It’s been quite a while since we’ve uploaded a Halfway House Session – so that’s why we’re stoked to share this exclusive premiere of our good friend Brian Wheat’s Silo Session. Buffalo native/Minneapolis based Wheat teams up with the hometown music video blog to record two tracks from his fourth album Way Down Below. We love the idea of recording in a silo as one of our favorite band’s debut album(Great Lakes Swimmers self-titled) utilized the same concept. Compound that with one of our favorite humans and we feel like it’s definitely a winner.
Brian Wheat offers ‘a unique blend of Canadiana and Southwest dark film score folk’ on his forthcoming album which features some kick ass horns from members of Calexico. WDB was recorded @ Stone House Recording – home of the Halfway House Sessions – by the über-talented Peter Fox. Mr Wheat’s ‘Shiner St’ is featured on Halfway House Music Podcast #010 – but – ‘@ last’ ‘you & I’ can listen to another track ‘way down below’.
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.
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.
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:
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.
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.
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???
The beloved Sam Cook-Parrott aka Radiator Hospital had been somewhat elusive in our attempts to record some songs with him. First a failed attempt amongst the chaos of SXSW while he was out on tour slappin’ da bass for Waxahatchee. Then #Fail number two during a brief stop in Grand Rapids shortly after.
Finally – we were able to round him up during a visit back to Grand Rapids for his sister’s wedding. A kidnapping threat may -or- may not have been involved.
Sam’s anxious delivery compounded with heart on sleeve lyrics recall an early Daniel Johnston. Especially when encountering some of the lo-fi awesome on the Radiator Hospital recordings.
Radiator Hospital recently has received some love from both Pitchfork and Stereogum. Woot.
Be sure to check out his Bandcamp page(or below) where Sam is offering up the goods on the cheap.
Dig your heels in. Listen/watch the awesome. Reminisce about your ‘Winnie Cooper’. Shed a tear.
Jeremy Quentin aka Small Houses is no stranger here @ Halfway House Music. Some of you may have seen his previous efforts(see below) from the Stone House and Austin. This time he recruited Sean Hoots of Hoots & Hellmouth to join the festivities whilst visiting the ‘grand land’ for a show. Small Houses on the road??? Crazy – we know.
Each musician graced the small stage that was set up for BARE – before performing a duet of a Small Houses track. All the goodness is yours to listen/download/watch below.
PS – For our (fuel/)friends in the Denver/Colorado Springs area – as we previously mentioned – Small Houses will join Tyler Lyle(see his SXSW Session here) for an intimate house show on Saturday August 10th. The show is being hosted by the lovely Heather Browne of the uber awesome Fuel/Friends blog.
Welcome to the final 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.
Our final performer ventured from Norman Oklahoma for the SXSW festivities. We introduced ourselves to Zach Winters after the Oklahoma SXSW Showcase and invited him to stop over to record a song or two. For whatever reason – he kindly obliged. With his lovely wife Lane in tow with baby Ramona(who you might hear on background vocals during ‘These Are The Days’) – they recorded two songs which couldn’t be more fitting for our not only our Front Porch Fridays – but your porch on a perfect summer evening.
Zach has his album They Were Longing For A Better Country up for FREE but we suggest making a small donation. Also – check out his BandCamp page for other album selections.