Happy New Year! We join in on all the year-end, list-making fun here at The Western Reserve and set you up with just over an hour of some of our favorite music from Ohio this past year. Everything from The Kyle Sowashes to Matthew J. Rolin to no stars to Tiger Village. Enjoy!
Kneeling in Piss – “USA WIll Start Another War” Cheap Clone – “Walk to Canada” The Kyle Sowashes – “Bowling Ball” Supernobody – “Trains Go By” Speaking Suns – “From Nowhere” no stars – “Potentiality” Messrs – “Lizzard Boy” Matthew J. Rolin – “For Henry” Brian Harnetty – “John” Herzog – “Winter 2014” Mourning [A] Blkstar – “Harlem River Drive OG” Brat Curse – “Psycho in the Furnace” Slackluster – “Weeds” Pleasure Leftists – “The Return” Tiger VIllage – “Soft, Real” Leggy – “Give In”
New episode of The Western Reserve is ALL-Colemine Records this time. We curate an hour or so from the catalog of this Loveland, Ohio based label featuring music from Ohio and elsewhere. From the label’s website: “Colemine Records was founded in late 2007 with the simple idea of putting out raw, authentic SOUL music on vinyl. Since then we’ve been lucky enough to grow and work with some very talented artists and bands over the years, and in 2015 we opened up a brick and mortar record store, Plaid Room Records, so that we could continue to expand our little soul label. It’s operated primarily by two guys, Terry Cole and Bob Cole, but the strength of the label is quality music produced by our artists.”
Sure Fire Soul Ensemble – “El Nino” Gene Washington & The Iron Sides – “Next To You” Barbara Howard – “Light My Fire” Los Sospechos – “High Noon” Ghost Funk Orchestra – “Isaac Hayes” The Harlem Gospel Travelers – “He’s On Time” Kelly Finnagan – “I Don’t Want to Wait” Durand Jones & The Indications – “Circles” AJ & The Jiggawatts – “It Is What It Is” Black Market Brass – “The Thick” The Jive Turkeys – “The Reggie” Leroy Conroi – “Tiger Trot” Wesley Bright and the Honeytones – “You Don’t Want Me” Delvon Lamarr Trio – “Top Going Down, Bottom Going Up”
The Western Reserve rolls on for part two of our interview with Old 3c Label Group’s Paul Nini who talks about the label, his bands (Great Plains, Log, Closet Mix, and more), and plans for the future. All while playing some awesome music. Part 1 (out 14th episode) can be found here and also has a great interview and a bunch of music. Enjoy!
Red Skylark – “Hey Precious Stone”
Red Skylark – “Bad Dream”
House of Brunettes – “Schlagers!”
Shades Of Al Davis – “Older And Heavier”
The New Normal – “It’s Our Time”
The New Normal – “Sublimation”
Orchestraville – “Phil Ochs Flag”
Orchestraville – “The Hand Wash”
Cruel, Cruel Moon – “Fall Onto The Pavement”
Cruel, Cruel Moon – “Fizz Pop”
The Beatdowns – “Baby! Let’s Get Lost”
Stark Folk Band – “You Cannot Shake Me”
Alyosha Het – “The Carving Line”
The Westsylvanians – “Mermen”
Roscoe Speers – “Up On The Hill”
Happy non-denominational holidays from The Western Reserve! This episode is perfect for that drive to see family on Christmas, just over an hour of all-Ohio holiday music. Everything from Buffalo Killers to Bone Thugs and Harmony. I am joined by my wife Sherri to discuss our own Christmas memories (including several about video games) and play the Buckeye state’s best holiday tunes.
Bone Thugs N Harmony – “Carol of the Bones” Pretenders – “2000 Miles (It Must Be Christmas Time)” Moviola – “Will Santy Come to Shanty Town?” Swearing at Motorists – “Silver Bells” Buffalo Killers – “Run Run Rudolph” Super Desserts – “Children Go” Robert Pollard – “Frostman (long version)” The Waitresses – “Christmas Wrapping” The Isley Brothers – “White Christmas” Elliott, Walter & Bennett – “12 Days of Cleveland Browns Christmas” Frankie Yankovic – “MEDLEY: Joy to the World / Deck the Halls / God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen” The Ohio Players – “Happy Holidays Pt. 1″ Brainbow – “O’ Holy Night” The Guitars – “Sleigh Ride” Andy Gabbard – “Old Toy Trains” The Black Swans ft. Eve Searls -“Christmas Alone” Adam Remnant – “Bob Cratchit” Steve Zarate – “Santa’s Done Left Town (live on Kaliediscope)”
Aquabear is putting on a great show this Friday, April 17th at Donkey Coffee at 17 W. Washington St. in Athens, Ohio! Oxford, Mississippi’s Andrew Bryant (of the amazing Water Liars) comes to town to play songs from his brand new album This is the Life and is joined by Chicago’s The Gunshy and Athens, Ohio’s own Mike Elliott. Show starts at 8:00pm and tickets are $5 in advance at Haffa’s Records in Uptown Athens or $6 at the door.
Bryant describes his own background this way, “I was born 34 years ago in Oxford, Mississippi, to a sawmill father and a church piano playing mother. One taught me how to work and the other how to sing, and I try to do both as much as possible. Maybe the work isn’t as backbreaking as it was for me when I was younger and maybe the songs have changed, but I learned a lot in those day about what it takes to keep going, to not give up. I learned how to sing when my soul was down. Now I find that I just can’t quit.” He has been making music his whole life but has released 6 solo albums (including this year’s beautiful record This is the Life which you can buy right here) and made a few more with his band Water Liars.
Whether alone or with a piecemeal band, Matt Arbogast has spent a good part of the last ten years on the road. His most recent effort Silent Songs is largely a reflection of his decision a few years ago to take a break from touring and, ultimately, to return. Silent Songs is The Gunshy’s first full-length record since 2007’s There’s No Love In This War. That record, based on letters Arbogast’s grandfather wrote to his grandmother during World War II, earned attention from quite a few folks. From Magnet and The Onion to a 45 minute interview on NPR’s The Story, the album was well received and seemed to stick with its listeners. Enough so that NPR did a follow up interview with Arbogast the following Memorial Day. Arbogast and company have shared stages with Elliott Smith, Andrew WK, Mountain Goats, Magnolia Electric Co., William Elliott Whitmore, Deer Tick, Lucero, Murder By Death, Langhorne Slim, Frank Turner, and many others.
Mike Elliott is one of Brian’s favorite songwriters in the world and a longtime supporter and lifetime Aquabear Legion member. Mike hails from Athens and plays out and puts out records with his band Supernobody that join an extensive catalog of solo albums. If you haven’t seen Mike play, you should. And if you have, then I hope to see you there anyway.