February, 2011

Boston Band Crush Hearts The Beatings & E.R.

Boston Band CrushWe love the guys at Boston Band Crush. Especially when they talk up one of our shows, and boy, do they have some nice things to say about our little old Beatings. Go give it a look-see. They also added Eldridge Rodriguez to their March 2011 Sampler, so we’re kinda crushing them right back these days. Take a gander over at their site and roam around and see what goes on in Boston. They’re performing a necessary public service.

Going to Texas

We, like many of you, will be roaming bleary eyed around the SXSW Music Festival in Austin TX this year. But, we won’t be roaming around nearly as aimlessly as we have previous years because this year… WE’RE THROWIN’ A PARTY!!!!! Many of your favorite bands from the Midriff roster will be performing as well a few good friends that we’ve asked on the bill, because what’s a party without friends?

We are co-sponsoring the event with our best mates at Liberty & Union Recording Co. L&U proprietor Ray Jeffery has recorded or produced a slew of Midriff albums (The Beatings, Ian Adams, Get Help, multiple Greg Lyon projects, Eldridge Rodriguez) but is best known for his work with The Dropkick Murphy’s and Wheat.

This just in! The generous folks at Magic Hat Brewing Co. will be providing beer specials of Magic Hat #9, and the technical wizards at Noti-Fi have set up wireless digital promo. It’s going to be a hoot!

We are hoping to see all our buddies there on the 17th. The bill is below, along with some pertinent links. If you’d like to follow the latest updates and news regarding the party, follow Midriff Records on Facebook and Twitter.

The Midriff Records/Liberty & Union Recording Day Party in Austin, TX
March 17, 2011
11am-6pm

Momo’s
618 West 6th St
Austin, TX 78701

Featuring:
11:00am Get Help (Tony Skalicky solo)
11:30am Greg Lyon
12:00pm Kingsley Flood
1:00pm Eldridge Rodriguez
1:30pm Dallas Higgins
2:00pm These United States
3:00pm Louder My Dear
4:00pm Baby Baby
5:00pm The Beatings

If you’d like to follow the latest updates and news regarding the party, follow Midriff Records on Facebook and Twitter.

You can also RSVP right here at the Austin magazine Do512.

Praise for Nowhere Near Poughkeepsie

Greg Lyon’s very excellent album, Nowhere Near Poughkeepsie, which we released this past December, has been getting tons of love from the writing crowd. If you missed it upon its release, get it now. The Boston Globe has some very nice things to say about it:

Rare is the album that simultaneously sounds like a bracing debut and the lived-in work of a grizzled guy who’s been around the block a few times. But this brilliantly bleary, restlessly free-roaming collection of songs from local music veteran Greg Lyon feels both fresh and familiar: an unburdening of pent-up impulses that bubbled and scraped during his days spent in stylistically divergent local bands such as Pending Disappointment, Kipper Tin, and the Beatings, among others.

“I don’t want to hear songs about love,’’ Lyon sings sourly on the brusque, Bob Mould-ian “Trainwreck,’’ a brisk dart through a ’90s indie-rock playbook of clotted guitars and rehearsal-space production. “I want to hear about the bad times and nights in the ruts.’’ And so we do, over the course of a record whose hours for bruised reflection seem to hover somewhere around 3 or 4 a.m. Or, in the case of the hungover haze of the title track, a few hours later, after the “flask has turned up empty’’ amid the stagger-step of a saloon piano and Lyon’s foggy J Mascis-meets-Grandaddy croak.

Best-laid plans curdling into bitter memories (“What Have We Come To’’); better days deserting nowhere towns (“Industrial Park’’); and a resigned regard for a palpable, if melodically pretty, malaise (“Lying to Myself’’) are just a few of the cheerful topics under consideration here. Sounds about right for 4 a.m. in Poughkeepsie — or anywhere else for that matter.

JONATHAN PERRY

Coming March 2011 – Eldridge Rodriguez: You Are Released

Eldridge Rodriguez’s full-length album titled You Are Released will be released next month on March 22, 2011. You Are Released is the follow up to his critically acclaimed debut full length, This Conspiracy Against Us.

You Are Released is Eldridge Rodriguez’s 10th studio album, 6 with his band The Beatings, 4 solo. Like his 3 previous solo albums, You Are Released was recorded with Ray Jeffrey and continues his tradition of deconstructionist pop, this time around relying heavily on beats, loops, post-punk arrangements and noisy orchestration. You Are Released was written and recorded between and during sessions for The Beatings’ 2009 Late Season Kids album. You Are Released features performances by members of Wheat as well as a duet with Sarah Borges. There will of course be a release show in Boston, details on that below. Also, be on the look out for the digital only remix album titled You Are Redundant to be released soon after 3/22 and to be available exclusively via the Midriff Records Store.

Listen to advance single Miss Me When I’m Gone on Ryan’s Smashing Life.

Coming May 2011 – Get Help: The Good Green Earth

Get Help have finished their second full length, which will be released May 10, 2011. The Good Green Earth is the follow up to their much beloved debut full length The End of the New Country. The Good Green Earth was recorded by Ray Jeffrey at L&U. For those out of the loop, Get Help is the baby of Tony Skalicky of Beatings fame. To hear exclusive advance tracks, visit Get Help on Facebook.

Ian Adams in the Boston Phoenix

Ian Adams
Midriff’s own Ian Adams talks to the Boston Phoenix about growing up, maturing, and engaging in secret, eternal rituals. Everything you’ve ever wanted to know about rock and the Freemasons but were afraid to ask. If Ian is half as spooky as a Freemason as he is a singer, we don’t know, and we don’t want to know. We got to the part about the Hazing Goat and lawsuits and stopped reading. Enjoy.

Midriff in Austin for SXSW and Spring Happenings

We made it through the iciest Northeast winter in ages and spring is coming. What do we have going on this spring you ask? Ohhhhhhhhh, a whole lot of stuff. Prepare for a Midriff news-gasm!!!

Going to Texas

We, like many of you, will be roaming bleary eyed around the SXSW Music Festival in Austin TX this year. But, we won’t be roaming around nearly as aimlessly as we have previous years because this year… WE’RE THROWIN’ A PARTY!!!!! Many of your favorite bands from the Midriff roster will be performing as well a few good friends that we’ve asked on the bill, because what’s a party without friends?

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VIDEO /// The NBA gets Get Help

Get Help’s instrumental track SPF 45, an outtake from their album The End of the New Country, provides the backdrop for an NBA Cares ad featuring Pao Gasol. “SPF 45″ and a remix of TEOTNC track “Carne Asada” were also featured on Nat Geo and PBS Television’s Adventures with Ruth.