle – Thank You – Halfway House Sessions
Get to know Ben Kyle: Website. Facebook. Twitter.
Welcome to the first of a handful of Halfway House Sessions we shot down in Austin during the SXSW Music Festival. These stripped down one off sessions were shot crudely in a small room in a downtown Austin apartment with one microphone.
Joshua James latest album From The Top Of Willamette Mountain landed on our radar shortly before our March adventure. We’ve been obsessed ever since. There are very few artists that write as honestly and earnestly than Joshua. We recommend grabbing the headphones for the opening track ‘Mystic’. Whoa.
Imagine our excitement @ the arrival of his new Beware! EP(released May 7th) which are an additional four tracks taken from the Willamette sessions recorded with producer Richard Swift(a respectable artist in his own right).
Joshua James – Queen Of The City – Halfway House Sessions
This isn’t the first time Philly’s Kevin Killen has appeared in a Halfway House Session(see the cute drummer in the Chris Bathgate/Hezekiah Jones HH Sessions). Nor is this the first time we’ve tried to capture Kevin’s own HH Session(another story for a different day in a different dimension). However – this is the first actual posting of the very charming Kevin Killen and his Halfway House Session and it’s quickly become one of our favorites. Sessions like this one remind us how fortunate we are to have talents like Kevin coming into the Stone House to spend some time with us.
Be sure to head on over to K2′s BandCamp page to download some of his tunes. Also – we’ll keep you posted about his forthcoming album.
Kevin Killen – Under The Radar – Halfway House Sessions
Kevin Killen – Another Martyr – Halfway House Sessions
Kevin Killen – Across The Fields – Halfway House Sessions
Get to know Kevin Killen: Website. Bandcamp. Facebook. Twitter.
We @ Halfway House decided to get a little bit loud to rock these winter blues. That and it’s been a while since we cranked the amps. Here is Between Brains – fresh off their release From The Top Rope courtesy of Tapes Not Bombs.
Hopefully this session will be a welcome reprieve for you as well.
Between Brains – Exchanger – Halfway House Sessions
Between Brains – Separator – Halfway House Sessions
Between Brains – Between Brains – Halfway House Sessions
Get to know Between Brains – Bandcamp. Facebook. Tumblr.
Photo by KINNY.
Grand Rapids own The Real Lazy Genius recently made a visit to the Stone House for an evening session not too long ago. Self described as the ‘Steve Buscemi’s of Rock’ – the band offers up a nice blend of punk/psychedelic rock.
Last spring the band released the EP From The Ashes To The Stars. You might recognize the opening track on the EP(third track of the session) as the first track on our Halfway House Summer Mix. Boy – wouldn’t mind escaping to that weather.
Here’s to another great session with another great Grand Rapids band!!!
The Real Lazy Genius – Agoraphobia Blues – Halfway House Sessions
The Real Lazy Genius – Tide Hit The Rocks – Halfway House Sessions
The Real Lazy Genius – Feels So Fine – Halfway House Sessions
Get to know The Real Lazy Genius: Website. BandCamp. Facebook.
It’s been some time since we’ve welcomed a Grand Rapids band into the Stone House. It’s also been some time setting up a session with one of our favorite Grand Rapids bands. Finally – everything came together one fine early Sunday afternoon in early December. Not long after the release of their long awaited album Sequence of Steps comes the Tokyo Morose Halfway House Session. And we couldn’t be happier. Enjoy the synth pop goodness.
After an extremely successful KickStarter comes the fruits of the Morose’s labor – the aforementioned Sequence of Steps.
Tokyo Morose – Rome – Halfway House Sessions
Tokyo Morose – Best Catch – Halfway House Sessions
Tokyo Morose – Every Night – Halfway House Sessions
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Tokyo Morose – Best Catch – Halfway House Sessions from Halfway House on Vimeo.
Tokyo Morose – Every Night – Halfway House Sessions from Halfway House on Vimeo.
Get to know Tokyo Morose: BandCamp. Facebook. Tumblr.
Caleb Groh first came to our attention a few years back when he was recording under the moniker Happiest Lion. If you’ve been following us for some time now then you may recall our Merry Christmas in 2010.
We couldn’t have been more excited to see Caleb – all growds up now – traveling through our neck of the woods allowing us the opportunity to extend a Halfway House Session invite his way. With two other band members joining him – Caleb obliged. And we are certainly glad he did. You will be as well when you listen/watch our fabulous session with Caleb and friends.
Caleb’s latest offering was recently recommended listening by us here @ Halfway House. And we continue to stand behind that recommendation.
Also – for the upcoming holiday season check out Caleb and his Caroling Caravan.
Caleb Groh – Coffee Pot Rock – Halfway House Sessions
Caleb Groh – Indigo – Halfway House Sessions
Caleb Groh – Bottomless Coffee – Halfway House Sessions
Get to know Caleb Groh: BandCamp. Facebook. Twitter.
Toronto’s The Wooden Sky has been touring relentlessly in support of their third and most recent release Every Child A Daughter, Every Moon A Sun. That’s why we felt very fortunate to have them in to the Stone House for a Halfway House Session. We also had the chance to catch them in our hometown of Grand Rapids Michigan that night. And what a treat the day/evening was.
They swing through the States for a couple weeks in November – so allow yourself the opportunity to check them out live and in person. You won’t be disappointed.
In the meantime – enjoy The Wooden Sky’s Halfway House Session!!!
The Wooden Sky – Child Of The Valley – Halfway House Sessions
The Wooden Sky – Take Me Out – Halfway House Sessions
The Wooden Sky – River Song One – Halfway House Sessions
Get to know The Wooden Sky: Website. Facebook. Twitter.