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Coming Soon – Age Rings: AM/PM
Sooooooo, we have a new release on the horizon. On May 26th, Midriff Records will be releasing a new EP by Boston’s Age Rings titled AM/PM. AM/PM is the follow up to their critically acclaimed November 2011 full-length Black Honey. Age Rings had a great bunch of months following Black Honey and AM/PM works nicely as a shorter companion piece to last year’s full length.
There will be a record release show at Radio on May 26 that will feature Age Rings along with Eldridge Rodriguez, Sarah Borges , and Cooling Towers as part of the year-long Midriff Records Residency. Come on by for a show or two.
You can read what the Clicky Clicky Music blog has to say about AM/PM here and here are some nice things said about its companion piece, Black Honey:
“Black Honey is one of the very best records of 2011… it’s a huge artistic achievement. Remarkable moments appear at every turn in Black Honey: the brilliant swerve of the tape slowing the final moments of “Ender” through various keys only to resolve into a slow groove for the final minute; the twisting slur of the lyric “I smoke Parliament menthols /watch Headbangers Ball” in the opening number; the unhinged falsetto at the tail end of “Big Black Hole.” The collection can also be vibrantly lucid, particularly the understated and downbeat travelogue “Ups And Downs” that features Gibbardian narration about bad times like “a crowd gathered outside when I got kicked out of The Middle East, I left my car and called a cab, told the driver ‘Quincy.’” “Head Up High” has an undeniable chorus studded with a bright piano melody that will never leave you.” Clicky Clicky Music
“Upon first listen to Black Honey from Boston’s Age Rings — and let’s get out of the way right off the top that you should listen to it — you might be taken aback at the album’s breadth of song styles. It shifts seamlessly from the bar-rock and chunky-piano riffing of “Important Guy’’ to the Pixies-ish bass-buzz and fuzz of “Rock and Roll Is Dead,’’ to the schizophrenic screaming of “Lemonade,’’ with detours into a looping, loping, Beck-ian drawl, and wounded balladry that would make Conor Oberst weep. It’s like listening to two entire albums worth of material at once.” - Boston Globe
Album of the Month- Best New Albums of 2012- “Black Honey comes off as a locomotive of a record. The name alone suggests something completely sweet but it is not without its discoloration, road scars and accents.” Ryans Smashing Life
Also check out Age Rings’s cover of Harry Nilsson’s “One,” available as a free download only on our site.