…wheezing and sputtering? Leaning over onto your thighs in the road? Well, sort of, but also letting some news fly about things happening over at Asthmatic Kitty Records.
Zack and I worked on this video for Shannon Stephens last summer. “In Summer in the Heat” has the distinction of being one of those songs inside a project that grew on me as we worked rather than losing its shine. Even the Patrick Watson video that I posted a little bit ago made me cry for some reason when I first heard it, but has since gone all withery and dry-tongued and now feels a little too derivative of Radiohead or Jeff Buckley by way of Coldplay (still love the lyrics, Mr. Watson). But this song of Shannon’s just got better, like a well-made wooden chair.
Shannon has a re-release of an older album coming out in July. Zack and I worked on the packaging together and he took some more press shots. The mp3 track “Catch the Morning Line” on the site is a great jangling number that feels like old Smiths (without being derivative). Look and listen here!
I love the playlists from other labels that Michael Kaufmann has been posting on the sidebar alphabetically (A is for Anticon, B is for Brassland, etcetera) You can click on “open akradio” at the bottom of each post to listen, but here’s the latest one. He’s up to J! I put the playlists on often when I’m painting; it’s nice to hear a sampler of a particular angle on independent music. Some are niches and others are more varied, but it’s all interesting. And I like the generosity of the gesture, too.